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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
 

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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Dec 152014
 

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This is a file photo from a similar event.

Best Santa’s Helper story!

As Christmas 2010 approached my two young daughters, Erin age 9 and Kelsey age 11, were looking forward to Christmas.  As we had done every year since we moved to Orange we had dropped off a gift for each with Mama Elf and were looking forward to Santa’s visit on December 19th.

Then came a shock.  My father had been battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia since late September and had been doing very well. It was a struggle but he had had some good test results just before Thanksgiving and we thought he was on the way to recovery.  But on Dec. 14th he took a very sudden turn for the worse and he passed away on Dec. 15th.  His wake was scheduled for December 19th and the funeral for December 20th.

My daughters had been very close with their grandfather and took his passing hard.  Our family would still find a way to get through the holidays for them but with the wake on Sunday we would not be around for Santa’s visit.

My husband Bob went down to the firehouse to explain to Mama Elf that he would like to retrieve the presents we had dropped off and tell Santa not to stop at our house.  To his surprise she wouldn’t hear of it.  She asked him to leave the presents and she would see if a few of the firemen would be willing to come another night. Arrangements were made for Tuesday or Wednesday the following week (honestly, I have no idea what day it was since my brain was in a fog).  We didn’t tell the girls because we wanted it to be a surprise.

Well, we were all surprised!  That evening 5 fire trucks came through our neighborhood  with lights flashing and sirens blaring!!!  There were a bunch of other vehicles parking on our street  too!  Firemen and elves were everywhere!  The firemen formed a double line from the street to our front door and Santa and his elves and helpers all came down the aisle and into our house!

Apparently when Mama Elf asked for a few volunteers to make the special visit to my family ALL the firemen and women, Santa and elves volunteered!  Every individual that came into our house offered their condolences and wished the girls a Merry Christmas.  They brought us candy canes and beautiful snowflake ornaments for our tree that we gladly hang every year.  It was a magical night for my girls.

I am so happy to have a chance to share with everyone the most wonderful and moving moment of our very difficult Christmas and to thank Mama Elf, Santa, the elves and all the fantastic volunteers at the Orange Fire Department.  Their compassion and thoughtfulness are true examples of the Christmas spirit!

Merry Christmas,

Krista McCormack

Dec 152014
 

IMG_7408I’ve been going out with the Santa’s Helper Crew for so many years that I’ve lost count.

It all began when I was with the Amity Observer newspaper. My son would accompany me as my photographer and I would “observe” and write a story.

I carried it through to some “hyperlocal” news site and finally now, I’ve covered it for two years on Orange Live.

Santa’s Helper is one of those timeless events that I enjoy being a part of. Seeing the children jumping with excitement at their front door brings me back to when I was young and believing was all you had to do to have a magical Christmas.

Remember, you have until Saturday, Dec. 20 to enter the Orange Live Santa’s Helper contest. Just send your “story” (and a photo if you have one.) to [email protected].

 

 

 

Dec 142014
 

762 Lambert Road

762 Lambert Road

Come visit this immaculate contemporary style raised ranch on one acre, with a sunny approved in-law set up at 762 Lambert Road today from 1-2:30 p.m. Wayne Hugendubel will greet you there.

Stunning inside and out, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom 2,053 sq feet of living space with vaulted ceiling, skylights, fireplace, central air, central vacuum all for just $374,900 (Price cut by $10,000 on Dec. 12).

Has hardwood floors and carpeting, attached 2 car garage, ceiling fans in 2nd and 3rd bedrooms. Full basement with walk-out.

Includes Dishwasher, Washer, Dryer, Range / Oven, Refrigerator.

Has a septic system. Public water.

Contact Wayne Hugendubel at  203-903-2405

Dec 132014
 

The look of wonder on their faces speaks volumes.

The look of wonder on their faces speaks volumes.

Santa’s Helper is one of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s most magical traditions.

Now in its 20th year, Orange Live is asking participants to share their most treasured memories of Santa’s Helper and what it’s meant to you and your family.

Send us an e-mail to [email protected] (this is NOT a Link) with “Santa’s Helper” in the subject line by Saturday, Dec. 20. Include a Photo of your special Santa’s Helper visit with your submission if you have one.

Orange Live will publish as many of your stories as possible. Then, Elf Mama, who’s been the backbone of the event for two decades, along with firefighters and elves, will choose their favorite one(s) and the winner(s) will receive a special prize.