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Next spring in Rockville will bring 600 daffodil plants coming to life throughout the downtown area.
The leaves are falling, daylight hours are growing shorter and little white flakes will soon be in the air, but the Rockville Downtown Association (RDA) has been hard at work ensuring that Spring will come alive with color next year by planting 600 daffodil bulbs in Rockville's downtown.
The bulbs, which went into the ground over the last few weeks, have been planted for several hundred feet along the hill between Saint Bernard's Terrace and East Main Street. Daffodils were also planted at the historic Rockville sign and at Paper Mill Pond Park at the intersection of East Main and Grove Streets.
"The RDA has worked hard over the last few years to brighten and improve the downtown area," said President Lisa Moody. "We've placed dozens of yellow mum plants throughout downtown each of the last two autumns. We've also provided holiday banners every winter on more than 20 poles and are helping with the return of the Santa House in front of town hall this year. In addition we put up U.S. flags and patriotic banners every summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day. We also sponsor the Rockville Farmers Market that runs from April through October in Courthouse Plaza. Now we are providing 600 reasons to smile and "think Spring" by planting daffodil bulbs throughout the downtown," she said.
"We have a special and historic downtown area and come next Spring it will be even more beautiful," she said. "Rockville is growing, literally," she said.
RDA Supports Police Dog Fund Raiser!
A Paw-fect Finish to Vernon Effort to Raise Money for Police Dog
A citizen group formed to raise money for the purchase and training of a dog for the Vernon Police Department has ended successfully with more than $26,000 raised through donations from dozens of Vernon residents and businesses. The effort was undertaken by a volunteer group, led by the Rockville Downtown Association, to recognize the 125th anniversary of the Vernon Police Department and to thank the men and women who put on the uniform each day to make sure our roads, homes, businesses and schools are safe. The fundraising campaign took just two months and saw donations of pennies and nickels from young children to large donations from the Rockville Downtown Association, the Vernon Junior Women's Club, Olenders, Zahner's, United Bank Foundation, AFSME 1471 and even the American Kennel Club in South Windsor. The original goal was $20,000 and to date $26,015 has been raised, allowing the Vernon Police Department to buy the police dog and pay for extensive training of the dog and its police officer handler. The funds will also be used to buy two canine bulletproof vests - one for the new dog and one for the existing dog, Thor. In addition, a crate kennel for the police car will be purchased, as well as a home kennel, a "bite suit" and other accessories for training. Money will also be set aside for veterinary services and items such as leashes and collars. "The outpouring of support has been incredible," said Lisa Moody, who led the effort along with Tim Poloski, Patty Noblet, Thomasina Clemons, MarissaRoy and Gail Phillips – Bossett. "All members of the Vernon Police Department are grateful for the show of support and appreciation by Vernon residents and businesses. We are proud to serve our community as law enforcement professionals. We work hard each and every day and we look forward to adding a new four-legged member to our force," said Vernon Police Chief James Kenny.
The Rockville Downtown Association, Inc. (RDA) is a designated Main Street Community of the Connecticut Main Street Center. We invite you to learn about our activities and programs dedicated to promoting, preserving and enhancing historic downtown Rockville, Connecticut.
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