Reilly Hedden – State Representative for the Day

Posted on June 21, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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Ms. Reilly Hedden, an 8th grader at Cornwall Consolidated School, has been named ‘State Representative for the Day’.

This past April I announced that I was hosting my inaugural 64th State House District Essay Contest. All 8th grade students in the district (Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, and Torrington) were invited to participate by writing a 300-word essay on the question, “Who is the public figure you feel best represents leadership and why?” Each student was to select a public figure (i.e. politician, athlete, actor, singer, etc.), detail their life and accomplishments, and explain why they exemplify leadership to them.

It’s always been so important to reach out to our youth and to make sure that they are included in as much of the civic processes as possible. As 8th graders, who will soon be moving on to high school, they are already exposed to so many world events and so many of them have started to develop valuable opinions on certain issues. These students are tomorrow’s leaders and we must be listening to what they have to say.

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Foundation For Norfolk Living Celebrates New Affordable Housing Units

Posted on June 19, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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The Foundation for Norfolk Living has announced new affordable housing options. Foundation members, architects, local and state leaders, and supportive members of the Norfolk community all gathered to celebrate today’s ribbon cutting at 2/4 Shepard Road. These new affordable housing units are simply stunning and are sure to be the perfect home for some hard-working individuals or even a young family. I’m so proud to see that our Northwest Corner is trending towards even more affordable housing options.

According to the Foundation for Norforlk Living, the mission of the foundation is to create opportunities for housing in Norfolk that will be affordable to a diverse community including people and families of modest means. The terms and conditions of the foundation’s grant funding requires varying income limits with the result that 10 of its 12 rental units will be marketed to individuals or families in the range of 25% to 80% of the area median income. Two of the 12 units will be rented at market rates.  Also, the foundation’ properties will be assessed by the town as commercial rental properties and therefore taxes will be paid accordingly. They will not be treated as tax exempt property.

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Rep. Ohler Participates in Mental Health Training at Geer Village

Posted on June 14, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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NORTH CANAAN – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-64) was invited to participate in a two day training course at Geer Village, focused on mental health. According to Ohler, who is a member of the Litchfield County Opiate Task Force, there is a direct link between mental health and opioid misuse and abuse.

“I was invited by Valerie English Cooper, the program’s lead instructor and fellow member of the Litchfield County Opiate Task Force. It is incredibly important that we, as a community, take a proactive step in fighting the opioid epidemic and to learn as much as we can about related causes. It is clear to me that there is a great amount of negative stigma attached to conversations about mental health, but training sessions like the one held at Geer Village is a step in correcting the public’s misunderstanding of the subject,” explained Ohler.

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