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  • Successful Campaign For Salvation Army

    To the Editor: It is with a great deal of gratitude that the Newtown Service Unit of the Salvation Army wishes to thank all the former and new volunteers who rang the kettle bells these past two weekends. You wonderful people came out in cold, windy and snowy weather and did your ringing and greeting as in the past and in good humor. Through all your efforts, Newtown will receive 90% of $8,179 to assist the residents of our town through the food pantry, gasoline, doctors/dentists, bills, etc. What a blessing this is for all of us!

  • Showing Us How To Cheer

    To the Editor: The following poem was submitted as a Letter to The Editor by its author, Michael Ratcliffe. His sister-in-law, Kim Baker, is an assistant coach for the D15 cheerleading team, one of two Newtown Youth Football & Cheer teams that recently competed in the AYC National Cheer Championships in Kissimee, Fla. Mr Ratcliffe’s niece, Grace Baker, is a member of the team. Our family is so proud of Grace’s and her teammates’ achievements. I’ve thought about submitting this to various journals, but it just seemed more appropriate (at least in my mind) to send it to a paper serving the Newtown area.

  • How Many Have Helped You Balance On A Fence?

    To the Editor: Dag Hammarskjold, the late UN Secretary General, offered the world a great number of wise sayings, one of which caught my eye on a pastor’s desk in Raleigh, NC. It read “For all that has been, Thanks! For all that will be, Yes!” It is now “New Year 2014” and a turning point in our lives. It’s time to say “Thanks!” for the past and “Yes!" to the future. Alex Haley, author of the wonderful book Roots, found himself becoming a bit proud of his many accomplishments A close friend sent Alex a picture of a turtle on a fence. Of course, everyone knows that a turtle cannot climb a fence. Ergo, the obvious question: “How did it get there?” Of course, someone else helped put him there.

  • Lighting Up The Season

    To The Editor: Thank you everyone for taking in stride the rescheduling of the 29th Ram Pasture Christmas Tree lighting. Our gain was a sparkling clear night and a snow covered setting that showed off the 2,200 luminaria, which lined the streets and pasture and led the way to our Christmas Trees in a true winter wonderland.

  • Kindness Finds Its Way Home

    To the Editor: This letter is to thank the person who found my shoulder bag and took the trouble to bring it to my house Saturday.

  • Newtown Rises To The Occasion

    To the Editor: Women Involved in Newtown held the annual Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive in collaboration with Newtown Social Services on Friday November 22nd. The number of families in need this year increased significantly from previous years, but Newtown rose to the occasion as it always does!

  • A Great Day For Pancakes

    To the Editor: The Newtown Rotary Club would like to thank all the people who came out to support our 53rd Annual Pancake Day. It was a wonderful event to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends enjoying the best pancakes and sausages in town!

  • Many Supported The Library Holiday Sale

    To the Editor: Last weekend the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library sponsored the annual Holiday Sale, making gift-quality books, media and other items available at reasonable cost in time for holiday giving. Our thanks go the patrons of the sale and to the ...

  • A Dunblane Memorial

    To the Editor: As the 14th of December approaches, we reflected on the memorials that have been created after the appalling massacre in Scotland. It was on the 13th of March 1996, that a 43 year old gunman entered the school and shot 16 five-year-olds and their teacher. Now in Dunblane, they have a snowdrop, Sophie North, (named after one of the children who was killed).This was the emblem of the group that successfully campaigned for changes to the handgun laws. In 1997 the Conservative government, followed by the Labour government passed two bills which make it virtually impossible to legally own a handgun in Britain.

  • Newtown And The Media

    To the Editor:Many colleagues in the national and global media have been asking: “What will happen if a reporter has to come to Newtown on Saturday?” My response is simple: be creative, don't procrastinate and you won't have to come on Saturday. But as a journalist, I know that not everything in the news business can be canned ahead of time. While the likes of CNN and NBC can prepare their pieces weeks in advance, there are many outlets, particularly our sympathetic local media, who don't have such luxury.I have told my colleagues not to misconstrue my hometown's seemingly prickly approach to the media on December 14 as a show of anger or entitlement, or a lack of appreciation for the coverage – most of it respectful – that we have experienced.