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  • Happiness And Healing With ‘Twisted Sister’ Spaniels

    Only 35 seconds long and with more than 850,000 views, a video of resident Ron Kroha’s English springer spaniels begins with his voice: “Let me see if it’s ready, I’ve got to check…”

    Scampering on a hardwood floor and occasionally spinning with excitement are Hope and Rosey. He asks them, “Girls, are you hungry?” They appear eager for their dinner.

  • Gift To Newtown Foundation Will Travel To Ohio

    Meditation On Mourning

     

    in mourning sound moves without the body

    it is continuous and repetitive

    it follows what is lost and maintains what cannot be found

    its calling is of retrieval

    its silence; a surrender to the beloved lost.

     

    there is a spinning  a gravity  a veil

     

  • Finding Comfort In A Wet Nose And A Wag

    Five Scout’s Angels service dogs wagged their tails outside The Villa restaurant Tuesday afternoon, August 13. They watched as people crossed the parking lot. The dogs and handlers, visiting Newtown from Denver to bring comfort to the community, soon met guests at an outdoor patio.

  • Snapshot: Todd Keeping

    Occupation: I’m a patrol officer for the Monroe Police Department. I’ve been with Monroe since 2005.

    Family: My wife is Lisa. Our daughter Nicole is 12 years old. She’ll be entering Newtown Middle School in the fall. Kyle, our son, is 15 and will be a sophomore at Newtown High School.

    Pets: We have a dog, Dasher. He’s a cockapoo and is 4 years old. Our one cat is Gracie, and the other cat is Oscar.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    It was not just the 25 kids who took part in the History Camp last month at the (un-air-conditioned) Matthew Curtiss House on Main Street who sweltered during the heat wave. So did the teachers who served every day for the whole week. “They directed the making of lanterns, making and painting marbles and playing marble games, giving tours of the house and barn, and many other activities, as if were a delightful 70 degrees,” says a very impressed Gordon Williams.

  • The Way We Were

    August 19, 1988

    Even though the recent high temperatures have modified, people are still talking about the great heat wave of the summer of ’88. And the cool front came not a minute too soon as far as roofers, farmers and air conditioning repairmen are concerned. This summer there have been 30 days of 90-degree weather with the country gripped in a 44-day period of tropical air. Monday, August 14, was the hottest for that day and marked 11 consecutive days of 90-degree weather, a record.

  • Resident Wins Top Honors, Again, At National SkillsUSA Competition

    KANSAS CITY, MO. — Newtown resident Adell Mastro returned to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference for the third time this year, with a competition quilt in hand. And for the third consecutive year, Ms Mastro returned home knowing that her handiwork earned the largest amount of money to support SkillsUSA through the annual conference auction.

  • A Good Day For Fresh Peppers

    Sue Shortt of Shortt’s Farm & Garden Center, left, helps customer Grace Pisano as she purchases peppers. 

  • Snapshot: Liz Robert

    Occupation: I am a holistic coach here in Newtown. I work one-on-one to help busy people to find balance in body, mind, and spirit through diet and lifestyle. I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, in 2012. I do most of my work by phone. If clients are local, I can meet in person, but most of them are too busy.

    Family: I have a husband, Jon, and an 11-month-old son, Parker.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Sandy Hook resident Ken Johnson will meet up with an old friend next week, says his daughter Kelley. Her dad has been selected by the Liberty Foundation Veterans’ Tours to fly in the B-17 Flying Fortress Memphis Belle that will be visiting at Hartford’s Brainard Airport, Monday, August 12. The 87-year-old Mr Johnson was a tail gunner for a B-17 in World War II. The World War II Boeing B-17 Memphis Belle will take to the skies over Hartford on the 70th anniversary of its last flight.