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Local Subaru dealership donates to Northwest Connecticut YMCA

Northwest YMCA CEO Greg Brisco
Northwest YMCA CEO Greg Brisco – photo submitted

TORRINGTON — Center Subaru made a donation to the Northwest Connecticut YMCA of $65,180 on Thursday, Sept. 24.
The automotive dealership has been making annual donations to the organization for the past five years in excess of $60,000.
At an event where the donation was presented, organization CEO Greg Brisco said that “This amazing donation, especially in this most unusual 2020, helps assure that the organization will continue to be there for those who need it most and that its programs and services will remain available to everyone regardless of their personal circumstances. Our mission at the Y is to help every person who comes to us to become a better version of themselves. Our passion is to help people to thrive. It is because of Subaru’s overwhelming generosity, the Y can more effectively make positive impacts to so many adults, children and families.”
The donation was made through the Subaru of America’s Share the Love 2019 campaign, where the company and its participating retailers have donated more than $176 million to charities.

Changes in polling locations in New Hartford for Nov. 3 election
NEW HARTFORD — Due to COVID safe distancing requirements, New Hartford will be using different polling places for the Tuesday, Nov. 3 Presidential Election. If you normally vote at Town Hall (District 1), you will vote at New Hartford Elementary School at 40 Wickett Street, New Hartford. If you normally vote at South End Firehouse (District 2), you will vote at Ann Antolini School at 30 Antolini Road, New Hartford. Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Watch your mail for a postcard with this information and save it as a reminder. Polling places will have sanitizing procedures in place to ensure the safety of all electors and staff members. Please observe social distancing, wear a mask and leave any campaign apparel at home or in your car. If you would prefer to vote by absentee ballot, the Secretary of the State will be sending applications to all residents. Please see additional information at this link or contact the Town Clerk’s Office if you have questions about the absentee ballot process.

New temporary office hours for Winsted Town Clerk
WINSTED — The Town Clerk’s office has announced new temporary office hours Mondays through Thursdays. Beginning Monday, Sept. 28 and expected to last through the first week of November, the Town Clerk’s Office will close at 1 p.m. Land Records recordings can be dropped off at the Assessor’s Office, as needed, after 1 p.m. Appointments are for emergencies only. Please contact Sheila Sedlack at 860-738-6963 with any questions.

Scholarship for NCCC student
WINSTED/PRESS RELEASE — The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, a supporting organization of Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, has announced it has offered a scholarship to Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) student Taylor Young, covering courses for the 2020-2021 academic year. Taylor Young is enrolled in NCCC’s Veterinary Technology Program.

Taylor Young, is a resident of Riverton and a graduate of Northwestern Regional High School who has been attending Northwestern Connecticut Community College since 2016. Taylor traces her love for animals to childhood visits to Mystic Aquarium, where she currently volunteers her time. She currently holds a GPA of 3.6, and her instructors at Northwestern have cited her work ethic and eagerness to learn as evidence of her dedication to the study of diseases, injuries, and treatment of animals. Beyond Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Taylor plans to continue down her path in pursuit of additional education and a career in the veterinary field, which will hopefully lead to a successful and rewarding future.

The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation was established in 1998 through a gift from John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold. The Foundation is committed to bettering the lives of domesticated and undomesticated animals, including supporting the efforts of animal rescue and land conservation organizations and advances in veterinary medicine. The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation became a supporting organization of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation in 2012.

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded more than $180,000 in scholarships and awards to local students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Scholarships and awards are made possible by Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation Funds, established by generous individuals and families. Founded in 1969, the mission of Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation is: “To enrich the quality of life for residents of our 20-town service area in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner through the generosity of fund holders. We seek to enrich the quality of life for residents of Northwest Connecticut by inspiring local philanthropy, convening stakeholders in community welfare, strengthening the regional nonprofits network and fostering collaborative funding partnerships.”

School seeks vendors for festival
TORRINGTON – St. John Paul the Great Academy is seeking vendors, crafters and food trucks for its Fall Festival to be held in the school parking lot Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4. The fundraising event will be held rain or shine behind the school at 360 Prospect St., Torrington, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For details, call Eileen Donahue at 860-459-5032 or email her at
St. John Paul the Great Academy, formerly St. Peter-St. Francis School, teaches students of all faiths from pre-k through eighth grade. It is currently the only Catholic elementary school in Litchfield County, with an enrollment of 140. For information on enrollment, call the school at860-489-4177.