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Community News For The Stafford Edition

Marriage Announcement

WILLISTON, VERMONT — On June 30, Sondra Lee Downey, of Enfield, N.H., married Nicholas Paul Kopyscinski of Stafford Springs at Catamount Country Club in Williston, Vermont. Downey is the daughter of Guy and Sue Downey, formerly of Broad Brook, but currently residing in Springfield, N.H.

Kopyscinski is the son of Dora and Stephen Kopyscinski of Stafford Springs. Both bride and groom graduated from Rockville Vocational Agricultural High School in Vernon in 2007. Downey

Attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., graduating with her bachelor's degree in biology in 2011. She continued her studies at Dartmouth College and graduated on June 12 with her Ph.D. in Experimental and Molecular Medicine. She will continue studying cancer as a Post-Doctoral Fellow for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass.

Kopyscinski graduated in 2011 with his bachelor's degree in horticulture from Unity College in Unity, Maine. He is currently employed by Agrivada, Inc., in Medford, Mass. Sara Petersen, sister of the bride, served as the Matron of Honor with the nieces of the bride, Ellie and Rylie Petersen serving as the Flower Girls. Lisa Mustachio and Stephany Kopyscinski served as bridesmaids. Riley Welch served as the best man. Jacob Garrow and JesseJames Sobaski served as groomsmen. Sixty-five members of the bride' and groom's families and friends, including Hollis Wilder and Monique Downey, grandparents of the bride, attended the ceremony and reception. The couple spent a week in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada for their honeymoon and will reside outside of Boston, Mass.

Friends And Family Sunday

STAFFORD SPRINGS — First United Methodist Church invites all to Friends & Family Sunday, taking place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at 8 Church St.

There will be a blessing of the blankets that children's summer church students made for cancer patients. Children's Church will also begin that day. Middle school and high school class begins at 9:30 a.m. and pre-K to fifth grade is dismissed during the 10 a.m. service. Nursery care is offered for those 0-2 years old during the 10 a.m. service.

An early morning contemporary worship service will take place at 8:30 a.m. Anyone with questions may call the church office at 860-684-2468.

Blues Festival

STAFFORD — The 5th annual Stafford Springs Blues Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 5, at the new Amphitheater in Hyde Park. Music starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available at Purchase@ticketleap.com, at the gate or at StaffordSpringsBluesfest.com.

Bring your own chairs, blankets and coolers. No glass is allowed. Music includes Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Johnny Winter All-Stars, Vanessa Collier, Balkun Brothers, Ricky King Russell, Kosher KId, and the Coffee Grinders. For details, contact Neil at 860-428-4892.

Directions, from the south: Follow Route 32 (Main Street) as it crosses the railroad tracks and turns left around the Holt Fountain. In 500 feet, turn left onto Spring Street, which immediately crosses an arched bridge over the Middle River. The park entrance is the first driveway on the right between stone walls. Park on the left behind the Stafford Historical Society's museum.

Moonlight Paddle

STAFFORD — The Stafford Lions Club Moonlight Paddle will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at Staffordville Lake on Route 19. There is no cost to attend.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. There will be free food; a raffle of a kayak package at $5 each of three for $10, with a kayak launch at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own kayak or canoe. Visit http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/staffordct/index.php for more information.

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.

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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