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Valentine’s Day Nuptials Continue Tradition in 52nd Year for Connecticut’s Oldest Town

Posted on February 15, 2014

By: Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Romance filled the air February 14, in Windsor, Connecticut where for the 52nd year the state’s oldest town offered free marriage licenses on Valentine’s Day. Several couples not only picked up their licenses but also tied the knot at Windsor Town Hall. A half dozen weddings took place Friday morning and at least three more were planned for late afternoon – plus Justice of the Peace Anita Mips was prepared for impromptu ceremonies such as one she stood ready to officiate for Ronnie Williams and Trena Canty. Together for seven years, the Hartford couple recently decided the time was right to get hitched and had heard about the marriage license offer through a friend. “My mother is deceased but Valentine’s…

Students Explore Colonial History of Connecticut’s Oldest Town

Posted on May 21, 2012

  Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett Sage Park Middle School students in Dar McCormick’s 8th grade social studies class had the opportunity May 18 to explore firsthand the history of their hometown of Windsor, Connecticut. Settled in 1633, Windsor is the oldest town in the state and is rich in the history of the nation and its Colonial past. According to Ms. McCormick, the excursion was originally slated for last autumn but had to be rescheduled due to a fall storm. The field trip featured stops in the town’s Historic District including First Church. Established in the early 17th Century, it is the oldest congregational church in the country and third oldest in the world. In nearby Palisado Cemetery, the students studied…

2012 Shad Derby Day Parade & Festival on the Green – May 19 – Windsor, CT

Posted on May 18, 2012

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb A little after 11:00 a.m. this morning Robert and Stephen McKay pitched the first tent on the town green in Windsor, Connecticut in preparation for the 2012 Shad Derby Day Parade & Festival on the Green scheduled for Saturday, May 19. The father and son, both Masons, were putting up the tent that will house CHIPS, a child safety identification program sponsored by Masonic Lodge #70. On the southern end of the green, orange fencing had been erected and picnic tables set up inside what will be the Beer Garden. By the same time tomorrow, expect one end of the green to the other to be filled with tents, an abundance of activities, music, games, vendors offering a variety…