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Earth Day Cleanup Scheduled by Friends of Main Street for Saturday, April 24th
WINSTED How will you celebrate Earth Day this year? There’s no shortage of activities that are good for your health and our environment. For years Friends of Main Street has organized its cleanups along the historic Mad River, with volunteers bringing their own tools trimming — or hacking — away at years’ worth of weeds and undergrowth and trash. Over the past few years, the Board of Selectmen and town management have, for the public’s safety, had the overgrowth that was not safe for volunteers to reach along the banks of the Mad River trimmed with an ongoing maintenance plan. Today we can now enjoy the beauty of this river, the walking path, bridges, and historic mill buildings.

However, to continue to maintain our beautiful downtown area, lakes, rivers and trails, they need help removing accumulated trash around town. And what better time to kick it off than Earth Day every year! Friends of Main Street will be setting up an information tent on the sidewalk at 372-378 Main Street, in between Monaco’s Ristorante and the Faith Bible Church. Please plan to follow all CDC guidelines: Wear a mask, observe 6′ distancing, and bring & wear gloves. Friends of Main Street will provide Eco-Friendly trash bag and latex gloves, if needed. Pick up Trash: Get your Eco-Friendly trash bag and latex gloves, if needed, at the Friends of Main Street tent on Saturday, April 24th at 9:30AM. Fill up a bag of trash on your street or locations downtown such as East End Park, Rowley Street around recreational fields and parking lots, Willow Street, including the Skate Park and parking lots, to Bridge Street, all along Main Street (river and retail sides), the old Rail Trail behind Mad River Lofts to Prospect Street. Then at 12PM, bring your filled trash bag to the Public Works truck for pizza from local restaurants.

Learn about Recycling, Buy a Plant and Take a Walk, Ride or Hike!

  • Learn about Recycling from RRDD1’s administrator Debbie Angell!  Debbie has “Rocky Raccoon” teaching workbooks for children, recycling twist-off rubber mats for opening tough jars. She will also have a container split into three areas to show you how to properly handle kitchen food waste and samples of biodegradable bags from BioBag in three sizes.​
  • Buy a Plant, or start a seedling!: Check out Plant Life Aficionado at 6o Main Street – bring the outdoors in!  And enjoy a bake sale too!
  • Walk, Ride, Hike: Enjoy the Sue Grossman Still River Greenway (parking at 18 Lanson Drive, Winsted) – 40,000 enjoy that greenway annually!  Reach out to Winsted Trails or the Winchester Land Trust to see if they are scheduling any guided hikes? ​  Don’t forget to bring a bag to pick up any trash you may find along the way!

Save the Date for Spring Clean-up Day!
NORFOLK —  The Norfolk Community Association needs your helping hands for Spring Clean-up day on April 24 from 9 am to noon. Meet outdoors at the HUB at 9 am. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Suggested cleanup routes and trash drop-off sites will be available. Bring work gloves and wear appropriate footwear. Rain or shine.

Colebrook cleanup day
COLEBROOK —  Saturday April 24. Pick up large garbage bags at the Colebrook Town Hall Meeting Room from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up to clean a road then or sign up in advance by emailing or calling (860) 379-3359 ext. 201

The Colebrook Public Works Department will pick up filled trash bags along town roads on Monday, April 26. As a thank-you for volunteers who pick up trash, a limited number of reusable shopping bags will be available at the Town Hall Meeting Room and later in the Town Clerk’s Office. One bag per family. Sponsored by the Colebrook Conservation Commission

Beardsley and Memorial Library events

Torrington Historical Society event

Cancer Care Fund Welcomes New Executive Director 
TORRINGTON —  The Board of Directors of the Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills has recently appointed Susan Smith as its new Executive Director. 
“After three years as a Board member, I am very pleased to become the Executive Director of this wonderful organization.  I look forward to doing my part, with the Board, to manage and grow this important resource for cancer patients and their loved ones. We have such amazing support from the people and businesses in our region who truly make a difference to those most in need.” said Susan. 
Susan’s first priority was to update the Fund’s website ( which is now complete and features the latest information on fundraising events and the ability to donate online. She will also be using social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram to promote activities and fundraisers and sending out an annual appeal later in the year. 
Prior to joining the Fund, Susan has been a business owner as an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay for the last 33 years, 19 of which she was an Independent Sales Director.  
Over her career she has been very involved volunteering for many local community and business organizations, and is past president of both the Litchfield County Business and Professional Women and the Litchfield County Women’s Network.  Susan has also been very active with the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce, serving on their Membership Committee and Torrington House Tour, as well as being a past Chair of the WOW! Forum. She is a resident of Harwinton with her husband and has three children and two grandchildren.
The fund recently honored their most recent executive Director, Ellen Ebbs, who retired at the end of last year, with a special recognition leaf on their “Tree of Life” at the Center For Cancer Care in Torrington. Ebbs was the first person appointed to lead the Fund and served as Director for the last 15 years. Mary Gilman, a long serving Board member also received special recognition for her long time dedication to the fund and its mission. 
“We wish to thank both Ellen and Mary for their service and commitment to our core mission. So many patients and their families have benefitted over the years from their work and fundraising, and we cannot be more grateful.” said Fund President Alan Diulio. The Fund holds several fundraisers a year, but is best known for sponsoring the annual Tour of the Litchfield Hills, which over the past 15 years has hosted over 15,000 participants and sponsors and raised over $1M in donations.  All funds raised through this event are used to provide support for cancer patients residing in or receiving treatment in northwest Connecticut. The Event will be held this year on August 1st, at Torrington’s Coe Park.

For more information on the Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills, please call 860-489-6718.

Peanut Butter for Puppies Spreads Successful Results

A representative from Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation in Bloomfield spoke at the February State of Connecticut LEOs Virtual Mid-Winter Conference and was asked how young people could support this international seeing eye dog non-profit during the pandemic.  The conference speaker said that Fidelco needed lots of peanut butter to train their service dogs and puppies, so Leos met and set a goal of 100 jars of peanut butter and thus began the Peanut Butter for Puppies 2021 initiative.  While it began as a Lions Clubs International Leo youth service project under the “vision” global initiative chaired by Leo Sophia Marangoudakis, it quickly was adopted by Riverton Grange, Winchester Grange, Whigville Grange, Mountain Laurel Pomona Grange, Connecticut State Grange, Lions Club of Barkhamsted, Northwestern CT Cyber Lions and Windsor Lions Club.  Today the collaborative group delivered over 225 jars of peanut butter, a large supply of gently used bath towels and a generous donation to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.  Those adults and youth delivering the donations were able to meet some Fidelco guide dogs and puppies and it was noted that Grange members donated close to 100 jars of peanut butter.  At the outdoor donation delivery event, Fidelco staff thanked all those organizations involved in this unique project and spoke about how overwhelmed they were with the very generous donations.

Our Culture is Beautiful community event

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Litchfield County has a New Website 
Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Litchfield County is delighted to officially announce the launch  of their new website, In January 2020, VNA Northwest became a part of  Foothills Visiting Nurse & Home Care and were joined by Salisbury Visiting Nurse  Association on August 30, 2020 to form a new agency, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of  Litchfield County. The goal with this new website is to give it a fresh new look with easy access to information about the valuable resources the combined organizations have  provided to the Litchfield County community for over a century. 

They will continue to update their content with helpful information, articles, blogs,  newsletters, and agency announcements. They have also integrated social media buttons  for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to foster improved communication and ongoing  dialogue. 

For any questions, please email or call (860) 379-8561.  

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