Saturday, October 24, 2020

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Justin Teague, a software consultant by day, also volunteers on the Clinton Sustainability Committee and pursues his hobbies through his downtown shop Akiba Underground and travel. This picture was taken during a trip to Tokyo. Photo courtesy of Justin Teague

Helping his Hometown Thrive

Published Oct. 21, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Justin Teague has long appreciated Clinton’s natural beauty, in particular the marshes and bird sanctuaries by the rivers.

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Clinton Teacher of the Year and Presidential Excellence winner Stephanie Quarato is, like her colleagues across the nation, keeping classes moving ahead despite the current COVID-related challenges. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Quarato

Stephanie Quarato is Making the Grade and More

Published Oct. 14, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Stephanie Quarato wasn’t a big fan of math class when she was a middle school student. In fact, it was one she struggled with.

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Since arriving in town six years ago, Michael Hornyak has served on numeorous boards and committees, including the Charter Revision Committee that proposed the successful adoption of a new form of town government. Photo courtesy of Michael Hornyak

Michael Hornyak: A Newcomer at the Center of the Action

Published Oct. 07, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Though he has only lived in Clinton for six years, Michael Hornyak has quickly made a name for himself in Clinton.

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Experience helping family led Becky Cuevas to where she is today, leading ACES Head Start in Middlesex County. Photo courtesy of Becky Cuevas

Becky Cuevas: A Focus on Family

Published Sep. 30, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Becky Cuevas’s concern for struggling families has deep roots. A native of New Haven, Becky was around 15 years old when she became an advocate for members of her own large and close-knit family, many of whom had come to Connecticut from Puerto Rico and weren’t fluent speakers of English.

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When outdoor tennis season winds down, Kevin Joyce switches gear (and strategy) by shifting to paddle tennis. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Kevin Joyce: Paddle Tennis Anyone?

Published Sep. 23, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Do what your physician recommends: exercise. But how to do it in the era of COVID-19, especially with warm weather dissolving into fall and winter? Old Saybrook native Kevin Joyce has a suggestion. Play paddle tennis.

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Clinton’s Deborah Gilbert brings her appreciation of and insight into the local arts scene through her VSCTV program Arts and Entertainment with Deborah Gilbert. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Deborah Gilbert is Celebrating the Local Arts Scene

Published Sep. 16, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Deborah Gilbert developed a love of the performing arts at an early age. During a recent chat, Deborah recalls the feeling of excitement she got when she would get on stage in elementary school plays or singing in the chorus.

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From his tiny house in Clinton, Mark Kimball Moulton lives a very large life.

Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Mark Kimball Moulton: Embracing New Challenges

Published Sep. 09, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For those inclined to believe in reincarnation, Mark Kimball Moulton seems to have lived many lives in one.

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Catherine Zamecnik is dedicated to sharing her appreciation of the natural world with new generations. Photo courtesy of Catherine Zamecnik

Catherine Zamecnik Works Toward a More Connected and Stable Environment

Published Sep. 02, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Catherine Zamecnik has always been interested in the outdoors. Growing up in West Haven, Catherine has fond memories of her childhood running around on the beach with her friends. That love of the outdoors continues in her current role as the chair of Clinton’s Conservation Commission.

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Clinton PTA President Heather Moore has taken the reins of a very active organization at a time when every bit of help is needed. Photo courtesy of Heather Moore

Heather Moore: Leading Through a Time of Uncertainty

Published Aug. 26, 2020 08:30 a.m.

As the new school year gets ready to start, big changes are also coming to the Clinton PTA.

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Starting as the new director of the Westbrook Public library amidst a pandemic has allowed Tim Kellogg to familiarize himself with facility before the library begins a gradual and careful reopening. Photo courtesy of the Westbrook Public Library

Timothy Kellogg: Respecting the Past, Embracing the Future

Published Aug. 19, 2020 08:30 a.m.

What’s it like to step into the directorship of a public library in the middle of an international pandemic and after the retirement of the former director, who served a community that adored him for 40 years?

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A familiar face at town fields and Town Hall, Tim Guerra has been an active Clinton citizen for decades. Photo courtesy of Tim Guerra

Tim Guerra: Helping the Town Move Forward

Published Aug. 12, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Whether through coaching their kids in Little League, going for walks around town, or serving on the town’s boards and commissions, Tim Guerra is a familiar face to many in Clinton.

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Though it took until retirement for Karen Nourse to achieve her dream, the Clinton author is now on a tear publishing children’s books. Photo courtesy of Karen Nourse

Living the Dream as a Children’s Book Author

Published Aug. 05, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Most people can remember the first career they seriously wanted to pursue when they were a teenager, but how many people can say they actually gave that career a shot, let alone decades later?

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When disaster strikes—whether it’s a sudden storm or the relentless creep of sea level rise—Doug McCracken knows the importance of having a plan.

Photo courtesy of Doug McCracken

McCracken Knows the Need to Be Ready

Published July 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

After Tropical Storm Irene whipped across Connecticut on the last Sunday in August in 2011, followed that autumn by the bizarre “Snowtober,” a nor’easter that downed power lines, dumped as much as 24 inches of snow in various towns, and canceled Halloween celebrations, Doug McCracken started a new position: director of emergency preparedness for Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P).

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Valley Courier

Coping with stress is a challenge in the best of times. Licensed counselor Samantha Steinmacher knows these are not the best of times, but she has some excellent ideas to share. Photo courtesy of Samantha Steinmacher

Samantha Steinmacher: Did You Say Stress?

Published July 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Samantha Steinmacher knows stress. In fact, stress is her business and with all the complications of COVID-19, stress has not been in short supply.

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Clinton’s Robert “Woody” Wilkins founded Dances with Wood more tan two decades ago and continues to expand the mission of helping improve lives through hand-crafted projects. Photo courtesy of Woody Wilkins

Still Dancing with Wood—and More

Published July 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

“I always tell people the worst compliment you can give me is to call me perfect,” says video storyteller Pat Lore.

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Wendy Mill enjoys giving back to her community as part of Old Saybrook’s Youth & Family Services. Photo courtesy of Wanda Barnes

Wendy Mill: A Sense of Community, Support for Youth

Published July 08, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For Wendy Mill, her 13 years at Old Saybrook’s Youth & Family Services (YFS) brings together many threads of her life and weaves them together.

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Longtime Registrar of Voters June Hansen is as prepared as can be for the upcoming November elections. Photo courtesy of June Hansen

June Hansen Brings ‘People Person’ Skills to Registrars’ Office

Published July 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Every time there’s an election or referendum in Clinton, people pack into the Town Hall Green Room as polls close and spend the night excitedly talking until the moment the results are about to be announced.

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History, philosophy and law teacher Jeff Motter is retiring after 19 years at The Morgan School. Photo courtesy of Jeff Motter

Jeff Motter Retiring After 19 Years

Published June 24, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Graduation day wasn’t just the last time at The Morgan School for the Class of 2020, it also was the last day for Jeff Motter, who has retired after 19 years at the school.

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Maple Breeze Farm in Westbrook has long helped to preserve the heritage cow breed the American Milking Devon, and now Bonnie Hall is taking the next step by raising and training two calves, Logan and Morgan (shown here), to work the farm as a set of oxen.

Photo courtesy of Bonnie Hall

Bonnie Hall: Building a Future on Old-Fashioned Farming

Published June 17, 2020 08:30 a.m.

If things were different, Bonnie Hall would be a vegetarian.

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Whether it’s ensuring those struggling through addiction have the resources they need, or making sure the members of the Morgan School Class of 2020 know the community is there for them, Erin Gaudet is first in line to get things done. Photo courtesy of Erin Gaudet

Erin Gaudet: Supporting Students Through It All

Published June 10, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Erin Gaudet woke up one morning in April and knew she had to do something. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, it was unclear how The Morgan School would handle graduation, but Erin knew she wanted to find a way to honor the seniors in some way.

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Harbor News

As a Clinton Historical Society member, Bob Bischoff has spoken on Clinton’s stories and mysteries. He’s also treasurer for the George Flynn Classical Concerts. Photo courtesy of Bob Bischoff

Bob Bischoff, a Steward and Supporter of Clinton

Published June 03, 2020 08:30 a.m.

For more than two decades, the George S. Flynn Concert Series has been a staple of Clinton’s artistic community.

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Second-generation shopkeeper Paul Kozey keeps Walt’s Market on Main Street, Old Saybrook, going through good times and crises like the current pandemic.

Photo courtesy of Paul Kozey

Paul Kozey Keeps a Main Street Mainstay Vibrant

Published May 27, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Sixty years ago, before Paul Kozey was born, his father, Walter Kozey, established Walt’s Market on Main Street in Old Saybrook.

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Soon after moving to Clinton, Megan Stine joined the Clinton Historical Society and has been helping preserve the town’s—and her family’s—history ever since.

Photo courtesy of Megan Stine

Megan Stine: Preserving and Protecting Clinton’s History

Published May 20, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Even though her original hometown in Ohio was a long ways away from Clinton, you can still say Clinton history has always been in Megan Stine’s blood.

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Caring for pets hasn’t been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, so Dr. Buck Drummond has been working six days a week at the Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook. To help cat owners live more peacefully through the stay at home era, he is offering a video presentation, Cats! through the Essex Library on Thursday, May 14.

Photo courtesy of Buck Drummond

Buck Drummond: Being Catty

Published May 13, 2020 08:30 a.m.

They gaze at you adoringly; they snuggle up readily; they never refuse to clean their rooms. Okay, they are not teenagers, but who are they?

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Harbor News

History buff and Navy veteran Joe Diedrich stays engaged in the community through the American Legion Post 66, VFW, and the Sailing Masters of 1812, out of Essex, for which he’s dressed here. Photo courtesy of Joe Diedrich

Joe Diedrich: Ensuring Recognition for Fellow Veterans

Published May 06, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Joe Diedrich had recently left the Navy after a lengthy career, and was missing the companionship of his fellow sailors. So he decided to attend a local Memorial Day parade, and then an idea struck him.

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Seventeen years into a career serving nonprofits, Heather Milardo says working at the Estuary Council of Seniors is the most rewarding job she’s taken.

Photo courtesy of Heather Milardo

In the Perfect Place in an Imperfect Time

Published April 29, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Heather Milardo has served as development coordinator for the Estuary Council of Seniors (ECS) in Old Saybrook for 2 ½ years and it’s safe to say her level of job satisfaction is high.

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Nautical Needles owner Sue Lennox is putting her skills to work sewing protective cloth masks that she’s donating to healthcare workers. Photo courtesy of Sue Lennox

Sue Lennox: When Masks Are Not for Halloween

Published April 22, 2020 08:30 a.m.

It’s unusual to start a newspaper piece with the classic fairy tale opening, Once Upon a Time. But now Once Upon A Time is not a Hans Christian Andersen phrase; it is last month.

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With a 25-year career as a Connecticut state trooper, Rob Derry has no shortage of stories to share. Photo courtesy of Rob Derry

Rob Derry: Protecting, Serving, and Serving Some More

Published April 15, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Rob Derry’s career choice was never complicated.

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It’s hard to find efforts to improve life in Clinton that haven’t been fostered in some way by Jane Scully Welch. Photo courtesy of Jane Scully Welch

A Bellringer and More for Clinton

Published April 08, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In downtown Clinton, toward the neighborhoods by the town marina on recent nights, there was a bit of a cacophony on recent nights.

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Harbor News

As administrator for Westbrook Visiting Nurses and Public Health, Caroline Mullaney is better prepared than most for the COVID-19 pandemic—and her first reaction was to get her crew prepared. Photo courtesy of Caroline Mullaney

Caroline Mullaney: Putting her Training to Use

Published April 01, 2020 08:30 a.m.

When Caroline Mullaney, administrator of the Westbrook Visiting Nurses and Public Health (generally referred to...

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