Authorities still are waiting for laboratory results from samples taken at the scene of The Smoke Shop, which was damaged in a fire August 31. Although the cause of the fire remains suspicious, Deputy Fire Marshal William Halstead said that at this point, he won’t be able to definitively label the fie as arson unless the testing shows that an accelerant was used to start the fire.
Dodging a burst of rain Tuesday morning, September 10, Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 members Tim Hoeffel and Chief Ray Corbo stepped inside the firehouse garage at 45 Main Street with Newtown Savings Bank Manager Ryan Storms.
Brothers Ben and David Kugielsky went flying recently and ended up getting a bird’s-eye view of this year’s corn maze at Castle Hill Farm. The maze is scheduled to open for the season this weekend. The corn maze will be open 10 am to 5:30 pm Sunday, and then all weekends until October 27. Beginning next month the maze will also be open weekdays from 2 to 5 pm. A pick-your-own-pumpkin patch, hay rides, pony rides, and live music is also offered on weekends.
Ray Cooney has long been considered one of the most successful practitioners of the French style farce on the English stage, winning himself the nickname “The English Feydeau” (the French master of the comedies of infidelity involving multiple doors, beds, and mistresses). In particular, Cooney’s Move Over Mrs Markham and Run For Your Wife (which ran for eight years on the London stage) are performed regularly by local theater groups looking to entertain the homefolks.
Following months of planning, events related to the second annual Newtown Arts Festival have begun. Three events had been held as of Tuesday night, three more weeknight events are still ahead, leading to a huge two-day event September 21-22 at Fairfield Hills.
Native trees and shrubs are now in place and will eventually cast shade on the Deep Brook tributary at Dickinson Park. The recent planting is now an environmentally sensitive area that will need time to mature.
Kenneth Stroud is a mild man, with a ready smile and even at age 93, blue eyes that sparkle. His handshake is firm and while the years threaten to bend him in half, his stride is steady. A deacon in the Catholic Church for 36 years, the native Englishman does not have the demeanor of a man who harbors memories that would raise the eyebrows of the boldest soldier.
But for three and a half years of his life the question for Mr Stroud was always, “What’s next?”