Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021

MAD SCIENCE. Jazz, Zumba. Super Smash Bros. Those are just some of the topics on the list of programs being offered in the new ‘Leisure Labs’ at the Mahoney Rec, and there’s an open house tonight where you can try demo lessons and sign up at reduced rates. Looking further ahead, registration begins on Wednesday for other town winter/spring rec programming including swim lessons. Manchester is a busy place with lots to do and there’s no better single source of information than this newsletter, so if you want to subscribe just click here.

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He loves kids and being outdoors so working as a crossing guard has been an excellent fit in retirement for Dennis. Read abut him and learn about an under-appreciated group of people who serve our students -- the gallery is on Facebook and Instagram (and we also have a version that's translatable here).

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Classroom Snapshots...

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At left, kindergarteners are busy in Mrs. Miner's writer's workshop at Buckley; at Highland, Mrs. Steffenson and her third graders are solving math problems.
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BOE MEETS MONDAY: The agenda includes a fall data update and you can join in at Lincoln Center or participate virtually.

LAST CALL FOR FAMILY SURVEY: We do this four times a year to inform district improvement planning. It's quick and easy and here's where you'll find it. Need help? Translate on a computer / Translate on a mobile device.


  • COVID cases are tracked on the district website, which also has the latest on what's being done to keep students and staff safe.
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Main Event

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Small Business Saturday -- and special Holiday on Main deals and attractions -- brought lots of people downtown last weekend, including that jolly man in red pictured above. Oh, and Santa Claus too. (Couldn't resist, Mr. Mayor!) We have more photos on the OneManchester FB page.
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The town's Department of Leisure, Family, and Recreation has lots of events and programs planned and registration begins next Wednesday. For more information click here.

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Write? Right!

The annual Elks essay contest deadline is Dec 15 with students in grades 5-8 invited to write on the topic, "What does it mean to love your country?" Click here for more information and here for even more information.

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History Mystery

The latest Manchester Historical Society newsletter has a mystery photo, a preview of Mary Ann Handley's Pearl Harbor talk on Sunday, and more. Click here.
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  • The parking ban started yesterday and runs through April 1. Read the details here.

  • Click here to find a map showing what's been done and everything else you need to know about the leaf collection program.

  • The Youth Services Bureau has a variety of fun (and free) Winter Break activities. Click here to find out more.

  • The Lions Club is holding a popcorn fundraiser to benefit the Manchester community through Dec. 8. Click here for more information.

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LEISURE LABS: Tonight at Mahoney Rec, the town's Department of Leisure, Family, and Recreation has a free open house to show off their recently revamped space and tout upcoming programs. Visitors can chat with instructors and demo the classes they might be interested in taking and there is a discount on class fees for anyone who registers at the open house. Click here for more.

HIP HOP FOR THE HOMELESS: By day he teaches at Manchester High but Joey Batts is also a rapper and promoter whose benefit series will be play in seven venues including the Main Pub next Wednesday.

PERSPECTIVES OF HOME: This exhibit at WORK_SPACE opens tomorrow and explores how where we live impacts who we are, our feelings of belonging and our sense of place.

The Week Ahead

Thursday, Dec. 2

Noon - 1 p.m. -- Brown Bag Business Buzz at WORK_SPACE. 903 Main St.

6- 8 p.m.-- Leisure Labs Open House & Demo Night at Mahoney Center.

Friday, Dec. 3

10 a.m. -- Perspective of Home exhibit opens at WORK_SPACE, 901 Main St. (through Feb. 22.)

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Yoga for Toys at the Community Y Rec Center.

Saturday, Dec. 4

9 a.m. - noon -- Knights of Columbus bottle and can drive at St. James Church.

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- St. Bridget School Holiday Craft Fair, 74 Main St.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Old Manchester Museum open house, 126 Cedar St.

10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- CAST Holiday Vendor Fair at the Elks

1 - 4 p.m. -- Cheney Homestead open house, 106 Hartford Rd.

2 p.m. -- Survivors Swing Band at Mary Cheney Library.

7 p.m. -- Jazz Festival at Cheney Hall.

Sunday, Dec. 5

1 p.m. -- Historical Society program at 175 Pine St.

Monday, Dec. 6

6 p.m. -- Felted Snowman Ornament craft event at Mary Cheney Library.
6 -8 p.m.-- Manchester Songwriters Group at 153 Spruce St.

7 p.m. -- BoE Meeting at Lincoln Center.
7 - 8 p.m. -- World-Wide Lighthouse Missions bottle and can drive at 723 Main St.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

3 - 4 p.m. -- Pokemon Wood Painting for teens at Mary Cheney Library

7 p.m -- BoD Meeting at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

3:30 - 5 p.m. -- Ask a Question, Save a Life at Manchester Community College, 60 Bidwell St.

6 - 8 p.m. -- Middle School Nights at Mary Cheney Library.

6:30 p.m. -- Mechanical Banks of the J. & E. Stevens Co. with historian Richard Franklin at Whiton Library.

7 p.m. -- Hip Hop for the Homeless to benefit MACC Charities at Main Pub.


  • The American Legion Auxiliary Winter tag and vendor sale is Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5 from 2 -4 p.m. on American Legion Drive.

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Also Coming Soon

  • On Friday, Dec. 10 Manchester Public Schools celebrates PJ Day for the kids to help fight cancer. (And folks who don't attend or work in district schools can join and/or donate as well.)

OneMan Planner: We use this document to keep track of things coming down the road and you can include yours by contacting Paul Ofria at
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Members of Mrs. Lambert's HOSA Club at MHS volunteered at the Ray Crothers Blood Drive last Friday where 335 pints were donated, raising its 35 year total to 7522 pints. Those are seniors Alethia (on the left) and Arethia Patterson at their station.
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THIS STORY STARTED WITH A TRAGEDY 46 YEARS AGO and it ended yesterday in a classroom at Manchester High School with students in the Jazz Ensemble scarfing quarter pounders with cheese. Oh, yeah: the story also ends with the perfect quote for the occasion and you can read it all here.

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OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office; he can be reached at or 860-268-6377. OneManchester has been published since August 2017 and features the photography of Paul Ofria. Want to subscribe? Just click here.