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Friday, September 27, 2019

Published weekly since August 2017, always free, and not hacked since Sept. 12, 2019
Usually just a nuisance, mosquitos are much more ominous these days, but thankfully there's lots to do when the sun is out and they (hopefully) are not -- including Saturday's Hispanic Heritage Day, and the Fall Fest at CCGC -- and much more happening indoors in the evenings. We have plenty of events listed below as well as sundry news and notes, another picture puzzle, a new 'Human of Manchester' and more -- but let's start with a Manchester High grad who this week was awarded an incredibly prestigious MacArthur "Genius Grant." 
Elizabeth Anderson, MHS '77, is now a philosophy professor at the University of Michigan and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship -- and with it $625,000 with no strings attached.
Read more about this year's 26 Genius Grant winners here and watch a brief video of Anderson explaining her work by clicking here.
Here are some highlights as you plan through next weekend.
Friday, Sept. 27 Saturday, Sept. 28
Also: The Land Trust has a mega-tale sale runs through Saturday, September 28.
There's a talk on the history of tea Monday night at Mary Cheney Library, and an author speaking at Whiton on Tuesday, and a global warming seminar at Mary Cheney on Wednesday. Who schedules these eclectic programs? Jenn Bartlett does.
Jenn oversees reference and adult services for our libraries and is the newest to join the  'Human of Manchester' galley. Meet her on Facebook or Instagram.
Monday, Sept. 30 Tuesday, Oct. 1 Wednesday, Oct. 2 Thursday, Oct. 3
Next week's forum is on an epidemic that is only getting worse.
Friday, Oct. 4 Saturday, Oct. 5 Also: Friday-Sat-Sun (Oct. 4-6) - Huge tag/craft/bake sale at St. James Church
MORE MEETINGS: We list BoD and BoE meetings above but there are more meetings listed in the town events calendar and in the BoE events/meetings calendar.
IN OUR LIBRARIES: We include a few key events in listings above; there are lots more in the libraries' comprehensive event calendars.
And Further Down The Road
(A few especially noteworthy events)

ALSO: Here's everything you need to know about the annual Downtown scarecrow contest, which runs from Saturday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 27
Note: All of the calendars above are compiled based on things people submit as well as what we find on social media, in the Town Events Calendar and anywhere else. For space purposes we post some things in our 'OneMan Central' log. If we are missing anything, just email
In Our Schools
Illing friends were all smiles at Wednesday's Open House while Martin first-graders were all business during math instruction earlier in the week. Check out the latest MPS This Week newsletter for much more.
In The News
The Ambulance Service of Manchester celebrated 60 years in business Wednesday and on hand was Roger Talbot, Sr., who along with J. Stewart Johnston and Thomas Carpenter founded Manchester Ambulance, which was originally based at a local auto dealership.
The Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant both have regular town news coverage (but monthly free-read limits). You'll also find stories in Manchester Patch. Published recently:
  • Campfield Heinrich, a 19-year-old MCC student and recent Cheney Tech grad, was appointed to the Board of Education after the resignation of Tracy Maio. The JI has it covered. And Manchester Patch has this story in its archives, from when 12-year-old Campfield was honored for saving his brother from choking.
  • Courant coverage includes a story about resident (and former Bennet band director) Tony Susi, now a published composer.
(We gets lots of them and try to link to the latest of each)
 Picture Puzzle
This might be a toughie. These are cropped snippets of an image, and the first few people to figure out what it is (and where) will be lauded in next week's newsletter. What? You wanted a real prize? 
To take a guess (or, if you're too late, see the answer), click here.
That's Jada Starks of MHS and East Catholic's Ava Kriak during girls soccer action this week. Check out OneManchester Sports for more.
Show Me A Sign
You see them on the road sides and at intersections. Here are a few and our OneManchester Central answers questions they might raise.
Good Times!

Ahhh, to be young (these are kindergarteners at Highland Park), with a friend at your side and in front of you crayons, and scissors ... and your whole life.

There are many more photos from our schools on the district Facebook page.
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.