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Making Maple Syrup East Haddam


Tiffanie Peterson 9 Harp & Dragon Irish Pub

Chuck Jasmine 7 Chimney Champs

USS Virginia Homecoming


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A Most Happy Homecoming for the USS Virginia photos by Seth Bendfeldt

Sailor Chief Electronics Technician Kevin Neamon and his wife Amy, Command OMBUDSMAN, were the third family to be reunited.


by Eva Bunnell o outsiders, the Naval Submarine Base, New London may not look like “home” in the traditional sense, but to the crew of the USS Virginia (SSN 774), the faces of the men, women and children standing together the afternoon of February 22nd, were precisely the “home” they wanted to see. Jeff Anderson, Commander, The USS Virginia, led the 131 crew of 15 Officers and 117

enlisted Sailors aboard the Navy’s “lead ship in the Virginia-Class of submarines.” It was his first command for a deployment, and one he felt went “perfectly.” The crew traveled “approximately 27,500 nautical miles. Port visits were conducted in Faslane, Scotland, Rota, Spain, and Haakonsvern, Norway.” With immense pride, Cmdr. Anderson spoke of how the USS Virginia crew “performed

Commander Jeffrey Anderson, his wife Amy, daughter Madeline and son Rylan are all smiles.

Master Chief Eric Murphy, Chief of the Boat, glad to be with his family and to hug his daughter again.

brilliantly,” which was, to his mind, a result of all the “training and preparation the crew undertook for so many months.” Watching his crew perform so well was the personal “highlight” of the deployment for the Commander. A mong the homecoming “highlights” were of course, the traditions kept. LTJG, Heather Kerber and her wife, Cecille Kerber enjoyed the happy honor of the “First Kiss,” while Electronics Technician, Nuclear 2nd Class, Petty Officer Daniel Hurst and his wife, Hannah and

seven-year-old son, Gavin, shared “First Hug.” The Neamon family were the third USS Virginia family to be reunited on the pier. Command OMBUDSMAN, Amy Neamon, with her seven-year-old twin sons, Conner and Cameron, joyfully met their Sailor, Chief Electronics Technician Radio, Kevin Neamon.” The USS Virginia is the “the tenth U.S. Navy ship to be named for the state of Virginia.” It is a “nuclear—powered, fast-attack submarine… designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare.” It

was commissioned in October 2004. The ship is an important part of the “Chief of the Naval Operation’s Maritime Strategy in supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations.” Congratulations to the crew of the USS Virginia for a successful deployment, and their families. Welcome home! We salute the crew and family members of the USS and thank them for their selfless service to our country. May your homecoming be filled with the countless happy hours you so richly deserve.

Sailors from the Submarine Base welcome home the USS Virginia by standing at attention.

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Food Drive For Local Needy


here will be a food drive for local, needy people on Saturday, March 24, from 9 am to noon at the Cargill Council 64 Knights of Columbus Hall, 64 Providence Street, Putnam. Please bring your non-perishable food items and tax-deductible monetary donations, to help your neighbors in need. The Easter Bunny will be there for the children! If you can’t get there in person, then please mail your check to Interfaith Human Services of Putnam. P. O. Box 281, Putnam, CT 06260.






Electronics Technician Nuclear 2nd Class Petty Officer Daniel Hurst shared the First Hug with his wife, Hannah, and their children, Gavin and Chloe.











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How it all started...


n April 2008, a rainy, overcast Friday, in the service bay of Noank Shipyard, a wonderful, giving tradition started. John Niekrash, part-time lobsterman from Mystic, donated his fishing vessel, the Krasher III, to Richard Giguere, US Marine Reservist, Chepachet, RI. John’s initiative to give back to returning veterans, not only gave birth to the Work Vessels For Veterans charity, but also earned him “Joe’s Heroes Award” presented by Senator Joesph Lieberman at the ceremony. In June 2007, John attended a memorial golf tournament where Sergeant Justin Clough, USMC, Stonington, spoke of his struggles to re-enter society after his leg was severely injured by a road-side bomb explosion while serving in Iraq. His remarks touched John so much, that he decided that he needed to do something. When the need for a bigger boat arose, John decided he could help by donating his current boat, the Krasher III, to the first Iraq war veteran with an interest in pursuing a career on the water. “I was going to sell the boat, but I thought, I could do something better,” said John. The idea was introduced in two magazines in January. The first call John received was from Richard, who returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq only a week earlier and spent the past three years working on the ocean, fishing and quahogging. “I couldn’t have had a better guy come forward,” said John. When Richard’s friend, Jeff Grant, Warwick, RI saw the article and told him of the opportunity, he couldn’t believe it. “It’s a shock that someone who didn’t know me, would do all this,” said Richard. “Not only to give me a boat, but to do all the work before too.” John’s idea sparked interest across the country and he decided to take it one step further. Partnering with Kathleen Burns of Noank Shipyard and Zachary Schmidt of 6K Design, the Work Vessels For Veterans charity was formed. The goal is to find, acquire,

March 2011. What does a lobster boat mean to a returning veteran? Thanks to John Niekrash, it means a brighter future. On Friday, March 25, the Work Vessels For Veterans presented 15 laptops, a van, a car, a truck, and a sailboat to veterans who are struggling to advance their careers after returning from service. (l-r) Michael Ennis receives the prestigious Patriot’s Star Award from John Neikrash, Founder, Work Vessels for Vets. Michael was given the award because he was instrumental in informing veterans of the program through his job at the Department of Labor.

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July, 2013. State Donates and Local April 2012. At a presentation at Valenti Representatives, Auto Mall, John Niekrash founder of Work Groton citizens, vetVessels For Vets and Rob Valenti (left), erans, and sailors from president of Valenti’s, presented our Naval Submarine a 15-Passenger Dodge Van Base all took part in the fifth to Rob Divis, founder of an nual Operation Lobster The Warrior Diving Dinner, sponsored by Grossman’s Fou nd at i on of Seafood, Inc., at Athens, Georgia. Washington Park, July 21. Free tickets were distributed to 500 active-duty military, combat veterans, and their immediate families.

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May 2010. Adam Burke, a Purple Heart combat veteran, is 90% disabled from a mortar attack while servi ng i n I raq. Wit h help f rom Work Vessels For Vets, Adam is starting a second blueberry farm in Jacksonville, FL. Adam said, “I had pictures taken of my brain before my work with plants and pictures taken after and I now see an 80% improvement of blood flow to my brain.” He plans to reach out to other veterans to teach them about the benefits of “horticulture therapy.”

WVFV Gives Veterans A Hand Up

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WVFV Starts “Project Blueberry” Program

“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime.”

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July 20 09. In a ceremony described as “unbelievably moving” by the Foundation’s Founder, John Niekrash, Work Vessels For Vets honored eleven veterans donating laptop computers to each soldier. (l-r) Tedd Knapp, president, Green Technology Recycling, presents a laptop to SGT Tyeona Fletcher as Dave Mason, Hall of Fame, applauds.

and donate a work vessel every year to a returning veteran with interest in working on the water. For more information, visit “This is one of those moments where I feel good to be able to focus some gratitude on good people,” said Senator Lieberman. “What John has done is just the best. I just thought what a great thing to do. Help a returning veteran that is trying to build a life for himself.”


Work Vessels For Vets Donates Laptops

(l-r) Richard Giguere, US Marine Reservist, with his fiance, Ashley Barry, Chepachet, RI, Senator Joesph Lieberman, and John Niekrash, Mystic, with the Krasher III at Noank Shipyard.


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WVFV Rocks GLP’s Casino

‘A Hand Up’ Party Benefits WVFV

October 2011. At a Work Vessels For Vets Fundraiser held at the Groton Long Point Casino, Third Shift rocked the house of 140 attendees. A special guest appearance by legendary blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, Kal David made the night even more special. (l-r) John Devine, sales manager, Valenti VW, Bob Sealey, Army Cavalry, Mike Morran, 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment, CT Army National Guard, and John Niekrash, founder, Work Vessels For Vets.

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Rick’s Birthday Bash Helps Vets Succeed

(l-r) Deb and John Niekrash, Founder WVFW.

October 2014. Work Vessels For Vets rallied to serve the immediate and urgent needs of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan returning from theaters of war as they seek to establish their own business or further their education. The annual event held at Groton Long Point casino was a perfect example of neighbors rallying to support Robert Mailhoit, a veteran of Afghanistan & Iraq, who was given the keys to a 2009 Toyota Camry made available through Valenti Auto Group from a trade in by Vietnam Veteran Robert Macher. It certainly was a touching moment when Robert thanked WVFV for providing him transportation allowing him to start a new job. (l-r) Rick Crolius dances with his granddaughter at his birthday bash, that he hosted Work Vessels For Vets Annual event.

Top-Rated WVFV Offers a Step-Up! November, 2015 Work Ve s sel s For Veterans, Inc. announced the award of its most significant vessel to date, a $50,000 new tractor that was given to Command Master Chief Scott Farmer of Wheatland, Wyoming at The Vets Rock VIP Party on November 10th at Mohegan Sun. (l-r) Justin Nash, founder of Vets Rock and Mohegan Chairman Kevin Brown joined with WVFV to support veteran-entrepreneurs.

Work Vessels For Vets Gives Away $85,000 To 16 Veteranowned Businesses

September 2013. The Bronx Wanderers—a famed Rock and Roll band legend—left Las Vegas and stormed ashore at Groton Long Point on September 14 to headline the Fifth Annual “A Hand Up” fundraiser for area charities. For the past three years the event has been dedicated to Work Vessels for Vets. So far, this event has raised $12,000 for WVFV and, in addition, WVFV Chairman John Niekrash gave veterans three trucks, three cars and two 25-foot boats along with $3,000 worth of tools, a dumptruck and a landscape trailer— as well as 16 laptop computers.

Work Vessels for Vets Gives $39,000 Quilting System to Florida Army Veteran WVFV Named 2016 TopRated Nonprofit

February 2018. With each stitch, retired US Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Burgess is piecing together his life after being shattered by an explosion while serving in Afghanistan. Work (l-r) Rick Crolius, Board Member, Work Vessels Vessels For Vets, Inc. gave The Cape Coral resident a for Vets, and John Niekrash, Chairman & Co-Founder, $39,000 state-of-the-art quilting system adapted for his injuWVFV, look on as Cathy Cook Executive Director, ries by Gammill, a West Plains, Missouri-based manufacWVFV, addresses the Groton Elks Lodge in August, 2016. turer of quilting equipment. October, 2016. Work Vessels for Veterans, Inc. announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2016 Top-Rated Award by Great Nonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

April 2017. The figures don’t lie – $85,000 of “vessels” were shipped to veterans across the nation in the first three months of 2017 by Work Vessels For Vets, Inc. the Noank all-volunteer charity that equips veteran-entrepreneurs with all kinds of tools and machines needed to start a business.

Sean Adams is appreciative of the John Deere tractor, that will allow him to work on his Georgia farm.



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residentOn the Street Lisa Luck asks area residents:

“Daylight Savings Time begins on March 11 at 2 am. What is it good for?”

Aurelian Drazewski Colchester It doesn’t affect me because I’m not a farmer.

Thomas Fritz Norwich Not much. We’re supposed to get more daytime but it moves around a little bit.

Cherie Eastty Groton It will be light when I go to work in the mornings to drive school bus.

Carolyn Kackowski Noank It’s good for nothing. I have to change the time to give my dog, Sophie, her insulin.

Nancy Pereira Riverside, RI They shouldn’t have it. I hate it when it gets dark early.

George Dewing Plymouth, MA I can’t think of one thing. I’d like it to go away.

Dana Sadler Mystic An extra hour of sunlight. It means a lot for our business to have more light.

Which person do you admire the most?

John Morey Mystic I’m an engineer, so I admire Albert Einstein. His Theory of Relativity proved his genius.

Harry Edgerton Mystic John McCain - not only for what he’s been through but for what he stands for.


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Ken Chicoria Westerly, RI It doesn’t make a lot of difference. It’s nice to have light out at night but it usually doesn’t matter to me.

Gov. John Rowland Hartford My first choice would be my father who passed away in January. Secondly, Ronald Reagan for being a great moral leader.

The Ledyard Senior Center Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary by Lisa M. Luck


he Ledyard Senior Center, Van Tassel Drive, Gales Ferry, celebrates its 25th anniversary on March 10. The Senior Center will hold a pasta dinner with desserts to commemorate the occasion. There will also be a DJ, Karaoke, and dancing. The event, scheduled for Saturday, March 10 from 11 – 2 pm, is open to the public. “The senior center opened its doors in 1993,” Pamela (l-r) Senior Center Members Janet Clarke, Alice Champlin, Sally Cadro, Director of the Center Brousseau, Gerald Watkins, Joan Watkins, Anne Baron and Mary and Municipal agent states, Ann Laflamme take a coffee break while awaiting lunch. “and we continue to make it One of those active members place to come to.” what people want it to be. It It wasn’t always like that. In provides a desperate need for is Mary Jane Peterson. Mary some, a place of comfort for Jane volunteers at the senior cen- the 70s, Ledyard seniors started others. Like a second home for ter. She also serves as the chair of a club, meeting in each other’s many.” A recent tour of the cen- the Senior Citizens Commission. homes and eventually the Gales ter found the seniors singing “All commissioners, but one, are Ferry Firehouse. As the group group practicing for their vis- seniors and like-minded. We grew larger, they began meetits to local nursing homes, and want the best for the center. We ing in various churches in the the Navy Officers’ Wives club work respectfully for the great- area. In the early 80s, the Town preparing a pasta with tossed er good,” Mary Jane said. She of Ledyard rented St. Luke’s salad lunch for those in atten- relates how whoever is hosting Church Hall for two days a week dance that day. Also happening the Wednesday luncheon, like the as the Senior Citizens’ Drop-In that day was the monthly book Navy Officers’ Wives’ club that Center which provided programdiscussion of 15 people ready day, “contribute all the proceeds ming such as crafts, quilting, and trips. to talk about A Man Called to local scholarships.” They also host the Shining Then they began TVCCA’s Ove by Fredrik Backman. The center has 270 reg- Stars program where twen- Meals on Wheels program for istered members with many ty third-graders from Ledyard the seniors. As the need for these more that just drop in when Center School have an elder programs increased, so did the they want. Last year, over friend that they meet with four need for permanent housing. In 7500 walked through the doors. times a year. They have lunch 1989, the Town was awarded a Pamela would like to see more with them and “our last meet- Community Development Block take advantage of everything ing we had with them, we played Grant which was designated for that the senior center has to bingo,” Mar y Jane said. “At the design and construction of the offer. The senior center houses Christmas, the quilting group Senior Citizens’ Center. And the a library, a sewing and quilting knits stockings for each child that rest they say is history. The Senior Center encouragroom and a pool table. It offers has Merry Christmas with their name on it.” es all seniors to get involved and programming such as yoga, Mary Jane, who moved from become active in it. As Pamela chair yoga, tai chi, knitting and crocheting, trips, bridge, and East Lyme to Gales Ferry in states, “We want to help as many pinochle. Pamela states, “These 2000, loves the friendliness of the as we can in the community.” are the most vivacious group of senior center. “Pamela has been They have been doing just that for people I’ve ever met. We have wonderful to us. We have a well- the last twenty-five years. oiled machine. It’s a nice warm an active community here.”

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n September of 1781, the British stormed Fort Trumbull. On Saturday, April 7, a very different group of people will descend on Fort Trumbull State Park. Members of the Civil War Trust are soliciting other history buffs, preservationists, community volunteers, and Coast Guard Cadets to join together to help clean and restore Fort Trumbull, one of Connecticut’s important historical sites. The mission of the Civil War Trust is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. During the Civil War, Fort Trumbull served as a center primarily for inducting and training Union Army recruits. This was where Connecticut volunteers, including Company F, 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, were mustered before moving south to contribute to the war efforts. In addition, Fort Trumbull and Fort Griswold were the sites of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Connecticut. For the sixth year, volunteers will participate in activities ranging from painting, caulking, raking, dusting and cleaning in the buildings. Outdoors, they will also undertake other maintenance projects large and small. This Civil War Park Day, on April 7, will be held from 8:30 am to 3 pm. at For t Tr umbull,

Tiffanie Peterson Loves Being the New GM at Harp & Dragon Irish Pub

V Volunteers rake and pick-up debris left in the parking lot of Fort Trumbull, 2017. 90 Walbach Street, New London. The public is invited to join in this event, with all volunteers meeting at the Visitor’s Center Lobby at 8:30  am. to register and to be assigned to a project by the park staff. Participants are asked to bring work gloves; supplies and snacks will be provided by the Friends of Fort Trumbull. In addition, a Civil War Trust t-shirt and patch will be given to each participant. This event will take place rain or shine. To learn more about the Friends of Fort Trumbull, go to and on Facebook to Friends of Fort Trumbull State Park. For further information on Park Day contact Chris Purrone at purrone@ Come make a difference and to show your support for this worthy endeavor.

Harp & Dragon Pub

It pays to be PRIME!


oluntown native Tiffanie Peterson has only been in her job as General Manager of The Harp & Dragon in Norwich for only a few months, but she already feels right at home. “I remember when the Harp & Dragon first opened. It was the biggest and most talked-about place here in Norwich!” she said. When the popular pub needed a new GM, Tiffanie was a terrific choice. A graduate of Johnson and Wales’s culinary program, she had Tiffanie Peterson years of experience as a bartender and chef un- General Manager der her belt. “I’ve been through all aspects of Harp & Dragon the business, from the front of the house to the Irish Pub back, so they felt I would be a good fit, and it’s really working out well,” she said. The Harp & Dragon specializes in authentic Irish cuisine such as corned beef and cabbage and “Irish fritters” – a type of potato croquette. They also serve popular pub fare such as fish and chips and Reuben sandwiches, which are “fantastic,” Tiffanie said. “On Sundays we serve a two-inch-thick bone-in prime rib, which is enormous and absolutely delicious. We also have dinner specials that give us some room to be creative. For example, our chefs recently served a dish called ‘Dublin Coddle,’ which was sautéed codfish served in a cast-iron skillet with onions, bacon, potatoes, and gravy. I was really proud of them for putting their own spin on it.” Another novel specialty is Irish meatloaf. “It’s a traditional meatloaf with juniper berries, which are used in many European cuisines,” she explained. “I’ve been cooking since I was big enough to reach the countertop and I love doing things that you wouldn’t expect.” With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, the Harp & Dragon is gearing up for an all-day-and-night celebration of all things Irish, featuring a morning brunch, incredible drink specials, and corned beef and cabbage made out on the sidewalk. “We have quite a system to make sure things are organized and everything goes smoothly. I’m quite excited to be part of the festivities this year,” Tiffanie said. Tiffanie’s favorite part of the job is helping to create the “warm, friendly, unique environment” that keeps customers coming back to Harp & Dragon.

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Young Entrepreneur Is Making Maple Syrup the OldFashioned Way story & photo by Anna Trusky


hen Jonathan Gieseler of East Haddam took a class in Landscape Maintenance during his freshman year at Nathan HaleRay High School in Moodus, one of the first units was in Maple Syrup Production. Today, the 16-year-old has a budding business and is looking forward to selling maple syrup and candy at this summer’s local farmers’ markets. “When I took the class, I liked it so much that I stayed after school and got very involved in producing maple syrup at our school’s small sugar shack,” Jonathan recalled. “I decided to tap some of the trees on our family’s land. It was like a bug that bit me, and I haven’t stopped since!” That first season three years ago, Jonathan tapped 25 trees and filled a turkey fryer with sap. “I got enough sap so I could see

results. Then I purchased a twoby-four-foot evaporator pan. Last year, I tapped about 75 trees and got only about four-and-a-half gallons of finished syrup. It was a very bad year for maple syrup because the gypsy moth infestation had harmed so many trees,” he explained. “Currently, I have about 90 taps in and am still using the same evaporator. Last weekend I boiled 300 gallons of sap, which took 28 hours over the course of about two-and-a-half days and yielded just under five gallons of finished syrup. This past weekend I boiled another 120 gallons of sap, which made about two gallons of syrup,” Jonathan continued. He explained that because of the gypsy moth damage as well as last year’s drought, the sugar content is unusually low in the sap he’s tapping. “Normally the sap is around two percent sugar, but this year it’s only one to one-anda-half percent sugar,” Jonathan

Maple Syrup entrepreneur Jonathan Gieseler, 16, of East Haddam drives his donkey team as they pull his sleigh through the woods gathering sap to be boiled down into delicious syrup. Jake and Bumble are rescue donkeys training to be therapy animals. pointed out. D e s pit e t he ch a l le nge s , Jonathan is working hard to make as much syrup as possible to sell at farmers’ markets in East Haddam and along the shoreline area under the name “Ambershade Maple

Company.” “That’s the name of our farm,” he explained. “My mother’s first horse was named Amber and she is buried there.” The family has four rescued horses and two rescued donkeys, Jake and Bumble, who are training to

be therapy animals, pull the sleigh Jonathan uses to travel through the woods, collecting five-gallon buckets of sap he has tapped. “In the past, maple syrup producers used teams of draught horses pulling carts to go through the woods and collect syrup. Nowadays they use tubing and don’t use buckets,” Jonathan explained. When asked what he likes best about making maple syrup, Jonathan can’t point to one thing. “I like going out and collecting the sap with my friends. Boiling it is fun, as well. It’s great to hang around outdoors and stoke the fire. The smell of maple in the air mingled with wood smoke is second to none. The whole process is just a lot of fun to do!” Jonathan hopes to expand and have a much larger operation someday, and with his enthusiasm and great work ethic, he will no doubt have “sweet” success!


How High Schoolers Can Boost American Business by JD Hoye


inding skilled workers is an ongoing challenge for American businesses. Media reports tend to focus on the lack of science, tech, and math skills. But more than four in 10 business executives complain that too many job applicants lack “soft skills” like creativity, teamwork, and communication. Indeed, a full half of the nation’s hiring managers say the college graduates they meet are short on “critical thinking and problem solving” skills and the ability to pay adequate “attention to detail.” Closing this soft skills gap is critical. Fortunately, business leaders don’t have to wait on schools or colleges to step in — they can easily take action on their own. It all starts at the local high school. With well-designed internship programs, businesses can help young people acquire the full range of skills they need to be successful throughout their lives. While many employers have internship programs for college

With well-designed internship programs, businesses can help young people acquire the full range of skills they need to be successful. students and recent graduates, smart companies will get a head start on building a workforce by identifying and developing even younger talent. Employers who have already opened their door to high school interns have witnessed the contributions that young people bring to their businesses from day one. A recent survey found that 45 percent of those who offer internships to high schools were “very likely”

or “completely likely” to extend full-time job offers to their former interns. As David Bilodeau, a senior member of the technical staff of Verizon, explains: “[Students] don’t have any preconceived notions of what you can and can’t do, and that’s invaluable.” He estimates that Verizon makes a “tenfold” return on its investment in interns. One in four business leaders say they get fresh ideas from

their high school interns. I know from personal experience what high school interns bring to business. The organization I lead, NAF, helps high school students qualify for and obtain intern slots at top companies like Verizon, Capital One, and Marriott. Throw away any pre-conceived notions of interns making coffee; our students work in robotics, plan events, and devise cost-cutting strategies. By the time they finish their internships, they have enough confidence to run social media campaigns, develop business plans, and cold-call sales leads. That’s value added for companies and marketable skills for student resumes. Reaching out to high schoolers also offers tremendous potential in an area of perennial concern for employers: diversity. Due to structural barriers, too many young people of color never make it to college or leave before they finish. A New York University study found that over “60 percent of the racial gap in college completion rates can

be attributed to factors that occur before college.” Put simply, companies that look only to college students and graduates put themselves at a diversity disadvantage. T he s e i nt e r n sh ip s b e n ef it students too, of course. Urban Alliance’s High School Internship Program provides career training, internships, and mentorship to at-risk students in Washington, DC., Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Chicago. An internal assessment found that completion of an internship correlated with increased rates of college attendance for young men. And whether college-bound or not, students who have completed high school internship programs enjoy starting wages 11 percent higher than the average for students who have not been interns. Companies across the country can play an active role in shaping the talent pipeline and can be confident in knowing that the solution is closer than they realize, in local high schools with perfect hires.


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Action: Nineties Glamour in Hollywood by Ouri Sivan

In “Action: Nineties Glamour in Hollywood” book is featuring celebrities such as Kim Basinger, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Juliette Binoche, Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks.


f you haven’t been in Hollywood during the 1990s, then this book might be the next best thing. ‘Action’ is a rare collection of celebrity photographs, taken in one of the most celebrated decades in Hollywood. International photographer Ouri Sivan spent over a decade in and around the ‘glitzy’ fish bowl of Southern California snapping these close ups of movie stars and starlets, super models and music icons, on and off the red carpet. The book features an unusual ‘cast’ of young and old Hollywood and everything in between. It could easily be viewed as a ‘class photo’ of 90s Hollywood. The artistic style of these photographs is one of opposites. His intimate cruise through High Society stars shows the glamour truths, without staging the events. Every single photograph is a split second in a famous life story. Altogether, they create a collage of the abstract dream, otherwise known as Hollywood.


The Chorus of Westerly Presents Songs Of Love


ove is in the air at Kent Hall! Continuing their 59th season, the Chorus of Westerly and conductor Andrew Howell present Songs of Love on Saturday, March 17 at 6 pm and Sunday, March 18 at 2 pm, two concerts of choral music themed around love. The charming concert program is a unique way to experience the 190-voice Chorus of Founded in 1959 by George Kent and today Westerly in an intimate staging, directed by Andrew Howell (pictured), the Chorus with piano accompaniment and a has had more than 2,500 area residents sing in its cappella arrangements. The men, program, with more than 1,500 singing as child women and children vocal secmembers. tions will each be featured with their own pieces. With each work, the concert’s theme of love will evoke a range of emotions from joy and happiness to peace and wonderment. The performances will take place in the George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High Street, Westerly, Rhode Island. Tickets for both performances are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at the Kent Hall Box Office, or by calling 401.596.8663.

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COMO Accepting College Scholarship Applications


he Stonington Community Center (COMO) is proud to administer several college scholarship funds to support the continuing education of Stonington youth and serve the community. All Stonington High School and college students are invited to apply for the Josh Piver Memorial Scholarship, the Francis Drake Endowment Fund, the Robert and Doris Ramsbotham Scholarship Endowment Fund, the Frank Turek Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Mary H. Boatwright Endowment Fund. All youth members of the COMO who are in grades 9-12 and are residents of Stonington are invited to apply for the Whitman Award Scholarship. The application deadline for all scholarships is Friday, April 13 at 4 pm. More information: 860.535.2476.

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he patterns are so familiar; after the warnings of an impending storm are broadcast, people rush to prepare. They jam the stores to buy food, batteries, flashlights, generators, shovels, candles, and whatever other supplies they feel are needed to survive the coming bad weather. Wherever you live, there is bad weather that is predictable. It may be hurricanes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, droughts, blizzards, or ice storms. You may not know exactly when or where, but you know from past experience the inevitability of storms. There are people who plan ahead. They know what each season can bring. They always have enough of the essential emergency supplies on hand so they don’t worry about being caught unprepared. In addition to being prepared for an unexpected storm, you should also be prepared for other unexpected events. As much as you plan for what you want, encountering the unforeseen is inevitable. Money is an important asset in your preparation. Having secure, readily available savings gives you the ability to endure financial downturns or emergencies. In an economic sense, money buys you freedom and time. Su r veys h ave fou nd that more than 60% of Americans have less than $1,000 in emergency savings. This is an alarming statistic that means tens of millions of people don’t have the financial means to get through

Bryan Golden Author “Dare To Live even minor unexpected challenges. The secret to building up your savings is to pay yourself first. This takes discipline and consistency. Every time you get paid, try to put at least 10 percent aside for your emergency fund. If you can’t manage 10 percent, put away whatever you can. You want to pay yourself before you spend on any discretionary purchases. It’s easy to make excuses to avoid putting money aside. Don’t do it. Get into the habit of contributing to your emergency funds. The whole point of being prepared is that you are okay when circumstances change without notice. W hat are some potential unforeseen economic issues? Loss of a job, house repairs, car repairs, medical expenses, appliance repairs, or any increase in monthly expenses for necessities. The need for emergency savings is not dependent on your income level. When all of your paycheck is spent each week, without putting some away for yourself, it doesn’t matter how much you are making. Turning to credit cards is a common strategy used to compensate for a lack of savings. This approach is fine if the new charges are paid off before running up additional purchases. Unfortunately, most people

continue to increase the charge balances faster than they pay them off. Therefore, all they have done is increased their monthly expenses. Other valuable assets in preparing for the unexpected are your skills and knowledge. If you lose your job, do you have enough marketable skills to secure another similar job or a different one? People who have worked for one company for many years may fall into the trap of becoming too specialized with a limited skill set. Expanding your skills and knowledge is great preparation for the unexpected. Flexibility and a positive attitude are essential for dealing with unplanned events. You must believe in your ability to get through tough times and to find solutions to your problems. Flexibility allows you to consider various strategies. A perfect example is someone who decides to start their own business after losing their job in a tight job market. Being ready for any impending storm also entails having contingency plans. Work through various what-if scenarios to assess what action you must take in order to be adequately prepared. It’s just like a fire drill; as much as possible, you want to know what your options are before the actual alarm rings. NOW AVAILABLE: “Dare to Live Without Limits,” the book. Visit www.BryanGolden. com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at or write him c/o this paper. © 2012 Bryan Golden

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n Friday, March 2nd, United Way of Southeastern Connecticut will once again participate in Read Across America, a celebration of the beloved children’s author, “Dr. Seuss.” Over 60 United Way volunteer readers from companies across the region will volunteer at 20 local elementary schools and early learn-

ing centers. This is the 21st year that the event is being celebrated nationally. This the fifth year that UWSECT has organized volunteer readers in local schools. It is a chance for every child in every community to celebrate reading! United Way volunteer readers with don black “Live-United” T-shirts and striped “Cat-in-the-Hat” hats on Friday morning. The volunteers with delight students with classic Dr. Seuss tongue-twisters and rhymes. Books are then donated to each school’s libraries. This popular volunteer opportunity among readers and partnering schools has become an event which, held twice a year, is popular and keeps growing. This year, educators, parents, students, and supporters are sharing which childhood book meant the most to them. “You can find

Volunteers from Mohegan Sun and People’s United Bank Attend Volunteer Orientation at United Way of Southeastern CT prior to reading in March 2017. magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” America’s beloved Dr. Seuss books continue to make magic happen across the country. Virginia Mason, CEO of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, says,

“Reading Days are happy days for the United Way.” The volunteers come early in the morning, sit at tables in the conference room, have some treats and receive their materials for the reading. And they go out across New London County

with smiles and enthusiasm that no one can resist. What’s the background on this happy event? It came from a small taskforce of the National Education Association (NEA). The group boldly called for everyone in every community to celebrate reading. NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children receive NEA resources and activities they need to keep reading every day. In 1997, the task force at NEA realized that we hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football and cheerleading. We assemble to talk about DARE and “Characters Counts.” Community Partners get more and more excited with every year that the reading event occurs and they think of more ways to celebrate the fun of reading with children of all ages.


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“Successful leaders prioritize personal wellness, both at home and at work,” says Kerry Wekelo, author of “Culture Infusion”. In her own life, Kerry says she follows five guiding values for personal wellness. They are: • Breathe. Many people forget to breathe during the day, Wekelo says, though she’s not talking about breathing to stay alive. “On any given day we are going to experience moments of stress,” she says. “Focusing on taking a few long, slow breaths can help calm you down.” • Move. Movement is another way to take care of your well being. “Many of us are sedentary most of the day, sitting at desks then lounging at home in the evening,” she says. “We are not made to sit like this all day every day.”

To get moving, you don’t need to schedule time at a gym for an aggressive workout. She suggests stretching while at your desk and taking time once an hour to get up and walk, even if it’s just to walk to somewhere else in the office. • Play. Children love to play, but adults forget they need to take time to play as well, even if it’s just a game of cards or charades. “Next time you find yourself stressing, give your brain a break and call your inner child out for a play date,” Kerry says. • Nourish. No matter how smoothly life is going, there will always be conflict, so you should handle it directly, openly and

immediately. When you do, you will be nourishing your relationship with those employees and they will have the opportunity to nourish themselves. “Take the approach that everything is a learning opportunity and work with your employees on how to improve rather than running them into the ground and making them feel even worse,” Kerry says. “If they know you care and support them even in hard times, you will have their loyalty.” • Replenish. Life gets hectic, so it’s important to set aside time for

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anish modern chairs were offered in stores in the U.S. in the early 1950s. The Scandinavian designs were inspired by earlier furniture: the 18th-century English chair, a Chinese Ming dynasty chair, and a Japanese director’s chair. Many of the modern chairs were made of hand-carved, curved wooden pieces joined with dovetails to make a comfortable back, arms, seat, and sides. Teak, oak, rosewood, and light-colored woods were used with fabric, leather, or caned seats.

Hans Wegner of Denmark created his most famous chair in 1949. It is now known as “The Chair.” It was made and sold by Hansen/Knoll c o m p a ny fo r m a ny years. “The Chairs” were chosen for John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in the first-ever televised presidential debate in 1960. One of “The Chairs,” made in about 1969 and featuring a leather seat, the Knoll label and Hansen stamps, sold in 2016 for $610. Later versions of this iconic chair are available in shops and shows today.


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DEAR PAWS: My threeyear-old cat, “Rascal,” is having a terrible time adjusting since my other cat, “Fresca,” died just a few weeks ago. He roams the house at night, meowing for hours, and doesn’t always eat his food. What can I do to help him? — John C., El Paso, Texas DEAR JOHN: I’m sorry to hear about the loss of Fresca. It can be surprising to learn that many animals go through a grieving process after losing a companion — whether human or animal. And, just as with humans, grieving can take time.

The best thing to do is to be supportive of Rascal. Recognize that you’re both missing Fresca, and give Rascal plenty of attention and cuddles. However, don’t change his routine. Mealtimes should stay the same, playing and socialization times should stay the same (though you can extend the length of that play time). If Rascal starts eating less or stops eating altogether, try encouraging him to eat by adding a little bit of warm (not hot) broth to his food. Stay in the room while he eats — many cats don’t

like being petted while they eat, but they often don’t mind owners sitting nearby. It may take as long as six months for Rascal to recover from the loss of his friend. Be as supportive as possible without changing his routine, or feeding him too many treats. If he stops eating for more than three days, still won’t sleep or doesn’t seem to be improving after a couple of months, contact the veterinarian. Send your questions, comments and tips to

: One of my favorite shows was “Orphan Black.” Can you tell me more about the actress who played Delphine? — Bryan F., via email : Evelyne Brochu is behind the breakout role of Dr. Delphine Cormier on the Canadian science-fiction thriller, which made its way to the States via Amazon Prime. The series ended back in August, but she still gets recognized on the street. “It’s surprising the places where people stop me and tell me that Evelyne Brochu they’ve seen it and love it,” she told me recently. “Everywhere I go, ‘Orphan’ fans are great. They

are so smart and so loving. It’s been a blessing to be a part of that group of talented people making the show.” She’s moved on to another talented group of people: the cast and crew of CBC’s “X Company,” which you can catch here in the U.S. on Wednesday nights at 10 pm. ET on Ovation television. Loosely based on a true story, Evelyne plays Aurora Luft, the leader of the recruits from Camp X, the real life first-known spy agency, which worked covertly for Allied interests during World War II.



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atlock has a very sad story. Matlock was found as a very, very scared stray. Once in the shelter he was so petrified that he showed severe fear aggression. Instead of working with him, finding him a calm place, they just left him in the same kennel for two months. They didn’t network him, he was not in any area where he could be seen. When his time was up they finally posted a picture of him. He was rescued and he was so fearful that he had to be sedated to even be examined and vaccinated. That was two full months ago. Mattie is about four years old. With the help of a wonderful, patient trainer, “Mattie” is now a different boy. He loves his trainer Marie but even more amazing he will now take treats from and walk with anyone. You have to be very slow and calm but he will come to you. We also found out he loves other dogs. He has had a couple of play dates with Micky the Boxer and they were awesome together. Mattie will need a home that is quiet and a family that is adult only who will be willing to be very patient with him. Once he is comfortable he is an loving companion. Mattie is neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and on preventatives. He is fostered in Putnam and his adoption donation is $400. To make Mattie part of your loving, quiet home, please submit the application using the following link: or call 860.942.9871


residentHoroscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your soft-hearted self is drawn to a tempting offer. But your hard-headed half isn’t so sure. Best advice: Do it only after every detail is checked out to your liking. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your inventive mind should help you find a way to get around an apparently impassable barrier and make yourself heard. Your efforts get you noticed by the right people. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You’re enjoying this creative period. But by midweek, you’ll need to emphasize your more pragmatic talents as you consider a risky but potentially lucrative move. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) An unexpected rejection could turn into something positive if you pocket your pride and ask for advice on how you can make changes that will make the difference.

LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your Lion’s heart gives you the courage to push for answers to a job-related situation. Stay with it. You’ll soon find more believers coming out the ranks of the doubters. V IRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your curiosity pays off this week as you push past the gossip to find the facts. What you ultimately discover could lead you to make some changes in your plans. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A new sense of enthusiasm helps get you out of on-the-job doldrums and back into a productive phase. Family matters also benefit from your more positive attitude. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A bit of nostalgia is fine. But don’t stay back in the past too long or you might miss seeing the signpost up ahead pointing the way to a new opportunity.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) If you feel you need to take more time to study a situation before making a decision, do so. Don’t let anyone push you into acting until you’re ready. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) As the Great Advice Giver, the Goat really shines this week as family and friends seek your wisdom. Someone especially close to you might make a surprising request. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Spiritual concerns dominate part of the week before more worldly matters demand your attention. An old promise resurfaces with some surprises attached. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You’re in a highly productive period and are eager to finish all the projects you’ve taken on. But don’t let yourself get swamped. Take a breather now and again.

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ears of experience and a philosophy of “getting it done right the first time,” make Chimney Champs the local, trusted source of chimney construction, repair, relining, and even historic restoration. Chuck Jasmine and his brother Dan Lennon operate the family owned business, Chimney Champs. They have served residents of Connecticut and Rhode Island for the past ten years. Chuck Jasmine “We learned the trade from my grandChimney Champs father who was a mason in Boston,” Chuck says. Chuck says the number one issue with chimneys is safety. A chimney that was poorly installed or has not been well maintained is a fire hazard. “Whenever you move into a new house you should have your chimney inspected,” Chuck warns. He noted that Spring is a good time to have chimney maintenance and repairs done. Chimney maintenance can also protect the investment people have in their homes. “Your chimney runs right through the center of your house,” Chuck said, and if the chimney deteriorates, that can devastate the roof and surrounding walls. Chimney Champs is a Certified Chimney Professional and Certified Chimney Reliner, fully licensed and insured. Their many years of experience have earned the confidence of the State of Connecticut in restoring many Connecticut Historical Landmark buildings. Chimney Champs has restored chimneys that are 100 or more years old. Chuck says that takes being mindful of the difference between older materials and the materials that are used in today’s construction. His company is able to accomplish both. Besides chimney work, Chimney Champs also are expert in stucco and in general masonry, including patios and yard hardscapes. “We are a hardworking, honest company that gives free estimates and offers a 100% guarantee,” Chuck says.


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Across the Area is a comprehensive list of timely events for the Resident’s 200,000 readers across Southeastern Connecticut & Southern Rhode Island. If you are a non-profit organization, send items to Across the Area, The Resident, P.O Box 269, Stonington, CT 06378 or Enclose a photo for possible publication. Space is limited. There is a $20 fee for guaranteed placement. Items must be received three weeks in advance. Please explain what the event is, who is sponsoring it, and where and when it will be held. Corned Beef & Cabbage. 5 pm. March 14 March 7 89 Main St., North Stonington.


Friends of Wheeler Library Book Sale. 6 - 8 pm. 101 Main St., North Stonington. 860.535.0383 Feminist Book Club First Meeting. 6 pm. 8 Linwood Ave, Colchester. 860.537.5752

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Speaking Out & Taking Action to Prevent Drug Abuse & Promote Recovery. 200 Hazelnut Hill Rd., Groton. 860.536.1802

Irish & Irish-American songs and tunes. Lymes Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme. 860.434.1605 Approaches to Eating in the US: Consequences for our Health and Environment. 6 pm. 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich. 860.215.9443 Flicks @ Six: Murder on the Orient Express. 5:30 pm. Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., Colchester. 860.537.5752 Veterans Resource Fair. 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich. 860.215.9264

March 8 Charge It Right - Your First Credit Card. 6 pm. Bill Memorial Library, 240 Monument St., Groton. 860.445.0392 Shabbat Across America. 6 pm. 55 East Kings Highway, Chester. 860.526.8920

Neighborhood Watch Meeting. 5:30-6:30 pm. Otis Library, 261 Main St., Norwich. 860.886.6396.

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Spay It Forward CT Fundraiser. 2 pm. Blue Hound Taproom, 107 Main Street, Ivoryton. 860.553.3641

Library, 49 Rope Ferry Rd. Free and open to the public. 860.444.5805

Mystic Area Ecumenical Choir Festival. 4 pm. Union Baptist Church, 119 High Street, Mystic. 860.536.9659

Speaking Out & Taking Action to Prevent Drug Abuse Forum. 6:30 pm. 200 Hazelnut Hill Rd., Groton. 860.536.1802

Irish Immigration: A Musical Storytelling. 2 pm. Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Rd. 860.441.6750

The Anglican Singers: “Crucifixion,” Free. 5 pm. 76 Federal St., New London. 860.442.7519

Kerry Boys Irish Music. 2-3 pm. East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Rd. 860.739.6926

March 12

A Distorted Road to Peace on the Island of Ireland. 7 pm. Waterford Public Library, 49 Rope Ferry Rd. 860.444.5805

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March 9 Annual Rare Book Sale. East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Rd., Niantic. 860.739.6926

Montessori School Open House. The Children’s Tree Montessori School, 96 Essex Rd., Old Saybrook. 860.388.3536

March 10

LEARN Disability Summit. 10 am - 3 pm. Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville. 860.638.7282

Intro to Skype. 10:15 am or 5:30 pm. 40 Library St., Mystic. 860.536.7721 Burne-Jones’ Chant d’Amour and the Pre-Raphaelite Dream. 7 pm. 39 Society Rd., Niantic. 860.739.6926 Writer’s Club. 10 am. Estuary Council of Seniors, 220 Main St., Old Saybrook. 860.388.1611

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St. Patrick’s Luncheon. 11:30 am. Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Rd. 860.441.6785

Montessori School Holds Open House. 9 am - noon. 96 Essex Rd., Old Saybrook. 860.388.3536

Patrick Lynch Talk & Book Signing. 2 pm. Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank St., New London. 860.447.2501

Gardening Series: Creating Rain Gardens. Free. 6:30 - 7:30 pm. 63 Huntington St., New London. 860.439.5020

Re-Imagining Life in Transition. 9:30-11:30 am. Niantic Community Church, 170 Pennsylvania Ave. 860.739.6208

Norwich 50+ Singles Dance. Ponemah Cafe, 27 S. Second Avenue, Taftville. 860.537.5505

Movie: Just Getting Started. 12:45 pm. Lymes Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme. 860.434.1605

Introduction to Natural Medicine: How to Manage Cold & Flu. 10 - 11 am. 39 Society Rd., Niantic. 860.739.6926

Veterans Coffeehouse. 9 - 11 am. United Congregational Church, 87 Broadway, Mystic. 860.425.6617

3rd Annual Local Authors Fest. University Women and the Public 11L iam b r a -r y2 opm. f N ePublic w L o n dLibrary o n i n v i tof e New y o u London, t o e n j o y 63 a f aHuntington s h i o n s h o w St. like you've never seen before! Take a 860.447.1411

Dancing with our Heroes Banquet & Gala. 6 pm. Mystic Marriott, 625 North Road, Groton.

4th Annual Laughs for a Cause. 6 - 10 pm. 336 Post Rd., Westerly, RI. 401-596-2877 ext. 342

Cultivating Compassion. Christ United Methodist Church, 200 Hazelnut Hill Road, Groton. 860.536.1802

St. Patrick’s Day Craft. 1:30 - 3 pm. Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St. 860.447.1411

Growing Vegetables Organically. 6 - 8 pm. East Lyme Public Library, 41 Society Rd. 860.739.6926

Silvertones Chorus program. Ages 55+. Groton Senior Center, 52 Newtown Rd. 860.441.6623

March 15 Housing Needs Assessment. 8:30 am. Otis Library, 261 Main St., Norwich. 860.889.2324

O’Niantic 5K. Niantic Bay Bicycles, Methodist St., Niantic. 860.652.8866 St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast. Union Baptist Church, 119 High Street, Mystic. 860.536.9659 Introduction to Gaeilge. 2 pm. Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Rd. 860.441.6750 Chorus of Westerly: Songs of Love. 6 pm. George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly, RI 401.596.8663 Coast Guard Academy Boating Safety Classes. 8 am. Yeton Hall, 15 Mohegan Ave., New London. 860.910.9013

March 18 Tom Lee, Nationally Acclaimed Storyteller: biblical epic of King David. 4 pm. 82 Shore Rd., Old Lyme. 860.434.1621 Meet the Author: Rachel Kadish. Free. 9:30 am. 55 E. Kings Highway, Chester. 860.526.8920 Chorus of Westerly: Songs of Love. 2 pm. George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly, RI 401.596.8663

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CT Veterans Affairs. 11:15 am -12:30 pm. Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Road. 860.441.6785

Live Well Leader Training. Senior Resources, 19 Ohio Ave., Suite 2, Norwich. 860.887.3561

Flicks @ Six: Thor: Ragnarok. 5:30 pm. Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., Colchester. 860.537.5752

Gnome Teacup Gardens. 10 am. Janet Carlson Calvert Library, 5 Tyler Drive, Franklin. 860.642.6207

College Fair. 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Fitch Senior High School, 101 Groton Long Point Road, Groton. 860.449.7241

Jazz Cats Performance. 1 pm. Lymes Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme. 860.434.1605

March 16 Veterans Coffeehouse. 9 - 11 am. City of Groton Human Services, 2 Fort Hill Rd, Groton. 860.425.6617 Friday Fish Fry. Chesterfield Fire Company, 1606 Route 85, Oakdale. 860.443.0015

March 17 Shamrock Celebration. 10 am - 2 pm. 261 Main St., Norwich. 860.889.2365 ext. 114.

March 20

Jibboom Club. 2 pm. Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank St., New London. 860.447.2501 Coastal Perspectives Lecture. Free. 7:30 pm. UCONN Avery Point - Auditorium, 1084 Shennecossett Rd., Groton. 860.405.9025 Who’s Hooting in Your Backyard? Free. 6:30 pm. Preston Public Library, 389 Route 2. 860.886.1010

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Bob Hocking’s “Personal Edge” Essays by Roger Zotti


hen the Resident asked the prolific Bob Hocking why he writes, he said, “I think I have something to say. It might be a short essay, let’s say non-fiction or a longer novel, perhaps fiction. If I think the material is good and important, [then] someone should see it. A bit self-serving in thought, but honest.” Bob adds, “I feel strongly about what I write. I do wonder about any significance that material might have and if it will find an audience. It’s a strange dynamic. And I cannot overstate how grateful I am to those that read my material and support my efforts.” Bob’s book of impressively written essays, Title Town and Other Tangents proved challenging to write because, as he puts

it, “I didn’t possess any magical insight. I’m not going into locker rooms. These are my observations. The result is a forced awareness about the presentation of my opinions and viewpoints. I want to strike a balance in the material I offer, and hopefully provide some sound thinking to back up my claims.” Also, he wanted “a personal edge to ‘Title Town’ to show a bit of the influences from my youth, such as how much spending time with my father at a ballgame meant to me. I hoped to accomplish this while presenting a well-balanced table of contents, with essays that feel as meaningful today as they did when originally inspired. I think I did, but the full assembly was the biggest hurdle.” Asked for one piece of advice



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he’d impart to aspiring writers, Bob said, It’s “personal motivation. Initiative. To write a book you have to start writing. Doesn’t matter if it’s awful. You can get better by writing more. You can always decide not to share it. There will be time to proofread and edit and re-write. You have to put yourself into motion. And that is all about finding the drive within yourself.”

How Bob defined an essay wasn’t a surprise. He said he doesn’t a d here to a ny of “ t he classic or accepted definitions,” and good for him because his response is the reason why his essays work— why they have a refreshi ng, or igi nal sou nd. Along the same lines, he doesn’t become bogged down by “any ideas of length, subject matter and so on. For me, it works. A writer creates and hands off to the reader. Success is determined by the reader appreciating that creation. I’m never going to be concerned by run-on sentences or the proper use of semi-colons. Yes, I know I probably should be.” One of my favorite pieces

in “Title Town” is about the late Dave DeBusschere. After listing impressive Dave’s NBA accomplishments, Bob discusses the former New York Knicks’ book The Open Man (1970), which left its mark on Bob’s consciousness: It “touched upon items I did know about,” Bob wrote, “making me feel smarter for knowing them.” Bob’s memorable closing line about Dave is, “I never met the man, but I will miss him,” which, in its directness and clarity, is typical Bob Hocking. Available on, “Title Town” is indeed a winner—a game-winning grand slam, a Gordie Howe hat trick. Visit Bob’s website ( to check on his other works.

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Hottest Pepper Varieties to Try This Year by Melinda Myers


residentSports Quiz was the last St. Louis Cardinals player before Jedd 1. Who Gyorko in 2016 to hit 30-plus home runs in a season? York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra caught three no-hit2. New ters — two by one pitcher. Name that pitcher. 2015, Saquon Barkley broke the Penn State freshman 3. Inrecord for rushing yards (1,076). Who had held it? was the last time that the Houston Rockets swept a 4. When playoff series 4-0? Name the last team before the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016,

to win consecutive Stanley Cups, each time in six 5. 2017) games. was the last time the U.S. men’s team lost an individual 6. When backstroke final at the Olympics?

Answers: 1. Carlos Beltran had 32 home runs in 2012. 2. Allie Reynolds tossed both in 1951. 3. D.J. Dozier rushed for 1,002 yards as a freshman in 1983. 4. The Rockets swept Orlando in the 1995 NBA Finals. 5. The Philadelphia Flyers, in 1974 and 1975. 6. It was 1992.

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urn up the heat and add a bit of spice to your meals with hot peppers. Add them to your garden, flower borders and containers for added beauty and easy picking. Your biggest challenge will be narrowing down your choices. Let All-America Selections (AAS), all-americaselections. org, winners help. This nonprofit organization tests new edible and ornamental varieties nationally for their suitability to home gardens and containers. Grow a few cayenne peppers if you like Mexican, Cajun and Asian cuisine. They also add a bit of zip to dips, stews and marinades. Brighten your meals and garden with the brilliant red and tasty fruit of Red Ember. This 2018 AAS winner is pretty enough for flower gardens or containers. You’ll be harvesting earlier and longer, providing more time to use and enjoy them. For a mildly spicy option with the same great flavor try Cayennetta. Its heat and cold tolerance makes it a great choice no matter where you garden. If you like it even hotter, include a few habaneros in the garden. Then add heat and flavor to jerk chicken, chili, jam and other recipes. For those that like the flavor of habanero, but can’t stand the heat, try Roulette habanero. It looks and tastes like a habanero in every aspect except its not hot. Roulette is the perfect solution for families with different heat tolerances. Add a full spectrum of color to containers and small space gardens with the early ripening Hungarian Mexican Sunrise and Sunset wax peppers. The conical shaped fruit transition from green to yellow, then orange and red. The fruit can be harvested and eaten at any stage. But the longer it is on the plant, the better the flavor. Mexican Sunrise is semi-hot while Mexican Sunset is for those that like a bit more heat. Both can be eaten fresh, stuffed, baked, grilled or pickled. Grow a few Aji Rico peppers to add warm heat with a hint of citrus to your dishes. Eat them fresh or cook into salsa and hot

Eating hot peppers is linked to reducing blood pressure and cholesterol. sauces. Control the heat with the number of seeds left in the fruit. The more seeds that remain; the greater the heat. Roast them, use them fresh or string a few Giant Ristra peppers together to dry and use throughout the winter. Don’t be fooled by its appearance. This 7-inch chili pepper looks like a sweet Marconi but has the spiciness of a cayenne. For those who want to crank up the heat try Emerald Fire at 2,500 Scoville units. Not the hottest pepper on the market, but this jalapeno is certainly one to respect. The deep green fruit resists cracking and matures to red. Use them fresh, stuff with cream cheese, grill or can for later use. If your taste lies on the other end of the heat spectrum start with Chili Pie and work your way

to some of these hotter varieties. These miniature bell peppers are mildly hot when the fruit turns red. Be careful not to mix them in with your sweet bell peppers. Heed this warning when growing and using any hot peppers. Clearly mark or better yet grow your hot peppers away from sweet peppers to avoid an unwelcome surprise. Keep your hands away from your eyes when working with hot peppers and wash them thoroughly when done. Most importantly, have fun growing and using hot peppers in your garden, containers and meals. These beauties combine nicely with other vegetables, herbs and flowers to create stunning garden beds and containers. And their spicy flavor is sure to help you create memorable meals this season.

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Dean’s List

Anna N. Foster, Mystic, Class of 2021, Stonington High School graduate Emily M. Potts, Lyme, Class of 2018, Westover School graduate

Western New England University Michael W. Ryan, Preston, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Devon R. Marcaurele, Salem, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Roland Ortegon of Amston, Master of Business Administration Matthew Colonna, Amston, Civil Engineering Robert Jacobson, Amston, Engineering Alex Roberts Colchester, Mechanical Engineering, Green Engineering Austin Roberts, Colchester, Mechanical Engineering, MSME Haleigh DelGaizo, Colchester, Health Sciences Ian DeLuca, Colchester, Criminal Justice Victoria Kozlowski, Colchester, Elementary Education, Psychology Amber Smith, Jewett City, Communication with Health Concentration Abigail Bundy, Lebanon, Criminal Justice Kacie Heath of Lebanon, Psychology Alexander Starr, Lebanon, Accounting and Finance Annie Wojciechowski, Preston, Psychology Michael Ryan, Preston, Criminal Justice Matthew Strollo, Quaker Hill, Biomedical Engineering Chanel Demers, Uncasville, Psychology Kaitlyn Cazares, Waterford, Psychology

Dean’s Commendation Gettysburg College

Garrett Goodwin, East Lyme, Class of 2021 Zoe Yeoh, Salem, Class of 2018

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University of New Hampshire Justin Benson, Jewett City Olivia Krauss, Jewett City Shannon Slocum, Waterford Caitlin Hanrahan of Colchester

Gettysburg College Ian James, Old Lyme, Class of 2019 Stephanie Leonardo, Hadlyme, Class of 2018 Breana Lohbusch of Lebanon, Class of 2020

Connecticut College Kevin Hansen, East Lyme Isaac Kaufman, Pawcatuck

Wheaton College Haley Duba, Stonington

Clemson University Gretchen H. Stelter, East Lyme, Genetics Salvatore Joseph Tinnerello, Old Lyme, Pre-Business

President’s List Western New England University Chloe Wood, Colchester Brandon Vargo, Jewett City Cody Stalls, Old Lyme, Exploratory Makayla Kinnie, Griswold, General Biology Alicia Marsh, Jewett City, Health Sciences Madison Bodley, Colchester, Management and Leadership. D’Naysia Stonick, Colchester, Marketing Jake Petrozza, Amston, Mechanical Engineering Sean Luddy, Amston, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Chandler Magnuson, Lebanon, Sport Management

Regional College Fair Thursday, March 15, 2018


101 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT in the cafeteria

6:30 – 8:00 PM Over 100 college and university representatives, as well as Armed Forces personnel will be present.


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