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.
Shoppers at the Newtown Grand Union won’t have to listen much longer to the buzz of power drills intermingling with piped-in music as the steer their carts from aisle to aisle. “We’re shooting for April 1,” to hold a grand reopening, said store manager William Volage. Since October, outside and interior renovation work has proceeded while the supermarket stayed open for business, with placards announcing a new and improved store.
Guests will be surprised at who they see strutting down the catwalk at the “Modeling for Makers” gala event, Saturday, April 18. Hosted by the C.H. Booth Library Board of Trustees, heads will turn, said former board member Cathy Geckle, who along with another former board member, Mary Thomas, is organizing the library fundraiser that will take place at Rock Ridge Country Club.
Resident and artist Dave Brooker’s cheeks and hair bore rainbow splashes of paint. His hands, white smock, and shoes also carried a slash of red, smudge of blue, and random dabs in many colors as he led children through an afternoon of art in his Newtown studio late last week.
With several Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) members on hand, a group of children visited on March 6 and squinted behind goggles as they grabbed up paint brushes and threw paint at the walls, overhead, and in wet swaths across the floor.
From left, Bill Hamilton, president of the Brookfield Philatelic Society, Maxine Mangiafico, and Robert Lund stand near one of three stamp displays at the C.H. Booth Library promoting the hobby of stamp collecting.
Newtown United Methodist Church’s Pasta Project will celebrate its 25th anniversary this month. The monthly NUMC Saturday Pasta Dinner will be this weekend, on March 7, from 5 to 7:30 pm, in the church’s lower gathering hall.
The public will have two more opportunities to enjoy the monthly spaghetti dinner after that, longtime volunteer and project coordinator Martha Millett has announced. In June, the project will conclude its run of community gatherings.