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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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UConn deal means free football tickets for members of National Guard

July 1, 2013 Local News, Sports Comments Off
For every Husky football season ticket purchased between Monday, July 1 and Sunday, July 7, UConn will donate a single-game ticket to active and retired personnel of the Connecticut National Guard for the Military Appreciation Game against Louisville on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

For every Husky football season ticket purchased between Monday, July 1 and Sunday, July 7, UConn will donate a single-game ticket to active and retired personnel of the Connecticut National Guard for the Military Appreciation Game against Louisville on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

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The University of Connecticut announced today (July 1) a special Military Appreciation Offer in partnership with the Connecticut National Guard as the Fourth of July holiday approaches.

For every Husky football season ticket purchased between Monday, July 1 and Sunday, July 7, 2013 UConn will donate a single-game ticket to active and retired personnel of the Connecticut National Guard for the Military Appreciation Game against Louisville on Friday, Nov. 8.

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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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Willimantic Police Officer shot, man found dead

June 25, 2013 Local News Comments Off
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Police have released the name of the 34-year-old man who allegedly shot a Willimantic Police officer responding to a call for assistance at a Tunxis Lane home.

By Brenda Sullivan

CORRECTION - Andrew Samuolis was scheduled to appear in Superior Court GA 11 in Danielson, CT on Wednesday, June 26. The location of the court was incorrectly reported in the original post. Samuolis is charged with breach of peace and interfering with police, but according to Lt. Vance, additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.

Police have released the name of the 34-year-old man who allegedly shot a Willimantic Police officer responding to a call for assistance at a Tunxis Lane home.

In a press conference at 4 p.m. today, State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said police had received a phone call requesting a “well-being check” and when they arrived at the home, a white male – now identified as Andrew Samuolis – ambushed and shot a police officer in the arm.

They also found the body of another male in the house. Police were not disclosing this person’s identity as of this posting.

The suspect fled on foot into a wooded area. Police called for assistance and police dogs were brought in for the search.

Lt. Vance said gun fire was exchanged between the suspect and police.

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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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Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge nets town more than $4,500

June 17, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off

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Storrs-Mansfield and Windham-Willimantic town leaders, and representatives from Northeast Utilities will gather in two ceremonies to celebrate the success of The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, a three-year community energy savings program that helped local residents save money, reduce energy use and give back to their local economy.

Over three years, Neighbor to Neighbor engaged residents in 14 towns, including Windham and Mansfield, helping them reduce their energy use by 20 percent.

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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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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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