It may have taken longer than usual, but winter officially announced its arrival when the first significant snowfall of the season fell on January 7. As much as eight inches of light, fluffy snow brightened the areas in and around the Gazebo on the Green on Main Street, creating a charming scene. (Dreher photo)

WATERTOWN — Watertown High School has announced that senior Emalyn Osborne is this year’s Connecticut state winner in the Voice of Democracy speech contest for high school students, which is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. This year’s speech topic was “America: Where Do We Go from Here?” Ms. Osborne represented Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7330 and Auxiliary from Oakville, and her speech now enters the national competition against students from the rest of the United States.

MIDDLEBURY — Robin Manna, owner and stylist at Precision Cuts of Middlebury, 530 Middlebury Rd., Unit 102 B, describes her business as a family-oriented, unisex barber shop. “I opened this shop in late 2019, offering services to men but, since then, I’ve been adding services and employees. Now we welcome women and children.” Those services include cuts, styling, coloring and other processes.

NEW HAVEN -  The Watertown High School boys and girls indoor track and field teams traveled to Southern Connecticut State University to compete in the Wilton Wright Invitational and came away with some great performances to start off the new year. “Helping to lead the way for the girls was Autumn Bacik as she continued her strong sophomore campaign by winning the pole vault by clearing nine feet,” said coach Brian LaFontaine.

BETHLEHEM — David Owen Davison, 81, of Bethlehem departed this…

To the Editor:Tuesday night, yet again, town residents were exposed to a horrific act of violence. Shootings have become a regular occurrence …

WATERTOWN – The Town of Watertown has received a limited number of at-home rapid Covid-19 testing kits and N95 masks from the State of Connecticut. The testing kits are intended to be used by those that have symptoms or have had an exposure that is 3 – 5 days old. A drive-through distribution event will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, January 16 at John Trumbull Primary School at 779 Buckingham St.

WATERBURY — Quilts That Care will host a fundraiser from Tuesday, January 25, to Saturday, January 29, at Fascia’s Chocolates, 44 Chase River Rd. Fascia’s Chocolates will donate a portion of all sales for purchases made in store or online with the the code “Fun$hopQuilts.” In-store shoppers can tell the cashier the code and online shoppers can put the code into the order notes for QTC to receive credit.