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Enjoy the Nevers Park Walking Trails

Posted on April 7, 2017

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Prepare to smile, nod or say hello to everyone you pass along the walking/hiking trails at Nevers Park in South Windsor, Connecticut. Greetings for all are an unwritten code here.   The 137 acre multi-generational park has three stone dust trails of different distances, A, B & C. The longest trail is the most wooded. Each one is mapped out for visitors on a sign in the lower parking lot.   Located on the corner of Sand Hill and Nevers Road the park is directly across the road from the South Windsor Police Station and behind South Windsor High School. It is a popular and typically active recreational spot which also has a Rotary Pavilion available…

Centennial Commemoration U.S. Entrance Into World War I

Posted on April 6, 2017

Write-Up by Jacqueline Bennett   Today, April 6, 2017, marks 100 years since the United States joined the World War I fight “over there”. Titled “In Sacrifice for Liberty & Peace”, the National Centennial Commemoration of the Entry into WWI by the United States will be hosted in Kansas City, Missouri at the National World War I Museum. The anniversary has special meaning for me because my Great Uncle Frank Sheedy served in World War I. This past Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2016, I wrote about Great Uncle Frank in a newsandviewsjb post.       Uncle Frank was a modest man who would be the first to say he need not have a fuss made over him. Nonetheless, it is for those…

Destination: “Ninety 99 Nine” Restaurants in Westerly, R.I. – Etc.

Posted on March 29, 2017

Write-up and Photos By Jacqueline Bennett    Among the “Ninety 99 Nine Restaurants” where I have eaten my favorite is in Westerly, Rhode Island. What makes this one so special? Location, location, location.   Immediately across the road from the highway connector that enables beachgoers to bypass downtown Westerly and head directly to Misquamicut State Beach and the Westerly Beaches, the restaurant has easy access off Airport Road. It is about three miles from the shoreline, which off-season is barely a ten minute drive but much longer during the summer when traffic is backed-up.   Best described as a “pub chain serving American fare”, regardless of their location the “99 Restaurants” where I’ve been have similar layouts – two sides for dining, a bar,…

Hashtag the Confetti Douse a Better Idea

Posted on March 28, 2017

Commentary by Jacqueline Bennett   Hashtag the #confettidouse a #betteridea.   Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball Coach Dana Altman was ‘doused’ with a bucket of team colored confetti March 25, after their victory during the Elite 8 of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Ducks now head to the men’s Final Four.   Let me add my voice to those who champion the confetti douse over Gatorade showers, or the other cold liquid dousing coaches have been taking since the mid-1980’s.   “If God had intended for coaches to endure Gatorade showers, they would have been born with slickers on the headphones,” Stan Stillman wrote in a piece titled, “Enough with the Gatorade Dousing”, published January 2, 2011 by   “Confetti is just the…

Destination: Starbucks in Simsbury, Connecticut

Posted on March 10, 2017

  Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   With snow falling outside, part of winter 2016/2017’s last stand here in the Northeast, today is ideal to find a cozy spot and partake in a last hot chocolate of the season or another warm beverage. Should you find your way to Connecticut’s Farmington Valley, a perfect place to take shelter from the cold is Starbucks in Simsbury.     What makes this such a good choice for warming up with a cup of Joe while a chill is still in the air?   The Simsbury Starbucks boasts of not one, but two fireplaces. A fireplace is situated on each side of the restaurant. The space nearby is typically prime seating and almost always full,…

Willow Madness

Posted on March 7, 2017

  Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   The month of March is known for whipping winds, weather that roars in with the last hurrah of winter and gently exits with the nearing of spring, dependent upon how the calendar falls – the holy days of Lent and Easter, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, a lovely aquamarine birthstone (mine) and college basketball tournament play dubbed “March Madness.”   It is also a time of ‘willow madness’ for the enigmatic pussy willow. As puts it, pussy willows offer early buds in late winter “when much of the landscape still sleeps in dormancy.” Quite appropriately, ‘willow madness’ seems to be everywhere as Catkin branches can currently be found at virtually every New England…

K-9 Iko Fundraiser Draws Large Turnout at Jim’s Pizza in Windsor CT

Posted on March 1, 2017

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   A large turnout for the K-9 Iko fundraiser Friday night, February 24, kept Jim’s Pizza in Windsor, Connecticut bustling with a line at the door and filled booths and tables. So busy was the restaurant that a delivery person helped to seat patrons during the event that ran from 5-9 p.m.   “I didn’t think there would be this many people,” said K-9 Iko’s partner and handler, Officer Steve Vesco of the Windsor Police Department.   Meanwhile, the reason for the evening, K-9 Iko, sent his regrets – “woof, woof” –  understandably detained while recovering from surgery. It is the cost of that surgery plus rehabilitation and medicine which drew an outpouring of support from the Windsor community…