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PACs Pumping Money Into Connecticut Governor's Race

PACs Pumping Money Into Connecticut Governor's Race

Working Families For Connecticut is the latest PAC to weigh in on the gubernatorial race, with expenses incurred to canvas on behalf of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and funding coming from the Service Employees International Union.

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Black Drivers in Connecticut Stopped by Police Disproportionately, New Study Shows

Black Drivers in Connecticut Stopped by Police Disproportionately, New Study Shows

Black drivers in Connecticut are being stopped by police at a rate almost twice that of their percentage of the state’s population, a new 500-page study shows.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Thrillest.com Gives Connecticut Poor Craft Beer Ranking; Huh? Heresy!

Thrillest.com Gives Connecticut Poor Craft Beer Ranking; Huh? Heresy!

On a recent ranking Connecticut was listed as the 39th best beer drinking state. We explain why that low ranking is oh-so-very wrong

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Smoke Box in Hamden: Authentic BBQ Arrives in Greater New Haven

Smoke Box in Hamden: Authentic BBQ Arrives in Greater New Haven

Smokebox has become a sought after lunch destination thanks to its smoky slow cooked meat forward lunch box approach to barbecue.

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Connecticut Politics

by Jennifer Swift
Foley Ad Showing Malloy in Newtown on Day of Shooting Sparks Controversy

Foley Ad Showing Malloy in Newtown on Day of Shooting Sparks Controversy

The Connecticut Democratic Party called a digital ad criticizing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy put out by his gubernatorial opponent “out of bounds” and asked that it be taken down.

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Greenberg Ad Cites Dysfunction; Esty Stays on Veterans Theme in 5th District Race

Greenberg Ad Cites Dysfunction; Esty Stays on Veterans Theme in 5th District Race

Our campaign wanted to give you an opportunity to see Mark's new television ad "Barking Dogs" which highlights the partisan gridlock in Washington and shows why Mark will bring the new leadership to Washington that can get things done!" That's the opening of an email...

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Arts & Entertainment

‘Welcome to New York’ Film a Big Break for Connecticut Actress

‘Welcome to New York’ Film a Big Break for Connecticut Actress

Shown at the Cannes Film Festival, “Welcome to New York” has special meaning for Connecticut actress Anna Lakomy, who plays Gerard Depardieu's assistant.

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Montgomery Gentry Plays Mohegan Sun Sept. 26 in MADD Benefit

Montgomery Gentry Plays Mohegan Sun Sept. 26 in MADD Benefit

Country duo Montgomery Gentry has helped fuel a country music revolution on radio airwaves. They talk with us about their upcoming Connecticut show and their new album.

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Great Places to work 2014

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Style & Shopping

Oriental Rugs as Essential Style: Woodbury Shop Marks 10th Anniversary

Oriental Rugs as Essential Style: Woodbury Shop Marks 10th Anniversary

Karen Reddington-Hughes didn’t start out wanting to be an Oriental rug specialist, but for 10 years she has been very successful at it.

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Former Revlon Model Now Runs Antiques Shop in Litchfield County

Former Revlon Model Now Runs Antiques Shop in Litchfield County

It’s a long way from Madison Avenue to Main Street, Winsted. But then again, for Carol Morgan, the transition from sought-after television and print model in New York City to proprietor of antiques stores was a smooth one.

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Health & Wellness

New Mental Health Website Created by Young People for Young People in Connecticut

New Mental Health Website Created by Young People for Young People in Connecticut

TurningPointCT.org is a new website funded by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for young people who struggle with mental health and addiction.

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'Little Heart Hero Day' Supports Children with Congenital Heart Defects

'Little Heart Hero Day' Supports Children with Congenital Heart Defects

"Little Heart Hero Day" will offer up fun and support for children with congenital heart defects and their families on Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Elks Lodge in Branford.

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History

Haunted Castle in Millbrook, N.Y., Open for Tours; B&B Has Dungeon Room

Haunted Castle in Millbrook, N.Y., Open for Tours; B&B Has Dungeon Room

The unique Wing’s Castle in Millbrook, N.Y., the brainchild of artists Peter and Toni Ann Wing, is open for tours from noon to 4 p.m. on weekends through the fall.

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Maritime Heritage Festival Includes Great New London Chowder Challenge

Maritime Heritage Festival Includes Great New London Chowder Challenge

The sailing ships of yesteryear return to New London Sept. 11 to 13 for the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival, a celebration of the state’s storied seafaring history.

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Education

Yale's Tax Exempt New Haven Property Assessed at $2.5 Billion

Yale's Tax Exempt New Haven Property Assessed at $2.5 Billion

ale University, a premier, world-renowned research institution, takes up large portions of downtown, and doesn’t pay taxes on its dorms, classrooms, libraries, research labs or the grassy oases inside the residential quads.

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WCSU's $97 Million Danbury Visual and Performing Arts Center to Open

WCSU's $97 Million Danbury Visual and Performing Arts Center to Open

A stunning concert hall and theater crown the new home of Western Connecticut State University's School of Visual and Performing Arts.

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Make your Own Candle at Windsor Historical Society and Build a House During February Vacation Week

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Feb 18, 2013 to Feb 22, 2013
10:00 am until 1:00 pm

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

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Make your Own Candle at Windsor Historical Society and Build a House During February Vacation Week

Tired of dark days and looking for something fun to do with your children or grandchildren during February vacation?  From Monday, February 18th, through Friday, February 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., join us at the Windsor Historical Society’s Hands-On-History Learning Center and make your very own hand-dipped paraffin candle to take home.  Different colors for dipping make each candle unique.  The Hands-On-History Learning Center, where children can try on reproduction colonial clothing, try out a child-sized rope bed, or “milk” Flavia the cow, can be enjoyed at the same time. Also on view in the Learning Center is Building Bridges, an exhibition of artworks created by Windsor High School students inspired by Windsor’s historic architecture.  When you’re finished candle-dipping and are looking for another fun family activity, craft your own model of a house or freeform artwork. Using the examples provided by the Windsor High School Pre-AP Art Students in their exhibition, families can use toothpicks and marshmallows to create their own three-dimensional art. Cost for this program is $10 per family; or $5 per adult, $4 for seniors, $3 for children, and $2 for members.  A parent or guardian must accompany their children.

Candles are largely decorative today but have been used as a light source for thousands of years.  The ancient Egyptians and Romans used candles.  In the middle ages, tallow (fat from cows and sheep) was saved and used for candles which were smoky and smelly.  Chandlers or candle –makers would go from household to household, trading for tallow to make their candles.  Beeswax was also used in the middle ages to make a candle which burned brightly and with a sweet scent, but it was rare and expensive.  In the late 18th century, clean-burning whale oil candles began to replace the old-fashioned and smoky tallow candles and in the 1850’s, paraffin, a by-product of petroleum, became the candle-making material of choice.   Very soon, the kerosene lamp and the light bulb (invented in 1879) would begin to put candles out of business.   By making a candle the old fashioned way, you’ll be participating in a time-honored tradition.  

The Windsor Historical Society, founded in 1921, invites visitors to explore the people, places, and events that have shaped Windsor for over 375 years.  The Society’s museum includes changing and permanent exhibition galleries; a hands-on-history learning center for families; a research library and manuscript collection housing Windsor photographs, documents, ephemera, and genealogical materials; a museum gift shop and two historic houses open to the public:  the 1758 John and Sarah Strong House and the 1767 Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House. 

The Windsor Historical Society is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  General admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free to children under 12 and Society members.  Call (860) 688-3813 or visit us on the web at http://windsorhistoricalsociety.org  for directions to the Society and more information about programs.  To receive e-reminders for public programs, please send your e-mail address to jalberti@windsorhistoricalsociety.org.

Cost $10/family; $5/adult;$4/senior; $3/children; $2/Society members.
Location

Windsor Historical Society
96 Palisado Avenue
Windsor, CT
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