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AROUND THE HORN: Franciscan banquet pushed to 2021; ‘Bill’ was due at Wallingford CC; Fun Run series launches Wednesday

AROUND THE HORN: Franciscan banquet pushed to 2021; ‘Bill’ was due at Wallingford CC; Fun Run series launches Wednesday



MERIDEN — Due to continuing uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, the Franciscan Life Center has cancelled its Franciscan Sports Banquet and Silent Auction for 2020.

That’s the bad news. The good news is the awards lineup that was scheduled remains unchanged for 2021, which means former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will still be the guest of honor.

Manning will receive the St. Francis Award when the Franciscan Sisters stage their 35th annual banquet on June 1, 2021 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

Danbury basketball coach Jackie DiNardo will still be receiving the St. Clare Award. The Jim Calhoun Community Service Award will still be going to Andy Bessette and Nathan Grube of the Travelers Championship and the Dean of Sports Award to author/MLB rules consultant Rich Marazzi.

“We are truly delighted all the honorees are returning next year, very fortunate,” Gretchen Rossi, the center’s Director of Public Relations, said Wednesday.

The Franciscans had initially postponed the 2020 event to September before making the decision this week to cancel everything to 2021. Reservations are required for the June 1 event. Tickets are $65. Visit flcenter.org.

A Bill of goods at Wallingford CC

WALLINGFORD — Wallingford Country Club has seen three holes-in-one over the past month. Bill Blennerhassett single-handedly accounted for two of them.

Blennerhasset aced both the 145-yard 11th hole and the 140-yard 6th in separate rounds.

He connected on 11 with an 8-iron while playing with Mark White, Art Satterthwaite and Bob Giaquinto, then landed a 9-iron on 6 playing several weeks later with John Rudden, Terry Tremaglio and Rico Beaudoin

The latest ace at Wallingford CC came last Saturday when John Bryson planted a 7-iron on No. 11. He was playing with Phil Kirk and Brad Jubelirer.

Meriden Fun Run launches July 1

MERIDEN —  The 2020 Meriden Fun Run series gets off the line next Wednesday, July 1 at Platt High School. Start time is 6:30 p.m. at the Platt track.

Safety measures to guard against the spread of COVID-19 will be in place. No bathrooms will be available on site. Runners must bring their own water and observe social distancing before and after the race.

The course remains the same: three miles down the Meriden Liner Trail to Dossin Beach and back. A ¾-mile kids run around the Platt athletic complex will follow.

The series runs every Wednesday at 6:30 for eight weeks through Aug. 19. There is no entry fee. For further details, contact race director Fred Bucchieri at 203-235-5259.


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