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The Source

Nancy McCormick (accompanied here by T.C. the chicken) has helped reinvigorate the Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore organization, which serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Guilford, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Photo by Mark McCormick

Nancy McCormick: Learning from Experience

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

Nancy McCormick has a chicken named Experience.When she and her husband, Mark, moved into their 18th-century...

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The Source

Sister Patty Cook is a retired sister with the Religious Sisters of Mercy who worked in her ministries to spread the message of God’s loving mercy. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Sister Patty Cook: A Sister of God’s Mercy

Published March 25, 2020 08:30 a.m.

In the midst of a world overwhelmed with anxiety about the COVID-19 outbreak, Sister Patricia Cook RSM, PhD, does not let the barrage of bad news faze her.

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East Haven Courier

Linda Niccolai is a professor of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. She also holds two other positions: director of the Connecticut Emerging Infections Program at the Yale School of Public Health and director of the HPV Vaccine Working Group, also at Yale. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Dr. Linda Niccolai Gives Perspective on COVID-19

Published March 18, 2020 08:30 a.m.

The COVID-19 outbreak will likely get worse before it gets better.

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The Source

Nathan Bayreuther is the director of music ministry at the First Congregational Church in Madison. He says that music “can be a very spiritual avenue to learning more about God,” and the ability of music to move an audience can be both emotional and visceral. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Nathan Bayreuther: A Life of Music

Published March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

The office of Nathan Bayreuther has a few distinct items not common in most work areas.

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The Source

A gastroenterologist at Connecticut Gastroenterology Consultants, Dr. Wayne Panullo campaigns against colorectal cancer and encourages the public to get screened for the disease. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Dr. Wayne Panullo: A Fight Against Cancer

Published March 04, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Dr. Wayne Thomas Panullo has a challenge on his hands.

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The Source

Joan Walker serves Madison in dual roles: She chairs the Democratic Town Committee and heads the team of 200 volunteers who work to ensure the success of Nite in Hand, a traditional celebration held every year on graduation night to honor Daniel Hand High School seniors. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Joan Walker Gives Graduating Seniors a Nite to Remember

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

The Iron Throne fashioned from a thousand swords sits in a dusky room lit only by the scant light from a few candles and the backdrop of a window with an iconic star.

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The Source

Kate Blais's dedication to the elderly and those with mental-health challenges is unmistakable: as a registered nurse and director of the Strong House, she treats them with compassion and honors them with a Person of the Month feature in the facility's newsletter. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Kate Blais: Dignity and Grace at the Strong House

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

Kate Blais welcomes visitors to her office on the second floor, a large room that looks more like a bedroom with high ceilings, spotless carpeting, large windows, and a brick fireplace.

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The Source

Andrea Aron taught art for 44 years and garnered awards for her enameling and jewelry making. Today, she advocates for the arts through the Future Choices program at the Shoreline Arts Alliance. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Andrea Aron Makes Art Her Life's Work

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

As a young girl in the Bronx, Andrea Aron had her first foray in art when she would open up her easel and paint with her father.

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The Source

At the Madison VFW Post 2096, Larry Brundrett serves veterans and their families as commander, the highest officer in a local post. “It's given me a sense of service to my fellow veterans,” he says about helping his military comrades. 

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Larry Brundrett: In Service of Country and Comrades

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

We hear the lyrics every time the United States anthem is sung: the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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The Source

Daniel Hand High School Assistant Principal Melanie Whitcher previously worked as a math coordinator for the school and as a math teacher and coach in Branford. She has a master's degree in teaching and a sixth-year degree in educational leadership. 

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Melanie Whitcher: Math Smarts + People Skills = Career in Education

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

Melanie Whitcher’s career path to become Daniel Hand High School’s new assistant principal began in a...

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The Source

Margaret Diglio makes charitable work a large part of her life. With her husband, Vincent, she volunteers her time to run the food programs at the Community Services of Madison and, more recently, to work with an organization called Niños Adelante to teach students in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, how to speak English. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Margaret Diglio: Charity that Knows No Bounds

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

To Margaret Diglio and Vincent, her husband of 55 years, volunteering is not an activity done on the side. It is,...

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The Source

Peggy Lyons combines her knowledge in the financial and investment banking industry, her volunteer experience in various town services, and a global perspective to her position as first selectman for the Town of Madison. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

From Global to Local: Peggy Lyons Shifts Her Purpose

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

As newly elected first selectman serving as the chief executive and chief administrative officer of the Town of Madison, Peggy Lyons will be focused on details large and small of small-town government.

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The Source

Ralph Buonocore plays Bill Ray in Saybrook Stage Company's upcoming theater rendition of On Golden Pond from Thursday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 19 at The Kate, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook. Ralph intends to pursue his passion in the performing arts as much as he possibly can. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Ralph Buonocore Talks Movies, Plays, and Musicals

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

When Ralph Buonocore had two separate opportunities to work as an extra in Hollywood movies starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, he did what any aspiring actor would do.

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The Source

Upon his retirement in 2013 from Liberty Bank where he worked for 16 years, Calvin Price immersed himself in volunteer work at several nonprofit organizations, including the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), the Boys and Girls Club, the North Madison Congregational Church, and the Partnership for Strong Communities. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

The Invaluable Words of Calvin Price

Published Dec. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

“Own your own destiny. Own your own future.”

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The Source

Alisha McNamara sees the future in the faces of her children, spurring her to work for the Playground Committee at the Killingworth Elementary School and for Dylan's Wings of Change and Sandy Hook Promise, which were both founded in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Alisha McNamara: Focused on the Future of Children

Published Dec. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Alisha McNamara is a woman with a mission.

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The Source

As director of Circle Nursery School in North Madison, Kathy Niejadlik enjoys the combination of administrative and early childhood development responsibilities that come with the job. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Kathy Niejadlik: Teaching the Next Generation and Loving it

Published Dec. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Kathy Niejadlik is proud of her children—all 50 of them.

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The Source

Killingworth Library Children's Librarian Gayle Byrne holds up her first book, Sometimes It's Grandmas and Grandpas: Not Mommies and Daddies. She has written and released a second book, and a third one is with the publisher. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Gayle Byrne: Beyond Book Smart

Published Dec. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

How can a full-time librarian be even more involved with books?

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The Source

In the aftermath of the 2008 economic downturn, Laurie Heflin founded the Neighbor to Neighbor program, a discretionary fund within the Madison Foundation that responds to the financial and material crises faced by Madison residents and serves as a safety net for Madison families when other resources are not available. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Laurie Heflin: A Neighbor Who Helps Neighbors

Published Nov. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

It happens repeatedly, albeit with one variation or another: An elderly woman realizes she needs to keep the heat going but lacks the money to make sure her home stays warm throughout winter.

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The Source

Leigh Curtis Higgins has spent years helping the vulnerable, even volunteering to work in Niger for the Peace Corps; today she works at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and volunteers her time as vice president of the board of directors for The Madison Foundation. Photo courtesy of of Leigh Curtis Higgins

Leigh Curtis Higgins: A Life of Helping the Vulnerable

Published Nov. 20, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Helping one person at a time, one day at a time, one endeavor at a time can make an impact that lasts a lifetime.

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The Source

A founding member and former chair of the Madison Conservation Commission, Heather Crawford also volunteers her time at the North Madison Congregational Church to help with events such as the recent Harvest Dinner and the upcoming 25th annual Holiday Crafts Fair and Cookie Sale. Photo by Maria Caulfield

Heather Crawford: A Powerhouse for the Environment and the Community

Published Nov. 13, 2019 08:30 a.m.

What do tadpoles, crabs, rocks, plants, and glaciers have in common?

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The Source

Dr. Leslie Sude, a Yale pediatrician, volunteers her time to StreetCred and the Madison Land Conservation Trust, where serves as a board member and heads the Rettich Preservation Committee. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Leslie Sude: Serving Children, Preserving Nature

Published Nov. 06, 2019 08:30 a.m.

“Health is wealth,” as the saying goes.

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The Source

Sarah Davis was awarded the Women in Excellence Award for changing the lives of adults as a literacy volunteer and opening the door to better educational opportunities to the underserved youth through a tutoring group called Flyte Scholastics, which helps students at St. Martin de Porres Academy and other schools. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Sarah Davis: Changing Lives Through Education

Published Oct. 30, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Sarah Davis was in for a surprise.

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The Source

Sunnie Scarpa Shares Her Vision for the Scranton Library

Published Oct. 23, 2019 08:30 a.m.

At the age of 8, Sunnie Scarpa started to pursue her career. She volunteered at her local library and liked it.

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The Source

Rachel Schemmerling is co-chair of Preservation 2020, a fundraising campaign to restore The Congregational Church in Killingworth, a 200-year old landmark church. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Clear as a Bell: Preserving a Landmark Church is Rachel Schemmerling's Calling

Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Restoring and preserving a 200-year-old church is undoubtedly a formidable task. Volunteering for the job while managing a business, raising a teenager and a kindergartner, and battling multiple sclerosis is downright daunting.

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The Source

Joan O'Neill worked tirelessly as a volunteer for the Madison Land Conservation Trust and the Scranton Library Friends, holding the position of president in both organizations and making significant contributions to land preservation and library funding.

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Joan O'Neill: Giving Nature and Future Generations a Chance

Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Joan O'Neill shuns the spotlight. An unassuming, soft-spoken woman, she prefers to stay in the background and let others take the attention and the credit. But what people close to her know is that she works with a tenacity and firmness of purpose that impress many.

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The Source

Cristal DePietro finds fulfillment helping individuals and families in her position as the social services coordinator for Madison Youth & Family Services and enjoys working with young people as prevention coordinator with the Madison Alcohol and Drug Education Coalition. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Cristal DePietro: Serving Families and Youth with Energy and Enthusiasm

Published Oct. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Zealous. Passionate. Dedicated. Even a little gutsy.

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The Source

Kent Sprague's love for sports led him to volunteer for 35 years as the play-by-play announcer for the Daniel Hand Tigers, Madison's high school football team. 

Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Kent Sprague: The Eye of the Tigers and the Voice of Reason

Published Sep. 25, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Kent Sprague likes to call it the way it is.

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The Source

Alyssa Ingram is a newly elected member of the board of the Madison Art Society and the owner of The Frame Shop on Wall Street where she displays some of her art work and takes care of her clients' picture framing needs. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Alyssa Ingram: Framing Art and Life

Published Sep. 18, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Painters and illustrators are creative people with an artistic frame of mind. For Alyssa Ingram, that's particularly true, both figuratively and literally.

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The Source

Lindsey Lehet works as a prevention coordinator at the Youth & Family Service of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc., to help keep youth out of trouble, educate the public about risky behaviors, and make a difference in the community. Photo b Maria Caulfield/The Source

Lindsey Lehet: Promoting Prevention as a Solution

Published Sep. 11, 2019 08:30 a.m.

We've all heard the saying before and we repeat it as often as we think it necessary: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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The Source

Sam DeBurra serves the town of Madison as fire marshal and emergency management director. He is also the president of the Madison Ambulance Association and a volunteer firefighter. Photo by Maria Caulfield/The Source

Samuel DeBurra, Jr.: His Job Description is to Save Lives

Published Sep. 04, 2019 08:30 a.m.

One might say that the job of Samuel DeBurra, Jr., comes with all the bells and whistles—along with sirens and air horns.

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