News, culture & curiosities in Greater Danbury, Connecticut, New England, and the Milky Way.

State Reports Positive Mosquitoes for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

By Mercurial Staff

  The State Mosquito Management Program has announced that mosquitoes trapped in Hampton on August 26 have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE). These results represent the first EEE-positive mosquitoes identified in Hampton by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) this year.  … Read more »

Photograph by Darlyne A. Murawski, courtesy of National Geographic.
Photograph by Darlyne A. Murawski, courtesy of National Geographic.


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GMOS: The Modifier’s Perspective

Rebecca DiFabbio

  You enter the grocery store and glance at your list: snack bars, tomatoes, frozen dinners, corn, and cookies appear. It’s more than likely that these items are genetically modified or contain genetically modified ingredients.   GMO Awareness states on their website that genetically modified… Read more »

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Connecticut Fire Crew Dispatched to Montana to Forest Fire


  Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced last Tuesday that a 20-person fire crew has headed to Lolo National Forest, Montana to assist fighting wild fires in the western part of that state. Seventeen members departed early on August 13 with the… Read more »

A widespread wildfire in Canada caught on video.  See the video at

Connecticut Fire Crew Returns Home From 30,000 Acre Canada Wildfire

Mercurial Staff

  Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced that the members of Connecticut’s fire crew returnd home to Connecticut on Wednesday evening at Eastern District Headquarters in Marlborough.   The 19-member crew (nine DEEP employees and 10 private-sector firefighters) left Connecticut on July… Read more »

Giant Hogweed, a federally listed noxious weed, can grow up to 14 feet tall. Photo courtesy of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

Giant Hogweed Makes an Enormous New England Appearance

Rebecca DiFabbio

photos courtesy of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation   Its sap can cause severe eye irritation, serious skin rashes, and even blindness––this is certainly a plant to know and avoid at all costs.   Giant Hogweed, or Heracleum mantegazzianum, is a perennial of… Read more »

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Bethel Turns Down Aquarion Water Company

Rebecca DiFabbio

  Voters in Bethel, Connecticut let their voices be heard last Thursday when they turned down Aquarion Water Company’s proposal to buy Bethel’s water system. The unofficial tally was 1774 nays to 693 yays.   Bethel’s political leaders firmly believed that Aquarion Water Co. could… Read more »


A Bear in Downtown Danbury, a Kangaroo in North Salem?

Amanda Bloom

  Out of the ordinary animal sightings have been becoming more ordinary over the past few years – mountain lions and bobcats are often spotted throughout Connecticut, and a bear was recently tranquilized out of a tree in downtown Danbury.  But on Monday, the Ridgefield… Read more »

Take Time Relaxation Center and Art Gallery, Bethel CT


U.S. Representative Jim Himes. AP Photo.

Himes Comments on the Latest NSA Revelations

Lon Seidman

  U.S. Rep Jim Himes, a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, issued a statement last week in response to a Washington Post article that revealed the NSA violated its own rules for electronic surveillance 2,776 times.   Himes statement is below:   “I am… Read more »


Apple Guilty of eBook Price Fixing

Emma Kent

  Apple, Inc. owns one of the largest media distributors in the world; iTunes. But ton Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that the company conspired with five major publishers to raise the retail prices of electronic books.   The shocking conspiracy was revealed when U.S…. Read more »

The RapidRecovery device now being offering by Danbury Connecticut's IT company Virtual Density.

Danbury Tech Company Launches RapidRecovery Data Protection

Barbara Branagan-Mitchell

  Danbury, Connecticut’s Virtual Density, one of New York and Connecticut’s most experienced providers of cloud-based on and off-site data backup, disaster recovery, and intelligent business continuity solutions, has announced their offering of RapidRecovery, an IT data recovery solution.   “This is the first on… Read more »

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Susan Bigelow: After Satellite – One Year With Roku

Susan Bigelow

  A little over a year ago, after rising frustration with DirecTV’s cost and service, we decided to ditch the dish and buy a Roku for all our television needs.   The Roku, like AppleTV and a few other services, connects a television with online… Read more »

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Astrological Outlook for 09/22/2013

By Kyle Jeremy Neidig

Throwback 3

The Moon:


is in Taurus Monday through Wednesday morning.


moves into Gemini Wednesday until Thursday night.


remains in Cancer Friday and throughout the weekend.






Be happy with what you have, don't overthink things, and feel out your best course of action!







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(Aquarius, Gemini, Libra)


There are some connections that occur which are more powerful and influential than others. They deal with the conscious and unconscious states of mind. Both functioning simultaneously and swiftly. If you're love is getting bigger everyday, what prevents your from setting your world on fire? Do you realize that it's possible to be engulfed in flames of love? They harm nothing and heal all that come in contact with them.


"Each star may already be dead, but its light hasn't faded yet."


(Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio)


Have you ever thought about yourself? We have inside and outside personas. These forces are to be studied, mentored, and cherished. Be conscious of your energy regardless of circumstances and scenarios. Who are the vampires in your life? Distance yourself from the people that make you feel like crap. Open your mind and body to the angelic powers of the universe. Spend some time in nature and just listen.


"There you will find serenity."


(Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)


Thank you for believing in us. We're glad that we've had such a monumental and inspiration power in your life. We believe that you will go far and accomplish great things. We also have faith in your dreams, aspirations, and desires. Never change the beat of your drummer unless you consistently mess up the symphony. Be mindful and heartfelt towards those that may surpass you in maturity.


"The depth of your spiritual self needs to be explored."


(Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo)


We'll all float on, as this pink ink stains our fingers and this page. Feeling out of place and disconnected? Take the nights with you. Up to your nest, high above the clouds, where space and time begin to level out. For the time being, it might be wise to focus on a few certain things. To be concise, clear, and interesting. Do not fail to uphold these spiritual obligations for they are wisdom hidden in the rough.


"You have the choice to feel how you want."