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June 22, 2017: Litchfield County Times, The: HVA honor recognizes significant steps toward Housatonic Greenway vision

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In celebrating today's official opening of the Young's Field Riverfront Trail, the second phase of the New Milford River Trail, Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) Executive Director Lynn Werner presented NMRTA Director Tom O'Brien with a Housatonic RiverBelt Greenway Award.

"I am honored to recognize New Milford River Trail Association for its vision to create a multi-use trail from one end of New Milford to the other - making it the longest stretch of Greenway Trail along the entire River," said Werner. "It's wonderful to be a part of this celebration and to witness all that is possible when private citizens; recreation, business and environmental groups; and community leaders come together with one goal in mind - to make the New Milford River Trail dream a reality."

The award recognizes significant steps towards the larger goal of creating a corridor of accessible public lands along the entire Housatonic River mainstem, linking recreation trails with parks, natural lands, paddling access sites, and village centers along the river's 149-mile course. The vision is now 40% realized through improved land management, protected open space, access sites and trail rights-of-way in the 29 riverfront towns from the Housatonic's source in the Berkshires to Long Island Sound.

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SECTION 1 LITCHFIELD COUNTY TIMES, THE ACTIVITIES

SECTION 2 LITCHFIELD COUNTY TIMES, THE PROFILE

SECTION 3 BUSINESS NEWS ROUND UP

SECTION 1 LITCHFIELD COUNTY TIMES, THE ACTIVITIES

As of 10/25/2001, the Litchfield County Times is a subsidiary of Journal Register Co. The Litchfield County Times is a publisher of a weekly newspaper in New Milford, Connecticut. This publisher also produces three local monthly lifestyle magazines: LCT, The Fairfield County Times and The Westchester County Times.

SECTION 2 LITCHFIELD COUNTY TIMES, THE PROFILE

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SECTION 3 BUSINESS NEWS ROUND UP

June 22, 2017: Litchfield County Times, The: Connecticut fireworks 2017

There will a fireworks display by Pyrotecnico following the Connecticut Tigers' game against the Aberdeen IronBirds at Dodd Stadium, 14 Stott Ave. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.

June 24

BRANFORD: There will be a fireworks display at Branford Point at Parker Park, beginning at dusk. The fireworks can also be viewed from Foote Memorial Park. Rain date is June 25.

BRIDGEPORT: The BarnumPalooza celebration at Seaside Park culminates with a fireworks show around 9 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call 203-367-8495.

COVENTRY: CoventryFest 2017 will conclude with a fireworks celebration at 9 p.m. located at Coventry Lake in Patriots Park. Rain date is June 25. For details, email info@coventryfest.org.

DANBURY: The Candlewood Lake fireworks in Danbury Bay is hosted by the Danbury Volunteer Fire Department. The fireworks start at dusk and can be seen from either the Danbury Town Park or by boat. Rain date is June 25. For details, call 860-354-6928.

EAST HAVEN: The 17th Annual East Haven Fireworks & Beach Party will be held at East Haven Town Beach with fireworks starting around 9:20 p.m.

HEBRON: The Hebron Lions Club will host the 2017 Fireworks at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds. Gates open at 4 p.m. Admission is free.

June 28

OXFORD: The 2017 Quaker Farms Fire Company Annual Carnival will be held June 28 through July 1. A fireworks show will take place at 9:45 p.m. at Quaker Farms School, 30 Great Oak Road.

June 30

DANBURY: The fireworks show kicks off SummerStage at the Danbury Fair Mall, 7 Backus Ave. Fireworks are launched at dusk. Admission is free. Rain date is July 3. For details, call 201-830-4380.

HAMDEN: Hamden's 24th annual fireworks display will be held at the Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Ave., with fireworks starting around 9:15 p.m. Rain date is July 1. For details, call 203-214-9489.

HARTFORD: There will Atlas fireworks following the Hartford Yard Goats' game against the Portland Sea Dogs at Dunkin' Donuts Park, 1214 Main St. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.

KILLINGLY: Killingly's Red White and Blue BBQ takes place at Owen Bell Park with a fireworks show at approximately 9:15 p.m. Rain date is July 7.

NORWICH: There will a fireworks display by Pyrotecnico following the Connecticut Tigers' game against the Tri-City ValleyCats at Dodd Stadium, 14 Stott Ave. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.

NORWICH: Norwich's Fireworks on the Harbor can be seen from Howard Brown Park, 100 Chelsea Harbor Drive, and other places along the waterfront starting at approximately 9 p.m. Rain date is July 2. For details, call 860-887-6964.

OXFORD: The 2017 Quaker Farms Fire Company Annual Carnival will be held June 28 through July 1. A fireworks show will take place at 9:45 p.m. at Quaker Farms School, 30 Great Oak Road.

RIDGEFIELD: The Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department will have a fireworks display at sundown at held at East Ridge Middle School.

SIMSBURY: There will be a fireworks show after the concert by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at Celebrate America! Held at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Rain date is July 1. For details, call 860-462-9726.

STAFFORD SPRINGS: The Independence Day Celebration at the Stafford Motor Speedway, 55 West St., features a fireworks display at the conclusion of the featured events. The event begins at 3 p.m. and tickets vary in prices.

STAMFORD: The 2017 Independence Day Fireworks event will be held at Cummings Park with a fireworks show starting around 9 p.m. Admission is free. Rain date is July 1. STRATFORD: Stratford's Annual Fireworks Display will be at Short Beach Park. 99 Dorne Dr., with fireworks starting at approximately 9 p.m. Rain date is July 5.

July 1

BRISTOL: Fireworks over the Lake! will be held at Lake Compounce, 186 Enterprise Dr., with the display starting around 9 p.m. Rain date is July 7.

DARIEN: Darien will host its annual 4th of July Fireworks display at Darien High School. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Rain date is July 2.

GREENWICH: One fireworks display will be held at Binney Park, starting at approximately 9:10 p.m. while the other fireworks show will be held at Greenwich Point, beginning at approximately 9:35 p.m. Rain date is July 2 for both displays.

HARTFORD: There will Atlas fireworks following the Hartford Yard Goats' game against the Portland Sea Dogs at Dunkin' Donuts Park, 1214 Main St. The game starts at 6:35 p.m.

MANCHESTER: The James "Dutch" Fogarty Independence Day Celebration takes place at the Bicentennial Band Shell at Manchester Community College. Fireworks generally start around 9:30 p.m. Rain date is July 2. For details, call 860-647-5235.

MIDDLETOWN: Middletown's Fireworks Festival takes place along the Connecticut River with viewing spots throughout the town. The festival takes place on the lawn of the Municipal Building, 245 deKoven Dr., with fireworks being shot from the barge off Harbor Park at dusk. Rain date is July 2.

MILFORD: The 2017 Annual Kick Off to Summer will feature a fireworks extravaganza at Milford's Lisman Landing, Helwig Street, starting at 9:15 p.m. Rain date is July 8. For details, call 203-464-9632.

NEW BRITAIN: There will fireworks presented by Stanley following the New Britain Bees' game against the Bridgeport Bluefish at New Britain Stadium, 230 John Karbonic Way. The game starts at 6:35 p.m.

June 22, 2017: Litchfield County Times, The: Roxbury Land Trust's Mine Hill Preserve begins biocontrol experiment

In an effort to combat the damage that an insect called a "woolly adelgid" inflicts upon Eastern Hemlock trees, the Roxbury Land Trust began a biocontrol experiment last week at its Mine Hill Preserve where the trees are a natural feature, especially along the preserve's historic donkey trail.

Carole Cheah, Ph.D. of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in conjunction with RLT's Land & Property Manager James Curren, Director Ed Racz, and Executive Director Ann Astarita released 300 poppy seed-sized Sasajiscymnus tsugae beetles at the preserve on Friday, June 16. Dr. Cheah and other scientists will continue to monitor the preserve to document the long-term effects to eastern hemlocks.

Connecticut's eastern hemlock forests have suffered significant death and decline since the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) was first reported in the late 1980s-1990s. In conjunction with other stressors, the HWA is a major insect threat and is found in 20 eastern states and Canada. Research shows that S. tsugae adults and larvae feed specifically on HWA and other adelgids and post no threat to non-target species. In 1995, this species was granted a federal permit for field release after an environmental risk assessment. S. tsugae is the first HWA biological control predator released to combat ever-expanding infestation s of HWA.

From 1995 to 2007, more than 176,000 beetles were reared by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and released in 26 sites, including state lands and private properties, throughout Connecticut to combat HWA. Hemlocks have largely survived past HWA infestations and other stressors in release sites.

The beetles used in the Mine Hill biocontrol experiment were donated to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station by Tree-Savers from Greentown, Pennsylvania.

Established in 1970, the Roxbury Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Roxbury's history, saving local farms and waterways, offering recreational access, and providing environmental education.

Today over 3,675 acres are conserved as open space under the Trust's stewardship. The Roxbury Land Trust is supported through membership dues, employee matching gifts, occasional state and federal grants, foundation grants and charitable contributions. RLT does not receive town, state or federal support on an annual basis.

June 22, 2017: Litchfield County Times, The: Chabad Lubavitch gala dinner to honor citizens for community service

Chabad Lubavitch will be celebrating twenty one years in Northwest Connecticut with a gala dinner and silent auction on Sunday June 25.

The annual Community Awards Dinner will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott in Waterbury, Connecticut at 4 pm, and will commemorate the community service that Chabad Lubavitch has provided to Litchfield County, the Southbury area and the city of Waterbury.

Awards will be presented to Chad Wable, Peter Scalzo, Rabbi Berel Levitin and Ariela Kravitsky in recognition of their involvement on behalf of the community.

The Maimonides Award will be given to Chad Wable, president of St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut, one of the state's biggest hospitals. Mr. Wable is involved in many communal charities and is a member of the boards of directors of the Greater Waterbury YMCA and United Way of Greater Waterbury.

Peter Scalzo, an attorney with Gager, Emerson, Rickart, Bower & Scalzo, LLP of Southbury, Connecticut will receive the Israel Award on behalf of the Scazo family. Aside from their activism in local organizations, The Scalzo family are lovers of Israel and have coordinated and sponsored many missions to the Holy Land.

Rabbi Berel Levitin, long time Chabad rabbi serving the Connecticut immigrant population for forty years will be recipient of the Community Service Award. Rabbi Levitin leaves an everlasting impression on all who meet him - his tremendous dedication for furthering the mission of Chabad and his love for all are legendary."

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Rebbetzin Ariela Kravitsky, of Chabad Nation in Amherst, Massachussets where she and her husband service college students. Ariela was the first Hebrew School student of the Eisenbachs twenty one years ago in a small leased storefront. She continued her Jewish education throughout the years, and today she is the one inspiring and teaching others about spirituality.

"Chabad Lubavitch exercises the universal motto 'people helping people,' no matter race, color or religion," says Rabbi Joseph I. Eisenbach, director of Chabad of Northwest Connecticut. "We have seen the community respond, in astonishing ways to our educational, social and arts programs."

"We are blessed to have such unique people living in our midst, who really exemplify the meaning of selflessly caring for others," says Rabbi Joseph I. Eisenbach.

June 22, 2017: Litchfield County Times, The: Haver & Skolnick Architects of Roxbury wins landscape design award

Haver & Skolnick Architects, of Roxbury, is the winner of the "2017 Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Innovation in Design Awards," Landscape Design Category. The winning entry was for the landscape and garden design of an 80 acre Washington, Connecticut farm.

Haver & Skolnick also created a master site plan for the property, designed a new stone farmhouse and renovated several farm buildings including a large entertainment barn, guest house and stable.

The rustic landscape was designed to highlight the property's gently rolling hills and distant mountain views and to respond to its agrarian history. A winding gravel drive was created to link together the farm's many buildings and landscape features.

The centerpiece of the landscape is a formal walled garden, accommodating fruits, vegetables, perennials and flowering vines. A fieldstone wall surrounds the garden and supports a "living fence" of three varieties of espaliered pear trees. Each of the garden's four entrances is marked by rough granite piers topped with custom lanterns.

The garden is punctuated by a series of rustic natural cedar structures. A central wisteria-covered gazebo provides a shady spot to enjoy the lush perennials and vegetables, neatly arranged in bluestone-edged beds. A pair of arbors provides sturdy support for summer squash. Playful "teepees" play host to Clematis and Morning Glories.

Haver & Skolnick collaborated with Ronald LeBlanc on the perennials and landscape plantings and Lynne Dzinski on the vegetable plantings.

Beyond the garden, undulating informal perennial beds surround the home & lead to a large terrace overlooking distant hills. Centered on the terrace is a carved cedar dining pergola, planted with Dutchman's Pipe. Nearby is a complete outdoor kitchen and fire pit, extending the family's outdoor enjoyment into the winter months.

The landscape and garden will be featured on "The Garden Conservancy & Hollister House Garden Tour," Sunday, Sept. 10.

June 15, 2017: Litchfield County Times, The: New Morning Market hosts ice cream social for Safe Haven Shelter

New Morning Market's Annual Ice Cream Social is growing. Eat ice cream, burgers and hot dogs at the 18th Annual Ice Cream Social Benefit for Safe Haven Shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

Taste elicious ice cream sundaes (vegan & dairy free options too) with toppings galore for a $5 donation. 100 percent goes to Safe Haven.

Bring your appetite because they'll also be grilling up grass fed burgers and hot dogs with a side of delicious organic baked beans! All proceeds also go to Safe Haven.

"Since 1971 it has been a core value of New Morning to support organizations in our local community like Safe Haven, which provides a wide range of services to families in crisis. This year we hope to collect more donations than ever by expanding the event." said Classes and Events Coordinator, Emily Hunt.

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