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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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Grand Lists compiled as town meeting season nears

As area towns begin the hard work of preparing their spending plans for the coming fiscal year (which will begin on July 1), they are all referring to their Grand Lists.
The Grand List is the total assessed value of all taxable property in a town. Properties are assessed at 70 percent of their total value. 
Once the budgets are set, the budget will be divided into the Grand List to determine the mill rate.

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Forest Ranger report

ANCRAM— New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the backcountry.

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Academic Achievements

Lauren Grayson of South Kent was named to the provost’s list at Southern Vermont College for the fall 2016 term. Also, as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program, Grayson will travel from Vermont to Spring Lake, N.J., in March to help Coastal Habitat with storm damage repair and restoration initiatives being worked on since Hurricane Sandy hit the state in 2012.
Ella Hansell-Baumgarten of Sharon earned high honors at Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock in fall 2016.

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KidsPlay’s third annual Family Fun Fair

TORRINGTON — The Kids-Play Children’s Museum hosted its third annual Family Fun Fair at the Warner Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 19.
For $15 admission a family of up to six people could enjoy all the activities at the fair as well as admission to the museum, which is located across the street at 61 Main St.

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Brrrrds

A red-bellied woodpecker filled up on suet at photographer Tom Brown’s feeder in Cornwall on Friday, Feb. 10. The big Feb. 9 snowstorm had passed; did this brightly plumed bird know what weather was still to come?
By the weekend, birds had begun to puff up in response to the cold and were looking grim, but beautiful. Photographer Alexander Kearney captured images of a vesper sparrow in Kent and a red-shouldered hawk in Sharon on Sunday, and a pair of white-crowned sparrows at the Sharon/Millerton border on Saturday.
— Cynthia Hochswender

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State police crack down on tow service

Following numerous complaints, the state police and the state Department of Motor Vehicles began an investigation of Jonathan Vakassian, 46 of West Cornwall, who is the managing member of Lime Rock Auto.
The garage had been on the state police list of companies authorized to tow vehicles following motor vehicle accidents where there was disabling damage or situations where a driver could not continue driving after a police stop.

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Good news, at last (perhaps)

There seems to have been some dispute over the groundhog’s day predictions made along the East Coast on Feb. 2. 
Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylania did see his own shadow, indicating that there will still be six hard weeks of winter left this year.
But groundhogs in Staten Island, N.Y., and Nova Scotia, Canada, did not see their shadows, meaning that this so-far relatively mild winter will end before too much more time has passed.

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Some love the cold, some not so much

Connecticut’s own state groundhog announced on Feb. 2 that winter won’t linger for much longer this year (see story this page). Certainly many two-legged creatures received the news with joy (fleece pullovers, winter boots and mittens get dull pretty fast). It’s hard to know how the four-legged creatures in the area feel about the promised early end of cold weather and snow; we can only guess from their body language and the expressions on their faces. 

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Riverton Grange celebrates anniversary

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RIVERTON —  The Riverton Grange held a celebration of its 109th anniversary on Friday, Jan. 20, at the organization’s hall.

According to a history of the grange provided by Grange Master Susan Belle-Isle, this grange was founded on Jan. 3, 1908, with 36 charter members.

Members first met at Rowley Hall, which is now the Riverton General Store.

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Protests against Trump’s inauguration

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NORTHWEST CORNER and WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Residents throughout the area held protests against the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump on Friday, Jan. 20.
That morning, 30 people gathered for a protest in front of New Hartford Town Hall.
The protesters held signs up that read “Thank you President Obama” and various signs protesting Trump.

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