Friday, November 16
Published weekly since August 2017
The Road Race banner went up on Thursday and few hours later the snow started to come down. Yes, the first storm of the season arrived early, which is especially problematic because so many streets are still lined with leaf piles. But we do have some good news to report: You're just a click away from having a subscription to the OneManchester newsletter! 
Road Race Central
Clockwise from left: Crews install fiber optics lines for race day news media as runners pass underneath; drivers on Highland Street are reminded to share the road with runners, Dorothy Paquette finishes up a practice run; and a commemorative stone sits at the top of Highland Hill.
The Week Ahead*
*We include stuff for next weekend, too, to help you plan
Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- 'Kiss Me, Kate" continues and concludes at Little Theatre 
Saturday (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) -- Mall in the Hall at Second Congregational Church
Saturday (noon) -- Little Manchester Road Race (note new start time; originally had been set for 10 a.m.)
Monday (6:30 p.m.) -- Amby Burfoot presents "Run Forever: My Love Affair With The Manchester Road" at Whiton Branch Library
Tuesday (12:10-1 p.m.) -- Ted Talk Tuesday goes "Inside The Mind of a Master Procrastinator" at WORK_SPACE.
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- 'The World War One Memorials Of Connecticut' program at Mary Cheney Library
Wednesday -- Town libraries close early (open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.); schools have early release
Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) -- Manchester at East Hartford high school football
Thursday -- Town offices, libraries, schools closed for Thanksgiving
Thursday (10 a.m.) -- Manchester Road Race
Thursday (noon) -- Salvation Army free holiday dinner
Friday, Nov. 23-- Town offices, schools closed
Saturday, Nov. 24 (noon-4:30 p.m.) --  Silk City Board Game Group meets at Mary Cheney Library
Down The Road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed here.
Click here for info about the 'Santa Calls' program
Thursday, Nov. 29 (6:30 p.m.) -- Tree lighting at St. James
Friday, Dec. 6 (6:45 p.m.) -- Turkey Bowl girls' flag football at MHS (seniors vs. juniors)

SMARTR2 Meetings:
  • November 27 at 6 p.m. at Waddell 
  • November 28 at 8 am Greater Manchester Chamber
  • of Commerce (20 Hartford Road)
  • December 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Bowers
For details and more listings, click here for school calendars
and click here for town calendars and email to add an item.
Among those honored at Saturday's dinner were former East Catholic (and Tufts University) softball star Allyson Fournier, as well as (below) members of the 1995-96 MHS State Open champion indoor track team and current MHS baseball coach Gary Marineau, who has more than 500 career wins (many at Cheney Tech). Also inducted: NBA referee Matt Boland and the late John Winzler, a three-sport athlete at MHS in the 1930s.
In the News
The Journal Inquirer, Hartford CourantManchester Patch and newcomer The Manchester Scoop all have regular town news coverage. (FYI: The JI and Courant have monthly free-read limits.) Here are some recent highlights:
To see more fliers and announcements please click here.
Humans of Manchester
Our gallery now has 500 entries! It's is on both Facebook and Instagram.
Veterans Day Parade
Sunday's parade honored veterans and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. We've got more pictures on the district Facebook page.
ONEMANCHESTER is compiled by Jim Farrell, the school district's communications director, based on contributions from people and institutions throughout town. Jim can be reached at or 860-268-6377. To subscribe to this newsletter, just click here.