“Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is approving the release of $24.5 million in state grants for 60 small towns in Connecticut that will be used to complete a wide variety of infrastructure improvements, such as road safety reconstruction projects, sewer and drainage upgrades, sidewalk and pedestrian safety enhancements, recreational facility upgrades, and other kinds of capital improvement projects.
The grants are provided through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP), a state program managed by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) that delivers grants to small towns for economic development, community conservation, and quality-of-life capital projects.” – 9/29/23 Press Release
Eastford: $156,616 in state funding is approved for the town parking lots and playground resurfacing and paving. This will be matched by $39,154 in town funds.
Read the full press release HERE.
“Connecticut State Parks are a huge part of our state’s quality of life and a big reason why people are choosing to move to Connecticut, and we want to make sure people have all of the information they need to visit them,” Governor Lamont said. “These beautiful places, which offer residents and visitors an unparalleled recreation experience and provide significant economic benefits to our cities and towns, deserve a website befitting their value. CTParks.com is the latest way we’re helping to connect residents with their Connecticut State Parks.”
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According to a press release from September 14th – “Beginning on October 2, Connecticut residents who want to receive an ArrayRx discount card can fill out the form that is available online at arrayrxcard.com. A valid physical Connecticut address and e-mail address are required to enroll. The card will be provided to consumers digitally via e-mail and can be downloaded to smartphone wallets. It is anticipated that the card can be used at approximately 98% of pharmacies in Connecticut.”
Read the full press release HERE.
More information on the discount card and program can be found HERE.
National Preparedness Month 2023 Theme: “Take Control in 1, 2, 3”
This theme empowers everyone, especially older adults, to –
1) Assess their needs
2) Make a plan
3) Engage their support network to stay safe when disaster strikes
In a press release from September 5, 2023, Governor Lamont reminded residents of the important steps they can take to protect themselves in the event of an emergency, including making an emergency plan and an emergency kit. The Governor also encouraged residents to download the State’s CTPrepares app for more emergency preparedness tips.
You can read the full press release HERE.
Today in 1861, Eastford’s Nathaniel Lyon – a little-known figure the day before – instantly became one of the most celebrated figures in the United States when he was shot in the chest at Wilson’s Creek, Missouri, making him the first Union General to die in the Civil War.
Lyon’s death came as the mounted commander rallied Iowa troops against a much larger Confederate force. It was the kind of death one expects the Connecticut-born Lyon would have wanted. A West Point graduate and soldiers’ soldier, he had received three promotions for gallantry during the Mexican War, been a ruthless Indian fighter in Florida and California, and had recently been elevated to general for his actions protecting the federal arsenal at Saint Louis. A fearless commander with a fiery temper, Lyon’s aggressive military tactics have been credited with keeping Missouri from joining the southern cause.
News of Lyon’s heroic battlefield death, coming in the wake of the Union’s recent shameful rout at Bull Run, was seized upon by press and politicians alike, for it gave the north a much-needed cause for honorable mourning. As plans were made to return Lyon’s body to his native Connecticut, city after city planned solemn commemorations. Saint Louis, houses draped in mourning, provided an “immense” military escort. In Cincinnati, Lyon lay in state, protected by a military honor guard. At Pittsburgh, and again in Philadelphia, hundreds of soldiers met the casket and accompanied it through town. In New York, Lyon again lay in state – in the Governor’s Room of City Hall – and was visited by more than 15,000 mourners. There, too, a rosewood-painted metal casket replaced the wooden one that had been “considerably shattered” in transit.
In Hartford, though it rained “as if the gates of Heaven had broken loose”, a huge procession accompanied Lyon’s body from Union Station to the (Old) State House, where it lay overnight in the Senate Chamber. The next day a special train transported Lyon’s corpse to Willimantic. From there, over 300 wagons carried the funeral contingent 12 miles to Eastford. People young and old lined the roads and bells tolled solemnly as the three-mile-long wagon train inched towards Lyon’s birth town. Nearing Eastford after dark, they found the road into town illuminated with “myriads of lights, candles, lanterns, and rushes.” Minute guns sounded, church bells tolled and the procession played the “Dead March in Saul” as the body was placed in the Congregational church.
Lyon’s funeral services, held outdoors the next day, were attended by 20,000 people. His pallbearers included the governors of Connecticut and Rhode Island and two army generals. Orators included the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Gerusha Grow of Pennsylvania, a former Ashford native, Governors Buckingham (CT) and Sprague (RI) and many other dignitaries, whose solemn and patriotic remembrances filled the day. Late in the afternoon, the procession made its final journey to the small Phoenixville Cemetery. At 5:00pm on September 5th, as soldiers ringed the grave and thousands lined the hills, cannons and muskets volleyed and the band played “Auld Lang Syne,” Nathaniel Lyon’s life journey ended.
“Nathaniel Lyon, though slain, will live forever in the memory of his countrymen,” Speaker Grow had proclaimed. “His body is interred in his native soil, his monument is the granite hills, and his headstone a nation’s grief.”
This story is taken from Walter W. Woodward’s column “From the State Historian” in the Spring 2011 issue of Connecticut Explored magazine. Subscribe at ctexplored.org.
If you are exposed to high temperatures and humidity for too long, you sweat heavily, and don’t drink enough fluids, your natural cooling system may fail. The result may be a heat-related illness.
Heat-related illnesses include:
Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms-usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs-that may occur in association with strenous activity. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion. If you have heart problems or are on a low-sodium diet, seek medical attention for heat cramps.
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heart-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Elderly people and those with high blood pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment are most prone to heat exhaustion.
Heat stroke is the most serious-heart related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106 degrees or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.
For more information go to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: Extreme Heat, http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/
The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection offers the following tips during extreme high temperatures:
- Slow down, and avoid strenuous activity.
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.
- Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. They can actually dehydrate your body.
- Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.
- Stay indoors as much as possible.
- If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.
- Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.
- Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent
- Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.
- Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
- Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure pets have plenty of drinking water.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors regularly.
The Eastford Office of Emergency Management hosted Field Day on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at the Town Hall parking lot.
A working amateur radio station was operated by Eastford resident and amateur radio operator Bernard Dubb, KB1DGY. This was a real-world demonstration of operations under emergency conditions. The public was invited to visit and learn more about amateur radio and its role as part of Eastford Emergency Management operations.
For more information on Field Day visit: http://www.arrl.org/ares