The 68th anniversary of the Hartford Circus Fire, the singularly most devastating tragedy that ever occurred in the area, passed on July 6. Around that time, I began rereading The Circus Fire, a non-fiction work by Avon-based author Stewart O’Nan that details what happened that fateful day.
The history is presented chronologically from years before the date of the fire through the present day. The Circus Fire is not only an incredibly detailed account of the panic, havoc and heroism that happened during the fire and the medical, civic and criminal aftermath, but also a deeply immersive look at what life was like in World War II-era northern Connecticut. Look for a copy at your local library, bookstore or online.
My recommendation aside, here are today's 5 Things:
1. There will be scattered showers and thunderstorms today, mostly after 1 p.m. Some heavy rain is possible and the overall chance of precipitation is 40 percent. It will be partly sunny and the high temperature today is 92 °F. More rain is expected tonight, likely before 10 p.m. and the overall chance of precipitation is 40 percent. It will be partly cloudy tonight with an overnight low of 70 °F, according to the National Weather Service.
2. Read about how you and your kids should .
5. . The winner receives a $50 gift card.