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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

Memorial service will honor fallen soldier

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BARKHAMSTED — A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 1 p.m. at the People’s State Forest Pavillion for the late Philip C.S. Schiller.
Schiller, 21, had lived in the Winsted area for 18 years. He died from wounds he suffered when enemy forces attacked his United States Army unit in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
Schiller was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division out of Base-Lewis-McChord.

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Tavern night draws crowd to support Historical Society

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BARKHAMSTED — Supporters of the Barkhamsted Historical Society enjoyed an old-style happy hour on Friday, June 8, during the first tavern night at the Squires Tavern.
The event was a fundraiser for the society and was held at the renovated historic tavern located at 100 East River Road at the edge of People’s State Forest.
The building itself was built around 1795 and for the past 11 years has served as a museum of local history for the historical society.
The purpose of the event was to recreate what a night at Squires Tavern would have looked like in the early 19th century.

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Groups succeed at fundraiser

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BARKHAMSTED — Friends of the Beardsley and Memorial Library and the Barkhamsted Historical Society held a joint book sale and flea market at the Barkhamsted Town Garage on Saturday, May 19.
The book sale included hundreds of books which were received as donations to the library, while the flea market included items including cookware, clothing and exercise equipment.
Paul Hart is the secretary for the Friends of the Beardsley Memorial Library and the president of the Barkhamsted Historical Society.

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Students jumping to support charity

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The Barkhamsted School held their “Jump Rope For Heart” event last week to raise money for The American Heart Association. At Barkhamsted School, the event is named for Spencer Pelchat, a former student at the school who died of heart disease at a young age. At the event, students from the first grade to sixth grade get sponsors for their jump roping. Participants in the event included (from left) Lela Motes, 8, Jana Sanden, 9, and Ryan McGrath, 8. The amount of money raised by the school was not known at press time.

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Sixth-grader receives Superintendent’s Award for 2011

BARKHAMSTED — Molly Lukiwsky, a sixth-grade student at Barkhamsted School and daughter of Kimberly and Nicholas Lukiwsky, has won the school’s Superintendent’s Award for the 2010-11 school year.
Lukiwsky received the award at the 27th Annual Litchfield County Superintendents Student Recognition Program, held recently at the Cornucopia Banquet Hall in Torrington. Twenty-two districts representing 275 people attended the event. Lukiwsky was recognized for her scholarship and overall contributions to Barkhamsted School.

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Squires Tavern open for Christmas celebration

BARKHAMSTED — The Squires Tavern, 100 West River Road, has been decorated for Christmas in the style that was typical in the late 1800s when the German family named Ullman owned it. The historic tavern will be open to the public Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Patti Kierys, author of “Christmas in the Country: The Ullman Farm,” will be on hand for book signing and will give tours at 1 and 3 p.m. Admission is free. The tavern will also be open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. It will remain decorated through the month of December.

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History comes alive at Squires Tavern

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BARKHAMSTED — Squires Tavern, located at 100 East River Road at the edge of People’s State Forest, is not a place to get alcoholic beverages or spend the night.
Rather, the building, built some time around 1795, serves as a museum of local history and is operated by the Barkhamsted Historical Society.
According to Historical Society President Paul Hart, who volunteers at the tavern along with his niece, Kristina Napolitano, the building itself was owned by local farmer Bela Squire and his family.

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Lombard Ford goes to the dogs

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BARKHAMSTED — The Little Guild of West Cornwall held a pet adoption event at Lombard Ford in Barkhamsted on Saturday, July 30. The store’s showroom was filled with more than 15 dogs and a few cats, all up for adoption.
Dogs included Tigger, a boxer mix fostered by volunteer Carrie Taylor, and Jake, an Alaskan malamute fostered with Denise Cohn, executive director of Little Guild.

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Eagle Scouts and brothers

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BARKHAMSTED — Mitchell Renfrew, 18, recently earned his Eagle Scout ranking with the Boy Scouts. According to his mother, Dawn, Mitchell collected 29 backpacks loaded with school supplies for clients of the Susan B. Anthony project in Torrington.
“People were so generous with donations he had money left over,” Dawn Renfrew said. “With the leftover money he purchased Christmas gifts for the children of the clients at Susan B. Anthony. It was a very well-received community project.”

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Patriots in Pleasant Valley

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BARKHAMSTED — It was a short but sweet Fourth of July celebration, with the town holding a parade on Monday morning, July 4.
The parade, sponsored by the Barkhamsted Lions Club and held in the Pleasant Valley section of town, featured plenty of marchers, both young and old.
Willard Minton organized the Star Band, which provided both parade music and music during concluding ceremonies at Barkhamsted Elementary School.

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