Opinion writer Jo Ann Jaacks reflects on writing. She talks about making a story relatable, authentic and having an unexpected twist.

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Several years ago, I was thrilled to open an invitation to my niece’s First Communion ceremony. Although I attend an Episcopal church, I consider myself a good lapsed Catholic, and memories of my own ritual of passage came flooding back. Some were happy thoughts – the actual service itself –…

New Milford has changed the format of its Community Calendar. The calendar is still accessible to see what events are happening by clicking on the Community Calendar Quick Link.

Madeline Horosky, of Lakeville, graduated from the University of Tampa on Dec. 5.

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In 2020, ASAP! carried forth its in-school programming, created COVID-safe in-person opportunities, and developed virtual workshops in the face of quarantine. Their 2020 theme ‘Connection’ was born out across a variety of writing, movement and visual art programs facilitated by the program development of ASAP! teaching artists.

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LITCHFIELD — The Hillacious Half, Litchfield’s only half marathon, benefits local military members or families that need a helping hand. According to its website, “The H½ as created to honor our military, to thank them and let them know that their sacrifices are not unnoticed or taken for gr…

WASHINGTON — The First Congregational Church of Washington will hold a Harvest Pie Sale on Sunday, Nov. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Parish House, according to an email from the church.

BETHLEHEM – Karina the cow, a 1,300-pound Holstein, will be the star attraction at the Bethlehem Land Trust’s First Annual Cowchip Raffle, to be held at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 24 at the association’s flagship property, the Bellamy-Ferriday Preserve, just off the town green, according to a statement.

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LITCHFIELD COUNTY — Regional School District 6, West Hartford, Litchfield, and other schools have been working with NextGen SmartyPants, based in Canton, to bring engaging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education to kids of all ages, according to an email from the company.

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LITCHFIELD — On a sunny and seasonal Fall day the Litchfield County CBD Co., a newly opened business, held a second event on their property at 383 Torrington Road in Litchfield. Owner George Manzone and Jackie McNamara hosted an outdoor craft show to benefit the Smilow Cancer Center in Torrington.

GOSHEN — A handcrafted barn motif little free library was donated to a Torrington fundraiser for Valerie Manor nursing home a year ago and ended up filled with books in front of the Shell gas station in Goshen. Janice Connor, formerly of Goshen and now living in Litchfield, is the steward fo…

NORTHWEST CONNECTICUT — Denise Butwill of Litchfield volunteered with her church’s food pantry until they were forced to close due to Covid-19 concerns. She then approached Deirdre Houlihan DiCara, executive director of FISH (Friends in Service to Humanity of Northwest Connecticut), a long-t…

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BETHLEHEM — On a recent Friday morning, Carolyn Happy from Bethlehem and Cathy Wheeler of Morris, both members of Christ Episcopal Church Stewardship Committee, were preparing 11 colorful bags of fresh produce, as they have done since late June. The church members stepped up when the school …

Invention Convention Worldwide is a global K-12 invention education curricular program mapped to national and state educational standards that teaches students problem-identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship and creativity skills and builds confidence in invention, innovation and entrepreneurship for life.

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WASHINGTON — Despite the limitations of the world pandemic, the Glenholme School hosted its 16th commencement exercise recently, one of the few on-campus graduations in the nation, according to an email from the school. Seventeen graduates and their families were blessed with a beautiful sum…

NEW MILFORD — The Town of New Milford would like to remind everyone that they can sign up to receive information and notifications from their website.

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LITCHFIELD — Litchfield Park and Recreation held its first Father of the Year Contest, and the winners have been announced. Frank Van Ormer won the Father of Young Children award, and Steve Malo won the Father of Older Children award.

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WASHINGTON — ASAP!’s 15th annual Celebration of Young Writers invited students from public and private schools as well as home-schooled children to submit poetry and prose.

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WASHINGTON — While many of the Washington area churches have gone to online services for safety purposes during the COVID-19 pandemic, that isn’t stopping them from continuing to serve their communities. Discussions following a successful food drive on May 26 have led seven established relig…

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LITCHFIELD — Car shows have become hugely popular with car aficionados and classic car owners, having 50 shows to choose from on weekends from late April to mid-October. The Litchfield Lions Club will present their fourth annual “Biggest Little Car Show” on Saturday, June 20 with a rain date…

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Celebrated as the co-founder of the Torrington School of Ballet and a longtime volunteer for the Nutmeg Ballet, Marjorie Dante was a guiding force at both institutions for 47 years, retiring in 2017 at age 97. Those who know her say she did almost everything — taking attendance, fitting dance shoes, keeping the books, ordering supplies, keeping the studio clean and more.