Comment Contest: Let's Talk Avon

In the spirit of Avon Day, comment on why you love Avon or your favorite Avon memory and you can win a prize.

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Jessie Sawyer (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I'll get the ball rolling with a comment about something I will never forget in Avon during my time as a Patch editor. The Saturday after the October storm last year, I received a phone call from Lt. Kelly Walsh, of the Avon Police Department, saying town officials needed someone who could "Twitter" and asking if I'd help them set up a Twitter account. Even with limited Internet access, people were able to view updates post-storm through social media on their phones, iPads, etc. It was finally a day off for me after near 24/7 reporting on the storm aftermath, but I thought Avon needed me, so I went in anyway. I showed a couple town officials the basics of "tweeting" and sent out town tweets (@TownofAvonCT) for a few hours to help them build up Twitter followers and get the news out. They took over after that. It was a cool day because people no longer saw each other as only police, reporters, town managers, fire officials, et cetera. People came together as a community to help their fellow neighbors. Do you have a story to tell us that you'll never forget about Avon? What's your favorite thing about your town? Comment here for a chance to win a prize! Jessie Sawyer Editor, Avon Patch
katy alvord September 21, 2012 at 11:09 PM
My daughter and I shared stories of how the town of Avon is so special to us. My daughter Katy remarked on how as an Avon High School Senior her goal was to get as far away from Avon as she could. The first visit back from college she was driving down Country Club Road and was overcome by the beauty of the town and realized how lucky she was to have been raised here and truly there is no place like home. I personally saw Avon through the eyes of a guest while attending the annual Memorial Day soccer tournament at Fisher Meadows. The out of town stranger shared what a beautiful recreation facility we have along with beautiful shops and wonderful restaurants. In the business of our days, it's easy to lose focus and take for granted how special Avon is.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Yay! Our first entry. Thanks, Katy! I'm sure there are many others who think Avon is special too. Let's get the comments rolling! -Jessie
Marci September 22, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Twelve years ago I returned to Avon after many years in Greenwich & Old Greenwich Ct & Lake Forest, Ill. & Madison & Florham Park, N.J.Lots of corporate transfers when I was married yet I chose to return 'home' to Avon, even though I grew up in West Hartford, because this is where we bought our first home as young newly weds with two babies. It was on Sunnybrook Drive & before our first transfer my daughter attended Pine Grove Nursery School which was directly across Country Club Rd from us {the library wasn't located there at that time in 1972.} Sadly my Mom had passed while pregnant with my second & one day while downtown at the old CBT we were at a trust reading & my children's Dad's Parents were sitting for my infant son.My daughter, age 3, decided she wanted to be with her grandparents so,on her own,instead of returning into the school from the playground, she took it upon her 3 year old self to cross, yes cross on foot,Country Club Rd & go down Sunnybrook to our home!! Before her Grandparents even got a chance to call the school, Mrs. Metzendorf [sadly I don't remember the correct spelling of her name] was ringing the front door and promptly returned my strong willed, beautiful toddler daughter back to school. Though the event was unusual & to this day makes me laugh,it shows the heart of almost everyone in this town & the caring & concern given our kids.Mine are grown & said little girl has two young sons in Illinois. I came 'home',so happy I did. I'm at peace! :)
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) September 22, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Thanks for sharing! Keep 'em coming, folks. I love hearing your stories and why you love your town. -Jessie
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Hey all, we're now accepting entries through Saturday at 4 p.m. Winner will be selected via a random drawing. -Jessie
Makenzie Bernetich September 26, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I have lived in Avon all my life, along with my father and all his brothers and friends. We have grown up here and shared many beautiful memories together. One of my favorite things about living in Avon is the different seasons. With each season comes a memory that will last forever. Take winter for example. I love to sled down the Avon Middle School hill on big, circular tubes while attempting to fit as many people as we can on just one. In the spring, I am always in awe of the array of colors that our Avon flowers bring. Ever since I was a little girl, I looked forward to seeing the buckets and buckets of flowers that covered the "flower woman's" house across from Saint Ann's Church. In the summer, its impossible to be bored. It's a tradition for my family and I to go swimming in one of our town pools, Sycamore Hills. Every year, our favorite event is the popular Family Fun Night that always brings out our biggest smiles and laughs. And then last, but definitely not least, is the beautiful season of fall. What better time to live in Avon than in the fall? This is my favorite season by far. To live in Avon means you are able to dance in the falling colorful leaves, jump in the piles that have gathered on the ground, and bury yourself beneath them. I will never forget when my Dad would pull me behind his tractor and I would try to "ski" in the pile of leaves. I wish I could do that now. All in all, Avon is an incredible place. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Thanks, Makenzie! That was so poetic. I love the fall here too because of the foliage and the pumpkin stands. Folks, we have three entries for the contest so far and now we've extended the entry period through Saturday at 4 p.m. You can also submit a comment at our photo station at Avon Day. Two winners will be selected by a random drawing and will be announced before the pie-eating contest at Avon Day around 5. -Jessie
Nancy usich September 26, 2012 at 01:47 PM
From Bud Usich : In the 1950's my fourth grade teacher at Towpath School, Mr. Eugene Leigheiser thought that his students were lacking in culture .So, he decided to run an electrical cord from a white house ( still there) at the corner of Climax Road across Route 44 to Stubb Pond. He then wheeled his seventy pound state of the art tape recorder across to the pond and we skated to classical music. There was no traffic! Bud Usich I have other stories but could only submit one!
Helaine Bertsch September 26, 2012 at 02:19 PM
My life in Avon I work in Avon at the Helen and Harry Gray Seeing lots of cancer patients all day. My girls spend their time at RBS and the middle school. They see Mrs. Kotler and Mr Rand, who is so cool! The meat house and Bertucci's are our favorite spots. And shopping the bargains at ocean state job lots. Julia she plays on the field hockey team. Where they shut out Canton this week which was a dream! Haley is now a Junior girl scout. She loves Troop 60449 without a doubt! Where they marched in the Avon Memorial day parade. And will earn a badge about first aide. We saw the Zacchio's riding in a convertible car. As well as the Governor's horse guard galloping so far. I spend my time collecting Boxtops, the Roaring Brook PTO can spend it on the kids at the shops. I go to Healthtrax where I work up a sweat. And I keep my money at Bank of America and myself out of debt! I spend a lot of time at the library, but miss reference desk Ann. Alice is always there now getting me a book when she can. Mark Nolan did a great job with selling you a brick. The library looks awesome and the courtyard is so slick! The Historical society has wonderful Terri in charge. She'll get enough money to save the Barn, a project so large! Other places in Avon that are great you should see: Luke's donuts, Big Y and Russell Speeder are key. But what makes this town so great are the people who live here. They are very special and I'm proud to be among them, you hear?
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Nancy, if you'd like to share other stories with your fellow Avon Patch readers in the comments, go ahead. This is a contest, but it's also a way for you all to share your stories with each other. I'll just count it as one entry though. Thanks so much! Keep the comments coming! You all have until Saturday at 4 p.m. -Jessie
Kristin Newman September 29, 2012 at 02:50 AM
We moved to Avon in 2010 from New Haven, CT. Our kids were 4 and 1 at the time. My friends were all an hour away, just far enough to not want to go back for play dates a few times a week. I knew no one. We went to the library, we went to the jump zone, we went to the Canton shoppes. We did meet people, very nice people. It still felt like a million miles away. I knew it was the best place for our kids to grow up. My husbands commute to Hartford was much shorter and better for the environment. I still felt so alone. I drowned my sorrows in rte 44 and all the shopping it had to offer. In doing so, I had to drive down Country Club Rd. and left on 167 to get to 44. I still am not sure what the name of the rd is...(W.Avon Rd. ?). Every day I saw those horses. They were so beautiful, so graceful yet each one so alone. About a year after we moved here, we were leaving early one morning to visit family in Vermont. We packed the kids up, everyone had devices, we were headed to Starbucks before we hit the road and halfway up rte. 167 someone (most likely the 4 year old) forgot some stuffed animal. I was driving, as I always do, we were already late on the road and now I had to turn back, fearful of a terrible ride. It was then I saw the horses, they were in a beautiful morning fog and they were running...it was a majestic site. And as we left Avon and even CT the day, I realized that I lived in a beautiful place, Avon was my home. I still love the horses and Avon.
Nancy usich September 29, 2012 at 09:57 AM
From Bud Usich If you ever had to go to the Post Office, a white colonial opposite O'Neill's Chevrolet, next to the Congregational Church, you just diogonal parked, go inside, and then go next door to Rosen's store to pick up something , hop in your car and off you'd go. Again, no cars!
Nancy usich September 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM
from Bud Usich On top of the roof at O'Neill's Chevrolet there were 20 foot letters spelling Avon pointing to Bradley Field. It was a visual sign for pilots!
Nancy usich September 29, 2012 at 10:03 AM
From Bud Usich I used to ride my bike down Route 44 to Dave's food store in the center of town where Tickets used to be. I would pick up a pack of Philip Morris cigarettes for my mom for 19 cents. She would give me a quarter and I could keep the 6 cents change.
Nancy usich September 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM
I don't have any old time stories. WEll, not THAT old! But I can vividly remember the night that a meeting for the Avon Juniors Club ended late.Pregnant, I tried to find my way home. I kept going around and around and around. Coming from New York, where there was street light right outside my bedroom, I kept wondering what kind of town was this ! It is really dark , no tall , bright street lights and I am going in circles! In pain, ( mothers know what I am talking about) , desperate, tired, panicking, I did what my mother told me not, ever to do. I knocked on a door and told the wonderful man , who was on his way to bed, I was lost. Eleven 0'oclock at night this man got in his car and showed me the way home. The road was Stoney Circles. The town, Avon..really nice people and a great place to raise your children. Sometimes they even come back!!!
Nancy usich September 29, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Oops, the road was Stoney Corners Circle!
Rhonda Dablain LoBrutto September 29, 2012 at 03:00 PM
We've lived in Avon almost 40 years. Our son went to local schools and received an excellent education. We treasure the Avon Library, and the police have been wonderful when we needed their help. Our neighbors hold an annual block party, and they have supported us on several occasions. They have cared for our son, our pets, and one even offered financial aid when we were out of work. Who could ask for more? A supportive community where people feel safe and care for each other. Rhonda LoBrutto
Nancy usich September 29, 2012 at 03:38 PM
From Bus Usich again before we head off to Avon Day. There used to be diner/ motel across from Max a Mia. During the 55. Flood the waters picked it and the surrounding cottages off its foundation. It all floated down Route 44 and parts were found in Windsor. Have a great time at Avon Day! See you at the Roaring Brook School tent ! Support your town businesses!
Marci September 29, 2012 at 06:10 PM
There use to be a Howard Johnson's around where Max A Mia was.. I don't remember a diner nor a sign pointing to Bradley Field on top of the car dealership.. Of course perhaps it was before 1972 when my ex husband was just 24 and we moved to Sunnybrook drive with our 3month old son and a daughter just two. We were transferred out to NYC in 1976 and lived in N.J. and when we split up I came back and bought one of the first homes in Pond Place on Nuthatch way... How I wish I never sold that place. It was such a deal back in 78. Wish I remembered some of the things Bus does but it must have been before our time and I'm not so young anymore... The youngsters I speak of here are now 42 and 40... The girl a Mom living in Illinois, the boy an actor living in NYC... Despite all the moves between 1976 to now including two back to Avon... I'm happy to have a roof over my head here in this wonderful time when after a divorce I left Greenwich and returned home to Avon in 2000. I love the town, but I miss the Mommy years and my kids, now adults, more than I can express.. When I think of Avon the first word that comes to mind is ''HEART'' and the second is "Caring people!'' [I do wish gasoline wasn't so expensive though :)
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) September 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM
The Let's Talk Avon comment contest has concluded. Winners will be notified this weekend and I'll arrange to meet them at the business that donated the prize. Jessie Sawyer Editor Avon Patch


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