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March 18, 1988

Residents no longer have to pay a fee to enter Newtown’s three parks, but those who want to swim in the Dickinson Park pool will have to pay a user’s fee. Earlier this year, commission members did away with the $30 family park fee, because they believed the fee was unfair to residents who simply wanted to use children’s playgrounds, basketball courts or to take walks. The commission thought a user’s fee for the Dickinson pool, the most expensive facility to maintain in the park system, would be more equitable. The new pool fees are $25, family; $10, individual; $2, daily user fee; $2, guest fee.

 

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Members of the Newtown United Methodist Church hope to add a 850-square-foot, eight-classroom addition to the east side of the church this fall, and the fundraising committee has come up with a couple of unique ideas. First, an eat-all-you-want spaghetti dinner put on by the men of the church will take place this Saturday night. Then in the fall, the church will be sponsoring a juried craft fair at the town hall. But the sale of square footage in the building at $50 per square may be the most unique idea in fundraising ever. In return for a $50 donation, members are given the opportunity to pick out any unfilled square on a giant chart hanging in the front entrance, and attach a gold colored square.

 

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The skiing season recently came to a glittering close for Tom and Patty Griffith of Wendover Road who both captured gold medals in cross-country and were the overall champions in their age brackets in the Connecticut State Championships. The championships consist of four events — downhill, slalom, giant slalom, cross country. Tom, competing in the 50 and over division, already had a downhill gold medal when he added the cross country gold to sew up the overall title. Patty, competing in the 40 and over category, won the gold in the cross country, to give her the overall title.

 

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Funspace Unlimited of Newtown (FUN) has been hard at work in recent weeks raising funds for and promoting its Robert Leathers playground project. FUN is trying to raise money to construct the $40,000 multi-station wooden playground at Dickinson Park next year.

 

March 22, 1963

On Monday, March 18, 31 pastors and delegates from other Baptist churches, met in Council at the Edmond Town Hall to consider the organization of the Bible Baptist church of Newtown as to its purpose and constitution. After very close examination of these instruments, the council unanimously passed a motion to recognize the Bible Baptist Church of Newtown as a properly organized an duly constituted New Testament Baptist Church.

 

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March 21 marked the first day of spring, and local resident will have to dig to find an shoots from the first flowers. The rain that was scheduled to arrive Tuesday turned in to snow. There is one bright note. At this time of year, no matter how much it snows, it doesn’t take long to melt away.

 

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The 1963 Gym Show of the Newtown High School Athletic Association will be staged Friday evening at 7:30 at the high school gymnasium. The annual exhibition of the gymnastic ability of the junior and senior high school students has been one of the big factors in furnishing funds for the athletic association.

 

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Newtown’s Rotary Club was host last weekend to 15 students from other countries as part of World Understanding Week. The students spent the weekend with families in town and took part in many activities planned for them.

March 18, 1938

Next week the Newtown Orchestral Society will begin in earnest to work on the Concerto with Mr Abbenante, cellist, who will attend rehearsals from now on. Peer Gynt, by Grief (sic), was added to the program last week and is always a delight to play and hear. Those interested are more than welcome to join the evening’s music.

 

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The Flagpole Fountain Lunch is now undergoing alterations which will enable its management to carry a more complete line of drugs and toilet articles.

 

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Hawley School: It appears that prosperity is really here the ways the dollar bills are being handed out to the ring committee. For now is the time, the Juniors are going to send away for their rings and in order to get one, they must have a three dollar deposit on the ring.

 

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Only 19 taxpayers attended the special town meeting held at the Edmond Town Hall on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock to approve the 15-mill tax rate on the Grand List of 1937. The selectmen also were authorized and empowered to sell any and all properties deeded to the town of Newtown, in lieu of taxes due thereon. The tax rate of 15 mills is a reduction of one-half mill from the rate for the previous year.

 

March 21, 1913

For Sale: 50 acre Farm, large house and barns: $3500. 74 acre farm, house and barns, $3500. 100 acre Farm, large house and barns, $4500. 31 acre Farm, house and barn: $2200. Others from $400 and up. M.D. BEERS. Newtown, Conn.

 

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Miss H. Agnes McKelvey, who has recently purchased the old Skidmore place, was in town, Tuesday, with Ernest F. Doe, of New Haven, landscape architect, to work up a plan for remodeling the grounds. Miss McKelvey will make many changes, creating beautiful gardens and rearranging the shrubbery generally, as well as the drives, etc.

 

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A fine entertainment has been secured for the Newtown public at the Town hall, Thursday, March 27, in a concert by the Canadian Jubilee singers, eight people, who are to appear under the auspices of the Men’s Federation of the Congregational church. The artists are colored. From the company’s incipiency to the present day its personnel has consisted of the best singers of which the race could boast. It is true that the Canadian Jubilee Singers is now the one company looked upon as a pattern for all similar companies. A five years’ tour of Great Britain and 25 years in the United States and Canada we think bespeaks volumes for the company.

 

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Mrs Susan Hall’s 92nd birthday was celebrated, Wednesday, by a dinner party at her home in Sandy Hook. Mrs Hall is in fine health and assisted in preparing the dinner. On Saturday, she cleaned house, Sunday walked back and forth to church, Monday she did her week’s washing and Tuesday attended to the ironing, and on Wednesday, presided as hostess at the party.

March 18, 1988

Residents no longer have to pay a fee to enter Newtown’s three parks, but those who want to swim in the Dickinson Park pool will have to pay a user’s fee. Earlier this year, commission members did away with the $30 family park fee, because they believed the fee was unfair to residents who simply wanted to use children’s playgrounds, basketball courts or to take walks. The commission thought a user’s fee for the Dickinson pool, the most expensive facility to maintain in the park system, would be more equitable. The new pool fees are $25, family; $10, individual; $2, daily user fee; $2, guest fee.

 

***

Members of the Newtown United Methodist Church hope to add a 850-square-foot, eight-classroom addition to the east side of the church this fall, and the fundraising committee has come up with a couple of unique ideas. First, an eat-all-you-want spaghetti dinner put on by the men of the church will take place this Saturday night. Then in the fall, the church will be sponsoring a juried craft fair at the town hall. But the sale of square footage in the building at $50 per square may be the most unique idea in fundraising ever. In return for a $50 donation, members are given the opportunity to pick out any unfilled square on a giant chart hanging in the front entrance, and attach a gold colored square.

 

***

The skiing season recently came to a glittering close for Tom and Patty Griffith of Wendover Road who both captured gold medals in cross-country and were the overall champions in their age brackets in the Connecticut State Championships. The championships consist of four events — downhill, slalom, giant slalom, cross country. Tom, competing in the 50 and over division, already had a downhill gold medal when he added the cross country gold to sew up the overall title. Patty, competing in the 40 and over category, won the gold in the cross country, to give her the overall title.

 

***

Funspace Unlimited of Newtown (FUN) has been hard at work in recent weeks raising funds for and promoting its Robert Leathers playground project. FUN is trying to raise money to construct the $40,000 multi-station wooden playground at Dickinson Park next year.

 

March 22, 1963

On Monday, March 18, 31 pastors and delegates from other Baptist churches, met in Council at the Edmond Town Hall to consider the organization of the Bible Baptist church of Newtown as to its purpose and constitution. After very close examination of these instruments, the council unanimously passed a motion to recognize the Bible Baptist Church of Newtown as a properly organized an duly constituted New Testament Baptist Church.

 

***

March 21 marked the first day of spring, and local resident will have to dig to find an shoots from the first flowers. The rain that was scheduled to arrive Tuesday turned in to snow. There is one bright note. At this time of year, no matter how much it snows, it doesn’t take long to melt away.

 

***

The 1963 Gym Show of the Newtown High School Athletic Association will be staged Friday evening at 7:30 at the high school gymnasium. The annual exhibition of the gymnastic ability of the junior and senior high school students has been one of the big factors in furnishing funds for the athletic association.

 

***

Newtown’s Rotary Club was host last weekend to 15 students from other countries as part of World Understanding Week. The students spent the weekend with families in town and took part in many activities planned for them.

March 18, 1938

Next week the Newtown Orchestral Society will begin in earnest to work on the Concerto with Mr Abbenante, cellist, who will attend rehearsals from now on. Peer Gynt, by Grief (sic), was added to the program last week and is always a delight to play and hear. Those interested are more than welcome to join the evening’s music.

 

***

The Flagpole Fountain Lunch is now undergoing alterations which will enable its management to carry a more complete line of drugs and toilet articles.

 

***

Hawley School: It appears that prosperity is really here the ways the dollar bills are being handed out to the ring committee. For now is the time, the Juniors are going to send away for their rings and in order to get one, they must have a three dollar deposit on the ring.

 

***

Only 19 taxpayers attended the special town meeting held at the Edmond Town Hall on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock to approve the 15-mill tax rate on the Grand List of 1937. The selectmen also were authorized and empowered to sell any and all properties deeded to the town of Newtown, in lieu of taxes due thereon. The tax rate of 15 mills is a reduction of one-half mill from the rate for the previous year.

 

March 21, 1913

For Sale: 50 acre Farm, large house and barns: $3500. 74 acre farm, house and barns, $3500. 100 acre Farm, large house and barns, $4500. 31 acre Farm, house and barn: $2200. Others from $400 and up. M.D. BEERS. Newtown, Conn.

 

***

Miss H. Agnes McKelvey, who has recently purchased the old Skidmore place, was in town, Tuesday, with Ernest F. Doe, of New Haven, landscape architect, to work up a plan for remodeling the grounds. Miss McKelvey will make many changes, creating beautiful gardens and rearranging the shrubbery generally, as well as the drives, etc.

 

***

A fine entertainment has been secured for the Newtown public at the Town hall, Thursday, March 27, in a concert by the Canadian Jubilee singers, eight people, who are to appear under the auspices of the Men’s Federation of the Congregational church. The artists are colored. From the company’s incipiency to the present day its personnel has consisted of the best singers of which the race could boast. It is true that the Canadian Jubilee Singers is now the one company looked upon as a pattern for all similar companies. A five years’ tour of Great Britain and 25 years in the United States and Canada we think bespeaks volumes for the company.

 

***

Mrs Susan Hall’s 92nd birthday was celebrated, Wednesday, by a dinner party at her home in Sandy Hook. Mrs Hall is in fine health and assisted in preparing the dinner. On Saturday, she cleaned house, Sunday walked back and forth to church, Monday she did her week’s washing and Tuesday attended to the ironing, and on Wednesday, presided as hostess at the party.

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