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Easton Board of Selectman Meeting Tonight, 6/21: South Park on Agenda

The South Park Avenue property is on the agenda for Easton Board of Selectman meeting tonight, June 21, at 7:30 at the Easton Town Hall Conference Room. At the beginning of the meeting at 7:30 is the public comment period. Preserving as protected open space the pastoral 29.6 acres was advocated by Citizens for Easton in 2016 for many reasons, including its sensitive location, abutting the section of the Mill River that is one of only nine Class A Wild Trout Streams left in the state. Many noted conservation organizations also supported its preservation. Please try to attend this meeting.

 

Preserve Easton: Important P&Z Public Meeting this Wednesday, June 20, 7 pm, HKMS. Your attendance is important.

The country-like Sport Hill Road, Firehouse Green and Silverman’s Farm area is at risk.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has released the draft of the 2018-2028 Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), which will guide the conservation and development of Easton for the next 10 years. It contains many proposals  that you are urged to review (click here for draft POCD). At this Wednesday’s meeting, June 20, P&Z will discuss the plan and hear public input, so attending this meeting is very important.

Among the proposals is a “Village District” (under Section 8-2j of the CT General Statutes) in the Sport Hill Road, Firehouse Green and Silverman’s Farm area. Potential uses for this area could include small retail stores, specialty shops, restaurant, farm and garden centers, craft centers, business, professional offices, public services, post office, and residential. Click here for larger view of area currently proposed. There are many other important items in the POCD, so please take some time to review this critical document.

TAKE ACTION: If you cherish what makes Easton unique and a special oasis amidst the congestion of Fairfield County then let P&Z know that you want to keep the current zoning as is.
– Review the 2018 Plan of Conservation and Development draft on the town website or at citizensforeaston.org/town-planregs.
– Attend the important PZC Public Meeting on Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 p.m. at Helen Keller Middle School.
– Email your concerns to PZC: manania@eastonct.gov.
– Email CFE for updates and how to become more involved: cfe@citizensforeaston.org.

Happy Earth Day!

In Easton, we have much to treasure. On this Earth Day weekend, be sure to check out some of the beautiful places in our town.

Connecticut regulators approve sale of Aquarion

As expected, Connecticut regulators approved Aquarion Water’s $1.7 billion sale to Eversource Energy, combining the largest energy and water companies in the state even as Eversource revealed plans to increase electricity rates beginning next May. Eversource is paying $880 million in cash and assuming another $795 million in Aquarion debt to acquire the water company from Macquarie, with Aquarion’s assets valued at $1.1 billion as of March. Under CEO Chuck Firlotte, Aquarion generated revenue of $181 million last year from its Connecticut operations, and profits of $39.7 million. In Connecticut, the company serves some 625,000 customers. Read more here.

Funding for State Open Space Grant Program at Risk

A final State biennial budget may be voted on tomorrow, Thursday (9/14). Contact your legislators to maintain Community Investment Act (CIA) funding. The CIA is the only consistent source of funding for the State’s Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition program. Continued cuts to CIA funds jeopardizes the amount of money available for the current grant round and the very future of the OSWA program. For more information and a list of legislators, click here.

New location for Easton Farm Tour draws big crowds

Guests at the Easton Farm Tour visit the various booths. — Jean Stetz-Puchalski photo

Easton Courier – By Jane Paley, Special to The Courier on August 17, 2017

The ninth annual Farm Tour hosted by Citizens for Easton brought lots of families, many from the greater Fairfield area, to town in celebration of Easton’s farms and farm stands. The new venue at Samuel Staples Elementary School offered space for a community picnic and pick-up kickball and soccer games, following the launch of the tour. It included 12 stops at farms and sites of historical interest. This year, the Garden Club offered a flower-planting event, a favorite of visiting children, who potted sunflower seedlings and took them home to grow.

Representatives from Master Gardeners and Composters, the Aspetuck Land Trust, Agricultural Commission and Easton Historical Society also participated in the day’s events on Saturday, Aug. 12. The Farm Tour free prize drawing, a relatively new addition to the event, produced nine winners, who received gift certificates from the Aspetuck Apple Barn, Sabia Tree Farm, the Bluebird Inn, the Westport Farmers Market, Maple Row Farm, Shaggy Coos Farm, the Easton Village Store, Sport Hill Farm and Silverman’s. The day highlighted Easton’s agricultural roots and celebrated its valuable significance to the community. The larger site provided young and old a chance to have good, old-fashioned fun at the picnic, now a new tradition.

Farm Tour – Rain or Shine at New Venue @ Samuel Staples Elementary School

Join us for the 9th Annual CFE Easton Farm Tour – Saturday, August 12, from 10am to 2pm. This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, is a self-guided tour of Easton farms. This year we have moved our home base to Samuel Staples Elementary School Pavilion, 515 Morehouse Road, Easton, Connecticut. Here visitors check in to pick up a map, enjoy old timey games, get a bite to eat while getting the details on which farms are doing what when. Why move? We are growing and the SSES Pavilion provides a home with more parking, room for food trucks, a field for games and the perfect space for a Community Picnic to follow the Farm Tour.

Fun for the whole family! Come and enjoy the many year-round farming delights that Easton offers. Enjoy tastings, pony rides, antique farm tool exhibit, hayrides, old-time fun and games, petting zoo, greenhouse tours, Easton grown and harvested veggies and fruit fresh from the farm, and pick your own activities.

Visit the Easton participating farms to discover the opportunities to shop year-round seasonal food, gifts, agricultural products and services. Easton provides fresh veggies, fruit, honey, eggs, mulch, herbs, meat, flowers, Christmas trees, horseback riding, educational events, classes on growing, pollinating, animal husbandry, bee keeping, and healthy eating. Learn what farming was like for children and adults 100 years from the Easton Historical Society at the Historic Bradley-Hubbell House Farm and antique tool demonstration.

Citizens For Easton (CFE), event sponsor, invites you to come on back to the green throughout the afternoon to enjoy food and entertainment on the green and visit with some of the Easton organizations who support our Easton farmers and farmland preservation. Visit their booth for an opportunity to enter “big red basket raffle” and learn about the CFE mission to preserve Easton’s rural qualities and open space. To learn more about the  CFE mission visit https://citizensforeaston.org/about/.

Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizza – will be on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizzas along with Edison’s Famous Ice Cream and Rise Brewing Company, Dan Tressler & Friends will be performing live music, and the Easton Community Center will engage you in some old-time fun and games. Easton Garden Club will run a workshop for kids on planting Sunflowers. Learn about “growing your own” and composting at the Master Gardener and Master Composter booth. Learn about farming in front of Samuel Staples Elementary School from the Easton Agricultural Commission. Learn how The Aspetuck Land Trust is a friend to agriculture and devoted to preserving open space and natural resources in Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport and learn about the 34-acre Randall’s Farm Nature Preserve, once a dairy farm, now open in Easton.

Directly after the Farm Tour, you are invited to the 1st Annual Community Picnic to be held from 2:30 – 4:30 at the Pavilion. Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizza – will be on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizzas along with Edison’s Famous Ice Cream and Rise Brewing Company. Dan Tressler & Friends will be performing live music, and there will be a family kickball game for all to enjoy. We will open a community table for your favorite dish to share or enjoy the food trucks and kick back with tunes from Dan. Bring your chairs, blankets, BYOE (Bring Your Own Eats) and willingness to have a good time to the SSES Pavilion on Saturday, Aug 12 from 2:30 – 4:30.

“This annual tour is truly a collaborative community event in celebration of Easton – past, present, and future.” said co-chairs Jean Stetz-Puchalski and Lori Cochran-Dougall of the Easton Farm Tour.  “Agriculture has been a part of Easton’s character and culture for nearly three hundred years and our tour celebrates this unique heritage, supports today’s local farming, and shines a light on the importance of planning for farmland preservation.”

Thank you to Citizens For Easton for sponsoring this annual event! See you at the Farm Tour on Saturday, August 12! Rain or shine!

— Lori Cochran-Dougall and Jean Stetz-Puchalski, Co-Chairs, 9th Annual Easton Farm Tour.