Friday, March 31, 2017

WW1, Jazz Up Close and Money Smart Week at Russell Library


April 2017

All programs are free and open to all.

Thank you to The Friends for their continued support!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Saturday, April 1
10am - 2pm
Activity Room

A keepsake journal will be provided FREE to the first 50 families to sign up.  
Kickoff event sponsored by Altrusa Int'l of Central CT. 

Racial Justice Book Group

Tuesday, April 4
6pm - 8pm
Meeting Room 2 

We will discuss Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

- open to all. 
- meets monthly (first Tuesday) with a new book each month.
- for further information, contact Christy at:

Wednesday, April 12, 7pm

Upcoming New England Friends of NRA Events

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

In Meriden to Support a Good Cause

More than 100 people attended a Mar. 27 fundraiser at the Meriden Rod and Gun Club ( to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and to help fight diseases like childhood cancer.  Among the attendees were, left to right: Chaz from 99.1 FM WPLR’s “Chaz & AJ in the Morning” show, Sen. Len Suzio, and Sen. Joe Markley.  On the web: , , and

RateBeer Weekly: The Top Beers of The Last Month & Fieldwork Pulp Free IPA Release

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Wednesday Field Guide 
Fresh picks, from the world's top brewers.

March 29th, 2017 Edition  |  Newsletter Archive

The Old Farmer's Almanac - Enriched Garden Soil - Supercharge Your Soil This Spring!

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The secret to a successful garden is right beneath your feet. Show your soil some love and you can expect bigger, better harvests.

Supercharge Your Soil for Spring!

Soil that's in top-notch condition is the secret behind successful harvests, and now's the time to prime your soil for the coming growing season.
In this short video we demonstrate five simple yet highly effective ways to improve your soil to give your crops the best possible start this spring.
Supercharge Your Soil for Spring!
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Let's Beat the Pests Together
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Other Videos to Help You Get the Most from Your Garden

Learn essential gardening techniques in Under 5 minutes with our Gardening How-To video series:
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Find out the many different ways that Companion planting can be used to boost your harvests:
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'Lefties with Guns' Up Ante on Protest Conflicts

by David Codrea

How many actual rednecks and workers are members remains unclear.
"Protesters arrested for using pepper spray on Trump supporters during march," CBS News reported Saturday. "The violence erupted when the march of about 2,000 people at Bolsa Chica State Beach reached a group of about 30 counter-protesters, some of whom began spraying the irritant..."
Dust-ups happen. We've seen calls for violence against "fascists" and "Nazis" by mob-inciters that resemble nothing so much as the fascists and Nazis they decry. And we've seen reactions to bullying, intimidation and assaults exemplified by the emergence of those intent on pushing back, like Based Stick Man.
It should come as no surprise that when the potential for physical conflict exists, those involved will want to position themselves to prevail. So it should also come as no surprise that "lefties with guns" would be emerging at protest demonstrations .
"Gun-Totin' Left-Wingers Demonstrate at the Arizona Capitol," Phoenix New Times notes sympathetically. "Is Bloodshed on the Horizon?"
It's a report about "openly armed to the proverbial teeth" supporters of the Phoenix John Brown Gun Club, self-described as "Working to stem the tide of reactionary recruitment within white working class communities, fight white supremacy, & build liberatory community defense." That, in turn, references to Redneck Revolt ("Putting the RED back in redneck").

Basically, their "philosophy" is communist and globalist, against private property, capitalism and sovereign nations. They're also heavy on self-serving "justifications" that make it seem like they share many of the same goals with patriotic Americans, such as being "for organized defense of our communities" and "against white supremacy" (albeit couching it that way, instead of just saying "against "racism," is done for pretty obvious reasons, particularly when they let slip with such gems as "Our real enemies are mostly white English speaking Christians"). 

To read more, or make a comment on this post,

.If you believe in the mission of Oath Keepers, to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, please consider making a donation to support our work.   You can donate HERE.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Connecticut Loses Even More Jobs

Malloy’s Connecticut Loses Even More Jobs
A new report from the Connecticut Department of Labor showed the state lost over 1,600 jobs in February as unemployment grew, putting Connecticut further behind the rest of the country under Democrat Governor Dan Malloy’s failed leadership.

“Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state lost 1,600 net jobs (-0.1%) in February 2017…”

Job losses have plagued Malloy’s Connecticut for years despite his promises for employment opportunities as a candidate. Just weeks ago, the Hartford Courantreported that Connecticut as a whole lost jobs in 2016 while other states increased employment. The Labor Department’s report also noted that Connecticut’s unemployment rate increased in February.

Connecticut's unemployment rate for February moved by two tenths of a point to 4.7%... The number of the state's resident unemployed increased by 4,500 seasonally adjusted, in January.”

Under Malloy, Connecticut has lost large job providers including GE and Bristol Myers-Squibb, both of which announced they would be leaving the state, which was recentlyranked by CNBC as the 7th worst state for business in the United States due to Malloy’s policies

With business departures, crumbling infrastructure, and even more job losses, Dan Malloy’s lack of leadership continues to be a complete catastrophe for the people of Connecticut. His negligence puts the state in a desperate position for a new direction.
Paid for and authorized by the Republican Governors Association

John Burke:
Phone: 202-662-4141
Twitter: @JBurkeNation

Russell Library Reminder - 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kickoff

Saturday, April 1, 10:00am – 2:00pm. Activity Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless! Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten! If you read one book a night: you will have read about 365 books in one year; 730 books in two years; and 1,095 books in three years. A keepsake journal will be provided by Altrusa FREE to the first 50 families to sign up for the purpose of tracking the books read.
Sponsored by Altrusa International of Central Connecticut.

Bill Requiring GPS Monitoring of Those Convicted of Sexual Assault Receives Hearing

Rep. Jesse MacLachlan
State Senator Arthur Linares (R-33) and Representative Jesse MacLachlan (R-35) affirmed their support of SB 1041, An Act Concerning GPS Monitoring Of Convicted Persons Awaiting Sentencing For Aggravated Sexual Assault. The bill was before the legislature’s Judiciary Committee for a public hearing.

In written testimony, Sen. Linares said that although he submitted the bill, ownership of it truly belongs to one of his constituents, a victim of aggravated sexual assault. Jordan Ledyard asked for the legislation to be submitted because her assailant, who admitted his guilt and was then convicted, was allowed to remain free until sentencing and became a fugitive from justice.

Ms. Ledyard also attended the public hearing to advocate for the bill.
Sen. Linares (file photo)

“You will be outraged to hear how she and her family lived in fear, never knowing when and where this man might reappear and if he would seek revenge against his victim,” Sen. Linares testimony said. “The situation, essentially, re-victimized this young woman and her family.

“Thankfully, her assailant eventually was caught and jailed.”
Sen. Linares said he was impressed by the young woman’s courage and her


Just in Time for Start of Spring Fishing & Hunting Season!


20TH Annual Event Coming to Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford

Due to a multitude of factors, the Coalition of CT sportsmen will not be present at the show this year. Much of it is due to Bob Crook's recent heart by-pass operation, on-going recovery, extraordinary prior and ongoing medical appointments/tests and essentially not timely addressing the event or with our volunteers as to their commitments. In any event, Bob Crook, Coalition CT Sportsmen at this point are not in adequate shape or sufficiently organized to 
HARTFORD, CONN., March 21, 2017 – This week’s “2017 Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show, engineered by GMC” will feature numerous opportunities to meet a wide variety of experts – including many stars of national TV fishing and hunting shows. The 20th annual event will be held just in time for spring’s fishing and hunting season from Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the Connecticut Convention Center at 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford, Conn. Hours: Friday, March 31 from 12 noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show’s Veterans Appreciation Day will be on Saturday, April 1 when the first 200 U.S. veterans or active military in line will get free admission with a valid military or veteran association-issued ID.

The Real Immigration Debate: Who to Let In and Why

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Jeremy Beck, NumbersUSA

Read. Share. Discuss.

Be among the first to comment on "The Real Immigration Debate: Who to Let In and Why" by Mark Krikorian in the Wall Street Journal. Krikorian tackles the "jobs Americans won't do" myth, but most importantly, he says all sides must grapple with these basic questions:
"What family relationships should give rise to special immigration rights? How should skills be determined? And given the misery that prevails in so much of the world, what should the limiting principle be for admitting refugees?"
Read, comment, and share.
Krikorian recommends an immigration policy that prioritizes spouses and minor children but eliminates the preference categories for adult extended family. Sen. Tom Cotton's RAISE Act would do just that. Among the chief beneficiaries: American workers.
Krikorian acknowledges that reasonable people might disagree that protecting competing American workers should be the priority in immigration policy, but he argues that all sides must be clear about their position:
"Are the costs to less-favored native-born workers worth the benefits reaped by those who enjoy the fruits of immigrant labor? Different answers are possible, but the question can't be dodged."

Spread the word.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tomorrow! Two Gun Jokers Wild Shoot - proceeds to help pay for repairs and residing of range building

Hello 22 LR Rim fire shooters 
The Middletown R & R Club would like to extend an invitation to you (and bring a friend) to come and play Two Gun Jokers Wild Shoot. (We have been receiving a lot of requests for a rifle shoot so we decided to make this a two gun shoot, the first five rounds with your rifle and the second five rounds with a pistol! You may shoot from a standing position or sitting)  
We are asking for a $10.00 donation to the club. The proceeds will help the club pay for the repairs and residing of the range building.
At sign in you will buy your first Target for $5.00 target “A”. After everyone shoots the “A” target round, we will start the second round with the “B” target and the same for “C” and “D” target rounds.  
 The object is to shoot the best poker hand with 5 rifle shots and 5 pistol shots within 3 minutes. Only one hit per card counts in the hand and the hit must be completely in the card.
This is a paper target shoot limited timed-fired for.  Any .22 LR caliber rim fire pistol, revolver and rifle will qualify. Open sights or optics are allowed but maybe separated into optics or no optics depending on turn out of rifle shooters
Date: March 30, 2016    The last Thursday of the month      Sign-in Starts at 7:00 PM          We will start Shooting at 7:15 PM
After Marches shoot the next fun shoot will be in October when the leagues start up
Address to: Middletown Rifle and Revolver Club  25 Mill St. Middletown, CT
Directions: Merge onto CT-9 South toward MIDDLETOWN/OLD SAYBROOK.
Take the CT-17 S exit- EXIT 13- toward NEW HAVEN.
Take the MAIN ST EXTENSION ramp.
Turn RIGHT onto MILL ST.
Club is on the left before small Bridge.
 For GPS users the approximate address for the Middletown Rifle and Revolver Club is 35 Mill Street.
 Or you can use 25 Mill Street which is Marino Crane - the gun club is right next door.

Your Friend,


Ray Beaulieu

Let the Hunt Begin! 2017 Big Bug Hunt

The Big Bug Hunt
Welcome to the Big Bug Hunt 2017 international research project newsletter!
It’s official: Spring has arrived and with the equinox behind us days are already longer than nights. Rising temperatures mean sowing can begin in earnest. The new growing season’s here everyone!

Now is also the start of a major push to promote the Big Bug Hunt during 2017. The biggest citizen science project of its kind is working to track when and how bugs spread, so that we can create a clever pest-alert system to warn gardeners when pests are heading their way.

Week 9: No One Knows America Like Truckers

Make America Great Again
On November 8th, the American People voted for historic change and serious action.

By delivering the House, the Senate, and the White House, the American people gave Washington clear instructions: It’s time to get busy, get to work, and to get the job done.

President Trump is keeping his promises and continues to Make America Great Again!
The Movement Continues In Kentucky


President Trump held a rally in Louisville, KY on Monday. He made it clear that standing together as Americans, we are going to deliver amazing things for the citizens of Kentucky and the United States. We are going to take power back from the political class in Washington, and return that power to the American people. It’s happening, and it all started on November 8th.

"The Spirit of the US Mail"

The Spirit of the US Mail -
While dwarfed by the capitol building in Hartford, this structure is no less magnificent in its architecture and artwork; nor in its history, any less rich.

Built in 1885, the walls are adorned with the artwork of Archibald Willard.  Willard is described by *Scott Markel as "the least famous painter who created the most famous painting in the world."  He is best known, or unknown, for his work, The Spirit of '76.

Sprit of '76.2.jpeg
The Spirit of '76, from Wikipedia

In 1894, a mob gathered outside the Fayette County Ohio courthouse, bent on lynching convicted rapist, William Dolby.  Then governor, William McKinley called out the Ohio National Guard to quell the riot.  Troops held the prisoner inside the courthouse.  When rioters tried to break through the door, they were warned that troops would open fire if they tried to do so, again.

They tried again.  Troops opened fire from within, firing through the door and killing three and wounding others.  The bullet holes are there today, unrepaired; a reminder of what happened there 133 years ago.  As a boy, I put my finger in those holes.

In just a few minutes, this video presents a brief but fascinating account of the history of the courthouse, located in **Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio.  Enjoy!
The Ohio Channel, Seats of Justice

*Markel is a board of trustees member of The Spirit of '76 Museum in Wellington, Ohio.

**Washington Court House was settled by Virginia veterans of the Revolutionary War.  Unable to pay the veterans, they were given land, instead.  It was customary that Virginians attached "Court House" to the name of the county seat.

Roots in Ripon - Brute the Intrepid

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Roots in Ripon
Chuck Roots
27 March 2017

                Picking up from last week’s article, Brilliant Brute, it is my intention to share more of the brilliancy of this man, Victor “Brute” Krulak. Up to this point (1946), Brute has been mostly a staff officer, serving at the whim of flag grade officers (Marine generals and Navy admirals). Granted, he was often given carte blanche with his various ideas, but this next bit of visionary thinking was beyond brilliant. The reason for this is that no one else is on record for having the foresight Brute demonstrated. His idea was a tactical, combat, wartime game-changer. 

          What was this idea of Krulak’s? Quite simply, it was the use of a new-fangled contraption known as a helicopter. This aerial wonder left most people gawking as it whirred and spun, often in strangely contorted ways. After all, leading authorities all agreed that the aerodynamics of the helicopter made it impossible to fly. Well, at least on paper it shouldn’t be capable of sustained flight!

          The first helicopters in the military had only come into use at the end of World War Two, primarily in the role of reconnaissance, observation and medical evacuation. But not as a vehicle for combat operations. Since the first helicopters were years away from becoming the massive powerhouses in lifting that we see today, there were many doubters that this weird flying machine could ever be of much use. They were regarded as a novelty, an experimental curiosity, nothing more. Brute saw things differently. In fact, author Robert Coram writes in his book “Brute”, “Before helicopter doctrine was developed and before the Marine Corps had its first helicopter squadron, [Brute] was teaching helicopter tactics at the Amphibious Warfare School.” Krulak and another

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wesleyan to Work With Mx Coalition for Children

In a research study with the
Middlesex Coalition for Children

The Middlesex Coalition for Children is conducting a voluntary research study to explore parental and student experiences within the Middletown education system.
Wesleyan Campus or Russell Library.

Whenever works for you! Contact to schedule between March 27 and April 10th.

The Middlesex Coalition for Children will be holding 30-45 minute individual    interviews to hear your opinion about the local education system. Responses will  be used to better understand any disparities, and will be based on accounts from both parents/guardians and students.

To RSVP, please contact Laura Bither at

Laura Bither is a student at Wesleyan University.  She is taking part in a service-learning course, which involves conducting a research project with the Middlesex Coalition for Children.  Her group is reaching out to the community in hope of recruiting parents of children in the Middletown schools to interview.  Interviews will take between 30-45 minutes and the interviewees will be entered in a drawing for a Downtown Business District gift card.  Interviews will be conducted now through April 10.

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