Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022
ALL AROUND TOWN there are names on school buildings memorializing educators and others for their contributions to our community. Arthur Illing, Fred Verplanck, George Waddell ... the list goes on and of them all the most revered may well be Elisabeth Bennet, whose birthday is Saturday (back in 1881). The school's celebration will be muted again this year, what with COVID, but on this snow day we have some background to share about her remarkable life. Btw, if you enjoy OneManchester you can subscribe by clicking here.
Changing, And Saving, Lives
Elisabeth Bennet was an educator in town for 42 years but will long be remembered for her heroism on the horrific day in 1913 when the Ninth District School building burned (it stood at the site of what is now Bennet Academy). The passage and pictures below can be found in an account on the Manchester Historical Society website. Click here for more.
Proposed School Budget Deliberations
- The Board of Education has another budget workshop tonight at 6 at Lincoln Center. Last Thursday Superintendent Matt Geary presented his recommended 2022-23 budget, which at $122.4 million represents a 3.95 percent increase over the current $117.8 million budget. The budget will be further discussed on Jan. 24 and Jan. 27 (click for the meeting schedule). To see Geary's presentation from last week click here (and here for a replay of the workshop.
Around the District
The Week Ahead, Etc.
Thursday, Jan 20
6 p.m. BOE budget workshop at Lincoln Center.
Saturday, Jan. 22
8:30 a.m. -- Daycare Provider First Aid & Heart Saver hybrid course at 75 Center St.
9 a.m. - noon -- Knights of Columbus can and bottle drive at St. James Church, 896 Main St.
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Winter Fire and Ice at Northwest Park, 448 Tolland Tpke.
2:30 p.m. -- Paint a Wooden Sled Craft at Mary Cheney Library.
Monday, Jan. 24
7 p.m. -- BOE meeting at Lincoln Center.
Wednesday, Jan 26
- The Tea Party in celebration of Elisabeth Bennet’s birthday scheduled for Saturday at 131 Hartford Rd. has been postponed until spring.
- COVID-19 vaccine boosters will be available Saturdays in January from 1-5 p.m. at Bangladesh Bhaban Community Center, 9 Delmont St.
A 3 x 3 basketball series begins on Sundays at East Catholic for 6-8 graders starting Jan. 23 and running through Feb. 13.
CREC has an ESL Medical Office Assistant training program. Click here for more info.
Reminder: The Winter Parking Ban is in effect until April 1.
Down the Road:
Feb. 21 is International Mother Language Day.
Manchester Matters: Ordering for free at-home COVID-19 tests began Jan. 19, free upcoming COVID vaccines clinics and town taxes are due by Feb. 1.
Manchester Adult and Continuing Education: Reflecting on MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speach; meet Gosha, a GED student from Poland who taught herself English by listening to her uncle’s CDs.
Better Manchester: The latest edition includes the 2022 Winter-Spring programming guide, a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Odyssey School and the application for the vacant assistant town manager position.
MHS is 6-2 after a 77-40 win over Cheney Tech last night in what was John Reiser’s 250th win as a boys coach and 501st career win as a high school basketball coach. Troy Butler (top left) and Laquonne Thames were among the Red Hawk standouts. Look for more photos soon on the OneManchester sports FB page.