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Neighbor says historic church should be moved or torn down

While members of a local historical preservation group are hoping to save the 1840s-era former Voluntown Methodist meetinghouse from oblivion, the neighboring property owner is hoping just to have...

‘Lost Egypt’ exhibit arrives at CT Science Center

Have you ever wondered how we know what people ate and how they lived thousands of years ago?...

Citizens call for tougher blasting laws

The first time Maine Drilling and Blasting set off a charge on a Reardon Road property in Thompson, Joseph Janeczek and two friends were working in his garage on Riverside Drive...

Voluntown helps Zambian widows, orphans at Chikumbuso Night

The sights and sounds of Africa enlivened a drab January evening at Voluntown Elementary School Jan. 15, as the school hosted Chikumbuso Night...

We can all help stop elder abuse, neglect and exploitation

An older woman used to keep an immaculate house – now it’s in disarray, with food scraps and dirty laundry in evidence...

Skaters strike while the ice is cold for community skating party

The frigid temperatures brought by the so-called "polar vortex" held steady just long enough for the town’s annual community ice skating party and bonfire Jan. 10...

Grant may spell extra elbow room for Voluntown Public Library

A $402,700 grant from the state could allow Voluntown Public Library to more than double its floor space and give all patrons – adults, young adults, kids, wheelchair-bound, even infants &nda...

Intellectual/Development Disability Caucus forming in Connecticut

The formation of an Intellectual/Development Disability Caucus in Connecticut has the Executive Director Leslie Simoes of the Arc, Connecticut feeling hopeful...

Forecasters say: CT's economy to keep improving, fewer federal pitfalls

The economic forecast for Connecticut in 2014 is that the state will continue to see slow growth, and won't be hindered by the national economy...

GED requirements changes ushered in with 2014

The New Year has ushered in significant changes in the way people can seek high school credentials through GED testing...

Experts say honesty, positive mindset and language keys to keeping New Year’s resolutions

Jeff Forte used to have a sweet tooth for the small Snickers bars. He would keep a bag in his freezer and then grab one when the craving hit...

The year in film: Best & worst of 2013

Calling any movie definitively “the best of the year” is impossible, because taste is subjective...

Looking back at Griswold area headlines from the second half of 2013

July: A Griswold ordinance to use local preference in bidding was voted down and will be revised...

Legislative hearing day scheduled for Jan. 22

The Arc Connecticut is launching a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the ramifications of decreased state funding for programs serving individuals with intellectual disabilities...

Local immigrants speak out about the need for reform, Part II

Windham resident Pablo came from Mexico in 2001. He calls himself a “dreamer,” referring to the DREAM Act, first proposed in 2001...

Manchester's 'Fast Jack' Farrell pens memoir

As a world-renowned dice hustler and card mechanic, John “Fast Jack” Farrell’s life story has played out like a perfectly crafted Hollywood script...

Local immigrants speak out about the need for reform

Silverio was born into a poor Mayan community in rural Guatemala...

Voluntown first selectman's top issue is old meetinghouse

Robert Sirpenski came to Voluntown 35 years ago to house-sit for relatives and ended up staying.  As a former director of finance for Voluntown and for Preston schools, as well as work experie...

Spring highlights from the year 2013

The 2013 NASCAR season started up in April at the Thompson International Speedway. The 2014 season in Thompson may be looking very different after owners paved a separate 1.7-mile track...

Area residents take on many initiatives in 2013

Positive Parenting Program, a parenting initiative sponsored by the Department of Social Services and The Children’s Trust Fund, was the topic of discussion at a regional meeting in January...

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