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by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Monday, November 24, Goodspeed Opera House will kick off their annual food drive to benefit the East Haddam Food Bank. Hoping to have another record breaking year of participation, Goodspeed will be collecting non-perishable donations beginning at 1 p.m., prior to the matinee performance of Holiday …

Capital Improvement Monies may be Coming

First Selectman, Mark Walter has announced that East Haddam has received the opportunity to finance some long-term capital improvements through the USDA Rural Development Program. The town applied for both grant and loan monies from the USDA in December 2013, for improvements to the elementary school, renovations to the former middle …

New Director takes over at Goodspeed

By Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter After an extensive national search, Goodspeed’s Board of Trustees have found a new director. Chosen by the board is two-time Tony Award winner Michael Gennaro who will replace outgoing director Michael Price who is retiring after 46 years with the organization. Gennaro is described as …

East Hampton High School Evacuated after Bomb Threat

by Bette Tani An anonymous, electronic, correspondence stating there was a bomb in the East Hampton High School building yesterday, Monday, Nov. 17, resulted in students and personnel being evacuated to a nearby location. According to officials, students were evacuated around 1 p.m. following receipt of the threat by a …

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CT DEEP closes parts of State Forest – cites virus-carrying mosquitoes

Connecticut will conduct “ultra low-volume” ground spraying of pesticides affecting adult mosquitoes in the closed areas of Pachaug State Forest  to reduce the number of mosquitoes. Image source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Connecticut will conduct “ultra low-volume” ground spraying of pesticides affecting adult mosquitoes in the closed areas of Pachaug State Forest to reduce the number of mosquitoes. Image source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has closed areas of Pachaug State Forest to the public due to the presence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in mosquitoes that feed on humans.

Some mosquitoes carrying the EEE virus feed on horses and birds.

Pachaug State Forest is located in Voluntown, CT and is the largest state forest in Connecticut. It is a popular camping and hiking location.

Due to the discovery of mosquitoes carrying Eastern equine encephalitis, the DEEP has closed the Mt. Misery and Frog Hollow Horse campgrounds until further notice.

Signs have been posted in this portion of the forest by DEEP staff advising visitors of the closure. Click on this link for a list of alternative camping areas/outdoor recreational areas http://www.ct.gov/deep

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “EEE is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States with approximately 33 percent mortality and significant brain damage in most survivors. There is no specific treatment for EEE; care is based on symptoms.”

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Youth arts group seeks donations for giant tag sale

EPOCH ARTS IMAGE East Hampton CT

Epoch Arts in East Hampton CT, is a regional “arts for youth” non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people learn to communicate, collaborate, create and celebrate by experiencing, hands-on, the arts.

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Here’s some motivation for cleaning out the garage, the “junk” closet, the college student’s room now that he or she is off to school…

Epoch Arts needs your donations of gently used items for a two-weekend tag sale/fundraiser.

Epoch Arts – a regional non-profit –  serves young people in East Hampton, East Haddam, Colchester, Hebron and other local towns.

Epoch Arts has already received some great stuff… furniture, household goods, art work and more.

So, plan to do some shopping. The tag sale will be held on two weekends, rain or shine, from 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8. Your second opportunity is the weekend of Sept. 14-15.

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New grant program for Connecticut nonprofits announced

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Under legislation adopted during the recently adjourned legislative session, the State Bond Commission is authorized to issue up to $20 million to support eligible projects for nonprofits doing business with the state.

Under legislation adopted during the recently adjourned legislative session, the Connecticut State Bond Commission is authorized to issue up to $20 million to support eligible projects for nonprofits doing business with the state.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (August 23) announced the launch of the state’s first-ever Nonprofit Grant Program – a new state bond pool specifically designated for nonprofit community-based organizations that provide health and human services through contracts or agreements with state agencies.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Facility alterations, renovations, improvement, additions, purchase and new construction;
  • Health, safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act;

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Rolling on the River – an invite from the East Haddam Senior Center

Registration and payment is due by Sept. 12 to join a Hudson River cruise hosted by the East Haddam Senior Center. Photo source: River Rose web site.

Registration and payment is due by Sept. 12 to join an Oct. 16, 2013 Hudson River cruise hosted by the East Haddam Senior Center. Photo source River Rose web site.

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The East Haddam Senior Center is sponsoring a day trip on the Hudson River on Oct. 16. To join the cruise, payment must be made by Sept. 12.

The cruise aboard the River Rose, an authentic New Orleans paddle wheeler, departs from Newburgh, NYand heads south for a 2-1/2 hour, narrated tour that will include sights such as West Point and Storm King Mountain.

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Tax free week continues through Aug 24

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“Sales-tax free week is the right time to shop for back to school or back to college but also for seasonal items like winter coats and boots." - CT Dept of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan

“Sales-tax free week is the right time to shop for back to school or back to college but also for seasonal items like winter coats and boots.” – CT Dept of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan

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Connecticut’s sales-tax free week runs from Sunday, Aug. 18 through Saturday, Aug 24.

The annual sales-tax free week coincides with the onset of back-to-school shopping.

It allows consumers to purchase most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $300 without having to pay the usual sales and use tax.

“This week-long, sales-tax holiday makes back-to-school shopping a little bit easier for working families, while also helping retailers boost their bottom line,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said at a kickoff event at a clothing retailer in Bristol, Insane Irving’s.

“Many stores also plan sales and discounts to coincide with this week, which allows consumers to stretch their hard-earned money a little further,” he said.

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Moodus Sportsmen’s Club hosts ice cream social

You are invited to enjoy the annual ice cream social hosted by the Moodus Sportsmen’s Club, coming up on Thursday, Aug. 22.

You are invited to enjoy the annual ice cream social hosted by the Moodus Sportsmen’s Club, coming up on Thursday, Aug. 22.

You are invited to enjoy the annual ice cream social hosted by the Moodus Sportsmen’s Club, coming up on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the club, located at 299 East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike.

For more information about the event or the club, call 1-860-873-3381, send an email to moodussportsman@gmail.com or write to the Moodus Sportsmen’s Club, P.O. Box 11, Moodus, CT 06469.

Posted August 20, 2013

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Historical Society brings back children’s book about Connecticut ferry

Publishers Weekly wrote about Ferryboat, “Their words and pictures are so completely involving that it’s almost like being on the real thing. The author carefully explains the workings of the ferry and takes readers from shore to shore, lovingly describing the sights and sounds of the ride…. The double-page spreads, with a deep blue river and lush tree-lined shores, are colorful and appealing.”  Book cover image courtesy of Chester Historical Society 2013.

Publishers Weekly wrote about Ferryboat, “Their words and pictures are so completely involving that it’s almost like being on the real thing. The author carefully explains the workings of the ferry and takes readers from shore to shore, lovingly describing the sights and sounds of the ride…. The double-page spreads, with a deep blue river and lush tree-lined shores, are colorful and appealing.” Book cover image courtesy of Chester Historical Society 2013.

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This spring, as the State of Connecticut debated raising the fares for the historic Chester-Hadlyme Ferry, the Chester Historical Society focused on the history of the ferry as it opened its new transportation exhibit, “Over the River and Through the Woods.” After all, the ferry has been an integral part of Chester history since it began in the 1700s.

And now the Historical Society has reprinted the children’s book, Ferryboat, about that historic ferry – written by Betsy Maestro and illustrated by Giulio Maestro. It was originally published in 1986 by HarperCollins.

Ferryboat went out of print several years ago, but the Maestros have permitted the Chester Historical Society to reprint 1,000 copies of the book.

“We couldn’t be happier to be bringing this wonderful and colorful book to a whole new generation of readers and their families,” said Society president Skip Hubbard.  “Over the years, we have had some requests, so I expect there will be plenty of interest. It’s a pleasure to read it with a child and it makes a great gift.’’

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Haddam Neck Fair 2013 is just around the corner

The 2013 Haddam Neck Fair runs from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2, at the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, 26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck (Rt. 151 East Hampton CT)

The 2013 Haddam Neck Fair runs from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2, at the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, 26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck (Rt. 151 East Hampton CT)

By Brenda Sullivan | Editor HTNP News

One consolation for all the Back-to-School ads that signal the end of summer – already? – is the beginning of fair season. Who doesn’t love these fried-dough, tractor-pulling, livestock-filled annual events?

One of the largest and most popular is just around the corner, the 2013 Haddam Neck Fair, which runs from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2, at the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, 26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck (Rt. 151 East Hampton CT)

A schedule of all the events – from the skillet-throwing and beard contests to live music and the Haddam Neck Fair 5K Road Race (and so much more!) – is available online at the official site http://www.haddamneckfair.com

You can also pick up a program guide at the information booth, located near the blue and white poultry barn and the outdoor dining area. You can also buy souvenirs here, and there will be helpful staff to answer your questions.

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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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Capital Improvement Monies may be Coming

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First Selectman, Mark Walter has announced that East Haddam has received the opportunity to finance some long-term capital improvements through the USDA Rural Development Program. The town applied for both grant …

New Director takes over at Goodspeed

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By Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter After an extensive national search, Goodspeed’s Board of Trustees have found a new director. Chosen by the board is two-time Tony Award winner Michael Gennaro …

School Budget Forum Slated for Tonight

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The East Haddam Board of Education will be hosting a Budget Planning Forum tonight Nov. 17th, at 7 p.m. in the Nathan Hale Ray High School auditorium. The purpose of …

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