Weekly Newsletter - April 7, 2021

Members AND Sponsors, please send your news, updates and photos to newsletter.tsc.news@gmail.com so we can share with the Tri-State community.

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Apologizing in advance to our TSC members who submitted news but do not see it here in this weeks edition! We are experiencing technical difficulties while Lisa is taking a much deserved break. Obviously, things fall apart when she is not here, and we cannot do this without her 😁
Spring has Sprung at Sharon Audubon Center. The center has some great events happening this month. Join us and enjoy the wonders of nature! For full event listings, please visit sharon.audubon.org/events.
Salisbury Bank Announces 2021 Community Shred ‘Drive-Thru’ Days Schedule
Community Shred “Drive-thru” Days are open to anyone at the locations listed below from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
• Saturday, May 22nd – Dover Plains Branch, 5 Dover Village Plaza, Dover Plains, NY
• Saturday, June 19th - Lakeville Branch, 5 Bissell Street, Lakeville, CT
• Saturday, August 21st - Lakeville Branch, 5 Bissell Street, Lakeville, CT
• Saturday, September 18th - Millerton Branch, 87 Main Street, Millerton, NY
• Saturday, October 2nd - Sheffield Branch, 640 North Main Street, Sheffield, MA
• Saturday, October 9th - Fishkill Branch, 701 Route 9, Suite 7, Fishkill, NY
• Saturday, October 16th - Lakeville Branch, 5 Bissell Street, Lakeville, CT
Hancock Village is a true destination for area residents every spring when the baby animals are born and, with the Covid vaccine now being rolled out, the little animals are again on view this year. While the baby lambs, piglets, calves, chick and kids (infant goats, that is) can be viewed, safety guidelines remain in place and pre-registration is recommended by going to hancockshakervillage.org
The animals will be on view from April 17th through May 9th with Monday being reserved for members only, 11AM to 4PM. Masks are required for all visitors older than 5 years and are encouraged for children ages 2-5. Visitors should maintain a physical distance of at least six feet (a cow’s length) apart from other parties.

Thank you Egg Artists!

Sunday, April 11, 2:00

Compact and wholly contemporary, Jenny Offill’s third novel sees a librarian find deep meaning and deep despair in her side gig as an armchair therapist for those in existential crisis, including liberals fearing climate apocalypse and conservatives fearing the demise of ‘American values.’ As she attempts to save everyone, our protagonist is driven to her limits, making for a canny, comic story about the power of human need.
Meet Your Newest Neighbors: North West CT's Spring Migratory Birds! 
Please join Noble Horizons and Sharon Audubon naturalist Bethany Sheffer on April 14 at 7 pm for an introduction to our newest neighbors, the astonishing migratory birds who travel hundreds of miles each year to spend the spring and summer with us. Learn to begin identifying these dazzling feathered jewels as well why migratory birds undertake this often perilous journey, where they come from, and how birds like the Blackpoll warbler, who almost double their body weight to fly 2300 miles non-stop for 86 hours, manage this annual expedition to their spring breeding grounds. Sheffer will also explain how we can create sanctuaries for these global migrants by providing food, water, and shelter for them.

Ms. Sheffer has been a leader in local and state Audubon chapters since 2013 and is a certified Environmental Educator and Certified Beekeeper.  Please register for a Zoom link.

On April 13 at 7 pm, Noble Horizons invites you to join Phil Klein, Certified Dog Listener, to learn to think like your dog and ‘speak’ the language of canines. Understand the four key drivers of canine behavior, including the surprising cause of common issues like anxieties, toileting indoors, excessive barking, aggression, jumping, pulling, destructive chewing, etc. Using straight-forward, dog-friendly changes you can transform your dog's behavior in a kind, lasting way.

Klein become a Certified Dog Listener in 2009 after discovering Jan Fennell, whose revolutionary dog training methodology- based on a dog’s instincts-led to an internationally best-selling book, “The Dog Listener: Learning the Language of your Best Friend.” Through in-home consultations, public talks, volunteer work with Labs4Rescue and other rescue organizations, Klein has helped thousands of dog owners and their dogs.

Please register below for a Zoom link to Klein’s free program.
It has been an era of firsts for Salisbury Winter Sports Association's own Seth Gardner, fresh from his return from Steamboat Springs, Colorado where he competed in this year's Junior Nationals.

Seth is the first member of Team SWSA to jump off our 70 meter hill in many years. He also made the Junior National team four consecutive years and competed in the annual Junior National competition three times ( the fourth was COVID canceled).

At Steamboat, Seth came in 7th in the team category and jumped a personal best 58.5 meters in a field that included some of the best junior jumpers in the country.

Earlier this winter Seth ( far left in the picture) helped out with coaching duties for the junior jumping program, continuing a teaching tradition that dates back to the beginning of ski jumping in Salisbury.

We at SWSA are very proud of Seth's accomplishments, and he certainly serves as a role model for our other junior jumpers who are coming along.
Learn How To Create Your Own Picture Book! 
Hotchkiss Library of Sharon Partners With Children's Author and Illustrator to Host Special Two-Part Zoom Series
Monday, April 12th and Friday, April 16th at 4:00 pm 

Join Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, children’s book author, Caroline Nastro, and illustrator, Anca Sandu for this two-part Zoom series, where you’ll learn how to create your own picture book. In the first session on Monday, April 12th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, we’ll talk about story, characters, and what makes a great picture book. We’ll do some sketching and brainstorming, and then you’ll go home and write your own picture book!
In the second Zoom session on Friday, April 16th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, we’ll discuss our first “drafts” together and think about more possibilities for our stories. We’ll talk about character development, plot, and the “story arc.” Then we’ll revise and sketch and write and sketch some more, just like children’s book authors and illustrators!
This series is intended for children ages 5 and up. This program is free, but registration is required in order to receive the supplies to make your own book. To register, and for more information click here.
Caroline Nastro is a children’s book writer and Anca Sandu is a children’s book illustrator. Their upcoming books include: Fly, Little Bird, Fly (Clavis Books, Spring 2022), Outside Amelia’s Window (Two Lions, Spring 2022) and The Peace Rose (Peachtree, Spring 2023).
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