(This is the 15th and final installation of a series of stories that have shared special events that have taken place as Newtown began healing following 12/14. The series has also offered anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town.)
Ed Lundblad gives a wave from Lake Zoar while dressed as Santa and skiing along the Newtown shoreline Sunday afternoon. A boatload of Santas rang bells, shouted Merry Christmas greetings and waved to lakeside residents who waved from the shore.
When Margot Hall steps through the doorway of her Newtown home, two bricks stacked nearby remind her of a place far away and long ago. She thinks of the home in Forst-Berge, Germany, where she was born in 1939, the stucco-covered brick façade and the gleaming red roof tiles. She remembers large family celebrations, and peeking into the living room through the keyhole of the wooden door on Christmas Eve, as her father embellished the Christmas tree with ornaments, and set out the handcrafted village and train that ran about the base of the tree.
Occupation: Right now I’m on a six-month sabbatical from a great company, O2 Concepts in Newtown, where I was vice president of quality systems. I’ve worked hard my whole life, so now I’m taking a little break to do some other things.
Family: My husband, Lou, works for Cannondale in Bethel. Our son Paul is going to graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology in the spring. Son #2 is Stephen, and he will graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in January.
Calling Newtown’s lords, ladies, and house servants. The C.H. Booth Library has a “Downton Abbey Tea” set for Saturday, January 4, from 3 pm to 4 pm, to celebrate the January 5 return of the popular BBC Channel Downton Abbey program. People attending the tea party at the library are asked to come in costume. Register for the proper tea party at www.chboothlibrary.org, under the events calendar link.
The Christmas Tree on the Ram Pasture was vandalized last weekend, as somebody unplugged many of the strings of lights. Mike Siedman, president of the Chamber of Commerce, said the problem was discovered on the morning of Monday, December 19. Tom Pasternoster plugged most of the lights back in, but because of the height of his ladder, he couldn’t reach the wire which controls the star on top.
It all started earlier in the week with a Facebook post of praise by a 2013 graduate of Newtown High School. “You may all know Eunice as the owner of Bagel Delight here on Church Hill Rd in Newtown. Today, like many other days, she characterized what Newtown is really about. I told her about how I was heading back to Boston to take final exams and she could tell I was stressed out. After ordering the (excellent) egg and cheese bagel, she proceeded to hand me three enormous bags full of bagels to bring back to college.