The Mount Saint John School second annual Let's Hear It For The Boys

Helping young men overcome barriers to success since 1904.
The Mount Saint John School second annual Let's Hear It For The Boys

Date: Friday, May 13. 
Time: 6:30 PM

Location:   The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station
55 Bridge Road
 Haddam, CT  06438

Cost: $65 per person
Includes; hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dessert, beer & wine

To benefit:  Mount Saint John's Vocational Enrichment programs

All in all, this will be an inspiring evening of good food, friends (alumni, volunteers, donors ann interested citizens) and great times.

Every penny from
             Let’s Hear It For The Boys
will support our Vocational Enrichment Programs

The Vocational Enrichment Programs provide a key ingredient to give youth job and employability skills. Classes are modeled as “cottage industries” and the expectation is that students learn skills in areas of interest. All our students participate in the programs that include:
     Art Enrichment
– Graphic arts, commercial art and music

- Food handling & preparation

- Starting and maintaining vegetables, herbs and flowers

Project CRAFT
- Facilities maintenance; plumbing, electrical, construction, etc.

Small Engines
- Repair and maintenance

- Design and build wood products

Virtual Learning

 - On-line school credit recovery program

The Vocational Enrichment Programs have proven to be very successful. Our guys love participating in these programs. For many it is literally the best part of their day.

Gary Parrington, CFRE
Director of Development
Mount Saint John, Inc.
Family, Education and Treatment Services for Boys
135 Kirtland Street
Deep River, CT 06417 -1816

            Mount Saint John at a Glance
To provide the most effective treatment environment for at-risk boys and young men, to return them to  society empowered and confident of success.

Mount Saint John, established in 1904 on 80 acres in Deep River as an orphanage for boys, is today a residential treatment facility helping young men between the ages of 13 and 18 who are in tough and atrisk situations. By providing a safe homelike environment with a focus on education work and social skills, our boys and young men can return to their communities confident and ready for success.
                            Reasons Boys come to Mount Saint John

Learning and behavioral problems.

 Emotional difficulties.

Family problems.

Alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction.

Neglect and dependency issues.

Probation and parole requirements.

Boys Served

Capacity: 40 boys
Ages at admission: 13 to 18 years

Average age: 16 years

Average length of stay: 9 to 12 months
Mount Saint John
135 Kirtland Street
Deep River, CT 06417

State Representative Says He Now Opposes Land Swap In Haddam

Newly elected state Rep. Phil Miller, D-Essex, is seeking to reassure constituents about his position on a controversial proposal to swap 17 acres of state land overlooking the Connecticut River for an 87-acre tract of forest in the town's Higganum section.
In a letter this week to the media, which was also sent to several Haddam residents, Miller, who represents the 36th District, says he now opposes the deal. "I am not in favor of the proposed land exchange idea in Haddam," Miller wrote. When asked last week by a reporter before a meeting of the Connecticut River Gateway Commission if he supported the swap in principal, Miller had answered "yes," provided that the deal was "properly vetted."
The deal would give owners of the Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station the 17-acre state tract, adjoining their banquet facility overlooking the river in the Tylerville section, in exchange for all or a portion of 87 acres that the Riverhouse developers own near Cockaponset State Forest. The Riverhouse partners — Steve Rocco, Jim Bucko, Mark Poole and Trevor Furrer — say they would like to build a small hotel or an inn on the property but have no firm plans.
The land swap was rejected by Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2009 and the legislature in 2010, but Eileen Daily, co-chairwoman of the legislature's finance committee, is again including the Haddam swap in the annual land conveyance bill to release surplus state parcels such as old rights of way. A hearing on the transfer has not been scheduled, but Daily said it could take place later this month.
Proponents claim that developing the 17-acre state property — with its picturesque view of the metal "swing bridge" and the landmark Goodspeed Opera House — could create hundreds of jobs and bring in much-needed tax revenue.
Opponents, including former state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Amey Marella, argue that releasing public land for private development sets a dangerous precedent, putting at risk other donations of open space.
In Haddam, a number of residents are reacting angrily to the news that the land deal is back in play.
"I was shocked that this has come back," said Sharon Botelle, whose Bridge Street property abuts the 17-acre site. "[Former 36th District state Rep. Jamie Spallone] made a decision to take this land swap out of the conveyance bill last year and that should have been the end of it. I don't know why Daily keeps pushing this. Taking land out of conservation like this makes all state open space vulnerable."
Haddam resident Artie Abbott agreed. He said that the issue extends far beyond the borders of Haddam. "This is really a statewide issue because this property was purchased with all our tax dollars and all of us own it," he said.
Botelle and other opponents are asking Miller — whose district covers Haddam, Deep River, Chester and Essex — to take a stronger stance against the swap, noting what they say are the legislator's contradictory statements in his letter. Miller, after stating his initial opposition, goes on to say that the transfer could happen in a year if appraisals are done for both properties and new zoning regulations are in place for the Tylerville area.
"[The Gateway Commission] feels that if these conditions could be met, then by next year, there could be consideration. I agree with the Gateway Commission," Miller wrote.