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Shabbat Under The Gazebo Friday Night

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Sep 082017
 

Join Congregation Or Shalom of Orange for its annual outdoor Friday night Shabbat Service under the Gazebo at the Orange Fairgrounds, FridaySeptember 8 at 7 p.m.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus will bring his guitar and lead everyone in a joyful “sing-along” service.

All are welcome.

Farmers’ Market and Free Concert on Thursday, Aug. 10

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Aug 092017
 

Come on down to the Orange Community Farm Market under the pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road.

The market runs from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The following vendors will be in attendance:

Durante’s – pasta, sauce, oil
Grassy Hill Farm – Vegetables
Laurel Glen Farm – Vegetables, flowers
Mapleview Farm – Wool Products
Oronoque Farm – Pies, Donuts, Cookies
Seasonal Catering – Teas, Prepared Foods, Hummus
Shamrock Farm – Vegetables, Meat
Sweet Seidners – Cookies, Cookie Bars
Szabos Seafood – Prepared Foods
Wayne & Son Growers – Fig and Citrus Trees
Whole German Bread – Breads & Bakery Items
Zuppardi’s Pizza – Pizza, Italian Ices

Note: Fox Hollow Farm and Guardians Farm will be back next week!

The band Fools on the Hill (Beatles cover band) will be performing under the Gazebo at 6:30 p.m.

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

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Aug 082017
 

Photo Credit: ©2012 Alex Iannelli

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.

Obituary: Kenneth Leaf, 74, Commander American Legion Post 127, Orange

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Aug 072017
 

Kenneth H. Leaf, age 74, of Orange passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017, in St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on December 15, 1942, in Bridgeport to the late Charles and Ellen Swensen Leaf and was a graduate of Bassick High School Class of 1960.
He proudly served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era serving as a B-52 Crew Chief and assigned to the organizational maintenance squadron at the March Air Force Base in California and was also stationed in Guam where he was part of 4133rd Bombardment Wing at Anderson Air Force Base.
He worked for Avco Lycoming of Stratford where he was a member of Local 1010, Bullard Company of Bridgeport and was currently employed as a quality assurance specialist for 33 years for the Department of Defense.
An active member of the community, he is the current Commander of the American Legion Post 127 in Orange, where he previously served as the Vice Commander. He previously belonged to the SS Norden Club of Black Rock. He also was a car enthusiast and raced at Dover Raceway and Connecticut Drag Strip.
A devoted husband, father, brother and uncle, he is survived by his loving wife Deborah Barnes Leaf, his children Jacqueline, Derek and Elena Leaf all of Orange, sister Dorothy DeWalt and her husband Al of Trumbull and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Charles Leaf Sr. and nephews Charles Leaf Jr. and Doug DeWalt.
Visitation is Thursday, August 10, 2017,  from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N Broad St., Milford.
A funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Friday, August 11 at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or the American Legion Post 127 Scholarship Fund.
The family would like to thank all first responders and health care professionals that helped with Ken’s care.

Obituary: Walter Henry Bretthauer, Jr., 88, Beloved Husband, Father

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Aug 072017
 

of Orange, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 peacefully, surrounded by family.
He was born in Wilmington, DE on March 29, 1929. Walter graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1951, with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and earned an M.S. from the University of Connecticut School of Engineering in 1968.
He was married to Beverly Thrall Beach on May 18, 1957 and both were residents of Orange, CT from 1962-2016, moving to Brookdale Woodbridge in December 2016. Walter was a longtime member of Christ and the Epiphany Church, East Haven and attended the Church of the Good Shepherd, Orange.
He worked for Olin as Chemical Engineer from 1951-1963 and served in the US Army from August 2, 1954-July 27, 1956. Walter worked as an Associate Professor at Norwalk State Technical College from 1963-1991 and was an active member in in the CT Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.
Walter made friends everywhere he went, and could be found completing a NY Times crossword puzzle, or assembling a jigsaw puzzle in the common room at Brookdale, Woodbridge. He was a longtime member of the CT Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain & Trail Club & and the Tuesday Hikers Club. His favorite place in the world was his lake house, which he designed and built himself in the 1960s.
Walter is survived by wife, Beverly Beach Bretthauer of Woodbridge, sister, Frances Lydia Hecker of Lower Burrell, PA; brother Tom Bretthauer of Fullerton, CA; sons David (Pingsheng Chen) of Worcester, MA, Fred (Colleen Sprague Bretthauer) of Hebron, CT, and Jerry (Holly Bretthauer) of Orange; as well as grandchildren Benjamin Marshall Bretthauer of Hebron, CT, Emily Jane Bretthauer and Grace Beverly Bretthauer of Orange, and step-grandson Dr. Kevin Dong Han (Sara Oles Han) of Boston, MA.
His family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home (Clancy Funeral Home) 43 Kirkham Ave., East Haven.
All are invited to meet and attend the funeral service on Friday, August 11 at 10 a.m. in Christ and the Epiphany Church, 39 Park Place, East Haven followed by a 12 p.m. (Noon) graveside service at Orange Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations for continued Parkinson’s research at https://www.michaeljfox.org.

Did YOU Win A Raffle Prize At The OVFD Carnival?

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Aug 062017
 

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival ended this afternoon at 5 p.m., but before tents and booths were “broken down” the highly anticipated raffle drawing took place at 4:30 p.m.

Dozens of anxious hopeful ticket holders stood by for the drawing and announcements.

Following are the winning ticket numbers, the hometown of the winner and the prize he or she will receive:

08610 – Branford  1. $7,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

00425 – Orange     2. $4,000 Gift Card – Travelers Choice, 236 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

09609 – W. Haven 3. $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

09852 – Orange    4. $2,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank

01094 – Orange      5. $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

09899 – Ansonia    6. Apple iPad Air 2, 16GB, Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

05577 – Orange      7. $400 Gift Card – ShopRite, 935 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT

03849 – Orange     8. $350 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

08735 – Oxford      9. $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc., 286 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

02508 – Orange   10. $200 Gift Card – Exxon Quick Stop, 404 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

02864 – Orange   11.  Gift Certificate to Yale New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

 

Open House: 4 Bedroom, Move In Ready, Quiet Neighborhood

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Aug 062017
 

Open house today at 172 Martin Lane from 1-3 p.m. come see this 2,238 square foot single family home with 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths, 2 half baths on a 0.8100-acre lot.

Move-in ready ranch style home in an ideal central Orange location! Situated on a corner lot in a quiet neighborhood just a short walk to the Orange Community Center where you can enjoy watching the 4th of July and Orange Firemen’s Carnival fireworks from your front yard!

The home’s main entry hall leads to a spacious formal living room and dining room combination with beautiful hardwood flooring.

Beyond the large brown brick fireplace, the hardwood flooring continues into another area currently used as a family room. Adjacent is a large guest bedroom suite with half bath. On the opposite side of the home are three bedrooms with two full bathrooms which includes a completely remodeled master bathroom finished with white subway tile and glass mosaic accent tiles.

In the center of the home is an eat-in kitchen featuring white raised panel cabinetry with Corian countertop. The kitchen leads to a 240 sq. ft. all-season porch with awning style windows shaded by aluminum louvered exterior awnings.

The large back yard offers a great setting for outdoor entertaining on a quality built, low maintenance 368 sq. ft. Trex deck with composite railings.

The 16×32 in-ground pool had a new liner and concrete deck installed in 2013.

And just in case there is an unexpected power outage, you can count on the direct wired backup power generator fueled by propane to keep you up and running!

Listed for $409,900.

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.

About Your Carnival Wristbands

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Aug 022017
 

The forecast shows a chance of a couple of pop-up showers on Thursday and Friday, but, as always the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival will go on as planned.

That said, 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 at any one of the following time periods:

  1. Thursday, Aug. 3, 5 to 11 p.m.
  2. Friday, Aug. 4, 5 p.m. to midnight
  3. Saturday, Aug. 5, 12 noon to 5 p.m.
  4. Saturday, Aug. 5, 5 p.m. to midnight
  5. Sunday, Aug. 6, 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.

Bought in advance, the cost of wristbands for adults and/or children are: 1 – $28, 2 – $50 (save $6), 3 – $75 (save $9), 4 – $100 (save $12), 5 – $125 (save $15), 6 – $150 (Save $18), 7 – $175 (save $21), 8 – $200 (save $24), 9 – $225 (save $27).

Orange Police: Man Accused Of Assault And Taking A Wallet At Local Gym

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Jul 302017
 

Officers responded to the Edge Fitness Center, 50 Boston Post Road, for a report of a physical altercation on July 27 at 2:59 p.m.Upon arrival,

Upon arrival, officers discovered Bilal Kadi, 30, of West Haven, allegedly had kicked and struck another person at the gym and taken the other person’s wallet. Bilal Kadi was

Kadi was taken into custody and charged with second-degree breach of peace and sixth-degree larceny.

He was released on a promise to appear in court on July 28.