Letter: Caution, rat poison harms wildlife

To the Editor: It’s really cold outside and the mice are moving in to your nice warm house. No one wants mice in their house. When trying to decide how to get rid of them, please use traps instead of poison. Poisoned mice have a tendency to die in your walls where it’s hard to remove them. Rat or mouse poison is dangerous to children, pets, and wildlife. When a mouse eats poison it can be eaten by another animal that will get sick from the poison. This can kill bobcats, foxes, and birds of prey. Please help protect our … Read more

Redding Land Trust presidents thank its supporters

To the Editor: These lands are your lands. This is the message Redding Land Trust has underscored in our annual appeal recently sent out to all Redding residents. As co-presidents of the trust, we want to thank all of our supporters for the invaluable assistance you have given us to help secure, manage and maintain the rural character, scenic vistas and unspoiled lands that make Redding the treasure we who live here know it to be. For the past 53 years, your support has enabled us to preserve significant examples of woodland, wetland and meadow habitats, protected forever for you … Read more

Library association president thanks all who helped with art show reception

To the Editor: The 45th Annual Mark Twain Library art show is currently hanging. It kicked off last Friday night with an elegant preview reception followed by a warm and welcoming after party at the Redding Country Club, the pièce de résistance to an already perfect evening. Under the unflappable coordination of library trustees Angela Matsuoka and Rochelle Williston and artists Kathy Anderson and Pam Reese, the multitude of logistics required to produce this colorfully vital fund-raiser came together seamlessly. They and their crew of talented volunteers make it look easy but it is anything but to turn a working … Read more

Redding resident concerned about police staffing levels

To the Editor: The police department staff for the town of Redding consists of one chief, one captain, four patrol supervisors, nine patrol officers, one detective, two school safety officers, one animal control officer, one communications supervisor, four full-time dispatchers, two part-time dispatchers, one special officer, and nine auxiliary officers. In contrast, the police department for the town of Tolland, a suburb of Hartford with a population 67% larger than Redding, consists of a secretary, two resident state troopers from the Connecticut State Police (Tolland must reimburse the state for at least 85% of the fully loaded cost of each … Read more

Redding resident encourages all to watch A Christmas Carol

To the Editor: The enjoyment of experiencing and sharing terrific theater is close at hand. That holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, is currently presented by NewArts [an organization that works to prepare children to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives], and its cast, sets, adaptation, and reasonable price are a great shared holiday experience.   Playing in Bethel at the Walnut Hill Community Church, it’s very comfortable seating. There is lots of caroling in the lobby before the production begins. The outstanding professional cast is supplemented by a host of local talented younger folks. The final show is Sunday, Dec. 10. … Read more

Park and Recreation director thanks all for making holiday tree lighting possible

To the Editor: I would like to thank the community groups that helped make this year’s holiday tree lighting possible. The Lions Club volunteers helped serve snacks and hot chocolate. The JRMS Select Choir and JBHS Chamber Singers provided great music for the event. Thank you, Dave Ebert and Gwen Whitman, for preparing your choirs so well for this event. Youth groups from REBGC (Key and Torch clubs) also provide volunteers for the event. Thanks also go out to Rudolph and Frosty for showing up during their busiest season to help with the festivities. Of course, a big thank-you goes … Read more

Letter: Resident enjoyed Putnam Park’s Ghost Tour

To the Editor: Those who did not join in the Ghost  Tour at Putnam Park on the night of Oct. 28 missed an extraordinary event. The Ghost Tour, sponsored by the Friends and Neighbors of Putnam Park (FANS) and re-enacted in full Colonial military uniform by the Connecticut 5th Revolutionary Company, transported the more than 100 viewers back to the harsh winter quarters in 1778-79 endured by elements of George Washington’s defensive Redding position. By the flickering light of campfires, we viewed three vignettes. A surgeon showed his medical instruments and practices of administering to wounded soldiers. A “patient” groaned … Read more

Letter: Board of Ed candidate thanks all who supported him

To the Editor: Thank you to the hundreds of Reddingites who took the time this fall to learn about the issues facing Redding schools and found me down on Row D of the ballot last Tuesday.   Congratulations to Heather, Colleen, Laura, John, and the candidates for other offices for races well run. It is a tribute to our town that we produce so many thoughtful and dedicated candidates for public office. The support, kindness, and votes of confidence that I received over the course of this campaign have been truly overwhelming. I cannot thank enough the people who spent … Read more

Letter: Board of Education winner congratulates candidates in election

To the Editor: I offer my congratulations to all the candidates in all the contested and uncontested categories in this year’s municipal election. Everyone who stands up to serve deserves our appreciation, as the act of stepping into the “arena” is in and of itself courageous and commendable.   The following quotation encapsulates my sentiments: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred … Read more

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