West Suffield, CT 06093
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Clean out your Closet!
Citizens Restoring Congamond will kick off its
fall & winter fund raiser on Saturday, October 1st. From 9am 'til
noon we will be at Babb's Park accepting your donations of clothes &
accessories, shoes, linens and such that we will then sell to the
Savers Thrift Store non-profit program. You receive a tax credit
receipt and we receive funds from Savers.
After Oct 1st, CRC will gladly
accept donations that we will post on Craigslist or eBay. Small
items that can be easily handled will be picked up by volunteers,
sorted, valued and listed. Items such as collectables, older
jewelry, electronics, records, books, vintage Hi-fi & stereo
equipment, musical instruments and other “stuff” will gladly be
accepted. Again, you will receive a receipt for tax credit purposes.
Donation from Suffield Women’s Club
Sep 13, 2016
It was a great honor to be chosen as recipient
of the Suffield Women’s Club Inc’s community oriented generosity and
it is one of the largest donations CRC has ever received from a
citizen’s group. We sincerely thank them for their generosity. The
Suffield Women’s Club President Lisa Pepe and past President Joan
Bedard presented this $10,000 check to CRC for Babb’s and received a
standing ovation and great gratitude from CRC members at the
(Left to right: Joan Bedard, Lisa Pepe, Deb Herath)
Speaker at CRC Meeting & Babb's
Sep 13, 2016
Wendy Lamontagne, Director Suffield Parks and
Recreation, spoke on the impressive Babb’s Beach renovation. The
Town of Suffield, Suffield and Southwick Departments of Public
Works, and volunteers from both towns and CRC all helped with this
cleanup and renovation. This project has demonstrated the ongoing
cooperation between the towns of Southwick and Suffield. There was a
dedication Friday Sep. 16th at 12:30 pm of the beach. Ron Greene,
Southwick resident, brought some antique boats to the event, as well
as equipment used in ‘days gone by’ to the celebration.
New Concert Stage
Photo courtesy of Robert Billieux, Aug 20,
Gypsy Moths & Potential Tree
There was a very significant
infestation of Gypsy Moths in 1972. Many of the oak trees in our
area were defoliated, with the droppings causing a mess on decks,
walks etc. and generally kept us from enjoying the outside. We
learned ways of dealing with the moths that summer as best we could
but we considered it a "lost" season to say the least!
How To Fight Back
Last year we noticed the moths
had returned so I contacted Kirby Stafford at the Connecticut
Agricultural Experiment Station, questioning what the moth
infestation might be like this summer. He sent a "Guide
to Gypsy Moth Management" which is very informative.
Also, please checkout
www.ct.gov/caes on the home
page - Scroll down to find "Latest News" click on May 3, 2016 List
of fact sheets. Scroll to PDF then go to and click on: New May 2016
Kirby is expecting some
activity this year but is hoping the recent rains will "kick in" the
GM fungus and prevent a major outbreak. He stated it is already too
late to destroy the eggs; therefore the next step is management.
Both of the articles explain the options available - some can be
done by us while others require hiring an arborist to apply
As I said, the
attachment is a
more indepth article that he sent in 2015. Good Luck!
Janeene Crane for CRC
See the recent photos from the CRC
& Town of Suffield Lake Cleanup, May 21, 2016
Janeene Crane, Ginny Graves, and Paul
Yocum sprucing up one of the Babb's buildings.
20 minutes of interviews with
locals reminiscing about Congamond Lake and Babb’s. Lots of photos
“Reflections on Congamond” DVD $20
Hanes Beefy-T t-shirt,
preshrunk, high quality cotton. Has color photo of Babb’s building
on the back, red BABB’S logo on the front.
Babb’s T-shirt $12
Approximately 2” x 6” wooden
replica. Includes history of this
historical building printed on the back $20
Citizens Restoring Congamond (CRC)
In 1977, the Babb’s family donated the
7-acre property to the Town of Suffield. To ensure the property
didn’t further deteriorate, in 2003 CRC signed a lease with the Town
of Suffield to make “minor changes” to bring this historic building
up to code. However, changes now must include sprinklers and exits
for fire protection, new electrical and plumbing, new lighting,
tempered glass, a new roof, new restrooms, new party rooms and snack
bar, new supports underneath, a new septic sys-tem, a new water
line, heating and air con-ditioning, plus doors and ramps to meet
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). CRC needs your help to
make this family-fun dream a reality.
I’d Like to Help Restore Babb’s!
Help to restore a family-friendly National Landmark in 6 simple
- Volunteer any weekend to restore the
roller rink and park
- Donate materials or money, which are
fully tax deductible
- Help write grants
- Assist with fundraising events
- Remember Babb’s in your estate
- Sponsor events and be recognized in a
permanent display on our website and public relations
You Can Help
Restore Babb's Park
Do You Remember When?
Since the 1890’s, Babb’s has
been part of the “fun scene” of our tri-state area, attracting
families from miles around. Babb’s began as a camping, beach and
entertainment destination. By the 1940’s it presented Big Bands like
Tommy Dorsey, Harry James and others. Then as a roller skating rink
in the 1950’s it became “The Cool Place To Be.” Many speak fondly of
meeting their future spouses there.
Restoring Babb’s Benefits You and Your
This historic landmark belongs to the
people of Suffield. Once operating, it benefits you by:
• Providing a safe place for youth sports,
kids and families
• Once reconfigured, the rink building will accommodate indoor
sports, family functions, roller skating, and a host of other
• Helping fund the protection and betterment of the Congamond Lakes
• Producing revenue for local businesses by attracting families from
surrounding communities to the area
What is the plan?
- Restore building to roller skating
rink and multifunction usage.
- Sublease the building to a rink
- Any profits realized from the sublease
will be utilized for CRC’s mission of the protection and
preservation of the Congamond Lakes.
How can you help?
It is with sadness that we note the passing of
Mr. Nelson Babb. A wonderful, endearing man who helped make
Babb’s Roller Rink and Swimming Park a favorite memory for many of
us. May he continue to roller skate through the aisles of heaven.
- The Babb’s Board
Babb's Roller Rink
Collectible by Hometowne Collectibles
The Babb's Rink Collectible is a
beautifully detailed reproduction of the historic West Suffield,
Connecticut roller skating rink. Cut from ¾" wood, the replica
measures approximately 9-½" long and 2-¼" high and contains a
history of the rink printed on the back. The Babb's Beach
property, including the roller skating rink, was listed on the
National Register of Historic Places on July 12, 2006.
Thank you to our Sponsors
Nargi Family (Michael
& Kerri) of Southwick, MA
Freedom Candle Company, of Granby, CT
Crowe Family (Tom &
Eva) of West Suffield, CT
Chem-One Supply Company of West Suffield, CT
Hair Unlimited of Suffield
Diane Mason Family Farm Insurance of Southwick
First National Bank of Suffield
Stone Insurance Agency of Suffield
sponsors also sponsor the Concert Series)