Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ask the Experts Gardening Q&A to be Held at Erin Street Community Garden

Calling all gardeners and those interested in starting your own garden! Join us at the Erin Street Community Garden on Wednesday, August 30, 6-7 pm with a panel of experienced local farmers and gardeners for an informal question and answer session. The garden is located at the corner of Erin Street and High Street in Middletown.

Do you wonder how to get a garden started, what to plant in the fall, the safest ways to manage garden pests, how to put your garden to bed for the winter, whether you should test your soil, how to grow better fruits and vegetables, and more? Bring your questions on any gardening topic!!

Contact Jane Brawerman, with the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, 860-346-3284, for more information about the event. 

The Gardening Q&A is the first of several summer/fall activities being held as part of a Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District project to enhance urban agriculture in Middletown, funded by a grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts. Project partners include Forest City Farms, Long Lane Farm, the City of Middletown, Middletown High School Agricultural Science and Technology Program, North End Action Team, the Macdonough and Farm Hill School Family Resource Centers, and the FoodCorps program. September/October events include the Put Local on Your Plate! series—three cooking demos featuring local chefs, focused on easy ways to incorporate local seasonal vegetables in your meals, to be held at the Community Health Center in Middletown.

The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Middletown, CT, works to conserve the natural resources of towns in the lower Connecticut River watershed and coastal areas.  For more information about District technical and educational programs and services, visit us at, or

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week ~ Milo

Meet Milo!

Gender: Male
Breed: DSH
Color: Brown Tabby
Age:2 years old

Milo is a very sweet boy that has lived most of his life thus far outside, fending for himself. When we found him he was covered in ticks, sneaking food from someone's garage. Milo is FIV positive due to his rough start in life. FIV positive cats are NOT sick and people cannot catch this. It is very, very difficult for other cats to catch (blood needs to be exchanged). Milo loves lower back scratches and belly rubs. He is very affectionate but not accustomed to being picked up or held. With time, love and patience he may get used to this. He gets a little nervous when he's in a new place and just needs some time to adjust. He would love a screened in porch if you have one. This sweet boy just needs someone willing to be patient and simply love him. Will you be the one to adopt him?

No Dogs / FIV

Phone:   860.344.9043
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Watch the Solar Eclipse Streaming LIVE at Russell Library

The Solar Eclipse will be streamed live in the Hubbard Room.
On Monday, August 21, beginning at 1:30pm, Russell Library will be streaming the solar eclipse LIVE in the Hubbard Room.

Come and enjoy the eclipse with your friends in safety and comfort. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stole a Pig and Away He Run -- The Colonel Carries On #97

by Stephan Proudfoot, with additional reporting by David Hornby-Wenning, Claudia Wheatleaf, Clarke St. Branch, and Cholmondeley Featherstonehaugh

Epigraph: “Here’s tae us; wha’s like us? Gey few, and they’re a’ deid!” (“Here’s to us; who’s our like? Damn few, and they’re all dead!”) --Scottish toast

Amazing bass, how sweet thou art.

Pecans, chardonnay, merlot, Tate’s chocolate chip cookies, and Welch’s grape juice. If you’re the sort who needs direction, go get those five things. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. If you’re self-directed, ignore this paragraph.

Life hack: modify Christmas carols for everyday use: “It’s beginning to look a lot like cocktails.”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Build a Fairy or Gnome House at Russell Library this Thursday!

This is a house built by a patron in 2016's Fairy House workshop.
On Thursday, August 17, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Russell Library will be hosting a Fairy and Gnome House Building Workshop for ALL AGES!

Want to attract a fairy or a gnome to your home? Plenty of supplies will be available for you to create your own fairy or gnome home, but participants are welcome to bring additional materials as well: moss, feathers, fabric, shells--whatever you think a fairy or gnome might fancy.
Environmentally-friendly materials will be available for those who wish to create an outside fairy or gnome house. 
Adults and families are welcome. Drop-in, no registration necessary. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week! Willow!!

Gender: Female

Breed: DSH
Color: Orange & White
Age:1 year 3 months old

When I was only 10 months old, I was found on the street in a cardboard box and it was soon discovered that I was pregnant. In spite of my young age, I was a great mom. Now that my kittens have all been adopted, I am ready for my own home. I am a very friendly kitty and love attention from humans. I do nip sometimes, but I am not trying to hurt anyone. When it comes to play, I am just like a kitten. I especially love laser pointers and chasing wand toys. I would probably be OK with another non-aggressive cat, but I think I would be happiest as an only cat. Won't you come to visit me? I would love to meet you.

No Cats / No Children

Phone:   860.344.9043
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Nominate A Local Environmental Champion

The Rockfall Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2017 Environmental Awards, which recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses for environmental efforts that contribute to the quality of life in the Lower Connecticut River Valley. Two categories of awards include the Distinguished Service Award and Certificates of Appreciation in the areas of preservation, conservation, restoration, or environmental education. Awardees are recognized at the Rockfall Foundation’s annual meeting and grants celebration in November. Nominations must be submitted by September 15, 2017 and a form can be downloaded online or one can be requested by calling 860-347-0340.

Founded in 1935 by Middletown philanthropist Clarence S. Wadsworth, the Rockfall Foundation is one of Connecticut’s oldest environmental organizations. The Foundation supports environmental education, conservation and planning initiatives in the Lower Connecticut River Valley through public programs and grants.  In addition, the Rockfall Foundation operates the historic deKoven House Community Center that offers meeting rooms and office space for non-profit organizations. For additional information about the 2017 Environmental Awards or the Rockfall Foundation, please visit or call 860-347-0340.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Brohaha: A Good Laugh With Your Brother -- The Colonel Carries On #96

by Portly Sage, Rosemary End-Time, and Art Simon

Epigraph: “Life is like a sewer. What you get out of it depends on what you put into it.” --Tom Lehrer

“Death comes for us all. But we needn’t experience the grief of bereavement if we all go at once. So what if it’s in an ocean of flame? At least no one’s left behind to cry.” --Kim Bad-Un

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Music at The Mansion Rain Date

You may remember the buckets of rain that fell the night that Doo-Wop DeVille started to play on the back patio of The Wadsworth Mansion (July 12, I believe).  The Music at The Mansion series rain date is usually the week after the final concert and should have been August 2.  But the band, based in Massachusetts, could not return until the second Wednesday in August, which is tomorrow August 9.  Actually, that's good because last Wednesday, the Middletown area had quite a storm. But it is also kind-of-bad because tomorrow is Motorcycle Mania on Main Street Middletown.

courtesy of Doo-Wop DeVille
So, you have a choice on what looks will be a beautiful afternoon and evening in Central Connecticut.  You can go downtown and ogle all the fine motorcycles that make the trek to town or head to the Mansion for some sweet music.  Chances are, you can do both.  Motorcycle Mania runs from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. while Doo-Wop DeVille hits the patio stage around 6:30 p.m.  Both events are free and open to the public.  Have fun, on matter what you choose to do!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week! Ranger Rick!

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week!

Ranger Rick!

Gender: Male
Breed: DSH
Color: Brown Tabby
Age:2 years old

I was found abandoned in a Middletown neighborhood. I was injured with an abscess on two of my feet. I was trying to find someone to save me for quite a while. I am a very sweet and affectionate young boy. I love to be petted and like to be held. I absolutely love attention. I should not be in a home with small children only because I may try and dart out the door so you need to be diligent with me around doors and windows. I would love to curl up in bed or on the couch with you. Please adopt me! I have so much love to give. 

No Dogs

Phone:  (860) 344-9043
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The Rockfall Foundation Presents a Night at the Ivoryton Playhouse to Benefit Environmental Programs

On Thursday, August 17th, the Rockfall Foundation hosts a fund raiser at the Ivoryton Playhouse that
includes a pre-show reception and performance of Saturday Night Fever: The Musical. The 1970’s brought us the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act and it’s also the decade that brought us disco. It’s been 40 years since the release of the film Saturday Night Fever - the inspiration for this electrifying musical and the Rockfall Foundation invites you to join them in celebrating this milestone while supporting essential environmental programs!
Enjoy a pre-show reception with hearty hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar on the tent-covered patio at the Ivoryton Playhouse.  Then, get ready for the nostalgic songs of the Bee Gees that defined the disco generation! Can’t stay for the show? Join the Foundation for networking at the reception – a limited number of tickets are available for the reception only.
Tickets are $60 for the reception, which begins at 6 pm, and the 7:30 pm performance. There are a limited number of $20 tickets for the reception only available. Proceeds support environmental education programs and grants. To purchase tickets, visit or call 860-347-0340.