It’s not the kind of parade with marchers in step, but the motif was Patriotism, and patriotic spirit was certainly evident with the splendid red, white, and blue trappings on many of the boats that circled Middle Pond on Saturday, July 7. This traditional event held by Citizens Restoring Congamond was bigger than ever this year.
In the Observer’s June issue, when Beth Chafetz summarized the Town’s long effort to improve the headquarters building of our town government, she provided an appropriate headline: The Town Hall Saga. That story reached a milestone on July 18 in a four-board meeting of the Selectmen, the Finance Board, the Permanent Building Commission, and the Advisory Commission for Capital Expenditures before a disappointingly sparse handful of interested citizens in the Middle School auditorium.
In an effort to clear the way for desired development on Ffyler Place, the Town has been contemplating other locations for the Town Highway Garage, whose location there is thought to deter potential developers. The old garage also is in need of considerable update and repair.
For the second year, Suffield by the River has granted the Althea Scheller Scholarship to one of the senior living community’s staff. This year the recipient is Antonia Reynolds, who came to the center in 2004 as an aide and has since become a licensed practical nurse.
The Rotary Club of Suffield awarded two Paul Harris Fellowships at the Club’s June meeting, held at the Seasons restaurant at Suffield by the River. Past recipients of the award and other guests were present.
The Suffield High School Class of 1946 was among the first classes that spent all four years in Suffield’s first high school (now McAlister Intermediate School). A surprising number of the Class of ’46 live hereabouts, and they’ve been meeting annually for many years, lately through the efforts of original class secretary Dorothy DeForge.
The threatened rain postponed itself and the temperature was comfortably cool, so conditions during Suffield’s Memorial Day observance on May 28 were fine for the customary short parade up Mountain Road and traditional ceremony on Veteran’s Park.
Great weather and the tradition of the event brought out an impressive bunch of athletes and exercisers to what is now the Suffield Firemen’s Association Paul Simison Memorial Run, honoring the memorable and admirable man who started this race, now in its twentieth year.
It was a major step forward, and by the time this report is read the big contract for remediating the library’s PCB contamination problem will probably have been signed. Work was to start in mid-August.