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CL&P refunds in mail

Response was ‘overwhelming’
cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

The deadline for refund requests to Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) was Feb. 2 and the electric company reports that 192,000 customers will see a credit on their bills.
“The response was overwhelming,” said CL&P spokesperson Mitch Gross. “We had a response rate of 85 percent; the normal response rate to something like this is 20 percent.”

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Seven Region One boards of ed

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

The Region One School District includes the six towns of Canaan (Falls Village), Cornwall, North Canaan, Kent, Sharon and Salisbury.
Each town has its own elementary school and its own board of education. The six towns share the regional high school, Housatonic Valley Regional High School, and the Region One Board of Education.

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Fire departments depend on those pancakes

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HARLEM VALLEY — Security is worth a mint, and there’s no doubt that residents throughout this region sleep more soundly knowing there are fire and rescue squads at the ready should an emergency occur.
In the Harlem Valley, those who man the fire departments and ambulance squads are volunteers, working for departments that have to fundraise for a portion of their expenses. That’s where the popular pancake breakfasts come in — which many fire companies hold at their local firehouses from fall through spring to both raise money and meet and greet the public.
Millerton Fire Company

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Kelsey helps food pantries

HARLEM VALLEY — The holidays are behind us, and unfortunately this often means the spirit of giving also falls behind the stresses of work, school, bills and daily life.
What it doesn’t mean is that the needs of people who depend on the kindness of strangers have gone away. Communities here offer strong support systems for those less fortunate that run year round and offer a wide variety of support.

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Girl Scout cookie sales profits build community

Girl Scouts are taking orders for Girl Scout cookies, the famous sweet treats, through Feb. 5.
This year’s theme is “What can a cookie do? More than you see.” Selling Girl Scout cookies builds character, teaches business ethics and people skills, as well as fuels dreams to make a difference in the world, according to those who volunteer with Girl Scouts.

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$13 children’s tickets offered for Monster Jam

HARTFORD — Tickets for the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam are on sale now with shows on Feb. 11 and 12 at the XL Center in Hartford. 
Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

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Small towns increasingly share equipment, services

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

For many small town leaders and volunteers, it’s beginning to look like regionalization is the future. No matter how good, or bad, their financial position, or how up-to-date their services are or aren’t, there are still many ways for towns to benefit from shared resources.
Sharing a regional high school, as Region One has done for the last 72 years, is a prime example. The six towns in the region share one superintendent, one high school and special education services for the elementary schools, among other things.

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DEEP mulls bear hunting season

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

Reports of a growing black bear population and sharp rise in complaints about “nuisance” bears has prompted the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to put a plan in place for a limited bear hunting season.

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Bernier feels ‘fight is now’ in U.S. Congress

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

Justin Bernier, running for the Republican nomination for Congress from the 5th District, is talking about growth as the way out of the economic doldrums.
In a phone interview with The Lakeville Journal on Friday, Jan. 20, he spoke about the economy, taxes, energy, foreign policy, the size of the federal government — and the joys of travel.
On taxes: He’s not in favor of tax increases per se. “We need more taxpayers working and paying taxes.”
On a flat tax: Bernier would prefer a flatter rate, “but obviously the rich would pay at a higher rate.”

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Malloy: revenues are down

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HARTFORD — The state Office of Policy and Management (OPM) and the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) say the state has lost revenues since implementing its 2011-13 budget, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vowed to finish the current fiscal year “in the black.”
Malloy has directed OPM Secretary Ben Barnes to develop a budget management plan that will limit spending to available resources in fiscal year 12.

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