Area towns bustling with pre-summer events

By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Ashford, Stafford, Union, Willington - posted Fri., Jun. 10, 2011
Don Turner of Shred-it ensures the destruction of documents during Stafford's free community shred event on June 4. Photos by Lauri Voter.
Don Turner of Shred-it ensures the destruction of documents during Stafford's free community shred event on June 4. Photos by Lauri Voter.

Signs of summer prevailed on June 4 and 5, as area towns – Ashford, Stafford, Union and Willington – each offered community activities.

In Ashford, residents stopped by the entrance to Pompey Hollow Park on June 5 to take in the opening of the yearly Ashford Farmers’ Market. The market will be open each Sunday through October from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here, customers can find a variety of in-season produce, cheeses, locally-produced items including fruit syrups, maple syrup, honey and herbal products such as soaps. They could stop for a massage, or on certain days, they might be able to adopt a dog or cat from Our Companions. For more information, contact Market Master Beth Supina at 860-324-9587, or, or e-mail Loretta Wrobel, chair of the Ashford Conservation Commission, at

On June 4, the town of Stafford offered a free community shred event to its residents. First Selectman Michael P. Krol said that people have begun to save up their documents for the periodic Shred-it events that are sponsored by the town.

“We have a lot of shredding we have to do for the town anyway. When we bring them in, we bring them in on a Saturday and then the taxpayers get to do it at the same time. For the same price, everybody in town gets to take advantage of it. It's a matter of maximizing what we're paying for anyway. Why just do the town's stuff when everybody in town can take advantage of it for the same price?” said Krol.

Don Turner, of Shred-it, said that in addition to the town, several private citizens and businesses utilized the service.

Shred-it, which has contracted with major businesses and government organizations, uses high-powered shredding equipment that reduces documents to a confetti-like substance to ensure that they cannot be reassembled.

In Union, June 4 was the opening day of the Union Free Public Library's annual plant sale fundraiser, which will continue through June 25.

“The goal of the plant sale every year is to receive money by selling plants so that we can add new materials to our library,” said librarian Kathy Robertson.

The plants are donated each year by local businesses.

“This year, they came from Rock Meadow Farm, they came from Select Seeds and they're coming from Gil's Flowers,” said Robertson.

Customers can purchase plants either during library hours (Monday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or even when the library is closed, by placing money in the provided envelopes which can be dropped into the book drop box. Plant prices range from $2 to $5. Some plants are available for a free-will donation. For more information, call the library at 860-684-4913.

The town of Willington celebrated the opening of the River Road Athletic Complex on June 4. The event featured a ribbon-cutting in honor of Phase II of the project.

Teri Gareau, director of Willington Parks and Recreation, said that Phase II is the result of a 2009 STEAP Grant of $150,000 to fund the pavilion, walking path, basketball court, playscape and a volleyball court.

“We started last fall, and Phase II is complete. We had an official ribbon-cutting today. The original Phase I was the actual bringing in of the fill, the baseball field and the soccer field,” said Gareau, who described the facility as a multi-sport and multi-purpose complex that is open to anyone in the area, not just Willington residents. Hours have yet to be determined, but it is open year-round, seven days per week. The park has a walking path and also welcomes dogs on leashes.

“We are going to be renting out the pavilion, as well. We have futuristic goals of a concession stand with bathroom and kitchen,” said Gareau, who hopes to plan some fundraising events to further the goals of the facility. She also extends her thanks to everyone who has been involved in the project's development.

For more information about the complex or about Willington Parks and Recreation, visit


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