REDDING — The Collectors’ Corner room at the annual Labor Day weekend Mark Twain Library Book Fair, housing the rare and valuable treasures for sale, is especially interesting this year, according to fair organizers. Book expert Paul Weissman, who prices this category for the Book Fair team, has discovered an outstanding number of meaningful donations. Among the highlights: a wide variety of signed first edition volumes.
The second Newtown Yoga Festival takes place Saturday, August 23, at the NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street, at Fairfield Hills. The daylong event begins with registration at 8:30 am, followed by Gayatri Mantra and Kirta from 9 to 9:30 am. Lydia Smith and Sound Center Arts of Newtown will offer a drum circle from 9:30 to 10 am, followed by the “Yoga Buffet” from 10 am to noon.
BRIDGEWATER — The 63rd Bridgewater Country Fair takes place Friday, August 15, through Sunday, August 17, at the Bridgewater Fair Grounds, 100 Main Street South. The fair kicks off with the Fireman’s Parade at 6:45 pm, featuring area volunteer fire companies from Connecticut and New York marching down historic Bridgewater Main Street.
I have a great deal of respect for farmers who grow sweet corn. It is not an easy task, particularly if trying to grow it without the excess use of fertilizers and pesticides — not to mention the potential for crop damage by nature and nature’s wildlife.
Panacea, which formed while its members were students at Newtown High School in the early 1970s, reunited to perform at The Great Newtown Reunion in July 2013. From left is drummer Rick Kuhn, guitarist Bruce Tibbits, bassist Corky Ballard, flutist Leslie Ballard Dasilva and guitarist Jon Dodson. Last year’s show was cut short due to a curfew, but the band promised to return and finish the performance.
With a panoramic view of surrounding towns’ distant horizons, Dave Brooker looked across the lawns and meadows covering Newtown’s highest point. He is the new Newtown Forest Association (NFA) caretaker — an unpaid position — now living at Holcombe Hill Wildlife Preserve and in the caretaker’s residence of former land and homeowner Josephine Holcombe. The NFA acquired the 86-acre parcel at 65 Great Hill Road through Ms Holcombe’s estate in 1997. The preserve is 830 feet above sea level, and includes 30 acres of hay fields.
Occupation: I’m a teacher at Wallace Middle School in Middlebury, for eighth grade social studies. Never a dull moment! But that’s part of the fun. I’ve been a teacher for 11 years. I started life out as an attorney. I’m a lot happier now.
Want to know how to catch a raccoon? Well, don’t ask Howard Lasher. Someone told Howard that the best way to solve the raccoon problem in his garden was to place sardines in a Hav-A-Hart trap. That may attract raccoons, true, but there are many other animals that are tempted by those stinky little fish — and when Howard and Jeanette were unable to find their cat, Georgio Katz, I’ll bet you can guess where he was. Poor Georgio was trapped. At least he didn’t go hungry.