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New outdoor education coordinator announced, other Danbury area highlights



The Greenknoll branch of the Western Connecticut Regional YMCA is closing for its annual closure Monday, August 30 through Tuesday, September 7.

However, the branch outdoor pool will be open from 5 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday, August 30 to Friday, September 3, and from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday. From September 4 to Monday, September 6 for the length, free swimming and family swimming sessions. Those interested in swimming during the sessions can call the YMCA ahead of time and then use the YMCA during the specified hours. The YMCA will reopen on September 7.

Parking for the outdoor pool and YMCA camp drop-off / pick-up location has been replaced with the lower YMCA parking lot until Friday, August 27, which marks the end of the camp season. The site’s doors will only be open for emergency vehicles, disabled parking and deliveries.

Contact the Greenknoll branch at (203) 775-4444 with any questions. The YMCA is located at 2 Huckleberry Hill Road in Brookfield.


Friends of Danbury Library holds clearance sale

Members of the Friends of the Danbury Library are hosting a late summer clearance sale at Friends Little Red House at 15 Main Street in Danbury from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Used books for children and adults, CDs, DVDs, as well as participants’ choice of a $ 10 bag. A free Friends fabric bag will also be available. Masks are mandatory.


India Independence Day celebrated

Danbury residents and officials recently gathered in Heritage Town Hall Square to celebrate India’s Independence Day.

The celebration took place at noon on Sunday August 15. Almost 60 people attended. India’s Independence Day commemorates the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on August 15, 1947.


New Outdoor Education Coordinator Appointed

A new Outdoor Education Coordinator has been appointed at Marvelwood School.

Andrew Helmin, Conservation Corps team leader at the Northwoods Stewardship Center in Island Pond, Vt., Was hired into the Residential School’s Outdoor Adventures program,

He will develop and facilitate programs for various groups throughout the general school year, including the school’s student leadership team. It will also teach a series of elective courses focusing on the impact of humanity on the environment and environmental history.

Helmin previously graduated from Norwich University Military College, Vermont as a first lieutenant cadet in Northfield, Vermont, with an undergraduate degree in environmental science and a concentration in environmental policy and management. Helmin also previously founded the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary University Program and performed community service in the central Vermont region.

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Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance dancers recognized

Seven dancers representing the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance and the New England region recently won medals at the American Irish Dance Championships in Phoenix, Arizona.

The dancers won six medals, two podiums and one qualifier for the World Dance Championships in Belfast, Ireland in 2022. They competed in groups of up to 100 per age group. Various changes and protocols have been put in place to ensure a safe event amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Stray Kats Theater Company to present new comedy

The Stray Kats Theater Company presents a staged reading of a new comedy at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 18.

Kate Katcher, screenwriter, director, actress and artistic director of the professional non-profit theater company, wrote the play called “Little Sisters of Littleton.”

The reading will take place in the Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall at 45 Main Street, with the support of the Friends of the Elders of Newtown.

The play tells the story of the younger of the two sisters, the revelation of feelings between an ex-husband, and will be performed with script in hand by Katcher, Don Striano, of Newtown, and Carole Schweid, of Westport, professional actors. The performance is courtesy of the Actors Equity Association.

A discussion and free refreshments will follow the reading. Tickets for the event are $ 30.

The business will advertise a business or organization on its website, in the program and on signage at the event, if a block of 10 tickets is purchased. Tickets can be purchased at straykatsheatrecompany.org/ or by calling the company at 203-516-0606. Distant corporate headquarters will be seen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Masks are requested for unvaccinated visitors. Contact Katcher at 203-516-0606 or [email protected] for more information.

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The 45th annual Ukrainian festival will take place

The 45th annual Ukrainian Festival takes place, rain or shine, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays at Paproski’s Castle Hill Farm Pumpkin Patch at 25 Sugar Lane in Newtown.

The event is free. Parking costs $ 5. Call Gloria P. Horbaty, event publicity manager, at 203-269-5909, or Stephen Paproski, owner of Castle Hill Farm, at 203-426-5487 for more information.


The library will host a discussion on “Back to school”

Private organization Project Resilience, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Public School District and Ridgefield Youth Commission present a “When Back to School Doesn’t Mean Back to Normal” discussion at 7pm Tuesday via Zoom.

The program includes a panel of local experts. Participants will be able to ask questions about back to school and share their concerns with the experts. Participants will also learn tips and strategies to help their children manage new routines, cope with changes in their social world, cope with depression and anxiety, and start the new and next school year without. worry. There will be no formal discussion, just time for discussion and orientation. All questions and identities will be kept confidential.

Questions can be emailed prior to the event to [email protected] Also register in advance to receive the Zoom link for the event at https://ridgefieldlibrary.org/ or call the main library phone number at 203-438-2282. Information shared in the program should not be taken as a substitute for professional diagnosis and evaluation.


Roxbury Church to host beef barbecue

Roxbury Congregational Church at 24 Church Street in Roxbury has an old-fashioned beef barbecue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

The menu will include grilled roast beef, baked potatoes, locally grown corn on the cob, the church’s “secret recipe” coleslaw, bread and salad. Dessert will be homemade sundaes and cookies. All dishes will be served with a choice of drink, coffee, tea or iced tea or lemonade.

In case of bad weather, the event will be postponed to Sunday. Contact the church office at 860-55-1978, or visit the church’s website at roxburychurch.org for more information. Tickets will be $ 17 for adults, $ 15 for seniors, and $ 5 for children under 10. Tickets will be sold at the door. No reservation is required. Take-out meals will be available while supplies last.


Southbury Business Association awards scholarships

Two recent 2021 graduates of Pomperaug High School each received $ 1,000 in scholarships from the nonprofit, the Southbury Business Association.

The graduates are Harrison Dumont and Carley Markward, who are studying business at the university, which was a test requirement for the scholarship. Dumont is an incoming freshman who attends Iona College in New Rochelle, NY Markward attends the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH

The association is the voice of local Southbury businesses, providing business-to-business support and fellowship programs. Visit the association’s website at https: // southburybusiness to learn more.


The democratic municipal committee will organize a picnic

The Democratic Town of Southbury Committee is hosting a summer family picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 12.

The event will take place rain or shine at the Ballantine Park Pavilion at 611 Old Field Road in Southbury. The aim is to unite the residents of Southbury on the outdoors with food, entertainment and family entertainment, as well as meeting and mingling with Southbury’s Democratic municipal candidates. This includes the first candidate selectman John Diehl. Other Democratic candidates on the list include Board of Selectmen candidates Justin Bette, Audrie DeRouen and Kim McNeill, who will also be in attendance to speak with voters.

Participants will be able to discuss their thoughts with the candidates about life in Southbury, ask questions and share their concerns. There will also be burgers, hot dogs, chicken, corn on the cob, summer salads and sweet treats prepared by caterer Food by Frankies. All reservations must be made by visiting the committee’s website for its events at https://www.southburydemocrats.com/events-1, and filling out the reservation form on the website. Tickets cost $ 20 per adult. Children 18 and under are free. The Early Bird rate applies to all prepaid tickets online. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $ 30 per person.


A daughter, Stella Lucia Kraszewski, was born July 13 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Laura Bennett Kraszewski and Jered Paul Kraszewski of Bantam.

A daughter, Camryn Mae Smith, was born August 12 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Jennifer Smith and Daniel Smith of New Milford.