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Taft School students work at field in Bantam
Alain White Community Field in Bantam was spruced up on Tuesday with the help of a group of seniors from The Taft School in Watertown. The students, as a community service project, spread clay on the infield of the softball diamond at the field and trimmed brush. Supervising the operation was Boomer Parsons of the Bantam Civic Association. BZ photo
Civil War monument on Green gets a cleaning
Volunteers, from left, Lee Cook of Morris, Eileen Schmidt of East Litchfield and Dane and Carol Deleppo of Harwinton spent the morning of Monday, May 19 cleaning the Civil War monument on the Litchfield Green. The quartet used water and a special solution that loosened dirt, lichen and mildew so it could be removed without damaging the stone. The monument is being cleaned in conjunction with the celebration of the town's 300th anniversary. BZ photos
Rotary Club holds food drive at Stop & Shop
Litchfield-Morris Rotary Club member Bob Kluge mans the club's table at Stop & Shop during a food drive on Sunday, May 19. Donated food will be given to food banks in Litchfield. Morris and Torrington.
Dan Keefe discusses history at Oliver Wolcott Library
Dan Keefe of East Litchfield was at the Oliver Wolcott Library May 15 to discuss the contribution of women to Litchfield's history in the 18th and 19th centuries. In addition to his knowledge of local history, Keefe is a skilled gardener known for his tomatoes. BZ photo
Little Free Library steward Rose Buckens is on tour
 Rose Buckens of Morris, steward of a Little Free Library. Contributed photo

Rose Buckens, steward of Little Free Library at StoneHill in Morris, an official partner with the global phenomenon of Little Free Library that has registered more than 85,000 lending library boxes in 75+ countries, has been on a mission for the past several years to give away free books.  Along with her partner, Jo Ann Jaacks, Rose has been instrumental in “planting” more than 50 little free libraries throughout Northwest Connecticut.  The late Todd Bol, founder of, visited Rose and Jo Ann in June of 2018 for a tour of their libraries and to offer valuable advice and encouragement.

Buckens, known locally as The Book Woman, is now aboard an Amtrak train for a 1500-mile trip to Virginia and North Carolina, the first in many such train trips to ultimately “train across America” meeting stewards, authors, and book-lovers of all ages at whistle stops along the journey.

As part of the 10-year anniversary of Little Free Libraries celebration, and as a fundraiser for future train trips, she will be hosting an event to which the public is invited at StoneHill, 118 West Street in Morris. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 17 and 18.  Activities will include sharing books, story-telling, bookmark making, a bake sale and a painting party.  Donations which are not required but happily accepted will be books, baked goods, painting supplies (primer, sandpaper, paint, brushes), solar lights, and the talents of designers, builders/craftsmen, painters, and computer- tech-savvy volunteers. Monetary donations can be made at any time to  Rose Buckens can be contacted at .

Zullo and Quay appointed by GLPT
Selectman Jeffrey Zullo and Board of Finance member Richard Quay have been appointed to the board of directors of the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust. Zullo and Quay, according to the GLPT, have demonstrated a sense of respect for Litchfield’s architectural heritage as well as for the history and future of town.
Historical society pays tribute to Lynne Brickley
Litchfield Historical Society Executive Director Cathy Fields, above, reads a tribute to the late Lynne Brickley of Litchfield during a reception held Sunday in Brickley's memory. To the right is Brickley's daughter, Cori Field of Charlottesville, Va.
Brickley, who died in January, was a member of the historical society's board of directors for more than 50 years and as a historian was passionate about Litchfield's history. She was a longtime member of the Litchfield Garden Club as well. A large crowd of friends attended the reception in tribute. Below, Cori Field, left, is shown with Ronni Schoelzel, center, and Nancy Post, both of Litchfield. BZ photos
Litchfield Lions Club inducts new members
Litchfield Lions Club member Sue Smith, center, with the four people she recruited to join the club, from left, Sam Kinkade, Colleen Kinkade, Dale Meeker and Beth Murphy. BZ photo
Inducted into the Litchfield Lions Club April 25 at the Litchfield Inn were Noel Fisher, Beth Murphy, Kevin Tieman, Dale Meeker, Sam Kinkade, Colleen Kinkade, Sue Galaise and Caitlin Fay.
Greenwoods executive director visits Rotary Club
John Simoncelli, executive director of Greenwoods Counseling Referrals in Litchfield, was the guest speaker during a recent Litchfield-Morris Rotary Club meeting at the Forman School. Simoncelli talked about the services the nonprofit organization offers to individuals in need in Litchfield County. He also received a donation of $3,500 from the club that will be used to assist the Greenwoods mission. BZ photo