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Shopping becoming an ‘experience’ these days By Linda Tishler Levinson

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The annual Winterfest and “Tunnel of Lights” is taking place this month at the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor. For details, more photos, see Pages 8-9.

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Shopping is about more than buying things. It involves touching and seeing items before you make a purchase. It is an experience as much as a way to obtain goods and services. And when shopping areas offer variety and are filled with places to eat and have fun, all the better. That is the view of local business leaders. They say the view that local retail is being replaced by online shopping is a gross exaggeration and that shopping areas here have found their place in a changing retail world. The National Retail Federation agrees. “Retail is undergoing an enormous transformation, leaving many asking,

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By Gary Carra Welcome back to Random Raven, the column that aspires to be nothing less than your complete, entertainment itinerary on a month-to-month basis. Diving into December, the Raven has not surprisingly found any shortage of opportunities to soak up some holiday cheer. Among the most colorful of these must be The Connecticut Valley Brewing Companies ( annual "Ugly Sweater Party" Dec. 15. Yep, it's "tap-py" versus tacky at the for this South Windsor brew crew between the hours of 5-8 p.m. So bring your gaudiest sweater and snack on delectable wares of B.T.’s Smokehouse and Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes food trucks, take in the sounds of Bonfire Acoustic and Brian Jarvis and of course, sip some of the Connecticut Valley Brewing Companies award winning suds. In other hoppy happenings...Somers native Derek Upson checked in to report that he and co-owner Mark Avery have finally brought their Two Weeks Notice beers to market. “It’s been three years in the making,” he notes. “And the funny thing is that

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Santa Sightings

A Few Places To Catch The North Pole’s Most Famous Resident Locally This Month

By Linda Tishler Levinson Santa Claus is coming to town this month. Here are the places you can find him and his elves in north central Connecticut this holiday season.

• For a blast from Christmas past, you can take a trolley ride during the Connecticut Trolley Museum’s Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights, with a choice of a closed car or an open ride on the “electric sleigh” through the Tunnel of Lights. After the ride, you can head into the visitors center for a winter wonderland with model trains, decorations and hot cocoa and snacks. Santa will have a gift for each child, and visitors are invited to take pictures with the jolly old elf. Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 30, but Santa will head back to the North Pole after Dec. 23. Tickets must be purchased at the trolley museum and are good only on the night purchased. There are no

advance tickets sales for groups or individuals. Ticket sales end at 9 p.m., but trolleys continue to run until everyone gets to ride. Visit to register and for more information and for group visit information.

• Enjoy cookies, crafts and photos with Santa, as ShopRite of Enfield holds a fundraiser for ShopRite Partners In Caring, which supports local food banks on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. The store owned by the Miller Family will be hosting this event. Children pay $8 a ticket to get a photo, enjoy crafting and have cookies and milk. Pre-registration is required for this event at the grocery store. Register at the store’s customer service desk, or by emailing by Dec. 8.

• Children of all ages can visit with Santa at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Mass., as it hosts its annual

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• Sonny’s Place in Somers is offering its North Pole Experience through Dec. 30. The events feature visits from Santa, as well as holiday attractions, food and shows. Hours through Dec. 23 are Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. Hours Dec. 26 to 30 are daily from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults and children 10 and up; $15 for children 4 to 9, $15 for seniors over 62. Children under 4 are admitted free. For more information visit

• Children can visit with Santa in his Candy Court during mall hours at the Enfield Square Mall through Dec. 23. Children can visit with Santa at Cafe Square at the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 24. • Golden Irene’s ( in East Windsor is offering dinner with

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• Of course, Santa can also be found at Stafford’s Winterfest, occurring Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. along Main Street. Other Winterfest highlights include the Parade of Lights, a live nativity, holiday-themed live music performances and of course, convenient shopping opportunites. Weather date on this one is Dec. 16.


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• Another opportunity to dine with Kris Kringle occurs on Sunday, Dec. 9 in the form of Enfield’s Old Country Banquets & Deli’s first ever Brunch With Santa. A separate, “Meet and Greet” with the man in red will take place in Old Country’s “Gathering Hall” from 9-11 a.m. that morning. The price to attend that is one unwrapped toy and/or one non-perishable food item as well. The brunch proper occurs from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. with fee structure as follows: children up to 2 are free, children ages 2-9 require one, unwrapped toy and 10 and over $15. For more information on this one, call (860) 7455390.

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East Windsor

Recreation Department slides right into seasonal offerings

EAST WINDSOR — These programs and events have been planned by the Parks and Recreation Department. For all programs offered, visit, or for questions call (860) 627-6662. The North Pole Connection 2018 Santa will be working with the Parks and Recreation Department to make some special phone calls. Forms must be returned by Friday, Dec. 7. Parents, fill out the forms neatly and accurately. This year parents have the ability to complete the form online at Time: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 5-7 p.m. Grades: PK-4. Free. Torchlight Parade & Carol Sing This family event features children’s activities, hay rides, carol singing, and a visit from Santa. Parade steps off from the Middle School at 5:30 p.m. Activities at Broad Brook Fire House will commence at 6:15 p.m. Refresh-

ments will be served; raffle tickets will be sold during this event. Date: Saturday, Dec. 22. Fee: Bring a nonperishable food item to benefit 5 Corner Cupboard Jumping Clay — Deck the Halls Each participant will create their own bear ornament project using Jumping Clay while learning about basic shapes and color mixing. Workshop provides step-by-step instruction and assistance by trained instructors while encouraging creative self-expression and building confidence. All projects will be taken home the same day. Beginners welcome. Time: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Grades: K-4. Fee: $15. Open Skate Annual family-friendly event at Enfield Twin Rinks. Rent skates or bring your own. Fee: $5 per skater; pay at door. Skate rentals ($3) available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Charter panel wants to know what residents think By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The Charter Revision Commission has reached out to residents for their opinions on what changes they would like in the town charter. The commission said it wants to improve voter participation in town decisions; improve government structure and efficiency; improve transparency and communication; and improve checks and balances. The survey asked: If residents would like the chance to vote on line items in the town budget. If the town should change from its current town meeting form of government. What areas involving town government need more focus and support. How could the town improve communication with residents and businesses. Whether residents are satisfied with town’s progress in economic development. If they would change one thing about town government, what it would be. Whether they feel there is a lack of checks and balances on town government. If the $20,000 threshold for town appropriations not included in the town budget before they go to referendum should be increased and if so, how much.

The commission said it wants to improve voter participation in town decisions; improve government structure and efficiency; improve transparency and communication; and improve checks and balances.


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East Windsor

Winterfest, ‘Tunnel of Lights’ shine on for 40th season

EAST WINDSOR — The Connecticut Trolley Museum is presenting its annal Winterfest and the “Tunnel of Lights.” Winterfest is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through New Year’s Eve. Santa will be onsite in a historic caboose for photos and to give a small gift to each child until he has to fly back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Admission prices  are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (62 and over), $10 for children (ages 4-12), and $3 for children (3 andunder).  On Friday and Sunday nights, all adults and seniors receive a $2 discount on admission. Museum members receive half off admission. Winterfest and the “Tunnel of Lights” is celebrating its 40th operating year as a family holiday tradition. 

Halls are decked both inside and outside with over 15,000 light bulbs. Outside, closed trolley cars transport jolly guests down a tunnel of lights as they sing traditional Christmas carols with their trolley car operators. For an open-air view of the “Tunnel of Lights,” one open sleigh car is lit up entirely with holiday lights. Those planning to take part are advised to dress warmly and bring blankets. Inside the Visitor Center is a Winter Wonderland where Santa meets and greets children inside a historic caboose.  Multiple model train layouts, both large and small, are located in the main hall, along with more full-scale trolleys. Hot cocoa and warm snacks are also available for purchase inside the Visitor Center.


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East Windsor Winterfest: It’s a holiday tradition (continued from page 8)

For more information about Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights, call (860) 627-6540 or follow on Facebook at The Connecticut Trolley Museum is a nonprofit organization committed to sharing the historical importance of electric railways through interpretation, preservation, restoration, and operation. Less than a mile from exit 45 off I91, the Connecticut Trolley Museum is located 15 minutes from Hartford and Springfield at 58 North Road (Route 140) in East Windsor, CT. For details visit and follow on Facebook at

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Regional Business leaders say it’s far from ‘retail apocalypse’ continued from page 1

‘What’s the future of retail?’ The narrative that the industry is struggling, dying or even suffering a retail apocalypse inaccurately depicts what’s really happening,” the groups says on its website. Industrywide, the group notes, online sales make up just 10 percent of retail sales. “We’re more in an up than a down,” said Candice Corcione, executive director of the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce. “We have a very strong community base here.” She said the area has a number of one-of-a-kind

“We’re more in an up than a down,” said Candice Corcione, executive director of the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce. “We have a very strong community base here.”

businesses. “We have some specialties here that are so unique, and we’re so fortunate,” she said. She said longtime businesses evoke fond memories when people visit them. “Those things are very valuable, and they’re present,” Corcione said. Businesses do move out, she admitted. But as one moves out, another moves in. Jim Richards, executive director of the East Windsor Chamber of Commerce, agrees. “We’re chugging along,” he said. “We’ve had some stores empty, but they’ve been refilled.” He said East Windsor has a good mix of large and small retailers and has been able to take advantage of what will be going on around it, such as the train station. Lisa Wray, director of marketing at the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside, said the mall still has great retail offerings, noting the recent opening of Box Lunch, a pop-culture themed store with a philanthropic mission. “Experiences are becoming more of the mix,” she said, from a number of new restaurants, such as Sumo Japanese Steakhouse, Sushi Bar and 110 Grill. “For entertainment options we are currently home to Billy Beez, an indoor jungle-themed play park, and will be welcoming Flight, Fit & Fun in February and

Lisa Wray, director of marketing at the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside, said the mall still has great retail offerings, noting the recent opening of Box Lunch, a pop-culture themed store with a philanthropic mission. “Experiences are becoming more of the mix.” she said.

Round1 bowling & amusement in March,” Wray said. Windsor Locks also is gaining more offerings for those looking for fun experiences. A new sports complex on a 70-acre site at Route 20 and Old Colony Road has gotten general plan approval, said Mark Pellegrini, the town’s economic development consultant. The facility will include outdoor athletic fields, as well as indoor athletic facilities and retail space.


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Projects voted down, mixed results on charter changes By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — Residents voted against local projects for an addition to Town Hall and athletic facility improvements at Ellington High School, but results were mixed on changes to the town charter when voters went to the polls on Nov. 6. Residents voted 4,665 to 2,564 against a $1,635,000 plan for an addition to Town Hall. They also voted 5,065 to 2,278 against spending $2,625,000 for athletic facility improvements at Ellington High School. On the charter changes, they voted 5,519 to 1,408 for holding the town budget referendum two weeks rather than one week after the annual town meeting. If additional referendums are necessary, they will be held every other week until a budget is adopted.

men toward gaining a seat on the Board of Selectmen. Residents voted 5,630 to 1,188 to clarify that advance notice of a referendum to overturn an action taken at a town meeting should be published in the newspaper. Residents voted 4,581 to 2,276 against changing the percentage of voters needed to vote in a special referendum to overrule actions taken at a town meeting from 15 percent to 10 percent. Residents voted 4,216 to 2,625 to have a chapter in the charter entitled “Library Board of Trustees,” which would give the responsibility for the administration of the Hall Memorial Library to that board and give exclusive control for the maintenance, care are repair of library facilities and library grounds to the Department of Public Works.

Residents voted 3,683 to 3,226 to fill vacancies in elected offices in 30 rather than 45 days. Residents voted 4,058 to 2,734 for those elected to fill vacancies in elected offices serving out the remainder of the term, rather than until the next election. The town voted 3,913 to 2,633 not to repeal the section of the charter that created the Public Safety Commission. Residents voted 5,174 to 1,794 to allow the Board of Selectmen to provide additional means of emergency services if the town’s volunteer organizations are not capable of providing services as defined by their contracts. Residents voted 3,620 to 3,088 to prohibit counting the votes of an unsuccessful candidate for first select-

Town mourns sudden death of longtime recreation director

ELLINGTON — First Selectwoman Lori Spielman announced the death of longtime Recreation Department Director Robert Tedford on Nov. 13. Tedford was the town’s director of recreation for 43 years. “Bob made numerous contributions

to the Town of Ellington,” Spielman said. “To name a few, he was instrumental in the expansion of Brookside Park and the development of Arbor Park, the tennis courts at Schwartz field, and the Pinney Street playing fields.”

Tedford also is attributed with starting the Summer Concerts series, community gardens at the Batz Property, and the holiday memorial tournaments in honor of departed residents. “Bob worked tirelessly to organize the day-to-day recreation programs, overseeing a large range of youth and adult programs, volunteers and staff members,” Spielman said. “Bob provided outstanding service to the citizens of Ellington by his personal dedi-

cation to the physical health and well-being of all residents of Ellington. “We offer our deepest sympathy to his family. He will be remembered fondly as a dedicated and car- Robert Tedford ing citizen, town official, and friend.”


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First selectwoman addresses arrest of ambulance corps VP

ELLINGTON — An open letter from First Selectwoman Lori Spielman regarding the arrest of Ellington Volunteer Amublance Corps Vice President Simon Hessler: Like everyone, I am greatly disturbed by the recent claims involving Simon Hessler. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families. Earlier this year, a concern regarding Mr. Hessler's conduct was brought to my attention. Recognizing that the con-

duct could be criminal in nature and, in accordance with standard procedures, I referred the complainant and the matter to the Ellington Resident State Trooper’s Office. I was later advised that the police had conducted an investigation, and based on the allegations made, the police had concluded that no crimes had been committed. At that time, I believed the matter to be resolved, and I was unaware of additional complaints or investigations regarding Mr. Hessler until this past week when I was

informed by Sergeant Santa that Mr. Hessler had been arrested. As First Selectman of the Town, I also serve as Chief of Police, but that position does not grant me access to information regarding pending and active confidential police investigations. My knowledge of the additional investigations that led to the arrest of Mr. Hessler came just prior to the time that information was made public. I am grateful to the police for their work in this matter, and I am grateful

that Mr. Hessler will not have the opportunity to further victimize anyone, anywhere. While I am confident that all Town policies and procedures were followed in connection with this matter, it is always our goal to make sure we do everything possible to best protect our residents. I will be working with the Board of Selectmen and the police to review those policies and procedures to determine if any changes are needed to allow us to better do our job.

Sew up a spot at these library programs this month

ELLINGTON — Healers with Halos Therapy Dogs come to Hall Memorial Library on many Saturdays throughout the year. On Dec. 29, and Jan. 12 and 26, these dogs will be at the library from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. We suggest that children ages 5 to 12 register online to secure a space to read for 10 minutes to one or more therapy dogs. To register go to our website: or call (860) 870-3160. During Christmas vacation Hall Memorial Library, in Ellington, will hold four sewing classes especially for kids. Two classes will be offered for the making of pillowcases: Thursday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. Children for these two classes should be 6 years old or older. For children ages 9 -12 years old, there are two

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ENFIELD — Registration for Wintersession and spring semester at Asnuntuck Community College is now open. Asnuntuck offers on-the-spot admission Monday through Friday. Students may apply or register online 24 hours a day at Students may register in person at the registrar’s office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Academic advisers are available for walk-ins Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays,10 a.m.-2 p.m. All other times are by appointment only. Online classes for Wintersession begin Dec.27th and run until Jan. 13. ACC’s spring semester begins on Jan. 24.Call (860) 253-3010 for additional information. Students can speak to Asnuntuck’s Financial Aid office regarding potential financial aid eligibility.

Registration is underway at Asnuntuck Community College for both winter and spring sessions.

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Passenger rights senator’s focus as holiday season takes flight

WINDSOR LOCKS — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has highlighted his airline passenger protections just in time for the holidays. On Nov. 19, Blumenthal spoke at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley International Airport. In 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration re-authorization bill created many passenger protections. At the press conference, Blumenthal expressed concern that many of details regarding passenger protections are “buried” in “small, dense print” on the Department of Transportation website. Here are some of the major highlights, according to Blumenthal: Know Your Rights as an Airline Passenger (1) If an airline oversells its flight, involuntarily bumps you, and delays your arrival at your desti-

Blumenthal expressed concern that many of details regarding passenger protections are “buried” in “small, dense print” on the Department of Transportation website.

nation by more than 2 hours, the airline owes you up to $1,350 cash; if the airline delays your arrival between 1 and 2 hours, the airline owes you up to $675 cash; (2) If an airline loses, damages or delays your checked Sen. Richard Blumenthal bag on a domestic flight, the airline may owe you up to $3,500; on an international flight, the airline may owe you up to $1,500; (3) If an airline loses your checked bag, the airline must also refund your bag fee; (4) If you make a mistake booking (for example, you pick the wrong date to fly) or change your mind, the airline must give you 24 hours to rebook without penalty or refund your fare, as long as it’s a week before departure; and (5) An airline can keep you on the tarmac for no more than 3 hours for domestic flights and 4 hours for international flights and must provide food and water after 2 hours of delay, provide you updates every half hour, and ensure that bathrooms are working.

East Windsor church announces worship schedule

EAST WINDSOR — The Broad Brook Congregational Church, 122 Main St., in the Broad Brook section, has announced its Christmas worship services for 2018. Everyone is welcome to come to all of the church’s services. The Sunday morning worship service is held at 10 am. Sunday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. — A Christmas Program for children and adults. Friday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m. — Blue Christmas Service. This is a special reflective service geared toward those who bear a heavy heart and can’t get into the spirit of Christmas. Sunday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m. — A Family Christmas Worship Service Monday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m — Traditional Candlelight Service. A Family service of lessons and carols.

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Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum this holiday season! The museum is offering an exciting array of family fun activities during December School Vacation Week, Tuesday, December 26th through Sunday, December 30th. Explore three giant exhibit hangars filled with over sixty historic aircraft and experience the wonders of flight through daily hands-on activities including: • Build & Fly Challenges • Interactive Flight Science Demonstrations • Computerized Flight Simulators • Scavenger Hunts • Open Cockpit Experiences in historic aircraft

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In addition to these daily activities, the following special events are scheduled:

Wednesday, December 26: Straw Rocket Challenge 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Are you a rocket scientist? Find out by building and launching a straw rocket using our specialized NEAM rocket launchers. Thursday, December 27: LEGO Flying Machine Contest 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Back by popular demand! Children ages 3-13 are invited to construct a flying machine using the Museum’s collection of LEGOs. Winners will be awarded prizes in three age categories, and participants need not be present to win. g p p p

Friday, December 28: Model Airplane Workshop 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Build and fly balsa wood airplanes with help from our team of expert builders. This workshop is designed for visitors ages 3 and older, and there is a $5.00 cost per model kit. Saturday, December 29: Paper Plane Contest 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Use your imagination to construct a far flying paper plane from a variety of materials. Will your creation go the distance? Sunday, December 30: Parachute Drop Challenge 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn the science of parachutes while building and launching a weight bearing parachute.

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All events and activities are included with general admission unless otherwise noted. Events and activities are subject to change. Please note the Museum will be closed on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 2018; Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2018; New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, 2018; and New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The New England Air Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seven days a week. Admission is $15.00 for adults, $14.00 for seniors 65 and up and $10.00 for ages 4 to 14. Children under 3 are admitted free.

For more information, visit or call (860) 623-3305. The New England Air Museum is located in Windsor Locks, Conn. adjacent to Bradley International Airport. Take I-91 north or south to CT. exit 40 (Route 20) to Route 75 north.

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Voters ask not on JFK, OK school upgrades By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD — Voters approved an $84.4 million plan for John F. Kennedy Middle School on Nov. 6. The referendum question asks voters if the town should appropriate $84,373,294 for the project to renovate and reconstruct the school and authorize bonding not to exceed $27 million. The remainder will be funded by grants and other available funds. The school’s student capacity will be increased under the plan. That is being done to The proposal would help the school, built in the 1960s, accommodate anticipated additional students, based on enrollment projections.

It will also correct code violations and update the facilities, including updating to current voice, data and video technology standards, according to a report by the Construction Solutions Group of Stamford, The town’s state reimbursement rate is 29.29 percent. The project will also make the school more energy efficient and includes a new roof, higher-efficiency boilers, energy-efficient windows, new electrical, HVAC and heating distribution systems. The renovation will increase the current 70 teaching stations to 75. Enfield Square mall being auctioned The Enfield Square mall is up for auction. The sale

will begin at midnight Dec. 10. JLL, a commercial real estate firm, is handling the auction. The property is described by JLL as “a well-located regional mall comprising approximately 548,683 square feet of gross leasable area … located in Enfield, Connecticut. The Property, which is anchored by a landlord-owned Target, is situated on approximately 64.949 acres, presenting prospective purchasers with an exceptional redevelopment opportunity.” Party City is also listed as a major tenant. The price sought was not disclosed.

Town Council seeking members for renovation committee

ENFIELD — The Town Council is seeking residents interested in serving on the John F. Kennedy Middle School Renovation Building Committee, which will work with town and school staff, architects, and contractors to prepare design plans for the reconstruction and renovation of JFK Middle School.

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Short-term warming centers set up for winter season in town

ENFIELD — With very cold temperatures, wind-chill and dangerous overnight lows in our future, the town has issued a reminder to Enfield residents of the availability of short-term warming centers for the winter season at the following locations: Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., is open during normal business hours as a warming center. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enfield Public Library, 104 Middle Road, is available during regular hours, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pearl Street Library, 159 Pearl St., is available during regular hours, Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Enfield Police Department Lobby, 293 Elm St., is available as a warm center 24 hours per day. Additionally, residents can call 211 for live shelter availability.

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ENFIELD — Calvary Presbyterian Church, 1518 King St., will host a night to honor loved ones who have preceded us in death. The service will be taking place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11. Pastor Steve Thayer will officiate this ceremony of prayer and worship. This event is sponsored by the GriefShare Ministry. There will be light refreshments served following the service. All are welcome to attend the remembrance service. For more information, contact Bev at (413) 858-5161. In addition, Calvary Presbyterian Church is planning a women’s event next month. The guest speaker at the event will be Sharon Anderson This event will take place at Calvary Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 19, 2019.

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Energy reduction efforts paying off for Enfield ENFIELD — Town Manager Christopher Bromson has announced that the Town of Enfield and the Board of Education have seen a combined energy reduction rate of 22 percent, good news for residents who approved the project in the 2016 referendum. The town is on a rate to save 2,848,556 kilowatt hours per year of electricity, equating to $710,231 at current electric utility rates, which exceeds the Honeywell contract guaranteed savings of 2,496,095 kilowatt hours per year and $651,723. Gregg Gabinelle, Enfield Public Works deputy director, presented a project summary earlier this year. “While many improvements have been made and savings are already apparent, the town will have to closely monitor energy use to ensure that contract guaranteed savings continue to be realized.

The Department of Public Works is up for the task, and always takes our responsibility to taxpayers seriously when it comes to saving money,” Gabinelle said. Nearly six months have passed since completion of the town’s Honeywell Energy Performance Contract. The project included installation of high efficiency light emitting diode lighting and lighting controls in most town buildings, retrofitting roughly 3,700 streetlights to LED, boiler replacements in six town buildings and a heating, ventilating and air conditioning system in the Central Library. Additional savings from natural gas use will continue during the heating season. The numbers will be available after the heating season. Honeywell will be attending a Town Council meeting in the spring to update residents.



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Somers High school, middle school honor roll students named SOMERS — These students were named to the honor roll at Somers High School in the first quarter:

GRADE 12 High Honors Alexis Ahluwalia, Alyssa Albano, Ian Arnone, Alexandra Delesio, Trevor Parks, Faith Sarisley. Honors A-D: Samantha Alaimo, Erin Anthony, Emma Archambault, Samantha Barile, Hayden Barrett, Kyle Beebe, Andrew Brewer, Stephanie Butler, Marianne Dalessio, Katryna Dukehart E-G: Jacob Ellis, Lauren Fitzgerald, Edwin Genece, Andrew Golden. K-P: Rose Karvandi, Matthew Kiernan, Marleena Kocot, Megan Leonard, Timothy Lynch, Dominic Manning, Madeline Martin, Kendall McNamee, Emily Miller, Alyssa Milliken, Kilee Nutbrown, Jenna Pfeifer, Garrett Pruden. R-S: Delani Raina, Zachary Regulbuto, Emily Renzoni, Dimarco Roberts, Erin Rush, Kayla Scibelli, Supreet Sidhu, Christopher Skalski, Sarah Smithline, Haley Swan. T-Z: Heather Thompson, Hannah Uyar, Sarah Uyar, Ohannes Zanazanian.

GRADE 11 High Honors Wula Cham, Christian Chlebowski, Jonathan Kelly, Victoria Reid, Spencer Whitford. Honors A-C: Taylor Althaus, Meghan Baker, Athena Baumann, Chelsea Bergamini, Brieanna Bernier, Sophia Carenzo, Aidan Case, Zachary Chaisson, Lauren Champiny, Fiona Cheyney, Jared Cranna. F-O: Egan Foye, Samantha Gershowitz, Matthew Grandpre, Gwen Guldix, Zachary Hojnowski, Megan Hollister, Marissa Long, Miranda McCarthy, Brandon Nguyen, Amari O’Connor, Donovin Ocasio. P-Z: Stephen Piescik, Rachel Ranelli, Cade Raymond, Kylie Raymond, Cassandra Rich, Danielle Rodriguez, Ryan Rogers, Kaitlyn Savage, Siobhan Scully, Andrew Skowronek, Nancy Strever, Noah White, Kyle Yvon, Anna Zheng.

GRADE 10 High Honors Emily Brayton, Aidan Devine-Baillargeon, Jack Gebo, Giovanna Gioscia, Adam Hinds, Lindsay Masamery, Halle Raina, Hannah Renzoni, Laura Riley, Serena Robidoux, Olivia Suter, Gabrielle Tullock, Angela Young, Carson Yurgaitis.

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Hansen, Gabriel Kukulka, Anna Majowicz, Bianca Ryder, John Zapolski. Honors A-B: Luke Arnone, Jacob Avery, Alexandria Bates, Jonathan Benedict, Luke Boudreau, Brianne Boyd, Jade Breton, Kayla Brown, Mollie Burns, Joseph Burzynski. C-L: Anthony Carra, Tyler Case, Brianna Charette, Aidan Connors, Sarah Cranna, Sean Croken, Caroline Curtis, Benjamin Fawthrop, Tyler Gowdy, Alex Grenier, Natalie Harvin, Patrick Herrity, Ethan Kelly, Jocelyne Lallier. M-R: Nicholas Mancuso, Taylor McCormick, Mackenzie Mike, Cody Palazzesi, Joshua Parent, Kush Patel, Vincenzo Rumore. S-Z: Connor Sparrow, Rachel St. Germain, Douglas Suter, Ryan Symington, Emily Tardif, Patricia Vivilecchia, Penelope Weigel, Mallory Wohlers, Kaede Wood, Katiya Zawrotny.

These students were named to the honor roll at Mabelle B. Avery Middle School in the first quarter:

GRADE 8 High Honors A-D: Phillip Alaimo, Chloe Albano, Brandon Andersen, Owen Argiro, Mackenzie Bridge, Evalina Bruel, Nicholas Calcasola, Benjamin Campion, Ella Campion, Laura Catellier, Michael Croyle, Gabriel D’Amour, Manuel Davis, Raya Davis, Alejandro Diaz. F-L: Cole Ferro, Gracie Flynn, Robin Gaskell, Madison Gebo, Sarah Gill, Alexa Gladysz, Ryan Halligan, Kaija Hjelm, Renee Hoague, Tristan Hogan, Braden Joyal, Madison Juzba, Kiana Kalman, April Kelly, Grace Kowal, Kalvin Long. M-T: Meghan Martowska-White, James Maskill, Alexis Maurice, Nicholas Mazza, Colby McCormick, Elena Riggins, Olivia Riley, Braden Rogers, Evan Root, Cadence Schneider, Shannon Splain, Adeline Stanton, Madaket Stoltz, Amanda Tardif.

Honors A-F: Eric Alaimo, Jamie Anthony, Luke Bolduc, John Bonin, Jacqueline Bordeaux, Shea Cassidy, Deidre Dalessio, Devon Dalessio, Noah DiBella, Erin Donohue, Jonathan DuPerre, Hudson Eastman, Camden Fickett. G-L: Isabella Gaither, Tait Gaudet, Trevor Gentile, Mackenzie Goodwin, Katherine Grondin, Caleb Hammond, Alex Hinds, Hunter Hogan, James Johnson, Thomas Lesco, Victoria Lopez. M-W: Nicholas Manning, Connor Marchi, Samantha Peacock, Kate Pinney, Destinee Pizarro, Kyle Provencher, David Reid, Jenna Riley, Jack Scott, Concetta Shewokis, Hallie Watt, Hannah White.

GRADE 7 High Honors A-D: Amelia Archambault, Trinity Baj, Julian Banas, Ryan Birkenshaw, Kathryn Brown, Audrey Bruso, Lindsey Cashman, Isabella Caye, Grace Chagnon, Jedric Clark, Alexa Damboragian, Braden Davis, Emily DeNucci, Grace Dina, Dylan Doody, Tanyon Duff. E-K: Reese Emlen, Cody Ferrero, Olivia Gengenbach, Alessandra Gioscia, Chloe Gowdy, Kristina

Haraga, Nicholas Hewitt, Maya Hudroge, Taylor Illuzzi, Teegan Illuzzi, Chloe Kahn, Dylan Kukulka. M-S: Emma Martinik, Grace McGuinness, Emily McLaughlin, Rebecca Munson, Taylor Mynahan, Abby Neal, Genevieve Neiman, Annabella Nunes, Sylvia Pierce, Sullivan Quirk, Liliana Remlinger, Dara Salka, Addison Sarkis, Sara St. Germain. T-Z: Amanda Trask, Margaret Tuttle, Trent White, Melea Wolters, Eliana Wood, Jacob Yvon, Lauren Zapolski. Honors A-D: Sydney Anderson, Corey Bailey, Charles Bruso, Patrick Burns, Mara Butler, Deven Caetano, Lily Carzello, Harrison Chase, Russel Coelho, Saige Corbin, Tyler Curran, Nickolas DeGroat, Mustapha Drammeh, Tyler Dubuc. E-L: Amber Emrick, Samantha Fancher, Kate Gebo, Kate Grandpre, Elizabeth Grondin, Riley Hareld, Desi Higgins, Isabella Jensen, Ryan Kaczmarek, Hannah Kmon, William Lupien. M-V: Riley Morin, Ethan Munson, Emma Murphy, Laura O’Toole, Daisy Parker, Emma Pease, Ryen Rossi, Elizabeth Szleszynski, Jennali Turner, Selina Vazquez.

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SOMERS — The Public Library, 2 Vision Boulevard, has a variety of children’s activities planned for December. The library’s hours are: Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Sundays. For details on library programs, call (860) 7633501.

Snacks with Santa The Friends of the Somers Public Library will hold their annual Snacks with Santa Program on Saturday, Dec. 8. Somers residents may register their children for one of four sessions: 9:00, 9:45, 10:30, or 11:15 a.m. Each program will feature the reading of a Christmas story; time to talk with Santa, and a snack and gift book at the end of the program. Parents are invited to bring along their cameras and a canned good for Champ's Place. Due to the popularity of the Snacks with Santa program, registration must be done in person. Admission to each session will be with ticket only. Children must be Somers residents 8 years old or younger.

Make an Ornament with Jumping Clay The program for children in grades kindergarten and up will take place Monday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. Mold and sculpt a special ornament for your tree with Aime from Jumping Clay. Registration is ongoing. Sponsored by the Friends of the Somers Library. Call the library at (860) 763-3501 to register.

Special Christmas Storytime The storytime for ages 2-5 will be from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Celebrate the holiday season with stories, songs and a craft. Registration is ongoing. Call the library at (860) 763-3501 to register.

Read to a Dog Practice your reading skills by reading to a dog in a relaxed, “dog-friendly” atmosphere from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. All dogs have been trained, tested and certified by Healers with Halos. Participants may bring a book or select one at the library. The time slots are for fifteen minutes at 10:30, 10:45, 11:00, and 11:15 a.m. Call the library at (860) 763-3501 to register.

Gingerbread Fun Night The event, for children ages 3 and up, takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18. Decorate your own gingerbread cookies after a special gingerbread storytime. Children may come in their pajamas. Registration begins Dec. 3. “Polar Express” Movie Matinee Join the library for a showing of the “Polar Express,” a holiday favorite, on the big screen at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Blankets and pillows are welcome. Snacks will be provided. No registration required. Sing-Along with Nappy’s Puppets How many of these songs do you know: Little Bunny Foo-Foo? Five Little Ducks? The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly? Five Little Monkeys Jumpin’on the Bed? Puppeteer Jim Napolitano (known as "Nappy") and his shadow puppets present some of the greatest sing-along songs of all time at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. Registration begins December 10. Sponsored by the Friends of the Somers Library.

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Town gearing up for a special celebration 

Arts Society presents reading, open mic

STAFFORD — The Stafford Arts Society will present a Literary Reading, Open Mic & Arts Exhibit at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 64 Main St., in the Stafford Springs section. The featured presenter at the event will be Carleton Whaley, who is a short story writer. Special guests at the event include Steve Squire, Ken Anderson, and more. Space for the open microphone portion of the event is limited. Please email to sign up. Local artists will display their work during the reading and reception. The Slag Review, a local literary journal, will have copies available for sale during the event. For more information, email

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High school announces honor roll for first quarter

STAFFORD — These students have been named to the Stafford High School honor roll for the first quarter:

SENIORS High honors Paige Beaudoin, Ashlyn Cartier, Katrina Converse, Julianna DeSantisRaymond, Steven Downs, Erin Duffy, Emily Fitzgerald, Grace Gardner, Isabelle Garreffa, Jeffrey Kology, Emma Libby, Julia Lybarger, Lynesey Maloney, Luis Medeiros, Brenden Pontz, Loren Pontz, Julien Rivas, Abby Rose, Gabrielle Thayer.

Honors Alexia Alberts, Tiahna Guzzo, Marissa Kallenbach, Jenna Kennedy, Kody Messier, Michael Vincenti, Chalan Whelan, Nicholas Wyse

JUNIORS High honors Madison Anderson, Elizabeth Baltronis, Hilary Bareiss, Dillon Cote, Dalton Cox, Gregory Estell, John Frank, Shannon Frazier, Angelina Gill, Kamden Lindsay, Koehl Lindsay, James Missell, Benjamin Olsen, Alejandra Sierra, Grace Zopelis. Honors Cassidy Babcock, Stephanie Brown,

Sarah Chickosky, Brianna Delano, Paul Direnzo, Ethan Enos, Adam Finch, Ryan Foley, Alexander Gray, Andrew Guglielmo, Braden Gutierrez, Michaela Martorelli, Abigail Mullen, Kaitlin Panciera, Adam Ricci, Sean Roethlein, Dylan Schumey, Muriel Sprague, Katie Steullet, Ashley Syphers, Meghan Toomey, Patience Turner, Ashley Wilson, Jessica Winston, Samuel Yefko.

SOPHOMORES High honors Madison Besaw, Allie Curtin, Olivia Frassinelli, Basha Halloran, Spencer Hill, David Hirsch, Jazmyn Hooper, Trentin Kology, Kaylee Levesque, Julie Lidwin, Clara Lybarger, Krista Mitchell, Samuel Neves, Devon Norris, Emily Padegimas, Laurel Perez, Emma Perry, Jonathon Prouty, Rose-Anna Ravetto, Amber Reiss, Kenneth VanDyk, Alison Verney, Angela Wasilewski, Logan Wolczak, Sierra Wyse.

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FRESHMEN High honors Zoila Arteaga, Tyler Barrette, Logan Briggs, Ryan Duffy, Samuel

Fagerquist, Elizabeth Forrest, Kalye Gutierrez, Sonney Inthisorn, Hailey Langlois, Jillian Mangold, Kennedy Morris, Kara Puglisi, Caitlyn Thayer, Naomi Turner, Sara Woodworth, Megan Worthington, Emily Yefko

Honors Tristan Barton, Tommy Bean, Ellie Brothers, Christopher DeSantisRaymond, Genevieve Drouin, Abigail Fitzgerald, Cooper Grant, Ashley Hornung, Samantha King, Isaac Minaya, Aine O’Neil, Kassidy Pelletier, Rachel Suchecki.

Cookie Walk and Christmas Tea Slated for Dec. 8 at Hazardville United Methodist

ENFIELD - The Hazardville United Methodist Church, located at 330 Hazard Avenue, Enfield, CT will hold its highly anticipated and well attended, 17th annual Cookie Walk and Christmas Tea in the Fellowship Hall, on Dec. 8 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Attendees will find dozens upon dozens of homemade cookies to fill the holiday cookie jar. It is advisable to arrive sooner than later for best selection as historically, these delicious cookies have run out before the event is over. The price for an 8” by 8” (roughly 2 pound) container will be $15. Gloves and containers will be provided. After selecting cookies, guests are invited to extend the experience by enjoying an elegant luncheon tea. The luncheon features homemade finger sandwiches, pastries, tea, coffee and punch. Relax with friends, members of the church and community, while soft Christmas music plays. Tickets for the luncheon will be available at the door for $10. Come for one or both, come early as the cookies and finger foods go fast and please stay to linger in the spirit of the holiday season.

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A merry musical melodrama to entertain during the holiday season

SUFFIELD — An ensemble of 16 talented local actors from Massachusetts and Connecticut are gathering to create a merry old-fashioned melodrama with songs of the season on Dec. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at Mapleton Hall.  In a play that is recommended for all ages, Charles E. Bright’s “Keep The Home Fires Burning”  is The Suffield Players’ 2018 Holiday Benefit Challenge production, performed with scripts in hand as a staged reading with a minimum of rehearsals — and a maximum of creativity. All proceeds from this production go toward the upkeep and maintenance of Mapleton Hall, The Suffield Players’ theatre, built in 1883. Come to the show and support a much-needed effort: repairing the foundations and one of the chim-

neys at The Players’ beloved theatrer home. General admission only; no reservations will be taken. A $10 donation is suggested at the door.

“Keep The Home Fires Burning” is directed by Mary Fernandez-Sierra (Russell, Mass.), with musical arrangements by Ken Hebert (Holyoke, Mass.), and musical direction and staging by Lisa Parker (Suffield). The cast: Jean Barnes (Suffield), David Crowell (Springfield,), Lexi Fox (Springfield), Timothy Glynn (Suffield), Patricia McMahon (Enfield), Nicole Migliozzi (Holyoke, Mass.), Marge Patefield (Enfield), Mark Proulx (Feeding Hills, Mass.), Dana Ring (West Hartford), Mary Roberge (Windsor Locks), Kelly Seip (Springfield), Christian Tarr (Suffield), Victor Trofimov (Suffield), Robert White (West Suffield), Eric Woodsides (Suffield) and Christine Zdebski (Somers). The show is produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Publishing, Inc., Englewood, Colorado.

Looking back at the year and looking ahead to December at Senior Center

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SUFFIELD — Senior Center Director Paula Pascoe provided this year-end message on what has taken place at the facility this year: — Pickleball was added to our programs and is proving to be very popular

— We received a grant under the Federal Transit Administration to purchase a new wheelchair accessible bus — We are participating in a collaborative grant award with nine other senior centers to offer Tai Ji Quan:

Moving For Better Balance through a partnership with CT Healthy Living Collective and funded in part by the Older Americans Act through the North Central Area Agency on Aging — We were awarded a program grant for the Aging Mastery Program funded by the Anthem Foundation through CT Healthy Living Collective to begin in the spring of 2019 We look forward to an exciting 2019! On behalf of the staff of the Suffield Senior Center and Mini Bus, may you and yours enjoy a joyous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year! Paula Pascoe, director

The following events are planned at the center: Mini Bus Special Trips: All trips require 5 passengers and are weather permitting. Dec.  3:  Holiday Tree Gala at the Senior Center, sponsored by Suffield Garden Club. Pick up begins at 12:30 p.m. Dec.  4:  Holyoke shopping. Pick up begins at 9 a.m. Dec.  6:  Walmart shopping. Pick up begins at 8:30 a.m. Dec.  7: Dinner at Captain Jimmy’s followed by Singing Tree in Agawam Pick up begins at 3 p.m. Dec. 11: Yankee Candle Village and lunch at Wolfie’s. Pick up begins at 8:30 a.m. Dec.  18: Lunch at Golden Irene. Pick up begins at noon Dec. 20: Walmart shopping. Pick up

begins at 8:30 a.m. Dec.  27:  Lunch at 99 Restaurant. Pick up begins at noon Pickleball: Indoor court and equipment available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. or other times upon request.   Suffield  Garden  Club  presents  a Holiday Tree Gala: Visit the display of decorated trees Dec. 1  – 15.  Free admission.  All trees will be available for sale.  Beat  Parkinson’s  Today  Boxing and  Functional  Interval  Training: Mondays, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25. First month free when you schedule your class level assessment on Dec. 3. Ask the Attorney: First Thursday of each month.  Call for an appointment.   Computer  Assistance: Ask John  Free each Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m.  Medicare:  Trained volunteers are available to provide unbiased assistance on the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month.  Call for an appointment. Dementia  Care  Giver  Support Group: Meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. at Suffield Community Aid, 450 South St.  For more information, call Nicole Matson at (860) 810-6123. Parkinson’s  Peer  Support  Group: meets monthly on the second Monday of each month at 10:15 a.m.  Topics vary monthly.  Refreshments are served. For more information, call Janet at SCA at (860) 668-1986.

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By Linda Tishler Levinson

Karen Berasi is retiring from the Suffield Public Schools following her arrest. The Board of Education voted to accept the retirement of Berasi as superintendent of schools at a special meeting on Nov. 6. Her retirement will be effective June 30, 2019, but she has been and will continue to be relieved of all duties, according to the meeting minutes. Mark Winzler will continue serving as interim superintendent. Winzler retired as superintendent of the Bolton Public Schools in 2009 and was the interim director of human resources in Manchester. Including that position, he has served in 12 interim positions, most as interim superintendent. Berasi surrendered to police on Nov. 8 and was charged with failure to report abuse or neglect as a mandated reporter. According to the arrest affidavit, the

The school and recreation department issued statements saying that they have taken steps to improve the way they handle allegations of abuse or neglect.

charges involve her failure to report an alleged inappropriate conversation between a high school student and the school psychologist. Also arrested on Nov. 8 on unrelated charges of failure to report abuse or neglect as a mandated reporter was Cynthia Fisher, a recreation supervisor. According to the arrest affidavit, the charges involve Fisher allegedly not

reporting a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allegation that the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father had been abusive to the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother. The Suffield Police Department had been investigating both matters since May. The school and recreation department issued statements saying that they have taken steps to improve the way they handle allegations of abuse or neglect. Both the town and schools have implemented enhanced mandated reporter refresher training and a

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WINDSOR LOCKS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Memorial Hall is one of the most interesting and historic buildings in Windsor Locks. Dedicated in 1891, the building is a monument to those who went from Windsor Locks and lost their lives in the Civil War. Today, it is a monument to honor Windsor Locks veterans who have served in all wars of our country. The site is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The Board of Trustees has scheduled free guided tours of the facility. Tours are usually on the last Sunday of each month, at one-hour intervals from 1 to 4 p.m. The last tour starts at 3 p.m. Memorial Hall is located at 1 S. Main St.

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