Friday, June 23, 2017

The Old Farmer's Almanac - Summer drinks, picnic food, aphid control

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June 23, 2017


bee on chive blossom
O fields in June's fair verdure drest,
And vocal now with birds and bees
–Henry Stevenson Washburn (1813–1903)

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Special Breakfast

This Stuffed French Toast makes a hearty breakfast with protein and fruit filling! Mix it up for a special morning!

Tree of Life 16" Light-Reflective Wall Art

Each piece is handcrafted with an exclusive 7-step color infusion process. The resulting finish is very deep and radiant. Hang indoors or outdoors. “The photo doesn’t show how mesmerizing it really is. I put one in my shop and I catch a glimpse of customers staring at it, moving a little as if they just can’t understand how the tree is so…beautiful.” - Lisa S.

Picnic Food Ideas

Enjoy these summer picnic food recipes to help you prepare for the perfect picnic! 

All That Jazz! Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, July 14 - 16

Jazz!  An original American art form developed from the improvisational fusion of blues, ragtime, spiritual and brass band music in the late 1800's.  It was first recorded in 1917 on primitive equipment that failed to capture the true character of the music.

Today, we can enjoy the many facets of the genre in high fidelity almost anywhere in the world, at any time.  Nothing, however, can substitute for the the experience of hearing and seeing jazz performed live in concert.

This year marks the 26th annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, conceived by jazz bassist, Paul Brown.  Held in America's oldest public park, Bushnell Park, it is open to the public and free of charge.  This is the place to be for one weekend every year, in July.

Generosity And Kindness Place 1st at Car Show, WCNX Radio Leads the Way

Co-written by Editor William Boylan and Staff Writer Brian E. Clark

The 20th Annual Car Cruise on Main Street, Middletown had everything one who attends car shows would expect; cool cars, great food and awesome music.  But this year’s car show on Main Street had extraordinary act of kindness that isn’t typically found at a car show.

WCNX Radio* has been a  car show staple since its inception in 2007.  Every year since, WCNX could be found in the same spot; the gazebo at the South Green doing what it has always done; playing great music, and giving away beach balls and rubber ducks to the children that stopped by.

WCNX  is owned & operated by Judy & John Clark, who have a reputation for helping those who have suffered tragic losses, particularly children.

Though happening 15 days prior to the Car Show, the death of Steven Detoro of Portland was still fresh in the minds of city residents.  For those that knew Steven, the thought of his family having to go on without him was unthinkable.

In and effort to help, friends of Steven and his family began a Go Fund Me campaign.  At the start of the Car Show, the Go Fund Me campaign had raised $17,120.  More was needed for his wife and 4 children.

WCNX Radio, along with Steven’s friends, Councilman Deb Kleckowski, Lindsay Fralick, the Fillmore family Don, Kathy (Frazier), Alex, and Sammi, erected posters and artwork of and about Steven, along with an empty Poland Spring Jug for donations.

Car Show participants and spectators were very generous.  At the end of 4 hours, they raised $410; a great help to the Detoro Family.

If you would like to donate to the Detoro Family, you still can.  To do so, visit the Go Fund Me campaign at

The original story about Steven's passing can be read here,

*WCNX can be heard at 1710 on your AM dial and on line at

At the time of writing this article, Steven Detoro’s Body has still not been recovered from the Connecticut River. Being the amount of time that has passed, that is something the Detoro Family may be forced to live with.  

Oath Keepers - Demings' Hit Piece Shows How Backward on Guns (and More) She Is

by David Codrea

Val Demings and the Brady Campaign establish their solidarity with the #Resist crowd, that is with those who oppose the predominant principles and values of Americans living in the "red" states and counties of "Flyover Country."
"A year after Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, we're going backward on guns," a USA Today editorial by Democrat Rep. Val Demings asserts. "How many more times do we have to see the words 'mass' and 'shooting' next to each other before we take action? How young do the victims have to be before we take action?"
What "action" does Demings have in mind? She's not ready to show all her cards, because if too many people get wind of the end game, they're not likely to believe the "No one wants to take your guns" lie.
Of course they do (as the gun-grabbers used to admit  before figuring out they'd get more mileage pretending they were all about "gun safety"), and so does Demings. But she's counting on most of her readers not to have plumbed the depths too deeply to realize that when she's talking about veteran and Social Security recipient disarmament, she's really talking about undermining the fundamental principle of due process. And when she opposes proposed bills to relax restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms, nationwide concealed carry reciprocity and an end to federal restrictions on hearing-protective suppressors, she's arguing for prior restraints on that which, per the mandate of the Second Amendment, "shall not be infringed." .
"I served in law-enforcement for 27 years, four years of that as the Chief of Police for the Orlando Police Department," Demings says, as if that establishes her bona fides as the arbiter of rights. "Before being elected to Congress I spent most of my adult life wearing a uniform, a badge and carrying a gun. I took an oath to protect the innocent from dangerous people."

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The Old Farmer's Almanac - The Big Bug Hunt 2017: Magical Mystery Tour

The Big Bug Hunt
Welcome to the Big Bug Hunt 2017 international research project newsletter!
Insects truly are magical, mysterious creatures. Most are born looking nothing like their final adult form. Instead most bugs, including butterflies, beetles and flies go through several lifecycle stages, or metamorphoses, as they transform from egg to larva to pupa and, finally, adult.

Other insects, such as dragonflies and grasshoppers, produce nymphs. The nymphs resemble adults in appearance but must undergo four molts – where the old skin is literally shed – before they reach maturity.

Learning to recognize the various life stages of garden bugs can be very rewarding. You’d be surprised how different they can be! Use our bug identification guides as a starting point. Of course, when you spot a bug, whatever stage of its lifecycle it’s in, be sure you let us know about it.
Report any bugs you've seen here..>

Friends of NRA - Family, Firearms, and Fundraising in Ohio!

Join Second Amendment supporters in your community for an evening of food, fellowship, and fundraising for the shooting sports!

06/24/17 - Guernsey County | 11:00 AM | Lore, OH
07/28/17 - Butler County | 5:30 PM | Fairfield, OH
08/19/17 - Founding Freedom | 5:30 PM | Van Wert, OH
08/19/17 - Licking County | 5:30 PM | Newark, OH
Not seeing a local banquet, or interested in starting a banquet near you?
 Contact Ohio Field Representatives Marc Peugeot at or David Graham at 
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Thanks to the efforts of dedicated individuals, the Friends of NRA program has spent
the last 25 years supporting the shooting sports for future generations.
PJ Weeks
Founder, Rain Down Ministries / Refuge Hunting Camps, Grant Program Recipient

"Words cannot adequately express how grateful we are for The NRA Foundation and Friends of NRA. It has enabled us to make an impact in the lives of youth across the southeast through the shooting sports. Our goal is to teach God's design for hunting and conservation through our Refuge Hunting Camps in Mississippi. During their time at camp, youths learn to shoot skeet, rifles, archery, and much more, all while using equipment received through the NRA Foundation Grant Program. Thank you for making a difference!"

Find out more about how you can help support the
Shooting Sports by becoming a Friends of NRA Volunteer!
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Corruption Chronicles: DHS May Terminate Border Patrol Union Chief for Reporting Corruption, Blasting Open Border Policies

DHS May Terminate Border Patrol Union Chief for Reporting Corruption, Blasting Open Border Policies

JUNE 14, 2017

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd is under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for reporting corruption and misconduct in agency management, including a disturbing order issued to officers directing them not to patrol a vulnerable stretch of the northern border with Canada. Judicial Watch has obtained government documents and interviewed numerous sources with direct knowledge of the situation, which appears retaliatory.

The ordeal began in mid-April when Judd, who heads the union that represents some 16,000 Border Patrol agents nationwide, denounced a directive to agents to purposely leave a 40-mile section of the Havre Sector in Montana unsecured. The Havre station covers approximately 108 miles of international border with Canada and much of it is sparsely populated. A conservative news outlet obtained a document from a Havre Sector Border Patrol manager ordering agents to leave 40 miles of Montana border open and unpatrolled. In an article, various Border Patrol agents blamed Obama-era policies and widespread corruption in the Havre Sector’s upper management. One agent said criminal cartels exploit border weaknesses daily so they’re certain to exploit such a large area of open and unpatrolled border.

The federal officers spoke on the condition that their identity be kept anonymous, clearly because they feared retaliation. However, Judd, a veteran Border Patrol agent, went on the record and now DHS is going after him. In the news story Judd revealed that in recent years the Havre sector has seen more complaints than any other sector. The union chief also criticized DHS Secretary John Kelly for endorsing Obama-era open border policies and condoning his predecessors’ (Janet Napolitano and Jeh Johnson) failures. Judd also said this in the article: “President Trump is the president of the common citizen and the choice of the rank-and-file Border Patrol Agents; unfortunately there are those highly paid career managers who want to believe they’re above everyone else — up to and including the President of the United States.”

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nighttime ramp closures on I-95 in Fairfield, Bridgeport

State Senator Tony Hwang

The project involves milling bridge decks, repairs to exposed bridge decks and paving a section of I-95 between the New England Avenue overpass  (near Exit 24) and the Wordin Avenue overpass (near Exit 26) for a total distance of 2.3 miles. The contractor will then reverse direction proceeding southbound on Interstate 95 all within this construction season.

There will be milling and paving of on-ramps and off-ramps and repair of existing concrete bridge decks. Detour routes will be provided should ramps need to be closed for construction activities.


The following ramps are scheduled to be closed:

Week of 6/19/2017 –
  •  I-95 NB On-Ramp 25 will be detoured to NB 26 On-Ramp
  •  I-95 NB Off-Ramp 25 will be detoured to SB 25 Off-Ramp
  •  I-95 NB On-Ramp 26 will be detoured to NB 25 On-Ramp
  •  I-95 NB Off-Ramp 26 will be detoured to SB 26 Off-Ramp
  •  I-95 SB Off-Ramp 25 will be detoured to SB 24 Off-Ramp
  •  I-95 SB On-Ramp 25 will be detoured to SB 24 On-Ramp
  •  I-95 SB Off-Ramp 26 will be detoured to SB 25 Off-Ramp
  •  I-95 SB On-Ramp 26 will be detoured to SB 27 On-Ramp
Week of 6/26/2017 –
  •  I-95 SB Off-Ramp 25 will be detoured to SB 24 Off-Ramp
  •  I-95 SB On-Ramp 25 will be detoured to SB 24 On-Ramp
  •  I-95 SB Off-Ramp 26 will be detoured to SB 25 Off-Ramp
  •  I-95 SB On-Ramp 26 will be detoured to SB 27 On-Ramp
The times for all ramp closures will be from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Message boards will display a few days in advance of each ramp closure.   Only one ramp will be closed per direction at one time.
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