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This is a flightless female spongy moth, who has laid her eggs on the trunk of an oak and covered them with a felted mat of her own hairs. Photo by Willard Wood

Spongy moth potentially a threat again next year

It wasn’t unusual, driving in the Northwest Corner this summer, to see whole hillsides with their trees stripped of foliage, the trunks and branches clearly visible where weeks before there had been an even canopy of leaves.

Photo by John Coston

DEA Rx Takeback

Chelsea Kapitancek of the McCall Center for Behavioral Health in Torrington, left, Trooper Roy Dungan of Troop B, and Marissa Kent of the Housatonic Youth Services Bureau were on hand Saturday,  Oct. 29 at Troop B  as part of a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) program promoting safe disposal of unwanted prescription drugs.

The YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) award was presented to Jim Dresser, a longtime housing advocate who donated a 5.3 acre parcel of land  to the Salisbury Housing Committee for affordable housing units. Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

Housing: a big, urgent challenge

GOSHEN — Proving that it takes more than a village to solve the Northwest Corner’s affordable housing crisis, about 80 people, including state and local officials, regional housing groups, representatives of nonprofit organizations, housing advocates and residents gathered on Tuesday, Oct.

Photo by Peter Richmond

Free Little Art Gallery

The Roeliff Jansen Community Library in Copake has its own “A Free Little Art Gallery” (FLAG) thanks to Tia Maggio, head of youth services. It was a group effort, she said. FLAGs have been popping up all across the U.S. and  Europe.

Photo by Katheryn Stoddard

Old-time farmstand fun

Halloween antics at the Ford Farm stand in East Canaan, where a vintage truck was pulled from the barn, loaded with pumpkins — then enter a pair of skeletons, arranged by Katheryn Stoddard to simulate a roadside repair.


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