2016 Chili Challenge very successful

The 2016 Chili Challenge was, once again, a success. Chili lovers from around the area flocked to the town green, and the chili warmed everyone's heart - and more! Congratulations to the WCC that organized the event!
Photos of the event and the grads, after the link

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Storms Campaigns for Change

Attorney Scott Storms, who two years ago run against Peggy Sayers for the seat of Connecticut General Assembly's 60th House District and was narrowly defeated, is running again. Storms a lifelong resident of the 60th district, hopes to turn the district to the Republican side, the first time in almost half a century. Storms has been actively campaigning over the summer, by organizing a grass roots door to door canvass in Windsor Locks and Windsor, and has spent the last two months discussing issues and topics of concern to local residents and businesses.

Art Workshops

This fall the Windsor Art Center and Rough Edges Art Productions are offering four workshops to help you with the upcoming holiday season. All workshops will be on Saturdays beginning October 15th at Windsor Art Center Studios located at the Windsor Train Station. To learn more about each workshop please consult windsorartcenter.org or reap1.org since two of the workshops require more than a single day commitment. You can register easily on line.

Windsor Chamber of Commerce Members Welcomes New Teachers

Every summer the Windsor Chamber of Commerce holds a welcome luncheon for teachers who are new to the Windsor school system.  The new teachers hear about the strong partnership that exists between the business and the educational communities in Windsor.  The event is a great way for teachers, many of whom have recently moved to Windsor, to learn about the variety of businesses and cultural resources available to them in Windsor. For instance, the luncheon was held at the Windsor Historical Society; a venue that many teachers find helpful as an educational backdrop for history lessons.

Windsor Chamber of Commerce Summer Contest Winners

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the winners of its 2016 summer contests, "Passport to Summer Fun in Windsor” and the "Town Wide Sidewalk Sale".  Participants in the Chamber's Passport contest completed their Passports by going to at least 10 stamps at restaurants, shops and attractions around Windsor. Congratulations to the following winners:  Kristen Hardendorf won the Amazon Kindle, Betty Mancarella won the $100 Geissler's gift card, Ruth Jefferis and Diane Cecere won gift certificate packages. Prizes were donated by participating Passport location businesses, Geissler's and Amazon.  The town wide Sidewalk Sale co-sponsored by First Town Downtown took place in August and included retail shops and restaurants in Windsor.  Shoppers had a chance to enter at each of the fourteen locations. Congratulations to Bill Stapleton who won the $250 Geisslers gift card donated by Geissler's Supermarket.  For more information on these and other Windsor Chamber of Commerce programs for businesses and the public, go to www.WindsorCC.org or call 860-688-5165.

School Supplies Donated by Local Businesses

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who donated to the Chamber's Annual Backpack for Kids Program. More than 50 backpacks filled with school supplies were delivered to Sage Park Middle School and Windsor High School for kids to use over the coming school year.  So many extra supplies were donated that boxes of them were delivered along with the backpacks.

Tour Windsor Selfie Contest Winners

In August, the TourWindsorCT website, a non-profit collaboration of tourism partners sponsored a selfie contest. All through August, people in and around Windsor used the Windsor Walking Tour and took selfies at their favorite spots to win prizes. There are over 150 historic sites, points of interest, shops, restaurants and attractions in Windsor that you can explore on TourWindsorCT.org.  Prizes are being given to the following winners: Jennie Blair (for most votes), Scott Collins (for most creative selfie with a location), Windsor Ace Hardware (for best business selfie), Enita Jubrey and friends (for wackiest selfie), and Jen Filer (for most well-travelled). The winners can call the Windsor Chamber to arrange to pick up their prizes which include new selfie sticks, gift certificates donated by Union Street Tavern and Dom's Broad Street Eatery and the grand prize (most votes) of a Party Sub donated by Bart's Drive In Restaurant. 

Learn How You Can Go To Italy!

It's time to go to Italy! The Windsor Chamber of Commerce is organizing a 8-day trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy in March 2017.  This trip is open to any an all who would like to go. Chamber membership is not required.  Bring a friend to the informative travel seminar on Wednesday, September 14th at 5:30 pm at the Windsor Town Hall, 275 Broad Street, Windsor.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.