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  • The Top of the Mountain

    It was not just the 25 kids who took part in the History Camp last month at the (un-air-conditioned) Matthew Curtiss House on Main Street who sweltered during the heat wave. So did the teachers who served every day for the whole week. “They directed the making of lanterns, making and painting marbles and playing marble games, giving tours of the house and barn, and many other activities, as if were a delightful 70 degrees,” says a very impressed Gordon Williams.

  • The Way We Were

    August 19, 1988

    Even though the recent high temperatures have modified, people are still talking about the great heat wave of the summer of ’88. And the cool front came not a minute too soon as far as roofers, farmers and air conditioning repairmen are concerned. This summer there have been 30 days of 90-degree weather with the country gripped in a 44-day period of tropical air. Monday, August 14, was the hottest for that day and marked 11 consecutive days of 90-degree weather, a record.

  • Resident Wins Top Honors, Again, At National SkillsUSA Competition

    KANSAS CITY, MO. — Newtown resident Adell Mastro returned to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference for the third time this year, with a competition quilt in hand. And for the third consecutive year, Ms Mastro returned home knowing that her handiwork earned the largest amount of money to support SkillsUSA through the annual conference auction.

  • A Good Day For Fresh Peppers

    Sue Shortt of Shortt’s Farm & Garden Center, left, helps customer Grace Pisano as she purchases peppers. 

  • The Way We Were

    August 12, 1988

  • Newtown Labor Day Parade Calls For Celebration And Recognition

    The focus of the 2013 Annual Labor Day Parade will be one on providing the town with “an avenue of celebration,” said Labor Day Parade Committee President Beth Caldwell, Monday, August 5, as preparations for the September 2 parade were being finalized.

  • A Glimpse of the Garden: A Love Of Plants And Plants To Love

    A red pygmy maple, center, is flanked by a low growing Well’s Special false cypress on the left and a snow cypress on the right. Barbara O’Connor enjoys placing unusual specimens in her gardens.

  • Snapshot: Liz Robert

    Occupation: I am a holistic coach here in Newtown. I work one-on-one to help busy people to find balance in body, mind, and spirit through diet and lifestyle. I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, in 2012. I do most of my work by phone. If clients are local, I can meet in person, but most of them are too busy.

    Family: I have a husband, Jon, and an 11-month-old son, Parker.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Sandy Hook resident Ken Johnson will meet up with an old friend next week, says his daughter Kelley. Her dad has been selected by the Liberty Foundation Veterans’ Tours to fly in the B-17 Flying Fortress Memphis Belle that will be visiting at Hartford’s Brainard Airport, Monday, August 12. The 87-year-old Mr Johnson was a tail gunner for a B-17 in World War II. The World War II Boeing B-17 Memphis Belle will take to the skies over Hartford on the 70th anniversary of its last flight.

  • ‘Seussical’ Being Staged This Weekend

    Seussical: The Musical is set to take the stage at Newtown High School this weekend, with performances on Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10, at 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, at 2 pm.