Give What You Can

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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East Haddam Family taking steps to Fight Digestive Diseases

September 23, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments


imagesAmy Saraco and her family have formed a team; Team Sarac-Stars, who will be participating in the CT Shoreline Take Steps Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is hosting the walk Saturday, October 25, at Hammonasset State Park in Madison. The family has committed to raising $1500 to support this mission. To jump-start their fundraising efforts, Saraco will host a Tastefully Simple party online through September 30. Twenty-five percent of all sales will be donated to CCFA. Saraco encourages everyone to stock up on fall favorites such as slow cooker ingredients and breads while supporting the mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. … Continue Reading

National Voter Registration Day 9/23

September 22, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments



by Bette Tani – Editor Reporter

Make your voice count this year by registering to vote. Tuesday, Sept. 23, is National Voter Registration Day, and CT residents, along with millions of Americans are being encouraged to register. Registration is easy and can be done by visiting your local town hall, or downloading and mailing the application which can be found on each town’s web site. Downloaded applications should be mailed to the appropriate town’s registrar office.

Voters in East Haddam can register at the Town Office Building located at 7 Main Street; East Hampton residents can do so at Town Hall on 20 East High Street. … Continue Reading

Game Night

September 22, 2014 Local News No Comments

Board_GamesThe Joseph N. Goff House invites children in grades four through six to a free Game Night on Friday, Oct. 24, from 7-9 p.m., at the Joseph N. Goff House Museum, 1 Barton Hill Rd.

Participants are welcome to bring their families non-electronic game to play, or choose from a selection provided by the Goff House. Snacks will be available for purchase and in addition to Goff House board members, high school student volunteers will … Continue Reading

Ziobron Attends 18th Annual Venture Smith Day

September 22, 2014 Local News, Political Views No Comments

Venture_Smith_051_press3-200x200East Haddam — Saturday, September 13, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron attended Venture Smith Day, held to honor the life of the West African boy who at the age of 10 was kidnapped and sold into slavery. The event was open to the public and was held at the First Church Cemetery in East Haddam.

Years later, Smith was able to buy his and his family’s freedom. Eventually they all moved to Haddam Neck where he spent his life as an entrepreneur. During his lifetime he owned 130 acres of land, and three homes making a living fishing, whaling, farming, and trading goods on the Salmon River. … Continue Reading

CRT Offers Free Foreclosure Program

September 19, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

imagesby Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

Community Renewal Team (CRT) has expanded it’s free homeowner foreclosure prevention program to now include all income levels. CRT’s expanded foreclosure prevention program is due in part to increased federal funding to programs that help homeowners, according to a statement issued by the organization.

If a homeowner is having trouble making payments or relying on a grace period to pay the mortgage, CRT housing counselors will work with you to put a plan in place to save your home from foreclosure. There are no income restrictions to participate in CRT’s foreclosure prevention, and homeowners do not need to have a foreclosure notice before taking part. All housing programs at CRT are free and conducted by highly trained industry specialists. … Continue Reading

Harvest Craft Fair Seeking Vendors

September 18, 2014 Feature No Comments

CRAFT-SHOW-TABLE-general-imageby Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

Chestelm Adult Day Service in Moodus is looking for vendors to participate in their juried Harvest Craft Show, schedule for Saturday Nov. 8. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the East Haddam Fuel Bank, which offers residents fuel assistance.

Show Coordinator Marie Sola said last year’s event raised over $1,500. and is hoping this year’s event will exceed that amount.

“This is really a community event, and we are looking for their support again this year. Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s show we hope to have the same success this year.” she said. … Continue Reading

Obituary of “Roy L. Gronholm”

September 17, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

Roy-L.-Gronholm-Roy L. Gronholm Sr., 84 of Moodus beloved husband of Anna (Kopera) Gronholm died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Middlesex Health Care after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Roy was born in Middletown the son of the late Bertil and Vega (Svahn) Gronholm. He was a veteran of the Korean War Serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. Prior to his retirement he was employed with Shagbark Lumber and previously Moodus Lumber as a millwright. He was a member of the East Haddam / Moodus Volunteer Fire Department for over forty years.

Besides his wife Anna, Roy is survived by … Continue Reading

Perrotti Receives Public Funding

September 17, 2014 Political Views No Comments

mimi-headshot-final-200x300Mimi Perrotti, Democrataic candidate for the 34th House District; East Hampton, East Haddam and Westchester, is delighted to announce that she has been approved for public financing by the State Elections Enforcement Commission. The clean elections initiative required Mimi to demonstrate significant support from her constituents by gathering at least 150 signatures together with small contributions totaling $5,000. “I truly appreciate the support I have received and want to thank

… Continue Reading


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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

Incumbent Melissa Ziobron Looking Forward to a Second Term

Melissa Ziobron

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


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 …


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 …

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 …

School Budget Forum Slated for Tonight


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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