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Daily Calendar: Wednesday, April 28

Following are the Community Calendar listings for today in New Hartford, CT:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010:

  • New Hartford Senior Center: Fitness: at 9 a.m.($2.50 per class, includes a fitness card which is stamped for every class attended); Wii Bowling at 10:00 a.m. For more information please call Jean Barnicoat at 860-379-3980 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Children’s Story Time for 2-year-olds at the Beekley Library: at 10:15 a.m. at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford. For more information please call Andrea Gaedeke at the library at 860-379-7235.
  • New Hartford Schools Plant Facility Subcommittee Meeting: at 5:30 p.m. at Central Office at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford. For the agenda for this meeting, please see our Calendar.
  • Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting: at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford. For the agenda for this meeting, please see our Calendar.
  • CANCELLED ~ Regional #7 Board of Ed Meeting: This meeting has been cancelled.
  • Have a Spring-related business you want to advertise?: Check out our BRAND NEW Yellow Pages: an economical, simple way to get your business in front of our 32,066 visitors (this past March). Use the “Submit Your Listing” form to send us your information and we’ll list your business. Looking for a lawn care service? Check our Yellow Pages where we’ll be listing companies as soon as their info. is submitted to us.
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    “You should tax everyone, and then credit the tax back to those who bother to show up at the Annual Budget Meeting!”

    Our editor gave her tongue-in-cheek solution on how to improve turnout at the town’s most important meeting of the year, which is now a shadow of what it should be. Bah-humbug!

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    The beautiful magnolia tree in full bloom at the Chapin Park Bed and Breakfast in Pine Meadow. Photo: Maria Moore from our archives

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    Daily Calendar: Tuesday, April 27

    Following are the Community Calendar listings for today in New Hartford, CT:

    Tuesday,April 27, 2010:

    • New Hartford Senior Center activities: at Senior Center, Town Hall, 530 Main St., New Hartford. Activities: Fitness at 10:45 a.m. ($2.50 per person, per class, includes a fitness card which is stamped for every class attended); Cribbage ‘n cards at 1:00 p.m. For more information please call Jean Barnicoat at 860-379-3980 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
    • Early Literacy Program: Comprehension Session: at 9:30 a.m. at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford. For more information about this Early Literacy Program please see the flyer posted in our Bulletin Board or call the Library at 860-379-7235.
    • Bakerville Library Story Time for 3 to 5 year-olds: at 10:15 a.m. Bakerville Library, 6 Maple Hollow Road, New Hartford. For more information about the library please visit the Bakerville Library website.
    • CANCELLED: Board of Selectmen Regular Meeting : for lack of agenda.
    • Annual Budget Meeting: at 7:00 p.m. in the Senior Center at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford. To learn more about this meeting and to see the Notice of Annual Budget Meeting and Notice of Referendum please see our April 21 report Selectmen Meet Briefly, Set Future Budget Dates.
    • Have a Spring-related business you want to advertise?: Check out our BRAND NEW Yellow Pages: an economical, simple way to get your business in front of our 32,066 visitors (this past March). Use the “Submit Your Listing” form to send us your information and we’ll list your business. Looking for a lawn care service? Check our Yellow Pages where we’ll be listing companies as soon as their info. is submitted to us.

    Our Community Calendar section provides additional information about the events listed above and information on past, current and future events – a permanent record of events in New Hartford. Also check out our Bulletin Board where you can see flyers on events happening around town, and where we have listed information on local non-profit groups.

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    “There’s no selectmen’s meeting but there will be the Annual Budget Meeting at 7.”
    “It’ll be a 5-minute affair.”

    First Selectman Dan Jerram and his Assistant Christine Hayward told our reporter yesterday. Odd to think that a town Annual Budget Meeting is no longer the place where the town’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year is discussed and voted on. There must have been some heated meetings in the past to get us to this point…

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    Trillium in full bloom in a wooded area along the banks of the Farmington river. Photo: Maria Moore

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    Daily Calendar: Friday, April 23

    Following are the Daily Community Calendar listings for today in New Hartford, CT:

    Friday, April 23, 2010:

    • Earth Day Plant Sale sponsored by Northwest Conservation Commission: from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Goshen Fairgrounds, Route 63, Goshen. Huge number of native trees and shrubs! The Earth Day Plant Sale is the main fundraising event for the Northwest Conservation Commission. The plant sale will take place today, Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. For more information on the plants available, prices, etc. please see the Plant Sale Catalog online. For more information on the Northwest Conservation Commission, please visit their Commission’s website.
    • Children’s Story Time at the Beekley Library: for 3- to 5-year-olds at 10:15 a.m. at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford. For more information please call Andrea Gaedeke at the library at 379-7235.
    • New Hartford Senior Center Activities: Yoga Class: at 11:00 in the Senior Center. To see this month’s scheduled activities at the Senior Center please see our Community Bulletin Board. For more information about the Senior Center please call Jean Barnicoat at 860-379-3980 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
    • Have you added your green act to the Billion Acts of Green Campaign ?: Check out our article …Billion Acts of Green ~ One Act At The Time… to learn how you can add your green act to the Billion Acts of Green Campaign being sponsored by the Earth Day network. Let us know what your green act is and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a New Hartford Farmers’ Market gift basket! See our April 22 article Shop Green and Other Acts of Greeness…
    • Should your event be listed here and you don’t see it? Please email us the info. and we’ll add it! Email: newhartfordplus@gmail.com and write Calendar in the subject line.

    Our Community Calendar section provides additional information about the events listed above and information on past, current and future events – a permanent record of events in New Hartford. Also check out our UPDATED Community Bulletin Board where you can see flyers on upcoming events, monthly calendars and information on local non-profit groups.

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    “We’re adding shopping bags this year, but they have to be ‘green’.”

    Phyllis Webb told our reporter, Maria Moore at the Business Council Morning Mingler on Wednesday morning. Phyllis is working with the Farmers’ Market to get ready for next month’s opening.

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    A tranquil scene of fishermen in the Farmington River on Thursday afternoon while along Route 44 the rush-hour traffic was speeding by.  Photo: Maria Moore

    A tranquil scene of fishermen in the Farmington River on Thursday afternoon while along Route 44 the rush-hour traffic was speeding by. Photo: Maria Moore

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    Daily Calendar: Wednesday, April 21

    Following are the Community Calendar listings for today in New Hartford, CT:

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010:

    • New Hartford Business Council Morning Mingler: at 8:30 a.m. at the Collinsville Baking Company, 18 Wickett Street, in the Jeannine Building in the Pine Meadow section of New Hartford.
    • New Hartford Senior Center: Fitness: at 9 a.m.($2.50 per class, includes a fitness card which is stamped for every class attended); Wii Bowling at 10:00 a.m. For more information please call Jean Barnicoat at 860-379-3980 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
    • Children’s Story Time for 2-year-olds at the Beekley Library: at 10:15 a.m. at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford. For more information please call Andrea Gaedeke at the library at 860-379-7235.
    • New Hartford Youth Soccer Registration: from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ann Antolini Art Room Antolini School. Registration will also take place on Saturday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Brown’s Corner. Registration forms will also be available at www.nhys.org. Participants can simply mail the registration form in or go to register in person on the 21st or the 24th.
    • Conservation Commission Special Meeting: at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford. For the agenda for this meeting, please see our Calendar.
    • Have a Spring-related business you want to advertise?: Check out our BRAND NEW Yellow Pages: an economical, simple way to get your business in front of our 32,066 visitors (this past March). Use the “Submit Your Listing” form to send us your information and we’ll list your business. Looking for a lawn care service? Check our Yellow Pages where we’ll be listing companies as soon as their info. is submitted to us.
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    “We should get rid of that speed bump ~ it’s illegal, anyway!”

    Said a long-time Bakerville resident. “I know, I forget it’s there every time!” Our reporter said, thinking back to an early NewHartfordPlus story When a Bump Is Not A Hump, Travelers Are Not Calmed. Maybe one of these days, we’ll be driving down Cedar Lane and we’ll be able to enjoy the lovely country road, sans the jolts…

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    The beautiful magnolia tree in full bloom at the Chapin Park Bed and Breakfast in Pine Meadow. Photo: Maria Moore from our archives

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    Daily Calendar: Tuesday, April 20

    Following are the Community Calendar listings for today in New Hartford, CT:

    Tuesday,April 20, 2010:

    • Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Building Oversight Committee (BOC) Meeting: at 8:30 a.m. at Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford. For the agenda for this meeting see our Calendar section.
    • New Hartford Senior Center activities: at Senior Center, Town Hall, 530 Main St., New Hartford. Activities: Fitness at 10:45 a.m. ($2.50 per person, per class, includes a fitness card which is stamped for every class attended); Massage with Mindy Lee at 12:00 noon; Crafts at 1:00 p.m.; Cribbage ‘n cards at 1:00 p.m. For more information please call Jean Barnicoat at 860-379-3980 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
    • Early Literacy Program: Comprehension Session: at 9:30 a.m. at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford. For more information about this Early Literacy Program please see the flyer posted in our Bulletin Board or call the Library at 860-379-7235.
    • Bakerville Library Story Time for 3 to 5 year-olds: at 10:15 a.m. Bakerville Library, 6 Maple Hollow Road, New Hartford. For more information about the library please visit the Bakerville Library website.
    • Board of Selectmen Special Meeting : at 5:30 p.m. in the Sessions Conference Room at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford. For the agenda for this meeting, please see our Community Calendar.
    • Low Impact Development Stakeholder’s Group MLUE Grant: at 7:00 p.m. in the Senior Center at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford. For the agenda for this meeting, please see our Community Calendar.
    • Have a Spring-related business you want to advertise?: Check out our BRAND NEW Yellow Pages: an economical, simple way to get your business in front of our 32,066 visitors (this past March). Use the “Submit Your Listing” form to send us your information and we’ll list your business. Looking for a lawn care service? Check our Yellow Pages where we’ll be listing companies as soon as their info. is submitted to us.

    Our Community Calendar section provides additional information about the events listed above and information on past, current and future events – a permanent record of events in New Hartford. Also check out our Bulletin Board where you can see flyers on events happening around town, and where we have listed information on local non-profit groups.

    …NHGrapevine

    “Excellent person involved!”

    Said Wayne Conner to the Regional #7 Board of Ed members as they talked about Ken Chichester’s starting as the new High School Principal on July 1. Ken was sitting among the audience at last night’s Board of Ed meeting.

    Contribute to the …NHGrapevine… Let us know what you’ve heard – or seen – in town and we’ll add it to this listing, and also add it to the …NHGrapevine.. section. So let’s hear what you’re hearing around town…

    A view of the the center of New Hartford along the banks of the Farmington River from the Route 219 bridge on Monday afternoon, April 19.  Photo: Maria Moore

    A view of the the center of New Hartford along the banks of the Farmington River from the Route 219 bridge on Monday afternoon, April 19. Photo: Maria Moore

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    Programs Bring Green Gal, Star Wars To Library

    By: Maria Moore

    gogal_hs1This past Friday, April 16, the last day of vacation week, the Beekley Library hosted programs for its young patrons that were as much fun for the observers as for the participants themselves.

    The morning program was filled with music and dancing as Green Gal, the Earth-Friendly Super Heroine carried the message of the Green Queen to her audience. Amid the laughter and the fun, her message rang out loud and clear: “Take Care of The Earth!”  And just in time for Earth Day this coming Thursday, April 22 Green Gal’s show ended with everyone singing  “Happy Birthday” to the Earth.

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    For more photos of Green Gal’s earth-friendly show and for our coverage of the Star Wars Lego Build Off, see page 2.

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    Daily Calendar: Friday, April 16

    Following are the Daily Community Calendar listings for today in New Hartford, CT:

    Friday, April 16, 2010:

    • Litchfield Hills Council of Elected Officials Meeting: at 10:00 a.m. at the Harwinton Town Hall, Harwinton. For the agenda for this meeting, please see our Calendar section.
    • Children’s Story Time at the Beekley Library: for 3- to 5-year-olds at 10:15 a.m. at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford. For more information please call Andrea Gaedeke at the library at 379-7235.
    • New Hartford Senior Center Activities: Yoga Class: at 11:00 in the Senior Center. To see this month’s scheduled activities at the Senior Center please see our Community Bulletin Board. For more information about the Senior Center please call Jean Barnicoat at 860-379-3980 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
    • Green Gal Show at the Beekley Library: at 11:00 a.m. at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford. Join the Earth-Friendly Super Heroine in a children’s singalong with a Go Green twist! Original songs Guitar and Recycled Instruments. For more information please call the library at 860-379-7235.
    • Star Wars Lego Build Off at the Beekley Library: at 4:00 p.m. at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford. For 7-12 year-olds. Bring your own Legos. Participants have one hour to build their masterpieces which they can either leave on display at the Library or take them home with them. A snack and drink will be provided.. For more information please call the library at 860-379-7235.
    • Are you hiring?: Please send us the details and we’ll list the job for free: We have many visitors to our Classifieds looking for work! Check out our Classifieds section. We add free ads to this section as they are submitted to us.
    • Should your event be listed here and you don’t see it? Please email us the info. and we’ll add it! Email: newhartfordplus@gmail.com and write Calendar in the subject line.

    Our Community Calendar section provides additional information about the events listed above and information on past, current and future events – a permanent record of events in New Hartford. Also check out our UPDATED Community Bulletin Board where you can see flyers on upcoming events, monthly calendars and information on local non-profit groups.

    …NHGrapevine

    “You’re all set. I’ve already taken care of you guys.”

    Bob LaGoy, CPA, said to our reporter as she stopped by his office at 4:00 p.m. on tax day, yesterday, April 15. “Nothing beats doing business with local business people!” Our reporter said to herself yet again.

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    A view of the beach at West Hill Lake.  Photo from our archives

    A view of the beach at West Hill Lake. Photo from our archives

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    Selectmen Discuss Traffic Concerns On Central Ave., Appoint Legal Traffic Authority; Second Washout, Etc.

    [Updated on April 15 to correct Alesia Kennerson's place of work to Waterbury; my apologies for the error, Maria]

    By: Maria Moore

    In a lightly-attended Board of Selectmen meeting last night, Tuesday, April 13 the two Selectmen present, First Selectman Dan Jerram and Selectman Tom Klebart disposed of the agenda items in less than an hour before going into executive session with Board of Finance Chairman Ben Witte. The executive session item was listed as “re. Land Use Administrator” and no information was given before the executive session and no outcome was announced after the session ended.

    The two selectmen were the only ones sitting at the conference table since Selectman Bruce Gresczyk was absent and Christine Hayward was on vacation, and the meeting was more a briefing by Dan on the agenda items than one requiring action. The complete agenda for the Selectmen’s meeting is added below; this report includes the following items:

    Items #6,Central Ave. ~ Traffic Complaints/Concerns, and #8, Appointment of Legal Traffic Authority

    Dan informed Tom that he had received a letter from Jim Steadman, Chairman of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission expressing concern over the parking on Central Avenue and Bridge Street. P&Z said it feels the parking situation is causing Public Health, Safety and Welfare issues and needs to be addressed immediately. P&Z asked the selectmen to look into the parking situation and to take whatever action necessary to remedy it; a downloadable copy of the P&Z letter to the Selectmen is included at the end of this report.

    Everyone present agreed that the traffic situation has gotten a lot worse since the old library building at 2 Central Avenue reopened and businesses had moved into it. Dan said that the concern was mostly for the on-the street parking on Central Avenue, a narrow road that connects Route 44 with Steele Road across Route 219. He said he’d watched the traffic from Frank Misiorski’s Corner House and he attributed part of the problem to the traffic turning from Route 44 into Central Avenue. “If there’s cars coming down Central Ave. they (the cars that had just made the turn from Route 44) have to stop and wait (for the other cars to complete coming down the road).” Those present at the meeting were all aware of the problem with that stretch of Central Avenue. Donna LaPlante, Town Clerk who was at the meeting, said that once when she had been driving down Central Avenue and there was a funeral at the Catholic Church (on the opposite side of the road from the old library building), people had parked on both sides of the narrow road.

    Roy Litchfield, Board of Finance member also at the meeting, asked what the original plan was when the proposal for the rehabbing of the old library building had been presented. Dan said that currently there were no parking requirements for businesses in the central village area, something that is being looked at by P&Z in their ongoing revision of the zoning regulations. Donna said that part of the original plan of improvement for Central Avenue was to consider making the road one-way. In 1995, she said, the recommendation had been to close Central Avenue to traffic. “Common sense has not prevailed,” Donna said, adding that there is currently plenty of parking in town, but people take the closest base during the bad weather and then don’t park elsewhere later. “We’re fortunate not to have had any accidents there.” Donna concluded. Dan agreed, saying there were no accidents, but that ticketing had occurred.

    Alesia Kennerson, Board of Finance member who was at the meeting, said that she has a 10-minute walk from where she parks for free in Waterbury to her office. She added there could be assigned parking to balance the need to keep the center viable.

    Our reporter, speaking as a resident asked whether short-term, the town might approach the Beekley Library to allow parking in the empty lot (where the old Foothills Trader building had been located) between the old library and the new. Dan said: “That land belongs to the library.” And our reporter agreed but added that the town made a large contribution to the library and might be able to ask them to help out.

    Our reporter also asked about the status of the $250,000 STEAP grant that the town has for the realignment of the Central Avenue intersection. That grant has most recently been looked at by the town to help pay for sewer line repairs in that portion of Main Street. Dan said that it was still open how to best use that grant, that it was something the BOC (Building Oversight Committee of the Wastewater Treatment Plant) would be taking up again soon.

    Dan said he’d appointed himself the Legal Traffic Authority, adding that he, the selectmen and the police could all be appointed to handle the traffic situation.

    Tom asked: “In the short term, are you looking at making it one way?” To which Dan answered: “I’m looking exactly at what P&Z asked us to do: to assess the situation.”

    The matter was kept on the agenda for a future board meeting.

    P&Z Letter: Traffic Concerns On Central Ave. and Bridge St. (213)
    A view looking down Central Avenue towards the center of New Hartford this past March.  Photo: Maria Moore

    A view looking down Central Avenue towards the center of New Hartford this past March. Photo: Maria Moore

    Item #5: Industrial Park Washout

    The washout area in the Industrial Park seen from Route 219

    The washout area in the Industrial Park seen from Route 219

    Dan updated Tom on the Industrial Park washout.  He said this (second) washout was located in front of the Inertia property where Hitchcock Chairs had once been located.  He said there’s a Cease and Correct order in place and that the town has to develop a plan of action.  The large tree in the Carter Street property had been removed and he has an engineering bid from Lenard Engineering for $15,000 and a bid from a soil scientist.  He said the Wetlands alone will be about $8,700.  He emphasized that the order to correct was under the condition of “if feasible” and he will be going back to Inland Wetlands (Commission) for what’s feasible to the Commission.

    Tom asked about the first washout and Dan said the prices included both washouts.  He said the soil was starting to erode at the first washout location and the fix for that washout was not if feasible, it was something that had to be fixed.

    For a downloadable copy of the Cease and Correct order: for the washout, please see our report on the March 23 BOS Meeting Summary.

    Operations ~ Brown’s Corner Concerns

    As part of the Operations Update which Dan provided on the various town projects going on right now (Item # 4: Sand and Salt Shed: “we’re getting it off the mark”; West Hill overlay: “bids will be opened on the 14th”) and various grants updates, Dan LaPlante, Planning and Zoning Commission member who was at the meeting, asked whether the dirt piles at Brown’s Corner needed to be fenced in and, hearing that it wasn’t part of the work being done right now, Dan LaPlante asked: “If something happened would the town be liable?”   Going on to add that kids have been riding their ATVs all around the sand piles.

    Roy filled in the history for those who might not have known it: that the former First Selectman had called the insurance company and had reported the situation to them.  Dan Jerram said he would look into the insurance situation.

    Our reporter asked whether there was a Cease and Correct order issued by Planning and Zoning for Brown’s Corner and Dan Jerram said there wasn’t, that he’d had only received a note from Rista (Malanca in the Land Use Office) about the silt fence and soil that had washed onto Pine Hill Road during the recent heavy rain.

    Item #7: Appointment of Deputy Fire Marshall

    Dan announced that at the request of Bill Baldwin, the town’s Fire Marshall, he has appointed Bill Baldwin, a firefighter, as Deputy Fire Marshall.

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    Board of Selectmen
    Regular Meeting
    Tuesday, April 13, 2010
    5:30 PM
    Town Hall

    AGENDA

    1.)Opportunity for Public Comment
    2.)Operations Updates
    Sewer plant financing
    Budget Update
    3.)Grant updates
    4.)STEAP – sand/salt, ARRA- West Hill project
    5.)Industrial Park Washout
    6.)Central Ave – traffic complaints/concerns
    7.)Appointment of Deputy Fire Marshal
    8.)Appointment of Legal Traffic Authority
    9.)Any Other Business to Come Before The Board
    10.)Executive Session – re: Land Use Administrator

    A view of the washout area from the Industrial Park road looking towards the two houses on Carter Street with Route 219 and Cottage Street in the background.  Photo: Maria Moore

    A view of the washout area from the Industrial Park road looking towards the two houses on Carter Street with Route 219 and Cottage Street in the background. Photo: Maria Moore

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    Daily Calendar: Wednesday, April 14

    Following are the Community Calendar listings for today in New Hartford, CT:

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010:

    • New Hartford Business Council Brochure Committee Meeting: at 8:00 a.m. in the Sessions Conference Room at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford.
    • New Hartford Senior Center: Fitness: at 9 a.m.($2.50 per class, includes a fitness card which is stamped for every class attended); Wii Bowling at 10:00 a.m. For more information please call Jean Barnicoat at 860-379-3980 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
    • Children’s Story Time for 2-year-olds at the Beekley Library: at 10:15 a.m. at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford. For more information please call Andrea Gaedeke at the library at 860-379-7235.
    • Ballards and Bards at the Beekley: at 7:00 p.m. at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford. April is Poetry Month: Join in this poetry celebration by bringing poems you’ve written, that are new to you. You’re invited to share or to listen. Sign up at the library in person or by calling 860-379-7235.
    • Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford. For the agenda for this meeting, please see our Calendar.
    • CANCELLED: Northwestern Regional #7 Board of Ed Meeting: Rescheduled to April 19.
    • CANCELLED: Conservation Commission Meeting: Rescheduled to April 21.
    • Are you hiring?: Please send us the details and we’ll list the job for free: We have many visitors to our Classifieds looking for work! Check out our Classifieds section. We add free ads to this section as they are submitted to us.
    • Should your event be listed here and you don’t see it? Please email us the info. and we’ll add it! Send to newhartfordplus@gmail.com and write Calendar in the subject line.

    …NHGrapevine

    “Are there any changes we might want to make to the budget after the public hearing?”

    Ben Witte, Chairman of the Board of Finance asked his fellow board members at last night’s meeting. No changes were proposed and the budget stands as presented. To review the presentations at the public hearing, please see Bob Moore’s Budget Public Hearing Videos ~ only one more video left to upload.

    Contribute to the …NHGrapevine… Let us know what you’ve heard – or seen – in town and we’ll add it to this listing, and also add it to the …NHGrapevine.. section. So let’s hear what you’re hearing around town…

    A old farm machine is the centerpiece of a spring scene on Pine Hill Road in New Hartford.  Photo by Maria Moore from our archives

    A old farm machine is the centerpiece of a spring scene on Pine Hill Road in New Hartford. Photo by Maria Moore from our archives

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    Daily Calendar: Tuesday, April 13

    Following are the Community Calendar listings for today in New Hartford, CT:

    Tuesday,April 13 2010:

    • New Hartford Senior Center activities: at Senior Center, Town Hall, 530 Main St., New Hartford. Activities: Shopping at West Farms Mall at 9:00 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception parking lot ~ you must have signed up; Fitness at 10:45 a.m. ($2.50 per person, per class, includes a fitness card which is stamped for every class attended); Cribbage ‘n cards at 1:00 p.m. For more information please call Jean Barnicoat at 860-379-3980 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
    • Early Literacy Program: Comprehension Session: at 9:30 a.m. For more information about this Early Literacy Program please call the library at 860-379-7235.
    • Bakerville Library Story Time for 3 to 5 year-olds: at 10:15 a.m. Bakerville Library, 6 Maple Hollow Road, New Hartford. For more information about the library please visit the Bakerville Library website.
    • Board of Selectmen Meeting : at 5:30 p.m. in the Sessions Conference Room at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford. For the agenda for this meeting, please see our Community Calendar.
    • Board of Finance Meeting: at 7:00 p.m. in the Senior Center at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford. For the agenda for this meeting, please see our Community Calendar.
    • Have a Spring-related business you want to advertise?: Check out our BRAND NEW Yellow Pages: an economical, simple way to get your business in front of our 32,066 visitors (this past March). Use the “Submit Your Listing” form to send us your information and we’ll list your business. Looking for a lawn care service? Check our Yellow Pages where we’ll be listing companies as soon as their info. is submitted to us.

    Our Community Calendar section provides additional information about the events listed above and information on past, current and future events – a permanent record of events in New Hartford. Also check out our Bulletin Board where you can see flyers on events happening around town, and where we have listed information on local non-profit groups.

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    “Let’s take the back road.”

    Bob Moore said on Sunday to his wife, Maria. And the two took a slow drive down one of the town’s unpaved roads on their way back home from Bakerville, all the while pointing out the signs of spring around them.

    Contribute to the …NHGrapevine… Let us know what you’ve heard – or seen – in town and we’ll add it to this listing, and also add it to the …NHGrapevine.. section. So let’s hear what you’re hearing around town…

    The scene along the side of Stub Hollow Road, one of the town's unpaved roads.  Photo: Maria Mooe

    The scene along the side of Stub Hollow Road, one of the town's unpaved roads. Photo: Maria Moore

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    Weekend Calendar: Saturday, April 10 & Sunday, April 11

    Following are the Calendar listings for this weekend, Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11 in New Hartford, CT:

    Saturday, April 10, 2010:

    • Home and Business Expo: from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. at the Torrington Armory, 153 South Main Street, Torrington.
    • PACE Solar House Tour of the Schaller Eco House: from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 per person through PACE. For tickets please call: 860-623-5487. The Schallers have been inundated with reporters wanting to write articles about their home, so we decided not to bother them again but to direct you Karann’s Eco Home blog where you’ll find a link to the best photo ever of a urinal taken by a Republican American photographer… You can also read our article on the Schaller’s Work-In-Progress House Tour on July 11, 2009.
    • Kayaking 101: at 1:00 p.m. at the White Memorial Conservation Center. Basic indoor class for people who are interested in becoming involved in recreational kayaking by Dave and Cheryl Faber, CT Outdoors, LLC. Class size is limited! Members: $6.00; Non-members: $10.00. Class is being held in the Ceder Room, White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield. For more information, please visit the Calendar section of the conservation center’s website.
    • Woodcock Cocktail Party: at 6:00 p.m. at the White Memorial Conservation Center. You will be introduced to this comical bird over snacks and non alcoholic drinks: hear about the habitat and natural history then head out in search of the Woodcock’s extraordinary mating display. Class size is limited; please call 860-567-0857 to pre-register. Ages 10 and up. In the Ceder Room at White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield. For more information, please visit the Calendar section of the conservation center’s website.
    • Nights at the Beekley: Wendy Waldman: at 7:30 p.m. at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford. Cheese and wine reception at 7:00 p.m. Admissions: $25; tickets available from the library or at the concert. For more information see our April 9 article Wendy Waldman ~ Singer/Songwriter to the Stars ~ Plays The Beekley… or see the Nights at the Beekley section on the Beekley Library website.
    • The Frank Vignola Trio at Roaring Brook: at 7:30 p.m. at Roaring Brook, Gracey Road, Canton. “Guitar virtuosity at it’s highest level, a must hear.” said djangoblog.com and when polled by The Wall Street Journal, Les Paul cited Frank Vignola on his “list of five most admired guitarists of all time.” Tickets: $20 at the door. For more information please visit the Concerts section of the Roaring Brook website.
    • An image of the Schaller's home at dusk from their Eco Home blog.  Photo: Karann Schaller

      An image of the Schaller's home at dusk from their Eco Home blog. Photo: Karann Schaller

    Sunday, April 11, 2010:

    • Visit your favorite Church, Temple, Meditation Center or Meeting House: Be sure to make time today to visit your favorite church, temple, meditation center or meeting house for good fellowship and spiritual uplifting. For specific information about times of worship or meditation, please check out the list of links in our Houses of Worship tab in the sidebar on our front page.
    • Antiques & Collectible Show: sponsored by Simsbury Civitan from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Master’s School, 36 Westledge Road
      West Simsbury. Looking for that special item? Be sure to check out the Antiques & Collectible Show sponsored by the Simsbury Civitan organization. The show will feature 60 exhibitors offering an array of treasures including glass, pottery, furniture, prints, paintings, jewelry, textile and much more. Admission: $6, $5 with printable ad which includes information on the show.
    • Home and Business Expo: from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. at the Torrington Armory, 153 South Main Street, Torrington.
    • Lighthouse Lecture and Tour sponsored by the Barkhamsted Historical Society: by Archaeologist, Dr. Kenny Fedor at 1:30 p.m. at the Squire’s Tavern, 100 East River Road, Barkhamsted. After the lecture, he will give a guided tour of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Archaeological Preserve site to show the foundations, cemetery, and gravestones. Kenny is a fascinating speaker and enthusiastic archaeologist. Seating is limited, reservations are recommended for the lecture; donation is $5. Call Sharon Lynes for more information: 860-379-7362. For more information about the Squire’s Tavern, please visit the Squire’s Tavern section of the Barkhamsted Historical Society.
    • North Congregational Church hosts the Farmington Valley Band: at 3:00 p.m. at the North Congregational Church, 17 Church Street North, New Hartford. A wide array of music will be played including: Classical ~ movie themes ~ old time tunes ~ marches ~ swing ~ vocal. Refreshments will be available. Donations requested. For more information about the church, please visit the North Congregational Church’s website.

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    Wendy Waldman ~ Singer/Songwriter To The Stars ~ Plays The Beekley Saturday Night

    Singer/Songwriter Wendy Waldman will be playing at the Beekley Library tomorrow Saturday, April 10.

    Wendy Waldman in concert

    Wendy Waldman in concert

    Wendy has written songs that have been recorded by famous artists such as Maria Muldaur, Linda Ronstadt, Allison Krauss, Garth Brooks, Aaron Neville, Judy Collins, Bette Midler, and many more. Her song “Save the Best for Last,” by Vanessa Williams, won a Grammy nomination and ASCAP named it as its Song of the Year, meaning it was performed more than any other song in 1992.

    Wendy has returned to her own recording career, releasing first a CD of previously unheard songs, ‘Seeds And Orphans’ (Longhouse Records, 2003), as well as her first new solo studio album of all new material in 20 years, ‘My Time In The Desert’ (Longhouse Records, 2007). This CD contains some of her best songs to date ,including her own versions of “Fishing In The Dark” and “Save The Best For Last.”

    About the concert: Tickets for the concert are $25. There will be a wine and cheese reception at 7:00 p.m.; the show begins at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, please visit the Library’s website at www.beekleylibrary.org, call the Beekley Library at 860-379-7235, or stop by the Library on Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The Library is located at 10 Central Avenue in New Hartford.

    To learn more about Wendy Waldman: Please visit her website: www.wendywaldman.com, where you can also hear some of her music; or visit her facebook page: www.facebook.com/wendywaldmanmusic.

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    Daily Calendar: Friday, April 9

    Following are the Daily Community Calendar listings for today in New Hartford, CT:

    Friday, April 9, 2010:

    • Litchfield Hills Council of Elected Officials Meeting: at 10:00 a.m. in Winchester Town Hall, Main Street, Winsted. For the agenda for this meeting please see our Calendar listing.
    • Children’s Story Time at the Beekley Library: for 3- to 5-year-olds at 10:15 a.m. at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford. For more information please call Andrea Gaedeke at the library at 379-7235.
    • New Hartford Senior Center Activities: Yoga Class: at 11:00 in the Senior Center. To see this month’s scheduled activities at the Senior Center please see our Community Bulletin Board. For more information about the Senior Center please call Jean Barnicoat at 860-379-3980 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
    • Are you hiring?: Please send us the details and we’ll list the job for free: We have many visitors to our Classifieds looking for work! Check out our Classifieds section. We add free ads to this section as they are submitted to us.
    • Should your event be listed here and you don’t see it? Please email us the info. and we’ll add it! Email: newhartfordplus@gmail.com and write Calendar in the subject line.

    Our Community Calendar section provides additional information about the events listed above and information on past, current and future events – a permanent record of events in New Hartford. Also check out our UPDATED Community Bulletin Board where you can see flyers on upcoming events, monthly calendars and information on local non-profit groups.

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    “Our son adopted Ike, one of the dogs you featured on your website.”

    Donna LaPlante, Town Clerk told our editor yesterday, adding how well Ike had settled into his new home. Ike was featured in our January 23 article by Les Archer Adopting A Pet From Our Municipal Pounds. What a great piece of news to be able to report!

    Contribute to the …NHGrapevine… Let us know what you’ve heard – or seen – in town and we’ll add it to this listing, and also add it to the …NHGrapevine.. section. So let’s hear what you’re hearing around town…

    The Memorial Garden at St. John's Episcopal Church in Pine Meadow seemed to glow in the afternoon sunshine yesterday, Thursday, April 8.  Photo: Maria Moore

    The Memorial Garden at St. John's Episcopal Church in Pine Meadow seemed to glow in the afternoon sunshine yesterday, Thursday, April 8. Photo: Maria Moore

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    Budget Public Hearing A Quiet Affair

    By: Maria Moore

    About 37 residents showed up for the Board of Finance’s Budget Public Hearing yesterday evening. The three parts of the budget were presented, with only a handful of questions being asked by members of the public.

    Bob Moore videotaped the two-hour plus hearing and will post highlights of each presentation as time allows. A brief report of the meeting follows:

    The New Hartford Schools Budget

    Bryan Keilty, Vice Chairman of the New Hartford Board of Ed and Dr. Philip O’Reilly, Superintendent of New Hartford Schools presented the elementary schools’ budget. With no concessions from any of the bargaining units to report, the budget presented at the meeting includes cuts in certified staff.  The New Hartford Schools budget shows an increase of 3% for a total budget of $7,578,863.

    Philip emphasized that non-union staff in the New Hartford Schools were not receiving raises for the second consecutive year.   Central Office staff are not receiving raises, and the Superintendent has opted not to take a raise.  Raises for contractual employees range from 3.9% (Principals) up to 8.1% (Administrative Assistants/Secretary).

    Total certified staffing positions cut by the New Hartford schools equal 6.1 FTEs (Full Time Equivalent).  Of these, 5.2 FTEs cut are in Regular Ed as follows: 1 FTE Grade 1; 1 FTE Grade 2; 1 FTE Grade 3; .5 FTE Kindergarten; .6 Spanish; .3 Art;  .3 Music; .4 Library/Media; .1 PE.

    Special Ed was cut by 0.9 FTE as follows: 0.5 Spec Ed; .4 School Psychologists.

    The cuts above result in class sizes ranging from 17.5 to 21.75 students for the upcoming fiscal year, compared to 14.8 to 22.25 for the current year.

    There were no questions from the public on the New Hartford Public Schools’ budget.

    Northwestern Regional #7 Budget

    Board of Ed Chairwoman Molly Sexton -Read and Superintendent Clint Montgomery presented the Regional #7 budget. With no concessions to report from the bargaining units other than the principals who opted not to take their contracted raises for this year, the budget includes cuts in certified staff.  The Superintendent of Schools also opted not to take a raise.

    Regional #7 presented a budget with a 1.08% increase in the assessments to its member towns for a total of $15,913,914 in assessments.  For New Hartford, the assessment is $7,676,872.  Since New Hartford’s enrollment for next year is estimated to decrease by 13 students, the town’s assessment is actually down 0.2%.  The estimated student cost is $13,644, which is a 3.90% increase over the current year’s cost of $13,132.

    Certified staff cuts at Regional total 6.1 FTEs.   However, with the addition of .2 FTE in the Principals/Assistants/Directors line item, the total certified staff cuts are 5.9 FTEs.  The Regional Board of Ed has said in the past that rather than cut positions, the district will cut back full-time positions to part-time in order to avoid laying off staff.

    Regular Ed certified staff cuts total 4.8 FTEs and are as follows:  1 FTE Art; .6 Business; .4 English; .6 Technology Ed; .2 Foreign Language; .4 Math; .4 Reading; .4 Science; .8 Social Studies.

    Special Ed certified staffing cuts total .7 FTE.  Guidance is also being cut by .6 FTE.

    Two residents questioned how the cuts in teaching staff would affect the Middle School, especially the teaming structure.  Molly Sexton-Read responded that it was something currently being worked on, with the goal of keeping teaming as intact as possible.  Our reporter, speaking as a resident, questioned the 1.08% increase in the assessments while the estimated cost per pupil rose by 3.9%.  Roger Newbury, Regional’s Director of Finance who was also at the meeting, explained that with the overall enrollment at Regional being down by 13 students, the cost per pupil is proportionally higher.  New Hartford, which is seeing its enrollment drop by 13 students is therefore only realizing a $15,460 decrease in its overall assessment, or a 0.20% decrease in its assessment.

    The Town Administration Budget

    First Selectman Dan Jerram presented the Town Administration budget, without either of the other two selectmen being present.  The Town Administration budget is for a total of $4,622,549, representing a 2.4% increase.

    Several questions were asked of the First Selectman.  One resident questioned giving raises to non-unionized municipal staff .  Dan said that it wasn’t fair not to give raises to those staff, when unionized staff had not been willing to give up their contractual raises.  Raises for non-union municipal employees range from 2% for elected officials, including the First Selectman, to 3.6% for other non-union employees.  The unionized employees are receiving a 3.6% raise.

    Another resident questioned the huge increase in the crack and chip seal account which is up $206,140 (322.8%).  The resident, who works in the construction industry, said that  chip sealing the roads only works well when the roads are in good condition to start with.  Dan answered that the investment was being made to stop the deterioration in the town’s roads.  There was further technical discussion which Bob will report through the videotaped discussion.

    Our reporter, speaking as a resident, referred to the $279,000 of reallocated funds shown in an attachment to the budget and asked whether the budget that will be approved by the voters will also be subject to reallocation of funds at a later time.  The response given by Board of Finance Chairman Ben Witte was that the reallocation is due to the need to cover unforseen/emergency expenses.  Our reporter then asked whether those expenses might not be better covered by using the excess tax that is collected every year (averaging 2% or more annually) rather than money that had been approved by voters in the budget.   This did not receive a favorable response from the Board of Finance.

    The meeting ended with the Board of Finance next taking up the discussion of the budget on April 13 at its regularly-scheduled meeting.

    Videotaped segments: Of this Budget Public Hearing will be added as time allows for Bob, who is busy estimating construction jobs at his day job.

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    Daily Calendar: Wednesday, April 7

    Following are the Community Calendar listings for today in New Hartford, CT:

    Wednesday, April 7, 2010:

    • New Hartford Business Council Board of Directors (Steering Committee) Meeting: at 8:30 a.m. at Chapin Park Bed and Breakfast, Church Street, Pine Meadow.
    • New Hartford Senior Center: Fitness: at 9 a.m.($2.50 per class, includes a fitness card which is stamped for every class attended); Wii Bowling at 10:00 a.m.; Pizza: at 12:00 noon; Blood pressure check: 12:30 p.m.; History, Lore, and Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in CT: at 1:00 p.m. For more information please call Jean Barnicoat at 860-379-3980 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
    • Children’s Story Time for 2-year-olds at the Beekley Library: at 10:15 a.m. at the Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford. For more information please call Andrea Gaedeke at the library at 379-7235.
    • New Hartford Recreation Commission Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford.
    • Are you hiring?: Please send us the details and we’ll list the job for free: We have many visitors to our Classifieds looking for work! Check out our Classifieds section. We add free ads to this section as they are submitted to us.
    • Should your event be listed here and you don’t see it? Please email us the info. and we’ll add it! Send to newhartfordplus@gmail.com and write Calendar in the subject line.

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    “Do you think there were even 50 people there?”

    A resident asked our reporter after the budget hearing last night. “No, we counted 40 outside of the presenters ~ but including three reporters.” Was the answer.

    Contribute to the …NHGrapevine… Let us know what you’ve heard – or seen – in town and we’ll add it to this listing, and also add it to the …NHGrapevine.. section. So let’s hear what you’re hearing around town…

    A beautiful vignette of a flowering tree (crab apple?) outside the Montano home on the corner of Steele Road and Town Hill Road; one of our photographer's favorite springtime scenes in town.  Photo: Maria Moore

    A beautiful vignette of a flowering tree outside the Montano home on the corner of Steele Road and Town Hill Road; one of our photographer's favorite springtime scenes in town. Photo: Maria Moore

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    Daily Calendar: Tuesday, April 6

    Following are the Community Calendar listings for today in New Hartford, CT:

    Tuesday,April 6 2010:

    • Wastewater Treatment Plant Building Oversight Committee Workshop Meeting : at 8:00 a.m. at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford. For the agenda for this meeting, please see our Community Calendar.
    • Litchfield Hills Council of Elected Officials and Northwestern CT Council of Governments Special Meeting: at 9:00 a.m. at the UCONN Extension Center, Univesity Drive, Torrington. For the agenda for this meeting, please see our Community Calendar.
    • Early Literacy Program: Comprehension Session: at 9:30 a.m. For more information about this Early Literacy Program please call the library at 860-379-7235.
    • Bakerville Library Story Time for 3 to 5 year-olds: at 10:15 a.m. Bakerville Library, 6 Maple Hollow Road, New Hartford. For more information about the library please visit the Bakerville Library website.
    • New Hartford Senior Center activities: at Senior Center, Town Hall, 530 Main St., New Hartford. Activities: Fitness at 10:45 a.m. ($2.50 per person, per class, includes a fitness card which is stamped for every class attended); Cribbage ‘n cards at 1:00 p.m. For more information please call Jean Barnicoat at 860-379-3980 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
    • Planning and Zoning Special Meeting : at 6:300 p.m. in the Senior Center at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford. For the agenda for this meeting, please see our Community Calendar.
    • Board of Finance Special Meeting Annual Budget Meeting : at 7:00 p.m. in the Senior Center at the Town Hall, 530 Main Street, New Hartford. For the agenda for this meeting, please see our Community Calendar.
    • Have a Spring-related business you want to advertise?: Check out our BRAND NEW Yellow Pages: an economical, simple way to get your business in front of our 32,066 visitors (this past March). Use the “Submit Your Listing” form to send us your information and we’ll list your business. Looking for a lawn care service? Check our Yellow Pages where we’ll be listing companies as soon as their info. is submitted to us.

    Our Community Calendar section provides additional information about the events listed above and information on past, current and future events – a permanent record of events in New Hartford. Also check out our Bulletin Board where you can see flyers on events happening around town, and where we have listed information on local non-profit groups.

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    “See you at the meeting.”

    A resident emailed our editor. The meeting she was referring to is the Board of Finance Budget Hearing tonight, Tuesday April 6. See you all there!

    Contribute to the …NHGrapevine… Let us know what you’ve heard – or seen – in town and we’ll add it to this listing, and also add it to the …NHGrapevine.. section. So let’s hear what you’re hearing around town…

    A cat named Sunflower enjoys reading Calvin and Hobbes. Photo: Christian Goddu

    A cat named Sunflower enjoys reading Calvin and Hobbes. Photo: Christian Goddu

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