Tricia Guiry of Bethel started her new position as studio and community relations manager at Ben’s Bells Newtown in November, and has tackled the job with enthusiasm, and a determination to match the dedication of the dozens of volunteers at the 17 Church Hill Road studio, she said. Creating Ben’s Bells in Newtown has grown so much in popularity since 2013, that the studio, formerly staffed and operated solely by volunteers, determined it was necessary to hire a manager to better accommodate the needs of the community. Ms Guiry is responsible for overseeing the studio, making sure it is open and running efficiently for those who want to visit and work on beads for wind chime ornaments that are meant to remind those who find them that kindness is meant to be shared.
Recently, an old book, The Dog Lover’s Companion to New England, surfaced in my office begging to be flipped through. This collection of dog-friendly parks, beaches, and recreation areas was ranked by one to five paw prints to guide you where to take your dog for a walk, hike, or swim. I decided to flip to Connecticut and found the Newtown page. Top ranked was the 1,935-acre Paugussett State Park, split into upper and lower regions. This state forest, located off Great Quarter Road and Route 34, includes the Lillinonah Hiking Trial among the 794-acre upper tract.
Charm It! is a line of interchangeable charm jewelry geared toward girls age 5-14. Hundreds of the whimsical, enameled charms are available to that younger population at specialty toy stores, online, and in several big box stores across the nation. The selection of tiny charms runs into the hundreds, and appeal to just about any young girl’s interests. Sports icons, Disney characters, animals, friendship, love, foods, and sweets are just a few of the charms to choose from, and each one can easily be switched from bracelet to bracelet, or to a necklace chain. Since this fall, a dozen new charms have been added to the collection, created by 12 winners in the Charm It! Crayola Creativity Design-A-Charm Contest. Among those winners is Sandy Hook resident, Lauren Milgram.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," a film that many are calling one of the best films released in 2014, will be the next film offered at Edmond Town Hall Theatre. The film will be screened daily, January 9-15. On Saturday, January 10, the 7 pm screening will be offered free of charge. Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, which has been offered at least one free movie screening each month at the theater located within the historic building at 45 Main Street since January 2013, has announced it will sponsor that screening. The auto dealership, which is owned by Todd Ingersoll of Newtown, has announced that it will continue its Free Movie Nights all year, in fact.
There are two paths we take as one year passes into the next; one looking forward to the coming year and another looking back on what just transpired. Some face firmly in one direction or the other, some do both, a moment of reflection before planning another year. I used to take that two-faced approach, looking back over my shoulder, then looking ahead to the unknown. This New Year’s ritual I found mostly depressing as it forced me to focus on what I didn’t accomplish looking back. Then, along with setting new goals for the future, I found myself putting the same items back onto the resolution list all over again. So, I stopped doing it! Instead I followed my dogs’ advice, which was staring me right in the face, usually after they just licked it.