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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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Libraries focus on summer reading

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HARLEM VALLEY — For many, summer may be a break from academics, but local libraries have been working to promote reading outside of the classroom through a series of fun and hands-on programs. Beginning in July, the Amenia Free Library, the NorthEast-Millerton Library, the Pine Plains Free Library and the Millbrook Free Library hold their annual summer reading programs.

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Grant money breathes life into area projects

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HARLEM VALLEY — The Northeast Dutchess Fund, part of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, has announced that it has awarded $64,120 in grants to 20 local nonprofit groups.
A release from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation states that “a committee of local residents reviews applications to the fund and awards grants based on excellence of the proposed project or service, its impact on the organizations to carry out the project.”
The following programs were among the recipients:

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Mysteries of the sweet life on Mount Riga, revealed

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SALISBURY — The summer community on Mount Riga settles into a routine as the season progresses.
With no electricity (save the odd generator for pumping water) and spotty cell phone coverage, the mountain provides a respite from the post-modern whirl of life.
Which is why the summer residents can often be tracked down at the Scoville Memorial Library mid-day — using the computers to check emails, certainly, but also stocking up on books.
People read on the mountain.
Fixing houses and swings

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HRR seeks support for three-town rail line upgrades

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Millions of dollars in transportation grant funds could be coming into the area early next year. They would be used to upgrade the rail line and crossings in North Canaan, Cornwall and Kent.
Colin Pease, vice president of special projects for the North Canaan-based Housatonic Railroad Company (HRR), said there will be a lot of competition for the funding, with about 200 applicants expected. His company plans to apply for $10-12 million, based on average awards in an initial grant round.

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An active ag community stresses ‘shop local’ ideal

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HARLEM VALLEY — Throughout the summer, several events have taken place in the Harlem Valley to promote agriculture and localization — a movement that encourages people to consume local products instead of items that were built, created, grown or otherwise originated in another location.
Since farming and agriculture are such important aspects of the local culture and economy, many organizations have also taken up the cause to increase the public’s awareness about agricultural issues.

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A day at the races

Ferrari Challenge returns to Lime Rock Park

LIME ROCK — After a four year break, the Ferrari Challenge returned to Lime Rock Park Saturday, July 30. The weather was good and the turnout was even better as fans examined models ranging from 1928 to 2012.
Ferrari aficionados and first-timers alike picnicked on the hillside while watching the race.
The event was considered to be a huge success by Skip Barber and the team at Lime Rock. They estimated that many more people attended this Ferrari Challenge than the previous one in 2005.

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State tax collections exceed expectations by $1.1 billion

HARTFORD — Connecticut’s top accountant announced Monday the state collected $1.1 billion more taxes than expected last fiscal year, the same day that Gov. Dannel Malloy’s $900 million retroactive income tax increase went into effect.
State officials underestimated tax revenue by more than 10 percent in the budget year that ended June 30, while spending was $256 million over budget. Since last month’s estimate, the state’s reported budget surplus went up $73 million to $159 million.

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Redistricting process aims to keep communities together

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NORTHWEST CORNER — With testimony recently completed in Hartford for the 2011 redistricting process in Connecticut, residents of Litchfield County are hoping to see minimal upheaval as legislative members of the state Reapportionment Committee review population figures that have remained largely unchanged.
The Reapportionment Committee redraws district boundaries every 10 years. Federal law requires districts to have nearly equal populations, using data from the 2010 Census, so that everyone’s vote has equal importance, e.g., “One person, one vote.”

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Arrest in Dover Plains stabbing

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DOVER PLAINS — A Dover man is in custody after he was arrested and charged with stabbing a fellow Dover Plains resident 10 times last week in the Four Brothers Restaurant parking lot. The assault occurred at approximately 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20; at this time just one of the two assailants is behind bars.

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Statewide redistricting: Kent wants to join 64th

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By Michael Marciano
With testimony recently completed in Hartford for the 2011 redistricting process in Connecticut, residents of Litchfield County are hoping to see a minimum of upheaval as legislative members of the state Reapportionment Committee review population figures that have remained largely unchanged.
The Reapportionment Committee redraws district boundaries every 10 years. Federal law requires districts to have nearly equal populations, using data from the 2010 Census, so that everyone’s vote has equal importance: One person, one vote.

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