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This Weekend – Music in the Park, Slow-Paced Walk, Indoor Sale & More

Saturday Aug. 6

WILLIMANTIC FARMERS’ MARKET
The Willimantic Farmers’ Market located under the pavilion at the corner of Jackson and Main streets is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through October.

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

INDOOR SALE — WILLIMANTIC
The McSweeney Regional Senior Center, 47 Crescent St., Willimantic, will host an indoor sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sale to feature books, yarn, tag sale items and a bake sale. Info: (860) 423-4524 or www.mcswee­neyseniorcenter.org.

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.

HUNTINGTON HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE
Tour guides will 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. It is located on Route 14 just west of the Scotland town center. Free admission, dona­tions welcome. Info: (860) 423-1547.

AFTERNOON TEA
Janet Carlson Calvert Library will host an afternoon tea at the Dr. Ashbel Woodward Museum, 387 Route 32, Franklin from noon to 2 p.m. Info: (860) 642-6207.

SACRED GROUNDS COFFEE HOUSE
Visitors are invited to come out for a night of fellowship, snacks and entertainment. Free. Coffee house event to feature “Rusty Implements” from 7 to 9 p.m. to feature an outdoor concert, South Windham Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, South Windham. Bring chair or blanket. Info: (860) 423-8375 or (860) 230-7147.

PROGRESSIVE GARDEN PARTY
The Willimantic Victorian Neighborhood Association is seeking res­ervations for its annual Progressive Garden Party at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 in the gardens of two historic Victorian homes beginning at 266 Walnut St. and ending at 237 Walnut St., Willimantic. Reservations are $30/person by Saturday, Aug. 6. Info: (860) 456-3088.

Sunday Aug. 7

CANTERBURY VFW BREAKFAST
Canterbury VFW, Route 169, North Canterbury Road, Canterbury, will host a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $5.50 with children 5­years-old and under free.

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

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

SLOW- PACED WALK — COLUMBIA
A slow- pace walk at Szegda Farm will take place at the main entrance at 165 Szegda Road, Columbia. A 90- minute, slow- paced walk will explore trails on rolling terrain at 11 a. m. No dogs. Beginners and all ages welcome. Participants will be helped to identify butterflies and their host plants in field and forest. Rain date: Aug. 14. Info: Call Joan Hill (860) 228- 2849 or jhill003@charter.net.

STENCILING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN
The Prudence Crandall Museum, routes 14 and 169, Canterbury, will host a stenciling program for children of all ages from 1 to 3 p.m. Supplies provided. Info: (860) 546-7800 or www.cultureandtourism.org.

MUSIC IN THE PARK
Alex Caisse Park, Willimantic, is the site of ‘Music in the Park’ at 2 p. m. Event to feature “Little Big Band.” Free concert. Info: Windham recreation department at (860) 465- 3046.

LACTATION/ BREASTFEEDING CLASS OR CONSULTATION
Windham Community Memorial Hospital offers a breastfeeding class at 4 p. m. Cost is $10. Info: Pamela Yerkes, certified lactation con­sultant, at (860) 456- 6973.

DEREK WALDRON TO PERFORM RECITAL
Derek Waldron, organist/ pianist at First Congregational Church of Lebanon, will perform a recital at 6 p. m. at the church (588 Exeter Road, Lebanon) with a reception to follow. There will be a variety of classical, light classical, show music and some of Waldron’s own compositions. Info: (860) 642- 6179.

 

Posted 8-5-2011

 

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Enjoy a summer concert, Chicken BBQ or family movies this weekend

Saturday, July 30

WILLIMANTIC FARMERS’ MARKET
The Willimantic Farmers’ Market located under the pavilion at the corner of Jackson and Main streets is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through October.

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

HIKE TO BLACK SPRUCE POND
A 3.75-mile walk will take place to parts of the Natchaug Trail, the Blue/Yellow Trail and the Airline Trail from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants may want to bring bottled water, insect repellant, binoculars and a hat. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Information/ registra­tion: call (860) 455-9534 or e-mail juan.sanchezjr@ct.gov.Hike starts at the Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center off of Route 6 at 23 Potter Road, Hampton.

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.

FAMILY MOVIE EVENT
The Scotland Public Library, 21 Brook Road, Scotland, will have a family movie at noon. The library will show a G-rated movie and pro­vide popcorn and beverages. Info: (860) 423-1492.

MOVIE – ‘DIARY OF A WIMPY KID’
Willington Public Library, 7 Ruby Road, Willington, will host “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” in the Community Room at 12:30 p.m. This movie is rated PG. All ages are welcome and bring your own snacks. Info: (860) 429-3854.

FUNDRAISER AND FOOD DRIVE
Sneaker’s Café, 55 Nott Highway (Route 74), Ashford, is hosting a fundraiser and food drive for the Ashford Food Pantry from 1 to 6 p.m. Cost is $25/door or $20 with the donation of five canned goods. Kids under 13 are free.

OLD FASHIONED CHICKEN BBQ
The First Congregational Church of Coventry, 1171 Main St., Coventry will host a chicken barbecue from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the social hall. Fundraiser for church’s “Raise the Roof Campaign.” Cost is $9 for seniors and $10 for adults.

ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE’S ‘AIDA’
The Windham Theatre Guild presents Elton John and Tim Rice’s, “Aida” at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main St., Willimantic, at 8 p.m. Adults, $19; Students/seniors, $16; $11 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased on line at windhamtheatreguild.org or by call­ing (860) 423-2245. Tickets will also be available at the door.

SUMMER CONCERT/DANCE SERIES
Columbia’s recreation department will host a summer concert/dance series with a DJ playing hits from the 1970s to today from 8 to 11 p.m. at Columbia Town Hall, 323 Route 87, Columbia. Cost is $8/person. Info: (860) 228-8513.

Sunday, July 31

ANTIQUE BOTTLE AND STONEWARE SHOW
The Museum of Connecticut Glass field (site of the Coventry Glass Works) at the corner of Route 44 and North River Road, Coventry, will host an antique bottle and stoneware show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (early buying at 8 a. m.). Info: Jim Megura at (203) 775- 8460 or Bruce Mitchell at (203) 799-2570. E-mail: LFranz465@Hotmail.com.

WCMA ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Willimantic Camp Meeting Association will host its annual business meeting at 9:30 a.m. Coffee and fellowship hour will start at 8:30 a.m. in the John Pearce Chapel. All our welcome.

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

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

‘PACK & GO’ COMMENTARY – LEBANON
The exhibit, “Beads to Baskets: Art and Artifacts of 19th-Century Eastern Native Americans,” at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House will close at 1 p.m. with an unusual “pack and go” commentary by collectors Charles and Barbara Adams. They will tell the stories about each artifact as it is removed from the exhibit case for packing. The museum, owned by the Town of Lebanon, is located at 780 Trumbull Highway ( Route 87), Lebanon. Free. Info: (860) 642-7987.

SUNDAY TANGO
Sunday tango is slated at the old Kramer school gym, corner of High and Prospect streets, Willimantic from 3 to 6 p.m. Info: (860) 922-1420.

Posted 7-28-2011

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Last Green Valley has new tourism brochure

The Last Green Valley recently unveiled its latest edition of its comprehensive Visitors Guide to south central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut.

The 112-page, full-color, glossy brochure has information such as area accommodations, campgrounds, museums, restaurants, shops, farms and outdoor activi­ties.

In addition, it has segments from past Last Green Valley publica­tions including the “Wild Guide and Notables and Notorious,” major seasonal events, bike routes, hiking, paddling and more.

“This brochure is our premier tourism publication,” said Last Green Valley Executive Director Charlene Cutler.

“It showcases more than 200 tourism-related businesses and provides visitors and residents with one source of information about The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. Plus, all the information found in the new Visitors Guide can also be found on our website,”  she said

The visitors guide is attractive, easy to navigate and the perfect size to keep in a vehicle or purse.

To receive a copy, visit one of the many visitor rack locations found throughout the 35 towns of The Last Green Valley, in addition to town halls and libraries.

A complete listing of visitor rack locations can be found on www.TheLastGreenValley.org, by call­ing (860) 774-3300 or by e-mail­ing Mail@tlgv.org.

Posted 7-28-2011

 

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BBQ and more at the Willington Senior Center

On Aug. 13, the Willington Senior Center will host a FREE barbecue from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by Country/Western Dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

On Aug. 13, the Willington Senior Center will host a FREE barbecue from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by Country/Western Dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

On Aug. 13, the Willington Senior Center will host a FREE barbecue from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by Country/Western Dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Senior Center, located at 60 Old Farms Road in Willington.

The Senior Center will provide and serve food for the barbecue; participants are asked to bring a side dish.

Music will be performed by Country Duo, a live country and western band.

This activity is open to all seniors in Willington.  Senior Center membership is not required; however it is necessary to notify the Senior Center if you plan to attend.  You can RSVP by calling Jean at the Willington Senior Center (860) 684-5368 during office hours.

And on Aug. 24, the Senior Center will host a van trip to Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT.

After exploring the castle, the grounds and beautiful views of the Connecticut River, participants will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Gillette Castle, East Haddam, CT. Photo copyright 2011 HTNP.com

Gillette Castle, East Haddam, CT. Photo copyright 2011 HTNP.com

This is a first come, first served activity and limited by the size of the van to 13 people so call ASAP to reserve your place.

The van will leave from the Senior Center in the morning.  For more information, or to register for the program, call Laurel, program organizer, at (860) 684-5368.

Posted July 27, 2011

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This weekend – Farmers Markets, Theater, Food

Saturday July 23

CHURCH BREAKFAST
First Church of Christ, Routes 89 and 195, Mansfield Center will host a blueberry breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Breakfast includes hot blueberry French toast with blueberry sauce, sausage, bacon, home fries and blue­berry muffins. In addition, local blueberries, blueberry jams and sauces, muffins, and pies will be available for purchase. Info: (860) 423-9008. Tickets $10/children under 12, $5.

‘YOUNG PEOPLE’S DAY’ AT HEBRON FARMERS’ MARKET
Hebron Farmers Market is hosting a Young People’s Day. This is an opportunity for (five) young entrepreneurs to sell during regular market hours, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children age 10-16 are welcome to set up a booth to sell their hand made products or home grown produce. A par­ent (or guardian) must be present with their children during the market. Apply as soon as possible on the comments/questions page at www.hebronfarmersmarket.com. Include the child’s name, age, product and phone number.

VFW TAG SALE
Canterbury VFW will hold a tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 21 North Canterbury Road, Canterbury.

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.

THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF FERNS
The Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center will host session about ferns at its center located off Route 6 at 23 Potter Road, Hampton from 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is requested but not required. For information or to register: (860) 455-9534 or juan.sanchezjr@ct.gov.

FAMILY BUILDING DAY
The Scotland Public Library will host a Family Building Day with KEVA Planks from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come to the library and create amazing structures with small wooden KEVA building planks. This pro­gram is open to children 5 and up and a parent or caregiver. The library is located at 21 Brook Road in Scotland. Info: (860) 423-1492.

INSECT INVESTIGATIONS
The Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center will host “Insect Investigations” from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a chance to swing a net and catch some insects. For children ages 6 and up. The center is located off Route 6 at 23 Potter Road, Hampton. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Information/register: (860) 455-9534 or juan.sanchezjr@ct.gov.

PUPPET SHOW – STORRS
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, University of Connecticut campus at 3:30 p.m. Thomas Getchell, excerpts from “The Proleptic Voice: A Visual Poem.” A marionette tour-de-force of vignettes reveal­ing themes of faith, hope and charity in the poetry of one of America’s greatest poets, Emily Dickinson, inspired by her metaphor of life as a circus. Admission is $3 for children, $5 for adults.

CHICKEN BARBECUE
The Gilead Congregational Church, Meeting House Road and Route 85, Hebron, will host its annual chicken barbecue from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $12 adults and $5 children. To order tickets or for more information, (860) 228-3328.

SACRED GROUNDS COFFEE HOUSE
Visitors are invited to come out for a night of fellowship, snacks and entertainment. Free. Coffee house event to feature “Sound Judgment” from 7 to 9 p.m. in an outdoor concert, South Windham Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, South Windham. Bring chair or blanket. Info: (860) 423-8375 or (860) 230-7147.

ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE’S ‘AIDA’
The Windham Theatre Guild presents Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main St., Willimantic, at 8 p.m. Adults are $19; students/seniors, $16; $11 children under 12. Can be purchased online at www.windhamtheatreguild.org or by calling (860) 423-2245. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Sunday July 24

SPECIAL SERVICE
First Congregational Church of Coventry will host a special service featuring Bruce John’s music at 9:30 a.m. at 1171 Main St., Coventry. Open to the public Info. (860) 742-8487.

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.

MUSICAL MUSTER AT THE NATHAN HALE HOMESTEAD
Connecticut Landmarks’ Nathan Hale Homestead hosts the 24th annual Musical Muster from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes & Drums Corps presents this free event, which includes perfor­mances by the Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes & Drums Corps, the Nutmeg Volunteer Junior Fife & Drum Corps, Westbrook Drum Corps, Colonial John Chester Fife & Drum Corps, Deep River Drum Corps, Sailing Masters of 1812, Windsor Fife & Drum Corps, Connecticut Valley Field Music, Marlborough Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corps, Abel Joslyn Irregulars and the Marquis of Granby Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corp. At noon, a parade will commence and the traditional music muster will take place from 1 to 5 p.m.

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.

CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CHURCH FUNDRAISER
A church fundraiser will take place from 2 to 7 p.m., El Pilon Restaurant, 725 Main St., Willimantic. $10 plates include rice, beans and pork. Other items will be sold at additional prices. Kingdom Life Christian Outreach Church is sponsoring the Kingdom Connection Youth Center, a youth center geared towards empowering and building the youth of Willimantic. Call (860) 634-8320 for further information.

ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE’S ‘AIDA’
The Windham Theatre Guild presents Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main St., Willimantic, at 2 p.m. Adults are $19; students/seniors, $16; $11 children under 12. Can be purchased online at www.windhamtheatreguild.org or by calling (860) 423-2245. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Posted 7-22-2011

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CT State Police to host K-9 Olympics at UConn

A K-9 team emerges from the moat at the beginning of the obstacle course at the 2009 Connecticut Police K-9 Olympics. Photo © by Brenda Sullivan 2009.

A K-9 team emerges from the moat at the beginning of the obstacle course at the 2009 Connecticut Police K-9 Olympics. Photo © by Brenda Sullivan 2009.

The pub­lic is invited to attend the 20th annual Connecticut State Police K-9 Olympics on Saturday on the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Police dog teams will test their knowledge, ability, strength and stamina in the areas of obedience, obstacles, simulated apprehension and handler protection.

Police, fire, corrections, emer­gency services and local busi­nesses will have displays at this free event.

In addition, the Connecticut Child Identification Program (CHIP) will be on hand offering ID packets for children.

The packets include fingerprints, photograph, videotape and dental bite impressions, at no cost.

Food, beverages and T-shirts will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting the CHIPS program, the Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Hometown Foundation in support of the Special Olympics.

All proceeds from a raffle will also benefit these causes.

No pets are allowed at the event, which is scheduled at the UConn Depot Campus on Route 44 in Mansfield between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the UConn Police Department web site at www.police.uconn.edu.

Posted 7-22-2011

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Coventry's Hale Homestead to host music muster

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The Nathan Hale Homestead will host the 24th annual Musical Muster on Sun­day.

The free event runs from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. at the homestead on 2299 South St., Coventry and runs concur­rently with the Coventry Farmers Market.

Performers include the Nathan Hale Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, the Nutmeg Volunteer Junior Fife & Drum Corps, Deep River Drum Corps and the Windsor Fife and Drum Corps.

The muster will begin at 10 a m. with the National Anthem and the raising of the flag.

A parade will begin at noon and the muster will take place from 1 to 5 p. m. Admission is free.

The Nathan Hale Ancient Fife & Drums was organized in 1965.

For more information about the event, contact Connecticut Land­marks marketing and development associate Jamie- Lynn Fontaine at ( 860) 247-8996, ext. 23.

Posted 7-21-2011

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Free live music, great food – it's the 3rd Thursday Street Fest

Third Thursday in May included a concert by the Connecticut Mariachi Band. Photo © 2010 by Brenda Sullivan

The 3rd Thursday Street Fest includes live music on stages the length of Main Street playing everything from classic rock to Mariachi music . It's all free, on the third Thursday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. on Main Street in Willimantic. Photo copyright 2010 by Brenda Sullivan

It’s the height of summer and the kids are bored, what to do? Bring them to the 3rd Thursday Street Fest. There’s plenty to keep their minds active and their hands busy.

It all happens July 21st on Main Street in Romantic Willimantic from 6 to 9 p.m., where the fun is free and the parking (on side streets and municipal lots) is abundant.

Check out “People, Puppets, Pageantry and Parade” The name says it all. Local talents Johnnie Walker, Kristin Fortier and Sarah Winter create fun out of whole cloth and keep the kids’ interest alive. They will help make a giant caterpillar complete with faces. And they’ll get to show it all off on the street.

By the way, while the festival is free, purchasing a 3rd Thursday button helps support these activities.

Of course, there will be some great music at the Street Fest, such as Dan Stevens performing traditional blues and Cally McGrane and the Exiles doing Irish and Scottish tunes.

For dance music, listen to Larry Willy Band, a local R&B group or Kultura Borikua doing Puerto Rican cultural music. PANA! does Latin/pop rock.

Head Way Uptown for 9th Wave’s surf music, perfect for a hot summer night, followed by the cool sounds of Electric Trains.

Or, Way Downtown by the First Baptist Church you’ll enjoy Unleashed, Sound Judgement, Ra Ra’s homemade ice cream and Taste of the Islands foods. Oh yeah, and a dunking booth with Mayor Ernie and Jean de Smet (at 7:30 p.m.) to help raise funds to repair the church roof and steeple.

What else?

The Capital Theater Arts summer classic will have a summer circus sideshow and don’t forget I-98’s Windham Idol on North Street. DJ Glidden and WHS bands will be on Bank Street.

What’s to eat? 3rd Local vendors offer such goodies as wood-fire pizzas, Mc Henry’s footlong hotdogs, fried dough, pulled pork sandwiches, Indian and Spanish food and, new this year, apple cider donuts, clam and turkey corn chowder, fried seafood along with ice cream, beer and wine and our local Hosmer Mountain soda and floats.

There are more local vendors than ever selling arts and crafts, gadgets and more.

And local agencies greet you from their tables where they offer information about what they do.

Don’t forget to support the businesses along Main Street offering more food choices and goods. Wear your street fest button and get special discounts at participating merchants and in the beer and wine garden.

For more information, check the website www.willimanticstreetfest.com

Posted July 21, 2011

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Connecticut Water refutes criticisms of UConn water plan

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Connecticut Water is well positioned to provide the water necessary to meet the needs identified for the University and the community over the 50 year planning horizon. The EIE considered the projected demands for the University’s Tech Park and the Next Generation initiative, as well as the Town of Mansfield’s plans for redevelopment of the Four Corners, the proposed managed care facility, and other potential development in the community consistent with their local plans.

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

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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.

Coventry Farmers Market invites you to a ‘wellness’ swap

SWAPPERS logo Coventry Farmers Market 2013

As always, anything handmade, handcrafted or homegrown is swappable. But remember – you must sign up and bring something to get something in return!

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