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Litchfield High School grad Elizabeth Hogan (above) recently participated at a U.N. Oceans Conference held in New York the week of June 5. This was a week-long initiative at the U.N. dealing with the oceans, saving sea mammals, and creating an environmentally healthy, sustainable fishing economy. Elizabeth is Oceans and Wildlife Campaign Manager, USA at World Animal Protection, an international non-profit animal welfare organization headquartered in London. Her participation included a speech by her to the General Assembly concerning what is known as the Global Ghost Gear Initiative which deals with attempts to rid the oceans of marine debris. ~ contributed
 
 
Morris Library Hosts Ice-Cream Social
to Kick-off Children’s Summer Reading Program
The Morris Public Library, facilitated by Library Director Elena Granoth, held a kickoff gathering for 51 students pre-K to 6th grade to sign up for the summer reading program. ~ contributed
 
 
Alexa, age 3, Olivia, age 8 and brother Ryan, age 5 of the Lauretano family who were among the first to register for the summer reading program. ~ photo contributed
 
Maddie Jeanfavre who recently moved to Morris with her four-year-old sister Ava, enjoying an ice-cream sundae. ~ photo contributed
 
The library will continue to register for the Children’s Program through July 25, 2017 and the program ends on Thursday, August 17, 2017.  Helping to serve the ice-cream sundaes were Library Board members Nancy Lundquist, Sally Irwin, Mary Erin Clem and Beth Lovallo, among other friends of the library. The library is located at 4 North Street in Morris and the number to call for more details is 860-567-7440.
 
 
The Silly Sprout in Litchfield Will Host
a Little Free Library Pop-Up Event
The Silly Sprout in Litchfield will add a Little Free Library pop-up visit to their busy studio schedule on Friday, June 30. A vintage dollhouse stocked with free books for adults and children will be stationed in front of the boutique from 9:30am to 2pm, and presented by Rose Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks of Little Free Library at StoneHill, who are currently building and “planting” 32 lending library boxes in the Litchfield Hills. The Silly Sprout is located at 469 Bantam Road (Rte 202) in Litchfield. For details about Little Free Library, the contacts are 203-770-4156 or rosebuckensdesigns@yahoo.com.
 
 
Litchfield’s DigiDyer Productions'
’ “Missy Stevens” Documentary
to Premiere on CPTV
Rusty Dyer, founder, and owner of DigiDyer Productions in the Northfield section of Litchfield, Connecticut, announced that the documentary film he directed and produced, Missy Stevens, The Spirit and Technique of Painting with Thread, will air for the first time on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) on Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, June 25 at 4 p.m. The film will also air Thursday, July 6 at 8:00 p.m. on CPTV Sports channel, with repeat dates to be announced.
 
Rusty Dyer and Missy Stevens ~ contributed
Rusty Dyer, owner of DigiDyer Productions in Litchfield created and produced the documentary on Missy Stevens, the nationally acclaimed fiber artist who lives in Washington, Connecticut.
 
The documentary provides in-depth insights into the nationally acclaimed fiber artist and Washington, Connecticut resident Missy Stevens and premiered to the public in June of 2016 when it was shown at the Gunn Museum in Washington. In April 2017, the film was screened again at the Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury, Connecticut, with Mr. Dyer in attendance at both events. Click here for more details. ~ contributed
 
  
Forman Brings Neighbors Together
at Wine & Cheese Reception
L-R: Dorothea Dicecco, Liz Funk, Ann Dranginis, Charles Kaufferman, Denise Rapp, Clifford Cooper, Berta Andrulis, and Laurel Galloway gather at Forman’s annual neighborhood Wine and Cheese Reception. ~ contributed
 
Forman School welcomed over 50 friends and neighbors from the Litchfield community to a wine and cheese reception on Thursday, June 7. Adam K. Man and Beth Man hosted the event at their home on Norfolk Road.
 
“The weather cleared into a beautiful evening and it was lovely to see so many of our friends, neighbors, and supporters here at our Head of School’s House,” said Director of Parent Programs Liz Funk P’12. Guests enjoyed a delectable array of hors d’oeuvres including local artisan cheeses from Arethusa Farm, lamb meatballs, and coconut shrimp.
 
The aim of this annual reception, which started up again last year, is to connect Litchfield friends and bring neighbors together. At Thursday’s event, local friend of the School Laurel Galloway gifted her beautiful 1962 class ring to Forman and the previous owners of the Mans’ home, Jay and Susan Youngling, noted how happy they were to know that the house is often filled with students.
 
Funk added, “We love to see our friends and neighbors, new and old. It is my hope that we continue to expand upon this connection to the community.” Litchfield residents are encouraged and welcomed to attend the next event. For questions or info, please contact Liz.Funk@formanschool.org.
 
 
Veterans’ Brunch Carries on an Eight-Year-Old
Morris Tradition with a New Twist
When Boy Scout Dan Schneider was asked why he was the first one in his troop to attend the veterans' brunch, he answered, “I just wanted to be here for this. It’s important.” The leadership of Morris and the Reading Room Committee of the James Morris Library agreed, since they hosted a complimentary brunch featuring sandwiches from long-time Morris resident Hilary Towne of the Ripe Tomato Deli, cookies and beverages. ~ contributed
 
First Selectman Tom Weik greets veteran Sal Vicari. ~ contributed
 
President of the Reading Room & Museum Committee and First Selectman Tom Weik greeted the veterans, and later shared his own family stories about his Uncle William Weik, who died in WWII, his Great Aunt Dorothy who served as a nurse during WWII and his brother Steven Weik who recently retired from the Army as a Lt. Colonel. Weik announced that Morris can now offer a $20,000 additional exemption in property tax to veterans who qualify through meeting low income requirements. He said the timing of this becoming available around Memorial Day observances takes on special meaning.
 
Members of the Reading Room & Museum Committee of the James Morris Library welcomed approximately 33 veterans to the brunch with many who regularly attend, appreciating the recognition from their town, and a few newcomers joining this year’s event.
 
 
LSC Nippers conclude spring season
The Litchfield Soccer Club Nippers (Gr. K-1) concluded their Spring season on June 7. They played on Wednesday evenings and Saturday morning at White Fields on Route 63 in Litchfield. BZ photos
 
 
 
Parents vs. kids
 
 
Rotary tent at Litchfield Block Party
Rotarian Bob Kluge and his wife Gail, were selling beverages and very popular and novel blinky (lighted) toys (hats, leis, balls, angel wings, etc.) on the Litchfield Green during the Block Party on Saturday night to support Litchfield-Morris Rotary scholarships. ~ contributed
 
 
Goat Yoga Comes on Tiny Hooves to Morris
Elizabeth (Beth) Aleksinas, owner of Bramasole Yoga and Healing Center in Morris, partnered with Nicole Pelletier of Sunny Ridge Cottage Farm in Bethlehem to offer a unique program combining yoga practice with Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats on Saturday, June 3, atop a beautifully landscaped hill with far views.’ ~ contributed
 
Beth Aleksinas explained how this came about:  “I have always prided myself on teaching Yoga in its purest and most beautiful way. In honor of the lineage of Yoga and my Teacher, I wanted to always keep my practice pure. When a friend recommended that I teach "Goat Yoga", a new trend of yoga. I was a little hesitant.  After speaking with Nicole, who is not only a goat breeder but a lover of goats and nature, it was a comfortable pairing and I was ready to try.
 
We invited a few guests and what transpired was truly remarkable – adults laughing, being playful and forgetting their own personal struggles and the struggles of the world. Yoga with Goats was a transforming and healing experience for all of us, especially me. After 23 years of teaching yoga, I was so overwhelmed with joy that I cannot wait to do it again.”
 
While striking a yoga pose, Beth Aleksinas was surprised when her hand was playfully kissed by one of the diminutive goats. ~ contributed
 
Nicole Pelletier said she and her fourteen-year-old daughter Lauralee believe in positive and healthy living.  Lauralee will be a freshman at Nonnewaug Vocational Agricultural High School next year, studying animal science.  She and her mother have been raising dairy goats for eleven years, priding themselves in quality breeding with a veterinarian clean tested and closed herd.  Nicole said she and Beth made an awesome connection for strength and better health through both yoga and goats. All those present clearly agreed.
 
A second Goat Yoga session will be offered at Bramasole, 57 Slab Meadow Road in Morris on Saturday, July 15 from 12noon-1pm. The cost is $25/person and pre-registration is required since space is limited.  For more details or to register, please call 860-459-0797.
 
 
Jack Burns, son of Timothy and Ann Egan of Litchfield, qualified to shoot at the Tennessee State Trap and Skeet Shooting High School Championships by turning in a qualifying score at the Regional Championships on June 3, 2017. Jack is a rising Junior at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee. This will be Jack's second trip to the State Championships representing BGA, having also qualified in 2016. ~ contributed