Community News For The Stafford Edition

Blood Drive

STAFFORD SPRINGS — A blood drive will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 8 Church St., from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19. Sign up with the Red Cross to make an appointment to donate. The American Red Cross has an urgent need for donations.

Appointments can be made by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS or 1-800-733-2767.

Donkey Clinic

STAFFORD SPRINGS — A donkey clinic with Mark Meyers, founder of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 16, at T and T Farm, 81 Buckley Highway.

Meyers will be sharing his years of experience working with thousands of donkeys from all backgrounds. He will be demonstrating proven methods for handling and gentling donkeys, loading and picking up feet. Meyers will be available for questions and will have information on hand about PVDR. There will also be a demonstration on trimming feet, by Birgit Rocconella.

This event has been approved for three American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) Continuing Education Credits. Visit www.ProfessionalFarriers.com for more information.

For information on attending the clinic, contact: Kim Milikowski at kim@fosterhillfarmandgarden.com or 860-729-6310. Cost to attend is $20 per person.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

STAFFORD SPRINGS — The Stafford Prayer Shawl Ministry will now be meeting the second Mondays of the month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Stafford Public Library, 10 Levinthal Run. All are welcome to attend.

Anyone who would like to attend and knit, crochet, or quilt prayer shawls is welcome to attend. People are on hand to teach guests how to knit or crochet. If you cannot make the meeting but want to make prayer shawls at home, someone will pick them up. If you or your pastor knows of anyone who could use a prayer shawl, we'll arrange for one to be picked up. Contact Kathy at 860-684-9484 or Karen at 860-684-3384 for information or pick up arrangements.

5K: We Never Stop Fighting

EASTFORD — The 6th annual 5K We Never Stop Fighting in Loving Memory Marilyn T. Krom will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The race departs from the Eastford Town Office Building, 16 Westford Road.

The race will benefit Eastford cancer patient Barbara Aquila, who has Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Numbers are assigned starting at 8 a.m. Winners in all categories receive medals. Registration prior to Sept. 14 is $25 and the day-of-race free is $30.

Register online at: racemine.com until September 14 at 8 p.m., but one can also register at the race. Group discounts are available; contact Sean@marilyntkromfoundation.org. Donations also may be made at racemine.com. To register or donate by check: Make check payable to The Marilyn T. Krom Foundation, and mail to: Recreation Commission, Town of Eastford, P.O. Box 98, Eastford, CT 06242. For information, contact 860-933-8012. Volunteers are needed; call Valerie at 860-933-8012.

Pictured are organizers Sean Krom, cancer patient Barbara Aquila, Bob MacKenzie, and Valerie Katkaveck. Also pictured are 169 Group, members of The Run 169 Towns group who ran the 2016 Eastford race.

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.

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.

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 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays in Room 101. 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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