Mystic Chamber Member News

Remembrance of the Battle of Groton Heights

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, 6:00 PM Fort Griswold State Park, Park Avenue, Groton CT

The Friends of Fort Griswold will hold a candlelight ceremony commemorating the 1781 Battle of Groton Heights on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at Fort Griswold in Groton CT. The ceremony will be held inside the Fort at 6:00 PM.

The Friends will place 88 luminaries on the Fort grounds each representing a casualty from the battle of Groton Heights. As the name of the slain Defender is read, a candle is extinguished. The Sons of the American Revolution will lay a wreath on the spot where Col. Ledyard was killed with his own sword, and fire a 3-volley musket salute.

The ceremony is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend. In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled. If you plan to attend, please bring your lawn chairs.

This will be the 23rd Commemoration and Memorial Wreath Laying since the 19th century custom was revived by the Friends of Fort Griswold in 1995.

Thames River Heritage Park Sunday Night Five After Six Water Taxi Rides

New London, CT: The Thames River Heritage Park Water Taxi is offering another evening of $5 round trip rides this Sunday, August 19th, from 6 pm until the last boat leaves City Pier to Thames River Landing in Groton at 8:40 pm.

“The Five After Six promotion to encourage more riders to use the water taxi to enjoy dinner and evening activities in downtown New London was an overwhelming success when we launched it on August 5th, so it made sense to bring it back,” says Thames River Heritage Park Executive Director Amy Perry. “Riders who combine this promotion with patronizing those restaurants and merchants who participate in our Ride & Save Program will have a terrific and inexpensive night out.” The Ride & Save Program allows riders to show their water taxi ticket or season pass at participating merchants for discounts and special offers. Information can be found at thamesriverheritagepark.org/deals.

On Sunday, riders getting on the water taxi at 6 pm at Fort Trumbull, at 6:20 pm and later at City Pier and at 6:40 pm and later at Thames Landing, Groton will pay $5 for this one night only. After 7 pm the water taxi runs between City Pier and Thames River Landing every 20 minutes beginning at 7:20 pm. For more information about the water taxi fares and schedules go to thamesriverheritagepark.org/water-taxi. Tickets for this promotion are available for purchase on the boat only.

The Thames River Heritage Park is a collection of national and historic sites along two shores of the Thames River that tell the stories that shaped our nation during the past 400 years.

It is a hop on-hop off ride in which visitors can board the boat at any of the three landings and can tour at their leisure. Heritage sites within easy walking distance of the water taxi stops include, in Groton, the Avery-Copp House, the Ebenezer Avery Homestead, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and, in New London, in addition to Fort Trumbull are the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, the Custom House Maritime Museum, the Shaw Mansion and the Hempsted Houses. For more information on the park, visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

Thames River Heritage Park 2018 sponsors include Groton Utilities, The Day, Atlantic Broadband, Thames Valley Communications, WNLC 98.7, The Resident, and Crockers Boatyard, CT Port Authority with additional support from The Cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.

CONTACT

Amy Perry, Executive Director

Email: perryamy1@gmail.com

Phone: 860.912-0950

Souls on Fire Featured At Concerts in the Park

Come hear the music play!

GROTON - The sounds of the band, Souls on Fire, will be featured this week at Concerts in the Park 2018 on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park in the City of Groton. All concerts are free to the public. Souls on Fire is a 10-piece, soulful 1970’s band, featuring music from Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, Motown and lots more.

Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor and co-produce the concert series.

Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

You can also check out the complete Concerts in the Park 2018 schedule during the season on Groton Utilities’ web site at grotonutilities.com and the City’s web site at cityofgroton.com.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline.

Food is available on site. The Groton Little League operates the concession stand.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper. The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

Contact:

Frank E. Winkler

Co-Chair,

Concerts in the Park 2018

(860) 446-4095

winklerf@grotonutilities.com

The 356 Years of Caring That This Combined Group of Center for Hospice Care Volunteers

Have Given to Our Patients and Families

PHOTO: (Front L to R): Ann Carignan, Zita Smith, Elizabeth Limkemann, Molly Helms, Elizabeth Beaudette, Marilyn Douglass, Doris Beebe and Mary Lou Chichester.

(Back L-R): Stephanie Reed, Jaron Reed, Steven Reed *(In memory of volunteer Judith Reed).

Not Pictured: Jean Lazar, Ann Arpin, Marya Ursin, Kelly Curland and Louis Esposito.

Norwich, CT (August 10, 2018) – Center for Hospice Care is pleased to announce that on Thursday August 2nd the community-based hospice organization honored Volunteers who have given 20 years or more of compassionate care and service. The organization held a “garden party” to celebrate the wonderful work that these trained Volunteers offer to patients and families. These special Volunteers freely give of their time by providing patient care, pet therapy visits, therapeutic massage, office support as well as bereavement support to the organization.

Combined these Volunteers gave 356 years of their time and talent to Center for Hospice Care.

The following volunteers were recognized:

Jean Lazar – 20 years, massage therapy

Elizabeth Limkemann – 20 years, massage therapy

Betty Beaudette – 22 years, pet therapist and patient care

Louis Esposito – 22 years massage therapy and office volunteer

Molly Helms – 22 years, patient care, office volunteer and pet therapy

Ann Arpin – 23 years, office volunteer

Mary Lou Chichester – 23 years, office volunteer

Marya Ursin – 25 years, massage therapy

Kelly Curland – 26 years, patient care

Judy Reed – 27 years, patient care, (Judy passed last year, her family was in attendance)

Ann Carignan – 28 years, bereavement and office volunteer

Zita Smith – 32 years, patient care,

Doris Beebe – 33 years, patient care

Marilyn Douglas – 33 years, patient care and office volunteer

“It’s astonishing what our volunteers have done and how many years they have volunteered. We are forever grateful. Just wow!” said Carol Mahier, President/CEO of Center for Hospice Care.

About Center for Hospice Care

Since 1985, Center for Hospice Care has served more than 12,500 patients. We are the largest community-based hospice in Southeastern Connecticut and the only hospice provider that delivers all the care and services needed by patients and their families – including extended group and individual bereavement counseling to anyone who needs it, free of charge. Our staff is the most qualified and experienced in the field and is augmented by more than 115 specially trained volunteers who provide companionship to our patients and respite to their families.

CONTACT:

Allison Keck

Event and Communications Coordinator

Center for Hospice Care

860.848.5699

akeck@hospicesect.org

Photo Credit: Andrew Bell

Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award

Presented to Martin Cloudas

GROTON – Martin Cloudas is the recipient of the 2018 Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award for his many years of “Giving Back to the Community”. The award was presented for the fifteenth time at the annual City of Groton Day celebration on August 3.

Groton Utilities presented a check for $1,000 to the Aluminum Falcon Robotics in his honor. The charitable donation from Groton Utilities is the symbol of the award.

The award recognizes Cloudas for his outstanding efforts over the years, especially for his roles as mentor, supporter, teacher, and counselor to the Fitch Senior High School robotics team, Team 2168: the Aluminum Falcons.

Groton Utilities is pleased to present this award to this deserving citizen for giving back to our community selflessly, sincerely, willingly and with great pride.

Since 2015, his volunteer efforts, including his leadership position as president of the team’s booster organization, enhanced the business side of the team. The new financial structure improved fund raising, giving the team the ability to attend more competitions.

The robotics team credits Cloudas as one of the largest contributors in spreading science, technology, engineering, and mathematics throughout the Groton Community.

“Martin has become a father away from home for the entire team,” the team members emphasized in its nominating application. “His ability to communicate with students has produced a trust with students, inspiring them to fulfill themselves and become better people,” team states.

Groton Utilities named the award, The Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award, to commemorate Mrs. Nixon’s service to her community. Jackie, as she was known to most, gave back to the community in many ways, including operating a food pantry in her residence for 24 years. She distributed food on a regular basis to many needy families. Jackie passed away July 6, 2004 after a brief battle with cancer. Groton Utilities created the award in 2004 during its 100th anniversary year.

Earle A. Williams was the recipient of the first annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award. Other winners of the award are: Robert “Bob” Leeney, Mimi

Orkney, Lillian “Lil” Hansen, Sarah Stanley, William “Bill” Welsh, Jr., Alfred Restivo, Robert “Bob” Austin LaFrance, Archie C. Swindell, Mildred “Milly” Carlson, Lian Obrey, James “Jim” Streeter, Charlie Ebbinghaus, and Marcia Gipstein.

Contact:

Frank E. Winkler

Manager, Economic Development

Groton Utilities Spokesperson

(860) 446-4095

winklerf@grotonutilities.com

July marked The Commons' 2-year anniversary and we are celebrating its success!

We have reached some major milestones:

· 97% Occupancy (leased space)

· Resident companies generated over $89M in investment, grants and revenue

· 30 new FTE’s and 7 college interns

· 50+ people employed by 20 companies

· Over 2000 people attended business building programming and networking events

· 300 students participated in STEM career programs

· Opening of our on-site art gallery

For more information on work spaces and event venues, please click here or visit curecommons.org.

More on The Commons: BioCT Innovation Commons is a business incubator dedicated to talent retention, job creation and the build of high value sustainable businesses. The Commons provides commercial-grade laboratories, offices, co-working and meeting spaces for entrepreneurs, start-ups and growing companies. Our infrastructure and amenities are designed to help new and growing companies succeed. The Commons is a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship to build out a diverse understory of new companies critical to Connecticut’s future.

Nonprofit Hosts First Annual Fishing Tournament

Stonington, CT. The New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) is hosting their first ever Fishing Tourney on Saturday, August 11. This fishing tournament is a catch and release tournament except for Porgies. Each participant can bring 1 Porgy back to NESS for an official measurement. All other fish will be measured on the water, photographed for proof, and released! While everyone is invited to participate, prizes will only be awarded to participants under age 18.

Don't have a boat to go out on? No problem! Participants may fish from land or rent a kayak from NESS. Limited spots will be available on a first come first served basis to get out on NESSie, the nonprofit's newest addition to its fleet of powerboats! Fishing from the NESS property (i.e. docks) will not be allowed. Fishing rods, bait, and buckets will be available for rent.

Registration is available online at nessf.org/fishing. The check-in table will open at 8:00am for day of registrations. Fishing time is from 9:00 am - 11:00 am with awards at 11:30am.

Event Schedule:

8:00 Registration at NESS

8:45 All Anglers Meeting

9:00 Fish On!

11:10 Weigh In at NESS & Judging

11:30 Awards at NESS

All participants over the age of 16 must have a valid salt water fishing license from Connecticut or a reciprocal state. Participants under the age of 16 must have a youth fishing passport free from the state of Connecticut DEEP. Please visit the CT DEEP website for more information on licenses and youth fishing passport.

Prizes will be given to the top three anglers in the 12 and under age category and the top three anglers in the 13 to 18 age category.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Francis Pandolfi, Tom & Nancy McLaughlin, Watch Hill Outfitters, and Tsunami Fishing.

New England Science & Sailing Foundation, Inc. (NESS), is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ocean adventure education organization that engages students in experiential learning to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. Marine sciences, adventure sports, powerboating, and sailing are platforms for inquiry-based learning, personal discovery, teaching respect and responsibility for the sea, and creating connections with the community. NESS operates year-round with families, schools, and organizations to provide high-quality programs that blend an innovative curriculum with exciting ocean adventure activities. For more information, visit www.nessf.org.

Contact:

Caroline Knowles

Assistant Director of Advancement

860.535.936 | cknowles@nessf.org

Thames River Heritage Park Sunday Night Five After Six Water Taxi Rides


New London, CT: The Thames River Heritage Park Water Taxi is offering $5 round trip rides this Sunday only, August 5th, from 6 pm until the last boat leaves City Pier to Thames River Landing in Groton at 9:20 pm.

This Five After Six promotion is to encourage more riders to use the water taxi to enjoy dinner and evening activities in downtown New London. “Although our ridership is up significantly as compared to last year, Sunday evenings are not as busy as we’d like to see,” says Thames River Heritage Park Executive Director Amy Perry. “Riders who combine this promotion with patronizing those restaurants and merchants who participate in our Ride & Save Program will have a terrific and inexpensive night out.” The Ride & Save Program allows riders to show their water taxi ticket or season pass at participating merchants for discounts and special offers. Information can be found at thamesriverheritagepark.org/deals.

On Sunday, riders getting on the water taxi at 6 pm at Fort Trumbull, at 6:20 pm and later at City Pier and at 6:40 pm and later at Thames Landing, Groton will pay $5 for this one night only. After 7 pm the water taxi runs between City Pier and Thames River Landing every 20 minutes beginning at 7:20 pm. For more information about the water taxi fares and schedules go to thamesriverheritagepark.org/water-taxi. Tickets for this promotion are available for purchase on the boat only.

In addition to this $5 promotion, which is half the regular $10 fare, those riders who show the water taxi crew their Sunday night restaurant receipt will receive a coupon for another $5 evening ride good any Friday through Sunday all season.

The Thames River Heritage Park is a collection of national and historic sites along two shores of the Thames River that tell the stories that shaped our nation during the past 400 years. In 2017 more than 2,200 people rode the water taxi visiting sites, dining out or just enjoying time on the water.

It is a hop on-hop off ride in which visitors can board the boat at any of the three landings and can tour at their leisure. Heritage sites within easy walking distance of the water taxi stops include, in Groton, the Avery-Copp House, the Ebenezer Avery Homestead, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and, in New London, in addition to Fort Trumbull are the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, the Custom House Maritime Museum, the Shaw Mansion and the Hempsted Houses. For more information on the park, visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

Thames River Heritage Park 2018 sponsors include Groton Utilities, The Day, Atlantic Broadband, Thames Valley Communications, WNLC 98.7, The Resident, and Crockers Boatyard, CT Port Authority with additional support from The Cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.

CONTACT:

Amy Perry, Executive Director

Email: perryamy1@gmail.com

Phone: 860.912-0950

12th ANNUAL “SHORELINE WINE FESTIVAL” AUG. 11 & 12

A Celebration Tasting Wine on the Connecticut Shoreline

August 1, 2018 - GUILFORD, CT, – The 12th Annual Shoreline Wine Festival is less than two weeks away on August 11 and 12, 2018. This is the 12-year anniversary for the Shoreline Wine Festival, bringing in thousands of visitors over the course of the weekend. The Shoreline Wine Festival will celebrate fine wines from Connecticut Wineries and Vineyards from all over the state. Pair this with some of the area’s finest foods, with the backdrop setting of a beautiful farm orchard and background sounds of tasteful music to put you in the mood. The festival is hosted & sponsored by Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market and Winery in Guilford, CT. This year’s festival has brought in over $30K in sponsorships with AT&T, Bishop's Orchards Winery, Clinton Crossing, Foxon Soda, Mosaic, Proforma, Miranda Creative, WFSB/CBS, Shore Publishing, Old Amsterdam, Outfront Media, and Becker's Jewelers.

The Shoreline Wine Festival will feature Connecticut Vineyards and Wineries from around the state, all offering their fine wines that range from grape wines to fruit wines. One of the many benefits to the Shoreline Wine Festival for attendees is that all wine that is sampled by the vineyards at the Festival, are available for sale that weekend to take home with you. This is something that many festivals do not and cannot offer. This two day festival is a ticketed event that affords you the opportunity to taste the wines from all of the wineries, enjoy a tour of the Bishop’s Orchards Winery, live music and entertainment, and a chance to visit with local vendors and artisans. Food offered at the event is from our eclectic food truck line, at an additional charge. Food trucks will include tacos, steamed burgers, lobster rolls, BBQ, grilled cheese, mac n cheese, fresh squeezed lemonade, Italian cuisine and pizza.

Wineries participating in this year’s festival include Hopkins Vineyard, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Jones Family Farm Winery, Paradise Hills Vineyard, Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Taylor Brooke Winery and of course Bishop’s Orchards Winery. Drink the wines of Connecticut and listen to renowned band, The Ticket, and DJ services from Music in Motion, while taking in the scenery overlooking the apple orchards of Bishop’s Orchards.

Tickets for the festival are $35.00 for Adults, $70 for VIP, and $10.00 for Designated Driver Tickets. Tickets are at a per person, per day rate, and they can be purchased online or at Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market. They will also be available at the door of the festival. The hours of the event are Saturday, Aug. 11, 12 pm – 7 pm and Sunday, Aug. 12, 12 pm – 6 pm. For more information and tickets, visit our website at www.shorelinewinefestival.com or contact Erica DeNuzzo at 203.453.2338 x. 215.

FROM:

Erica DeNuzzo

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market and Winery

Erica.d@bishopsorchards.com

Phone: 203.453.2338 x.215 Cell: 203.214.9792

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market and Winery | 1355 Boston Post Road | Guilford, CT 06437

www.BishopsOrchards.com | www.ShorelineWineFestival.com


CHARTER OAK NAMED ‘BEST IN STATE’ CREDIT UNION IN FORBES SURVEY

Charter Oak earns top ranking among CT credit unions for satisfaction, trust, services, and advice

Waterford, CT – July 18, 2018 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has been named the “Best In State” credit union for all of Connecticut in the first-ever Forbes Media nationwide survey of the best financial institutions.

Charter Oak received the top honor based on a number of criteria, including overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services and financial advice.

“We’re honored and proud to be named by Forbes as the ‘Best In State’ credit union,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We've worked very hard to deliver the best service we can to our members and provide them with the best products of any financial institution serving our marketplace,” he said. “So it’s very gratifying that the survey participants strongly agreed by awarding us this prestigious honor,” Orenstein said.

This is the third top survey honor that Charter Oak has earned during 2018. Earlier this year, Charter Oak was awarded “Best Credit Union” in The Day Publishing Co.’s annual “Readers’ Choice” survey and Charter Oak was also named “Best Credit Union” in The (Norwich) Bulletin newspaper’s annual “Best Of” readership survey.

The nationwide online Forbes survey awarded its “Best In State” honors to only 145 credit unions across the country, which represents only 2.5 percent of the more than 5,800 credit unions in the United States. Forbes partnered with the market research firm Statista to produce the magazine’s first-ever look at the best-in-state credit unions and banks. The top credit unions and banks in every state were chosen based on an independent survey from a sample of more than 25,000 U.S. citizens spread across the country who have, or had, a checking account with the financial institution being surveyed.

Overall, the nation’s credit unions scored higher than banks in the survey, with a ranking of 80 percent (based on a score from 0 to 100) compared to banks’ rating of 75.2 percent. Charter Oak’s ranking in the “Best In State” survey was 83 percent, the highest of any of the other Connecticut credit unions ranked by the survey.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.08 billion as of March 31, 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. 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!