1999 Honoree


Pete Salwocki was born in New Britain and raised in North Canaan and Avon. But he and his wife, Marie, chose to live in Harwinton.

“We like country life. That is why we chose Harwinton. We wanted our kids to be raised in a small-town country atmosphere,” Salwocki said. “We’ve never been sorry.”

Most importantly, “small towns are run by volunteers, from the people who serve on boards to members of the fire department and ambulance association”. Salwocki said.

Salwocki has always been one of those volunteers who keeps a small town running. For his years of service, Salwocki has been honored this year as the recipient of the Arthur B. Poole Award. Although he announced this week that he will not seek reelection, the Lake Harwinton Road resident is currently serving his third term as selectman.

He served previously on the Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. He is founder and president of the Bronc Callahan Harwinton Hoe Down and Community Fund, named for his friend, the late Leroy “Bronc” Callahan, another inveterate Harwinton volunteer.

“We are just carrying on like Bronc. We do what people do in small towns.” Salwocki said.

A real estate agent, Salwocki has served as a member of the Harwinton Historical Society, Harwinton Agricultural Society, American Legion Cleveland Post, Lake Harwinton Association, Democratic Town Committee and the Litchfield Board of Realtors.

He is a member of the Harwinton Lions Club and held a number of offices, a member of the Harwinton Congregational Church who currently served on its board of buildings and grounds, and is a cooperator of Northwest Community Bank. He’s also a member of the Torrington Lodge of Elks No. 372.

Salwocki is also a member of the World Pumpkin Federation and hopes to someday win the prize for the largest pumpkin at the annual Harwinton Fair. He helped institute a giant pumpkin contest at the fair last October.

“Pete is truly a person dedicated to the needs of others and the first one ready to lend a helping hand when there is a need of any kind. He is most worthy recipient of this distinguished award,” said Frederick Gottshall, a spokesman for the award committee.

Salwocki and his wife have two grown daughters, Cindi Breakell and Kimberly Marfyak, and two grandchildren, Scott and Emily Breakell, all of Harwinton.

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