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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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Habitat celebrates 20 years in the Northwest Corner

jenniferk@lakevillejournal.com

After eight homes and 20 years, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut is going strong.
Habitat came to the Northwest Corner in the 1990s, shepherded by two local clergy leaders, the Rev. Dick Taber of Salisbury Congregational Church and the Rev. Chuck Bevan of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Several meetings were held with representatives from Habitat and a steering committee was formed. The committee initially focused on the Region One towns — North Canaan, Falls Village, Cornwall, Salisbury/Lakeville, Sharon, Kent — but eventually substituted Norfolk for Kent.

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Legislator Kelsey works to give Dutchess County its due

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HARLEM VALLEY — The history of Dutchess County will soon be formally reorganized by the county Legislature.
Michael Kelsey is the county legislator for District 25, which includes the towns of Amenia, Washington, Stanford and Pleasant Valley, as well as the village of Millbrook. He recently introduced a resolution passed by the Legislature declaring the 10 days between Oct. 23 and Nov. 1 as Dutchess County Heritage Days and announcing the county’s intention to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Oct. 23, 1713, decision to elect the county’s first officers.

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Devil’s Acres

COPAKE — A professional boxing match that lasted for 37 rounds? It’s an awe-inspiring tale in many ways — especially since it was not a modern-day match, with boxing gloves in a well-lit arena, but a bare-knuckle brawl on a farm in Boston Corners almost 150 years ago.

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Fantastic fishing!

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Riverbank grooming

Eco Day was observed by students at The Hotchkiss School last Tuesday with a cleanup effort in area towns in two states. Litter and debris were picked up from roadways and the shores of the Housatonic River, more than a dozen fruit trees were grafted by students and transplanted and what felt like miles of invasive honeysuckle vine was pulled up and the plants eradicated.

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Towns offered energy systems

Almost free — is this real?
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

All the solar power you can use, for a buck. Sounds too good to be true, but that’s the deal offered by DCS Energy.
Officials from 10 towns, one as far away as Wilton, left a workshop in Cornwall Town Hall April 13 with lots of questions answered, but still wondering if there is a catch. There is an edge to the whole process because decisions have to be made soon. The offer for this round of the DCS Energy Town and Not-for-Profit Solar Lease Program is tied in with federal stimulus incentives and is only good through November, or until funding and tax credits run out.

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Legislators take steps toward making it safer to hike and bike

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HARTFORD — The Connecticut General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Judiciary unanimously approved a compromise bill last week that would grant towns and special districts immunity from certain types of lawsuits resulting from injuries at recreation areas.

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Raw weather dulls opening day of Connecticut’s fishing season

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

The official opening day of the freshwater fishing season in Connecticut (Saturday, April 16) was a bit of a bust, with a chilly wind, no sun, and the threat of rain — and $4 per gallon gasoline — putting a damper on things.
Stacey Dodge, manager at the Town Grove in Lakeville, said there were eight boats lined up when she opened the gates to Lake Wononscopomuc at 5:30 a.m., and she launched 27 boats in all.
“That’s about half what we’d usually do,” she said.

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Joe Loverro in Windham but still part of Q103

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WINDHAM, N.Y. — Radio personality Joe Loverro has recently moved from Lakeville, Conn., to Windham, N.Y. But he hasn’t left his listeners behind. He can still be heard on Q103online.com, which serves Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills, New York’s Central Hudson Valley and Massachusetts’ Southern Berkshires.
Loverro will continue to bring music and community events to his fans. He remains co-station manager, along with Jay Fink, of Q103, formerly known as WQQQ.

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Morrissey vs. Sullivan in Boston Corner match in 1853

By Paxton Butler
COPAKE — A professional boxing match that lasted for 37 rounds? It’s an awe-inspiring tale in many ways — especially since it was not a modern-day match, with boxing gloves in a well-lit arena, but a bare-knuckle brawl on a farm in Boston Corner almost 150 years ago.

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