Lakeview Lodge Grand Opening

The Grand Opening of Lakeview Lodge went as planned, on Saturday May 27. The more than 100 people that turned out had the first opportunity to see the lodge and agreed that it is a great asset to the town. Many residents helped to make the opening special, the Firemen's Auxiliary, June Riley, The Bethany Arts League, just to name a few. On Saturday, June 3, the Lodge hosted its first function. Even without electricity, due to the storm the night before, the Bethany Wanderers held their annual dinner at the lodge.

Motorized Recreational Vehicles

Residents are reminded that the use of motorized recreational vehicles on town owned properties is prohibited. On trails and athletic fields the results can be long lasting and expensive to repair. Erosion and ruts caused by quads, three wheelers or dirt bikes can cause damage to trails and unsafe conditions to athletic fields.

The Governor's Summer Reading Challenge 1999

Governor John G. Rowland initiated the Governor's Summer Reading Challenge in June, 1996, inviting all of Connecticut's students in both public and nonpublic schools to read as many books as possible during the summer months. The Summer Reading Challenge is now an annual event. More than 183,000 students from more than 700 public and nonpublic schools reported reading 1.6 million books, an increase over the last year of more than half a million books. The Bethany School District competed in the small school category finishing third in the state with an average of 23.2 books per enrolled student.

The top readers were: Douglas Walker, Collaborative; Scott Dellatore, Kindergarten; Paige Woodward, Grade one; Colby Plaskowitz, Grade two; Kirstin Fassbender, Grade three; Rachel Frank, Grade 4; Margaret Sullivan, Grade 5; Louis Bachenheimer, Grade 6; tied in Pre-K Devin and Cory Shepherd. I would like to congratulate all of the participants of last year's challenge and encourage all students to participate in this year's summer challenge.

Coco is Bethany's "Top Dog"

The Town Clerks Office has announced the winner in the "Top Dog" contest. A drawing took place on June 1 at 4 p.m. in the Town Clerk's Office for the Bethany Dog Tag #1. The first entry drawn was Coco, owned by Dominic Scaramuzzino of 3 Glennwood Court. Coco will receive a license #1. Prizes were awarded to the next nine entries drawn along with the opportunity to purchase tags #2-10. Congratulations to the winners.

Relay for life

A special thanks to Janet Hescock for going beyond the call of duty at the Relay for Life held at Amity on June 3 and 4. Janet walked over 60 miles in 16 hours for the Bethany Lions Club raising almost $600 for the American Cancer Society. The Lions Club was busy with their major fundraiser, the horse show, so Janet came forward to do her part. Again, a special thank you to Janet for a job well done.

Open Office Hours

I hold open office hours on the first and third Mondays of each month between 7 and 9 p.m., except holidays. Feel free to stop in or call my office and make an appointment for a specific time that is convenient for you.

Craig Stahl is first selectman in Bethany