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The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - HAVE YOUR SAY -

Lit­tle Britches thanks fundrais­ing sup­port­ers

We want to thank ev­ery­one who helped make our Sept. 29 Boots and Britches Ball a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

We were thrilled that some 200 peo­ple joined us to show sup­port for Lit­tle Britches Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing.

The funds raised at this event will help Lit­tle Britches con­tinue to bring the ben­e­fits of ther­a­peu­tic rid­ing to in­di­vid­u­als with a range of dis­abil­i­ties.

We’re grate­ful to the many busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who gen­er­ously do­nated si­lent auc­tion items and to the hard­work­ing vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing a team from Wells Fargo Bank in Wood­bury, whose ef­forts made the evening fun for all.

The event wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out our spon­sors — Dob­son Pools, Maple Bank Farm, Mo­he­gan Sun, North Amer­ica Equip­ment, the Matthews Group, West­conn Pest Con­trol, Con­stan­tine’s Restau­rant, Davis Com­pan­ion An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal, New Eng­land Equine Prac­tice, Nat­u­ral Mar­ket­place, Phys-Ed Health & Per­for­mance, StudyWorks and Swank on Bank.

We also want to thank the band Nashville Drive, caterer Rock N Roll Chef, Vis­ual Im­pact of Dan­bury for print­ing ser­vices, and the town of Bridge­wa­ter, which al­lowed us to use their pavil­ion for the evening.

Lit­tle Britches, which now serves about 80 in­di­vid­u­als from 28 area towns, will mark its 40th an­niver­sary next year.

We’re deeply grate­ful for the con­tin­u­ing com­mu­nity sup­port that has al­lowed us to reach that mile­stone. Janie Larson, Pres­i­dent, Stu­art Daly,

Vice Pres­i­dent, Lit­tle Britches Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing

Vote “Yes” for your pub­lic lands Nov. 6

What’s your fa­vorite lo­cal place to hike, bike, camp, fish, and pic­nic or just en­joy the great out­doors? Above All State Park? Mo­hawk State For­est? Wyan­tenock State For­est? Housatonic Mead­ows?

We all trea­sure these state-owned parks and forests. We de­pend on them for their wildlife and spec­tac­u­lar beauty. We’re grate­ful for the pro­tec­tion these lands pro­vide to our drink­ing wa­ter, streams and rivers. And we take for granted that they will al­ways be avail­able for us and our chil­dren to en­joy. But did you know that un­der our cur­rent state con­sti­tu­tion, our beloved pub­lic lands can be sold or trans­ferred with lit­tle or no pub­lic in­put? It’s hard to be­lieve, but it hap­pens ev­ery year in the Gen­eral Assem­bly, of­ten with no op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to weigh in. Our pub­lic lands shouldn’t be sold, swapped or given away with­out your voice be­ing heard.

On Nov. 6, Con­necti­cut vot­ers will have a chance to weigh in on the first statewide en­vi­ron­men­tal bal­lot ref­er­en­dum. Un­der the pro­posal, the Gen­eral Assem­bly would be re­quired to hold pub­lic hear­ings on any trans­fer of pub­lic lands or prop­er­ties and to achieve a 2/3 ma­jor­ity ap­proval in the leg­is­la­ture if those lands are held by the Con­necti­cut De­part­ment of En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion or De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture.

Your “YES” vote is needed on Bal­lot Ques­tion 2 Nov. 6. Our parks, beaches, forests, farms and open spa­ces de­serve a voice — your voice — be­fore be­ing sold, traded or oth­er­wise lost from pub­lic own­er­ship. The fate of our pub­lic lands de­serves this trans­parency. Learn more at pro­tectct­pub­li­clands.org. Lynn Werner, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Tim­o­thy Ab­bott, Re­gional Con­ser­va­tion Di­rec­tor, Housatonic Val­ley As­so­ci­a­tion, Corn­wall

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