Members of the Hastings family went down to Hamden on August 7 to attend Plant Science Day at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station’s Lockwood Farm, near Sleeping Giant State Park. This is a big, yearly event, with lectures and demonstrations and meetings with experts, but this year’s highlight was when the family’s well-known Suffield farm on Hill Street was presented with the 2019 Connecticut Century Farm Award.
As owner and, until now, executive director of the well-regarded facility at 7 Canal Road, Celia Moffie is selling the place to LCB Senior Living, LLC. As this issue of the Observer goes to press, the sale is scheduled to close on August 31. LCB, based in Norwood, Mass., owns and operates similar facilities in five New England States, plus one in Pennsylvania.
It was March 2017 when the Town voted to approve $2.8 M in bonding for the purchase of three new fire trucks, replacing others that had become too old to keep safely in service. Rescue 1 was delivered this year in May.
In the Observer’s last report, the contract for the Town Hall Renovation project had been sent to Gilbane, the chosen “Construction Manager at Risk,” but had not yet been signed. The signed contract arrived in mid August, QA&M Architecture had already signed, and initial work had begun, principally in architectural layout and planning for basic systems: mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP).
A couple of years ago, while sitting in on my daughter’s basketball practice, I noticed a father and his daughter sitting next to a Star Wars book. I’m a huge Star Wars fan, so I made my introductions.
James Canon Jr., Esq., joins the Suffield Police Department and assumes the position of Captain. Canon brings over 20 years of experience with the Connecticut State Police, specializing in labor relations.
Suffield’s 350th Anniversary Committee is hard at work raising money to pay for our town’s birthday celebration in 2020. We have been selling tee shirts and ball caps, and we’re hosting a golf outing and a beer tasting, but our biggest fundraiser by far is the truck raffle that will be held at Suffield on the Green at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
As part of the year-long 350th Anniversary Celebration which kicks off this October, the Kent Memorial Library is sponsoring an essay contest. The theme of the essay is Suffield: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.