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October 25, 2013 Feature, Local News No Comments

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Posted October 25, 2013

October blood donors can win propane gift card

October 3, 2013 Areawide, Local News No Comments
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

Press Release

The American Red Cross encourages all those who can donate to help save lives and support Connecticut’s blood supply.

Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and children with blood disorders.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and the only source is from a generous blood donor.

For many, a blood transfusion can make a lifesaving difference.

Donors during the month of October 2013 will be eligible to win a $200 gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Gifts and prizes are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.)

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Local day camps made a great summer for cancer patients families

October 2, 2013 Business, Local News No Comments
“Undergoing cancer treatment is a stressful, life changing experience. For those who are caregivers, especially single parents or grandparents, finding childcare during lengthy treatment sessions can be a huge burden.  Having the peace of mind that your children have a safe and fun place to go certainly relieves some of that stress." - Kate Starkey, Oncology Services Manager, Windham Hospital

“Undergoing cancer treatment is a stressful, life changing experience. For those who are caregivers, especially single parents or grandparents, finding childcare during lengthy treatment sessions can be a huge burden. Having the peace of mind that your children have a safe and fun place to go certainly relieves some of that stress.” – Kate Starkey, Oncology Services Manager, Windham Hospital

Press Release

Thanks to local summer camps, a group of children whose caregivers are being treated for cancer at Windham Hospital were given free admission to camp this summer.

Working with the hospital’s Cancer Navigation Program, Holiday Hill Day Camp in Mansfield, CT and the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover, CT provided full admission to the children – and by doing so, also gave some rest to the adults who are experiencing the physical and emotional stress caused by a cancer diagnosis.

In addition, the Town of Coventry Parks and Recreation Camp and Camp Asto Wamah in Columbia, CT each offered free spaces for children of cancer patients.

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Connecticut budget ends with $359 million surplus

Gov. Malloy's budget director Ben Barnes predicted Monday (July 22) that the state will end the year with a $359.6 million surplus. Photo source: State of CT official photo

Gov. Malloy’s budget director Ben Barnes predicted Monday (July 22) that the state will end the year with a $359.6 million surplus. Photo source: State of CT official photo

By Christine Stuart | CTNewsJunkie.com

Personal income tax receipts came in higher than anticipated during May and June (2013), which allowed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director to adjust the surplus up $123 million more than last month.

Ben Barnes predicted Monday (July 22) that the state will end the year with a $359.6 million surplus.

Personal income tax receipts were up $55.1 million over last month. The corporation tax also was revised upward by $15 million.

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Future of local water supply is topic of public forum July 29

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

Press Release

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR at UConn) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

This event is free and open to the public.

The “Regional Water: Where Is It? Who Uses It? Who Decides?” program will be wide-ranging and fast-paced, with three different panel discussions:

  • Regional Water Resources,
  • Regional Water Systems, and
  • Water, Economic Development and Regional Planning

Panelists include water experts from the University of Connecticut, representatives from Windham Water Works, CT Water Company and representatives from the Economic Development Commissions of Windham, Tolland and Mansfield.

Members of each panel will give very brief presentations, with most of the time allotted to answering written questions from the audience.

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Edith Prague of Columbia joins Gov. Malloy for bill signing

July 15, 2013 Local News No Comments
Former CT State Senator - now newly appointed Commissioner on the Department on Aging - at a bill signing ceremony July 10, 2013. Image source: C-T-N video/Gov. Malloy media page

Former CT State Senator – now newly appointed Commissioner on the Department on Aging – at a bill signing ceremony July 10, 2013. Image source: C-T-N video/Gov. Malloy media page

Press Release

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Lt Gov. Nancy Wyman, CT State Department on Aging Commissioner Edith Prague and members of the General Assembly’s Aging Committee, held a ceremonial bill signing July 10 for Public Act 13-125, An Act Concerning the Department on Aging.

Prague stepped down in May 2012 as State Senator for the 19th District after serving in office for 18 years. That district serves Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich and Sprague.

Prague’s passion has been protecting the rights and promoting the dignity of senior citizens. She was picked by Gov. Malloy in March 2013 to head a new Department on Aging.

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Make new friends, stay cool at Parent-Child Meetups

Free Parent-Child Meetups are hosted by the Saxton B. Little Free Library --- http://www.columbiactlibrary.org/  on Fridays for parents and their children up to 24 months old.

Free Parent-Child Meetups are hosted by the Saxton B. Little Free Library on Fridays for parents and their children up to 24 months old.

Press Release

Free Parent-Child Meetups are hosted by the Saxton B. Little Free Library on Friday mornings for parents and their children up to 24 months old.

The get togethers are held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The next meetup is July 19.

This is an opportunity to meet other parents of infants and toddlers, and there will be a rotating variety of age appropriate toys and board books for parents and children to play with. (Note, this is not a Lapsit Program or a Story Time.)

For more information, call the library at 860-228-0350. The library is located at 319 Route 87 in Columbia, CT. Summer hours are Mon. and Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tues, Wed. and Thurs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Posted July 14, 2013 based on website info edited and added to by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan

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Some unique New England summertime fun

New London's Harbor Light is the featured lighthouse for Connecticut in the 2013 United States Postal Service's New England Coastal Lighthouses series issued July 13, 2013. Image from USPS YouTube video.

New London’s Harbor Light is the featured lighthouse for Connecticut in the 2013 United States Postal Service’s New England Coastal Lighthouses series issued July 13, 2013. Image from USPS YouTube video.

Did you know? … 2013 is New London Maritime Society’s 30th Anniversary, which means there are some outstanding events planned on the Connecticut shoreline.

For example, there are five boat trips every Saturday through Sept 7. (You can register for them now – it’s first come, first served with only six passengers per trip.)

Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for each child age 14 and younger.

All proceeds, beyond boat costs, go to the Lighthouse Restoration Fund.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Boat trips to New London Harbor Light – Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Cruise to the lighthouse and climb 119 steps up to the lantern.
  • ‘Three Sisters’ Lighthouse tours – Saturdays at noon, and 2 p.m. – Sit back and cruise by New London’s three harbor lighthouses: NL Harbor, Ledge and Avery Point Lights. … Continue Reading

Gov. Malloy – take precautions during summer heat this July 4th weekend

Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, even with the windows partially open. Temperatures inside the car can climb within minutes to a degree that can cause convulsions and death.

Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, even with the windows partially open. Temperatures inside the car can climb within minutes to a degree that can cause convulsions and death.

Given the heat index forecasted to be in the mid-90’s during the Fourth of July weekend, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urges residents to take steps to stay cool and safe… and to check on the welfare of those who are homebound or otherwise vulnerable to heat stroke.

“Although this heat wave will not be excessive, we are now into the summer season and everyone should take the necessary precautions during times of intense heat and humidity,” Gov. Malloy said in a prepared statement today (July 3.)

“A few simple steps can greatly reduce heat-related issues, especially for the elderly, the very young and people with respiratory ailments who are more susceptible to the effects of high temperatures,” he said.

“Any resident looking for a place to cool off should call 2-1-1 to find out where their closest cooling center is located.”

He also offered these safety tips:

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UConn deal means free football tickets for members of National Guard

July 1, 2013 Local News, Sports No Comments
For every Husky football season ticket purchased between Monday, July 1 and Sunday, July 7, UConn will donate a single-game ticket to active and retired personnel of the Connecticut National Guard for the Military Appreciation Game against Louisville on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

For every Husky football season ticket purchased between Monday, July 1 and Sunday, July 7, UConn will donate a single-game ticket to active and retired personnel of the Connecticut National Guard for the Military Appreciation Game against Louisville on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

Press Release

The University of Connecticut announced today (July 1) a special Military Appreciation Offer in partnership with the Connecticut National Guard as the Fourth of July holiday approaches.

For every Husky football season ticket purchased between Monday, July 1 and Sunday, July 7, 2013 UConn will donate a single-game ticket to active and retired personnel of the Connecticut National Guard for the Military Appreciation Game against Louisville on Friday, Nov. 8.

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Local day camps made a great summer for cancer patients families

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In addition, the Town of Coventry Parks and Recreation Camp and Camp Asto Wamah in Columbia, CT each offered free spaces for children of cancer patients.

Connecticut budget ends with $359 million surplus

Ben Barnes CT Budget Director

Personal income tax receipts were up $55.1 million over last month. The corporation tax also was revised upward by $15 million.

Future of local water supply is topic of public forum July 29

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

Questions about water sources, usage and quality have come into focus recently in light of the Storrs Center development, UConn’s plans to bring in water to support a new Tech Park and the concurrent needs of the towns in this region, particularly in terms of their own development plans.

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