Community News For The Stafford Edition

Horizon Wings' Owl Prowl

ASHFORD — The Horizon Wings Owl Prowl will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Horizon Wings, 9 Sand Hill Road.

Admission is a donation of $7 for adults and $5 for children. Children under four may attend for free. All funds collected will be used to care for the birds. For more information, contact 860-429-2181, or visit www.horizonwings.org or on Facebook.

Guests will see four different species of captive live owls, learn fun facts and uncover the mysteries of the secret lives of owls. There will be raffle prizes of owl-related items and complimentary hot apple cider and cookies will be served.

Back by popular demand is an owl prowl through the Nipmuck Trail behind the facility, taking place at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Register for the walk as number of participants is limited for this event.

Registration by e-mail only at horizonwingsraptorrehab@gmail.com; participants must be over 8-years-old to participate in this walk.

Northern CT Land Trust Protects 80-Acre Property

STAFFORD — The NCLT has acquired 80 acres of upland forest near Roaring Brook in Stafford. The property abuts the Nipmuck State Forest and connects through the forest to the NCLT protected White Farm. The NCLT plans to name the new property Nipmuck Woods.

Nipmuck Woods was purchased from the Stafford Fish & Game Club for $203,395. Funds were provided by the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the Cox Family Fund at the Boston Foundation, The Bafflin Foundation, the Fields Pond Foundation, and friends of the NCLT.

The NCLT plans to develop the old logging roads on the property into a network of trails that connect to the Nipmuck State Forest. When the trails have been completed and marked, the property will be open to the public for passive recreation. A map of the planned trail system is attached.

The Northern CT Land Trust is an all volunteer organization serving the public in the towns of Enfield, Somers, Stafford, East Windsor, Ellington, Vernon and Tolland. Visit northernctlandtrust.org for more information.

Strides For Scholars 5K Trail

UNION — The Union School Association Scholarship Foundation will be holding its annual Strides for Scholars 5K Run/Walk to benefit the scholarship fund. The event will be held on Nov. 12 at Bigelow Hollow State Park, CT-171.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a race kick-off at 10 a.m. Cost for adults is $25 in advance and $30 on race day. T-shirt prizes are free for the first 100 registered. Awards will be given for male and female winners according to various age groups. Go to www.firstmile-fitness.com for more information and to register.

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 suelauz@gmail.com 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 https://goo.gl/MJMuC2 to fill out an online application. Email stedwardcf@gmail.com 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 emtmom@cox.net 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 friendsofbabcocklibrary@gmail.com 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 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.

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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