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Donations Sought To Purchase Memorial Bench For Annie “Elf Mama” Davis

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Nov 262019
 

A file photo from a Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 15 years old now.

Annie “Elf Mama” Davis was a huge part of the Orange Community, For more than 20 years, she took the reigns of the OVFD Auxiliary’s Santa’s Helper program and helped bring joy to thousands of children and families across town.

While at home with her only son, Michael, on Monday, Sept. 23, Annie wasn’t feeling well and she passed out. Michael called 911 and his mom passed away at the hospital after having a heart attack.

The friends of Annie Davis would like to purchase a memorial bench for the Orange Fairgrounds with Annie’s name on it so she will never be forgotten.

The cost of the bench, with an engraved plaque and installation, is $1,500 and we need your help to make our goal.

Cookies and an Ornament

Annie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies were legendary around town. We are selling copies of the recipe, along with a chocolate chip cookie ornament for $3. All proceeds go toward the bench purchase. Contact Terri at orangectlive01@gmail.com if you are interested.

You may mail monetary donations to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

We have a short term designated bank account for this cause, with none of the regular fees for a couple of months. But $1,500 is a lot of money and even as the checks are deposited as they come in, we are hoping for a lot of community support to get Annie this bench.

We’d come closer to seeing it come to fruition if all the families that participated in the Santa’s Helper event over the years sent in a little something as a thank you to Annie for her dedication to you and the program.

Make out checks to “Friends of Annie Davis,” and mail to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

THANK YOU if you already have donated!

Make the Holidays Safer for Pets

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Nov 262019
 

Royalty-free stock photo     By evrymmnt

During Thanksgiving and the other holidays, families and guests gather and there is usually plenty of food and snacks. If you have a pet, you need to be aware that the “cute face” they give in order to get a little something extra from the table, may lead to a dangerous, even deadly situation.

Remember these tips to keep your pet safe during the holiday season:

  1. Keep people food out of the reach of your pet, and ask your guests to do the same.
  2. Make sure your pet doesn’t have any access to treats, especially those containing chocolate, xylitol, grapes/raisins, onions or other toxic foods.
  3. Don’t leave your pet alone in the room with lit candles, a decorated tree or potpourri.
  4. Keep holiday plants (especially holly, mistletoe and lillies) out of reach of pets.
  5. Consider leaving the tinsel off your tree if you have a cat.
  6. Secure your Christmas tree to keep it from falling over if your dog bumps it or your cat climbs it. Hanging lemon-scented car air fresheners in the tree may deter your cat from climbing it.
  7. Provide a safe place for your pet to escape the excitement (such as a kennel, crate, perching place, scratching post shelf or hiding place) if you’re entertaining guests. If your pet is excitable or scared, consider putting your pet in another room with some toys and a comfortable bed.

Source: AVMA, American Veterinary Medical Association

Open House: 3 Bedroom Stunner on 1.38 Acres

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Nov 242019
 

Custom-built contemporary 3 bedroom cape situated on 1.38 acres.

First-floor master bedroom and office. On the second floor find two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a large balcony.

Vaulted ceilings in the living room and office. Bright sunny home with lots of glass overlooking the beautiful yard. Great spaces for entertaining include a south-facing deck, screened porch, spacious kitchen, and formal dining room.

There’s even a server’s pantry that provides extra kitchen workspace for that big party. Storage galore including a cedar closet, 3 walk-in closets, 4 attic spaces, 2000 square foot unfinished basement with large workbench, and a 3 car garage.

Economical propane gas cooking, heat, and hot water. Three zones of central air conditioning and heat. Central vac and more.

Come witness the roominess and beauty of this house for yourself and make it your new home.

Come in from the rain for the Open House today at 92 Pinecrest Road at 2:30 p.m. Asking price is $449,900.

Orange Resident Earns First Honors

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Nov 212019
 

Orange Resident Jake Forchetti, a Senior at Amity High School, earned first honors for the first quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.

Forchetti is the son of Peter and Jacqueline Forchetti.

Police Blotter: Man Accused Of Stealing Sign In Orange

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Nov 202019
 

On Nov. 11, at 11:55 a.m., Orange Police responded to Orange Center Road on a suspicious activity complaint regarding someone removing a town posted parking sign.

Investigation revealed that Frank C. Rogers, 86, of Orange, took the sign and drove off with it.

According to the report, he was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny and released on a promise to appear in court Nov.22.

The Best Christmas Bake Sale Set For Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

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Nov 162019
 

Auxiliary treats are always made with love.

A longtime tradition in Orange is the OVFD Auxiliary Christmas Bake Sale.

The sale takes place on the same weekend as the Orange Holiday Festival. Just go to Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road on Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Auxiliary women are – Hands Down – some of the best bakers in the region and every year they create something new and exciting that will have you wishing you’d bought more when you were there.

All kinds of Christmas goodies will be available, along with hot chocolate and hot spiced cider.

All proceeds support the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

We Highly Recommend it! Mark your calendars now and don’t forget!

Register Now For The Orange Lions Thanksgiving Dinner

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Nov 162019
 

Every year, the members of the Lions Club of Orange host a Thanksgiving Dinner at High Plains Community Center on the first Sunday after Thanksgiving (December 1, 2019) at 12 p.m.

The dinner is open to everyone but their target guests are the town’s elders, shut-ins, and all those in need of good food and fellowship.

Entertainment is provided.

If you plan to attend, please call Orange Community Services at (203) 891-4788 to get your name on the list. This will let the Lions know how many guests to expect so they will have enough food for everyone.

Transportation can be provided by the Community Services Transportation program. Call the Transportation Coordinator, Kim Callahan at (203) 891-4788 to arrange a ride.

Town Officials Swearing In On Friday

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Nov 142019
 

Board of Selectmen (2017)

A brief ceremony to welcome all of the newly elected Selectmen, Board and Commission members, Town Clerk, Tax Collector, and First Selectman Jim Zeoli will take place at High Plains Community Center on Friday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.

Everyone is invited to this bi-annual event.

Refreshments will be served.

Thank You For Remembering Annie Davis With Us

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Nov 142019
 

The “Friends of Annie Davis” (Lisa Hartshorn, Ken Lyke, Sue Smith, Marissa Russo, and Terri Miles) thank everyone who came out to Friday night’s fundraiser in honor of Annie “Elf Mama” Davis. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

We’d like to thank all of the local businesses and town offices, and individuals that contributed with generous gift baskets, gift certificates and other items that we gave away as raffle prizes:

Trader Joe’s, First Selectman Jim Zeoli, Chowder Pot, Eli’s, VideoLab, Chip’s Restaurant, Knight’s, Beachside Nutrition, Orange CERT, Cherilyn Miles, Amelie Choiniere, Zoey Girl, The Russo Family, Yia Yia & Amelie, Toni Sowitcky, Subway Corporate Headquarters, 221 Post Salon, Coromandel, Georgina’s Hair Studio, Two Guys, OVFD Auxiliary, Cork and Barrel of Hamden. Mr. Kold Kuts, Ken.

We also want to acknowledge the following people who made monetary donations: Orange Police Department, Orange Fire Marshal’s Office, and Orange Community Services Department.

In addition, thank you to the Orange Ale House for providing us with a wonderful buffet and a large, clean venue for this event. Your staff is the best.

Also, Cherilyn, Toni, Marie and, of course, Mary and Amelie for your tireless help all evening. We couldn’t have done it so seamlessly without you. Special thanks to Nick Bencivengo for your help.

 

 

 

 

 

OCC Hosts Trail Maintenance Day At Housatonic Overlook

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Nov 122019
 

A view from the Housatonic Overlook (Orange’s waterfront property).

The Orange Conservation Commission (OCC) is hosting a “trail maintenance day” at the Housatonic Overlook and Tucker’s Ridge Open Space located at 672 High Ridge Road in Orange on Saturday, November 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to wear work gloves and warm footwear and welcomed to bring rakes, small pruning tools, etc. We will be clearing branches and debris from trails and picking up trash.

Saturday is predicted to be a cold 38 degrees, so dress appropriately.

The OCC will provide water and trash bags. It will be canceled in the event of rain.

This is a fun way to learn about the trail! Please come out and help maintain Orange’s beautiful open spaces!