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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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18th Annual VNA Northwest Golf Tournament
Monday, September 18, 2017
@ Fairview Farm, Harwinton
Plans are underway for the 18th annual VNA Northwest golf tournamentto held at Fairview Farm in Harwinton on September 18th. Register today and enjoy a day of fun while supporting your local VNA. All proceeds raised are used to continue our mission of providing quality home care to the residents of Litchfield County. For more details visit our special events section to register. You may also call 860-567-6000 for more information. Not a golfer? Join us for the social and dinner.

CHH Seeking TLC Volunteers
Are you ready for a very special volunteer experience and enjoy one-on-one contact with people? If so, we have your spot!

CHH is currently seeking Tender Loving Care (TLC) Program Volunteers.  TLC Volunteers offer our patients the gift of a gentle hand and / or foot massage during their stay.  The massages erase anxiety and pain through a few moments of personal connection.  As a TLC Volunteer, you will participate in training to develop the techniques as well as quality patient communication and listening skills.  Having completed a general Hospital orientation, physical and background check, your commitment is to a weekly shift of 2-3 hours.

"Volunteers make wonderful patient partners because patients respond well to volunteers. They provide a welcome bridge and enhance the appreciation of the Hospital and its community." said CHH Volunteer Coordinator Shelli Rhoads.

For over 100 years, the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Volunteer Program has provided essential, supplementary and complementary services to patients, families, visitors and staff. The current Volunteer Program at CHH has 160 traditional volunteers in more than 30 non-clinical and clinical areas that make a profound and positive difference in the Hospital's daily operations.

If you would like to become part of our Volunteer Team, contact Volunteer Coordinator Shelli Rhoads at 860-496-6470 or  for more information.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.


LABA @ DaCapo Restaurant
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

United Way of Northwest Connecticut
Day of Caring
Friday, June 23, 2017
The United Way of Northwest Connecticut held their Day of Caring on Friday, June 23, 2017. Projects included getting the Boy's Scout Camp Workcoeman ready for summer, cleaning out attics at Catholic Charities, painting the interior and exterior of two outdoor sheds and playhouses at Cornwall Child Center, repairs to a porch at Falls Village Day Care Center, prep work for the YMCA's obstacle course for the WYLD mud run, interior painting of walls at Winsted Day Care Center, painting a large fence for the McCall Centers Veterans residential facility, repaint FISH's front porch, painting and general maintenance for Camp Moe, collecting wish list items for Susan B Anthony, and sanding and staining and spreading wood chips at Canaan Child Care.


Volunteers were on hand from Arconic, Connecticut Mutual Holding Company, Girl Scouts, Union Savings Bank, Superior Plus Energy, Torrington Savings Bank, Litchfield Bancorp as well as some volunteers that heard about our Day of Caring and called in looking to see if there was a way that they could help.


The United Way of Northwest Connecticut has held a day of caring to coincide with United Way Worldwide Day of Action as a way for each of the local united ways to engage their communities in a meaningful way that contributes to local goals to advance the common good.

"We are grateful to the companies that authorize time off for the employees and to the employees who volunteer for our Day of Caring" said Owen Quinn Executive Director. "Day of Caring is a way for people to give back to their community. If not for this volunteer engagement, the recipient non-profit organizations might have difficulty completing the requested project due to factors such as time, money, or labor. We love to see these projects get done by volunteers who are just as excited to be doing them."

CHH Opens New and Improved Emergency Department Entrance
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has opened its new Emergency Department (ED) entrance located in the same location and parking area as the former ED entrance but closer to Litchfield Street. Patients and visitors are now welcomed by two large highly visible red "EMERGENCY" signs at the new entrance and should park in the same area they are accustomed to in the past.

The renovation competes the second phase of the hospital's comprehensive, six-phase, multi-year, renovation and expansion project designed to modernize and enhancement the ED infrastructure and services. Also completed and put into operation is a new check-in area for staff members to greet patients and conduct a quick, private evaluation, a larger, more comfortable waiting room, state-of-the-art treatment and triage rooms, and new security, staff, and spiritual care areas.  

The ED upgrade project was initiated last year to improve patient privacy and comfort, provide less patient waiting time, improve patient flow and efficiencies, and better accommodate larger volumes and technical advances in patient care. When completed, CHH will have 34 Emergency Department treatment rooms and two triage areas, an updated nurse station, additional equipment and supply storage space, and rooms for nutrition, bariatric, EMS, and financial counseling services.

"This is a very exciting milestone for the hospital's emergency services with many more improvements to come. We realize this process will require adjustments to accommodate the upgrades and changes. We will do our best to keep all informed of our progress, and appreciate everyone's understanding and cooperation as we move forward with this exciting project." said Tim LeBouthillier, CHH spokesman.  

The CHH Emergency Department is open 24/7 all year and located at 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT. For more information, call 860-496-6650. CHH also offers emergency care at the Winsted Health Center, 115 Spencer Street, Winsted, CT, seven days a week from 9 AM to 9 PM. Winsted ED can be reached at 860-738-6650.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-plus bed, acute care facility serving the regional health care needs of thirty towns in northwest Connecticut. The Hospital was founded in 1916 as gift by industrialist Uri T. Hungerford in memory of his mother Charlotte, who had a "boundless energy and dedication for helping others." He envisioned a community hospital to be a beacon of hope and a place of comfort for the ill and injured of our region, and through his generosity and support, made it a reality. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital: One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. For a full list of offerings and an online physician directory, visit

Eyes on Litchfield
Celebrates 1st Anniversary
Eyes on Litchfield celebrated their first anniversary on Saturday, June 10.
"They feature "Extraordinary Eye Care & Super Cool Eyewear."

They are located at 17C Commons Drive in Litchfield
 (next to the Salt Water Grille).

United Way of Northwest Connecticut
35th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Monday, May 22rd, 2017
The United Way of Northwest Connecticut had its 35th annual charity Golf Tournament on Monday, May 22rd, 2017 at the Torrington Country Club in Goshen, Connecticut.


The Golf Tournament raised 9845.00 which included $1005.00 through raffle prizes.   47 Golfers participated, and all proceeds benefit United Way Community Impact projects.


We would like to thank all of our participants as well as our sponsors: ARCONIC Dinner Sponsor, BD, Litchfield Bancorp, Northwest Community Bank, Torrington Savings Bank, Union Savings Bank and Thomaston Savings Bank our Lunch Sponsors.  The Hole in one Sponsors were Sullivan's Northwest Hills Dealership and Mitchell Volvo of the Litchfield Hills.
 Lithchfield Woods and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital our Hospitality Sponsors and Dymax Corporation as our Par Sponsor.  Barron & Company, LLP, Barry Cone's Heating and A/C Inc.,  Bouffard & Ramsey Ameriprise Financial, Inc.,  Brooker Pediatric Dentistry, Brooks, Todd, & McNeil Insurance, Howd, Cadco Ltd. BE MKG, Howd ,Lavieri & Finch, LLP, Kelly Services, Northwest Hills Credit Union, Steve Caruso-AFLAC of Litchfield County, Theroux, Nowell & Stoughton, LLC CPA,  Torrington Municipal & Teachers FCU.

We would also like to thank the businesses and individuals who donated raffle prizes: Bachi's, Carbone's Market, Fairview Farm Golf, George's Restaurant, Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Jimmy's Store, La Cupola,  Mohawk Mountain Ski Area, Inc. Nodine's Smokehouse, Prime Time, Red's Hardware True Value of Litchfield, Tony's Package Store,  Torrington Country Club,  Venetian Restaurant, Warner Theatre.

The United Way 36th annual charity Golf Tournament standings are as follows: first place went to Team Tony Ponte, Jack Hogan, Jon DiSalvatore and Dave Segal.  Second place went to Team Mike Nejaime, John Ruzs, Jim Chayka and Mike Cellerino. The United Way of Northwest Connecticut serves the 26 towns in the Northwest Corner through its 26 participating agencies and programs. The agency's annual fundraising campaign benefits over 58,500 people.

CHH & Litchfield County Opiate Task Force
Offer Free Resources To Combat Opiate Abuse  
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) and members of the community collaborative Litchfield County Opiate Task Force (LCOTF) are working to reduce the harm caused by the opiate epidemic in our region. If you or someone you know is suffering with an opioid substance use disorder, CHH and the LCOTF have developed a FREE confidential, individualized consultation and screening service that offers information and resources on treatments to assist with recovery.

This service is provided by a Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Certified Case Manager who has office hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the hospital's Emergency Department or by calling 860 496-6381. During after-hours or weekends, those in need can call a toll-free 24 hour hotline at 1-888-447-3339 for assistance from the Mobile Health Team of the Western CT Mental Health Network.  

The Task Force has also published a resource guide detailing treatment options, locations and contact information for area detox centers, outpatient drug therapy, residential programs and  medication assisted programs. The guide is available at the CHH Emergency Department at 540 Litchfield Street or the McCall Center for Behavioral Health at 58 High Street, Torrington. You may also view it online at or request a free copy to be mailed to you by calling 860-496-6719.

"Confronting addiction of any kind can be a scary and emotional journey for the individual and their family and friends. We understand how difficult it may be to seek outside help for those are facing a crisis and would like to support them in that decision. Please remember, treatment does work, and people get better." said Garrett Deutermann, CHH Certified Case Manager.

Opiate abuse has become a major public safety and health issue in recent years.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.

You can help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal in boxes that are secured in the lobby of police departments, and are accessible anytime the department is open. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked and all the unwanted medications will be safely and securely destroyed.

Participating Connecticut area drop off sites include Torrington Police Department, 576 Main Street, Torrington, Thomaston Police Department, 158 Main Street, Thomaston, Watertown Police Department, 195 French Street, Watertown, Canton Police Department, 45 River Road, Canton, and the State Police Station at 463B Ashley Falls Road, North Canaan.

Items that CAN be brought and discarded confidentially in the medication drop-box include over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, medication samples, medications for household pets, and medicated lotions or ointments. Items that are NOT accepted are needles or other "sharps", hazardous waste, thermometers, and personal care products such as shampoos.

For more information and to find a prescription drug drop-off box near you - visit the CT Department of Consumer Protection website at

Founded by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the McCall Center for Behavioral Health, The Litchfield County Opiate Task Force (LCOTF) is a collaboration of professionals and advocates from a wide range of hospital, medical, behavioral health, non-profit, government, public safety, and private and public sector organizations that meet regularly to help address and reduce the harmful effects of the state's opiate epidemic.

CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. For a full list of offerings and an online physician directory, visit

Lt. Col. Robert Darling,
Speaker at 7th Annual
CMHC Business Breakfast Event
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Darling, a retired Marine and author of 24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker: 9/11/01 The White House, spoke on Thursday, May 18, 2017 to a group of local bankers, business people and elected officials at the 7th Annual Connecticut Mutual Holding Company Business Breakfast held at Chatterley’s Banquet Facility in Torrington. ~ contributed

Lt. Col. Darling (right) describing the sequence of events on Sept. 11, 2001. ~ photo courtesy of Steve Zarrella, Northwest Community Bank (Senior VP/CLO)

Lt. Col. Darling, or as he preferred to be called, Bob entertained the audience by telling many unknown stories of the events that took place during those first tragic hours on September 11, 2001 from his point of view from the President’s Emergency Operations Center (the Bunker) that morning. Throughout the event, Bob had the audience experience many emotions as they listened to his stories.

Lt. Col. Robert Darling (left) and
Paul McLaughlin (Litchfield Bancorp, Senior VP/COO)

After the keynote speaker, a name was drawn to choose a United Way agency to receive a monetary donation from the Banks within The Connecticut Mutual Holding Company: Litchfield Bancorp, Northwest Community Bank and Collinsville Savings Society.

Litchfield Bancorp is a mutual savings bank with assets of $225 million offering full service offices in Litchfield, Torrington, Watertown, Washington and Lakeville. To find out why Every Customer Counts, go to or call 860-567-9401.

Union Savings Bank and its Foundation
Partner with Susan B. Anthony Project
For 10 years, Union Savings Bank and its Foundation have been partnering with Susan B. Anthony Project to provide victims of domestic and sexual violence opportunities for safety, healing and growth as well as to promote awareness and further prevention education efforts in our communities.

The Union Savings Bank Foundation continues its commitment to violence prevention this year with a $10,000 grant to help fund SBAP’s Community Education Program. We are also honored to announce that Union Savings Bank has decided to further strengthen prevention education efforts with a $2,500 Gold Level Program Sponsorship through our new Business Sponsorship Opportunities; this in addition to a Bronze Level Sponsorship of our upcoming Authors’ Luncheon on April 22nd.

“Union Savings Bank is continually grateful for Susan B. Anthony’s commitment and dedication to victims by creating safer communities for all” says Michele Bonvicini, Director of Community Relations. “As sponsors we continue our focus on supporting educational programs and continued collaboration with local agencies that serve our communities.”

Both Union Savings Bank and Union Savings Bank Foundation continue to be true leaders in our community. We want to say thank you for the tremendous support and for the very special collaboration that has flourished through the years.

Founded in 1983, Susan B. Anthony Project promotes safety, healing and growth for all survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and advocates for the autonomy of women and the end of interpersonal violence. Based in Torrington, SBAP provides services, free of charge, in 20 towns in Litchfield County.

To learn more about Susan B. Anthony Project’s Business Sponsorship Opportunities, please call Gina at 860-489-3798 or visit For immediate assistance, please call the 24-hour crisis line at 860-482-7133.

Women's Enterprise Initiative Newsletter
"I Don't Know What To Do With My Life"
Have you ever felt like this when you came to a crossroad in life? Do you think you have it in you to become an entrepreneur? We've just published a blog on this subject, which you can see HERE. Want to pursue it? Contact us! We're here to help.
Our website,, offers a lot of information for small businesses and for non profits. We also spotlight some of our clients who are running and growing their own small businesses or non profits.

Our latest Spotlight is on Wendy Summer, founder and owner of Zaanha and the Zaanha Fund, Click HERE to see it. We think you will be inspired by what she has accomplished, and by her passion to educate Afghan children.
We have also added a Client News section to our website where we showcase what people are saying about our clients' successes. Click HERE to learn about Diane Carol and Susan Smith, who own Check It Off, and also find out what the 5 Points Gallery in Torrington is up to.

The Women's Enterprise Initiative of Northwestern Connecticut is a nonprofit organization which provides consulting on all aspects of business ownership and nonprofit management, free of charge, to entrepreneurs and nonprofits in Northwestern Connecticut. We work with both women and men. Please visit us to learn more. Click HERE to get to our website. Referrals are always welcome!

Litchfield Area Business Association talks shop (04-19-17)
JoAnn Ryan, above, president and chief executive officer of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, was a guest speaker during the Litchfield Area Business Association luncheon at the Litchfield firehouse on Tuesday. Ryan spoke about initiatives the Chamber of Commerce is undertaking this spring and summer to help local businesses promote themselves.

Below, Jonathan Wilson of R. Derwin Clothiers talks about the new merchants promotional guide that is available and Alan Landau of the Litchfield Athletic Club and Denise Raap of the Village Restaurant, which catered the luncheon, commiserate. Landau announced that LAC will be holding a 20th anniversary celebration this summer. LAC is regarded as the premier fitness club in Litchfield County. BZ photos

Litchfield Bancorp offers free shredding and recycling (04-09-17)
Litchfield Bancorp Vice President Lisa Partrick, right, and bank receptionist Pat Bernard greet motorists arriving at the bank's shredding and recycling location in its parking lot on Saturday. The company Infoshred provided its shredding services, while Take 2 Recycling collected computers, televisions, light bulbs, batters, small appliances and other electrical equipment for recycling. Litchfield Bancorp provided the services for free. BZ photos

Litchfield Bancorp is a mutual savings bank with assets of $240 million offering full service offices in Litchfield, Torrington, Watertown, Washington and Lakeville. To find out why Every Customer Counts, go to or call 860-567-9401.

LEF officials, task force's Post speak to LABA (03-21-17)
Litchfield Education representatives, from left, Kathleen Reidy, Andrea Markavich, Michele Saunders and Matt Terzian were at the Litchfield Area Business Association (LABA) meeting at St. Michael's Church on Tuesday to promote the LEF's retro dodge ball tournament at Litchfield High School on April 1.

The tournament will feature 17 six-person teams clad in retro uniforms and playing to raise money for the LEF. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. and will be followed by an after-party at the Litchfield Saltwater Grill. Proceeds will help the LEF provide enrichment programs in the town's schools. Admission to the tournament is free but donations to LEF would be appreciated,

To learn more about the Litchfield Education Foundation (LEF) visit

John Post, above, chairman of the Litchfield Energy Task Force, also spoke at the LABA gathering. Post talked about the energy-saving initiatives of the task force and opportunities for energy savings offered by Eversource Energy. Post encouraged LABA members to sign up for a $124 home energy audit offered by Eversource to identify areas of energy loss, as well as for a duct test to check for leaks. Post also encouraged the use of LED lightbulbs to save energy and a small-business energy advantage audit offered by Eversource.

More information about the Litchfield Energy Task Force is available at

Little Free Libraries
Jo Ann Jaacks and Rose Buckens were the featured speakers at the Litchfield Area Business Association (LABA) meeting on Tuesday at the Litchfield Firehouse. They talked about the Little Free Library program and how quickly it has expanded in Litchfield and Morris.

Rose Buckens (left) and Jo Ann Jaacks

The Little Free Library program is a world-wide program with over 50,000 little free libraries. Rose Buckens described how she created a Little Free Library box on her front yard in Morris until someone took it. The response from the community was overwhelming with donations of hundreds of children’s books within days. A new box was created and she was back in business.

The basic concept is to take a book and leave a book. Books are donated and there is no check-in or check-out system. It is all based on the honor system. The main goals are to support literacy and build a sense of community.

Harvey Hubbell of Litchfield and Boy Scout Troop #28 of Morris joined forces with Rose and Jo Ann to build 16 new Little Free Library boxes on July 2nd at the Hubbell Farm. Local builders donated wood and the scouts with their leaders built and painted the boxes. They were distributed to multiple locations including the Morris Town Beach and St. Michael’s in Litchfield.

A new Little Free Library will soon be available at American Legion Post #27 in Litchfield. To learn more please visit or contact Jo Ann Jaacks.

The Litchfield Area Business Association (LABA) is a local network of businesses and non-profit organizations meeting the third Tuesday of each month to network and promote the local business community. More information is available at

CHH Caps Off Anniversary Year
with New Monument and Cornerstone Box
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) turned 100 years old this past October 2016 and celebrated a century of caregiving throughout the year with commemoration events, a museum exhibit, a new historic monument, and the publication of a commemorative book.

One of the most exciting events of the anniversary was the discovery and opening of the hospital's cornerstone box. With the help of some old documents and local businesses, the hospital was able to locate a copper box that was placed in its cornerstone at a 1929 dedication ceremony. The box was opened in front of 200 guests at the hospital's fall commemoration ceremony and contained early annual reports, coins, several preserved newspapers, and photographs of Charlotte and Uri Hungerford and never before seen construction images. CHH offered special thanks to those who helped make this important discovery possible, including New England Subsurface Imaging who located the original box, O&G Industries Construction Services and Products who assisted in locating the box, and Scoville Plumbing & Heating who carefully unsealed and opened the box.

On February 22, 2017, CHH staff and board members gathered to witness the internment of a new stainless steel box in the hospital's wall directly behind the original external cornerstone marker. After remarks, Hospital Chairman John Janco placed the box in the wall and hospital staff began work sealing the wall up again. The new box was designed as a replica of the original box by Glenn Fern at M&J Sheet Metal, LLC. The box contained recent anniversary memorabilia, newspapers, annual reports, newsletters, coins, photographs, souvenir programs, a copy of the original bylaws and deed, transcripts of anniversary speeches, and a miniature version of the CHH "Century of Care" 100th Anniversary commemorative book. CHH staff and supporters also included messages and well wishes to their colleges in the future. Hospital officials hope that future individuals will find and open the box  in 75 or 100 years and discover the incredible history of caregiving at CHH that awaits in the box.  

"In the future, the year 2016 will be remembered as an exciting and hopeful year of celebration and transition. Throughout the year, our staff, physicians, patients and supporters in the region paused on many occasions to take a special and sentimental look back at our history of providing 100 years of caregiving to the communities we serve. Discovering and learning about our history gives us a special sense of the unending partnership we have with those who came before us. Each day, through the work of humble stewards, and the abiding faith of all who care about this place, our Founder Uri Hungerford's legacy and his mother Charlotte's spirit still permeate with all of us." said Brian Mattiello, VP of Organizational Development at CHH.

The anniversary year celebrations were kicked off at a wonderful evening of celebration on September 24th attended by over two hundred guests at the Torrington Country Club featuring cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, and dancing to The Cartels. The event raised over $50,000 that was used to benefit patient care initiatives and to establish a permanent memorial to the hospital founders. In addition, over 150 hospital staff, friends, dignitaries and supporters came together at sunset on October 5th for a special ceremony and live opening of the cornerstone box revealing sealed in the wall 87 years ago. The event included presenters and guests from CHH, places of worship, and city and state offices who presented scripture and historical readings, proclamations, personal recollections, and a tree dedication.

CHH also celebrated a week of history in early October with a special week long pop-up historical exhibit and talks that featured portraits, photographs, artifacts, and historical documents collected by the hospital since its founding. In addition, vintage medical supplies and equipment offered a unique glimpse into early medical technology.

"The anniversary was also a time to display the many historic artifacts and treasures form the hospital's past. CHH entrusted its oil portraits of namesake Charlotte Austin Hungerford and hospital founder Uri T. Hungerford to the Williamstown Art Conservation Center for restoration. We also reframed many vintage documents including al congratulatory letter signed by Herbert Hoover and photograph of Uri Hungerford that was taken by famed early twentieth century photographer Pirie MacDonald. These are such a special part of our history and they are now preserved for future generations to learn from and enjoy." said Tim LeBouthillier, Director Community relations and Development at CHH.

As the year concluded, CHH installed and dedicated a permanent memorial and area of reflection in early December just outside the hospital's front entrance which tells the story of hospital founder Uri Taylor Hungerford and his mother Charlotte. Brass reliefs and biographies are included on a granite obelisk commemorating a century or care are surrounded by two benches inscribed with the words "Honoring our Past" and "Building our Future."

For local history buffs, a special anniversary commemorative book "Charlotte Hungerford Hospital: A Century of Care: 1916 - 2016" was published chronicling the people, places and events of the last century. This fully illustrated paperback book entitled sells for $30 at the CHH Gift Shop at 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington, with proceeds benefitting patient care programs.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-plus bed, acute care facility serving the regional health care needs of thirty towns in northwest Connecticut. The Hospital was founded in 1916 as gift by industrialist Uri T. Hungerford in memory of his mother Charlotte, who had a "boundless energy and dedication for helping others." He envisioned a community hospital to be a beacon of hope and a place of comfort for the ill and injured of our region, and through his generosity and support, made it a reality.

CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. For a full list of offerings and an online physician directory, visit

CHH Diabetes Education Program
Recognized by American Diabetes Association
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Diabetes and Endocrinology Education Program recently received a renewal of its prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for quality diabetes self-management education programs. The ADA believes the CHH program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

L-R:  Caregivers at CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology include David Ohotnicky, APRN; Jennifer Pysar, RDCDE; Lois Pelletier, RN, Diabetes Education Coordinator, and Egils Bogdanovics, MD.

The practice at 780 Litchfield Street, Torrington, operates the ADA recognized program to help people with diabetes and offers insulin pump training, weight loss programs, carbohydrate counting classes, blood glucose awareness training and continuous glucose monitoring. The team of board certified diabetes physician specialists, certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and social workers are specifically trained to help people with diabetes avoid complications and maintain better health throughout their lifetime. Their goals are to provide a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach to diabetes treatment and disease management.

The Association's Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. "The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide, comments Lois Pelletier, CHH Diabetes Education Coordinator.  "And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service." Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,657 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications - heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. About 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2012 in the US. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information about the CHH Diabetes Education Program or to schedule an appointment, call (860) 496-2198.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.

VNA Northwest Receives Large Donation
Arthur J. Mulligan, III, President and Nancy Deming, Executive Director of VNA Northwest recently accepted a check from Mr. Craig Toensing  which represented a gift in the amount of $685,0000 from the charitable remainder trust of Valerie T. Imbleau.

L-R: Arthur J. Mulligan, VNA Northwest Board President, Craig Toensing and Nancy Deming, Executive Director, VNA Northwest. ~ contributed

Toensing shared that Ms. Imbleau came from a family of medical professionals and she herself was an RN that was known for her generosity in helping countless people during her lifetime.

Deming stated “ VNA Northwest is incredibly grateful to Ms. Imbleau for this generous bequest which allows for the agency to carry on with our mission of providing home care and hospice to the residents of Litchfield County.”

Information regarding the services that VNA Northwest offers to residents of Litchfield County is available at

CHH Celebrates 100 Years of History
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) turns 100 years old this October and is celebrating a Century of caregiving with a history exhibit to share this important milestone with your caregivers at CHH.

Featured in the exhibit will be framed portraits, photographs, artifacts, and historical documents collected by the hospital since its founding in 1916. Items on display will include annual reports, a program from the original dedication, a congratulatory letter from Herbert Hoover, and promotional materials through the decades. In addition, vintage medical supplies and equipment on display will offer a unique glimpse into early medical technology and how far it has come over the years.

In anticipation of the 100th Anniversary, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital also restored two of its historic treasures, the portrait paintings of its namesake Charlotte Austin Hungerford and her son hospital founder and benefactor Uri T. Hungerford. CHH entrusted the professional art restorers at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, a nonprofit regional conservation facility devoted to the conservation and preservation of cultural and historical objects.  

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-plus bed, acute care facility serving the regional health care needs of thirty towns in northwest Connecticut. The Hospital was founded in 1916 as gift by industrialist Uri T. Hungerford in memory of his mother Charlotte, who had a "boundless energy and dedication for helping others." He envisioned a community hospital to be a beacon of hope and a place of comfort for the ill and injured of our region, and through his generosity and support, made it a reality.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.

Litchfield Athletic Club celebrates facilities upgrade (07-26-16)
Left, new aerobic machines line the cardio deck at the newly-renovated Litchfield Athletic Club.
Right, Beverly Digimas is one of the friendly faces at the club's front desk. BZ photos

A major renovation of the Litchfield Athletic Club is complete and available for the public to see this week during an open house as the club celebrates its 19th anniversary.

Club co-owners Alan Landau and Chris Krone decided to carry out the renovation and an equipment upgrade as a statement to their commitment to the business of health and fitness, not to mention to the club's members.

"Next year, we will be celebrating our 20th year and with that in mind, decided to go all out," Landau said.

The co-owners secured a low-interest incentive program grant from the state to finance the improvements, which include granite counter tops with built-in sinks in the bathrooms, new lockers, new acoustical ceiling tiles, new painting, new flooring, and a high-definition television monitor in the lobby. The television will air closed loop captioning of the club's classes and as well as tips from personal trainers.

The cardio deck features new treadmills and other Life Fitness aerobic machines, while the weight room has been outfitted with new Hammer Strength machines and equipment.

Also new is a program being offered to members at no cost called “Fresh Start,” which provides a one-hour body analysis, a functional movement assessment and personalized goal-setting.

"We are a complete state-of-the-art health and fitness facility and would like to invite the public to come on in and try us out," said Landau, who can often be found setting the tone on the workout floor. "If you haven’t been to the Litchfield Athletic Club, you will be amazed at all the things we have to offer. Our personal training staff is here to help you reach your goals. Bring a friend, family member, or your better half."

The public is welcome to stop in for a tour and find out about special memberships and programs.

Below, a look at the workout floor and a TRX class focusing on functional strength.


New Name - The Market CT

Formerly the Northville and Bantam Market, we are now The Market CT! Even though we have a new name and a new look, we are still the same stores with the same great owners and staff that you know and trust!

150th Anniversary Celebration at Union Savings Bank
As part of their 150th Anniversary celebration this week, all branches were encouraged to reach out to their customers to say thank you and invite them to a bank-wide birthday party today with all the trimmings – birthday cake, cupcakes, balloons and more.

 Sue Voghel, Vice President and Market Manager, led the celebration at the Litchfield branch on Friday, June 24th.
“We value our customers and wanted to celebrate with them and our community.”

L-R: Bernadeta Eichner, Sue Voghel, Robert Duncan, Sarah Shopey, Gina Antoniazzi, and Rhonda Petruzzi ~ BZ photos

CHH & Partners Putting Newest Community Assessment to Work for NW CT
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and a coalition of community health providers and agencies have completed a second Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and are currently developing and implementing health initiatives with the data collected.

The most recent CHNA provides an overview of the social, economic, physical, and behavioral health of our region's population. Assessment of the current health status of community residents, and the diverse factors that influence health, provides an important foundation for community stakeholders to identify: priorities for health improvement planning, existing community strengths and assets upon which to build, and areas for further collaboration and collective action. This Assessment is an update to the first-ever Community Health Needs Assessment in Northwest CT conducted in 2012. The original county-wide assessment was funded by a CDC Community Transformation Grant through the CT State Department of Public Health, Torrington Area Health District, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, United Way of Northwest CT, and the Northwest CT YMCA.

Both the 2012 and 2015 Community Health Needs Assessments for Northwest CT were prepared by the Center for Healthy Schools & Communities at EDUCATION CONNECTION.  Mary Bevan, MPH, Center Director, comments "Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and coalition partners are in the forefront of community health assessment and improvement planning in the state.  Their unified commitment to identifying health needs and disparities within the region, and collaborating to design and implement evidence-based strategies to address those needs is commendable."

"As community health leaders we take this mission very seriously. We view this as not only a helpful tool but a mandate for action." Added Brain Mattiello, Director of CHH Organizational Development.

The 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment concentrates, to the extent possible, on the primary service area of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, which includes these 13 communities: Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Harwinton, New Hartford, Norfolk, Litchfield, Morris, Thomaston, Torrington, and Winchester (Winsted). This CHNA is also informed by and aligned with the focus areas and key health indicators included in the most recent statewide health assessment, Healthy Connecticut 2020, and in the State Health Improvement Plan. The State Health Assessment and State Health Improvement Plan provide opportunities for organizations and agencies across Connecticut to focus and align dialogue around a common framework for improving health.

With the assistance of project advisors from the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Community Relations Committee, the coalition has been working on developing key programs and outreach activities based on the report findings. Some of those findings include: Northwest CT as a region meets most national targets for health and has better health outcomes compared to many other states, for many indicators, such as obesity prevalence, teen birth rates, and health insurance coverage. Although health statistics indicate an overall healthy profile for the region and the state, disparities are apparent by age, sex, race, ethnicity, geography, and socioeconomics, highlighting areas and populations in need.

During the past decade, the state and region have both experienced improvements in maternal, infant, and child health, including significant declines in births to teen mothers. However, recent data for several NW CT towns reveal rates of smoking during pregnancy and preterm births are above the state average.

Chronic diseases are among the leading causes of death in the region and state, and they encompass many conditions that can be prevented or minimized. In the past decade, there has been a significant decline in certain risk factors, such as smoking in adolescents and adults, and increases in preventive screenings among adults. At the same time, there were increases in the prevalence of obesity, overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and asthma among adults.

Consistent with the state and nation, the region has experienced significant improvements in the treatment, survival, and quality of life of persons with HIV, as evidenced by a decline in the number of new HIV cases and deaths among persons with HIV. Substantial reductions in the incidence of infectious disease have been achieved largely through vaccines and advances in medication therapy, which have contributed to decreases in infectious disease deaths and increased life expectancy.

Connecticut and the Northwest region have also experienced an increase in emergency department visits for alcohol and other substance use disorders. Specifically, deaths due to overdoses of prescription pain killers and heroin have increased in the state and region. Mental health and substance use disorders affect individuals, families, and communities in complex and challenging ways.

The report also showed that unintentional injury is a leading cause of visits to emergency rooms in the state and region. Most causes of injury, disability, and injury-related death are preventable. In Connecticut, disparities by sex, age, race, ethnicity, or geography exist for death and premature death rates due to unintentional injury, and for traumatic brain injury, homicide, suicide, and sexual assault.

To view and print the entire 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment visit

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.

Litchfield Land Use Administrator visits LABA (04-20-16)
Dr. Dennis Tobin, Litchfield's land-use administrator, was the guest speaker at the Litchfield Area Business Association (LABA) meeting at the Litchfield firehouse on Tuesday.

Dr. Dennis Tobin, Litchfield Land Use Administrator ~ BZ photo

Tobin described the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) and LABA as sisters who  grew up around the same time. The first zoning regulations went into effect in 1970 and LABA was established as a business network in 1975. He also mentioned that the Litchfield Historic District preceded both organizations, as it was established in 1959 and its regulations took effect in 1965. P&Z and the HDC, he said, share the same mission and values in working to balance land-use needs with community standards in preventing suburban sprawl.

Several economic trends have impacted the town of Litchfield including the closing of factories and the 2008 drop in residential real estate values. Tobin was hired as the town's land-use administrator in 2010. The latest update of P&Z's regulations reflects current conditions and provides more clarity, Tobin said They were recently completed and approved and are now available on the town’s web site at

Tobin said he appreciated the opportunity to address LABA and is more than willing to return to answer questions about land use policies in Litchfield. LABA meets on the third Tuesday of each month at noon, usually at the Litchfield firehouse. More information about LABA is available at

LABA meets at the Warner
photo by Steve Emirzian
LABA members were invited for a lunch meeting at the Warner Theatre in Torrington on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Executive Director Lynn Gelormino provides an overview of all of the programs offered at the Warner. The Warner is also a LABA Corporate sponsor. For more information about future events at the Warner please visit

Women's Enterprise Initiative
We have been very active working with business start-ups, entrepreneurs, non-profits and older businesses, helping them define their strategies, get funding, improve their marketing and finances, and offering our counsel. We do not charge for our services. Those wishing assistance need to complete a short application HERE to see if they qualify.

We also have a BLOG on our website which discusses many topics of interest to businesses, including hints on business planning, how to be a successful entrepreneur, how to manage a non-profit, marketing strategies, social media and many more topics. You can see our blog HERE.

We encourage you to tell your friends and colleagues about us. We offer our services free of charge to individuals, businesses and non-profits located in northwestern Connecticut. For questions, please contact us HERE.

Best regards, Anthea Disney, Deborah Seidel, Maggie Selby, Carole St. Mark

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