On this Day, May, 6th

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On this day, May 6th…

1877, Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux Indian tribe surrenders to U.S. Troops in Nebraska. He lived a very interested life before meeting a questionable demise in a Nebraska while trying to imprison him. Read more about him here—> Chief Crazy Horse

1889, the Eiffel Tower is officially opened in Paris to the public, it was built as an entrance way to the 1889 World’s Fair. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world. I went there on a school trip in high school, I only went to the second level because the elevator wasn’t running, even from there the view was amazing.

1937, The German zeppelin Hindenberg catches fire and crashes in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The huge vessel was destroyed in one minute, 36 people died. I’ve attached a video of the event below.

1954, Roger Bannister became the first person to run the mile in under four minutes. Hicham El Guerrouj is the current men’s record holder with his time of 3:43.13.

1998, then 20 year-old Kerry Wood, of the Chicago Cubs, strikes out 20 batters in a nine inning game to tie Roger Clemens MLB record. Speaking of MLB, don’t forget to come see Doc Gooden, Jose Canseco, and more MLB legends at the Legends Night Super Show on this Thursday, May 8th at 6:30 pm at the Palace Theater. Hit this link to get your tickets—->Legends Night




Stafford Little League’s Legends Night 2014 featuring Jose Canseco

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If you are a baseball fan then you are not going to want to miss this event! The Stafford Little League presents Legends Night Super Show featuring Jose Canseco, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, and John Tudor.  Doc Gooden was a former Rookie of the Year and Cy Young award winner! Listen to Jose Canseco talk about the steroid era in baseball and his controversial book where he exposes himself and others. It’s guaranteed to be a great evening.

It all takes place right here in Stafford Springs at 6:30pm on Thursday May 8, 2014 at the Palace Theater on Main St. The donation is $40 per person with all proceeds to benefit the Stafford Little League. Included in the donation you will receive dinner, 8 x 10 photo of each player, and question and answer session with the players. There will also be an autograph session(fee separate), raffles, and an auction. These events are always a great time.

If you haven’t been to the Palace Theater yet then this is a perfect opportunity to check it out. David Bacchiochi has done a great job fixing it up, check out their webpage to see what other shows are coming up –> Palace Theater. Below I’ve attached a video we made a year ago during a show down there, watch it. To purchase tickets to the show you can goto to ticketfly.com, the Palace Theater box office, or call (860)933-0425. See you there!



On this Day in History April 22



On this day in history, April 22, in 1864 the US Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864. It mandated that the inscription, “In God We Trust”, be placed on all coins minted as US currency.

In 1876, the first National League baseball game was played in Philadelphia, PA. The Boston Red Caps defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 6-5. On a side note, Hartford had it’s own team that year. The Hartford Dark Blues finished with a very impressive record of 47 wins and just 21 losses.

In 1964, the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opens for it’s first season. Oddly enough, I just drove by the globe pictured above on my way to JFK airport last night. You can see it from the highway, it’s near Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

In 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated. Now it is celebrated every year. In my opinion Earth Day should be celebrated every day. We need to take much better care of it. Go outside today for a walk with your kids and tell them how important it is to respect our planet. If you see litter, pick it up!

On April 22, 2014 is the day you pick up the phone and let me save you some money on your insurance! Have a great Earth Day!



March Madness 2014

If you are interested in doing a March Madness pool for 2014 please text or call me at (860)458-9266. All entrees need to be in by noon on Thursday. It will be $10 per sheet. Print the bracket below, fill it out, and either email it to kvail@paradisoinsurance.com or call me and I will come get it from you. I attached an old video I made three years ago for the tournament just for a few laughs.  Also, fill out the poll, where do you think UConn will finish this year?





Stafford Football 2013

Colton Engel (33) Wade Parker (11)

At long last, football season is right around the corner. I’m very excited for this upcoming year as we look to continue our success at the Stafford Bulldogs Youth Football League.  Also, there will be a new coach this year at Stafford High, as Coach Bernier will not be returning, we wish him the best.

SBYFL practices will start this year on Monday July 29th at 5:30pm. Please be there early to fill-out paperwork if you have not already done so. The cost is $100 per child. You can also sign up online at bulldogsyouthfootball.com or click here to print forms –> football forms.

Goto to my facebook page (Coach Vail’s Football Page) devoted to local football and hit like for all updates and news. Please answer the poll below, check out the picture of the new UConn football uniforms below and let me know what you think.

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From Coach Vail’s Playbook (Kickoff)

2012 B-Team Champions

2012 B-Team Champions

What are the advantages of having your insurance written at Paradiso Insurance right here in Stafford Springs? Let me kickoff by using some football terms to tell you the answer. First, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will huddle and work closely with you to design a play that best suits your needs. As an independent insurance agency we have many different eligible receivers (Travelers, The Hartford, State Auto, Progressive, Foremost, Kemper, and more) that our staff can rely on to find the best fit for you. We always evaluate your forward progress, as your life moves forward so do your changing protection needs, let the Insurance Coach be there to coach you along the way. Call Coach Vail at (860) 458-9266.

The Stafford Palace Theater

The Stafford Palace Theater

The Stafford Palace Theater

A few Fridays ago, Mallery and I, from the Kate & Kurt show, were invited to The Stafford Palace Theater in beautiful and revitalized downtown Stafford Springs. We took in a show and talked to theater manager Nick Zemek. Check out the video below of our interview with Nick and reaction from some locals about the Dr. Dirty comedy show that we saw that night. It was hilarious but we can’t show any footage because Dr. Dirty’s (John Valby) material is a tad bit on the vulgar side.

The great part about the Palace is that they have an wide variety of shows. You can find something that you already enjoy or venture out to try new types of entertainment. They have have every type of music genre, magic, comedy, films, hypnotism, musicals, plays, burlesque, and much more. Here’s a list of some upcoming shows:

Tonight 1/31 grammy nominated Sixpence None the Richer

Tomorrow night 2/1 The Amazing Kreskin

2/7 Red Molly

2/23 Max Creek

3/2 Girls Night, The Musical two shows 5pm and 8pm

3/9 American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox

These just highlight a full slate of shows in February and March. For more info check out The Stafford Palace Theater at http://www.thestaffordpalacetheater.com/ or on Facebook by clicking this link —> Palace Theater. I’d like to thank David Bacchiochi for inviting us in and for bringing back a historic Stafford treasure.

Stafford Winterfest Parade

The third annual Stafford Winterfest Parade is going to be held on Sunday December 16, 2012! Do not miss the festivities, which include hot chocolate, cookies, music, many floats, an appearance by the big guy himself, and much, much more. The parade kicks off at 2PM at Olympic Field and continues through Main St, concluding at the town hall where refreshments will be served as well Christmas carols sung by the Stafford High chorus.

This parade is what motivated Kate, Chris, and myself to start MyStaffordSprings.com. The first year was very good, last year was great, and this should be outstanding as all the shops on Main St will be involved. Last year Kate and I had the privilege of announcing the parade, this year I think I’ll be riding on the Stafford Youth Football float celebrating another amazing year.

For more information on the parade or how to enter a float, go to the Community & Civic Affairs Commission’s page on Facebook page. You can also contact Cindy Kabel @ (860)604-1509.

Below is an awesome video taken and edited by Kate Pisciotta of the first annual Winterfest Parade in 2010, check it out!

Veteran’s Day Tribute to My Dad

Jim & Edie

To commemorate Veteran’s Day, which is this coming Monday 11/12/12,  I’m going pay tribute to my favorite veteran, my father, Francis James Vail. I do this every year but I still miss him very much. He was a proud father and grandfather and a pillar of our community. If you haven’t seen it before, below is an interview that CCSU did with my father for the Veteran’s History Project. God Bless all our troops and anyone who has ever served our country with honor, including my brothers who all served in Vietnam, Keith, who passed in 2000, Brian, and Kevin.

What’s Going on in Stafford? A Lot!


It’s been awhile since I’ve posted! Well, that’s all about to change, as I take my proverbial head out of my ass! I’m back in the swing of things and excited about what’s going on in our beautiful home town. I’ll be busy for the next two week’s as the Stafford Bulldogs have had an amazing season!

All three teams not only made the playoffs but won their first round games. All games are at Fermi High in Enfield this Sunday: C-Team @ 10AM vs Tolland, A-Team @ 12PM vs Ellington, &  defending champion B-Team @ 2PM vs Enfield. We could use your support, good luck to all!

Also, tomorrow night at Middle Ground Cafe, local cartoonist & artist, Dave Mercier, will open his art show. This is a must see, and you can meet him tomorrow night between 6PM and 8PM. Also check out his website—> Mercworks.

Don’t forget about the amazing new Palace Theater, also located on Main St, who have an amazing schedule coming up. Next Friday will be Mike Delguidice and Big Shot, a Billy Joel tribute band! For tickets hit this link (tickets). Kate and I will be filming a show from there in the very near future.

The old Munn’s Pub is under new ownership and they’ve already made many improvements. It’s a lot of fun as I can attest to personally ;). Check out they’re Facebook page: Ric’s Cafe. I’ll chat with you soon.