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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

PTO hosts second annual wine tasting benefit

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COLEBROOK — The Colebrook Consolidated School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) held a successful second annual wine tasting fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Colebrook Community Center.
According to co-organizer and PTO President Hope Carfiro, 75 residents attended the event, about 15 more than last year.
Attendees got to taste a large variety of wine supplied by the Ledgebrook Spirit Shop which donated 10 percent of purchases to the PTO.
Wines sampled included such brands as Blackstone, Gnarley Head, Woodbridge and La Quercia.

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Veterans honored by students, Elks

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Colebrook and Winsted — Numerous events were held during the past week to honor the nation’s veterans as the national Veterans Day holiday was celebrated Sunday, Nov. 11.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, the Winsted Elks Lodge held its annual free luncheon for Winsted-area veterans and their families. More than 40 veterans from different eras attended the event, organized by club member and veteran John Beach.
Beach, a Marine veteran, served at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from 1975 to 1976.

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Kenn Morr keeps the music flowing

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COLEBROOK — Colebrook recording artist Kenn Morr is giving music fans a reason other than holiday shopping to get out of the house on Black Friday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m., when his band will perform music from his sixth independently released CD, “Worth Imagining,” at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville.
In a recent interview at his home near the center of town, Morr said “Worth Imagining” is an emotional journey marked by the tragedy of losing loved ones and the power of music to heal and grow.

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Lincoln-Douglas debates re-enacted in Colebrook

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COLEBROOK — A day before the final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, politics from another century came alive at Colebrook Congregational Church on Sunday, Oct. 21, with a re-enactment of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, originally held in 1858 between then Illinois senatorial candidate Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Senator Stephen Douglas.
More than 60 residents attended the event, with Naugatuck actor Lewis Dube portraying Lincoln and Luke Boyd from Wallingford playing Douglas.

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Students cook up Cape Cod fundraiser

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COLEBROOK — Mounds of pasta, salad, desserts and good times were served at Colebrook Consolidated School on Thursday, Oct. 4, during a benefit dinner for the sixth-grade class. Proceeds will go toward the expenses of a field trip to Cape Cod next May. More than 300 people attended the dinner.
“We’re raising money so students will not have to pay out of pocket for the trip,” class teacher Katie Ellison said. “The trip fits into our classes about ecosystems. The environment in Cape Cod is very different from our local environment.”
Ellison praised her class of 21 students.

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Colebrook and Norfolk looking to reorganize, possibly combine school districts

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COLEBROOK AND NORFOLK — Due to projected declining student enrollment over the next few years, the Colebrook and Norfolk school districts have been busy investigating several possibilities to reorganize and combine school districts.
According to Colebrook Consolidated School Superintendent James Chittum, members of Norfolk and Colebrook town governments formed an informal study committee in the spring to look into reorganization possibilities.

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Down home fun for everyone at 69th annual fair

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COLEBROOK — Colebrook Associates held its 69th annual Labor Day Country Fair Sept. 1.
The fair, spread out along the town green, Town Hall and the Colebrook Senior and Community Center, included sales of art and jewelry, with attendees enjoying homemade pies, snow cones, cookies and brownies.
Janet Fredsall, co-director of the town’s Senior and Community Center, said 30 pies were cooked for the event, including pumpkin, apple, strawberry and lemon meringue.
“This is a great little community we have here,” Fredsall said. “It’s great to see so many people involved with it.”

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Military history comes alive at Historical Society

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COLEBROOK — A visual record of military history through the years is on display at the Colebrook Historical Society through the end of September.
For the exhibit, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” the society has amassed a large collection of artifacts from more than 100 years of American war.
According to Historical Society curator and Colebrook Town Historian Bob Grigg, the exhibit includes artifacts from the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, the Civil War, World War I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the wars in Iraq and the American military action in Afghanistan.

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Colebrook band holds first-ever concert

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COLEBROOK — Pride and patriotism were displayed on the Colebrook Green Wednesday, July 4, as the Colebrook Concert Band held its first-ever concert.
The band, 24 musicians from throughout the Northwest Corner, played patriotic songs including “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”
Kenneth Andresen, who co-founded the band with resident trumpeter Matthew Hodgkin, conducted. Both live in Colebrook.

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Rigby out, candidates scramble

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COLEBROOK — State Rep. John Rigby (R-63) announced this week that he will not seek a third term in the state House of Representatives, leaving the seat open to Republicans, Democrats and independent challengers this fall.
At least three candidates from Winsted have already shown interest in taking the seat.
Rigby, a Colebrook resident, said the demands of his job and desire to be closer to his family played into his decision.
“It was a difficult decision to step away, but I have no doubt that it’s the right move for me and my family,” he said in an April 2 press release.

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