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Litchfield High School Scholarship Association
Breakfast Ceremony
Graduating Litchfield High School Seniors and their parents were honored and celebrated by the Litchfield High School Scholarship Association at a recent Breakfast Ceremony. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian, Hannah Curran and Olivia DeFiore respectively were honored with Merit Awards for their outstanding academic accomplishments.
The Scholarship Association also presented Scholarships and Grants totaling $130,000 to 29 seniors.  F. Robert Petricone, President of the 79 year old Scholarship Association, spoke about the students’ achievements, future endeavors and the origin of the many scholarship funds
Following in the tradition of Mr. Joseph D’Assern, a former member and benefactor of the Scholarship Association, rare books are selected in their fields of interest for the top ranked male and female.  This year Hannah Curran and Peyton Mello received the selection of books at the LHS Senior Awards Ceremony.
As well as the 30 seniors who received $135,000 in awards, 60 previous graduates of LHS, who maintained good academic standing in college, and reapplied for funds received Scholarships totaling $207,000.
Graduating seniors receive many named scholarships.  Some were established in memory of loved ones by their families, or by bequest.  These include the Pinnington; the D’Assern;the Seherr-Thoss; J. Deming Perkins and Edith Rockhill;  Dorothy Bull; F. Kingsbury Bull for William Pruner; Rose M. Brennan; John Cappello; Charles Carpenter; Joseph A. and Mary B. Concannon; Carl Goodhouse; Bradford and O.B. Griffin;  Kristina Herman;  Florence M. Hunt; Dr. Benjamin Katzin; Edward Kolakoski; Kenneth J. Lang, Jr.; Aaron Maziarz; Terrence McGurk; Raymond O’Connell; Dr. G. Francis Osborn; Rita B. Rolli; John Scanlon; Steadman/Abby Fund; Marlene D. Skonieczny; and Dr. Edward F. Wallace, Jr 
Family Funds and Annual Awards have been established for the Booth Family; and the Ebersol Family. Organizations supporting the Scholarship Fund include the Northfield Women’s Club and the Litchfield High School Alumni.
Donations are always welcome for any of the funds, and can be made to the Litchfield High School Scholarship Association; P.O. Box 652; Litchfield, CT 06759. If designated for a particular fund, the name of that fund should be noted. For more information please contact Joyce Briggs, Vice President (860) 567-8932, or F. Robert Petricone, President, (860) 567-5312.            
Revolutionary Litchfield Walking Tour 
Saturday, July 1 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Litchfield History Museum
Join an education staff member for a walking tour through Litchfield's Revolutionary history.
Litchfield was a hotbed of activity during the Revolutionary War. Prisoners of war were jailed in this safe town, a military presence guarded stores and provisions, families were divided by those seeking their independence from the British crown.
Walking tours are free for members and $5 for non-members.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Payment is required at time of registration.
To register, call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,

Explore Our New &
Improved Interpretive Trail
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, July 1 ~ 10:00 a.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Visit the 14 stops along this beautiful half mile trail which features woodland and marshland habitats and the Bantam River. The refurbished trail was a two and a half year labor of love involving Education Director Carrie Szwed and visionary volunteer, Bob Stern.
10:00 A.M., Meet at the A. B. Ceder Room.,
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Ceremony Honoring Oliver Wolcott, Sr.
and Col. Benjamin Tallmadge
Tuesday, July 4 ~ 12:00 Noon
East Cemetery, Litchfield
A tribute honoring Oliver Wolcott, Sr. and Col. Benjamin Tallmadge will be conducted by the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution at the East Cemetery in Litchfield beginning at 12:00 Noon on July 4.
Cannon Salute to the 13 Original Colonies
Tuesday, July 4 ~ 1:30 p.m.
Litchfield Green
The First Litchfield Artillery Regiment will fire its cannons 13 times on the Green in honor of the original 13 colonies followed by the ringing of church bells at 2:00 p.m.
Annual Pet Parade and
Turn-of-the-Century Fest
Tuesday, July 4 ~ 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Litchfield Historical Society
Celebrate Independence Day with the Litchfield Historical Society's annual Pet Parade and Turn-of-the-Century Festival on Tuesday, July 4th from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Community members, with or without pets, are invited to participate.
Pets should arrive no earlier than 2:15 to register for the parade and be eligible for awards. After the parade, enjoy ice cream and old-fashioned lawn games. Participants will have the opportunity to compete in egg and spoon races, a tug of war, a sunflower seed spitting contest, and three-legged races.

The event is free and open to the public.
Pets of any kind are welcome, but all pets must be either on a leash or in a cage and, where applicable, must come with a rabies certificate.  
Registration begins at 2:15 p.m.
and the celebration kicks off at 2:30 p.m.
To register, call (860) 567-4501
For more information about this or other programs,

The Morris Public Library will offer Teen and Adult Summer Reading Challenges beginning on June 20, 2017 that will provide engaging reading incentives and enticing rewards. Registration for the Teen and Adult Program is not required. Reading logs will be available at the Library or on the website –

Connecticut Junior Republic Announces Campus Tours
The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) recently announced that monthly tours of its Litchfield Campus will be offered for those interested in learning more about its programs and services.  Tours will be offered throughout the year on the following Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. on July 27, August 24, September 21, October 26, November 30, and December 21, 2017

The Junior Republic's 150-acre campus is located 2.5 miles north of the center of Litchfield on Route 63.  Tours will include the Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center, the Michael P. Mortara Family Center and Wellness Center for Children, Youth and Families, the Bertha M. Wheeler Gymnasium and Pool Complex, the Robert W. Loomis Agricultural Center (CJR Farm), and a cottage residence.

Reservations for each tour date are requested and may be made by calling the CJR Development Office (860-567-9423, ext. 252) no later than the Tuesday afternoon preceding each tour date. Click here for more details.

The Seherr-Thoss Foundation and Charitable Trust were established by Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss and her husband, Hans C. Seherr-Thossto fund projects that directly support the people and community of Litchfield, CT. Grants totaling $302.183 were awarded in November, 2016. Click here for details.
Nonprofits Receive $92,450 in Spring Grants
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has made awards to 27 area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $92,450 during its first grant cycle of 2017. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants to northwest Connecticut charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall.  Click here for details.