Students awarded in essay contest Two Bethel Middle School students were recognized for the Patriot\u2019s Pen essay contest. Abigail Riolo earned first place and Brooke Lohl earned second place at the Bethel VFW Post 935 level and the District 1 level. Riolo was one of six students to move on to the state level, where she earned an honorable mention. This nationwide contest asks middle school students to write an essay examining America\u2019s history, along with their own experiences in modern America. Washington Celebrate Valentine\u2019s Day with horses The Humane Organization Representing Suffering Equines of Connecticut will hold a Valentine\u2019s Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Sunday is the snow date. Offerings will include hourly tours of the farm to meet horses beginning at 10 a.m., the sale of baked goods, an open tack shop, featuring numerous items, gift items and more. Sponsorships will also be offered. For more information, call the 43 Wilbur Road farm at 860-868-1960.