Newmilford's HamletHub Sat, 18 Sep 2021 18:13:10 -0400 New Milford resident Janice R. Kriston, 73, has died

Janice R. Kriston, 73, of New Milford, entered into eternal rest on Monday, September 13, 2021, at Bethel Health Care, Bethel, CT with her children at her side.

Ms. Kriston, a Bridgeport native, was born on November 4, 1947, a daughter of the late Daniel and Jennie (Wargo) Ratzenberger. She attended Bridgeport schools and had an associate's degree from Alberta Magnus. She retired from People’s Bank in 2010 and moved to North Carolina to spend to with her son and his family. There she attended the Bethel Baptist Church in Lumberton, NC.

Ms. Kriston is survived by a daughter, Karen Mulvihill, and her husband, John, a son, Thomas and his wife, Rebekah, a sister, Julia Dogali her husband Michael, 3 grandchildren, Sean & Brendan Mulvihill and Lilly Grace Kriston, and two nephews, Michael Dogali and Matthew Dogali and their families. Janice enjoyed watching movies with her grandsons and baking with her granddaughter. She always had a smile and hug ready at all times. She brought joy and comfort to all who knew her.

Funeral services will take place on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 3:30PM in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury. Private interment will take place in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport. Friends will be received in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home on Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 1PM to 3:30 PM.

Contributions in Ms. Kriston’s memory may be made to the Danbury Hospital Development Fund for Palliative Care, 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT 06810. Please specify for Palliative Care.

Due to the concerns of COVID-19 facing us all with time, it is a requirement of the City of Danbury that masks or facial covering must be worn indoors at all times.

]]> (Jowdy Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Thu, 16 Sep 2021 11:26:10 -0400
Local leaders gather to discuss how art supports the economy

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut will host its annual fundraiser online this year with a virtual conversation of local leaders in government, education and business.

“Refresh. Revive. Revitalize: How the Arts Spark Economic Activity,” will be streamed from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8. Registration is available on the homepage at HERE.

Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, a longtime advocate of the arts as an engine of the economy, will lead the round-table discussion.

“Our elected officials have been so important in the conversation about the importance of art and how it can benefit a community in tangible ways,” said Lisa Scails, executive director of the Cultural Alliance. “The presentation will show real examples of projects in our local towns that have worked to bring in visitors, attract patrons to businesses, and to make our communities more livable.”

Marconi will be joined by Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker, New Milford Mayor Pete Bass, Newtown First Selectman Dan Rosenthal, Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe, Western Connecticut State University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Missy Alexander, and Neviana Zhgaba of Aquila’s Nest Vineyards in Newtown. They will discuss successful art projects and plans for the future to bring art into our cities and towns to help communities recover from economic shocks and better equip them to withstand future crises.

“We see examples across the region of art projects that have injected life into a section of town,” Marconi said. “If we can agree to build on our successes and promote art as a way of attracting more business to this part of the state, we will be much stronger in coming years.”

The event will include an auction and opportunities to donate to the Cultural Alliance, a 501(c)3 service organization serving 10 towns in the Greater Danbury area to improve access and growth of arts and culture to improve quality of life and the economy.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Scails at

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Thu, 16 Sep 2021 06:02:24 -0400
New Milford High School Student Trinity Mink is Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Congratulations to New Milford High School student Trinity Mink!

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2022. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located.

In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2022 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

These scholarship recipients will join more than 362,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title. 

Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program here.

]]> (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) Neighbors Wed, 15 Sep 2021 02:22:12 -0400
Hat Tricks are BACK at Danbury Arena, Season Opener on October 29!

The Hat Tricks drop the puck on the new season on Friday, October 29th at home in Danbury Arena against the Port Huron Prowlers. This is the first game since March of 2020 and expectations are that the energy level will be at an all-time high!

There’s never a dull moment at Danbury Arena, even when the players aren’t on the ice. The delicious food and drink available at the newly renovated and newly reopened Rabbit Hole Bar and Grill and, a brand new (and massive) redemption arcade beckon fans to come early and stay late!

Win, lose or draw, the Hat Tricks are always available after every home game for special autograph and photo sessions. You can’t get closer to professional athletes than this!

Let’s DO THIS! Professional hockey is BACK! 

Adult tickets are just $15, with children under 12 and military veterans priced at $11. Purchase your tickets to the season opener HERE.

To view the Hat Tricks 2021-22 season schedule, click here.


]]> (Katie) Events Tue, 14 Sep 2021 04:11:24 -0400
Connecticut Fall Archery Deer and Turkey Seasons Open September 15

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds sportsmen and women that the 2021 fall archery hunting seasons for deer and turkey open on Wednesday, September 15, on state and private land. 

Hunters, State Land Users Reminded to Wear Fluorescent Orange During Hunting Season

Fall archery hunting season for deer and wild turkey goes to the end of December on private lands and state land bowhunting only areas, and to the end of January 2021 on private lands in Deer Management Zones 11 and 12. On state lands open to hunting, the archery season runs from September 15 to November 16 and from December 22 through the end of December. Archery deer hunting is allowed on private lands on Sundays in all Deer Management Zones. Wild turkeys CANNOT be hunted on Sunday anywhere in the state.

“The outlook for the 2021 hunting season looks good as another mild winter and an in increase in deer observations occurred in most zones last year,” said Andy LaBonte, DEEP Wildlife Division Biologist. “The 2020 Connecticut Deer Program Summary contains information that will be helpful to hunters in the upcoming season.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more people participating in hunting and other outdoor activities over the past year, which potentially could create more hunter and non-hunter conflicts on heavily used state land areas. Although hunters are required to wear fluorescent orange while participating in many types of hunting activities, it is highly recommended that all state land users wear an article of fluorescent orange during the hunting season to maintain a safe outdoor environment for everyone.

“On average, Connecticut experienced moderate acorn production in 2021,” said Michael Gregonis, DEEP Wildlife Division Biologist. “So, fall weather conditions could be an influential factor on both the deer and turkey harvest.”

“The best hunting opportunities still exist in the southwest corner of the state and many of the shoreline towns, especially for bowhunters,” continued LaBonte. “Many landowners use the archery deer hunting season as a safe and effective means of reducing deer populations, especially in the more developed areas of the state where firearms hunting may not be feasible.”

Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp: A Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp was established in 2016, which replaces all turkey permits and the Pheasant Stamp, and is required to hunt any resident (non-migratory) game birds, including wild turkey, pheasant, ruffed grouse, partridge, and quail. The cost of the Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp is $28 for adult residents and non-residents and $14 for Connecticut hunters ages 12 through 17. All revenues from the sale of Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamps will be deposited into a separate, non-lapsing account to use exclusively for game birds and their habitat.

Wild turkey hunters planning to hunt in fall 2021 will need a 2021 Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp. Landowners (who own 10 or more contiguous acres) may take turkeys on their property with the Free Landowner Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp or Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp. There is no additional bag limit for turkeys due to the Free Landowner Game Bird Conservation Stamp.

Harvest Tags: When hunters harvest a deer or turkey, they are required to fill out a Harvest Tag, sign it, and keep the Harvest Tag with the animal until it is processed for consumption. Copies of Harvest Tags and instructions for their use are on page 34 of the 2021 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide, as well as on the DEEP website here.

Report Harvest: Hunters are required to report their deer and turkey harvest within 24 hours either on the DEEP website here or by calling a toll free number (1-877-337-4868). Deer hunters in Deer Management Zones 11 and 12 who take advantage of the Replacement Antlerless and Earn-a-Buck tag programs must complete this same tagging and reporting procedure prior to going to a check station that issues replacement tags. A listing of replacement tag vendors is available on the DEEP website. After reporting their harvest via the Internet or by telephone, hunters will be given a confirmation number to write on their Harvest Tag. This confirmation number serves as proof that the harvest was legally reported.

Wear Fluorescent Orange: Bowhunters are reminded that they must wear 400 square inches of fluorescent orange while walking to and from their tree stands during the firearms deer hunting season. However, once in a tree stand, elevated at least 10 feet off the ground, bowhunters may remove the fluorescent orange clothing. All private land archery hunters are required to carry a DEEP consent form signed by the landowner and dated for the current season. Consent forms can be found in the Hunting Guide or here. Deer permits and Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamps can be purchased online at here or at participating town halls and vendors. Hunters should consult the DEEP website for an up-to-date listing of new state lands open to archery hunting.

Learn How to Get Started Hunting: Check out the Hunting Roadmap on the DEEP website to learn the steps needed to get started hunting in Connecticut here.

There are roadmaps for all types of hunting, including deer and turkey hunting.

Photo credit: Paul J. Fusco/CT DEEP-Wildlife Division.

The outlook for the 2021 deer hunting season is expected to be good, depending on weather conditions. The best opportunities are in the southwest corner of the state and many of the shoreline towns, especially for bowhunters

]]> (CT DEEP) Life Mon, 13 Sep 2021 13:09:30 -0400
New Milford's Halloween on the Green

Halloween on the Green will take place on Halloween, Sunday, October 31 from 11am to 4pm.

Head to downtown New Milford for festive fun - trick or treat and search for paper pumpkins in the windows of participating merchants.

The Halloween Parade begins at 3pm.

For additional information, click on the image to enlarge.

]]> (HH) Events Mon, 13 Sep 2021 10:14:00 -0400
My Back is Out! Should I See a Spine Surgeon?

So many people suffer with all types of back pain, and it often gets in the way of doing simple daily activities or causes problems performing at work. OrthoConnecticut's Spine Team is highly regarded as one of the finest in the region, and our physicians, Justin Paul, MD, PhD and Abiola Atanda, MD, care for patients of all ages with debilitating or simple spine issues. Contrary to what you may believe, the majority of spine patients are treated without surgery, and when surgery is required, the practice uses minimally invasive procedures whenever possible.

Older adults commonly have age-related back, neck, and spinal pain or stiffness from cartilage, joints, and discs wearing down from everyday usage or losing water and shrinking as we age. Over time, we can also experience narrowing of the space around our spine, or spinal stenosis, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves causing symptoms ranging from pain, numbness, tingling to progressive loss of function. Spinal arthritis, also a degenerative condition, can occur when the joints above and below the vertebrae begin to degenerate. In addition to age-related wearing down of the disc and other tissues, this can result in an abnormal curvature of the spine, commonly referred to as Degenerative Scoliosis. This condition can cause a debilitating functional problem. Some adults experience decreased bone mass – osteopenia or osteoporosis, which leaves us more vulnerable to vertebral fractures even with a low-impact injury or fall.

If you experience neck and back pain, don’t ignore it! If it’s age-related or due to injury, there are many treatments that can help and it doesn’t necessarily mean you need surgery. Our Spine Team is here to help you get back to living the life you love! Visit our WEBSITE for more information about spine issues, treatments or to book an appointment.


]]> (Jen Coakley) Neighbors Mon, 13 Sep 2021 04:55:00 -0400
RVNAhealth is offering flu vaccines to patients ages 6 months and older and pneumonia vaccines for ages 65+

Stay WELL with RVNAhealth - Get Your Flu Shot!

Beginning Monday, September 13th, through the flu season, RVNAhealth is offering flu vaccines to patients ages 6 months and older and pneumonia vaccines for ages 65+ at our headquarters at 27 Governor Street and at many community and drive-thru clinics in Ridgefield and surrounding towns. 

Visit RVNAhealth online here for details.

]]> (RVNAhealth) Life Sat, 11 Sep 2021 06:39:18 -0400
Community invited to join New Milford Citizen Police Academy

New Milford Police Chief Cerruto invites residents of the community to attend the Citizens Police Academy (CPA).

The program provides an increased understanding and awareness of police operations. It is not intended to make citizens into police officers but rather to heighten awareness of both the public and police in an effort to build partnerships and open channels of communication with the community.

The CPA start date is Wednesday, October 6, 2021.  Applications must be submitted by Monday, September 27, 2021.

]]> (New Milford Police) Neighbors Sat, 11 Sep 2021 03:46:59 -0400
Pick Your Own Apples and Pumpkins and Pack the Perfect Picnic

Fall means "pick your own" in New England - combine your day trip with a picnic for a farm-tastic day!

After a long, warm summer, the night air is slowly beginning to turn crisp and the leaves are starting to show signs of yellow and orange (and soon red), autumn has arrived in New England. And in Connecticut, with over 60 varieties of apples grown on beautiful, sprawling farms, and pumpkins ready to harvest, autumn means apple and pumpkin picking. Let's face it, there really is nothing better than a juicy, freshly picked apple and the perfect Halloween pumpkin.

Feel like day-tripping for pumpkins and apples? We made a list of some of the popular farms a short(ish) drive from Ridgefield that offer pick your own apples, and in some cases, pumpkins too!

Pack the perfect picnic for picking (say that 5 times in a row!)

After you pack the kids (and maybe the family dog) into your car, we suggest you make a pit-stop at 109 Cheese and Wine. With locations in Kent and Ridgefield, 109 is at the center of this fun, family, fall activity.

We spoke with Todd Brown, and he’s waiting for you with the perfect picking provisions! The 109 team will pack a picnic lunch that will pair perfectly with the apples you’ll likely be munching on! Some 109 fall favorites: 

  • Cheese and wine (of course). 

  • Rose, a pick-your-own favorite among the 109 family

  • Freshly made Baguette sandwiches (artisan bread, fresh meat, the best cheese)

  • Charcuterie 

  • Smoked salmon

  • And MORE, stop in or call for additional picnic provisions!

Bring your own picnic basket encouraged (109 offers some beauties if you want to purchase one!) For your pick-your-

 OK, now you’re ready to head to the farm!

Jones Family Farms is located at 606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT. 

Pumpkin picking only. Open Sept 18 and 19, 12 to 5:30 pm, for “Preview Weekend”, then we open daily starting on Sept 25.

Notes front the farm: “We have a GREAT CROP OF PUMPKINS this year, and we look forward to sharing it with you!”

For additional information, visit Jones Family Farm online or call (203) 929-8425.

Silverman’s Farm, located at 451 Sport Hill Farm in Easton, CT. Open 7 days a week.

Apple picking only. Click here for schedule.

Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard located at 278 Leavenworth Road in Shelton, CT

Apple picking only. Saturday & Sunday, September 11th & 12th we picking Honeycrisp (they’re usually all picked within 3 hours!), Gala and McIntosh

Warrup's Farm is located at 51 John Read Road, West Redding, CT.

Pumpkin picking. Open weekends in October from 10am to 5pm.

Warrup’s Farm is a small farm using organic methods, operated by the Hill family During October weekends & Columbus Day Monday, pick pumpkins off the vine.

Greig Farm is located at 227 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook, NY.

Pick your own apples and pumpkins.

Enjoy 400 acres of rustic charm, make friends with the goats, and shop the farmers market seven days a week. Greig Farm 9 am to 7 pm for picking apples and pumpkins.

Visit Greig Farm online here

Blue Jay Orchards is located at 125 Plum Tree Road in Bethel.

Apple picking only. Pumpkin “patch”

While the farm has a large pumpkin patch, they don't offer "pick your own". The farm does offer pick your own apples.

Visit them online here for call (203) 748-0119

Ellsworth Farm is located at 461 Cornwall Bridge Road (Route 4) in Sharon, CT.

Apple and pumpkin picking, plus peaches and Asian pears.

Download our 2021 Pick Your Own brochure

Pick-Your-Own at Ellsworth Farm is open early September to late October on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at both the Home Farm and Sunnymount locations from 10:00-5:00, weather permitting.

Rogers Orchards is located at 336 Long Bottom Road in Southington, CT

Pick your own apples only.

Read more about Pick-Your-Own farms in Connecticut here!

No. 109 Cheese and Wine Market, The Marketplace at Copps Hill, 109 Danbury Road, Ridgefield. T. 203-438-5757.


Tue–Thu: 10am to 6pm

Fri & Sat: 9am to 6pm

Sun: 10am to 4pm

109 Cheese Market Kent, 7 Old Barn Road, Kent, CT,.860.592.0366.


Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5pm.

Visit 109 Cheese and Wine online here.


]]> (HH) Life Thu, 09 Sep 2021 11:45:26 -0400
Brookfield's Huckleberry Hill Elementary School to Become the New and Improved Candlewood Lake Elementary School

On March 5th, 2019, the town of Brookfield, Connecticut approved a $78.1 million plan in a vote of 1,846 to 1,033 to create a new, improved, and much larger Brookfield elementary school. This place of education will be named Candlewood Lake Elementary School and will be built on the grounds of the 58-year-old existing Huckleberry Hill Elementary School.

Necessary and in the works for years prior, residents were eager to see this project occur. As a Huckleberry Hill Elementary School alumni years ago who longed for a greater learning and childhood environment, I was thrilled to see this news and saw it as a victory for future Brookfield students who will be able to grow up in an improved environment. 

Candlewood Lake Elementary School will host pre-kindergarten through fifth grade (taking in all grades from the historical Center Elementary School and also fifth grade from Whisconier Middle School). This will tally the number of students on campus at around 1,100. Staff from Center Elementary School and Whisconier Middle School will join faculty from Huckleberry at the new Candlewood Lake Elementary School. 

The construction for Candlewood Lake Elementary School broke ground on May 1st, 2021 with a special ceremony attended by Huckleberry Hill Elementary School’s Principal Labrosciano, Brookfield Superintendent John Barile, Brookfield State Representative Stephen Harding, and many more individuals vital to Brookfield’s success. Since then, drivers on Candlewood Lake Road next to the present Huckleberry Hill Elementary School have been met with traffic imposed by construction every day, work both related to the school and a separate water pipeline project along the road that Huckleberry Principal Labrosciano tells me the school will “tie into.” 

A banner on a fence that is in between the main road and one of Huckleberry’s fields reads, “Future home of Candlewood Lake Elementary School coming fall 2022.” According to Principal Labrosciano, the construction is “on schedule” for this intended finish time. Brookfield Superintendent John Barile told me over the phone that “trenches have been dug,” “the foundation and underground utilities for the new building have been built,” and “walls have been put up.” “Kids every day at recess are poking their head through the fences,” Principal Labrosciano laughed telling me. 

The new school will absolutely take advantage of the $78.1 million put towards it. The larger outdoor space is going to include a multipurpose sports field and two baseball diamonds, one of which is overlapping the sports field. The site will also include more plain outdoor space, an up-to-date playground, and more parking area. The actual school will have three floors and multiple wings for different purposes, according to the project’s Facebook page.

Closest to the entrance will be the Early Childhood Center for grades pre-kindergarten through first grade and also shared core space and community use. While this will include traditional shared spaces such as gyms and cafeteria, it will also have state-of-the-art labs, media centers, and special education spaces. Huckleberry Hill Elementary School Principal Labrosciano tells me that this area will allow for “awesome opportunities for collaboration” across grade levels. Farther from the drop-off zone will be where grades two through five learn.

Brookfield Superintendent John Barile puts it this way: “Candlewood Lake Elementary School is going to be an improvement between all three schools: Center Elementary School, Huckleberry Hill Elementary School, and Whisconier Middle School.” “Fifth graders from Whisconier Middle School who have been educated in portable classrooms for the longest time will no longer be in portables,” he exclaimed. Candlewood Lake Elementary School is going to be a “state-of-the-art brand new facility”  with great technology. The building will be “energy-efficient and have amazing air quality, something very important during the pandemic” and there will be “temperature control all over.” Additionally, the school will be “built for ideal acoustics and lighting,” “the hallways made for both walking and working space,” and “the building can be used as a shelter.” 

Huckleberry Hill Elementary School will be demolished in summer 2022 and the Candlewood Lake Elementary School building will be ready for 2022-2023 students on the first day of school, says Superintendent Barile. However, he cautioned that there will be “outdoor considerations during the 2022-2023 school year” to take care of like parking, the driveway, and outdoor play space.

Although the construction for the new school will endure over the course of the upcoming school year and outdoors in the following, students will not be majorly affected, assures Principal Labrosciano. The construction has “taken away outdoor space and facilities” but spaces have been adjusted to make up for this change; “dismissal has been tweaked” but in a way that is still swift in getting kids home. 

“It’s very exciting,” Huckleberry Hill Principal Labrosciano and Brookfield Superintendent Barile both said to me enthusiastically. I believe that this is the general feeling among all Brookfield residents and especially the young students who will benefit immensely from the project.

You can keep yourself updated on the Candlewood Lake Elementary School construction by visiting the project’s site or Facebook page


]]> (Max Porter) Places Thu, 09 Sep 2021 11:02:00 -0400
1st Annual New Milford Apple Festival on September 25!

1st Annual New Milford Apple Festival on September 25! from 11am to 5pm with a concert at 6pm.

Enjoy crafts, games and activities as well as an Apple Back-off and plenty of local vendors!

Free admission

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Thu, 09 Sep 2021 10:58:07 -0400
RVNAhealth Hosts Caregiver Job Fair on Saturday, September 25

RVNAhealth seeks compassionate individuals interested in hourly and live-in non-medical caregiver positions. Attend our job fair to learn more and, if interested, you can interview with one of our staff before you leave.

 -  Minimal experience required – will train all new hires

    -  Competitive benefits and pay; flexible hours

    -  Same-day interviews available

    -  No appointment is necessary

    -  Serving clients in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties

Visit the RVNAhealth Job Fair tent located outside the library.

For information about RVNAhealth click here.

To meet some of our current caregivers click here.

]]> (RVNAhealth) Neighbors Thu, 09 Sep 2021 09:47:44 -0400
Funeral for Sgt Mohl Today, Police Union Sets Up Venmo Account To Assist His Family

The Connecticut State Police Union has set up a fund to help Sgt. Brian Mohl’s family after they received several inquiries from other Troopers, law enforcement officers, and the public asking how they could provide financial assistance.

Sgt Mohl, a 26-year veteran of the CT State Police, was killed last week in Woodbury when his Troop car was caught in the torrential flood waters that devastated parts of Connecticut in the wake of Tropical Storm Ida. Mohl is survived by his wife, Susan, and three children ranging in age from 14 to 28. 

His family released the following statement on Sunday:

We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. The loss we have suffered is immeasurable. Brian was an incredible person. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle, and friend and to say he will be missed is just not enough.

Brian loved being a State Trooper. He proudly served with the Connecticut State Police for over 26 years and those that worked with him said he always had a way of making you feel as though you were part of the team and that he truly cared about them.

Even though Brian was committed to his work he always found a way to put his family life first. He never lost sight of that. If he wasn’t at work, he was spending time with us. Brian’s love for his family was larger than life. He had a special way about him with his kindness, humor and warmth.

Seeing the outpouring of prayers and support from the Connecticut State Police, the New York State Police, the law enforcement community and the community as a whole has deeply touched our hearts. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for all of your compassion.

A wake for Sgt. Mohl was held this morning at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford where law enforcement officers from across the state and beyond came and paid their respects to their fallen brother officer and offered condolences to his family. Two of Sgt. Mohl’s brothers are New York State Troopers.

A funeral for Sgt. Mohl took place today, Thursday September 9, 2021 at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford at 11 am.

]]> (Peter Carey) Neighbors Wed, 08 Sep 2021 13:53:44 -0400
Alumna gifts great-great-grandfather’s Civil War letters to WCSU

Western Connecticut State University recently received a donation of about 130 letters written as correspondence during the American Civil War. WCSU alumna Carol Lieto ’99, donated the letters, which were penned by her great-great-grandfather Joseph Dobbs Bishop.

Bishop was a Danbury soldier during the American Civil War, serving as the chief musician in the 23rd Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Lieto published transcriptions of the letters in a book titled “Noble Sentiments of the Soul: The Civil War Letters of Joseph Dobbs Bishop, Chief Musician, 23rd Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, 1862-1863” before donating them to the Western Connecticut State University Archives.

Alongside Bishop’s letters, the collection included additional documents including his enlistment papers, music book, schedules and photographs. WCSU Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Brian Stevens said that the date and location of the letters place Bishop in the middle of the Vicksburg Campaign, making the collection of interest to researchers studying that integral chapter in the history of the Civil War.

“These letters will probably be used most directly in the spring 2022 semester by an Honors course working with war letters,” Stevens said, indicating that he will co-teach this class with Professor of Writing Dr. Edward Hagan of the WCSU Department of Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process. Hagan taught a similar course in 2010, studying the wartime letters of notable Danbury and World War II veteran Truman Warner, for whom WCSU’s Warner Hall is named.

“These letters produce questions in the minds of academics and provide truly interesting insight into what it was like to be a soldier in these times,” Hagan said. “Over the span of the semester-long course, the students will read the letters, write about them and research the topics discussed to help contextualize historical knowledge.”

Only a few of the records have currently been digitized. Stevens hoped for the entire collection to be available online “by the end of next semester.” In the meantime, Stevens and his team will work to catalog and scan the documents and their transcriptions.

The Bishop collection is primarily available for in-person viewing at the archives, located in the basement of the Haas Library on WCSU’s Midtown campus. To make an appointment, there is an online form on the archives’ website.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at

]]> (WCSU) Life Wed, 08 Sep 2021 12:41:36 -0400