Residents and extended family members of the Class of 2021 at Shepaug Valley High School gathered in the Region 12 towns of Washington (above), Roxbury and Bridgewater shortly after noon on June 12 to show their pride and cheer on the graduates as they made their way to the graduation ceremony by way of a car procession that traveled from the Shepaug campus in Washington and through the center of each town on its way to the ceremony site at the Bridgewater Fairgrounds. For the Class of 2021, Shepaug duplicated many of the elements of its 2020 pandemic-safe graduation ceremony, including the car parade. (O’Brien photo)

Pomperaug High School was the site of a military reunion for Pvt. Jake Hartman of the Marines, a PHS graduate and Southbury resident who returned home from boot camp and training to surprise his two siblings at PHS. Pvt. Hartman left for training in August, 2020, and will be serving the fleet in New River, N.C., with a job in aviation ordinance. The siblings are (from left) PHS graduate Mackenzie Hartman; ninth-grade student Michaela Hartman; Pvt. Hartman and 11th-grade student Zach Hartman.

The Pleasant Paws Pet Center celebrated in grand style the grand opening of its new comprehensive pet care facility at 94 South Main Street in Newtown on Sunday, June 13. The pet center is the realization of a dream by local veterinarian Dr. Rakesh Vali to offer the community a place where pet parents can cater to all of their pet’s needs under one roof in a state-of-the-art, compassionate environment.

MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — The South-West Conference recognized member school student-athletes with Scholar-Leader Awards at the SWC’s Annual Leadership Event held at Quassy Amusement and Waterpark, Middlebury. Jessica Evans and Ryan Sokol were selected from Pomperaug High School as the recipients of the 2021 SWC Scholar-Leader Awards. This award recognizes students who excel in academics and athletics and who exhibit outstanding leadership qualities in their school and in their community.

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THOMASTON — The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston will host a “Portraits and Places” gallery show at the Crescent Gallery, 158 Main St. The exhibit, featuring the paintings of the Ten-2-One Artists, begins Thursday, June 24 and runs through Wednesday, October 27. The show features the T2O Artists’ renditions from people and pets to landmarks and landscapes. The artists’ mediums include pastel, acrylic, oil, collage and photography.