The Shepaug Valley High School Class of 2020 celebrated their commencement in a pandemic-safe manner on Saturday, June 20. The celebration featured a car parade of graduates through the Region 12 towns of Washington, Roxbury and Bridgewater that concluded with a drive-in movie style ceremony at the Bridgewater Fairgrounds. Graduates and their families pulled up to the big screen and watched the pre-recorded ceremony from the safety of their vehicles with the sound broadcast through their cars’ stereo speakers, then were given the opportunity to walk the nearby graduation stage, one at a time, to receive their diploma covers and get pictures.

BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — Connecticut Farmland Trust has announced the preservation of Kuss Farm in Bethlehem and Woodbury. This 61-acre parcel of the 450-acre farm was protected in a joint effort in partnership by the state Department of Agriculture, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Services and CFT. Dick and Peggy Ann Kuss began purchasing farmland decades ago to fulfill Dick’s lifelong dream of becoming a farmer.

WATERBURY — Carlos Holden, M.D., FACEP, was recently appointment medical director of the Waterbury Hospital Emergency Department. Dr. Holden comes to Waterbury HEALTH from Catskill Regional Medical Center where he served as medical director of the emergency department. He has also worked in emergency departments in Brooklyn and Staten Island, N.Y.

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LITCHFIELD — The Blue Yodels will present a virtual one-hour concert, live from the Activity Shed at White Memorial Conservation Center, at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 11, via Zoom. The Blue Yodels are a little torch and a little twang, a little country and a little rock. This free virtual program will be hosted in Zoom and simulcast on the White Memorial Conservation Center’s Facebook page via Facebook Live.

WOODBURY — The Woodbury Public Library is taking its summer programming virtual this year with Tuesday Talks. The library has invited speakers to share information on a variety of topics, from music to art to nature and technology to DIY programs, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings starting July 7 and scheduled weekly through September. More information and the Zoom meeting links can be found on the Events page at www.woodburylibraryct.org.