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Family and friends welcome soldiers home

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AMERICAN PRIDE – 1st Lt Nate Southwick waves the American flag from the C-130J aircraft that carried approximately 70 men and women of the 146th Airlift Wing returned home to Port Hueneme on Tuesday, July 9, 2014.  They were greeted by family and friends along with members of the “Patriot Guard Riders.”

Family and friends welcome two C-130J aircraft to the 146th Airlift Wing Base with about 70 men and women each who had deployed to the desert earlier this year. Photos by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

JP263 146th Airlift Homecoming  JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers NO NOISE…JUST DAD – Lincoln Miller, 4, is prepared with sign and earphones as he eagerly awaits his Dad’s return on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at the 146th Airlift Wing Base in Port Hueneme. Family and friends welcomed home two C-130J aircraft with about 70 men and women who deployed to the desert earlier this year.

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NO NOISE…JUST DAD – Lincoln Miller, 4, is prepared with sign and earphones as he eagerly awaits his Dad’s return on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at the 146th Airlift Wing Base in Port Hueneme. Family and friends welcomed home two C-130J aircraft with about 70 men and women who deployed to the desert earlier this year.

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Few sport pictures by Richard

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Moorpark’s Blaze Aldridge leaps for the catch during the Conejo Classic football 7 on 7 passing tournament at Moorpark College on Saturday, June 7.

Here are a few photos from recent sporting events Richard Gillard photographed, including an Oaks Christian CIF quarter final baseball, Conejo Classic football 7 on 7 passing Tournament, and a Conejo Oaks baseball game.

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 RG 109 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Oaks Christian’s Michael Kress dives to try to make the out at second during their quarter final game against South Torrance on Friday, May 30.


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Oaks Christian’s Michael Kress dives to try to make the out at second during their quarter final game against South Torrance on Friday, May 30.

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Graduations in Calabasas

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PROUD MOMENT SHARING WITH FAMILY - Olivia Freihon shares her diploma with her family after the Indian Hills High School graduation ceremony was completed.

Here is a collection of photos from high school graduations in Calabasas. Schools include Calabasas High, Indian Hills High, and Viewpoint. Photos by Michael Coons, Joan Pahoyo, Joe Woods/Acorn Newspapers.

 

 


Agoura High graduation

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Felicia Forman, left, and Carly Francis hug after receiving their diploma during Agoura High School's commencement ceremony on June 12.

Here is a collection of photos from Agoura High School graduation. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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Graduates cheer during Agoura High School’s commencement ceremony on June 12.

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Graduations in Oak Park

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Oak View Grad- Oak View graduates Esmeralda Bonilla, Alexander Alger, and Dylan Deri prepare for their graduation ceremony on Thursday at Medea Creek Middle School.

Here is a collection of photographs of high school graduations in Oak Park. Schools include Oak Park High School and Oak View High. Photos by Richard Gillard and Loren Townsley/Acorn Newspapers.


Graduations in Westlake Village

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PROUD TO BE LIONS - Oaks Christian graduates Chris Davis, left, and Brandon Dawkins sing the alma mater with their classmates at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 29.

Here is a collection of photos from high school graduations in Westlake Village. Schools include Westlake High and Oaks Christian. Photos by Joan Pahoyo and Iris Smoot/Acorn newspapers


Election Day in photos

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LOCAL VOTERS - Poll inspector Debra Cohen, left, assists Rich Mooney as he turns in his ballot at Agoura City Hall on Tuesday, June 3.

Here is our collection of photos from Tuesday’s election. Photos by Iris Smoot and Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Patricia Marcinka, right, of Westlake Village reacts after Rob McCoy, Republican candidate for the 44th Assembly District, tells her of his lead over fellow Republican Mario De La Piedra at his campaign party in Camarillo on June 3.

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Patricia Marcinka, right, of Westlake Village reacts after Rob McCoy, Republican candidate for the 44th Assembly District, tells her of his lead over fellow Republican Mario De La Piedra at his campaign party in Camarillo on June 3.

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Memorial Day in Westlake Village

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MEMORIAL DAY - Lance Cpl. Mitchell Cunningham of the Marine Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines at Port Hueneme stands at attention during the playing of taps at the 24th annual Memorial Day service at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on Mon., May 26.

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village held its 24th annual Memorial Day service on Mon., May 26. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers PAYING RESPECT - Mary Miller and her 21-month-old son, Duke, of Westlake Village watch the 24th annual Memorial Day service at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on Mon., May 26.

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PAYING RESPECT – Mary Miller and her 21-month-old son, Duke, of Westlake Village watch the 24th annual Memorial Day service at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on Mon., May 26.

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TOGSA Memorial Softball Tournament

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HOME RUN! - Krysta Lucas of Camarillo Girls Softball smiles after hitting a home run against Thousand Oaks during the 23rd annual Thousand Oaks Girls Softball Association Memorial Weekend Softball Tournament at the Thousand Oaks Community Center on Sat., May 24.

Here is our collection of photos from last weekend’s 23rd annual Thousand Oaks Girls Softball Association Memorial Weekend Softball Tournament at the Thousand Oaks Community Center on Sat., May 24.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers WARM-UPS - Sabrina Olmo of the Westlake Agoura Girls Softball tosses the ball in the air using her glove before the start of their game with Camarillo during the 23rd annual Thousand Oaks Girls Softball Association Memorial Weekend Softball Tournament at the Thousand Oaks Community Center on Sat., May 24.

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WARM-UPS – Sabrina Olmo of the Westlake Agoura Girls Softball tosses the ball in the air using her glove before the start of their game with Camarillo during the 23rd annual Thousand Oaks Girls Softball Association Memorial Weekend Softball Tournament at the Thousand Oaks Community Center on Sat., May 24.

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Tour of California races through the Conejo Valley

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CONGRATS- Mark Cavendish of Great Britain on the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team gets his kisses after winning stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

Cheers, whistles, flags and cowbells greeted riders as they circled through Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village at high speeds on Sunday during the last stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Photos by Richard Gillard and Michael Coons. To read our full story click here.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers FINISH LINE- Mark Cavendish of Great Britain on the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team throws his arms up as he crosses the finish line first during stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

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FINISH LINE- Mark Cavendish of Great Britain on the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team throws his arms up as he crosses the finish line first during stage 8 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, May 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The peloton rides up the hill near the Rock Store on Mulholland Highway during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

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The peloton rides up the hill near the Rock Store on Mulholland Highway during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, May 18.

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Richard’s Pictures

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PULL SHARK, PULL- The Ocean Adventure Dentist mascot helps Devin Panayotov, 6 3/4 of Agoura Hills, pull during tug-a-war at  the Triunfo YMCA Healthy Kids Day  on Sunday, May 4.

Here are some of my pictures from last week. They are not necessarily related, they are just ones I like.

 RG 201 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Beverly Schlechter , who published her memoir, “ A Life Exposed” poses in her Thousand Oaks’ home on Sunday, May 4.


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Beverly Schlechter , who published her memoir, “ A Life Exposed” poses in her Thousand Oaks’ home on Sunday, May 4.

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Ventura County Track and Field Championships

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Westlake’s Andy Baccellia, Camarillo’s Ahmed Obed, and Oaks Christian’s Michael Seaton approach the finish line for the boys 100 meter dash during the Ventura County Track and Field Championships held at Moorpark High School on Friday, May 1. Camarillo’s Ahmed Obed won the race.

High school athletes from Ventura County competed in the Ventura County Track and Field Championships at Moorpark High School on Friday, May 2. Photos by Iris Smooth and Richard Gillard

 


Pee Wee Deputies

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DIMINUTIVE DEPUTIES - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department volunteer Sam Poursaleh helps 3-year-old Jonathan Kenworthy of Westlake warn a "bad guy" to stop running as he checks out the inside of a patrol car as part of the Pee Wee Deputy Program on Saturday, April 26. The program lets local 3-5 year olds "train" to be a deputy and see what their day-to-day duties would be like.

Local 3-5 year olds “train” to be a deputy and see Los Angeles County Sheriffs Deputy day-to-day duties

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers DIMINUTIVE DEPUTIES - 5-year-old Maximilian Jensen of Westlake Village, center, finds a good spot for a nap on the bed of a Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriffs Station jail cell as fellow visiting kids explore around him, during a tour of the station as part of the Pee Wee Deputy Program on Saturday, April 26. The program lets local 3-5 year olds "train" to be a deputy and see what their day-to-day duties would be like.

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DIMINUTIVE DEPUTIES – 5-year-old Maximilian Jensen of Westlake Village, center, finds a good spot for a nap on the bed of a Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriffs Station jail cell as fellow visiting kids explore around him, during a tour of the station as part of the Pee Wee Deputy Program on Saturday, April 26. The program lets local 3-5 year olds “train” to be a deputy and see what their day-to-day duties would be like.

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Science Fest at Paramount Ranch

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UPCLOSE - Nancy Burdick of the National Parks Service mounted volunteer patrol lets kids pet her horse, Ginger, during Science Fest at Paramount Ranch in Agoura on Apr. 26.

The National Park Service hosted their annual Science Fest at Paramount Ranch in Agoura on April 26. Over 3,000 people took part in the event which featured science demonstrations, hands-on animal exhibits, guided hiking tours and crafts. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers WILDLIFE - Sebastian Hernandez, 8, takes an up close look at Jessica the boa constrictor that is being held by Wes Pollock of the Southwestern Herpetologist Society during Science Fest at Paramount Ranch in Agoura on Apr. 26.

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WILDLIFE – Sebastian Hernandez, 8, takes an up close look at Jessica the boa constrictor that is being held by Wes Pollock of the Southwestern Herpetologist Society during Science Fest at Paramount Ranch in Agoura on Apr. 26.

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Canine Classic Dog Walk and Festival

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TAKING THE DOG FOR A WALK- Participants start the walk of the Canine Classic Dog Walk and Festival at Juan Bautista de Anza Park on Sunday, April 27.

Dogs and owners came out in force to enjoy the  Canine Classic Dog Walk and Festival

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers STRUTTING COWBOY-  Kelly struts his stuff in his cowboy custom during Project Dogway at  the Canine Classic Dog Walk and Festival at Juan Bautista de Anza Park on Sunday, April 27.


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STRUTTING COWBOY- Kelly struts his stuff in his cowboy custom during Project Dogway at the Canine Classic Dog Walk and Festival at Juan Bautista de Anza Park on Sunday, April 27.

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American Folk Music Fest at Leonis Adobe

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SINGING THEIR TUNES - T.J. Zeiler of Camarillo sings folk songs with the group Songmakers during the second annual American Folk Music Festival at the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas on Apr. 27.

The Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas hosted the second annual American Folk Music Fest on April 26-27. Various country, bluegrass, blues and folk music bands performed during the event which raised money for the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers A DAY OF MUSIC - Willie Nelson impersonator Roger Hegyi of the band True Willie performs during the second annual American Folk Music Festival at the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas on Apr. 27.

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A DAY OF MUSIC – Willie Nelson impersonator Roger Hegyi of the band True Willie performs during the second annual American Folk Music Festival at the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas on Apr. 27.

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California Wildlife Center spring open house

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"ARE YOU GONNA FEED ME?" - A baby crow tells visitors to the hospital he his hungry during the spring open house at the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas on Apr. 27.

The California Wildlife Center in Calabasas held their spring open house on Sunday, Apr. 27. Visitors were able to look at the center’s hospital, baby care unit, and surgery center along with the various animals they care for. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers SHOWING OFF - Lancelot, a 25-year-old red-tailed hawk, is held up by his owner, Cynthia Maxwell, for visitors to look at during the spring open house at the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas on Apr. 27. Various birds, animals and sea life were on display at the event. The center also opened up their hospital, baby care unit, and surgery center for visitors to look at.

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SHOWING OFF – Lancelot, a 25-year-old red-tailed hawk, is held up by his owner, Cynthia Maxwell, for visitors to look at during the spring open house at the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas on Apr. 27. Various birds, animals and sea life were on display at the event. The center also opened up their hospital, baby care unit, and surgery center for visitors to look at.

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Sports portrait

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Kelise Garrison is a four-sport athlete at Agoura High School.

As staff photographers, we often photograph local high school athletes for feature sports stories in The Acorn. Here is a collection of sports portraits I have taken from the past few weeks. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Greg Vann is a long jumper and sprinter for the Rio Mesa High boys' track team.

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Greg Vann is a long jumper and sprinter for the Rio Mesa High boys’ track team.

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Richard’s pictures

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HAVING FUN- Kids play on the hills above at Juan Bautista de Anza Park during the Spring Extreme on Friday, April 11.

Just a few of my pictures from this week’s Acorns that I want to share.

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers FUN SCIENCE – Gabi Prusinski, 7, of Camarillo, expresses her excitement as her Elephant Toothpaste erupts while trying the experiment with her brother, Zac, 5, during Science Night at Tierra Linda Elementary School on Wednesday, April 9.  The Elephant  Toothpaste is a mixture of yeast and hydrogen peroxide.


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FUN SCIENCE – Gabi Prusinski, 7, of Camarillo, expresses her excitement as her Elephant Toothpaste erupts while trying the experiment with her brother, Zac, 5, during Science Night at Tierra Linda Elementary School on Wednesday, April 9. The Elephant Toothpaste is a mixture of yeast and hydrogen peroxide.

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Thousand Oaks vs Calabasas boys’ volleyball

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Calabasas' Brad Luther bumps the ball against Thousand Oaks during their match at Calabasas High School on Apr. 1.

Thousand Oaks played Calabasas in a Marmonte league match on April 1. Thousand Oaks won, 3-0. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Thousand Oaks' Kyle Jones, left, and Jake De La Garza block a shot by Calabasas during Tuesday's match at Calabasas High School.

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Thousand Oaks’ Kyle Jones, left, and Jake De La Garza block a shot by Calabasas during Tuesday’s match at Calabasas High School.

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Agoura Girls’ Lacrosse

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Agoura High School lacrosse player Cat Daly tries to slip past teammate Alix Davies on her way to the goal during practice on Tuesday, March 25.
IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers Agoura High School lacrosse player Alix Davies, right, tries to block teammate Kelsie Garrison from shooting during practice on Tuesday, March 25.

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Agoura High School lacrosse player Alix Davies, right, tries to block teammate Kelsie Garrison from shooting during practice on Tuesday, March 25.

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Saying farewell to a fallen comrade

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FULL HONORS - Army Spc. Steven An, left, and Lt. Kyle Woodhouse fold the flag during a funeral for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

A memorial service was held last week for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village. Clarke, 79, who was homeless, served in the Army from 1956-59. The military funeral for the homeless veteran was provided by the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program, which is dedicated to honoring homeless and indigent veterans with proper burials. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FULL HONORS - Army Spc. Steven An, left, and Lt. Kyle Woodhouse fold the flag during a funeral for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

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FULL HONORS – Army Spc. Steven An, left, and Lt. Kyle Woodhouse fold the flag during a funeral for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

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Trees planted in Calabasas for Arbor Day

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A freshly planted Oak tree soaks up the morning sun in Gates Canyon Park during the City of Calabasas' Arbor Day Celebration on March 22.

Dozens of people participated in Arbor Day Celebration in Calabasas by planting Walnut and Oak trees at Gates Canyon Park on March 22. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers ONE TREE AT A TIME - Michele Khateri and her daughter, Aria, 9, of Calabasas plant a tree during the City of Calabasas' Arbor Day Celebration at Gates Canyon Park on March 22. Dozens of Oak and Walnut trees were planted in the park along with a demonstration of how to make your own compost.

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ONE TREE AT A TIME – Michele Khateri and her daughter, Aria, 9, of Calabasas plant a tree during the City of Calabasas’ Arbor Day Celebration at Gates Canyon Park on March 22. Dozens of Oak and Walnut trees were planted in the park along with a demonstration of how to make your own compost.

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Weathersfield Elementary Tea Party

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers TIME FOR TEA - Weathersfield Elementary School student Christopher Hull, 9, waits patiently as parent Suzan Grazier pours him another cup of tea during the school's annual third grade tea party on Friday, March 21.

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TIME FOR TEA – Weathersfield Elementary School student Christopher Hull, 9, waits patiently as parent Suzan Grazier pours him another cup of tea during the school’s annual third grade tea party on Friday, March 21.

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