Dec 192014

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 2.58.53 PMShirley Caroline (Knopp) Ruttner, 80, of Guilford, died peacefully on Dec. 11 at Connecticut Hospice where she was surrounded by her children.

Originally from Yakima, WA, she moved to Orange, CT in 1965 which is where she raised her three children with her husband of 55 years, James Ruttner.

Shirley enjoyed gardening, baking cookies, and decorating her home, especially during the holiday season.

An avid reader, Shirley could be found at the Guilford Public Library several times per week taking out the mysteries she loved.

Shirley was a gifted and creative quilt maker, and was especially proud of the quilts she made for each of her 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Shirley was beloved by her 3 children; Michael Ruttner of Boston, MA, Sally Ruttner of Florence, KY, Nancy Iannuzzi of Madison, CT; her stepson Steven Ruttner of Seattle, WA; her grandchildren Caroline, Julia, and Benjamin Ruttner and Michael, Nicholas, and Christopher Iannuzzi, and her great-grandchildren Isabel and Harper Hoyt who are heartbroken and missing her terribly.

A memorial service will be held at the North Madison Congregational Church at 1:00 pm on January 24th, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

For online tributes and condolences please visit www.swanfuneralhomemadison.com

Dec 182014

boys swimmingThe Amity Spartans Boys Swim Team went up against Haddam Killingworth in the season opener on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Although Haddam Killingworth won more events, Amity was victorious by 4 points: 87-83.
Amity’s winning events:
200 yard Medley Relay: A-1:48.45 Dan Madsen, Ben Clemens, Sergey Savelyev, Kevin Zhao
100 yard Freestyle: A- 52.38 Ben Clemens
500 yard Freestyle: A- 5:24.66 Zac Babbitz
Haddam Killingworth’s winning events:
200 Freestyle: HK- 1:55.18 Garrett Mazzioti
200 IM: HK- 2:07.39 Mason Revis
50 yard Freestyle: HK-24.15 Conor Champagne
100 yard Butterfly: HK-55.77 Garrett Mazziotti
200 yard Freestyle Relay: HK- 1:39.29  Connor McLaughlin, Garrett Mazziotti , Mason Revis, Conor Champagne
100 yard Backstroke: HK- 1:00.16 Jake Torello
100 yard Breaststroke: HK- 1:09.12 Mason Revis
400 yard Freestyle Relay: HK- 3:36.77 Garrett Mazziotti, Connor McLaughlin, Jake Torello, Mason Revis
Records: Amity 1-0; Haddam Killingworth 0-1

Dec 182014

IMG_7976During last week’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting a request to change the name of recently completed Edison Road to PEZ Boulevard was unanimously approved.

PEZ has been making its famous candy in Orange since 1974, and in December 2011 the long awaited visitor center at 35 Prindle Hill Road opened to the public.

Today, Thursday, Dec. 18, the town fulfilled its promise and PEZ Boulevard was dedicated.

Among those in attendance was Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who was instrumental in making the Edison Road project a reality. She was a tireless advocate for the project from start to finish bringing in millions to ensure its completion.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the new road, which connects Prindle Hill and Marsh Hill roads and is home to PEZ, Aurora Products and Restaurant Depot, to name a few also opens up the possibility of attracting more businesses to open on the 65 additional acres to which it is connected.

Joe Vittoria, President and CEO of PEZ said the thoroughfare has brought more than 80,000 cars to the Visitor Center so far.

Dec 172014

20141217_112654_resizedDuring the cold winter months many of us start receiving visitors, unwelcomed guests, if you will, that sneak around our homes in the middle of the night, forage through our cabinets and leave icky trace evidence wherever they go.


Some people have no problem setting up wooden mouse traps with metal snaps that sometimes take their heads off, depending on their position when it activates, then disposing of the corpse in the trash and re-setting it for another unwitting victim.

I have an issue with the vermin scurrying around my kitchen, but I think I have more of an issue with killing them. After all, they’re just homeless creatures looking for some warmth and food. Still, I don’t want them in my house!

The other day I went out in search of the well known hav-a-hart humane traps. I did the search on my phone and after checking a couple of stores that supposedly had them for about $17 each (a bargain, I thought) I walked away empty handed as they were sold out.

I wound up at Home Depot in Orange and after wandering through aisle 44 for a few minutes, I saw large traps for squirrels and other critters, but nothing small enough for the field mice that frequent their winter vacation destination at my house.

I asked an employee for assistance and he led me to the glue traps — no, that’s cruel. And the poison — no, what if my dog gets into it. and finally, a small plastic contraption that I had overlooked on the shelf.

He said you can catch them and then throw them out — no, that’s just wrong … OR you can release them. AH! and they’re only $3.33 each.

I wanted three traps one for each floor (basement, main floor, attic) but there was only one on the shelf. He did a computer search and found out that they had more in stock and magically produced an unmarked brown cardboard box with a whole new display box inside.

For around $10 I left the store with three new mouse traps and went home to check them out. I really liked the fact that there was nothing to set up, just bait and close.

There was nothing complicated about the design, so how well could they possibly work? I slathered a tortilla chip with almond butter and closed the trap then placed it in the kitchen.

The following morning I checked the three traps: nothing upstairs, nothing in the basement, but in the kitchen, through the dark tinted plastic case I could see a mouse… and a second tail under the metal hatch. This inexpensive little mouse trap had captured two field mice within 16 hours.

I carried the box out to the car and drove to a secluded wooded area away from my home and anyone else’s home, and prepared to release the mice. The box opened easily enough, but they were too scared to exit. I turned it upside down, shook it for a bit and finally one fell out, then the other.

The product is called the Victor Catch & Hold Mice Trap. So If you have unwanted visitors and feel the same way I do about killing them, this is the solution for you.

As I mentioned before, you can find them at Home Depot in aisle 44 and they cost about the same as a medium coffee from your favorite coffee shop.

Dec 172014

10850265_747501041969987_1110753153982734140_nOn December 10, 2014, Orange Police officers participated in the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program sponsored by the REACH Foundation.

Orange PD Officers Lynn Dey, Jeff Fernandes, Brian Petrucelli, Ryan DePolo, Robert Amarone, and Lt. Max Martins volunteered their time to meet with local children, have dinner with them, and then join them on a shopping trip at the Milford Target store.

The event was a huge success, and the officers had as much fun as the kids did.

Orange Live profiled the program on Dec. 9. See Story HERE.



Dec 172014

menorah catsToday is the first day of Hanukkah. I wish you joy and many happy memories with your family and friends on this important holiday.

I also want to remind you to keep your pets safe as you celebrate with all of your traditional foods and your Menorah.

Be sure to keep the sufganiyot away from your pets. If they eat them, it could lead to gastrointestinal difficulties and even pancreatitis.

Dogs and cats both can become ill or even die from eating latkes. The onions in them are toxic to animals and the fats and carbohydrates may upset your pet’s stomach.

Keep the chocolate gold coins away from your pets, too. Not only the chocolate, but the metallic foil wrappers can be dangerous if consumed.

Dreidels can be fun for children, but a curious pet, especially one that tends to eat just about anything, can suffer terribly if it consumes one of the toys and it gets stuck in the throat, behind the teeth or in its intestines.

It is traditional to let the candles of the Menorah burn out, so it would be wise to lock your pet out of the room where your Menorah is lit. To keep everyone safe, you may want to consider using battery operated candles in your Menorah.

Have a safe, happy Hanukkah.


Dec 172014

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 12.32.36 PMChrista Parady of Zoey Girl Pet Services is known as one of the kindest, most caring business owners in Orange.
Currently, the shop is collecting food, blankets  and toys for underprivileged pets in its Toys for Pups and Canine Cupboard pantry.
Please bring all donations to their facility at 185 Boston Post Road.
Also, if you know of any of our four legged friends that are in need of a bath or groom whose human companions cannot afford it, call Zoey Girl at 203-606-9220 and they will arrange for a complementary day at the spa.
Christa, Mae and the entire staff surely know about the true meaning of Christmas.
Zoey Girl Pet Services, 185 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT 06477
(203) 606-9220
[email protected]

Dec 172014

As residents continue to clean up after the recent rain storms, and prepare for the upcoming snow storms, Fire Marshal Tim Smith grows increasingly concerned that people are using fresh storm debris such as logs and branches in their fireplaces and wood stoves.

This unseasoned wood, and any softwoods such as spruce and pine, will contribute to creosote buildup in the fireplace and chimney, resulting in a severe chimney type fire that could extend to the framing of a home.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department already has responded to a few chimney fires since the cold weather began, luckily none of them has resulted in the loss of a home yet. Yet a heating device was to blame for a house fire that displaced a family a couple of weeks ago.

Smith included a Winter Fire Safety article from FEMA and a link to a video on proper fireplace use.

Here is the Article in its entirety:

More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels.
Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) encourages you to practice the following fire safety steps to keep those home fires safely burning. Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility …Fire Stops With You!

Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean

•    Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.

•    Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.

•   Leave glass doors open while burning a fire. Leaving the doors open ensures that the fire receives enough air to ensure complete combustion and keeps creosote from building up in the chimney.

•    Close glass doors when the fire is out to keep air from the chimney opening from getting into the room. Most glass fireplace doors have a metal mesh screen which should be closed when the glass doors are open. This mesh screen helps keep embers from getting out of the fireplace area.

•    Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have a glass fireplace door.

•    Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.

•    Keep air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces. Otherwise you may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire.

•    Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.

Safely Burn Fuels

•    Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.

•    Use only seasoned hardwood. Soft, moist wood accelerates creosote buildup. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.

•    Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.

•    Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace or wood stove.

•    When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace on an adequate supporting grate.

•    Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house.

•    Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your home and any other nearby buildings. Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.

Protect the Outside of Your Home

•    Stack firewood outdoors at least 30 feet away from your home.

•    Keep the roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other debris.

•    Cover the chimney with a mesh screen spark arrester.

•    Remove branches hanging above the chimney, flues or vents.

Protect the Inside of Your Home   

•    Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas. Test them monthly and     change the batteries at least once a year. Consider installing the new long life smoke alarms.

•    Provide proper venting systems for all heating equipment.

•    Extend all vent pipes at least three feet above the roof.

For more information and safety tips from the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office visit:  www.orangefiremarshal.com


Originally Published on: Nov 19, 2012 @ 1:35 p.m.

Dec 162014

800px-Connecticut_State_Capitol,_HartfordOn Dec. 15, new House Republican Leader Themis Klarides gave State Reps-Elect Pam Staneski (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) their first term legislative committee assignments .

Both Staneski and Ferraro were elected to their first term on Nov. 4 and in the days afterward they have prepared themselves for the start of the legislative session that opens on Jan. 7.

After Rep. Klarides announced to Pam and Charles their committee appointments she said, “The early work of the committee process is where our state laws are born, and it’s where legislators like Pam and Charles can provide the most positive influence for the people they serve and the state as a whole.”

Staneski was tapped to serve on the Education, Children’s and Veterans Affairs committees.

“I am looking forward to an exciting legislative session serving on both the Education and Children’s committees with a bi-partisan focus on putting forth legislation that will improve our young people’s education and protect and support our state’s most precious resource, our children,” said  Staneski.

“I fought hard to get on the Veterans Affairs committee. Connecticut needs to do everything possible to make sure our state’s veterans are properly cared for and have employment opportunities when they return back to civilian life,” she said.

When he takes office, Ferraro will serve on the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, which is tasked with writing the two-year state budget.

“Analysts say we’re facing a massive budget deficit, and just before the legislative session begins we’re hearing little beyond talk about tax increases to fill the multi-billion-dollar gap,” he said. “People can’t afford tax hikes, and the legislature should explore ways to reduce government spending before digging deeper into anybody’s pocket,” said Ferraro.

Ferraro has also been tapped by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides to serve on the Public Safety and Security committee which has cognizance over all matters relating to homeland security, the Department of Public Safety, including state police, state organized task force on crime, municipal police training, fire marshals, the fire safety code and the state building code, civil preparedness and legalized gambling.

Additionally, Ferraro is being appointed to the Human Services committee which oversees all matters relating to the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Children and Families, including institutions under their jurisdiction; the Office of Child Day Care; the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities; the Commission on the Deaf and the Hearing Impaired; and the Board of Education and Services for the Blind.

“Serving on the Human Services committee gives me an inside look at the Department of Social Services which is the largest line item in Connecticut’s state budget and serves so many state residents,” he said.

Dec 162014

20141216_130116_resizedIf you are looking for a special gift for someone, consider a beautiful handcrafted Orange Ornament.

These wood ornaments are made with love locally and perfectly hand painted. They were sold at the Orange Country Fair and during the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot so the availability is getting low. They are being sold for $10 each

The artist will be selling the ornaments at Stop and Shop on Old Gate Lane in Milford on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. until evening while they last.

Ornaments can be purchased by e-mailing [email protected] or by calling 203-795-9640. They will be delivered to any Orange address up until the evening of Monday, Dec. 22.

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