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EDITORIAL: 7 things we liked this week, 2 we didn’t

EDITORIAL: 7 things we liked this week, 2 we didn’t

We liked this week

Volunteers from local companies helped community groups with projects Tuesday that ranged from painting and cleaning to landscaping as a part of the United Way Annual Day of Caring. United Way Coordinator Diana Reilly said 175 volunteers participated in the Day of Caring at locations in Meriden and Wallingford. 

Wallingford residents have the opportunity to view items from the Elks Lodge’s recently opened time capsule. The historical items are on display at the public library in two glass cases near the front entrance. The cases hold photos and documents reflecting the history of the Wallingford lodge and the national Elks organization, along with items from a time capsule opened this past June.

Members and supporters of American Legion Post 45 in Meriden braved the rain Saturday to celebrate the organization’s centennial anniversary. People sat beside Hanover Pond to enjoy the food and hear stories from veterans. A military band provided music and a color guard was present for a small ceremony.

More than three dozen Cheshire residents attended the latest Board of Education forum on safe school climate this week, the third such forum on the topic this calendar year. The meeting’s purpose was to allow community members and parents to address the board with their questions and concerns. 

Fire department leaders in Southington are considering a boost to the reimbursement rate and tax abatements for volunteer firefighters. The Board of Fire Commissioners is looking to improve volunteer recruitment and keep the volunteers the town already has. Increasing benefits may do that, according to board chairman Nathan Wilson.

Parade Committee Chairman John Sullivan said a replica of the DeLorean from the science fiction film series “Back to the Future” will be featured in the Wallingford 350th Jubilee Parade in June 2020. Although the vehicle is not the exact car from the films, it is endorsed by the lead actor Michael J. Fox and the film series’ co-creator Bob Gale.

The threat of inclement weather didn’t dampen the festivities at the annual Cheshire Fall Festival, held Saturday at Bartlem Park. The event, run by the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, is an opportunity for town residents to eat good food, listen to music, go on rides, and check out the offerings of local vendors.

We didn’t like this week

Connecticut health officials say laboratory testing has confirmed the state’s first human case of eastern equine encephalitis this season. Public Health Commissioner Renèe Coleman-Mitchell said Monday that an adult resident of East Lyme tested positive for the potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease. The person became ill during the last week of August and remains hospitalized.

Inmates of Osborn Correctional Institution say the water there is tainted with bacteria found in sewage. The inmates say they are forced to drink foul water while guards bring their own bottled water from outside the prison. Even therapy dogs at Osborn are provided with bottled or filtered water, according to the complaint.