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Railroad Museum Of New England Announces
“Torrington Express” Train Ride On Sundays

THOMASTON, CT – June 28 – The Railroad Museum of New England is sponsoring the “Torrington Express” excursion train rides on Sundays this summer starting on Sunday, July 7, 2019, with a noon and 2 pm departure from Thomaston Station, 242 East Main Street, Thomaston. Passengers can return to Thomaston on the 12:55 pm train or “lay over” in Torrington for two hours and return on the 2:55 pm train to Thomaston.Among the culinary and cultural places to enjoy in Torrington within a short walk from the Water Street Platform on Sundays are the Five Points Gallery, O’Connor’s Public House, Sasso’s Coal Fired Pizza, and the Venetian Restaurant.

Those wishing to depart from Torrington’s Water Street Platform can buy tickets for the 12:55 pm excursion to Thomaston and return on the 2pm train from Thomaston.

The last regularly scheduled passenger train stopped at Torrington in 1958, when the New Haven Railroad discontinued passenger service between Winsted, Torrington, and Waterbury, according to RMNE president Steve Casey. “We at the RMNE are excited to bring history alive with scenic excursion train service between Thomaston and Torrington,” he said. “Most people have only seen the views of the upper Naugatuck Valley from Route 8 and local roads” Casey concluded.

Tickets for the train ride are available at The price is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and children, and $1 for toddlers.


More information about the Railroad Museum of New England and its many excursion train rides and special events can be found at:


20 Greenwoods Rd W (Route 44), Norfolk, CT 06058
To purchase tickets call – 860-542-5531 x 404 or 866-666-6306

Gaelic Storm Wednesday, Jun 19, 8 PM Tickets $34 – $49
Bonerama Thursday, Jun 20, 8 PM Tickets $28 – $38
Birds of Chicago Friday, Jun 21, 8 PM Tickets $29 – $44
Roomful of Blues Saturday, Jun 22, 8 PM Tickets $34 – $49
Outlaws Saturday, Jun 29, 8 PM Tickets $59 – $79
Paula Poundstone Friday, Jul 12, 8 PM Tickets $55- $75
Cast of Beatlemania Saturday, Jul 13, 8 PM Tickets $40 – $55
Robert Randolph and The Family Band Thursday, Jul 18, 8 PM Tickets $59 – $79
Anders Osborne Friday, Jul 19, 8 PM Tickets $45 – $65
Cowboy Mouth Thursday, Jul 25, 8 PM Tickets $28 – $44
Carpenters Remembered Friday, Aug 02, 8 PM Tickets $29 – $44
Entrain Saturday, Aug 10, 8 PM Tickets $24 – $34
Tab Benoit Wednesday, Aug 14, 8 PM Tickets $44 – $64
Walter Trout Thursday, Aug 15, 8 PM Tickets $32 – $46
Robert Earl Keen Friday, Aug 16, 8 PM Tickets $59 – $74
Satisfaction – Rolling Stones Tribute Band Saturday, Aug 17, 8 PM Tickets $29 – $44
John Mayall Sunday, Aug 18, 7:30 PM Tickets $54 – $69
Donavon Frankenreiter Thursday, Aug 22, 8 PM Tickets $39 – $54
The Weight Band Saturday, Aug 24, 8 PM Tickets $39 – $59

– In the Bistro HAPPY HOUR 4:30 – 6:30 PM


11:30am-3pm | Beer & Bourbon Buffet
12pm-3pm | Live Music on the Patio
3pm-6pm | Extended Happy Hour
4:30pm-8pm | Dinner Menu + Beer & Bourbon Dinner Specials
6pm-8pm | Sunday Sessions: ft. Mark Fisher


Dine while listening to some great local performers


Mark Fisher Sunday, June 16
George Potts Sunday, June 23
Ten Mile Sunday, June 30
Andy Styles Sunday, July 7
Ramblin’ Dan Sunday, July 14
Bernice Lewis Sunday, July 21
TJ Thompson Trio Sunday July 28
Andrew Victor Sunday, August 4
Glenn Roth Sunday, August 11
Allysen Callery Sunday, August 18
Jeff Blaney Sunday, August 25

Support Northwest CT Steve Blass Little League

The Robert Rosenheim Foundation will match 100% of all donations made to the NWCTSBLL bleachers up to $4,500. Essentially, this means they will donate for 50% of the price as long as there are $4,500 of other donations. We are looking to replace all 3 bleachers, at an approx cost of $9100.00. Please continue reading —- Who Was Robert Rosenheim? Robert Rosenheim began his career in advertising in New York as a television airtime buyer. After learning the business, he went out on his own, selling advertising for a football highlights show in the 1960s. Eventually, he established Robert Rosenheim Associates, a media brokerage firm working with various television networks and customers. Mr. Rosenheim, who lived in Sharon, also owned a horse farm in upstate New York and raised champion horses for harness racing. He had no children of his own or surviving family when he died in 2015, and his foundation was set up so that his estate could support the two causes he cared about most: children and animals.

Every gift received will be matched – so please consider any amount and share with others. This is an amazing opportunity for our field, our children and our league. We need your support.

Survive the Drive “Behind the Wheel” Defensive Driver Training Clinic for Individuals, Parents and Teens

WHEN: Friday, June 28, 2019 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm

WHERE: Lime Rock Park, 60 White Hollow Rd., Lakeville CT, 06039



Also short presentation on Distracted Driving
For parents, this might be one of the most important and memorable experiences they share with their child.
Learning defensive driving techniques, that may one day save their lives.

Course cost is $299 per person
16+ with learners permit accepted
Students will be participating in their personal or family vehicle

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required, Seats are limited. This will be Survive the Drive’s only summer program for 2019.

Call – 860-806-3042
E-mail –

Looking to Hire High School Graduates with Technical Skills?

Oliver Wolcott Technical School has a large pool of 12th grade students preparing to enter the workforce. The position does not have to be specific to the career/trade they are learning at Oliver Wolcott. These are students that have technical and mechanical abilities but do not want to pursue a career in the field they selected at Oliver Wolcott or are not going on to further their education. These job opportunities can be anything from manufacturing to business entry level positions. If you have any questions, please contact Larry Pomerleau, Precision Machining Department Head at 860-496-5331 or via email

Marketing Opportunity from Staples for Chamber Members

Staples in Torrington wants to give back to local Chamber members! We have a unique opportunity to allow Northwest CT Chamber members the opportunity to market for free to our customers. We are inviting Chamber members into our store to set up a table and talk to our customers about the services they provide. We will provide table inside the front of our store for your use. Set up as you like and market to our customers. On average we get anywhere between 200-300 customers walking through our doors daily. It’s our way of saying thank you for being a part of our community!

Please feel free to reach out to General Manager Kelly Valera at or through phone at 860-489-3686 if you would like to set up a date and time to take advantage of this free offer.

Barron Financial Group Expands Its Retirement Planning Services

John Seagrave of the independent wealth management firm, Barron Financial Group, recently received a CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELORSM designation from the College of Financial Planning. With the CRPC® designation, John and the team at Barron Financial Group are further committing to providing detailed and meaningful financial advice to those at or approaching retirement. From how to invest during your final working years, to Social Security, Medicare, and estate planning; the retirement planning process can be a tough road to go alone.  As a fee-only firm, Barron Financial puts the focus on their client’s needs and goals, and provides comprehensive investment advisory and financial planning services in easy-to-understand terms. To learn more about Barron Financial Group’s services, please contact John Seagrave, CRPC® at (860) 489-0432 or via email at

For more information on this designation, please visit

Kris Roberts Named Tax Professional of the Year

Kris Roberts, President of The Roberts Tax Group located in downtown Torrington, was honored at the annual convention for the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) in Anaheim, CA.  Roberts received the prestigious Tax Professional of The Year Award from NATP.  The award is given each year to a member of NATP who demonstrates not only technical skills, but a commitment to the profession by taking steps to educate other tax professionals, drive positive change through their relationships with taxing bodies and through the volunteer efforts within their community.

Roberts was nominated, and subsequently selected by a panel of judges. NATP is the leading tax professional organization in the country. With over 24,000 members nation-wide, NATP focuses on education, ethics and excellence within the tax professional community.

Besides her work at The Roberts Tax Group, Roberts is also a Professor of Accounting/Taxation at Post University.  As Assistant Program Chair of the Accounting Department in the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, she develops curriculum and teaches a variety of accounting and taxation courses.  She  also serves as President of the CT Chapter of NATP, President of Main Street Torrington, serves on the board of directors for the Entrepreneurial Center of Northwest Connecticut, and volunteers her time to develop and teach tax and accounting related seminars to local organizations such as SCORE, as well as other tax professional groups in the tri-state area.

Roberts, a doctoral student at the University of Phoenix,  is currently completing her dissertation which focuses on tax compliance for small businesses located in Connecticut.  She lives in Litchfield with her husband Jay Roberts.

Staples Store in Torrington Joins the Chamber

The Staples store in Torrington has just joined the Chamber and are happy to share a 20% off coupon with their fellow members for cell phone repairs. Click here to download the coupon.