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Mohegan Wigwam Festival gives thanks

Alejandro Long, 9, a member of the Mohegan and Taino nations, gets some help with his dancing regalia from parents Marisol and Shane during the Mohegan Wigwam Festival at Fort Shantok on Sunday, August 18, 2019, in Uncasville. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Dancers participate in an intertribal dance during the Mohegan Wigwam Festival at Fort Shantok on Sunday

Rally highlights history, beauty of church facing legal troubles

The once-solvent United Church of Stonington is struggling, and its leaders are appealing to the community for financial assistance and support.

Stenger Farm Park: An oasis of flora, fauna in Waterford

The pond at Stenger Farm Park, seen June 4, 2016, in Waterford. (Jacinta Meyers/The Day)

From Clark Lane, it looks like a dirt parking lot next to a field with an adjacent dog park, easy to pass by without even a hint of curiosity. But walk into the tree line and you will find a variety of lush micro-ecosystems on this former farm.

Norwich to demolish old electrical substation in Taftville

The city is seeking bids for the demolition of an electrical substation that has sat at the intersection for the past 60 years.

With late funding, tourism districts scrambled to promote the state

They didn't get their money until May or June and had until June 30 to commit or expend $400,000.

Connecticut tops continental U.S. in electricity prices: what gives?

The average retail price of electricity in Connecticut is 17.55 cents per kilowatt hour, about 7 cents higher than the national average. Here are some reasons why.

For 70 years, she's documented life on Groton Long Point

Jane Battles, left, chats with Don DiFrancesca for a bit while she sits on the porch of the Groton Long Point Casino Saturday Aug. 10, 2019, to sell the Groton Long Point Summer Social Directory.  Battles sells the directory on Saturday and Sunday mornings. DiFrancesca already has his directory.  Many people chatted with Battles as they passed by the casino or came up on the porch for a short visit.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The 2019 Groton Long Point Summer Social Directory is out and selling briskly.

Municipal meetings

Municipal meetings for the week beginning Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019.

Norwich Rotary seeks diversity award nominees

Norwich Rotary Club is seeking nominations for the 2019 Lottie B. Scott Diversity Award and the Community Diversity Award.

Norwich Free Academy students win contest for accessible home designs

Two NFA students recently won first and fourth place in a statewide contest to design a 2,000-square-foot house accessible to people with disabilities.

Basking in Basque culture in New London

Pedro 'Kepa' Mendia of Cheshire and others attending the Basque Festival join members of the Ruby Mountain Ardi Baltsa dance group in a dance on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. The event took place on Parade Plaza in New London and was hosted by the New England Basque Club. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Pedro 'Kepa' Mendia of Cheshire and others attending the Basque Festival on Saturday join members of the Ruby Mountain Ardi Baltsa dance group in a dance.

Aviation up close in Groton

People look at one of the several privately owned aircraft on display Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, during the National Aviation Day open house at Groton-New London Airport in Groton. At the event aircrafts were on display, booths with introductions to aviation/aerospace organizations were in the airport terminal and tours of airport facilities were available. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

People look at one of the several privately owned aircraft on display Saturday during the National Aviation Day open house at Groton-New London Airport.

New Backus Center for Healthy Aging helps with simple, complicated needs

The new Center for Healthy Aging to the left of the main lobby can connect families to services to help aging residents remain as indpendent as possible.

Uruguayan tall ship, docked in New London, will open to public

Escorted by the Mystic Fire Department's Marine One, left, crew members of the Capitan Miranda, a three-masted schooner from Uruguay, stand in honors on the ship's booms Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, as they travel up the Thames River to New London. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Lt. Diego Fros, deck officer, one of 80 crew members on board, said the ship has two missions: first to train new naval officers, and second, to serve as an ambassador of sorts for Uruguay.

Groton City Police seeking identity of body found in Thames River

Coast Guard, left, and City of Groton on the Thames River under the Gold Star Bridge head towards the KE Streeter Boat Launch in Groton after retrieving a body that was discovered by boaters Saturday evening Aug. 17, 2019. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The person appears to be an Asian male, approximately 30 to 40 years old, according to Sgt. Patricia Lieteau.

Body recovered from Thames River

Town of Groton, Coast Guard and City of Groton boats on the Thames River under the Gold Star Bridge where boaters discovered a body in the water Saturday evening Aug. 17, 2019.   (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The person, who is deceased and whose identity has not been released by police, was spotted about 6:30 p.m. Saturday by boaters in the river near the Gold Star Bridge.

Police logs - Aug. 18, 2019

Arrests by state police and local departments around the region.

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Coast Guard Academy professors help in battle against drugs

Commander Joseph Brown, associate professor of chemistry at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, demonstrates the use of a Smiths Detection Ionscan during an interview in one of the academy´s labs on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The Coast Guard uses ion scan devices to detect trace amounts of drugs on vessels suspected of smuggling drugs into the U.S. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Three defendants in a recent drug trafficking case were convicted for their roles in an international drug smuggling operation involving at least 500 kilograms of cocaine, worth about $18 million.

More than 30 Coast Guard Academy cadets recovering from bacterial infection

The United States Coast Guard Academy on April 25, 2014, in New London.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Thirty members of the incoming Class of 2023 at the Coast Guard Academy, and four cadets who are overseeing their summer training, are recovering from a bacterial infection.

After war, combat photographer turns lens on nation's veterans

Photographer Stacy Pearsall, left, adjusts the pose of WWII Army Veteran Ben Cooper, of West Hartford, before she takes his portrait during a stop of the Veteran's Photo Project at the Submarine Force Library and Museum on Monday, August 12, 2019, in Groton.  Pearsall, a decorated military photojournalist, has captured over 7,500 veterans' portraits in over 90 cities since she started the project in 2008.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Since medically retiring from the Air Force 11 years ago, combat photographer Stacy Pearsall has photographed about 7,500 military personnel - mainly veterans.

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Woman charged in Connecticut missing mom case heads back to court

In this June 28, 2019, file photo, Michelle Troconis attends a hearing in Stamford Superior Court in Stamford, Conn. The judge agreed to issue a no-contact order designed to keep her boyfriend Fotis Dulos and his attorney away from her and also granted permission for her to travel to a friend's home in New York state. Troconis and Dulos are charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in connection with the May 24 disappearance of Fotis Dulos' wife Jennifer Dulos. (Erik Trautmann/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool, File)

A woman charged in the disappearance of a 50-year-old Connecticut mother of five is headed back to court

Emotional highs, lows mark hiker's record-setting project

Philip Carcia experienced extreme highs and lows _ in both elevation and emotions _ on his way to setting a speed record for New Hampshire hiking

Connecticut town halts guardrail upgrades after residents complain barriers aren't attractive

A Connecticut town has halted guardrail improvements following complaints about the look of new, steel barriers on some residential streets