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AUTUMN 2017 VOLUME 14 • ISSUE 3 Publisher/President Suzanne Cahill

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publisher’s letter Welcome to the autumn issue of Milford Living! The autumn season is a highlight of firsts for the waning year. It’s the time for the first kindling of the fireplace, the first crisp sips of fresh apple cider, and the first signs of riotous color as the leaves turn their vibrant yellows and reds. It’s a time to get reacquainted with our favorite sweaters and catch up with our rakes and build piles of leaves for kids and dogs to leap into with joy. But most importantly, autumn is a season of togetherness, where we give thanks for our families, friends, and a community that cares for itself and its people. In this issue we celebrate two staple joys of the autumn season: the soul-lifting experience of giving back to the community and the uplifting experience of preparing and sharing meals together. Mother Nature’s bounty inspires us to get creative with our cooking, and with homemade favorites on every menu, we took this opportunity to share a dozen of ours. Nowhere is the ongoing generosity of the Milford community more apparent than during the colder months. We encourage you to give thanks this year L i v i n g Milford is for Living

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this season interesting and some are useful. I especially like birdhouse gourds. Ornamental gourds are usually purchased in mixed seed packs, so you can get a variety of colors and shapes.” According to Macri, plant breeders are working on new types of gourds. “I like Autumn Wings and Goblin Eggs,” she says. “Heirloom varietal seeds can be purchased from Fedco and other seed companies, but modern hybrid squashes are more productive.” Cucumbers, yep…they’re also gourds. Aside

Remarkable Gourds

from a tasty and energizing snack, they offer a multitude of benefits: cucumber can erase pen, crayon, and marker, improve facial wrinkles, shine shoes, create a soothing steam when boiled, defog mirrors, eliminate bad breath,


écor, device, or delicacy, gourds are plentiful during autumn in New England, used to festoon our tables, porches, and mantles to help celebrate the harvest season. The variety of colors, sizes, and shapes of gourds are endless; like a snowflake, no two are alike. And a funny thing about gourds…they’re not just for decoration.

be used like WD40, and—gratefully—prevent hangovers. Originally from Asia, the loofa (yes, your skin scrubber is a gourd) can be grown in our climate. Once dried it becomes a perfect grooming tool. Birdhouses made of bottle gourds attract

pan sauté, yellow squash chips,

purple martins to Milford. A threatened species,

England, and the cultivation

zucchini bread, and pumpkin

they play a vital role by keeping pests from

of the Cucurbitacea species

pie are favorites of growers…

began more than 15,000 years

and buyers at local farmer’s

ago. One of the earliest farmed

markets. The overtly large Blue

plants, their prolific growth

Hubbard squash generally

and versatility made them a

baffles buyers. Ornament or ed-

staple crop. When dehydrated,

ible? They are easily baked with

gourds develop a hard shell. An

rosemary and olive oil—quite

ancient practice of using forms


or molds around them as they

Maria Macri, owner of

grew allowed people to create a

RIvercrest Farm has been

desired shape.

growing gourds for years.

Anyone who grows squash can give you dozens of recipes.

“Gourds are traditionally grown on the ground, but for

So when they’re ready to harvest, be ready

anyone with limited space, a trellis or chain

to cook. Zucchini parmesan, baked spaghetti

link fence is ideal for letting the vines climb

squash, butternut puree, maple acorn, Patty

up,” she says. Grown in full sun, “All gourds are

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Gourds are native to New

devouring our gardens. Although birdhouses

serve as home-grown musical instruments that

used on the Wheeler Marsh at the Audubon

can hit every note.

Society are made of simulated bottle gourds,

And let’s not forget the king of the gourd…

the shape attracts and hosts Milford’s martins.

the pumpkin! While purchasing pumpkins is

(You can view them via webcam at www.

a seasonal rite of passage, picking the perfect

one is easy here in Milford. Patches in town

Much more than a seasonal decoration,

include Rivercrest Farm, Robert Treat Farm, the

gourds can be fashioned into a wide array of

First Congregational Church, and Pumpkins

objects including tools, objects of art, vessels for

on the Pier. They offer pumpkin aficionados a

water and wine, and—to go with that wine—a

pleasant stroll while deciding which will make

bit of music. Gourds of many varieties were,

the perfect jack ‘o lantern.

and continue to be, made into instruments.

Whether eating them, admiring them, or

Dried with their own seeds to create maracas,

playing them, this ancient practical produce

hollowed out and covered with skins for drums,

will surely be enjoyed for years, centuries, and

perforated with holes as wind instruments, and

millennium to come.

fitted with strings to strum as a guitar, gourds

—Susan Carroll Dwyer

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at your service

60 Years United!


n November 3, 2017, United Way of Milford will hold a 60th Anniversary Gala to celebrate six decades of community service. “From its early United Fund roots in 1957 to the present day, United Way has been serving the Milford community through its vast network of partner agencies and human service programs,” says Gary Johnson, the agency’s president and CEO. From “its long history and legacy of humble beginnings, the 60 years of United Way of Milford history has been primarily about raising and pooling funds for boots on the ground work by non-profit organizations by creating a collaborative table for deliberations which bring many together on behalf of the community.”

punch in a city like Milford,” says Johnson. “The ability of United Way to engage donors, leaders, and sectors on behalf of a common cause is unparalleled.” Dan Prestin, the current president of the Board of Directors, views his 10-plus years of service as its own reward. The volunteer work doesn’t end after the money is distributed. “Our Community Impact committee reviews the status of existing member organizations in detail to understand how effective their programs have been. We perform on-site visits and collectively decide how to distribute available funds

Johnson’s knowledge about the agency

effect” of the annual campaign, which chan-

that will do the most good.” This same fund

stems from his 39 years of employment with

nels contributions to 20 Milford community

has distributed seed grants to programs like

United Way of Milford, 31 of those years at

partner agencies. As Johnson points out,

Food 2 Kids, Milford Prevention Council,

the helm. “United Way is amazingly collec-

“Your one gift can multiply itself.”

and Get In Touch Foundation.

tive in its core approach to helping, keeping

Fund allocation is always a lengthy, pains-

To identify new sources of revenue,

its overhead low, budgets lean and mean,

taking process, one that not only educates

Prestin and his board have been working on

voluntarism strong, and community leaders

and inspires volunteers, but encourages

a strategic plan. “Our donors are in large part

supported and engaged.” At United Way’s

them to become decision makers. “Contribu-

businesses, business leaders, local govern-

core is what he refers to as “the multiplier

tions of time and resources pack a mighty

ment employees, and ‘boomer’ residents,” he explains. “But over time that base has decreased, especially with the move of some major corporations out of Milford and many boomers moving to warmer communities.” While acknowledging that the current “philanthropic landscape” has changed due to diminishing federal and state coffers, competition for online donations, what he calls “less face-to-face-time,” and the challenge of connecting “with the millennial generation,” Johnson remains confident about celebrating his agency’s past, present, and future on November 3rd. The gala will take place at Birchwoods at Oaklane in Woodbridge with NBC-CT co-anchor Heidi Voight (a former Milford Community leaders are honored at the 2017 Community Builders Awards Dinner.

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resident and Miss Connecticut) serving as


emcee. It promises to be a festive evening of food, music, and fundraising with a chance

Community Health Charities

Milford Prevention Council

BH Care

Girl Scouts/ Boy Scouts

Milford Senior Center

do not go away.” Still he knows, based on 60

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters

Good Shepherd Child Development Center

years of history, that “Our United Way will

Boys & Girls Club

Kennedy Center

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Bridges Healthcare

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The Salvation Army

Catholic Charities

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United Way 211

American Red Cross

to acknowledge “how the community comes together in times of need,” says Johnson.

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“The challenge of helping others remains as we move forward,” Johnson says. “The success stories are many, but the challenges

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family time process. Within a half hour of collecting, place each leaf between two layers of paper towel or, preferably, wax paper. The trick to keeping the colors sharp is to remove the moisture as quickly as possible from the leaves. If you happen to pick up leaves on a whim and are unable preserve them as quickly as desired, place them in a plastic bag with a sealable top and remove as much air from the bag as possible. This will buy some more time before your leaves begin to turn.

Preserving Autumn I

n my house, we collect things. I’m not sure when or where it began really, but somewhere along the way, my kids became serious collectors. Whether scouring for sea glass and seashells along the shore, plucking Queen Anne’s Lace from the trails, or filling their pockets with fallen acorns from the towering oak trees out back, they are always picking things up. Which begs the question—what do we do with all of this stuff? For marbles, you’ve got jars. For trophies,

hands of babes? In fact, there is! You can keep autumn’s color and fall’s best

you’ve got shelves. But what about those

memories alive by preserving

treasures found in nature? What about

autumn leaves to treasure


for years to come.

Come October, it’s all about the leaves. Getting into the car to go to school, heading

Pressing Leaves

to the playground, or walking to the library

Start by selecting the

often takes double the time as they collect

absolute best specimens

those fallen leaves lining their path. From

for your collection.

mid-to-late fall, I am continuously handed

Sunny days and dry

carefully curated bouquets filled with

leaves are optimal for

golden maple, copper oak, and rich purple

preservation. Avoid

ash leaves.

damaged leaves since

Surely there must be a way to savor and

any imperfections will be

preserve these tiny tokens given from the

accentuated in the drying

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Leaves must undergo a lengthy drying and preserving process that can take up to six weeks. The optimal way to preserve leaves is by using a leaf press, which not only preserves much of the leaf’s color and shape, but also reduces moisture, therefore minimizing mold and spoilage. If you don’t own a press, just gently place each leaf, with its paper, between the pages of a large book. It’s best to keep at least 10 pages between leaves and be sure to use a second book if you have a lot of leaves. Stack at least five more books (or at least

five pounds of pressure) on top, and let them

leaves. Without the tree’s chlorophyll, the

the tree’s identity. You can help children

sit for 10 days or more. Keep the books in

colors that were once hidden—brilliant reds,

preserve the leaves they collect and identify

a dry room and, for best results, change the

oranges, and yellows—are revealed.

by making prints.

blotting paper after the first few days of

To help even your youngest children understand this concept, you can offer a

Leaf Rubbings

hands-on experience by collecting, preserv-

We’ve all made leaf crayon rubbings, so

ing, identifying, and examining leaves to

make sure your kids enjoy the experience

Fall offers the perfect opportunity to

further their understanding of how and why

as well. Start by placing a leaf on a smooth,

celebrate the change of seasons and explore

leaves change color in the fall.

hard surface, vein side up, covering it with


Collecting with Children science, art, and literacy through leaf col-

Head out on a nature walk and ask your

a piece of paper. Then take a crayon of

lecting with children. Collecting also means

children to collect as many different color

any color and peel off the paper. Holding

the kids get outside, move, run, climb, and

leaves as they can find. Leaves are also used

the crayon length-wise, rub it back and

explore along the way.

to identify trees. Using a tree identification

forth across the paper, over the leaf. It’s a

field guide, compare the leaf structure

completely satisfying way to create a replica

described in the guide to the real-life speci-

sure to delight children of all ages and to

Think back to those early science lessons. When the weather gets colder, leaves begin

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Delicious Autumn


utumn is a season for the senses. The eye delights to the color of nature’s changes, the ears to the sound of crunching leaves, and the skin to the feel of the brisk air. But for the nose and the mouth, the glorious smells and tastes of autumn bring a sensory explosion unlike any other time of the year. Favorite flavors (hello pumpkin everything!) In honor of the feast that is fall, Milford Living contributors and staff share some of their favorite recipes—both year-round favorites and seasonal specialties.

NUTMEGGER APPLE PIE Suzanne Cahill, Publisher

INGREDIENTS: 10 apples 1 /4 teaspoon salt 1 /2 cup sugar 1 /4 teaspoon of cinnamon 2 tablespoons flour 1 recipe plain pastry 1 tablespoon of butter 1 dash of nutmeg

MORNING SMOOTHIE Michael Clark, Writer

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INGREDIENTS: 3 ice cubes 1 Large handful blueberries or blackberries 2 large garlic cloves 3 grape tomatoes 6-7 grapes 1 /4 banana 1 Large carrot 1 Large handful of broccoli

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DIRECTIONS: 1. Pare apples and slice to desired size. 2. Sift flour, sugar, salt, and a dash of nutmeg together and mix in apples. 3. Line your pie pan with pastry, then fill with apple mixture. 4. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top of the apple mixture. 5. Dot mixture with butter and cover with your top crust. 6. Carefully cut the top center of the crust to allow the pie to vent while cooking. 7. Bake in very hot oven at (450) for 20 minutes. 9. Reduce temperature to 350 and bake for 35 minutes longer.

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS INGREDIENTS: 1 large pumpkin Sea salt or your favorite spice DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350. 2. Retrieve your favorite cookie sheet. 3. Cut a circle at the top of your pumpkin and remove the top. 4. Start scraping the inside of your pumpkin. 5. Removing the guts and pick out the seeds. 6. Place the seeds in a strainer and rinse

6. 7. 8.

thoroughly, removing any remaining pumpkin goo. Shake out as much water as you can. Spread the seeds out on the cookie sheet and salt to taste or add whatever flavor you like: garlic, pepper, sweet, or spicy. Sprinkle your seasonings

over the seeds and place in the oven. 9. Pumpkin seeds vary in size depending on the pumpkin. 10. Keep an eye on them – sometimes they’ll cook up

quicker than expected. 11. Use a spatula to swish them around so they cook evenly. 12. You can also add more flavor if needed. The best way to see if they’re ready is a taste test!

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HOMEMADE PIZZA Bill Canfield, Photographer INGREDIENTS: 2 cups flour 1 /2 tsp. dry yeast 1 /2 tsp. salt 3 /4 cup water 1 tbsp. corn meal 1 clove garlic 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1 /4 cup parmesan cheese 1-2 cups sauce Olive oil Black pepper DIRECTIONS: 1. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. 2. Add water and mix with a fork. 3. After dough has been thoroughly mixed, turn out onto a lightly floured surface. 4. Dust hands with flour and knead dough for 5-8 minutes until silky smooth.

5. Put dough ball into bowl and drizzle with a little olive oil and place in a plastic bag (leave bag open) and refrigerate overnight. 6. Take dough out about an hour before cooking and let rise to room temperature. 7. Preheat oven to 500. 8. Lightly flour surface and place dough on flour. 9. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to an approximate 14” circle. (If it doesn’t roll out easily or snaps back, let it sit for a while longer.) 10. Dust a 14” pizza pan or pizza stone with corn meal, place dough on pan, and stretch dough to edges. 11. Add your favorite sauce. (I use a can of plum tomatoes with a 1/2

tsp. of dried basil pulsed in a blender about 8 or ten times.) 12. Scoop a ladle of sauce onto the dough and use ladle to spread sauce in a circular motion from the center to about 1/2 inch from edge of dough. 13. Sprinkle with black pepper and add fresh, thinly cut garlic to entire pizza. 14. Cover with shredded mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with grated Parmesan. 15. Add additional topics of your choice. 16. Sprinkle with olive oil and place in oven. 17. Bake for 12-13 minutes. Pizza should have a little black char on the edges. 18. Let cool for 2-3 minutes before slicing.

2 good sized zucchini 2 tomatoes 1 pepper 1 pound of ground beef 1 /2 cup of grated cheese 1 large egg 1 Pinch of Italian seasoning 1 cup of bread crumbs 1 cup mozzarella Salt and pepper to taste 1. Slice a zucchini in half lengthwise and hollow out the center of each half,

leaving about 1/4 to hold the filling. 2. Set aside to chop up scooped zucchini and then mix together with remaining ingredients. 3. Scoop mixture back into “boats” and sprinkle with mozzarella. 4. Bake in a casserole dish at 325 for 1 hour 30 minutes. 5. Check to make sure it is nice and tender. 6. Pour a glass of wine and relax. and enjoy a nice meal.



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By Steven Johnson

When the first Milford settlers arrived in 1639, “Game was plentiful

in the surrounding forests. There was an abundance of both hard and soft woods—oak, chestnut, butternut, hickory, maple, red cedar, hemlock, and elm. During its first four years, Milford developed from a wilderness, inhabited by wild animals and Indians, to a healthy, thriving village.” Thus sayeth The History of Milford Connecticut, 1629-1939. Historically, Connecticut’s native wildlife included species

forested brushy wetland habitats improved. Fishers were

that people might be surprised to learn were common in the

reintroduced in the northwest area by the Connecticut

area during the 1600s. In addition to black bears, bobcats,

Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) in 1988.

and fishers (or fisher cats), wolves, elk, moose, beavers, and

Coyotes expanded their range into the Eastern United States

mountain lions were all part of the 1600’s landscape. (Coyotes

during the 1950s.

were not present at that time in the eastern United States.) Forests in the early 1600s covered about 98 percent of the Connecticut landscape. Conquering the wilderness to create a healthy and thriving village meant cutting trees for fuel, to build homes, and create farms and fences for crops and cover in Connecticut remained. The loss of habitat and hunting meant that by the late 1700s, forest-dependent animals like black bears and bobcats were no longer living in our area. These cleared lands slowly reverted as agriculture gave way to manufacturing, and by 1950, the state boasted 70 percent forest cover. Presently, it is estimated that Connecticut’s forest cover is about 55 percent. Northern remnant populations of black bears and bobcats have expanded their range south towards Milford as the



livestock. By the mid-1800s, less than 20 percent of forest

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INTERESTING FACTS: Black bears are not classified as true hibernators

but their body temperature is lowered and heart rate slows during winter denning. Denning enables bears to overcome unfavorable weather conditions and lack of food during winter. Denning bears do not eat, drink,

Yearling black bear in Milford. Photo taken at a residence on Elm Street.


this year was a young male called

It is natural for the yearling males

DEEP successfully relocated the

Ursus americanus began to be

a yearling. He would have been

to venture out on their own look-

visiting yearling bear out of the

seen again in 1955. CT DEEP

born in January or February of

ing for suitable habitat areas the

Milford area on July 8th. Milford

wildlife biologists now estimate

2016. Bear cubs stay with the

second summer. After a month

has had one bear sighting in each

there are about 600 to 700 bears

mom, for a little more than a year.

traveling through Milford, CT

of the last several years.


urinate, or defecate.

in Connecticut with the largest population concentrated in the northwest part of the state. Black bears are not normally aggressive towards humans, but, of course, deserve special respect because they are powerful animals. Black bears eat a diverse diet of nuts, berries, leaves, The bear that visited Milford from through June and July of

As unlikely as it sounds you do have to “Be Bear Aware” in Milford, judging from the path of the black bear yearling that visited Milford this past summer.

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insects, and small animals.

BOBCAT Lynx rufus is Connecticut’s only native wild cat. The bobcat is

INTERESTING FACTS: Bobcats are most active just after dusk

COYOTES Canis latrans are natives west

and before dawn. Secretive, solitary, and seldom observed, they

of the Mississippi River that mi-

a stout-bodied, medium-sized

may cover their kills with leaves, grass, snow, and even hair from

grated east, arriving in Connecti-

feline, with a short “bobbed” tail.

the carcass. They will revisit a carcass until most of it is consumed.

cut in the mid-1950s. Coyotes

Dense, brushy, wooded wetland

tend to be more slender than

areas are where these stealthy

dogs and have wide, pointed

and patient hunters are at home.

munks, mice, voles, snowshoe

taken by bobcats are most likely

ears, a long, tapered muzzle, yel-

According to CT DEEP their diet

hares, white-tailed deer, birds,

sick, injured, young, or very old.

low eyes, slender legs, small feet,

ranges from cottontail rabbits,

and, to a much lesser extent,

Bobcats also prey on domestic

and a straight, bushy tail carried

woodchucks, squirrels, chip-

insects and reptiles. Deer that are

animals, such as poultry.

low to the ground. Coyotes are

Bobcats like brushy, wooded wetland areas where they tend to be most active just after dusk


and before dawn.

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are monogamous. The male and female usually maintain pair bonds for several years. In Connecticut, the breeding season is from January-March. Pups are born in spring (April to mid-May) and litters range in size from 1-12 pups; the average in CT is 7. Both adults care for the young. Pups begin foraging and hunting with the adults when they are 8-13 weeks old.

are usually dark brown to nearly black. They prefer large areas of evergreen or mixed hardwood and evergreen forest cover. They den in trees or sometimes in rocky crevices. Squirrels, rabbits, mice, voles, carrion, fruits, mast (primarily beechnuts), porcuCoyotes are relatively new

opportunistic and use a variety

carrion, poultry, and garbage.

pines, birds, and frogs are their

Connecticut residents, arriving in

of habitats, including developed

In Connecticut, unsupervised

main diet. Fishers are secretive,

the state in the mid-1950s. Fishers

areas like wooded suburbs,

pets, particularly outdoor cats

nocturnal, and rarely seen in

(below) were reintroduced to the

parks, beaches, and office parks.

and small dogs are vulnerable to

open areas.

state in the late 1980s.

Their ability to survive and take

coyote attacks.

in and around these “man-



made” habitats has resulted in

Pekania pennanti is one of many

Tempting though it may be, do

an increase in coyote sightings

CT DEEP success stories. In 1988,

not feed wild animals. Do not

and related conflicts. A coyote’s

Fishers were re-introduced in

leave food outdoors or leave

diet consists predominantly of

northwestern Connecticut. The

garbage exposed. Feeding birds

mice, woodchucks, squirrels,

fisher’s long, slender body, short

only from November to March

rabbits, deer, some fruits,

legs, and elongated, bushy tail

and keeping your pets leashed


advantage of food sources found

are good practices. Wildlife that

INTERESTING FACTS: The fisher is a large member of the weasel

family. Its name is inappropriate because, unlike the closely related river otter, fishers seldom eat fish. The name is related to the name “fitch”

becomes habituated to food from people is not healthy for the wildlife, people, or pets. To learn more about Connecti-

meaning a European polecat, a species familiar to early settlers who may

cut’s diverse wildlife and the 2015

have seen a resemblance, or mistaken the fisher for the polecat.

Wildlife Action Plan, visit www.

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A Taste of Milford


It’s that time of the year. Leaves cover the streets and buses load up each morning on corners across the city to carry their cargo off to school. The days of lazy hours at the beach and endless bike rides (for both students and teachers) have been traded for homework assignments and dioramas. And those warm summer evening strolls will soon be replaced with brisk walks through the woods. In honor of autumn and the back to school season that accompanies it, we

asked the leaders of Milford’s four high schools to share a favorite recipe with the rest of the community. Think of this collection of recipes as the community coming together to share

some special dishes. It’s just one more thing that makes Milford so special.

Principal Max Berkowitz Joseph A. Foran High School ML: What is your go-to recipe during the school year and why is it important to you?

MB: One of my favorite recipes is my Aunt Jackie’s noodle pudding. It is absolutely

delicious! During my childhood, Aunt Jackie made it during the holidays and sometimes on a random day when I was craving it. Although it is my aunt’s recipe, my mother also made it and my wife, Jennifer, continues to carry on the tradition today. Besides the great taste, the noodle pudding reminds me of family and many happy times we’ve had in the past.

ML: What words of wisdom could you provide for returning and new high school students for this school year? MB: Be you, work hard, and take advantage of the many academic and extracurricular opportunities that high school has to offer. Make a commitment to challenge yourself, show kindness and compassion to others, and always remember to have fun!

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Noodle Pudding INGREDIENTS: 11/2 bags Pennsylvania Dutch Noodles 12 eggs (6 whole and 6 yolks) 1 cup sugar 11/2 cup oil 11/2 or 2 cups chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS: 1. Boil noodles until soft and drain

with cold water. 2. Leave noodles alone for 20 minutes to avoid sticking. 3. In separate bowl, mix eggs, oil sugar, nuts, and cinnamon. 4. Grease the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with oil. 5. Bake at 350 for one hour (or until center is set and top is brown/ crispy.

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Principal Scott Zito Platt Technical High School ML: What is your go-to recipe during the school year and why is it important to you?

SZ: My favorite recipe has always been Zuppa Di Pesche.

The blend of seafood in a rich spicy tomato sauce makes it my favorite—and a Sicilian specialty—although there are numerous variations from across Italy. This dish takes a minimal amount of preparation but can yield excellent results.

ML: What words of wisdom could you provide for returning and new high school students for this school year?

SZ: Each school year is a new beginning and an opportunity to

grow academically, socially, and as good citizens. Each school is a microcosm of society. I have learned that it takes everyone working together to make the city a great place to be. Find your place. We all have valuable contributions to make. Always remember, hard work is the key to success. Grow at your own pace and enjoy the climb. Those who persevere always reach the finish line.

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Zuppa Di Pesche INGREDIENTS: 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 /4 cup basil finely chopped 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 16 oz. can crushed tomatoes 1 small can tomato paste 2 cups dry white wine 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes 8 mussels, scrubbed, and rinsed (soaking with corn flour will cause the clams to emit sand) 8 small clams 8 large shrimp 8 large scallops 1 clove garlic

2 bunches Italian parsley, finely chopped INGREDIENTS FOR BASIC TOMATO SAUCE: 1 /4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced 2 16-ounce cans of peeled whole, or crushed tomatoes. (Peeled must be crushed by hand) 1 cup of red wine Salt, to taste DIRECTIONS: 1. In a small saucepan, boil the shrimp until pink and save the broth. 2. In a large casserole or deep-frying pan, heat the olive oil over moderate heat. 3. Add the garlic and crushed pepper, then cook until the garlic begins to brown. 4. Add the tomatoes, pasta, wine, fish, and shellfish. 5. Cover and bring to a boil. 6. Next, add 1 cup of fish stock, uncover, and reduce the heat to a simmer until the shellfish have opened, 5 to 6 minutes. 7. Remove any clams that do not open! Serve over linguini!

Principal Sarah Scionti Milford Academy ML: What is your go-to recipe during the school year and why is it important to you?

SS: My go-to recipe during the school year is Crockpot Chili. My family loves this recipe and it is something that was always made when I was a kid. It’s great on a cold winter day and is something that cooks all day and is ready when we get home from our busy days!

ML: What words of wisdom could you provide for returning and new high school students for this school year?

SS: This year you will do things that you have never done before.

Make mistakes, but make sure you learn and grow through those mistakes. Make the positive so loud that the negative becomes impossible to hear. Make your school, and the world a better place.

CrockPot Chili

INGREDIENTS: 1 tbsp olive oil 2 lbs lean ground beef 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced 2 (14.5) oz cans diced tomatoes with green chilies 3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce 1 /2 cup water or beef broth 2 tbsp chili powder 21/2 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp paprika 2 tsp cocoa powder 1 tsp granulated sugar 1 /2 tsp ground coriander 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15 oz) can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS: 1. Heat olive oil in a large and deep non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. 2. Add onion and sauté 3 minutes 3. Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds longer 4. Pour onions into a 6 or 7-quart crockpot 5. Return skillet to medium-high heat, add beef and cook stirring occasionally until beef has browned 6. Drain most of fat from beef, leaving about 2 Tbsp in with beef 7. Pour browned beef into crockpot 8. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1/2 cup water or beef broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cocoa powder, sugar, coriander, and season mixture with salt and pepper to taste. 9. Stir mixture, cover with lid and cook on low heat for 5 - 6 hours 10. Stir in dark and light red kidney beans and allow to heat through for 10 minutes 11. Serve topped with cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, chopped red or green onions, cilantro, roasted peppers, or hot sauce. RECIPE SOURCE: COOKING CLASSY

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President Elizabeth Miller Lauralton Hall High School ML: What is your go-to recipe during the school year and why is it important to you?

EM: I call this the Carter Friendship Salad because my dear friend Carter gave me the recipe. I first made this salad a couple of years ago and it is always a hit with my husband and our sons. Now it’s one of our go-to recipes on weekends. It’s simple, delicious, and healthy.

ML: What words of wisdom could you provide for returning and new high school students for this school year?

EM: As we start the New Year together, my message for students is always to study hard, but remember to nourish your soul with good food, faith, and friendship.

Carter Friendship Salad INGREDIENTS: 3 tbsp lime juice 1 tbsp fish sauce 1 tbsp water 1 clove garlic, minced 11/2 tsp chili paste 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 /2 tsp sesame oil 2 tbsp peanut oil 1 tbsp honey Chili flakes

Cayenne pepper 1 pound skirt steak, slice on the bias 1 ounce Chinese noodles, cooked al dente 11/2 cups Napa cabbage, shredded 1 /3 cup avocado 1 /3 cup mango, diced 1 /3 cup tomato, diced 2 scallions, thinly sliced 2 tbsp peanuts, toasted & crushed 1 /2 cup cilantro/mint/Thai basil, chopped DIRECTIONS: Prep time, 30 minutes 1. First, make dressing by combining lime juice, fish sauce, water, garlic, chili paste, brown sugar, sesame oil, peanut oil, honey, chili flakes to taste and cayenne to taste. 2. Whisk and set aside dressing. 3. Season filet with salt and pepper then sear in hot skillet for 2-3 minutes per side, or until medium rare. 4. Let the meat rest for a few minutes and then toss with 2-3 tbsp of the dressing. 5. Mix the remaining salad ingredients (except peanuts) in a large bowl and drizzle with dressing until well coated. 6. Add peanuts.

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Principal Fran Thompson Jonathan Law High School ML: What is your go-to recipe during the school year and why is it important to you?

FT: Since it’s usually just my dog Bobo and I, my specialty during the school year is take out. I have perfected it. Although, I just made my favorite summer dish for the folks working at Jonathan Law over the summer (including our friends from West Shore who are spending the summer with us). My second favorite place in the world is the Dominican Republic, so I made baked plantains. Everyone said they were good, even West Shore Principal, Mr. Cavanna, and he’s a tough food critic! 

ML: What words of wisdom could you provide for returning and new high school students for this school year?

FT: We are so excited to welcome you to our family. Come ready to be challenged, supported, and to make a difference. That’s how we do it at Jonathan

Baked Plantains

INGREDIENTS: Green plantains. The greener the better! DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 400. Peel the plantains. (This is not very easy to do.) Slice the peeled plantains into thin chips. Mix them in with some olive oil (I use the Olive Oil Pam) with salt and pepper (to taste). Lastly, put them in a single layer on an aluminum foil pan and bake for 40 minutes - turning halfway through.

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education notebook

Chromebooks vs Textbooks

The NGSS were developed when it became clear that science education must change if our students are to be more globally competitive. The standards incorporate 21st century career readiness skills, including technology and engineering, and bring


he use of technology in classrooms has increased dramatically in recent years, especially in the study of science. Connecticut’s 2015 adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) drew attention to the need for more current sources of information to support new practices surrounding teaching and learning. As science curriculum is revised, the use of the internet and open educational resources have become more common. Milford Public Schools is at the ready, as students in grades six and seven have seen traditional science textbooks give way to Chromebooks for everyday use to facilitate their learning.

problem solving, critical thinking, and communication to the forefront in science classrooms today. They draw on current scientific research and involve a big shift in the teaching and learning of science in kindergarten through grade twelve. In a nutshell, the emphasis is now less on memorization and more on exploration and reasoning, allowing students to closely examine and understand the world they live in, bringing into focus the idea that science is more than a textbook full of facts. Justine LaSala, supervisor of Science and Technical Arts for Milford Public Schools, recently explained that, besides being expensive and often obsolete as soon as being printed, there are currently no science textbooks that truly align with the NGSS. Comparatively, Chromebooks are relatively inexpensive and the abundance of available resources provides more current information than might be found in a textbook. Assistant superintendent Jeff Burt agrees it’s important


to select resources that allow teachers and students the greatest flexibility and that adapt to the interests of the student. “Using online resources is more time intensive as it requires some review by the teachers, but ultimately will serve our students better in the long run,” he explains. Ann Donnells, a 6th grade science teacher at West Shore Middle School, and her district partners Debra Bowler, Natasha Lehman, Rick Shea, Pete DeBassio,

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tool, the teacher can place online resources

through available online resources such as

and assignments into a digital binder for

Discovery Education, BrainPop, Science World

each student. She can assign different things

Magazine, and Newsela. While some resources

to different students based on their needs,

are subscription based, Donnells says there are

interests, and learning styles. Students can


and Julie Cruciani, work together to cull

many that are free. When one teacher finds a worthwhile website, it is quickly shared with the others. “The process is very labor

work together with others on an assignment whether they are on opposite sides of the classroom or in their own homes, explains

intensive and collaboration is crucial. We

typically have transcripts that can be printed

Donnells. When complete, the assignment

could not do this in isolation,” says Donnells.

out for students who need additional reading

is submitted with the touch of a button in a

The above-mentioned sites represent about

practice or who learn best with copy in hand

digital format. “No more excuses like, ‘My dog

half of those she uses most often and offer a

to highlight and mark up.

ate my homework,’” she laughs.

mix of lesson ideas, video clips, segments with

Google Classroom is another benefit of the

So, what does a science lesson look like

interactive games and quizzes, and articles

Chromebook and an important component of

today? Donnells is quick to point out that even

about traditional current events. Videos

the middle school science program. Using this

with the NGSS, students still need to have a

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education notebook base of underlying knowledge and concepts

As students work through the process,

individual learning.

and will sometimes use current information

which is often done in groups and might

in existing textbooks for that purpose. But

include videos, activities, labs, and text, they

today are more like a facilitator, helping

the real learning, she explains, will come

gather the information needed to complete

students learn on their own. She finds it

from a series of activities the students

the task. All the while, the teacher keeps tabs

funny that movies still show students sitting

engage in. Rather than reading a chapter

on the students’ progress to determine what

at desks in neat rows quietly listening to the

in a textbook and answering questions or

has been learned. Donnells explains a key

teacher impart information. “While some

simply following the instructions for an

element of the NGSS; having the students

direct teaching might still occur on occasion

experiment, students will use informational

revisit their initial thinking to make revisions

to clarify difficult concepts, classrooms

articles from magazines, journals, and

which show their new learning. This allows

are mostly noisy places where students

web-based resources to investigate and

students to see how their thinking changed.

work in groups,” she shares. Students feel

explain a real-world phenomenon, leading to

The last step in the process is the individual

more challenged and engaged because the

their own conclusions. The process includes

performance task, which is open-ended

technology grabs their interest. This, as

a “performance task”, which is a measure of

and can have more than one answer,

current scientific evidence shows, is how

what students should know or be able to do by

must include evidence from their unit

learning happens best.

the end of the lesson, as outlined by the NGSS.

assignments, and must reflect each student’s

From Donnells’ perspective, teachers

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money matters

Your Year-End Financial Checklist


and Girls Club are always in need of extra assistance and can really use your donations.


Max out retirement contributions. You have until you file your tax return

next spring to make a 2017 contribution to an individual retirement account (IRA), but

he end of the year often whizzes by in a flurry of gift buying, cookie

401(k) contributions are only deductible when

baking, and snow shoveling. But the final month of the year is also a

made in the same calendar year. The 2017

good time to get your finances in order and prepare for the New Year.

contribution limit is $18,000 for 401(k)s and

With that in mind, here’s a look at end-of-year financial tasks to tackle.

$5,500 for IRAs (with an extra $6,000 catch-up


contribution on a 401(k) option for those ages

Schedule a meeting with your financial

and many other volunteer organizations

50 and older, and $1,000 catch-up contribution

planner or accountant. The end of 2017 or

have scholarship funds established. When

for IRA owners over age 50.)

beginning of 2018 is a good time for a financial

contributing to these scholarship funds, you

checkup. A financial planner can help someone

should feel comfortable knowing the majority

segment and prioritize goals for the New Year.

of your donation is being allocated to deserving

If you use a tax accountant, consider checking

Milford residents. Around the holidays


in several weeks before Dec. 31st in case the

organizations such as The United Way and Boys

glasses or schedule that dental work you’ve

professional suggests time-sensitive strategies like deferring income or other last-minute planning techniques.


Donate to charity. December 31st is the deadline for charitable contributions

you might plan to deduct from your 2017 tax return. Instead of donating cash, appreciated securities such as low-basis stocks or mutual funds can be donated to help maximize any available deduction related to capital gains tax. If you transfer these securities, there’s no tax to you on the gift and when the charitable organization sells them, there’s no tax to them. You should consider all the relevant factors, including taxes, to see if this option is suitable for you. Not sure yet where you want your charitable contributions to go? Fortunately, Milford has a wide variety of charities and organizations to choose from. Milford Rotary, Devon Rotary, The Milford Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis,

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Use up FSA money. If you still have money set aside in a flexible spending account for

healthcare expenses, see if you can order new

been putting off. Some companies offer a grace period into the spring or a $500 FSA carry-over from one year to the next. If your employer doesn’t offer these provisions, you’ll lose any unused funds after December 31st.


Check your beneficiaries. You can check the beneficiaries on your retirement

year you reach age 701/2, you must take required

IRA you do not need to include it in your RMD

accounts or insurance policies at any time, but

minimum distributions (RMD) from your IRA


it’s a good idea to do this at least annually.

or qualified retirement account by April 1. The

Here are some additional steps that only

penalty for failing to take RMD is a 50 percent

apply in certain circumstances:

tax on what should have been withdrawn,


so make sure if you’re 70 /2 or older that you


Take your required minimum

calculate and take the appropriate RMD for

expenses, and some states have additional

distributions. In the year following the

the year. If you have money invested in a Roth

tax benefits for residents who contribute to


Make 529 plan contributions. Money saved in a 529 plan grows tax-free

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Consider a Roth conversion. An individual with a traditional IRA and low taxable

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your withholding. This is another reason

can gift up to $28,000 per year to as many

why you should consider scheduling a

people as they want). There’s no tax deduction,

meeting with your financial professional

but it helps with federal and state estate

before the year is over.  

who are likely to leave an estate large

enough to incur estate taxes might consider

Adjust your tax withholding. If you’ve gotten married, divorced,

or had kids in 2017, then you should review

taxes that your estate might have to be pay

These are just a few examples of how you

down the line. Wealthy grandparents or other

can be better prepared for the New Year. As

relatives can also pay college tuition directly

always, you should consult with a professional

to the institution so that money doesn’t

before making any major financial decisions.

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milford giving The Milford Senior Center Second-Hand Shop offers something for everyone. Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Emma David Ministry, run by elderly volunteers, accepts donations of items and equipment for elder care such as shower chairs, crutches, walkers, and hospital beds. In turn, they loan out this equipment to elderly


drop-off appointment by calling (203) 877-4277.


Give Thanks by Giving Back

citizens in need year-round. Please schedule a

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assist local families and individuals who may be struggling, the

only.) Visit for more information.

Milford community regularly bands together to ensure that its citizens

Donations of clothing, furniture, and household

have access to adequate clothing, food, shelter, and other daily necessities. This year, why not add to your Thanksgiving tradition by lending a hand to someone in need. These and many other generous organizations work tirelessly so that every member of the Milford community can give thanks.

as needed basis. No used clothing is accepted.


items benefit Goodwill career centers.


9 Jepson Drive, Milford, CT 06460 (203) 876-7868 While food can be dropped off for the

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desk any time, in-season adult clothing in

(Each of the organizations listed below also

Every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and

good condition can be donated Monday

accepts monetary donations.)

on the first two Saturdays of the month from

– Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the Church Clothes Closet

Senior Center’s Second-Hand Shop accepts

opens its doors. Donations of new or gently

donations of adult clothing, housewares,

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consigned or donated items are given back

Providing services to those who face food

free to the public. Serving over 300 visitors

to the Senior Center. (Closed weekends.)

insecurity and homelessness, the Beth-El

each month, the Clothes Closet offers clothing

Center operates a food pantry and accepts

ranging from suits and tops to accessories and

donations of canned goods, cereals, crackers,

shoes, divided and organized into rooms for

pasta, and other non-perishables. Hygiene

women, men, and children.


items for men and women, cleaning supplies, and paper goods are also always needed. Donations can be brought to the front door at



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items at Father Cronin Hall. In addition, the

any time of the day or night, benefiting shelter

(203) 877-4277

St. Mary’s Kid’s Closet, whose mission is

residents and homeless people who visit on an

The church’s food pantry is open every

to help families provide for their children

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ShopRite of Milford has partnered with the Milford Lions Club, collecting glasses for those in need. during times of economic hardship,

Recycle for Sight program. After being cleaned

welcomes donations of new and gently

and sorted by prescription strength at regional

used items, from car seats and strollers to

Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers, the glasses

outerwear, high chairs, and toys. It is located

are packaged and distributed to low and

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middle-income residents in the area.

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ShopRite of Milford recycles old or unused

specifically for pet food donations. Collected

eyeglasses in a box near the store’s registers.

every two weeks, the pet food benefits Help

Glasses of any prescription are welcome

Willy’s Friends, a non-profit animal welfare

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legends & lore

The Legend of Yeah hoh F

or millennia, Native Americans lived along Milford’s shoreline, raising families, hunting game, cultivating crops, and fishing Long Island Sound and the Wepawaug River. On February 1, 1639, Milford’s founders purchased the land that would become the town and then city of Milford from Ansantawae, Sachem (or chief) of the Paugussets (an Algonquian tribe).

that same year, this time in Danbury; a 25inch footprint was reportedly cast in plaster by police and sent to an anthropologist at Yale. Just this year there was a sighting in the northern part of the state. According to the book, Bigfoot on the East Coast by Rick Berry, “It appears that the Eastern Bigfoot is not so streetwise as its Western equivalent…there are several reports of car/creature collisions. There are also a few cases of their being seen swimming underwater.” There are few cryptozoologists who are willing to unequivocally confirm they believe

Sasquatch—in Connecticut during the past

the legends. It is rare that evidence is found,

20th century, an avid archaeologist named

Almost 300 years later, during the early

five decades. Two were within a twenty

and the few who are willing to speak do

Claude C. Coffin spent a great deal of time

minute of drive of Milford. In 1978 a white

so knowing their colleagues will use their

in Milford searching for Native American

sasquatch sighting was reported in Trumbull;

hypotheses to discredit them, negating their

artifacts. He found tens of thousands of pieces,

tracks were found. There was another sighting

other work.

and today more than 4,000 of his discoveries reside in a collection bearing his name at the Milford Historical Society. It has long been rumored that during one particular dig, he found something quite unexpected along the shores of Gulf Pond. While excavating a native encampment, legend has it that Coffin discovered an unusually large skeleton rumored to be over eight-feet in height, a humanoid of substantial proportions which the Algonquin people referred to as Yea hoh. Admired and revered as a messenger from the Creator, Yeah hoh was reputed to have powerful psychic abilities. According to the book Tribal Bigfoot by David Paulides, there is evidence that native Algonquins interacted with Yea hoh. There have been more than a dozen sightings of the legendary Bigfoot—or Legends are often based on some element of fact. Did Milford have its very own Sasquatch?

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It appears that the Eastern Bigfoot is not so streetwise as its Western equivalent… there are several reports of car/creature collisions.

BFRO (Bigfoot Field Researchers

Located on private property and abutting

Organization) researcher Tim Vogel

a headwaters and swamp, literally in

investigated an August 2016 sighting

the backyard that leads to a local river is

near Mystic. According to his report on

where this happened. The landscape is

their website,, “The siting

broken up with scattered houses, swamps,

is unique in a way because its located

creeks, and woods.”

very near coastal Connecticut and just on the outer fringes of the local settlement.

According to the report, “Around 5 pm [the observer’s] dogs started barking and

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The Beat Goes On I

f you’ve ever thrilled to the sound of a marching band or played an instrument while moving in drill formation and wearing a colorful military-style uniform, then perhaps you may be familiar with the name Moe Knox.

A resident of Milford since 1936, Maurice

are also blog posts, chat room threads, and

(Moe) Knox is recognized for his legendary

the “Moe Knox-Honoring His Contribution

55-year career as a drum & bugle corps

to Drum Corps Pictorial History” Facebook

photographer. “Everybody knows me by

page that pay tribute to Moe’s visual

Moe—on a first name basis,” he maintains.

drum corps legacy.

For decades, Moe’s photos have

A popular YouTube video from June 28,

appeared in magazines, newspapers,

2014, shows Moe accepting the first-ever

personal scrapbooks, and online photo

Drum Corps Associates (DCA) Heritage

galleries dedicated to ensemble marching

Award from DCA Vice President Glen

music. For 50 years he travelled,

Johnson. “The man…the myth… the

photographing thousands of drum corps

legend,” is how Johnson introduced Moe

shows. His presence at these shows was

Knox to the cheering crowd in Bridgeport‘s

ubiquitous and to many he came to

JFK Stadium. Moe received the award for

represent the “eyes” of the drum corps

documenting more than 50 years of drum

world. “There are few people living

corps history, “thousands and thousands”

today that have the distinction of their

of mostly black and white action shots.

name being synonymous with drum corps,”

Johnson calls Moe’s archives “the definitive

wrote William Aldrich-Thorpe on the “Moe

photographic history of competitive drum

Knox Tribute Page” on There

corps in this country of the modern era. He

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The Milford Shoreliners parade down River Street on a sunny Memorial Day.

shot the big, powerhouse competitive corps,

scenes, streetscapes, and notable visitors

as well as small local drum corps that no

(including Hollywood icon Jayne Mansfield)

one had ever heard of. Moe photographed

were printed every Thursday and Sunday.


But long weekends “on call” as a newspaper

At the age of 83, Moe Knox still resides in

shutterbug prevented him from doing what

the same Devon neighborhood home that

he loved most—photographing drum corps.

his father purchased in 1920. After attending

His history as a bass drum player with

Devon Grammar School and Milford High

the Milford H.S. Marching Band and later,

(Class of ’53), he joined the Navy and served

with the U.S. Navy Band, led him to the

on the U.S.S. Coral Sea as a Gunners Mate

Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps

3rd Class. After service, he took a job at the

in Shelton. When a missed audition deadline

as photographic researcher at Singer Sewing

The Milford Shoreliners at the World Open

prompted him to begin photographing

Machine in Bridgeport. Despite that, he says,

Competition in Massachusetts, 1970s.

the Hurricanes during practices and

“I didn’t set out to become a professional

competitions in October 1958, “this part-time

photographer.” Getting bored with the 9-5

a staff photographer for the Milford Citizen

gig turned into my full-time business,”

at Singer where he catalogued the effects

newspaper. For the next four years, his

he says. He calls it “a 55-year explosion of

of “new” wash ‘n wear fabrics, Moe became

photos of Milford traffic accidents, crime

photography that ended around five years

2017 • Milford Living 51

historical perspective ago when digital took over.” “I constantly travelled up and down the East coast from Memorial Day through Labor Day,” Moe recalls of his work. Occasionally, he would take pictures at Jonathan Law field of the Milford Shoreliners (aka Police Cadets) during the 1960s and early ‘70s when their director was Milford’s retired Police Sergeant Frank Polizzi, Sr. Jill Cilio of Fairfield has many wonderful memories of her days as a drum majorette for the Shoreliners. “We lived, breathed and ate drum corps,” she says as she

The Milford Shoreliners compete in Waterbury in the late 1960s.

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waxed nostalgic about “the discipline and

camaraderie, lots of hard work, dedication

Moe personally. Yet,

and drive” of her teammates. She also

she’s “appreciative of

recalls, “Moe nearby, always taking photos.”

what Moe did for us

Likewise, Kevin Maher of New Haven, who

back in the ‘60s and

played bugle for the Oxford Explorers and

all the years after,

New Haven’s Emerald Cadets during the late

preserving drum corps

‘60s and early ‘70s, recalls Moe’s presence

history in photos. I just

at every event. “I was at hundreds of shows

thought he needed to be

and Moe was always there,” he says. “You


always found time to go over to Moe’s table

“Many of today’s

and look through the stacks of books to see

corps still contact Moe

what photo’s he’d taken and if there were

for photos to use in their

any of you or your friends so you could order

promotional material,”

copies. Seeing those pictures today really

says Glen Johnson. “No

brings back memories.”

one has a single photographic collection

very grateful for his lifelong support of the

that spans the decades that Moe does. He

marching arts!”

Jane Sinclair, one of three administrators of Moe Knox’s Facebook page, never met

The Milford Shoreliners perform in a Drum Line during the late 1960s.

is an icon in this activity and we are all

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senior corner include “The Color Purple,” “Love Never Dies,” “The Bodyguard,” and “Hamilton.” Shorter, local trips fall under the Senior Center’s category of The Shorter Version. These are day trips that never leave Connecticut and are open exclusively to members since they use the center’s own transport buses, which hold 15 passengers each. Some of the Shorter Version trips have included foliage drives, ice cream runs, museums, and visits to different farms for sunflower and daffodil festivals. “It poured

Day Trippers… and More O

ne of Milford’s wonderful treasures sits on the corner of High Street and Jepson Drive, a stone’s throw from the city’s bustling downtown. The Milford Senior Center, one of the largest senior centers in Connecticut, is a vibrant community of local residents aged 55 and older who come together to enjoy the meals served, activities offered, and for many, the numerous trips and excursions available to members. Kathy Wachter has been the Milford Senior

Senior Center member Patricia Damon,

Center’s travel coordinator for the past eight

who began her membership in the late

years and is enthusiastic about organizing

1980s, raves about the trips, especially

these trips. “In the last four or five years

to the theaters. “I do all of the local trips,

there’s been a resurgence of attendance by

especially the ones to see the shows. They

active people in their 60’s and 70’s,” she

are fantastic!” She has seen shows at the

says, adding that these people love to take

Goodspeed Opera House, the Bushnell,

advantage of the trips to different locations

Ivoryton Playhouse, and the Westchester

and entertainment venues.

Broadway Theater. The latter greatly

From Broadway shows at the Bushnell in

impressed her by serving a delicious meal

Hartford, day trips to historic and cultural sites,

in the theater. “We had great seats and

restaurants, museums, and more, these trips

a wonderful lunch that we ordered from

entice the participants with new experiences.

the menu!” Upcoming trips to shows will

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the day we went to see the daffodils,” chuckles Kathy Wachter, “but many members still enjoyed it—raincoats, umbrellas, and all.” Upcoming Shorter Version trips include the American Museum of Tort Law, “Saturday Night Fever” (the play) at the Ivoryton Playhouse, “Something Rotten” at the Bushnell, and others. The Milford Whether simply sightseeing or an adventurous day white water rafting, the Milford Senior Center has trips for all.

Senior Center’s website is frequently updated with upcoming trips. (Visit www. Longer and overnight trips are also offered, and coach buses with room for approximately 40 passengers are used for transportation. Some of these longer trips have been to the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, Mohegan Sun casino, the September 11 Memorial Museum, and overnight stays in cities outside of Connecticut. This September a trip to Boston was held, and members and guests enjoyed two Seniors were able to take in extraordinary views of Alaska during a recent trip.

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senior corner overnights at the Four Points Sheraton, in addition to historic tours of Boston, meals in local restaurants, and a performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Also in September, the Senior Center offered a 3-day, 2-night trip to Philadelphia, which included a Tours of Distinction Exclusive Show, a tour Theater for the show “Jonah,” and a visit to beautiful Longwood Gardens. These trips are offered at an affordable price, much less than if booked individually, and are scheduled on an ongoing basis. Whether a once-in-a-lifetime Alaskan cruise or a day trip, the Senior Center makes travel easy.


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Every trip goes so smoothly. We always get great seats at the shows and even the bus rides are great.

Judith Gemignani, a Senior Center

smoothly. We always get great seats at the

more, but I can still enjoy going out with

shows and even the bus rides are great.”

the people from the center. Kathy Wachter

Wachter is diligent about planning trips that even people who have health or mobility issues can enjoy. Most Shorter Version trips

makes it so easy, and we are taken right from door to door.” It is clear that the Milford Senior Center’s

are handicapped friendly, and in the flyer

travel programs are enjoyed by the members.

listing upcoming trips, a sneaker icon is

While not all of the 3,000 plus members take

added next to the name of each trip. One

advantage of the trips offered, travel has

sneaker means there is even ground and

increased 36 percent from fiscal year 2016

less walking, two sneakers is a bit more

to 2017, and continues to grow. Wachter’s

challenging, and three sneakers indicate that

commitment to finding new and enjoyable

there is quite a bit of walking and there may

destinations for members to enjoy will

be some uneven ground.

broaden the experiences and enrich the lives

member and volunteer for the past seven

Fourteen-year Senior Center member

years takes advantage of the opportunity

Jackie Steiner appreciates the easier, shorter

to go on these trips. “Every trip goes so

trips. “I can’t walk long distances any

of all those who participate in the trips, and will keep them coming back for more. —Shaileen Kelly Landsberg

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