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Davenport honored for teaching service
 
 
Bill Davenport of Litchfield is shown with his wife, Jill, at the start of a gathering at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds on Saturday that honored him for 33 years as an agriculture science and technology teacher at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury. Davenport retired in June and is now the director of the Litchfield County 4-H program. Saturday's gathering was organized by a group headed by Jill Davenport and more than 300 friends, family members, former students, teaching colleagues and parents of former students. BZ photo
 
 
Banner honors town's 300th anniversary
 
 
Peter Tavino of Litchfield launched his drone to photograph the Litchfield 300th anniversary banner hanging from the front of the former Litchfield County courthouse. The banners were made and hung by the town's 300th anniversary committee. 
 
 
Thunder, lightning and two rainbows at dinner
 
 
Those attending the annual Farm to Table Dinner at Arethusa Farm in Litchfield on Aug. 3 experienced a show by Mother Nature. First, a thunderstorm with cloud to ground lightning rolled through. Then the sun came out and a double rainbow appeared to set the stage for a magnificent dinner prepared with ingredients from local farms. Arethusa's prized dairy cows made an appearance as well. Contributed photo
 
 
Benefit concert in Goshen
 
 
Singer-songwriter Ian Campbell, center, of Litchfield with Possum Queen Foundation officials Joe and Patty Dichillo at the Goshenstock fundraiser. Contributed photos
 
The sixth annual Goshenstock benefit concert in Goshen on July 21 raised more than $17,000 for the Possum Queen Foundation of Litchfield and Rally Sound, a charity that assists homeless veterans.
 
The concert featuring the Adam Ezra Group out of Boston was held at the home of Joe and Mickie Pratt. A crowd of more than 300 attended and offered donations. There was also a silent auction.
 
Renowned singer-songwriter Ian Campbell of Litchfield opened the performance.
 
Below, the Adam Ezra Group plays.
 
 
 
Little Free Library opens at The Barn
 
 
The newest little free library in Morris had its grand opening at The Barn Restaurant and Bar during Happy Hour on July 18. Rose Buckens of Little Free Library at StoneHill, an official partner with the global phenomenon littlefreelibrary.org that has registered 90,000 lending books boxes in 90 countries, presented restaurant owner Jan Sjogren with a mobile little free library box that sits on the bar counter. Pictured is Jennifer Holt of Middlebury, left, and Buckens, who filled the box with free books for children and adults.

 
Books at the beach
 
 
Oliver Wolcott Library assistant Tricia Moore, right, assists Erin McManus of Morris and her daughter, Harper, in a search of the collection of books the library is providing at Sandy Beach on Bantam Lake this summer. 
 
 
Litchfield Community Center has gone solar
 
 
The new array of solar panels on the roof of the Litchfield Community Center is seen in this drone photo taken by Peter Tavino of Litchfield. The panels installed last winter are expected to generate major energy savings for the building. 
 
 
Independence Day boat parade on Tyler Lake
 
 
Jen Hogan, who lives on Tyler Lake in Goshen, carries a flag while being towed around the lake on a board during the second annual Independence Day boat parade on the lake on Thursday. Fifteen boats participated. The parade's grand marshal was lake resident Kathe Skibisky. BZ photo
 
 
The Blondins travel to Cuba
 
 
Matt and Audrey Blondin of Litchfield visited Cuba recently and got to experience the island's culture and people. Contributed photos