Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Barney Ground Breaking Tuesday September 29, 2009

Opening Remarks: FVGLA, President Ed Prenet

Farmington Libraries Chairman, Bill Hayhurst

Building Committee, Chairman David Palmer

Remarks: Town Council Chairman, Mike Clark


State Senator, Donald DeFronzo




State Representative Demetrios Giannaros
Farmington Libraries Executive Director. Jay Johnston:
Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele special remarks
My Remarks:


Special thanks to the Town Council who believed in the project.
And, especially Mike Clark, it’s Chairman, for his support in the ensuing referendum resulting in an exquisite victory for the people. Thanks also to Councilors Mark Fey, Michael Demicco, William Wadsworth, Charles Keniston, Donald Perrault, Jr., and Jeffrey Hogan.


I world like to give Special thanks to the Connecticut State Library, the State legislature, our delegation: Senator Donald DeFronzo, Senator Jonathan Harris, and State Representative; Beth Bye, State Representative Demetrios Giannaros……. Special thanks to Governor Rell for signing the bond document awarding a 1million dollar state library construction grant to Farmington Libraries that began this odyssey, And Thank You LT. Governor Fedele for honoring us this evening with your presence!

Let me also thank first and foremost our citizens for giving Farmington Libraries the best community possible to develop one of Connecticut’s top programs. Leading your Libraries is a privilege and responsibility to which I give the highest priority. However, leadership requires support and confidence and for thank I thank our Board of Directors for their steady hand and insightful vision. Andy Baron, Karen Williard, Terry Roberts, Lana Parke, Nancy Nickerson, Alan Coykendall, Kathy Piccirillo, Janice Caroll, David Tabol, Anne Oberg, Alan Sherman, and its chairman Bill Hayhurst, I also need to thank all my Library co-workers and colleagues in Town Government, especially Manager Eagen, and Director Swetsky for their assistance in the many technical matters requiring consultation during this project’s development. Also, FVGLA Chairman, Mike Andreas, for his wisdom and expertise in the development of the project and to Judy Guglietta for her invaluable assistance. And special thanks to Kathy Lescoe, for her undaunted efforts.


Naturally Special thanks to the hard working Building Committee, Chairman David Palmer, Mike Schloss, Alan Coykendall, Andy Baron, Nancy Nickerson, Norma Hartley,

And, Our Fund Rising Committee, Chairman, Buzz and Arleen Whittaker, Russ Fisher, Nancy Nickerson, Brie Quinby, George Reider, and Anne Oberg.

Our Interiors Committee, Nancy Nickerson, Ann Oberg, Norma Hartley, Hillary Donald AIA

And, without saying, our great and innovative architects Bruce Tuthill and Peter Wells who brought our vision to reality.

This is a great day for Farmington and an exciting promise for the future….

Thank You all for your attention












Thank You Farmington Rotary








The Library is all about community and service and that is why we are so delighted to have the Rotary Club of Farmington conducting the second Barney Library fundraiser on the Barney Library front lawn September 13th. The club served over 250 lobster and steak dinners. Special thanks tho chairmen of the event: Stephen and Karen Wasley, and Paula and Kevin Ray and everyone involved for a job well done.