Community News For The Colchester Edition

CPA Society Reappoints Local Woman

EAST HAMPTON — The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants has reappointed CPA Joanna M. Purtell of East Hampton to serve as a member-at-large of its Advisory Council for the organization's 2017-18 activity year. The Advisory Council contemplates the future of the Connecticut Society of CPAs and the accounting profession, and in doing so serves as a sounding board and source of information for the CTCPA Board of Directors.

Purtell is a financial reporting and technical accounting specialist with United Technologies in Farmington. She holds a B.S. in accounting from College of Our Lady of the Elms, and an M.S. in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.

Senior Center News

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St., is offering the following events.

The Senior Community Café, sponsored by CRT, Community Renewal Team, will be serving meals five days per week, Monday through Friday. Call 860-267-4426 at least 24 hours in advance or stop in to sign up for meals. Limited meals are served.

Summertime Setback: Mondays and Thursdays from July through August, starting at 1 p.m.

Summertime Bingo: Tuesday and Fridays, July through August at 1 p.m.

Art From the Heart: Every Wednesday until the end of August. At 10 a.m. the center will be creating different crafty items to sell at the Senior Center Store or to keep for you. Anyone interested in partaking in two hours of creating must sign up in the Activity Book to ensure there are enough supplies for all.

Genealogy: Friday, July 28, at 10 a.m.

July Birthday Bash: Monday, July 31, at noon. Let the center know if you were born in the month of July and have complimentary lunch, cake and ice cream. Guests are asked to make a $2.50 donation. Sign-up is required for this event.

Dean's List

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Jessica Gilbert of Marlborough, a member of Union College's Class of 2018, was named to the dean's list. She is majoring in biology.

Alzheimer's Fundraiser

EAST HAMPTON — The 4th annual Alzheimer's fundraiser, HIKE4HOPE, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Air Line State Park Trail, via the Main Street entrance.

The run is self-timed. Participants can bike or hike at their own pace. Wear purple to show support. Visit to pre-register online for only $13 or to make a donation if you are unable to attend the event.

All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association CT Chapter. There will be prize drawings, raffles, scavenger hunt and a representative from the Alzheimer's Association with educational information and resource material present.

Walk-up registration the day of the event is $16 and kids under 11 may participate free. Visit for updates.

Opioid Educational Forum

EAST HADDAM — State Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R-34), in collaboration with the Middlesex County Chapter of The Roadway of Hope, recently hosted a community forum on opioid addiction and NARCAN training demonstration.

Mark Jenkins, Executive Director of the Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition, conducted an interactive training in which attendees learned first-hand how to recognize a need to administer Naloxone, as well as how to physically administer the life-saving drug. NARCAN was made available by the GHHRC, as well as Jack Herman of Nathan Hale Pharmacy who was also on site to dispense NARCAN to attendees as requested.

Upon the conclusion of the training, Rep. Ziobron moderated a panel discussion – the third of its kind hosted by Ziobron – that involved local and state advocates and professionals on the issue. The panel included the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Kim Richards, Founding Board Member of The Roadway of Hope, The Middlesex County Chapter, Ana Gopoian, Founder and Executive Director of TriCircle Inc., and Tad Varas of Roots To Addiction.

For more information about the GHHRC, TriCircle Inc., Roots To Addiction, or The Roadway of Hope, please contact the representative at or call 860-240-8700.

To watch the full video of the educational panel, visit

Colchester Basketball Camp

COLCHESTER — CYB presents the 2017 Basketball camp for boys and girls entering grades five through nine from Monday, July 31, through Friday, Aug. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to noon each day.

Former UConn Basketball player and current Bacon Academy boys basketball coach John Shea will direct the camp with college players and Bacon Academy players. The camp will be held at Bacon Academy, 611 Norwich Ave., and will focus on basketball fundamentals, daily games, and conditioning.

Awards will be given out daily, donated by generous Colchester businesses. Camp week is $85, payable to CYB. For a registration form or to reserve your spot, email or call 860-537-2651.

Happy Days Dance

MOODUS — A Happy Days dance at Grand View Campground, 89 North Moodus Road, will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 29.

Music will be provided by The Sharades, a Connecticut oldies band covering favorite dance tunes from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Proceeds will benefit the East Haddam Democratic Town Committee.

Those who attend are invited to bring their own beverages. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased by contacting Alice at or 860-537-6077.

Summer Read-Aloud

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Elementary School summer 2017 Reading with Pizza series at Cragin Memorial Library kicked off in June. Students and families can connect with friends this summer at Cragin while CES teachers read their favorite stories on Mondays at 6 p.m.: July 31 and Aug. 7. Pizza will be served, courtesy of the CES PTO.

Summer Programs

COLCHESTER — Colchester Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for summer camps and fitness programs. For your convenience, you can register online at or call 860-537-7297 for personal assistance. Programs include Miss Sara's Royal Dance Camp, barre fitness, adult tennis lessons and Jiu-Jitsu.

Bacon Academy Registration Open For Fall Sports

COLCHESTER — All Bacon Academy athletes participating in 2017-18 fall sports must register online. Physical forms need to be submitted to the Bacon Academy nurse's office. A parent/guardian should register online at FamilyID by clicking on the link Anyone with questions may contact the FamilyID support line at 1-888-800-5583 or

A fall preseason athletic meeting for all athletes and parents will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Doc Gross Auditorium at Bacon Academy, 611 Norwich Ave.

Summer Library Programs

MARLBOROUGH — Registration for summer programs has started at Richmond Memorial Library. Programs for all ages are offered. This year's theme is Build a Better World and children, teens and adults are welcome to participate.

Children who attend Marlborough Elementary were registered at school but there are some events that need individual registration. Children who do not attend MES as well as teens and should register online at Adults should register at the library in person. There are weekly raffles and prizes. For those who need help, call the library at 860-295-6210.

July 29, Aug. 2: Build a Better Wednesday for ages 5-10. These activities involve many of the S.T.E.A.M. components and children who may drop-in to the storytime room anytime between 4 and 5:30 p.m. for special activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Aug. 1, 7 p.m.: Bats Build a Better World. Maureen Heidtmann, a wildlife biologist and licensed wildlife rehabilitator who specializes in bats, will visit for an informative discussion for adults and teens.

Aug. 4, 11 a.m.: Minecraft Madness with Jungle Jim. Combining balloon artistry, magic, comedy and improve, Jungle Jim takes kids into the magical world of Minecraft. Activities include the Building Block Madness Tournament, a Zombie Chase and a giant slime ball creation. Best suited for ages 5-12 in the Marlborough Senior Center. Registration required.

Aug. 28, 6 p.m.: RML Friends Ice Cream Social. Come enjoy ice cream on the library lawn at this annual event. Free. Entertainment will take place.

Area teens may watch RML's teen blog for more details on their summer reading program at and learn how to enter to win prizes. Adults can enter the weekly prize drawing through their participation by logging into their online summer reading account. For more information, visit or call the Richmond Memorial Library at 860-295-6210.

Colchester Schools Promote Summer Reading

COLCHESTER — In the Colchester school district, administrators encourage students to participate in summer reading at the public library. They also have partnered with staff to ensure students have access to books.

The Colchester Elementary School and Jack Jackter Intermediate Schools in Colchester are keeping their school libraries open for their students during the summer. JJIS library is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and reopen at 4 to 7 p.m. Come hear stories, make crafts, learn to code, log reading minutes and exchange books.

Visit for information and resources. The CES library media center is open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. all summer.

Westchester Congregational Church News

COLCHESTER — Westchester Congregational Church, 449 Westchester Rd., Route 149, in the Westchester section, holds services Sundays at 10 a.m. The pastor is Rev. Ron Thompson.

Sunday Morning Worship Service takes place at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Coffee hour follows in the Fellowship Hall.

Adult Bible Studies: led by Thompson, meets every Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Al-Anon: Weekly Wednesday night meetings at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Boy Scout Troop 109: Sponsored by the church, the troop meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. during the school year and Cub Scout Pack 109 meets one Friday a month at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Visit or for more information.

Choir: The WCC choir performs cantatas and other special music throughout the year, in addition to regular Sunday worship service music. New members are always welcome; rehearsals are 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings from September to May.

Kids' Worship: For children of all ages, meets in the Fellowship Hall during the adult church service. No registration necessary.

Mission Opportunities at: Colchester Community Luncheon every Friday, providing the meal, serving and clean-up at either St. Andrew's or Federated Church; The Covenant Food Kitchen meal service in Willimantic; Habitat for Humanity; reading volunteers to read with students at Colchester Elementary School. Please contact Pastor Ron for more info.

Fellowship Hall rental: Canney Hall is available for private party rentals. Call the church at 860-267-0480 for more information.

For more information, visit, email or call 860-267-0480.

Flicks @ Six

COLCHESTER — Cragin Memorial Library presents Flicks @ Six, a free series of newly released films on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.

During July, the following screenings will take place: July 27, Get Out. This program is free and open to the public. For further information, call the Library at 860-537-5752.

Colchester Schools Records Disposal

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Board of Education will destroy any and all special education records of students who graduated or would have graduated with the Class of 2010. Also, suspension and expulsion records, with the exception of expulsions related to deadly weapons and/or firearms, are expunged and destroyed after a student graduates. These records will be destroyed on Aug. 1, 2017.

If any student, as described above, would like a copy of his/her special education records, he/she must request a copy of the records prior to the destruction of the records on August 1, 2017. Please forward all requests to Dr. Kelly McNamara, Director of Pupil Services & Special Education, Colchester Public Schools, 215 Halls Hill Road, Colchester, CT 06415, or by calling the Department of Pupil Services at 860-537-3103. Upon request, your records will be available for pickup at the Department of Pupil Services.

Roseland Cottage Trip

WOODSTOCK — The East Hampton Senior Center is planning a trip to see the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions at noon Saturday, Aug. 19, for the 2 p.m. show.

The show will take place at Historic Roseland Cottage in Woodstock. Non-refundable tickets are $13, with a $3 transportation donation asked. Bring your own beverage and snack or purchase them at the Venue. Folding chairs will be set up for the group or bring your own chair. Paying in advance will secure reserved seating.

Colchester History Museum Opens

COLCHESTER — The Colchester History Museum, 24 Linwood Ave., is open for the season. The Colchester History Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, except holiday weekends.

Formerly the Reverend Ballard home, the museum features unique exhibits about people and institutions associated with the town of Colchester. Tours of the museum during off-hours may also be arranged by appointment. For more information, visit

Eagle Scout Project

COLCHESTER — Jack Boyden, a Life Scout with Troop 72 in Colchester, is constructing more durable StoryWalk Stations at Ruby Cohen Woodlands as part of his Eagle Scout Project.

The goal is to raise up to $7,000 to purchase stations that will provide the durability as well as the ease in changing children's storybooks on a regular basis for many years to come.

The following organizations are involved in the development and ongoing coordination: Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester Children's Collaborative (C-3), Colchester Garden Club, Colchester Land Trust, and Community Wildlife Habitat of Colchester.

Boyden is seeking monetary donations for his project. If you wish to support this effort, your donation may be sent to "Eagle Scout Project/Colchester StoryWalkTM", C/O Jack Boyden, P.O. Box 405, Colchester, CT 06415.

There is also the opportunity to purchase a single station ($399) with a commemorative plaque honoring an individual, group, family, business, or memorial that will remain for all generations to enjoy for years to come.

Visitors may visit the current StoryWalkTM by walking the Cohen Woodlands Blue Trail Loop that starts at the left back corner of the woodlands after the tall pine trees along the pond. Visitors are invited to take one of the activity sheets related to the book at the end of the walk.

For more information, visit

Zumba Gold

COLCHESTER — Zumba Gold is offered at Colchester Senior Center, 95 Norwich Ave. Classes meet at 11 a.m. every Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. every Thursday, with Patty Flubacher. Call 860-537-3911 for cost and more information.

Early Childhood Screening

COLCHESTER — Colchester Public School's Early Childhood Program is hosting a developmental screening for 3- and 4-year-olds living in Colchester.

A team of specially trained staff members will conduct the early childhood screening sessions in one of the Colchester Early Childhood Program classrooms at Colchester Elementary School, 315 Halls Hill Road.

Screening sessions are scheduled by appointment on every other Tuesday, from 11:15 a.m. to noon, alternating 3- and 4-year-olds each week. Contact Susan Vasellina at 860-537-0717 to schedule an appointment.

Organizers note this is not a kindergarten readiness screening.

Soccer Club

COLCHESTER — Colchester Soccer Club is currently seeking applicants for the following positions: president (two-year term), vice-president (two-year term), travel soccer coaches for U9 girls and U9 boys and member-at-large.

Complete details can be found by contacting Tim Daniels through the Colchester Soccer Club website at

Colchester Woman In Need

COLCHESTER — A 64-year-old Colchester woman with a rare form of leukemia is in need of a stem cell transplant and presently has no match in the national or international banks.

A donor drive took place at The Colchester Federated Church in January, but anyone who could not attend may register at and the organization will send a swab kit in the mail.

Start Smart Parent Meeting

COLCHESTER — Colchester Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for preschool start smart multi-sport where children rotate through four stations and skills become more challenging each week. Register online or call 860-537-7297.

Cragin Memorial Library

COLCHESTER — The Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., is offering Game On Game Club on Wednesdays, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., for children in grades 3-5. Call 860-537-7201 for details.

2017 Calendars

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Historical Society 2017 calendars are filled with historic Images of Colchester's inns, hotels and resorts. The Colchester Historical Society 2017 Calendars may be purchased locally at Colchester Parks and Recreation office, Copies Plus, Cragin Memorial Library, Louie's Seafood Market, Mark's United Auto Parts, Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques and Tim's Bistro.

Calendars may be ordered and sent by mail. To have your calendar mailed, please send a check for $14.50 to: Colchester Historical Society, Box 13, Colchester, CT 06415 or place an order via email or by phone, 860-537-3588.

Westchester Congregational Church

COLCHESTER — Westchester Congregational Church, 449 Westchester Road, Route 149, has announced the upcoming schedule. Adult Bible Studies, led by Pastor Ron, meets every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Energy Assistance

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide network of fuel banks started taking energy assistance applications on Wednesday, July 5, from households that are in financial crisis and are in danger of having their utility services terminated.

Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211. The annual winter moratorium, which prevents households from having their electricity and gas shut off, ended on May 1 and will not resume until November 1, 2017.

Energy affordability is a year-round problem for more than 322,000 Connecticut households. Operation Fuel is Connecticut's only statewide nonprofit energy assistance program. For the fiscal year, which ends June 30, Operation Fuel has provided over $3.3 million in energy assistance to more than 7,830 households. This includes $2.1 million in energy assistance for the 2017 winter program and $1.2 million in energy assistance last summer.

Now in its 40th year, Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.

For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.

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