Mike Valletta


Despite the dreary weather conditions outside, there are a variety of scenes across Litchfield County that can brighten our day. Don’t worry, the National Weather Service claims that the rain will depart by Thursday morning as we’ll expect to see partly sunny skies and temperatures remaining in the 50’s. We could see some snow showers come Thursday night, however, as temperatures drop into the 20’s! Hard to imagine why everyone is feeling a… Read More

As a community blog for Litchfield County, Connecticut, it is essential to include the community in almost every aspect of this blog. In recent weeks, there have been a slew of upgrades to the site, specifically on the home page as there are now links to local bloggers as well as local news and radio sources. This kind of connection directly impacts all of our networking capabilities here in Litchfield County. As… Read More

Connecticut‘s Litchfield Hills enjoyed a day out on Saturday after a general five to eighteen inches fell across Litchfield county on Friday night. The highest amounts were in southern Litchfield county around the Brookfield and New Milford areas as a Norlun Trough impacted western Connecticut. Traffic on Interstate 84 came  to a complete stand still in the Danbury area as drivers were walking away from their cars and walking off of exit ramps. Further… Read More

The winds howled. The snow was intense reducing visabilities across the countryside. Power was knocked out for many. Roads were impassable. These were the conditions across Litchfield county Sunday night as a major Nor’easter made its way up the coast giving the entire region a real winter wallop! As the winds peaked, so too did the snow drifts that were being created, many topping off at over 2 feet! The storm that we all had been watching for… Read More

Torrington has recently welcomed a new restaurant, Jakes Wayback Burgers, which is located in the Aldis plaza right on Route 4. It was announced a few months ago that this place was coming to town, and I for one have been following their progress ever since. They franchise their establishments and have opened up many new locations across the state over the past few weeks. Being that I am a single guy, I… Read More

As we gather together for the Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to take the time to wish you all a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a marvelous time, a time that we get to catch up with family and friends as we pause for a moment to remember those that are important in our lives. Each year, I take the time to pause and thank those that I have come… Read More

If you are looking for a charming New England village, you do not have to travel far at all.  Our Litchfield Hills region is chock full of quaint New England villages that will remind you of an era that has gone by. One in particular welcomes you to the Litchfield Hills in open arms. The historic village of Riverton, located in the town of Barkhamsted, is just the place to begin your journey here… Read More

The Harvest Festival, which took place in downtown Torrington on October 22nd 2010, was without a doubt a huge success. A crisp autumn night here in Litchfield county warmed the hearts of many as they flocked to Main Street to join in the festivities. Many understood, however, that this festival was much more than just a festival, it was all part of bringing downtown Torrington back to life. After all, we can’t… Read More

Tonight, I had a unique opportunity to visit with other business leaders of the community here in northwestern Connecticut, and what a treat it was. Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce hosts this cool event called Business After Hours which is one of the chambers many unique events, and during Business After Hours, you get to meet some pretty incredible people! Members and guests of the chamber, meet up in a social networking… Read More

Autumn is the perfect time of year to discover the array of wineries that Litchfield County has to offer. It is also the time of year that many of the local wineries get to show off their local flavor. One local winery, Sunset Meadow Vineyards of Goshen, did just that. This weekend, September 25th and September 26th, they held their Harvest Festival which included everything from wine tastings to vineyard tours and… Read More