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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

DMV cancels morning driving tests Jan 16

January 15, 2013 Areawide, Local News No Comments
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has canceled all road skill tests scheduled before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, due to the impending winter storm.

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has canceled all road skill tests scheduled before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, due to the impending winter storm.

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has canceled all road skill tests scheduled before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, due to the impending winter … Continue Reading

UConn scholarship for Sandy Hook victims tops $800,000

January 14, 2013 Areawide, Local News No Comments
The Orange Bowl Committee's gift brings the Sandy Hook scholarship fund to about $800,000.

The Orange Bowl Committee’s gift brings the Sandy Hook scholarship fund to about $800,000.

The University of Connecticut’s Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund, which honors those who died in the tragic shooting in Newtown, has received a gift of $80,120 from the host of the 2013 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game.

The donation from the Orange Bowl Committee represents $1 for every fan in attendance at the Jan. 7, 2013 BCS National Championship Game, where UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel received the check on UConn’s behalf at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The surprise donation was presented by … Continue Reading

Free massages Monday – It’s National Massage Therapy Awareness Week

October 21, 2012 Business, Local News No Comments

Enjoy a free massage at Quinebaug Valley Community College between 3 and 6 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 22) as part of a celebration of National Massage Therapy Awareness Week. Image courtesy of American Massage Therapy Association.

Enjoy a free massage at Quinebaug Valley Community College between 3 and 6 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 22) as part of a celebration of the 16th annual National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, Oct. 21-27.

The massages are offered by the American Massage Therapy Association.

QVCC is located at 729 Main Street in downtown Willimantic.

QVCC invites the public to meet local licensed massage therapists and learn about the many benefits of massage therapy.

Posted October 21, 2012 – based on a press release, links and video added by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan

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Advanced Manufacturing Centers open at three colleges – expected to boost jobs

October 5, 2012 Areawide, Business No Comments

“The new Manufacturing Technology Centers in Connecticut are going to be a huge boost to all the manufacturers in this state and region,” said QVCC President Ross Tomlin. “Manufacturing is growing in the state and the main roadblock for many of the companies is finding enough qualified workers to replace skilled workers who are retiring,” he said. Image source: nextgenmfg.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy this week joined Board of Regents President Robert A. Kennedy at ribbon-cutting ceremonies held at Housatonic Community College (HCC) in Bridgeport, Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) in Waterbury, and Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) in Danielson, to celebrate the opening of new Advanced Manufacturing Centers at each college.

The three new Advanced Manufacturing Centers were established as part of the bipartisan Jobs Bill considered by the legislature and signed by Gov. Malloy last fall (2011).

The bill encouraged new job creation while developing and strengthening the state’s workforce competitiveness.

Included in the bill was $17.8 million in state bond funding for the development of manufacturing programs at the three community colleges.

The colleges will also be responsible for providing measurable outcomes, which include students graduating from the manufacturing program and final job placement in the state’s manufacturing industry.

“The new Manufacturing Technology Centers in Connecticut are going to be a huge boost to all the manufacturers in this state and region,” said QVCC President Ross Tomlin.

“Manufacturing is growing in the state and the main roadblock for many of the companies is finding enough qualified workers to replace skilled workers who are retiring,” he said.

“These programs will infuse a steady stream of graduates this spring (who are) ready to become part of the solution to this problem. They will allow manufacturing to continue to grow and prosper in Connecticut, improve our ability to be competitive in this field (and) at the same time provide excellent jobs to people that need them and want to be a positive part of our economic growth,” Tomlin said.

QVCC’s Manufacturing Technology Center program will run through a partnership with H.H. Ellis Technical High School in Danielson.

Gov. Malloy, at the Oct. 3 ceremonies said, “Turning the corner on decades of economic decline means we have to prepare our students with the high-tech skills that Connecticut companies need to compete globally.”

“We must ensure that our workforce has the strongest possible foundation – that is how Connecticut will regain its competitiveness, create good-paying jobs with good benefits, and strengthen our economy,” Gov.Malloy said.

The colleges recently unveiled a 34-credit Manufacturing Machine Technology certificate program with additional non-credit modules interspersed throughout the year-long program.

The program will prepare students for advanced manufacturing positions that include:

machine operator, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) operator, CNC programmer, assembler and Quality Control inspector.

New equipment will enable students to gain experience operating both manual and CNC equipment.

The program requires a 35-hour-per-week commitment from students and will lead to a basic manufacturing certificate and an advanced manufacturing certificate.

Students will spend approximately half their time in classroom activities and half in the manufacturing lab with hands-on projects.

The model for the new centers and certificate programs is the Manufacturing Technology Center at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield.

At HCC, the center features a newly-designed manufacturing lab space outfitted with both new and existing equipment.

Input, support and guidance from area manufacturers continues to strengthen the new certificate programs at HCC.

“This ribbon-cutting is indeed a landmark moment for the college and the business community,” said HCC President Anita T. Gliniecki. “The Regional Advanced Manufacturing Center is coming online just as manufacturing activity in the region is picking up. The center will prepare students for well-paying jobs in a growing field while providing area manufacturers with the skilled workers they need to sustain their growth.”

The Advanced Manufacturing Center located in NVCC’s Technology Hall, will continue to feature manufacturing and technical education.

“Naugatuck Valley Community College… will be training students to enter the workforce for the first time, as well as offering training to companies for their (current) workers,” said NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis.

Posted October 5, 2012 based on a press release as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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Xenophon ‘Zenny’ Zorba Oct 29 1940 – Sept 17 2012

Xenophon “Zenny” Zorba. Zenny was well known in Mansfield and surrounding towns as owner and operator of the former Zenny’s Restaurant in Storrs-Mansfield, CT, where his friends in the community visited him daily for nearly 30 years until 2010, be it for dinner, a wedding, any one of a number of celebrations, a classical chamber music concert, or simply to watch the Red Sox, UCONN, or Jeopardy together over a drink.

Xenophon “Zenny” Zorba, 71, of Willington, CT, loving husband of Alisonn (Ensell) Zorba, passed away peacefully Sept. 17, 2012 at home.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road, on the Storrs-UConn campus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Storrs Congregational Church.

Zenny was born on Oct. 29, 1940 in Katerini, Greece to Alexander and Rebecca (Sideropoulos) Zorba.

Zenny was well known in Mansfield and surrounding towns as owner and operator of the former Zenny’s Restaurant in Storrs-Mansfield, CT, where his friends in the community visited him daily for nearly 30 years until 2010, be it for dinner, a wedding, any one of a number of celebrations, a classical chamber music concert, or simply to watch the Red Sox, UCONN, or Jeopardy together over a drink.

The hundreds of employees over the years were like family to Zenny and would stay in touch with him many years after they worked there.

Zenny came to the United States in 1947 and lived in and around Boston up to 1967. As a young man, Zenny worked hard at many different vocations, from driving a taxi, to going up 5 stories to paint buildings, to working at a Coca Cola bottling plant.

In 1967 Zenny moved to Connecticut, where he learned the building trade and ultimately owned and operated his own building and foundation business through the 1970s. During this time, Zenny helped many people become first-time homeowners.

In 1980, Zenny opened Zenny’s Restaurant at Four Corners – the intersection of Routes 44 and 195, and then expanded the business twice throughout the decade.

While it took him 54 years to finally get around to it, one of Zenny’s proudest days was becoming a citizen of the United States in 2001.

Zenny is survived by his wife Alisonn, his four children Laurie Zorba of North Billerica, MA, Christine Ann DeCarolis and her husband James of Nashua, NH, Alexander Zorba and his wife Joanne of Madison, CT and Bethany Zorba of Tolland, CT, his two grandchildren Connor Occhialini and Nicholas Zorba, and his sister Athena Kantartjis and her husband Michael of Athens, Greece.

Zenny’s family would like to thank his many friends – though there is not enough space here to individually thank the countless number of people who were a friend to him.

The family also wishes to thank Storrs Congregational Church for being a welcoming spiritual home for him during his later years and to the caring people of Vitas Hospice Care for helping him stay at home in his final peaceful days.

Potter Funeral Home www.potterfuneralhome.com is handling arrangements.

Posted October 5, 2012

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Artist chosen for the 2013-2014 Duck Stamp

Robert Steiner, an artist from San Francisco, CA, is the winner of the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, which determines the design for the 2013-2014 stamp.

… a much coveted “prize.”

Robert Steiner, an artist from San Francisco, CA, is the winner of the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, which determines the design for the 2013-2014 stamp.

The announcement was made today (Oct. 4) by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Rowan Gould at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Steiner’s acrylic painting of a common goldeneye will be made into the 2013-2014 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in late June 2013.

According to the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), on Sept 29, a panel of 5 judges reviewed 192 waterfowl art submissions and chose Steiner’s work.

Federal Duck Stamps are not valid for postage.

Originally created in 1934 as federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl, Federal Duck Stamps have a much larger purpose today.

Federal Duck Stamps are a vital tool for wetland conservation; 98 cents out of every dollar generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System (http://www.fws.gov/refuges )

Since 1934, sales of Federal Duck Stamps have generated more than $750 million, which has been used to purchase or lease more than 6 million acres of wetlands habitat in the United States for protection.

An estimated one-third of the nation’s endangered and threatened species find food or shelter in refuges established using Federal Duck Stamp funds.*

People, too, have benefited from the Federal Duck Stamp. Hunters have places to enjoy their sport and other outdoor enthusiasts have places to hike, watch birds, photograph and explore. Moreover, these protected wetlands help purify water supplies, store flood water, reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, and provide spawning areas for fish important to sport and commercial fishermen.

Besides serving as a hunting license and a conservation tool, a current year’s Federal Duck Stamp also serves as an entrance pass for national wildlife refuges where admission is charged. Duck Stamps are also popular collector items.

To learn more about the stamps, including when and where to buy them, visit the Federal Duck Stamp web site at http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/Info/Stamps/stampinfo.htm

Posted October 4, 2012 based on a press release, as edited and added to by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sulllivan

*From the Federal Duck Stamp web site

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Rep. Hurlburt opens 2012 campaign headquarters in Willington

September 17, 2012 Local News No Comments

CT State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt visits the Coventy Regional Farmers Market’s new barn.Hurlburt is seeking reelection to represent the 53rd Assembly District which includes the towns of Ashford, Tolland and Willington. He has opened his campaign headquarters at the Willington Mill Works on Route 32.

State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt has opened his 2012 election headquarters in the historic Willington Mill Works building.

Hurlburt, a Democrat, is running for re-election to the state legislature in the 53rd Assembly District which includes the towns of Ashford, Tolland and Willington.

The Hurlburt 2012 team occupies suite 2102. The headquarters phone number is 860-729-2235.

A grand opening will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The Willington Mill Works complex is located at 156 River Road (Route 32).

Rep. Hurlburt is using his Facebook and Twitter accounts as his online campaign sites.  His page on Facebook is Bryan Hurlburt for State Representative and on Twitter it is @bryanhurlburt .

Hurlburt plans to reach out to residents personally by going door-to-door, as well as sending issue mailings and making phone calls.

“If you see me out in the community, please say hello,” he said. “It’s important that everyone who wants to share their opinions and concerns gets to do so on a personal basis – that’s my goal.”

Hurlburt has served in the General Assembly since 2006. His Republican challenger is Christine Vincent, who has served on the Tolland Board of Education for seven years.

The Willington Mill Works building, whose construction began in 1860, was originally home to the Gardner Hall, Jr. Company, maker of spooled threads from 1860-1954. The industry heritage of the company was adopted into Willington’s official town seal in 1919.

The building has been owned and managed by the Buccino family since 1962, and has served as home over the years to a variety of businesses ranging from manufacturing, research and development, retail, professional offices and art studios.

Building occupancy is currently at 98 percent, up from a recession low of 6 percent just two years ago.

Hurlburt said he is excited about the location of the headquarters because of its history and because it is a convenient location for residents of all three district towns to visit.

“This is a perfect spot to work on this year’s election effort and I encourage anyone interested in joining us to stop by, even if it is to just say ‘Hi,’ discuss some issues or to check out this beautiful historic building,” he said.

Hurlburt is a lifelong Tolland resident, and a graduate of Tolland High School and the University of Connecticut. Before his election to the legislature in 2006, he served on the Tolland Town Council.

Posted September 17, 2012 based on a press release

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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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