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COLEBROOK —  The state branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted 10-year-old Ayla Fritz’s wish on Thursday, March 30, by unveiling a treehouse at her family’s home.

Launched in 1986, the foundation’s goal is to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

According to a press release, the Connecticut chapter has fulfilled more than 2,700 wishes since its inception.

Foundation Manager Debbie Artinian said Ayla is dealing with the medical condition extrahepatic portal vein obstruction, a vascular disorder of...

Colebrook

Residents recount Peru adventures

COLEBROOK — “An Adventure in Peru” was presented at The Colebrook Historical Society on Friday, Oct. 10.
Residents Ken and Julie Andresen, along with Gary Scheft and Cheryl Heller, recently returned from a trip to Peru, and the four spoke about their experiences to members of the society.

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Community meal at Senior Center

COLEBROOK — The town’s Senior Center, located in Town Hall, held a turkey dinner community meal on Saturday, Sept. 20.
The event, organized by Joe Alciati, has been going strong for many years.
All funds raised at the dinner go toward operations and events held at the center.

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Construction on wind turbines to proceed

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COLEBROOK — The state’s Supreme Court sided with BNE Energy Inc. in a decision made on Monday, Sept. 15, that will allow the company to go forward with its plans to build wind turbines in the area.
The company’s plans to construct six wind turbines on local property were originally announced in 2010.

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Community remembers Lovejoy

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WINSTED AND COLEBROOK — Owen Lovejoy, 18, committed suicide by jumping off of the New Street overpass above Route 8 and on to the road on Friday, Sept. 19.
According to State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance, Lovejoy jumped off of the overpass at around 11:08 a.m.
The suicide was witnessed by an individual who Vance did not identify.
Lovejoy was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Historical society holds wine tasting event

COLEBROOK — A wine tasting event at the Colebrook Historical Society on Friday, Sept. 12, attracted more than 20 residents for food, wines imported from the Czech Republic and a lecture by Czech wine importer Noah Ullman.
The lecture is part of a series of monthly Friday night historical society events.

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Elks clam bake: ‘Community, friendship, family’

COLEBROOK — The Elks Club held its 18th annual clam bake on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Maasser Park.
According to organizers, more than 250 residents attended, paying $35 for live music, raffles and food and beverages including beer, wine, clams and deep-fried turkey.
Member Brian Shaughnessy said he attends the event every year with his friends and family.

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Fun and frogs at annual fair

COLEBROOK — At the 70th annual Colebrook Community Labor Day Fair held on the town Green on Saturday, Aug. 30, more than 40 vendors sold baked goods, homemade clothing, bags and jewelry. 
 
The fair began at 9 a.m. with the traditional pet show and frog-jumping contest. All participants received a ribbon.
 
Resident Dave Travis said he attends the event with his family every year.

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It’s not easy bein’ green

Dash Stevens, 3, tried to get a handle on his frog at the Colebrook Community Labor Day Fair. 
 
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Case, Witkos speak at senior center

COLEBROOK — State Rep. Jay Case (R-63) and State Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8) visited the Colebrook Senior and Community Center on Tuesday, Aug. 26, to deliver a legislative update. The event, which took the form of an informal lunch, was held in the Mary Gray Memorial Hall.
The visit, which is one stop on a tour of senior centers, was focused on the seniors themselves. Case and Witkos distributed pamphlets highlighting the 2014 Acts Affecting Seniors, compiled by a bipartisan group in Hartford.

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A delicious night out at the Steak Bake

COLEBROOK — For the past 11 years, the third Saturday of July has been a day for honoring a member of the Colebrook Fire Department with a steak bake at Maaser Park. On Saturday, July 19, the 11th annual Steak Bake was held in honor of Bob Bull, a member of the fire department.
From the savory smell of steak grilling in the air to the warmth of community spirit, this event is a fundraiser for the department.

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