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State Representative-elect Maria Horn (D-64) and a contingent of Northwest Corner residents went to Danbury Tuesday, Dec. 4, to weigh in on the proposed merger of two health care providers at a public hearing of the state Office of Health Strategy.

In a phone interview Friday, Dec. 7, Horn said that while she has not formed an opinion on the merger — between Health Quest (which owns Sharon Hospital) and Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) — the concerns of the Northwest Corner were heard, loud and clear.

The Northwest Corner people who attended the hearing...

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Music in the air at Riverton Fairgrounds fest

RIVERTON — The Still River Music Festival returned to the Riverton Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 23, with 15 Connecticut bands and musicians including Flipper Dave, Someone You Can Xray, Joey Sexton, Plywood Cowboy and Tapp’d. Thirty vendors also had tables at the event, some sharing information about their organizations and others selling products.  
The festival is the brainchild of Darcy Abbott, whose family has for many years been involved with the yearly Riverton Fair, which is also held at the Riverton Fairgrounds.

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New use for Chinese restaurant?

LAKEVILLE — The former Chinese restaurant on Main Street in Lakeville was the subject of a brief and informal discussion between Richard Gentile, Seth Churchill and the Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission during the commission’s meeting on Monday, June 25.
Gentile, a developer who lives in Madison, Conn., said he has been in negotiations with the owner of the property and felt fairly confident he was close to making a deal to purchase it.
Gentile said his father ran the drugstore that used to be in the building until the late 1990s.

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North East works to line up grants

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NORTH EAST— The town of North East has a long list of projects and purchases it would like to accomplish — the issue, as for most municipalities, is where to get the money to afford them. That’s where grants come into the picture.
The Town Board discussed a number of those possible purchases and projects, and the grant applications that could make them possible, at a meeting on Thursday, June 14.

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Help for those who feel there is no hope

The news of two high-profile suicides in recent weeks coincided with a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of suicides in half of the U.S. has gone up by 30 percent since 1999. 
Connecticut’s suicide rate increased by 19.2 percent between 1999 and 2016. 
According to the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, in 1999 there were 283 suicides in Connecticut.

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Lakeville studio a center for health and wellness

LAKEVILLE — There is a new option for substance abuse counseling and treatment in Lakeville. 
Lighthouse Counseling Center, with its office at 9 Millerton Road, offers individual and group therapy related to substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
Jason Sherman and Steve Haley are the two credentialed counselors at Lighthouse, which is located above the fitness center and restaurant at Studio Lake-ville. (Sherman is married to the owner of Studio Lakeville, Leslie Allmand-Sherman.)

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The Wassaic Project: Summer Benefit honors inaugural chairman, Janet Offensend

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WASSAIC— The Wassaic Project commemorated a milestone at its 10th Annual Summer Benefit on Saturday, June 16.

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Big and little rigs

Rowan Flint, 3, took the wheel under the watchful eye of his mother, Christina Memoli-Flint, at Housatonic Child Care Center’s annual Big Rig Vendor and Bake Sale event Sunday June 10. In addition to the big rigs, children painted, played games and jumped in a bounce house.

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KeyBank plans to close Millerton branch

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NORTH EAST — Tucked away at 135 Route 44, the Millerton branch of KeyBank will be closing on Friday, Aug. 31, and all accounts will be automatically consolidated with the bank’s Pleasant Valley branch at 1609 Main Street in Pleasant Valley.
With their accounts transferring to Pleasant Valley, customers have the option of accessing their accounts through the branch as well as through their phones, online and at other KeyBank branches. 

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Town Board discusses abandoned property, proposed fee changes

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WASHINGTON— At the Thursday, May 10, meeting of the Town Board, the first item of business was a complaint regarding a vacant/abandoned property at 303 Milewood Road. The complaint said that the brush and weeds were overgrown and that garbage was strewn around; the property is and has been uncared for, for a period of time. It’s on record as being owned by the bank, Select Portfolio Servicing.

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Copake Town Board accepts $40K grant for local revitalization projects

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COPAKE — The Copake Town Board unanimously voted to accept a $40,000 grant from the New York Department of State in January to fund a plan that will evaluate and propose projects related to waterfront and hamlet revitalization.

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