As hungry visitors attended the downtown Chili Cook-Off in Ludlow last week, there were two other events that attracted locals and tourists alike.
The second event was the dedication of a newly renovated town park to Daniel Kesman.
Kesman played a significant roll in helping to build the Ludlow community in recent decades. He was at one time the director of the Black River Historical Society. He also served the community as selectman, chairman of the Ludlow Planning Commission, president of the Windsor County Bar Association, Ludlow town attorney, town agent, and municipal judge. He was also active in the Ludlow Rotary Club.
The park was originally dedicated to Kesman on June 21, 1988 -a year after he passed away of a heart attack.
Sadly, after 22 years, the park needed to be reworked. A local organization, Streetscapes, held several fund raising events between 2009 and 2010 as well as a generous donation by the Ludlow Enterprise Fund.
The New England Deck and Patio Company carried out the park paving work. The firm also donated the material and labor for an extra walkway decoration that enhances the cobbled pavement surface.
Streetscape employees held a special raffle to raise the needed funds. Raffle winners were announced at the dedication event last week. The first place winner was Robert Pfieifer of Somets, Conn., for $1,000, the second place winner was Bonnie Bercowetz of Ludlow for $500, and the third place winner was Dan Roman of Meriden, CT for $250.
Kesman's widow, Sylvia and her children Sheryl and Stephen and her grandchildren, were on hand to celebrate the new dedication.