June 26, 2010

Prescott Bush, Jr. Dies At 87; Son Of U.S. Senator, Brother Of American President, And Uncle To Another President

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Connecticut are mourning the death of Prescott Bush, Jr. - the son of a U.S. Senator, brother of an American president, and uncle to another President.

Bush lived for decades in Greenwich and was a longtime attendee at the annual Prescott Bush Award Dinner - the chief fundraising event for the Connecticut Republican Party.

A well-known figure in Greenwich CT, Bush worked with candidates through the years.

"Connecticut and the Republican Party have lost a great American from a great American family whose hallmark has been public service for over 60 years,'' said Christopher Healy, the state GOP chairman. "Prescott Bush came from a generation that kept America strong, quietly serving their neighbors and was always ready to help anyone in their path. He was a successful businessman, patron of his party, loyal family man and public servant. Prescott Bush was a class act and our nation, state and party will miss him."

4th of July Fireworks, Vernon CT

4th of July Fireworks, Vernon CT

June 25, 2010

Towns Vernon Rockville High graduates drenched during ceremony

Journal Inquirer Towns Vernon Rockville High graduates drenched during ceremony

It was a great Graduation, the sun came out in time for the Students' Speeches, which were great. But the really cool thing is the rainbow that appeared over the Students just before the speeches started. So just over the Rainbow you will find the RHS Class of 2010. Take a look at this photo!

June 4, 2010

Mayor and Council Person Marching in 2010 Memorial Day Parade Vernon Connecticut

Vernon Council Person Mark Etre, Mayor Jason McCoy and Board of Education Memebr Laura Bush March in the 2010 Memorial Day Parade Vernon Connecticut 

Vernon Connecticut Offers Renter's Rebate Program - Courant.com

Vernon Offers Renter's Rebate Program - Courant.com

VERNON – — The town's department of social services is advising low-income seniors and disabled residents of the state's offer of a one-time payment of up to $900 of their rent and utility expenses.

The yearly renter's rebate program, administered by the state Office of Policy and Management, uses income level and rent and utility costs to determine eligibility and the amount of the rebates, which range from $50 to $900.

The income limit for a single individual is $32,300 and for a couple is $39,500, annually. Also, 35 percent of what is paid on rent and utilities must be greater than 5 percent of the applicant's gross income. Applicants must be 65 or older or be disabled as outlined by Social Security guidelines.

The filling period is May 15 through Sept. 15 with the rebates being sent out after Nov. 1.

Last year, the town received 600 applications from residents who received a total of $265,800 in rebates. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Vernon social services department.

Selfless couple, Town of Vernon Receptionist Honored Article | ReminderNews

Article ReminderNews:
"Selfless couple, And Town of Vernon receptionist honored
Rockville — 06/01/2010

Trudy Roberts is well-known as the “face of the Vernon Town Hall,” as she has worked the front desk there for 22 years."

Outgoing Rotary President Randy Anagnostis called her an “unsung hero,” as he presented Roberts with the President’s Community Service Award at the Rotary Club of Rockville’s Awards and Installation Dinner Banquet on May 25 at Georgina’s in Bolton.

Mayor Jason McCoy (in photo to the left) presents an award to long time Town of Vernon employee Trudy Roberts for her dedication and services to Vernon residents. 

“She always has a smile and a warm welcome,” Anagnostis said. “She has information that has gathered over the years that none of us could retain. She could direct you to any department, any agency in town – the right person, the right individual.”

Roberts also brings flowers from her home garden to decorate downtown Rockville.
Humble while explaining her efforts, Roberts said, “I just help people.”

Roberts received a proclamation from Rep. Claire Janowski, a certificate of appreciation from the Town of Vernon, and a citation from Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

Stephen Bazzano and Director Risa Filkoff presented the Outstanding Citizens of the Year Award to Mark and Jamie Summers of Tolland.

The Summers’ corporation, CNC Software, Inc., employs 125 people and distributes CAD/CAM software to more than 135 locations in 50 countries.

Their facilities in Tolland are committed to the environment, and have been cooled and heated by geo-thermal and solar power for more than a decade, as evidenced by the behemoth array of solar panels visible near the building’s front parking lot. CNC Software also uses hybrid company cars, and encourages employees to contribute to, and harvest from, the company community garden.

Mark is also Chairman of the Tolland Energy Task Force. Filkoff said the couple supports more than two dozen local charitable organizations . “During these economic times, when many people are saying no to community organizations,” Filkoff said, “Mark and Jamie have been fortunate enough to say yes.”

Filkoff added the the Summerses also frequently lend “hands-on” involvement to the charities, including serving pancakes at the YMCA’s Breakfast with Santa to opening their company’s facilities for a phone-a-thon , while allowing a community band to rehearse in the building’s cellar.

“They are caring, humble, responsive to needs, pro-active and generous people who we treasure having in our community ,” Filkoff said. A check for $250 was also presented by the Rockville Rotary to the Summers’ charity of choice, Roots of Development .

Recipients of the Paul Harris Awards, for exceptional service by a Rotarian, included Filkoff, Past Presidents Steve Leibowitz, Jim Paganetti, and Dan Keune, as well as Keune’s father, Edward Keune.

The Rotary Club also installed its new officers for 2010-2011 , including President Liane Lombardi, Vice-President Thora Cowperthwaite, Treasurer Angela Atwater, Secretary Richard Slutsky, Sergeant at Arms Gene Skladnowski , and Directors Randy Anagnostis , Risa Filkoff, and Ben Hardy.

The Rotary Rose Sale, benefiting scholarships at three local high schools, is Friday, June 11, from 10-6 at the Vernon Circle Shopping Center. The Rotary Club is also preparing for its 12th annual Golf Tournament benefiting KidsSafe CT and other charities, on June 28, at the Elmcrest Country Club in East Longmeadow, Mass.

For more information, visit http://www.rotaryrockvillect.com/.