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Step Back…But Look Ahead!

A gala Ball highlighted my birthday this year: Montana Governor Steve Bullock (center) and Colonel Jack Walsh (ret.), uncle of the Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh, were part of the scene at the Governor’s Inaugural Ball on February 9 in Helena. I served in the Montana Army National Guard for eight years and was honored to be invited back to the Big Sky Country to share the festivities.

A gala Ball highlighted my birthday this year: Montana Governor Steve Bullock (center) and Colonel Jack Walsh (ret.), uncle of the Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh, were part of the scene at the Governor’s Inaugural Ball on February 9 in Helena. I served in the Montana Army National Guard for eight years and was honored to be invited back to the Big Sky Country to share the festivities.

Sometimes you can go back, for a little while. My birthday this past February 9 featured the Inaugural Ball of Steve Bullock, the new Governor of Montana, and reunions with Colonel Jack Walsh (ret.) and his nephew, Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh, which took me back to 1976.
Back then, as a member of the Montana Army National Guard’s 103rd Public Affairs Detachment, working with Special Forces troops—as a new (and first woman!) commissioned officer—I served with Jack, and interviewed him as the first guest on my TV show, “On Your Guard.” Together, we saw off John—who became Montana’s Adjutant General from 2008 to 2012 and is now its new Lieutenant Governor—to his basic training, which led to more than 30 years in the service here and overseas. John is a nominee to a commission that reports to the President on the current force structure requirements of the Air Force. Yes, it was fun—the reception at the Governor’s mansion, the Ball, the stories, the friends.
Back here, we’re looking ahead. What started as a small and colorful event is now a big one, supported by businesses, schools, and families alike. The tenth annual Mystic Irish Parade takes to the roadways Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m. at the Seaport and heads south through town under the cheerfully ceremonious leadership of Grand Marshal Mike Crowley. With 100 businesses and 1600 marchers, its budget is now a big $50,000 or so—consider helping it along with a donation! March right over to page 10 for your orders.
And as the snow melts, look for crocuses and robins … and Think Spring!

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Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

Mike Crowley named to lead Tenth Annual Mystic Irish Parade

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The Mystic Irish Parade, now celebrating its tenth anniversary, announces that Michael Crowley, Chief of the Groton Police Department, is the Grand Marshal for the St. Patrick’s Parade this year.
The Mystic Irish Parade Foundation has established such a tradition in Mystic and Southeastern Connecticut. Local participation, says the foundation, has made this parade “a keystone in family entertainment and a phenomenal Irish/Celtic cultural event for people of all ages. As the Irish would say, ‘Tús maith leath na hoibre!’ (‘A good start is half the work’) so congratulations on an amazing ten years and cheers to many more celebrations to come!”
The parade on March 24 will be on Sunday, March 24, starting at 1 p.m. at Mystic Seaport and heading south through downtown Mystic. More than 100 units and 1600 marchers are expected.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Mr. Crowley as our Grand Marshall this year. Not only has he committed his life to making our community a safer place, but has gone above and beyond to making sure it is a better place too,” says Neil Ryan, vice-president of the foundation.

Leo Roche (right), President, Mystic Irish Parade Foundation, congratulates Michael Crowley (left), Groton Police Department Chief and newly-selected 2013 Mystic Irish Parade Grand Marshal.

Leo Roche (right), President, Mystic Irish Parade Foundation, congratulates Michael Crowley (left), Groton Police Department Chief and newly-selected 2013 Mystic Irish Parade Grand Marshal.

The Grand Marshall honor, the foundation explains, “is bestowed on a dedicated member of Southeastern Connecticut, who effortlessly contributes time and energy to making their community a better place.”
Mike has the credentials.
Said the foundation, “Michael Crowley’s paternal great-grandfather immigrated to the Blackstone Valley region of Massachusetts in 1824 from County Cork, Ireland. Mike grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, taking his first job as an EMT-I with the Worcester City Ambulance. His dedication to the community’s safety transpired into a desire to become a police officer. He soon fulfilled his dream and joined the Hartford Police Department in 1982, his start to a successful 31-year career.
“In 1985, Mike paid a visit to Southeastern Connecticut and fell in love with the area. He soon transferred to the Groton Town Police Department and since, has not only served on the Groton Narcotics Task Force, but the Statewide Narcotics Task Force as well. Besides also serving on the Dive Team and Special Response Team, Mike was instrumental in developing the department’s first bicycle patrol, later becoming an International Instructor for Bicycle training.
When appointed Chief of the Groton Police Department in 2011, he said, “I have risen through the ranks, holding every supervisory position before being appointed Chief. That was a lifelong dream.”
Mike graduated from the University of New Haven with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a ten-week training session in Quantico, Virginia.
This year’s major sponsors include Levine Distributing, F&F Distributors, and The Day. For sponsorship opportunities, volunteering or more information, please visit
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Seaman Lucas Pickering, Service Person of the Month

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Seaman Lucas Pickering, assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) North Dakota (SSN 784), was recognized as “Service Person of the Month” for February, 2013 for his outstanding work in the community by The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut at the monthly dinner meeting of The New London Lions. (l-r) Seaman Justin Stewart; Mark Nickerson, local GEICO Agent/Broker; Sam Linder, President, The New London Lions; Seaman Lucas Pickering; Commanding Officer Douglas V. Gordan of PCU North Dakota (SSN 784), and Seaman Michael Stevens.

Work With What You Have

Bryan Golden

Bryan Golden

Bryan Golden
Author of “Dare to Live Without Limits”

If you wait until all circumstances become ideal, you will shortchange yourself. There are several reasons for this. First of all, things are never perfect. You will always be able to identify some element which is lacking or needs improvement.
People who fail to take action explain they are waiting for the right time. Acting too hastily, they argue, would only doom their efforts to failure.
You may feel today is not ideal. Resist the temptation to wait. It’s too easy to keep pushing action off until tomorrow. Then, before you know it, the years fly by without any accomplishments.
Here is a better approach. Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are, and start now. This means you should begin moving forward from your current position today.
Where are you now? How much education do you have? What is your financial situation? How much free time do you have? Whatever your answers, you need to start right away. You can improve on any deficits as you move forward.
To acquire more knowledge, either learn it yourself or utilize the expertise of others. Improve your financial picture by increasing income, reducing expenses, or both. If you feel you don’t have enough free time, track how you use your discretionary time. Many people find they can fit more in by setting priorities.
Imagine you are on journey in a 30-foot sailboat. On board you have a finite amount of food, fuel, sails, and clothing. You also have nautical charts for any place you might want to go. However, you are not happy with some of your conditions.
You would really prefer to be on a larger boat. The food isn’t that great. There is not as much foul weather clothing as you would like. What do you do? Is waiting for conditions to improve before you continue your journey an option? Of course not. Nothing would change and you would run out of food. You must sail on to your next port.
A sailor embodies the philosophy of always doing what you can, with what you have, wherever you are. On the sea, this principle isn’t an option. Rather, it means the difference between surviving and perishing. It’s not magic, just attitude and determination.
Although life doesn’t have the same daily risks as an ocean voyage, your success and happiness is just as dependent on working with what you have right now. As you do so, keep your aspirations in sight, as they will help keep you motivated.
As you move ahead, make improvements as needed. Working with what you have doesn’t mean you should stagnate. The purpose of taking action is to improve and ultimately arrive at all the destinations you desire.
Take inventory of all your personal assets and attributes, pick your direction, let out your sails, and get underway. Tomorrow you will be glad you started today.
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Lifestyles: How to Deal With Frustration

Bryan GoldenAuthor of  “Dare to Live Without Limits”

Bryan Golden
Author of “Dare to Live Without Limits”

Frustration is something you have to deal with on your road to achievement.  The journey is rarely smooth or as fast as you would like.  If life were perfect, frustration wouldn’t exist.  Although life is great, it is not perfect.  So you need to work to ensure frustration won’t get the best of you.  Let’s first look at the causes of frustration and then cover some strategies for coping with it.

One basis for frustration is impatience.  Today, more than ever, people expect instant results.  We have become so used to high speed technology like computers, the internet, cell phones, email, text messages, that we want all aspects of life to be just as fast.

Although we are surrounded by modern marvels which function at a breakneck pace, the basic principles of achievement operate at the same rate they always have.  There is a certain amount of time required to make progress.  Exactly how long something will take is not always known.  Frustration is exacerbated when you set a time limit that is unreasonably short.

We get frustrated when comparing what we have to others who have more.  There’s nothing wrong with ambition.  It’s motivational to want to achieve more.  It’s when you feel you are in a contest with someone else that frustration grows.

Obstacles, especially unexpected ones, frequently generate frustration.  Obstacles have the tendency to emerge at the most inopportune times, thus magnifying their impact.  They demand extra energy that we usually don’t have.

Always wanting more, without an appreciation for all you have, leads to frustration.  Those who are never satisfied find happiness elusive.  Unhappy people are frustrated people.  These people are like a dog chasing its tail; regardless of how fast the dog is, the tail will always be out of reach.

Here are some suggestions for coping with the above causes of frustration.  Succeeding takes time.  Focus on enjoying life and savoring the journey.  Keep your eye on the destination while enjoying the scenery along the way.

It doesn’t matter what other’s have.  You aren’t in competition with them.  A surprising number of people who have the outward appearance of success are very unhappy.  Don’t be jealous of what you think they have.

Take the necessary action to work toward your goals.  Action goes a long way to reducing frustration because you are not just waiting for something to happen.  Obstacles and setbacks are unavoidable.  There is a solution to every problem.  You have inside you what it takes to keep going.  If you stumble and fall, get back up and keep going.

It doesn’t matter what other people say, think, or do.  You don’t need their acceptance to be successful.  Appreciate all you have.  Develop an attitude of gratitude.  When you are thankful for the good in your life you will always have more than you need.  Although you can’t eliminate frustration, you can minimize it.

Restaurant Write-up: Kitchen Little

Kitchen Little: Not So Little Now!

The perennial shoreline favorite, Kitchen Little, is still making friends every day, says Manager Jimmy Woolley. Its present location at the Mystic River Marina at 36 Quarry Road offers double the seating, seven outside tables for warmer weather, and lots more elbow room than the delightful but very cozy former site on Route 27.

Jimmy smiles, “My kitchen is now bigger than the whole other restaurant.” The perennial favorites still thrive and attract diners from all over to enjoy weekday breakfasts and lunches, or savor the weekend’s breakfast service. In addition to five different Benedicts, the Number 9—scrambled eggs with fresh baby spinach, fresh mushrooms, and gooey melted cream cheese, scrambled and then topped with American cheese and served with whole wheat toast–is very popular, especially with fresh lump crab added in. The Number 11, the Portuguese Fisherman, features scrambled eggs, chourico and linguica direct from Fall River, along with onions, peppers, and jalapeno cheese and spicy sauce, all with a Portuguese English muffin.  The Number 2 is another original; it places fluffy scrambled eggs atop a medley of homefries, sausage, mushrooms, and onions, smothered with melted cheese and served with white or wheat toast. Yum!

Jimmy points out that Kitchen Little serves a number of beers, wine, and mimosas, and that the full menu greets you at…or you can call 860.536.2122 to see what’s cookin’ on this very day. There are always blackboard specials and weekend treats, which you can see on Facebook. And while you’re there, take a look at a few of the Valentine Specials.  Hint: they’re great!


Sunrise in Noank

Sunrise in NoankLinda Flynn of Noank took this photo with her camera phone at sunrise on January 28, next to Palmer’s Cove Marina.  She says, “It literally stopped me in my tracks at how beautiful it was!  From the time it took me to run down stairs, get a camera and run outside, the colors actually where dissipating, but I’m pleased I was able to capture the vividness.”

In Newtown, A Discussion on Public Safety

In Newtown, A Discussion on Public SafetySen. Art Linares (center, with glasses) listens to testimony during a Jan. 30 public hearing which was held at Newtown High School by the bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety Task Force. The panel was established in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Hundreds of parents, educators, first responders and area residents offered personal anecdotes and policy suggestions to the task force.  The hearing lasted nearly six hours. Sen. Linares serves on the panel’s School Safety subcommittee.

CPO Strubel Selected for Navy’s Sulzer Leadership Award

Fire Control Technician Chief (Submarines) Richard Strubel, 2013 Dennis Sulzer Memorial Leadership Award Recipient.

Fire Control Technician Chief (Submarines) Richard Strubel, 2013 Dennis Sulzer Memorial Leadership Award Recipient.

Fire Control Technician Chief Petty Officer (Submarines) Richard F. Strubel, Leading Chief Petty Officer for Naval Submarine School’s Basic Enlisted Submarine School, BESS, has been selected to receive the 2013 Dennis Sulzer Memorial Leadership Award.

The annual award was established in 1996 in memory of a former Submarine Group Two command master chief who had passed away the year previously. The recipient is selected by the Commander, Submarine Group Two, and the award is traditionally presented at the Enlisted Submarine Ball.

Strubel was praised by Rear Admiral Richard P. Breckenridge, Commander, Submarine Group Two, for demonstrating “exceptional leadership and dedication to our Sailors and our Navy. He is highly motivated and a superb example of engaged Chief Petty Officer leadership.”

Dennis Sulzer enlisted in the Navy in December 1969 and served on seven submarines— including a tour as Chief of the Boat of USS Boston (SSN-703)—before he was named command master chief of Development Squadron 12 in Groton and a then a year later to the Group Two position. In 1990, he was named Brigade Master Chief at the United States Naval Academy before retiring in 1993.

Strubel directs a division of 22 instructors who managed 24 BESS classes, graduating 1,700 initial accession submarine Sailors in 2012—530 with distinction. During the past year, Strubel also served as  the volunteer coordinator for Naval Submarine School’s Chief Petty Officer Association and, as such, worked with Groton’s Pleasant Valley School in various outreaches ranging from school field days, through reading books to first and second graders, and setting up a gallery for young art projects.

Captain David A. Roberts, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine School, in recommending Strubel, noted, “Chief Strubel has demonstrated the next level of ‘inspirational leadership’ from his very first day on my staff. He has made an incredible, positive impact on the future leaders of the Submarine Force through direct hands-on mentoring and is truly deserving of being honored as a recipient of the QMCM (SS) Dennis R. Sulzer Award.”

Dear Neighbor of Southeastern Connecticut and Southern Rhode Island…

Richard J. Porth, President & CEO, United Way of Connecticut

Richard J. Porth, President & CEO, United Way of Connecticut

For over 37 years, Connecticut residents have been able to find the help they need through United Way 2-1-1, statewide information and referral service funded by the State of Connecticut and Connecticut United Ways and administered by the United Way of Connecticut. A call to United Way 2-1-1 gets people connected to the health and human services assistance they need.

United Way 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When someone calls 2-1-1 they reach degreed, multilingual Call Specialists that help them sort through their challenges and provide the best assistance and referral for their situation. 2-1-1 utilizes a constantly updated computerized database of approximately 4,800 health and human service providers offering over 48,000 services. The service is available to everyone, regardless of income or age, whether they need help or want to give help through donating or volunteering. 2-1-1’s resource database can also be accessed online at

All told, in 2012, 2-1-1, handled over 412,000 calls offering over half a million referrals and registered over 640,000 visits on The top calls were looking for information on housing, utility assistance and financial assistance.  2-1-1 also plays a role before, during and after weather and other emergencies.  During Hurricane Sandy, 2-1-1 handled over 17,000 calls and registered 6,000 searches on, from people looking for help finding and accessing basic needs such as shelter and food, for learning about evacuation routes, locations of open gas stations and pharmacies, filing damage claims, and much more.

After the Newtown tragedy, 2-1-1 received calls from across the state and the nation seeking help coping with the awful event and offering volunteer help and donations to the people of Newtown.  2-1-1 created a special Sandy Hook/Newtown Resources web page providing a range of resources for handling grief and trauma for both children and adults.

In addition to 2-1-1, United Way of Connecticut also administers: 2-1-1 Child Care which  provides referrals for licensed child care facilities, assistance to help unlicensed providers to become licensed and child care trainings for parents and providers in the community; Child Development Infoline which helps families concerned about their child’s development to get information, support and referrals to services; and HUSKY Infoline which provides information about the state’s health insurance program for children and families. All of these services can be reached by dialing 2-1-1.

United Way of Connecticut’s mission is to help meet the needs of Connecticut and its residents by providing information, education and connection to services. UWC furthers its mission by providing 24/7 toll-free call center access to health and human services information through 2-1-1, as well as specialized services in child care, child development and disabilities and HUSKY, Connecticut’s children’s health insurance program.


Richard J. Porth
President & CEO
United Way of Connecticut

Susan Bailey and Dave Brown to Co-Chair Groton’s Fall Festival

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Susan Bailey

Susan Bailey and Dave Brown will co-chair Groton’s Eighth Annual Fall Festival, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 12, 2013 and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Groton’s Annual Fall Festival is a special community event created and sponsored by the Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce (GMCC).

Crunch! Mmmmmm! Cookies!

Girl Scoutsby John Stratton

OK, here we go: Samoas! Trefoils! Do-Si-Dos! Tagalongs!  But Wait, There’s More!

But you already know them all…Girl Scout Cookies!  Yes, it’s that time again.

Eight flavors and 47,300 girls can’t be wrong. And that’s just in Connecticut, as Girl Scout troops do their annual fundraising for a myriad projects to improve the community.

Cookie ordering from individual Scouts has just started, and booth sales will begin a week or so depending on your town. If you don’t know any Girl Scouts and want to buy cookies, contact the Scouts at product or 800.922.2770 ext. 3305.

Yes, it’s a tradition. A little over a century ago, the Scouts say, “Juliette Gordon Low brought to life her vision of an opportunity for girls to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually by connecting with one another and their communities.” Their cookie tradition—in 1917 appearing first as self-baked, neighborhood-sold in Muskogee, Oklahoma—blossomed in the ensuing decades to a national icon. The vast cookie volumes required licensed bakers to turn out quality cookies for the masses…with recognizably identical recipes and freshness, but for new generations of  charmingly enthusiastic salespeople.

A new wrinkle this year, “Cookies for Heroes,” allows you to donate boxes to servicepeople far away. The Scouts explain, “When you order your cookies from a Girl Scout or buy at a booth, just let them know how many boxes you would like to donate. The girl will collect the money, and Girl Scouts of Connecticut will ensure the cookies are sent to women and men serving our country. You can also write a message to be sent with the cookies, or help us fill the virtual truck on”

It’s a gesture that goes right back to World War I: That’s why we can share recollections of the cookies, and why we always order our favorites.  The annual Girl Scout Cookie campaign begins now—so get on board—crunch!