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Bristol United Church of Christ, Keegan has lent herself to even more volunteerism and outreach.
“Besides being appointed or elected to nearly every official ‘lay-leadership’ position at one time or another, this person gives of herself in many ‘unofficial’ ways, about which most others are unaware. She is also a mem- ber of their Joyful Noise Ukulele band,” committee spokesperson Claire Moorhead told the crowd on Old Home Day.
In addition to all that, Keegan is a member of the Bristol Com- munity Events Committee too. Since that’s the committee that selects the annual Community Spirit Award honoree, Moor- head said it was a bit tricky to keep it a secret this year.
“We had to tell her it was [someone else] and made up a fake award for that person so she wouldn’t suspect anything,” Moorhead said with a laugh.
Keegan admitted she was a little puzzled when she nomi- nated someone for the award at
  a committee meeting but then wasn’t asked to help put a pre- sentation together. She shrugged it off, thinking they just didn’t need her help.
“This was a total surprise! I’m thrilled and honored. I just do things because it’s good to stay busy,” she said after realizing the recognition was for her.
Even Tom Keegan wasn’t aware his wife was receiving the award until the night before Old Home Day. It was just enough time to whisper the news to their family so they could join him at Kelley Park the next morning for the surprise.
For the presentation, the com- mittee stated that Keegan’s cheer- fulness, good sense, and practical approach to life are much appre- ciated in both her church and throughout the community as well. Joined with her positive atti- tude, she and all she does make a “tangible difference.”
“You can often find her tend- ing to the gardens about town or sharing a photo or story with someone, no doubt educating them in everything that makes Bristol special,” Moorhead said.
“All-in for Autumn”
40th Annual Apple Festival and an Amazing Fall Line-up!
After a Summer season that soaked us all with seemingly endless rainfall, we are welcom- ing Autumn in with open arms and a full schedule with a little bit of everything for everyone. Starting on September 23rd, TTCC will be offering their first Parents Night Out of the year, from 5 to 9 p.m., for just $25 for children four and up. The Teen Council always has fun-filled nights planned for your young- sters - including a special dinner, games, bingo, crafts, themes & more.
On September 29th, we will be holding our first Teen Dance for 6th to 8th graders. The dances go from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and are $5 per person. The last two dates for 2023 Dances are October 20th and December 1st, as we hope to see some new moves this year. On September 30th, we begin Dance Lessons on Saturday mornings that run through November 11th (with no 10/7 class). Instructor Catie Roman will hold Creative Move-
ment/Ballet and Fundamentals of Dance classes for ages 3 to 5 and K – 2, and Jazz/Hip-Hop classes for Grades 3 to 6, all on Saturday mornings at the TTCC.
On October 1st, the TTCC will be offering a Babysitting Course from 9:30 am to 3 pm for ages 12 and up. All partic- ipants will learn the basics of babysitting and get certified in both CPR and First Aid. The cost for the program is $110, and you must register by 9/26 as space is limited. The TTCC is also looking for volunteer
coaches for the Fall and for a few more people to help staff our af- terschool program. If you’re in- terested in being a counselor and joining our Team, please contact the office at (603) 744-2713 or through email at info@ttccrec. org. Our online coaching form is at: JzfMHn4diGRk9.
To round things out, on Oc- tober 7th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., we will be holding our 40th An- nual Apple Festival and Craft Fair. Homemade Apple Pies, Baked Beans, and Fresh Bread will be front and center, as pies can be pre-ordered by calling 744-2713. The Craft Fair will be in the TTCC gym with a variety of crafters and vendors for some early Christmas Shopping. Table Space is still available, as we are looking for some help on Friday, 10/6, from 9am to 4pm, to cut apples and prepare pies. Fall is here, and we are overjoyed to share our programs and prog- ress. Thank you for all your sup- port, and hope to see you soon!

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