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NEW HARTFORD —  The 36th annual Bunny Day took place at the New Hartford Elementary school on Saturday, April 8.

Children and families came out to meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy balloons, games, egg hunts and redeeming prizes for special chocolate eggs.

Photographer Paul Cryan said he has been organizing and running the annual event since his son, now 37, was one year old. Megaphone in hand, Cryan urged children to line up in time for each of five egg hunts where they could find “special eggs” to exchange for a variety of prizes, all provided by the...

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Trinita Retreat Center hosts variety of vendors

NEW HARTFORD —  The Trinita Retreat Center hosted its third annual Christmas Fair on Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13. 
Vendors at the fair sold all sorts of wares, from pies to  jewelry to Christmas decorations. 
All the proceeds went to supporting the center and the sisters of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity. 

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FEMA grant helps WCFD

WINCHESTER CENTER —  On Monday, Nov. 14, members of the Winchester Center Fire Department hosted a class where members learned how to use new self-contained breathing equipment.
Earlier this year, the department received $80,000 under a recent FEMA grant in order to obtain the equipment. 

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Ribbon cut for Brewery Legitimus

NEW HARTFORD —  In September, Brewery Legitimus opened at 238 Main St.  in a factory building previously vacant for many years. 
A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the brewery was held on Friday, Nov. 4.
The event included free beer samples and for many, a first look at an unusual new business for New Hartford.
“We’ve been getting everything ready, training up our employees and making sure we have plenty of beer,” said owner Chris Sayer. “

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Church serves up community meal

NEW HARTFORD —  The North Congregational Church hosted its fifth community meal of the year on Friday, Oct. 28. 
“It’s a nice opportunity for anyone in the community to enjoy a meal, but it also is a social event,” the Rev. Margret Hofmeister said. “We have some families and seniors. It’s always a good mix. Each meal draws around 50 diners.”

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Sculpture dedicated in memory of Keener

NEW HARTFORD —  A dedication ceremony for an outdoor sculpture created in the memory of resident Pat Keener was held on Saturday, Oct. 22.
The metal sculpture was constructed near the Farmington River, behind the parking lot of Town Hall.
Barkhamsted artist John Noelke created the sculpture, which is an empty portrait frame that “frames” the scenery of the Farmington River.

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Business event features local Realtor

NEW HARTFORD —  On Thursday, Oct. 13, The New Hartford Business Council hosted a “Business After Hours” event to spotlight Turning Point Realty at 536 Main St. 
Business owners and community members attended the event to learn about Turning Point, and upcoming community events, over hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
Turning Point owner Suzie Larson said she has been involved in real estate since 2009 and opened the business in 2015.

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Fashion show benefit

NEW HARTFORD and WINSTED —  St. John’s Episcopal Church, in conjunction with the Valley Thrift Shop, held a silent auction and boutique event on the third floor of the New Hartford Town Hall on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The event was held to raise money for the Valley Thrift Shop located at 714 Main St. in Winsted, and the church, which is at 42 Church St. in New Hartford.
Since its founding 43 years ago, the Valley Thrift Shop has donated over $700,000 to charity.

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Cartoberfest benefit for Fire Department

NEW HARTFORD  — The 11th annual Cartoberfest, a benefit for the New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department, was held on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the field behind the Hurley Business Park.
Cars of all shapes, sizes and ages were on display at the event, from vintage antique cars from the early 20th century, classic cars from the 1950’s and 1960’s, to rare cars made in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
The event was co-organized by the department and Time Was Garage in New Hartford. 

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One killed, three injured in car accident

NEW HARTFORD —  A Glastonbury resident was killed and a Winsted resident seriously injured in a three-car accident on Friday, Oct. 7.
According to the State Police report written by Sgt. Jason Uliano, the accident took place at 6:35 p.m. on Route 202.
According to Uliano, Glastonbury resident Bruce Anderson, 70, was driving his Toyota RAV4 SUV westbound on Route 202 when he veered off the roadway and struck a guardrail located off of the westbound travel lane.

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Vigil held for accident victims

NEW HARTFORD —  More than 100 residents attended a candlelight vigil held for the late William Pellum and his wife, Sybil Pellum, on Sunday, Oct. 2.
According to a report filed by officer Robert Hazen of State Police Troop B, they were injured in an accident on Sept. 16 on Main Street, east of the Route 219 intersection when Shivan Desal, 31, of New Hartford, was driving westbound on Main Street in a 2002 Honda Civic LX.

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