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COLEBROOK — The Colebrook Store celebrated its 225th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 13. Festivities were held all over the town in honor of the event. 

“We’ve been planning this event since last winter,” said Colebrook Preservation Society President Bob Lord. As part of the event, hamburgers and hot dogs were served by the store outside and people could go bobbing for apples or decorate cupcakes. To round off the evening there was a dance party.

Volunteer Sally Bainbridge was the organizer for the party itself.

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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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Colebrook dig uncovers fragments of history

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COLEBROOK — An archaeological dig in the Robertsville section of Colebrook is complete. For four years, Marc Banks’ team labored under the hot summer sun and braved the bitter winds of late autumn before being driven off the field by winter’s snow.
The fifth year was spent (on Saturdays, usually) cleaning, sorting and identifying the many thousands of shards left behind by the men and women who worked to provide the necessities of war for General Washington.

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Holiday events bring Christmas to Colebrook

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COLEBROOK — Two events held on Saturday, Dec. 10, brought holiday spirit to the center of town.
Children and adults of all ages enjoyed the sixth annual Breakfast with Santa event, which was held at the Colebrook Congregational Church on Smith Hill Road.
Visitors to the church enjoyed plenty of pancakes, eggs and juice, while the young ones got to visit with the jolly old elf himself.

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