NEWS&VIEWS by Jacqueline Bennett

Pearl Harbor Day follows George H.W. Bush Farewell ~ Homage to Greatest Generation

Posted on December 7, 2018

“Uncle Bunker” Major Oliver Generous USAF WWII fighter pilot

USS Arizona shown on December 7, 1941 when the U.S. was attacked at Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy ~wikipedia..

Commentary by Jacqueline Bennett


I doubt that they ever met, yet each were young men from Connecticut who set out on the same path – to save the world from tyranny. Former President George H.W. Bush came from a wealthy family in Greenwich, on Connecticut’s “Gold Coast.” My uncle, Major Oliver Generous USAF ~ “Uncle Bunker”, came from a family of modest means in North Windham, CT’s “Quiet Corner.”


Both, however, had much in common. Their lives were significantly impacted by the December 7, 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial Navy ~ which led to the entrance of the United States into World War II. They were raised by families dedicated to the principles of decency and integrity, American democracy, the tenets of freedom and liberty. They both became W.W. II fighter pilots – Pres. Bush a naval aviator, Uncle Bunker, Army-Air Force. Both put country before self. Both were part of what has become known as “The Greatest Generation” ~ the generation that saved the world from the tyranny of German dictator Adolf Hitler and the Axis powers of Italy and Japan.


It seems quite fitting that the funeral services for Pres. Bush, in Washington D.C. and then in Houston, Texas where he moved his family, immediately preceded the Dec. 7 anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. Pres. Bush also served as vice-president of the U.S., an ambassador to China, head of the CIA and in Congress. First though, he was a young American military aviator, a W.W. II fighter pilot who survived being shot down and went on to fly multiple combat missions. Laid to rest at the Bush Presidential Library in Texas next to his beloved wife Barbara, and Robin, the daughter they lost to leukemia at age 3, Pres. Bush is said to have requested a simple marker with his Naval number on it.


Uncle Bunker rose in the U.S. Air Force ranks, reaching the rank of major. He was stationed on Cape Cod where he kept watch over the safety of the Atlantic seaboard. Subsequent to his combat missions, he flew cover for the Berlin Airlift and later he continued to put service first volunteering for risky assignments, testing experimental aircraft. He died in service to the nation during one of those tests and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


We are losing our W.W.II veterans to the inevitability of aging and death. They, who as young men, stormed the beaches of Normandy and liberated concentration camps. Perhaps it is because we have a family connection to those who served in W.W. II, perhaps it is because both Pres. Bush and Uncle Bunker served as fighter pilots, but watching the farewell to the former president ~ I felt it ~ these goodbyes were more than an honor for a strong leader known as a “gentleman” on the world stage. They were a symbolic final homage to that generation, a generation that exemplified the best of the American spirit, who stood together to fight for what was right. We bid you adieu Greatest Generation with our sincere gratitude.

Brr!! Frigid Temps for Manchester Thanksgiving Day Road Race

Posted on November 24, 2018

Frigid temperatures for the 82ND Manchester Road Race.

by Jacqueline Bennett


Me bundled up for the cold.


Baby, it was cold outside!

On a day usually dedicated to turkey – frigid temperatures were more suited to penguins at the 82nd Manchester Road Race. At race time, 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day it was 17 degrees but add in a wind chill factor and it felt like single digit weather.

Many runners came dressed for the cold but some elite contestants still wore shorts and sleeveless shirts !! Plenty of costumes too. Both the male and female winners were from Kenya ~ the race is known to attract top competitors from around the globe.

More than 12,000 runners were registered but reportedly about 2,000 did not finish – likely due to the cold. Plenty of spectators still lined the streets of downtown Manchester, Connecticut however for the town’s signature event.

Manchester Road Race Adds Veteran’s Row to Thanksgiving Day Event

Posted on November 18, 2018

Manchester Road Race, from start ….

to heading towards the finish line on Main Street.












Write-up & photos by Jacqueline Bennett


New this year to the Manchester Road Race is a Veteran’s Row. According to race organizers, veterans will gather between 8-9:30 a.m., the morning of the race on Thanksgiving Day at the Vietnam Memorial. The memorial is located at the top of Main Street, near East Center Street. Runners who indicate they are veterans on their registration form with be given more details.


As of 7:30 a.m. 11/18, the total number of registered runners was 11,788. In its 82nd year, the MRR is a popular holiday tradition attracting elite runners from across the globe, as well as, generations of area families who continue to participate. at least 12,000 registered runners are expected plus unregistered runners typically blend in once the event gets underway. Thousands of spectators line the streets to watch this 4.748 mile footrace. Organizers note that the safety and security of participants and spectators remains a priority. The Manchester Police Department will reportedly have virtually all of its officers on duty.


As usual, the race is slated to begin promptly at 10 a.m. Good luck runners!

Mom’s Recipe Box: Great-Great-Granddaughter Sofia’s Award-Winning Apple Pie

Posted on November 15, 2018








Mom/Nana’s great-great-granddaughter Sofia’s award-winning apple pie has been added to Mom’s Recipe Box.



Great-Great-Granddaughter Sofia’s Award-Winning Apple Pie


Inspired by the love of her grandmother Deb Landeck’s baking and cooking, Sofia, Mom/Nana’s great-great-granddaughter, recently decided to enter a pie contest. Her first ever baking contest. Sofia won a red ribbon and a $35 award!


Praising her grandmother, Sofia told her,”I want to learn from the best.”


A member of our “West Coast family,” Sofia entered the Fall City Apple Festival contest in September 2018, in Washington state. Sofia, who turns 13 in December, loves horses. A very compassionate young lady, Sofia was also motivated to take part because the contest was sponsored by the Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center (NWNHC), that is located in Fall City. The center offers equine therapy to folks such as our American military families.


“The NWNHC Family Fund was founded to help families in need experience the healing power of the horse without worrying about the costs,” it is noted in a brochure about the event.


The entire process from beginning to red ribbon was wonderful, added Deb, because of the time she and Sofia spent together. And because of the memories it brought back of Mom/Nana.


“Couldn’t help but think of Nana and I in the kitchen,” said Deb.


Congratulations Sofia! – Jackie 

Sofia shows the red ribbon she won for her homemade apple pie! 

Fall City Apple Fest




Sofia Landeck-Williams Fully Loaded Apple Pie

Pie dough – 2 and a half cups flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, 6-8 tsp ice cold water. Once made, divide dough into two equal parts, wrap dough with plastic wrap and let rest for 1 hour

Egg Wash – 1 egg beaten, 2TBS water, 1 TBS cream or whole milk

Crumb Topping – three quarters cup packed brown sugar, one half cup unsalted butter-softened, 1 cup flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, one half tsp nutmeg, pinch of salt

filling- 6-7 Granny Smith Apples peeled and cored, 3 Tbsp cornstarch, 1 tsp cinnamon, one half tsp nutmeg, 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 tbsp butter

Combine dry ingredients, set aside. Peel, core, half, and slice apples approximately one fourth inch thick. Roll out one 12-inch crust and place in pie plate. Trim.

Use decorative cutters to make shapes for top crust if desired. Mix dry ingredients with apples and fill prepared pie plate. Fill one and one half to two inches above top of pan forming a dome. Next, dot the apples with 2 Tbsp of butter. Cover the top of the pie with an even layer of crumb topping. Place top crust or cut-outs of dough as desired. Cover edge of pie with foil to prevent crust from over browning.

Bake in preheated 375-degree oven on the lowest oven rack for 60 minutes, or until filling is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Allow to cool before serving.



Look for Mom’s Recipe Box as an occasional feature on as family members add to and celebrate my mother’s collection of recipes – the Cecelia G. Bennett Collection – JB

Democrat Jane Garibay Elected To 60th House District, Unseats Incumbent

Posted on November 8, 2018

Newly elected Democrat State Representative Jane Garibay shown with her husband Bernie during a victory party Nov. 6, 2018 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor, CT.

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett


Elation describes the mood at Union Street Tavern in Windsor, Connecticut Tuesday night November 6, where newly elected State Representative Jane Garibay celebrated with supporters. In a vote of 5,454 – 4,863, Garibay, a Windsor Democrat, unseated one term Republican Scott Storms of Windsor Locks, to represent the district which includes Windsor Locks and part of Windsor.


“It took a great team of people to do this,” Garibay said.


Literally logging tens of thousands of steps, Garibay went door-to-door intent on communicating directly with voters and listening to their concerns firsthand.


“And each time I brought someone with me,” she said of her door-to-door campaign.


Her first time elected to a state level office, Garibay brings a wealth of experience in public service to the position, including tenures as chairman of the Windsor Board of Education, a past Parent Teacher Student Association president, president of the Windsor Education Foundation, which she co-founded, and co-chair of the School Business Partnership which she also co-founded. Her ongoing commitment to education earned her a place on the Connecticut Education Association Honor Roll. Education, she said, will continue to be a priority as she takes on this new challenge at the state capital. Not long ago Garibay wrapped up 19 years as executive director of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and currently is executive director of First Town Downtown.


In conceding the race, Storms, a lawyer, was quoted as having said, “The voters spoke.”

Jane Garibay is joined at her victory celebration by her sister Carol Engelmann (right) and friend Susan Cardillo.

Windsor, CT Mayor Donald Trinks with Jane Garibay.

Jane and her husband with former state representative Peggy Sayers and Scott Nolan, vice chairman of the Windsor Locks Democrat Town Committe.











“I’m happy for her and the community,” said Bernie Garibay, Jane’s husband.


Fellow Democrat Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks was thrilled with the outcome. “To not only have a Democrat representing Windsor and Windsor Locks, but a Democrat from within the Windsor boundaries,” he noted.

Preparation underway at Windsor Town Hall to post election results. According to the town clerk’s office, 175 same day registration ballots were cast in Windsor.



Karen Hatcher, of the Windsor Democrat Town Committee, was at town hall to gather election results.




















Garibay’s win was a milestone for the town of Windsor, which it was said has not had a Democrat state representative from within the town borders in 36 years. Healthcare and taxpayers are also issues critical to Garibay – finding ways to keep current residents and attract new residents into Connecticut. In addition, Garibay ran on a platform emphasizing her reputation for integrity, honesty and hard-work which clearly resonated with voters.


In other results, Democrat Ned Lamont was elected governor of Connecticut defeating Republican Bob Stefanowski. Lamont led a Democrat sweep in the other top statewide positions and the congressional delegation. Stirred perhaps by reaction to presidential politics and policies, across the nation history was made with record mid-term voter turnouts, with the election of at least one hundred women to Congress and the election of among the most diverse group of candidates.

“North Windham Remembered” – Muriel’s Gift

Posted on October 25, 2018

North Windham Remembered a rendering of North Windham, Connecticut by Muriel Bennett Lucas

“North Windham Remembered”, an artistic rendering of North Windham, Connecticut by Muriel Bennett Lucas.


By Jacqueline Bennett


My sister Muriel had discovered a new talent before her passing – watercolors. She fought a noble fight against the cancer that took her from us. During that time in visits with a friend of hers who studied art in college, Muriel studied watercolors. Muriel displayed a natural talent that impressed everyone who saw her beautiful artwork. 


People were taken aback to think they were her first pieces. The flow of the lines, perspective, choice of colors, and subjects. Just prior to her passing, Muriel selected a few of her watercolors to share. She knew of my newsandviewsjb site and said she would be pleased, if at some point, I would share her work here. The timing seems right this year, and specifically today which is the anniversary of her October 25 birthday.





“Pink Roses”


One titled “Pink Roses” was her first ever rendering. It was drawn, as was all of her work, freehand. She used as a subject, a bouquet of flowers given to her by my sister and me. Muriel gave each rendering perfect titles.


Another one Muriel especially cherished, she titled “Marshmallow” – a stuffed animal that had been a gift to Muriel from her youngest daughter Maureen and granddaughter Kathleen. In this rendering, I believe my sister captured Marshmallow’s lighthearted, carefree and soothing spirit. 



Natchaug State Forest in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner was a spot where Muriel enjoyed picnicking with the family. It is located along the banks of the Natchaug River, and is not far from Diana’s Pool where my parents often brought all seven of their children over the years, Muriel being the oldest.


As the youngest, I was not part of the earlier years but I listened to many a tale about Diana’s Pool, such as ones about our brother Glen in his daredevil teenage years heading to Diana’s Pool with friends where they all dove from the HIGH trees there. Many moons after bringing the older children to Diana’s Pool, it is where my parents also brought my sister Candy, my niece Debbie and me. With my dad, I would ride the bubbling white rapids at the pool. In fact, it is where he taught me to swim.



“Natchaug Forest” in Northeastern Connecticut.


Natchaug Forest continued to hold fond memories for Muriel after she married Art. It was with painstaking effort and attention to detail that, from memory, she created the watercolor titled “Natchaug Forest”.



My personal favorite, however, is the rendering featured at the top of this story which Muriel also created from memory. In that Candy and I are the two youngest, Muriel tried to give us as much information as possible about the family’s history.






One story she told was of a special hill in northeastern Connecticut’s North Windham, a small village that had been the family hometown when the ‘older children’ were youngsters.



Every winter she said, all the children in North Windham would await with grand anticipation winter’s snowfalls. Then they scurried over to “the hill” to go sledding. “The hill” was not far from the town center which can be seen in “North Windham Remembered”, showing depictions of the First Congregational Church, the red schoolhouse and our maternal grandparents’ home decorated with a holiday wreath. Notice the little girl dressed in a blue snowsuit – that is my sister Muriel – standing next to her sled.







So it is with bittersweet joy that, as promised, I share this beautiful artwork – this gift Muriel left for us.

Mom’s Recipe Box: Great-Granddaughter Kathleen’s Bread & Butter Pickles

Posted on October 14, 2018









Refrigerator Bread & Butter pickles from her great-granddaughter Kathleen have been added to Mom’s Recipe Box.


Kathleen’s Refrigerator Bread & Butter Pickles

Pickles are most definitely a passion of mine. Half Sour, Dill, Kosher – I love them all. Except the Bread and Butter pickle is just something special. It’s a guiltless snack that can be gobbled up so quickly; of course when I looked at the two cups of sugar that goes into pickle juice … I’ll try to only have a couple slices at a time.

But it’s always about the memories that we have with food, Grannie, Muriel Bennett Lucas, had the same adoration for pickles that I do. We would open a jar of pickles (it never mattered what kind!) and watch television in the summer, and when the pickles were gone – I’d drink the juice.

I don’t much recall making pickles growing up, and every time I made the slightest attempt to – I would forget and the cucumbers would go bad. Although Sunday morning I was scrolling through Facebook and I noticed this exact recipe for Bread and Butter Pickles. I knew I had white vinegar and I was sold. Of course I still had to get the rest of the ingredients. Except once I have those, I’m set for a while. So while Evan, my fiance, is baking his chocolate chip cookies, I begin slicing the cucumbers. The time of preparation that goes into this recipe does not seem long … but when you are waiting for something as delicious as homemade Bread and Butter pickles, 1 hour can be treacherous.

And the 24 hours of chilling afterwards – let’s just say it’s a good thing I was working over-time today! I would have been itching to open the fridge all day!! Once I was finished heating up our leftover ribs, baked beans, and coleslaw – I officially cracked that first jar open. It is the most heavenly experience I have ever had making something with my own two hands. And I am proud to share it with everyone. Bread and Butter pickles for everyone forever! – Kathleen Miller



Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles – Yields: about 4 cups of pickles Preparation: 3 hours Cook: 5 minutes Total: 3 hours

Ingredients: 5 and a half cups ( about 1 and a half pounds) thinly sliced (about one quarter inch) pickling cucumbers; 1 and a half tablespoons kosher salt; 1 cup thinly sliced sweet onion; 1 cup granulated sugar; 1 cup white vinegar; one half cup apple cider vinegar; one fourth cup light brown sugar; one and a half teaspoon mustard seed; one half teaspoon celery seed; one eighth teaspoon ground turmeric


  1. Combine cucumbers and salt in a large, shallow bowl; cover and chill for 1 and a half hours. Move cucumbers into a colander and rinse thoroughly under cold water. Drain well, and return cucumbers to bowl. Add onion to the bowl and toss with the cucumbers.
  2. Combine the granulated sugar, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, and turmeric in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Pour the hot vinegar mixture over the cucumbers and onions; let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Store in airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 month (if they last that long).


Look so … tasty!


























*My niece Kathleen writes her own food blog – this recipe also appears on her blog.

Look for Mom’s Recipe Box as an occasional feature on newsandviewsjb as family members add to and celebrate my mother’s collection of recipes – the Cecelia G. Bennett collection – JB