The Gunnery, a private school in Washington, recently hosted a town party to honor the relationship the school has with the town.

The school's new head, Peter Becker, and his wife, AmyJulia, welcomed the guests.

Many among the town's citizenry are alumni, former faculty, trustees and supporters of the school.

First Selectman Mark Lyon shared the podium with Mr. Becker and received a framed citation awarding Washington's town employees and volunteers the designation of "Friends of the Green."

The Friend of the Green Award has become an annual tradition.

Mark Showalter, the Gunnery's head of maintenance and also the town's volunteer fire chief, spoke about the ways in which the two institutions -- the school and the town -- help each other.

He presented Mr. Becker with a gift of welcome to the community, handmade by resident Wayne Johnson.

The gift was a clock with a mahogany base carved from the discarded lintel from the Gunn museum building, a tower fashioned from a finely polished brass hose nozzle and a face formed from the fire department insignia which tops ceremonial flags.

After the formal part of the evening, guests mingled, shared stories and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks prepared and served by the Gunnery's food service provider, Aramark, under the direction of Maryann Pierzga.