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Help Needed For River Clean-Up

AREA — The Farmington River Watershed Association's 30th annual Farmington River Clean-up is set for Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Several meeting sites will be actively cleaning the banks of the River in Avon, Barkhamsted, Bloomfield, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, Granby, Simsbury and Windsor. Garbage bags and gloves are provided to all participants, through generous donations from local businesses and stores.

After the clean-up, volunteers are invited to FRWA's headquarters for a family picnic where refreshments, sandwiches and pizza will be served. FRWA's office is located at 749 Hopmeadow St. in Simsbury.

For more information on how you can help with the Farmington River Clean-up and to register for a specific site, visit www.frwa.org or call FRWA at 860-658-4442, ext. 201.

Diamonds In The Ruff

AVON — Food, music, auctions and more are part of a lifesaving evening at the Connecticut Humane Society's Diamonds in the Ruff fundraiser for pets in need.

The event is set for Saturday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 10 p.m. at The North House, 1 Nod Road. Visit CThumane.org for more information or call Priscilla Clark at 860-594-4502, ext. 6307. All proceeds from the evening will go toward the lifesaving veterinary treatment that pets receive at CHS.

Guests will even get to meet a couple of critters who will benefit from their generosity. After meeting the furry VIPs, attendees can look forward to a multi-course meal, complimentary cocktails, live and silent auctions, Fund the Pets bidding, a photo booth, animal-themed trivia and music.

With each pet at CHS receiving full-service medical treatment by a staff veterinary team, funds for medical care are more needed than ever before. Proceeds will support spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchips, and will help pets like Skippy, a senior Chihuahua who needs laser therapy to heal his knees, and Alex, a young tiger-striped kitty who needs continued treatment for an eye infection. Funds raised will also go toward monitoring pet medical conditions and completing complicated surgeries.

New for this year's gathering is the Director's Circle: Join by purchasing or selling seats for a table of 10. Two guests from the table will receive admission to a pre-event reception at 5:30 p.m. for a champagne toast with Willard and a private auction preview.

Highly Sensitive Person Program

CANTON — Maura Harris, MS, will explore the topic "The Highly Sensitive Person," at the Canton Public Library, 40 Dyer Ave., on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

This program is for those with social, emotional, and educational challenges resulting from heightened sensitivities, or for parents of similarly sensitive children. Do bright lights, loud sounds, strong smells sometimes overwhelm you? During busy days, do you wish you could get away to a darkened room or some other private place? Were you known as sensitive or shy as a child? Do you get rattled when under pressure to perform? Do you avoid violent movies and TV, and deliberately avoid overwhelming situations? The trait, also known as Sensory Processing Sensitivity, is normal and is experienced by 15-20 percent of people.

Harris bases her approach partly on the methodologies described in Elaine Aron's book, "The Highly Sensitive Person." A question and answer session and discussion follows.

The program is free, although registration is requested to allow for seating set-up. For more information, visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org or call 860-693-5800.

Social Security Explained

CANTON — On Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m., The Society for Financial Awareness (SoFA) will sponsor a free seminar called, "Social Security Explained," at the Canton Public Library, 40 Dyer Ave.

The seminar presenters are Chad Burroughs, President of Burroughs Investment Group, and Kathryn Dennen, both independent investment advisors, with over 32 years of experience in the industry. A question and answer session follows the presentation. For information or to register, email bvanness@libraryconnection.info or call 860-693-5800.

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" which began on Sept. 11. All are 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 was 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 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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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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