We liked this week
Southington’s Board of Fire Commissioners named Eric Health as the new chief. Heath, who was assistant fire chief, had served in the top position for most of 2017 while the search for a new chief was underway at the time. “We’re confident in Eric,” said Mark Lajoie, fire board chairman. “He’s a quality guy.”
César Llontop, who teaches at the Middlesex Community College site at Platt High School in Meriden, was recently name Educator of the Year by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Llontop, a native of Peru, has been teaching math for 12 years. “I teach mathematics with all my passion and I put my heart into it,” Llontop said in an online interview with the Record-Journal.
The Durham Fair concluded with Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, with veterans and active service members receiving free admission and vendor discounts. The four-day event was deemed a success. “This year’s Durham Fair tapped out,” said Kim Terrill, Durham Fair vice president. “We had higher attendance than last year, and our fairgoers enjoyed the animals in action, fabulous fair food midway, and exhibits. The inaugural beer, wine, and cider tent ran out of product on Saturday evening.”
An audit by the Capitol Region Education Council finds Southington’s school district offers a high standard of special education programs when compared to surrounding school districts. “The reason we engaged with the audit is that it represents a significant amount of our budget,” said Assistant Superintendent Frank Pepe. “We’re doing an excellent job with what we have.”
The Wallingford Historical Society has purchased the building that had housed the Yalesville Library, a branch of the Wallingford Public Library, for $235,000. Bob Beaumont, the historical society’s first vice president, told the Record-Journal the purchase will help “keep the Yalesville name alive.”
Maloney High School’s Don Askew was selected from among about 20,000 paraeducators across Connecticut as the state’s paraeducator of the year for 2023. “So I’ve never been the type of person to shy away from representing who I am, my family, my cross country team and my track team for the city of Meriden,” he said. “And I’ve taken all of those life lessons and I’ve worn it as a badge of honor.”
The Meriden Historical Society’s West Main Street building will be the location for an exhibit of items from the Rosa Ponselle collection, which at one time was housed in Meriden but is now at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Ponselle grew up in Meriden to become an international opera star. “She was the Madonna of her era,” said Deborah Patterson, chairwoman of programs and exhibitions for the Meriden Historical Society. “She lived a really big life, and we got so much we really want to brag on her. This is the history of how she started out and where she ended up.”