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Elijah Berano, Life Scout with Troop 29 Bantam, had the honor of playing Taps at the Iwo Jima Monument in Newington on Sunday May 21st. WWII vets, including survivors of the battle of Iwo Jima, gathered for the 8th Annual Iwo Jima Survivors Victory Ride. This year's event celebrated the unveiling of the traveling Iwo Jima Museum being housed at the VFW in New Britain. ~ contributed
 
 
Ken Merz to be recognized by the NW CT Chamber
The community involvement of Litchfield resident Kenneth W. Merz has earned him the 2017 Celebration of Success Distinguished Leadership Community Leadership Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut. Mr. Merz is the Corporate Secretary for O&G Industries, Inc. where he has directed all administrative activities for the State’s largest privately-held construction firm, and one of the country’s Top 400 Construction Firms since 1970. Ken is widely known for his service to the community. In 2014, he was named as the Torrington Register Citizen’s Person of the Year for his long-standing contributions to the community. Ken is the co-founder and President of the KidsPlay Children’s Museum in Torrington that has grown into a learning and recreational destination for over 40,000 children throughout the region. Ken has also served as a director for the Warner Theater, Torrington Economic Development Corporation, Litchfield Performing Arts Center and the Oliver Wolcott Library. He also served as Warden and Vestry member of St. Michael’s Parish in Litchfield where he chaired the capital campaign which raised $1,400,000.
 
Since 1991, the Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. has recognized individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional and unselfish service to the Northwest Corner with their Celebration of Success Distinguished Leadership Awards. The awards for Business Leader, Community Leader and Quality of Life will be presented on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Chatterley’s Banquet Facility.
 
Litchfield Bancorp proudly serves as the premiere sponsor of the Celebration of Success Awards. Thomas J. Villanova, President & CEO of the bank states, “Litchfield Bancorp is proud to be the sponsor of this signature event for the past 15 years. The people and organizations that have been past and current recipients are of the highest caliber and do tremendous things for our shared community. It is an honor for our organization to be associated with them.”
 
 
Northfield Farm Stand
For the 7th year, Chuck Conn and Carole St. Mark have had a farm stand selling plants and produce from their greenhouse and gardens. They donate 100% of all proceeds to Litchfield and Northfield volunteer organizations, including the Northfield Volunteer Fire Company, Litchfield Ambulance, the Gilbert Library, the Northfield Improvement Society, and the Northfield Historical Society. They don’t take anything to cover expenses. To date they have donated over $5,500.
 
 
The stand is now open daily, weather permitting, selling 27 varieties of heirloom tomato plants, all grown from seed in their greenhouse, at $2.50 per plant. It is located at 64 Camphill Road, Northfield. ~ contributed
 
 
Girl Scouts help on Earth Day
Litchfield Girl Scout Troop 40026 (6th grade) helped to pick up trash and debris on Constitution Way on Earth Day as part of the Litchfield Town-Wide Cleanup sponsored by the Litchfield Recycling Committee. ~ contributed
 
 
Riding the Naugy through East Litchfield
 
Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts took a train trip on the Naugatuck Railroad from Thomaston to Waterbury to Torrington through East Litchfield on Saturday, April 29th. The special train trip was sold out in mid-April. Click here for more information. ~ contributed by Eileen Schmidt of East Litchfield
 
 
Creed helps lead efforts for a new Fisher House in CT
 
Kevin Creed (above) of Litchfield helped to lead the efforts to build a new Fisher House in CT as the CEO, director and founder of Friends of Fisher House Connecticut. The West Haven VA broke ground on Tuesday, April 11 to build a new 16-suite Fisher House. It will provide a home away from home at no cost for families and caregivers of veterans receiving treatment at the West Haven campus. The estimated $6 million cost will all be donated. Fundraising efforts have been taking place for several years throughout the state. Click here to learn more about the Friends of Fisher House Connecticut. ~ BZ photo
 
 
Getting a jump start on Earth Day
 
Emily Karpas and her daughter Ana recently cleaned up litter and debris on East Chestnut Hill. ~ photo contributed by Cathy Oneglia.

Goshen Public Library celebrates
“Take Your Child to the Library Day”
The Goshen Public Library celebrated “Take Your Child to the Library Day” on Saturday. Rick Stromoski (below), a nationally syndicated cartoonist and book illustrator, held a workshop for children. BZ photos
 
 
He taught them how to create a simple cartoon using basic shapes on a large sketch pad and described the process for getting them published. They took the finished cartoons home to share with their families.
 
 
Take Your Child to the Library Day is a free, fun, family-friendly event supported by the Connecticut Library Consortium and endorsed by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association), Reach Out and Read, and Read to Grow. For more information, visit www.takeyourchildtothelibrary.org.
 
A lego table was also available for younger visitors to the library