Little Bites of Ledyard

Bites of LedyardLittle Bites of Ledyard is my gathering place for events, news items and even an occasional opinion about anything Ledyard.

Wednesday in Ledyard is my favorite day of the week.  Here is the link to everything you need to know about this week’s Ledyard Farmers’ Market.  Sign up for your own copy of the market newsletter HERE.

There are lots of events coming up in Ledyard during October including the 3rd Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat event to be held this years on Friday, October 30th at the Ledyard Fair Grounds between 6-8PM.  Head on over to the Parks and Recreation Website for more information and to register your trunk. 

Ledyard has been approved for a $125,000 grant through the Drug Free Community Program of the Dept of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program. There is an opportunity to reapply (competitively) for another 5 years. The DFC Support Program has two goals:
1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.
2. Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
The community sectors include police, schools, business, civic and government agencies, youth organizations, parent, and healthcare professionals. This program will be administered by Ledge Light Health District through the Safe Teens Coalition.
If you are interested in supporting the implementation of this grant through organizing, participating in, and publicizing a variety of programs associated with this grant please contact Carolyn Wilson of Ledge Light at 860.448.4882 ext. 318.

Looking to leave Ledyard for some fall travel?  Here are some economical ways to take advantage of New England’s fantastic  fall season.

Letters to Ledyard From Santa Claus

Would you like your Ledyard child to receive a personal letter from Santa? Drop your child’s letter to Santa Claus in the North Pole Mailbox at the Parks and Recreation Office or mail it to Santa c/o Ledyard Parks and Recreation Department,  Blonder’s Blvd., Ledyard, CT 06339

Santa will send back a personalized letter in time for Christmas. In order for Santa to have time to respond before his busy nigh, the letters must reach the Parks and Recreation Office by December 18th.


Ledyard Photo Friday - Colonel Ledyard Park

If you hear old timers like me refer to Blonder’s Park, we are really talking about Colonel Ledyard Park, the 131 hidden gem on Blounder’s Blvd just behind the Ledyard Board of Education/Parks and Recreation offices on Colonel Ledyard Highway. The complex houses ball fields, handball and tennis courts, horseshoe pits and a fabulous 100 foot lighted picnic pavilion. I’ve attended many events at the park and always enjoy exploring with my camera.


Erickson Park in Gales Ferry

When my son was in Ledyard Middle School, he walked from Inchcliffe Drive then across Military Highway to wait for the bus at "Cappy's". I doubt the kids would be allowed to make that precarious crossing today. At that time, during the 1980's, the Erickson's had a small general store known as Cappy's, at the waterfront location on Military Highway. The kids loved going there for the penny candy so it was a popular bus stop. During the winter, they could wait inside and helping the elderly Mr. and Mrs. Erickson was part of the deal.

Cappy's, the spelling of which I am guessing at, was purchased by the Town of Ledyard in 2000, and is now the location of Erickson Park, a 2.8 acre site with walking trail, stone barbecue, picnic tables, and a lovely view of Mill Cove and the Thames River, especially at sunset. The Ledyard Park's and Recreation department rents the location for events. This July, they will be holding a Boat Building Camp and 6th-12th graders will be building a 17' plywood Dory and then experience the fun of rowing it in the cove.

The park has come a long way since being a bus stop with a view.


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Ledyard Photo Friday: Ledyard Up-Down Sawmill

I stumbled upon the Ledyard Up-Down Sawmill website this morning and thought I would share it here along with a few photos I shot this week. For the record, the Ledyard Up-Down Sawmill is owned by the town of Ledyard, CT and is administered by the Ledyard Historic District Commission.

                                                           Ledyard Up-Down Sawmill Information