Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Top 5 Fishing Spots

Now that warmer weather is here, anglers across Litchfield County are breaking out their poles and hitting up their favorite ponds, streams, lakes and rivers. These are the top 5 fishing spots, as voted on by Register Citizen Readers.

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#5  - West Hill Pond, New Hartford
According to reviews on, West Hill Pond is a great place for catching trout.
Screenshot of West Hill Pond taken from Google Maps
#4 - West Side Pond, Goshen
According to, West Side Pond is a relatively undeveloped pond that is good for bass fishing.
Screenshot of West Side Pond taken from Google Maps
#3 - Twin Lakes, Salisbury
According to Wikipedia, the Twin Lakes are good for anglers looking to catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead, sunfish, brown trout, and rainbow trout.
Screenshot of Twin Lakes taken from Google Maps
#2 - Mohawk State Forest, Cornwall
According to the state DEP website, Mohawk State Forest is open from 8 a.m. to sunset, and offers pond and stream fishing.
Screenshot of Mohawk State Forest taken from Google Maps
#1 - Farmington River, Barkhamsted
The Barkhamsted town website states “The Still River and the Farmington River join together in Riverton, creating 4 miles of some of the best trout fishing in the country.  Between Riverton and Pleasant Valley, there is a catch-and-release fishing area on the Farmington, which allows for year-round fishing for various species of trout.”
Screenshot of the Farmington River taken from Google Maps

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Top 5 Worst Roads in Torrington

This winter has been a bad one for the city's roads. Snow and ice melting and refreezing added to the many potholes and frost heaves prevalent on most streets. According to a total of 533 votes in a survey, a Facebook question, e-mails, and SeeClickFix reports, these are the five worst, among the 83 streets mentioned.

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Farley Place between CVS and McDonald's
#5 - Farley Place - 30 votes
 This small street serves as a throughway for shoppers accessing CVS, Kmart, Price Rite, and other establishments in the area, resulting in a lot of traffic on a small street. The road has many cracks and potholes that have been filled in the past, but have re-opened, and new ones have formed.

"This road is worse than most dirt roads I've driven on and has been this way for over 5 years. A productive retail area and the road is like driving down a plowed field," said Scott on SeeClickFix.

Highland Avenue
#4 - Highland Avenue - 38 votes
Highland Avenue is roughly 3 miles long and connects Riverside Avenue and Weed Road, running parallel to Route 4.

 "It appears that the road is creasing in this area and has caused a great separation in height on each side of the crack. When driving down Highland your car gets drag left to right as a result of this crack. Also the height difference can cause a major problem for smaller cars (ie. I drive a civic) as front bumpers can start to be damaged along with under carriage parts," said Chris on SeeClickFix.

"There are numerous potholes on the upper portion of Highland Avenue. Last year the town paved a portion of Highland Ave (closer to the Litchfield line) and forgot about the rest of the road," said an anonymous poster on SeeClickFix.

Riverside Avenue
#3 - Riverside Avenue - 49 votes
Riverside Avenue is just over a mile long, and runs from Route 4 to Highland Avenue and Church Street.

"Riverside Ave, from Highland to just past Holley Place has numerous large potholes, and the road surface is crumbling daily," said Tom on SeeClickFix.

"All previous patch/repair work done to this stretch of road has crumbled...sunk...and/or washed away. The road is one pot/sink hole after another and needs immediate attention before travel along this roadway becomes impossible," sadi Anne on SeeClickFix.

"(There are) dangerous potholes on riverside...deep enough to cause tire damage or a car accident from trying to avoid potholes," said an anonymous poster on SeeClickFix.

Mountain Road
#2 - Mountain road - 50 votes
Mountain Road runs about 4.3 miles north from Route 4.

"Road is damaged this year more then ever ! Hope the town plans on repairing it this spring! Mountain Rd is very dangerous right now with large pot holes ! BE CAREFUL PLEASE!" said an anonymous poster on SeeClickFix.

"I have lived on Mountain Rd for over 20 years and the amount of taxes we pay is insane for the condition of the road. Town leaders - please put our money to good use and fix this road once and for all. The drainage is poor, the paving is poor. Quit using a bandaid solution!" said "disgruntled" on SeeClickFix.

#1 - Weed Road - 53 votes
Weed Road is just under 3 miles long, running from Pumping Station Road north to Route 4.

"Road needs signs to warn people of dangerous conditions in road. It is impossible for emergency vehicle to respond to any emergency on this road," said Ed on SeeClickFix.

"Take a left off of goshen road rt 4 and go one half mile and tell me this road is SAFE??" said an anonymous SeeClickFix poster.

"I don't live anywhere near here, but cut through on my way to litchfield on my motorcycle the other day, and yeah, this road is definitely no longer safe. Some holes were large enough that they could easily do damage to a motorcycle rim at normal speed, it would trash a car in no time if you had to drive it daily," said another anonymous poster.

Watch video of a drive on Weed Road here:

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Launch of the Top 5 in Litchfield County

The Register Citizen will introduce a new feature next week: the Top 5 in Litchfield County Blog. The blog will feature Top Five lists curated by both Register Citizen staff and readers, on subjects varying from Top Five Hiking Spots to Top Five Historic Buildings that Should be Saved.

A preliminary list of topics includes, but is not limited to, the Top Five: fishing spots, hiking trails, playgrounds, summer hot spots, local beaches, historic buildings that should be saved, businesses you’d like to see downtown, picnic places, and streets in need of repair.

The blog will be a joint effort between staff opinions and reader-submitted lists and ideas. New lists will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning April 25. The first list will be the Top 5 Streets in Torrington that Need Repairs.

A preliminary list, gathered from reports on SeeClickFix, shows 31 streets in Torrington listed as in need of repair:

Mountain Road - 20 votesWeed Road - 14 votesFarley Place - 12 votesRiverside Avenue - 11 votesHighland Avenue - 9 votesAlder Street - 8 votesChestnut Hill Road - 8 votesLitchfield Street - 6 votesLyman Drive - 6 votesScoville Street - 6 votesLovers Lane - 4 votesFairmount Avenue - 3 votesFairview Avenue - 3 votesGarden Street - 3 votesIowa Street - 3 votesJones Street - 3 votesSouth Street - 3 votesCharles Street - 2 votesChestnut Avenue - 2 votesGlenwood Avenue - 2 votesHemlock Hill Road - 2 votesHoffman Street - 2 votesJames Street - 2 votesWinthrop Street - 2 votesMaud Street - 2 votesBarton Street - 1 voteCameron Street - 1 voteChamberlain Street - 1 voteDewey Street - 1 voteHemlock Road - 1 voteMount Pleasant Terrace - 1 vote

What do you think? Is our list accurate? Should certain streets be higher or lower on the list, added to the list, or removed altogether? Let us know in the comments or using the survey below.

If you have an idea for a list topic, or a full list you would like us to post on the blog, email Community Engagement Editor Kaitlyn Yeager at or send her a tweet @kmyeager or @registercitizen.

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