Goshen First Selectman Robert P. Valentine checks in with the registrars during the Republican Party caucus at Goshen Center School on Thursday. BZ photos
Republicans in Goshen nominated seven-term First Selectman Robert P. Valentine to be their first selectman candidate in the November election during a contested GOP caucus at Goshen Center School on Thursday.
Valentine weathered a challenge from Gerald Glass in winning the party nomination to seek an eighth term. The first selectman received 186 votes to Glass’s 134 in what was the most heavily attended caucus in Goshen in years.
Valentine’s running mate for selectman, Mark Harris, was also a winner at the caucus as he bested Glass’s running mate, Lynette Miller, 120-72.
In remarks after the vote totals were announced, Valentine thanked the crowd for turning out and participating and later said he was pleased with the result and humbled to be given an opportunity to pursue an eighth term.
Glass, if he chooses, could force a primary against Valentine in September.
The rest of the GOP’s nominated slate is Barbara Breor for town clerk, James Bernard for town treasurer, Scott Tillman and James Korner for the Board of Finance, Alan Booth for an alternate seat on the Board of Finance, Robert Harmon for the Board of Assessment Appeals, Diana Bernard for the Library Board of Directors, Laura Lemieux, Donald Wilkes and Patrick Lucas for the Planning and Zoning Commission, and Nell Glass for an alternate seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Also, Donald Sage and Antonio Damiani for the Board of Fire Commissioners, Melissa Foster for an alternate seat on the Board of Fire Commissioners, and Alfred Shull, Russell Hurley, Lorraine Lucas and Anders Nygren for constables.
Challenger Gerald Glass prepares to vote.
Selectman candidate Mark Harris nominates his running mate, First Selectman Robert P. Valentine.
A portion of the large crowd that attended the caucus.
Based on their top-five finishes at the Region 1 Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships last weekend, Alex Brites and Annabelle Shanks of the Litchfield Track Club qualified for the National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., next week.
The Region 1 meet was held in Port Jefferson, Long Island, and included age-group competitors from 8 to 18 from all of New England, Long Island, and upstate New York.
Brites, of Waterbury, qualified in the boys’ 17-18 3000-meter race on Friday under sweltering conditions. Shanks, of Litchfield, the Berkshire League champion this spring in the 100 meters, qualified in that event on Saturday and then in the 200 meters on Sunday in the girls’ 17-18 division.
Also competing during the weekend were Robin and Pink Wright of Goshen. Both runners placed in the top 10 in their events in the boys’ 15-16 age group.
Goshen’s Republican Party will chose its candidates for the November election at a caucus Thursday at 8 p.m. at Town Hall.
First Selectman Robert. P. Valentine is bidding for the nomination to see an eighth term, but is being challenged by Gerald Glass, a rerired financial consulant. Valentine’s running mate for selectman is Mark Harris, a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Glass is running with Lynette Miller, vice chairman of the Republican Town Committee.
All registered Republicans living in Goshen are eligible to participate in the cause. The rest of the Republican slate will be determined at the caucus.
Members of the organizing committee for the Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic Open House and Garden Tour preview party on Friday night were, from left, Hedy Barton, Patricia Hearn, Marla Patterson, Pamela McCann and Diane Castelli. BZ photos
What an amazing two days it was for the Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic, which celebrated Litchfield’s 300th anniversary by bringing back its Open House Tour and Preview Party.
The party on Friday at the Ozias Seymour House on South Street drew a huge crowd for an evening of comaraderie, fine food and drink, live music, and a performance by the dancers from Nutmeg Balley in Torrington.
On Saturday, nine homes and their gardens in the center of town were open for the tour. The two days of events were a fundraiser for the Connecticut Junior Republic. Early estimates have the proceeds being a record haul for the CJR cause.
Frank Vanoni of Litchfield with Deborah Murphy, left, of Litchfield, and Philippa Durrant of Cornwall Bridge.
Selectman Anne C. Dranginis, left, and Joan Gill, both of Litchfield.
The Nutmeg Ballet dancers from Torrington performed during the party.
Media celebrity Bill O’Shaughnessy of Litchfield was the emcee of the preview party.
A look at the preview party tent at the Ozias Seymour House. Peter Tavino photo
Humphry Rolleston of Litchfield in costume as George Washington on North Street.
Dancers from the Nutmeg Ballet in Torrington were at the Tapping Reeve House on South Street.
Cookies and refreshments were available in the carriage house of the George C. Woodruff House on South Street.
Deborah and Declan Murphy, left, whose home on South Street was on the tour, chat with Bill Burgess of Litchfield.
Susan Vontell, left, a tour volunteer, with Deborah and Declan Murphy.
On South Street, Terry Coates in costume as Oliver Wolcott Sr., with Victoria Mazzarelli, director of the Nutmeg Ballet.
Imogen Hotchkiss, left, and Pip Sansing served cold drinks on South Street during the tour.
Morris Fire Company Chief Robert Ebner, right, and Morris resident Jim Vanamburg during an open house celebration at the firehouse on Friday. BZ photos
The celebration was on Friday evening at the Morris firehouse as the Morris Fire Company celebrated its one-year anniversary with an open house.
A couple hundred residents joined the fire company for complimentary hot dogs, corn and ice cream, along with the music of a Beatles tribute band. Food was donated by the Barn Restaurant and Bar in East Morris and ice cream was provided by Kristen Worden, owner of Popey’s Ice Cream Shoppe.
The open house was the fire company’s way of thanking the public for its support the past year.
One year after it went into business following the dissolution of the Morris Volunteer Fire Department, the Morris Fire Company is strong and healthy under the leadership of its chief, Robert Ebner, and president, Michael Lauretano Jr. Membership in the company stands at 60, of which 39 are certified to fight fires. Another seven members are closing in on certification as emergency medical technicians.
What could be better than an ice cream cone from Popey’s on a summer night?
Popey’s owner Kristen Worden serves a cone to Clif Wheeler of Morris.
Corn and hot dogs made up the buffet line.
Lauri Szpak, above, of West Street Farm in Goshen and Melissa Finn, below, from Winter Winds Farm in Litchfield were among the vendors on the opening day of the Goshen Farmers Market on Saturday.The market will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Scoville Park next to Town Hall. BZ photos