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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Learning and fun for kids with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra
"Strings are the focus of this concert, which will begin with a short medley taken from Robert Schumann’s Album for the Young. Connecticut soprano Anne Rhodes will narrate the beloved childhood tale Ferdinand the Bull, the story of a bull named Ferdinand who doesn’t like to fight, before singing Aaron Copland’s “Simple Gifts,” “The Little Horses,” and “I Bought Me A Cat.” The concert will end with the familiar, lilting waltz melody from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty."
Labels: New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Episcopalians Celebrate King's Legacy in West Haven
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Barn time in a blizzard: The horses need their hay
The Blizzard of '47
Swirling snow, wind gusts that could flatten a grown man, and howling like a banshee in the wee hours of the morning greeted us as my sisters and I huddled together in the bed meant for one.
The blankets piled high upon us kept us warm but we dared not leave the bed until we could feel some heat rise through the grates in the floor of our bedroom above the first floor kitchen. We could not see anything from our window as it was covered with snow and ice. Our imaginations ran wild.
Dottie, my older sister, spoke with authority, "There must be
three feet of snow on the ground."
Laney, the baby of the family, started to wail, " I won't be able to go out, the snow will cover me."
"Don't fret," I told her, forgetting we would all have to help dad get to the barn to care for the twenty horses we owned.
|Helen and Dorothy Scanlon|
First our dad had to add coal to the stove in the cellar, which had been banked before we all retired the night before. It took awhile for us to brave removing our pile of quilts and such so we could, like lightning, don our robes and slippers and head for the stairs that led into the kitchen of the old farmhouse in which we lived.
We had been warned via our trusty radio that a strong storm would likely hit us overnight but who would have ever thought a blizzard would be surrounding us as we snuggled in our beds our feet warmed by covered and heated bricks that our mother had placed at the bottom of the bed.
|Helen and Walter Scanlon|
Mom had the oven door open to help warm up the kitchen. A large pot of hot cereal awaited us. Hot tea in mugs would help to
keep us warm when we braved the frigid temperatures outdoors.
Dad was already eating his big bowl of piping hot oatmeal. " Hurry girls, you must eat quickly and get dressed warmly. I'll need your help getting to the barn and taking care of our horses. They are our livelihood. you know."
My sisters and I had never experienced a winter storm as ferocious as on this day so we were amazed when we stepped out the kitchen door and saw the mountains of snow drifts and the covered tree limbs bent with the weight of the snow.
Dad had shoveled a narrow path to the barn which we
trudged along. We were on a mission and had no time for snowball fights or snow angels.
Each of us girls were handed a shovel when we got to the
|Walter and Helen Scanlon|
The snow had drifted to about six feet up against the barn door. Dad showed each of us how to shovel so we would not strain ourselves. We cleared a large area so that dad could get the barn door open. Dottie helped him as the rungs on the sliding door had frozen stiff.
We quickly entered the stable and closed the door behind us. The
interior was quite warm compared to the freezing cold outside. Each horse had been covered with a blanket the night before and the combined body heat afforded some degree of warmth.
Our first job was to break the ice in each horse's stall so the animals could drink.
The water pipes had frozen so we were unable to top the buckets but in the front of the barn we had a large watering trough with a thin layer of ice which we broke so each horse if still thirsty could leave his stall and drink from the trough.
Dad sailed hay from the loft to the stable floor and with pitch forks we threw it into each stall. The horses stamped their feet as they knew the oats came next but dad wanted to wait until we cleared the piles of snow from the fenced in paddock area.
A few horses at a time would be led out so they could stretch their legs and roll in the piles of snow if they so chose.
Most just ran back into their stalls to eagerly await the oats, which would surely come next.
Instead Dad had us muck out the stalls so the manure would not freeze and be more difficult to remove if it was just left . Into the wheel barrows it went and out to a new steaming manure pile as we couldn't find the old one in all that snow.
When we finally fed the last horse his measure of oats dad rewarded us will gigantic bear hugs and praise for jobs well done. As we dragged ourselves home we noticed that the light snow had stopped and sunlight was filling the sky.
Dottie the optimist remarked as she threw snowballs at Laney and I "I bet this is the only blizzard we'll have this winter so have some fun."
Editor's note: This story is about the Blizzard of 1947.
Monogold's New Haven show coming to Cafe Nine
The 'What’s Cooking Series,' in Fairfield
FAIRFIELD - The What’s Cooking Series at the Fairfield Public Library is scheduled to feature one of "the area’s premier sources for artisanal cheese," Fairfield Cheese Co., at 7 p.m.
Feb. 8, according to a release.
Laura Downey, co-owner of the store, share her story in the Rotary Room of the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road, the release said.
"Laura will guide us through a scrumptious tasting of fresh and bloomy cheeses, washed
rind and aged cheese, plus a variety of cow, sheep and goat chest," the release said. "We will learn about cheese-making, storage and serving."
Fairfield Cheese Co. was the recipient of Connecticut Magazine’s 2011 and 2012 Best Cheese Selection, the release said.
The "What’s Cooking is a series featuring local cuisines," the release said. "Guest chefs and foodies share the back stories behind their culinary lives."
Advanced registration is required due to the limited space. All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free of charge. For more information and to register for this event call 203-256-3160, or visit www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org .
You can follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter:
www.twitter.com/fairfieldpublib and Facebook: www.facebook.com/fairfieldlibrary.
The library also encourages folks to "Dream…Discover…Innovate…Create… @ the Fairfield Public Library."
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Monday, January 25, 2016
Coast Guard Sector Long Island honors the late Robert Connors
Connors attended the Coast Guard’s Engineman School in Groton, then was assigned to the Eastwind, the release said..
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Red Cross Has Safety Reminders Ahead of Winter Weather
Keep track of weather updates here.
(For more information on winter storm preparedness in Spanish visit www.cruzrojaamericana.org.
- Assemble an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Pack a winter-specific supply kit that includes a warm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm clothing for each family member. Sand or non-clumping cat litter is good to have on hand to help make walkways or steps less slippery. Additionally, make sure you have a first aid kit and a supply of essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries in your home in the event of a power outage.
- Use Technology to Prepare and Stay Safe: Download Red Cross preparedness apps for your smartphone. Our free apps have tips and real-time information to help you prepare, as well as tools to help you keep in touch during and after a major storm. In particular, the First Aid App has a special section devoted to severe winter weather with preparedness tips and information about coping during and after the storm. Get the apps for iPhones or Android phones at www.redcross.org/mobileapps.
- Heed Storm Warnings: A Winter Storm WARNING means that life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Individuals in a warning area should take precautions immediately. Stay tuned to local media to keep up with forecasts and additional warnings. A Blizzard Warning is issued for winter storms with sustained or frequent winds of 35 mph or higher with considerable falling and/or blowing snow that frequently reduces visibility to 1/4 of a mile or less. These conditions are expected to prevail for a minimum of 3 hours.
- Use Caution Clearing Snow: Shoveling snow is strenuous work; take the task slow and easy to guard against over-exertion or back injury. Take regular breaks. If using a snow thrower, keep hands and feet clear of moving parts. Always turn off your snow thrower and use a stick or other implement to clear blockages, never use your hands. If there is a fire hydrant on your property, clear snow around the hydrant so it is accessible in the event of a fire.
- Tips for Home and Car: Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full, which will help to keep the fuel line from freezing. When the storm has passed, completely clear snow from all surfaces of your vehicle. It’s safer for you and other drivers and it’s the law in Connecticut. Be sure to keep furnace and gas dryer vents outside your home clear of snow to avoid the risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. If you lose power and heat, running water at a trickle from a faucet helps to prevent pipes from freezing.
- Use Generators Safely: Never operate a generator inside homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, sheds or other partially enclosed spaces, even if using a fan or opening doors and windows. Carbon Monoxide (CO) can quickly build up in these spaces and linger for hours after a generator is shut down. Place your generator outside, well away from windows, doors and vents. Shut down the generator before refueling it. If you begin to feel sick, dizzy or weak while using a portable generator, shut it off and get to fresh air immediately. You could have CO poisoning.
- Use Care When Outdoors in the Cold: Dress in light layers so you can adapt to temperatures. Wear a hat; most of your body heat is lost through your head. Mittens are warmer than gloves. Wear insulated, waterproof footwear. Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia that can be a serious medical condition: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms. Recognize frostbite warning signs: gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, waxy feeling skin. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.
Smile: Mystic Aquarium reminds us of National Penguin Awareness Day
Mystic Aquarium is reminding everyone of National Penguin Awareness Day "in honor of its colony of African penguins and the endangered populations in South Africa," according to a release.
"This day is especially meaningful in bringing awareness to the plight of endangered African penguins and the organized efforts of organizations like Mystic Aquarium, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB)," the release said.
This film, produced by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Gayle Sirpenski, "provides a look at the current threats facing African penguins and why it is important these endangered birds be saved from extinction," the release said.
"In celebration of Penguin Awareness Day, Mystic Aquarium is proud to announce the addition of 'Penguins Up Close' a new encounter program designed to provide further insight into the care and conservation of the endangered African penguin. Among the most popular exhibits at Mystic Aquarium, guests are invited to go behind the scenes of the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion and get up close to the African penguins," the release said.
Learn more here.
"Mystic Aquarium is a leader in a collaborative, nationwide effort to assist researchers in South Africa and sends staff to SANCCOB, a leader in seabird rescue and rehabilitation. Staff from the aquarium’s animal care, education and research departments examine all factors possibly affecting the penguins and develop plans for the aquarium to lead and assist with education, research and the conservation efforts of this species. Just last month, Tracy Camp, Senior Trainer at Mystic Aquarium, traveled to South Africa to assist with the efforts at SANCCOB. Her blog can be found at http://www.mysticaquarium.org/
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Gateway Community College Foundation: Chef Bun Lai event coming up
|Chef Bun Lai|
"Hailed by the Huffington Post as a 'sustainable sushi guru,' the renowned Chef Bun brings 'crisscrosses the globe' in search of harmful invasive species in our oceans and repurposes them into the next new delicacy," the release noted. "Nature.org praises Chef Bun Lai who 'has taken the next step in his quest for sustainability: He’s tackling the party crashers of the sea by crafting inventive dishes from what’s available and abundant locally — and that includes plenty of invasive species.'”
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Watch: Dublin Rising 1916-2016
|Cliffs of Moher|
After the annual Mass organizers have held a ceremony to honor the men and woman who fought for Irish independence . “This annual public ceremony in New Haven ... in its 24th year, serves as a reminder to all ethnic groups that freedom and liberty carry a high price,” organizers have previously said in release. “Local honorees are remembered in a roll call and the original ‘Proclamation of Freedom’ will be read.”
|An image from Ireland|
Watch the video here.
The 1916 Easter Rising occurred when about 1,000 men and women captured the General Post Office in Dublin, Ireland, in an effort to break the bonds of British rule and gain independence for their country, the release said. “This became a key turning point on the road to Irish independence..."
Saturday, January 16, 2016
The Gustave Whitehead debate continues at the Stratford Library
|Author Susan Brinchman|
See photos of Whitehead and his aircraft in 1901 here.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Read President Obama's resolution on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
'Gift to UConn To Provide Scholarships'
|Gary Gladstein (contributed photo)|
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven taking grant applications
"Applicants who are unfamiliar with the grant process are encouraged to register for an informational webinar to be held in mid- February," the release said. Learn more here.
Monday, January 11, 2016
West Haven Twilight Baseball League 'Hot Stove Lunch' is Jan. 23
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St. Mary Parish in Branford to hold sessions for Catholics seeking to return to faith
Saturday, January 9, 2016
CitySeed’s Winter Farmers’ Market coming up in New Haven
Thursday, January 7, 2016
American Red Cross to hold volunteer orientation in New Haven
Anyone interested in attending the session and becoming a volunteer must register in advance online at redcross.org/ct/volunteer, the release said. Call 860-678-2788 for more information.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
New Haven Museum to hold storytelling for Peabody Museum’s 20th MLK Celebration
"Held in honor of Dr. King and his efforts to ensure environmental and social justice among all people, other activities planned by the Peabody Museum include world-class performances and educational activities for visitors of all ages. All events held in conjunction with the two-day celebration are free of charge," the release said.
Monday, January 4, 2016