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Combat Gunner Leon E. Larned, Sr. Served On USS Trathen DD 530 ~ Korean War

Posted on June 25, 2018

  By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Proudly displayed on his youngest son John Larned Sr.’s fireplace mantle are two framed photos from his father, Leon E. Larned, Sr.’s United States Navy service. One photo shows the destroyer on which Leon Sr. served as a rear gunner during the Korean War ~ the USS Trathen DD 530. The other photo is Leon Sr.’s recruits class in Maryland, the 2nd Regiment, Co 444.   “I’m glad he came home,” John said during a June 24 interview at his North Windham, Connecticut home. (In addition to Leon Sr.’s service as a rear gunner, John said he believes, his father also served as an explosives expert and a “frogman.”)   Fortunately for his family, Leon Sr. nickname “Brud”,…

NFL Star Chris Baker Returns To Windsor & Bart’s – Continues Efforts to Inspire Youth

Posted on June 24, 2018

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   National Football League star Chris Baker, a native of Windsor, Connecticut returned to his hometown this past weekend to continue with his efforts to inspire area youth. And, as everyone knows, a visit home to Windsor is not complete without a stop at the iconic Bart’s Drive-In Restaurant. In Baker’s case, he was there on June 21 to sign autographs and mingle with fans. However, a hotdog from Bart’s Magic Grill was a must.   Baker has made a stop at Bart’s part of his annual visits to Windsor for a number of years. He and Mayor Donald Trinks, owner and general manager of Bart’s, share a mutual admiration.   “Mayor Trinks, he’s been my number…

New England Patriots Cheerleaders Visit Express Service Friendly’s ~ Manchester CT

Posted on June 19, 2018

  Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   New England Patriots cheerleaders and team mascot Pat Patriot were on hand Monday, June 18, to welcome customers to the newly converted Express Service Friendly’s on 240 Buckland Street in Manchester, Connecticut.   “It’s going well, ” noted store manager, Hector.   For those of us who grew up with wholesome Friendly’s ice cream and sandwich shops throughout New England, where we went to enjoy burger melts on grilled bread, crispy French Fries and a Fribble –  meeting up with classmates there on Friday nights, standing in line with family for a booth, or counter seats, where waiters and waitresses then took our orders – is a part of our cultural history. Remember waiters clad in sharply…

Mom’s Recipe Box: Melane’s ‘Father’s Day’ Carrot, Apple, Zucchini GF Bread

Posted on June 17, 2018

          Melane’s ‘Father’s Day’ Carrot, Apple, Zucchini GF Bread Mom’s granddaughter-in-law Melane Larned sent me her terrific Carrot, Apple, Zucchinni GF Bread recipe at my request to add to Mom’s Recipe Box. And, Melane sent me the accompanying photos. She made this bread for the first time for a Father’s Day Shad Bake last weekend, celebrating the special day a bit early. “It was a hit.” So, I am calling it a ‘Father’s Day’ bread and appreciate having the recipe to post today for 2018 Father’s Day. Looks yummy! I like that it’s gluten free because that expands the number of people who can enjoy it. – Jackie               *Please note: In order to be…

St. Damien of Windsor, CT Celebrates Merger with Two Mile Procession

Posted on June 7, 2018

Photos & Article by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Clergy and parishioners from St. Damien of Molokai church in Windsor, Connecticut walked in a two mile procession along Palisado Avenue June 3, to celebrate the merger of three Catholic parishes in town. Escorted by two Windsor Police cruisers, the group walked and snag hymns on what was a sunny, hot and humid day making their way to River Meadow Farm for an afternoon picnic.   Large open tents were set up in the middle of a field at the farm and attendees were greeted with the offering of Hawaiian-style leis in recognition of the merged parish’s namesake. Approximately 300 parishioners were expected to turn out, according to church member Ann Walsh.   Among those giving…

Honesty, Integrity, Bridge-Building ~ Jane Garibay for House Kicks Off Campaign

Posted on April 20, 2018

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Honesty, Integrity, Common Sense & Bridge-Building. These are the hallmarks of the Jane Garibay for House campaign that kicked-off last evening at Bart’s restaurant in Windsor, CT. They are more than mere words to Garibay ~ honesty, integrity, common sense and bridge-building ~ are the standards by which Garibay lives her life and has conducted herself during years of public and community service, as attested to by a large turnout of supporters.   “I’m a bridge-builder,” said Garibay, a Democrat seeking the nomination to run for the 60th General Assembly District comprised of a part of Windsor and Windsor Locks.   “I am really excited to do this,” Garibay said, citing her background working for education and her knowledge…

Boston Marathon’s Strong Field of American Women Apropos to the Times

Posted on April 16, 2018

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   We have come a long way since a mother worried her daughter ~ with sights on running the Boston Marathon ~ might not find a husband, since New York Marathon officials warned that distance running could cause a woman’s uterus to fall out, and since LIFE magazine ran a headline ~ “Tomboy Out On a Limb” ~ after a woman broke the gender barrier in the 1961 Manchester Road Race in Connecticut.   “The best American women’s field ever assembled for Monday’s annual 26.2 mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston,” as described by sportswriter Lori Riley of the Hartford Courant, will take its mark this morning at the Boston Marathon. No matter what, this field of women would be…