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BARKHAMSTED — Bikers Against Animal Cruelty (BAAC) held a bake sale at Winsted Feed and Supply on Saturday, March 4.

The event raised money to support the organization’s work and to spread awareness of ending cruelty to animals.

The group started ten years ago with 22 men and women who had two things in common: a desire help abused and neglected animals and an enjoyment of motorcycles. 

The group has evolved into an organization that helps both pets and injured animals across the country.

While riding motorcycles and animal rights advocacy...

Barkhamsted

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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Solemn, patriotic memorial service for fallen soldier

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BARKHAMSTED — More than 100 people gathered at People’s State Forest to remember Spc. Philip C.S. Schiller on Saturday, June 23.
Schiller died April 11 in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.
Schiller enlisted in the Army in June 2010. His brigade was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in December.
Schiller lived in the Winsted area for 18 years before he moved to The Colony, Texas, in 2009 to live with his sister, Courtney.

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Memorial service will honor fallen soldier

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BARKHAMSTED — A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 1 p.m. at the People’s State Forest Pavillion for the late Philip C.S. Schiller.
Schiller, 21, had lived in the Winsted area for 18 years. He died from wounds he suffered when enemy forces attacked his United States Army unit in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
Schiller was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division out of Base-Lewis-McChord.

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