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Best of Bauer: Chelsea Groton Bank Doing Well While Doing Good

GROTON, Conn. – BauerFinancial, Inc., the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm, proudly announced that Chelsea Groton Bank, New London County, CT, has again been awarded its highest (5-Star) rating for financial strength and stability. Earning a 5-Star rating indicates Chelsea Groton Bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more. Earning and maintaining this top rating for 105 consecutive quarters, especially in this environment, makes its accomplishment even more impressive. The “Best of Bauer Bank” designation is reserved specifically for banks, like Chelsea Groton Bank, that have earned Bauer’s highest rating consistently for 25 consecutive years or longer.

“That’s a noteworthy accomplishment in the best of times,” boasts Karen Dorway, president of the research firm. “Today, it speaks volumes. How do they do it? A solid sense of community, working one on one, providing solutions to people who need it - that’s the mark of a true community bank. Chelsea Groton Bank’s team members have been right there on the frontlines doing whatever they could to help their neighbors and friends throughout the pandemic. And, they’ve done it all without compromising the strength of the institution itself. That’s doing well while doing good.”

Chelsea Groton Bank was established in 1854 and has been working side by side with neighbors and friends for 166 years. Today, its guiding principles and can-do attitude are more important than ever as Chelsea Groton continues to be there for the people and businesses in the community. Currently, Chelsea Groton Bank operates through 14 retail bank branches in Southeastern Connecticut, a lending office in Hartford County, and online at chelseagroton.com.

About BauerFinancial, Inc.

BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution can pay for or opt out of a BauerFinancial rating. Star-ratings are all available for free at bauerfinancial.com.

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.1 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education classes. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Michael G. Whitehouse installed as Groton Rotary President

GROTON – Michael G. Whitehouse is the new President of the Groton Rotary Club. He was installed as the club’s new leader at an induction ceremony at Washington Park.

Other officers taking the oath of service for the 2020-21 Rotary year are: Anas Tarraboisi, President-Elect; Lea Doran, Treasurer; and Cindy Olsen, Secretary.

The Board of Trustees members for the next year are: R. B. Kent, Jr., John P. Silsby, Richard B. Kent, Lian Obrey, Frank E. Winkler and Gary Weale.

Reflecting on the year ahead, Whitehouse stated, “My goal for this year is to increase our engagement with other organizations in the area, and to position ourselves as a resource of anyone doing good in the Groton community and beyond.”

The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

More information about membership in the Groton Rotary Club can be obtained by contacting Club President Michael G. Whitehouse at michael.g.whitehouse@gmail.com.

The club’s website is grotonrotary.org

The Arc Eastern Connecticut Receives Donation from EB Employees’ Association

The Electric Boat Employees’ Community Services Association has generously awarded $1,995 to The Arc Eastern Connecticut for a “SmartBoard” white board for use at both its Norwich and Danielson locations. This interactive training tool will allow Board Members, managers and new employees to participate fully in strategic planning exercises, intensive pre-employment training, and information sharing as the agency continues to address the challenges presented by the pandemic that affect critical supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in eastern Connecticut.

To learn more about The Arc Eastern Connecticut and its programs throughout the region, and for weekly agency updates and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit TheArcECT.org or contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.

Contact: Andrea Kaiser

The Arc Eastern Connecticut

akaiser@thearcect.org

860-889-4435 x118

TheArcECT.org

"It Takes a Village” Fair!

68th Annual Stonington Village Fair features fair traditions in non-traditional format.

The Stonington Community Center’s (COMO) 68th Annual Stonington Village Fair will not take place on Wadawanuck Square on August 1this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, the community can look forward to this year’s non-traditional “It Takes a Village” Fair! This celebration will include experiences to capture the quintessential Village Fair festivities including a virtual artisan row, a chalk art contest, pottery and sweet bread sales, flower bouquets for sale and a blow-out 50% off sale at COMO Thrift on Fair day, Saturday August 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The community can shop artisan row virtually this year on the COMO website, thecomo.org/virtual-fair-artisan-row, which includes photos, links and information about local artisans and their products. On August 1 at 10 a.m., viewers can tune into the Stonington COMO’s Facebook page for a live shopping event featuring a showcase of each artisan and the products they have for sale!

Chalk Art Contest

As a part of the fair celebration, the Stonington Community Center is inviting artists of all ages to take part in our Chalk Art Contest Fundraiser! Youth and adult artists are encouraged to draw a chalk art picture around the theme of “Better Together”, including the hashtag #Bettertogether. Submissions should be emailed to development@thecomo.org beginning July 15. Once submitted, community members can vote on their favorites, each vote costing $1. Voting ends September 1, 2020. There are three age divisions for the contest; Child (ages 3-12), Teen (ages 13-17) and Adult (ages 18+) with prizes being awarded to the submission with the most votes in each division. Rules and eligibility for this COMO fundraiser can be found at thecomo.org/stonington-village-fair.

About The Stonington Community Center

The Stonington Community Center, fondly known as the COMO, was founded in 1946, as a nonprofit with the goals of strengthening families and community. Over the years, the COMO’s 16-acre campus has grown to include its own classrooms, Thrift Shop, four decoTurf tennis courts, art and pottery studio, paddle tennis facility, and soccer fields. The COMO provides a wide range of educational, enrichment, athletic, family, and community partnership programs throughout the year. Located at 28 Cutler Street, the COMO has become an irreplaceable part of the Stonington community, serving countless children and families of the surrounding areas, regardless of financial need. For more information, visit www.thecomo.org.


Nature Center Announces Plans to Reopen Following COVID-19 Closure

Mystic, CT (July 7, 2020) — The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC) has announced plans to reopen after closing due to COVID-19 concerns on March 13.

The natural history museum at the Nature Center will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. In order to protect staff, summer campers, and visitors, DPNC’s buildings will remain closed to the public on weekdays.

“Now and always, the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, summer campers, and guests are our top priority,” said Davnet Conway Schaffer, executive director of the Nature Center, “Nature organically allows for physical distancing and access to nature has proven vital during this very stressful time. Our staff has worked hard to reopen our indoor exhibits and in-person programming on a limited basis.”

In addition to reopening for visitors, DPNC is resuming in-person programming for all ages, as well as offering programs online. In following Covid-19 guidelines from the State of Connecticut, the number of participants for each program are limited and preregistration is required. Adults must wear masks when attending programs or dropping off and picking up children. Children will not be required to wear masks. Everyone is required to use hand sanitizer or wash hands before the beginning of each class. Programs will be held outside, except in the event of rain.

For Visitors:

  • Per State of Connecticut guidelines, masks must be worn by visitors and staff. Disposable masks are available free of charge at the front desk.

  • Physical distancing of 6ft (the wingspan of a Turkey Vulture) should be practiced between groups at all times.

  • Guests are asked to follow directional and spacing signs indicated on the floor throughout the building.

  • Hand sanitizer is available for use in multiple locations.

  • Restrooms, surfaces, and high touch areas will be disinfected throughout the day.

  • DPNC’s employees are screened and check temperatures daily.

In the Exhibit Spaces:

  • The door to the beloved “Night in the Meadow” will remain open, with limited occupancy.

  • In place of hands-on exhibits, the Nature Center is providing “Explorer Kits”. One kit given per family or group, with a scavenger hunt to enjoy both indoors and outdoors, with a couple of hands on components to take home.

  • The boardwalk through the Wetland exhibit one way only, allowing for guests visit and look for their favorite frogs and turtles before moving on to the Meadow exhibits.

  • Visitors are welcome to visit the Birds of Prey, which are located in enclosures outdoors.

  • DPNC’s trails are currently open and, as always, free to the public. We ask that you please maintain physical distancing and have a mask with you. For a link to our trail map, click here.

Summer Nature Camp

Through the guidance of the State of CT Office of Early Childhood, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Camping Association, DPNC developed a plan to get children back to nature this summer with in-person Summer Nature Camp for ages 3-15. Camp began on June 29. Along with enhanced health measures, camp group sizes have been reduced.

For those that are not ready to be out in public, the Nature Center offers nature news and updates on DPNC’s animals as an Educator broadcasts live from the Nature Center on their Facebook page Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.

About the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

Since 1946, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic has provided visitors and community the opportunity to experience nature first hand in year-round programs for all ages and interests. Visitors can explore more than 10 miles of diverse trails and walk among 17th century stonewalls, woodlands, wetlands and meadows to enjoy views across the Mystic River and beyond connecting the main facility and Coogan Farm. At the DPNC’s main facility, guests can discover nature through meeting rehabilitated wildlife and natural history exhibits. The creation of the Coogan Farm in 2013 has added additional layers of education, history, and a Giving Garden that donates thousands of pounds of bio-nutrient rich produce to the food insecure of New London County each year. DPNC’s mission is to inspire an understanding of the natural world and ourselves as part of it – past, present and future.

Contact:

Cassandra Meyer-Ogren, Director of Marketing and Communications

cmogren@dpnc.org

401.339.8018

Westerly Community Credit Union donates $10,000 to the South County Health COVID-19 Relief Fund

Westerly Community Credit Union recently donated $10,000 to the South County Health COVID-19 Relief Fund.

This donation will help South County Health offset significant unbudgeted COVID-19 expenses, such as converting patient rooms to negative pressure rooms that meet infection control requirement for COVID-19 patients and supplying PPE equipment desperately needed by the frontline to keep patients and people who are caring for them, safe.

“Westerly Community Credit Union is greatly supportive of South County Health,” stated Stephen White, President/CEO of Westerly Community Credit Union. “We are very fortunate to have an organization of their caliber in our community and know how essential they are. We appreciate them and are happy to help support them, especially during these unprecedented times.”

“I can’t say enough about the community support South County Health has received during this COVID pandemic,” said Aaron Robinson, President/CEO of South County Health. “This generous donation from Westerly Community Credit Union comes at a critical time as patients are starting to return for medical care they’ve put off. Thankfully, this will help offset some of the costs associated with the additional protocols and safety measures we’ve put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

If you would like to support The South County Health COVID-19 Relief Fund through a personal or corporate donation, call (401) 789-8000. You can also donate directly online at https://www.southcountyhealth.org/quick-links/covid-19.

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution, focused not on profits, but on helping its members achieve financial success. It currently serves over 19,500 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Recent WCCU awards: #1 Best Bank in the Westerly Sun’s 2016, 2017, 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards; Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019) community service awards by the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce; as well as PBN Providence Business News Best Places to Work 2018-2019.

About South County Health:

The preeminent resource for health in Washington County, RI, and beyond. Supporting community-based initiatives that improve health, it encompasses four healthcare entities: South County Hospital, South County Home Health, South County Medical Group, and South County Surgical Supply. Accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), South County Health is a full-service healthcare resource located in southern Rhode Island, offering a comprehensive range of advanced inpatient, outpatient and home health services delivered by highly trained professionals. Quality care is our primary goal.

Kate Craig

Marketing Specialist

401-596-7000 Ext. 2142 | Direct: 401-637-4442 | Fax: 401-792-4624

KCraig@westerlyccu.com | Visit Us At: www.westerlyccu.com

4979 Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield, RI 02879

Groton Rotary Club Announces Annual Scholar Award Recipients

GROTON – The Groton Rotary Club has awarded $7,000 in 2020 Groton Rotary Scholar Awards to local graduating students.

Scholar Awards Chairman Gary Weale announced the awardees as follows:

Adelle Clark, the recipient of a $2,000 award donated by R. B. Kent & Son, Inc. for the Robert E. Fitch High School. She will attend Brown University in the fall.

Stephanie Weber, the recipient of a $2,000 award donated by Groton Utilities for the Marine Science Magnet High School. She will attend Lesley University in the fall.

Jared LaCross, the recipient of a $2,000 award, and Kaitlynn Brito, the recipient of a $1,000 award, donated by the Groton Rotary Club in concert with Brustolon Motors for the Ella T. Grasso Technical High School. Both awardees will attend the University of Connecticut in the fall.
The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

More information about membership in the Groton Rotary Club can be obtained by contacting Club President Michael G. Whitehouse at michael.g.whitehouse@gmail.com.

The club’s website is grotonrotary.org.

STONERIDGE RESIDENTS AND STAFF HOLD FUNDRAISER FOR ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

Porches at StoneRidge were festively adorned in purple week last week in recognition of The Longest Day, an annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Residents and staff participate in a community-wide game of Simon Says, dressed in purple, coming together to commemorate the Longest Day, an annual day of awareness and fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association.

MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT, July 2, 2020: The residents and staff of StoneRidge Senior Living decorated their patios and adorned themselves in purple clothing last week in recognition of The Longest Day, an annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” said StoneRidge Executive Director Kathleen Dess. “It’s a disease that affect young and old people alike, robbing them of their memories and diminishing their quality of life. Together, we raised money to help fund research.”

Numerous StoneRidge residents and staff were seen wearing purple and many residents decorated their porches in purple. Donations were collected for the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Resident volunteers Joe Benson, Mary Deyoung, Linda Ipsen, Anna Cardinali, Jilly Harned, Eve Chapin, Sally Phillips, Meg Raftis, Joyce Lanigan, Earline Goebel, Joan Weigle, and Beth Harding were assisted by staff members, Michael Langlois, CLS Director, Kate Hilbert, CLS Associate, joined Wellness Director Tracey Randolph to spearhead StoneRidge’s fundraising efforts which yielded over $1,300 in contributions.

This year’s contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association was especially meaningful in light of the cancellation of so many regional fundraisers due to COVID-19.

“Our lives are different this year in so many way that we could have never imagined,” said Randolph. “Even though we are self-quarantined, this fundraiser was a good reminder that there are still things we can do to make a difference in the lives of others. We remained socially distanced from one another but were brought together to fight for something that has affected so many people we know. It was one cause and we were one community, united against Alzheimer’s.”

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

StoneRidge is a senior living, life plan community in Mystic, CT. StoneRidge, situated on 32 acres, is next to 100 acres of conservation land at the corner of Jerry Browne and Pequotsepos Roads. A few miles from historic downtown of Mystic, CT, StoneRidge is conveniently located close to Olde Mistick Village, the Mystic Aquarium, the Mystic Seaport, the Nature Center and the Mystic Museum of Art. StoneRidge is managed by Life Care Services (LCS®), the leader in developing and managing senior living communities nationwide.
CONTACT:
Mary K. Talbot

401.245.8810

COMO’s Doris Muller Preschool Celebrates 2020 Graduates!

Graduates celebrate with families and teachers during drive-through ceremony

Stonington, CT - The Stonington Community Center (COMO) held a non-traditional graduation ceremony for the NAEYC-accredited Doris Muller Preschool on June 26. To adhere to COVID-19 restrictions, preschoolers and their families participated in a car parade graduation through the COMO parking lot. Although the day looked a little different from past celebrations, the spirit of celebration remained including the Stonington Police welcoming our little graduates with flashing lights and welcome waves into the COMO driveway. Pomp and circumstance played through speakers, the COMO Team cheered from the sidewalks and each graduate received a t-shirt, cap, yearbook and graduation diploma.

Doris Muller preschoolers were able to continuously connect with their teachers and peers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic through a google classroom set up while the COMO building was closed. The online classroom offered comprehensive curriculum, activities and lessons that students could complete at home while connecting with their teachers and classmates virtually. The online preschool classroom is available for purchase to all families who are looking for continued learning experiences for their children.

For more information about the COMO Preschool, including our online classroom, please visit www.thecomo/ourpreschool or email our Education Director, Priscilla Rouquayrol, at p.rouquayrol@thecomo.org. Ask about the Enrollment Reservation List for the next three school years at the Doris Muller Preschool.

About The Stonington Community Center

The Stonington Community Center, fondly known as the COMO, was founded in 1945, as a nonprofit with the goals of strengthening families and community. Over the years, the COMO’s 16-acre campus has grown to include its own classrooms, Thrift Shop, four decoTurf tennis courts, art and pottery studio, paddle tennis facility, and soccer fields. The COMO provides a wide range of educational, enrichment, athletic, family, and community partnership programs throughout the year. Located at 28 Cutler Street, the COMO has become an irreplaceable part of the Stonington community, serving countless children and families of the surrounding areas, regardless of financial need. For more information, visit www.thecomo.org.
For more information, contact:

Kathy Adami

Stonington Community Center

k.adami@thecomo.org

860.535.2476

The Arc Eastern Connecticut Receives Grant from Eastern CT Savings Bank Foundation

The Eastern CT Savings Bank Foundation presented The Arc Eastern Connecticut with a $1,387 grant to assist people with limited mobility at its day program in Norwich. The grant, in combination with a grant from the Dime Bank Foundation, will cover the costs of a hydraulic lift and sling to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, many of whom are medically fragile, move from place to place comfortably. The equipment is also extremely effective in preventing staff injuries caused by manually lifting people.

To learn more about The Arc ECT’s day services and its other programs throughout eastern Connecticut, please visit TheArcECT.org or contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.

The Arc Eastern Connecticut Receives Donation from Old Lyme

The Town of Old Lyme has awarded $750 to The Arc Eastern Connecticut to help support the agency’s Community Life & Advocacy program. CL&A provides recreation, socialization, self-advocacy, job preparedness and civic engagement programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout eastern Connecticut. It is the only program of its kind in the region, and one of its components—a 35-member Volunteer Corps--helps at over 75 fundraising and community service events throughout the state annually. The Town of Old Lyme has been a crucial and committed partner of the agency for many years, and a number of residents and their families take advantage of its many day, residential, and employment programs.

To learn more about The Arc Eastern Connecticut and its programs throughout the region, and for weekly agency updates and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit TheArcECT.org or contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.

The Arc ECT Receives Donation of Face Shields

Clarity Output Solutions (COS), formerly Premier Printing Solutions, has donated 200 face shields to The Arc Eastern Connecticut, for use in the agency’s 22 supported residences for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. COS has been a longtime partner of The Arc ECT and is assisting local nonprofits in addressing issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic by securing high-end PPE for both staff and participants.

To learn more about The Arc Eastern Connecticut and its programs throughout the region, and for weekly agency updates and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit TheArcECT.org or contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.

Contact: Andrea Kaiser

The Arc Eastern Connecticut

akaiser@thearcect.org

860-889-4435 x118

TheArcECT.org

Westerly Community Credit Union donates $10,000 to the Westerly Hospital Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund

Westerly Community Credit Union recently donated $10,000 to the Westerly Hospital Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund.

This donation to the Westerly Hospital Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund will directly help Westerly Hospital provide critical support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Support for patient care includes testing, medication, medical supplies, and staff support. It will enable the hospital’s clinical staff to sustain their resilience and continue to provide safe, high-quality care to their patients and the community. This COVID-19 Response Fund is designed to provide assistance as needs continue to be identified.

“Community organizations need to support each other, especially during hard times,” stated Stephen White, President/CEO of Westerly Community Credit Union. “We are lucky to have Westerly Hospital caring for many in the community. We appreciate them and are happy to help support them, especially during these unprecedented times.”

“As gifts to the hospital have been received during the crisis, a colleague recently expressed the feeling we’ve all shared: “This is a reminder of how much we are supported by our community. They are caring for us and, in turn, helping us care for our patients.” “And it’s so true. The Hospital is fortunate to have the backing of the community always and for many years. Under these circumstances, it becomes even more important and more poignant. To have the support of the Westerly Community Credit Union means a great deal to us,” said Nicholas Stahl, Executive Director of the Westerly Hospital Foundation.

If you would like to support the Westerly Hospital Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund through a personal or corporate donation, contact Nicholas Stahl at Nicholas.Stahl@WesterlyHospital.org or (401) 637-4710. You can also donate directly online at https://www.westerlyhospital.org/donors.aspx.
About Westerly Community Credit Union:

Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution, focused not on profits, but on helping its members achieve financial success. It currently serves over 19,500 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Recent WCCU awards: #1 Best Bank in the Westerly Sun’s 2016, 2017, 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards; Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019) community service awards by the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce; as well as PBN Providence Business News Best Places to Work 2018-2019.

About Westerly Hospital:

Westerly Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, is a 125-bed hospital that has been providing residents of southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in a community hospital setting for more than 90 years. Westerly Hospital patients receive the finest quality treatment in the following areas of care: emergency, medical, surgical, radiology, laboratory and rehabilitative services. The hospital also offers heart and vascular care, interventional pain management, wound care, pulmonary rehabilitation services, inpatient geriatric psychiatric care and comprehensive cancer care provided through the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center. All inpatient rooms are private. westerlyhospital.org.

2020 College Scholarship Awardees Announced!

The COMO congratulates Stonington students

Stonington, CT - The Stonington Community Center (COMO) annually awards college scholarships to Stonington youth pursuing a higher education. This year a total of $37,100 was distributed to 49 youth from the six college scholarship funds the COMO manages without fee.

Recipients of the Hendricks Whitman Award and scholarship include COMO Junior Leaders Vanessa Benjamin, Trevor Fornara and Russell Olson. Grace Conti received the Mary H. Boatwright Endowment Fund Scholarship. Recipients of the Robert and Doris Ramsbotham Scholarship Endowment Fund include Chloe Chenot, Krista Jones, Claire Leamon, Elizabeth Yarnall and Izadora Yarnall. Recipients of the Frank Turek Scholarship Endowment Fund are Isabella Basile, Ashley Culver, Madison Geiger, Emma Grimsley, Emily Lewis, Nicholas Moukawsher and Samantha Narducci.

The Josh Piver Scholarship was awarded to Will Canella. Stonington students that received scholarships from the Francis Drake Endowment Fund include Emma Anderson, Lily Anderson, Evan Boisoneau, Emmett Breen, Ava Brunnock, Andrew Castagliulo, Heidi Chapell, Elizabeth Conger, Beatrice Cox, Tyler Fidrych, Lillian Flack, Sarah Flakus, Trevor Fornara, Benjamin Fyke, Eliza Gilbert, Abigail Gibson, Connor Hall, Connor Hennessey, Lucas Holliman, Kathyrn Logel, Isabella McCarthy, Isabella McClure, Brenna McNeil, Audrey Mejza, Russell Olson, Jacob Park, Derek Raymond, Una Schaffer, Maggie Spadardo, Iris Wainston, Cole Wilbur and Kaira Wiltshire.

For more information about these annual college scholarship opportunities and eligibility requirements, students should visit www.thecomo.org/scholarships.

About The Stonington Community Center

The Stonington Community Center, fondly known as the COMO, was founded in 1945, as a nonprofit with the goals of strengthening families and community. Over the years, the COMO’s 16-acre campus has grown to include its own classrooms, Thrift Shop, four decoTurf tennis courts, art and pottery studio, paddle tennis facility, and soccer fields. The COMO provides a wide range of educational, enrichment, athletic, family, and community partnership programs throughout the year. Located at 28 Cutler Street, the COMO has become an irreplaceable part of the Stonington community, serving countless children and families of the surrounding areas, regardless of financial need. For more information, visit www.thecomo.org.

For more information, contact:

Katherine Adami

Stonington Community Center

k.adami@thecomo.org

860.535.2476

Attend a Virtual Seminar on Social Security and Your Retirement

Regardless of when you plan to retire, Social Security will likely be an important part of the road ahead. But many individuals don’t realize there are options to consider when it comes to collecting Social Security. The decisions you make now could help you get more out of your benefits. Are you looking for more information about how to make the most of your Social Security benefits?

Join us for an educational seminar on Social Security and Your Retirement to be held virtually on July 13th from 6 — 7 p.m.

Your plans for drawing Social Security are a critical financial decision, and if you know the rules of the road, it can make a big difference in the success of your retirement journey. Whether it’s the timing of starting Social Security, or options for you and your spouse to coordinate your income plans, the path you follow could help you get the most out of your benefits. This seminar will address these issues and answer more of your questions:

  • What are the rules for collecting your Social Security benefits?

  • How can spouses coordinate their benefits and possibly receive more?

  • Are there different routes to take that could potentially increase your benefit amount?

  • How can Social Security fit within your overall retirement income plan?

This no-cost, no-obligation virtual seminar is hosted by Wayne Lagasse, Vice President, Wealth Management, MEMBERS Financial Services at Westerly Community Credit Union.

For more information or to reserve your place, visit www.westerlyccu.com. Space is limited, so make your reservation today.

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Representatives are registered, securities are sold, and investment advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI), member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor, 2000 Heritage Way, Waverly, Iowa 50677, toll-free (800) 369-2862. Nondeposit investment and insurance products are not federally insured, involve investment risk, may lose value and are not obligations of or guaranteed by the financial institution. CBSI is under contract with the financial institution, through the financial services program, to make securities available to members. CBSI is a registered broker/dealer in all fifty states of the United States of America. The information provided in this seminar is for general purposes only and should not be considered an individualized recommendation or personalized investment advice. Each investor needs to review an investment strategy for his or her own unique situation before making any investment decision. Always consult with an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation.

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Kate Craig, Marketing Specialist

401-596-7000 Ext. 2142 | Direct: 401-637-4442 | Fax: 401-792-4624

KCraig@westerlyccu.com | Visit Us At: www.westerlyccu.com

4979 Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield, RI 02879

Mystic Seaport Museum Presents A Way with Wood: Celebrating Craft

New Exhibition Opens July 3

Mystic, Conn. (June 25, 2020) — Mystic Seaport Museum will open a new exhibition, A Way with Wood: Celebrating Craft, on July 3, 2020.The show will introduce visitors to the many ways people transform one of nature’s most malleable materials to objects of utility, art, and beauty. It will be on display in the Thompson Exhibition Building’s Collins Gallery.

At the core of the exhibition will be a boat-restoration and boat-building demonstration staffed by shipwrights from the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. For this exhibition, the shipwrights will carry out different projects over the course of the show. The first will be a restoration of Afterglow, the tender to the Museum’s schooner Brilliant. Following will be the completion of a restoration of the Woods Hole spritsail cat Sandy Ford, and then the construction of a new dory for the L.A. Dunton. Little to no power tools will be used; the focus will be on work using hand tools.

Complementing the shipwrights’ work is a section where outside artisans will be invited in for periods to set up shop to practice and share their craft with the public. This changing stable of woodworkers might feature a variety of different disciplines: woodcarving, furniture making, sculpture, and model making are some of the possibilities.

Throughout the 5,000 square-foot gallery, there will be rotating displays of objects from the Museum’s collections, such as rare tools, unique carvings, small boats, photographs, and other artifacts that illustrate the wide range of ways wood has been shaped by the artisan’s hand.

The displays in A Way with Wood will change as new projects, artisans, and objects rotate in and out. The exhibition is intended to evolve over time and provide different views into the world of craftsmanship and wood.

“Warm, renewable, flexible, strong – the remarkable qualities of wood have appealed to countless generations, making it the traditional go-to material for crafting boats, buildings, furniture, and much more” says Director of Exhibits Elysa Engelman. “We’re excited to be using our largest and newest gallery to show-off our staff skills and our collections, by celebrating woodcraft and the craft of woodworking in a maritime setting.”

A Way with Wood replaces the previously announved SALT: Tracing Memories, an installation by Japanese artist Motoi Yamaoto, which was scheduled to open April 26. That exhibition was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SALT is tentatively rescheduled for spring 2021.

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum, founded in 1929, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. In addition to providing a multitude of immersive experiences, the Museum also houses a collection of more than two million artifacts that include more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

SURVIVAL SYSTEMS USA, THE LEADER IN UNDERWATER EGRESS SURVIVAL TRAINING, PARTNERS WITH ENSA NORTH AMERICA TO DEVELOP HIGH LEVEL WIND TURBINE TRAINING IN GROTON, CT

Working at Heights, Towering Above the Rest, Survival Systems Unveils 28 Foot Outdoor Training Tower

June 24, 2020: Groton, CT: With the wind at their back, Survival Systems USA embarks on a new venture into Wind Energy Training. In partnership with ENSA North America, Inc., the foremost specialist training provider for safe access and rescue programs specific to the wind industry, Survival Systems USA will bring cost-effective, certified quality, fastest to compliance training with its wind energy training and purpose-built mobile tower located in Groton, CT.

Wind Power Generation is a global industry and safety is the #1 priority for companies operating within this space. The Global Wind Organization (GWO), founded by leading turbine manufacturers, owners and operators, sets the safety standards and protocols for companies like ENSA and now Survival Systems to follow.

Survival Systems USA, primarily known for assessing over-water risks for organizations while providing underwater egress and survival training to a host of industries including life safety, military, aviation, law enforcement, leadership & team development recognized the synergies between the two types of training and approached ENSA to partner, giving ENSA a strong presence on the East Coast. Survival Systems has received certification as an ENSA training partner to become a Global Wind Energy training provider for work at height, first aid, manual handling, fire awareness and rigger signal person programs.

“Our ENSA training partners are responsive, resourceful, forward-leaning, and focused on safety. We found a significant synergy between our two entities – a synergy that has allowed us to develop GWO training accessibility on the East Coast and which will allow us to expand those capabilities to meet the growing demand with offerings such as GWO Sea Survival.” – Maria C. Hanna, CEO, Survival Systems USA, Inc.

“ENSA is extremely proud of our partners and Survival Systems USA Inc. as a group of dedicated professionals is undisputedly ENSA quality.” - Rob Siegel, Executive Director, ENSA-North America.

Wind Energy Courses to be offered in Groton include:

  • GWO 1002: Work at Height: For two days, personnel will gain basic skills to enable them to work at height and to meet emergency response training requirements. Participants learn how to use basic PPE, perform work safely at heights, and complete basic evacuations and rescues at night.

  • GWO 2002: Medic First Aid & Trauma at Height: This two-day training course follows the GWO’s lead for administering safe and effective first aid in the wind turbine environment by providing personnel the skills to identify and assess injury and illness, perform patient assessments and administer first aid.

  • GWO 101: Fire Awareness: Participants who complete this half-day program will possess an awareness of hazards encountered and how to mitigate these hazards within the wind industry. All aspects of fire prevention, fire safety, and the extinguishing of an initial fire are covered.

  • GWO 102: Manual Handling: This half-day course focuses on the practical skills required for safe manual handling behavior within a restricted area of movement found in the wind turbine environment.

  • GWO 1005: Global Wind Organization Basic Safety Training: An intensified 40-hour approach to training encompassing all the skill sets in GWO 1002, 2002, 101 and 102.

Hanna stated, “The modular approach to training fits well within our established model and lends itself to allow clients the maximum flexibility in selecting training options to meet their training requirements and travel limitations. The addition of the GWO training allows us to contribute to the workforce development in Connecticut as the region pivots to support the growth of the wind energy industry.”

Survival Systems USA is located across from the Groton New London Airport (KGON) in Groton, Connecticut.

“Survival Systems has been an important tenant partner and we are very pleased that they are bringing new, innovative services to their facility at Groton-New London Airport.” - Kevin Dillon, Executive Director, Connecticut Airport Authority.

Survival Systems is currently scheduling GWO training courses on a rolling basis. For more information on the GWO programs and other course offerings, visit www.survivalsystemsinc.com or call 860-405-0002.

Olde Mistick Village to Host Second Weekend of Drive-In Movie Nights

Mystic Luxury Cinemas Celebrates Return of Successful Drive-In Experience

Mystic, Conn. (June 22, 2020) – Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Luxury Cinemas today announced they will be hosting a second drive-in movie experience this Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th. Olde Mistick Village restaurants will be offering curbside dinner service for guests to enjoy before showtime. Net proceeds will go to benefit Stonington freshman Ben French and his family, who are recovering from a tragic accident in May.

“Due to the success of last drive-in movie nights we were able to donate $5,000 to our neighbors at Mystic Aquarium,” said Chris Regan, property manager of Olde Mistick Village. “We want to do everything we can to get our businesses back on track, but we also want to do everything we can for our neighbors in the community who are going through incredible challenges.”

This weekend’s drive-in experience will feature a showing of Mamma Mia on Friday, June 26th and Remember the Titans on Saturday, June 27th. Each drive-in ticket will also come with two free tickets to the newly renovated Mystic Luxury Cinemas. Guests will be allowed into the parking lot starting at 7 p.m. with all shows starting at 8:40 p.m. Tickets are $40 per car. Tickets must be purchased online at https://www.mysticluxurycinemas.com/ or on Fandango.

“We as a village and as a community have to keep thinking creatively if we are going to get through these tough times,” said Mystic Luxury Cinema Owner, Bill Dougherty. “Mystic Luxury Cinema and Olde Mistick Village have been a part of this community for decades. We are doing everything we can to ensure that our community emerges stronger and more connected than ever before.”

The 32’ by 17’ screen will be set up in Olde Mistick Village’s parking lot, and cars will each be separated by a parking space, allowing for guests to set up lawn chairs while maintaining social distancing from other guests. Staff equipped with masks and gloves will be on hand at all entrances and in the parking lot to ensure social distancing is being observed and to assist guests.

As one of the most unique shopping and dining experiences in Southeastern Connecticut, Olde Mistick Village provides a rare village-like atmosphere where guests and merchants can enjoy a rich community atmosphere, minutes away from downtown Mystic. Since its founding in 1973, Olde Mistick Village has welcomed guests from down the road and across the world to their unique colonial style village.

Media Contacts:

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Chelsea Groton Foundation Approves Record $451K in Grants During Single-Giving Cycle to Support Increased Need; Passes $4M in Giving Since Founding

GROTON, Conn. – The Chelsea Groton Foundation has provided over $4 million in total grants to the community since its founding in 1998. This spring, the Foundation approved a record $451,813 in grants to 85 non-profit organizations from Connecticut and Rhode Island. Over $85,000 was approved for organizations that needed emergency support for basic human needs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency funding included $50,000 to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut for their Neighbors for Neighbors Fund, $10,000 to the emergency food assistance program at Jonnycake Center of Westerly, and $7,500 to Operation Fuel for emergency energy grants for New London County residents. Due to the increased need across all giving categories, the Foundation approved the funding of over 30 more organizations than usual in a single giving cycle.

Also included in this dollar amount is a $100,000 grant to Norwich Community Development Corporation (NCDC) for Global City Norwich, a multi-year project of revitalizing Downtown Norwich, through multicultural events and entrepreneurship. This is the third year the Chelsea Groton Foundation has committed a $100,000 grant to the Global City Norwich program. Funds are used to identify and train entrepreneurs of many cultural backgrounds, build partnerships in order to help entrepreneurs find appropriate storefront spaces and funding for their businesses, and create a thriving downtown environment that will ensure increased traffic in area businesses.

“Chelsea Groton Bank has been a bastion of strength and support in Connecticut since before the Civil War. For more than 165 years, we have been serving our customers and communities through famines, storms, pandemics, crashes, wars and more. While the COVID-19 pandemic is a healthcare crisis, it also carries very serious economic implications. In recent months, our community and our world has witnessed a tremendous loss of life, as well as loss of jobs, businesses and non-profits who play critical roles in contributing to our shared community,” said Michael Rauh, President and CEO of Chelsea Groton Bank, and President of the Chelsea Groton Foundation. “I’m incredibly proud of the organizations who pivoted to find new ways to help and support people, even while socially distant.”

“When faced with these unique times, the Chelsea Groton Foundation Board responded by temporarily adjusting guidelines in order to provide financial support to more organizations in need, and to support those who previously received funding but hadn’t yet spent the grant for its intended purpose. We are proud to give to organizations that support basic human needs – hunger, homelessness and healthcare – as well as those that provide education, economic growth, arts and cultural experiences, and more, especially in this great time of need.”

There are 25 organizations that quickly adapted to develop programming that could serve their client-base under current circumstances, since the projects they had originally requested funding for could not be accomplished due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A few examples of endeavors Chelsea Groton Foundation is proud to fund include Bill Memorial Library which had to move their Girls Who Code program online; they shifted their grant request to cover the costs of purchasing laptops and hot spots so children who don’t have access to those tools could “check them out” from the library. The Eugene O’Neill Theatre is holding virtual celebrations of playwrights and mentoring activities and Expressiones Cultural Center has distributed art supplies to students in New London and invited them to participate in virtual family projects. Camp Horizons has adjusted programming to work with a smaller number of campers, while supplementing with distance learning and a new garden project. And the Norwich Historical Society is creating distance learning materials and a video series that connects Leffingwell House Museum’s collection with the Norwich Historical Society’s Walk Norwich Trails, in order to increase the organization’s storytelling capabilities while promoting Norwich’s rich history and heritage sites.

The Foundation reviews applications and awards grants two times per year. Each year, Chelsea Groton Bank and the Chelsea Groton Foundation support more than 300 local organizations through monetary gifts, grants, sponsorships, scholarships and employee volunteerism. More information, including a list of all spring grant recipients, is available at chelseagroton.com/CGFoundation.

About the Chelsea Groton Foundation

The Chelsea Groton Foundation was formed in June 1998 as a Section 501(c) (3) organization. Initially endowed with a $2 million donation from Chelsea Groton Bank, the Foundation has, to date, awarded over $4 million in grants to hundreds of scientific, educational and charitable organizations located within the Bank’s market area. To learn more, visit: chelseagroton.com/CGFoundation.

About Chelsea Groton Bank

Based in Groton, Conn., Chelsea Groton Bank is a full-service mutually owned bank with over $1.1 billion in assets. Chelsea Groton Bank’s products and services include consumer banking, business banking, mortgage and business lending, cash management, financial planning and financial education classes. With 14 branch locations throughout New London County and a Loan Production Office in Hartford County, Chelsea Groton Bank also provides online and mobile banking, 24-hour telephone banking, and nationwide ATM banking for individuals, families and businesses. To learn more, please visit chelseagroton.com. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Mystic & Noank Library to Offer Digital Tech Classes Free to the Public in July

The Mystic & Noank Library is offering technology classes remotely via Zoom in July. Participants may call or email the Library to request information about how to attend digital programs. Registration is required on our website to attend. A secure join link will then be sent to participants via email the day of the program.

Internet Privacy & Security

Monday July 13, 4 pm-5 pm

Do you know how to protect your private information online? Most of us don't. Learn some basics about just how much personal information is mined from you every time you use the Internet, and then develop strategies to keep that information private and secure. We will talk about how and when to trust a website with sensitive information, private browsing, private communications, and more. Please note that this meeting will not be recorded.

Fact Checking News Online

Monday July 27, 4 pm-5 pm

Information spreads online like wildfire, whether it's trustworthy information or not. A recent study of the Internet habits of 3000 Americans in the journal Nature: Human Behavior found that Facebook, in particular, referred people to untrustworthy websites 15% of the time, a rate many times higher than other social media platforms and search engines like Google. Regardless of how you find information, it's important to take the time to critically evaluate that information. In the spirit of the old adage, "You shouldn't believe everything you read," come learn about some helpful fact checking resources, learn more about how unreliable information circulates online, and start a discussion about meaningfully interrupting "echo chambers" online.

You can find more resources, technology tutorials, and assistance on the Mystic & Noank Library's website, YouTube channel, and on our social media platforms.

Visit our web page at www.mysticnoanklibrary.org, or find us at Mystic & Noank Library on Facebook.

Stay Safe: Less Virus Spreading with Contactless Credit Card Processing

Writting by: Al Valente, JetPay

The New Normal

As this is written many retailers are about to reopen in full after the long coronavirus lockdown. Although they’re "open for business" it remains to be seen just what will be the "new normal". The coronavirus is still around and a vaccine is out somewhere over the horizon. Both associates and customers will most likely feel squeamish coming back in close quarters again.

The goal now is to protect both employees and customers, and minimize unnecessary contacts of items that can spread infections. We've been lax to date, but now it's time to "amp up" our protections. How can merchants get paid while minimizing human exposure to virus carrying physical objects?

First, paper cash need to be reduced or go out entirely. Why would you want a stranger, not knowing where they've been, passing paper, i.e. cash, with their bare hands to you or your staff? Then, why would you want to count it, and handle it, and then physically deposited it to a bank?

Ask customers to not use cash. Years ago some airlines did away with collecting cash for products in flight for strictly efficiency reasons, so cashless can definitely work down here on the ground as well.

Second, let's look at the traditional way of getting paid with a credit card:

  • The clerk rings up the total on the cash register to calculate the total owed.

  • That amount is keyed into the credit card terminal.

  • The customer fishes into their wallet and pulls out a piece of plastic and hands it to the clerk.

  • The clerk, holding the card in their bare hands, then swipes or dips the card into the terminal and awaits for a confirmed authorization.

  • Then the clerk hands over a terminal printout for the customer to sign, grabbing a pen from the top of the counter.

  • Customer signs the printout and hands it back to the clerk.

  • The clerk then prints and gives the clerk a receipt printout.

With the addition of a contactless pinpad and raising the limit on requiring signatures on credit card transactions, a lot of "touch points" can be eliminated.

A Safer way to get paid by credit card:

  • The clerk still rings up the total on the cash register to calculate the total owed.

  • The clerk then keys that amount into the credit card terminal which is on their side of the Plexiglas barrier.

  • The amount owed is flashed on the pinpad facing the customer.

  • The customer fishes into their wallet and pulls out their "tap and go" credit card with the contactless icon and merely waves it over the screen to complete the transaction.

  • The transaction amount is less than the limit for signature required, so the customer does not need to sign anything.

  • The customer does not need a paper receipt because their bank or credit card company phone app already has the transaction available electronically.

  • Absolutely no touching takes place for payments.

The payments industry has relaxed the need for signatures on credit card transactions. You can work with your processor to raise the limit to a comfortable level of $25 or $50 or even higher.

These are just some very simple suggested changes in procedure to protect your customers and your staff. Stay safe.

FAQs:

What does the contactless pinpad cost?

The one-time purchase is around $225. Installations are typically free.

Are there added fees for contactless credit card transactions?

No, the same fees prevail regardless of contactless, chip insert, or swiping.

If I add this pinpad, what about my customers that only have chip cards?

The pinpad has a slot for dipping a chip credit card, and even a magnetic swiper for older credit cards.

What about debit cards that require a pin?

The pinpad has a keyboard for the customer to key their pin number directly in.

Can contactless pinpads accept Apple Pay and Android Pay?

Absolutely.

Are contactless transactions less secure?

No, they're very secure. In fact there are extra security measures when using Apple Pay.

Will using the pinpad as contactless be slower than inserting the chip?

No, it's actually much faster. It takes a while for the pinpad to read the security data on the chip; contactless cards use a fast passing token.

Can these pinpads be merely added to my current terminal?

That depends. If you own a VeriFone VX 520 or Ingenico iCT 220, then most likely yes. It merely requires a download by your processor to your terminal to activate the pinpad.

What if my regular customer doesn't have a tap and go credit card and wants to go contactless? If they have a smartphone that offers a wallet capability, they merely have to load their credit card info into their smartphone and then use that as tap and go.

Next Step:

What to learn more about using contactless processing? Contact us:

Al Valente

NCR / JetPay

Email us

Albert.valente@ncr.com

(860) 961-4987

About the Author Al Valente is a business consultant servicing New England and helps customers to make smart investment decisions in selecting their payments processing systems. He is an independent agent for NCR/JetPay, Upserve, and Choice Merchant Solutions.

Grab your masks and board the region’s water taxi for a fun and safe ride as the Thames River Heritage Park launches its fifth season

There will be a new tour and some favorites as well

NEW LONDON, Ct (June 16, 2020) The Thames River Heritage Park’s hop-on hop-off water taxi will launch its fifth season Friday, June 19, 2020, with new protocols, a new schedule, and new themed tours providing visitors and local residents a safe opportunity to enjoy fresh air, cool breezes, and summer family fun.

“Due to Covid-19 we are getting a later start to the season,” said Amy Perry, the park’s executive director. “This time has allowed us to put all our protocols in place so passengers can enjoy a comfortable and safe experience.” The boats will operate at 50% capacity, social distancing and masks are required.

“We have created a comprehensive Covid-19 plan following the CT Covid-19 compliance guidelines.” These can be found at https://www.thamesriverheritagepark.org/covid-19.

The water taxi will operate 11:40 am – 6:20 pm Friday – Sunday and holidays through September 13, 2020. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and Active Military with ID, and free for children 3 and under, the same as in past years.

Season passes – all rides all season are $50 for Adults and $30 for children 12 and under. Riders can board the boat from any of three landings sites: Fort Trumbull and City Pier in New London and Thames River Landing in Groton.

The Park will once again be offering boat and walking tours in July and August. “Women of the Thames” is a new tour celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. It features the stories of some of the women who have made significant historical and cultural contributions in the Groton-New London area. The tour will be offered as a boat and walking tour. Both will be led by Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald, a journalism faculty member at the University of Connecticut and author of two local history books.

Returning tours include:

• “Submarines, Battlefields, and Betrayers. Military Stories on the Thames.” From the vantage point of the river riders will hear stories about and understand the strategic value of this storied waterway and region. This tour sold out all weekends last year.

• “Canoe to Submarine.” This tour shares the tales of whaling, provisioning, privateering, defense, and the larger-than-life characters who made our heritage so colorful.

• “Revolutionary War Ghosts on the Thames.” Taking place on the 239th anniversary of Benedict Arnold’s notorious attack on New London and Fort Griswold. Passengers will travel the route of the Red Coats as we share the haunting tales of 1781 and the spirits that roam the port cities to this day.

The schedules have not been finalized at the time of this release. All tours are 90 minutes. With the exception of the $25 Revolutionary War Ghost tickets all tour tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children under 12 accompanied by an adult and are available at https://www.thamesriverheritagepark.org/boat-tours/. All tours leave from City Pier in New London.

With some of the historic sites in the park closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, visitors are encouraged to download the Park’s app featuring 5 audio tours. Download the izi.travel app and enter Thames River Heritage Park.

“The water taxi provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy our river and discover its treasures while so many of us will be spending our summer vacations close to home,” said Marian Galbraith, TRHP board president.

Vixen Ledge Marine LLC has returned to operate the water taxi. The company is owned and operated by Scott Arsenault of Voluntown. Arsenault has been a captain on the water taxi since the Park’s launch in 2016.

“Scott’s experience will make for a seamless launch this year. The Park and our visitors will benefit greatly from an operator who is intimately familiar not only with our operation but also with our navy boats themselves,” added Perry.

Perry expressed appreciation for individual supporters and its 2020 sponsors: Groton Utilities, Yale New Haven Health/L&M, Atlantic Broadband, The Day, Thames Valley Communications, The Garde Arts Center, Hall Communications and Chelsea Groton Bank.

About the Thames River Heritage Park:

The Park, created by an act of the Connecticut General Assembly, encompasses historic locations in New London and Groton linked by water and is unique since it lacks formal boundaries. The park operates a pair of former navy utility boats, known popularly as “liberty launches” and recently took possession of a third that is expected to go into operations next year.

Appropriately, the two craft in operation are named The New London and The Groton. Additional information may be obtained at: www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

The Schooner ARGIA to re-open with spacious sails, lots of fresh air

The ARGIA will begin its long awaited 2020 sailing season on Friday, June 26th. With warmer days approaching, this will be a welcome relief to many of us who have been stuck on land these past months.

ARGIA has received a Reopen CT Badge. We meet requirements for physical distancing, hygiene, sanitizing, personal protective equipment (PPE), training and much more. Outdoor recreation is currently considered one of the safest activities available. ARGIA offers a terrific, healthy outdoor experience and the flexibility to offer our trips in a safe manner. To ensure that our passengers maintain social-distancing, we have limited the seating, giving passengers ample room aboard the ship. With fewer people aboard, passengers will benefit from a more intimate and spacious trip like never before. Because space is limited, purchasing tickets ahead of time is highly recommended. The ARGIA sails 4 times a day, seven days a week, till mid- October. Call the office at 860-536-0416, or visit our website www.argiamystic.com to purchase tickets. Come join us for a safe, relaxing sail, and leave your worries behind. We look forward to welcoming you aboard the schooner ARGIA.

Westerly Community Credit Union 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Westerly Community Credit Union Scholarship Committee recently awarded (4) $1000 scholarships to local students of Chariho, Westerly and Narragansett High Schools.

Sydney Federico of Westerly, was awarded the Westerly Community Credit Union- Joseph N. Cugini Memorial Scholarship. The Joseph N. Cugini Memorial Scholarship is named on behalf of the Credit Union’s former president, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Joseph Cugini. Cugini retired in 2000 after 41 years of service to the Credit Union. Sydney will be attending the University of Rhode Island to pursue a degree in Pharmacy and Biology.

Georgina Lau of Westerly, was awarded the Westerly Community Credit Union- Robert M. Bewlay Memorial Scholarship. The Robert M. Bewlay Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of the Credit Union’s former Vice President, Robert M. Bewlay, for his 35 years of dedication and service to the Westerly Community Credit Union. Lau will be attending Providence College to study History.

Emma Sullivan of Bradford and Alison McCadden of Saunderstown, were each awarded a Westerly Community Credit Union College Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a high school graduate attending a four-year college or university. Emma will be attending Rhode Island College and has yet to declare her major. Alison will be attending Northwestern University and majoring in Journalism.

The Westerly Community Credit Union Board of Directors and staff, are proud to support these outstanding students with their post high school education.

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution, focused not on profits, but on helping its members achieve financial success. It currently serves over 19,500 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Recent WCCU awards: #1 Best Bank in the Westerly Sun’s 2016, 2017, 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019) community service awards by the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce, as well as PBN Providence Business News Best Places to Work 2018-2019.

Hartford HealthCare Announces Grant Recipients

By Elissa Bass

As the novel coronavirus spread across Connecticut from west to east, myriad nonprofits were being called upon to assist residents as illness struck, job losses mounted, and safety nets were strained.

Nonprofits both large and small have seen an increase in requests for help and an uptick in users, whether it’s food pantries, homeless shelters, or nature preserves. While managing the healthcare aspects of the virus, Hartford HealthCare is witnessing the important impact of these NPOs.

“These small organizations do really mighty work,” said Donna Handley, President of Hartford HealthCare’s East Region, which includes Backus and Windham Hospitals, and Senior Vice President, Hartford HealthCare. “As an organization, we were planning to make a donation to five nonprofits in southeastern Connecticut to celebrate the opening of our newest HealthCenter in Mystic. But with the onset of the coronavirus and the resulting social services crises we have seen, we are speeding up the timetable because of the need.”

The amount of the grants - $2,020 – was chosen to commemorate the opening of the Mystic HealthCenter this year. HHC’s Mystic HealthCare HealthCenter, located on Perkins Farm Drive, opened at the end of January. It is home to primary care, cardiology and vascular services, neuromuscular services, neurosurgery, pain management, movement disorders, imaging, and rehabilitation therapy. An official grand opening had been planned for June, when the grants would have been announced.

But the pandemic put a hold on the grand opening, while simultaneously underscoring the important work these organizations do in the region, so Hartford HealthCare will make the donations as soon as possible.

Two of the nonprofits in particular are meeting immediate needs, Handley noted: the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center’s Food Bank, which has seen more clients every week as employers have laid off and furloughed workers. And the Stonington Community Center, which is using its Luzbot TAZ 6 3D printer and the Glowforge Plus laser-cutter to produce 3D-printed protective face shields for first responders and healthcare workers, has already made and delivered 40 shields to frontline workers.

Additionally, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s Giving Garden at Coogan Farm has had to delay planting. Last year, the Giving Garden grew and donated more than 6 tons of fresh produce to the Gemma Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank, which helps feed New London County’s 23,000 food insecure residents.

Davnet Shaffer, executive director of the Nature Center, said the garden uses 4,000 volunteer hours to help plant, tend and harvest produce. But with social distancing rules, plantings have not begun.

Betty Smith, executive director of Always Home, which prevents family homelessness, noted that “In the days, weeks and months ahead, we expect to see an increased number of families at risk of homelessness” because of the employment and social fallout of the virus.

Recipients of the $2,020 grants are:

Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, Weekender Backpack Food Program for Children. The Weekender Backpack Food Program for Children benefits about 300 children residing in Mystic, Stonington, North Stonington and Westerly. Each child receives a “backpack” every Friday containing about 45 pounds of food to make breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menus change weekly.

Stonington Community Center, Youth STEAM and Makerspace programs. Hundreds of kids each year cycle through these programs, which are growing in popularity. The programs include Girls Who Code, Tinkering Tuesdays, Design for 3D Printing, and Family Maker Fridays (includes laser cutting and other activities).

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s Giving Garden at Coogan Farm. DPNC’s Giving Garden grows fresh produce to benefit New London County’s 23,000 food insecure residents via the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center, which distributes food to 63 programs that serve 91 feeding sites across the county. The Garden, run by volunteers, donates more than 6 tons of food annually.

Always Home, Wheels to Work program. Always Home’s mission is preventing family homelessness. The organization serves families with minor children, with a particular emphasis on helping parents achieve stability so that they can focus on the well-being of their children. The Wheels to Work program provides funding for needed car repairs or service, and also purchases cars for families when needed.

Groton Community Meals. This collaboration of local churches provides a hot meal every Monday and Wednesday night to anyone who needs it at two locations in Groton. The organization exists entirely with donations and volunteers. It feeds between 100 and 150 people each week.

The Arc Eastern Connecticut Receives Grant from the Chelsea Groton Foundation

The Chelsea Groton Foundation has awarded The Arc Eastern Connecticut a $785 grant to offset costs of maintaining its garden area and aquaponics program during the closures mandated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the closure, staff and residents of the home where the garden is located will be taking care of the fish and growing towers, and producing a variety of vegetables for 93 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live in The Arc ECT’s 22 supported residences around eastern Connecticut. The Foundation’s grant will help the garden—and the team working there—to improve and maintain its soil quality and keep pace with the growing season in what has been a difficult year for larger-scale gardens everywhere.

To learn more about The Arc Eastern Connecticut and its programs throughout the region, and for weekly agency updates and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit TheArcECT.org or contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.

Pfizer, Inc. Awards Training Grant to The Arc Eastern Connecticut

The Pfizer, Inc. and Connecticut Labs Community Grants program has awarded $1,995 to The Arc Eastern Connecticut for the purchase of an interactive white board for staff training, Board development, and continued strategic planning.

“This award couldn’t have come at a more crucial time,” noted Laurie Herring, The Arc ECT’s Chief Operations Officer. “We’ve been developing creative ways to interact with the people we support who aren’t able to come to programs due to the pandemic. Staff communication, planning, and increased training has become even more essential to insure that people with IDD continue to receive quality services while keeping everyone healthy and safe, and this training equipment will address a hots of communications challenges. Pfizer’s Community Grants program has been a tremendous asset to both our agency and other agencies throughout the region.”

To learn more about The Arc Eastern Connecticut and its programs throughout the region, and for weekly agency updates and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit TheArcECT.org or contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.

The Arc Eastern Connecticut Receives Neighbors for Neighbors COVID-19 Assistance

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut awarded $11,500 to The Arc Eastern Connecticut through its newly created Neighbors for Neighbors fund, established to address urgent needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arc ECT will now be able to purchase sufficient PPE (masks, gowns, gloves) for staff and residents of the agency’s 22 supported homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), as well as team members who are making home visits to participants who are currently quarantined with their families or caregivers.

“The Community Foundation is providing an incredible service to eastern Connecticut in the form of this program,” said Kathleen Stauffer, The Arc’s CEO. “At the outset of this crisis they reached out immediately to local agencies like ours to find out what they could do and where the need was greatest, in order to keep all residents of eastern Connecticut safe and healthy. We couldn’t be more grateful.”

To learn more about The Arc Eastern Connecticut and its programs throughout the region, and for weekly agency updates and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit TheArcECT.org or contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.

Contact: Andrea Kaiser

The Arc Eastern Connecticut

akaiser@thearcect.org

860-889-4435 x118

TheArcECT.org

Mystic Seaport Museum and Discovering Amistad to Partner on Anti-Racism, Diversity Programming

Mystic, Conn. (June 9, 2020) -- Mystic Seaport Museum and Discovering Amistad announce today they are collaborating to develop new programs to combat racism and promote diversity. The schooner Amistad, docked for the summer at the museum, will be a platform for education, discussion, and outreach. The two organizations will combine staff and resources to nurture engagement and meaningful interaction on the subject.

“We are saddened and dismayed by the death of George Floyd and other recent abhorrent acts of racism. Mystic Seaport Museum condemns all forms of racism and discrimination. As a maritime institution, we acknowledge the painful maritime roots in African American history, and we are compelled to act -- and that begins with listening. Our two organizations can pull together people of all ages and races to increase awareness of social injustices and take positive, proactive steps that will benefit the broader community,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport Museum.

“Discovering Amistad teaches students and adults about the history of racism in this country. In teaching this history our organization also cites examples of the harm racism brings to all of us, and what steps we all need to take to reduce and eliminate it. The recent hateful and horrific events make it imperative that we work together with Mystic Seaport Museum and others to begin an intensive effort to end racism in this country once and for all,” said Len Miller, chairman of Discovering Amistad.

The two organizations agree that endemic racism is a cancer eroding the values of inclusivity and equality that this country holds dear, and that this moment calls for action at all levels to fight this persistent, toxic presence. They further agree that by combining their assets and capabilities, they can effect a greater impact on the issue than they could alone.

The schooner Amistad is a replica of the ship involved in the 1839 Amistad Uprising, in which a group of captives from Sierra Leone being transported across the Atlantic for the purposes of slavery overpowered the crew and took control of the vessel, eventually ending up in New London, Conn. In a landmark 1841 decision, the US Supreme Court set the captives free.

Discovering Amistad developed an interactive, proprietary curriculum that addresses equity and adheres to the most up-to-date national C3 (College, Career and Civic Life) social studies framework. The lessons begin with the 1839 uprising and the subsequent Supreme Court decision and move through the arc of more than 175 years of history -- from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Era and up to the present day. The program is the only one of its kind. With lessons conducted by specially trained educators in classrooms and aboard the ship, history comes to life as the past becomes a framework for addressing present challenges related to diverse social issues.

Details of the joint programming will be released in the coming weeks.

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum, founded in 1929, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. In addition to providing a multitude of immersive experiences, the Museum also houses a collection of more than two million artifacts that include more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

About Discovering Amistad

Discovering Amistad is an educational organization that provides full year programming on its tall ship, The Amistad, in classrooms, and at historic sites of partner organizations. It enables children and adults in Connecticut and the region to discover the story of The Amistad and its impact on the state and the nation. Importantly the Organization provides learning opportunities for children and adults to discover the relevance of The Amistad story to social and racial justice in today’s world.

Dan McFadden, Director of Communications

Mystic Seaport Museum

860.572.5317 | dan.mcfadden@mysticseaport.org

Westerly Community Credit Union Employee Earns Financial Counselor Certification

The Board of Directors and Staff of the Westerly Community Credit Union would like to congratulate Kim Gates, on completing the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Financial Counseling Certification Program and receiving the designation of Certified Financial Counselor.

Kim is the most recent WCCU employee who has completed the CUNA Financial Counseling Certification Self-Study Program which covered various topics including: controlling living expenses, understanding consumer credit, money attitudes and behaviors, personal financial preparedness, taxes, insurance, investments, and retirement. She has passed qualifying exams and is now certified and ready to use this knowledge in her role as Financial Education Officer at the Westerly Community Credit Union.

Financial Education continues to be a priority at the Westerly Community Credit Union and this certification enhances WCCU’s overall objective of reaching the youth in their communities with relative and critical financial education topics. The Westerly Community Credit Union sponsors The Money Mammals® Saving Money is Fun Kids Club™ for young children and the Cemark classroom program, Everfi online program, and CU4 Reality budget fairs for high school students.

“We are proud of Kim for her commitment in becoming a certified financial counselor,” said Steve White, WCCU President and CEO. “This certification directly supports our ‘WCCU Cares’ initiative and our dedication to offering financial education in our communities. We care about the financial well-being of our young members and our local youth. It is our hope that helping to prepare them with valuable financial literacy skills now, will better equip them to make sound financial decisions in their future.”

For more information on WCCU’s Financial Education programs, please visit Westerly Community Credit Union online at www.westerlyccu.com or call them at 401-596-7000.

About Westerly Community Credit Union:

Established in 1948, Westerly Community Credit Union is a local, full–service financial institution, focused not on profits, but on helping its members achieve financial success. It currently serves over 19,500 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Recent WCCU awards: #1 Best Bank in the Westerly Sun’s 2016, 2017, 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, Best Employer (2018) and “Spreadin’ the Love” (2019) community service awards by the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce, as well as PBN Providence Business News Best Places to Work 2018-2019.

ADVISOR JOINS CHARTER OAK RETIREMENT AND INVESTMENT SERVICES

Golam Ahmed Has More Than Three Decades of Extensive Financial Services Experience

Waterford, CT – June 4, 2020 – Golam Ahmed, who has spent more than 30 years in the financial services industry, has joined Charter Oak Retirement and Investment Services* as its newest Financial Advisor. Ahmed has extensive experience in a broad range of banking and financial services, including branch management, mortgage and commercial lending, and financial wealth management.

Charter Oak Retirement and Investment Services has experienced strong growth over the past several years and its growing staff now includes two Financial Advisors and a Vice President of Wealth Management in addition to support staff.

Charter Oak Retirement and Investment Services offers investment and insurance products and services, as well as financial and retirement planning. Its broad product line includes IRAs, mutual funds, managed accounts, stocks and bonds, life insurance, long-term care, and annuities.

“I’m looking forward to working with Charter Oak’s members to help them reach their financial goals by carefully developing a financial plan that aligns with their specific needs, experience, and time horizon,” Ahmed said. He will work with Charter Oak’s members to create a customized plan to achieve three important financial goals: wealth accumulation during the working years, security and independence at retirement, and the transfer of assets in the most advantageous tax-efficient manner. “Regardless of where Charter Oak members are in their life, I’ll work with them collaboratively to help them create and achieve their overall financial goals,” he said.

Ahmed is available for no-cost, no-obligation consultations and can be reached via email at Golam.Ahmed@cunamutual.com or via telephone at 860.446.3477.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of more than $1.2 billion as of March 31, 2020. Charter Oak has an expansive and convenient branch network serving all of New London and Windham counties. For additional information about Charter Oak’s products and services please visit CharterOak.org. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender.

Contact:

Anthony Cronin, AVP-Director of Marketing

860.446.3254 | acronin@cofcu.com

Door-side Pick-up Now Available @ MNL!

(Monday-Friday 2:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00 by appointment)

Great news! Although we are not yet able to welcome the public back into the Library building, patrons are now able to place holds on materials for pick-up outside the Library entryway.

Here’s how it works:

1. Place item(s) on hold

Use our online catalog (https://wgpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/mysticnoank/) or call us at 860-536-7721.

2. Wait for a pick-up notification

We will call you to arrange a day/time to pick up your item(s). Appointment times are available Monday-Friday between 2:00-6:00 and Saturday between 10:00-1:00.

3. Pick up your items

Upon arriving at the Library, please call us to let us know you have arrived. Your items will be placed on the bench outside our doors in a bag with your name. Please wear a mask when retrieving your items and maintain proper social distancing.

A note about returns:

Items may be returned in our book drop during these hours as well. All items checked out have a due date of July 1, so feel free to hold onto them until that time. Overdue fines will not accrue during this time. Please, no donations at this time.

Reference and information services are still available Monday-Friday 10-6, and Saturday 10-1 by phone 860-536-7721 or email reference@mysticnoanklibrary.org.

Please check our website (mysticnoanklibrary.org) or Facebook page for further updates.

Mystic Seaport Museum Honored with Sustainability Award

Mystic, Conn. (June 2, 2020) — Mystic Seaport Museum is one of four museums in the country to be recognized with a 2020 Sustainability Excellence Award, presented by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

First presented in 2014, the awards recognize sustainability efforts in facilities, programming, and exhibits in both large and small institutions. In the last five years, the award program has recognized 20 different museums for their efforts.

Mystic Seaport Museum received a Special Award of Merit for its accomplishments in eliminating single-use plastic on its entire 19-acre site. The awards jury “was impressed by the institution’s comprehensive approach: the attention paid to inculcating behavior change; addressing cost challenges; data collection and analysis; and the detailed documentation of its process,” the award announcement stated.

“The Mystic Seaport [Museum] is a powerful example that illustrates a deep dive in one sustainability topic that was consistently tackled with rigor,” said Joyce S. Lee, the Jury Chair for the Facility Award.

The Sustainability Excellence Awards, which strongly encourage museum energy benchmarking to address climate action, are sponsored by the Environment and Climate Network, a professional network of AAM members committed to establishing museums as leaders in environmental sustainability. The other museums receiving 2020 awards are the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures in Urbana, IL, the National Nordic Museum in Seattle, WA, and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA.

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum, founded in 1929, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. In addition to providing a multitude of immersive experiences, the Museum also houses a collection of more than two million artifacts that include more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

Contact:

Dan McFadden, Director of Communications

Mystic Seaport Museum

860.572.5317 | dan.mcfadden@mysticseaport.org

CHARTER OAK TO RE-OPEN BRANCH LOBBIES ON MONDAY, JUNE 8TH

All Lobbies Open To General Public Will Re-Open With Extensive Safety Measures in Place

Waterford, CT ­– June 1, 2020 Charter Oak Federal Credit Union will re-open all of its branches that are open to the public on Monday, June 8, 2020 with extensive protective measures in place to ensure the safety of its members and employees.

“We’re excited to re-open our lobbies again and welcome back our members, and we’ve made sure that all of the safety measures we’ve put in place will create a safe and comfortable banking experience for everyone involved,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Signage has been posted in Charter Oak’s branch lobbies including directional guidance for members, such as “enter” and “exit” signs and floor decals spaced six feet apart for social distancing. In addition, special protective plexiglass shields are in place for all tellers and Member Service Representatives, hand sanitizers will be available, and cleaning will occur within the branch lobbies throughout the day.

In March, Charter Oak responded to the growing COVID-19 crisis by closing its branch lobbies and instituting safe banking practices through its Drive-Up facilities, Contact Center and its extensive 24/7 eBanking services and its Info-Phone service.

“We’re proud that Charter Oak has remained open and fully operational throughout this pandemic. I applaud the great work of our entire branch team and all of our employees who continue to open accounts, process banking transactions and approve and close loans for both individuals and businesses,” he said.

Additional information about Charter Oak’s upcoming branch lobby re-openings can be found at CharterOak.org, including a brief informative video showing all of Charter Oak’s protective measures to keep its members and employees safe.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of more than $1.2 billion as of March 31, 2020. Charter Oak has an expansive and convenient branch network serving all of New London and Windham counties. For additional information about Charter Oak’s products and services please visit CharterOak.org. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender.

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union is like a bank, just better! We've been proudly serving eastern Connecticut since 1939 and we offer great checking, deposit, lending, insurance and investment products. And because we're a credit union, we're owned by our members, not by shareholders. So we can offer lower rates on loans and higher rates on deposits. It's easy to become a Charter Oak member: simply live, work, worship, learn, or volunteer in New London or Windham counties. So join today and see why Members Bank Better at Charter Oak!

Contact:

Anthony Cronin

AVP-Director of Marketing

860.446.3254 or acronin@cofcu.com