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  • FOX61 Student News: Local community donates time to horse rehabilitation center

    Story by Madison Douskey and Eilish Foy / Shepaug Valley School Beginning in 1981, volunteers and staff members have joined hand in hand at the Horse of Connecticut Foundation to save over 700 neglected and abused horses. Lily Kaiser, a volunteer, talks about Gus, one of the rescued horses. His original owner was suffering from cancer, and couldn’t afford to pay for his vet bills anymore. “He is looking for a little girl who would like to ride him and […]

  • FOX61 Student News: Gunnery Ice Rink offers open family skate

    WASHINGTON — The Gunnery may be a private school during the day but on Sunday nights it becomes a lively place for young families. The Gunnery ice rink is in Washington CT and it hosts a Family Skate, where families can come and skate together from 5-7 on Sunday evenings in the winter season. Unlike other skating rinks the gunnery has a two hour period where you can go on and off the ice. As kids get older they join […]

  • FOX61 Student News: Cromwell Middle School donates time to local soup kitchen

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  • FOX61 Student News: Companion pet rescue saves and rehomes neglected dogs

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  • FOX61 Student News: Community dance project works with Pilobolus to create spectacular performance

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