Community News For The Glastonbury Edition

Poultry Seminar

GLASTONBURY — A free poultry seminar sponsored by Melzen Farm & Pet Supply will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday April 22, at Melzen Farm & Pet Supply, 100 Oak St.

Topics include the feeding, nutrition, caring and housing of chicks and chickens. There will be door prizes, a question and answer session and a sale of poultry products after the talk. Call 860-633-9830 to register.

Springtime Garden Day

SOUTH GLASTONBURY — Springtime Garden Day will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main St. Cost to attend is $5 per person and is free to members of the Historical Society of Glastonbury.

The Historical Society of Glastonbury teamed up with the Glastonbury Garden Club and Glastonbury Partners in Planting to present an educational event centered on two of the gardens: a backdoor herb garden and kitchen garden.

Guests who attend will hear information on plants, herbs, how to plant an organic garden and more. Children of all ages are welcome to help plant seeds and can bring home their own lettuce plant to nurture and grow.

As an added treat, Mrs. Jerusha Welles will be cooking in the fireplace, one of the largest colonial fireplaces in the state, using seasonal period recipes. Samples will be available.

Ice Age Odyssey

GLASTONBURY — Connecticut State Archaeologist Brian Jones will present "An Ice Age Odyssey: The Pope Mastodon's Epic Journey Through Life, Death, Storage Crates and Museums," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at the Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main St.

From 1913, when workmen digging a ditch on the Hill-Stead estate of A.A. Pope in Farmington uncovered the remains of a mastodon, to today, when a successful radiocarbon date on a tusk fragment was conducted indicating that "Old Longtooth" passed away about 14,500 years ago, Jones presents the epic journey of the Pope Mastodon and the continuing importance to understanding Connecticut's ancient environment and history.

Seating is limited. Registration is requested online at www.wtmlib.info or by calling 860-652-7720.

Great Blue Heron Rookery

GLASTONBURY-PORTLAND — Witness the changing activity at a great heron rookery from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Connecticut Audubon Center, 1361 Main St., Glastonbury.

Attendees will meet at the center and travel to nearby Wangunk Meadows Wildlife Management Area in Portland. Carpooling is recommended as only two cars can fit in the trailhead. Prepare for muddy conditions.

Cost to attend is $5 per CAS members and $10 for non-members. For more information, call 860-633-8402 or visit http://www.nephotographyguild.com/2016/03/great-blue-heron-rookery-2.

Colonial Cooking For Children

SOUTH GLASTONBURY — From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, children ages 8-14 are invited to experience life as a colonial child at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main St.

Children will prepare and enjoy a simple colonial style meal with their fellow peers. After clean-up chores, they will play colonial games. Curator Lin Scarduzio will portray Jerusha Welles, wife of original owner of the 1755 Connecticut Valley River mansion, known today as the Welles-Shipman-Ward House.

Cost to attend is $20 per person. Advance registration is required. Space is limited. Call 860-633-6890 to reserve a spot.

Coffee And Conversation

MANCHESTER — State Rep. Mark Tweedie, R-13, invites his constituents to meet with him from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Sunny Side Up, 1095 South Main St.

This 'Coffee and Conversation' event is free and open to the public. Anyone with questions may contact Tweedie at Mark.Tweedie@housegop.ct.gov or 800-842-1423.

Property Tax Relief Available

GLASTONBURY — The Glastonbury Social Services Department and the Glastonbury Assessor's Office are currently accepting applications for the state and local tax relief programs. Homeowners or their spouses must be at least age 65 by Dec. 31, 2016 (or, if younger, have been granted 100 percent Social Security disability) to qualify for the state program, which has an income limit of $35,200 for single homeowners and $42,900 for married couples.

Homeowners age 65 or older whose income is less than $56,890 may qualify for Glastonbury's local tax relief program. Residents age 65 or older who qualify for the state program may also apply to defer their taxes on an annual basis, subject to a nominal interest rate.

Required documentation is: SSA-1099 for 2016 in all cases; if income taxes are filed, a signed copy of the applicant's 2016 federal income tax form; if income tax is not filed, copies of all 1099 forms for 2016.

Veterans who are receiving a veteran's exemption may also be eligible to receive increased benefits by applying for the Additional Veterans Program. The income levels are $35,200 for single people and $42,900 for married couples. The income proof as above must be provided.

The deadline for applying for elderly tax relief benefits is May 15 and for Additional Veterans benefits, Sept. 29. Call Social Services at 860-652-7634 for further information or to request any application or to make an appointment. If you are filing federal income tax, do not make an appointment until the taxes are done.

Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter energy assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

Race For College Scholarships

STATEWIDE — The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program recently launched the Dr. Marc Eisen Scholarship Award, a statewide indoor cycling competition for high school students that will award the male and female champion a scholarship to college.

The CCAP will be traveling to schools around Connecticut and host indoor school cycling events on stationary trainers. To earn a chance to win the Dr. Marc Eisen Scholarship Award, check with your cycling club to learn the time the CCAP will be holding races in your school. The championship event will take place in May 2017 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

The fastest male and female high school student from each indoor school cycling competition throughout the season will earn a spot in the season championship finals at the end of the school year.

The season championship finals will bring together all of the fastest riders from around the state. The male and female winners that record the fastest time that day will be awarded a $500 scholarship for college.

The winner's school club will also receive a separate $125 award to encourage continued success of the club. All students are eligible for a $250 leadership award, including students who do not reach the season finals. All finalists must submit a one-page essay prior to the season championship finals event describing their participation in their CCAP school club. Essays must describe the student's regular season participation in club practices and race events, demonstrate a commitment to team success and illustrate an impact cycling has made on the student.

For more information, visit CTCyclingadvancement.org.

Scholarships Available

STATEWIDE — The Wethersfield-based Connecticut Funeral Directors Association is accepting applications from across the state for its 2017 college "Family Support Services Scholarship" program.

The CFDA scholarship awards support graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in a profession that provides emotional or medical support for families. This includes fields such as counseling, social services, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medicine, social work, gerontology, or funeral service. A total of eight $500 college scholarships will be presented, one to a student in each of the state's eight counties.

To be eligible for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association's Family Support Services Scholarship program, candidates must be a high school senior who will graduate in June 2017, be a legal resident of the State of Connecticut, be pursuing a career that provides emotional, medical or physical support for families, and have maintained at least a B grade point average in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

All candidates must submit the application form and a current high school transcript and essay responding to the question: Why did you decide to pursue a profession that supports families? The application form must be neat and legible, and filled out completely.

The deadline for applications for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association's Family Support Services Scholarship program is Friday, April 14.

To download an application and get contest rules, go to www.CTFDA.org. Anyone with questions may call the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association at 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332.

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