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Are You Ready For The Orange Country Fair This Year?

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Aug 262021
 

The Covid-19 virus has not been kind to anyone. During its reign of terror we’ve lost many precious Orange residents. During the long months of isolation, we yearned for the days when we could hug our parents, friends, children and grandchildren among others.

We also lost so many opportunities to gather with family, friends and neighbors, including the 2020 annual Orange Country Fair.

Although masks are no longer required in outdoor settings in most places, some, who are aware of the very real possibility of contracting the extremely contagious Delta Variant, choose to continue wearing one. It’s a choice, and as long as everyone is respectful of one another, either decision is acceptable.

YES There Is A Fair

There will be an Orange Country Fair this year.

The Country Fair Committee has announced that the fair will take place on [Friday, Sept. 17], Saturday, Sept. 18, and Sunday, Sept. 19 with a few noticeable changes: No Pig Races, No Frying Pan Toss,

Following is the schedule of fair events and the admission prices.

Friday, September 17, 2021
Contest Entry Drop Off 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Free Entry on Friday Only
Free Parking
Pets Not Allowed

Saturday, September 18, 2021
8:00 AM  –  7:00 PM
$8.00 Adults
$5.00 Senior Citizens
Children 14 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

Sunday, September 19, 2021
8:00 AM  –  6:00 PM
$8.00 Adults
$5.00 Senior Citizens
Children 14 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

Get Your Tickets NOW For Comedy With The Stars

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Aug 232021
 

The Orange Lions Club presents “Comedy under the Stars” on Saturday, August 28, 2021. The event usually held in the fall, has a new twist. They’ve decided to do an outdoor comedy event under the High Plains Pavillion with picnic table seating. You may bring your own chair if you desire.

The lineup includes headliner Craig “the Flg” Figuerieido with Kareem Blue, Alonzo “Hamburger” Jones, plus a mystery comedian.

Also, this is a BYOB and BYO snacks.The cost of the event fundraiser is $25 per person. The fundraising event includes a basket raffle.

So, enjoy your wonderful evening out with lots of laughs while you help the Orange Lions in supporting many wonderful projects and efforts for the community and beyond.

You can get your order by calling Marianne or Ken at 203-795-3906. Leave a message and one of them will get back to you ASAP.

The Lions are looking forward to seeing everyone then.

One Dead, Six Injured in Route 15 Car Crash On Friday

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Aug 152021
 

 

Pet Food Recall, High Levels Of Vitamin D

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Aug 152021
 

Photo showing the 4 different recipes of Simply Nourish Fresh Market Adult Frozen Dog Food
No other Simply Nourish pet food products are being recalled, other than the specific Simply Nourish Fresh Market Adult Frozen Dog Food recipes listed below.

Maker: Wet Noses Natural Dog Treat Company
Cause: Elevated levels of Vitamin D
Announcement: FDA alert dated Aug. 13, 2021 (archived here)
What was recalled: The following specific Simply Nourish frozen dog food recipes, sizes and best by dates:

  • Simply Nourish Fresh Market Adult Gently Cooked Frozen Chicken & Vegetable Recipe, 2 lb., UPC #73725792262, best by Nov. 10, 2022 – Jan. 12, 2023
  • Simply Nourish Fresh Market Adult Gently Cooked Frozen Chicken & Vegetable Recipe, 4.5 lb., UPC #73725792264, best by Nov. 10, 2022 – Jan. 12, 2023
  • Simply Nourish Fresh Market Adult Gently Cooked Frozen Beef & Barley Recipe, 2 lb., UPC #73725792266, best by Nov. 10, 2022 – Jan. 12, 2023
  • Simply Nourish Fresh Market Adult Gently Cooked Frozen Beef & Barley Recipe, 4.5 lb., UPC #73725792267, best by Nov. 10, 2022 – Jan. 12, 2023
  • Simply Nourish Fresh Market Adult Gently Cooked Frozen Turkey & Sweet Potato Recipe, 2 lb., UPC #73725792260, best by Nov. 10, 2022 – Jan. 12, 2023
  • Simply Nourish Fresh Market Adult Gently Cooked Frozen Turkey & Sweet Potato Recipe, 4.5 lb., UPC #73725792263, best by Nov. 10, 2022 – Jan. 12, 2023
  • Simply Nourish Fresh Market Adult Gently Cooked Frozen Pork & Vegetable Recipe, 2 lb., UPC #73725792079, best by Aug. 26, 2022 – Jan. 13, 2023
  • Simply Nourish Fresh Market Adult Gently Cooked Frozen Pork & Vegetable Recipe, 4.5 lb., UPC #73725792078, best by Aug. 26, 2022 – Jan. 13, 2023

This recall involves 4 different recipes of Simply Nourish Fresh Market Adult Gently Cooked frozen dog food. About 51,000 packages of the food, in 2 different sizes, are affected.

No other Simply Nourish dog or cat food products are part of this recall.

The recall was initiated after tests showed higher levels of Vitamin D in the product than is allowed. According to the company, Wet Noses Natural Dog Treat Company of Monroe, Washington, the fault lies with the vitamin mix manufacturer — who allegedly failed to “detect or properly communicate” that there was an issue.

No pet illnesses have been reported to date, but consuming too much Vitamin D can cause health complications including vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss.

“Consumers who have dogs that have consumed any of the [affected] products … and are exhibiting these symptoms should contact their veterinarian,” the recall announcement states.

The affected Simply Nourish frozen dog food was sold at various PetSmart stores across the United States. A quick search shows these specific products were recently removed from PetSmart’s website.

It’s Almost Time For School, Are You Prepared?

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Aug 152021
 

The first day of school in Orange is August 30. This will be a minimum school day.

The Orange school district website has all of the information you will need to have a smooth transition from the lazy days of summer to in-person classes.

In addition to bus routes, school hours, names, numbers, and e-mail addresses for school administrators and teachers, you also will find updated COVID information for the district and your child’s school.

Here’s a little preliminary information for you to have at your fingertips. Click Orange links for specific pages. Click blue link for e-mail address of that person. 

ORANGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Central Office – 637 Orange Center Rd.  — 203.891.8020
Superintendent Vince Scarpetti

Pre-K to Kindergarten

Mary L. Tracy School – 650 School House Ln.  — 203.891.8028
Interim Principal Kelly Michel
 

Pre-Kindergarten Hours

Regular School Day

AM Class: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

PM Class: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Scheduled Minimum School Day / Early Dismissal

AM Class: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

PM Class: Class Canceled

Kindergarten Hours

Regular School Day: 8:35 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Minimum School Day: 8:35 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Delayed School Opening: 10:35 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Elementary Schools

Peck Place School – 500 Peck Ln. Orange —  203.891.8034
Principal Tricia M. Lasto 
 
Race Brook School – 107 Grannis Rd.  — 203.891.8030
Principal Katherine McNeil 
 
Turkey Hill School – 441 Turkey Hill Rd. — 203.891.8040
Principal Denise Arterbery
 

At The Library: Book Sale, Craft, Swing Band

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Aug 122021
 

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, announced the following events for the coming weeks.


Book Sale
Sunday, August 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Held in the basement of the library. Admission will be limited to 30 shoppers at a time. Shoppers are encouraged to wear masks, social distance, and bring your own bags. Cash and checks only. The Library will not be open for service the day of the book sale.


Take & Make Craft Kit: Peppermint Lip Balm
Monday, August 16
For adults and teens in grades 7-12. Create your own peppermint lip balm with this take-home craft kit. Instructions and most supplies will be provided. Participants must supply a double boiler or microwave, measuring spoons, a bowl, and a spoon.
Click here to register.


Concert: Survivors Swing Band
Sunday, August 22, 2 p.m.

(Rescheduled from August 8)
Remember when you listened, sang, and danced to the great old tunes of the 1920’s through 1940’s? The Survivors Swing Band will get your toes a-tappin’ and fingers snappin’ as you revive those memories. This program will be held outside on the Library’s back lawn. Please bring your own chair, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing.
Click here to register.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.
Phone: 203-891-2170
http://www.casememoriallibrary.org
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Air Quality Alert Issued

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Aug 112021
 

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued an Air Quality Action Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday

An Air Quality Action Day means that Ground Level Ozone within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

For additional information, visit the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Website.

Public Hearing And Board Of Selectmen Meeting On Wednesday

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Aug 102021
 

Goldblatt and Carangelo (file photo)

The Orange Board of Selectmen will host its regular monthly meeting along with a public hearing regarding a Massage Establishment Permit on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

The meeting will take place at the Orange Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

Call to order

Fire Exits

Pledge of Allegiance

Introductions

 

Close Regular Meeting and Open Public Hearing

To consider and act on the request to approve Gary Augustine LMT as a Massage establishment.

Close Public Hearing and Convene Regular Meeting

VOTE

The board will vote on the approval of the Massage establishment

 

Public Participation — 2 minutes per speaker

Announcements

Minutes from July 14 meeting

 

New Business

  1. To consider and act on the request from Simple Recycling to end the 3-year contract and to resume an agreement with Goodwill as a recycle vendor at the transfer station.
  2. To consider and act on holding a public hearing during the Board of Selectmen Meeting scheduled for September 8, 2021 at 7 p.m. to be held in the Town Hall lower meeting room, 617 Orange Center Road, on the adoption of a resolution establishing an ordinance prohibiting cannabis products on all property owned by or under the control of the Town of Orange and the smoking of cannabis products in the outdoor sections of restaurants within the town.
  3. To consider and act on the request to waive medical benefits for 24 town employees.
  4. To consider and act on a proposal to install a fence at Fred Wolfe Park  — (Soccer Assn.)
  5. To consider and act on the approval of a town donation towards the Labor Day Fireworks.
  6. To consider and act on the request to hold a block party on Ridgeview Road.

Committees

Pension Board

Emergency Management

 

Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze Now Open

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Aug 082021
 

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 opened 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.

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 is 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.

 

 

A Message From The Orange Health Department

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Aug 052021
 

The Orange Health Department issued the following statement regarding the COVID virus:

Due to the increase in cases due to the COVID-19 Delta variant, at this time, the general public will be required to wear a mask when conducting business in all town buildings.

Please continue to follow the CDC guidelines if you are sick, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or traveling. This will be revised on a monthly basis and our guidance may change in the future based on the town’s COVID-19 infection rate and overall vaccination rate.

Thank you for your cooperation!