It could be an idyllic family scene from any one of many homes in Newtown: three older children clustered about a baby in a bouncy seat, while the fire in the fireplace crackles behind them and the adults chat amicably nearby. This family picture, though, is a special blend of children and adults.
Newtown Kindness honored children for embodying its mission “think kindly, act boldly” during this year’s Annual Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards ceremony, held at Edmond Town Hall during the evening of Saturday, February 21.
Despite the snowy weather, many attended the event, which was also provided through a live-stream program for viewers to watch.
An unusually extended period of very cold weather has put pressure on plumbing in the area — the kind of pressure that comes from water freezing in pipes.
It has been a horrible winter for heating and water systems, said Newtown plumber Pete Wlasuk of Pete’s Plumbing. He has received many more emergency calls regarding frozen pipes this winter than in previous years.
It is one thing to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It is another thing to be an unwilling participant in this winter’s version of that charity challenge, when frozen pipes break and send a deluge of icy water over household possessions. The unusually cold weather that has refused to lift itself off of New England since January has increased the threat of pipes freezing and bursting. Even thoughtful preparation does not always guarantee that homeowners will avoid an unpleasant winter weather experience.
Dog owners perched at the top of a sloping hill at Newtown’s Park and Bark stand relaxed in Sunday’s surprise warmth. More than 40 degrees warmer that the minus seven degrees of two nights previous, pet owners were among many people stepping outside to soak in the sunlight Sunday.
In 25 years as a librarian at C.H. Booth Library, Beryl Harrison has served in numerous and valuable capacities. She has seen the library grow — and shrink, as digital options become equally preferred to hard copy volumes. She has worked side by side with a staff that she calls “wonderful.” She has also endeared herself to patrons and fellow staff members, through her dedication to her career.
Library Director Brenda McKinley calls her “one of the kindest people I know.
Occupation: I currently wear many hats. I’m the resident caretaker at Holcombe Hill for the Newtown Forest Association — so I get to live in the most beautiful spot in town. I’m also an abstract artist. I’m doing the starving artist thing… My charity of choice is the Resiliency Center of Newtown, and I do a fair amount of work with the kids there. In March, the kids and I are creating handmade greeting cards for the Resiliency Center, for the April 10 fundraiser gala. Kids never let me down!
Newtown Hearts of Hope has partnered with the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI), I’m told. Every ceramic Heart of Hope painted in Newtown that is going to a veteran or to active military person will now be accompanied by a very special star. Hearts of Hope are distributed as anonymous messages of comfort. MSAWI, founded by the mother and sister of its namesake, honors Major Stuart Adam Wolfer, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2008 during a tour with the Army Reserves.