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

East 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 …

Volunteer EMTs Needed

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 …

“Take the Time” Mobile Offers Free Mammograms

No matter who you are, chances are that breast cancer has affected you or someone you know. Checkups are important to catch symptoms early, and the Peszynski family is doing all they can to help provide access to the mammograms that can be critical for early detection of the disease. …

Epoch Arts to hold 8th Annual Tag Sale Fundraiser

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 …

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New state insurance plan launches October 1

September 18, 2013 Business, Local News No Comments
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Jason Madrak, Chief Marketing Officer for Access Health CT – the entity charged with enrolling Connecticut residents under the state’s new insurance program – was a guest on CTV14′s “Town Talk,” hosted by Brenda Sullivan.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

As host of the CTV14 governmental affairs program, “Town Talk,” I recently interviewed Chief Marketing Officer Jason Madrak of Access Health CT – this is the entity that is charged with enrolling Connecticut residents under the new statewide insurance plan as part of the country’s Affordable Care Act.

You can watch my interview with Mr. Madrak online by clicking on this link http://www.ctv14.com and then clicking on the Programming tab. In this drop-down menu, choose VOD archives. On the next page, use the drop-down menu on the left (All Folders) and choose “Town Talk” from the bottom of that list.

In addition to the interview with Access Health CT, there’s a very informative “Town Talk” interview with Windham State Rep. Susan Johnson that also simplifies some of the nuts and bolts of what’s on the horizon.

Below are comments from Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer Kevin Counihan, issued Sept. 18, on getting ready to launch the sign-up program on Oct. 1, 2013.

This first wave of enrollment will continue until Jan. 1, 2014.

You may have noticed an increase in TV ads urging you to sign up for a company’s insurance plan. You may want to know that unless you are enrolled through Access Health CT, you will NOT be entitled to subsidies (in some cases, 100 percent subsidies).

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Join the party at the East Haddam Free Library

Come and celebrate your friendly neighborhood library that has graced East Haddam for more than 100 years.

Come and celebrate your friendly neighborhood library that has graced East Haddam for more than 100 years.

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Come and celebrate your friendly neighborhood library that has graced East Haddam for more than 100 years.

A celebration will be hosted by the East Haddam Free Public Library at 18 Plains Road in Moodus (East Haddam) beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

Enjoy the celebration and refreshments.

Prize winners in the “125th Anniversary Art Contest,” hosted by the Friends of the East Haddam Free Public Library, also will be announced, at 5:30 p.m.

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Are you crafty? Moodus craft fair needs you

All proceeds will benefit the East Haddam fuel bank and will help buy holiday gifts for the Chestelm Adult Day Services clients.

All proceeds will benefit the East Haddam fuel bank and will help buy holiday gifts for the Chestelm Adult Day Services clients.

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Chestelm Health and Rehabilitation Center    is bringing back the annual holiday fair and inviting area crafters to be a part of the event.

All proceeds will benefit the East Haddam fuel bank and will help buy holiday gifts for the Chestelm Adult Day Services clients.

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Block Party celebrates East Haddam businesses

September 6, 2013 Business, Local News No Comments

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Old Lumberyard Plaza at 25 Falls Road in Moodus invites the public to a Block Party celebration of local businesses from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.

There will be free samples, food and drink, raffle prizes and free demonstrations/services.

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Come out and support the East Haddam Relay for Life team

You’re invited to come out and support the 6th annual East Haddam Relay for Life event, which kicks off at noon on Saturday, Sept. 14 and continues until 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 at East Haddam Elementary School, 45 Joe Williams Road in Moodus, CT.

You’re invited to come out and support the 6th annual East Haddam Relay for Life event, which kicks off at noon on Saturday, Sept. 14 and continues until 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 at East Haddam Elementary School, 45 Joe Williams Road in Moodus, CT.

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You’re invited to come out and support the 6th annual East Haddam Relay for Life event, which kicks off at noon on Saturday, Sept. 14 and continues until 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 at East Haddam Elementary School, 45 Joe Williams Road in Moodus, CT.

The Relay for Life of East Haddam is a  wonderful family event that celebrates cancer survivors, offers an opportunity to remember loved ones and to fight back against cancer by raising funds for research.

There will be food, crafts, games, clowns, music and more around the clock over the two-day relay.

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Local roots of famous freed slave part of Connecticut Freedom Trail

The descendants of famous freed slave Venture Smith gather at his grave in East Haddam, CT to celebrate his life each September. Photo source: www.venturesmith.net 2009

The descendants of famous freed slave Venture Smith gather at his grave in East Haddam, CT to celebrate his life each September. Photo source: www.venturesmith.net 2009

Son of an African king, Venture Smith became the first black man to document his capture from Africa and life as an American slave and successful black freeman in Connecticut. And he has a local connection.

Venture Smith’s grave is one of the original sites on the Connecticut Freedom Trail. Events at the various Freedom Trail sites are held throughout Connecticut in the month of September. To read more about the trail, visit the Web site at http://ctfreedomtrail.org

The 17th annual Venture Smith Day commemoration will be held in the cemetery at the First Church of Christ, 499 Town St. (RT. 151) in East Haddam on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. as part of the Connecticut Freedom Trail events.

The cemetery located next to the First Church of Christ in East Haddam contains the graves of Venture Smith (1728-1805) and several members of his family.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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