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Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

In these challenging times when people are divided by political party and opinions about the pandemic and so much more, it nice when something arrives that brings us all together and such is the case with .... leaves. They turn (foliage yea) and fall (raking boo) and starting today Manchester residents will converge daily at 263 Olcott St., collectively amassing the town's biggest leaf pile. We have more about leaf collection below as well as lots of other seasonal news and notes and if you want to subscribe to this newsletter we also have this link to share.
MPS News
HEY ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, GUESS WHAT?
Superintendent Matt Geary last night outlined a plan to have K-4 hybrid students change to a five-day in-building schedule starting Nov. 2
Last night's BoE meeting also had a new dimension as we invited community members to submit questions during the broadcast. Click here for a replay and here to see how this new engagement initiative works.
SCHOOL SNAPSHOTS


Our district Facebook page has dozens of photos including these (clockwise from top left) which wre taken at Bennet, Keeney and Highland Park.
COSTS OF THE CORONAVIRUS
Karen Clancy, the district's director of Finance and Management, was part of NBC-TV's look at the financial impact of the pandemic. Click here to see the segment.
NOTEBOOK:
  • There is lots of information on the district website including a new COVID dashboard.
  • For all technology assistance (including Chromebooks, laptops and iPads), go to the IT Helpdesk or call / text 860-682-0607 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS

Here's the district's remote meal pickup schedule:
  • Bennet -- 11:00 a.m.-noon
  • Buckley, Waddell & MHS -- noon-1 p.m.
  • Bennet -- 3-4 p.m. (includes frozen items for next-day lunch)
Note: Bennet distribution is on Vine Street (behind the Barnard building) in the late morning and in front of the building (Main Street side) in the afternoon; MHS uses the student parking lot off Brookfield Street.
Around Town

REMEMBERING DOTTI

St. Mary's Episcopal Church had a tribute recently for the late Dotti Cannon, who was a longtime member of the church. Click here for a tribute from The Rev. Ann Lovejoy Johnson and here for photos by John Garaventa.
DOWNTOWN ATTRACTION
The annual scarecrow contest is under way and you can vote through Oct. 24 -- and do so by 'liking' photos on this official contest Facebook page. If you plan to go Downtown to see them for yourself you can consult this program and map.
THIS AND THAT
  • The town is holding a meeting (virtual) related to the planned installation and replacement of landfill gas wells. Learn more here.
Calendar
THE WEEK AHEAD
DOWN THE ROAD
Woodbridge Farm at 495 East Middle Turnpike has its next (and last-of-the-season) open house on Oct. 25. These photos were taken last weekend.
Also coming up:
THE COUNTDOWN CONTINUES

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3 and you can click here for the town's official election information.
  • 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 pofria@mpspride.org
Noteworthy

LEAF COLLECTION


Starting today, during hours when the Transfer Station is closed, residents may drop off loose or paper bagged leaves at the parking lot at 263 Olcott Street. For all the leaf collection news, please click here.
IN THE NEWS

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.
A MODEST THANK YOU
WORK_SPACE (and friends) have collaborated to create Art Tote Bags filled with art supplies for veterans to experience their own creativity from the comfort of their home. Learn more here.
Sports

Class of '21

Here are the seniors on the football, cross-country and girls soccer teams at MHS. (We posted pics of other fall sport seniors last week.)
We have lots more Red Hawks coverage on our sports Facebook page.
On The Fence
Pride is just spilling out of these styrofoam cups at MHS.
OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office and he can be reached at b11jfarr@mpspride.org 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