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Gulf War Veterans Day Observance
The Torrington Veterans Support Committee, and its member groups, invites everyone to join them in their Gulf War Veterans Day Observance on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
 
The Ceremony will be held, rain or shine, at Torrington’s Coe Park and will begin approximately 12:30 PM. In the case of inclement weather the ceremony will be held inside the Coe Park Civic Center.
 
The public, current military personnel, and all Veterans, especially Gulf War Veterans, are invited, and encouraged, to attend. Please make every effort in joining us to show our gratitude to the Veterans of the Gulf War.
 
If anyone has an American flag that is torn, faded, or otherwise damaged they may bring it to the ceremony and member of a Veterans organization will take the flag and see that it is properly retired.
 
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Veterans Service Office at (860) 489-2531 by Thursday February 23, 2017. 
 
 
Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway, Inc.
Seeking a new secretary (volunteer)
Responsibilities include: Record meeting minutes, work with President to create agendas and schedule meetings, mail correspondence as needed, send out thank you letters for donations, keep email listing, and check email account.  Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at E.J. Murphy Realty, 39 West Street, Litchfield. New members are always welcome!
 
If interested please email litchfieldgreenway@gmail.com or call Chuck Conn (860-806-1550) or Gwen Burgess (860-480-0560).
 
 
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
The United Way of Northwest Connecticut is proud to introduce the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program to the public for the upcoming tax season.  The VITA program offers free tax preparation services to individuals and families with a total household income of $54,000 or less, in addition to offering service to individuals with disabilities or limited English-speaking abilities.  IRS-certified volunteers will work with families and individuals in need of assistance, including help with filing tax returns, claiming refunds, and utilizing additional tax credits to benefit those filing. 
 
Those seeking to utilize this program must first meet the following qualifications: a total household income of $54,000 or less; must file either 1040EZ or 1040-A tax form; cannot own a home; cannot own a small business; cannot have itemized return; cannot complete prior year’s tax returns at this appointment.  Anyone who has income between up to $64,000 and does not meet the above qualifications can visit MyFreeTaxes.com.  This site is a partnership between H&R Block and United Way.  For additional information on the VITA program or My Free Taxes please contact our office at 860-489-4131.
 
At the time of an appointment, an individual should bring with them: valid picture ID; copies of all W-2, 1098, 1099, and 1095B forms and the amount of other income received; tax identification number (SSN) for yourself, spouse, and anyone else listed on tax return; provider’s address and tax identification number for child/dependent care credit; and a copy of prior year’s tax return (if possible).
 
Appointments are available on Thursday evenings from 5pm to 8pm, beginning February 2 and continuing through April 6 at the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, 333 Kennedy Drive in Torrington.  Call (860) 489-4131 to schedule an appointment.  
 
 
Junior Republic (CJR) Receives
Major Gift from The Litchfield Aid
Pamela McCann, President of The Litchfield Aid of CJR, recently presented the organization's 2016 contribution of $87,310 to Declan Murphy (center), President and Daniel Rezende, Executive Director of the Litchfield-based Connecticut Junior Republic.
 
 
This gift represents $43,000 in proceeds from the Aid's High Stakes in the Hills Roaring 20's Speak Easy Gala last spring, as well as funds from the Aid's endowment, contributions from members, and proceeds from its October Bake Sale at CJR's Cars for Kids Automobile Show and Holiday Market fundraiser, held last month. Click here for more details.
 
 
$42,200 Awarded for Northwest Corner Critical Needs
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation through the Draper Foundation Fund and the Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund, has awarded 50 charitable organizations serving some of the area’s most economically distressed residents grants totaling $42,200. Grants will help provide the most basic of necessities – food, warm clothing and shelter.
 
The following local nonprofits received critical needs grants:
Chore Service, Inc.
Goshen Community Care and Hospice
Litchfield Hills Chore Service, Inc.
Litchfield Hills Northwest Elderly Nutrition Program
Northwest Hills Council of Governments Fuel Bank
VNA Northwest, Inc.
Warren Good Neighbor Fund
 
Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $87 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $4.2 million.
 
 
SEHERR-THOSS FOUNDATION AND CHARITABLE TRUST
AWARD FALL 2016 GRANTS
The Seherr-Thoss Foundation and Charitable Trust were established by Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss and her husband, Hans C. Seherr-Thossto fund projects that directly support the people and community of Litchfield, CT.   
Grants totaling $302.183 were awarded in November, 2016
to the following non-profit organizations:
 
LARC: THE ARC AT LITCHFIELD COUNTY    
$35,00.00 to renovate the lodge at Camp Moe.
 
LITCHFIELD FIRE COMPANY
$21,400.00 to update
Hurst tool extrication equipment.
 
LITCHFIELD GARDEN CLUB
$8,000.00 to replace staging
equipment lost in a barn fire.
 
LIVINGSTON RIPLEY WATERFOWL CONSERVANCY
$30,500.00 to purchase equipment that will
manage risks of power outages, aerator equipment
for the ponds, and a utility vehicle.
 
OLIVER WOLCOTT LIBRARY
$82,283.00 to replace flooring in the community
 room and replace carpeting in the main library.
 
ST MICHAELS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
$125,000.00, a matching grant to address water
infiltration problems in the roof and stonework.
 
Grant applications may be submitted at any time but must be
postmarked by April 1 for the Spring distribution
and October 1 for the Fall distribution.
 
For additional information about submitting an application,
please go to the website www.seherr-thoss.org,
or mail your request to the
Seherr-Thoss Foundations,
PO Box 292, Litchfield, CT 06759.
Submitted by Rose Brooks,
Secretary, 860 567 2495