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LITCHFIELD — Michael Criss, first selectman of Harwinton and chairman of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments’ (NHCOG) legislative committee, told a group of state legislators that the 21 municipalities “are not asking for any more money.”

Criss was speaking at the legislative breakfast, sponsored by NHCOG and the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, at EdAdvance in Litchfield on Thursday morning, Feb. 1.

The NHCOG is an organization made up of the first selectmen from 21 area towns.

Criss asked the legislators to avoid shifting...

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The gift of tennis is a gift of love (literally)

TORRINGTON — The benefits of membership to a sports club are numerous. That’s why buying a loved one or friend a full or trial membership to a club is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give this holiday season.
There are a number of general fitness clubs that offer memberships, with services for all types of athletes. In the Tri-state region, clubs tend to be diminutive, or “boutique,” and to specialize in, for example, yoga or pilates or free weights.

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A gingerbread house secret

LAKEVILLE — Nine students from The Hotchkiss School came to Salisbury Central School on Wednesday, Dec. 6, to build gingerbread houses with youngsters in the after-school Extras program.
The Hotchkiss students fanned out among the students in three rooms. The gingerbread houses were built from kits; showing considerable common sense, the high school students referred to the directions and pictures on the box.
The sticking point was the frosting, which was also the adhesive. It had to be warmed up a bit to be usable.

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Police faced a deadlier drug crisis in 2017

WINCHESTER — Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald spoke to the Board of Selectmen about his department’s successes and challenges at the board’s meeting on Monday, Dec. 4.
Fitzgerald, who was at the meeting at the invitation of the board, cited the drug crisis in Winsted as one of the department’s biggest challenges.

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Full of warmth

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For yourself or your loved ones: the best books

There are two kinds of people in the world: book people and non-book people. You can tell you’re in the home of a non-book person when you don’t see any books or even bookshelves. Book people, on the other hand, tend to own more books than one person could possibly read in a single lifetime — which makes them very easy to buy gifts for.

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Bridge work complete on Academy Hill Road

MILAN — The Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced work on Bridge M-7 on Academy Hill Road (CR 51) over the Roeliff Jansen Kill in the town of Milan is complete and the road has reopened to traffic, on schedule and within budget. 
The Academy Hill Road bridge replacement project is one of several county road and bridge projects completed or underway this season. 

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Wassaic Project talks education

WASSAIC — In addition to uncovering the region’s hidden talent and connecting the community through the arts, The Wassaic Project recently invited community members to take part in a lively conversation regarding art, rural education and economic growth.
Running from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, The Wassaic Project welcomed those determined to help develop local educational opportunities.

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Tea, holiday sale to benefit Becky Knapp and family

WASSAIC — For nearly 100 years, the women of the South Amenia Presbyterian Church have held an annual Christmas sale.  Proceeds have always been used to support the mission of the church — feeding the hungry, helping the homeless and  ministering to the community. 

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Olivia LaFontan and Patrick Purdy announce their engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent LaFontan of Kent announce the engagement of their daughter, Olivia LaFontan, to Patrick Purdy, son of Russell and Michelle Purdy of Sharon.
Ms. LaFontan will be graduating from the University of Connecticut’s School of Nursing and Mr. Purdy will be graduating from the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering in May of 2018.  The Wedding is planned for September 15, 2018.

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The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestrating Gifts, Part 2: The 20-something boy making a home

I know. You spent his childhood cleaning up the ice cream he spilled on your couch, the crayon pictures he drew on the wall. His teen years were worse: dirty school clothes left on the floor and hockey bags that smelled like death. 
You love him, but your son is disgusting. 

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