Be "Bear Smart"


We had an incident in Town today, in which a resident who had been feeding bears had to contact the State Police to prevent the bear from entering her house.  This could have been a dangerous situation, but the CSP was able to chase the bear away.  Please follow the guidelines below from the DEEP website and help to prevent unfortunate accidents or injuries:

“Black bears are becoming increasingly common in Connecticut as the population continues to grow and expand. Reports of bear sightings, even in heavily populated residential areas, have been on the rise. The Wildlife Division has also seen an increase in the number of reported problems with black bears. The primary contributing factor to bear nuisance problems is the presence of easily-accessible food sources near homes and businesses. Fed bears can become habituated and lose their fear of humans. Bears should NEVER be fed, either intentionally or accidentally. Connecticut residents should take the following simple steps to avoid conflicts and problems with black bears:
Bears are attracted to the garbage, pet food, compost piles, fruit trees, and birdfeeders.
DO remove birdfeeders and bird food from late March through November. 
DO eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed. Add ammonia to trash to make it unpalatable.
DO clean and store grills in a garage or shed after use.
DON'T intentionally feed bears. Bears that become accustomed to finding food near your home may become "problem" bears.
DON'T approach or try to get closer to a bear to get a photo or video.
DON'T leave pet food outside overnight.
DON'T add meat or sweets to a compost pile.”

For more information on the do's and don'ts of living with our bear population, please check out the following websites:


Black Bears Do's and Don'ts (DEEP website) 



Riverton's Lost Veterans Memorial


**Tax Bill Delivery**

It appears that there is a substantial number of tax bills that are lost in the mail system.  They were mailed Wednesday, June 29th.  We are in touch with the post office and they are conducting a search to try to find them.  If you have not received your bill, please go to the tax collector page on the Town of Barkhamsted website, click on the link on the left side of the page highlighted in yellow and there you can view and print your tax bills.  

DMV, Municipal Officials Ask Residents to Check Motor Vehicle Tax Bills

DMV, Municipal Officials Ask Residents to Check Motor Vehicle Tax Bills


Pro-Active  Step Taken to Prevent Inconveniences  for Taxpavers

WETHERSFIELD - The Department of Motor Vehicles, the Connecticut Association of Assessing Officers and the Connecticut Tax Collectors Association today asked residents receiving motor vehicle tax bills to review them carefully to ensure the correct information is listed on the bills from their municipalities.

DMV and municipal officials are taking this pro-active approach to check bills following DMV's conversion of data from an old registration computer system to the new one last August. DMV and the associations have estimated that about 50,000 vehicle owners could be affected.

Please click here to review the full press release.

All Trails-All Seasons Challenge


Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests Offer An All Trails-All Seasons Challenge

BARKHAMSTED, CT—Like to hike or spend time outdoors in nature? Would you like a fun challenge that will last a year and afford you the treasures of nature? Then join the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests (FALPS) for its All Trails-All Seasons Challenge.

The All Trails-All Seasons Challenge require that you hike all trails—which comprise 12.6 miles—in American Legion and Peoples State Forests in each season of the year, beginning on June 1, 2016 and ending on May 15, 2017. You can do the trails individually or as a group and, at the end or your challenge, be congratulated with a tee shirt and a picnic on June 4, 2017 at the Whittemore Recreation Area in Peoples State Forest.

We ask that participants pre-register before they begin the Challenge. To get your pre-registration form please e-mail ctfalps@gmail.com or send us a message on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook/ctfalps.

Besides pre-registration, the only other qualifications are: Hike all trails identified on the official map in their entirety in each of the four seasons, submit one photo per season along a trail within the challenge area and, when you’re all finished, submit the Official Completion Form with a check for $20 after all hiking is completed. This will help defray the costs of tee shirts and the luncheon. Please e-mail FALPS at ctfalps@gmail.com for your Completion Form or send us a message on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook/ctfalps. Feel free to share photos and comments documenting your progress on our Facebook page as you take the Challenge!

Following are the time frames for each season:
 Summer- June 1, 2016 – August 31, 2016
 Fall- September 1, 2016- November 30, 2016
 Winter- December 1, 2016- February 28, 2017
 Spring- March 1, 2017- May 15, 2017

Special awards will be given out at the picnic, including prizes for the oldest and youngest participants.

“We’re excited to present the All Trails-All Seasons Challenge in hopes that it will encourage folks to get out into nature but also expose them to the beauty of American Legion and Peoples State Forests,” said Ralph
Scarpino, President of the FALPS board. “There may be only 12.6 miles of hiking trails in our forests but they are packed with natural and historical wonders as well as beautiful and fascinating flora and fauna.”

As Henry David Thoreau said of his forays throughout New England, “When we walk, we naturally go to the fields and woods: what would become of us if we walked only in a garden or a mall?”

For more information please e-mail FALPS at ctfalps@gmail.com or call Ralph Scarpino at 860-921-1756.
For more Information, please click the links below:

Barkhamsted Townhall
Barkhamsted Town Hall
67 Ripley Hill Road ~ P.O. Box 558
Pleasant Valley, CT 06063-0558

(860) 379-8285



The Town is in the process of updating its Plan of Conservation and Development, which must be completed by 2017.  As part of this activity, there will be public meetings to review related topics; and a survey will be sent to residents to get their opinions on how they envision the future of the Town.  We have also set up a webpage that will keep you updated on our progress on this important initiative.  Please click here to go to that webpage.  

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