Close to two dozen brilliantly colorful hot air balloons lifted off from Norton Park at dawn Saturday to kick off the annual Plainville Balloon Fest sponsored by the Plainville Fire Co. The event is one of the last balloon festivals in the northeast and usually attracts close to 25,000 visitors every year. Many balloonists felt that there was too much wind to fly Saturday morning but at close to 6:40 am, the giant balloons began lifting off to the delight of the early-rising crowd.
- Renata Wawszkiewicz, of Bristol, shows her daughter, Olivia, 2, a shell she found on the beach while holding Olivia's little sister, Kamila, 7 months, at Hammonasset Beach State Park Wednesday. The Wawszkiewiczes stopped at the beach to get some fresh air after going to a doctors appointment nearby. "I've been coming here since I was a kid and we camp here every summer," said Wawszkiewicz. "I just love the beach." CLOE POISSONfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Some awesome art off the wire from the East Coast blizzard Saturday. Here are 5 of my Faves:
- Waterbury town employee Scott Monaghan uses a backpack leaf blower to clear snow from this weekends storm off the Wigwam Dam in Thomaston Monday morning. The Litchfield Hills were spared the brunt of this Winter storm as the path mostly affected to shoreline with flooding and high snow fall totals. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | email@example.com
- Here’s a cool panoramic.
- "It's all in the steering," says Nosson Rich who toboggans down the popular sledding hill at Elizabeth Park in Hartford on Monday afternoon with his sons Menachen Rich, 6, and Avraham, 2, (obcured by Menachen. Rich says he shoveled snow for four hours yesterday at their home in Teaneck, New Jersey before driving to Connecticut to visit family. PATRICK RAYCRAFT | firstname.lastname@example.org