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Big Y Foods Inc. Lends Its Support to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

January 25th, 2015 | No Comments

TOLLAND – Big Y Foods Inc., which will mark its 10th anniversary of operating a supermarket in Tolland in August, has become the latest major donor to support this year’s Tolland 300th Anniversary celebration.

The family-owned chain based in Springfield, Mass. recently made a $1,000 donation to the anniversary committee, making it the sixth “Crandall” level sponsor of the celebration. Donors are listed at Tolland300.org.

BigYFoodsLogoBig Y, represented by store director Scott Gardiner and District Manager Michael Beaudry, will be honored by the town council, the anniversary committee, and its partner, the Tolland Historical Society, on Jan. 27 at 7:30 P.M. in council chambers at town hall.

During the past few months, Big Y sold copies of a new history of Tolland, “The Tolland Transformation: 1940–2014” by Marshall A. Atwater, to support the Historical Society. Gardiner said Big Y was pleased to make the books available to its customers and to support the anniversary celebration.

“Congratulations to the town and its founding fathers on the 300th anniversary celebration,’’ Gardiner said. “Each day, we witness the true sense of Tolland as a community and how proud our customers are to live in this area. Big Y has a continued effort in community involvement.”

Gardiner noted that the 59,108-square-foot Big Y opened in Fieldstone Commons on Aug. 5, 2005.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the 300th anniversary committee, thanked Big Y for its generous donation.

“Congratulations to Big Y as it gets ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary in Tolland,” she said. “We are grateful that the store sold the new history book and that its leaders have signed on as a Tolland 300th sponsor.”

The anniversary committee, historical society, and many civic groups will be holding dozens of events to mark the anniversary this year. They include a Charter Day celebration for schoolchildren on the Tolland Green May 12, a gala on May 16, and a tour of historic homes and museums on the green June 7. A Founders Monument will be dedicated June 13, and a large regional parade and townwide picnic will end the celebration on Sept. 19. To see the complete list of events, visit Tolland300.org.

Businesses and resident can still make donations to support this year’s celebration. Opportunities include being a member of the “Tolland 300 Club” by making a $300 donation.

Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th anniversary committee” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, Town Hall, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

For more information on the fundraising levels, call Mary-Pat Soucy at 860-875-3794.

About Big Y Foods Inc.
Big Y will celebrate its 79th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1936 in Chicopee, Mass. and is now one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Proud to be family-owned and operated, Big Y has 63 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts and employs more than 10,000 employees. The store was named after an intersection in Chicopee where two roads converge to form a Y. It was at this location where brothers Paul and Gerry D’Amour opened the first store in 1936.

Keep in Touch and Drew Crandall Become Donors to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

January 21st, 2015 | No Comments

TOLLAND – Drew Crandall, a descendant of one of the town’s most prominent families, and his business, Keep In Touch, have become the latest major donor to support this year’s Tolland 300th Anniversary celebration.

DrewcrandallCrandall, Keep In Touch’s president, has made a $1,000 donation to the anniversary celebration, making him and his business the fourth “Crandall” level sponsor of the anniversary. Donors to the anniversary effort are listed at tolland300.org.

Crandall and Keep In Touch will be will be honored by the town council, the 300th Anniversary Committee and its partner, the Tolland Historical Society, on Jan. 27 at 7:30 P.M. in council chambers at town hall.

Crandall said he, Prudence Crandall (the state’s official female hero), and the late Lily Crandall (who donated the popular Crandall Park in Tolland to the town) are all descended from the Rev. John Crandall, who landed in Boston in 1634. In one branch of the family, Constant, Giles, and Samuel Crandall settled in Tolland in the early- to mid-1700s. The first record of Crandall babies being born in Tolland are in 1750.

He said this long history with the town prompted him to support the 300th anniversary celebration.

"The Crandall family has been in Tolland for most of the town’s history,” he said. “The town’s most popular park is named after the family, and my business was started in the Tolland Business Park, so it’s appropriate that my firm would become a Crandall level sponsor."

Located at 30 Lafayette Square in Vernon, Keep In Touch is a marketing communications and media monitoring firm that serves clients across Connecticut. The firm also operates a Business Training Center where executives and employees can attend professional development seminars. This training center is available for rental, with capacity for up to 40 participants. Visit KeepTouch.com for details.

Drew Crandall will celebrate his 10th anniversary this year of hosting “Tolland County Economy,” a show on the Community Voice Channel, Comcast channel 5.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, thanked Crandall and Keep In Touch for its generous donation.

“It’s wonderful that a descendant of the Crandall family has made a donation at the Crandall level,’’ she said. “We’re pleased to welcome Drew and Keep In Touch to our list of donors who will help us host many memorable events this year.”

The anniversary committee, historical society, and many civic groups will be holding dozens of events to mark the anniversary this year. They include a Charter Day celebration for schoolchildren on the Tolland Green May 12, a gala on May 16, and a tour of historic homes and museums on the green June 7. A Founders Monument will be dedicated June 13, and a large regional parade and townwide picnic will end the celebration on Sept. 19. To see the complete list of events, visit Tolland300.org.

More donations are being sought from businesses and residents who want to be a part of the celebration. Opportunities include being a member of the “Tolland 300 Club” by making a $300 donation.

Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th anniversary committee” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, Town Hall, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

For more information on the fundraising levels, call Mary-Pat Soucy at 860-875-3794.

To learn more about the 2015 plans, visit Tolland300.org or “like” the Tolland 300th anniversary celebration on Facebook.

Santini Family Honored by Town Council

January 19th, 2015 | No Comments

Members of the Santini family were honored Jan. 13 by the Tolland town council for their $2,500 gift to sponsor the Tolland 300th anniversary townwide picnic on Sept. 19.

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Front row, left to right: Kim, Julia, Mia, and Ella Santini with Kathy Bach, president of the Tolland Historical Society; Back row, left to right, 300th anniversary committee chairwoman Celeste Senechal, Lois, Kevin and Eric Santini, and Eric Santini Jr. Not pictured: Kristin, Colin, Olivia, and Kate

Santini Family Lends Its Support to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

January 7th, 2015 | No Comments

TOLLAND – The family of Eric and Lois Santini, known for building distinctive apartments and homes throughout the Tolland area, has made a generous gift of $2,500 to support the Tolland 300th Anniversary celebration.

The donation from Eric and Lois Santini, their son Kevin and his wife Kim, and their son Eric Jr. and his wife Kristin makes them the third “Shenipsit” level sponsor of the anniversary. Donors to the anniversary are listed at tolland300.org.

The family will be honored by the town council, the 300th Anniversary Committee, and its partner, the Tolland Historical Society, on Jan. 13 at 7:30 P.M. in council chambers at town hall.

The Santinis, who have lived in Tolland for more than 40 years, will be the major sponsor of a townwide picnic on Sept. 19. The picnic, which will include the Celebrate Tolland festival, will follow a large 300th anniversary parade that is set for 1 P.M. that day along the historic town green. The Tolland 300th anniversary committee is encouraging families to plan family reunions for that weekend so they can attend both events that day.

The Santini family has had a very positive experience living n Tolland and said they are grateful to have this opportunity to be a part of the 300th anniversary celebration.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, noted that the Santinis are the first Tolland family to make such a sizable gift to support the 300th anniversary.

“We are so grateful to the Santini family for signing on to be the sponsor of our townwide picnic,” she said. “Their gift is quite generous and will enable us to hold a fun activity, featuring music, good food, games, and family-friendly entertainment for the whole town on Sept. 19.”

Since 1968, Santini Villa Apartments has also provided high-quality rentals throughout the area. Founded in 1972 by Eric Santini, Santini Homes has built neighborhoods and hundreds of houses in Tolland, Vernon, and Ellington.

Besides the parade and picnic, the anniversary committee, historical society, and many civic groups will be holding dozens of events to mark the anniversary this year. They include a Charter Day celebration for schoolchildren on the Tolland Green May 12, a gala on May 16, and a tour of historic homes and museums on the green June 7. A Founders Monument will be dedicated June 13. To see the complete list of events, visit Tolland300.org.

More donations are being sought from businesses and residents who want to be a part of the celebration. Opportunities include being a member of the “Tolland 300 Club” by making a $300 donation.

Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th anniversary committee” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, Town Hall, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

For more information on the fundraising levels, call Mary-Pat Soucy at 860-875-3794.

What’s in store for 2015

December 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Now view all the events planned so far for 2015 in one convenient place. Click on the image below to download the schedule, ready to print and be placed on your bulletin board at home. You won’t want to miss a second.

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Lee & Lamont Realty Becomes Major Donor to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

December 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

TOLLAND – Lee & Lamont Realty Development of Vernon, which built many of the homes in Tolland in the 1970s and 1980s, has become the latest major donor to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration, with its gift of $1,000. The company at 40 West St. is the fourth “Crandall” level sponsor of the anniversary. Donors are listed on the anniversary website at www.tolland300.org.

Owners Richard Lee and Stephen Lamont described their reasons for making the gift this way: “Residents new to Tolland since the year 2000 would not be wrong to think that Tolland is an ideal place to raise a family with many lovely subdivisions. However, those residents here in the 1970s and 1980s know that the transition from rural to suburb was not without its challenges. Lee & Lamont Realty experienced those challenges and in a small way recognizes that like many of the families who lived in Tolland in the 1800s and 1900s, we are a part of Tolland’s history. We know future generations will face new challenges and add to the history of Tolland, but for now, we are excited to share the milestone of 300 years of Tolland history.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, thanked Lee & Lamont for its gift. “The anniversary committee is grateful to Lee & Lamont for their generous donation,’’ she said. “It is the latest of many Tolland-area businesses to support us.”

With its partner, the Tolland Historical Society, the anniversary committee is planning many exciting events to mark the anniversary in 2015. They include a Charter Day celebration for schoolchildren on the Tolland Green May 12, a gala on May 16 and a large regional parade and townwide picnic, combined with the Celebrate Tolland festival, on Sept. 19.

More donations are being sought from businesses and residents who want to be a part of the celebration. Opportunities include being a member of the “Tolland 300 Club” by making a $300 donation.

Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th anniversary committee” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, Town Hall, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

For more information on the fundraising levels, call Mary-Pat Soucy at 860-875-3794.

For more information on the celebration, visit Tolland300.org or “like” the 300th Anniversary Celebration on Facebook.

About Lee & Lamont Realty Development
Lee & Lamont Realty began building homes and developing subdivisions in Tolland in the 1970s. The Natural Estates, The Sanctuary, Woodbridge subdivision, Reed Hill and The Vineyards are just a few of the areas developed by Lee & Lamont Realty. While the company’s land development has now slowed, before 2014 ends, one more small subdivision will open in Tolland.

Tickets On Sale Now!

October 21st, 2014 | No Comments

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Bill’s Auto Parts Inc. Latest Major Donor Supporting the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

October 9th, 2014 | No Comments

TOLLAND—Bill’s Auto Parts Inc. has donated $1,000 to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration, becoming the latest major donor to help the town mark this important milestone in 2015.

Bill's logoThe company at 844 Tolland Stage Road is a full-service auto recycling business owned by Greg DeBacco and founded by his father, William M. DeBacco. Bill’s Auto Parts Inc. is the third “Crandall” level sponsor of the anniversary. Donors are listed on the anniversary website at www.tolland300.org.

Greg DeBacco said the town of Tolland has been supportive of the business, which now includes three generations of the family.

“My father and I talked about it and knew we wanted to help out the anniversary effort,” Greg DeBacco said. “This town has been very, very good to us.”

The DeBaccos will be honored Oct. 14 at 7:30 P.M. at town hall by the Tolland Town Council, the anniversary committee, and the Tolland Historical Society.


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Three generations from Bill’s Auto Parts Inc. were honored by the Tolland town council Oct. 14 for their generous $1,000 donation to the 300th anniversary celebration. Pictured, left to right, are anniversary chairwoman Celeste Senechal, Bill DeBacco, his father, Greg DeBacco, his grandfather, William DeBacco, and Kathy Bach, president of the Tolland Historical Society.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, thanked Bill’s Auto Parts and the DeBacco family for their donation.

“Bill’s Auto Parts is the latest business in Tolland to give generously to support next year’s anniversary events,” she said. “We couldn’t provide an inclusive, townwide celebration without the support of Tolland’s many businesses.”

The anniversary events include a Charter Day celebration for schoolchildren on the Tolland Green May 12, 2015, a gala on May 16, 2015, and a large regional parade and townwide picnic, combined with the Celebrate Tolland festival, on Sept. 19, 2015.

More donations are being sought from businesses and residents who want to be a part of the celebration. Opportunities include being a member of the “Tolland 300 Club” by making a $300 donation.

Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th anniversary committee” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, Town Hall, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

For more information on the fundraising levels or to arrange a visit from committee volunteers, call Mary-Pat Soucy at 860-875-3794.

For more information on the celebration, visit Tolland300.org or “like” the 300th Anniversary Celebration on Facebook.

About Bill’s Auto Parts Inc.
Bill’s Auto Parts in Tolland was established by William M. DeBacco in 1959 as a two-bay repair shop that sold gas at 30 cents a gallon. It is now a third-generation, family-owned and operated business providing fast, friendly service. It has more than 800 vehicles on ten well-organized acres, so chances are it has the part its customers need in stock. If it doesn’t, it can locate auto parts using modern technology and three location services. Bill’s is a member of the Connecticut Auto Recyclers Association and the Automotive Recyclers Association.

Celebrate Tolland’s 300th Anniversary by Dancing the Night Away

August 20th, 2014 | No Comments

Tolland residents are invited to celebrate the town’s 300th anniversary with a special night of fine food, music, prizes, and dancing May 16, 2015 at the Three Hundredth Anniversary Gala.

Tickets are now on sale for this one-of-a-kind event, to be held from 6 P.M. to 11 P.M. at Georgina’s Restaurant & Banquets at 275 Boston Turnpike in Bolton. WFSB reporter Jill Konopka will be the emcee of the gala, which will also feature Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, other distinguished speakers, and special presentations.

“This will be a night to remember for Tolland residents who want to be a part of this important milestone in the town’s history,” gala committee co-chairwoman Minna DiBella said. “It’s also a great chance to invite your friends and neighbors to have some fun.”

Tolland’s own Three Seasons Trio will provide music during the social hour from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M., followed by dinner with music by Eight to the Bar from 7 P.M. to 8:15 P.M. After a program of speakers and awards, Eight to the Bar will return for dancing from 9:30 P.M. to 11 P.M.

Dress for the event is black tie requested, with business or evening attire at a minimum. Colonial-era costuming is welcome and will be noted by the gala committee.

Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10. Tickets can be purchased most Saturdays at the Farmers Market on the Green from 9 a.m. to noon or during the week at the Tolland town manager’s office, the Tolland Recreation Center, or the Tolland Public Library.

Checks should be made out to “Town of Tolland” with “300th Anniversary Gala” in the memo line.

Please note that this is intended as an adult event, and attendance by children under 14 is discouraged.

For more information, visit tolland300.org or contact Minna DiBella at 860-896-1014.

The Country Butcher Has Made a Major Donation to Support the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

June 24th, 2014 | No Comments

The Country Butcher has become the last major donor to support the support the Tolland 300th Anniversary celebration planned for 2015.

Owner Stephen Boyer has pledged a $3,500 in-kind donation to the anniversary committee.

The Country Butcher provided excellent food and service when the committee and the Tolland Historical Society held a reception May 12 at The Lodge at Crandall Park II to thank the 300th anniversary sponsors. The business is also expected to provide food at another anniversary event in 2015.

CountryButcher “Stephen Boyer and The Country Butcher’s staff provided us with exceptional service and a delicious array of food at the reception,” Celeste Senechal, co-chairwoman of the anniversary committee, said. “We really appreciate Stephen’s support and look forward to working with him again in 2015.”

Boyer, a native of town, said, “We did this because we love our hometown. Tolland is an example of what small-town America stands for and what it is all about.”

The Country Butcher will be honored for its donation before the town council on June 24 at 7:30 P.M. in council chambers at town hall.

The anniversary committee and the Historical Society are planning months of events in 2015 so that the landmark will be remembered as an inclusive, townwide celebration.

Events will include a Charter Day celebration on May 12, 2015 to mark the actual 300th anniversary of the day when the state granted residents a charter to form their own town. A gala is planned for May 16, 2015. A monument honoring the 59 pioneers who first asked the Connecticut Colony to make Tolland its own town will be dedicated on June 13, 2015.

The celebration will culminate on Sept. 19, 2015 with a large regional parade and a townwide picnic.

Businesses can support the celebration at one of several funding levels. Residents can be part of the Tolland 300 Club by donating $300. Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th anniversary committee” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, Town Hall, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

For more information on the fundraising effort, call Mary-Pat Soucy at 860-875-3794. To learn more about the celebration, visit tolland300.org or “like” the 300th Anniversary Celebration on Facebook.

About The Country Butcher
The Country Butcher at Spring Meadow Farm is celebrating its 25th year in business. It continually strives to provide exceptionally high-quality fresh meats and meat products. Along with its meat products, it also provides full service and pick-up catering services. Spring Meadow Farm also produces fresh, all-natural, grass-fed beef and fresh, all-natural, cage-free, free-range eggs from its laying hens, using sustainable agricultural practices for both.