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Rick Koster

Rick's List - Rick's Police Logs Edition

One of the most popular features in our newspaper is the daily enumeration of crimes/alleged criminals populating our police logs column. As reporters who compile these items, we follow a carefully calibrated list of offenses that are or are not inscribed on the crime logs of various...

Steve Fagin

Elevated thoughts: Lessons from a hillside

A granite outcrop not far from our house rises steeply above the forest floor, providing expansive views of the surrounding countryside. It is a wonderful perch to scramble atop, gaze off at the distance and contemplate one's place in the cosmos. We've taken to calling it Bald Mountain...

Carol Sommer

Old roads recall forgotten stories

My mother wasn’t pleased when Main Street in New London was renamed Eugene O’Neill Drive in 1972. She admired the playwright, but thought that the 1938 Hurricane and urban renewal had made more than enough changes to the city she loved. Mom might not have known that very early in New...

Steve Fagin

Done in again by the Scantic River's Staircase Rapids

You know that heart-pounding feeling when thunderous, Class III rapids propel your kayak toward a vertical dropoff, and you realize that you should have aimed for a more navigable channel, and you desperately try to change direction but it’s far too late for such a maneuver, so you’re...

Suzanne Thompson

It takes a garden

Denise Heinrich waited 17 years to become a UConn Master Gardener. When she finally completed the classes this spring, she found a crop of enthusiastic, energetic preschool farmers ready to learn how to grow nutritious vegetables.

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Steve Fagin

Some hunting like shooting fish in a barrel

I haven’t fished in decades, and the only things I’ve ever hunted are missing car keys and loose change under sofa cushions, so my understanding of these activities doesn’t extend much beyond vintage TV shows: Opie Taylor...

Rick Koster

Rick's List - Halloween Slasher Films in Context Edition

As I type these words, it's 90 hours 'til Halloween. Unlike Christmas, a day front-loaded with presents opened at dawn followed by a long day of feeling not really sad but sorta irritated and bitter that the presents have already been...

Steve Fagin

Fagin's Useless Gadget List

A large, dead birch I was cutting down with a chain saw the other day had been leaning toward a clearing where I wanted it to fall, but I failed to notice a gnarly bittersweet vine that coiled around the upper branches. So instead of toppling...

Dr. Jon Gaudio

'Just this once'

I come home late so often that it’s a wonder my wife is still married to me.

Carol Sommer

Mystic’s ties to early Key West

You might think that places like Mystic and Key West — 1,550 miles and four climate zones apart — wouldn’t have a shared past, but they do.

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