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Banner Water, CNC Software Recognized for Tolland 300 Donations

The businesses were issued proclamations at the town council meeting Tuesday night, which also included an update on the Campbell Peaceful Valley Farm.

Banner Water and CNC Software were honored as the first major donors to the Tolland 300th Anniversary celebration at Tuesday's town council meeting.

According to a press release from the Tolland 300 organization, Banner Water has pledged $10,000 to the 2015 celebration, while CNC Software has pledged $5,000.

"The Anniversary Committee and the Society are thrilled to receive the support of these two fine Tolland companies,’’ said committee leader Celeste Senechal. “Banner Water and CNC Software are terrific Tolland citizens, and their gifts will enable us to hold a celebration that will be remembered for years to come.”

A number of events, including the recognition of Tolland's Charter Day, a town gala, a historical hertitage trail and much more are planned to commemorate the landmark anniversary of Tolland's creation in 1715.

“Banner Water is excited to be the first sponsor of this important event,” co-owner Beth Banning said in the press release.  “Sean and I were both raised in Tolland.  This is our community where we live and work. We feel it is important to be involved in the community.”     

“CNC Software is proud to support Tolland’s 300th anniversary celebration and happy to be involved with a town that has always been supportive of our business,” CNC Software owner Mark Summers added in the release.

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For more information on the festivities, visit the Tolland 300 website.

The council also provided an update on the legal issues surrounding the Campbell Peaceful Valley Farm.

"When the request was first brought to our attention about transferring the farm lease previously approved with Bea Campbell to her son Jeff, little did we know about the concerns with the deed such as continued rights the Campbell property had to water and septic fields on our property and the fact that electricity for the barn comes from the Campbell property," council Vice-chairperson Rick Field said, listing a few of the many legal issues the town is sorting through with the property.

He went on to say that the council intends to protect "some form of farming on the property", and that the town attorney is still working with Jeff Campbell on the deed to the land.

Field added that the council is unlikely to give the property to the Connecticut Farmland Trust, since the property's agricultural use can likely be retained without the town giving up its rights to the land. 

The council also suggested that an agricultural committee could be set up to give input on the issue.

Council member Mark Gill said that the Campbell valley is being maintained while the work on legal issues continues.

The council meets next at a joint session with the school board on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Fire Training Center.

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