Apr 212015

Alice Parker

Alice Parker

The choirs of the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, will perform a musical tribute to the composer Alice Parker on Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m.

The compositions of Alice Parker are classics in the choral music genre.  Her pieces are performed by church, high school, and college choirs throughout the country.  Numerous recordings of her music by the Robert Shaw Chorale, Chanticleer, and Melodious Accord are available on ITunes.  Examples of  many fine choirs performing her music also may be found on YouTube.
The choirs of the church will offer a rich sampling of her works at this afternoon concert and Alice Parker will be present at this event. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.
Come and enjoy an afternoon of beautiful singing, and acknowledge this American woman for her significant contribution to the art of choral music.

Jan 242015

K9 Trent and handler/partner Officer Mary Bernegger

K9 Trent and handler/partner Officer Mary Bernegger

On Friday night, Orange Police Officer Mary Bernegger and her K9 partner Trent visited the Orange Congregational Church where the youth group was taking part in the annual fundraising Freeze Out to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Trent is a trained drug-sniffing dog.

Bernegger hid small amounts of drugs inside the building and told Trent to get to work. The kids and their chaperones watched as he found one item and then another within a few minutes.

Since going into service last June, Trent has done an excellent job at getting illegal drugs off the streets. So far his nose has sniffed out around 20 pounds of marijuana and other drugs.

After he was done impressing his audience, Trent visited with the kids, gave kisses and got plenty of belly rubs while Bernegger answered questions.





Jan 242015

IMG_2356On Friday night into Saturday, the Youth of the Orange Congregational Church participated in the “Freeze Out,” fundraising event to benefit Youth United/Habitat for Humanity.

The purpose of this event is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport. The Orange Congregational group hopes to raise at least $2,000 from this event to put toward its $10,000 State Farm Matching Grant.

Each teen who participates is required to get friends and family members to sponsor them to stay out in the cold and raise a minimum of $35 each.

Some residents drove by and handed the kids donations for the cause.

A shanty town of cardboard boxes in front of the church provided them a little shelter from the elements. Tarps kept the snow and rain from soaking and weakening the structure.

The event began at 6 p.m. with a pizza dinner for the participants and ended around 8 a.m. on Saturday.

After dinner the youths and adult chaperones rotated every hour to experience living outside on a cold January night. Those who were inside the church hall participated in activities and listened to guest speakers.

This year, Orange police officer Mary Bernegger’s drug-sniffing K9, laborador “Trent” impressed his audience with his amazing ability to find even trace amounts of drugs that his partner hid inside the church building prior to the demonstration.

At 6 a.m., before breakfast, two chaperones, Karen and Stuart were shoveling snow and already had built a snowman.

Jan 232015

unnamedIt’s been done in the snow, in sub-freezing temperatures, mild drizzle and above average temperatures.

 No matter what the weather, the youth of the Orange Congregational Church have participated in the “Freeze Out,” an important fundraising event to benefit Youth United/Habitat for Humanity for the past several years.

You will notice a shanty town of cardboard boxes out in front of the church this weekend. Each year the structure takes on a more elaborate style as those who construct it learn from the previous year’s design.

The 2015 Freeze Out begins at 6 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 23 with a pizza dinner for the participants and ends around 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. Snow is expected to fall right after midnight, so, bundle up kids!

After dinner the youths and adult chaperones will rotate every hour to experience living outside on a cold January night. Those who are inside the church hall will participate in activities and listen to guest speakers — often an Orange Police Officer and/or a Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 11.02.43 PMrepresentative from Habitat for Humanity.

The purpose of this event is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport. The Orange Congregational group hopes to raise at least $2,000 from this event to put toward its $10,000 State Farm Matching Grant.

Each teen who participates is required to get friends and family members to sponsor them to stay out in the cold and raise a minimum of $35 each.

Residents are welcome and encouraged to drive by anytime during the Freeze Out, see the shanty town and make a donation if you’d like.

The sponsor sheets will be available by contacting Beth Rafferty at 203-430-2145 or [email protected]

Dec 242014

orange congregational churchOrange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, welcomes everyone to celebrate the birth of Jesus with two unique moving services on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24.

First is “An Instant Christmas Pageant” at 4 p.m.

Then, at 10 p.m. come in for a Service of Lessons and Carols.

Jun 152014

Forecasters said the day would be iffy for outdoor activities, but luckily for the Orange Congregational Church and festival-goers the weather was perfect for the Strawberry Festival.

Al deCant and “Furious George” provided entertainment for the crowds.

Visitors lined up for hot dogs and hamburgers nearly as much as they did for the sweet strawberry treats.

The vendors received plenty of attention, as did the amusement rides that kept children busy.

But the first-ever Red Car Show had a steady stream of visitors, both car enthusiasts and children alike.

Jun 142014

Screen shot 2014-05-26 at 2.03.03 PMA message from George Catalano, Car Show organizer:
We are trying to assemble the largest group of Red Cars! We know of no other car shows like it and there seems to be great interest among Red Car owners who hear about it!
It is open to all makes, models and years and includes trucks (we have some vintage Firetrucks that have promised to come!)
There will be trophys and dash plaques for entrants, and the entry fee is $10 per show car.
It all takes place at the Orange Fairgrounds on Orange Center road as part of the Orange Strawberry Festival Sat June 14 (raindate is the following day Sun June 15)
Entrants must be in place on the field by 10 and may leave at 3pm.
Thank you!
George Catalano
Originally Published on: May 28, 2014 @ 12:02


Jun 082014

Evelyn Shaw obitEvelyn Shaw Moulton passed on April 28, 2014, in her 90th year, with the quiet grace that she was known for in life.

Born in Tsingtao, China to Albert Leland Shaw and Maude Brooks Shaw, they were both born and raised in Maine. Her father was stationed there with The Standard Oil Company of New York. Evelyn would occasionally speak of her growing up in China. One of her stories included her Mother telling her and her brother, ‘Simmer down, children and go to sleep. They are only machine guns’ as the Second Sino-Japanese war waged on. At one point they were evacuated by British gun boats as a safety measure. She attended the Shanghai American School during her sophomore year, though her parents were in Japanese occupied Nanking to the north.

Due to the escalation of the war she returned to Maine and graduated from Coney High School in Augusta in 1942. She received her BA in history and government including a teaching certificate from the University of Maine in 1946. This is where she met and later married her husband, Arthur H. Moulton, III of Portland.

Evelyn and Arthur lived in N.Y. briefly before settling in Orange, CT. in 1955 with their son, David. As Arthur became President and major stockholder of The George Ellis Co., Evelyn volunteered for many organizations in the New Haven area.

A true treasure, Evelyn was generous with her time and her spirit. She did not hesitate to invite a bride to dress in her air conditioned home as the July temperature rose to over 100 degrees or to help a nervous newcomer to acclimate to Whitney Center. Always warm and welcoming, Evie was the perfect hostess. She enjoyed sharing her home with others, especially looking forward to summer visits with her young nieces Connie and Cyndi.

Her philanthropic works included the establishment of the Arthur H. Moulton Distinguished Scholar Award in Engineering at the University of New Haven and the ‘Moulton Mission Fund’ at the Orange Congregational Church. Her dedication to the Connecticut Trails Council of Girl Scouts was evident as she chaired their annual cookie sale for the state of CT and Fishers Island, N.Y. for multiple years.

Travel was one of Evelyn’s great joys. She joined her son on trips to Turkey, Scotland, Southern Utah, Norway and a return to China for her 60th birthday. The Summer Solstice was experienced

Evelyn met Sally Lockett Taylor in 1942 as freshmen at the University of Maine and subsequently met her sister Ann Lockett Walko. Evelyn’s final years were spent at Whitney Center in Hamden, where her dear friend of over 60 years, Ann, also resided. The three women formed lifelong friendships including summer vacations with their children spent on NH lakes, trips to Turkey and most recently at Rockywold/Deephaven Family Camps on Squam Lake.

There were many gatherings as well at the Moulton Beach house in Westbrook, sharing many celebrations and holidays.

Lynn Bissell and Evelyn met at the Orange Congregational Church. When Lynn became too ill to attend bible study, Evelyn met with her at her home. A year after Lynn’s passing, Bob Bissell reached out to Evelyn and they became fast friends.

They had each lost their spouses and for the next 22 years they enriched each other’s lives. Activities included travel to Turkey, Wind Jammer cruising, vacations at Evelyn’s condominium in Damariscotta, Maine and Bissell family reunions. Bob attended Shaw family reunions at the Moulton Homestead in Jefferson, N.H. Bob attended so many SAS reunions that he was asked about his years in Shanghai.

Evelyn experienced being a surrogate mother and grandmother to members of the ‘Bissell clan’ and it brought her great pleasure.

In addition to her husband Arthur, Evelyn was predeceased by her brother Albert Joseph Shaw. She is survived by her son, David Walker Moulton of New Haven; nieces Constance E. Shaw Carden of Kodak, Tenn. Cynthia Shaw Gouwens of Bradenton, Fla.; and her nephew Gary Suess of Trophy Club, Texas.

A memorial reception will be held at Whitney Center on June 16 at 4 p.m. A memorial service and celebration of life will be on June 21, 2014 at the Orange Congregational Church at 11 a.m. Arrangements in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, 06518.

For more information or to send a condolence, please see www.beecherandbennett.com.

Those who desire may make a donation in her memory might consider: Loaves and Fishes
57 Olive St.
New Haven, Connecticut 06511

CT Food Bank
P.O. Box 8686
New Haven, Connecticut 06531

or a cause of your choosing. 

Apr 062014

carerJanice Carter, 65, of Orange, beloved wife to David Carter, passed away peacefully at home on April 3, 2014. She was surrounded by loving family and friends.

Jan was born in Des Moines, IA on July 2, 1948, to the late Howard and Jeanette Redfern, and grew up in Wilton, CT.

Jan will be forever remembered for her kind, loving and generous spirit. She had a unique blend of beauty, intelligence, sensitivity and warmth.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Jan was a loyal, hard worker and loved her job as a bookkeeper. She was an exceptional person and everybody loved her.

In addition to her husband David of 24 years, she is survived by her cherished children, Scott Muldoon (Amy), Marc DiBerardino (Heather), Lisa Robinson (Adam) and Eric DiBerardino; grandsons, Benjamin, Matthew, Cooper, Brandon and Miles; stepchildren, David Carter Jr., Debra Magrone, and Carl Gard; and step-grandchildren Jayden, Dakota, Julia and Kaitleigh. She was the loving sister of Karen, Doug, Jeff and Julie, and aunt of Todd, Gregg, Kate, Jeremy, Tim, Keri, Ian and Delia.

Friends and family may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday evening, April 7, at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460.

Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Ln., Orange, CT 06477. Burial to follow at Orange Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in memory of Janice Carter to Connecticut Hospice, Home Care Program of Shelton, 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT 06405.

To leave online condolences, please visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Feb 222014

Edith StahlEdith Pitt Stahl passed away peacefully February 21, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Ansonia Connecticut, January 5, 1917, daughter of Thomas and Viola Pitt, predeceased by her husband Arthur L Stahl, son Alan T Stahl, and Grandson Nathaniel Stahl brother Thomas Pitt and sisters Marjorie Steeves and Hilda Iles.

She leaves her son Craig A Stahl, his wife Elizabeth, Grandsons Joshua I Stahl, Christian A Stahl and, granddaughter Carrie Foster, her husband John and great grandsons, Cage and Ashur Foster. Step Grandchildren, Jennifer Snow and Brendan Snow. Former daughter-in-laws Gretchen C Stahl and Cheri L Stahl.

Edith graduated from Ansonia High School, Class of 1934, Arcadia University formally Beaver College, Class of 1938. She was the dietitian at Griffin Hospital during and after WWII and office manager for Stahls’ Automobile dealership in Derby for many years, until retirement.

Devoted member of the Orange Congregational Church since 1955 when she moved to Orange from Ansonia with her family. Edith was a proud lifelong member of the Order of Odd Fellows and Rebecca Lodges.

A memorial service will be held at the Orange Congregational Church on Saturday March 1, 2014 at 11:00AM. There will be no calling hours; burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that charitable donations be made through the Funeral Director, in Edith’s name to the Orange Congregational Church Endowment Fund, Griffin Hospital Development Fund or the Veterans Organization of your choice.

Arrangements by Jenkins, King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin Street, Ansonia, CT 06401.