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Most modern chimney care companies won’t give you a song and a dance, as Dick Van Dyke did in the classic film version of “Mary Poppins.”

Winter Is Coming, Time to Get Your Chimney Checked

It’s getting chilly and Tristate homeowners are starting to think about “firing up” their woodstoves and fireplaces. In addition to getting a supply of wood or pellets, it’s also important to call a reputable company to check over the chimney lining and exterior to be sure they’re in good shape for winter use.


Apple-picking is an annual family tradition at Ellsworth Hill Orchard in Sharon, Conn., where there are 13 varieties to choose from. Photo contributed by Mike Bozzi, Elsworth Hill Farm

Carve Out Good Times, Family Memories at Ellsworth Hill Orchard

Among the many things that Northwest Corner towns do well are fall farm activities bathed in vibrant foliage, bright blue skies, invigorating air and the always uplifting laughter of children delighting in all that seems new.


Kent Falls Brewing’s assistant brewer Ralph Alterisio with Wooded Streams, their “fall lager.” Photo by Will Siss

Autumn in a Glass: Enjoy Falls’ Beers This Fall

How do you capture a season in a beer? In the winter, a bold, roasty stout complements the dark hours. In the summer, a citrusy India pale ale embodies the moment. Come fall, brewers search for the right amount of amber, sweetness and crispness to match the promise of refreshing air and leaves underfoot.


Ed Schopp, left, and Mike Schopp are the owners of the North Canaan-based Stadium System, which refurbishes tens of thousands of football helmets annually in preparation for the new gridiron season.  Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

Stadium System Tackles the Task of Reconditioning Helmets

While most people spend the summer in leisure mode, for Mike and Ed Schopp, owners of Stadium System, Inc., in North Canaan, Conn., it’s crunch time. That’s because from June through the beginning of September it’s all hands on deck in preparation for the arrival of fall football season.

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