Damn Those Ice Dams

Damn those Ice DamsA Workshop on Home Insulation: How to prevent winter ice dams, incentive programs for home insulation and air sealing. These programs (Home Energy Solutions and Home Performance With Energy Star) provide a wide array of subsidized home energy improvements and attractive financing opportunities.  For more details, click here.

Wed. April 22, 7 p.m. at the deKoven House, 27 Washington St. Middletown.

Co-sponsored by Middletown’s Clean Energy Task Force and the Jonah Center.

For more information, call 860-638-4854 or 860-398-3771 (mobile).


Jonah Center Favorite — Two Talks at Wesleyan by Prof. Brian Stewart

Earth Day Rant 2015“Sustainability by Number”

Thursday, 23 April, 4:30 p.m.
Exley Science Center Room 58

Through its exuberance, humankind has dug itself into an enormous hole, one that requires some quantification to try to grasp. Through numbers, we will examine the size of the hole and its rate of growth. Giant problems require giant solutions; we will explore the form these solutions might take — and the form they probably will not take.

“Stop Drilling Down!”

Tuesday, 28 April, 7 p.m.
Exley Science Center, Room 150

“Drilling down” is a metaphor for probing a question ever more deeply, learning more and more in the process. It’s what academics do, and it’s a good thing to do — right? Only if we also take the time to synthesize what we and others have learned in an attempt to grasp the whole picture. This talk is an attempt to do just that, examining the human situation from a physical perspective. Continue reading

It’s Time To Call Your Legislators

CGACurrent law already bans pesticides (with some exceptions) on elementary schools and day-care centers. Now we need to expand this protection to high school students and the general public.  Also, these chemicals are killing our ponds, rivers and Long Island Sound.

Please take a few moments to call or email your Ct State Rep or Senator.  Legislator contact info and a sample message are below.

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Jonah River Paddle — July 11 — Downriver to Haddam Meadows

2011 June paddle bannerThe Jonah Center’s Annual River Paddle on Saturday, July 11, will be a one-way 11 (eleven) mile downstream paddle from Harbor Park to Haddam Meadows Park. There will be a stop or two along the way for lunch, rest, and/or swimming. The trip date and time of day was chosen to coincide with the outgoing tide and will require about 3 hours of paddling. Wind conditions can affect speed and difficulty, but the estimated finish time is approximately 4 p.m.

Erik Hesselberg, President of the Middlesex County Historical Society, will be with us to offer short talks on the history of Middletown’s riverfront.  John Hall will provide information on the 2 electricity generation plants (Kleen Energy and NRG) we pass along the way. A shuttle bus service leaving Haddam Meadows at 10 a.m. will allow paddlers to park their cars at the destination before the paddle begins.  Launch time at Harbor Park is 10:30 a.m.  Important: Advanced registration and pre-payment for this event are required, since space on shuttle bus is limited. Fees are $25 for 1 person (vehicle driver) to use the shuttle bus, and $10 for each additional paddler who will not need to ride on the bus. (Click on link below for details and instructions.)

Register for the July 11 Paddle

Cash Lane Slim – Downshift – Live In Concert March 21 @ 7 p.m.

Cash Lane SlimThe Jonah Center of Earth and Art is pleased to sponsor the return of Middletown’s Cash Lane Slim in an exclusive one-night performance. Doors will open at 6:30 PM, and the 2- hour show will begin at 7 PM on Saturday, March 21st in the main hall of the Community Health Center, 675 Main Street in Middletown, CT.

Songsmith and guitar master Cash Lane Slim takes you on a trip through the heart of Americana with a blend of folk, rock, blues and ballad; an energizing mix of originals and standards with his unique interpretation and voice. Continue reading

Middletown 200 million Years Ago

Dana Royer croppedA Presentation by Dana Royer
Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Wesleyan University

Tuesday, March 10, 2014, 7 – 8:30 p.m. (snow date March 24)
At The deKoven House, 27 Washington Street, Middletown

You may know something about the human history of Middletown, but what about our region’s geologic history? Our city and its surrounding towns have a very interesting tale to tell, one that spans several hundred million years. Professor Dana Royer will tell us about one waypoint along this journey: 200 million years ago. Continue reading

New Video on Home Energy Solutions

Energize CT logoA new video is now available on the Home Energy Solutions℠ program, an EnergizeCT service that provides utility-authorized contractors to perform an energy checkup on your home and make on-the-spot improvements. The video highlights the aspects of the assessment, from start to finish.
Valued at $1,000, a Home Energy Solutions assessment is provided for a $99 fee, or at no cost for income eligible residents. Click Here to View the Video.

To schedule a Home Energy Solutions visit, call  New England Conservation Services at 1-877-389-7077 and tell them you were referred by the Jonah Center.

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Environmental Scorecard for CT State Reps and Senators

Here are the summary  2014 scores for legislators in our area. (100% is the top score)

Sen. Dante Bartolomeo 100%  (Meriden and Middletown)

Sen. Paul Doyle 100%  (Middletown and Cromwell)

Rep. Matt Lesser 100%  (Middletown, Durham, Middlefield)

Rep. Phil Miller 94%  (Haddam, Essex)

Rep. Christie Carpino 80%  (Cromwell, Portland)

Rep. Joe Serra  78%  (Middletown)

Sen. Art Linares  73%  (East Hampton, Essex, Shoreline)

Rep. Melissa Ziobron 65%  (East Hampton, East Haddam) Continue reading

Making A Place For Wildlife In Our Communities

liv_baker_200dpi aPresentation by  Liv Baker, PhD

College of the Environment, Wesleyan University

Tuesday, February 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
At The deKoven House, 27 Washington Street, Middletown

Some wildlife inhabit and even thrive in our urban and suburban neighborhoods. We easily enjoy them, as long as they keep their distance from our gardens, shrubs, and enclosed places. When they come too close, our feelings change to the view that they are invading our space. When that happens, our wonder, affection, and empathy can quickly give way to annoyance, fear, and an impulse to kill them. Continue reading