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.
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.
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.
EverWonder Children’s Museum Experience Board of Directors member Karen Smiley officially announced the opening and dedication of its new Mag Wall, funded by the Newtown Junior Women’s Club (NJWC), on Saturday, August 2.
Leaps Of Faith clinic volunteer Joey Corrod shared a tube ride with participant Dave Dally during Freedom Splash, a new offering presented by Leaps of Faith Adaptive Skiers on July 31. The two laughed as their tube bounced across the boat’s wake.
Ben’s Bells Project Founder and Executive Director Jeannette Maré arrived in Newtown Friday, August 1, to visit the Ben’s Bells Newtown studio on Church Hill Road. She was also a participant on Saturday at the 2014 Kindness Conference: Building the Science of Kindness Together, held at Walnut Tree Hill Church in Bethel.
“One of the main reasons for the visit was not only for the conference and Kindness Education Program, but to see the new studio [located on Church Hill Road],” Ms Maré said Friday afternoon.
Seated at the desk in the Library Director’s office — a space she is not yet comfortable calling her own — Brenda McKinley moves aside a small desktop plaque inscribed with a Robert Browning quote: “The best is yet to be.” The gift from the Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library speaks to the confidence placed in the woman chosen as the newest leader of the local library.