Columbia, Coventry, Vernon, Tolland

Rep. Ackert Sworn In for Fifth Term and Appointed Assistant Republican Leader

Posted on January 9, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – On Wednesday, January 9th, State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) took the oath of office for his fifth term as State Representative for the 8th District which includes the towns of Coventry, Columbia and portions of Tolland and Vernon.

“It’s an honor to serve the people of Columbia, Coventry, Tolland and Vernon for another two years,” said Rep. Ackert. “Last term we made important progress enacting new caps on spending and borrowing, this year we will need to defend these caps and continue fighting for long term changes.”

Rep. Ackert was also appointed Assistant House Republican Leader and member of the Bill Screening Committee. Additionally, Rep. Ackert will serve on the Energy & Technology Committee, General Law Committee and the Higher Education & Employment Advancement Committee.

“I am excited to take on a new role as Assistant House Republican Leader and work on the Bill Screening Committee,” said Rep. Ackert. “This year I will be a member of the General Law Committee which covers a broad range of issues such as occupational licensing, consumer protections and sales and trade practices. Additionally, I will be returning to the Higher Education and Employment Advancement and the Energy and Technology Committee. These committee assignments put me in a strong position to advocate for policies that will grow our economy and create jobs.”

The 2019 regular legislative session will run from January 9th until June 5th. Rep. Ackert can be reached at or (860) 240-8700.

Rep. Ackert to Hold District-Wide Discussions

Posted on December 17, 2018 by jpheasant


HARTFORD- State Representative Tim Ackert (R-Coventry) has announced that he will be hosting a variety of office hours in an effort to allow residents throughout the 8th District to meet with him prior to the start of the 2019 legislative session.

WHEN: January 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tolland Public Library,

WHEN: January 7th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Between Rounds, Vernon

WHEN: January 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Coventry Lakeview Restaurant & Bar

WHEN: January 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Saxton B. Little Library, Columbia

These events are designed to provide constituents with an opportunity to speak with the representative about
issues effecting the district, bill proposal ideas, or other legislative related topics.

November Brings 3 New Businesses to the 8th District

Posted on November 30, 2018 by jpheasant


I’m pleased to announce that November has been a busy month for a variety of new businesses who have chosen to plant their roots within the 8th District.

Back on November 8th, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to welcome licensed optician Sonya Maher and eyeTrade to Coventry village. eyeTrade specializes in offering affordable and stylish eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lens technology. eyeTrade also offers a trade in program to benefit those who are unable to afford a pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses by donating them to medical missions and other charitable organizations across the country and around the globe. Anyone who brings in a pair of glasses or sunglasses (in functional condition) will receive 10% off toward your new frame purchase. eyeTrade is located at 1197 Main Street and is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, you can visit her website here.

The Wendy’s Company opened a new location in Vernon at 145 Talcottville Rd (Route 83), right next to Taco Bell on November 7th. Construction for the 3,300 square-foot restaurant began in August and will feature burgers, fries, salads, a children’s menu, desserts, and a drive-through.

Lifelong Coventry residents Ed and Susan Grace kicked off their grand opening with a ribbon cutting event of The Coventry Village Professional Building on November 29th. The Coventry Village Professional Building rents out office space with Wi-Fi and electricity included for a flat rate of $5.00/hr. The newly renovated building also features a furnished office, separate waiting room and break room. Ed and Susan created this space as a flexible model to allow local professionals to rent space and only pay for the time in which they use. There are currently 11 various professionals renting space. Coventry Village Professional Building is located at 1153 Main Street, Coventry. For more information about the Coventry Village Professional Building please email them at .

I am very happy to share in the excitement of bringing these new businesses to our area. This excitement can be contagious and bring a renewed interest in attracting other businesses to the 8th District. I look forward to many more ribbon cuttings in the near future.