Geologically, the Pootatuck aquifer will never have a “high” profile, but Newtown’s main underground water source is now at the top of New England environmentalist’s lists. Efforts from concerned citizens and a state legislator to protect the aquifer from contamination have resulted in the naming of the resource as the town’s sole source of drinking water. Only 10 other aquifers in New England states have been given similar standing.
WATERBURY — Newtown resident Ted Welsh, a retired Norwalk High School social science and international politics teacher, has been offering courses at the University of Connecticut’s Waterbury location through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
Dancers from The Gray School of Irish Dance visited Wesley Learning Center on March 9 to offer a pre-St Patrick’s Day dance performance. After a collection of short performances, the visiting instructors and dancers invited their audience to join them for a brief workshop. From left is Deirdre Smith, Genevieve Mallon, Mary Beth Hayes, Sarah Mallon and Colleen Mallon.
The Meryl Streep-Emily Blunt-James Corden feature Into The Woods has been extended at Edmond Town Hall Theatre. A planned run of Two Days, One Night has been cancelled. In addition, a March Madness event scheduled for Thursday, March 19, has been extended to Friday, March 20.
Michael McCarthy stood on the bottom of Lake Lillinonah Sunday morning, March 8, with a clear view of the surface. “We were standing on the bottom beneath a hole in the ice and we could see guys on the top,” he said. The view was “really great.”
He and other Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR) members Jeremy Stein and Hans Williams were suited up in thermals and dive suits, participating in a monthly drill — this month conducted at the boat ramp off of Hanover Road.
Newtown resident Rachel Basch will read from her latest novel, The Listener, on Sunday, March 22, at C.H. Booth Library. The novel, recently published by Pegasus Books of New York, is the third book for Ms Basch. Degrees of Love, tracing the despair and love of a young couple accused of child abuse when their toddler is severely burned, was published in 1997. In 2003, The Passion of Reverend Nash, delving into love, loss and healing, was published.
After three back-to-back winter storms last week, it feels as if winter has released its grip on us, at last. I think I even saw some grassy areas peeking through, after the sunny days midweek. This hint of spring probably has gardeners itching to get their hands back into the soil — or at least get the garden prepped for planting. The Governor’s Horse Guard is ready to help.