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BARKHAMSTED — The Farmington River Coordinating Committee (FRCC) kicked off its River Steward Educational Lecture Series on Saturday, July 22, at Austin Hawes Campground in American Legion State Forest. 

Assistant River Steward Ayerland Baker, who was an environmental science major at Northwestern Connecticut Community College last year, took a botany class that inspired her to do a presentation on local plants around the Farmington River.  

“Their diversity around the river is just crazy,” said Baker of river plant species. During her lecture...

Barkhamsted

A tavern party for the ages

BARKHAMSTED —  On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Barkhamsted Historical Society hosted its fourth annual Tavern Night fundraiser at the Squire’s Tavern. 
Squire’s Tavern was built circa 1795 and was owned by local farmer Bela Squire and his family.
It is located at 100 East River Road, which is right at the edge of People’s State Forest.
The land and building were purchased in 1884 by the Ullmann family, which owned it until the 1920s, after which it became part of People’s State Forest.

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Benefit sale for NWR7 booster club

BARKHAMSTED —  The Northwestern Regional High School Booster Club held a benefit mums and plant sale on Saturday, Sept. 24.
The sale was held outside the Barkhamsted Town Garage.

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Military awards $7.4 million contract

BARKHAMSTED —  On Monday, Sept. 26, U.S. Rep. John Larson (D-1), along with United States Senators Chris Murphy (D) and Richard Blumenthal (D) announced that the United States Army has awarded Tru-Hitch, Inc. a $7.4 million contract.

The announcement came in the form of a press release issued by Larson, Murphy and Blumenthal.

Tru-Hitch is located at 16 W West Hill Road.

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DEEP biologist talks about the ‘bear’ facts

BARKHAMSTED — On Friday, Sept. 17, state Department of Energy and Environment (DEEP) biologist, Jason Hawley hosted a discussion on the history of black bears in Connecticut and how to live bear smart at the pavilion in People’s State Forest. 

Hawley, a native of Hartland, previously studied wolves and has been studying bears for 12 years. After living in Massachusetts and out west, he returned to Connecticut to accept his current position.

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Forest issues discussed at FALPS meeting

BARKHAMSTED —  The Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forest (FALPS) group held a membership meeting at Matthies Grove pavilion on Sunday, Sept. 11, to discuss current issues, including the early closing of the American Legion campgrounds.
State Reps. Jay Case (R-63) and Craig Miner (R-66) were among those present at the meeting to listen to and discuss issues facing state parks.

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Pig roast raises funds for society

BARKHAMSTED — The Barkhamsted Historical Society held their second annual pig roast at Squire’s Tavern on Saturday, Aug. 20.
The tavern, a historical building located on 100 East River Road across from People’s State Forest, is operated and maintained by the society and is used as a museum for historical artifacts and for special events.
The roast was a fundraiser for the society and its programs.

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A passion for birding

BARKHAMSTED —   On Saturday, July 23 the Farmington River Steward Summer Lecture Series continued with “Birding Along the Wild and Scenic Farmington River” presented by steward Mickey Nordell. 
The lecture took place at the Austin Hawes Campground in the American Legion State Forest. During the lecture, Nordell, a Connecticut native, took the listeners through several layers of the hobby of birding specifically tailored to this area.

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Hit and run still under investigation

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BARKHAMSTED —  State police are still investigating a fatal hit and run motor vehicle incident that took place in front of the Log Cabin Restaurant, located on 110 New Hartford Road, on May 20.
New Hartford resident Zachery Dube, 23, was killed in the incident.
According to State Police Public Information Representative Trooper First Class Kelly Grant, who responded to email queries for this article, the investigation is ongoing.

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Barkhamsted celebrates Fourth of July with parade

BARKHAMSTED — The Barkhamsted Lions Club sponsored its 65th Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 4.
First Selectman Don Stein called the parade “the best Fourth of July parade in all of Connecticut.” Hundreds of people came out and lined West River Road, which was closed for the event. One of the parade-goers was Kasey Crouse, a new resident of Torrington.

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Before Instagram, there were Kent postcards

KENT—  This summer, in Kent at least, the topic of conversation may likely be a different kind of “House of Cards.” 

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