Rain Barrel and Water Conservation Festival

On October 20, 2018, 10:00a.m. to 3:00pm at Perennial Harmony, 144 Boston Post Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333, Eastern Connecticut Conservation District is holding a build-a-rain-barrel festival.

Project Rain Barrel

Join us to celebrate healthy water and water conservation. Hosted by Petie Reed of Perennial Harmony and organized by an Eagle Scout prospect, the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District (ECCD) is sponsoring this event to raise awareness about the need to protect and conserve our shared water resources. The event will feature live music and free refreshments, but more importantly, local conservation organizations will be there to raise awareness about the many issues facing local waterways including the Niantic River and Long Island Sound.

The event is also supported by The Rivers Network and Coca-Cola, which have generously donated 20 rain barrel conversion kits and 40 rain barrels. Funding is provided by the Long Island Sound Futures Fund, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Niantic often experiences water shortages during the summer months, so this is the perfect opportunity for you to build a rain barrel and conserve water at home. Whereas demand is high and we have only 40 free rain barrels to give away, you must contact Dan Mullins to reserve one. Of course, you must also attend the event on October 20th to build your rain barrel and bring it home.
Dan Mullins’ contact info: Email is preferred: Dan.Mullins@comcast.net ; but phone works too: 860-319-8808.

Tour of Air National Guard Base

Thanks to the hard work of one of our incoming Webelos and dedicated Master Sergeant and resident of East Lyme, Troop 240 had an amazing opportunity to visit the 103rd Airlift Wing Air National Guard base at Bradley International Airport in June.  The tour of the base included boarding a C-130 “Hercules” transport plane, sitting in the cockpit, testing their pilot skills in the flight simulator, and watching the emergency response units perform their magic.  An added bonus was to meet at least 3 Eagle Scouts along the way, who are now serving our country through the ANG.  This was all quite impressive, and we would like to convey our thanks to each and every person we met.

The Boy Scouts of America is based on key values such as Duty to Country, and 12 points of the scout law, which includes loyalty, bravery, and reverence.  What better way to embrace these concepts, than to tour the base!