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Businesses hosting food collection drive

THOMASTON — Plymouth Glass and Mirror LLC and Thomaston Insurance LLC, both headquartered in Thomaston, are joining forces to lend support to the Thomaston Food Pantry and Thomaston Social Services office. The two businesses will be collecting food items and donations for the upcoming holidays. Some of the most needed food items include canned fruit, coffee, jelly, tomato products, kitchen staples (vinegar, oil, sugar, flour) and kitchen supplies (foil, plastic wrap, trash bags, paper towels, napkins). Any other food items are also welcome. Donations for the Social Services emergency fund can be made by personal or business check.

All food items and donations can be dropped off at Thomaston Insurance, 89 Main St., or at Plymouth Glass, 142 East Main St. For more information, contact Tracy Wivestad at 860-921-8130 or David LaManna at 860-283-0278.

Girl Scouts launch new initiative

Girl Scouts of Connecticut and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today launches the G.I.R.L. Agenda Powered by Girl Scouts,* a nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action. The multiyear effort celebrates the Girl Scout legacy of civic engagement, and for the first time ever, GSUSA is sharing free, expert-curated civic engagement resources beyond its 2.6 million members. The resources are derived from Girl Scout programming that has driven generations of girls over the past century to become leaders.

Introduced at G.I.R.L. 2017, a gathering of girls and women from around the world, including 41 Girl Scouts and adults from Connecticut, the G.I.R.L. Agenda makes it simple to access civic engagement resources that are tailored to prepare every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to stand up for what they believe in. The tools provide a roadmap for how people can take action in ways such as challenging unfair policies, mobilizing communities to support important causes, and meeting with public officials and community leaders to educate them about key issues The G.I.R.L. Agenda will give hundreds of thousands of girls and adults tangible ways to take civic action on topics of their choosing.

Also part of the initiative, Girl Scouts announces its new Good Neighbor badge for Daisies (girls in grades K-1). It joins the organization’s existing Citizen badges—Celebrating Community, Inside Government, Finding Common Ground, Behind the Ballot, and Public Policy—which engage girls in age-appropriate activities involving community service, public policy, government, voting, and more.

“We always hear that girls want to be active in public policy and learn how to advocate for positive change, so this is a great way to give them the resources they need to stand up for what they believe in and help make our world a better place,” said Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Mary Barneby, in a written statement.

Learn more about these resources on To sign up for Girl Scouts or to sign up as a volunteer, visit

Beirut Lebanon service set in Bantam

BANTAM — David Seelye, Chairman of the Connecticut Beirut Memorial Committee and Post 44 of the American Legion of Bantam announced that its members will celebrate the lives of troops who were killed while in Beirut on a peace-keeping-mission during the Lebanese Civil War, Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. The 220 Marines, 18 sailors and 3 soldiers who lost their lives on Oct. 23, 1983 in the Beirut barracks bombing will be honored at the All Wars Memorial in front of the Bantam Cemetery on Route 202 in Bantam, Connecticut.

This will be the 20th annual service conducted by Mr. Seelye and his group. Connecticut State Representative, Jay Case of the 63rd district, and Sean Connolly of the Connecticut Department of Veteran Affairs will be guest speakers. The public is invited to attend and give thanks for the sacrifices made by these heroes. For information, email

Register now for 41st Annual Kent Pumpkin Run

KENT — Registration is now open for the 41st Annual Kent Pumpkin Run, on Sunday, Oct. 29. The event will offer races, food, prizes, a costume contest, music and more, all part of the main event. Register before Friday Oct. 20 and save $5 off the Race Day entry fee of $30. Additionally, the first 600 registered runners receive a commemorative performance shirt.

A Kids Fun Run starts at 11:15 a.m., followed by a 5 mile run/walk at noon. Both races begin and end on the Kent Green in front of the Kent Town Hall. Runners wearing costumes have a double chance to win —once as a runner and once for a clever costume. Judges will review costumes and determine the winners.

Since 2010 the Kent Pumpkin Run has partnered with the Kent Food Bank; as the fall and winter holidays approach, town food banks become more important than ever. Spectators and race participants are encouraged to donate online or bring a gift of non-perishable food to support the Kent Food Bank. Non-perishable donations can be dropped off off at the registration area on race day or at the Davis IGA during race week.

Visit to register and for more information about the race.

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