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Resident Winner: Winner Reports on ‘One Direction’

Family and friends applauded Delaney Gagnon, winner of two tickets to One Direction. Left to right are Delaney’s mother, Diane Gagnon; her grandmother, Sharon Gagnon, Delaney, and friend Victoria Fasano.

Family and friends applauded Delaney Gagnon, winner of two tickets to One Direction. Left to right are Delaney’s mother, Diane Gagnon; her grandmother, Sharon Gagnon, Delaney, and friend Victoria Fasano.

by Alexis Ann

It was an exciting promotion… Santa Tom Cantone, Vice President, Sports and Entertainment, Mohegan Sun, gave two SOLD OUT tickets to the One Direction show while the Resident and WBLQ partnered to get the good news out to the fans.  The fans wrote an essay on why they wanted to win the coveted tickets — and the winner is… Delaney Gagnon of Ledyard!

 


Delaney writes…

“At first winning the tickets was a shock of excitement. But getting into the actual concert was even more exciting than expected. Waiting for the actual show was agonizing; my five idols were meters away from me. But after an hour and a half wait they finally popped out of the stage. The whole stadium roared with cheers as they started to sing.

All during the show everyone was jumping and singing along. They were so funny and there definitely weren’t any down points on the concert. The stage itself was really cool, fireworks (yes, real fireworks), confetti, actual fire, and giant balls fell from the ceiling. My favorite part of the concert had to be during their song “Moments,” because the fans put on their phone lights and waved them around so the lights were all around the arena. It looked really cool!

There were a lot more exciting things during the concert, but I don’t think I could fit them all into one email! I just want to thank The Resident for giving me the chance to see One Direction —  Especially Santa Tom for getting the best tickets in the arena and promoting this all along.”

Love from a Directioner,
Delaney Gagnon

Year in Review: February – June 2012

Sue Murphy, Executive Director, Liberty Bank Foundation, opened the Business Breakfast at Three Rivers February 29, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Dominion Millstone Power Station, and Liberty Bank Foundation.Generational Diversity  Harnessed For Productivity

Sue Murphy, Executive Director, Liberty Bank Foundation, opened the Business Breakfast at Three Rivers February 29, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Dominion Millstone Power Station, and Liberty Bank Foundation.

 


Snip!  The new showroom of Grader Jewelers opened on March 30, on 217 Boston Post Road in Waterford. Peter, left, and Mark Grader wield the symbolic scissors at the ribboncutting along with Lorraine Grader, Don Stewart, and Linda Grader (center). Flanking them are State Senator Andrea Stillman, left, and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s President, Tony Sheridan, right, who honored the Grader family at the event.Grader Jewelers Sparkles With New Building In Waterford

Snip!  The new showroom of Grader Jewelers opened on March 30, on 217 Boston Post Road in Waterford. Peter, left, and Mark Grader wield the symbolic scissors at the ribboncutting along with Lorraine Grader, Don Stewart, and Linda Grader (center). Flanking them are State Senator Andrea Stillman, left, and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s President, Tony Sheridan, right, who honored the Grader family at the event.


(l-r) Herbert Lebowitz, West Hartford, Adolph Betterini, Avon, and Steve Cavallari, Kensington, take part in a meeting for the AmericanWarrior organization at the Rose City Senior Center. On May 26, the organization sent 100 World War II Veterans to see their national memorial for the first time. WWII Veterans: Day of Honor in Norwich Sees 100 Vets On DC Trip

(l-r) Herbert Lebowitz, West Hartford, Adolph Betterini, Avon, and Steve Cavallari, Kensington, take part in a meeting for the AmericanWarrior organization at the Rose City Senior Center. On May 26, the organization sent 100 World War II Veterans to see their national memorial for the first time.


Three generations of Whittles — Bob, Rick and Phil — are proud to carry on the family tradition of farming started by Robert Whittle in 1906.Willow Spring: A Whittle Tradition For Five Generations

Three generations of Whittles — Bob, Rick and Phil — are proud to carry on the family tradition of farming started by Robert Whittle in 1906.

 

 


On April 14, big scissors cut a big ribbon as young Ryan Hewes, assisted by Shari Holdridge Hewes and Mayor John Rodolico, symbolically re-open the Holdridge center in Ledyard. Left to right are Tony Sheridan (at microphone), Eric Kane, Mayor Rodolico, Ben Hewes, Ryan Hewes, Rep. Tom Reynolds, and Matt Hewes. Ryan is a sixth-generation Holdridge.Holdridge Helps Ledyard Stay Green

On April 14, big scissors cut a big ribbon as young Ryan Hewes, assisted by Shari Holdridge Hewes and Mayor John Rodolico, symbolically re-open the Holdridge center in Ledyard. Left to right are Tony Sheridan (at microphone), Eric Kane, Mayor Rodolico, Ben Hewes, Ryan Hewes, Rep. Tom Reynolds, and Matt Hewes. Ryan is a sixth-generation Holdridge.

 


(l-r) David B. Moorehead, Executive Director, Waterford Country School, and Scott Gladstone, owner of ten local Wireless Zone stores, holds the Community Service Award just presented to him at the School’s Recognition Night Dinner held at the Eugene O’ Neill Theater Center on May 23.Waterford Country School Recognizes Scott Gladstone

(l-r) David B. Moorehead, Executive Director, Waterford Country School, and Scott Gladstone, owner of ten local Wireless Zone stores, holds the Community Service Award just presented to him at the School’s Recognition Night Dinner held at the Eugene O’ Neill Theater Center on May 23.

 


L+M’s Friends and Family Celebrate a Century of Care

A sparkling gala for 2,000 friends and employees celebrated the hundredth anniversary of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital on May 19. A few of the celebrants were (l-r) Martha Garvin, Jackie Linicus, Cheryl Copp, Beth Landa, MaryBeth Jordan, Nancy Shepard, Kim Tassone and Katrina O’Camp-Sheehan.

A sparkling gala for 2,000 friends and employees celebrated the hundredth anniversary of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital on May 19. A few of the celebrants were (l-r) Martha Garvin, Jackie Linicus, Cheryl Copp, Beth Landa, MaryBeth Jordan, Nancy Shepard, Kim Tassone and Katrina O’Camp-Sheehan.

Students Raise Trout and Tilapia

Sean Coleman, General Manager of Grossman’s Seafood Inc., is happy to be selling fresh, locally raised rainbow trout like the one MacKenzie Coty, a junior at the Marine Science Magnet High School in Groton, participated in growing as part of her aquaculture program.

story & photo
by Anna Trusky

Area diners can now enjoy fresh, locally raised trout and tilapia, thanks to recently passed legislation that allows students from the Marine Science Magnet High School (MSMHS) in Groton to sell the fish they raise as part of their aquaculture curriculum to Grossman’s Seafood Inc.

Bill 5447 permits the Commissioner of Agriculture to license aquaculture facilities in the state to sell farm-raised aquatic animals—tilapia, rainbow trout, soft-shell crabs, oysters, and shrimp—to seafood distributors and restaurants in Connecticut. Stakeholders from MSMHS worked with State Senator Andrew Maynard to develop and pass the bill; before the students, teachers, and MSMHS Principal Dr. Nicholas Spera testified earlier this year, there was no law that allowed state aquaculture facilities to sell aquatic animals for food.

“Our MSMHS family is excited to acknowledge all the stakeholders who helped make this dream a reality,” Dr. Spera said. “We are proud of the hard work and efforts that were accomplished by our students, parents, staff, and community leaders, which allowed for the passing of this bill and for the sale of our fish.”

Thanks to his leadership in helping the MSMHS to develop Bill 5447, as well as to achieve the highest CAPT scores in Connecticut, Dr. Spera was honored with the William Cieslukowski Outstanding First-Year Principal of the Year Award from the Connecticut Association of Schools at their annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. The award is named after a late Killingworth elementary principal who was known for his leadership.

MSMHS acknowledged all those who were instrumental in creating and passing the bill, including Senator Maynard and Senator Andrea Stillman; David Carey, director of the CT Bureau of Aquaculture; Dr. Virginia Seccombe, executive director of LEARN; and Sean Coleman, general manager of Grossman’s Seafood.

“This is just the beginning,” said Senator Stillman. “I wish you great success, and I thank Grossman’s for selling locally grown fish.”

After the ceremony, a few dozen students trooped off to the aquaculture lab, followed by state legislators, representatives from Grossman’s, teachers and administrators, and a phalanx of reporters and photographers. When they got to the lab, the students donned special bright-orange gloves—not a pre-Halloween touch, but to make it easier to capture the wriggling fish. Then the intrepid students caught, weighed, and measured several hundred slippery tilapia and trout!

Junior Hayly Fogg of Ledyard recorded the statistics as they were called out by classmates who were measuring and weighing the wriggling critters. The fish ranged between 24 and 26 centimeters and 125 to 200 grams. “They can get bigger, but this is a good restaurant size,” she said as she jotted down numbers.

Once they’d been checked for size, the fish were plopped into buckets so they could be put on ice for shipping to Grossman’s. Hayly’s classmate MacKenzie Coty, who was putting the fish into the buckets, managed to hold onto a slippery trout long enough to have her photo taken. “I’ve really learned a lot,” she said.

Always willing to pitch in, Senator Maynard removed his blazer, rolled up his sleeves, and helped catch a few fish. “I can handle this—I grew up in Noank,” he said with a chuckle. “I remember fishing off the docks for fluke when I was a kid. I kind of miss it!”

Sean Coleman said, “I’m very excited to have this opportunity to sell locally raised fish. Our industry is changing through depleting stocks in the wild and increasing government regulations. To see this happening locally is incredible!” The fish are available in Grossman’s stores as well as in the restaurants Grossman’s supplies. Bill Hendriks, Executive Chef of Grossman’s catering business, is coming up with delicious recipes for customers to enjoy during the holiday season and all year-round.

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Bensko Earns Dean’s List at Berklee College of Music
Bradley Bensko of Gales Ferry is on the Dean’s List at Berklee College of Music, having done superior work for the summer semester of the 2012 academic year. The Berklee curriculum, focusing on practical career preparation for the music industry, was founded on the principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music.

Lydia Rose Krause  of  Colchester Enrolls at Clemson University
Lydia Rose Krause of Colchester recently enrolled at Clemson University. Krause is majoring in Biological Sciences. Krause is among nearly 3,400 freshmen at Clemson for the fall semester.

Ledyard Resident  Amanda  Hutchinson Inducted into Honor Society at Ithaca College
Amanda Hutchinson, of Ledyard, was inducted into Ithaca College’s Oracle Honor Society in November. First-year students who maintain a GPA that puts them in the top 10% of all students in their school throughout their first full academic year are invited into the society. Hutchinson is majoring in Journalism in the college’s Park School of Communications.

ECSU Students Design Posters for Windham Hospital Auxiliary Gala
Ten Eastern Connecticut State University students recently participated in a poster project as part of Visual Arts Professor June Bisantz’s Eastern Design Group course. The students designed posters for the Windham Hospital Auxiliary’s 17th Annual Autumn Gala, which was held recently at the Marriott Hotel in Hartford.

Sean Duggan ‘13 of Norwich (Visual Arts), Robert Gaines ‘13 of Uncasville (Visual Arts), and Kaitlin Morris ‘13 of Waterford (Visual Arts) were three of the students who designed posters for the event.

The posters reflected a Veterans Day and World War II-era theme for the event, “Sentimental Journey,” which raised funds for a local women’s health center. Each student created two posters. The students’ posters can be viewed here.

Local Residents Selected to Serve as RAs at Saint Michael’s College
Cameron Gonzalez, son of Ms. Beverly A. Gonzalez of Groton, a sophomore psychology major who graduated from Robert E. Fitch Senior High School before coming to Saint Michael’s, was selected for the 2012-2013 academic year as a Resident Assistant for the Office of Student Life at Saint Michael’s College, a liberal arts residential Catholic college located in Burlington, Vermont, one of the top 10 college towns in the country.

Resident assistants are selected from the entire Saint Michael’s undergraduate student population on the basis of faculty and staff recommendations. They display excellent leadership abilities, maturity and likelihood of being good role models for their peers. As a resident assistant, he or she lives in a campus residence hall and is readily available to help students.