Over the past twenty-five years the Observer has covered many stories about local people, events and businesses. We thought it might be interesting to highlight some of the front-page news to remind us what was happening in town in May. The following are some of the headline stories from May issues over the past 25 years.
Budget news (10 years on the front page), Suffield Foundation for Excellent Schools auctions (4 years on the front page), controversy over the high school building plans (2000), the Farmers Market opens (2001), Zantos restaurant opens (2001), a police chief controversy (2003), new B&Bs in town (2004), a new library proposal (2006), the installation of the Rotary pavilion (2011), and the ACES High team and World Championship (2018) were some of the major stories found on the Observer front pages.
We often highlighted people as well. Some of the many people in town reported on in May included new Suffield Academy headmaster Charlie Cahn (2004), Jennie Tenero (2005), Michael Illukiewicz (2006), Corporal Stephen Bixler (2007), Quartermaster James H. Chain (2009), Dr. Richard Segool (2014), Jerry and Pat Bland (2015), Alex Voisine (2021) and Janet Frechette (2022).
COVID closed us out of our office for a few months in 2020, but we continued to have an online presence during that time, and the front-page story in our May 2021 issue covered the re-opening of town offices to the public after COVID had lessened. We hope to provide a look into the past years, month by month, as we remember some of the front page highlights.