Apr 202014
found on bayanimalhospital.com

found on bayanimalhospital.com

Pet owners, be aware of these few holiday dangers.

  • Beware of Easter lilies. These toxic plants can be fatal if ingested by our furry friends.
  • Keep candy bunnies in check—chocolate goodies are toxic to cats, dogs and ferrets. And any treats containing xylitol an artificial sweetener used in many candies, chewing gum and baked goods—may be toxic too!
  • Decorations can be dangerous, especially Easter tinsel. Kitties love to nibble colorful plastic grass, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration.
  • Usually, I put out advance notice about this, and I hope it’s not too late.  Baby chicks and rabbits are not Easter gifts. While these festive babies are adorable, resist the urge to buy; they grow up fast and often require specialized care! Thousands of ex-Easter bunnies and chicks are abandoned each year when their novelty wears off.
  • Fat trimmings from meat may seem intriguing to your pet, but it can be bad for your pet. See this site for more information on “dangerous” foods.
Apr 182014
Pre-order by April 26th

Pre-order by April 26th

The sign is up, if you’ve driven down Derby-Milford Road this week you couldn’t miss it. It’s time to order your fresh chickens from Orange’s own Cedar Hill Farm.

People who’ve tried them come back year-after-year, order their chickens in advance and pick them up when they’re ready.

Cedar Hill Farm is run by Stephen and Rachel Bespuda, a young couple that both come from a long line of farmers.

Rachel’s grandparents had dairy cows upstate and when they sold them, her parents started raising beef cattle, Rachel and her sister joined 4H and honed their skills on raising cows there.

The Bespuda family is well-known in town and currently three generations are helping and working in the daily operations of the farm which was purchased around 1929.

Like Rachel’s family, the farm used to operate as a dairy, with the milk bottled and delivered locally. After the dairy herd was sold the beef herd expanded.

Rachel and Stephen met at UCONN where they studied at the college of agriculture and natural resources, majored in animal science and learned management skills.

They were married in Fall of 2013.

They grow hay, straw, and corn right here in Orange.

cedar Hill farm cowsFresh Meat

They offer beef year-round (but everything is pre-ordered so it may not be readily available). The steers are pasture raised, and when the pastures are not suitable for grazing the steers are fed locally grown hay and corn silage, from right here in Orange.

The beef is sold by the quarter or side. It is cut, wrapped, labeled, and frozen. You get steaks, roast, and ground beef.

in 2009 they began selling Thanksgiving Turkeys, to rave reviews, and then 2010 they started selling chickens in the spring and summer.

The chickens and turkeys start their lives indoors with heat lamps and the warmth they need to be healthy, at 3 weeks in nice weather they go outside and roam the farm (free range).

The chickens and turkeys are sold fresh and whole (turkeys are raised for Thanksgiving)— Pre-Order ONLY.

Why Buy Fresh and Local?

So, what’s the difference between store bought and these Orange raised free range chickens?

Stephen uses the analogy, “Take a tomato that you grow in your garden compared to one that you get from a supermarket you can tell the difference in quality from the flavor and texture.”

Rachel added, “It’s just fresh, locally grown, raised correctly and humanely, and something that we care deeply about, not something we take for granted,” she said. “Even thought we’ve had it all of our lives, we know the work that goes into it. We appreciate the fact that not everyone has the opportunity to purchase fresh meat that is grown in the same town they live in.”

“This is the meat that we eat ourselves,” Stephen said.

Availability of the products will be posted on their Facebook page, and you must call 203-889-7282 or e-mail [email protected] for information or to place an order.

There is no 24/7 farm stand, but the system works for regular customers. Pre-Order now through April 26 and the chickens will be available for pick-up on Sunday April 27 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Existing customers on the mailing list receive postcards or e-mails when it’s time to order the chickens.

Watch for the Cedar Hill Farm Ad on Orange Live this Spring and Summer when it is time to call and pre-order your chicken.


Apr 172014
A photo of the victim from a Jamaican website.

A photo of the victim from a Jamaican website.

The Orange Police Department  and the Office of the State Medical Examiner, has identified the victim found in Lake Wepawaug in Orange on Saturday, April 12, as Vaughn Porteous, 27,  of Hamden.

According to a press release issued by Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo, Porteous was believed to be  involved in a motor vehicle accident on the Wilbur Cross Parkway at the Orange rest stop on March 19 and left the scene prior to Police arrival.

He was reported missing by family members on April 1.

The State’s Medical Examiner has ruled the death an accidental drowning.  The Investigation will remain open pending toxicology results which can take several weeks.


On Wednesday, March 19, at about 4:45 a.m, Troop I Bethany received a report of a motor vehicle accident on Route 15 northbound near exit 56, at the entrance to the Route 15 northbound rest area in Orange.

Upon arrival, troopers found one vehicle with heavy front end damage located at the entrance to the rest area.  The vehicle was crashed up against the barrels and there was damage to the metal beam guardrail.  The operator of the vehicle was not with the vehicle.

Upon discovering that the vehicle was unoccupied, Troopers, assisted by Orange Police Department, searched the surrounding area which yielded negative results.  State Police K9 teams also responded to assist in the search conducting K9 tracks.

Troopers located evidence at the scene that enabled them to identify the registered owner of the vehicle as Vaughn D. Porteous, 27, of Hamden.

Troopers continued their search by contacting area hospitals, responding to the Porteous’ residence and reviewing surveillance footage from outside the rest area in an attempt to determine how the operator left the scene and in which direction the operator may have traveled. 

Troopers also spoke with people who were stopped at the rest area and employees who worked at the rest area.  After an extensive search, Troopers believed the operator may have left the scene after getting ride from someone.

On Saturday, April 12, three weeks after the accident, the Orange Police Department responded to a report of a body found in Lake Wepawaug.  The deceased was positively identified as Vaughn D. Porteous, the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the motor vehicle accident on the Wilbur Cross Parkway.

Son of Recording Artist

Vaughn was the son of Jamaican recording artist deejay Papa Biggy.

Apr 172014

IMG_7914The Amity Varsity Boys Golf team defeated Shelton  at the Brownson Country Club today 156-165.

Amity’s Brent Marieb again was the medalist with a score of 37; followed by Billy Emery and Brett McNeil each with 39 and Keating Seymour, 41.

Shelton’s Wyatt Zahornasky hit a 39; Rob Stanley 40; Mike Pingree 41; and DJ  Deeb 45.

Records: Amity 4-1; Shelton 2-1


Apr 172014

Screen shot 2014-04-17 at 1.27.20 PMGordon “Banty” C. Turner, 93, of Niantic, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Sava Health Care at Bridebrook.

Born on Feb. 22, 1921, Banty was the son of Clinton and Julia (Manwaring) Turner. A graduate of Chapman Tech in 1939, Banty worked at Electric Boat as a welder until he joined the Navy during World War II where he served for three years. Upon discharge from the Navy, he became a dedicated lineman for CL&P until his retirement in 1983.

Banty married the former Julia “Judy” Osowski on Sept. 4, 1948. They were married 51 years. Judy predeceased him on Oct. 12, 1999.

Banty was raised on the Turner Homestead at Black Point Road in Niantic. He was one of ten children and was predeceased by C. Keith, Vernon, Merle, and Mahlon “Red” Turner, Cecelia “Tela” Beebe, Rheba Gunn, Linna Maynard and Camilla Leaf. Eddis (Turner) Jones of Raleigh, N.C. survives.

Surviving Banty are his four children, John “Jack” C. Turner and his wife, Amy, of Orange and Joseph G. Turner of New Britain, Madeline M. Treat and her husband, Charles O. Treat Jr., of Uncasville and Thomas M. Turner and his wife, Susan (Camassar) Turner, of Niantic. Banty was a proud “Papa” of his six grandchildren, Megan (Treat) Feinglass and her husband, Evan; Sarah (Treat) Jakubowski and her husband, Jason; Ryan C. Treat and his wife, Stephanie (Lavin) Treat; Abbe Joann Turner; Kelly Turner and Morgan Turner. He is survived by nine great-grandchildren, Noah and Julia Feinglass; Madeline, Alex, Katherine, Kevin and Elizabeth Jakubowski; and Emily and Jack Treat. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Michael A. Wargo of New London; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Banty loved a good card game and was a founding member of the Niantic Sportsman’s Club; American Legion; VFW; East Lyme, Old Lyme and Montville Senior Citizens, as well as the The East Lyme Historical Society.

He was a true outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, crabbing, scalloping and clamming. His love of gardening produced tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and dahlias which he loved sharing with family and friends. He loved watching and feeding the birds. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots as well as a supporter of the UConn Huskies; the alma mater of his children and grandchildren.

Special thanks to Banty’s neighbors – Pete and Janne Peterson, Jeannie and Pete Bergamo and Jamie and Jeff Bruno, without whose support Banty wouldn’t have been able to independently remain in his home as long as he did. Their assistance over the years is sincerely appreciated and will not be forgotten by Banty’s family.

Special thanks also to the staff at Bridebrook who provided exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), Columbus Avenue, Niantic, CT 06357 and Center for Hospice Care Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360.

His family will greet relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic. Burial will be private.

Apr 172014


.Mika has been missing since Tuesday, April 15

.Mika has been missing since Tuesday, April 15

Mika, a 10 lb, 2 year old mini Pincher, was kenneled at Who’s your Doggie? 100 Gulf Street, Milford when he escaped Tuesday morning (April 15th).

He may be heading home to his family in Orange.

Mika is owned by the Genovese family and if anyone has seen him, they may contact Kathleen Genovese (203) 306-8706.

Apr 152014

PS277A Freeze Warning is in effect now through Wednesday, April 16 at 10 a.m.

If you have purchased tender seedlings or spring flowers bring them inside, or cover them to protect them.

Also, take precautions to keep your pipes from freezing.

Be careful out on the roads, which will most likely ice over after all the rain we had today.

Apr 152014

abady_maintenance_and_growth_cat_dryThe Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC of Poughkeepsie, NY, is recalling its 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled “Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.

The product comes in a 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb, corrugated boxes with plastic liners marked with lot # 14029/21 stamped on the right side top of the box.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in some 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Cat Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats.”

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of “Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-845-473-1900, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, ET.

Apr 142014
We missed it because of cloudy skies, but folks down south had a great show on April 15.

We missed it because of cloudy skies, but folks down south had a great show on April 15.

Tonight’s Full Moon is the first of four full eclipses known as the Blood Moon. The sunset should be spectacular (but wan’t due to cloud cover).

According to NASA, seeing four complete lunar eclipses in a row is very rare. The skies were tetrad-free from 1600 to 1900. But in the 21st century, there will be many and here in North America we will have a front row seat.

The eclipse begins at 2 a.m., but if forecasters are right, bad weather could make it impossible to experience it in CT.

According to a story in USA Today and Several other sources one televangelist swears that this first Blood Moon marks the beginning of catastrophic events.

(This is the same man who said Hurricane Katrina was the result of God’s wrath toward the city of New Orleans for planning a rally for gays and lesbians.) 


Apr 142014
Police Headquarters

Police Headquarters

The Orange Police Department is investigating break-ins at three local homes overnight as well as two cars having been entered and one stolen.  All three residences are in the Argyle Road, Currier Drive, Pine Tree Drive neighborhoods.  The neighborhood is off of Orange Center Road.

Police first responded to a residence on Argyle Rd at 4:45 a.m., where a resident was awakened by shattering glass. Unknown subjects had thrown a large rock through a glass rear door and entered the kitchen, stealing an electronic device, and immediately left.
Detectives found several other windows and doors had been tampered with in an attempt to gain access.  The Department then received a call from a resident of Currier Drive who related that his rear glass door was broken, however no access was gained.
While at that investigation,  a neighbor walked up and advised that his garage had been entered, Officers are still determining what was taken.  A resident reported that two unlocked vehicles in their driveway had been gone through, although nothing was taken.  Police then received a report of a vehicle stolen from a driveway on David Court.  The 2005 Nissan Altima was taken sometime during the overnight hours.  The owner had left the keys in the center console of the unlocked vehicle.
A canvass of the neighborhood residents revealed that an  “Squarish” SUV was seen driving slowly in the neighborhood being followed by a small sedan with its lights out just before the first report was received.
All residents are reminded lock their cars and remove valuables during the overnight hours.  Leaving outside lights on during overnight hours can also be helpful,  Residents should not hesitate to report suspicious activity to police at 203-891-2130.
Detectives from the Orange Police Department processed the scenes and the car was entered as stolen.   Anyone who may have information is asked to call Detective Brian Petrucelli at 203-891-2138
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