Test Drive: Chevrolet Traverse draws crowds with its appeal

Our introduction to the fully redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Traverse came during the Connecticut International Auto Show in Hartford last month. With crisp, straightforward lines and slightly larger dimensions than its predecessor, the white Traverse had loads of appeal and drew crowds under its black, white and gold bow-tie banner. Looking deeper, we learned the redesigned Traverse weighs about 400 pounds less than the 2017 model yet provides more passenger room and better fuel economy. Although its 310-horsepower engine has more muscle than the 2017 Traverse, the new version sports better fuel economy — 17 mpg city, 25 highway, compared with … Read more

Commentary: Extreme times call for extreme measures

Connecticut residents recently received two discouraging pieces of information. First, the state lost $2.6 billion in revenue during 2015 as high-earning individuals left Connecticut. Second, the Special Transportation Fund used to maintain and improve the state’s aging highways and rail lines is going broke. The two are not entirely unrelated. Residents are using our state’s roads, railways, and airports to flee before Connecticut collapses into an enormous infrastructure and economic sinkholes. We saw this coming. For years, the legislature siphoned money from the Special Transportation Fund to fill potholes in the General Fund. Without funding to repair and improve the … Read more

As temperatures drop, risk of carbon monoxide poisoning rises

At this time of year, homes run the risk of developing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Now that Connecticut residents have turned on the heat in their homes, it is especially important to remember about the dangers of carbon monoxide gas. Everyone who uses oil, natural gas, liquid propane, or wood and pellet stoves should make sure that their heating system has been cleaned and inspected within the last year. If the burning of fuel is incomplete, carbon monoxide gas can form and build up in your home. The deadly gas has no odor or warning properties. A carbon monoxide alarm is the only way to know if it is building up in your home. If … Read more

Conscious Cook: The glory of a new year

“Glory to God in highest heaven, Who unto man his Son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth.” — Martin Luther New Year’s Eve is a glorious occasion to reflect upon the past year, to cherish fond memories, acknowledge important events, and be humbled and educated by challenging moments. With the new year comes new opportunity to prepare a delicious life. While many choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a sparkling soirée or decadent dinner party, many conscious cooks choose to revel in their own kitchens. New Year’s Eve at … Read more

Redding Heritage Center News and Activities

 Special programs and notes Heritage Center activities will be back to its regular schedule beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2, except for Spanish (begins Jan. 9) and drawing (begins Jan. 10).  Register now for classes. Book discussion   — Monday Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. There will be a special session where participants share thoughts on books they read during December.  This is a free group. Lunch at the Heritage Center — CW Resources provides lunch each Tuesday and Wednesday at noon for a donation of $3. Those interested in attending lunch need to register one week in advance and no later than … Read more

Lyrics Coffeehouse to host Plywood Cowboy, Lena Rich

Plywood Cowboy will perform at the Redding Community Center on Friday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

The Lyrics Coffeehouse will host Plywood Cowboy with opening act Lena Rich at the Redding Community Center for a Friday night performance on Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Residents may bring a bottle of wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a laptop. Admission to the shows is $10 in advance of the shows, or $12 on the night of the show. Tickets are half-price for seniors and students.   Plywood Cowboy was formed in 2015 in the Connecticut River Valley. ‘With great harmonies, clever songs and tasty guitar pickin’, Plywood Cowboy is one of the best new bands on the Americana scene,” … Read more

Troop 66 takes wilderness survival trip

Troop 66 senior leadership weathers the cold.

On the weekend of Dec. 2 to 3, Boy Scout Troop 66 had a great time at our annual Wilderness Survival camping trip. On this trip, all of the boys gave up tents in exchange for shelters that they built themselves out of sticks and leaves they found around the site. It was a great trip for all who went on it. A great chance to brush up on skills like cooking, lashings and knot-tying, and camping the hard way. An essential trip for all Scouts, especially new ones, so that they can learn how to use these skills in … Read more

Members named to Weston’s legal review committee

Dennis Tracey, the newly appointed head of the Committee on Legal Review, addresses the Weston Board of Selectmen. — Gregory Menti photo

The Board of Selectmen has named members to the newly-formed legal review committee, designed to vet candidates for Weston’s town counsel. Former Selectman Dennis Tracey will act as chair of the committee. Additional members are First Selectman Chris Spaulding, Town Administrator Jonathan Luiz, Land Use Director Tracy Kulikowski, Board of Finance Chairman Steve Ezzes and a yet-to-be-named member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. At the selectmen’s meeting on Thursday, Dec. 21, Spaulding said the Planning and Zoning representative will likely be whoever is selected as chairman at its upcoming meeting. “We chose the major stakeholders who interact with town … Read more

Weston: Hazardous Weather Outlook for the next week

A Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service for southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey and southeast New York. Today and tonight in Weston and throughout the area, 1 to 2 inches of snow is expected, making for slippery travel conditions. The leading edge of an area of light snow across the Lower Hudson Valley and Northeastern New Jersey will overspread the region through 10 a.m. Untreated and secondary roads will become quickly snow covered and slippery. Visibilities will quickly drop down to 2 to 3 miles. Motorists are advised to use caution and slow down this morning. … Read more

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