Thursday, June 13
Published weekly since August 2017
We created these logos to show what things might look like if Manchester High drops its 'Indians' nickname -- something a group of student activists (pictured below) are advocating. A survey at school revealed 'Red Hawks' to be the preferred alternative but no decisions have been made as of yet. The Board of Education is scheduled to address the issue -- and potentially vote on the matter -- at its June 24 meeting. Incidentally, if you like this newsletter (and why wouldn't you?) just click here to subscribe.
These MHS juniors are urging that MHS choose a 'new and less divisive' mascot. These slides summarize their work.
The Week Ahead
The MHS graduation is Tuesday night but seniors warmed up with 'grad walks' at elementary schools (plus Bennet) this week. See more pics on the district Facebook page.
Friday (4:30-6:30 p.m.) -- 4th Annual Community Block Party & Cultural Festival at the School Street Courtyard, 1151 Main St. (makeup date from Thursday's postponement)
Friday (6 p.m.) -- Flag Day Ceremony at Center Memorial Park sponsored by the Elks Club
Friday through Sunday (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) --- Manchester Land Conservation Trust Tag Sale at 330 Bush Hill Road
Friday,  (5-7 p.m.) -- Opening Reception: Artfully Yours at WORK_SPACE
Friday -- The Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall presents The Normal Heart (through June 23) 
Saturday, (8- 11 a.m.) -- Boy Scout Troop 27 Bottle and Can Drive at St. Mary's Church
Saturday, (11 a.m.) -- History Walk on Great Lawn
Saturday, (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) -- Pickleball Tournament at the Nike Site, 225 Garden Grove Rd.
Monday  -- Last day of school. (This was pushed back after snow days on Feb. 12 and March 5).
Monday  (6:30 p.m.) -- Cheney Tech graduation at Cheney Tech
Monday -- Manchester Regional Academy graduation at MRA
Tuesday (10:30 a.m- 1:30 p.m.) -- First Day of Summer at Charter Oak Park
Tuesday, (12:10-1:15 p.m.) -- Ted Talk Tuesday - Taking Advantage of Stress at WORK_SPACE
Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) -- Manchester High School graduation at the Connecticut Convention Center
Wednesday (8:15 a.m.- 3 p.m.) -- Summer Has Begun Celebration at Riverside Park sponsored by YSB
Wednesday (10:30 a.m.) -- Golf Tournament to Benefit PAL Youth at Manchester Country Club
Wednesday (4:30-7:30 p.m.) -- Spruce Street Farmers Market 
Thursday (6:30 p.m.) - Manchester Adult Education graduation at MHS' Bailey Auditorium
Thursday (4-9 p.m.) -- Interval House Benefit at Labyrinth Brewery 
The Spruce Street Market is back and will be open every Wednesday night until through Aug. 21 (except for Fourth of July Eve). These pics are from yesterday.
Library Listings
The adult summer reading kickoff party is Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Cheney, with prizes, bingo, music by Horizon Blue Band, pizza and ice cream, crafts and more.
(Note -- the pre-school reading kickoff next Friday, June 21 and the children/teen program on June 22.) 
Meetings This Week
Next Weekend:
The Music Garden is one of Manchester's many treasures.
Saturday, June 22 (9 a.m.- 12 p.m.) -- Rotary Music Garden Party & Festival of Art at Charter Oak Park
Saturday, June 22 (9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) -- Garden Tour
Saturday, June 22 (8 a.m.- 6 p.m.) -- Bronx Zoo Bus Trip sponsored by the Lutz Children's Museum.
Saturday, June 22 (9 am.- 12 p.m.) -- Pierogi and Golabki Sale at St. John's Polish National Church
Further down the road

Saturday, July 6 (4- 10 p.m.) -- 36th Annual Dutch Fogarty 4th of July Celebration at the MCC Bandshell featuring The North Cove Rogues and MASS-CONN FUSION
Saturday, July 13 (8 a.m-12 p.m.) -- Manchester Farmer's Market at the Forest Street parking lot - through October 26.
Thursday, July 18 -- 22nd Annual Earl Yost Tennis Classic at East Center Street Tennis Courts
Sunday, August 4 (10 a.m.- 3 p.m.) -- 19th Annual Cruisin' on Main Street
Saturday, August 24 (3- 10 p.m.) -- Silk City Music and Arts Festival 2019 at Purnell Place
Tuesday, September 3 -- First day of school for grades K-5, Grades 7 and 9
Wednesday, September 4 --  First day of school for grades 6, 8, 10-12

Also: We've got more town events listed in our 'OneMan Central' log (and the town events calendar is another trove of information).  As for the schools, you can also check out MPS Central, which lists future district happenings, half-days and more. And if we are missing anything, anywhere, just email to add an item.
In The News
The Journal InquirerHartford Courant and Manchester Patch all have regular town news coverage (note, though, that the JI and Courant have monthly free-read limits). Some recent highlights:
  • Manchester Patch has a breakdown of how much local schools earned through the annual Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program and you'll find it here.
Humans of Manchester
She spoke only a few words of English when at age 8 she moved from Bangladesh to Manchester. He has won state titles in the discus and shot put. Mayesha Choudhury and Nate Quaye, who graduate from MHS next week, are the latest additions to our gallery, which you'll find on both Facebook and Instagram.
More School Stuff:

Economy Goes First Class

Economy Oil won Manchester Little League's major division championship (that's the 12-year-olds), beating Ansaldi's 7-6 Sunday at Dettore Field. 
Click on OneManchester Sports Central to see who's who on the Economy team and more local sports news. And check out MLL's facebook page for more pics from the championship game.
Just Ducky
The Lions Club annual Duck Race was Saturday at Charter Oak. The winner was a woman from Long Island who was not present (bummer) but the beautiful weather had everyone smiling.
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.