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  • Deep Freeze Makes Lake Zoar A Winter Playground

    Winter has frozen Lake Zoar from shore to shore, and the ice is thick — circumstances some residents have not seen in several years.

    “The last time the lake was frozen was four or five years ago,” said Waterview Drive resident Cindy Palkimas. She has been a lakeside resident for 13 years, she said. Although she remembers the lake freezing over completely in the past, she said, “This year the ice is the thickest it’s ever been since I moved here.”

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Springing is one thing cats do well, so I am more than ready to spring into Daylight Saving Time this coming weekend. DST starts at 2 am on Sunday, March 8, so be sure to set your clock ahead one hour when you go to bed on Saturday night. Now if I can only see over the snowbanks by the time spring arrives, in just two weeks. I sense snowdrops and crocus crying out from beneath the mounds of snow.

  • The Way We Were

    March 9, 1990

  • Snapshot: Ryan Buchanan

    Occupation: I went to school for graphic design and that’s what I do. I freelance for private parties and small firms. I’m also a fine arts artist and sell those works, too.

    Family: I have an older sister, Alex, and a younger brother, Scotty. My mom, Diane, and my dad, Scott, live in Newtown.

    Pets: I don’t have any pets. My sister and I always joke that we wanted a pet, but we got a little brother instead.

  • Two Residents Share Stories For Latest ‘Chicken Soup For The Soul’ Collection

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Miracles — 101 Inspirational Stories of Faith, Answered Prayers & Divine Intervention (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC; edited by Amy Newmark and Natasha Stoynoff; February 10, 2015; ISBN 978-1-61159-944-2, $14.95 softcover, 411 pages)

     

  • FCCF Giving Day Returns On March 5

    Area nonprofit groups are hoping to hear from regular supporters and new fans when the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF) presents its second annual online Day of Giving. FCCF is again collaborating with Bank of America with the 24 hours of online donations.

    Fairfield County Giving Day 2014 raised a total of $745,729.64. The event this year has a goal of $1 million.

  • Hershey’s/LBB Settlement Means Cadbury Fans Settle For Less

    Lisa Whitmore, co-owner of UK Gourmet in Newtown, stands in front of a display of imported goods in the Mt Pleasant Road shop. While customers will miss the imported Cadbury products that can no longer be brought overseas for sale, UK Gourmet stocks plenty of other products to ease the pain.      

  • Snapshot: Beverly Panettiere

    Occupation: I was an elementary teacher at Rye Country Day School in Rye, N.Y., for about 12 years. My husband was in the service and we moved a lot, so I learned a lot about buying and selling houses and decided to become a realtor. That’s what I did, until I retired.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Sandy Hook resident Diana Baxter, author of a series of romance/suspense novels (DuBois Manor, Windswept, and the soon to be released Tainted Glass) centered around a fictionalized version of an actual mansion in North Carolina, has been invited to take part in a two-day book signing in that Southern mansion. “The mansion is rented out for venues, and twice a year they hold this huge tourism event,” Diana tells me. After the event manager read copies of the book, our local author was invited to the Winter Gala.

  • The Way We Were

    March 2, 1990