August 12, 2020
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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

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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Harbor News

After a career in health, Cathy Weiss returned in earnest to a lifetime pursuit of creating art. Photo courtesy of Cathy Weiss

Cathy Weiss: From Quiet Reflection to Artistic Fruition

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

Cathy Weiss has what she calls “a serious hobby—something I pursue passionately.” That passion is art, and Cathy has been fortunate to find time to do it later in life.

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Harbor News

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 March 11, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Nancy McCormick has a chicken named Experience.

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Harbor News

Longtime former first selectman Willie Fritz, Jr., has remained an active supporter of youth sports in town. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Out of the Spotlight, Willie Fritz Stays Engaged

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

“Grass will never grow under Willie’s feet, he’s always going”—that’s how one acquaintance described Clinton’s former longtime first selectman Willie Fritz, Jr., and his penchant for constant activity.

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Harbor News

Coming off a four-year stint on the New England Patriots’ cheer squad, Clinton’s Alex Brandy challenges many people’s preconceptions of a professional cheerleader. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

From NFL Sidelines to the Connecticut Shoreline

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

In 2014, during her first time skiing, Alex Brandy severely injured her ACL.

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Harbor News

Established clay artist Gloria Elliott has also mastered other art forms, including quilting, which she uses to tell her family’s story. In the foreground, a panel depicts her father, a Norwegian emigré who found a job delivering milk by horse. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Gloria Elliott: A Quiet, Creative Life

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

Perhaps those who first meet Gloria Elliott along with her husband, Tom, see her as a rather quiet, retiring person, ...

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Harbor News

Though it took two full years, Margo Valentine oversaw the story of her life move from her handwritten manuscript to finished product. Photo by Rita Christopher/Harbor News

Margo Valentine: Looking Back

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

If Margo Valentine had not fallen down the stairs while going to a tailor’s shop in 2016, she would not have written a book. But Margo, then 85, did fall down. And she did write a book.

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Harbor News

Now once again enjoying semi-retirement, Peter Neff once again stepped up to serve Clinton when the Town Council needed an interim town manager. Photo courtesy of Peter Neff

Peter Neff: Trusted with the Town’s Transition

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

At its first ever meeting on Nov. 20, 2019 the Clinton Town Council had a big decision to make. The group was still in the process of interviewing candidates for the fulltime town manager position, but needed an interim manager.

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Harbor News

After a career in manufacturing, Bob Werner was looking for a way to share his skills and help his new hometown, His work on the Clinton Manufacturing Coalition fulfilled both goals. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Raising Awareness a Best Practice for Bob Werner and the CMC

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

Bob Werner has only lived in Clinton for three years, but that hasn’t stopped him from pitching in.

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Harbor News

For four decades, Westbrook residents have been able to rely on Lew Daniels to helm the Westbrook Public Library. He’ll resign his post in June, creating a gap to fill that’s almost as large as the legacy he’ll leave. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Lew Daniels: ‘A Lucky, Lucky’ 40 Years

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

When Lew Daniels retires at the end of June, he’ll have served as director of the Westbrook Public Library...

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Harbor News

Eddie Alberino is a longtime volunteer for several of the organizations that help make Clinton safe and welcoming. Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Eddie Alberino: Helping Drive the Direction of Clinton

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

It’s hard to find someone in Clinton who doesn’t know Eddie Alberino. From politics to helping people in emergencies, Eddie has had quite a journey in Clinton.

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Harbor News

After more than two decades of serving in Clinton as a police officer (among other roles) Jerry Dunn (shown here with Boston and Amigo) is retiring from the department to take a job with the state Department of Agriculture Animal Control Unit.

Photo by Eric O’Connell/Harbor News

Jerry Dunn: Heading Out on a High Note

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

Sergeant Jeremiah Dunn had a problem. The massive trailer that the Clinton Police Department was using for the annual toy drive that Jerry oversees was only about a third full with two weeks until Christmas.

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