Kyle Englander, a 2019 graduate of Suffield High School, knows how to turn the proverbial lemons into lemonade. A three-season runner at SHS during all four of his years with a 2018 cross country Class M title under his belt, he was also part of a record-setting 4 x 800 relay team which won the 2019 Class M State Open and New England indoor crowns as well as the 2019 Class M outdoor title.
The Suffield Observer will sponsor two scholarships to Suffield residents who will be entering an accredited two-or four-year college in September. The scholarships honor Samuel S. Fuller, founder of the paper, and Robert O. Y. Warren, a former Chairman of the Board.
Long-time Suffield residents, Warren Packard and Blair Childs, are two of many who volunteered their time and experience to the betterment of the town. They have so much in common: devotion to family, determination to help this town in any way possible, lots of energy, intelligence and integrity.
I remember as a kid reading JFK’s Profiles in Courage, a collection of stories about eight United States senators who showed courage in the face of great personal detriment by doing the right thing. Virtually all of them paid the price by losing their seats in Congress but maintained throughout their lives that, in John Quincy Adams’ words, “Private interest must not be put in opposition to the public good.”
Sad news to begin this month’s column. Warren Packard, former First Selectman from 1993 to 1995, passed away on January 31. He will be remembered for his community activism and positive impact on Suffield.
There were a few things yet to do, but they weren’t expected to interfere with Town departments moving back into the renovated Town Hall after the furniture is delivered. At the January 21 Permanent Building Commission (PBC) meeting, there was a general feeling of satisfaction, and the Certificate of Acceptance by the Building Inspector was expected soon after.
Animal Control Officer (ACO) Paul Selig was presented with the 2020 Paul A. Deneault/Theresa Foss Memorial Animal Control Officer of the Year Award on February 4 at the Suffield Police Station. The award is usually presented at the annual conference in September, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was cancelled.