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Friday, May 22, 2020
(Day 49 of the Coronavirus school shutdown)

Memorial Day is for honoring military personnel who died while serving and is usually marked in Manchester by a parade, but not this year, so it might be nice to visit on your own one of the many monuments in town dedicated to those who made what has been called 'the ultimate sacrifice.' Here are a few and we have more on the OneManchester FB page:
Clockwise from left: Buckland Cemetery (next to Manchester Honda), Vietnam Memorial (across from Cheney Library), the first World War (outside Manchester Memorial Hospital) and the Spanish American War (in the Bailey Auditorium lobby at MHS so this is off limits for now).
Essayist/mom Michele Gara knows that this weekend, like the Fourth of July and Labor Day, will be very different. Here's her column.
OneManchester will not be published Monday but will be back on Tuesday;
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School Stuff

Today is a 'review day' for students so no new assignments will be given and Monday is a holiday and thus a chance to rest and recharge. To see the calendar for the rest of the academic year please click here.
  • All of Superintendent Matt Geary's emails to the MPS community are archived in both English and Spanish.
  • To support families with technology needs including the use of Google Classroom click here; families who need further assistance can use this IT Helpdesk link or call 860-682-0607.
  • The state has a new program to provide students with access to proper nutrition during COVID-19 school closures. Click for details.
  • Click here for Substance Use and Mental Health  Resources for Adolescents.
  • Click for recovery resources including supports for friends and families
Manchester HEAD START is enrolling children born in 2016 and January-August of 2017; students born Sept. 1, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018 may apply & will be placed on waiting list. Click here for their flier.
Food Distribution
Free meals are available for children under 18.
Also: We have more info about community food availability and food drives. 
Cafe Aura donated dinner to MARC's homes yesterday and there are lots of photographs on the MARC FB page.
Around And About
  • Here's the link to check on the status of your economic impact payment.
  • The town website has a Coronavirus page that includes info in Spanish.
  • The town also tracks various COVID-19 stats and you'll find the latest report here. (It was updated again just yesterday.)
The Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant have regular town news coverage but monthly free-read limits -- although the Courant's main daily Coronavirus story is a free read. You'll also find stories in Manchester Patch
  • The latest MACC newsletter has a recipe for Easy Summer Berry Pudding with no baking required. Check it out.
Also also:
  • The OneManchester archives can be found here
  • Our OneMan Planner has more info including down-the-road calendar items.
Your Turn


John, a fourth-grader at Bowers, is today's artist. Want to submit a drawing? We could use more student art and it's pretty easy to get your work published in our newsletter.

Keith Berry is today's Haikuist (not a real word but it works here)
To submit a Coronavirus-themed Haiku, click here.

These are Chiweenies -- a cross between the Chihuahua and Dachshund dog breeds. Guess their names:
 Leia and Luke / Allie and Augie/ Jewel and Jake / Pepi and Pancho
(Click here to find out)
One-Stop Shopping
The annual Senior Center plant sale is a drive-thru affair this year. Business was brisk yesterday and the forecast looks great for today as well. They will be open from 2-6 p.m.
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