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Houle McPhee graduates from Air Force program
 
  
Air Force Capt. Brianna Houle McPhee of Morris graduated from her critical care fellowship in Scottsdale, Ariz. recently. A nurse, she will be stationed in the intensive care unit at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Houle is a graduate of Wamogo Regional High School. Contributed photos
 
 
 
Bantam Cinema hosts preview of 'Downton Abbey'
 
 
Jean Grela of Morris, right, and her friend, Pat Collier of Glastonbury, were in period costume for a sneak preview of 'Downton Abbey' the movie at the Bantam Cinema Sept. 12. The movie opens nationally Sept. 19. The sneak preview drew a sellout crowd that filled the cinema's two theaters. BZ photo
 
 
Morris firefighters solicit donations
 
 
Morris First Selectman Thomas Weik, a volunteer firefighter with the Morris Fire Company, was one of the fire company volunteers seeking donations from motorists in front of the firehouse on the first weekend of September. Firefighters were taking advantage of heavy traffic heading to and from the Bethlehem Fair. Contributed photo
 
 
Bunnell Farm hosts land trust sunset party
 
 
A view of Bunnell Farm in Litchfield as it hosted the Litchfield Land Trust's annual late summer sunset party Aug. 30. The photo was taken by a drone operated by Peter Tavino of Litchfield.
 
 
Another trophy for the Carons
 
 
Val and Leslie Caron of Bantam and their 1955 Studebaker won the best in show trophy at the Colebrook Fair auto show on Aug. 31. It was the latest of the many awards their restored truck has received in local shows. Contributed photo
 
 
Shrine of the Lourdes holds fundraiser
 
 
Mike and Cori Mirabilio of Litchfield were among those attending the annual summer fundraising cocktail party at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield on Aug. 17. The event was hosted by the Revs. Bill Considine, Don LaSalle and Tom Poth. Proceeds are used to help maintain the Shrine. BZ photo
 
 
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
 
Below, Bill Davenport with former students Taylor Espitee, top, and Melissa Stollo Yard. Included are remarks from Espitee and Stollo.
 
“I drove all the way from Nashville to Connecticut to celebrate this guy’s 33 years of teaching agriculture at Nonnewaug High School/Woodbury FFA and scoring his dream job as a 4-H Extension Educator. Mr. Davenport is a force to be reckoned with. If you know Bill, you know the radiance that comes with him. I remember sitting in my interview 15 years ago with my 4-H brief case, all my record books, scrapbooks and being so nervous. We ended up talking about dairy cows of course. I remember leaving the interview thinking he is the coolest most passionate educator I’ve ever met! If I could be 1/4 of the person he is that would be awesome! Because of Bill, I have learned to be pushed confidently beyond my limits to achieve a goal, I felt confident to try something new because he wasn’t afraid to support the decision. But most importantly through all the classes, FFA CDEs, early morning officer meetings, late night preparations, field trips, this man is SO MUCH MORE than just an educator. He’s a friend, a mentor, an achiever, a man who isn’t afraid to think outside the box to make sure people get the most out of their experience. I could go on and on.”
 
Taylor Espitee
Nashville, Tenn.
 
 
“We spent the day celebrating the career of one of the most empowering people that I have ever known. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to know you as both a teacher and lifelong friend. Thirty-three years have passed and I still use the knowledge and skills that you taught me. Not just academically, but the drive to succeed. Thank you Bill Davenport for always encouraging me and so many others to reach for the stars. You are one in a million. God broke the mold after he made you. 
 
Melissa Strollo Yard
North Carolina