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Connecticut Water refutes criticisms of UConn water plan

Connecticut Water CEO Eric Thornburg was a guest on CTV14s "Town Talk" regarding UConn's future water needs.

Connecticut Water CEO Eric Thornburg was a guest on CTV14’s “Town Talk,” regarding UConn’s future water needs.

Letter to the Editor

Editor’s note: The following is a rebuttal to a Letter to the Editor published by HTNP News on Aug. 8, 2013 by Atty. Halloran, counsel for the Metropolitan District Commission, “UConn water plan is short-sighted.”

Connecticut Water Company is pleased it was chosen by the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees, following an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE), to bring additional water supply to the university and the Town of Mansfield to serve the community’s long-term water needs.

The comprehensive EIE process undertaken by the town and university clearly demonstrates that the Connecticut Water proposal is the most economically sound, financially responsible option, with the least environmental impact.

As important, the option is deemed to be the most consistent with Connecticut’s state Plan of Conservation and Development.

The parties are now engaged in preparing the necessary agreements and plans to implement this important public-private partnership.

Connecticut Water will continue to serve our customers and easily provide for the projected water supply needs of the university and the Mansfield area.

These needs, estimated to peak at 2.2 million gallons of water per day (mgd) over the next 50 years, will come from our Shenipsit Lake Reservoir, which has a capacity of 5 billion gallons of water, a registered diversion of 15 mgd and an approved safe yield of 10 mgd. These water supply reserves far exceed the company’s average daily reservoir withdrawal of 4 mgd.

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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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Coventry Farmers Market invites you to a ‘wellness’ swap

Please join us for another swap during our summer market season. This Sunday is Coventry Regional Farmers Market's annual Wellness Fair on June 23, 2013. We would love for you to bring your homemade salves, sugar scrubs, tonics and infusions.

Please join us for another swap during our summer market season. This Sunday is Coventry Regional Farmers Market’s annual Wellness Fair on June 23, 2013. We would love for you to bring your homemade salves, sugar scrubs, tonics and infusions.

Press Release

Please join us for another swap during our summer market season. This Sunday (June 23) is Coventry Regional Farmers Market’s annual Wellness Fair. We would love for you to bring your homemade salves, sugar scrubs, tonics and infusions. Don’t forget that baking or jam making can contribute to wellness too!

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

You need to sign up for a swap ticket if you plan to attend.

Time: BEFORE the market: Set up any time after 10 a.m. Announcement of the swap will be around 10:30, and swapping starts around at 10:40 a.m.

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Courtney, students at Capitol to testify on student loan interest rates

June 17, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
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The current fixed interest rate on Stafford federal subsidized student loans, held by nearly 8 million undergraduates, is 3.4 percent, but that rate will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2013 unless Congress takes action. Photo: Connecticut State Capitol building, Hartford, CT – file photo.

Press Release

Congressman Joe Courtney, Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa Núñez and a delegation of students and advocates from ConnPIRG (Public Interest Research Group) will be at the Capitol in Hartford, CT today (June 17) to ask Congress to keep student loan interest rates from doubling.

With only 13 days until the deadline, they hope to prevent the hike from taking effect on July 1.

The current fixed interest rate on Stafford federal subsidized loans, held by nearly 8 million undergraduates, is 3.4 percent, but that rate will double to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2013 unless Congress takes action.

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DMV online feature calculates your time in line

June 17, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
Connecticut drivers who need to make a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles can now check online with a laptop or desk computer, Smart Phone or tablet to view estimated wait times before heading to any of the DMV’s major service offices around the state.

Connecticut drivers who need to make a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles can now check online with a laptop or desk computer, Smart Phone or tablet to view estimated wait times before heading to any of the DMV’s major service offices around the state.

Press Release

Connecticut drivers who need to make a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles can now check online with a laptop or desk computer, Smart Phone or tablet to view estimated wait times before heading to any of the DMV’s major service offices around the state.

The new wait-time link can be found at ct.gov/dmv

It shows the waiting times that start after someone receives a numbered ticket that puts them in a queue for a certain service.

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Willington Library in search of new director

The Willington Public Library is currently seeking a qualified Library Director to provide oversight and leadership both within the library and throughout the community. This is a part-time (29.5 hours) position.

The Willington Public Library is currently seeking a qualified Library Director to provide oversight and leadership both within the library and throughout the community. This is a part-time (29.5 hours) position.

Press Release

The Willington Public Library is currently seeking a qualified Library Director to provide oversight and leadership both within the library and throughout the community. This is a part-time (29.5 hours) position.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the application of library skills to a variety of technical and/or professional processes in cataloging, book and audio-visual material selection and reference services.

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Paving Storrs Road – Route 195 in Mansfield

Milling and paving of Storrs Road (Route 195) – part of improvements being made to this main roadway associated with the Storrs Center development – is expected to begin on Friday, May 17, 2013.

Milling and paving of Storrs Road (Route 195) – part of improvements being made to this main roadway associated with the Storrs Center development – is expected to begin on Friday, May 17, 2013.

Press Release

Milling and paving of Storrs Road (Route 195) – part of improvements being made to this main roadway associated with the Storrs Center development – is expected to begin on Friday, May 17, 2013.

During this work, traffic will be restricted at times to alternating one-lane patterns.

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Coventry Farmers Market to pop up at Topmost Farm

This Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit one of our most beautiful farms when the Coventry Regional Farmers Market goes on tour with our first-ever “Pop Up Market” at Topmost Herb Farm!

This Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit one of our most beautiful farms when the Coventry Regional Farmers Market goes on tour with our first-ever “Pop Up Market” at Topmost Herb Farm!

Press Release

This Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit one of our most beautiful farms when the Coventry Regional Farmers Market goes on tour with our first-ever “Pop Up Market” at Topmost Herb Farm!

What to expect…

Drive down the dirt road leading to Topmost to find a gorgeous farm and more than 25 of our vendors offering gorgeous asparagus, rhubarb, greens and other spring produce, vegetable plants, eggs, meats, cheeses, artisan foods and more!

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Connecticut Water refutes criticisms of UConn water plan

Connecticut Water Eric Thornburg from Town Talk

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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