Chili Cookoff Will Benefit Sandy Hook Fire Department By Linda Tishler Levinson
SOMERS - After the school shootings in Newtown, Michael Freedman, of Somers, wanted to do something to help. “I’ve heard from a lot people in town who want to do something,” said Freedman, chairman of the New England Regional Chili Cookoff, whose father lives in Newtown. The result is a Chili Cookoff to benefit the Sandy Hook Fire Department in Newtown. The event will be held indoors on a smaller scale than the outdoor cookoffs and
will feature the first 40 cooks who sign up. “In less than 12 hours, we had 28 cooks sign up,” Freedman said. Freedman was amazed at the response, he said, with most of what is needed to run the event having been donated. The Chili Cookoff will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at Pleasant View, 452 South Rd., Somers. Admission is $8. For information, contact Freedman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Four Town Fair The 175th Anniversary Four Town Fair will be held
Sept. 12-15. Organizers are seeking historical photographs, references, newspaper articles, stories and agricultural artifacts to document the fair’s history. They also are looking for residents, civic organizations and local businesses interested in becoming involved in the event. Interested persons may contact Marie Letellier at: 168 Prospect Hill Rd., East Windsor, CT 06088, 860-6270216, email@example.com or P.O. Box 24, Somers, CT 06071. The deadline for submissions is May 1.
Town of Somers Commits to Clean Energy Communities Program
SOMERS – Somers’ First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini recently signed a pledge to commit the town to the Clean Energy Communities program, an Energize Connecticut initiative that incentivizes Connecticut municipalities to improve energy efficiency and promote the use of clean and renewable energy. Energize Connecticut helps homes and business save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and local electric and gas utilities,
with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Under the expanded Clean Energy Communities program, Somers pledges to reduce its municipal building energy consumption 20 percent by 2018, and to voluntarily purchase 20 percent of its municipal electrical needs from clean, renewable sources by 2018. “By embracing energy efficiency and clean energy technologies, Somers has the opportunity to save money, save energy and help improve the environment,” Pellegrini said. “We are committed to achieving significant levels of pro-
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gram participation and continuing to educate our residents, businesses and institutions about the benefits of energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy.” Through participation in energy-saving and renewable energy programs, Somers can earn points towards rewards. For example, when residents or businesses in Somers install a clean energy system, enroll in the CTCleanEnergyOptions program, or sign up to receive a Home Energy Solutions assessment, they earn points for the town. For every 100 points earned for renewable initiatives, Somers will earn a clean energy system equivalent to a 1 kW solar photovoltaic system. Earned systems could include a solar photovoltaic array, solar hot water system, solar trash compactor or solar-powered lights. Similarly, points are earned when residents, businesses or municipalities participate in energy efficiency programs, such as the Home Energy Solutionssm, Small Business Energy Advantage or Retro Commissioning programs, all of which are energy improvement services designed to help people or businesses use energy more efficiently and save money on their monthly energy bills.
For every 100 points earned through participation in energy efficiency programs, Somers will receive a “Bright Idea Grant” of $5,000 that can be used toward a community-selected energysaving project, such as hiring an energy auditor to assess/benchmark municipal buildings or to leverage existing funds to make energy-saving improvements to a school. CL&P and CEFIA, the Clean Energy Communities program administrators will work with Somers to help the town meet goals laid out in its Comprehensive Energy Plan.
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