Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021

LET'S FACE IT: We were hoping the pandemic would have been tamed by now and that the past year would have seen more of a rebound with much less stress. But despite it all, there were plenty of positives locally this year including a remarkable run by our Little League All-Stars. Here's a quick look back and a wish for a terrific '22.
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The Stars Aligned

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OUR LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STARS won district and state titles, were runners-up at the New England Regionals and there was no greater single moment than when Arlen Peyman homered on the second pitch of the Little League World Series in Williamsport (and on ESPN).

Big Events Returned

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THE ROAD RACE once again made Manchester the place to be on Thanksgiving Day. Crowds also gathered for Cruisin' on Main, the Silk City Fest and concerts galore (below left is Redhead performing at Center Memorial Park).
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Juneteenth Connected

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IN 1865 (two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation) troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed ... and in 2021 Manchester gathered to celebrate.

Schools Adjusted

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THE CLASS OF '21 graduated on the football field in June and three months later schools reopened with students back in the buildings every day. (Check that: the only people inside Buckley these days are construction workers.)
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In The Spotlight

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Pamela Floyd-Cranford, Darryl Thames and Diane Clare-Kearney are among the inaugural members of the Luminaries of Change Exhibit outside the People’s Gallery at the Mahoney Leisure Labs.


  • At left above-- MHS Senior Aidan Puffer (who finished third in the CIAC Cross Country championship) and Nate Agostinelli (the day the park at the intersection of Porter and East Center streets was dedicated in his honor).
  • At right above -- Verplanck tutor Rich Calderone (who rescued a teenager who was ready to jump from a bridge into the Connecticut River) and Taylor McCoy (a 2014 MHS grad who performed in the Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz series at Bushnell Park).
  • Inset at right: Soraya Chanterelle, who became the first Black student to earn the honor of valedictorian at MHS.

Free At-Home COVID Tests

The town will be giving out approximately 5,000 COVID-19 at-home rapid test kits free of charge to Manchester residents at the former Parkade site tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon -- or until all test kits are distributed. The details are here.


COVID-19 vaccine boosters will be available Saturdays in January (starting Jan. 8) from 1-5 p.m. at Bangladesh Bhaban Community Center, 9 Delmont St.
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In The News

  • The next BoE meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 10 and will feature on update on climate and culture and also a presentation of the superintendent's proposed 2022-23 school budget.
  • The JI published a terrific story abou MHS teacher Joe Battaglia, who uses the stage name Joey Batts when he performs. His Hip Hop for the Homeless charity event on Dec. 8 at The Main Pub in Manchester raised $1,480 for MACC Charities. Here's the link.
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Thursday, Dec. 30

2 p.m. -- Winter Birds Craft with the Firestone at Mary Cheney Library.

Friday, Dec. 31

Town offices will be closed on Dec 31 in observance of New Year’s Day - no delay in curbside collection.

Saturday, Jan. 1

1 p.m. -- Walking Tour of the Great Lawn starting at 146 Hartford Rd.

Monday, Jan. 3

9 a.m. - noon -- Five Senses Friendly Mondays at the Lutz, 247 Main St.
6 -8 p.m.-- Manchester Songwriters Group at 153 Spruce St.

7 p.m. -- Can and bottle drive to benefit the World-Wide Lighthouse at 723 Main St.

Tuesday, Jan. 4

7 p.m. -- BOD meeting at Lincoln Center.


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Also of Note

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A mural of Martin Luther King Jr. was installed at the Mahoney Center in January with panels featuring Harriet Tubman, John Lewis and Diane Clare-Kearney added soon thereafter. This photo was taken as finishing touches were being applied.
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