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Town Councilor proclaims March 12 ‘Girl Scout Day’

SOUTH WINDSOR – At a Girl Scout event held Saturday, March 7, at Timothy Edwards Middle School, South Windsor Town Councilor Liz Pendelton presented a Proclamation declaring March 12, 2015, as “Girl Scout Day” to mark the 103rd anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA. Recipients of the Proclamation were (pictured, left to right) Emily Attenello, Girl Scout Daisy; Rachel Malone, Girls Scout Junior; Alyssa Attenello, Girl Scout Brownie; and Katie Whitin, Girl Scout Ambassador.

The town-wide event was attended by more than 100 Girl Scouts to celebrate two special Girl Scout days. The first is World Thinking Day, actual date Feb. 22, the joint birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, and his wife, Olave, World Chief Guide. On this day, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts throughout the world think about each other in friendship. The second is the anniversary of the first Girl Scout meeting held in Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, by the founder of GSUSA, Juliette Gordon Low.

At the March 7 event, the scouts learned about the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the four World Centers, and the GSUSA National Center: the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, in Savannah, Georgia. The four World Centers are Pax Lodge in London, England, Our Chalet in Switzerland, Our Cabana in Mexico, and Sangam in India. Girls learned about the cultures of these countries through a variety of activities. For the display on India, Nithya Kannan taught traditional Indian dancing and the girls made special bracelets. For Mexico, Girl Scout Ambassadors taught the making of God’s Eyes, a craft of Native Mexicans. Other displays included instructional games and interactive plays. For more information about Girl Scouts, contact Girl Scouts of Connecticut at 860-522-0163.

Photo contest winners announced

SOUTH WINDSOR – The South Windsor Human Relations Commission has announced the winners of the annual photo contest. First place went to Marti Aman for “Water Tower.” Terence Jordan received the second place prize for “Main Street Farm.” Third prize was awarded to Sue Shepard for “East Windsor Hill Cupola.” The Mayor’s Purchase Prize was given to Terence Jorden for “Mill Sunrise.”

Honorable mentions went to: Dennis Brunelle “Counting Sheep,” Dennis Brunelle “Down on the Farm,” Lara Eaton “Traditions,” Terence Jordan “Mill Sunrise,” Sitwat Mahmood “Home is Where the Heart Is,” Lisa O’Brien “Beautiful Winter Day,” Diana Rendon “House on a Snowy Hill,” Tim Shepard “Barn House,” and Claire Taylor “Red Barn on Newberry Street.” The awards were given out at a reception in early March. Winners received gift certificates.

The Mayor’s Purchase Prize will be hung in the South Windsor Town Hall. All entries in the contest will be on view for the month of March in Friends Room of the South Windsor Public Library.

Vendors wanted for Paws in the Park

SOUTH WINDSOR – The annual Paws in the Park is now accepting vendors. This free event will take place Saturday, May 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nevers Park in South Windsor. The event includes many attractions including dog contests, demonstrations, live music, free moon bounce, auctions, kids’ activities, food and more than 80 vendors.

All businesses, whether they serve the canine industry or not, are welcome. You may choose from booth space, display banners, doggie bags and more. Free booth space of nonprofit for shelters and rescues. Coordinated by the South Windsor Jaycees, the event benefits the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation Inc., Tyler Regional Animal Care Center and South Windsor Bark Park.

For booth space or a sponsorship package, call Daphne at 207-313-4587, email [email protected] or visit for a vendor/sponsor application.

J.E. Shepard Memorial Award

SOUTH WINDSOR – Attention all South Windsor High School seniors. Do you plan on continuing your education? If so, then make sure you apply for the J.E. Shepard Memorial Award, which is administered by the South Windsor Jaycees. This $1,000 award is given each year to the student that has demonstrated initiative, spirit and integrity in serving their community. All applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 3. Applications will be available at the South Windsor High School Guidance Office and online at For more information, email Michelle Daiuto at [email protected].

Manchester Art Association annual scholarship

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Art Association is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship. An award of $1,000 will go to a graduating high school student who plans to pursue a degree in the visual arts. The areas of study includes but is not limited to photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, art educations, set design or film-making. To be eligible, a student must be accepted at a four-year accredited college for the fall 2015 academic year. They must be a Connecticut resident and attend school in Manchester, South Windsor, East Hartford, Glastonbury, Bolton, Coventry or Hebron. Students must submit an essay, portfolio, transcripts and letters of recommendations along with the application. Applications may be obtained online or at the guidance department. They must be postmarked by April 10. Decision letters will be mailed by May 29. For more information see

‘Someone Must Wash the Dishes’ – an anti-suffrage satire

“Someone Must Wash the Dishes,” an anti-suffrage satire, will be performed at Wood Memorial Library & Museum, on Wednesday, March 25, at 2 p.m. “Someone Must Wash the Dishes” is ideal entertainment for March, Women’s History Month. Many women fought against getting the vote, but none with more charm, prettier clothes – and less logic – than the fictional speaker in “Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire.” “Woman’s suffrage is the reform against nature,” proclaims our unlikely, but irresistibly likable, heroine. “Ladies, get what you want. Make a scene. Make home a hell on earth – but do it in a womanly way! That is so much more dignified and refined than walking up to a ballot box and dropping in a piece of paper!” Cheerfully single-minded, Michele LaRue contradicts every point she makes as she crusades to preserve the home and save the nation from anarchy.

This play was written by Marie Jenney Howe as an “An Anti-Suffrage Monologue” and was published in 1913, by the National American Woman Suffrage Association (precursor of the League of Women Voters). Directed by Warren Kliewer, this production premiered in March 1994, in New York City. A reception will follow the performance. Program fee is $12 per ticket or special “Spring Series” pricing of $20 for this two-program series is available through March 25. Group pricing is also available. Call Wood to reserve tickets or for more information. The second program offered in this Spring Series will be “Vincent: A Portrait by the Postman Roulin” with Ted Zalewski on Wednesday, May 6, at 2 p.m. More news to follow. Call or visit Wood Memorial Library on Mondays or Thursdays to register 860-289-1783. The library is located at 783 Main St. South Windsor. Visit http://www.woodmemorial for more information about Wood.

Wood Memorial Library seeking vendors for tag sale

SOUTH WINDSOR – A Spring Community Tag Sale and Craft Fair will be held on the grounds of Wood Memorial Library and Museum and Union District School at 783 Main St. The tag sale and craft fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, May 3. We are currently seeking tag and craft vendors. The library will also be hosting a bake sale, luncheon, raffle and nearly new table at this event. Vendor space is $30 for a 12 foot by 15 foot space. For applications or more information, contact Wood Memorial Library at 860-289-1783 or email [email protected].

Young Artist Egg Decorating Workshop

SOUTH WINDSOR – A Young Artist Egg Decorating Workshopwill be held Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at Wood Memorial Library & Museum. Art instructor Mary Wilde and the Wood volunteers will teach children how to become an egg artist and create some very special and uniquely hand-decorated hardboiled eggs for your holiday table centerpiece. This year’s workshop features a variety of techniques, including festive eggs that sparkle and shine. Note these eggs will be for decoration only and are not edible.

This will be a creative “Hands-On” workshop for boys and girls, ages 6-12. Children should bring a dozen large hardboiled white eggs and an apron or old work shirt. Advance registration is required, as space is limited. Refreshments will be served. The fee for this workshop is $8 per child. Registration is required. Call or visit Wood to register 860-289-1783. Wood is open Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wood is located at 783 Main St. in South Windsor. Visit for information about Wood and upcoming events.

South Windsor Jaycees annual food drive

SOUTH WINDSOR – The South Windsor Jaycees will be holding its annual food drive on Saturday, March 21, at Geissler’s Supermarket at 965 Sullivan Ave., from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. to collect non-perishable foods to benefit the South Windsor Food & Fuel Bank. For more information, send an email to [email protected].

Library programs

SOUTH WINDSOR – Registration for the next session of children’s programs at South Windsor Public Library is currently underway. You can register in person at 2 p.m. and by the phone at 3 p.m. Call 860-644-5404 for more information or to register. The library, located at 1550 Sullivan Ave., will offer the following children’s programs.

Bouncing Babies – For children ages 6 months to 24 months with a care giver. Enjoy 15 minutes of books, songs and more; followed by 45 minutes of free play. This program will be held Friday mornings at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. on March 20, 27 and April 10. Registration is required.

Junior Makers – This club is for children ages 5 and older who love creating with LEGO bricks. We will meet on Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m. Your creation will be put on display in the library until the next meeting. This club is not affiliated with or sponsored by LEGO. No registration required.

Spelling Club – Children in grades 3-8 will practice spelling and vocabulary on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. Registration is required, no parents please.

Family Stories – Saturday mornings at 10 a.m., children ages 3 and older with at least one adult member of their family may drop in for 1/2 hour of stories, music and activities. Dates are March 21 and 28. No registration is necessary

Writers Club – Do you love to write? If so join us on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m.; we’ll be journaling, writing and talking about marketing teen programs. This club is for students in 6th-12th grade.

Giant Games- Some of your favorite games are now made larger than life. Stop by the library on Saturday, March 28, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to play giant scrabble, snakes & ladders, 4 in a row and more. No registration is necessary.

All About Bluebirds – Learn all about bluebirds on Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. Lionel McDonald, “Mr. Bluebird,” will show videos and answer questions. Each child will go home with a bluebird house kit and instructions. This program is for ages 5 and older. Registration is necessary.

Childrens’ Clothing and Gear Consignment Sale

SOUTH WINDSOR – South Windsor Moms Club will be holding its 18th Semi-Annual Children’s Clothing and Gear Consignment Sale on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road. Clean out your children’s closets, make some cash and shop early at sellers-only presale. Consignors price their own items and keep 70% of their sales after a nominal $7 participation fee. Remaining proceeds of sale will be donated to charity. For more information (including a coupon for use at our popular Friday night pre-sale) or to register as a consignor; visit the website

Penguin Plunge

SOUTH WINDSOR – On March 21 brave souls with warm hearts will once again be heating up the chilly winter waters to participate in the second annual Penguin Plunge. The Penguin Plunge will be held at Crystal Lake on Route 140 in the town of Ellington. Registration on the day of the Plunge will be at 10 – 11:45 a.m., and the penguins will take the plunge at noon. To register, join a team, make donations, or volunteer, visit All event proceeds benefit Special Olympics Connecticut.

The South Windsor Police Department, event organizer, is hoping to recruit 100 “penguins” from schools, businesses and civic groups to “take the plunge” and support Special Olympics Connecticut, which provides year round sports training and competition opportunities for over 8,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Last year with this type of event, a Tip a Cop Fundraiser and the Haunted Torch Walk, South Windsor Police Department was the top law enforcement agency in the state raising $56,712 for the Special Olympics. This was only successful with the help of the community and co-workers. Additional information is available from Agent Ron Littell at [email protected].

South Windsor Senior Center trip

SOUTH WINDSOR – On Monday, June 29, the South Windsor seniors will see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra on their first east coast tour since 2003. The motorcoach will depart Geissler’s plaza in South Windsor at 2 p.m. for dinner at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, N.Y., prior to the 7:30 p.m. show. Meal choices are: filet mignon or potato encrusted salmon. Cost is $145. payable to Tours of Distinction includes motorcoach, dinner, reserved orchestra seats, tour escort and all gratuities. Any questions, call Tracy Conery 860-648-6361, ext. 340.

American Girl mother daughter spring tea

SOUTH WINDSOR – The Wood Memorial Library will hold an American Girl Mother/Daughter Spring Tea for girls ages 6-12 and their moms on Saturday, April 11. There will be two sessions 1 – 3 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m.

Tammy Denease, storyteller, teaching artist and living historian of Historical Firsts, will portray Clo Pratt. In 1774, after her owner’s death, Clo Pratt who was an African-American slave was given her freedom and she then had to earn a living and make a place for herself in colonial New England. Clo earned her living by hiring herself out, making clothes with her loom and cleaning local homes. In 1781, she witnessed the meeting between General George Washington and General Rochambeau in Wethersfield, Conn., where the two generals met at the home of Joseph Webb to map out their strategy for the Battle of Yorktown.

Join us on a trip to Colonial Connecticut, where you will learn about some of the events that led to freedom for the Colonies and the life of a former slave girl. Registration is required as space is limited. Register in person by cash, credit card or check or by phone with a credit card. Cost is $16 for a mother and daughter and $8 additional for any additional daughters. Cash, Check or Visa and MasterCard are accepted for registration. Wood Memorial Library and Museum is located at 783 Main St. Hours are 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday & Thursday. Call 860-289-1783, or visit the library to register. Visit for more information.

Relax Fast: Breathing for your better health

SOUTH WINDSOR – The Greater Hartford Women’s Conference is featuring a special breakout session on March 24 that will look at health from the very cornerstone of wellness – the breath. Learning how to breathe correctly will help alleviate stress, anxiety, help with concentration, and sleep. We will look at the anatomy of how we breathe, learn how to breathe, do a ‘breath workout’ and have time for a question and answer period. Workout clothes are not needed, just bring yourself and water. Breathing and controlling your breath is one of the easiest ways to improve physical and mental health – come learn how!

The Greater Hartford Women’s Conference, presented by the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce, will take place on March 24. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., professional women of all ages are invited to join in a day of development and education. An Early Bird Breakout session is being offered from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Women will have a chance to listen to a variety of speakers talk about topics that impact us daily, network with other professional women, and visit exhibitors from throughout the greater Hartford area. Registration for the Greater Hartford Women’s Conference is $95. For more information or to register for the event as a guest, visit or call the SWCC at 860-644-9442.

Monte Carlo Whist Party

SOUTH WINDSOR – The Charles N. Enes Community Center Community Service Group will host a Monte Carlo Whist Party Friday, March 27, at 12:45 p.m. at the center, 150 Nevers Road. Cash prizes will be awarded and home-baked goodies/refreshments will be served. Cost is $4. Registration is requested. Walk-ins are allowed if space is available. Bus transportation is available by calling 860-648-6361, ext. 335. For more information, call Tracy Conery 860-648-6361, ext 340.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

SOUTH WINDSOR – The Easter Bunny is hopping his way to the South Windsor McDonald’s on Route 5 on Saturday, March 28, from 8 -11 a.m. to make one of his final public appearances before the big day. All children who stop by the McDonald’s can have a free picture with the Easter Bunny. There will be face painting, kids’ crafts and more. The event is sponsored by the South Windsor Jaycees. For further information contact Kelly at [email protected].

Pet Food Drive

SOUTH WINDSOR – The South Windsor Jaycees will be holding its annual Pet Food Drive on Saturday, April 11, at Geissler’s Supermarket at 965 Sullivan Ave., from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. with Protectors of Animals to benefit local no-kill shelters. People are asked to donate various pet items including pet food, toys, washable bedding, cat litter, dog collars and leashes. In addition, monetary donations will be accepted so that shelters may continue to provide vaccinations for their animals. Each year this event collects more than 1,000 pounds of food, which is donated to numerous pet shelters in the area. For more information, contact Kelly at [email protected].

Pancake breakfast

SOUTH WINDSOR – The South Windsor Lions Club will hold its annual pancake breakfast March 29, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the fire house at 1175 Ellington Road. The cost is $6 per person at the door and includes sausage and eggs. A plant and bake sale will also be held. For information, call 860-528-3240.

Spring Fling – An adult dance

SOUTH WINDSOR – The South Windsor High School Friends of the Performing Arts will hold its annual springtime dance, A Spring Fling, featuring DJ – Undercover Entertainment on Saturday, March 28, from 7 – 11 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Road. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Tickets are $10 per person and the event is BYOB and refreshments. Event will feature a raffle and door prizes. For ticket information, contact Susan Nunes at 860-573-4892 or [email protected]. A portion of the proceeds will support the Savage Girls’ Education Fund in memory of Tom Savage and the Joseph Connelly Scholarship.

State of Today’s Young Women Discussion

SOUTH WINDSOR – Panelists at the Greater Hartford Women’s Conference on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 will discuss recent research, compiled into “The State of Girls” by Girl Scouts of the USA, on girls and women and their attitude toward leadership, and how we can all fuel the pipeline for more women in leadership positions in their communities.

This year panelists include Liz Schmitt, chief enrollment and student affairs officer at Miss Porter’s School; Tori Sheldon, a girl scout for twelve years, who has earned her Silver Award – the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Cadette, and Ruth Ettenberg Freeman, LCSW who has taught positive parenting skills to thousands of parents from all walks of life. Sharon Bellinger, chief marketing officer for Girl Scouts of Connecticut, is this year’s moderator.

The Greater Hartford Women’s Conference, presented by the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce, takes place on March 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Professional women of all ages are invited to join in a day of development and education. An Early Bird Breakout session is being offered from 7:30 to 8:00 am. Women will have a chance to listen to a variety of speakers talk about topics that impact us daily, network with other professional women, and visit exhibitors from throughout the greater Hartford area.

For more information or to register for the event, visit or call the SWCC at 860-644-9442.

Ms. CT/Senior America Pageant seeking contestants, sponsors

STATEWIDE – The Ms. Connecticut/Senior America Pageant, a pageant to honor women who have reached the “Age of Elegance,” is seeking contestants and sponsors, from throughout the State of Connecticut, to participate in the 2015 Pageant. The pageant is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield.

The Ms. Senior America pageant philosophy is based upon the belief that women seniors are the foundation of America and our most valuable treasure. Contestants are women ages 60 and over who exemplify dignity, maturity, inner strength, beauty and talent. Contestants will compete in evening gown, philosophy of life, talent and an interview conducted by notable statewide pageant judges.

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Organizers are currently seeking contestants for the event and encouraging those who sing write poetry, paint, dance, tell stories, make people laugh or other talents they would like to share. To request an application call 413-567-1678 or send a request to Cameo Club of CT, State Pageant Director, 32 Highland Avenue, Broad Brook, CT 06016. Deadline for applications is March 15.

A variety of sponsor opportunities are available to market a business and show support for senior citizens. Sponsor information is available by contacting Dian Saia at 413-567-1678 or email [email protected]. For information about Ms. Senior America visit

Childhood Conversations Conference

WINDSOR – Mark your calendars and register for the ninth annual Childhood Conversations Conference, slated for March 20-21, at the Hartford-Windsor Marriott Airport Hotel in Windsor. Childhood Conversations started as a way to provide parents with the same access to professional development and speakers that educators, child advocates, and social service professionals receive at their annual conferences. The conference offers a wide variety of activities, including workshops, vendors, panel discussions, and an interactive afternoon keynote (it involves drums). Register today at

2015 Spring Plant and Seedling Sale

AREAWIDE – An exceptional selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, and edibles, most native to Connecticut, is available for pre-sale. Also available are evergreen tree seedlings, perennial plugs, bird and rain garden plant collections, bluebird houses, and Connecticut compost. All proceeds benefit the North Central Conservation District, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing conservation assistance. Call 860-875-3881 to request a free brochure, or visit our website, to download the brochure and order form. Detailed plant descriptions and photos of each plant offered in the sale are also available on our website.

Pre-orders are due by March 26 for April 10-11 pickup at two locations in central Connecticut. Additional plants will be available for sale during the pick up times, throughout the afternoon of Friday, April 10 and the morning of Saturday, April 11.

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