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New Milford Day at the State Capitol

Posted on April 22, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon


Hartford – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford), State Representative Rich Smith (R-Sherman), and State Senator Craig Miner (R-Litchfield) hosted the 2nd annual New Milford Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The event was started last year to allow businesses, nonprofit organizations and community leaders to visit the Capitol and showcase what New Milford has to offer the rest of the state.

Rep. Buckbee recognized several of New Milford’s distinguished guests including Mayor Pete Bass, Judge Martin Landgrebe, and New Milford Police Chief Spencer Cerruto. He also welcomed two baby goats, with “Jedi” being introduced to the entire House of Representatives.

“We built on last year’s success and were able to make New Milford Day even more of a momentous occasion at the Capitol this year. I had been asked, almost daily, when the triumphant return of the baby goats would be! Beyond that, many of my legislative colleagues ask me questions about our local businesses and unique services. That is directly attributable to this local advocacy event and is highly contingent on the participation of those in New Milford. For that, I am extremely grateful to those who made the trip up to Hartford to show what the Green Wave is all about,” said Rep. Buckbee.

“Our New Milford Day tradition at the State Capitol was an exciting opportunity for my friends in New Milford to show off everything our community has to offer,” said Rep. Smith. “I have always been honored to represent the people of New Milford in Hartford and I am glad local leaders, businesses, and community organizations were able to impress my legislative colleagues with everything that makes our town great.”

“No town does a day at the Capitol quite like New Milford,” said Sen. Miner. “Rep. Buckbee deserves a lot of credit for putting this event together and building off the success of last year. Like much of the Northwest Corner, New Milford doesn’t get enough attention. This day was an opportunity to display the excellence of its businesses and people. I’m looking forward to doing this again next year.”

Along with several returning participants such as Kimberly-Clark and New Milford Hospital, there were some new faces like Bad Dream Brewing Company. An entire list of participants includes:

• Goatboy Soaps
• Pratt Nature Center
• Kimberly-Clark
• Full Circle Productions
• NM Girl Scouts
• Daughters of the American Revolution
• New Milford Hospital
• Comm. Credit Union of NM
• United Way
• NM Youth Agency
• Elan Planning, Design & Landscape Architecture
• The Children’s Center
• Bank Street Group
• Kimberly Farm
• Bad Dream Brewing Company
• Grabel Business Services

Rep. Buckbee also explained the significance of picking a date in mid-April to recognize the Town of New Milford. “Roger Sherman, one of the most influential Founding Fathers of our great country, was a resident and elected official from New Milford! We recognized his 298th Birthday, which falls on April 19th. I wanted to make sure we had the event in close proximity to that date in order to recognize our local hero.”

For more photos of the event, click here.