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    Sandy Hook resident Diana Baxter, author of a series of romance/suspense novels (DuBois Manor, Windswept, and the soon to be released Tainted Glass) centered around a fictionalized version of an actual mansion in North Carolina, has been invited to take part in a two-day book signing in that Southern mansion. “The mansion is rented out for venues, and twice a year they hold this huge tourism event,” Diana tells me. After the event manager read copies of the book, our local author was invited to the Winter Gala.

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    Newtown Hearts of Hope has partnered with the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI), I’m told. Every ceramic Heart of Hope painted in Newtown that is going to a veteran or to active military person will now be accompanied by a very special star. Hearts of Hope are distributed as anonymous messages of comfort. MSAWI, founded by the mother and sister of its namesake, honors Major Stuart Adam Wolfer, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2008 during a tour with the Army Reserves.

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    Your Newtown legislative delegation is challenging residents to help fill the Newtown Social Services Food Pantry. State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky (106), Dan Carter (2), J.P. Sredzinski (112), and State Senator Tony Hwang (28), along with the Newtown’s Social Services Department, remind Newtown residents that they are holding a food drive until the end of February, to benefit Newtown families in need. Newtown Social Services Department has a significant need for food donations year-round, especially during the winter months.

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    State Senator Tony Hwang learned when he was visiting with St Rose of Lima School preschool students, last Friday, that the sand in the “sand box” wasn’t sand at all. St Rose’s brilliant preschool teachers discovered a recipe on Pinterest to make moldable “sand” using flour and baby oil. I looked it up myself, and found the recipe is very simple: eight cups of flour and one cup of baby oil. Not only is the end result moldable, I understand it also softens hands.

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    It seems that some childhood memories are too sweet to forget. Litta Alexander is reaching out in the hopes someone in Newtown can help her recreate a favorite dessert from her younger years. “I moved to Newtown in 1955, as a 5-year-old,” Litta writes to us. “We lived in Hawleyville, but the family shopped in Newtown. Our special treat was from Mrs Anderson’s Bakery. It was an iced loaf cake with cinnamon and cake/sweet bread-like consistency. I think they just called it coffee cake.

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    Carolyn Mandarano, a member of the Missions Committee at Christ the King Lutheran Church, volunteers as part of Dorothy Day’s “Shelter From the Cold” program in Danbury, where guests can come in from the cold to be served a hot meal. For a few weeks Carolyn has been conducting a coat drive, and anyone who has gently used coats, hats, and gloves has been asked to consider dropping them at NYA Sports & Fitness Center. The collection for the temporary shelter will conclude this weekend, and Carolyn is hoping for a strong ending.

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    Lee Paulson and volunteers at FAITH Food Pantry in Sandy Hook had a nasty surprise when they opened up on the Thursday before Christmas. The large chest freezer, containing 29 frozen turkeys and other meats, had died. But thanks to the generosity of Steve Ford at Butcher’s Best Market, says Lee, none of the items went to waste. “Steve let us put all 29 frozen turkeys into the freezer at Butcher’s Best,” she says. The rest of the meats were packed into the smaller freezer at FAITH. “But God bless Steve.

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    Maybe you were one of the lucky ones to hear these singers: A group of about 20 people, adults and children, embarked on a special night of caroling this past holiday season, inspired by Extreme Martial Arts owners Cindy and husband Russ Moore. The group met at the martial arts studio in the Plaza South, then ventured to three local homes of people who needed a bit more joy for the holidays. I understand cookies were shared with each family they visited.

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    Toni Earnshaw, co-chair of communications for Newtown Action Alliance (NAA), shared with me the Newtown experience of last month’s National Vigil for Gun Violence Victims, held December 11, at the National Cathedral in our nation’s capitol. Sixty Newtown residents took time out of a busy month to join with hundreds of others from across the country, meeting with more than 50 legislators, “to honor victims with action by calling on Congress to do a better job of keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people,” said Toni.

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    Are you looking for something fun to do during winter break? Newtown High School hockey coaches and players invite youth hockey players from town to join them for a free skate at Danbury Ice Arena, 1 Independence Way in Danbury, on Sunday, December 28, from 9 to 10 am. This is an opportunity for up-and-coming skaters to meet members of the Nighthawks, and for the high school coaches to interact with some of their future players. Register online at newtownhockey.com.