Left behind: Navy families navigate life at home

Kelsey carries Hadley, 2, down the stairs while Colton, 6, aims a bow and arrow as they play on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at their home in Groton. For the past six months Smith has had to be both mom and dad as her husband, Josh, a sonar technician on the USS Minnesota, is on deployment. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

To get a better sense of what life is like at home while submarine crews are deployed, Day reporter Julia Bergman and photographer Sarah Gordon spent about five months shadowing two Navy families of sailors aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Minnesota as they navigated day-to-day life.

Submarines in high demand, officials say, as USS Colorado is commissioned

The crew of the Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Colorado (SSN 788) bow their heads for the benediction while manning the rails during the commissioning ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., on Saturday, March 17, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The Navy's newest attack submarine, the USS Colorado (SSN 788), was commissioned Saturday in a ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base at a time when these warships are in high demand.

 USS Colorado commissioning ceremony

Eastern CT Eagles win Div. III championship for first state hockey title

Eastern Connecticut Eagles teammates pile on goalie Rylin Fowler after defeating Tri-Town 7-3 in the CIAC Division III hockey final on Saturday at Yale University's Ingalls Rink. It was the first title in program history for the Eagles, a cooperative program of eight local schools. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

As the season progressed, the Eastern Connecticut Eagles started to believe winning the program's first CIAC Division III state title was more possible than improbable.

 Eastern CT Eagles win Div. III state hockey title

DOT to hold meeting on plans for Niantic River Bridge work

A roughly $15 million project for the Route 156 bridge over the Niantic River in East Lyme and Waterford, including mechanical and electrical work, resurfacing the roadway, repairing steel and painting the bridge, could begin as soon as 2020.

Sift Bake Shop to open second location, in Watch Hill

Adam Young, owner of Sift Bake Shop in Mystic, checks the pastry display before opening for the day at 7 a.m. May 26, 2016. He will be opening a second shop, at 102 Bay St. in Watch Hill. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Come late April, fans of Sift Bake Shop will have not one but two places to satisfy their cravings for croissants or ciabatta, French macarons or mousse, scones or sandwiches.

'Fáilte!' St. Patrick's Day event teaches language of Ireland

Liz Kading, an instructor for the Irish language program at the Tower Street School Community Center in Westerly, gave a lesson at an "Introduction to Gaeilge: The Language of Ireland" event on Saturday afternoon.

Lyme Art Association undergoes restoration project

The nearly 100-year-old Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme is undergoing a major project to restore its exterior. (Courtesy of the Lyme Art Association)

A restoration project for the exterior of the Lyme Art Association gallery is underway to preserve its historic legacy and ensure it lasts for the next century, according to association representatives.

Talking up trash pickup to help the community

Thaler Hefel of Pawcatuck, left, and volunteers from Stonington High School, in background, pick up trash along Bayview Avenue and The Velvet Mill  in Stonington during the Trash Talk Rally 2 on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Thaler Hefel has become the pied piper of local trash pickup.

Washington lawmakers keep their state of Connecticut medical plans

Gubernatorial candidate Tim Herbst cites five former Connecticut lawmakers who have stayed on the state's medical plan for retirees, because it is so generous.



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Regional animal shelter proves doggone difficult

When it comes to building a regional shelter that could serve several towns in need of new facilities, it has been a matter of try, try again. Local leaders need to make this latest effort work.

Putin's punishment a slap on the wrist

As one senator correctly noted, "The Administration needs to step it up, now, if we have any hope of deterring Russian meddling in 2018."

Involving 5-year-olds in walkout showed poor judgment

The timing suggested solidarity with the gun-control tenor of the high school walkouts. It was inappropriate to involve the children in what was essentially a political cause.

Pardoning former sailor was the right thing to do

The former submarine machinist's mate did indeed violate confidentiality laws, but the combination of criminal and military penalties went too far for fairness, compared to treatment of others.



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