Health center construction begins  in North Canaan
Area representatives and supporters broke ground for a new North Canaan location for the Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington (CHWC) on Friday, March 3. Left to right, CHWC CEO Joanne Borduas, State Rep. Maria Horn (D-64), Foundation for Community Health’s Nancy Heaton, and Charles Perotti and Craig Whiting, North Canaan Selectmen. Selectman Christian Allyn, a board member of the Foundation for Community Health, also attended the groundbreaking. 
Photo by Riley Klein

Health center construction begins in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — Construction of a new Community Health and Wellness Center (CHWC) in North Canaan officially began on Friday, March 3 as area representatives and supporters gathered at the site on East Main Street to break ground.

The project, 15 years in the making, will offer medical services to the many residents across the Northwest Corner with increased access to primary and behavioral healthcare services regardless of ability to pay.

The new center will be the third location for CHWC, with the other two located in Torrington and Winsted.

“Primary care and behavioral health services is what we’re going to offer,” said Joanne Borduas, chief executive officer at CHWC. Borduas added that individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, women’s health, and child and adolescent care are among the services that will be offered.

CHWC was awarded a bond contract of $3 million from Gov. Ned Lamont’s office for construction.

State Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) was in attendance at the groundbreaking and said the center is “going to make a huge difference for the whole Northwest corner.”

The Foundation for Community Health (FCH) awarded a $1.3 million grant toward this project. Borduas said FCH Director Nancy Heaton was instrumental in making this center possible.

“None of this can really happen until everybody gets on board,” said Heaton. “It really does, as they say, take a village.”

Borduas thanked Heaton and the FCH “for recognizing the critical need for access to healthcare services in the North Canaan area and their long-time quest to get us there.”

Construction on the project is expected to be completed by the end of November 2023.

Latest News

Joy at The Playhouse

The Sharon Playhouse honors Bobbie Olsen at its annual Spotlight Gala.

Justin Boccitto

The Annual Sharon Playhouse Spotlight Gala cast their theater light upon a worthy honoree this year: Bobbie Olsen, Bobbie Olsen, former president of The Playhouse board and namesake of a well-known location, The Bobbie Olsen Theatre, where residents pack the seats each summer to see the mainstage production plays and musicals. Held on Saturday, June 1, the dinner, cocktail, and musical review at the Olsen Theatre was a celebration of all she has contributed to keeping live theater active and alive in Sharon, even in the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Bobbie Olsen is an incredible supporter of not just this theater, but this community,” said Sharon Playhouse Artistic Director Carl Andress. “She supports the Sharon Playhouse in her leadership, and in the beauty of her person-hood. We’re just so grateful that she’s been in our lives and that she continues to be such a good friend to the theater, Sharon Playhouse, and the theater in general.”

Keep ReadingShow less
NWCT Arts Council: Arts Connected

Matica Circus duo from Harwinton, Connecticut performing at NWCT ARTS Connected event in May

Jennifer Almquist

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council (NWCT Arts) recently held Arts Connected, their first fundraiser, at the Spring Hill Vineyard in Washington, Connecticut. The evening celebration, a combination of Fellini movie, carnival, and Renaissance Fair, featured an aerialist from Matica Circus in Harwinton, and a flame and flow performer out in the courtyard under the stars. Momix, based in Washington Connecticut, under the artistic direction of founders Moses Pendleton and Cynthia Quinn, also performed. Two dancers wore Jeff Koons-style inflated red dog suits, and Momix dancer Jared Bogart wafted through the space wearing an immense, two-stories tall silk fan. Persian calligraphic painter Alibaba Awrang created a community work of art, while Ameen Mokdad, a violinist from Iraq, made music with Hartford’s Cuatro Puntos Ensemble. A young musician, Adelaide Punkin, performed an original song from the balcony of the vast space, while a giant puppet from Sova Dance and Puppet waltzed through the festivities. DJ Arvolyn Hill from Kent spun the tunes, an African drum circle set the rhythm, and there was abundant food and drink for the gathered crowd.

Keep ReadingShow less
Research and development

The catch of the day for the Tangled column of the week.

Patrick L. Sullivan

Fishing trips are rarely straightforward propositions. Over 52 years of flicking the baited hook, I have learned not to make plans with rigid schedules, because something always goes awry.

Last week I traveled deep into the wilds of Greene County, N.Y., for some research and development with my fishing guru Gary.

Keep ReadingShow less
The 18th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival

Actor Freddie Gibbs in “Down With The King,” which was filmed in Berkshire County and screened at BIFF.

Film still by Visit Films

The 18th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival began on Thursday, May 30, and ended on Sunday, June 2. (BIFF) features films, events, and special guests annually in Great Barrington and Lenox, Massachusetts. The festival gathers industry professionals and fans for a four-day celebration.

This year’s lineup featured documentaries, narrative features, short films, and an animated shorts selection for kids with stories from all over the world and Berkshire-based stories. To handle increased growth, the festival expanded to the Lenox Town Hall.

Keep ReadingShow less