I joined an emergency meeting of the Litchfield County Opiate Task Force on Monday night, following a heartbreaking and disturbing spike in the number of overdoses in our region. We are facing a tsunami of mental health challenges: the mental and behavioral health epidemic predated COVID-19, but has been severely exacerbated by it.
Yesterday, during a light, warm spring rain, I visited three different state parks in Torrington alongside a dedicated group of Torrington residents devoted to their preservation and maintenance. The first was the 715-acre John A. Minetto State Park – an immense, beautiful and wild area with many great options for picnicking, fishing and hiking.
I started my morning with my second COVID vaccine shot at Sharon Hospital, an event I have been very much looking forward to. The group of us with appointments this morning (for either first or second shots) spanned a wide range of different approaches to vaccination.
Yesterday I ended my Earth Day with a quick hike up Lion’s Head in Salisbury (an offshoot of the Appalachian Trail and a family favorite) to take a little time to appreciate the incredible natural world we are blessed to share with each other and other wild creatures.
Around 3:00 am this morning, after 16 hours of debate, the CT House voted (by a bipartisan 90-53) to eliminate the religious exemption from mandatory vaccinations for public and private schools, while grandfathering in any children currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, and expanding the medical exemption
As the weather warms up, I’m seeing more events get scheduled in the district, and I’m able to have more in-person meetings outdoors, which is refreshing, especially as I start to anticipate long days in Hartford in the coming weeks. Some of the upcoming local outdoor events are traditional spring clean ups in anticipation of Earth Day on April 22