Car raffle

The annual car raffle to benefit St. Mary School is underway. A $5 ticket could win one of three prizes: A 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5s, an iPad mini with Wi-Fi 16GB or a $250 ShopRite gift card.

The drawing will be Sept. 22 at the school carnival. Tickets sell fast and can be purchased at the school or parish office or from a St. Mary family.

Foster parents

Qualified foster parents are needed to provide full-time foster care  and short-term respite care for as little as one weekend or week a month.

Temporary emergency care for children who’ve been removed from their homes is also needed.

For more information go to bgvillage.org/Content/Foster_Care_Adoption.asp.

History calendars

In observance of the next year’s 375th anniversary of the founding of Milford, the Milford Historical Society has published a 2014 calendar with contemporary scenes of Milford.

Dates corresponding to moments in the town’s history and notices of the society’s activities are highlighted.

Designed and compiled by Dan Ortoleva, this project was made possible with the sponsorship of Milford Photo.

Calendars are available for a $15 contribution and may be picked up at the society’s headquarters, 34 High Street. The complex of three houses is open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. now through mid-October.

For more information, visit milfordhistoricalsociety.org.

Herbcrafters

The Herbcrafters of the Milford Historical Society will meet on Monday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Bryan-Downs House, 34 High Street.

Members will work on crafts that will be sold at the Society’s Yankee Peddler Fair planned for Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to learning about herbs and their uses, both in Colonial times and today, the group meets periodically to tend a large herb garden on the grounds of the society. They will be doing an end-of-the season cleanup on Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. Interested persons are invited to view the garden and learn about the group.

Members meet on the fourth Monday of the month. For more information, call Ardienne Damicis at 203-877-1851. To see photos of the garden go to the web site, milfordhistoricalsociety.com, and click on Herb Garden.

Flag burning

The Freelove Baldwin Stow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored a twilight flag retirement ceremony this summer on the grounds of the DAR Chapter House.

At this public event, more than 100 well-worn flags that had been dropped off at the DAR for disposal were ceremoniously retired. Boy Scouts from Troop 721 in Milford took charge of the solemn ceremony.

TIPS training

The Milford Prevention Council offers TIPS training and will train restaurant and other staff for no cost.

The goal is to educate bartenders and waiters and provide them with the skills and confidence they need to prevent their customers from becoming intoxicated.

For more information about TIPS benefits, call the Milford Prevention Council at 203-786-6676.