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Classrooms will see 16 new teachers when classes begin Aug. 26 in the Region One School District, which includes the elementary schools in Canaan/Falls Village, Cornwall, Kent, Sharon, Salisbury and North Canaan, as well as Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). Not pictured are Audra Leach, Danielle Melino, Elizabeth Frost and Kiera Bisenius.

 

Maddie Cutler is the new fourth grade teacher at North Canaan Elementary...

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Forests, fields are vital to recreation, tourism business in Northwest Corner

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

State parks and forests define the landscape of the Northwest Corner. Every town here has at least one. They often stretch for miles, giving area towns their rugged, woodsy character.
Area residents treasure the acres of open space that surround them. And so, it turns out, do out-of-towners. A recently released study shows that tourists and residents spent more than $1 billion in 2010 on outdoor activities related to Connecticut state parks and forests.

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Chapin first to step up for seat in 30th

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

HARTFORD — Clark Chapin, a Republican representing the 67th District in the Connecticut General Assembly since his first election in 2000, is the first candidate to announce his intention to run for state Sen. Andrew Roraback’s seat.
Roraback (R-30) is running for the open Congressional seat in the 5th District.
Except at the beginning of his legislative career, when the 67th District included Kent, Chapin has represented New Milford.

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Underage drinking sting leads to two arrests

stefanieg@millertonnews.com

HARLEM VALLEY — The New York State Police conducted an “underage drinking enforcement operation” in several locations throughout eastern Dutchess County on Friday, Nov. 25, to root out those who violate state laws.

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Shades of Blu

A new genre of music
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HUDSON VALLEY — Shades of Blu released their first album, “The Other Side of Love,” in October 2010. Since then, the duo, Antonio Regina, a composer and pianist from Verbank, and Marc Alexander, a vocalist from Stanfordville, have been lauded for their music.
Singer and guitarist Richie Havens singled out Shades of Blu saying that “great music, plus brilliant lyrics, equal magic.”

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Big old TVs help Morris win e-waste battle

Kent, Cornwall in top three
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

The challenge was issued, the competition was stiff. But the Northwest Corner prevailed. Unlike Kermit the frog, folks here find it’s easy being green.
Literally tons of unwanted electronic equipment — e-waste — was collected in towns across the state between Oct. 1 and Nov. 15, America Recycles Day.
WeRecycle!, one of the few companies in Connecticut that recycles e-waste, sponsored City Showdown.
There were valuable prizes, and a goal to raise awareness in the wake of a state law that took effect Jan. 1 that prohibits electronics from being tossed in the trash.

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Hotchkiss-Fyler House open for holidays

TORRINGTON —The elegant Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum, 192 Main St., will open its doors to holiday visitors beginning Saturday, Dec. 10, and continuing through Friday, Dec. 30. The museum staff will offer guided tours of the house, which was built in 1900 and was home to the Hotchkiss and Fyler families for more than half a century.

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Blue Christmas service reaches out to bereaved

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WINCHESTER — The recent loss of former Winsted mayor Anthony Cannavo in a tragic accident underscores the fact that the holidays can be extremely difficult for people who have lost loved ones. For those who are grieving, the pastor and parishioners at Winchester Center Congregational Church are offering a place to turn for help and support.

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Electricity rebates available

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HARTFORD — Under pressure from consumers and state officials, Northeast Utilities has created a $30 million fund to institute a rebate program for Connecticut Light & Power customers who were without electricity for more than a week after Winter Storm Alfred on Oct. 29.

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CL&P rebates for those worst hit by Winter Storm Alfred in late October

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HARTFORD — Under pressure from consumers and state officials, Northeast Utilities has created a $30 million fund to institute a rebate program for Connecticut Light & Power customers who were without electricity for more than a week after Winter Storm Alfred on Oct. 29.
Customers can call 888-566-9257 or visit CL&P’s website (www.cl-p.com) to apply for at least $100 and as much as $200 in credit for loss of power during the week of Oct. 29 to Nov. 5. Any CL&P customers who were still without power at noon on Nov. 5 are eligible.

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Shift brings all six Region One towns into 64th

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

The entire six-town Region One School District is now in the 64th Assembly District as the result of statewide redistricting.
The office of State Rep. Roberta Willis (D-64) sent out a news release this week announcing that the 64th now includes Canaan (Falls Village), Kent, and North Canaan (Canaan), plus Norfolk and parts of Goshen and Torrington. The district already includes Cornwall, Salisbury and Sharon.

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