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Lyman Orchards To Open Sunflower Maze On Saturday, July 31

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Jul 302021
 

Are you looking for something different to do with your children before they have to go back to school? This isn’t in Orange, but, it sure sounds like fun!

Lyman Orchards, an independently-owned family destination for more than 275 years, has announced that Saturday, July 31 is the opening day for its 2021 Sunflower Maze at 105 South Street, Middlefield, CT. (just a 40 minute drive from Orange). A three-acre area adorned with 350,000 blooming sunflowers, the maze is the only one of its kind in Connecticut. This year’s theme will center on Arthur Read, star of the popular CPTV kids’ series “Arthur.” A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m., with Arthur himself in attendance. 

Children like Nevaeh will benefit from the Sunflower Maze this year.

One dollar of each admission fee will be donated to support Connecticut Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. Connecticut Children’s is dedicated to helping children like Nevaeh—an eight-year-old born with a rare genetic disorder who is doing great today, thanks to the comprehensive care she receives at Connecticut Children’s. Lyman Orchards’ Sunflower Maze has raised more than $148,000 for Connecticut’s only health system dedicated exclusively to the care of children since the maze began operations in 2006. 

“It is our utmost honor to help children and their parents in need of financial support for medical care,” states Lyman Orchards Executive Vice President John Lyman. “We look forward every year to opening our Sunflower Maze, knowing that we are providing lots of family-oriented fun, while supporting a terrific cause.”    

“We are so grateful for the generosity of the Lyman Orchards family, whose support enables our team of pediatric experts to provide the highest quality care for families throughout our community,” says David Kinahan, President, Connecticut Children’s Foundation.

Maze Facts, Cost and Location

  • More than 350,000 yellow, orange, and red sunflowers make up this year’s maze.
  • The maze is approximately 3 acres in size
  • The average time to make it through the maze is about 30 minutes
  • During your walk amidst the sunflowers you’ll see butterflies and yellow finches, with the surrounding orchard hills as a beautiful scenic backdrop.
  • Your trip through the Sunflower Maze will be educational too as you’ll learn all about Arthur Read, the star of the popular CPTV Kid’s series “Arthur”
  • The Sunflower Maze has raised over $148,000 for Connecticut Children’s.
  • It is Connecticut’s Original Sunflower Maze, now in its 15th year of operation.

The maze will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for ages 4 – 12, and free for children under 3 years.(One dollar of each admission fee will be donated to support Connecticut Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders)

The last entrance to the maze is at 4:30 p.m. For daily updates on the maze and Pick Your own, call our 24-hour hotline at 860-349-6015. Group pricing is available for companies or outings, call 860-349-6019.

 

 

Golf Tourney Planned For September 27

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Jul 252021
 

The Orange Economic Development Corporation will host its 15th annual Golf Tournament at Race Brook Country Club, 246 Derby Ave., Orange on Monday, Sept. 27.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department will receive a portion of the proceeds from this event.

Check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a lunch reception at noon. A shotgun start takes place at 1 p.m.

Cost per player is $175 and includes 18 holes with cart, tournament gift, lunch reception, snacks and beverages on the course, contests and cocktail hour.

Lunch-only tickets are available for non-golfers at $35 each.

Click HERE to Register.

For more information contact Annmarie Sliby at Asliby@Orange EDC.com or call 203-891-1045.

 

Get Your Raffle Tickets And A Chance To Win One Of The 11 OVFD Carnival Prizes

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Jul 222021
 

File photo from the Ticket Booth in 2019.

After COVID-19 ruined just about everything last year, it’s great to see things coming back to as normal as possible this summer.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Association will be having its carnival in August and to make things very convenient for everyone. Ride and Raffle tickets are now available online at https://www.orangevfd.org/carnival

This year the raffle drawing will take place on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, at 4:30 p.m. on the final day of the Carnival, Sunday, Aug. 8.

Who wouldn’t want to take a chance at winning the top prize of $10,000 cash? The 11th prize is pretty awesome too, $150 gift card to Outback Steakhouse.

Here is the entire list of prizes from First to Eleventh:

  1. $10,000 Cash
  2. $5,000 Cash
  3. $3,000 Cash
  4. $2,500 Gift Card to Anytime Fitness
  5. $1,200 Gift Certificate to Diamond Designs
  6. $500 I-Pad 128 GB WiFi from Best Buy, Orange
  7. $300 Gift Card to Shop Rite, Orange
  8. $300 Gift Card to Orange Ale House
  9. $250 Gift Card to Knight’s Inc.
  10. $200 Gift Card to Home Depot, Orange
  11. $150 Gift Card to Outback Steakhouse, Orange

At only $5 per ticket, with all proceeds going to the OVFD for training and equipment, you should definitely buy more than one and give yourself a greater chance at winning one of these wonderful prizes.

Don’t forget, go to https://www.orangevfd.org/carnival now and get your tickets!

Hours And Features Of The Orange Volunteer Fire Dept. Carnival

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Jul 152021
 

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on the following dates and times.

Thursday, Aug. 5 – 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Friday, Aug 6 – 5:00 PM to 12 midnight, with Fireworks at night.

Saturday, Aug. 7 – 12 Noon to 12 midnight, with Fireworks at night.

Sunday, Aug. 8 – 12 Noon to 5:00 PM

Remember, there are a lot of food vendors offering a wide variety of snack, lunch and dinner choices. The OVFD runs and benefits from the big spread under the pavilion and the satellite tent on the street side of the grounds.

It also sponsors the 50/50 raffle under the big ticket tent across from the pavilion and other games that are separate from the carny run games.

 

Eagle Project Completed at Holy Infant Church

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Jul 152021
 

On Saturday, July 10, 2021, Benjamin Cap from Boy Scout Troop 12 completed his eagle project at Holy Infant Church, focusing on beautifying the outdoor front right wing section of the church.

In late summer 2020, Ben met with Fr. Norman at Holy Infant Church to discuss a few ideas he had for his eagle project. Fr. Norman was thrilled that Ben thought of doing a project at Holy Infant Church first before pursuing other locations in town. Ben and Fr. Norman both agreed the best idea was a major beautification project that would involve raising thousands of dollars and would need a lot of pre-planning and precise material ordering.

If you remember last summer, we were in the middle of the covid crises situation and fundraising was going to be extremely tough for Ben. Through many announcements at weekly masses and articles in the church bulletins, as well as online posts, Ben was able to raise more than $2,500 to cover the costs of materials for the project.

Ben collected and returned recyclable cans and bottles throughout the past year to specifically use those funds towards drinks and food on the day of his eagle project workday (last Saturday), which kept all the helpers well hydrated, and provided them with lunch. Ben’s smart advanced planning resulted in successful completion of this major project on July 10.

Throughout the planning process, Ben worked with many vendors to get the best pricing and quality for his project. According to Ben, “Home Depot in Orange was a pleasure to work with.” Ben worked with June from the front desk several times who helped and walked Ben through ordering every item he would need for his project.

“She was awesome to work with,” Ben said. “She literally walked around with me in the garden center looking at each item and taking notes. She made sure I had every item delivered and that everything was correct. I learned how important these people are to us when we need help,” Ben said.

Ben stated that he could not be happier with the Home Depot team who provided top-notch assistance, from June in customer service, to Jose in the garden center confirming correct materials and quantities for his project, and Chris who also had a friendly smile and provided direction on who to speak to – all went above and beyond to help. “I couldn’t be any happier with the three of them,” stated Ben.

Here’s what the grounds looked like before the project.

Ben started the onsite beautification project back in May 2020 by contacting Call Before You Dig. After he had everything marked out, he was able to create his final drawing and layout of where everything would be built and planted. Ben, along with his family, spent several days at the work site after school and started cutting down the overgrown bushes and cleared the entire site out. He made sure he had everything cleared ready to go for the big workday on Saturday, July 10, 2021.

Ben and some of his volunteer work crew.

That morning Ben and his family arrived at Holy Infant Church at 7:15 a.m., all ready to work. Shortly after, scouts, leaders, friends, and other family members arrived and started to assist Ben with completing his planned project of refreshing/improving the look at Holy Infant Church. “Thank you to everyone who donated and/or helped me throughout my project,” Ben said. “I feel like I put in so many hours and it paid off with giving it all back to the church in our community.”

The following Troop 12 members assisted Ben on his project: Tim Cap, Nate Milea, Nick Massey, Jason Byun, Zack Geramia, Ken Gunun, Brendan Zeigler, Pete Zeigler, Vicky Cap and Jeff Cap. In addition, Ben received assistance from other family members as well.

Jun 302021
 

I would like to apologize to Orange Live readers for the sudden stop of current posts in the past few days.

What happened? I was hacked (again). Some unscrupulous individual got into my computer and locked me out this time.

I’m pretty good, slipping with age, but not as good as those who dedicate their lives to making others’ lives a living nightmare.

Posting on the site is extremely difficult from my phone, especially since I cannot type like a teenager on a cell phone keyboard.

Thanks to Omar at PCW Computer in Orange for getting me back in the saddle again, Oh, it feels good to be able to type again!

I promise to do my best to keep you all informed about the latest happenings on the town activities, weather alerts, etc. I’m working hard to catch up.

 

Get Uncorked With The Orange Lions Club

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Jun 062021
 

The Orange Lions Club will host “Get Uncorked,” a wine tasting fundraiser on Friday, June 18, 2021, at St. Barbara’s Church Hall in Orange.

Ye Olde Liquor Shoppe of West Haven is the facilitator of the tasting. Samplings of different wines, beers, and spirits will be available for tasting throughout the evening, along with light hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes, and a silent auction.

One silent auction item is very exciting for fans of the TV  show  “NCIS”.   Star Mark  Harmon’s personal script signed by the cast, along with other NCIS memorabilia will be a real treat for the high bidder to take home.

During this past year, the Orange Lions Club was unable to raise funds for the programs they support. This fundraiser is an opportunity to help the Lions with blindness aid and prevention and eye disease research, along with many community endeavors.

We are accepting business sponsorships at $100, individual sponsors at  $50, and friends at $25 per sponsor. To be a sponsor send your check payable to Orange Lions Charities to  P.O. Box 1162, Orange, CT  06477.

Tickets are $35 each available from any Orange Lions Club member, at the Ye Olde Liquor Shoppe, 174 Main St., West Haven, or by calling Marianne Miller at  203-795-3906 or Betty Hadlock at 203-645-8209.

Lions Club Wine Tasting Fundraiser in Orange

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May 182021
 

The Orange Lions Club will host its biggest and most popular fundraiser “Get Uncorked!” A Wine Tasting Event on Friday, June 18, 2021. 

Sadly, COVID-19 forced the cancelation of last year’s wine tasting and the hope is that, with the continued vaccinations and falling infection numbers, by June it will be safe to congregate and join friends and neighbors in raising money for the Lions Charities.

The Wine Tasting will be facilitated by Ye Old Liquor Shoppe, 174 Main Street, West Haven. You will be able to sample fine wines, beers, and spirits.

Once again, the event will take place at St. Barbara’s Greek Church Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, Desserts and Raffles

Tickets are $35 per person, and all proceeds go to the Lions Charities, including, Scholarships and Community Grants.    

OPA! St. Barbara’s Plans Odyssey Express Takeout Event

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May 082021
 

Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church announced that it will present “ODYSSEY EXPRESS,” at 480 Racebrook Road, Orange on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and May 16.

This two-day food takeout event will feature a selection of popular “Odyssey Festival”
Greek cuisine. All food MUST be PRE-ORDERED, online at www.odysseyexpress.org or by telephone at 203-795-1347. Pickup is drive-through curbside and takeout only. The hours are set for Sat. 12 to 7 p.m., and Sun. 12 to 6 p.m.

Please note this event will not replace Saint Barbara’s Labor Day Weekend festivities this year. If health conditions prevent us from holding our 4-day, full-scale Odyssey Greek Festival, we will hold ANOTHER “ODYSSEY EXPRESS”, on September 4 and 5. (Stay tuned for our plans for Labor Day Weekend!)

For additional information contact Stephanie Theodos Hubbard by return email or by phone at 203-795-1347 (church office).

 

 

Get Uncorked With The Orange Lions

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Apr 192021
 

The Orange Lions Club will host its biggest and most popular fundraiser “Get Uncorked!” A Wine Tasting Event on Friday, June 18, 2021. 

Sadly, COVID-19 forced the cancelation of last year’s wine tasting and the hope is that, with the continued vaccinations and falling infection numbers, by June it will be safe to congregate and join friends and neighbors in raising money for the Lions Charities.

The Wine Tasting will be facilitated by Ye Old Liquor Shoppe, 174 Main Street, West Haven. You will be able to sample fine wines, beers, and spirits.

Once again, the event will take place at St. Barbara’s Greek Church Hall, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, Desserts and Raffles

Tickets are $35 per person, and all proceeds go to the Lions Charities, including, Scholarships and Community Grants.                                         

To get your tickets, call 203-795-3906 or 203-645-8209. 

The Coronavirus hurt everyone globally and locally. Help the Lions build up their bank account again. Get your tickets now!