The Shepaug boys’ basketball team tempered a strong start to the season with two wins and two losses in a busy schedule last week. Above, Cole Davenport drives the ball past Terryville’s Dylan Matulis during their game in Washington on Friday night, February 26. Shepaug came close, but dropped the contest, 55-58. More information is in Sports. (O’Brien photo)

OXFORD — While many people only think about health insurance during enrollment periods, Mickey Weinstein spends his entire year researching and discussing these plans, with a specific focus on Medicare plans. He told Voices that his experience and commitment to this information benefits his clients, “Medicare can be very confusing. You can really mess up your life and health if you are on the wrong plan because of a bad decision.”

SOUTHBURY — Philip Toye Gay, 89, formerly of Greenwich, N.Y., …

Woodbury artist Peter Seltzer has received two awards for his pastel works. His pastel painting, “My Other World 2,” was selected to receive the Bronze Award in this year’s Pastel 100 competition. This annual international competition is sponsored by Pastel Journal. Nearly 2,000 entries were received internationally. Only 100 were chosen for publication in the spring issue of Pastel Journal. Following the narrowing of entries, a panel of judges selected the paintings that would receive the top awards.

ROXBURY — The Minor Memorial Library will host Dr. Colleen Peters, director of education of Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 on Zoom. Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy is a non-profit organization, based in Litchfield, dedicated to the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands. Ripley houses 400 rare and endangered birds from around the world, of which 75% are listed by the UCHN as threatened or endangered in the wild.