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The Top Of The Mountain

Published: June 07, 2019 at 07:00 am

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If it’s the weekend after the first Monday in June, everyone in town should know what that means: Sandy Hook LobsterFest! The 32nd annual fundraiser by Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue will be presented this weekend. Dinner will be served on Friday, June 7, from 5 to 9 pm, and on Saturday, June 8, from 4 to 9 pm. Live music begins at 5 pm each night, first with The Bee’s own John Voket offering acoustic sets during the early dining hours and then with full bands starting around 7 pm each night. Tickets for a full lobster or steak dinner will be $30 at the door ($28 if you read this and visit The Newtown Bee office before 5 pm, Friday), which includes the entrée, corn on the cob, potato salad, a dinner roll, and a water or soda. A full bar, a raw bar, soft drinks, and desserts will also be available. The event is presented by and a fundraiser for the fire company.

Also a reminder that this month’s Someday Cinema Series screening was moved out one week to Thursday, June 13. Screenings of the 1950 film, Harvey, starring James Stewart, will be offered at Edmond Town Hall at 1, 4, and 7 pm, and tickets are their regular $3 each. The first screening will have subtitles. Originally scheduled for January, the screenings were postponed due to an ice storm. Then moved to June 6, the film was moved once again to its current date. Series coordinator Jen Rogers is really feeling like the third time is going to be the charm for this one.

Don’t forget — The fifth annual Catherine’s Butterfly Party, a free family festival with pet adoption event, returns this Saturday, June 8, from noon to 4 pm, at Fairfield Hills, 3 Primrose Street. Hosted by the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, the event celebrates the life of Catherine Violet Hubbard, who died during the Sandy Hook tragedy. The Butterfly Party will benefit the foundation’s development of the new animal sanctuary in Newtown. Learn more about the event at http://bit.ly/butterflyparty2019.

There is a lot of anticipation in the air as we move into the last week of school. Newtown High School seniors will graduate at the WestConn O’Neill Center next Tuesday evening, June 11; then the Newtown Middle School eighth grade students will be celebrated the next day at moving up ceremonies. A mild winter — and no spring macrobursts — has led to a very early year-end dismissal for Newtown students, June 13. We wish all a safe and happy summer!

Word from LOF Adaptive Skiers is that the group has donated “a total of 20 wheelchairs, including two electric wheelchairs. Recipients of the donation ranged from people in Connecticut towns like Botsford and Plymouth to nonprofit organizations like Independence Unlimited. A group of 12 wheelchairs made it all the way to the Dominican Republic. These were sent by Mr Franpolan Torres from New York, who collected them from us and sent them to his country of origin, specifically to the town of San Pedro de Macoris.”

An impressive collection of posters for the Third Annual Pollinator Poster Challenge has been put on view in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. We were lucky at The Newtown Bee to see the posters as they arrived at our office during the past few weeks. They were all put into the hands of Protect Our Pollinators (POP) by last weekend and have been exhibited at the library since Monday afternoon. POP member Deb Osborne said the group “really had some great entries this year.” The contest and display are done to coincide with National Pollinator Week, observed this year June 17-23. Residents have all month to stop in to 25 Main Street and view the very creative artwork with a message: it’s time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what can be done to protect them.

An e-mail from the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is asking folks “to be mindful of turtles on the move” at this time of year and only to interact with them if necessary. Barrett Christie, director of Animal Husbandry, said several recent well-meaning callers have ‘rescued’ hatchling diamondback terrapins, a protected coastal species... Of particular note are snapping turtles... ‘If you come across a snapping turtle on a road, do not try to pick it up,’ Christie said.” Added information is to nudge a snapper along with a big stick in the direction it was headed, if it is in a roadway and in danger.

The Newtown Police Tip-A-Cop event last Wednesday at Market Place pulled in more than $2,100 for Special Olympics Connecticut. Thanks to all who supported the local police in their efforts.

Put on your running shoes. The Holcombe Hill 5K Trail Run takes place Sunday, June 9, at the 65 Great Hill Road preserve in Newtown. The run takes you along trails at this highest point in town, starting at 10 am. The run benefits Newtown Forest Association and Reach Newtown, a nonprofit dedicated to providing kids with supportive relationships. Get tickets at eventbrite.com/e/reach-holcombe-hill-5k-xc-trail-walkrun-tickets-60144641241.

One of the first events that introduced residents to Friends of Newtown Seniors (FONS) was a paper shredding event in June 2016, co-hosted that year with Newtown Commission on Aging, Newtown Public Schools, and Newtown Parks & Rec. This year, FONS has partnered with Newtown Savings Bank to present their annual fundraising event. Newtown Shred Day has been announced for Saturday, June 15, from 9 am until noon, at the bank’s corporate offices at 39 Main Street. There is a requested donation of $10 per box (typical ten-ream paper box), reduced to $5 for senior citizens. Proceeds will be used by FONS to support programs in Newtown for senior citizens. Reservations are not needed (or available), but additional information is available by calling Karissa Peters at 203-364-2993.

Remember Little Beanie Tofu and Dolphin from the April 2018 article “Young Pigs Rescued From Being Slaughtered Get Second Chance On Life”? Well the two not-so-little piggies are preparing to move from Newtown to their forever home at JP Animal Sanctuary in Litchfield this year. When their new barn and fencing is completed, the pigs will join a family that includes five special needs highland cattle rescues. To learn more about their new home, visit jpfarmsanctuary.org/pig-news-farm-update.

Has your family lived in town for four generations or more? We would love to have you take part in our semi-regular series about longtime residents of Newtown/Sandy Hook. Contact alissa@thebee.com to share your story. You can also contact Alissa if you have discovered some interesting family facts by using ancestry.com or 23andme.com; or maybe you sent in your dog’s mouth swab and found out something surprising about man’s best friend. Let us know!

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