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Guilford Person Of The Week

Person of the Week • Published Oct 03, 2023 06 am

Jacob Invites Community to Enjoy SCC Fall Festival and Expo

Saturday, Oct. 14 at Guilford Fairgrounds Gather your family and friends: from donkey rides, a petting zoo, and touch-a-truck to live music and festive food and drin...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 27, 2023 07 am

John Allen: Bringing Vegan to the Table at CDR

As a Community Dining Room (CDR) board member, John Allen brings a lot to the table, including his dedication to helping CDR incorporate more nutritional, plant-based mea...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 19, 2023 02 pm

The Stars Align for Kenny Pelphrey

The Stars Align for Kenny Pelphrey
Person of the Week • Published Sep 15, 2023 07 am

Now is the Time: Kenney Debuts First Album at 56 Years Young

On Sept. 8, Laurie Kenney’s first single, “Once Upon a Time,” went live for all the world to hear, soon to be followed by her debut album, Every Apple Does Go Bad Eventua...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 07, 2023 02 pm

Gene Bishop Honored to Lead Guilford Fair Parade

As someone who has given much back to his community in his 90 years, Gene Bishop, a Guilford treasure, is honored to lead the Guilford Fair Parade as the 2023 Grand Marshal.
Person of the Week • Published Sep 01, 2023 04 pm

Eagleson a Star Pitcher for Guilford 10U All Stars Softball

The Guilford 10U All Stars softball team made an incredible run this summer, supplanting themselves as one of the region’s premier teams across the league. Undoubtedly, t...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 25, 2023 06 am

Linda Toscano: Creating a Place for Gavin & Friends

Linda Toscano is seeing a dream take shape, in the form of Gavin & Friends in Guilford. Gavin & Friends will be a day program operated by SARAH Tuxis for adults with disabilities such as those experienced by her 19-year-old son, Gavin Toscano-Popick, who graduated from Guilford High School this year.
Person of the Week • Published Aug 23, 2023 06 am

Smith is Racing His Way Across the Seas

Guilford sailor Wylder Smith is only 15 years old, but already the teen has seen most of the United States and abroad. Wylder is an Optimist sailor, competing in races ac...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 18, 2023 06 am

Jim Plunkett: Pitching In to Help SGMG 2023 Italian Festival

As St. George Men’s Group (SGMG) membership chairman Jim Plunkett can attest, with many members pitching in to help, all of the food, fun and festivities of the 2023 Italian Festival will ready for the crowds that will fill the festival site behind St. George Catholic Church, 33 Whitfield Street, on Friday, August 25, 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, August 26, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Person of the Week • Published Aug 09, 2023 07 am

Bransfield Diving Deep as New Member of St. Michael’s Swimming and Diving Team

Clare Bransfield is on a mission. After four years out of the pool, the former Guilford High School swimmer is walking onto the swimming and diving team at Saint Michael’...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 09, 2023 07 am

Kormylo’s Youthful Enthusiasm Helps NGCC’s North Guilford Country Fair

Dylan Kormylo, who just turned 19, is happy to put her energy into supporting the success of the annual North Guilford Country Fair. This year’s fair is set for Saturday, Aug. 19 at the historic church at 159 Ledge Hill Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Person of the Week • Published Aug 02, 2023 11 am

Baseggio Named Grizzlies Female Athlete of the Year

As an athlete, the expectation of working tirelessly and exceptionally to find success can weigh deep on the mind and body, and not everyone can handle that pressure. For...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 26, 2023 10 am

Alberti Awarded Guilford Male Athlete of the Year Award

When Guilford senior Liam Alberti attended his school’s end-of-year 62nd Annual Senior Sports Awards Program, sponsored by the Guilford Sideliners, he said he came prepar...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 26, 2023 08 am

A Shining Knight: Carangelo Contributes Much to St. George Church Carnival

For his decades of support and organizational leadership, Carl Carangelo is a shining knight for the annual St. George Church Carnival, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus (K of C) St. George Council 3928. The 2023 St. George Church Carnival is set for Tuesday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Aug. 12.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 18, 2023 12 pm

Beauton the Conference Player of the Year, Junior PGA Champ for Guilford Golf

Guilford’s Andrew Beauton has had a banner year on the golf course. He finished the 2023 high school season as the Player of the Year for the Southern Connecticut Confere...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 18, 2023 12 pm

Savino Helping CDR Summer Community Dinners Branch Out

Community Dining Room’s (CDR) Andrea Savino has developed a 9-week series where weekly free Tuesday Night Community Dinners on the green are landing in one of four towns assisted by non-profit CDR: Branford, North Branford, Guilford and East Haven.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 15, 2023 07 am

Chen Overcomes Midseason Injury to Break Guilford Track Record

Adversity can really slow down and alter an athlete’s path to success both emotionally and physically. Having to miss pertinent time away from competition could be detrim...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 11, 2023 11 am

On the Trail of History: LaFata Hopes to Improve Baldwin Trail

You could say Anthony Jameson “AJ” LaFata is on the trail of history, with his eagle scout project to improve the Abraham Baldwin Trail.
Person of the Week • Published Jul 07, 2023 05 am

McDowell Shares Summer Camp Experiences at Soundview YMCA

Soundview YMCA Camp Director Carl McDowell helps campers enjoy exploring nature, swimming, shooting bows and arrows, singing camp songs, making friends and new memories, and much more, day by day.
Person of the Week • Published Jun 30, 2023 09 am

Great Vendors, Great Ideas Support New Farmer’s Market at Guilford Fairgrounds

Jon Scagnelli’s experience managing farmer’s markets has yielded great vendor connections and great ideas to help vault the new Farmer’s Market at the Guilford Fairgrounds to success.
Person of the Week • Published Jun 20, 2023 11 am

Joe Markowski: For the Love of Country

Though Connecticut has a strong country music fan base, it certainly doesn’t trend toward the roots of America’s first genre—especially not with a younger audience. Howev...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 18, 2023 06 am

Carrie Bishop Healy Gets Behind Guilford Rotary LobsterFest

Carrie Bishop Healy is following in Bishop family footsteps as a member of Guilford Rotary. She’s serving her second year as chair of LobsterFest, coming to the Guilford Fairgrounds Saturday, June 24, at 4 p.m.
Person of the Week • Published Jun 18, 2023 06 am

Deshefy Asserted Himself as Star Sophomore for Guilford Baseball

Lucas Deshefy crushed the expectations set for him as a sophomore, becoming a household name within the Guilford High School baseball program seemingly overnight. With a ...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 09, 2023 07 am

Excitedly Anticipating GAC Craft Expo 2023 in Guilford

The excitement is building as Maureen Belden anticipates Guilford Art Center’s (GAC) Craft Expo 2023 on the Guilford green Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16.
Person of the Week • Published Jun 06, 2023 01 pm

Suchy Overcomes Obstacles as Key Senior Runner for Guilford Girls’ Track

Guilford senior track star Alexa Suchy has been one of the best runners for her high school the last four seasons for both the outdoor track and cross country teams. Desp...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 03, 2023 06 am

Gutierrez Eyeing School Records as Talented Jumper for Guilford Boys’ Track

Every young athlete has aspirations, whether that’s to compete in a sport at an elite level, be the best leader they can be for their team, or to break records. At the st...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 02, 2023 08 am

Working Behind the Scenes to Help #SongStrong 5K

Working behind the scenes since 2018, Brandy Markovich is one among a group of remarkable volunteers supporting the annual #SongStrong 5K, a June 3 shoreline event with a message that resonates in every town.
Person of the Week • Published May 23, 2023 01 pm

Academic Accomplishments, Exciting Future Plans for Katie Hooker

Guilford resident Katie Hooker not only graduated summa cum laude from UConn on May 7, but had the honor of giving the student commencement speech to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CAS). The UConn Nutmeg Scholar, 4.0 GPA Babbidge Scholar, and national Goldwater Scholar has some interesting plans for the immediate future. She’s shown here with family and fans on commencement day outside Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.
Person of the Week • Published May 21, 2023 07 am

Shosho Battles Injury to Dominate On the Mound for Guilford

Everyone has passions and desires. We all strive for goals that may sometimes seem unachievable, but the attitude we put into reaching those aspirations is what matters m...
Person of the Week • Published May 16, 2023 12 pm

A Place to Be Their Creative Selves

Danielle Bargh founded the Teen Art Club at Guilford Art Center, where the club’s first exhibit, ‘The Third Place,’ opens May 26 in the spirit of crediting and promoting local teen artists without critique or judgment
Person of the Week • Published May 09, 2023 01 pm

Wettemann Worked the Ranks as UConn Men’s Director of Basketball Administration

A young Paul Wettemann III grew up in Guilford idolizing UConn men’s basketball. Now an adult in his current role as director of men’s basketball administration with the ...
Person of the Week • Published May 09, 2023 01 pm

Calling Local Artists to Guilford Art League’s Carry-In Supper

Guilford Art League president Sheila Kaczmarek is offering an open invitation to local artists to join her at the art league’s upcoming Carry-In Supper, and to consider joining this remarkable group.
Person of the Week • Published May 06, 2023 06 am

Carignan a Star Scholar Athlete as National Football Foundation Award Recipient

Luke Carignan is a senior at Guilford High School and played football all four years, acting as a captain this past season while starting at defensive end and tackle. He’...
Person of the Week • Published May 03, 2023 08 am

Paris Grateful for Strong Project Graduation Partnerships

In her last year co-chairing Project Graduation, Amy Paris is gratified to report this year’s fundraising effort is exceeding expectations.
Person of the Week • Published Apr 26, 2023 08 am

Guilford’s Teasdale a National Equestrian Finalist

Guilford High School junior Kennedy Teasdale has already achieved a great deal, qualifying for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals where she ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 25, 2023 12 pm

Kristina Rath: Running For a Cure

Kristina Rath started running marathons at age 40, and in the last 13 years, she has raised more than $250,000 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2023 07 am

Palana to Debut with Goodspeed’s ‘Gypsy’ Cast

Guilford 6th grader Bianca Belle Palana is rehearsing for her professional musical theatre debut with Broadway stars. The talented 11-year-old is an ensemble cast member as well as an understudy for Goodspeed Opera House’s production of <em id="emphasis-ac01cf7e5975aba294e4d6737a7cf96f">Gypsy</em>, April 28 through June 18.
Person of the Week • Published Apr 18, 2023 12 pm

Farace a Versatile and Positive Player for Grizzlies Girls’ Ice Hockey

Hailey Farace has always been drawn to the ice. From the time she was little to when she entered high school, ice hockey has been a passion of hers. The dedication she ha...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 15, 2023 06 am

Hutchison a Positive Leader On the Water for Guilford Crew

Rowing is a very unique sport in that it really takes every member of the boat to compete well in order to put out successful race numbers as a team. Hailey Hutchison is ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 11, 2023 12 pm

Zack Sees Momentum Building for Cemetery Marker Upkeep Effort

With Memorial Day approaching, thousands of military veterans laid to rest in cemeteries statewide have overgrown and sunken grave markers. Working with many, including State Senator Christine Cohen, Ed Zack Jr. is hoping to help bring change to those including the many ‘common soldiers’ of our communities.
Person of the Week • Published Apr 04, 2023 10 am

DePetris a Key Defender, Motivator for Grizzlies Girls’ Ice Hockey

Being a young player on any organized team can come with challenges in regardsto transitioning and defining your role. For freshman defender Tayte DePetris, she needed ve...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 02, 2023 06 am

Zhou a Force on the Strip for Guilford Fencing

Fencing is a very meticulous sport that can be very demanding on the body and mind. It’s one that requires a lot of practice and precision to master the art and skill tha...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 28, 2023 11 am

‘Paws and Read’ with Theo and Marie Robert

Together with his person, Marie Robert, Theo, an Australian Labradoodle and certified therapy pup, supports kids learning to read by lending an ear during Paws and Read, a twice-weekly Guilford Free Library program in the Children’s Department.
Person of the Week • Published Mar 24, 2023 06 am

Do You Know a SHEro? Award Nominations Open for Women and Girls

Lyne Landry, director of Guilford Youth and Family Services, is also a founding committee member of the annual SHEro Awards, organized by nonprofit Women and Family Life Center. Nominations are open through April 5 for recipients of the awards, which recognize exceptional area women and girls. Photo Courtesy Lyne Landry
Person of the Week • Published Mar 21, 2023 10 am

Eschinger a Strong Middle-Distance Athlete for Lebanon Valley Track and Field

Making the transition from a high school sport to participating at the collegiate level on a much bigger stage can sometimes come with self-doubt and nerves due to the ad...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 14, 2023 05 pm

Epke a Naturally Gifted Goaltender for Guilford Girls’ Ice Hockey

Kadence Epke was quite literally born into the sport of hockey. Having a father who had a stick in his hand at multiple competitive levels and sisters who also enjoyed it...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 14, 2023 11 am

GreenStage Guilford Live Arts: What’s in a Name?

Sue Rollins (left) led months of pro bono brainstorming sessions on the way to developing the new, dramatic name change and logo branding for the Guilford Performing Arts Festival to GreenStage Guilford Live Arts
Person of the Week • Published Mar 12, 2023 08 am

Esposito Among Region’s Top Gymnasts as Team of One for Guilford

Representing your school on your own can be a lot of pressure for a young athlete, especially in a sport like gymnastics that requires a lot of precision and balance. Gui...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 07, 2023 11 am

Mary Didiuk: Encouraging Play

Though the concept of toy libraries has been around since the 1930s, Mary Didiuk has taken it to another level with Guiford-based nonprofit, Traveling Toys. Mary and busi...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 04, 2023 07 am

Considine Leads by Example as Senior Captain for Grizzlies

Being a multi-sport athlete can be difficult for some people due to the focus and balance it takes to constantly improve in various areas. For senior ice hockey captain a...