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Connecticut Office of Fiscal Analysis

Federal ARPA fund spending decisions vary town by town

The six Region One towns are in different stages of deciding what to do with federal funds stemming from the American Recovery Plan Act.

The totals of available funds are estimates from the state Office of Fiscal Analysis as of August 2021. The actual amounts received by the towns will almost certainly be slightly different.


Amanda Skinner, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, said her organization is preparing for a “surge” of patients from out of state. Photo by YEHYUN KIM / CTMIRROR.ORG

With overturn of Roe v. Wade, CT gears up for a surge of patients seeking abortions

On Friday, June 24, Planned Parenthood of New England’s website carried two sentences in large white letters: “Our doors are open. Abortion is still safe and legal in Connecticut and Rhode Island.”


Celebrating his success with his family, Anthony Cordato, center, was awarded the Most Outstanding Cupcake award for the men’s category and the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Cupcake Grange. Photo submitted

How sweet it is!

COPAKE — For one sweet summer afternoon, the Copake Grange was transformed into the Cupcake Grange for a fundraiser organized by the Friends of Copake Grange to benefit the Grange on Sunday, June 12.


These chickens are strong and healthy, but their keeper remains on the lookout for the avian flu to make sure the flock remains so and does not catch the highly pathogenic avian flu. Photo submitted

Avian flu remains a concern in the Hudson Valley

HUDSON VALLEY — The highly pathogenic avian flu continues to cost an enormous amount of money and caused a great deal of fear in the United States, and right here in the Hudson Valley. According to the World Health Organization (WHO),  the first case of human H5N1 avian flu in the United States was first reported on April 28.


The new owners of the landmark Ellsworth Farm in Sharon are Graham Stanton, at left, and Kristy Foss and their daughter, Lieve. Photo by Leila Hawken

Ellsworth Farm’s new owners value land restoration, community

Expecting to write a new chapter in the history of the Ellsworth Farm, Kristy Foss and Graham Stanton are the new stewards of the 76 acres of land that comprise the old farm.

“It’s been a family farm for a long time,” Foss said during an interview on Monday, June 13, remembering past generations of owners.


Revving their engines, area motorcyclists could be seen riding around the town of Dover as part of VFW Post 5444’s Poker Run on Saturday, June 4. Photo submitted

Vets, hogs, cards and BBQ… a fast and fun VFW fundraiser

DOVER — Revving their motors for a rollicking time, area motorcyclists were invited to play their poker hands at the Dover Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 5444’s Poker Run on Saturday, June 4.

It was all in the name of a good cause as the VFW’s relief fund went to help Post 5444’s veterans in need.

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