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Spiritual Drumming
Saturday, November 17 ~ 10:00-11:30 am
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
A meditative and community experience...
Drumming provides the perfect focus for a meditative experience. Each gathering starts with the setting of our intentions for the session, flows into using a chant with drumming to center the group, and creates the energy of community. Drum rhythms for the use of personal meditation and quieting the mind will also be explored. Participants may bring any type of hand drum – i.e. djembes, bohrans, frame drums, Native American drums – or they may use one of the drums or rhythm instruments that will be available.  Program held in Marie Louise Carriage House.

Susan Strand
Graduate of the Women's Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary; organist at the Church of Christ Congregational in Goshen, CT; experience playing African drums and rhythms and drumming programs at Wisdom House. Susan has a background of sharing her belief that all drumming is spiritual.

A meditative and community experience...
Program held in the Marie Louise Carriage House.
To register:
Donation: $5 payable in class
Location: Marie Louise Carriage House

For further information call (860) 567-3163

Annual Silver Tea Christmas Party & Bazaar
Saturday, November 17 ~ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Warren Congregational Church
4 Sackett Hill Rd., Warrren
The Warren Congregational Church is holding their 'Annual Silver Tea Christmas Party & Bazaar' on Saturday November 17, 2018, 4 Sackett Hill Road Warren, Connecticut from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. There will be a traditional Silver Tea, Silent Silver Raffle, Homemade Items and other items for sale. All proceeds to benefit the Warren Congregational Church.

Northfield Volunteer Fire Company Breakfast
Sunday, November 18 ~ 7:30-11:00 am
Northfield Firehouse
The Northfield Volunteer Fire Company will be havinga Breakfast on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 7:30am-11:00am at the Northfield Firehouse.

You can choose from all you can eat for $8.00 or a children’s breakfast for $4. The Fire Company will be serving pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, and homefries.
The Northfield Firehouse is located on 12 Knife Shop Road, Northfield CT 06778. Any questions please call the Northfield Firehouse at (860) 283-9303

Litchfield Ecumenical Service
Monday, November 19 ~ 7:00 pm
St. Anthony Church
South Street, Litchfield
Rev. Bevan Stanley from St. Michael's and
Rev. Brad Bergfalk from the First Congregational
Church of Litchfield will be officiating.
All are welcome!
A canned food or money donation will be
 welcomed at the door.

Full Moon Drumming for Peace
Friday, November 23 ~ 4:15-5:15 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
Drumming for Peace at sunset on the evening of the full moon takes place at Church of Christ Congregational, 5 Old Middle Street, at the intersection of Routes 4 and 63 in Goshen, CT.
Come and join us as we send the energy created by our drumming out into the universe for world peace. Bring your own drum/s or use one of the drums or rhythm instruments that will be available.

Participants may bring their own drums or use the drums and rhythm instruments that will be provided. Any type of hand drum may be used. All drummers or people who would like to become drummers are welcome; no experience is necessary.

Drumming for Peace is a program begun by Drums Around the World. The concept is that drummers will drum for peace in their time zone for about an hour sending the energy that is created out into the universe for world peace and then other drummers will begin drumming in their time zone and thus pass the drumming around the globe.
Contact: Susan A. Strand

29th Annual Craft Fair
Bantam Fire Co. Aux.
Saturday, November 24 ~ 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Bantam Firehouse
Doyle Rd., Bantam

St. Paul's Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 24 ~ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
St. Paul's Church
802 Bantam Road, Bantam
Come to our Annual Holiday Bazaar!
We have great food, crafts,
baked goods, and much more!
A fun annual event!
We still have plenty of raffle
tickets for the quilt.

Litchfield Ecumenical Service
Monday, November 19 ~ 7:00 pm
St. Anthony Church
South Street, Litchfield
Rev. Bevan Stanley from St. Michael's and Rev. Brad Bergfalk from the First Congregational Church of Litchfield will be officiating. All are welcome! A canned food or money donation will be welcomed at the door.
Gingerbread Nativity-Making Workshop
Saturday, December 1 ~ 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield
Pilgrim Hall
$30 per Nativity
To register call 860-567-1041

Candlelight Carol Sing
Advent Songs & Christmas Carols
Saturday, December 1 ~ 7:00 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield

Living Nativity
Sunday, December 2 ~ 3:00 pm
Lourdes in Litchfield

Post 44 of Bantam honors a World War I veteran (11-06-18) 

Representatives of the Fuessenich family and American Legion Post 44 following Saturday's veteran of the month service in Bantam. BZ photos

American Legion Post 44 of Bantam honored a World War I veteran as its veteran of the month on Saturday.
Leonard C. Fuessenich, who served in the Connecticut Army National Guard and has descendants in Litchfield, was recognized at Bantam Borough Hall during Post 44’s 362nd consecutive veteran of the month service.
A flag honoring Fuessenich is flying over the All Wars Memorial in Bantam until Dec. 1. Three of his descendants, great-nephews L. Cleveland Fuessenich and Dan Fuessenich, both of Litchfield, and great-niece, Debbie Fuessenich of Litchfield, represented the Fuessenich family at the observance.
Leonard C. Fuessenich was born in Torrington on Jan. 15, 1885 and died Oct. 27, 1931 in New Milford, where he lived, after a diabetic attack.
Fuessenich, the son of Frederick and Celia Fuessenich, graduated from Torrington High School in 1903. He worked at the Hendy Machine Co. after graduation and began his military career by joining Torrington’s newly-formed Company M of the 2nd Regiment of the Connecticut Army National Guard.
After marrying Frances Holder on Feb. 29, 1905, in New York City, Fuessenich settled in Torrington, became involved in activities at Trinity Church, and was elected a justice of the peace in 1910. He advanced through the ranks of the National Guard to captain, but in 1915 resigned his commission to assist with the family business following the death of his mother in 1914.
When the chance to serve with the National Guard on the Mexican border came up, Fuessenich re-enlisted as a lieutenant and through special arrangement served a tour as quartermaster sergeant.
Upon completion of the assignment, Fuessenich returned to Torrington and resumed his work with the family business. His stay didn’t last long, however, as Company M was ordered to muster at the Torrington Armory on April 1, 1917 and prepare for a trip to the World War I battlefield.
The Torrington contingent arrived in France on Oct. 2, 1917 as part of the 102nd Infantry Regiment of the 26th Infantry Division’s Yankee Division. Fuessenich, a first lieutenant, had a distinguished record in combat.
After peace was declared, Fuessenich sailed from Brest, France, on the USS Troy, arriving in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was discharged from active duty and returned to his wife and family in Torrington, where he became active in the community and joined the city’s American Legion post. He served in many capacities with the American Legion and in 1927 became the legion’s 6th District commander. Later, he helped establish a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in New Milford.
Below, Litchfield High School National Honor Society students, from left, Rachel Leigh, Claire Vailionis and Sydney Donohue volunteered their time to assist Post 44 with the service.
Below, Barbara Spring of Litchfield with her son, Bill Spring, and his children, Michaela and Ryan. Bill, Michaela and Ryan were dressed World War I-style for the service.
Children’s Book Department at Church Book Store
A room devoted to children’s books is open at the Litchfield Congregational Church book store.  Children’s books are a real bargain – 50¢ for soft cover and $1 for hardcover books. Or, for $10, shoppers can fill a box with as many books as will fit and it’s OK if they stick out the top.  A special promotion is available to area teachers to help them stock their classrooms.
The store is open on Saturdays from 10 to 3 and on Sunday afternoons.  It is located in the basement of the church, located on the Green at 21 Torrington Road.
Litchfield Community Café
Senior Lunches ~ Monday–Friday
@ Litchfield Community Center
Over the age of 60, and live in or visiting the Litchfield area? Why not stop in and have lunch at our beautiful Litchfield Community Café located in the Litchfield Community Center? The Litchfield Community Café serves congregate lunch Mondays through Fridays! (Fridays are meatless Fridays!) For a suggested donation of only $4.00, you can enjoy a hot, delicious nutritious meal including milk, coffee or tea and dessert! Reservations required by noon the day before. For the current menu, further information, or to make a reservation, please call 860-567-5746. Hope to see you there! 
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s 
needs your donations
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s is a success: since starting this spring, an increasing number of our neighbors come to the Community House the third Saturday of each month. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we distribute much-needed canned and packaged food, fresh bread, eggs and vegetables, and frozen meals. In October our neighbors took away over 1200 lbs. of food.
The good news is that the racks are empty. The bad news is that the racks are empty. People needed all the food we had. The Food Pantry is appealing to you to help fill the shelves each month.  The Pantry needs your support to supply our community’s needs.  
The pantry needs: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, oats, rice, tuna, pasta sauce, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, lentils, beans, granola bars, powered drink mix, pasta, juice, condiments, frozen vegetables, chicken, hamburger patties, coffee and tea, dish and clothes detergent, toilet paper and paper towels
We invite you to help provide our neighbors with the food they need. You can donate food, you can donate cash, and you can donate time.  You can help with purchasing, collecting and delivering food, stocking the shelves, or assisting on the third Saturday of each month.  The church is always open, and you can drop off donations any time in the north pews.
You can contact St. Michael’s at 860-567-9465,, and mail checks made out to  St. Michael’s, with “Food Pantry” on the memo line, to PO Box 248, Litchfield, CT  06759. St. Michael's - BZ page

The Veterans of Amrican Legion Post 44
are collecting information on women veterans.
The veterans of American Legion Post 44 in Bantam are collecting names stories and photographs of women who have, or are serving, in the military. This information will be added to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Women’s Memorial is dedicated to all military women — past, present and future. If you would like to add yourself or a veteran from your family (deceased or living) please see Master Sergeant Linda Searles at the Saturday, December 2nd Veteran of the Month ceremony in the Bantam Borough Hall. The ceremony to honor a veteran starts at 10 am, social and light refreshments will follow. She can also email you the form. Contact Linda at lindaarmyveteran@gmail.

Warren Food Bank
Open 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warren Community Center
Warren residents should contact Leah Pullaro
860-868-7881 ext. 114. for more information.
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113