Delayed Delivery

Copies of the The Suf-field Observer destined for West Suffield Post Office box holders are customarily delivered by the printer to the Suffield P. O. and then forwarded to the West Suffield P.O. for the boxes there. That did not happen for the April issue.

Facebook: More Than It Appears to Be

Mark Zuckerberg’s grilling in Congress about how Facebook treats personal information about data privacy and his responsibility to users caused me to also give this some thought. For some people, any amount of lack of privacy is bad on principle.

Kindness and Respect

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) and its  members, including the Suffield Woman’s Club, recite this ‘prayer for the day’ written by Mary Stewart in 1904 at each meeting. Also known as ‘the Collect for Club Women’ (but appropriate for everyone) it reminds us that we may disagree on some topics, but that doesn’t preclude us from being kind to each other.

Memorial Day Parade Details

The Memorial Day ceremony and parade will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, beginning with the parade at 9 a.m. The parade will form at 8:45 a.m. on Ffyler Place and march up Mountain Road to Main Street to the Veteran’s Memorial. A Memorial Day program will take place at Veteran’s Memorial immediately following the parade to honor our fallen heroes.

Revaluation Update

The State mandated Revaluation of all real estate is in full swing. The Town has partnered with Vision Government Solutions (Vision) for this project.

A Visit to Suffield’s Police Department Dispatcher

By invitation of Captain Christopher McKee and in support of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, I spent three hours with Suffield Police Dispatcher, Lorraine Morelli. This visit demonstrated to me the seriousness and expertise of police dispatchers.  Between calls, she was able to offer basic explanations of all the technical equipment used by the dispatchers.  I felt fortunate to be observing an expert at work.

Suffield Ambulance Award Recipients

On Saturday, April 7, the Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association recognized their annual award winners for 2017-2018 at a dinner at Crestview Country Club. The following are this year’s award recipients.

Food For Thought

National Weather Observer’s Day – May 4

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

– John Ruskin

“Tut, Tut, looks like rain”

– A.A. Milne

“It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.”

– Dave Barry

“I say it’s so hot, the hens are picking up worms with potholders.”

– Julie Trotter

“Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.”

– Kin Hubbard

“The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.”

– Jerome K. Jerome

“A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.”

– Marcel Proust

Cinco de Mayo – May 5

“Cinco de Mayo has come to represent a celebration of the contributions that Mexican Americans and all Hispanics have made to America…Latinos have fought in all of America’s wars, beginning with the Revolutionary War.

First Selectman’s Update

I had the pleasure of a tour of Kent Memorial Library recently and I left feeling so excited about the changes taking place that I wanted to share some of the highlights. Clearly every resident is anxious for the long-awaited reopening given the ongoing environmental saga the town’s endured.

Free Electronics Recycling

The Town of Suffield would like to remind residents that they may, free of charge, bring their unwanted electronics to the Suffield Landfill, 2715 Mountain Road. Hours are: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Accepted materials include, but are not limited to: computers, laptops, iPods/PDAs, printers, copiers, fax machines, scanners, monitors, TVs, cell phones, tablets, ebooks, video games, game consoles, VCR/DVD players, cameras and stereo equipment, remotes, keyboards, computer mice, modems, microwave ovens, and small appliances.

Suffield’s Best

At a recent Rotary meeting I was listening to the achievements already accomplished by our SHS Student of the Month. It left me with confidence that the young lady would proceed to accomplish “big things” in life.

Mental Health First Aid Training Completed

On March 29, the Wheeler Clinic completed a second session of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to Suffield Police and first responders from the region. A previous training session had occurred on March 6.

Suffield Police Conversations

This event is being held with funding from an Enhancement Grant from the Connecticut State Department of Education, Division of Family and Student Support Services Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education, and contributions from the Greater Suffield Interfaith Council and with the partnership of the following organizations: Town of Suffield Youth Services and Police Departments, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), North Central Regional Mental Health Board (NCRMHB), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connecticut, Cross Street AME Zion Church, Advocacy Unlimited, Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR), and the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE).

VP Retail Operations Named at Windsor Federal Savings

Windsor Federal Savings is proud to announce the promotion of Maureen Sullivan to Vice-President –  Retail Operations. “Maureen’s extensive retail banking experience has allowed her to successfully take on additional responsibilities”, George Hermann, President and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings stated.