Community News For The Putnam Edition

Rock Of Ages

PUTNAM — The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut invites everyone to rock out when The Bradley Playhouse presents Rock of Ages. The show opens April 20 and runs for three weekends. It is recommended for mature audiences due to its adult language and themes.


Performances are April 20, 21, 27, 28 and May 4 and 5, at 7:30 p.m. and April 22, 29 and May 6, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults and $21 for seniors and students.

The book for Rock of Ages was written by Chris D'Arienzo. Arrangements and orchestrations are by Ethan Popp. The TNECT performance of Rock of Ages is co-directed by William Corriveau and Carl Mercier. The music director is Marc Poitras and Nichola Johnson is the choreographer. Paul Lucenti plays aspiring rocker, Drew and Elizabeth Silvia is farm girl Sherrie. Dennis, the owner of the club, is played by Erik Peterson and Brian Lopes appears as his assistant, Lonny. Joe Lucenti is the fading rock star Stacee Jaxx. The cast includes an ensemble of singers and dancers.


The band is Nate Adelman and Isabel Tonelli-Sippel on guitar, Collin Hirschey on keyboard, Jeff Meyer on bass and Marc Poitras on drums.

The Bradley Playhouse is located at 30 Front St. All seats are reserved. Reservations may be made with a major credit card online at www.thebradleyplayhouse.org or by calling 860-928-7887. Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office, either before the performance or at the door if available.

Seeking Volunteers For Earth Day Project

PUTNAM — Volunteers are needed to join local youth groups for an Earth Day project sponsored by the Greater Putnam Interfaith Council and the Town of Putnam on Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m.

This year's project will involve cleaning up an area currently full of trash at 319 Kennedy Drive behind the Dunkin Donuts to the far left of the mall parking lot. The town has plans to use the area to benefit the community after the cleanup.

Vinyl gives, trash bags, snacks and water will be provided. Adult volunteers may want to bring work gloves. The project is funded in part by The Last Green Valley and Runnings Home and Outdoor Store. For more information, call Lyn Tolar at 860-455-8144.

Townwide Tag Sale

POMFRET — Celebrate spring in Pomfret on Saturday, May 5, with the 12th annual town-wide tag sale, sponsored by the Pomfret Proprietors.

Starting at 7 a.m., purchase a map to guide you to over 50 participating residences, businesses and organizations spread throughout town. Maps are sold for $1 at Pomfret Community School, 20 Pomfret St., Routes 169 and 101. Profits from map sales, ads and registrations are donated to a local charitable organization each year.

If you purchase your map at Pomfret Community School, don't miss the Friends of Pomfret Public Library's Used Book Sale from 7 a.m. until noon, featuring current fiction, non-fiction, children's books, biographies, and usually a lot of mystery/suspense. Most books are $1 for hardcovers and trade paperbacks, 50 cents for regular paperbacks, plus a $5 bag sale from 11 a.m. to noon, excluding individually priced books.

The Pomfret Horse & Trail Association will have a group sale at Meadow Rock Farm, 233 Pomfret St. Proceeds from the sale will benefit open space preservation in Pomfret and 4-H campers who would like to attend the Abington 4-H Horse Camp.

The 64th Annual Windham County 4-H Tag Sale at the lodge on 326 Taft Pond Road is a two-day event. The tag sale has an early bird buy-in from 10:30 to noon, for $5 per person on Friday, May 4.


The event is open to all from noon to 5 p.m. and continues on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. There is also an auction of goods and services on both days, with a preview at 5 p.m. and an auction at 6 p.m. Food is available from Mary's Kitchen during both auction and tag sale hours.

A site for multiple tag sales hosted at the Pomfret Senior Center will benefit the Pomfret Food Pantry and Veterans Coffee House. Another group location organized by the Pomfret Town Recreation Department will be held at the town recreation field to benefit the Recreation Department and programs. Consult your map for many more tag sale locations all over town.

Anyone with questions may contact Martha Emilio at Martha@majilly.com or 860-974-1583.

Windham County 4-H Outdoor Center Events

POMFRET — Donations of antiques and gently used household goods, furniture, toys, electronics, tools, books, decorative items, etc. for 64th annual Windham County 4-H auction and tag sale may be dropped off at the lower level back entrance of the lodge, 326 Taft Pond Road.

Donations are accepted from April 18 to May 2. Clothing is not needed. Call 860-974-3379 to schedule delivery at other times or to arrange for item pick up.

April 21: Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp Camper Scamper 5K Race/Walk and 1 Mile Kid Run. 326 Taft Pond Road. Registration begins at 8 a.m.,the kids' race begins at 9:30 a.m. and the adult race starts at 10 a.m. Walkers start immediately after the runners. Professionally timed by Last Mile Race Management. Register by April 1 to receive discount and free T-shirt. Go to www.4hcampct.org for more details and registration forms.

April 21: On Saturday, April 21, from 1:30 to 2 p.m., an informational parent panel on the benefits of Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp for parents and children will be hosted by Heather Logee, Camp Director.

April 22: Visit the Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. at 326 Taft Pond Road. Meet the director and other camp staff, take a camp tour, registration materials available.

April 22: Spring Outdoors Salamander Story Walk led by TLGV Ranger Marcy Dawley from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Windham County 4-H Outdoor Center, 326 Taft Pond Rd., Pomfret, CT. Meet at the lodge and listen to the book "Big Night for Salamanders." Then walk the blue trail and look for live squirmy salamanders too. Return for snacks, acorn stickers and crafts. Dress for the weather. Free. All are welcome; No dogs, please. Call 860-377-5652 for questions.

May 4 and 5: 64th Annual Windham County 4-H Auction & Tag Sale at Windham County 4-H Outdoor Center, 326 Taft Pond Road. The auction starts at 6 p.m. both nights with a preview at 5 p.m. Early bird buy to 3,500-square feet of bargains: $5 per person from 10:30 to noon Friday, May 4. The tag sale is open to all from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Mary's Kitchen will be open during all open hours both days.

Note: An earlier press release contained inaccurate dates for the sale. The sale will take place on May 4 and 5.

Killingly Public Schools' Scholarships


DAYVILLE-KILLINGLY — Killingly Public Schools' 2018-19 scholarship applications will be available through April 30.


Visit http://www.killinglyschools.org for applications. Applications are also available at Killingly High School, 226 Putnam Pike, Dayville, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. during school operating hours, and Killingly Public Schools' Central Administration Office, 79 Westfield Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Students must be graduates of Killingly High School. All applications must be in the Killingly Public Schools' Central Office by April 30 at 3 p.m. No exceptions.

Bull Hill Hike

NORTH GROSVENORDALE — A Bull Hill Forest Preserve hike with TLGV & WLT will take place on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. Enjoy a hike with Wyndham Land Trust's Jeff Stefanik on the Bull Hill Forest Preserve. This parcel of land is diverse, historic and offers wonderful views. Bull Hill Road is located off Senexet Road. Drive respectfully and cautiously to the end of Bull Hill Road and park at the gate. Visit www.wyndhamlandtrust.org for more information on the land trust.

Energy Assistance Program

AREA — Connecticut's Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are accepting energy assistance applications for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. At this time, the program has been funded at 90% of its overall allocation of LIHEAP funds. For Connecticut, that amounts to a little over $67 million. The Connecticut Department of Social Services oversees the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and it is administered by the CT CAAs.

Connecticut residents struggling to pay their utility bills this winter can apply for home heating assistance through their local CAA (see attached list). Connecticut's Community Action Agencies are the only nonprofit agencies administering this critical home heating assistance program to Connecticut's most vulnerable residents. Each CAA has application intake sites throughout their service regions and may include town halls, so those interested should check with their local CAA for a complete site listing.

CAAs are certifying assistance for those who heat with oil, propane, and deliverable fuels. May 1, 2018, is the last day households can apply for benefits unless the household is utility heated and has a shut off notice for its primary source of heat. May 15, 2018 is the last day a utility heated household with a shut off notice for its primary source of heat can apply for benefits.

There are other potential benefits to customers who come in for energy assistance: weatherization services; matching payment program with utilities; and, heating system repair and replacement. Additionally, the CAA staff works with customers around accessing other benefits for which they may be eligible including SNAP, child care, financial counseling, and other programs and services the agency may offer.

Connecticut's poorest families struggle each and every year to heat their homes in this a state with one of the highest utility rates in the country. Often times, customers are forced to choose between heating and eating or heating and paying for their medicines. CEAP allows them to not only cover high home energy costs and keep warm during the cold winter months, but gives limited income families the opportunity to address other critical, basic needs, rather than having to choose between them. Any resident who needs help paying their heating bill this winter should contact their Community Action Agency immediately.

For more information on Connecticut's Energy Assistance Program, how to find your local CAA to apply, or to make a donation, visit www.cafca.org or contact the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA), 144 Clinton Street, New Britain, CT, 06053, 860-832-9438. Each CAA's energy department below contact number is below.

Day Kimball Connects Overdose Victims To Recovery Coaches

PUTNAM — Day Kimball Hospital has partnered with Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) in a program that sends trained recovery coaches to Emergency Departments to serve individuals being treated for overdoses and who are ready for recovery. The recovery coaches will be on-call and available to assist patients who are admitted in the Day Kimball Hospital Emergency Department with opioid overdose and other alcohol- or drug-related medical emergencies by connecting them to substance use disorder treatment and other recovery services and providing transportation if necessary, all at no cost to patients.

"There's no doubt that opioid addiction is a major epidemic. I've witnessed, firsthand, the sharp rise in drug addiction and opiate related overdoses and deaths," said Dr. Steven Wexler, medical director of the Emergency Department at Day Kimball Hospital and national medical director for NES Health. "The causes of this epidemic are complex and combatting it isn't going to happen overnight. Day Kimball's participation in this program is an important step in the fight against the opioid crisis and other substance use disorders in Northeast Connecticut. The program is already exceeding my expectations in the short time we have implemented it."

Recovery coaches are trained, skilled professionals who support patients, family members and hospital personnel, providing assistance to help people begin recovery or to stabilize recovery. The coaches have also recovered from addiction themselves, allowing them to serve as proof that recovery is possible and to better relate to and connect with those struggling with addiction. The initiative is funded in part through federal funds from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of a $5.5 million grant awarded to Connecticut through the 21st Century Cures Act to combat the opioid crisis.

Day Kimball is now one of eight hospitals in Connecticut who offer this program, including Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Manchester Memorial Hospital in Manchester, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, Midstate Medical Center in Meriden, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, and Windham Hospital in Windham.

Christine Collins, director of Day Kimball Healthcare's Family Advocacy Center and implementation coordinator for the CCAR program at Day Kimball Hospital, says the program provides an important bridge to services and a beacon of hope for those it serves.

"In our community, when someone is ready to access recovery they may find so many barriers that it feels overwhelming and may decide not to continue on that path. With this new program, an individual is connected with a recovery coach who can immediately assist in overcoming many of those barriers. A recovery coach will be able to locate appropriate programs, provide transportation and become a strong peer support. We are so grateful to be able to offer this to our patients as we believe they deserve the best opportunities to a better future." Collins said.


Garden Club's $1,000 Scholarship

AREA — The 2018 Quiet Corner Garden Club $1,000 Scholarship will be awarded to a high school student who lives in the Quiet Corner, has been accepted to a college majoring in agriculture, landscape design, horticulture, or other environmental sciences.

This scholarship will be awarded based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership qualities, community service, letter of recommendation and the student's essay.

Applications are available at quietcornergardenclub.org, high school guidance offices and local libraries. Email QCgardenclub@gmail.com with questions or concerns. Be sure to put Scholarship Application in the subject of any email.

Applications must be received no later than May 4. Mail the completed application and required attachments to: Quiet Corner Garden Club, c/o Scholarship Application, P.O. Box 1004, Woodstock, CT 06281. By May 15, applicants will be notified whether or not they have been chosen. The winner and his/her family will be invited to attend a dinner celebration in June.

Plant Sale

WOODSTOCK — The Quiet Corner Garden Club will host its annual plant sale this year on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Agricultural Building on the Woodstock Fairgrounds, 281 CT-169. Proceeds from the annual sale support this scholarship, community events and a wide variety of educational presentations.

Seeking Hospice Volunteers

AREA — Friendly volunteers are welcome to join the Hartford HealthCare at Home Hospice Care team to visit hospice patients, provide respite for weary caregivers, be a listening ear, connect with patients' goals, assist with bereavement or spiritual support, share gifts of music or art, visit as a registered pet therapy team or help with clerical projects.

The Hartford HealthCare at Home volunteers provide 400 hours each month to individuals and families in central and Eastern Connecticut. Volunteers visit based on their individual schedules.

Free training is provided so volunteers can be educated and feel valued in their role by understanding the history and philosophy of hospice, clinical aspects of dying, communication skills, family dynamics, issues of spirituality and religion, and grief and bereavement.

Visitors are needed to connect with hospice patients in Berlin, Cheshire, Danielson, East Hartford, Enfield, Glastonbury, Groton, Hartford, Manchester, New London, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Putnam, Waterbury, Waterford, Watertown and Wolcott. Volunteer clerical support is needed in Southington.

For more information, call John Roush, volunteer coordinator, Hartford HealthCare at Home & Hospice, at 860-951-6997.

Al-Anon And Alateen

AREA — Al-Anon and Alateen welcome family and friends of persons whose alcohol use may be a problem for them. Al-Anon/Alateen is an anonymous program. Al-Anon meetings will take place on the following days.

Mondays: Dayville, United Services, 1007 N.Main St., Route 12, 6:30 p.m., except legal holidays.

Wednesdays: Mansfield, United Methodist Church, 29 Puddin Lane, 7:30 p.m.; East Woodstock, E. Woodstock Congregational Church, 220 E.Woodstock Road, 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays: Mansfield, Natchaug Hospital, Route 195, 189 Storrs Road, 7 p.m.; Putnam, St. Philip Episcopal Church, 63 Grove St., Route 12, 10 a.m.

Fridays: Norwich, Backus Hospital, D Wing, 326 Washington St., 6:30 p.m.

Saturdays: Putnam, Day Kimball Hospital, Main Entrance A, Room 1, 7 p.m.; Willimantic, Windham Hospital, Main Entrance, follow signs, 9:30 a.m. (Spanish/English Meeting).

Alateen Meeting: Mondays, Backus Hospital, 326 Washington St., 6:30 p.m.