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COLEBROOK — Colebrook Congregational Church’s community food pantry is looking for donations in order to help serve those in need in the community.

The food pantry has been supplying families in need with fresh and nonperishable food since 2015. 

The church has recently received a grant for renovations from the Colebrook Associates to create a more efficient storage space for the pantry. 

Pastor Jeffrey Smith said the pantry can always use donations.

“We can always use spaghetti, sauce, apple sauce, canned fish, meat, tuna, ham,...

Colebrook

Pinewood Derby zips into Colebrook

COLEBROOK —  Hundreds of excited Cub Scouts from Pack 1027 filled the dining room at Camp Jewell the annual Pinewood Derby on Sunday, Jan. 22.
Forty-nine kindergarten through fifth grade students created handmade cars to race down a wooden track. The Scouts huddled around the track as digital clock tracked speeds.

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‘Tis the season for a Colebrook Christmas

COLEBROOK —  There was Christmas merriment all throughout town as Colebrook held its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Colebrook Congregational Church held its annual Breakfast With Santa Claus event, and the jolly old elf traveled from the North Pole to visit with local area children.
A breakfast for both young and old was cooked up by church members.

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A merry early Christmas

The town of Colebrook held its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 10. Events included a vendor fair at Town Hall, a breakfast with Santa at Colebrook Congregational Church and a silent auction at the Colebrook Historical Society. In front: Quentin Pilko, 11. Second row: Kristian Pilko, 13, Eva Pilko, 7 and Jackson Pilko, 9. In back: Elf Valerie Calabrese and Colin McCarthy, 11. The gentlemen with the white beard would only identify himself as “Kris Kringle.” Full story on Page A2.

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Fire Department Christmas party brings joy to children

COLEBROOK — The Colebrook Fire Department hosted its 53rd annual children’s Christmas party at the fire station on Bunnell Street for about 60 people, many of them infants and children there to meet Santa Claus.
The party was put together and run by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Colebrook Fire Department and took about a month to plan and organize. Organizers send out newsletters to schools in Colebrook to invite all the children and their families. Announcements are also made at the schools.

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Pre-Thanksgiving dinner is a successful fundraiser

COLEBROOK —  On Sunday, Nov. 13, Northwest YMCA’s Camp Jewell held its 54th annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner at the Walter Malins Dining Hall.
The hall was decked out in autumnal decorations and centerpieces that had been made especially for the event. Grace was said and volunteers delivered the food to the tables on big platters. More than 300 people attended the event, feasting on turkey and stuffing with gravy and fresh green vegetables among other Thanksgiving staples. 

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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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