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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

Local musician starts crowdfunding campaign

BARKHAMSTED — Delany Morgan, a 21-year-old musician from Barkhamsted, has begun a crowdfunding campaign to help create his first full-length album. 
Morgan said the title of the album will be “A Beautiful Life.” He said the positive aspect of the album title hints at the overall goal of the project of having his music reach a wide audience.
The album is set to be produced by New York City musician Paul Brighton.

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Barkhamsted Lighthouse Tribe meets

BARKHAMSTED — More than 40 people, all of them descendants of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Tribe, gathered for a dinner at ABC Pizza on Wednesday, Aug. 13.
The dinner was hosted by family genealogist and Native American researcher Coni Dubois.
Dubois, a descendant of the Lighthouse Tribe, organized the event with the intention of meeting some of her cousins for the first time.

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Taking a hike through history

Barkhamsted Historical Society Vice President Paul Hart led hikers on a “Walk Through Time” through a portion of People’s State Forest on on Saturday, Aug. 9.
 
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A walk through time in Barkhamsted

BARKHAMSTED — Under a cloudless sky on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 9, Paul Hart, vice president of the Barkhamsted Historical Society, led a hike entitled “A Walk Through Time” through a portion of People’s State Forest. 
 
Stopping at 10 locations along a one-mile loop, Hart took the 20 or so hikers back through time to different points in history in the forest.
 

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Learning about the Lighthouse

BARKHAMSTED — Historian Sheryl Robinson gave a lecture at the Barkhamsted Senior Center on Friday, Aug. 1, about the legend of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse.
Robinson spoke about her many years of research on Native Americans. Her husband is a Chagum descendant.
Much of the legend of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse is based on facts, as Molly Barber willingly married James Chagum, a full-blooded Native American, something that was considered a criminal act in 1740.

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Sweet Treats at Ice Cream Social

BARKHAMSTED — The Barkhamsted Historical Society held an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social at Squires Tavern, located at 100 East River Road on Saturday, July 19.
“This is our first time doing this event,” Barkhamsted Historical Society Vice-President Noreen Watson said. “We were brainstorming ideas for events, and decided we really wanted to do something with an old-fashioned theme.”
Several members of the Barkhamsted Historical Society wore old-fashioned dresses, hats and bonnets while guests were encouraged to dress-up in old fashioned clothing.

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People’s State Forest goes Hawaiian

BARKHAMSTED — A Hawaiian themed potluck dinner sponsored by the Barkhamsted Recreation Department was held at the People’s State Forest on Friday, July 18.
Residents donned flower leis and enjoyed a variety of food items including pasta salads, pineapple, meatballs, rice and fruit kebabs.
Also, hot dogs and hamburgers were grilled by department member Peter Baker.
“We’re trying to get more local residents to come out and enjoy the park,” Baker said. “This is our first potluck dinner. We have a summer camp for kids here and a number of the campers came back to enjoy the picnic.”

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Annual parade is pure Americana

BARKHAMSTED — The town held its annual Independance Day parade on Saturday, July 5.
The parade was scheduled for Friday, July 4, but was canceled due to rain.
The postponement seemed to have no effect on the attendance as hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the parade pass.
“This is what small towns are all about,” First Selectman Donald Stein said as he surveyed the crowd of spectators.
The parade, which began at 10:30 a.m., traveled down West River Road from Riverton and ended at the Barkhamsted Elementary School in Pleasant Valley.

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Schoolhouse is a blast from the past

BARKHAMSTED — The Center Schoolhouse, located on Center Hill Road, was open to the public on Sunday, June 29.
The one-room schoolhouse was originally two stories when it was built in 1821.
It still has the same historic charm that it had over 190 years ago with 1880s textbooks that students in the neighboring areas used to 1920s classic typewriters.

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Town celebrates Your River Day

BARKHAMSTED — Late in the summer of 1994, President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 103-313, which was an act of Congress that designated 14 miles of the Upper Farmington River as part of the National Wild and Scenic River System.
This legislation was enacted in order to protect the outstanding natural resources, as well as the scenic and recreational values of the Farmington River.
On Sunday, June 22, the Farmington River Coordinating Committee (FRCC) held an event at People’s State Forest in Barkhamsted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the designation.

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