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Be The Media

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03.26.2014 – West Hartford, Ct – Editing a video to be broadcast on West Hartford Community Television, students Kate Chritton, 9, and Avi Jacobs, 9, work with mentor Sophya Esponda during a Be The Media workshop sponsored by WHC-TV and held at the West Hartford Public Library. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Championship Weekend

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03.22.2014 – Uncasville, Ct – East Catholic players John Lambert, Khalid Thompson, Pat McPadden and Winston Morgan celebrate in the final seconds of their 87-60 win over Weaver. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

East Catholic boys and Capital Prep girls came out of Mohegan Sun Arena State Champions on Saturday. East Catholic defeated Weaver 87-60. Capital Prep defeated Weaver 69-53.

Game Photos are HERE

Lori Riley’s Capital Prep story is HERE.

Tom Yantz’s East Catholic story is HERE.

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POTUS Photos

06.27.2008 - Unity, NH - Barack Obama worked the crowd and still had time to smile for the cameras following his appearance in Unity, N.H. Friday afternoon with Hillary Clinton. Photograph by Stephen Dunn | sdunn@courant.com

06.27.2008 – Unity, NH – Barack Obama worked the crowd and still had time to smile for the cameras following his appearance in Unity, N.H. Friday afternoon with Hillary Clinton. Photograph by Stephen Dunn | sdunn@courant.com

Photographers show up hours before POTUS is to arrive. We must pass security. That takes time. We get wanded by magnetometers and inspected by bomb sniffing dogs. We are ushered, guided, and ordered by secret service and handlers. And then we wait.

On some Connecticut visits Courant photographers are designated “pool photographers” granting them better access to the president on the condition that we share whatever we photograph with other media. We join the traveling press corps and ride in the official motorcade. The status grants us closer and more fluid movement around the president. Somewhat closer that our colleagues standing in the back of the room.

Presidents arrive in a flash of activity like a midsummer thunderstorm . The police, secret service, politicians and the traveling press arrive at once. Then POTUS arrives. And as quickly as he arrives, he leaves. The police, secret service and traveling press leave too.

My first experience photographing President Jimmy Carter was not a success.

12.10.1978 - Hartford, Ct - President Jimmy Carter waves among a gaggle of politicians outside the Hartford Hilton. MICHAEL McANDREWS | mmcandrews@courant.com

12.10.1978 – Hartford, Ct – President Jimmy Carter waves among a gaggle of politicians outside the Hartford Hilton. MICHAEL McANDREWS | mmcandrews@courant.com

 

I knew President Jimmy Carter liked to press the flesh. He would wander up to shake, squeeze, wave, touch and smile his way down along line of fans pressed against the barricades, eager to be close to the most powerful man in the country. I’ve seen it. I wanted to photograph that ritual up close when he came to Hartford December 10th, 1978.

I planted myself at the fence hours before he was to arrive. The crowds grew. So did the excitement. Soon people were standing 4 deep behind me.

We all waited together.

He got out of his limo surrounded by politicians and Secret service and raised his right hand in a wistful way to acknowledge the crowd. Then he was gone, ushered into the Hartford Hilton in one swift smooth motion. The idea for the picture didn’t work this time.

I got a picture of his arm and the back of his hand. That was my first attempt at photographing a visiting president.

19.16.1980 - Hartford, CT - President Jimmy Carter, from the roof of his limo, waves to fans outside the Old State House in Hartford. MICHAEL McANDREWS | The Hartford Courant

19.16.1980 – Hartford, CT – President Jimmy Carter, from the roof of his limo, waves to fans outside the Old State House in Hartford. MICHAEL McANDREWS | The Hartford Courant

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What’s So Funny About an Angry Chicken?

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2014.03.11 – Hartford, Ct – (L-R) Cindy Satkowski of Ellington, Myléne Claire Poitras, of Middletown, Henry Strom of Portland, Carlie Klimkiewicz of Ellington, Katie O’Neil of Glastonbury and Nicole Folio of Stafford Springs participate in a Laughter yoga class led Tuesday night by Laura Le at Hartford ArtSpace. Asked by Le to describe how they felt during a class-ending exercise, answers ranged from “relaxed,” “very much less stress,” “invigorated,” and “peaceful.” Laughter Yoga was created in the mid-1990’s by Dr. Madan Kataria, in Mumbia, India, has grown to include 6,000 laughter clubs in 65 countries. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Time Served

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2014.03.05 – Meridan, Ct – Forensic Science Examiner Jill Therriault pulls a handgun from a firing chamber after firing the weapon to retrieve it’s bullets to identify marks left by the guns barrel. Since December, 2012, with the appointment of a new director, Guy Vallaro, the Crime Lab has experienced a clear reduction in backlogged cases in and clear increases in efficiencies. Said Vallaro, “In addition, we’re acutely aware of the victims associated with all of these crimes and all of the case work that comes our way. And we understand that we impact their lives and it’s important to us that we return our analysis in a timely fashion so justice can come to them.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Trasher

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2014.02.14 Windsor Locks,ct – “The stupid snow is making it hard to skate lately,” said Kyle Roberts, 16, of Windsor Locks. Roberts, who is out of school for February break, said that he hadn’t jumped trash cans in front of his house before but because his usual skating places are covered in snow this idea seemed liked a good alternative. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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In Tow

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02.13.2014 – Mansfield, Ct – How much does it weigh? “A lot,” says Shawn Allen, a 42-year-old Marine Corps veteran. Allen, who works as a tree-trimmer, says he walks several miles a day pulling the log with the goal of, “The bigger the better.” Adding, “besides, they make good mantle pieces when they’re done.”
This is the sixth log Allen has used for exercise and he has named it, “Captain Larghe.””He was my C.O. when I was in the Marine Corps,” Allen explains, “And I’m going to give it to him when it’s done.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com.

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Friday Night Light

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02.07.2014 – Storrs, Ct –  Four years ago Tim Isselee of Bethel, Ct, saw a video that inspired him to learn how how to do backflip while riding a snowboard. “I fell in love with doing flips into powder,” he says. After classes yesterday afternoon, the UConn Physical Therapy student started piling snow on the side of Horsebarn Hill to build a 4-foot ramp “with a strong lip for flips.” It took long enough to build that by the time he was done it was dark and Isselee only got in a few runs. Today after classes, with the sun falling behind Horsebarn Hill but with enough light for riding, Isselee hit his ramp saying, “I spent all day in class daydreaming,” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Shelton Fire Displaces Dozens

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2014.01.06. – Shelton, CT – John Barber (above), who heard shouts of “Johnny! Fire! Johnny! Get Out!” before fleeing his burning third-floor apartment early this morning, looks over the smoldering remains of the building that was once his home and housed about half a dozen businesses and 24 apartments.  Firefighters rescued about 30 people from the building, five have been treated for smoke inhalation and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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FULL STORY  HERE

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Crosswinds

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2014.01.03. – Mansfield, CT – In temperatures dipping below 10-degrees, Mansfield residents Betsy Parker (L) and Carl Opderbeck clear out their driveways after this morning’s storm. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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First Snow

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2014.01.02. – Storrs, CT – “I work out everyday at the gym but this is the workout for today.” says Sumbleen Ali of Lahore, Pakistan, (right) as she shovels snow from Nancy Rohner’s (left) driveway. Ali, a UConn graduate student from Lahore, Pakistan, is living at Rohner’s home while pursuing a graduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies at UConn. Experiencing snow for the first time she says, “The winter at home is like summer in Connecticut.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Budding Roses

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2013.12.30. – West Hartford, CT – “An important element of doing public art is that we get to interact with the public while we’re doing it. ” says Hartford artists Tao LaBossier (right), “I love to inspire people to take an interest in their own creative self-expression.” LaBossier and fellow Hartford artist Sarah Paolucci are painting the ceiling of the Pond House Cafe with “Hundreds of feet of rose vines, thousands of rose leaves and hundreds of roses” as “an homage to the Eliazbeth Park Rose Garden” says LaBossier. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Super Commuter

2014.01.02. - Manchester, CT - Braving today's snow with a Spiderman hoodie, 20-year-old Damon Gagnon of Manchester waits on Main Street for a bus to take him to his job at the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2014.01.02. – Manchester, CT – Braving today’s snow with a Spiderman hoodie, 20-year-old Damon Gagnon of Manchester waits on Main Street for a bus to take him to his job at the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Signs of New Life

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2013.12.01 – Hartford, CT – “Paula’s been wanting to do this for years,” says Jaime Gilbride (L) of her friend Paula Thompson (right). as the two decorate a tree inside the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Austin Gallery in front of a 1780 painting by Benjamin West named “The Raising of Lazarus.” For the past year, Thompson, who works at Olender’s Body Shop, has been collecting emblems from cars brought in for repair and now, for her first time, is providing a tree for the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Festival of Trees & Traditions. Running through December 14, this is the 40th year of the festival with approximately 155 Christmas items displayed across six Atheneum galleries. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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In the Details

2013.12.11 - Stafford, Ct - "With canvas, you paint the background first. When painting windows, it's detail first," says Donna Reed of the Mill Pond Too general store. Reed says she has, "always drawn," but until retiring last year from a full-time job she did not have enough spare time to do it. "Now," she says, working as a cashier at the general store and being able to paint its windows means, "I get to play." Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.12.11 – Stafford, Ct – “With canvas, you paint the background first. When painting windows, it’s detail first,” says Donna Reed of the Mill Pond Too general store. Reed says she has, “always drawn,” but until retiring last year from a full-time job she did not have enough spare time to do it. “Now,” she says, working as a cashier at the general store and being able to paint its windows means, “I get to play.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Snow Day

12.10.2013 - Farmington, Ct - Farmington High School student Sarah Held swings in the snow at Farmington Trails where she and her friend  (L-R) Brandon Biney said they came to sled during a day off from school due to snow. Held said she and Biney decided to swing instead of sled because the snow was thin and they " did not want to track up the whole hill," taking away the opportunity for a few young sledders to enjoy the snow. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

12.10.2013 – Farmington, Ct – Farmington High School student Sarah Held swings in the snow at Farmington Trails where she and her friend (L-R) Brandon Biney said they came to sled during a day off from school due to snow. Held said she and Biney decided to swing instead of sled because the snow was thin and they ” did not want to track up the whole hill,” taking away the opportunity for a few young sledders to enjoy the snow. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Unsung Hero

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Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.12.04 – Somers, Ct – With Glen Reynolds (L-R) of the Somers Fire Department, friend Lori-Anne Davis, and Robert Morpurgo (R) of the Somers Fire Department, Karen Harvey (L), makes a call from outside the home where her daughter, Katie Colgan, 33, and granddaughter Kerra Colgan, was inside when it caught fire early this morning.

By MIKAELA PORTER and TONY TERZI: Both victims were taken to Bay State Hospital in Springfield. But Harvey said Kerra Colgan was transferred to Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston and Katie Colgan was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Somers Deputy Fire Chief Frank Falcone said a passerby went into the house and rescued the 7-year-old girl. Firefighters rescued a semi-conscious woman in her 30′s on the second floor, where they believe the fire started.

Harvey asked for the passerby who rescued her granddaughter to come forward.

“Whoever you are I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you so very much. Please come forward so we know who you are so I can thank you personally for saving my daughter’s life and my granddaughter’s life,” she said.

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Musical Musings

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2013.12.03 – Old Lyme, CT – “Twenty percent of kids today perform music. Eighty percent of adults wish they had.” So says Gail Stevens, owner of Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe, were every Tuesday her husband “Ramblin’” Dan Stevens (right) leads music clinics for area children.

“I liken it to a one room schoolhouse because everybody learns from everyone,” says Stevens (right) 59, a full-time blues musician with four cd’s to his credit.

“We are learning.” says Delaney Gagnon, 9, singing “Feliz Navidad” with Quinn Brandin, 9, Natalie Brandin, 11 (l-r), “We know we are learning. But it doesn’t feel like learning, it feels like fun.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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UConn ‘Back

2013.11.30 - East Hartford, CT - His arm marked red with abrasions, UConn quarterback Casey Cochran gets set to pass during UConn's 28-17 defeat of Rutgers. Cochran completed 25 of 33 passes for a net 311 yards. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.11.30 – East Hartford, CT – His arm marked red with abrasions, UConn quarterback Casey Cochran gets set to pass during UConn’s 28-17 defeat of Rutgers. Cochran completed 25 of 33 passes for a net 311 yards. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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“You know what was impressive about Cochran in his first home start at quarterback? Not his arm, although it was plenty precise. It was his poise. There wasn’t an answer to any prayer, because there was no prayer needed. All afternoon, Cochran played like he meant it. He knew what he was doing. He led. He commanded.”

Full Column by Jeff Jacobs HERE

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Bread Winner

2013.11.29 - South Windsor, CT - "Talk about recycling," says Lydia Lewis, 84, of East Hartford, who every Friday and Saturday morning loads her car with shopping carts full of food deemed too old to be sold but okay to eat from a Stop and Shop in South Windsor. The food, which would otherwise be thrown away, is then delivered by Lewis to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church and St. John's Episcopal Church in East Hartford where the food is then "distributed to the needy." "I tell everybody I'm a food-aholic," says Lewis, "I can't see this going to waste."  Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.11.29 – South Windsor, CT – “Talk about recycling,” says Lydia Lewis, 84, of East Hartford, who every Friday and Saturday morning loads her car with shopping carts full of food deemed too old to be sold but okay to eat from a Stop and Shop in South Windsor. The food, which would otherwise be thrown away, is then delivered by Lewis to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church in East Hartford where the food is then “distributed to the needy.” “I tell everybody I’m a food-aholic,” says Lewis, “I can’t see this going to waste.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Black Friday Kicks

11.29.2013 - Manchester, Ct - Kyle Szemreylo (right), 18, of Marlborough, waits outside a Champs store at Buckland Hills Mall for a pair of Nike Air Jordan 5 Retros after arriving last night to be the first in line, 12 hours before the shoes' 8 am release. Photograph by Mark Mirko

11.29.2013 – Manchester, Ct – Kyle Szemreylo (right), 18, of Marlborough, waits outside a Champs store at Buckland Hills Mall for a pair of Nike Air Jordan 5 Retros after arriving last night to be the first in line, 12 hours before the shoes’ 8 am release. Photograph by Mark Mirko

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A Dedicated Season

2013.11.14 - Newtown, CT - The 11-0 Newtown High School football team practices under bright lights and a setting sun The team, coached by former Newtown student Steven George, has labeled their helmets with the number 26 in honor of those lost at Sandy Hook Elementary. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.11.14 – Newtown, CT – The 11-0 Newtown High School football team practices under bright lights and a setting sun The team, coached by former Newtown student Steven George, has labeled their helmets with the number 26 in honor of those lost at Sandy Hook Elementary. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Mountains From Molehills

2013.11.20 - Enfield, CT - A massive berm now rests between the back of Mauren Mullen's home and the CREC School now under construction. Mullen, showing a 1957 photograph of the location's formerly open horizon, said she told town officials that she didn't remember seeing a berm included in the proposed school plans from November 2011. Bruce Douglas, CREC's executive director, says the berm will be removed but there remains an unanswered question of how the berm came to be approved of and who is responsible for the error. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.11.20 – Enfield, CT – A massive berm now rests between the back of Mauren Mullen’s home and the CREC School now under construction. Mullen, showing a 1957 photograph of the location’s formerly open horizon, said she told town officials that she didn’t remember seeing a berm included in the proposed school plans from November 2011. Bruce Douglas, CREC’s executive director, says the berm will be removed but there remains an unanswered question of how the berm came to be approved of and who is responsible for the error. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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The Tie Goes To…

2013.11.16 - Waterbury, CT - Glastonbury's Tyler Peterson (second from left) falls backward after heading the ball for a goal in the Class LL Championship against Ridgefield. The game ended in a 1-1 tie with the two teams being named co-champions. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.11.16 – Waterbury, CT – Glastonbury’s Tyler Peterson (second from left) falls backward after heading the ball for a goal in the Class LL Championship against Ridgefield. The game ended in a 1-1 tie with the two teams being named co-champions. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

By MATTHEW CONYERS, mconyers@courant.com
The Hartford Courant

WATERBURY — Glastonbury got another dramatic game-tying goal in the final minutes of a Class LL tournament game Saturday.

The Tomahawks just didn’t get one after it.

Instead, Ridgefield, playing a man down after losing a player to his second yellow card, and Glastonbury, coping with injuries, fought to a physically and mentally draining 1-1 tie in the Class LL championship at Municipal Stadium.

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