Conservation District Annual Conservation Award Winners

Alison Guinness – CRCCD board member, birder, naturalist, historian and friend of Connecticut’s state parks – led a guided walk during which she spoke about Devil’s Hopyard’s history, geology, flora and fauna, and the lore behind the park’s name.

Coming up in East Haddam, the Serendipity Auction

The eighth annual Serendipity Auction is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 9. We will even be auctioning off a knight in shining armor!

UConn sexual assaults should be investigated says Gov Malloy

“One of the most basic responsibilities of our institutions of higher learning is to keep our young people safe. If they have failed in that responsibility in any way, or if any victim of sexual assault has been treated with anything but the utmost respect, I will be outraged.”

Study suggests flu shot can help prevent heart attacks

People in the study who got flu shots were one-third less likely to have heart issues, such as heart failure or a heart attack, compared to those who opted against vaccination.

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In East Haddam – kick it!

August 28, 2013 Local News, Sports No Comments
Registration also is open now for the fall season of East Haddam Youth Soccer and Adult Co-ed Soccer.

Registration also is open now for the fall season of East Haddam Youth Soccer and Adult Co-ed Soccer.

Press Release

The Hale Ray Boys Soccer team hosts an eight-team soccer jamboree at the Nathan Hale Ray High School in Moodus, CT (East Haddam) on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the lower soccer field.

The East Haddam Soccer Club will also play some scrimmages with their youth players beginning at 9 a.m.

Come and support the soccer program in East Haddam by watching some games and stopping by the concession stand for food and beverages.

A booth will be open with cleats and other items for sale by the Oakwood Pro Shop.

Sign up

Also, to register your child for youth soccer (boys and girls in grades K-5) this fall, visit www.easthaddamrec.com

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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.

Press Release

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

August 23, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
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.

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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

August 21, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
“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

Press Release

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.

Press Release

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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Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field and experience working with young children and their families required.

Annual East Haddam Fair, Tag Sale is Oct 12

Some of the members of the East Haddam Business Association who helped with the first EHBA Community Faire and Tag Sale. Photo source: EHBA

Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your business, sell your products or clean out that attic. To participate, visit our website for information table and tent space fees.

U.S. Postal Service requests price hikes for 2014

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The USPS says price increases will generate $2 billion in new revenue and help them climb out of debt.

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