Thursday, January 10
Published weekly since August 2017
Washington, Then and Now
Washington Elementary School will be closing at this end of this academic year and in this issue we reminisce a bit -- and invite our readers to do the same. Incidentally, the photo at left was taken (we think) shortly after the school was built in 1915 (note that Cedar Street was not yet paved ) and the one at right was taken two days ago (we are certain about that). You can scroll down for more info and if you like this newsletter you can click here to subscribe.
The Week Ahead
Friday  -- Broadcast Bingo fundraiser at the Elks
Saturday (10 a.m.) -- Pierogi Workshop at St. John's Church
Saturday (11:30 a.m.- 2p.m.) -- KofC free throw contest, St. James School gym
Saturday (1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.) -- Silk City Chorus - two shows at Manchester High School
Saturday (5:30 p.m). -- Beef Stew Dinner at Second Congregational Church
Sunday (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) -- Cheney Homestead Open House
Tuesday (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Annual MLK ceremony at Manchester High School
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- Board of Directors meeting at the Lincoln Center
Thursday, Jan. 17 (3:45 p.m.) -- Winter Science for children 6-11 at Mary Cheney Library
Thursday, Jan. 17 (4-9:30 p.m.) -- Dine Out Night at Ben & Jerry's (Evergreen Walk location) to benefit Martin PTA 
Thursday, Jan. 17 (7 p.m.) -- Midwinter Concert at MHS Bailey Auditorium
Down The Road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed here.
Next Weekend:

Friday, Jan. 18 (1:30 p.m.) -- MCC Active Adults presents the songs of Noah Lis at SBM Auditorium on the MCC campus
Friday, Jan. 18 (6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.) -- Family Fun Nights - Stories for Shoes at East Side Resouce Center
Saturday, Jan. 19 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Pierogi Sale at St. John's Church
Sunday, Jan. 20 (8 a.m. -12 p.m.) -- Army & Navy Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, Jan. 20 (5 p.m. - 8 p.m.) -- 100 Years of Women in the Military Celebration at Gallery 153
Further down the road

Monday, Jan. 21 -- Schools, Town Offices and Libraries closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
Friday, Feb. 1-17 -- Little Theatre of Manchester presents The Game's Afoot
Tuesday, Feb. 5 (7 p.m.) -- The Funky Dawgz Brass Band at Manchester High - free concert/click link for reservations
Saturday Feb. 23 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) -- Early Childhood Fair at Manchester High School Cafeteria
Saturday, Feb. 23 (5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.) -- Stupid Cupid Steampunk Ball 4 at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road
Saturday, March 30 -- 8th Annual District Invention Convention and Science Fair at Manchester High School
Saturday, April 27, 2019 -- Rebuilding Together Manchester
Thursday, June 13, 2019 -- Last day of classes for MPS students
  • Click here to see latest blood drive information and updates.
  • Three local churches are joining forces to present a series of programs exploring systemic racism and seeking ways to dismantle it. Read more here.
  • Click here to learn about Family Fun Nite and other town rec events.
For details and more listings, click here for school calendars
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What's Going On Here?
Look closely and you might be able to figure it out. This is a cropped section of a photograph that was posted on the Grew Up in Manchester Facebook page and you can see the full photo here.
From China To Illing
Professor Lei Li, a physical education professor from Shandong Normal University in China, was at Illing last week sharing martial arts lessons with students. Read more here.
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:
Washington Memories ....
At far left is Robert Heins, principal of Washington Elementary from 1975-79, while at right then-superintendent James Kennedy chats with Marcia Kenefick, Washington principal from 1979-84.
We Need Your Help ...
During the next few months will be use this newsletter and local social media pages to seek mementos, memories and more from community members and then share them in some very public way in June, when the school closes. For starters, a question: who succeeded Marcia Kenefick as principal for the 1984-85 school year? Send answers to
Imagine Indoors: Write On!
Authors and editors helped Imagine Main kick off its 2019 season with a Books and Brew event Thursday night. There was something for everyone -- children's books, fiction, historical fiction, and non-fiction -- plus bookish items like hats and bookmarks. And Main Street restaurants jumped into the fun with drinks like the Scholarly Scotch, Dogeared Cognac and Librarians Libation.
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 and he keeps a log of mistakes he makes in district-produced newsletters that you will find here.