Habitat for Humanity teams with Pollinator Pathways

With the help of Pollinator Pathways, Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is planting chemical- free gardens at the Restore and Housatonic built homes.

With the help of Pollinator Pathways, Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is planting chemical- free gardens at the Restore and Housatonic built homes.

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CORNWALL — With the help of Pollinator Pathways, Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is planting chemical- free gardens at the Restore and Housatonic built homes, according to a statement.

Fran Normann, Housatonic Habitat’s Executive Director, has been dreaming and scheming of how to celebrate Earthday by planting a powerful message in the hearts and minds of the community about the importance of green and sustainable solutions,

“Our message has always been green so we reached out for a little help from our friend Louise Washer of The Pollinator Pathway Northeast Steering Committee that encourages homeowners and businesses to restore pollinator habitats by planting native plants, eliminating pesticides and rescuing lawns,” Norman said

Master Gardener Karen Boshka helped create Housatonic Habitat pollinator gardens. Together, with a team of Habitat volunteers, the first pollinator garden was planted outside Habitat’s ReStore in Danbury.

“Since we often put in lawns at our homes, I thought that creating pollinator gardens without chemicals, watering, ongoing maintenance of traditional gardens would be cost effective and sustainable,” Norman said.

Normann talked to the Homeowners Association of New Preston, where a neighborhood of Housatonic Habitat homes are being built. Instead of mowing a field, they could plant a pollinator garden or a field of wildflowers with less maintenance and sustainable beauty.

“And you can do it too, outside your window or in your backyard,” said Washer. “Pollinator Pathways are simply pesticide-free corridors of native plants that provide nutrition and a habitat for pollinators…and even the smallest of available green spaces like flower boxes and pots can be a part of the pathway. We encourage homeowners to rethink, reinvent their lawns… mow higher and less often, reduce the size by adding shrubs and trees. Leave some bare ground and dead wood for nesting native bees and autumn leaves for overwintering eggs. And you’ll be a Pollinator gardener.”

For more information and to participate, contact info@housatonichabitat.org or info@pollinator-pathway.org

Dunkin’ to hold ribbon cutting at updated location

TORRINGTON — To celebrate the newly remodeled 1276 E. Main Street location, local town officials will join Dunkin’s mascot, Cuppy, and Dunkin’ team members for a ribbon cutting ceremony and a $5,000 check presentation to Brooker Memorial, at 10 a.m. Saturday at 1276 East Main St. Torrington Mayor Elinor Carbone and Director of Economic Development Rista Malanca are expected to attend.

Dunkin’ will have a VIP card giveaway, which will allow guests to grab a $2 medium hot or iced coffee through Jan. 5.

Brooker Memorial is a non-profit community organization established in 1918. Early programs included housing for local nurses, a day nursery, orphanage, and playground for children. Current programs continue in the tradition of service to children, including licensed childcare for children up through the third grade, pediatric dentistry, children’s therapy, and community partner programs.

Virtual Family Day at OWL

Virtual Family Day, with a Gingerbread Decorating Contest & Special Performer: Happy Birds, will be held on Zoom with the Oliver Wolcott Library at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 12. The event is for all ages.

The Family Gingerbread Decorating Contest with special community judges starts at 11:30 a.m. Families will have the option to register for Option A: a gingerbread house kit with pre-baked walls and roof, plus prepared royal icing, and assorted candy decorations OR if you love to bake together and want more options for decorating you can choose Option B: a package of gingerbread mix with a gingerbread man cookie cutter. The two choices will be judged separately. We can’t wait to see where your imaginations take you.

Beginning Dec. 7, families can pick up gingerbread materials Curbside at OWL and get baking/decorating! Special prizes will be awarded to the winners. One entry per family.

A virtual show features a group of talented birds, “Happy Birds,” that perform adorable feats and tricks. Located in the Bay Area of California, we are so lucky to have the opportunity to see this exciting and fun virtual performance in our cold corner of Connecticut. Happy Holidays!

To register for this event, go to owlibrary.org and click on Programs & Events - Children’s.

Bar foundation holding essay contest

The Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows program is holding its 21st annual Quintin Johnstone Statewide High School Essay Contest. The contest is open to high school students at all public and private schools statewide and invites students to prepare an essay on a timely topic in the law that is relevant to students. The Fellows award the contest winner and two runners-up cash prizes of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. T

his year’s topic, “Imitation or Intimidation,” asks students to consider whether similar art projects, with very different messages, involve the allowable use of imitation or if the message in one is a form of intimidation in violation of school district policy. Submissions are evaluated by panels that include state and federal judges, law school professors and practicing attorneys. Further information on the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Quintin Johnstone Essay Contest can be found on the Foundation’s website, www.ctbarfdn.org. The deadline for entries is Feb. 22, 2021.

The Essay Contest Award Ceremony is usually held at the Connecticut Supreme Court. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, special video tributes to the 2019-20 winners were recorded by Supreme Court Senior Justice Christine Vertefeuille, 2019-20 James W. Cooper Fellows Chair, Daniel A. Schwartz, of the law firm Shipman and Goodwin, and CBF Executive Director Natalie S. Wagner. The videos are available on the Connecticut Bar Foundation’s website at www.ctbarfdn.org/