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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
HK's NASA Rover Challenge Team Seeking Support
NASA Rover Challenge
L-R - Ethan Campbell, Matt Savastra, Erica West, Isaiah Smith
Engineering students of the NASA Rover Challenge team from Haddam Killingworth High School are building a pedal-powered rover to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge in Huntsville, Alabama this April. The students are raising funds to support their trip and are about one quarter of the way there.

The team would appreciate any support that the residents of our community can give towards this incredible educational opportunity.

To donate, visit: gofundme.com/hkhs-nasa-rover-challenge. If you would like more information about the competition itself, visit nasa.gov/roverchallenge/home/index.html
President's Message
Franco M. Piscitelli
Hello Killingworth Friends
The winter holidays are behind us and hopefully the snows have melted. Many of us look forward to getting outside to work in the yard but March is always tricky weather wise, so you just never know if we'll jump right into spring or into another foot of snow. The March Krier is our Finance Edition. I'm proud to have my business spotlighted this month. Our financial planning group is going through some exciting changes and I'm happy to share those with you.

My passion for all things finance started when I was my son's current age, around 6 years old. I sat on my porch counting change collected in my tin coffee can with a slot in the plastic cover. I loved rolling my pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters and probably spent it on candy. I look back on that feat and think how did I even know how to count change at such a young age? I did have much older brothers, so I probably learned from them.

Our family was always very careful with money and expenses. My parents arrived here from Italy in the 1970's with my older brothers, and I was born in the USA a little later. Like many immigrants, they struggled to make ends meet but always found a way to make it work. My father was a factory worker, and my mother cleaned houses. There were 5 boys in the house, and another, the oldest, passed shortly after my parents came to this country. My parents are a case study in financial planning. Having very little education, they still understood the importance of saving and planning for the future. They lived like they were losing their job tomorrow. For better or worse, that mentality helped them survive the toughest of economic times. I'll never forget, my father had this black lunch pail that was so old, by the time he retired he had a piece of wire that replaced the broken latch.

I still count my change today, rolling coins on the porch alongside my son, and I bring my lunch to work every day. My upbringing taught me the importance of planning for the future or unforeseen events, no matter how small or large the stockpile of rolled coins. I'm sure it played a big part in how I became a financial planner.

Many of you joined us for our Business After Hours at La Foresta. Again, we thank Francesco for his generosity to our Chamber. And of course our main sponsor Michaud, Accavallo, Woodbridge, and Cusano CPA's. If you are looking to promote your business for added exposure, consider hosting a Business After Hours. Perhaps you have a new facility or building, a new service or product. Hosting a Chamber event is a great way to get the word out. We will host our Annual Meeting on April 12th. More details to follow in the coming Krier. We are also looking for board members and regular members. Not only would you be performing an important civic duty, your business is promoted to the community in a positive light. Ann Pellegrini, another financial planner and Chamber board member, just shared with us a success story of how she got a client from our Chamber directory and an existing client noticed her ad in our 350th booklet at MAWC. So, Chamber advertising does work.

As always, I look forward to seeing you all around town! Take care

Franco Piscitelli