| Feb 5, 2014
| 7:40 AM
Todd Solek wakes up around 6 a.m. to chop firewood for his custom brick oven, where it will burn all day. Around 7 a.m., when other bakeries have sold half their stock, he begins mixing doughs by hand.
Todd and his wife, Melissa, lovingly refer to...
| Mar 10, 2014
Motherhood is like climbing a mountain. At least, that's what Sophie Helenek thinks. "You have ups and downs. You have sleep deprivation. You really have your doubts," says this Haddam mom, who became the youngest French woman to reach the summit of Mount...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 3:39 PM
As Connecticut prepares to launch a new standardized test that will be taken on computers, some parents are pushing to pull their children out of the exams.
"I'm just concerned that this hasn't been reviewed thoroughly," said Candice Cushman, who has...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 11:07 AM
How do you replace a legend?
The answer, of course, is you don’t. You find someone who respects past accomplishments but has his or her own independent vision for the future.
Trouble comes, however, when the legend plays a major role in choosing...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 12:38 PM
Garden Club Events
* Gini Mita, of Wallingford Garden Club, speaks at the Monday, March 10, meeting of the Duck River Garden Club at 7:30 p.m. at Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme. Mita will discuss “Plants from Seeds.”...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 9:15 AM
Aficionados de aves rapaces están muy entusiasmados con la llegada de un número récord de águilas de cabeza blanca en la parte baja del Río Connecticut donde desembocan las aguas.
Estos majestuosos visitantes son comedores de pescado, volando desde el...
| Feb 16, 2014
When Wallace Stevens moved to Hartford from New York in 1916 to work in the insurance business, he was well-known in poetry circles but not yet acclaimed as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.
He had been married for seven years to a woman...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 4:40 PM
A thorn that became embedded in my finger opened my eyes to the whacky world of modern medical care. Here's what I've learned.
The first rule of keeping your health care costs down is: Don't be an idiot. I failed this test with flying colors.
| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:05 AM
It was quite a celebration on Oct. 24, 1877.
It was the opening of the Goodspeed Opera House — the six-story wooden Victorian structure on the banks of the Connecticut River in East Haddam, and long before the swing bridge was built. (A ferry...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:05 AM
The one show that changed a Connecticut theater's fortunes more than any other was the musical "Annie" that had its world premiere at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam in 1976.
The opening night was a rough one. If "My Fair Lady" opened in the...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 5:29 AM
"We have no plans for it and we don't know what to do with it."
Those words were spoken by Stanley Bates, a planner for the state parks and forests nearly 37 years ago shortly after Oscar Swenson sold the "old Forster powerhouse" and 40 acres surrounding...