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Dean Diamond of Deano’s in Lakeville has had many years of practice at throwing pies in the sky. Naturally, he agrees that Connecticut makes the best pizzas. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Pie in the sky, a half-baked idea — or is Connecticut pizza really the best?

Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would designate pizza as Connecticut’s official state food, sparking a Tri-state debate over whose pies reign supreme. In response, Northwest Corner residents and pizzeria owners are defending Connecticut’s savory slices.

Eagle Watch

It sometimes feels that you won’t find something if you’re looking for it. Photographer Lans Christensen of Kent went out on Feb. 5 to look for regular birds poking around bird feeders and had limited luck in finding any.


Ed Kirby maintained a lifelong friendship with Pittsburgh Pirates great Steve Blass, who invited Ed and his wife, Mary, to Steve Blass Day in 2019. Photo submitted

With thanks to Kirby, a notable career in the major leagues

Steve Blass, the Falls Village native who went on to notch two complete game victories for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1971 World Series, said that Ed Kirby was a successful baseball coach because he was a very thorough baseball coach — especially on baseball fundamentals.


COVID-19 vaccinations are available now for Connec­ticut residents 65 and older. Some Northwest Corner residents have had their vaccinations in the Kent Barns section of the town of Kent, photo above, run by High Watch Recovery Center. Photo byLlans Christensen

COVID-19 vaccine now available for residents 65 and older

Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Monday, Feb. 8, that Connecticut residents 65 and older can sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning on Thursday, Feb. 11. 

The governor estimated that there are 350,000 in the state between ages 65 and 74; the state expects to receive 60,000 doses per week.


Taken some time after 1895, this photograph captures the Stissing House building’s past in the days when Frank Barton served as its proprietor. Photo courtesy little nine partners historical society

Stissing House closes its doors after 15 years of fine dining

PINE PLAINS — Having built a name for itself with its cozy tavern atmosphere, superb dining and thoughtful community endeavors, the Stissing House in Pine Plains has closed its doors after 15 years of business, though not before thanking its customers, friends and family for their support.


Photo by Lans Christensen

Fur coats required

On Monday, Feb. 1, with the National Weather Service predicting 40 mph winds and 12 to 18 inches of snow, photographer Lans Christensen went out on roads in Kent at mid-day that he described as “really treacherous”and found cattle looking chagrined by the weather, despite their warm thick coats.

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