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  • VFW Memorial Day Ceremony Honored Veterans

    A sampling of Newtown’s population gathered on the grounds of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308, Freedom Defenders Way, Monday morning, May 25, to honor the memories of service men and women who have died, as well as to recognize the service of current troops.

    In the crowd were a number of veterans from earlier wars: Vietnam, Korea, and World War II, as well as from Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Volunteers Place Flags To Honor Veterans

    13-year-old Ethan Hanna carries a box of American flags, ready to visit Zoar Cemetery and decorate the graves of veterans there. Ethan was one of many volunteers placing flags on veterans’ gravesites, Thursday afternoon, May 14.

  • VFW Scholarship Award Winner Talks About A Veteran She Admired

    Standing before the veterans’ mural at the Newtown Municipal Center on August 19 was Alison Forger, who told a brief story about veteran Eugene Struzik, “rhymes with music,” she said. A Monroe resident and daughter of Newtown VFW Post 308 men’s auxiliary member Walter Forger, Alison entered the VFW’s annual essay scholarship program and won this year’s scholarship award. Her essay was about Mr Struzik, “the 95-year-old man” who shook her hand in church after mass, she wrote.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Has Newtown got enough fresh air, cool lake water, and sunshine to share? Add to that the generosity of welcoming a child from New York City to visit town and pet a horse for the first time, or stand at the top of a hiking trail and listen to the waterfall at Orchard Hill Nature Center. Maybe an inner-city child would love to feel sand underfoot, then the splash of fresh water while taking a swim at Eichler’s Cove.

  • VFW Ceremony Honors Fallen Service Men And Women

    “It’s an important tradition for us to come here,” said Richard Gottmeier, prior to the start of the Monday, May 26 ceremony at the VFW Post 308 honoring veterans who have died in service to the country. Mr Gottmeier served 28 years in the Army and Army Reserves, he said, is a member of the VFW, and comes from a family tradition of serving the country since the Revolutionary War. “We pay our respects today to those who didn’t get to come home. They are the true heroes,” he said.

  • VFW Replaces Flags At Graves Of Veterans

    Members of VFW Post 308, Ladies Auxiliary, and volunteers gathered at the Village Cemetery on Elm Street early Wednesday morning, May 21, before fanning out across 11 local cemeteries to replace flags marking the graves of Newtown veterans. Prior to setting out, they were joined by State Representative Mitch Bolinsky for a brief ceremony honoring Vietnam Army veteran Eric George Blantin.

  • Top of the Mountain

    In fictional animal news... Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg, author and illustrator, respectively, of the recently published Snowflakes Fall, both visited Sandy Hook School last week. I understand that while speaking to one group of students Mr Kellogg, a former Sandy Hook resident, shared a fun fact. Did you know his former canine Pinkerton, who inspired his Pinkerton books (like A Rose for Pinkerton), is hidden in some of the illustrations for some of his other books?

  • Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition Open To Local Students

    Commander James Rebman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #308 recently announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary “Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition.”

    Local middle school students in sixth through eighth grade can compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition for the potential to win thousands of dollars.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review by Dawn Drazl this past weekend calls Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking “one of the finest food memoirs of recent years.” If that’s not enough to send you scurrying to get a copy of the book, maybe knowing that it is penned by Newtown author and award-winning blogger Elissa Altman will do the trick. Elissa’s been crisscrossing the country promoting her new book this spring.

  • Veterans Commemorated At VFW Service

    While others in town fired up their grills, or packed up for a day at the beach or on the water, a number of Newtown residents gathered at the property of the VFW Post 308 on Tinkerfield Road, just off of Wasserman Way, to observe the reason most Americans had the day off, Monday, May 27, Memorial Day.

    Kevin Booker and his son, Hunter, staked out a shady spot at the edge of the lawn, in anticipation of the VFW Post 308 annual Memorial Day ceremony.