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The Mark Twain House & Museum has announced that Patti Philippon, Beatrice Fox Auerbach Chief Curator of the museum, will resign her position to become the Executive Director of the American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut.


Cindy Lovell, Executive Director of the Mark Twain House & Museum, said, “Patti has been a wonderful chief curator at the Mark Twain House and takes with her a vast amount of knowledge as well as our best wishes. The American Clock & Watch Museum is very fortunate to have someone of Patti’s caliber take the helm, and I’m sure we’ll be finding opportunities to collaborate in the future.”

Patti Philippon said, “It has been my privilege to have worked at the Mark Twain House for the past 13 years. It is a wonderful museum with a dedicated and talented staff. I am looking forward to joining the team at the American Clock & Watch Museum, and working to showcase this exceptional museum.”

Ms. Philippon has worked in a professional capacity at The Mark Twain House & Museum since 2001.  During her tenure with the Mark Twain House, Ms. Philippon has held the roles of Collections Manager, Interim Executive Director and currently (since 2007) as its Beatrice Fox Auerbach Chief Curator.

As a part of her responsibilities at the Mark Twain House, Ms. Philippon was responsible for the care, development, presentation and interpretation of the museum’s 16,000 piece collection of 19th and early 20th century art, decorative arts, rare books, photographs, and archives. She oversaw the curatorial department, including staffing (paid and volunteer) and budget management.  In addition she was responsible for research and installation of furnishing and decorative art changes in the museum as well as the preservation and maintenance of the two historic buildings on the property.

The curatorial department at the museum will be staffed on an interim basis by Mallory Howard, Curatorial Assistant, and Steve Courtney, former Publicist at the museum and currently a curatorial consultant.

Howard Cohen, President of the American Clock & Watch Museum Board of Directors said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have secured a museum professional of Patti’s caliber for our new Executive Director.  The wealth of experience that Patti can bring to our museum with its historic ties to the City of Bristol and the overall horological community will be crucial as we chart our course for the future.”

The American Clock & Watch Museum, located in Bristol, Connecticut, opened its doors to the general public on April 10, 1954 with the mission of collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the history and science of clocks, watches and other timekeepers of horological interest.  The Museum operates a research library with historic and contemporary literature devoted to the history, development and manufacture of timekeepers. It also studies and interprets the history of American horology through educational programs to both general audiences and clock enthusiasts, and cooperates with other public and private agencies to make programs available to the widest possible audience.  Their website is

The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891.

Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. 

In addition to providing tours of Twain’s restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy and provide information about his life and times.

The house and museum at 351 Farmington Ave. are open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-247-0998 or visit

Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.

Add Seafood to Your Family’s Diet

Add Seafood to Your Family’s Diet

Introduce a new protein your family will love

Quick-and-Easy Cheesy Gulf Shrimp Nachos

(Family Features) The easiest way to get the family together for a meal is with a delicious, homemade dish with tasty ingredients, such as protein-packed shrimp.

There are many scrumptious reasons for including shrimp into your family’s diet. In fact, the American Heart Association and other experts recommend eating seafood at least twice a week, and the FDA just announced this year that pregnant women should consume between 8-12 ounces of seafood a week. It’s easy to work towards this dietary goal by introducing Gulf shrimp into your diet. This versatile protein is easy to prepare; has a wonderfully salty and fresh flavor from the nutrient-rich environment in which it is caught; and is also widely available fresh and frozen at your local grocery.

Better-for-you benefits

Flavorful Gulf shrimp contains high-quality protein and a variety of essential nutrients, such as vitamins B-6 and B-12. Plus, it’s a natural source of vitamin D, low in saturated fat and offers healthy omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Simple substitutions

Add flair and flavor to your family’s meal routine (and keep the kids happy) with these easy meal ideas that incorporate Gulf shrimp:

  • Breakfast: Dice it up and add to omelets with fresh vegetables, such as sautéed spinach and tomatoes.
  • Lunch: Perk up your midday meal by adding it to salads and tortilla soups.
  • Appetizer or snack: Serve with simple cocktail sauce for a no-fuss crowd pleaser, or a light stick-with-you snack.
  • Dinner: Mix it into spaghetti sauce and serve on a bed of whole wheat pasta.

For more great Gulf shrimp recipe ideas, visit

Quick-and-Easy Cheesy Gulf Shrimp Nachos


  • 1/4 pound tortilla chips
  • 1 cup low-sodium black beans, cooked, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheese
  • 1/2 pounds small fresh or frozen Gulf shrimp (or large shrimp cut into bite-sized pieces), boiled and peeled
  • 1 large tomato, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup scallions, diced
  • Low-fat or fat-free sour cream (optional)
  • Salsa (optional)
  • Fresh guacamole (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to broil. In large, oven-proof platter, place tortilla chips in single layer. Sprinkle black beans and half of cheese on top of chips, then evenly distribute shrimp on top. Add diced tomato as next layer, then cover with remaining cheese.
  2. Cook under broiler for roughly 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Garnish nachos with sliced scallions, and top with sour cream, salsa and guacamole.

2-4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Recipe provided to the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition by Chef Justin Timineri of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Total Time:
10 minutes

Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition

Providence College Awards Undergraduate Degrees to Local Residents During 96th Commencement Exercises

PROVIDENCE, RI (05/27/2014)(readMedia)– The following local residents were among over 900 students from Providence College who received undergraduate degrees during the College’s Ninety-Sixth Commencement Exercises held on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Sally Adua, a resident of Waterford, received a bachelor of science degree Summa Cum Laude

Caitlin DeMars, a resident of Essex, received a bachelor of arts degree

Jason Goddu, a resident of Waterford, received a bachelor of science degree

Amanda Haluga, a resident of Groton, received a bachelor of arts degree

Megan Klein, a resident of Old Lyme, received a bachelor of science degree Cum Laude

Elizabeth LaRose, a resident of Salem, received a bachelor of science degree

Brendan Murphy, a resident of Stonington, received a bachelor of arts degree

Paige Nossek, a resident of Stonington, received a bachelor of science degree

Erin Rocha, a resident of Waterford, received a bachelor of arts degree Cum Laude

Christopher Trammell, a resident of North Stonington, received a bachelor of science degree

Philip Ziegler, a resident of East Lyme, received a bachelor of science degree

The Commencement address was delivered by Dr. Temple Grandin, an autism awareness advocate, leading innovator in the livestock industry, best-selling author, and engineer. She received an honorary doctorate in Science. Four other distinguished individuals received honorary degrees from the College. They are: the Honorable Francis J. Darigan, Jr. ’64, retired justice from the Superior Court of Rhode Island; Raymond M. Murphy, entrepreneur and philanthropist; Sister Margaret Ormond, O.P., Prioress of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Peace; and Carolyn Rafaelian, creator, designer and acting CEO of Alex and Ani.

Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 3,900 students and offers degrees in 49 academic majors. Since 1997, Providence College has consistently been ranked among the top five regional universities in the north according to U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges.

Bailey M. Frankewicz makes the Dean’s List at Coastal Carolina University

CONWAY 28528, SC (05/23/2014)(readMedia)– Bailey M. Frankewicz, a senior majoring in Psychology from Waterford, was among more than 1,600 students at Coastal Carolina University who made the Spring 2014 Dean’s List.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, freshmen must earn a 3.25 grade point average, and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 grade point average. To qualify for the President’s List, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average. All students must be enrolled full time.

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. CCU offers baccalaureate programs in 66 major fields of study, including acclaimed programs in marine science, resort tourism and professional golf management. Seven graduate programs include an MBA as well as master’s degrees in education, writing and coastal marine and wetland studies.

More than 9,400 CCU students from across the country and the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction fueled by more than 120 student clubs and organizations. The University’s many international partnerships make it possible for students to study in places such as Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Greece, France, Germany, Japan and Spain.

Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent state university in 1993.

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Krista Peltier Named to Dean’s List for Academic Achievement at Elmira College for the Spring 2014 Term

ELMIRA, NY (05/23/2014)(readMedia)– Krista Peltier ’15 of Waterford is currently studying Sociology and Anthropology and Childhood Education at Elmira College.

Elmira College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college founded in 1855, located in Elmira, New York. The College has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,200 full-time students, of which twelve percent are valedictorians or salutatorians of their high schools or preparatory schools. Currently, there are 184 part-time undergraduate students and 136 graduate students at the College. Students come from 35 states and more than 20 countries.

Walker Receives Academic Prize at Bowdoin College

BRUNSWICK, ME (05/20/2014)(readMedia)– Lucy Walker, of Lyme, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 2014, was awarded the Richard P. Martel Jr. Memorial Prize at Bowdoin’s annual Honors Day ceremony, held May 7, 2014.

Walker is majoring in English and Visual Arts .

About Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in Brunswick, Maine, about 25 miles north of Portland. One of the oldest colleges in the nation, it received its charter in 1794. Bowdoin enrolls approximately 1,750 students from across the country and around the world.

Notable alumni include 14th U.S. President Franklin Pierce (class of 1824), writers Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (both 1825), African-American newspaper editor John Brown Russwurm (1826), Civil War hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1852), Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary (1877), former Senate Majority Leader and architect of the Ireland peace accord George J. Mitchell (1954), former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen (1962), and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson (1979).

Skidmore College Spring 2014 Commencement

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (05/20/2014)(readMedia)– The largest class in Skidmore College history–the 712 members of the Class of 2014–was recognized at the college’s 103rd Commencement May 17 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Kirsten Brink of Old Lyme received a BA degree Cum Laude

Megan Hennessey of Colchester  received a BA degree Cum Laude

Two distinguished individuals–evolutionary biologist and author Neil Shubin, host of this spring’s PBS miniseries Your Inner Fish, and Skidmore alumna Janet Lucas Whitman, a trustee emerita of the college–received honorary degrees at the ceremony. Each delivered brief remarks to the class.

Shubin is the best-selling author of Your Inner Fish: A Journey Through the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (Pantheon), which was the summer reading for Skidmore’s Class of 2014 and the foundation for the PBS series. His Commencement appearance marked something of a reunion for Shubin, who addressed the class early in their first year on campus. On Saturday he told them, “I hope that your time at Skidmore has opened up new ways of seeing for you. I hope it has cultivated your ability to see what is important to you, given you the tools to understand the hidden meaning of what you see, and, before you get too comfortable, to reveal to you how much you must continually jostle and challenge your established ways of seeing.”

Whitman, a member of Skidmore’s Class of 1959, was elected to the college’s board of trustees in 1994 and was board chair from 2008 until she retired in 2012. Whitman served two four-year terms as mayor of her hometown of Summit, N.J., where she was instrumental in raising funds for a new city hall and for renovations to the public library.

Her extensive volunteer experience informed her advice to the graduates. She urged them, “Say yes when asked to serve…It is the most satisfying privilege you can imagine, and volunteer service is what makes this country great.” Whitman added, “Continue to explore, engage in lifelong learning. Attack each challenge with a sense of purpose and a sense of humor.”

Following Skidmore tradition, a faculty member selected by the graduates delivered the commencement address. Peter McCarthy, field coordinator of the College’s Social Work Program and a member of the social work faculty, addressed the graduates, as did Linda Toohey, chair of the board of trustees, Xavier Hatten, president of the Class of 2014, and Skidmore President Philip A. Glotzbach.

Local residents named to University of Dayton’s Dean’s List

DAYTON, OH (05/19/2014)(readMedia)– The following local students were named to the University of Dayton‘s Dean’s List or Dean’s Recognition List for the 2014 spring semester.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, an undergraduate degree-seeking student must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA for that semester and must have been enrolled for 12 or more credits that semester.

To qualify for the Dean’s Recognition List, an undergraduate degree-seeking student must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA for that semester and must have been enrolled no less than six credits and not more than 11 and one-half credits that semester.

Kelly Connell of East Lyme was named to the Dean’s List

Julia Puscas of Colchester was named to the Dean’s List

The University of Dayton is a top-tier, national, Catholic, research institution. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), we focus on educating the whole person, connecting learning with leadership and service. Through student clubs, campus recreation, education abroad, research, service-learning and career preparation, students are encouraged to engage the world, developing a critical mind and compassionate heart.


USS Theodore Roosevelt

GROTON, Conn (April 29, 2014) - Twenty-five Sailors of “Class 14220” USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (SSBN-600), graduated from Basic Enlisted Submarine School, Friday, 2 May.

Seaman John Yumol was Class Honorman with a Grade Point Average of 96.50. John continues in the Apprentice Team Training pipeline.

Seaman Matthew Hathcock was recipient of the Submarine Heritage Award.

Seaman Eric Reinhart received the Navy Core Values Award for best exemplifying the standards and expectations of a United States Navy Sailor.

Seaman Apprentice Samuel Neumueller was meritoriously advanced because of his academic performance.

With Grade Point Averages of 90.0 or higher, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Tristan Ferguson, Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Keith Fanning, and Seaman Recruit Michael Wurster joined Seaman William Moore as Graduates with Distinction.

Basic Enlisted Submarine School is a six-week introduction to the basic theory, construction and operation of nuclear powered submarines. In preparation for an assignment, sailors receive instruction on shipboard organization, submarine safety and escape procedures.