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NEW HARTFORD — On Saturday, Aug. 19, members of the New Hartford Land Trust gathered to learn how to press and preserve flowers. The talk was led by board members Eloise Farmer and Karen Meares and took place at the home of a Land Trust member. 

Attendees were invited to bring their own flowers to press or use some that were provided by the instructors. Farmer, who once taught high school biology and did her thesis on the plants in Barkhamsted, has been pressing flowers for years both for personal and learning purposes. 

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Historical Society talk on Watson family

NEW HARTFORD — On Thursday, Feb. 4, David Krimmel of the New Hartford Historical Society gave a presentation on homes owned by six generations of the Watson family in New Hartford from 1734 to 1854.
The presentation was made at Town Hall.
The Watsons, Krimmel recounted, were one of New Hartford’s primary families when the town was founded. In fact, he said, “It probably could’ve been called Watsonville.” 

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Controversy over planned closure

Bakerville School
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NEW HARTFORD —  A group of residents is criticizing the planned closure of Bakerville School at 51 Cedar Lane, which was established in 1941.
According to the Bakerville School’s website, the school offers pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first and second grades.
According to meeting minutes available on town’s website, the decision to close the school was made by the Board of Education in a unanimous decision at a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

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Armed robbery investigated

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NEW HARTFORD — The State Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery that took place at Radwick’s Coffee and Deli on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
The store is located at 1165 Litchfield Turnpike on Route 202 and is also referred to as the Bakerville Store.
According to a press release issued by the State Police, troopers from Troop B-North Canaan and detectives from the Western District Major Crime unit responded to a call at the store at 5 p.m. on Jan. 12.

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Ski Sundown opens late for season

NEW HARTFORD — For all you frustrated winter sports enthusiasts, Ski Sundown has a message: The wait is finally over.
Long delayed by the unseasonably warm beginning of winter that saw records shattered throughout New England, Ski Sundown took advantage of plummeting temperatures last week and opened for business on Friday, Jan. 8.

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Library receives state grant

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WINSTED — The state’s Library Board has approved a Public Library Construction Grant for the Beardsley and Memorial Library at 40 Munro Place.
According to a letter sent to State Rep. Jay Case (R-63) on Monday, Dec. 7, co-written by State Library Board Chairman John Barry and State Librarian Kendall Wiggin, the grant is in the amount of $67,500 for a facility maintenance project.

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Local residents named to National Honor Society

WEST HARTFORD — New Hartford residents Sydney Samele and Allyson Voelker, and Winsted residents Katharine Jessen and Sarah Jessen were among the 85 Northwest Catholic students inducted into the Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society on Dec. 10, during a ceremony in the Rice Auditorium. 
The inductees were recognized for outstanding scholarship, admirable character and leadership, and generous service to NWC and their communities. 

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Bakerville Library spreads holiday cheer

NEW HARTFORD — The Bakerville Library hosted its annual holiday party on Friday, Dec. 4, featuring seasonal treats, a tree-lighting ceremony, family crafts and an opportunity to meet Mrs. Santa Claus.
The library annex was brightly lit and bustling with activity as families divided their time between a crackling bonfire and caroling outside, and the cheery activities indoors.

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First Saturday considered a success

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MILLBROOK — Millbrook’s first First Saturday, held on Dec. 5, was so successful the Millbrook Business Association hopes to make it an annual event. About 15 Millbrook businesses participated.
Grace Church hosted a Christmas Bazaar offering handmade crafts, cards, painted glass, bird houses, watercolors, woolen hats and mittens, baked goods and jewelry.

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Holiday fair at Trinita

By SHAW ISRAEL IZIKSON
 
NEW HARTFORD — Trinita Retreat Center held its second annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Nov. 14.
The fair included handmade jewelry, art and handmade goods by local area vendors.
“The money from the vendors goes back to Trinita to support our mission,” co-organizer Joy Milam said.

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Ping pong fun at library

NEW HARTFORD — For ping-pong enthusiasts in the Northwest Corner, it might seem difficult to find the time, space or money to enjoy your hobby. Tables are bulky and expensive to own, and community or recreation centers tend to prioritize basketball, bingo or other more common activities over table tennis.
Joan Auclair and the Friends of the Bakerville Library are hoping to change that.

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