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Archives for September 2010

Governor M. Jodi Rell attends formal welcome home ceremony

Governor M. Jodi Rell welcomes Connecticut National Guard members home from Iraq during a ceremony on September 11.

Today, Governor M. Jodi Rell attended a formal welcome home ceremony for the Connecticut Army National Guard’s 192nd Military Police Battalion at the O’Neill Armory in Hartford.  The Niantic-based Battalion’s 122 soldiers were deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and were charged with the daily care, custody and accountability of approximately 4,000 detainees.  These detainees included former Iraqi regime members, high value criminals, and thousands of insurgents. At its peak, the Battalion managed 15 companies of almost 2000 service members, 700 Iraqi correctional officers and over 100 linguists, making it one of the largest Battalions in the Iraqi Theater of Operations.  Governor Rell awarded nine Bronze Star Medals and two Meritorious Service Medals at the ceremony.

Essex Awarded $500,000 Grant for Improvements at Essex Court Elderly Housing

ESSEX—  The town has been awarded a $500,000 federal Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant for improvements at the Essex Court elderly housing complex on Main Street in the Centerbrook section.

First Selectman Phill Miller said Friday the Essex Housing Authority first applied for the grant in 2008, and was put on a waiting list last year. Miller said the town “repackaged” its application in hopes of receiving the grant this year. “We’ve done our homework and made the case that this is a worthwhile grant,” he said.

The grant funds will be used for improvements to the baseboard electric heating system for the 36-unit complex, a new electric generator for the community room at the complex, new roof gutters for all of the units, and handicapped access Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements throughout the complex.

This is the third grant awarded for the 25-year old elderly housing complex since 2004, including a $220,000 grant for various improvements received in 2004, and a $500,000 grant awarded in 2007 for improvements that included new sidewalks and an upgraded access driveway for the complex. Work on the sidewalks and driveway was completed in 2008.

Miller, who praised the housing authority for its efforts on the grant application, said the work funded by the latest grant would begin in 2011. ‘This will help us further solidify the infrastructure there,” he said.

East Haddam Community Lions Annual Fashion Show

The East Haddam Community Lions Club will be holding its Annual Fashion Show on October 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm.   The annual fund raiser will again be held at “On the Rocks Restaurant” at the Fox Hopyard Golf Club.   This year’s theme “Day-2-Night” will feature the “Dressbarn-Middletown” presenting career and casual wear from petite to women’s sizes and the “Wedding Dress of Portland” will return again this year highlighting several formal dresses for all occasions.  Other vendors will be showcased with fashion accessories for sale. 

Come join us with family or friends at a beautiful setting for a fun-filled afternoon.  Tickets are $30 each (includes admission and lunch).  100% of the proceeds are returned to the community or to Lion sponsored projects.  Seating is limited.   Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket may call Lion Diane Bielski at 860-434-5611 or Lion Linda Lucas at 860-873-9163.

Community Music School Hosts Information Session for New Horizons Beginners Band for Adults

The Community Music School in Centerbrook will hold an information session for the New Horizons Band on Tuesday, September 14 at 10 a.m. in Studio 15 at the school located at 90 Main Street (Spencer’s Corner), Centerbrook.  Instructors will demonstrate a variety of instruments that are a part of the New Horizons Band. Participants will be available to try the instruments and learn more about the program, which is geared towards active adults in the Connecticut Valley-Shore area. 

The New Horizons Band is an entry level ensemble designed for adults who have had no prior experience with music or instruments, or those who have been away from it for many years.  The success of the program last year demonstrated the need for this type of engaging activity in our community.  There will be two sections of New Horizons this year: beginning and intermediate.  Students who qualify for the intermediate group should be able to play Level 1 and 2 standard band literature. 

For additional information about the information session or New Horizons, please call 860-767-0026 or visit www.community-music-school.org.

New Community Exhibit Space in Adams Supermarket, Deep River

On Sunday, September 12,  a  new community exhibit space will be officially opened in the newly expanded Adams Supermarket on Main Street in Deep River.  The opening will take place at 9:00 a.m.

The first exhibit will be photographs from a contest sponsored by the Architectural Heritage Committee of the Deep River Historical Society and representing the work of Chris LeQuire’s photography classes at Valley Regional High School. The original exhibit was mounted by Mark Giuliano at the Carriage House. The winners of the contest are clearly marked, and the images represent the beginning of a project which hopefully will result in a book documenting the more than 70 houses in Deep River which are at least 100 years old. 

Three groups worked collaboratively to establish this new exhibit space: Jeff Pringle representing Adams, Laura Hilton representing the Fine Arts Department at Valley Regional High School, and Peter Howard representing the Design Advisory Board of the town of Deep River and they will serve as the prime contacts for each. The Art Department of Valley Regional will provide and install exhibits three or four times a year. The Design Advisory Board may occasionally recommend an exhibit from an individual or an organization in the community as well.

The village of Deep River is blessed with many beautiful and historic homes. These houses serve as testimonials of Deep River’s colorful history: center chimney capes from the settlement days, classic colonials, stately federals, and Victorians from the days of the piano key factory.

“Autumn on the Dock” Fundraiser to Celebrate National Senior Center Month

September is National Senior Center Month and the Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. (ECSI) is celebrating.  They have recently opened their doors to all residents in the nine-town estuary region who are age 50 and older.  “Baby Boomers”, who probably don’t feel like seniors, can take advantage of the activities, trips, and diverse programs in the community, mostly free of charge.  They can shoot pool, have a cooked-to-order breakfast 6 days a week, join an exercise group, the painting class, play ping pong, Wii bowling, join the book chats and many other activities. Most of the programs are free of charge or just a suggested donation. 

September is also the time when the Estuary Council of Seniors hold their signature event “Autumn on the Dock” at the Dock & Dine restaurant, Old Saybrook and will take place on September 26th from 5-8 pm. 

The evening will include live and silent auctions, wine tasting  and hors d’oeuvres, and will benefit the Meals on Wheels and Senior Nutrition Programs.  The Estuary Council of Seniors is the sole provider of meals on wheels to homebound seniors in the nine-town estuary region and Madison.  Last year they delivered more than 64,000 meals. 

ECSI is generously supported by the following sponsors: Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Middlesex Hospital, J.H.Cohn, LLC, Essex Savings Bank, Gentiva Homecare, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, The Wine Cask, Guilford Savings Bank, SafetyZone, Underwater Construction, Shoreline Quick Lube, Essex Meadows, Roberts Physical Therapy, Middlesex Hospital Homecare, Reid & Reige, P.C.

Tickets for the event are $40.  For further details call 860 388-1611 or visit www.ecsenior.org.

Governor Rell Asks State Residents to Observe Moment of Silence on September 11

To mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America, Governor M. Jodi Rell is asking state residents to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. on Saturday, the time the first hijacked airliner crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City nine years ago. 

 The Governor also directed that U.S. and State of Connecticut flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise through sundown on September 11. (U.S. and State of Connecticut flags are already at half staff to honor the memory of Connecticut State Police Trooper Kenneth Hall, who was killed September 2 in a motor vehicle accident while on duty.  Trooper Hall’s funeral takes place on September 10.)

Governor Rell has proclaimed September 11, 2010, a Day of Remembrance in Connecticut  (See Proclamation below).

Governor Rell led an official state service at the Living Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park memorial in Westport on September 7.  The memorial honors the 156 people with Connecticut ties who died on September 11, 2001.






Essex to Pursue Ivoryton Village Wastewater Management Study

ESSEX— The town is expected to use its own funds to complete a preliminary study of wastewater disposal options in the Ivoryton village area.
The board of selectmen last week endorsed an expenditure of up to $7,000 to pay for a study by engineers with Fuss & O’Neill of Manchester to analyze options, including potential sites, for a community septic system that would serve several properties in Ivoryton village. The funding appropriation, which goes to the board of finance for final approval at it’s Sept. 16 meeting, was requested by the water pollution control authority, with support form the planning commission.
A separate study coordinated by the planning commission  last year had determined that wastewater disposal was a major factor limiting economic development in the Ivoryton village area.
Cheryl Haase, staff clerk for the WPCA, said the total cost of the study is $15,800. The panel had expected state funds to cover most of the cost of the study, but learned earlier this year that state funding was not available. Haase said the town had $9,408 remaining in an account that was created in the 1990s for wastewater management issues in the downtown Essex village area.
Haase said the town also has $38,408 remaining from funding that was set aside for the now completed closure of the town’s former septic lagoons off Dump Road. She suggested a portion of that money could be transferred for the Ivoryton Village study.
Haase said the study would analyze water usage and soils testing data to develop a “short list” of properties that could be potential feasible sites for a possible future community septic system that would serve several commercial and residential properties in the Ivoryton village area. The study would not pay for extensive onsite testing of specific properties, a step that could occur in the future.

Creative Scarecrows Wanted for Essex FestiFall

The Second Annual Scarecrow FestiFall, scheduled to return to Essex this October 9, is looking for a few good scarecrows like this blushing mermaid who turned heads and welcomed visitors to last year’s event.

The Essex Board of Trade has announced plans for the return of last year’s extremely popular scarecrow display and Columbus Day Weekend celebration that attracted and entertained thousands of area residents and visitors alike.  Once again, creatively-themed scarecrows made by individuals and businesses will fill lamp posts, lawns, and benches along the village streets of Essex, Centerbrook, and Ivoryton during the month of October while music, games, food, contests, and big screen fun will take place at the FestiFall on Saturday, October 9. 
All are encouraged to contribute a scarecrow to the display and are invited to attend “how to” workshops for special tips and hands-on assistance in crafting a scarecrow.  The first workshop, sponsored by the Essex Library, will be held on Friday, September 24 at the Centerbrook Meeting House located at 51 Main Street in Centerbrook from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Bring your own materials or you can purchase a kit including a frame and straw for $15.  The second workshop will be sponsored by and held at Gather located at 104 Main Street in Ivoryton on Friday, October 1.  Please call 860-767-7816 for time and details.  All scarecrow entries must be dropped off no later than Wednesday, October 6 at J.Alden Clothiers located at 17 Main Street in Essex Village.  
On Saturday, October 9, the FestiFall celebration will kick off at 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Pratt House located on West Avenue near Essex Town Hall.  Games, food, music, raffle prizes, a pie contest, scarecrow contest and a special big screen presentation of The Wizard of Oz will provide plenty of fun for the whole family.  Admission is free.  A portion of food and raffle ticket sale proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer Research.  The rain date is Saturday, October 16. 
For more information on Essex Scarecrow FestiFall activities and events, go to www.essexct.com.

Valley-Shore YMCA Swim Team Produces State Champion

State Champion Peter Fuchs

For the second consecutive year, the Valley-Shore YMCA Marlins Swim team has produced a state champion. A credit to coach Pat Callahan and the coaching staff, twelve members of the Marlins Swim Team qualified to represent the team in 32 events at Age Group Championships held at the Wesleyan University pool in Middletown July 30 – August 1.   Age Group Championships serve as the Connecticut state championship for those athletes under the age of 19 competing in events segregated by age group.

Peter Fuchs won the state championship in the 50 meter breaststroke event for the 11-12 age group in a time of 37.14 seconds. Peter also finished second the 200 meter breaststroke and third in the 100 meter breaststroke.  Peter’s performances qualified him to go on to the Eastern Zone Championships held in Rockville, Maryland. Eastern Zone Championships brings together the top athletes from states on the east coast from Maine to Virginia. In Rockville, Peter improved his 50 meter breaststroke again, swimming a time of 36.42 seconds, and ranking 9th in the zone. Peter also enjoyed joining other top Connecticut swimmers in a relay which finished 5th in the zone.

The Marlins are currently welcoming new swimmers to join the team for the short course season. Tryouts will be held September 13 or 14 at 5:30-6:30pm, and practices start on September 16.

Marlins registration forms and further information about this team are available on www.vsymca.org. Otherwise, please contact Aquatic Director Heather Husted at 860-399-9622, ext 14.

Chester Planning and Zoning Sets Public Hearing on Organic Market

CHESTER— The planning and zoning commission has scheduled a public hearing, Thursday September 9, on a special permit application for an organic market in a vacant building at 56 Middlesex Avenue.

The public hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House on Liberty Street. The panel will also hold public hearings on a special permit application for a Jazzercise studio in vacant space at 3 Inspiration Lane, and a proposed two-lot resubdivision of a 16.75-acre parcel at 49 Wig Hill Road.

Local resident Peter Kehayias is the applicant for the organic market at the property owned by 56 Middlesex Avenue LLC of Cromwell. The vacant building, which most recently housed a bycycle repair shop, is located on the east side of Middlesex Avenue, also known as Route 154, directly across from the intersection with Main Street. Kehayias proposes to sell locally-grown organic produce, including meats and fish, and speciality items.

The proposed Organic Market at Chester would also have an area with “cafe-style seating for 12 to 25 customers.”  The plans call for 19 parking spaces, 17 regular spaces and two handicapped spaces.

Jazzercise currently operates in Deep River, offering classes in exercise and health-related topics. Classes would be held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the morning, and evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with some Saturday classes. The proposed location is at 3 Inspiration Lane, in a complex owned by the Chester Group LLC.

The proposed resubdivision calls for creating a new 5.43-acre building lot from a parcel at 49 Wig Hill Road owned by Bruce and Mary Rayner. The existing house on the parcel would remain on an 11.3-acre lot. Local zoning regulations require a public hearing for resubdivisions.

Deep River Public Library Book & Bake Sale

Deep River Public Library will be holding their Fall Book and Bake Sale on Deep River’s Family Day, Saturday September 18 from 9am to 3pm, sponsored by the Friends of Deep River Public Library. The event will take place on the grounds of the library and admission is free.  There will be many activities for the family and some great bargains.  All proceeds will go to the library.  For further details contact Ann Paietta at  friendsdrpl@gmail.com or call (860) 526-6039.

Nibbles: Salmon Nicoise at Bee & Thistle

Bee & Thistle Inn
100 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371

I got a nice phone call from Linnea Rufo as few Fridays ago, asking if I’d come down to the Bee & Thistle to have dinner with her and her husband, David. So I took a shower and washed my hair, put on a little makeup, got just a little spiffed up and drove down to the inn.

These days I like to eat a salad, a small entrée and maybe a glass of wine. What to eat, I said rhetorically. Linnea suggested the salmon Nicoise from the Bantam Plates, about half the size of a regular entrée. We also shared an order of green eggs and ham (hard-boiled eggs deviled with fresh garden chile sauce topped with Parma prosciutto, which was delicious. But the entrée was more than a miniature: The perfectly salmon, crusted with fennel and served with roasted tomatoes and white balsamic vinaigrette, along with tiny slivers of hard-boiled eggs and great olives. The entree was plenty big enough and cost just $13. I’ll be back in just a few days to eat it again.

Lee White, a local resident, has been writing about restaurants and cooking since 1976 and has been extensively published in the Worcester (Mass.) Magazine, The Day, Norwich Bulletin, and Hartford Courant.  She currently writes Nibbles and a cooking column called A La Carte for the Times and Shore Publishing newspapers, and Elan, a quarterly magazine, all of which are now owned by The Day. 

Talking Transportation: Why Hartford Hates the Gold Coast

I was watching CT-N the other night (my favorite reality TV channel) as the members of the CPTC (Citizens Public Transportation Commission) were meeting for an incredibly boring discussion the state’s transit woes.  But toward the end of the meeting, my ears perked up as one of the 80+ year old members started on a rant.

“Our next Governor is going to be ‘gold plated,’” he said.  “He’ll come from Fairfield County, the Gold Coast, so heaven help us!”

Not even the lone member of the Commission from Fairfield County dared challenge this crazy assumption that a Governor from the ultra-affluent downstate region would do anything but spend to help Fairfield County while ignoring the rest of the state.

Which got me thinking:  Why does everyone upstate mistrust us, we who live on the Gold Coast?

Years ago, when I used to journey to Hartford for my annual appeal to the legislature’s Transportation Committee to invest in new rail cars for Metro-North, I could feel and hear the resentment.  Then-Committee Chairman, Senator Billy Ciotto ( D – Wethersfield) would excoriated my testimony, once saying “You people on the Gold Coast can buy your own damn trains!”

Even the CT Rail Commuter Council’s long-time member from Guilford (Shore Line East territory), an otherwise learned and reasonable man, says that Fairfield County isn’t the “real Connecticut.”  Oh, really?
Consider the facts:

WE PAY THE TAXES: Forty-plus percent of all the taxes collected in this state come from Fairfield County.  Something like 15% of the state’s total collections come from Greenwich, New Canaan and Darien alone.
Without Fairfield County taxes, upstate residents’ tax rates would soar.

BUT WE DON’T GET THE BENEFITS:      Though we pay most of the taxes, we get almost nothing back in return.  Towns like Darien get back 1 cent for every dollar sent to Hartford.  One cent!  Who’s gold plating the roads in Wethersfield?  We are.

WE’RE NOT ALL MILLIONAIRES: Sure, there are some affluent families living along the Gold Coast?  But our state’s most populous and poorest city, Bridgeport, is here too.   I’d guess there are far more people living in poverty in Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich than in West Hartford or Farmington.

WE’RE THE VICTIMS OF TRANSIT NEGLECT: Who suffers more from traffic congestion than those who drive I-95 through Fairfield County?  And who pays the highest commuter rail fares in the US, but Metro-North riders?  Our rail cars are older than most passengers and our highways show the scars of decades of neglect.

So for those people who live north of the Merritt Parkway (the Mason – Dixon line of state politics), get over yourselves and stop portraying us as free-spending fat cats living not in Connecticut but some annex of New York City.

Connecticut’s next Governor will come from Fairfield County.  And that’s a good thing.  Who knows more about what happens when you don’t invest in your highways and trains?

Maybe the shiny new commuter rail from New Haven to Springfield (which we’ll all be heavily subsidizing) can learn from Metro-North’s mistakes.  Maybe a new Governor can extend Shore Line East from Old Saybrook beyond New London to Mystic, Stonington and even Rhode Island, turning local rail critics into passengers.

To her credit, Brookfield’s Jodi Rell has served our entire state’s interests as Governor, especially in funding improved mass transit state-wide, not just in her own home town.  And I have every confidence that Dan Malloy or Tom Foley will be Governor of all of Connecticut, upstate and down, from the Quiet Corner to, yes, even the Gold Coast.

JIM CAMERON has been a commuter out of Darien for 19 years.  He is Chairman of the CT Metro-North / Shore Line East Rail Commuter Council, and a member of the Coastal Corridor TIA and the Darien RTM.  Read his column on LymeLine every other Monday.  You can reach him at Cameron06820@gmail.com or www.trainweb.org/ct .

High Hopes ‘Hoedown’ is Next Saturday

Preston Franz and his country band, Hellbent and Heartbreakin', will be the lead band at Saturday's Hoedown at High Hopes.

The 2nd Annual High Hopes Hoedown is set for next Saturday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the 120 acre site of the High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center in Old Lyme, Conn. 

The Hoedown is a fun family event that includes a delicious Outback Steakhouse barbeque picnic supper, music from Preston Franz and his country band Hellbent and Heartbreakin’, and great family games and competitions.

Local corporate sponsors are building teams for contests such as hay bale tosses, and wheel barrel relay races.  In addition, local fire departments will face off in challenges that show off their firefighting skills for the audience to cheer on.

Face painting, jewelry making and dressing up in a costume for a zany photo shoot are just a few more of the fun, hands-on activities for all ages.

The outdoor schedule will be capped off with demonstrations of therapeutic horseback riding, the foundation of High Hopes.

The High Hopes Hoedown will benefit the mission and programs of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding.  This year’s event welcomes back New London’s Lawrence & Memorial Hospital as the feature event sponsor.

Other leading sponsors include: Guilford Savings Bank, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Citizens Bank, media sponsor 97.7 Continuous Country and Classic Hits 98.7, and brand and communications sponsor, Outthink.

Dinner sponsor, Outback Steak House, returns to provide a delicious barbeque supper for all attendees.

Returning event emcees are Cathy Poulin from Bob’s Discount Furniture and local impresario Ken Kitchings.

A raffle will drawn with a Grand First Prize of a $2,000 Gift Certificate redeemable at Bob’s Discount Furniture.  The Second
Prize is a Vermont Ski Vacation for up to four people in a luxurious Castle Rock Condo, near Okemo Mountain and the
Third Prize is a hand-painted blue and white ceramic tile wall plaque.  Click here to view a listing of more raffle prizes.

$10 Raffle Tickets are now available at High Hopes or at Southern Exposure, Westbrook & Mystic. They will also be available at High Hopes during the Hoedown.

The High Hopes Hoedown will offer a day of wholesome family fun for volunteers, participants and the community at large, with the goal of raising awareness and revenue for the High Hopes organization.  “We expect to draw over 500 people, and we’re always looking for involvement from additional community members,” remarked Executive Director Kitty Stalsburg.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for children aged 6 to 12 and free for under 6’s. Click here to purchase tickets online.

High Hopes is one of the oldest and largest therapeutic riding centers in the United States, operating since 1974 and accredited by NARHA (formerly the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) since 1979.  High Hopes primarily serves the citizens of Southeastern Connecticut, delivering more than 7,300 horsemanship lessons per year to children and adults with disabilities.

Assisted by over 570 volunteers and a herd of 25 horses specifically trained for therapeutic riding, High Hopes is committed to providing the highest quality of services to the community.  Of the more than 730 programs that are members of NARHA, High Hopes is one of only six centers in the United States approved by NARHA to provide their training courses in therapeutic riding instruction and has trained over 170 instructors from all over the world.

High Hopes is located at 36 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

For further information, contact Sara Qua, Director of Development at 860-434-1974 x22 or squa@highhopestr.org

Chester Rotary Lobster Festival

The Rotary Club of Chester will host its 40th Annual Lobster Festival at the Chester Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 11 starting at 5:00 PM.

The event will be highlighted by classic double entree dinners featuring Twin Lobster, Twin Steak, or Surf and Turf.  Traditional sides include Corn on the Cob, Baked Potato, Cole Slaw and Rolls.  Soft drinks, bottled water, draft beer and wine will be available for sale throughout the night.   The bands Bittersweet Harmony, Flying Blind & Second Chance will entertain participants with classic tunes until the festival closes at 10:30 pm.

Admission is $40 in advance (by September 5), or $45 for at the gate.  Single entree dinners are $30 and $35.  Children’s hot dog meal tickets will be available at the gate for $5.  Purchase tickets from any Chester Rotarian, Selected Chester Merchants (Hammered Edge LLC Studio & Gallery, Chester Bottle Shop, Chester Package Store, Century 21 Heritage Co., Squiggy’s Lakeside and Chrisholm Marina) or call Bill at 860-526-3672.  

For more data visit the Chester Rotary website:  http://www.ChesterRotary.org/lobsterfestival.html.

Chester Rotarians are dedicated to providing funding and service to local, national and international charitable organizations.  All proceeds from this event support these causes.

“Earth and Sky” Open Auditions in Chester

The Meeting House Players of Chester will be ho0lding open auditions for their upcoming production of Douglas Post’s film noir style mystery “Earth and Sky”.  The auditions will be held at the Meeting House located at 4 Liberty Street in Chester, CT at 7pm on September 8th and September 10th.   “Earth and Sky” is a poetic thriller about a would-be poet and part-time librarian named Sara McKeon who’s lover of ten weeks, David Ames, is found dead one hot August morning in the city of Chicago.  It appears that David, owner and manager of an expensive art-deco restaurant, may have been involved in several illicit activities including kidnapping, rape and murder.  Unable to believe the man she gave her heart to was a killer, and outraged that the police seemed to have closed the book on the case, Sara begins her own investigation of the crime and is led deeper and deeper through an urban labyrinth into a contemporary underworld.  As the detective story moves forward in time, scenes from the love affair take us back to the moment when Sara and David first met.  Finally the plots converge and Sara finds herself face to face with the person who murdered her beloved. 

The cast includes six men, late 20’s to mid 50’s, and three women, early 20’s to mid 40’s.   Directed by Debbie Alldredge, the production dates will be October 29 & 30 and November 5, 6, 12 & 13.   Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script.   For additional information contact Debbie Alldredge at 860-526-3684 or at Deb@DebAlldredge.com.

“Three Cups of Tea” at Chester Library

Images of Pakistan’s people and places taken by Keith Dauer during his travels in the area and a sampling of regional foods will set the stage for a discussion of Greg Mortenson’s inspiring story, ‘Three Cups of Tea’ at Chester Library on September 16.  Chester residents and history teachers Sandy and Keith Dauer will lead this intergenerational program which begins at 6:30 p.m.

 This is one of a series of programs being held as part of Tri-Town Youth Service’s effort urging everyone from elementary school on up to get “On the Same Page” by reading and talking about the same book.  From the picture book, Listen to the Wind, and junior version of Three Cups of Tea, written for 6-8th graders, to audio recordings and large print, there is a version or format of this story for every reader.

 Please call Chester Library at 860-526-0018 to obtain a copy or to register for this program.  The library is located at 21 West Main Street in Chester, CT.

 For Additional Information Contact:  Linda Fox, Chester Public Library, 860-526-0018 or by e-mail at chesterctlibrary@yahoo.com

“Carnival” at Goodspeed Offers a Magical Ride

Lili (Lauren Worsham) and the ensemble in "Yes, My Heart."

The “Carnival” is back in town.  No, not the typical country fair carnival.  “Carnival,” the 1961 musical by famed “Funny Girl” composer Bob Merrill, is onstage entertaining audiences night after night at the Goodspeed Opera House.  The original Broadway production starred Anna Maria Alberghetti and Jerry Orbach.

Based on the 1953 Leslie Caron movie “Lili”, “Carnival” tells the story of a young French orphan, who goes off to the circus and finds herself caught in a love triangle.

During the pre-show, the open set is darkly lit, but provides an old world charm.  There is a backdrop of a pier with a cloudy sky (by the show’s end, this cloudy sky will turn into a golden sunset).  A brick wall frames the backdrop, along with metal beams that will later hold up the circus tent.  Lights are strung throughout the stage and into the balcony areas of the audience.  This production is set in the aftermath and shadow of World War II.

“Carnival” is entertaining from the moment the metaphorical curtain goes up — unfortunately, there is no traditional curtain.  This version has also cut the overture. 

“Direct from Vienna”, sung by the entire cast (with the exception of Lili), introduces the audience to the circus and its  different types of performers.  The tune is memorable.

Lauren Worsham portrays Lili, who at first is giggly and naïve, but eventually grows up and finds out the realities of true love.  She finds herself in a world above her head: the grand Cirque de Paris.  Lili tries very hard to assimilate herself into the circus world, but she fails.  The other circus performers see her as a nuisance.

Lili meets Paul's puppets.

Worsham’s sweet soprano is delightful, especially in the songs, “Mira,” (the name of the town where Lili grew up, first sung with happiness and its reprise with nostalgic sadness) and, “Yes, My Heart,” (in which she learns she received a job at the circus. A wonderful touch is when Lili is thrust up on a trapeze by one of the circus performers.)  The most memorable song of Lili’s is, “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round,” which she sings to comfort one of Paul’s puppets.  Lili is delightful during the puppet show (“Yum Ticky Ticky Tum Tum”, “Beautiful Candy”, “And We’re Rich”).

Lili (Lauren Worsham) teaches Paul (Adam Monley) that "Love Makes the World Go Round" in Carnival! at Goodspeed.

Adam Monley portrays Paul, the troubled puppeteer. He is a former World War II veteran and a dancer, who had to stop due to his leg injury.  Paul took up a job at the circus as a puppeteer.  His act is often accompanied by his optimistic and dreamer friend, Jacquot (played by Nathan Klau, whose song, “Cirque de Paris,” showed how much the character really is a dreamer).

Paul uses his act to attract Lili to him.  He hides behind the curtain of the puppet show and does not want to reveal his true personality.  Monley is very talented, especially when voicing each of the different puppets (especially Carrot Top, the  red-headed clown and Henry, a walrus who doesn’t want to be called a “seal.”).

Monley’s strong tenor voice suits the role, especially in the songs, “I’ve Got to Find a Reason,” (he doesn’t want to stay in the circus anymore) and, “Her Face.” 

There is another song titled, “Everybody likes You,”, in which Paul sings about how no one likes him and everyone loves the puppets. This was also very well done because Paul makes the puppet “comfort him.”

Paul’s monologue song in Act II, “Her Face, shows longing and Monley uses his hands to outline Lili’s face in the air.  Paul’s love for Lili was tangible, but he isn’t sure how to show it.  Lili knew more about Paul from his puppets than Paul himself.

One wishes that Paul and Lili would have more stage time together, but Paul has a dual personality as himself and the puppets. At the end of the show, Paul shows his kindness to Lili and tells her that his sense of humor and personality he shows with the puppets is his true self (and the person he wants to be).

Like a fairytale, they walk off into the sunset together.

Marco the Magnificent iis portrayed by David Engel. Marco is an arrogant, womanizing magician who tries to lure Lili to him (and his act). Paul sees Marco’s insincere ways. Marco is accompanied by his “incomparable” assistant, Rosalie, an aging, but beautiful diva who will marry someone in “Zurick”, Switzerland (played by Michelle Blakely, whose sung “Humming”, gives the audience a huge laugh).

Lili (on trapeze) and ensemble in "Beautiful Candy."

The small, but talented ensemble of circus performers and trapeze artists makes the show fun to watch, especially during the real “carnival” (a show within a show). They provide the backbone of the show. Real life acrobats were suspended above the stage, entertaining the audience. Jacqot’s number “Cirque de Paris Ballet” included many Moulin Rouge-esque dances from the cast.

“Carnival” is a gem of a musical that should be performed more often.  Like a real “carnival”, this show is not in town forever, so catch it quick … it before it closes! 

Editor’s Note:  All photos by Diane Sobolewski.  “Carnival” will be performed nightly at Goodspeed Opera House through Sept. 18.  For tickets and information, call 860-873-8668 or visit www.goodspeed.org.

CT Watchdog: Customer Service

When I judge a company’s customer service, I look not only at the number and kinds of complaints, but at how the firms respond.

 All companies make mistakes, employees have bad days, and there can be communication problems.

 But once someone at the top is made aware of a problem, it needs to be resolved real soon to get an A from me.

 The following are two examples of companies that deserve praise for the way they have handled complaints:

 Mike Bennett of Windsor Locks wrote to me about a beef he had with Puritan Furniture of West Hartford.

 Bennett  paid $2,000 for what the saleswoman promised was a large, well-built reclining sofa with a matching loveseat two years ago. A month later, a clip that had held a spring failed. Puritan sent a repairman out and fixed it. Sixteen months later the stitching began to unravel on one of the footrests, and then the recliner mechanism wouldn’t work.

 “Unfortunately, the sofas have only a one-year warranty on labor. Puritan does not fix sofas, nor do they involve themselves in the process, instead they give you the phone number for someone that does,” Bennett wrote me in his complaint. “I called the repairman and I was told that it was going to cost us $40 just to have someone come look at it, we would then have to pay even more on top of that to have them fix it. I realize that this is not the repairman’s problem and that he surely deserves to be paid for his time, but we do not have hundreds of dollars to spend on fixing our new couch.”

 “The people at Puritan were completely unbending when it came to offering any help. They are your best friend when selling you the furniture, but boy are things different when there is a problem! You’re on your own then,” he wrote asking for my advice.

 I looked up Puritan on the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org) site and saw that the company, which has been in business for more than 70 years, had only a few complaints filed against it and had the highest possible rating.

 I suggested to Bennett that he write to the president of the company, Bruce Singer, and to give him a chance to make amends.

 “Well, as I expected, your advice was spot-on! I got a phone call from Mr. Singer and he was very pleasant with me. He apologized for my troubles and offered to replace the mechanisms on both sides of the couch, plus fix the stitching in the footrest, all at no charge,” Bennett wrote me.

 Town Fair Tire stores have an excellent reputation for customer service. My friend Denis Horgan recently had a relative visiting at his West Hartford home. The relative’s car had flat tire and Horgan, our travel blogger on CtWatchdog.com, took him to the West Hartford store. For $4.95, they fixed the flat; no charge for the two coffees Horgan had.

 But that is not the experience that Kevin and Melanie Logan of Colchester had at the Norwich store. The Logans, longtime customers, say they had a terrible encounter on July 30th when the two complained about wear on their tires.  They said they got into an argument with the staff and were treated rudely by an employee when they asked for a partial refund, which was denied.

 The couple wrote a letter to the company president:

 “You need to seriously consider sending in someone qualified to re-train your staff, because this behavior is unacceptable and we simply cannot be the only ones to have been abused by him or others in this location before. I would not be able to rest if I did not bring this to your attention as I not only felt like I was being verbally abused, but his physical demeanor was threatening as well. If I were there alone, without my husband, I would have been not only shocked, but also scared for my own well being. He was menacing, simple as that. He would not provide us with his last name… however he did wear a ring with skulls on it if that helps,” the couple wrote.

 No one responded so the couple asked me for my advice. I contacted Rich Allen, customer service coordinator in East Haven, who conceded that the letter did not reach the president. But he quickly reacted, apologized to the Logans for their experience, and offered them a refund much larger than is provided by the firm’s warranty.

 Frankly, I think the Logans are still so furious that they won’t be back to Town Fair, but I would recommend the company to anyone that asked.

You can reach The Watchdog at George@connecticutwatchdog.com and he will answer as many emails as he can. Please check out his site, www.ctwatchdog.com for comprehensive consumer, health, finance, media, internet, computer, travel and education tips.

Eleanor Miglio 9/3/10

View obituary courtesy of The Hartford Courant

Essex Selectmen Set September 20 Hearing and Vote on Anti-Blight Ordinance

ESSEX— After months of on and off discussion, the board of selectmen has scheduled a Sept. 20 public hearing and town meeting vote on a local anti-blight ordinance.

The public hearing convenes at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at town hall.  First Selectman Phil Miller said the current plan is to open the town meeting and vote on the ordinance immediately after the conclusion of the public hearing.
 Miller said the vote could be deferred to another date if comments at the public hearing indicate residents are not comfortable with any aspect of the proposed ordinance. “They could send us back to the drawing board and there would be no vote that night,” he said.

The board began discussing a possible anti-blight ordinance last winter after complaints from property owners about three houses that have remained standing for months after sustaining severe damage from fires.The proposed ordinance was drafted by town attorney David Royston after a review of anti-blight ordinances in other Connecticut municipalities.

The purpose of the proposed ordinance is to “prevent or eliminate blighted premises” in Essex. It defines a blighted structure as one the town building official determines poses “a serious threat to public health and safety,” and contains “violations of the Connecticut Public Health Code” as determined by the town’s health director. A blighted structure could also be “a fire hazard as determined by the fire marshall or documentsed by fire department records.” The ordinance would prohibit blighted structures as a “public nuisance.”

Formal complaints about a blighted structure must be presented in writing to the first selectman, building official, fire marshall, health director or zoning enforcement officer.

If there is a determination that blighted conditions exist at a structure, town officials would then issue a notice of violation to the property owner. The notice of violation would include a description of the violations, and a deadline of no more than 15 days after the notice of violation is issued for correction of the blighted conditions. The deadline for compliance could be extended for up to 60 days by the first selectman or his or her designee.

Property owners would have an opportunity to appeal a notice of violation to the board of selectmen. The board of selectmen is authorized “but under no circumstances is required” to take remedial action to correct a blighted structure, including initiation of legal proceedings in superior court to recover all costs incurred by the town, “including reasonable attorney’s fees,” to correct a blighted structure situation.

The ordinance provides for fines of $100 per day for violations, and authorizes the town to impose liens on properties to recover costs incurred in resolving a blighted structure violation.

During discussion of the proposed ordinance earlier this year. Royston had cautioned the selectmen that the town could be unable to recover all costs incurred in correcting a blighted structure situation if a property owner lacks the assets to cover the costs. The provision for leins on parcels could allow the town to recover expenses if and when the property is sold.

Jazz Program for students aged 8-18 years

The Community Music School in Centerbrook is now offering jazz educational opportunities that reach a wider student age group. Auditions will be held on September 11th from 10 am until noon for two program age groups, both of which will start on Saturday September 18th.

Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Tom Briggs for student ages 13-18, is accepting instrumental students, specifically brass, who are intermediate though advanced in level. This performing ensemble has a repertoire that covers 80 years of jazz styles from early traditional through modern day. Developing skill in jazz improvisation is emphasized and the musical arrangements are tailored to the proficiency level of each member.

Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Russ Becker is for beginning students ages 8-12. The format will be a workshop-ensemble for instrumentalists who are interested in developing basic skills used in jazz performance, such as jazz rhythms, articulation, and phrasing. The basic techniques for improvisation and creative musical dialogue will be taught. Motivated students who enjoy playing and listening to music will have fun being part of this weekly ensemble.

In addition to Jazz, Community Music School offers ensembles for Strings, Flute, and Voice. A complete list of private instruction and group offerings is available online at www.community-music-school.org, by calling the Executive Director, Robin Andreoli at 860-767-0026 or visiting Community Music School Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm at 90 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT.

Valley Regional Music Productions Needs a Flying Car!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the movie-turned-stage-hit will be next spring’s musical production by Valley Regional Music Productions.  “I’d seen the show and was thrilled when the rights became available”, says Ingrid Walsh, Valley Regional Music Production’s Producer/Director. “I could see it being exactly the kind of family-friendly musical that’s always been a great hit for us at Valley”, Walsh says.

But there’s just one hitch; how to build that flying car. And that’s why Ingrid Walsh is putting out a call for help to the community. “There’s got to someone with engineering  or design skills, or a set design background, that can help us out. We’re looking for ideas, old parts, hydraulic lifts – just any way to make this car appear to fly. Hobbyists, amateur mechanics – whoever would like to help, we’d love to hear from. We can’t use a real car, because that wouldn’t work on stage. It’s got to be a smaller, model version, which five people can fit into. And we need to be able to raise it, tilt it left or right, and point it up and down.”

The show, which will run the weekend of March 25-27th, is Ms. Walsh’s 14th production at the high school. Anyone who’d like to help make Valley Regional’s car fly is urged to contact Ingrid Walsh via Valley Regional High School, at 860-526-5328, or via email at ingpilot@comcast.net.  Companies or individuals who contribute their efforts will get credit in the program, along with the satisfaction of being a part of making this “fantasmagorical” show happen for the kids and the community.

Barn Celebration during ‘Come Home to Chester Weekend’.

Chester native, Diane Lindsay, photographed many of Chester's old barns for the CT Barn Survey. Her photos will be among those exhibited at the Chester Museum at The Mill beginning Sept. 17.

For centuries, farming was a major component of life in Chester. Today there are still barns, and animals, and harvests reminding us of our past.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, during Come Home to Chester Weekend, two of Chester’s nonprofit organizations – the Historical Society and the Land Trust – are hosting a celebration of barns followed by a harvest dinner in the Chester Meeting House on Goose Hill Road. The event is free and open to the public.

The Historical Society’s Barn Celebration starts at 3 p.m. Chester’s Scouts will raise a small post and beam structure on the town green (or indoors, in case of rain). Everyone is invited to watch and learn. They’ll hear how round trees were turned into square posts and, using early woodworking techniques, they can make the wooden pegs that fasten posts and beams together. The holes for the wooden pegs or “tree nails” used to be made with large augers (Chester had more than a dozen small factories that made augers), and people are invited to try their hand at boring holes.  People are also invited to try their hand at splitting out roof shingles (just the thing needed to protect the barn’s structural frame).

Chester resident Doreen Bickford will bring her sheep and will demonstrate carding and spinning wool.

Beginning at 4 p.m., Todd Levine, the architectural historian who is directing the Connecticut Barn Survey for the CT Trust for Historic Preservation, will give a program about the history of barn types in Connecticut and the importance of their preservation. Chester’s own Barn Survey will be included in his talk. Then Billy Cadley, who builds post and beam structures and recently built the barn at the corner of Rtes. 145 and 148, will speak about his experiences in barn building, the materials and where they come from, new and old tools, and technologies that he uses.

There will be time for questions and answers.

At the conclusion of the barn program, tables will be set for the potluck Harvest Supper, hosted by the Chester Land Trust. Bring a dish to share from your garden or a meat dish or dessert to share. Bring your own beverages and service and enjoy the evening at an old-fashioned supper of home-grown foods.

 Leading into the Sept. 18th events, on Friday, Sept. 17, the Chester Museum at The Mill at 9 West Main Street will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. during Come Home to Chester night with an exhibit of farm tools and articles on loan from the Chester Fair Association, and original paintings and photographs of Chester barns, all created by Chester artists. The artwork will be available for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. 

For more information, go to www.ChesterHistoricalSociety.org or call 860-526-2331.

Run Local / Read Local 5K Road and Trail Run

A 5K road and trail run/walk race  – Wear a costume and win a prize

The Ivoryton Library is planning a Run Local/Read Local 5k Road and Trail Run/Walk Race on Saturday, October 23, 2010. The race will start in front of the Ivoryton Library at 9 a.m. and will go through beautiful Ivoryton. This benefit for the Library will be fun for families, walkers and runners from this area and across Connecticut.  The striking fall colors will compliment the historic sites of Ivoryton and the Sculpture Mile included in the route as it heads one mile down Main Street and into Falls River Farms.  It will then continue one mile on the trails of Falls River Land Trust Preserve and return back to Ivoryton Park.

There will also be a “Pumpkin Run” in Ivoryton Park  at 8:45 a.m. for children 8 years & under. All Pumpkin Runners will be given a pumpkin that can be painted after their race.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. for all walkers and runners. Awards will be given to the top male and female 5k runners, the top male and female 5K walkers, top 2 male & female runners in 10 year age groups (no duplicates), and the best Halloween costume, male and female. 

ENTRY FEE:  (IF POSTMARKED BY OCT. 15, 2010): $23-5K WALK or RUN  AFTER OCT. 15, 2010:  $25 FOR THE 5K RUN / WALK

PUMPKIN RUN: $5 per child.

The first 100 entrants for the 5k will be given tee-shirts.

Parking for the participants will be available in the lot across from the Ivoryton Playhouse. 

Please join us in creating a successful and memorable event for this community so that we may look forward each year to a fall run in Ivoryton.

Any Questions or to Volunteer, contact Cathy Bishop at 860-767-0354 or cbishop56@sbcglobal.net. Applications are available on the Ivoryton Library website (www.ivoryton.com) or at the Library.  Please make checks or money orders payable to the Ivoryton Library.

Third Annual Antique & Classic Car Show Returns to Essex on September 18


This 1959 Jaguar Mark 1 Saloon is just one of the many rare and classic cars that will be on display at the show

The Essex Automobile Club will host its 3rd Annual Antique and Classic Car Show on Saturday, September 18, 2010.  The show has become a highlight of the early fall season here in the lovely River Valley town of Essex.   Antique and classic cars from around the area will be on display at Hubbard Field located at 75 North Main Street in Essex.  The event begins at 10:00 AM and runs until 3:00 PM.
“Outstanding” is the way show co-chairman Terry Lomme describes the cars for this year’s show.  “We have some of the most enthusiastic and active members of the collector car world right here in Connecticut, and we’re very lucky that they chose to participate in our show,” added Lomme.
Automobiles from several eras will be featured, including Brass Era Cars, War Era Cars, Baby Boomer Cars, and sports cars from America and Europe.  Admission is $5.00 per person with children under age 12 admitted free.  Proceeds from the show will benefit Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.   Contact Tim Lynch at 860-767-9580 or tim@essexautoclub.com for more information.

Welcome to ValleyNewsNow

Olwen Logan

Welcome to ValleyNewsNow.com!  We’re delighted to introduce you to our new site, which offers community news for the three Connecticut River valley towns of Chester, Essex and Deep River.

ValleyNewsNow.com is not, however, entirely new.  Entrepreneur and businessman Lon Seidman has been successfully publishing ValleyShore.LocalOnlineNews.tv for well over a year and created an excellent product with a growing, active readership.  

We are indebted to Lon for his invitation to cooperate with him on his venture and believe, like him, that this is the way forward for the new era of digital news.  Serious news sites will merge and restructure in pursuit of the goal that has never changed for all professionals in the world of journalism – the provision of accurate, objective, and comprehensive news. 

The name may have changed, but many other things have not.  To that end we are thrilled to announce that veteran news reporter Charles Stannard—formerly of the Hartford Courant—who was previously working for Lon, has now joined the ValleyNewsNow team and will continue his excellent reporting for us.  ValleyNewsNow will also be updated daily and offers all the same features as Lon’s site … plus a new ones!

The publisher of ValleyNewsNow is award-winning journalist Olwen Logan, who is also the owner of the website’s parent company, Shoreline Web News (SWN) LLC.  The two other community news websites owned by SWN are LymeLine.com (covering Lyme and Old Lyme) and OldSaybrookNow.com.

LymeLine.com is now recognized as one of the oldest, continuously published, online community news websites in the country.  The site was founded by the late John “Jack” Turner in 2003 and last month recorded its all-time highest readership numbers receiving over 1,400 visits daily and generating over 227,000 pageviews in the month.

With the launch of ValleyNewsNow, SWN takes another step towards its goal of offering residents of the Lower Connecticut River Valley a regional community news service.  While ValleyNewsNow.com will focus on Chester, Deep River and Essex, it will also offer regional stories for the area and links to stories published on our sister-sites.

The area covered by our three websites also represents an exciting opportunity for our current and potential advertisers with a population of close to 50,000.   We will be adding details of our pricing and opening offers in the coming days.  In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding advertising, please contact our Advertising Sales Executive Cheryl Poirier at sales@shorelinewebnews.com or 860-304-3291.

While SWN will be managing the day-to-day operations of all three sites now, we will still be working with Lon and his team in various ways including general marketing and advertising.  We will also publish some of the news videos, which they so capably produce, and it is on this core area of his business that he will now have more time to focus. 

Please take a minute to check out the site and then please help spread the word.  Tell your friends, family, neighbors and business colleagues about this new source of community news for Chester, Deep River and Essex, which is updated daily, free, and chock-full of information.  And feel free to send an email to editor@valleynewsnow.com with your feedback.

Thank you!

Raise A Fork For Tri-Town Youth Services At Taste Of The Valley 2010!

Don’t miss Taste of the Valley 2010 – an evening of delicious food and toe-tapping music to benefit Tri-Town Youth Services. Circle the date – Friday, September 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm – and get your tickets TODAY!

It’s no wonder Taste of the Valley is becoming a community event that we all look forward to! Each year, our community gathers on a late summer evening on the beautiful grounds of the Deep River Historical Society to sample one tasty morsel after another from local restaurants and caterers. The twelve participants at Taste of the Valley 2010 are: Brushmill by the Waterfall, Cloud Nine Catering/The Lace Factory, Corner Family Restaurant, El & Ela’s Fine Foods, Fogo, The Ivory, Gabrielle’s, The Griswold Inn Restaurant, La Vita Gustosa, Pizzeria DaVinci, Squiggy’s Lakeside, and The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station. You will also cast your ballot for the restaurant or caterer that takes home the coveted Taste of the Valley FORK! There will also be awards for Best Appetizer, Best Dessert, Best Presentation, and other categories. There will also be a silent auction stocked with some of the most unique gifts and experiences available in the River Valley. A cash bar will serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Live music will be provided by Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts, described by Blues Review Magazine as “young East Coast masters of the jumpin’ West Coast sound.”

Tickets are one for $35 or two for $60 and can be purchased at Celebrations and Tri-Town Youth Services in Deep River. TASTE OF THE VALLEY 2010 is generously sponsored by The Clark Group, Whelen Engineering, The Valley Courier, Essex Savings Bank, Angus McDonald, Gary Sharpe, & Associates, FIO Partners, Tower Labs, and many other
local businesses.

For more information or tickets, contact Gail Onofrio at Tri-Town Youth Services at (860) 526-3600 or view our website: http://www.tasteofthevalley.blogspot.com. If you would like to be a sponsor or donate an item for our silent auction, contact Anne at 860) 526-5895 or Kathy at (860) 526-2463 or email ttystov@gmail.com.

ABOUT – TRI-TOWN YOUTH SERVICES BUREAU, INC. is a nonprofit agency that coordinates, develops and provides services dedicated to promoting the positive growth and development of youth and families in Chester, Deep River and Essex, Connecticut. The Deep River Historical Society is located at 245 Main Street, Deep River, CT.