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  • Snapshot: Betsy Gaier

    Occupation: I am the office and volunteer coordinator for Sandy Hook Promise.

    Family: My husband of 26 years is Deryl. We have a son, Marty, who is 22 and at the University of North Texas, studying criminal justice. Our other son, Andy, is 19 and headed to Porter and Chester in Watertown, for auto repair.

  • Snapshot: Clare Francke

    Occupation: I’m a secretary in the School Counseling Department at Newtown High School.

    Family: My husband Dave and I have four children. Matthew is 27, Michael is 23, Colleen is 20, and Christopher is 18.

    Pets: We have a golden retriever, Buddy. Our cat, Bear, was just put down recently. He was 14 years old. Buddy is already 10 years old. We might have to get a puppy to help rejuvenate him!

  • Snapshot: Johnny A. Williams

    Occupation: I’m a woodworker and owner of Johnny A. Williams Wood Shop in Hawleyville. I create sculptural furniture, and try to use domestic hardwood in my work. I specialize in tables of all shapes and sizes, seating, and wooden art. I sell in town exclusively at the Weathered Way on Obtuse Road, above the wood shop, and sell cutting boards at my online site, www.johnnyawilliams.com. My portfolio is there, too.

  • Snapshot: Todd Keeping

    Occupation: I’m a patrol officer for the Monroe Police Department. I’ve been with Monroe since 2005.

    Family: My wife is Lisa. Our daughter Nicole is 12 years old. She’ll be entering Newtown Middle School in the fall. Kyle, our son, is 15 and will be a sophomore at Newtown High School.

    Pets: We have a dog, Dasher. He’s a cockapoo and is 4 years old. Our one cat is Gracie, and the other cat is Oscar.

  • 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.

  • Snapshot: Kim Bald

    Occupation: I am an upcycle artist. Since I was a kid, my mom would say, “Don’t put anything down, or Kim will turn it into something!” Most recently, I’ve been working on a series of 26 crosses in response to 12/14. They are made from wood pallet pieces, scrap wood, drift wood, wine staves, and any other recovered finds I have I my collection. Each one has an inspirational word, selected by my colleagues at Broadview Middle School, where I am a paraeducator, and then written on another piece of recycled wood and attached.

  • Snapshot: David Plaue

    Occupation: I am an entrepreneur. I started a filtered water bottle distributorship, called Drink Water 2 Give Water. It’s fairly new. It’s a reusable filtered water bottle, and it’s an economical and eco-friendly option. We try to get people to give up buying bottled water. I also do fundraising for a nonprofit called Digdeep Water.

    Family: My wife Gina and I have been married for 15 years this October. Our son Ben just turned 8, and our daughter Celia is 4 years old.

  • Snapshot: Ben Pilchard

    Occupation: I’m the owner of Academy Design and Construction, and Kitchens By Academy, both in Newtown. I started Academy in 1989. It’s a high-end residential design and construction firm. Our Kitchens By Academy provides for a cross section of the market, based on the customer’s price point and aesthetics. I have an architectural degree and my designs have been featured in the Art Institute of Chicago, and I’ve won international design competitions.

  • Snapshot: Erin Baier

    Occupation: I’m a second grade teacher in Washington Depot, at Washington Primary School. I’m the only second grade teacher there. It’s a sweet little school.

    Family: I’m engaged to Jesse Birden, and we’re getting married in September. I met him when we were both at Newtown High School and have been dating since. My mom and dad, Michelle and Steve, live here in Newtown, and my brother Matt goes to school at UConn.

  • Snapshot: Donna Rahtelli

    Occupation: I am a teacher at St Rose Preschool. I’ve been with St Rose School for 11 years. I am so blessed that I am able to get up each morning and work at a job that I so love. The children are a great gift to me.

    Family: I’ve been married to Joe for 27 years. Our son Joseph is 24 and an auditor for Ernst & Young in Stamford. Michelle is 21 and just completed her junior year at Marist in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Matthew is 18, and has graduated this year from Fairfield Prep.