The town of Bethlehem re-lit its Christmas tree on Thursday evening, March 26, and for the weeks to come, in honor of essential workers who have sacrificed so much in the effort to keep us safe and healthy during this ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The Bethlehem Lions Club added to the display by hanging patriotic lights on the nearby gazebo on the green, spreading even more light to residents in this dark time. (O’Brien photo)

The Southbury Ambulance Association received a grant from the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut to purchase needed EMS equipment, including a stair chair. The chair is designed to safely move a patient in a sitting position up or down a stairway and through confined or narrow spaces with capacity for an oxygen tank. Frank Van Ormer (left), Mark Ovesny, Amanda Short and James Santiago demonstrated the chair. Chief Geralyn Hoyt described the grant as a lifeline for funding operational costs incurred by the non-profit ambulance organization.

Kate MacLaren, a Litchfield native, was recently hired as a museum assistant. Prior to starting her position at the Gunn, she completed an internship at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington and at Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire. She also worked in the university’s archives at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in museum studies. Her museum interests centers on collections, archives and cataloging, in addition to an overall passion for research and writing.

First things first: I hope you and your loved ones are well and doing okay in these trying times. I’m not sure I like staying home all day, but I know it’s the right thing to do. My wife has made sure her honey-do list keeps popping up where I can see it when I roll out of bed. My fuzzy slippers are getting holes in the bottoms.

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MYSTIC — While animal welfare and human health remain the top priorities for Mystic Aquarium, the iconic Connecticut attraction is keenly focused on developing fun, educational opportunities to engage families. A wide range of multimedia resources are currently available at, from the unique offerings of the aquarium’s national conservation-based STEM education program to downloadable coloring sheets and activities.