December 11, 2019
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Guilford Courier

Shown here speaking as 2018-’19 co-chair of the United Way of Greater Waterbury annual campaign, 13-year-old Guilford resident Ella Copeland has demonstrated, in several meaningful ways, that young people can make an impact, and get involved, to help their community and others. Photo courtesy of Ella Copeland

Ella Copeland, at 13, Co-Chairs Successful United Way Campaign

Published May 15, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Have you heard of #theEllaEffect? It’s named for 13-year-old Guilford resident Ella Copeland, who, along with her dad, Grant, co-chaired this year’s United Way of Greater Waterbury (UWGW) campaign. When the campaign ended on May 2, over $4 million had been raised—nearly toppling the campaign’s record 75th anniversary mark of $4.1 million.

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Guilford Courier

With typical humor, Doug Rollins strikes a familiar pose (look left) on the Guilford Green to share his support of Guilford High School (GHS) music and ski programs, and to play his is part as a member of Conn Artists, which will give an a capella concert at Guilford First Congregational Church (at back) on Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. with GHS Voices.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

A Conn Artist with Heart: Rollins Gives Back to Guilford

Published May 08, 2019 08:30 a.m.

He’s been performing a capella with the incredible Conn Artists for more than 20 years, but Doug Rollins still compares stepping on stage with that same fight-or-flight reflex he connects to another passion—hurtling down the steepest competitive ski slopes.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford poet Dolores Hayden has crafted poems of risk, reward, and daredevil antics into a historical fiction, Exuberance, a celebration of the death-defying days—and characters—of early aviation. Readers can join Dolores at a book launch at Breakwater Books in Guilford at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Risk, Reward, and Daredevil Antics: Hayden Pens 'Exuberance'

Published May 01, 2019 08:30 a.m.

The famous crash that inspired Guilford poet Dolores Hayden to pen 'Exuberance,' a page-turner celebrating America’s daring early aviators, had nothing to do with flying.

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Guilford Courier

As outreach coordinator for Shoreline Moms Demand Action, Kathy Westgard, an artist, educator, and activist, is helping Shoreline Students Demand Action present a community event, Art Demands Action, on Saturday, May 11. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Westgard Stewards Student-Led ‘Art Demands Action’

Published April 24, 2019 08:30 a.m.

On Saturday, May 11, Kathy Westgard invites residents of all ages to encounter Art Demands Action, a student-driven, art-focused, community-connecting and fundraising event in support of gun safety.

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The Sound

Carla Cerino, who teaches academic writing and reading to adult English as a second language learners through ERACE, inspires her students with goals including having their stories published in a national magazine, The Change Agent. In March, five of Cerino’s students had their stories published. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Write On: ESL Writers Inspire ERACE Educator Carla Cerino

Published April 17, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Every semester, adult students from across the globe take Carla Cerino’s class to learn English academic reading and writing skills, but by the time they leave, they always manage to teach Carla new lessons about the human spirit.

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Guilford Courier

Assisting her brother through homelessness and mental illness has helped turn author Laura Noe into an advocate who shares her story statewide to assist others and build awareness. On Saturday, April 27, Noe will be a presenter at The Big Sleep Out 2019 on the Guilford Green. Photo courtesy of Laura Noe

Noe Encourages All to Join The Big Sleepout 2019

Published April 10, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Last spring, Laura Noe was taking her favorite drive into Guilford along scenic Route 146 when she saw a sign that made her stop and turn around.

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Guilford Courier

Meghan Scanlon joined Women & Family Life Center as its first full-time director about nine months ago and has been on a mission to bring important service and support goals into focus, raise awareness and funds, and find ways to partner to expand free services for shoreline women and families in crisis or transition. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Invigorated Focus, Amazing Energy: Meghan Scanlon Leads W&FLC

Published April 03, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When Meghan Scanlon first joined Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) as its executive director about nine months ago, she went out into the community on a fact-finding mission.

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Guilford Courier

Ellie Wiesler is the founder and leader of a TED-Ed Student Talks club at Guilford Free Library. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

With TED-Ed Student Talks, Wiesler Shares a World of Topics

Published March 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

What does “Machiavellian” really mean? How tall can a tree grow? How does the Rorschach inkblot test work? Can you solve the unstoppable blob riddle?

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Guilford Courier

Laurie Dray is building a buzz around the 13th annual Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE) Adult Spelling Bee, which takes place Friday, April 5 at Guilford High School. She’s shown here outside The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center, the providers of food for sale at the bee to benefit GFFE. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Laurie Dray is a GFFE Bee-Liever

Published March 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Not too many years ago, Laurie Dray answered a friend’s last-minute call to pitch in as a worker bee to help Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE)—and she’s been buzzing about GFFE ever since.

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Guilford Courier

In addition to her innovative classroom work, Guilford resident Stephanie Johnson (far left, holding award) is one of two coaches for The Country School’s competitive robotics program. She’s shown here at the 2018 fall regional First Lego League Robotics Tournament, where her team qualified once again for the state championship, and Johnson was named Best Mentor. Now, Johnson has been named a Women of Innovation finalist by the Connecticut Technology Council. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Johnson

A Woman of Innovation: Johnson’s Teaching Inspires the Next Generation

Published March 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Well before most educators were talking about STEM learning, Stephanie Johnson was learning to teach with a new educational approach, “constructivist teaching.”

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Guilford Courier

At Melissa Jones School, physical education teacher Derek DeLucia pumps kids up with Fitness Fridays and other fitness fun that helps keep them healthy and motivated to learn. He’s shown here after a session with kindergarteners in the classroom of teacher Shauna Panella. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

DeLucia Puts the Fun in Fitness at Melissa Jones School

Published March 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

He’s the star of Fitness Fridays, the mind behind some stellar physical education grants, the father of an annual family fitness fundraiser, and the ringmaster of a circus-based student experience.

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Guilford Courier

As co-chair of Guilford High School Project Graduation (GHSPG) restaurant fundraising events, Kelley McDevitt-Hooker is busy drumming up support for Silent Auction and raffle prizes for GHSPG’s Wednesday, March 20 fundraising night at Guilford Mooring restaurant. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Helping Project Graduation’s Community Support Carry Over

Published Feb. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

After two years volunteering to assist Guilford High School Project Graduation (GHSPG), if Kelley McDevitt-Hooker had one take-away she could share with parents of Guilford Public School (GPS) students, it would be this:

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Guilford Courier

Guilford Poets Guild (GPG) President David Cundy is helping the members of GPG celebrate the guild’s 20th anniversary in 2019 with a full calendar of events. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Carrying On the Craft and Community Contributions: Cundy Helps Guilford Poets Guild Celebrate 20 Years

Published Feb. 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Finding a way to both recognize 20 years of Guilford Poets Guilford (GPG) and carry on the craft and cause of GPG’s founders is no small effort.

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Guilford Courier

David Mills spearheads Guilford’s talented teens-and-teachers improvisational DoSo Dance Band. Together with Guilford teen DoSo Dancers led by instructor Karen Pfrommer and assistance from Guilford Parks & Recreation and the Guilford Foundation, David invites local teens to come out to enjoy social dancing to live music at the next DoSo Dance Band event on Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at Nathanael Greene Community Center. Tickets are $5. Photo courtesy of David Mills

Do You DoSo? Mills Invites Teens to DoSo Dance Band Events

Published Feb. 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

This is not your grandfather’s dance band. In fact, there’s really nothing like Guilford’s DoSo Dance Band—except for other DoSo projects led by musician, music teacher, and DoSo Music founder David Mills.

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Guilford Courier

On May 5, with his four-year-old son Agus trailering along for the ride, Enzo Figueres will join the Race to End Duchenne team at the 2019 TD Five Boro Bike Tour in New York. He’s riding to support Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) and raising funds that will go directly toward researching a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Agus was diagnosed with DMD in November 2018. Photo courtesy of Enzo Figueres

Riding for His Son’s Life: Figueres Joins ‘Race to End Duchenne’

Published Feb. 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day—four-year-old Agustin “Agus” Figueres loves looking forward to celebrations. But his dad, Enzo Figueres, wishes he could slow down time.

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Guilford Courier

Cellist Patti Smith-Romanski will be joined by three of her music professional friends to perform Joyful Noise! A Concert of Cellos at her hometown church Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. The concert takes place at Guilford First Congregational Church. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

For the Love of Cello: Smith-Romanski Offers Feb. 10 Concert at First Church

Published Jan. 30, 2019 08:30 a.m.

What’s not to love about the cello? As one of the most versatile of the strings, it can soar to the highest notes and rumble through spine-tingling low tones. It’s certainly one of the reasons why Patricia “Patti” Smith-Romanski is excited to bring Joyful Noise! A Concert of Cellos to her community on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. at Guilford First Congregational Church.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford VFW Post 7666’s local, district, and now state 2019 Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest winner Nathaniel Kerr is in the running to win the national VFW essay contest in March. Kerr, age 12, entered the essay contest after Guilford VFW extended an invitation to his school, East Shoreline Catholic Academy, where Kerr attends seventh grade. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Kerr Wins 2019 CT VFW Patriot’s Pen State Prize

Published Jan. 23, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Nathaniel “Nathan” Kerr has already done much to make members of Guilford Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7666 proud in recent months. But on Jan. 13, the post’s admiration for Nathan rose another notch when his local and district-winning essay was selected by the CT Department of VFW as Connecticut’s 2019 State Winner of the Patriot’s Pen Contest.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford’s Katie Trainer, music teacher at the North Branford High School, is the winds instructor for the East Haven/North Branford Co-Op Marching Band that recently took home a second win in the state-wide and New England championships. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Katie Trainer: Taking Playing Together to the Next Level

Published Jan. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As an educator and a musician, Katie Trainer always strives to find new ways to bring people and music together. She started with music at a young age and soon decided to make a career of it.

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Guilford Courier

Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Anne Keene has made an important impact on Guilford Public Schools (GPS) during her 20-year tenure, and is working hard to make the most of every moment in her final school year with GPS. She’ll retire from GPS in June. Photo by Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

‘The Most Important Thing’: A Thoughtful Gift to Guilford Schools From Dr. Anne Keene

Published Jan. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Twenty years ago, Dr. Anne Keene started a tradition of reading a children’s book at convocation, the annual back-to-school gathering of Guilford Public School (GPS) teachers and administrators.

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Guilford Courier

Thea Martin is an attorney, mediator, yoga teacher, mom, and wife who volunteers at the Women & Family Life Center to lead divorce workshops, including the upcoming Adapt program on Saturday, Jan. 12. Photo courtesy of Thea Martin

Thea Martin: Real Change Starts at Home

Published Jan. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

When Thea Martin began pursuing her career in law, she was drawn to public policy and social justice, but as she began practicing, she found her true calling as a divorce attorney. A self-proclaimed feminist, Thea found herself fighting for women and children.

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The Source

With the end of 2018, Branford resident Ted Kennedy, Jr., concludes four years as District 12 state senator. He recently met with the The Sound at Branford’s Parthenon Diner to talk about his work on behalf of the district and the state, and what’s ahead for him next. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Two Terms, Many Accomplishments: Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., Concludes District 12 Legislative Service

Published Dec. 19, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Following a productive four years as a state senator, Ted Kennedy, Jr., says his decision to step away from Connecticut’s legislative landscape at the end of 2018 was difficult, but allows him to fully focus on helping to protect disability rights at very critical point in the nation’s history.

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Guilford Courier

Colleen Wall’s nurses office at Melissa Jones School is filled with heartfelt notes from students, all signs of gratitude for a much-appreciated school nurse. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Colleen Wall: Caring for Kids at MJS

Published Dec. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

It’s not even halfway through the school year, but Colleen Wall’s office at Melissa Jones School (MJS) is already displaying plenty of heartfelt notes from students and classroom posters decorated with adjectives like “loving, caring, kind, compassionate”—all signs of gratitude for a much-appreciated school nurse.

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Guilford Courier

As treasurer of Wesleyan Potters and a potter himself, Scott Caraway encourages his Guilford and shoreline neighbors to make a holiday shopping (or personal shopping) visit to the non-profit’s annual sale through Sunday, Dec. 9. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Caraway is a Hands-On Volunteer for Wesleyan Potters

Published Dec. 05, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As part of Wesleyan Potters, an organization built on volunteers, Scott Caraway can get pretty hands-on—and not just when he’s throwing pottery.

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Guilford Courier

With ever-expanding programs and holiday needs right around the corner, Community Dining Room Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Rosenberg welcomes volunteer help, donations, and other assistance from individuals, schools, businesses, and organizations. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Gathering Volunteers, Donations for Community Dining Room

Published Nov. 28, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Somehow, Community Dining Room (CDR) Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Rosenberg never fails to rise to the challenge of rounding up enough volunteers to staff and/or help donate to ever-expanding programs; fill CDR’s kitchen crew with prep, cook, service, and clean up volunteers dishing up 50 to 90 meals per day (365 days a year); and line up drivers for 70 to 75 home deliveries sent out several days a week.

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Guilford Courier

As director of retail operations for Zane’s Cycles, Tom Girard loves collaborating with Guilford’s Roots4Relief on the charity’s annual Wishing Wheels Holiday Bike Drive. Donations are being accepted now to help provide brand-new Zane’s Cycles kids’ bikes (foreground) at cost. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Helping Zane’s Cycles Support Roots4Relief’s ‘Wishing Wheels’

Published Nov. 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As director of retail operations for Zane’s Cycles, Tom Girard has helped tie the Branford-based company into plenty of feel-good events. But he’s quickly learned there’s nothing quite like collaborating with Guilford’s Roots4Relief on the charity’s annual Wishing Wheels Holiday Bike Drive.

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Guilford Courier

Successful pets’ rights lobbyist, non-profit founder/president, author, and singer/songwriter Lori Nicholson is reaching out to ask shoreline residents to help her new YouTube music video, “Thank God for Dogs,” go viral to bring attention to her efforts to help establish the nation’s first pet health metrics database program. Photo courtesy of Lori Nicholson

Nicholson Hopes ‘Thank God for Dogs’ Video Goes Viral to Save Pets’ Lives

Published Nov. 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Every time a pet goes to the vet, valuable information could be gathered and shared to help save other pets’ lives. It’s happening now in the United Kingdom (UK), yet no nationwide surveillance exists in the United States. That’s where Lori Nicholson is determined to make a difference, and she needs her shoreline neighbors to help her.

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Guilford Courier

Elf Mother Jill DeChello of Winc Promotions of North Haven rounds up some final touches to bring to the shoreline’s Magical Elf House in Guilford. Photo courtesy of Jill DeChello

Ready for the Big Reveal: Magical Elf House Coming to the Shoreline

Published Nov. 07, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Once upon a time, there were three very creative Christmas Fairies—let’s call them Judi, Jennifer, and Ramona—and one very busy Elf Mother—let’s call her Jill. For two years, they’ve been planning a very special event, and now, it’s nearly time for the big reveal.

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The Sound

Resident potter for Guilford Art Center (GAC) Dana Lofink is shown here throwing one of many bowls she’s crafted to help a great cause, Soup for Good. Proceeds from the hearty soup supper, which takes place Sunday, Nov. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at GAC, will support non-profit, Branford-based Community Dining Room as well as non-profit GAC. Photo courtesy of the Guilford Art Center

Lofink Goes Hands-On to Help ‘Soup for Good’

Published Oct. 31, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As the new resident potter for Guilford Art Center (GAC), Dana Lofink is going hands-on to help a great cause, GAC’s sixth annual Soup for Good. She’s had a hand in making many of the unique pottery bowls that will be given away as part of the event.

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Guilford Courier

A national spotlight is shining on Katrina Cain, a Guilford native, thanks to her appearances on NBC’s The Voice: Season 15. Cain got her singing start growing up in Guilford and is grateful for her hometown’s support. Photo courtesy of NBC’s The Voice

Guilford Native Katrina Cain Capturing Hearts on ‘The Voice’

Published Oct. 24, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Katrina Cain may call Texas home, but she’s carrying Guilford in her soul as she captures the hearts of fans nationwide on NBC’s The Voice: Season 15.

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Guilford Courier

Through statewide organizations like The Cove and Camp Erin and local groups like the Madison and Guilford ABC programs, Renée McIntyre has been a vital resource for kids dealing with grief and transition. Photo by Chris Dobbins/The Source

Renée McIntyre: Going with the Hope

Published Oct. 17, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Asked about her work or various volunteer activities, at some point Renée McIntyre will say, “It’s a privilege” about each thing she does.

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