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The Source

Madison Newcomers Club Board Member Courtney Kelly is busy organizing the club’s 10th annual Touch a Truck, a popular family event at the Madison Surf Club at Sunday, May 6. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Courtney Kelly: Planning a Family Favorite

Published April 25, 2018 08:30 a.m.

In the age of technology, it’s easy to think that children just want to play video games or watch Netflix on an iPad, but there’s one special experience that has stood the test of time: getting up close with the flashing lights and the loud sirens of those big, shiny trucks.

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The Source

Killingworth Women’s Organization President Andrea Freibauer is leading preparations for the second annual Earth Day Celebration at Chatfield Hollow Inn and Farm on Saturday, April 28. Participants will learn all about enjoying a local and sustainable lifestyle, with all proceeds to benefit The Killingworth Library. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Andrea Freibauer: Celebrating the Earth

Published April 18, 2018 08:30 a.m.

As president of the Killingworth Women’s Organization (KWO), Andrea Freibauer is busy heading preparations for its Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 28—but she’s never too busy to bring the cookies.

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The Source

In March, Susan Kocaba of Madison was named Teacher of the Year Award by the Connecticut Association for Adult and Continuing Education for her dedicated service as the English as a Second Language coordinator at East Shore Region Adult & Continuing Education. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Susan Kocaba: Welcoming the World to the Shoreline

Published April 11, 2018 08:30 a.m.

At 28, Susan Kocaba was standing at a food market in a small Polish town using her limited knowledge of the native language to ask for walnuts, a key ingredient in her mother’s banana bread recipe.

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The Source

Mike DiGiorgio presents his illustrations and paintings of birds from around the world in his exhibit, From Field to Frame: The Avian Art of Michael DiGiorgio, at the Connecticut River Museum through Thursday, May 3. At the museum, Mike stands in front of a mural he painted depicting nature in three seasons on the Connecticut River. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Michael DiGiorgio: Illustrating the World of Birds

Published April 04, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Growing up, Michael (Mike) DiGiorgio spent his weekends lost in the woods near his hometown of Schenectady, New York, with just a sketchbook and pencil for company.

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The Source

Jon Leiberman of Madison is a seasoned broadcast journalist who is excited to give back to his new home community as the board president of Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore CT, Inc. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Jon Leiberman: Straight to the Heart of the Story

Published March 28, 2018 08:30 a.m.

A true crime reporter, a television producer, a radio host–Jon Leiberman of Madison has earned many professional titles, but at the heart, he is a storyteller.

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The Source

Nite in Hand Senior Auction Chair Michele Freund is busy coordinating the annual community event to raise fund for the Nite in Hand graduation celebration. More than 90 items will be auctioned and all proceeds will help Daniel Hand High School seniors say a fond farewell to their school years. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Michele Freund: Giving Young People A Boost

Published March 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Spending an entire night at school sounds like every student’s nightmare, but the Nite in Hand graduation celebration at Daniel Hand High School (DHHS) is no ordinary night.

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The Source

As the chairman of the Madison Exchange Club’s Leprechaun Run, Dennis Crowe encourages the community to shake off the winter blues with the Five Mile Run, Two Mile Walk, or Kid’s Fun Run on Sunday, March 18 at the Madison Surf Club. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Dennis Crowe: As Lucky as a Leprechaun

Published March 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

When Dennis Crowe retired in 2016, life didn’t slow down, in fact it got busier. In between days spent cycling, and playing senior softball and cribbage, he is also an active member of the Madison Exchange Club, American Legion, and the Republican Town Committee

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The Source

As the president of Gowrie Group insurance company, Ed Gumbrecht is proud to lead a business that supports community engagement and involvement among its staff, clients, and local business leaders, including raising $1.5 million for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Ed Gumbrecht: Leading with Heart

Published March 07, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Surviving a deadly storm, a catastrophic flood, or a house fire is a life-changing event. While the insurance business may seem like a world of numbers and reports, for Ed Gumbrecht, it’s about helping clients, friends, and neighbors rebuild their lives following tragedy.

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The Source

Roberta Lombardi of Madison is a cancer survivor who is dedicated to helping ease the financial burden of other people diagnosed with the disease. She has created a nonprofit organization, Infinite Strength, and is organizing a “pink tie” gala event to raise money for the Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Roberta Lombardi: Shining the Light at the End of the Tunnel

Published Feb. 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Roberta Lombardi is a successful businessperson, a loving wife, and a proud mom. She’s also a cancer survivor. Now, the professional event planner from Madison is busy organizing a “pink tie” gala event to raise money for those still fighting for their lives.

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The Source

Retirement is anything but dull for Tina Bascom of Madison, who spends 40 hours a week volunteering with the local diaper bank she co-founded, Bare Necessities.

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Tina Bascom: Taking Care of the Bare Necessities

Published Feb. 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Tina Bascom has a very unusual item on her monthly shopping list: 9,000 diapers.

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The Source

Eddie Carroll of Madison was inspired by his fellow student artists to establish College Collections, a digital gallery connecting emerging artists with an appreciative audience.

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Eddie Carroll: The Business of Art

Published Feb. 07, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Most successful businesses start with a great idea and a good story.

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The Source

A Place Called Hope co-founder Todd Secki says it’s important to be “100 percent into what you’re doing,” and his commitment to the wildlife rescue center he co-founded with his wife Christine shows he’s living up to that standard. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Todd Secki: Enjoying a Bird’s Eye View

Published Jan. 31, 2018 08:30 a.m.

For most people, the thought of scaling 60 feet up a dead tree tied to a single rope makes the heart race and the palms sweaty.

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The Source

Madison Winter Club President Marty Triola is excited to open the doors of the members club, welcoming the community to its lecture series and the opportunity to learn more about the social group. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Marty Triola: A Warm Winter Welcome

Published Jan. 24, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Madison is famous as a summer destination, but when the weather turns cold and the vacationers leave, that’s when the fun begins at the Madison Winter Club.

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The Source

North Madison Volunteer Fire Company President Paul Harris is leading its latest mission: defeating its culinary rivals, the Madison Hose Company, to take first place at the Madison Chamber of Commerce Souper Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 27. 

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Paul Harris: Ready to Hose the Competition

Published Jan. 17, 2018 08:30 a.m.

For the past two years, the North Madison Volunteer Fire Company (aka the NoMads) has taken second place at the Madison Chamber of Commerce’s Souper Bowl event.

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The Source

Katherine Meier shares her fascinating experience studying orangutans in Indonesia with a talk at Scranton Library on Thursday, Jan. 25. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Katherine Meier: Following the Great Apes

Published Jan. 10, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Sitting in a warm Madison coffee shop is a long way from living in a tent in the isolated forests of Madagascar or Indonesia, yet Katherine Meier is happily at home in all places—with one notable drawback to life in the wild.

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The Source

Sheri Romblad was honored at the annual American Society for Deaf Children Conference, receiving its Lee Katz Award for her work as a leader, mentor, and advocate to families in Connecticut. Photo courtesy of Sheri Romblad

Sheri Romblad: A Voice for the Special Needs Community

Published Jan. 03, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Sheri Romblad is a Madison mom of two boys. She’s also a self-taught expert on hearing loss who has driven legislation to strengthen hearing screening programs for children in Connecticut—and she could tell you the whole story in sign language.

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The Source

Board Trustee Mark Edmiston says the Madison Historical Society’s centennial year has been a big success, culminating in the publication of its new book, Madison’s Treasures. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Mark Edmiston: 100 Years of Madison’s Treasures

Published Dec. 20, 2017 08:30 a.m.

It was the year 1917 and the World War dominated newspaper headlines and conversations around the globe. It was also the year that the Madison Historical Society (MHS) was created—and though it seems unlikely, the two events are entwined.

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Guilford Courier

The captain of the Daniel Hand High School robotics team, Kaitlyn Sandor is preparing her team for the regional competition in Madison on Saturday, Dec. 16. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Kaitlyn Sandor: Paving the Way for Girls in STEM

Published Dec. 13, 2017 08:30 a.m.

When Kaitlyn Sandor visited the Apple Pi robotics club, the team’s mentors were especially eager for her join the group—not just because they’re dedicated to fostering a passion for science and technology. Kaitlyn was the only girl.

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The Source

Janice Briguglio of Ciao Bella boutique is an advocate for the shop small movement, encouraging people to shop in Madison and invest in the local community. 

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Janice Briguglio: Think Big and Shop Small

Published Dec. 06, 2017 08:30 a.m.

It’s the most magical—and profitable—time of the year, and the cash registers are ringing in downtown Madison as small businesses encourage holiday shoppers to spend their dollars in the local community.

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The Source

The new director at the Madison Arts Barn, Lara Morton is excited to share her love of theater with young people in the shoreline, starting with a modern holiday classic, Elf Jr. The Musical. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Lara Morton: Spreading Christmas Cheer

Published Nov. 29, 2017 08:30 a.m.

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

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The Source

Do you know the mushroom man? Dr. Terry Doyle has been collecting mushrooms for 42 years and will share his knowledge at the Killingworth Library on Thursday, Nov. 30. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Dr. Terry Doyle: The Mushroom Detective of Killingworth

Published Nov. 22, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Have you looked out your kitchen window and seen a destroying angel in the backyard? Not sure if you’re holding a trumpet of death or an inky cap?

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The Source

As the co-director of the 39th Lenny & Joe’s Madison Turkey Trot, Russell Hodge is leading the Madison Jaycees’ mission to make the Thanksgiving Day run a great local community event. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Russell Hodge: On the Trot this Thanksgiving

Published Nov. 15, 2017 08:30 a.m.

The week before Thanksgiving is typically hectic with picking up the turkey, baking pies, and preparing for guests. For Russell Hodge, it’s extra busy this year with the final preparations for the 2017 Lenny & Joe’s Madison Turkey Trot.

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The Source

Maureen Alfiero is excited to share the story of Down the Lane Farm—as well as its honey and skin care products—with locals and visitors at the first annual Killingworth Fall Farm Tour on Saturday, Nov. 18. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Maureen Alfiero: Family Farming is the Bees’ Knees

Published Nov. 08, 2017 08:30 a.m.

When Maureen Alfiero picked up a beekeeper’s suit at a local tag sale, she thought it was an interesting find. What she didn’t know was it would spark a passion that would develop into a thriving family business at their Killingworth farm.

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The Source

As Eric Thornburg prepares to leave his home of 11 years, he can look at his time in Madison as one in which he made a major difference, serving on the Police Commission at a time when the embattled police department needed leadership.

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Eric Thornburg: Leaving Madison a Better Place

Published Nov. 01, 2017 08:30 a.m.

“Leave this world a little better than you found it”—it’s a famous quote by Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the international scouting movement. In the world that is Madison, Connecticut, former boy scout Eric Thornburg has achieved just that.

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The Source

Stuart Rattray heads the Board of Directors of Free Wheelchair Mission, a nonprofit that has given more than one million wheelchairs to disabled people in developing nations.

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Stuart Rattray: Living the Mission

Published Oct. 25, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Here on the shoreline, $80 is a dinner at a restaurant or a pair of jeans. For Madison resident Stuart Rattray, $80 has a special value: It buys a brand new wheelchair for a permanently disabled child in a developing nation.

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The Source

Lauren D’Aiello joined the team at Madison’s A Better Chance in its 47th year and has been most impressed with the enthusiastic local support for the program. 

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Laura D’Aiello: Believing in A Better Chance

Published Oct. 18, 2017 08:30 a.m.

When Laura D’Aiello moved into The Roby House in January this year, she knew the tasks of her new job as resident director would keep her busy. There was, however, something that took her by surprise.

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The Source

Scott Elliott founded 1BigCircle, bringing together local young people with and without disabilities—all in the spirit of friendships and fun. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Scott Elliott: Uniting Young People for Fun

Published Oct. 11, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Scott Elliott has a busy year ahead of him. As a senior at Xavier High School, he’s studying for his SATs and playing lacrosse while completing an internship with a local financial firm.

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The Source

In the words of lifelong Rockland resident Joe Oslander, the “Rockland Preserve is a gem, a diamond in the rough, that shines more brightly today than at any time in history.”

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Joe Oslander: Preserving Rockland for Future Generations

Published Oct. 04, 2017 08:30 a.m.

To many people, Rockland is a neighborhood of houses and woods in North Madison.

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The Source

With 19 years experience as a Polson Middle School 8th grade English teacher, Martha Curran was recently named the Connecticut Association of School Middle Level Teacher of the Year. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Martha Curran: An Award-Winning Educator

Published Sep. 27, 2017 08:30 a.m.

The leaves are just starting to change color for fall, but it’s already been a year of professional awards for Polson Middle School 8th grade English teacher Martha Curran.

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The Source

Mark Clifton is well known as the ranger at Deer Lake and a 35-year volunteer with the Killingworth Ambulance Association. Now, he has a new title: Killingworth Citizen of the Year. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Mark Clifton: Always Prepared to Help, Scout’s Honor

Published Sep. 20, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Mark Clifton had a busy day at the Killingworth 350th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 2.

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