The Silvermine Community Association is an active neighborhood association. We hope you will join us as a member. Silvermine is a picturesque and historic combination of portions of three towns – New Canaan, Norwalk and Wilton.
Here’s what’s happening:
- Scholarship Applications Due May 18th
50 Years of Silvermine Scholarship
The Silvermine Community Association has been awarding scholarships to community residents for 55 years. More than 300 high-school seniors have been helped on their way to higher education through this unique neighborhood program.
In past years, the individual scholarship awards have ranged from $250 to $3,000. Each year, based on the number of applicants and their qualifications, the number of scholarship recipients varies. Generally there are between three and six recipients.
To be eligible for the SCA Scholarship:
- The applicant must be a recent graduate from high school/technical/post graduate school, or anticipate graduating in the spring of 2012
- The applicant must have been accepted (or anticipate receiving acceptance) by an accredited college or post-secondary school/conservatory (art, music, or technical).
- The applicant MUST be a member of the Silvermine Community Association and reside in the Silvermine Area of New Canaan, Norwalk, or Wilton (as defined by the map/street list in the application). (If you receive this newsletter, anyone who lives with you and meets the above criteria is eligible to apply for the SCA Scholarship.)
Applications are available on this web-site and will also be available in the New Canaan, Norwalk and Wilton High School guidance offices. Completed applications with supporting documentation must be submitted by no later than May 18th.
The Silvermine Community Association
Scholarship Selection Committee
115 New Canaan Ave, PMB #704
Norwalk, CT 06850
All applicants will be interviewed by the SCA Scholarship Selection Committee. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, community service, as well as extracurricular activities and career goals.
The Silvermine Community Scholarship Awards relies entirely on the support of the Silvermine neighborhood for its funding. Please join with those neighbors who have already committed to support this worthy endeavor. Become a member of the SCA, support our functions, and make a donation to the Scholarship Fund. Remember, many small donations result in many well deserved awards!
- Spring Pancake Breakfast
Pancakes with the Easter Bunny!
On Saturday,March 23rd, the Easter Bunny will host the 24th Annual SCA Pancake Breakfast! The best breakfast in town will be served in the cafeteria of the Silvermine School on Perry Avenue. Flapjacks start flipping at 8 a.m. and the syrup keeps flowing until 11 a.m. Admission is $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children.
The Pancake Breakfast is a great opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones, catch up on the neighborhood news, or just escape the winter blahs! There will be games and face painting for the kids, too! So, stop in for a stack of cakes and stay for a cup of coffee. Bring the gang and don’t forget to stay for the Special Membership Drawing!
Special Membership Drawing
Once again this year, when you’ve paid your 2013 membership dues, your name will be entered in the Special Membership Drawing for valuable prizes which are drawn at the Pancake Breakfast. The top prize is Heating Oil! All paid members are entered into a raffle for 100 or 150 gallons of FREE heating oil, compliments of Joe & Roy Rumore, (The Reliable Oil and Heat Co, Inc. & Steve’s Fuel Oil). If the total 2013 membership is 350 or more, then 150 gallons will be awarded! Otherwise, 100 gallons will go to the winner.
All you have to do is to pay your 2013 membership dues before the drawing at the Pancake Breakfast on March 23rd to win the Heating Oil and other great prizes!
Support the Pancake Breakfast with an Ad
The SCA prints a placemat which is used by all who join us for breakfast. It is a great way to promote your business or show your neighborly support of the Silvermine Community. We offer three levels of ads. Please consider purchasing one today. 100% of the money received through advertising is used to fund the 2012 Silvermine Scholarship. Click below to buy your ad now using PayPal or a credit card. You will be contacted for ad copy once your order is received. Don’t delay! Last year’s placemat was sold out.
- Giving Tree Gifts Bring Joy
Generosity Abounds in Silvermine
Over the holidays, the SCA Giving Tree was decorated with many wishes and they all came true! Staff at the Silvermine Market kept busy making more ornaments as they were plucked from the tree as fast as they could put them up. Then, in cooperation with the social services departments of Norwalk, New Canaan and Wilton, gifts were distributed to families in need. Through the abundant generosity of Silvermine residents, everything needed to make Christmas special was collected – from shoes and clothing to toys and gift cards. Read some of the thank you notes from the grateful recipients.
- Silvermine’s 1947 Fire Engine
Back in the 1940′s, when Silvermine had it’s own zipcode, the Silvermine Volunteer Fire Company was founded by residents. Headquartered in a barn, the company was informally organized and covered parts of Norwalk, Wilton, and New Canaan. They were not officially recognized as part of the Connecticut State Fireman’s Association but were recognized in each of the three towns they served. The company became inactive in the 1960s and later disbanded.
The Silvermine Fire Engine, a 1947 Ford, is a proud reminder of the strength of the Silvermine volunteers. You’ll see it from time to time at Silvermine Community Membership drives and most certainly, every year, on Christmas Eve when Santa arrives at the Silvermine Tavern.
Meet the Chief
Enjoy the interview below with Bing Ventras, our Chief, and Bruce Cruikshank, the primary mechanic who lovingly restores and keeps the engine on the road.
- Silvermine is Cleaner Today
Thanks to everyone who came out on a beautiful afternoon Sunday October 14th to clean our neighborhoods. A group met at the Silvermine School where assignments were distributed. After two hours walking the roads and clearing trash before the leaves fall, they were treated to a BBQ and raffle at the Silvermine Market. We heard from many other neighbors who could not make the walk but cleared the areas near their homes. We appreciate everyone’s help! The next trash walk will be April 7, 2013.