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Events scheduled at Morris Public Library
 
Fiction Book Club at the Morris Public Library, Wednesday, August 21, at 7 p.m.
Join the Fiction Book Club at the Morris Public Library on Wednesday, August 21, at 7 p.m. and bring your favorite novel to share and discuss with the group.
Information: 860-567-7440 or 
morrispubliclibrary.net
 
“How to Survive a Brazilian Betrayal,” presentation and book signing, with Velya Jancz-Urban and Ehris Urban, at the Morris Public Library, Tuesday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m.
Join Velya Jancz-Urban (historian mom) and Ehris Urban (herbalist daughter) for the presentation and book signing of their new memoir “How to Survive a Brazilian Betrayal” (Green Writers Press, April 2019) at the Morris Public Library, on Tuesday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m.
In their memoir, the mother/daughter duo take the readers to their offbeat Connecticut family, who follow their hearts to rural Brazil. Broke and broken, they're forced to return to the United States, and navigate their rebirth in a foreclosed 1770 New England farmhouse.
Velya is a zany teacher, history nut, and expert on "herstory unsanitized” - groundedgoodwife.com. Ehris is an herbalist, holistic nutritionist, and flower essence practitioner.
To register for this FREE event with the Library: 860-567-7440 or https://morrispubliclibrary.net/library-calendar-event-registration/
 
“Soldiers of a Foreign War,” discussion and signing with author Charles McNair, M.D., at the Morris Public Library, Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m.
Join Charles McNair, M.D., for discussion and signing of his book “Soldiers of a Foreign War” at the Morris Public Library, on Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m.
The novel is set seven years into the Vietnam War and depicts the fierce and sustained combat in War Zone C, the location of the Tay Ninh Basecamp and the 83rd Surgical Hospital. Receiving the wounded directly from the battlefield, the men and women of the 83d work to preserve lives of American teenagers sent to fight in an inconvenient war.
"Soldiers of a Foreign War" presents the Vietnam War in all its conflicted complexity. It is told from the enlisted soldiers' perspective and deals with the American and Vietnamese, as they leave their families and enter their countries' respective armies.
Charles McNair enlisted in the medical corps at 19 and was sent to Vietnam where he spent a year at the 45th Surgical Hospital, Tay Ninh, RVN. After discharge in 1971, he returned to college, went to medical school and raised a family. Dr. McNair practiced medicine for thirty-five years. He is now retired and lives in CT.
To register for this FREE event with the Library: 860-567-7440 or https://morrispubliclibrary.net/library-calendar-event-registration/
 
 
Topsmead taking steps to improve access to property
 
In an effort to improve access to the Topsmead State Forest summer cottage and grounds surrounding it, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, in conjunction with the Friends of Topsmead State Forest, will provide limited access to handicapped tagged vehicles visiting the state forest. 
 
On Aug. 25, handicapped tagged vehicles will be allowed to drive up to the cottage to drop off passengers during the cottage tour times from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Note that wheelchair access to the cottage will not be available during this time period. This access option may be extended into September depending on visitor interest and volunteer availability. For additional information, contact the Friends of Topsmead State Forest at friendsoftopsmead@gmail.com.