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Fiction Book Club, Wednesday, February 20, at 7 pm
The Fiction Book Club will meet on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 pm. The group will discuss the bestseller “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult. 

The main character of the book is Ruth Jefferson, a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

To register for the Fiction Book Club: 860-567-7440 or register at
Martin Fletcher
“Promised Land”, Discussion and Signing with Martin Fletcher, an author and former NBC correspondent, at the Morris Public Library, Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30 pm.
Martin Fletcher, an author and former NBC News’ Middle East correspondent, will offer a presentation of his newest book “Promised Land” at the Morris Public Library (4 North Street, Morris, CT), on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30 pm (snow date – February 27).
Promised Land is a sweeping saga of two brothers and the woman they love, a devastating love triangle set to the tumultuous founding of Israel.
The story begins when fourteen-year-old Peter is sent west to America to escape the growing horror of Nazi Germany. But his younger brother Arie and their entire family are sent east, to the Nazi death camps. Only Arie returns.
Mr. Fletcher, an NBC correspondent in Israel for 26 years, and a bureau chief for 15 year, has won almost every award in TV journalism, including the du Pont, known as the TV Pulitzer, five Overseas Press Club awards, the Edward R. Murrow award for excellence several times, and many other awards, including five Emmys. He began his journalism career with the BBC in London, continued as a cameraman with Visnews, where he won an award from the Royal Society of Television Cameraman of the Year, and has lived in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and worked in almost every country on the planet.

Anderson Cooper called him “for several decades the gold standard of war correspondents.” 
Martin retired from NBC in January 2010 but still works for them on contract as a Special Correspondent. He is now devoting himself to books. His other novels are “The War Reporter”, “Jacob’s Oath”, “The List”, “Walking Israel”, and “Breaking News”. The author’s website is Registration is required with the Library for this FREE event: 860-567-7440

 Lung Transplant Recipient to speak at March 5th

CHH Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group 

TORRINGTON, Conn. (February 12, 2019). Theext meeting of the CHH Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group will be held on Tuesday, March 5th, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the CHH Hungerford Center Conference Room, 780 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT. John Morthanos, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Ambassador and Lung Transplant Recipient will be the guest speaker.

CHH sponsors this free quarterly support group designed for people, their families and caregivers who are currently experiencing Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) a type of lung disease that results in scarring (fibrosis) of the lungs which over time makes it hard to take in a deep breath and for the lungs to take in enough oxygen. It is facilitated by John Morthanos, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation ambassador and lung transplant recipient and Susan Murphy, RCP, of the CHH Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department.

The support group offers up-to-date information about Pulmonary Fibrosis, including symptoms, management, forms of treatment, clinical trials and ongoing research.  The group talks openly about the challenges of living with Pulmonary Fibrosis in a comfortable and safe environment where participants exchange ideas, compare experiences, and learn from others. It is also a place where mutual emotional support and empowerment is offered, and where people can develop relationships and friendships with others who have experienced similar situations.

The group is supported by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation whose mission is to serve as the trusted resource for the pulmonary fibrosis community by raising awareness, providing disease education, and funding research. For more information about Pulmonary Fibrosis, visit

For more information and to RSVP, contact Susan Murphy at Visit for information.

 The work of David Hoffman will be featured in Art Around the Box
Morris Public Library’s 8th Annual Art Around the Box, White Barn, South Farms, Morris, CT, Saturday, March 23, 2019, 3PM-7 PM.
The Friends and the Board of Directors of the Morris Public Library will host their 8th Annual "ART AROUND THE BOX" gala event and auction of fine art, decorated boxes, original artwork. The event will take place at the White Barn, South Farms, Morris, CT, on Saturday, March 23, from 3 PM-7 PM.
This year’s Art Around the Box will also feature new auction entries: original photography, various antiques, and unique collector items. Popular gift baskets, the famous Mystery Puzzle Box, and gift certificates to local vendors will also be auctioned at the gala.
Our guest auctioneer, Timothy Chapulis, of Tim’s Auctions, Inc, will guide the audience through the precious artwork and other special auction items.
The tickets to the event are only $15.00, and are now available for purchase online at, at the Library (coming soon) and at the door!
Wine, refreshments and music will be offered at the event, and are included with the purchase of your ticket.
New this year – we are accepting credit/debit cards at the event.
All proceeds will benefit the Library.  For information and updates: 860-567-7440, and Library’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.
Mystery Book Club
at the Morris Public Library,
Wednesday, February 13, at 6:30 pm
The Mystery Book Club will meet at the Morris Public Library on Wednesday, February 13, at 6:30 pm and discuss “Dog Eat Dog” by Laurien Berenson.
The novel welcomes the readers to an elite Connecticut kennel club where shocking secrets gnaw at the best of the breed and competition has a sharp--and deadly--bite.  The protagonist’s (Melanie Travis) entrée into the exclusive Belle Haven Kennel Club has been met with a grisly murder. Unfortunately, the only witnesses to the crime were the victim's startled pair of Beagles. To register with the Library and reserve a copy of the book: 860-567-7440
Morris Senior Center
109-21 East Street
Morris, CT   06763
Phone: 860-567-7437
Movie Matinee Fridays – Second and Fourth Friday of each month; 1:00 pm; FREE. January 11 – Mama Mia! Here We Go Again, PG-13. January 25 – A Simple Favor, R. February 8 – Hearts Beat Loud, PG-13. February 22 – Colette, R. Movie Matinees held at the Morris Senior Center.
Lunch & Learn – Tuesday, February 19, 12:00 pm, FREE! This month’s Lunch & Learn topic: AARP’s Living Longer, Living Smarter program. This interactive session offers a look at how to prepare for your future so you can live your best life the way you choose. This is a BROWN BAG lunch event; beverage and dessert provided. Registration required by contacting the Morris Senior Center at 860-567-7437.
Potluck & Trivia – Tuesday, February 26; 12:00 pm; favorite dish or $5.00. Join us and guess what’s for dinner and what the answer is to your trivia question! A friendly competition with your neighbors complete with prizes, of course!
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations – Thursday, March 14, 2019; 12:00 pm; Warren Congregational Church. Join us to celebrate the Irish in you, with us! We’ll dine on a catered lunch; enjoy wonderful Irish-themed entertainment, raffles, surprises and more! Tickets are $15.00 pp and may be purchased at the Morris Senior Center.                              
Women & Girls Fund Accepting Grant Applications
The Women & Girls Fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation invites nonprofits to apply for grants. Programs eligible for grants include those that serve women and girls in the development of economic self-sufficiency by means of education, financial literacy and social services. Applicants may request up to $5,000 for programs and capital needs.
The application deadline is March 1, 2019. Grant applications can be completed and submitted online at
A historic Open House Tour on July 12 and 13, 2019 is being planned by The Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) in celebration of the Town of Litchfield’s tercentennial.  The Aid’s Sixty-Seventh Open House Day will be a rain or shine, one-mile walking tour within the Borough of Litchfield, a National Historic Landmark District.  The Tour will benefit the Connecticut Junior Republic, a Litchfield-based nonprofit organization that helps children, youth and families in 12 locations across Connecticut.  Click for details. 
Litchfield 300th Anniversary Committee
On May 19, 2019 Litchfield will be celebrating 300 years since its incorporation. Any organization that is planning an event to celebrate, or that is interested in partnering with another organization in celebrating, is asked to coordinate their efforts with the 300th Anniversary Committee. Businesses interested in sponsoring an event are also asked to contact the committee. Please contact Lisa Losee at