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"And everywhere, around, above, below, when the Preceptor bore his bride away, their songs burst forth in joyous overflow, and a new heaven bent over a new earth amid the sunny farms of Killingworth"
The Birds of Killingworth
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Welcome to the Chamber
The purpose of the Chamber of Commerce shall be to create a more favorable atmosphere for local business in harmony with the quality and character of the community.

The Board of Directors meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. Business owners interested in joining the Chamber are also invited to attend.
In This Month's Krier
The Congregational Church Says Good Bye to Reverend Martha Bays
By Rachel Schemmerling
Reverend Martha Bays
Reverend Martha Bays came to The Congregational Church in Killingworth, UCC in January of 2009. In January of 2018, Martha will retire to New York to be closer to her grandchildren. While she's moving from our small to the big city, her life will go at a much slower pace compared to her very active work of The Congregational Church of Killingworth.

As the Board Chair of the Shoreline Soup Kitchen, Martha tirelessly continued to assist and carry out the necessary duties of heading that organization as well as working on church mission projects. The church sponsors several children through World Vision and donates to UCC missions, Helping Hands, Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries, and other worthwhile charities. The church donates food, clothing, and living necessities to those in need - locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, the church prepares a meal for the Eddy House Homeless Shelter as well as takes food and clothing to the Green in New Haven on a monthly basis to be distributed to anyone in need.

Martha will continue her volunteer work and mission efforts at the local soup kitchen in New York. She looks forward to spending more time with her grown children and her three grandchildren. The Congregational Church hosted a farewell service in December and her last worship service was held on December 31st.

We wish Martha all the best in her retirement, she will be missed.
President's Message
Franco M. Piscitelli
Dear Killingworth friends:
We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and were able to slow down a little and enjoy it with family and friends. It always seems to go by too fast. For me, by the end of December I get so sick of looking at food, but I'm never strong enough to turn it down! We hope you joined us for our annual tree lighting at Parmelee Farm. A big Thank You to the Lion's Club for their partnership in putting the event together and for their continued support of Chamber events over the years. The volunteer crew at the Farm does an incredible job getting everything set up.

With a great 2017 behind us , we look forward to an outstanding 2018. The Chamber has some big plans and decisions to make regarding the future of our Chamber. We will continue our great traditions in 2018 including the Pumpkin Carving, the Concert Series, and Christmas at the Farm. We plan to continue our partnership with other local chambers. Currently our officers and Board of Directors are investigating the possibility of a merger with a neighboring chamber. All members will be notified with any progress. Locally we'll highlight more of the great locations we have in town for our "Business After Hours" events. These Chamber networking events are great opportunities to get exposure for your business. If you are a Chamber member looking to promote your business and host a Business After Hours, please contact the Chamber. More details on our February Business After Hours in the February Krier. In a joint effort with the town, we are also planning a "Real Estate Agent Breakfast" highlighting local properties, more info soon.

A new year means new resolutions. Whether it's saving for retirement, losing weight, improving your daily habits, building that addition, or anything else you had in mind, please remember to give one of the Chamber members the opportunity to help you with that specific goal. Chamber members who pay dues and also advertise in the Krier are a major reason why the Chamber is still able to produce the Krier that we all enjoy.

I wish you all Healthy, Happy, Prosperous 2018 and look forward to seeing you around Killingworth.

Franco Piscitelli