• The Way We Were

    March 23, 1990

    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.

  • A New Experience: Out Of Retirement, Resident Now Teaching For Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

    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).

  • A Musical Celebration For St Patrick's Day

    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.

  • 'Into The Woods," March Madness Extended At ETH Theatre

    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.

  • It’s Not Madness, It’s New Technology That Will Allow Viewing Of NCAA Tourney On ETH Big Screen

    Edmond Town Hall Theatre will debut its latest technological upgrade on March 19, when it hosts free airings of early games of this year’s NCAA Men’s Tournament.

  • NUSAR Breaks The Ice: Dive Team Braves The Cold To Practice Ice Rescue On Lillinonah

    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.

  • ‘The Listener’ By Rachel Basch: Newtown Author To Read From Latest Novel

    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.

  • Snapshot: Bart Smith

    Occupation: I’m a printer. I work for R.R. Donnelley; we’re all over the world. I’m a salesperson, so I work out of my office in Newtown.

    Family: My wife is Barbara Kershaw. She’s an attorney in town. We have no children.

    Pets: Not anymore. We used to have a Great Pyrenees dog and a couple of cats, but they’ve all departed. We’re leaning toward a dog sometime, though.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    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.