Rockville Rotary Presents Scholarships
ROCKVILLE — The Rotary Club of Rockville Connecticut had the privilege of presenting their annual scholarships to four well-deserving high school graduates from the area. Each graduate received a $1,000 scholarship from the Rockville Rotary.
Pictured from left to right are David Richards (Rockville Rotary); Laura Lee Costello ('17 RHS Grad); Michael Slaney ('17 THS Grad); and Steven Bazzano (Rockville Rotary).
In attendance at the Aug. 14 Rotary meeting to receive their scholarships were Slaney of Tolland High School, who will be attending Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.; and Costello, 2017 graduate of Rockville High School, who will be attending Emmanuel College in Boston, Mass.
Two other Rockville High graduates, Shannon Skivington, who will be attending the University of Kentucky, and Ayesha Ibrahim, who will be attending Manchester Community College, were also scholarship recipients but were unable to attend the Aug. 14 Rotary meeting when the awards were presented.
Dollars used to fund the Rockville Rotary's scholarships are raised through the club's annual rose sale that takes place every spring. The Rockville Rotary has been proudly offering scholarships to eligible students attending Rockville, Ellington and Tolland high schools for over 20 years.
Google Maps Business Talk
TOLLAND — The Tolland Public Library Foundation and Greater Hartford SCORE's Small Business Academy will hold a free talk Oct. 5 on how businesses can make the most of a Google listing.
Richard English, owner of Studio360.Pro in Barkhamsted, will present "Put Your Business On Google's Map" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library, 21 Tolland Green.
English is a web designer, an official Google Cities Partner and a Google Street View Trusted Photographer with more than 20 years of experience. The hands-on workshop will guide attendees in the process of claiming their Google business listing that appears on the right side of search results. It will also cover how to appear on Google Maps when people search for your business.
Attendees should bring a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop and their Google username and password. If they don't have a Google account, they should create one ahead of the workshop. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, visit tolland.org/library or call the library at 860-871-3620.
Parishes Honoring Fatima
ELLINGTON — This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Miracle at Fatima, also known as the Miracle of the Sun, which took place on Oct. 13, 1917, in the Portuguese town for which it is named.
Five parishes in the Norwich diocese, All Saints Church in Somers, St. Edward's Church in Stafford, St. Joseph's Church and St. Bernard's Church in Rockville, and St. Luke's Church in Ellington, are joining together to honor the anniversary by creating a Living Rosary to be celebrated at St. Luke's Church, 141 Maple St., on Sunday, Oct. 1, beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass at 10:30 a.m. and ending with a reception in the Church Hall at 11:30 a.m.
The 240-ft rosary will be made of white and blue flowers, one flower for each bead on the traditional Catholic Rosary chain, and will be carried by parishioners from all five churches, with each parishioner reciting one prayer from the Rosary as it moves from outside to inside the church.
A committee made up of people from all five parishes gathered at St. Luke's Center last month to plan the event and coordinate activities which will also be part of the celebration. St. Luke's parishioner Alice Wysocki (2nd from left in the picture below) is spearheading the event. Email Natasha Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pastor Receives Gift Of Hearing
MANCHESTER — Russ St. Hilaire and Cynthia Gelston both have hearts of gold. There is nothing either of them wouldn't do to help a loved one, and that includes going above and beyond the call of duty when needed.
Pastor Angus Gelston, 88, of Vernon Rockville, is that person, and he was in desperate need of hearing aids.
St. Hilaire (son-in-law) and Cynthia Gelston (wife of 42 years) recently wrote very emotional letters to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation to see if they could get Angus approved for new hearing aids.
The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donates hearing aids to those who are in need and are unable to access them. Both individuals and organizations are eligible to receive assistance from the Foundation through direct nominations to Beltone or at one of its 1500 locations across North America.
Pastor Angus Gelston was approved for new hearing aids and was fit with them on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Beltone Hearing Center, 238 B. Tolland Turnpike, Manchester.
Letter: Thank You To RockvilleFest Guests
VERNON — On behalf of the Rockville Community Alliance and Vernon Community Network we would like to thank all those who participated in RockvilleFest.
Our major sponsors include The Village, Olender's Body Shop, Ed's Automotive, Keep in Touch and Bundy Motors.
The Baby Fair was able to provide needed items and information to young and expecting families while the Community Fair had unique crafters and representation by many local agencies and groups.
The Car Show had a multitude of vintage and more "modern" vehicles for us enthusiasts to either desire or to bring back fond memories. Over fifteen trophies, donated by local business, were awarded.
We thank all those who came out to the Fair to enjoy a beautiful day in Downtown Rockville. All profits will be donated to groups located right here in our community.
Thank you again.
Tom DiDio, RockvilleFest Chair
Rockville Community Alliance
NYC Bus Trip
VERNON — The Vernon Center Middle School bus trip to NYC will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, from 777 Hartford Turnpike. The bus will leave at 7 a.m. and depart from NYC at 7 p.m. sharp.
Cost to attend is $40 per person. Contact Stephanie at email@example.com to reserve your seats for the NYC trip. Checks only payable to: VCMS Staff Club and sent to: 777 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066, attention of Dianne Grimaldi.
Friends Of Bolton Lakes Meeting
VERNON — At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, the Friends of Bolton Lakes will hold its annual business meeting, followed immediately by the annual forum at Camp Newhoca, 186 Grier Road.
Status and issues affecting the Bolton lakes, which are located in the towns of Bolton, Vernon, Coventry and Tolland, will be discussed. The featured speaker is Dr. Robert M. Thorson, a Professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut, a columnist for the Hartford Courant, and an expert on the origin of the New England landscape. He is also a devotee of American lakes and rivers. During his talk "Bolton Lakes in Context," he will share his thoughts about the origin of the Bolton Lakes and the larger contexts of managing this resource for the future. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussions.
The Friends of Bolton Lakes is an organization dedicated to protecting the watershed of the Bolton Lakes. Email FriendsofBoltonLakes@comcast.net with questions.
Strong Farm Seeks Volunteers
VERNON — On Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m., Strong Family Farm welcomes volunteers to help do different projects at the farm such are weeding, raking, painting and more. There is no need to register ahead of time. Clean up will start for the Harvest Festival and BBQ on Oct. 21. Strong Family Farm is located at 274 West St. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
VERNON — The Vernon Historical Society will be having its annual holiday craft fair and sale on Saturday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 26. In addition to the work of local crafters, the craft fair offers the popular Nearly New table with treasures and holiday items at reasonable prices.
Any donations are appreciated and the proceeds from the sale of the Nearly New items go to support the work of the Vernon Historical Society. Donated items can be dropped off at the Historical Society's Museum at 734 Hartford Turnpike on any Tuesday morning, 10 a.m. to noon; Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and the second and fourth Sundays of the month between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
To make other arrangements for bringing items to the museum or for further information, call the Society at 860-875-4326.
Arts Center East Events
VERNON — Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, is hosting the following events. Visit artscentereast.org to register or call 860-871-8222 for more information
Adult Classes offered are Zentangle, pastel painting, a writing workshop, painting with acrylics and watercolors.
September Paint Night: Paint an iconic scene of an old wagon wheel against a background of autumn's glorious colors. Artist Anna Harding will guide you step-by-step as you create a lovely fall painting! Date: Thursday, Sept. 28; 7 to 9 p.m. Fee: $35, includes paints, canvas, brushes and refreshments.
The Connecticut Women Artists' 87th Annual National Open Juried Exhibition will take place in the upstairs galleries, through Sept. 29.
The Women Artists Collective Exhibit in the Eureka Gallery will take place through Sept. 29.
Sketch Night: All levels are welcome. Materials and refreshments are provided. Date: Thursday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. Fee: $35.
Call for Crafters: The Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival and Sale will take place Dec. 7 through 10 and Dec. 14 through 17. Sale hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Eligible merchandise includes soap, jewelry, candles, textiles, stationery, ceramics, wood, and other craft items. All items must be hand-made. No paintings.
There is no table fee and vendors need not be present during the sale. Vendor commission: 70-percent. Sales tax will be added by Arts Center East. Visit www.artscentereast.org for more information or an application.
Holiday Craft Fair
ELLINGTON — Local crafters and vendors are sought for the Ellington Senior Center Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair, taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Senior Center 40 Maple St.
Contact Samantha Baer at 860 870 3133 or email@example.com with any questions or to register.
ELLINGTON — Dymotek's 6th Annual Manufacturing Day event, designed with hopes to improve the general perception of manufacturing careers in both younger generations and their parents, will take place on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 Main St.
Visitors will tour the facility, following the process of a new product. Attendees will learn about the manufacturing processes, see current job opportunities at Dymotek and get an eye-opening look at the range of impact one manufacturing plant in Connecticut can make. Students of all ages are especially encouraged to attend. Call or e-mail Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ELLINGTON — The Ellington Farmers' Market will host an apple festival on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Arbor Park.
Apple crisp by Luann's Bakery will be served. A wide variety of locally grown apples will be available for purchase, along with apple cider from The Farmer's' Cow. Apple baked goods, and apple products including, applesauce, apple jams and apple chutneys all made with locally grown apples will be available for purchase.
Live music will be provided by Jeannie Murphy, a versatile local guitarist/singer/songwriter who has been named Connecticut Country Music's Female Entertainer of the Year by the Connecticut Country Music Association.
Friends' Library Meeting
VERNON — The next monthly meeting of the Friends will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5, at noon in the community room of the library, 52 Union St.
All are welcome and if you have ideas for future programs, bring your suggestions. A reminder that museum passes can now be ordered online at rockvillepubliclibrary.org.
Tolland Friends' Meeting
TOLLAND — The Friends of the Tolland Public Library will meet on Monday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to noon in the program room of the library located at 21 Tolland Green. New members are always welcome. For more information, call the library at 860 871-3620
TOLLAND — A flu clinic at Senior Moments, 31 Kingsbury Ave., will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. Call 860-643-9500 to register.
TOLLAND — How absent-minded are you and what can you do to overcome it? What causes absent-mindedness and what does it mean?
On Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library, 21 Tolland Green, Jo Anne Harrison-Becker who has an M.S. in gerontology will be speaking to these questions and others on this topic. Handouts will be included.
Call the library at 860/871-3620 to register for this program or register online at www.tolland.org/library and click on the Online Library Events Calendar. This program is free and open to the public.
Civil War Museum Hours
ROCKVILLE — The New England Civil War Museum and Research Center is now open every Sunday, excluding holidays, from noon to 3 p.m. The museum is located on the second floor of the Vernon Town Hall at 14 Park Place. Visit newenglandcivilwarmuseum.com for more information. There is no admission charge; donations are greatly appreciated.
Strong Family Farm Harvest
VERNON — The Strong Family Farm's 5th annual Harvest Festival, 274 West St., will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.
Activities include an apple pie baking contest, old-fashioned demonstrations, canning, spinning and beekeeping, the announcement of results of the farm's 6th annual scarecrow contest, apple and pumpkin sales, hay bale climbing, crafts, old fashioned games, farm animals, tractors, vendors and music by Gypsy Hearts.
Admission is free. Limited parking for a donation of $2 in the farm field with an entrance on Peterson Road is available. Parking is also available on side streets and neighbouring schools. Visit www.strongfamilyfarm.org/programs for more information.
VERNON — Strong Family Farm, 274 West St., will be holding its fifth annual scarecrow contest this October and is looking for entries. Each of the farm's fence posts on West Street and Peterson Road in Vernon Center will be assigned to contestants.
There will be five categories – family, youth group, adult group, business, and traditional. Set-up began Sept. 23 and will continue through Oct. 1.
Special business entries are being taken this year. A suggested donation to the farm of $50 will go toward a rail with your name on it. You will be assigned a prime post on West Street to put your business's scarecrow up.
Winners will be announced at the Harvest Festival on Oct. 21. For more information and a link to the rules and application, visit www.strongfamilyfarm.org/programs, email email@example.com, or stop by the farm stand Tuesday through Friday, from 1 to 6 p.m., or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fall Plant Sale
VERNON — The Connecticut Horticultural Society's Fall Plant Sale and Auction will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the Tolland County Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Ave.
Plant viewing begins at 6:30 p.m. and the plant sale begins at 7 p.m., followed by the live auction. Proceeds go to the CHS Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to deserving horticulture and plant science students at the University of Connecticut and the Naugatuck Valley Community College.
The sale features plants at bargain prices and the auction features collectible new introductions from nursery partners and rare plant divisions from members' gardens. Admission is free. To donate plants or for more information, contact the Plant Sale & Auction Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the CHS office at 860-529-8713.
Digital Device Class
VERNON — Do you have a Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other device that you would like to use to read ebooks or listen to the audio version of a favorite book? Visit the Rockville Public Library, 52 Union St., for a class to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m., and learn how to get the most out of your device to access reading material using Overdrive. Sign up on our website at rockvillepubliclibrary.org or call 860-875-5892, ext. 100. Class size will be limited.
Hall Library Events
ELLINGTON — Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St., is hosting the following events. Visit www.library.ellington-ct.gov for more information or to register. All library programs for children are free and open to the public.
Babies & Books for children 9 months to 2 ½ years old, along with an adult, will begin Monday, Oct. 23, at 10:30 am. The beginning date has been changed from what was previously announced, but will still run for five weeks.
This hour-long program contains 15 minutes of reading board books, singing songs, and doing movement activities, followed by 45 minutes of playtime and interaction. Toys are provided by the library. Online registration is required and will begin Oct. 15.
Story hours will begin Oct. 10 for 3- to 5-year-olds who are ready to attend independently. Story hours will be on Tuesdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Led by the Children's Librarian, these seven sessions will include stories, songs, and movement activities. Online registration begins Oct. 1.
For children 2 ½ to 3 years old, along with a parent or caregiver, story hours will be Fridays from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Also led by the Children's Librarian, this program begins Oct. 20 and continues until Nov. 17. It will include stories, songs and a book related or season related craft. Online registration will begin Oct. 8.
ELLINGTON — Truck Day at the Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St., will take place Saturday, Sept. 30, weather permitting. Trucks of all shapes and sizes will be parked in the library's parking lot between 10 a.m. and noon.
Children of all ages are welcome to visit the trucks, climb aboard, and even toot the horns. This and all library programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at 860-870-3160.
VERNON — Strong Family Farm, 274 West St., will host its fifth annual scarecrow contest this October and is looking for entries. Each of the farm's fence posts on West Street and Peterson Road in Vernon Center will be assigned to contestants.
There will be five categories: Family, youth group, adult group, business, and traditional. Set up will be from Sept. 23 through Oct. 2. Winners will be announced at the harvest festival on Oct. 21.
Special business entries are being taken this year. A suggested donation to the farm of $50 will go towards a rail with your name on it. Businesses will be assigned a prime post on West Street.
VERNON — The Vernon Historical Society is offering two programs on Vernon Center's early history.
At 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, a three-part walking tour of Vernon Center will showcase three historic areas. The rain date is Oct. 8. Roe will lead a walk up Meetinghouse Hill, following the path taken by worshippers to the first church on the hill. At the top of the hill, visitors can experience the spectacular view looking toward Hartford. Participants can then walk to nearby Elmwood Cemetery for a tour led by Museum Director Jean Luddy. In this rural style cemetery, Luddy will tell stories of local people buried there. She will also show examples of gravestone symbolism and discuss cemeteries as a place to understand social history through the years.
The walking tour will conclude at Vernon Congregational Church, where church historian Lynn Sweet will present a history of this church building which was built in 1826 to replace the aging meeting house. Sweet will use documents, artifacts and photographs in her talk and will discuss significant events in church history, including the devastating 1965 fire. Those who attend Roe's lecture on Sept. 17 will have the first opportunity to sign up to join the walking tour. Space will be limited to 40 people. Interested people can contact the Society after the program to see if space is still available. The Meetinghouse Hill lecture will take place at the Vernon Historical Society's building at 734 Hartford Turnpike, following a short business meeting. The program is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. For further information, email email@example.com, visit www.vernonhistoricalsoc.org or call the Vernon Historical Society at 860-875-4326.
Hall Memorial Library Events
ELLINGTON — Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St., is hosting the following event in September.
Historical entertainer Patricia Perry will portray Dolley Madison, wife of fourth U.S. President James Madison, on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m.
There is no cost to attend; pre-registration is required at www.library.ellington-ct.gov or 860-870-3160 is required.
Boating Safety Class
VERNON — A boating safety class offered by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will take place at Rockville High School, 70 Loveland Hill Road, starting Tuesday, Sept. 26, through Oct. 31. All classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.
Earn your Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and become a better recreational boater. Through six Tuesday classes, this beginner boating course will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation (CPWO) from the State of Connecticut. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely. The CPWO allows a person, (age requirements) to operate a personal water craft or a recreational vessel up to 65 feet in length.
The cost is o$45 and you can register on-line at the Vernon Regional Adult Based Education web site https://www.vrabe.com/CourseCatalog/catalogView.asp?id=30 or by calling 860-870-6060 for more information.
Register by Monday, Sept. 18. Payment is required prior to the start of the first class. For additional information, call instructor David Marriott at 860-430-2986.
The USCG Auxiliary will issue a Certification of Completion to each person who successfully completes the class. This Auxiliary Certificate can be used to obtain your State of Connecticut Boating Certificate; there is a $50 state charge to obtain this state certificate. Connecticut requires the student complete an approved class and pass the test with a minimum grade of 80-percent.
Ellington Singers Seeking New Members
ELLINGTON — The Ellington Singers are looking for some new voices. Practice takes place at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Ellington Senior Center, 40 Maple St.
Members must be over the age of 55. No audition is necessary. Call the Ellington Senior Center at 860-870-3133 for more information.
Fire Dept. Seeking Former Members
VERNON — The Town of Vernon Fire Department is seeking retired and prior members from fire and EMS divisions to participate in a Recognition Walkway that will soon be constructed at the Public Safety Building on West Road.
They are hoping to connect with members that served prior to consolidation as well as those who have since left the department. Anyone who would like to purchase a personalized brick may contact Jean Gauthier at 860-871-7468, option 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Orders for the first phase of the project are being taken until mid-August.
Historical Society Memorabilia
VERNON — Come to the Rockville Public Library, 52 Union St., and enjoy a trip down memory lane. In the library's main reading room, the Vernon Historical Society is displaying its collection of memorabilia from popular businesses, eateries and gathering places that served and entertained generations of people who lived, worked and played in the Rockville/Vernon community.
The Vernon Historical Society exhibit includes artifacts donated to the society from community members who want to preserve their memories of life in this town. For more information, call the Rockville Public Library at 860-875-5892, ext. 100.
Tolland Recycling Collection Changes
TOLLAND — The Town of Tolland is switching to every other week recycling collection services.
As of Friday, July 28, Tolland households began receiving a new 95 gallon blue recycling cart in order to hold enough recyclables for every other week collection services. Currently, most households have a 65 gallon blue recycling cart (some have 32 or 95). The new 95 gallon cart is similar in size to your green trash cart.
Options: You may keep your current sized gallon blue recycling cart and new 95 gallon blue recycling cart and can place both containers out for collection every other week. If you choose to keep both carts, you do not need to do anything.
If you feel your current sized gallon blue recycling cart is adequate to hold your recyclables for two weeks and do not want to receive a larger one, call or email Willimantic Waste atTollandinfo@williwaste.com or 1-800-286-5335.
If you wish to keep your new 95 gallon blue recycling cart and not keep your current sized gallon blue recycling cart, you will need to make arrangements to have the container picked up, call or email Willimantic Waste at Tollandinfo@williwaste.com or 1-800-286-5335.
Grief Support Group
VERNON — An ongoing grief support group is being held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the First Congregational Church, 695 Hartford Turnpike. Anyone who has lost a loved one is welcome. Anyone with questions may call 860-875-7580.
MS Support Group
VERNON — The Vernon MS Support Group meets at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 20 Meadowlark Road, from 6 to 8 p.m., on the second Friday of each month. For more information contact Patty at 860-874-3220.
Hall Memorial Library
ELLINGTON — The Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St., will hold the following programs:
Babies & Books: Mondays 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., for babies 9 months to 2 ½ years old, with an adult.
Story Hour: Fridays 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. and Tuesdays 10:15 to 11 a.m. for children who are already 2 ½ years of age, with an adult.
Register at library.ellington-ct.gov or call the library at 860-870-3160 for details.
St. James School Accepting Applications
MANCHESTER — St. James School in Manchester is currently accepting new student applications for its pre-K, elementary school and middle school 2017-18 school year.
St. James School accepts students of all religious faiths and from all towns in the surrounding area. Tuition assistance is available to qualifying families.
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 email@example.com or call/text 860-205-1688.
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.