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The Sound

As co-chair of the Missions Committee, Diane Powers proudly shares recognition and honors recently received by North Guilford Congregational Church (NGCC) for its mission efforts. On Saturday, Aug. 18, Powers will help staff NGCC’s North Guilford Country Fair and Auction, which will give 10 percent of the day’s profits to assist The Small Things, a non-profit serving orphaned children in Tanzania founded by Branford resident Bekka Ross Russell. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

The Small Things: Powers, NGCC Fair Help Branford Resident’s Non-Profit

Published Aug. 15, 2018 08:30 a.m.

You could say 10 percent of every peach Diane Powers peels in the wee hours of Saturday, Aug. 18 will make an impact across the world, in Tanzania.

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Guilford Courier

A familiar face to many, Peter Perkins gives back to his hometown in many ways. On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25, he’ll be back at the heart of the St. George Men’s Group’s popular Italian Festival, helping the all-volunteer group put on a fun event with proceeds to benefit Guilford Meals on Wheels. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Peter Perkins: Manning the Italian Fest and Much More

Published Aug. 15, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Whether he’ stirring up sauce, manning a smoker, swinging a hammer, or supporting local farming, Peter Perkins is one of those guys who, as he says, is “willing to sweat for somebody else.”

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East Haven Courier

Sal Brancati returned from retirement to work in East Haven. After four years on the job, he’s proud of the work that’s been done. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Sal Brancati: Embracing New Challenges in East Haven Development

Published Aug. 15, 2018 08:30 a.m.

In the ’80s, Sal Brancati stumbled into a New Haven economic development job. Four mayors and one town over, he finds himself again offering his services, this time to the town of East Haven.

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North Haven Courier

Though Bob DePalma has retired from his 31 years on the North Haven police force, he doesn’t see his next step as retirement. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Officer Bob Goes Back to School

Published Aug. 15, 2018 08:30 a.m.

For retired sergeant Bob DePalma, policing is all about learning—which makes his latest posting all the more fitting.

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Harbor News

Charlotte Kundrath is a realtor by day and arts volunteer by night, though she also tries to get in some time at the helm of her Sunfish sailboat at her home in Clinton. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Charlotte Kundrath: Connecting Arts and Audiences

Published Aug. 15, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Charlotte Kundrath grew up in a home that embraced the arts, which may explain why she has found a way to translate that love of culture into a regular part of her life as a volunteer at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate).

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Valley Courier

Ted Taigen has retired from an illustrious career as a UConn biology professor who served as academic advisor to the men’s basketball team. He’s now putting his talent to work with the Chester Rotary Club, which returns the annual Lobster Fest to the Chester Fair Grounds on Saturday, Sept. 8. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Ted Taigen: Get the Butter, Get the Bib, It’s Lobster Time!

Published Aug. 15, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Snap, Crackle, and Pop! Okay, it’s not Rice Krispies, but the advertising slogan works just as well for the Chester Rotary Lobster Fest.

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The Source

Killingworth Director of Emergency Management Donald McDougall, a longtime volunteer in town, will be honored by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County as an Outstanding Volunteer during the foundation’s 2018 Local Leaders Local Legends Celebration Wednesday, Aug. 22. Photo by Elio Gugliotti/The Source

Donald McDougall: Responding to the Call

Published Aug. 15, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Forty-seven years have passed since Donald McDougall responded to his first call as a volunteer with the Killingworth Ambulance Association.

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The Source

Rebecca Frost has agreed to move up from her position as Polson Middle School assistant principal to serve as Island Avenue’s principal during its final year.

Photo courtesy of Madison Public Schools

Rebecca Frost: Holding Down the Fort for One Last Year

Published Aug. 08, 2018 08:30 a.m.

After the decision was made by the Madison Board of Education to close Island Avenue Elementary School following the 2018-’19 school year, former principal Doreen O’Leary resigned and Polson Middle School Assistant Principal Rebecca Frost was chosen step in to pick up the slack.

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Guilford Courier

Founder and president of non-profit Smile Anyway, Amy Johansson invites shoreline residents to come out and enjoy the Love is Louder music festival on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Owenego Beach and Tennis Club in Branford. Proceeds will benefit efforts of Smile Anyway, which has a goal of establishing a local transitional facility where young adults can join a community providing a continuum of post-rehabilitation support. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

‘Love is Louder:’ Johansson Gathers Music Fest in Support of Young Adults Battling Addiction

Published Aug. 08, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Amy Johansson’s son needed a local transitional facility where young adults could receive comprehensive, supportive post-rehabilitation assistance for their new, sober lifestyle, there was none to be found.

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The Sound

Founder and president of non-profit Smile Anyway, Amy Johansson invites shoreline residents to come out and enjoy the Love is Louder music festival on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Owenego Beach and Tennis Club in Branford. Proceeds will benefit efforts of Smile Anyway, which has a goal of establishing a local transitional facility where young adults can join a community providing a continuum of post-rehabilitation support. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

‘Love is Louder:’ Johansson Gathers Music Fest in Support of Young Adults Battling Addiction

Published Aug. 08, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Amy Johansson’s son needed a local transitional facility where young adults could receive comprehensive, supportive post-rehabilitation assistance for their new, sober lifestyle, there was none to be found.

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Valley Courier

As Ivoryton Library’s assistant director and director of Children’s Services, Elizabeth Bartlett is able to merge her love of music, gardening, and books (and design and several more interests) to help foster kids’ curiosities. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Elizabeth Bartlett: By the Book

Published Aug. 08, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Wisdom doesn’t go out of style, so what Roman orator and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote some 2,000 years ago works well for Elizabeth Bartlett today: If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Cicero did and so does Elizabeth Bartlett. (Okay, Latin enthusiasts, here it is: Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, deerit nihil.)

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North Haven Courier

Local musician Vinnie Carr, who kicked off North Haven’s Music Under the Stars Concert series earlier this summer, has entered semi-retirement, which for him just means he gets to play solely at his favorite locales. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Entertainer Vinnie Carr Isn’t Changing his Tune

Published Aug. 08, 2018 08:30 a.m.

A lot has changed in the music business over the past 40 years, but Vinnie Carr’s act isn’t one of them. He’s been coming to North Haven’s concert series for many years, bringing the same tunes that got him started with his first band in 1966.

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East Haven Courier

Local musician Vinnie Carr will be on the Town Green twice this month, performing on Senior Day on Saturday, Aug. 18 and closing out the East Haven Summer Concert Series on Sunday, Aug. 26. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Local Legend Vinnie Carr Returns to East Haven Senior Day

Published Aug. 08, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Vinnie Carr has been a serviceman, a New Haven police officer, and, for most of his life, one of the shoreline area’s prominent entertainers. He’s also a perennial feature at East Haven’s Senior Day.

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Harbor News

In September, Norm Wood will mark 20 years working as the town’s assessor.

Photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

Assessor Norm Wood Marks 20 Years in Old Saybrook

Published Aug. 08, 2018 08:30 a.m.

If you’re like most town residents, your interaction with the town assessor is limited to the property revaluation notice the assessor sends you every five years or contact to remove a motor vehicle you’ve sold from the tax rolls.

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Guilford Courier

As co-chair of the Missions Committee, Diane Powers proudly shares recent honors received from Columbus House, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, and the State of Connecticut recognizing the charitable assistance of North Guilford Congregational Church (NGCC). Powers will help man the 55th annual North Guilford Country Fair and Auction at NGCC on Saturday, Aug. 18, which will give 10 percent of the day’s profits to another charitable effort supported by the church, The Small Things. The North Guilford Country Fair and Auction takes place or shine on Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NGCC, 159 Ledge Hill Road. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

A Country Fair’s Mission

Published Aug. 01, 2018 08:30 a.m.

You could say 10 percent of every peach Diane Powers peels in the wee hours of Saturday, Aug. 18 will make an impact across the world, in Tanzania.

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The Source

Pedestrian of the Week: Ellen Weiss

Published Aug. 01, 2018 08:30 a.m.

From her front porch, Ellen Weiss can watch pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars go by on her road near the beach.

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The Sound

On Saturday, Aug. 11, Anna Martino invites dog lovers to bring their pups (leashed and vaccinated) out to join her and other volunteers of Desmond’s Army as they head up the Woofwalk on the Branford Green at 11 a.m. Proceeds from Woofwalk registration ($25 per walker) goes to support homeless animals assisted by the shelter, including a medical fund for surgeries, medicines, and special diets. The walk also serves as the kickoff to Woofstock on the Branford Green on Aug. 11, a day of peace and live music from noon to 6 p.m.) to benefit the shelter. Photo courtesy of Anna Martino

Helping Woofwalk, Desmond’s Army, and ‘All Creatures, Great and Small’

Published Aug. 01, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Whether she’s out tracking bobcats, home rehabilitating foundling gray squirrels, traveling highways and back roads to transport animals of all stripes, or advocating for animal rights with Desmond’s Army, Anna Martino will answer any call to help all animals.

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North Haven Courier

After nearly three decades of service, Joe D’Errico has stepped down from his spot on the Board of Police Commissioners. Photo courtesy of The Advisor

Police Commission Chair Joe D’Errico Looks Back After 27 Years

Published Aug. 01, 2018 08:30 a.m.

In his 27 years of service on the Police Board of Commissioners for 27 years, including 10 years as chair, Joe D’Errico, Sr., has seen (and started) some significant change in the police force.

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East Haven Courier

Joe Albe holds a prized dinosaur skull, one of the many fossils that he’s excavated from the Black Hills of South Dakota. A sampling of his collection is now on display at the Hagaman Memorial Library. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Amateur Fossil Hunter Joe Albe Lends His Treasures to the Hagaman Memorial Library

Published Aug. 01, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Dinosaur fever has been raging since Jurassic Park first hit theaters in 1993. For some, maybe it started in 1988 with Steven Spielberg’s animated film The Land Before Time.

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Valley Courier

Chester therapist Chris Carlin specializes in helping teenagers, and is able to draw from the lessons of a very tough childhood to help let patients (and their parents) know that failure is not the end. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Chris Carlin: Overcoming the Odds

Published Aug. 01, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Sometimes a blow on the head can be a blessing, at least in the long term.

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Harbor News

When hundreds of people come together for the Westbrook Elks Club’s 10th annual Beach Jam for Breast Cancer Patient Care Services on Saturday, Aug. 11, Carolyn Vallee will see her efforts to help bring the event together come to fruition. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Carolyn Vallee Helps Bring Westbrook Elks’ 10th Annual Beach Jam to Life

Published Aug. 01, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Carolyn Vallee, one of the organizers of the Westbrook Elks Club’s annual Beach Jam for Breast Cancer Patient Care Services, has a quick comparison for the event now hitting its 10th year: “Lollapalooza.”

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Guilford Courier

History hangs all around Louise Odermatt at 100 Years of Wedding Gowns, an exhibit she’s created for the Guilford Keeping Society at the Thomas Griswold House Museum. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

A Bride’s Finest Hour: Odermatt Shares ‘100 Years of Wedding Gowns’ at Griswold House Museum

Published July 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Odermatt Shares 100 Years of Wedding Gowns at Griswold House Museum

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The Source

Daniel Hand High School alum and current UConn School of Medicine student Christine Donat is partway through a coast-to-coast bicycle trip to raise funds for Mental Health Connecticut, Inc. She’s shown here during a training ride in Farmington in April. 

Photo courtesy of Jason Simms

Christine Donat Rides Across the Country to Raise Money for Mental Health

Published July 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Daniel Hand High School alum and current UConn School of Medicine student Christine Donat is partway through a coast-to-coast bicycle trip to raise funds for Mental Health Connecticut, Inc.

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The Sound

For 12 years, volunteer Rich Denardis has been helping out behind the scenes in the popular Potato and Corn tent at North Branford’s PoCo, coming to Augur’s Field from Friday to Sunday, Aug. 3 to 5. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Hot Potato: Denardis Lends a Helping Hand at PoCo

Published July 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Think about this: Almost every baked potato or ear of corn consumed at North Branford’s Potato and Corn (PoCo) Festival arriving piping hot or freshly roasted will be thanks to volunteer Rich Denardis.

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North Haven Courier

After more than 50 years as a nun, Sister Carolyn Severino is about to embark on a new mission. She’s leaving for Ireland’s Waterford Diocese, where she will undertake mission work. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

A New Mission for Sister Carolyn

Published July 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

After a lifetime in religion, including 57 years as a nun, 10 years with St. Mary’s Church, and also serving with the Caritas Christi Center, Sister Carolyn Severino is...not retiring.

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Harbor News

Clinton’s John Flaherty has been appointed as Westbrook’s new fire marshal. It’s the latest post in a long and distinguished career in fire safety. Photo courtesy of John Flaherty

Education the Key for Fire Marshal Flaherty

Published July 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

John Flaherty, Westbrook’s new fire marshal, has been on the job for only a short time, but already he enjoys his new job.

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East Haven Courier

Longstanding East Haven resident Nettie Picone celebrated 90 years on June 28. She enjoys her memories of years of service in town, from her produce store to the Ladies’ Guild at Our Lady of Pompeii. Photo by Nathan Hughart/The Courier

Nettie Picone Recalls Decades of Service to East Haven

Published July 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Maybe you’ve met her at Our Lady of Pompeii’s Christmas Fair or at the food tent of their Summer Carnival. Maybe you remember her from Picone’s Fruit Stand. If you’ve lived in East Haven for long, you’ve probably met Antoinette Picone.

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Valley Courier

Changing his major from musical theater and dance to exercise science gave Casey McKeon a new set of skills, but it hasn’t changed his commitment to sharing his talents with the residents at Essex Meadows, where he has worked since he was 16. 

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Casey McKeon: Witness Fitness

Published July 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

So, Casey McKeon of Chester, meet Charles Atlas. If you are a certain age, no explanation is needed.

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Guilford Courier

Between June 24 and 29, Guilford’s Mariam Kisch participated in American Legion Auxilaries (ALA) Laurel Girls State at Post University (Waterbury) with more than 140 other delegates statewide. There, she so impressed program leaders that she was selected as one of two Connecticut senators who will attend ALA Girls Nation in D.C. July 21 to 28. Photo courtesy of Mariam Kish

Call Her Senator: Mariam Kish Represents CT at Girls Nation

Published July 18, 2018 08:30 a.m.

At 17, Mariam Kish has already served as mayor of Grasso City and is now a state senator. On July 21, she heads to Washington, D.C., where she’s pretty sure she’ll run for president.

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Valley Courier

From commercials and vocal performance to makeup and stained glass, Joell Jacob is an artist accomplished in a stunningly wide range of media.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Joell Jacob: Doing it All

Published July 18, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Want a make-up artist? A hair stylist? An actor? A singer? An author? A ukulele player? A voice artist to read books for CD? A stained glass craftsman?

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