The Top of the Mountain

Calling all Time Travelers from 1980! Or members of all other graduating classes from Sandy Hook Elementary School… Following an inquiry from 1980 Sandy Hook grad Wendy Mitchell, the town is accepting known locations of time capsules buried at the Sandy Hook School Dickinson Drive site. If anyone can remember where the various SH classes buried any time capsules, First Selectman Pat Llodra said the town will try to retrieve them prior to construction at the site. Mrs Llodra asks that anyone with information about a buried time capsule at Sandy Hook School call 203-270-4201 or 203-270-4202.

Wear your heart on your sleeve — or on the front of your T-shirt. The bright Irish Green HealingNewtown T-shirts are once again available for purchase, at http://inktothepeople.com/marketplace/ink-detail/10619, for $25 each, plus a nominal shipping charge. The purchase price supports the local arts program dedicated to helping others heal through visual, performing, and literary art. HealingNewtown provides a means of coordinating donated art works, presenting performances to the public, and offers workshops covering a broad spectrum of arts and literature.

Cooper Schmitt, 6, and Parker Schmitt, 4, Sue Capponi’s grandsons, traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C., recently and sent back this picture. Our Antiques and The Arts Weekly grandma shared it with the rest of us in the office at The Bee. Hey, is that a Sandy Hook duck on Cooper’s shoulder? Those ducks sure get around, and I hear they’re still making people smile.

Richard McDonough of America Responds With Love, who relocated thousands of stuffed toys from the town warehouse this past spring, has sent an update on the sharing of these items. “In the past month,” Richard says, “we’ve provided some of the stuffed animals and comfort pillows to a food pantry, a local police department, and a child welfare agency that focuses on children in the court system because of domestic violence and child abuse, as well as ‘regular’ issues, like divorces.” It’s nice to know that these stuffed toys, sent to Newtown with love, are being passed on in the same spirit.

It’s time to get out of the shower, if that’s the only place your voice is heard. The Newtown Choral Society welcomes all enthusiastic singers. Rehearsals for the winter concert begin Wednesday evening, September 11, in the choral room of the Newtown Middle School, from 7 to 9 pm. This is a nonauditioned group, for ages upper grade high school and older, although director Mary Andreotta will determine placement of singers. Contact lel-choir2@se-ltd.com, for more information.

If it’s books more than arias that spin your top, a rather extraordinary author talk and book signing is coming up. Adrian Stroud has written a book called Prisoner of War Number 2378, concerning the 3½ years his father spent as a POW in Japanese prison camps during World War II. When Adrian offers a discussion about the book on Tuesday, September 3, in the Knights of Columbus Hall of St Rose, his father — St Rose Deacon Kenneth E. Stroud — will also be there, talking about his experiences. All are invited for the program, which will begin at 7 pm. Adrian and Kenneth will sign copies of the book, which can be purchased at the event for $10. The K of C Hall is in the eastern section of the St Rose parking lot, at 46 Church Hill Road. Reservations are not needed, but you can call 203-527-8212 or e-mail www.pow2378.tateauthor.com for additional information.

If your curiosity can’t wait for a Bee update (and a cat certainly understands that kind of curiosity), you can follow the progress of the new ambulance garage at www.newtown-ambulance.org/custom.html?id=17311. The corps website will show weekly progress and photos of the new garage under construction at Fairfield Hills. Of course, you can always search at www.newtownbee.com for detailed information.

While out and about on the first day of the 2013-14 school year, I noticed a likeness of me at Head O’ Meadow Elementary School. While the dapper cat stitched onto a pillow on one of the school’s visitor’s couches is not actually moi, it certainly is a handsome cat to rival my own good looks. Head O’ Meadow Principal Barbara Gasparine tells me the pillow is one in a pair that was gifted to her from her first administrative mentor, Robin Brown, in North Branford. The pillows once adorned Ms Brown’s school, and now they welcome visitors at Ms Gasparine’s school. (A framed painting in Ms Gasparine’s office was also a gift from her second mentor, former Sandy Hook School Principal Donna Pagé.)

Hip, hip, hooray! It’s time for the parade! Main Street in Newtown will be bustling with activity by 10 am on Monday, September 2, as the 52nd Annual Labor Day Parade gets under way. If you love our first responders, don’t be late. The Newtown Police Department, the Newtown Police Honor Guard, and representatives of all of Newtown’s first responders will be at the head of the parade this year — with our NHS Marching Band just a few steps behind. There’ll be plenty of bands and floats, trucks, tractors, and twirlers, so find a spot and settle in.

There are an awful lot of dogs marching in the parade this year, but that won’t stop me from lurking around the edges of the event, taking it all in. You’re going to want to make time next week to… Read me again.

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