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Vietnam Veteran Ceremony
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty presented over forty Vietnam Veterans with U.S. Department of Defense Vietnam 50th Commemoration pins on Saturday at Coe Park in Torrington. Three members of American Legion Post 44 received pins. L-R: Art Schmidt, John Secor and Post 44 Commander John Lilley. ~ contributed by Eileen Schmidt
Opening day for youth soccer in Litchfield
The Litchfield Soccer Club program for ages 5-7 started on Saturday at the White Athletic Fields on Rt. 63 in Litchfield. ~ BZ photos
Bantam Lake Residents and Sailors
Surprised by a Floating Firetruck
on Labor Day Weekend
By Jo Ann Jaacks
Morris Fire Company member Tom Weik spent considerable time transforming his pontoon boat into a tongue-in-cheek replica of a firetruck nicknamed “Engine #5 Marine” just in time to set sail on Bantam Lake for the Labor Day weekend. The watercraft was painted red, with “wheels,” insignia on the bow, ladders, spouting water and strobe lights, and complete with sound effects, even a firehouse dog.
Tom Weik said, “The first day on the water, we gave out ice-cream and the second day we distributed candy dockside. People loved it and showed it with cheers and thumbs up. Many people were taking pictures and videos and we were even covered by a drone. It was a good, fun way to raise awareness for the new Morris Fire Company and the need for support since they are starting from scratch.”
On Sunday, the crew consisted of Tom Weik, Lisa Weik, their daughters Juli and Jackie Weik and Grace Dotson, all of whom were actively engaged in hailing passing boats and groups on the shore to offer ice-cream compliments of the Morris Fire Company. They were collecting donations for the fire unit, which also has a GoFundMe account under support-the-morris-fire-company. .
On Labor Day, Morris Fire Chief Rob Ebner, firefighter Beth Ebner and their children and Engineer Dwayne Pond joined Weik for a leisurely cruise around the lake perimeter, stopping at various docks and pulling alongside other boats on the lake. Chief Ebner said, “Our members have a lot of excitement about the new Morris Fire Company and are eager to share that enthusiasm. This was an innovative way to raise awareness of fire safety and at thesame time, be a fun part of the community. It was very encouraging to us to see all the positive reactions.” 
Morris Fire Company member Tom Weik and family aboard his reimagined pontoon boat.
Juli Weik offered ice-cream to eager recipients in front of their lakeside homes.
The role of firehouse dog aboard the boat was played by Meg, a Jack Russell terrier.
Tom Weik maneuvered alongside several boats on the land to offer ice-cream or candy.