Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021

VETERANS DAY IS HERE. The Road Race banner has been raised. Leaf-sweeping trucks have started making the rounds. Daylight Savings Time is over. We are well into November and while the weather has been decent that's not going to last much longer. As you get ready to gear up for the holidays and then hunker down for the freeze that will follow, know that OneManchester always keeps you in the loop with news, notes and more from all around town. If you don't have a subscription but want one, just click here and it'll be sent to you ever Thursday morning.

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Manchester Energy Efficiency Project

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By sometime early next year, there will be 12,000 new LED lights making schools and town buildings throughout Manchester brighter than ever at a much lower cost than before. Click here to read the fourth installment in our series.

Humans Of Manchester

Michael Broome is part of a district team focused exclusively on chronic absenteeism and working with families to ensure students are in schools regularly. He's also the newest addition to our gallery, which you can find on Facebook or Instagram and also -- for those who'd like to read it in a different language -- right here.
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Classroom Snapshots...

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Students in Mrs. Pollack's second grade class at Waddell celebrated Diwali last Friday with temporary Henna tattoos and colorful drawings; Mr. LeSure's physics students at MHS are closing out a 'free fall' unit and investigating the factors that go into acceleration due to gravity.
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Board of Education

On Monday night the BoE welcomed three new members (Democrat David M. Eisenthal and Republicans Richard Kohls and Michael Orsene) and elected a new (but former) chair. Chris Pattacini (at right) is taking over for Darryl Thames, who was elected Town Clerk. To see a replay of Monday's meeting just click here.

'Screen And Stay'

Last week, Gov. Lamont announced an approach that will reduce the number of students and staff required to quarantine. Screen and stay will allow students and staff who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated to remain in school after close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. This letter from Superintendent Geary has that information and more.

  • 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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The MHS Broadcast News program is offering 31 days of prizes in December (see more here) and the Manchester Adult and Continuing Education Department is giving away 3 Thanksgiving turkeys with 3 winners and 3 ways to enter; click here for details.

Also, for the latest MACE newsletter ...

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A Welcome Sign

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  • About 6,200 runners had officially registered as of yesterday.
  • The race will be televised live on Fox-61.
  • There's an exhibit chronicling the colorful history of the race at WORK_SPACE during the month of November.
  • Road Race Saturday (Nov. 20) will be a busy one with a Sports and Fitness Expo as well as the annual Little Road Race (children 12 and under) . Those events and more will be at held Manchester High.

The MRR website has all this and much more.


Friday, Nov. 26 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. -- Ray Crothers Memorial Blood Drive at Manchester High School

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Leaf Collection

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The leaf collection program began Monday (the truck above was on Carol Drive) and you can click here to find a map showing what's been done and whether your street is in Area 1 or Area 2 (which doesn't get started until Nov. 22).
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The Week Ahead

Thursday, Nov. 11

10:45 a.m. -- Veterans Day parade starting at American Legion Drive.

Friday, Nov. 12

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Yoga for Food at the Community Y.

Saturday, Nov. 13
7:30 - 3 p.m. -- Community cleanup and shred event at the Transfer Station, 311 Olcott St. (shredding is from 9 a.m. to noon)

9 a.m -- Daycare provider First Aid and Heart Saver CPR Hybrid at 75 Center St. (also, Dec. 11.)

2 p.m. -- Cardigan Craft at Mary Cheney Library.

Sunday, Nov. 14
1 p.m. -- Cheney Homestead Open House, 106 Hartford Rd.

1 p.m. -- Timothy Cheney and the Mystery(craft) of Early Clockmaking at 106 Hartford Rd.

Monday, Nov. 15

7 p.m -- BoD Meeting (w/ swearing in of new members).

Tuesday, Nov. 16

3:30 - 5 p.m. -- Ask a Question, Save a Life at Manchester Community College, 60 Bidwell St.
3:30 p.m. -- Tween Code Club at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 p.m. -- Grief Share at Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Tpke.
7 p.m -- BoD Meeting at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 17
3:30 - 4:45 -- R.E.A.D to a Dog with Andy and Grant at Mary Cheney Library.

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

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Also of Note

The original inhabitants of what is now Manchester were the Podunk people, who had trails and encampments in town. Read more in a story published by Better Manchester about Native American Heritage Month


Red Hawks In The Spotlight

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The MHS girls soccer team's season came to end in the second round of the LL tournament with a 3-1 loss to Wilton at home Wednesday afternoon. Earlier in the day, Aidan Puffer signed a letter of intent to run at Northern Arizona University next year as dad Kyle and mom Martha watched; last Friday Aidan finished third in the CIAC Cross Country championship (the boys team finished 10th out of 20 teams in what's known as the State Open). We have more photos on the OneMan Sports FB page.
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Friends and admirers of Nate Agostinelli gathered for a ceremony yesterday dedicating the park at the intersection of Porter and East Center streets in his honor. We'll be adding Nate to our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery later today and also be posting more photos from the ceremony on the OneManchester FB Page. (Plus you can read about it in the JI.)
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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.