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BARKHAMSTED —  According to Town Clerk Holly Krouse, major political parties have until late July to endorse candidates for the November municipal election, while petitioning candidates have until August 9 to file petitions.

Two candidates have already announced their intentions to run for the first selectman seat.

Earlier this month, Democrat First Selectman Donald Stein announced that he will be running for his sixth term in this November’s municipal elections.

“One of the main issues for the town for me is financial,” Stein said in an...

Barkhamsted

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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Barkhamsted joins Little Free Library movement

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BARKHAMSTED — Without a town library of their own, residents of Barkhamsted have teamed up with a global initiative to bring more books into the lives of their neighbors, via the Little Free Library, a small kiosk in town where residents are able to pick up and drop off books without actually checking them out.
The new structure, one of two planned for the town, is located between Town Hall and Barkhamsted Elementary School on Ripley Hill Road, and stands as the community’s newest historical landmark.

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Frightful fun at Barkhamsted School’s Halloween festival

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BARKHAMSTED — Barkhamsted School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) held its fourth annual fall festival and Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The festivities included a haunted house inside the school’s auditorium complete with ghastly ghouls and scary (fake) decapitated heads.
The lights flickered as attendees made their way along the haunted house hallways, past a coffin with a zombie not exactly resting in peace.
The school also held a carnival filled with children’s activities, including a bean bag toss, darts and a pumpkin-throwing machine.

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Patriotic tradition celebrated in Pleasant Valley

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BARKHAMSTED — The Pleasant Valley section of Barkhamsted was decked out in red, white and blue as the town held its annual Independence Day parade July 4.
The celebration was in keeping with the town’s proud tradition of holding the parade on the actual holiday and not on the nearest Saturday, as has become common in communities across the country.
Townspeople enjoyed an exceptionally sunny day as hundreds of residents watched the parade travel along west River Road into Pleasant Valley and up to Town Hall.

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