Trail maintenance continues in the depths of Kettletown State Park in Southbury. There were a number of trees on the Crest Trail that were blocking the trail. One, shown here, had a diameter of more than 21 inches and required a more experienced sawyer to clear. Jeff and Louise Glans from Trumbull, members of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, undertook the task. And, yes, even in the deep woods, proper Covid-19 protocols are needed. The tree was cleared and the trail open is for hikers to enjoy. Additional information on the CFPA can be found

Charlie Euston, former longtime owner of Woodbury Blacksmith and Forge, recently donated several items representing the renowned shop’s history to the Old Woodbury Historical Society. His gift, consisting of a signed and framed print of artist Robert Templeton’s depiction of the old blacksmith shop on Main Street, a metal sign crafted by Euston himself, and a stone address marker adorned with the business logo, was presented at the Hurd House barn on November 18.

WATERTOWN — The Berkshire League cross country teams finally got a chance to finish out their season with a league championship meet at Black Rock State Park last week. The top teams were Northwestern on the boys’ side and Thomaston on the girls’. In the boys’ competition, Northwestern scored a team best 29 points to win the championship. Gilbert was second with 48 points. Thomaston was third with 48 points, but Gilbert was awarded second on a tiebreaker. Nonnewaug finished fourth with 54 points, while Shepaug was sixth with 88 points.

WOODBURY — Richard Reimold, 85, passed away Monday, November 1…

OXFORD — Elston P. Stevens, 81, of Oxford, the beloved husband…

SHERMAN — This Thanksgiving season brings new twists to old traditions, with the favorite tradition for the Sherman Chamber Ensemble and audiences as the annual Jazzing It Up concerts will be held virtually at 4 p.m. Saturday, November 28. Pianist Ted Rosenthal will join a talented group of accomplished New York musicians including Thomson Kneeland on double bass, Chris Parker on drums, Susan Rotholz on flute and Eliot Bailen on cello, in an exciting program where the classics meet jazz with a special holiday set in addition to works by Piazzolla, Rosenthal, Schuman and others.

WOODBURY — The 36th annual Woodbury Christmas Festival invites all to share in the presentation of community spirit. Since its inception in 1985, local churches, civic, youth, school and business groups have offered residents and visitors alike a wonderful variety of events and activities that capture the spirit of the season in this beautiful town. Due to Covid-19, many of the events held during the Christmas Festival are not able to go forth this year.