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.

Obituary: Susan Palmer, 71, Beloved Wife, Mother, Community Volunteer

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Oct 292014

sue palmerSusan Louise Short Palmer, age 71, of Orange, died October 15, 2014.

She was the devoted wife of Frederick Palmer for 47 years and mother of Carla Palmer, Arlington, MA and Debra Palmer Stratford, CT.

Daughter of the late John M. Short and Helen Ahrens Short. Sister of Judith (Thomas) Pryor, Gorham ME, Nancy (Richard) Ross, Milford, CT and Leslie (Eugene) Skibitsky, Dixfield, ME and aunt of many nieces and nephews.

She was a 1961 graduate of Milford High school and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southern CT State College.

She was a very enthusiastic kindergarten and nursery school teacher.

Susan was an active member of the First United Church of Christ in Milford, CT for over 65 years as a member of the choir, and many other positions including the Hospitality Committee, Christian Education, Music Committee, Deacon, as well as the Church Moderator.

She was a Mariner and Girl Scout as a child and continued in scouting as a lifetime member and a leader for her daughters.

She was an active member and volunteer for the Orange Country Fair committee, Orange and Milford Historical Societies, the CT Historical Automobile Society, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, the Milford Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity.

Calling hours will be held Friday, Oct. 31, directly in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Church of Christ in Milford from 4 to 8 p.m.

A Memorial service at the Church will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10:30 am. Interment will be private.

In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Cancer Research Institute, The American Cancer Society or The music fund at First United Church of Christ.

The arrangements are in the care of Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, Milford. To leave condolences or for directions, visit www.georgejsmithandson.com