The Big Chill

Growing up in Easton and Redding during the 1950’s and 1960’s, we had a sense of security and optimism. During the decade between the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, there was an extended period of peace where our parents were confident that their children would not need to take Continue reading “The Big Chill”

Two-Hour Delay for ER9 Schools on Monday

Superintendent McKinnon sent the following announcement today about the start of ER9 schools on Monday, Jan. 3:

Dear Families, 

I hope this email finds you well. There will be a 2-hour delay to all schools tomorrow for students. Staff will report to work at their regular time. Continue reading “Two-Hour Delay for ER9 Schools on Monday”

ER9 Beefed Up School Security on Friday Amid Unconfirmed TikTok Threats

There was increased police surveillance on Friday at Easton, Redding and Region 9 schools following a viral TikTok post warning of school violence planned for across the nation.  

Superintendent Dr. Jason McKinnon said there was no evidence that the threats were credible, but there Continue reading “ER9 Beefed Up School Security on Friday Amid Unconfirmed TikTok Threats”

Boiler Contract Prompts Region 9 Financial Review

As we reported at the Oct. 21 special meeting of the Region 9 Board of Education, the board learned in September that a former employee had executed a contract for a new boiler at Joel Barlow High School. The amount of the contract, dated June 29, was $216,884.

Upon learning of Continue reading “Boiler Contract Prompts Region 9 Financial Review”

Community Holiday Concert at Congregational Church of Easton

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The Congregational Church of Easton will be having its annual Community Holiday Concert featuring the incredibly talented Joel Barlow Select Choir on Saturday Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

All people are welcome to come to our sanctuary and enjoy. Please remember to wear masks for the safety Continue reading “Community Holiday Concert at Congregational Church of Easton”

Library’s Holiday Market and Tree Lighting Brim with Seasonal Fun

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Lawn signs around town have been announcing the festivities at the Easton Public Library this Sunday, 2-6 PM.

The Friends of the Easton Public Library are delighted to offer a full afternoon of seasonal activities this Sunday, Dec. 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. as we all get into the holiday Continue reading “Library’s Holiday Market and Tree Lighting Brim with Seasonal Fun”

Things for which Easton Is Grateful: Maureen Williams’ Service

I first met Maureen Williams at ER9 Board of Education meetings and Easton Town Meetings, when she was the moderator. Maureen was an elected member of the Region 9 board, the governing body for Joel Barlow High School, which has equal representation from Easton and Redding and determines Continue reading “Things for which Easton Is Grateful: Maureen Williams’ Service”

Beauty and the Beast: Beyond the Mask

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Rehearsing for a play while wearing masks — This is the next level of hard work and commitment Erin Pinsky, the producer of Beauty and the Beast, wanted to make clear: “The mask doesn’t define you.’’

There is so much more to wearing a mask than just being difficult. The mask is Continue reading “Beauty and the Beast: Beyond the Mask”

Award Honors Barlow Alumnus Who Died on 9/11

Ian O’Reilly is the recipient of this year’s Peter Burton Hanson Award for Humanity. The award is presented annually to a Joel Barlow High School senior who exemplifies Hanson’s dedication to social justice, human rights, volunteerism and passion for living.

Ian was one of 10 Continue reading “Award Honors Barlow Alumnus Who Died on 9/11”

Oil Delivery Mishap Closes Joel Barlow High School

Joel Barlow High School will remain closed on Friday, and most after-school activities have been cancelled, after a contractor on Tuesday poured approximately 20 gallons of fuel oil into the school’s 20,000-gallon water storage tank.

Students were dismissed early at 12:30 p.m. Continue reading “Oil Delivery Mishap Closes Joel Barlow High School”

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