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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
At the Old State House: 'From Farming to Therapy: Animals at Work'
"Enjoy a presentation on nineteenth-century agrarian life" by Rhys Simmons, coordinator of Agriculture at Old Sturbridge Village, followed by a panel discussion led by the Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith, the release said.
Smith "will sit down with Simmons and other animal experts to discuss the various roles animals hold inside the working world and the steps that have been taken and should be taken to ensure their safety."
The horses of Hartford’s Mounted Police will visit at the end of the program, the release said. The free event is sponsored by Connecticut Humanities.
Did you know: "Connecticut's Old State House served as a seat of government for the Constitution State from 1796 to 1878. The Old State House Shop, located on the Main Street side of the building, provides visitors an opportunity to purchase great, quality-made Connecticut and Hartford themed gifts, products and apparel. The Old State House Farmers Market, the oldest of its kind in the state, is open Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer."
Friday, July 18, 2014
Watch: President Obama talks about plane shot down in Ukraine
The full remarks are below the video and are not edited:
Thursday, July 17, 2014
President Obama's Call with President Putin of Russia
Update (6 p.m.):
"President Obama spoke with Ukrainian President Poroshenko this afternoon to discuss the tragic crash of flight Malaysian Airlines 17. President Poroshenko welcomed the assistance of international investigators to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation of the crash site. President Obama assured him that U.S. experts will offer all possible assistance immediately. The Presidents emphasized that all evidence from the crash site must remain in place on the territory of Ukraine until international investigators are able to examine all aspects of the tragedy. "
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Music @ the Farm Series in Woodbridge - with Common Ground too
Concerts will take place on July 24, Aug. 14, Sept. 4 and Sept. 18 all from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the release said.
We all should love learning about New Haven history
From the time the Puritans decided this was the place to be, New Haven has been a part of what unfolded in Connecticut and the world.
Just consider learning where the names of the city schools came from and you will begin to see this history.
However, I shamefully had not toured the Pardee Morris House until recently.
But once you go there, history unfolds. Did you know, for instance, that the British burned the original house down when they raided New Haven during the Revolutionary War?
But it was rebuilt and it is still there on Lighthouse Road.
There are friendly folks there to give tours - or you can just look around and read the materials there that explain the history of the home and its occupants. The point is, if you can, you should go.
The Pardee-Morris House is located at 325 Lighthouse Road, New Haven.
Check out my video:
Since I work in the news business, I get a lot of press releases, including for the New Haven Museum.
Here is what they share about the house (unedited here)
About the Pardee-Morris House
Monday, July 14, 2014
Snake matters and snakes matter - really
I do have to admit upfront that I am a big fan of snakes (my son is a true snake expert and licensed nuisance wildlife control operator in Connecticut)
There are 14 snakes that call Connecticut home; nearly all of them are not only harmless. but in fact beneficial to the residents of this great state. Keep in mind that the two venomous snakes that live here, both pit vipers, are more interested in avoiding you than you are in avoiding them. (The northern copperhead lives in some very few spots in Connecticut, as does the timber rattlesnake.)*
Again: snakes are our friends and the copperhead and rattlesnake want to avoid you.
My joy at the presence of snakes is not just about getting to spot a garter (shown in top photo) or a black racer slithering or sunning itself. It also makes me happy because we do not use pesticides, fungicides or any other -cides in our yard.
I do not recall, in fact, every using fertilizer on our lawn. And yes, it has moss and there are weeds mixed in too. These sometimes unwanted elements of a lawn are not of concern to me- when my children were little, it meant not worrying about them rolling in the grass. It also means I am not sending any dreadful chemicals into the watershed. (through storm drains or the adjacent Regional Water Company property)
Check out my resident garter snake here:
I try to protect my property from harmful things people sometimes use - and try always to be careful about leaves it - as I do not want anything that leaves the place I live to harm Long Island Sound (storm drains often lead there)
The conclusion I have drawn about these snakes indicating good health of a property is based on the terrible effect many chemicals have on reptiles and amphibians. Further, the presence of snakes means they are performing a good service: they eat many of the other crawly things that inhabit these parts.
So next time you spot a snake, don't scream, They can't hear you anyway. Smile instead and remember they want nothing to do with you either!
*(DEEP also reports that there are reptiles here that are not indigenous)
I like turtles too:
Saturday, July 12, 2014
'Surfing with seniors' computer class in New Naven
"This is an opportunity for individuals 55 years of age and older, to learn in a comfortable setting with patient instructors, basic computer skills," the release said
"Students learn everything from turning the computer on to sending e-mails. In the advanced class, students learn to upload and download, make folders and documents and set up a Facebook account enabling them to stay connected to family and friends"
The class meets twice a week for two hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 6 weeks, the release said.
Students choose from a Beginners I or Beginners 2 class, the release said and "classes are geared to the individuals needs in each session.:
The orientation is an opportunity to find out more about the classes and other CAANH programs for Seniors. Classes are held from 10 a.m. to noon for Beginners 1, and from 1 to 3 p.m. for Beginners 2. The fee is $50 with a payment plan available. If you’re interested contact Jennifer at 203-387-7700 Ext 168.
Friday, July 11, 2014
New Haven museums have the 'write stuff' - "Win Coveted Publication Awards"
- In the Educational Publications, Materials & Kits category, Family Guide to the Exhibition "Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square" won Second Place.
- In the Books category, Connecticut's Indigenous Peoples: What Archaeology, History, and Oral Traditions Teach Us About Their Communities and Cultures won Second Place.
- In the Supplementary Materials category, Edwardian Opulence won First Place.
- In the Invitations category, Francesco Vanni: Art in Late Renaissance Siena won Second Place.
- In the Websites category, Yale University Art Gallery Website won Third Place.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Weather in New Haven
Step out onto our entrance steps and it seems that whatever weather is occurring is right in front of you.
These photos and video at top are examples from last night's storm.
It really was a dark and stormy night - though it seems like the rain moved very quickly through the area. There was a lot of lightning.
Further, this close to the harbor the light tends to plays some tricks as the clouds move by.
You can see some of that on the video below.
To keep track of the weather, you can always check the Register site for a full report.
It contains Accuweather information and fair warning: another thunderstorm is predicted for later today! (and you already see a 'p.m.' t-storm predicted for Friday)
Read a blog post by Amy Parulis of Denali about home harrowing weather in Vermont.
Was the weather rough where you were last night? You can always feel free to share photos: hbennett2newhavenregister.com - or to post the photos on the Register Facebook page too!
Here is a previous video that also shows those lovely very light tricks nature plays down here on New Haven's shore:
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
When do you know if your life has gone to the birds?
How about if the only Christmas present you really want was a bird bath?
What if you stop at parks in New Haven all spring to look for the returning ospreys?
Check. (not looking good so far)
Stop to take photos of hawks sitting on wires?
Um... check plus.
And then there is checking in with a co-worker anytime you see something interesting on the wing.
Think birds are tweeting directly at you? Well, it could happen.
OK. Enough true confessions.
Anyone else have this issue? We could form a flock........
Connecticut 10-year-old invited to the White House
In a release, the White House said that First Lady Michelle Obama, Epicurious, the Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture "announced the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge to promote healthy lunches as part of the First Lady’s "'let's Move!' initiative."
Also according to the release, "the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' "State Dinner" invited a parent or guardian to work with their child ages 8-12 to create a lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable, original, and delicious. In support of Let’s Move!, launched by the First Lady to help address the problem of childhood obesity, each recipe adhered to the guidance that supports USDA’s MyPlate (at ChooseMyPlate.gov) to ensure that the criteria of a healthy meal were met. Entries had to represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up roughly half the plate or recipe."
- ALABAMA : Veggie Spaghetti with Alabama Gulf Shrimp, Jane Battle, 10
- ALASKA: Maple Pecan Salmon Delight, Michael Halpern, 10
- ARIZONA: Shrimp Tacos with Watermelon Jicama Salad, Cody Vasquez, 11
- ARKANSAS: Arkansas meets Asia Catfish Sliders, Hart Irby, 10
- CALIFORNIA: Ethiopian Kik Alitcha, Genene Savall, 10
- COLORADO: Grilled Salmon with Farro & Warm Swiss Chard Salad, Kiana Farkash, 8
- CONNECTICUT: Quinoa Chicken Burger with Kale and Potato Chips, Cecilia Vinas, 10
- DELAWARE: Chi-Irish Shepherd's Pie, Roisin Liew, 9
- DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Healthy Grains, Squash, Apples, Sausage, & Kale, Maxwell Lynch, 10
- FLORIDA: Fish Cartucho Al Gabusho, Gabriel Medina, 10
- GEORGIA: Grillin' Out Veggie Style, Mira Solomon, 10
- GUAM: Mo-Rockin' Meatless Monday Special, Lily Vinch, 8
- HAWAII: 'Aina Holoka'I, Grady Duncan, 9
- IDAHO: K&T's Amazing Tortilla Chicken Soup, Katie Hebdon, 11
- ILLINOIS: Lincoln's Inaugural Soup, Tess Boghossian, 11
- INDIANA: Sophie's Healthy Coconut Chicken, Sophie McKinney Han, 10
- IOWA: Over the Rainbow Veggie Pancakes, Anabel Bradley, 8
- KANSAS: Tangy Veggy Springetty, Jasmy Seetala, 8
- KENTUCKY: Around the World in One Bite, Lucy Fairhead, 8
- LOUISIANA: Muffin Tin Egg White Frittatas, Moria Doran, 10
- MAINE: Mexican Haystack, Sienna Mazone, 12
- MARYLAND: Chesapeake Fish Tacos, Lemon-Basil Sorbet, Esther Matheny, 10
- MASSACHUSETTS: Quinoa Lentil Burgers with Kale Slaw, Yonah de Graaf, 10
- MICHIGAN: Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette, Elena Hirsch, 11
- MINNESOTA: Quinoa and Black Beans, Sophia Webster, 12
- MISSOURI: Asian Chicken Meatball & Cauliflower Rice Tortilla, Joshua Wittman-Murphy, 10
- MISSISSIPPI: Quinoa Sweet Potato Boat, Devlyn Davis, 10
- MONTANA: “What! You Don't Like Tofu?” Stir Fry, Chloe Long, 10
- NORTH CAROLINA: Yummy and Healthy Kati Roll, Rajen Dey, 11
- NORTH DAKOTA: Grilled Veggie Brunch, Tegan Lancaster, 11
- NEBRASKA: Terrific Turkey Tacos, Zienna Peterson, 10
- NEW HAMPSHIRE: Pan-seared Salmon with Vegetables & Tricolor Salad, Jessica Bakas, 12
- NEW JERSEY: Sweet Potato Crusted Turkey & Veggie Pizza, Jacob Cook, 9
- NEW MEXICO: Southwestern Casera, Max Johnson-Jimenez, 11
- NEVADA: Chicken and Grape Salad Lettuce Wraps, Grace Keating, 11
- NEW YORK: Mike's Chicken and Vegetable Dumpling Cups, Michael Lombardi, 11
- OHIO: Sunrise Tuscan Chicken, Abigail Messina, 9
- OKLAHOMA: Smoky Southwestern Vegetable Dip, Ranger Lemaster, 8
- OREGON: Healthy Stuffed Rainbow Peppers, Grace Wetzler, 12
- PENNSYLVANIA: Seafood Tacos with Lime Coleslaw and Peachy Salsa, Hannah Foley, 10
- PUERTO RICO: Salmon and Salad Island Deluxe, Karla Gonzalez, 10
- RHODE ISLAND: Mediterranean Kebab Wrap with Cilantro Tabbouleh, Kinnan Hammond-Dowie, 12
- SOUTH CAROLINA: Carolina Chicken Chili, Julia Pascoe, 8
- SOUTH DAKOTA: Hawaiian Kale Wraps, Sabrina Swee, 12
- TENNESSEE: Tennessee Tabouli, Lily Sahihi, 9
- TEXAS: Baked Falafel, Ariel Derby, 8
- UTAH: New Polish Potatoes, Andrew Chardack, 9
- VERMONT: Chinese Vegetable Stir Fry, Iris Hsiang, 10
- VIRGINA: Chia Chicken Pitas, Sophie Haga, 12
- WASHINGTON: This Fish has Gone Nuts!, Maliha Amarsi, 9
- WEST VIRIGINA: Magnificent Mediterranean Spotlight Peppers, Adrianna Nelson, 9
- WISCONSIN: Amazing African Sweet Potato Stew, Sarah Ganser, 12
- WYOMING: Stuffed Pumpkin, KyAnn James, 11
- VIRGIN ISLANDS: Ahlissa’s Rainbow Caribbean Soup, Ahlissa Pierce, 9
The children’s arrivals on July 18 through the East Wing/ Booksellers will be pooled press and the First Lady’s remarks at the lunch will be open press.