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.
- Snow Day
- "It's all in the steering," says Nosson Rich who toboggans down the popular sledding hill at Elizabeth Park in Hartford on Monday afternoon with his sons Menachen Rich, 6, and Avraham, 2, (obcured by Menachen. Rich says he shoveled snow for four hours yesterday at their home in Teaneck, New Jersey before driving to Connecticut to visit family. PATRICK RAYCRAFT | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Into the tunnel
- 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 | email@example.com