THOMASTON — Melanie Dobos opened her little shop, Stitch on Main, in Thomaston just five months ago, after working many years as a seamstress. While she was planning how to create elaborate wedding gowns and doing alterations for prom dresses, the coronavirus pulled her into a very different path.

NEW HARTFORD — Social distancing is one of the mandates of the coronavirus pandemic — stay six feet apart at all times; no physical contact. In public places, the rules may be a little easier to follow, but people living in an adult community might feel a little claustrophobic by now. They a…

NEW MILFORD — After a $8,500 match from the Sustainable CT Community Match Fund, New Milford now has $17,000 to put toward the expansion of its barn quilt trail, according to organizers. Led by local volunteers and nonprofit organizations, the effort will add 11 colorful quilt blocks to barn…

MORRIS — In the worst of times, the best in people rises to the challenge of helping others. As business owners, Diana and Robert McIntosh of Morris understand all too well how important it is to “keep things going” during these tough times. Diana said, “It was getting harder, so I was looki…

NORTHWEST CT — As Passover — the most widely-celebrated Jewish holiday in America — approaches, and with restrictions put in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19, Northwest CT’s Jewish community members are preparing to celebrate Passover — which began this year Wednesday, April 8 — at ho…

LITCHFIELD HILLS — Dylan Mello recently joined the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut as the Northwest Region Missionary. His territory encompasses a vast area with Canaan and Litchfield at the top of the map, Waterbury in the middle, and Brookfield and Southbury at the bottom. At that time, h…

MORRIS — Morris Public Library is offering programs for all ages, on its many social media platforms, through the remainder of March and April, according to an email from the library. The programs are as follows:

HARTFORD — The 39th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show was held Feb. 20-23 at the CT Convention Center in Hartford. The show is one of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in all of New England with over 300 booths overflowing with fresh flowers, plants, herbs, bulbs, seeds…

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LITCHFIELD — A first-time state-wide basketball shooting contest for boys and girls ages 9 to 15, Hot Shots, was held at the Wamogo Regional High School gym on Feb. 23, pulling an estimated field of 30 participants. Sponsored by Connecticut Recreation and Park Association, the event was host…

HARWINTON — Nancy Shanley Lyons was recently selected as the 2020 recipient of the Harwinton Outstanding Citizen Award, which will be presented for the 46th time at a banquet in her honor at Fairview Farm Golf Course April 17.

LITCHFIELD COUNTY — The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded grants to 28 area nonprofit organizations, totaling $104,950 during its third grant cycle of 2019. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants to Northwest Connecticut charities three times a year: early …

TORRINGTON — Staff members at Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington recently made a delivery to the Winsted Salvation Army of more than 50 hats filled with toiletries and personal essentials, which were distributed to those in need “as a gesture of good will for the ho…

WINCHESTER — Every year, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities dogs are paired with clients in need of a constant companion — a specially trained dog aware of their particular needs. This week, four people completed their intensive training with their own special dog at ECAD’s facilit…

TORRINGTON — Community Health and Wellness Center is offering a free, six-week diabetes self-management workshop at its Torrington health center. The workshop will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Nov. 12-Dec. 17.

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LITCHFIELD — The Litchfield Garden Club’s latest show, “Town Crier to Twitter,” a celebration of Litchfield’s 300-year anniversary, took a year to put together, and began with a gala kick-off at the White Memorial Conservation Center in the carriage house on Sept. 20, where winning floral ar…

WASHINGTON — MaryAnn Haverstock of Bethany has joined The Gunnery faculty as Director of the IDEAS Lab. Haverstock brings to the school’s robust STEM curriculum — which is offered in a hands-on lab environment — more than two decades of engineering experience combined with her work in academ…

PLYMOUTH — Although the Town of Plymouth’s 225th anniversary isn’t until 2020, the Plymouth Historical Society is getting a jump start on celebrating. Earlier this summer, a large mural depicting historical and current features of the town was unveiled on the side of the Lee’s Hardware build…

LITCHFIELD — The Litchfield Garden Club will present an in-club flower show, “Town Crier to Twitter” to celebrate the town’s Tercentennial celebration on Sept. 20-21. It will be held at the White Memorial Foundation Carriage House and Shed on Whitehall Road in Litchfield.

MORRIS — The Morris Fire Company was anticipating encouragement by local residents when they held a bucket collection on Sept. 7 and 8, and were delighted to be supported as well by out-of-towners who were traveling to the Bethlehem fairgrounds. Morris Volunteer Fire Company members were sta…

LITCHFIELD — On Sunday, August 18 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on both days, St. Michael’s-Litchfield will be hosting Lemon-AID in support of children being held in detention camps at the border. Once a child is held by the authorities, in order to be reunited with thei…

WASHINGTON — Broadway — the very word conjures up thoughts of dancers in flashy costumes, catchy show tunes and majestic theaters. But scripture? One wouldn’t ordinarily think to associate the American cultural phenomenon of Broadway musicals with biblical teachings. However, that’s just wha…

LITCHFIELD — On a steamy July 11, a group of dignitaries, representatives from local service organizations and the Sandy Beach Commission joined in a short ceremony to celebrate the new Automated External Defibrillator that was placed in a beach building for quick access. Lifeguards and staf…

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TORRINGTON — The Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce held a special graduation ceremony at the Torrington Lodge of Elks on June 19. The Annual Leadership Northwest program has a mission to “develop resourceful, motivated business leaders who are committed to making Northwest Connecticu…

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MORRIS — The summer reading program, a popular annual event hosted by the Morris Public Library, kicked off with an ice-cream social on June 18, with readers of all ages signing up. Each level received their own card with appropriate activities: Pre-K to grade 6 will explore the universe wit…

LITCHFIELD — Region 6 hosted a field day June 3 for all of the students in the district schools including Wamogo Regional High School, James Morris School, Warren School and Goshen Center School.

TORRINGTON — On a sunny June afternoon, just days before the end of the school year for students at Torringford Elementary School, a contingent of first and third graders joined their principal Kelly Galullo outside for a special grand opening. They helped welcome the installation of a Littl…