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Litchfield Patriots
A group of local citizens has established itself as the Litchfield Patriots, LLC, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that will be honoring people from Litchfield who contributed to the Revolutionary cause during the American War for Independence. The organization, headed by President Lee Losee, includes persons affiliated with American Legion Post 44, Daughters of the American Revolution (Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter), Sons of the American Revolution (Gov. Oliver Wolcott, Sr. Branch), First Litchfield Artillery Regiment, and First New Jersey Regiment (re-enactors).
As part of the year-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of Litchfield’s 1719 founding, plans are underway for presenting, on September 6-8, 2019, a weekend of entertainment, re-enactments, historically accurate impersonations of individuals important to the town then, demonstrations of period skills, educational offerings, assistance to the public with relevant genealogical research, a Veteran of the Month service appropriately adapted to honor the community’s freedom fighters, and other activities. Volunteers for various responsibilities are welcome to offer assistance and will be contacted as suitable assignments for them become available.
Ideas for commemorating the contributions of Litchfield’s Revolutionary War participants with a permanent memorial are also being developed and will be made public at a later time.
The Litchfield Patriots can be contacted by email at or mail at Litchfield Patriots; P. O. Box 1719; Litchfield, CT 06759. 
Earth Film Series
Wednesday, September 19 ~ 6:30 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
The event is free and includes a soup supper.
The Earth Film Series is launching its new season on September 19,at 6:30 pm with a fascinating documentary that explores a provocative experiment in New Mexico that attempts to imagine a sustainable society.
As told in the film Earthships, this story is not one of apocalyptic gloom and doom, but of hope, possibility and life-enhancing innovation.

However, the houses look like futuristic throwbacks; part conventional and part science fiction. They're constructed with items most people disregard as useless trash. Glass bottles are used like bricks, sand filled tires lay the foundation for each structure, aluminum cans decorate the walls and spark a feeling of the majestic when met by the orange rays of the sun.

The concept may sound wacky to some, but it's catching on larger pockets of the population. Tom Duke, designer and ex-athlete has constructed these models of efficiency. His unorthodox efforts are the subject of this film.

The Earth Film Series is a project of the 4/1 Earth Ministry of the Church of Christ Congregational, Goshen. They are embarking on the fifth year of a popular program and have shown over 35 films. They range in topics from water to soil to climate and include films on children experiencing nature and on celebrated environmentalists Rachel Carson and Aldo Leopold.

For more information please contact the
Church of Christ Congregational at 860-491-2793

Lyme Disease:
The Many Paths to Feeling Better
with Dr. Alice Bell
Wednesday, September 19 ~ 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
This presentation will cover Lyme disease - what it is, acute and chronic symptoms of Lyme disease, testing, and what to do if you get a tick bite. We will also explore Lyme controversies, treatment options - both conventional and Naturopathic and alternative treatments for patients with Lyme disease.

Alice Bell, ND, MS, is a Connecticut-licensed Naturopathic Physician practicing in Litchfield who performs extensive diagnostic testing and treats patients using pharmaceutical grade supplements, botanical medicine, and therapeutic nutrition. She specializes in  treating adult patients with Lyme disease and the associated co-infections, and other chronic diseases.

Bell has a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and an MS in Human Nutrition. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University, Westchester Community College, the University of Bridgeport, College of Mount Saint Vincent and Fairfield University where she taught Anatomy & Physiology, Introduction to Nutrition, and other classes.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps
with author and historian Marty Podskoch
Thursday, September 20 ~ 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Morris Public Library
Author and historian Marty Podskoch from East Hampton, CT will give a presentation on his new book, Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories and Legacy on Thursday,  September 20, at 6:30 pm, at the Morris Public Library.
This year is the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Civilian Conservation Corps. It began on March 31, 1933 with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” program to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. The US Army supervised the camps which had approx. 200 men (18-25, with families on relief) who enrolled for 6 months and worked a 40-hour week for $30/mo. The government sent $25 a month home and the boys received $5 spending money. The boys got good food, uniforms, shelter, and medical care. At first they lived in tents; later they lived in wooden buildings.

Workers built trails, roads, campsites, dams, stocked fish, built & maintained fire towers, observer’s cabins & telephone lines, fought fires, & planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WW II.

After the presentation Marty Podskoch will have his new Conn. CCC book available for sale and signing and also his seven books on the Catskills & Adirondack mountains. Presently, Podskoch is writing a travel book, Connecticut 169 Club: A Passport and Guide and also conducting research on the CCC camps in Rhode Island. This FREE event is sponsored by the Friends of the Morris Public Library.

Registration: 860-567-7440.
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.
Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club
continues 2018 Star Parties
on September 21 and 22.
The Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club will have star and planet-gazing on September 21 at 8:00pm.  There is no talk this month, so we'll meet in the Activity field by the observatory.  No prior knowledge of astronomy is required - just curiosity.  Please note that the event will not take place if the weather is bad or cloudy.
The club holds regular star parties at White Memorial.  Events are free and open to the public.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  For more details, see the club calendar at or email the club at
On September 22, the club will host a solar viewing event during Family Nature Day at White Memorial from 11:00am until 3:00pm. Club members will have telescopes with solar filters for safe viewing of sunspots and solar prominences, if any.  Thrilled by last year's eclipse?  Come and look some more!  The event will not take place if the weather is bad or cloudy. 
Year-End Critical Needs Grants Now Available
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has allocated a minimum of $55,000 to distribute to public charities and faith-based organizations in its 20-town service area* for year-end critical-needs grants. More may be available based on need. Grants are made possible through the Draper Foundation Fund and the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund.
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation is accepting applications for year-end critical-needs grants for local organizations serving some of the area’s most economically distressed residents and providing the most basic of necessities—food, warm clothing, fuel assistance and shelter.
Organizations that provide critical human services can apply for grants online through the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation website, Select “Year-End Critical Needs Grants”
Applications are due by Friday, October 12, 2018. Grants will be awarded in December 2018. *Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan (Falls Village), Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winsted.
Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 280 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $110 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3 million.