The Top of The Mountain

Okay, March. Time to forget that “coming in like a lion” stuff and move on to the “out like a lamb” part. I’m in great need of some greenery, and I sure don’t think those daffodil buds are happy about layers of snow and ice to celebrate the first day of spring.

Adding a note of springtime to The Bee office, though, is the new intern, James Dietter. Jim is a 2004 graduate of Newtown High School and a graduate of Emerson College in Boston. He’ll be spreading sunshine wherever he goes, so keep an eye open and welcome Jim when you see him covering local events.

I understand that Newtown Veterinary Specialists is bringing a team of 28 employees, friends and families to the Sandy Hook Run for the Families 5K and Kids Run in Hartford, this Saturday, March 23, and is excited to be honoring families and town members by doing so. I’m sure that this team will see many more familiar faces from our town when they line up on Saturday, as the race, originally planned to take place in Danbury, was moved to the Capitol city after it became clear how many wanted to be a part of the event. The run has reached capacity of 15,000 runners, and 100 percent of the registration fees will benefit the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. More than 65,000 people are expected to swell the streets of Hartford in support of the run, so this little kitty will be stepping high to avoid getting stepped on.

Mary Villa, owner of Silk Road Curtain Trading Company in New Milford, and formerly of Newtown, will participate in a trunk show at the Microsoft store at the Danbury Fair Mall, Saturday, April 20, from 11 am to 1 pm, in case springtime has you thinking about new decorating schemes. Mary will have samples of valances, and be on hand to answer your questions, in case her PowerPoint presentation on the huge Microsoft computer screen does not do so.

A thank you is always better late than never, and Newtown resident Michelle Ku says she thinks there is a big thank you to Debbie Palmieri that is overdue. Debbie organized and paid for the seven buses that brought March For Change participants to the February 14 rally at the State Capitol. “We are so grateful to her,” says Michelle.

The Ducks of Sandy Hook Elementary Facebook page continues to quack me up. One post from March 15 gave me a proud moment. A photo of a grinning cat snuggling with some of the ducks was posted with the explanation, “These ducks are trained professional cat trainers. Don’t try this at home.” As a fellow feline, I am so pleased with that cat’s ability to not only model with ducks, but to maintain the duck-cat ratio. Monroe Police Department Officers Todd Keeping and Mike Panza have been running The Ducks of Sandy Hook Elementary initiative since a donation of 500 rubber ducks arrived at the school, now located at Monroe’s Chalk Hill Middle School. Since then, the officers have started a duck phenomenon. Keep up with Sandy Hook’s own “Duck Tales” through Facebook. I do!

It looks like a photo from The Way We Were, but Laura Lerman happened to capture this image just a week or so ago. Gazing out her Main Street window, Laura did a double take, seeing two horses strolling along the sidewalk. She isn’t sure where they came from, why they were there, or where they were headed, but that’s okay. Sometimes, you just have to appreciate things for what they are.

One good thing about the chill spring weather is that it doesn’t tempt artists away from studios where they could be thinking up a new logo for Earth Day. Newtown Earth Day organizers are seeking a design that reflects their mission of “Awareness, Smiles, and Education.” To submit artwork for consideration, connect with the group’s Facebook page. All submissions need to be posted by the evening of April 3 and will become the property of Newtown Earth Day Festival. The committee will pick a winner with that person or group having their design placed on the front of this year’s T-shirt, and also awarded with four free shirts. This year’s Earth Day celebration will take place on the grounds of the Newtown Middle School, Saturday, April 27. Funds raised through the sales of the T-shirts will help the group increase funding for its Newtown High School Green Scholarship.

The Newtown High School Odyssey of the Mind intellectual competition team will once again host a Bunny Watch near Glander Field on the Fairfield Hills campus, March 29-30, from 10 am to 4 pm each day, rain, snow, or shine. Kids and kids-at-heart can ride in wagons pulled behind antique tractors on the paved walking trails, as they spot and tally dozens of bunnies in all shapes and sizes hidden along the ride. The sharp-eyed among them may spot the Easter Bunny himself, camped out at the top of a hill, I hear. Game stations will be set up for lawn games and other fun activities are planned. The donation is $5 for each person for the Bunny Watch ride. All proceeds from the Bunny Watch will help send the high school team to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State in Lansing in May. So hop to it!

You know I’ll be hopping to it this next week, so don’t forget to… Read me again.

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