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    State Senator Tony Hwang learned when he was visiting with St Rose of Lima School preschool students, last Friday, that the sand in the “sand box” wasn’t sand at all. St Rose’s brilliant preschool teachers discovered a recipe on Pinterest to make moldable “sand” using flour and baby oil. I looked it up myself, and found the recipe is very simple: eight cups of flour and one cup of baby oil. Not only is the end result moldable, I understand it also softens hands.

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    It seems that some childhood memories are too sweet to forget. Litta Alexander is reaching out in the hopes someone in Newtown can help her recreate a favorite dessert from her younger years. “I moved to Newtown in 1955, as a 5-year-old,” Litta writes to us. “We lived in Hawleyville, but the family shopped in Newtown. Our special treat was from Mrs Anderson’s Bakery. It was an iced loaf cake with cinnamon and cake/sweet bread-like consistency. I think they just called it coffee cake.

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    Are you looking for something fun to do during winter break? Newtown High School hockey coaches and players invite youth hockey players from town to join them for a free skate at Danbury Ice Arena, 1 Independence Way in Danbury, on Sunday, December 28, from 9 to 10 am. This is an opportunity for up-and-coming skaters to meet members of the Nighthawks, and for the high school coaches to interact with some of their future players. Register online at newtownhockey.com.

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    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.

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    Mother Nature had to stick her tongue out at us one last time this season, on Monday morning. A coating of sleet and giant snowflakes were not what I wanted to see, but I’m hoping that is the last of the wintry weather. The daffodils and crocuses poking up through the soil around town are giving me hope that spring truly is imminent.

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    The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission has revamped its newsletter, “Vibrant Arts for a Healthy Community.” You can subscribe to the twice monthly, free, arts newsletter at www.newtownartscommission.org/newsletter, where you will also find out how you can promote your art event in the newsletter. The newsletter serves the arts organizations in town, as well as individual artists, and Newtown youth artists.

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    Little Genesis Fuentes may be on her way home to Belize by the end of next week, I’m told by Rotary Club member Pat Caruso. Genesis, a 3-year-old in need of heart surgery, came to the United States in early January, through the efforts of the Newtown Rotary Club and the Rotary Club International Gift of Life program.

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    Letters from Sandy Hook — Newtown to the World, compiled and edited by Sandy Hook resident Suzanne Davenport, has been released. The book is available at The Newtown Bee office, C.H. Booth Library, and Everything Newtown. The cost of the book is $30 and when purchased at any of the abovementioned locations, all of the proceeds will be donated directly to the Newtown Memorial Fund. The book is available on Amazon, but the foundation gets only three percent of the proceeds in that case.

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    It’s October and that makes me think about Halloween on Main Street (black cats, of course), witches — and pumpkins. And pumpkins make me think about McKenzie Page’s Third Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge. The NHS sophomore invites people once again to carve or decorate a jack-o-lantern, drop it off at her 14 Main Street home, and hopefully drop $5 in the donation jar there. The money she collects each year goes to charity to fight cancer.

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    Ed Atkinson might think he is being sneaky, but his neighbors know that he is the one responsible for (not so secretly as he thought) replacing a damaged mailbox in the Westwood Terrace neighborhood, while the family was off to church on Sunday. Ed, you are definitely a Good Egg!

    Speaking of good eggs, the heat wave seems to have brought out the scientist in everyone. How many people have tried to fry an egg on the a) sidewalk b) car hood or c) roof top? Let me know…