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Community News For The Stafford Edition

Main St. Blues

STAFFORD SPRINGS — Main Street Blues will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at Haymarket Common on Main Street. The event is sponsored by the Stafford Arts Society and will feature artist displays, tables, vendors, a raffle, free pizza and lemonade and free live music, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Library Membership Drive

WILLINGTON — The Friends of the Willington Public Library Membership Drive is ongoing. Community members can help the library by attending book sales, bake sales, volunteer, donate money or become a member.

Membership costs range from $5 to $100. For more information, call 860-429-3854.

Renewal Of Vows

STAFFORD SPRINGS — The residents of Evergreen Health Care Center are hosting a renewal of vows for their beloved social worker. As a kick-off event to the upcoming ceremony Evergreen Health Care Center hosted a fashion show to share "Wedding Fashion Through the Decades."

The recreation staff and volunteers from the community modeled and presented traditional western gowns from 1918 to the present as well as several wedding fashions from other cultures.

In the coming weeks, residents will select the dinner menu, create wedding invitations, enjoy a cake taste testing, and are planning a Jack and Jill celebration party. The public is invited to join them for the renewal of vows event, taking place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. Space is limited; RSVP to Deb or Karen at 860-684-6341.

Pictured are volunteer Joan Cassano sharing the wedding gown she hand sewed for her special day, along with resident Tonia Marvonek and her daughter Donna Landry.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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 prez798@aol.com or call/text 860-205-1688.

Energy Assistance

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.

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