Community announcements
Community announcements

Fire departments to hold parades
NORTHWEST CORNER — The New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a parade around town on Saturday, April 18 starting at 6:30 p.m. The parade will start at West Hill Pond and go throughout town. A full list of roads has been posted at New Hartford’s Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page.

Barkhamsted’s East Fire Department will also be holding its parade around town starting at 6 p.m. The route will include the east side of town. For more information go to the department’s Facebook page.

NCCC’s virtual open house
WINSTED — Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) will hold its virtual open house week from Monday, April 20 to Friday, April 24. The general session begins Monday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. with a welcome from NCCC’s President, Dr. Michael Rooke. Current NCCC students will speak about their experiences at Northwestern and then college representatives will discuss PACT (debt free college program) and financial aid. Following the opening session at 7:00 p.m., students will learn about student activities and the Team Success Scholars program.
Each night throughout the week, students can join at 6:00 pm to connect with faculty as they discuss courses, programs of study, as well as career and transfer opportunities. Prospective students can see our Virtual Open House Week schedule and register for multiple sessions at For further information, please contact the Admissions Office at 860-738-6330 or email

Gathering postponed until 2021
BARKHAMSTED — The Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Gathering has been postponed until next year. “It truly is breaking my heart to make this decision, but I feel it is the best thing to do,” organizer Coni Dubois wrote via email. “I have been on the phone for the past three days talking to officials, donors and those planning on attending. They have all stated it would be best to postpone due to several factors: COVID-19, the economy and many people not going to be able to attend due to loss of jobs.” Dubois wrote that for refunds for this year’s cancelled event, and for more information about next year’s event write to

Deb Tartaglino Exalted Ruler of Torrington Lodge of Elks #372 and Owen Quinn, Secretary of Torrington Lodge of Elks with Linda Hutchings Food Sourcing and Distribution Manager of the CT Food Bank.

Torrington Elks Lodge donates to CT Food Bank
TORRINGTON — On Tuesday, April 14 The Torrington Elks Lodge #372 donated $2,500 to the CT Food Bank. The donation will be divided and distributed to the following area food banks: Friendly Hands, Winsted Salvation Army, Fishes and Loaves, FISH, Torrington Salvation Army, and Hands of Grace.

Foundation announces rapid response grants
NORTHWEST CORNER — The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has awarded $40,350 in Rapid Response Grants to nonprofits providing for basic needs in Northwest Connecticut. As part of a comprehensive response to the effects of COVID-19 on the Northwest Corner of Connecticut, the Northwest Corner Gives: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund strengthens the safety nets in Northwest Connecticut communities* by awarding Rapid Response Grants to nonprofits that provide basic needs. The Northwest Corner Gives: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund is made possible by the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation Draper Foundation Fund, The Making Cents Fund, Nolin Selby Fund, and the Women & Girls Fund, through gifts from anonymous and discretionary Community Foundation funds, and through gifts from community members.

Nonprofits may apply for Rapid Response Grants on the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation website,
Donations to the fund can be made at

Resources for artists and arts organizations
NORTHWEST CORNER — The Northwest Arts Council has created a centralized site for resources for artists and arts organizations. The website is located at

Mad River Market virtual open house
WINSTED — Mad River Market will be holding a virtual open house on Sunday, April 19 at 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the Zoom platform. The virtual open house will include members’ perspective in this challenging time and how members aim to continue to build toward a community-owned grocery store serving all our communities. For more information go to

Food, Brew and Necessities
WINSTED — Local organization Friends of Main Street has put together an online resource for Food, Brew and Necessities. The page is a list of more than 20 eateries, breweries, and hardware stores in the area. For more information go to

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