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Want to learn about wild edibles?

August 7, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Chances are you've seen this wild edible - Purslane. It's important when foraging to choose areas that aren't contaminated by automobile traffic or dogs, etc. To learn more about foraging, join a walk in Goodwin Forest on Sunday, Aug. 11, in Hampton, CT.

Chances are you’ve seen this wild edible – Purslane. It’s important when foraging to choose areas that aren’t contaminated by automobile traffic or dogs, etc. To learn more about foraging, join a walk in Goodwin Forest on Sunday, Aug. 11, in Hampton, CT.

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Join a field tour at the James L. Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center in Hampton, CT from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11 to learn more about what you might find in the wild to add to your salad or spring roll.

Join Naturalist Emma Lorusso and learn about plants and trees that will help you survive in the wilderness, and plants that just taste good.

The tour covers the Haley Native Plants Wildlife Gardens – cultivated gardens – and then explores the wilder parts of the Goodwin Forest property.

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Coming up in August at Mansfield Public Library

August 1, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Joe Hurley will discuss his book “Ten Million Steps on Route 6, a Fresh Look at America & Americans from Cape Cod to California,” on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Mansfield Public Library's Buchanan Auditorium.  This program is free and open to the public.

Joe Hurley will discuss his book “Ten Million Steps on Route 6, a Fresh Look at America & Americans from Cape Cod to California,” on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Mansfield Public Library’s Buchanan Auditorium. This program is free and open to the public.

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Let’s make compost soup

On Friday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m., there’s some messy fun at the children’s program, “Compost Soup,” presented by the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Children will learn about compost and soil, and build a “seed bomb” to plant in their own yard or garden. No pre-registration is necessary.  This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Because children will be playing with dirt, please dress them in clothes that can get messy!

Natural art

Calling all Teens and Tweens… on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. for “Sticks and Stones.”  Create something beautiful using objects from nature.

Tasty event

The library’s annual ice cream social begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 on the library lawn. Make your own sundaes and enjoy some fun and games.

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Mmmm… fresh blueberries

July 17, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

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You are invited to a Blueberry Festival & Breakfast hosted by First Church of Christ Mansfield, CT beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. The church is located at 549 Storrs Road (Route 195) in Mansfield Center.

All are welcome! Join us for a delicious breakfast of blueberry French toast, Blessed Blueberry Sauce, home fries, sausage and bacon, fresh fruit and berries, blueberry muffins and coffee and tea.

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Catch the ‘air show’ in Willimantic July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Chimney Swifts, by Judy Grund, via Willimantic Wildlife Habitat on Facebook 2013

Chimney Swifts, by Judy Grund, via Willimantic Wildlife Habitat on Facebook 2013

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Willimantic Wildlife Habitat (visit their Facebook page ) wants you to know, it’s Chimney Swift Night on Monday, July 1, at the Willimantic Brewing Company on Main Street in Willimantic!

The pub has brewed Flying Cigar Ale – “flying cigar” is a nickname for this bird – and will donate portions of proceeds to chimney swift conservation.

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SAVE THE FROGS talk is June 23

June 22, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
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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

June 22, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Business, Local News Comments Off
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.

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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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Australian Aboriginal music at Mansfield Library

June 16, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Pete Onofrio presents “Learn with the Didgeridoo: Australian Aboriginal Music” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 at the Mansfield Public Library. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up. Photo source: video screen shot.

Pete Onofrio presents “Learn with the Didgeridoo: Australian Aboriginal Music” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 at the Mansfield Public Library. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up. Photo source: video screen shot.

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Pete Onofrio presents “Learn with the Didgeridoo: Australian Aboriginal Music” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 at the Mansfield Public Library. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Let the sounds of the Didgeridoo, the world’s oldest wind instrument, and the Native American flute take you back to ancient times when people were closely connected to nature.

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Mansfield Library events in June

June 15, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Image source: Wikicommons free usage.

At the Mansfield Public Library, Friday, June 21 marks the start of the Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “Dig in to Reading” and we’ll be kicking off the fun with a Garden Gnome Party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Image source: Wikicommons free usage.

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Look for the return of Wonderful Wednesdays at the Mansfield Public Library, beginning June 19 at 10:30 a.m.

This story time is held in the Program Room, and is followed by a craft or other activity.  All ages are invited and no registration is required.

Also, on Friday, June 21 – it’s Toddler Time!  Open to children from 0-36 months and their parents/caregivers, this playgroup features a brief story time, songs and lots of age-appropriate toys.  The program is a drop-in group beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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Windham and Storrs microgrid power projects could get additional funding

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Press Release Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Oct. 30 that nine towns that are part of a pilot microgrid program, including Windham and Storrs, are eligible for additional funding. The …

In Mansfield, Get a jump on toy shopping

Over the Rainbow Toys in the East Brook Mall on the Mansfield/Willimantic town line is closing its doors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, according to an e-blast sent to its customers today.

And between now and Nov. 2, shoppers will receive a 30 percent discount on all in-stock merchandise at the mall location – excluding Lego and Bruder toys.

UConn President responds to accusations school failed to act on sexual assault complaints

UConn President Susan Hebst. File photo.

There are circumstances under which the university should notify a student that another student who may have been suspended or expelled from campus will be returning, if they are returning. It is my understanding that this notification did not take place in a case that occurred three years ago and it should have. This process was corrected. – UConn President Susan Herbst

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