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Books & Beyond in Front of
Litchfield American Legion Post #27
Lynda Petersen has been supporting deployed American troops in various ways for over a decade. She collects and ships small-size nonperishable snacks, toiletries, and small games as her mission to those in service. She recently “adopted” a platoon of 85 Marines currently stationed in Iraq. ~ contributed by Jo Ann Jaacks
Lynda Petersen of Morris recently picked up three boxes of donated toiletries to brighten the lives of deployed soldiers stationed in Iraq.
With that in mind, Little Free Library Stewards in the Northwest Hills Rose Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks decided it would be appropriate to create a special lending box in front of the Morgan-Weir American Legion Post 27 in Litchfield as Books & Beyond. A list of travel-sized items appreciated by deployed soldiers is inside the box, which also contains free books. Small quantities of the toiletries can be left in the box, or other arrangements can be made by contacting Steward Jo Ann Jaacks at 860.567-4456.
Snow-covered Litchfield
Winter storm Quinn/Elsa covered Litchfield with over a foot of snow last week. Another storm is on the way tomorrow. ~ drone photo courtesy of Pater Tavino.
LSC soccer fields weather storm
After rain, snow and high winds, the Litchfield Soccer Club soccer fields at the White Athleitc Fields on Rt. 63 in Litchfield are covered with debris left behind after Storm Riley. BZ photos
2018 VOSH-CT
VOSH-CT had a very successful 17th mission to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua on January 6-13, 2018. During the 4 day mission, 4,688 patients from throughout southern and central Nicaragua received eye examinations and other eye care services along with eye glasses and sunglasses and medicine for eye diseases including dry eye and glaucoma. ~ contributed

Connecticut Optometrists who joined Mission Leaders Dr. Matthew and Audrey Blondin of Litchfield included Dr. Brian Lynch, Dr. Robert Mingrone, Dr. Thomas Marguis and Dr. David Palozej. The Doctors were assisted by 40 Optometry Students from the Berkeley School of Optometry, SUNY and MCPHS.

In addition to the Doctors and Optometry Students there were an additional 25 volunteers plus 60 local Nicaragua volunteers who helped in the examination rooms, in the dispensary and with translating including Torrington residents Jennifer Liviganay and Jennifer Borja. Litchfield Attorney Kevin Creed returned once again to volunteer along with his daughter Colleen Mangum and granddaughters Kaylie and Paxton Buck.

True Value of Litchfield was once again very generous in donating nail bags which are very useful for holding and dispensing eyeglasses and sunglasses, and monetary donations were also received and very much appreciated from both the local Harwinton and Litchfield Lions' Clubs. Mission costs now exceed $15,000 and VOSH-Connecticut is funded solely through your generous donations. To help support the next upcoming mission in January 2019, a tax-deductible donation can be sent to VOSH-CT, P.O. Box 448, Torrington, CT 06790
Kind of a Drag
Former Litchfield student Ben Putnam is becoming quite famous as a result of appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race reality show and more recently on a RuPaul All Star Competition on VH-1 TV (Channel 52 on Optimum). The show airs on Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m. He first appeared on RuPaul's sixth season (four years ago) and can be seen on YouTube. He did a take-off on Maggie Smith from Downtown Abbey that is classic!
Ben now lives in Seattle, where has been a drag performer. He has played all over the United States, as well as on several cruise ships in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, through the British Isles, Venice, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. Within the rather specialized world of drag aficionados he is quite well known.