Photo from The Winchester Town Committee website.
Photo from The Winchester Town Committee website.

Winchester Democratic Town Committee Legacy Award Recognition Program
12:15 p.m. May 23

Little Red Barn Brewery

2020 Award Recipients

The Anna Harding Community Service Award
Presented by: Harding Family
Lara Green Kazlauskas, Recipient

The Jose Cevallos Youth Service Award
Presented by: Cevallos Family
Charles “Skip” Marsh , Recipient

The Joseph Barber Citizenship Award
Presented by: Barber Family
David Sartirana, Recipient

The John Groppo Good Government Award
Presented by: Groppo Family
Arnold “Skip” Travaglin, Recipient

Special Friend to the Community Award
Presented by:
Sarah Lauretti Toomey, Recipient

The Joseph Barber
Citizenship Award

In honor of Joseph Barber, this award will be given to a member of the community who has exemplified the ideals of citizenship over an extended period of time. The recipient shall have provided leadership to a board, commission or public or private agency that demonstrated a commitment to advancing the interests of the community. The efforts of the recipient shall have encouraged greater citizen participation in local government and/or participation in public affairs. Such service may also include participation on political committees provided that the efforts of the recipient can be shown to have benefited the citizenry at large.

Past Recipients
Phillip Allen 2018
Ralph Nader 2016
John Ursone 2013

Jose Cevallos Youth Service Award

In honor of Jose Cevallos, this award will be given to a member of the community who has made a significant contribution to the youth of the community. The recipient shall have worked directly with youth (mentoring, coaching, teaching, organizational leader, etc.) or on projects designed to directly benefit the youth. This may include service with public or private agencies, boards and commissions dealing directly with youth issues, or may be the actions of private citizens acting independently on behalf of the community’s youth.

Past Recipients
Jim Divita 2018
Art Melycher 2016
Maryellen Vaccari 2013

The John Groppo Good Government Award

In honor of John Groppo, this award will be given to a member of the community who has participated in local government and has exemplified the ideals of effective leadership in that role. Such role may be a result of being elected or appointed. The person should have demonstrated the ability to rise above partisanship to act in the best interest of the community at large.

Past Recipients
Astrid Robitaille 2018
Peter & Noreen Marchand 2016
Jack Morgan 2013

The Anna Harding Community Service Award

In honor of Anna Harding, this award will be given to a member of the community who has made significant contributions to community life. The recipient shall have participated in a leadership role or in a background role in a public or private endeavor that in some substantial manner improved the quality of life for members of the community. This may include service on boards, commissions or agencies over an extended period of time. It may also include participation with a single project that benefits the community as a whole.

Past Recipients
Milly Hudak 2018
Moe Gableman 2016
John Dwan 2013

Beardsley and Memorial announcements

Beekley Library events
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The Beekley Book Club: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, ​Wednesday, May 19th ​7:00-8:00 p.m. on Zoom

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish.

To reserve a copy of the book for Curbside Pickup email

​The Beekley Book Club is a book discussion group that meets via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month from 7pm to 8pm. All are welcome to join in.

Upon registration, you will receive a Zoom link. A reminder email with the Zoom link will be sent out again 60 minutes before the event starts.

Lotus Flower Lantern Craft Workshop with KSCPP ​(Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project), Thursday, May 27th 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Zoom

Lotus Storytime
Lotus Lantern Craft Workshop Virtual craft class with KSCPP. Please join us for an online craft class with Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project. Our member will show step by step how to make a lovely lotus flower lantern using colored paper and wire frames and watch a short documentary film. Please register and pick up material kit (including frames, petals, leaves, and the glue) as well as a complimentary book from KSCPP the week prior to the class. Please register by May 20. Space is limited.

Upon registration, you will receive a Zoom link. A reminder email with the Zoom link will be sent out again 60 minutes before the event starts.

The Peace in the World Exhibit: World Premiere ​Hosted by Fermata Arts Foundation June 1st – July 31st, 2021, ​ open hours in front door foyer
The world premiere of “The Peace in the World” exhibit will be held at the Beekley during the months of June and July in the front entry foyer. Drawings from Children’s Art School No. 1 features 14 pieces of artwork from students, under the direction of Natalia Nikolaevna. Located in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, the school has nine classrooms and a variety of pre-professional programs in the fine arts including a five-year “Painting” and a three-year “Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting” course. With over 400 students and 18 teachers, the school that was established in 1940, is located on two floors of the most beautiful buildings in Ekiyat Children’s Center.

This exhibit has been held in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, in February 2020. On March 18, 2021, the drawings were finally able to ship to Avon, Connecticut to prepare for its world premiere. Stop by during normal library hours to absorb the pieces.

This exhibit is sponsored by Fermata Arts Foundation, dedicated to promoting peace through arts and culture. The Beekley is the first to hold the exhibit, before it travels throughout the other New England states, including New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts, ​ until January 2023.

VIRTUAL: Social Security & Retirement Maximization with AAA, Wednesday, June 9th 6:00-6:45 p.m.

If you are approaching or in retirement, this virtual workshop will assist you in making plans for your future. The American Automobile Association, or more commonly known as AAA, will teach you about a variety of topics including how to protect yourself from retirement’s greatest threats, understanding new tax and stimulus laws, and receiving and replacing income after a spouse’s passing.

VIRTUAL: 5 Things You Need to Know ​to Retire with Confidence with AAA, Wednesday, July 14th 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Register for the Zoom Link

5 Tips for Retirement
This virtual workshop, led by the American Automobile Association, or more commonly known as AAA, will go over important topics to think about as you head toward retirement. The five tips include: the advantage of an individual retirement account, how to supercharge your ROTH IRA, how to get tax savings on company stock, how the new government debt can impact your retirement, and the difference between saving for retirement and distributing for retirement.

New Hartford Women’s Club Bingo with a Kick
Who we are:

The New Hartford Women’s Club, founded in 1966, is a non-profit organization composed of local women diverse in age, background, and interests; but all sharing the common goal of helping and improving our community.

These goals are solidified in community outreach activities which are designed to encourage interest in areas such as pride, improvement, conservation, education and local arts is to name but a few. The NHWC provides a pleasant way for local woman to meet and network with their peers.

The record of NHWC accomplishments throughout the decades makes it clear that diversity in an organization is a positive attribute. Our members share the enthusiasm and single-minded dedication of their community, which has always been a hallmark of NHWC members
Please join us for some fun!
Check us out also on our Facebook Page
Be sure to invite your friends/relatives etc.
Everyone is welcome to join in the fun!
When you signup select our event!
NHWC – IN-PERSON EVENT on June 6th 2021 – 2PM!
Attached is the QR code that will also get you to the order form.
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