And you think you spend too much time in backed-up traffic on roads as diverse as I-84 and Main Street in Watertown? Try being this fellow and his little dog, who apparently got stuck in time. Actually, it’s all part of a creative Halloween front lawn display on Deerfield Lane in Watertown. (Dreher photos)

While the dust has just settled on the 2020 season at Quassy Amusement and Waterpark, 2132 Middlebury Rd., Middlebury, the maintenance staff has already started prepping for next year. Sections of the Saturation Station interactive modular water play area have been repainted and are ready to be reinstalled in Quassy’s Splash Away Bay Waterpark. Saturation Station made its debut in 2003 as the first WaterColors installment worldwide by industry supplier SCS Interactive.

OXFORD - There’s nothing like the first one. For the first time since 1985, the Watertown High School girls’ swimming and diving team won a dual meet for a coach not named Garry Smith when the Indians defeated Oxford High School, 93-92 for their first victory under first-year head coach Holly Hanecak, who, needless to say, could barely control her happiness afterwards. “I am so proud to be a part of this with these girls,” said Hanecak. “They all swam great and everyone swam where they were needed and came through.” 

WATERTOWN — Rose (Traub) Perry, 95, of Watertown, passed peace…

WATERTOWN — Joan Ann Steele, age 81, died Monday, October 12, …

Friends of the Watertown Library volunteers recently met in preparation for the opening of the Book Nook at the library’s Oakville branch, slated for Wednesday, November 4. The temporary hours to open in a Covid-safe environment are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Book Nook patrons may enter through the downstairs patio entrance to find great books. Members planning the opening include (from left) Heather Chace, Barbara Hummel, Dona Gabor, Cis Davidson and Barbara Hymel.

WOODBURY — Paintings by artist Carol Thoma Moore will be on display in the Woodbury Library’s Gallery Space during November. An in-person, socially distanced, meet-and-greet for the artist is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 7, at the library, 269 Main St. South. Carol Thoma Moore, a lifelong resident of Litchfield, currently teaches in her home studios in Bantam. She is well known for colorful, energy-charged paintings and one-of-a-kind pottery.