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October 2019 eNews
Our Annual Meeting, Grants and Awards Celebration was so inspiring that we've planned activities with two of the awardees for you this fall. Check out what's happening!
Board member Peter Patton ends his term with many thanks from Board President Marilyn Ozols and Executive Director Tony Marino.

In This Issue

1. All Things Green with Stonington Kelp, 10/10
2. Meet Your Greens with Master Beekeeper Bill Hesbach, 10/17
3. Ice on Fire film screening, 11/4
4. Hike Windswept Ridge with Essex Land Trust, 11/9
5. News & Reminders
6. Guess This Tree
7. Upcoming Community Events

All Things Green

Oct. 10

Kelp – the unnamed superfood. Sustainably and organically grown in Long Island Sound, sugar kelp also absorbs nitrogen, carbon and phosphorus which can mitigate damage done to waterways. But there are challenges in the growing kelp industry. Tune into our October 10 episode of All Things Green to hear from Suzie Flores, owner of Stonington Kelp Company, about the opportunities and challenges with this wonder plant.

Listen live 4 to 4:30pm online at iCRV Radio, or stream the replay anytime afterwards at All Things Green.

Meet Your Greens

Oct. 17

Our October Meet Your Greens will be on October 17 at Vero Cucino Rustico Restaurant, 749 Saybrook Road, Middletown. Join us for drinks, food, and conversation 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Guest speaker Bill Hesbach will be talking about honey bees and native pollinators. We’ll learn how our pollinator population influences the health of our environment. Bill is president of the Connecticut Queen Breeders Cooperative, serves on the board of the Connecticut Beekeepers Association, and works with the Eastern Apicultural Society as an educator and evaluator of aspiring Master Beekeepers.

Vero Cucino Rustico is located in the TradeWinds plaza. We have a private dining room reserved for the gathering. Please join us!

For more about the monthly networking meet-up, Meet Your Greens, please visit our website.

Ice on Fire

Nov. 4

The second film in the 2019-2020 season of The Elements: An Annual Environmental Film Series is Ice on Fire, on Monday, November 4 at Middlesex Community College.

Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, this film goes beyond the current climate change narrative, presenting many never-before-seen solutions from people at the forefront of the climate crisis. Technologies that draw CO2 out of the atmosphere and other Innovations offer hope that we can stave off the worst effects of global warming.

Full details about the screening are here.

Hike Windswept Ridge

Nov. 9

Join Essex Land Trust and The Rockfall Foundation on November 9 for a 3 mile loop hike on Windswept Ridge Preserve in Essex. Traverse ridges, ravines and wetlands, enjoying glacial boulders, bog walks, and a seven-trunk tulip tree along the way.  Intermediate level hike with easy sections and one very steep section gaining 150 feet. Rain postpones to the next day, November 10. Full details here.

News & Reminders

Thank you!

The Stop & Shop on East Main Street in Middletown sold 84 GIVE BACK bags during September. Each bag included a $1 donation to The Rockfall Foundation. Many thanks to those who purchased these special bags, and to Stop & Shop!
Grant Applications Due November 7
Early submissions accepted, and due no later than Thursday, November 7 at noon. Prepare your Annual Environmental Grant and Fostering Future Environmental Stewards applications today!

Guess This Tree

We joined the annual Tree Walk at Indian Hill Cemetery and learned so much about all the wonderfully preserved trees there.  Can you guess which kind of tree is pictured below? Send your guess to and we'll give a shout out to all the correct guessers in our next eNews!

Want to explore the cemetery's trees up close? There's one more chance for a guided tour this year.  Saturday, October 26 is the Family Ghost & Tree Walk. Decorated for Halloween, families will learn about the trees and the story behind Indian Hill. Guided by Everyone Outside, the walk starts at noon. Rain date is October 27. Call 860-346-0452 for information.

Upcoming Community Events

Actvities organized by our grantees, with support from The Rockfall Foundation's Environmental Grants Program.
The Middlesex Community College Veteran’s Memorial Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is October 15 at 12:30, behind Snow Hall. Info and RSVP:
The October 12 & 13 Climate Action Art Walk includes art viewings from local children and artists, a film screening of Kilowatt Hours, and a Mingle & Champingle at CHC Rooftop Garden.

Social Media Snapshot

Highlights from our Facebook and Twitter Feeds

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Contact us: 860-347-0340

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