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    I do have to disagree with my friends of the Old Farmers’ Almanac, who seem to be having an off year predicting this summer’s weather. “Hotter and drier than normal” does not seem to fit the bill here in New England, where temperatures were downright cool prior to this week. And I don’t know about you, but I have hustled more than once to find a sheltered spot from the rain. Admittedly, though, the forecast for a hot spell in early June was on target, as does the mid-to late-July prediction for hot weather seem to be accurate, so far.

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    The advantage to being a cat is that I have no pockets or backpack from which things can fall out. Not everyone is so lucky. I understand Newtown Parks & Recreation has some items waiting to be claimed. A pair of children’s baseball gloves, some glasses, and bracelets have been found at Newtown fields and parks in recent months. Call the department at 203-270-4340 for more information, if you think any of these items could be yours.

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    Performed poetry is even older than theater, and Robert González imagines and recreates what poetry was like delivered from a stage to an audience — just the pure language and people to listen to it. Town Players will welcome Robert González in a solo stage performance of great and beloved poems on Sunday, July 12, at 7:30 pm, at The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road in Newtown.

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    Congratulations to rising NHS senior Mackenzie Page, who, in recognition of her fundraising efforts for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp through The Great Pumpkin Challenge, was honored as an honorary co-chair at the Travelers Championship golf tournament, in Cromwell, this past weekend. She was selected as one of just four people who support charity in remarkable ways. Mackenzie has raised nearly $10,000 throughout the years. Think of all the catnip I could get with that. Oh, how I love catnip ...

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    Situated between New York and Boston as we are, Newtown has long had some hotly contested Yankees vs Red Sox rivalries. Mets fans have been happy to let those MLB fans argue over whose team is better (Boston, of course), but now it looks like this town may have a new team to cheer for. Congratulations to 2012 NHS grad and Bryant University junior Kyle Wilcox, who was drafted on June 9 by the Seattle Mariners.

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    Ben’s Bells Newtown studio is seeking a new home. “We are so thankful for the generosity of our current landlord, Peter Stockwell. We just need a location that can house our kiln,” says Tricia Guiry, studio manager. The 17 Church Hill studio cannot accommodate the busy kiln for firing the handcrafted ceramic pieces that make up the bells. Ideally, Ben’s Bells studio wants to stay in Newtown. “The Newtown community has supported us in so many ways over the last two years.

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    I understand Newtown Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander, Vice Chair Laura Roche, member John Vouros, Sandy Hook School Principal Kathy Gombos, and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, ventured across the town border Monday, May 18, to share their gratitude with the Monroe Board of Education during its meeting. As he said at the Newtown board meeting the following night, Mr Alexander said the group thanked the Monroe Board of Education for “lending us a school [and] for the town’s support.” If I had opposable thumbs, they would be up.

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    Congratulations to the “Sandy Hook Fredericks Clan.” Sawyer Fredericks, nephew of Bonnie Fredericks, owner of Sandy Hook Hair Co, was named the new champion on NBC’s The Voice Tuesday night. Bonnie hosted a number of The Voice viewing parties this past season, in support of him, at the VFW. Sawyer spent his early years here in Newtown, in case you want to puff up with a little pride. I’m sure all of his local relatives and friends are already doing so!

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    It looks like the Newtown Reads selection at C.H. Booth Library is a popular pick. Residents had snatched up all of the free copies of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by late last week. Not to worry. Our librarians were on top of it, and additional copies were ordered and ready for readers by midweek. Newtown Reads is a program encouraging all residents to read the same book, at the same time, by July 1.

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    I read at www.screenfree.org that May 4-10 was (is still) “Screen Free Week,” and the fur on my back stood up. And that led me to realize how connected we are to screens of all kinds. Turning off the computer screen at work turned out not to be an option, for this all paws journalist. Then I started thinking about other links: Kindle, iPhone, iPads, television… what’s a newscat to do?