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Guilford Courier

Elf Mother Jill DeChello of Winc Promotions of North Haven rounds up some final touches to bring to the shoreline’s Magical Elf House in Guilford. Photo courtesy of Jill DeChello

Ready for the Big Reveal: Magical Elf House Coming to the Shoreline

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

Once upon a time, there were three very creative Christmas Fairies—let’s call them Judi, Jennifer, and Ramona—and one very busy Elf Mother—let’s call her Jill. For two years, they’ve been planning a very special event, and now, it’s nearly time for the big reveal.

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The Sound

Resident potter for Guilford Art Center (GAC) Dana Lofink is shown here throwing one of many bowls she’s crafted to help a great cause, Soup for Good. Proceeds from the hearty soup supper, which takes place Sunday, Nov. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at GAC, will support non-profit, Branford-based Community Dining Room as well as non-profit GAC. Photo courtesy of the Guilford Art Center

Lofink Goes Hands-On to Help ‘Soup for Good’

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

As the new resident potter for Guilford Art Center (GAC), Dana Lofink is going hands-on to help a great cause, GAC’s sixth annual Soup for Good. She’s had a hand in making many of the unique pottery bowls that will be given away as part of the event.

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Guilford Courier

A national spotlight is shining on Katrina Cain, a Guilford native, thanks to her appearances on NBC’s The Voice: Season 15. Cain got her singing start growing up in Guilford and is grateful for her hometown’s support. Photo courtesy of NBC’s The Voice

Guilford Native Katrina Cain Capturing Hearts on ‘The Voice’

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

Katrina Cain may call Texas home, but she’s carrying Guilford in her soul as she captures the hearts of fans nationwide on NBC’s The Voice: Season 15.

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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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Guilford Courier

Celebrity Chef Ric Orlando returns to emcee and judge the 24th annual Men Who Cook to benefit programs of non-profit Women & Family Life Center on Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Guilford Yacht Club. Photo by Franco Vogt

Chef Ric Orlando: A Champion for Good Causes

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

He beat Bobby Flay and is a two-time Chopped champion, but when it comes to putting his star power where his heart is, Chef Ric Orlando chooses serving a good cause every time.

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Guilford Courier

As a volunteer with Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA), Rose Marie Cushing is committed to answering the call to help with SAA’s mission to transform lives through the arts, with support from events like Costumes & Cocktails, offering Halloween fun for grown-ups on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Madison Country Club. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

From Shakespeare to Costumes & Cocktails, Cushing Supports SAA

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

When Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) brought Legacy Theatre’s production of Hamlet to Guilford for five nights in August, Rose Marie Cushing was at every show, passing the hat among blanket-to-blanket crowds to support non-profit SAA.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford native, radio and DJ icon, and community service volunteer extraordinaire John “Cadillac” Saville will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 3 with a Beacon Award for all that he does to assist and inspire others. Photo by Chris Dobbins/The Courier

John Saville: A Guilford Gift that Keeps on Giving

Published Sep. 26, 2018 08:30 a.m.

If you Google Guilford events, it’s highly likely that John “Cadillac” Saville will pop up in the content, and for good reason—this guy just keeps on giving back to his hometown.

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Guilford Courier

On Saturday, Oct. 6, join Peter Mousch at the Thomas Griswold House Museum, where the Guilford Keeping Society will launch its Mystery Buildings Tour II from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The downtown tour offers a rare glimpse behind the doors of some of Guilford’s most interesting 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century outbuildings and other structures. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Just the Man for the Job: Mousch Helps GKS Reveal Mystery Buildings Tour II

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

When Peter Mousch was growing up, some of downtown Guilford’s most remarkable historic homes and outbuildings were simply places were kids could play—including a Broad Street home with a Victorian-era bowling alley on the property.

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Guilford Courier

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, Ron Rosa, together with other members of the Rosa family, mark the continuation of his father’s tradition of giving back to the community with the 25th annual Bill Rosa Memorial Golf Tourney to benefit the Guilford Community Fund. 

Photo courtesy of Ron Rosa

Continuing a Legacy of Giving Back to the Community

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

When the late Bill Rosa founded an annual golf tourney to benefit the Guilford Community Fund (GCF), it was just one more way he felt he could give back to a community that had supported his family and his business, the Guilford Food Center.

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The Sound

Beginning Friday, Sept. 7, Dr. Dut Malek, DVM, opens his new practice, Lakes Veterinary Services, at 201 East Main Street in Branford. The business name is an homage to his native Lake state in the Republic of South Sudan and to his American home in the Guilford Lakes area. Photo courtesy of Dut Malek

From South Sudan to Success: Dr. Dut Malek Opens Veterinary Clinic

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

Twenty years after he first came to America, Dr. Dut Malek, DVM, is about to realize a dream: opening his own veterinary clinic.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford’s Chris Cozzi (right) has authored Me & Chris as a tribute to lessons learned through a life shared with his dog Alex. Alex also served as Cozzi’s teaching assistant in New Haven art education classrooms from 1999-2009. The book’s collage of photos, artwork, and journal entries includes a photo of student Kayla Corey as a 3rd-grader in Cozzi’s classroom with Alex; Corey (left) is shown here with Cozzi upon her high school graduation in June 2018. Photo courtesy of Chris Cozzi

Much to Learn from Cozzi and Alex in ‘Me & Chris’

Published Aug. 29, 2018 08:30 a.m.

These days, back-to-school time grows ever more bittersweet for teacher Chris Cozzi, as students who spent early years sharing their New Haven art classroom with him and his late dog, Alex, head for high school graduation.

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Guilford Courier

As cousin of team founder Stacey Hubbard, Heidi Schoenfeldt says the care Smilow professionals gave to the Hubbard family during Carl Hubbard’s cancer battle is a strong reason why she became a charter member of Carl’s Crusaders and has joined the Closer to Free Ride with the team every year. Here, Heidi gets a high-five as she crosses the finish line during a past race. Photo courtesy of Heidi Schoenfeldt

Three Speeds, One Mission for Carl’s Crusaders

Published Aug. 22, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Six years ago, Heidi Schoenfeldt got on a three-speed bike she’d picked up for rides to the beach and around town and rode 65 miles in honor of Carl Hubbard.

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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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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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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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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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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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Guilford Courier

Community Dining Room intern and Guilford resident Cody Walston is getting a world of experience while helping bring the shoreline community together for Tuesday Dinners on the Green in Branford. The free program, open to all,including Guilford residents, runs through Aug. 21. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Walston Helps CDR Serve Up a Summer Evening of Community

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

Community Dining Room (CDR) intern Cody Walston of Guilford has already clocked 100 hours of service, and not a minute has been wasted.

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Guilford Courier

Branford resident Denise Isaac moved to the shoreline 11 years ago and barely unpacked her bags before she started volunteering with Guilford Art Center (here, she visits the latest exhibition in the Mill Gallery). Right now, Denise is helping the center gear up for its Seaside Benefit Party, a classic summer party set for Friday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Owenego Beach & Tennis Club in Branford. Proceeds will benefit GAC educational and community outreach programs. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Denise Isaac: A Model Volunteer for GAC

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

If the creative minds at Guilford Art Center (GAC) could craft a model volunteer to help the non-profit inspire and promote community participation in the visual arts, they’d design someone just like Denise Isaac.

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Guilford Courier

Kristin Song hugs Oliver, the 100th dog fostered at the Song family home since 2013. Fostering 100 dogs was a goal Song set with her son, Ethan, who helped her foster 95 dogs until he lost his life in January. His legacy of kindness and compassion and love of animals continues, along with advocacy and intiatives to keep kids safe from guns and threats, through the Ethan Miller Song Fund established by Kristin and Mike Song.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

For Ethan: Kristin Song Fosters 100th Pup and Keeps Kids Safe

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

Kristin Song’s mom had deep love of animals that she passed on to her daughter. When Kristin’s mother passed away in 2013, she and her youngest son, Ethan, embarked on a compassionate mission to “clear a shelter” in her honor by fostering 100 dogs at their Guilford home.

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Guilford Courier

For Guilford High School (GHS) Class of 2018 Valedictorian Faren Roth, finding something you like to do, and having fun doing it, has been the key to her success. Faren, who will attend Yale University in the fall, will give her valedictorian’s speech to the GHS Class of 2018 during graduation on the Guilford Green on Friday, June 22. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Having Fun While Learning: Faren Roth, GHS 2018 Valedictorian

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

She’s Connecticut’s 2018 individual épée state champion, valedictorian of the Guilford High School (GHS) Class of 2018, and an incoming member of the Yale University Class of 2022.

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Guilford Courier

As president of Guilford Land Conservation Trust, David C. Grigsby is leading the charge to raise $250,000 to purchase the Missing Piece, the final inholding of 30 acres of land that will complete the 1,000 acres of protected trust and state lands that make up Westwoods. Photo courtesy of David C. Grigsby

How to Help GLCT Purchase Westwoods ‘Missing Piece’

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

Fifty years after Guilford Land Conservation Trust (GLCT) first began conserving the woodlands that have created Westwoods, the non-profit, all-volunteer organization is closing in on purchasing the final “Missing Piece”—and they need your help.

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Guilford Courier

On June 2, Guilford’s Christopher “CJ” Rogers stepped up to the stage at the NATAS Boston/New England Student Awards for Excellence and claimed his Crystal Pillar as the winner of the chapter’s 2018 Sports-Live Event category. The prize selection was based on a highlight reel of live Special Olympics coverage he developed for Emerson Channel Sports as executive producer. Photo courtesy of CJ Rogers

A Rising Star: CJ Rogers Wins NATAS’ Crystal Pillar

Published June 06, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Many a hardworking executive producer may dream of the day they’ll take home their first National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) award, but Guilford’s Christopher “CJ” Rogers, 21, has just lived the dream.

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Guilford Courier

Race Director Dan Montgomery is helping friends and co-steering committee members Mike and Kristin Song, Scott Markovich, and Melanie DiNicola bring Guilford the first annual #SongStrong5K and Kids Fun Run. The “Keep Kids Safe” event features a 5K run/walk and kids fun run on the morning of Saturday, June 9 at Guilford fairgrounds. All event proceeds benefit causes and programs developed and supported by the Ethan Miller Song Foundation. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Dan Montgomery Helps Chart a Course for #SongStrong5K

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

As Dan Montgomery will tell you, “Runners run.” It’s mantra he shares with friend and running buddy Mike Song.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford Keeping Society (GKS) member Barbara Johnson envisioned inviting the community to GKS’s first Memorial Day Picnic 13 years ago. Now, she’s excited to invite all to gather at a new GKS Memorial Day Picnic location that’s right on the parade route—the Thomas Griswold House Museum, 171 Boston Street. The picnic takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 28. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Planning a Great Day for Guilford at the GKS Memorial Day Picnic

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

Built in 1774, the Thomas Griswold House has witnessed many a parade passing by; but this year, things will be different.

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Guilford Courier

Shown here with a stone and plaque on the town green commemorating Guilford Revoluntionary War soldiers; Craig Reynolds has helped the 6th CT Regiment spearhead a new Revolutionary War plaque, to be unveiled May 19 at Sachem’s Head Harbor, the site of the launch of Meigs’ Raid, a critically successful battle early in the war.

Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

A Revolutionary Effort: Reynolds Helps 6th CT Commemorate ‘Meigs’ Raid’

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

Among Guilford’s many historic tributes, one commemorating a critically successful early Revolutionary War action has been missing for too long – 241 years, to be exact.

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Guilford Courier

At the invitation of Adams Middle School PTO, community artist and art educator Daniela Balzano is incorporating 600 individual symbols drawn by each student into a mandala mural. Her goal is to create a single work of community art which celebrates every students’ unique mark in the world. Photo by Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

Illustrating Universal Acceptance at Adams Middle School

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

When the Adams Middle School PTO asked community artist and art educator Daniela Balzano if she could incorporate 600 individual ideas into single mural, her answer was an instant and resounding, “Yes!”

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Guilford Courier

Lisa LeMonte is committed to strengthening local non-profit organizations. She serves on five non-profit boards. Her she holds one of her beloved Ebony Oriental cats, Geechee. Photo by Becky Coffey/The Courier

Lisa LeMonte Brings her Skills to Non-Profit Boards

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

Every non-profit organization has a story to tell—it’s what inspires volunteers, donors, and supporters to become part of that story and help advance the group’s mission. But how do non-profit groups make sure the story they tell remains relevant?

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Guilford Courier

Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, the Guilford Information Plaza kiosk will open for the season on Thurs. May 24. Right now, kiosk co-chair Marcia Safirstein is seeking volunteers for some open three-hour shifts so that guests will find a friendly face behind the window during greeting hours, Thursday to Monday, through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Organizing Great Guilford Greetings

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

Looking for a great way to share your hometown with others?

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Guilford Courier

Shown here after surviving 24 hours in a life raft, water safety and survival expert Ben Rayner, a Guilford native, authored a water safety book and founded non-profit Water Emergency Training (WET), Inc. with the sole mission of preventing drownings. On Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at Guilford Free Library, Ben will share important hands-on information and simple skills to help save lives. Photo courtesy of WET, Inc.

To Prevent Drowning: Water Safety/Survival Expert Rayner at GFL May 3

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

Before the next warm day tempts you to head out on a boat, take a swim, or otherwise experience the water, water safety and survival expert Ben Rayner wants to arm you with information that can prevent drowning.

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