Sep 212014

IMG_1066Don’t worry about the early morning rainfall or getting soggy feet, the activities at the Orange Country Fair will go on.

Remember about 5 years ago when it rained both days, that didn’t stop the fair folks from opening.

So come on,  wear the right footwear and get ready to have a full day of country fair fun. Admire the arts and crafts and beautiful photo displays, watch tiny chicks hatch in an incubator and pet the cute baby animals.

There’s so much to do at the fair. Stop by and see everything it has to offer.

Sep 202014


Here is today’s schedule of events for the Orange Country Fair. It’s supposed to be another beautiful day. Come on down and enjoy the sights.

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
$8.00 Adults, $5.00 Senior Citizens, Children 15 and under Free
Free Parking  -  Free Shuttle
Pets Not Allowed  -  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
No ATM onsite

Exhibits removed on Sunday at 6:00 PM


8:00 Chip’s Pancake Breakfast – Food Pavilion
9:00 Antique Tractor Pull – Pulling Area
10:00 Antique Car Show – Front of Fairgrounds 
10:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
11:00 Horse Draw – Lower Field
Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
11:30 Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull – Upper Field
Noon Marvelous Mutts Demonstration – Lower Field
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
12:30 Pork Chop Pig Racine – Lower field
Fritzy Brothers “One Man Circus” – Gazebo
1:00 Men’s Hay Bale Toss (16+ years old) – Lower Field
Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
2:00 Marvelous Mutts Demonstration – Lower Field
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
Garden Club: “Herbs In The Garden”-Nancy Mellone
2:30 Live Music: “The Tax Men” Gazebo
Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
3:00 Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent 
4:00 Marvelous Mutts Demonstration – Lower Field
4:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
6:00 Fair closes 

Sep 202014

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Orange Police went to Derby Superior Court to serve a warrant on a West Haven man who was appearing on an unrelated matter on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m.

According to the report, Eric Dingus, 36, of 133 Forest Rd, West Haven, was wanted on a warrant stemming from a burglary at the Grid Construction Company, 156 Boston Post Road, in June, where tools valued at a total of $6,530 were taken from the business.

Dingus was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief.

The warrant was served at court and arraignment was immediate.

Sep 202014

Touchdown! Dchuan Wilson scores for the Spartans.

Touchdown! Dchuan Wilson scores for the Spartans.

The Amity Spartans crushed the Sheehan Titans 33-6 in Wallingford on Friday night.

NOTE: I was taking photos and did not write down any notes during the game. Although I requested it, no one sent the line scores so I’m winging it from matching the photos to the timeline. Sorry Spartans. You deserve better than this. 

The first quarter was scoreless, then senior Dchuan Wilson stayed ahead of the pack and scored for the Spartans with 1:37 left in the second quarter.  (6-0 Amity)

Amity scored at 8:10 in the third quarter (I believe it was Matt Attolino) and the kick was good.  (13-0 Amity) and (Wilson) again at 4:33 with extra point (20-0 Amity)

Tyler Selmecki put Sheehan on the score board with a 65 yard TD with 33 seconds left in the third quarter. The point kick was no good.  (20-6 Amity)

At 11:01 in the fourth quarter (Attolino) came through with another TD for Amity, and Jordan D’Onofrio’s kick was good (27-6 Amity)

Kevin Nusdeo sealed the win for the Spartans at 6:51 with D’Onofrio’s point kick. Final Score Amity 33 – Sheehan 6.

Records: Amity 1-1; Sheehan 0-2

Sep 202014

ornamentMany people have asked First Selectman Jim Zeoli where he got the Orange Town seal Christmas tree ornaments on the tree in his office.

The ornaments are on sale this weekend at the fair for $10.00.

Price will increase after the fair. 

Sep 202014

Last Year's 5th grade winner Zaruf Mujawar.

Last Year’s 5th grade winner Zaruf Mujawar.

Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith announced that the 2014 Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest, a statewide competition for fourth and fifth graders held from October to December, has begun. 

The contest is a cooperative effort of elementary school teachers and the sponsors: Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, Office of The State Fire Marshal, Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, Connecticut Board of Education, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and  Connecticut FAIR Plan (representing the insurance industry). The theme is “Fire Prevention- Everyone/Everyday.”

About 30,000 children from more than 130 communities design and produce the posters. 

A winning poster will be chosen from each county and that student will receive a cash award of $150.00. 

Posters will be exhibited in locations throughout Connecticut, including the State Capitol.  From these, one poster will be chosen to be reproduced and distributed as Connecticut’s 2015 Fire Prevention Poster. The statewide winner will be awarded an additional $750.00 and his or her school will receive $500.00. 

A luncheon, where the state winner is announced, will be held for county winners, parents, teachers, principals, local fire marshals and other guests. Fire safety education is important as a means of preventing injuries, death and economic loss. The contest brings awareness to children, who are a valuable link in the chain of communication; taking information home to the family and suggesting ways to reduce damage and prevent fires. The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office would like to thank the students, administrators and teachers from the Peck Place, Race Brook and Turkey Hill schools for their support and participation. 

Important fire prevention measures include:

• never playing with matches or lighters • never leaving a lit candle unattended • never leaving cooking utensils unattended • and keeping flammable items away from heat sources.

Some fire escape tips are:

• never hide • get low and go • know two ways out of every room • have and practice a home escape plan and meeting place • never go back into a burning building. 

If your clothes catch on fire:

• stop where you are • drop to the ground and roll over until the fire is out • cover your face with your hands. 

Smoke alarms should be installed:

• on every level of the home including finished attics and basements • inside every bedroom and sleeping area • at the top of the first–to-second floor stairway • at the bottom of the basement stairway

A working detector cuts the risk of dying in a fire by one-half. 

NOTE: Kids, as a past poster contest judge, I’d like to stress the importance of having the words, “Fire Prevention- Everyone/Everyday” on your poster. Be sure all words on your poster are spelled correctly too.  It breaks our hearts to have to disqualify you because an otherwise perfect poster is missing these two requirements. So when you plan out your poster make sure  these words are prominently displayed and double check for spelling accuracy. Good Luck!

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office Community Smoke Detector Program provides and installs 10 year lithium battery alarms free of charge to Orange residents. The program has been expanded to include carbon monoxide detectors. 

If you have questions regarding fire safety or wish to have smoke or CO alarms provided and/or installed in your home, please contact The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-891-4711, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Sep 202014

file photo

file photo

The Lady Spartans Volleyball Team was on the road Friday and took on the Gaelettes at Shelton.

Amity won three of the four games: 25-11, 23-25, 25-10, 25-22. (Shelton pulled ahead by two points in the second game)

Here are the highlights:


Micaela Cardozo 12 kills 5 blocks 1 dig 3 aces

Caroline DelVecchio 8 kills

Haley Pierson 1 kill 2 aces 33 assists


Sammy Stevens 2 kills 3 blocks

Nika Marczak 5 kills 3 blocks

Mackenzie Bures 4 aces 8 digs


Records: Amity  4-1;  Shelton 3-2

Sep 192014

4950ab4451At the present time, there has been one confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 in the state of Connecticut.

In general, infants, children and teenagers are the most likely to be infected with the virus.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches. Only a small percent of those infected develop difficulty breathing, and usually have a history of asthma or wheezing.

There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness cause by EV-D68.

Mild symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter medications, rest and fluids.

People who develop breathing problems should seek medical attention.

You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

Sep 192014

9-8-2011 1-24-47 PMThe Orange Country Fair takes place on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, this weekend.

Be aware that although the fair officially starts on Saturday, the Satellite Food Tent on the lower fairgrounds will be open Friday night at 6 p.m.  and the All Mighty Truck Pull will be taking place down there at 6 p.m. as well.

Here is the schedule for  SATURDAY, SEPT. 20

8:00 AM  -  7:00 PM
$8.00 Adults, $5.00 Senior Citizens, Children 15 and under Free
Free Parking  -  Free Shuttle
Pets Not Allowed  -  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
No ATM onsite
**Purchase a Two Day Ticket on Saturday for only $15.00!

8:00 Chip’s Pancake Breakfast-Food Pavilion
8:30 Garden Tractor Pull – Pulling Area
10:00 Opening Ceremonies – Gazebo 
10:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field 
11:00 Two Person Hand Saw Contest – Upper Field
Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent
Oxen Draw – Lower Field
Noon Marvelous Mutts Demonstration – Lower Field
12:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing-Lower Field
Fritzy Brothers “One Man Circus”” – Gazebo
Birds of Prey – Upper Field
1:00 Women’s Skillet Toss -Upper Field
Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent 
2:00 Marvelous Mutts – Lower Field
Garden Club “Growing Orchids”-Tony Ho-Flower Tent
2:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
3:00 Doodlebug Contest – Pulling Area
Homing Pigeon Release – Pigeon Tent
3:30 “5 In The Chamber” (blue grass band)- Gazebo
4:00 Marvelous Mutts – Lower Field
4:30 Pork Chop Pig Racing

Important Note: Recycling containers and garbage barrels will be located throughout the fairgrounds, please do not put garbage in the recycling containers, and do not throw recyclables in the trash.