LETTERS: Southington business forums / Quinnipiac Linear Trail holiday celebration

LETTERS: Southington business forums / Quinnipiac Linear Trail holiday celebration



No more free lunch

Editor:

An article in the Record-Journal discussed the possibility of eliminating forums run by the town of Southington and the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce for local businesses. The vice chairwoman indicated that the budget can't afford the forums, which included marketing and retirement planning for small businesses. She mentioned that the same people attended these luncheon meetings every time and the cost to the town was a few thousand dollars for the food. I wonder how many of these people would attend these meetings if the meetings were held without any "wine and dine." The days of the free lunch are gone.

Robert Krause, Southington

Thanks, volunteers

Editor:

Sunday, November 26 the Pavillion at Community Lake Park looked like a tornado had  deposited mass chaos:  boxes, bags, crates, garland lights and bows everywhere!  By 1:00 p.m. the Quinninpiac River Linear Trail Committee  had decorated  tables, hung garland and bows, holiday lights were twinkling! There were pots of steaming coffee and  hot cocoa.  All whipped up for  the Holiday Celebration on the Linear Trail  by our finely tuned machine,  QRLTAC volunteers! Thanks to Elaine and John Doherty, Sally Tremaine, ArleenDiFrancesco, Paul Taylor, Fred Nellums, Walter and Maria Berge, Francesca Livia,  Dorothy Cashman and Paul Thomas. 

Thanks to  local merchants, we had lavish platters of luscious sweets!

Two gleaming horse-drawn carriages were ready for the jolly ride around Community Lake. The gathering crowd  was assisted  by our Victorian-clad coachman, Jonathan Judd. Barb McCoy created the coolest scavenger hunt. Barb managed to keep the troll under the bridge; probably offered him a donut! JoellenNellums checked to make sure he was behaving. Johnny G and I made sure our beloved  Santa (aka Tim Gallogly) arrived safely. Wallingford PD Sgt. Forcier directed overflow traffic to the parking lot. 

Signs donated by Dan Sullivan made entrance easy to spot! Mary Heffernon rounded up  the Wallingford Community Chorus for a Holiday sing-along around the fire while kids decorated ornaments with treasures found on the scavenger hunt! A huge round of applause for continued dedicated assistance: Lt. Anthony DeMaio, Wallingford PD; John Gawlak, Park and Rec; Steve Palermo and Henry McCully, Public Works; Scott Haney, WlfdGov TV.Don’t miss it 2018!

Cathy Granucci, Wallingford


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