Musical glass: Musician to play armonica in Redding

Glass-ical Musick will be coming to Redding when armonica player Dennis James performs in Redding on Jan. 7. He will perform and educate audiences about his instrument, the glass armonica, which was originally designed by Benjamin Franklin in the 18th Century. James recently spoke with the Arts & Leisure editor about the armonica and his upcoming concert. TinaMarie Craven: How did you become interested in the armonica? Dennis James: I first became aware of glass musical instruments at the age of 6 while visiting the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. I can still recall being completely mesmerized by the appearance of … Read more

Happy holidays from The Redding Pilot

The Redding Pilot would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy this time with family and friends. Drive safely and dress warm for the cold weather. If anyone would like to share family holiday photos, please email them, along with a caption, to [email protected] Also, if anyone has any ideas for New Year stories, please email them as well.

Letter: Redding resident shows support for police chief

To the Editor: So much has been written but more innuendo has been going around about Chief Fuchs that it is often hard to decipher what is real. I have heard that the tapes are very different from the rumors and I am sure the truth will eventually come out.   My only purpose in writing this letter is to show support for Doug Fuchs, which may be an unpopular stance. During my tenure as Redding Garden Club president, Chief Fuchs [was] beyond helpful in ensuring the garden tour went off without incident, including spending the time with me to … Read more

Gallows Hill Brass Sextet debuts at Redding Town Green

Six local residents performed with their new band, The Gallows Hill Brass Sextet, on Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Redding Town Green. — Bryan Haeffele photo

Up until the past few months, Redding resident Becky Parkin hadn’t picked up a trombone since her college days. But on Sunday night, Dec. 17, Parkin  — along with a handful of other local residents — put on her winter coat and Santa hat and performed outdoors in the gazebo on the Redding Town Green. For about 40 minutes, the six members of the newly formed band, the Gallows Hill Brass Sextet — made up of Amy Cabot on French horn, Joe Cowherd and Steve Gilbert on trumpet, Peggy Salsbury on tuba, and Parkin and her husband, Chris Parkin, on … Read more

What can Redding afford?

New finance chair discusses role of board, key issues facing Redding Determining how the town of Redding pays for its expenses is one of the jobs of the Board of Finance, explained Kim Yonkers, who is the new board chairman. Yonkers, a Democrat, has replaced William Alvarez, who retired, in this position. She joins fellow board members Ward Mazzucco, Jamie Barickman, Susan Clark, Robert Dean, and Ed Miller. She said the goal of the Board of Finance is to “ensure we can afford the services that the town needs.” The expenses of the town — “whether that is levying taxes, … Read more

Redding church’s schedule for Christmas Eve worship service

The First Church of Christ, Congregational, at 25 Cross Highway in Redding, will hold its Christmas Eve worship service will be on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 10 a.m., and at 5 p.m. with the children’s choir. At 9 p.m., there will be carols, a ceremony of lights and Holy Communion with the adult choir and guest musicians. All are welcome. For more information, call the church at 203-938-2004; for directions, visit  

Library celebrates Redding icon Mary Anne Guitar

Special book sale featuring her private book collection Mary Anne Guitar, a former first selectman and founder of the Redding Land Trust, died in July. In her 60 years as a Redding resident, Guitar was not only first selectman for 12 years, she also helped establish the Redding Land Trust, and was an influential member of many notable organizations in town – including the Mark Twain Library. Guitar served as a trustee and was a longstanding supporter of the library’s vital role in town. On Sunday, Dec. 17, the library will pay tribute to Guitar in the form of a … Read more

Redding resident angry about claims of overstaffing at police department

Editor’s note: The Town of Redding has reported that there are inaccuracies in the letter for which this writer is referring. There will be a follow-up story to clarify these inaccuracies within the coming weeks. To the Editor: Thank you Wolf Boehme for your well researched and well written letter to the editor dated Dec. 7 regarding the unnecessary overstaffing of our police department. It is time for the taxpayers of Redding to have a more realistic residential state trooper program, just as 54 other similar small Connecticut towns do. Since chief Fuchs took over as our first police chief, after … Read more

MTA Police Department investigating West Redding train crash as possible DUI

At around 9:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, a train struck a vehicle at Topstone crossing near West Redding station.

According to MTA spokesperson Nancy Gamerman, on Thursday, Dec. 14, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department is now investigating the Dec. 5 West Redding train crash as a possible DUI. Stay tuned for more updates on this investigation as they become available. The incident took place on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at around 9:10 p.m., when a train struck a vehicle at Topstone Crossing near the West Redding station. The driver of the car was taken to Danbury Hospital. None of the 30 people on board the Danbury branch train were injured. The train had departed from South Norwalk at 8:06 p.m. Click … Read more

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