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Hum along… with Singin’ in the Rain at the Capitol Theater Arts Academy

The students at Capitol Theater Arts Academy (CTAA) in Willimantic, CT will present public performances of the award-winning musical, Singin’ in the Rain on Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Aug. 11.

The students at Capitol Theater Arts Academy (CTAA) will present public performances of the award-winning musical, Singin’ in the Rain on Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Aug. 11.

The Academy – an arts magnet school – is located in downtown Willimantic at the beautifully renovated, air-conditioned Capitol Theater, 896 Main St.

Featuring 43 students, ages 8-15, CTAA’s Summer Musical Theater Program includes students from Amston (in Hebron), Chaplin, Columbia, Colchester, Coventry, Hampton, Manchester, Mansfield (including Storrs, Mansfield Center), Norwich, Scotland, South Windsor, Tolland and Windham (including North Windham and Willimantic).

Regular tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children under 12.

To order your tickets now, please call EASTCONN’s Capitol Theater Box Office between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at 860-465-5636.

The box office window is also open 45 minutes before show time for walk-up ticket sales if still available.

This production is sponsored by the Savings Institute.

Posted August 1, 2012

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Your neighbors, training to help your community during a disaster

Roberta Dwyer and her husband Tim Dwyer, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers from Coventry, pour water into a MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) heating device during a training session at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic on July 28, 2012. Photo by Marie Brennan

Some of your friends and neighbors – training as regional emergency volunteers – took part in a statewide emergency training drill over the weekend at Eastern Connecticut State University to learn about how to respond to a Category 3 hurricane.

ECSU’s Student Center is an officially-designated emergency shelter.

The training was part of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, whose purpose is to train a large number of volunteers who can help respond to disasters within their own communities.

On Saturday (July 28), volunteers were trained on various aspects of preparing an emergency shelter, including setting up cots, preparing food, dealing with people’s pets and becoming familiar with various medical equipment that might be brought by people seeking shelter.

A common issue during Katrina in 2005 was people not understanding how to use the MRE (emergency food known as Meals Ready to Eat) and burning themselves, so volunteers also were trained in preparation of this item.

Karen Williams, a Red Cross Volunteer from Gales Ferry, CT assembles a special-needs cot at a CERT training session July 28, 2012 at ECSU. With her are (L-R) Larry Spencer, instructor Peter Diaon of the Waterford American Red Cross, Scott Trueb of Willington and Barbara Winslow of Mansfield. Photo by Marie Brennan

To learn more about CERT, click on this link http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert

Posted July 30, 2012

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Surprise drill simulates explosion at Coventry High School

July 30, 2012 Local News No Comments

(L-R) Junior Firefighters Rich Gokey, Dylan Morris and Coventry Firefighter Ashley Burger carry out ‘burn victim’ Rob Levesque during a training program at the Coventry High School July 28, 2012. Also waiting to help move the patient is Andrew Dimock of North Coventry. Photo by Marie Brennan

When local Junior Firefighters and Explorers arrived on the scene, they found victims with multiple open fractures, head lacerations and eviscerations across their bodies – the result of a science classroom accident.

With blood flowing from open wounds, the responders had to sort the patients, get them on ambulances and treat them after the explosion.

There was no one there to help them get through the incident. They were on their own.

Thankfully, what happened Saturday wasn’t real. The “victims” were actually EMT students with fake blood and wounds

The drama unfolded during a simulated exercise at Coventry High School, a surprise drill for the 20 Junior Firefighters and Explorers on Saturday morning (July 28).

Unbeknownst to them, it was planned three months ago.

Junior Firefighters from the Coventry Volunteer Fire Association and the North Coventry Volunteer Fire Department joined Mansfield Fire Explorers.

“When they first came in, they were very shocked,” Coventry Volunteer Fire Association Chief Joseph Carilli said. “They did very well, though, and it went a lot smoother for them than we thought.”

The simulated explosion, part of a “multiple-casualty incident,” put all of the junior members in charge, with department firefighters standing by to supervise and provide advice.

Carilli said the exercise helped firefighters use new first-aid techniques in “real-time” on 12 mock patients. Many of the junior members are already certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

“Some of them are just stepping up from being Emergency Medical Responders,” Carilli said. “We tested their skills and gave them the opportunity to prove what they can do.”

The Junior Firefighters, with Junior Captain Ryan Boutin and Junior Training Officer Allyssa Caron taking the lead, sorted patients, assigned personnel to different areas and controlled the scene, Carilli said.

The junior members had to do splints, stop “open” wounds and care for burns from the explosion, he said.

The exercise at the high school utilized the entire school, Carilli said, with a mock hospital set up at the other end of the facility with a rotation of three ambulances.

The Junior Firefighters stabilized the patients, put them on stretchers and continued to treat them at the mock hospital.

Carilli said everything about the drill was done as in a real-life situation.

“The original call over our radio system for them was for 10 patients and it was paged out and dispatched directly to them,” he said.

Junior Firefighter Taylor Dimock of Coventry (and Jessica Davis of Mansfield, not shown) wait for help lifting their “patient,” Kenny Dautrich, to a stretcher. The Coventry Fire Department hosted a mock disaster at Coventry High School on July 28, 2012 as a training exercise. Photo by Marie Brennan

“We stayed out of their way and let them do their jobs… A lot of things were going on at the same time,” Carilli said. “There was a lot of learning going on, too. There’s a lot of learning by mistakes.”

“They got to do things they normally wouldn’t be able to,” he said. “Their skills and talents are amazing. We want them to retain and utilize what they’ve learned, that’s our goal.”

The entire operation took place over a couple of hours, Carilli said.

Afterwards, they were critiqued. “To be honest, they did fantastic,” Carilli said. “We are going to do more exercises like this in the future.”

Coventry High School Principal Michele Mullaly said the town is “so fortunate” to have such an extensive junior program “that supports leadership skills.”

She said it’s encouraging to see students so engaged. “We are all very proud,” Mullaly said. “These are outstanding young people.”

The exercise comes less than a year after three major disasters in town: the freak October snowstorm, tropical storm Irene and a home explosion late last year.

“Mass casualty incidents don’t happen that often in town,” Carilli said. “We are prepping these firefighters for the future. They are our future.”

Posted July 30, 2012 as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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St. George’s Episcopal Church helps Coventry Food Bank

July 29, 2012 Local News No Comments

St. George’s Episcopal Church Parishioners (Bolton, CT), left to right: Ella, food drive coordinator Beth Michel, Rebecca, The Rev. Chris Rose, Erin and Aiden. Courtesy photo.

Parishioners of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Bolton, CT concluded their two-week Food Drive Collection on Sunday, July 22, 2012, with more than 8 cartons of contributions to the Coventry Food Bank.

The donations ranged from peanut butter, tuna fish, cake mixes and pasta to personal care products such as shampoo, soap, tooth paste and toothbrushes.

Drive coordinator Beth Michel said, “When we found out the Food Bank in Coventry was running low, we organized a food drive.  We’re happy to know this food will help so many families in need.”

The parish is planning other outreach programs to benefit the community.  If you’d like to know more or to volunteer, please call the church at 860-643-9203 and leave a message for Beth Michel, or send an e-mail to st.georges.bolton@sbcglobal.net

Posted July 29, 2012

Editor’s note: Donations to the Coventry Food Bank or the Special Needs account are welcome year-round to help Coventry residents with food, medical, utilities and housing emergencies. Donations of nonperishable food, personal hygiene and paper products may be dropped off at Coventry Town Hall during office hours. Please call ahead if donating more than four bags or if you need assistance. Checks also may be sent to the Special Needs Fund, Coventry Human Services, 1712 Main Street, Coventry, CT  06238. For more information call Town Hall at (860) 742-7966.

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Coming up at Coventry Regional Farmers Market, Blues and Brews

Knights of the Mashing Fork brewers at the 2007 Blues and Brews day at the Coventry Regional Farmers Market. Photo source: CRFM Facebook post

Looking ahead, at the Coventry Regional Farmers Market, Blues & Brews day is Sept 2… that will include several breweries, including the Knights of the Mashing Fork, CT’s largest homebrew group.

A recent Facebook post from KofMF member Bryan Peretto: “Brewing the third batch of my Coventry TriCentennial ale for the Coventry Regional Farmers Market Brew day on Sept. 2. Three additions of Centennial hops for Coventry Connecticut’s 300th birthday.”

And the market continues to grow.

On Sunday (July 29, 2012) there was something new – as part of an impromptu Pickle Palooza – the debut of Farm to Hearth’s pickles, made in small batches with local produce and organic ingredients, including:

Brown Sugar Allspice Golden Beets,

Old Fashioned Bread & Butter,

Dilly Beans,

Bread & Butter Radish Chips,

Spicy Dill,

Sweet & Spicy Zucchini Relish,

Pickled Purple Beets,

and two types of pickled garlic scapes, a sweet and a sour.

The market is open every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St., Coventry, CT.

Posted July 29, 2012 – based on info posted by CRFM on HTNP News Facebook page

Related links

Knights of the Mashing Fork on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KotMF

Coventry Regional Farmers Market on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CoventryFarmersMarket

CRFM web site http://coventryfarmersmarket.com

Information about Coventry’s 300th events, including the September parade (in PDF format, requires Adobe Reader to open – can be downloaded for free) http://www.coventryct.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={6E63457A-FDA7-4049-AD97-8DAD263DE9C8}

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Deadline extended to enter Coventry photo contest

The deadline to enter the photo contest sponsored by the Coventry Tercentenary Committee has been extended to Sept. 30, 2012.

There’s still time! The Coventry 300th Anniversary Committee is sponsoring a photo contest as part of the commemoration of the town’s Tercentenary celebration in 2012.

The theme of the contest is “Coventry through the Seasons,” and the deadline for mailing your entries has been extended to Sep. 30.

Entries from amateur photographers [you do not have to be a Coventry resident] will be judged in two categories: Youth Amateur, grade 1 through high school senior and Adult Amateur.

In addition, there are five categories of competition within each age category:

  • Best Springtime View of Coventry
  • Best Summertime View of Coventry
  • Best Autumn View of Coventry
  • Best Wintertime View of Coventry
  • Best Overall Seasonal View of Coventry

The rules

You may send only one photo per seasonal category.

Photographs cannot be larger than 8×10 inches. Please do not submit slides or negatives or framed photographs.

All photos become the property of the town committee and will be used as it sees fit; they will not be returned.

Also important, please affix the following information to the back of each photo:

  • Your full name, address, and phone number (whether youth or adult photographer);
  • The season of the photo and the location in Coventry where it was taken.

Note: Do not print directly on the photograph because this will damage the image.

Photos received without this information – or if the committee cannot read it, so please type it or print it clearly – will be disqualified.

Send your photo entries to 300th Anniversary Committee, Coventry Town Hall, 1712 Main St., Coventry, CT 06238 by Sept. 30.

Please send your photos in a protective envelope with a “Do Not Bend” written on it.

Posted July 29, 2012, based on a press release, with links added by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

Related link: A Tercentenary Commemorative Booklet on the Town of Coventry web site – chock full of historic facts, interesting photos, a list of the Tercentenary events, and much more in PDF format (note: you will need Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded for free, to open the documents) http://www.coventryct.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={6E63457A-FDA7-4049-AD97-8DAD263DE9C8}

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In Coventry, Siting Council gives AT&T and Verizon OK for 4G upgrade

Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless have notified the town of Coventry they have permits from the Connecticut Siting Council for upgrades of cell towers to 4G LTE capabilities in that town.

Faster wireless capabilities in Coventry and surrounding areas are on the horizon.

Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless have notified the town of Coventry they have permits from the Connecticut Siting Council for upgrades of cell towers to 4G LTE capabilities in that town.

Coventry’s towers are located at the town hall, on Riley Mountain Road, and on Bread and Milk Street.

“AT&T customers in surrounding towns have access to our 4G HSPA+ network right now,” said AT&T Public Relations Executive Katie Goudey.

4G, a wireless technology term meaning “Fourth Generation,” follows 3G as the “ latest addition” to the mobile broadband network, Goudey said.

High Speed Packet Access or HSPA+ provides extended and improved network speeds, Goudey said.

“AT&T’s already fast mobile broadband network delivers even faster 4G speeds. It’s fast and it’s only getting faster as we expand our 4G LTE network across the country,” she said.

AT&T’s 4G network in Connecticut is four times faster than any 3G network offered by any other service, Goudey said.

Goudey said AT& T is “building out” its 4G network with LTE or “long term evolution” – which refers to the ongoing process of improving wireless standards – for its customers.

Goudey said AT&T expects to have LTE upgrades to be completed nationwide by 2013.

AT& T and Verizon Wireless LTE customers often see download speeds (how long it takes a user to retrieve something from the Internet) that exceed 15 megabytes per second, and upload speeds (how long it takes to send something on the Internet) in the 10 Mbps range.

The Connecticut Siting Council is made up of nine members from various state departments. It reviews applications for siting (location) of cell towers, power plants, power lines and other energy and telecommunications infrastructure.

Council staff attorney Melanie Bachman said the approved upgrades require “no significant change to the site(s)” physically.

Goudey said there is a huge demand from customers today for faster services.

“Wireless data usage has risen nearly 10,000 percent in the past four years,” Goudey said. “ It’s clear that folks are using their smart-phones for more than just phone calls; they want to watch mobile video, play online mobile games, download presentations, stream music and more.”

Coventry Town Manager John Elsesser said the upgrades will not involve any cost to the town.

Posted July 8, 2012 as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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Coventry police score free Humvee

July 8, 2012 Local News No Comments

Coventry CT Police Sgt. Christopher Fiore sits in the department’s new Humvee, acquired as surplus from the U.S. military, which the department plans to use under weather and/or terrain conditions where regular police vehicles cannot operate. Photo by Al Malpa.

Coventry Police have a new vehicle that should make short work of any kind of weather New England cares to throw our way.

It’s a military surplus Humvee or High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV).

And the town got it for free.

Town officials say they have been trying to get one for a while.

“It will be a nice supplemental vehicle,” said Coventry Town Manager John Elsesser.

Coventry took advantage of Section 1033 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 1997, which authorizes the Department of Defense to transfer excess military property to state and local law enforcement agencies.

Government agencies whose primary function is the enforcement of federal, state and local laws, and whose compensated full-time law enforcement officers have powers of arrest and apprehension are eligible to receive this property.

The vehicle, which Coventry Police Chief Mark Palmer said won’t be used often, came from a military base in Pennsylvania.

Chief Palmer said the vehicle has a little more than 17,000 miles on it and appears to be ready to put on the road as is.

When the town saw a couple feet of snow in the winter of 2010, Chief Palmer recalled that there were a number of times police cruisers couldn’t get through the town’s roadways and driveways.

The department’s 4-wheel drive Ford Expedition also had “severe difficulties,” during that period of heavy snow, he said.

“We ended up having to borrow a heavy-duty truck from the fire department,” Chief Palmer said.

All Humvee’s have an automatic transmission and a 6.5-liter diesel engine.

The Humvee has been in production since 1985; it was designed to meet military requirements to replace many types of aged vehicles and keep up with swift moving tanks.

The Humvee was designed for durability, mobility and reliability.

With the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq winding down, Humvees are becoming more and more available, Chief Palmer said.

He noted the town needed approval from the state coordinator of the National Guard before picking it up.

“It’s a very utilitarian vehicle and it is great for off-road activities,” Chief Palmer said. “We might have to go out in the middle of a cornfield or wooded area. This can do anything and go anywhere.”

The Humvee is only 6-feet tall, 7-feet wide and is 15-feet long, which helps make it difficult to roll over.

Chief Palmer and Elsesser said they want to quell any residents’ concerns regarding the cost to the town. “We believe that it won’t cost us that much,” Elsesser said. The vehicle will not be used on a daily basis by the police department, he said.

Chief Palmer confirmed the Humvee will only be used for “extreme” weather and other unusual circumstances.

Plans are to give it a new coat of paint, so the Humvee is currently at the new public works facility, he said. It’s currently a sandy brown. Chief Palmer said he hopes to have the work donated to the department.

Coventry Police Sgt. Christopher Fiore said his hope for the Humvee is to have it done in time for the town’s 300th Anniversary Parade on Sept. 29, 2012

“That’s a nice timeline,” said Sgt. Fiore, a 15- year veteran with the department.

“This will be crucial to have for hurricane season,” he added.

Posted July 8, 2012 as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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Neighbor’s call alerts Coventry Police to burglary

July 6, 2012 Local News No Comments

Police say a neighbor to a home on School Street reported hearing a “crash” and saw a man walking away… With a good description from the neighbor, police were able to locate Langley walking on Mason Street off of Main Street (Route 31), within a half mile of the burglarized home, Chief Palmer said.

A Coventry man has been arrested for allegedly burglarizing a home.

Police say a neighbor reported the crime to police after seeing the suspect leave the scene.

Coventry Chief Mark Palmer said Matthew Langley, 20, of 35 Lamotte Road, was arrested within 10 minutes of the neighbor’s call to dispatch on Thursday (July 5).

Langley has been charged with third-degree burglary and fifth-degree larceny. Langley was held overnight. His bond was set at $50,000 and he was schedule to be arraigned at Rockville Superior Court.

Police say a neighbor to a home on School Street reported hearing a “crash” and saw a man walking away, Palmer said.

With a good description from the neighbor, police were able to locate Langley walking on Mason Street off of Main Street (Route 31), within a half mile of the burglarized home, Chief Palmer said.

Langley was found with “numerous jewelry items” and a computer tablet in his backpack, Chief Palmer said.  He added that a resident of the burglarized home identified the items.

According to police, Langley currently has several pending charges for possession of narcotics from an arrest in November 2010.

Langley’s court date for the felony charges related to the narcotics possession is set for July 23 at Rockville Superior Court.

Posted July 6, 2012 as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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Coventry will have to pick up some of the tab for new sidewalks

July 5, 2012 Local News No Comments

Head Start students on Walk and Roll to School Day (International Walk to School Day 2011). Photo by Cornell Magdalena, http://www.iwalktoschool.org – Used by Permission.

The town of Coventry has been awarded $492,000 by the state, which will fund a project linking existing sidewalks on Main Street to the high school and middle school complex.

Town Manager John Elsesser told the Town Council $41,000 of that grant will go back to the Connecticut Department of Transportation for “the cost of the DOT’s incidentals to construction.”

Therefore, the town will have to pay any difference between the total cost – including design work – and the grant amount.

The DOT gave the project its stamp of approval in June 2012.

The sidewalk project will be coordinated through the Safe Routes to School Program, a national program administered locally by the DOT.

Safe Routes to School, established in 2006, supports efforts to create safe transportation routes to and from school, as well as to educate students about transportation options. The idea is to address the problem of childhood obesity by increasing opportunities for physical activity — such as walking or riding bikes to school.

Coventry officials say the project will create safer walking/biking routes to the high school and middle school.

Now moving to the design phase, the town had anticipated the project’s construction cost of approximately $500,000 would be fully funded by the Federal Highway Administration.

However, a letter from the DOT addressed to Elsesser states the town is responsible for any costs associated with the design of the improvements and any right-of-way acquisitions.

The letter also states the town is responsible for any construction costs over the award amount.

Coventry Director of Planning and Development Eric Trott said all of the sidewalks would be in the town’s right-of-way, so no easements would be needed.

The sidewalk project will be coordinated through the Safe Routes to School Program, administered locally by the DOT.

Elsesser said construction should begin next summer. He said he hopes the DOT “can move quickly.”

Safe Routes To School (SRTS) Coordinator Sharon Okoye said a more likely timeline is sometime within the next two years. “The entire process takes awhile,” Okoye said. “It all depends on how long the design phase takes.”

The design phase will be administered by the DOT’s Local Roads office.

Okoye also said the town needs to schedule a meeting with the DOT on project details, schedule, and design process.

Besides providing a safer route for students, Coventry Board of Education Chair Jennifer Beausoleil has said she believes adding sidewalks will increase foot traffic to businesses in the village area.

Beausoleil said there also could be some bus transportation savings – some bus stops along Main Street might be eliminated.

Posted July 5, 2012 as edited and link added by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

Related link: http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/about-us/newsroom/walk-school-day-2012-registration-opens Registration opens for (16th annual) 2012 Walk to School Day: “Registering a Walk to School Day event provides organizers access to free, downloadable materials on the newly redesigned web site, including stickers, certificates and customizable fliers. They can also easily create and share a walking or bicycling to school route via the new Map-a-Route tool. Registrants can also subscribe to a weekly e-newsletter for six weeks in September and October 2012 with tips and resources for organizing a Walk to School Day event.” 

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Local day camps made a great summer for cancer patients families

CHILDREN RUNNING from Windham Hosp FB page

In addition, the Town of Coventry Parks and Recreation Camp and Camp Asto Wamah in Columbia, CT each offered free spaces for children of cancer patients.

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

water - drinking water - water faucet

Questions about water sources, usage and quality have come into focus recently in light of the Storrs Center development, UConn’s plans to bring in water to support a new Tech Park and the concurrent needs of the towns in this region, particularly in terms of their own development plans.

Federal programs can support rural cultural ‘economy’

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.

We had the opportunity to explore ways in which USDA’s infrastructure programs might be able to leverage this new boost of philanthropic support as these communities work to demonstrate how cultural development is an essential ingredient for rural communities in the next generation.

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