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Students honor memory of veterans

NAUGATUCK — A history and civics lesson came to life Monday morning for students at City Hill Middle School. Twenty-eight students, mostly from the Student Council, joined two teachers, the…


Showing vets they care

Mother, daughter organizing effort to aid veterans   NAUGATUCK — A mother and daughter have teamed up help veterans. Maple Hill Elementary School second-grader Rikki Harris, 7, is collecting clothing…

Members of the Smolkis, Drury, and Leblanc families hosted a Christmas dinner for veterans and their families Sunday at the VFW in Prospect.

Prospect family decides it’s better to give than receive

PROSPECT — It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags. Like the Whos down in Whoville, the Smolkis, Drury, and Leblanc families know…

Daniel Crook, from the VA Hospital in West Haven, takes shoots off a few rounds as Michael Nolan of High Rock Shoot Club looks on. The High Rock Shooting Association invited veterans from the hospital to the High Rock Range on Aug. 18. RA ARCHIVE

High Rock gives vets another shot

John Felix, a 20-year Army veteran, remembers jolting awake to the sound of gunshots in Saudi Arabia and Somalia. “Two o’clock in the morning, 2:30, the mortar’s coming in, you…

Veterans’ memorabilia sought for slideshow

NAUGATUCK—The Naugatuck Arts Commission is collecting photos and other scannable memorabilia from veterans to be used in a slideshow during the commission’s annual Veterans Concert. The concert, which is scheduled…

Woodland math teacher and former Marine Craig Skigen talks about his experience in the military at Region 16's final One Region, One Book event.

Final chapter for ‘One Region, One Book’

BEACON FALLS – For Sgt. Helman Roman, war didn’t just change his outlook on life. It made his friends and family appreciate things they used to take for granted at…

Winning drawing by John Dyckman

Veteran Essay Contest

The 8th Grade students of Long River Middle School recently competed in an essay and picture contest to honor local veterans. Doug Merriman, representing the American Legion, chose the five…

A wreath honors Naugatuck veterans on the Town Green in 2010. -FILE PHOTO

Local residents pay respect on Veterans Day

BEACON FALLS – Veterans Day isn’t just another day off from school, said Bruce Carlson, commander of the Beacon Falls Legion Post.

“We’re trying to bring the community back involved with our ceremonies and to let the kids know a little history. We start out with the youngest age in the cub scouts and try to get as much participation as possible with the high school,” Carlson said.

Boy Scout troop 104 participated in the ceremony. Chris Zmuda, a member of the troop, played taps on his father’s trumpet.

He said that the ceremony made him think about what the day means. “I come out of my way to come here. I’d probably be home doing homework or something, but I came here to really think and meet these people,” Zmuda said.

The day was especially emotional for Paul Drabicki, whose father, Chester “Benny” Drabicki, a WWII veteran passed away a few weeks ago.

Burgess Robert Burns salutes a new street sign that honors the late Franklin E. Johnson, Sr. as Johnson;s family, looks on at right.

Street dedicated to Johnson’s memory

NAUGATUCK — Franklin Johnson Sr. lived his 85 years serving God, family and country, said Naugatuck Veterans’ Council Vice Chairman W. Francis Dambowsky. Dambowsiy told a crowd of more than…