DEANSBORO, N.Y. — The Daniel Barden Highland Mudfest takes place this year on April 5, at MJK Farms in Deansboro, N.Y. The 5K obstacle race is organized and run by volunteers, with support from business and corporate sponsors, and incorporates a half-mile Half Pint Kids’ Fun Run for ages 5 to 12, as well as an additional 5-mile timed Mud Run for 250 elite entrants.
The Newtown Earth Day Committee is already making plans for its late April celebration. A recent announcement begins: “We don’t know about you, but with so much snow on the ground … we’re looking forward to spring and Newtown’s Seventh Annual Earth Day Festival.”
Although displaced from the regular meeting space in the C.H. Booth Library since the beginning of the year, when flooding disrupted business at the facility, the Young Adult Council (YAC) has continued to meet regularly at other sites. The group is made up of young people in grades six and up, and is dedicated to promoting programs and raising funds to benefit the Young Adult Department of the C.H. Booth Library, under the guidance of YA Librarian Kim Weber.
Although it was only the second time that it had staged an awards ceremony, Newtown Kindness brought together several hundred people at Edmond Town Hall on the night of Saturday, February 22, to honor the memory of Charlotte Bacon, one of the first-graders who died in the 12/14 Sandy Hook School shooting incident.
On the day that would have been Charlotte’s eighth birthday, Newtown Kindness provided several dozen Charlotte Bacon Acts of Kindness Awards to children from across the US and Canada for performing acts of kindness.
Occupation: I’m a banker with People’s United Bank. I’m a reserve manager, so I cover the offices in Monroe, Newtown, and Southbury.
Family: I’ve been married for 15 years to Betsy. We have two kids. Rachel is 8 years old. She is a third grader at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We have a son who was stillborn, three years ago, named Andrew. We miss him tremendously.
Instagram user @chanecullens has been keeping The Newtown Bee’s Instagram photos at newtownbee.com full of photos of birds in the last few weeks. She has uploaded three beautiful pictures of birds since the end of January, but this week is my favorite: a cat. According to the post, the cat was out prowling for mice in the snow. You can see for yourself that this brave feline was certainly claw deep.
A fire heavily damaged a ranch house on Fox Run Lane South on February 28. Estimating damage at $75,000, Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Cavanaugh said he didn’t know whether the house could be repaired of if it would have to be demolished. Nobody was home when the fire was reported at 5:41 pm by a woman who was in the neighborhood. The fire started in a family room at the rear of the house. Firefighters had the fire under control in about 45 minutes. About 4,000 gallons of water were used.
“Before the flood, our energies merged with one another, before the torrent, our speculation had no boundaries; now the source has run dry and earth creeps into its prophesized ending. How soon we forget to bleed, and how to buzz.”