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MERIDEN — Four K-9 Teams specially trained to detect the presence of firearms graduated on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Connecticut State Police K-9 Training Unit as part of the very first Firearm Detection K-9 Training Class.  

The four graduating K-9s have been specially trained to detect and alert their handlers to the presence of firearms and spent ammunition shell casings. These K-9 teams will assist police in combating gun violence.

Graduating K9 Teams are as follows: Connecticut State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations-Organized Crime Task Force Detective...

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Dutchess County Fair a thrilling rite that signals summer’s end

Sunny weather welcomed a large turnout to this year’s annual Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, N.Y., to enjoy rides, a large midway and lemonade.

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Quick response is key to fighting rabies

It’s rare for a rabid animal to bite a human, but when it happens, health officials recommend that you immediately wash the wound with soap and water, then call a doctor. It’s best to get an injection of the human rabies immune globulin (HRIG) on the day you are bitten; this shot will offer rapid, short-term protection against rabies, which is fatal.

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Doused dogs requested

Rarely, dear reader and — hopefully — dog owner, does The Lakeville Journal ask a favor of you. But we ask for help now for a special end of summer feature.
The request is simple. Snap some endearing photos of your canine friend — outdoors, please.
All dogs depicted should be soaked like a sponge. Wet dogs, after all, are a wonderful photo opportunity. Get your pet coming out of a lake, in the rain or any other waterlogged location. A memory tool: If the dog is wet, then we’re all set.
Send photos by email to cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com by Aug. 29.

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Sunflowers: more than just pretty faces

For the past month, the sunflower fields on Route 41 at the border of Sharon and Salisbury have brightened the commutes of locals, weekenders and wildlife alike. The flowers are being grown at LionRock Farm, owned by Elaine LaRoche and managed by Len Morrison.
“I thought that they would be beautiful,” LaRoche said. She was right.

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Primary narrows candidate field for the November election

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State Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30) will face Democrat Elizabeth Esty in the race for Connecticut’s 5th U.S. Congressional District seat this fall. Roraback and Esty won their respective primaries Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Esty, a former state representative from Cheshire, upset state House Speaker Chris Donovan with 12,725 votes to Donovan’s 9,217. Dan Roberti of Kent ran third with 6,586 votes. (Vote totals are final and are from the secretary of the state.)

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Appalachian Trail mix

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Murphy, McMahon, Roraback, Esty win primary

State Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30) will face Democrat Elizabeth Esty in the race for Connecticut’s 5th U.S. Congressional District seat this fall. Roraback and Esty won their respective primaries Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Esty, a former state representative from Cheshire, upset state House Speaker Chris Donovan with 10,689 votes to Donovan’s 7,813. Dan Roberti of Kent ran third with 5,012 votes. (Vote totals are as of 1 p.m. Aug. 15 from the secretary of the state and are incomplete; updates will be posted as they become available).

Classic car owners rev up nostalgia at cruise nights

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TORRINGTON — The spirit of automotive yesteryears is felt on Friday nights at the Torrington McDonald’s with Cruise Nights, organized by The Original TwiLite Cruisers classic car club.
According to event co-organizer Cass Torizzo of Torrington, more than 80 classic cars are on display in the parking lot each Friday night.
On Friday, July 27, classic cars, including a 1935 Pontiac Sedan, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, 1965 Falcon Spirit and a 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 were all seen at the restaurant.

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Rains save crops in Northwest CT

But the drought in the Midwest will raise food prices here

Start saving up your pennies now because food prices in the next year are expected to rise.
In one of the worst droughts the United States has seen in the past hundred years, two-thirds of the country is now severely affected by the unprecedented heat.
Tom Vilsack, secretary of the the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced last Wednesday, July 25, that 1,369 counties in 31 states are now considered drought disaster areas.
Particularly hard hit are growers of corn in the Midwest.

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Wassaic Project’s Summer Festival kicks in

Looking for a fun, educational and cultural attraction to highlight your summer? Look no further than this weekend—as the Wassaic Project, the Re Institute in Millerton, and hundreds of independent artists, who soon will descend on the Tri-state area, redefine the meaning of an art exhibition.

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