Around Town with Photography by Roger Picard

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Roger Picard | Wolcott Community News Photographer

The Farmingbury Womens Club held their annual Christmas Holiday Social at the East Street Eatery on December 2nd. Approx. forty members attended the event and enjoyed some holiday cheer and great food.

The Wolcott Lions Club were selling Christmas trees at their fair grounds location again this year. In this photo Lions Club member Paul Mazurek assists a customer with her tree selection and wrapped it in twine for transport purposes.

Boy Scout Troops 230 and 38 organized a food collection drive on the Town Green on November 23rd. Motorists driving by either donated cash or nonperishable food items to the Scouts. All their collections were being donated to the local food pantry to assist families in need.

– The Exchange Club of Wolcott recently held a Veteran’s Recognition Dinner at the East Street Eatery. Six veterans were recognized for their military service before a packed room of family members, friends and Exchange Club members. In this photo, Army veteran, Phil Peloquin, of Waterbury, receives his recognition plaques and official citations from the CT General Assembly.

The Exchange Club of Wolcott participated in the National Exchange Club’s One Nation Under God project by hosting a Prayer Breakfast at the Wolcott View Manor on November 26th. All the breakfast food was prepared by the Wolcott View Manor kitchen staff and donated by the Cleary family. Pastor Bob Rulewicz of the Wolcott Christian Life Center, was the guest speaker and delivered a Thanksgiving message for the season.

Funeral services with full military honors were held recently for Wolcott resident and Marine Corps Veteran Richard “Dick” O’Connor at Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury. His wife Frances and two daughters are seen here receiving an American flag from an Honor Guard Marine Corps Sergeant at Dick’s grave site. Thank you for your service Mr. O’Connor,

The summer free concert series sponsored by the Wolcott Park and Recreation department continued on August 4th at Peterson Park with the band Red Line. A great crowd turned out for the event under beautiful skies and warm temperatures.

The intersection of Woodtick Rd. and Clark Street in the north end of town has seen over ten accidents since January of this year, in which a steel guard rail has been destroyed. In some cases vehicles fail to negotiate the left hand curve and drive over a bank on the side of the road, as evidenced by the tire tracks on the right side of this image. Speed limit signs, slow curve signs and reflective arrow signs all seem to be ignored by some motorists travelling north bound on Woodtick Rd.

The Wolcott Road reconstruction project continues with milling of the road surface and installation of new curbing. A layer of fresh asphalt has also been applied on some sections of Wolcott Road from the Waterbury town line all the way to the Bristol town line

The house that once stood on the adjacent property on the south side of the high school property has been raised and cleared from this location by the Board of Education. The house was once referred to as the Phoenix House that housed classes for the alternative education programs. The future use of the lot is being discussed for possible additional parking or possibly athletic practice fields.

The Wolcott Christian Life Center on Wolcott Road is undergoing a face lift and remodeling project that hopes to be completed by this fall. The church itself was founded in 1955 and is currently under the guidance and leadership of Pastor Bob Rulewicz. Church services take place on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM. Visitors are always welcome

The Todd Road reconstruction project is moving right along with a fresh layer of asphalt already applied from the Meriden Road intersection, all the way to Garrigus Court intersection. New curbing has also been installed in this area as well as new storm drain catch basins.

The Wolcott RTC sponsored a setback tournament on August 9th at the Wolcott Senior Center. Thirty-six card players came out to enjoy an evening of card playing and a chance to go home with some prize money. A great time was had by all.