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Stuffed Animal Clinic
Saturday, January 13, 2018
@ Oliver Wolcott Library
Children ages 3-8 visited the Oliver Wolcott Library on Saturday with their stuffed animals. OWL Children's Librarian Lisa Shaia read the book A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead. ~ BZ photos

OWL Llibrarian Caitlin Costa helped the children to check out the stuffed animals for flu symptoms.
Morris Families Help Their Neighbors Have a Happy Holiday
~ contributed by Jo Ann Jaacks
Social Services Director Laurel Gillotti identified twenty local families comprising a total of 70 people and 21 children in need of some help to enjoy a happy Christmas.  A large number of town residents stepped forward to help their neighbors, by bringing donations to the town’s food pantry and taking the children’s requests pinned to the “Giving Tree” in town hall.
Laurel Gillotti said, “We had nine turkeys donated and the remaining baskets contain a $25 Stop & Shop gift card for the recipients to purchase the meat of their choice, all donated by Morris residents.
Oranges were also donated, I held a cookie swap and homemade cookies were donated by a group of Morris residents.  Numerous additional children’s gifts were also brought to town hall and a special collection was made for a two-year-old boy who is battling a rare kidney disease.”
Pictured are First Selectman Tom Weik, who will be personally delivering one of the food baskets, and Social Services Director Laurel Gillotti, who decorated and filled the twenty baskets with food items.
Those seeking information or to apply for assistance from the Morris Food Pantry at town hall are encouraged to contact Laurel Gillotti at or 860-567-7430.  Donations are gratefully accepted.
Lego Fun in Morris
~ contributed by Jo Ann Jaacks
The Morris Public Library and Beach & Recreation department partnered to present a Lego Fun event on Winter Wednesdays when James Morris School has early dismissal. Kristen Davila, Director of Community Activities at the Beach & Recreation department, had the idea to build on the library’s Lego program from the previous winter. Small Lego kits were purchased with partial funding from Friends of the Library, Beach & Recreation and the parents of the ten students who signed up for the limited enrolment series.
The first event held in Morris town hall on Wednesday, December 13, was a huge hit, especially since the students from grades 1-4 could take home their Lego creation.  Most of the youngsters followed the directions and images with the kit to build their Lego project, but Zoe Fenn of Morris (pictured) exhibited out-of-the-box creativity with her own design that she described as “a boat that can fly.”

On Friday, December 8, representatives of the two local American Legions; Post 44 of Bantam and Post 27 of Litchfield; delivered gifts to elderly veterans at the Berkshire Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center in Sandisfield, Massachusetts. After the gifts and Girl Scout cookies were delivered, the "elves" spent some times visiting with the veterans. 

Left to right: Master Sergeant Linda Searles of Post 44, John Lilley, Commander of Post 44; Barbara Spring, Auxiliary Member of Post 27 and Donna Dougal, friend of Post 27. ~ contributed by Eileen Schmidt

Waiting for Santa to arrive at the East Litchfield Firehouse on Saturday. ~ contributed by Eileen Schmidt
St. Michael’s Celebrates New Stained Glass Window
~ contributed by Jo Ann Jaacks
St. Michael’s Parish celebrated their new stained glass window with an open house and sparkling reception on Saturday, December 2.  All in the community were invited and tours were offered to anyone interested in the history and architectural details of the church.
Pictured above is Morris First Selectman Tom Weik and Lisa Weik, who joined Rev. Bevan Stanley on a tour of the church. Also in attendance at the celebration were Scott McDaniel, the art director at Stained Glass Resources in Hampden, MA, who created the new stained glass window and Ben Robinson of Hoffmann Architects, the architect for St. Michael’s recent structural repairs.
Phantom Fans
Litchfield was well-represented during a recent showing of The Phantom of the Opera at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. Among the locals taking in the show were, from left, Pam Orde, Brenda Barnes, Joanne Sivilla, Missy Dauphinais and Kerry Stewart. BZ photo
Courthouse Open House
Members of the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust (above) pose outside the former Litchfield County Courthouse prior to offering tours on Holiday Stroll and Light-Up Night.
Below is a 1912 flashback photo welcoming veterans to the dedication of the Camp Dutton marker. ~ photos contributed by Eileen Schmidt