A rooster crows. The sun shimmies up behind still dark hills. Cups of coffee in hand, Drs Dan Federman and Eric Chanko step out of rustic quarters and breathe in the calm morning air lying over the village of Opataro, Honduras. It is a calm they know will soon dissipate, as dozens of villagers from Opatoro and 16 surrounding towns line up outside the clinic to see the American doctors there to aid Opatoro’s one physician and dentist. Some of the villagers will have walked three hours, to wait three hours in line.
Patricia Hubert’s devotion to seeing that the contributions of Maine’s soldiers, sailors, and one junior officer of the American Revolution, in particular, are finally recognized resulted in the publication of her book Major Philip M. Ulmer: A Hero of the American Revolution in August 2014, after six years of research, documentation, and writing.
Newtown Savings Bank’s Relay For Life Team will host a fundraising car wash this weekend. The public is invited to visit the parking lot of the bank’s main branch, at 39 Main Street, between 9 am and 1 pm. Car washes will be offered in exchange for donations. All money collected on Saturday will then be donated to Relay For Life through the team’s efforts.
Students attending the Newtown High School Senior Prom tonight are invited to share some of their favorite photos with The Newtown Bee for publication in a future print edition and/or for an online photo slideshow.
Send photos to Education Reporter Eliza Hallabeck, at Eliza@thebee.com, with the subject line “Prom 2015,” by Tuesday, April 28, at 10 am.
Occupation: I’m a certified K-6 teacher. I’ve taken the last seven years off to be a stay-at-home mom, but in September, I started teaching part-time at Step Away in Monroe and at St Rose. I’ve recently started a preschool tutoring and education consulting business, called PreKConnect —prekconnect.com. I tutor 4-year-olds for kindergarten readiness, at my home or at the library. I’m also available to go into preschools to help bump up the curriculum.
There is an art to successful foster parenting, and Newtown residents Nancy and John Schreiner have seemingly mastered it, despite having fostered just two teenagers in the four years they have been licensed. So much so, that the Department of Children and Families (DCF) named the couple as the Star Family for the month of April, and during the May 1-2 Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents Annual Conference at the Mystic Marriott, the Schreiners will be honored as the Family of the Year for the Danbury region.
The Story of the Stuff, a web documentary by Ashley R. Maynor, went live on April 16 at www.thestoryofthestuff.com. Consisting of brief videos and essays reflecting on tragedies such as the shootings at Virginia Tech and the bonfire disaster at Texas A&M, it primarily follows four Newtown residents who took on the task of dealing with the enormous physical outpourings of sympathy that came to Newtown following 12/14.
Newtown resident Patricia Hubert, an officer and matron of the Mirah Chapter of the Eastern Star in Sandy Hook, and of the combined Mirah Chapter and Lady Martha Chapter of Monroe, received an unexpected surprise Sunday, April 12. Following a talkto members of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Masons in Connecticut, at the Crown Plaza in Cromwell on her recently published book, Major Philip M. Ulmer: Hero of the American Revolution, Thomas Maxwell, Most Worshipful Grand Master, presented Ms Hubert with the General David Wooster Medal in Bronze.
You can now officially classify classic rocker Randy Bachman as a ‘three-peater.’
After huge success fronting The Guess Who, and morphing into the classic rock hit machine Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the award-winning Canadian artist is now channeling his love for late-’60s British blues grooves into a brand new and refreshingly accessible power trio.