Litchfield News






Family Breakfast
 In the Parish Hall
Sunday, May 28 ~ 8:00 a.m.
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
5 Old Middle Street, PO Box 216
at the intersection of Rt 4 and Rt 63
Goshen, CT 06756
$6.00 per Adult
 $3.00 per Child under 12

Memorial Day Parades & Ceremonies
Bantam ~ Sunday @ 2pm
Goshen ~ Sunday @ 2pm
Litchfield - Monday @ 10am
Morris - Monday @ 12:15 am
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.

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

Veteran of the Month Ceremony
World War II, United States Army Veteran
 Private Eugene Freund
Saturday, May 6, 2017
All Wars Memorial, Bantam
The world was at war and Eugene was reluctant to derail his plans and rush off to war. His plan was to attend college and become a member of the Cornell ROTC. He thought this might shield him from the draft, but, alas came the draft notice.
He reported for induction at Ithaca, New York on the 29th of October 1942 and after basic combat training was sent off for medical schooling and graduated as a Surgical Technician. After a short leave, he was posted to the South Pacific and assigned to the 9222 TSU Medical Detachment, a unit that worked aboard ships in support of military operations.
He is credited as participating in the following battles and campaigns: the Dutch New Guinea Campaign, the Northern Solomons, Luzon and the Southern Philippines the Ryukus and the Eastern Mandates.
As the war ended he was demobilized and discharged on the 17th of Oct 1945. He was awarded the following medals: the Purple Heart, the Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Star, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Service Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal. Click here for more details and BZ photos
Korean War Medals Awarded
After the Veteran of the Month Ceremony on May 6th, Korean War medals were awarded to six veterans or their familes by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5th). Korean War Veteran Nick Gandolfo (Marine uniform) prepared the paperwork for each one to receive both an Ambassador for Peace Award and the Connecticut Wartime Medal. Click here for more details and BZ photos.
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.