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A Hot Time in Upton

VFW Commander Joe McMahon, Vice Commander Peggie Laneiri, Millie Morin, President of the Upton Bloomer Girls; Fire Department Chefs Bonnie Lopez and Zack Ward, and Upton Rec Com Director Mary Cortese at the Chili Cook-Off. Marilyn Holman photo

The VFW February Chili Cook-off was combined with the Upton Recreation (REC) Committee and Bloomer Girls in hopes of creating a town fun day on Saturday, Feb. 18. Many residents attended the winter event and enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

Four town restaurants: Fresco's, Rebecca's, Red Rock, and Rose Garden all participated in the Chili Cook-off as did the Fire Department and Selectmen. There were a number of wonderful comments regarding the assortment of chili to sample. Every person paying the $5 admission got to vote for his or her personal favorite. Proceeds went to the heating bill at the VFW.

Bonnie Lopez of the Fire Department was the repeat champion and selected her prize of a gift certificate donated by the Little Coffee Bean Café. The Red Rock Grill & Bar took second place and received a prize of a bottle of Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon. Rick Kennedy took third place and received a prize of a free grease and oil change donated by MGM Auto.

The Bloomer Girls provided hot chocolate and homemade cookies as well as adding their smiling faces to the festivities. Mary Cortese, Director of the REC Committee greeted everyone and brought along Dawn George, who provided a computerized demonstration of Zumba Fitness. Cortese also promoted a Sled Decorating contest for next year's event by bringing the one from her front door, her childhood sled and skates.

Upton REC Com, Upton Fire Department, and the VFW hope to make this winter event bigger and better every year.

Mary Cortese of the Upton Rec Com poses with her decorated sled – the sled she used as a child with her childhood ice skates hanging on it.

Marilyn Holman photo


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