September 20 marks Newtown’s 21st Annual Health and Public Safety Fair and the fair’s planners — Mae Schmidle, Della Schmid, Natalie Dos Santos, Donna Culbert and Judy Blanchard — are inviting the entire community to visit and take advantage of free health screenings, information, health enhancing advice and tons of giveaways. Residents can visit the fair, being held again this year at the Newtown Middle School on Queen Street from 9 am to 1 pm. A new contest this year will give Holly the calf a middle name. Every year, Newtown’s Paproski Family of Castle Hill Farm provide a cow or calf to the Health Fair to promote Newtown’s agricultural heritage, and as a unique special guest for children and animal lovers to visit. “Holly is a new member of the Paproski Family with a special story, Ms Culbert said.
Growing up in Minnesota in the 1960s, one of our favorite commercials shouted out, “I scream, you scream! We all scream for… ice milk!” Of course, ice milk was the only alternative to ice cream, and this commercial touted ice milk as the healthy alternative. Fast forward a number of years, and the options are mind-boggling. Not only does one select between the commercially marketed and premium brand ice creams, but every bucolic town with a cow or two has its own “homemade” ice cream for sale. Forget about ice milk and that quaint fruity sherbet of yore (although they are certainly still available.) Frozen yogurt, sorbet, and gelato have taken over the freezer section in supermarkets, and are popping up in franchise stores all across the United States, faster than prairie dogs from a hole.
The Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company is back up to a full complement of firefighting vehicles, now that the organization has put into service Engine 443, which is stationed at the company’s main station at 18-20 Riverside Road. The fire company purchased the used vehicle for $5,000 earlier this year from the Town of Southbury. The fire company spent about $28,000 to refurbish the truck and bring it up to operating standards. The refurbished Engine 443 is a 30-foot-long Class A pumper truck that carries 1,000 gallons of water onboard. The vehicle has cab space for seven people. The fire company bought the Southbury vehicle to replace the former Engine 443, which was heavily damaged when a tree fell onto it on an emergency call during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.
About 45 people attended an August 27 Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) meeting in seeking to learn more about a 23-lot cluster-style residential subdivision proposed for the Dodgingtown section. However, they learned at the IWC meeting that due to a technicality, a public hearing on the proposal, known as The Preserve at Newtown, would not be held that night, as had been initially planned. The public hearing is now slated for 7:30 pm on Wednesday, September 10, at Newtown Municipal Center.
The Old Farmer’s 2015 Almanac is on the stands. It is the quintessential advice magazine, dispensing information between its covers on subjects as diverse as animal husbandry to romance. Founded in 1792 by Robert B. Thomas, "The Old Farmer's Almanac" has been the go-to tome for these past 200-plus years, not only for farmers young and old, but for the confounded consumer, as well. Despite its advancing years, though, this magazine has kept in step with the times.
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