At a time when charitable giving is down across the country, the Avon Land Trust is delighted to announce its receipt of an exceptionally generous gift from the estate of Mr. William (Bill) and Mrs. Virginia (Gini) Grunewald of Avon. The Grunewalds thoughtfully remembered the land trust in their estate plan, bestowing on the organization $55,160.00 – the largest monetary gift in the trust’s 40+ year history.
Lifelong residents of Avon, the Grunewalds met each other on the bus to Canton High School (back before Avon had its own high school). Friends and family recall it was truly love at first sight for them both. During WWII, Bill served in the Merchant Marines on the freighter USS Alamo Victory in the Pacific theatre. He returned to Avon and married Gini in 1946. The couple settled on Lovely Street where they raised their two children, Douglas and Marcia. Bill participated in town politics, serving on the building committees of both Avon High School and the Avon Senior Center. Gini, too, was an active volunteer in school, civic and church activities.
Bill worked as a surveyor in the Farmington Valley, which put him in close touch with the land and gave him a unique perspective of the evolution of Avon’s landscape. Gini, too, enjoyed spending time in Avon’s vast outdoors with her dogs and in the company of wild birds. Christine Graesser, president of The Avon Land Trust expressed the trust’s gratitude for this extraordinary gift: “We are very grateful to the Grunewald family for their generous gift. We will respect their gift and be thoughtful stewards of it.” To remember the Avon Land Trust in your estate plan or to learn more about ALT properties and offerings, please visit www.avonlandtrust.org.
Written by Susan Rietano Davey
Due to the pandemic, the Avon Land Trust was not able to present the annual Hugh Blanchard Scholarships in person this year. Sadly there was no handshake, no handing over of the scholarship checks, no face-to-face congratulations, no photos. Instead, we simply and proudly recognize…
Krishna Donger, Justin Shieh, and Sanjana Nistala
for their commitments to land stewardship and the natural world, and we wish them well in their academic pursuits — all three of them will be attending the University of Connecticut!
The Hugh Blanchard Scholarships are named after one of the members who founded the Avon Land Trust back in 1973. Hugh and his wife Dottie cared deeply for preserving Avon’s natural resources to benefit future generations.
Written by Susan Rietano Davey
The Avon Land Trust recently learned that it is the recipient of a CVS Health Foundation Volunteer Challenge Grant for $1,000. The grant recognizes the commitment and volunteer work of one of their employees.
Thank you, CVS Health!
ALT Annual meeting Friday, Nov 18 at 7 pm, Community Room, Avon Free Public Library
Dogology will give a presentation.
The Unplugged Learning Project branch of the Avon Land Trust, is thrilled to partner with the Avon High School PTO to bring the critically acclaimed documentary, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, to Avon for its Connecticut premiere on Tuesday, May 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the AHS auditorium. For event details and to reserve (free) seats, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/avon-high-school-pto-and-unplugged-learning-project-presents-screenagers-growing-up-in-the-digital-tickets-24760614665
Please join us for the 2015 ALT Annual Meeting on November 18th at 7pm at the Avon Library,
The film “Love Thy Nature” will be shown.
Read more http://www.avonct.gov/home/news/avon-land-trust-film-love-thy-nature-wed-nov-18-7-pm
The Avon Land Trust Fall 2015 newsletter is now available here.
Join us on the Annual Tower Toot Hike, 10/18/2014, via the Skyline Trail. We will lead groups from both the Hazen Park and the Nod Way trailhead at 1 pm.
Here’s a great blog post on the hike and trail.
Avon Day is September 27, 2014 at the Thompson Brook School.
On Monday, April 21st, ShopRite of Canton store owners Chuck Joseph, Sr. and his son Chuck Joseph, Jr., presented Avon Land Trust President Christine Graesser with a check in the amount of $2,500.00. The Josephs concluded a successful reusable bag rebate program and reallocated the funds to three local environmental organizations; The Canton Land Trust and the Elizabeth Park Conservancy were the other two recipients. Joseph Family Markets, which owns the Shop Rite stores in Canton and West Hartford, is a local owner-operated business that invests in the communities it serves. Explains the senior Joseph: “Most of our charitable giving is oriented toward nutrition and education, so the work the Avon Land Trust is doing to get children outdoors is a natural fit.”
The Avon Land Trust plans to invest ShopRite’s generous donation toward signs and information kiosks on its Oakes Preserve and Talcott Mountain trails to encourage greater use of Avon’s open space by residents, especially children. The Land Trust hopes to use the Oakes as an outdoor classroom in cooperation with local schools.
Chuck Joseph, Sr. and Chuck Joseph, Jr., owners of ShopRite Canton, present a $2500.00 check to Avon Land Trust president, Christine Graesser.
Photo caption: Chuck Joseph, Sr. and Chuck Joseph, Jr., owners of ShopRite Canton, present a $2500.00 check to Avon Land Trust president, Christine Graesser.