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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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The Wedding Day, When ‘I do’ becomes ‘We do’

The perfect wedding: Not a bride’s dream but a couple’s shared vision
jenniferk@lakevillejournal.com

I was not a little girl who dreamed of her wedding day. I didn’t play bride; I didn’t make a veil out of my mother’s slip; I didn’t force my brother to stand in as groom.
The first time I was exposed to wedding mania I was 15, spending the summer working at camp. My boss, who was 19, brought stacks of wedding magazines with her. She taught me to rip out the pages and save them in a notebook so that when it came time to plan my wedding, I’d be ready.

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How to handle snow-laden roofs, ice-jammed gutters

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

The heavy snow and ice on roofs around the region have already begun to take their toll, especially on older buildings such as barns (see related story, below).
Building Inspector and Fire Marshal Stanley MacMillan of Sharon shared some tips and precautions for caring for homes and structures in this extraordinary winter.

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How to avoid same problems next year

The winter of 2011 has provided the Northwest Corner with some truly stunning displays of icicles. Drive (or take a slippery walk) down any local street, and you will be struck by the prevalence of huge icicles and ice dams on the eaves of many homes, both old and new.
Beautiful as they may be, these ice formations are the symptoms of some serious outflows of energy from within the structures they adorn.
The ice buildup, commonly referred to as an “ice dam,” is typically created when heat leaks through a snow-covered roof.

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Barn collapse kills 15 cattle

christineb@millertonnews.com

AMENIA — Fifteen black Angus cattle at Bel Aire Farm on Bangall Amenia Road near Millbrook were killed early Sunday morning, Feb. 6, when the snow-covered roof of the barn they were in collapsed, taking the entire building down with it.
About six of the animals, including two heifers, were saved from the building. The other 15 animals were either crushed or had to be euthanized.

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Press association recognizes Journal

The annual convention of the New England Newspaper and Press Association was held from Feb. 11 to 13 in Boston, Mass.
The Lakeville Journal Co. received several awards for stories and special sections published in 2010. This year there were about 3,000 entries from daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly publications in the six-state region encompassed by the association.

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Press association recognizes Journal

The annual convention of the New England Newspaper and Press Association was held from Feb. 11 to 13 in Boston, Mass.
The Lakeville Journal Co. received several awards for stories and special sections published in 2010. This year there were about 3,000 entries from daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly publications in the six-state region encompassed by the association.

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art students take home awards

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Students of Winchester artist Florin Firimita were among this year’s award winners in the annual Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Scholastics Awards.
Firimita, a teacher at Southbury’s Pomperaug Regional High School, saw students Nathan Zabarsky, Sarah Sahran, Jessica Bonaventure and Elizabeth Miserendino take home awards for drawing, mixed media and painting. A total of nine students from Pomperaug won 11 awards.

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Something sour and sweet for your Valentine

A grown-up Valentine’s Day
cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

 
Chocolates and creamy heart-shaped cakes are fine for the young and young at heart.
But for seasoned campaigners in the game of love, Valentine’s Day isn’t always about unalloyed sweetness. For us, the perfect gift — and the perfect Valentine meal — has a bittersweet edge, a hint of tartness that, far from detracting from this annual lovefest of a holiday, makes it richer, more complex, more meaningful.

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Schools react to Cuomo’s budget

corya@millertonnews.com christineb@millertonnews.com

HARLEM VALLEY — At the beginning of the month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his budget proposal for the state of New York, which would cut aid to school districts statewide by 7.3 percent, part of a $1.5 billion reduction in overall cuts to education.
The proposal would affect every school district in the area, but as talks with district superintendents revealed, each district is approaching this year’s budget process in slightly different ways.

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