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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

Turkey dinner draws a crowd

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COLEBROOK — The town’s Senior and Community Center held its 16th annual turkey dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 21.
According to site director Barbara Cormier, 210 residents attended the event, raising $2,000 for the center.
Diners had turkey, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, gravy and desserts, including homemade apple crumb cake.
Co-organizer Joe Alciati said the annual event brings together members of the community.
“It just gets bigger and bigger every year,” Alciati said. “It’s all for the community. All 12 of these volunteers have been doing this for many years.”

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Elks clambake attendance grows

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COLEBROOK — The Winsted Elks Lodge held its annual family clambake at Ma’asser Park on Saturday, Sept. 7.
According to Exalted Ruler Julie Machowski, more than 300 people attended the party, which included a pig roast, all the fixings and dancing to live music.
“I think we had a very good number of people attending,” Machowski said. “It was a few more people than last year’s clambake. I think we’ve had a steady increase in attendance over the years.”

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Down home fun at 70th annual fair

The 70th annual Colebrook Labor Day Country Fair, organized by Colebrook Associates, was held on Saturday, Aug. 31, in five different locations: The Town Green, Town Hall, the Senior and Community Center, the local baseball field and the town pond.
This year there were more than 40 vendors selling art, jewelry and clothes, along with vendors selling food including pies, jellies and snow cones.
Added to the event this year were a cardboard boat race, held at the pond and a car show at the baseball field.

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Fire department holds flea market

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COLEBROOK — The Colebrook Volunteer Fire Department held its second annual benefit flea market on Saturday, July 6, at the Forge Firehouse on Colebrook River Road.
The all-day event was a benefit for the department to raise funds for equipment and activities. The firehouse was filled with items, including vintage board games, stuffed animals and kitchen items.

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Colebrook Store reopens

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COLEBROOK — After almost two years, the Colebrook Store has reopened.
The general store was one of the longest, continuously operating stores in the area. It first opened in 1812 but has seen repeated closures in recent years.
The new manager of the store is Miriam Briggs, who grew up in Winsted.

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Burglar nabbed

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COLEBROOK — A burglar was caught red-handed July 2, according to police, and has been connected with three area burglaries.
Frank Keller, 41, of Becket, Mass., was arrested after state troopers found him prowling around a home on Smith Hill Road, then found items stolen in a prior burglary in his truck.
Trooper Joshua Holcombe was en route to a call to investigate a burglary at about 4 p.m. that afternoon when he spied a pickup truck parked on the side of Smith Hill Road. He stopped to check it out and saw Keller peering in windows at a home.

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Fourth-grader’s work published in magazine

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COLEBROOK — Work by Colebrook Consolidated School fourth-grader Natalie Williams was published in this year’s issue of Connecticut Student Writers Magazine.
The magazine is published yearly by the Connecticut Writing Project, a program established in 1982 by The University of Connecticut.
The Writing Project offers programs to schools and opportunities for students to have their writing published.
Each issue of Connecticut Student Writers Magazine publishes prose stories and poetry from school students throughout the state.

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Witkos and Case update residents

COLEBROOK — State Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8) and State Rep. Jay Case (R-63) provided a legislative and budget update to the Colebrook Board of Selectmen at the Town Hall on Wednesday, March 20.
The legislators discussed proposals currently under consideration at the state legislature with Colebrook residents, including the governor’s proposed state budget, Connecticut’s budget deficit and proposed increases in spending, the elimination of the car tax and measures to prevent gun violence.

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School names Litchfield County Superintendents’ Award winner

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COLEBROOK — Sixth-grade student Alyssa Hotchkiss, 11, has been named by Colebrook Consolidated School as its Litchfield County Superintendents’ Award winner.
Alyssa was honored at the Cornucopia Restaurant in Torrington at a banquet along with other award winners on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Colebrook Superintendent of Schools James Chittum said that Alyssa was chosen because of her leadership in the classroom and because she is involved in the community.

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PTO hosts second annual wine tasting benefit

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COLEBROOK — The Colebrook Consolidated School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) held a successful second annual wine tasting fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Colebrook Community Center.
According to co-organizer and PTO President Hope Carfiro, 75 residents attended the event, about 15 more than last year.
Attendees got to taste a large variety of wine supplied by the Ledgebrook Spirit Shop which donated 10 percent of purchases to the PTO.
Wines sampled included such brands as Blackstone, Gnarley Head, Woodbridge and La Quercia.

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