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  • Gazebo A Link To Newtown’s Past

    When lifelong Newtown resident Ed Forbell read the August 1, 2014, story A Final Farewell To Fredericka House in The Newtown Bee, he knew that a relic still remained of the historic Church Hill Road home.

  • Nourishments: Whether Getting Pickled Or Pickling, Vinegar Is The Star

    It sounds like the start of a joke: A woman walks into the store, and orders a shrub. Except the woman is me, and I’m not in a garden center, but a fairly upscale pizza place in Seattle, Washington. The shrub I have ordered is something that you’re probably beginning to see on menus, although it was a popular drink in Colonial times. Also known as a vinegar drink, these trendy thirst quenchers are made up of a sweetened vinegar base and fresh fruit. Adding alcohol is optional.

  • Saying ‘Thank You’ With Water Skis:LOF Ski Club Hosts Free Day For Local Children

    With summer nearly at its end Sunday, September 21, the Leaps of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers made the most of a local marina.

    As a way of saying thank you to the community, the LOF volunteers held a first-time event, Ski Newtown, a free day of water sports for Newtown children ages 7–18. The picnic/ski event took place at Eichler’s Cove Marina. According to the LOF Facebook page, “This event was designed to teach beginners how to water ski or wakeboard and help intermediate skiers/boarders advance to the next level.”

  • Banned Books Week Is Annual Event; Freedom To Read Is Year-Round

    “Think for yourself, and let others do the same,” exhorts the American Library Association poster for the 2014 Banned Books Week.

  • Snapshot: Geraldine Carley

    Occupation: I recently retired after 35 years as a teacher/librarian, primarily in schools in Danbury and Ridgefield.

    Family: My husband, Ross Carley, is very active in town. Our son, Christopher, teachers chemistry at Newtown High School and is assistant band leader there. Our daughter, Lindsay Knauf, lives here in Newtown with her husband, Ed. They have two children. Holden is 3 years old, and we have a brandie-new one, Oliver, born September 2.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    I have been worrying my whiskers off over the news coming out of Liberia. I hope you join me in sending silent purrs and good thoughts toward our friends outside of Monrovia. The building project for the New Life Christian Academy, funded by Reed Intermediate School Pushcart Warriors and an anonymous West Coast couple, is still suspended, and all schools are closed for the time being due to the Ebola outbreak.

  • The Way We Were

    October 6, 1989

  • Sandy Hook Sole Sisters Walking To Fight Breast Cancer This Month

    The Sandy Hook Sole Sisters (SHSS) & Friends were at work this week to “Tie the Town Pink,” hanging large pink bows throughout Sandy Hook Center and along Berkshire Road to launch breast cancer awareness month.

  • Making The World A Better Place, One Home At A Time

    One of the 17,000 people each year who volunteers with Appalachia Service Project, working toward a goal of providing “warmer, safer, and drier” homes for families in Central Appalachia (generally including counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina), is Katie Temple, a graduate of Newtown High School and a 2013 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  • NHS Student To Serve As National Poetry Ambassador

    Newtown High School junior Ashley Gong has been selected to be one of this year’s five National Student Poetry Ambassadors.

    Ashley has known about her achievement since July, but had to keep it a secret until it was announced. That announcement came during a visit to Washington, D.C., September 17-20, during which First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a reading, which was the first event the five National Student Poetry Ambassadors took part in, kicking off their year as ambassadors.