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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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Berry, berry nice!

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WINCHESTER CENTER — A berry, good time was had by all on Sunday, June 19 at the Winchester Grange during the annual Strawberry Festival. According to grange member Sue Addison, the festival was started in 1950 by the Winchester Fire Department.
The Grange took over organizing the festival years later. At the festival, people were served strawberry shortcakes with homemade biscuits, whipped cream and loads of strawberries.

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Schibi, Gessay engaged

FEEDING HILLS, Mass. — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gessay of Feeding Hills have announced the engagement of their daughter, Nicki Gessay, to Devin Schibi. He is the son of Sandi Young of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Jim Schibi of Winsted. The groom-to-be is employed with Smith & Wesson of Springfield, Mass., and the prospective bride is employed with Valley Opportunity Council of Chicopee, Mass. They both reside in Westfield, Mass.
An October 2012 wedding is planned.

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Watch your fingers

Snapping turtles are on the prowl

If you’ve never contemplated the anatomy of a turtle, you should. Its rib cage is fused to its shell, and its shoulder blades are inside the rib cage.
Now think about how you would look with your shoulders inside your ribs.
And while some turtles tuck their necks sideways into their shell, others have neck vertebrae that stack vertically, almost folding the neck inside— turtles such as the ubiqitous road-crawling snapping turtle.
What seems like a short neck on a rather cranky-looking turtle can actually extend out to approximately half the length of its shell.

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Union’s agreement with Malloy ‘best in country’

HARTFORD — Workers around the country are envious of Connecticut state employees, according to their lead negotiator.
Daniel Livingston, chief negotiator for the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition, said other unions want to learn how to imitate their success negotiating with Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Livingston told a meeting of state employees June 4 he would be going to a national meeting of union leaders to teach them, according to three videos posted online by union officials.

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Moth Watch

A luna moth spread its wings, showing its colors.

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DEP says dead mountain lion is not proof

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News reports of a mountain lion struck and killed early Saturday morning by a motorist on the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) in Milford are sparking renewed talk here of a controversial subject.
Many area residents claim they have seen the elusive cats, which are distinguished by their size and their long tails. The one killed last weekend weighed 140 pounds.
The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has long denied the cats live here or that the agency has ever released any here. In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deemed the eastern mountain lion extinct.

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Lions Club flea market draws enthusiastic crowd

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TORRINGTON — From beads to belt buckles to posters of Bettie Page, the annual Lions Club summer flea market held at Brodie Park on Saturday, June 4, offered a little bit of everything.
According to Judy Stewart, secretary for the club, the event has been held since 1991.
“We always hold this event every year, rain or shine,” Stewart said. “If we have bad weather, we usually get 1,000 people. But when it’s a beautiful day, we get more than 2,000.”
Fortunately, the weather was nice and sunny on Saturday, with the field at Brodie Park surrounded with people looking for bargains.

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Capitol Report

Sweeping changes passed
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HARTFORD — Several pieces of landmark legislation have been passed in the Connecticut General Assembly this month, underscoring the common ground being enjoyed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democrat-controlled Legislature, allowing for swift changes.

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Memorial Day in Wingdale

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Cautious optimism as real estate market begins to move

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It feels like there’s some new juice flowing through the real estate market. Last month, Stony Batter Farm in Cornwall was sold after about five years on the market (listed first with Klemm Real Estate and then with Litchfield Hills Sotheby’s International Realty).
Described as a “gentleman’s farm,” Stony Batter has a large main house, a guest cottage built as a tenant farmer’s home, more than 100 acres with ponds and a remote setting. It sold for $2.325 million — not quite the asking price of $2.995 million, but still a notable sale.

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