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Monday, March 1, 2021

A Message from Kathleen Stauffer,

CEO of The Arc Eastern Connecticut


Hello Everyone,


As Spring arrives, I am asking you to please join me in making an appointment to get vaccinated as soon as you can! It’s easier than ever, and there are now many locations to choose from. In addition to your VAMS account, Mohegan Sun recently opened a large-scale vaccination site at the Earth Expo & Convention Center. Operated by Yale New Haven Health, the site allows you to sign up here for an appointment: or, just call the Appointment Assist Line (877-918-2224).


To locate other vaccination clinics, visit and enter your zip code.

The State of Connecticut continues to open eligibility to new groups of residents, including educators and people over 55 starting March 1. Here at The Arc ECT, we’re well on our way to having everyone—both staff and the people we support—vaccinated.

And remember, all of your COVID questions are answered via Podcast 5, Vaccine Facts, which you can access here. Please feel free to share this podcast with friends and family.

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Finally, THANK YOU to each team member who has gone above and beyond throughout the pandemic. Thanks to each one of you who have taken the vaccine. Thanks to all of you who are joining me in getting vaccinated now – Don’t forget . . . a generous incentive awaits you when you do!


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PS – Please remember to keep wearing your mask and washing your hands – these safety measures are keeping all of us, including our loved ones, alive!

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This Month's Recipe


—the ultimate comfort food

With so many great meatloaf recipes swirling around on the
internet and in cookbooks, it can be hard to know which one
to choose. Sometimes it’s good to stick to the tried-and-true
recipes using ingredients that you know your family will love.
This recipe can be experimented with depending on your
You can add ingredients, and/or make a topping
that’s less sweet. And if you don’t have a skillet you can
still use a bread pan. Whatever you do, it will taste delicious,
and there’s nothing easier!


  • 2 lbs. Ground Beef (or you can use lean ground turkey)

  • 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats (you can also add a little
    bit of panko crumbs)

  • 1 cup Ketchup (or tomato sauce, depending on your taste)

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped and sautéed 
    in butter (You can add diced green peppers,
    diced mushrooms, and crushed garlic too)

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce (or ketchup if you like it sweeter)

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl whisk the eggs. Add the onion, salt, pepper, 1 cup ketchup (or tomato sauce) and the Worcestershire sauce to the eggs stir until blended. Add the ground beef and the oats mix well using a wooden spoon or your hands (easier using hands!)

  3. Dump mixture into a slightly oiled 10in. cast iron skillet, press to shape. If you don't have a cast iron skillet, you can follow the same instructions for a bread pan. Some people find that lining the pan with parchment (NOT waxed paper) helps with sticking. (You can also line the skillet with strips of bacon and/or put strips of bacon on the top if you want and pour the excess fat off after 30 minutes and 1 hour.)

  4. Bake for one hour, remove from oven, spread on the topping and bake for 25 more minutes or until the center reaches 160 degrees.

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