Open House at Lionel Ridge Stable on Saturday, March 19

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Mar 182016

12316539_798122920309769_8837987290178946489_nSo many people love horses. It doesn’t matter if you ride or just find some kind of peace by being around these gentle giants, then you won’t want to miss the open house event at Lionel Ridge Stable at 90 Prindle Hill Road (behind Latella Farm) in Orange.

Owner Vicky Williams welcomes everyone to the facility on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lionel Ridge opened for business in August 2015 and offers boarding for up to 19 horses, training and sales.

During this meet and greet open house, you can tour the facility and get to know Williams and fellow trainers Alison Brosky and Susan Blue.

There will be several activities to keep children entertained, including pony rides, an Easter egg hunt, bounce house, and horse shoe painting. The concession stand will be open for food purchases.

Williams said Lionel Ridge plans to expand on its riding program this year. If you can’t attend the event, visit their website for more information.

The following is from the web page:

Lionel Ridge is a no-drama facility welcoming all disciplines and skill levels. We are located in Orange, CT and specialize in the breaking, starting, and finishing of horses. Lionel Ridge has just recently started a lesson program for the public-all are welcome! We also have options of showing whether it is just for the experience or want to become serious in horse shows. We compete in any ring; Equitation, Hunter, and Jumpers. We also will travel occasionally to competitions in Eventing.

We do offer lessons and training sessions with our trainers Alison Brosky, Susan Blue, and Vicky Williams if you and your horse decide to take it to the next level.

Purchase Raffle Tickets: The Orange Volunteer Firefighters Need Your Help!

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Jul 152014

For as far back as longtime residents can remember, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department has mailed raffle ticket booklets to every home in town  a couple of months before the  annual Carnival.

The event which serves as the department’s major fundraiser, begins on July 31 and runs through Aug. 3

The reason you haven’t received your tickets yet is (in short) because the Postal Service said “no.” Something about regulations.

The direct mail tickets were a main source of revenue over the years and the fire department is worried that ticket sales will be low because of the Postal Service’s decision.

Unfortunately, this has proved to be the case this year.

According to Fire Chief John Knight, in spite of their best efforts, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is seeing only a fraction of the sales compared to  2013.

“On opening night of the carnival last year, we’d sold more than $60,000 in raffle tickets. So far, this year because we couldn’t mail them out, we’ve only sold about $12,000,” Knight said.

The scene at the Martino's home at 2 a.m. on Jan. 21.

The scene at the Martino’s home at 2 a.m. on Jan. 21.

“We sent out a letter last month explaining this to residents,” said Knight. “We’ve set up several locations for people to pick up tickets, and hope they’ll come out and buy them.”

The firefighters have set up tables at the town concerts and a couple of locations on weekends, even gone door-to-door. At homes, they often hear, “Oh, I got mine in the mail.” The fact of the matter is, residents received a letter from the fire department, but no tickets.

The fire department depends on the raffle proceeds to fund equipment, training and other necessities that are not included in the town budget. It’s not for them, it’s for you.

If you have an emergency at home or are in a car accident, you’re relieved to see the fire trucks rolling up because you know they have the equipment and know how to help save you and/or your property.

Without the ticket sales the Orange Volunteer Fire Department will be at a loss when it needs something that will help YOU.

So when you see the firefighters canvassing your neighborhood, or sitting at a table outside of your favorite store, please remember that they are volunteering their time to bring the tickets to you, just as they volunteer their time to come to your assistance when you need them.

Orange Volunteer Firefighters at work for you... for free... 24/7

Orange Volunteer Firefighters at work for you… for free… 24/7

This year’s raffle prizes

A little different than the offerings from past years. There are no trips, but the three top prizes would be more than enough to pay for just about any trip you would want to take with your family.

For just $5 per ticket you have a chance of winning one of the following prizes:

1st prize – $5,000 Visa Gift Card

2nd prize – $4,000 Visa Gift Card

3rd prize – $2,000 Visa Gift Card

4th prize – $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road

5th prize – Apple iPad WiFi 16 GB – Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road

BRUSH FIRE6th prize – $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, 560 Boston Post Road

7th prize – $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc.,  286 Boston Post Road

8th prize – $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center, 115 Boston Post Road

9th prize – Tickets to the New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

10th prize – $100 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road

How Do I Purchase Tickets?

Visit the Fire Department Website at www.OrangeVFD.com 

People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT


Orange Fire Station 1
Orange Center Road
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, from June 1 through July 29

First Selectman’s Office
Orange Town Hall
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Knight’s Power Equipment
286 Boston Post Road
M-F 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM – 12 Noon

Chip’s Family Restaurant
321 Boston Post Road
7 days a week, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Orange Firemen’s Carnival
Orange Fairgrounds
July 31, August 1, 2 and 3 during Carnival Hours

Nighttime fun at the Orange Firemen's Carnival

Nighttime fun at the Orange Firemen’s Carnival

Or contact any of your local firemen [Firefighters will come to different locations around town in the coming weekends making it easier for you to purchase tickets]

Drawing will be held on Sunday, August 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT

Alcoholic beverages not included

Tickets $5.00/each

This year’s Carnival Includes:

• Family Fun For Everyone

• Free Entertainment

• Spectacular Rides

The Firefighter Class of 2014

The Firefighter Class of 2014

• Family fun-filled rides including a kiddieland for youngsters

Here is a LINK to the online Advance Ride Ticket Wristband page.



IT’S AT THE ORANGE FAIRGROUNDS 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477


Originally Published on: Jul 8, 2014 @ 16:34

Feds Grant Orange Volunteer Fire Department $111,626 for Operations and Safety Needs

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May 092014

Ladder 37 rolls down the road.

Ladder 37 rolls down the road.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Association will receive a $111,626 federal grant, according to a press release issued by Rosa DeLauro’s office.

The the local congressional delegation, including Rosa DeLauro, Richard Blumenthal, Chris Murphy and Elizabeth Esty made the announcement.

The Orange grant was one of two operations and safety grants coming to the state. In addition to Orange, the Waterbury Fire Department will be receiving $91,464.

Operations & Safety grants can be used in five areas: training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modification to facilities.

The grants are the 27th and 28th firefighting grants awarded to Connecticut for Fiscal Year 2013.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) said “Ensuring first responders have updated and necessary equipment, and proper training, is crucial to protecting not only the public, but the brave men and women who serve our communities.

“The equipment purchased with these grants , and the training they will enable, will better prepare the first responders of Waterbury and Orange for the dangerous and lifesaving work they so ably do.”

Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Class Now Forming

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Sep 142013

File Photo: Asst Chief Anthony Cuozzo checks in with the CERT Volunteers at High Plains Community Center during last year's hurricane.

File Photo: Asst Chief Anthony Cuozzo checks in with the CERT Volunteers at High Plains Community Center during last year’s hurricane.

The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)  is forming an October 2013 Class, and we want YOU to become part of our team!

How can I do that you may ask?  It’s easy and we will tell you how, but first a few things about CERT in general and your Orange CERT.

The Community Emergency Response Team program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search & rescue, disaster medical operations, team organization and other areas.

CERT is a National program with thousands of local teams in many towns in every state across the U.S.  Orange CERT trained and certified its first team in June 2006.

Now relax, you are not expected to become ‘instant’ firefighters, paramedics or professional first responders that is not who we are.  CERT members do not replace the professionals.  CERT supports and works with them.

CERT members can assist others in their own neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help, as their resources are naturally overwhelmed.  Trained CERT members are there to provide assistance to those in need while awaiting the arrival of the responders and provide useful information and support to them when they do arrive.  CERT members also take an active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

If you are like most people, who, when something like a hurricane or disaster happens, and their first instinct is to help, no matter who it is, loved ones, neighbors, the community, then you know the reason the National CERT program was created.

The emergency authorities in California developed this program many years ago, after an earthquake, when they realized ‘regular’ people wanted to help.  Provide the people with basic training in some areas, which would allow them to help others in the process, and support the professional responders. The added benefit to this idea was that, now trained, people were less likely to become victims themselves while trying to help.

Orange CERT has earned the respect and support of the local Police and Fire Departments, who support our efforts.  You may have seen your CERT operating the Emergency Shelter at High Plains Community Center during Storm Irene or Hurricane Sandy, or assisting at the Town Fireworks and Orange Firemen’s Carnival.  Orange CERT also was called in to assist the many local, state and federal agencies in the search for a missing local teen.  Yes, we are a trained, active and dedicated team.

Anyone 18 years of age or older can join the team.  Our team consists of men and women from many areas such as police, fire, paramedic, electrician, scout leader, administrative backgrounds, moms, dads, grandparents, any and every background you can imagine.  Everyone is welcome to attend class and be part of the team.

Training classes consist of 8 – 10 sessions, 2-3 hours each,  on Wednesday nights each week.  Orange CERT has several members who themselves are Certified CERT Instructors.  There are no tests or exams to worry about.  Each student is not required to perform duties he or she may not feel comfortable doing or is unable to do, like heavy lifting for example, students learn by watching as well.

No one is expected to go beyond their own physical capabilities.  There are many administrative and other duties one can assist with on every team.  Some people obtain the training just for their own use and peace of mind, to have the knowledge and training to help their families, friends, and groups and that’s fine too.

One can never go wrong with having the benefit of this helpful training and information.  Upon completion, each person will be issued a backpack with CERT Equipment, Personal Protective items, and a CERT Team Uniform Shirt.

It’s also very important to feel secure in the knowledge that ALL CERT members, who assist in an official activation, be it for an emergency or non-emergency event, ARE covered by the Connecticut State Worker’s Compensation Insurance, should they in the rare event become ill or injured while on duty.

So, now that you know a little more about CERT and what Orange CERT is about, we hope you are interested in becoming a member of the October 2013 Class and join our team.  We are a respected and trained team, who also manage to have some fun in the process; yes we do fun things too!  Like train with rescue helicopters for example, but that’s another story for another time.

For more information on how to sign up for the Fall 2013 Class, send an email to: Allen Mushin at: K1qex@optimum.net or Anne Davis at:  Cookiemama059@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.orange-cert.org.

We will be happy to answer any questions and to get you signed up for the class and on your way to becoming a fellow team member of Orange CERT.

No Smoke Trailer, But Orange Fire Department Has A Really Hot Demo Item This Year

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Sep 142012

A file photo from the simulator company.

Each year, hundreds of visitors check out the smoke trailer on display in the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s area of the Orange Country Fair.

The trailer fills up with theatrical smoke and a representative from the fire marshal’s office teaches children and adults how to react and save themselves in a smoke-filled room.

This weekend there will be no smoke trailer, but Fire Marshal Tim Smith is confident everyone will enjoy the virtual fire extinguisher training simulator.

Many people have fire extinguishers in their homes — the question is, do they know how to use one?

Even firefighters have to learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher, and as part of the fire marshal’s public education duties, the virtual fire extinguisher simulator will make their job quite a bit easier.

“We’ll be able to teach the proper technique without having to build a fire in a barrel,” Smith said. “This equipment can go anywhere, schools, the community center, library, public events, and it’s perfectly safe and very effective and there’s no mess associated with chemical extinguishers.”

There is more to using a fire extinguisher than pointing it and pulling the trigger. One must know how to aim and sweep the extinguisher in order to put out a fire.

Smith explained that the realistic digital flames respond like an actual fire would.

“If you aim and sweep properly, the flames react and go lower, as would a real fire,” he said. “But if you aren’t hitting it right, the flames shoot up again.”

The trainer can choose a class A, B, or C fire at different levels of difficulty and the trainees must pay attention and change their technique accordingly.

For example, “when set to Class B, the flames quickly flash back up if the trainee doesn’t sweep quickly enough. Class A fires are more likely to rekindle after the initial extinguishment,” according to the company website.

So look for the fire department/police department/CERT/Emergency Management corner and have some fun with fire extinguishers and maybe even learn a new skill.