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Steve Fagin

More power to bicyclists!

Bike Stonington, a local advocacy group that promotes bicycle access, safety and awareness, is organizing a Bike2Work Challenge.

Dr. Jon Gaudio

All history is local

"All history is local,” a friend texted me recently. He had been musing about the Revolutionary War and how the British, retreating from the Battle of Lexington and Concord under heavy fire for 15 miles to Boston, “passed through what is now Harvard Square, crossing the...

Steve Fagin

If you like rocks, Chatfield Hollow is really gneiss

We snaked through tight fissures, scrambled among jumbled heaps of boulders and ducked beneath horizontal overhangs.

Steve Fagin

Bigger waves? More wind? Yes, please

Gerry Polinsky’s annual Polar Paddle Practicum class encourages kayakers to “push their comfort zones” while honing rough-water skills.

Carol Sommer

Happy anniversary, New London

This month marks the 376th anniversary of New London’s founding by John Winthrop, Jr. It isn’t one of those major milestones that inspires parades, speeches, and fireworks, but back on May 6, 1896, on the city’s 250th anniversary, New London threw a spectacular party.

Steve Fagin

Above and below ground, Bolton Notch beckons

The park measures only 93 acres, but we were able to ramble for seven miles by veering off onto contiguous public properties.





Steve Fagin

Like son, like father: Kayaking over the Salmon River dam

The Salmon is one of the state’s premier flyfishing destinations.

Dr. Jon Gaudio

The pressure of getting your blood pressure taken

For the last several months, I've been meaning to write about hypertension. After all, I probably talk about it more than anything else. But each time I sit down to write about it, something else comes to my mind which seems (at least to me) a...

Steve Fagin

Spring awakens the Sleeping Giant

While tramping up a steep, rocky trail toward the 739-foot summit of Mount Carmel at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden last week, our hiking group paused to watch a garter snake slither sluggishly through leaf litter. A moment later,...

Robert Tougias

Hearing the clear song of a northern cardinal

It was just before sunrise when I heard a familiar sound almost forgotten. It was the clear song of a northern cardinal. I stopped in my tracks and listened with utter appreciation. As I stood there, I realized the significance of the moment;...

Steve Fagin

Trails from the Kettle Pond refuge go on for miles and miles

Undulating trails weave through lush forests, among glacial boulders, past vernal pools, over rocky ridges, and connect to other footpaths.

Carol Sommer

There’s no place like home

John Rogers Bolles (1810-1895) loved New London. He thought the city offered “views of beauty unsurpassed.”