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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

Rockwell and civil rights presented in Colebrook

The Community Center in Town Hall was packed on the night of Friday, July 11, as the Colebrook Historical Society hosted their first Friday Evening Gathering of the year.
In celebration and recognition of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Thomas Daly, curator of education for the Norman Rockwell Museum, was invited to discuss Rockwell’s life and art, specifically his role in the Civil Rights Movement.
As Daly pointed out, Rockwell came from very humble means, including a childhood that had periods of moving from boarding house to boarding house.

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Town celebrates the Fourth

COLEBROOK — A bicycle parade was held at the Colebrook Consolidated School on Friday, July 4.
Local children rode their bikes from the school to the Colebrook Congregational Church up the road where the town’s annual Independence Day celebration took place.
In addition to bicycles, children rode scooters or were pulled in wagons by adults. The event was sponsored by Colebrook Associates.
Colebrook resident Rachel Ferrari said this was the second year her children participated in the parade.

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Lions Club makes breakfast

COLEBROOK — The Colebrook Lions Club held a Father’s Day breakfast at The Colebrook School on Sunday, June 15, with cooks including club members Ray Winn and Michael Lazzaro.
A large grill allowed them to cook a dozen pancakes at a time.
“We will also be at the Colebrook Fair during Labor Day weekend,” Winn said. “No pancakes, but we’ll have breakfast sandwiches, fried dough, hot-dogs, pie by the slice and soda water. We might do fries from scratch.”

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Girl Scouts brave the weather for tag sale

COLEBROOK — Girl Scout Troop 40427 held a tag sale on Saturday, May 24, at the Colebrook Community Center.
The threat of thunderstorms did not deter the girls from organizing the sale, although the questionable weather did change their plans slightly.
Originally the event was to be held in the parking lot of the Community Center, but it was moved inside as a precaution.
The troop is a small, close-knit group of girls who are all from Colebrook.

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Lions hide 510 Easter eggs for their annual hunt in Colebrook

COLEBROOK — The Colebrook Lions Club held its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 12, at the fields and playground of Colebrook Consolidated School.
“We are fortunate to have such nice weather for the event this year,” Colebrook Lions Club secretary Cindy Fixer said. “The event is always outdoors and is held rain or shine, but one year we had to hide the eggs in a foot of snow.”
According to Fixer, 510 Easter eggs were numbered and hidden by volunteers, including Lions members and local youth.

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General Store closes again

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COLEBROOK — The Colebrook General Store has closed again due to a dispute between store manager Miriam Briggs and the Colebrook Preservation Society.
The General Store, located at 559 Colebrook Road, is one of the longest continuously operating stores in the area. However, there have been a few short gaps of time when it was closed. The store first opened up in 1812.
The store was closed for two years before the building was purchased by the Society, which is made up of four residents: Jim Millar, Howard Estock, Ed Lord and Marty Neal.

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Fundraiser held for couple who lost home

More than $2,000 was raised at a fundraiser held on Sunday, March 23, at YMCA Camp Jewell, aiding two Colebrook residents in rebuilding their home which burned down in late January of this year.
Marsha Lawton and Bill McCarthy lost their home in a blaze caused by undetermined electrical issues.
The house was deemed a total loss by the fire marshal.
More than 200 people attended the event held at Camp Jewell. The proceeds will go towards rebuilding the home that Lawton owned.

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Colebrook gets into the Irish spirit

COLEBROOK — A St. Patrick’s Day-themed dinner was held at the Colebrook Senior Center on Saturday, March 15.
The tables were decorated with ivory colored tablecloths and dark green place mats.
Vases holding yellow daffodils adorned each table, and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day banner hung from the back wall.
Residents packed the Senior Center for an Irish dinner which included corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatos, pistachio cake, Irish soda bread and rye bread.

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Community comes to aid of fire victims

COLEBROOK — Residents are coming to the aid of Marsha Lawton and Bill McCarthy, who lost their house at 16 Chapin Road in a fire on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Lawton and McCarthy, along with their dog, escaped without injury. However, their house is a total loss after the fire, which was determined to have been caused by an electrical problem.
Both Lawton and McCarthy escaped with nothing else but the clothes they were wearing, along with their coats and boots.

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’Tis the season for local history

The Colebrook Historical Society held a holiday open house Sunday, Dec. 1, at its museum, located at 562 Colebrook Road.
The free event included holiday foods, wine, musical performances by students from Colebrook Consolidated School and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” by resident Kenneth Andresen.
The museum, located in a 19th-century inn, has housed rotating exhibits, including a summer show dedicated to local military history which included military uniforms previously worn by residents. The exhibit also included pictures, documents and other historical artifacts.

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