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January 6th, 2013

State Awards $9 Million in Open Space; Cheshire Benefits $200,000

by Christopher O'Brien

More than $9 million in Open Space Preservation and Watershed Land Acquisition grants were announced this week that will allow 35 to buy a total of 2,732 acres to be preserved as open space.

“Land conservation is an important investment in our future, and moves us closer to meeting our goal of protecting 21 percent of Connecticut’s land as open space in the next ten years,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in his announcement. “These preservation projects are key to maintaining our high quality of life and making Connecticut a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”

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January 6th, 2013

Gas Smell Summons Firefighters

by Christopher O'Brien
Photo: Chris O'Brien

Photo: Chris O’Brien

By Chris O’Brien.

A Rite Aid employee called 911 shortly after 11 am Sunday morning after developing a headache and smelling an odor similar to natural gas. Volunteer firefighters from each of Wolcott’s three fire companies responded with Tower 1, Engines 3, 6 and 8 to search for a cause. Fire Chief Kyle Dunn tells the Whisper that the store’s furnace is located on the roof and may have been a possible cause of the odor. Firefighters used Company 3’s eighty-five foot ladder truck to ascend the roof and ensure that the unit was working properly.

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January 6th, 2013

What if We Put The “Militia” Back in the 2nd Amendment?

by Christopher O'Brien

By Amanda Bloom

Musket (1)The mass shooting that took place in Sandy Hook, Connecticut earlier this month, one of the worst in United States history and the seventh that took place in 2012, has brought gun control to the forefront of American consciousness.

President Obama has promised new gun control policies by early 2013; in the mean time, gun sales have spiked across the country, where 300 million guns, both legal and not, are estimated to be owned.

America is the most heavily armed country in the world, and the Supreme Court has upheld the individual right to bear arms numerous times.  Guns aren’t going away, but we can mitigate gun violence.  What we need are better gun owners.

What if we changed the way we see gun owners in America, specifically those who are licensed to carry?  What if we upped their responsibilities?  What if they were trained on par with police officers, or even soldiers?  What if we felt safer knowing that some of our fellow citizens were not only armed, but looking out for us, ready to protect us, our children, our families and friends?

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