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November 7th, 2013

Pawtoberfest 2013 to benefit Town Pound

by Christopher O'Brien
Sponsors are encouraging attendees to share this poster

Sponsors are encouraging attendees to share this poster

A second annual PAWTOBERFEST to benefit the Wolcott Dog Pound’s medical fund will be held all day and evening Saturday. Last year organizers raised almost $9,000 which benefits the no-kill shelter. Several other animal rescue groups will also benefit.

The event to be held at Johnny B’s Bar and Grill on Meriden Rd. will include live music, beer, prizes for only $10 will start at 1 pm and continue until the bar closes after midnight.

Attendees are welcome to bring

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November 7th, 2013

Whisper Invites You to Build Our Community!

by Christopher O'Brien

cropped-wolcottwhisper-header-940.jpgIf you are new to the Whisper, welcome!

This website was developed to fill an information void we felt there was in town. We recall a time when human interest stories, education news and information about town government were printed every day by the local newspapers. That’s no longer the case. The newspaper industry has changed. With the internet, they have had to cut back on costs and reporters. Those reporters now cover a smaller geographic area and as a result – you no longer get the interesting stories from next door that help keep a community together.

We’d like to bring that back.

Wolcott is a large enough town with 16,000 people that many of the important stories happening every day get missed.

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November 7th, 2013

Obamacare and Broken Promises

by Christopher O'Brien

flagsliderBy State Rep. Rob Sampson

 
Rep. Rob Sampson

When the subject of politics comes up, there are a few common phrases you are bound to hear.   Some will say their party is always correct and others will say that none of our elected officials even have a clue.  Some will say that they are tired of the partisanship and their elected officials voting along party lines while others will say that both parties are the same anyway.  I am going to save that topic for a future column but today I want to concentrate on another comment you often hear, and that is that “all politicians are crooks.”

Well, I think that it’s safe to say, at least for my own sake, that not ALL politicians are crooks.

Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

My goal has always been to do my job as our State Representative to the best of my ability.  To me, that means understanding and respecting my role as it was intended, to be a citizen legislator who honors the office, respects his oath and remembers who he works for.  That would be you, the people I represent within Connecticut’s 80th Assembly District.   I won’t say it’s an easy job but I won’t complain either.  One thing that I am certain has made it easier for me than some others is that I know who I am and what I believe.   I ran for office for a specific purpose.  I didn’t like the direction our state was headed and I felt that it was my duty to get involved and try to change things.

It certainly is true that many good people shy away from politics.  The question is why.   Maybe it’s the perception that many politicians are involved for their own personal gain or that they will soon forget where they came from if they ever knew at all.   Or maybe they just don’t want to be associated with those in the business of broken promises.

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November 7th, 2013

351 Homebrews

by Christopher O'Brien

How do 50 beer judges tackle 351 entries of 28 styles of home-brewed beer, mead, and cider in one day? Lunch, water, and bread aid in the process, as do a 2300 square foot room at a brewery, 25 additional volunteers, and a handy “BJCPStyles” smartphone app. Judges and volunteers reported to Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, Connecticut at 8:30 in the morning on Sunday, October 13 for the 24th Annual Southern New England Regional Homebrew Competition (SNERHC), and by 5:30 that evening, all of the entries had been sipped, sniffed, and judged.

BJCP stands for Beer Judge Certification Program, and the judges at SNERHC ranged from beginner to BJCP Grand Master. BJCP judges have studied a lot, drank many a beer, have probably brewed their own, and they’ve passed a series of exams covering technical aspects of beer brewing, international beer styles and history, and judging procedures and ethics.

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