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The ABCs of the 06040*
A -- Auriemma, Geno: Bonus points for staying in town even after he became famous (and wealthy) for his success at UConn. B -- Buckland Hills Mall: The day after Christmas notwithstanding, the ‘shoppes’ are a great draw (and grand list boost). C -- Case Mountain: There’s no prettier sight in all of Connecticut than water cascading through the five barrel dam. D -- DeValve, Seth: He’s Cleveland’s now, but football stud Seth will always belong to Manchester.
E -- East Coast Greenway: The country’s longest biking and walking route covers 3,000 miles, connecting 450 cities and towns -- including ours. F -- Farr's Sporting Goods -- Camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, skating ... you need it, they've got it. G -- Garden Club: More than 160 green thumbs (that’s 80 people) design, plant and maintain five town gardens, and do so much more.
I -- Imagine Main Street: Downtown is hopping during IM events, as our historic heritage intersects with a new and creative arts culture. Btw, there’s a special Imagine Inside Market on Feb. 2 at WORK_SPACE. J -- Journal Inquirer: “The JI tells it like it is,” boasts this regional newspaper that calls Manchester home. “Somebody has to.” K -- Kechejian, Judy: Judy, who presumably grew up in Manchester, last week became the 10,000th member of the extremely popular GUIM Facebook group. L -- Little Theater of Manchester: From Cheney Hall, itself a National Historic Landmark building, LTM presents high-quality productions with ‘The Game’s Afoot’ next up, in just four weeks.
N -- Nike Site: Now used by the Rec Department and Connecticut Concert Ballet et al, the Nike Site was once among about 260 bases nationwide prepped for Cold War anti-aircraft action. O -- Oak Grove Nature Center: This 52-acre preserve is operated by the town and the Lutz Children’s Museum, which uses the on-site building for educational programs.
Q -- Queen, as in Dairy: Yeah, it’s known as DQ but we needed a Q and so chose this Hartford Road mainstay where blizzards are welcome (in the summer anyway). R -- Round Table Singers: What, you expected the Road Race? This MHS-based group has been around a long time, too, having performed (since 1938) throughout North America, winning countless awards. S -- Squire Village: Built in 1972 and one of the state’s biggest rent-subsidized apartment complexes, it had a $24 million face lift recently that included construction of a top-notch community center. T -- Time Machine Hobby: Taking up two floors of a historic Hilliard Street factory building, it’s where “hobbies and imagination meet” -- and where trains run from 1-4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month. U -- Union Pond: Ringed by, among other things Northwest Park (with its ball fields and butterfly garden) and the new Jay Howroyd Fitness Trail, the pond is popular with anglers, kayakers and more.
V -- Vietnam Memorial Monument: Opposite Mary Cheney Library, it lists the names of 14 Manchester men and adds those poignant words from the poet Archibald MacLeish: “We were young. We have died. Remember us.” W -- WORK_SPACE: Town-owned and billed as “a launching pad and home base for a variety of start-ups, consultants, artists, non-profits, and entrepreneurs,” it's a premier collaborative co-working community.
Y - Youth Service Bureau: The YSB provides a variety of no-cost programs and services that provide opportunities for personal growth, family bonding and more. Z - Zipser Club: Like the BA Club and Washington Social Club and other sanctuaries of that ilk, Zipser is a community within our community.
*Fun facts: According to zipcodes.com, Manchester has four zip codes, with 06040 serving 35,000 people and 06042 serving 23,000. The others are 06041 ('unique' for JC Penney Co.) and 06043 (a PO box zip code).
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Where Have You Seen That Sign?
In case you were wondering, the Zipser Club is at 35 Brainard Place -- just a block behind the Salvation Army on Main Street.
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 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-268-6377. To subscribe to this newsletter, just click here.