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Obituary: Denise Mirto, 71, Beloved Wife, Mother, Friend

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Nov 032021
 

Denise Comeau Mirto, 71, passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2021 at her home in Orange, surrounded by her family and friends after a battle with cancer.

Born on December 31, 1949, in New Haven, CT, she was the daughter of Frank and Irene (Matteo) Comeau.

She married the love of her life, Robert Mirto on January 30, 1981.

Denise is survived by her son, Jesse D. Irwin (wife Emily Agustin), of Chicago, IL, son Nicholas Mirto (wife Jen Mirto), of West Haven, CT, and her step-daughter, Lisa Mirto of Stratford, CT.

She also is survived by her eight siblings, Francis Fox (ex-wife, Jeanne Dubin who will always be family) of Wilmington, NC, Cathy Higgins (husband David Higgins) of Altamonte Springs, FL, Patty Kelley (husband Kobe Kelley) of Leland, NC, Mark Comeau of New Haven, CT, Mary Petrou (husband Milton Petrou) of Chester, SC, Greg Comeau of Orange, CT, Carrie Piazza (husband Jeff Piazza) of Denver, NC, and PJ Fox (wife Yayoi Fox) of Herndon, VA. She is survived by 19 nieces and nephews, a Cousin, Paula Idarola, Great Aunt Clara Mei, and three very special friends, Sharon Ewen, Rochelle Cyr, and Rose Addario Zajac.

Denise grew up in Orange and was a lifelong resident. She was always adventurous and travelled the world. She loved music, especially The Grateful Dead.

She has been a Realtor in Orange since 1995. She was well respected by both her clients and her peers. Volunteerism was her passion. She enjoyed community service and has been the voice as well as a major organizer of the annual Orange Country Fair. She acted as the general coordinator of the volunteer effort to build the Orange Kids’ Playground.

She served as a Past President of Orange Little League, past member of the Amity Board of Education, volunteer at the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival for 22 years, past President of Turkey Hill School PTA, and has served on other various Boards and Commissions in Orange. Denise will be missed!

The hours for visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green, 662 Savin Ave., West Haven, CT. Please consider wearing bright colors or your favorite tie-dye. Masks are required to be worn at the funeral home.

A private burial will be at the Orange Center Cemetery.

The family would like to thank all of the Hospice Nurses and aides for their loving care of Denise. They are truly heroes and the best America has to offer.

Memorial contributions can be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or the Orange Playground in care of Lynn Plaskowitz, in memory of Denise Mirto.

Checks can be made out to the Town of Orange, and sent to 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.westhavenfuneral.com.

Test Your Recycling Knowledge At The Fair

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Sep 142021
 

remove the cap, rinse the carton out, place in with other recycling.

The Orange Recycling Committee will, once again, have a information booth under the Civic Tent at the Orange Country Fair this weekend.

Step right up and ask any questions you may have about what can and cannot be recycled, different recycling options at the transfer station, etc.

Kids, test your knowledge of recycling with recycling trivia and you can win a yummy donut from the food tent.

The Committee has wooden rulers embossed with it’s logo for visitors, so stop by on Saturday and/or Sunday this weekend — it’s a tradition now!

 

Orange Conservation Commission Asking For Photos

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Sep 042021
 

The Orange Conservation Commission invites all who enjoy our Open Spaces to share a picture of someone being a proper steward of our town trails.

Take a picture of yourself, your family, your friends, or your pets hiking our trails. Show how you help to keep the trails welcoming for all who visit them.

We will display the pictures at our booth in the Civic Tent at the 2021 Orange Country Fair – showcasing our favorites for all to see. Send pictures to orangeconscomm@gmail.com by Tuesday, September 14, then come by to see us at the Fair, Sept 18-19.

OVFD Carnival: Another Cancellation Due To The Coronavirus

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May 132020
 

Orange Firemen’s Carnival

Summer and Fall are HUGE Event Seasons for the town of Orange, but the Coronavirus is making it difficult to do any event planning that will guarantee the safety of its volunteers and guests.

The Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade have been canceled.

So far, the Orange Farmer’s Market and Orange Country Fair are on stand-by and only time will tell if either can go on as usual.

One tremendous tradition that has been canceled though, is the 2020 OVFD Carnival. The carnival has been a vital fundraiser for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for decades.

This undoubtedly was a very difficult decision for the department, as it depends on the funds from the raffle and food sales at this event to purchase equipment and provide training for its members.

Orange Live will keep you updated on the status of other future events as we are provided with that information.

Also: The Orange Town News hosts the Independence Day Concert and Fireworks, and last I heard this event has been postponed until possibly Labor Day.

The Cost of running it is astronomical and Rocky depends upon donations from local businesses, but with the coronavirus adversely affecting so many businesses, the money hasn’t been coming in this year.

Maybe this situation will change as the state and local economy begin to heal from this ordeal. If you’ve attended the extravaganza in past years, I think you know that people are packed in like sardines due to its popularity, so if social distancing is still recommended in early September, It simply won’t be possible.

Sunday’s Country Fair Schedule

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Sep 222019
 

Welcome to the fair!

Don’t miss the Orange Country Fair at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange. The grounds open at 8 a.m. Come see the exhibits, contests, and entertainment.

Here is the schedule of today’s events.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
8:00-11:00 AM = Chip’s famous Pancake Breakfast – Main Food Pavilion
8:00 AM = Mini Horse Pull – Lower Field
9:00 AM = Antique Tractor Pull – Pulling Area
10:00 AM = Antique Car Show – Front Fairgrounds
10:00 AM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
10:00 AM-6:00 PM = The Magic of Christopher! – Gazebo
10:30 AM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
11:00 AM = Horse Draw – Lower Field
11:00 AM = Homing Pigeon Release – Lower Field
11:00-2:00 PM = Jon Hollywood Acoustic – Gazebo
11:30 AM = Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull – Upper Field
11:30 AM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
11:30 AM = Critter Show – Lower Field
12:00 PM = The Magic of Christopher – Gazebo
12:30 PM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
1:00 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
1:00 PM = Homing Pigeon Release – Lower Field
1:00 PM = Womens Skillet Toss – Lower Field
2:00 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
2:00 PM = “How to Grow & Care for Orchids” – Lower Field
2:00 PM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
2:30-6:00 PM = Freeplay Band – Gazebo
3:00 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
3:00 PM = Homing Pigeon Release – Lower Field
4:00 PM = Critter Show – Lower Field
5:30 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
6:00 PM = Fair Closes

SPECIAL FEATURES- BOTH DAYS
•• Chip’s famous pancake breakfast
•• Toddler Driving Contest
•• Birds of Prey 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00
•• Pig Races
•• Garden Club Demonstration 2:00 both days

Official Fair T-Shirts, Hats and Commemorative Items
available at the Souvenir Tent.

*** Sunday Headliners ***
Main Stage – Gazebo

Jon Hollywood Acoustic
11:00 – 2:00 PM

Freeplay
2:00 – 6:00 PM
Featuring Jim Pino Jr, Joey Pods & the Langley Bros.

Saturday’s Country Fair Schedule

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Sep 212019
 

Here is the schedule for the Orange Country Fair at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange. Open from (8 a.m.) 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019
8:00-11:00 AM = Chip’s famous Pancake Breakfast – Main Food Pavilion
8:30 AM = Garden Tractor Pull – Pulling Area
10:00 AM = Opening Ceremonies – Gazebo
10:00 AM-6:00 PM = The Magic of Christopher!
10:30 AM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
10:30 AM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
11:00 AM = Homing Pigeon Release – Lower Field
11:00 AM = Oxen Draw
11:00-2:00 = Larry Ace Band
11:00-11:30 = “Critter Show” Lower Field
11:30 AM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
12:00 PM = The Magic of Christopher – Gazebo
12:00 PM = Two Person Hand Saw Contest – Lower Field
12:30 PM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
1:00 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
1:00 PM = Haybale Toss – Upper Field
1:00 PM = Homing Pigeon Release – Lower Field
1:30 PM = Garden Club Demonstration – Flower Tent
1:30 PM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
2:00 PM = The Magic of Christopher – Gazebo
3:00 PM = Doodlebug Contest – Pulling Area
3:00 PM = Homing Pigeon Release – Lower Field
3:00-7:00 = The Monthei Brothers Band – Gazebo
3:30 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
6:00 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
7:00 PM = Fair Closes

*** Saturday Headliners ***
Main Stage – Gazebo

The Larry Ayce Band featuring Doreen Marie 11:00 – 2:00 PM

The Monthei Brothers Band
3:00 – 7:00 PM

Sunday At The Orange Country Fair More Nice Weather Expected

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Sep 152018
 

With the first day in the history books, the Orange Country Fair continues today, Sunday, Sept. 16.

Come early for the Mini Horse Pull at 8 a.m. and stick around for the Horsing Around Show at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Stroll around and check out the exhibits. Plan your entries for next year’s contests, get inspired! and don’t forget to visit the wee little piggies in the animal building. (Not even two weeks old yet)

Chow down at the pavilion or at the Satelite food tent on the lower grounds.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
8:00-11:00 AM = Chip’s famous Pancake Breakfast – Main Food Pavilion
8:00 AM = Mini Horse Pull – Lower Field
9:00 AM = Antique Tractor Pull – Pulling Area
10:00 AM = Antique Car Show – Front Fairgrounds
10:00 AM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
10:30 AM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
11:00 AM = Horse Draw – Lower Field
11:00 AM = Homing Pigeon Release – Lower Field
11:30 AM = Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull – Upper Field
11:30 AM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
11:30 AM = Horsing Around Show – Lower Field
12:15 PM = The Magic of Christopher – Gazebo
12:30 PM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
1:00 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
1:00 PM = Homing Pigeon Release – Lower Field
1:15 PM = Womens Skillet Toss – Lower Field
2:00 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
2:00 PM = “How to Grow & Care for Orchids” – Lower Field
2:00 PM = Birds of Prey – Upper Field
2:00 PM = Horsing Around Show – Lower Field
2:00-6:00 PM = Freeplay Band – Gazebo
3:00 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
3:00 PM = Homing Pigeon Release – Lower Field
4:00 PM = Horsing Around Show – Lower Field
5:00 PM = Pork Chop Pig Racing – Lower Field
6:00 PM = Fair Closes

*** Sunday Headliners ***
Main Stage – Gazebo
Freeplay 2:00 – 6:00 PM
Featuring Jim Pino Jr, Joey Pods & the Langley Bros.

Pig Races
Sunday: 11:30, 2:30, 5:00

 

SPECIAL FEATURES- BOTH DAYS
•• Chip’s famous pancake breakfast
•• Toddler Driving Contest
•• Birds of Prey 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00
•• Pig Races
•• Garden Club Demonstration 2:00 both days

Official Fair T-Shirts, Hats and Commemorative Items
available at the Souvenir Tent.

Are You Ready For The Orange Country Fair? Here’s Saturday’s Schedule

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Sep 142018
 

The Orange Country Fair is a tradition in town. With animal exhibits, folksy things like largest sunflower head and biggest pumpkin, fruits and vegetable categories, plants and flowers, arts and crafts, country music, and pig races.

The “unofficial” start is on Friday night with a truck pull in the lower fairgrounds, while up on the main field, people will be dropping off their contest entries, with high hopes of winning the big purple best in show ribbon.

As always, parking is free. Admission is $8 for adults. Senior citizens (65 +) is $5. Children younger than 15 admitted free of charge. Persons with disabilities are free.

Remember, NO PETS or BICYCLES are allowed on the fairgrounds. 

To help you plan your day, here is the schedule of events for Saturday.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018
8:00 a.m. Chip’s famous Pancake Breakfast – Main Food Pavilion
8:30 a.m. Garden Tractor Pull
10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
10:30 a.m. Pork Chop Pig Racing (Lower Field)
11:00 a.m. Two Person Hand Saw Contest
11:00 a.m. Homing Pigeon Release
11:00 a.m. Oxen Draw
11:00 a.m. Musical Entertainment – The Larry Ayce Band Featuring Doreen Marie
11:30 a.m. Olde Time Lumberjack Show
12:00 p.m. Gazebo: The Magic of Christopher (Magician)
12:00-5:00: Justin Woods Circus (Strolling Entertainer)
1:00 p.m. Men’s Haybale Toss – Upper Field
1:00 p.m. Orange Police Dog Demonstration – Upper Field
1:00-5:00: The Magic of Christopher (Performing tricks around the fairgrounds)
2:00 p.m.Homing Pigeon Release
2:00 p.m. Children’s Entertainment
2:00 p.m. Olde Time Lumberjack Show
3:00 p.m. Doodlebug Contest
3:00 p.m. Pork Chop Pig Racing (Lower Field)
3:00 p.m. Homing Pigeon Release
3:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment – Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch
5:00 p.m. Olde Time Lumberjack Show
7:00 p.m. Fair Closes

Visit The Historical Society At The Orange Country Fair

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Sep 102017
 

The Orange Historical Academy Museum and Antique Shop will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 16 since they will be “on the road” at the Orange Country Fair.

Come visit them at their tent, opposite the food tent on the upper fairgrounds.

The Historical Society will reopen the Museum at 605 Orange Center Road on Saturday, Sept. 23.

For information call 203 795-3106.

Mark Your Calendars For These September Events

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Aug 272017
 

There are many different events to keep you busy during the month of September. Here are the calendar listings, broken down by day for your convenience.

Friday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 4

Odyssey 2017 the 37th Annual Greek Festival! located at the St. Barbara’s Church grounds at 480 Racebrook Road, Orange on Labor Day Weekend.

The festival is open, Fri, Sat and Sun (Sept. 1, 2 and 3) from 12-10 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 4 from 12-7 p.m.

Events go on Rain or Shine. Admission is free.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

The Orange Players will host open auditions for its upcoming winter production of Acting Up! 2017 at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Wednesday, Sept. 6 and Thursday, Sept. 7 from 7 to 9:15 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 7

Orange Farmers’ Market and Free Concert at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road.

The Farmers’ Market takes place at the Pavilion from 3:30 – 7 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m., the final Free Summer Concert, Frantic City—80’s, 90’s and today, will perform at the gazebo. Rain date Sept 28

Orange Players Auditions

The Orange Players will host open auditions for its upcoming winter production of Acting Up! 2017 at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 7 to 9:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 8

The Orange Economic Development Corporation will host its 11th Annual Golf Tournament, on Friday, September 8, 2017, at Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road, Orange.

This year the OEDC will partner with Rotary and donate a portion of proceeds to Rotary Club of Orange Youth Services Program.

Check-in begins at 11 a.m. at the clubhouse.

Tournament price is $175 per golfer.

Shabbat Service

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

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

All are welcome.

Saturday, Sept. 9

The Jamie Hulley Evening For The Arts Gala takes place on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, a dessert bar and silent and live auctions.

Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396).

Friday, Sept. 15

The 16th Annual Orange Senior Health and Safety Fair will take place at the High Plains Community Center Gym, 525 Orange Center Road, Friday, September 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Admission is free.

Country Fair

5:30-8 p.m. Drop off Fair entries
6:00 p.ml  –  Truck Pull until Finish

Saturday, September 16

The Orange Country Fair takes place on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road from 8:00 a.m. –  7:00 p.m. Free Parking  –  Free Shuttle
Admission is $8.00 Adults, $5.00 Senior Citizens, Children 15 and under Free. Active Military Admission $5.00 w/ID

Sunday, September 17

The Orange Country Fair takes place on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road from 8:00 a.m. –  7:00 p.m. Free Parking  –  Free Shuttle
Admission is $8.00 Adults, $5.00 Senior Citizens, Children 15 and under Free. Active Military Admission $5.00 w/ID