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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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Everything was peachy at festival

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NEW HARTFORD —  The North Congregational Church held its 19th annual Peach Festival at the Pine Meadow Green on Saturday, Aug. 22.
The event included 35 vendors and crafters selling art, jewelry and clothing.
Members of the church sold peach desserts, including peach pies and peach shortcakes.
According to event co-organizer and church minister the Rev. Margret Hofmeister, the event was a benefit for the church.

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Children make collages based on Carle’s book

NEW HARTFORD — The Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library hosted an Eric Carle collage event, inspired by his book “Mister Seahorse,” on Friday, Aug. 14.
“It’s the end of summer, so I figured I’d pick something that had to do with an ocean theme,” said children’s librarian Nicole Misko. At the start of the event, set to Hawaiian-themed music, Misko passed out leis and children gathered around to hear the story.

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Psychic medium at Beekley Library

NEW HARTFORD — The Licia & Mason Beekley Memorial Library hosted a free psychic medium reading featuring Debbie Gutierrez on Tuesday, Aug. 11. 
Along with her work as a psychic medium, Gutierrez is also a nurse, certified life and intuitive coach, and author of the soon-to-be-released book, “The Investigation of the SELF.”

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Volta Studio opens at Hurley

NEW HARTFORD — Volta Studio, a pole-dancing instruction dance studio, opened on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Hurley Business Park on 37 Greenwoods Road.
The dance studio offers classes in the acrobatic art of pole dancing.
Studio owner Courtney Kane said that she is enthusiastic about opening the studio.

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Summertime Tie-Dye

NEW HARTFORD — The Licia Mason Beekley Community Library hosted its annual Tie-Dye and Batik event on Friday, July 31.
Children’s Librarian and Program Coordinator Nicole Misko directed the event for children ages 5 and up. 

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‘E.T.’ lands at Ski Sundown for a good cause

NEW HARTFORD — On Saturday July 25, Lisa Bocchichio and Gina Gill hosted a family movie night at Ski Sundown to benefit 11-year-old Emma Thistlewaite and family.
Emma, whose parents are Bob and Pam Thistlewaite, was diagnosed in March with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
After Emma was diagnosed, a charity was set up called Emma’s Angels to assist the family with expenses.

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Storywalk and celebration at Beekley library

NEW HARTFORD — The Licia and Mason Beekley Community Library hosted a storywalk and celebration of local author Lee Tangarone on Saturday, July 26.
The event was the culminating activity of a month-long celebration of the life and work of Tangarone, according to storywalk co-curator Fran Stoffer. 
The annual event is in its fourth year, Stoffer said, and seeks to honor Tangarone, a long-time member of the community.

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EDC and Center reps discuss ideas for town center

NEW HARTFORD — A large turnout showed up for a meeting with representatives from the town’s Economic Development Commission and Connecticut Main Street Center on Thursday, June 18, at Town Hall.
Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker, associate director of the center, held a discussion on what makes a vibrant town center.

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Book sale benefits Beekley Library

NEW HARTFORD — BookFriends of the Beekley Community Library held its annual used book sale at the New Hartford Elementary School on Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14.
Proceeds from the sale of books, music, DVDs and baked goods benefited the library, helping with children’s programming, book deliveries to town residents unable to access the library, and developing new ideas for connecting the community with the library.

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Flea market benefits Lions Club

NEW HARTFORD — Rain showers held off for most of the day on Saturday, June 6, for the New Hartford Lions Club’s giant flea market held at Brodie Park. 
Although early morning moisture dampened vendors as they prepared to display their wares, most were very pleased when the weather turned sunny and brought the crowds with it.

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