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Taste of Harwinton Food Truck Festival Expands to Two Days, May 30-31

Harwinton Lions Food Truck Festival

Now in its fourth year, the Harwinton Lions Food Truck Festival has expanded its partnership with the Harwinton Agricultural Society to a two-day festival. The two organizations will present Taste of Harwinton on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Harwinton Fairgrounds, 150 Locust Road.

The fairground location and partnership provides the opportunity to include more food trucks, a DJ and live music, including local singer/songwriter Adelaide Punkin Datzuk, and a kids’ zone with family activities including bounce houses, face painting, games, and pony rides. Convenient on-site parking is available at the fairgrounds.

The Cars for Sight show joins the lineup on Sunday, May 31 (file photo from 2019 event at Harwinton Town Hall)

Saturday events will feature a horse show, including barrel racing, gymkhana, and antique tractor pulls. And food trucks!

Sunday events include a kids’ garden tractor pull and the Harwinton Lions Cars for Sight show, now in its 8th year in a new location, and food trucks. The entry fee for Cars for Sight exhibitors is $10. Classics, Antique, Trucks, Muscle, Street Rods, and Modified will be judged, with trophies awarded to the Top 25 cars. Proceeds from the Cars for Sight event benefit the Harwinton Lions Scholarship and Sight Funds.

And as in previous years, local businesses and vendors will sell clothing, crafts, food products, and more.

A Taste of Harwinton Food Truck Festival is sponsored in part by local businesses.

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EdAdvance Announces Student Scholarships

For over twenty years, EdAdvance has awarded annual scholarships to high school seniors and GED students in our service area based on their responses to an essay. This year, respondents were asked to describe an instance when they used their time and talents to serve their own school or community as a volunteer or leader.

Essays will be judged based on clarity, example of talent, motivation, future plans, grammar, and are limited to 500 words. Winning essays will make a strong connection between each student’s contribution and the positive impact his or her actions had on people or institutions in their community.

All applications are due by Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Four graduating high school seniors from within the EdAdvance service area will be awarded a $1,500 college scholarship on or around May 8, 2020.

Application submission instructions can be found at For more information on these scholarships, contact Abby Peklo, Director of Student and Community Programs at or 860.567.0863 x1166.

CHWC Now Offers DOT Exams

We are pleased to announce that Community Health and Wellness Center (CHWC) now offers DOT examinations. Our qualified provider is Joann M. Orsatti, NP-C, who works out of our Torrington office at 469 Migeon Avenue and has been practicing in NW Connecticut for more than 16 years.

As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), CHWC is pleased to provide the DOT exam for just $90.

Please let your human resources department know we would be pleased to serve you, and have your employees contact us to make an appointment by calling 860-489-0931.

Northwest Community Learning Center Seeks Volunteers

The Northwest Community Learning Center located in the glass building on East Main Street in Torrington is in need of Literacy volunteers. They tutor elementary school and middle school children who are having problems with reading, writing and math. You will be trained.

The time is on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:00 PM for middle school students. It will be on Monday and Wednesday from 4:00-5:00 PM for elementary school children.

Please help us to help these children reach their goals in life.

Call June Zeiner at 860-489-7258.

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.