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A Second Chance at Love? Send Lavender & White Roses

Posted on February 14, 2018

By: Jacqueline Bennett   Romance & roses go hand-in-hand, especially on Valentine’s Day when thoughts turn to matters of the heart.   The “alluring” scents, textures and colors of roses have made them the most popular flowers, notes Typically red roses are associated with love. However, there are all kinds of love, and as it turns out different color roses convey different messages, as do the number of roses selected.      The old Frank Sinatra standard tells of love being “lovelier” the second time around, “just as wonderful with both feet on the ground.” If you have a second chance at love, you may want to consider sending a bouquet of lavender & white roses. In the language of roses says…

History of Valentine’s Day Romantic & Courageous

Posted on February 14, 2016

Write-Up & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett   Who would have thought the history of Valentine’s Day is rooted in both romance and courage?   Sweethearts will enjoy candlelight dinners this evening, while friends and loved ones exchange candy, flowers and cards throughout the day. In fact, the Greeting Card Association estimates that in America alone some 145 million Valentine’s Day cards, not figuring in classroom Valentines, are sent annually. Although there is more than one explanation as to how it all began, an especially heartwarming tale points to a priest named Valentine who centuries ago, on behalf of young lovers, stood up to what he considered an unjust decree from 3RD Century Roman Emperor Claudius II.   This legend, notes HISTORY.COM, goes that…

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…

Speaking Once Again On Behalf of Women Who Still Love Flowers

Posted on February 14, 2014

  By: Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Happy Valentines Day! Below is an excerpt from a short essay I wrote as a reporter for the Windsor Journal, first published on February 14, 2003 pondering the question “Is it passe for men to bring women flowers?” Speaking On Behalf of Women Who Still Love Flowers …. The most memorable men not only bring flowers, open doors and pull out a woman’s chair, but these days, they also respect her goals and achievements. Comparatively, evolved women no longer expect a man to be invincible. As the song goes, “Give to me your leather, take from me my lace.” It’s not so much a person’s actions per se that make a difference. Rather, it’s what those actions can represent that…

Love Is A Quilt My Mother Made

Posted on February 16, 2013

Write-Up & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb   Each morning before I sit down to write, I straighten out the hand-crocheted quilt I have lying behind me over the back of my chair. As I did so on Thursday, Valentine’s Day, my eyes fell upon a tag in one corner that reads, “Made with love by MOM.” Given the holiday, it got me thinking about what love is.   My mom always sent Valentine’s Day cards to everyone in the family and to her friends. It was a bit of a pet peeve for me for a while. I felt Valentine’s was a day that should be for lovers, not for cards to mothers and others. I would say, for that there is Mother’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…