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The Source

Robert LaFrance is the new director of policy for Audubon Connecticut. 

Photo by Eric O’Connell/The Source

Blending an Interest in Economics and Environment

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

You may not associate watching bear and bull markets with watching birds, but former stockbroker Robert LaFrance is combining his interests as the new policy director for Audubon Connecticut.

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The Source

Divinna Schmitt, president of NAMI Shoreline, is certified in Collaborative Problem Solving through Think:Kids. Photo courtesy of Divinna Schmitt

Divinna Schmitt: Supporting Those in Need through NAMI Shoreline and Think:Kids

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

Divinna Schmitt’s career was focused on children for many years before she retired in 2002. She spent many years working as a teacher at various schools and also worked in the children’s theater field.

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The Source

Daniel Hand High School student Dvora Redlich will be honored at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall after receiving the Gold Key award for her portrait of a friend.

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Dvora Redlich: Gold Key Award-Winning Artist

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

While the old joke—How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

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The Source

Sandy Allard is helping to make a move to Killingworth even easier with the formation of a Newcomers Club. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Sandy Allard: A Home for Newcomers

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

Killingworth is a great town in part because it’s a small town, says Sandy Allard, but she also knows the difficulty with moving to a small town can be meeting the other community members.

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The Source

Fred Muzer taught Madison’s youth for 30 years, and he’s still giving back to the community; he’ll be honored at Vista Life Innovations’ Starlight Benefit on Saturday, April 27. 

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Fred Muzer: Made in Madison

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

Fred Muzer of Madison will be honored at the Vista Life Innovations’ Starlight Benefit on Saturday, April 27, and it’s no wonder why: After a career of educating Madison youth, Fred is still giving back to the community.

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Harbor News

Helen Bosch, chief executive officer of Vista Life Innovations, has devoted her career to helping Vista members become active members of the community; now she’s looking toward the future. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Helen Bosch: Affecting Positive, Direct Change

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

Helen Bosch of Madison always wanted to pour her energy into something that could affect change and help people in a direct way, and for 28 years, she’s done just that as the chief executive officer of VISTA Life Innovations.

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Harbor News

Paula Chabot taught Latin to Madison students for more than 40 years; now she’s helping shoreline residents learn English, among her many other volunteer activities. 

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Paula Chabot: For the Love of Language

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

For 44 years, Paula Chabot taught at Daniel Hand High School in Madison; after she retired in 2014, she turned her attention toward giving back to her community in new ways.

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Valley Courier

Barbara Nair, director of Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery, looks forward to future growth for her arts organization./Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Barbara Nair: From Town to Country

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

Barbara Nair had no clue that her weekend house in Killingworth would launch an art center, gallery, store, and more: an organization that has become a beacon for arts, artisans, and art appreciators.

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The Source

Potter and Madison resident Robert Parrott has a signature design that, depending on the viewer, recalls shoreline, desert, or rolling fields. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Robert Parrott: Evolution of an Iconic Design

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

Madison resident and potter Robert Parrott’s sunset-shoreline-desert-mountain design adorns plates, teapots, canisters, and more—and proves the power of the eye of the beholder.

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The Source

Long-time Killingworth resident and Lions Club member Greg Wind strives to foster collaboration in order to help those who need it most. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Greg Wind: Serving Killingworth’s Youth

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

Greg Wind has been a Lion for a decade; his top community service priority is helping the youth of Killingworth.

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The Source

President of the Killingworth Women’s Organization, Heather Temple is spending spring getting ready for the annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 27 at The Chatfield Hollow Inn. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Heather Temple: Giving Back with the Killingworth Women’s Organization

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

Heather Temple of Killingworth, president of the Killingworth Women’s Organization, looks forward to the third annual Earth Day Celebration, held at the Chatfield Hollow Inn.

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The Source

Dr. Michelle West with two of the Shoreline Vet Academy’s patients, who will stand in for real pets at the Shoreline Animal Hospital’s first vet academy on Saturday, March 23. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Dr. Michelle West: Encouraging and Educating Future Veterinarians

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

Killingworth resident Dr. Michelle West, DVM of Shoreline Animal Hospital in Clinton is encouraging future veterinarians and veterinary technicians with the hospital’s upcoming Shoreline Vet Academy for children.

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The Source

Lydia Holland, children’s librarian at Scranton Memorial Library, enjoys the magical thinking Madison’s younger patrons employ. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Lydia Holland: Making Magic at Scranton Memorial Library

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

Lydia Holland joined the Scranton Library staff in November 2017, and worked with then-children’s librarian Jane Ash, who developed and implemented programming for decades. Following Ash’s recent retirement, Lydia has taken the helm, and enjoys the magic of serving Madison’s youngest patrons.

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The Source

Joan McPherson loves to paint en plein air, but she also paints from home, in her bright, airy guest bedroom. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Joan McPherson: An Artist’s Eye

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

Joan McPherson of Madison recently won the Golden Art Materials Award in the New England Watercolor Society’s 2019 Signature Member Show in Boston for her watercolor painting View from the Farnsworth Museum’s Gift Shop.

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The Source

Madison potter Anita Griffith's work is characterized by facial representation, color, and whimsy. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Anita Griffith: The Creative Journey

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

Anita Griffith is a professional potter and teacher, infusing the shoreline and beyond with the whimsy of her creations. She shares studio space with her husband and fellow ceramics artist, Bob Parrott, in Madison, where the couple also houses its wares.

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The Source

Hilary Kumnick of Killingworth, now retired, devotes his time to his community and to Lions Clubs International. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Hilary Kumnick: Lion of Killingworth

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

Hilary Kumnick of Killingworth has always believed in the power of volunteering to serve his community, and now he's teaching others the leadership skills they need to do the same.

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The Source

Bill Bendig, now 91 years old, created The Madison Mile over 25 years ago; Bill will be honored as The King of Mardi Gras at the Shoreline Arts Alliance Gala on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Bill Bendig: A Legacy of Art

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

At 91 years old, Bill Bendig is facing down cancer with courage, and celebrating the legacy he leaves behind: a passion for the arts.

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The Source

Arlene Burke of Madison recently retired from the Madison Racquet & Swim Club and looks forward to a retirement filled with family, travel, and sports. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Arlene Burke: From Racquets to Retirement

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

Arlene Burke of Madison recently retired from the Madison Racquet & Swim Club, leaving behind a legacy of diligence, care, and devotion to an active lifestyle to pursue lifelong passions and discover new ones.

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The Source

Lisa Landa of Madison, known for her career as a Daniel Hand English teacher, devotes her retirement to teaching college freshmen and volunteering. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Lisa Landa: Education and Empathy

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

Lisa Landa of Madison is known throughout the community for her contributions as an educator, but since retirement from Daniel Hand High School, she’s continued to teach and now volunteers with both Connecticut Hospice and Bare Necessities, a diaper bank.

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The Source

C.J. Gladstone of Madison began her work with A Better Chance as a host parent. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

C.J. Gladstone: From Host Family to Mentor Advisor and More

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

C.J. Gladstone began her work with Madison's A Better Chance, or ABC, as a host family, but now she works to ensure both the program's scholars and host families maximize the benefits of participating in the program.

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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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The Source

While studying painting in Perugia, Italy, Mark Segal came across an unexpected style, courtesy of his fellow students: Chinese brush paintings. He'll exhibit some of his works in the show Distinct Realms at Madison Art Cinemas through Feb. 6, 2019. 

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Mark Segal: Traveling West to Discover the East

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

Distinct Realms, a solo art exhibit with works by Connecticut artist Mark Segal, opens on Thursday, Dec. 13 and runs through Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Madison Art Cinemas. The exhibit features Chinese brush paintings in a collection that's as global as the artist himself.

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The Source

Field House Farm owner Stephanie Lesnik grows organic foods, raises livestock, and offers educational programs. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Stephanie Lesnik: Getting Back to The Land

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

Stephanie Lesnik and her family have returned the circa 1720 Field House Farm property on Green Hill Road to farming. Stephanie approaches living off the land with a community mission: to refamiliarize members of the community with their food.

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The Source

Madison Board of Education Chair Katie Stein recently returned from a week-long deployment to Florida to put her expertise to work assisting children displaced by Hurricane Michael. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Katie Stein: Caring for Kids After Disaster

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

Katie Stein, known locally for her work on the Madison Board of Education and as a child life specialist at Yale, recently returned from volunteering to help displaced children in the wake of destruction caused by Hurricane Michael, which struck Florida in early October.

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The Source

Rather than stick with the status quo, Assistant Town Engineer and Deputy Director of Public Works Robert Russo is looking for ways to engage Madison students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) aspects of his duties.

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Robert Russo: Engineer and Educator

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

The “T” in STEM might stand for technology, but for Robert Russo, assistant town engineer and deputy director of public works, it also stands for teamwork. Robert is using his STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) knowledge to not only improve Madison, but also to enhance the educational opportunities accessible to Madison's youth.

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The Source

Many Madison residents are familiar with Chris Jennings Penders as a longtime staffer at the E.C. Scranton Public Library, or accompanied by a camera as he photographs local events and sights. Now they can add his name on their bookshelves with the upcoming publication of two books, which he'll launch at a release party, open to all, on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Chris Jennings Penders: Called to Creativity

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

Most residents probably know Chris Jennings Penders from his work as a photographer, or from Scranton Memorial Library, where he's worked since 1996. Chris, however, is also a writer, and on Tuesday, Nov. 20, he'll celebrate the release of not one, but two books.

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The Source

Tim Gannon is one of the volunteers making things happen at Killingworth's Parmelee Farm. The crew's latest accomplishment is building this sugarhouse, which will be ready for business in 2019. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Tim Gannon: Enjoying Volunteering's Sweet Successes

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

Tim Gannon, chairman of the Parmelee Farm Steering Committee in Killingworth, is looking forward to the farm's first season making maple syrup in its new sugarhouse. The result of collaboration between the farm's volunteers, local contractors, and the steering committee, the sugarhouse is almost complete.

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The Source

With her decades of work in prevention of substance abuse and empowerment of teen leaders, Catherine Barden is steering MADE into a multi-faceted, and necessary, community entity. Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Catherine Barden: A Focus on Prevention

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

Since November 2011, Catherine Barden and the Madison Alcohol & Drug Education (MADE) Coalition have been working to give teens a voice, give teens a choice, and give parents the tools they need to help children stay healthy. Catherine's dedication to her community began long ago, however.

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The Source

The Reverend Sarah Vetter is the new minister of community life at the First Congregational Church (FCC) in Madison. Working alongside her husband, Reverend Todd Vetter, Sarah hopes to help bring the community together to “recognize that we belong to each other.” Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Source

Putting Community and Conversations to the Fore

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

When Reverend Sarah Vetter began her work as the minister of community life at the First Congregational Church (FCC) in Madison, her hope was to connect with the community.

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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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