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AMENIA — On Sunday, Nov. 5, Congregation Beth David invited the community to come explore the abundant history of Afghanistan’s Jewish culture, with a lecture by author Sara Y. Aharon.

All were welcomed to the lecture by the congregation’s president and treasurer, Sherry Frankel. Rabbi Jon Haddon first delivered a touching statement regarding the Manhattan terror attack that took place on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

“We are determined to live our life in that special New York way,” he said. “Our hearts go out to the families of the victims…...

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Marketplace Season Coming To End

TORRINGTON — On Thursday, July 27, the town held its penultimate Main Street Marketplace of the 2017 season. The theme of the event was “Community Night” and nearly 50 local exhibitors came out to participate with WAPJ’s Barrie Soucy presiding as Grand Marshal. 

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Death of Columbia County man at Bash Bish Falls

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Mount Washington, Mass. — The body of a 21-year-old man from Ghent, N.Y., was located, but not removed, from a treacherous spot inside the Bash Bish Falls State Park on Sunday, July 30, on the Massachusetts side of the park.
Just after noon on Sunday, an underwater camera operated by emergency personnel located the body of Aiden Campion-Pratt. The location was deemed to be too dangerous to allow for the Columbia County man’s body to be brought to the surface, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

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Slates set for local November elections

The Democratic and Republican Town Committees met between July 18 and 25 to nominate candidates for the 2017 municipal elections in November. Some offices do not yet have candidates; to find out what positions are in need of volunteers, contact your town clerk. 

Nominating petitions for unaffiliated candidates must be submitted by Aug. 9. Primary petitions must be submitted by that same date; if a primary is needed, it will be held Sept. 12.

The 5th H

4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands, Health — and in this case, Hurry up we have to get to the show ring. Ricky McLoughlin tugged and Nick LeGeyt pushed a feisty Holstein heifer during the Over-the-Hill round of the dairy showmanship competition at the annual 4-H fair in Goshen last weekend. Story, more photos, http://tricornernews.com/node/52109

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Diamond wins Best Udder, Best in Show at 4-H Fair

Well before the cloud-covered sky began to clear on the early morning of Saturday, July 29, the sounds of fair preparations could be heard at the Goshen Fairgrounds. Litchfield County 4-H Club members of all ages were there readying themselves and their animals for a busy day of showmanship and other competitions.
The Litchfield County 4-H Fair has been a highlight of the Northwest Corner summer season for 85 years. Generations of young farmers have come to show off their dairy and beef animals, pigs, poultry and more. 

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Hows, whys and wheres of the solar eclipse

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On Monday, Aug. 21, at about 1:25 p.m., the sun will slowly disappear from the skies over the Northwest Corner. Few, if any, residents will think it’s being eaten by dragons and start banging drums to scare them away. The idea of a solar eclipse is well-known. Less well-known is precisely what causes a solar eclipse and what to expect when one occurs. The Lakeville Journal spoke with Kristen Larsen, professor of astronomy at Central Connecticut State University, to find out.
What causes an eclipse

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Good vibes and music at Still River Music Festival

RIVERTON —  The first- ever Still River Music Festival was held on Saturday, June 24, at the Riverton Fair Grounds.
The event was a benefit for both the non-profit organization AIM For a Better Tomorrow and the Dale Avery Memorial Scholarship Fund.
AIM helps existing public service and nonprofit organizations maintain or expand educational and therapeutic art and musical programming. 
The Dale Avery Memorial Scholarship fund was established in the memory of a Bristol musician who died in January at the age of 53.

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Equality march at Coe Park

TORRINGTON —  Supporters of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and queer) community rallied in Coe Park during a solidarity event with the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, June 11.
The celebratory rally featured three speakers, music by Jacque Williams and face painting by local artist Stephanie Burr.
“This is the Equality March for unity and pride,” event co-organizer Ann Gadwah said. “

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Still River Music festival to be on June 24

RIVERTON —  The first Still River Music Festival will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Riverton Fairgrounds.
The event will include bands and musical acts including Flipper Dave, The Joey Sexton Band, Soul Tsunami, The Kazoo Crew and Murderess Chanteuse.
This is the first time the Riverton Fairgrounds has been used for an outdoor music festival, according to organizer Darcy Abbott.
Abbott is the host of the radio show “The Hot Spot” on Torrington radio station WAPJ.

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First-ever Saturday in the Park event

TORRINGTON —  A Saturday in the Park arts and crafts fair event was held on Saturday, May 27 at Coe Park. It is expected to be an annual event.
The event, sponsored by the town’s Arts and Culture commission, featured 23 exhibitors and food vendors including Kelly’s Crystals and Snowden Barbeque. 
Families came out to shop, listen to live music and take a ride on the Mainstreet Marketplace Express, a very small train that circled the park.

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