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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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UConn unveils new leaner, meaner Huskies logo

Weighing in on the new design, women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma said, “This logo is everything that a Husky is supposed to be – powerful, aggressive, determined. It is looking right through you and saying ‘Do not mess with me’.... This is a streamlined, fighting dog and I cannot wait for it to be on our uniforms and court.” Image courtesy of UConn Athletics

Weighing in on the new Huskies logo design, women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma said, “This logo is everything that a Husky is supposed to be – powerful, aggressive, determined. It is looking right through you and saying ‘Do not mess with me’. ” Image courtesy of UConn Athletics

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UConn Athletics today (April 11) unveiled a new version of the Husky logo.

UConn Athletics has been working with Nike to evaluate all parts of its brand, including word marks, logos and uniforms, for the past 14 months.

The new Husky Dog logo will be featured on uniforms for every one of UConn’s 24 athletic programs in 2013-14 and each of those uniforms will also prominently display the block UCONN word mark outlined in red.

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New Red Sox charity plate for CT scholarships

March 8, 2013 Areawide, Sports No Comments
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman are expected to join representatives from the Boston Red Sox and other state and local officials at a news conference to announce the details of a Red Sox charity license plate program on March 8, 2013.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman are expected to join representatives from the Boston Red Sox and other state and local officials at a news conference to announce the details of a Red Sox charity license plate program on March 8, 2013.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

Editor’s note: Given the forecast for severe weather Thursday evening into Friday morning, this event may be postponed.

On Friday morning (March 8), Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman are expected to join representatives from the Boston Red Sox and other state and local officials at a news conference to announce the details of a Red Sox charity license plate program.

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State invites applications for Recreational Trail Grants

January 18, 2013 Areawide, Local News, Sports No Comments
Naugatuck River Greenway in Waterbury CT. Image source: Waterbury City Website

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is now accepting proposals for Connecticut’s National Recreational Trails Program Grants. The Naugatuck River Greenway in Waterbury, CT is a past recipient of one of these grants. Image source: Waterbury City Website

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is now accepting proposals for Connecticut’s National Recreational Trails Program Grants.

Applications will be accepted through March 29, 2013.

Grants may be made to any private nonprofit organizations, municipalities, state departments and tribal governments. Grant amounts vary.

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State offers new Youth Fishing Passport

CT Fish and Wildlife has developed fishing activities and is building a list of fishing vendors who will support passport holders with a special benefit.

CT Fish and Wildlife has developed fishing activities and is building a list of fishing vendors who will support passport holders with a special benefit. CT Fish and Wildlife photo.

Connecticut Fish and Wildlife has announced a new free Youth Fishing Passport.

The Youth Fishing Passport is a program designed to encourage those under 16 to become avid anglers.

CT Fish and Wildlife has developed fishing activities and is building a list of fishing vendors who will support passport … Continue Reading

Say adieu to UConn Memorial Stadium – to make way for basketball facility

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has approved $800,000 for the demolition of Memorial Stadium and related work. The site, adjacent to Gampel Pavilion, will be cleared to build a new basketball development center for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The stadium was built in 1953 and was home to UConn football games until the program moved to Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. Photo source: Wikicommons - public domain photo

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has approved $800,000 for the demolition of Memorial Stadium and related work.

The site, adjacent to Gampel Pavilion, will be cleared to build a new basketball development center for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Memorial Stadium was where the UConn football team played its home games before it moved to Rentschler Field in East Hartford in 2003.

The stadium has been rarely used outside of joggers using its steps for a workout, but the field has been used for athletics and intramural programs.

Demolition work is expected to begin in early spring.

Trustee Francis Archambault Jr. said the new basketball facility has been “in the works” for more than a year and has long been a need for the men’s and women’s basketball programs.

“Both Hall of Fame coaches (women’s basketball Head Coach Geno Auriemma and men’s basketball Head Coach Jim Calhoun) have been frustrated with the inability to practice as much as they would like,” said Archambault.

University officials plan to construct a 70,000-square-foot facility.

The project will be paid for solely through donations, of which the university has gotten approximately $17 million so far. It is expected to cost approximately $40 million.

It will have practice gyms, locker rooms, coaches’ offices and areas for academic support and training.

The building will be set up similar to the $48 million Burton Family Football Complex. That facility opened in the summer of 2006.

The goal is to finish construction of the basketball facility by late 2013 or early 2014.

Archambault said the new basketball facility would help the university “stay competitive” when recruiting student athletes.

The basketball facility is one of many athletic department projects planned for the campus. UConn also plans to improve facilities for softball, baseball and soccer.

Reportedly, $1 million has been raised for the baseball project and $4.5 million has been raised for the soccer project.

The goal is to finish all of the athletic department projects by 2014.

Although the basketball facility project is important, Archambault said there are other “more pressing needs” on campus, such as the need for a new recreational facility.

Archambault said another top priority is addressing the need for academic space, which is being addressed through the construction of two new classroom buildings.

One of these opened in the fall and the other is expected to be finished this summer.

The buildings are or will be used by departments in the Arjona and Monteith academic buildings.

Posted March 4, 2012 as edited and added to by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

Related link: “Memories of Memorial Stadium,” UConnHuskies.com http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/110602aaa.html

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Come to E.O. Smith High School ribbon-cutting for new athletic facilities

October 27, 2011 Local News, Sports No Comments
The event will highlight the completion of E.O. Smith High School's Athletic Facilities Renovation Project. Graphic source: wellpromo.com

The event will highlight the completion of E.O. Smith High School's Athletic Facilities Renovation Project. Graphic source: wellpromo.com

The Regional School District 19 Board of Education will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.

The event will highlight the completion of the Athletic Facilities Renovation Project, which included the installation of a new track, synthetic game field, tennis courts and bleachers.

The event will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. on the field.

Questions? Contact Supt. Bruce Silva’s office at 860-487-1862.

Posted Oct. 27, 2011

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Ribbon-cutting for Willington’s new athletic complex is June 4

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The official ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating Phase II of Willington, CT's River Road Athletic Complex project will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011. Photo source: Town of Willington

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating Phase II of the River Road Athletic Complex project will be held Saturday, June 4.

Speeches, games and events will be held from noon to 5 p.m. (The rain date is Sunday, June 5, same hours.)

The ceremony, dedication and speeches by local dignitaries will start promptly at noon, so plan to arrive a little early to park your vehicle and find a good spot (bring your own lawn chair).

If you liked to play in the 3 vs 3 Basketball Tournaments, there’s a $5 per player fee. The tournaments divisions are middle school, high school and over-18. Please contact Greg Suchy at gsuchy47@charter.net to register.

Other events will include scheduled WAM Soccer and Little League Baseball games.

There will be DJ music throughout the event. You can join a pick-up game of volleyball or join in an inaugural lap around the walking path. There’s also a great playscape for the little ones.

Food and beverages will be available for sale.

It’s going to be a great day – wear your Willington T-shirt and show your town pride!

Posted June 1, 2011

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