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Charter Oak Promotes Two To Assistant Vice President

Sonya Armstrong, Michael Ballirano To Lead Regional Branch System

Waterford, CT – January 16, 2019 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has promoted Sonya Armstrong and Michael Ballirano to Assistant Vice Presidents and Regional Retail Managers of the credit union's expansive branch network in eastern Connecticut.

“Sonya and Michael have extensive experience managing some of our busiest and largest branches and that will serve them well as they take on their new responsibilities managing our regional branch system,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Their strong service and sales skills, along with their combined years of experience here at Charter Oak, will benefit our branch teams throughout our 16-branch network,” he said.

Since 2013, Charter Oak has aggressively grown its retail banking network by opening four new branches in strategic locations within New London and Windham counties, creating one of the largest and most convenient branch networks of any financial institution in eastern Connecticut.

Armstrong, who has been with the credit union since 2005, had served as the Branch Officer of Charter Oak’s Dayville, Willimantic and Killingly High School branches. She began her career with Charter Oak as a teller and continued on as a Member Service Representative and Work Leader before being promoted to Branch Manager in April 2008. Armstrong was promoted to Branch Officer in June 2014. She is a graduate of the Credit Union League of Connecticut’s Executive Education Program and is the President of the Eastern Chapter of the Credit Union League of Connecticut. She also serves as the Coordinator of the Eastern Connecticut Financial Reality Fair. In addition, Armstrong serves as Treasurer of the Brooklyn Cub Scout Pack 44 and is a member of the Killingly Business Association.

Ballirano, who joined Charter Oak in 2011, had served as the Branch Officer of the Mohegan Sun Branch. He began his career with Charter Oak as a Member Service Representative and was promoted to Branch Supervisor in September 2012 and then to Branch Manager in December 2013. In 2017, he was promoted to Branch Officer. Ballirano is a graduate of Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. In addition, he is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s Leadership Program and serves as Secretary/Treasurer of The Lou Stefanski Foundation, Inc. Ballirano also is the President of the Thames Valley BNI, Chairman of the DeMond Fund, and a member of Young Leaders United, which is affiliated with the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. He currently is attending the Credit Union League of Connecticut’s Executive Education Program.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.1 billion as of September 30, 2018. For more information about Charter Oak’s range of products and services, please visit any of our convenient branches, or visit our website at CharterOak.org, or call our Contact Center at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237. 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

Photo credit: Higher Edge, Inc.

Higher Edge Seeking Summer 2019 Paid Internships for Its Students

Three Higher Edge Success Program students who are attending local colleges.

New London, CT – Higher Edge is a nonprofit that guides low-income and first-generation students through enrollment, retention, and graduation from college by providing the support and resources needed for success. Students admitted into its College Access Program begin working with Higher Edge staff their senior year of high school to apply to college. Once enrolled, students transition to the organization’s Success Program. Higher Edge is currently seeking Summer 2019 paid internships for its Success Program college students.

“Success Program college students are pursuing degrees in a variety of fields, are succeeding academically and many have taken on leadership roles at their respective colleges,” says Higher Edge Executive Director Theresa Armendarez. “What better way to support and encourage these students to return to our Eastern Connecticut workforce after graduation than to give them an opportunity to gain skills from a local business as a summer intern?”

Higher Edge will market, email and gather resumes for a business’ open summer positions. The business selects the candidates to interview and Higher Edge will schedule the student interview - preferably before May 1, 2019. If your business is ready now to meet prospective summer intern candidates and/or would like to provide information to students about your company, Higher Edge’s Success Program will be hosting four “Winter Summits” in February 2019:

February 4, 2019

Eastern Connecticut State University Campus

February 5, 2019

UCONN Storrs Campus

February 6, 2019

Three Rivers Community College Campus

February 7, 2019

UCONN Avery Point Campus

For additional information, contact Luisanna Cabrera, Success Program Director, at 860.439.0034. To learn more about Higher Edge, visit its website at www.higheredge.org or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @HigherEdgeCT.

Fairview Announces New CEO

Fairview, the Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut has announced the selection of a new Chief Executive Officer.

From The City of Groton:Fairview, The Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut is happy to announce the selection of a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization. Current CEO, James Rosenman will be departing mid-January, taking a new position out of state. "James has done so much for Fairview during his time here and will truly be missed by all," said Edith Kalin, President of the Fairview, Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut Board of Directors.

The search committee consisted of a few members of the Fairview Executive Board and the Fairview Senior Leadership Team. Kalin states, "we were fortunate to meet several high quality candidates and were unanimous with our decision to offer the CEO role to Pamela Klapproth." Pamela will be joining Fairview on February 11, 2019. She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and comes to Fairview with a wealth of experience in managing skilled nursing facilities, continuing care retirement communities and home & community based services. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Covenant Village in Cromwell. Regarding Fairview, Klapproth says, "it is with great excitement that I accept the CEO position at Fairview and I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the team in leading Fairview on its continuing journey toward a bright and prosperous future."

Pamela will oversee the entire Fairview campus, which currently specializes in Rehabilitation & Post-Acute Care, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Long Term Care, Memory Care and Independent Senior Housing. Fairview has expanded in recent years and is poised for additional growth and diversification of services. Fairview is delighted to have Pamela leading the organization through this strategic growth.

Fairview is a hidden gem among skilled nursing facilities and providers of senior housing. It is the only not-for-profit skilled nursingfacility and continuum of care retirement community in the region. Beyond achieving consistently high ratings in clinical outcomes, the organization employs talented staff members who go above and beyond to provide our patients and residents with the highest quality of care.

Timothy Plungis Joins Local Office of Ameriprise Financial

MYSTIC, CTJanuary 14, 2019 – Timothy Plungis has joined the Mystic office of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. as a financial advisor. He is joining Coastal Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Their office is located at 41 East Main St. Fl 1 Mystic, CT 06355.

MYSTIC, CTJanuary 14, 2019 – Timothy Plungis has joined the Mystic office of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. as a financial advisor. He is joining Coastal Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Their office is located at 41 East Main St. Fl 1 Mystic, CT 06355.

“We are excited to have Tim join our team because he shares our passion for helping clients achieve their financial goals,” said Jason Cerniglia, CFP®, owner and Managing Director of Coastal Wealth Management. “Tim’s experience will help us better service our existing clients while also allowing us to help even more families plan for their financial future.”

“Helping align my client’s actions with their financial goals is the core of my business, and it will continue to be,” said Tim Plungis. “I’m excited to start this next chapter with Coastal Wealth Management and Ameriprise.”

Tim has eight years of experience in the financial services industry. Coastal Wealth Management has served the Mystic area since 2001. Plungis graduated from The University of Connecticut with a degree in American Studies.

As a private wealth advisory practice, Coastal Wealth Management, through one-on-one relationships, provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations. For more information, please contact Kristen Commander at (860) 245-0251.

About Ameriprise Financial

At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for more than 120 years. With a network of 10,000 financial advisors and outstanding asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of consumer financial needs. For more information, visit ameriprise.com or www.coastalwealthmanagementct.com.

Contact:

Kristen Commander

Coastal Wealth Management

Ameriprise Financial

(860) 245-0251

(Pictured) Heidi Blais from Griswold, CT who is currently a Director of Business Sales at the Groton location since March 1999. Blais received the “Top Dawg Award Business Sale” award as well as the “Employee of the Year” award.

Wireless Zone's Groton, Westerly RI, New London, Glastonbury, North Windham, Putnam & Killingly Locations had their holiday party and award ceremony, celebrating a year of great growth for the business.

Wireless Zone®, an authorized retailer of Verizon Wireless, celebrated another strong year of growth at their their 7 locations, Groton, New London, Killingly, North Windham, Putnam, Glastonbury, and Westerly. Each year, their holiday party includes an awards ceremony recognizing Wireless Zone's top-performing employees, as well as those with extraordinary service to the company. Award winners included:

Peter Genovese from Branford, CT who is currently an Assistant Manager at the Groton location since December 2014 received the “Top Dawg Gross Profit” award.

Tim Bouchard from Dayville, CT who has been a sales associate at the North Windham location since November 2017 received the “Top Dawg Gross Profit” award.

DeVaughn Culbert from Danielson, CT who has been a sales associate at the Killingly location since January 2016 received the “Top Dawg Gross Profit” award.

Nicole Picariello from Danielson, CT who has been a sales associate at the Killingly location since March 2016 received the “Top Dawg HUM Sales” award.

Sarah Pepe from Ashford, CT who has been a sales associate at the Killingly location since June 2016 received the “Top Dawg HUM Sales” award.

Krista Kingsbury from Brooklyn, CT who has been an Assistant Manager at the North Windham location since April 2015 received the “Manager/Assistant Manager of the Year” award.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients and the employees who strive to provide customer service to our customers on a daily basis. Also, we want to say thank you to our customers who visit any of our 7 locations and keep business local, we appreciate you. Stop in to your nearest location to congratulate an awardee or visitwww.wirelesszone.com.

Mystic Seaport Museum Offers Free Admission to Furloughed Federal Workers

Mystic, Conn. (January 15, 2019) — Mystic Seaport Museum is offering free admission to all furloughed federal workers and one additional guest throughout the remainder of the partial federal government shutdown.

“We want federal workers to feel appreciated during this difficult period and this is our small way of ensuring we contribute positively by providing access to family activities,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport Museum. “We look forward to welcoming them to our Museum.”

In order to receive free admission, federal employees must bring a government identification card and present it at the admission desk upon entering the Museum.

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. The new Thompson Exhibition Building houses a state-of-the-art gallery that is showing Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, a major exhibition of one of seafaring’s most mysterious tragedies through April 28, 2019. 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, 860.572.5317

dan.mcfadden@mysticseaport.org

Mystic Seaport Museum to Open When This You See, Remember Me: The Photography of Everett Scholfield and George Tingley January 19

Exhibition Invites Visitors to Explore and Experience Portrait Photography of the Late 1800s

Mystic, Conn. (January 10, 2019) — Mystic Seaport Museum will open its latest exhibition, When This You See, Remember Me, Saturday, January 19, 2019. The show explores advances in photographic technology and techniques in late 1800s studio photography from the perspective of both the sitter and the photographer.

Based on thousands of portraits in the Museum’s collection by local Connecticut photographers Everett Scholfield and George Tingley, the exhibition also features their original backdrops, cameras, coupons, and ads. Scholfield and Tingley worked with bulky and often-complicated equipment. They captured images on fragile pieces of glass and then had to mix and work with chemicals to create photographs. Color photographs did not exist and they could not make enlargements; to make a large photo they had to make a very large glass negative.

“In this age of smartphones and selfies, when everyone has a camera in their pocket, it is hard to imagine what it was like when photography was new and sitting for a formal portrait was a big deal,” said Elysa Engelman, director of Exhibits at Mystic Seaport Museum. “This exhibition returns the visitor to that time and asks them to consider the ways in which photography has changed and ways in which it has stayed the same.”

Using a recreated set based upon artifacts from Scholfield’s studio, visitors will be able to take their own 19th century-style portrait. They can practice composing a scene viewed upside down through a period camera, learn about the darkroom process, and experiment with props and poses. They then can take their own photo with their camera or smartphone.

Visitors will be encouraged to share their picture on social media with #MSMRememberMe and an Instagram feed of the resulting images will be streamed as part of the exhibition.

The two men’s overlapping careers spanned the years 1865-1930. Scholfield was an itinerant businessman and frequently moved to different locations around southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island, although he eventually settled in New London. Tingley spent the bulk of his career in Mystic. Framed photographs and an extensive slideshow brings visitors face-to-face with a diverse selection of people from those areas, including people of different backgrounds – African American, Asian, Native American – various occupations – woodcutter, postal worker, musician – and of all life stages, from infants to elders. Most of the subjects are not identified and visitors with local ancestors are invited to see if they can spot a relative in the show. Museum curators are hopeful the collection catalog can be expanded through the public exposure in the exhibition.

When This You See, Remember Me, will be located in the Museum’s R.J. Schaefer Building. It runs through April 28, 2019.

High-resolution images are available for download at https://bit.ly/2siWOnT.

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. The new Thompson Exhibition Building houses a state-of-the-art gallery that is showing Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, a major exhibition of one of seafaring’s most mysterious tragedies through April 28, 2019. 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, 860.572.5317

dan.mcfadden@mysticseaport.org

Westerly Community Credit Union Hires Small Business Lending Officer

Westerly Community Credit Union is proud to announce that Benjamin M. Servideo has joined the Westerly Community Credit Union as the Small Business Lending Officer. Benjamin cares about the membership and our local community (like all team members of WCCU), and he wants to see businesses succeed. He is responsible to assist WCCU’s current business members, as well as new local businesses, with their business lending, deposit and service needs. Benjamin comes to WCCU with over 7 years’ experience in the industry, most recently from the Washington Trust Company, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island. Benjamin currently resides in Pawcatuck, CT with his family.

The Staff and Board of Directors of the Westerly Community Credit Union congratulate Benjamin on his new position. To find out more about Westerly Community Credit Union’s business lending and deposit products, please contact Benjamin at (401) 637-4436 or bservideo@westerlyccu.com.

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 18,500 members with lending and deposit products through their convenient locations in Wakefield, Richmond, Westerly, as well as online via www.westerlyccu.com. Membership is open to all who reside or work in RI & New London County, CT. Recent WCCU awards: 2018 CCUA Excellence in Social Responsibility; Best Employer by the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce 2018 Chamber Choice Awards; and #1 Best Bank in the Westerly Sun’s 2016 and 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.

CHARTER OAK AWARDS OVER $575,000 IN BONUSES TO MEMBERS

Total Bonus Payout Exceeds $3.6 Million Since Gold Rewards Began in 2010

Waterford, CT – January 7, 2019 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union awarded over $575,000 in annual $100 cash bonuses to its Gold Rewards members during December 2018, which is the highest amount ever paid since the unique program began nine years ago.

“Our Gold Rewards program continues to expand each year because it offers so many great benefits to our members, including our $100 cash bonus,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It's also a wonderful way for Charter Oak to say happy holidays to all our Gold Rewards members receiving this special bonus,” he said.

Charter Oak began its Gold Rewards program in 2010 and since that time the credit union has paid over $3.6 million in annual $100 cash bonuses. “Gold Rewards members are our most loyal members so this bonus is our way of showing how much we appreciate them,” said Orenstein. “Many of our Gold Rewards members are also longtime members of our credit union who have enjoyed these $100 annual cash bonuses year after year,” he added.

In addition to the more than $3.6 million in annual cash bonuses awarded since 2010, Charter Oak also has returned over $1.3 million in ATM rebates to its Gold Rewards members during that same timeframe. Gold Rewards has shown tremendous growth for Charter Oak, beginning with 2,590 $100 payouts in 2010 and increasing to 5,755 $100 payouts in 2018.

Charter Oak remains the only financial institution in eastern Connecticut, including both banks and credit unions, which pays out a $100 annual bonus to its members who qualify for the Gold Rewards bonus. Charter Oak created its unique Gold Rewards to provide additional value and financial rewards for its members who have made Charter Oak their primary financial institution. Gold Rewards membership brings with it an array of exclusive benefits, from the $100 annual bonus, to ATM rebates, special rates on deposits, discounts on new personal loans, and a $100 credit toward first mortgage closing costs with Charter Oak.

To learn how to qualify for Charter Oak’s Gold Rewards program, simply visit CharterOak.org, or stop by any of Charter Oak’s convenient branches in New London or Windham counties, or call our Contact Center at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.1 billion as of September 30, 2018. Charter Oak has an expansive and convenient network of 16 branches serving New London and Windham counties, providing one of the largest and most convenient branch networks of any financial institution serving eastern Connecticut. 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 acronin@cofcu.com

Mass-Conn-Fusion Duo Kicks Off City Cabaret Concert Season

GROTONThe Mass-Conn-Fusion Duo will kick off the fourteenth City Cabaret 2019 season on Sunday, January 13. The Duo pairs the up-right bass, played by Jim Healy, with saxophone, played by Liz Roberts. This unique combination separates them from the crowd. “All styles of music are fair game from Take 5 to Maroon 5,” the Duo says. “We enjoy bringing a sense of humor and a touch of class to all we do.”

All City Cabaret concerts are held in the City of Groton Auditorium at 295 Meridian Street in the City of Groton on Sundays at 3:00 p.m., once each month January through March.

The City Cabaret concert series is co-sponsored and co-produced by Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department.

The OBrien String Trio will be featured February 10, and Whisky, Wine and Coke will perform on March 10, 2019

Dessert, coffee and bottle water will be available for purchase from the Fitch High School Alcohol and Drug Free Party Committee.

The concerts are free. No alcohol is allowed. The concert info line is (860) 446-4129.

Contact:

Frank E. Winkler

Co-Chair and Spokesperson

City Cabaret 2019

(860) 446-4095

winklerf@grotonutilities.com

NEW Free SCORE Workshop on “Effective Financial Planning”

Financial planning is an integral part of business planning for both startups and established businesses. It helps you determine your funding requirements and the best way to meet them. The plan is the foundation for monitoring and controlling your business’ performance. And it’s an essential communication tool for stakeholders. This workshop addresses the major parts of a financial plan, how to use it, tools and resources for getting started, and more.

DATE: Monday, January 28th, 2019

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST

LOCATION: Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton, CT 06340

HOW TO REGISTER: REGISTER NOW

Contact for questions/info: Anne Driscoll, anne.driscoll@scorevolunteer.org

Photo Caption: SCORE Volunteer John Porter will present a new free workshop for SCORE on "Effective Financial Planning” on Monday, January 28th, 5:30-7:00 PM at Groton Public Library. Photo by CWR Photography.

ADVISOR JOINS CHARTER OAK RETIREMENT AND INVESTMENT SERVICES

Thomas J. Curtin Is A Seasoned Financial Professional With Over 25 Years of Industry Experience

Waterford, CT – December 20, 2018 – Thomas J. Curtin, an experienced investment professional with extensive financial industry experience, has joined Charter Oak Retirement and Investment Services* as its newest Financial Advisor.

Curtin has held senior management positions in the asset management and life insurance industries and also has 15 years of experience as a bond trader, portfolio manager and operations specialist.

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 a broad range of investment and insurance products and services, as well as financial and retireme planning. Its offerings include IRAs, mutual funds, managed accounts, stocks and bonds, life insurance, long-term care and annuities.

Curtin is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. He holds a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation and is FINRA securities registered as well as insurance licensed.

Curtin has a strong history of working with credit union members, as well as their family and friends and has access to a wide variety of investment and insurance products. His professional services include wealth management, portfolio management, financial and life insurance planning, retirement income planning and education funding.

“My primary objective is helping clients reach their retirement goals,” Curtin said. “My job is to help you, whatever your age, create a sound financial strategy for the lifestyle you want to live in retirement,” he said. “It’s easy to get started.” Curtin is available for no-cost, no-obligation consultations and can be reached via email at Thomas.Curtin@cunamutual.com or via telephone at 860.446.3477 or cell phone at 860.502.5111.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.1 billion as of September 30, 2018. Charter Oak offers an expansive and convenient network of 16 branches serving New London and Windham counties, providing one of the largest and most convenient branch networks of any financial institution serving eastern Connecticut. For more information about Charter Oak’s broad range of products and services, please visit any of our convenient branches, or visit our website at CharterOak.org, or contact our Call Center at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237.

Contact:

Anthony Cronin, AVP-Director of Marketing

860.446.3254

acronin@cofcu.com

Thames River Heritage Park Receives Grant

New London, CT: The Thames River Heritage Park Foundation (TRHPF) has received a grant from the Panoram Foundation for $30,000 for operational support and the development of collaborative efforts among the 17 sites that comprise the Park experience. A collection of national and historic sites and institutions on both shores of the Thames River linked by a seasonal water taxi, the Thames River Heritage Park is the only heritage park in Connecticut and operates as a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization.

“The Panoram Foundation has believed in the Park from the beginning by providing the funding that allowed the Yale Urban Design Group to complete the Park plan in 2015. Since that time it has continued to support our growth as demonstrated by this generous grant, which is the second consecutive five-figure grant they have awarded us,” said Executive Director Amy Perry. “They are a key partner not unlike the heritage sites and cultural institutions that play an essential role in our growth and success. We are grateful for the confidence they have in us today and for our future.”

TRHPF President Marian Galbratih adds, “Panoram’s vision and commitment to our historic institutions has proven to be a true asset to our community.”

Officially opened in 2016 and entering its fourth season in 2019, the Park operates the hop-on hop-off water taxi Friday – Sunday in New London and Groton, Memorial Day Weekend through mid-September and will be expanding its offer with historic boat and land tours.

Heritage sites within the Park include in Groton, the Avery-Copp House, the Bill Memorial Library, the Ebenezer Avery House, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Ledge Light, the Submarine Force Museum, and the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and, in New London, Fort Trumbull State Park, the Garde Arts Center, Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, Shaw Mansion, the Hempsted Houses, Monte Cristo Cottage, and Lyman Allyn Museum. For more information on the park and the water taxi, visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

Mystic Seaport Museum’s Annual Carol Sing Collects 610 Pounds of Food for the Needy

Mystic, Conn. (December 21, 2018) — Mystic Seaport Museum is pleased to announce its annual Community Carol Sing raised $550 and collected 610 pounds of food to be donated to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.

The Carol Sing is a tradition at the Museum for more than 70 years; admission is waived for the day in lieu of a donation of a non-perishable food item. The event was held Sunday, December 16, and included a holiday concert by the Mystic Seaport Carolers and the Community Carol Sing in the center of the McGraw Gallery Quadrangle. The music was led by Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Connecticut, Jamie Spillane, backed by the Museum Carolers and a brass quartet, and the Mystic Middle School Chorus.

Despite inclement weather, more than 1,350 turned out to sing and help those in need.

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. The new Thompson Exhibition Building houses a state-of-the-art gallery that is showing Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, a major exhibition of one of seafaring’s most mysterious tragedies through April 28, 2019. 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, 860.572.5317

dan.mcfadden@mysticseaport.org

Mystic Seaport Museum to Expand Operating Hours January 1, 2019

Museum to Increase Opportunity for Public to View Death in the Ice Exhibition

Mystic, Conn. (December 20, 2018) — Mystic Seaport Museum will expand its operating hours January 1, 2019, to provide the public greater opportunity to visit the traveling exhibition Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition now open in the Museum’s Thompson Exhibition Building.

The exhibition explores the fate of the Franklin Expedition, which set sail from London in 1845 in an attempt to find the elusive Northwest Passage across the Arctic to Asia. Sir John Franklin and his 128-man crew, aboard the ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, all perished. The exact nature of their fate is one of the most enduring mysteries of maritime history.

Beginning January 1, the exhibition will be open daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The show will be exclusively open Monday-Wednesday for a flat admission rate of $10 per person.

The Museum has a wider offering Thursday-Sunday that includes Death in the Ice, plus the indoor exhibition galleries, Planetarium, Children’s Museum, historic Buckingham-Hall House, and the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Highlights of the current exhibition slate include Monument Man: Kevin Sampson in Residence and When This You See, Remember Me, a new exhibition opening January 19 that explores late 19th- and early 20th-century portrait photography through the work of local photographers Scholfield and Tingley. Visitors will be able to step back in time to experience what it was like to take a formal portrait in that era and stage their own photograph with their smartphones.

Admission rates Thursday-Sunday through February 15 are Adults $19, Senior (ages 65+) $19, and Youth (ages 3-14) $12. Children (2 and younger) are admitted free.

The Museum’s Village and Shipyard will be closed to the public until February 16.

Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition is a traveling exhibition developed by the Canadian Mu­seum of History (Gatineau, Canada), in partnership with Parks Canada Agency and with the National Maritime Museum (Lon­don, UK), and in collaboration with the Govern­ment of Nunavut and the Inuit Heritage Trust.

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. The new Thompson Exhibition Building houses a state-of-the-art gallery that is showing Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, a major exhibition of one of seafaring’s most mysterious tragedies through April 28, 2019. 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, 860.572.5317

dan.mcfadden@mysticseaport.org

Higher Edge, Inc. is seeking Summer 2019 paid internships for our Success Program college students! We begin working with students admitted into our College Access Program their senior year of high school. Our Success Program college students are pursuing degrees in a variety of fields, are succeeding academically and many have taken on leadership roles at their respective colleges.

What better way to support and encourage these students to return to our Eastern Connecticut workforce after graduation than to give them an opportunity to gain skills from a local business while meeting your need for a summer intern? Higher Edge will market, email and gather resumes for your business’ open summer positions. You select the candidates to interview and we will schedule your interview - preferably before May 1st. If you are ready now to meet prospective summer intern candidates and/or would like to provide information to students about your company, our Success Program will be hosting five “Winter Summits” in early 2019:

January 11, 2019: Higher Edge, New London

February 4, 2019: Eastern Connecticut State University Campus

February 5, 2019: UCONN Storrs Campus

February 6, 2019: Three Rivers Community College Campus

February 7, 2019: UCONN Avery Point Campus

Thank you for considering Higher Edge students in your efforts to recruit outstanding summer interns for your organization. If you have any questions, contact Luisanna Cabrera, Success Program Director, at 860.439.0034 or luisanna@higheredge.org.

New book from The Day celebrates region’s parks, nature preserves, farms and waterways

Written and edited by Steve Fagin, The Day’s outdoor recreation columnist, and Dirk Langeveld, the newspaper’s marketing editor, the 144-page, hardcover coffee-table book features more than 50 lively essays and more than 120 color photographs.