Driving for Drafts tournament benefits rescued draft horses

EAST HAMPTON — In 2015, the CT Draft Horse Rescue rescued a neglected, emaciated Clydesdale from shipping to a slaughter auction in Pennsylvania. They soon discovered that this horse was Duke, a former Budweiser Clydesdale. As he regained his health, Duke quickly became a local celebrity at the CDHR, making appearances at events, including the golf tournament, and posing for pictures with visitors. Sadly, Duke passed away about a year after his rescue, surrounded by his loving volunteer caretakers. To honor Duke’s memory, the CDHR named this annual golf tournament after him.

Driving for Drafts will be held on Sept. 18 at the Portland Golf Course, 169 Bartlett St., Portland. Check in starts at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Golfers will have a grilled lunch and a buffet dinner along with raffles, auctions, and prizes. The cost is $150 per person. Sponsorships are also available, including an “In Memoriam” sponsorship to honor a loved one or a pet. All proceeds benefit the rescue horses of the CDHR. Registration closes Sept. 3. All precautions will be taken to be sure this is a safe event for our guests, format will be adjusted accordingly, if necessary.

To sign up as a participant or become a sponsor, forms are available at www.ctdraftrescue.org or send an email to: cdhr.golf@gmail.com.

St. James tag sale spaces available

HIGGANUM — St. James Episcopal Church in Higganum will sponsor a tag and bake sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 24 at the church’s parish hall at the corner of Route 81 and Little City Road.

The sale will feature furniture, collectibles and other items. We welcome people from all over looking for an opportunity to sell their wares. Spaces are $20. Reservations and payment are due by July 19 for a space. Contact Elaine Jackson 860-424-6178 or elainejack835@gmail.com or call Alice Bartolotta 860-347-6719.

Middlesex Health loosens visitor policies

MIDDLETOWN — Due to a low COVID-19 positivity rate in Connecticut, Middlesex Health has further loosened its visitor policy.

Most Middlesex Health locations, including Middlesex Hospital, outpatient locations and ambulatory settings, will now allow an unlimited number of visitors. All visitors must wear a face mask at all times, and they will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival.

Per recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, face masks are still required in health care settings. All must wear a mask while at a Middlesex Health facility regardless of being vaccinated.

Visiting hours at Middlesex Hospital, located at 28 Crescent Street in Middletown, are now 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., both on the weekdays and during the weekend. Visitors must register at the front desk in the hospital lobby and be 16 or older unless granted special permission.

Visiting hours for Middlesex Hospital’s inpatient behavioral health unit are different because of the need for group therapy. Patients staying on this unit may receive visitors Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. Visitors must be 16 or older.

Vocal Chords to perform patriotic tribute concert

MIDDLETOWN — The Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords will present a 20th Anniversary 9/11 Patriotic Tribute at The Bushnell Mortenson Hall Stage at 2 p.m. Sept. 11.

“We are preparing for a spectacular patriotic musical journey along with our special guests: Todd Allen Herendeen, a triple platinum country and gospel star; Middletown and Portland High School Advanced Choirs under the direction of Stephanie Zac, Middletown High School Choral Director and Samuel Tucker, Portland Secondary Schools Choral Director; and the Middletown Police Benefit Association Pipes and Drums. The event will begin with Firefighter’s and State Police Honor Guards leading the Firefighters/EMS, Police Departments, Covid19 First Responders, Armed Forces and Veterans in procession. LT Governor Susan Bysiewicz along with many state and local dignitaries will be in attendance.”

Proceeds from this tribute will be given to the Middlesex Health COVID19 Emergency Relief Fund and the CT Firefighters/EMS and Police Benevolent Fund. Tickets for the concert are $30 plus handling fee and will be available on June 28 and can be obtained by contacting The Bushnell at bushnell.org/ or call 860-987-6000. Early ticket purchases are recommended. Learn more at www.vocalchords20.org

Bare Necessities holding diaper fundraiser

CLINTON — Bare Necessities, a non-profit organization that provides diapers and wipes to families in need is hosting a Ducky Dip for Diapers, 11 a.m. June 26 on Facebook Live at Bare Necessities, Inc.

The Ducky Dip is an old-fashioned duck pond game, and 18 winners will win one of a number of prizes, such as a pair of Red Sox tickets and a signed ball, memberships, trips, tools and gift certificates. Adopt a rubber tuck with a $5 donation; each duck adopted will diaper a baby for 3 days.

To adopt a duck, go to www.barenecessitiesct.org or visit Clinton Paint in Clinton, Grove Gardens in Clinton, The Bootery, Stem to Fern in Clinton, and AJR Hair Design in Westbrook.

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