A bouquet of roses in memory to all those Greater New Milford-area service men and women who have sacrificed their lives so their fellow Americans could live in freedom. Throughout the area last weekend, Memorial Day tribute was paid to the many war dead who, in President Abraham Lincoln's words, "gave the last full measure of devotion" to their country. For area coverage of Memorial Day ceremonies and parades, see pages S1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 17.

Thorns to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for failing to provide a supervisor to oversee patrols on Candlewood Lake. The DEP is citing a lack of staff due to retirements, but an 11-year-old agreement states that the Candlewood Lake Authority can operate patrols only with a DEP officer in charge. Without question, boat patrols are absolutely necessary on the state's largest lake, for the sake of public safety. Leaders of the five towns bordering the lake -- New Milford, Sherman, Danbury, Brookfield and New Fairfield -- are justifiably concerned about the situation; we urge them to find a solution with the DEP so that the lake authority can resume boat patrols on Candlewood Lake.

Roses to Tori Green, a New Milford High School graduate who took it upon herself to organize and host a fundraiser for breast cancer research called "Pretty in Pink" Sunday at Candlewood Valley Country Club in New Milford (see story and photos, Page S1). Ms. Green and her committee raised more than $4,000 for the American Cancer Society's Golf For The Cure program. She will also host Sing for the Cure, a karaoke-style singing contest June 12 at Matteo Restaurant in New Milford. We applaud Tori and all those who endeavor with their volunteer efforts to help others less fortunate.