Community newspapering

Last week we changed the way we deliver our news content, in print and online, to the readers of The Easton Courier, The Redding Pilot and The Weston Forum. Readers of The Easton Courier, The Redding Pilot and The Weston Forum will continue receive their newspapers every week, as they always have, in mailboxes and on newsstands. The changes involved consolidation of several facets of our operations in those markets, including editorial, production, printing, mailing of newspapers, and distribution of content to the web and our social media platforms. Our goal with these changes is to continue to serve these … Read more

EDITORIAL: Resolutions

It seems like only yesterday we were saying goodbye to 2016 and hopeful for a new vibe for 2017. Instead, 2017 seems to have continued to be a constant battle of “You’re either with me, or against me,” at least if you pay attention to social media or three quarters of the news. Switch it off However, there is obviously much more to life than what pops up on little or big screens — and if there isn’t, that is definitely a resolution we need to make. So many of us are addicted to a 24-hour feed of technology, as … Read more

Editorial: At long last, it’s Christmas

North Street in Easton around midnight on the evening of the season’s first snowfall saw this serene scene. — Shannon Calvert photo

Not only does it look a lot like Christmas, but in fact the long-awaited day is here. It’s a time many of us are looking forward to. But it’s also a sad time for those who have lost loved ones or yearn for past, happier times. We delight in seeing family members we haven’t seen in months or years. We remember past Christmases and all the excitement that accompanied them. We sing Christmas carols, sometimes in the streets for all of our neighbors to hear. A few of us may bemoan having heard too many holiday tunes in stores and … Read more

LETTER: Town of Easton, or kingdom?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: As a 20-year Easton homeowner whose children have participated in various Park and Recreation programs, I have been concerned by the recent creation of the Board of Selectmen Park and Recreation Department Review subcommittee by Easton’s First Selectman Adam Dunsby. Dunsby is also representative of the 135th Congressional District of Easton, Redding and Weston. My concerns of the actual first selectman’s statutory roles and responsibilities (state statute 7-12a) were presented at the “subcommittee” meetings. I requested this be added to the Dec. 11 Park and Recreation Commission meeting minutes. CGA  Statute Sec. 7-12a. First selectman to be … Read more

EDITORIAL: Stepping up to protect Mother Earth

Connecticut’s lawmakers removed $5 million for open space acquisition from the state’s 2017-18 budget. In the face of federal and state budget cuts and the loosening of environmental policies, it’s up to local groups like Aspetuck Land Trust and its 1,000-plus members to “drive the bus” of local land conservation to preserve more land. The land trust is asking community members to help by increasing their gifts by Dec. 31 or by becoming a first-time member. To sweeten the deal, the land trust is offering a denim cap to the first 50 current or new members who make a donation. … Read more

EDITORIAL: No more school shootings

Memorials sprang up in Sandy Hook Center following the mass shooting on Dec. 14, 2012. — Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Today, Dec. 14, marks the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children and eight adults were killed on that unspeakable day in Newtown, including the 20-year-old shooter’s mother and his own suicide after carrying out mass mayhem. The day of terror radically transformed the way schools educate children and respond to safety threats across the nation. Lockdowns, active-shooter training and school security have become a fearsome but necessary part of life for children and adults alike. Words can’t express the extent to which Dec. 14, 2012, disrupted the lives of the families who lost … Read more

EDITORIAL: Keeping the holidays safe and bright

A little bit of caution will save a whole lot of trouble and keep you and family safe, happy and healthy this holiday season. United Illuminating and Eversource offer tips to keep Christmas, Hanukah and New Year’s Eve the most merry time of the year. Make sure to use lights that have been safety tested and are appropriate for the way they’ll be used. Ensure that lights placed outside are labeled for outdoor use in cold weather. Check all lights, especially older ones, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard any damaged sets. Inspect … Read more

EDITORIAL: Keeping the holidays safe and bright

Ui and Eversource offer tips on safe and efficient use of holiday lights.

A little bit of caution will save a whole lot of trouble and keep you and family safe, happy and healthy this holiday season. United Illuminating and Eversource offer tips to keep Christmas, Hanukah and New Year’s Eve the most merry time of the year. Make sure to use lights that have been safety tested and are appropriate for the way they’ll be used. Ensure that lights placed outside are labeled for outdoor use in cold weather. Check all lights, especially older ones, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard any damaged sets. Inspect … Read more

Celebrating Hanukah

The menorah at Redding Town Hall. — Alice Smith photo

Beginning on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 12, and ending on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 20, Jewish people all over the world will be celebrating Hanukah. Hanukah, also known as the Jewish Festival of Lights, lasts eight days. Jews celebrate Hanukah to commemorate the Miracle of the Oil. According to the story of Hanukah, several thousand years ago, the Jewish people living in the Roman province of Judea fought the Greeks, who wanted the Jewish people to worship Greek gods. The Greeks had defiled the Jerusalem temple. The Jews won the battle against the Greeks, and to celebrate, they … Read more

EDITORIAL: Bright lights in Easton

Santa was on hand for the festivities. — Bryan Haeffele archive photo

The magic has begun. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, shoppers started making the annual trek to Easton, the unofficial Christmas tree capital of Connecticut. The abundant tree farms and festive activities draw buyers from the tri-state area. The weekend of Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, are full of a dizzying display of family-friendly activities, with more in the weeks to come. Helen Keller Middle School will serve up its 44th annual pancake breakfast on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 2, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria, a tradition for generations of Eastonites. After the pancake breakfast, … Read more

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