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.

Nov 302013

Screen shot 2013-11-30 at 8.25.11 AMSusan Lewin, a beloved and respected member of the Board of Police Commissioners in Orange will be laid to rest today.

Susan, 52, died on Sunday, Nov. 24 after a brief illness.

Aside from her work as police commissioner, Susan was a passionate advocate of women and children, always looking for creative ways to encourage youth to fulfill their potential.

She leaves behind her husband Clement Lewin and daughter Sylvana here in Orange.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department will honor her by hanging an American Flag over Orange Center Road by a ladder truck in front of Station One. 

Her funeral will be held at 11 am at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane.

Burial will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.




Oct 122013

Family fun dayThe Orange Congregational Church is sponsoring a Family Fun Day at Treat Farm, 361 Old Tavern Road, Sunday, Oct. 13 from 1-5 p.m.

Take a hayride around the farm and then embark on the adventure of trying to get through the Corn Maze and find all 6 hidden colored cards.

The cost is $8 per person, proceeds go to the church youth programs.

Soda, water and popcorn will be available for sale.

A bake sale will benefit the church school program.

As always Treat Farm has local fresh vegetables and cider for sale.

For information, call Beth at 203-430-2145 or e-mail [email protected]

Visit the Treat Farm website at http://www.treatfarm.com

Sep 262013

Screen shot 2013-09-26 at 2.04.48 PMYou never know when you may need a life-saving blood transfusion. Accidents and illnesses happen all the time when we least expect them and it would be tragic if the hospital you were in was experiencing a blood shortage when you need it most.

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive this Monday, Sept. 30 at the Orange Congregational Church 205 Meetinghouse Lane, from 1 – 6 p.m.

Won’t you consider donating a pint? You could help save up to 3 lives.

In Order to donate you must be healthy — feel well and be able to perform normal activities.

If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

You must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Call today to make an appointment at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

If you would like more information on blood donations and the different donor opportunities out there check out the Red Cross Blood Donor Website.


Sep 032013

funeral flower churchFriends are invited to attend a memorial service for Donna G. Monro on Saturday, Sept. 7,  at the Orange Congregational Church at 1:30 p.m.

Donna passed away peacefully on August 28, 2013 at Connecticut Hospice, Branford after a long and courageous struggle with cancer.

She was a retired teacher and librarian in the Orange Elementary School System where she enjoyed working for over 30 years.
She will be dearly missed by her mother Carol Scranton, longtime Orange resident, recently of Shelton; her daughter Sara Restrepo and husband Jose of Orange; and her two cherished granddaughters Liliana and Gabriela. She is also survived by her brother Peter Scranton of Madison.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.