Community News For The Colchester Edition

Senior Center News

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St., is offering the following events. For more information, visit www.easthamptonct.gov or call 860-267-4426. On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 15, the center will be closed.

A six-week course on living well with chronic pain will begin on Monday, Jan. 22, and will run from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a free workshop for adults with any kind of chronic pain. Sign up is a must.

Windham Tech Culinary Lunch: Wednesday, Jan. 24, leaving at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is $12. Transportation donation is $3. Payment due at sign up at front desk.

January Birthday Bash: Monday, Jan. 29. Let the center know if you were born in the month of January. Lunch, ice cream and cake are on us for the Birthday Babes. All guests must sign up with CRT Café Manager Janet for a spaghetti and meatball lunch. A $2.50 donation is asked for lunch.

Transportation applications are available at the East Hampton Senior Center. Please allow two weeks for the application to be processed, prior to scheduling a ride. If you need a ride to the doctor, grocery shopping, hairdresser or barber, or activities at the senior center, please call the MAT Transit Authority in Middletown at 860-347-3313, 48 hours in advance to reserve your seat. Cost per ride is $2.

Weekly Shopping Schedule with M.A.T Dial-A-Ride. Portland Tri-Town Plaza/Dollar Store - Every Tues 11:30 a.m. East Hampton Stop and Shop Every Friday 10 a.m. Transportation Provided from Bellwood Court and Chatham Acres.

The Senior Community Café, sponsored by CRT, Community Renewal Team, will be serving meals Monday-Friday. Call 860-267-4426 at least 24 hours in advance or stop in to sign up for meals.

Upcoming Trips and Events: Payment for trips and events are due at signing, except for $3 Senior Van Donation. Exact change please.

Tuesday, March 13: Irish Cabaret Show at the Castle of Knights, Chicopee, Mass. Cost is $78 per person. All trips depart from the Windsor Senior Center north parking lot. For more info or to sign up, call Pauline at 860-758-7378 or Donna at 860-335-7069.

NYC Baseball Trip

EAST HAMPTON — On Sunday, July 1, the East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St., is sponsoring a trip to see the Boston Red Sox vs. the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium's through Friendship Tours. There will be reserved seating of 15 total on the Main Level Section, 205 and 206. Game time is TBD. All times are subject to change.

The cost is $135/pp which includes tickets to the game, deluxe motor coach, along with the driver's gratuity. Departing time is TBD from the East Hampton Stop & Shop, 11 East High St. A deposit of $65 is due immediately. Final payment is TBD. Ask for staff when inquiring about this trip. Call 860-267-4426. No over the phone reservations.

Trip To See Boston Pops

EAST HAMPTON — At 10:15 a.m. Sunday June 24, at the East Hampton Stop & Shop, a deluxe motor coach will travel to the grounds of Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass., to enjoy Audra McDonald's performance. With the Boston Pops, she presents a program of songs ranging from Sondheim, Rodgers, and Gershwin to the sounds of today.

There will be time prior to the performance to eat and walk on the grounds. There is a moderate amount of walking on this trip.

The cost is $98. A deposit of $25 is due now or payment in full. The final payment date is TBD. To make reservations for this trip arranged by Friendship Tours, stop in at the East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St., with your deposit or full payment. Ask for a staff member. Anyone with questions may call 860-267-4426. No over the phone reservation.

Nominations Of Extraordinary CT Residents Over Age 60 Now Open

BLOOMFIELD — Nominations for the 2018 Class of 60 Over 60 are now open. For the second year, the 60 Over 60 awards are looking for 60 Connecticut individuals over age 60 who make a difference with their businesses; in their communities and for their families.

Duncaster created this award-winning program in 2017 as a way to recognize the state's movers and shakers over the age of 60. Last year's honorees came from

26 towns across the state of Connecticut. They included leaders in the fields of business, medicine, sports and nonprofit organizations; activists; artists; inventors; politicians; volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Those wishing to nominate someone or themselves can go to the Duncaster website at www.Duncaster.org/60-Over-60; to nominate by email, contact ewest@aomc.com for a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 13 at midnight.

A panel of judges, including three of last year's recipients, will pick the members of the 2018 Class of 60 Over 60. Winners will be notified by the end of March. They will be featured in a special statewide newspaper supplement, showcased on the Duncaster site and honored at a celebration in May.

For the second year, we are launching a search for 60 people over age 60 who best represent the doers and dreamers of Connecticut; those whose everyday acts of kindness or achievements make an impact on the lives of others, said Carol Ann McCormick, Duncaster's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. McCormick was recognized by LeadingAge Connecticut for creating the program in 2017.

Anyone may nominate someone who is age 60 or better by Feb. 13. Nominees must live in the state of Connecticut at least five months a year. Nominators need not be from Connecticut. Self-nominations and multiple nominations are encouraged. For more information, see Duncaster.org or call 860-380-5006.

Cragin Book Club

COLCHESTER — The Cragin Book Club will meet on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. The book for January is The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman. Books are available for check out at the Adult Circulation Desk at the Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave.

This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For further information, call the Library at 860-537-5752.

Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue Continues To Raise Funds

EAST HAMPTON — When volunteers at the Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue got the news in early 2017 that they could no longer stay at the farm in Haddam Neck, they immediately began searching for other options to continue helping horses in need. In April, the nonprofit found a plot of land on Chestnut Hill Road in East Hampton to lease, but they had to start from the ground up.

CDHR is dedicated to saving the lives of draft horses that were abused, bound for slaughter, or neglected. CDHR Founder and Executive Director Dr. Stacey Golub, along with volunteers, care for the horse's physical and mental well being, help train and rehabilitate them. When the horses have recovered and are stable, they are put up for adoption and placed in loving homes. Since its inception in 2011, CDHR has rescued and placed more than 70 horses and is currently caring for 15 others.

The property was nothing but a hayfield and brush, said CDHR volunteer Kim Weglinski. The land had to be cleared and the fencing and paddocks built. It hasn't only been a physical challenge but a financial one too. Eversource supported CDHR's initiatives with a donation to help complete their goals at the new farm.

With the help of volunteers and community donations, CDHR is almost settled in its new location, but Golub said she wants to make Chestnut Hill Road their forever home. To do that, CDHR is continuing their fundraising efforts with a new campaign called Drive for 85. They hope to raise $85,000 needed as a downpayment to purchase the land and after that, build a brand new barn. Visit www.ctdraftrescue.com for more information.

Colchester Historical Society Calendars, Ornaments

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Historical Society 2018 Calendars are now available and can be purchased locally or by mail. The Parks and Recreation Department 2017 limited edition Holiday Ornament features the Colchester History Museum.

The 2018 calendar, "Historic Images of Colchester Schools," is filled with rare photos and prints of schoolhouses and classrooms throughout Colchester's history. The 2017 limited edition ornament showcases the former Reverend Ballard House, home of the Colchester Historical Society.

The calendar and ornament can be purchased locally at Colchester Parks and Recreation office, Copies Plus, Cragin Memorial Library, Louie's Seafood Market, Mark's United Auto Parts, Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques,Tim's Bistro, Quality Consignments, and the Colchester Historical Society.

The calendar has generous writing space to record those important appointments and birthdays. Cost of the 2018 calendar is $12 and the ornament is for sale for $6. Both can be purchased together from the Colchester Historical Society for the discounted price of $15.

To place an order, contact CHS President Gigi Liverant by email at mail@colchesterhistory.org or by phone at 860 608-1207.

Eagle Scout Completes Colchester StoryWalk® Trail

COLCHESTER — The Colchester StoryWalk® is a place where children and families can enjoy the outdoors together, being physically active and building literacy. The original creator of the StoryWalk®, Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, had a vision and developed the StoryWalk® Project in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Visit http://www.kellogghubbard.org/storywalk for more information.

The Colchester StoryWalk® is at Ruby and Elizabeth Cohen Woodlands, 96 McDonald Road. The StoryWalk® is located on the side and back of the open space fields along the tree line. The Colchester StoryWalk® Committee set out the book in the stations with each page including Action Captions designed to engage children either physically, mentally or creatively experiencing nature each related to the particular page of the story.

An engraved commemorative bench was donated and placed in a new garden that also holds a signpost for the StoryWalk® and another nearby trail. Engraved donor stone markers have been placed at the base of each station.

The Colchester StoryWalk® is the result of the vision and collaboration of partners in that community: Cragin Memorial Library, Children's Collaborative of Colchester, Colchester Garden Club, Colchester Land Trust, Community Wildlife Habitat of Colchester and Colchester Public Works. The original temporary trail stations required the time-consuming construction of laminated book pages on cardboard then stapled to tomato stakes.

The vision of more durable, long lasting StoryWalk® stations was adopted by Jack Boyden, Boy Scout Troop 72, who quickly chose this as his Eagle Scout Project. After 18 months of researching, visiting other Connecticut StoryWalks®, planning, fundraising and doing the actual installation with his troop and volunteers, Jack's Eagle Scout project is now completed. On Veteran's Day, the new Colchester StoryWalk® Trail was opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony including a Boy Scout Flag ceremony, speakers and outdoor activities for families.

The Eagle Scout project included the purchase of manufactured stations from a woman-owned company in Wisconsin called Barking Dog Exhibits. Jack raised over $10,000 through car washes, station donor offering, presentations to community groups, mailing and letter writing, and publicizing the project at every opportunity.

Ruby and Elizabeth Cohen Woodlands is open year round and consists of 206 acres of natural space and includes 2 ponds, streams, forest, fields, wetlands, a butterfly-pollinator garden, gazebo, picnic tables, and hiking trails. Visit http://www.colchesterct.gov/Pages/ColchesterCT_Dept/PR/parks/Cohen_Woodlands_Park_and_Trail_Map_2017.pdf for a map of the area.

Flicks @ Six

COLCHESTER — Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., presents Flicks @ Six, a free series of newly released films on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. During January, the following screenings will take place: Jan. 24, American Made; and Jan. 31, Marshall.

Free Braille Calendars

AREA — The Community Outreach Office of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut has 2018 Braille calendars, free of charge. For more information, contact info@nfbct.org or 860-289-1971.

Love Feast

MOODUS — Moodus United Methodist Church, 20 Plains Road, invites all to a Love Feast on the first Sunday of the month, followed by a free luncheon. Come renew your relationship with God, beginning at 10 a.m.

Senior Center Trips

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Senior Center presents 'Escorted Montreal & Canada New England Cruise in July 2018. A deposit of $700 pp due with reservation. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Final payment is due by April 9, 2018. A passport is required.

Contact Friendship Tours directly at 860-243-1630 or 800-243-1630 for payment and more information. Brochures can be picked up at the Senior Center, 105 Main St.

Penn Dutch, Lancaster: Monday, April 23, 2018 to Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Cost is $451 per person, double/triple and $561 per person, single. A deposit of $150 due by Jan. 29, 2018. Final payment is due March 2, 2018. No over the phone reservations, deposit or full payment due at sign up. Ask for staff when signing up or for any questions at 860-267-4426.

Youth Basketball Open

COLCHESTER — Colchester Youth Basketball online registration is currently open. CYB offers co-ed instructional clinics for grades kindergarten; first, second and third graders; and recreation leagues for third/fourth to 12th grade boys and girls.

Clinics began on Jan. 6 and recreation leagues began in mid-November. Parents, indicate at registration if you would like to be considered as a coach or for other volunteer roles. Contact CYB at eboard@colchesterbasketball.org or visit http://www.colchesterbasketball.org with any questions.

AHM's Youth Workers Help Local Seniors

MARLBOROUGH — There is a great way for local teens to get paid for work and help members of their community at the same time. Through AHM Youth and Family Services, the CHOREs program matches local teen workers up with area senior citizens.

For Andover, Hebron and Marlborough seniors, the decade old CHORES program helps local seniors in need of assistance with work around their homes. Youth workers help with chores that the seniors can no longer do on their own comfortably or safely. AHM staff assign local youth to each senior and in the process they provide services such as light house cleaning, weeding and gardening and other chores that seniors are unable to do on their own any longer. While providing much needed help to the seniors, the teens gain valuable work experience which they can put on their resumes when applying to college or their first job out of high school. The CHORES program is also a great way for teens to earn some money and save for college. Each year over 20 seniors from Andover, Hebron and Marlborough receive support services through the CHORES program.

Teens that would like to apply to become a CHORES Youth Worker must be at least 15 years old and live in Andover, Hebron or Marlborough. For more information, call 860-228-9488 and ask for Mrs. Graham.

Veterans' Cemetery Mapping

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton V.F.W. Post 5095 Auxiliary would like to continue the work of the Boy Scouts to identify the veterans' graves in Lakeview Cemetery. Contact amclaug105@aol.com or 860-267-2316 for more information.

Westchester Congregational Church News

COLCHESTER — Westchester Congregational Church, 449 Westchester Rd., Route 149, in the Westchester section, holds services Sundays at 10 a.m. The pastor is Rev. Ron Thompson.

Sunday Morning Worship Service takes place at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Coffee hour follows in the Fellowship Hall.

The Men's Breakfast Group holds monthly breakfast meetings usually on the third Saturday, either at a local restaurant or in the church hall.

The Ladies Lunch Bunch meets the first Thursday of each month at different area restaurants.

Adult Bible Studies: led by Thompson, meets every Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Al-Anon: Weekly Wednesday night meetings at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Boy Scout Troop 109: Sponsored by the church, the troop meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. during the school year and Cub Scout Pack 109 meets one Friday a month at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Visit troop109ct.org or pack109ct.org for more information.

Choir: The WCC choir performs cantatas and other special music throughout the year, in addition to regular Sunday worship service music. New members are always welcome; rehearsals are 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings from September to May.

Kids' Worship: For children of all ages, meets in the Fellowship Hall during the adult church service. No registration necessary.

Mission Opportunities at: Colchester Community Luncheon every Friday, providing the meal, serving and clean-up at either St. Andrew's or Federated Church; The Covenant Food Kitchen meal service in Willimantic; Habitat for Humanity; reading volunteers to read with students at Colchester Elementary School. Contact Pastor Ron for more info.

Fellowship Hall rental: Canney Hall is available for private party rentals. Call the church at 860-267-0480 for more information.

For more information, visit westchestercongregationalchurch.com, email westcongchurch@gmail.com or call 860-267-0480.

Scout Joining Night

COLCHESTER — The Westchester Congregational Church is the only Colchester organization that sponsors three Boy Scouts of America scout groups: a Cub Scout Pack for boys ages 5-10, a Boy Scout Troop for boys ages 11-17, and a Venturing Crew for boys and girls ages 14-20. Any questions, email westcongchurch@gmail.com or call 860-537-4013.

Colchester History Museum Opens

COLCHESTER — The Colchester History Museum, 24 Linwood Ave., is open for the season. The Colchester History Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, except holiday weekends.

Formerly the Reverend Ballard home, the museum features unique exhibits about people and institutions associated with the town of Colchester. Tours of the museum during off-hours may also be arranged by appointment. For more information, visit www.colchesterhistory.org.

Zumba Gold

COLCHESTER — Zumba Gold is offered at Colchester Senior Center, 95 Norwich Ave. Classes meet at 11 a.m. every Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. every Thursday, with Patty Flubacher. Call 860-537-3911 for cost and more information.

Soccer Club

COLCHESTER — Colchester Soccer Club is currently seeking applicants for the following positions: president (two-year term), vice-president (two-year term), travel soccer coaches for U9 girls and U9 boys and member-at-large.

Complete details can be found by contacting Tim Daniels through the Colchester Soccer Club website at ColchesterSoccer.org.

Colchester Woman In Need

COLCHESTER — A 64-year-old Colchester woman with a rare form of leukemia is in need of a stem cell transplant and presently has no match in the national or international banks.

A donor drive took place at The Colchester Federated Church in January, but anyone who could not attend may register at https://www.dkms.org/en and the organization will send a swab kit in the mail.

Start Smart Parent Meeting

COLCHESTER — Colchester Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for preschool start smart multi-sport where children rotate through four stations and skills become more challenging each week. Register online colchesterct.gov/rec or call 860-537-7297.

Cragin Memorial Library

COLCHESTER — The Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., is offering Game On Game Club on Wednesdays, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., for children in grades 3-5. Call 860-537-7201 for details.

Westchester Congregational Church

COLCHESTER — Westchester Congregational Church, 449 Westchester Road, Route 149, has announced the upcoming schedule. Adult Bible Studies, led by Pastor Ron, meets every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

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