Things you need to know on August 31.

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  • Heading to college? Governor Malloy has proclaimed September as campus fire safety month. Malloy is seeking to raise awareness to the fact that most campus fires are directly related to a lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention.
  • Hikers beware! Connecticut environmental officials are looking for a bear that got a little too close to a woman hiking in Burlington. The woman encountered two bears while hiking at the Sessions Woods wildlife management area on Friday. One bear kept its distance, the other kept pacing around close to the woman, eventually trying to bite her leg before running off.
  • Time for a road trip to New York's Catskills Mountains.The house where Bob Dylan and The Band recorded "The Basement Tapes" is available for rent. The house at 56 Parnassus Lane in Saugerties, has three bedrooms with room for nine sleepers. Owners charge 650 a night. The Band's title from their 1968 debut "Music From Big Pink" is a tribute to the pink house.
  • Pediatricians are encouraging parents to talk to their children about alcohol before the kids turn ten. Research shows children can make positive connections to alcohol between the ages of nine and 13 due to alcohol  marketing. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports 21-percent of kids drank alcohol before they were 13 and 79-percent drank before they graduated high school. The study's main author says parents are the main influence on their children's decision to drink and should communicate the dangers of alcohol before their child takes their first sip.

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