Community News For The Enfield Edition

CT Apple Crop Rebounds

AREA — After drought and an ill-timed spring frost produced a disappointing apple harvest statewide in Connecticut last year, growers say the 2017 crop has rebounded strongly and could reach record numbers.

Last year's crop was very short, but this year all varieties are available, according to Brian Kelliher, who runs Easy Pickin's Orchards in Enfield and is president of the Connecticut Apple Marketing Board. Good pollinating weather and ample rains early on, combined with the cool nights and sunny days recently, make for great color, quality and flavor.

Pictured is Won Hee Lee arranging apples for sale at the Drazen Orchards farm stand.

Visit www.ctgrown.gov/apples for information on Connecticut orchards. The CT Apple Marketing Board's website, www.ctapples.org, offers information on the state's growers and apple varieties, as well as a free digital app that can be downloaded from Google Play or the Itunes store.

The app features interactive maps leading to orchards and information on apple varieties that customers can use right in the orchards while picking. There are also Kids' Resource and Teacher's Resource pages to find activities and posters to download for free.

St. Bernard School's New Faculty

ENFIELD — St. Bernard School announced the addition of two teachers to their current teaching staff. Stephanie Stauble has been hired as the new second grade teacher, replacing long-time veteran Patricia Sagon, who retired this past June with over 30 years of service at St. Bernard School.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Eastern Connecticut State University and is currently working on her master's degree in curriculum and teaching at St. Joseph University.

Rebekah Vick is currently teaching religion and literature to the 7th and 8th grade students at St. Bernard School after teaching 5th and 6th grades at a Catholic school in Atlanta, Ga.

She has just recently moved back to her hometown of Somers. Vick graduated from Union College with a B.S. degree in biology and english.

Pictured are Vick (left) and Stauble (right), two alumnae from St. Bernard School have returned to teach and give back to their school.

Community Festival

ENFIELD — Educational Resources for Children will host the inaugural 'Fall for Enfield Community Festival' on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is to be held rain or shine on the Enfield Town Green. Admission is free to residents of Enfield and the surrounding communities.

Several local farms will be a part of the community event. Shaker Farms of Enfield will be on hand with pumpkins, pies, and seasonal vegetables. DC Farms from Agawam, Mass., will offer pure maple products and mums from Garden's Dream will be available for purchase.

Over 50 craft and product vendors will attend including LuLaRoe, Steeped Tea, Pampered Chef, and Café 48 Jewelry Bar. Food vendors will feature Little Mark's "Mouth Waterin', Butt Kickin' BBQ," from Vernon, who will be serving up pulled pork and tumbleweed onions. Gypsy Joe Coffee of Ellington will have artisanal roasted coffee for sale, which will pair perfectly with the fresh donuts and kettle corn from Faddy's Donuts out of East Hartford. For those who enjoy savory over sweet, Sylvia's Hot Dogs will provide franks with a variety of toppings and if you are really hungry, Domino's in Enfield will be holding a pizza-eating contest with pizza giveaway prizes.

One of the special activities planned for children includes a firefighter fitness demonstration by the Enfield Firefighters, taking place from 1 to 4 p.m.

With Halloween right around the corner, creatures of the night from Nightmare Acres in South Windsor will be available to meet and take pictures with attendees from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information about the festival and how you can be involved, email Melissa Shea at mshea@erfc.us, visit www.erfcinc.org or call 860-253-9935.

Blessing Of The Animals

ENFIELD — A blessing of the animals will take place at Holy Trinity Church, 383 Hazard Ave., at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The event is rain or shine.

All are invited to bring your animal friends, large and small, for a special blessing at Holy Trinity. In the past, cats, dogs, rabbits, horses and cows have been blessed, but birds, fish, hamsters, gerbils – any beloved creatures – are invited.

In good weather, the event is held outdoors. If it rains, the blessing will take place in the Parish Hall, though large outdoor animals will have to await their blessing outside. Call 860-749-2722 for info.

Fire Truck Day

ENFIELD — The Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, will present Fire Truck Day on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. Children will be able to check out the fire trucks up close.

Climb aboard the tower ladder with a donation of canned goods for the food shelf and experience what it is like to see the world from a higher altitude. Visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org or call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512.

Children's Program

ENFIELD — Join the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, for one half-hour of nursery rhymes, songs, and finger-plays at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10. This is a drop-in program that is designed to promote early language skills for ages birth to 24 months, accompanied by parents or caregivers.

Visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org or call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512.

Birth Announcement

ENFIELD — Brandon Elijah, son, to Heather Michaud and Quennel Williams of Enfield, was born Sept. 7.

Red Cross Drive

ENFIELD — The United Methodist Church of Enfield, 41 Brainard Road, will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 1 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit redcrossblood.org or call the church office at 860-745-6241.

Rock Painting

ENFIELD — The children in the Sunday School classes at Enfield Congregational Church got off to a great start on Sunday, Sept 10. They painted rocks with positive messages. Spaces are still open for the classes. Call 860-745-3646 for more information.

Somers Library Events

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

Adult Coloring Club: This fall, the Adult Coloring Club will meet every Friday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Colored pencils and books are provided, or you can bring your own.

PJ Storytime: On Thursday, Sept. 28, children are invited to an evening storytime at the Enfield Public Library. PJ's are proper attire. Bring along mom and dad and your favorite stuffed animal. The recommended age for this storytime is 3 to 7. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Family Bingo Night at the Enfield Public Library: Friday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

Read to a Dog: Oct. 14, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Practice your reading skills by reading to a dog in a relaxed, dog-friendly atmosphere. All dogs have been trained, tested and certified by Healers with Halos. Participants may bring a book or select one at the library. The time slots are for fifteen minutes at 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Registration is required. Call the library at 860-763-3501 to register.

Spooktacular Animal Adventure with Animal Embassy: Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 7 p.m. Join Animal Embassy as they showcase animal ambassadors such as a Pink-toed Tarantula, an Emperor Scorpion, a Dumeril's Boa, an Axolotl and more. For ages 4 and up. Sign up for this event beginning Oct. 2. Call the library at 860-763-3501 to register.

Comedy Night

ENFIELD — Join the EDTC at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 93 Park St., for a night of comedy at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, featuring comedians and headliner Darren Rivera.

Tickets are $20 each. A table of 10 is $160. Each ticket includes five raffle tickets and the event is BYO food and drink. Visit http://www.enfieldctdemocrats.com/events to purchase tickets. For more info, email EDTCEventinfo@yahoo.com or call Tom Arnone at 860-716-1280.

Wine Tasting

EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Rotary Club wine tasting will take place at 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 7, at Second Chance Farm, 42 Rice Road.

Cost to attend is $30 per person and includes wine, beer and food. Live entertainment will take place. Visit http://events.eventease.com/384/ for more information.

Second Chance Farm is owned by Pete Larese, who gives retired horses with nowhere else to go a beautiful and luxurious place to live out their days. The event will raise money to fund enhancements in the East Windsor community, provide scholarships to graduates and support other charitable endeavors.

Fall Story Times

EAST WINDSOR — Fall story times at the Warehouse Point Library, 107 Main St., still has limited space available. Programs with available openings are: Times for Twos on Tuesday mornings beginning Oct. 3 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.; Books Before Bed for 4- to 6-year-olds on Monday evenings at 6:15 p.m. beginning Oct. 2; and Club Read, a reading group for 7- to 10- year-olds the first Tuesday of each month, starting Oct. 3. For more information or to register, call the library at 860-623-5482 or in person.

Sister Act Auditions

BROAD BROOK — Sister Act auditions and rehearsals will take place at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St.

Auditions will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9. Callbacks, by invitation only, will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. Show dates are Feb. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18; 23, 24 and 25.

Prepare 16 to 32 bar excerpts from two songs, one upbeat, and one ballad from contemporary Broadway musicals, nothing from Sister Act. You must provide sheet music. An accompanist is provided, recorded accompaniment will not be allowed.

Be prepared to do some dance/movement. Wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes. This will not be intimidating, and everyone will be considered regardless of skill level in dance. Be prepared to do cold reading from the script. Bring a resume and headshot if you have them. Be prepared to outline any potential rehearsal conflicts. Rehearsals begin Nov. 13.

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.

The Enfield Senior Repair Program is scheduled to end Oct. 31 for the season. Seniors who need air conditioners removed and/or gutter cleaning performed or other tasks may submit their requests by calling 860-253-6395 as soon as possible.

Beatles For Sale will perform on Friday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person, with coffee and dessert served at the break.

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.

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.

Piedmont Art Show

SOMERS — The Somers Cultural Commission is presenting the 25th annual regional juried Piedmont Art Show through Oct. 1 at Piedmont Hall, 204 Main St. Visit www.somersct.gov/board-and-commissions/cultural-commission for additional information.

Tag Sale Benefits Grad Party

EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Safe Grad Committee is holding its annual fall tag sale in the East Windsor High School cafeteria, 76 South Main St., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.

Items will include home decor, furniture, books/DVDs, toys, household goods and more. Proceeds will benefit the 2018 Safe Grad Party in June. Donated items for the tag sale may be dropped off at the high school on Friday, Sept. 29, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Food Pantry Needs Donations

EAST WINDSOR — The end of the summer is near and the shelves at Five Corner Cupboard Food Pantry are looking pretty empty. The many thousands of pounds of donations received last fall and this spring are long gone.

The pantry is need of the following items: pinto and refried beans, dried fruits, soups of all kinds, applesauce, canned oranges and pineapple, ramen noodles and dry soup mixes, mayonnaise, jellies, jams & preserves, peanut butter (chunky and creamy), canned meats, tuna and other canned fish, pancake syrup, coffee, cold cereals, hot chocolate, 100-percent juices, boxed potatoes, meal helpers, canned pasta, crackers and cookies and snacks. Paper goods, personal care, cleaning products and pet foods are all appreciated.

Five Corner Cupboard is a mission of and is located on the campus of First Congregational Church of East Windsor, 124 Scantic Road, at the site of the former Growing Tree Child Development Center.

Donations can be brought to the Cupboard Monday mornings and all day Tuesdays. There is a tote on the front porch for after hours donations as well as donation boxes at various places in East Windsor, including Geisslers, Warehouse Point Library, Broad Brook Post Office, At the Dam restaurant and Windsor Federal Bank. Monetary (tax deductible) donations can be sent to 124 Scantic Road, East Windsor, 06088. Checks should be made to Five Corner Cupboard.

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.

Enfield Recreation Events

ENFIELD — The Enfield Recreation Department is hosting the following events. For more information, visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation or call the Enfield Recreation Department at 860-253-6420.

The Dolphins Swim Team is hosted by the Enfield Recreation Department for boys and girls ages 5-18 years old as of December 31, 2017. The team swims at the Fermi High School Pool, 124 North Maple St., Enfield. Staff will not take any additional registrations for new or returning swimmers after Friday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m.

Returning Swimmer Registration: A limited number of spots are available for this program. Early registration is highly recommended. Participation in previous seasons does not guarantee a spot. Registration began on Aug. 25 for Enfield residents and Sept. 8 for non-residents.

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 until Oct. 2. For more details, visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation or call 860-253-6420.

Six Flags New England: The Enfield Recreation Department is selling discounted day tickets to Six Flags New England. One day passes cost $38 each and are good for any day during the 2017 season. All tickets are non-refundable and will be available while supplies last. Day tickets must be purchased by Oct. 20. Cash is the only form of payment accepted No refunds are given for lost, stolen, unwanted, or unused tickets.

Somers Senior Center Events

SOMERS — The Somers Senior Center is located at 19 Battle St. and can be contacted at 860-763-4379, found online at www.somersct.gov or on facebook under "Somers Senior Center." Sign-up is required for all events.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Winter Wonderettes are returning to the Stageloft Theater in Sturbridge, Mass., for a performance featuring '60s versions of great holiday classics. Guests will enjoy lunch at the Salem Cross Inn, a restored 18th century farmhouse rich with history nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside. Lunch will include a choice of chicken pot pie or yankee pot roast. All are welcome. Cost to attend is $90 per person, due upon sign-up, and includes motor coach transportation, lunch, theater ticket, taxes and gratuity.

Road Reconstruction

EAST WINDSOR — East Windsor began road reconstruction of School Street in Warehouse Point on or about Aug. 21. Expect heavy traffic delays. This project is expected to take about two months.

Farmers Market

THOMPSONVILLE — Enfield's 4th Community and Farmers Market is now open each Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in downtown Thompsonville next to Freshwater Pond.

Rick Ouellette and Faith the goat of Shaker Farm Market and Vinnie's Little Acre are returning, along with other farmers. Jeff Strong from Kettle Corn, Carmen's Bakery, Silvia from Silvia's Restaurant, and crafters that will be showcasing their specialties quilts, crochet and sewing items, jewelry, handmade soaps, candles, lip balm and more. Bruce Yelle from Falcetti Music will perform live each week.

There is no fee to be a vendor. Parking is free. Food trucks are welcome. Many of the farmers accepted SNAP food vouchers. Any vendors who will be selling or supplying samples of prepared foods are to display a Board of Health License or Temporary Food Permit from the North Central District Health Department. To find out how to obtain a permit, vendors should contact Deb Caronna at the NCDHD at dcaronna@ncdhd.org or 860-745-0383.

To sign up as a vendor, visit www.thinkenfield.com and click on Enfield's Community & Farmers Market or contact Development Services at developmentservices@enfield.org or call 860-253-6350.

Senior Center Events

EAST WINDSOR — East Windsor Senior Center 125 Main St., is offering the following events. For more information, call 860-292-8262.

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 $5 per class.

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

Farmers Market

THOMPSONVILLE — Michael Ciriello, Director of the Town of Enfield Development Services, said the upcoming farmers' market is seeking vendors, including but not limited to farmers, bakers, crafters, specialty makers, food vendors, authors, food trucks or community services.

Bruce Yelle from Falcetti Music will provide weekly live performances. There is no fee to be a vendor and free parking. The market is held each Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in downtown Thompsonville, next to Freshwater Pond. Many of the farmers accepted SNAP food vouchers.

Any vendors who will be selling or supplying samples of prepared foods are to display a Board of Health License or Temporary Food Permit from the North Central District Health Department (NCDHD). To find out how to obtain a permit, vendors should contact Deb Caronna at the NCDHD at dcaronna@ncdhd.org or 860-745-0383. Permits take a couple of weeks to process from date of application so time is of the essence.

To sign up is easy and free, go to www.thinkenfield.com and click on Enfield's Community & Farmers Market or contact Development Services at developmentservices@enfield.org or call 860-253-6350.

Bottle Up Against Hunger

ENFIELD — Enfield Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen is hosting a bottle and cans fundraiser. Anyone may drop off recycle bottles and cans at Enfield Loaves and Fishes during September at 28 Prospect St., at the back door on Thompson Court. Other drop of areas, are Enfield Fire Dept. 200 Phoenix Ave., Enfield Fire District 1, 199 Weymouth Rd., Thompsonville Fire Dept. 35 North Main St., North Thompsonville Fire Dept. 439 Enfield St., and Shaker Pines Fire Dept. 37 Bacon Rd. Enfield CT.. Any questions, call Priscilla at 860-741-0226 or email pbelf@aol.com

Hockey Association

ENFIELD — Enfield Hockey Association's Learn to Skate Summer Skate Program will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesdays 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Operation Fuel Offering 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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