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A truly, astoundingly magnificent pulled pork recipe

As I’ve said before, I grew up in the 1970s in a somewhat Jewish household so I didn’t eat much pork when I was a youngster. 
Since moving here to the Northwest Corner, I seem to be constantly being offered pork at dinner parties; and I’ve recently begun to cook and enjoy it on my own. 
My latest favorite dish is an 8-hour slow-cooked pork roast that is magnificent and very easy to make.

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Charlotte Hungerford breaks deal with Winsted Health Center

WINSTED — Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has announced plans to move out of the Winsted Health Center to a new location on South Main Street.
Charlotte Hungerford has operated an emergency department and offered additional services out of the Health Center on Spencer Street since the Winsted Memorial Hospital shut down in 1996.
Winsted Health Center President Douglas Brand said he was taken aback by the news.

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Long-term care plans can be complex

KENT — A talk on preparing for future care by learning about long-term care insurance drew a small audience to the Kent Memorial Library on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
It was presented by financial planner and CPA Katrina Luca of Danbury, Conn., and Flushing, N.Y., and Theresa Kung, senior marketing director at the World Financial Group office in Flushing. The business partners described Medicare/Medicaid coverage, what it will do and what it will not do. Other insurance plans were presented as options for financial and long-term health-care security.

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Janelli bowing out of medical care — for now

NORTH CANAAN — Dr. Bruce Janelli has announced that he will no longer practice medicine at his office in North Canaan, at least for now. 
His building will be rented to Hartford Healthcare and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and APRN Dawn Lidstone, who works for Hartford HealthCare, will provide medical care from Janelli’s former office in the center of North Canaan. 

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Ain’t no cure for the common cold

At first I thought (hoped) I was experiencing an allergic reaction to moldy leaves and other wet, mucky autumn stuff.
But by this morning I knew it was a cold. As a test, rather than go straight to Alka Seltzer Plus, my preferred cold-fighting potion, I decided to try some Boiron homeopathic ColdCalm (because why not?).
It might have helped but probably it didn’t. Here’s why I think so: I spent the afternoon studying the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) many web pages about the common cold.

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Drugs and cleansers sneak into your drinking water

SALISBURY — Medications and personal care products find their way into the nation’s rivers, according to Emma Rosi, a senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook.
Rosi gave a presentation, “Our Rivers on Drugs,” at Noble Horizons on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The research Rosi and her team are doing is largely uncharted territory, she said.
The drugs include many common prescriptions: antidepressants, antibiotics, antihistamines, anticonvulsants, painkillers.

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Hints and tips: Medicare enrollment begins on Oct. 15

SALISBURY — A lecture designed to help area seniors with their decisions about the annual Medicare enrollment period drew an audience of 200 to Noble Horizons on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Sponsored by Noble Horizons and Salisbury Bank, the hour-long illustrated lecture presented an update on Medicare changes for 2019, including decision points for seniors to consider, along with advice on avoiding health insurance scams. The session was timed to be in advance of the 2018 Open Enrollment period which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

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The limits of the large zucchini

Vitamin C is found in unexpected places, such as in zucchini. Who knew, but one medium zucchini has 58 percent of your daily recommended dose of the essential cancer-fighting antioxidant that we normally associate with citrus fruits (and with fighting the common cold). 

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Praise the lard and pass the biscuits

It’s not too early to start thinking about the Thanksgiving turkey, and here is what I’d like to suggest: lard.
Yes, lard. I know, it sounds gross and it looks gross, too, but I’ve learned a lot about lard this week and I’m here to tell you two things. First, it’s surprisingly healthier than many other cooking fats.

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75-year-old Nursing Association and Community Fund join forces in Kent

KENT — The 75-year-old nonprofit Kent Nursing Association recently merged with the Kent Community Fund. 
A community-wide reception to celebrate the merger is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. in the St. Andrew’s Church parish hall at the corner of routes 7 and 341. All are welcome to attend.
The Kent Nursing Association (KNA) was incorporated in 1943, during World War II, by six women leaders in Kent: Dr. Josephine Evarts, Miriam Butterworth, Dorothy Gawel, Nina Page, Doris Woodin and Elizabeth Woodward. 

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