Community News For The Enfield Edition

Fossil Day

ENFIELD — The Enfield Historical Society is holding Fossil Day on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Enfield Historical Society's Old Town Hall Museum, 1294 Enfield St.

A special exhibit of fossils will be on display for one day only at the Old Town Hall Museum. See real fossil fish, plants, insects, ammonites, and more. Casts of a Utahraptor foot and claws and other dinosaur bones, and the collection of real dinosaur footprints and other trace fossils from Enfield will be on display.

Every child receives a free fossil from a fossil grab bag, while supplies last. Visit the Old Town Hall Museum as well; admission is free. Visit www.enfieldhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

Congregational Church Events

SOMERSVILLE — Rev. Graham Van Keuren, pastor of the Congregational Church of Somersville, will be preaching on the key themes of the Protestant Reformation during October. Oct. 31, 2017, will be the 500th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther made public his 95 theses by nailing them on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Each week will feature elements of what some Protestant worship services looked like in the early 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries respectively. The talks began on Oct. 1. Worship begins at 10 a.m. at the church located at 22 Maple St. The church is handicapped accessible.

A family style pot roast supper will be held at the church on Saturday, Oct. 14, with sittings at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The menu includes pot roast with gravy, potatoes, carrots and onions, tossed salad, homemade breads and rolls, beverage and fresh homemade apple crisp. Cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 10. Reservations should be made in advance by contacting the church at 860-749-7741 or emailing somcong@aol.com; take-out orders will also be offered for pick up between 5 and 7 p.m. The church and its dining hall are handicapped accessible.

The Congregational Church of Somersville will host a dinner and a movie to celebrate the Reformation on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. The movie will be "Luther," a PG-13 rated movie from 2003 starring Joseph Fiennes, Alfred Molina, Claire Cox and Peter Ustinov. The dinner will be a traditional merry meal that might have been eaten in Germany in 1517.

Ye Olde Blacksmith Shoppe, located at the intersection of Pinney Road and Maple Street in Somersville, continues to be open each Saturday through October from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations from the community are always welcome; contact Yvonne at 860-394-7395 to arrange drop-off.

For info/questions, contact the church at somcong@aol.com or 860-749-7741.

Niemitz To Meet Voters

ENFIELD — Steve Niemitz, Democratic candidate for the Enfield Town Council, will be hosting a meet-and-greet event on Monday, Oct. 23, at the Yarde Tavern, 1658 King St. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and live music will be provided. Niemitz is seeking the Town Council seat representing District 1. Other members of the Democratic slate will also be in attendance.

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.

Senior Health Fair: 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 19, at 25 School St. Flu Shots: $35 or accepts Medicare B and certain insurances; Blood Pressure Screenings; Blood Sugar Screenings; Hearing Screenings and Balance Assessments

Enfield Senior Center Events

ENFIELD — The Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., is hosting the following events.

Andrew Epstein, MD of Northern CT Eye Association, will lead a discussion on the causes, symptoms and advanced treatment options for cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration on Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. Please register at the front desk.

The movie "Dr. Strange" will be shown at 6 p.m. Oct. 19. Tickets are $5 in advance for movie and meal; $2 at the door movie only.

Physical therapy graduate students from American International College will be offering Dancing with Parkinson's. They will share a fun and educational dance experience to improve common symptoms of Parkinson's disease. This program will be offered on Tuesdays until Nov. 7, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Thursdays until Nov. 9, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. There is no fee for these classes. Space is limited; call or stop by the front desk to sign up.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: At 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, a representative from the Network Against Domestic Abuse will facilitate a session on domestic violence. Register at the front desk.

Mediterranean Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas: Sept. 22 through Oct. 5, 2018, for 14 days and 12 nights. Cost is $2,999 per person, which includes transportation to and from the airport, roundtrip flights to Barcelona visits to Nice, France, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Amalfi Coast, an overnight onboard in Venice, Bologna, Italy and Kotor, Montenegro. A trip presentation will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 17.

Enfield Library Events

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

Registration for storytimes will begin on Monday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m. in the Children's Room and continues through the rest of the week.

Time for Twos will meet either 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays or 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. A caregiver must accompany each child. Terrific Threes will meet on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Fantastic Fours and Fives will meet on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. Marvelous Threes & Fours will meet on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Sign-up will be for one session only and for only one storytime per week. Storytimes begin the week of Nov. 6 and end the week of Dec. 11.

A Friends of the Library Luncheon with Folk Musician Ken Lelen will take place at noon Monday, Oct. 16. Free lunch will be served.

Waddling Ones: Enjoy simple stories, songs, fingerplays, open play and art for your one-year-old at the Enfield Public Library on Friday, Oct. 20, at 9:30 a.m. This new drop-in program is an early literacy program designed for you and your child ages 12 to 24 months.

Halloween Dance with DJ Red Supreme: Wear your costume (please no scary costumes) for a costume parade at the Enfield Public Library on Friday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., get ready to get down and dance with DJ Red Supreme aka Austin Dailey. Light refreshments will be provided. This drop-in program is for all ages.

Designer Purse Bingo

ENFIELD — As the number of local families in need of food assistance throughout the area continues to grow, local anti-hunger organizations in Enfield, Suffield and East Windsor are once again coming together to host this year's Annual Hunger Awareness event, Battling Hunger One "Bag" At A Time.

Designer Purse Bingo will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, at American Legion Hall, 566 Enfield St. Doors open at 6 p.m. for this fundraising event which features bingo for purses from designers including COACH and Michael Kors, raffles and more.

Bring your own snacks and drinks. Tickets are $35 per person in advance of the show and include a set of bingo cards and a stamper. Tables will be reserved for groups of eight or more purchasing tickets in advance and the group will also receive extra bingo cards.

For tickets, event sponsorships, donations and/or questions, call any of these benefitting agencies: Enfield Food Shelf (860-741-7321); Emergency Aid of Suffield (860-668-1968); Enfield Loaves & Fishes (860-741-0226) or Five Corner Cupboard (860-758-7763). Prize donations are welcomed at any of these locations as well.

Volunteer Hearing Officer Sought

ENFIELD — The town of Enfield is seeking a volunteer hearing officer. Are you attracted to interpreting the law? Are you seeking meaningful ways to serve your community? Do you have a passion for impartial application of ordinances?

Anyone interested may send a letter of interest detailing why they feel they are qualified to become a hearing officer to Townmanager@enfield.org or to the Town Hall, Town Manager's Office, 80 Enfield St., Enfield CT 06082.

Young Parents Support Group

ENFIELD — The Family Resource Center invites parents between the ages of 18 and 21 to join its new Young Parent Support Group. This group will provide the opportunity for young parents to come together in a safe place to exchange ideas, share experiences and receive information. Children are welcome to attend and participate in age-appropriate activities during the group.

The group will meet weekly beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. for eight consecutive weeks at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center, 19 North Main St. For more information or to register, contact Tracy Roche at troche@enfield.org or 860-253-5214.

Crazy Whist Card Party

SOMERS — The Somers Women's Club invites the public to a Crazy Whist Card Party on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Somers Town Hall Auditorium, 600 Main St. The doors will open at noon and the games will begin at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided along with a raffle and prizes.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. Call Nadene at 860-218-0865 if you wish to reserve tickets or need additional information. This event is a fundraiser and all profits will be directed to the Somers Women's Club Scholarship Fund or used for community assistance projects.

Fall Foliage Hike

SOMERS-VERNON — The Northern CT Land Trust will host two hikes in October. The first is Oct. 14 at the Trust"s Skyline Scenic Area at 10 a.m., meeting at the Somers Town Hall at 600 Main St., Somers. The hike will take approximately two hours. For information, call Albert at 860-623-5487.

The next hike will take place on Oct. 15 at the Railroad Brook Gorge in Vernon, meeting at the Valley Fall parking lot off Valley Falls Road in Vernon at 9 a.m. This will be a fairly challenging walk with some steep slopes and beautiful scenery. Allow 1.5 hours. For info, call Karl at 860-649-4949. Visit www.northernctlandtrust.org for more information.

Football Under The Lights

EAST WINDSOR — Come cheer on the East Windsor High School Varsity Soccer teams as they play under the lights at East Windsor High School, 76 South Main St., on Friday, Oct. 13, against East Granby.

The boys' team will play at 6 p.m., followed by the girls' game at 8 p.m. Between games, 25 senior athletes from the soccer teams and the cross country team will be recognized.

Admission is $5 per adult, $3 per student and senior citizen. East Windsor youth rec and travel soccer players attend for free if they wear their EW jersey. On Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m., the EWHS junior and senior girls will face off in a Powder Puff Football game under the lights.

The junior and senior boys show off their cheerleading and dance talents during the halftime show. The boys U14 travel soccer team will play against Enfield at 6 p.m.; cost to attend is a suggested admission: monetary donation to support the EWHS Safe Grad Party 2018. The East Windsor High School Booster Club rents the lights for these Homecoming games; food and spirit wear will be available for purchase both nights.

Harvest Moon Dinner

EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Veterans Commission's Harvest Moon Dinner and Dance, a benefit fundraiser for the Memorial Green upgrades, will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the La Notte Banquet Facility, 17 Thompson Road.

Live music will be provided by Stray Dogs with guests Steel N Easy. There will be a cocktail hour with cash bar and dinner and dancing. Tickets are $35 per person. Call 860-614-9749 or 860-202-3454.

Friends' Seeking Volunteers

EAST WINDSOR — The Friends of Warehouse Point Library, 107 Main St., is looking for volunteers. Stop in the library from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21, to meet the current Friends and enjoy coffee and donuts, as well as a half price book sale.

Upcoming events include Dr. Richard Ross, author of "Beyond Salem," speaking at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18; and Penny Goetjen, author of "The Empty Chair," presenting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Garden Club Meeting

BROAD BROOK — Dr. Kirsten Martin, assistant professor of biology at the University of St. Joseph, will speak on the dragonfly life cycle at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Park Hill Community Room. The event is hosted by the East Windsor Garden Club.

She will highlight how two local dragonfly species, the Arrow Clubtail and the Cobra Clubtail, are impacted by riverbank features. Light refreshments will be served and a small donation is requested.

Images Of America: East Windsor

EAST WINDSOR — Applebrook Farm and Cider Mill will host authors Ceil Donahue and Jessica Bottomley for a book signing event on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to celebrate the publication of the new history book, "Images of America: East Windsor."

The book takes readers on a journey through the past with almost 200 historical photographs tracing the history of the five distinct villages that melded together to become the town of East Windsor and its colorful inhabitants. Applebrook Farm located at 216 East Road, Broad Brook, is the perfect place for this event as it is situated on the cusps of three of the villages highlighted in the book, Melrose, Broad Brood, and Windsorville. All proceeds from the sale of the book at this event will go to benefit the East Windsor Historical Society.

Visit www.eastwindsorhistory.wordpress.com and www.applebrookfarm.com for more information.

Bible Study

ENFIELD — A monthly Bible study from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, will take place at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 383 Hazard Ave. The title for this month is "Pumpkin Theology."

The group will be studying John 20:24-31, the story of Doubting Thomas. A potluck supper will take place at 6 p.m. and the Bible study will begin at 6:45 p.m. Prior Bible experience is not necessary. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the church office 860-749-3912.

Magic Treehouse After School Club

ENFIELD — Join Jack and Annie on incredible missions traveling around the world and through time in fun activities related to the Magic Tree House Series at the After School Club at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road.

A light snack will be provided. The After School Club will meet on Wednesdays, Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The club is open to all children in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th. Students attending Eli Whitney School can be picked up directly from school by library staff.

Registration began in September and will close on Oct. 6. Visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org or call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more information.

Friday Films

ENFIELD — Friday Films at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, will take place on the following dates: Friday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m.; and Friday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.

For more information on the movies shown, visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 860-763-7512. The showings are free and registration is not required.

Crazy Whist Card Party

SOMERS — The Somers Women's Club invites the public to a Crazy Whist card party on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Somers Town Hall Auditorium, 600 Main St., in the rear of the building.

The doors will open at noon and the games will begin at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided along with a raffle and prizes. The game does not require card-playing expertise.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. Call Nadene at 860-218-0865 to reserve tickets or if you need additional information. This event is a fundraiser and all profits will be directed to the Somers Women's Club Scholarship Fund or used for community assistance projects.

Chili Cook-Off, Fall Fest

EAST WINDSOR — First Congregational Church of East Windsor will hold its first ever crock-pot chili cook-off and fall fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at 124 Scantic Road.

Chili cook-off entry is $5. The first place prize is $25. Included in the fest are horse drawn wagon rides, hourly door prizes, vendor booths, pumpkin painting, church tours, chili tasting and voting, and a bake sale. A chili meal featuring a bowl of church chili, corn bread, apple crisp with ice cream and a beverage will be available for $10, from noon to 3 p.m. Reservations are required.

For entry forms, meal reservations and advance tickets to events and information, email phreitzfccew@gmail.com or call 860-654-0590.

Agonist Gallery Opens

BROAD BROOK — Agonist Gallery is a new East Windsor business opening Sunday, Oct. 15, at 100 Main St. The mission of the new studio/gallery space is to stimulate learning through art and science. Agonist Gallery will have regular art exhibits rotating monthly, specializing in photography but including other art forms as well. It will also offer classes in both science and photography.

The opening reception for the first gallery art show will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. All are invited. To register for classes or to join the "Cure Me!" project, visit www.agonist.gallery or call or text Dr. Moss at 860-305-8623.

Classes this fall will include history of photography, bird photography, micro-photography, evolutionary biology, the biology of cancer, dance photography and more.

The owner is Jeff Holcombe, a longtime resident of South Windsor who holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Michigan. He also has over 30 years experience exhibiting fine art photography. Holcombe, also known as "Dr. Moss," taught biology classes for 27 years at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor. He founded Agonist Gallery as a space for continuing education through art and science.

One of the most important goals of Agonist Gallery is to develop a life-science alternative to robotics in order to broaden student exposure to STEM education. Students who are interested in the biomedical sciences will have an opportunity to work on a competitive, team-oriented project to build a patient that is unable to be killed by disease. The "Cure Me!" project began on Oct. 3.

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.

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.

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 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., and Club Read, a reading group for 7- to 10- year-olds the first Tuesday of each month. For more information or to register, call the library at 860-623-5482 or in person.

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.

Food Pantry Needs Donations

EAST WINDSOR — The Five Corner Cupboard Food Pantry is in 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.

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.

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

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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