Employment Opportunity



HIGHWAY MAINTAINER II – Performs a variety of tasks involving all phases of municipal maintenance, renovation & repair.  Experience in equipment operation and maintenance, road work, drainage, plowing, building & grounds maintenance desired.  Must have the physical stamina and strength to deal with required tasks, and be able to respond quickly to off-hours emergency situations or snowplowing.  CDL License required and the ability and/or skills required to repair and maintain trucks and construction equipment.  40 hrs./wk. with applicable Town benefits.  Applications available at Barkhamsted Town Hall, 67 Ripley Hill Road, Pleasant Valley, CT 06063 (860-379-8285 or edyndiuk@barkhamsted.us).  EOE, M/F, ADA.  Application deadline – July 5, 2016 at 12:00, by email or hard copy.  

Transportation Resource Guide Available

The table shown is a summary of available transportation for the Town of Barkhamsted.  For more information please visit  www.wcaaa.org



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Dog License Reminder

Just a reminder to all Barkhamsted residents.  Dog licenses are due during the month of June. Per State Statue, any dogs being licensed after June 30th will be charged an additional $1.00  fee for each month late.  To avoid waiting in line, don't wait until the last day to renew!    See you in the clerk's office!           Holly Krouse, Town Clerk

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.



Barkhamsted Recreation Summer Camp-

Nature Camp

Weightloss and Healthy Eating Clinic  (New Program!)

Food Allergies/Sensitivity and Gluten Free Eating Workshop (New Program)

Moonlight Canoe/Kayak

For more information, please click here

Barkhamsted Historical Society’s “Walk Through Time”

On July 16, meet at Squires Tavern, 100 East River Road at 10:00 am, and join Paul Hart for a short hike, where he will explain how the scenery has changed over time. There will be about a dozen stops along the trail where Paul will describe the way the area would have looked in the 1800’s. Stops include: Squires Tavern, the Nature museum, the remains of a charcoal hearth, the site of the tree nursery and many more. Wear comfortable shoes for the walk and dress appropriately. This is a once a year event so be sure not to miss it!

The hike is about 1 mile long and should last about an hour and a half. Some of the terrain is on uneven ground.

Questions: call Noreen Watson 860-738-1152.

4th of July Parade

The Lions Club will be holding their annual 4th of July parade and are looking for organizations and small businesses who would like to participate. The parade is open to anyone who wants to march, so come join in on this great, small town event.

For more information, email Rejean Labrie, the club president, at reglabrie@gmail.com

Exercise Care to Avoid Confrontation with Bears and Raccoons

It's that time of year when the bears, raccoons, and other wildlife seem to be everywhere in Barkhamsted.  Please read the summary information below and click on the links to read more data available from the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Living with Bears

Much of Connecticut’s landscape is now forested and is suitable for black bears. The rapid increase in the bear population between the 1980s and early 2000s is expected to continue. As the bear population expands, interactions between humans and bears will increase. People should learn what to do if they see a bear and how to avoid unnecessary conflicts by keeping food away from bears.

If you see a bear:
  • Observe it from a distance. 
  • Advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms or walk slowly away. 
  • Never attempt to feed or attract bears. 
  • Report bear sightings to the Wildlife Division, at 860-424-3011.


Please click on this link to read the full Black Bear Fact Sheet from the CT DEEP

Living with Raccoons

Because of their ability to coexist with humans, raccoons can become a nuisance when they damage gardens, raid garbage cans, or inhabit human structures. They can be especially destructive on farms, where they feed heavily on crops. Because they may carry rabies, problem raccoons cannot be relocated, and only specified wildlife rehabilitators can accept injured or orphaned raccoons for rehabilitation with certain restrictions.

There are several preventive measures that homeowners can take to control or reduce problems with raccoons:

Do Not Feed or Touch Raccoons: 

Secure Garbage: 

Feed Pets Indoors: 

Eliminate Potential Denning Areas: C

Eliminate Access Points: 

Install Fencing: 

Hunting and Trapping: 

Please click on this link to read the full Raccoon Fact Sheet from the CT DEEP

Beardsley and Memorial Library News


Scam Alert

 This just happened in Town:

“An older person got a phone call and the caller ID said Town of Barkhamsted. The number was the school’s number - 860-379-2729. The caller said she qualified for help with her debt and to press # for more information. She hung up. I told her if they call again, not to answer, but see if they leave a message.”
Scammers who are preying on the public are getting smarter all the time and can mimic phone numbers you recognize. The same types of scams, where criminals are trying to take your money o are taking place through email.
The CT Department of Consumer Protection has a website to help you recognize scams.  On it is the following advice:
In a telephone scam, a dishonest person lies and tricks you into sending money to them. They will probably tell you to wire the money or send cash. They may pressure you to act right away.  They might say:
·         You just won a prize, but you have to pay money to get the prize
·         You won the lottery, but you have to pay taxes first
·         A friend or relative is in trouble and needs your help
·         You have been selected to be part of a wonderful investment and need to         send us money before it is too late
·         I am calling from your electric company and we will shut off your power in         two days if you do not pay us money right away
These are tricks. If you send money, the scammer will keep it. You will not get your money back.
Another common scam is that you get a call from someone declaring they are from the IRS.  Read this warning from the actual IRS website:
“The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country.  We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves.  Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.” Werfel noted that the first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail.”
Check the CT DCP website and the IRS fraud alert website for more information and tips to help you avoid fraud: 
If you have any questions or have been approached by these criminals, please contact Barkhamsted’s Resident State Trooper, Jim Bonetti at jbonetti@barkhamsted.us or by phone at (860) 379-8782.
Dog License Reminder

Holly Krouse, Barkhamsted Town Clerk, would like to remind all dog owners that per CT State Statute 22-338, all dogs aged 6 months and older must be licensed each year during the month of June. Bring the spaying/neutering certificate and an updated rabies certificate with you if necessary. Fees are $8.00 for spayed/neutered dogs and $19.00 for unspayed/unneutered dogs.  Licenses can also be renewed via mail by sending a check made out to Barkhamsted Town Clerk, 67 Ripley Hill Road, Barkhamsted, CT 06063, along with any necessary documentation. A self-addressed, postage paid envelope must also be included for return of the license and tag. Office hours are Mon., Tues. and Thurs. 9-4, Wed. 9-5 and Fri. 9-12. If you have any questions call (860) 379-8665. See you this month!

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.  

As a first step, we have put together a preliminary survey to gather residents' opinions on the Town.This will help us set the agenda for the public forums.  Please take a few minutes of your time to click on the link below and take this brief survey. Please click the link below to take this survey.  


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