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Will Nation’s Oldest Continually Active Mounted Cavalry Unit Be Saved? – First Company Governor’s Horse Guard Avon, CT

Posted on June 19, 2015

  Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Only a few years after the Sons of Liberty orchestrated the 1773 Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere made his famous ride on the 18th of April in 1775, amidst the American Revolution, Connecticut’s First Company Governor’s Horse Guard was organized in 1778. It remains the “oldest continuously active mounted cavalry unit in the United States” – for now.   Over the past several years the size of the state’s two horse guard units, the First Company -1GHG- located in Avon, and the Second Company in Newtown has been dwindling. Each is said to be down to ten horses per unit and for awhile it looked like they could be wiped out thanks to Gov.…

Col. Harry Generous Organized CT Air National Guard/ Cousin & Brothers Led Generations of Family Service to USAF

Posted on May 18, 2015

By Jacqueline Bennett   Since near the dawn of American aviation members of the Generous family have taken to the skies to serve their country. Harry, Al and Oliver (“Bunker”) Generous had roles in American aviation history. Commencing in the early half of the 20th Century to the present day, four generations of the Generous family have a proud lineage of USAF service that spans close to a century, in the U.S. Air Corp which became the U.S. Air Force, and in the Air National Guard.   Last Memorial Day I wrote a piece for newsandviewsjb titled “Quiet Heroes from Connecticut’s Quiet Corner” about two of my mother’s brothers who served during World War II, with a focus on her brother Oliver “Bunker”…

Nathan Hale Homestead Transforms into Festive Fiddle Playing Farmer’s Market

Posted on October 21, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett Every Sunday, June through October, the Nathan Hale Homestead is transformed into a festive, fiddle playing Regional Farmer’s Market in rural Coventry, Connecticut. The Market attracts a multitude of area farmers, specialty food producers and artisans. Its folksy atmosphere includes fiddlers -performing on this past Sunday, October 19, were “The Whiskey Boys” – complimented by the venue’s first ever “Farm to Latte” display and demonstration. Overall, the Hale Farm made for an inviting and educational backdrop for the weekly event.   Accenting The Market is the beauty of the red house that was home to the Hale family. The house, its elongated attached shed, nearby barn and maple tree grove are all surrounded by stone walls – the type…