...winners of the Fairfield's essay and photography contests to celebrate the magazine's 10th Anniversary
Peter Cusick, a 25-year resident of Fairfield, took the top prize with glowing kayaks near his home in the South Benson Marina.
When we set out to commemorate our tenth anniversary last year, we wanted to celebrate the community that made the magazine what it is today. We joined forces with the Fairfield Public Library to offer two contests so that you could express your feelings—artistically-—about why you love this town.
The first was an essay contest answering the question, “What Makes Fairfield Special?” We narrowed the results down to two winning essays. Click here for the second place winner.
Reading Specialist at Roger Ludlowe Middle School
In 1986, I was an intern in the Fairfield public schools. It was that experience that started my realization of the uniqueness of this town. I was working at the schools, earning my masters degree, volunteering, and getting married. I was completely overwhelmed and frightened about what my future might hold. I found inspiration from the women of this town.
My parents were very involved in their church and from this community; I was supported emotionally and at times, financially. The women were there to support me with their kind words of encouragement and their gifts and recipes to get me started in my new life. The faculty members that I worked with threw me wedding showers and bestowed gifts on me that were completely unexpected. I remember thinking that someday I would like to give as freely and with as much generosity of spirit as these women did.
Today I am a teacher in this town that I love so very much. Like the generation before me, I strive to inspire kindness. One morning I walked in to find a note on my door that read, “This week is Random Acts of Kindness week,” and I thought to myself, Wow, it still exists here in Fairfield, we encourage the younger generation to do what we have been taught to do by generations before us.
One of my close teacher friends read me a fortune that is now posted in the eighth-grade lunch room at Roger Ludlowe Middle School; it reads, “School is a place with four walls and tomorrow inside.”
My niece is participating in the Relay for Life event this year and this is further validation for me of what is so unusual about this small town. It is the people that are invested in the people year after year, generation after generation. It never ceases to amaze me how truly devoted people are to one another here. It’s in the classroom, it’s in the churches, and it’s in the little shops. What makes Fairfield special are the people who live here.
Our photography contest drew 47 entries, and it was a challenge choosing the best of the best.
Peter Cusick took the top prize with glowing kayaks near his home in the South Benson Marina (above.)
Kyle Foy won second place with his picture of downtown (left.)
Lily Cherniske, a Fairfield Warde high-schooler, earned third place for her shot of someone resting on the bridge over the Rooster River on Brooklawn Parkway (right.)