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Guilford Courier

Volunteer course designer and semi-pro player Craig Smolin takes a spin from the first tee at Guilford’s new Rick B. Maynard Disc Golf Course at Bittner Park. 

Photo by Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

Smolin’s Passion for Disc Golf Delivers Design for Guilford’s New Course

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

About 15 years ago, Craig Smolin first flew a spinning disc into the basket “hole” on a disc golf course, and was hooked.

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Guilford Courier

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 in Killingworth, the winery and market can also add home-grown cranberries to its ingredients list. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Courier

Bearing Fruit: Keith Bishop Expands the Family Orchards

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

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

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Guilford Courier

Following its successful 2017 debut, the 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival is bringing in more performers to more venues, adding a new teaching component, and creating a central location with a new main tent on the town green. Those are just a few of many reasons why Peter Hawes, the festival’s vice chairman and head of programming and marketing, is excited about the return of this biennial event from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 26 to 29. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Peter Hawes Helps Build Excitement for Guilford Performing Arts Festival

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

After the success of the inaugural Guilford Performing Arts Festival two years ago, the small group of volunteers who dared to dream of filling churches, community buildings, shops, and restaurants with a packed schedule of free performances by brilliant artists got to work planning the next.

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Guilford Courier

In July, at age 20, Anne-Marie Frattini earned her commercial pilot’s license. As one of only a fraction of female commercial pilots in the country, the GHS Class of 2017 graduate plans to go on to become an airline pilot. She’s studying—and flying—at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where she’s just started her junior year. Photo courtesy of Anne-Marie Frattini

The Sky’s the Limit for Frattini

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

In July, 20 year-old Anne-Marie Frattini got behind the controls, kicked on the engine of a single-prop Cessna in Daytona Beach, Florida, and took off into the sky.

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Guilford Courier

When she was 15, Gabriela Garcia-Perez, (now 17 and an incoming Guilford High School senior), founded Community Integration Mentoring Program (CIMP). Now entering its third school year, CIMP links Guilford kids with New Haven English language learner (ELL) elementary students to help close language, culture and diversity gaps. To date, she has connected 25 mentors with 37 ELL kids. Photo courtesy of Gabriela Garcia-Perez

Garcia-Perez: Breaking Barriers, Making a Difference with CIMP

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

Gabriela Garcia-Perez grew up speaking Spanish and English. That’s why she knew she could help when, in 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, sending many Spanish-speaking families seeking refuge to New Haven.

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Guilford Courier

A giant waterslide on the Baldwin Middle School hillside Aug. 9 highlights just one small area of the many public and park spaces and fields maintained through the work of Guilford Park Foreman Tony Annicelli and his team. Photo by Pam Johnson/Guilford Courier

Teamwork Helps Tony Annicelli Maintain Guilford’s Parks, Playing Fields, and More

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

What do Guilford’s town green, parks, playing fields, school athletic fields, lakes, beaches, town government building landscapes, and even Town of Guilford trash receptacles have in common?

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Guilford Courier

On July 31, Guilford Police Department (GPD) Sergeant Sandy Brooks was celebrated by her peers upon her retirement after 20 years serving with GPD. She says she will continue to find ways to help others, as well as continuing to be a part of her hometown of Guilford, a community which supported her and helped her to succeed. Photo courtesy of Sandra Brooks

Thank You, Sarge: Sandy Brooks Retires from GPD

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

Two decades ago, Sandy Brooks told her family she was going to become a police officer. The response?

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Guilford Courier

Right after graduating with the GHS Class of 2019, musical performer and actor Jake Gladwin, 17, spent much of his summer starring as one of four leads in an independent feature film shot around Connecticut, The Dangerfields Class of ’64. Photo by William Battle

For Performer Jake Gladwin, Filming Wraps Up a Perfect Summer

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

Exactly one week after Jake Gladwin graduated with the Guilford High School (GHS) Class of 2019, he went back to high school—and back in time—as one of four leads starring in The Dangerfields Class of ’64.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford teen, incoming Notre Dame High School senior, and aspiring future public servant Dan McDermott was one of 30 high school juniors selected nationwide to serve as a U.S. Senate Page interning on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from January to May 2019.

Photo courtesy of Dan McDermott

He’ll Be Back: McDermott Inspired by U.S. Senate Page Experience

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

Dan McDermott won’t turn 18 until March, but that didn’t stop him from serving in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. for five months earlier this year—as a Senate page, that is.

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Guilford Courier

On Saturday, Sept. 7, board member and event co-chair Linda Reich invites all to attend Evening in White, a garden dinner party to benefit non-profit Hyland House Museum, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets, $50, are on sale now.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Planning a Magical ‘Evening in White’ to Celebrate, Support Hyland House

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

Linda Reich knows the transformative magic of a visit to the Hyland House and its grounds—after all, she was the lady who showed scads of kids how to make a bandage from a leaf in the herb garden.

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Guilford Courier

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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Guilford Courier

Winnie Seibert helped bring Rhythms of Grace, a service designed to invite comfort and connection for those on the Autism spectrum, and others sensitive to sensory overload or with special needs, to Christ Episcopal Church. She welcomes families and people of all ages and faiths to experience Rhythms of Grace during a 5 p.m. outdoor summer service at Jacobs Beach, under the pavillion, on Sunday, July 14. Photo courtesy of Winnie Seibert

Seibert Helps ‘Rhythms of Grace’ Provide Comfort, Connection for All Faiths and Needs

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

On Sunday, July 14, a Christ Episcopal Church service designed to invite comfort and connection for those on the autism spectrum and others sensitive to sensory overload or with special needs, welcomes families and people of all ages and faiths to experience Rhythms of Grace during a 5 p.m. outdoor service at Jacobs Beach.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford High School Class of 2019 valedictorian Katie Hooker, who will be among the next generation of incredible women making their mark in STEM fields, encourages her classmates to seize opportunities and follow their passions. Photo courtesy of Katie Hooker

STEM Stand Out: Katie Hooker, GHS 2019 Valedictorian

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

For Guilford High School (GHS) valedictorian Anne Katherine “Katie” Hooker, there’s no time like the present to take her academic ability into the world of scientific research, and make her mark.

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Guilford Courier

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 19, 2019 08:30 a.m.

As a shoreline 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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Guilford Courier

On Sunday, June 23, The Witness Stones Project of the Guilford Preservation Alliance and the Hyland House Museum present the second annual Juneteenth. This year’s event, Juneteenth–A Garden Party, includes a day of civic engagement, refreshments, music, and remembrance of those enslaved in Guilford’s past, chaired by Stephanie Little Brown at the historic Hyland House, 84 Boston Street, from 4 to 7 p.m. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

A Witness to History: Brown Chairs Witness Stone’s ‘Juneteenth’ at Hyland House

Published June 12, 2019 07:00 a.m.

“When we did the first Juneteenth last year, the first question we asked the audience was, ‘How many people know what Juneteenth is?’” recalls Stephanie Little Brown.

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Guilford Courier

Diana Clark found her passion in her second career and now helps family members of those battling substance abuse get the support they need. Photo courtesy of Turnbridge

Diana Clark: Providing Support to Families of Those Battling Addiction

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

Diana Clark always knew that she wanted a job that would allow her to help people.

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Guilford Courier

As part of its summer youth programming, Guilford Art Center is offering five consecutive days of hands-on exploratory filmmaking classes with Guilford resident and award-winning filmmaker and editor Jeff Reilly. Photo courtesy of Jeff Reilly

Sharing the Craft: GAC Summer Program Connects Award-Winning Filmmaker Jeff Reilly with Local Teens

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

When Jeff Reilly attended Guilford High School (GHS) in the early ‘90s, he didn’t have access to filmmaking equipment. And smartphones, today’s go-to tech for aspiring filmmakers, weren’t even a thing.

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Guilford Courier

As co-race director of #SongStrong5K, one of the first things Scott Markovich (center, in red) did was to bring in his company, Aetna, as the title sponsor. Here, he’s shown with members of his team who flew in from points across the country to volunteer at the inaugural race event in 2018. Soon, his team, together with many other volunteers, sponsors, businesses, organizations, and the Guilford community, will once again rally around the mission and message of the Ethan Miller Song Foundation at the second annual #SongStrong5K, coming to the Guilford fairgrounds Saturday, June 8. Photo courtesy of Scott Markovich

Scott Markovich: All In for #SongStrong5K

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

At a time when Ethan’s Law is headed for Connecticut’s legislative finish line, and helping to frame a bill at the federal level, Ethan Song’s hometown of Guilford will rally around his family once again at the second annual #SongStrong5K, coming to the Guilford fairgrounds Saturday, June 8.

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Guilford Courier

Shown here speaking as 2018-’19 co-chair of the United Way of Greater Waterbury annual campaign, 13-year-old Guilford resident Ella Copeland has demonstrated, in several meaningful ways, that young people can make an impact, and get involved, to help their community and others. Photo courtesy of Ella Copeland

Ella Copeland, at 13, Co-Chairs Successful United Way Campaign

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

Have you heard of #theEllaEffect? It’s named for 13-year-old Guilford resident Ella Copeland, who, along with her dad, Grant, co-chaired this year’s United Way of Greater Waterbury (UWGW) campaign. When the campaign ended on May 2, over $4 million had been raised—nearly toppling the campaign’s record 75th anniversary mark of $4.1 million.

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Guilford Courier

With typical humor, Doug Rollins strikes a familiar pose (look left) on the Guilford Green to share his support of Guilford High School (GHS) music and ski programs, and to play his is part as a member of Conn Artists, which will give an a capella concert at Guilford First Congregational Church (at back) on Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. with GHS Voices.

Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

A Conn Artist with Heart: Rollins Gives Back to Guilford

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

He’s been performing a capella with the incredible Conn Artists for more than 20 years, but Doug Rollins still compares stepping on stage with that same fight-or-flight reflex he connects to another passion—hurtling down the steepest competitive ski slopes.

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Guilford Courier

Guilford poet Dolores Hayden has crafted poems of risk, reward, and daredevil antics into a historical fiction, Exuberance, a celebration of the death-defying days—and characters—of early aviation. Readers can join Dolores at a book launch at Breakwater Books in Guilford at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Risk, Reward, and Daredevil Antics: Hayden Pens 'Exuberance'

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

The famous crash that inspired Guilford poet Dolores Hayden to pen 'Exuberance,' a page-turner celebrating America’s daring early aviators, had nothing to do with flying.

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Guilford Courier

As outreach coordinator for Shoreline Moms Demand Action, Kathy Westgard, an artist, educator, and activist, is helping Shoreline Students Demand Action present a community event, Art Demands Action, on Saturday, May 11. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Westgard Stewards Student-Led ‘Art Demands Action’

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

On Saturday, May 11, Kathy Westgard invites residents of all ages to encounter Art Demands Action, a student-driven, art-focused, community-connecting and fundraising event in support of gun safety.

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The Sound

Carla Cerino, who teaches academic writing and reading to adult English as a second language learners through ERACE, inspires her students with goals including having their stories published in a national magazine, The Change Agent. In March, five of Cerino’s students had their stories published. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Sound

Write On: ESL Writers Inspire ERACE Educator Carla Cerino

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

Every semester, adult students from across the globe take Carla Cerino’s class to learn English academic reading and writing skills, but by the time they leave, they always manage to teach Carla new lessons about the human spirit.

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Guilford Courier

Assisting her brother through homelessness and mental illness has helped turn author Laura Noe into an advocate who shares her story statewide to assist others and build awareness. On Saturday, April 27, Noe will be a presenter at The Big Sleep Out 2019 on the Guilford Green. Photo courtesy of Laura Noe

Noe Encourages All to Join The Big Sleepout 2019

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

Last spring, Laura Noe was taking her favorite drive into Guilford along scenic Route 146 when she saw a sign that made her stop and turn around.

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Guilford Courier

Meghan Scanlon joined Women & Family Life Center as its first full-time director about nine months ago and has been on a mission to bring important service and support goals into focus, raise awareness and funds, and find ways to partner to expand free services for shoreline women and families in crisis or transition. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Invigorated Focus, Amazing Energy: Meghan Scanlon Leads W&FLC

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

When Meghan Scanlon first joined Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) as its executive director about nine months ago, she went out into the community on a fact-finding mission.

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Guilford Courier

Ellie Wiesler is the founder and leader of a TED-Ed Student Talks club at Guilford Free Library. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

With TED-Ed Student Talks, Wiesler Shares a World of Topics

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

What does “Machiavellian” really mean? How tall can a tree grow? How does the Rorschach inkblot test work? Can you solve the unstoppable blob riddle?

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Guilford Courier

Laurie Dray is building a buzz around the 13th annual Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE) Adult Spelling Bee, which takes place Friday, April 5 at Guilford High School. She’s shown here outside The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center, the providers of food for sale at the bee to benefit GFFE. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Laurie Dray is a GFFE Bee-Liever

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

Not too many years ago, Laurie Dray answered a friend’s last-minute call to pitch in as a worker bee to help Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE)—and she’s been buzzing about GFFE ever since.

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Guilford Courier

In addition to her innovative classroom work, Guilford resident Stephanie Johnson (far left, holding award) is one of two coaches for The Country School’s competitive robotics program. She’s shown here at the 2018 fall regional First Lego League Robotics Tournament, where her team qualified once again for the state championship, and Johnson was named Best Mentor. Now, Johnson has been named a Women of Innovation finalist by the Connecticut Technology Council. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Johnson

A Woman of Innovation: Johnson’s Teaching Inspires the Next Generation

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

Well before most educators were talking about STEM learning, Stephanie Johnson was learning to teach with a new educational approach, “constructivist teaching.”

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Guilford Courier

At Melissa Jones School, physical education teacher Derek DeLucia pumps kids up with Fitness Fridays and other fitness fun that helps keep them healthy and motivated to learn. He’s shown here after a session with kindergarteners in the classroom of teacher Shauna Panella. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

DeLucia Puts the Fun in Fitness at Melissa Jones School

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

He’s the star of Fitness Fridays, the mind behind some stellar physical education grants, the father of an annual family fitness fundraiser, and the ringmaster of a circus-based student experience.

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Guilford Courier

As co-chair of Guilford High School Project Graduation (GHSPG) restaurant fundraising events, Kelley McDevitt-Hooker is busy drumming up support for Silent Auction and raffle prizes for GHSPG’s Wednesday, March 20 fundraising night at Guilford Mooring restaurant. Photo by Pam Johnson/The Courier

Helping Project Graduation’s Community Support Carry Over

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

After two years volunteering to assist Guilford High School Project Graduation (GHSPG), if Kelley McDevitt-Hooker had one take-away she could share with parents of Guilford Public School (GPS) students, it would be this:

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