| Jun 10, 2013
| 6:45 AM
For most shoppers, when they hit the mall or grocery store, the sweetest five words are: buy one, get one free.
This week, I offer not one but two suggestions for hikes in Cheshire – one that takes you to some of the bedding plant capital of...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:18 AM
Growing up, I was never one to stay on the trail. Family hikes consisted of my parents saying: "Oh, kids, look at that bird," "Oh, kids, look at that rare plant," and "Where did Peter go?"
And 40-something years later, not much has changed. Especially...
| May 24, 2013
| 4:53 AM
As flags were raised into the blue sky during the dedication ceremony for Camp Meribrite on a June day in 1966, the hope was many would "enjoy the beauty and contentment" of the Girl Scout day camp "now and into the future."
And although that beauty has...
| May 17, 2013
| 5:53 AM
Maybe it's because I read "Treasure Island" too many times as a kid. Or maybe it was the islands of grass -- known as "witches heads" -- we would hop across as kids to get to the other side of the swamp.
Whatever the reason, I love islands. Whether I...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 1:55 PM
OK, I'll admit it. A few years ago, I was losing hope that the gaps along the Charter Oak Trail and Hop River Trail would ever be filled.
But then, in fall 2011, a section of the Charter Oak Trail, a multiuse path through East Hartford and Manchester,...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 3:52 PM
James Raymond Haney, 65, passed away Jan. 15, 2013, at his home in Hagerstown, Md.
Jim was born June 25, 1947, in Hartford, Conn., the son of the late Charles and Gilberta Haney.
Jim and his family relocated to Hagerstown in 1962. Jim graduated from...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 3:10 PM
About this time last year, what appeared to be a real New England winter had settled over the state.
A snowstorm had hit, and temperatures were dropping. I made plans to go to Enders Falls in Granby to see some of Old Man Winter's icy creations.
| Apr 25, 2013
| 3:57 PM
Maybe it's the sight of grass and trees growing up through the gravel and railroad ties. Or the rotting trestle that spans a small river and fills the air with a light scent of creosote. It could be the echoes of water dripping in an abandoned tunnel....
| Apr 10, 2013
| 5:10 PM
Robert Campanelli, 42, of Boonsboro, Md., passed away April 6, 2013, in Martinsburg, W.Va.
Robert was born March 6, 1971, in Manchester, Conn. He was the son of the late Shirley (Painter) McDermott, the late James W. Nixon, and his adoptive father,...
| May 9, 2013
| 3:47 PM
For many of us, the October snowstorm of 2011 is a bad memory: Power was out for days and thousands of trees were toppled or damaged.
Winding Trails, a nonprofit organization offering recreational programs and day camps in Farmington, was one of many...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 3:45 AM
Bill Tchakirides, age 66, retired, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., died peacefully Saturday, April 27.
Bill was born May 24, 1946, in Waterbury, Conn., the son of the late William Tchakirides and Doris (Barsale) Tchakirides, formerly of Bristol and Farmington,...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Wayne Winston has been in a four-year battle to wrestle leadership of the Bridgeport chapter of the NAACP, alleging financial improprieties on the part of its current president. Recently, he petitioned the state NAACP to take over the chapter. Coverage of...