To the Editor:

I want to say thank you to the New Milford community again for the tremendous support for the inaugural New Milford High School alumni golf tournament benefiting the Marc R. Mills Memorial Fund.

It was a successful first event in August. Kudos to Steve Byrne and all the volunteer and community sponsors for their tremendous help.

The advisory board and myself are in the process of having another event in New Milford benefiting the Mills Memorial Fund this winter. Details will come soon.

When I was working on developing the fund, the word "community" was etched in my mind. It's no secret one of the great advantages of partnering with the Connecticut Community Foundation is its commitment to fostering community grant-making and community initiatives in the Litchfield County area.

As I spoke with alumni from the New Milford High School Classes of '83, '85, '88, '89, '90, '91 and '92, it was evident, whether we're from Sherman, Gaylordsville, Merryall, Northville, Meadowbrook or the lake communities, we share an indelible spirit and connection of growing up in such a special place.

It conjured up many personal memories and the conversations made me realize how fortunate we are to bridge, foster and continue relationships going forward.

Regardless of where we are in our lives, where we live, what we do professionally, how our personal lives are, collectively we have one thing in common; we grew up in New Milford.

I'm reminded of a quote from author Ally Condie about growing up that I think is appropriate.

"Growing apart doesn't change the fact that, for a long time, we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that."

I'm glad to have seen so many of you, some very familiar faces, some I met for the first time. Some I know our relationship will continue to grow from our time together.

This is what community is all about.

I'm glad for that and I'm sure Marc would be as well.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pages/The-Marc-R-Mills-Memorial-Fund.

Dave Nicosia

Graduate

New Milford

High School