Donald M. Casey, Jr. of Monroe was recently selected as Educator of the Game by the Hartford Yard Goats minor league professional baseball team. Mr. Casey was profiled on the large outfield screen at Dunkin’ Donuts Stadium in front of a sellout crowd. He also threw out the first pitch and had his photo taken with Chompers, the mascot of the Yard Goats. Mr. Casey is entering his 34th year at Stepney Elementary School.

This week we have more in-depth news about the seasons our local athletes had in the 2018-19 college sports year and the latest about our professional athletes from the area. In two weeks we’ll begin to make the transition to covering the new college sports year; in three weeks, we’ll be in deep.

WOODBURY — Eric. H. Ericson, 67, of Woodbury, entered into the…

SOUTHBURY — Janet L. Lawlor, 59, passed away Thursday, August …

The Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps will present Thunder in the Valley at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, August 24, at Seymour High School, 2 Botsford Rd. The competition features the Hawthorne Caballeros, Long Island Sunrisers and exhibitions by the Caballeros Alumni, Magnificent Brass, Connecticut Alumni, Skyliners and Bridgemen Brass. General admission seats are $12 or $10 in advance. Reserved seats are $20 or $18 in advance.  Online tickets can be purchased at www.cthurricanes.org/fanfare/ through Saturday, August 17.

WASHINGTON — The Steep Rock Association will host an open garden from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 24, at Judea Garden in Macricostas Preserve, 124 Christian St. Those attending will learn about seed saving and ways to enjoy produce from the garden’s summer interns, Willow Galusha and Elizabeth Grimaldi. The open garden will include refreshments and activities, a chance to visit with friends and volunteers and explore the beautiful space of growth, giving and greens.