Thursday, March 16, 2023

IT’S WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH in Manchester’s Bicentennial year so we share the story today of a little known woman from the town's most famous family. You’ve heard of Mary Cheney, after whom our library is named. She had cousin Margaret who was born the same year (1855) and also has quite a legacy. Scroll down for that and lots more, including MHS students making an impact in sports and throughout our community.

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Spring Musical Just A Week Away

Manchester High's Sock 'n Buskin Drama Club's production of Footloose will hit the Bailey Auditorium stage March 23, 24 and 25. Tickets are $12 and available at the door or by contacting: Kelly.Munro@mpspride. And you can click this link to purchase an advertisement in the program.
  • 'Footloose' cast members performed at the start of Monday's Board of education meeting. You can see a replay here. The meeting also featured a winter data update.
  • Tuesday's scheduled public hearing on the town budget was postponed until March 28 in Lincoln Center. The BoD is expected to adopt a final budget on April 11 and for more on the budget development process and timelines click here.
  • The next BoE meeting is scheduled for March 27 at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Center and the agenda will include a technology update.
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In Our Classrooms

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Above left, students in Mrs. Assie's biology class at Bentley Academy observed first hand last week that DNA is in the food they eat after a simple extraction from strawberries. And at right, Miss Smith's kindergarteners at Highland Park School are quietly reading and working independently Wednesday morning.
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School Notes

Illing Middle School Chorus teacher Karla McClain has been selected to conduct the upcoming Rhode Island Junior High (grades 7-9) All-State Choir. All-State conductors are often chosen for their ongoing contribution to their musical discipline and having a proven track record of achieving high level music results with large ensembles. Karla has no connection to Rhode Island but was selected because of her outstanding reputation regionally.

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  • The MHS Class of '23 is selling fun novelty socks to help keep the costs down for students to attend the prom and Senior Class picnic; the details are here.
  • Project Graduation has a Munson's Chocolates fundraiser. Here's the link to order and to see the flier with more information click here.
  • Purchase your lawn sign to honor an MHS senior by April 30 by clicking here.
  • Pink Flamingos in the yard are a fun, positive way to celebrate high school accomplishments. Click here to "flock"a friend from the Class of ‘23.
  • You can help the MHS Class of '23 by purchasing Red Hawk merch by March 17. Here's how.

The Week Ahead

Thursday, March 16
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. --
Shake, Rattle & Roll for ages 2-5 at Mary Cheney Library.
2:30 - 6 p.m. -- Manchester Teen Center is open, 63 Linden St.
6 -9 p.m. -- St. Patrick’s Day Party at Army & Navy Club.
6:30 p.m. -- Living with Wildlife with Ginny Apple at Mary Cheney Library.

Friday, March 17
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. --
The 60th annual Manchester Antique and Collectible show at Second Congregational Church, 385 North Main St.
7 p.m. -- Evenings@7 presents the Art of Dining at Cheney Hall.

Saturday, March 18
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. --
Household Hazardous Waste collection at 321 Olcott St.
9 a.m. - noon -- Knights of Columbus food drive at St. James Church, 896 Main St.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- The 60th annual Manchester Antique and Collectible show at Second Congregational Church, 385 North Main St.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Different Approach to Landscaping workshop at Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Tpke.

1 p.m. -- History Walk through Hollywood Plaza starting at the Lenox Plaza.
2 p.m. -- Spring Celebration craft event for adults at Mary Cheney Library.

7 p.m. -- Chamber Music Series at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church St.
7 p.m. -- Ticket to Ride, Beatles tribute band at Cheney Hall.

Sunday, March 19
1 -3 p.m. --
Historic lecture: “The Cheney Story: From Farmers to World Renowned Textile Manufacturers” at The History Center, 175 Pine St.

Monday March 20

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.-- Boys II Men enrichment program at YSB, 63 Linden St.
6 p.m. -- Yarn Wrapped Cardboard Letter Craft for adults at Whiton Library.

Tuesday, March 21

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. -- FY24 Budget Workshop #4, at Lincoln Center.
6 p.m. -- Manchester Youth Commision meeting at Lincoln Center.
6 p.m. -- Sleep Apnea and Your Physical Health at Manchester Memorial Hospital, 71 Haynes St.

Wednesday, March 22
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. --
Intro to Abstract Art workshop at Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Tpk.
12:30 - 6 p.m. -- Manchester Teen Center is open, 63 Linden St.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. -- FY24 Budget Workshop #5, at Lincoln Center.

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  • ‘Read to the Dogs’ opened a nine-week, Wednesday afternoon run at Mary Cheney Library yesterday. Click here for details.

  • The 60th annual Manchester Antique and Collectible show will be held at Second Congregational Church on March 17 and 18.

  • The Youth Services Bureau has a bunch of programs for kids of all ages. Click here to find out what, where and when.

  • The first Household Hazardous Waste collection of the year is Saturday at 321 Olcott St. Click here to see the full 2023 schedule that includes a special Wednesday afternoon session this year.

  • It’s time to wake up your lawn and pick up twigs, etc because yard waste collection resumes on Monday.

  • Reminder: The parking ban is in effect from 2 a.m. - 6 a.m. until April 1.

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  • Boy Scout Troop 25 will hold meetings for new scouts on March 29 and April 5, 26 at Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St. Click here to learn more.

  • Let Boy Scout Troop 27 egg your house -- it's not what you the link for details.

  • MARC Inc’s Rockin’ Bowl-A-Thon is around the corner (March 26) and you can get ahead by donating early. Here’s how.

  • Community Education and Awareness Forum: Fighting Homelessness Together at Manchester High on March 30.

  • ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ opens at Cheney Hall on March 31 and runs on the weekends through April 16.

  • Wickham Park’s 2023 season opens on April 1. Click here to see the full schedule.

  • Silk City Coffee is sponsoring a Give Back Day for Project Graduation on April 21, 1-6 p.m. 20% of all sales will support this year's Project Graduation party- that includes merch, beans and gift cards.

  • Save the Date: April 29 for Rebuilding Together in Manchester.

Further Down the Road:

Manchester's Bicentennial

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She was born the same year (1855) as her cousin, Mary Cheney (of library fame), and we have Margaret Swan Cheney's poignant story in our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery. We've occasionally been writing about historical figures as part of the town's multidimensional bicentennial celebration, which was the subject of this story on the Better Manchester website.

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News and Newsletters

Better Manchester Magazine: Getting into the Bicentennial Spirit with James Costa; summer reading program for teens and events for families and children at Manchester Public Library; connect with BMM authors, contributors, collaborators and community members.

Manchester Adult & Continuing Ed: Dr. CK celebrates the often-overlooked contributions of women in society and culture along with some Women's History Month background; there’s still time to enroll in classes that start March 20; St. Patrick’s Day fun facts and a call for artists to help celebrate Manchester’s Bicentennial, plus a lot more.

Manchester Historical Society: A walk through Hollywood on Saturday, and on Sunday, “The Cheney Story: From Farmers to World Renowned Textile Manufacturers" at the History Center; read some fun Manchester news from 50 years ago and the society has a great Historic district map showing Cheney Brothers National Historic Landmark District and other districts in south Manchester.

Manchester Matters: FY24 budget workshops and public hearing schedule; apply for a job with the Town of Manchester; safely dispose of hazardous household waste on Saturday at 321 Olcott St (online registration required) and curbside yard collection resumes on Monday...Click here for a free subscription.


  • Get the FACTS: The Change Collaborative of Manchester shares monthly updates on substance use prevention efforts happening in the community and our schools – including events, youth peer-to-peer supports, and resources for families. Click here to get updates.

  • The Manchester Brotherhood in Action (BIA) is fundraising to help two local families with medical bills for children who have serious health issues. Click here to learn more.
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  • MHS senior goalkeeper Jeremy Wagner and his Newington co-op hockey teammates will defend their Division III title Monday (March 20/7 p.m.) against #1 Masuk (20-1-2) at the M & T Bank Arena at Quinnipiac University. Wagner led the # 3 Nor’Easters (21-2) with a 1.7 GAA and five shutouts and has a 43-6 record over the last two seasons, including a win over Conard in the DIII championship game a year ago. Here's the link to purchase tickets.

  • MHS freshman Samiya Eady (inset right) won the freshman 60m event at the Nike Nationals last Saturday in NYC with a personal-best 7.80. Click the link for complete results.


  • The Hartford Shockers (4-0) won two games on the road last weekend in the Washington DC area and will host Western Mass Zombies (2-0) at East Catholic Satuday starting at 5 p.m.
  • Spring sports at Manchester High are scheduled to begin on April 1 when the softball team hosts Rocky Hill at 11 a.m. The complete MHS spring sports schedule is here.
MHS students (from left) Jayden Cersosimo, Vinny Cavallo and Sam Arruda are working with Pam Phillips, the district’s substance abuse specialist, on a campaign to raise awareness of an opioid overdose epidemic that has killed more than 100,000 people nationally in the past year.
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The boys are members of the high school FACTS Club, which was awarded a $1,000 grant through Cruisin’ On Main to fund the project.

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