Looking back on spring 2012
Ashford, Stafford, Union, Willington - posted Thu., Dec. 27, 2012
Spring seemed to begin early last year, with a mild winter that gave way to a good maple-sugaring season. Bill and Amy Proulx run the River’s Edge Sugar House in Ashford, and each year, they devote February and March to bringing a New England favorite to the table.
Towns and boards of education in the area began to discuss budgets for the upcoming year, with many heated debates and contentious votes taking place.
The art of decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs, also known as Pysanka, was brought to Babcock Library in Ashford, on March 17, when Sharon Leonard held a creative workshop about the seasonal tradition.
As the weather continued to improve, spring sports began at the local schools, and the Stafford Historical Society and the Stafford Conservation Commission co-sponsored an informational presentation about building a bicycle-friendly community.
It was a full house at the Willington Hill Firehouse on March 24, when the Circle of Friends Team held its second annual Chili Cook-off to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
In the spirit of spring cleaning, Helen Dewey, a decluttering expert, came to the Stafford Public Library on March 22 to help those in various stages of clutter woes created by themselves or others.
At the Easter egg hunt held April 7, at the Willington Hill Fire House, hundreds of children turned out for a chance to collect eggs and maybe win a special prize.
“They haven’t changed a thing about it,” said First Selectman Christina Mailhos, who admitted to winning a bike herself at the hunt when she was only 7. “It’s one of the nicest community events we have here in town.”
The Union Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at the town of Union’s transfer station on April 15. Union Fire Chief David Eaton said that the fire appears to have been caused by a hot object that was dropped into the bulky waste container.
Stafford Springs resident Culver Modisette and his horse became media sensations when on April 22, Annie, a 24-year-old Arabian brood mare escaped her fencing and wandered over to the neighbors’ property. The incident ultimately resulted in Modisette being accused of dragging his horse with a truck and has left him facing possible animal cruelty charges as the event is investigated by Connecticut State Police. Modisette said he was simply trying to lead the horse home as best as he could. “She’s an old friend,” he said of the horse. “I would never do anything to hurt the old lady.”
In early May, Stafford High School performed its spring musical, “South Pacific,” which was dedicated to all those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. The show was performed in the SHS Veterans Auditorium, which in 2009 was dedicated to Stafford veterans as an Eagle Scout project, said SHS Music and Drama Club Director Laurie Dillon.
The spring was also filled with many local events and celebrations. The Ashford Senior Center hosted its third annual Car Cruise in May, around the time when Stafford High School students enjoyed their time at the prom. Later in May, Stafford held its popular Memorial Day Parade, and the annual Willington Day festivities were a treat for the whole community.