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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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Urgent need for blood donations

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal for blood and platelet donors of all blood types. In June, blood donations are down more than 10 percent across the country, with 50,000 fewer pints of blood available than expected. There is almost half the amount of Red Cross Blood on the shelves now than there was at this time last year. Blood is a perishable product. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly.

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Hunters ask, when it comes to deer, how much is too much

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It was an odd request, almost as if McDonald’s had gone to the federal government and said it felt Americans were eating too many hamburgers: A group of hunters has petitioned the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), saying that a lower limit should be set on the number of deer that can be killed by sportsmen each year. They say they are concerned that the deer population is declining, especially in Litchfield County.

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First selectmen urged to support river protection

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First selectmen from around the region heard an appeal to help protect the Housatonic River at the June 7 Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments monthly meeting (COG).
The COG is made up of first selectmen from nine Litchfield County towns, including the six towns of the Region One School District (Salisbury, Sharon, North Canaan, Kent, Cornwall and Canaan/Falls Village).

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Celebrating Bloomsday (June 16) with author Frank Delaney and ‘Re:Joyce’

A native of County Tipperary, Ireland, and a current Litchfield County resident, Frank Delaney has undertaken a daunting but most worthy task: “demystifying” one of literature’s most beloved, complex and expansive works, James Joyce’s “Ulysses.”
Two years ago, on June 16, Delaney began an ambitious project. “Re: Joyce,” a weekly, five-minute podcast, aims to tackle “Ulysses” word by word, page, by page, chapter by chapter(http://frankdelaney.com).

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Be prepared for hurricane season

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It’s hurricane season.
The season runs through Nov. 30 on the Atlantic coast. After last year, it’s not so easy to be blasé about the potential impacts here in New England.
Connecticut typically is not threatened before mid-August. That means there’s still time to be prepared ahead of time. But the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) does not recommend putting it off, and offers three simple steps.
Make a plan

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Police report 212 accidents in state

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The Connecticut State Police shared their report on Memorial Day weekend motor vehicle enforcement, which was from Friday, May 25, at midnight through Sunday, May 27, at noon.
In that time period, there were 212 accidents statewide, including one fatal incident. The number of accidents with injuries was 31. There were 51 arrests for driving while intoxicated, 570 seatbelt violations, 670 speeding tickets and 100 incidents of drivers using cell phones.

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Candidates shape up for House, Senate

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Races for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are chock full of contenders this summer, as primary battles have been launched in four races affecting Litchfield County.
Following former wrestling-entertainment mogul Linda McMahon’s win at the state Republican Convention May 18 in Hartford, former Congressman Chris Shays announced he would challenge McMahon to a statewide primary vote in August.

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Memorial Day parades

Memorial Day parades
Area towns will celebrate Memorial Day this year on Monday, May 28, with parades, graveside salutes to the fallen, speeches and moments of remembrance.
Cornwall
9 a.m. — Veterans graves decorated at the North Cornwall Cemetery, Rattlesnake Road.
10 a.m. — Seaman’s Memorial at the covered bridge.
11 a.m. — Parade and ceremony, Pine Street, Village Green, carnival to follow at the UCC church, Bolton Hill Road.

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Roraback gets Republican nod at Hartford convention

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It was not a given that state Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30) of Goshen would win the nod from fellow Republicans to be their candidate for the 5th District congressional race at their convention Friday, May 18, at the convention center in Hartford.
“On the first ballot, I won by one vote,” Roraback said in an interview this week with The Lakeville Journal. “Every vote counted, and I picked up more on each successive ballot.”

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Democrats make choices for Senate, House

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It’s a good week to be named Chris in Connecticut, as state Democratic party officials have stamped out endorsements for U.S. Senate and for the 5th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democrats chose current 5th District Congressman Chris Murphy to replace outgoing Sen. Joseph Lieberman and endorsed state House Speaker Chris Donovan (D-84) to replace Murphy as Connecticut’s 5th District representative.

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