“Spring is a dangerous time for brush fires,” said Woodbury Fire Chief Janet B. Morgan. “Leaf litter and broken branches from winter dry out quickly and can burn a wide area.” With that in mind, 15 Woodbury volunteer firefighters ran through a practice drill on Saturday March 27. Deputy Chief Dave Lampart reviewed the pump operation on the department’s brush-truck fire-fighting vehicle. Former Chief Bud Neal, in charge of the exercise, lit a controlled grass fire on the meadow in front of department headquarters and set firefighters to extinguish the blaze. Above, Firefighter Mitch Chester raked out burning leaves during the drill.

MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — Students at Middlebury Elementary School participated in Genius Hour, sharing their unique passion projects virtually with classmates and families. At MES, Genius Hour is an eight week passion project for fourth graders beginning in January. It is a student-led research project that begins with a question, and embeds the application of critical thinking skills, how to read complex informational text and judge the validity of information sources. 

The Tribury Rotary of Woodbury, Southbury and Middlebury collected personal toiletry items for Safe Haven in Waterbury during March. Safe Haven provides crisis intervention to any victim of domestic violence. Those attending the donation of 12 bags of items included (front, from left) Charlotte Clerkin, Elizabeth Clerkin, Michaela Clerkin; (back) Michelle Forbotnick, secretary-elect Tribury Rotary; Melissa Malagutti, director, Safe Haven; Irene Hanley, president Tribury Rotary; Suzanne Clerkin, treasury administrator.

OXFORD — Fine pitching by Justin Black and Colin Czuchra, along with a potent offense, led the Oxford baseball team to a 14-0 victory over WCA in an NVL game on Saturday, April 17. Black, the starting pitcher for the 2-1 Wolverines, together with Czuchra, who relieved in the fourth inning, pitched a one-hit shutout. The Oxford defense was spotless, with no errors. The Wolverines took control in the first inning with five runs and went on to score at least two runs in each of the next three innings. The game was stopped in the fifth frame.

SOUTHBURY — It is with great sadness that the family announces…

OXFORD — Paul Drake, 87, of North Carolina, formerly of Oxford…

WASHINGTON — The Washington Arts Association and Gallery, 4 Bryan Memorial Plaza, will present the exhibit, Bye, Bye, Birdie, from Saturday, April 24, through Sunday, June 6, at the gallery. The exhibit, curated by Karen Simmons and Hugh O’Donnell, will illuminate the vulnerable beauty of America’s birds and is timed to coincide with the annual return of these beloved migratory creatures. Bird populations have shrunk by more than three billion since 1970, a decrease of over 30% in 50 years. This decline affects all birds, not just those that are considered endangered. 

The Mattatuck Drum Band from Waterbury will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Quassy Amusement Park, 2132 Middlebury Rd., Middlebury. Admission to the park is free, there is a parking fee. The Mattatuck Drum Band is the oldest fife and drum band in the U.S. with continuous membership since it was organized in 1767. It is a senior ancient band whose members seek to perpetuate the music, traditions and heritage of the founders of the state and country.