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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.

Wildflowers of Tolland is Latest Major Donor

June 10th, 2014 | No Comments

Wildflowers of Tolland has pledged $1,500 in in-kind services to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration, becoming the latest major donor to help the town mark this important milestone in 2015.

wildflowers Wildflowers of Tolland, a full-service florist owned by Heather Mathiau, is the second “Crandall”-level sponsor of the anniversary. Donors are listed on the anniversary web site at tolland300.org.

The flower shop at 642 Tolland Stage Rd. will provide all of the flowers for the Tolland 300th Anniversary Gala, which will be held May 16, 2015 at Georgina’s Restaurant & Banquets in Bolton.

Mathiau, who has lived in Tolland since she was eight years old, said giving to the anniversary celebration fits her shop’s mission to give to the community.

“I have seen the spirit of this community and what its residents can do when called upon,” she said. “When approached by the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, the staff and I decided this would be a great opportunity to help make a wonderful event shine even more.”

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, thanked Wildflowers of Tolland for its pledge. Mathiau and her business will be honored by the town council, the anniversary committee, and the Tolland Historical Society on June 10 at 7:30 P.M. at town hall.

“We are grateful to Heather and Wildflowers of Tolland for this generous pledge to provide all of the flowers for the gala,” Senechal said. “This will be a festive evening made all the more memorable by Heather’s floral creations.”

The shop opened in 2004, and Mathiau has been its proprietor since March of 2006.

“Being a small business owner is a challenge in today’s economic times,” Mathiau said. “We are thankful that the community supports us, and in turn, we can support community events.”

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

Other events include a Charter Day celebration for schoolchildren on the Tolland Green May 12, 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 may 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, “like” the 300th Anniversary Celebration on Facebook, or follow its blog on Tolland Patch.

About Wildflowers of Tolland
Wildflowers of Tolland supports several local nonprofits, including the Tolland Food Pantry, Tolland youth sports leagues, the public schools, and churches. The shop, located in the Star Hardware Plaza, is your local source for all of your floral design needs. The staff has more than 50 years of combined experience in the floral industry. Wildflowers of Tolland can accommodate your request, from simple to exotic, and specializes in funeral and wedding work.

Savings Institute Bank & Trust Becomes a Major Donor

June 4th, 2014 | No Comments

Savings Institute Bank & Trust has become the latest major sponsor to support the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration planned for 2015.

Through the leadership of its Tolland branch, Savings Institute Bank & Trust has pledged $5,000 toward the celebration and will be designated as a “Settlers Rock”–level sponsor.

SIlogo Savings Institute Bank & Trust will be honored June 10 by the Tolland town council, Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, and the Tolland Historical Society at a council meeting at 7:30 P.M. at town hall.

“It is important to us to support the growth and vitality of all our communities. Tolland has planned a wonderful celebration and we are honored just to be a small part of it,” said Rheo Brouillard, President & CEO at Savings Institute Bank & Trust.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, said the committee and society are thrilled to receive the pledge.

“We are grateful for Savings Institute’s $5,000 pledge,” she said. “The Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee is excited to have the bank as our partner as we plan major events for 2015.”

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 number of civic groups will hold 300th-anniversary-themed events and the Historical Society will publish an updated history of Tolland. Other 2015 projects include a commemorative program, a heritage trail of historic markers, and a monument honoring the 59 original landowners who first asked the Connecticut Colony to make Tolland its own town.

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 may 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, “like” the 300th Anniversary Celebration on Facebook, or read its blog on Tolland Patch.

About the Savings Institute
Savings Institute Bank & Trust Company, which is headquartered in Willimantic, has 26 branches throughout eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island. With $1.4 billion in assets, the bank is a full-service, community-oriented financial institution dedicated to serving the financial service needs of consumers and businesses within its market area.

Commemorative Programs Now Available

May 14th, 2014 | No Comments

With one year to go to Tolland’s 300th anniversary, the official anniversary commemorative program has gone on sale.

bookcover The 64-page program contains a new timeline of Tolland history and many photos from the Tolland Historical Society. The program, produced by the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, also includes individual histories and photos of numerous town government departments, churches, and civic groups.

The program also unveils a calendar of dozens of anniversary-themed events being held in 2015 by the anniversary committee, the historical society, and many museums and civic groups in Tolland.

The programs are being sold for $20, with the proceeds going directly to support anniversary projects and events, including a new monument to honor Tolland’s founders, a Charter Day celebration, a gala, a large regional parade, and a townwide picnic.

The program was edited by Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee secretary Kate Farrish and designed and produced by James Gifford, a Tolland 300th volunteer and owner of NitroPress Creative Services of Tolland.

You may purchase the program here on the web site, at the Tolland Farmers Market, at the town manager’s office, or by contacting Kate at 860-871-8089 or at kate@tolland300.org.

Make History!

April 7th, 2014 | No Comments

300_club_pin Tolland residents and businesses can be a part of the 300th anniversary in 2015 by joining the Tolland 300 Club.

For a donation of $300 to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, members receive a commemorative pin and will be listed on the anniversary website, tolland300.org, and in all promotional materials.

Some club members have created a legacy by donating in the name of a loved one.

Members also receive early and frequent updates on the anniversary events that will begin May 12, 2015. The donations will be used directly on anniversary events or projects.

Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084. Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland, with “300th anniversary” on the memo line.

For more information on the Tolland 300 Club, contact secretary Kate Farrish at 860-871-8089 or club founder Dave Joyce at 860-872-9765.

Rockville Monuments is Latest Major Donor Supporting the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration

December 2nd, 2013 | No Comments

Rockville Monuments has donated $1,200 in in-kind services to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration, becoming the latest major donor to help the town mark this important milestone in 2015.

Rockville Monuments is the first “Crandall” level sponsor of the anniversary. Donors are listed on the anniversary web site at tolland300.org.

bench2 The monument company at 144 Hartford Turnpike, owned by Florence “Sissy” Bernache, donated a portion of its services during production earlier this year of a memorial bench to honor Janice Pockett. The bench was dedicated on July 26, 2013, the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of seven-year-old Janice. The beautiful bench can be visited at the Cross Farms Recreation Complex on Rhodes Rd. Janice has never been found and the crime has not been solved.

“I felt that my monument should speak out as a voice for Janice Pockett, to continue to keep her legacy alive and to be remembered by those in Tolland County and the surrounding area,” Bernache said.

Rockville Monuments is also donating part of its services for construction of a Founders Monument, which will be dedicated June 13, 2015 at the corner of Dunn Hill and Old Stafford roads. The monument honors the 59 pioneers who, on May 9, 1713, first petitioned the Connecticut Colony to make the Tolland area its own town. The Colony finally granted requests from area residents on May 12, 1715 – the anniversary that will be marked in 2015.

Celeste Senechal, chairwoman of the anniversary committee, thanked Rockville Monuments for its donation. Bernache and her business will be honored by the town council, the anniversary committee, and the Tolland Historical Society on December 10 at 7:30 P.M. at town hall.

“The 300th anniversary committee is grateful to Florence Bernache and Rockville Monuments for donating a portion of their services for the Janice Pockett bench and the Founders Monument,” Senechal said. “These will be highly visible, lasting projects that the public will be able to visit for generations to come.”

The monument company has been in existence for more than 20 years, said Bernache, who described the business’s philosophy.

“It is our intent to assist families in their grief with not only marking a final resting place, but to express in a tangible way the warmth and affection that was felt for all loved ones,” Bernache said. “Our monuments speak the message that there was a life, not a death.”

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

Events will include a Charter Day celebration on May 12, 2015 and a gala on May 16, 2015. The three Historical Society museums will hold unique exhibits and historical programs that summer, and the anniversary committee will put on a large regional parade and townwide picnic, combined with the Celebrate Tolland festival, on September 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 may 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, “like” the 300th Anniversary Celebration on Facebook, or follow its blog on Tolland Patch.

Town Council Approves Location for Founders Monument

October 24th, 2013 | No Comments

We’re happy to report that the town council, at their October 22 meeting, unanimously approved placing the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee’s Founders Monument on town-owned land at Dunn Hill and Old Stafford Roads.

founders1 The monument will honor the 59 original landowners of the area who in May 1713 first asked the state to make Tolland its own town.

More than $10,000 has been raised for the monument, which will not require any town funds. The committee is still seeking donations to pay for its installation and dedication ceremony on June 13, 2015.

To make a tax-deductible donation, send a check made out to “Town of Tolland” with “300th Anniversary Committee” on the memo line, to Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

Anniversary Committee Hopes to Place Founders Monument on Town-Owned Land

October 17th, 2013 | No Comments

DunnHillproperty To honor the 59 original landowners who in May 1713 first asked the state to make Tolland its own town, the 300th Anniversary Committee is seeking to place a founders monument on town-owned land at the corner of Dunn Hill and Old Stafford roads.

The gray granite monument, which would be about six feet tall, would include the names of all 59 founders.

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the town council will consider the anniversary’s request when it meets at 7:30 P.M. at town hall.

About $10,000 in private funds has already been raised for the monument, which will be produced and installed without any town or state funding.

DunnHillmap Anyone wishing to donate toward the remaining cost of installing the monument can send tax-deductible donations to the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084. Checks should be made out to the Town of Tolland with “300th Anniversary” on the memo line.

A donation of $300 will entitle the donor to membership in the Tolland 300 Club. Members receive a commemorative pin and their names will be listed on our website at tolland300.org and all promotional materials. They will also receive early and frequent updates on our plans for the anniversary in 2015.

Have Your Historic Tolland Photos Copied

September 23rd, 2013 | No Comments

Woodcut-Green Do you have historic photos of Tolland scenes and people that you would like to share with the Tolland 300th Anniversary Committee and the Tolland Historical Society?

Here’s your chance: anyone with old photos from town events and scenes is invited to contact either group, who will scan and catalogue the photos and immediately return them to you. If possible, anyone sharing photos should include the date the photo was taken, where it was taken, and the names of the people pictured.

To avoid delays in the process, please bring the photos loose, rather than in albums or frames.

The photos will be used in 300th Anniversary and Historical Society publications, exhibits, and web sites as both groups get ready for the milestone celebration in 2015.

For more information about the process, contact Kate Farrish at kate@tolland300.org or 860-871-8089.

For more information on the anniversary, visit www.tolland300.org or “like” the Tolland 300th Anniversary Celebration on Facebook. For more information on the Historical Society’s museums and events, visit www.tollandhistorical.org or “like” the Tolland Historical Society on Facebook.

New Volunteers Invited to a Tolland 300th Anniversary Meeting

September 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

Want to help put on Tolland’s largest party ever?

Residents interested in volunteering for the 300th anniversary celebration in 2015 are invited to attend a meeting Sept. 16 at 7:30 P.M. at the Tolland Recreation Center (formerly Parker Memorial School).

Through merchandise sales and business sponsorships, the committee has been successfully raising money for a series of events to be held between May 12, 2015—Tolland’s actual anniversary—and Sept. 19 of that year, when a large regional parade and townwide picnic will be held.

Volunteers are needed for the parade and picnic committees, but residents of all interests are welcome to help out.

For more information, call secretary Kate Farrish at 860-871-8089 or e-mail her at kate@tolland300.org.