Connecticut may lack the open plains of middle America and the big sky country of the American West. Nor does the state have the equestrian pedigree of Kentucky, or the rodeos of Oklahoma and Texas.

MADISON — After five years in sunny California, Jonathan Bone and Justin McLaughlin returned to their hometown, bringing with them a slice of the Golden State. In a bowl, that is: an acai bowl, topped with colorful berries, tropical fruits and crunchy seeds or granola.

At a recent book event at the Guilford Free Library, author Leo Marino, a Branford resident, delighted a full house of Wooster Square denizens and descendants with a discussion of his book “The House on Green Street: Life and Times of a First Generation Italian American,” the colorful story …

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OLD SAYBROOK — To recognize individuals who have made a difference, the Old Saybrook Historical Society is presenting its “Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation” to former eight-time First Selectwoman Barbara J. Maynard for her many achievements in historic preservation.

WEST HAVEN — Even battle-hardened first responders involved in investigating the latest report of animal abuse feel it in their gut when they talk about it: a miniature schnauzer apparently lit on fire and killed over the weekend in the Sandy Point Beach parking lot.

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The Branford 375th Anniversary Celebration at the Armory June 29 at the Connecticut National Guard Armory in Branford sponsored by the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Branford Historical Society, the Second Company Governor’s Foot Guard, and the First Congregational Church in celebr…

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OLD SAYBROOK — Caffe Marche is a dash of la dolce vita in the heart of Old Saybrook. A freshly baked scone paired with a rich, fragrant cappuccino will transport you to a sidewalk just off the piazza. Housed in the historic James Pharmacy, owners Paul and Eileen Angelini share the gracious a…

Many people opt for shopping in bulk at wholesale club stores, such as Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s to save money. But, do you really have the room in your home to store all these additional products? Here are few suggestions to help you.

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BRANFORD — Matthew Carrano learned about dinosaurs back in the days when books were the main source of information, visits to the Blackstone Memorial Library were essential and writing down facts and details was the only way to keep the information at your fingertips.

BRANFORD — “I escaped from forced labor in Cambodia,” Ethan Reynolds said in his character as Chan Khan, standing in a hut he built himself. A seventh-grader at the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center, a private middle school in Branford, he was demonstrating the life of a refugee from …

As June comes to an end, so does the formal observation of Men’s Health Month — a whole month to focus on how to be healthier. But shouldn’t we be cognizant of our health the whole year long and not just one month when a spotlight is put on it?

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MADISON — Celebrate the start of summer with good food, live music and fun and games for the whole family.

Out to dinner last night for another friend’s birthday at a supposedly “fabulous” new restaurant that charges $42 for a strip steak. I ordered foie gras and was brought silverware for it, only to be told after 10 minutes they were out of foie gras. After a too- cool bowl of mushroom soup (it…

CLINTON — Some 140 students graduated from The Morgan School in Clinton, Wednesday, June 12 under clear skies and sent off with the message from Principal Keri Hagness that they should “take as much time as possible to unplug, slow down.”

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Old Saybrook High School graduates and staff expressed tears, laughter and lessons during an outdoor ceremony Friday night for some 100 students. At the podium, Principal Sheila A. Riffle and Associate Principal Joseph Anastasio first thanked everyone at the school — custodians, administrati…

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As 266 Daniel Hand High School graduates gathered on the First Congregational Church lawn, Friday, June 14, Principal Anthony Salutari stressed, “I am confident that you are well-prepared for the many exciting opportunities the future will offer.”

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WESTBROOK — Shooting silly string and confetti-filled poppers into the air, Westbrook High School graduation was a joyous celebration on Monday, June 17.

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On a bright summer early evening, Guilford High School Principal Richard Misenti led 265 graduates in the processional to the Guilford Green on June 14. Following closely behind him were Valedictorian Katherine Hooker and Saluatorian Charlotte Zimmer carrying flowers given by their parents.

WESTBROOK — Two students who admitted to being involved in affixing fake male sexual organs on the roofline and the front of Westbrook High School were suspended and barred from walking in graduation, Monday, June 17, Superintendent of Schools Patricia A. Ciccone said.

BRANFORD — Five years ago, Madelyn Kavanaugh published “Mermaid Tears,” a story about children and sea glass and a mermaid and the power of believing. It took place at a beach near her Branford home during the summer on a beach. She read her book at libraries, at summer associations, and at …

GUILFORD — On Friday, June 14 at Martin Bishop Fireman’s Field in Guilford, Today I Matter will hold the Fifth Annual Martine’s Wakeup, a sober picnic to raise funds for addiction recovery services named for Martine Jehan who died at 26 from an overdose in late 2013.

GUILFORD — People will have the chance to anonymously exchange their guns for gift cards and receive information about safe storage through a “Safe Surrender” initiative on June 22 honoring Ethan Song, the teenager who died after he accidentally shot himself in the head in 2018.