Great Pumpkin Challenge

  • Supporters Rise To The Great Pumpkin Challenge

    A pair of children in costumes were among those who slowed down on Halloween to take an up-close look at the pumpkins on display at 14 Main Street.

  • Great Pumpkin Challenge Collection Gathers Supporters Ahead Of Halloween

    One young visitor to the Page residence spent time checking out the pumpkins on the lower levels of the display. Jake Ragan and family dropped off a few pumpkins for this year's display on Friday.

  • Great Pumpkin Challenge Matching Donation Announced

    This year’s Great Pumpkin Challenge campaign has already started collecting donations, and this week challenge creator Mackenzie Page announced the Life is Good company will match each dollar donated, up to $10,000, for the cause. The annual fundrasier has primarily raised funds for The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp since its inception in 2011.

  • Great Pumpkin Challenge: The Biggest Year Yet?

    This year will mark the fifth and possibly the last year for the Great Pumpkin Challenge, but Mackenzie Page, who began the annual luminaria celebration on Main Street, received news last week of the largest donation to date.

  • School Board Honors Mackenzie Page

    With her family and friends in the audience, Newtown High School junior Mackenzie Page was honored by the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, February 3.

    The board has a practice of highlighting individuals and groups during celebrations of excellence at its meetings. Mackenzie, who has brought The Great Pumpkin Challenge to Main Street for four years, was the latest to be honored.

  • What A Great Year!

    To the Editor:

    What a great year we had!

    I am once again so grateful of the way that Newtown has embraced the Great Pumpkin Challenge for its fourth year.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown is beginning to feel a little like Wild Kingdom to me. In addition to the usual coyote and deer sightings, I am hearing about some more unusual activity. First, there are the bobcats on Scudder Road. Then there is the swan on Route 302.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    FAITH Food Pantry has joined the social network world, thanks to the efforts of Sandy Hook resident Gary Jeanfaivre, along with FAITH volunteer Nancy Taylor. “I have just helped the FAITH Food Pantry set up a Facebook page, as the volunteers are looking to use it as a way to connect with the community,” Gary tells us. His grandmother, Laura Hewitt, has been a longtime pantry volunteer, says Gary, so he is pretty familiar with what a wonderful group of people operate the local food pantry.

  • Great Pumpkin Challenge Returning For Its Fourth Year

    For the fourth year Mackenzie Page is bringing her Great Pumpkin Challenge back to Main Street.

    The Great Pumpkin Challenge began in 2011 when Mackenzie, then a student at Newtown Middle School, was inspired to support family friend Zoe McMorran, who was diagnosed with brain cancer.

  • Take The Great Pumpkin Challenge

    To the Editor,

    Fourth Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge - Can I count you in?

    For the fourth year, the Great Pumpkin Challenge is on! I encourage you to join us in what has become a Main Street Halloween tradition.