GH2 in Norman, Okla., has hired former New Milford resident Mikaela Coston.

Ms. Coston will be assigned to GH2 Gralla Equine Architects, a specialty practice of GH2 dedicated to the planning and design of equine and livestock facilities.

As a lifelong equestrian, horse owner and competitive eventer, Ms. Coston brings first-hand knowledge and experience of the complex interactions and activities that influence the design and layout of equine facilities.

Her strong background in daily facility operations, stable management and equine behavior and welfare will help assist her in her approach to designing safe and functional facilities.

Ms. Coston stays up to date on current changes in the equine industry by staying active in equestrian events nationwide and constantly participating in clinics, exhibitions and volunteer work.

Ms. Coston is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she earned bachelor and master degrees in architecture.

She is actively involved in professional organizations as an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the National Council for Architectural Registration Boards Intern Development Program.

She resides in Norman with her Irish sport horse, Shazam.

Ms. Coston is a graduate C3 (traditional) from the Millbrook Pony Club in Millbrook, N.Y. and was on the dressage team at the University of Kentucky.

As a member of the USEA, she successfully competed through the preliminary level in Area I, II, III and VIII and most recently was an outrider at the 2012 Rolex Kentucky three-day event.

When she is in the northeast, she trains with FEI rider and trainer Virginia Leary.

Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, director of Branagan Communications Consultants LLC in New Milford, recently presented a lecture, "How to Get Free Publicity for Your Business or Organization," during a meeting of the American Business Women's Association-Nutmeg Chapter in Plantsville.

Several stylists from Joe's Salon in New Milford attended the Behind the Chair's Color Show Oct. 7-8 in Miami.

Alexis Van Sauter, Jessica LaFantano, Sarah Johnson and Leighann Zabrowski learned new color techniques for ombre, balayage, foil highlighting, bonding techniques and color correction.

When Christian Community Outreach Ministries applied for a 2011 grant from Union Savings Bank, the Danbury non-profit organization wasn't expecting to receive a car instead.

That's just what they got -- a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee donated by the bank.

The bank presented the car to CCOM this summer, once all necessary paperwork and documentation was finalized.

Maya Cointreau has opened Enchanted at 285 Litchfield Road (Route 202), just south of the Northville Market.

The store carries items for children and adults, including locally, handmade, all-natural candles and jewelry; crystals essential oils; incense and flower essences; metaphysical, new age and self-help books; fairytale-themed toys; and more.

The store is open Mondays through Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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