Happening in the Hills
Faces, places, treasures, and trends that caught our attention
Elizabeth Place
Amid sandpaper and saws on a high hill in South Kent, Elizabeth Place is carving out a second career. A few years ago she endeavored into woodworking, while keeping her day job as a proposal writer for large federal contracts.
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On a perch upriver, and uphill, from the center of Kent, High Watch Recovery Center is aptly named. The substance abuse addiction treatment facility has legendary roots as the country’s oldest program founded on the 12-step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, and it continues to branch out. A 42,000 sq foot expansion is underway, and slated to be done in the spring of 2021.
Patti Garland
Patti Garland is certified as a health coach and fitness trainer, and looks the part with her neat, short blonde hair, ready smile, and energetic nature. Garland says menopause can affect energy levels, diminish mental clarity, and trigger anxiety, in addition to the better-known grievances like hot flashes and weight gain.
Wanessa Anderson
Walking through her tidy, sunlight-filled, pastel studio spaces on the second floor of 25 North Main Street, the tall Brazilian no longer exudes an iota of doubt. What Wanessa (“spells with a ‘W’, but you can say Vanessa”) had envisioned was a place of wellness and healing for the body, mind and soul.
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Passports Antiques in Salisbury has a nice selecti Passports Antiques in Salisbury has a nice selection of home goods, jewelry, and furniture.  When visiting Salisbury it’s a must stop. 
#salisburyct #litchfieldcounty #litchfieldhills #nwct #shopping #boutique #shoppingtherapy🛍
The 36th Annual Lake Waramaug Polar Bear Run is sc The 36th Annual Lake Waramaug Polar Bear Run is scheduled for February 23rd at 11 am.⁠
The Lake Waramaug Polar Bear Run is the oldest winter race in the State. The 7.6 mile Run loops around beautiful, glacial Lake Waramaug and passes through three towns: Kent, Warren, and Washington. Runners from all over Connecticut and surrounding states come to participate in this fun annual tradition on what is arguably the most scenic course in all of Connecticut. ⁠
All proceeds from the Run benefit Guiding Eyes for the Blind. This organization raises and trains guide dogs to partner with blind and visually impaired people. Their facilities in Yorktown and Patterson, NY train and partner more than 160 guide dogs each year. All services are offered free of charge to those in need. At the 2019 event runners were greeted by a group of future guide dogs and their handlers who came to raise awareness about Guiding Eyes and provide support for the Run. Guiding Eyes for the Blind has been the Run’s charitable beneficiary for the past 3 years during which time the Run  has raised over $6,000 for the organization. In 2020 Race Directors Stephanie and Ed Raftery are hoping to reach the $10,000 mark. ⁠
	The Run is organized by TrailHeads, a Kent based business that designs and markets  hats, gloves, headbands and related accessories for runners and outdoor enthusiasts. TrailHeads President and Co Founder Stephanie Raftery says, “Pulling together the Polar Bear Run is one of the highlights of our year. It’s incredibly fulfilling to see hundreds of runners from all over Connecticut and beyond come out to enjoy a run around this beautiful lake while raising money for Guiding Eyes.”⁠
#winterrun #lakewaramaug #polarbearrun #litchfieldcounty #litchfieldhills #nwct⁠
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