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VALLEY ENERGY SPONSORS PRESERVATION OF LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE IN WINCHESTER CENTER
WINCHESTER CENTER, Conn., February 3, 2015 – “Valley Energy is proud to be one of several corporate sponsors for the renovation and preservation of the historic Little Red School House in Winchester Center,” stated Craig Snyder, president of Valley Energy in Canton, Conn. “2015 will mark the 200th anniversary of the only remaining one-room school house in the Town of Winchester. Valley Energy is delighted to provide funds to help preserve this historic treasure.”
“Mr. Snyder and Valley Energy have been very generous toward our preservation ambitions, and we are most appreciative,” stated Bill Ahrens, vice president of The Little Red School House Association of Winchester, Inc. David Battista, president of the Association, added, “In 2015 we plan on hosting a celebration to include all the contributors to the restoration’s success.”
Built 1815, the Little Red School House, located at the corner of Platt Hill and Taylor Brook Roads in Winchester Center, was continuously used until 1908 when it was closed due to a diminished number of students. The school was originally one of seven or eight small school houses constructed throughout the rural Town of Winchester. Eventually, the smaller schools were consolidated into larger and more formal schools.
The school house has survived due in part to the efforts of Clifford E. Bristol who, in honor of his father, Charles A. Bristol, a teacher in the school, bought the building from the Town in 1908. In 1916, Mr. Bristol held a reunion for all former teachers and students. It was not until 1923 that another meeting was held to form the Little Red School House Association of Winchester to preserve the building. The Association was made up of former teachers and family members of former teachers and students.
Since 1923, annual meetings were held ‘off and on.’ Mr. Ahrens explained that, “The Association’s ambitions ‘waxed and waned’ through the years but were ongoing until the end of the 1900s. In 2001, the organization voted to have the Winchester Center Historical Association run the Little Red School House Association and maintain the building. Today, the building needs considerable help to remain standing. We need to raise funds to repair it.”
Toward that goal, the Association contacted the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation which awarded a Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grant. Ahrens explained that, “The Trust assigns a Circuit Rider who examines historic structures and guides the board of directors on what needs to be done to preserve a building and raise funds. The Rider suggested that we apply for a grant that would document what was needed to restore and renovate the building. We received a $4,500 grant which we were able to match due to several corporate donations, including $1,000 from Valley Energy.”
Battista stated, “20 to 30 years ago, when the Little Red School House Association was very active, school children came to the historic one-room school house. Association members, dressed in 1800s attire, re-created day-to-day activities popular with children at that time. We would like to sponsor re-creations again as they are being done in several historic school houses throughout Litchfield County. Also, we would like to hold cooperative events with the Connecticut Department of Tourism to conduct tours as they do with historic breweries, vineyards, covered bridges, etc.
Private donations and funding are being sought into the spring of 2015, when the Association intends to file an application for a $15,000 matching grant from the 1772 Foundation. As of December 31, 2014, the Association had secured about two-thirds of the needed $15,000.”
To contribute to the preservation of the Little Red School House, please mail tax-deductible contributions to The Little Red School House Association of Winchester, PO Box 117, Winchester Center, CT 06094.
VALLEY ENERGY DONATES TRAIN TO “ALL ABOARD LITCHFIELD COUNTY” CAMPAIGN
CANTON, Conn., Sept. 25, 2014 – Valley Energy in Canton has enthusiastically been participating in the heralded public art project collaboration “All Aboard Litchfield County” created by the Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation, Inc. and KidsPlay Children Museum in Torrington. With the ambitions to help promote tourism, enhance the visibility of local artists, build a sense of community throughout the northwest Connecticut region and beautify the business districts and towns, Valley Energy adopted a 5-foot-long and 3-foot-high engine for $1,500. The company chose local artist Rose Orelup to decoratively paint the engine made with a fiberglass-polyester resin mix.
“We have been very excited about our participation in this community-wide event that has been attracting so much positive attention to the region since early September,” stated Craig Snyder, CEO of Valley Energy. As an engine adoptee, Valley Energy was able to select an artist from drawings submitted by various local area artists. “We chose artist Rose Orelup for her distinctive style. For the Valley Energy train, Ms. Orelup worked with primary colors red, yellow and royal blue to accentuate the features of the engine.”
The Valley Energy train engine will be on display on the lawn at 321 Albany Turnpike (Route 44) in Canton through October 31st. “We’re delighted,” added Snyder, “that on November 1st Valley Energy’s engine will be auctioned at a special event from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the KidsPlay Museum Annex in Torrington to help raise money for the two collaborating organizations to continue and expand their ambitions to increase awareness of our region.”
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive from adults and children alike,” stated Joann Ryan, president and CEO of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation. “Since September 1st all 41 trains have been on display throughout the region. Everyone loves the trains and this campaign has been a huge success.”
“For over 25 years,” stated Snyder, “Valley Energy has been delivering home heating oil and installing energy efficient equipment in the Litchfield County region. We are a very visible provider to the northwest region, and we have been delighted to participate in this distinctive All Aboard Litchfield County project and witnessing the positive response. It’s a wonderful community-building project that we hope can be continued into the years ahead.”
Valley Energy services homes and businesses in 21 communities in upper Hartford County and Litchfield County from Avon to Farmington to Harwinton to Riverton, Simsbury and Winsted. In addition to delivering heating oil and installing energy efficient equipment, in 2010, Valley Energy also began delivering of propane to homes and businesses in the region. To learn more, visit www.valleyenergyco.com or call 860-693-2401.
VALLEY ENERGY WORE ORANGE TO RAISE AWARENESS & FIGHT HUNGER
CANTON, Conn., Sept. 12, 2014 – Valley Energy staff members in Canton wore orange on September 4th to help ‘raise awareness, fight hunger’ in support of September being named nationwide as Hunger Action Month. In addition to “Wearing Orange for Hunger Relief” in Connecticut, the staff collected food and personal care items for presentation to the Connecticut Food Bank. Food items collected included fruit juices, soups, rice, canned vegetables and fruits, pastas and sauces. Personal care items include shampoos, conditioners, dental care items, diapers, detergent, deodorant, shaving items and hairbrushes. Valley Energy has been delivering home heating oil and installing energy efficient equipment for over 25 years. In 2010, Valley Energy also began delivering of propane to homes and businesses in the region. The company services homes and businesses in 21 communities in upper Hartford County and Litchfield County from Avon to Farmington to Harwinton to Riverton, Simsbury and Winsted.