Community News For The South Windsor Edition

Strut Your Mutt Pet Fashion Show

SOUTH WINDSOR — Pampered pooches and their owners hit the runway at the Strut Your Mutt charity fashion show at Evergreen Walk Park recently in support of Our Companions Animal Rescue. New County Mercedes-Benz in Hartford served as the presenting sponsor of the entertaining event that raised over $4,600 for the organization that helps animals in need. The private event also included a complimentary lunch provided by Burtons Grill, a swag bag, live music from New England's high-energy dance band, Heads Over Heels, and a chance to win great prizes and more. Debbie Wright, owner of Project Closet, was the host of show featuring the latest spring styles for dogs and their owners.

Pictured are Shelley Carbone, former Mrs. Connecticut, Debbie Wright, owner of Project Closet, Kimmie Anderson, former Miss Connecticut and Steven Dunham, General Manager of New Country Mercedes-Benz.

Photo: Brian Ambrose Photography.

Open House At Irish Dance Studio Is July 9

SOUTH WINDSOR - Scoil Rince Luimni Irish Dance Academy will celebrate opening its facility at 400 Chapel Road with an open house event on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Academy had been operating out of the First Congregational Church of South Windsor's Wolcott building. The new facility features sprung floors and a comfortable waiting area. Prospective dancers, their families, and members of the public are invited to come and visit the new studio, participate in the classes, meet the teacher, and see performances by current students. Families who register will receive a free gift while supplies last.

South Windsor Farmers Market

SOUTH WINDSOR – The South Windsor Farmers Market is held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., through October 22, at the South Windsor Community Center, 150 Nevers Rd., across the street from South Windsor High School. The next farmers market on Saturday, July 2 features Children's Safety Day with CHIP/Kids IDs, bike safety presentations and car seat safety checks. Free pony rides will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and there will also be animal rescue and hulafrog activities. Call 860-648-6355 for further details.

South Windsor Public Library

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Public Library, 1550 Sullivan Ave., will hold a dance party on Thursday, June 30, at 2 p.m. Call 860-644-5404 for details.

South Windsor Officers Raise Money For Special Olympics

SOUTH WINDSOR — Following last year's successful fund raiser for the Special Olympics, officers from the South Windsor Police Department waited on tables at Red Onion Restaurant. In 2015, the South Windsor Police raised over $12,000 serving patrons at the restaurant located at 855 Sullivan Ave.

Earlier this month, the SWPD participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run 2016, proudly carrying the torch from Manchester to Windsor. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut is one of the movement's largest grass-roots efforts to inspire awareness and raise funds. Officers across the state volunteer their time, year-round, to hold events that support Special Olympics.

South Windsor Police coordinator of the event, Agent Ron Littell, is a personal friend of Red Onion Pizza owner Marcel Farhad. "We are honored to have the SWPD wait on our customers for such a great cause. This event is very special to me because of the passion that my good friend has, and I am pleased to support all of the department's efforts."

Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for over 14,000 athletes.

Pleasant Valley District #5 Schoolhouse Museum

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Historical Society's Pleasant Valley District #5 Schoolhouse Museum, 771 Ellington Road, will be open Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. during July and August. Used as a town elementary school from 1862 to 1952, the building has been renovated and expanded by the Historical Society as a local history museum containing school and town memorabilia. This is the only old district schoolhouse in South Windsor that hasn't been demolished or converted to a home. It replaced an earlier school that had been built on the north side of Ellington Road in 1837.

From 1978 to 1994, the historical society leased and maintained the Ellington Road building as a museum, open to visitors and to annual field trips by local elementary school children and scouting groups. Most of the upper level is maintained as a 19th century school room, while the lower level has displays of various items from the town's agricultural and social history. Among the items for sale at the museum are replicas of the Union District School, maps of old South Windsor, and schoolhouse note paper, with proceeds used for maintenance of the building. Memorial bricks for a walk are also being sold for $35.

Small antique items of South Windsor significance are welcome for display as space permits. Appointments for other visiting times may be made by calling 860-291-9958. Visit www.southwindsorhistory.org for details.

South Windsor Community Women's Club Sponsors Safety Town

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Community Women's Club is sponsoring Safety Town 2016, a one week class in which children entering kindergarten receive safety instruction in preparation for elementary school. Safety Town is a national program that teaches children entering kindergarten about fire and bus safety, calling 911, and pedestrian safety, bike safety and stranger danger with classes held daily, at Unity Church, 919 Ellington Road. South Windsor Police and Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to help teach the program Classes are July 18-22 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Friday, the last day, there is a video on stranger danger and a graduation ceremony and parents and relatives are invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony.

For registration information call Liz at 860-644-6787 or register online at SouthWindsorCWC.org.

Archivist Seeks Historic Photographs

SOUTH WINDSOR — Archivist Claire Lobdell at the Wood Memorial Library is compiling a book of historic photographs of the town of South Windsor and is looking for contributions from members of the community. Any images used in the book will be scanned at Wood Library and returned to their owners. Lobdell is looking for photographs of the Wapping Fair before 1940, farming, including crops, livestock, and farm workers, people by or in the Connecticut River in South Windsor, including swimming, boating, fishing, or walking on ice, ice harvesting, hunting or trapping, pre-1950 interior or exterior images of businesses, including stores, mills, public dances; social or fraternal organizations, the Pelton slaughterhouse, canning or preparing food pre-1950s, and pre-1930s interior images of houses. Call the library at 860-289-1783 or email clobdell@woodmemoriallibrary.org.

South Windsor Senior Center

SOUTH WINDSOR — Senior Activities at the Enes Community Center, 150 Nevers Road:

Clutter Control: Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m.

Water Aerobics at Veterans Memorial Park Pool on Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Aug. 3.

Aging Gracefully Seminar with JoAnne Harrison-Becker: Monday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m.

Summer Exercise classes on Fridays in July at 8 a.m. Strength Training on Tuesdays at 8 a.m., beginning July 12 to Aug. 30. Country Line Dance on Fridays at 10 a.m., July 8 to Aug. 26.

Empower Zipline Canopy Adventure is Saturday, Sept. 24, Middletown. Bus departs the center at 9 a.m. Sign up by Aug. 14.

Adult Coloring: Tuesdays at 9 a.m. Painting or Crafts: Mondays from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

Call 860-648-6361, ext. 335, for details on any of the terms of these programs as many of the above programs have fees and limited capacity.

SCSU Dean's List

NEW HAVEN — Lauren Christensen, Michael DeGrandi, Amanda Gemme, Emily Krawski, Caitlin McAvoy, Stephanie Russo and Taylor Tenenbaum of South Windsor have made the dean's list at Southern Connecticut State University.

Local Student Named To Anderson University Dean's List

ANDERSON, SC — Conor Caffrey of South Windsor was named to the dean's list at Anderson University for the spring semester.

Local Student Named To Hamilton College Dean's List

CLINTON, NY — Avantika Tankala, daughter of Sudha Swaminathan and Kanishka Tankala of South Windsor, has been named to the dean's list at Hamilton College for the spring semester.

Vendors Space Available At The Wapping Fair

WAPPING — Have a product that you want to sell? Need to get your name out to the public? If so, then be a part of the largest project run by the South Windsor Jaycees, the 124th Wapping Fair. More than 20,000 people visit our fair from Sept. 8 through 11. We offer both indoor and outdoor space at reasonable rates but only a limited number of weekend only spaces are available. All booths include passes to the fair.

Email wappingvendors@aol.com or visit wappingfair.org for details.

Local Residents Named To Boston University Dean's List

BOSTON — John DeMartino, Alexander Hu and Janki Viroja of South Windsor were recently named to the dean's list at Boston University.

Boston University Graduates

BOSTON, MA — Janki Viroja, Jonathan Solomon and Kathleen Lynch of South Windsor were awarded academic degrees from Boston University.

Bus Service Available To Camp Merrie-Wood

MANCHESTER — It's summertime, so that means that Girl Scouts of Connecticut's summer camps are getting ready for a summer of fun. Camp Merrie-Wood in Manchester has all of the opportunities girls can gain from summer camps with free bus service so girls to be picked up and dropped off to camp each day. Camp Merrie-Wood is also a resident camp for girls. Bus services for Camp Merrie-Wood includes the following towns: East Hartford, Enfield, Glastonbury, Hartford, Manchester, South Windsor, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Ellington, Tolland and Vernon.

Camp Merrie-Wood caters to all girls K-12 and they do not need to be Girl Scouts to come to our camps. Being outdoors is incredibly important for anyone of any age, but recent studies find that being outdoors can help improve one's sense of self and overall self esteem. To learn more about Camp Merrie-Wood, visit gsofct.org.

Local Students Named To University of Hartford Dean's List

WEST HARTFORD — Lauren Besthoff, Garrett Brown, Victoria Burnham, Tres Calloway, Nicholas Cardinale, Jennifer Carr, Toni Cellucci, Caitlin Connelly, Sean Connelly, Ryan Cunningham, Michael Decasperis, Joseph Durette, Matthew Garneau, Cody Mousseau, Jaclyn Nickolas, Eddie Onyango, Kellie Oppenheimer, Alexandra Paz, Ann Ray, Arynn Rosenstein, Julia Schoedler, Sarah Silverman, Philip Thomas, Daniel Turkington, Taylor Zitkus of South Windsor have been named to the dean's list at the University of Hartford.

Local Students Recognized

HAMDEN — Erica Cianciosi, Danielle Foran, Hannah Grigorian, Eric Serksnas and Katherine Strong of South Windsor were named to the dean's list at Quinnipiac University.

Travelers Championship Tickets

SOUTH WINDSOR — The South Windsor Jaycees are selling 2016 Travelers Championship tickets for $24. That is a $2 savings if you were to purchase them at the gate. $12 for every ticket sold will benefit the South Windsor Child Car Seat Safety Program. The Championship runs from August 1 through 7 and the tickets are good for any day of the event. Email Paul.Burnham@juno.com for details.

Mathnasium Of South Windsor

SOUTH WINDSOR — Mathnasium Learning Centers is proud to announce that it has joined forces with National PTA as a partner in PTA's STEM initiative. Launched in 2015, National PTA's initiative seeks to fill a critical gap in STEM education by delivering 100,000 STEM experiences over the next three years. The effort will include a focus on urban areas and among girls and underrepresented youth. As National PTA expands the STEM initiative, Mathnasium will work alongside education and industry leaders across all STEM disciplines.

Recent Local Graduate

FARMINGTON – Kelly McCluskey of South Windsor is among the most recent graduates from Tunxis Community College.

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