GRANBY — What started weeks ago with a service-minded college student at the University of Nevada in Reno has evolved into a volunteer organization, and is now established in Connecticut .
Shopping Angels uses volunteers to provide shopping and delivery services for those who either cannot or should not venture out of their homes, even for groceries and other necessities.
Jillian Juarez of Granby, the state coordinator for Shopping Angels in Connecticut, said, “I saw on the internet the story of Jayde Powell, a pre-med student at UNR, who established Shopping Angels to help those most at risk of contracting COVID-19. I was excited by the thought of being of service and, within days, we are now organized in Connecticut with a growing list of 80 volunteers.”
The program is available across Connecticut and the service in not limited to groceries.
“Our volunteers will go to a store, or sometimes several stores, to find the much-needed items that these at-risk populations are requesting. They keep in touch with clients throughout the process, and upon delivery, clients exchange cash for their items or pay by PayPal or Venmo. Clients are never expected to pay more than the amount shown on the receipt.”
Those in need of a Shopping Angel or those wishing to volunteer may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions sought for Memorial Day Poetry Contest
During the Memorial Day (May 25) ceremony in the East End Park in Winsted, the Soldiers’ Monument Commission will include a reading of a new poem. This year, the commission is opening submissions for an original poem to all residents of town regardless of their age. The selected poem will be read during the Memorial Day ceremony by the writer or a designated person.
Guidelines: Original poem with a Memorial Day theme.. Reading length should be no more than two minutes. One poem entry per person. Submissions deadline: May 1. All submission to be e-mailed in a Word Document format as attachment, to email@example.com. Entries must include: name, physical address, email and phone number. The 2riter of the chosen poem will receive a $50 cash prize.
Brooker Memorial, St. Maron holding brewfest
TORRINGTON — Brooker Memorial is partnering with St. Maron Church for the 10th Annual Litchfield Hills Brewfest at Ski Sundown, sponsored by Thomaston Savings Bank. The Brew Fest will be held from 1-5 p.m. June 6.
Food will be available for purchase from a variety of food vendors including Pizzeria Marzano, Cousins Maine Lobster as featured on Shark Tank, Hot Z’s, Tots Brats and Hots, Jimmy’s Store, and Taco Shack.
The event will feature an extensive offering of specialty beers, wines, microbrews, cider and moonshine including Two Roads, Little Red Barn Brewers, Great Falls Brewing, Fisher Island, Litchfield Distillery and SO many more.
The event will have live music by Root Six and many silent auction and raffle prizes. Tickets are available at www.skisundown.com. For more information, call 860-489-1328, ext. 113.
Scholarship application deadline extended
WINSTED — The are pleased to announce that applications are still being accepted for the 2020 scholarships of the W.L. Gilbert Trust Corporation and The Gilbert School . All Gilbert School graduating seniors and alumni who are attending college are invited to apply for a scholarship.
Each year The Gilbert School recognizes outstanding seniors and alumni with scholarship awards given through The W. L. Gilbert Trust Corporation. Last year, more than $140,000 was distributed to help with the rising cost of higher education.
The number of endowed scholarships and named funds increases every year, thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of The Gilbert School. These scholarships are a symbol of thanks for the education received at The Gilbert School and are often established in memory of a loved one.
Applications are available from The Gilbert School guidance department or can be downloaded from the school’s website. The application deadline has been extended to April 24. Applications must be turned in to the school on or before that date.
The Gilbert School office is closed at this time due to the coronavirus protocol. Applicants should email their completed applications to Ms. Sandra O’Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail their completed applications to: The W. L. Gilbert School Scholarship Committee, c/o Ms. Sandra O’Connor, The Gilbert School, 200 Williams Avenue, Winsted, CT 06098.
For more information, contact The Gilbert School guidance counselors via the website at www.gilbertschool.org.
Lime Rock Park postpones season opener
LAKEVILLE — In lieu of the latest government and health official statements concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and after consultation with each circuit, SRO Motorsport America has postponed its races scheduled in May, including the Touring Car Festival at Lime Rock Park.
The TC America and Pirelli GT4 America races as part of the Touring Car Festival were originally scheduled for May 8-9 and will be rescheduled to a future date later in 2020. SRO Motorsports America officials plan on announcing the new date for the Touring Car Festival in the coming weeks.
Sign up to receive the latest news and information from Lime Rock Park by visiting www.limerock.com/jointhefanclub. Updated announcements will also be made on www.limerock.com and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/limerockpark. For additional questions, Lime Rock staff can be reached by emailing email@example.com or by calling 860)-435-5000, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.