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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

Fire department party is nice on ice

COLEBROOK — Despite the recent spike in temperatures, the Colebrook Fire Department held its annual skating party on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the town’s Recreation Area.
At the event, families and friends enjoyed ice skating and pastries donated by the Colebrook Store, along with hot cocoa by the fire. 

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Case and Witkos talk state and local issues at Coffee Hour

COLEBROOK — State Rep. Jay Case (R-63) and Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8) held a Coffee Hour event at the Colebrook General Store on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 13, to discuss the issues shaping the 2016 legislative session. 
During the course of the conversations with residents who attended the event, enticing businesses and young people to stay in the state emerged as dominant concerns.

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Italian Night at Colebrook Town Hall

COLEBROOK — The food was delicious and plentiful at the fifth annual Italian-themed family dinner night at the town’s community center, right in Town Hall.
Families were lining up to be served generous portions of chicken parmesan, homemade sauce, pasta, salad, garlic bread and desserts, including cannolis and cream puffs. 
What diners could not finish was gladly packed up and brought home.

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General Store celebrates first anniversary

COLEBROOK —   On Sunday, Dec. 13, the Colebrook General Store celebrated its first anniversary since reopening under new owner Jodi Marinelli. 
The store, located at 559 Colebrook Road, celebrated by throwing a pizza party for the town, which employee and Marinelli’s sister, Jesse Marinelli, said “had a really good turnout.” 

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Student honored

COLEBROOK — Every year, one student from the sixth grade who is a leader in academics, good citizenship and community service is chosen for the Litchfield County Superintendent Award from the Colebrook Consolidated School. 
This year’s winner, as chosen by a consensus of the teachers, principal and superintendent, is 11-year-old Grace Fragale. 

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Holiday fun in Colebrook

COLEBROOK —  Organizers of the Saturday, Dec. 12, Holiday Fair worked for three or four months to prepare for the event, and the result was a completely rearranged floor plan to accommodate double the amount of vendors as in years past. 
Thirty vendors from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island gathered in the Community Center and Town Hall, selling everything from food and dog treats to jewelry and clothing. 

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Gingerbread houses a holiday delight

COLEBROOK — The Colebrook Historical Society hosted a Gingerbread Open House at the Old Seymour Inn on Dec. 6.  
President Jan Rathbun said they have “about 15 or 16 gingerbread houses” made by Colebrook residents, many of which paid homage to well-known buildings in the area such as the Senior Center and the Church in the Wildwood. 

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Food pantry seeks donations

COLEBROOK — The town’s food pantry, sponsored by the Colebrook Congregational Church at 471 Smith Road, is looking for nonperishable items to feed local families.
Pastor Geoffrey Smith said a food drive that started several weeks ago is a success so far, and Colebrook Consolidated School helped by running a food drive for them, collecting over 400 items. “We’re going to be able to be a lot more generous,” said Smith.

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History valued: volunteers clean up cemetery

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COLEBROOK — A small group of volunteers cleaned up Cobb City Road cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 25.
Resident Dan Ward said he helped to co-organize the event after discovering the cemetery during a Memorial Day jog.

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Concerns about light, noise from wind turbines in Colebrook

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COLEBROOK —  After five years of planning and various delays due to court challenges, wind turbines operated by BNE Energy Inc. of West Hartford were expected to be operational by this week.

The company originally announced plans to construct six wind turbines in 2010.

The plans included constructing three wind turbines on 80 acres at 17 and 29 Flagg Hill Road, along with three more turbines on 125 acres at the corner of Route 44 and Rock Hall Road.

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