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Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020

The weather has been unbeatable lately and the same can be said about Manchester's Little League All-Star teams, as the 10-year-olds won the District 8 championship on Tuesday night at Dettore Field and the 11-year-olds did the same last night. Scroll down for more local Little League coverage and also check out photos from the opening days of school. Subscribing to OneManchester is easy and you can do it right here.
School Start: So Far, So Good
Tuesday and Wednesday were for students in grades K, 5, 7 and 9 to get acclimated to their new buildings but today more students return and the hybrid programs are fully in place starting Monday.
Clockwise from top left: LIFT leaders with freshmen at MHS; seventh-graders arrive at Illing; and the kindergarten scene inside Highland and outside Bowers.
Registration begins Tuesday and you can check out the offerings here.

The Downtown Manchester Special Services District is sponsoring this contest, which starts a week from today and runs through Saturday, Oct. 3. Click here for details. 
  • NOTE: Our OneMan Planner (compiled by Paul Ofria) has more info including other down-the-road events as well as links to lots of relevant calendars. Contact Paul at
Of Note

An avid reader and member of two book clubs (including at the Manchester Senior Center), Carol Flynn and her friends have been undaunted by the pandemic. Among their alternative meeting places -- under a dogwood tree.
Read Carol's essay here.
Each year approximately 30-35 participants decorate Main Street with creative scarecrows and if you want to be among them (the participants, that is, not the scarecrows) just click here.
$100,000 QUESTIONS

Interested in being part of the Manchester Greater Together Community Fund 
Advisory Committee? The application deadline has been extended to Sept. 30. Read more here.
Around Town

A patch of Zinnias adds color to Cambridge Street, which is torn up and waiting for new pavement.
Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS posted a video from a recent car fire on Foster Street and you can see it here.
MEDIA MATTERS: The Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant both have regular town news coverage but monthly free-read limits -- although the Courant has removed the paywall from its main daily Coronavirus story. You'll also find stories in Manchester Patch.
HUMANS OF MANCHESTER: Nobody new to tell you about but you'll find the gallery on both Facebook and Instagram.
ELECTION UPDATE: Here's what residents need to know about voting in town.
All-Star Action
Jacob Budarz (above) crushed a first-inning homer to get the 11-year-old All-Stars rolling last night, while the night before the 10-year-olds did Manchester proud with a championship effort of their own. Follow the OneManchester Sports FB page for more coverage and photos.
Oh by the way: Manchester's 12-and-under All Stars beat Ellington Tuesday to advance to the District 8 finals on Friday night.
That Championship Feeling
Enjoy it, kids: Manchester's 10-year-old All-Stars celebrate (above) while the 11s gather after last night's victory.
OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office and he can be reached at or 860-268-6377. OneManchester has been published since August 2017, is always free, and has not been hacked since Sept. 12, 2019, Want to subscribe? Just click here