Ohler Named 2017 Environmental Champion


Hartford – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-64) was recognized by The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters as a 2017 Environmental Champion for his efforts in passing a new law to provide better transparency on decisions about pesticide/herbicide applications along railroads in the Northwest Corner, and throughout the state.

“I am very humbled and appreciative by this recognition from the CTLV. It is a great honor to be named one of their 2017 Legislative Champions,” stated Ohler. “However, I cannot accept this recognition without extending my grateful appreciation to others who have helped me pass this critical piece of environmental legislation. Libby Mitchell, a resident of West Cornwall and Gordon Ridgway, First Selectman of Cornwall, were instrumental in the drafting and concept process of the law. Our State Senator, Craig Miner, was a steadfast proponent of the idea. I relied on his guidance through the legislative process, from proposal form, to committee, through negotiations, and finally to its successful passage. Protecting our environment should be a way of life, an unwavering routine in our daily lives. We need to be more proactive, not necessarily reactive, when it comes to being environmental stewards.”

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Case, Ohler Report Torrington DSS Office to Remain Open


HARTFORD – State Representatives Jay Case and Brian Ohler reported on Tuesday, November 7, that the Department of Social Services (DSS) office in Torrington will remain open. There had been prior discussions of the office closing, especially in light of the state’s budget situation, but state funding has been allocated to keep the office running.

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North Canaan – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-64) will be hosting a Veteran Stand Down event on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Couch-Pipa #6851 VFW on 104 South Canaan Road (Rt. 7). The event will feature services, such as flu shots, blood pressure screenings, general assistance and a free lunch, as well as a collection of goods and items to stuff a Humvee. All donated items will be distributed to Northwest Corner veterans in need.

“As residents of the Northwest Corner there are times where we may find it difficult to travel to medical appointments or even receive routine care. This Stand Down is a condensed version of what the state holds annually at the Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill. My fellow veterans have sacrificed so much to defend the freedoms we enjoy day in and day out. Essential living items such as deodorant, razors, and soap, along with clothing and non-perishable food items will be collected at the event. Please come out to support your Northwest Corner veterans,” stated Rep. Ohler, who is also a U.S. Army combat veteran of both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Past Commander of VFW Post #6851. 

Some of the needed items include:

Personal Care:

  • Deodorant, men’s and women’s
  • Razors, men’s & women’s
  • Shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Hand soap
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Dental floss
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Depends” type products
  • Vaseline and hand lotion
  • Medicated foot powder
  • Nail files/nail clippers
  • Cough drops
  • Vicks vapor rub
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Combs/hairbrushes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Contact solution/eye drops
  • Chapstick/lip balm
  • Individual tissue packs
  • Band aids
  • Wet Ones type hand wipes
  • Q-Tips
  • Dry shampoo
  • No-rinse wipes (for adult personal hygiene)


  • New or like new adult winter jackets
  • New or like new adult mittens and gloves
  • New or like new adult winter hats and scarves
  • NEW packs of adult socks, male and female – cotton or wool
  • NEW packs of men’s & women’s underwear
  • New or like new men’s & women’s shoes/boots/winter boots
  • New or like new children’s winter jackets, mittens, gloves, hats and s carves

Food Items:

  • Nonperishable food items
  • Cases of individual bottled spring water
  • Gallon size spring water
  • Regular “ground” coffee
  • Nonperishable canned goods
  • Packages of hard candies
  • Instant coffee and hot cocoa
  • Powder drink mixes
  • Chewing gum


  • New household cleaning supplies
  • Non-prescription reading glasses (“Readers”)
  • Hand/feet/body warmers
  • Can openers for nonperishable foods