This year’s CROP Hunger Walk in Bethel will take place Oct. 6. A kick-off event, “Feeding the Hungry Locally and Globally” Community Potluck Dinner, will take place on Friday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at the West Parish Congregational Church on Church Street in Bethel. Bring a dish to share or a donation for the Food Pantry. Information will be shared on local gardening efforts, the local Food Pantry, and Emergency Food Packs. The upcoming CROP Hunger Walk is part of a worldwide effort to eliminate hunger, which is sponsored by Church World Services. Religious groups, businesses, schools, and others raise money to help provide food, water, and resources such as seeds, tools, and animals to help in the fight against hunger. Local groups that participate can also decide to contribute up to 25 percent of monies raised to their local Food Pantries.
Monday, Aug. 26, is National Dog Day, also known as International Dog Day and National Dog Appreciation Day. The day was founded in 2004 to draw attention to dogs who need homes and to honor all dogs for their work, loyalty, and their ability to impact the lives of human beings. Some towns are having parades and other events to honor dogs. A great way to celebrate is to adopt or rescue a dog or give a donation to a local pet shelter. If you need some ideas, the National Dog Day website has a list of 50 ways to celebrate dogs on Aug. 26. You can find them at www.nationaldogday.com.
Aug. 26 has also been celebrated since 1920 as Women’s Equality Day. It is the date that the 19th Amendment, making women’s suffrage legal, was finally ratified.
This is the time of year that I always write about Box Tops for Education. That’s because it’s the start of the school year and the big stores are trying to reel in customers by advertising items sporting extra Box Tops. If you’re not familiar with this, Box Tops for Education can be found on hundreds of products from cereal to toilet paper. Schools can collect the Box Tops for Education, as well as Campbell’s Soup labels, and redeem them for sports and educational items. If you clip the coupons, you’re bringing in equipment that the schools won’t get through their regular budgets. In Bethel you can mail Box Tops and Labels to Crescent Park School. There’s also a collection can at the Bethel Foodliner.
Road work on the 2.7 mile stretch of Route 26 between Davis Park and Hancock Lumber has progressed quickly. Work started on July 24 and by Aug. 18, the road and bike path were paved and lines painted. Before the work is completed, new guard rails need to be installed; entries to driveways need to be repaired and paved; and refuse, such as discarded guard rails, needs to be removed from the roadside. Other than that, the pavement is smoother than it has been in years. No potholes, fissures, or gullies.
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