Marine Lance Cpl. Dan Coppinger-Donovan surprised his siblings, Mary Barden, 11, a sixth-grader, and Charles Barden, 9, a fourth-grader, at the Ann Antolini Elementary School’s 13th annual Veteran’s Day celebration Friday morning. Coppinger-Donovan had been serving in the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean for several months and hadn’t seen his family since leaving home on January 1 of this year. He left Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina on Thursday on a four-day leave, and drove fourteen hours to New Hartford, arriving at 6:00 a.m. Friday morning to attend the ceremony and surprise his younger siblings. He emerged unannounced from backstage during the event in the school’s auditorium as his siblings were being questioned about their brother by fourth-grade teacher Sheila Hawley. After an emotional reunion, the event proceeded as usual with songs and poetry, and a slide show of students relatives who are veterans. When the event ended, Coppinger-Donovan carried his siblings – over his shoulders – back to their classrooms. There would be plenty of time to visit at home for a perfect Veteran’s Day weekend.
- Enfield K-9 Officer Brian Croteau will soon retire his yellow lab Promise (at left) and start training with his new K-9 companion Putnam (at right) in the next few weeks, leaving Promise at home after many years of service. PATRICK RAYCRAFT | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Promise (at left) and Putnam have become best friends and colleagues in their work at the Enfield police department where they work in the same Enfield K-9 Unit with Officer Brian Croteau. Promise, who is ten years old, will soon retire. Putnam, who is almost two years old, wil start training soon with Croteau. At that point, Promise will remain at home and Putnam will go to work as the drug-sniffing dog for the Enfield Police Department. PATRICK RAYCRAFT | email@example.com
- Playing follow the leader, members of the Berkshire League ski teams learn the slalom course set up on the Gunbarrel slope at Ski Sundown Wednesday afternoon. The Birkshire Ski League are private high schools from western Connecticut. MICHAEL McANDREWS | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier (24) is stretches to the limit for a pass as UCF Knights forward Nyala Shuler (12) puts an arm into her back during the second half at the XL Center in Hartford Wednesday night in Hartford. Collier scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a 101-51 victory. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | email@example.com
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