Winners of coin design contest honored

By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Ashford - posted Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
(L-r) Amber Recchia won in K-grade 2 age group, Kate Lindsay in 3-5, and Jonathan Varga in 6-7. Photos by Kitty LeShay.
(L-r) Amber Recchia won in K-grade 2 age group, Kate Lindsay in 3-5, and Jonathan Varga in 6-7. Photos by Kitty LeShay.

Proud parents and supportive friends came to Knowlton Hall on Jan. 28 to honor Kate Lindsay, Amber Recchia and Jonathan Varga. The three Ashford School students were the winners of the coin design contest sponsored by Ashford’s 300th Anniversary Committee.

The tradition began 25 years ago, when Linda Falletti first introduced the contest. “They designed a coin about something special in their community or a piece of history about their town," Falletti said. She is co-chair of the committee along with her husband, Bill.

A big chocolate cake, cupcakes and chocolate coin replicas were provided by Dizzee’s, a new bakery in town. After gift certificates were presented to the winners and pictures were taken, everyone enjoyed the delectable desserts.

Seventy-five students participated in the contest. “The students did a wonderful job. It was not easy for the committee to choose the designs that would be voted on by the townspeople,” Falletti said.

The themes on the coins ranged from school mascots to historical figures to manufacturing and farming history. Jonathan Varga, a seventh-grader who won in his age category, designed a coin that depicts a glass and axe factory, helping hands and, of course, the agricultural character of Ashford. “Drawing was the most fun,” he said.

Kate Lindsay, who aspires to become a historian, drew three different people who were important contributors to Ashford’s community: Thomas Knowlton; Edward Washburn Whittaker, a soldier in the Civil War; and Bertram Wilson, a Tuskegee Airman in WWII.

Amber Recchia, in third grade, drew the school mascot, a wolf. “My sister gave me the idea,” she said graciously.

Ashford’s 300th Anniversary Committee is busily planning all the coming events for 2014. Dates are not firmly set, except for the May 4 tea party and the Oct. 11 parade. Events from a blueberry festival and town-wide tag sale, to a tree-planting and variety show are all in the pipeline.

“The participation of this committee is wonderful, and I anticipate the events they plan will be terrific as well as community-building,” said First Selectman Mike Szabo.

Coins may be purchased at the Town Clerk’s Office or by calling 860-487-1643 to place an order.

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