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GROTON - The sounds of the band Rewind will be featured this week at Concerts in the Park 2017 on Friday (August 25, 2017) at Washington Park in the City of Groton.

Rewind is a six-piece band consisting of digital drums, two keyboards, guitar, percussion and bass.  The group features strong vocals while performing the classic hits of groups like Journey, Doobies, Eagles, Billy Joel, Springsteen and many more.

The concert series is co-sponsored and co-produced by Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department.

The remaining concerts are:  Friday, September 1, the Jay Dempsey Band; and Sunday, September 3, Rock N’ Soul Revue.

Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

You can also check out the complete Concerts in the Park 2017 schedule during the season on Groton Utilities’ web site at and the City’s web site at

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline.

Food is available on site.  The Groton Babe Ruth League sells food and drink as a fund raiser.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper. The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

Frank E. Winkler
Co-Chair, Concerts in the Park 2017
(860) 446-4095
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Five years ago, a group of marine professional volunteers took on the assignment of building a catamaran for The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk. One of the pioneers of this assignment was Per Heidenreich who is very involved in the Mystic community and has an immense passion for the area and its environment. 

 The aquarium's vessel replaced an older, smaller boat used to bring school children and students out on Long Island Sound to teach them about Marine Science and the Marine Environment. The vessel, a 65 ft catamaran, was delivered in 2015 and is equipped with a hybrid-electric propulsion system. She runs virtually silent on lithium battery electric power which allows normal speaking levels while aboard the vessel, while accommodating (with crew) a total of 65 people. The vessel has both an indoor cabin and outdoor decks, as well as an ROS (Remote Operated Submersible) sending live video from the bottom of the sea to a large flat-screen monitor in the indoor cabin. The vessel is also equipped with a plankton tow, trawl net, video microscope, and a bio dredge used to bring loads from the ocean floor to an on-board touch tank. The scientific equipment can used for research and study groups for schools and universities, but it is planned to be used for recreational cruises as well. 

 After a preliminary discussion with potential interested parties in Mystic, including Mystic Aquarium and Whaler´s Inn, Per and his team would like to canvass the area in and around Mystic to determine the level of interest for another vessel to be based in Mystic.  A new vessel could be ready for service by the spring of 2019. The Mystic vessel, as is the Norwalk vessel, can be used for school groups, universities, day and evening cruises, anniversaries and weddings, dinner and cocktail parties, private charters, etc. The ´´classroom´´ layout of the indoor cabin can easily be converted to a recreational or formal setting.  

You can assist me with my research by pasting the following link into your web browser and filling out a brief questionnaire regarding if and how you or your organization would use this vessel. The questionnaire does collect some information, but this is not for solicitation or sales purposes. It is simply to keep a database of the people and organizations we have spoken to in the area.

Thank You!

 Chris Chaparro

Heidenreich Enterprise, L.P.

1010 Washington Blvd, 9th Floor

Stamford, CT 06901

Tel Direct: +1.203.981.3744

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Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award Presented to Marcia R. Gipstein

GROTON - Marcia R. Gipstein is the recipient of the 2017 Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award for her many years of “Giving Back to the Community”.  The award was presented at the annual City of Groton Day celebration on August 4.

A check for $1,000 was presented to the Ledge Light Foundation Inc. in her honor. The charitable donation from Groton Utilities is the symbol of the award.

From 2008 to the present, Gipstein has been a major force and volunteer in the community effort to keep Ledge Light local. In nominating his wife for the award, Todd Gipstein, who is President of the Ledge Light Foundation, said that, while she is a transplant to Groton, “Marcia has embraced the community, helped Eastern Point, and been one of the driving forces behind the restoration and use of Ledge Light, a beloved local landmark.”

“For eight (8) years, she has often put in 40-hours a week (all volunteer) helping restore the light, create the museum inside the lighthouse, and run tours,” he explained.

Todd says that Marcia was the driving force behind the lighthouse’s 2009 Centennial Gala.  That event drew 220 people and raised enough money to commission important studies, start the museum and allow the Foundation to begin serous restoration work.


Groton Utilities named the award, The Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award, to commemorate Mrs. Nixon’s service to her community. Jackie, as she was known to most, gave back to the community in many ways, including operating a food pantry in her residence for 24 years.  She distributed food on a regular basis to many needy families.  Jackie passed away July 6, 2004 after a brief battle with cancer.  Groton Utilities created the award in 2004 during its 100th anniversary year.

In 2009, Marcia was the driving force behind the lighthouse’s Centennial gala, which drew 220 people and raised enough money to commission important studies to start the museum and begin serious restoration work.

For the past nine (9) years, she has been on the Ledge Light Foundation Board of Directors, serving as its treasurer.  Her involvement has also included all the preservation work on the light, writing grants, creating the gift shop.  

She has also been in charge of tour guides, tour scheduling and been a guide herself.

Marcia co-wrote the application for ownership of the light when the federal government offered it to a non-profit.  This was a joint effort with the New London Maritime Society to keep Ledge Light local. The result was successful.  

Her other volunteer efforts include serving as co-president of the Eastern Point Property Owners Association from 2007-2012 and contributing her time and energy helping on various projects such as the annual block party. She has been a member of the Eastern Point Historical Commission since 2009, helping to keep the Eastern Point neighborhood an historical gem.

Earle A. Williams was the recipient of the first annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award.  Other winners of the award are: Robert “Bob” Leeney, Mimi

Orkney, Lillian “Lil” Hansen, Sarah Stanley, William “Bill” Welsh, Jr., Alfred Restivo, Robert “Bob” Austin LaFrance, Archie C. Swindell, Mildred “Milly” Carlson, Lian Obrey, James “Jim” Streeter and Charlie Ebbinghaus.



Frank E. Winkler

Manager Economic Development

Groton Utilities Spokesperson

(860) 446-4095

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Historic Steamboat Sabino Returns to the Water 
National Historic Landmark at Mystic Seaport is Oldest Coal-Fired Vessel Operating on a Regular Schedule in U.S.


Mystic, Conn. (July 31, 2017) — Mystic Seaport announced today it will resume operating its steamboat Sabino for public cruises on the Mystic River Wednesday, August 2. The vessel has been under restoration in the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard for more than two years and is the oldest coal-fired steamboat in regular operation in the United States. Mystic Seaport operates her as a working exhibit providing passengers with an authentic early 20th century steamboat experience.

“We are very proud to return Sabino to work on the Mystic River as she has done for more than 40 years. As the only one of our four National Historic Landmark vessels we regularly operate, she is the best example of our philosophy of preservation and active use,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport.


Sabino will operate six days a week from the Mystic Seaport waterfront through October 9. There will be three cruises per day: a 30-minute upriver cruise for $8 per person at 2:30 p.m., a 90-minute downriver cruise to the mouth of the Mystic River for $18 per person at 3:30 p.m., and a two-hour downriver cruise at 5:30 p.m. for $25 per person. There will also be a two-hour downriver cruise at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays for $25 per person. The boat will not operate on Tuesdays.

Museum admission is not required for downriver cruises; it is required for the 30-minute cruise. Children 3 and younger ride for free, but they must have a ticket to board. Tickets can be purchased up to two weeks in advance by calling 860.572.5331.


Sabino can carry 74 passengers and is available for group charters.


About Sabino
Sabino was built in 1908 in East Boothbay, Maine, and spent most of her career ferrying passengers and cargo between Maine towns and islands. She is 57 feet long and has a beam of 23 feet. Her hull is constructed of wood and she is powered by a 75-horsepower two-cylinder compound steam engine. The engine is the original power plant that was installed in 1908 and was manufactured by the J. H. Paine & Son Co. in nearby Noank, Connecticut. Steam is generated by a coal-fired boiler. Sabino came to Mystic Seaport in 1973 and she was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992.

The recent restoration began in December 2014 and addressed a number of issues around the vessel, including reframing much of the stern, replacing the keel bolts, installing new planking and decking, and restoring portions of the superstructure. In addition, numerous mechanical and systems upgrades were carried out, most notably the fabrication and installation of a new boiler to meet modern safety and regulatory requirements. The restoration is expected to keep Sabino in operation for at least the next 25 to 30 years.

Financial support for the project was provided by a combination of private philanthropy and public grants, including $172,125 from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, $149,318 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and a National Maritime Heritage Grant of $199,806 administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the U.S. Maritime Administration. 


About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The newly opened Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibitions, beginning with the current show SeaChange. The Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $28.95 for adults ages 15 and older and $18.95 for children ages 4-14. Museum members and children three and younger are admitted free. For more information, please visit  
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Dan McFadden
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