Menu

June 24, 2019  |  

×
Contact
Your Neighbors. Your News.

My Account

To make updates to your Zip06 account or requets changes to your newspaper delivery, please choose an option below.

Welcome to Zip06.com!

If you have an account, please login! If you don't have an account, you can create one.

Login

Sign-Up!

A Zip06 account will allow you to post to the online calendar, contribute to News From You, and interact with the Zip06 community. It's free to sign-up!

Click here to get started!

Register for Zip06

We're happy you've decided to join the Zip06 community. Please fill out this short registration form to begin sharing content with your neighbors.

You must enter your first name.
You must enter your last name.
You must enter a username
You must enter a valid email address
Show password
You must enter a valid zip code

Submit to Zip06

Forget Your Password?

We can help! Enter the email address registered to your account below to have your password emailed to you.

Submit an Announcement

Person of the Week

Publications

Valley Courier

For this year’s Ivoryton Fourth of July Parade—the 14th for the village—Lorraine Donovan has the unenviable job of parking czar, but she’s also had the pleasure of helping to plan this small-town event. She also helps organize the village’s Ivoryton Illuminations in winter. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Lorraine Donovan: On Duty on the Fourth

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

If Lorraine Donovan talks to you while she is volunteering at the Ivoryton Fourth of July parade, she may utter one of the most feared sentences in the English language: You can’t park here.

Read More

Valley Courier

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 Courier

Janet Lee: Time to Remember

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

Brendan McCaffery has contributed to New Haven county’s oldest Irish festival for many years. He says it takes a huge group effort to put together the cultural display coming soon to the North Haven Fairgrounds.

Read More

Valley Courier

A fifth-generation local, Charlene Doane is helping others learn about their neighbors (and raise funds for the Ivoryton Library) with the Through the Garden Gate tour of historic homes and gardens in Ivoryton and Centerbrook on Saturday, June 15.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Charlene Doane: The Allure of the Tour

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

Why do people do it? Maybe an interest in horticulture? Or, maybe interior decorating?

Read More

Valley Courier

Following in the footsteps of Sosse and the late Jack Baker, Nancy Pinney is running the Chester Gallery and making her own connections to the Chester community.

Photo by Jim Wallis

Nancy Pinney: New Face at the Chester Gallery

Published May 29, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Sometimes people work hard to find the perfect solution to a problem. Sometimes, it just falls into their laps.

Read More

Valley Courier

A career to look forward to: that’s Mary Hambor’s hope for each graduate she helps gain an internship or other Capstone project at Valley Regional High School.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Mary Hambor: A Turn for Every Intern

Published May 22, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Young, eager, and enthusiastic, just needs some job experience. Everybody was there once.

Read More

Valley Courier

Physical therapist Kristen Driscoll Vollaro draws on her success in running and coaching Spartan races for helping those of all fitness levels recover from injury.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Kristen Vollaro: An Obstacle is an Opportunity

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

Carry a burlap sack filled with 100 pounds of wet sand one-third of a mile up a hill? Shimmy across a slack cable suspended 25 feet above water until the halfway point and then jump in and swim the rest of the way?

Read More

Valley Courier

Fused-glass artist Jeni Gray-Roberts is returning as defending champion to the Huckleberry Finn Recyclable Raft Race on Saturday, May 18. The free event is sponsored by the Chester Land Trust. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Jeni Gray-Roberts: A Raft of Fun

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

Huck Finn and his runaway companion Jim floating down the Mississippi River on a raft is one of classic scenes of American literature.

Read More

Valley Courier

To help empower a new generation, Lorrie Milton founded She’s Speaking, an advocacy group that supports local high school and middle school girls as they learn from women in leadership roles. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Lorrie Milton: Speaking of Speaking Up

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

Lorrie Miller wants to get the word out to young women: You can speak up; you can make a difference; don’t buy into a lesser opinion of yourself.

Read More

Valley Courier

Ducks for all interests: Ahead of the Saturday, May 4 Duck Race to benefit Chester Rotary and Homeward Bound CT, Lynette Bester is Rotary’s current champion rubber duck salesperson. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Lynette Bester: No Ducking the Question

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

Is a little rubber duck floating in the bathtub a treasured childhood memory? There is an opportunity to recreate that memory with a special twist, a rubber duck race, at the upcoming Chester Spring Weekend on Saturday, May 4 at 4 p.m. What’s more, the tiny ducks will be floating for a good cause.

Read More

Valley Courier

Carter Gowrie is a lifelong sailor who has crafted a career around his hobby.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Carter Gowrie: On Sail!

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

Some people are lucky enough to discover what they love to do when they are young—really young. In the case of Carter Gowrie, his father snuggled him in a basket and took him out in a sailboat when he was three months old. He has been sailing ever since.

Read More

Valley Courier

Barbara Nair, director of Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook and Arts Center Killingworth, looks forward to future growth for her arts organization.

Photo by Margaret McNellis/The Courier

Barbara Nair: From Town to Country

Published April 10, 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.

Read More

Valley Courier

After a six-year stint as musical director for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., The Reverend Benjamin Straley followed his calling to the priesthood. He has served as assistant rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex since last summer. 

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Benjamin Straley: Faith is Music to his Ears

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

Benjamin Straley’s mother was sure he wouldn’t. But he did, even though he was a painfully shy 11-year-old boy.

Read More

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.

Read More

Valley Courier

Her subjects may range from a tropical island to a seedy back alley, but what’s consistent in Verna O’Donnell’s work is that it helps her students tell a story. A paraeducator at John Winthrop Middle School, Verna is a volunteer set painter for stage productions at both the middle and high schools. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Verna 0’Donnell: Going Home Again

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

Verna O’Donnell has a question: “Who says you can’t go home again?” That’s because Verna has, both to John Winthrop Middle School and Valley Regional High School.

Read More

Valley Courier

An eye for design—and the skilled hands to see those designs to fruition—have served Matilda Yenowich Dumbril well in her career. Her latest creations, beautifully re-purposed stage curtains, are part of the Chester Historical Society’s The Red Velvet Challenge. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Matilda Yenowich Dumbrill: Clothes Call

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

Every auction employs objects from Chester and requires only that participants use them in original creations in whatever way they wish. This year’s Red Velvet Challenge uses 18-inch squares of the velvet cut from what were former stage curtains at the Chester Meeting House.

Read More

Valley Courier

This time of year, you’ll usually find RiverQuest Captain Mark Yuknat out on the water, tracking down bald eagles and other fauna of the lower Connecticut River.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Mark Yuknat: The Eagle has Landed

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

It was blustery day, temperature in the 20s, winds blowing at between 12 and 15 miles an hour, with a wind chill that made it feel like 11 degrees, but the people disembarking from RiverQuest at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex were smiling as they made their way up the gangplank. They had seen what they came for: eagles.

Read More

Valley Courier

John Heiser was named the co-grand marshal alongside his wife Judy of the upcoming Essex Go Bragh Parade to be held Saturday, March 9. Photo courtesy of John Heiser

John Heiser: Ready for a Grand Time at Essex Go Bragh Parade

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

For 52 years, John Heiser has lived in the same house in Ivoryton with his wife Judy.

Read More

Valley Courier

A longtime veteran of sports broadcasting, Al Jaffe now brings his skills to a different arena: local theater. He’s a member of the Ivoryton Playhouse Board of Trustees and is helping the theater host four one-act plays staged at the upcoming Women Playwrights Initiative on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Al Jaffe: A Seat on the Aisle

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

Al Jaffe loves theater and now he has a theater to love. Al has recently become the president of Board of Trustees of the Ivoryton Playhouse.

Read More

Valley Courier

Since moving to the area six years ago, Rob Stack  has been engaged in his community through organizations like the Essex Rotary Club and the Essex Community Foundation, which holds its second annual Cheers for Charity Beerfest on Saturday, March 9.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Rob Stack: Brewing Up Some Fun

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

As long as you’re over 21, Rob Stack would like you to have a drink, albeit a very small one: two ounces of beer in a plastic cup. But there’s catch: you can fill up that two-ounce cup up again, again, and again.

Read More

Valley Courier

Valley Regional High School grad Carolyn Blicharz DMD is happy to be back in familiar territory practicing alongside her dad, Dr. Ernest Reamer. As for the dimples on her cheeks that people have remarked on ever since she was a child, patients sitting in her dental chair rarely comment. “Usually I’m wearing a mask,” she explains. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Carolyn Blicharz: It’s Time

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

Carolyn Blicharz has found a way to be a part of a public speaking contest without having to open her mouth.

Read More

Valley Courier

Noted Chester civil rights activist Marta Daniels will present a program on Constance Baker Motley, the first black woman to become a federal judge and a major (if overlooked) figure in U.S. history, at a Chester land Trust chili dinner on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Sharing Constance Baker Motley’s Early History

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

Goodness knows it is hard to keep a secret in a small town, but Marta Daniels has one—though she won’t have it for long. She is going to tell all on Thursday, Feb. 21 at a Chester Land Trust program at the Chester meeting house. The event, including a pre-program chili dinner, is a fundraiser for the Chester Land Trust.

Read More

Valley Courier

Valley Regional High School alum Kevin Alvord will bring his acting talents back to the stage as part of the upcoming production of the musical Newsies from Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Kevin Alvord: Backstage

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

Kevin Alvord is going to shave his red beard, let his trimmed mustache grow to a full-handlebar extravaganza, put on a frock coat and for three days in March, become President Theodore Roosevelt.

Read More

Valley Courier

A lifelong singer, Bob Johnson took a half-century hiatus from playing the trombone, but he’s back at it now as a member of the New Horizons Band.  Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Bob Johnson: Overcoming the Odds

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

Victorian novelist Charles Dickens, who created such memorable fictional orphans as Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, could have written the story about the early years of Bob Johnson’s life.

Read More

Valley Courier

Former Essex resident Roseann Ventimiglia now calls Chester home, and she’s quickly established community ties through activities like leading the Friends of the Chester Public Library annual book sale. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Roseann Ventimiglia: Buy the Book

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

Roseann Ventimiglia said yes. The result is that she is the new head of the upcoming book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Chester Public Library. And there is more that is new. For the first time the sale will be held at the United Church of Chester, 29 West Main Street, Chester, rather than in the library basement. The four-day sale will take place from Friday, Jan. 18 through Monday, Jan. 21.

Read More

Valley Courier

In a short time in Essex, Susan Hosack has become an active community volunteer, including co-helming the upcoming Putt Fore the Library mini-golf fundraiser for the Essex Library. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Susan Hosack: Book a Round of Golf

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

Surely, it was fate. Pulling open the holiday table favor known as a Christmas cracker or a Christmas popper, Susan Hosack found a tiny plastic golf club and a miniature green to go with it.

Read More

Valley Courier

Deep River native Shane Lindner was recently back in town with reports from his recent 2,653-mile through-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from the Mexican to Canadian borders. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Shane Lindner: Going for a Walk

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

Everybody has their own way to finish the sentence, “Happiness is…” but few people’s idea of happiness would match Shane Lindner’s. For him, happiness is a tattered pair of hiking shorts, a leaky one-person tent, and a 2,653-mile walk.

Read More

Valley Courier

Kim Thomas’ 15 minutes of fame came this summer when the Lifetime Channel used her Centerbrook bakery Savour as a set for the film A Very Nutty Christmas. Even better, she says? She herself never had to go on camera. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Kim Thomas: Picture This

Published Dec. 19, 2018 08:30 a.m.

The old song “You Oughta Be in Pictures” applies to Kim Thomas—sort of. It’s not Kim who actually was in a movie; it was her bakery, Savour in Centerbrook, that was a central location for A Very Nutty Christmas, a Lifetime Channel Christmas movie.

Read More

Valley Courier

“Nature never stops,” according to Suzanne Burns, which is likely why this new director of education at the Connecticut River Museum has a busy winter season ahead of her. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Suzanne Burns: Telling the River’s Story

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

What links Pittsburg, New Hampshire, a town with a population of 813 at the Canadian border, and the valley shore area of Connecticut? Even if the New Hampshire town is not a familiar name, there is a powerful connection: the Connecticut River. Pittsburg is where the river rises and some 406 miles later it runs into Long Island Sound not far from the Connecticut River Museum in Essex where Suzanne Burns is the new director of education.

Read More

Art Davies, with his grandchildren Erin, Noah, Emma, and Paige, is preparing for the big Lions Club tree sale to be held at Deep River Hardware. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Art Davies: What’s Christmas Without a Tree?

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

Art Davies says there are some 43,000 different kinds of items in a hardware store. But in Deep River Hardware, which Art owns, for the first three weeks of December there will be 43,001. The extra category is a seasonal favorite: Christmas trees.

Read More

Valley Courier

Cathy Shanley is one of the many volunteers helping to string together one of the region’s most cherished holiday traditions, the Ivoryton Illuminations, which starts on Saturday, Dec. 1. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Cathy Shanley: Lighting the Night

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

If you wanted to find Cathy Shanley any Saturday since early October, there was only one place to look: the barn where the lights for Ivoryton Illuminations are stored.

Read More