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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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New Hartford resident admits to child pornography

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NEW HARTFORD — Daniel Jesse Conrad, 31, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, May 17, in the United States District Court in Hartford to one count of production of child pornography.

According to a press release issued by the United States Department of Justice, Conrad waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Robert A. Richardson.

The department cites both court documents and statements that led to Conrad’s arrest on Sept. 10, 2015.

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Garden Club hosts plant sale

NEW HARTFORD — The New Hartford Garden Club held its Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 7, at Town Hall. 
Kathy White, the club’s president, said that turnout was “steady all day, considering the rain and the amount of other places selling Mother’s Day plants today.”
White emphasized that the Garden Club “appreciates the support from our local community, both our regular customers as well as passersby.”

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Kindness in Motion’s bake sale fights hunger

NEW HARTFORD — The Kindness in Motion initiative at Northwestern Regional High School led high school students to hold a bake sale to fight hunger in the community on Saturday, May 7.
Despite the drizzly day, students who participate in the initiative set up outside next to Mustard’s Last Stand, a hot dog stand at 506 Main St. 
Group members raised about $400.

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Business Council event at library

NEW HARTFORD — The New Hartford Business Council hosted a Business After Hours event for home-based businesses at the Licia Mason Beekley Community Library on Thursday, April 14.
“This is an important event for those business owners who don’t have storefronts, so it gives people an opportunity to see them,” Business Council President Paul Amenta said. “The Business Council is trying to do events like this quarterly with different business owners and also different venues.”

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Women’s Club holds ‘Shoe Cutting Party’

NEW HARTFORD — At their April monthly meeting on Thursday, April 7, the New Hartford Women’s Club took part in a “Shoe Cutting Party” for the Sole Hope charity. Every month, the club finds activities to participate in to benefit organizations and charities.
The Sole Hope program is a national charity that provides closed-toe shoes to children in Uganda to protect them from jiggers.

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BOE reverses decision on Bakerville School

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NEW HARTFORD — After four months of controversy, the Board of Education decided at its special meeting on Monday, March 28, to reverse its decision to close Bakerville School.
In December, the Board of Education unanimously decided to close Bakerville School, located at 51 Cedar Lane.
The school was established in 1941, and it offers prekindergarten, kindergarten, first and second grades.

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Coloring books for adults at library

NEW HARTFORD — “I haven’t colored since I was a kid,” said one of three women attending Within the Lines, a new class at the Beekley Library that started on Tuesday, March 8.
At the library’s class, the table was strewn with several coloring books, a supply of markers, pencils and crayons.
“They’re a lot more complex than children’s coloring books,” another participant said. 

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Residents want Bakerville School to remain open

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NEW HARTFORD —  Residents overwhelmingly voted that they wanted to see Bakerville School to remain open at an advisory referendum held on Tuesday, March 15.
According to the town’s official website at www.town.new-hartford.ct.us, 1,275 residents voted for the school to remain open, while 487 residents voted for the school to be closed.
In December, the Board of Education unanimously decided to close Bakerville School, located at 51 Cedar Lane.

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Non-binding vote scheduled

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NEW HARTFORD —  At press time, a special town meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 3, for residents to vote on whether to have an advisory ballot vote on whether the Bakerville School should be closed.
If approved at the special town meeting, the advisory ballot vote will be held on Tuesday, March 15, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Benefit held for ailing musician

NEW HARTFORD — The Parrott Delaney Tavern held a benefit for musician and Niantic resident Gary Gidman on Saturday, Feb. 27.
Gidman is a founding member of the band Tirebiter, which will celebrate its 43rd anniversary this year.
 In 2002 he suffered a stroke, and then in 2015 he was diagnosed with cancer that had wrapped itself around his spinal cord, leaving him permanently paralyzed. 

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