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Litchfield Area Business Association talks shop
JoAnn Ryan, above, president and chief executive officer of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, was a guest speaker during the Litchfield Area Business Association luncheon at the Litchfield firehouse on Tuesday. Ryan spoke about initiatives the Chamber of Commerce is undertaking this spring and summer to help local businesses promote themselves.
Below, Jonathan Wilson of R. Derwin Clothiers talks about the new merchants promotional guide that is available and Alan Landau of the Litchfield Athletic Club and Denise Raap of the Village Restaurant, which catered the luncheon, commiserate. Landau announced that LAC will be holding a 20th anniversary celebration this summer. LAC is regarded as the premier fitness club in Litchfield County. BZ photos
LEF officials, task force's Post speak to LABA
Litchfield Education representatives, from left, Kathleen Reidy, Andrea Markavich, Michele Saunders and Matt Terzian were at the Litchfield Area Business Association (LABA) meeting at St. Michael's Church on Tuesday to promote the LEF's retro dodge ball tournament at Litchfield High School on April 1.
The tournament will feature 17 six-person teams clad in retro uniforms and playing to raise money for the LEF. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. and will be followed by an after-party at the Litchfield Saltwater Grill. Proceeds will help the LEF provide enrichment programs in the town's schools. Admission to the tournament is free but donations to LEF would be appreciated,
John Post, above, chairman of the Litchfield Energy Task Force, also spoke at the LABA gathering. Post talked about the energy-saving initiatives of the task force and opportunities for energy savings offered by Eversource Energy. Post encouraged LABA members to sign up for a $124 home energy audit offered by Eversource to identify areas of energy loss, as well as for a duct test to check for leaks. Post also encouraged the use of LED lightbulbs to save energy and a small-business energy advantage audit offered by Eversource.
Jo Ann Jaacks and Rose Buckens were the featured speakers at the Litchfield Area Business Association (LABA) meeting on Tuesday at the Litchfield Firehouse. They talked about the Little Free Library program and how quickly it has expanded in Litchfield and Morris.
Rose Buckens (left) and Jo Ann Jaacks ~ BZ photo
The Little Free Library program is a world-wide program with over 50,000 little free libraries. Rose Buckens described how she created a Little Free Library box on her front yard in Morris until someone took it. The response from the community was overwhelming with donations of hundreds of children’s books within days. A new box was created and she was back in business.
The basic concept is to take a book and leave a book. Books are donated and there is no check-in or check-out system. It is all based on the honor system. The main goals are to support literacy and build a sense of community.
Harvey Hubbell of Litchfield and Boy Scout Troop #28 of Morris joined forces with Rose and Jo Ann to build 16 new Little Free Library boxes on July 2nd at the Hubbell Farm. Local builders donated wood and the scouts with their leaders built and painted the boxes. They were distributed to multiple locations including the Morris Town Beach and St. Michael’s in Litchfield.
A new Little Free Library will soon be available at American Legion Post #27 in Litchfield. To learn more please visit LittleFreeLibrary.org or contact Jo Ann.
The Litchfield Area Business Association (LABA) is a local network of businesses and non-profit organizations meeting the third Tuesday of each month to network and promote the local business community. More information is available at www.laba-ct.bz.
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