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(Jan. 11, 2019) — A Huge THANK YOU to our volunteers that worked so hard to make all of Haddam beautiful.
Anyone who drove through town in Higganum, Haddam and Tylerville during the month of December would have noticed the nights were shorter but getting a little brighter with all the Christmas lights. This was the 8th year that many volunteers worked hard to make the town glisten. This year we were short volunteers but we made it bigger and brighter with the addition of the snowflakes on Killingworth Road.
In Higganum Center Village, the Gazebo was done by Lynne Cooper & Lorraine Riess representing the Haddam Garden Club. The Rossi Property was done by Sue and Bruce & Val Kocsik. The new bridge was very welcoming as both sides beautifully done by the Higganum Haddam Sportsmans Club. The Higganum Village Market was done by Pat Hartman and Tommy Thompson along with the scouts decorating the windows. The Red Barn Feed Store was done by Paula Sheahan & Kathy Bremer. Higganum Congregational Church organized by Ginny Murphy did 310 Saybrook Road with lights and large paper snowflakes in all the windows. Larry & Lori Maggi, Lori & Brent Tharin, Cortney & John Scott Swokla, Doreen Staskelunas, Prem Aithal Kate Anderson & Josh Schilling, Cindy MacNeil Sola, John Maziarz and Marc Perras from the Haddam Jr. Fire Department took on job of all the light poles in the center of Higganum. The Businesses did a great job with Hi–Way, Higganum Pharmacy, DaVinci, Teri’s & Brewed Awakenings and Higganum Physical Therapy looking great another year. The VFW Museum was beautifully lit by Ron and Rick Annino, Bob Kadrie and Harold Edman. The holiday tree on the green has been done for over 40 years by Tom Carlson and his son Scot. The Haddam Fire Department supports the tree lighting and maintenance.
Along Rt.154 from Higganum to Tylerville it was great to see the Nehemiah Brainerd House, Town & Country Nurseries both looking beautiful along with many homes lit for the Christmas season.
As you entered Tylerville the drive toward the Haddam-East Haddam bridge was brightly lit again this year as the Businesses from Fireworks Hearth and Home, Alan’s Small Engine Service, River’s Edge Tile and Carpet, River Valley Provisions, Tony’s Package, The Sibley Company, The River House, with Goodspeed Station, The Cluttered Coop, Village Court Florist, Creative Cakes by Donna with Mike’s Auto & the Cooking Company looked so festive. The welcome signs coming into town that looked beautiful with lights, garland and bows thanks to the Haddam Garden Club.
The Tylerville Tree Lighting was held on Dec 1st for everyone to celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday. A gathering of residents and businesses had a bonfire, music, beverages and goodies along with Santa stopping by for a visit and surprising the children with a gift.
Next year we hope to work on more streetscape to bring more beauty into our little town, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS for next year and if you are interested please contact me.
Another successful year!
Cindy MacNeil Sola
Haddam Economic Development Commission