Community News For The Stafford Edition

Stafford Teacher Of The Year

STAFFORD — At the Board of Education's regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 22, Dr. Patricia Collin, Superintendent of Schools, announced Stafford's Teacher of the Year. The 2018 Stafford Teacher of the Year is Ms. Jennifer Ledbetter, a kindergarten teacher at Staffordville School. She will now compete for the honor of Connecticut's 2018 Teacher of the Year this fall. Ledbetter is the twenty-second recipient of the Teacher of the Year award in Stafford.

Ledbetter was nominated by colleagues and selected by a special committee of teacher representatives from each school building. The selection process includes nomination statements from colleagues, a written application outlining opinions about educational issues, and an interview with the Teacher of the Year Committee. Michael J. Bednarz, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, serves as the facilitator of the TOY Committee.

Ledbetter earned a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Evangel University in 1999. In 2014, Ledbetter started working on a Master's Degree at Eastern Connecticut State University. She is in her 12th year of teaching, the last eight of which have been in Stafford.

Antiques Appraisal

STAFFORD — An antiques appraisal will be hosted by The Friends of the Stafford Library from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 17, at the Stafford Library, 10 Levinthal Run.

Patrick Soucy of Golden Gavel Auctions will do the appraisal. The cost will be $8 for one item or three for $20.00. For more information, call 860-684-2852.

Birth Announcements

STAFFORD SPRINGS — Johnson Memorial Hospital released the following birth announcements.

James Michael, son, to Megan Scully and Joshua Wright, of Stafford Springs, was born May 17.

Wyatt Walker, son, to Kelsey Stephens and Matthew Lam, of Stafford, was born May 17.

Men's Club Volunteers Needed

STAFFORD SPRINGS — Evergreen Health Care Center, 205 Chestnut Hill Road, is sponsoring a men's club for male residents this summer. If you have an interesting hobby, cool vintage car, custom motorcycle or even just the gift to gab, there are a lot of fun opportunities and staff welcome your new ideas. Contact Karen at 860-684-6341.

Stafford School Awarded Medal

STAFFORD SPRINGS — On April 25, Stafford High School was identified as a silver medal winner, according to U.S. News and World Report. SHS ranked 31st out of 288 high schools within Connecticut.

Stafford High School placed in the top 13-percent of over 22,000 schools in the National Rankings. Schools are ranked based on performance on state-required tests and preparedness of students for college.

Community Bus Trip

STAFFORD SPRINGS — On Friday, July 28, the Stafford Senior Center Association has planned a trip for all ages to see Harold Ford's musical tribute to Johnny Cash. A luxury bus will depart the Community Center, 3 Buckley Highway, at 9:15 a.m. and travel to Kingston, R.I., where participants will enjoy a social hour upon arrival followed by a luncheon which includes fresh lobster or petit filet mignon, clam chowder, corn on the cob, clam cakes and more.

The bus will return to the Community Center at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $92 per person. Call Ann Rosi at 860-684-3874 or Gussie Barsaleau at 860-749-7274 to reserve a seat.

Make-A-Wish Walk-A-Thon

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

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 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 or you may request one by mail. Call the Admissions Department at 860-684-6341 with any questions.

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.

Al-Anon Meeting

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,

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 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 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 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 or call/text 860-205-1688.

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