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AMENIA — Virginia Lee (Tatsapaugh) Meili, 59, passed away surrounded by her loving family and friends on June 2, 2018, at Sharon Hospital.

Virginia was born on March 19, 1959, in Great Barrington, the daughter of Marion L. Tatsapaugh and the late William R. Tatsapaugh Sr.

Growing up in a closely knit and loving family, Virginia quickly exhibited a natural creativity at a young age, which she continued throughout her life. She graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1977, and later from Western Connecticut State College in 1981, where she received a...

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Police report two traffic fatalities Labor Day weekend

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MIDDLETOWN — The Connecticut State Police reported at least 300 accidents took place over the course of the Labor Day holiday weekend, Sept. 2 to 5, including 14 with injuries and one fatal accident on the Merritt Parkway in Norwalk, in which two men were killed.
Jeffrey Hinton, 22, of Stamford and Jason McKinney, 26, of Norwalk were the victims of the one-car accident, reported by State Police Troop G, in which the vehicle, driven by Hinton, struck a guardrail and went airborne before striking a tree. Hinton and McKinney were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Scar is healing at World Trade Center

News Analysis
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One of the most controversial and emotional construction projects in New York City history is quickly reaching important milestones on the way to completion, 10 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The latest photographs and renderings of the in-progress World Trade Center (WTC) complex were released last week, ahead of the public opening of two giant square reflecting pools, surrounded by man-made waterfalls in the footprints of the destroyed Twin Towers. The dedication is set for next Monday, Sept. 12.

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Everyone turns out for the Goshen Fair

A family tradition
jenniferk@lakevillejournal.com

GOSHEN — For many of the young people showing cows and other livestock at the Goshen Fair, the most exciting part is sleeping in the barn. Around 175 cows and 60 exhibitors from Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts entered the dairy cow contest this year, and 40 to 50 of them planned to spend the three nights of the fair in the barn.

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Why were papers delayed?

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Many readers have asked why The Lakeville Journal Co. newspapers were late in printing last week, for the issue of Sept. 1.
While Northwest Corner residents were very aware of Hurricane (then Tropical Storm) Irene and its effects on surrounding towns, they may not have been as aware of the devastation in other parts of Connecticut.
The Lakeville Journal building in Lakeville did not lose power at all, which helped our staff finish writing, editing and composing the newspapers in time for the usual deadline.

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Giving voice to TwitterKids of Tanzania

Reporter’s Journal
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When did I fall in love with Africa? Maybe it was when I was in first grade, and became so obsessed with the ancient pharaohs that I told everyone I was going to become an archaeologist and Egyptologist when I grew up.
Maybe it was when I studied the continent in college, in my Academic Travel class.
Or maybe it was I finally set foot on African soil, in October 2006. I went to Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, on a program sponsored by the university in Switzerland that I attended.

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Preparing for November’s Election

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HARLEM VALLEY — Summer is nearing an end and November will be here sooner than some might imagine. With fall comes election season and all of the preparations political hopefuls must make to get onto the ballot and into office.

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Why were the newspapers delayed?

publisher@lakevillejournal.com

Many readers have asked why The Lakeville Journal Co. newspapers were late in printing last week, for the issue of Sept. 1.
While Tri-state region residents were very aware of Hurricane (then Tropical Storm) Irene and its effects on surrounding towns, they may not have been as aware of the devastation in parts of
Connecticut.
Connecticut.
The Lakeville Journal building in Lakeville did not lose power at all, which helped our staff finish writing, editing and composing the newspapers in time for the usual deadline.

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Area recovers from drenching Hurricane Irene

It could have been worse
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NORTHWEST CORNER — The consensus from municipal officials in the region is that towns did better than expected during Hurricane Irene.
The hurricane weakened to a Category 1 storm as it headed toward Connecticut on Sunday morning, Aug. 28, but it still packed a major punch.
Heavy rain and very high winds took their toll, with flooding and power outages reported in many areas.
Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) reported on Sunday afternoon that more than 760,000 customers in the state were without power.

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Mary Nelligan completes public service fellowship

HAMDEN — Mary Nelligan of Colebrook was among Quinnipiac University’s eight Presidential Public Service Fellowship recipients who were recognized at an Aug. 10 luncheon for their hard work this summer.
Nelligan and fellow students La-Toya Aitcheson, Vanessa Baez, Benjamin Cloutier, Devon Jerome, Matthew Pankey, Jamar Paris and Jeremy Stull made brief presentations describing their 10-week summer public service projects in Hamden and North Haven, what they accomplished and what they learned in their fellowships.

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Irene spares region from major damage

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HARLEM VALLEY — Hurricane Irene drenched the Harlem Valley over the weekend, causing flooding, downed electrical wires and damage from fallen trees.
But many local authorities agree that the destruction could have been much worse.
“We were very fortunate,” said Amenia town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard. “The winds weren’t as bad as predicted.”
Pine Plains town Supervisor Gregg Pulver agreed.
“We were very lucky,” said Pulver. “We didn’t have any wide-spread power outages or any big trees down.”

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