Annual SVAA Awards Distributed

The appropriate theme for the evening, “Celebrating 45 years of service to the Town of Suffield,” was in place as the Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association (SVAA) resumed its Annual Awards Dinner.

Observer Director Positions Open

As you likely know, The Suffield Observer (and its online counterpart) which is printed and distributed to everyone in town ten times a year, is produced almost entirely by local volunteers. The paper has a somewhat unique mission, specifically “to build a sense of community throughout the town of Suffield and to provide a forum where all sides of issues can be addressed.”

A Very Different SVAA Awards Ceremony

As was the case with most everything during this pandemic, the annual Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association Awards Ceremony was, well, vastly different. But after changes and multiple delays caused by virus, the SVAA persevered and on August 29 was able to honor many of its extraordinary volunteers who, despite the risks, continued to serve when most needed.

SVAA Membership Meeting

The Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association held its Annual Membership Meeting on September 14. The meeting is open to all members and provides an opportunity for an update on the year, plans for the future, and the election of Board Members for the upcoming year.

Rotary Proceeding with Packard Golf Tournament

During the coronavirus quarantine the operations of the Suffield Rotary, like every other business and organization, could not be business as usual. For example, it had to forego the camaraderie shared at weekly dinner meetings and settle for periodic Zoom meetings.

July Observer in Print Again!

As our state and country reopens we are delighted to let our readers and advertisers know that while this June edition will only be available online, we plan to begin printing again with a July (and a special August edition) delivered to the mailboxes of all Suffield residents.

Chairman’s Notes

Included in this issue, you will see a Letter to the Editor from Michael Stevens, regarding his perception, undoubtedly shared by others, that too many articles, editorials and cartoons demonstrate a negative tone, particularly in respect to our First Selectman.

Police Pension Issue Resolution Pending

A festering dispute relating to a police officer’s pension resulted in disputes between the local Police Union and (some members of) the Police Commission (including our regular cartoonist Rick Stromoski), and the First Selectman’s Office. At this time, it appears that the dispute, while not fully resolved, has come to a head.