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Thursday, June 10, 2021

The local calendar has been thin for a while but things are getting busy again, with the debut this weekend of the Second Saturday program Downtown and the Manchester Garden Club's spring home tours the same day. Plus, local museums and such are free and there's lots more. Scroll down for details as well as a look back at MHS graduation activities. And if you want to subscribe to OneManchester just click here.
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For the first time in a long time MHS graduated on campus and outdoors, with about 400 students receiving diplomas on Saturday. Among them ...
Valedictorian Saraya Chanterelle and Salutatorian JJ Kropp, Aubrey Scott, and Zoey Wexler and Nathan Zilora. We have lots more photos on the district FB page as well as a ton of pics from the car parade.
As in years past, we like to feature graduates in our gallery and have added three more recently -- Brandy Mogor, Paige Gagnon and Cadian Wallen.
You'll find their stories on Facebook and Instagram.
  • The Courant has a neat story about the special bond between grad Paxton Heinrich and his older brother (and BoE member) Campfield.
The MHS Orchestra Senior Song  was Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" and performed by (in front left to right) Talitha Lewis, Karina Diaz, Joyleen Medina, Garrett Trim, Cadian Wallen and in back Gabrielle Gajewski, Tiffany Henry, Callen Wallace, Quivera Graham and Ayannia Gwynn. Not pictured - Jalicia Carillo, Emily Schwabe. Click here to listen. 
More School News 
  • The BoE is scheduled to meet on Monday at 7 p.m. with an agenda that includes a report on the Waddell School Improvement Plan. It will streamed live on the district Facebook page, and viewers can submit questions during the meeting. Here's more information.
Like so much else, the MHS and Illing Art Shows were virtual this year Click here for the high school show and here for IMS.
Twelve MHS seniors graduated with the CT Seal of Biliteracy this year for the languages of Spanish, Twi and Farsi and seven undergraduate students have already earned the Seal and will  graduate with it in 2022 or 2023. For more information please click here.
Manchester Public Library has a summer reading program that includes the chance to read then track books in a log and win prizes. The library also will be offering lots of virtual and some outdoor programs
Click here to see the June calendar
Six trailblazers with deep district ties are among the 'Luminaries of Change' who will be honored on Friday, June 18  at the Mahoney Center on Cedar Street, with Dr. Diane Clare-Kearney feted the next day when three new murals are dedicated. This flier has all the details.
Related: Manchester is holding its inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Day Commemoration in two weeks and Better Manchester has a preview.
  • The district this year is running a K-4 virtual field day/choice board. You can see what's up here and  check the district website for more.
  • Families with students who will be in grade 4 or grade 5 next year, click to read about instrumental music instruction.
  • Registration for Manchester Adult and Continuing Education's STEAM Summer Camp is underway; it's for incoming K-6 students and runs from July 26-30. Click for more.
"There once was a ship that put to sea .."
At MHS, the Guitar Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra worked together to record The Wellerman, a Sea Shanty that went viral this past spring on Tik Tok. Click to hear a collaboration from two groups that usually don't get to work together.
News And Notes


Daniel A. French, a 33-year veteran of the Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS, has been named chief, taking over from the recently retired Dave Billings. This press release breaks it down.
The new cricket field across from Whiton Library officially opened last week.
  • He's been Manchester's Town Clerk for 25 years but Joe Camposeo announced this week he will not seek re-election. Here's the JI's take.
  • Manchester resident Geno Auriemma (who also coaches basketball) is part of a group behind The Hollow, which replaced  the Waterview Cafe at the Country Club. The Courant story is here.
  • Manufacturers need qualified employees and there's a free eight-week training program starting soon that you can learn about here..
  • Click for the latest Manchester Matters newsletter.
  • We have food drive information listed here and food availability here.

Gentle Love Diaper Pantry is holding a diaper drive on Tuesday, June 15th at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. This flier has the details (and this press release has even more information).
Also: MPS families can can receive assistance with diapers through the district Welcome Center and that information is here.
Calendar, Etc.
The Charter Oak Brass Band is giving a free concert honoring teachers, first-responders and other local heroes on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Covenant Church. For more details click here.
There are free concerts at Charter Oak Pavilion next Tuesday and Wednesday nights -- the latter featuring Eclectica, a Connecticut-based band of women musicians who arrange and perform music spanning centuries. Read more here.
  • The Rec on the Run van is out and about again this summer. Click to find out more.
  • The Downtown Special Services District has a variety of activities and events planned for the second Saturday of each month through October. Click here for details.
"Moonlighters" -- a futuristic, workplace show produced at TheaterWorks and streaming on demand through June 25 -- was written by Cin Martinez,  who is the school district’s Talent Development Specialist. For more click here (or here for the Courant's story).
For more on what's coming up -- and what isn't -- check out our OneManchester planner. (And sorry to say the 'not this year' list includes the Dutch Fogarty Fourth of July Celebration.)
Congrats to the Illing baseball team and Coach Joe Rispoli for winning its conference championship, beating South Windsor on May 27 for the title.
  • Manchester PAL is running a free 3-on-3 tournament for youth 5-18 at Charter Oak starting June 25. Click for more.
  • The MHS Athletic Department's seventh annual golf tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, June 23 and all the info is here.
Saturday Special
It happens just once a year with more than 140 attractions across the state -- six in Manchester alone -- offering free or reduced-price admission Saturday as part of  the 17th annual Connecticut Open House Day. 
Clockwise from top are Woodridge Farmstead Museum, the Old Manchester Museum and Pitkin Glass Works, which have special access along with Cheney Homestead, the state Fire Museum and more.
For more info about what's happening where and when this weekend in Manchester, check out the Historical Society's latest newsletter
OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office and he can be reached at or 860-268-6377. OneManchester has been published since August 2017, is always free, and has not been hacked since Sept. 12, 2019, Want to subscribe? Just click here