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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.

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.