Community News For The Valley Edition

Belle Of The Fall

SIMSBURY — Enjoy an evening of acoustic folk music with Belle of the Fall at the Friends Coffeehouse, Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.

Tracy Walton, an accomplished bassist and songwriter was the 2014 and 2015 New England Music Award nominee Best Male Performer. Julia Autumn Ford, acoustic guitar, yukitar, occasional melodica, is a singer of rare talent.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will end by 9:30 p.m. Reserve a seat now at www.simsburylibrary.info or 860-658-7663, ext. 4. The event is free and open to all.

The Rare Byrds Ensemble Performs

AVON — Concerts on the Corner, the music series of Avon Congregational Church, presents The Rare Byrds Ensemble of Boston at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Avon Congregational Church, 6 W. Main St.

The ensemble will appear in a concert entitled "Lost Love- Music of 18th century France and 21st century America." On the program are works by Rameau, Marais, Monteclair and a new work composed in French Baroque style for the occasion by ensemble member Albano Berberi. Their performance will feature works for the Baroque violin, viola da gamba, elegant 2-manual harpsichord, and voice.

The ensemble consists of Rebecca Nelson on Baroque violin, Benjamin Rechel on viola da gamba, Albano Berberi on harpsichord and special guest Katie Boardman, soprano.

The concert will take place in the sanctuary of Avon Congregational Church which is on the National Registry of Historic Places and also handicap accessible. The public is welcome, free of charge. A free-will offering to benefit the musicians will be accepted. A meet-the-performers reception will take place afterward. For further info, contact musicdirector@avon-church.org or call 860-678-0488.

A Glass Act

AVON — "A Glass Act" will be the topic at The Garden Club of Avon's program at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct 16, at Father Bennett Hall in the Church of St Ann, 289 Arch Road.

Trish Manfredi, Federated Garden Clubs of America Floral Design Chair, will demonstrate various ways to create floral arrangements in glass containers. She will also talk about how she handles interpreting a work of art in a floral arrangement. Winner of the 2013 People's Choice Award at the Wadsworth Atheneum Fine Arts and Flowers, she was also selected for the event's on the spot challenge of translating a piece of art announced at the last moment into a design using flowers provided on site.

A light lunch will be served at noon, followed by the program. Guests are cordially welcome; a $5 guest fee is payable at the door. Reservations are required by contacting Jody mrgnj3@aol.com or 860-673-3887.

Preservation Workshops

AVON — Preservation workshops for photos and documents will take place at the Avon Library Community Room, 281 Country Club Road. For more information, visit www.avonctlibrary.info or call 860-673-9712.

Photo Preservation Workshop: Saturday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. No registration required. Overwhelmed by shoeboxes of vintage photos? Not sure how to start scanning them, or even if you should? Join Archives Consultant Moira Conlan as she answers these and other questions to ensure that your family photographs will be around for generations to come. This workshop will cover storage and display options, best practices for handling different types of photographs and negatives, basic preservation techniques and tips for digitization. Bring your questions.

Documents and Old Maps Preservation Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. No registration required. Are you lucky enough to be entrusted with family documents or antique maps? Wondering how to store or display them? Join Conlan to learn how to care for these historic treasures. The workshop will discuss storage and display methods, beginning conservation techniques, and best practices to preserve other types of paper documents, including newspapers, scrapbooks, maps and more. Bring your questions.

United Nations Program

AVON — The Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, will host a program called The United Nations: Promise in a Time of Peril on Monday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Join the panel discussion with Dr. Joseph Baxer, President of the United Nations Association of CT, Dr. Sergei Kambalov, former Secretariat of the United Nations, Dr. Robert J. Petrausch, Communications Professor at Iona College, and Terri Brennan, Nigeria, UNICEF Relations.

No registration is required; all are welcome. For more information, visit www.avonctlibrary.info or call 860-673-9712.

Lennon And McCartney Dynamic

FARMINGTON — On Thursday, Oct. 26, the Farmington Libraries welcome back Aaron Krerowicz for a lecture on the dynamic between Paul McCartney and John Lennon. The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library, located at 6 Monteith Drive.

Professional Beatles scholar Krerowicz won a research grant through the University of Hartford in November 2011 to study the band and has the authored three books on the subject. This event is free and open to the public. Register by visiting www.farmingtonlibraries.org or calling 860-673-6791.

Fall Fair

FARMINGTON — St. James Episcopal Church, 3 Mountain Road, will hold its first ever fall fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

The event features a craft fair with more than 25 artisans and vendors displaying hand-made and unique items. In addition, there will be a teacup raffle, and a baked goods sale. A luncheon cafe will offer assorted beverages and a nostalgic display of cakes, pies and cookies for dessert. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mums will be for sale.

Proceeds from the fair benefit ongoing outreach and pastoral work, including Farmington Food Bank and Farmington Social Services, The Friendship Service Center of New Britain, A Mission to the Dominican Republic, and disaster relief efforts. For more information, visit stjamesfarmington.ct.org or call 860-677-1564.

Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Chief Michael J. Jepeal Dies

SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company released the following notice.

"Michael J. Jepeal, Deputy Chief of the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company, died on September 24 in a car accident. He joined the Tariffville Fire Company 1974 and was a Captain when they merged with the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company in 1983. He rose through the ranks again and was appointed Deputy Chief, Training on January 5, 2005, with the call sign of S-21.

According to Chief James A. Baldis, "Mike had a passion for training and was instrumental in Simsbury's advanced training of high angle rope rescue needed for Talcott Mountain and swift water rescue needed for the Farmington River gorge at Tariffville." Jepeal was also responsible for specifications and procurement of new mobile fire apparatus and personal protective equipment and tools.

Jepeal worked in the Certification Division for the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control. In that capacity, he interacted with and was respected by firefighters throughout the state.

In 2001, Jepeal was named Instructor of the Year by the Connecticut Fire Department Instructors' Association. At the time, he was Lead Instructor for the Hartford County Fire School and Lead Instructor for the Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Program. In presenting the award at the Association's annual dinner, their President, David Bowen, cited Mike's dedication to training the firefighters of Connecticut. "His sincere dedication to a better fire service makes him a unique individual."

In his own department, he was known for cooking for any fire department event. He led the food booth at the carnival, grilled at the picnic, baked potatoes and prepared firehouse chili at Septemberfest and headed up the cooking at the retiree's dinner and Ladies Auxiliary dinner.

Simsbury firefighter Joseph Barrett spoke about his friend and said, "People have asked: 'How long did you know Mike?' Several answers present themselves: 1. I knew Mike about a third of my life; or 2. 19 years or so, or 3. (the one Mike would appreciate) Far, far too long. But the best and most truthful answer is, and ever will be: Not nearly long enough!"

Jepeal was born in 1954 and lived in Tariffville (CT) his entire life. He was married to the late Joan Aletha (Dahms) Jepeal and they had one son, Michael. He owned a landscaping business and was a certified water plant operator for the Tariffville Water Company. He also leaves behind the legions of fire service members he has trained."

Self-Compassion Program

FARMINGTON — On Thursday, Oct. 19, Angela Mazur and Theresa Nygren will hold an experiential workshop on mindful self-compassion meditation at 6:30 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library, located at 6 Monteith Drive.

Angela Mazur and Theresa Nygren return to guide participants through a number of mindful self-compassion meditations. This will be an hour-long immersion into mindful self-compassion meditation practice. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing—being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity. No experience is necessary.

Visit www.mindfulselfcompassionateway.com for more information. 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 to register.

Centennial Tea

FARMINGTON — On Thursday, Oct. 19, Farmington Libraries will host a luncheon and tea to celebrate 100 years of continuous library service in Farmington. This event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Barney Library, located at 71 Main St.

Enjoy lunch and a presentation by Dr. Charles Leach illustrating the development of the libraries in Farmington. The program will also include a showing of "A Legacy Brought Forward: The Farmington Libraries, Then and Now." Tickets are $20 per person. Visit the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of the Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive to reserve your seat. Check, cash, and credit are accepted.

Celebrations for all ages will be held throughout the year. This will include concerts featuring music from different eras, a celebratory dinner, time capsule, and more. Call 860-673-6791 for details.

Fall Foliage And Bird Hike

CANTON — The Canton Land Conservation Trust invites the public to hike the deciduous forest of the Swan Preserve on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1:30 p.m. with Land Trust Director Sarah Faulkner. Birds are plentiful here, so bring binoculars.

This is an easy-to-moderate difficulty, one-and-half hour hike. Wear sturdy walking shoes, and dress for the weather. Please leave dogs at home. In case of heavy rain, check www.cantonlandtrust.org for possible postponement.

Fall Flea Market

GRANBY — The Salmon Brook Historical Society is gearing up for its annual fall flea market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at 208 Salmon Brook St.

Visit the many vendors selling food items, antiques, crafts and many more treasures. The Society will be accepting donated items for its tent. All items can be dropped off at the Society on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. No clothing please. There will also be a food booth selling Mrs. Murphy's donuts, hot dogs, chips, coffee and water.

Swan Preserve Hike

CANTON — The Canton Land Conservation Trust invites the public to hike the deciduous forest of the Swan Preserve at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, with Land Trust Director Sarah Faulkner. Birds are plentiful and organizers recommend people bring binoculars.

This is an easy-to-moderate difficulty, one-and-half hour hike. Wear sturdy walking shoes, and dress for the weather. Please leave dogs at home. In case of heavy rain, check www.cantonlandtrust.org for possible postponement. Directions: from Rt. 179 north, turn onto Case Street. The Swan Preserve parking area is on the right in about 1/10th of a mile.

Tablescapes 2018

AVON — The Avon Historical Society is inviting all decorators, designers, florists and others who are creative to participate in Tablescapes, a fundraiser to be held on March 23 and 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic North House.

Tablescapes is an opportunity to create and display table settings of various themes for the public to enjoy. This local event is open to anyone in the Farmington Valley to show off their skill in table settings, fresh floral arrangements, centerpieces and accessories on one of 25 five-foot round tables in the Belle Ballroom of the historic North House at the bottom of Avon Mountain on Route 44.

There is no cost to rent a table, however there is criteria such as fresh flowers and a theme must be submitted prior to the event to avoid duplication. The society encourages individuals or groups such as garden clubs to participate in this first of its kind event in the Valley.

Artists who wish to explore a theme using a table setting and decorations as a canvas are encouraged to participate.

Anyone with questions may contact Mary Harrop at 860-670-3225, mcharrop@yahoo.com or Sharon Genovese at moldit16@aol.com or 860-559-2263. The deadline to sign up is Nov. 15.

Free Career Workshops

FARMINGTON — The community is invited to the following free career workshops at Tunxis Community College in the 700 Building, Tunxis Library Classroom, 271 Scott Swamp Road. Email skapros@tunxis.edu to register.

All workshops begin at 10 a.m. on the following dates: Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Nov. 14, and Dec. 5. Topics are, in order of appearance, resume writing, interviewing skills, networking with LinkedIn, creating a resume with your iPhone and social media and your personal brand.

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.

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.

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: Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. Beginners are welcome. Marilyn Giese will provide assistance to those who attend.

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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