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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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State House approves wind regulations bill

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HARTFORD — The state House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday, May 24, to require regulations for wind-turbine projects in Connecticut.
HB 6249, An Act Requiring a Moratorium on the Siting of Wind Projects Until the Adoption of Regulations, passed by a vote of 132-6, suggesting state representatives are as concerned as residents about possible environmental hazards and the impact on natural resources and quality of life that the turbines might pose.

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National Trails Day June 4 opportunity to get into woods to help

Lace up your hiking boots and grab bug spray, suntan lotion, camera and a bottle of water. Saturday, June 4, is National Trails Day.
With 190 activities going on throughout the state and 139 state parks and forests to visit, there is something for virtually every outdoor enthusiast. Activities extend into Sunday, June 5, as well.
National Trails Day was inspired by former President Ronald Reagan’s 1987 President’s Commission on the American Outdoors. The charge of the commission was to evaluate existing outdoor recreation in the United States and then make suggestions to enhance it.

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Computer systems improve for area libraries

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Libraries in the Northwest Corner towns of Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, Salisbury and Sharon were closed May 29 and 30 for migration to a new circulation, catalog and checkout computer operating system. The new program was installed on existing computers.
The Douglas Library in North Canaan and the Hunt Memorial Library in Falls Village began beta testing the new software in February 2011. Erica Joncyk, director of the Hunt Library, reported the new system is a big improvement and works well.

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Sheepherding dogs’ skills put to the test

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DOVER PLAINS, N.Y. — Finality Farm in Dover Plains hosted its second annual sheepdog trials last weekend, May 20 to 22.
Sheepdog trials are generally competitions for border collies (although in the 1995 film “Babe,” a pig had aspirations of winning the competition).
Organizer Michele Ferraro, an equine vet and partner at Millbrook Equine, and herself an owner of border collies, said 99 percent of the entries were border collies, but there was a kelpie or two thrown into the mix as well.

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Memorial Day Schedule

Area towns will celebrate Memorial Day this year on Monday, May 30, with parades, graveside salutes to the fallen, speeches and moments of remembrance.
Cornwall
9 a.m. — Veterans graves decorated at the North Cornwall Cemetery on Rattlesnake Road.
10 a.m. — Seaman’s Memorial at the Covered Bridge.
11 a.m. — Parade and ceremony, Pine Street, Village Green.
UCC Carnival to follow at the church, Bolton Hill Road.
1 p.m. — Outdoor Memorial Day Mass at St. Bridget’s Church in Cornwall Bridge in honor of all United States veterans. Refreshments will follow the Mass.

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Organist Roberts to perform

TORRINGTON — Internationally recognized organist Stephen Roberts has been invited to perform for the Trinity Arts Series’ sixth annual Memorial Organ Concert Sunday, May 22, 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. Admission is free.
Roberts is professor of organ at Western Connecticut State University, director of music at St. Peter Church, and for 12 years was director of music at the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He has performed at venues around the world including in Vienna, St. Petersburg, Venice, Paris, Rome and Buenos Aires. 

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Rigby says ‘Captive Audience’ legislation is bad for business

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HARTFORD — State Rep. John Rigby (R-63) said this week that he opposes legislation recently passed in the state House of Representatives that limits the ability of employers to call meetings regarding “political” issues.
Rigby led the debate for Republicans last week against H.B. 5460, An Act Concerning Captive Audience Meetings, which he said would limit freedom of speech for employers. Debate on the measure lasted 11 hours.

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Eleanor Jackson Piel, activist lawyer, now a doctor of law

LAKEVILLE — When Columbia University awarded Eleanor Jackson Piel an honorary doctor of law degree Wednesday, May 11, they recognized her decades-long career fighting for civil rights and against injustice. But Piel is still surprised by the honor.
Small, elegant, soft spoken and modest, Piel sits in her Fifth Avenue apartment with its incomparable view of the Central Park reservoir and its continuous geyser, across the park the fabled buildings of Central Park West — and spins stories from her 68-year career as an activist lawyer.

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Federal health-care law termed ‘significant change’

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LAKEVILLE — The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is already the law of the land. The effort to explain it — and promote it — is ongoing.
The effort continued Friday night, May 13, as Karen Davis, president of The Commonwealth Fund, spoke to an audience of about 200 at The Hotchkiss School as part of the Salisbury Forum series.
Davis began by describing the health-care reform law as the most significant change in American health care since the advent of Medicare during Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society of the mid-1960s.

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Chamber sends out a call to action on steep gas prices

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HARLEM VALLEY — The Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce (HVCOC) is joining forces with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce (DCRCOC) in its campaign to lower prices at the pump. The chambers are providing an online petition for both members and nonmembers to complete, which will then be sent to federal elected officials in hopes of encouraging them to find effective ways to lower gas prices.

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