Ledyard, Montville, Preston

Local Lawmakers Support Grand Opening of New London CareNet’s New Location

Posted on June 18, 2018 by admin


CareNet Pregnancy Resource Center of SE CT Located on Montauk Avenue

NEW LONDON – Last weekend, Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of Southeastern Connecticut cut the ribbon on their new home at 492 Montauk Avenue in New London. State Representatives Mike France (R-Ledyard) and Holly Cheeseman (R-East Lyme) were in attendance to show their support and appreciation for all that the Care Net does to support their constituents in the region.

Care Net is a community-focused, nonprofit organization that provides assistance, hope and help to individuals who are currently experiencing or believe that they might be faced with an unplanned pregnancy. They offer free and confidential pregnancy testing, limited OB ultrasounds, and many other services. For more information, please visit www.carenetsect.org, email info@carenetsect.org or call 860-448-2990.

“Care Net has been a presence in New London for many years,” said Rep. France. “Transitioning from rented space to one that they own establishes a permanent location for expectant mothers to receive assistance during their pregnancy. The new building provides a significant increase in size, enabling greater ability to serve those in need. I thank all of the volunteers who gave of their time and talent to make this grand opening possible and the staff for their continued dedication to serving our community.”

“It is so important that women of all ages know they have somewhere to turn, someone to provide help, if they need it,” said Rep. Cheeseman. “We are lucky to have this Care Net Resource Center in Southeastern Connecticut, and I hope that I can help spread the word so that all expecting parents are aware of their options!”

Reps. France and Cheeseman with CareNet Executive Director Lisa Maloney.

Rep. France Meets with Constituents in Ledyard and Preston

Posted on June 15, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD — State Representative Mike France (R-42) hosted his regular quarterly town-hall style legislative update meetings this weekend in both Ledyard and Preston.

Rep. France answered constituent questions and discussed the major legislation that came out of the 2018 Session, including the recently approved state budget adjustments. Particular issues raised by constituents included national popular vote, education funding, transportation funding and the funding status of both state employee and teachers’ retirement systems.

Rep. France encourages constituents who were unable to attend but would still like to connect with him to contact him at Mike.France@housegop.ct.gov or 1-800-842-1423. To receive notifications of Rep. France’s future meeting dates, please sign up for his e-newsletter at www.RepFrance.com. You can also follow him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RepFrance.

Rep. France’s Flag Drive a Success

Posted on June 15, 2018 by admin


HARTFORDState Representative Mike France (R-42) placed two collection boxes in Ledyard and Preston for constituents to drop off worn American flags in need of disposal over a months’ time. This week Rep. France picked up full collection boxes from both locations.

“Thank you to everyone who participated in my flag drive this year,” said Rep. France. “I will ensure that these flags receive a proper and honorable retirement ceremony.”

Rep. France Celebrates Local Conservation Efforts, Including the Opening of the Great Oak Greenway in Ledyard

Posted on June 4, 2018 by admin


GALES FERRY — The Town of Ledyard kicked off its National Trails Day celebration this weekend by hosting the 19th Annual Connecticut Greenway Awards on Friday morning at the Nathan Lester House. State Representative Mike France (R-42), who worked to secure funding for the Town of Ledyard to complete its Great Oak Greenway, was in attendance to support the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Avalonia Land Conservancy and Connecticut Greenways Council.

This event also commemorated the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Several conservation awards were presented to active volunteers who went above and beyond this year in their communities to preserve the local landscape. The Great Oak Greenway was also officially opened in Ledyard, making it the first trail in Southeastern Connecticut to receive state-wide recognition as a designated greenway. The Connecticut Greenways Council has planned, designed and implemented 75 officially designated greenways across the state.

“I am very excited that my constituents have this incredible opportunity to get out in nature, be active and enjoy Ledyard’s rural landscape,” said Rep. France. “There is so much to learn from and appreciate right in our own backyards, and I believe that this collaboration between our local conservation commission, regional organizations and state agencies has really highlighted this in the opening of the Great Oak Greenway. I want to thank the numerous volunteers who have dedicated countless hours towards turning this idea into a reality. It is important to be good stewards of our open space and provide support for these important environmental and recreational efforts at the Legislative level.”

(R to L) Rep. Mike France, Julie DuPont-Woody of the Avalonia Land Conservancy, Sen. Cathy Osten, and Ledyard Mayor Fred Allyn III in gardens of Ledyard’s Nathan Lester House.

The Great Oak Greenway connects three open space properties:  the 110-acre Great Oak Park (which includes the Nathan Lester House), the newly acquired 25-acre open space parcel on Long Cove Road, and Avalonia’s 260-acre Pine Swamp Wildlife Corridor. Designating this greenway not only protects highly-valued conservation land and habitat, but provides recreational and educational opportunities that are of great historical and ecological importance. This greenway will be maintained by the Avalonia Land Conservancy.

The Avalonia Land Conservancy, headquartered in Old Mystic, is a regional land trust that has been protecting natural habitats throughout Southeastern Connecticut since 1968. Their 89 properties, which comprise 3,500 acres, are maintained by more than 90 volunteers who control invasive species, maintain trails, conduct guided hikes and preserve vital natural resources and habitats.

Free Museum Admission for Military Personnel

Posted on June 4, 2018 by admin


This summer, over 50 museums in Connecticut are offering free admission to active duty members of the military and their families as part of the ninth annual Blue Star Museums Program. Available between Memorial Day and Labor Day, this program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Photo Credit: Connecticut Landmarks.

Participating museums in our region include:

A full list of participating museums is available on the Connecticut Office of Tourism’s website under “Free for our Military Families: Connecticut’s Blue Star Museums.”

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military and up to five family members. Branches include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, and NOAA Commissioned Corps.

To obtain entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum, qualified members must show a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC) or DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.