- Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:39 am
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?
- Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:30 am
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor those who died in service to this our country.
In 1915, during World War I, Dr John McCrae visited a cemetery in Flanders, France. While there he noticed how the poppy flowers grew “between the crosses, row on row,” and was inspired to write the now famous poem “In Flanders Fields.”
- Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 9:08 am
The VFW handicap ramp at the VFW Post 308 canteen, Freedom Defenders Way (formerly 18 Tinkerfield Road), is being overhauled. Donations are sought to offset the cost of the new planks. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant rails will be installed as well.
Each $25 donation will earn a “dog tag” to commemorate someone/something the donor wishes to honor, and the tags will be mounted on the walkway.
- Friday, May 1, 2015
Newtown High School senior Maggie Wruck and her date Kollin McDonald of Stony Brook, N.Y., decided on a Batman theme for the NHS Senior Prom, held this past Friday, April 25, at the Matrix Conference & Banquet Center in Danbury. Maggie donned these shoes, and I hear she customized them herself, hand gluing roughly 10,000 rhinestones all over them, including the Batman insignia. Kollin followed the theme, wearing a Batman bowtie and cufflinks.
- Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 8:49 am
Each year, just prior to Memorial Day, members of Newtown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 place new flags on the graves of all veterans buried in Newtown, a way of honoring departed service members each May.
- Saturday, February 21, 2015
Sandy Hook Elementary School’s PTA Valentines For Troops committee had already made efforts to pack letters, toiletries, chocolate, and Girl Scout cookies provided by Newtown VFW Post 308 together in packages by the time students entered the school’s lecture hall on Tuesday, February 10.
- Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Newtown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 Ladies Auxiliary members are celebrating.
Several members received their 20-year pins Saturday, January 10, “a little something to make the day a little more special and let them know they are appreciated,” said Auxiliary member Susan Dlouhy. “If not for them we would not be as far along as we are.”
- Saturday, December 13, 2014
During a December 5 ceremony recognizing local and district Patriot’s Pen & Voice of Democracy student essay contest winners, area officials, politicians, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 members, educators, and parents gathered at the Newtown Municipal Center. The group assembled before a mural recently displayed honoring Newtown’s veterans. Local attorney and selectman James Gaston, also a judge this year, addressed the crowd. Also sharing time at the podium or lending their support were, from far right, 112th District State Representative-elect J.P.
- Wednesday, November 19, 2014
To the Editor:
Former Marine Dave Silber and his family want to thank VFW Post 308 in Newtown for sponsoring his retirement party and the kickoff of the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots toy drive.
A big thank you to all that attended and an additional thank you for all those who donated to the toy drive during his retirement party. A special thanks to VFW Post 308’s Commander James Rebman for his integral part in organizing the event.
- Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Resident and Ladies Auxiliary member Jennifer Clark sings the national anthem during the Veterans Day Service of Remembrance at VFW Post 308. Behind her, from left, are Post Chaplain Donna Monteleone, First Selectman Pat Llodra, and Post Commander James Rebman.