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The Source

Killingworth Ambulance Association EMT Lisa Anderson responded to the highest number of calls in the department in 2017.

Photo courtesy of the Killingworth Ambulance Association

Lisa Anderson: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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

When Lisa Anderson first moved to Killingworth back in 2012, she found herself struggling a bit to find her place in the community.

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The Source

Laurie West Prichard, the new director at Killingworth Library, is welcoming more people through the doors with extended summer hours and warm weather to enjoy the Reading Garden. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Laurie West Prichard: The Joy of Reading

Published July 11, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Laurie West Prichard saw an advertisement for the top job at Killingworth Library, she took a trip to the library.

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The Source

Dr. Stuart Campbell is a familiar face in Madison elementary and middle schools, sharing his cardiac research with students and inspiring a love of science in local young people. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Dr. Stuart Campbell: Science from the Heart

Published July 03, 2018 08:00 a.m.

When Dr. Stuart Campbell was 19 years old, he debated whether to pursue a career as a musician or become a scientist.

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The Source

Tina Phelan is a very familiar face around Madison, known for her volunteer work in local schools and Madison Little League as well as her professional role as an early childhood teacher at St. Andrew’s School. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Tina Phelan: A Familiar Face with Helping Hands

Published June 27, 2018 08:00 a.m.

Sitting in a downtown Madison coffee shop, Tina Phelan waves back to two very excited young school children who recognize their former preschool teacher, spots her daughter’s softball coach, and chats to a PTO friend who stops by to share her high praise for her colleague.

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The Source

Mary Solera leads a team of happy volunteers in the community garden at Parmelee Farm, growing fresh produce to given away free at the fifth annual Shared Harvest market this summer. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Mary Solera: Growing a Strong Community

Published June 20, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Every Monday and Thursday morning from April to October, Mary Solera and her dedicated team of volunteer gardeners roll up to Parmelee Farm in Killingworth, armed with their buckets of tools and Mary’s work plan of the day.

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The Source

A board member of Vista Life Innovations, Ed Riley organizes the volunteer manpower at its annual Tour de Shore fundraising ride. The whole community is invited to attend the event’s kickoff party on Thursday, June 28 and get inspired to start training for the big ride on Sunday, Oct. 14. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Ed Riley: Gearing Up for a Great Ride

Published June 13, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Ed Riley is a great guy to know–and if you participate in Madison’s big community charity events, chances are you probably do. A life-long community volunteer, Ed’s always eager to rally his troops and bring many hands to make the event a success.

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The Source

Scranton Memorial Library Futures Campaign Co-chair Nicole Wiles hopes that residents will be inspired to Be M.E., following the generous example of Mary Eliza Scranton, who donated the library building in 1900. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Nicole Wiles: Writing a New Chapter for the Scranton Library

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

When Nicole Wiles moved to Madison one of the first places the stay-at-home mom took her two young children was the local library.

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The Source

Which way to the Gardens by the Sea? Committee Co-chair Dee Mulqueen leads the way to the Women’s Club of Madison’s annual open gardens event on Sunday, June 3. 

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Dee Mulqueen: Growing a Strong Community

Published May 23, 2018 08:30 a.m.

“We are not known so much by what we keep, but by what we share.”

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The Source

Kim Stroud of Madison was recently honored with the 2018 Arts Hero Award for her work inspiring and mentoring young artists as the director of the arts at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Kim Stroud: An Artistic Life-or Two

Published May 16, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As the principal soloist in a international dance company, Kim Stroud of Madison has danced on famous stages around the world.

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The Source

A main stay on Wall Street, Betty Lou Morawski has spent 38 years running The Nosey Goose from behind its antique service counter. This month, she will retire and close the iconic local store. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Betty Lou Morawski: Saying Goodbye to the Nosey Goose

Published May 09, 2018 08:30 a.m.

The big, red Retirement Sale sign is hung from the porch and many of the vintage display shelves are bare, heralding the final days of a Madison retail favorite, The Nosey Goose.

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The Source

Madison born and raised, Kim Yahara is a familiar face at the Summer Hill Catering table, and the co-market master, at the Madison Farmer’s Market. The popular event returns to the town green on Friday, May 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Kim Yahara: To Market She Goes

Published May 02, 2018 08:30 a.m.

It’s been a long, long winter, but hope springs eternal with the return of a beloved warm weather tradition: The Madison Farmers’ Market is back on the Town Green on Friday, May 4.

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The Source

Madison Newcomers Club Board Member Courtney Kelly is busy organizing the club’s 10th annual Touch a Truck, a popular family event at the Madison Surf Club at Sunday, May 6. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Courtney Kelly: Planning a Family Favorite

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

In the age of technology, it’s easy to think that children just want to play video games or watch Netflix on an iPad, but there’s one special experience that has stood the test of time: getting up close with the flashing lights and the loud sirens of those big, shiny trucks.

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The Source

Killingworth Women’s Organization President Andrea Freibauer is leading preparations for the second annual Earth Day Celebration at Chatfield Hollow Inn and Farm on Saturday, April 28. Participants will learn all about enjoying a local and sustainable lifestyle, with all proceeds to benefit The Killingworth Library. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Andrea Freibauer: Celebrating the Earth

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

As president of the Killingworth Women’s Organization (KWO), Andrea Freibauer is busy heading preparations for its Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 28—but she’s never too busy to bring the cookies.

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The Source

In March, Susan Kocaba of Madison was named Teacher of the Year Award by the Connecticut Association for Adult and Continuing Education for her dedicated service as the English as a Second Language coordinator at East Shore Region Adult & Continuing Education. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Susan Kocaba: Welcoming the World to the Shoreline

Published April 11, 2018 08:30 a.m.

At 28, Susan Kocaba was standing at a food market in a small Polish town using her limited knowledge of the native language to ask for walnuts, a key ingredient in her mother’s banana bread recipe.

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The Source

Mike DiGiorgio presents his illustrations and paintings of birds from around the world in his exhibit, From Field to Frame: The Avian Art of Michael DiGiorgio, at the Connecticut River Museum through Thursday, May 3. At the museum, Mike stands in front of a mural he painted depicting nature in three seasons on the Connecticut River. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Michael DiGiorgio: Illustrating the World of Birds

Published April 04, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Growing up, Michael (Mike) DiGiorgio spent his weekends lost in the woods near his hometown of Schenectady, New York, with just a sketchbook and pencil for company.

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The Source

Jon Leiberman of Madison is a seasoned broadcast journalist who is excited to give back to his new home community as the board president of Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore CT, Inc. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Jon Leiberman: Straight to the Heart of the Story

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

A true crime reporter, a television producer, a radio host–Jon Leiberman of Madison has earned many professional titles, but at the heart, he is a storyteller.

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The Source

Nite in Hand Senior Auction Chair Michele Freund is busy coordinating the annual community event to raise fund for the Nite in Hand graduation celebration. More than 90 items will be auctioned and all proceeds will help Daniel Hand High School seniors say a fond farewell to their school years. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Michele Freund: Giving Young People A Boost

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

Spending an entire night at school sounds like every student’s nightmare, but the Nite in Hand graduation celebration at Daniel Hand High School (DHHS) is no ordinary night.

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The Source

As the chairman of the Madison Exchange Club’s Leprechaun Run, Dennis Crowe encourages the community to shake off the winter blues with the Five Mile Run, Two Mile Walk, or Kid’s Fun Run on Sunday, March 18 at the Madison Surf Club. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Dennis Crowe: As Lucky as a Leprechaun

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

When Dennis Crowe retired in 2016, life didn’t slow down, in fact it got busier. In between days spent cycling, and playing senior softball and cribbage, he is also an active member of the Madison Exchange Club, American Legion, and the Republican Town Committee

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The Source

As the president of Gowrie Group insurance company, Ed Gumbrecht is proud to lead a business that supports community engagement and involvement among its staff, clients, and local business leaders, including raising $1.5 million for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Ed Gumbrecht: Leading with Heart

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

Surviving a deadly storm, a catastrophic flood, or a house fire is a life-changing event. While the insurance business may seem like a world of numbers and reports, for Ed Gumbrecht, it’s about helping clients, friends, and neighbors rebuild their lives following tragedy.

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The Source

Roberta Lombardi of Madison is a cancer survivor who is dedicated to helping ease the financial burden of other people diagnosed with the disease. She has created a nonprofit organization, Infinite Strength, and is organizing a “pink tie” gala event to raise money for the Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Roberta Lombardi: Shining the Light at the End of the Tunnel

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

Roberta Lombardi is a successful businessperson, a loving wife, and a proud mom. She’s also a cancer survivor. Now, the professional event planner from Madison is busy organizing a “pink tie” gala event to raise money for those still fighting for their lives.

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The Source

Retirement is anything but dull for Tina Bascom of Madison, who spends 40 hours a week volunteering with the local diaper bank she co-founded, Bare Necessities.

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Tina Bascom: Taking Care of the Bare Necessities

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

Tina Bascom has a very unusual item on her monthly shopping list: 9,000 diapers.

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The Source

Eddie Carroll of Madison was inspired by his fellow student artists to establish College Collections, a digital gallery connecting emerging artists with an appreciative audience.

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Eddie Carroll: The Business of Art

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

Most successful businesses start with a great idea and a good story.

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The Source

A Place Called Hope co-founder Todd Secki says it’s important to be “100 percent into what you’re doing,” and his commitment to the wildlife rescue center he co-founded with his wife Christine shows he’s living up to that standard. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Todd Secki: Enjoying a Bird’s Eye View

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

For most people, the thought of scaling 60 feet up a dead tree tied to a single rope makes the heart race and the palms sweaty.

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The Source

Madison Winter Club President Marty Triola is excited to open the doors of the members club, welcoming the community to its lecture series and the opportunity to learn more about the social group. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Marty Triola: A Warm Winter Welcome

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

Madison is famous as a summer destination, but when the weather turns cold and the vacationers leave, that’s when the fun begins at the Madison Winter Club.

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The Source

North Madison Volunteer Fire Company President Paul Harris is leading its latest mission: defeating its culinary rivals, the Madison Hose Company, to take first place at the Madison Chamber of Commerce Souper Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 27. 

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Paul Harris: Ready to Hose the Competition

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

For the past two years, the North Madison Volunteer Fire Company (aka the NoMads) has taken second place at the Madison Chamber of Commerce’s Souper Bowl event.

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The Source

Katherine Meier shares her fascinating experience studying orangutans in Indonesia with a talk at Scranton Library on Thursday, Jan. 25. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Katherine Meier: Following the Great Apes

Published Jan. 10, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Sitting in a warm Madison coffee shop is a long way from living in a tent in the isolated forests of Madagascar or Indonesia, yet Katherine Meier is happily at home in all places—with one notable drawback to life in the wild.

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The Source

Sheri Romblad was honored at the annual American Society for Deaf Children Conference, receiving its Lee Katz Award for her work as a leader, mentor, and advocate to families in Connecticut. Photo courtesy of Sheri Romblad

Sheri Romblad: A Voice for the Special Needs Community

Published Jan. 03, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Sheri Romblad is a Madison mom of two boys. She’s also a self-taught expert on hearing loss who has driven legislation to strengthen hearing screening programs for children in Connecticut—and she could tell you the whole story in sign language.

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The Source

Board Trustee Mark Edmiston says the Madison Historical Society’s centennial year has been a big success, culminating in the publication of its new book, Madison’s Treasures. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Mark Edmiston: 100 Years of Madison’s Treasures

Published Dec. 20, 2017 08:30 a.m.

It was the year 1917 and the World War dominated newspaper headlines and conversations around the globe. It was also the year that the Madison Historical Society (MHS) was created—and though it seems unlikely, the two events are entwined.

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Guilford Courier

The captain of the Daniel Hand High School robotics team, Kaitlyn Sandor is preparing her team for the regional competition in Madison on Saturday, Dec. 16. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Kaitlyn Sandor: Paving the Way for Girls in STEM

Published Dec. 13, 2017 08:30 a.m.

When Kaitlyn Sandor visited the Apple Pi robotics club, the team’s mentors were especially eager for her join the group—not just because they’re dedicated to fostering a passion for science and technology. Kaitlyn was the only girl.

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The Source

Janice Briguglio of Ciao Bella boutique is an advocate for the shop small movement, encouraging people to shop in Madison and invest in the local community. 

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Janice Briguglio: Think Big and Shop Small

Published Dec. 06, 2017 08:30 a.m.

It’s the most magical—and profitable—time of the year, and the cash registers are ringing in downtown Madison as small businesses encourage holiday shoppers to spend their dollars in the local community.

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