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Democrats to hold forum on Litchfield government
 
In anticipation of the November municipal election, the Litchfield Democrats are offering an informational forum called, “How Litchfield Works” on March 28 at the Litchfield Community Center. (The event was rescheduled from its original February date due to a power outage.) 
 
There will be a brief presentation about the town meeting form of government and commissions and boards. Democratic members of boards and commissions will be on hand to answer questions and address issues.
 
The event is the first in a series the Democrats will hold. The second, on April 29, will be a forum on current issues in Litchfield and a third, on June 23, will focus on how campaigns work.  Visit www.litchfielddems.com for more information.
 
The public is welcome to attend.  For more information contact Jennine Lupo at jenninelupo@gmail.com or 203-768-6460.
 
 
Warren and partners receive farm viability grant
 
The town of Warren in partnership with the Warren Land Trust, Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust, Lake Waramaug Task Force and the Northwest Hills Council of Governments recently received a $22,800 grant from the state Department of Agriculture through the Community Investment Act. 
 
The grant will also leverage an additional $18,885 of in-kind support from the partner organizations.
 
Warren will use the grant to develop a long-term, actionable plan to support farm viability, sustainable farming practices and farmland preservation and implement agricultural strategies in the town Plan of Conservation and Development.
 
Thriving farms and farmland conservation are integral to Warren’s history, rural character, scenic beauty and environmental health, and achieving successful outcomes in agriculture will contribute significantly to addressing top economic and social priorities for the town. Additionally, sustainable farming practices protect the clean natural waters of Warren which is located in three important watersheds: Lake Waramaug, Shepaug Reservoir, and the Housatonic River.
 
About Warren Land Trust
The Warren Land Trust, founded by Warren residents in 1989, is dedicated to the preservation of the rural character of Warren. Its mission is to preserve farmland, open space, natural and endangered resources such as wetlands, forests and wildlife habitats. With over 790 acres under its protection, the Warren Land Trust seeks to actively engage the community in its conservation efforts and promote the recreational use of its public properties through trail access and regular programming. Contact info@warrenlandtrust.org for more information.
 
About Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust
Founded in 1965, the Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust is Connecticut’s largest land trust, protecting 10,300 acres in Litchfield County and northern Fairfield County. Weantinoge views its conservation work through the lens of three public benefits: safeguarding natural lands and water for recreation, human health, and wildlife habitat; conserving working farmland to ensure the availability of local farms and foods; and creating healthy communities by connecting people to nature. Weantinoge’s conserved lands include 12 public hiking preserves with 18 miles of trails, 29 working farms, 42 miles of rivers and streams, and 3,040 acres of habitat for state and federally-listed species. As Connecticut’s leading land trust, Weantinoge advances conservation broadly through its education, partnership, and advocacy programs. For more information, contact Paul Elconin, director of land conservation at 860-927-1927 or paul@weantinoge.org.
 
About Lake Waramaug Task Force
The Lake Waramaug Task Force is a non-profit organization of volunteers and scientists that provides leadership in restoring and maintaining the ecology and water quality of Lake Waramaug and its watershed. The agency’s principle services include researching and designing the best possible water quality management solutions, maintaining and improving our existing extensive in-lake restoration system which aids in removing and isolating harmful nutrients, improving the lake’s habitat for cold water fish and beneficial zooplankton and controlling the non-native aquatic invasive plant species in the lake. For more information, call 860-868-0331.
 
 
Litchfield Hills Astronomy club series continues 
The Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club will continue its 2019 series of star parties on March 22 at 7 p.m. with a talk called "Supernova!" in the A. B. Ceder Room at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield.

Ever wonder where the iron in our blood came from?  From the Earth, of course, but where did the Earth get it?  The surprising answer is that nearly all the elements were formed in stars.  Iron was formed in the core of a massive star and was spread into space when that star exploded in a supernova.  What about the carbon in our tissues, the calcium and other minerals our bodies need? Those came from stars, too. 
 
No prior knowledge of astronomy is required, just curiosity. Afterwards, weather permitting, there will be planet and star gazing at the observatory.

The club holds regular star parties at White Memorial.  Events are free and open to the public.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  For more details, see the club calendar at lhastro.org or email the club at lhaacsec@gmail.com
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 The work of David Hoffman will be featured in Art Around the Box
 
Morris Public Library’s 8th Annual Art Around the Box, White Barn, South Farms, Morris, CT, Saturday, March 23, 2019, 3PM-7 PM.
 
The Friends and the Board of Directors of the Morris Public Library will host their 8th Annual "ART AROUND THE BOX" gala event and auction of fine art, decorated boxes, original artwork. The event will take place at the White Barn, South Farms, Morris, CT, on Saturday, March 23, from 3 PM-7 PM.
 
This year’s Art Around the Box will also feature new auction entries: original photography, various antiques, and unique collector items. Popular gift baskets, the famous Mystery Puzzle Box, and gift certificates to local vendors will also be auctioned at the gala.
 
Our guest auctioneer, Timothy Chapulis, of Tim’s Auctions, Inc, will guide the audience through the precious artwork and other special auction items.
 
The tickets to the event are only $15.00, and are now available for purchase online at morrispubliclibrary.net, at the Library (coming soon) and at the door!
 
Wine, refreshments and music will be offered at the event, and are included with the purchase of your ticket.
New this year – we are accepting credit/debit cards at the event.
 
All proceeds will benefit the Library.  For information and updates: 860-567-7440https://morrispubliclibrary.net/friends-and-fundraising/, and Library’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.
 
 
 
                                                            
300 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURE
2019 OPEN HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR IN LITCHFIELD, CT
PLANNED IN CELEBRATION OF LITCHFIELD’S TERCENTENNIAL YEAR
A historic Open House Tour on July 12 and 13, 2019 is being planned by The Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) in celebration of the Town of Litchfield’s tercentennial.  The Aid’s Sixty-Seventh Open House Day will be a rain or shine, one-mile walking tour within the Borough of Litchfield, a National Historic Landmark District.  The Tour will benefit the Connecticut Junior Republic, a Litchfield-based nonprofit organization that helps children, youth and families in 12 locations across Connecticut.  Click for details. 
 
 
Litchfield 300th Anniversary Committee
On May 19, 2019 Litchfield will be celebrating 300 years since its incorporation. Any organization that is planning an event to celebrate, or that is interested in partnering with another organization in celebrating, is asked to coordinate their efforts with the 300th Anniversary Committee. Businesses interested in sponsoring an event are also asked to contact the committee. Please contact Lisa Losee at llosee@townoflitchfield.org