Friday, August 18, 2017

Longtime Cheshire Resident Richard Chapman Dies

For those who grew up in Cheshire, Richard H. Chapman is best known as the owner of a chicken farm that operated on Route 10 for many years.

But for newcomers to town, Chapman will probably be remembered as the man who sold his family's 10-acre farm to the town for $3 million. Chapman died Aug. 16th at the age 80, according to an obituary posted by the Alderson Funeral Home.

Richard Chapman
Cheshire voters approved the land purchase in a September 2016 referendum. The town had tried to buy the farm, which is located adjacent to Bartlem Park on Route 10, earlier in the current decade, but a deal never came to fruition.

 “They had what old-timers like to call ‘fishhooks in your pocket,’” Chapman told the New Haven Register, when asked to describe the town's previous offer for the property. “I wasn't going to give it away for nothing.”

Some residents objected to the price of the property, but town officials successfully argued that if the referendum failed,  a developer might purchase the land and build high density housing on it. Traffic along that stretch of Route 10, near Cheshire High School, is already quite heavy.

Chapman was a regular morning visitor to the One Stop Convenience Store on South Main Street, where he would socialize and discuss local issues with friends.

Richard is survived by his children; Richard Chapman Jr. and his wife Carol of Canajoharie, New York;  Sandra Beyerle and her husband Paul of Cheshire; Gunnar Chapman Sr. and his wife Kathleen of Cheshire and Heidi White and her husband Kevin of Cheshire. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Colton, Patricia, Ty, and Gwendolynn White, Rhiannon, Christian, and Faith Beyerle, Gunnar Chapman Jr. and Katherine Chapman, and Sara Chapman

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Cheshire, 111 Church Dr.  Burial will follow in Cheshire Hillside Cemetery.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Silver Industry History Explored in Wallingford

Franklin Johnson Museum
A century and a half of silver making in Connecticut will be explored during an upcoming open house at the Franklin Johnson Museum in Wallingford.

The September 17th open house, which is being put on by the Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust, will focus on the impact that silver industry had on Wallingford, Meriden and other surrounding communities, Volunteer tour guides show off examples of locally produced silverware products like platters, trays and plates.

The mansion is located at 153 South Main Street in Wallingford. The open house will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

A voluntary $5 entry fee to support the museum is suggested.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

New Business Comes to Wallingford

Summit Technical Services, a company that provides staffing for high technology and engineering companies, has added an office in Wallingford on Barnes Road.

A company official, who declined to give her name, said the new office is actually a relocation from the space that Summit Technical Services had at 1157 Highland Avenue in Cheshire. The new Wallingford location is at 1062 Barnes Road, where the company leased 1,700 square feet office space, according to officials with
Pearce Real Estate's commercial division.

Summit Technical Services provides its clients with mechanical, electrical, software and manufacturing engineers, CAD designers and drafters. It is part of a larger staffing services organization, The Reserves Network, which is headquartered in Ohio.


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Friday, February 10, 2017

There's No Business Like Snow Business.....

Okay, so it has snowed a lot in New Haven area. You might as well make some good use of it, right?

The Cheshire Land Trust is doing a snowshoeing trip on Saturday. The trip will leave from Ives Farm, 1585 Cheshire St., at 1 p.m. The hike will include a walk along the banks of the Quinnipiac River.

Members of the Land Trust hope to have cleared a small parking area near the farmhouse so that those who attend will have some place to park.

Land Trust members recommend that you dress warmly and wear sunglasses. You should also bring water and a snack

Those who wish to take part in the winter hike must bring their snowshoes.

For more information on the Cheshire Land Trust,
visit the organization's web site.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Two Cheshire High School Students Honored

A pair of Cheshire High School senior have been selected to represent Connecticut this year and be part of an all-star marching band that will perform during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 7, 2017.

Austin Ratliff and Alysha DeGennaro have been selected to participate in the

U.S. Army All-American Marching Band . The band  recognizes the top 125 high school senior musicians and color guard members from across the country.

Ratliff and DeGennaro are the only students selected from Connecticut. He plays the tuba and she is a color guard performer.

 “Being a successful band member not only requires great skill, but also a commitment to teamwork,”  Mark S. Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for marketing, said in a statement. “And similar to all Army Soldiers, these students have proven to be incredibly versatile and mentally and physically nimble.”

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a showcase event for the nation's top high school football players.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Senator Murphy Helps Connecticut Farmers

 Cheshire is more of a bedroom suburb these days than a farming community, but in honor of the town being the  "Bedding Plant Capital of Connecticut," I figure there might be some interest in one of U.S, Senator Chris Murphy's stops on Thursday.

Chris Murphy
Besides, Murphy is a  Cheshire guy. But I digress.

Murphy is visiting Sweet Acre Farm in Lebanon on Thursday to highlight the newly-awarded $597,598 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to the University of Connecticut.  UConn had to stop offering training programs for new farmers last year because a lack of funding.

The money that Murphy helped secure from the USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program will enable the UConn program to be restarted.

Why travel to eastern Connecticut to highlight the restoration of the training?  Well, it's because Sweet Acre Farm owners Jonathan Janeway and Charlotte Ross founded the farm in 2011 and attended UConn’s training program.

According to Murphy's office, one in four principal farm operators in Connecticut are considered “beginning farmers”, meaning they are operating a farm with less than 10 years of experience. Between 2007 and 2012, Connecticut experienced a 15.1 percent increase in the number of principal farm operators with less than 10 years of experience – one of the largest increases in the nation.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

An Honor Fitting Of Mary Fritz

The Wallingford Town Council next week is going to consider renaming Yalesville Elementary School in honor of Mary Fritz, the long-time state rep, who died in July.

Mary Fritz
It would be a fitting tribute for Mary, who at one point in her long life, was a school teacher. And her time as an educator yield one of my favorite stories in the decade or so that I covered Mary for the Register

During on election campaign season, Mary spoke at a meeting of the Democratic Committee. Former Town Councilman Jim Vumbaco was launching a run for Mayor and it was Mary's job to introduce him.

I expected Mary to start out her remarks by extolling his virtues. But instead, she drew on personal anecdote about Vumbaco.

"Ya know, Jimmy, I can remember when I had you in one of my classes," Mary said.

As I recall, the look on Vumbaco's face suggested that he was a tad embarrassed by her recollection.

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