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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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The Source

Kathleen Dess has served four years as Madison Youth & Family Services Board chair as part of her commitment to give back to the village that helped raise her own children. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

A Leader in the Village Supporting Madison Youth

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

Working with children and elderly people are Kathleen Dess’s two great passions.

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The Source

Madison Newcomers Club President Marie Linde welcomes new members to the club’s annual general meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

A Warm Welcome to Madison

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

Marie Linde’s first introduction to Madison was seeing an abandoned 1850 house on a real estate website, from the comfort of her Westchester County, New York apartment on a night in 2014.

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The Source

Charlie Smith and the Killingworth 350th Anniversary Commemorative Committee are ready for the big Town Parade and Picnic on Saturday, Sept 2.

Photo by Susan Talpey/The Source

Charlie Smith: Helping Killingworth Celebrate a Very Special Birthday

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

When the people of Killingworth and the shoreline come out to celebrate at the Killingworth Town Parade and Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 2, it will be the satisfying culmination of two years of work by the 350th Anniversary Commemorative Committee.

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The Source

Papa Joe (Barbato) and Bailey greet fans on the Madison Green at the Farmers Market. This season—his 27th—will be Joe’s last as he passes the keys to the iconic Good Humor truck to a new driver. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Source

Papa Joe’s Farewell Summer

Published Aug. 23, 2017 08:30 a.m.

The rain has barely stopped after a big lunchtime downpour but it’s 3 p.m. on a Friday in August, so Papa Joe, his dog Bailey and the Good Humor ice cream truck are right here, ready for the Farmer’s Market on the Madison Town Green.

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The Source

Dan Colonia has been involved in bettering Killingworth’s parks for more than 15 years through the Killingworth Park & Recreation Commission. Photo courtesy of Dan Colonia

Dan Colonia: 15 Years of Working Toward Better Parks and Facilities in Killingworth

Published Aug. 16, 2017 08:30 a.m.

More than 20 years ago, Dan Colonia and his wife Megan Hughes grew up in Long Island and moved to Litchfield for work after Dan graduated college. They then decided to move to Killingworth more than 20 years ago, with their infant son.

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The Source

Tom Hansen caught the aviation bug before he married and had kids, and says he’s fortunate to have family who enjoy flying with him to this day. Photo courtesy of Tom Hansen

Tom Hansen: Designing a Cleaner Future for Madison

Published Aug. 09, 2017 08:30 a.m.

The phrase “10,000-foot view” usually refers to the ability to see the big picture. Engineer Tom...

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The Source

Amber Stamm is the driving force behind the HK Backpack program, which provides food for at-risk school children to take home on weekends and vacation weeks. Photo courtesy of Amber Stamm

Amber Stamm: Spearheading HK Backpack Program so Kids Don’t Go Hungry

Published Aug. 02, 2017 08:30 a.m.

Growing up poor, Amber Stamm remembers what it was like to be hungry and how it felt to not know where her family’s next meal was coming from.

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The Source

After a lengthy career with Madison boards of Education and now Selectmen, Bob Hale is retiring from elected office at the end of this term. Photo by Morgan Hines/The Source

Bob Hale: Making Education (and Town) Better Since 1956

Published July 26, 2017 08:30 a.m.

After two terms, Robert Hale has announced he won’t seek a third term to the Madison Board of Selectmen

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The Source

Jenny Simpson brings a keen interest in history and more than a decade of experience in the antiques industry to her role as executive director of the Madison Historical Society, which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Photo courtesy of Jenny Simpson

Jenny Simpson: Helping Madison Historical Society Ring in 100 Years

Published July 19, 2017 08:30 a.m.

“You turn 100 once in a century, so you need to do big things,” says Jenny Simpson of Madison.

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