North Haven Camera Club resumes monthly meetings; speaker set for Sept. 1
NORTH HAVEN — North Haven Camera Club's first meeting of the season, an online meeting, Sept. 1, will feature member Bill Dillane, presenting “Photojournalism and Event Photography.” Dillane will lead a discussion about photojournalism and storytelling with pictures. The program includes a Q&A, and participants can share what they do or would do with a composition.
North Haven Camera Club gives online programs on the first and third Tuesday of the month, with competitions on the third Tuesday of the month. To attend a meeting or in join the club, email Northhavencameraclub@gmail.com. or go to www.northhavencameraclub.com.
Vendors wanted for farmers market
HAMDEN — More vendors are wanted to participate in the weekly Hamden Farmers Market, held from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays at the Red Barn. Vendors pay $75 for half season, Aug. 13-Sept. 24. Vendors must have a vending license to show to Hamden Police; if you are selling food, a health inspection is required.
Non-sales organizations are invited to have a at no cost and do not need police vending licenses or health inspections. Email AMartindale@hamden.com to register.
‘Squashing Hunger’ fundraiser over soon
The Squashing Hunger Championship, an effort to support New Haven residents, ends Aug. 15.
The championship is an interactive fundraising challenge and peer-to-peer fundraiser. To participate, go to https://rb.gy/71kegy
Huneebee Project begins fundraising
NEW HAVEN — Huneebee Project — a social enterprise that teaches local youth beekeeping as an alternative health and job training model - recently held a graduation for their 2020 Beekeepers in Residence. To mark the occasion, a fundraising drive is being held to raise $12,000 to keep graduates on as paid employees, according to a statement.
Since its founding in 2018, Huneebee Project has graduated three cohorts with 16 participants from the four-month Beekeepers in Residence therapeutic job skills training program. Collectively, they have installed and maintained 15 bee colonies and three pollinator gardens. Recent graduates are now employed as junior garden site managers and peer instructors, with the hope to hire more following the fundraising drive, according to the statement.
“Huneebee model is intended to empower our youth and to create a new, innovative system that highlights dignity, self-worth, and unique individual talent,” said Huneebee founder Sarah Taylor. “Youth become stewards of the environment, as they are simultaneously supported, nurtured, and championed by our community. In this space, we all serve together.”
Alex G., a 16-year-old Beekeeper in Residence graduate and peer instructor, said, “Working with Huneebee Project has given me so many amazing opportunities and has helped me so much with coping with my own personal anxieties and pushing past my limits and being able to both socialize better and develop job skills I will need for my own very bright future.”
To learn more and donate visit http://www.huneebeeproject
Society receives grant for schoolhouse repairs
OXFORD — The Oxford Historical Society’s Munn Schoolhouse will receive repairs, thanks to a recent grant from The Valley Community Foundation and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, according to a statement. .
Located behind the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead Museum at 60 Towner Lane, the building was moved to the site from Oxford Road in November 2019, enabled by a donation from Mr. and Ms. Daniel J. Sears. It is Oxford’s last remaining one-room school; the others have been converted into private homes, repurposed, or demolished.
The grants will allow the society to replace a damaged corner post, tie it into the roof plates and install new floor beams. The work will be done by restoration carpenter Eric Iott. The improvements will make the building safe for volunteers to work inside the schoolhouse in the coming months, according to the statement.
Renovated to its present size from an earlier building belonging to Elam Beardsley, the structure was used first as a private school for boys taught by Marcus Munn. Students ages 5 to 15 received their lessons in the small classroom and boarded in the house beside it at 561 Oxford Road. Using pocket knives, the pupils carved door jambs, window casings and floor beams. Their initials, names, dates and home towns can still be seen in the cellar.
This private school venture did not last long, but the building was later used for tutoring Oxford students who wished to go on to high school. Munn also taught those children.
The Oxford Historical Society continues to seek donations and grants and sponsor fundraising events to prepare the building for future use.when the pandemic restrictions are lifted.