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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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Picture perfect

C. J. Brito and other fourth-graders from the Region One School District journeyed to The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville on March 9 for the annual regional Arts Day. Students took part in creative workshops and watched performances on The Hotchkiss School stage. For a story and additional color photos, turn to Page A3.

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Rigby votes against ‘sick leave’ bill

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HARTFORD — State Rep. John Rigby last week voted against a proposal (S.B. 913) that would require some Connecticut employers to give employees paid sick leave. The bill passed by a 6-5 vote in the House Labor Committee.
If approved by the full Legislature, the measure will provide benefits to approximately 257,000 people in the private sector by mandating employers of more than 50 employees to offer paid sick leave to workers after three months on the job. Employees would earn one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked.

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How to help save horses from slaughter

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Dianne Engleke, a Millerton artist and political cartoonist for The Millerton News, has always loved animals. But she developed a special appreciation for horses — not just for their beauty, but for all they do — when she lived in eastern Arizona’s ranch country during the early 1980s.
“Before that I hadn’t really seen working horses,” Engleke said. “In those three years I realized how complex people’s relationship and attachment with horses is. I saw them as working partners.”

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Restaurant Week is coming up

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Restaurant Week, actually two weeks and two weekends, has returned to the Hudson Valley for the fifth year. From March 14 to March 27, more than 150 restaurants in the counties north of New York, primarily in Westchester, are promoting 14 days of Hudson Valley dining deals.
Four restaurants in northern Dutchess and one in Columbia county are participating in the event this year: Stissing House in Pine Plains, The Red Devon in Bangall, La Puerta Azul in Salt Point, Terrapin in Rhinebeck and Greens at the Copake Country Club in Columbia County.

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Deals in Dutchess County dining, March 14 to 27

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Restaurant Week, actually two weeks and two weekends, has returned to the Hudson Valley for the fifth year. From March 14 to 27, more than 150 restaurants in the counties north of New York, primarily in Westchester, are promoting 14 days of Hudson Valley dining deals.
The five participating restaurants in the nearby area this year are Stissing House in Pine Plains, The Red Devon in Bangall, La Puerta Azul in Salt Point, Terrapin in Rhinebeck and Greens at the Copake Country Club.

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Towns show little interest in federal disaster aid

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Federal disaster aid has been offered to Connecticut towns hit hard by a snowstorm on Jan. 11 and 12, but Northwest Corner town officials aren’t sure they want to take it.
The general consensus, according to the director of a consortium of area first selectmen, is that requests from the small rural towns of Litchfield County are likely to be turned down in favor of requests from bigger towns and cities; and that even if money is paid out, it will be in small amounts that won’t be balanced out by the large amounts of paperwork the federal government demands.

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You won’t notice change, Postal Service says of automated sorting

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The United States Postal Service plans to accelerate its use of automated letter sorting equipment — the type that scans addresses by machine eye. The Postal Service says no one beyond the post office should notice anything different come April. Mail destined for addresses in the Northwest Corner will be sorted at a Springfield, Mass., facility that can process 36,000 letters an hour.

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This is the Year of the (Bog) Turtle for conservationists

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

This may be the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac, but for naturalists around the country 2011 is the Year of the Turtle —including, of course, the Tri-state region’s most famous herpetological specimen: the bog turtle.
These miniscule creatures, which are among the smallest turtles in the world, have outsized power despite their size. They’ve helped put the brakes on plans for everything from horse paddocks to houses to the luxury golfing community planned (at one time) for North Canaan and Norfolk.

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How to create an accessory apartment

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There is a regional push going on at the moment to increase development of accessory units. The Northwestern Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative and its HousingUs program have made available fact sheets for residents of area towns explaining the zoning regulations that govern the apartments. It takes homeowners through the steps of planning, building and renting out the apartment. Support is also available for first-time landlords, according to the Planning Collaborative’s Jocelyn Ayer.

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Everything you wanted to know about budgets but shouldn’t wait for town meeting to ask

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A town budget encompasses every aspect of community life, from teaching children to read to getting rid of snow and trash. Most of the people who write the budget are elected volunteers, the friends, family and neighbors of the people who will be taxed under the new budget.
Everyone should get involved with how their tax dollars are spent, and the time to do so is now, as volunteers on town boards and commissions begin planning for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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