A large gathering of area residents was on hand recently to help dedicate the Kathleen Fischer Sundial at the McCarthy Observatory in New Milford.

Mrs. Fischer was a New Milford educator and observatory volunteer who died in November 2010.

The June 9 afternoon event on the campus of New Milford High School also featured the dedication of the Galileo's Garden.

"The turnout was wonderful, and both the sundial and the garden received high marks from the many attendees," said observatory president Monty Robson.

Since that date, the sundial has received a polished granite compass rose around its base.

"We are very happy with the whole structure, and the sundial's accuracy," added Mr. Robson, who explained the complexity and significance of the development of sundial technology for the standardization of time.

During the ceremony, Larry Fischer gave tribute to his wife, Kathy, both as a person and a dedicated teacher.

The dedication ceremony was followed by parents, children, and observatory members planting sun flowers grown by students at the town's three elementary schools and at the Children's Center of New Milford.

For more information about the observatory and its programs, check www.mccarthyobservatory.org. For more photos, see www.newmilfordspectrum.com.