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COLEBROOK —  Tucked away on 540 sprawling acres on 6 Prock Hill Road, Camp Jewell has been a favorite destination for students and families since 1901. 

In 1986, Camp Jewell partnered with New England nonprofit environmental education program, Nature’s Classroom, to provide students with a hands-on outdoor experience.

Program Coordinator Ben Spencer works to connect school groups with Camp Jewell, receiving students from all over New England. 

Spencer said that since Nature’s Classroom merged with Northwest YMCA’s Camp Jewell,...

Colebrook

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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Superintendent award winner comes up Rosie

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COLEBROOK — Eleven-year-old Rosie Scanlon has been named this year’s Superintendent’s Award winner by the Litchfield County Superintendent’s Association.
Rosie is a sixth-grade student at Colebrook Consolidated School. Her parents are Wendy and Steve Scanlon. Rosie said she loves the school because of its small student population.
“I could never stand going to a big school,” she said. “Because it’s small, I can walk up to someone and know who they are.”

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Colebrook has race for first selectman

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COLEBROOK — After a snowstorm as large as the one experienced in Connecticut last weekend, it may be hard for voters to concentrate on statewide municipal elections, which are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8; but for those towns where power has been turned on, the voting will go on.

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Fire Safety Week celebrated in Colebrook

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COLEBROOK — Students at Colebrook Consolidated School were visited by members of the Colebrook Fire Department on Oct. 14 for Fire Prevention week.
According to Principal Beth Driscoll, department members showed students firefighting equipment, talked to the students about escape routes if a fire happens at their home and told the students to talk to their parents about smoke detectors.

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Oktoberfest celebration showcases German treats

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COLEBROOK — The Colebrook Congregational Church Auxiliary held an Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 15 at the Colebrook Community and Senior Center. Plenty of bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad and beverages were enjoyed by all who attended the event.
First Selectman Tom McKeon and organizers Abrah Carroll, Frankie Polidoro, Astrid Tury, Penny White and Sue Coggins brought their appetites to the party, while Liz Blum showed off her homemade pear cake and other desserts.
“I had so many pears on a tree and I had to figure out what to do with them,” Blum said.

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FairWindCT auction Oct. 16

COLEBROOK — The public action group FairWindCT will host a silent auction on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Rock Hall Luxe Lodging in Colebrook.

There will be items in all price ranges — from local goods and services to designer jewelry to vacations in luxurious and exotic locations — and much more. A list of items can be seen online at www.fairwindct.com. All proceeds benefit FairWindCT’s appeal of the Connecticut Siting Council’s approval of six industrial wind turbines in Colebrook.

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Winsted native is new teacher in Colebrook

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COLEBROOK — Winsted native Lauren O’Connor is now a third-grade teacher at Colebrook Consolidated School.
O’Connor, who is a Gilbert School graduate, class of 2003, served as a substitute teacher for the Winchester school system for the past two years.
She said that this is her first full-time teaching job and that she is excited for this school year.

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School using SMART Boards

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COLEBROOK — Several civic groups banded together to purchase six new SMART Boards for Colebrook Consolidated School.
According to school principal Beth Driscoll, the Colebrook Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), the town of Colebrook, the Colebrook Lions Club and local company Ice House Garlic raised and donated money for the purchase and installation of the SMART Boards.
“They are interactive, so they are definitely very engaging for the students,” Driscoll said. “They open up a wealth of resources between children and teachers.”

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