Ledyard's Favorite Pie

When I asked the Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook, “If you could have only one piece of pie on Thanksgiving Day, which kind would you choose?”, I expected that Pumpkin would be the favorite.  I admit my surprise that Pecan finished in second place beating out Apple. Forum member Michael Dreimiller created this graphic PIE chart demonstrating the over 200 answers. Happy Thanksgiving Ledyard! While I won’t be eating the traditional Turkey dinner, I will be enjoying a piece of Pumpkin Pie with Prime Rib, my Thanksgiving tradition.

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Talking Trash in Ledyard

Trash is a frequent topic on the Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook. For some unknown reason, some residents have developed the irritating habit of putting their bulky waste* out to the curb and expecting it to magically disappear. It doesn’t happen by magic but it only takes a simple phone call.

In the course of the debate on the topic, it appears that at least some residents believe it should be the role of government  to dispose of their bulky waste.  It would be unaffordable for most small towns to provide that service year round to all residents. That being said,  Ledyard does more than most towns in the area and provides two FREE bulky waste pick-ups a year. But you have to call to make that happen. The telephone number for arranging bulky waste collection is 800-286-5335. Residents may also use the Transfer Station (Colonel Ledyard Highway) for bulky and special waste disposal.

Ledyard Town Hall has been diligent of late to try to educate its residents on the services it provides to eliminate bulky waste. In fact, they provide a page of information on the subject along with a general page on trash and recycling.  When I see bulky waste sitting in a location for over a few weeks, I assume that the residents don’t know they need to call for a pick up.  I fill out the online form and the residents will receive a letter from the town with the information they need to make the call for pick up. Please don’t interpret this as “reporting neighbors” or trying to get people in trouble.  The more people who know about this FREE service, the better for the community!

*Bulky waste or bulky refuse is a technical term taken from waste management to describe waste types that are too large to be accepted by the regular waste collection. – Wikipedia


Ledyard Photo Friday - The Minions

The Lambtown Road minions have become famous in Ledyard and many locals were waiting for a spring appearance.  The little guys didn’t disappoint us.  This photo was captured this week by Town Councilor Bill Saums and posted on the Ledyard Community Forum. Hoppy Easter minions! (If you are interested in following the minions, they are located on the Pumpkin Hill Road end of Lambtown Road.)

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Ledyard on Facebook

I think it is pretty darn cool how many Ledyard folks are on Facebook. The Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook is now over 4000 members. While I post Ledyard update and news on the forum as well as on my Facebook Ledyard CT page, I keep most of my real estate chat and advice on my Facebook Real Estate Page.  I often share my favorite articles and home decorating tips so next time you find yourself on Facebook, stop by and take a look at what I’m sharing.

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Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 40 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


Top Ten News Stories in Ledyard in 2016

Food Pantry ledyardJanuary is the month for lists.  In the past, the local newspaper published a list of the top stories of the year in each of the area towns. It was something I always looked forward to reading but sadly that tradition has ended so I feel obligated,  with a little help from my friends,  to create my own list. The Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook helped  with plenty of suggestions so coming up with top stories was fairly easy. Deciding which made the cut and then putting them in numerical order was the difficult part. I’m sure depending where you sit, some of the choices would be different.

In 2016 weather events didn’t make the top ten. No hurricanes, no major blizzards , no earthquakes and no lizards. May 2017 bring more of the same.

#10  We wish it had been a Trader Joe’s but Dollar Tree opened in the Ocean State Job Lot Plaza in a spot that seems to have been empty for a lifetime. Although the parking lot is still ugly, it sure did improve the over all appearance of the place.  Now if they would just take care of the huge McCrater, at the traffic light exit. I’m hoping that in 2017 we will see some improvement at Cartway  as even the mere mention of the name  creates a firestorm on Facebook.

#9  The Ledyard Food Pantry celebrated the one year anniversary of its new location at the Ledyard Congregational Church. During 2016, the number of visits to the pantry tripled proving at least to me that the private sector often does a better job of  government.

#8  The Ledyard Community Forum reaches 4000 members. Actually that didn’t happen until a week into January but membership rapidly increased through 2016. I would never imagined when I created the group in 2011 that it would grow as large as it is.

#7  Gales Ferry gets a Christmas Tree and Facebook Forum Headquarters.  I've always thought it would be nice to have a community Christmas Tree in Gales Ferry/Ledyard. Well thanks to a whole lot of people, it  happened. Former Mayor John Rodolico found the tree which was donated by Alan Habbe. Glenn McKenzie created an in ground stand for it. The Hirschfeld's volunteered to pick up the 16ft tree and transport it. The tree was transported on time to Ledyard Community Forum Headquarters at the corner of RT 12 and Military Highway owned by Merry Cassabria. Brouwers Tree Service volunteered their cherry picker for the lights.  Residents donated cookies and lights and decorations and all around help. Barry Watrous helped direct and took some great photos. Steve Holyfield captured the official nighttime photo. How cool is #8?!

 

Gales Ferry Christmas Tree Point

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#6 Ledyard gets a cool new Superintendent of Schools. Jason Hartling was selected in August as the new Superintendent of Schools. I like his views on budgeting,  transparency and communication. He’s even on Twitter. That’s cool.  I’d call him the Great Communicator but I reserve that title for President Ronald Reagan. 

#5 Gypsy Moths invade Ledyard.  Ledyard was overrun by the nasty critters but those in Gales Ferry were hardly affected and may be in for a rude awakening. I’d recommend we all pray for a wet spring because the state seems clueless about how to handle the issue. There is a Town of Ledyard Gypsy Moth Committee that has been formed to consider aerial spraying. Visit www.OPENLEDYARD.com and select Gypsy Moth ad hoc committee for meeting group for meeting dates, agendas and minutes.

#4 Ledyard Trunk or Treat becomes YUGE.  49 Vehicles were decorated and 1600 people walked the grounds including 900 little ones. Merry and I passed out cotton candy.  Can you say sticky?

Ledyard Trunk or Treat photo

#3 Speaking of YUGE, as a political junkie, 2016 couldn’t have been more interesting to watch. If someone would have told me a year ago that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders would win the Ledyard Primaries each with about 53 of the vote, you could have knocked me over with a feather. I wasn’t surprised at all to see Trump go on to win in Ledyard in November. The lack of Clinton signs and local enthusiasm seemed to be a good indicator.

#2 Ledyard gets a new Police Station. Although the voters approved a new police station in May of 2013, it took over 3 years to complete due to site work issues. I think the location next to Town Hall made it worth the wait especially combined with the improvements in the Ledyard Town Center. In 2016, Ledyard Swore in its first ever Police Chief, John Rich as Ledyard moved to an Independent Police Department.

#1 Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Ledyard is an extremely generous community. Although I often worry about “donor fatigue”,  Ledyard never stops giving whether it is for Food Baskets, Stuff a Cruiser, the Santa Drive,  or our First Annual Comfort and Joy Event gathering warm accessories for our neighbors in need. The Boy Scouts collected over 7000 food items during their annual Scouting for Food Drive and the Cub Scouts were there to help then and though out the year as were our firefighters, Parks and Recs Department and many other groups throughout Town.  Thank you.

Each of you who contributed in some way is #1.

 

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Providing Comfort and Joy in Ledyard

Last week, Jessica Wrobel, her awesome husband Alan and I, on behalf of the Ledyard Forum and Friends of the Ledyard Food Pantry delivered the last of the 21 baskets to those in our community that needed a little extra help this Christmas. Thanks to members of the forum we were able to distribute a Turkey or Ham with all the fixins plus lots of little extra's. Bev Nachtwey and her sisters baked all week to provide home made goodies for each of our baskets. And although we called them baskets, each "basket" runneth over into bags and boxes. They were distributed to our neighbors that members of the Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook suggested who are not eligible to be helped by social services. Thank YOU!

In addition, we finished the distribution of hats, scarves, gloves and socks.Thank you again to all those that knitted including the Senior Center and the Gales Ferry Library Stich and Dish Knitting Group who showed off their talents with their beautiful donations.

Over 100 members of the Ledyard Forum contributed items of food, gift cards, and warm accessories that offered Comfort and Joy to members of our community.

I hope you never get tired of us thanking you for your contributions. We are very proud of our community.


Simply Ledyard Events

Simply Ledyard EventsSimply Ledyard Events is my attempt to capture local Ledyard Events including those found on Facebook. Please feel free to Fill out THIS FORM if you would like to include your Ledyard event in our next edition.

 April 2 – Pancake Breakfast 
To benefit Multiple Sclerosis
Gallup Hill Baptist Church (8:30AM-12:30PM)
Suggested donation $10
For more information:  Casey Fry 619-804-8776

April 2 – Pancake Breakfast 
Ledyard Congregational Church (7:30-10:00AM)
722 Colonel Ledyard Highway
Pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee. All are welcome, breakfast is free

April 2 – Ledyard High School Safe Grad Party Fundraiser Extravaganza
Our Lady of Lourdes Church (8:00AM – 6:30PM)
Bake Sale, Yard Sale, Vendor Booths, Face Painting, Games
For more info: Maureen_Brawner@comcast.net or babs3225@comcast.net

April 2 - Paint Class at The Drunken Palette
To benefit Sofia Sees Hope
259 State Street (7:00PM)
$55 includes painting supplies
For more information: info@sofiaseeshope.org

April 3 - Ledyard K-9 Unity Fundraiser & Bake Sale
To benefit Ledyard Police Department K-9 Unit
Ledyard Village Market (11:00AM-3:00PM)
For more information:  Cindy at Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. 860-287-3504

April 6 – How to Start your own Backyard Poultry Flock Workshop
Ledyard Regional FFA Food for All Grant Project
Ledyard High School Agri-Science Department (6:30-9:30 PM)
Free - RSVP to Mrs. O’Keefe at do’keefe@ledyard.net

April 6 - LHS After School Groups Recital
United Methodist Church ( 7:30PM) 
Come join us for an evening of instrumental and vocal music featuring many of the LHS ensembles. The concert is free and the public is invited
For more info:  RHammond@Ledyard.net

April 7 - How to Communicate with Your Children Using Social Media
Mylasia Thomas, Chairwoman, Mashantucket Tribal Youth Council 
Ledyard Safe Teens Coalition
Ledyard High School Library (6:30-8:00PM)

April 8 - The Ledyard Fire Company Family Pasta Dinner
Ledyard Congregational Church (5:00 -8:00PM)
Adults: $10 - Kids (6 - 12): $6 -Kids under 5 are free
Tickets will be sold at the door. Gluten-free pasta is available.

April 9 – The Ledyard Fire Company Open House
Ledyard Fire Company  11 Fairway Drive (10:00AM – 2:00PM)
Meet their members, visit their trucks and equipment.
Free - Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

April 9 – LHS Chamber Choir Silent Auction Fundraiser
Gales Ferry Firehouse (6-9PM)
$15.00 - Red Sox Tickets, Overnight Deluxe Accommodations at Foxwoods, Jerry Seinfeld concert and many other great gifts will be available at the Silent Auction. Good food and drink plus a performance by the LHS Chamber Choir and much more!
For more info:  RHammond@Ledyard.net

April 10– LHS Harvest of Harmony Concert
LHS Auditorium (2:00PM)
$15.00 - The concert is the annual spring show for the Rose City Chorus. The performance will feature lots of great Barbershop music and a guest performance by the LHS Chamber Choir

For more info:  RHammond@Ledyard.net

April 10 – Ledyard Animal Control Appreciation Day
Spring Cleaning Day at the Shelter
Ledyard Animal Shelter (10:00AM-4:00PM)
For more information:  Cindy at Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. 860-287-3504

April 15 – Registration opens for Ledyard Town Wide Yard Sales
.SimplyLedyard.com after April 15

April 23 – Earth Day Clean Up
Ledyard Parks (9:00AM)
"Earth Day is dedicated to the environmental health of our planet. Here in Ledyard, the Parks and Rec Department is planning a Spring clean-up of some parks. Get your girl or Boy Scout Troop, your family, you organization or just yourself and help us clean up our Town. Do your part o help our little portion of the Earth. Please bring gloves".
Call Ledyard P&R to volunteer at 464-9112.

In addition to the above events, you can find Ledyard Events on the following websites:

Ledyard Library Events
Ledyard Parks & Recreation Events
Town of Ledyard Meetings

 



 

 

 


My mailbox was hit by a snowplow

Sounds like the name of a country western song, doesn’t it?  This is one of the most common questions posted on the Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook after a snowstorm. I’ve answered the question a gazillion times.  Please call Public Works (860-464-9060) AFTER the storm has passed and clean up is over. They may help under certain circumstances as several forum members can attest. If it was the heavy snow being pushed by the plow that knocks down your mailbox, you are probably on your own.

Ledyard Winter Operation Facts:  http://ledyardct.org/DocumentCenter/View/2854

The Blizzard of 2016 brought only about 5 inches of snow to Ledyard so I had to go back to last year to find a worthy cover photo for “my mailbox was hit by a snowplow” song. (Photo contributed by a member of the Ledyard Forum)

Dead Flat Mailbox


Snow Plowing in Ledyard

With the potential of a snow storm this weekend, I asked members of the Ledyard Forum on Facebook who they call for snow removal in the Ledyard area.  Here are their responses:

 

Dave Tetlow  860- 460-2088

Acres of Care Landscaping L.L.C.  860-886-3443

Eagle Quality Landscaping   860-464-1717

H&H Landscaping 860-705-5093

Rocky’s Landscaping   860-215-6424

Spano’s Landscaping  860- 917-0855

Joshua McKeon  860-501-8403

Zack Spicer  860-917-4873

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Ledyard Trash Talk

Trash is an important subject on Ledyard’s social media channels.  Here is some good news for those, like me,  who manage to accumulate a little extra over the holiday.

During the week of December 28th ONLY, extra trash may be placed next to a full trash container, and recyclable materials may be placed next to the recycling container. The overflow trash must be neatly bagged and recyclables are limited to neatly flattened and stacked cardboard and boxboard. Remember, Styrofoam is not recyclable.

While on the subject of Ledyard Trash, you will find lots of additional info under the Trash and Recycling tab on the Town’s website.