Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021
They will be on TV screens across the country and world as ESPN broadcasts today's 1 p.m. game between Manchester's Little League All-stars and the Massachusetts state champs. It's heady stuff and the winner will lock up a berth in next week's Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. We have more below as well as school news and the most comprehensive town calendar you'll find anywhere. Like OneManchester? To subscribe just click here.
Masks? Yes. Remote Learning? No. (At Least For Now)
- Remote Learning: The state Department of Education had earlier given districts the option of offering remote instruction but has changed course and is now saying instruction must be in-person except in cases involving quarantine.
- Masks: A state Executive Order requires that masks be worn in schools by all students, staff and visitors through Sept. 30. Masks must also be worn on school buses but will not be required outdoors.
- Visitors will be allowed again with masks required and names, dates and locations recorded in the event contact tracing becomes necessary.
- Sports: Fall sports are back as usual except masks must be worn indoors.
- That's when grades K-5, 7 and 9 return
- Students in grades 6, 8 and 10-12 join in on Thursday, Sept. 9.
- Pre-school starts Sept. 8 and HEAD START (full day) begins Sept. 13.
Click here for the full-year calendar.
LET, in this case, stands for Latasha Easterling-Turnquest, who is the district’s Chief of Family Partnership & Student Engagement. Latasha is sharing reminders related to attendance and more and you can see the latest here.
ALSO OF NOTE
Before- and After-school Programming: It’s offered in partnership with MELC (the Manchester Early Learning Center) at Bennet / Bowers / Buckley / Highland / Keeney / Martin / Odyssey / Verplanck and Waddell and online registration for the fall starts Friday. Click here for information.
Kindergarten Screening: It’s being done at Keeney Elementary through Aug. 19 for all registered incoming kindergarten students. All registered families were sent a letter and sign up times electronically and a team of kinder teachers and Family Resource staff have been welcoming and screening students daily from 9-12. Not registered yet? Start here.
School Supplies: For info about a school supply assistance program please click here.
Manchester Vs. Peabody, Mass., 1 p.m. Today on ESPN
- If Manchester wins today, it will play in the Regional final Saturday at noon and regardless of the outcome would still advance to Williamsport.
- A loss today would mean an elimination-round game tomorrow at 1 p.m. (against New Hampshire) and another chance to advance to Saturday's final.
- The rest of the team's games will all be on ESPN, which typically attracts about 500,000 viewers per game during the Regionals.
This month's Second Saturday is celebrating inclusivity; the Northwest Park Farmer's Market debuts Wednesday night.
Today (Thursday, Aug. 12)
Friday, Aug. 13
Saturday, Aug. 14
8 a.m.-noon -- MACC Manchester Farmers Market at Forest St. parking lot.
9 a.m.-noon -- Polish Food Sale at St. John’s Polish National Church, 23 Golway St.
10 a.m. -- 2nd Saturdays Downtown, Downtown Main Street.
Monday, Aug. 16
6-8 p.m. -- Manchester Songwriters Group at 153 Spruce St
7-9 p.m. -- Manchester Bandshell Concert featuring Ken Morr
7 p.m. -- Mystery author Lucy Burdette at Cheney Hall
Tuesday, Aug 17
6:30 p.m. -- Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress at Mary Cheney Library
7 p.m. -- Charter Oak Summer Concert Series at Charter Oak Park Pavilion.
Wednesday, Aug. 18
4:30-7:30 p.m. -- Northwest Park Farmers Market
7-9 p.m. -- Manchester Bandshell Concert featuring the Elderly Brothers
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) continues at Cheney Hall with shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows through Aug 22.
Saturday, Aug. 28, 2-10 p.m. -- Silk City Fest at Purnell Place
- Manchester Pop Warner RedHawks youth football and cheer is under way. Click for more.
- Manchester Knights youth football and cheerleading has also started.
- Fall registration is open for Manchester Little League baseball and softball.
- Registration is also ongoing for Silk City Slammers youth baseball.
- Have an item to share? Email Pofria@mpspride.org
... ABOUT THAT RED SCULPTURE ATOP THE HILL AT THE MANCHESTER BAND SHELL?
We did and learned that it's called 'Cherry Float' and has been been there since 1984.
Designed and built by David Stromeyer, a Vermont-based sculptor, (who says 'I delight in the plasticity of steel'), it measures 14' by 25' by 35 feet and was first located near the entrance to the Lowe Building. We've emailed David asking what he remembers from the installation but haven't heard back (if we do we'll share his reply).