Posted on October 18, 2018 by admin
WINDSOR LOCKS – State representatives Tami Zawistowski (R-61) and Scott Storms (R-60) co-hosted a program with the Bradley Regional Chamber of Commerce featuring two presentations from the Department of Economic and Community Development. The presenter was Sheila Hummel Business Development Manager for the Small Business Express Program. The program is designed to offer businesses with fewer than 100 employees access to grants or loans between $10,000 to $300,000 for job creation, training or capital improvement. The second presentation covered brownfield remediation programs and was presented by Cynthia Petruzzello VP for Brownfield Redevelopment. More information can be found at www.ct.gov/ecd. Representatives Zawistowski and Storms shared that they were pleased to be able to bring these presentations to the Bradley Regional Chamber of Commerce and that audience members found the information valuable.
Posted on October 4, 2018 by admin
WINDSOR LOCKS – State Representative Scott Storms (R-60) participated in the Commemoration Ceremony for Medal of Honor recipient Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman on Sunday, September 30th. The day began with a monument dedication at Memorial Hall on Main Street in Windsor Locks. The dedication address was given by State Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Major Thomas J. Saadi and the ceremony was carried out by Windsor Locks American Legion Post 36 and VFW Post 6123. The new stone monument in front of Memorial Hall was uncovered by Chapman’s mother Terry Chapman and sister Lori Chapman Longfritz.
“This celebration of John Chapman’s life was truly a special day for our community and our Veterans,” remarked Rep. Storms. “This commemoration would not have been possible without the dedicated support of local volunteers and the Chapman family. It was incredibly moving to see our community come together to celebrate the bravery and heroism of our native son John Chapman.”
The dedication was followed by a Veterans’ parade along Main Street towards town hall where the Commemoration concluded. During the Commemoration, there was a flyover by the Connecticut Air National Guard, 103rd Air Wing and a parachute landing by members of the USAF 24th Special Operations Wing. Featured speakers included Air Force Colonel Claude L. Tudor, Jr. Commander, 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida, Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and 1st District Congressman John Larson.
Rep. Storms co-chaired the event planning committee with Windsor Locks First Selectman J. Christopher Kervick, Commander Roger Pearl VFW Smalley Brothers Post 6123 and Commander David McKemmie American Legion Gensi-Viola Post 36.
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Posted on September 24, 2018 by admin
This Sunday, the Town of Windsor Locks will host a Commemoration of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman to honor his memory and recognize his service to his country. The commemoration will feature a memorial dedication at Memorial Hall, a procession of service members and veterans, an Air National Guard flyover, a concert featuring the USAF Heritage of America Band and remarks from state and local dignitaries.
Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman is the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. Chapman was raised in Windsor Locks and is a 1983 graduate of Windsor Locks High School. He was killed in combat at Takur Ghar, Afghanistan, on March 4, 2002.
The dedication will begin at 1:00 pm and will be held at Memorial Hall, 1 South Main Street, Windsor Locks, CT. The dedication will be co-hosted by the American Legion Gensi-Viola Post 36 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Smalley Brothers Post 6123. Major Thomas J. Saadi, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will give the dedication address on behalf of all Connecticut veterans.
Following the dedication there will be a veterans’ procession from Memorial Hall to the new Windsor Locks Amphitheater adjacent to Town Hall on 50 Church Street, Windsor Locks, CT.
The Commemoration will begin at 2:00 pm at the amphitheater. United States Air Force Colonel Claude K. Tudor, Jr. and Chief Master Sergeant Jeffrey Guilmain will deliver keynote speeches. Colonel Tudor is the Commander and Chief Master Sergeant Guilmain is the Command Chief of the 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida, which is the special operations unit to which then Tech. Sgt. Chapman was assigned at the time of his heroic actions on Takur Ghar Mountain.
A musical program will follow the commemoration featuring the United States Air Force Heritage Brass Band and the award winning Glastonbury Pipe Band. The event will also feature a flyover of military aircraft. Food will be available for sale from several food truck vendors.
South Main Street from Elm Street to School Street will be closed from approximately 12:30 to 1:45 pm with traffic re-routed. Main Street from Elm Street to Church Street will be close from approximately 1:20 to 1:50 pm.
Parking for the event is available at Windsor Locks High School (via shuttle bus), Windsor Locks Middle School lower lots, St. Mary Church, Windsor Locks Municipal Parking (behind CVS) and Pesci Park. Reserved parking for disabled individuals is available at Windsor Locks Town Hall.