A total reward of $500 has been offered for the return -- no questions asked -- of the two missing figures in the solar system installation around New Milford from the John J. McCarthy Observatory.

Donald Ross, a charter member of the observatory, is offering $250 for the return of the planet Neptune, taken from the grounds of New Milford Public Library along the Village Green.

He is also offering $250 for the model of the space explorer ship New Horizons taken from the campus of John Pettibone School on Pickett District Road.

Mr. Ross created New Horizons and had already repaired the model once after it had been vandalized.

The planet and space ship models should be returned to the mayor's Office in Town Hall. The office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-- Susan Tuz