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“Goddess of the Woods” ~ White Birch Trees

Posted on October 28, 2019

      Article & Photos By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com               “Goddess of the Woods” ~ the perfect sobriquet for white birch trees. Considered to be enchanted, symbolic of hope, new beginnings and the promise of what’s to come. My love of white birch trees runs deep. Simply looking at a white birch is uplifting for me. They touch the soul. Said in mythology and folklore to be enchanted, The “Magic of Birch” describes white birches (known too as silver birches) as carrying ancient wisdom yet appearing forever young. Written about extensively, they have been a muse for many a great poet and philosopher such as Robert Frost and Henry David Thoreau. In my family we hold treasured…

Averting Ecological Tragedy After Human Tragedy of WW II Bomber Crash in Windsor Locks, Connecticut

Posted on October 5, 2019

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By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com

 

A mystique surrounds World War II & the Greatest Generation which saved the world from tyranny. Nostalgia and fascination continue nearly 75 years later over the bravado of the dashing, young pilots who flew American fighter and bomber planes, and for the planes which helped the Allies win. Aviation enthusiasts and history buffs are eager to ride in the vintage planes that are still piloted around the country performing in air shows, and offer a chance to experience flight on the revered relics of a bygone era.

 

 

When news broke Wednesday morning October 2, 2019 about the crash of one such flight, a WW II B-17 G at Bradley International Airport (BIA) in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, it clearly hit residents across the state hard; a treasured piece of American history up in smoke – not invincible. Then the news got worse – the crash was deadly. The toll of lives lost in the crash now stands at seven plus several more injured, two victims had to be transported from Hartford Hospital to the Bridgeport burn unit.

 

 

Photo Jacqueline Bennett ~ shows the Farmington River as it flows through Windsor, CT.

 

With concern about the “human tragedy” of the B-17 crash uppermost in his mind, it became incumbent upon Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks to also consider an “ecological tragedy” that could be impending, he noted during an interview Thursday. Chemical contamination moving downstream as a result of the B-17 crash was on the mayor’s mind, after leakage this past summer of perfluonooctanic acid (PFAS) into the Farmington River – which flows through Windsor.

 

“First and foremost our concern is with the safety of everybody up there,” Mayor Trinks said during an interview along the banks of the Farmington River Thursday, Oct. 3.

 

Approximately 50,000 gallons of firefighting foam containing PFAS chemical – thought to cause health risks such as cancer – had leaked this past summer from a hangar at BIA into the Metropolitan District Water Pollution Control Facility located in Windsor. The contaminated water was then dumped into the Farmington River which flows through town. State and local officials including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, State Attorney General William Tong, State Rep. Jane Garibay and Mayor Trinks, supported the formation of a state task force to investigate the health of the river, its fish and the safety of continued use of the firefighting foam.

 

 

In that the B-17 crashed into a de-icing building, in addition to PFAS, that meant there could also be drainage downstream into Windsor of a de-icing chemical, as well as, jet fuel. Crediting the quick response of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Airport Authority, Mayor Trinks said at this juncture, drainage appears to have been limited to the “northern most” part of Rainbow Brook. Skimming and booms have been used to facilitate containment. Most has been contained on-site at the airport, he said.

 

Photo from LOHud.com shows smoke billowing at the crash site.

 

The B-17 G bomber that crashed was owned by the Collings Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation. On its website the foundation has posted a message, “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were on that flight and we will be forever grateful to the heroic efforts of the first responders at Bradley.”

 

During a news conference broadcast Thursday, Katie Dykes, state DEEP commissioner, said samples had been taken from eleven sites along the Farmington River. Results from the testing will be forthcoming, she said. Mayor Trinks adds that clean-up and monitoring are expected to continue.  

 

Where Is Joe Hackett When You Need Him?

Posted on September 24, 2019

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Where is Joe Hackett when you need him ?   I try never to say “never”, but I do NOT like to fly. About the only plane I can imagine myself boarding is Sandpiper Air piloted by handsome Joe Hackett ( who must be wearing his leather bomber jacket) en route to Hyannis, The Vineyard or Nantucket’s Tom Nevers Field airport.    As real as Hyannis, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are (some of my favorite places) ~ for those who may not remember, sensible yet intriguing Joe (who is a big New England sports fan and himself a former scholastic baseball and football player), Sandpiper and Nevers Field are fictional, existing in the world of the 1990’s sitcom “Wings.”…

Jane’s Chocolate Mint Plant

Posted on September 20, 2019

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   When Windsor, Connecticut’s Jane Garibay put up a post saying she had an abundance of chocolate mint plant growing in her yard if anyone was interested in some, I was intrigued. Never before had I heard of chocolate mint plant.   After a bit of research I thought it would make an interesting topic for one of my floral/plant pieces on newsandviewsjb. A sensory experience! The aroma is just as described ~ reminiscent of the “classic Girl Scout cookies.”   According to bonnieplants.com, it is common for chocolate mint plants to grow rampant. So much so that if you desire, you may want to “tuck it in a pot to curtail its wandering ways.” That’s my…

Paper or Plastic? Not Any More in Connecticut

Posted on August 16, 2019

  Article & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Paper or plastic? As of August 1, 2019 consumers no longer have the option of choosing paper or plastic bags at retail stores in Connecticut. A new state law has gone into effect banning single use plastic bags at retail stores for environmental reasons.   Shoppers now must pay 10 cents for plastic bags, money that will go to the state coffers. As of 2021 single use plastic bags are slated to be banned completely. Most consumers are saying it is hard to oppose something that is good for the environment. Nevertheless, many say they did reuse the plastic bags for purposes such as lining waste paper baskets. As well, some folks question why retailers…

Mom’s Recipe Box : “Sometimes A Girl Just Needs To Be Bad Pizza” from Maureen

Posted on June 19, 2019

                        “Sometimes a Girl Just Needs to be Bad Pizza” from Maureen    Award Winning Pizza ~ by Maureen Muriel Lucas What I love about this recipe is the blending of flavors between the sauce and the toppings. I’ve enjoyed cooking and baking all my life. My Mom, Muriel Anna Bennett Lucas taught me the love of cooking, as well as, baking. My Mom was an amazing woman. A great teacher of life. Along with my daughter, Kathleen, we would prepare wonderful, loving creations together. Always an adventure to try something new. I enjoy making a recipe my own, so I experiment. A recipe is just a guideline ~ is my motto ~…

Join the Journey ~ Windsor Monarch Project

Posted on May 22, 2019

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Butterflies hold a mystique. “Universally” butterflies are said to symbolize metamorphosis, renewal and beauty ~ with the grandest beauty of the species being the Monarch ( auntyflo.com ) . On a spiritual level Monarch butterflies are believed to represent good luck, an omen that one is on the right path or a need for change, even communication of well-being between the living and the dead. Practically, Monarch butterflies pollinate plants critical to the health and preservation of our delicate ecosystem.   Given the value of Monarchs, Windsor resident Suzanne Urban set out to reverse a disturbing trend that she cautions, has positioned these insects as nearing endangered. Inspired by a similar, successful effort with a different…