Monday, April 20, 2015

Habitat for Humanity of Eastern CT ReStore finds!


Busy times as of late for this Putnamaniac, and I am sure for you all as well.

Spring, particularly after a long and weather filled winter, gives us all a lot to do!

As I was about my home work/errands one day a couple of weeks ago, I looked around and quickly noticed a ton of things that I have added to my home over the years, thanks to shopping at my local Habitat for Humanity of Eastern CT ReStore!

I really wanted to point out to you what great stuff you can find at a Habitat ReStore. Of course, since I do volunteer from time to time, I really have the opportunity to see things as they come in! That is a great benefit of volunteering, should that entice you into inquiring about it!

As you will see in these photos, some things that I have bought at the Habitat ReStore look brand new, some are clearly well used, some I have painted or re-purposed.  In any case, these are a few of the things that have been added to my home sweet home over the years, all while my purchases are helping someone else to get a safe home of their own.

Take a look.

I am a Putnamaniac that supports my local Habitat for Humanity of Eastern CT! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Bradley Playhouse production of Nunsense is heavenly!

Friday was the opening of Bradley Theater's Nunsense, and this Putnamaniac was there!

Thank goodness there are still 2 weekends left to catch this show.

Do not miss out on the talent you will see. It is funny, the cast has great timing and their voices are spot on. Songs, dance, fun!!! You could not have hand picked a better cast! There is a little surprise local bit of fun tossed in, too!

So, be sure to get off the couch (to quote my friend) and into the Bradley Playhouse for this show.

Remaining dates are:

Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2:00 p.m.
Friday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 2:00 p.m.

Tell them the Putnamaniac sent you!

I am a Putnamaniac that loves the local talent at my local theater!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Cleanups! YES - I am talking to YOU! You can make a difference! Proof enclosed!

Our Putnamaniac team does a bi-weekly cleanup. Some weeks we have as many as 6 of us, and lots of times just me.

We chose one particular area in our town that was asking for help. An area not very large, but hit hard by litterbugs.

For just one hour every other week, we meet at this spot and spend one hour cleaning up.

One hour - every other week. Not too demanding.

This morning was our first time back to do a cleanup after a very snowy spell, and although I was warned by another good community who had been out doing a stretch of town earlier himself, I wasn't prepared for what was found.

SHOCKING!!!! Our little area that we work so hard to keep clean was a disaster area.

In the usual hour, we covered only 1/3 of the territory, and picked up 3 times as much as usual. These photos do not show all the bags that were picked up!

After the cleanup was done, and feeling a little frustrated, I went out for a jog to clear the old noggin'. 

That did the trick.

What I realized was that just that one hour every other week done by Team Putnamania makes a difference. Before all the snow came and our cleanups were curtailed for a while, we had the litter under control enough that we could clean up our whole strip in that hour, and sometimes sooner!

Obviously some folks are just going to litter. I don't get it, but I do get that if more and more people join in on the cleanup side of things, it can be made manageable.

YOU can make a difference.
1) Choose a designated time.
2) Choose people you know that you can count on and who are interested in making their community a nicer place. Friends, family, neighbors, fellow church goers, coworkers....
3) Choose your cleanup location - it can be your own yard and the street in front of your house, or maybe your favorite stretch of road, or maybe something you drive by every day and shake your head at the mess.
4) Stick to that schedule and do it. Routines are easily made and kept.
5) Give yourselves a big pat on the back - brag! Tell people what you do. You will inspire them!

Now, everyone, get to work!

I am a Putnamaniac that knows we can all make a difference and our own community a better and more beautiful place!