Community News For The Stafford Edition

Parishes Honoring Fatima

ELLINGTON — This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Miracle at Fatima, also known as the Miracle of the Sun, which took place on Oct. 13, 1917, in the Portuguese town for which it is named.

Five parishes in the Norwich diocese, All Saints Church in Somers, St. Edward's Church in Stafford, St. Joseph's Church and St. Bernard's Church in Rockville, and St. Luke's Church in Ellington, are joining together to honor the anniversary by creating a Living Rosary to be celebrated at St. Luke's Church, 141 Maple St., on Sunday, Oct. 1, beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass at 10:30 a.m. and ending with a reception in the Church Hall at 11:30 a.m.

The 240-ft rosary will be made of white and blue flowers, one flower for each bead on the traditional Catholic Rosary chain, and will be carried by parishioners from all five churches, with each parishioner reciting one prayer from the Rosary as it moves from outside to inside the church.

A committee made up of people from all five parishes gathered at St. Luke's Center last month to plan the event and coordinate activities which will also be part of the celebration. St. Luke's parishioner Alice Wysocki (2nd from left in the picture below) is spearheading the event. Email Natasha Watson at for more information.

Crafters Sought

STAFFORD SPRINGS — The Women's Ministry of First United Methodist Church, 8 Church St., is looking for a few more crafters for its annual church MouseMarket event to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18. Cost to participating is $30 and includes one 8 foot table or $25 if you bring your own. Contact Sue at with questions or to reserve/pay for your table.

Craft Fair Vendors Sought

STAFFORD SPRINGS — St. Edward Church, 59 High St., will be hosting its 15th annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2 and 8 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3.

Cost to be a vendor is $35 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday or $50 for both days. Anyone interested may visit to fill out an online application. Email or call 860-214-1078 for more information.

Holiday Craft Fair

WEST STAFFORD — The West Stafford Fire Dept. Aux. is holding a holiday craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Nov. 18. Set-up is at 8 a.m. Cost to participate is $20 for an eight-foot table of $15 for those who bring their own table. To reserve a table, contact Nancy either at or call 860-851-8878.

Tag Sale

STAFFORD SPRINGS — The West Stafford Fire Dept. Ladies Aux. is holding a rent-a-table tag sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at 144 W. Stafford Road.

Cost is $20 for an eight-foot table or $15 for an eight-foot space, if you bring your own table. Call Paula to reserve your spot at 860-550-5995.

Babcock Library Membership Campaign

ASHFORD — The Friends of Babcock Library is conducting a membership drive. Membership categories range from $5 to $200. There are many ways to become involved, including attendance at meetings, bake sales, book sales, and fundraising events. Email for more information.

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.

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 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,

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.

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.

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 Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.

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