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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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Legislators consider limits on personal injury lawsuits

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State legislators hoped to get judiciary committee approval this week for a bill that would limit personal injury lawsuits stemming from incidents at popular recreation areas.
HB 6557, An Act Concerning Liability for the Recreational Use of Lands, is a response to a personal injury lawsuit decided last year, in which a Rocky Hill woman was awarded $2.9 million after she broke her neck in a bicycle accident.

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Three schools tops in green energy

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Every year the Green Cup Challenge pits private schools across the country against each other to see which school can reduce energy consumption the most. The challenge is divided into regions, with the Northeast Boarding division by far the largest, with 41 schools participating. More than 100 schools took part across the country.
The Berkshire School, The Millbrook School, Salisbury School, South Kent School, The Hotchkiss School and Kent School competed this year, and three of them placed.

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Why the Easter holiday is so late this year

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

Over the centuries, people around the world have found lots of things to squabble about — including “the celebration of God’s holy and supremely excellent day.”
That description of Easter was written by Epiphanius of Salamis not long after the First Council of Nicaea met in 325. There and then, it was decided that all Christian churches would celebrate Easter on the same day (whatever that day is); and that the complicated Hebrew calendar would no longer be factored in.

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Fine time for chicks, lambs

It takes a big man to raise a tiny chicken. Antonio Razzaio of Scarsdale, N.Y., left, came to Tractor Supply in Amenia over the weekend to pick up a half dozen baby chicks, which he said he will raise for their eggs. Although his main residence is in Westchester, Razzaio said he also has property in Dutchess County.

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Whassup?

Vivian, the Ag-Ed sow at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, took interest in something in the barn.

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Who pays the most in property taxes?

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WASHINGTON — Town of Washington residents asked at the comprehensive plan visioning meeting about taxes. In fact, based on an analysis by The Millerton News, town residents on average pay lower tax rates than in surrounding Dutchess County towns.
But that doesn’t mean that town of Washington residents have lower tax bills. The total estimated market value of Washington properties is high, four times that of Pine Plains, two-and-a-half times that of North East. As a result, Washington residents pay as much in county taxes as residents in Amenia, North East and Pine Plains combined.

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Census Bureau data released for state

The U.S. Census Bureau released detailed data for Connecticut Wednesday, launching the state’s redistricting process.
The reapportionment committee has until Sept. 15, 2011, to get three plans — U.S. Congress, state Senate and state House — passed by two-thirds of each house of the General Assembly. Failing that, a redistricting commission will be formed.
In recent years, the process has been intense without being divisive.
According to Census data, the 2nd Congressional District grew faster than the other four. Legislators will need to remove 14,952 residents from its boundaries.

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Hiking season is here; take a flashlight

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When it first begins to feel more like spring than winter, there’s nothing sweeter than getting outside, breathing deeply, feeling the sun on your skin —and taking a long walk that doesn’t involve an indoor treadmill.
Hiking on flat trails or up the nearby mountains provides an excellent cardiovascular workout, uses most of the body’s muscles and gives the walker a chance to get out and commune with the beauty that is the Litchfield and Berkshire hills.

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Perigee moon

It was a super-full moon Saturday night, March 19, when the orb was closer to Earth than it has been since March 1993. The next perigee moon will be in 2029. Mark your calendar.

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Why Easter is so late this year

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

Over the centuries, people around the world have found lots of things to squabble about — including “the celebration of God’s holy and supremely excellent day.”
That description of Easter was written by Epiphanius of Salamis not long after the First Council of Nicaea met in 325. There and then, it was decided that all Christian churches would celebrate Easter on the same day (whatever that day is); and that the complicated Hebrew calendar would no longer be factored in.

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