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What is it like to campaign for state Senate in a pandemic?

People listen to Bob Statchen, right, Democratic candidate for state Senate in the 18th District, during a candidate forum Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, hosted by Eastern Connecticut in Solidarity at Veterans Memorial Park in Jewett City. Mark DePonte, candidate in the primary for the 45th District state House seat, also participated in the event. Statchen will face Republican incumbent Sen. Heather Somers in the November election. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

State Senate candidates in southeastern Connecticut are taking different approaches to door-knocking, and getting creative.

Waterford Historical Society holds event during historic summer

People look at the paintings on display among the farm equipment in the barn during the

This was 2020, the year everybody was required to wear face masks, stand 6 feet apart and have their temperatures taken before entering any of the Waterford Historical Society buildings.

He lost touch with his brother after joining the Navy; 35 years later, he's hoping to find him

Michael Rosado is seen here in this photograph from the 1980s. His brother, Carlos Rosado, hasn't seen him since. (Courtesy of Carlos Rosado)

Carlos Rosado last saw his brother Michael in the mid-1980s. His search regained steam more than 10 years ago, when he received a letter from his foster mother saying Michael had contacted her.

Bug experts: 'Do not be afraid' of large cicada killer wasps

A cicada killer stings a cicada again Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, as it works to drag it into its burrow in the yard of an Old Lyme home.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

These notoriously large wasps have re-emerged in Connecticut in numbers higher than typical this summer, but they're not likely to attack humans, experts say.

Eversource expects to restore power to most customers by Sunday evening

In a news release issued Saturday evening, the company said it has 1,700 teams out working to restore electricity across the state after Tropical Storm Isaias tore through Tuesday, bringing down trees and wires.

Municipal meetings

Municipal meetings for the week beginning Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020.

Upcoming move prompts best friend to reveal true feelings

DEAR ABBY: I have been in love with my best friend for two years. We met at a summer camp where we were both working, and we hated each other in the beginning. During the process of working together, we somehow became best...

Backus nurses to air grievances against Hartford HealthCare

Nurses will picket outside the Norwich hospital Sunday in a bid to call attention to what they say are patient care issues and poor working conditions.

Displaced families, discarded food and damage: dealing with impacts of Isaias

Sheila Wertheimer of Old Lyme fills gallon jugs with water, that her family will use for their toilets, from a garden hose Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, that was available for people to use at the respite center at the Lymes´ Senior Center in Old Lyme.  Wertheimer's daughter Rachel was around the corner of the building charging their electronic devices at the charging station. Bottled water was not available. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

This is the most power outages Connecticut has seen from a single event since 2011.

Trump approves emergency declaration for state in wake of Isaias

A fallen tree rests on the roof of Supreme-Lake Manufacturing Inc. on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Southington, Conn. A snapped utility pole and other fallen trees nearby brought down wires in front of the building. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

In a first for FEMA, the agency is allowing towns and cities to conduct virtual damage assessments.

Festival draws fancy cars, visitors to downtown Norwich

Zach Ridenour, 15, takes a look at some of the vintage cars parked along Broadway in Norwich for the third annual First Friday Car Show and Global City Norwich Virtual Art and Music Show on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in downtown Norwich.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Visitors downtown were treated to the sight of fancy wheels lining the streets.

East Lyme schools to pursue hybrid learning model

In a letter to parents Friday, Superintendent Jeffrey Newton announced the district will pursue a hybrid-blended learning model at the start of this school year after the Board of Education voted on the decision at a special meeting Thursday night.

Coming this weekend

News: Campaigning during a pandemic is a challenge for candidates, with fewer opportunities to go door to door or address large gatherings. Daybreak: Rick Koster chats with novelist Ace Atkins in advance of Tuesday's appearance on "Read of...

East Lyme selectmen request Board of Finance reconsider police building funding

They argued that because of recent changes in state policing laws, as well as the need to move officers out of the current dilapidated building, among other reasons, it was appropriate to ask the finance board to reconsider its decision.

As power outages persist, Lamont calls up National Guard

A tree crew from Lucas Tree Experts clears branches from the wires as a line crew from Eversource stands-by to restore power along Jordan Cove Road In Waterford Thursday, August 6, 2020.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Eversource says customers should prepare for multiple days without electricity.

Police logs - Aug. 8, 2020

Arrests by state police and local departments around the region.

Two displaced after New London kitchen fire

Two people have been displaced after a kitchen fire broke out in a 30-unit apartment building at 73 Washington St. on Friday afternoon. There were no injuries.

Ledyard police investigating apparent suicide

Town police are investigating an apparent suicide Friday afternoon in a dirt-pulloff area in the vicinity of Route 12 between Route 214 and River Drive near the Gales Ferry School.



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5 highest-paid Eversource execs earned total of $40M last year

Workers clean up tree damage in Glastonbury, Conn., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The Connecticut National Guard joined over 1,750 utility crews in Connecticut on Friday in efforts to clear trees and restore power to more than homes and businesses still in the dark, as frustration continued to grow over the pace of the response to Tropical Storm Isaias. (AP Photo/David Collins)

With Eversource Energy firmly in the spotlight for increasing electricity charges in July and now for its handling of mass power outages in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias, ratepayers and elected officials are scrutinizing the company's executive...

Shipyard, union reach tentative deal to end strike in Maine

Striking Bath Iron Works shipbuilders march in solidarity, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Bath, Maine. The union representing striking production workers says a tentative agreement was reached with Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works to end a strike that stretched for more than a month during a global pandemic. The agreement announced on Saturday, Aug. 8,  will be put forth to the 4,300 members of Machinists Local S6 for approval. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works and production workers have reached a tentative agreement aimed at ending a strike that stretched for more than a month during a global pandemic

Why some voters have not yet received absentee ballots

The Secretary of the State’s Office sent absentee ballots to all but 20,000 registered Democrats and Republicans ahead of the Aug. 11 primary election. It's up to town and city clerks to send out the remaining ballots.