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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

Movie theater’s future uncertain

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BARKHAMSTED — Mallory Brook Cinemas, located at 380 New Hartford Road, has been closed for more than a month.
While there are signs in front of the building saying the theater is closed for maintenance and will reopen, the future of the movie theater appears to be uncertain.
The nine-screen movie theater was purchased in 2010 by New York City-based Cinema Holdings Group from Torrington-based Cinerom LLC in 2010.
A banner on the front of the theater reads “Under new ownership,” though the company has owned the theater for three years.

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Ornament supports Women’s Club

BARKHAMSTED — The Barkhamsted Women’s Club has announced it is selling its fourth annual Barkhamsted Ornament for the holiday season. Depicting a scene from the Hitchcock Chair Co., this year’s ornament is hand-painted and measures 3 1/2 inches in diameter. The ornament comes gift-boxed with a ribbon for hanging. An optional matching stand is also available for $4.

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Tavern night a success

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BARKHAMSTED — The Barkhamsted Historical Society held its third annual Tavern Night at the Squires Tavern on Saturday, Nov. 2, giving history buffs a chance to experience the historic setting as it would have been in the 18th century when it was a drinking establishment — with hard cider, liquor and food from the era served to entertain visitors.

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Historical society dedicates barn to late resident

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BARKHAMSTED — The Barkhamsted Historical Society held a dedication ceremony at their recently completed barn next to Squires Tavern on Saturday, May 4.
The historic tavern, located at 100 East River Road at the edge of People’s State Forest, was built around 1795 and serves as a museum of local history.
It is operated by the Barkhamsted Historical Society and includes many historical artifacts throughout the building.
The building was owned by local farmer Bela Squire, who passed away in the 1800s.

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Sixth-grade twins win spelling bee

BARKHAMSTED — The Barkhamsted Women’s Club held its fourth annual spelling bee Wednesday, April 10, at the Barkhamsted School, in which sixth-grade twins took home the top two places.
Fifth- and sixth-grade students from Barkhamsted, Colebrook and New Hartford participated in the spirited contest, and all students were credited with doing a wonderful job.
The winner of the event was sixth-grader Jill Keegan of Barkhamsted, and the runner-up was her twin brother, Brian Keegan.

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Barkhamsted celebrates new garage

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BARKHAMSTED — A grand opening for Barkhamsted’s new highway garage building, located on Route 44, was held Sunday, April 14, with state and local dignitaries in attendance.
According to First Selectman Don Stein, plans for the building started back in 2003 when the town started saving funds for the project.
Stein said while the project was originally authorized by taxpayers for $2 million, the total cost of the project came under original estimates at $1,920,000.

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Musical ensemble to play live movie scores at Mallory Brook Cinemas

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BARKHAMSTED — Massachusetts-based musicians, The Andrew Alden Ensemble, are performing a series of concerts featuring live music scores for classic movies at Mallory Brook Cinemas, located at 380 New Hartford Road.
The ensemble is made up of four musicians from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, including keyboard player and composer Alden, drummer Andy Cantu, viola and violin player Beltran Del Campo and guitar player Nat Saralamba.

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Lasanga lover’s delight at PTO benefit

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BARKHAMSTED — An Italian feast made for a delicious time at Barkhamsted Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 2, as the school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) held its fourth annual benefit dinner.
According to co-organizer and PTO member Kelly Morante, the benefit started four years ago to help the school raise funds to build a playground.

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Risedorf a hit at national home run derby

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BARKHAMSTED — For most high school baseball players, playing at a major league baseball park is just a dream.
But Northwestern Regional High School student Zach Risedorf, 16, fulfilled that dream in late December when he participated in the seventh annual Power Showcase in South Florida.
The event, which took place from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30, was held at Miami Marlins Park and is a showcase for amatuer baseball players.
According to the event’s website at www.power-showcase.com, 130 players from 19 countries took part in the event.

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Supporters enjoy food and drink at historic tavern

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BARKHAMSTED — Townspeople enjoyed a mix of celebration and historical preservation as the Barkhamsted Historical Society held its second annual Tavern Night at the Squires Tavern Saturday, Nov. 3.
A fundraiser for the society, the event is also a rare opportunity for history buffs to experience an 18th century historic tavern as it traditionally functioned — as a drinking establishment — with hard cider and food served to entertain the evening’s visitors.

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