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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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New Hartford 2015 Election Results

These results were provided by the town clerk of New Hartford. The winners are marked with an asterisk.

First Selectman

*Daniel V. Jerram (R), 1,226

John M. Burdick (New Hartford United), 430

Mike Companik (D), 303

Selectman

*Alesia R. Kennerson (R), 1,017

*Laura Garay (D), 466

Troy F. LaMere (Petitioning Candidate), 251

Candidates discuss issues

NEW HARTFORD — The first selectmen candidates running in this year’s municipal election gathered at the Ann Antolini School for a debate on Thursday, Oct 22.
Taking part in the debate was six-year incumbent Republican Daniel Jerram, Democrat Michael Companik and New Hartford United co-founder John Burbick.
Many issues were discussed, including growing New Hartford economically and developing Route 202.

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Cartober Fest raises funds

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NEW HARTFORD —  The 10th annual Cartober Fest, a benefit for the New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department, was held on Sunday, Oct. 4 at the field behind the Hurley Business Park.
Hundreds of classic cars were on display, including hot rods, convertibles, and vintage antique cars from the early 20th century.

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Dancers step in line at Senior Center

NEW HARTFORD —  The town’s Senior Center inside   Town Hall hosts a free line dancing class on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
The class, taught by instructor Rusty Nuemann, is open to the public and provides an energetic workout beneficial for improving strength and balance.
Jean Barnicoat, director and municipal agent for the elderly at the Senior Center, said the class has been going on for more than eight years.

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Volunteers paint up town

NEW HARTFORD — The New Hartford Art League sponsored a community mural painting project on Saturday, Sept. 19.
As part of the project, volunteers decorated parking lots with the works of local artists.
Using the theme of New Hartford’s slogan “A Town For All Seasons” as inspiration, the Art League held an open contest for artwork, and on Sept. 19 solicited volunteers to turn the winning entries into giant murals.

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Town celebrates New Hartford day at Brodie Park

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NEW HARTFORD — The 42nd New Hartford Day was held at Brodie Park on Sunday, Sept. 20.
According to co-organizer Mary Lee Dunn, who organizes the event with Sally O’Neill, the activity started in 1976 as part of Bicentennial celebrations.
“It’s grown a lot over the years,” Dunn said. “We are the only two organizers because we found that it’s easier than having a big committee because you can never get people to meetings.”

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Learning the ropes

Ethan Helt, 5, climbed across a rope bridge as part of New Hartford Day, held at Brodie Park on Sunday, Sept. 20. Assisting Ethan is Boy Scout Troop 19 Scoutmaster Pete Visser and Troop member Jack Kaszas, 16. 
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Storytime at library

NEW HARTFORD — Now that summer is coming to a close, Pajama Storytime with Valerie has started at the Licia and Mason Beekley Community Library.
Storytime will be held every Thursday night at 6:45 p.m. and is hosted by Valerie Berlin, who has been the interlibrary loan librarian for the past two years.
Berlin said she used to host similar nights when she ran the children’s section at Barnes & Noble and knew she wanted to bring it to Beekley.

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Body identified as missing kayaker

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NEW HARTFORD —  The dead body of a resident missing since January was found in Brodie Pond on West Hill Road on Sunday, Sept. 6.
According to a press release issued by Trooper Kelly Grant of the State Police Public Information office, troopers from Troop B in Canaan were dispatched to the pond at around 5:20 p.m.

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Business Profile: The Hive

NEW HARTFORD —  In the bright corridors of the Hurley Building at 37 Greenwoods Road in Building A, Studio 6, you will find The Hive.
Store owner Donna Gentile has burned sage which has been wafted by a hawk feather every morning for the past two months as part of the opening ritual of the day.
Gentile said that The Hive is her dream business and is a mix of art, graphic design and community.

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