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State Representative-elect Maria Horn (D-64) and a contingent of Northwest Corner residents went to Danbury Tuesday, Dec. 4, to weigh in on the proposed merger of two health care providers at a public hearing of the state Office of Health Strategy.

In a phone interview Friday, Dec. 7, Horn said that while she has not formed an opinion on the merger — between Health Quest (which owns Sharon Hospital) and Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) — the concerns of the Northwest Corner were heard, loud and clear.

The Northwest Corner people who attended the hearing...

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Gilbert choir serenades Town Hall employees

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Lions donate to Diabetes Center

TORRINGTON — The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Diabetes Center has received a $500 donation from The Harwinton Lions Club to assist in funding for continuous glucose monitors and diabetes-related materials for patients.
“We are extremely grateful to the Harwinton Lion’s Club for assisting us in making this innovative new program available to diabetes patients in our community. Our program allows us to help patients and their families better manage diabetes and make healthy lifestyle choices,” said Lois Pelletier, program coordinator of the Diabetes Center.

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Supreme court appoints a special master to oversee redistricting

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Having met a 2011 deadline for the redrawing of state House and Senate legislative maps for the Connecticut General Assembly, the legislature’s Reapportionment Committee remained mired in disagreement over U.S. Congressional redistricting at the end of the year, requiring intervention from the state Supreme Court and the hiring of a special master to oversee the process.

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Ancram fire destroys home

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ANCRAM — A structure fire destroyed a vacant home at 2540 State Route 82 on Dec. 23. Nobody was harmed during the blaze or as it was extinguished, according to a report from the New York State Police Troop K in Livingston, which aided firefighters dealing with the emergency.

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Looking back on 2011

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HARLEM VALLEY — What better time to look back on what has been than at the beginning of a new year? Last year, 2011, was full of ups, downs and major events that changed lives and will continue to have an impact on the year to come. The Millerton News looked back over 2011 to summarize the most notable happenings of the year.
January
The first baby born in the Harlem Valley in 2011 was Blaine Thomas, the son of Millerton residents Matt and Ashley White. Blaine was born on Jan. 3 at Sharon Hospital.

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Big gun called in for redistricting map showdown

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Having met a 2011 deadline for the redrawing of state House and Senate legislative maps for the Connecticut General Assembly, the legislature’s Reapportionment Committee remained mired in disagreement over U.S. Congressional redistricting at the end of the year. The state Supreme Court has now intervened and hired a special master to oversee the process.

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Lingering Region One issues resolved in 2011

2011 Review

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In 2011, the Region One Board of Education continued to deal with the aftershocks of the August 2010 resignations of the principal and vice principal of Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
A report on conditions at the school was made by attorney Jeffrey C. Pingpank. Board members voted in January of that year to direct Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain to provide the board with a plan of action to address the concerns raised in the report.

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Forests, fields are vital to recreation, tourism business in Northwest Corner

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State parks and forests define the landscape of the Northwest Corner. Every town here has at least one. They often stretch for miles, giving area towns their rugged, woodsy character.
Area residents treasure the acres of open space that surround them. And so, it turns out, do out-of-towners. A recently released study shows that tourists and residents spent more than $1 billion in 2010 on outdoor activities related to Connecticut state parks and forests.

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Chapin first to step up for seat in 30th

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HARTFORD — Clark Chapin, a Republican representing the 67th District in the Connecticut General Assembly since his first election in 2000, is the first candidate to announce his intention to run for state Sen. Andrew Roraback’s seat.
Roraback (R-30) is running for the open Congressional seat in the 5th District.
Except at the beginning of his legislative career, when the 67th District included Kent, Chapin has represented New Milford.

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Underage drinking sting leads to two arrests

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HARLEM VALLEY — The New York State Police conducted an “underage drinking enforcement operation” in several locations throughout eastern Dutchess County on Friday, Nov. 25, to root out those who violate state laws.

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