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The Hartford CourantBill Bowen was sitting in his sky-blue office at Enfield Chrysler Plymouth on Thursday morning when a UPS envelope arrived with a bright red sticker marked "Confidential." "I knew something was up," he said a few hours later. The letter from Chrysler...
So you've bought a horse, a truck and a trailer and are itching to hit the trails. Where can you go? Good question. The state Department of Environmental Protection is working with the Connecticut Horse Council to provide an answer. According to Cyndy...
The Hartford CourantOn the morning of Aug. 18, 1955, Waterbury wakes up to pouring rain, but hardly anyone notices. What has their attention on this soggy Thursday morning is the "Today Show," hosted by Dave Garroway, which is being aired live from the Elton Hotel downtown....
Tags: Ansonia, Weather, Vehicles, Naugatuck River, Family
Courant Staff WritersAs town police officers raced to Dr. William A. Petit Jr.'s home on Sorghum Mill Drive Monday morning they had no idea of the horrors that lay ahead. By the time they reached the Deaconwood neighborhood of half-million-dollar homes, flames had blown...
The Hartford CourantDepending on the viewer, physics teacher Ernie Smoker's "energy transformation dance" could be interpreted as endearing, innovative or wacko. There is Smoker, 44, in his Guilford High School classroom more than a year ago, flailing his arms, short-...
After a flood in 1936 caused widespread devastation from Maine to Maryland, federal officials drafted a plan to prevent a similar disaster. But the effort languished - until the flood of '55 came along. The devastating deluge that claimed 87 lives and...
The Hartford CourantAugust 1955 is in black and white. It is mom, pop and apple pie, rabbit ears, The Mick, Ike, "Rock Around the Clock," blue collars, Reds, polio, Lucky Strikes, and weather. On the 12th and 13th of the month, the tail end of Hurricane Connie had passed,...
Tags: Weather, Barkhamsted, Tropical Storms, Politics, Bodies of Water
WaterburyWhen I hear stories of the Flood of '55, I am filled with pride at the outstanding job my grandfather, Julius A. Nido did as water superintendent for the city of Waterbury. His quick-thinking and superior knowledge of the water system throughout the...
Tags: Waterbury, Floods, Disasters and Accidents
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.In August of 1955, I was a 17-year-old transplant from Pennsylvania, working for the summer at the Naugatuck Glass Factory, and was living with my father, John Zareski, in the home of my aunt and uncle, Ann and Stanley Stryjewski, on North Main Street...
Tags: Palos Verdes Estates, Family, Pennsylvania
By early afternoon on Aug. 19, 1955, the rain has stopped, the clouds have parted, and the sun is shining on Friday. Ed Durant, who has been sitting naked in a tree amid the roiling brown waters of the flooded Farmington River for several hours, welcomes...
courant.comWaterbury police began telling people to evacuate the apartment houses on North Riverside Street around 2:45 a.m. on Aug. 19 but the Naugatuck River rose so quickly it was soon impossible to walk away. Firefighters struggled, often in vain, to reach...
Ocala, FlaI remember the Flood of 1955. I was about 8 and lived in the Waterbury projects, had to boil water and find Wolcott residents that would give us free water to drink. My dad at the time was working at Scoville in Waterbury. The day it started to rain,...
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