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Full Moon Drumming for Peace
Monday, September 24 ~ 6:30-7:30 pm
Goshen Church of Christ Congregational
Drumming for Peace at sunset on the evening of the full moon takes place at Church of Christ Congregational, 5 Old Middle Street, at the intersection of Routes 4 and 63 in Goshen, CT.
Come and join us as we send the energy created by our drumming out into the universe for world peace. Bring your own drum/s or use one of the drums or rhythm instruments that will be available.

Participants may bring their own drums or use the drums and rhythm instruments that will be provided. Any type of hand drum may be used. All drummers or people who would like to become drummers are welcome; no experience is necessary.

Drumming for Peace is a program begun by Drums Around the World. The concept is that drummers will drum for peace in their time zone for about an hour sending the energy that is created out into the universe for world peace and then other drummers will begin drumming in their time zone and thus pass the drumming around the globe.
Contact: Susan A. Strand

Wisdom Award Celebration
Wednesday, September 26 ~ 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
This year’s award will honor the lives and service of Colette Boyd of Litchfield, CT as a Promoter of Community Spirit and Tom Bechtle of West Cornwall, CT as a Champion of Learning.
The award is given by the Daughters of Wisdom through Wisdom House and honors those persons who have made a mark on the Northwest Connecticut community through their generous volunteer service. The areas of service include hospitality, health care and all that promotes the common good. The award recognizes that in all these activities and commitment, Divine Wisdom is present and working in our midst.
The first recipients of the Wisdom Award were the late Sonia P.Seherr-Thoss and the late Madeleine L’Engle in 1999. The most recent recipients were Marlene and Chris Smith of Washington, CT and  Mary Ann C. Buchanan. Ed.D. of Winsted, CT in 2017.

Wisdom House is an interfaith retreat and conference center presenting programs in spirituality, education and the arts, and offering hospitality for organizations whose mission is consistent with that of Wisdom House. Wisdom House's mission is rooted in the Judeo-Christian Wisdom tradition which supports the center's commitment to sustainability and concern for contemporary issues. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.

For further information call (860) 567-3163

Festival of St Michael the Dragon-Slayer
with Evensong, Puppets and Musical Guests
Saturday, September 29 ~ 5:00 pm
St. Michael’s, Litchfield
St. Michael’s Parish will present a special observance for their patron saint on Saturday, September 29 beginning at 5:00 p.m. with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. The program, which includes guest performers the Black Rock Brass Quintet (pictured below), James Allen, percussion; and the Litchfield Community Ringers, will also be the debut of a new puppetry sequence interpreting the dramatic clash between St. Michael and the Dragon. The program will be a traditional Evensong service featuring the St Michael's choir conducted by Mark Johnson, with accompaniment by organist Amy Vinisko.
St. Michael's Parish is located at 25 South Street (Route 63-S), just off the Litchfield green. There will be a freewill offering with a suggested donation of $20 and all are welcome to the program and a  reception that will immediately follow in St. Michael’s community house. ~
Veteran of the Month Ceremony
World War II Navy Senior Chief Petty
Officer Joseph M. Knox, Jr.
Saturday, October 6 ~ 10:00 am
All Wars Memorial,  Bantam
World War II Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Joseph M. Knox, Jr. will be honored as Post 44 American Legion's 361st Veteran of the Month. During World War II, Mr. Knox was assigned to the USS Bowfin. The USS Bowfin went out on nine war patrols between August 1943 and September 1945 and sank a total of 16 vessels for 67,882 tons.

The ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. at the All Wars Memorial (Bantam Road/Route 202) in Bantam with the retiring of the flag of World War II Army Signal Corpsman Sheldon E. Miller. Then Chief Petty Officer Joseph Knox's flag will be hoisted up the flag pole and remain for the month of October.

After the ceremony Post 44 invites veterans and guests to attend a reception at the Bantam Borough Hall (890 Bantam Road/Route 202) for light refreshments with members of Post 44, the honorees’ families, veterans from other organizations and the general public.

Veteran of the  Month Ceremony
Saturday, September 1, 2018
All Wars Memorial, Bantam
A deceased World War II veteran who served in the Army and lived in Torrington and Harwinton was recognized as the veteran of the month Saturday by American Legion Post 44 of Bantam.
Sheldon E. Miller was honored at the All Wars Memorial in Bantam during Post 44’s 347th consecutive veteran of the month service. A flag will fly over the memorial in tribute to Miller until Oct. 6.
~ BZ photos
Miller was drafted by the Army on March 24, 1944 and reported to Fort Devens, Mass., for basic training, after which was sent to Fort Still in Oklahama for 13 weeks of advanced training with the Army’s Signal Corps.
In March of 1945, the 978th Signal Service Company Miller was part of arrived in the Philippines for mop-up duty after the country was liberated from the Japanese. Six months later, on Aug. 15, 1945, Japan surrendered and the war was over. Miller would spend the next eight months in Tokyo, Japan, working under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
Miller, who held the rank of Tech 4, was discharged on April 16, 1946 and returned to his wife, Helen, and their young son in Torrington. The couple was married on May 23, 1941 in Torrington.
Upon discharge, Miller received the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army Occupation of Japan Medal, the Japan, Philippine Liberation Medal and the Victory Medal.
Back in Torrington, Miller worked as a farm manager and then as an installer for the Webster Fencing Co., which put up fence along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Miller and his wife bought a home in Harwinton, where he joined American Legion Post 173 and the Christian Advent Church.
In the early 1960s, Miller and his son opened S. Miller and Son, a power equipment business in Torrington. The business, later named S. Miller and Sons, lasted into the 1970s, when it closed and Miller took a job as a truck driver. He retired in 1983, died on June 28, 1997 and is buried in West Avon Cemetery in Avon.
Miller was born on Oct. 23, 1920 in Burlington, Vt., the son of Edward and Abbie Miller. The family would move to Avon, where Miller attended local schools, before graduating from Farmington High School in 1938.  
After high school, Miller drove a truck for the Sanford and Hawley Lumber Yard in Farmington before finding full-time employment at the American Brass Mill in Torrington. He also had a small band that played on Saturday nights in the Torrington area.
Miller was predeceased by his wife. He is survived by three sons, Ronald Miller and his wife, Mary, of Warren, Robert Miller and his wife, Sandy, of Torrington, and David Miller and his wife, Diana, of Torrington, a daughter, Donna Pelletier of Torrington, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
New Children’s Book Department at Church Book Store
A new room devoted to children’s books is open at the Litchfield Congregational Church book store.  Children’s books are a real bargain – 50¢ for soft cover and $1 for hardcover books. Or, for $10, shoppers can fill a box with as many books as will fit and it’s OK if they stick out the top.  A special promotion is available to area teachers to help them stock their classrooms.
The store is open on Saturdays from 10 to 3 and on Sunday afternoons.  It is located in the basement of the church, located on the Green at 21 Torrington Road.
Litchfield Community Café
Senior Lunches ~ Monday–Friday
@ Litchfield Community Center
Over the age of 60, and live in or visiting the Litchfield area? Why not stop in and have lunch at our beautiful Litchfield Community Café located in the Litchfield Community Center? The Litchfield Community Café serves congregate lunch Mondays through Fridays! (Fridays are meatless Fridays!) For a suggested donation of only $4.00, you can enjoy a hot, delicious nutritious meal including milk, coffee or tea and dessert! Reservations required by noon the day before. For the current menu, further information, or to make a reservation, please call 860-567-5746. Hope to see you there! 
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s 
needs your donations
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s is a success: since starting this spring, an increasing number of our neighbors come to the Community House the third Saturday of each month. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we distribute much-needed canned and packaged food, fresh bread, eggs and vegetables, and frozen meals. In October our neighbors took away over 1200 lbs. of food.
The good news is that the racks are empty. The bad news is that the racks are empty. People needed all the food we had. The Food Pantry is appealing to you to help fill the shelves each month.  The Pantry needs your support to supply our community’s needs.  
The pantry needs: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, oats, rice, tuna, pasta sauce, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, lentils, beans, granola bars, powered drink mix, pasta, juice, condiments, frozen vegetables, chicken, hamburger patties, coffee and tea, dish and clothes detergent, toilet paper and paper towels
We invite you to help provide our neighbors with the food they need. You can donate food, you can donate cash, and you can donate time.  You can help with purchasing, collecting and delivering food, stocking the shelves, or assisting on the third Saturday of each month.  The church is always open, and you can drop off donations any time in the north pews.
You can contact St. Michael’s at 860-567-9465,, and mail checks made out to  St. Michael’s, with “Food Pantry” on the memo line, to PO Box 248, Litchfield, CT  06759. St. Michael's - BZ page

The Veterans of Amrican Legion Post 44
are collecting information on women veterans.
The veterans of American Legion Post 44 in Bantam are collecting names stories and photographs of women who have, or are serving, in the military. This information will be added to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Women’s Memorial is dedicated to all military women — past, present and future. If you would like to add yourself or a veteran from your family (deceased or living) please see Master Sergeant Linda Searles at the Saturday, December 2nd Veteran of the Month ceremony in the Bantam Borough Hall. The ceremony to honor a veteran starts at 10 am, social and light refreshments will follow. She can also email you the form. Contact Linda at lindaarmyveteran@gmail.

Warren Food Bank
Open 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warren Community Center
Warren residents should contact Leah Pullaro
860-868-7881 ext. 114. for more information.
For more information, please contact
Warren Parks and Recreation
at 860-868-7881 ext 113