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Community News For The Colchester Edition

Testimonial Luncheon Honors National Commander

GLASTONBURY — The Hilton Gardens Inn in Glastonbury, was the scene of a testimonial luncheon recently to honor Jerry Blum of Colchester, National Commander of The Jewish War Veterans of the United States. Blum, a Navy Veteran who spent three years in Vietnam, is completing his term for 2015-16, and was feted by nearly 100 of his closest friends and family to recognize his exceptional service to All Veterans.

Ira Novoselsky, Past National Commander of JWV and past commander of the Department of MA served as master of ceremonies. Blum's staff Rabbi and member of Sgt. John L. Levitow Post 45, JWV, Rabbi Gary Atkins, came from his new home in NH to deliver the Invocation and Benediction.

Other guests who spoke about Blum's contributions and presented gifts and tokens of appreciation included: Dr. Linda Schwartz, former CT Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Affairs who currently serves as Assistant Secretary of the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs for Policy and Planning; current Commissioner of the CT Department of Veterans Affairs, LCOL Sean Connolly; Jerry Baggish, Commander of the JWV Department of CT; Marty Levitz, Commander of the Sgt John L. Levitow Post 45, JWV; Elliott Donn, Jerry's Chief of Staff; and Judy Fitzgerald, immediate past president of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 45.

Blum's Family was introduced by his daughter, Jennifer, and leadership of other Veterans Service Organizations in attendance were recognized by Joanne Blum, Blum's wife, and Past National President of the JWV Ladies Auxiliary.

Ray Of Light Farm Fundraiser Auction

EAST HADDAM — Ray of Light Farm's fundraiser auction will be held on September, Sept. 24, from 5 to 9 p.m. Call 860-873-1895 or email info@rayoflightfarm.org to donate items. Details can be found at www.rayoflightfarm.org or by stopping by the farm Thursday-Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at www.rayoflightfarm.org.

Animal Communication Workshop At Ray Of Light Farm

EAST HADDAM — Animal communicator Anna Twinney, founder of Reach Out To Horses, will be returning to Ray of Light Farm, 232 Town St., on Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. To reserve a spot visit www.rayoflightfarm.org or call 860-873-1895.

HIKE4HOPE

EAST HAMPTON — The third Annual Alzheimer's fundraiser, HIKE4HOPE, will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, Air Line State Park Trail in East Hampton. Wear your purple to show your support and enjoy a beautiful fall morning along the scenic tree lined trail. The Air Line Trail boasts a wide flat crushed stone surface and is a favorite to locals young and old. Visit alzhike4hope.org to pre-register for only $13. Walk up registration will be $16, with children under 11 free. Proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter.

Colchester Land Trust

COLCHESTER — Colchester Land Trust has come to an agreement with two Colchester land owners to conserve an additional 188 acres that preserves open space for future generations. Since the CLT was accredited in 2015, multiple land offers have come its way, but these two projects represent the best use of trust funds and resources. "With national accreditation, the trust's commitment assures land has conservation value and we have resources to care and steward it forever," said Andy George, president of the trust. The campaign represents an $850,000 investment.

The first acquisition will take place in late August 2016. The property is on Bulkeley Hill Road, about 1 ½ miles south of Route 16. The 115-acre, wooded Bulkeley Hill Preserve is adjacent to the CLT's 15 acres which the trust acquired in 2007, making the total preserve 130 acres. Two thirds of the land sits in the Wild and Scenic Eightmile River watershed, one third sits within the Salmon River watershed. It is one of the largest remaining properties in the town. As a preserve, the land will be kept natural, with trails for hiking and light recreation. The CLT will provide community use for environmental study, school and youth access. In 2007, this land was approved for a 42-lot housing development, but hard times caused the project to fail. The property has been appraised for $405,000 but the CLT has negotiated a bargain sale of $200,000 from the California creditor left holding the title. "This property has received the highest project evaluation by our board of any property we have considered," said George. "The Preserve is a bargain not to be missed." A loan from The Conservation Fund for 30 months will allow the CLT to close on the property and raise the funds needed to repay the loan. The Connecticut Land Conservation Council will provide a land management plan at no cost to CLT as part of a pilot project that other Connecticut trusts will follow. "This is a model conservation project for Colchester," commented George.

The second acquisition is expected in late 2016 or early 2017 with the purchase of development rights on Tangletree Farm in eastern Colchester on Route 16, near the Lebanon border. The CLT has already received a federal grant for $172,000 (approximately ½ the easement value) from a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture called the Natural Conservation Service. These 68 acres are adjacent to Colchester Commons, a close-knit community of about 100 families. While the farm owners will continue their business as a horse breeding farm, the land covers a town designated aquifer, identified as essential for clean drinking water for local wells. The land forms a corridor with other preserved space in Lebanon and Colchester as well. "If we did not take immediate action, this land would have been at risk for development. Purchasing the development rights helps to stabilize taxes, preserve clean drinking water and secure a farm for future generations," said George.

The trust is now raising needed funds. The 200-Acre Campaign will rely on many sources to fund the projects. To give them time, they have applied for "no" and "low" interest loans to "bridge" the time CLT has to raise the money. The Conservation Fund has generously provided the first loan. Funds from grants, major donors, community groups, private environmental groups and a grass roots efforts will be requested to meet the mortgage deadlines. To learn more, go to the CLT website, colchesterlandtrust.org. Join it on Facebook and Instagram. #savemorelandlikethis.

Salem Volunteer Fire Company's Barbecue

SALEM — The annual barbecue dinner for the Salem Volunteer Fire Company will be on Saturday, Aug. 20, starting at 5 p.m. We once again will be collecting a canned good item for the local food bank. The need for food at the food bank never stops and the summer is especially a time when the shelves are a lot barer than any other time of the year. To purchase tickets, stop by the station or go online at salemfireco.com.

Music On The River

EAST HADDAM — Music on the River, East Haddam's summer music series, features talent on the Goodspeed Opera House lawn next to the Swing Bridge and Connecticut River. All concerts are held Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the event of rain they will be moved to the Nathan Hale Ray High School auditorium. Great food and drinks are available for purchase from the Gelston House or people can bring a picnic dinner. The upcoming James Montgomery Blues concert will take place on Monday, Aug. 22.

Call 860-873-5058 for details.

Summer Programs Abound At Richmond Library

MARLBOROUGH — The Richmond Memorial Library has a full schedule of summer programs for all ages this summer. Programs are held at the Richmond Memorial Library, 15 School Drive. Call 860-295-6210 or visit richmond.library.info for more details.

Programs At Cragin Memorial Library

COLCHESTER — The Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., will hold the following programs:

Live Action Games: Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Play life size games like Jenga, Connect 4 and more. For teens grades 6-12.

Level Up Game Club: Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m.. Play board and video games.

Throwback Thursday Matinee: Watch awesome sports themed movies beginning at 2 p.m.

For more information, go to colchesterct.gov/library or call the library at 860-537-7201.

Colchester Senior Center

COLCHESTER — Colchester Senior Center, 95 Norwich Ave., holds programs and activities.

Visit colchesterct.gov or call 860-537-3911 for more information on our programs and services.

Children's Consignment Sale

COLCHESTER — MOMS Club of Colchester and Lebanon is hosting a consignment sale on Sept. 16 and 17, from 9 to 1 p.m., at 51 Cirillo Dr. in Colchester. We are now accepting consignors. For more information and to receive a seller packet, contact Melissa at Momscolchestersale@yahoo.com.

Summer Concert Series

EAST HAMPTON —The East Hampton Parks and Recreation Department, will hold a concert series August with performances at the Sears Park William O'Neill Gazebo, 68 North Main St., starting at 6 p.m. The concerts are:

Aug. 18 is Family Night, featuring "We Got Rhythm!" a husband and wife modern song and dance team;

Aug. 25 is Classic Rock Night, featuring "MoJo JoJo" performing a mix of Blues, Motown, Classic, and Modern Rock.

Listeners of all ages welcome and encouraged to bring a blanket, chairs and picnics to enjoy during the shows. Cub Scout Troop 8 will sell refreshments. Rain location is the community hall at the Congregational Church of East Hampton, 59 Main St. The concert series would not be possible without the generous financial support of individuals, local businesses and organizations. Learn more about becoming a sponsor by calling 860-205-7376 or mail your donations to The Joseph N. Goff House, c/o Debi Rotteck, 163 Hog Hill Road, East Hampton, CT 06424.

East Hampton Senior Center

EAST HAMPTON — Transportation applications are available at the East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St. If you need a ride call the MAT Transit Authority in Middletown at 860-347-3313, 48 hours in advance to reserve your seat.

Weekly Shopping Schedule with M.A.T. Dial-A-Ride. Portland Tri-Town Plaza/Dollar Store on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. East Hampton Stop and Shop on Fridays at 10 a.m.

CW Resources Congregate meals served at noon. Sign up required. Call for details. Monthly Menu's available. The craft store is open with handmade gifts, crafts and knitted/crochet items.

Call 860-267-4426 or go to easthamptonct.gov for help with any of the center's programs.

East Hampton Clean Energy Task Force Needs New Members

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Clean Energy Task Force's goal is to provide the town and its residents with options to save money and reduce harmful emissions through energy efficiency programs. The members are also interested in showing residents, business, and town officials how to go about installing clean energy systems in their buildings.

If you are interested in helping the task force to improve energy usage and energy independence from fossil fuels, stop by the town manager's office in the town hall and fill out an application form. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the town hall.

For further information contact Marty Podskoch, member of the East Hampton Clean Energy Task Force, at 860-267-2442 or podskoch@comcast.net.

Vintage Baseball On The Green

LEBANON — Vintage baseball on the green will be played on the fourth Sunday all summer long, from noon to 2 p.m. on the Lebanon Town Green. Interested players are encouraged to join this always free fun event since we are still recruiting our starting nine for future competitive play. Fans are welcome as well. Played with 19th century rules, wooden bats and genuine vintage-style balls. Call 860-423-8186 or e-mail choicesocialwork@att.net for details.

Cool Flutes

EAST HAMPTON — Blackledge Music will be performing a free program of chamber music with various types of flutes, on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. the East Hampton Public Library, 105 Main St. The newest instrument in the collection, an Eva Kingma Contrabass flute, will be heard. Also being played are the piccolo, Eb flute, C Flute, alto flute, and bass flute. The performers are Helene Rosenblatt, Piccolo, Eb Flute, C Flute, Alto Flute, Contrabass Flute; Peter Standaart, C Flute, Bass Flute; Heather Wagner, C Flute, Bass Flute. Sponsored by the East Hampton Arts and Cultural Commission. Call 860-267-6621 for details.

Tree Swallow Cruise And Wine Tasting

HADDAM — Tickets are available now for the 12th annual Tree Swallow Cruise and Wine Tasting to benefit the Connecticut River Watch Program beginning at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, aboard the RiverQuest at Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Participants will be treated to a three hour sunset cruise on the lower Connecticut River, fine local wines from Priam Vineyards and Organic Vintages, seasonal dinner fare and have the opportunity to witness the amazing swallow ballet.

The Connecticut River Watch Program is a citizen water quality monitoring program for the Connecticut River and its tributaries, sponsored by the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District. Participants collect and analyze river samples, help identify pollution sources, and advocate for clean water in their communities. Information collected by volunteers is used by the state DEEP in water quality reports by local officials. CRWP supports monitoring efforts in five watersheds. For more information about the district visit www.conservect.org/ctrivercoastal.

Tickets may be reserved by phoning 860-346-3282. To read an account and see photos of last year's cruise go to www.conservect.org/ctrivercoastal and click on past events tab.

8th Annual Race To End Hunger

COLCHESTER — The eighth annual race to end hunger in our community will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 starting at 9 a.m. The 5K Rhythm Run/Walk will be followed with apple pie and other delicious refreshments by the Culinary Arts Class from Bacon Academy and St. Andrew choir with proceeds going to local food and fuel banks.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Colchester Town Hall 127 Norwich Ave. The first 100 teams of three or more participants will be provided T-shirts. Register online at www.RunReg.com or by contacting Jamie at jrdmdd@comcast.net or Terry at mephillips@snet.net.

East Haddam Parks And Recreation Programs

EAST HADDAM — East Haddam Parks And Recreation, 7 Main St., offers the following programs:

Getting paid to talk: Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at the Nathan Hale Ray Middle School library

Gentle Yoga : Next session will be held Aug. 21 through Oct. 28.

Just Show Up classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. and Sat at 8:30 a.m., at the Old Town Hall on Town St. The next session will be held Aug. 30 through Oct. 8.

Fall EMT Certification Class-Registration: Classes will be held in East Haddam and East Hampton and the syllabus will include dates and locations for each class and will be provided upon registration.

Summer Cross Country: Meets on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. at the Hale Ray High School, through Aug. 20.

SkyHawks tennis will be held at the tennis courts at Old Middle School. Orange ball is for ages 7-10 and will meet Aug. 8-11, and Aug. 15-18, from 9 a.m. to noon. Red ball is for ages 6-9 and will meet Aug. 8-11, and Aug. 15-18, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Sprouts Camp is for preschoolers who are potty trained, ages 3-5 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Bloom Into Action Camp is for children in grades K-3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended care until 5 p.m. available.

Branch Out Camp is for young people grades 4-8 in the fall of 2016 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended care until 5 p.m. available.

Fall Youth Soccer: Practices will be held after school with the British soccer coaches. The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 1.

For more information email parksandrec@easthaddam.org or phone 860-873-5058.

Wine, Cheese And Chocolate Please

EAST HAMPTON — Wine, Cheese And Chocolate Please, an evening to benefit the East Hampton High School Project Graduation, will be held at the Arrigoni Winery, Portland, on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event will include a variety of chocolate treats, cheese, a free wine and tasting and live music. Attendees will also receive a complimentary signature glass and one free raffle ticket. Tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple. For tickets contact Karen at karentbiscuit@gmail.com.

Colchester Schools Meet And Greet Schedule

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Public schools annual meet & greet dates will be held on Monday, Aug. 29 and Tuesday, Aug. 30. On Monday, August 29 Colchester Elementary School Preschool and Kindergarten is 2 to 3 p.m., Jack Jackter Intermediate 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. William J. Johnston Middle students entering grades 6 and 7 (specific time to be determined mid August), Bacon Academy orientation for 9th grade and new students is 6 to 8 p.m. On Tuesday, Aug. 30 , Colchester Elementary grades 1-2 is 2 to 3 p.m. with an PTO ice cream social following, William J. Johnston Middle Grade 8 Teams 2 to 3 p.m. The first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 31 is a shortened day and each school will follow their shortened day schedule. Visit www.colchesterct.org for details.

Brown Bag Lunch Bunch

COLCHESTER — On Wednesday, Aug. 24, members of the Westchester Congregational Church, 449 Westchester Road, Route 149, will be participating in the Brown Bag Lunch Bunch on the town green at noon. The discussion, led by Rabbi Ken Alter of Congregation Ahavath Achim and assisted by other local clergy, will be on the Book of Ecclesiastes and the seasons in our lives. This discussion group is sponsored by the Colchester Interfaith Clergy Association. All in the community are welcome to join.

The National School Lunch Program And SBP

MARLBOROUGH — The Marlborough board of education has announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free or reduced-price meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The details of this policy may be reviewed at courant.com/community/marlborough.

Clean Energy Task Force Needs New Members

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Clean Energy Task Force provides the town and its residents with options to save money and reduce harmful emissions through energy efficiency programs. If you are interested in helping the Task Force stop by East Hampton Town Hall, 20 East High St., and fill out an application. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the town hall. Contact Marty at860-267-2442 or podskoch@comcast.net for details.

Local Graduate Degree Recipient

FAIRFIELD — Alec Lamo, of East Hampton, has graduated from Fairfield University.

Bacon Academy New Student Orientation

COLCHESTER — Bacon Academy will host a ninth grade and new student orientation on Monday, Aug. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. The orientation agenda may be found at www.colchesterct.org.

Local Student Graduates

DES MOINES, IA — Morgan Sekhon, of Moodus, has graduated from Drake University.

Call To East Hampton Artists

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Arts & Culture Commission will host the second annual East Hampton Open Artist Studio and Exhibit on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists creating in any media are invited to open their working studios to the public for the day. Artists who are unable to open their studios to the public have the opportunity to exhibit some of their artwork at a space provided the day of the event. Contact the EHACC at arts@easthamptonct.org for details.

Hidden In The Midden

HADDAM — The Haddam Historical Society will host a series of programs Aug. 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Aug. 27 and 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., focusing on the current archaeological dig at the Thankful Arnold House Museum, 14 Hayden Hill Road, where a recently discovered midden was uncovered. Participants will partake first hand in the excavation to learn basic archaeological procedures. Visit www.haddamhistory.org or call 860-345-2400.

Bacon Academy's Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

COLCHESTER — Bacon Academy has released the list of student's named to the fourth quarter Honor Roll.

High Honors with Distinction

Grade 12: Olivia Anderson, Andrew Collins, Haleigh DelGaizo, Taylor Duperry, Lauren Hickey, Colin Hiscox, Katarina Konon, Zachary Kranc, Abigail Ladegard, Ashley Laliberte, Delaney LePage, Ryan Litwin, Shawn LoVetere, Michael Maffuid, Kayla McAuliffe, Holly Ondras, Matthew Rumbel, Melanie Rumbel, Michael Rumbel, Margaret Schenarts, Megan Stevens, Stefanos Stravoravdis

Grade 11: Lindsay Dowty, Emma Fries, Michael Hallee, Chase Hathaway, Ally Julian, Ryan Kelsey, Jordin Longo, Jocelyn Luizzi, Audrey Mecca, Nicole Ouellette, Amanda Pinson, Sam Pipicelli, Thomas Praisner, Jordyn Ringuette, Laura Sokoloski, Samantha Walsh, April Wolf

Grade 10: Jamie Besaw, Sarah Blanchette, Benjamin Chapman, Ryan Cicero, Emilia Couture, Audra Kingsley, Brayden LoVetere, Joan Tremblay, Jake Tucker

Grade 9: Wyatt Barbabosa, Nicolas Bouchard, Kyle Burzycki, Amber Deslaurier, Olivia Guinness, Jenna Kiernan, Courtney Losier, Ethan Moores, Madyson Park, Sarah Praisner, Taylor Rochette, Dylan Rosenthal, Jessica Savage, Alibeth Valenzuela, Jonathan Willson, Lillian Wonderly

High Honors

Grade 12: Emily Besaw, Lyla Brown, Kassidy Charron, Jacob Fortin, Melissa Kuster, Rose Lillpopp, Alyson Litwin, Cassandra Maynard, Trevor Okonuk, Sophia Whipple

Grade 11: Jessica Cordatos, Hannah Cuadro, Cara DelSesto, Emily Donahue, Jaylene Duddie, Alexis Faulkner, Taylor Howes, Rebecca Johnson, Jessica Joseph, Katherine Kristoff, Brandon Lebiszczak, Alicia Marvin, Hayden Prawl, Zachary Rankowitz, Kayla Studwell, Hanna Suarez, Jordan Szostak, Kaitlyn Watts, Karli Wozniak

Grade 10: Rachel Bagdasarian, Kendall Barrett, Christopher Consiglio, Antonia Jascowski, Addey LePage, Ryan Marinoccio, Collin Maynard, Heather O'Donal, Alex Weinberger

Grade 9: Kyle Coblentz, Will Dowd, Ethan Dubiel, Torrie Fitzpatrick, Megan Gabriel, Ann Hageman, Ryan Konon, Yianni Koutsofavas, Abigail Levine, Christopher Maffuid, Spencer Nauss, Brady Noniewicz, Haylee Skoog, Gabriella Snow, Sara Swift, Elizabeth Townsend, Ariella Tyles, Reynaldo Valenzuela, Jasmine Wilson

Honors

Grade 12: Teri Bailey, Jacqueline Bartha, Harley Carroll, Timothy Damaj, Richard Ensor, Jason Geary, Gabriella Geida, Luis Goitia, Connor Henley, Martin Honsberg, Claire Humphrey, Victoria Kozlowski, Mikayla Labbe, Brian Legato, Robert Lepore, Amanda Morabito, Jenna Muller, Cassie O'Leary, Austin Prevost, Tara Prochorena, Ryanna Rapuano, Lauryn Smith, Abigail Stratton, Dimitrios Tartsinis, Elizabeth Tinnel, William Urbowicz, Emma Wertz, Abigail Willauer, Jah-Dey Wright

Grade 11: Vada Addis, Ben Amor, Victoria Baldyga, Kyra Beattie, Alexi Boix, Derek Bouchard, Christian Bowers, Harrison Burr, Jonathan Caley, Allison Camboulives, Nicholas Davis, Ailene Deynes, Patrick Doyle, Dillon Fancher, Connor Francis, Gabrielle Gamache, Jacob Guerra, Luke Hajdasz, Hannah Kardys, Ryan Krystofik, Patrick Lambert, Megan Langevin, Rachel LaSaracina, Caroline Lovering, David Lund, Cormac MacKinnon, Jack Matheson, Ryan McAuliffe, Liam McLoughlin, Marie Menhart, Savannah Nickerson, Elizabeth Olivieri, Alexandra Peake, Dharma Perron, John Reever, Nicole Santoro, Alyssa Smelser, Logan Smith, Hannah Stella, Breanna Stewart, LeNora Stewart, Brianna Stonick, Matthew Tiziani, Anthony Tyler, Dimitrios Valkanos, Courtney Violette, Courtney Watts, Christopher Wilson, Chloe Wood

Grade 10: Nicolette Albano, Alexandra Arcaria, Caroline Banning, Edward Baxter, Cassandra Bernier, Madison Bis, Alyssa Bisi, Katherine Blakley, Carolyn Burnham, Ian Carey, Tyler Christianson, Adam Ciesinski, Morgan Clark, Hannah Corsa, Owen Day, Tyler DelGaizo, Alexandra DiBiaso, Jenaea Duddie, Connor Elmy, Talia Felker, Sarah Galan, Ethan Gaudette, Caleigh Graff, Max Groeger, Connor Groene, Ethan Hahn, Samuel Healy, Bethany Lacy, Bethany Leitkowski, Gregory Leitkowski, Rachel Marvin, Sean McCormick, Joseph Musinski, Lauren Neal, Sarah Nebelski, Noah O'Connor, Madeleine O'Neil, Jaisa Pinnock, William Pipicelli, Angela Plourde, Erin Rose, Luke Sanford, Brian Scheidel, Audriana Schuff, Viktor Setschinsky, Brandon Speight, Pranav Thaker, Elizabeth Thoms, Tyler Tuttle, Samantha Urbowicz, Jameson Violette, Amanda West, Ryan Witkovic

Grade 9: Leonardo Amaro, Anthony Ambrosia, Mildred Baldinger, Jakob Behlke, Maile Blumberger, Shea Bresnahan, Corbin Capone, Mercedes Caron, Matthew Clark, Shaylynn Clark, Kaitlyn Crowell, Mary Cugno, Cameron Curtis, Jarod Davies, Stephanie Davis, Spencer Dinsmoor, Noah Elliott, Carrie Epstein, Taryn Formanek, Mickayla Gauger, Megan Glover, Alexis Golias, Abby Gustavsen, Katelyn Hickey, Andrew Janus, Kathryn Kauffman, Cameron Killiany, Joshua Kowinsky, Quinn Kozak, Chelsea Kranc, Kyle Krystofik, Anna Kukulka, Matthew Laliberte, Colin Larkin, Samantha Lovering, Matthew Mancini, Isabella Martin, Jonathan Maurice, Conor McCourt, Molly McLoughlin, Jakob Misbach, Noah Mocksfield, Breanna Moldoch, Bryan Narducci, Jacqueline Navickas, Kellie Nudd, Kyle Olbrias, Joshua Pan, Dominic Prignano, Samuel Schroll, Connor Sullivan, Vincent Tufo, Alex Turner, Nicole Tyler, Victoria Vaillancourt, Ioannis Valkanos, Gregory Vilardo, Zachary Wilkins, Benjamin Williams, Kelli Wrinn

Colchester Land Trust Takes On Major Project

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Land Trust is taking on an $850,000, 200-acre land conservation project, using grants, low interest loans and donations from private donors to permanently conserve both Tangletree Farm and the Bulkeley Hill Preserve, 115 acres on Bulkeley Hill Road, owned by a California investor.

The group called the Conservation Fund, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is providing low interest loan for 30 months for the Bulkeley Hill Preserve and will provide professional fundraising and publicity support to the trust as part of their lending services.

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council has also approved a grant for a land management plan for the preserve.

Tea Workshop At Cragin Library

COLCHESTER — Learn about the fine art of herbal tea on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., when local tea shop owner, Sage Moffitt, shares her knowledge about what it takes to create the perfect cup, brewing suggestions, accessories, herb flavors, and what the difference is between tea and herbal tea.

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