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STANFORDVILLE — Stanford Community Day will again provide an opportunity for revelers to pick a favorite pair and cheer them to victory in what has become the traditional Push Cart Derby, organized by Helen Hamada and her husband, Kardsh Onnig of the Barraka Center for 3D Experimentation.

They began the event three years ago because, according to Hamada, “post election there was such a divide in this country that we thought, ‘Why don’t we try to do something in the community?’ Something that will be fun and bring everyone together — and it doesn...

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Important though obscure

10 Mill Law limits forest land taxes
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

It’s a state law that probably affects fewer people here than any other legislation. But it has the potential to impact millions of dollars in tax penalties.

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Firework safety for pets

HYDE PARK — With the start of the summer season, the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) offers tips for pet owners concerned about their pets reactions to loud noises. This time of year, noises from fireworks and thunderstorms can upset pets and can even cause damage to their hearing. Pets can become terrified of loud noises. They cannot control their reactions. Pets may try to run away or otherwise escape the noise. They may injure themselves in the attempt to get away.

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State Trust needs photos, data on area’s old barns

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

Old barns are as much a part of the Litchfield County landscape as trees, deer and undulating expanses of infinitely beautiful farmfields. But according to the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, barns are “becoming an extinct building type” in this state.
The reason why should be obvious. In recent years there has been much talk about the slow death of farming and agriculture in this part of the world. Conversations on that topic tend to focus on the human and economic angles.

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Graduation 2011

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Same-sex marriage legalized in New York

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NEW YORK — On Friday, June 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law historic legislation, making New York the sixth state to sanction marriage between same-sex couples. He did so after the Senate voted 33 to 29 in favor of the Marriage Equity Act.

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Berry, berry nice!

shawi@winstedjournal.com

WINCHESTER CENTER — A berry, good time was had by all on Sunday, June 19 at the Winchester Grange during the annual Strawberry Festival. According to grange member Sue Addison, the festival was started in 1950 by the Winchester Fire Department.
The Grange took over organizing the festival years later. At the festival, people were served strawberry shortcakes with homemade biscuits, whipped cream and loads of strawberries.

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Schibi, Gessay engaged

FEEDING HILLS, Mass. — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gessay of Feeding Hills have announced the engagement of their daughter, Nicki Gessay, to Devin Schibi. He is the son of Sandi Young of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Jim Schibi of Winsted. The groom-to-be is employed with Smith & Wesson of Springfield, Mass., and the prospective bride is employed with Valley Opportunity Council of Chicopee, Mass. They both reside in Westfield, Mass.
An October 2012 wedding is planned.

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Watch your fingers

Snapping turtles are on the prowl

If you’ve never contemplated the anatomy of a turtle, you should. Its rib cage is fused to its shell, and its shoulder blades are inside the rib cage.
Now think about how you would look with your shoulders inside your ribs.
And while some turtles tuck their necks sideways into their shell, others have neck vertebrae that stack vertically, almost folding the neck inside— turtles such as the ubiqitous road-crawling snapping turtle.
What seems like a short neck on a rather cranky-looking turtle can actually extend out to approximately half the length of its shell.

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Union’s agreement with Malloy ‘best in country’

HARTFORD — Workers around the country are envious of Connecticut state employees, according to their lead negotiator.
Daniel Livingston, chief negotiator for the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition, said other unions want to learn how to imitate their success negotiating with Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Livingston told a meeting of state employees June 4 he would be going to a national meeting of union leaders to teach them, according to three videos posted online by union officials.

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Moth Watch

A luna moth spread its wings, showing its colors.

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