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Historical fiction author Loretta Goldberg found many of the same social concerns in Elizabethan England as she sees in modern life when researching for her novel The Reversible Mask. Photo courtesy of Loretta Goldberg

Loretta Goldberg: Playing the Espionage Game

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Loretta Goldberg sees connections between what appear to be very dissimilar careers. She started out as a serious...

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As health director for the Town of Essex, Lisa Fasulo has been helping keep the community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo by David Fasulo

Lisa Fasulo: Busy Times

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Lisa Fasulo, the director of the Essex Health Department and a registered sanitarian, was following her own advice. She was maintaining social distancing with a reporter—in fact, extreme social distancing.

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When growing up, Anne Bishop frequently heard the statement “Make yourself useful” from her father. It’s a message she’s taken to heart. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Anne Bishop: Useful is the Word

Published March 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Most adults have only dim recognition of childhood babysitters, but not Anne Bishop. That’s because one of her sitters is now enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame: Carl Yastrzemski.

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After a decade of service on the Essex Parks & Recreastion Commission, including five years as chair, Bob Russo will be sent off in style as grand marshal of the Essex Go Bragh parade on Saturday, March 21. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Bob Russo: On St. Patrick’s Day, Everyone is Irish

Published March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Some people are Irish all year; others, like Bob Russo, are Irish only on St. Patrick’s Day.

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The Reverend Timothy Haut is celebrating 40 years as pastor of the Deep River Congregational Church, and in return, the church is inviting the wider community in to celebrate him on Saturday, March 14. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Tim Haut: Going Strong

Published March 04, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Here are some highlights from 1980: The Winter Olympics were in Lake Placid New York; Ronald Reagan Defeated Jimmy Carter in the presidential election; the Pittsburgh Steelers won their fourth Super Bowl; and Tim Haut became the minister of the Deep River Congregational Church.

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While her career as a guidance counselor keeps Abby DeTour in a high school all day, she’s still game to help out at her daughters’ alma mater, Valley Regional High School, for the spring musical. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Abby DeTour: No Detours in Her Schedule

Published Feb. 26, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Abby DeTour graduated from high school some three decades ago, but she has not left, either professionally or personally.

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When it comes time to throw a party for the Essex Elementary School community, Carrie Comerford will be at the forefront, dressed in pajamas with her fellow organizers for Essex Elementary School Family Night on Friday, Feb. 28. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Carrie Comerford: Bingo, It’s Her!

Published Feb. 19, 2020 08:30 a.m.

A bit rusty on your masked crusaders? Feminine superheroes not your specialty? Then meet Elastigirl, or alternatively Carrie Comerford of Ivoryton.

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In her hometown of Ivoryton, Pat Muggleston is helping to ensure the 150-year history if the Ivoryton Library continues for another 150 years. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Pat Muggleston: Look for Her at the Library

Published Feb. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Pat Muggleston has heard a lot about Harry Potter. That is because her last name incorporates what wizards like Harry called people who did not possess magical powers: Muggles.

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Chester’s David Rau will deliver a talk on the Florence Griswold Museum at the Essex library on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Photo by Jenny Parsons

David Rau: Stay Healthy—Visit a Museum

Published Feb. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Now here’s a prescription that you can’t fill at the drug store. For reducing stress, encouraging mindfulness and maintaining good health, visit a museum.

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With a clutter-free life the natural result of growing up in a military family, Eva Counter draws on her skills and inclination as professional organizer. 

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Eva Counter: Getting Organized

Published Jan. 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

What do getting better organized and losing weight have in common?

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When you’ve reached the peak of fame as a rock and roll star, what’s left? For Blue Öyster Cult co-founder Joe Bouchard, a return to his high school band instrument in a group of beginners and returning musicians is keeping his chops fresh. Photo by Elizabeth Reinhart/The Courier

Joe Bouchard: Worldly Musician Makes Local Impact

Published Jan. 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

By happenstance, Joe Bouchard has turned his musical focus back to the trumpet.“I went to this...

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Though it took two full years, Margo Valentine oversaw the story of her life move from her handwritten manuscript to finished product. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Margo Valentine: Looking Back

Published Jan. 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

If Margo Valentine had not fallen down the stairs while going to a tailor’s shop in 2016, she would not have written a book. But Margo, then 85, did fall down. And she did write a book.

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From an early age, Hilarie Clark Moore showed an aptitude for music that has become a career and a calling. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Hilarie Clark Moore: Making Music

Published Jan. 08, 2020 08:30 a.m.

A tag sale when she was five years old made all the difference to Hilarie Clark Moore’s life.

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After more than five decades of service with the Chester Hose Company and the Ambulance Association, Bill Beni has retired. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Bill Beni: Where There’s Smoke…

Published Dec. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Bill Beni had a request of a reporter: Do the interview at the Chester Firehouse. It was the right place.

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Serial restaurateur and jack-of-all-trades Christopher Owens is the man behind the Chester Historical Society’s Light Up the Night fundraiser. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Christopher Owens: The Star of the Show

Published Dec. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Seeing stars? It’s not because of dizziness or feeling faint. Not at all.

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Remember this face: If past performance is any indicator of future success, theater-goers are going to be seeing a lot of Tess Santasiero. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Tess Santasiero: Live Onstage

Published Dec. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Tess Santasiero thinks she grew two inches when she was measured at her last doctor’s appointment. That makes her, at the age of 11, four feet two inches tall. But she is already packing an impressive theater résumé into that small frame.

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Teacher, sailor, and runner Kathryn Ryan will be there with bells on (literally) for the annual Jingle Bell Run to benefit Region 4 Education Foundation on Saturday, Dec. 14. 

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Kathryn Ryan: The Bells are Ringing

Published Dec. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Rudolph wears jingling bells when he draws Santa’s sleigh. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen do, too, as well as the rest of Santa’s team.

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For retired industrial logistics specialist Kerry Desmond, an opportunity to help coordinate the 450,000 Christmas lights that are part of Ivoryton Illuminations is right up his alley. This year’s celebration begins on Saturday, Dec. 7. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Kerry Desmond: Cue the Lights

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

How do you have 450,000 Christmas lights without an energy bill that breaks even Santa’s budget?

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Drawing from a lifetime of adventurous cooking, Ron Lavoie used time recovering from an injury to craft a cookbook with 100 recipes and the wisdom of an accomplished home chef. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Ron Lavoie: A Recipe for Dinner and for Life

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

Ron Lavoie has written a cookbook, Everyday Gourmet: A Lifetime of Cooking. But there is more than dinner in the story of how this volume came to be.

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Sarah Whitney keeps the legacy of her father, Paul Marden, alive in Essex through her efforts with the Readers Aloud program at Essex Elementary—plus quite a bit more.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Sarah Whitney: Father Knows Best

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

There have been a number of families where family members have been Person of the Week at different times.

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A former U.S. Navy aviator, Keith LaFlair will be a part of the Chester American Legion Post 97 Veterans Day parade and ceremonies on Monday, Nov. 11.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Keith LaFlair: Marking a Special Day

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

Keith LaFlair spent more than 40 years flying in airplanes but not as a passenger. Keith was a pilot and there’s more to the story than that.

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Stacie DiNello is joined on the Riverwind Inn porch by Fred and Ethel, this year’s Deep river Merchants Association Scarecrow Contest third-place winners. (The Deep River historical Society’s Corn Goddess scarecrow took top honors, with the Friends of the Deep River Library’s entry taking second.) The contest is just one of the projects Stacie helps oversee as president of the merchant’s association. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Stacie DiNello: In at the Inn

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

Okay, want to date yourself? Then identify Fred and Ethel Mertz. If you are a certain age, that’s no problem. Fred and Ethel were Lucy and Desi’s faithful neighbors and sidekicks on the old I Love Lucy Show.

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It’ safe to say Peggy Winkley knows how to be a good neighbor. She and her family lived in many of the homes she’s renovated for use by adults with mental and emotional challenges as part of Brian House, for which she serves as executive director. 

Photo courtesy of Peggy Winkley

Peggy Winkley: Making a House into a Home

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

Thirty-five years ago, Peggy Winkley and her late husband Mal had an idea.

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Howard Tuttle will do just about anything for the library, including opening his home for the Friends of the Essex Library’s Festival of Dinners on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Howard Tuttle: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

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

Howard Tuttle doesn’t know the menu yet but he does know he and his wife Peggy will be having a dinner party on Saturday, Nov. 2.

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Deb Smith joined the Essex Library as executive director in July and has since immersed herself in the library and the community. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Deb Smith: Creating Community Through Books

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

Coming to Essex with an impressive résumé, Deb Smith brings a strong sense of excitement and verve to her new job as executive director of the Essex Library Association. Smith hit the ground running on July 1, the first official day of her job, and she hasn’t stopped yet.

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Gary Nash, Jr., a movable bridge project manager, felt the need to get the hands-on experience as an ironworker to do his job well. He’s taking that same attitude toward learning as the cubmaster of the newly formed Tri-Town Cub Scout Pack 13, which serves boys and girls in Chester, Deer River, and Essex. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Gary Nash, Jr.: Leader of the Pack

Published Sep. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Here’s a riddle: What is blue and yellow and runs in packs? Answer: Cub scouts.

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To help highlight the contributions that all members of the community can make if given a chance, Marjorie Russell is helping stage the Water Lantern Celebration to benefit A Little Compassion and the Nest Coffee House on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Plattwood Park, Winthrop Road, Deep River. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Marjorie Russell: Light the Night

Published Sep. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 5 at dusk, Marjorie Russell will launch a lantern with a light inside and a special message written outside on the pond at Plattwood Park in Deep River.

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As captain of Team ICE (that’s Ivoryton, Centerbrook, and Essex), Don Shannehan expects the best showing in years when his players face off against the teams from Chester and Deep river on Sunday, Sept. 22 for the annual Old Time Baseball Game.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Don Shannehan: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Published Sep. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Don Shannehan thought his ball playing days were over after he broke a finger fielding a line drive in an adult softball game more than 25 years ago.

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Throughout his career as a teacher and administrator in local schools, Dave Russell has kept his oar in the water as a member of the Westbrook Marine Patrol. 

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Keeping Current with Dave Russell

Published Sep. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Dave Russell was born in a city located at the confluence of three rivers, but it was in Connecticut that he became a boater.

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As children’s librarian at the Deep River Library, Elaine Alexander likes to have all the ingredients on hand to keep kids of any age engaged and entertained.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Elaine Alexander: Kids Are Her Game

Published Aug. 28, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Maybe you saw Bat Girl at the library, or maybe Mrs. Santa Claus, or maybe a pirate.

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