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Stevenson Fire Chief John Howe, left, poses for a picture with, from left, Junior firefighters Kevin, Brian and Anthony Giordano, and Capt. Geoff Giordano.

MONROE, CT — Stevenson Volunteer Fire Company juniors, Anthony and Brian Giordano, graduated from the Introduction To The Fire Service Class #47 on Saturday.

IFFTS is a one week fully immersive program hosted by the Connecticut Fire Academy, where junior firefighters learn about firefighting, teamwork and discipline.

“We are very proud of them for attending and look forward to further hearing from them about all the new skills they have learned,” the Stevenson Fire Co. posted on its Facebook page. “Firefighting begins at a young age for many, these two included. If you or your teenager live in the Stevenson district of Monroe, and are interested in joining, please feel free to reach out with any questions! We are always looking for new members, both junior and senior. Stevenson takes juniors at the age of 14.”


Monroe EMS seeks new members

The Monroe Volunteer EMS responds to over 1,500 911 emergency calls in town each year, while providing a vital service for the community. Now there is an opportunity to help your neighbors by joining the team.

Monroe EMS is recruiting new members. The organization coordinates all training, including Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.  The next class will be held in the late summer or early fall.

For information, send an email to [email protected].

Signs guide Torch Run, thank sponsors

White lawn signs along Monroe Turnpike marked the route for Monroe police officers during their leg of the Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut on June 18.

The signs say: This town adopted by 574 Wines, and it lists the logos of other sponsors at the bottom.

Ty Nicholson, manager of 574 Wines, center, holds up the T-shirt he received from Police Sgt. Pete Howard, while standing by one of the signs for the Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut. He is flanked by staff members Jon Bertek, left, and Matthew O’Neill.

On March 6, 574 Wines donated 10 percent of its sales to Monroe police officers’ fundraising efforts for Special Olympics Connecticut. The store at 574 Monroe Turnpike raised close to $1,000, before pitching in more money to reach that amount.

To show his appreciation Sgt. Pete Howard gave store manager, Ty Nicholson a black Law Enforcement Torch Run T-shirt and featured 574 Wines on the signs.

“I want to thank 574 Wines for joining all the Monroe businesses that have supported Connecticut Special Olympics for the past 25 years,” Howard said. “All the fundraising programs the Monroe Police Department are involved with go to raising awareness and acceptance for all the special athletes across Connecticut.”

Other sponsors featured on the signs include Adams Market, the Bearingstar Insurance Charitable Fund, The Hometown Foundation Inc., IGA, Papa’s and the WWE.

Nicholson thanked Bailey Stewart, owner of 574 Wines, for granting permission for its fundraiser. When the store opened in Monroe, he said Stewart wanted to give back to the community and they decided to support the town’s police officers and firefighters.

School supplies needed

The Monroe Department of Community and Social Services is seeking donations for its Back to School Supply Program this summer. Donation boxes will be at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library until Aug. 8.

The program provided 121 students from families in need with age appropriate backpacks and supplies this past school year thanks to the generosity of the Monroe Community.

Among the needed items are blue, black and red pens, pencils, pocket folders, binders, filler paper, single subject and composition notebooks, post it notes, lined index cards, glue sticks, highlighters, erasers, pencil boxes, crayons, colored pencils, dry erase board markers and regular markers.

Monetary donations are also appreciated. Checks should be payable to the Town of Monroe, Social Services Exchange Fund. Donations can be sent to: Monroe Social Services, Attention Mary Ann Kalm, 7 Fan Hill Rd. Monroe, CT 06468.

Donations can also be made online at www.monroect.org under Social Services/Social Services Exchange Fund. For information, call Mary Ann, 203-452-2813 or 203-209-3327.

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