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Elks Lodge donates to Salvation Army food bank
WINSTED — Elks Lodge #844 donated $1,500 to the Salvation Army food bank on Wednesday, May 13. The donation was funded from a grant from the Elks National Foundation. From left: Beverly Balzarin Secretary, Kelly Mallette Grant Co-Chair, Pam Carignan Salvation Army Regional Coordinator, and Exalted Ruler Daniel Matthews.

Community Health and Wellness holds ‘Driving Away Hunger’ event

TORRINGTON — On Wednesday, May 13, the Community Health and Wellness Center (CHWC) held it’s Driving Away Hunger event at its location in Torrington. The center provided 100 satchels of nonperishable food items to community members on a first-come, first-serve basis to help alleviate the stress of immediate food concerns.
The center was assisted by staff members at BJ’S Wholesale Club and Big Y employees Tracy Lambertson and employees Devin Dzedzik and Lindsey Kulbash.
Recently CHWC was awarded $25,000 by the Union Savings Bank Foundation of Danbury for its efforts to address the health and wellbeing of the patient population while safeguarding the community and its staff.
Additionally, CHWC gave $500 to both the Friends in Service to Humanity/FISH shelter and New Beginnings to help lessen the burden of their unprecedented need.

Make Music Day returns June 21
NORTHWEST CORNER — Make Music NWCT is making its third annual return to the Northwest corner through the Northwest CT Arts Council on Sunday, June 21.
Make Music Day began in France in 1892 as the Fete de la Musique and has spread to over 800 cities across 120 countries. This event grew into an international celebration that takes place on the summer solstice of each year. People of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to create music at participating venues all over the region on the longest day of the year. The event is being organized by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. Registration is now open for venues and musicians across Northwest CT at As situations develop with COVID-19, venues and musicians should use their discretion when signing up to participate, and get creative to host safe and socially distant performances. Venues are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible and start promoting their participation in this event.
Make Music NWCT is sponsored in part by the State’s Office of the Arts and Make Music Alliance.

Torrington’s Memorial Day Virtual Parade
TORRINGTON — To protect the health of residents and visitors, the regular downtown parade has been canceled, due to the continued threat of COVID-19. In the spirit of continuing the longstanding tradition of Memorial Day ceremonies, Mayor Elinor Carbone and the Torrington Veterans Memorial Committee have decided to develop a “virtual parade” slideshow, and a video veterans’ recognition ceremony, to be shared through the City website and local media. To participate, send us a photo of your group or organization showing gratitude for our veterans. Some ideas are holding up a sign with a message honoring our veterans or decorating your home, yard, or vehicle to commemorate Memorial Day. Please, remember social distancing and masking recommendations! Please email your photo(s), including the name of your organization, to the Torrington Veterans Memorial Committee at The deadline to submit photos is Friday, May 22. Other ways our community can commemorate Memorial Day are by displaying the American flag and other patriotic decorum. Children can get involved by reading the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae and can draw or craft red poppies to wear or display. In observance of the National Moment of Remembrance Resolution, residents can salute our veterans’ sacrifice by standing outside their homes at 3:00 PM on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, for the tolling of an honor bell. It doesn’t matter what kind of a bell, what size bell, or if you download a bell tone, we just want to demonstrate to all of our veterans, and their families and friends, that we appreciate all those who have died who served in our nation’s military. The virtual parade and veterans’ recognition ceremony will be accessible to view beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25) through the City of Torrington’s website,, and will also be broadcast at the same time by Litchfield Cablevision Channel 5 and Torrington Community Radio WAPJ, as well as on Mayor Carbone’s Facebook page.

NCCC’s STEM Students Receive Numerous Recognitions
WINSTED — While the pandemic may have kept them out of the classroom and prevented them from traveling, the research, hard work, and dedication of the Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students have not gone unrecognized.
Students, Rebekah Dery, Sydney Marshall, Francesca Neris, Edgar Petrosyan, Jordan Dziedzic, Kaitlyn Patchofsky, and Cynthia Pitcher were recently inducted into the Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society for Science and Technology Students during a virtual ceremony that was held for inductees across the country.
Biology major Jeffrey Carrier was awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates and will, at a later date, be working for 10 weeks with Dr. Anastasios Tzingounis, Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut. He will be working with Dr. Tzingounis to study the mechanisms by which epilepsy-associated molecules and signaling networks lead to epileptogenesis in the neonatal and infantile brain.
Renee Brenckman, Amanda Gregg, Elijah Lovejoy, and Xavier Rodriguez, all students in the Molecular Genetics class, annotated a Bacteriophage and submitted it for review for publication in GenBank. Renee Brenckman was selected to present their work at the SEAPHAGES Symposium sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Technology students Kit Fitch and Tommy Le were selected to present their poster Addressing the Global Nature of Industry, at the High Impact Technology Conference in Oregon in July. Both students traveled to Spain as part of Northwestern’s new Study Abroad Program to learn about the Global Nature of Industry. During their travels, they visited numerous manufacturers and will be sharing what they learned.
Data Science students, Claire Christie, Nicola Sestito, and Joseph McElroy participated in the Capstone Research Project, where they worked with industry on using their STEM skills to solve real-world problems. They were tasked with helping HealthLynxIQ, a startup company, identify their focused market segment and potential barriers to the adoption of their products.
Their final products consisted of a 12-page final paper and a 15-minute presentation which will be made available for all to view later this month. These three students will also be presenting their work to a national panel of judges through the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).