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BARKHAMSTED/WEST HARTLAND —  Thomas McGee, 49, a West Hartland resident, was arrested on Tuesday, June 13, in connection with a hit-and-run accident that took place last year.

According to a press release issued by State Police Sgt.Thomas Burke, McGee turned himself in on an arrest warrant for the charge of evading responsibility.

McGee was released after he was booked on a $2,500 surety bond and is scheduled to answer the charge at Bantam Superior Court on Tuesday, June 27, at 10 a.m.

The charge stems from the hit-and-run motor vehicle accident that took...

Barkhamsted

Fire department hosts football party

BARKHAMSTED — The Pleasant Valley Volunteer fire department hosted its 15th annual Super Bowl Party at Barkhamsted East Firehouse on Sunday, Feb. 7.
At 5 p.m., when the party started, the line was out the door and cars were parking all along North Canton Road, as sports enthusiasts and supporters of the fire department filed in for snacks and dinner before watching the game on big screen projectors. 

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Class teaches chainsaw safety

BARKHAMSTED — The Beardsley and Memorial Library drew in a packed house for a chainsaw safety class on Saturday, Feb. 6.
The free program was held at the Barkhamsted Town Garage. The course was taught by Scott Goff, president of Goff’s Equipment Service Inc. in Litchfield, and Peter Case of Stihl Inc. in Shelton.

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DOT reps give details of transportation project

BARKHAMSTED — On Thursday, Jan. 7, representatives from the state’s Department of Transportation (DOT) held a public informational meeting at the town’s Highway Garage.
The meeting was held to give details of a proposed intersection improvement project at Route 219 and Route 318.
The meeting was a public outreach to gather feedback and comments from the community to identify the next steps in moving the project towards construction.

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Christmas spirit at First Church

BARKHAMSTED — The First Congregational Church of Barkhamsted held its annual living nativity Christmas Pageant during its regular worship service on Sunday, Dec. 20.
The play is a re-enactment of the birth of Jesus Christ and even includes a live donkey brought in by congregation member, Kay Page Greaser. 
Greaser said she lives just down the street and enjoys bringing her donkey, Patches, to visit with the children and help get everyone in the holiday spirit. 

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Book published on historical murder case

BARKHAMSTED — Five years ago, Barkhamsted Historical Society member and former First Selectman Michael D. Fox presented a program on the murder of Hubert Case.
The case happened in 1914 in Barkhamsted Hollow. 

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Peebles to shut down

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BARKHAMSTED — Peebles Department Store at Mallory Brook Plaza on 380 New Hartford Road is closing.
At the beginning of this month “going out of business” signs were put out in front of the store.
According to First Selectman Don Stein, parent company Stage Stores Inc. of Houston, Texas, is closing several stores across the United States.

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Christmas Fair at Pleasant Valley Church

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BARKHAMSTED —  The  Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church held its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Nov. 14.
The event, a benefit for the church and its programs, included the sale of handmade knitted winter crafts and holiday baked goods.
Church member Pat Allen is one of the co-organizers of the event.

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Seniors learn how to avoid scams

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BARKHAMSTED —  Fifteen residents discussed how not to get scammed by con artists at a workshop held at the Barkhamsted Community Center on Friday, Nov. 6.
The workshop was sponsored by state Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8), state Rep. Bill Simanski (R-62) and the state AARP chapter.
Presenting at the workshop was AARP volunteer Tia Murphy.

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Barkhamsted 2015 Election Results

These results were provided by the town clerk of Barkhamsted. The winners are marked with an asterisk.

First Selectman

*Don Stein, 540

Selectman

* Ray Pech (D), 303

* Mark Hemenway (R), 410

Treasurer

* Pam M. Cole (R), 557

Tax collector

* Teresa Collins (D), 529

Riverton’s most haunted house

RIVERTON — The Barkhamsted Lions Club sponsored a haunted house attraction at Riverton Self Storage on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Thrill-seekers who came to walk through the house were pleased with the theatrics and original set dreamed up by co-organizers Mark Mahoney, actors and volunteers. 
For $5, horror enthusiasts walked through multiple rooms in the dark, not knowing who, or what to expect next.

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