Community news: New Milford library presenting young adult events, more

Vincent Rodriguez performing at The Silo

Vincent Rodriguez performing at The Silo

Vincent Rodriguez

Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation in New Milford hosts senior arts soiree

On Sept. 8, Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation (CV.H.R.) hosted a “Seniors in the Arts Soiree” to honor the winners and participants of its photography and writing contests held throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.

Barbara Gradia, first place winner within the Life Lessons and Inspiration category with her story “The Bus, The Ice and The Angel, said, “I’m thrilled to be here. I hope these contests and celebrations continue!”

The winner of the raffle basket, William Vibbert, said, “I’ve never won anything and now I’ve won a raffle basket, a writing contest and I received a notable mention for my photography. I’m becoming lucky in my old age.” His story was titled “My Army Life” and came in third for Humor and Engagement.

New senior creative writing contest announcement: Take a “Stab” at Mystery Writing! Ages 55-Plus, 750 Word Minimum - 2,000 word maximum. Prizes: $200 first prize, $200 second prize, $75 third prize, Submissions due 12/31/21, Send submissions to mmarici@candlewoodvalley.com or call 860-355-0971, ext. 11.

New Milford Public Library presenting young adult events

The New Milford Public Library are offering events for grades 6-12 in October. Most events are in person at the Marsh Parish House, 46 Danbury Road. RSVP for all programs by emailing Amy Berkun at aberkun@biblio.org.

— Jungle Cruise Virtual Escape on Zoom. Oct. 13 from 4-5 p.m.

Be Zen like a sloth is Oct. 20 from 4-5 p.m. Celebrate International Sloth Day and learn how to chill out like a sloth.

— Spooky Poetry Slam is Oct. 30 from 7-8:30 p.m. Perform your poetry to friends and family or just come and watch.

— Dungeons & Dragons meets two times this month on Zoom, Oct. 4 and 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

— Games and Chess Club is Oct.12 from 6:30-8 p.m.

— Graphic Novels Book Club is Oct. 17 from 3-4 p.m.

— Write Stuff is Oct. 21 from 4-5:30 p.m.

New Milford hosts first annual apple festival

The Town of New Milford is organizing the first annual New Milford Apple Festival. The Apple Festival will be held on the South Green in New Milford on Saturday, Sept. 25. There will be over 40 booths with crafters, nonprofits, and small businesses on the Green from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the event will end with the band, “Those Guys” performing a concert on the Green, beginning at 6 p.m. Bring a chair. There will many activities at the Apple Festival including an Apple Bake-Off organized by the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford, bike and bike safety parade, games, a bake-off, contests and much more. Also kids, start thinking of how you can decorate your bike for the Mayor’s Bike Parade at the Apple Festival. Village Center for the Arts has offered to provide supplies that to decorate bikes at their business during their open hours. For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office at 860-355-6010.

New Milford hosts “Apple Of My Eye” bake-off

New Milford will be holding its first “The Apple of My Eye Bake Off” at their first annual Apple Festival on Saturday, Sept. 25. The only rule is that the recipe must have apples as one of its main ingredients. Bake off items with a copy of the recipe can be brought to the bake off area at the Bandstand during the Apple Festival by 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 25. Judging will begin at noon with prizes awarded at 2 p.m. For registration forms, call Diane at 860 354-4827 and leave a message, or email dianemccaff@gmail.com.

Sherman Library hosts annual meeting

The Sherman Library annual Meeting of Members will be held on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. To attend the meeting, register by 7 p.m. on Oct.5 by emailing ablake@biblio.org. Please include the name(s) of attendee(s) in the email. Members of the Sherman Library will be asked to elect Trustees and will hear reports from the executive director, president, treasurer, and investment committee chair. Voting is permitted for those who have become a member between September 12, 2020 and Sept. 11. Members may vote at the annual meeting or by proxy. Proxies are available on the website at shermanlibrary.org or at the library. The completed proxy may be mailed to the library, dropped off at the library or scanned and emailed to slboard@biblio.org. The deadline for submitting a proxy is Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. The meeting agenda, proxy, and FAQs are available at the library or by visiting shermanlibrary.org. For further information email slboard@biblio.org or call 860-354-2455.

Sherman Library hosting talk on preparing for the unexpected

The Sherman Library is hosting: “Ready or Not? Preparing for the Unexpected” presented by Maria Xavier on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. on Zoom.

Life is full of surprises. A job loss, prolonged illness or unexpected death of a family member can have a big impact on your family and your financial situation.

Join the Sherman Library and presenter Maria Xavier to discover how to put yourself in a better financial position to keep your financial strategy from veering off course. Though you can’t predict the unexpected, you can prepare for it.

Xavier is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. This program is free and is offered by the Sherman Library and the Sherman Conservation Commission remotely through Zoom. For more information and to register, contact the library at SLprograms@biblio.org.

Bicycle rodeo, bike safety check and decorated bicycle parade to be part of the 1st annual apple festival in New Milford

The New Milford Police Department, along with the New Milford Apple Festival Committeec, are organizing bicycle activities for children with bicycles at the first annual Apple Festival on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The New Milford Police will be holding the Bike Rodeo on Church Street starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. In addition, there will be a bicycle safety check at the same time. Also following this, there will be a bicycle parade around the Green. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes and bring them down to the Green to participate in the parade.

For supplies to decorate the bikes, the Village Center for the Arts invites all to bring your bike down to their studio on Main Street Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For questions, call the Mayor’s office at 860-355-6010.

New Milford Water Witch Hose Co. names names honorary member

Water Witch Hose Company #2, a fire department in New Milford, bestowed honorary member status on Cramer & Anderson Partner Randy DiBella at its Sept. 7 meeting for his longtime community service pro bono work.

“Through the years we have been able to look towards [Attorney DiBella] for legal counsel, which plays a pivotal role in the execution of our duties,” Water Witch President David Golembeski said in a proclamation. “Hours upon hours of phone calls, analysis of contracts, legal disputes, or questions about human resources have all been resolved due to his guidance,” the proclamation said.

DiBella also assists the New Milford Community Ambulance with legal questions and matters, and in 2009 the ambulance corps made him an honorary member. New Milford Community Ambulance honored Attorney DiBella again in 2016 with its highest honor, the Andy Armstrong Community Service Award. Armstrong, who died in 2013 had been president of the ambulance group for 36 years, logging more than 65 years of service in all. He had also been a member of the town’s Police Commission, as well as a community leader and volunteer with the American Red Cross and Rotary Club.

Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Department hosting “Taste of the Fair”

No Bridgewater Fair? No Problem! On Oct. 16 from 4-7 p.m., the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a drive-thru “Taste of the Fair” over the coals roast beef at the Bridgewater Fairgrounds, 100 Main St. South, Bridgewater. Cost is $20 for per dinner - cash/debit and credit cards are accepted. It includes a mound full of over-the-coals roast beef sandwich, macaroni and cheese and a bottle of water.

The volunteer firefighters will be directing visitors upon entry to the Fairgrounds. Stay in the car while paying and they will have the food packaged There are 500 dinners. Contact Eric Gsell, Fair Chairman, with questions.

Vincent Rodriguez Acoustic performs at the Silo in New Milford

Vincent Rodriguez will perform “Smiles I Can’t See” with Terri Lachance Saturday, Oct. 2, at 4:30 p.m. The Silo is at Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Road, New Milford. For more information, call 860- 355-0300.