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News from State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.

February 3, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Supporting Adaptive Skiing at Mount Southington

Adaptive skiing
This week, I participated in an adaptive ski clinic put on by LOF Adaptive Skiers at Mount Southington. LOF Adaptive Skiers is an incredible organization, and I am very grateful to them for offering lessons to young people with disabilities, because I know firsthand the positive transformation that can result from this opportunity.

When I lost my leg to bone cancer when I was 12 years old, I felt devastated and alone. I thought that I would never be able to do the things that I loved. Learning to ski on one leg using outriggers turned out to be a critical part of my recovery and rehabilitation. Adaptive skiing helped me gain self-confidence after the trauma of my surgery.

LOF Adaptive Skiers is an all-volunteer organization that provides free ski and snowboard clinics for people with disabilities. All clinics take place at Mount Southington Ski Resort, and are taught by professional ski instructors trained in teaching adaptive skiing. The next ski clinic is on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.Anyone interested in participating can register on their website. Water-skiing clinics are also offered during the summer months. I am very thankful that they invited me to spend the afternoon with them.

Saving Money and Creating Jobs through Recycling

As Co-Chair of the Environment Committee, I work on legislation that protects Connecticut's natural beauty and resources. One of the most powerful ways we can do this is through promoting recycling, which has become more than just an environmental cause in Connecticut. Our recycling industry employs people across the state and has become a real economic driver in Connecticut.

A very successful example of this is Connecticut's mattress recycling program. Prior to the General Assembly's creation of this program, it was estimated that there were about 10,000 abandoned mattresses littered around the state, and even more stacked up in landfills. It became very costly for cities and towns to pick up and dispose of these mattresses. The City of Hartford has spent as much as $400,000 in a single year to deal with unwanted mattresses. This new program has already saved municipalities about $1.5 million in disposal costs, and recycled 150,000 mattresses. According to the Hartford Business Journal, cities and towns across Connecticut have already saved over $1.5 million in mattress disposal costs. If you have an unwanted mattress that you would like to dispose of, visit the website for Connecticut's mattress recycling program and look for a drop-off location. The transfer stations in Branford and Guilford both accept mattresses for recycling, as do dozens of other locations around Connecticut. 


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