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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…

Cupid Hits Mark in Windsor, CT with 50 Year Free Valentine’s Day Marriage License Tradition

Posted on February 15, 2012

 Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Cupid hit his mark February 14 in Windsor, Connecticut helped by a 50 year tradition of free Valentine’s Day marriage licenses offered by the Town Clerk’s Office in Town Hall, where seven couples wed and two couples renewed their vows. Others who received free marriage licenses in Windsor over the past 50 years turned out as well for a special reception to commemorate the golden anniversary of the license give away. “It’s not  just a Hallmark holiday, it’s our holiday,” said Troy Ruff. Last Valentine’s Day Ruff and his wife Erin got married here, following in the footsteps of her parents, Windsor Fire Chief Bill Lewis and his wife Rita, who took advantage of the free license 35…

50 Years of Getting Hitched for Free on Valentine’s Day Continues in Windsor,CT

Posted on February 10, 2012

50 Years of Getting Hitched for Free on Valentine’s Day Continues in Windsor,CT         by: Jacqueline Bennett Since 1962 the Town Clerk’s Office in Windsor, Connecticut has been offering marriage licenses for free on Valentine’s Day – a tradition which began with then Town Clerk George Tudan. This coming Tuesday, February 14, marks fifty years that Windsor has been playing Cupid’s helper. “It began with George when he wanted to get re-elected and was looking to get his name out there, and, it just took off,” Windsor Town Clerk Agnes Pier said in a phone interview February 10. “Over the years it has evolved with each town clerk. Now we offer it for same sex,” noted Pier. As Connecticut’s first…