To the Editor:

New Milford Social Services would like to thank all of those who participated in and supported the 2017 Walk a Mile for a Meal food bank benefit.

It was a great success, with more than 250 walkers participating. The donations totaled around 3,000 pounds of food.

A special thank you to Big Y, Faith Scofield and Regina Torsiello, Canterbury School, Keiko Matthewson, all participating Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, New Milford High School’s Athletic Council and all the student athletes who participated in the food drive, Our Lady Of The Lakes, Living Stones Community Church, New Milford High School French Honor Society and Sarah Wainshal, the First Congregational Church of New Milford, Becky Passero, as well as all the individual participants and families who came out for their enthusiasm and determination to make this event a success.

We also want to add a big thank you to all our volunteers on that day: Donald and Alison Franco, Sandra and Joshua Violette, Flora Quammie, Christine Thomas, Pat Conway, Diane D’Isidori, Evan Hack, Cynthia Shontan, Barbara Ripp, Wanda Fyler, Zina Smith, Jason O’Connor and the Youth Agency, Betty Robertson, Brenda Brill, Terry Profita, Idelis Pizarro, Sam Cavalea and to the management and staff at Big Y.

The New Milford Food Bank offers weekly food to over 600 town residents. Relying on the generosity of our local community is essential to meeting the food needs of so many families, children and seniors.

We look forward to the ongoing support from donors as we continue to help our neighbors and fight hunger in our community.

Sarah Geary

Social Worker

New Milford Social Services

To the Editor:

We would like to express our extreme gratitude to the staff at the Village Crest Center for Health & Rehabilitation in New Milford, specifically the fourth-floor nurses and aids who took their time to treat our mother, Kathleen Hafker, with respect and dignity for the past three years.

We would highly recommend the Village Crest to anyone considering where their loved ones should live. Residents and their families are treated to a real small-town, familiar atmosphere from a kind and loving staff .

Thank you many times over for making our mother's end of life journey a happy and comfortable one.

Bob and Loretta Kretchko and family

New Milford

To the Editor:

It is of vital concern that the ‘business structure’ for the proposed Candlewood Mountain solar project be reviewed and scrutinized by the Connecticut Siting Council prior to rendering their decision.

Candlewood Solar LLC is a foreign Connecticut limited-liability company with one member/owner - Ameresco, a Massachusetts-based, Delaware-incorporated entity.

It is of concern that an LLC is a separate legal entity: “CGS Sec. 34-251a. Liability of members and managers. (a) A debt, obligation or other liability of a limited liability company is solely the debt, obligation or other liability of the company. A member or manager is not personally liable, directly or indirectly, by way of contribution or otherwise, for a debt, obligation or other liability of the company solely by reason of being or acting as a member or manager. This subsection applies regardless of the dissolution of the company. (b) The failure of a limited liability company to observe formalities relating to the exercise of its powers or management of its activities and affairs is not a ground for imposing liability on a member or manager of the company for a debt, obligation or other liability of the company.”

The Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 613a Uniform Limited Liability Company Act state law dealing with LLCs shed insight and background in this matter. Specifically Sec. 34-251a, Sec. 34-251b, Sec 34-267(2), Sec. 34-275d (10) and (12); and, Sec.34-243h. (f) which deal with the ability and capacity to responsibly operate an operation with such far reaching environmental and financial impact both locally and regionally.

I would also like to highlight Sec. 34-243h. “(f) No limited liability company formed under the provisions of sections 34-243 to 34-283d, inclusive, shall have power to transact in this state the business of a telegraph company, gas, electric, electric distribution or water company, or cemetery corporation, or of any company, except a telephone company, requiring the right to take and condemn lands or to occupy the public highways of this state.”

The Candlewood Solar LLC project will require transmission lines to cross Connecticut Route 7 for further interstate distribution.

There should be severe concern on the level of corporate responsibility and commitment of Ameresco and Candlewood Solar LLC for the environmental and immediate and ultimate financial impact that their project has on the Candlewood Lake and surrounding region, but additionally the responsibility for the eventual restoration of their project landscape on Candlewood Mountain and Candlewood Lake.

Additionally, I would encourage the Siting Council, Candlewood Solar LLC and Ameresco to pursue a more diligent academic site review of the proposed project Candlewood Mountain landscape.

Amec Foster Wheeler PLC provided the initial archeological site review, but their status of being under current investigation by the UK SFO would indicate that a more extensive academic review should be undertaken, including not only a site survey but a historical document and extensive land record review, systematic transect archaeological and biological survey, and BIA review of the research.

Once the Candlewood Mountain landscape is cleared and solar panel pilings installed the possibility of Native American artifact recovery will be irretrievably be lost.

James Umbarger

New Milford