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Willimantic Programs Help Celebrate World Aids Day

On Dec. 3, from 2 p.m., to 4 p.m., Windham Aids Program, Generations, and Perception Programs, hosted an event at the Willimantic Public Library about World Aids Day. The official day is Dec. 1. This event was held to bring awareness to this day and to educate the community on what HIV/AIDS is and how it has affected people. This program also offered free testing for HIV. The test for this disease is simple. All someone has to do is get their finger pricked using a lancing device. Then, the blood is tested for HIV, which only takes 20 minutes. Stephen Feathers, one of the people who works for Perception, said that if you are sexually active, it is recommended to get tested annually.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Stay Low

On Dec. 3, from 2 p.m., to 4 p.m., Windham Aids Program, Generations, and Perception Programs, hosted an event at the Willimantic Public Library about World Aids Day. The official day is Dec. 1. This event was held to bring awareness to this day and to educate the community on what HIV/AIDS is and how it has affected people. This program also offered free testing for HIV. The test for this disease is simple. All someone has to do is get their finger pricked using a lancing device. Then, the blood is tested for HIV, which only takes 20 minutes. Stephen Feathers, one of the people who works for Perception, said that if you are sexually active, it is recommended to get tested annually.

Winter Storm Hits 30 States

The winter storm that barreled across the United States from Cedar Grove, California, where it dropped 49 inches of snow, to Ogunquit, Maine, which saw more than a foot, was finally departing on Tuesday, Dec. 3, but not before giving New England one last hit. Having come ashore from the Pacific a week ago as a “bomb cyclone,” the storm dropped at least four inches of snow in 30 states. Its mix of cold, wind, snow, sleet and rain shuttered schools, blocked hundreds of miles of highways, and delayed many flights.

Latinx Sensation Hosts Latinx Out event

On Nov. 8, Latinx Sensation hosted an event, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Student Center to celebrate Latinx culture. Before entering, students had to go through a metal detector and pay $5 to get in. At the event, there was a DJ who was played Latin music the entire night and there was a backdrop with roses and blue lights hanging down, where students could take pictures. Jesus Blanco, a senior, and President of the club, said that his favorite Latin song is “Te Extrano,” which is a song about two people who are in a relationship that miss each other.

Windham County Election Results

On Nov. 6, towns all across Connecticut held local elections to determine who would be a part of the Town Council, the Board of Education and other important aspects of the town. Here are the results of that election, according to the Hartford Courant, for Windham County. These will only list the top two winners. If you would like to know who else had won, go to the Hartford Courant website.

Habitat for Humanity Hosts Shack-a-thon

Starting on Nov. 6 at noon, Habitat for Humanity hosted a 24-hour event called Shack-a-thon. This was an event made to raise awareness about substandard housing and fundraise for 24 hours to help those in need. According to The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty they estimate that, “Each year at least 2.5 to 3.5 million American’s sleep in shelters, transitional housing and public places not meant for human habitation.” To simulate what people all around America are facing, students set up cardboard boxes that were taped together with a tarp underneath and slept in them for the night.