EDITORIAL: Four things we liked this week



We liked this week

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday  will see a return of the Martin Luther King Jr.-Albert Owens Scholarship breakfast at Maloney High School. The keynote speaker is Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut NAACP.  It will be the first time since before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic that the event will be held on its usual day. Last year, it was held in April, and in 2021 is was canceled. Over the years the event has drawn hundreds, and it benefits a scholarship fund for Meriden students headed to college. “It’s nice to get it going again,” said City Councilor Michael Rohde, who is on the scholarship committee.

Local ski areas Powder Ridge and Mount Southington have been challenged by warm temperatures and lower than average snowfall this season, and while they have been forced to close for several days they are managing to draw large crowds. “Mother Nature’s not making it easy for us this year,” said Sean Hayes, owner of Powder Ridge. “Normally, our snowmaking capability with the new technology, the new guns, etc., we can blanket this mountain in three to four days pretty heavily. We just didn’t get ahead of it enough in that one-week cold snap, to get a base down where we would survive the winter.”

A committee tasked with figuring out how to do more with less when it comes to a new Southington Public Library is nearing the end of its work, with  the details of the project expected to be finalized at a Jan. 25 meeting. The committee has been trying to make up the difference between the $17 million approved by voters for the project at referendum in Nov. 2021 and an estimated cost of $17,930,367. “We’re in really good shape,” said Town Manager Mark Sciota.

Meriden was one of seven locations in Connecticut to open for recreational cannabis sales, drawing a crowd on the opening day that included city and state leaders. “The economic growth will have an impact on municipalities and the statewide economy,” said Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati. Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz said municipalities that host dispensaries will get a 3% share of tax revenue from cannabis sales.



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