Ledyard is almost at the peak of fall colors. I have a few favorite trees around town and this is the one closest to home. I call it simply The Harvard Tree since it is found on the Harvard training facility property on Military Highway.
The Ledyard Fair is just around the corner so I thought it would be a good day to share some photos from the past few years. This year, the Ledyard Fair will be held on September 5, 6 and 7th.
After eight years of service Ledyard Patrol Canine Ringo retires with recognition from the Mayor for his many successful searches involving suspects and numerous drug related crimes.
“The working Dog Team of Officer Dan Gangon and Canine Ringo were extremely instrumental in the success Ledyard’s Community Policing Program with their many demonstrations to various community organizations and schools.”
Ringo began enjoying his retirement from the Ledyard Police Department on July 1st at the home of Officer Gagnon.
Some Ledyard Town Council meetings are more fun than others.
Thanks to Kathy Dunn who posted this photo (taken at Ledyard Center School) on the Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook. She kindly allowed me to share. Great find! I don't think anyone will be breaking any parking violations here.
It is pretty obvious that the members of the Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook are pet lovers but I was overwhelmed with over 100 entries when I decided to do a Ledyard Best Pup photo contest. My friend Chris Griffith from Bonita Springs Florida was the judge along with her dog Dillon. I thought she would pick the winner and we would move on but I quickly realized that was an impossible task. We narrowed it down to 20 and then 5 and decided to let the forum decide from there. The winner will be announced tomorrow!
The winner will receive some sweet treats from me, a gift certificate from Bodacious Biscuits donated by C.H.A.I.N as well as a C.H.A.I.N. tee shirt and a dog training class by Courteous Canine at the Gales Ferry Landing. In no particular order you have our 5 Top Pups.
Mark Fields recently posted in the Ledyard Gales Ferry Community Forum that he made his wife quite happy after building his Little Free Library pictured below. The project was inspired by The Little Free Library website which describes the history of the organization started in 2009. According to the website:
By January of 2014, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world was conservatively estimated to be nearly 15,000, with thousands more being built.
While they are waiting the official placard, Ledyard’s first Little Free library is now open on Arrowhead Drive in Algen Heights. Plenty of oohs and ahhs followed Mark’s post and I’m hopeful that others will be inspired to build a library for their neighborhood. Let me know! I’d love to feature your library next.
You know winter is finally behind us when the daffodils start showing up in front of stone walls. It is a New England tradition and one we all look forward to seeing. It was a hard winter and they are even more welcome this year.
We started the week with temperatures in the 60’s but a combination of snow and sleet mid week gave us one of those cruel but not unusual New England weather surprises. I knew I could count on a Facebook friend to post an online photo. Thanks to Joanne Erickson who captured the event perfectly!
Before lobster prices went crazy, we used to visit Ford’s Lobsters quite often to pick up some whole lobsters for the weekend. I had no idea Ford’s had opened up a restaurant so we decided to pay a visit there this week for my birthday lunch. I had heard in advance about the “Lobster Bomb” and was looking forward to it until I saw the price which I thought a bit steep for lunch even though I wasn’t paying. Instead, we each ordered lobster rolls and a cup of clam chowder. My favorite part of lunch was the chowder although the stop at Dairy Queen on the way home was a treat. I’m sure I’ll be back to Ford’s again to give the bomb a try.
One of the great things about a small town is the ability for an individual to make a difference. Jim Smith, a Ledyard resident and avid biker suggested on the Ledyard Facebook Forum that Ledyard put up signs to notify drivers of the law when it comes to passing bikers. Councilor Bill Saums took up his cause and Jim’s came to fruition this week. We have a no whining policy on the Ledyard Facebook Forum. Have a complaint - offer a solution. Thanks Jim!