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BARKHAMSTED — The Barkhamsted Women’s Club held its 20th annual flower sale on Saturday, May 13, at the Barkhamsted Town Garage.

Lynn Keselis, who has been a member for 22 years, said that the sale was held to benefit two scholarships for Northwestern Regional High School graduates, along with local food banks in the area.

“We also use this fundraiser for anything else that the town needs that is above and beyond current funding,” Keselis said. “If First Selectman Don Stein calls us and needs something, we rally our troops to help out.”...

Barkhamsted

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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Easter sunrise service presented by churches

BARKHAMSTED — People of all ages and faiths are invited to witness one of the best sunrises in the state on the morning of Easter Sunday, April 24, when First Congregational Church of Barkhamsted and partner churches will host a sunrise service beginning at 6:30 a.m.

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Best view in town

Wildlife sightings are always a sure sign that spring is in the air, and this photo of a bald eagle perched along River Road in Barkhamsted is a majestic example. Residents throughout Pleasant Valley have seen at least one eagle flying around town and settling along the west branch of the Farmington River, where the fishing is fine. This shot was taken from Pleasant Valley resident Sue Wyman’s property.

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A cool view in Barkhamsted

The gate house tower at the Barkhamsted Reservoir overlooks the Saville Dam, which is still coated with a thin layer of ice. The area enjoyed abundant sunshine Tuesday afternoon.

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Teen finishes Eagle Scout project

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BARKHAMSTED — Tobias Calzarette, 17, completed his Eagle Scout project on Saturday, Feb. 26. As part of his pursuit to obtain Eagle Scout ranking, Tobias, who is a senior at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, built an 8-by-10-foot metal shed at the community garden located on Swanson Road.
“The shed went up pretty well,” Tobias said. “I had 24 people help me out to clear out the snow and things went a lot quicker than I thought they would. There was so much snow that had fallen onto the ground that the ground did not really freeze this winter.”

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