As a severe thunderstorm raced through Watertown on the afternoon of June 29, the United States flag, one of several along Main Street, waved proudly in front of the former Town Annex Building. No serious damage was reported in the aftermath of the second straight day of intense late-day weather. (Dreher photo) 

BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — Connecticut Farmland Trust has announced the preservation of Kuss Farm in Bethlehem and Woodbury. This 61-acre parcel of the 450-acre farm was protected in a joint effort in partnership by the state Department of Agriculture, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Services and CFT. Dick and Peggy Ann Kuss began purchasing farmland decades ago to fulfill Dick’s lifelong dream of becoming a farmer.

WATERTOWN - No Cape Cod, New England Collegiate or American Legion baseball, you say? Due to COVID-19 there isn’t, but that doesn’t mean that for the time being there isn’t a place for the Boys of Summer to ply their trade. It’s called the Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League, and under the guidance of general manager and former Oakville American Legion coach Scott Ouellette, the Brass City Bombers are now the home team for several local players who found themselves without a diamond to roam amidst the pandemic.

LITCHFIELD — The Blue Yodels will present a virtual one-hour concert, live from the Activity Shed at White Memorial Conservation Center, at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 11, via Zoom. The Blue Yodels are a little torch and a little twang, a little country and a little rock. This free virtual program will be hosted in Zoom and simulcast on the White Memorial Conservation Center’s Facebook page via Facebook Live.

LITCHFIELD — White Memorial Conservation Center will present Radical Raptors, a virtual program at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 9, via Zoom. WMCC Education Director Carrie Szwed will discuss the big, beautiful birds of prey seen perched atop fenceposts by day or heard calling outside a window by night. This interactive presentation will cover the hawks, owls, eagles and falcons that call Northwest Connecticut home.