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The Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS) has started a “Campaign for a New Ambulance.”

The SVAS volunteers want to buy a new ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis. The price is steep: $250,000.

The ambulance that SVAS wishes to replace is 20 years old, does not meet new state standards, and lacks updated technology.

And, according to Pat Barton, the SVAS chief of service, the undercarriage is rusty.

“Nobody wants to be Fred Flintstone,” she said in an interview on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Upgrading the current...

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Connecticut police: the leader in training savvy K9s

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

The Connecticut State Police this week announced an unusual graduating class from the State Police Training Academy in Meriden, Conn. 
It’s not unusual that half of the graduating class walks on four legs. The academy has many K9 graduates.
What’s unusual is that these dogs and their handlers are specially trained to sniff out a chemical compound that is found in cell phones and computers and another that is found on DVDs, CDs and floppy disks.

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Fire department needs volunteers

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WINCHESTER CENTER — The Winchester Center Fire Department took part in Volunteer Firefighter Day by holding an open house on Saturday, April 9. 
The event was organized statewide in conjunction with 65 departments throughout the state.
At the event, the department showcased its fire equipment and apparatus.

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Seeking solutions so campus can remain

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — Brian Ohler of North Canaan isn’t taking the news of the possible closing of the University of Connecticut’s Torrington campus lightly.
He is fighting back, with an online petition that as of Monday, April 4, had 812 signatures.

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Full pews and high spirits for Easter weekend

CONNECTICUT — For many Northwest Corner churches, this year’s Easter holiday was filled with highlights and signs for optimism for the parish communities.
Compared to recent years’ counts, 2016’s Easter weekend saw increases in the number of parishioners.

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Farm adopts robotic milking

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

EAST CANAAN, Conn. — The dairy herd at Freund’s Farm is in charge.
A brand new dairy barn  features robots for milking. It is designed to be fully automated, but farmers will be watching from the wings to make sure it goes smoothly.

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Easter Bunny arrives in Riverton (with plenty of eggs)

RIVERTON — On Saturday, March 19, the Barkhamsted Recreation Commission hosted an Easter egg hunt on the green in front of Rose’s Kitchen in Riverton. 
The event was co-organized and led by Recreation Commissioner Donna Bastrzycki. The hunt was open to all children ages 2 to 11. 

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Ancram to showcase its history

Ancram — Two dozen residents from the town of Ancram  filled up the meeting room at  Town Hall on Sunday, Feb. 28, to discuss the possibility of establishing a historic district designation.

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Initiative honors ‘Woman of the Year,’ New Hartford’s Nan Merbaum

NORTHWEST CORNER —  The United Way of Northwest Corner’s Women’s Leadership Initiative presented its 2016  awards for Woman of the Year and Best Supporting Organization in the Role of Empowering Women at the fourth annual awards event on Monday, March 14, at Torrington City Hall. 

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Millerton to host Cookie Festival

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Millerton —  The village of Millerton will host its first ever Cookie Festival on Saturday, March 19. Local businesses will offer free cookies to anyone who visits.

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Supermarket suit will now go to court

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Supermarket suit will now go to court

By Whitney Joseph

 

North East — It’s  been three years since opponents to the supermarket proposed  by developer Southern Realty and Development (SRD) have filed a lawsuit hoping to block the project. Plans are to build a 36,000-square-foot supermarket on a 10-acre site off Route 44 East in the Boulevard District, next to Thompson Plaza (owned by Ken Thompson).

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