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Sandy Beach Fun Day
Friday, July 13, 2018
Celebrating the end of the first swim lesson session.
Seven-year-old Morris boy is on a mission  
Charlie Groht, 7, has been dedicated to two goals since the age of four – he wants to be a farmer and he wants to help find a cure for ALS. Both of these goals are realized through a farm stand in front of his home. When his Uncle Bob died from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) several years ago, the family became involved in fundraising for ALS-TDI (Therapy Development Institute), the world's first and largest nonprofit biotech research lab focused solely on ALS research. ~ Contributed by Jo Ann Jaacks
Charlie Groht’s Farm Stand is in front of his home at 67 Isaiah Smith Lane in Morris.
Charlie’s relatives participate each year in the Tri-State Trek, a grueling 270-mile bicycle ride from Boston to Greenwich, CT, earning between $30,000-$60,000 for the cause.  The proceeds from Charlie’s farm stand are 100% donated to this cause as well, along with “matching grants” from his parents Margie and Jeffrey Groht, and other relatives. 
Charlie and Patty Groht harvesting yellow squash, zucchini and a cucumber.
Charlie’s five-year-old sister Patty helps with the harvesting of various crops he raises in a fenced-in area on the small farm with two horses, two goats and one very elderly duck.  Their mother, Margie Groht, has been involved in 4-H for twenty years and both children have inherited that pursuit. Charlie and his sister are raising their own Nigerian dwarf goats and help care for the other animals on the farm. 
Patty Groht, 5, with her Nigerian dwarf goat she named Panda
Charlie’s Farm Stand is in front of his home at 67 Isaiah Smith Lane in Morris.  Seasonal offerings include plants, tomatoes, squash, popcorn and sweet corn, sugar snap peas, artichokes, mini-peppers, loose leaf lettuce and basil.  A donation jar sits on top of the repurposed garden cart and all proceeds benefit ALS-TDI (Therapy Development Institute), whose mission is “ending ALS in our lifetime.” 
~ courtesy of Pater Tavino
Sandy Beach Swim Lessons
Swimmimng lessons started at Sandy Beach on Monday, July 2nd. ~ BZ photo
On Monday morning (July 2, 2018), Jim Katzin, Friend of the Courthouse and master clock repairman, recently cleaned, oiled and replaced worn parts in the circa 1930 Seth Thomas clock in the first-floor courtroom (1930 addition) of the Litchfield Courthouse. 
The 30-day, key-wind clock was made by the Seth Thomas Clock Company of Thomaston, Connecticut. It is a custom office model 16 with an 86-W movement in a case of cherry wood.
Art Schmidt, with back to camera, and also a Friend of the Courthouse, recently repaired the clock in the courthouse tower.
Members of the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust are grateful to these two gentlemen for their care and respect of this 1888 iconic and landmark structure within both the Borough of Litchfield’s National Register District and the State of Connecticut designated Borough of Litchfield Historic District. ~ contributed by Eileen Schmidt
Lisa Shaia heading to New Britain
After 10 years serving as the Children’s Librarian at the Oliver Wolcott Library, Mrs. Lisa Shaia will be leaving OWL on June 27 to become the new Assistant Director at the New Britain Public Library. A farewell gathering was held at the library on Monday, June 25. ~ BZ photo
Summer Reading Kickoff @ OWL
Jason Pipitone’s 'Juggling Extravaganza' included juggling, physical comedy and balancing tricks tto kick off the Summer Reading Program at the Oliver Wolcott Library on Saturday. ~ BZ photos
 Children’s Summer Reading Kick-off and
Ice Cream Social at Morris Public Library
The Children’s Summer Reading Kick-off and Ice Cream Social at the Morris Public Library attracted a large crowd of parents and youngsters choosing their books for the popular reading program “Libraries Rock” that offers reading challenges for all levels and interests throughout the summer. ~ Contributed by Jo Ann Jaacks
Pictured is Morris resident Kim Roe with Leah, 4, and Tessa, 5 months old, choosing their summer reading at the Morris Public Library. ~ Jo Ann Jaacks photo
The younger crowd (PreK-6) will participate in a variety of educational activities to strengthen reading skills, teens in grades 7-12 will have incentives and materials to entertain them during summer months, and adults can explore the library’s new summer collection.
After qualifying with a reading achievement, participants have a chance to win one of several prize baskets donated by Popey’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Morris, the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot, and the Silly Sprout at its new location on West Street in Litchfield, as well as other local donors and volunteers.
Pictured is Morris resident Kim Roe with Leah, 4, and Tessa, 5 months old, choosing their summer reading at the Morris Public Library. For more details, contact 860-567-7440 or
Lee Losee, Friend of the Courthouse, replaces the bench in front of the courthouse on West Street, after moving it to weed and sweep. ~ Contributed by Eileen Schmidt