Blog :: 02-2011

Puppet Show and Everything Kids Expo at WMS on Saturday 2/26!

Tomorrow is a day replete with great, entertaining activities for your children at the Washington Montessori School. Start or end with The Sunrise Puppet Theater's presentation of "Dr. Dookickey's Monster Machine" (hysterical!). Puppeteer Brad Shur is currently Artist In Residence at Boston's renowned Puppet Showplace Theater--a clear indication of his talents. As always, our shows are at 10:00AM and 11:30AM, and all seats are just $8.50 per person. And next week, Philadelphia's Steve Petra will be offering a sensational (and even educational) show on the human body, called "It's Alive!", featuring an ensemble of puppets assuming the roles of the heart, lungs and more.

Additionally tomorrow, from 9:00AM until 2:00PM, there will be the "Everything Kids Expo"--an opportunity to talk to area vendors, and learn about what's available for your children, including summer camps, sports camps, art and music studios, theater groups, gymnastics programs, after school programs, swimming classes and more! Plus, there will be costumed characters, face painting, a rock wall to climb, make-your-own pet rock, bouncy house, lego fun and more.

The Washington Montessori School is located at 240 Litchfield Turnpike (Route 202) in New Preston, CT.

Local Restaurant, Community Table, Earns Accolades

It's been a good week for Connecticut chefs, but especially for our very own Joel Viehland of Community Table in Washington. Not only has Community Table been named as a James Beard Foundation Award semi-finalist in the "Best New Restaurant" category, but chef Joel Viehland is one of ten finalists in the New England region up for Food & Wine Magazine's "People's Best New Chef" award.
If you have experienced one or two of Joel's fine meals at the Community Table and would like to support a local talent, you have until March 1st to cast your vote for him for the Food & Wine Magazine award. It's easy and only takes a minute! ... visit:
If you haven't been to the Community Table yet, you can see what it is all about in this slideshow presentation on,0,1883646.photogallery
You can also learn more about the James Beard Foundation Awards at

Ice Dams

Sometimes the snow is fun, but when its created an ice dam on your roof its a real drag. This is truly a plague this winter. After we had the first storm of almost 2 feet of snow, we then had a day where it rained hard for hours. All that rain stayed on top of the roofs and sank to the bottom of the snow. Then it froze. Now it hassettled down by your gutters and can cause your roofing to seperate and then...leaks. I have had calls or frantic e-mails from at least 2 dozens clients about this so far. So keep an eye out for any water stains in your ceilings. My gutters have taken on so much ice weight that they are all bent and going to need major repair come Spring. The roofing experts should be fully employed fixing these problems for the next 6 months!


  1. Brian Vancleve on

    Everyone loves the snow. However, it may cause damage to windows and roofs, and it's not that easy removing it. In certain companies, they hire window cleaning teams for office restoration. These people use roof anchors to keep them safe while they are cleaning. Attached to those anchors are the roof anchor points to keep it tighter and more secured.

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