Patty Jurielewicz returned with more of her locally renowned balloon art to celebrate Veterans Day. Today’s display thanked veterans for their service, once again bringing smiles to the faces of drivers and passengers on Route 136 at Bibbins Road.

The “Balloon Lady’s” cheerful and airy daily contributions lifted people’s spirits during the early months of the pandemic when things shut down and people needed it most. Jurielewicz and her family also created displays for special occasions like the Helen Keller Middle School graduation and the swearing-in of Rich Doyle as Easton’s new police chief.

“I would like to thank our veterans for serving our country,” Doyle said. “I also want to recognize three veterans now serving the Easton community: Sergeant Thomas Ceccarelli, USCG; Detective Kent Lyman, USMC; and Officer Thomas Steinke, USMC.”

Members of the Easton police, fire and emergency medical departments caravanned past the corner of Route 136 and Bibbins Road in June to celebrate the Jurielewicz family, all of whom participated in mounting the festive, daily balloon displays. You can read about the colorful displays here.

Read more about Jurielewicz’s cheerful contributions during the pandemic here: ‘Balloon Lady’ Treats Easton to Daily Display.

Photo at top: Veterans Day Balloon Thank You Message from Patty Jurielewicz, AKA “The Balloon Lady.” — Photo Courtesy of Police Chief Rich Doyle

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By Nancy Doniger

Nancy Doniger worked as a journalist for three decades and was a founding editor of the nonprofit Easton Courier in partnership with the School of Communications, Media & the Arts at Sacred Heart University (SHU). She served two years as executive member and is now a contributing editing of the Easton Courier. She was a former managing editor of Hometown Publications and Hersam Acorn Newspapers covering Connecticut's Fairfield and New Haven counties. She was a correspondent for the Connecticut section of The New York Times from 1995 until the section was discontinued in 2006. Over the years she edited The Easton Courier, The Monroe Courier, The Bridgeport News and other community newspapers. She taught news editing as an adjunct professor at SHU and served as coordinator and member of the Community Assets Network for the Easton, Redding and Region 9 schools. She was a member of the Newtown Community Center Commission, member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), board member of the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), and past president and board member of the Barnard Club of Connecticut. She has won awards for her writing from SPJ and NENPA.