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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.

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the Warner box office at 860-489-7180
or online at

Litchfield Bancorp Sponsors Local Cash Mobs
First to be held at Hidden Valley Eatery, Washington Depot, CT
Litchfield Bancorp is excited to announce the launch of their community Cash Mob events. Each month one local business will be “mobbed” by Litchfield Bancorp employees as a way to support local businesses by shopping local. The kick-off inaugural event will be held on March 24th at Hidden Valley Eatery, 88 Bee Brook Rd., Washington Depot, CT during the hours of 7am to 9pm. The event is open to the public and customers are encouraged to mention that they are “Cash Mobsters” to obtain a special offer from Litchfield Bancorp.

“The Cash Mobs are part of our community outreach and Locally Owned, Locally Grown campaign,” says Tom Villanova, President of Litchfield Bancorp. “We deeply understand that the core of our communities is based in small and family owned businesses, and it’s our job as community leaders to support them. Our goal is to help our local businesses expand their brand awareness by bringing new patrons into their doors and to help them increase revenue as well.”

A cash mob is a group of people spending money together at a local business. Cash mobs create a fun and interactive way for an organization to support the local businesses in the community. Litchfield Bancorp will host a cash mob once a month in one of the local towns that it serves. The date, time and place will be announced at least 2 weeks in advance, encouraging the public to join.
To learn more about the Cash Mob visit or follow us on Facebook for updates. Use #LBCCASHMOB to tweet and share posts.

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.

Business owner feeling at home in former jail (02-23-18)
April Matthews, owner of Luna's Boutique and April's Hair Salon in the former Litchfield jail. BZ photo
April Matthews is one happy business tenant in the former Litchfield jail based on her comments during this week’s meeting of the Litchfield Area Business Association.

Matthews, who runs Luna’s Boutique and April’s Hair Salon out of the refurbished building, was the featured LABA business owner of the month. Her shops opened in the fall and have been thriving, she said.

“The boutique has been well-received and the salon has 60 new clients,” she said. “I’m looking forward to summer and all of the activity in the center of town.”

Luna’s caters to girls and women with its stock of clothing, shoes, boots, hats, jewelry, jeans and more.

“We offer something for everyone and our prices are reasonable,” she said. “Some people say it reminds them of a funky boutique in New York City or L.A.”

Luna’s was the first tenant in the building and met with so much initial success that Matthews decided to open her hair salon in a vacant space there. April’s Hair Salon, a unisex salon, was established in Thomaston 30 years ago.

Luna’s is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The hair salon is open Monday through Thursday from 10 to 7 and Friday and Saturday from 9 to 5. Walk-ins are welcome.

The old jail is brimming with activity as new tenants – business and residential – settle in. A bakery is expected to open soon and Dottie’s Diner, a Woodbury business, will be opening a coffee shop.

Litchfield Saltwater Grille
Charity of the Month Initiative
Celebrating four years of ownership in the Litchfield community, Andy Stowers and Brook Noel Stowers of Litchfield Saltwater Grille decided to launch an initiative to give back to the town that has supported them.

The Charity of the Month initiative will benefit a local charity or cause each month with the donation of a portion of each check during specific times of each day. Customers can make a reservation to support the designated charity on Sunday through Wednesday dinner (4pm-close) and Wednesday through Saturday lunch (11:30am-4pm). Litchfield Saltwater Grille will make one donation of 10% of all check revenue during those times at the end of the month. To make reservations for any day in February, please contact Saltwater Grille at 860-567-4900. The Charity of the Month for March will be the Litchfield Education Foundation.

Litchfield Bancorp welcomes Laura Berendsohn
as Manager of Washington Depot Office
Litchfield Bancorp has announced the appointment of Laura Berendsohn as Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of its Washington Depot Office as of January 2018.

"We are thrilled to have Laura helping us to grow our Washington office and work with members of that community," said Thomas J. Villanova, President and Chief Executive Officer of Litchfield Bancorp.

Laura Berendsohn is a graduate from Western Connecticut State University and holds a BA in psychology. Laura plans to continue her studies at the Connecticut School of Finance and Management where she has already completed her first year. Laura is a current ambassador for the Washington Business Association and a volunteer with the New Milford High School football team. Aside from her love of football, Laura enjoys volleyball, hiking and scuba diving and is in the process of getting her scuba diving recertification. Laura resides in New Milford with her husband and three sons.

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.

Business group kicks off a new year with social (01-20-18)
David Luzi, right, of E.J. Murphy Realty entertains Sunset Meadow Vineyard employees, from left, Chris Chichester, Emily Jagura and Kim Toffey during the Litchfield Area Business Association social at the Litchfield Inn on Thursday. BZ photos

The Litchfield Area Business Association got its mission for 2018 underway with a social at the Litchfield Inn's Tavern off the Green on Thursday.

A promoter of local business, LABA had 140 members last year and hopes to enroll more this year, according to its president, Paul McLaughlin of Litchfield Bancorp. About 60 businesses signed up as returning members or new members at the fourth annual social, McLaughlin said.

Christina Emery of Prime Time House and accountant Darrin Newbury.

Greg Wilson of A Suggestion, Mickie Budny of Litchfield Bancorp
and D.J. Murphy of Murphy Boys Printing and Marketing.

Bill Burgess of Litchfield and optometrist Tomasina Sideris

From left, Emily Jagura, Kayla Pottbecker and Anne Murdica.

Warner Theatre’s Marketing Manager, Lesley Budny has been
Elected President of Litchfield County Business Professionals
Every serious business professional knows that networking is a vital part of their businesses growth strategy.
Litchfield County Business Professionals takes it a step further. As they continue their growth, LCBP is committed to help
each member grow through their 'community first' strategy and is the driving force behind why they are celebrating their 10th Anniversary as Litchfield County's premier private business group.

Lesley Budny
"We strongly believe in proactively supporting each other. LCBP has been instrumental in the growth of each of our member's businesses. We are committed to each other and we take that commitment very seriously" says Lesley Budny, the group's President. Local business members of Litchfield County Business Professional include Litchfield Hills Photography, Warner Theatre, Maletta Pfeiffer and Associates, Litchfield Bancorp, Murphy Boyz Printing and Marketing, as well as many other successful companies. All business members can be found at The group meets each Wednesday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 am in the Studio Theatre lobby at the Warner Theatre. New businesses are always welcome to attend. To learn more, please visit

Paul McLaughlin promoted to
Executive Vice President of Litchfield Bancorp
Litchfield Bancorp is proud to announce the promotion of Paul McLaughlin to Executive Vice President as of January 2018.

Paul McLaughlin began his career with Litchfield Bancorp more than 25 years ago and is an avid member of the community in Northwest Connecticut.

“I am pleased to announce the promotion of Paul to EVP, approved by the Litchfield Bancorp Board last week,” President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas J. Villanova said in announcing McLaughlin’s promotion. Mr. Villanova continued to say, “Paul is a leader in the community, a leader in our organization and a leader in the Connecticut Mutual Holding Company.”

Paul currently serves as a board member for the McCall Center for Behavioral Health; co-chairman for the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program; Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities Trustee; President of the Litchfield Area Business Association; Greenwoods Counseling Director and a member of the Torrington High School Governance Committee. In the past, Paul has also served as a President of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Northwest Connecticut; Held positions with the Oliver Wolcott Library as Board of Trustee, Annual Fund Chairman, Vice President and Treasurer; as well as a Rotary Member.

In accepting his promotion, Paul stated, “I have had the honor and privilege of working for Litchfield Bancorp over the past 27 years. Time and time again they have supported me and allowed me so many opportunities. This promotion is truly humbling and is another great example of how Litchfield Bancorp supports its employees. I look forward to the years to come, working with this tremendous team!”

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.

Prime Time House Announces New Executive Director
Prime Time House, Inc. is pleased to announce it has hired Christina Emery as Executive Director to lead the agency in its mission to support adults living with mental illness in Northwest Connecticut.

Christina Emery
"I speak for the entire board of directors when I express how fortunate we feel that Christina is the new executive director of Prime Time House" stated President of the Board, Susan Rea.  "She is a seasoned leader who believes in collaboration, has strong ties to the Torrington community, and is sensitive to the challenges faced by our members and our organization. We are confident that she will move our organization forward in the years to come."

Ms. Emery brings extensive leadership experience including non-profit, government, economic development and entrepreneurial enterprise to the position.   Emery comes to Prime Time House from The Arc of Litchfield County (LARC), in Torrington where she served as secretary, vice president and president of the board before accepting the position of Director of Development in 2012.

"I am committed to advocating on behalf of our most vulnerable citizens to ensure they are able to fully participate in the community. It is a privilege to join Prime Time House as we collaborate with others to promote awareness of mental illness and help our members lead productive and independent lives."   

She formerly served as a Selectman for the Town of Harwinton; as Interim Executive Director for the Torrington Development Corporation; and as Director of Economic Development for the City of Torrington.  Emery has served her community in a variety of volunteer positions including board member for the Torrington Development Corporation, volunteer for the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, and a member of the Government Relations Committee for the NW CT Chamber of Commerce.  

Emery earned a B.A. in Economics & Management from Simmons College and a Master's in Public Policy from Trinity College. She also attended the Washington Semester Program in Economic Policy at American University.   

Prime Time House, Inc. is a nonprofit human service agency that provides community based rehabilitation services to people who suffer with severe mental illnesses. Helping people lead more productive lives through education, employment and safe, decent and affordable housing is our mission. Prime Time House has been serving 19 communities in Litchfield County since 1988.

2017 Business Highlights
A large development in the center of Litchfield was the opening of the former Litchfield County Correctional Center as a commericial, retail, office and residential building. The structure has undergone a massive renovation by its owners, Russell Barton, Susan Stone, Robert Myers and Harriet Saltzman, and has become a leading example of what can be done to repurpose a building.

June saw the opening of a new Stop & Shop in the Village Green plaza. The new store has been well-received and with its two entrances and exits has alleviated traffic congestion on Route 202.

It was an active year on the business front locally, headed by the renovation of the hugely-popular Bantam Market. Owners David and Deb Brenner reconfigured the inside of the store to make it easier for customers to stroll the aisles and are wrapping up a facelift of the exterior. With its selection of gourmet food items and everyday household food, cleaning and personal care products, the store has developed a large following from Bantam, Litchfield and beyond.

Stop & Shop's old home on West Street will become an Ocean State Job Lot this year. The discount retailer announced plans to move to Litchfield in October. On West Street, the former Workshop space was finally filled, by Jeffrey Lawrence Estate Jewelry, the R. Derwin Clothiers men's and women's shops are now in one location, and Bohemian Pizza tore down its old building and built a new one.

The Litchfield Athletic Club, considered Litchfield County's finest fitness faciity, celebrated its 20th anniversary under the ownership of Alan Landau.

On the business front in Morris, residents were shocked to learn that a Dollar General store would be coming to town. The store is nearly built and is expected to open early in the new year. Morris also saw the opening of Bella Luna gift shop and the closing of the Cardinal Grill after two years.

Litchfield Athletic Club marks 20th anniversary (12-05-17)
Litchfield Athletic Club owner Alan Landau and his wife, Beth. BZ photo

Members of the Litchfield Athletic Club gathered at the club on Saturday night to celebrate its 20th anniversary under the ownership of Alan Landau.

The popular club, considered the finest privately owned health and fitness facility in Litchfield County, offers a wide array of programs and services to meet the needs of its members.

The anniversary and a major renovation of the club last year affirmed Landau's standing as a leader in the health and fitness business in New England.

Transformed, former jail is open for business (10-19-17)
The former Litchfield County jail in the center of Litchfield has taken on a new life. BZ photo

The first two businesses to set up shop in the former Litchfield County jail in the center of town are up and running. Luna’s Boutique and LuLu TFC are open for business.

Luna’s Boutique, owned by April Matthews of Thomaston, will sell women’s clothing, boots, shoes, jewelry, scarves and other accessories. Matthews, who runs April’s Hair Salon in Thomaston, said her daughter, Logan Matthews, will be in charge at Luna’s. LuLu TFC offers cosmetic services.

The opening of the businesses is a sign that the transformation of the 19th-century building facing the Green is almost complete. Russell Barton of Litchfield is spearheading the project with partners Suzi Stone of Litchfield and Harriet Saltzmann and Robert Meyers, both of Cornwall.

Other tenants expected in soon are a bakery called the Bake House of Litchfield and a real estate office. A restaurant and a coffee shop will also be coming in, but their names have not been revealed as Barton works out the details of leases. The building also includes space for apartments and offices.

LABA @ DaCapo Restaurant
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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).

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.

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

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

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

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