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Community News For The Enfield Edition

Cardboard Boat Race

EAST WINDSOR — The 6th annual Cardboard Boat Race hosted by the American Heritage River Commission and the 8th Annual Rubber Duck Race presented by the BMX/Skatepark Commission will take place on the Scantic River at the intersection of Church and Mill Streets on Sunday, June 25.

Duck race lineup is at noon with ducks launched at 1 p.m., followed by the cardboard boat race at 2 p.m. Sylvia's Hot Dog Cart will be available from noon on to provide lunch for purchase.

For duck race info/rules, contact Brenda Crockett at 860-370-9595. For cardboard boat race info/rules, email ahriver@sbcglobal.net.

Senior Center Events

EAST WINDSOR — East Windsor Senior Center 125 Main St., is offering the following events. For more information, call 860-292-8262. The center will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Shopping trips to Big Y, Walmart, Geissler's and the mobile foodshare at St. Catherine's parking lot take place at various times. Call for more information.

Fitness/Health: Drop-ins are welcome. Fitness Class, every Monday at 10:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga, every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per class.

WII Bowling every Monday at 12:30 p.m.; Wii Zumba with Melissa, every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

Foot care will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at $29. Call for an appointment.

Blood Pressure & Sugar Screening: 1st Thursday of the Month, July 6, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Art is offered every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Coloring with Kristen will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 6;

Crafts with Melissa will take place at 10:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month. The next session is July 19 and sign-up is required by July 10.

BYOP (Bring Your Own Project): Bring your unfinished projects and work with a group. The next session will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 20.

Book Club: "Paper Towns," by John Green at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 31.

In-house Movie: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, July 7.

Monthly Social: Noon Thursday, July 27. Entertainment will begin at 12:30 p.m., featuring Ashly Cruz.

One-On-One Law Sessions will take place at 12:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. The next session will take place at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11. Sign up by July 7.

Fall Prevention will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 21.

A Veterans and Spouse coffee hour with Veterans Liaison Wayne Rioux will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26.

In-House Money Bingo will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 13 and 20. Cost is $1 per card, four card maximum.

Animal Show

ENFIELD — Animal Show on the Go will be at the Old Town Hall Museum, 1294 Enfield St., Route 5, from 2. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Animal Show on the Go is a Connecticut-based exotic animal rescue.

Animals include scaly reptiles, slimy amphibians, creepy arthropods, birds and super furry mammals. Learn about the natural world with a CT DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist who has over 15 years experience in environmental education. There is no cost to attend.

For more information, visit www.enfieldhistoricalsociety.org or e-mail questions@enfieldhistoricalsociety.org. For more information about Animal Show on the Go, visit www.animalshowonthego.com.

Hockey Association

ENFIELD — Enfield Hockey Association's Learn to Skate Summer Skate Program will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning July 12 at Enfield Twin Rinks, 1 Prior Road.

Cost to participate is $99 for seven weeks. For more information or to enroll, visit www.enfieldhockey.org. Anyone with questions may contact EHASkates@gmail.com.

Call To Pray

ENFIELD — Christians from the Enfield community will gather at the Enfield Town Gazebo on July 17 and August 21 from 7 to 8 p.m., rain or shine. Organizers ask that those who attend bring a folding chair. Call Calvary Presbyterian Church at 860-745-5211 for more information.

Teacher Grant Program

ENFIELD — The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union is offering two grant awards, of up to $500 each, to members of the credit union. The funds can be used for implementation of a new or improved program or project which can include equipment, supplies, materials and training. Educators who are TVTFCU members and are employed at a school in the towns of Enfield, East Windsor, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Somers and Suffield may apply. Anyone who is employed at a school in the aforementioned towns and not currently a member can become a member by opening a Savings Account at the credit union.

Application packets may be downloaded from the credit union's website, or a packet may be picked up at the credit union, located at 182 South Road. For more information, visit www.tvtfcu.org or call 860-253-4780.

Somers Library Events

SOMERS — Somers Public Library, 2 Vision Boulevard, is offering the following events. For more information, call 860-763-3501.

Vehicle Day at the Somers Public Library will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 22. All ages are invited to the big truck event. Come and see a fire truck, an ambulance, a plow truck, a loader, a school bus, an ice cream truck and more.

The Power of Electronics, presented by Rebecca Abramson, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Thursday June 22. The event is for children ages seven and up. Learn about electronics with demonstrations and 3D printing and make your own mini book light. Registration is required.

Trucks Around Town: Storytime and Craft will take place from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Friday, June 23. The program is for children ages two to five. Registration is required.

Three Little Pigs STEM Challenge will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, for children ages six to 10. Hear the story and then work to build the strongest house you can build. Registration begins June 12. Call the library at 860-763-3501 for more information or to register.

Hurray for Habitats, presented by Teaching Creatures, will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 29. Meet a variety of animals, including an African bull frog and a Dutch rabbit and learn about their habitats. The program is for children ages 4 and up. Call the library at 860-763-3501 for more information or to register.

Animal Homes: Storytime and Craft for children ages 2 to 5 will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 30. Register one week in advance.

Habitat Selfie will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 6, for ages 4 to 7. Using felt boards and images, children will construct an animal's habitat based on their needs and adaptations. Take a selfie of you and your work to share with others. Registration begins on June 19.

My Park for children ages 6 to 12 will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 6. In this hands-on workshop, learn about conservation and how parks are planned by designing your own park. Registration begins June 19.

Neighborhood Nature, a storytime and craft, will take place from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Friday, July 7, for children ages 2 to 5. Register one week in advance.

Summer Concert Series

SOMERS — Somers Cultural Commission's annual concert series held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. begins on June 29 at the Gazebo on the Common on Battle Street. The last two concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Bring chairs or blankets to sit on. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors and held in the Somers High School auditorium, 5 Vision Blvd. For additional information, call 860-749-4439.

Senior Center Events

ENFIELD — The Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., is offering the following events. The center can be reached at 860-763-7425 or www.enfield-ct.gov/seniors. Meal reservations can be made by calling 860-763-7428.

Blue Skies Big Band has an impressive and expansive music library of jazz and swing artists of past and present. On Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m. this 19-piece band will entertain with fantastic sounds of notables like Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, and Benny Goodman and more.

Tickets are on sale for $7 per person for the Blue Skies Big Band Benefit Concert. Proceeds will benefit Enfield Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Enfield Senior Center.

Suffield by the River is sponsoring an interactive presentation called Spice Up Your Rice on Wednesday, June 21, at 1 p.m. Chef Carlos is offering a free cooking demonstration to teach you how to spice up your dinners with a new side dish. Taste the dish, grab a recipe card and enter a raffle for a dinner. There is no charge, but registration is required.

Stop in for coffee and toast in the morning from 8:30 to 10 a.m. You have your choice of an English muffin, white or wheat bread with butter, jelly, peanut butter or Nutella.

The Alzheimer's Association holds office hours at the Enfield Senior Center monthly. If you would like to know about resources or talk about any concerns, make an appointment for Thursday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome as time allows.

It's not too early to plan your 2018 dream vacation on the distinctive Mediterranean Cruise scheduled for Sept. 22 through Oct. 5, 2018. Visit Nice, France; Florence/Pisa, Italy; Rome, Italy; Amalfi Coast, Italy; Venice, Italy; Bologna, Italy; Kotor. Cost is $2,999 per person. A trip presentation will take place on Thursday, June 22, at 2 p.m. at the Enfield Senior Center.

Enfield Library Events

ENFIELD — The Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, is hosting the following events. Call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details or visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org. All programs are free.

Enjoy simple stories, songs, fingerplays, open play and art for your one-year-old on Friday, June 23, at 9:30 a.m. This new drop-in program, "Waddling Ones" is an early literacy program designed for you and your child ages 12 to 24 months. Reading, rhyming, singing, and talking — beginning from birth —influences literacy and language development, the foundation of all learning!

Using your choice of building materials, LEGO®, DUPLO®., Keva Planks® or Roominates®, see what you can build in an hour at the new Builders Club program on Friday, June 23, at 3:45 p.m. This is a drop-in program. Work independently or with friends.

John Barrymore Live: June 27 at 7 p.m. The Friends of the Enfield Library will have a special performance at their monthly meeting. Professional actor Richard Clark will bring the actor from the roaring twenties back to life.

Summer Reading Programs kick-off on Thursday, June 29.

Enfield Rec Events

ENFIELD — The Enfield Recreation Department is offering the following events and can be reached at 860-253-6420 or www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation.

Beginning of Summer Bash: The Enfield Recreation Department will be hosting a free pool party at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 22. Activities will include open swim, a 30 ft. inflatable slip and slide, music with DJ Tim, raffle prizes, cotton candy and popcorn. Anyone going in the pool must be swim tested before being allowed to swim. The pool will be open at noon. It is strongly recommended that guests arrive at the pool between noon and 1 p.m. for swim testing before the event starts. No pre-registration is required. This event is for Enfield residents only.

Picnic Pack Rentals: The Enfield Recreation Department offers picnic packs which are available for Enfield residents to use for a maximum of three days. Payment and proof of residency is required to secure your reservation. Reservations must be made in person at the Recreation Department at least 24 hours in advance of equipment pick-up. Payment is by cash or check only. Fee: $12 plus a $20 refundable deposit. Rental equipment includes croquet, badminton, wiffleball, lawn games, horseshoes, frisbee, sports balls, throw down bases, volleyball/badminton net. Picnic packs will be available for rent May 5 through Oct. 2.

Boston Red Sox Trip: Travel to Boston on Saturday, July 29, to be part of America's favorite pastime as the Red Sox take on the Kansas City Royals. The trip includes round trip motorcoach transportation, game ticket in the bleachers section and free time for shopping or dining. The bus will depart the Enfield Town Hall Parking Lot at 2 p.m. and will arrive in Boston at approximately 4:30 p.m. Game time is tentatively scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. The bus will leave immediately following the game and will be back to Enfield at approximately 12:30 a.m. The fee is $79 per person. Pre-Registration is required for this trip.

Summer Sunshine: Summer Sunshine is designed specifically for children ages 3 to 6 years old. Activities include crafts, games, sports and more. With limited space, your child will have a lot of one-on-one attention. The program is held Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. through noon, starting in July. The program will be held at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. The fee is $49 for residents and $61.25 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required for this program. Registration can be done online or in person at the Recreation office.

Tons-O-Fun Summer Camp: Activities include fields trips, special events, free swim time, sports and group games, theme weeks, arts and crafts, free play and more. Staff to camper ratio is one to 10. Camp is offered for children entering grades 1 through 10 in September 2017. Participants may register for one of two age groups, entering grades 1 - 5 or grades 6 - 10. Camp is held at JFK Middle School and the program runs from Monday, June 26, through Friday, Aug. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Extended care hours are 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Swim Lessons: The Enfield Recreation Department offers a variety of swim lessons including preschool swim lessons, progressive swim lessons and adult swim lessons. Swim lessons will be held at either the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Pool or at the JFK Middle School Pool, depending on your class. Classes are held in two week sessions, starting June 26.

Open Swim: Open Swim at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Pool is offered daily by the Enfield Recreation Department. The pool will be open from June 21 through Aug. 11. Hours are Sunday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Daily fees apply. Enfield residents have the option of purchasing a seasons pass during regular office hours.

Adult Open Gym Basketball: The Enfield Recreation Department hosts Open Gym Basketball time for adults 20 and over. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on at the gym. The program is held at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Gym until Aug. 30. The daily fee is $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents.

Nearly New Shoppe Sale

ENFIELD — The Nearly New Shoppe at Enfield Congregational Church, 1295 Enfield St., is having its' half-priced sale. All spring clothing and accessories for men, women and children are included in the sale. The shoppe is open on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Butterfly Release

ENFIELD — A butterfly release will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the United Methodist Church of Enfield, 41 Brainard Road. Make reservations to release a butterfly for someone you love for a suggested donation of $7. For details or to reserve a butterfly, call Gail at 860-741-2664 or the church at 860-745-6241. Proceeds will benefit the Enfield Safe Harbor Warming Center.

Library Events

SOMERS — Somers Public Library, 2 Vision Blvd., is hosting the following events and can be reached at 860-763-3501.

Summer Adult Coloring Club: Every Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Colored pencils and books are provided or you can bring your own.

2017 Adult Summer Reading Program: "Build a Better World." Guests can read, review and win prizes.

Afternoon Tea: Saturday, June 24, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Join Cecelia and the Friends of the Somers Library for a free, luxurious afternoon of delicious finger sandwiches, crumpets, scones, clotted cream, and small delectable desserts. Hats are encouraged, but not required. Space will be limited, so call to register.

"Build a Better World in Your Writing" Workshop with Dawn Metcalf: Tuesday, June 27, at 6 p.m.

Teens and Adults are invited to come learn new writing techniques and tips for expanding your current works in progress in this hands-on writing workshop with local YA author, Dawn Metcalf.

June Book Discussion: Wednesday, June 28, at 2:30 p.m. Join Denise Stankovics to discuss "Beloved" by Toni Morrison. Copies of the book are available at the library.

Chamber Of Commerce Events

EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Chamber of Commerce is offering the following events.

June 24: 2nd Annual Stafford/Somers/East Windsor High School Football Golf Tournament, Skungamaug River Country Club, 104 Folly Lane, Coventry. Registration is at 7 a.m. Shotgun scramble is at 8 a.m. Cost is $100 per golfer.

24th Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Network Against Domestic Abuse: Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, Mass. Golfers only, $130 includes green fees, a golf cart lunch, social hour and dinner. For more info. To register or to become a sponsor, contact Luci Lawson at 860-763-7430, ext 300, or administrator@thenetworkct.org.

Sept. 23: East Windsor Community Day 2017. Email ewcommunityday@gmail.com for more information.

Loaves And Fishes Needs Help

ENFIELD — The Enfield Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen is in need of garden vegetables. Organizers are asking people to plant an extra one or two plants to share. Drop-off is at 28 Prospect St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Anyone with questions may call Priscilla at 860-741-0226.

Golf Tournament

EAST WINDSOR-SUFFIELD — Combat Feathers, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to local veterans in need, is holding its second annual 4-Man Scramble Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 15. An 8 a.m. shotgun start will take place at Airways Golf Course, 1070 South Grand St., Suffield.

A banquet will follow at Gibson's Banquet Hall in East Windsor. Cost to attend is $80 per person and includes golf, cart fees and a prime rib dinner. A spouse dinner is available for $25. All proceeds from this event will go directly to help Connecticut Veterans in financial need.

Call Linda Perry at 860-593-5331 or Debbie McDonald at 860-308-0104.

Meals On Wheels Needs Help

SOMERS — The Town of Somers Meals on Wheels program has been operating continuously for 36 years independently of support from federal, state or local government funds.

The program provides meals six days a week, 52 weeks a year. It not only provides needed meals but also is a daily wellness check for frail, elderly clients, many of whom live alone. The program was, for many years, completely run by volunteers but now is coordinated by the Town of Somers Human Services Department.

The cost of the meals ($4 for a hot meal, $3 for a cold meal) is set on a sliding scale. If the client has a financial need, there is a MOW subsidy program to assist. The fund is totally supported by local churches, organizations and individuals and has been sufficient, until now. The number of clients has increased and the fund is running low. Government funding for MOW programs is being cut back or eliminated so government help is not an option at this time.

The town is asking for helping replenishing the Somers MOW fund. Donations can be sent to: Town of Somers Meals on Wheels Program, Attn: Assistant Finance Director, 600 Main St., PO Box 308, Somers, CT 06071.

Food Donation Challenge

ENFIELD — Enfield Food Shelf's annual appeal is halfway to the target of donations needed and is seeking assistance from individuals, local businesses and organizations. The monetary and food donations received from March to May help further the mission of ensuring no Enfield family in need is without food assistance.

Enfield Food Shelf provides grocery-style food assistance to 350 to 400 families per week. Food assistance allows families to self-select items needed to make meals and eat at home; pack lunches for school-age children; and provide food to children when school is closed during the summer months.

All food donations are accepted Monday through Thursday. Monetary donations may be made on-line at www.enfieldfoodshelf.org or by mail at Enfield Food Shelf, 96 Alden Ave., Enfield, CT 06082. For more information, to visit the facility or to volunteer, contact 860-741-7321.

Summer Program

EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Family Resource Center is taking applications for its summer program. This seven week program will run July 10 through August 25 and is held at Scout Hall, 28 Abbe Road.

Each week offers a new theme, a field trip in the community and a trip to South Windsor swimming pool. This program is for children ages 5-12. Prices are $140 for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and $180 for 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. Contact Kate Mable at kmable@ewct.org or 860-627-9741 for more information and to enroll.

East Windsor Community Garden

BROAD BROOK — The East Windsor Community Garden has tilled plots available. A 15' x 10' plot is $15 and a 15' x 20" plot is $25. Sign up in person or by mail at the town hall planning office, 11 Rye St. For information, call 860-623-6030 or 860-623-5487.

Nutmeg Senior Rides

AREA — Nutmeg Senior Rides provides door through door transportation for seniors and the visually impaired in North Central Connecticut, and now has the online capability for volunteers to pick the rides that fit their schedule.

Volunteer drivers help riders shop and pick out their items, go to doctor appointments, bingo, lunch with friends and more. Mileage for drivers is reimbursed at 40-cents per mile.

Volunteer drivers are needed for expanded service in Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, South Windsor, Suffield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.

Applications to become a driver are available at www.NutmegSeniorRides.org or by sending an email to ctseniorrides@gmail.com. For additional information, call Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833.

Enfield Recreation

ENFIELD — The Enfield Recreation Department is offering adult open gym basketball. For more information, contact the Enfield Recreation Department at 860-253-6420 or visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation.

Adult Open Gym Basketball: The Enfield Recreation Department hosts Open Gym Basketball time for adults 20 and over. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on at the gym. The program is held at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Gym through August 30. The daily fee is $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents.

Ladies' Leisure Golf League

ENFIELD — The Ladies Leisure Golf League is starting its 2017 season at Grassmere Country Club, in Enfield. Dues are $40 and allow one to play each week on Monday and/or Wednesday between the hours of 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. All experience levels are invited. Anyone with questions may call Kay Richards at 860-533-0086 or Sandy Hamel at 860-752-8897.

East Windsor's Anniversary

EAST WINDSOR — East Windsor's 250th anniversary celebration is taking place in 2018 and organizations interested in being a part of the nine month celebration are asked to email ew250@eastwindsorct.com.

Nearly New Shoppe

ENFIELD — The Nearly New Shoppe at Enfield Congregational Church, 1295 Enfield St., is now displaying its spring collection. All items sold are donated from church and community members. The shoppe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 860-745-3646 for details.

Parents As Teachers Program

ENFIELD — The Enfield Family Resource Center has openings in its Parents as Teachers program for Enfield residents. This is a free home-visiting program that supports parents in their role as their child's first teacher by providing information, support and resources to parents who are expecting a baby or have children ages birth-five.

For more information, contact the Family Resource Center's Parent Educators at 860-253-4769 or 860-253-6580.

Senior Center Activities

ENFIELD — The Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., is offering the following activities. The center can be reached at 860-763-7425.

The Senior Minor Home Repair Program is a volunteer run program that assists older Enfield residents with minor repairs such as fixing railings, changing light bulbs, and pretty much anything that does not require a licensed professional. Call 860-253-6395 to schedule an appointment. Residents are not charged for the service, only for the supplies needed.

Seminars on clean energy, sleep apnea and the State of CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority will take place at the senior center.

Day trips and multi-day adventures are offered. For more information, visit www.enfield-ct.gov/seniors.

Creative Stitches: If you enjoy knitting, crocheting or other needlework, join the Creative Stitches group on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon in the craft room. If you like to sew, visit the Sassy Sewers group on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Zumba on Wednesdays: The cost is $16 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Zumba Gold will continue through March and April.

If the Enfield Public Schools are closed because of inclement weather, the Senior Center programs are canceled. If there is a school delay, our schedule goes on as usual. The building remains open, in most cases, for drop-in activities including the Prime Fitness Center. Notification of cancellation is posted on WFSB, Twitter, and Facebook.

Tipper Barrel Collection

ENFIELD — Public Works reminds residents on the placement of tipper barrels for refuse and recycling. Per the town ordinance, barrels must be placed at the curb between dusk the day before your scheduled pickup and 7 a.m. the day of pickup. All barrels need to removed from the curb by 8 a.m. on the day after pickup.

Missed pick-ups and callbacks waste precious resources and cost the town extra money, Public Works officials say. All residents received a magnet with important collection information. If you misplaced your magnet, need additional information or want more information about the recycling program, visit the website at http://enfield-ct.gov/405/Regular-Trash-Collection or call the DPW hotline at 860-763-7527 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Volunteer Hearing Officer Sought

ENFIELD — The town of Enfield is seeking a civic-minded resident to become a volunteer hearing officer. If interested, contact the office at 860-253-6300 for an interview.

Somers Fire Department Seeks Volunteers

SOMERS — Local volunteer firefighters are counting on residents to add one more New Year's resolution to the list: Join the Somers Fire Department and become an everyday hero. The Somers Fire Department fire division works primarily on a scramble crew system - members receive notice of a call via pager or a text to their cell phone. They then respond to the station to get the fire apparatus. Training and uniforms are provided.

The EMS division staffs the ambulance. Once personnel have completed mandatory entry requirements and attend local drills and meetings, they are eligible to attend outside training to increase their skill levels. Training and uniforms are provided by the Department.

In addition, the Somers Fire Department offers a cadet program which is managed in two phases, from ages 14-15 and 16-17 years old. Training and uniforms are provided and members in good standing are eligible to receive a quarterly stipend.

Both the fire and EMS side offer a stipend of $250 per quarter for those who meet minimum requirements - members can earn up to $2,000 a year. Aside from a $2 reimbursement per each call for gas, the Department also contributes to a small pension system. Members in good standing receive dress and working uniforms and the Department covers all training.

Send an email to membership@somersfire.org or call 860-749-7626. The membership director will reply with an application and answers to any questions.

Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter energy assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. 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 Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

Softball Umpires Sought

STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. Our board provides services to schools, youth and adult recreational leagues in the greater Hartford area. No experience necessary. For more information or to join, contact Al at prez798@aol.com or call/text 860-205-1688.

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