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Happy Birthday to The Last Green Valley!

TLGV Celebrated 25 years of National Heritage Corridor Recognition Nov. 2

Green Valley’s 25th birthday at the magnificent Allen Hill Farm with Charlie Langevin, State Archaeologist Emeritus Nick Bellantoni and our own Chief Ranger Bill Reid! The Brooklyn Agriculture Commission helped get the event going and organized and brought the morning doughnuts.

Thank you to U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney and former Congressman Sam Gejdenson for joining us. Thank you to State Senator Mae FlexerState Representative Pat BoydState Representative Anne Dauphinais and State Representative Rick Hayes for also joining us and presenting a citation to honor the National Heritage Corridor’s birthday.

We had a blast! 

What a Fabulous Walktober!

Thank you to the hundreds of passionate Walktober leaders who helped make the 29th Annual Walktober a wonderful success! It is because of them that this event is the premiere autumnal event in all of Southern New England!

Here’s what we know about Walktober so far:

  • We drew visitors from all over New England, in fact the West Coast was also represented. We also hear we had visitors from Berlin, Germany and Iceland.
  • There were 215 unique Walktobers this year.
  • The weather was great for most of the events causing few cancellations!

TLGV Awards $3,000 to Oxford for Carbuncle Pond Protection

  • The Town of Oxford has won a $3,000 grant to help in the acquisition of a 1.23 acre parcel adjacent to the public recreation area. The purchase allows the town to expand Carbuncle Park for recreation purposes and to further protect the shoreline of Oxford’s only “natural” pond.
  • Acorn Adventure – Winter Wildlife
    10 a.m., Nov. 16
    Goodwin State Forest
    23 Potter Road, Hampton, CT
  • Join The Last Green Valley and Goodwin Forest Naturalist Lena to explore the active winter forest! Some species in the Goodwin Forest woods hibernate but others thrive in the snow and freezing temperatures. We’ll start our adventure indoors examining furs of some of the animals making Goodwin their home. Then, we’ll take to the trails to make some observations of our own!
  • Email or call 860-774-3300 for more information.

General Nathanial Lyon ‘History Hike’ on the Natchaug Trail
9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 23
Eastford, CT

Join Chief Ranger Bill Reid for a walk on the Natchaug Trail to enjoy a beautiful section of the trail and learn about Civil War Veteran General Nathaniel Lyon. We’ll start at the Nathaniel Lyon Memorial Park on Kingsbury Road in Eastford. From there we’ll hike north on the Natchaug trail for just more than 2.5 miles to General Lyon Road and the Phoenixville Cemetery where Lyon is buried. His grave site includes a large monument and Civil War cannons. We’ll learn about his role in the Civil War, his heroic death, and the large delegation of dignitaries who attended his memorial service.

For information and to RSVP contact Bill Reid at 860-774-3300 or Meeting location will be shared when you RSVP.

Funding Opportunity Through Sustainable Connecticut
Sustainable CT is a voluntary certification program to recognize thriving and resilient Connecticut municipalities working to make communities more sustainable.

Sustainable CT is expanding its work to incorporate new ways to support towns, nonprofits, public schools, community groups and residents through its Community Match Fund. This is an innovative program that provides a flexible funding mechanism that will support sustainability-related projects throughout Connecticut.

Become a TLGV Partner and Let’s Help Each Other!
By becoming a partner with TLGV you are helping us promote the National Heritage Corridor and attract visitors who believe in spending local and supporting local business.

Your partnership dollars also go a long way for you. They put your organization in the region’s most comprehensive guide, which is distributed to 25,000 people in the corridor and beyond throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Partnerships start as low as $50 for nonprofits and farms and $100 for businesses.

Give the Gift of Local Love!
Memberships to TLGV help steward our beautiful National Heritage Corridor. Because of memberships and donations we are able to work on preservation of our waters, lands, history, culture and, now, our starry skies. We do this while passionately promoting the local economy.

Here at TLGV we know working together is the way we will all help the National Heritage Corridor evolve while retaining what makes it a true national treasure!

Buy A Bag, Help the Corridor!
You may have noticed that both Big Y and Stop and Shop have Community Bags with giving tags on them. They are a little more expensive than some reusable bags, but with each purchase $1 goes to the charity of your choice. Thanks to both supermarkets and many of you, we have already received more than $200 in donations!

Upcoming Meetings
All meetings are held at the TLGV office, 203B Main St., Danielson. Please call us at 860-774-3300 for more information.

Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 14
8:30 a.m.

Finance, Planning and Development Committee Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 5
4 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 19
4 p.m.

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Questions or Request? Please email us at:

Windham Region Chamber of Commerce
1010 Main St., P.O. Box 43
Willimantic CT 06226
Phone: (860) 423-6389
Fax: (860) 423-8235

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A very special thank you to our Corporate Sponsors for your dedication and continued support to our region.

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