Petit, Martin Present American Flags for Proper Retirement


Plainville – State Rep. William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22) and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) presented two boxes of worn American flags to Plainville’s American Legion Post 33 for proper retirement last week. The worn flags were turned in by local residents earlier this summer during a collection event hosted by the legislators.

Per the American Legion, the Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags is outlined in Resolution No. 440, passed by the 19th National Convention of The American Legion in New York, Sept. 20-23, 1937. The ceremony has been an integral part of American Legion ritual since that date.

Anyone who missed the collection event may contact the American Legion Post 33 at (860)747-9074 for further information on turning in their worn or tattered American Flags, so that they may be properly retired.

Operation Fuel Accepting Applications


Operation Fuel, a statewide network of fuel banks, is currently taking energy assistance applications from households that are in danger of having their utility services terminated due to financial difficulty.

Those in need of energy assistance should call 211 as soon as possible.  There is an annual winter moratorium which prohibits utilities from shutting off electricity and gas, but that ended on May 1st and will not resume until November 1st.

Losing power in the summer heat can be just as dangerous as the winter cold, creating potential health hazards – especially for the elderly and young children.

Energy affordability is a challenge for more than 322,000 households in this state, and Operation Fuel is the state’s only nonprofit statewide energy assistance program.  During the previous fiscal year, Operation Fuel provided more than $3.3 million in energy assistance to more than 7,830 households. 

This nonprofit program provides energy assistance all year to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.

To get more information on Operation Fuel, or to donate to the program, go to  Donations can also be mailed to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT  06106.


CT DEEP: Proposed Inland Fishing Regulations Open for Public Comment



The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) is currently seeking public comment on proposed regulation changes to inland fishing regulations. Please see below for information as provided by DEEP regarding the proposed changes, and how to provide your feedback.

Proposed Regulations are Available for Your Comment

Occasionally, based on public suggestion or fisheries management considerations, regulations need to be updated or created. DEEP’s Fisheries Division is currently proposing to make changes to the Inland sport fishing regulations and to establish trout and salmon stamps. These changes are intended to help provide additional recreational opportunities, enhance existing fishing opportunities, and to provide additional revenue to support recreational fishing.

DEEP’s proposed changes to Inland Fisheries Regulations (effective 2018) are currently open for public comment until 4:30 pm on August 25, 2017.  The proposed changes are available via Connecticut’s “eRegulations system ( or by request from or by phone at 860-424-3474.

We would like to hear from you, in favor or against, through one of the following methods.

1. Online via the Connecticut eRegulation system (preferred method)

2. By mail or delivery service to:
Bill Foreman
CT DEEP Fisheries Division
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106

3. By email to

4. By Fax to 860-424-4070 (Attn. Bill Foreman)


The following is a simple summary of proposed regulations and is provided here for overview purposes only. Please refer to the published documents on the e-regulations system for official wording.

1. Establishes a trout stamp ($5), an Atlantic salmon stamp ($10) and combo ($12), required to a.) fish for trout in Trout Management Areas, Wild Trout Management Areas, Trout Parks, or Broodstock Areas or b.) keep (harvest) trout or kokanee (except from waters stocked at no expense to the state).

2. Establishes a definition for “maximum length”, “Tenkara”, and “bubble floats”.

3. Changes the fishing season on Alexander Lake, Baldwin’s Pond, and Green Falls Reservoir.

4. Establishes statewide regulation for Common Carp, removes catfish and bullhead from the list of “panfish”.

5. Establishes daily creel and minimum length limits for catfish.

6. Establishes a new closed season on the West Branch Farmington River, in the Riverton area and changes the Mill River TMA (Fairfield) to be year round Catch and Release fishing.

7. The Mill River Wild Trout Management Area is extended to the upper boundary of the Mill River TMA (Merritt Parkway).

8. Pasture Pond (Quinebaug Trout Hatchery, Plainfield) is added to the list of Trout Parks.

9. Establishes “Trophy Carp Waters” on several waterbodies. In these waters the daily limit will be 1 fish under 26 inches. All Carp over 26 inches must be released.

10. Various minor technical changes to make existing regulations consistent or to provide clarity.