As we gather together for the Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to take the time to wish you all a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a marvelous time, a time that we get to catch up with family and friends as we pause for a moment to remember those that are important in our lives. Each year, I take the time to pause and thank those that I have come in contact with. This year, I would like thank all of you for taking the time out of your busy day to catch up with my columns. I truly enjoy all of the great people I have come to meet here in the Litchfield Hills, and I am glad to have the opportunity to share their stories with all of you. I not only feel connected to those I have written about, but I also feel connected with all of you as well.
Looking back, we really have a lot to be thankful for, especially in the Torrington area. While hard times fell on much of the country due to a struggling economy, Torrington has been on the rebound. This past summer, we brought the community together with Main Street Marketplace, a weekly event that took place every Thursday during the summer. Vendors from all over flocked to downtown Torrington to show off their talents, and downtown merchants took part in the festivities by welcoming residents and tourists alike into their stores as they showcased the hidden gems of downtown Torrington. This fall, Torrington Downtown Partners acquired an entire city block that was foreclosed and gave it back to the community allowing residents to invest in the properties starting at $100 a share. Torrington Downtown Partners are, without a doubt, the cornerstone to downtown redevelopment and progress has been coming along rather quickly. 75 partners, including myself, are helping to take back downtown Torrington and turn it into a thriving center within our community. We continue to prove the naysayers wrong as we move forward with progress in Torrington, and that is progress that we can be proud of.
Also this fall, we can be proud of the fact that one Litchfield county town, Kent, was named the number one fall destination in all of New England by Yankee Magazine. Kent is a perfect example of small town America. With its buccolic New England ways of life and its stunning picturesque view, it is no wonder why Yankee Magazine rated Kent so high, and if you’ve never been to Kent, no time is better than the present to check it out for yourself, you’ll be glad that you did.
With the holiday season now upon us here in the Litchfield Hills, there is no doubt that we will all be quite busy over the next few weeks, though my hope is that we all won’t be too busy to take the time to say thanks for everything, and everyone, that we have around us.
From my family to yours,
Mike Valletta can be reached for comment at: NorthwestCTMike@aol.com