Five sun-loving perennials for a long season of color

Five sun-loving perennials for a long season of color

You cannot lose with these favorite easy blooms growing in your garden this season. All five of these are not only long-season bloomers, but are deer resistant and drought tolerant as well. For the greatest visual impact I recommend planting in groups of three to five of each type of...
Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior citizens

Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior citizens

Here’s the scenario: daughter, 47, husband, 49, two teenage boys. Daughter has very pleasant part-time job, lives in nice house, purchased 20 years ago. Her mother, 79, has been in an automobile accident, has several fractures, and is confined to a wheelchair. Daughter’s brother lives far away. Daughter lives nearby....
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Events occurring April 10 and beyond

36th Trumbull Arts Festival accepting applications for the Literary Competition, open to grades 3 and up, as well as to adults; info., at trumbull-ct.gov/arts; info., 203-452-5065. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; adm. $12/adults, $10/children 3-11 and seniors, free for children under 3; open daily 9 to 4; Carousel, Peacock Cafe, Jungle Canteen, Gift...
Dogwood Festival May 2-4 features crafts, arts and more

Dogwood Festival May 2-4 features crafts, arts and more

A long-time tradition that shepherds in the spring season, Greenfield Hill Congregational Church’s 79th Annual Dogwood Festival will once again take place on the church’s grounds and town square May 2-4. Once again, the festival will take place a week prior to Mother’s Day. “Our 79th Dogwood Festival is a time-honored tradition that has had...
Shelton fire department to sell flowers

Shelton fire department to sell flowers

White Hills Voluntary Fire Company No. 5 of Shelton will hold its annual Easter flower sale Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, at the White Hills Shopping Center on Route 110. Hours are Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the last flower is sold. The White Hills Fire Company...
Antique appraising set for April 27 in Bethany

Antique appraising set for April 27 in Bethany

The Bethany Historical Society will sponsor an Antique Appraisal Day on Sunday, April 27, 1–4 p.m., at Bethany Town Hall, 40 Peck Road. Ryan Brechlin and Rick Termini of Nest Egg Auctions will appraise your antiques and collectibles. One item for $10, two items for $20 or three items for $25. Light refreshments will be...
Plant sale at agriscience school

Plant sale at agriscience school

The annual Easter/Spring Plant Sale at Trumbull High School’s Agriscience and Biotechnology Center opens Thursday, April 17, and will continue through Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will feature plants grown by the Agriscience students. The Agriscience Center is located at 536 Daniels Farm Road in Trumbull. For further information,...
Store helps you collect glass from the sea

Store helps you collect glass from the sea

Do you like collecting sea glass to display at your home? Do you have some that maybe don’t suit you? Well, in Milford there is a spot for sea glass-collecting enthusiasts to trade their find. The Long Island Sound Sea Glass Trading Post held its grand opening on March 29 at the Beach Gallery, 2...
Healthy recipes wanted from our readers

Healthy recipes wanted from our readers

Our recipe category for next month:  “Let’s Get Bathing-Suit Ready!” Please email your favorite healthy main dish, side, salad and dessert recipes to home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. Also, please include your name, town and company/business name, if applicable.
A coffee table book all about shoes

A coffee table book all about shoes

Jane Gershon Weitzman, wife of shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, has recently authored Art & Sole, a book featuring 150 fantasy art shoes made of unique materials — including feathers, paper, ceramic, metal, resin, playing cards, corrugated cardboard, Swarovski crystals, even fresh flowers and frosting — that she has discovered and commissioned by artists over the...

Autism Speaks to hold fashion show and day of beauty fund-raiser

A fashion show and day of beauty will be held April 12 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Oxford Grange on Route 67 in Oxford to benefit Autism Speaks. Doors open at 1 p.m. with a variety of activities and vendors. Representatives from Special Olympics Oxford and the Autism project at the Kennedy center...
Protect your family from a silent danger in your home

Protect your family from a silent danger in your home

Once you become a homeowner, the safety of your home and the loved ones who live there become a main concern. A few common precautions you’ve taken to protect your family from danger include having a security system professionally installed, regularly testing your smoke detectors and creating an emergency escape plan. But you may be...
Garden plots open in Stratford

Garden plots open in Stratford

The Farm at Stratford Community Garden, Connors Lane, has plots available for rent for the 2014 season. The farm includes more than 90 plots which are organically cared for.  Rent a plot to grow vegetables, learn gardening tips from fellow members, and enjoy eating locally grown food. Visit thefarmatstratford.org for applications.
High gas prices no longer fuel decline in American driving

High gas prices no longer fuel decline in American driving

Americans now are less likely to change their driving habits or lifestyle to offset rising gas prices, primarily because this year’s gas prices are lower than last year. That was the finding of a survey by the national AAA survey. According to the survey, only half of U.S. adults (53%) are now doing something to...