Emily M. Olson, Register Citizen

Emily M. Olson

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New Milford, CT, United States

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Recent articles by Emily:

New Opportunities launches Torrington greenhouse project to grow funding, jobs

The project will start with three greenhouses, growing lettuce and herbs using a hydroponic system - meaning the plants grow in water, not soil. → Read More

Winsted P&Z sets hearing date for Hinsdale School renovation, site plan

The school board and building committee are awaiting word from the state on when funding will be awarded for the project. → Read More

Litchfield selectman leaving post, moving to Torrington

She first was appointed to fill the seat of Democrat Selectman Diane Knox, who died in 2018. Before that, Dranginis was a three-term member of the Board of Finance. → Read More

Affordable housing grant prompts funding discussion with Torrington City Council

One council member noted that the description of "affordable housing" can also affect educational funding, including special education. → Read More

Five Points Center for the Visual Arts opens at former UConn campus, Torrington

The gallery and arts center volunteers and board members have been hard at work sprucing up the grounds of the former UConn property. → Read More

Solar company eyes Torrington landfill property for new array

US Solar sells energy from its solar sites directly to Eversource, and establishes a long-term lease with the property owner. → Read More

Winchester schools to lease St. Anthony School to help students socially distance

The BOE voted to lease St. Anthony School, "to better socially distance our students and to run school five days a week, with full time instruction..." → Read More

Torrington’s Kids Play Children’s Museum offers virtual programs, late summer reopening

TORRINGTON - Phase two of Connecticut's COVID-19 reopening plan, put in place June 20, included museums, but KidsPlay Children's Museum has chosen to hold off - at least until later this summer. "We want to make sure we santize every single interactive area, and we're also doing some improvements inside," said director Eileen Marriott. "We'll reopen sometime this summer. "We usually do a refresh… → Read More

Harwinton family battles COVID-19

HARWINTON - It's been a week since Linda Figlewski returned to her family home, after months in the hospital battling COVID-19. Her recovery from deathly complications from the virus, which claimed the life of her husband of 50 years, Henry Figlewski, has been slow and steady. She's been home since June 12, after spending months at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Gaylord Hospital. Being home… → Read More

Students vie for Laurel Queen, King title, scholarships

WINSTED - This year's Laurel Festival was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, but contestants for the Laurel Queen and King titles and the scholarships they provide, is still being held. This year the Laurel Festival Committee has more than $7,000 in scholarships being awarded. The committee wanted to be sure these chosen students were recognized. The students have added an extra essay or video… → Read More

Proposal for solar array in Torrington sparks site questions from City Council

Council member Paul Cavagnero asked whether the company had considered the city's now-capped landfill, calling it "a pristine piece of property." → Read More

Petition to remove Torrington Christopher Columbus statue countered by opposing group

Michael Kaneb, who with his wife Chelsea owns the Hummingbird Cafe on Main Street, says removing the Columbus statue is a way to show acknowledgment of the suffering caused by colonization. → Read More

Torrington continues online forums to help businesses reopen

TORRINGTON - Businesses falling under phase two of Connecticut's reopening plans, which take effect June 17, must follow many rules and mandates amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To help those businesses reopen, Mayor Elinor Carbone, economic development director Rista Malanca and representatives from the city's emergency management operations, health department and city planning office have… → Read More

Summer camps — some online, some in person — enrolling now

While many towns have canceled their usual camp programs, citing an inability to meet the state's restrictions, others have found creative ways to have them anyway. → Read More

Bantam Cinema owners close theater, continue to seek buyer

"It turned out with the pandemic and the conditions on the industry, plus the expenses of keeping this small theater going, were just too much," one of the owners said. → Read More

Northwest Hills Council of Governments discusses reopening plans

An issue of concern for many towns is the closure of senior centers, and whether older residents are being affected negatively by the isolation of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Meg Capen’s music therapy brings joy, comfort to elderly and disabled

TORRINGTON - Bringing music to people who might otherwise be isolated and lonely has become an important part of caring for older and disabled people, and music therapists like Meg Capen know how powerful it can be. Capen shares her gifts of song and music with elderly residents in and around Torrington, with sessions at Atria of Litchfield Hills, Keystone, LARC, Wolcott Hall and Easter Seals'… → Read More

City hosts another tele-meet forum, this time for manufacturers

Companies asked about social distancing, the necessity to wear masks in the workplace, and state guidelines regarding disinfecting workplace surfaces. → Read More

Litchfield to start removing trees hit by ash borer

The emerald ash borer, which was first reported in 2012, has decimated thousands of ash trees across New England and other parts of the country. → Read More

‘I’m not the mask police’: Torrington business owner frustrated by mask requirement

Nirvana Juice Bar owner says she's not requiring customers to wear masks, and that because of a health problem, she's not required to wear one, either. → Read More