Looking Back: September to December

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Dec. 27, 2012
David Raymond of White Gates Farm prepares to hand over a sheep to master sheep-shearer Kevin Ford at Heritage Day. Photo by Christian Mysliwiec.
David Raymond of White Gates Farm prepares to hand over a sheep to master sheep-shearer Kevin Ford at Heritage Day. Photo by Christian Mysliwiec.

Autumn 2012 started in South Windsor with the fifth annual Heritage Day, presented by the Historical Society in the East Windsor Hill district on Main Street, on Sept. 9. Crafts, pony rides, historical reenactors, live music and sheep-sheering demonstrations made it a memorable event for all who attended.

Residents were startled to learn that in the early morning of Oct. 28, a drunk driver, Jeffrey Daigneault, crashed through a home on Niederwerfer Road. The Toyota Avalon left the road at 80 miles per hour and stopped inside a room which would normally be occupied by sleeping children – fortunately, the children were sleeping at a relative's home when the crash occurred.

South Windsor escaped relatively unscathed from hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 29. About 12 people utilized the emergency shelter at the high school overnight, and those were mostly senior citizens who required power for oxygen concentrators. According to SWPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Scott Custer, some of the extra police officers on duty in anticipation of storm-related issues were able to go home early. “It was nothing, nothing like October [2011], or even Irene,” said Custer. “I don't know if that's testimony to CL&P's tree-cutting program or what, but we seem to have made out very well.”

The Nov. 6 election proved what most already knew - residents are willing to pay taxes for roads and schools, but not so much for the remaining three referendum items: improvements to town buildings, town IT systems, and parks/athletic fields. Mayor Thomas Delnicki believed there was another factor in play: voters were sending a message. “The thought of not being able to vote on a referendum pertaining to the skating rink and recreation center didn't make any sense to people,” Delnicki said.

The skating rink and recreation center in question has caused a stir in town ever since proponents introduced the plan to councilors on Oct. 18. The recreation center would be built at Evergreen Walk, and the proposal calls for the Town Council to create a 63-20 corporation to help finance it. Therein lies one of the controversies of the project: this financing option allows the project to move forward without voter approval. The proposal will no doubt continue to be a hot-button issue well into 2013.

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