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Published weekly since August 2017

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Things are shutting down but neither snow nor rain nor heat nor pandemic stops us from delivering OneManchester. We this week have our usual calendar (but check before going anywhere, what with all the cancellations) as well as an underappreciated community resource: databases of the Manchester Public Library. All you need is a valid library card and access to the internet. And while on the subject of free and fascinating things, if you like our newsletter just click here to subscribe.
Stay Connected
The next days and even weeks could bring some stir-craziness, but for access to the following databases, all you need is a valid Manchester Public Library card.
  • hoopla: Download movies, music, eBooks, audiobooks, tv shows, and graphic novels. No waiting as multiple people can download the same content simultaneously.
  • Pronunciator: Courses to learn 163 languages, all at your own pace with over 10,000 instructional phrases for each language. Pronunciator also offers the opportunity to practice for your U.S. Citizenship test.
  • A to Z Maps online: From political maps, to climate maps, to historical maps, to ecology maps, and flags of the world. 
  • A constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. 
  • Driver Education Program online: Access 11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, etc., and it's CT-specific.
  • Hartford Courant Gap Years (1923-1991): And Courant archives for other years can be accessed through the State Library.
  • Manchester Newspaper Database: Searchable database of Manchester news, current and historical.
It goes without saying (but we'll say it anyway), call ahead to make sure things haven't been cancelled.
Friday, March 13
Saturday, March 14 Sunday, March 15
Monday, March 16 Tuesday, March 17 Wednesday, March 18 Thursday, March 19
Friday, March 20 Saturday, March 21
Census Stuff
  • Tuesday, March 24 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) -- Mamacitas and Abuelas at Cheney Library.
  • Wednesday, March 25 (9:30-11 a.m.) -- Munch, Crunch and Be Counted 9:30am-11pm Manchester Senior Center
  • Saturday, March 28 (noon-4 p.m.) -- Manchester Census Response kickoff at Cheney Library
  • Monday, March 30 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) -- Manchester Area Conference of Churches Census Information and Mobile Questionnaire Assistance
MORE MEETINGS: We list BoD and BoE meetings above but there are more meetings on the town events calendar and in the BoE events/meetings calendar.
IN OUR LIBRARIES: We include special programs in the listings above but there's lots more in the libraries' comprehensive event calendars.
Further Down The Road
Here are other upcoming items of note, and you'll find much more in our 'OneMan Planner'; if we are missing anything, just email
  • Sunday, April 5 (11 a.m.) -- Hockanum River Canoe & Kayak Race starting at 163 Hartford Tpke., Vernon. Registration is from 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 25 -- Rebuilding Together in Manchester
  • Thursday, June 4 (6-8:30 p.m.) -- Imagine Main Street’s Strollin’ on Main
  • Saturday, June 27 -- Dutch Fogarty Independence Day Celebration at MCC.
Town Budget: 

The Board of Directors is contemplating  a proposed 2020-21 town budget that would raise taxes 2.28 percent. Here's where things stand.

  • Another coronavirus accommodation: Residents and taxpayers are encouraged to provide their feedback on the budget by emailing the Board of Directors at 
This And That
The Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant both have regular town news coverage (but monthly free-read limits). You'll also find stories in Manchester Patch. Published recently:

There are 20 Girl Scout Troops in Manchester -- with 184 registered girls -- and they will be taking turns selling cookies at various sites around town during the next few weeks. Here’s the schedule. Incidentally, anyone interested in joining Girl Scouts can contact  Allysin Blinn ( or visit this website or FB page.
We gets lots of them and include links to recent editions:
  • Manchester Matters (from 3-11-20): SBM scholarship info, etc.
  • E-Recreation (3-11-20): Indoor pool open swim schedule and more
  • Manchester Historical Society (from 3-13-20): Annual dinner has been postponed
  • Manchester Women's Club (from 3-8-20): Where to drop off books for Little Free Libraries
Our gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram.
OneManchester Sports
Big news on the youth football front: The Sentinels are rebranding as the Manchester Pop Warner Red Hawks with a fresh new perspective, and a renewed energy. The season doesn’t start until August 1, but here are the forms for football and cheerleading.
Look Familiar?
Illing students were asked to recreate familiar scenes (that's Pam Beasley from 'The Office' and a Grease gang) by posing like the original, dressing up, adding accessories and creating a similar background in photoshop.
Published weekly since August 2017, always free, and not hacked since Sept. 12, 2019, OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell and Paul Ofria of the school district's communications office based on contributions from people and institutions throughout town. Jim, the district's communications director, can be reached at or 860-268-6377.