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Plane Crashes; Dog Rescued; McDonald’s Goes Green; Vietnam Vet Honored; and More

“The Towns Around Us” takes a look at what’s making headlines in neighboring communities.

STRATFORD – A small passenger plane crashed Saturday evening as it came in for a landing at Sikorsky Airport. Both passengers were transported to the hospital – one for serious injuries, according to fire officials.

Details on the crash, including photos, are available by clicking here.

MILFORD – A 9-year-old girl and her father have achieved hero status after they rescued a 140-pound Great Dane that was stuck on a rock along the Housatonic River.

The young girl spotted the dog while out for a boat ride with dad on Tuesday. The dog, Scooby, had reportedly gone missing a day earlier and, by the time its rescuers arrived, had reached a point of exhaustion from trying to escape its perilous position.

The girl and her father share their story with Milford Patch. You can check it out here.

HAMDEN – The memory of a soldier killed in Vietnam will forever live on through his family and friends and now through a street named in his honor.

On Friday, town, state and federal officials joined the family of Sergeant First Class John T. Gallagher to name a street in his honor. Gallagher was killed in action in Vietnam in 1968.

Watch a video of the dedication ceremony by clicking here.

CHESHIRE – The oldest fast food joint in town is new again. After months of construction, McDonald’s is back in business.

Catch a glimpse inside the establishment in this video.

EAST HAVEN – According to a poll released this week, Republican candidate Joe Maturo is in the lead for the race to be mayor.

Results of the poll, commissioned by Maturo, were discussed at a Republican Town Committee meeting and then made public to Patch. Maturo’s confidence has been boosted by the results, while the Democratic Town Committee chairman has called it “rhetoric.”

A spokesman for the other Republican candidate, Board of Education Chairman John Finkle, said polls on candidates aren’t as reliable as those on issues.

Check out the poll results and decide for yourself.

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