Community News For The Colchester Edition

Boy Scout Events

COLCHESTER — Boy Scout Troop 72 is hosting an archery shoot and tomahawk throwing event at Colchester's 57 FEST on the recreational softball field from 4 to 730 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. People of all ages are invited to participate.

On Monday, Sept. 25, the troop will have an activities night starting at 7 p.m. at the Colchester Federated Church, 60 Main St. All boys ages 11 to 17 are invited to join the fun night and to see scouting in action.

DIY Spa Day

COLCHESTER — On Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m., come to the Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., for a DIY spa day. Learn how to make candles and bath salts. Registration is required. The program is free and open to the public. For further information, call the library at 860-537-5752.

Historical Society Event

COLCHESTER — On Friday, Sept. 15, at 4:30 p.m. the Colchester Historical Society, in collaboration with the Colchester Historic District Commission, the Colchester Federated Church, and the Colchester Hayward Fire Museum, will host a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the reconstructed "Historic School for Colored Children" and formally transfer the ownership of the building to the Town of Colchester. This event is free.

Beverly Morgan-Welch, Associate Director of External Affairs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, will be the keynote speaker for the Dedication event, which will take place beginning at the Colchester Federated Church, 60 S. Main St.

The public will then be invited to the location of the reconstructed school, where the ribbon cutting will take place, followed by catered refreshments at the Colchester Hayward Fire Museum.

The following morning, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Colchester Historical Society will offer a "Community Conversation" panel discussion moderated by Connecticut's Old State House director Sally Whipple, featuring Beverly Morgan-Welch, Yale historian Dr. Peter Hinks, Troy Brown, and other noted and cultural experts on the history and future of the Historic School for Colored Children, which will include a dialogue with the audience. Morning refreshments will be served.

The rebuilt replica of the School for Colored Children, drawing upon an image from an 1836 engraving by John Warner Barber engraving, was built by Bill Treiss of Lost Art Joinery and funded by the Liverant Family. The building will be gifted to the Town of Colchester at the ceremony.

Nearly lost to history, this school was researched and championed by Colchester resident and amateur historian Abraham Abdul Haqq, who educated the local history community on this Connecticut school for African American students that pre-dated Prudence Crandall's school, and was founded by the early Board of Trustees of Bacon Academy. Email mail@colchesterhistory.org for more information.

TCCA Meeting

MARLBOROUGH — Today's Child Care Association (TCCA) will host its fall open membership meeting Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. TCCA meets at the Liberty Bank Community Room on Route 66.

All licensed and pending licensed Family Child Care Providers are invited to attend. Light refreshments and door prizes will be offered.

For more information or if you'd like to attend a meeting, please call Rebecca Berta at 860-908-5683. Parents looking for daycare may call the Childline referral service at 860-537-5455.

Coffee House

EAST HADDAM — The First Church of Christ Congregational of East Haddam is sponsoring a coffee house on Friday, Sept. 15, at the church, 499 Town St.

Music begins at 6 p.m. in the meeting house with organist, Thomas Smith. Then the music moves outside under the trees as our playground is transformed with a stage and lighting.

Performances are planned by the Celtic Band, The Spotty Dog and other local musicians.

Bring a picnic, your lawn chairs and join us for an evening of great music. A free-will donation will be collected to benefit the East Haddam Youth and Family Services, Inc. Email Contact@FirstChurchEH.org for more information.

Democratic Meet And Greet

HADLYME — The East Haddam Democratic Town Committee invites guests to meet the candidates on Friday, Sept. 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hadlyme Public Hall, 63 Ferry Road. Wine, cheese and conversation are on the agenda. Visit easthaddamdemocrats.org for more information.

The Salem Roots Of Bela Lyon Pratt

SALEM — The Salem Historical Society will host Slater Memorial Museum director Vivian Zoe in a 7 p.m. presentation Thursday, Sept. 21, on "The Salem Roots of Bela Lyon Pratt."

Norwich native Pratt designed coins and rendered sculptures in bronze and marble. Pratt was born in 1867 to Sarah Whittlesey and her husband George Pratt. Bela's father was a Yale educated attorney, his maternal grandfather, Oramel Whittlesey, was the founder of Salem's Music Vale Seminary, the first music school in the nation to give degrees for teaching music.

Pratt's coin designs were revolutionary. He produced the designs and engravings for two coins and returned to his sculpting. Those works can be found at prestigious institutions, including the US Naval Academy, Boston Public Library, Boston Public Garden, Harvard University and the Massachusetts State House.

The program is free of charge and open to the public at the Salem Town House on Route 85 at the town green in Salem.

Classic Cars & Cocktails

EAST HADDAM — Classic Cars & Cocktails at the Palmer-Warner House, 307 Town St., will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. The rain date is 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

Enjoy classic rock, classic cars and throwback cocktails and get a sneak peek at the Palmer-Warner property before it opens to the public. From 3 to 5 p.m., take a hayride of the Palmer-Warner property with George Ballek of Ballek's Garden Center, check out classic cars courtesy of the Lambda Car club-Nutmeg Chapter, and partake in festive lawn games.

From 4 to 5 p.m., enjoy signature cocktails and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Palmer-Warner House collection. From 5 to 7 p.m., savor an al fresco raw bar provided by Jon Fish and autumnal picnic sides by River Valley Provisions.

The 50-acre Palmer-Warner property in East Haddam was home to preservation architect Frederic Palmer and his partner Howard Metzger from 1945 to 1971. The 18th-c. house remains untouched since Metzger's death in 2005. The rich material culture collection includes American Colonial, Victorian and Colonial Revival furniture; porcelain, glass, and silver; paintings and decorative objects; and many personal belongings. The archives encompass Palmer's architectural papers and drawings; personal photographs; correspondence between Palmer and Metzger during WWII; and Metzger's correspondence and papers.

Connecticut Landmarks is preparing to open the property as Connecticut's first historic site focused primarily on presenting LGBTQ history and needs to raise $1 million to preserve and renovate the Palmer-Warner Barn to create a Visitor Welcome, Event and Exhibit Center.

All proceeds benefit the Palmer-Warner Visitor Welcome, Event and Exhibition Center Project. Tickets range from $125 to $450: Individual $125; Individual Patron $250; Couple $200; Patron Couple $450. Patron tickets include additional tax-deductible donation and special recognition in the event booklet and on CTL's website. Registration required; register by Wednesday, Sept. 13, at www.ctlandmarks.org or 860.247.8996, ext. 23.

Flicks @ Six

COLCHESTER — Flicks @ Six at Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., will take place at 6 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Sept. 20 and 27. The movies, in order of appearance, are "Everything, Everything;" "Beatriz at Dinner;" and "Wonder Woman."

"Wonder Woman" will begin at 5:30 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. For further information, call the Library at 860-537-5752.

Golf Tournament

EAST HADDAM — Catholic Charities' 12th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Fox Hopyard Golf Club, 1 Hopyard Road.

The entry fee of $175 includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner buffet and awards. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with lunch at 11:30 a.m., a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and dinner buffet/awards at 6 p.m. Sponsorships are available.

Funds raised at the tournament help support those most in need throughout Eastern Connecticut. For more information, contact Christine Jackel at cjackel@norwichdiocese.net or 860-886-1928, ext. 12.

Race To End Hunger

COLCHESTER — The 9th annual Race to End Hunger will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Colchester Town Hall, 127 Norwich Ave. Same day registration will take place at 8 a.m.

The event is a certified 5K run/walk with all proceeds going to the local Food and Fuel Banks and the Free Community Lunch Program. To register, visit www.RunReg.com, pick up a registration form at Sunshine Bike/Run located on Lebanon ave., or contact Jamie Roach-Decker atjrdmdd@comcast.net.

The registration cost is $20 and prizes will be awarded to top three finishers in all age groups. Teams of three or more may enter and compete for a trophy. The first 100 to register receive a free T-shirt.

A slice of apple pie awaits all runners at the finish line and other refreshments will be provided by St. Andrews Choir, who sponsors the race, and the Bacon Academy Culinary Arts program.

Ana Cara will provide live music and chair massages will be available through the generosity of Professional Therapeutic Massage. Also for the first time this year, posture evaluation with Casey Chiropractic will be offered.

Kindergarten Registration

COLCHESTER — Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year is open at the Colchester Elementary School. Children who will be the age of five by January 1, 2018, will be eligible to register for the full-day program. Registration packets are available to pick up at the school, Board of Education office, Cragin Public Library, and local commercial daycare centers.

Forms may also be obtained from the school district's website at colchesterct.org under Colchester Elementary School "Enrolling Your Child" tab. Packets are to be completed by parents or legal guardians and submitted in person to the main office of Colchester Elementary School between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Anyone with questions may contact the office at 860-537-0717.

Scout Joining Night

COLCHESTER — The Westchester Congregational Church is the only Colchester organization that sponsors three Boy Scouts of America scout groups: a Cub Scout Pack for boys ages 5-10, a Boy Scout Troop for boys ages 11-17, and a Venturing Crew for boys and girls ages 14-20. Any questions, email westcongchurch@gmail.com or call 860-537-4013.

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 Melissa.Ziobron@housegop.ct.gov or call 860-240-8700.

To watch the full video of the educational panel, visit www.RepZiobron.com/OpioidForum

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 troop109ct.org or pack109ct.org 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 westchestercongregationalchurch.com, email westcongchurch@gmail.com or call 860-267-0480.

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 www.colchesterhistory.org.

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 http://www.colchesterct.gov/Pages/ColchesterCT_Dept/PR/parks/cohen.

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 ColchesterSoccer.org.

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 https://www.dkms.org/en 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 colchesterct.gov/rec 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 mail@colchesterhistory.org 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 www.operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.

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