Dear Readers:  The coronavirus has greatly impacted every facet of our lives and every part of the communities in which we live. Churches, schools and most businesses have closed. Events are canceled or postponed. Parents are at home with their children assisting with distance learning. Some have lost their jobs while others fear losing them. Everyone has concerns and questions on what the days and weeks ahead will bring.

Homeowners on Lakewood Drive in Watertown decided to spread some smiles and cheer amidst the coronavirus pandemic, inflating a holiday figure of the popular “Peanuts” characters Snoopy and Woodstock. The sign reads “Snoopy says it will all be OK.” (Dreher photo)

MIDDLEBURY — Quassy Amusement and Water Park, 2132 Middlebury Rd., will not open Saturday, April 25, as previously announced, due the coronavirus crisis. Gov. Ned Lamont has mandated that all amusement parks and numerous other attractions in the state remain closed through April 30.

GENEVA, Ohio – The University of West Florida swimming and diving team ended their season with their highest ranking on day one of the NCAA Division II Championships since the 2015-2016 season. When the competition was ended, the team was tied for ninth place with Grand Valley at 36 total points. Freshman diver Kelsey DeJesus of Watertown helped lead the way for the Argos, earning an All-American award.

OAKVILLE — Phyllis Monterose, age 97, of Oakville, passed away…

WATERTOWN — Michael A. Posa, 76, of Watertown, passed away Sun…

SOUTHBURY — Helen Blazys of Watertown died peacefully Sunday, …

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WATERTOWN — Michael A. Posa, 76, of Watertown, passed away Sun…

OAKVILLE — Phyllis Monterose, age 97, of Oakville, passed away…

THOMASTON — All Else Has Failed, a hard rock and metal band from Thomaston, released their debut album “Pray For My Downfall” on March 6. Among the nine tracks on the album are singles “Let Me Go” and “Struck Ablaze,” which have received airplay on both internet and terrestrial radio. The album was recorded between August 2019 and January 2020.

WATERBURY — Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury’s ninth annual Out of the Shadows dinner and silent auction has been rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 at La Bella Vista at the Ponte Club, 380 Farmwood Rd. The fundraising event will honor Judy Bellemare with the Henry “Mike” and Diane Boylan Everyday Hero Award, Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury with the Making A Difference Award, and Kianna, a domestic violence survivor, with the Out of the Shadows Award.