Thompson Recreation

Thompson Recreation “Our mission is to enhance, promote and support quality recreation facilities and opportunities for all residents of the community.”

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11/12/2020

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WINY Radio
11/02/2020

WINY Radio

FROM THE NEWSROOM: (THOMPSON) Plans to make the site of a historic train wreck in East Thompson into a permanent park are opening up for public input, according to Thompson Director of Planning and Development Tyra Penn.

The Great East Thompson Train Wreck of 1891 is considered one of the most severe train wrecks in American history, involving four trains and resulting in two deaths and hundreds of injuries. 129 years later, the Town of Thompson is inviting hikers, cyclists and historians – as well as any interested members of the public whether they live in Thompson or not – to join a virtual public workshop next Tuesday to discuss what the future of this site along the Air Line Trail should be.

“Last year, late spring/early summer, I submitted a grant request to the National Parks Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program to help develop the site of the Great East Thompson Train Wreck into a permanent interpretive site,” Penn explained. “The Historical Society hosts some very popular guided tours there; they’ve done them as a part of the Last Green Valley Walktober a few times and they’re super well attended. But there’s nothing permanent there that commemorates this piece of history which is completely unique. Locals may know that it’s the site of the only four-engine train wreck in United States history, but that is, again, a very unique feature; it only exists here and we’d like to be able to call attention to it.”

That grant was awarded, and now Thompson has had two partners with the National Parks Service to consult with and do walk-throughs of the site since January, with the assistance program extended so it runs through September of next year. Penn says the plan is to compile the value of the work done with this non-monetary grant, and put that toward another at least two monetary grant applications – one to Connecticut Humanities for interpretive signs and artifacts, and another to the National Endowment for the Arts for creative placemaking.

The virtual public workshop on the design of the “Train Wreck Park” will be held next Tuesday, November 10th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

Here's the log-in info: Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81011805605?pwd=R2RRNE94N3o4aG1SL3ZIYXE2Qnc5dz09
Passcode: 893845
Or iPhone one-tap :
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Or Telephone:
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PHOTO COURTESY: The Last Green Valley

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11/02/2020

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Happy Halloween! Be safe tonight everyone! Share your costume pictures below!
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! Be safe tonight everyone! Share your costume pictures below!

Town Hall are in the Halloween spirit! Share your costume pictures with them!
10/30/2020

Town Hall are in the Halloween spirit! Share your costume pictures with them!

Town hall staff are ready for Halloween! Share your costume pictures below to show us your Halloween spirit! Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Thompson Proud
10/29/2020

Thompson Proud

On Sunday, October 25th, Pack 66 of Thompson, CT went on a nature hike. During the trek, the scouts and their parents did a huge community service by collecting trash along the way. It was a lovely day to be outside enjoying the foliage and everyone had a fabulous time. The following evening the Pack got together and enjoyed a campfire with ice cream cone smores. All the scouts told scary stories around the fire and had a ghost of a time. If you are looking for a great way to get your child K-5th grade outdoors and learn excellent life skills, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or come and visit Pack 66 at 108 Mountain Hill Rd, North Grosvenor Dale, CT 06255. Meetings are typically every other Monday night from 6 to 7."

TEEG
10/26/2020

TEEG

Today is our LAST Costume Event!! Stop by today, 3:00pm to 5:00pm to pick out a new, free costume for the kids!

10/22/2020
WINY Radio

WINY Radio

MILESTONE CELEBRATION! Tourtellotte Memorial High School girls soccer coach Deb Spinelli addresses the crowd after earning career win #300!

10/22/2020
Youth Basketball Clinics

Thompson Recreation will be offering a six week session youth basketball clinic for Thompson residents in grades 1 - 4. Grades 1 & 2 on Monday OR Wednesday and Grades 3 & 4 on Tuesday OR Thursday. $30/person. Scholarships available. Session starts November 2, class size is limited. Register at thompsonrec.org or call 860-923-9440

Town of Thompson, CT
10/20/2020

Town of Thompson, CT

On Sunday October 11, 2020, Thompson’s Six Months of Suffrage culminated in a Tour of Thompson Hill and a presentation, by Senator Mae Flexer, of citations from the CT General Assembly to the members of the Suffrage100 committee for the work that they did to commemorate this momentous 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Approximately 50 people participated in the wonderful tour, guided by Thompson Historian, Joseph Iamartino.

The Thompson Historical Society was one of six partner organizations that spearheaded Thompson’s six month long celebration of the ratification of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. Additional partners included the Town of Thompson (Town Clerk, Director of Planning and Development, Recreation Department, TP Library, and Public Schools), CT Humanities, Thompson Together, Inc., Thompson Lions Club, and Historic New England (Roseland Cottage).

The purpose of the program was to shine a spotlight on the importance of voting and to encourage voter registration. We believe that the commemoration of the work of the Suffragists is more than a historical curiosity. Taking note of the centennial of the expansion of voting rights, we strove to illustrate that the struggle for full representation in American democracy is ongoing, and is in fact fundamental to the preservation of our radical experiment in self-governance.

In spite of COVID-19 we were able to soldier on by adapting to meet the state guidelines at any given time within the six months. Each of the events and performances was meant to demonstrate the relevance of our shared history. The first event, Suffragist sash making, was held via Zoom and was attended by girls and women of all ages. We received emails from across the country asking for the directions as they wanted to share it with girls and women in their organizations.

While marching in a parade was out of the question Thompson pivoted and did a vehicle only parade in which the Suffrage100 committee took part riding in a 1920 truck driven by owner, D.R. Hoenig and a Model-A driven by owner John Lenky

Author, Don Williams was the presenter for our next event, “Prudence Crandall’s Legacy”. Having written the book Don did a fantastic presentation via Zoom. While Ms. Crandall was born and lived in an early time period we felt her role in the antislavery and American civil rights movements was relevant to our program.

Then in the first outdoor concert of the season for the Recreation Department, Tyra Penn and the Snakes of Amazonia performed a patriotic program of American folk songs.

In August, Historic New England hosted a “No More Pink Teas” tea at Roseland cottage. Joanie DiMartino, historian and Director of the Prudence Crandall Museum, gave a resounding presentation of Connecticut’s women’s roles in the suffrage movement.

The Proper Ladies, Anabel Graetz and Deborah Goss, entertained attendees in Riverside Park with readings and songs that were sung by women as they led the social struggles of the period.

Susan B. Anthony came to life for those who joined Sheryl Faye’s Zoom presentation,”Failure is Impossible”. Ms. Anthony was an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement.

Thank you to all our partners, private donors, and participants who made Thompson’s Six Months of Suffrage a fantastic success. It’s hard to tell what impact our program had on increasing voter registration but we do believe we did our part in bringing awareness to the vast importance of registering to vote and then exercising that right.

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WINY Radio
10/15/2020

WINY Radio

FROM THE NEWSROOM: FROM THE THOMPSON SUFFRAGE 100 COMMITTEE: (THOMPSON) This past Sunday, Thompson’s Six Months of Suffrage culminated in a Tour of Thompson Hill and a presentation, by State Senator Mae Flexer, of citations from the Connecticut General Assembly to the members of the Suffrage100 committee for the work that they did to commemorate this momentous 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote – according to a news release from the Town of Thompson.

Approximately 50 people participated in the wonderful tour, guided by Thompson Historian, Joseph Iamartino. The Thompson Historical Society was one of six partner organizations that spearheaded Thompson’s six month long celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

Additional partners included the Town of Thompson (Town Clerk, Director of Planning and Development, Recreation Department, TP Library, and Public Schools), CT Humanities, Thompson Together, Inc., Thompson Lions Club, and Historic New England (Roseland Cottage).

The purpose of the program was to shine a spotlight on the importance of voting and to encourage voter registration. “We believe that the commemoration of the work of the Suffragists is more than a historical curiosity. Taking note of the centennial of the expansion of voting rights, we strove to illustrate that the struggle for full representation in American democracy is ongoing, and is in fact fundamental to the preservation of our radical experiment in self-governance. In spite of COVID-19 we were able to soldier on by adapting to meet the state guidelines at any given time within the six months. Each of the events and performances was meant to demonstrate the relevance of our shared history. The first event, Suffragist sash making, was held via Zoom and was attended by girls and women of all ages. We received emails from across the country asking for the directions as they wanted to share it with girls and women in their organizations,” the statement reads.

While marching in a parade was out of the question, Thompson pivoted and did a vehicle only parade in which the Suffrage100 committee took part riding in a 1920 truck driven by owner, D.R. Hoenig and a Model-A driven by owner John Lenky.

Author, Don Williams was the presenter for the next event, “Prudence Crandall’s Legacy”. “Having written the book Don did a fantastic presentation via Zoom,” the statement reads. “While Ms. Crandall was born and lived in an early time period we felt her role in the antislavery and American civil rights movements was relevant to our program.”

Then in the first outdoor concert of the season for the Recreation Department, Tyra Penn and the Snakes of Amazonia performed a patriotic program of American folk songs.

In August, Historic New England hosted a “No More Pink Teas” tea at Roseland Cottage. Joanie DiMartino, historian and Director of the Prudence Crandall Museum, gave a resounding presentation of Connecticut’s women’s roles in the suffrage movement.

The Proper Ladies, Anabel Graetz and Deborah Goss, entertained attendees in Riverside Park with readings and songs that were sung by women as they led the social struggles of the period.

Susan B. Anthony came to life for those who joined Sheryl Faye’s Zoom presentation, “Failure is Impossible”. Ms. Anthony was an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement.

“Thank you to all our partners, private donors, and participants who made Thompson’s Six Months of Suffrage a fantastic success. It’s hard to tell what impact our program had on increasing voter registration but we do believe we did our part in bringing awareness to the vast importance of registering to vote and then exercising that right,” the statement reads.

Town of Thompson, CT
10/15/2020

Town of Thompson, CT

The West Thompson Lake and Quinebaug River Loop is an 8.1 mile loop that will take you around the beautiful West Thompson Lake. It is a great hike, for people of all ages and even dogs! Now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall colors.

Access Community Action Agency
10/15/2020
Access Community Action Agency

Access Community Action Agency

Applications for energy assistance for the 2020-2021 heating season are now being accepted. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis all applications for energy assistance will be completed over the phone. There will be no scheduled in-person appointments. Residents of Windham and Tolland counties can contact Access in Willimantic at 860-450-7400 or in Danielson at 860-412-1600. #electricity #energy #LIHEAP #assistance #utility #energyassistance #heat #electric
https://accessagency.org/2020/08/19/energy-assistance-available-2020-2021-heating-season/

10/06/2020
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10/06/2020

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10/06/2020

For those looking for Meals on Wheels info, please call 1-860-934-1006. We'll welcome them back to the Community Center Kitchen when their agency is offering in person service once again...we're hopeful that it's soon, we really miss them!

Thompson Congregational, United Church of Christ
10/05/2020

Thompson Congregational, United Church of Christ

SCARECROW CONTEST ON THOMPSON COMMON organized by the Village Improvement Society...for info and to register online go to: www.thompsonvis.org/events

Town of Thompson, CT
10/01/2020

Town of Thompson, CT

The Tri-State Marker Trail is Thompson’s most popular trail to walk. The 1.7 mile loop allows hikers to see the point where Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island connect. Click the Link for more details https://www.thompsonct.org/trails-committee/pages/trail-maps

09/23/2020
09/22/2020
Great Thompson Train Wreck

Great Thompson Train Wreck

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09/15/2020

Description of Responsibilities:
 Establish and maintain basic physical, social and emotional comfort level of all program
participants
 Direct, supervise, and participate in activities; arts & crafts, games, sports, educational
enrichment
 Use positive and proactive techniques for behavior management
 Maintain respectful communication with staff, parents, school staff, and supervisor
 Set up and cleanup of program, ensuring cleanliness
 Attend staff training and monthly staff meetings

Qualifications:
 At least one year of similar program experience with children
 Good communication skills
 Positive attitude and strong work ethic
 Ability to be flexible with schedules and plans
 Possess or able to gain certification in CPR & First Aid
 Ability to lift 20 lbs

To Apply: Application and detailed job description available at thompsonct.org
Email [email protected] with questions.

09/15/2020
WINY Radio

WINY Radio

Thompson Recreation on the #WinyMorningShow 9/15/20

Essential Superheroes
08/27/2020

Essential Superheroes

Dear Thompson Public Schools,
We are all a little confused and scared, but we know we can get through this time. Your teams are all working hard and we appreciate what your doing.
Thank you for your service.

WINY Radio
08/26/2020

WINY Radio

FROM THE NEWSROOM: (THOMPSON) A long time Public Works employee for the Town of Thompson, Joseph “Artie” Girard, Jr. is set to retire this weekend, after over 52 years of service to the Town, says First Selectwoman, Amy St. Onge.

St. Onge says that on Tuesday, the Town of Thompson honored “Artie,” as they call him, as he prepares to retire after 52+ years of service to the Town's Pubic Works Deptartment.

Artie went to work for the Town right out of High School in the Summer Program, performing odd jobs and mowing grass. He volunteered for the draft during the Vietnam War and served as a helicopter mechanic. Upon his return home, he came back to Public Works and has been with them ever since.

St. Onge says that there are no words to describe this level of dedication and service. Artie has been a tremendous asset to the Town and they wish him a very happy retirement!!!

His official “last day” is this Saturday. If residents see him at the Transfer Station over the next few days, she says to kindly wish him well.

PHOTO COURTESY: Thompson First Selectwoman, Amy St. Onge

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08/26/2020

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Thompson Middle School PTO
08/11/2020

Thompson Middle School PTO

Register ONLINE or call the office 860-923-9440
08/10/2020

Register ONLINE or call the office 860-923-9440

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815 Riverside Drive
North Grosvenor Dale, CT
06255

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 14:00

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(860) 923-9440

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Second time in 8 days that I was running in the park behind the old Knight's of Columbus and had to two come charging at me while I was running. Last week the dogs chased me down to the old River Mill complex. I contacted the First Selectman's office and Necogg animal control. Necogg told me if it happens again call them and they will send someone out. Today, the same thing. I call Necogg and they sent someone out. The guy was still there with his dogs and was told there is a leash law. He stated sometimes he lets his dogs off leash to run. He parks right in front of the sign that states pets must be leashed. Hopefully, with Necogg animal control coming out this morning it will resolve this issue. I really enjoy running there first thing in the morning while the sun is coming up. It is a great town resource. If you go down there and see a Honda Pilot with Mass, plates 8TK 477 dark in color. Be on the watch for two loose dogs. One, small pitbull light in color and a black dog about the same build as a German Shepherd. This morning's incident happened at 5:00am.
Does anyone know the depth of the ponds/lakes in Thompson? Are there any maps showing the depths?
Is the bonfire still going to happen if it snows?
Will this still go on tonight? Or will there be a snow date or something?
Thank You, for a awesome live Rock Concert on a beautiful summers night, Wayne and Sue and a few more you drove up across the State lines !
Hello my name is Khadijah Benoit and I’m the head coach for the Quinebaug Valley Pride cheerleading team!! I know school is almost out and I know the kids are saying YES!!! But the parents are saying NOOOOOO. I also now that we have a lot of eighth graders that are getting ready to move into high school. So I just wanted to give you a little bit of information about the cheer squad. The first day of practice will be August 29 at 3 o’clock at the St. Marie Greenhalgh Complex in Putnam, CT. The student MUST attend one of the three schools Ellis tech, Putnam High School or Tourtellotte Memorial high school. Students are bused from their school to Putnam high school . They walk down as a squad to the field. Practice will end at five and needs to be picked up promptly FROM THE FIELD. (The FIRST DAY ONLY) 3 to 3:30 Will be a parents meeting and I encourage at least one parent to attend. This meeting is just to go over a few things and to Answer any questions that anybody might have. One thing that I do ask please make sure all paperwork that needs to be handed in is handed in physicals up to date please. If you have any questions about paperwork please contact the school student is attending. I hope everybody has a safe fun summer and I’m looking forward to seeing new and returning faces for the upcoming season. See everybody then.
Does anyone know when the Coaches Pitch Baseball will be starting up??
It's that time again! Thompson Recreation is accepting councelor applications and registration for campers will be opening shortly!
Just a reminder that this Wednesday, August 16, there is NO FIELD TRIP, but Adventure Camp will still be at Thompson Middle School for our annual field day and camp cookout. The cookout is catered by G7 Caterers of Thompson, and campers will have a choice of a hot dog, hamburger or cheeseburger as well as chips and a drink. Please still pack a morning and afternoon snack, but there is no need to pack lunch. If you have any questions, please give our office a call at (860) 923-9440. Thank you.