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Country Fair: Orange Land Trust Presents North American Birds Of Prey

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Aug 082017
 

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North American Birds of Prey: from the smallest to some of the largest.

The Orange Land Trust has invited WINGMASTERS’ Julie Collier to present another of her captivating Birds of Prey programs at the Orange Country Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17. This presentation, featuring live raptors, from the adorable Saw-whet Owl to some of the largest, will center around the birds found in our region of eastern North America.

Birds of prey, also known as raptors, are hunting birds characterized by hooked beaks and powerful grabbing feet armed with sharp talons (the word raptor comes from a Latin word that means “to seize”). Raptors also boast the best eyesight and the sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom. Raptors include eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls, and this presentation gives an overview of these different categories. We will gain an understanding of predation, the birds’ place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world. Because many birds of prey are declining in number, this presentation also features one or more endangered raptors and explains why these species face an uncertain future.

WINGMASTERS is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of North American birds of prey. Julie Anne Collier and Jim Parks are both licensed raptor rehabilitators based in Massachusetts. Together they care for injured birds of prey with the goal of ultimately releasing them back into the wild. In cases where the birds are left permanently handicapped, Julie and Jim are further licensed to provide a home for these non-releasable raptors and to use them for educational programs.

The Orange Country Fair is held at the Fairgrounds on Orange Center Road. Each day there will be four half-hour presentations on the hour – at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.    

Collier has been our guest at the Fair for several years. “One of the reasons I like working with Land Trusts is that the biggest problem with these birds is the loss of habitat, and Land Trusts work to preserve open space much needed by so many birds.” She is concerned about the fragmentation of forests and destruction of remaining open space areas by development.

The citizens of the Town of Orange have done much to provide excellent habitat for a wide variety of birds and other wildlife through the preservation of natural open space. This includes the former Hubble property now known as the Turkey Hill Preserve. This, along with other areas, is managed by the Orange Conservation Commission or the Orange Land Trust for protection, preservation, and passive use.

As usual, the Orange Land Trust will have its own tent. Stop by to view the free programs, get information on walking and hiking areas in the Town of Orange, and see the photography display.  There will be pen and ink note cards designed and drawn by Michael O’Bymachow, and tee-shirts featuring a bird of prey drawn by Julie Collier. Proceeds will benefit the OLT.

Collier will have for sale suitable-for-framing art prints of the birds. These sales will benefit her Educational Raptor Center and her special work with endangered species and preparing them for release into the wild.     

The Orange Land Trust is a private non-profit, volunteer organization, supported by its membership, that is dedicated to acquiring and preserving natural resources and open space in the Town of Orange. New members are always welcome. Membership registration forms will be available at the tent!

For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.

K9 Trent: Spot On First Time, Every Time

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Sep 182016
 

img_1035Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trent did a presentation at the Orange Country Fair on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Orange Police Partners demonstrated Trent’s ability to locate drugs by scent.

Trent is a Labrador Retriever trained and certified to sniff out marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, hashish, synthetic marijuana (Spice/bath salts), steroids, MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly), and opiates (heroin).

Bernegger laid out 5 bags (one containing a small amount of drugs) and 5 cardboard boxes (again, one of them had drugs inside) and asked Trent to “Seek,” which he happily did.

She said that when he found the drugs he would sit, and sit he did… once, twice… four times.

Then it was time for a line-up. five people stood in a line (one was carrying concealed drugs) and Trent had to alert Bernegger to the right individual. Click HERE for video.

 

PHOTOS: Saturday At The Orange Country Fair

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Sep 182016
 

Saturday was the first full day of the Orange Country Fair on the Orange Fairgrounds.

Here are a few photos:

Rotarians Sponsor Amber Alert Photos At The Orange Country Fair

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Sep 172016
 

waveterminal_amberThe Rotary Club of Orange, as part of its community service to Orange residents, will sponsor “AMBER Alert” at the upcoming Orange Country Fair on September 17 and 18 at High Plains Community Center. At the booth, Rotary Club members will photograph and gather identifying information on children accompanied by a parent or guardian. AMBER Alert will be located near the Police tents. Hours for AMBER Alert are Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

After Orange Rotary members take a child’s photo and collect identifying information, the accompanying parent or guardian will be provided with an ID card showing the child’s photo, date of birth, height, weight, eye color and any other distinguishing marks. The information is also stored on a database monitored by the state police.

Since children’s physical characteristics change as they grow, it is important to update cards with a new photo every few years. The photo/date gathering service and one card are free, though donations to the Orange Rotary’s service projects will be welcomed. There is a small fee for any additional cards.

The goal of AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize a community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of an abducted child. Created in 1996, “AMBER Alert” has helped to find and safely recover almost 500 abducted children. It is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies and the wireless industry. The program operates in all 50 states as well as in Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Don’t Forget Your Free Family Photos At The Fair

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Sep 162016
 

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-10-08-09-amDonald Oliver Home Improvement is once again sponsoring the Free Family Photo Booth at the Orange Country Fair.

This is a wonderful way to commemorate your time at the fair.  A beautiful 5X7 color photo of your family will be mailed to you — free of charge.

The booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by, all you have to do is sit and smile!

Oliver’s Orange based business takes a lot of pride in its siding and roofing jobs. You will see their signs all over town.

This time of year is slow for many roofing businesses, so when you call, you will receive a quick response, estimate and your home will be beautiful in no time.

Pulled Pork Your Passion? This Is What It Takes To Prepare It For the Fair

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Sep 142016
 

Roasted pork butts for the fair.

Roasted pork butts for the fair.

The Orange Country Fair is known regionally as a very nice family event with tractor, oxen and horse pulls; animal exhibits; pig races; children’s activity area; and contests for baking, photography, children’s crafts, artwork, biggest pumpkin, tallest sunflower and so much more.

Some people look forward to something else entirely — the food! You can find all the traditional favorites in the main food tent under the pavilion including Hot Roast Beef au jus on a hard roll; Philly Cheese Steak Sub; LONGHINI Chicken Sausage & Pepper Sub; fried dough; Clam chowder and more. Then there’s the satellite tent on the lower fairgrounds where the aroma of roasted meat beckons you to stop by for a sandwich. This is where the first selectman can be found cooking up food for the majority of the two-day fair.

Preparing for the fair

While visiting the High Plains Community Center on Tuesday, I was drawn down the hall toward the Senior cafeteria by the amazing smell of “Sunday Dinner” coming from the kitchen. The ovens were filled with large covered roasting pans and I couldn’t help but stand there and take in the aroma — Ah, roast pork — It was unmistakable.

As I was leaving, First Selectman Jim Zeoli walked in through the back door and headed for the kitchen. What could I do, I had to follow him and find out what his role was in the process. (Click HERE for Video)

Many years ago, Zeoli and resident Ron Ruotolo came up with the idea of a satellite food tent to feed the fairgoers who were enjoying the activities on the lower fairgrounds. Here they’ve been serving hearty sub sandwiches and meals with roasted meats, and this location is famous for its pulled pork.

Every year, Zeoli prepares pork butts (Provided by *Napoli Meats out of New Haven), seasoning them with his special blend of shredded onions, brown sugar, hot pepper and several other spices.

The pork is so popular that in 2016, he decided to roast 606 pounds (70 pounds more than in 2015) of boneless pork butts, which he began cooking on Tuesday morning. Each tray holds two pork butts, and each oven holds 6 trays. The meat roasts at a moderate heat for 7 hours, then Zeoli returns in late afternoon to remove them from the oven, drain the pans and allow them to cool before a group of women come in at night to rake (pull) the pork. This process continues every day until the fair opens on Saturday.

The Satellite Tent also serves roast pork (if you don’t care for the pulled version); a sausage that has broccoli rabe and garlic inside the casing served on a sub and topped with roasted garlic and broccoli rabe; rib eye steak; lollipop lamb chops; a sauteed vegetable sub; and fried pickles and jalepeno chips served with a chipotle sauce. All of these specialties are cooked with love by dedicated fair volunteers.

“We try to provide fair supporters with the highest quality, most delicious food and we’re very proud of what we do,” Zeoli said.

The Orange Country Fair runs this weekend at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*An Orange resident owns Napoli Meat and Sausage Company.

Orange Eagle Scouts Making An Impression On the Orange Country Fair

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Sep 112016
 

country-fair-collageThere are several boy scout Eagle projects that can be seen around the Orange Country fair, including: the barn shaped ticket booth; many of the green benches; the security screening at the Youth displays, the photo display  walls, and the judging booth for the tractor pull events.

At this year’s Orange Country Fair, there are two more Eagle scout projects from Troop 925 that deal with the past and the future.

The project dealing with the past is Trevor Feldman’s project to create You Tube videos featuring local farmers explaining items in the farm museum. So bring your ipads and smart phones to take this video tour when you walk through the farm museum.

Joe Antaya’s Eagle scout project was to build 20 easels to raise awareness of organ donations. Most of these easels are being displayed at All Star driving school, but two of them will appear at town and school functions. The two easels will be on display at the Orange police tent. Designating yourself as an organ donor today can save lives in the future.

A Few Important Details About the Orange Country Fair

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Sep 072016
 

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Can you believe it — The Orange Country Fair is almost here!

The fair will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds at High Plains, 525 Orange Center Road with a truck pull and contest entry drop-off between 5:30 and 8 p.m. (Exhibits must be left in place until 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.)

Friday, September 16, 2016
6:00 PM  –  Truck Pull until Finish
Free Entry on Friday Only
Free Parking
Pets Not Allowed  –  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
ATMs Available – Located at the Main Food Area and at the Satellite Food Tent

Saturday, September 17, 2016
8:00 AM  –  7:00 PM
$8.00 Adults, $5.00 Senior Citizens, Children 15 and under Free. Active Military Admission $5.00 w/ID
Free Parking  –  Free Shuttle
Pets Not Allowed  –  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
ATMs Available – Located at the Main Food Area and at the Satellite Food Tent

Saturday’s Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. Chip’s famous Pancake Breakfast – Main Food Pavilion

8:30 a.m. Garden Tractor Pull

10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies

11:00 a.m. Two Person Hand Saw Contest

11:00 a.m. Oxen Draw, Musical Entertainment

1:00 p.m. Men’s Hay Bale Toss (16 years & older), Homing Pigeon Release

2:00 p.m. Children’s Entertainment

3:00 p.m. Doodlebug Contest, Homing Pigeon Release

3:30 p.m. Musical Entertainment

7:00 p.m. Fair Closes
Sunday, September 18, 2016
8:00 AM  –  6:00 PM
$8.00 Adults, $5.00 Senior Citizens, Children 15 and under Free. Active Military Admission $5.00 w/ID
Free Parking  –  Free Shuttle
Pets Not Allowed  –  Alcohol Not Allowed on Grounds
ATMs Available – Located at the Main Food Area and at the Satellite Food Tent
Exhibits removed on Sunday at 6:00 PM

Sunday’s Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. Chip’s famous Pancake Breakfast – Main Food Pavilion

9:00 a.m. Antique Tractor Pull

10:00 a.m. Antique Car Show

11:00 a.m. Horse Draw, Homing Pigeon Release

11:30 a.m. Pedal Tractor Pull

1:00 p.m. Women’s Skillet Toss,  Homing Pigeon Release

2:30 p.m. Musical Entertainment

3:00 p.m. Homing Pigeon Release

4:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment

6:00 p.m. Fair Closes

Special features on Saturday and Sunday

• Chip’s famous pancake breakfast

• Toddler Driving Contest

• Birds of Prey 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00

• Pig Races

• Garden Club Demonstration 2:00 both days

Today’s Orange Country Fair Schedule (Saturday’s Photos)

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Sep 202015
 

Orange K-9 Loki Shows his skills during Saturday's Fair.

Orange K-9 Loki Shows his skills during Saturday’s Fair.

It’s finally here, The Orange Country Fair at the Orange Fairgrounds 525 Orange Center Road. (See Schedule Below).

The Orange Police Dogs will be showcased in a demonstration on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Upper Field.  On Sunday, Trent and his handler Officer Mary Bernegger will showcase their skills along with teams from around the region.

If you haven’t already met them, come to the Orange Police tent and see these highly trained K-9s and learn what they are doing for the town of Orange.

On Sunday, Connecticut’s own Rum Runners Band will entertain on the main stage at 2 p.m.

Also on Sunday, the Magic and Comedy of Bill Hoagland at 12 p.m. — “One of Magic’s Finest Examples of a Magician. Combined with His Charisma and Intuitive Connection To His Audience, He Draws Everyone Into His Show, Young and Old Alike.”

The Orange Recycling Committee will have a booth in the civic tent. They ask that everyone remember to use the recycling bins to dispose of bottles and cans. “Please don’t throw garbage in the recycling bins and don’t throw your recyclables in the trash.”

HOURS and Admission
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

Sunday, September 20, 2015

8:00 a.m. Chip’s famous Pancake Breakfast – Main Food Pavilion
9:00 a.m. Antique Tractor Pull
10:00 a.m. Antique Car Show
11:00 a.m. Horse Draw
Homing Pigeon Release
11:30 a.m. Pedal Tractor Pull
12:00 p.m. “The Magic and Comedy of Bill Hoagland”

1:00 p.m. Orange Police Dog Demonstration – Upper Field
1:00 p.m. Men’s Haybale Toss – Upper Field
Homing Pigeon Release
2:30 p.m. Musical Entertainment
3:00 p.m. Homing Pigeon Release
4:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment

SPECIAL FEATURES
•• Chip’s famous pancake breakfast
•• Toddler Driving Contest
•• Birds of Prey 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00
•• Pig Races
•• Garden Club Demonstration 2:00
6:00 p.m. Fair Closes

Exhibits removed on Sunday at 6:00 PM

 

Find all the information you need about the fair at the Orange Country Fair Website.

Photos From Saturday

 

Orange Police Out In Force This Weekend

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Sep 182015
 

IMG_1655A Notice From The Orange Police Department: 

The Orange Police will be out in force at this weekends Orange Agricultural Fair.

No, we are not expecting trouble. It is an opportunity to showcase our programs and our people.

On Saturday, the Orange K-9 Team of Officer Chris Brown and K-9 Loki will showcase their skills along with teams from around the region.

On Sunday, Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trent will demonstrate his narcotic detection skills!

The Regional Special Response Team will have their armored “Bearcat” both Saturday and Sunday. D.A.R.E. Officer Bobby Amarone will have plenty of giveaways for the kids and Daren the Lion may make an appearance!

The Department Motorcycle and ATV will be on hand as well. Stop by and say hello…just look for the flashing lights!!!