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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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Taste of Litchfield Hills announces participants

NEW HARTFORD — The 26th annual edition of A Taste of the Litchfield Hills will take place Sept. 3 to 5 at Ski Sundown, with an array of participating eateries that were announced this week.
Participating culinary vendors from the Winsted area will include Chatterley’s Restaurant (New Hartford); Backstage Restaurant (Torrington); The Green Room (Winsted); Infinity Bistro (Norfolk); KJ Grilled Pizza (Torrington); Mustard’s Last Stand (New Hartford); Rocket Fine Street Foods (Torrington); and Summertime Sno-Balls (New Hartford).

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Passiflora hosts Garden of Drums

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NEW HARTFORD — Jami Ray of Bristol, who is also known as “Conga Jay,” was the host of a drum circle at Passiflora Tea Room and Café in New Hartford on Thursday, Aug. 4. Ray brought hand drums big and small for players including Winsted resident Fran Devevo.
“I have been drumming for more than 10 years and I just can’t stop,” Ray said. “The energy and the community of the earth is based on rhythm. For time, we call that rhythm a calendar. To me, everything has a heartbeat, and that’s what these Garden of Beats events are about.”

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Floral paintings in New Hartford

NEW HARTFORD — Barkhamsted artist Lucille Delaney is the featured artist in the Gallery at Jerram Winery, where her show, “Nature’s Beauty on Canvas,” will run through the month of July.
Delaney is an award-winning artist who has been painting since childhood. Flower gardens and the Farmington River have given her the inspiration for her realistic oil paintings. Her work has been exhibited at the former Act II Gallery, Passiflora and Squire’s Tavern. She is also an active member of the New Hartford Art League and has served on its board of directors.

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Hot and spicy times at New Hartford chili cookoff

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NEW HARTFORD — The Trinita Family Life Center held a chili cookoff on Saturday, June 18, at its retreat center on 595 Town Hill Road. Eleven teams competed, with names like Phantom Heat, Los Demonios Guapos, Strini’s Secret and Not Smurf, The Murphs.
The chili recipes had names like Chuckwagon Red, Tantalizing Tumultuous Terrorizing Tongue Tornado Chili at Trinita and Goshen Grown. Organizer Nancy Strini said the cookoff is a fundraiser for the organization.

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State House approves wind regulations bill

Colebrook projects still in limbo
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HARTFORD — The state House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to require regulations for wind-turbine projects in Connecticut.
HB 6249, An Act Requiring a Moratorium on the Siting of Wind Projects Until the Adoption of Regulations, passed by a vote of 132-6, suggesting state representatives are as concerned as residents about possible environmental hazards and the impact on natural resources and quality of life that the turbines might pose.

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