It’s been a while, almost two years to be exact, since high school athletes have competed in a spring sport, what with the entire 2020 season having been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. So local baseball, softball and tennis players, track and field athletes and golfers have surely been glad to dust off their gear and their skills in the past couple of weeks. First games of the season were on Saturday, April 10, and teams were preparing last week. Above, the Nonnewaug baseball team hosted Bristol Eastern for a scrimmage in Woodbury on Tuesday, April 6. The practice helped make perfect, as the Chiefs went on to defeat Terryville, 17-0, in their season opener. (O’Brien photo)
MIDDLEBURY — Gabriella Brozak of Middlebury Girl Scout Troop 64504 donated and gave Middlebury Fire Chief Brett Kales and Middlebury Police Offc. Giovanni Guerrera 96 boxes of Girl Scout cookies on March 21 for the fire and police departments. Each department received 48 boxes of cookies. Gabriella started the cookie drive at the suggestion of her grandparents, Middlebury residents Warren and Linda Richardson. They offered to donate 20 boxes of cookies to heroes of Gabriella’s choice, and for her to get others to contribute.
MIDDLEBURY — Quassy Cares Neighbors in Need Weekends will usher in the 113th season at Quassy Amusement Park, 2132 Middlebury Rd. The lakeside property will support a number of community service initiatives while offering guests discounted all-day ride passes when they donate items for charitable organizations. The Quassy Cares weekends are April 24 and 25, and May 1 and 2.
MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — The Pomperaug boys’ lacrosse team took the field at New Milford for its first game last Saturday with heavy hearts. Teammate, Ryan Rutledge lost his life six days before in a tragic accident. Both teams choose to honor him by displaying his jersey. The teams lined up for the opening faceoff, then went to a knee. Pomperaug player Owen Henry stood up and took the ball over to where the Rutledge family was standing. The teams then lined up and began the game again.
WOODBURY — The Woodbury Public Library will host a virtual event called Artists’ Gardens in New England at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, presented by Jana Milbocker of Enchanted Gardens. Some of the most beloved painters, sculptors and authors were inspired by the gardens they created and participants will have the opportunity to visit the private havens of Edith Wharton, Julian Alden Weir, Childe Hassam, Daniel Chester French, Emily Dickinson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Celia Thaxter and others.
MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY-WOODBURY — The Tribury Rotary Club has planned a socially distanced chili cook off. The Tribury Rotary Club has partnered with Leo’s, Mercato and Nardelli’s, all in Southbury, along with the 1754 House and New Morning Market in Woodbury to offer each venue’s signature chili. Each venue’s chili will be given a “chili name.” Patrons can taste test Loving Spoonful, Fiery Passion, Chili Chili Bang Bang, Back Draft and Musical Fruit.