BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — Members of VFW Post 1607, representing Woodbury, Southbury and Middlebury, recently visited Nonnewaug High School to recognize 15 local winners of the VFW’s annual Voice of Democracy essay contest. Sean Coyle was awarded a $1,000 scholarship check for his outstanding efforts. This year’s subject was “What Makes America Great.” Certificates were awarded to Rachel Rushworth, Preston DeLeo, Eliza Bassett, Erin Classey, Chloe Pagnamenta, Savannah Fish, Nicole Dionne, Zoie Cole, Alex Gilbert, Jackson Porcelli, Olivia Melillo, Elyza Bruce, Anna Marie Hickey and Gabriel Brochu.
WOODBURY — The Woodbury Fire Department cooked and served a multi-course gourmet meal of prime rib or chicken for the winners of the Red Raffle Dinner recently in the Emergency Services Building, 25 Quassuk Rd. The first winner was Alysia Cayer, a corporate controller for Shaker Automotive, who brought her husband Chris, daughters Alyvia, 9, Nicole, 6 and their grandmother Dottie Foraker. The other winner was Ralph Allen, an IBM executive, and his family. Ralph represented his son, Craig Allen who could not attend.
MIDDLEBURY — Students will be able to participate in several educational programs at Quassy Amusement and Water Park, 2132 Middlebury Rd. Fun with Physics is a 38-page scholastic booklet that incorporates a variety of experiments using rides within the park. The project has been accredited by the American Association of Physics Teachers and contains roller coaster physics with the formula for determining the average speed of a coaster.
The college sports landscape changed noticeably last week as teams got into their conference schedules and some previous high-flyers were brought down to earth in upsets in several sports.
WASHINGTON — Artist Jen Abbott-Tillou’s exhibition, “Moving Parts,” will have an opening reception from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 1, at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery, 5 Wykeham Rd. Her exhibit will be on display from February 1 to March 14. The artist uses industrial material, copper, driftwood, ostrich eggs, Lucite and other various found objects to create her work.
A Victorian Valentine Workshop is planned for 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, February 6, at the Litchfield Historical Society, 7 South St., Litchfield. Drawing inspiration from the museum’s collection of Victorian and early 20th century valentines, adults and children may practice traditional paper craft techniques while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies.