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Community News For The Windsor Edition

Talk On Bobcats

WINDSOR — A free talk on bobcats in Connecticut will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road.

Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn will speak on Connecticut's secretive wild cats, the natural history of bobcats in the state, an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts. Bobcat artifacts will be shared with the audience.

Winter Windsorland Festival

WINDSOR — The Winter Windsorland Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the 330 Windsor Ave. Community Center. Cost to attend is a donation to the Windsor Food Bank.

A magic show will begin at 1 p.m. Other activities include an indoor playground, bounce house obstacle course, professional face painting, carnival games with prizes, music by D.J. Riddimtion, balloon twisting, arts and crafts and gift card giveaways. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more information, call the Recreation and Leisure Services Office at 860-285-1990.

Artwork On Leather

WINDSOR — An exhibition of artwork on leather by Winfred Rembert will be presented in the Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr. Gallery at The Loomis Chaffee School, 4 Batchelder Road, from Feb. 21 through April 14.

A native of Cuthbert, Georgia, artist Winfred Rembert, born in 1945, was raised in the South before the start of the Civil Rights Movement. Rembert paints stories that look back to his youth in the days of segregation.

Despite the grim conditions he encountered as a fieldworker and the perilous circumstances of his years on a prison chain gang, Rembert's work focuses on the joyous aspects of his life and is inspired by the vibrant culture of the African-American community of the South.

For more information about the Mercy Gallery, visit www.loomischaffee.org/arts/mercy-gallery or call 860-687-6030.

Toastmaster's Club

WINDSOR — Jane Yolen, the author of more than 350 books, will share poems from her latest book, BEFORE the Vote AFTER at the Windsor Toastmasters International Club on Monday, Feb. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Copies of her books will be available for purchase.

The meeting may include a demonstration of Table Topics, where the challenges of communication are explained and ways are shown to become effective through support, practice and information.

Windsor Toastmasters meets at the L.P. Wilson Community Center; 599 Matianuck Ave., every second and fourth Monday night at 7 p.m. Contact Wanda Siemiatkoski at 860-680-5955 for additional information.

Honor Roll

WINDSOR — The Windsor High School Second Quarter Honor Roll for the 2016-17 school year was recently released.

Class of 2017

HIGH HONORS: Madeira Alexander, Alexius Angelo, Amber Bedard, Brittney Brown, Kiara Burns, Erica Caffyn, Jamie Carucci, Celina Chase, Fatiha Choudhury, Xaviera Davis, Amber DeCarlo, Jessica Dillon, Sean Dootlittle, Kayla Dylewski, Sarah Elkins, Carolina Gonzalez, Danielle Gozzo, Aniya Hughey, Jordan Irizarry, Paige Irlbeck, Jennelle Joseph, Alana Kelsey, Ky Lindsey, Christina Main, Kayla McLean, Savannah McLean, Zharia Meadows, Emily Miles, Jeremy Miller, Ally Morin-Viall, Vanessa Munley, Amy Nguyen, Andrew O'Reilly, Timothy O'Reilly, Jason Pinnock, Bryan Plunske, Camoy Pryce, Amanda Schwartz, Tatiana Smith, Romoye Sohan, Aaron Spaulding, Ronald Suggs, Paige Tambling, Michele Taylor-Ware, Jordan Tyburski, Terri-Ann Williams, and Jennifer Wolf.

HONORS: Tyler Abusbah, Mariam Adabi, Karina Bach, Emily Bernstein, Mitchell Blake, Angel Camacho, Alexis Capuano, Daniel Chafin, Rachel Currie, Isabela D'Amato, Jacob Dube, Taryn Duncan, Dylan Earlington, Marissa Ellison, Jacob Falotico, Rebecca Farrell, Katerina Faulk, Justin Franklin, Mercedes Gapko, Samuel Girona, Kimberly Gomez, Nokaphia Gordon, Darline Grider, Daniel Harris, Jasmine Hastings, Chianne Henry, Oanh Hoang, Tah-Jee Holley, Lorenzo Hotchkiss, Amani Jorgensen, Kenneth Kirkland, Gillian Klase, Jordan Koduah, Khalid Lai Walters,

Veronica Martinez, Timothy McCaffrey, Makela McDonald, Tyler McGuigan, Dominique Mips, Adam Muirhead, Sueing Ngov, Nkenjika Okeke, Robert Peterson, Joseph Petro, Sophie Purinton-Estey, Victor Ramos, Jasmine Rush, Kiara Samuels, Nicholas Simpson, Sophie Sirota, Jennaya Smart, Sarah Szepanski, Raza Tanveer,Michael Teal, and Samuel Witham

Class of 2018

HIGH HONORS: Grace Birch, Matthew Blackwood, Gabrielle Bouchard, Emily Bowmar, Aura Cardona, Kailey Carpenter, Jaden Clements, Sabrina Crispim, Christopher Dowd, Samuel Driscoll, Christhine Ersando, Elizabeth Falk, Laura Falk, Arifia Fitrianisa, Alexandra Gamache, Lauren Gilligan,

Kaylee Grace, Sophie Groenstein, Christopher Hallgren, Victoria Hallowell, Mackenzie Harrison, Jared He, Alana Jensen, Jayen Keaton, Laura Langan, Laura Lopez, Marcus Manson, Camille McHenry, Chamia Murray, Ava Peters, Novian Rivera, Alex Rosario, Casey Ruff, Giulia Siena, Joshua Simons, Mikayla Smith, Sharon Spaulding, Alexandra Stechschulte, Jessica Thornton, Jamie Tynan, Michael Wint, Gianna Wood, and Jiali Yu

HONORS: Jonathan Balfour, Shawn Banks, Matthew Brown, Jonathan Chambers, Connor Dowd, Kwesi Foster, O'Raine Foster, Janaiyah Hardy, Sean Harrington, Amaya Harris, Alyssa Hawran, Matthew Haynes, Timothy Hepler, Sean Higgins, Xena Hodgdon, Jahshua Holmes, Chad-Wayne Hopkins, Taylor Huff, Cree Jenkins, Destiny Johnson, Olivia Johnson, Alexander Judkins, Christian Kelly, Rhiannon Kiersznowski, Isabelle Lugo, Shayne Manson, Marcos Massa, Allison McCoy, Cassidee McDonnell, Michael McManus, Wayann Miller, Kevaughn Murray, Jalen Nesbitt, Huy Nguyen, Jeremy Nunes, Talyia Oswecki, Deep Patel, Dylan Peczka, Reeha Rafi, Khaleel Rahman, Makayla Robinson, Rebecca Samuel, Joseph Shippy, Sadik Suny, Jaret Tambling, Chad Taylor, Colleen Tucker, Alexis Walker, Chardinea Wallace, Mackenzie White, Jerry Woodard, and Jessica Wright

Class of 2019

HIGH HONORS: Cameron Abbot, Tyra Anderson, Candace Banasiewicz, Gwyneth Bartolome, Lauren Bernstein, Hannah Birch, Riley Cigal, John Cortez, Sage DeAngelis, Nevaeh Delgado, Taylor Desrosiers, Kira Fields, Shelby Finlay, Zachary Giguere, Trinity Hill, Shaun Hunter, Ama Karikari, Kaitlyn Kijak, Hailey Klase, Zachary Kopacz, Jake Lachniet, Sarah Lattimer, Benjamin Levesque, Cameron McLean, Raymon Morales, Madelon Morin Viall, Josephine Nelson, Bichnhi Nguyen, Jose Nieves, Hailey Nolan, Kyle Orzechowski, Devanshi Parekh, Cameryn Quinitchett, Serena Rudman, Kylan Schwartz, Shenelle Shaw, Carlie Shepard, Paige SImonds, Denise Solis, Nathan Steinberg, Diane Thompson, Kali vom Eigen, Jacob White, and Julie Ann Williams

HONORS: Taylor Allen, Amed Al-tareb, Shadaye Bloomfield, Carter Brown, Ruben Carmona, Dohnje Cassanova, Annika Christopherson, Winston Churchill, Kelcey Clarke, Valerie Cruz, Erin Curtis, Denae Dennis, Patrick Denno, Eamon Doolittle, Mason Douglas, Savannah Douglas, Aaron Ersando, Alexa Files, Nahriel Gelly, Alexander Gerlach, Jillian Goldberg, Adam Hutchinson, Lawrence Jaggon, Terry Jiang, Ivan Kamydo, Alfred Lee, Marquis Lewis, Morgan Looby, Micayla Meadows, Marieliz Mendez, Darlene Mercado, Pristeene Modeste, Aaron Peterson, Aretha Prabawa, Jailyn Randolph, Ella Scafe, Christian Serrano, Molly Shannon, Emile Shwayhat, Autumn Simpson, Nicholas Spears, Jahmari Stanford, Samantha Stanley, Jarrett Stickels, Grace Strauch, Justin Toegel, Edgardo Torres, Gabrielle Wassell, Joshua Weiner, Kadri Williams, and Marques Williams

Class of 2020

HIGH HONORS: Saleha Adabi, Jasmine Anderson, Bryce Baggoo, Alia Bownoth, Abigail Butterick, Emma Capuano, Isabel Chaparro, Suzanne Chapman, Nathan Charland, Talissa Colon, Jahnessa Cortez, Vanessa Cortez, Delia D'Amato, Andrew Felgate, Ibaleze Garcia, Olivia Gregory, Jasmine He, Amari Jones, Thomas Mawdsley, Harold McCarty, Melina Mercado, Afrah Musid, Daniela Rivera, Ezekiel Rivera, Tyler Ruff, Abigail Shannon, Jagteshwar Singh, Devahya Townsend, Dreivone Townsend, Madison Tyburski, Dyami Watson, Alexa Whitesell, Brian Williams, and Amalya Wright

HONORS: Dylan Barnett, Angela Barresi, Arie Bethea, Shivani Bhatt, Janaya Brown, Athena Camacho, Esmeralda Carmona, Dehlani Chinan, Jada Coley, Jalah Cooper, Brandon Crispim, Victor Daye, Chyla Drawhorn, Samaya Engram, Jordan Falotico,Cassidy Garcia, Saffron Gaudiosi, Luis Gilbuena, Kayla Gordon, Jordan Henry Pabon, Deniga Ingram, Lyndsey Irizarry, Brendan Johnson, Paul Kleva, Brendan McGovern, Victoria McGraw, Anye Miller, Mathew Mormino, Nadeem Momin, Talitha Ortiz, Valerie Phan, Justin Ridley, Rochelle Robinson, Kaelig Robison, Lauren Seals, Samantha Shemanskis, John Simeon, Alicia Thomas, Brandon Thompson, Benjamin Tillotson, Emily Ton, Kennedy Tor, Xsia Tucker, Joshua Webster, and Zachary Williams

Fine Art Classes

WINDSOR — The Windsor Art Center Studios, 35 Central St., will offer eight different art classes and a Saturday workshop beginning in April. Classes include cartooning for teenagers, clay sculpture, pastel painting, pen and ink drawing, watercolors, hand-painted collages, oil painting and creating art with gourds.

For additional info, visit http://www.windsorartcenter.org or call 860-508-3186.

Senior Center Events

WINDSOR — The Windsor Golden Fellowship Trips depart from the Windsor Senior Center's north parking lot, 599 Matianick Ave. The following trips are offered:

Irish Show at Grand Oakvilla: Family style lunch with wine then Irish variety show, $91 per person, Tuesday, March 21, at 10:15 a.m.

Mohegan Sun Casino: Tuesday, April 22, leaving at 8:30 a.m. and returning 4:30 p.m., bonus $15 food and $15 game play. Cost: $22 per person.

Newport Playhouse Lobsterfest: "Lunch With Mrs Becket" play and cabaret show. Cost: $98 per person, Tuesday, June 27, departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m.

For more info or to sign up, call Pauline at 860-758-7378.

Comfort Touch Massages by Massage Therapist Corinne Zukowski are held at the Windsor Senior Center every Friday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. She will offer full body massage designed specifically for the needs and physiology of seniors.

The sessions are anywhere from 15 minutes to 60 minutes, your choice. Cost to attend is $1 per minute. Appointments can be made by calling the center at 860-285-1992.

Stop in the Windsor Senior Center for Savvy Senior Tech Help for free one-on-one technical assistance offered by Loomis Chaffee students on Monday afternoons from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Learn tips and ask questions about email, smartphones, iPads and other tables, e-book downloads, Facebook, Twitter, and more! Registration is required.

A luncheon will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Log Cabin Banquet Facility overlooking Mt. Tom. Enjoy a delicious luncheon, then listen to songs from the golden age of country music showcased by a talented and professional local country band.

The package includes the matinee show, Songs of The Grand Ole Opry, the luncheon, meal taxes and gratuities. The bus leaves the Windsor Senior Center at 10 a.m. and returns by 6 p.m.

Cost is $83 with a deposit of $45, due Feb. 10, with the balance due March 15. Limited seating so reserve soon. To sign up, please call 860-285-1992.

The Windsor Senior Center presents a trip to Las Vegas in May. Call 860-285-1992 to sign up or for more information. Informational flyers are available in the Senior Center office.

Windsor School Readiness Search

WINDSOR — Windsor School Readiness is looking for NAEYC accredited and/or Head Start programs that are interested in becoming program providers for School Readiness children and families.

If you are interested in becoming a School Readiness program provider, call Amanda Racht at 860-687-2070, ext. 229.

Have A Heart

WINDSOR — In February, watch for pink hearts at area businesses, where you can make a donation to Mary's Place. Mary's Place is a nonprofit center in Windsor providing a safe atmosphere for children, teens and families who are experiencing grief after the death of a loved one.

There is no cost for participants. Programs are funded by donations and fundraising events. Any businesses or organizations interested in participating in the Have a Heart campaign may contact Jane@MarysPlaceCt.org or call 860-688-9621.

Mother-Daughter Circle

WINDSOR — The rescheduled winter session of Mother-Daughter Circle will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening through April 4, at 330 Windsor Ave. The purpose of the circle is to promote a healthy and sustaining bond between mothers/guardians and their daughters during the transitional years from girlhood to young womanhood.

The program is free and includes dinner and childcare upon request. The session is for mothers/guardians and daughters in grades six through nine. Pre-registration is required in person at L.P. Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., or online at http://www.townofwindsorct.com/recreation. Space is limited. Those seeking additional information may call 860-285-1990.

Windsor Senior Center

WINDSOR — The Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., is offering the following weekly and special events.

Stop by the Windsor Senior Center weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to check out exercise classes including yoga, zuma, Tai Chi/QiGong, Shape Up and Work Out, Sit Stretch and Groove, and Posture Strength and Beginner Yoga. All classes are held during the day.

A Water Fitness Class takes place in the evening at the Windsor High School indoor pool. Line dancing, tap dancing, square dancing and multicultural dance are also offered.

Learn to speak French every first and third Friday each month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Free Memory Screenings: 20-minute screenings are available between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. every third Wednesday of each month at the senior center.

Senior Tech Help: Monday afternoons beginning Jan. 9 from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Get one-on-one technical assistance offered by Loomis Chaffee students.

Visit the website at townofwindsorct.com/seniorservices/ or call 860-285-1992 for details.

Young Naturalists Program

WINDSOR — A free young naturalists program will take place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month, from February to April, at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road.

The program is for children ages three to five. Caregivers must be present. Each session includes storytime, meeting a live animal and crafttime. Pre-registration is suggested. Contact 860-285-1886 for more information.

Windsor Art Studio Classes

WINDSOR — The Windsor Art studios at 35 Central St. is offering the following art session.

Painting Collage with a Jazz Twist - Session II: Saturdays, March 4-April 8 with Chaparro focusing on combing paint and collage for a finished art piece

Call 860-508-3186 or visit at windsorartcenter.org for details on tuition, curriculum and registration.

Bereavement Support Group

WINDSOR — Mary's Place, A Center for Grieving Children & Families, 6 Poquonock Ave., has free support groups that meet twice a month. Visit marysplacect.org or call Brittany, at 860-688-9621, for details.

Kiwanis Club Meetings

WINDSOR — The Kiwanis Club of Windsor, a service organization which brings aid to children in need, meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Jim's Pizza, 124 Poquonock Ave. in Windsor. Visit windsorkiwanis.org.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

BLOOMFIELD — The Dementia Caregivers Support Group, held at Duncaster on the last Monday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon, meets in the Hospitality Room at Duncaster, 30 Loeffler Road. Facilitators are Michelle Wyman, LSW, CDP, and Sara Therion, MSW. For more information or to register, call Michelle at 860-276-5399, ext. 4404 or Sara at 860-380-5012.

Tax Aide Seeking Volunteers

AREAWIDE — The largest volunteer tax preparation program in the nation, the AARP Foundation Tax Aide, is seeking volunteers to give a few hours each week during the tax season to help low-moderate income taxpayers prepare and file their federal and state tax returns ensuring that they receive the tax credits and deductions they deserve. To register as a volunteer, visit aarp.org/taxaide or call 888-227-7669.

Energy Assistance Applications

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide winter energy assistance program has begun taking applications. Families and individuals who are struggling financially and need energy assistance should call 211 to find their closest fuel bank. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

Softball Umpires Sought

STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. Our board provides services to schools, youth and adult recreational leagues in the greater Hartford area. No experience necessary, training is provided and classes begin in mid-January. For more information or to join, contact Al at prez798@aol.com or call/text 860-205-1688.

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