Litchfield News




Monthly Family Breakfast
Sunday, June 24 ~ 8:00-10:00 am
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
 5 Old Middle St., Goshen
 $7.00 per Adult
 $3.50 per Child under 12
 in the Parish Hall, Church of Christ
 5 Old Middle St., Goshen, CT 06756

Full Moon Drumming for Peace
Thursday, June 28  ~ 8:15-9:15 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
Drumming for Peace at sunset on the evening of the full moon takes place at Church of Christ Congregational, 5 Old Middle Street, at the intersection of Routes 4 and 63 in Goshen, CT.
Come and join us as we send the energy created by our drumming out into the universe for world peace. Bring your own drum/s or use one of the drums or rhythm instruments that will be available.

If the flapping of the wings of a butterfly in South America can have an affect on the weather in Africa, then surely the energy created by our drumming can have an affect on world peace.

Come and join us and drum your heart happy. If it isn't raining or cold we will gather outside on the lawn, so bring a chair as well as your drum. If it's too cold to be outdoors, we will be in the fellowship hall in the basement below the sanctuary.

Participants may bring their own drums or use the drums and rhythm instruments that will be provided. Any type of hand drum may be used. All drummers or people who would like to become drummers are welcome; no experience is necessary.

Drumming for Peace is a program begun by Drums Around the World. The concept is that drummers will drum for peace in their time zone for about an hour sending the energy that is created out into the universe for world peace and then other drummers will begin drumming in their time zone and thus pass the drumming around the globe.
Contact: Susan A. Strand
Veteran of the Month Ceremony
Saturday, July 7 ~ 10:00 am
All Wars Memorial, Bantam
World War II Army Combat Engineer Victory Wilson to be honored on July 7th in Bantam
On Saturday, July 7th, Army Company Engineer Victor Wilson, who was part of the 38th Regiment that built an airfield on Ascension Island (above) in 1942, will be American Legion Post 44's 358th Veteran of the Month.

The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. at the All Wars Memorial in Front of Bantam Cemetery on Route 202 in Bantam. The flag of World War II Navy Fireman Second-Class, Frank Fabbri, former member of Post 44 and co-founder of the Veteran of the Month program, will be retired first.
Following that portion of the tribute, Victor P. Wilson, formerly of Warren, will be honored as Post 44 American Legion's Veteran of the Month. Mr. Wilson's flag will be raised and flown for a month.

After the ceremony Post 44 invites veterans and guests to gather at the Bantam Borough Hall (890 Bantam Road/Route 202) to enjoy refreshments with members of Post 44, the honorees’ families, veterans from other organizations and the general public.

Veteran of the Month Ceremony
World War II Veteran Frank Fabbri
Saturday, June 2 , 2018
All Wars Memorial, Bantam
A founder of American Legion Post 44 of Bantam’s veteran of the month service 29 years ago was recognized as the June veteran of the month on Saturday.
The late Frank Fabbri, a Navy fireman 2nd class who sailed aboard the USS Denver in World War II, was honored by Post 44 during a ceremony at the All Wars Memorial. A flag will fly over the memorial in tribute to the legendary Fabbri until July 7.
~ BZ photo
Fabbri, who died June 5, 2016, was a legend of sorts in Bantam, where he was a member of Post 44, founded Litchfield County Electric in 1954, and spent many hours maintaining veterans’ graves in Bantam Cemetery, where he is buried.
Three of his children, Nick Fabbri of Bantam, Francine Komisar of Goshen and Dorette Mateo of Westport, presented a flag to Post 44 during the ceremony. Fabbri is also survived by another son, Michael Fabbri of Bantam, and six grandchildren.
Born July 7, 1925 in Litchfield, the son of Thomas and Mary Fabbri, Fabbri attended local schools, worked in the sheet metal fabrication business after leaving high school, and enlisted in the Navy in September 1942.
After basic seaman’s training, Fabbri was assigned to the USS Denver, a newly-commissioned cruiser that left the Philadelphia Naval Yard and sailed for the South Pacific in January 1943. The USS Denver was involved in 14 major engagements and was so badly damaged that at war’s end it was retired and sold for scrap.
~ photo by Eileen Schmidt
Fabbri was on the ship from the start to the finish of its service. He was discharged on Dec. 23, 1945 and was awarded the American Defense Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Medal with 9 battle stars, the Philippine Campaign Ribbon with 4 battle stars, the Occupation of Japan medal with one battle star, the China Sea Sweep Ribbon and a Presidential Unit Citation. Later in life, Fabbri was awarded the Connecticut Wartime Service ribbon.
Upon his return to Litchfield, he married Carmella Murrelli, gained employment in Waterbury, and earned certification as an electrician.
~ BZ photo
Like many of the nation’s Greatest Generation, Fabbri returned home, went to work, raised a family, paid his bills, stayed on the right side of the law and sought to help his fellow man.
As a civilian, Fabbri taught flag etiquette to young people and worked to assist fellow veterans. He was a host of the Veterans Voice show on local cable television, transported disabled veterans in parades, and belonged to Post 44 and several other local veterans’ organizations.
Fabbri also served as a constable in Litchfield, earning him the nickname “Flashlight Frank” for his ever-present flashlight.
In 1989, Fabbri and Post 44 members Art Shaw and Marcel Roy founded the veteran of the month program, which would soon become recognized by the national American Legion.
John Lilley, Post 44 Commander
Litchfield Community Café
Senior Lunches ~ Monday–Friday
@ Litchfield Community Center
Over the age of 60, and live in or visiting the Litchfield area? Why not stop in and have lunch at our beautiful Litchfield Community Café located in the Litchfield Community Center? The Litchfield Community Café serves congregate lunch Mondays through Fridays! (Fridays are meatless Fridays!) For a suggested donation of only $4.00, you can enjoy a hot, delicious nutritious meal including milk, coffee or tea and dessert! Reservations required by noon the day before. For the current menu, further information, or to make a reservation, please call 860-567-5746. Hope to see you there! 
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s 
needs your donations
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s is a success: since starting this spring, an increasing number of our neighbors come to the Community House the third Saturday of each month. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we distribute much-needed canned and packaged food, fresh bread, eggs and vegetables, and frozen meals. In October our neighbors took away over 1200 lbs. of food.
The good news is that the racks are empty. The bad news is that the racks are empty. People needed all the food we had. The Food Pantry is appealing to you to help fill the shelves each month.  The Pantry needs your support to supply our community’s needs.  
The pantry needs: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, oats, rice, tuna, pasta sauce, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, lentils, beans, granola bars, powered drink mix, pasta, juice, condiments, frozen vegetables, chicken, hamburger patties, coffee and tea, dish and clothes detergent, toilet paper and paper towels
We invite you to help provide our neighbors with the food they need. You can donate food, you can donate cash, and you can donate time.  You can help with purchasing, collecting and delivering food, stocking the shelves, or assisting on the third Saturday of each month.  The church is always open, and you can drop off donations any time in the north pews.
You can contact St. Michael’s at 860-567-9465,, and mail checks made out to  St. Michael’s, with “Food Pantry” on the memo line, to PO Box 248, Litchfield, CT  06759. St. Michael's - BZ page

The Veterans of American Legion Post 44
are collecting information on women veterans.
The veterans of American Legion Post 44 in Bantam are collecting names stories and photographs of women who have, or are serving, in the military. This information will be added to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Women’s Memorial is dedicated to all military women — past, present and future. If you would like to add yourself or a veteran from your family (deceased or living) please see Master Sergeant Linda Searles at the Saturday, December 2nd Veteran of the Month ceremony in the Bantam Borough Hall. The ceremony to honor a veteran starts at 10 am, social and light refreshments will follow. She can also email you the form. Contact Linda at lindaarmyveteran@gmail.
Warren Food Bank
Open 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warren Community Center
Warren residents should contact Leah Pullaro
860-868-7881 ext. 114. for more information.

For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113