Opera House Players Get In The Holiday Spirit
BROAD BROOK-EAST WINDSOR — Over the course of their 12-show run of "Annie," The Opera House Players collected hundreds of toys to donate to The East Windsor Police Department's Stuff a Cruiser Toy Drive, to be distributed to local families in need.
Everyone who brought in a new unwrapped toy was given a free popcorn during the show, and the generosity shown by the patrons was outstanding. The Opera House Players hope to continue giving back to the community for years to come. Visit www.operahouseplayers.org for more information on how to help support the theater, and keep the arts alive and affordable in Broad Brook and surrounding areas.
New Year's Day Hike
EAST WINDSOR — A first day hike will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, at Scantic River State Park on Melrose Road. The hike kicks off promptly at 1 p.m. and is a 2.5-mile hike.
Meet in the parking area at the end of Melrose Road, off Broad Brook Road. The hike is sponsored by the East Windsor American Heritage River Commission. Donations will be collected for the local food pantry. Human and pet items are needed. Visit American Heritage River Commission on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org for updates.
Enfield Senior Center Events
ENFIELD — The Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., is hosting the following events. For more information, call 860-763-7425. In the event of inclement weather, look for cancellations posted on WFSB – Channel 3, WNBC – Channel 30 and FOX Local News – Channel 61.
A landscape painting party will take place at 11 a.m. Jan. 5. Learn how to create a beautiful landscape using acrylic paint. Blend colors and apply them to canvas while finding out about background, middleground and foreground. Class is $5 and all supplies will be provided by OBTA Care. Register at the front desk.
Bridge lessons will be offered on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m., beginning Jan. 4 and continuing through Jan. 25. No registration is required.
The Enfield Senior Center shared the following staff update: "Jan Vasseur, our Jan's Exercise instructor, has been with the Enfield Senior Center longer than any of the current staff! She has a loyal following of students who enjoy an amusing back and forth volley of laughs as they work away at exercises to stay agile and fit. Jan's beautiful smile, contagious laugh and good humor have brought a lift to all of us. She has now decided to get her exercise by keeping up with an adorable grandson and helping her family. Thank you, Jan, for all you have brought to us. You will be missed by students and staff alike. We wish you happy days ahead!"
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.
At 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, a new seminar program 'How Things Work in our World Explained in Uncomplicated English,' will take place.
Want to become a volunteer Dial-A-Ride driver to bring Enfield seniors and physically disabled to their out-of-town medical appointments? Volunteers use town-owned vehicles to transport individuals. All you need is a valid driver's license and a clean driving record from the DMV. Contact Annette Orlandi at 860-272-3545 for more information.
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. Visit www.enfield-ct.gov/seniors for more information.
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.
Asnuntuck's Super Saturday
ENFIELD — Super Saturday is planned for Saturday, Jan. 6, at Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm St. Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, Registration and the Cashier's office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All services will be available on a walk-in basis. Advising for manufacturing programs and all Continuing Education licensure and allied health programs will also be available that day.
Placement testing for math and English will also be available that morning. SAT and ACT test scores may also be used for placement purposes. Those interested in participating in the Accuplacer placement testing need to pre-register. Testing will begin at 10 a.m. Students can go visit https://asnuntuck.edu/admissions/how-to-enroll/placement/ to register for the test or call 860-253-3089.
Students who have not already completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA) are encouraged to do so. The FAFSA can be submitted online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and the school code for ACC is 011150.
Follett's ACC Bookstore will also be open that day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classes begin on Wednesday, Jan. 17, for all credit classes. Visit www.asnuntuck.edu/courses-programs/course-schedules for more information on spring semester offerings.
Free Braille Calendars
AREA — The Community Outreach Office of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut has 2018 Braille calendars, free of charge. For more information, contact email@example.com or 860-289-1971.
Enfield Library Events
ENFIELD — The Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, is offering the following events. Call 860-763-7510 for more information.
PJ Storytime: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28. Children are invited to an evening storytime at the Enfield Public Library. PJs are proper attire. Bring along mom and dad and your favorite stuffed animal - they'd like to hear a story, make a craft and dance, too. The recommended age for this storytime is 3 to 7.
Bullet Journals for Teens: 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29. Bullet Journals are a to-do list, planner and diary all in one. Learn all about them, then create and embellish one of your own. This is a free program for ages 12 to 18. All materials will be supplied. Space is limited; call 860-763-7517 to register.
East Windsor 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.
Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish Bus Trip
SOMERSVILLE-WINDSOR LOCKS — Reservations for a bus trip to the March for Life in Washington are now available. The bus is sponsored by Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish. The march will be held on Friday, Jan. 19. This year's bus trip continues a 40-year tradition of local protest against the legalization of abortion on Jan. 22, 1973.
There are two departure points for the bus. On Thursday night, Jan. 18, the bus will leave All Saints Catholic Church, 25 School St., off Route 190, Somersville, at about 10 p.m. It will leave St. Mary Catholic Church, 42 Spring St., Windsor Locks, rear parking lot, at about 10:30 p.m. Cost is $50 or $30 for people under 18. Clergy attend for free. Children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
The marchers will travel to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for mass and breakfast. Another bus will be available in Washington for travel between events. Protesters will again attempt to meet with their legislators. The local group returns to Windsor Locks and Somersville at about midnight on Friday.
In conjunction with the march, Holy Mass for Life Intentions will be offered at St. Mary Church, 42 Spring St., Windsor Locks at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15. Rev. Robert Rousseau will be the celebrant and will speak after mass. The holy rosary will be recited starting at 630 p.m. A light reception will follow. The general public is encouraged to attend.
Bus captain Hal Larson has asked for donations to support marchers who are otherwise unable to attend. For details and registration information, contact Hal at 860-292-1914. Donations can be sent to him at 176 Spring St., Windsor Locks 06096, made payable to Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish PLC. The bus co-captain is Francie Clark at 860-749-4841 from All Saints Parish.
A bake sale to help support the trip will follow all Masses on the weekend of Jan. 13 and 14 at St. Mary and St. Robert Churches. Baked goods may be left at either church on those dates. More information is available by calling Jim O'Boyle at 860-623-0243.
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 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 file at the gym. The program will be held October 2 – March 3; check website for no program dates. Daily fee is $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents.
Playgroup: Playgroup is an ongoing program, so registration is not necessary, however you must be an Enfield resident to participate. Please note that a participant waiver must be on file with the instructor which can be filled out the first day you attend. There is no play group when school is delayed or closed due to weather. The program runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, October 2 through December 22 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. There is no cost for this program.
Other activities include open gym volleyball for adults, open gym pickleball for adults and high school open gym volleyball.
Basketball: A co-ed instructional program for boys and girls in grades 1 and 2 will be held on Sunday afternoons at JFK Middle School beginning on Jan. 7. Parent volunteers are sought to help supervise stations.
Registration will be limited to 80 participants (40 per session) and will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Registration began on Oct. 13. This program is for Enfield residents only. The fee is $35 per participant. Contact the Enfield Recreation Dept. at 860-253-6420 or visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation for more information or to register.
An introductory basketball program for youth in Kindergarten will be held on Sunday afternoons at JFK Middle School beginning on Jan. 7. Parent volunteers are sought to help supervise stations. Contact the Enfield Recreation Dept. at 860-253-6420 or visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation for more information or to register.
Winter swim lessons: The Enfield Recreation Department will offer swim lessons for infants, toddlers and youth this winter. Classes will be held at the JFK Middle School pool. Classes are held on Saturdays for six weeks beginning on Feb. 24 and are for Enfield residents only. Program registration begins on Dec. 1 at 9 a.m.
Yoga: Students will be able to work at their own level, modifying poses as needed. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat to class. Classes will be held Tuesdays, January 9 – February 27 from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Parkman School. Fee is $30 for residents/$37.50 for non-residents. Pre-Registration is required.
Open swim: Open swim will be held noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 28 and 29 at the Fermi High School Pool. Daily fees and all regular pool rules apply.
Warming Center Needs Volunteers
ENFIELD — Enfield Safe Harbor Warming Center is in need of volunteers. The warming center is a safe place for people spend the night out of the cold from Jan. 15 to March 31.
For information, contact Lorraine Creedon at 860-749-0931. If you would like to make a donation, checks can be made payable to "Enfield People for People", on the memo line, please write "Warming Center," and send your donation to P.O. Box 165, Enfield, CT 06083.
Women's Clubs Scholarship
SOMERS — The Somers Women's Club is seeking female candidates for scholarships to be awarded to a town resident from the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut. Each member of the Federation in Connecticut is invited to sponsor one woman for a memorial scholarship.
Applicants for the Schoelzel Scholarship must have completed three or more years of undergraduate work in an accredited institution of higher learning with a 3.0 average or better. They must be matriculating for a Bachelor's or postgraduate degree in the field of education. The maximum award for this scholarship is $2,000.
Candidates for the Phipps Scholarship must have completed two or more years of undergraduate work in an accredited institution of higher learning with a 3.0 average or better, and be matriculating for a Bachelor's or postgraduate degree. The award for this scholarship is $1,000. The award is granted on the basis of future promise, scholastic ability, and financial need.
Call Debra Pero at 860-749-9580 for an application. The completed forms must be received by Mrs. Pero, Scholarship Committee Chairman, 71 Michele Dr., Somers, CT 06071, by February 3, 2018.
ENFIELD — Friday Films at the Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, will take place at 2 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 5, and Jan. 19. Films are free and everyone is welcome. No need to register. For more information, visit enfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 860-763-7512.
Community Action Agencies Accepting Energy Assistance Applications
AREA — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just released $67,255,113 in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. This amount is 90-percent of LIHEAP funds allocated for the State of Connecticut.
Connecticut residents struggling to pay their utility bills this winter can apply for home heating assistance through Connecticut's Community Action Agency Network. The Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are the only nonprofit agencies administering LIHEAP, which provides home heating assistance to Connecticut's most vulnerable residents. Each CAA has application intake sites throughout their service regions. Some sites may include local town halls, and customers should check with their local CAA for a complete site listing.
In Connecticut this program is called the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and is housed under the Department of Social Services (DSS). The state's Community Action Agencies administer the $74M+ program locally in all 169 cities and towns. CAAs are now accepting CEAP applications for the 2017-2018 winter season and expect more applications in the coming weeks, especially as temperatures begin to drop. Homeowners and/or renters may apply, and funds may be used to pay for whatever source of heating residents have in their homes. This includes wood, electric, oil, kerosene, or natural gas.
CAAs will certify oil deliveries beginning Wednesday, Nov. 15, for those who heat with oil, propane, and deliverable fuels. May 1, 2018, is the last day households can apply for benefits unless the household is utility heated and has a shut off notice for its primary source of heat. May 15, 2018 is the last day a utility heated household with a shut off notice for its primary source of heat can apply for benefits.
Another protection for Connecticut's struggling families is the utility moratorium, or winter hardship, which provides protection for eligible households against heat source shut-offs between November 1st and May 1st. Gas and electric utilities cannot be shut off (summer or winter) if lack of the utility creates a life-threatening situation. If a customer is having trouble paying their utility bills during the winter moratorium period, Community Action Agencies will work with them on affordable utility payment programs, including the Matching Payment Program (MPP) and Below Budget Payment Plans. MPP is a payment incentive program that allows eligible utility customers to maintain year-round electric and gas service and pay an agreed-upon amount each month to pay down the balance on their heating bill. If customers cannot afford the utility payment plan, CAAs work with the customer and can submit a Below Budget Payment Plan based on the household income and expenses.
A CEAP benefit to a household automatically makes that household eligible for weatherization services. So, in addition to heating assistance, CAAs will refer customers to those agencies providing weatherization services, which helps minimize energy-related costs and fuel usage in homes through retrofits and home improvement measures. Additionally, there are funds available this year through the CAA for heating system repair and replacement if such services are deemed necessary and as the amount of funds allocated allow. Lastly, when a customer comes to a CAA for energy assistance, the agency will also assist customers in accessing other benefits for which they may be eligible including SNAP and other food programs, financial counseling, child care, and case management.
Connecticut's poorest families struggle each and every year to heat their homes in this a state with one of the highest utility rates in the country; customers many times having to choose between heating and eating or heating and paying for their medicines. CEAP allows them to not only cover high home energy costs and keep warm during the cold winter months, but gives low-income families the opportunity to address other critical, basic needs, rather than having to choose between them. Any resident who needs help paying their heating bill this winter should contact their Community Action Agency immediately.
For more information on Connecticut's Energy Assistance Program, how to find your local CAA to apply, or to make a donation, visit www.cafca.org or contact the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA), 144 Clinton Street, New Britain, CT, 06053, 860-832-9438.
Town Seeking Recording Secretaries
ENFIELD — The Town of Enfield is seeking recording secretaries to type minutes of meetings for several boards and commissions that meet on a regular evening schedule in the Town Hall. Meeting attendance is not mandatory but is highly recommended for those that meet in an untelevised location. Rate of pay is determined on meeting length. Minutes typed should be completed within seven days and turned in prior to the commission or committee's next meeting.
The following Commissions have openings: Planning and Zoning Commission, First and third Thursday of each month; Historic District Commission, Fourth Wednesday of each month; Inland Wetland and Watercourse Agency, Third Tuesday of each month; and Zoning Board of Appeals, Fourth Monday of each month.
Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/EnfieldTelevision to watch a meeting and visit www.enfield-CT.gov to review meeting minutes. Anyone interested may send a letter of Interest to the Town Manager's Office, 820 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT 06082.
Enfield CT Open Forum Food Drive
ENFIELD — Five years ago, the Enfield CT Open Forum was quite a small group established by Kevin and Doreen Kibbe. This group provided a safe place on Facebook for open discussions of many topics without negativity. Kevin, being a diehard Red Sox fan, decided to have some fun with the forum members by challenging the group to donate one item per person for every Red Sox win during the 2012 season.
Kevin aimed high and the first collection weighed in at 320 pounds of much needed food, household and personal items. This total grew to 1,100 pounds the second year and the third drive was even more amazing, a grand total of 2,248 pounds. The fourth year took a huge hit due to the economic downfall. Now in its fifth year, donations are underway.
Drop-off sites are placed around town and the collection partnered with Shop-Rite in Enfield, where a complete list is displayed. Information can also be gotten at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 860-794-3061.
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.
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.
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, email email@example.com or call Priscilla at 860-741-0226.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, call Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-749-7626. The membership director will reply with an application and answers to any questions.