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Peggy Lyons combines her knowledge in the financial and investment banking industry, her volunteer experience in various town services, and a global perspective to her position as first selectman for the Town of Madison. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

From Global to Local: Peggy Lyons Shifts Her Purpose

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

As newly elected first selectman serving as the chief executive and chief administrative officer of the Town of Madison, Peggy Lyons will be focused on details large and small of small-town government.

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Ralph Buonocore plays Bill Ray in Saybrook Stage Company’s upcoming theater rendition of On Golden Pond from Thursday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 19 at The Kate, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook. Ralph intends to pursue his passion in the performing arts as much as he possibly can. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Ralph Buonocore Talks Movies, Plays, and Musicals

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

When Ralph Buonocore had two separate opportunities to work as an extra in Hollywood movies starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, he did what any aspiring actor would do.

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Upon his retirement in 2013 from Liberty Bank where he worked for 16 years, Calvin Price immersed himself in volunteer work at several nonprofit organizations, including the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), the Boys and Girls Club, the North Madison Congregational Church, and the Partnership for Strong Communities. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

The Invaluable Words of Calvin Price

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

“Own your own destiny. Own your own future.”

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Alisha McNamara sees the future in the faces of her children, spurring her to work for the Playground Committee at the Killingworth Elementary School and for Dylan’s Wings of Change and Sandy Hook Promise, which were both founded in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Alisha McNamara: Focused on the Future of Children

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

Alisha McNamara is a woman with a mission.

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As director of Circle Nursery School in North Madison, Kathy Niejadlik enjoys the combination of administrative and early childhood development responsibilities that come with the job. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Kathy Niejadlik: Teaching the Next Generation and Loving it

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

Kathy Niejadlik is proud of her children—all 50 of them.

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In the aftermath of the 2008 economic downturn, Laurie Heflin founded the Neighbor to Neighbor program, a discretionary fund within the Madison Foundation that responds to the financial and material crises faced by Madison residents and serves as a safety net for Madison families when other resources are not available. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Laurie Heflin: A Neighbor Who Helps Neighbors

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

It happens repeatedly, albeit with one variation or another: An elderly woman realizes she needs to keep the heat going but lacks the money to make sure her home stays warm throughout winter.

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Leigh Curtis Higgins has spent years helping the vulnerable, even volunteering to work in Niger for the Peace Corps; today she works at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and volunteers her time as vice president of the board of directors for The Madison Foundation. Photo courtesy of of Leigh Curtis Higgins

Leigh Curtis Higgins: A Life of Helping the Vulnerable

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

Helping one person at a time, one day at a time, one endeavor at a time can make an impact that lasts a lifetime.

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A founding member and former chair of the Madison Conservation Commission, Heather Crawford also volunteers her time at the North Madison Congregational Church to help with events such as the recent Harvest Dinner and the upcoming 25th annual Holiday Crafts Fair and Cookie Sale. Photo by Maria Caulfield

Heather Crawford: A Powerhouse for the Environment and the Community

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

What do tadpoles, crabs, rocks, plants, and glaciers have in common?

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Dr. Leslie Sude, a Yale pediatrician, volunteers her time to StreetCred and the Madison Land Conservation Trust, where serves as a board member and heads the Rettich Preservation Committee. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Leslie Sude: Serving Children, Preserving Nature

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

“Health is wealth,” as the saying goes.

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Sarah Davis was awarded the Women in Excellence Award for changing the lives of adults as a literacy volunteer and opening the door to better educational opportunities to the underserved youth through a tutoring group called Flyte Scholastics, which helps students at St. Martin de Porres Academy and other schools. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Sarah Davis: Changing Lives Through Education

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

Sarah Davis was in for a surprise.

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Rachel Schemmerling is co-chair of Preservation 2020, a fundraising campaign to restore The Congregational Church in Killingworth, a 200-year old landmark church. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Clear as a Bell: Preserving a Landmark Church is Rachel Schemmerling’s Calling

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

Restoring and preserving a 200-year-old church is undoubtedly a formidable task. Volunteering for the job while managing a business, raising a teenager and a kindergartner, and battling multiple sclerosis is downright daunting.

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Joan O’Neill worked tirelessly as a volunteer for the Madison Land Conservation Trust and the Scranton Library Friends, holding the position of president in both organizations and making significant contributions to land preservation and library funding.

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Joan O’Neill: Giving Nature and Future Generations a Chance

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

Joan O’Neill shuns the spotlight. An unassuming, soft-spoken woman, she prefers to stay in the background and let others take the attention and the credit. But what people close to her know is that she works with a tenacity and firmness of purpose that impress many.

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Cristal DePietro finds fulfillment helping individuals and families in her position as the social services coordinator for Madison Youth & Family Services and enjoys working with young people as prevention coordinator with the Madison Alcohol and Drug Education Coalition. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Cristal DePietro: Serving Families and Youth with Energy and Enthusiasm

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

Zealous. Passionate. Dedicated. Even a little gutsy.

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Kent Sprague’s love for sports led him to volunteer for 35 years as the play-by-play announcer for the Daniel Hand Tigers, Madison’s high school football team. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Kent Sprague: The Eye of the Tigers and the Voice of Reason

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

Kent Sprague likes to call it the way it is.

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Alyssa Ingram is a newly elected member of the board of the Madison Art Society and the owner of The Frame Shop on Wall Street where she displays some of her art work and takes care of her clients’ picture framing needs. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Alyssa Ingram: Framing Art and Life

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

Painters and illustrators are creative people with an artistic frame of mind. For Alyssa Ingram, that’s particularly true, both figuratively and literally.

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Lindsey Lehet works as a prevention coordinator at the Youth & Family Service of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc., to help keep youth out of trouble, educate the public about risky behaviors, and make a difference in the community. Photo b Maria Caulfield/The Source

Lindsey Lehet: Promoting Prevention as a Solution

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

We’ve all heard the saying before and we repeat it as often as we think it necessary: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Sam DeBurra serves the town of Madison as fire marshal and emergency management director. He is also the president of the Madison Ambulance Association and a volunteer firefighter. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Samuel DeBurra, Jr.: His Job Description is to Save Lives

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

One might say that the job of Samuel DeBurra, Jr., comes with all the bells and whistles—along with sirens and air horns.

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Bishop’s Orchards may be best known for apples, but co-CEO Keith Bishop is also winemaker for the company. Now proprietor of Connecticut’s only commercial cranberry bog, located off Pond Meadow Road in Killingworth, the winery and market can also add home-grown cranberries to its ingredients list. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Bearing Fruit: Keith Bishop Expands the Family Orchards

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

Mention the Bishop name and locals will likely think of Bishop’s Orchards in neighboring Guilford.

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Assistant Director Tammy Eustis has been working at the Killingworth Library since 1998, improving services and making sure patrons receive their reference needs.

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Back to the Future: As Killingworth Librarian, Tammy Eustis Talks About History, A Time Capsule, and the Future

Published Aug. 21, 2019 08:30 a.m.

For Tammy Eustis, gone are the days when a librarian’s job fit the stereotype of sitting behind a desk in a dark, musty reading room. Her job as assistant director of Killingworth Library is part customer service and part instinctive sleuthing to help patrons find their reference needs in a modern, open library with a welcoming lobby.

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A longtime teacher in Madison, Linnea Page enjoyed shaping the minds and inspiring the hearts of young children. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Linnea Page’s School of Thought

Published Aug. 14, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As a young child, Linnea Page knew what she wanted to be: a school teacher. She pursued that career choice and became a lifelong teacher of young children. A longtime resident of Madison, she formed the minds and inspired the hearts of 3rd-grade students at Island Avenue School

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Lisa Brown, a graphic designer who moved to Madison 11 years ago, has used her skills to help different organizations in town, including the bags given away by the First Congregational Church at the farmers market. Photo courtesy of Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown: Putting the Community’s Best Face Forward

Published Aug. 07, 2019 08:00 a.m.

You may not immediately recognize Lisa Brown, but if you’ve spent time in Madison over the past decade, you’ve most likely seen her stamp on the town.

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Madison resident Timothy K. Smith shares his recently released book about D-Day with his daughter Lucy. Photo courtesy of Tim Smith

Tim Smith Co-Pens Never-Told D-Day Story in New Book

Published July 31, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Tim Smith’s most recent project, co-authoring a book about a secret mission during World War II’s D-Day, brought together a host of his interests and past experiences.

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Mike Reilly, the longtime head custodian at Killingworth Elementary School, dedicates much of his time to the Killingworth Lions. Photo courtesy of the Killingworth Elementary School

Mike Reilly: Proud to Call Killingworth Home and Give Back to Community as a Lion

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

Growing up in Meriden, Mike Reilly remembers hearing about the ways the local Lions Club gave back to the community.

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Bill Barker is the founder of Madison Hoop Dreams, an organization that has supported a variety of community organizations and scholarships over its 26 years.

Photo courtesy of Tammy Boris

Bill Barker: Giving Back Through Madison Hoop Dreams and More

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

For more than 50 years, Bill Barker has been a fixture in Madison—first as a teacher and coach in Madison schools, then as the founder of Madison Hoop Dreams, which he has run for 26 years, as well as a member of a number of other charitable groups and organizations.

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Mary Young is the outgoing president of Valley Shore Toastmasters and now takes on the role of vice president of education for the group. Photo courtesy of Mary Young

Mary Young: Well Spoken, Well Practiced

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

When it comes to her time with the Toastmasters, Mary Young does have one regret—that she didn’t join the group even earlier.

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Matt Link of Killingworth founded the Unified Sports program in Madison and has been running it for the past 15 years. Photo courtesy of Matt Link

Matt Link: Bringing Athletic Opportunities to Students of Every Ability through Unified Sports

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

Matt Link has worked with many children in Madison over the past two decades. He has been a middle school physical education teacher in Madison since 1995.

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A shoreline resident of more than 40 years, world-famous master chef Jacques Pépin debuts the first comprehensive exhibition of his artwork at Guilford Art Center with a sold-out opening celebration on Friday, June 21, after which The Artistry of Jacques Pepin will be on display in the center’s Mill Gallery through Sunday, July 21 as a free exhibit available for the public to view. Photo by Tom Hopkins

‘The Artistry of Jacques Pepin’ Debuts at GAC

Published June 26, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As a Madison resident of more than 40 years, world-famous master chef Jacques Pépin is delighted to debut the first comprehensive exhibition of another passion, his artwork, at Guilford Art Center (GAC).

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Artist, retired executive, and World War II veteran Janet Lee continues at 96 to lead a remarkable and interesting life. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Source

Janet Lee: Time to Remember

Published June 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

How long ago is long ago? That depends on your vantage point. For most people, D-Day, June 6, 1944, is much too long ago for personal memories.

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Since moving to Madison six years ago, Keiler Snow has volunteered in bringing Nite in Hand’s theme to life for graduating seniors. Photo courtesy of Keiler Snow

Keiler Snow: Ready to Unveil Theme for 2019 Nite at Hand on June 14

Published June 12, 2019 08:30 a.m.

In 2012, Keiler Snow’s oldest son, who is now in college, was just beginning his freshman year at Hand and one of Keiler’s friends invited her to a meeting for Nite in Hand.

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Lee Tobin has been involved in the Empty Nesters Club for more than three decades.

Photo courtesy of Lee Tobin

Lee Tobin: Filling Her Heart Through the Empty Nesters Club

Published June 05, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Wherever she has lived, Leonora Tobin has always made a point of getting involved in the community, joining organizations, and making connections. Now in her 80s, Leonora, who is known to most as Lee, has been a member of the Madison Empty Nesters Club since 1985.

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