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Community News For The Windsor Edition

Windsor Students Recognized

WINDSOR — Windsor area students and classmates Jacob Manente and Michael Stefano received first place in the Grade 9-11 category for their award-winning community-based project at the 13th annual eesmarts™ Student Contest ceremony.

Presented by Energize Connecticut in partnership with Eversource and AVANGRID, Inc. subsidiaries United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, the eesmarts Student Contest invites Connecticut students in grades K-12 and college to create projects about energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability.

Manente and Stefano propose addressing the plastic waste 3D printers create by recycling 3D printed filament. To enact their plan, the team will place 3D filament donation containers at area businesses and schools, and convert the donated material into new filament with a Polymer Extruder. They will then donate the filament to area schools and libraries reducing plastic waste sent to landfills. The duo also plans to document their project to determine if it is feasible on a larger scale.

The ceremony attracted more than 150 students, parents, teachers, elected officials, and clean energy supporters from across the state in celebration of the students' hard work. Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Mary Sotos was the keynote speaker for the event, and FOX 61 meteorologist Joe Furey served as Master of Ceremonies.

For more information, visit www.eesmarts.com.

Valedictorian And Salutatorian Named

WINDSOR — Amanda Schwartz is Valedictorian for the Windsor High School Class of 2017. She is a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society. She has received numerous awards including the Yale Book Award, RIT Computing Medal, Poetry Out Loud School Finalist and is recognized as a AP Scholar.

Her leadership roles include National Honor Society President, WHS Varsity Girl's Swimming and Diving Team Captain, WHS Varsity Girl's Tennis Team Captain, Co-Captain of FIRST Robotics Team Paragon 571, Member of the WHS Leadership Council, Big Sister Mentoring Program and was also chosen by school administration for the HOBY CT 2015 Leadership Conference.

Schwartz's extracurricular activities include Windsor Youth Theater, Girl Scouts, Jazz Dance, Outdoors Club, and Debate Team. She has also volunteered as an office worker for the Dean of Students, Student Ambassador, Father-Daughter Camp Closing, Student Volunteer at LP Wilson Community Center, and a Tournament Volunteer at the Travelers Championship. She will attend Georgia Tech in the fall.

Danielle Gozzo is Salutatorian for the Windsor High School Class of 2017. Gozzo has received numerous awards including an AP Scholar with Honor Award, Wesleyan University Book Award, RJT Creativity and Innovation Award, Daughters of the American Revolution Award for Outstanding Work in American History. Danielle also won the HBRA Student Home Design Competition.

Her extracurricular activities include participating in the Connecticut Kid Governor Program, Editor of the School Newspaper, President of the Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Club, Western Dressage, Nutmeg Book Award Selection Committee, and member of the Canstruction Team.

Gozzo's community service activities include volunteering at DoSomething.org, River Ridge Senior Living Community, the YMCA Pizza with Santa Event, and the Rockville Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast Event. She will attend Wesleyan University in the fall.

Letter To The Editor

WINDSOR — The following letter was written by Robert Sproat of Windsor.

A Patient's Experience in Chiropractic Care: I was recently re-introduced to chiropractic wellness care by Dr. Don Ledoux, DC at Turning Point Wellness Center LLC in Suffield, CT. My previous experience was more than 20 years ago brought forth by lower back pain.

I have been taking prescription medications and a variety of over the counter supplements and medications to control high blood pressure, type II diabetes, high cholesterol, arterial fibrillation, glaucoma, arthritis and various digestive disorders in an effort to control and manage these conditions for some time.

I have learned that physicians deal with the symptoms of various medical conditions with drugs and surgery while Dr. Ledoux and many other chiropractors deal with the causes of medical conditions with adjustments to the spine. Based on my health history, Dr. Ledoux required a thorough exam including spinal X-rays prior to performing any chiropractic adjustments to my spine.

The X-rays revealed the areas of spinal damage that could be contributing to many of my health concerns. Physicians commit no wrong; they simply practice medicine as they were taught. It was a steep learning curve for me; an education that shows how the nerves from the spine control every aspect of health and well being. Through spinal adjustments a person's body self-heals without as many prescriptions. My schedule includes three adjustments per week with evaluations of results along the way.

In early February 2017, after 34 visits, Dr. Ledoux conducted a formal progress review of my problematic symptoms. His findings revealed that I was carrying about six more pounds of weight on my left side compared to my right side and that my forward head posture was about two inches forward of neutral. My range of motion in several areas of my body was limited causing mild discomfort. Range of motion loss in some cases was as high as 50% and inflammation in joint tissue caused additional discomfort. It is good to know and understand where a person is physiologically so adjustments to the spine can help the body heal its' self.

I was also provided with a variety of exercises to strengthen various parts of my body and have learned that icing joints rather than heat reduces inflammation and pain. My posture and diet have improved because I work at it. A few weeks ago, I experienced severe pain in my right shoulder. My primary care physician suggested heat as a treatment and the next day, Dr. Ledoux gave me an adjustment and told me to ice the area. All discomfort was eliminated within 48 hours. Heat simply works to treat the symptom where icing attacks the cause. Local drug stores carry gel packs that can be frozen and molded to an affected area and re-used.

I am now into six months of treatment (spinal adjustments) and am down to one visit per week.

I have gone from being a skeptic of chiropractic care to being a believer as I have experienced positive results. If you are experiencing joint or back discomfort, I recommend you find a highly qualified chiropractor who works on whole body wellness that can help you improve your quality of life.

Senior Center News

WINDSOR — The Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., is offering the following events. Visit http://www.townofwindsorct.com/seniorservices/ or call 860-285-1992 for more information.

Mohegan Sun Casino Trip: Coach bus leaves the Windsor Senior Center on Friday, June 16, at 4 p.m., returning at midnight. Cost is $22, which includes transportation, a $10 meal coupon and a $10 slot play.

Trip: New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks on Thursday, June 22. Bus leaves the Windsor Senior Center at 10: a.m. and returns after the informative tour. Cost: $11.50 per person. Limit 14.

This month's early bird supper will be held on Tuesday, June 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Senior Center café. Menu: Beef Bourguignonne over parsley noodles, tossed salad, dinner rolls, coffee, tea, with sheet cake and ice cream for dessert. Hosted by Stonebrook Village at Windsor Locks. Sign up in the office, online, or call 860-285-1992. Sign up by June 22. Cost is $8.

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. On Thursday, June 29, from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Kate Bartelmo, MSW, of Kimberly Hall, will present the informative program "Oops I Lost My Keys." Learn the signs of memory loss that come with age as well as symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia. Learn how to make lifestyle changes to help with memory. Call 860-285-1992 to sign up. There is no cost to attend.

The next AARP Driver Safety Class will be held on Monday, July 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Senior Center Lounge. You may qualify for discount on your insurance after completing this class. Call 860-285-1992 to register. Cost to attend is $15 for AARP member and $20 for non-members. Limited to 20 students.

It's not too early to start thinking about entering the annual 55+ tomato growing contest. Registration has begun and the contest will be held at the Windsor Senior Center on Thursday, August 10, at 1 p.m. Registration forms available in the Senior Center office and must be returned to the office by August 3. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded, one winner per household. Call 860-285-1992 for more information or stop in the office for a registration form.

Stop by the Windsor Senior Center weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to check out exercise classes including yoga, Zumba, 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 from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Get one-on-one technical assistance offered by Loomis Chaffee students.

The following trips are offered:

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.

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.

Rotary Dinner

EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Rotary announced that its Citizen of the Year is Andrew Hoffman. On Thursday, June 15, Hoffman will be honored with a dinner at the Nutmeg Restaurant, 297 South Main St.

Friends, family, and members of the public are invited to join the Rotary in honoring Hoffman.The evening will begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $30 at At The Dam Restaurant, 100 Main St., Broad Brook; and Joe's Fine Wines, 149 N. Road, East Windsor.

For questions or to purchase tickets, call Rotarian Peter Campbell at 860-299-4945.

Call To Artists

WINDSOR — Windsor Art Center's third annual Members' Exhibition 2017 is open to all current members, who may submit up to two pieces of art. Work must be hand delivered on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is located at 40 Mechanic St.

A cash prize for best in show will be awarded at the opening along with an Honorable Mention and Young Participant Recognition. The juror of award is Amy Kurtz Lansing, curator of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

The exhibition is on view from June 24 to July 29 and opens with a free reception on Saturday, June 24, from 5 to 7p.m.

For more information on how to become a member to submit work and to download the required forms, visit www.windsorartcenter.org and click on the "Exhibits & Events" tab.

Summer Youth In Action

WINDSOR — Summer Youth in Action is a summer program designed specifically for teens to help them gain a greater appreciation of themselves and the world around them. All activities have a focus on decision making, problem solving, self-identity, and critical thinking skills to help youth on their road to the future, as well as academic skills specific to each week's theme.

Each week includes field trips to enhance learning. Enrichment and social learning activities are included on all field trips, as well as summer fun activities and swimming on some days at Goslee Pool. This program takes place Monday through Friday beginning July 3 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 330 Windsor Ave. Community Center. The fee is $105 per week. For more information, contact Youth Services Bureau Coordinator Sarah Maffiolini at 860-285-1946.

Putting On The Dog For Cats

WINDSOR — CT Cat Connection is hosting 'Putting on the Dog for Cats,' from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road.

The event is an opportunity for dog lovers and cat lovers to come together and help support CT Cat Connection and other pet focused organizations.

The main event is a contest for the pooches with a $50 prize awarded for each category: Best Dog Trick, Cutest Costume and Dog that Looks Most Like Owner. Register early to reserve a spot for your pooch. Space is limited to the first 25 entrants in each category and there is a $5 entry fee per dog. To register your dog for the contest or for more information, contact happytails@ctcatconnection.

The event will feature vendor and information tables, food and beverages for purchase, food trucks, entertainment from Windsor Fife and Drum and Enfield's Dance Craze, a teacup raffle, pet psychic, balloon animals and more.

Entry to the park is free; organizers ask for a donation of canned pet food.

Preschool Program Students Sought

WINDSOR — The Windsor School Readiness Council is seeking children, three or four years of age, to attend a local National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited full-time preschool program. Windsor families who are interested and meet state median income qualifications may apply.

Windsor School Readiness is a state initiative designed to provide a high quality experience for preschool aged children whose parents are under the state median guidelines. The program helps preschool children develop the social, emotional and academic skills needed for kindergarten and provide subsidies for families who live in Windsor and meet the income eligibility guidelines

Enrollment is ongoing and by appointment only. Preschoolers who are admitted to the program can begin as soon as September of this year.

For more information about the application process or to schedule an appointment, call 860-687-2070, ext. 218.

Nutmeg Senior Rides

AREA — Nutmeg Senior Rides provides door through door transportation for seniors and the visually impaired in North Central Connecticut, and now has the online capability for volunteers to pick the rides that fit their schedule.

Volunteer drivers help riders shop and pick out their items, go to doctor appointments, bingo, lunch with friends and more. Mileage for drivers is reimbursed at 40-cents per mile.

Volunteer drivers are needed for expanded service in Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, South Windsor, Suffield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.

Applications to become a driver are available at www.NutmegSeniorRides.org or by sending an email to ctseniorrides@gmail.com. For additional information, call Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833.

Professional Development Experts Sought

WINDSOR — Windsor School Readiness is looking for highly trained, degreed individuals with an expertise in hands-on math and science lesson planning for the preschool-aged child.

This individual would make on-site center visits to assist with implementing standard based math and science activities in centers within classrooms, provide tailored professional feedback and ideas to use in the classroom and arrange for a follow-up professional development training for staff. Must have own transportation and a flexible schedule.

Interested parties can send a resume to ARacht@windsorct.org.

Groceries To Go

WINDSOR — Groceries To Go is a supplemental grocery program for seniors. Participants can choose from a variety of easy to prepare and nutritious food items and educational materials every other Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Ave.

Applicants must be 60 or older, reside in a household that meets income guidelines, and be a resident of the town of Windsor. For more information or to fill out an application, contact Windsor Social Services at 860-285-1839. Those who are homebound may contact Deb Sheldon, at Windsor Social Services, at the above number.

Youth Services Bureau

WINDSOR — The Windsor Youth Services Bureau is offering babysitter's training, first aid, and CPR training for youth and a home alone safety class. Contact the Youth Services Coordinator at 860-285-1990 with any questions.

Fine Art Classes

WINDSOR — The Windsor Art Center Studios, 35 Central St., will offer eight different art classes and a Saturday workshop. 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.

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.

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.

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. For more information or to join, contact Al at prez798@aol.com or call/text 860-205-1688.

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