Spaghetti supper, ice cream social, flea market and more this weekend

Saturday,  July 16

NRA BASIC PISTOL SAFETY CLASS
A one-day NRA pistol safety class will be held at the First Congregational Church of Coventry’s social hall, 1171 Main St., Coventry, at 8:30 a.m. $100 donation requested to help the church’s “Raise the Roof Campaign.” Info: David Cayer (860) 202-2821.

HEBRON FARMERS MARKET
The Hebron Farmers Market, located on the grounds of the Church of Hope and the Red Barn at the intersection of routes 66 and 85, Hebron, is held every Saturday through Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

LEBANON FARMERS MARKET
The Lebanon Farmers Market located on the town green, 579 Exeter Road, Lebanon, is held every Saturday through Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon.

JOSHUA METELL 3-ON-3 CLASSIC
The Joshua Metell 3-on-3 Classic will once again be held in Willimantic at Rec Park. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and games start at 10:30 a.m. Team entry fee $15 and 3-on-3 players must be 14 years of age or older. Info: Peter at (860) 911-1961 or Matt and Ingrid Metell at (860) 423-8118 or e-mail jm3on3@yahoo.com. Check out the 3-on-3 FaceBook page for updates. Rain date July 23.

PREPARED CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASSES
Windham Community Memorial Hospital offers an all-day “mara­thon” childbirth education class from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the hospital’s education center. Cost is $65 for families delivering their babies at WCMH and $75 for families delivering elsewhere. Participants can also register for a baby basics class (fee: $10 if combined with prepared childbirth class). Information/registration: (860) 456-6894.

SCOTLAND HUNTINGTON HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE
Tour guides lead visitors through the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, signer of the Declaration of Independence, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust opens the Homestead on the first and third Saturdays of each month through October and is located on Route 14 just west of the Scotland town center. Free admission, donations welcome. Info: (860) 423-1547.

KNITTING WORKSHOP AT LEBANON MUSEUM
Instructors from Country Yarns in Wallingford will teach three con­current levels of knitting classes at a knitting workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House, 780 Trumbull Highway (Route 87), Lebanon. Ages 8 and up are welcome. Beginner level is $11 and includes supplies. Basic and intermediate levels will make different neck accents. Purchase yarns at the workshop but bring a variety of needles. Pre-regis­tration required by Friday, July 15. Call Alicia Wayland, (860) 642-7987, for complete details and to register. Admission is free.

PUPPET SHOW – UCONN
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, University of Connecticut Depot Campus, will host a puppet show at 3:30 p.m. Nicole Hartigan’s “God Paints a Saint” will be performed. This is a toy theater evocation of 16th-century Mexico, telling the history of the first appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Mexico’s patron saint. Admission is $3 for children, $5 for adults.

SPAGHETTI DINNER AND RAFFLE
The Women’s Softball Association of Greater Willimantic will hold its annual spaghetti dinner and raffle at the VFW Hall, Main Street, Willimantic, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Adults are $6, seniors and children 5 and older are $5, children 4 and under free. Tickets available at the door.

VARIETY SHOW AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL
The First Baptist Church of Lebanon, 463 Exeter Road, Lebanon, invites residents to the annual variety show and ice cream social at 7 p.m. Visitors won’t want to miss the music, skits, jokes, stories and poetry as organizers take a variety show trip based on the theme a “Trip Around the USA.” It will feature songs from the 50 states.

Sunday, July 17

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET

The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park, off Route 44 across from Ashford Town Hall. The market will run every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: Loretta at birdeye123@earthlink.net.

FLEA MARKET AND BAKE SALE

The Ashford Senior Center, Route 14, across from the town hall, will sponsor a flea market and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in con­junction with the Ashford Farmers Market. Tables available. Cost is $10. Info: call Judy at (860) 487-5122 or Pat at (860) 974-1147.

COVENTRY FARMERS MARKET

The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coven­tryfarmersmarket.com.

CHICKEN BBQ
Moriah Lodge # 15, 220 Providence Rd., Brooklyn will host a Chicken BBQ from Noon to 2 p.m. Dine-in or take out.

Posted 7-15-2011

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CL&P tree trimming to begin in Columbia Monday

July 15, 2011 Local News No Comments

construction-guyConnecticut Light & Power is reminding area residents that tree trimming will take place in Columbia beginning Monday, July18 .

The $150,000 project will occur primarily west and north of Route 66 including Route 87, Lake Road and the areas around Columbia Lake and Andover Lake.

Work is expected to be com­pleted by the end of September. Trimming is vital to reducing the number of tree-related power out­ages and improving service reli­ability for customers of CL&P.

Trees are the number one cause of power outages and regularly scheduled trimming is needed to reduce service interruptions. Trimming is also necessary to provide sufficient working space so line workers can maintain a safe distance from the power lines when repairing them.

Crews from Tennett Tree Service, Inc. will be working under the guidance of CL& P vegetation management program coordinator Steve Child.

Residents having questions can contact Tennett Tree Service’s Tony Wilbur at (860) 423- 0895 or CL&P’s Child at (860) 665-6165.

Posted 7-15-2011

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Woman in Columbia crash charged with DUI

July 15, 2011 Local News No Comments

police-cruiserA 45 year old Lebanon woman was charged with driving while under the influence after hitting a parked vehicle on Hennequin Road in Columbia Thursday (July 14), state police said.

A 1970 Ford owned by Vernon Lanou of 42 Hog Hill Road in East Hampton, was parked in the roadway blocking the southbound lane of travel, police said.

The vehicle was towing a 2007 Econ trailer.

Lori Gibbons, 45, of 33 Leonard Bridge Road, Lebanon, was trav­eling southbound on Hennequin Road in a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and struck Lanou’s vehi­cle in the rear.

Gibbons, police said, had her 8 year old son Lloyd Gibbons in the car with her at the time of the crash, reported at 4:38 p.m.

Lloyd Gibbons, was transported by EMS to Windham Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Lori Gibbon’s Jeep Grand Cherokee had damage on its front end and was towed to Northeast Auto.

Lanou’s vehicle did not have damage, but there was damage to the trailer’s rear bumper.

Posted 7-15-2011

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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.

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