Monday, May 22, 2017

The Old Farmer's Almanac - To Mulch or not to Mulch? (or, too mulch monkey business for me!)

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May 16, 2017

WEATHER ASTRONOMY GARDENING CALENDAR FOOD ADVICE STORE


When elm leaves are as big as a shilling,
Plant kidney beans, if to plant 'em you're willing;
When elm leaves are as big as a penny,
You must plant kidney beans, if you mean to have any
.


To Mulch or Not to Mulch


Mulching is a common gardening practice done for a number of good reasons.


The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 7

The Almanac for Kids series is a treasure trove of fun facts, creative activities, and great ideas that will keep kids of all ages loving learning the whole year through. Winner in five categories in the International Book Awards! Volume 7 is not available in stores until June 13, 2017 but it’s SHIPPING NOW from our online store.  
$9.95

Lovely Lilacs


Who doesn’t love lilacs? The ideal lilac shrub has about 10 canes and produces flowers at eye-level—all the better to enjoy that sweet, haunting fragrance.


Dead at the Hands of Illegals


Week 17: Safety And Security For All Americans

Make America Great Again

In tributes across the nation this week, we honored the heroic memory of the fallen men and women of law enforcement. We also vowed to honor their sacrifice by ensuring that those who protect and serve have the support, resources, and training that they deserve.

In order to make America safe again we must also restore the tradition of respect and honor that is owed to every member of the law enforcement community in America.

Read more about the President’s week below.

Congratulating The Coast Guard Class Of 2017

President Trump delivered a commencement speech at the US Coast Guard academy congratulating the men and women on all their hard work. These fine young cadets are about to take their rightful place on the front line of defense for the United States of America. They deserve not only the congratulations but the gratitude of each and every American. They chose the path of service. They chose hard work, high standards, and a very noble mission to save lives, defend the homeland, and protect America’s interests around the world. They chose the Coast Guard.


Standing With Our Men And Women In Blue

President Trump commemorated the hard work of peace officers in the United States. Each May, during Police Week, new names of fallen police officers are added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial.  This year, 394 brave souls join the over 20,000 men and women who gave up their lives in the line of duty to protect us. Words cannot express the depths of our gratitude, but President Trump hopes that our actions will show our brave men and women in blue how deeply we care and how strongly we feel about protecting those who protect us. President Trump will always stand strong with you.

Make America Great Again

Celebrating Women’s Health Week

Middletown Rifle and Revovler Club - Spring Guest Speaker Program

Hello fellow gun owners 

The Middletown R & R Club would like to extend an invitation to you (and bring a friend) to our Spring Guest Speaker Program

The last Thursday in the months of May 25, June 29, at 7:00 to 8:00 PM on the following topics:  

Start the Lecture:
Guest Speaker:
Nights Topic:
May 25, 2017
7:00 to 7:30 PM
Attorney  Mark L. Goodman ProActive Self-Defense, LLC 

Castle Doctrine
May 25, 2017
7:30 to 8:00 PM
Mr. Christopher Lyons  ProActive Self-Defense, LLC                     
CT Self Defense laws
June 30, 2017
7:00 to 7:30 PM
Vincent Mazzotta
How to select and use optical sights for short range and long range for targets or game. 




June 30, 2017
7:30 to 8:00 PM
Attorney  Joseph Milardo
Update on transporting firearms out of CT.

We are asking for a $10.00 donation to the club.

All donations will be used for re-siding the range building. 


Community Room at the Middletown Police Dept. at 222 Main St. Middletown, CT

Directions:

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre's 2nd Annual Spring Festival May 27th


11 AM to 4 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 27TH 

LIVE MUSIC

GREAT FOOD

LIVE SEMINARS 
(gmo, permaculture, aquaponics composting and more!)

HEIRLOOM GARDEN PLANT STARTS FOR SALE
(featuring Baker Creek heirloom fruit, vegetables and flowers grown here in our own greenhouse)

LOCAL ARTISANS & VENDORS
(dozens of local crafts people, businesses, and institutions featuring their art and products) 
For more information, call us at 860-257-2791  
   Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre  263 Main Street  Wethersfield  CT 06109 860-257-2790   info@heirloommkt.com |

MegaVote for CT's 3rd District and Senate

May 8, 2017
In this MegaVote for Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: State Retirement Plan Disapproval
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations
  • House: Health Care Overhaul
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Secretary of the Air Force Nomination
  • Senate: Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Nomination


Editor's Note: The House is not in session this week.
Recent Senate Votes
State Retirement Plan Disapproval - Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting)

Passage of the joint resolution that would nullify and disapprove of a Labor Department rule that exempts certain state-administered retirement savings plans from select federal regulations governing pension plans if the state programs meet certain standards.

Sen. Christopher Murphy voted NO
Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted NO


Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations - Vote Agreed to (79-18, 3 Not Voting)

McConnell, R-Ky., motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendments to the bill that would provide $1.16 trillion in discretionary appropriations through Sept. 30, 2017 for federal departments and agencies covered by the remaining 11 fiscal 2017 spending bills.

Sen. Christopher Murphy voted YES
Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted YES


Recent House Votes
Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations - Vote Passed (309-118, 4 Not Voting)

Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., motion to concur in the Senate amendments to the bill with an amendment that would provide $1.16 trillion in discretionary appropriations through Sept. 30, 2017 for federal departments and agencies covered by the remaining 11 fiscal 2017 spending bills.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted YES


Health Care Overhaul - Vote Passed (217-213, 1 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would make extensive changes to the 2010 health care overhaul law, by effectively repealing the individual and employer mandates as well as most of the taxes that finance the current system.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro voted NO


Upcoming Votes
Secretary of the Air Force Nomination - PN101

The Senate will vote on the nomination of Heather Wilson to be secretary of the Air Force.


Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Nomination - PN118

The Senate will vote on the nomination of Scott Gottlieb to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

This Week's "American Political Zone"


The American Political Zone - A Political Commentary on Current Events

One of the best political discussion programs you can find, our hosts possess a vast knowledge of current affairs and they share this with us in a lively and interesting fashion.
Featuring Daria Novak, 2nd District Congressional Candidate and President of the Institute for American Politics, and Frank Vernuccio, New York Analysis Policyand Government, The American Political Zone is now a regular feature in the Middletown Insider.

Middletown Rifle and Revolver Club - Spring Guest Speaker Program

Hello fellow gun owners 

The Middletown R and R Club would like to extend an invitation to you (and bring a friend) to our Spring Guest Speaker Program

The last Thursday in the months of April 27, May 25, June 29, at 7:00 to 8:00 PM on the following topics:  

Start the Lecture:
Guest Speaker:
Nights Topic:



May 25, 2017
7:00 to 7:30 PM
Attorney  Mark L. Goodman ProActive Self-Defense, LLC 

Castle Doctrine
May 25, 2017
7:30 to 8:00 PM
Mr. Christopher Lyons  ProActive Self-Defense, LLC                     
CT Self Defense laws
June 30, 2017
7:00 to 7:30 PM
Vincent Mazzotta
How to select and use optical sights for short range and long range for targets or game. 




June 30, 2017
7:30 to 8:00 PM
Attorney  Joseph Milardo
Update on transporting firearms out of CT.

We are asking for a $10.00 donation to the club.

Community Room at the Middletown Police Dept. at 222 Main St. Middletown, CT

Directions:
From Rte. 9 north or south get off the Washington Rte. 66 exit go to the first traffic light and make a left on to main St. the Police Dept. (222 Main St). is on the left side of the St. next to that is First & Last Tavern in between Court St. and Dingwall Dr.

Parking:
There is parking spots up and down main St. to park, also two Bank of America lots opposite the Police station, or, the public lot behind the police station accessed by way of Court St. 

Coffee and Water will be available.

Your Friend
Ray Beaulieu
860-798-7248

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Senator Markley - Our Senate Republican Budget Plan Has No Tax Hikes

Please watch and share my State Capitol update and read about our No Tax Hike budget here .http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/2017/05/read-the-ct-senate-republicans-revised-no-tax-hike-budget-plan-here-4/#.WR37WYIkvL8

Thank you!
State Senator Joe Markley

Judicial Watch Tipsheet - Court Rules State Department Must Release Clinton Emails


Top Stories
 
Judicial Watch Sues over Records on Obama E-Cig Regs --- "Judicial Watch announced  that it filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking records from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disea" ...http://jwatch.us/hMh9DA
 
Judicial Watch: Court Rules State Department Must Release Clinton Emails Detailing Obama Response to Benghazi --- " Judicial Watch today announced that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered the U.S. Department of State to turn over to Judicial Watch “eight identical"...http://jwatch.us/Gdjhpi

Judicial Watch Releases First Set of Numbers on President Trump Travel: Air Force One Costs for Two Trips: $1,281,420 --- "The Secret Service hasn’t responded to Judicial Watch’s request for records about this or any other trip by President Trump and other administration VIPs."...http://jwatch.us/UEFn1r

State Prosecutors Go Easy on Alien Criminals to Avert “Collateral Immigration Consequences” --- "In the last few weeks prosecutors in two major U.S. cities have ordered staff not to charge illegal immigrants with minor, non-violent crimes because it could get the offenders dep"...http://jwatch.us/49C2Ca
 
New Huma Abedin Emails Reveal Additional Instances of Clinton Sending and Receiving Classified Emails Through Unsecure Server --- "Judicial Watch released 894 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which."...http://jwatch.us/STJZaW

Senator Linares Urges Support for Tesla Bill

Senator Art Linares (R-33) stands with Tesla employees
and supporters in front of boxes filled with notes for
legislators asking for approval of a bill to allow Tesla
direct car sales in Connecticut.
During a press conference on the steps of the state capitol today, Senator Art Linares (R-33) called for the passage of HB 7097, An Act Concerning the Licensing of New and Used Car Dealers. The bill would allow Tesla, Inc. to sell cars directly to Connecticut customers.

Sen. Linares told a crowd of Tesla employees and supporters that the Tesla bill is about welcoming new technology and businesses to the state.

“How many of you want to see Tesla sell more cars in Connecticut? We’ve got like 70 people here today and if we pass this bill, we could have 300 people, 500 people. It’s about bringing good quality careers and jobs to Connecticut. That’s what we are here to talk about today; a great innovative company,” he said. “Why are we preventing an innovative company that’s changing the world from coming to Connecticut. I cannot understand why we would do that. Connecticut needs to open its arms to Tesla to let them sell cars, innovate, build renewable energy and change the world here in Connecticut. They’re building cars. They’re selling cars all across the country. They’re creating jobs everywhere but Connecticut and we at the state capitol have the power to change that.”

Sen. Linares said the rows of 36 boxes behind him were filled with notes to Connecticut senators asking them to pass legislation that would allow for the sale of Tesla’s in Connecticut.

“I am so excited to be part of this movement,” Sen. Linares said. “I am so excited to be here with the Solar City and the Tesla family and I cannot tell you how excited the state will be when we can final welcome Tesla here in Connecticut. It’s an honor to be part of this fight. It’s an honor to be part of this movement and this year we are going to get it done.”

While many of the manufacturers of gas-powered vehicles this week announced they will lay off employees, Sen. Linares said Tesla is actually hiring. He said he would like to see them hire workers in Connecticut.

Sen. Linares represents the communities of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

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