June 16th, 2011
RIPTON — The temporary din of hammering, scraping and painting will soon give way to the once-familiar sounds of orating and hymn singing at the Ripton Community Church (RCC), which is in the final phases of a multi-year project to restore the historic building’s role in the town’s spiritual and social fabric.
BRISTOL — After 31 years of teaching kindergarten and first grade at Bristol Elementary School, Sharon Donahue, 62, will teacher her last class on Thursday.
Provided with what she considered a sub-par elementary education, Donahue knew from a young age that she wanted to inspire young children as an influential teacher.
“Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes.” I’m reminded of that 1971 David Bowie song — the title, at least; not that I ever got the lyrics at age 17 when it first came out or 39 years later. Something about “time may change me, but I can’t trace time.”
Certainly time changes people, but what is this notion about not being able to “trace time”? Is it that you can’t change what has been; you can’t relive the moment? That time’s not a do-over?
NEW HAVEN — Deb Cross will retire this week after 36 years of teaching and 26 years at Beeman Elementary School. Over her years at the New Haven school — teaching a wide variety of ages from third to sixth grade — officials say she has made a deep impact on the school.
“I’d like a cake shaped like a giant margarita.”
So declared my stepson’s girlfriend last month. For her 21st birthday, she wanted a 3-D cake shaped like a margarita glass a couple of feet tall.
Kids these days.
MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) on Monday announced the hiring of resident John Purcell to the newly created position of marketing coordinator.
BRISTOL — Bristol’s Main Street will shut down to traffic this Saturday and open up to the third annual Pocock Rocks music festival and street fair.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that Saturday downtown Bristol will transform into a haven for rocking tunes, craft brews, local wines, chocolate pairings, cheese tastings, specialty foods and crafts of all kinds.
I’m trying to break a bad gardening habit. I’m trying to resist the urge to over-plant, to stuff the vegetable beds to bursting point no matter how good it makes me feel.
You see, when visitors ask for a tour of my gardens, I do a lot of apologizing — for the small size of the zucchini plants, for the holes chewed in the tomatillo and cucumber leaves, for the broccoli beheaded by deer, sure, but really, I’m making excuses for the dark splotches of soil marring the beds.