Occasionally an uninformed voice is heard to express the opinion that libraries are antiquated–out of date–superfluous in the age of technology. How wrong that voice is, and never more in error than now.
When everything shut down in March 2020 due to concerns about COVID-19 and its effects, many scheduled events were cancelled. Sporting events, concerts, church services, holiday gatherings and the like were put on hold.
Preparations for the long-anticipated move into the renovated Town Hall continue, but even when the move is complete, “normality” will probably not arrive for a while. The Town’s appropriately cautious concern about COVID-19 will still be with us. Human Resources Manager Karin Ziemba advises that, as of now, no Town employees are working from home.
During the demolition of Bridge Street School several weeks ago, many townspeople expressed their sadness, and sometimes their anger, that the old school was being demolished. But on February 19 it was reported to the Suffield Police that someone had taken action: the old sign out front was missing.
The Suffield Land Conservancy (SLC) is pleased to announce the recent donation of over 60 acres of land off of Taintor Street. The Robert W. Baker Nursery and Baker family gave this property to preserve the lot that includes woodlands, open meadows and wetland areas, including vernal pools.
By Bill Hawkins, AICP – Director of Planning & Development |
Suffield is truly fortunate to have such a great quantity of open space set aside for public use. Likewise, the town has been active in the preservation of farmland, making Suffield second in the state in terms of preserved farm acreage.
The inaugural meeting of the Suffield Veterans Appreciation Committee (VAC) was held on February 16 via Zoom. First Selectman Mack, Selectman Kathie Harrington, Kris Lambert, Deputy Assessor Lisa Trase and Sue Mayne from Field of Flags were joined by members of the VFW Post 9544; Post Commander Bill Moryto, Adjutant Fritz King and member David Shute to discuss veteran services, care and expansion of Veterans Memorial Park, as well as planning for this year’s Memorial Day parade and program.
Residents may recall that a few years ago a FOR SALE sign was set on the front lawn of Webster Bank, next door to the Kent Memorial Library. Webster had been renting out space that the bank didn’t need, as branch banks don’t need the space for other functions that the former Suffield Savings Bank had enjoyed.
The Bridge Street School demolition article in our March issue inadequately described what happened after the Town Meeting voted to appropriate funds and authorize bonding for the proposed community center.