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A Legacy of Activism With a journalist’s instinct for information, a global appreciation for life, and a passion for helping today while preserving for tomorrow – it is no wonder Katherine “Katchen” Coley thrived as an activist and advocate. While Katchen’s life took her around the world, it was in Middletown and Middlesex County that inspired her to become nature’s advocate. She was dedicated to preserving the environment and fighting for stricter environmental regulations. Katchen had a long and distinguished career of environmental activism, regularly lobbying the Connecticut congressional delegation in Washington and joining numerous Connecticut-based organizations as an advocate….

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PIONEERING VOLUNTEER and COMMUNITY ACTIVIST Phyllis McDowell humbly and quietly will tell you she started her career in volunteerism because she had nothing to do. She just had too much time on her hands and too much energy to waste. Phyllis, a resident of Chester and Fenwick, believes that helping others – and everything around you – is an obligation and a privilege. Her “volunteer career” began in New Haven. Phyllis founded Fellowship Place which went on to become highly recognized for its pioneering ways of treating mental health patients through art therapy, vocational training and by fostering an open…

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Love at first sight is not just a Hollywood cliché. It does happen in real life, and those who knew Barbara and George Hart, will tell you that their love for and dedication to each other was an inspiration for all. Barbara and George Hart spent a lifetime together, living in many communities and working to further their passions. She loved flowers and the pleasure they bring; he loved the water and sailing and the thrill of the open seas (and Long Island Sound). It was only natural that they settled in Old Saybrook, where their personal and professional lives…

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Can women helping women really make a difference? Absolutely! Many of us now find ourselves in a position to help others. We are an untapped resource. We can take the initiative and direct our charitable dollars to help generations of women and girls to live independent and productive lives. Our philanthropy is at work right here in Middlesex County – where we live, work and play. Never underestimate the power of women! In 2002, a group of concerned Middlesex County women banded together to create the Fund for Women & Girls, an endowed fund of the Community Foundation of Middlesex…

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Community and education were driving forces in Marjorie Rosenbaum’s life. A lifelong resident of Middletown and one of the original graduates of Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program, Marjorie thrived in a community in which music, theater, literature, and education were prevalent. Marjorie worked with others in the community to establish and nurture programs that would ensure a bright future for Middletown. A founder of CAUSE (Community & University Services for Education), Marjorie believed in facilitating cooperative projects between Wesleyan University and the Middletown community; she looked to the future, understanding that creating collaborative programs within the university and local community…

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