New Haven Mineral Club Gem Show As Popular As Ever

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Apr 112018

For 45 years The New Haven Mineral Club has hosted a mineral and gem show locally.

Last weekend, residents from Orange, Ansonia, Milford and beyond flocked to Amity Middle School in Orange to browse through the tables set up by dozens of vendors and dealers, looking for that special tumbled citrine, cut emerald, necklace, carved totem animal, or a big statement piece.

The club provided a children’s activity room, demonstrations, refreshments, and plenty of awesome free raffle prizes.

If you missed it this year, the show will be back next April for two days, on a Saturday and Sunday. Parking is always free and admission is a bargain at only $6, Children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

The Show is open on Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parking is free. Admission is $6. If you see their postcards or flyers displayed around town pick one up and, as you read it over you will see that you’ll get $1 off admission when you present it at the door.

For more information, go to NewHavenMineralClub.org.


Did You Hear Gunfire Today? This Is What Was Happening

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Jan 012016

Amy Williams takes aim.

Amy Williams takes aim.

During the Chilly Chili Run this morning, the sound of gunfire was clearly heard throughout a large area of town. The police didn’t seem concerned, so, where was it coming from?

Well, on Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day Wright’s Farm on Old Grassy Hill Road hosts an invitation only skeet shoot which is attended by dozens of experienced shooters, including town Tax Assessor Mark Branchesi and Town Treasurer Art Williams.

All of the participants are licensed and have permits to shoot at the event.

At times the shooting was constant as all the participants stood in a row firing at the clay disks as they flew through the air, then, around 11:30 a.m. things quieted down a bit as the competition portion began and only one person shot at a time.

Branchesi described the gathering as an Old Time Orange event. “The Chilly Run is an Orange tradition now, but this (skeet shooting) is the way it used to be.”

The one town employee who was missing from the shoot was First Selectman Jim Zeoli who is reputed to be a fine marksman. He was serving chili to runners at the Chilly Chili Run.