In the Paper - July 25, 2014


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Memorial Day: Windsor honors its heroes

On Monday, a large crowd of Windsorites lined the town streets to attend the Memorial Day parade and honor Windsor's fallen heroes. As always, the ceremony at the Veterans' Memorial Cemetery brought tears in many eyes, and the units that paraded made all of us proud.

Best Reuse of Orange Bin Contest Voting Has Begun

The finalists for the "Best Reuse of Your Orange Bin" contest have been selected by our panel of three judges and have been posted online for all to view and vote. The judges had a difficult time selecting the top ten ideas in both the practical and creative categories out of the 191 total entries because they were so good! You can vote for your top three favorites in each category here. Voting will remain open until July 20th and we will announce the winners on July 21st. Thanks to everyone who participated by submitting an idea for reusing your orange bin.

WIN-TV Readies for Summer KidVid

When WIN-TV’s popular summer program, KIDVID kicks off June 23, it will debut WIN-TV’s new editing center, two new iPads, and support from area businesses and restaurants. Jenny Hawran, Station Manager at WIN-TV is thrilled to see the growth of the program over the past 4 years. “We’ve added another full week of workshops this summer due to popular demand and we have a brand new workshop curriculum that focuses not only on television production and editing, but also graphic design, special effects and green screen technology.”

WHS Class of 2014 Off to the World

On Wednesday, June 18, the Windsor High School graduated its Class of 2014, according to Principal Russell Sills, one of its most accomplished ever. Congratulations students, parents, and educators.

Windsor Chamber Welcomes New Board Members

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce and First Town Downtown recently inducted several new directors at their Annual Dinner at the Windsor Marriott. New board members include Eric Lazarus of Windsor Food and Fuel Bank, Donald Trinks of Bart's Drive In Restaurant, Jenny Castle of Jenny Castle Human Resources Consulting, Caitlin Erickson of Jason Halpert & Associates and Mary Ann Slomski of Easter Seals.

Heritage Brick Installation Ceremony

The latest crop of First Town Downtown Heritage Bricks will be installed on June 25, 2014 at 10am into the Brick Patio on the green across from Central Street.  All bricks purchased or gifted over the last few months, including FTDT and WCC annual award winners Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, Marshall Fox, Key Club, and Bill Gombert will be brought together and laid into the brick patio for future generations.  Newly installed bricks will include Paul Vagnini, Dom's Broad Street Eatery, Windsor Police, and several anniversaries and in loving memory.  Take a walk down the road and view the brick patio. You'll be sure to find someone you know!  The first First Town Downtown Heritage brick installation was in May of 1996.

Courtyard Hartford Windsor Adds Style And Sophistication

Travelers seeking the comforts of home combined with the beauty of a modern hotel are in luck. The Courtyard Hartford Windsor has just unveiled its reimagined guest rooms after a major renovation project breathed new life into the hotel near the University of Hartford. Guests will feel the difference the moment they step foot into one of the Windsor, CT, hotel’s modern rooms with tone-on-tone décor seamlessly incorporating subtle color accents to delineate sleeping and living areas. The sculptural design of the lounge-around sofa and comfy chairs add to the aesthetic that lacks the clutter of traditional artwork. New lighting enhances the architecture and design of each room.

Windsor Business Breakfast

On Thursday, June 12, the Town of Windsor Economic Development Commission and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce sponsored the annual Windsor Business Breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn in Windsor with guest speakers Eric Johnson, Director, External Affairs from ISO New England and Genevieve Sherman, Senior Manager from Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority.

Summer Reading Has Begun

Each year, we love promoting and getting geared up at the library for our annual summer reading program. But you may not be familiar with it. What does it mean exactly? How is it different from fall reading or spring reading? Isn’t reading just reading for reading’s sake, dear readers?

Dylan Rispoli from St. Gabriel School takes 3rd Place in District Speech Contest

On May 19, 2014, area students competed in a district speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services organization. This Level 2 contest, hosted by St. Gabriel School in Windsor, included competing students from St. Gabriel School of Windsor, St. Mary/St. Joseph of Willimantic, St. Pius X of Westerly, RI, St. John of Old Saybrook and St. Michael of Pawcatuck.

Facebook Photo Contest Winners

On May 29th, Filipe Pereira, of Windsor, CT, received the top prize in the Windsor Historical Society's "This is Where" Facebook Photo Contest. His image of Pigeon Hill Road taken this April received over 160 votes on the Society's Facebook page. He was one of thirteen photographers who submitted an image of a location in Windsor along with a one-sentence story about that spot. Pereira wrote: "This is where one of Windsor's awesome roads is hidden, it makes me want to take the tops off the 300ZX-T and enjoy the wind in my hair!" After winning the $100 prize, Pereira said that he loves the road because it "makes me feel like I'm out in the country for just a tiny bit." Another Windsor resident, Christine Garthwaite, took home 2nd place in the contest with her snowy image of a historic home along Bissell Ferry Road. She took the image during the winter of 2013 and wrote that: "This is where for the past 70 years, overlooking the CT River meadows and the historical Bissel Ferry Road, family has bid "Ol Winter" good-bye." Third-place winner Brandon Mendes, of West Hartford, featured his car and Windsor's 1867 railroad bridge in his photograph. He noted that "this is where I took one of my most artistic shots yet, by the boat launch at Bart's Drive In." The three images and the other submissions are still available for viewing and sharing on the Windsor Historical Society's Facebook page.

Shad Derby a great success!

Despite the dire predictions of the meteorologists, Shad Derby fans knew it in their heart that the weather would not sabotage the greatest celebration of fun, family, and civic life in Central Connecticut this time of the year. It most certainly did not. A glorious sun greeted the thousands of visitors who came to the Windsor green, and everyone enjoyed one of those days that memories are made from. 

GFWC Windsor Woman's Club - Installation Ceremony

The 51st Installation Dinner for GFWC Windsor Woman’s Club officers was held recently at the Birch Meadow Banquet Facility. Joan Duffy, the GFWC/CT president-elect, was the installation officer.   The GFWC Windsor Woman's Club is part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. The GFWC, started in 1890 in New York, is an organization

Kiwanis Donates to Kids' Backpack Food Program

The Kiwanis Club of Windsor is a service organization comprised of caring men and women from all walks of life. Their objective is to bring aide to children in need. The majority of their efforts benefit children in the Windsor community. On March 13th Kiwanis members, Art Hamel and Bruce Buchan, presented a $250.00 check to Kristen Reardon of Windsor Social Services for the benefit of the Hunger Action Team's Weekend Wheels program. Art and Bruce are also active volunteers with the Weekend Wheels program.

Day of Prayer

The national day of prayer was honored on the town green on Thursday. The theme was one voice 1 united in prayer. Many specific points were prayed for including education and the media. Mr Norman Cameron gave thanks for the media in this country. He emphsized that the word of God should be the beacon of light for the planet. He prayed that the content broadcasted or written should not be used as a weapon against the church. He challenged media personnels to use their influence to spread the love for god to everyone.

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