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October 2012
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Kings Island Preserved
Land Trust Protects its 188 Acres


Kings Island  


Hartford conglomerate Northeast Utilities on Thursday announced the creation of a land trust to protect 981 acres in Sharon, Enfield/Suffield, Newtown, and Waterford valued at $20 million as permanent open space.


The nonprofit, irrevocable land trust is part of NU's agreement with Connecticut regulators over the approval of the company's $5 billion merger with Boston utility NStar. The merged NU is based in Boston and Hartford.


The Northeast Utilities Land Trust includes four parcels: the 723 acres located on Skiff Mountain in Sharon, 188 acres on the Connecticut River at Kings Island in Enfield/Suffiield, 57 acres on Hanover Road in Newtown, and 13 acres on Bartlett Cove in Waterford. The land is valued at $20 million.


NU President and CEO Tom May made the announcement on October 18th with George Jepsen, Connecticut's attorney general, and Dan Esty, commissioner of the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.


The land in the trust will be accessible to the public. An interactive Web site ( will have maps, pictures and videos of the property to help identify hiking trails and other recreation opportunities


Winter Farmers Market

Hilltop Farm


Back again by popular demand! The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop (FOFAH) is hosting a 2012 Winter Farmers Market.   The 2012 Winter Farmers Market will run for five Saturdays starting October 20th . The other dates are November 3rd, November 17th, December 1st, and December 15th. Each Market will run from 10 am to 2pm at Hilltop Farm in Suffield.


There will be agricultural products, such as dairy products, natural beef, local produce and local crafts.  Hilltop Farm is located at 1608 Mapleton Avenue (RT 159) in Suffield, CT, just south of the Massachusetts border.


As part of their mission, The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop supports local farmers and encourages agricultural activities in this region.  The Winter Farmers Market will allow you the opportunity to support community farms and "buy local". The vendors will be the familiar ones from the area Summer Farmers Markets as well as additional crafters of agricultural products. In addition to food such as locally raised beef, breads, jams and winter vegetables there will be items such as soap, honey, dried flowers, and holiday greens. There will be demonstrations by crafters and artisans along with activities for children.


Come and enjoy the view up at Hilltop Farm, experience the beauty of this grand barn and its surroundings, and purchase items from the local region. 

For more information contact co-chairs Eileen @860-573-9786 or Megan 860-882-3148. For the latest updates please visit the FOFAH website

Tag/Craft Sale and Flea Market/Swap Meet
Saturday, October 27th 




Come and see all the great items for sale!


8am-4pm Saturday Oct 27 (rain date Oct 28)


Babbs Park, 433 Babbs Road, West Suffield, CT


Crafters and Tag Sale People Wanted!


Come sell your crafts or tag sale items

Only $20 for 10x12 space; $25 for 15x20; and $40 for 15x40!


Call Deb at 413-998-3302 or Jerry (860) 668-5783 to reserve a spot

or for more details.



Hike the Metacomet
Fall Foliage at its Finest

In other news - Connecticut Forest and Park Association awarded grant for the Metacomet Trail: 


The Metacomet Trail starts at the Connecticut/Massachusetts border and passes through Suffield, East Granby, Simsbury, Bloomfield, Avon, West Hartford, and Farmington before terminating just north of Middletown. It passes through state and town parks, municipal watershed areas, land managed by conservation nonprofit organizations, private land under conservation easement, and unprotected land via permission of individual landowners.


Conservation of the 63-mile Metacomet Trail has earned the support of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.


A grant of $165,000 has been awarded to the Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA), the state's first nonprofit conservation organization, to work with private and corporate landowners, local municipalities, and land trusts to extend existing connections and develop a plan to ensure the continuity of the trail.


"Despite increasing public interest in outdoor recreation, more than 40 percent of the Metacomet Trail is currently vulnerable to subdivision or fragmentation," said Eric Hammerling, director of CFPA.


The Hartford Foundation grant will allow the organization to work with town planners, land trusts and conservation commissions in each of the seven towns to develop a conservation plan and to leverage from the national Land and Water Conservation Fund and other funders to maintain the trail. The plan will prioritize key properties for protection or acquisition, and develop a land protection strategy.


The organization will also work directly with trail hosts torenew existing agreements and to establish agreements with new landowners. These agreements are vital to the maintenance of the trail, since they allow use of the owners' land as part of the trail system and ensure that the trail is continuous and uninterrupted.


"The key project outcome is the protection and public enjoyment of the lands and ridges that are connected by the Metacomet Trail," said Hammerling.


The Metacomet Trail is part of the New England National Scenic Trail (NET), a 215-mile trail through 39 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts. CFPA has been the steward of the Connecticut section since 1931. The NET was established in 2009 as one of 11 national trails in the nation.


The Connecticut Forest & Park Association, established in 1895, protects forests, parks, walking trails, and open spaces for future generations to enjoy. Over the past century, the organization has been instrumental in the acquisition of more than 100 state parks and forests for public use and enjoyment.


The association's Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System, established in 1929, currently totals more than 825 miles of hiking trails in 88 Connecticut towns. The trails are maintained by volunteers who contribute approximately 15,000 hours to trail work every year. CFPA is located at the James L. Goodwin Forest & Park Center in Middlefield. For more information, visit

or call 860-346-TREE.

Organ Concert
Music on High Concert Series


First Church  


The Organ Music of J.S. Bach


Brian Parks , A.A.G.O. 



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2012 - 7:00 PM


 In the opening concert of First Church's vaunted Music on High series, newly appointed Minister of Music, Brian Parks, pays tribute to Bach with an evening of the composer's lively and profound masterpieces. Selections for the evening will include the iconic Passacaglia and Thema Fugatum, BWV 582, and the Fantasia and Fugue in G-minor, BWV 542. Mr. Parks looks

forward to sonifying some of his favorite pieces on an instrument suited to the task.


The Gress-Miles pipe organ firm built its first mechanical-action instrument in the sanctuary at First Church of Christ, Suffield in 1977. In 2009, the Andover Organ Company completed extensive additions, significantly enhancing the organ's range and dynamic capacity. This splendid instrument epitomizes the

acoustic values of the German Baroque era: clarity, expressivity, and sheer power. The composer whose music represents the apotheosis of that era's written work is Johann Sebastian Bach.


Mr. Parks has performed Bach throughout the United States, as well as in Paris and Germany.  He received his Bachelor of Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston and his Master of Arts in composition at Wesleyan University. He currently is working on his Masters in Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan.


In addition to being an accomplished organist, pianist, and composer, Brian also is a student of West African Music and Culture, with a particular interest in Ghanaian drumming.

First Church of Christ, Congregational

81 High St., Suffield CT 06078



Suggested donation ~ $10


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