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SAVE THE FROGS talk is June 23

frog2 from Smithsonian YouTube 2013

Learn more about the disappearing frog populations around the world at a June 23 talk/slide presentation by SAVE THE FROGS! at the Windham Textile & History Musuem. Photo source: Screen shot from YouTube Smithsonian video http://youtu.be/gWnF4SVGFzk

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

The frog is the beloved mascot of Windham, CT. But real frogs are in real danger… learn more about this on Sunday, June 23 at a talk called, “SAVE THE FROGS!”

At 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main St. in Willimantic (across from the mill complex) hear Michael Starkey speak and show slides about the dire threat facing the world’s amphibian populations today.

Forty percent of all the frogs in the world are in danger of extinction, according to the Smithsonian Institution.

Mr. Starkey is chair of the advisory committee of SAVE THE FROGS!

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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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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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Attn runners – Nipmuck Trail Race is June 30

The non-profit Willimantic Athletic Club hosts the Nipmuck South Trail Race on Sunday, June 30. Preregistration is required, and only 100 entrants will be accepted.

The Willimantic Athletic Club hosts the Nipmuck South Trail Race on Sunday, June 30. Preregistration is required, and only 100 entrants will be accepted.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

The Willimantic Athletic Club hosts the Nipmuck South Trail Race on Sunday, June 30.

Preregistration is required, and only 100 entrants will be accepted. The entry fee is $25.

Official times will be provided and posted online at http://thelastmileracing.com

There will be prizes for the first male and female winners, as well as recognition for age-group winners.

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Coming up – Annual Victorian Bazaar at historic site

Mark your calendars for the Willimantic Camp Meeting Association’s 104th Victorian Bazaar, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Mark your calendars for the Willimantic Camp Meeting Association’s 104th Victorian Bazaar, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

Mark your calendars for the Willimantic Camp Meeting Association’s 104th Victorian Bazaar, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29.

The event is held at the historic site, at 453 Windham Road/Rt 32 South – one mile south of the Frog Bridge (look for the sign on the right).

Take your pick of crafts and fancy work, flowers and plants, linens and fabric – including vintage and retro, “white elephant” items (antiques, household goods and more) and “Christmas in June” items.

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Eastern CT State University Class of 2013 – Congrats to Willington 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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Willington 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.

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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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Vigil today for murdered ECSU student

May 20, 2013 Local News No Comments
20-year-old Alyssiah Marie Wiley, the missing ECSU student who was found murdered - a vigil in her memory will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 20 at the clock tower on the Eastern campus in Willimantic, CT.

20-year-old Alyssiah Marie Wiley, the missing ECSU student who was found murdered – a vigil in her memory will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 20 at the clock tower on the Eastern campus in Willimantic, CT.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

A vigil will be held today (May 20) at 3 p.m. on the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University, to gather in memory of 20-year-old Alyssiah Wiley, who was found dead after weeks of searching.

Wiley was reported missing on April 24, but was last seen on Main Street in Willimantic on April 20. She had told friends and roommates she was going home, to West Haven, CT.

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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.

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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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