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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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County and town leaders chosen in 2017 elections

Harlem Valley — All across New York, including the Harlem Valley, registered voters came out to cast their ballots for their local, county and state officials, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Below are the results. 

A few new faces in a generally quiet election year

In the Nov. 7 municipal elections, two first selectmen who retired this year were elected to the Region One Board of Education: Pat Mechare of Canaan/Falls Village and Doug Humes of North Canaan.

Annual Trail Day celebrated

PAWLING — In celebration of the Appalachian Trail and the Harlem Valley Community, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and National Parks Conservation Association co-hosted this year’s HVATC Trail Day on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Native Landscapes and Garden Center in Pawling. 
Special guests and exhibitors from around the state attended, and many participated in a two-hour round trip hike from the Appalachian Trail Boardwalk to Dover Oak. They were also encouraged to learn more about the Trail Maintenance Project. 

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North East Town Board proposes budget: $50,000 earmarked for EMS, $35,000 for storage

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board worked on its 2018 municipal budget at its October board meeting. The subject will be raised for discussion once again on Thursday, Nov. 9, at which time the board will hold a public hearing on the document — and shoot to adopt it.
Last month, the board presented the 2018 tentative budget, which morphed into the preliminary budget that evening. Overall, said town Supervisor George Kaye, it’s a sound fiscal plan.

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How to stay safe this 2017 hunting season

According to the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) the 2017 season for deer and small game hunting began on the third weekend in October. 

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Temple Beth David explores the Jews of Afghanistan

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AMENIA — On Sunday, Nov. 5, Congregation Beth David invited the community to come explore the abundant history of Afghanistan’s Jewish culture, with a lecture by author Sara Y. Aharon.
All were welcomed to the lecture by the congregation’s president and treasurer, Sherry Frankel. Rabbi Jon Haddon first delivered a touching statement regarding the Manhattan terror attack that took place on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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Webutuck varsity girls soccer team walks for SMA

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COHOES — The Webutuck varsity girls soccer team walked in this year’s Cure SMA 5K Walk-N-Roll in Cohoes this fall.
While this is the first time that the team has participated in the walk, Coach Mark Moren remarked that his athletes are no strangers to community service. In the past, the team has taken part in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, and players help out every year at the Millerton Food Pantry by packing Thanksgiving baskets.

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Town Board sets public hearings

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WASHINGTON— Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri called the Thursday, Oct. 12, meeting to order at 7 p.m.
Edie Flood from Wings Over Water spoke, proposing a business at the Millbrook Training Center site. Flood has been operating her swimming school since 1993, and it offers lap swimming, swimming lessons and physical therapy sessions.

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North East candidates share aspirations for public office

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NORTH EAST— With Election Day on the horizon, community members were invited to the North East-Millerton Library Annex to familiarize themselves with this year’s local candidates on Friday, Oct. 20.

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Bear Watch

There was more bear activity than usual at the beginning of this summer, but then things quieted down and no one seemed to see any of the furry ursines for months. Suddenly this month, perhaps as the bears are preparing for winter hibernation, there seem to be bear sightings all across the region, almost every day. This particularly fine bear photo comes from Dennis Fallon of Sharon, and was snapped on Friday, Oct. 27.

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