Posted on October 12, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
For many of us ‘Old Timers’ the Burrville Regional Fire School was where we got our first taste of firefighting and the rush of adrenaline that often presents itself at vehicle accidents and structure fires.
After 50 years of use, the aging and dilapidated buildings were razed to make way for a more modern, technologically advanced, full service campus.
This new school, which celebrated its opening today with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, is now called the Litchfield County Regional Fire School. The $13.1 million project was approved in 2016 by the state Bond Commission, but planning for the upgrade began nearly 20 years ago. Richard Winn, Director of LCRFS, led off the ceremony with some very kinds words, many thanks, and also a moment of silence for Jay Cesnak, the project’s Superintendent who tragically lost his life last month.
Posted on October 5, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
I participated in a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building, kicking off the beginning of a new era for Connecticut’s veterans. I helped craft a new law that expands the eligibility of veterans to receive the benefits they earned while defending our country, even if given an other than honorable discharge.
This is important because many other than honorable discharges often stem from incidences occurring as a direct result of TBI, PTSD or military sexual trauma. We should not keep resources away from the individuals who need it most.
Posted on September 11, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
TORRINGTON – State Representatives Jay Case (R-Winsted) and Brian Ohler (R-North Canaan) participated in a September 11th Memorial Ceremony at Torrington’s North End Fire Station. The representatives each expressed gratitude for the service of the community’s first responders and delivered remarks to the crowd of police, EMT, firefighters, and members of the public.
Rep. Ohler said, “The events occurring on September 11th, not only changed my life but became the inspiration for many others of my generation to take action and answer the call to serve our state and country as first responders. As one of those individuals, I think it’s most important to recognize that to honor those who sacrificed everything 17 years ago we must continue to strengthen our American neighborhoods and families through the preservation of public safety. While that day will be historically marked as a day of infamy, it also time stamps one of the strongest reactions from America to stand together and not let evil take away from living our lives as free men and women.”
Posted on August 27, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
School is back in session for many children here in the Northwest Corner. Previously dormant alarm clocks could be heard from Canaan all the way down to Kent this morning. As with any new routine it takes a few days to adjust to the hustle and bustle of daily school bus traffic. Please keep in mind that our school bus drivers and their students are still learning their new routes and various arrival times. Be sure to give them the space and time that they deserve.
Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies for our local students. We received an immense outpouring of support. The drive officially ends on September 7th, so you still have time to drop any extra supplies that you may have come across. Click the link here for more info.
Posted on August 20, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
SALISBURY – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-North Canaan) helped secure a grant that will improve the safety infrastructure of the Salisbury Central School. The Salisbury Pathways Committee applied to the Department of Transportation’s Community Connectivity Grant Program to request funding for the construction of a sidewalk, a bridge across the brook, and an actuated pedestrian signal and crosswalk for a section of Route 41/44 in the Town of Salisbury.
Rep. Ohler authored a letter of support for the Salisbury Pathways Committee’s request to be positively acted upon by the DOT. In the letter Ohler explained, “These improvements will accommodate pedestrians in our rural community business center, increase safety of school children, provide safe egress of emergency vehicles from the fire house as well as bring a long-lasting and environmentally responsive development of a business district.”
Posted on August 2, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
North Canaan – With the start of classes beginning at the end of this month, State Representative Brian Ohler (R-North Canaan) will be hosting a School Supply Drive. Items can be dropped off at various libraries serving several communities of the Northwest Corner. The drive officially kicked off on Wednesday, August 1st, and will be ending on Friday, September 7th.
“This an exciting time of year for students getting ready to head back to school. If they haven’t gotten them already, students across the district will be receiving schedules, class and locker assignments. However, getting everyone prepared to go back to school isn’t always easy for all families. Students deserve adequate supplies and learning tools regardless of economic background and situation. I went ahead and contacted several libraries and we will work together to gather supplies for as many students in our communities as possible,” stated Rep. Ohler.
Posted on July 20, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
With only days remaining until the next Bond Commission meeting, Governor Malloy announced that he’ll be adding to the agenda a request for $10 million dollars to study the feasibility of tolling here in Connecticut.
We fought this idea for the past two years. We’ve had committee meetings, public hearings, and floor votes. Now, in the final months of his tenure, Governor Malloy is choosing to side-step the public process and force his hand, yet again. This is a blatant and malicious misuse of taxpayers dollars.
Posted on July 18, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
TORRINGTON – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-Canaan) participated in a press conference today for FuelCell’s announcement of the company’s expansion and immediate hiring opportunities.
According to Ohler, FuelCell has been integral to the state’s overall comprehensive energy plan. The state awarded the company a contract that will allow them to double the wattage output of the Torrington plant, from the current 25 megawatts to 55 megawatts.
Rep. Ohler stated, “This is the type of state investment that is important for the progression of the state’s stagnant economy. This is a clean energy initiative that will also help diversify and strengthen private industry – it’s a win-win. Public policy that is shaped to foster the growth of local business while making a positive impact on the preservation of greenspace is the beginning of a path towards prosperity. For those who are currently seeking employment, one with a consistent living wage, with attractive long term opportunities, FuelCell has those options. I would like to thank FuelCell for inviting us to participate in this historic occasion.”
Posted on June 29, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-Canaan) was informed today that he had officially earned a one hundred percent voting record for 2018. This marks the second year in a row that Rep. Ohler has earned a perfect voting record and has not missed a floor vote since being elected in 2016.
“I make sure that I am present and participate every time there is a House session and we are considering pending legislation. I am proud to report to the residents of the 64th House District here in the Northwest Corner that I took part in all 317 roll call votes in the House of Representatives this year,” explained Rep. Ohler. “I have not missed a vote throughout my entire term because I am truly committed to bringing the voice of my constituents to Hartford and to ensure the Northwest Corner has quality representation in Hartford.”