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The Slippery Slope
Rev. Robert F. Tucker
St. Anthony of Padua, Litchfield
October 4, 2010

There are no insignificant lives, no celebrities. There is life! We each decide whether or not we’re willing to bring to life the power that life has within us. Life rests in our hands. Beauty is ours to bestow as we strive to take the ordinary ways and bring the fall light of color and even the realization that these colors result from the death of the leaves and the real beginning of winter and the season of death. It seems so small the first frost and like the mustard seed it is so great as it begins the new season and results in winter. It is the same with life. We cry for help from the Lord, we see and strive to prevent destruction and violence all about us and we know that God gives us a spirit of power, love and self-control but at times we are cowards. It is hard to trust in the Lord, and to deal with the day to day realities of life.





The Prayer Shawl with Author Janet Bristow
In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women’s Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, started a unique ministry. Their love of knitting and crocheting combined with a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice resulted in The Prayer Shawl Ministry, reaching out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as celebration and joy. Author Janet Bristow will be at the Oliver Wolcott Library Tuesday, October 19 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. to discuss their books, and the use of prayer shawls.

Each shawl begins with a prayer or blessing for the intended recipient. As the shawl is created the intentions are continued and upon completion a final blessing is performed before the shawl is sent on its way. Shawls can be created and used for many things, from illness to celebrating a wedding. Bristow will discuss her two co-authored books The Prayer Shawl Companion and The Crocheted Prayer Shawl Companion. The books are full of inspiring tales and thoughtful blessings, and feature prayer shawl patterns for knitters and crocheters. The patterns range from beginner to advanced. Bristow will also bring along and display some of the shawls that appear in her books. Learn more about the ministry at www.shawlministry.com. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling the Library at 860-567-8030 or logging on to their website www.owlibrary.org and clicking on Programs.



Veteran of the Month Ceremony
Litchfield.bz (10-4-10)

Korean War Army Corporal Gordon Nathan Hart was honored on Saturday morning by Bantam’s Tyler-Seward-Kubish Post 44 American Legion at the All Wars Memorial as the October Veteran of the Month.

Hart’s honoring is the 252nd consecutive monthly honoring ceremony conducted by Post 44 under their nationally recognized Veteran of the Month Program.

Hart entered Army active duty on October 28, 1949 in Hartford, CT and attended military Security training schools at Fort Dix New Jersey and Camp Gordon, Georgia. He was then assigned Army Security Agency Unit 8609 AAU, at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippine Islands during 1951 and 1952. He was discharged December 31, 1952 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey at the rank of Corporal.

Gordon Hart was born December 24, 1931 in North Haven, CT, the son of
the late William and Caroline Hart of Bantam, CT. He attended Litchfield
Schools graduating from Litchfield High School and Indiana Technical College where he received his B.S. Degree in Electronic Engineering. Most of his working career was spent working for Corporate Systems Center and Hamilton Standard in Farmington and Windsor Locks, CT prior to his retirement in 1993.

He died May 12, 2008 and is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Eileen Crowe and daughters: Jennifer Hart Dockey and husband Benjamin of Taylorsville, NC and Jessica Hart of Avon, mother-in-law Marian Crowe of Unionville, CT sisters-in-laws Susan and John Bennett of North Charleston SC and Sharon and Jon Stull of Chesapeake, VA and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves his children Susan and Jeffrey McDermott of Glastonbury, CT, William and Melissa Hart of Old Saybrook, John and Carolyn Hart of Mansfield, MA and Laura and Philip Boucher of Glastonbury, CT and his grandchildren. A son, James Nathan Hart predeceased him.



General Washington to visit Goshen

The Goshen Public Library is very excited to announce the third program of our “Revolutionary War Series” sponsored by The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut and the Connecticut Humanities Council. Dean Malissa, official historical portrayer of George Washington at Mount Vernon, will be relating the life and experiences of George Washington on Friday October 15 at 7PM. This program will be held at the Old Town Hall (home of the Goshen Players) at the corner of Routes 63 and 4 in Goshen. Doors will open at 6:30PM – seating is limited. This educational program is suitable for school age children and adults. For more information please see our web site www.goshenpublib.org or call 860-491-3234.



Litchfield High Class of 1960 holds reunion
Litchfield.bz (9-27-10)

Thirty-seven members of Litchfield High School's Class of 1960 gathered for a 50th reunion at the Crystal Peak banquet hall in Winchester on Saturday. Organizers of the reunion were, top photo from left, Mary Fran Weik, Marcey Hladik, Sandy Meyers and Jack Comporesi. In the lower photo, Doyle Finan addresses his classmates. Said Comporesi, "We were known for being a fun class."



When the Tyler-Seward-Kubish Post 44 American Legion assembles at the All Wars Memorial on Saturday, October 2nd, the 10:00 a.m. service will honor Korean War Army Corporal Gordon Nathan Hart as the October 2010 Veteran of the Month.
Hart’s honoring will be the 252nd consecutive monthly honoring ceremony conducted by Post 44 under their nationally recognized Veteran of the Month Program.



Wisdom Awards
Wednesday, September 29th

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center announces the bestowing of its 12th Wisdom Award on Wednesday, September 29. This year’s honorees are Marie Wallace of Litchfield and Dr. Matthew Pagano of Winsted.

The Wisdom Award honors those members of the local community who have witnessed to Divine Wisdom by their lives of service. The award has been given annually since 1999 by the Daughters of Wisdom and Wisdom House.

Ms. Wallace is being honored as a Promoter of Democracy and Dr. Pagano is being honored as a Courier of Compassion.



The Litchfield Energy Task Force distributed materials on Saturday in front of the Litchfield Post Office to encourage energy conservation in homes.



Free Mammogram Day Planned For Qualified
Women at Hungerford Mammography Center
Wednesday, October 13th from 1:00-6:30 pm

Have you, or a woman you know been putting off getting a mammogram because of no insurance or a high deductible? The Hungerford Breast Health Center is sponsoring a free mammogram day on Wednesday, October 13th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Hungerford Mammography Center, 220 Kennedy Drive in Torrington. See complete article on Press Release page.



Troop 29 Scouts assist at diabetes walk
Litchfield.bz (9-13-10)

Peter Schneider, left, a member of Boy Scout Troop 29 of Litchfield greets participants in the Litchfield County Walk to Cure Diabetes Sunday at the White Memorial Foundation. Schneider and Scouts from Troop 29 were stationed on Bissell Road to help walkers cross. The walk was a fundraiser for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.



Litchfield Women’s Forum launching 96th year of programs
The Litchfield Women’s Forum is launching its 96th year with a wide variety of programs. Continuing the tradition of enlightening and entertaining programs, this year the speakers and programs feature several authors, a world-renowned cellist, an art historian and a panel discussion on buying and selling on the Internet.

All lectures are open to the public and are generally held on the first Thursday of the month October through May at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT. Tickets for guests are $5.00. A tea will follow the lecture. For more details, contact Sara Gault, President at 860 567-1641.




Goshen Community Care & Hospice will be offering an 8 week Bereavement Program. This journey from grief to healing and hope is open to anyone who is having difficulty dealing with the loss of a loved one. Karen Jax Giarnese RN will be facilitating this weekly session on Thursdays from September 30 through November 18, 7 to 8:30 PM at the St. Thomas Church in Goshen. There is no cost to participate but registration is encouraged to ensure proper materials for everyone. To register please call 491-4673.

Goshen Community Care & Hospice
5 Old Middle St, PO Box 202, Goshen, CT 06756




Known by most everyone as “Kip,” World War II Navy Seaman 2nd Class Clifford W. Rogers was honored as the September 2010 Veteran of the Month by the Tyler-Seward-Kubish Post 44 American Legion at the All Wars Memorial on Saturday, September 4, 2010.

Seaman 2nd Class Clifford Rogers entered the Navy on March 28, 1944 in New Haven, CT was stationed at the Naval Training Station in Sampson, New York then assigned to the Hedron Fleet Air Wing 16 with the rank of Seaman 2nd Class. He was discharged May 29, 1946 at the Navy Personnel Separation Center in Boston, Mass and awarded the American Theatre Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

“Kip” Rogers was born December 3, 1925 in Litchfield, the youngest of 12 children born to the late Martin and Jessie (Zeigler) Rogers. He attended Litchfield Schools and graduated from Litchfield High School. Following his service in the Navy, he worked for the Town of Litchfield Highway Department for 35 years and was caretaker for the West Cemetery in Litchfield for more than 37 years.

He died May 23, 2009 and is survived by his wife of Sixty years, the former Irene (Spring) Rogers of Bantam who he married on February 26, 1949 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Litchfield. He is also survived by a son Clifford W. “Kip” Rogers II and his wife Sue of Torrington and two daughters: Gail Rogers of Winsted and Dawn Rogers-Bernier and her husband Michael of Torrington and a sister Nora Brewer of Willimantic, seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is buried in the West Cemetery.

U.S. Representative Chris Murphy also attended and spoke at the ceremony.



Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, Inc. has approved a grant request from VNA Northwest for funding for six foot care clinics to be held in northwest Connecticut towns. The award of $1,353 will be presented to VNA Northwest at the Foundation’s annual open house in Thomaston next month.

With this funding, VNA Northwest plans to offer a series of free foot care clinics for older adults in six local towns during the coming year. See the Press Release page for more info.



Morris Library receives grant for new computer
The Morris Public Library has received a Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, Inc. grant for $1,389 for the purchase of a new computer and 17" flat screen monitor. Library Director Lorraine Kerr Faison commented, "The new computer system will enhance the library's role as an information and resource center. We are very grateful to the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation for their generous support. The Foundation has made it possible to offer our users up-to-date and reliable equipment to locate and request library materials and to access critical online resources."

Morris Public Library, PO Box 85, Morris, CT 06763, 860-567-7440



Civil War experience at Litchfield Historical Society

Fourteen children recently participated in a week-long “Civil War Experience” at the Litchfield Historical Society. The participants assumed the identities of Civil War era students that studied and lived in Litchfield. During the classes they created a telegraph, made hardtack, engaged in a simulation of the battle of Cold Harbor and investigated photography of that time period. The culminating activity was a visit to Camp Dutton where the Old 19th Regiment was originally camped. Re-enactors of the 2nd CT Heavy Artillery engaged the students in drilling exercises.

Photos courtesy of Kate Baldwin@Litchfield Historical Society



Wamogo's Class of 1980 holds reunion
Litchfield.bz (8-19-10)

The Wamogo Regional High School Class of 1980 held its 30th reunion recently at Sandy Beach on Bantam Lake. In the top photo, from left, are Bob O'Connor, Eileen Rowley Nicholas, Michael Gilbert, Corinne Rowley Houle, Julie Weik Parrott, Sheila Wilson Schick, Norma Woodward Knox, Carrie Neri, Marian Cappabianca Bartosiewicz, Tammy Hitchiner Gaghan, Tim Miller, Dave LePage, Kathy McLeod and Kenny Layman. In the middle photo, from left, are Michael Gilbert, Julie Weik Parrott, Tammy Hitchiner Gaghan, Corinne Rowley Houle, Tim Miller and Kathy McLeod. In the bottom photo, from left, are Corinne Rowley Houle, Julie Weik Parrott, Kathy McLeod and Steven Weik.



Passes available at Morris Library
Morris Public Library is offering an on-going program of free or reduced admission passes to the following state parks and museums:

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield)
The Children's Museum (West Hartford)
Connecticut Science Center (Hartford)
Connecticut Parks & Forests ("No Child Left Inside")
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo (Bridgeport)
Connecticut's Old State House (Hartford)
Imagine Nation Children's Museum (Bristol)
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration (Mystic)
New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain)
Stepping Stones Museum for Children (Norwalk)
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford)

Free or reduced admission varies for each institution. For further information, please call the Library at 860-567-7440 or stop in to pick up passes.
Morris Public Library, Morris Community Hall, Morris CT 06763



Litchfield's Art Webster celebrates 90th
Litchfield.bz (8-16-10)

Family and friends threw a 90th birthday party for Art Webster at his home in Litchfield on Sunday. The celebration came four days after Webster's actual birthday (Aug. 11). In the photo, Webster (third from right) is joined by friends, from left, Pat Wright of Goshen, Ray Luzi of Litchfield, Margaret Fuessenich of Litchfield, Liz Waters of Litchfield, and Willis Ocain of Cornwall. Webster is well-known in town, mostly from his days of running the Arethusa Farm dairy until 1978. Arethusa was run by several generations of the Webster family dating back to 1868.



Sandy Beach summer action

Level 7 swimmers in the Sandy Beach swim lesson program swam nearly a mile across Bantam Lake on Tuesday from the Litchfield Town Beach to Sandy Beach accompanied by swim instructors Chris Papson and Andy Parker. Lifeguard Kathleen McKenna also helped supervise the swim.

Five members of the McKenna family participated including Sinead, Alana, Kathleen, Cal and Eibhilin. Sisters Lida and Nicole Currier also completed the lake swim.

This past Friday was Pirate Day at Sandy Beach. One of the activities was hunting for buried treasure in the sand.

It’s hard to imagine anyone having more fun at Sandy Beach than Riley Leonard who recently visited with her mother, grandmother and great aunt. Riley’s mother, Megan is swim instructor Andy Parker’s first cousin.



Veteran of the Month Ceremony
Litchfield.bz (8-9-10)

Vietnam War Army National Guard Brigadier General Steven Charles Cordon was honored as the August 2010 Veteran of the Month by Tyler-Seward-Kubish Post 44 American Legion of Bantam on Saturday, August 7th at the All Wars Memorial where his Flag will fly until Saturday, September 3rd when it will be retired.

After an initial two-year tour of duty in Germany, then a Captain, Cordon, served with distinction in Vietnam when he was awarded the Silver Star with “V” device, when he “distinguished himself while serving as Company Commander during an enemy mortar and rocket attack near An Loc, Republic of Vietnam. When the battalion fire base was attacked by a large enemy force, Captain Cordon, with complete disregard for his personal safety, left his position while rockets and mortars were impacting all around and accurately reported the direction from which the incoming rounds were being launched.”

Captain Cordon was also awarded two Bronze Star Medals for other acts of bravery and valor. His military career spanned 32 years, 9 months and 3 days, of which 2 years, 8 months and 10 days were served in Foreign Service. He was Chief of Staff for the Connecticut Army National Guard and aide de camp to the Governor’s military staff with the rank of Colonel at the time of his death. He was later posthumously promoted to Brigadier General.

Steven C. Cordon was born October 14, 1947 the son of Verna Lee Cordon and the late Charles G. Cordon of Litchfield. He graduated from Mohegan Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Science, and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Connecticut State University.

He died August 30, 1999 and is survived by his mother, Verna Lee Cordon of Litchfield, and two sons, Sean Cordon of St. Louis, MO and Richard Cordon of Torrington; and three daughters, Elizabeth Cordon of Colchester, CT and Veronica and Carolyn Cordon of Torrington; a Brother Casey of Chicago and a Sister, Jennifer Wyzykowski of Harwinton. His Father, Lt. Colonel Charles G. Cordon predeceased him. General Cordon is buried in East Cemetery in Litchfield.



Campfire Cooking with Caitlin
White Memorial Conservation Center hosted environmental educator, Caitlin Loftus on Saturday, August 7th. She stoked up the Kienholz fire-pit to demonstrate simple cooking techniques for preparing a delicious lunch! The children made pita pizzas, pot o' gold soup, dough boys and orange cake. THIS PROGRAM WILL BE REPEATED ON AUGUST 28.



Scouts return from Jamboree
contributed by Bob Houser

Fifteen Scouts from TROOP 29, Bantam CT, returned last evening from their two-week trip to the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. This was an event attended by nearly 45,000 Scouts from the US and the World, as they celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the founding of The Boy Scouts of America.

photos courtesy of Bob Houser



Morris Public Library receives $15,000 grant

The Morris Public Library recently received a $15,000 grant from the Praxair Foundation's Library Links Grant program, which will be used to renovate the Library's circulation area, redesigning public service and staff work areas, and will include a new circulation desk. The project makes it possible for the library to offer more efficient user services and will greatly improve staff work space. The work is scheduled to be done in November.

Library Director Lorraine Kerr Faison says "The Praxair Foundation grant helps us realize a long-time goal to improve our circulation desk area. We're thrilled to be the recipients of Praxair's generosity and will use the funds to improve services to the community."

Lorraine Kerr Faison, Library Director, (860)-567-7440



Camp Awosting

Camp Awosting has been in operation for over 100 years in Morris. Buzz Ebner provides a brief overview of the camp located in Morris.

YouTube Video - Camp Awosting



Children Summer Series

Mike Kachuba entertained children of all ages at the Tapping Reeve House as part of the Litchfield Historical Society's "Children Summer Series."



Swim Lessons at Wisdom House

Sister Rosemarie at Wisdom House has graciously opened the swimming pool for lessons conducted by Litchfield Parks & Recreation. Classes have been filled for all of the sessions.



Crop & Shop
Litchfield.bz 7-19-10

The Church of Christ Congregational in Goshen held their first annual "Crop & Shop" on Saturday from 1:00 pm until 1:00 am. The twelve hour event was led by Sara Khrla, Program and Christian Education Director. Scrapbooks were created ("crop") and vendors were available ("shop") with a variety of offerings. The entire event was a benefit for the church.



Goshen Public Library announces Revolutionary War series

Recently the Goshen Public Library, found at 42 North Street in Goshen, was awarded a grant by The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut and the Connecticut Humanities Council to provide a four part series on the Revolutionary War and its time period. We are very excited about this opportunity and hope many people of Goshen and the surrounding communities will take advantage of The Revolutionary War Program Series. The Goshen Public Library plans to have musicians, an author talk, a living history character portraying General George Washington, and a historic textile talk on homespun and flags.



American Legion Post #27 receives thank you from Iraq

I wanted to share with you some news that our Post just received from the War in Iraq. Attached is a letter a certificate and two pictures from that warfront. They were sent to our Post by a member of our Post that is presently deployed in that country. He was one of the service members that received a goods package from our Post. He sent us an American Flag for our Post that was flown in one of the combat missions that his unit took part in. Please take a moment and read his letter view the certificate and view the pictures. Our flag is pictured in the helicopter in the pilots control area.

It is our intention to frame this American Flag with the appropriate documents and place it in a place of honor at Post 27.

All anyone needs to do is read the letter and you will understand just how grateful these soldiers are to be remembered. I am also grateful that we as a Post have a connection with these soldiers.

For God and Country
John C. Bonville, Adjutant
American Legion Post 27 Morgan-Weir
Litchfield, CT.



OWL Introduces “E-Lounge”
Get ready for an all new book discussion experience. Oliver Wolcott Library (OWL) introduces their new “E-Lounge,” an online book discussion forum where members can add comments and thoughts to posted discussion questions. continued



Grant Funds Books for Babies

The Litchfield Education Foundation has granted the funds needed for the Oliver Wolcott Library to purchase additional materials to support the Bouncing Babies Story-time.

The Bouncing Babies story-time is a weekly emergent literacy program for little ones from birth to 24 months and their caregivers. The story-time incorporates concept and rhyming books, finger-plays, and interactive engagement with the spoken word to foster imagination, vocabulary development, and socials skills. It also strengthens the bonds between parent and child.

In the past year, attendance at the Bouncing Babies Story-time has more than doubled causing a need for an additional session and additional funds. Lisa Shaia, children’s librarian, said, “The Bouncing Babies story-time is a great way to introduce babies to reading and to make the Library part of your family’s routine. The materials that the Library will be able to purchase with this grant will benefit families in Litchfield County for many years to come.”

Materials purchased to support the story-time will include multiple copy board books, big books, and manipulatives to use with music and movement. The next session of Bouncing Babies will be Tuesday mornings at either 10:30 or 11:30 from June 29-August 3, 2010. No registration is required, but parents and babies should come to only one session. Visit the website for additional information: http://owlibrary.org/.



Places to visit near the Litchfield Green

The International Gift Shop at the First Congregational Church of Litchfield is open from Thursday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Use can use the parking lot behind the church.

The First Congregational Church Used Book Store (in church basement) is open on Saturdays from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. You can enter from the parking area behind the church.

Used book sale—There are more than 10,000 used books for sale at the First Congregational Church of Litchfield. The bookstore is located in the basement of the church and is open every Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Hardcover and paperback fiction is arranged alphabetically by author. Nonfiction categories run from gardening and cooking, U.S. and international history and affairs, and sports and medicine to biography, religion, travel and art. One aisle is devoted to children's books. The store also sells recordings of books, movies and music in cassette, CD, DVD and VHS formats. Proceeds raised at the store are used to support the church's charitable missions. Donations of used books and recordings are accepted on Saturdays or during the week by appointment.



UNICO donates $500 to Oliver Wolcott Library

The Torrington Chapter of UNICO delivered a check for $500 to the Oliver Wolcott Library to purchase books, CDs, and films on Italian language, culture and travel.

People travel extensively for work and pleasure. In today’s global world, people of all ages increasingly need to expand and enhance their ability to speak and read in a foreign language so that they can communicate and operate effectively. This includes students, teachers, adults, and seniors. For work and pleasure, people travel to Italy and require current materials for travel information. “Our foreign language learning tools are in high demand with our patrons. All of the Library’s Italian learning tools were available in cassette format only. With this funding, we have now been able to replace the cassettes with CDs for Italian language instruction,” said Ann Marie White, Library Director of the Oliver Wolcott Library. “Additionally, UNICO’s generosity provides us with the ability to meet the growing need for information on Italy for travelers, business people, and students.”

In the last five years, the Library has seen significant growth in circulation of its materials with last year experiencing a 20% increase. In the last six months, this trend has continued to climb with every expectation and indication that demands for library materials and services will continue to grow. Mrs. White concluded, “We are truly thankful to the Torrington Chapter of UNICO. The community needs to have current information. Because of UNICO’s generosity, we are going to able to meet that need.”

UNICO is an Italian American Service Club that seeks to provide fellowship among its members and to perform charitable, educational, and patriotic deeds for its fellow citizens, community and country. The Torrington Chapter is the second oldest and one of the largest chapters in the nation. Their website is ctunico.org/torrington.html



American flags for sale

Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, a patriotic service organization has a new supply of flags for sale in time for Memorial Day, Flag Day and Father's Day. Flags are MADE IN THE USA. Ready for immediate pick-up are 3x5- $30, 4x6-$45, 5x8- $65, 3x5 Betsy Ross (circle of thirteen stars) $30. These flags are heavy nylon with embroidered stars and sewn stripes. Also available is a 3x5 printed Connecticut flag at $28. The Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter donates flags to civic organizations in the Litchfield area. For information call Barbara Francis, 860-567-5251



Operation Christopher--Baby Clothes and Supplies
Sponsored by Abundant Life Fellowship in Northfield

Abundant Life Fellowship of Northfield is distributing free items of brand new baby clothing, supplies and toys to expectant mothers and infants. All of the items have been purchased and donated by church members. Clothing ranges from size 0 through 18 months. To request a bag of clothes for yourself or a family you know call the church at 860-294-1465 or e-mail the Pastor Patricia Pryor at pastor.patpryor@yahoo.com.



Girl Scouts collect food for Susan B. Anthony Project shelter

Cadette Troop 40104 (pictured with manager Joe Sansone) conducted a "Cookie Booth and Food Drive" at Litchfield Stop & Shop.





Morris Senior Center
Senior Café serves nutritious and delicious lunches at 12:00 Noon every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Suggested donation for Seniors is $3.00 which includes your dinner, dessert and beverage! Menu changes daily! 24 hour advanced reservation is required. Please call 860-567-7437 for monthly menu and more information.

Bus transportation provided to local destinations for Morris senior citizens most Thursdays for a suggested donation of $3.00. Reservations required by Wednesday.



Senior Nutrition Program - Litchfield Congregational Church
Litchfield.bz (3-18-10)
The program is open from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm Monday through Friday. Meals start promptly at 12 noon. Location is the dining area of the Congregational Church facing the green in Litchfield. (There is a second location in Morris, which is open three days a week.) This program is sponsored by the Northwest Hills Nutrition Program.

The meals are varied and nutritious. The food is catered by Cornucopia Catering in Torrington. Their kitchen is modern, well run and sanitary. A nutritionist oversees the menu, which is published in advance.



Litchfield.bz will gladly post pictures of local military service members on active duty from the towns of Litchfield, Morris, Goshen and Warren. Please forward a picture, name and rank of service member, branch of service and general location (i.e. Middle East, Pacific, Mediterranean, stateside, etc.)

Staff Sgts. Dulce and Mark Caron
U. S. Air Force


VNA Northwest Takes Initiative in National Home Health Quality Improvement Campaign

BANTAM – VNA Northwest, Inc. has been named a premier participant in the 2010-2011 Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign. This new initiative of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is led by the home health community, and it is focused on improving the quality of care home health patients receive. Campaign goals include reducing avoidable hospitalizations and management of oral medications for home health patients.

“We are constantly striving to improve the quality of care for our patients, so we were one of the first home health agencies to sign on to this campaign,” said Nancy Deming, executive director of VNA Northwest. Agencies participating in this initiative will have access to a series of monthly educational packages and other resources designed to help them measure their progress in achieving their improvement goals.

VNA Northwest is a 2009 HomeCare Elite agency, which means it ranks among the top 25 percent of home care agencies in the United States. It serves patients in the following communities: Bantam, Bethlehem, Cornwall, Falls Village, Goshen, Harwinton, Kent, Lakeville, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Northfield, North Canaan, Plymouth, Salisbury, Sharon, Terryville, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington Winsted and Woodbury. For more information about VNA Northwest, Inc., please call (860) 567-6000, (800) 752-0215, or visit www.vnanw.org.



ROAD TO RECOVERY, a program of your American Cancer Society. For many cancer patients, getting to and from their treatments is their greatest barrier to beating cancer. But you can help.
The American Cancer Society seeks local volunteers to drive local patients to and from treatment at the local cancer center. If you can help out – even one morning a month -- please call Bonnie Baldwin, American Cancer Society, 860-567-4387.
The American Cancer Society will provide orientation, support materials, and other assistance for the Road to Recovery program. In return, you'll be providing local cancer patients with the help they need to travel the Road to Recovery.
Thank you!

Bonnie L. Baldwin
Community Executive, Health Initiatives
American Cancer Society, New England Division



The Church of Christ, Congregational in Goshen
is offering a support group for people who are unemployed and underemployed.

Every Tuesday from 12:30 - 2 pm.
This group is open to the public.

For more information, call 491-2793
Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin

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