Fb – The Day – Notably Norwich: Making recollections from close to or far on Fb
Regardless of how far you progress bodily in life, you by no means fully go away the place the place you grew up.
Having been born and raised in Norwich, I’ve many fond recollections of the Rose Metropolis from my childhood. Lots of these recollections turn into extra vivid once I’m capable of re-connect with previous mates and acquaintances on Fb.
Social media isn’t for everybody, however reliving recollections from our hometown and fascinating with others who’ve lived and/or labored there may be refreshing. It’s a means for sharing info — generally unhappy info just like the current passing of classmate and good friend, Joe Barbera, a splendidly pleasant, comfortable, and standard man, whom I met throughout our days collectively within the late 1960s at Kelly Junior Excessive College.
Dozens of my Fb mates grew up in Norwich. Some nonetheless stay and/or work there; others have moved to different components of the nation. I assumed it was essential to share the unhappy information of Joe’s passing with fellow alumni of Kelly and Norwich Free Academy, the place Joe and I had been members of the Class of 1972. Like we did a couple of weeks in the past, Joe had moved from Connecticut to Florida.
Right here in Florida, we’ve already re-connected with mates from Connecticut, a few of whom are on Fb, others who are usually not. There are fairly a couple of of us right here in Florida who’ve made this state our major residence to flee chilly winters and excessive taxes. If we will’t all the time see our mates in particular person (which is harder in nowadays of COVID), I discover that Fb interplay is the next-best factor. Over time, I’ve reconnected with previous mates now dwelling in Florida, Texas, California, Minnesota, even Australia.
There are a number of Norwich-based teams on Fb. My good friend and former Norwich Bulletin colleague Ken Keeley continuously shares previous images of assorted sections in Norwich together with details about when the photograph was taken and what properties or companies had been situated there on the time. A few of the photographs return so far as the 19th century; others are newer and recognizable with their very own tales to be advised, and Ken tells them in addition to anybody since my father’s As soon as Upon A Time sequence that Ken printed years in the past.
Extra lately, Ken has printed a number of great books himself which might be extremely popular with previous and current Norwich residents.
Like many different cities and cities, Norwich has a web page titled “You’re Probably From (insert city or town here).” The web page describes and recounts locations, occasions and individuals who make their group distinctive.
As you’d count on, there are tales on the Norwich web page that debate all the things from Norwich Free Academy to the Rose Arts Pageant that loved its prime on a big public parcel referred to as Chelsea Parade again within the 1960s and 70s. There’s details about Norwich’s most notorious native, Benedict Arnold, and recollections of skating on Ford’s Pond within the metropolis’s East Nice Plains part.
The positioning simply introduced that it has greater than 10,000 members — 10,000!
It’s heartening to learn the constructive feedback about Norwich, a metropolis that has confronted challenges through the years. We talk about in giant numbers our Norwich favorites: our favourite lecturers, favourite recollections, favourite sweet shops, favourite bars, favourite mates and on and on. It brings again principally great recollections, as the positioning seeks to intensify Norwich’s many constructive attributes, particularly from years passed by.
There are a number of NFA websites, together with a pair for alumni and not less than one for reunions. My class’s 50th is developing subsequent yr. My goodness, the place did the years go and the way did we get so previous? LOL! Having been based again in 1854 and boasting enrollments in extra of three,000 at its peak, NFA is ripe for dialogue on all the things from completed alumni to highlights from its nice yearbooks — The Mirror.
One other considered one of my favourite websites is Rose Metropolis Sports activities Tales. The great thing about this web site, along with the good recollections, is that it crosses generations and options mutual respect.
Among the many most frequent contributors are Cas Grygorcewicz, a former NFA basketball star from the 1960s who would later turn into an completed distance runner and coach basketball at Mitchell School. One other frequent contributor is Marlon Delgado, an enthusiastic Norwich entrepreneur who was an NFA basketball star within the 1990s.
His dad, Ron, and mother, Cassie Fontaine, had been schoolmates of mine at NFA within the early 1970s. Ron was a rare soccer and basketball participant within the Class of 1973, so the apple didn’t fall removed from the tree.
Cas typically treats us to previous newspaper clippings that characteristic NFA gamers from yesteryear, lots of whom we both knew or cheered for on the Wildcats’ gridiron, in previous Norton Gymnasium or at Dickenman Subject. Some photographs return even additional, to our Little League days. Seeing them and discussing them is such nice enjoyable! There have been tales about cross nation, monitor and subject, boxing, and even arm wrestling.
With a lot success through the years in ladies’ sports activities, there has, sadly, been little enter about women and girls’s sports activities. Norwich has boasted feminine champions in cross nation, monitor, badminton, twirling and basketball, with former NFA hoop gamers happening to play at nationwide powers equivalent to UConn, Clemson and Stanford.
Right here’s hoping there might be extra submittals from and concerning the girls.
Invoice Stanley grew up in Norwich and lately retired as a vp at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.