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Summer at the Shore

Shaffer's Marina sell rods, hooks and bait, but the advice is free

Shaffer's Marina sell rods, hooks and bait, but the advice is free

In 1936 when Harry and Maude Shaffer opened their Mystic marina and boat livery business, people went fishing so they had food to eat. Today the third generation of their family continues to run the business.

GALLERIES: Summer at the Shore

Serious business — and fun — on the water for ferry captain

Now 70, John Xenides has been a ferry captain since 1979 — and 32 years of that time for New London-based Cross Sound Ferry.

Four generations have spent vacations at beach home on the bluff

While the cottage on the bluff at Crescent Beach is home base, Elsa Cantor and her family venture out often while vacationing in Niantic. They ride their bicycles to Black Point every day, a six mile round trip. They go blueberry picking and kayaking and walk down to the "The Stand" for a snack or meal.

Aphrodite: How a storied yacht was restored to former glory

Kirk Reynolds hesitates just a fraction of a second when he's asked about Aphrodite, the 74-foot vessel that ties up every summer in Watch Hill Harbor and of which he is the captain. "Who is she? What is she? She's like a Ferrari," he purrs in response.

Sound View parking lot owner sees it all

Sandy Ziemba operates one of eight privately owned parking lots permitted by the Town of Old Lyme, parking up to 16 cars in the side yard of her Cape Cod-styled home on Swan Avenue.

Lifeguarding at Ocean Beach: A job of great responsibility and rewards

Thirty lifeguards patrol 50-acre Ocean Beach Park.

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