Community News For The Colchester Edition

Pet Photos With Santa

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Dog Park Committee is having a fundraising pet photo shoot with Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Children are welcome too.

The event will be held at Mackey's of Colchester, 132 Linwood Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 26.

Appointments can be made by calling Mackey's at 860-537-4067. The committee will be selling 5x7 and 8x10 photos, tree ornaments, table plaques and the digital image. All orders will be available for pickup at Mackey's on/or before Dec. 10. Cash or check accepted. All donations will support the Colchester Dog Park. The event is sponsored by The Colchester Parks and Recreation Department. Email for more information.

Holly Fair

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Federated Church, 60 S Main St., will host its annual Holly Fair on Saturday, Nov. 11,, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The church will have a wide variety of gently loved American Girl dolls in their silent auction, as well outfits and accessories in the AG doll Boutique. There will also be the Christmas décor booth, the vintage jewelry booth, and the used books booth. Also returning to the fair will be the white elephant room, the silent auction, which includes American Girl dolls, as well as a craft and game room for the children. A bakery and deli booth and the Holly Cafe will serve food.

Commission On Aging Meeting

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Commission on Aging will hold its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Senior Center, 105 Main St.

Items on the agenda include Meals on Wheels, legislative news, transportation to doctor's offices and presentation to Town Council. The public is invited to attend. For further information, call the Senior Center at 860-267-4426.

Letter: Thank You, Town Council

To the Editor: I wish to thank the East Hampton Town Council for the honor they have given me.

Being named the Honorary Ambassador for the Town of East Hampton was quite a surprise and it's nice to be recognized for my contributions to the town.

The town of East Hampton has many many volunteers such as I who give of their time to help to make East Hampton such a great place to live. Thank you.

Ann R. McLaughlin, East Hampton

Senior Center News

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Senior Center, located in the Community Center at 105 Main St., is offering the following events. For more information, call 860-267-4426.

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 Tuesday at 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.

Veteran's Day: Friday, Nov. 10, the center will be closed.

East Hampton Senior Center presents Escorted Montreal & Canada New England Cruise: July 6-4, 2018. Contact Friendship Tours directly at 860-243-1630 or 800-243-1630 for payment and more information. You can pick up brochures at the Senior Center, 105 Main Street, East Hampton, CT.

AARP Smart Driver Course: On Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., AARP will sponsor the Smart Driver Course at the East Hampton Senior Center. Senior vehicle operators will receive information to extend their safe driving abilities. Participants will be rewarded with a certificate that may reduce their auto insurance. AARP trained instructors will conduct this 4-hour course. Pre-register by check or money order (AARP members $15 non-members $20) payable to AARP. No cash please. Sign up and pay at the Senior Center.

JJIS Unified Sports Event

COLCHESTER — The Jack Jackter Intermediate School will host their annual Unified Sports Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 18, at 215 Halls Hill Road.

Unified Sports teams from elementary schools in Connecticut will be participating with the JJIS Unified team in the events.

History Of Spellman Point And Pocotopaug Preserve Walk

EAST HAMPTON — The Chatham Historical Society is organizing a history walk of Spellman Point and Pocotopaug Preserve at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, as part of its Explore East Hampton monthly series of walks. The walks are sponsored by the East Hampton Parks and Recreation Dept.

The history walk will be led by CHS member, Don Burr, whose family was one of the original members of the Bay Point Community in the early 1900s. Burr will tell the history of Spellman Point and give a tour of the Bay Point Club House. He then will lead a walk through the approximately 31-acre Pocotopaug Preserve on Bay Road, that was donated by the Pocotopaug Community Corporation to the Middlesex Land Trust in 2001. Hikers will also learn the 'blaze' system of trail markings.

The Walking Tour offers an opportunity for new and old residents to learn about the history of East Hampton and for lifelong residents to share their recollections and stories with others. Adults and children are welcome to join in what promises to be an afternoon of making local history come alive.

Directions: From Stop and Shop on Rt. 66 drive 1.6 miles on North Main St. as it travels along Lake Pocotopaug. At Mott Hill Rd. on the left stay to the right and travel on Lake Rd. for.3 mi. to Spellman Pt. Rd. Turn right and drive .1 mi. to the Bay Point Community Hall. There is a parking lot on the left.

The tour will take approximately 1.5-hours. Heavy rain will cancel the walk. For further information about upcoming walks or the CHS, contact Marty Podskoch, coordinator of the Explore East Hampton walks, at, or visit, or call 860-267-2442.

Pictured is one of the early 1900 campers on Bay Road, Reuben Burr, who built a cabin on Lake Pocotopaug. The photo is courtesy of Don Burr.

East Hampton VFW Auxiliary Seeking Crafters

EAST HAMPTON — Fowler-Dix-Park Post 5095 Auxiliary is hosting its annual craft fair on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Post Home, 20 North Maple St.

Organizers are seeking crafters interested in renting a table at the fair. Tables are $20 and space is limited. Contact Jessica at for information on time and tables.

Medicare Open Enrollment Event

EAST HAMPTON — A Medicare open enrollment event by appointment only will take place at the East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4.

Medicare Open Enrollment began Oct. 15 and will end on Dec. 7. CHOICES Counsellors will help you find a plan to meet your needs. Call 860-267-4426 to schedule an appointment.

American Legion Post 54

COLCHESTER — Veteran's Day will be observed on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. on the Veteran's Green in downtown Colchester. The general public is invited to attend the short memorial service. All Veterans including the VFW, DAV and American Legion members are strongly urged to attend.

Also during Veterans week, there will be ceremonies honoring veterans at the following schools: Nov. 9 at the Jack Jackter School at 1:45 p.m.; and Nov. 13 at Bacon Academy at 7:50 a.m.

Parents of students at the various schools and all local veterans are invited to these ceremonies.

All American Legion members are advised that the next Post 54 meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, at the Post Headquarters at 95 Norwich Ave. The meeting will review and discuss the programs planned for December and January.

The American Legion is seeking new members and will welcome your attendance at this next meeting. Email Al Letendre Vice Commander at if you have any questions.

Belltown Winter Wonderland

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Village Lions and Belltown Garden Club are partnering to create the 9th annual Winter Wonderland Silent Auction. The clubs are inviting all civic organizations to donate a gift basket, gift card, decorated Christmas tree, wreath, centerpiece, or other holiday-themed items for their silent auction.

Proceeds from this community-wide fundraiser will go to the East Hampton Food and Fuel Banks and other community organizations and projects that serve the needs of East Hampton citizens. The donated items will be displayed at the East Hampton Public Library from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2. The event culminates with a holiday party at the library from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

At this time, individuals can make final bids on their favorite holiday decoration items while enjoying refreshments and music. The clubs will determine winning bidders at 4 p.m. and will contact winners to arrange for item pick-up.

Decorated themes may say something about your group; it can be up to your own creativity. Just be sure it's holiday themed. If you would like to donate an item, bring it to the library on Saturday, Nov. 18, between 10:30 a.m. and noon. For more information, contact Village Lions Treasurer Linda Brogan at 860-267-2012.

Citizen Of The Year

EAST HAMPTON — For the 21st year, the East Hampton Village Lions Club is again conducting their search for East Hampton's Citizen of the Year. If you know of an individual who has made a difference in this community throughout their lives, you may nominate them for the 2018 East Hampton Citizen of the Year.

Nomination letters describing the individual and their accomplishments may be forwarded to East Hampton Village Lions Club, P.O. Box 14, East Hampton, CT 06424. The club will accept nominations until Dec. 1.

For the past few years the nominee is also nominated for the Eastern Connecticut Lion's District 23-C Humanitarian Award. Last year the Village Lions honored Irene Kuck, founding member of the East Hampton Local Prevention Council, passionate about preventing substance abuse and helping youth in our community stay straight. Kuck was the Village Lions nominee at 2017's Humanitarian of the Year Program, representing four Connecticut counties and approximately 53 Lions Clubs in the District. The Village Lions Club once again plans to submit the town nominee to the District's recognition program for 2018.

The club's Citizen of the Year Committee will choose the worthy citizen. Past recipients include people who make a difference in our town such as selfless volunteers, public servants, town committee members, members or auxiliary members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. The Village Lions have also recognized members of community service organizations such as the Rotary Clubs International, Chatham Historical Society, High School Music Booster Club, Boy Scouts of America, American Red Cross and coordinators of local Food and Fuel Banks.

The award winner's name will be added to the list of outstanding citizens on the plaque at the East Hampton Public Library. Previous recipients include Charles Nichols, Gladys Smith, Emma Prince, Ronald Christopher, Monica Murray, Frederick Everett, Joseph Becker, Eugene Hubbard, Ray Krupa, Cindy Sorvillo Baloga, Dennis Erickson, Dennis Ingraham, Sr., JoAnn Ewing, Robert "Red" McKinney, Joan Youngs, Gail Hamm, and Ann McLaughlin, Paul Peszynski, John Robida, and Irene Kuck.

In addition to recognizing them at the Connecticut Lions recognition banquet, the Village Lions Club awards each recipient with a personal plaque for their home and invites them to a dinner in their honor. The Citizen of the Year is also invited to ride in the East Hampton Old Home Day Parade.

Anyone with question about the program please contact Teri at 860-670-3940 or ask a Village Lions member.

Flicks @ Six

COLCHESTER — The following movies will be shown at Cragin Memorial Library's Flicks @ Six, a free series of newly released films on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m., at 8 Linwood Ave.

During November, the following screenings will take place: Nov. 15, Atomic Blonde; Nov. 22, Brigsby Bear; and Nov. 29, Rememory.

This program is free and open to the public. For further information, call the Library at 860-537-5752.

Senior Center News

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St., is offering the following events. For more information, visit or call 860-267-4426.

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.

Changes Coming To StoryWalk

COLCHESTER — The first phase of Boy Scout Jack Boyden's Eagle project at Cohen Woodlands has been completed with the setting of metal posts as the base for the durable manufactured StoryWalk® stations. The remainder of installation is planned for completion this year. In the meanwhile, families may enjoy the new story with the temporary station construction which has been moved to the new permanent StoryWalk® trail curving along the right side of the field from the parking lot then across the back of the field to its end near the Blue trailhead.

The latest Colchester StoryWalk® book, Sheep Take a Hike, by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Margot Apple, will appeal to preschoolers who can have the story read to them, as well as, elementary students who can practice reading the story aloud which has great rhyming text and beautiful illustrations. The book reviews say this book is a "wonderful way to introduce young children to poetry."

Another change is the inclusion of action captions to have children answer questions or do a simple physical activity related to the story. The action captions replace the activity sheets which had been available at the end of the StoryWalk®.

The StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. The Colchester StoryWalk® is a partnership of the Cragin Memorial Library, Collaborative for Colchester's Children's (C3), Colchester Garden Club, Colchester Land Trust and the Community Wildlife Habitat of Colchester. The Colchester StoryWalk® with its books focused on nature, wildlife, and gardening will provide points to help the Community Wildlife Habitat of Colchester remain certified with the National Wildlife Federation.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ferguson.

Directions to Cohen Woodlands: Only minutes from Colchester's Town Green, travel on South Main Street to the junction of routes 85 and 354. Bear left on route 354. Take a right on McDonald Road. Cohen Woodlands parking lot is on the right.

The Colchester StoryWalk® is now in its permanent location: from the parking lot, walk past the Community Wildlife Habitat sign to the right of side of the field and the newly mowed trail, then along the back of the field to end in the back left corner of the park's treeline. It is recommended that children wear sturdy shoes through the field.

Cohen Woodlands, with its 200+ acres of open space, has multiple hiking trails through the fields and woodlands. Visit to print out a park/trail map.

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.

Wreaths Across America

EAST HAMPTON — The Wreaths across America program will kick-off its 10th year of sponsoring The National Wreaths across America Day, a non-profit organization whose mission is carried out each year by the laying of wreaths on veterans' graves on National Wreaths across America Day, which will be held on Dec. 16. Wreaths must be ordered by Nov. 19.

Sponsorships are $15 per wreath and forms are available at the VFW Post 5095, 20 North Maple St., The East Hampton Town Hall, the entrance to the East Hampton Library, VFW Auxiliary members and the Marlborough American legion Post 197. Contact Ann McLaughlin at for more information.

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 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 or 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, email or call 860-267-0480.

Richmond Memorial Library News

MARLBOROUGH — The Richmond Memorial Library is hosting the following events. Anyone with questions may call 860-295-6210.

Fall story times still have openings available. Session II runs from Oct. 23 through Dec. 8. Children may register for one session at a time and must be the appropriate age by the start of the session. Parents or caregivers must remain in the library during the program. Siblings may attend only at the discretion of the library staff member running the program.

Babies, ages 9 to 20 months, meet Thursdays at 10 a.m. accompanied by an adult; Two-year-olds will meet Mondays accompanied by an adult at 10 or 11 a.m.; Three, four and five year olds meet Fridays at 10 a.m.

Register online at or in person at the circulation desk. Call 860-295-6210 for more information.

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 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

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

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 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 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.

2017 Calendars

COLCHESTER — The Colchester Historical Society 2017 calendars are filled with historic Images of Colchester's inns, hotels and resorts. The Colchester Historical Society 2017 Calendars may 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 and Tim's Bistro.

Calendars may be ordered and sent by mail. To have your calendar mailed, please send a check for $14.50 to: Colchester Historical Society, Box 13, Colchester, CT 06415 or place an order via email or by phone, 860-537-3588.

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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