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First Selectman

From the First Selectman

Many thanks to the members of the Department of Public Works and the Fire Department for jobs well done coping with heavy snowfall, ice, and wind, and with downed trees and power outages in this epic year of March blizzards. Their outstanding efforts kept Hampton roads and buildings OPEN as usual.

Budget crafting season is here with final adjustments being calculated. The Fire Department has a Building Addition Plan that will be brought to the Board of Finance and then to a Town Meeting soon.

Allan Cahill


Library Events


April & May Top Shelf Gallery: Hampton resident Ethel Engler’s paintings will be on display.

April 4 FML Book Discussion Group 6:30PM

We will be discussing Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. We always welcome new members!

April 14 Hampton Maple Festival 10AM – 1PM

Celebrate the maple season with tastings and products from three of our Maple Farms, plus a maple bake sale, which includes homemade maple ice cream.

April 28 Bobcat Program 10:30 – 11:30AM

Wildlife biologist Paul Colburn presents: “Bobcat: Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat”, a program for all ages.

Thursday Mornings Tai Chi Workshop 9:30 – 10:30AM

Rich Haldas leads a six week Tai Chi Workshop on the library front lawn.

Friday Mornings  Story Time, Song & Play 10 – 11AM

For children ages 0 – 5 and their caregivers, an interactive program using a variety of musical instruments, rhymes, songs, finger plays, puppets, as well as a story or two.

Wednesdays Knitting Group NOON – 3PM

Drop in and have a cup of tea or coffee and work on a needlework project, or just socialize.  All are welcome!

Drop-In Adult Coloring: Experience the stress-reducing and meditative benefits of coloring. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

For more information on all listed programs, please call the library at 860-455-1086.

New at the Library


Lots of terrific new books this month. Favorites like John Hart, Laura Lippman, Brad Meltzer and Alexander McCall Smith have new novels, as do well reviewed newcomers like Chloe Benjamin and A.J.Finn. We have a raft of non fiction from ancient Rome to vaccines to rowing the Northwest Passage, plus DVD’s and an audio book.


Chloe Benjamin                                  The Immortalists

Amy Bloom                                          White Houses

Chris Bohjalian                                    The Flight Attendant

Barbara Bradford                               Secrets of Cavendon

Lawrence Dudley                                New York Station

A.J. Finn                                                The Woman in the Window

John Hart                                              The Hush

Greer Hendricks                                 The Wife Between Us

Jonathan Kellerman                           Night Moves

John T. Lescroart                                 Poison

Laura Lippman                                   Sunburn

Will Mackin                                          Bring Out the Dog (short stories)

Alexander McCall Smith                    A Time of Love and Tartan

Jason Matthews                                  The Kremlin Candidate

Brad Meltzer                                       The Escape Artist

Neel  Mukherjee                                 A State of Freedom

Joyce Carol Oates                               Beautiful Days (short stories)

Yrsa Sigurdardottir                             The Legacy

Charles Todd                                       The Gate Keeper


Stuart Blume                                       Immunization: How Vaccines Became Controversial

Claire Lisa Evans                                Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the                                                                                                                                                 Internet

Lyle Harper                                          The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease & the End of Empire

Michael Korda                                     Alone: Britain, Churchill & Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory

James Patterson                                  All-American Murder: The Rise & Fall of Aaron Hernandez

Amy Tan                                               Where the Past Begins (memoir)

Kevin Vallely                                        Rowing the Northwest Passage: Adventure, Fear & Awe

Elaine Weiss                                         The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote


Ace Atkins                                            Robert B. Parker’s Kickback

Reed Farrel Coleman                          Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay

John Grisham                                       The Rooster Bar

Thomas Kenneally                              Shame and the Captives

Brian Kilmeade                                    Andrew Jackson & the Miracle of New Orleans

Beverly Lewis                                       The Photograph

Betty Medsger                                      The Burglary

Anthony McCarten                             Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink


Kristin Hannah                                    The Great Alone


Wonder, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, American Made, Breathe, Rebel in the Rye, Viceroy’s House.


Top Shelf Gallery

Ethel Engler

The Top Shelf Gallery April-May show features landscapes by award-winning Hampton artist, Ethel Engler. She finds her favorite subjects in Eastern Connecticut and on Martha’s Vineyard, and some of her images will surely be familiar to area residents. Her work has appeared in many regional juried shows, most recently at the 74th Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibition and the Meadow Life Regional Invitational at the Slater Museum in Norwich. In both 2016 and 2017 her work was honored, including Best in Show (2016) at the Arts of Tolland, and she has received the Richard Whitehouse Memorial Award at the Marlboro Arts Center. Her work has also won awards at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery in Westerly, RI., at Arts Center East in Vernon, and the 2017 Piedmont Regional Art Show in Somers. She has shown at the West Hartford Art League and been represented in shows at the Jorgensen Auditorium Gallery at UConn.

Engler says that her main interest is “in light and atmospheric representations” and that she works both “en plein air and in the studio.” Although she has done handsome portraits and floral pieces, landscapes in oil remain her chief focus. A graduate with degrees in psychology and art from UConn, Engler subsequently studied with a number of prominent painters, including Eastern faculty members Lula Mae Blocton and Qimin Liu.

Maple Festival

Hampton Maple Festival

Some of New England’s finest maple syrup producers are right here in Hampton! Come celebrate the sugaring season on the grounds of Fletcher Memorial Library, Saturday April 14 from 10AM to 1PM.

Local farms — Pebble Brook, Buell’s Dragonfly, and Bright Acres — will offer tastings of their sugar products, along with the chance to buy locally produced maple cream, sugar and candy, as well as peanut brittle, walnut brittle, maple almonds and other confections. Homemade ice cream and maple flavored baked goods by Hampton’s talented bakers will be on offer, too. This is a sweet way to support both local farms and the library.

Bobcat Comeback

Bobcats are Making a Comeback!

Master Wildlife Conservationist and avid outdoorsman, Paul Colburn, will present “Bobcat: Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat,” an illustrated program, Saturday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Fletcher Memorial Library.

The bobcat, Lynx rufus, the only wild cat found in Connecticut, is a distant relative of the domestic house cat. Due to deforestation and habitat loss, bobcats became a threat to agriculture and game species in the last century and were hunted nearly to extinction. However, since receiving protection in 1972, they have been making a comeback.

Learn all about the habitat, diet and behavior of this fascinating animal, and about the Connecticut Bobcat Project, a DEEP study of bobcats’ ecological niche in Connecticut.

Tai Chi

TAI CHI at Fletcher Memorial

Hampton resident Rich Haldas is offering a series of classes on the benefits of Tai Chi and basic Tai Chi movements. As Tai Chi does not require any special physical abilities, it is ideal for people of all ages and degrees of fitness. The six week series which started March 22 runs 1 to 1.5 hours, beginning at 9:30AM, and is held outdoors, weather permitting. If the weather is inclement, the class will move indoors; otherwise, dress warmly.


Hampton Seniors


The monthly senior luncheon will be held in the lower level of the Community Center on April 11, at 1PM, and will include soup and sandwiches as well as a special program. All seniors are welcome.

Goodwin Programs


April 7 Backpacking for Spring, Summer, and Fall 10AM – NOON

Join Reach Your Summit founder Mat Jobin for a backpacking presentation to include campsite selection, efficient hiking, essential gear, and lightweight alternatives for three seasons.

April 7 Medicinal Weeds of Connecticut 2 – 3:30PM

This workshop and weed walk with herbalist Debra Hultgren will emphasize identification and use of wonderful weeds. Recipes will be shared and demonstrated.

April 8 Favorite Hikes of Connecticut: Case Mountain-Yellow Trail 1 – 2PM

Jim Giana has hiked all of the blue-blazed trails in our state and beyond. Learn what makes the Yellow Trail on Case Mountain his favorite with maps, photos of the view, and interesting sights and sites.

April 8 & 15 Long Distance Guided Hike NOON – 3PM

Enjoy the company of fellow hikers with Goodwin Guide Elaine Koza. All are welcome, including friendly leashed dogs.

April 15 Living in Harmony: West Direction 1 – 2:30PM

Mohegan tribal member Chris Harris “Turtle” returns to present the third part of this series on living in harmony with Mother Earth, looking west to its correlation with the medicine wheel and cycles of life and ceremony.

April 18 & 19 Senior Walk 10AM – 12:30PM & NOON – 2:30PM

These easy to moderate walks on forest trails are very popular, and not just for seniors! All are welcome. Hiking sticks are available to borrow.

April 21Garlic Mustard Pull: Edible and Invasive 9 – 11:30AM

Join DEEP Forester Ed McGuire as he instructs participants in an important forest management practice – invasive removal. Pull while you learn, and help Goodwin continue its ongoing eradication efforts.

April 21 & 28 Phenological Walk 10AM – NOON

Join Master Naturalist Carrie Crompton on a search for the “firsts” of the season. We’ll be looking for wildflower blooms, bud break in trees and shrubs, and bird arrivals.

April 21 Gardener’s Roundtable 10 – 11:30AM
A workshop intended for gardeners of all experience levels, please come with your questions, your expertise, and your own stories of success and failure in your gardens.

April 21 Movie Screening: Plight of the Grassland Birds 1 – 2:30PM

This movie explores efforts to protect grassland birds and their habitats. Master Naturalist Joanne Warren will briefly discuss her efforts to help protect bobolinks in our area.

April 22 The Apiary Series: Spring to Fall Hive 1 – 2:30PM

In this program, part of a year-long series, Dave Gilbert will instruct prospective beekeepers on spring and fall management of the hive.

April 29 Youth Series: Discover Goodwin’s Vernal Pools 1 – 3PM

Registration is required for this program with Master Naturalists Lynn Kochiss and Jim Bancroft as we explore the vernal pools at Goodwin equipped with nets, buckets, and magnifiers.

April 30 Full Pink Moon Night Hike 7:30 – 8:30PM

Let the full moon guide your path on this night hike at Goodwin State Forest with Guide Kat Gayson. Join us for hot chocolate afterwards.

Goodwin Conservation Center is looking for volunteers who have knowledge about various conservation-related topics and the desire to share that knowledge with others. Teaching experience is recommended but is not required. For more information, contact Jasper Sha at 


Goodwin Book Club

A Note on the Book Club: The book club recently read and discussed the book “Listening to Nature, How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature” by Joseph Cornell. Many uplifting quotations and activities are presented in the book along with photographs. One of my favorites is by Rachel Carson: “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder…he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in”. The next book to be discussed is “Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England”. It is by Tom Wessels with etchings and illustrations by Brian D. Cohen and a foreword by Ann Zwinger.