Litchfield News






“Has Your Get Up & Go, Got Up & Went?”
Lunch & Learn Series
Friday, April 28 ~ 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Brandywine Living at Litchfield
Brandywine Living at Litchfield’s Normal Aging Series continues with the latest workshop, “Has Your Get Up & Go, Got Up & Went?” Join us for a delicious lunch while local professionals provide tips and information on how to achieve and maintain an active lifestyle throughout your senior years. Get the answers you have been looking for this week, and join Brandywine Living at Litchfield for a Lunch & Learn presented by Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center on Friday, April 28, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. 
Dr. Susann Varano and Social Worker, Cindy LaCour, from Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center, will review the physical and cognitive signs of normal aging. Free memory screenings will be provided after the presentation. Lunch will be served.  
RSVP by Tuesday, April 25 to Nanette at 860.567.9500 or nbergin@brandycare.comBrandywine Living at Litchfield is located at 19 Constitution Way, Litchfield, CT 06759.
Hospice Volunteer Training Program
hosted by VNA Northwest
scheduled for one afternoon each week
May 2 - June 20, 2017
Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice care philosophy. A skilled team addresses the clinical, social, psychological and spiritual considerations of the patient and family.  

As part of that team, volunteers provide comfort and reassurance at a patient's bedside, share a laugh and a smile, run an errand for family members, or provide assistance with tasks such as paperwork, laundry or meal preparation. Volunteers can fill the gaps between visits from loved ones and professional caregivers to make sure the patient does not feel alone.

This spring, VNA Northwest will sponsor a Hospice Volunteer Training Program. Participants will learn how to provide support to terminally ill patients and their families. Featured speakers will include physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, spiritual and bereavement counselors. Click here for more details.

Lourdes in Litchfield
The Pilgrimage Season will open on
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Mass in the Grotto daily at 11:30 a.m.
No Mass on Mondays
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk.
Preview of future events:
May 7 ~ May Crowning
May 14 ~ Blessing of Mothers after Mass
May 21 ~ Annual Blessing of Motorcycles
Veteran of the Month Ceremony
World War II, United States Army Veteran
 Private Eugene Freund
Saturday, May 6 ~ 10:00 a.m.
All Wars Memorial, Bantam
Rt. 202, Bantam
Post 44 of the American Legion of Bantam invites the general public to attend its monthly Veteran of the Month ceremony as they celebrate the life of World War II, United States Army Veteran Private Eugene Freund, late of East Canaan, Connecticut.
Join area veterans, family and friends on May 6th at 10:00 AM at the All Wars Memorial Route 202 (Bantam Cemetery) in Bantam. In case of inclement weather the ceremony will be held in the Bantam Borough Hall, 809 Bantam Road (Route 202) In Bantam.  
The ceremony will start with members of a flag detail retiring the honor flag of World War II, United States Navy Veteran Chester Wright, late of Winsted and Bantam Connecticut. Chester was honored as Post 44’s 342nd Consecutive Veteran of the Month for April 2017.
Following the retirement of Wrights flag, Post 44, aided by other veteran organizations, will honor Army Medic Eugene Freund and recount his story of service to his country and to his community.  Eugene devoted his life to agriculture and dairy farming in East Canaan. His family continues that legacy today.
Following the celebration Post 44 will provide light refreshments and encourages attendees to enjoy fellowship and comradeship at the Bantam Borough Hall.  For more information please email: ~ Veteran of the Month - BZ page
AMVETS Red, White & Blue Memorial Service
to honor members of our military
Sunday, May 21 ~ 4:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Grace Church, Bantam
701 Bantam Road, Bantam
On May 21st at 4:00 p.m. AMVETS EAD Post 24 of Torrington will hold its 12th annual Red White and Blue non-denominational service honoring all those who have served, and those who continue to serve, in the defense of this great nation. The host church this year will be Our lady of Grace Church, 701 Bantam Road, Bantam, Connecticut.

Other sponsoring Veteran groups are Post 38 American Legion of Torrington, Post 44 American Legion of Bantam, Post 6851 Veterans of Foreign Wars of North Canaan and Northwest Detachment 042 of the Marine Corps League of Canaan.
This year’s theme will be World War One and those who served in that “War to End all Wars.” Speakers will be provided by the Bantam Historical Society. The public and area Veterans are cordially invited to attend. 

Questions? Please contact: Officer in Charge: Brian Richardson at or 860-435 9085. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.

Food Pantry Open
@ St. Michael’s in Litchfield
St. Michael’s Parish is currently collecting donations from its own members as well as those in the greater Litchfield community in order to stock a food pantry.
Rev. Deacon Amy Reichman

The pantry will be open the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and welcomes all who are affected by food insecurity issues. No registration is required. Once the scope of need is assessed, the pantry times could be expanded.  

To begin, nonperishables are being collected, but St. Michael’s plans to eventually accept fresh food items as well. Nonperishable items can be left in the Community House on the wire shelving in the foyer.

Volunteers from the greater Litchfield community are invited to help with stocking the pantry and in distributing food on Saturdays from 10 am-1 pm on May 20; and June 17.

ContactRev. Deacon Amy Reichman
or call the Parish Office at 860-567-9465
weekdays from 10a.m-2pm

Spring Clothes for Refugee Kids
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
The Refugee Committee is asking for donations of gift certificates to the following stores for spring clothing for the refugee kids: JC Penny, Kohls and Target

If donating gently used clothing, here is what is needed:
Age 12: sizes 12 - 14 (T shirts, shirts and long pants)
Age 8: size 7 - 8 (T shirts, shirts and long pants)
Age 5: size 5 (T shirts, shirts and long pants)

Age 7: size 5 (T shirts, shirts, shorts)

Please give any gift cards to Mary Tracy, or drop off to the office.
Thank you for your help!
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
P.O. Box 216, Goshen, CT 06756
Phone: 860-491-2793
Veteran of the Month Ceremony
Honors World War II
U.S. Navy veteran Chester Wright
World War II veteran Chester H. Wright, who lived in Bantam and was a member of American Legion Post 44, was honored as the post's veteran of the month on Saturday, April 1st at Bantam Borough Hall.
Chet, his three brothers and his father all served proudly in the United States Navy. Chet was also a Civil Defense volunteer during the 1955 flood of the Naugatuck Valley. BZ photos

Wright is survived by his sons, Tom and Richard, and daughter, Sue, nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. His daughters, Barbara and Darlene, and son, Leonard, predeceased him. 
Connecticut Wartime Veterans Service Medal
presented in memory of American Legion Post 44
March veteran of the month Arthur Schmidt
Brian Richardson of the U.S. Marine Corps League's Northwest Detachment in Canaan holds the Connecticut Wartime Veterans Service Medal he presented in memory of American Legion Post 44 March veteran of the month Arthur Schmidt during the April veteran of the month program at the Bantam Borough Hall. Schmidt was a World War II veteran. The medal is given to veterans who served at least 90 days of active duty during a time of war and were honorably discharged from the military. BZ photos
Veteran of the Month Ceremony
World War II United States Marine
Corporal Clifford L. Schmidt
American Legion Post 44 of Bantam honored World War II United States Marine Corporal Clifford L. Schmidt as the 341st honored veteran on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Bantam Borough Hall. Clifford was a past member of the Disabled Veterans of America and Post 27 of the American Legion of Litchfield, Connecticut, where he served as Post Chaplain. ~ BZ photos
During the summer break of 1940, while working on the family farm, it is remembered that a Navy recruiter visited the farm and, after listening to the recruiter for a while, his father stated, "Of my six boys, take this one. He wants to get an education."  
He served with Baker Battery of the 5th Artillery. They served in defense of the Midway Islands from December of 1941 to March 11, 1943.  He acted as a forward observer directing artillery fire during the June 4th and 5th, 1942, Battle of Midway.  Click here for more details.