VFW members and supporters often stand on the corner of Mile Hill Road and Main Street South to show their patriotism when events such as The CT United Ride, an annual motorcycle ride that honors those lost on 9/11, runs past the post as it moves through Newtown. It is just one way the VFW Post has been part of the community since it was chartered in March 1939. The public is invited to join current and former members to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the post on Sunday, March 2.
The Klondike Derby is a winter scouting skills and leadership competition that has been sponsored annually by Boy Scout units since 1949. Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Crews gather for the daylong event, working in teams and vying for points earned at several skills stations set up along a course.
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Under the tutelage of creative writing instructor Chris Belden, inmates of Garner Correctional Institute have published three editions of a literary magazine, Sentences. Issue number 4 is ready to be printed, with more original prose and poetry, Chris says, but funding is needed. “If just 30 people donate $10 each we will be able to print enough copies to distribute to the inmates,” he tells me, and anyone who donates $10 will receive a copy.
Recently, a friend offered me some tortilla chips from a local restaurant. I declined, explaining that lately corn chips were making me congested. (What the heck?!) That got me lamenting to him about how much I missed snacking on corn chips, and how Fritos had figured predominantly in my childhood.
Nearly a century separates the lives of the man recognized as Newtown’s first historian, Ezra Levan Johnson, and Newtown’s first official historian, Daniel Cruson, but uncanny similarities between the two men make them brethren.
During the kick-off event for this year’s Relay for Life, also the tenth presentation of the event for Newtown, event Chair Christopher Farrington stands with 2014 Honorary Chair Mary Ann Jacob. Both are cancer survivors.
Valentine’s Day came a little early for some of Newtown’s youngest as well as the town’s most experienced residents. For the second year in a row, the Newtown Youth Basketball Association (NYBA) teamed with Newtown High School’s girls’ basketball program, the cheerleaders, and the NHS culinary department to hold Senior Citizen Appreciation Night, a pre-Valentine’s Day dinner for the community’s senior citizens.