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East Haddam Bridges to re-open Nov. 1

September 12, 2014 Feature, Local News Comments Off
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Almost Done

By: Bette Tani
Editor/Reporter

Come Nov. 1, East Haddam residents will no longer have to detour when traveling along Route 82.  According to Department of Transportation (DOT) Chief Inspector John Dibiagio, the two bridges being refurbished in the center of town will once again be open to traffic.

“The bridges have to be open no later than Nov.1, with a completion date of Nov. 15,” he said.

“Both lanes will be paved and open, but there may be an occasion or two when it will be down to one lane for finishing work, after the first,” Dibiagio added.

Dibiagio said originally they had hoped to open the bridges … Continue Reading

East Haddam’s Center for Community Agriculture Food Processing Plans on Hold

August 27, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

East-Haddam-Town-HallEast Haddam, CT – First Selectman, Mark Walter has stated that plans for building a barn-style education facility to house a food processing incubator kitchen at the Center for Community Agriculture, have been put on hold. The next public informational forum on this project will be held at the High School Auditorium in late September. A date will be chosen once school is back in session next week. The agricultural economic development municipal project on town-owned land, previously owned by the Harris family, received a $431,200 STEAP grant (Small Town Economic Assistance Program) in 2013. The Town of East Haddam planned to maintain ownership of the land and operate the facilities with a net-zero operating budget, including the lease of a shared small business incubator kitchen and … Continue Reading

Volunteer EMTs Needed

August 20, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments
The East haddam Ambulance Association is seeking to recruit new volunteers.

The East haddam Ambulance Association is seeking to recruit new volunteers.

The East Haddam Ambulance Association at 440 Town Street is seeking new volunteers to add to their team.  The group is currently working hard to recruit Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Medical Responders.  All training is provided by the association, and no previous experience is necessary.

In 1968, the year the association was formed, volunteer EMTs responded to 86 calls.  As the town grows larger, more EMTs are needed to meet the increase in calls, which have risen to 526 as of last year.  The growing need isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon, either. The rate of ambulance calls is … Continue Reading

Epoch Arts to hold 8th Annual Tag Sale Fundraiser

August 16, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments
Epoch Arts will hold its 8th annual tag sale starting September 5th at 1 pm.

Epoch Arts will hold its 8th annual tag sale starting September 5th at 1 pm.

September is right around the corner, which means Epoch Arts in East Hampton will be holding its eighth annual two-weekend mega tag sale soon. The tag sale, which may be more aptly described as a flea market, will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 5th at 27 Skinner St in East Hampton.  Trinkets and toys, home goods and electronics, to books, records and so much more will be among the treasures just waiting to be discovered.

The tag sale is an annual fundraiser held by Epoch Arts (pronounced “epic”).   A non-profit organization described as an “arts center” by founder Elizabeth Namen, Epoch offers its young participants the opportunity to nourish their artistic and creative skills.  Classes such as filmmaking, painting, clay sculpting, crafting, playwriting and production, improvisation and more … Continue Reading

Captain Grizzy’s Showboat Parade to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

July 31, 2014 Feature, Local News Comments Off

By Lauren Quirici East Hampton residents can only wonder what kinds of fanciful floats are in store for the tenth annual Captain Grizzy’s Showboat Parade on Lake Pocotopaug. On Saturday, August 9 at around 2 p.m., this year’s delightfully decorated boats will take to the lake for all to see. Each year at the parade, about fifteen to thirty creatively dressed boats set sail across the lake. Past years have seen boats resembling racecars, Noah’s Ark, covered wagons and more.

"Ballerina Beach Volleyball" was one of the entrants in the 2012 Capt. Grizzy Show Boat Parade, organized by East Hampton Friends of Lake Pocotopaug. Photo contributed by Jane Traceski

“Ballerina Beach Volleyball” was one of the entrants in the 2012 Capt. Grizzy Show Boat Parade, organized by East Hampton Friends of Lake Pocotopaug. Photo contributed by Jane Traceski

The parade is sponsored by the Friends of Lake Pocotopaug, who extend invitations to surrounding communities as far as Enfield and Windsor, as well as to some of the neighboring lakes. The group, largely comprised of waterfront or watershed area residents, focuses on raising money to keep the lake and surrounding area free of pollution. Among many fundraising efforts to benefit the lake environment is a yearly raffle that takes place at the parade, offering $10,000 to a lucky winner. “The lake is probably the biggest natural resource in East Hampton,” explains John Moore, lakefront resident and chairman of the Friends. “We are using the money to help educate and keep the … Continue Reading

DOT plans road work in East Haddam

May 14, 2013 Local News No Comments
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) wants you to know that road milling and resurfacing will be performed on Route 82 in Haddam and East Haddam beginning Monday, May 20 through Tuesday, May 21.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) wants you to know that road milling and resurfacing will be performed on Route 82 in Haddam and East Haddam beginning Monday, May 20 through Tuesday, May 21.

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) wants you to know that road milling and resurfacing will be performed on Route 82 in Haddam and East Haddam beginning Monday, May 20 through Tuesday, May 21.

The project consists of milling and resurfacing a little more than a mile on Route 82 in Haddam and East Haddam.

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YPCCA production of Oliver benefits victims of Sandy Hook shootings

For the past five years, YPCCA has produced a Spring show to raise money for a scholarship is given to an East Hampton, CT student pursuing the creative arts or education at the college level. After the tragic events in Newton this past December, YPCCA decided to send the proceeds from this show to UConn's Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund.

For the past five years, YPCCA has produced a Spring show to raise money for a scholarship is given to an East Hampton, CT student pursuing the creative arts or education at the college level. After the tragic events in Newton this past December, YPCCA decided to send the proceeds from this show to UConn’s Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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The Young People’s Center for Creative Arts (YPCCA) invites you to our production of the classic musical “Oliver” May 2 – 5 at East Hampton High School at 20 East High St.

For the past five years, YPCCA has produced a Spring show to raise money for the Mansfield Scholarship that is given to an East Hampton student pursuing the creative arts or education at the college level. After the tragic events in Newton this past December, YPCCA decided to instead send the proceeds from this show to the Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Connecticut.

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In East Haddam – Devil’s Hopyard fire, a year of regrowth

Devil's Hopyard State Park, in East Haddam, Connecticut, was a hot topic a year ago.  A fire that burned about 150 acres of the park kept local and state firefighters busy for quite a few days. From Joelen's Garden blog, by permission, 2013.

Devil’s Hopyard State Park, in East Haddam, Connecticut, was a hot topic a year ago.
A fire that burned about 150 acres of the park kept local and state firefighters busy for quite a few days. From Joene’s Garden blog, by permission, 2013.

From Joene’s Garden

Devil’s Hopyard State Park, in East Haddam, Connecticut, was a hot topic a year ago.

A fire that burned about 150 acres of the park kept local and state firefighters busy for quite a few days and even held the attention of news organizations for more than 24 hours.

A week after the embers and risk for rekindles died, my husband and I hiked along the orange trail to the vista to observe the fire’s aftermath.

The contrasts were striking. It was easy to see where the fire was the hottest – along upward slopes – and where it simply burned the leaf litter.

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Mimi Perriotti – Democratic Candidate State Rep – 34th District

Mimi Perrotti is the Democratic Candidate for State Representative in the 34th District which encompasses East Haddam, East Hampton and parts of Colchester. 
Editor’s Note: Numerous phone calls to interview her for a candidate profile article have not been returned. Information about her can be found at mimiforthe34th.com.

Incumbent Melissa Ziobron Looking Forward to a Second Term

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By Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Candidate: 34th District – East Haddam, East Hampton and parts of Colchester Party Affiliation: Republican Age: 43 Marital Status: Married (20 years) with two children …

Have Coffee With Your State Rep

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State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) has announced she will be hosting two “Coffee with your Legislator” events during the month of October. One will be held in the Town of …

Ziobron Tests Blue-Green Algae Blooms in Lake Pocotopaug

East Hampton — Tuesday, September 23, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron toured Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton with Dr. George Knoecklein who is a Limnologist, hired by the town to monitor …

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Town Seeking New Building Official

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by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter The Town of East Haddam is currently accepting applications for a new building official. According to their web site the position requires an individual with …

Enjoy Fall Foliage on the Connecticut River

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by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Catch the colors before they’re gone. Connecticut River Expeditions is offering fall foliage daytime cruises on the boat RiverQuest until Nov. 1. RiverQuest, which cruises …

Eddie’s Auto Body Shop, An Innovative Approach

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East Haddam residents that stumble upon Eddie’s Auto Body may think they are entering an ordinary auto body shop. The functional surroundings and down-to-earth staff seem to be requirements for …

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