Gillette Castle | Step Back in Time for a Turn of the Century Christmas

By Chloe Jackson This weekend, 20dec-21dec, is the last weekend to enjoy the holidays at Gillette Castle State Park. Come and enjoy

Millington School House Outhouse

By Chloe Jackson The East Haddam Historical Society would like to see the Millington Green School House’s Outhouse restored. The last building on the property to be restored it currently sit

Devil’s Hopyard | Covered Footbridge Gets Maintence

By Chloe Jackson Wednesday morning the covered footbridge at Devil’s Hopyard State Park  received multiple new planks

Hidden Gem: K-LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers

By Chloe Jackson Editor|cjackson@HTNP.com At the intersection of 151 and route 66 sits K.LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers. For nine months Stephanie Lumbra’s hard work has produced excellent all American food.  With generous portions: Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, divine BLTs, chicken nuggets, onion rings, and cheese fries means you won’t be disappointed. With a …

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State Unemployment-July 2014

September 3, 2014 Areawide, Business, Feature Comments Off

laborThe New England Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released New England and state unemployment numbers for July 2014.  These data are supplied by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program which produces monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, and many … Continue Reading

CL&P’s Proposed Rate Hike

September 2, 2014 Areawide, Feature Comments Off

connecticut-light-and-power-logo-cl-p1State Representative Gregory Haddad (D-Mansfield) expressed his strong opposition to the substantial rate hikes recently proposed by Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P). Haddad called on the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to deny the request to raise rates for Connecticut customers of CL&P. “This proposed $232 million electric rate hike will financially hurt all those individuals and businesses who rely on CL&P and could … Continue Reading

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

August 27, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

East-Haddam-Town-HallEast 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 School Auditorium in late September. A date will be chosen once school is back in session next week. The agricultural economic development municipal project on town-owned land, previously owned by the Harris family, received a $431,200 STEAP grant (Small Town Economic Assistance Program) in 2013. The Town of East Haddam planned to maintain ownership of the land and operate the facilities with a net-zero operating budget, including the lease of a shared small business incubator kitchen and … Continue Reading

Volunteer EMTs Needed

August 20, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments
The East haddam Ambulance Association is seeking to recruit new volunteers.

The East haddam Ambulance Association is seeking to recruit new volunteers.

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 the association was formed, volunteer EMTs responded to 86 calls.  As the town grows larger, more EMTs are needed to meet the increase in calls, which have risen to 526 as of last year.  The growing need isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon, either. The rate of ambulance calls is … Continue Reading

“Take the Time” Mobile Offers Free Mammograms

August 18, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

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. On September 20th, the “Take the Time” Mammography Mobile will be making its next appearance at the family’s garden shop, Paul’s and Sandy’s Too, located at 93 East High Street in East Hampton. The mobile offers free mammograms to women over the age of 40 who have not had a mammogram within the past 12 months. TaketheTime

The “Take the Time” Mobile is funded by the Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation, which was started by Karen Peszynski Clark and her family. Sandy, Karen’s mother and the namesake of the foundation as well as the family’s shop, passed away in 2007 from breast cancer after a twenty-five year battle against the disease. The foundation raises funds through efforts such as the annual Pumpkintown festival, a fantasy village complete with pumpkin-headed inhabitants that runs each year from late … Continue Reading

Epoch Arts to hold 8th Annual Tag Sale Fundraiser

August 16, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments
Epoch Arts will hold its 8th annual tag sale starting September 5th at 1 pm.

Epoch Arts will hold its 8th annual tag sale starting September 5th at 1 pm.

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 in East Hampton.  Trinkets and toys, home goods and electronics, to books, records and so much more will be among the treasures just waiting to be discovered.

The tag sale is an annual fundraiser held by Epoch Arts (pronounced “epic”).   A non-profit organization described as an “arts center” by founder Elizabeth Namen, Epoch offers its young participants the opportunity to nourish their artistic and creative skills.  Classes such as filmmaking, painting, clay sculpting, crafting, playwriting and production, improvisation and more … Continue Reading

Historian To Give Veterans Day Talk

August 8, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

Presentation On Moodus War Hero, Melvin Baron

Photo of Melvin Baron, courtesy of Jackie Michael

Photo of Melvin Baron, courtesy of Jackie Michael

Both the Hadlyme Congregational Church and the North School of Hadlyme are sponsoring a talk about a World War II veteran from Moodus named Melvin Baron, who was killed in action in Italy 70 years ago on May 4, 1944, at the age of 19. Pvt. Baron, a 1943 graduate of Hale-Ray High School, was part of an elite special services unit in the Army. It was jointly formed with Canadian troops and was called the “First Special Services Force.” The unit … Continue Reading

Captain Grizzy’s Showboat Parade to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

July 31, 2014 Feature, Local News Comments Off

By Lauren Quirici East Hampton residents can only wonder what kinds of fanciful floats are in store for the tenth annual Captain Grizzy’s Showboat Parade on Lake Pocotopaug. On Saturday, August 9 at around 2 p.m., this year’s delightfully decorated boats will take to the lake for all to see. Each year at the parade, about fifteen to thirty creatively dressed boats set sail across the lake. Past years have seen boats resembling racecars, Noah’s Ark, covered wagons and more.

"Ballerina Beach Volleyball" was one of the entrants in the 2012 Capt. Grizzy Show Boat Parade, organized by East Hampton Friends of Lake Pocotopaug. Photo contributed by Jane Traceski

“Ballerina Beach Volleyball” was one of the entrants in the 2012 Capt. Grizzy Show Boat Parade, organized by East Hampton Friends of Lake Pocotopaug. Photo contributed by Jane Traceski

The parade is sponsored by the Friends of Lake Pocotopaug, who extend invitations to surrounding communities as far as Enfield and Windsor, as well as to some of the neighboring lakes. The group, largely comprised of waterfront or watershed area residents, focuses on raising money to keep the lake and surrounding area free of pollution. Among many fundraising efforts to benefit the lake environment is a yearly raffle that takes place at the parade, offering $10,000 to a lucky winner. “The lake is probably the biggest natural resource in East Hampton,” explains John Moore, lakefront resident and chairman of the Friends. “We are using the money to help educate and keep the … 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 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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Hidden Gem: K-LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers

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By Chloe Jackson Editor|cjackson@HTNP.com At the intersection of 151 and route 66 sits K.LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers. For nine months Stephanie Lumbra’s hard work has produced excellent all American food.  With …

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 …

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