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Essex Person Of The Week

Person of the Week • Published Aug 10, 2022 10 am

Turner Having a Good Time Throwing Horseshoes

In the mid- to late-80s, Ed Turner followed his father Dave’s lead and began competing in the Deep River Horseshoe League (DRHL). Ed has since made his way up to the A Di...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 10, 2022 08 am

Kim Price: Waste Not, Want Not

The Chester Fair aims to be Zero Waste, with 80 to 85 percent compostable trash. To do that, however, Kim Price had to source everything from compostable plates, knives, forks, and ice cream cups to straws. He located it all, and now there are cartons of compostable serving ware stacked in his living room. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier
Person of the Week • Published Aug 04, 2022 02 pm

Roscoe’s Making Waves with the Warriors

Once he got his sea legs, Matt Roscoe loved being on the water. Now a rising senior with the Valley Regional crew, Matt is getting more opportunities to spend time on the...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 03, 2022 08 am

Henry May: Need A Ride?

Fish is not something for dinner, not if it is spelled with capital letters. FISH is Friends in Service Here and provides free rides to medical appointments to residents...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 29, 2022 01 pm

Lepore Unlocks Her Passion for Lacrosse

Sage Lepore didn’t want to play lacrosse at first. She wanted to be a soccer player. However, after some convincing, Sage decided to make the switch, and that decision wo...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 27, 2022 08 am

Joe Connolly: Making Radio Waves

Joe Connolly knows what the worst thing in the radio business is: when listeners turn the dial. “Radio is show biz. If you’re boring, people are not going to listen,” he...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 20, 2022 10 am

Matesky Caps Off Valley Tennis Career with Major Accolade

Kaid Matesky was named the Unsung Hero for the Valley Regional boys’ tennis team this season. Kaid felt that it was a major honor to receive the award after he grew into...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 13, 2022 12 am

Carver Stepped Up on the Bump, Delivered at the Dish

A pitcher is one of the most important players on any baseball team, and having a dominant pitcher makes your squad that much more dangerous. The Valley Regional baseball...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 06, 2022 12 am

Massey Rows Her Way to Great Career with the Warriors

As she grew up on the water and gained experience in boating, Alexis Massey decided to join the crew program in her freshman year at Valley Regional High School. Alexis h...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 29, 2022 08 am

Michael Adams: Road Runner

Mike Adams already has a first and Chester Rotary’s Four on the Fourth road race has not even been run yet. Mike was the first Chester resident to sign up for the 44th an...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 29, 2022 12 am

Kollmer Made a Great Call to Play Lacrosse

A lifelong soccer player, Michael Kollmer decided to try something new and join the Valley Regional boys’ lacrosse team as a sophomore last spring. Michael had limited ex...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 22, 2022 08 am

Paul Fazzino, Sr.: Fire Fighter and Now Grand Marshal

You know what they say: location, location, location. And that, Paul Fazzino, Sr., says, explains his early enthusiasm for firefighting. He grew up “almost next door” to ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 22, 2022 12 am

Costanzo Makes All-Shoreline for Second-Straight Campaign

Ben Costanzo is the faceoff specialist with the Valley Regional boys’ lacrosse team, tasked with earning possession every time he steps into the circle. Ben has proven a ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 15, 2022 08 am

Dick Mather: A Grave Situation

A grave situation demands a grave solution. No surprise, this is a story about graves, specifically the oldest graves in the River View Cemetery in Essex. Dick Mather, pr...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 15, 2022 12 am

Wilkens Makes Great Debut as a Freshman

It didn’t take long Ceci Wilkens to make her mark with the Valley Regional girls’ outdoor track team as a freshman. With her talents and dedication, Ceci performed more l...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 08, 2022 08 am

Ed Hemmann: Thanks for the Memories

Ed Hemmann is a war veteran, not of Afghanistan, not of Iraq, not of Vietnam or Korea, but of a war that increasingly few people living today have firsthand memories of: ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 08, 2022 12 am

Strecker Led the Warriors in More Ways Than One

Cooper Strecker made the most of his senior season as a member of the Valley Regional boys’ lacrosse team. In his final year with the program, Cooper led the Warriors as ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 01, 2022 08 am

Gail Capezzone: Buddying Up

Gail Capezzone has a helpful hint for the correct spelling of her last name. “It’s like pizza,” she says. “One P and two Zs.” She adds that people usually want to spell i...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 01, 2022 12 am

Finnegan Never Stops Working with the Warriors

Jack Finnegan is proving reliable infielder on the Valley Regional baseball team in his junior season this spring. Jack’s commitment to excellence is playing a major role...
Person of the Week • Published May 25, 2022 08 am

Maddie Kayser: Taking Over at the Whistle Stop

Ask Maddie Kayser what she has learned since taking over the Whistle Stop Café in Deep River last January from her mother Hedy Watrous; it’s not cooking, it’s not restaur...
Person of the Week • Published May 25, 2022 12 am

Whittaker Having Stellar Senior Season in Singles

After putting in an intense amount of effort during the past four years, senior Jack Whittaker is finishing his career with the Valley Regional boys’ tennis team as domin...
Person of the Week • Published May 18, 2022 12 am

Frantz Attacks Her Goals at Valley

A switch to the outdoors was all it took for Leah Frantz to fall in love with lacrosse. Leah’s leaving it all on the field in her final year with the Valley Regional girl...
Person of the Week • Published May 11, 2022 08 am

Libby Stacia: Everyone Needs to Be Heard

“You talk about everything at a bar. You sit at a bar, everyone always wants a beer, there’s no pressure to sell, they’re coming to you,” she says. It’s the shared experi...
Person of the Week • Published May 11, 2022 12 am

Pierce Having a Breakout Season as a Senior

Sammy Pierce is proving an integral player for the Valley Regional softball team this season. As she enters the home stretch of her senior year, Sammy is looking to lead ...
Person of the Week • Published May 04, 2022 08 am

Vicki Miorelli: Call Her Captain

This could be a Final Jeopardy question, and Vickie Miorelli would know the answer: Q: The biggest United States maritime loss before Pearl Harbor? A: What is the Burning...
Person of the Week • Published May 04, 2022 12 am

Hawkins Takes the Reins with Valley Boys’ Lacrosse

When Colby Hawkins moved to Connecticut, he envisioned himself becoming the head coach of a varsity lacrosse program. After working as an assistant coach and referee for ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 27, 2022 08 am

Dick Shriver: Firsthand Knowledge of Ukraine

Dick Shriver has something to say about Ukraine, and not just because he listens to news reports. Dick and his wife Barbara lived for seven years from 1995 to 2002 in Lvi...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 27, 2022 12 am

Harger Starts First Season as Valley’s Golf Coach

When Scott Harger took the reins as head coach of the Valley Regional golf team, he had a specific vision in mind. Harger wanted to give Valley’s athletes a sense of stab...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2022 08 am

Angela Jones: Squirrel It Away

Angela Jones will not be wearing a squirrel costume on Chester’s upcoming Squirrel Days, Friday to Sunday, April 29 to May 1. “Nobody volunteered to wear one,” she admits...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2022 12 am

Pilon’s Piling Up the Points This Spring

Rowan Pilon is making huge contributions for a Valley Regional girls’ lacrosse team that’s seen plenty of success through the first few weeks of the 2022 season. A sophom...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 13, 2022 08 am

Dennis Powers: Over the Bounding Main

Dennis Powers has been sailing for more than six decades, but at the upcoming Connecticut Spring Boat Show at Safe Harbor Essex Island on Friday to Sunday, April 29 to Ma...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 13, 2022 12 am

Sparaco Striving to Help Valley Thrive on the Diamond

The Valley Regional baseball team is off to a solid start with a record of 2-0 in the 2022 season. One of the major reasons why the squad is playing quality baseball earl...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 06, 2022 08 am

Leslie Quarrier: Sing for Joy

Predicting the future is always risky business but if all goes according to plan, on Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m., Leslie Quarrier will be singing at Con Brio’s Spring Conc...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 06, 2022 12 am

Kirla Earns Award for His Grit on the Court

Zach Kirla dedicated himself to basketball at a young age, and his love of the sport has continued to grow as the years have unfolded. Zach’s passion for the court result...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 30, 2022 08 am

Don Perreault: Pursuing the Past

It’s the crumpled sales slip stuffed in a wallet; the candy wrapper left in a pocket; the old birthday card found in the stack of wrapping paper. It’s all ephemera, the i...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 30, 2022 12 am

Grow Makes Giant Strides on the Warriors’ Court

Lily Grow was introduced to basketball by her mother Michelle when she was seven years old. Lily idolized her mother and always enjoyed hearing about Michelle’s glory day...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 23, 2022 08 am

Pamela Dumas Serfes: Life in Balance

Pamela Dumas Serfes made a decision that many people think about but far fewer do: she quit a prestigious, well-paying job without having a concrete employment plan for t...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 23, 2022 12 am

Partyka Caps Off Valley Hoops Career with All-Conference Nod

Ever since he was a child, Simon Partyka wanted to play the sport of basketball. Simon grew up watching his older brother Oskar compete for Valley Regional, and there was...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 16, 2022 08 am

Susan Dee: New Head of Essex Board of Trade

Susan Dee has her own way to telling another person’s age. If someone hears her last name and then makes a comment about the late actress Sandra Dee, Susan has the inform...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 16, 2022 12 am

Cika Enjoys a Great Junior Campaign on the Gymnastics Mat

Kendra Cika started competing in gymnastics when she was just three years old. While she partook in several different sports throughout her childhood, Kendra eventually r...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 09, 2022 07 am

Janet R. Stone: Rock On

Janet R. Stone couldn’t have a more appropriate last name. Janet, who lives in Deep River, is a geologist. She has just received the 2021 Dr. Melvin Woody Lower Connectic...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 08, 2022 11 pm

Jacaruso Sprints to Success with the Warriors

When Madeline Jacaruso joined the girls’ indoor track team at Valley Regional, she understandably had the impression that most of her practices would be held inside. Made...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 02, 2022 11 pm

Hutchinson’s a Central Figure for the Warriors

There is nothing that Sam Hutchinson loves more than the adrenaline rush of a hotly contested basketball game. This year, Sam has been experiencing that rush on a regular...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 02, 2022 07 am

Rick Ruzzo: It Started with a Saxophone

It’s not on the list of romantic gifts, but Rick Ruzzo decided to marry his wife Linda after she gave him a saxophone for his birthday. “It wasn’t the only thing,” Rick c...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 23, 2022 07 am

Aaron Page: Home Is Where the Heart Is

When Aaron Page said that last fall that he was going to take over as the new president of the Chester Elementary School PTO, he often got an unexpected and skeptical res...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 16, 2022 11 pm

Counter Takes Her Best Shot in Air Rifle

Claire Counter is a senior at Valley Regional High School, and she’s found her niche competing in a sport that most people don’t know about. About five years ago, Claire ...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 16, 2022 07 am

Emily Weeks: Talking About Art

Have you seen Emily Weeks walking around Essex? She walks a total of 2 ½ hours a day, an hour and a half in the morning and another hour in the afternoon. Her outfits cha...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 09, 2022 11 pm

Allen Helping the Warriors Succeed on the Court

Elizabeth Allen has been playing soccer and basketball since she was a youngster, starting soccer as a four-year old and then beginning basketball at age six. Now a junio...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 09, 2022 07 am

Chelbi Wade: Let’s Hear it for South Main

People always ask. Chelbi Wade always explains. It’s about her first name. Where did it come from? Is that what her parents named her or has she created it? And how do yo...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 02, 2022 07 am

Adam Kerop: Where’s the Fire?

Many youngsters say they want to be firefighters. Most do something else. Not Adam Kerop. He planned to become a firefighter and he is now the assistant chief of the Deep...