Any organization is only as good as its leaders, and the Observer has been enormously fortunate to have had Lauren Life as the Chairman of its Board of Directors for the last five and a half years. Lauren has made the decision to step down from her post; she and her husband have “downsized” in a move to East Longmeadow, and the time seemed right for her to make an additional change.
As a tribute to his 90th birthday, I would like to relate my experiences in knowing and working with Lester Smith. There are many facets to his involvement in town government and civic activities, as well as his positions as Town Historian and curator of the King House Museum.
According to the remarks prepared by Suffield Police Chief Richard Brown, the external and independent investigation conducted by the Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney’s Office into the officer involved shooting that occurred on April 13 in the Town of Suffield found that Suffield Police Officer Richard Devin was legally justified in using deadly physical force to defend himself and others around him during the incident. The incident serves as an illustration of the split second decisions that our police officers are sometimes forced to make for their safety and the safety of the public in the performance of their daily duties.