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Out and About: Keith Formanek

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Keith Formanek, Mike Formanek and Steve Sabat
Interview by T.L. Rotkiewicz
Photo By Mike Taylor

Keith Formanek is the owner of Day Hill Automotive Inc. that was established in 1979. They are located at 701 Day Hill Rd. Keith is a Chamber of Commerce member.

Day Hill Automotive Inc. provides quality care in Windsor. They are a family owned business delivering honest and professional automotive repair and auto maintenance services to the people of Windsor and surrounding areas. The quality ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified technicians at Day Hill Automotive Inc. employ today's latest automotive technology and are equipped to handle all major and minor repairs on foreign and domestic vehicles. They deal with oil and oil filter services, cooling system, air conditioning, driveline, fuel/air induction cleanup, power steering flush, and transmission. They stay up to date with the latest equipment and technologies. The business is open on weekdays from 7-5PM.

Keith was born and raised in Windsor, attending elementary school and Sage Park Middle School in the '80s. His family moved to Suffield where he attended Suffield High School, as there was an AD program. He went to Villanova University College of Engineering in Pennsylvania. From there on he says, "This was my passion. So, I've been doing this since I was six years old. I worked with my father in the garage and whatnot." He got his first taste of the family business mowing lawns on the property. "When I was twelve or thirteen I was turning wrenches here. During the summer. Thursdays after school."

Keith's grandfather, Frank, father, Paul, and uncle, Stephen started the business in 1979. Frank had been General Manager of Combustion Engineering Controls before retiring in 1980. Both, Paul and Stephen had been tech teachers. Paul had taught at Suffield High School, while Stephen had taught at Fermi High School in Enfield. Frank bought a piece of property on Day Hill Road, and his sons built Day Hill Automotive. Stephen passed away in 2004, leaving his brother Paul to take over the business.

Keith took over as owner in June of 2015. Paul remains involved with the business in the capacity of shuttling customers to work, paperwork, and some servicing. Keith not only works the day-to-day operations, but also teaches tech classes and does training for both East Windsor and Wethersfield in person or on-line.

With little time to spare other than weekends due to his busy schedule, Keith has gone to the Shad Derby, Chili Challenge, and Bart's car shows over the years. He lives in Suffield now, but his girlfriend has started to attend some of the Chamber events. In time though, Keith would like to sponsor a Little League team. He does love to go up to Otis Reservoir as much as he can for camping and boating for relaxation. Three words that describe Keith: honest, efficient, and thorough.


Events

"Tis the Season"
Jun 7 at WINDSOR LOCAL FARMS STANDS
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Making Things in Windsor
Jun 20 at Windsor Historical Society
Yoga at Northwest Park
Wednesdays at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Community Open House of Thanks
Jun 21 at Congregation Beth Ahm, 362 Palisado Avenue in Windsor
e-Passport to Summer Fun in Windsor
June 22 - Aug 31 at Town of Windsor
Lions Club Yoga Fundraiser
Jun 23 at Get Baked Bakery
Park Here - Fly There
Jun 24 at Hampton Inn located at 2168 Poquonock Avenue • Windsor, CT
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Monday Morning Book Club
Jun 25 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Summer Classic Movie Series
Jun 26 at Windsor Public Library
Summer Lobster Dinner
Jun 26 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
KC Sisters
Jun 27 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jun 27 at Windsor High School J113
Yoga at Northwest Park
Wednesdays at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Concert on the Green
Jun 28 at Windsor Town Green
Farmers’ Market
Jun 28 at 240 Broad Street
Northwest Park"Nature Book Club"
4th Thurday of the month at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Summer Classic Movie Series
Jul 3 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Yoga at Northwest Park
Wednesdays at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Concert on the Green
Jul 5 at Windsor Town Green
Farmers’ Market
Jul 5 at 240 Broad Street
Bottle and Can Drive
Jul 7 at eagle green near Windsor public library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Summer Classic Movie Series
Jul 10 at Windsor Public Library
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Comedy Night
Jul 11 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Yoga at Northwest Park
Wednesdays at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Concert on the Green
Jul 12 at Windsor Town Green
Farmers’ Market
Jul 12 at 240 Broad Street
Tour Windsor Rocks!
Jul 12 at TourWindsorCT.org Locations
Community Block Party (Sharshon)
Jul 13 at Sharshon Park- 52 Skitchewaug Street, Windsor, CT 6095
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Summer Classic Movie Series
Jul 17 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
National Hot Dog Day
Jul 18 at The Tavern at Keney Park 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 060
Yoga at Northwest Park
Wednesdays at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Concert on the Green
Jul 19 at Windsor Town Green
Farmers’ Market
Jul 19 at 240 Broad Street
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Monday Morning Book Club
Jul 23 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Park Here - Fly There
Jul 24 at Hampton Inn located at 2168 Poquonock Avenue • Windsor, CT
Summer Classic Movie Series
Jul 24 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Intro to Improv Workshop
Jul 25 at Windsor Public Library
Yoga at Northwest Park
Wednesdays at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Farmers’ Market
Jul 26 at 240 Broad Street
Northwest Park"Nature Book Club"
4th Thurday of the month at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Community Block Party (Lancaster)
Jul 27 at Lancaster Park- 10 Somerset Drive, Windsor, CT 06095
The Tavern Luau
Jul 27 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
All Ages Drum Circle
Jul 30 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Summer Classic Movie Series
Jul 31 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Aug 1 at Windsor High School J113
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Concert on the Green
Aug 2 at Windsor Town Green
Farmers’ Market
Aug 2 at 240 Broad Street
FREE Genealogy Support Group
Aug 2 at Windsor Historical Society
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
WOW Art Class
Aug 6 at Windsor Art Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Summer Classic Movie Series
Aug 7 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Aug 8 at New England Dental Center, 250 Lamberton Road
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Concert on the Green
Aug 9 at Windsor Town Green
Farmers’ Market
Aug 9 at 240 Broad Street
Community Block Party (Deerfield)
Aug 10 at Deerfield Park- 70 Colton Street, Windsor, CT 06095
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Summer Classic Movie Series
Aug 14 at Windsor Public Library
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Concert on the Green
Aug 16 at Windsor Town Green
Farmers’ Market
Aug 16 at 240 Broad Street
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095