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HARTFORD – ’Twas right before Christmas 2004 when a sad and scrawny dog was about to become the star in a Christmas story at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
Just another abandoned dog of indiscriminate age and lineage, she was injured, cold and scared. Her prospects were dim after being chained to a fence on church property on Asylum Avenue sometime during the night. But she was about to receive a Christmas miracle. She was found in the morning by employees arriving for work at the daycare center within the former St. Joseph Cathedral School.
WINDSOR – Drizzle and mist could not deter this group of students and their teachers on the morning of May 9. St. Gabriel middle school students visited Granby’s Salmon Brook Park to achieve the ultimate goal of raising baby Atlantic salmon, or fry, from eggs: the release of the minnow-sized fish into Salmon Brook, from where they will eventually migrate to the ocean.
Science teacher Meg Rosa started the yearly project in 2001 and has kept it alive ever since, despite talk of state budget cuts that could end the program, run by the Connecticut River Salmon Association (CRSA). The program is good to go for another year.
MILFORD – Five thousand muffins, give or take.
That’s how many muffins 13-year-old David Albright estimates he has baked over the past five years for the needy at the city’s homeless shelter.
For his initiative, David recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
WATERBURY – An Easter miracle, a Christmas miracle and a Saint Thérèse “little flower” were just a few milestones on a long road to recovery that Alicia Townsend traveled from catastrophic brain damage suffered a dozen years ago.
As recounted in To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing, a just-released memoir by her mother, Clare Keating, Alicia was near death multiple times following brain surgery to remove a cyst in February 2002. Ms. Keating recounted these events during a book signing May 8 at St. Mary’s Hospital, where she has worked as a registered nurse in the emergency department for 30 years.
“The surgery was in the area of the cerebellum, so they removed the cyst from that area,” Ms. Keating said. “When the cyst was taken out, the area kind of re-expanded. When that happened, a clot formed in that area, and with the clot formation, a lot of pressure built up and she bled.”
WALLINGFORD – The Catholic Transcript earned five “Excellence in Journalism” awards May 22 at the annual banquet of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Connecticut Chapter.
Competing in the category of regional, non-daily newspapers, the Transcript picked up four first-place awards and one third-place award.