Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor


Support familyin need


A family of five escaped their burning home on May 1 with no injuries but lost at least three pets before their house was deemed a total loss.

Plainville police responded to the one-level, single-family, ranch-style house at 33 Hardwood Drive around 4 a.m. with the fire going through the roof upon arrival, Plainville Fire Marshal Larry Sutherland said. The roof ultimately collapsed shortly after arrival.

The occupants of the home, a family of two adults and three children, all under the age of 10, were able to get out of the building with no injuries after jumping through the window of the master bedroom, Sutherland said. The window was only a few feet above the ground.

Many members of American Legion Kiltonic Post 72and the Falcons nest that are close friends and family with the Piantek family. That said, myself, Tracy Garrigus and Gina Parker are chairing a fundraiser in the Post hall on Friday evening, May 24 to help them in their time of need. 

We are looking for help. If you would like to be on this committee and help us help them, it would be greatly appreciated. We’re looking for raffle donations, a band or DJ, and food for the event.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Bob Abbott

Communications Officer,
American Legion Kiltonic Post 72

Never forget


As the family members of veterans, we hold a special place in our hearts for the parents, siblings, spouses and friends of those who served. We cannot help but think of all the men and women who have gone to fight for this great nation and did not return home.

While we are all guilty of celebrating the unofficial start of summer and encouraging each other to “have a good weekend,” it is important to remember the reason for the holiday.

Memorial Day is the day Americans set aside to honor those brave men and women who met tragic ends while defending our freedom. It is our duty to honor their sacrifices, to pray for their families and to bow our heads in recognition of their service.

On National Poppy Day, May 24, American Legion Auxiliary members across the state and the country will be distributing poppies as a tribute to our fallen warriors. We, the Department of CT, invite residents to stop by and see us and to receive a poppy to wear in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We must never forget.

The poppy, which bloomed on the battlefields of France after World War I, has grown to become an internationally-known and -recognized symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope that none died in vain.

If you choose to donate to the poppy cans, 100 percent of all donations received will go directly to help veterans, military and their families here in Connecticut.

The American Legion Family has called upon Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day.

To learn more about the auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit ALAforVeterans.org or ctaladept.weebly.com. 

For God and Country,

Janice Sentivany
American Legion Auxiliary