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  • Snapshot: Dr Barbara Mangold

    Occupation: I am a veterinarian at Mt Pleasant Hospital for Animals. I started here about six months ago. I work at Mystic Aquarium and the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, part-time, and I also work at South Wilton Veterinary Group, an avian and exotic referral clinic. We also treat dogs and cats there.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Maybe you’ve been chillin’ lately, or know someone who has been? Chillin’, that is, with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The viral video fundraiser for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) has been circulating madly, if Facebook is any indication. Here’s how it works: you nominate someone to douse him or herself with a bucket of ice, they post a video on social media of the act, and then that person gets to name three more people to take the challenge.

  • The Way We Were

    August 18, 1989

  • Newtown Yoga Festival Is August 23, Benefits Sandy Hook Promise

    The second Newtown Yoga Festival takes place Saturday, August 23, at the NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street, at Fairfield Hills. The daylong event begins with registration at 8:30 am, followed by Gayatri Mantra and Kirta from 9 to 9:30 am. Lydia Smith and Sound Center Arts of Newtown will offer a drum circle from 9:30 to 10 am, followed by the “Yoga Buffet” from 10 am to noon.

  • Bridgewater Country Fair This Weekend

    BRIDGEWATER — The 63rd Bridgewater Country Fair takes place Friday, August 15, through Sunday, August 17, at the Bridgewater Fair Grounds, 100 Main Street South. The fair kicks off with the Fireman’s Parade at 6:45 pm, featuring area volunteer fire companies from Connecticut and New York marching down historic Bridgewater Main Street.

  • Signed First Editions At Mark Twain Library Book Fair

    REDDING — The Collectors’ Corner room at the annual Labor Day weekend Mark Twain Library Book Fair, housing the rare and valuable treasures for sale, is especially interesting this year, according to fair organizers. Book expert Paul Weissman, who prices this category for the Book Fair team, has discovered an outstanding number of meaningful donations. Among the highlights: a wide variety of signed first edition volumes. 

  • Nourishments— A Kind Of Corny Story

    I have a great deal of respect for farmers who grow sweet corn. It is not an easy task, particularly if trying to grow it without the excess use of fertilizers and pesticides — not to mention the potential for crop damage by nature and nature’s wildlife.

  • ‘Our Gift To Newtown:’ After An Abbreviated Performance, Panacea Reuniting Once More For Full Show

    Panacea, which formed while its members were students at Newtown High School in the early 1970s, reunited to perform at The Great Newtown Reunion in July 2013. From left is drummer Rick Kuhn, guitarist Bruce Tibbits, bassist Corky Ballard, flutist Leslie Ballard Dasilva and guitarist Jon Dodson. Last year’s show was cut short due to a curfew, but the band promised to return and finish the performance.

  • New Caretaker A Natural Fit For Holcombe Hill Preserve

    With a panoramic view of surrounding towns’ distant horizons, Dave Brooker looked across the lawns and meadows covering Newtown’s highest point. He is the new Newtown Forest Association (NFA) caretaker — an unpaid position — now living at Holcombe Hill Wildlife Preserve and in the caretaker’s residence of former land and homeowner Josephine Holcombe. The NFA acquired the 86-acre parcel at 65 Great Hill Road through Ms Holcombe’s estate in 1997. The preserve is 830 feet above sea level, and includes 30 acres of hay fields.

  • Snapshot: Ray Irrera

    Occupation: I’m a teacher at Wallace Middle School in Middlebury, for eighth grade social studies. Never a dull moment! But that’s part of the fun. I’ve been a teacher for 11 years. I started life out as an attorney. I’m a lot happier now.