Culture for a Cause virtual dance party
TORRINGTON — Join us as one, join us with a team – just join us for a Virtual Spring Time Dance Party. Our hosts: Jacque Williams, Richard Ormsby and DJ Dustin Pfaender. Team Prizes! Name That Tune! Trivia!Members of the C4C Board presenting a check to George Craig, President of the Community Soup Kitchen Board.Cost to attend: Free Date: April 10th Time: 8 – 9:30 pm
Register now for the Zoom Link!

Back to Scouting in Colebrook
COLEBROOK — On Saturday, April 9, Pack 1027 of the Greater Winsted Area Cub Scouts will be holding a Scout Cake Decorating Contest as one of several activities during our “Back to Scouting” events. 
Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Pack 1027 saw minimal downtime, utilizing virtual meetings and other means to keeps scout membership engaged. The Pack even help a Virtual Bingo night where all scouts won prizes for winning bingo games and contests throughout the evening. 
In addition to the cake decorating contest, adventure belt loops and pins will be awarded, pinewood derby cars will be distributed, and the Canaan Women’s Auxiliary will make a special presentation. The VFW will be presenting Pack 1027 with a letter and citation from the National VFW Auxiliary President for their role in the Wreaths Across America project. All events begin at 6 p.m. at the Colebrook Forge Firehouse, located at 300 Colebrook River Rd., Colebrook. For more information, please contact Gina Sartirana at 860-307-6617 or

Credit workshop at NCCC
WINSTED –  Good credit is vital to developing a thriving business. During this workshop from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), we’ll review how to read your credit report, rebuild damaged credit, build new credit, and maintain a positive credit history.
Jessica Rivera is an Experienced Economic Development Specialist at the U.S. Small Business Administration with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Jessica is dedicated to Educating Small Business and Entrepreneurs.
The workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 20 from 6:00-7:00 PM.
To register, visit:

For more information, please contact Laura McCarthy at or call 860-738-6351.

NCCC Receives Donation from NW Community Bank for Student Emergency Fund
WINSTED – Northwestern Connecticut Community College has received a generous donation of $6,000 from Northwest Community Bank to help fund the Northwestern Student Emergency Fund (NSEF).

“We understand the financial challenges faced by so many students as a result of the pandemic and hope these funds will serve to support them in continuation of their educational goals,” said Stephen Reilly, Northwest Community Bank President and CEO. The NSEF was established in 2016 by Northwestern president, Dr. Michael Rooke, to provide short-term financial support for students who have an unexpected and immediate financial need. The fund is supported with Northwestern Foundation funding, grant funding, and private donations.

“We have seen a large uptick in emergency funding requests since the pandemic,” said Dr. Rooke. “Many students work in the service industry and have lost their jobs and much needed income. This donation comes at a very critical time as we continue to help students succeed.” Northwest Community Bank has also financially supported student success programs and the NSEF in the past added Dr. Rooke. “I am very grateful that Northwestern has such a generous community partner in Northwest Community Bank,” he said. “It is our pleasure to play a small role in support of the great work being done for students at Northwestern,” said Reilly.

NRWIB Proudly announces achievement by Social Security Coordinator
“The Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board’s Ticket to Work Program is pleased to announce that Ticket Program Coordinator Rukiya Borges has received her certification as a Work Incentive Practitioner.  She earned this important credential from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations’ Institute on Employment and Disability.  The regional workforce board is a Ticket to Work Employment Network authorized by the Social Security Administration.  The Ticket to Work Program provides valuable incentives, protections and resources that enable SSI and SSDI recipients to return to work and increase their income.  To learn more, call Ms. Borges 203.574.6971 ext. 442 or email   The Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board is a non-profit job training and employment organization established by state and federal law, and serves 41 town and cities in the Waterbury, Torrington and Danbury region.”

Red Cross blood drive
Saturday, April 10 from 8 am to 1 pm at St. Peter Church, 109 East Main Street, Torrington.
Thursday, April 15 from 1:45 am to 6:45 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 837 Charles Street.
Wednesday, April 21 from 9 am to 6 pm at Praise Christian Fellowship, 52 New Hartford Road, Barkhamsted.
Friday, April 23 from 11 am to 4 pm at New Hartford Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford.
Monday, April 26 from 1 pm to 6 pm at Church of Christ Church, 12 Litchfield Road, Norfolk.
Please call 800-REDCROSS or register online at

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