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Student’s-eye view of school during COVID By Noelle Blake Special to Today Magazine
I’VE ALWAYS PREPARED for school the night before. The list is some iteration of the following: pack lunch, choose an outfit, make sure I have the correct folders for the next school day, so on and so forth. This year, however, I’ve added a cloth mask and a desk shield to my nightly routine. This is the new reality of every student in school this year, and as an Avon High School junior, I feel that I have quite enough to worry about already. My own grievances aside, there are many changes to education as we previously knew it that make the school environment completely different for everyone involved. First off, school is now a strictly learning environment. Wasn’t it always? Maybe, but it certainly didn’t feel that way. Sports, clubs, school events and friends provided sufficient balance to counteract the challenges that school poses for every student. I used to look forward to participating in as many aspects of the school community as I could. Interactions with my peers and teachers before, during and after school tended to brighten my day and
This HS junior longs for return to, simply, normal keep me enthusiastic about learning. Right now, Zoom calls and emails are the alternative option for social interaction, and I’m learning to live with that. Some students have chosen to learn while fully remote, so they have even more
about what really is the “right” thing to do. So, how will the rest of the school year go? I don’t know. I have hopes that someday in the near future, people can be together again without undertones of apprehension being at the forefront of
I have hopes that someday in the near future, people can be together again without undertones of apprehension … Someday, I’d like to high-five instead of elbow-bump or some other weird air gesture that comes with the territory of safety precautions limited interaction. I opted for the hybrid model for the first semester — one student group attends school in person on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday is a remote day for everyone, and a second group goes into school on Thursday and Friday. Either option is appropriate, considering some students may need the support of teachers and lessons in person instead of facing the barriers of online education. But as I see COVID cases in the U.S. worsen rather than improve, I start to have doubts
everyone’s minds. Someday, I’d like to high-five instead of elbow-bump or some other weird air gesture that comes with the territory of safety precautions. But more than all of that, I’d like the world to feel normal again. Not “new normal” — just normal. And I’m willing to stay home for a decade if it means people will eventually be safe, healthy and happy again. + A Hartford resident, Noelle Blake has attended Avon schools since kindergarten.
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CONTENTS COVER STORY 4 — Food Banks Counter COVID Impact
As COVID-19 continues to impact the economy, Farmington Valley food banks are stepping up — thanks to the generosity of the Valley community. HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS
6 — VFW Post Marks 75 Years
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, VFW Post 3272 has a distinguished history of serving combat veterans. BUSINESS BEAT
7 — Canton, Avon Chambers Teaming Up
The Canton and Avon Chambers of Commerce are joining forces to better serve the business community.
Celebrating Neighborly Generosity
THE CURTAIN IS ABOUT TO FALL on another year … and what a year it has been. When 2020 began, who anticipated that countless businesses and schools nationwide would soon close, facemasks would become the new medical fashion accessory, and elbow-bumps would replace handshakes — all because a novel coronavirus ignited a global pandemic. A review: The coronavirus is the name of the virus that causes the disease known as COVID-19 — the acronym for coronavirus disease 2019. In this issue, we examine the COVID impact on Farmington Valley food banks. In the midst of record economic hardship, the generosity of so many Valley residents has supplied numerous reasons for gratitude as these food banks boost families facing fiscal uncertainty — many for the first time due to unexpected COVID-related unemployment. At Today Magazine, we’re aiming to be grateful in the face of the uncertainty, glad that there will be countless new opportunities in 2021 to record the underreported upside of the Valley community. Happy holidays! +
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As COVID Impact Persists, Food Banks Step Up COVID-19 was an unknown term until early 2020 — and then it exploded into the lexicon via a global pandemic. International medical crises have impacted human history before the 21st century, of course. In the 1918-19 flu pandemic, the estimated death toll numbered 675,000 Americans and 50 million people worldwide, per the CDC. At press time 240,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus — including 4700 in Connecticut — and nearly 1.3 million have died worldwide, per the New York Times. While the COVID pandemic has precedents, the response of medical experts and government officials has been unprecedented. In mid-March, businesses were closed nationwide, resulting in record layoffs and unemployment. As the Farmington Valley economy struggles to recover, countless families hit hard by the pandemic’s realities continue to face uncertain bank accounts — and Valley food banks are playing an essential role. Food banks tend to receive more donations and attention during the holiday season, but the need runs all through the year … and even more in 2021 as we navigate this COVID journey. Simsbury has seen the greatest increase in food bank clients this year. Before the COVID shutdown, 80 town households per month were receiving support — since the shutdown, that number has jumped to 140 households. Today Magazine reached out to social service agencies and food banks in the five core Valley towns to assess their vital 2020 work. Following is a town-by-town report, in their own words. +++ Avon Food Bank — We stand ready to serve the Avon community during these difficult times. We have been fortunate to benefit from local food drives sponsored by schools and civic, community, nonprofit and private organizations. Their generosity and community spirit has allowed us to meet the demand and serve all Avon families requesting help from the Food Bank.
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Volunteer Morag Smith of Avon (on left) with a client at last year’s Gifts of Love Holiday Shoppe. Due to COVID concerns, this year clients will receive gift cards for purchasing presents. COVER PHOTO — Volunteers at a Gifts of Love food drive in May at Farmington Woods condos.
Related Coverage > Page 2: Student’s-Eye COVID View > Page 10: SMPAC’s COVID Pivot Canton Food Bank — We provide quality food with as much variety as possible for the needs of our clients. We follow COVID guidelines by wearing masks, socialdistancing and allowing only one client in the building at a time.
clients need for their families. Meanwhile, the Canton Café opened in October, serving freshly prepared hot meals to Canton seniors, staff and nonresidents.
At the beginning of 2020 the number of clients was greater but has declined a bit because some clients choose to stay home and have food delivered by family or neighbors.
Location Trinity Episcopal Church, 55 River Road
We continue to provide 3200-4300 meals each month thanks to the generosity of the community with nonperishable food donations and monetary gifts. We are a small food pantry, but we maintain our goal of providing the nourishing food our
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Since the COVID shutdown, our numbers have fluctuated due to the various needs of our families. In April and May, many of our clients were afraid to come out even though we’ve offered no-contact services and given clients food curbside during the shutdown.
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Simsbury Food Closet — We are working tirelessly to meet the needs of our residents, and we have been creative in our COVID response. During the warmer months we were able to serve residents outdoors using a drive-through method. During the colder months we are moving our distribution indoors, with clients remaining outside. Our community has been incredibly generous and many individuals, organizations, clubs and businesses have worked hard to keep our shelves stocked. Due to the generosity of our community we have never had to turn anyone away due to lack of resources. In addition to food, we are collecting monetary donations to help support our programs. We are truly grateful. Location Eno Memorial Hall, 754 Hopmeadow Street Hours — contact Social Services
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Some families have had access to food at other food pantries. What they really want from us is the whole experience of food, clothing and household items. In October, we were able to open our doors again for in-house visits, carefully following state guidelines. Our numbers have been increasing, and during the holidays the need will be even greater. We expect our numbers to go up to over 250 households, as people are now in need more than ever. In 2019 we were serving 250 households per month. We will strive to give all of our clients a Thanksgiving meal, but Christmas will need to be different this year. We won’t be able to open our Holiday Shoppe but will offer all our clients gift cards. Location — 34 East Main Street, Avon Hours — by appointment
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VFW post celebrates 75th anniversary By Nora Howard and Bill Newman Special to Today Magazine
VFW Post 3272 is named for U.S. Army Corporal Gildo T. Consolini, Avon’s native son who was killed in action during World War II in the South Pacific on July 13, 1943. The first Avon man to perish in a foreign war, he is buried in the Manila American Cemetery in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2020, the post has always been based in Avon but welcomes members from any town. On Nov. 27, 1945, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States granted a post charter petition by Avon veterans Frank Bonesio and Henry Kopp (both World War I vets) and William Dupee (SpanishAmerican War). The founding meeting of Post 3272, with 78 charter members, was held in Ensign Bickford Hall, now the Avon selectman’s chambers. Arthur Neriani was elected commander and John Silver was vice commander. In 1948, the Ladies Auxiliary was installed, led by president Helen Bonesio and senior vice president Marion Dawson. VFW State Commander Les Benard presented the auxiliary’s charter and the Hartford Chapter of the Ladies Auxiliary gave the new auxiliary a Bible. Times have changed, and today both men and
women are part of VFW auxiliary posts nationwide. The auxiliary at Post 3272 is currently inactive. The commander of the post today is Robert J. Nardiello of Canton. Since 2008, post members have written military service histories of 185 (and counting) Avon Gildo Consolini veterans of foreign wars. The notebooks of these service biographies are at the Avon Free Public Library’s Marian Hunter Local History Room. Over 600 members have joined Post 3272 since its inception, contributing civic concern and honoring the memory of veterans everywhere. Currently, 135 members embody the post’s local focus of supporting veterans and community service. From Memorial Day through Veterans Day, the post decorates the graves of local veterans with medallions and flags. Veterans perform memorial services at every town cemetery, sponsor the Memorial Day Parade, conduct a Veterans Day ceremony at the Avon Veterans Memorial (on the Town Green) and speak at Avon
Since 2008, post members have written military service histories of 185 (and counting) Avon veterans of foreign wars public schools during Veterans Week. Each year, veterans distribute VFW Buddy Poppies to raise funds for needy veterans locally, statewide and nationally. Considered one of Connecticut’s premier posts, Post 3272 is recognized as an AllState Post for its many years of growing membership and its community service. The post invites men and women who are combat veterans of foreign wars to join. The post holds two ongoing meetings: • Weekly on Thursdays, 9 a.m. BeanZ & Co. coffee café, Route 44, Avon All veterans invited • Monthly on fourth Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Zoom meeting for members only and their guests — pre-COVID, meetings were held at Prince Thomas of Savoy Society, Old Farms Road, Avon + www.facebook.com/VFW3272 Post 3272, P.O. Box 297, Avon, CT 06001 Nora Howard is Avon’s town historian, and Bill Newman is VFW Post 3272’s historian
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Avon-Canton Chamber of Commerce will better serve business community By Louis M. Daniels Special to Today Magazine
Lou Daniels is the president of the Canton Chamber of Commerce THE CANTON Chamber of Commerce membership has voted overwhelmingly, by a 65-3 vote, to dissolve and join the Avon Chamber of Commerce to create a regional organization. The Avon-Canton Chamber of Commerce will be in a better position to benefit Canton’s Route 44, Collinsville and home-based businesses both now and in the future. In creating this regional entity, the outgoing Canton Chamber board is confident that members will experience the same camaraderie and success that the Rotary of Avon-Canton has experienced for years. Lisa Bohman, longtime executive director of the Avon Chamber, will manage the new Avon-Canton Chamber. Lisa is a lifelong resident of Canton whose family has been deeply rooted in town for nearly a century, and she will be a wonderful advocate for Canton’s businesses. Gary Miller, who has served as the executive director of the Canton Chamber since 2016, will be on the board of the new
chamber, and I will too. In May 2021 we will add another Canton businessperson to the Avon-Canton board. In December, all Canton Chamber members will be invited to extend their membership to the Avon-Canton Chamber. Canton members whose annual fee was
The Avon-Canton Chamber of Commerce will be able to speak for both Canton and Avon businesses on any issue with a much louder voice due in October or November can join the new Avon-Canton Chamber at the Avon Chamber’s slightly lower membership rate — great news for the many dual members who have been paying annual fees to both Chambers. The pandemic has caused Canton’s Chamber to re-evaluate its capacity to provide meaningful services cost-effectively to our business community. Many other organizations are facing similar questions. In studying the issue, it became evident that in this case bigger is better. One of
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THE FARMINGTON FOOD PANTRY is a nonprofit organization staffed and managed by volunteers. Our mission is to provide a respectful, empowering environment where supplemental food and personal care items are available to residents who need assistance.
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FFP primarily has relied on nonperishable food donations from local businesses and residents, but during the pandemic we are purchasing nearly 100% of our food — the pantry was able to make this transition thanks to generous monetary donations FFP has operated for more than 30 years, and since 2006 has been located at First Church of Christ on Main Street. Farmington currently has 216 income-eligible families come to the pantry. Participants can shop two times a month by appointment. During the COVID pandemic, we are following CDC guidelines while working closely with town staff and the Farmington Valley Health District. In response to the pandemic, our client-choice format changed in mid-March to optimize the safety of our clients and volunteers. Pre-packed food bags are being distributed to clients through a curbside drive-up pantry staffed by dedicated pantry volunteers. FFP primarily has relied on nonperishable food donations from local businesses and residents, but during the pandemic we are
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generous monetary donations of Farmington residents and businesses via the secure and convenient Pay Pal link on our website: www.farmingtonfoodpantryct.com These donations have made a meaningful difference in the lives of our food-insecure Farmington neighbors, and are crucial to our mission of ending hunger in Farmington. We look forward to the time when we can resume normal operating procedures, but will continue to keep the safety of clients, volunteers and donors at the forefront of all decisions. A limited number of food drives are in the planning stages but must be prearranged in advance. Thank you to the Farmington community for helping us safely help our neighbors in need. Together we can, and will, end hunger in Farmington. + Related story — page 4
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menu at the top of the page. The website provides street addresses and detailed information for every house on the stroll — in sequential order as you walk. Maps can be printed from the website. “Many of these houses were used as summer homes by people from Hartford,” says Peg Giles, who initiated the history stroll. “They stayed until all the maple trees turned gold and then went back to Hartford.” This unique project gets information from
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SINCE OPENING IN 2005, the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center has hosted countless concerts by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and other big-time performers. When the COVID-19 shutdown made the 2020 event schedule instantly “It’s a winextraneous, the SMPAC board and win for the executive director Missy DiNunno pivoted to replace the summer and fall season and community keep the nonprofit financially viable. and SMPAC” “The pivot strategy was to offer activities and events that could be managed safely, — Missy DiNunno observing social-distancing rules and the governor’s capacity guidelines,” says board schedule we developed proved it.” stations were prominent and plentiful. president Linda Schofield. “Community Located in the heart of downtown SMPAC also adopted a contact-less businesses and organizations responded, Simsbury, SMPAC is the state’s secondapproach, forgoing paper tickets and and there were activities at SMPAC every largest outdoor venue, with a lawn-seating handouts in favor of digital alternatives. day of the week.” capacity of 10,000. The state’s COVID Situated on Iron Horse Boulevard in As a result, SMPAC was busier during regulations reduced that number for much Simsbury, SMPAC is adjacent to hundreds this COVID year than previous years. The 374 Hopmeadow Street •open Simsbury, CT 06089 of the season to one-quarter capacity, but of acres of pristine space along the venue hosted 39 events in 2019 and 38 SMPAC took extra safety precautions and Farmington River, providing a picturesque 860-651-8236 in 2018 — but in 2020 there were 70-plus www.Insuranceagentswhocare.com decided to not exceed 500. location for the community’s diverse events from June through autumn. out how can get improved valuemusic and peace To keep patrons socially distant, SMPAC Find interests —you sports, dance, fitness, Creative use of SMPAC’s state-of-the-art of mind. Call or visit our today! implemented extensive safety protocols and more. Plans calloffice for programming to outdoor facility included cardio dance and such as private viewing platforms, driveexpand further in 2021, even as much-loved cardio barre classes, dance recitals, yoga in concerts and spray-painting numerous traditional events are expected to return. classes, small HSO ensemble concerts, lawn in offset “It’s a win-win for the community and movie nights and special events such as the 8-foot circles on the expansive Preview Only rows spaced 15 feet apart. SMPAC,” says DiNunno. Interested in 100 Women of Color Gala & Awards. includes a margin clear of texthosting and graphics Masks (Layout were required to enter the venue, a 2021 event? Call 860-651-4052. + “We know that the SMPAC is much more as this information may be covered by frame and/or clips during installation) and hand sanitizer and hand-washing than a stage,” DiNunno says, “and the 2020 www.simsburymeadowsmusic.com
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Online: Holiday Show & Sale Simsbury Open Studio Artists • Thru 12/31 www.simsburyartists.org Holiday Gift-Giving Program Canton Senior & Social Services • By Friday 12/4 to give or receive help 693-5811 – Donations of gift cards Christmas Tree Sale Canton Land Conservation Trust Smith Tree Farm, Doyle Road • Saturday 12/5 – 10 - 1 $25-$50 • $50 includes Land Trust membership
Our digital edition is posted well before the month begins Get an early peek at the Calendar – www.TodayPublishing.net Unite by Light Luminary Event Simsbury townwide Simsbury Unity Mile of Light Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury • Sunday 12/6 – 5 pm • rain: 12/13 Join us as 1 mile of road and countless homes are set aglow: www.ForAllAges.org/unite-by-light Festival of Lessons and Carols Online – www.reddoormusic.org • Sunday 12/13 – 3 pm Free • Traditional holiday service Simsbury 350th Hunt for History Numerous locations in Simsbury • Daily – self-guided Free – Visit 35 historical locations via clues – clues + contest rules: www.simsbury350.com
Simsbury 350th History Walk Iron Horse Boulevard, Simsbury • Daily – self-guided Free • Take a walk and experience 350 years of Simsbury history: www.simsbury350.com/350-steps Canton Café: Senior Lunch Canton Community Center • Wednesdays + Fridays – 12-12:45 $3-$3.50 • All area residents Call 860-693-5811 to sign up Red Cross Blood Drives Numerous locations in Farm. Valley • Numerous days + times Register – www.redcrossblood.org Online: Fitness Classes for Kids! • Mondays – 4:45 pm – all ages
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Milestone biz anniversaries 100 YEARS — Rosedale Farms and Vineyards celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020, coinciding with Simsbury’s 350th. Located in the heart of the town’s East Weatogue Historic District, Rosedale provides local produce on a 40-acre plot of historic land next to the Farmington River.
50 YEARS — The Master’s School marks its 50th year as a private Christian school. Serving students in nursery to grade 12, the school resides on a scenic campus in West Simsbury. Master’s began in September 1970 at Simsbury’s former South School. 20 YEARS — Owner Andy Whalen purchased Maher’s Paint & Wallpaper in 2000 after working at the store since 1986. Founded in 1972, Maher’s has locations in Avon and Simsbury (opened in 2016).
10 YEARS — Granby-based Merrill Memoirs marks its 10th anniversary. With a background in journalism and fiction, owner Sarah Merrill writes detailed histories for families and individuals. 1 YEAR — Schooley Mitchell franchisee Jonathan Horn of Canton started his business in September 2019, serving as a cost-reduction expert across various industries. +
2020 biz launches
Northwest Community Bank has a new branch in Simsbury. Lindsay West, a 23-year Northwest veteran, is the branch manager. Collinsville Bank has a new Farmington branch. Both banks are subsidiaries of Connecticut Mutual Holding Company.
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These three CBD stores have set up shop: Your CBD Store Avon, Your CBD Store Simsbury and Simsbury-based Infused: A CBD Marketplace. Avon resident Sarah Thompson has founded ShopBlackCT.com, a free website that seeks to reverse a legacy of structural racism and economic inequity.
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Simsbury veteran Paul Carrier is offering a new CT-made product, the Warmer Upper, a unique high-tech lap blanket.
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A juvenile little blue heron snacks on a crab at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel Island, Florida. When young, these herons are white, but as they mature bluish feathers begin to appear until they turn completely dark — below is an adult little blue heron.
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