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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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Town Board discusses local business: History buffs wanted, fueling agreement OK’d

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NORTH EAST— The Town Board discussed a variety of topics at its November meeting, held earlier in the month. 
Among them was the subject of the North East Historical Society and its ties to the county group. Town Clerk Lisa Cope was granted permission to contact Bill Jeffway of the Dutchess County Historical Society to appoint two local residents to its organization.

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Not your typical sleigh or Santa

Driver David Moulthrop of Great Barrington, Mass., decorated his 1951 Ford F1 Atlantic Gas Station “rat rod” for the Canaan Holiday Parade held Sunday, Nov. 26. The unusual vehicle was designed and built by John Paruta (North Canaan), Dave Wright and Gregg Massini (Sheffield) and Moulthrop. The old pickup was originally a service vehicle for the former Atlantic station in North Canaan that is now the Xtra Mart convenience store at the corner of Route 44 and North Elm Street.

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The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestrating Gifts, Part 1:

Taking a cue from English composer Benjamin Britten’s 1945 educational composition, “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” this is “The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestrating Gifts.” 
Instead of teaching the young however, I, a young person, will be teaching you how to be a seasonal shopping savant by exploring not the wants, but the emotional needs of a specific demographic. Let’s begin with your out-of-college daughter. Cue the woodwinds. 

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Allison Zelman weds Max Lesko

Allison Lee Zelman and Max Schaetzel Lesko were married atThe ​​Hotchkiss School’s Fairfield Farm in Lakeville​ on Sept. 23, 2017. The wedding was officiated by the couple’s friend, Noland Chambliss.
Ms. Zelman, who grew up in Lakeville and attended Salisbury Central, Indian Mountain and the Berkshire School, is a daughter of Dr. Jared Zelman and Dr. Pamela Chassin of Lakeville. Mr. Lesko is a son of Wendy Schaetzel and Matthew Lesko of Kensington, Md.

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Winchester BOE on its own and moving forward

WINCHESTER — Doug Pfenninger, who has helped usher the Winchester Board of Education out of state receivership, was elected chairman again as the new board members were seated at a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
The new board was formed following the municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Newly elected to the board were Shana Devaux, Cheryl Heffernan and Jamie Duffy. Re-elected to the board are Christine Royer, Michelle Hintz and Alexandria Propfe.

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In case you missed it: State cedes control of Winchester schools

WINCHESTER — It has been a year of continuous change in the Winchester School District.
The school district oversees and controls the two public schools in the area: Batcheller Early Education Center for children in pre-kindergarten to second grade and Pearson Middle School for students in grades three to six.
In late June, the state Department of Education, on behalf of the Winchester School District, signed a three-year contract between the district and Superintendent Melony Brady-Shanley, a West Hartland resident. 

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In case you missed it Herbicide bill will help protect plants, trees

The efforts of state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) to get more control for towns over herbicides and pesticides sprayed along the Housatonic Railroad rights-of-way paid off when Ohler’s stand-alone bill was incorporated into the spending plan for the state Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT budget plan passed on the final night of the regular session of the Legislature.

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Spirits high at fundraiser for Norfolk Curling Club

NORFOLK —The Norfolk Curling Club held its fourth annual Wine on Ice fundraiser at its clubhouse on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Wine and liquor were provided by Ledgebrook Spirit Shop, C&P Village Imports and Skurnik Wines; food was provided by club members.
A silent auction included work donated by artist Bill Graulty and photographer Susan Poirier. Domaney’s Liquors and Fine Wines and other businesses and individuals also donated items for the auction.

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Moratorium on solar energy moves forward

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WASHINGTON — Newly re-elected town Supervisor Gary Ciferri opened the Nov. 9 meeting to a large crowd. Many were there to talk about the future of solar farms in the town.
Councilmen Mike Murphy and Al DeBonis, who are on a committee studying solar power and how it’s used in other municipalities, gave a broad overview of what they have learned.
The pair pointed out that there are many differences between solar energy for individual households and solar energy used commercially.

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Soldier who served under Patton at ceremony

LAKEVILLE — Among the veterans who came to Salisbury Central School on Thursday, Nov. 9, for a Veterans Day assembly was Bub Pitcher of Sharon, who was in the Army under General George S. Patton and recently turned 101.
Also on hand was Betty Hodgkins, a Navy nurse during World War II.

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