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NEW HARTFORD —  A 42-year-old Canton resident was killed in an accident on Route 219 on Tuesday, June 20.

According to the accident information summary written by State Police Sergeant Bryan Ferrucci, on June 20 at around 7:30 p.m., Zachary Pillarella, 21, of Barkhamsted, was driving his 2015 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Route 44 near the intersection of Route 219 when he collided with a bicyclist who was was traveling eastbound on Route 44.

The bicyclist was identified as Gordon Keller of Canton.

Keller was transported by New Hartford Emergency...

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Lions Club’s fall flea market enjoys sunshine

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NEW HARTFORD — Sunshine made all the difference at the annual New Hartford Lions Club benefit fall flea market, held at Brodie Park on Saturday, Sept 22.
On June 2 at the same location, the group held its annual summer flea market where rain and downpours scared away some vendors and attendees.
At Saturday’s flea market, it was sunny and warm, which led to hundreds of residents attending the event which had over 90 vendors.
From hats, to clothing, antiques and toys, the market had a wide variety of items.

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Tween beauty queen set to compete in California

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NEW HARTFORD — Eleven-year-old Sabrina DeBaise placed fourth out of 51 contestants at the Miss Connecticut Pre-teen beauty pageant.
The event, part of the National American Miss Beauty Pageant, was held at the Coco Key Water Resort in Danvers, Mass., in early August.
According to her mother, Robin, Sabrina also won the pageant’s volunteer service award.
DeBaise said that her daughter has volunteered in local food drives, the “Keychains for Cancer” campaign and has helped to find homes for rescued animals.

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October to bring weekend of cars and motorcycles

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WINSTED-NEW HARTFORD — The first weekend of October will bring some of the most impressive machines from this country and around the world to Winsted and New Hartford, as both towns hold celebrations dedicated to autumn in New England.
Winsted’s Fall Foliage Festival
The first engagement of the weekend will be Winsted’s annual Fall Foliage Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, which brings vendors and performers to downtown Winsted, along with the first-ever Elks Motorcycle Show.

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Just peachy times at church festival

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NEW HARTFORD — Everything was peachy on Saturday, Aug. 25, as North Congregational Church held its 16th annual Peach Fest and Craft Fair on Pine Meadow Green.
Hundreds of people attended the event, which included vendors selling art, jewelry and clothing.
According to the Rev. Margret Hofmeister, church members put in hours peeling peaches in preparation for the event. Hofmeister said that in all, 100 peach pies and 480 peach shortcakes were made.
Church member Kelly Holcomb, who has helped make pies for the event for more than nine years, said the fair has always been popular.

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Sandwiches galore at Eclectic Frog

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NEW HARTFORD — After five years of business in Winsted, Anthony Perenti has moved to New Hartford and opened The Eclectic Frog Cafe.
Perenti originally operated Savory Thymes, a restaurant that was located at the end of Main Street.
“I had a good clientele in Winsted, but I needed a larger customer base,” Perenti said. “I never got the customer base to where it needed to be in those five years.”
Perenti decided to move and open the Eclectic Frog Cafe.
Perenti, who grew up in West Hartford, has been a chef since he was 15 years old.

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New Hartford art students win awards

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NEW HARTFORD — Students from The Ann Raymond Center for the Arts won awards for their artwork in June in the 2012 International Youth Art Exchange (ARTEX) contest.
The competition is now in its 25th year and is sponsored by the World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glen Falls, N.Y.
The theme of this year’s contest was “Food From Seed To Table.”
Students from the center who won the contest’s critics choice award are Howard Truax, Kate Lewton, Taylor Chambers and Julia Moor.

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Fresh and fun times at Farmers Market

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NEW HARTFORD — Now on its fifth year, the New Hartford Farmers Market is back in business every Friday night this summer, offering produce and goods from local vendors.
According to organizer Anita Barden, 13 vendors are currently taking part in this year’s weekly market.
“I think having a market in New Hartford is wonderful because it offers residents a place to socialize and to get to know their neighbors,” Barden said. “You can also get plenty of locally grown food here in a really nice setting. To me, local farmers are the backbone of America.”

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Lions Club makes best of washout at flea market

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NEW HARTFORD — When an event is listed “rain or shine” it means rain or shine no matter what, according to New Hartford Lions Club Vice-President Donna MacDonald.
And indeed the rain poured from the sky during the club’s annual benefit flea market on June 2 at Brodie Park.
Despite the rain, vendors and attendees still braved the weather.
The flea market, which has been held by the club for more than 20 years, offered a wide selection of clothing, antiques, furniture and collectibles.

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Local tween to compete in pageant

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NEW HARTFORD — Eleven-year-old Sabrina DeBaise has her eyes set on winning Miss Connecticut Pre-Teen at the National American Miss Beauty Pageant.
The event will be held from Aug. 2 to 6 at the Coco Key Water Resort in Danvers, Mass.
Sabrina is the daughter of Anthony and Robin DeBaise and is a student at Ann Antolini School.

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Children’s interest in gardening grows with Sprouts club

NEW HARTFORD — The New Hartford Garden Club, a nonprofit local environmental organization, celebrated its 50th anniversary this spring by forming a youth division appropriately named Sprouts. The traditionally adult club has long recognized the need for children to have available safe, educational and fun nature activities and wanted to educate children about where food comes from and how it is grown.

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