One word unlocked history Bernice Karakla Sobinski shared with the Polish Heritage Society at its 2018 September meeting. This particular year marks the first century of independence Poland has experienced since it was partitioned in the late 18th century.
When Suffield’s economy was primarily agricultural and the top crop was tobacco, there were occasional years when Suffield schools did not open until tobacco was harvested. Children in tobacco-growing families and neighborhoods participated in the harvesting.
Suffield High School class reunions inspire and expand community spirit. Planning their 55th Reunion, members of SHS Class of 1963 focused on Suffield on the Green on September 7, 8, and 9 as their centerpiece.
Dorothy Kaplan McCarty modeled roles for many women. An especially notable model for mothers and music-lovers, she focused her life on love of family and music that accompanied her throughout her life.
Memorial Day holds a place of great honor in Suffield, in the nation. Many people cherish long memories of the Day: sunny morning parades, marching officials, scouts, leaders, police, fire and rescue departments marching with the high school band, veterans in the honor guard and members of the American Legion waving from open convertibles and timely, respectful attention.
From her apartment at Suffield by the River, Odette Makari looks toward the garden where a handcrafted tile reads, “In loving memory of Jack Makari.” Odette’s late husband died in May 2013. The tile was made by Celia Moffie’s daughter, Hannah Donnelly.
Steve and Jenny Gilbertson enjoyed walking their dog Bill on the lanes at beautiful Suffield by the River. They recently moved into a Villa here where Bill enjoys tethered exercise and plenty of fresh air with Kameron, the Gilbertsons’ black cat.
Attending the fiftieth anniversary in 2009 of John Biggerstaff’s induction with the late William Hinson into Apollo Lodge #59 was an honor. Joining Louise at John’s induction into the West Suffield Congregational Church on April 8, 2018, was also an honor.