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Chairs of Hebron

The Town Center Project is thrilled to have been awarded AARP’s 2018 Community Challenge Grant! Out of 1,600 applications, TTCP was one of three winners in CT. This grant allowed us to install 12 Adirondack-styled chairs (we call them “the Hopkins”) along the sidewalks in Hebron’s town center. We chose chairs—not just because they’re pretty—but also practical and useful.

Our theme was “Crazy for Color” and local artists worked hard to make colorful, vibrant pieces! Once completed, a panel of judges awarded first, second and third place prizes. But local residents selected the People’s Choice winner at ballot boxes placed in town.

This welcome addition to our downtown didn’t just “happen”. It took a lot of people to make the idea a reality. 


  • Mike O’Leary, wrote the critical parts of the application

  • Irving Hopkins, created the chair design

  • Paul Baker, Country Carpenters GM cut the lumber and provided assembly instructions

  • Les and Phyliss Kurz, primed the chairs

  • Jason Pueschel, Nathan Wheeler, Adam Lemieux and parents, Todd Wheeler, Sara and Eric Lemieux, with Susan Young, Bruce Olmstead, Kevin McDonnell and Stu Alexander, contributed the tools and muscle to assemble and helped screw in 1652 screws!

  • Kevin Kelly and Bill Standish from the Public Works Department, installed the platforms around town with Darren Norton, Rick Wanat and John Harwood

  • Parks & Rec, will help store the chairs during the winter months

  • Something Simple, FennAgains, Gina Marie’s, Town Hall and Library, displayed ballot boxes

  • Selectmen, Dan Larson and John Collins, installed the finished chairs

  • Judges Michele Sinkez and Mary Horrigan

  • Marc Rubera, Bob King

  • And Noah and Josh Renouff, who tallied the ballots

FIRST PLACE: Carla Pomprowicz

SECOND PLACE: Dorothy Reiss

THIRD PLACE: Caleb Greenleaf

PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Shannon MacGrogan-Ellis

Special thanks to