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New USDA standards aim for ‘smart snacks’ at school

July 1, 2013 Local News No Comments
The USDA launched a new $5 million Farm to School grant program in 2012 to increase the amount of healthy, local food in schools. See http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool

The USDA launched a new $5 million Farm to School grant program in 2012 to increase the amount of healthy, local food in schools. See http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool

Press Release

“Many parents are working hard every day to make sure they provide healthy, balanced meals and snacks to their kids. Unfortunately, we don’t always have control over the snacks our kids have access to when they’re away from home. That’s why, as a mom myself, I am so excited that schools will now be offering healthier choices to students and reinforcing the work we do at home to help our kids stay healthy,” said First Lady Michelle Obama about the USDA’s new standards for school nutrition.

The USDA is focused on improving childhood nutrition and empowering families to make healthier food choices by providing science-based information and advice, while expanding the availability of healthy food.

America’s students now have healthier and more nutritious school meals due to improved nutrition standards implemented as a result of the historic Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Now these standards are extended to snacks available in schools.

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EPA warns so-called refrigerant substitutes can cause explosion

June 30, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
R-22 is being phased out of production and importation under the Montreal Protocol, an environmental treaty ratified by every country in the world designed to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances.

R-22 is being phased out of production and importation under the Montreal Protocol, an environmental treaty ratified by every country in the world designed to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances.

Press Release

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns homeowners, propane manufacturers and sellers, home improvement contractors and air-conditioning technicians of potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants in home air-conditioning systems.

The EPA is currently investigating instances where propane has been marketed and used as a substitute for HCFC-22 (R-22), a refrigerant that is widely used in home air-conditioning systems.

Other names for some unapproved refrigerants include R-290, 22a, 22-A, R-22a, HC-22a and CARE 40.

Home air-conditioning systems are not designed to handle propane or other similar flammable refrigerants. The use of these substances poses a potential fire or explosion hazard for homeowners and service technicians.

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Farmers Cow hosts gourmet events for Chef-to-Farm Dinner Series

Guests enjoy fresh foods prepared by a world-class chef at a Chef to Farm event hosted by Graywall Farm in Lebanon, CT. Courtesy photo.

Guests enjoy fresh foods prepared by a world-class chef at a Chef to Farm event hosted by Graywall Farms in Lebanon, CT. Courtesy photo.

The lush open fields surrounding Graywall Farms in Lebanon – a member of The Farmer’s Cow – offers the perfect setting to enjoy world-class cuisine, featuring the freshest local foods and produce.

Graywall Farms and the Chesmer family are once again proud to partner with Max Restaurant Group to present two Chef-to-Farm dinners:

  • “Full Moon Disco” on Friday July 19
  • “Bluegrass, Beers & BBQ” on Friday Aug. 16.

Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. at both events, beginning with a beverage reception with the guest winemaker and/or brewer, followed by a tour of the farm to see the fields and learn about life on a working dairy farm, Connecticut agriculture and The Farmer’s Cow.

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Columbia residents eligible for free video production training

Free classes begin June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Charter Studios. Photo from Town Talk, a public access program hosted by Brenda Sullivan, HTNP News Editor.

Free classes begin June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Charter Studios. Photo from Town Talk, a public access program hosted by Brenda Sullivan, HTNP News Editor.

Press Release

The CTV14 Community Access Television Studio (Charter) is now taking applications for a free Public Access Internship program.

Classes begin June 13, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Interns get hands-on experience in all aspects of video production in our North Windham TV studio.

Cover community events and public affairs shows for airing on CTV14.  Interns also have the opportunity to use these new skills to produce their own Public Access program.

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Eastern CT State University Class of 2013 – Congrats to Columbia graduates

May 25, 2013 Local News No Comments
At Eastern Connecticut State University’s 123rd Commencement exercises 1,256 undergraduates and 41 graduate students heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their achievements. 2013 Commencement exercises were held at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Contributed photo.

At Eastern Connecticut State University’s 123rd Commencement exercises 1,256 undergraduates and 41 graduate students heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their achievements.
2013 Commencement exercises were held at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Contributed photo.

Edited by Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News

At Eastern Connecticut State University’s 123rd Commencement exercises 1,256 undergraduates and 41 graduate students heard the roars and cheers of thousands of their family members and friends as they celebrated their achievements.

Commencement exercises were held at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on May 14.

Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest member of the “Little Rock Nine,” gave the Commencement address.

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Flags half staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

Peace Officers Memorial in Florida. National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed annually and corresponds with Police Week.

Peace Officers Memorial in Florida. National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed annually and corresponds with Police Week.

Press Release

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has directed that U.S. and Connecticut flags be flown at half-staff today (May 15, 2013) in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed annually and corresponds with Police Week.

“National Peace Officers Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor the service of our brave men and women in law enforcement,” said Gov. Malloy.

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Moment of silence April 22 for victims of Boston bombings

April 22, 2013 Areawide No Comments
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, following a request by Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, asks Connecticut residents to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. today (Monday, April 22) in recognition of the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon last week.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, following a request by Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, asks Connecticut residents to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. today (Monday, April 22) in recognition of the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon last week.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, following a request by Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, asks Connecticut residents to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. today (Monday, April 22) in recognition of the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon last week.

“I’ve directed state agencies to join Massachusetts in a moment of silence at 2:50 today, and am encouraging Connecticut residents to do the same,” Gov. Malloy said.

“We thank law enforcement and first responders for their actions at the marathon and in the days that followed. Our thoughts remain with the victims of this senseless tragedy and the families mourning the loss of their loved ones,” he said.

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Fishing season opens – get info here about where to fish in Connecticut

Approximately 381,000 trout have already been released this spring into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers. Photo courtesy of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) 2013.

Approximately 381,000 trout have already been released this spring into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers. Photo courtesy of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) 2013.

Opening day of the Trout Fishing Season is Saturday, April 20 and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has the state’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds stocked and ready.

Approximately 381,000 trout have already been released this spring into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers.

DEEP’s spring trout-stocking effort began in early March and will continue through the end of May. When spring stocking is completed, DEEP expects to have stocked about 630,000 trout.

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Sandy Hook families sway Washington’s discussion on Gun Legislation

April 16, 2013 Areawide, Local News No Comments
Eleven family members of those killed in the December 2012 shooting at the Newtown, CT elementary school joined President Barack Obama on an Air Force One flight from Connecticut to D.C. after Obama’s speech at the University of Hartford on Monday. At the university, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. Megan Merrigan photo, CTNewsJunkie.com

Eleven family members of those killed in the December 2012 shooting at the Newtown, CT elementary school joined President Barack Obama on an Air Force One flight from Connecticut to D.C. after Obama’s speech at the University of Hartford on Monday. At the university, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. Megan Merrigan photo, CTNewsJunkie.com

By Megan Merrigan | CTNewsJunkie.com

April 12, 2013

Eleven family members of those killed in the December 2012 shooting at the Newtown, CT Sandy Hook Elementary school joined President Barack Obama on an Air Force One flight from Connecticut to D.C. after Obama’s speech at the University of Hartford on Monday (April 8).

“The families of Newtown literally turned the tide in Washington, D.C.,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said at a press conference at the University of Hartford on Friday (April 12). “Their faces and voices are an historic story in achieving better measures against gun violence.”

In all, 16 Republicans contributed to Thursday’s (April 11) 68-31 bipartisan victory over the Republican-led filibuster that would have prevented debate on the legislation.

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Census Bureau offers embeddable ‘Pop Clock’

April 11, 2013 Areawide No Comments
The population clock displays continuously updated projections of the total U.S. population, including the rate of births, deaths and net migration for the United States.  Image courtesy of U.S. Census

The population clock displays continuously updated projections of the total U.S. population, including the rate of births, deaths and net migration for the United States. Image courtesy of U.S. Census

Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

Today (April 11), the U.S. Census Bureau released an updated version of its “population clock,”  one of the most widely visited features on the census.gov   website.

This clock gives a quick and interactive overview of the population of the United States and the world – and now, it also can be shared, downloaded and embedded on other websites.

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Local day camps made a great summer for cancer patients families

CHILDREN RUNNING from Windham Hosp FB page

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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