If you drove down Church Hill Road this weekend, you may have noticed the giant teddy bear made of hay outside Baum Orthodontics, at the intersection of Queen Street.
In previous years, Baum's office have put out rolled hay bales to celebrate the fall. This year they decided to do something different.
"It's a yearly thing, but it's a little more special this year," says hygienist and clinical supervisor Laurel Butler. "This is the first year we've actually made it look like something. We added a green ribbon in memory of the faculty and students at Sandy Hook."
Shelton-based landscaper Pete Stanisci designed the bear, as well as a similarly-sized scarecrow for Baum's Monroe office. He stacked the bales into the shape of the bear and added ears, a face and paws — along with a sign reading "Smile!"
And it looks like many passersby are doing just that.
"It's bringing a lot of smiles to people," says Butler. "And it's a pretty thing for the fall."