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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, July 12, 2018 at Chatterley’s Banquet Facility.  Litchfield Bancorp proudly serves as the premiere sponsor of the Celebration of Success Awards.
The community involvement of Brian T. McCormick, Esq. (Litchfield) has earned him the 2018 Community Leader award. Brian has been a Principal in the firm of Ebersol, McCormick, Reis & Steck, LLC since 1985. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association and the Litchfield County Bar Association and has been named a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Association.  Brian is widely known for his service to the community. He has volunteered his time as a director and has held leadership roles with the Litchfield Community Center (Founding Member), the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, the Seherr-Thoss Foundation, the Litchfield History Museum, Oliver Wolcott Library, and the United Way of Northwest Connecticut. In addition, he was a member of the Board of Warden & Burgesses for the Borough of Litchfield and a member and chair of the Litchfield Historical District Commission. McCormick currently serves on the Board of Advisors and Board of Directors of Litchfield Bancorp, as a Founding Member, Director and President of Plumb Hill Playing Fields, Inc., as Founding Member, Board Member and Secretary of KidsPlay Children’s Museum, as Member and Past President of The Rotary Club of Torrington and Winsted Area, as Counsel to the Warner Theatre, and has been a member of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years. Brian has been the recipient of the Rotary Club of Torrington and Winsted’s Paul Harris Fellow and the Wisdom Award from Wisdom House.
“The 2018 honorees represent what is truly special about Northwest Connecticut,” said JoAnn Ryan, Chamber President & CEO. “Greg, Brian and Torrington Savings Bank set an example for us all to follow and are most worthy of the distinguished leadership awards. Their contributions are extensive and have benefited the entire region. I look forward to celebrating their success on July 12.  For more information on the Celebration of Success Awards, or for tickets to the event, please contact the Chamber at 860-482-6586.
The Chamber of Commerce of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. is the oldest business organization in the Northwest Corner. Incorporated in 1901, the Chamber is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization funded by the membership investment of its 750 members and affiliates as well as its programs and initiatives. The mission of the Chamber is to promote economic growth while enhancing the quality of life in Northwest Connecticut. 
BZ Advertiser News
 Litchfield Bancorp Sponsors Third Local Cash Mob
To be held at Empower Karate and Kickboxing, Torrington
Litchfield Bancorp is excited to announce the next business to be featured in their community Cash Mob events. Each month one local business will be “mobbed” by Litchfield Bancorp employees to support local businesses by shopping local. The event will be held on Saturday, June 23rd at Empower Karate and Kickboxing, 915 New Harwinton Rd., Torrington, CT during the hours of 1 pm to 4 pm. This event will feature a special discounted class price and time. All classes will be $10: 1 pm and 3 pm Ladies Kickboxing (Ages 16 and older) and a 2pm Kids Karate (Ages 3 – 12). The event is open to the public and customers are encouraged to mention that they are “Cash Mobsters” to obtain a discounted price for future classes and a special offer from Litchfield Bancorp.
“We are all very excited about the next Cash Mob and to be able to continue our community outreach and Locally Owned, Locally Grown campaign,” says Tom Villanova, President of Litchfield Bancorp. “Supporting our communities, especially the small and family owned businesses, is really the core of what is important to us at Litchfield Bancorp. When our local businesses expand their brand awareness and bring new patrons into their doors, we feel proud to be a part of their success.”
A cash mob is a group of people spending money together at a local business. Cash mobs create a fun and interactive way for an organization to support the local businesses in the community. Litchfield Bancorp will host a cash mob once a month in one of the local towns that it serves. The date, time and place will be announced at least 2 weeks in advance, encouraging the public to join.
To learn more about the Cash Mob visit or follow us on Facebook for updates. Use #LBCCASHMOB to tweet and share posts.
Litchfield Bancorp is a mutual savings bank with assets of $240 million offering full service offices in Litchfield, Torrington, Watertown, Washington and Lakeville. To find out why Every Customer Counts, go to or call 860-567-9401.
Silly Sprout takes root in the center of Litchfield (06-08-18)

The Silly Sprout has moved from its previous location on Bantam Road to a prominent storefront on West Street. The popular children's clothing and gift store opened last week at its new location. ~ BZ photos 
A new business, C.P. Farmhouse, has opened in a previously vacant storefront on lower West Street. The business features Amish-made furniture and home decor. Both businesses are providing a welcome boost for the commercial district.
Key commercial property in Warren center is sold (05-27-18)
Commercial property at 4 Cornwall Road in Warren has been sold and will be revitalized by its new owner. BZ photo
Long dormant commercial property in the center of Warren is set to be brought back to life by its new owner.
John Favreau of Warren bought the property last week for $375,000 and plans to restore its two buildings and fill them with retail and professional tenants, a development that would give the center of town an economic boost.
The buildings have sat empty for eight years. The previous owner of the property was Joseph Cicio of Warren, who was asking $495,000 for the site.
Favreau said the reaction to his purchase has been positive. Residents and town officials, he said, want to see the property used in a productive way. Favreau has changed the name of the property from Warren Hamlet to Warren Town Center.
The plan, Favreau said, is to attract a food-service tenant for the space previously occupied by the Warren General Store. It would serve as a community gathering point, he said.
Favreau said he decided to purchase the property because he was tired of driving by and seeing it unoccupied.
New bakery gets going in former Litchfield jail (05-11-18)
Jeremy McKendry, one of the owners of The Bakehouse, assists a customer on Thursday. BZ photo
The Bakehouse is open for business in the former jail in the center of Litchfield.
Owners Jeremy McKendry and Allison Varian, both of Torrington, held a soft opening Thursday and are planning a grand opening later in the month.
The Bakehouse features homemade bread, cookies, brownies, muffins, cakes and cupcakes. Croissants and donuts will be available weekends. All products are made from scratch at the bakery. Coffee and tea are available too.
The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
An interesting feature in the bakery is its storage room. The space was once the jail’s solitary confinement cell and still has a door with bars on it. Customers are welcome to check out the space.
The owner spent months preparing the shop for business. The sparkling clean interior will be outfitted with seating and some outdoor seating will be available, McKendry said. 
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