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A Pine Plains FFA member in the making, Harper Shea guided her calf Lingo around the field of Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School in preparation for the cow show at the annual FFA Fall Agricultural Fair on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Celebrating our future agricultural leaders

FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success.


New-York Historical Society docent Stephanie Nigito highlighted journalist Ida B. Wells as an influential figure  during her Feb. 16 presentation on “Black Citizenship.” Wells launched an anti-lynching campaign after a friend of hers was lynched. Photo submitted

Shadowed history shared as Black Americans fight for equality

COPAKE — Aligning with February’s celebration of Black History Month, the Roeliff Jansen Community Library invited area residents to listen to an in-depth history on “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” as presented by the New York-Historical Society on Wednesday, Feb. 16.


FFA officers and alumni celebrate FFA week every year at the end of February. Photo submitted

Celebrating our future agricultural leaders

Every year, for one week in February, FFA members from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands come together to celebrate what FFA means to them. During this week, FFA members organize activities that raise awareness not only about the organization, but also the role agriculture plays in our lives.

Share the love, one pint at a time

HARLEM VALLEY — Between Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, the month of February is a vibrant time for beating hearts and reaching out to show someone how much you care about them. Going beyond paper Valentines and boxes of chocolates, there’s another way to profess your deepest feelings from the heart this season.


Pictured left to right, Lesa Vanotti, TSB President & CEO and Community Health and Wellness Board Member; Joanne Borduas, Community Health & Wellness CEO; and Jeff Geddes, Torrington Savings Bank VP. Photo submitted

Spreading love for workers on the front line

February is heart health month, and with Valentine’s Day celebrated this month, Torrington Savings Bank took time to spread some cheer and show our appreciation to the front line heroes  at Community Health and Wellness — Torrington/Winsted.

Their selfless service to our communities has helped us get through these tough times.

Miner will not seek reelection

LITCHFIELD — State Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) announced Thursday, Feb. 10, that he will not seek reelection.

Miner represented the 66th District in the state House of Representatives for eight terms before running for the state Senate (30th district) in 2016.

He was first selectman of Litchfield from 1991 to 2001.


State Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-106), left, and U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY-19), right, took a moment to pose for a picture on Jan. 31 at the Stanford Town Hall. Photo by Judith O'Hara Balfe

Delgado and Barrett hand out masks and COVID tests

STANDFORDVILLE — On the  frigid Monday morning of Jan. 31, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY-19) and State Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-106) joined with  some of their staff members to hand out COVID tests and masks to residents who visited the drive by station set up at Stanford Town Hall.

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