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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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Windham Hospital to host “Be the Match” bone marrow drive

April 18, 2013 Local News No Comments
At least 70 percent of patients awaiting a bone marrow transplant don’t have a donor in their family.

At least 70 percent of patients awaiting a bone marrow transplant don’t have a donor in their family.

Press Release

Windham Hospital is teaming up with the National Marrow Donor Program and Hartford HealthCare to help give hope to patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases.

The hospital will host the “Be the Match” bone marrow registry on Tuesday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bernard Desrosier room on the third floor of the hospital.

Thousands of patients with blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases need a bone marrow transplant.

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State Rep Hurlburt to step down to head Farm Service Agency in CT

April 16, 2013 Business, Local News No Comments
CT State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt at the Coventy Regional Farmers Market's new barn. Hurlburt announced his resignation April 16 as he assumes his new role as head of the federal Farm Service in CT. Contributed photo.

CT State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt at the Coventy Regional Farmers Market’s new barn. Hurlburt announced his resignation April 16 as he assumes his new role as head of the federal Farm Service Agency in CT. Contributed photo.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney (D-2) announced today (April 16) the appointment of State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt (D-53) as Farm Service Agency State Executive Director.

Hurlburt was appointed by President Obama. He was recommended by Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and Congressman Courtney after an interview process coordinated by Senator Blumenthal’s office with state agricultural leaders.

Hurlburt currently represents the towns of Ashford, Tolland and Willington.

Special Election

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today also announced she has received Rep. Hurlburt’s resignation and will be scheduling a special election to fill this vacancy.

Hurlburt’s resignation takes effect at noon on Friday April 19, 2013.

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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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CT DEEP Commissioner to demonstrate electric-vehicle service at Storrs Center

April 15, 2013 Business, Local News No Comments
CT DEEP Commissioner Esty is expected to charge his Chevy Volt at one of the stations – there are four Level 2 retractable electric charging stations – and a Hertz car-share program will be introduced.

CT DEEP Commissioner Esty is expected to charge his Chevy Volt at one of the stations – there are four Level 2 retractable electric charging stations in the Mansfield Garage – and a Hertz car-share program will be introduced.

By Brenda Sullivan, HTNP News Editor

Connecticut Connecticut DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty is expected to join Mansfield Mayor Betsy Paterson and other local dignitaries beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16 to tour the Storrs Center development.

The visit is meant to highlight energy and pro-environment aspects of the development, including electric vehicle charging stations for the public.

Commissioner Esty was originally scheduled to visit Storrs Center and talk about the electric-vehicle leasing service on March 19, but that visit was rescheduled because of bad weather.

His April 16 visit begins at the Storrs Center Parking Garage and then moves to the businesses on Dog Lane.

The lower level of the parking garage features electric vehicle charging stations for the public. Commissioner Esty will park his Chevy Volt and connect it to a charger.

There are four, Level-2 retractable electric charging stations – and a Hertz car-share program will be introduced.

This demonstration will be followed with a speaking program on the sidewalk along Dog Lane, outside of retail shops and restaurants. (In the event of rain, the group will move inside the Dog Lane Café).

A reception will follow at Dog Lane Café.

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Learn about local folks during the Civil War

Frank Niederwerfer, who lives in South Windsor, is a Civil War historian and a member of the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Reenacting Unit.  He will give a talk at the Willington Library on April 25 2013. Facebook photo

Frank Niederwerfer, who lives in South Windsor, is a Civil War historian and a member of the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Reenacting Unit. He will give a talk at the Willington Library on April 25 2013. Facebook photo

There’s more to the Civil War than what we learned from “Gone with the Wind.”

In fact, many New Englanders played important, if not always dramatic roles.

You can learn more at a program on the subject presented by Civil War historian Frank Niederwerfer at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Willington Public Library at 7 Ruby Road.

The program is hosted by the Willington Historical Society.

Niederwerfer, who lives in South Windsor, is a Civil War historian and a member of the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Reenacting Unit.

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Does Willington love its library?

April 12, 2013 Local News No Comments
Tuesday, April 16 2013 is “Snapshot Day” at libraries throughout Connecticut and across the country.

Tuesday, April 16 2013 is “Snapshot Day” at libraries throughout Connecticut and across the country.

Press Release

Tuesday, April 16 2013 is “Snapshot Day”  at libraries throughout Connecticut and across the country.

Libraries will take a “snapshot” that day – that is, they will collect information to capture the impact that Connecticut libraries have on their communities on a typical day.

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Share your lovely locks, help a woman in need

Eastern Connecticut State University’s People Helping People (PHP) student club, in collaboration with Pantene Beautiful Lengths, invites you to a hair-donation event from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 29 in the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center.

Eastern Connecticut State University’s People Helping People (PHP) student club, in collaboration with Pantene Beautiful Lengths, invites you to a hair-donation event from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 29 in the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center.

Eastern Connecticut State University’s People Helping People (PHP) student club, in collaboration with Pantene Beautiful Lengths, invites you to a hair-donation event from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 29 in the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center.

All donated hair will be made into wigs for cancer patients. The public is invited.

For those interested in donating, hair must be…

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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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