Sponsors make community event a reality

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The Beacon Falls Conservation Commission receives a check from the Connecticut Community Foundation to help pay for the second annual Community Forum and Discover Day event. Pictured, from left, Anita Goerig, Diane Betkoski, Josh Carey, Chris Bielik, and Jeffrey Goerig. CONTRIBUTED

BEACON FALLS — The Conservation Commission announced that sponsors have made the second annual Community Forum and Discover Day event a reality.

“The generous support from our sponsors allows us to extend this program into a two-day event with a Discovery Day for Region 16 students,” stated Anita Goerig, chair of community outreach for the commission, in a prepared release.

The 2011 program sponsors include ARC Printing, Barker Specialty, Beacon Falls Lionesses, CT Community Foundation, CT Science Center, Grani-Werks, Lebon Press, O&G Industries, Post University, R-Media, The Natural Princess, and Zip/Bar Mailing.

“Sponsoring events like the Community Forum and Discover Day allows us to provide special funding for organizations in our region that invite the public to celebrate and learn more about our environment,” said Ingrid Manning, CEO of the Connecticut Community Foundation, in a prepared release. “We are delighted to support this program, partnering in conservation initiatives within our community.”

The Community Forum will be held Oct. 13 and feature interactive science exhibits, presentations and raffle prizes. The Discover Day event will be held on Oct. 14 for Region 16 students at Mathies Park. Leading the event are Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, director of science program at Post University and Woodland Regional High School science teachers Jill Blasi, and Lisa Croce.

“Post University is pleased to support and participate in this exciting program,” said Dr. William McDonald, Post University’s vice president of academic affairs, in a prepared release. “As part of Discovery Day, the head of our environmental science programs, Dr. Elizabeth Johnson along with some of her students will lead an inter-active science component that concludes with a scavenger hunt.”

For more information, contact Anita Goerig at (203) 525-1734 or e-mail the commission at conservation@townofbeaconfalls.com.