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Sen. Don Williams

GMO Labeling Bill Progressing?

The Connecticut Sierra Club, along with coalition partners Food & Water Watch and GMOFreeCT, received a temporary victory last week when the Connecticut Senate passed a very good GMO labeling bill (35 to 1). It was a temporary high because the House passed its own version which would have made labeling GMO's (genetically modified organisms) almost impossible in the near future.

The House bill had provisions for labeling GMO's in Connecticut:
1. Five other states had to pass similar legislation first (Connecticut not being one of them)
2. Two of those states had to border Connecticut or be New York and New Jersey
3. The population of the five states had to be at least 25 million people
4. Three of the five Governors had to be left-handed Gemini's (just kidding)

Senator Don Williams (pictured) has been a steadfast supporter of labeling GMO's (introducing a bill years ago). We had a successful rally on the steps of the Capitol May 21st with about 200 in attendance. The main resistance to labeling our food with GMO's is coming from Representative (and House Speaker) Brendan Sharkey and Governor Malloy. At the time of this newsletter the House version was going back to the Senate. By the time you read this check our website for updated information. The legislative session ends June 5th.

 Kayaking in Connecticut / Renee Taylor

Kayaking Events: 

June 15

Free and open to the public.

Greater Hartford Sierra Club Lake Kayaking

Meet Saturday, June 15, 10:00am at Lower Bolton Pond state boat launch, 1043 Boston Turnpike, Rt 44, Bolton, CT

175-acre quiet lake is good for a couple hours of relaxed paddling to start out season off. Leader Renee goes spring through autumn most weekends, and is considering some weekday nights during the summer at local spots.

RSVP yes only by Thursday, June 13 to Renee at or to be placed on her kayak email list for future events.

June 30

Free and open to the public.

Greater Hartford Sierra Club Essex Coves Kayaking

Meet Sunday, June 30, noon at the town of Essex Kayak/Canoe launch off Teal Road near the town center. We will paddle the North Cove above and South Cove below.

You can rent a kayak at 11:00am at EMS Waterford if you don't have one. Reserving ahead of time is recommended.


GPS - Use 25 Teal Lane, Essex, CT

Written - Take Rt 9 to Exit 3, Rte. 154, then left onto West Avenue, veering left onto N. Main Street and immediate right onto Bushnell Street where you see a marina. Go left onto Teal Lane. Grassy parking lot and easy put in setup for kayaks/canoes. Bring lunch to enjoy in boat or we can hit the town for supper.

RSVP yes only by Friday, June 18, 8:00pm to Renee at or to be placed on her kayak email list for future events.


Safety vests must be worn at all times.

Please no cell phone use on the water.


Hiking / Renee Taylor

Hiking Event: Nod Brook Wildlife Area, Simsbury/Avon - June 23

Free and open to the public.

Meet Sunday, June 23, 10:00am at Nod Brook entrance off parking lot at Tower Business Park (Rte. 10/202, 86 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury). Look for red stone wall at road just south of the gardening store and north of Old Meadows Plains Road. Meet in far right corner of large parking lot by metal gate.

We'll enjoy a 1 1/2 hour easy pace hike amid 137 acres along the Farmington River, with three ponds, lush open meadows, and marshlands. Bring lunch to enjoy in shade by the river.

RSVP yes only by Friday, June 21, 8:00pm to Renee at or to be placed on her hike email list for future events.


Children 10 and older welcome.

Friendly dogs welcome but messes must be cleaned up.

Please no smoking or cell phone use on the trail.

Do The Math

Event: Do the Math Documentary in West Hartford - June 13

Sierra Club-Greater Hartford Group

Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Road, West Hartford, CT

Join the Greater Hartford Group for their monthly meeting and potluck dinner on Thursday, June 13. Doors open at 6:00pm, dinner is at 6:30pm and the meeting and presentation will begin at 7:30pm.

We will be screening the new documentary, Do the Math (42 min.) by global grassroots organizer ( founder and author, Bill McKibben. As the planet lurches past 400 ppm concentrations of CO2, Do The Math is an extremely timely film about the rising movement in the United States to change the terrifying maths of the climate crisis and challenge the fossil fuel industry.

Watch the trailer here:

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