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Community News for Vernon edition

Hall Memorial Library events

ELLINGTON - Escape from April Showers by attending one (or more!) of these events at Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St.

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On Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m., Arnie Pritchard will present his program This Business of Fighting. Arnie gives an interpretive performance based on his father Tony's WWII letters home to his parents in Rhode Island between his sailing for Europe in February 1944 and Germany's surrender fifteen months later.

Celebrate Financial Literacy Month on Friday, April 24, at with Eric Judge, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones and his presentation Focus on Fixed Income. Bring a brown bag lunch and learn how to create a reliable stream of income from your fixed-income investments. We'll provide the coffee and tea.

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Continuing our post-April 15 tax deadline talks, join Eric Judge, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30pm when he discusses Tax-Free Investing. Eric will outline the key steps to financial success through the selection of investments that offer tax advantages. We'll provide the coffee.

All library programs are free, but online registration is required at http://www.library.ellington-ct.gov. You can also call the library at 860-870-3160 for assistance if needed.

The following movies will be shown Thursday, April 23, at 1 p.m.; and "Big Eyes" (rated PG-13) on Thursday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 30, at 1 p.m. All films are free and pre-registration is not required for movies.

Prom for Preemies

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ELLINGTON - MOMS Club of Ellington will hold Prom for Preemies, a charity benefit, on Saturday, May 2, from 6-11 p.m., at Ellington Ridge Country Club, 56 Abbott Road. The night will feature cocktail hour, cash bar, silent auction, dinner, DJ, dancing and dessert. Tickets are $60 each or $110 for a couple. All proceeds go to March of Dimes. Bring a toiletries donation for Crystal Lake Food Pantry for $5 off your ticket.

Contact Billie before April 24 for tickets at 860-670-7727 or BGleason7@yahoo.com.

Ellington Country Quilters

ELLINGTON - The Ellington Country Quilters will meet April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Ellington Congregational Church on Main Street. For more information, call Margo Wheeler at 860-875-6834.

Spaghetti dinner

ELLINGTON - All are welcome to a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 25 beginning at 6 p.m., at First Lutheran Church, 154 Orchard St., Ellington. The dinner is hosted by the Youth Group to benefit their participation in the National Youth Gathering. On the menu are pasta, salad, rolls, beverages and a variety of home-baked desserts. This is all available for a donation of $9 per adult, $4 for children ages 12 and younger, with a maximum of $24 per family.

There will also be a teacup auction with prizes donated by area merchants.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting First Lutheran Church at 860-875-5682 or flchurch01@snet.net. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

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Kentucky Derby Party fundraiser for Vernon Community Arts Center

ELLINGTON - You are invited to the best Kentucky Derby party north of Louisville, Saturday, May 2, 5 - 7:30 p.m., at Deer Valley Townhomes Clubhouse, 155 Windermere Ave. #9003 Ellington. Tickets are $25. View pre-race festivities on big screen TVs then cheer your favorite horse on to victory at Deer Valley Townhomes elegant clubhouse.

Donning a fancy hat is believed to bring good luck – so we encourage you to wear one. Prizes, hors d'oeuvres and good company guarantee a fun evening. Age 21 and older are welcome. Proceeds to benefit the innovative exhibits, programs and classes at the Vernon Community Arts Center – soon to be Arts Center East.

Limited ticket availability. Reservations deadline is Wednesday, April 29. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 860-871-8222 or visit http://www.vernonarts.org.

Stitches and Prayers

ELLINGTON - Stitches and Prayers, a prayer shawl ministry, will be meeting on Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. to noon at the Community United Methodist Church at Crystal Lake on 278 Sandy Beach Road in the Crystal Lake section of Ellington. All are welcome to join us. Stitches and Prayers makes prayer shawls and other items for various ministries throughout the year. For more information or to request a prayer shawl, call Lani at 860-875-3632. If no one answers, please leave a message.

Ellington Senior Center news

ELLINGTON - Ellington Senior Center, 40 Maple St., offers the following programs and trips. Full details found in the Information Center at the Ellington Senior Center, online at http://seniorcenter.ellington-ct.gov; in the newsletter: "Maple Street Monthly;" or by calling 860-870-3133.

Join us for a "Financial Market Review" on Thursday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. Presented by Christopher Curtis, vice president, financial advisor at First Niagra Bank. Call to register.

Richie Mitnick is back on keyboard for our "Dance Party!" on Monday, April 27, 1-3 p.m. Tickets are $3 per person at the door and include ticket and refreshments.

Memories & Creative Writing will be meeting on April 30 this month at 1 p.m. Save the date of May 21 at 1:30 p.m. for a special presentation.

REMINDER: Homemade meals are served on Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon for $4. For reservations, call in advance by noon the day before.

TRIPS:

Sign up dates are now listed with all trips. Come in on the specified day and time to sign up with Marie.

Maine Lobster in Kennebunkport, ME, Wednesday, July 15. Cost: $90 per person, includes: Lobster dinner at Mike's Clam Shack, guided driving tour of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, and a visit to the Franciscan Monastery, plus time to shop. Sign up dates: May 7 and 28. Deadline: June 15.

OVERNIGHT TRIPS:

Atlantic City and Cape May, NJ, Sept. 1-3. Cost: $299 per person, twin/triple. Deposit: $100 by June 9. Trip Includes: Motor coach, 2 nights at Resorts, Casino Bonus $30 slot, meal credits, guided tour of Emelen Physick Estate, narrated Trolley Tour, and lunch & shopping time at the Washington Mall.

CRUISES

Bermuda Pastel Paradise aboard the Celebrity Summit: Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2015. Includes round trip transportation to NJ pier, 3 days docked in King's Warf, 7 days on board, all meals and onboard entertainment. Starting at $999 per person.

Western Caribbean – no flying: Oct. 30-Nov. 11. Includes round trip motor coach to Baltimore, 2 nights hotel, welcome dinner, breakfasts, sightseeing, 10 nights onboard the Grandeur of the Seas, all onboard activities and Tour Escort. Starting at $1749 per person.

Mattie's Togs Thrift Shop

TOLLAND - Mattie's Togs Thrift Shop is currently holding a $5 a bag sale. We are bursting at the seams with our stock of both summer and winter clothing sizes preemie to 16 youth. Mattie's Tog Thrift Shop is located on the Dunn Hill side of St. Matthew Church and are open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call Billie 860-871-0260 if any questions.

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Animal Control Department survey for unlicensed dogs

TOLLAND - The Tolland Animal Control Department would like to notify residents that a survey for unlicensed dogs will be conducted. Pursuant to the Regulations of State Agencies Section 22-349-1, Animal Control Officers will be contacting residents at random beginning next month. This activity is currently underway and will conclude by May 1.

Reminder to dog owners: Dogs age six months and older are required to be licensed. Licenses are available in the Town Clerk's Office located in Town Hall during regular business hours. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday closed. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required. All dog licenses purchased from June 1, 2014 to present are considered current and owners may renew their licenses beginning in June 2015. If you no longer own or the dog is deceased, please contact 860-871-3676 to update our licensing database or send an email to animalcontrol@tolland.org including the owner's name, address and the dog's name. Be sure to include why the dog isn't licensed.

IMPORTANT: Please take note that by failing to license your dog(s) with the town each year, you are also in violation of Connecticut State Statute §22-338. This violation carries an additional penalty of $75 for each unlicensed dog owned or kept by you, should an infraction ticket is issued. Animal Control Officers are required to issue infraction tickets to those in violation of the State statute. If you have any questions regarding licensing, please contact our office at 860-871-3676.

Senior Moments Day Center offers lecture for caregivers

TOLLAND - In an effort to keep older adults in their homes; Senior Moments Day Center and Area Agency on Aging is offering education to caregivers through the following lectures:

April 29, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., John Luddy: Reverse Mortgage

May 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Atty. Laurel Mangan: Elder Care Law

Lectures will be held at Senior Moments Adult Day and Resource Center, 31 Kingsbury Ave, Tolland. Call to register at 1-800-690-6998.

Jane Penfield Pastel Workshop

TOLLAND - Tolland County Art Association is presenting a one day workshop by local pastel artist, Jane Penfield on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Rockville Fish & Game Club in Tolland. Jane will focus on the technique of underpainting to establish a solid composition and values from the very beginning. If you are interested in the basics of pastel painting, this is the workshop for you. The cost is $100 and the deadline for signing up is April 15. Call Rhea Sutter at 860-875-8978 or 860-965-1211 or by email to rhsutter1@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Tolland Memorial Day Essay Contest and Coloring Pages

TOLLAND - Tolland students can show their patriotism by taking part in the town's 2015 Memorial Day essay contest. This year's topic is "How do you show your patriotism on Memorial Day and throughout the year?"

Winners will be honored at a ceremony following Tolland's 24th annual Memorial Day Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. in the center of town on Sunday, May 24. Prizes will be awarded for grades 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8 and 9 to 12.

The contest is open to all Tolland students. Entries must be written in the form of an essay. They must be typed, double-spaced in 12-point font and be no longer than one page. They must include the student's name, address, phone number and grade.

They should be mailed no later than May 4 to Deborah Wagner, 527 Old Post Road, Tolland, CT 06084 or emailed to TollandPCC@gmail.com.

The winners will be notified before the parade and will each receive a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Tolland children can also take part in the festivities by coloring a Memorial Day page provided by the committee. The pages will be available at the Tolland Public Library in the weeks before the parade and will be sent home through the public schools. Children can bring their completed artwork to the library and receive a prize.

For more information on the essay contest, call Deborah Wagner at 860-858-5645.

Discussion about drugs and alcohol

TOLLAND - A discussion about drugs and alcohol, your child and you will be held April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Tolland High School Auditorium, 1 Eagle Hill.

The discussion will feature Founder & CEO of The Courage to Speak Foundation Ginger Katz, Connecticut State's Attorney Matthew C. Gedansky, and Johnson Memorial Hospital Doctor Neil Moynihan.

The discussion is sponsored by Tolland High School, Tolland Youth Services, Tolland Resident State Trooper's Office, and Rockville Juvenile Court's Local Interagency Service Team.

For more information, Contact Assistant Principal Margot Martello, mmartello@tolland.k12.ct.us or 860-870-6818, ext. 104.

Tolland has four new magazine subscriptions

TOLLAND - Thanks to a grant from the Tolland Public Library Foundation, library patrons can now read four magazines for free from any computer or mobile device using the Flipster digital magazine subscription service.

The Foundation has purchased four subscriptions to start: to Newsweek, US Weekly, Outside and Muse, an arts magazine for middle schoolers.

Library patrons can read the magazines online at the library, from home or anywhere using a smartphone or tablet. Just visit tolland.org, click on the library page, follow it to "login to databases" and then login into Flipster using your library card bar code. The Foundation may consider expanding the Flipster offerings in the future.

Tolland residents and library patrons should also be aware that the Foundation funds the popular Ancestry.com database for use at the library.

With funds provided from the Phoebe Dimock King and Elizabeth C. King Eaton Endowment, the Foundation has also provided the Auto Repair Reference Center, JobNow! and TumbleBooks databases for use by library patrons.

Those three databases can be accessed from home or at the library. The auto repair database offers repair advice on hundreds of vehicle makes and models. JobNow! offers expert advice on resume writing, interviewing skills and conducting job searches. TumbleBooks provides animated talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading. The database also features National Geographic stories and photos and games.

For more information or assistance, call the Tolland Public Library at 860-871-3620.

BSA Venture Crew 422 to residential electronic recycling collection

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TOLLAND - BSA Venture Crew 422 will hold a free residential electronic recycling collection event on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. until noon. The event will take place at Tolland High School, 1 Eagle Hill in Tolland. For a complete list of accepted items, go to http://www.metechrecycling.com/list. Some limited pickups available for homebound citizens. Contact Chris Grulke at 860-870-8802 for more information.

Dr. Frederick M. Daniels latest donor to Tolland 300th Anniversary

TOLLAND – Dr. Frederick M. Daniels, a longtime dentist in town, has become the latest major donor to support this year's Tolland 300th Anniversary celebration.

Daniels has made a $1,000 donation to the anniversary celebration, making him the tenth "Crandall" level sponsor of this year's anniversary events. Donors to the anniversary effort are listed at http://www.tolland300.org.

Daniels said he made the donation because he and his wife, Vicki, have lived in town for 32 years and have been active in the community. He previously served on the town council and she served on the board of education.

Daniels has been a practicing dentist in Tolland for 39 years. He began his general dental practice in the historic home at 31 Tolland Green before outgrowing the space and moving to his current location at 12 Goose Lane.

Daniels will be honored by the town council, the 300th Anniversary Committee and its partner, the Tolland Historical Society, on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers at town hall.

Drugs, Alcohol, Teens, and Truth

TOLLAND - Tolland High School in collaboration with Tolland Youth Services and Rockville Juvenile Court's Local Interagency Service Team is sponsoring a program, Drugs, Alcohol, Teens, and Truth, for families highlighting the legal, medical, and emotional ramifications of drug and alcohol use in teenagers. The program will feature a panel presentation followed by a formal question and answer session from audience members to the panelists. Connecticut State's Attorney Matthew Gedansky, Johnson Memorial Hospital Doctor Neil Moynihan, and The Courage to Speak Founder Ginger Katz will serve as the panelists.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, in the Tolland High School Auditorium. Parents are encouraged to bring their middle and high school age children. A representative from Community Health Resources will be available to provide information on drug and alcohol counseling and programming. School Resource Officer Steve Corradi will display various commonly used drugs for parents and students to view. A representative from Project Graduation will be on hand to explain how a group of parents can come together to provide a safe drug and alcohol free graduation night for students. Informational brochures and pamphlets from The Foundation for a Drug-Free World will be provided.

For more information, contact Assistant Principal Margot Martello by phone at 860-870-6818 or by email at mmartello@tolland.k12.ct.us.

Tolland Youth Garden Stewards training

TOLLAND - Being a Steward at the Tolland Youth Garden is for middle and high school age youth from Tolland area communities who are interested in gardening, healthy physical activity and being outdoors. It is a hands-on experience for youth considering careers in plant or environmental sciences, wildlife management or landscape architecture. TYG Stewards' interests and talents are put to use working in teams with adult Instructors to lead a variety of programs that help children explore the joys and benefits of gardening.

Stewards Training continues throughout the gardening season and includes field trips to the Belding Wildlife Management Area and UConn greenhouses. Stewards are eligible for certification as Junior Master Gardeners and for community service hours at area high schools. The best part of being a Steward is having fun and growing friendships.

Stewards' Training begins on Saturday, April 25, 10:15 a.m. at the Tolland Public Library on Old Post Road and ends at the Youth Garden in Crandall Park on Cider Mill Road at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact tgpyouthgarden@comcast.net or Sandie at 860-872-4830. To register, call the Tolland Library 860-871-3620.

Hockanum Valley Community Council looking for volunteers

VERNON - Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc (HVCC) is recruiting volunteers to participate in its new youth mentoring program. It has been shown that young people with mentors tend to be more successful in school and in social situations. Adults and youth will be paired for weekly encounters for a period of a year. HVCC offers training, organized activities and ongoing support.

For more information, contact Victoria Rodriguez, volunteer coordinator or Joan Cadieux, program manager at 860-872-9825.

Hockanum Valley Community Council is a partner with the Connecticut Mentoring Partnership, a program of The Governor's Prevention Partnership, established to provide leadership, advocacy, training, materials and support for mentoring programs throughout Connecticut. The Governor's Prevention Partnership is a non-profit organization. For information about mentoring, contact Roland Harmon or Sharon Mierzwa, Connecticut Mentoring Partnership, 860-523-8042, or go to http://www.preventionworksct.org.

Vernon Historical Society seeks book donations

VERNON - The Vernon Historical Society is seeking donations of books for its 2015 book sale, which will be held at the end of April and beginning of May. Donations will be accepted at the museum at 734 Hartford Turnpike on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. and on the second Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m.

The historical society is also open on book sorting days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Books may also be dropped off at Crystal Blue Print, 21 West Main St., during business hours.

All books, except encyclopedias, will be accepted, as well as DVDs CDs, video tapes and books on tape. For information and to have donations picked up, call 860-875-4326.

Vernon town wide tag sale

VERNON - The Tolland County Chamber of Commerce will be holding the Vernon Town Wide Tag Sale, Saturday, April 25. Registration forms are available at the chamber office, 30 Lafayette Square, Vernon. The fee to participate in this event is $20.

For more information contact the chamber office at 860-872-0587.

Tag Sale Rent-a-space tag sale

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VERNON - Trinity Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Route 30 and Meadowlark Road in Vernon, is renting spaces for the Vernon Town Wide Tag Sale to be held rain or shine on Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Large lawn spaces available for $25. Contact the church at 860-875-2170 or trinity.lutheran@sbcglobal.net.

Cupcake Extravaganza returns to Rockville High

VERNON - Cupcake Extravaganza" which will be held at Rockville High School, April 23, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and entitle the ticket holder to select four gourmet and/or novelty cupcakes. Tickets are available at the door or by contacting lori.gilmore@vernonct.org.

This is the fourth year of the Extravaganza, which is a family event open to the community. In addition to cupcakes, raffle prizes, photos, and decorate your own cupcakes will be offered. Additionally there will be music and art displays. Students, along with teachers, social workers, the school principal, and the school resource officer honed their skills as well as worked side by side to prepare for the upcoming event.

With 38 flavors to choose from, the hardest part will be deciding which cupcakes to select. All proceeds will be donated to charity.

2015 Hazardous Waste collection dates

VERNON - Vernon residents may dispose of hazardous waste at the Olcott Street facility in Manchester. The collection dates for 2015 are April 25, May 9, Sept. 12 and 26 and Oct. 17. In addition, there will be a hazardous waste collection at Somers High School on Oct. 10. All collections are held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The drop-off is free to town residents but the town is billed $43 per participating vehicle, therefore, it is requested that residents bring as many hazardous materials as possible to the collection site, possibly car-pooling with neighbors.

The following items will not be accepted: asbestos, smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks, explosives, and fire extinguishers. Motor oil and antifreeze may be disposed of at the Transfer Station at no charge to Vernon residents.

State of Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act tax credit program

VERNON - The Town of Vernon is accepting applications for the 2015 State of Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) tax credit program. Applications from eligible tax-exempt agencies should be submitted to the Town by April 24. For information, contact Vernon Social Services at 860-870-3661, fax 860-870-3564 or visit State Department of Revenue Services (DRS) at http://www.ct.gov/drs and search on NAA 2015.

April Paint Night

VERNON - Enjoy a fun night out on Thursday, April 23, from 7 - 9 p.m., at Vernon Community Arts Center, 709 Hartford Turnpike, as artist Vic Avallone guides you step-by-step in the creation of Lotus, a finished painting you can be proud of. All materials provided. Just bring yourself and a friend. Fee is $35 (Includes paints, canvas, easel, brushes and refreshments.)

Visit vernonarts.org to register or call 860-871-8222 for more information.

Gene Pitney Commemorative Golf Tournament

ROCKVILLE - The Gene Pitney Commemorative Committee will be holding their 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 2, at Cedar Knob Golf Course in Somers, to benefit the scholarship and music fund. The $100 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart fee, buffet dinner, plus a chance at 3 separate hole-in-one prizes including a 2015 Ford Fusion from Ray Seraphin Ford, a Classic Jukebox from New England Jukebox and Amusements, and a set of tailor made irons from Golfer's Warehouse. Additional prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, lowest score, will be awarded in addition to many raffle prizes. To sign up go to http://www.tournevents.com/gpcc or contact Emily at 860-716-2942.

Proceeds benefit the Gene Pitney Scholarship and Music Education Fund. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Rockville High School senior and a $1,000 scholarship to a Somers High School senior.

Spare Some Time Bowl-A-Thon for Child Abuse Prevention

VERNON - KIDSAFE CT is holding its annual "Spare Some Time" Bowl-A-Thon for Child Abuse Prevention on April 25, from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Spare Time, Route 83 in Vernon. For $45 minimum in pledges per bowler, you will receive 3 hours of bowling including shoe rental, pizza, soda and the opportunity to win fabulous prizes and have a great time.

Form your own team of children and adults or be assigned to one. If you prefer, three different levels of sponsorship are available which include a banner advertising your business hanging at Spare Time for one month. You can also participate by donating a raffle prize. Call Robin at 860-872-1918 for more information and registration forms.

Friends of the Rockville Public Library monthly meeting

VERNON - The Friends of the Rockville Public Library will hold their next monthly meeting on Thursday, May 7, at 12 p.m. at the Rockville Public Library, 52 Union St., in the Community/Board Room. At this meeting, the Friends will welcome guest speaker, Probate Judge, Hon. O. James Purnell, as he presents probate information to the group. Come and join us for this educational meeting.

If you have any questions or would like more information, call the library at 860-875-5892, ext.100.

April Fair and tag sale

ROCKVILLE – The April Fair and tag sale will be held at the Florence Mill Apartments, 121 West Main St. Event will feature baked goods, clothing, linens, kitchen & household items, jewelry, tapes/cassettes. Coffee and donuts will be sold from 8-10 a.m. Hot dogs will be served for lunch from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information, call Marilyn at 860-871-0349.

Basic Internet Class

VERNON - Do you get confused when you navigate the Internet? Would you like help with learning the basics? If the answer is yes, then sign up for our Basic Internet Class at the Rockville Public Library, 52 Union St. The class will be held on Thursday, April 30, at 2 p.m. Class size is limited. Sign up in advance by calling the Adult Circulation Desk at 860-875-5892, ext. 100.

News from Vernon Public Works

VERNON - Sweeping Program - The Vernon Public Works Department's annual sweeping program will soon begin. Residents and business owners are required to sweep sand from their sidewalks, driveways, and handicapped ramps (if applicable) into the gutterline in long rows. Sand should not be swept into piles as it retains moisture and is difficult for our sweeper to collect. If it is necessary for residents to park on the street, we ask that vehicles be moved when the sweeper and crews are in the vicinity.

Yard Waste - Yard waste is not collected curbside and cannot be disposed of in either the refuse or recycling carts. Residents are allowed to bring small amounts of brush as well as one bag of tree trimmings, twigs, weeds, pinecones and pine needles to the Transfer Station on a weekly basis. Larger amounts of yard waste will require a permit and punchcard.

Grass Clippings - Under the State Public Act #98-99 (effective Jan. 1, 1999), grass clippings are no longer accepted at any resource recovery facility or solid waste facility in Connecticut. The Department of Environmental Protection suggests that residents recycle or compost their grass clippings. Leaving grass clippings on the lawn reduces watering, thatching, and applying fertilizers. Composting is layering various vegetative wastes, including the grass clippings, kitchen scraps and other yard trimmings in home compost bins to produce mulch, which can be used in gardens and around shrubs.

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Leaf Bins - Bins are for leaves only. No grass clippings or brush are allowed. Contamination caused by disposal of any other type of yard waste or debris will result in the area being shut down. Please remove the container used to transport leaves. Plastic bags can be left in the trash barrel provided. Lawn-sized paper bags are recyclable and do not need to be emptied. The Nye Street Firehouse bin will be open for spring cleanup.

Mulch - This is available to Vernon residents free of charge. Proof of residency is required. A permit and punchard are not required. The Public Works Department will deliver 4 cubic yards of mulch (if available) for $60. Please call the office at 860-870-3500 for more information.

Preschool registration

VERNON - Applications are available for the 2015-2016 Rockville High Preschool Program for Vernon and nearby community residents. The program meets on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings (9:30-11:30 a.m.), November through May. The fee for the year is $160, payable in two installments. The young students will enhance their social and emotional development while increasing their cognitive skills. Help prepare your child for their life of learning by sending them to preschool.

Children must be3 years old by December 2015 and toilet trained. Parents/guardians provide transportation to and from school. Please call 860-870-6050, ext.126 for more information about the nursery school or to leave an address for an application and information to be mailed. You may also access information and an application on the Rockville High School website, click on the "Community" tab and then RHS Nursery School.

Vernon Senior Center news

VERNON - Vernon Senior Center, 26 Park Place, offers the following programs and trips. Call the center at 860-870-3680 for more information and to sign up.

Chair Yoga with Toby will begin again Monday, April 27, at 1 p.m. and will run for 6-weeks. Space is limited! Payment due at sign-up. Cost is $20 for Vernon Residents, $25 for non-residents.

Do you have a birthday in January, February, March or April?? Stop by for our Birthday Celebration on Monday, April 27, at 2 p.m. We will have cake and other birthday festivities! Even if you don't have a birthday, please stop by to wish your fellow seniors "Happy Birthday!". This event is free.

Senior Exercise with Karen will begin again on Monday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m. and will run for 6 – weeks. Cost is $10 for Vernon Residents, 15 for non-residents. Payment due at sign up.

An Acrylic Art Class will begin Monday, May 4th from 10:00am – noon. The class will run for six weeks. Cost is $20 for Vernon Residents, $25 for non-residents. Payment due at sign up.

The informational meeting for the October Trip to Bethlehem, Reading & Lancaster Pennsylvania for the "Joseph" show will be held on Tuesday, May 2,at 10:30am. A representative of Tours of Distinction will provide a detailed itinerary of the trip. Call to sign up for this informational meeting.

An Acrylic Art Class will begin Monday, May 4, from 10 a.m. - noon. The class will run for six weeks. Cost is $20 for Vernon residents, $25 for non-residents. Payment due at sign up.

Trips:

'Kinky Boots' at the Bushnell – Saturday, June 27, 2 p.m. showtime, Mortensen Hall. Charlie has suddenly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he's meant to be. – Mezzanine Tickets $43 per person. Seats are limited. Payment due at signup.

Pacific Coastal Cruise Aboard the Jewel of the Seas with Vancouver Overnight – Sept. 17-26, 2015. Enjoy the ultimate "at sea" experience with the Jewel of the Sea. Stops include: Victoria BC, Astoria OR, San Francisco, Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles. Interior Room - $1899 per person, Oceanview - $1979 per person, Oceanview w/ Balcony - $2279 per person. Prices include: round trip airport transfers, Round trip airfare; pre-stay in Vancouver with hotel, city tour and two meals; 8 – night cruise with all meals, activities and, entertainment aboard; port and departure taxes; trip cancellation insurance; and porterage of 1 bag per person. For more information call 860-870-3593.

"Joseph" – Sands Casino – American Treasure Tour – Chalk Talk – Oct. 12-14. First stop is Bethlehem, Penn., and the beautiful Sands Casino. The hotel is the Crowne Plaza in Reading, Penn. Enjoy wine, dinner and a musical comedy show! Day 2 begins with a full breakfast and a day in Lancaster County. You will travel to the Barnyard Art Studio & Gallery in Lititz, Penn., for a program called Chalk Talk. You will also visit Kitchen Kettle Shopping Village. In the afternoon you will take your seats in the Millennium Theater for "Joseph". Joseph is a classic Biblical Story of truth, integrity and forgiveness, Joseph is a powerful show, an amazing story you simply must see! Before you depart on Day 3 you will visit the American Treasure Tour. $479 per person double, $459 per person triple,$559 per person single. *Informational Meeting Tuesday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m.* Stop by the center for more information and/or to sign up!

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