Weekly Testing on Lake Continues

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Concerns of blue/green algae in Lake Pocotopaug this summer resulted in weekly water testing to determine the safety of the lake’s water. According to a statement on the East Hampton town web site the most recent test taken Sept. 2, showed a level 2 of …

’Tis the Season: Chainsaw Safety

Thomas Worthley, Professor in the Department of Forestry at UConn Extension Service will present a workshop on chainsaw use and safety, highlighting guidance from a methods and safety program recognized industry wide. The program will emphasize safety/risk management, chainsaw handling, cutting procedures, and specialized situations. Sponsored by East Hampton Public Library & East …

Goodspeed Announces Cast for New Musical

by Bette Tani Editor/Reporter Goodspeed Musicals is marking thirty years of fresh, innovative, and original new musicals at its Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT with the production of The Circus in Winter. This new work will run from October 23 through November 16. This brand new folk, rock musical …

East Hampton Police Report

8/22: Todd Travis Bower, 25, of 230 Old West High St., was arrested and charged with third degree assault and disorderly conduct, East Hampton Police said. 8/22: Michael Bower, 23, of 230 Old West High St., was issued a summons for second-degree criminal mischief, police said. 8/22: Alex Banning, 21, …

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Enrollment in new state insurance program begins Oct 1

September 20, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
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Jason Madrak, Chief Marketing Officer for Access Health CT – the entity charged with enrolling Connecticut residents under the state’s new insurance program – was a guest on CTV14’s “Town Talk,” hosted by Brenda Sullivan.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

As host of the CTV14 governmental affairs program, “Town Talk,” I recently interviewed Chief Marketing Officer Jason Madrak of Access Health CT – this is the entity that is charged with enrolling Connecticut residents under the new statewide insurance plan as part of the country’s Affordable Care Act.

You can watch my interview with Mr. Madrak online by clicking on this link http://www.ctv14.com and then clicking on the Programming tab. In this drop-down menu, choose VOD archives. On the next page, use the drop-down menu on the left (All Folders) and choose “Town Talk” from the bottom of that list.

In addition to the interview with Access Health CT, there’s a very informative “Town Talk” interview with Windham State Rep. Susan Johnson that also simplifies some of the nuts and bolts of what’s on the horizon.

Below are comments from Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer Kevin Counihan, issued Sept. 18, on getting ready to launch the sign-up program on Oct. 1, 2013.

This first wave of enrollment will continue until Jan. 1, 2014.

You may have noticed an increase in TV ads urging you to sign up for a company’s insurance plan. You may want to know that unless you are enrolled through Access Health CT, you will NOT be entitled to subsidies (in some cases, 100 percent subsidies).

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In East Hampton – Enjoy some wine and art

September 18, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Local News Comments Off
"Divine Daisies" PeggyGarrGallery.com

“Divine Daisies” PeggyGarrGallery.com

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Old Bank Sip and Dip Art Bar offers the following classes in October at 66 Main St. in East Hampton, CT. (All materials are provided and it’s BYOB.) Registration is required.

 

 

Oct 1  1-3 P.M. Floral Watercolor with Mary Horrigan

Oct 3  1-3P.M. Landscape Watercolor with Mary Horrigan

Oct 4  1-3P.M. Still Life Watercolor with Mary Horrigan

Oct 5  1-3 P.M. Pen and Ink of Tree with Paulette Reed

Oct 5  6:30-9P.M.  Landscape Acrylic with Paul Hoffman

 

Oct 6  3:30-6P.M.  Acrylic Seashore with Paul Hoffman

Oct 8  1-3P.M. Watercolor seascape with Mary Horrigan

Oct 9  7-9P.M. Acrylic CT landscape with Paul Hoffman

Oct 10  7-9P.M.  Landscape Watercolor with Mary Horrigan

Oct 13  3:30-6P.M.  Interior Acrylic Painting with Paul Hoffman

Oct 15  7-9P.M. Intro to Polymer Clay with Bonnie Desaulnier

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Join East Hampton families for Yellow Ribbon ceremony

September 11, 2013 Local News Comments Off

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Join three East Hampton families on Thursday, Sept. 12 for a Yellow Ribbon ceremony at 59 Main St., in the Village Center.

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Local craft fair needs your talents

September 11, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
All proceeds will benefit the East Haddam fuel bank and will help buy holiday gifts for the Chestelm Adult Day Services clients.

All proceeds will benefit the East Haddam fuel bank and will help buy holiday gifts for the Chestelm Adult Day Services clients.

Press Release

Chestelm Health and Rehabilitation Center is bringing back the annual holiday fair and inviting area crafters to be a part of the event.

All proceeds will benefit the East Haddam fuel bank and will help buy holiday gifts for the Chestelm Adult Day Services clients.

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What do you know about Venture Smith Day?

September 5, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
The descendants of famous freed slave Venture Smith gather at his grave in East Haddam, CT to celebrate his life each September. Photo source: www.venturesmith.net 2009

The descendants of famous freed slave Venture Smith gather at his grave in East Haddam, CT to celebrate his life each September. Photo source: www.venturesmith.net 2009

Son of an African king, Venture Smith became the first black man to document his capture from Africa and life as an American slave and successful black freeman in Connecticut.  And he has a local connection.

Venture Smith’s grave is one of the original sites on the Connecticut Freedom Trail.  Events at the various Freedom Trail sites are held throughout Connecticut in the month of September. To read more about the trail, visit the Web site at http://ctfreedomtrail.org

The 17th annual Venture Smith Day commemoration will be held in the cemetery at the First Church of Christ, 499 Town St. (RT. 151) in East Haddam on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. as part of the Connecticut Freedom Trail events.

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In East Hampton – How to live well as a senior citizen

August 28, 2013 Local News Comments Off
The Back Porch Swingers got East Hampton seniors up and dancing at the Senior Center. The band members are: (R-L), David Blanchard (trumpet); Beverly Flaherty (keyboard); Graham Ralph (drummer); Phyllis Glinski (bass guitar); and Ray Joesten (guitar). Photo courtesy of the East Hampton Senior Center.

The Back Porch Swingers got East Hampton seniors up and dancing at the Senior Center. The band members are: (L-R), David Blanchard (trumpet); Beverly Flaherty (keyboard);  Ray Joesten (guitar); Graham Ralph (drummer); and Phyllis Glinski (bass guitar). Photo courtesy of the East Hampton Senior Center

Press Release

The East Hampton Senior Center celebrates the 2013 National Senior Center Month throughout September with many events, programs and an open house to showcase exactly what East Hampton’s Senior Center provides for older adults (60 and over) in the community.

The theme for this celebration is “Experts at Living Well.”

The kick-off for the month-long celebration will be on Wednesday, Sept. 4, featuring Brain Games and Lunch and Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

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CT DEEP closes parts of State Forest – cites virus-carrying mosquitoes

August 27, 2013 Areawide, Arts & Entertainment Comments Off
Connecticut will conduct “ultra low-volume” ground spraying of pesticides affecting adult mosquitoes in the closed areas of Pachaug State Forest  to reduce the number of mosquitoes. Image source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Connecticut will conduct “ultra low-volume” ground spraying of pesticides affecting adult mosquitoes in the closed areas of Pachaug State Forest to reduce the number of mosquitoes. Image source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has closed areas of Pachaug State Forest to the public due to the presence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in mosquitoes that feed on humans.

Some mosquitoes carrying the EEE virus feed on horses and birds.

Pachaug State Forest is located in Voluntown, CT and is the largest state forest in Connecticut. It is a popular camping and hiking location.

Due to the discovery of mosquitoes carrying Eastern equine encephalitis, the DEEP has closed the Mt. Misery and Frog Hollow Horse campgrounds until further notice.

Signs have been posted in this portion of the forest by DEEP staff advising visitors of the closure. Click on this link for a list of alternative camping areas/outdoor recreational areas http://www.ct.gov/deep

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “EEE is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States with approximately 33 percent mortality and significant brain damage in most survivors. There is no specific treatment for EEE; care is based on symptoms.”

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Last two Explore East Hampton walks

August 27, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Coming up on Sept. Sept. 8 from 1 to 2 p.m., a tour of Lake Pocotopaug Island – meet at 11 Old Marlborough Road in East Hampton, CT.

Coming up on Sept. Sept. 8 from 1 to 2 p.m., a tour of Lake Pocotopaug Island – meet at 11 Old Marlborough Road in East Hampton, CT.

The East Hampton Parks and Recreation Department has sponsored several walks this summer with the theme of “Explore East Hampton,” and there are only two more left in the series.

The goal of the monthly walks is to introduce people – residents old and new, visitors from neighboring towns, and others – to the history and beauty of East Hampton, CT.

The walks may also spark new friendships, be a part of your goal of getting out and enjoy the outdoors more, and provide lots of tidbits for New England history buffs.

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