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Courthouse Clock Working Again
Several local residents have approached board members of the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust and asked if we could get the courthouse clock working again. 
 
Art Schmidt, supporting member and volunteer for the Preservation Trust, investigated and discovered that a switch in the control box had corroded. He has replaced the switch and made several trips to the tower for adjustments. We would now like to announce that all four clock faces are operating on time. 
 
Mr. Schmidt’s hand is waving from behind the west face of the clock. ~ Contributed by Eileen Schmidt
 
 
Little Free Library Founder will visit Litchfield Hills
Saturday June 9 & Sunday, June 10 
Todd Bol, Creator and Executive Director of littlefreelibrary.org, the global sensation that now has registered 65,000+ lending library boxes, is coming with his wife Susan on Saturday June 9 and Sunday, June 10 to spend the day in the Litchfield Hills with Rose Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks since the two women are now official partners with littlefreelibrary.org. The group will be making approximately 19 stops at various little free libraries they have installed, including several in Woodbury: one inside New Morning Market, one at a private home with a preteen as the Steward, boxes on nature trails that were built by boy scouts, and the shelving unit at Charcoal Chef whose owner began stocking free books for customers the same year that Todd Bol built his first little free library.
 
The tour will make several stops in Morris since Little Free Library at StoneHill began there. In front of Morris town hall at 3 East Street, there is a unique Little Free Legos Library, one at Bella Luna Gifts, 11 Watertown Road overlooking SouthFarms, one at the town beach and the original one in front of Rose Buckens’ home. The tour will go to filmmaker Harvey Hubbell's farm on Hutchinson Parkway in Litchfield, where he has two LFLs, one for books and one for seed packages, a stop at the old jail on the Litchfield green, and in front of St. Michael’s Parish, among many others.
 
The last stop of the day will be at Makery Coworking, 20 Bank Street in New Milford, where a repurposed news box is filled with free books. Founder Tony Vengrove will be doing a pop-up shopper event until 5pm that day, as participation in the 14th annual Connecticut Open House Day a statewide event designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art, and tourism. Buckens and Jaacks will present a pop-up little free library inside the Makery space and the tour will stop at the Village Center for the Arts on the New Milford green, which also has a news box little free library.
 
Rose Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks have many new boxes planned in addition to the 50 currently in place. Beloved children’s author and illustrator Tomie DePaola has accepted two of the boxes that were purchased from littlefreelibrary.org and will be painting them in his inimitable style. Many other local artists including Sean Bowen, Tracy Martin, Kathy Percoski, Gretchen Getsinger, Charlotte Adams, Katie Johnson and Duy Meister, among others contributed their talents to beautify the boxes. Woodworking artist Patrick Flanagan, Owner of Lakeside Furniture in Morris, is busy building a box from donated cabinet doors and artist Kathy Percoski has retrofitted a dollhouse to be used as a little free library at a B&B in Bethlehem. 
 
Pictured is Jo Ann Jaacks (L) and Rose Buckens at the grand opening of the little free library in front of St. Michael’s Parish, just off the Litchfield Green.
 
For details, or to stay in touch with Rose Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks during the tour, Rose Buckens can be reached at 203-770-4156 and Jo Ann Jaacks at 860-459-9474.
 
 
LHS AOK Club @ EdAdvance
 
Members of Litchfield High School's Acts of Kindness (AOK) Club, in costume as superheroes and movie characters, performed at an ice cream social for elementary school students on Friday at EdAdvance in Litchfield. ~ BZ photos
 
 
 
 
40 Under 40
Litchfield resident and Torrington Optometrist Dr. Michael Shea was recently selected as one of  Litchfield County's Leaders 40 Under 40 by The Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Organization. Over 100 nominations were received, and nominees were selected using the following criteria: career or educational achievement to date, commitment to excellence in their industry, leadership within their organization, involvement in the community, leadership in community organizations and potential impact to the community's future.
 
 
Dr. Shea is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Science and the New England College of Optometry. He has offices at both 379 Prospect Street, Torrington and 5 Kent Green Blvd, Kent. Blondin Shea Eye Care provides a full range of eye care services including eye examinations, contact lenses fittings and dispensing and treatment of common eye diseases including glaucoma and pink eye, along with a large selection of eyeglass frames and sunglasses including prescription sun wear. Dr. Shea is married to Attorney Rose Blondin and they have a daughter Lily Rose.  ~ contributed