Looking Back: May to August

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Dec. 27, 2012
Robert Hunt was South Windsor High School's valedictorian for the Class of 2012. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The spring and summer of 2012 was a significant time for the South Windsor community, and for the high school community in particular. On May 1, the South Windsor Board of Education announced the recipients of the 10th annual Eugene Policelli Service Awards, which honor members of the community for their volunteer work. Megan M. Gauer and Janki H. Viroja – both high school seniors – were awarded, as were Patricia Botteron, Cile Decker and Brig. Gen. James Throwe.

On June 11, the 2012 valedictorian and salutatorian were announced: Robert Hunt and Viren Shinde. Hunt headed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after graduation, where he is pursuing a major in biological engineering. Shinde is attending the University of Connecticut, where he is studying biomedical and electrical engineering.

Members of the senior class celebrated their graduation on June 21. Just one week later, on June 29, the high school mourned freshman Hannah Patrie, who passed away after going into medical distress at the Footloose Show Choir Camp. “She wasn't afraid to be herself – she was Hannah and nobody could change that,” said Jeanette Porcello, a close friend of Patrie’s.

Early summer always brings the Strawberry Fest in South Windsor, and this past summer the Republican Town Committee presented the 30th festival on June 16. About 2,000 pounds of strawberries were used to make the strawberry shortcakes that make the event famous throughout the area.

While Kevin Cooney had been filling in for retired fire chief Phil Crombie, Jr., since July 1, it was not until July 13 that he was sworn in as fire chief of the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department. “You have big shoes to fill, but I'm sure you can do it,” said Mayor Thomas Delnicki at the event.

Following a redistricting that incorporated South Windsor, Windsor and East Windsor into a Greater Windsor probate court, residents had a chance to vote on a new judge of probate. There were four candidates for the office: Marianne Lassman Fisher, endorsed by the Democratic Party; Kevin McCann, endorsed by the Republican Party; Judy Paquin, an independent; and Keith Yagaloff, also running as an independent. Residents took to the polls on Aug. 21, and Democrat Marianne Lassman Fisher proved the victor.

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