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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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Oh, the joys of the Tenkara rod

Back in February I received a handsome gift from my occasional fishing buddy Ian Davison: a Temple Fork Outfitters 10-foot 6-inch rod — the Soft Hackle.
It’s an unusual rod in that it uses no reel. Instead it has a fixed length of line.
Oh, and it telescopes out. When collapsed it’s about the size of a piccolo.
(We now pause while you Google “piccolo length.”)

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Millbrook and Wassaic represented in firefighter program

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and New York State Senator Sue Serino (R-41), center, joined graduates of the Firefighter 1 training program at a ceremony held at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie. The graduates were recognized by the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Among the firefighters who graduated were Andrew Heaney and Timothy Race of Millbrook and Kayla Jaouen and James Valentine of Wassaic. 

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A breath of fresh air …

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STANFORDVILLE — The Fresh Air Fund has been bringing city children to the countryside for more than 130 years. In 1887, Rev. William Parsons, who was pastor of a small church in Pennsylvania’s rural Sherman parish, asked his congregation to invite some of New York City’s neediest children to stay with them for a summer vacation away from the crowded urban streets. That was the start of the Fresh Air Fund.

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What does it mean, ‘rural character’?

“A lot of resources [addressing climate change] don’t talk about rural communities in developed countries that aren’t coastal,” explained Joanna Wozniak-Brown. She was talking about about how rural communities, like the ones that make up the Northwest Corner, do not have a lot of guidance when it comes to coping with climate change. 

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Gangloff new editor of Compass supplement

LAKEVILLE — Janet Manko, publisher and editor in chief of The Lakeville Journal Company, announced on July 15 a transition involving the leadership of Compass, the arts and entertainment supplement that accompanies the three Journal Company newspapers (The Lakeville Journal, Millerton News and Winsted Journal and online at www.tricornernews.com.).

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Author discusses Gypsies in Connecticut

TORRINGTON —  On Thursday, July 14, the Torrington Library welcomed author Beth Lapin to discuss her historical novel “Caravan of Dreams,” during the library’s program about Connecticut Gypsies.
Lapin discussed Gypsy lifestyle and culture, including the Connecticut family who inspired the extensive research which would ultimately become her third novel.

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Beware of scam that threatens kidnapping

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A new financial scam that’s been used several times in the Tri-state area in the past week involves a phone call claiming that a loved one has been kidnapped. 

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Joseph’s House serves community

TORRINGTON —  Eighteen years ago, cabinet maker Joseph Mazzarella was called to begin ministering to those less fortunate than he was. 

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Business Profile Pop Culture Cafe

TORRINGTON —  Pop Culture Internet Cafe is located at 1057 East Main St.,  the former home to Lin’s Internet Cafe.
The restaurant offers an unusual menu that includes customer favorite tapioca bubble tea.
Hans Schneider and Kellie Nadeau have managed Pop Culture since it opened in late February.

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Berry, berry good times at festival

WINCHESTER CENTER — The hot temperatures on Sunday, June 19, brought in huge crowds looking to cool down with some shortcake at the annual Winchester Grange Father’s Day Strawberry Festival. 
Contestants from this year’s Laurel Queen and King scholarship competition hustled to keep up with crowds and serve up the fun as hungry families poured in for their afternoon Father’s Day tradition.

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