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Come join us on Thursday, April 23rd, for a green economy/clean jobs panel discussion. Our objective is to help families in Winchester and the surrounding communities better understand the current state of Connecticut's "green" economy and clean energy jobs growth. We are looking to bring together leaders from Connecticut's business, economic development, policy, and non-profit sectors to help provide different perspectives on these questions and a deeper understanding of the future of our clean economy.
The Winchester Energy Commission & NCCC are focused on helping people take action for the health of our communities and the environment through education, outreach, and organizing around energy efficiency.
Join Us - Seating is Limited, RSVP Today!
Where: Northwest Connecticut Community College, Founders Hall
When: Thursday, April 23rd
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
The Laurel Commission has been working hard on fundraising for the Ball, Parade and Queen!
The 81st Annual Winsted Laurel Festival planning is well under way! The Ball, Parade, fundraisers and related events are being orchestrated by a new, ambitious commission.
The Laurel Ball will be held at The Crystal Peak Banquet Facility in Winsted on June 12th from 7 to 11. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the commission or any candidate. They are $27.00 per person for dinner and dancing. The Laurel Parade will be held at 2pm on June 13th, to begin on Meadow Street and the Crowning of the new Winsted Laurel Queen immediately follows. All of the lovely girls coming in on their decorated cars and/or floats is just spectacular.
Laurel Commission Fundraisers are an important link to the success of the festival and currently the LC has three going on right now.
The Laurel Commission is selling car wash tickets to Swells Car Wash in Winsted. The tickets are $11.00 each for a deluxe wash and you can purchase them from commission members and nominees. The sale of tickets begins April 10 and ends May 10.
The Second Event is a bowling night at Laurel Lanes Duckpin Bowling, on Main Street in Winsted. This is to be held on Friday, May 15th. There will be two sessions. One is 5 to 7:00pm and the next is 7:15 to 9:15. Two hours of bowling, shoes, pizza and soda for $12.00 per person. Again, see Commission or candidates for tickets. Creating teams of four is encouraged! Join the fun! We will also hold a “teacup” auction.
The last fundraiser we are holding is our “Laurel Ball Program” which will include all kinds of information, photos and history- as well as advertisements. We are selling ad space in the booklet. If you would like to donate, please contact The Laurel Commission, or mail to: The Laurel City Commission, 338 Main Street, Winsted, CT. 06098
About The Laurel City Commission:
The Laurel City Commission is a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving an age old tradition which has been in operation since 1934. History notes Winsted became known as The Laurel City due to the abundance of Mountain Laurel in the area. A horticultural society was started and later The Laurel Festival began. The first queen was crowned in 1934 on a laurel covered hill.
Things have changed over the years, but this tradition is still carried on by this close knit town. The festival used to include a beauty pageant, but it has since,evolved into a scholarship program, open to girls from Winsted in the 11th and 12th grade.
A gorgeous ball is held whereby all townspeople, friends and family join in for a night of dancing, dinner and having fun with the candidates. The next day a pretty parade takes place, whereby the candidates arrive in decorated vehicles or floats. It ends at East End Park.
A Laurel Queen is chosen by a group of (out of town) judges based on specific criteria and interviews. The Queen is crowned after the parade. The Queen, first runner up and second runner up will receive scholarships to further their education. She will become the Ambassador to the town for the next year.
The Litchfield Inn and Bantam Bistro will be having a Wine Tasting starting at 6pm. At 8pm we will be having comedian Michael Petit. Reservations suggested (860) 567-4503.
The Potentials will be playing at the Bantam Bistro at 8pm.
The Litchfield Inn will be hosting a Mother's Day Brunch: details and menu's to follow.
Bantam Bistro is starting Sunday Brunch again, every Sunday from 11a-2pm!
Chances are you would be amazed how many people cannot read this very sentence. Throughout Connecticut, the statistics show that more than half of adults are functionally illiterate, which increases their likelihood of experiencing poverty and poor health. Luckily, there are a number of organizations across the state working to change the status quo by providing literacy education to struggling children and adults.
In Northwest CT, Literacy Volunteers – a program of the Northwest CT YMCA – works with adults and children on basic literacy, English as a Second Language, and GED preparation. Their team of volunteer tutors are trained and then paired with students, with whom they meet weekly. The meetings take place at a variety of locations and times, convenient for both the student and tutor.
Of course, any undertaking like this requires funding. And the Y has partnered with the Beardsley and Memorial Library in Winsted for their second annual “Turn the Page on Literacy” Readathon both to bring awareness to the issue, as well as to raise funds for the program.
On Tuesday, April 14 (during school vacation), from 10:30am to 2:30pm, the library will host a series of free story times, with readings for all ages from kids to teens to adults. There will also be a variety of crafts and activities woven into the day.
Guest readers for the program are still being accepted. Readers are asked to help support the effort by collecting donations for their reading time. Interested readers should contact Karin Taylor, Library Director, at (860) 379-6043.
The Y is committed to building strong communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, and believes that reading is an essential skill to success in life. To learn more about the Y or the Literacy Volunteers program, visit the Y’s web site, www.nwcty.org, or call 860-379-0708.
The Litchfield County Women’s Network will be holding its monthly meeting on Wed., April 15, 2015, 5:30 p.m. at Marino’s Restaurant, 12 Pinewoods Road, Torrington.
The April meeting will feature a buffet dinner and member spotlights by Doreen Dilger, The Home Business Coach, and Allison Mongeau, Bookkeeping Essentials.
Participants are encouraged to bring a small item to be included in the organization’s monthly scholarship raffle. Proceeds benefit the LCWN’s annual scholarship fund awarded to local women to continue their education.
Current members and guests are welcome to attend. Email email@example.com, followed by payment of $30 for all guests to: LCWN Meetings, P. O. Box 59, Torrington, CT 06790. For more information, see website at www.lcwn.com.
Registration 8:30 AM
Coffee and Conversation 9:00 AM-12:30 PM
Location: Legislative Office Building, Room 2D
Join WBDC for an interactive and empowering discussion with key national and state leaders about the economic clout of women entrepreneurs.
Keynote Speaker: Amanda Brown, Executive Director, National Women's Business Council
Special Guest Speaker: Tina Byles Williams, CEO & Chief Investment Officer of FIS Group
For more information or to reserve your seat visit ctwbdc.org or call Kristen Hogan at 203-353-1750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Fall 2015, UConn Torrington will continue to offer busy adults ways to fulfill their educational goals through its Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree program and other undergraduate options. Many adults in the region who are thinking about returning to higher education are looking to UConn Torrington. A significant number of local employers offer tuition reimbursement or other kinds of support programs to help their employees continue their education.
UConn Torrington is known for offering an exceptional and affordable educational experience with afternoon, evening and online classes available. The campus offers a convenient location, a beautiful, easy-to-navigate campus, and ample parking. Students work with academic advisors to plan their courses of study and select classes.
Dana Forchette, Admissions Director, says, “Adults considering furthering their education often struggle to balance work, family and life. For those who have specific learning goals, or want to enhance their resumes and explore new learning opportunities, UConn Torrington offers the perfect academic environment for a life-changing experience.”
Individuals who have earned an Associate Degree or at least 60 credits from a degree-granting, regionally accredited college or university are invited to apply to the BGS program at UConn Torrington. A few of the Fall 2015 afternoon class offerings for busy adults include:
2:00 – 3:15 PM
COMM / The Process of Communication (Tues/Thurs) Virginia Alexander
HDFS / Human Development: Infancy thru Adolescence (Mon/Wed) Lisa Kraimer-Rickaby
MATH / Calculus for Business & Economics (Mon/Wed) Daniel O’Dowd
POLS / Intro to Political Theory (Tues/Thurs) Richard Testa
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
ECON / Principles of Macroeconomics (Mon/Wed) David Rodgers
HDFS / Individual & Family Development (Mon/Wed) Cynthia Van Fleet
HIST / U.S. History Since 1877 (Tues/Thurs) Karl Valois
PSYC / The Psychology of Language (Mon/Wed) Gerald McRoberts
3:45 PM – 6:15 PM
AASI / Intro Asian American Studies (Tues) Christine Reardon
ANTH / Other People’s Worlds (Mon) Jean Hatcherson
PSYC / General Psychology (Thurs) Nan Taylor
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
MATH / Problem Solving (Mon/Wed) Daniel O’Dowd
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
ANTH / Social Anthropology (Mon) Jean Hatcherson
HIST / Civil War America (Tues) Karl Valois
PSYC / Abnormal Psychology (Thurs) Nan Taylor
SOCI / Society & the Individual (Mon) Peter Mendelson
WGSS / Gender Rep U.S. Popular Culture (Wed) Lacey Byrne
Registration began March 23 and Fall classes begin Monday, August 31, 2015.
To apply, get admissions information or to schedule a tour, call Dana Forchette 860.626.6813 or email: email@example.com.
UConn Torrington offers quality education close to home. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or go to torrington.uconn.edu.
Stop in through the month of April
Monday – Friday @1:30
Free drink, snack and a tour of Litchfield Hills Adult Day Care
407 Bantam Rd., Litchfield
VISIT US THIS SPRING!
Tuesday, April 7th at 6:00 PM
Founder’s Hall Auditorium
We welcome Potential Students, Parents, and Adult Guests
Come and learn more about:
Programs of Study ~ Admissions Process ~ Financial Aid ~ College Resources
No registration required to attend!
Parking Available in Greenwoods Hall and the Arts and Science Building lots. Campus Maps are available at www.nwcc.commnet.edu
Questions? Please call (860) 738-6330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT was awarded the prestigious medal of Double Gold and Best of Class for their estate-grown wine, SMV Blustery Blend.
Sunset Meadow Vineyards of Goshen, CT was awarded the prestigious honor of receiving Double Gold and Best in Class for their wine, SMV Blustery Blend, in The International Eastern Wine Competition held in California. Blustery Blend is a blend of estate-grown grapes and portrays a distinct fruit and floral aroma with a crisp, light fruitiness, making this an excellent wine for any occasion.
Sunset Meadow Vineyards is especially honored because Blustery Blend is a 100% CT Grown wine. “This recognition is a tribute to the efforts of our staff and hard work that goes into producing a true estate CT wine,” says George Motel, owner and winemaker.
Sunset Meadow Vineyards is a CT farm winery with over 35 acres of wine grapes planted over 55 acres of pristine farmland. The farm has been owned and operated by the Motel family since 1996. The winery opened for business in 2008. Sunset Meadow Vineyards is a member of CT Vineyard and Winery Association, a participating winery on the CT Wine Trail, and has been awarded several honors for their wine quality and tasting room hospitality.
The International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC), established in 1975, is one of the oldest and largest professional wine competitions in the United States. Judges are comprised of qualified members of wine media, wine/vineyard research, winemaking, wine education and wine marketing. Double Gold is only awarded when all judges on the panel agree on a gold on the first round without any discussion. Best in Class is determined between a minimum of five wines in its class. A list of judges can be found at: http://www.winecompetitions.com/#nav=judges
For more information or to inquire about the wines, please contact Sunset Meadow Vineyards at:
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Fairview Farms Golf Course
Registration/ Lunch at 11 am
Tee Off at Noon
Tee- $110 for a chloroplast sign placed on a tee hole
Checks should be made out to:
OWTS Booster Club
c/o Ruth Simoncelli
75 Oliver Street, Torrington, CT 06790
If you're interested in playing, please notify:
Ruth Simoncelli- 860-496-5300 x5316 or
Mark Eucalitto- email@example.com
*We are also looking for raffle prizes*
The UConn Torrington campus ARTS PROJECT will feature the work of Romanian –born artist Florin Firimita at the campus’ Brick Wall Exhibition Space and the Whitson Gallery from February 9 – April 10, 2015. The exhibit, Reliquaries includes mixed media paintings, notebooks and resource materials from the artist’s studio. The documentary film, The Art of Leaving: A Portrait of Florin Ion Firimita will be shown on Thursday, February 26th, at 6:30 PM, followed by a conversation with the artist. The Art of Leaving depicts the journey of self-discovery for this Romanian immigrant trying to regain the past through painting, ultimately exploring his internal and external journeys and how they influenced the process and meaning of his art. Sponsored by the ARTS Project, the screening of the film and conversation will be held in the Whitson Gallery, followed by a reception for the artist. These events are free and open to the public.
For more information contact: Pamela Bramble at 860-626-6821 or Pamela.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Late Bird Special
Dine between 7:30-9 pm and take 25% off your check Thurs-Sun
Enjoy live music in the Bistro too!
Open mic on Thursday nights from 8-10 pm
Featured local musicians on Sunday nights from 7:30-9 pm
Join us for Happy Hour
4:30-6 pm Thurs-Sun
$4 House Wines
$4 Draft Beers
Food specials too!
Infinity Hall, Route 44, Norfolk, CT
The UConn Torrington Campus invites local businesses and organizations looking for a place to hold meetings, conduct training sessions or present informative lectures to consider its site as the perfect venue.
The campus has a wide variety of spaces available to rent at competitive prices. These include small classrooms for groups under 25, large classrooms for groups up to 50 people, an intimate conference room and a lecture hall that seats nearly 250 people. All of these spaces are equipped with technology including computers, projectors and (in some cases) high quality audio capabilities. IT personnel are available to ensure that the technology needs will be met. In addition, there is a distance-learning room which allows access to presentations happening at another location.
JoAnn Ryan, President & CEO of the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce says, “Since education is life long, we are fortunate to have the UConn Torrington campus in our back yard to take advantage of courses, seminars and meetings. It is the perfect venue in which to learn, make new friends and to generate business.”
The campus is a popular venue for high-profile events such as civic organizations presenting guest lecturers, government agencies conducting staff trainings and educational organizations holding ceremonies. Groups are provided with space appropriate for their needs, technical support, a welcoming staff and an appealing facility. Tables and linens for registration materials or refreshments are also available.
The campus is located on the west side of Torrington, one mile off Route 4 on University Drive, with ample parking available on site. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM until 9:00 PM.
If you would like to book an event, get a tour, or simply request more information, contact Molly Sexton Read at email@example.com or 860-626-6812. For directions to UConn Torrington, visit www.torrington.uconn.edu and click on ‘contact’ or call 860-626-6800
RIVERTON SELF STORAGE, 2 SCHOOL STREET, RIVERTON, CT is a designated site for GREENspot DROPoff ®--Free and convenient e-waste recycling Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Sunday, Closed. Call 860-469-8187.
Televisions, Computers, Computer Monitors, Optical Drives, Laptops, Computer Mice, Tape and Zip Drives, Hard Drives, DVD Players, Fax Machines, Oscilloscopes, Keyboards, VCR/Beta machines, Cables & Cords, Printers, Radios, Loose PCBA’s, Stereo Components
A large hand-truck and dollies are available to assist in bringing your e-waste to the bins in the Self-Storage building.
E-waste is anything that you plug in that you want to throw out. GREENspot helps you recycle for free.
Great opportunity for chamber members to have professional looking websites and brochures produced by Litchfield High School Business Students at no cost although donations are accepted.
Students Will Gladly:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860) 202-5796 for more information and availability.