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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Civil War monuments are under scrutiny these days and many that honor Confederate soldiers have come down but in Manchester, a bronze figure on a granite pedestal stood proudly over last Friday's Juneteenth celebration in Center Memorial Park. The statue represents the 48 community members who died fighting for the Union Army and the abolition of slavery. We have much more below as well as our regular reminder that you can subscribe to OneManchester by clicking here.
History Lessons
Today's editions includes two essays -- each written by a graduate of Manchester High -- that look back at our town in ways that still resonate:
DAVID WARE (MHS '69) examined Manchester land records from 1910-50 that revealed racist 'restrictive covenants' in three subdivisions; KATHY LEPAK (MHS '66) writes about how the disruption of this school year reminds her of her senior year, when classmates went off the fight in Vietnam.
  • Ware reported and wrote his piece as part of his course work for a Master of Laws in Human Rights and Social Justice. It was shared this week by the Manchester Historical Society and you can read it here.
  • Lepak is a graphic designer, illustrator and calligrapher who wrote her essay as part of our series being produced in conjunction with the Historical Society capturing life during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Click here to read
The memorial across from Cheney Library lists the 14 servicemen from Manchester who died in Vietnam. Also, here's more info about the Soldiers Monument in Center Memorial Park.
In Our Schools
Adult Ed held commencement at MHS on Tuesday night and we have more photos on the district Facebook page. 
  • Senior class president Majesty Moore led a demo showing how to flip the tassel, signifying the end of the educational journey.
  • Every year, seniors in the MHS orchestra perform a 'senior song' and although that couldn't happen live this year Vanessa and Vivian Hudson came to the rescue with 'In Our Hearts.'
  • Round Table singers past and present performed "It's You I Like."
  • ... and finally, here are selections from the 2020 MHS Jazz Fest
In case you missed it:
  • Grahame Slogesky, the mother of MHS graduate John, wrote a poignant essay looking back at how quickly 13 years passed. Read it here.
Finally: Summer's just starting but the weeks will pass quickly and there are lots of academic resources on the district website so students can stay sharp.
Food Department
  • Free meals that include breakfast, lunch, supper and snack are available through June 30. These are for children 18 and under and can be picked up weekdays from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. at Bennet, MMA, Verplanck and Waddell.
  • Beginning July 1 we will offer breakfast and lunch during the same time frame. (The waiver for supper and snack ends on June 30.) 
Around And About
For three months the rims were removed from the backboards at Manchester parks but they been returned and the courts are getting busy again.
The Cruisin’ on Main Street Committee held a Parade of Vintage Vehicles last week honor Manchester’s medical community. There are more photos on the OneManchester Facebook page.
 The Journal InquirerHartford Courant and Manchester Patch all provide town news coverage.


The annual meeting moved online and you can see it here.
  • Water pump issues at the Globe Hollow Water Treatment Plant prompted the town to ask customers to help conserve water and there's more in the latest Manchester Matters.
For the town's events calendar, please click here.
Players and spectators had their temperatures taken before entering the park, lineup cards were exchanged from a distance and balls and strikes were called from behind the pitcher's mound, but baseball was played in Manchester for the first time in 2020 Monday night when the Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League opened its season at East Catholic.
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(Doesn't ring a bell? Well, then, you can read up on Juneteenth here.)

A big crowd turned out for last Friday's Juneteenth celebration, recognizing the ending of slavery in the United States
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