Class of 2016 Off to the World
On Tuesday, the Windsor High School graduated the Class of 2016 in a joyous event that was held at the Bushnell. Together with the Class of 2016 Principal Russell Sills had also a "graduation." From the next year he will be overseeing the newly created office of Schools, Family and Community Partnerships.
Photos of the event and the grads, after the link
Photos of the event and the grads, after the link
What, Where, When
WEF Farms To Fork Dinner - Sept 9
Windsor Education Foundation (WEF) presents Farms to Fork, a locally sourced, natural dinner event now in its seventh year, on Friday, September 9th at 5:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at Northwest Park in Windsor. Chris Rakyta, executive chef and owner of Nat Hayden’s Real Pit BBQ, also in Windsor, Conn., was selected to prepare a one-of-a-kind, four-course meal. Nat’s mobile smoker will also make its debut at this event. View the menu at windsoreducationfoundation.org. Mr. Rakyta has graciously donated his services for the evening to WEF.
Frontier Awards Large Grant to Win-TV
Windsor Community Television was recently awarded a Frontier Communications Public, Education and Governmental Technology Capitol Improvement Grant for $12,800. Frontier Communications Hartford Regional General Manager Debra Zampano presented the check to WIN-TV’s staff and members of the Board of Directors during a visit to the studio this month. According to Jenny Hawran, Executive Director of WIN-TV, the grant will be used to purchase a UNISET rolling panel Green Screen set for the Win-TV studios. “We are so excited to be able to offer community members who are doing a studio program, the option of really personalizing their set designs with this Green screen set. Studios like ESPN and Channel 3 all use a similar set.” Hawran explains. The set is being manufactured and will be installed at the end of September. For more information about WIN-TV, visit their website at www. Win-tv.org
New Mobile Website Promotes Charity
Hosting Connecticut announces the launch of a new, responsive website for AIM For A Better Tomorrow, a non-profit organization based in Bloomfield, CT. AIM is a unique charitable organization that brings the educational, artistic and charitable communities together to help people who are in "at risk" situations. According to Rod Norwood, President of AIM, “Getting this charity off the ground would not have been possible without the assistance of Hosting Connecticut. The company’s wealth of knowledge, experience and dedication is second to none.” It was time to build a new mobile-friendly website that would allow AIM's non-technical volunteers to easily keep the site updated. Hosting Connecticut's owner, Paula Pierce, says, “The new responsive website, in addition to providing a great user experience on mobile devices, adds new functionality and content, including an interactive blog and enhanced social sharing tools. We are enjoying working with AIM, and are always seeking ways to make their site even more user-friendly and functional.”
First Town Downtown Welcomes Victoria MacGregor
First Town Downtown, Windsor's Main Street program, welcomes Victoria MacGregor as the new Main Street Coordinator. As a life-long Windsor resident, Victoria grew up enjoying the events and programs in Windsor that First Town Downtown provides. Now she has the skills and experience to continue the building of Windsor center into a premier New England town center. “Victoria’s experience with social media and community building are already doing wonders for the First Town system. Membership has grown and center businesses are more aware of the programs we offer,“ says Jane Garibay, Executive Director of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.
Windsor Freedom Trail Family Day Events
Cooks Sought to “Spice Up” Windsor
Local businesses, civic groups and creative cooks are encouraged to register in advance for this year’s chili challenge on the Windsor Town Green to determine who has the right “hot stuff.” This year’s Windsor Chamber of Commerce Chili Challenge is proudly sponsored by Windsor Federal Savings and scheduled for Saturday, October 1st from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The first 10 teams to sign up will get a Geisslers Gift Card.
Windsor Sidewalk Sale
The Windsor Sidewalk Sale hosted by First Town Downtown and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce takes place Saturday, August 27 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at select locations throughout Windsor. Shops, restaurants and other Windsor businesses are offering great summer specials during the Sidewalk Sale.
Tim Curtis Announces Run for 60th House District
Thursday, Windsor's Tim Curtis, who until recently served as the Chairman of the town's Democratic Committee, announced that he will contest the race for the 60th House District seat this fall against Republican Scott Storms of Windsor Locks. The seat has been held since 1999 by Peggy Sayers, who recently announced she will not seek it again. Tim Curtis is considered a seasoned and well-liked politician, who has served the town in many capacities, among them as Windsor's Deputy mayor. Tim, as he is affectionately know by his friends, is a retired language teacher. He served on Windsor's Board of Education from 1991-1997, then moved to the Town Council, where he served until 2007. His civic involvement also includes serving on the board of the Windsor Historical Society and the Police Athletic League (PAL). Curtis has regularly participated in the town's Conversation on Race, and his efforts helped to shape a better understanding between people in the town. Tim Curtis was born and raised in Washington DC and attended and the University of Scranton graduating with a BA in French. He earned his Masters from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1978. He has served as the chairman of the Windsor Democratic Committee from 2014 to 2016 and many consider him instrumental in the effort to unite the party. He has been married for 44 years to Cheryl Curtis, a retired Professor at the university of Hartford, and they have two daughters who are both graduates of the the Windsor Public schools. While on the town council, Tim played an effective role in securing the cricket field at Clover street and promoting diversity. His supporters believe he is highly qualified for the job and should do well if elected. Mayor Don Trinks offered a warm endorsement for Curtis' candidacy, this week.
Transformation Med Spa Opens
Transformations Med Spa on Poquonock Avenue held a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new business will offer offer medical spa procedures like Laser Hair Removal, Laser Lipo, Facials, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels and more. All pocedures will be performed by Nurse Parctioners says owner Racque Rowe. Rowe herself has a Masters from Uconn. In the photo, the owner cuts the red ribbon. Among the well wishers, Mayor Don Trinks.
Selfie Contest on TourWindsorCT.org !
All through August, you can strut your stuff along the Windsor Walking Tour and take a selfie at your favorite spot to win prizes. There are over 100 historic sites, points of interest, shops, restaurants and attractions in Windsor center that you can explore on TourWindsorCT.org. Here’s how to play.
Farmers Market in Windsor
The First Town Downtown Farmers’ Market is in its 8th year. This well-attended local marketplace on Thursdays in Windsor center includes locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, herbs, eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, meat, dog treats and more. The Farmers’ Market runs through October 20th and is located at 240 Broad Street in the center of Windsor, CT. The season will once again host the Town’s annual Senior Tomato Growing Contest, weekly music during all of July and August and a Recipe of the Week that coincides with veggies in season for all the culinary enthusiasts out there. This year's market vendors are:
Rotary / Chamber Charity Golf Tournament
On Monday, June 13th, the Windsor/Windsor Locks Rotary Club and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce are teaming up for the fourth year to sponsor their annual charity golf tournament at the Oak Ridge Golf Club, in Feeding Hills/Agawam MA. The event includes 18 holes of golf, greens fee, cart, lunch, refreshments, a buffet dinner and prizes, all for the reasonable entrance fee of $145.00. “We are really pleased to partner with the Chamber once again to offer an opportunity to enjoy the game of golf while supporting the community service activities of both organizations including our schools, scholarships, and business education,” stated Dennis Guay, Rotary Club president.
Windsor Chamber of Commerce, Only Better
The Windsor Chamber of Commerce, the most active business membership organization in northern Connecticut, launched a new look on March 1 with an updated logo, website, mobile events calendar and two weekly enewsletters. The Chamber’s rebranding better reflects its role as a conduit between Windsor's businesses and the residential community. Executive Director Jane Garibay teamed up with representatives from Invisible Gold, Cerebration Writing + Graphic Design, Hosting Connecticut LLC and General Electric to create the new branding and collateral.
150 Year Old Tuttle House Gets a Makeover
Thanks to the support of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Grace Episcopal Church’s Tuttle House roof is getting a makeHover. This 1865 GothicHstyle brick house on Windsor’s Town Green was the home of The Rev. Reuel H. Tuttle, the first resident rector of the church. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house was deemed “one of the finest examples of the style in the town” according to the town’s Historic Survey, of August 1981.
2015 Grads, a Class Act & 500 photos
The Class of 2015 is off to the world, and once again the kids of Windsor High School impressed with their maturity, compassion, energy, and optimism. Principal Russell Sills declared the class of 2015 the best class in the history of the school, a title that made the kids immensely proud. For more on the graduation, read this week's issue, here or in the paper. Please allow some time for the photos to appear - they are more than 500!
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