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Gail Wade music on the lawn at Storrs Cong July 22 2013

On Monday, July 22 beginning at 6:15 p.m. enjoy a free concert on the lawn featuring the folk music of the Gail Wade Trio, followed by gifted Carillonneur Isaac Wong and at the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road on the UConn Storrs campus.

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On Monday, July 22 beginning at 6:15 p.m. enjoy a free concert on the lawn featuring the folk music of the Gail Wade Trio, followed by gifted Carillonneur Isaac Wong and at the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road on the UConn Storrs campus. Picnic dinners will be available for $8. Concerts on the Lawn! is sponsored by SCC’s Music Board through the generosity of the Lamb Fund in memory of past UConn carilloneur Jack Lamb. Questions? Call 860-429-9382 or visit http://www.storrscongchurch.org

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New stamp, music and more celebrates CT lighthouses

New London's Harbor Light is the featured lighthouse for Connecticut in the 2013 United States Postal Service's New England Coastal Lighthouses series issued July 13, 2013. Image from USPS YouTube video.

New London’s Harbor Light is the featured lighthouse for Connecticut in the 2013 United States Postal Service’s New England Coastal Lighthouses series issued July 13, 2013. Image from USPS YouTube video.

Did you know? … 2013 is New London Maritime Society’s 30th Anniversary, which means there are some outstanding events planned on the Connecticut shoreline.

For example, there are five boat trips every Saturday through Sept 7. (You can register for them now – it’s first come, first served with only six passengers per trip.)

Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for each child age 14 and younger.

All proceeds, beyond boat costs, go to the Lighthouse Restoration Fund.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Boat trips to New London Harbor Light – Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Cruise to the lighthouse and climb 119 steps up to the lantern.
  • ‘Three Sisters’ Lighthouse tours – Saturdays at noon, and 2 p.m. – Sit back and cruise by New London’s three harbor lighthouses: NL Harbor, Ledge and Avery Point Lights. … Continue Reading

Bubbleology at Douglas Library kicks off summer reading activities

Keith Michael Johnson will bring his Bubbleology show to the Douglas Library in Hebron, CT on June 25, 2013.  Image source: screen shot from YouTube video

Keith Michael Johnson will bring his Bubbleology show to the Douglas Library in Hebron, CT on June 25, 2013. Image source: screen shot from YouTube video

The Douglas Library Children’s Department kicks off the 2013 Summer Reading program with Bubbleology – The Secret Life of Bubbles, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25 in the library’s Community Room.

Keith Michael Johnson will explore the world of bubbles – bubble sculptures (some life-sized), smoke-filled bubbles, spinning bubbles, and more.

Admission is free and the program is open to the public (children must be accompanied by an adult).

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Motorcycle run June 30 benefits soldiers and guide dog program

POKER RUN motorcycle fundraiser image

The Church of the Holy Family in Hebron, CT on Route 85 (185 Church St.) sponsors its 13th annual Padre’s Run on Sunday, June 30.

Press Release

The Church of the Holy Family in Hebron, CT on Route 85 (185 Church St.) sponsors its 13th annual Padre’s Run on Sunday, June 30. The event will benefit The Fidelco Guide Dog program that partners a service dog with a returning wounded U.S. soldier.

Registration in the church hall is from 9 to 11 a.m.

There will be a memorial Mass at 9:30 a.m., followed by a blessing of the bikes and then the motorcycle “poker” run.

Riders return to the church for food, live music performed by Arizona Made and a raffle.

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Fishing season opens – get info here about where to fish in Connecticut

Approximately 381,000 trout have already been released this spring into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers. Photo courtesy of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) 2013.

Approximately 381,000 trout have already been released this spring into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers. Photo courtesy of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) 2013.

Opening day of the Trout Fishing Season is Saturday, April 20 and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has the state’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds stocked and ready.

Approximately 381,000 trout have already been released this spring into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers.

DEEP’s spring trout-stocking effort began in early March and will continue through the end of May. When spring stocking is completed, DEEP expects to have stocked about 630,000 trout.

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UConn unveils new leaner, meaner Huskies logo

Weighing in on the new design, women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma said, “This logo is everything that a Husky is supposed to be – powerful, aggressive, determined. It is looking right through you and saying ‘Do not mess with me’.... This is a streamlined, fighting dog and I cannot wait for it to be on our uniforms and court.” Image courtesy of UConn Athletics

Weighing in on the new Huskies logo design, women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma said, “This logo is everything that a Husky is supposed to be – powerful, aggressive, determined. It is looking right through you and saying ‘Do not mess with me’. ” Image courtesy of UConn Athletics

Press Release

UConn Athletics today (April 11) unveiled a new version of the Husky logo.

UConn Athletics has been working with Nike to evaluate all parts of its brand, including word marks, logos and uniforms, for the past 14 months.

The new Husky Dog logo will be featured on uniforms for every one of UConn’s 24 athletic programs in 2013-14 and each of those uniforms will also prominently display the block UCONN word mark outlined in red.

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Rescheduled Hebron Maple Fest is this weekend

The 23rd annual Hebron Maple Festival is March 16-17, 2013... rescheduled because of the snow last weekend.

The 23rd annual Hebron Maple Festival is March 16-17, 2013… rescheduled because of the snow last weekend.

Don’t forget – the Hebron Maple Fest is this weekend (March 16 and 17), moved to a new date because of the snow on the ground last weekend.

Events are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come prepared to eat… a lot.

The festival has its own web site – http://hebronmaplefest.com – with a downloadable (in PDF format) schedule of events.

This year’s festival includes the first-ever Farm Tractor Parade, which begins at Ted’s Supermarket on Main Street (Route 66) where the tractors will be on display beginning at 11:30 a.m. Antique and working tractors will parade through the center of town beginning at 1:30 p.m.

 

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Attn actors – East Haddam Stage Co to hold auditions

The East Haddam Stage Co. will hold auditions for upcoming performances from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 8 and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. Pictured here is the 2012 summer production of “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band" at Gillette Castle State Park. Courtesy photo.

The East Haddam Stage Co. will hold auditions for upcoming performances from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 8 and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. Pictured here is the 2012 summer production of “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band” at Gillette Castle State Park. Courtesy photo.

The East Haddam Stage Co. will hold auditions for upcoming performances from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 8 and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

Auditions will be held at Hadlyme Public Hall , 1 Day Hill Road, in Hadlyme, CT.

Actors and actresses – age 18 to 60 – are sought for two upcoming projects:

  • Art as Muse, original works based on abstract art, to be performed May 16-19 (6 shows) at the Hadlyme Public Hall. Rehearsals begin April 22.
  • The company’s fifth summer season of outdoor theater at Gillette Castle State Park – the live action ‘radio’ show, “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band.”  This 30-minute show runs twice a day – on weekends only – from July 6- Aug. 11. Rehearsals begin June 24.

The company is looking for a variety of actors for these projects.

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Discover the art of puppetry at free UConn event Feb 9

PUPPET SLAM at UConn poster Feb 9 2013This weekend, UConn Puppet Slams presents an exciting array of bold new works for puppet theater by vibrant puppet artists from New York City, Boston and the University of Connecticut – presented by The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry (BIMP) and The University of Connecticut Puppet Arts Program.

The popular UConn Puppet Slam series of exciting new works for puppetry will present its next installment from 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 in a free performance at the Studio Theater in the Drama and Music Building on UConn’s Main Campus.

This exciting array of short-form puppetry will feature professional puppeteers from the Northeast and new works by students from UConn’s famed Puppet Arts Program.

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State offers new Youth Fishing Passport

CT Fish and Wildlife has developed fishing activities and is building a list of fishing vendors who will support passport holders with a special benefit.

CT Fish and Wildlife has developed fishing activities and is building a list of fishing vendors who will support passport holders with a special benefit. CT Fish and Wildlife photo.

Connecticut Fish and Wildlife has announced a new free Youth Fishing Passport.

The Youth Fishing Passport is a program designed to encourage those under 16 to become avid anglers.

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Local day camps made a great summer for cancer patients families

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Working with the hospital’s Cancer Navigation Program, Holiday Hill Day Camp in Mansfield, CT and the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover, CT provided full admission to the children – and by doing so, also gave some rest to the adults who are experiencing the physical and emotional stress caused by a cancer diagnosis.

Are you ready for the state’s new insurance program?

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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).

Gov. Malloy defends new campaign finance law

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“The bill I’m signing today requires a level of disclosure that few if any other states require. No bill is perfect. But this bill makes Connecticut a national leader in requiring disclosure and transparency.” – Gov. Malloy

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