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New leadership at UConn’s Roper Center

July 24, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
Paul Herrnson takes over this week (July 22) as Executive Director of the Roper Center, and joins the faculty as a Professor of Political Science. Photo source: Roper Center

Paul Herrnson takes over this week (July 22) as Executive Director of the Roper Center, and joins the faculty as a Professor of Political Science. Photo source: Roper Center

By CTBYTHENUMBERS.info

There is new leadership at UConn’s Roper Center for Public Opinion Research , one of the world’s leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from surveys of public opinion.

The data held by the Roper Center, on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut, range from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Most of the archived information is from the United States, but more than 50 nations are represented.

In the Roper Center’s role as an archive, it preserves data from polls conducted by many leading survey organizations for the use of researchers, students and journalists. In total, the collection includes responses from millions of individuals on a vast range of topics.

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Future of local water supply is topic of public forum July 29

July 22, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

Press Release

A forum focused on our water supply – including who decides how it’s used – will be hosted by The League of Women Voters of Northeastern Connecticut (formerly the League of Women Voters of Mansfield) and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CIWR at UConn) on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge (lower level), located at 198 Pleasant St. in Willimantic.

This event is free and open to the public.

The “Regional Water: Where Is It? Who Uses It? Who Decides?” program will be wide-ranging and fast-paced, with three different panel discussions:

  • Regional Water Resources,
  • Regional Water Systems, and
  • Water, Economic Development and Regional Planning

Panelists include water experts from the University of Connecticut, representatives from Windham Water Works, CT Water Company and representatives from the Economic Development Commissions of Windham, Tolland and Mansfield.

Members of each panel will give very brief presentations, with most of the time allotted to answering written questions from the audience.

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Learn how to cut electric costs and enjoy a cookout July 22

July 21, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
CTV14 recently taped a very informative interview with C-Tec Solar, the official installer, and a representative of Solarize Connecticut, Kate Donnelly, that can be viewed online at no charge at http://www.ctv14.com   Photo source: Screen shot from CTV14 video

CTV14 recently taped a very informative interview with C-Tec Solar, the official installer, and a representative of Solarize Connecticut, Kate Donnelly, that can be viewed online at no charge at http://www.ctv14.com Photo source: Screen shot from CTV14 video

By Ginny Walton | Town of Mansfield

As Solarize Mansfield-Windham draws to a close, volunteers are planning a solar installation event, an opportunity to see solar arrays installed and to ask questions of the official installer C-TEC Solar, before the July 31 deadline to sign up.

The event is Monday, July 22 from 3 to 7 p.m. at 137 Oxbow Drive in Willimantic.

Due to the strong response by residents in both towns to Solarize Mansfield-Windham, the program has now reached Tier-5 pricing, which is the lowest possible price.

Homeowners who sign contracts through the town-sponsored Solarize program can expect to save thousands of dollars for the solar installation as well as reduce annual electric bills by approximately $1,000, depending on the size of the installed system.

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Federal programs can support rural cultural ‘economy’

July 20, 2013 Business Comments Off
Franconia Sculpture Park in Taylors Falls, MN is a jewel amidst the farms and provides an extra economic boost to the surrounding rural communities as well as cultural enrichment to both local residents and visitors from the Twin Cities.  Photo source USDA via Franconia Sculpture Park.

Franconia Sculpture Park in Taylors Falls, MN is a jewel amidst the farms and provides an extra economic boost to the surrounding rural communities as well as cultural enrichment to both local residents and visitors from the Twin Cities. Photo source USDA via Franconia Sculpture Park.

By Chris Beck, Senior Projects Advisor | USDA Rural Development

As rural communities search for new and viable economic approaches, it is becoming clear that one core component of many successful rural communities is the presence of vibrant arts and cultural opportunities.

Last month I had the opportunity to speak about rural arts initiatives and how USDA Rural Development is engaged with local communities and private foundations to provide awareness of our infrastructure programs and how they can assist in supporting local cultural strategies.

At the Americans for the Arts annual meeting I had the honor of representing USDA on two panels where our Rural Development programs were part of the mix.

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EPA warns so-called refrigerant substitutes can cause explosion

July 1, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
R-22 is being phased out of production and importation under the Montreal Protocol, an environmental treaty ratified by every country in the world designed to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances.

R-22 is being phased out of production and importation under the Montreal Protocol, an environmental treaty ratified by every country in the world designed to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances.

Press Release

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns homeowners, propane manufacturers and sellers, home improvement contractors and air-conditioning technicians of potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants in home air-conditioning systems.

The EPA is currently investigating instances where propane has been marketed and used as a substitute for HCFC-22 (R-22), a refrigerant that is widely used in home air-conditioning systems.

Other names for some unapproved refrigerants include R-290, 22a, 22-A, R-22a, HC-22a and CARE 40.

Home air-conditioning systems are not designed to handle propane or other similar flammable refrigerants. The use of these substances poses a potential fire or explosion hazard for homeowners and service technicians.

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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.

Press Release

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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Did you know? It’s National Pollinator Week

June 20, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees.  They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly, bees. They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

On Friday, June 21, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, Pollinator Partnership and others will celebrate the 2013 National Pollinator Week, which is designated as June 17-23.

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly, bees.

They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

The push for a Pollinator Week to raise awareness of the dangers to our food supply caused by such things as bee die-off and overuse of pesticides was originally initiated by the Pollinator Partnership.

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College students honored for high tech environmental inventions

June 19, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
This team from Cornell University won the EPA's P3 Award  for their invention that improves cookstove fuel resources in struggling countries such as Kenya by burning solid fuel without oxygen, which can reduce emissions and create "biochar" for soil enrichment. Photo source: EPA

This team from Cornell University won the EPA’s P3 Award for their invention that improves cookstove fuel resources in struggling countries such as Kenya by burning solid fuel without oxygen, which can reduce emissions and create “biochar” for soil enrichment. Photo source: EPA

Press Release

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today (June 19) announced that seven university and college teams received the coveted P3 Award for their innovative solutions to some of today’s toughest public health and environmental challenges.

EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) award competition was held at the 9th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo.

Each award-winning team qualifies to receive a grant of up to $90,000 to further develop their design and potentially bring it to the marketplace.

Previous P3 award winners have started successful businesses and are globally marketing their technologies.

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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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