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Community News For The Valley Edition

Underground Railroad Program

FARMINGTON — On Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m., Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center will open its 2017-18 season with the powerful Nzinga's Daughters Underground Railroad Performance.

Nzinga's Daughters is a dynamic five-woman performance ensemble. The program invites the audience to experience the creativity, ingenuity, and perseverance employed by African-American slaves in their efforts to shepherd runaway slaves to safety.

Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center is located at 31 Colton St. For more information or to register, visit www.ourladyofcalvary.net or call the Retreat Center at 860-677-8519.

Scholarship 5K Trail Race

AVON — The Avon Lions Club's inaugural Raymond Zacchera Memorial Scholarship 5K Trail Race will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Fisher Meadows Recreational Area on Old Farms Road. Runners and walkers will travel a scenic route around Spring Lake and through the woods along the Farmington River.

The Raymond Zacchera Memorial Scholarship is presented annually in honor of Charter President Ray Zacchera, who served the Avon Lions Club for over 50 years. Ray was active in many local organizations, served as Town of Avon Police Constable and was a member of the Board of Selectmen.

Visit http://www.lightboxreg.com/scholarship-5k-trail-run to register.

Tapestry Of Topics Lecture Series

AVON — The Special Projects Committee of the Avon Historical Society is pleased to present another multi-part lecture series entitled "A Tapestry of Topics" beginning on Sept. 11, all held at the Avon Senior and Community Center.

This series of seven lectures sets the stage for understanding how early residents lived in various sections of the town relative to historical events that were transpiring. The first is about a former milling community and will detail the residents and these early mills; the second examines the 'face' of slavery in early Avon through an extensive research project undertaken by a local history museum and University; the third will showcase the extensive genealogy and research by one presenter on estate wills left by Native Americans in Farmington (early Avon) and the interaction between one Native American family with a military man.

The fourth presentation will discuss Connecticut's historical involvement and explore how Avon specifically responded to the American Revolution. The fifth examines the ruins of an old cider mill distillery and what the temperance movement in Hartford County, including Avon, looked like. Next will be a look at how the Industrial Revolution brought the Town into the 20th century and finally, the last presentation will be on Avon historic church and school bells with a special hand bell choir performance from members of the Avon Congregational Church.

The first lecture entitled "The Extinct Milling Community of Sleepy Hollow" will be held on Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Avon Senior Community Center, 635 West Avon Road, presented by Janet M. Conner, Head of Special Projects, of Avon Historical Society, who did extensive research piecing together the story of the mills and the residents of this now ghost of a community.

There will be an introduction by Doug Ross, a descendant of an early resident family. Most people in Avon today have never heard of Sleepy Hollow. This milling community existed as a sub-community of West Avon and was located where Avon Old Farms School is today.

The second lecture entitled "The Farmington Slavery Research Project: Focus Avon" will be held on Monday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Avon Senior Community Center. It will be presented by Lisa Johnson, Executive Director of Stanley Whitman House Museum of Farmington.

The slavery research project began in 2013 as a collaboration between researchers from Stanley Whitman House and graduate students and interns from Central Connecticut State University. The goal was to identify and find as much information as possible on these forgotten souls to give them recognition and dignity as former residents of Farmington (early Avon before 1830). Visit http://captivepeople.stanleywhitman.org for more information.

A time for refreshments and asking questions of the presenters will follow immediately after both events.

The remaining lectures in the series are listed below with more details to follow on each: Saturday, Oct. 7, 4 p.m., "Native American Wills with an Avon Connection;" Monday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m, "Early Avon in the American Revolution;" Monday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m, "An Early Distillery and Temperance in Avon;" Friday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m, "Avon during the Industrial Revolution;" Monday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., "Historic Church and School Bells in Avon."

In addition to the above, the Special Projects Committee will be presenting a unique event "Life on the Homefront" with funding from the William Yandow Trust. This will be a dramatic music and poetry program depicting the life of one Avon family whose father goes off to War set against the backdrop music and verse that reflects what was happening on the national stage. The program will be performed by experienced historical re-enactors, musicians, and vocalists. Introduction will be given by local Civil War author and blogger John Banks.

This event will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Avon Senior and Community Center.

Letter: Farmington Republican Town Committee

To the Editor: I have been a member of the Farmington Republican Town Committee for over 10 years. I am proud of our record of nominating and supporting strong leaders who have - for over five decades - led Farmington to be one of the top towns in the state in excellent services and low taxes.

I am disturbed and dismayed by the challenge of the Committee's entire endorsed Council slate by a small group of individuals - two of whom did not express any interest in running for office and did not go through the screening process. The discord and division that some seek to create is worrisome for the future of our Party and of our town.

The RTC is not just a few all-powerful individuals, pulling strings town-wide. The RTC is a diverse group of over 60 members. This full body always has the opportunity to disagree with the nominations that come out of the Screening Committee. We take a fair and public vote on each recommendation. This year, the members of the RTC together overwhelmingly endorsed Peter Mastrobattista, Bill Wadsworth, Gary Palumbo, and Meredith Trimble. As a group, we affirmatively chose their vision for a continued vibrant and thriving Farmington. We endorsed these individuals thoughtfully and purposefully, and I hope all Republicans will join me in supporting them on September 12.

Enzo DeDominicis, Farmington

Social Media For Your Business

FARMINGTON — This fall, the Farmington Libraries will partner with Greater Hartford SCORE to host a workshop for small to medium business owners on effectively using social media. The program will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Farmington Main Library, 6 Monteith Drive.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. Visit www.farmingtonlibraries.org or call 860-673-6791 for details or to register.

Free Financial Workshop Series For Women

FARMINGTON — This September, the Farmington Libraries will host a series of interactive workshops covering the basics of personal financial management, designed especially for women who have limited knowledge around personal finance matters. Sessions will be held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Main Library, located at 6 Monteith Drive.

The schedule is as follows: Investing, Asset Allocation & Retirement Accounts, Sept. 14; Financial Risks & Insurance, Sept. 21; and Estate & Charitable Planning, Sept. 28.

Each session is standalone, with no requirement to attend all four, so participants welcome to attend just the topics of specific interest. These events are free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit www.farmingtonlibraries.org or call 860-673-6791.

Letter: September Primary

To the Editor: I hope Farmington Republicans will join me in voting for the responsible choice in the September 12th primary, because we cannot afford the status quo. The simple truth is that Farmington has had ten straight years of tax increases, and, but for our town's overwhelming rejection of the ill-conceived, overpriced high school proposal in June, our tax situation would be even worse. In the lead up to the June referendum, we watched in disbelief as Republican party leadership, locked arm-in-arm with the Democrats and out-of-touch with the voters, cheerfully supported the FHS proposal.

The aftermath of the referendum vote was an embarrassment to Republicans in Farmington: powerful party members tried to remove Justin Bernier from the Building Committee and denied Jon Landry endorsement for re-election. The motivation for these political attacks is as obvious as it is disappointing: party insiders will not tolerate Justin and Jon's public opposition to the high school project. This is small town power politics at its worst and it is time for a change.

If Farmington does not make a change, we will continue to have leadership that, with perhaps the best of intentions, continues to empty our wallets. Some might think we can blithely carry on with the thought that "Farmington is doing okay as long as our tax rate is the lowest in the area." But the measure of a common-sense tax policy to taxpayers is not how we stack up against our neighboring towns, but how much more is demanded of us each year when the "tax man calleth."

There is one local municipality we must not, however, ignore: Hartford, now on the threshold of bankruptcy after decades of chronic mismanagement, casts a ravenous eye to surrounding towns as the drumbeat grows louder for regionalization. This will be an issue that our leaders must be prepared to address in a principled, effective manner. Tough leadership, unafraid to stand up to powerful interests, has never been needed more in Farmington than now. To that end, I urge my fellow Farmington Republicans to vote for Jon Landry and Justin Bernier in the 1st district and Jeff Apuzzo and Paul Cianci in the 2nd in the primary on September 12. These candidates have already proven that they are both fiscally responsible and accountable to the voters.

David M. Houf, Esq., Farmington

'Not Your Grandmother's Quilts' Talk

SIMSBURY — Shawn Quinlan, known as the Quilt Man, will speak at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Simsbury Free Library, 749 Hopmeadow St. The exhibit will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.

His talk, "Not Your Grandmother's Quilts," portrays political commentary about our world today. Learn how Quinlan got his start in quilting, how he finds his fabrics, and from where he derives his inspiration. Quinlan is from Pittsburgh, Penn.

Quinlan's art has been shown three times at the Andy Warhol Museum where he received three awards, including the Carnegie Museum of Art Purchase Award. He has also had work shown in France, Germany, Australia, New York City, and Los Angeles. Visit http://www.shawnquinlan.com for more information on Quinlan.

Canton Food Bank Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser

CANTON — A fundraiser for the Canton Food Bank is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept., 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Flatbread Pizza in the Shoppes, 110 Albany Turnpike # 914. People can also support the food bank via Amazon Smiles.

Active Aging Week

GRANBY — When someone says "senior center," images of bingo may be the first thing that comes to mind, but today's senior center is so much more. During National Senior Center Month and Active Aging Week this September, Granby Senior Center is celebrating the vital community resources they provide as Granby's masters of aging.

The Granby Senior Center will be celebrating with a variety of special programming and events, including penguin encounter at the Mystic Aquarium, women and war presentation, scarf tie-dyeing, swallowing disorders workshop, Northwest Park hike, mind sharpener program, biosway balance testing, 'what if you encounter a life change discussion, matter of balance program, planning for health care in retirement, getting a good night's sleep presentation and an Italian dinner and dance.

The Senior Center also provides health screenings, congregate meals, volunteer opportunities, Adventure Club activities and much more.

To learn more about the center, visit granby-ct.gov/senior-services or call 860-844-5350.

Book Sale

SIMSBURY — The Friends of Simsbury Library's annual book sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Simsbury High School, 34 Farms Village Road.

The books are organized in separate sections. There are more than 30 categories of nonfiction from cooking, biography, parenting, arts, poetry and drama, how-to and hobbies, travel, history, business, science and nature, computers to religion, self-help, sports and games and more.

Fiction books are divided by hardcover and sorted alphabetically by author, trade paperbacks and regular paperbacks by genre. There is a large children's' section containing top quality books, games and puzzles. Also available are large print books, DVDs, CDs and audio tapes for children and adults. A "Special Selections" section includes old and rare books, plus collectibles.

Everything is priced to sell, most at $.25 to $4. On Sunday, there is an all day bag sale, where you can fill a grocery bag supplied by staff for $10. Cash, checks, and credit cards for purchases over $25 are accepted.

All proceeds from the Giant Used Book Sale support programs and services at the Simsbury Library. Questions? Call Charmaine Glew at 860-651-4192 or Annie Wallack at 860-658-7781.

Avon's World War II History

AVON — Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Avon Library, Katie Kukiolczynski, CCSU MA History graduate, was hired to process, scan, and summarize the World War II newsletter collection with the Marion Hunter History Room of the Avon Library.

Visit http://bit.ly/2vBxPMJ to view the collection, which consists of 14 resident-created newsletters spanning the years 1943-1946. The newsletters were intended for Avon soldiers, and were sent to them wherever they were stationed, either at home or abroad, as well as to their families in Avon. In addition to uploading the actual newsletters, Kukiolczynski detailed military commendations and created highlights of each issue. The newsletters also included some local town gossip and news for soldiers to stay up to date on current happenings around town, so Avon was always a part of them wherever they were.

Walk With A Doc

AVON — Greater Hartford Wellness, led by psychologist, Dr. Kathleen Webb, PsyD, has joined the national grassroots movement, Walk with a Doc. WWAD hosts free community walks that are led by a doctor and preceded by a conversation on a health topic.

Greater Hartford Wellness is hosting their inaugural walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9,at Sperry Park, located on Simsbury Road and Mountain View Avenue. Dr. Webb will briefly talk about barriers to physical activity and ways to get motivated to exercise and then lead participants on a 45-minute walk.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. and the program will start at 9 a.m. sharp. Overflow parking is available at the Healthtrax Wellness center next to the Sperry Park trail entrance. Other walks will feature guest presenters from various health and wellness fields.

The next scheduled walk will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Chiropractor Dr. Kevin Barry, DC, will be speaking. Walks will be held rain or shine. Water and healthy snacks will also be available.

Pre-registration is not required but participants are asked to arrive early walk day to complete a waiver. If the participant is under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian's signature is required. Free and open to walkers of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit http://walkwithadoc.org/our-locations/avon-connecticut/ or call Ingrid Kania, Walk Leader, at 860-462-7678.

Girl Scouts Sign-Up Night

AVON — Avon Girl Scouts Sign-Up Night is Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Avon Library, 281 Country Club Road.

Girl Scouts is open to all girls, from kindergarten through 12th grade. Avon Girl Scouts currently has 22 troops in Avon at all levels and at each of the Avon schools. New troops will be forming after the sign-up night.

Bring a donation to help the Scouts fill their truck to support Gifts of Love. For more information, visit gsofct.org or email Helaine Bertsch at dochelaine@aol.com.

Gifts of Love is looking for healthy-choice items such as low-sodium and low-sugar canned fruits and vegetables, boxed cereals, and peanut butter and jelly. Toiletries, such as shampoo and toothpaste, and laundry detergent are helpful. They are also accepting fall and winter clothing.

Simsbury Grange Agricultural Fair

WEST SIMSBURY — Simsbury Grange will host its annual Agricultural Fair on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 236 Farms Village Road.

The fair will feature a bake and craft sale, exhibits from local organizations and farms, kids' activities, and contests with ribbons and cash prizes in several categories. Entertainment featuring Folk Musician Bill Benson will also be provided. The community is invited to participate as an exhibitor or contest entrant.

Visit http://www.simsburygrange.org/simsburyfairentry.asp to register.

Arts & Crafts Festival

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Woman's Club's 48th Arts & Crafts Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, on Iron Horse Boulevard.

Approximately 100 juried artists and craftspersons will sell their works. Parking and admission to the event is free. Participants in the event will include landscape, seascape, still life and portrait artists and photographers, fine and costume jewelry crafters, artisans who handcraft soaps, lotions and other personal care products, clothing designers, potters, blown glass artisans and many other talented artists from around the Northeast.

Hamburgers, hotdogs, homemade baked items and beverages will be available on the festival grounds, along with a small antique car show sponsored by the Valley Collector Car Club.

Iron Horse Boulevard is located in the center of historic Simsbury and is within easy walking distance to area restaurants, shops, the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge, parks, the scenic Farmington River, the Simsbury Historic Society's grounds, and biking and walking paths.

For more information, visit www.simsburywomansclub.org or contact Liz Reynolds, festival chairman, at 202-288-3883.

Charity Golf Tournament

AVON — The 11th annual Lauren E. Avezzie Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Farmington Woods Golf Club, 43 Heritage Drive, on Sunday, Sept. 17. Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by lunch at 11 a.m. and 4-Player Scramble at noon.

All proceeds from this annual event benefit numerous programs and services in the Greater Hartford area and beyond. Visit www.laurenfund.org for a complete list.

In addition to 18 holes of golf, the day includes prizes on each hole, a chance to win $10,000 for a Hole-In-One, a gift for all golfers, a putting contest, lunch, appetizers, buffet dinner, and raffle and auction items. The cost to play is $160 for adults and $125 for teen golfers. Sponsorship opportunities starting at $100 are also available.

Register by Sept. 4 online at www.laurenfund.org or call David Avezzie at 860-839-4028.

Book Sale

CANTON — The Friends of the Canton Public Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, at 40 Dyer Avenue.

On Saturday, the sale will kick off with an early sale from 8 to 9:30 a.m., for a $10 donation. The regular sale will follow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission for all. A bake sale will be held during the Saturday sale. Ample free parking is available and all rooms are air conditioned.

On Sunday, a bag sale for $10 each will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bags are provided.

All books are sorted alphabetically or by topic and by age or reading ability for youth. CDs, DVDs and audiobooks are also available. Charge cards will be accepted. All profits help provide resources and programming for the library.

9/11 Anniversary Event

AVON — Dr. Matthew Warshauer will speak at a 9/11 anniversary event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Avon Library, 281 Country Club Road.

Dr. Warshauer has studied and talked about the Civil War anniversary in great depth, and wonders how the history and memory of 9/11 will change over time as generations that experienced the country's greatest terrorist attack move farther and farther from the actual event. All ages are welcome.

Flu Shot Clinic

AVON — A flu shot clinic at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Vaccines include high dose for adults over 65 years and quadrivalent for ages five years and older. Bring your insurance cards. Call the Farmington Valley VNA at 860-651-3539 to make an appointment and for insurance info. Walk-ins are welcome.

Avon Fire Dept. Issues Invitation

AVON — The Avon Volunteer Fire Department invites members of the community, 16 years and older, to participate in the Community Challenge at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the M.H. Rhodes Property, 99 Thompson Road, at the Farmington Valley Greenway entrance.

Unlike the typical fitness adventure, the AVFD Community Challenge is an opportunity for members of the public to step into firefighter bunker gear and see if they have what it takes to be a hometown hero by tackling the AVFD's Physical Performance Qualification test. All AVFD volunteer firefighters are required to complete the PPQ annually in order to respond to incidents.

The PPQ is a specially-designed 10-station course that includes the minimum number of skills firefighters must perform and mimics the work that is expected in the first 15 minutes on a structure fire call. Tasks include attaching a hose to a hydrant, raising and lowering a 24-foot extension ladder, advancing a charged hose line, flowing a stream of water at 200 gallons per minute, and simulating chopping a rooftop. The course is physically demanding, and may be run timed or untimed, depending on the participant's preference.

Understanding that all firefighters are occupational athletes, the AVFD has created and is implementing a comprehensive health and safety program: the Wellness and Fitness Initiative. Part of the initiative's fitness program, the PPQ evaluation is one of several components in a new 10-year progressive plan designed to improve the health and safety of AVFD members and, in turn, enhance the Department's preparedness and effectiveness in meeting the needs of the community and region.

RSVPs are required. To register, email communitychallenge@avonvfd.org or call 860-677-2644.

Senior Bowling League Seeks New Members

SIMSBURY — The Farmington Valley Senior Bowling League invites all area bowlers ages 55 and older to join its Tuesday afternoon league, as a regular member or as a substitute. The team meets at Blue Fox Rock & Bowl on Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, near the Granby line, from 12:45 to approximately 3 p.m., from mid-September into May.

All levels of ability are welcome. For more information, call Carol Scoville at 860-676-2711.

Vendors Sought

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Grange is looking for vendors and crafters that fit the country fair theme. The Simsbury Grange Agricultural Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Contact the grange at info@Simsburygrange.org for more information.

Open Farm Day

Granby — The Granby Agricultural Commission is sponsoring a free open farm day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Visit http://www.granbyag.org/uploads/1/4/8/7/14871380/openfarmday_broch_2017_final_copy.pdf for a list of participating farms and schedules.

Beginning at 10 a.m., start at any one of the participating farms and grab your passport. Collect a new stamp in your passport at each farm you visit. At the last farm you visit, turn in your passport and be entered in a drawing for prizes donated by participating farms and businesses.

Visitors who collect 6 or more stamps will be entered into a special drawing for a $100 gift certificate to spend at the November 20th Farmers Market at Lost Acres Vineyard.

Funny Women Film Series

AVON — Funny Women is the theme for a new film series at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road. Films will be shown on Tuesday afternoons beginning Sept. 5. The lineup is as follows: Sept. 12: Death Becomes Her; Sept. 19: Sister Act; Sept. 26: Desk Set; and Oct. 3: Nine to Five.

All films will begin at 1:30 p.m., with the exception of "Desk Set," which will begin at 2:30 p.m. Films will be shown in the Community Room. There is no cost to attend and no registration is required. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, visit www.avonctlibrary.info or call 860-673-9712.

Passport Program

SIMSBURY — A passport program to apply for or renew a passport will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at 932 Hopmeadow St. Bring the following documents to apply or renew a passport.

Application First time applicants (DS-11); Renewals (DS-82) - Applications will be available at event.

Citizenship Evidence: First time applicants (Certified birth certificate, Naturalization Certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad); Renewal (Most recent Passport).

Two Forms of ID: Driver's License or State ID and Work ID or Student ID.

Photocopy of ID Front and back of each ID.

Passport Photo: Photo services will be available at event (for an additional fee of $15).

Payment: First time applicants, bring two checks or money orders can be purchased onsite. Check 1 for the execution fee of $25 and photo of $15 (if applicable) made payable to "Postmaster."

Check 2 for the application fee made payable to "US Department of State." Total fee is dependent upon product(s), service type and delivery request.

Renewals: Check 1 payable to US Department of State; Check 2 (optional passport photo), $15 made payable to Postmaster.

Artist On Display

CANTON — During the month of September, the artwork of Sally Sargent Markey will grace the walls of Canton Public Library's gallery space. Granby watercolor artist and book illustrator Markey has been exhibiting and winning prizes in Connecticut and around New England for over 40 years. Her beautiful watercolors feature images from many area locations that may be familiar to viewers.

Canton Public Library is located at 40 Dyer Ave.For more information, call 860-693-5800.

Markey got her start in commercial art at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri, right out of college at the University of Connecticut. After that she experimented as a freelance commercial artist in many types of media, including mural like paintings on clients' walls and children's books. She is a member of the Kent Artists Association, Canton Gallery on the Green, and the Granby Artists Association.

Markey now engages in plein air style painting with Granby friends on Monday afternoons. Many of the small works in this show are a result of several years of plein air painting. Also included are a few larger gicleé copies of favorite paintings. Most of the works may be purchased by arrangement with the artist.

Coloring For Adults

AVON — The Avon Free Public Library presents Coloring for Adults on Wednesdays this fall. All supplies will be provided. The program will be held in the first floor atrium on Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, and Oct. 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

No registration; just drop in. The library is at 281 Country Club Road. For more information, call 860-673-9712, ext. 246.

Drop-In Genealogy

AVON — Free drop-in genealogy at the Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. Beginners are welcome. Marilyn Giese will provide assistance to those who attend.

Avon Historical Society Seeking Volunteers

AVON — The Avon Historical Society invites anyone interested in local history to join its Board of Trustees or to volunteer for a new subcommittee of its Special Projects Committee.

The Board of Trustees of the Avon Historical Society would like to add new members who are available to attend monthly meetings and assist with the many projects and activities that take place over the course of the year. Trustees are the stewards of local history and, as such, have an obligation to the mission of the organization and are the decision-making body of the society.

The society would like to create a subcommittee of its Special Projects Committee. This subcommittee would be primarily devoted to the design, layout and execution of at least three exhibits in 2018 at the Society's display cases outside the Local History Room at the Avon Free Public Library.

The society is seeking people who enjoy digging for historical facts, writing, those who are interested in display work, proof-reading, curating, working with photographs and mounting of same on exhibit boards. The hope is to bring together people with a variety of skill sets who enjoy local history, and working both individually and collaboratively.

A meeting of all Special Projects Committee volunteers will take place in August to share chosen exhibit topics and scheduling of exhibits and other projects.For information and to join the Special Projects Committee's new subcommittee, contact jcmousey@comcast.net.

Membership is open to the public. To volunteer for a position on the Board or to become a member, leave your name and number on the Society's answering machine at 860-678-7621.

Artists, Crafters Sought

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Woman's Club is accepting applications from vendors for their 48th annual arts and crafts festival, to be held Sept. 16 and 17 on Iron Horse Boulevard, in downtown Simsbury. For information or to receive an application to Participate, go to www.simsburywomansclub.org or contact Liz Reynolds, festival chairman, at 202-288-3883. Proceeds from the festival fund scholarships and contribute to area non-profit organizations.

Teen Job Center

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Public Library and Simsbury Main Street Partnership are proud to combine efforts and offer the Teen Job Center, a joint effort designed to match teens looking for work with area businesses looking for help. They are currently accepting both teen job applications and business help requests.

The positions available will depend on local business needs and may include summer or year-long employment, paid or unpaid internships, or work study opportunities. Sara Ray, Teen Services Librarian at the Simsbury Public Library, will match interests and availability based on the applications received.

Visit http://www.simsburylibrary.info/teen/teen-job-center/ to fill out a teen job application or a business application.

Teens may contact Sara Ray at 860-658-7663 or email sarar@simsburylibrary.info. Businesses can contact Sarah Nielsen, Executive Director, Simsbury Main Street Partnership, at simmainst@sbcglobal.net.

Rotary Club

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Granby Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at the Hop Meadow Country Club, 85 Firetown Road. For membership information contact Club President Ed LaMontagne at edjlam@comcast.net.

Christian Science Reading Room

WEST HARTFORD — The Christian Science Church (First Church of Christ, Scientist) announced the relocation of its Reading Room from the church building at 235 Scarborough St., Hartford, to 8 North Main St., West Hartford, marking its return to West Hartford Center.

The Christian Science Reading Room welcomes all who wish to spend quiet time in study or prayer. Bibles and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, may be read, borrowed, or purchased there, as well as other books, periodicals, and CDs about Christian Science, its founder, and the healing power of God. The Christian Science Monitor is also available. Attendants are on hand to assist and answer questions about Christian Science.

The Reading Room is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free parking available in the parking lot adjacent to the building. Those who wish to learn more may visit http://christiansciencect.org/hartford or http://www.christianscience.com, call 860-200-4710, or email csrrhartford@gmail.com.

Valley Veterans Meetings

AVON — Veterans may visit with members of VFW Post 3272 at Truffles on Main Restaurant, 300 West Main St., from 8 to 10 a.m., the first Saturday of the every month. To learn more about the Gildo T. Consolini VFW Post 3272, visit avonvfw.com.

U.S. Flag Collection

AVON — The Gildo T. Consolini VFW Post 3272 of Avon and the Avon Free Public Library, 281 County Club Road, have joined together to place a collection box in the library lobby for collection of worn U.S. flags.

The patriotic decorated wooden box was designed by Gary Kollberg, of Farmington, and was built by Brian Freeman, his wife, Charlotte, and daughters, Holly and Julia, pictured.

Residents of the valley are welcome to donate any and all worn U.S. flags during regular library hours. Members of the Avon VFW will pick them up on a regular basis for proper disposal.

Tabletop Game Nights

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Libraries will host a monthly tabletop game night on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., at the Main Library, 6 Monteith Drive. Pizza and snacks will be provided.

Games played will include Gloom, Munchkin, Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, chess, Apples to Apples, and more. Have suggestions for great tabletop games? Contact Anna at aboisvert@farmingtonlibraries.org. This event is free and open to the public, ages 12 and up. Space is limited. Registration required. Call 860-673-6791 for details or register through the library's website at farmingtonlibraries.org.

Watershed Inspections

AREA — The Metropolitan District Commission will be conducting its state-mandated annual watershed sanitary survey and inspection program in the towns of Barkhamsted, Hartland, New Hartford, Burlington, Harwinton, Torrington, Winsted, Avon, Simsbury, Bloomfield, and West Hartford.

The purpose of the program, which will continue through November, is to prevent contamination of the MDC's drinking water supplies as a result of, among other things, septic system failure, erosion, runoff, and other potential pollutants.

Routine watershed sanitary surveys are required by Section 19-13-B102(b) of the Connecticut Public Health Code.

Property inspections will take place in the towns of Barkhamsted and Hartland on the Barkhamsted Reservoir watershed; in New Hartford, Burlington, Harwinton, Torrington and Winsted on the Nepaug Reservoir watershed; and in the towns of Avon, Simsbury, Bloomfield, and West Hartford on the West Hartford/Reservoir No. 6 watersheds.

Routine field inspections take only a few minutes and will be conducted by MDC's Watershed Inspector who carries appropriate MDC identification and drives an authorized MDC vehicle. The Inspector does not enter homes; the inspection is limited to the exterior portions of the real property.

If a violation or an issue is detected, it is reported to the property owner and health officials as required by law.

Property owners may receive more information by contacting the MDC Watershed Management Unit, Barkhamsted Water Supply Division at 860-379-0916 extension 3103 or 860-278-7850 extension 3103.

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 Nov. 1.

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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