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Jun 032017
 

Today is Saturday, June 3. Forecasters are telling us that today is the best day of the weekend weather-wise, so get out and enjoy it before the rain sets in again.
First, pack your car with any papers, old bills, documents that you would like safely shredded. Maybe toss an old mattress on the roof of the car or in the back of your minivan, then head off to the Post Road Fire Station for breakfast.
The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its 18th annual Pancake Breakfast at the Post Road Fire Station, 355 Boston Post Road, from 7:30  to 10:30 a.m.
Then drive over to High Plains Community Center to get rid of those old papers and mattress.
The Orange Recycling Committee (ORC) will host its fifth shredding day in the front parking area of the High Plains Community Center (HPCC), 525 Orange Center Road, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This service is free of charge to Orange residents and includes Mattress recycling.
Then spray on the tick repellant and go for a hike.
The Orange Conservation Commission is hosting an Educational Walk at Turkey Hill Preserve from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, June 4, same times).  Noted naturalists Anthony Zimba and Michael Ross, will lead the walk.
And finally, cheer on one of the best baseball teams in the state, The Amity Spartans.
The third round of the CIAC Baseball Championship tournament vs Fairfield Ludlowe (10-10) will take place at Amity at 2 p.m.  [The Softball team will be playing in Stamford at 4 p.m.]
Then you can go home and do yard work or simply relax.
Have a great weekend.

Conservation Commission Hosts Racebrook Tract Hike Today

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Jun 042016
 

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 10.56.48 AMOn Saturday June 4th, the Orange and Woodbridge Conservation Commissions will celebrate “Connecticut Trails Day” by jointly hosting a hike at the Racebrook Tract in Orange (The Racebrook Tract parking area is located on-site off Racebrook Road.)

All members of the community are invited to attend this fun outdoor event via a free guided walking tour.

The event will be supervised by members of the Conservation Commissions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and there will be a 1-hour- guided hike starting at 10:30 a.m.

The Racebrook Tract encompasses nearly 400 acres of open space in the towns of Woodbridge and Orange and provides pristine near-wilderness exploration and passive recreation to all who visit it. The Tract was purchased from two farmers in the early 1900s by the New Haven Water Company, and the stone walls crisscrossing the Tract are the original farm fences. Under the direction of the Yale School of Forestry, the Tract was one of the first professionally managed forests in the country, and because periodic timber harvests were conducted by the water authority, the forest is delightfully open today.

Two relatively level and circuitous trails start in Orange and cross into Woodbridge. The longer trail is just over 2.5 miles. The trails pass through expanses of mixed hardwoods and impressive stands of 100-year- old white pines. Just off the parking lot, there is a handicap-accessible boardwalk going through some interesting wetlands.

Because of its large size, the Tract contains a wide variety of natural habitats and wildlife. Streambelts, forests, wetlands, meadows, and brush make the area attractive to a variety of animals and songbirds. Many species of reptiles and amphibians inhabit the Tract along with avian predators such as the great horned owl.

The Orange and Woodbridge Conservation Commissions were formed to advise their Board of Selectmen on the preservation, development, and conservation of natural resources, including water resources, within the Towns of Orange and Woodbridge,  respectively.

The joint OCC-WCC Racebrook Tract Walk offers an opportunity to take a guided tour of this beautiful open space, meet with your neighbors, and enjoy a lovely New England spring day in the woods. All members of the community are invited to attend this fun outdoor event. Children are encouraged, and comfortable and sturdy shoes and clothing are recommended. Walkers are encouraged to bring water, and refreshments will be served at the end of the hike. Steady rain and/or lightning will cancel. Drizzle will not.

Sunday, June 5 is the rain date.

Visit the Orange Conservation Website for additional info or contact: Dan Lynch, Orange Park & Recreation: 203-891- 4790.

Originally Published on: May 13, 2016 @ 10:59

Conservation Commission Hosts Ct Trail Days Hike June 6

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Jun 032015
 

Racebrook Tract — Orange and Woodbridge

Racebrook Tract — Orange and Woodbridge

The Orange and Woodbridge Conservation Commissions will celebrate “Connecticut Trails Day” by jointly hosting a hike in the Racebrook Tract between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

All are invited to enjoy this scenic hiking area via a free guided walking tour.

Families, children and dogs are welcome, and comfortable shoes and clothes are recommended.

There will be a guided walk leaving at 10:30 pm. BYO water and refreshments, and all dogs must be leashed.

Steady rain or lightning cancels, with Sunday June 7 as the rain date.

For more information, contact: Dan Lynch, Orange Park & Recreation: 203-891-4790.

Visit the Orange Conservation Website for additional information.