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Business After Hours - Thursday, October 19 5:00-8:00 at J.V. Wines

Saturday, October 21 - 1-4 pm at Parmelee Farm
Free Pumpkins, Refreshments & Horse and Carraige Rides
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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.
Exciting Chamber Event

2nd Annual Women of Excellence Awards

Wednesday, October 11th, 12 p.m.
The Woodwinds
29 School Ground Road, Branford
Emcee Ann Nyberg
Tickets: $25 members, $35 non-members

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Tribute- $100, includes 1 ticket and page ad w/logo
Program Sponsor - $250, includes 2 tickets, page ad w/logo
Table Sponsor- $500 includes 8 tickets, full page ad with logo, display space on entry table or ability to place swag on attendee tables. A la carte - $250 include full page ad or $150 includes half page ad *ads will display on video loop as well as in booklet

For more information, contact Ann Pellegrini
at 860-227-9820 or tahoupert@snet.net

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In This Month's Krier
Mark Clifton, Citizen of the Year
By Clark Judge

Mark Clifton
Like others in Killingworth, Mark Clifton was part of the parade that celebrated the town's 350th anniversary. He drove the tractor that pulled the procession's last float, a wagon that carried members of the Killingworth Ambulance Association. Appropriately, Clifton sat in front of them, as he has for many of the 35 years he spent on the KAA's board of directors. And, as the parade wound its way up Route 81, passing hundreds of spectators, he found himself marveling at the crowd not just because of its size but because of its behavior.

People applauded, with dozens nodding as they called out, "Thank you" to the KAA. "That was the first time I heard that," Clifton said. "It was moving to have that many people appreciate what we do." It would not be the last time he would hear it.

Later that afternoon, the message was repeated only now it was to Clifton himself. He was named the Killingworth Lions Club 2016-17 Citizen of the Year, with First Selectwoman Cathy Iino making the presentation at a celebration at the town's Parmelee Farm a 132-acre site Clifton and other volunteers helped clear and create years ago. Citing Clifton "for all that has done for our town and its people," Iino called Clifton on stage to present him a framed proclamation that caught at least one audience member by surprise.
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President's Message
Franco M. Piscitelli
Hello Killingworth Friends!
As we conclude our Killingworth 350th anniversary celebration, I would like to share some final thoughts with you. I don't think we could have asked for a better outcome. The weather was perfect and the parade and picnic went smoothly. Many people lined the parade route and cheered on the participants. As a parent marching with the KES group, the support I witnessed for the various organizations in town was inspirational, especially the Thank Yous shouted to the Volunteer Firefighters and EMT's.

There was a great atmosphere at the picnic on the Parmelee Farm grounds afterwards, a community celebrating all that we cherish, together. Our family shared the afternoon with new friends we've met since moving to town and our children are now growing up together. For my family and many others, The 350th highlighted the reasons we moved to Killingworth. We have such a special community and it is my hope that this celebration helps instill that sentiment in the hearts of all who took part or attended. Perhaps it will be the inspiration we collectively needed to bring the Annual Town Picnic back to life.

A special thank you, because we truly can't thank them enough, to all the volunteers on the Killingworth 350th Planning Committee who sacrificed nearly 2 years of their sparse free time for this event. The Killingworth Chamber was proud to be able to contribute alongside so many others. Also, a big thank you to all the residents who helped with the parade and picnic. We appreciate the support from First Selectwoman Cathy Iino and Officer Scott Wisner. His great effort helped the parade to go off without a hitch (no pun intended!)

October brings our Annual Pumpkin Carving Party. We hope the enthusiasm carries over from the 350th and you'll join us again at Parmelee Farm to carve your pumpkins and display them for the entire town to see.

On October 11th we will honor our very own Peg Scofield as Killingworth's first Women of Excellence Award recipient. This is an annual award sponsored by the Shoreline Chamber in a joint effort with other local chambers. Peg will be honored with other local women who have made a big impact in their community. I've come to know Peg through our work together for the Chamber. Her input has been invaluable, and we all know she has done so much for the community over the years. We are very proud of her achievements. More details to follow in the November issue.

The Next Business after Hours will be held on October 19th. Please join us for an evening of networking and wine tasting. The Shoreline Chamber will host their monthly networking meeting Net90 on October 19th at 8 a.m. at Evergreen Woods. Also, on October 24th at 8 a.m. join us for the monthly Nexus Meeting with the Clinton Chamber at the Clinton town hall. Enjoy the beautiful fall season ahead, and we hope to see you around town!

Franco Piscitelli