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CT State Police looking for man who robbed Route 6 store

October 3, 2012 Local News No Comments

CT State Police are reporting that they are in search of a man who robbed the 7-11 convenience store at 380 Route 6 in Andover, CT this afternoon (Oct. 3). Photo source: CT State Police

CT State Police are reporting that they are in search of a man who robbed the 7-11 convenience store at 380 Route 6 in Andover, CT today (Oct. 3).

Police say what they are calling an armed robbery was reported at 2:27 p.m. They are considering it an armed robbery because the perpetrator implied he had a gun.

The suspect is described as having “light skin” – since only his hands are visible in the photo. He was wearing a black, long-sleeved hooded sweatshirt and covered his face with black material. He was also wearing black pants and black sneakers with two white stripes.

Police also described the suspect as between 5’6” and 5’8” and weighing about 145 lbs.

According to the report, the suspect “entered the 7-11 implying he had a handgun, demanded cash from the register, and cigarettes.  The subject left the store on foot headed north on Route 6.” The report also states that it is unknown whether the robber had a vehicle nearby.

Anyone with information that might assist the police in their investigation is asked to call the State Police at 860-537-7500 and refer to case number CFS12-00563163.

Posted October 3, 2012

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Connecticut victims of 9-11 remembered at memorial ceremony

September 11, 2012 Areawide, Local News No Comments

“In the past 11 years… countless stories have been told – countless memorials have been built – and countless tears have fallen. But your presence here, this year and every other, has meaning far beyond words. Because your presence here today means your loved ones are with us, too. They are with us in the faces that I know are still vivid in your minds. They are with us in remembered voices – in the love you feel in your heart.” Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman at Connecticut Remembers Memorial 2012.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman addressed a gathering at the 11th annual Connecticut Remembers 9-11 Memorial Service, held at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport on Sept. 10 and spoke of the “horror that blackened crystal blue skies over our nation’s capital,” as well as the other terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Today, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proclaimed Tuesday, September 11, 2012 as Honor Our Heroes and Remembrance Day in the State of Connecticut and ordered Connecticut and U.S. flags to half-staff from sunrise to sunset.

By proclamation, President Barack Obama also has directed U.S. flags to fly at half-staff and called for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.

CT Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was not present at Monday’s memorial because he was traveling out of the country.

Joining the gathering were families and friends who had lost loved ones on 9-11.

“We are humbled by your presence, and we thank you for sharing this day with us,” Wyman said.

“In the past 11 years… countless stories have been told – countless memorials have been built – and countless tears have fallen. But your presence here, this year and every other, has meaning far beyond words. Because your presence here today means your loved ones are with us, too. They are with us in the faces that I know are still vivid in your minds. They are with us in remembered voices – in the love you feel in your heart,” Wyman said.

“For the rest of us, here and across Connecticut and the nation, it is absolutely necessary that we never forget who they were, how they lived their lives, and what they meant to you.

“Many were working that day in the World Trade Center, within sight of this wonderful memorial where we gather today,” Wyman said, including –

  • the computer specialist who also created beautiful music on the piano, and who was in the Windows on the World that morning because a friend needed him to fill in at a meeting;
  • the broker who loved to fish and hunt, and who proposed to his wife in 1987 during a dinner atop the Twin Towers;
  • the 79-year-old engineer, whose quiet, gentle demeanor belied his experience of living in exotic countries across the globe, and his passion for climbing some of the world’s highest mountains;
  • the recent college graduate, who lived for summer sailing and kayaking, and who had just begun his career as a trader;
  • and the software consultant, who loved simple things like cross-stitching and puttering around the house, and who was a month away from marrying the man she had loved for 16 years.

For others, “that day began in the air,” Wyman said.

  • the young, artistic couple who worked side-by-side as flight attendants, and who had just bought a house where they were to begin their lives together;
  • the aviation executive and part-time pilot, on his way out west for a biking trip with his brothers, who bravely helped fellow passengers try to retake control of their hijacked plane over Pennsylvania;
  • the blonde 4-year-old girl flying with her Mom to California, where she was going to see Disneyland for the first time.

“These are just some of the stories of the lives behind the 161 names that we are about to hear,” Wyman said

Wyman also spoke of members of the Connecticut military lost during the fighting that followed 9-11.

“Five years ago, I had the privilege of helping create a memorial and annual ceremony for the Connecticut military heroes we have lost in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. And now that I have witnessed this ceremony and had the honor to meet some of you, I know even more deeply why those 63 brave men and women felt compelled to go to battle.

“They fought and made the ultimate sacrifice for your loved ones – and for all of us. My tribute to them is this 9/11 pin that I wear every day, and will only put away when every one of them is back home. I know you join me in praying for their safe return.”

Wyman concluded her speech by reciting a verse from a memorial poem written by two students from Rockville High School, “Out of the Ashes.”

“I think this single verse speaks not only of what and who we lost 11 years ago – but is a guide to how we can perhaps take strength from the pain that is still very real today,” Wyman said.

We are the Twin Towers

Of the past – and present.

Towers of strength – towers of faith.

That can never be erased.

Today, Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt Gov. Nancy Wyman released this statement on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001:

“Though 11 years have passed since the attacks, the grief and sorrow we felt for our country, for our friends and neighbors and complete strangers, is still very close to our hearts,” said Gov. Malloy.

“With each passing year, this anniversary serves as a moment for reflection, a time to remember the brave and selfless acts of our first responders and the ordinary people who committed extraordinary acts of heroism.

“It’s a day to keep in mind the dangers we still face, a time to renew our resolve to keep each other safe from harm, and to give thanks to all those in uniform for the work they do.

“It is also a day to remember that we Americans are a strong and resolute people, and that even when we are faced with unspeakable horror and tragedy, we have an indomitable will and spirit that cannot be broken – by anyone, or anything. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who is grieving today – to friends, neighbors and complete strangers. Though some are gone, none are forgotten.”

Lt. Gov. Wyman said, “Here in Connecticut and across the nation, September 11th is a day for us to remember and honor those who lost their lives, and what they meant to their families and their communities. Their families live with the pain of that loss every day of every year, and we must support them in any way we can.

“It is also a time to recognize the dedication of our firefighters, police officers and EMS workers, and the 63 brave Connecticut military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Posted September 11, 2012

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Forage for mushrooms in the Connecticut woods – safely

Summer Oyster mushroom (Pleurotuspulmonarius) is one of the wild mushrooms that can be foraged in Connecticut. Photo by The 3 Foragers.

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History will host a mushroom gathering and identification activity in Hebron, CT on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Connie Borodenko, from the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society, will lead the program.

Neither a plant nor an animal, mushrooms and other fungi are curious life forms indeed! They pop up suddenly, often becoming full-grown in a matter of hours.

Discover the startling, colorful, sometimes delicious and sometimes deadly, world of mushrooms and fungi.

Bring a basket and paper bags for gathering during the first hour of the program.

Then, learn about the fascinating world of fungi as we discuss the findings with our mushroom expert.

This hike may be challenging for some, it will include hilly areas.

The program fee is $25 ($20 for museum members). Advance registration is required.

This program is for adults and children ages 8 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For registration information visit http:///www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call 860-486-4460 during museum hours.

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Posted September 6, 2012

Related link:

The 3 Foragers blog http://the3foragers.blogspot.com

How to identify edible mushrooms growing in CT http://www.gardenguides.com/90012-identify-wild-edible-mushrooms-grow-connecticut.html

Foraging wild edible food http://www.norwichbulletin.com/bulletin_blogs/foraging_wild_edible_food_blog/x1588376151/Edible-Mushrooms-in-Connecticut

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Libertarian VP candidate to visit UConn

September 3, 2012 Areawide, Local News No Comments

Libertarian vice presidential candidate Judge Jim Gray of California.

Libertarian vice presidential candidate Jim Gray — will visit the University of Connecticut from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Homer Babbidge Library (theater 2).

Gray’s talk is sponsored by the following student organizations:

  • Alternative Political Society,
  • Young Americans for Liberty and
  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

There are seats for 80 people, plus standing room in the back of the theater.

Gray, a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County, is a long­time activist regarding marijuana legislation who resides in California.

He also supports marriage equality, fiscal responsibility and peaceful, non-interventionist foreign policy.

Gray is running with Gary Johnson, a two-term governor of New Mexico.

Posted September 3, 2012

Related links:

“Could Super-Pac backed third party candidates sway the presidential race?” NBC News http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/31/13573497-could-super-pac-backed-third-party-candidates-sway-presidential-race?lite

“Jim Gray, Libertarian vice president candidate, visits Alaska,” Alaska Disptach http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/jim-gray-libertarian-vice-presidential-candidate-visits-alaska

“Judge Jim Gray announces as Libertarian vice presidential candidate,” http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/judge-jim-gray-announces-as-libertarian-vice-presidential-candidate

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For parents – make transition to school a success

September 2, 2012 Local News No Comments

Photo source: WikiCommons

Residents of Andover, Hebron, Marlborough and Columbia are invited… The AHM Family Resource Center will host a breakfast discussion, “Making the Transition to School a Success,” on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Family Resource Center at Gilead Hill School in Hebron.

Join Sandra Plummer, the clinical director at AHM, in this supportive discussion.

Topics to be shared include –

  • your role in supporting your child,
  • dealing with your emotions and
  • how to navigate the transition from summer break to school success.

Refreshments will be served and child care is available for $3 per child.

To register, call Laurie Larsen at 860-228-0871, or send an e-mail to  ahmfrc@hotmail.com

Posted September 2, 2012

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Live music, great food at AHM dinner fundraiser

The event will include live music by Bruce John and local celebrities acting as waiters, as well as dinner, dessert and beverages.

A fundraising gala dinner will be held on Monday, Sept. 24, to benefit AHM Youth Services, which serves families in the towns of Andover, Hebron, Marlborough and Columbia.

The second annual dinner is hosted by Gina Marie’s Restaurant in Hebron, CT owned by Troy and Gina Marie Kelsey.

The event will include live music by Bruce John and local celebrities acting as waiters, as well as dinner, dessert and beverages.

All of the proceeds from the event will help support the youth services bureau’s programs.

Tickets are $50 each. For a reservation call (860) 228-9488.

AHM Youth Services aims to promote and support the health and well-being of children, young adults and their families for their personal growth and for the greater good of the communities.

Posted September 2, 2012

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Look here for local events for Sept 2 – 6

Free “Sunday Music in the Park” concert will feature Full Gael at Alex Caisse Park/Park Springs, Route 195, Willimantic (near the East Brook Mall), starting at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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Sunday Sept. 2

FARMERS MARKET — ASHFORD

The Ashford Farmers Market is open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the old post office next to Route 44 across from town offices.

FARMERS MARKET — COVENTRY

The hugely popular Coventry Regional Farmers Market, with a theme and related special events every week, is open every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the month of October at the Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St., Coventry. (See the web site http://coventryfarmersmarket.com for details and info on how to receive a weekly newsletter.)

MUSIC IN THE PARK – WILLIMANTIC

Free “Sunday Music in the Park” concert will feature Full Gael at Alex Caisse Park/Park Springs, Route 195, Willimantic (near the East Brook Mall), starting at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Concerts performed in the memory of Phyllis Foster. Rain location at Windham Middle School, Quarry Street. For information call (860) 423-2988.

Monday Sept. 3 Labor Day

CONCERT – HAMPTON

Hampton Recreation and Community Activities Commission will present a Labor Day concert with the Hoolios. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Hampton Community Center is located at 178 Main Street (Route 97). The hall will be set up cabaret-style for a trademark “folk-tailgating.” Feel free to BYO-whatever! $15 for adults; children accompanied by an adult admitted free. Reservations are strongly recommended. Info: (860) 455-2056.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL – COLUMBIA

The Columbia Democratic Town Committee hosts its annual Ice Cream Social on the Town Green in Columbia from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring family and friends for a relaxing afternoon of ice cream sundaes, live music and a chance for folks to share some time together before the end of the summer. Entertainment will be provided by local musician Bruce John. $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the event or by contacting any member of the Columbia Democratic Town Committee.

Tuesday Sept. 4

PARENTS – SCHOOL TRANSITION TALK

Residents of Andover, Hebron, Marlborough and Columbia are invited… The AHM Family Resource Center will host a breakfast discussion “Making the Transition to School a Success” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Family Resource Center at Gilead Hill School in Hebron. Join Sandra Plummer, the clinical director at AHM Youth Services, in this supportive discussion. Topics to be shared include – your role in supporting your child, dealing with your emotions and how to navigate the transition from summer break to school success. Refreshments will be served and child care is available for $3 per child. To register, call Laurie Larsen at (860) 228-0871, or e-mail at ahmfrc@hotmail.com.

BD OF DIRECTORS, ACCESS AGENCY – WILLIMANTIC

Access Community Action Agency Board of Directors holds its regular meeting at 4 p.m. at Access Community Action Agency, 1315 Main St., Willimantic. Public invited. For information: www.accessagency.org

AUTHOR TRAIL SPEAKER – S. WINDHAM

CT author Trail Joan Hall will discuss her humorous poetry and the creative writing process at the Guilford Smith Memorial Library, 17 Main St., South Windham at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments served.

Wednesday Sept. 5

SEWING AND SERVICE – WILLIMANTIC

The Interfaith Sewing and Service Group meets at the First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., Willimantic, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects: School bags, CWS; receiving blankets for Hartford City baby Showers; Red flag blankets for WMH. Info. (860) 228-9658.

BLOOD PRESSURE – MANSFIELD

Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, offers blood pressure screenings at 11 a.m. No appointment necessary for free screenings.

MASSAGE THERAPY — MANSFIELD

Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, offers massage therapy with Faith Manning from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Kathy for an appointment at (860) 429-0262.

BEREAVEMENT GROUP – MANSFIELD

Open to residents of Mansfield and surrounding towns. Hospice of Eastern Connecticut hosts the “Evenings After” bereavement group for those who have suffered a recent loss. Group is located at 34 Ledgebrook Drive, Mansfield (behind East Brook Mall). It is held from 6 to 8 p.m. Come join others for support and discussion. Group is open to the community. Info: (860) 456-7288, ext. 293.

AUDITIONS – WINDHAM

The Windham Theatre Guild holds open auditions for a November performance of the musical “Always, Patsy Cline,” at 7 p.m. at Windham Middle School, Quarry Street, Willimantic. The show revolves around two main characters – famous country/pop star Patsy Cline and her biggest fan Louise Seger. Audition will include vocal, acting and improvisational sequences. Prepare a musical number for the vocal audition. Piano accompaniment will be provided. Readings from the script will be provided that evening. Filling the following roles: Patsy Cline – This role is vocally demanding, singing lead on more than 20 songs. The ideal candidate sounds like Patsy Cline; Louise Seger – This is a large acting role with lots of monologues. We are looking for a great actress; Back-up singers – Four back-up singers needed, two male and two female. Director is Victor Funderburk. Musical director is Ken Clark. Performance dates: Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16 and 17 at the Burton Leavitt Theatre at 779 Main Street in Willimantic, with a special benefit performance on Nov. 4. For more information: contact the Windham Theatre Guild at windhamtheatre@aol.com

SENIOR ART SHOW – COLUMBIA

The Beckish Senior Center, 188 Route 66, Columbia, sponsors a Senior Art Show in honor of Rose Marrotte the week of Sept. 17-21. A $100 first prize as well as a $50 “People’s Choice Award” will be presented. Awards will be made at a luncheon on Sept. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. Seniors interested in exhibiting their material can call (860) 228-0759 for details. Items to be shown will be accepted at the Senior Center on Monday, Sept. 17 between 9 a.m. and noon.

JOYFUL NOISE REHEARSALS – MANSFIELD

Joyful Noise, Children’s Community Choir for ages 6-12 will hold rehearsals from 6 to 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 29 Puddin Lane, Mansfield. Pre-registration or info: (860) 423-1130

Thursday Sept. 6

CONVERSATION WITH BETTY — MANSFIELD

A Conversation with Betty will take place at the Mansfield Senior Center, Wellness Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, at 11 a.m. Topic: “Our Role as Mentors.” Info: (860) 429-0262

DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT – MANSFIELD

At 5:30 p.m. at the Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, for a potluck dinner followed by entertainment at 6:30 p.m. by “ One Accord” from the Tolland Senior Center. No charge, but everyone is asked to bring a dish to feed 8 to 10 people.

PIZZA PARTY, BOOK DISCUSSION – S. WINDHAM

The Guilford Smith Memorial Library, 17 Main St., South Windham will host a “tween” pizza party and Nutmeg book discussion of “Matched” by Ally Condie at 6:30 p.m. Books available at the library.

Posted September 1, 2012

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Take a walk, in Lebanon’s Heritage Garden

Open fields are a lovely backdrop for the Heritage Garden at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House and Museum in Lebanon, CT. Photo copyright 2012 by Brenda Sullivan

While there are many good reasons to visit Lebanon, CT, including the beautiful town green – where you will see people jogging and strolling year-round – if you are a garden lover, you might want to visit the Heritage Garden.

It’s a small garden, but chock full of history and beautiful plants and it’s located at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House and Museum (right on the green).

The museum, itself, is interesting for its information about the Revolutionary War era and the three generations of Trumbulls who are an important part of Connecticut history.

Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. (1740–1809) was General George Washington’s secretary during the American Revolution, and later was an eight-term governor of Connecticut.

The garden adds to the museum experience.

You can park at the back of the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House and walk over to the garden. You will notice a mailbox next to the entry arbor and inside are pamphlets with information about the plant choices in the Heritage Garden.

Buddleia blooming in August in the Victorian section of the Heritage Garden at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House and Museum in Lebanon, CT. Photo copyright 2012 by Brenda Sullivan

Basically, the garden is grouped according to three time periods – Victorian, Colonial and Contemporary.

In the Victorian section, which reflects the “parterre” style of that time, you will find such plants as buddleia, phlox, peonies and dusty miller.

The Colonial section of the garden reflects the kitchen gardens of that time, so it includes herbs such as chives, hyssop, borage and lavender.

Flowers include yarrow, hollyhocks, coreopsis and boltonia – and there are grape vines and morning glories on the split-trail fence.

By the way, the adjacent open fields create a beautiful backdrop for the garden.

The Contemporary section of the garden contains some plantings that, while more common in today’s gardens and landscaping, actually have their origins in the Colonial era.

Hibiscus in the Heritage Garden at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House in Lebanon, CT. Photo copyright 2012 Brenda Sullivan

This part of the garden includes hibiscus, ornamental grass, astilbe and a dwarf maple.

The Heritage Garden was created through a collaboration of the Jonathan Trumbull Junior House Museum Committee and the Lebanon Garden Club.

While you’re there, depending on the day of the week and the time of day you go, you can also visit the West Green Farm for fresh fruits and vegetables. They are open to the public Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

And at the end of the green is the Lebanon General Store where you can buy a sandwich and cold beverages.

While many flowers fade as the summer comes to an end, the seed heads of these are still lovely – at the Heritage Garden, Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House and Museum, Lebanon CT. Photo copyright 2012 Brenda Sullivan

If you happen to be there on a Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon, from now until Oct. 13, you can also visit the Lebanon Farmers Market next to the library – just up the road from the town green.
If you visit Lebanon, please share your experiences with us in the comment section.

Posted August 15, 2012

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Osten upsets Reynolds in Democratic 19th District primary

August 15, 2012 Local News No Comments

Cathy Osten, of Sprague, CT won the Democratic primary on Aug. 14, 2012 in the race to fill the vacancy that will be left by retiring Sen. Edith Prague, of Columbia, in the 19th District. Due to redistricting, that constituency will now include the towns of Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Norwich, Sprague and part of Montville. She will now face the endorsed GOP candidate, State Rep. Chris Coutu, R-Norwich. Photo source: CSEA SEIU Local 2001

Sprague First Selectwoman Catherine “Cathy” Osten decisively beat State Rep. Tom Reynolds, D-Ledyard, in Connecticut’s 19th Senate District Primary Tuesday (Aug. 14) to get the Democratic nomination. Osten was the top vote-getter in eight of 10 towns.

Osten, 56, said after the votes were counted that the win “means the world” to her.

She may have been helped by the endorsement of the much loved and soon-­to-be-retiring State Senator Edith Prague, D-Columbia.

“I expected this to be a nail biter,” Osten said, even though she spent a lot of her campaign the old-fashioned way, going door to door to talk with voters.

Osten received more than 57 percent of the votes with a total of 2,269 compared with 1,666 for Reynolds.

Some of the key votes came from with Norwich voting 782-512, Lisbon 180-55 and Columbia 237-103. Reynolds was the top vote-getter in his hometown of Ledyard, 425-73.

Reynolds, 45, conceded to Osten less than an hour after the polls closed Tuesday night.

Celebrating her win at T J’s Cafe in Baltic, Osten said Reynolds “immediately” gave her his endorsement for the upcoming November elections, where she will now face Republican State Rep. Chris Coutu, R-Norwich.

Coutu has already been endorsed by the Republican party.

Due to last year’s redistricting, Osten will run to represent a geographical area that includes Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Norwich, Sprague and part of Montville.

Osten has served as the first selectwoman in Sprague for three consecutive terms and chose to run for the state Senate thanks to Prague’s “push.”

Osten thanked her friends and family for their support in the primary election. She said her mother, Patricia Osten, “called every senior in Norwich” to make sure they voted.

“I have no worries moving forward,” Osten said. She intends to continue campaigning door-to-door and said she will go through another “six pairs of shoes” to make sure she reaches “each and every home.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to have the confidence of voters. I will continue to focus on jobs and the economy,” Osten said.

Tuesday night, Reynolds said he is “committed” to getting Osten elected in November.

While at his campaign headquarters in Norwich, he said he had no regrets about his primary campaign. “This is the best campaign I’ve ever run,” he said.

Reynolds said he feels Prague’s endorsement “definitely helped” Osten.

Prague is popular with senior citizens — who tend to vote more in primaries and elections — in her district.

Not sure what the next step will be for himself, Reynolds said his 18-years as a state and local official “isn’t a bad run.”

“This is a tough life for a family with children,” he said. Referring to his defeat, he said,“These things happen for a reason.”

However, Reynolds said, he will continue to serve his community. “I can’t imagine running for office again. But, just after an election is not the night to decide anything,” he said.

Town-by-Town results for the CT Democratic 19th Senate District Primary Aug. 14 2012

Posted Aug. 15, 2012 as edited by, and with photo and link added by, HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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Hum along… with Singin’ in the Rain at the Capitol Theater Arts Academy

The students at Capitol Theater Arts Academy (CTAA) in Willimantic, CT will present public performances of the award-winning musical, Singin’ in the Rain on Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Aug. 11.

The students at Capitol Theater Arts Academy (CTAA) will present public performances of the award-winning musical, Singin’ in the Rain on Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Aug. 11.

The Academy – an arts magnet school – is located in downtown Willimantic at the beautifully renovated, air-conditioned Capitol Theater, 896 Main St.

Featuring 43 students, ages 8-15, CTAA’s Summer Musical Theater Program includes students from Amston (in Hebron), Chaplin, Columbia, Colchester, Coventry, Hampton, Manchester, Mansfield (including Storrs, Mansfield Center), Norwich, Scotland, South Windsor, Tolland and Windham (including North Windham and Willimantic).

Regular tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children under 12.

To order your tickets now, please call EASTCONN’s Capitol Theater Box Office between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at 860-465-5636.

The box office window is also open 45 minutes before show time for walk-up ticket sales if still available.

This production is sponsored by the Savings Institute.

Posted August 1, 2012

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