WATERTOWN — “Hey there, it’s Yogi Bear!” Oh no, it isn’t. This bear wasn’t named Yogi and it didn’t have sweet Boo-Boo along as a companion in search of “Pic-a-Nic baskets” either. On the morning of May 16, my neighbors and I were startled (and who isn’t?) by the sight of a black bear behind our patio and then alongside our house off of Middlebury Road. Through the last few years, this has been an oft-repeated scene in Connecticut, but this time it was up-close and was most definitely personal.

Unfortunately, the 2020 Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but that doesn't mean we can't remember those who sacrificed all for our liberties and freedoms. The Watertown-Oakville Veterans' Council requests you put out American flags, big and small on Monday, May 25th - Memorial Day.   Help us line the streets of Watertown and Oakville during Project Red, White & Blue - Flags Up for the Fallen campaign this Memorial Day.

For businesses, the magic word of 2020 is “reopen.” For some, May 20th signaled the start of back-to-business – certainly not business as usual, but at least an unlocked door and an “open” sign in the window. For others, a date to turn the lights on remains uncertain. As business owners wade through a sea of regulations, recommendations and sanitizing schedules, they’ll be counting on one thing more than anything else: the cooperation and patience of employees and customers.

OAKVILLE-WATERTOWN — The original hope for American Legion baseball was that a decision would be made during the first week of June about playing a 2020 season. It was a valiant attempt to buy time, but reality won out in the end, as the organization announced last week that there would be no baseball played under the Legion banner this season.

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WATERBURY — Community Cookbook Club: Digital Dining will be the focus of a virtual program from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28. The Mattatuck Museum is organizing a virtual gathering of its Community Cookbook Club with a focus on what people are cooking during these challenging times. Those attending will discuss the recipes they return to again and again, what staples they always have on hand and what meals they can pull together just with what is in their pantry.

WASHINGTON — New York Times best-selling author Ann Patchett’s latest publication, “The Dutch House,” will be the topic of a book discussion organized by the Gunn Memorial Library. Facilitated by Washington author and literary enthusiast Ann Hodgman, the program will take place via Zoom Video Conferencing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28. Those planning to attend may visit www.gunnlibrary.org for the link.