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Get Ready For The Orange Country Fair

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Jun 092019
 

The Orange Country Fair is a tradition in town, and every year it goes off seamlessly.

People may think that it’s because it’s been going on so long that it’s easy to set up and run. But it takes a village to organize such a huge two-day event and make it entertaining and successful.

On Monday, the Orange Country Fair Committee met to discuss plans for this year’s fair.

The event will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds, Sept. 20 (with the tractor pull and contest entry drop-offs), Sept. 21-22.

A Boy Scout has chosen to make benches for his Eagle project, [like the green ones shown in the photo] and they will be ready in time for the fair, so guests will have a comfortable place to rest at the fairgrounds.

Those members who’ve been in charge of specific contests or other areas of the fair know what they have to do. For example, as always, Bobby Fantarella is rounding up the entertainment for the weekend.

The Committee is hoping to obtain a few more Little Tykes Cozy Coupes for the little kids’ “Driving School.”

This is a good time for students to gather up their dioramas, photos, artwork or collections, including any that they may have made as school projects prior to summer vacation. There are so many areas of the fair where plants or any of the above-mentioned items can be entered and displayed for a chance to earn a ribbon.

Adults, too, start cultivating your plants and flowers and working on your photos, crafts, or artwork. Maybe this will be your year to take home a Best-In-Show Ribbon.

Remember that the fair runs smoothly with volunteer help. Consider clearing your calendar for a few hours on Sept. 21-22 to help out in the food tent this year. Your participation will be greatly appreciated.

Tuesdays In February Are Exciting At The Church Of The Good Shepherd

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Feb 032018
 

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange. prepares for Lent with First Tuesday on February 6 and Blessing Bags

First Tuesdays at Good Shepherd are family-friendly evenings of community-building, service projects, and prayer. We start at 6:45, and end at 8 p.m. Folks of all ages (kids in pjs even!) are welcome to come to the parish hall for fun and fellowship.

In February our get-together falls in the week before the beginning of Lent. Our topic for discussion will be Lent and why we give things up or take things on as a practice in this penitential season of the Church. Are we meant to feel sad or guilty during lent? Or are we meant to intentionally engage how we are living our lives,
contemplate whether we are satisfied with it, and discern where and how we might want to make changes. Lent ends not with the great pain of Good Friday but with the great joy of Easter morning. How do we get there?

Our service project will be putting together “blessing bags” for the homeless. These Zip-Lok bags will hold a variety of single serving food items, personal hygiene products, warm clothing, and prayer cards and bibles. During our time together on the 6th we’ll be making prayer cards to go in the packs, and packing the bags for next-day distribution.

Donations of the items requested must be at the church no later than 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6th. The First Tuesday crew is looking for donations of Socks, Handwarmers, Scarves, Hats, Gloves, Beef Jerky; Breakfast and granola bars, Squeezables (apple sauce), Packaged peanut butter or cheese crackers, Toothpaste,
Toothbrushes, Hotel-size Shampoos, Lotions, and Soaps, Sanitary wipes and hand sanitizers, Small bibles. All are welcome.

A full schedule of services and events are planned for the Lenten Season which begins in February. We start with our traditional SHROVE Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 13th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please join us for delicious pancakes served by the parish youth.

The Church of the Good Shepherd will offer Ashes-On- The-Go on Ash Wednesday, February 14th at two times this year: 12 Noon to 1 p.m, and 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Drive up to the front doors of the church to receive ashes and pray a short prayer, then be on your way to work or home. At 7 p.m. there will be a regular Ash Wednesday service at the church with Holy Eucharist. All are welcome to receive ashes at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Please join us for the first CGS Family Bowl event at the Amity Family Bowling Center, 30 Seldon Street, Woodbridge, CT from 4 to 6 P.M. on Sunday, February 11. This fun event for all is open to all ages from 5 through 105 years old, no Bowling experience is necessary. Bring yourself, family and friends and come
out have some fellowship and fun. The cost is $10/ person which gets you a bowling ball, shoes, soda, and popcorn. Monies will be collected at the door. Please contact the office at 203-795- 6577 or e-mail thegoodshepherd@optonline.net by February 8.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd’s Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music
at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music at 10 a.m. Children’s Christian Faith For more information about The Church of the Good Shepherd’s many other programs please call the Parish Office at (203) 795-6577, email us at thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit our website at www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and of course, check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.

Saturday’s Carnival highlights

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Aug 052017
 

Bicycle winners Cyrilla and Paul with Asst. Fire Chief Charles Sherwood.

Saturday is always a big day for kids at the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival. For as far back as I can remember, the Saturday matinee is when the Fire Department draws the winning tickets for the free bicycle raffle.

This year’s lucky winners were Paul from Milford and Cyrilla from West Haven.
The afternoon weather was perfect and it just got better as the day went on.
One of the hot spots was the fried dough booth under the pavilion and Eli’s restaurant tent also found a lot of fans.
The OVFD always manages to reel in celebrity announcers, Radio personality Brian Smith has been volunteering for a few years and this afternoon some were surprised to hear the smooth and familiar voice of former tv newsman Leon Collins, now a Legislative Representative for the Connecticut State Firefighters Association.
The annual fundraising event ends tomorrow, (Sunday) at 5 p.m.
If you have purchased your discount-priced ride bracelets online, when you arrive at the fairgrounds, go directly to the rear of the raffle tent (across from the pavilion ‘Main Food Tent’) to pick up your wristbands, and have your ID ready.

You may use your wristbands on Sunday, Aug. 6 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Remember, children must be at least 3-feet tall to ride any ride. 

You can still buy regular priced tickets at the carnival.

This is the 89th annual Firemen’s carnival and this year the goal of the department’s largest fundraiser is to raise $850,000 to purchase a 75-foot ladder truck with the capability of reaching the tall buildings in town.

Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win one of 11 prizes which, this year, are:

  1. $7,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank
  2. $4,000 Gift Card – Travelers Choice, 236 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  3. $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT (Orange, CT Location Only)
  4. $2,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank
  5. $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  6. Apple iPad Air 2, 16GB, Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  7. $400 Gift Card – ShopRite, 935 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT
  8. $350 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  9. $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc., 286 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  10. $200 Gift Card – Exxon Quick Stop, 404 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  11. Gift Certificate to Yale New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

Tickets are just $5 each and can be purchased at the main raffle tent across from the pavilion.

The drawing is on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road. No, you do not have to be present to win.

Orange Community Services Seeks Living Treasure Nominations by Friday

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Mar 092016
 

Screen-shot-2013-01-07-at-5.12.35-PMNominations for the 2016 Living Treasure Awards are being accepted through this Friday, March 11, 2016.

Nomination forms are available in the Orange Community Services office or Town Hall, and can be printed from the town’s website.

The three individuals chosen will be honored at Pasta Festa! on May 20, 2016.

Eligibility requirements are:

• The nominee must be a current resident who is at least 65 years of age.

• The nominee must have demonstrated positive actions to improve the quality of life for individual residents.

• The nominee must have contributed and continues to contribute time to enhance the Orange community as a whole.

• The nominee must have performed this work on a volunteer, unpaid, basis.

Some of those who have been honored in the past are Bob Drobish, Mary Jewell, Doc Whitney and Dorothy Berger Margaret Howland, Walter Bespuda, Bob Archambault, Hannah Clark Russell, Mary DeVito, Harry Jones, Lucy Scillia, Dr. Edmund Tucker, Albert “Skip” Clark, Bob DeFeo, Kevin Gilbert, Jack Barton, and Veronica Hendricks.

Also, Joseph Blake, Nancy Nyhan, Severio “Bob” Fodero, Joe Cuzzocreo, Nancy Becque, Don Lewis, Patricia Miller, and James White, Al Pol, Kevin Hadlock and Netti Bartocetti.

 

Orange Senior Cookout, Good Food, Good Friends, Good Weather

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Aug 112015
 

Members of the Orange Lions Club and friends of the Senior Center cooked and served about 110 hungry guests at the Senior Summer Cookout in the High Plains Pavilion on Monday night.

Kickback Duo perform ed and got the seniors up on their feet to tunes of the 40s – 70s.

Everyone — Lions, Seniors, Community Services Staff had a great time and appreciated the beautiful weather too.

Here are some photos from the annual event.

 

Hurry and Submit Your Zoo Internship Applications Now

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Feb 022015
 

A zoo volunteer interacts with the goats.

A zoo volunteer interacts with the goats.

The Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport opened its gates to the public in 1922.

The zoo gives visitors an opportunity to see many beautiful, rare, exotic animals and birds in as natural a habitat as possible. And it’s just a short 12 mile drive from Orange.

Internships are available for college-level students and recent graduates in Animal Care, Education, Horticulture and Veterinary Care.

Interns assist zoo staff while learning valuable life lessons about their possible career choices. Internships are available in animal care, vet tech, education, horticulture and administration.

While there is no stipend, students may work for credit.

Prospective interns must be at least 18 years of age, a college undergraduate, or graduate student, or within three years after graduation.

Schedules are flexible and available year-round. There is an interview, application and training process.

The Summer Internship Application Deadline is quickly approaching, so call the Volunteer Office at 203-330-6046 today for more information.

Who Will Receive The 2014 Orange Living Treasure Awards?

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Dec 082013
 

2013 Living Treasure Honoree Pat Miller with her award.

2013 Living Treasure Honoree Pat Miller with her award.

Nominations for the 2014 Living Treasure Awards are being accepted through March 7, 2014.

Nomination forms are available in the Orange Community Services Office, Town Hall and can be printed from the town website, the Senior website, or the Senior Center Facebook Page.

Nominees must be current Orange residents and at least 65 years of age. As a volunteer, he or she must have demonstrated positive actions to improve the quality of life for individual residents or enhanced the Orange community

The three chosen individuals will be honored at the Senior Center’s Pasta Festa! at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church on May 9, 2014.

The 2013 honorees were Nancy Becque, Patricia Miller and James White.

Living Treasure Nomination Form

Opinion: Thank You To Everyone Who Helped Make Sure The Less Fortunate Have A Meal Today

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Nov 282013
 

DSC00345Last Saturday, hundreds of volunteers gathered together to help fill Thanksgiving food baskets for area families in need.

You never know when you may suddenly find yourself having to go to the local food bank. Personal situations can change in the blink of an eye, and it’s not easy seeking help for the first time.

For those who need it, there are many organizations and neighbors who are willing to donate food and their time to help bring some normalcy to your lives again.

Saturday’s event was the Basket Brigade, a wonderful organization that Orange resident Glenn Ketchian brought to my attention several years ago, and I’ve stuck with them since.

The ridiculously well-organized event shows that practice makes perfect. Over the years, organizers have made slight modifications to the assembly line and in about 30 minutes the men, women, teens and children who volunteered for the basket brigade had completed the task of filling more than 152 baskets of food so families who REALLY need it will have a full Thanksgiving meal, including rolls and pie, juice, toys for the children and a handmade Thanksgiving card on the holiday.

I was so happy to see many familiar faces in the crowd this year, and to see people stay behind after 90 minutes of non-stop work — who were ready and willing to spend another hour or two driving around unfamiliar neighborhoods delivering the baskets to the very grateful families.

No matter what amount of volunteer work you did that day, I hope you walked away with a warm feeling inside for all the good you did.

In 2014, I will be sure to give advance notice of the Basket Brigade details so you will be able to plan ahead.

Thank you all for your generosity and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families, and to everyone you helped.

 

Letter: Basket Brigade Wants You

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Nov 152013
 

Hi — It’s John Sottery from the Basket Brigade Team.

First, a warm “Thanksgiving hello” to all my friends on the Basket Brigade Team!

basketbrigadesmpictureSecond, I wanted to let you know that the Milford CT Basket Brigade is On for Next Saturday (Nov 23)!  Including this year, we will have delivered more than 123 Tons of Food — and provided big Thanksgiving dinners to over 28,000 people!  Please visit our 2013 Basket Brigade Info / Registration page  (and scroll down for all the info / photos / video links).

Right now, I need everyone to register for next Saturday’s Basket Brigade.

I will also be sending out updates via twitter https://twitter.com/BasketBrigadeCT

I very much look forward to seeing you next Saturday (Nov 23) — and to another amazing Thanksgiving Basket Brigade!!

Warmest regards,

John Sottery

jsottery@gmail.com

P.S.  We are in a big fundraising crunch — David Vynerib and I are “heads down” fundraising to pay for the “tons of food” that we are going to deliver next Saturday.  If it is possible for you — I am asking each Group or Family to sponsor a little more than half a basket ($25 Donation to Family Centered Services of CT).  BTW, if you can’t sponsor a basket, I understand — and you CAN still volunteer next Saturday (it is the last ticket on the Eventbrite page.)  Thanks again and take care!  John

Time To Choose Your Living Treasure Nominees

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Jan 072013
 

Spring may seem a long time away, but it is time to submit your nomination forms for the 2013 Living Treasure Awards.

Every year residents nominate deserving community minded senior citizens to be added to the list of Living Treasures from past years at the Orange Senior Center Pasta Festa! Supper.

The Orange Community Services Department presents the awards to one or more residents who enhance the lives of others through their volunteer service.

Eligibility requirements are:

• The nominee must be a current resident who is at least 65 years of age.

• The nominee must have demonstrated positive actions to improve the quality of life for individual residents.

• The nominee must have contributed and continues to contribute time to enhance the Orange community as a whole.

• The nominee must have performed this work on a volunteer, unpaid, basis.

Some of those who have been honored in the past are Bob Drobish, Mary Jewell, Doc Whitney and Dorothy Berger Margaret Howland, Walter Bespuda, Bob Archambault, Hannah Clark Russell, Mary DeVito, Harry Jones, Lucy Scillia, Dr. Edmund Tucker, Albert “Skip” Clark, Bob DeFeo, Kevin Gilbert, Jack Barton, and Veronica Hendricks.

Also, Joseph Blake, Nancy Nyhan, Severio “Bob” Fodero and Joe Cuzzocreo.

Nomination forms can be found at the Town Hall, High Plains Community Center and other public buildings.

Fill out both sides of the form and return to Senior Services Coordinator Dennis Marsh by Friday, March 8.

The Pasta Festa! Supper will take place at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange on Friday, May 10 from 5 to 8 p.m.