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Big Al Back Home, Dec 26-27

Bi Al is coming back, for just two concerts the days after Christmas. Don't miss him!
 

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Windsor Woman's Club Wins Festival of Trees Peoples' Choice Award

What a wonderful timed seasonal announcement!  The Windsor Woman's Club club has just been advised that our club's Wadsworth Atheneum Festival of Trees and Traditions donation received the 2014 People's Choice, 1st Place Award! Several members helped to make these hand-made ornaments at the home of Barbara Stavens, Chairman of the Arts & Crafts Committee. Thanks again to Windsor Federal Savings for donating the tree the ladies decorated.
 

Team Paragon Activities

Team Paragon does a lot every month! In November there were many exciting Monday meetings including training on power tools, ball bearings and AC/DC motors.  We learned that our food drive resulted in 150 lbs of food as well as over $700 and 17 turkeys in our Turkey & a $20 drive for the Windsor Food and Fuel Bank.  We helped at the EMS Food Drive and the Jaycees tree unloading.  You can read more about Team Paragon at www.teamparagon571.org
 

Holiday Decoration Contest For Residents!

First Town Downtown is holding a decoration competition for the businesses around the green that are decorated for the holidays (and take part,) but how about the many houses in town that light up our season? No worries! The Windsor Journal is holding a competition for Holiday Season House Decoration! We are looking for the houses in Windsor that inspire you the most with their festive decorations. Modern, Victorian, a few candles on the window shills, or lighting that brings in UFOs - nominate them, and the best will win a $50 gift card for lunch or dinner at Jim’s. Email us the address at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // and we will put your nominee on the list. Judgment night will be Saturday, December 20! Ladies, and Gentlemen, turn on your festive lights!
 

Police Chief Kevin Searles Retiring

As Windsorites learned this week that Police Chief Kevin Searles will be retiring, the reaction seemed to be a unanimous: “Oh, no!” In Chief Searles' 27-year tenure, crime rates fell while officers strove to become more engaged, supportive, interested in and caring about the community they serve. That attitude comes from the top. When Chief Searles took the reins of the department there were over 300 burglaries per year in Windsor. This year? Less than 50. For Windsor Social Services caseworker Andy Price, however, these statistics were not on his mind when he talked about Chief Searles, Tuesday. The thing that stuck with him the most was seeing Chief Searles help out every time Foodshare delivers food for needy families here. The Chief came in and personally directed traffic, that can be pretty hairy at times, Price said. The Chief was almost apologetic when he heard about the comment.
 

Windsor Center White Lights Contest

Windsor center is bright and festive! First Town Downtown (FTDT) works every year with the police cadets to decorate the town green lamp posts, library, town hall, and more with white Christmas lights. FTDT also encourage businesses in every area of town to decorate their buildings with white lights to make Windsor extra bright for the holidays. First Town Downton has white lights that can be purchased by Windsor center businesses for the discounted price of $3 per box! Please contact Ashley ASAP to purchase your lights, as supplies are limited. First Town Downtown is offering a valuable prize for the Windsor center business that gets voted as the best decorated building in the center! So really light up your place for the holidays! The winning gets a Windsor Center Banner sponsorship, worth $250, and will be announced on December 23rd! The public can nominate and vote for the best decorated businesses in Windsor center. The mission of First Town Downtown is to position and promote Windsor Center as a premier New England town center that protects and utilizes its proud heritage as the basis for developing vibrant recreational, economic and cultural activity. For more information, please call Ashley, Main Street Coordinator, at 860-688-5715 or email her at ashley @ firsttowndowntown.org
 

Focused On Health - Raffle Winner

First Town Downtown of Windsor, CT announced the winner of its new "Focused On Health" raffle. Congratulations to Diane Vozzola who won a one year membership to Gold's Gym in Windsor.  The raffle was a new program this year, which was part of the Farmers Market. The contest was put together to promote not only healthy eating, but healthy living in general.  Visitors to the Farmers Market had four chances to enter the raffle this fall with the one winning ticket being chosen at the end of the season.   
 

Tour the House of 20 Christmas Trees

George Saponare is opening up again his house for the season, and, as always, he has created a Christmas-scape that will warm the heart of kids of every age. George has set up 20 Christmas trees in his 8 room townhouse on 234 Kenswick Lane, near Kennedy Road, Windsor, and has filled every nook and cranny with Annalee dolls, Lynn Haney Santas, Buyers Choice Carolers and Dept. 56 figurines. Miniature carnivals and Winter sports rides are also well represented. Even the three bathrooms of the house are clad in festive decorations. This year’s special Christmas tree is one with a sea-related theme. George will offer Holiday Open House Tours in his Wonderland on the weekends of December 6&7, and 13&14, from 1:00pm to 5:00 pm, and only asks that visitors bring some non-perishable food items, or donate to his fundraiser for Foodshare. Last year George’s drive netted more than $1,000 for the cause and more than 300 pounds of food. Let’s help him surpass that!
 

Warriors CCC Div.2 Champions

Coach Rob Fleeting held his head high at the end of the 2013 football season when his Warrior boys could only manage
a 6-4 record. This year, he has a far better record to celebrate: 10-0, as the Warriors finished unbeaten during the regular season. During the off season, Fleeting was able to motivate all his players and instilled in them the recipe for success. On September 13th at the start of the 2014 season one player shouted "This is our year!" to the applause of the fans. Little did he know that his team would be crowned CCC west div 2 champs. On Tuesday the Warrior boys destroyed Middletown to maintain their unbeaten streak 10-0. They have paved the way for a Class L semi-final home game on December 6th. In the game against the Middletown Blue Dragons, Jordan Knight 59 yard run gave Windsor an early lead. Middletown's Dario Highsmith quickly leveled the score with a 5 yard drive. Windsor retook the lead when Coyle scored from a 36 yard pass from Nolan. Just before half time Nolan found Rush who sped down the right flank to increase the Warrior lead to 21-7. A refreshed Middletown team shocked Windsor at the beginning of the third quarter when Highsmith ran for 52 yards to score. A determined Middletown again silenced the Windsor crowd after Thompkins raced for 22 yards to score. Windsor's quarterback John Nolan had other ideas, though. Late in the third quarter he took the ball into the end zone to give Windsor the advantage. Nolan had a excellent game. In the fourth quarter he again teamed up with Rush to increase Windsor lead. Isaiah Huff also got in the action with a 50 yard punt return. Outstanding players for Windsor were John Nolan, Bennie Fulse, Tyler Coyle and Courtney Rush. Final score Windsor 46- Middletown 20. Good luck boys!
 

Bridge Builders Honored

On Thursday, November 20, Windsor honored the individuals and institutions that have worked last year to promote understanding and good human relation among the town’s residents. For 2014, the winners were (front row, from left): Windsor Public Library, for its cultural diversity programming, represented by Robert Kinney, now of the State Library. Xan Ellis and Shawn Tompson, for their work with the Gay Straight Alliance at WHS. And (second row midle) Kendrick Moore, for his mentoring program. The winners were congratulated by Mayor Don Trinks, Town manager Peter
Souza, and State Representative David Baram. Photo by Chris McKee
 

Carol Sing & Torchlight Parade

Join First Town Downtown for a fun evening of old fashioned holiday festivities on Saturday, December 13th.  The fun starts with a traditional carol sing on the Windsor town green at 6:00 pm led by the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers.  Sing along with provided songbooks. After the singing comes the parade!  At about 6:30 the Torchlight parade will step off from Remington Road and progress through the town center in all its lights and fanciful decorations! Grab a spot near the street to watch the brightly decorated fire trucks parade by in their holiday glory.
 

Save and Win on Small Business Saturday in Windsor

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29th, is Small Business Saturday; a day for people to meet and shop at local small businesses to find unique gifts and delicious food and support the local economy at the same time.  Small businesses create jobs and invest in their communities.  Supporting them by shopping and dining local supports your community.
 

Jane Garibay Named NEAACE Chamber Executive of the Year

Congratulations to Jane Garibay, Windsor Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.  Jane was chosen as the 2014 Chamber Executive of the Year by her peers at NEACCE (New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives) an their annual conference in Massachusetts.
 

WEF Accepting Grant Applications

The Windsor Education Foundation (WEF) awards grants to Windsor teachers for creative and innovative projects not funded through the school budget.  All Windsor Public School teachers are eligible to apply for the grants. Applications are available now on the WEF website www.WindsorEducationFoundation.org.  The application deadline is December, 12, 2014.
 

Windsor Police Cadets have the right stuff

You have seen them: young teens, boys and girls,  in dark blue uniforms directing traffic during the Shad Derby, helping along during storms, closing off streets during Chili Challenge. You know that they have something to do with the Police Department – but exactly what, most of us know very little about. And yet we should, because these kids will tomorrow staff our law enforcement agencies. And we should be very happy about it, because as visitors saw, Wednesday, during the ceremony that recognized last year's  achievements of  the Windsor Police Cadets, they are truly remarkable young people.
 
Presentation of 2013 Best Dress Canoe Award (2nd year club has received this award)!

Windsor Woman's Club - Canoe Race

There are lots of things to do Saturday, October 11, 2014 on the Windsor Green; there is the Lion Club's Craft Fair; the Chamber of Commerce's Chili Challenge; and the Kiwanis Club's annual “canoe race” (which benefits the Windsor Food & Fuel Bank). Several local non-profit organizations each sponsor a canoe, and collect non-perishable items, which are weighed. The distance the canoe
 
Photo caption: Bruce showing the backpack's contents, to the ladies.

Windsor Woman's Club - Weekend Wheels Speaker

  The Windsor Woman’s Club’s club year began with pizza, socializing, and an informative talk by Bruce Buchan, a volunteer coordinator for the Weekend Wheels program. The volunteers who work with Bruce, fill backpacks every week, for those children in Windsor that qualify for the program. The packers do not know which children