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10th Annual Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-Off

Chef Paul Krawiec from the Octagon Restaurant at Mystic Marriott serves chowder to a festival attendee at Southern Exposure in Olde Mistick Village.

Chef Paul Krawiec from the Octagon Restaurant at Mystic Marriott serves chowder to a festival attendee at Southern Exposure in Olde Mistick Village.

The taste of chowder will benefit the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Emergency Food Pantry this Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Olde Mistick Village will take on a warm and welcome aroma as the merchants of Olde Mistick Village host their 10th Annual Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-Off.

Tickets are $1 for each 3 oz. cup of chowder – or you can purchase 12 tickets for $10. Tickets will be on sale the day of the event at a variety of locations throughout Olde Mistick Village.

Vicki Anderson, Executive Director of the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, says “There is no way to adequately state the importance of Cabin Fever to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center’s emergency Food Pantry.  We are currently feeding over 2,000 people in our local community of Mystic, North Stonington, Westerly, Pawcatuck and Stonington throughout the year.  We gave out  $493,024 worth of emergency food which is $55,000 more than last year.  We must be prepared to help feed our neighbors and Cabin Fever makes that possible. We are deeply grateful.”

Over 25 of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers will compete for top awards for Best Chowder. In addition to the People’s Choice Award a team of local media celebrities will be judging in the categories of 1) Most Creative Chowder; 2) Heartiest Chowder; and 3) Best Use of Regional Ingredients.  All awards will be presented on the same day by Senator Andrew Maynard and State Representative Diana Urban in the Meeting House in Olde Mistick Village at 5:00 p.m.

Over the years, the Chowder Cook-off has raised between $4,000 and $11,000. Lu Lupovich, chairperson for the event said “With the generous participation of over 25 restaurants this year, we just know we will exceed last year’s high of $11,000 raised – Cabin Fever really brings people together for a great event benefiting such an  important organization in our community.  It’s all about neighbors helping and feeding neighbors.”

Fun free family events will be going on all afternoon throughout the village.

Maynard Readies to Tackle Big Issues in New Session

Senator Maynard joins colleagues in House and Senate in welcoming the start of the 2013 Legislative Session.

Senator Maynard joins colleagues in House and Senate in welcoming the start of the 2013 Legislative Session.

State Senator Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington) took part yesterday in the opening of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2013 Legislative Session at the State Capitol.

He and his colleagues in the Senate were sworn in before joining members of the House for a Joint Session during which Governor Malloy gave his “State of the State” address. Senator Maynard praised the Governor’s emphasis on job creation and economic development.

“Every session we must make it our priority to protect small business and act as a catalyst for growth,” said Senator Maynard. “The initiatives we have undertaken in the last two legislative sessions have helped businesses create at least 35 jobs and retain more than 60 in the 18th Senatorial District alone. This is proof positive that state investment in small businesses can spark growth.”

The Governor began his speech by addressing the recent school shooting in Newtown, and Senator Maynard agreed that gun violence and mental health issues would be chief priorities for legislators in the new session.

“We were all sobered by the events which took place in Newtown, and I am committed to doing what is necessary to ensure that our communities are safer,” said Senator Maynard. “This is not a partisan issue, and I look forward to working across the aisle with both parties joining in this great effort.”

Overall, Senator Maynard said he had great hope for the next session. “We will be very busy this year. I am very much looking forward to addressing gun violence and mental health issues, helping to get Connecticut’s economy back on the right track, and working across the aisle to find common sense solutions to the problems we face. I am thrilled to be back and I am ready to work.”

Robert A. Granato Senior Annex Groundbreaking

story & photo
by Jessica Warzeniak

(l-r) Selectman William Brown, Town of Stonington, Robert Elmer III, Chairman, Stonington Commission on Aging, Bruce McDonald, President, Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Board of Directors, Carol Granato, wife of Robert Granato, Veronica Hunter, Community Development Specialist, State Dept. of Economic & Community Development, Representative Diana Urban, Senator Andrew Maynard, First Selectman Edward Haberek, Jr., Town of Stonington, and Virginia Turek dig the ceremonial first shovels at the groundbreaking of the new senior center to be built at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (PNC).

First Selectman Ed Haberek opened the ceremony by explaining that the senior center will “…encourage independence and productive aging, celebrate life’s experiences, and support intellectual and physical well-being.”

“The extension will be known as the Robert A. Granato Senior Annex,” announced Bruce on June 5. Bob served on the Board of the PNC for 15 years and could be found almost everyday at the center working on something. Unfortunately, he passed away before he could see this project completed. “Bob’s energy and dedication lives on,” said Bruce. “Bob jumped up and worked tirelessly to play a role, a part, to make this dream a reality.”

Stonington Historical Society Fourth of July Celebration

by Betsy Wade

The Stonington Historical Society will start its annual July Fourth celebration with a parade assembling in Wadawanuck Square in Stonington Borough at 9:45 a.m. Friday, July 4, with everyone, local people and visitors, encouraged to join. The march will end with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at Wadawanuck Square.

The grand marshal of the parade is Andrew Perry, a Navy veteran of World War II and long-time proprietor of the family business, Stonington Lumber. Andy, a past commander of the James W. Harvey Post 58 of the American Legion, sells copies of the 16-star, 16-stripe Stonington Battle Flag, a reminder of the Stonington militia’s victory over a British fleet in August 1814.

Senator Andrew Maynard will be among the state and local officials. At 10 a.m., the grand marshal, the color guard and people of all ages, some on bikes and trikes, motorized chairs, in strollers and wagons, some in costumes, some with dogs in full regalia, will march through the Borough. Everyone is encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

Kazoo and Hum Corps joins the parade with a unicycle, a bicycle built for two, and a calf, as a reminder of the event when the British tried to steal Stonington’s cattle during the Revolution. No one is ever sure who will join the parade. Local fire trucks and ambulances usually end it.

The parade will make its way down Water Street to Cannon Square, home to the cannons of 1814, and back up Main Street to the Free Library. There invited guests, veterans of World War II, will read the Declaration taking turns. The readers so far are William King Hooper, an Army veteran, and former Coast Guard SPAR Fran Edlund.

At the end of the reading, to honor the custom of a late president of the Historical Society, Victor T. Boatwright, the crowd will hail the new nation, shouting “God save these United States!” following with “A pox on King George!”

Andy, the grand marshal, is a familiar figure in town although Stonington Lumber, a fixture on Main Street near the viaduct, was closed in 2006 after 73 years in business. Andy graduated from Stonington High School in 1945. He joined the Navy and was out in a year. Soon he became one of the Perrys everyone consulted about how to fix the house, the yard or the fence. Andy is a long-time volunteer fire-fighter for the Pioneer Hook & Ladder Company.