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‘Land Swap’ Continues To Draw Attention

The Hartford Courant reported that more than 200 people attended a September 7 forum about the controversial land swap that gives 17 acres of prime conservation land near the Connecticut River to a private developer. For more on this story in The Courant, visit

“Richard Conniff And The Species Seekers” Oct 6

An upcoming event in Middletown, “Richard Conniff and The Species Seekers,” is sponsored by the Rockfall Foundation. The presentation and conversation will be held at 7pm, October 6, at the deKoven House Community Center. Award winning and nationally acclaimed science writer Richard Conniff will focus on the fascinating, colorful story of how species get discovered and why it’s still such an import human endeavor. For more, visit

Busway: Function Or Dysfunction?

The writer of a letter to The Middletown Press about the busway began with “Winston Churchill’s words ring true: ‘Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.’” The article is titled: “Busway example of utter dysfunction.” Read about this statewide news that affects the environment and transportation issues in the Middletown Press story at

Irene’s Ill Wind Brings Great Birding

An amazing photo from NASA shows the amount of sediment that is washing into Long Island Sound via the Connecticut River all from the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in Connecticut’s neighboring states to the north. See that story in The Headlines here: Robert Miller, who is the environmental writer for the Danbury News-Times, noticed after Tropical Storm Irene pounded the state, there were dozens of black terns in Connecticut that aren’t usually here. “Ordinarily,” he writes, “you would rarely see a black tern in Connecticut and only along the shoreline. A Leach’s storm-petrel is a seabird that stays out in the Atlantic entirely. It does not frequent Litchfield County lakes.” Birding enthusiasts can read more on this from Robert Miller at



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