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Books at the beach
Oliver Wolcott Library assistant Tricia Moore, right, assists Erin McManus of Morris and her daughter, Harper, in a search of the collection of books the library is providing at Sandy Beach on Bantam Lake this summer. 
Litchfield Community Center has gone solar
The new array of solar panels on the roof of the Litchfield Community Center is seen in this drone photo taken by Peter Tavino of Litchfield. The panels installed last winter are expected to generate major energy savings for the building. 
Independence Day boat parade on Tyler Lake
Jen Hogan, who lives on Tyler Lake in Goshen, carries a flag while being towed around the lake on a board during the second annual Independence Day boat parade on the lake on Thursday. Fifteen boats participated. The parade's grand marshal was lake resident Kathe Skibisky. BZ photo
The Blondins travel to Cuba
Matt and Audrey Blondin of Litchfield visited Cuba recently and got to experience the island's culture and people. Contributed photos
Troop 29 summits Cadillac Mountain
Boy Scout Troop 29 of Bantam stands at the top of Cadillac Mountain in Maine on June 21 during its trip to Acadia National Park. From left are Nate Schulde, Ned Urion, Mike Caruso, Dan Martineau, Aiden Erickson, Jim Hagan, Keith Schneider, Danny Schneider, Caleb Fenn, Tim Florio, Blaise Perusse, Ned Urion, Jerry Frisbie, Jay Rust, Rowan Schulde, Jonathan Robert and Dave Robert. Contributed photo
Sundaes on Fridays in Warren
Diane Tanner, a congregant of the Warren Congregational Church, has her ice cream sundae complete during the church's first Sundaes on Fridays program on June 28. The church provided complimentary sundaues for the public. The next Sundaes on Fridays will be held July 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Raising cash for a cause at Brandywine
The color purple was in at Brandywine Living in Litchfield as staff, residents and volunteers held their annual Longest Day fundraiser for the fight against Alzheimer's Disease. Above, staffer Peter Cappello pushes resident Anthony Aquillano around the circle in front of Brandywine. Staffer Linda Weik, above, solicited donations at the corner of Route 202 and Constitution Way. Proceeds of $1,586 will be donated to the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's Sept. 8 at the White Memorial Conservation Center. BZ photos
Goshen Stampede rodeo gets underway
Peter Tavino, the intrepid drone operator from Litchfield, used his drone to take this photo of the opening ceremony of the Goshen Stampede rodeo at the Goshen Fairgrounds on Saturday.
Livingston Ripley holds recognition evening
Cathy Oneglia, left, and Stephanie Weaver, both of Litchfield, were among the locals attending the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy's annual conservation recognition dinner on June 1. Arethusa Farm owners George Malkemus and Tony Yurgaitis received the conservancy's lifetime conservation award for the work they've done to preserve their farm. BZ photo
Wisdom House celebrates Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti
Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti, right, the retired arts and spirituality coordinator at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield, greets Mary Jane Evans of Litchfield, center, and her daughter, Kelly, at the beginning of a retirement celebration at Wisdom House on June 2. Below, Iannotti with local artist Sal Gulino, who was a longtime art teacher at Wamogo Regional High School. Iannotti retired last December after 26 years at Wisdom House. BZ photos
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
Below, a history of the monument.
January 22, 1870. The Soldiers’ Record.
The Litchfield Enquirer states that a movement is on foot to erect a monument there. About $1,000 has already been secured, and at a meeting held on the 31stof December last, it was voted to erect a monument on the green, and a committee was appointed to solicit further subscriptions.
July 8, 1871. Hartford Daily Courant.
Soldiers’ Monument At Litchfield.
The soldiers’ monument for Litchfield has been put up. It is of Italian marble about twenty feet in height, resting on a granite base 4 feet 8 inches square and 18 inches high. The marble base is 2 1-2 feet square and 16 inches high, upon which rests the die, containing the inscription, about 2 1-2 feet square and 3 1-2 feet high. Above this rises the shaft, divided into three sections, each resting on its own plinth, or base, the lower of which is ornamented with stars, and the two upper inscribed with the following names of battles: Cold Harbor, North Ann, Fort Harrison, Fisher’s Hill, Winchester, Petersburg, Antietam, Fort Darling. 
Below, the momument after the cleaning. Contributed photo