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COLEBROOK —  A heart- shaped sign on the door that said “We love our vets” greeted attendees to the Valentines for Vets program at the Colebrook Congregational Church on Saturday, Feb. 11.

At the event, families got together to create handmade valentines to be brought to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Newington.

This year, 57 elaborate Valentine gift bags were constructed for veterans at the facility.

Adults and children gathered around the tables in the church’s Fellowship Hall to stuff small Valentine bags with glittery...

Colebrook

Residents cook up community meal

COLEBROOK —  An Italian dinner night was held at the Colebrook Senior and Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 22.
The center has held community meals throughout the years including Thanksgiving- and Irish-themed dinner nights.
According to center Site Manager Barbara Cormier, the Oct. 22 meal is the first time the center has held an Italian -themed meal.
The meal included homemade lasagna, pasta, salad and unique Italian dishes.

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School holds sale for field trip

COLEBROOK —  Colebrook Consolidated School held their annual pumpkin and mum sale at the school on Saturday, Oct. 15.
The sale is to benefit the fifth-grade class for their future sixth-grade field trip to Cape Cod.
Parent Sandra Benge said the annual sale has been held for many years.

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Congregational Church blesses animals

COLEBROOK — The Colebrook Congregational Church held its inaugural Blessing of the Animals service on Sunday, Oct 2. in honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. “The actual feast day is Tuesday, Oct. 4, but we, like many churches, chose to celebrate the weekend before,” said Reverend Geoffrey Smith.
Residents were encouraged to bring their pets for a blessing. Pets owned by residents and animals from the mini farm at the YMCA’s Camp Jewell were blessed at the event.

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Delicious times with Elks Lodge

COLEBROOK — The Winsted Elks Lodge No. 844 held its annual clam bake at Maasser Park on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Hundreds of people attended the annual event, which included members of the club cooking clams, hamburgers, hot dogs and other foods for attendees.
“We’ve been holding this for at least 20 years,” lodge member Julie Machowski said. “This is a chance for all of our members and our families to get together and just have some camaraderie.”

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Good food and friends at potluck

COLEBROOK —  The Colebrook Congregational Church hosted its most recent community potluck on Thursday, Sept. 1.

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(Cardboard) ships ahoy!

COLEBROOK — The fourth annual Cardboard Boat Regatta was held as part of the Colebrook Fair on Saturday, Sept. 3. Using only cardboard and duct tape, both of which were supplied by the YMCA’s Camp Jewell, participants had to build their own vessels to bring to the competition at the Colebrook Pond. 

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Family fun at Colebrook Fair

COLEBROOK —  Perfect weather on Saturday, Sept. 3,  had hundreds out for local shopping, fair food and music for the 72nd annual Colebrook Fair. Visitors participated in raffles, enjoyed samples from local farms and shopped for everything from used books to handmade crafts and clothing.

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Fun at the Colebrook Fair

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Cheese, wine, and stories from the Balkans at Colebrook Historical Society

COLEBROOK — The Colebrook Historical Society held a gathering they called Cheese and History: A Taste of the Balkans, featuring writer and photographer Babs Perkins, Friday, Aug. 12. 
Perkins has been traveling to the Balkans, specifically Bosnia and Serbia, for the past eight years, documenting traditional food producers, including beekeepers, shepherds, wine and cheese makers and “all of the people who are doing things the old-fashioned way,” she said. 

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Grigg: Historian and writer dies

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COLEBROOK — Local historian Robert Grigg died on Monday, July 25, at Hartford Hospital.
Grigg, 83, lived in Colebrook for a majority of his life and served as its town historian.
He also was a major contributor of knowledge and history to the Colebrook Historical Society and served as its curator, along with researching numerous projects

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