Charley Couch, town historian, dies

Long-time Redding town historian Charley Couch died Tuesday, May 15. Aside from being town historian, according to a Facebook post from the Redding Historical Society where Couch was past president, he was also a master carpenter and had endless knowledge of the history of Redding. A memorial service for Couch will be held at the Redding Historical Society, 43 Lonetown Road, on June 23, a week before the Rock ‘n Roots Revival Festival, complete with music and reminisces. Further details will follow.  

Eversource is restoring power with help

Eversource power company issued a press release today saying the company is busy restoring power following Tuesday’s storm. “Facing difficult conditions, Eversource tree and line crews are working non-stop to repair the extensive damage caused by straight-line winds, lightning and hail that ripped through Connecticut Tuesday afternoon,” the company said. They said power restoration efforts are being impeded due to challenging travel conditions caused by hundreds of fallen trees blocking roads. Crews from Massachusetts and New Hampshirere have helped Eversource restore power to more than 71,000 customers since the storm hit, they said. The company is advising customers in the hardest hit … Read more

Wooden fence on Route 136 in Easton ignites opposition

Two neighbors expressed concerns about a wooden fence constructed without a permit in a floodplain along Route 136 in Easton, off Redding Road. “We’re pretty outraged this fence went in,” Doug Newhouse said. Newhouse said he planted hundreds of trees near his house to “create a natural barrier” along the road and the builder of the new home with the fence should have to do the same. The other neighbor, David Christopher, said the 8-foot-high stockade fence doesn’t fit “in one of the most historic parts of Easton,” and if everyone put up a similar fence it would undermine the … Read more

On Exhibit: Opening and ongoing

OPENING Cycles of Light, May 19 through June 29, Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Kersa Hoffman’s paintings will be displayed. Artists reception, May 19, 2-4 p.m. Info: ART CENTERS Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Ln., Ridgefield. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Info: or call 203-438-8863. Carriage Barn Arts Center, home to New Canaan Society for the Arts, on grounds of former estate, now named Waveny Park, 681 South Ave.; hours: Wed.-Sat. 10-3 and Sundays 1-5 p.m.;, 203-972-1895. Spectrum, through May 24, Carriage Barn Arts Center, Waveny Park, New Canaan. Info: … Read more

Sound of Music: Concerts and recitals

Madison Howard, May 17, Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. She is a cellist and a senior at the Hopkins School who studies cello performance at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. Free. Info: Eugene Bender, May 17, 7:45 p.m., St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway, Milford. The fiddler will perform at the P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Irish music session. Info: call  203-876-9973. Brendan James, May 17, 7:45 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. His latest EP, The Howl, finds the singer-songwriter steering into new territory, discovering the courage to release a brave new sound … Read more

Aspetuck rugby side qualifies for national championships

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The Redding-based Aspetuck Valley Rugby Club varsity team has achieved a program milestone as the team is making its first-ever appearance at the National High School Rugby Championships this week in Kansas City, Mo. Aspetuck is one of only 24 schools or clubs in the country to receive an invitation to the tournament, which takes place May 17-19. The team is comprised of players from multiple area towns, including several local high school students: Luke Davies, Jesse Hirtenstein, Patrick Stack (captain) and Alexander Milne from Weston; Jack Preston and Gunnar Desantis from Redding; and James Porter from Easton. Other towns … Read more

Region 9 proposes new budget with major cuts

Beginning Latin, custodial position included in reductions After a heated three-hour meeting Tuesday night, the Region 9 Board of Education proposed a revised 2018-19 school budget of $24,240,493. This is a reduction of $242,961 from the budget that was rejected by Redding voters at the May 8 budget referendum. The previously proposed Region 9 operating budget was $24,483,453. The revised budget passed by a vote of 5-3. Board members Vance Hancock, Maureen Williams, Chris Hocker, Gwen Denny, and Chairman Mike D’Agostino were in favor, while Paul Coppinger, Todd Johnston and Cheryl Graziano were opposed. The Region 9 budget is shared … Read more

Something New: Lessons and lectures

ART & ARCHITECTURE * The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art,  258 Main St., Ridgefield, 203-438-4519,; open Mon., Wed.-Sat., 10-5, Fri., 10-7, May 29-Sept. 4, Sun., 12-4; $10/adults and $5/seniors.; free adm. for full-time teachers and students in grades K-12, and for active-service military families; free for all on Tuesdays; 203-438-4519 or Group tours available by appointment, 203-438-4519 or email [email protected] Spotlight tours every Mon. and third Sat. of each month, 1-2 p.m.; Third Saturdays: Free Community Day. * The Bruce Museum, One Museum Dr., Greenwich; or 203-869-0376: Every Tues., 1:30 p.m., and Fri., 12:30 p.m., Docent-led Exhibition … Read more

Trains running, with delays and cancelations

A limb down near the New Canaan-Norwalk border early in Tuesday afternoon's storm. — Kathleen Kovach photo

Wednesday, 6 a.m.: Metro-North plans to restore normal service on the New Haven line after severe storms Tuesday afternoon stopped trains, stranding commuters at stations and Grand Central Terminal. There have been cancelations and there are delays. Click here to read more. Power remains out for thousands across Connecticut. The Danbury area, Hamden and North Haven are hardest hit in terms of amount of people without power. Some schools, including Pear Tree Point School in Darien, Easton, Redding and Region 9, as well as Ridgefield and Danbury, are closed. Shelton schools are opening on a 2-hour delay. Tuesday, 6:11 p.m.: … Read more

Shaban vows to avoid court if elected attorney general

From left, Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano, former Republican state Rep. John Shaban, and Fairfield RTC Chairman Jamie Millington, at Friday’s state Republican Convention at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket. — Photo courtesy of John Shaban

Should he be elected Connecticut’s attorney general, former Republican state Rep. John Shaban said, he would work to avoid ending up in court. He’ll end up facing a primary to win that post, having lost the endorsement at last weekend’s state Republican Convention at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket. Shaban received about 25% of the votes cast toward the endorsement, won by Sue Hatfield of Pomfret with 69%. However, Shaban needed to clear only 15% of the votes to go to the primary, which is on Aug. 14. Should he prevail in the primary and the Nov. 6 state election, Shaban … Read more

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