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WIN, Students Complete Holiday Basket Drive

Quickly packing canned goods into boxes Friday, November 21 was Danielle Sampson, one of many Newtown High School students helping prepare packages for roughly 80 families in need before Thanksgiving. Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) members coordinate the Thanksgiving Basket program each year, and last Friday afternoon everything came together in the hall of Newtown United Methodist Church. Volunteers of all ages received donations from the public and a number of school groups, while others sorted the donations into separate areas, one for each family that would benefit from the program by the end of the day.

Zebra Mussels Are Infesting Newtown Lakes

Hanover Road resident Scott Conant has witnessed a “huge change” in the invasive zebra mussel population in local waters this year. The mussel population has exploded. A Friends of The Lake board member living along Lake Lillinonah’s shore, Mr Conant first sent the alert to other members in late October after inspecting the underside of his dock. “The bottom of our dock was completely encrusted this year,” he said. Lake Zoar Authority Chairman Ray Hoesten, who also lives along one of the town's lakes with both public and private access, echoed Mr Conant's sentiment when he described Zoar's growing zebra mussel population. "We've got them bad this year," he said. Right now, unfortunately, there does not seem to be an effective method of eradication for the larval species.

Special ‘Madagascar’ Preview At ETH Theatre, Tuesday

Local fans of the animated "Madagascar" series will have a 24-hour sneak peek at the next big screen installment, "Penguins of Madagascar." Edmond Town Hall Theatre will host two special screenings of the DreamWorks release on Tuesday, a day earlier than the film is officially released. According to the town hall's Facebook page, the screenings are scheduled for 5 and 7:15 pm, and both are free of charge.

Sandy Hook Tree Lighting Guest Of Honor To Be Decided December 6

On Saturday, December 6, Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) will present the 13th Annual Sandy Hook Village holiday tree lighting. The public is invited to enjoy this great Sandy Hook tradition featuring carolers, Santa Claus, karaoke, refreshments, goodies and a community celebration. All attendees are being asked to bring an item with them for FAITH Food Pantry. Upon giving a food pantry donation to Santa, each family will be entered into a raffle with one grand prize: the honor of lighting the holiday tree.

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