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Sally E. Bahner

Freelance writer: All topics from construction to cars to cats; expert on all things feline

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Fear Free Happy Homes
06/10/2019
Want a Pedigree Cat? Here's What to Know

Given all the cats in shelters, what attracts people to a pedigree cat? All cats are wonderful, but there can be good reasons to purchase a cat of a specific breed, including the desire for a specific size or coat type.

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Ladies: Gird Your Loins

If women are not allowed to make decisions concerning their bodies, how the hell will they be elected president? This past week in particular has been a shitstorm for women's right to choose. In particular, Georgia, now known as Gilead, passed a "heartbeat" bill that would ban abortions as early as six weeks.

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Still Waiting

Every time I want to write about the shitstorm that is our government today, something else happens that buries my original complaint. But this Accountability waiting game is enraging and exhausting. We waited for the first woman president to be elected. To our shock, Hillary Clinton was defeated by Donald tRump.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
05/06/2019
Our Little Dutch Girl - Part 1

When you love cats, there comes a time when you feel the siren call, even after a loss. Friends post photos on Facebook. Litters of adorable kittens are born. There's this tugging on your heartstrings. More than two years after losing Celica Blue, I felt that tug.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
05/06/2019
Sofiya Comes Home - Part 2

Maartje sent a short video of Sofiya at the airport - Pawel's flight from Warsaw to Amsterdam was late, so the handoff was quick. Then Pawel messaged me from the plane with a photo that all was well. I spent the afternoon tracking the flight on Flight Tracker.

Fear Free Happy Homes
04/22/2019
Choosing and Caring for a New Cat: What to Know

Cats are often considered to be easier to care for than dogs, and in many respects that's true. But that doesn't mean you can just pick up the kitty and deposit her into your household. A new cat's homecoming should be fun for members of the family and welcoming and stress-free for the kitty.

The Spruce Pets
Why Is My Cat Eating Litter?

Cats may eat litter-and other undesirable materials-for a variety of reasons. This behavior is referred to as pica, the eating of non-food items. Pica has a variety of causes and may stem from a mom abandoning her kittens, which can manifest itself in nursing behavior.

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I Engaged Them

Admittedly, I have little ongoing contact with diehard tRump supporters. I pride myself on following some 20 solid news sources and look at the credentials and sources of those presenting information on Facebook. There has been an amazing amount of solid investigative journalism.

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Bear With Me. I'm Trying to Understand

Facebook has been the primary battleground these days for political discourse, a polite way of saying that there's been a lot of contentious discussion between tRump haters and tRump supporters. It's had a polarizing effect on many relationships. My disdain for tRump is unmistakable.

Branford Eagle
Comey Takes Branford

by Diana Stricker and Sally Bahner | Nov 7, 2018 12:44 am Branford voters chose two female Democratic candidates over two male Republican candidates in the races for state representative and state senator. Democrat Robin Comey bested Republican Bob Imperato in the race for state representative in Branford's 102nd District.

Branford Eagle
Close 12th District Race Echoes State's, Country's Numbers

by Sally Bahner | Nov 7, 2018 3:17 pm Reflecting many races across the country, it was a close match between Democrat Christine Cohen and Republican Adam Greenberg for the 12th District State Senate seat being vacated by Ted Kennedy Jr.

Branford Eagle
Rain No Damper on Branford Turnout

by Sally Bahner, Diana Stricker and Bill O'Brien | Nov 6, 2018 2:56 pm The skies were gray under the threat of rain, but that did not deter the enthusiasm of Branford residents heading to the polls. Polls opened at 6 a.m., but at least the time change provided a bit of daylight.

Fear Free Happy Homes
09/11/2018
Zoom, Zoom! Agility Training Gets Cats Off The Couch

A video circulated around the internet of a little girl leading her kitten through an agility course in her backyard. The girl's energy and the tails-up, fearless enthusiasm of Suki, the kitten, were endearing. For most of our cats, their best sport is competitive napping.

Animal Wellness Magazine
07/10/2018
Tips for a cat-friendly summer | Animal Wellness Magazine

It's summertime, but the living may not be so easy for our cats. From heatwaves and too much sun exposure, to nasty pests like fleas and ticks, the warm weather months can be unpleasant for kitties. Let's look at some simple ways to ensure your cat stays cool and comfy through the summer.

Fear Free Happy Homes
02/22/2018
Fearless Kittens: Are They Made Or Born?

Stories abound about kittens who are adopted into new homes, then promptly disappear for days at a time, coming out only at night to eat and use the litter box. It doesn't have to be that way. Here's how to improve your chances of bringing home a confident, outgoing kitten who will be comfortable in ...

Branford Eagle
Families Belong Together Marches

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 1, 2018 1:25 pm Rallies and marches are continuing across the country. Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, people across the country have rallied for women's issues, health care, gun control, and now protection of immigrants. Despite the intense heat and humidity over most of the country, people turned out in droves.

Branford Eagle
Branford Parents Speak Out About School Security

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 28, 2018 8:32 am Spurred by the recent report of a so-called intruder at Branford High School and the recent shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Branford residents turned out at last week's meeting of the Board of Education's Communication Committee (pictured) to request better...

Branford Eagle
Kids Lead the Way at Guilford March for Our Lives

by Sally E. Bahner & Mary Johnson | Mar 26, 2018 8:11 am From the stage, State Rep. Lonnie Reed of Branford took in the huge crowd at Saturday's "March for Our Lives" on the Guilford green. She served as emcee for the event. "It looks like Woodstock," she said.

Branford Eagle
BOE Admits School District Failed to Conduct Regular Fire Drills

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 24, 2018 8:16 am Board of Education (BOE) Chair Michael Krause admitted last week that the BOE failed to monitor the absence of fire and safety drills in the Branford public school system for years. This will now change.

Branford Eagle
Women's Marches: Power to the Polls

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 24, 2018 9:32 am Whatever you care about, whatever your priorities are, there was a place for you at any of the hundreds of Women's Marches across the state... and across the country.

Sallybahner
Attention: The Mainstream Media is Not Fake News

As a journalist, I am becoming more and more enraged at the Fake Media accusations by an individual who has told more than 6,000 lies and disparages anyone who does not bend to kiss his ring. My experience is small potatoes compared to those being targeted.

Animal Wellness Magazine
08/01/2017
When cats poop outside the litterbox | Animal Wellness Magazine

Urinating outside the litterbox is a fairly common issue in cats, so it gets the most attention. We don't hear as much about cats that defecate outside the box, yet it does happen. In order to solve the problem (called "middening", according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners), we first need to understand that defecating outside the litterbox doesn't have the same causes as inappropriate urination.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
03/05/2017
Celica Blue and Lymphoma: The Journey Ends

On Dec. 22, 2016, exactly six months after she was diagnosed, Celica Blue lost her battle with lymphoma. It's taken me more than two months to finish her story. She was the love of my life and brought the most incredible amount of joy in the two short years she was with us.

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Life With Sally

As it turns out, there's been a collective WTF? momentum that has only been increasing since the election. Every time I thought about writing a new post, another news report, Tweet, gaffe, appointment, executive order, or act on the part of Congress has put the sane among us into a tailspin of incredulity.

Branford Eagle
Winter Wakes Up

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 10, 2017 7:12 am After a relatively mild season that included temperatures in the 50s, winter woke up like a bear from hibernation. A New England classic, Storm Niko dumped around a foot of blowing snow at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour during its height, 11 a.m.

Branford Eagle
Walsh School Renovation Makes It to Priority List

by Sally E. Bahner & Marcia Chambers | Jan 26, 2017 8:30 am Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez reported at last week's Board of Education meeting that he and First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove had met with state Reps. Lonnie Reed and Sean Scanlon and state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr.

Branford Eagle
Community Cats: Vulnerable But Cared For

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 24, 2017 8:59 am It was a quiet morning at the Saltonstall colony, home to 10 or 12 community cats. One small brownish-gray feline was sunning herself in the large open area between the tidy semi-circle of huts and the brush-filled "playscape."

Branford Eagle
Election Reflection: Women Don't Forget

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 22, 2017 12:06 pm They were sitting in their cars in the commuter lot at Cherry Hill Road in Branford in what for many would be the middle of the night. It was chilly and a light rain was falling.

Branford Eagle
Election Reflection: Professionals' Perspectives

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 12, 2017 7:00 am It's safe to say that there has never been an election with the impact of the one that took place in November. Sentiments are still running high in the days leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
12/10/2016
Celica Blue and Lymphoma: A Bump in the Road

After a pretty good honeymoon period, we've hit a bump in the road. Celica Blue was due for her sixth chemo treatment in this round, Doxorubicin, this week. I noticed earlier in the week that she was drinking water, just three times over two days or so, but it was unlike her; she never drinks...

Branford Eagle
Alps Farmers Market Folds but Future is Wide Open

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 29, 2016 8:37 am Although the Branford Alps Farmers Market is pulling up its stakes after two seasons, market manager Martha Maguire says she is not leaving the local fresh food movement. Maguire hopes that someone else acceptable to the town will take over the market.

Branford Eagle
Election Reflection: Prof Gives Insight into Trump's Win

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 9, 2016 8:14 am Pundits and concerned citizens alike are trying to understand how Donald Trump won the presidential election when almost all barometers pointed toward a Hillary Clinton win. The fact that the popular vote in favor of Clinton has reached 2.5 million despite Trump winning the Electoral College, 306 votes to 232, is concerning to many.

Branford Eagle
Election Reflection: Branford Ponders the Future

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 23, 2016 8:00 am It's no secret that Branford is a diverse community, economically and socially. How the new Trump administration's policies will play out among the town's immigrants - some here legally, some not - remains to be seen.

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Life With Sally

How could we go from having a Harvard-educated, intelligent, eloquent president to the prospect of one who is a racist, misogynist, anti-Semitic, bullying clown - and in between casting off a Yale-educated diplomat who has a record for fighting for women and children? And what can we do about it?

ExclusivelyCats Blog
10/06/2016
Celica Blue and Lymphoma: Her Oncology Team

We've been shuttling back and forth to Central Hospital a couple of times a month since June 20 when a late-night emergency visit led to Celica Blue's lymphoma diagnosis. We've got it down to a science. Well, it's science that's saving her life right now.We check in at the front desk and wait for a...

Branford Eagle
Love146 Tackles the Challenges of Child Trafficking and Exploitation

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 31, 2016 6:49 am When Rob Morris saw a 5-year-old year girl in a red dress in a Southeast Asian brothel with other girls in red dresses, he knew he had to act. A number - 146 - was pinned to her shirt and, he said, he saw defiance in her eyes.

Branford Eagle
A Blue Ribbon Opening for Branford Train Station

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 29, 2016 8:09 am Citing its asset to the town and beyond, state and local officials snipped the bright blue ribbon and declared the newly expanded Branford Train Station officially open. However, not surprisingly, the station will not be fully operational until Saturday, Nov.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
09/17/2016
Cats and Coloring: Redux

Since my original post back in November, the number of cat-themed coloring books has soared. The more I color, the more I love to color and the more I learn about the different mediums - blending, shading, and mixing them, and how they appear on different kinds of paper.

Branford Eagle
Walsh Plans Headed to State for Grant Approval

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 18, 2016 6:59 am The Branford Board of Education has approved a third revision of education specifications for the $88.2 million Walsh Intermediate School renovation, which included a net reduction of 6,000 square feet. Now the latest revisions head to Hartford.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
09/05/2016
Celica Blue and Lymphoma: Remission in Sight?

Going into the sixth round of chemo - the latest on Aug. 31 - Celica Blue continues to be the perfect cat. She's the darling of the oncology department at Central Hospital with everyone ooohing and ahhing over her as she's being examined and treated. In fact, her oncology team - Dr. Olmsted, Tara, and...

Sallybahner
Life With Sally

I was already majorly stressed out. A boatload of work, including a project I really didn't want to accept. Summer heat and a lack of sleep. A newly retired husband underfoot. An ill kitty running up big-time vet bills. Then my Internet and phone went out.

Branford Eagle
Train Station Delay: DOT Officials on Hot Seat

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 2, 2016 7:00 am Department of Transportation (DOT) officials fielded numerous questions this week as they tried to answer for the multitude of delays in the opening of the northbound side of the Branford Train Station.

Branford Eagle
Back to School Preparations: Beyond the Backpack

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 26, 2016 7:08 am For parents and kids, school preparations are underway for the opening of Branford's public schools on Monday. New backpacks, sneakers, and notebooks are on the list. All are material items. But what about the emotional preparation you will need if your kid gets bullied?

Branford Eagle
Walsh Bullying Episode Draws Outside Agencies

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 15, 2016 8:00 am Adrienne Serra, an advocate for Orit Avizov, whose son was attacked last winter by Walsh Intermediate School students allegedly yelling "Kill the Jew," has been corresponding with state and federal agencies for months to seek a resolution to the bullying episode.

Branford Eagle
Walsh Bullying Log Omits Reported Student Hate Crime

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 10, 2016 3:07 pm "Kill the Jew!" So one member of a crowd allegedly yelled while attacking a Jewish student earlier this year at Walsh Intermediate School. That incident ended up in an official medical report that the school is required to keep by law.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
08/06/2016
Celica Blue and Lymphoma: The New Normal

Celica Blue had her fourth chemo treatment this week. This time it was back to Vincristine, which was the first in the "CHOP" protocol. Her white blood cell count had been a bit low, so we postponed the chemo for a few days to allow it to rise, which it did.

Branford Eagle
Latest Train Station Delay Dubbed 'Embarrassing'

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 18, 2016 10:07 am The delay in completion of a two-way Branford Train Station, now five years or two years beyond deadline depending on how you count, continues. And Department of Transportation Chief Inspector Mark Fullerton is not happy.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
07/15/2016
Celica Blue and Lymphoma: Round 3

Is it possible that a cat with a normal appetite and energy level, and blood work all in normal values is sick? Celica Blue has been diagnosed with lymphoma, a common, but nasty blood cancer, but the only time she showed signs of illness were the symptoms - a single vomiting episode, lethargy, and abdominal...

Branford Eagle
Black Bears in Branford: Don't Take a Selfie

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 13, 2016 7:32 am There's been a rash of bear sightings throughout Branford over the past several days. Up until this week, the sightings were sporadic, but since the end of last week, bears have been sighted along Alps Road/Burban Drive/RobyCourt/Florence Road (Saturday morning), Palmer Wood Circle and in the vicinity of Fire Headquarters, Lake Saltonsall, and Mill Plain/Short Rocks Roads.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
07/05/2016
Celica Blue and Lymphoma: Two weeks in

Two weeks ago today we discovered Celica Blue has lymphoma, a disease totally unexpected in such a young cat. Since then, living with the disease has become the new normal. Except for the initial symptoms that sent us running to the 24-hour ER hospital, she's been amazingly normal.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
06/26/2016
Celica Blue and Lymphoma: The Journey Begins

This is the hardest post I've had to write. Celica Blue, the love of my life, has been diagnosed with lymphoma. It started Monday, June 20, when she threw up her breakfast. She was rather lethargic during the day, then she experienced pain when her tummy was palpated, and refused dinner.

Branford Eagle
Harrison House's New Owner: Branford Historical Society

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 25, 2016 7:00 am Everyone loves the Branford Historical Society's strawberry shortcake at the Branford Festival, and it's a big fundraiser for the Branford Historical Society. However, it took more than proceeds from strawberry shortcake to finalize the purchase of the Harrison House.

Branford Eagle
Malloy Signs Opioid Abuse Bill into Law

by Sally E. Bahner | May 28, 2016 12:04 pm It wasn't unexpected, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the bill increasing access to opioid-reversal drugs on Friday.

Branford Eagle
Train Station Grand Opening: Getting Closer

by Sally E. Bahner | May 25, 2016 7:13 am Department of Transportation officials are counting down the weeks to the completion of the Branford Train Station redo, a project that has been in the works since May 2013 and when finished will provide two-way train travel.

Branford Eagle
Parents Confront BOE on Walsh Bullying Problem

by Sally E. Bahner | May 20, 2016 7:10 am The Board of Education (BOE) Wednesday night faced a barrage of emotional comments and criticism from Walsh Intermediate School parents whose children have been the victims of bullying, allegedly by a seventh grade "Project Choice" student.

Branford Eagle
Coffee and Conversation with Cosgrove

by Sally E. Bahner | May 16, 2016 7:00 am It's not too often a top town official sits down with the locals to field questions about the state of the town. But that's what Branford's First Selectman, Jamie Cosgrove, did two weeks ago at a morning event sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Branford Eagle
Branford's High-Rise Residents

by Sally E. Bahner | May 10, 2016 7:00 am Ospreys have taken up residency for the third year atop a power pole along a busy thoroughfare in town, returning from their winter digs in Central or South America.

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05/02/2016
Former Branford Review editor remembers Dan Cosgrove

BRANFORD >> I was a cub reporter at the Branford Review in the early 1970s during Dan Cosgrove's heyday. It was my first real job out of college and first exposure to town politics. Those were the days of smoke-filled offices and town meetings.

Branford Eagle
Branford: Bernie Berns, Trump Triumphant

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 27, 2016 1:40 pm Democrat Bernie Sanders may have lost Connecticut to Hillary Clinton, but he won in Branford yesterday, possibly fueled by a high turnout of young voters, and a high turnout in general, averaging around 50 percent across the seven election districts.

Branford Eagle
Saying Good-Bye to 'Mr. Branford'

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 16, 2016 7:15 am With stories personal and political, witty and charming, Danny Cosgrove was remembered yesterday for his style and grace and doing things his way. He died earlier this week at the age of 98.

Branford Eagle
Opioid Use Front and Center in Branford

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 14, 2016 7:01 am Branford resident Michelle Sember described the struggles of her oldest son, 22-year-old RJ, who went from a high school football player with good grades to a full-blown heroin addict after experimenting with pot, alcohol, and pills.

Branford Eagle
Antinozzi Associates Win Walsh Gig

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 29, 2016 11:42 am Commenting has been closed | E-mail the Author Posted to: Schools, Town Hall The Public Building Commission heard presentations for the four architectural/engineering firms selected as finalists for the Walsh Middle School renovation project. And Antinozzi Associates of Bridgeport won.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
08/12/2015
A Year With Celica Blue

Just one year ago in a land far away, two Russian Blue kittens were born. Little did their mom (human and feline) know that one of them would travel 5,000 miles to live in her new home. Meanwhile, halfway across the world, a woman in the US was looking at Facebook posts.

Newhavenindependent
World Trade Center PATH Car Welcomed 'Home'

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 7, 2015 11:13 am It was a homecoming that any hero would take pride in. PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson) Car 745 survived the devastation of Sept. 11, 2001, protected by a cast iron shell, and will take its place among the antique trolleys and cars of the Shore Line Trolley Museum.

Branford Eagle
Branford Compassion Club: 5 Years, 1,100 Cats Later

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 15, 2016 8:00 am Gracie, a petite and feisty brown tabby, moved to Branford Compassion Club's (BCC) new shelter when it opened five years ago. She has seen almost 1,100 of her fellow cats and kittens adopted, but she is still there, looking for a forever home.

Branford Eagle
Funding for Early Childhood Education in Jeopardy

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 29, 2016 9:45 am There's the belief that Branford's streets are paved with gold, but nothing could be further from the truth. Teachers and board members of the Branford Early Learning Center (BELC) presented some grim statistics to state legislators at a recent meet and greet.

Newhavenindependent
Erskine Crossley: A Man of the World Turns 100

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 5, 2015 8:52 am According to the American Community Survey, conducted between 2007 and 2011 as a supplement to the US Census, there are approximately 55,000 centenarians. As of July 21, Erskine Crossley, world renowned mechanical engineer and Branford volunteer extraordinare, joined those ranks.

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Life With Sally

Kohl's must be apopleptic. Right in the middle of its Black Friday prequel, the power went out at the local shopping center. I can hear the collective gasp of the cash registers. The turkey has yet to be served and retailers are already trotting out their big guns in anticipation of yet another frenzied holiday season.

Branford Eagle
Field Narrowed for Walsh Owner's Rep

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 16, 2016 9:15 am The Public Building Commission took a step forward last week in the $88.2M Walsh Intermediate School redo by narrowing the field for an owner's representative.

Newhavenindependent
Crowd Turns Out to Adopt 'Box' Kittens

by Sally E. Bahner | May 5, 2015 8:09 am There was a line waiting when the doors of Branford Compassion Club opened on Saturday morning. On Thursday, 10 kittens had been found in front of a donation bin at Lowe's on Foxon Road in New Haven in a carton that previously held a child's toy.

Branford Eagle
Cats On The Lookout For Human Kindness

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 10, 2016 8:12 am Ahead of the recent snowstorms, while we were busy running to the grocery store for milk and bread, filling our gas tanks, and checking the snowblower, a small army of volunteers was hard at work.

Branford Eagle
Beneath Rosy Stats, Working Poor Struggle

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 1, 2016 8:15 am Pundits indicate that we're now in a post-Recession economy. Unemployment in the town is down to 4.3 percent as of November 2015. This all looks pretty good in contrast to the high unemployment rate and economic uncertainty of the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009.

Newhavenindependent
The Stony Creek Quarry's Monumental Feat

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 20, 2015 8:00 am Since stepping down as Branford's first selectman in 2013, Anthony "Unk" DaRos has not been sitting idle. He has been working on several projects. One dear to his heart centers on the Stony Creek Quarry and its history, in particular the monument at West Point Academy, which is made of granite from the Quarry.

Animal Wellness Magazine
07/08/2015
Safe Outdoor Exploration for Cats | Animal Wellness Magazine

My husband and I often joke that we bought our house for the cats. It has lots of sun-filled bay and picture windows with unencumbered views of the yards. These windows are always open during the summer so our cats can get as close to being outside as possible.

Catcentric
11/25/2015
My Journey to Raw: I wanted to do better!

This post is part of our "Journey to Raw" series, published every Wednesday, and describes how longtime journalist and cat expert Sally E. Bahner's research led her to the discovery that processed pet foods really can't compare to fresh, whole foods.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
11/17/2015
Cats and Coloring: No Better Combination

It goes without saying that many of us believe that cats are the best. But to kick it up a notch? Add coloring. The adult coloring phenomenon has been sweeping the world. No topic is off limits for markers, pencils, gel pens, and crayons. Mandalas (the original inspiration), geometric designs, scenes from nature, and architecture...

Life With Sally
04/26/2015
Coloring: Everything old is new again

For a long time, I had a secret: I loved to color. A friend turned me on to adult coloring books at least 10 years ago. She gave me a book and some markers and I rediscovered the joy of choosing colors and filling in sections of designs, large and small, simple and intricate.

Animal Wellness Magazine
07/08/2015
Letting your cat explore the outdoors | Animal Wellness Magazine

The mantra today is that cats should be kept indoors, although letting them wander through the garden is common practice in England and Europe. There's something pleasant about watching a cat stroll through grass, sniffing the fresh air and enjoying the sunshine. It seems so natural, and many cats love exploring the great outdoors if given the chance.

Newhavenindependent
The Coloring (R)Evolution

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 30, 2015 9:21 am It's achieved cult-like status around the world. In terms of stress relief, it's on par with yoga and meditation. It offers child-like satisfaction, but don't you dare tell enthusiasts that they're reverting to their childhood.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Alps Farmers Market Wraps Up Inaugural Season

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 11, 2015 9:31 am The Branford Alps Farmers Market recently closed up their tent after their first successful season of selling local produce, baked goods and various delicacies to townspeople.

Newhavenindependent
Déjà Vu For Land Off Exit 56

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 14, 2015 12:56 pm The recent public hearing on the proposed Costco development was reminiscent of the hearing held for a proposed supermall at the same location off Exit 56 on June 26, 1979.

Newhavenindependent
Earl Colter: A True Branford Legend

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 9, 2015 9:21 am There are few people in town - of a certain age - who have escaped the camera of Earl Colter. During the summer between their junior and senior years, students from Branford, and Guilford as well, fussed over frizzy hair, ties and jackets, and sat for his camera.

Newhavenindependent
"There Is No 'I' In Mullen"

by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Oct 21, 2015 9:50 am Father Kevin Donovan, a firefighter's chaplain, knew this sermon was going to be different. He also knew he was at St.

HomeTravelAgency.com
06/11/2015
Marketing Travel to Age-Appropriate Groups [Infographic] -HomeTravelAgency.com

By Sally Bahner A new study from the Shullman Research Center, which typically reports on spending habits of the affluent, may help agents with marketing travel by matching clients with domestic and international destinations based on their age group. Or at least point them in the right direction when they come to you for recommendations.

Sallybahner
Life With Sally

Early this summer when my bosses announced their retirement and intention to scale back their business, I had mixed feelings. My chronic Bag Lady Fear about finances immediately kicked in. I have never felt secure about finances. Any time I've been laid off during my 40-plus year career, panic had set in.

HomeTravelAgency.com
03/16/2015
Travel to Cuba - What Travel Agents Need To KnowHomeTravelAgency.com

by Sally Bahner Ever since President Barack Obama announced the thawing of travel restrictions to Cuba in January, the travel industry has been abuzz about the possibilities. For many people, the most exciting news is that those much-lusted-after Cuban cigars are now legal. But what about travel to Cuba?

Animal Wellness Magazine
01/11/2016
New Year's resolutions for a healthier cat | Animal Wellness Magazine

Most of us make a few New Year's resolutions - exercise more, lose weight, improve our eating habits. While our cats couldn't care less if it's a new year or not, we can also make a few resolutions for them, to help ensure their health and safety and enhance our relationship with them.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 31, 2013 11:00 am A former Branford resident posted a simple query about a tragic, horrific event that took place in his childhood home (pictured) more than 50 years ago. He wanted to know what happened. His curiosity prompted close to 450 comments; finally, he had some answers.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
02/21/2014
Challenges for kitty caregivers

There's a lot of news in the wonderful world of felines, much of it confirming my philosophy that less is more. The choices faced by pet caregivers go far beyond which food to feed and the annual checkup with its obligatory "shots." Diabetes in cats Two new articles on diabetes in cats confirm a single...

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 24, 2015 8:50 am Temperatures are in the cellar. The snowstorms are serial. Most of us are worried about getting to work and getting around. But there's a whole other group of people with another set of worries: the dedicated group of volunteers who care for the colonies of community (feral) cats between Guilford and East Haven.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

Rally Highlights Economic Inequality by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 15, 2014 11:39 am Approximately 20 Branford residents rallied in front of Burger King last week as part of a statewide effort to bring attention to poverty within the state, highlight growing inequality and demand an economy that works for everyone.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 2, 2014 8:39 am Second of two parts. Lighting up an e-cigarette in a Branford restaurant is a work in progress. Since no laws have been passed regarding the use of e-cigarettes in public places, it's uncharted territory for them, except for the fact that teens under 18 are prohibited from buying or smoking e-cigarettes.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
03/01/2015
Product Review: The Vertical Cat's Sisal Scratcher

Note: From time to time I receive swell products to review and report my observations (and those of the felines) objectively. I received no compensation for evaluating The Vertical Cat's scratcher. The Vertical Cat is one of the first companies to create a gold standard for catification success.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 30, 2014 9:05 am While most residents were getting ready for bed last Tuesday night, some heavy lifting was taking place at the Branford train station. For the past few weeks, the area in front of the station has looked like someone was playing with an erector set.

Newhavenindependent
Fires Transform Branford

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 14, 2015 8:42 am When I was a kid in Branford in the late '50s and early '60s, we kept a chart on the inside of a cupboard door that listed the fire whistles for various neighborhoods of Branford.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
12/14/2014
From Russia With Love: Part 1

I've had a love affair with Russian Blue cats since 1987, when I got my very first kitten. Seven Russian Blues later and fueled by an amazing international Russian Blue Facebook community, I again felt the kitten siren call. I tried to ignore it, reasoning that there are so many cats in my own backyard...

Animal Wellness Magazine
07/09/2014
Is She Grieving? | Animal Wellness Magazine

Yuri loved Kira from the moment he first laid eyes on her. Then Kira was diagnosed with FIP and the decision had to be made to euthanize her. The two cats were snuggling together just before that final trip to the veterinarian. But after Kira was gone, Yuri showed no real signs of missing her.

Newhavenindependent
'Family' Gives Thanks for MIF

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 26, 2015 6:42 am Eva Vidow may not have been on the list of 50 people who worked at MIF - formally known as Malleable Iron Fittings - for more than 50 years, but she had the proof with her.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
06/06/2014
Jackson Galaxy: Decoding Cat Behavior

If you're like many of us, Saturday nights are spent with Jackson Galaxy as he works his magic with problematic cats. In his annals of cat behavior, our own tiny tigers look like cream puffs. Several episodes into the fifth season of Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell," we caught up with him.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 27, 2014 9:54 am "They're like my children." For 30 years, town historian Jane Peterson Bouley (pictured) collected information on the Branford area men who served in the Civil War.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 17, 2014 2:29 pm Branford Rotary Club's First Annual Classic Car Show on Sunday drew about 130 auto aficionados, who put their spit and polished vehicles on display at Van Wilgen's Garden Center in North Branford. A couple hundred admirers strolled among the rows, no doubt reminiscing about vehicles of their youth.

Theotherorlando
Anticipation builds for Harry Potter's Diagon Alley | theotherorlando.com

by Sally Bahner on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 | No Comments The blogosphere is atwitter over a live webcast taking place on Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m., to announce details of the new Wizarding World Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. The anticipated opening for new Harry Potter-themed land is summer 2014.

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Life With Sally

Cyberspace is agog about the article in Time magazine this week about child-free couples. Not so much here. Not having children is a decision I made 40 years ago during my time of prime fertility. It didn't come after failed attempts to get pregnant or late marriage. I knew I could get pregnant.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
08/08/2014
Vaccine Conundrum

Mollie needed a dental and I finally made the appointment. My cats are minimally vaccinated and my vets have respected my wishes. However, I was told that she needed a rabies vaccine due to the fact that "saliva and fluids" were involved. I asked to double-check with the vet who has seen her most frequently...

HomeTravelAgency.com
02/13/2015
Disney Dining: The Best Snacks At Disney WorldHomeTravelAgency.com

By Sally Bahner Food glorious food! The magic of Walt Disney World is eclipsed only by the vast array of treats and savory entrees available. Disney dining offers something for everyone, especially those with a sweet tooth. So we asked The Intrepid Traveler's team of Disney guidebook authors to share their favorite Disney treats and snacks.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 12, 2013 9:57 pm We've visited the feral colony near Lake Saltonstall from time to time over the past few years. It seems fitting that we check in with them as the cold weather sets in. Here is the scene when Hurricane Irene hit in 2011.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 4, 2014 11:47 am A disgruntled tenant has led to the relocation of a colony of feral cats in the Lake Saltonstall area of Branford. As we've reported before, the colony of feral cats adjacent to a commercial complex has been cared for by members of the Branford Compassion Club (BCC) for more than four years.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 18, 2013 7:15 am Did you hear the collective cheer on Thursday as all the lanes on Route 1 in the vicinity of the new Amtrak Bridge were finally opened?

ExclusivelyCats Blog
12/20/2014
From Russia With Love: Part 2

We arrived at the airport in plenty of time. The board noted that the plane was on schedule and going through the normal de-planing process. We cruised the food court and got something to eat - I ate a half a wrap, ham with Swiss cheese.

Animalwellnessmagazine
12 Steps to a Clean Kitty

Few things are more frustrating than a cat that won't use the litter box. If you're in this quandry with your own feline, you've got plenty of company. Veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker says litter box issues are the biggest concern among cat lovers, and the main reason felines are surrendered to shelters.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 21, 2014 8:27 am One of the best things about living by the shore and waterways is the easy access to its wildlife. Who hasn't tossed some leftover bread to ducks and geese swimming along the rivers and ponds and been thrilled with their excited response?

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 1, 2014 11:12 am After smoking cigarettes for 40 years, Ginger Booth stopped this year. But she didn't do it cold turkey. For the past five years she'd also been vaping, which is the term for smoking e-cigarettes, and now she's written a book about her experiences with them.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner & Mary Johnson | Jan 28, 2013 8:13 am The process for removing the original beams under the old Amtrak railroad bridge was trickier than expected, but on the second try they finally came down. With that move, the two new railroad bridges, higher than the one old one, took stage center.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | May 18, 2014 10:09 pm It was a magical night, one that paid tribute to people and causes near and dear to many hearts.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 4, 2013 7:39 am Unk DaRos is described by Blackstone librarian Karen Jensen as a Renaissance man - an inventor, stonemason, firefighter, Eagle Scout, and wood carver. And, yes, Branford's first selectman.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 10, 2012 10:52 am Steeped in history, the Stony Creek Quarry is experiencing a renaissance, an artistic renaissance. While it is still a working quarry, with 50 of its 400 acres owned by the town of Branford and leased to Douglas Anderson since 2006, it has also been a venue for the arts since 1995.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 19, 2014 3:50 pm Once again the Blackstone Library packed them in. This time it was for a talk last month by artist, writer and naturalist David Sibley, whose second edition of The Sibley Guide to Birds has just been published.

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Life With Sally

That's the number of people expected to stuff their faces with junk food and watch grown men slam heads and bodies together in the name of sport. It matters not that the chronic concussions experienced by football players may lead to early dementia and personality disorders.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 29, 2013 9:22 am The Amtrak/J.F. White team closed traffic and pulled all-nighters at the Branford Amtrak Bridge on the weekends of July 13 and July 27 to move two major beams over West Main Street into permanent positions.

The Conscious Cat
04/08/2013
Allergic to Kitty? Don't Panic! - The Conscious Cat

Guest post by Sally Bahner It's an all-too-common scenario. A cat lover meets the man of her dreams. But he's allergic to her kitty. A choice must be made between the two, and often the cat ends up losing his home. It doesn't have to be like that.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 24, 2014 6:42 am Despite the uptick in the stock market, Branford residents - and Connecticut residents in general - are still struggling with effects of the Great Recession.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
04/05/2013
He's Back! Jackson Galaxy Returns for 4th Season

His magical touch with ferocious felines in his television series, "My Cat From Hell," and the candidness found in his book "Cat Daddy" have endeared Jackson Galaxy to cat lovers everywhere. On Saturday night, cat lovers around the country will turn off their phone, grab a glass of wine, snuggle up with their favorite feline,...

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 25, 2013 6:44 am When you talk to Alex Palluzzi Jr., (pictured) you can almost see the ghost of his mentor, Joe Trapasso, looking over his shoulder. Alex and Joe have been the only two directors in 50 years of the Branford Community House's history.

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Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 4, 2013 8:24 am What did Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Mark Twain, Orson Wells, and Sinclair Lewis have in common? They all considered Branford home for a period of time during the early part of the 20th century.

Shorelinetimes
Thoughtful siting of the house served as a guide for Guilford family

Is it really all about the view? When you've got a unique and prime piece of waterfront property, the immediate reaction is to place the building as close to the water's edge as possible. But on West Lane, in Guilford, this family, Dr. Michael Dewar, wife Atty.

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 10, 2012 4:40 am If you've noticed an uptick in activity in the Amtrak Bridge area - including lots of extra whistle-blowing - that's because two crucial parts of the job are taking place. As of last Thursday, railroad track 1 was shifted to a new portion of the bridge.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
05/08/2013
Vet check assuages guilt

I admit it. I'm a procrastinator. But I also have issues with money and was burned by the Recession. There was a load of household expenses and car repairs, adding to recuperation from bouts of unemployment. So when I kept reading about cat owners being less likely to take their cats for regular check-ups, I...

Newhavenindependent
Branford Eagle

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 9, 2013 10:10 am Jeff Bailey describes himself as "Oz behind the curtain." Peel back the curtain and we find a readily accessible treasure trove of Branford history. Before the Branford Eagle, the Branford Review, the Sound and the Patch, there was, more than a century ago, the Branford Opinion, a print newspaper.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
06/17/2013
'Cats in the Castle' benefit for cat rescue organization

I was asked to speak at "Cats in the Castle" a wine-tasting benefit for Catales (Connecticut Association to Assure Love & End Suffering). Thank you for having me here tonight. It's a privilege to talk about my favorite subject. My passion is cats. It's a passion that most of us here tonight share.

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Play the Muffin Tin Game! | IAABC Cat Blog

Sally Bahner on April 13, 2011 Thanks to Cat Writers' Association colleague and Conscious Cat host Ingrid King, my cats have been indoctrinated into the muffin tin game. Ingrid picked up the idea from Liz Palika, another CWA member, who has used it for her dogs.

ExclusivelyCats Blog
01/05/2012
Raw feeding is still an uphill battle

I recently came across an article in a Canadian newspaper about Neal and Jo-Anne Cropper, a couple who opened a store, Growlies, which sells raw food for dogs and cats. They've been in business for four years and started their venture in response to the pet food recall of 2007.

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