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    The first day of school is one of my favorite days each year. It is so full of promise, and my wish is that promise is fulfilled this year. While I would love to be able to make it around to each bus stop to take photos of the town’s smiling (or shaking in their boots) students on Tuesday, August 27, I am only one cat. However, you can share your first day of school photos with The Bee, to run either in print or in a slideshow online.

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    While preparing for last weekend’s Great Newtown Reunion, Bee front office staff member and 1981 Newtown High School graduate Bridget Seaman was gifted with a “flat” version of herself by a few of my fellow Bees. I understand Flat Bridget made her way into a good number of photos at the reunion on Saturday. The real Bridget tells me she had a fantastic time.

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    A post on The Bee Facebook page this week confirms our faith in humanity. On Friday, July 12, Nicole Capener lost her paycheck. The following Monday, it was sitting on her desk — “Clearly rained on, run over, and even had a dead worm stuck to it,” says Nicole. “Thank you whoever brought my check back. There are good people in the world,” she adds. Now I’d like to add something: a Good Egg Award.  This one is for the Good Samaritan of Paychecks!

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    Get out your flags, slice the watermelon, and fire up the grill — the Fourth of July is just over the horizon. And as exciting as fireworks can be, the Connecticut Department of Safety reminds us that the only legal fireworks items in Connecticut are sparklers. Even the popular novelty items such as party poppers, snakes, smoke devices, and other things that emit a flame are not legal for private use in Connecticut. So have fun, and be safe, not sorry.

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    There were many unsettled emotions swirling about town last Friday, June 14, and it seems that Mother Nature felt equally unsettled. At about 8 pm on Friday, June 14, Kitten Associates Founder Robin Olson saw this funnel-shaped cloud form over Sandy Hook from Route 34, as well as a mesocyclone (rising air that rotates around a vertical axis) that spawned the funnel. Robin took photos to prove it and shared it with me for publication. She tells me she is, “Glad it didn’t form a tornado…” Me too, Robin.

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    CBS News out of Manitoba, Canada, reports that singer Harry Connick, Jr, has written a song especially for Ana Marquez-Greene. “Love Wins” is the song on Harry’s new CD, written in memory of 6-year-old Ana, who died 12/14. Ana’s dad, Jimmy, is a member of Connick’s band.

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    I would never lower myself to be led about on a leash, but my canine friends are not so particular. This past Sunday, dogs and their walkers were out in force, enjoying the truly spring-like weather. There were a number of strollers out solo, as well, or in the case of three visitors to The Pleasance, with their children. Overheard from their conversation was one adult asking another if he had been to The Pleasance before. Receiving a negative reply, he replied, “Well, come on, then.

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    Somewhere out there, a critter is rubbing his rump and thinking, “Ouch! All this for a minnow?” Bee employee Emery Klein was out fishing last week, when his line started spinning out. This gave Emery a bit of a thrill, as he was expecting to reel in the big one. But the “one that got away” turned out to not be a trout or bass or any other fish one might find in Connecticut waters, but a beaver that had been tempted by the minnow at the end of the line.

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    It’s that time of year again when the temps start to rise and you begin to think about opening your pool. As a fundraiser for the company, Botsford Fire Rescue has been delivering pool water to the local area for a number of years and its ready to begin doing so again this year. For more information, including where to send donations or to schedule a delivery, call 203-364-4135.

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    I’ve heard of bean counters, but there are some expert jelly bean counters in town. Lawrence Card joined forces with his sons, 16-year-old Alexandyr, 6-year-old William, and 5-year-old Nathaniel, to come up with the winning number of jellybeans in the jar at Reed Intermediate School. The jellybean guessing contest was sponsored by one of the Odyssey of the Mind teams at the school recently, mom Gia Card tells me. The Cards guessed 2,592 beans, and there were actually only 18 more than that.