Torrington Food Bank celebrates 30th anniversary with June gala


TORRINGTON – Friendly Hands Food Bank celebrates its 30th anniversary with a gala evening, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on June 12 at Haight Brown Vineyard in Litchfield.

Tickets cost $ 75 per person, with food and wine pairings, hors d’oeuvre stations and a dessert bar.

For tickets, go to or call Tania Stater at 860-309-1066

Torrington Scouts pay tribute to veterans

TORRINGTON – Torrington Boy Scout Troop 3 hosts a Veterans Tribute Ceremony to kick off their annual placement of flags at Veterans Graves, at 10 a.m. on May 1 at Coe Memorial Park. The ceremony will feature patriotic music honoring veterans and reading the names of those honored veterans with donations towards the purchase of flags.

The keynote speaker for the May 1 event is Staff Sergeant Steven Hopkins, Army Recruiter for the Torrington area. For the past 10 years, Hopkins has served in Afghanistan and South Korea. In his speech, he will thank the Scouts for their efforts, discussing how the values ​​of the Scouts and the military align with each other. Other local dignitaries attending the ceremony will include Mayor Elinor Carbone, City Councilor Drake Waldon and city historian Ken Buckbee. At the end of this ceremony, the Boy Scouts will receive the cemetery flags and then proceed to St. Francis Cemetery on South Main Street to place them.

Cars for Kids Show Dates Set

LITCHFIELD – The 8th annual Cars for Kids auto show will be held in the Connecticut Junior Republic on October 10, with a rain date on October 17.

Held in conjunction with the Valley Collector Car Club and the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club, the event featured up to 400 show cars.

Doors open at 8 a.m. for exhibitors. Registration is $ 10 per car. Spectator doors open at 10 a.m. and admission is $ 5 per car. The first 100 exhibitors will receive dashboard plaques. The first 200 entries of show cars will receive exhibitor bags.

Proceeds from this event support the residential, community and school care, treatment and education services that the Junior Republic provides to boys, girls and families in communities in Connecticut.

CJR’s Litchfield campus is located at: 550 Goshen Road, Litchfield. For more information on the Cars for Kids auto show, contact the CJR Development Office: 860-567-9423, ext. 278.

Goshen Democrats seek candidates

GOSHEN – The Democratic Town of Goshen Committee is seeking candidates for the post of first Selectman as well as for the Board of Directors of Selectman and other elected municipal positions.

Selectman’s board meets weekly throughout the year, and candidates for all municipal positions will be nominated at the next special meeting of the Democratic City Committee in July.

The First Selectman office is a full time paid position with city benefits and a 2 year term position. Board of Selectman is a part-time position suitable for additional outside employment.

All registered Goshen Democrats as well as residents registered as unaffiliated are encouraged to consider seeking either of these positions.

For more information, please contact Goshen DTC President Leya Edison or Nominating Committee Chair Dr. Les Goldman at [email protected]

Road project planned in Barkhamsted

BARKHAMSTED – A milling and resurfacing project will be carried out on RT 318 in the town of Barkhamsted, according to state DOT.

The project involves the milling and resurfacing of a 1.47 mile section of Highway 318. Grinding begins May 5 and is expected to be completed the same day. The resurfacing is scheduled for May 17 and is expected to be completed May 20.

Motorists can expect delays and alternating traffic on one lane, officials said in a statement. Traffic control personnel and signage diagrams will guide motorists through the work area. The regular work schedule for this project is 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. The schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions or other delays.

Sunday virtual school is open

SALISBURY – The Congregational Church of Salisbury UCC has created a virtual, intergenerational Sunday school.

The 20-minute class takes place every Sunday morning, starting a little before 9:30 a.m. on Zoom. Each session includes music, story, reflection and prayer.

“Barbara Collins is a retired music educator, creative storyteller, and wonderfully inventive Bible teacher. She shares her sense of fun as well as activities that keep everyone engaged, ”said Pastor John A. Nelson, pastor of the church. “And I say ‘everyone’ because half of the participants are adults who love the way Barbara shares the stories of our faith.”

The congregation invites curious learners aged 4 and over to register. For a link to the Zoom class, call the church office at 860-435-2442.

Takeaway Tuesdays continue in May

TORRINGTON – Four local restaurants will team up with St. John Paul the Great Academy in May for “Tuesday Take Out”.

Each week, a different local restaurant will donate a portion of the proceeds from their take-out orders made between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Academy, a Catholic elementary school that welcomes more than 140 students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

Participating restaurants in May include:

May 4: Pizza Palace, 7 Griswold Street, Torrington, 860-482-3006,;

May 11: Bohemian Pizza and Tacos, 342 Bantam Rd., Litchfield, 860-567-3980,;

May 18: Da Capo Ristorante Italiano, 625 Torrington Rd., Litchfield, 860-482-6246,;

May 25 (Wednesday): Edison Grill, 178 Birge Park Rd., Harwinton, 860-485-1401,

“We started this partnership in November and plan to offer one restaurant per week throughout the school year and beyond,” said Gina Scherbner, board member and organizer of the effort.

“At this time more than any other, our restaurants need our support,” said Scherbner. “Our students, families, volunteers and the community can help support the effort by enjoying a great meal and sharing their experience with friends and family.”

Takeaway Tuesdays are sponsored in May by Blondin Law Office LLC and Mulberry Electrical Contractors LLC.

For more information, call the restaurants or the Académie Saint-Jean-Paul le Grand at 860-489-4177.


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