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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Gov. Malloy – take precautions during summer heat this July 4th weekend

Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, even with the windows partially open. Temperatures inside the car can climb within minutes to a degree that can cause convulsions and death.

Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, even with the windows partially open. Temperatures inside the car can climb within minutes to a degree that can cause convulsions and death.

Given the heat index forecasted to be in the mid-90’s during the Fourth of July weekend, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urges residents to take steps to stay cool and safe… and to check on the welfare of those who are homebound or otherwise vulnerable to heat stroke.

“Although this heat wave will not be excessive, we are now into the summer season and everyone should take the necessary precautions during times of intense heat and humidity,” Gov. Malloy said in a prepared statement today (July 3.)

“A few simple steps can greatly reduce heat-related issues, especially for the elderly, the very young and people with respiratory ailments who are more susceptible to the effects of high temperatures,” he said.

“Any resident looking for a place to cool off should call 2-1-1 to find out where their closest cooling center is located.”

He also offered these safety tips:

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New USDA standards aim for ‘smart snacks’ at school

The USDA launched a new $5 million Farm to School grant program in 2012 to increase the amount of healthy, local food in schools. See http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool

The USDA launched a new $5 million Farm to School grant program in 2012 to increase the amount of healthy, local food in schools. See http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool

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“Many parents are working hard every day to make sure they provide healthy, balanced meals and snacks to their kids. Unfortunately, we don’t always have control over the snacks our kids have access to when they’re away from home. That’s why, as a mom myself, I am so excited that schools will now be offering healthier choices to students and reinforcing the work we do at home to help our kids stay healthy,” said First Lady Michelle Obama about the USDA’s new standards for school nutrition.

The USDA is focused on improving childhood nutrition and empowering families to make healthier food choices by providing science-based information and advice, while expanding the availability of healthy food.

America’s students now have healthier and more nutritious school meals due to improved nutrition standards implemented as a result of the historic Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. 

Now these standards are extended to snacks available in schools.

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East Haddam’s 2013 Music on the River series set to start

Roomful of Blues kicks off the free 2013 Music on the River series of concerts held on the Goodspeed Opera House green in East Haddam, CT.  Image: Roomful of Blues YouTube video screen shot.

Roomful of Blues kicks off the free 2013 Music on the River series of concerts held on the Goodspeed Opera House green in East Haddam, CT. Image: Roomful of Blues YouTube video screen shot.

Dust off your lawn chairs and picnic baskets because Music on the River is back.

All concerts are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday evenings at the Goodspeed Opera House green. (In the case of rain, concerts move to the high school auditorium… check the Music on the River blog or Facebook page for updates.)

Pack a picnic basket, blanket and/or some lawn chairs – or buy some great food and drinks at the Gelston House.

Parking is available at the Goodspeed Opera House lot behind the Gelston House.

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In East Haddam – mark your calendars for Conover Family fundraiser

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A Benefit Picnic to support Karan Conover and her family after the devastating loss of their home to a fire over Memorial Day Weekend will be held on July 19, 2013 in East Haddam, CT.

Press Release

The Democratic Town Committee is joining forces with the East Haddam Community Lions Club and First Church of Christ Congregational to sponsor a Benefit Picnic to support Karan Conover and her family because of the devastating loss of their home to a fire over Memorial Day Weekend.

The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013 at the Moodus Sportsmen’s Club.

Tickets are only $5 each, but additional donations are appreciated.

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Sen. Linares’ boating industry bill now law

Sen. Art Linares (left) and Brewers Yacht Yard President Rives Potts (right) toured Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, CT on June 19, 2013.  A new law co-sponsored by Linares aims to boost the state boating industry. Contributed photo.

Sen. Art Linares (left) and Brewers Yacht Yard President Rives Potts (right) toured Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, CT on June 19, 2013. A new law co-sponsored by Linares aims to boost the state boating industry. Contributed photo.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on June 26 signed into law a bill co-sponsored by State Sen. Art Linares that will provide a boost to Connecticut’s marine industry.

Sen. Linares (www.senatorlinares.com) represents the 33rd Senate District, which encompasses Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

The new law, which takes effect immediately, includes these changes:

  • Extends the length of time that boats stored during the winter are exempt from sales and use tax,
  • Extends the sales tax exemption for storing noncommercial boats by two months, by starting the period sooner and ending it later. Under current law, the period runs from Nov. 1 to April 30. Under the new law, it runs from Oct. 1 to May 31,
  • Extends the use tax exemption for boats brought into Connecticut only to be stored, maintained, or repaired, by ending the period one month later. Under current law, the period runs from Oct. 1 to April 30. Under the new law, it runs from Oct. 1 to May 31.

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East Haddam Senior Services Coordinator to retire

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The public is invited to attend a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the East Haddam Senior Center, 15 Great Hillwood Road to honor Joanne Roczniak, who  is retiring after 33 years of service to the town as the Coordinator of Senior Services and the Municipal Agent for the Elderly. Photo by D Sharon Pruitt via Wikimedia Commons 2013

The public is invited to attend a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the East Haddam Senior Center, 15 Great Hillwood Road to honor Joanne Roczniak, who is retiring after 33 years of service to the town as the Coordinator of Senior Services and the Municipal Agent for the Elderly. Photo by D Sharon Pruitt via Wikimedia Commons 2013

Press Release

The public is invited to attend a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the East Haddam Senior Center, 15 Great Hillwood Road to honor Joanne Roczniak.

Roczniak is retiring after 33 years of service to the town as the Coordinator of Senior Services and the Municipal Agent for the Elderly.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Roczniak has served on the Senior Resources Advisory Board, the East Haddam Housing Corporation, the Board of Assessment Appeals, Board of Education and the Park and Recreation Commission.

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Did you know? It’s National Pollinator Week

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees.  They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly, bees. They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

On Friday, June 21, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, Pollinator Partnership and others will celebrate the 2013 National Pollinator Week, which is designated as June 17-23.

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly, bees.

They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

The push for a Pollinator Week to raise awareness of the dangers to our food supply caused by such things as bee die-off and overuse of pesticides was originally initiated by the Pollinator Partnership.

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Hundreds celebrate historic Swing Bridge centennial

A parade of antique cars began a day of events celebration the centennial of the historic Swing Bridge in East Haddam, CT. Photo by Roger Straub for HTNP.com

A parade of antique cars began a day of events celebration the centennial of the historic Swing Bridge in East Haddam, CT. Photo by Roger Straub for HTNP.com

By Roger Straub | HTNP Contributor

The weather could not have been better for the 100th anniversary Swing Bridge celebration on Saturday, June 15.

The majestic bridge, and its bonds of steel, unite the towns of Haddam and East Haddam.

Ceremonies began with a bridge crossing led by the Moodus Drum and Fife Corps followed by a parade of antique automobiles.

Riding in many of the vehicles were several state officials and other dignitaries from the area.

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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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