Hood Milk Honors High School Senior
LYNNFIELD, MASS. — HP Hood honored three Connecticut residents with a Hood Milk Sportsmanship Scholarship on Sunday, May 7, at Gillette Stadium. The high school seniors were awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for their outstanding integrity and sportsmanship on and off the field.
Pictured left to right are Kaitlyn Kirchhoffer from Stafford Springs, Brandon Stater from Torrington and Catherine Myers from Southington. Each student was honored for demonstrating good sportsmanship while participating in a varsity high school sport, excelling in the classroom and volunteering in the community.
STAFFORD SPRINGS — First United Methodist Church will host a walk-a-thon to benefit Make-A-Wish Connecticut. The event will be held at Hyde Park at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17. For directions, visit http://www.willimanticriver.org/recreation/pg_park_hyde_riverside.html.
The walk coincides with the Christian Praise and Music Festival in Hyde Park, also hosted by FUMC. There will be music, messages from local pastors, a prayer tent and food.
The walk-a-thon rain date is 1 p.m. Sunday, June 18. Registration/sponsorship forms are available at www.fumcstafford.org. For additional information, call 860-684-2468.
New Dementia Unit
STAFFORD SPRINGS — Evergreen Health Care Center will soon be opening a brand new 30-resident dementia unit. The unit, planned to open in August, will be the newest in this area of Connecticut. Applications are now being accepted for residence in this new state of the art facility.
Applications can be found by visiting athenanh.com/evergreen or you may request one by mail. Call the Admissions Department at 860-684-6341 with any questions.
STAFFORD SPRINGS — Continuing through the month of May, student artwork will be on display at Stafford Public Schools' annual District Art Show at the Stafford Library, 10 Levinthal Run.
Crohn's And Colitis Walk
STAFFORD SPRINGS — Christine Wright, of Stafford Springs, will be walking in the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Greater Hartford Take Steps walk on Sunday, May 21, at Rentschler Field, 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford.
Wright was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2002. She refers to her Crohn's-related struggles as gremlins and her team, Wabbit's Gremlin Slayers, has a goal of raising $1,500 for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation to help find cures for inflammatory bowel disease.
For more info on the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Greater Hartford Take Steps Walk, visit www.cctakesteps.org/greaterhartford2017 or contact Mary Kate Doherty at 203-376-4336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group
STAFFORD SPRINGS — The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group will meet from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at First United Methodist Church, 8 Church St.
Child care is offered. For more information, contact Laura at the Stafford Family Resource Center at 860-684-6927 or Connie in the church office at 860-684-2468. The group is open to all grandparents in the surrounding communities.
WEST STAFFORD — The West Stafford Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a rent-a-space/table tag sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Spaces cost $15 for those who bring their own table and $20 for spaces with a table. Lunch will be available for purchase.
Call Paula to reserve your space/table at 860-684-2438.
Women's Reading Group
WEST STAFFORD — A women's reading group is looking for new members. The group meets in West Stafford at 7 p.m., on the last Monday of the month.
Titles for a twelve month period are chosen from books written by women authors and include contemporary fiction and nonfiction covering a wide range of social issues, classic works, historical fiction and biographies.
Upcoming choices for discussion are The Soul of an Octopus, by Sy Montgomery and Every Last One, by Anna Quindlen. For more information, call Jan at 860-851-9370.
STAFFORD SPRINGS — Al-Anon meetings will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at the Stafford Senior Center, 3 Buckley Highway, Route 190.
Support Groups Available
STAFFORD SPRINGS — Three support groups, the Alternatives to Suicide Peer Support Group, a Men's Support Group, and a Women's Support Group, will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 8 Church St., the big white church next to CVS, unless otherwise noted.
The Men's Support Group meets at the church in Room 101 on Tuesday evenings at 4 p.m.
The Women's Support Group meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings, upstairs in Room 204. Both these groups are for anyone who's had a loss in their lives. All are welcome to attend.
The Alternatives to Suicide Peer Support Group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, in Room 204.
The church can be reached at 860-684-2468, on Facebook or at its website, http://fumcstafford.org.
Stafford Early Head Start
STAFFORD — Stafford Early Head Start has openings available for children ages birth to three and pregnant mothers. The Early Head Start program is designed to promote school readiness for children by enhancing their developmental and social competence. Applications are available at the West Stafford School. Call 860-684-3181 to make an appointment to enroll.
Free Video Production Training Program
WINDHAM — Northeastern CT Community Access TV is now taking applications for its Free Public Access Internship program at 207 Tuckie Road. Interns get hands-on experience in all aspects of video production. They cover community events and public affairs shows for airing on Charter channel 192, Frontier channel 99, and on CTV192.com. Interns have the opportunity to use their new skills to produce their own Public Access Television Programs.
Internships are non-paid and are open on a first-come, first-served basis to residents in the studio's service area. Interns must reside in one of the following towns to be eligible for internship: Ashford, Brooklyn, Chaplin, Coventry, Canterbury, Columbia, Eastford, Hampton, Lebanon, Mansfield, Pomfret, Scotland, Thompson, Windham, Woodstock, and Willington.
Visit CTV192.com or call the Community Access TV studio line at 860-456-8500 for an internship application and more information.
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.
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.