Community News For The Colchester Edition

Marlborough Wrestler Competes

ATLANTA, GA. — Marlborough resident Jackson Heslin, 10, recently traveled to Atlanta to compete in the 2017 Kids Freestyle and Greco Roman Wrestling Nationals of Olympic style wrestling.

To get to Atlanta, Heslin qualified by placing second at the regional qualifier in East Stroudsburg, Pa. With competition traveling from 46 states to Atlanta, Heslin represented the Connecticut National Team well by placing eighth in the nation and received All American credentials for his achievement.

Heslin started his wrestling career with the RHAM Coyotes and now trains with John Knapp at KTKidz in Rocky Hill.

Belltown Antique Car Club Show

HADDAM NECK — The Belltown Antique Car Club of East Hampton, now in its 50th year, is one of the oldest car clubs in the state. With a membership holding steady at about 80 antique car enthusiasts, the club will hold its 51st annual Vintage Motorcar Meet on Sunday, Aug. 6.

The event, which also includes a flea market catering to the hobby, showcases stock, unmodified examples of vintage cars and trucks built from the dawn of the motoring age to 1971. Eligible vehicles are judged for the club's unique bell trophies in 24 classes. There is also a display-only class for modified cars, hot rods and newer collectible vehicles built up to 1982 (not judged).

The event is held rain or shine at the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds in Haddam Neck, which is located off Rte. 151, east of the Connecticut River. The show opens at 8 a.m. and judging begins at noon. Visit for more information.

Dean's List

BRONX, N.Y. — Colchester resident Sean Kelly has been named to Monroe College's winter 2017 dean's list. Kelly is a graduate of Bacon Academy and is enrolled in the AAS Business Administration degree program at Monroe College.

Letter: New Swing Bridge Schedule

To the Editor: I wanted to take an opportunity to share some exciting news with you. The United States Coast Guard has released a final ruling regarding the East Haddam Swing Bridge that establishes a new draw schedule. This proposal has undergone a great deal of work and I want to thank the USCG, the CT DOT, United States Representative Joe Courtney and all other parties involved for their effort and commitment to our community.

We have had several meetings on this important issue over the last many months, which culminated with a stakeholder meeting of the East Haddam and Haddam First Selectmen, Coast Guard staff, CT DOT engineers, area marina owners and local businesses last summer. It is my pleasure to relay this information to you as it will surely make our beautiful and historic Swing Bridge less chaotic for the time to come. The new schedule is set to take effect August 17, 2017.

The Coast Guard is changing the operating schedule for the East Haddam Swing Bridge across the Connecticut River in East Haddam, Connecticut. According to the report published in the Federal Register by the United States Coast Guard, The Connecticut Department of Transportation submitted a request to reduce scheduled openings of the span for recreational vessels during the boating season and to allow the bridge owner to require six hours notice for bridge openings at night during the winter season. It is expected this change to the regulations will better serve the needs of the community while still continuing to satisfy the reasonable needs of navigation.

The draw of the Route 82 Bridge, mile 16.8, at East Haddam, shall operate as follows:

From May 1 through October 31: The draw shall open on signal for commercial vessels. For recreational vessels, the draw shall open on signal, except that from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., the draw need open for recreational vessels on the hour only.

From November 1 through April 30: The draw shall open on signal for all vessels, except that from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., the draw shall open on signal if at least six-hours notice is given by calling the number posted at the bridge.

If you have any questions or would like to view the report, please contact me at or call 860-240-8700.

Melissa Ziobron, East Haddam

Flicks At Six

COLCHESTER — Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., presents Flicks @ Six, a free series of newly released films on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. Flicks will switch back to Wednesday evenings on August 23.

During August, the following screenings will take place: Thursday, August 10, Norman; Thursday, August 17, 5:30 p.m. The Fate of the Furious; Wednesday, August 23, 5:30 p.m., The Promise; and Wednesday, August 30, Wilson.

This program is free and open to the public. For further information, call the Library at 860-537-5752.

Vacation Bible School at WCC

WESTCHESTER — The Westchester Congregational Church, 449 Westchester Road, will be hosting a VBS program "Noah's Ark" on Aug. 21, 22 and 23, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each day. The children will be introduced to the story of Noah and his faithfulness to God through interactive music and props, coordinating science and technology projects, arts and crafts, bible stories and snack.

Children from 3 to 10 years are welcome to join in on the fun. Cost to attend is $15 per child, with a maximum of $40 per family.

Any questions, email the church at or call 860-267-0480 or Judy Ladegard at 860-537-3349. The church is located at the intersection of Route 149 and Cemetery Road in the Westchester section of Colchester, across from the Day Pond State Park sign.

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, 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.

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

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.: 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.

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.

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.

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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