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Last of the Whaling Ships Sails Again

As a child our family spent time aboard an old, wood Chris Craft and we would often tie up inside Mystic Seaport for the weekend. When all the guests had gone and the sun went down, my three siblings and I would explore the seaport and inevitably end up at the ancient whale ship, Charles W. Morgan. At the time she was a static exhibit set in sand and mud but she looked huge when I was about 10 years old. I remember looking aloft at the rigging dreaming about climbing to the top well out to sea looking for whales and other ships. Flash forward 50 years. On June 15, the venerable 1841 whaler, the only surviving wooden whaling ship in the world, left New London and began her journey up the coast of New England, to Newport, RI. I was one of the select few to be aboard to document the crew making the voyage. The ship that was once land locked in sand, has undergone a 5 year, $12 million restoration and was on her first voyage since last sailing in 1921, her 37th voyage. And yes, I climbed the same rigging that I had stared up at as a child. This time I was aloft to take photos but the view was awesome.  The ship is now at a pier at Fort Adams in Newport and open to the public. She will then sail to Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Boston, and then back to New London and Mystic.

To track the Charles W. Morgan, please go to: http://www.mysticseaport.org/38thvoyage/

The crew of the  Charles W. Morgan goes aloft to set sails Sunday afternoon during  the ship's first cruise in close to 100 years. As the wind freshened the captain ordered all sails set including the Royal, located at the very top of the mainmast. this is the first time the royal has

The crew of the Charles W. Morgan goes aloft to set sails Sunday afternoon during the ship’s first cruise in close to 100 years. As the wind freshened the captain ordered all sails set including the Royal, located at the very top of the mainmast. this is the first time the royal has

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UConn Teams Honored at the White House…Again!

The UConn men’s and women’s NCAA Championship basketball teams were honored by President Barack Obama at the White House Monday afternoon in the East Room packed with invited guests and media.  It was the second time since 2004 that both teams were honored for dual championships.

“It is just a remarkable thing what these two programs have accomplished,” Obama said. “The women were a perfect 40-0 and won their games by an average of 34 points. There was not a lot of suspense. Now, I did not pick the men’s team to win. But neither did anybody else, unless they went to UConn. Tell the truth,” he said, raising his hand,  prodding UConn alumni in the crowd to show themselves.

After the 20-minute ceremony, during which UConn players presented Obama with UConn jerseys, and Stefanie Dolson lost her balance and fell of the riser – she was unhurt as she landed on her feet – a few team members and coaches Auriemma and Ollie proceeded to the White House lawn for a press conference.

To read Dom Amore’s story about UConn’s visit, click here.

WASHINGTON, DC 06/09/14 President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Stefanie Dolson (left) after he was presented with UConn jerseys during a ceremony honoring the NCAA Champion UConn men's and women's basketball teams in the East Room at the White House Monday afternoon. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

WASHINGTON, DC 06/09/14 President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Stefanie Dolson (left) after he was presented with UConn jerseys during a ceremony honoring the NCAA Champion UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams in the East Room at the White House Monday afternoon. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

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“You Can”

06.03.2014 - Old Wethersfield, Ct - Saying, "You're gonna do this all by yourself because you can," Greg Scruggs helps his daughter, Jenelli Reyes, 4, learn how to ride a bike in the shade and soft grass of Mikey's Place Playground. Reyes has been riding a bike with training wheels and today received this bike from her Aunt. After getting the hang of it she said the feeling of riding a bike was, "great." Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

06.03.2014 – Old Wethersfield, Ct – Saying, “You’re gonna do this all by yourself because you can,” Greg Scruggs helps his daughter, Jenelli Reyes, 4, learn how to ride a bike in the shade and soft grass of Mikey’s Place Playground. Reyes has been riding a bike with training wheels and today received this bike from her Aunt. After getting the hang of it she said the feeling of riding a bike was, “great.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Big Toy

06.02.2014 - Willimantic, Ct - "It's like a big version of a kid's toy," says climber Danny Carroll (above) as yea and a crew from Coleman Brothers Shows assemble the Century Wheel, a 90-foot tall ferris wheel with fifteen gondolas at Jillson Square. The show runs Wednesday through Sunday. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

06.02.2014 – Willimantic, Ct – “It’s like a big version of a kid’s toy,” says climber Danny Carroll (above) as yea and a crew from Coleman Brothers Shows assemble the Century Wheel, a 90-foot tall ferris wheel with fifteen gondolas at Jillson Square. The show runs Wednesday through Sunday. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Comic Art at the Tobacco Shop

Guest artists at Hartford Comic Con, which is being held through June 1 at the XL Center in Hartford, made their art at the Tobacco Shop on Pratt Street Friday night. Artists also created comic art with cigar boxes which came from the shop. The

Illustrator Chrissie Zullo, of New Haven, left, a guest artist at Hartford Comic Con, which is being held through June 1 at the XL Center in Hartford, turns to talk to a visitor at the Tobacco Shop on Pratt Street Friday night where she and fellow artist Christopher Uminga, also of New Haven, right, were making art to be displayed at the shop for the remainder of the show. She was doing a watercolor of "Death," a character from the Sandman comic books. Other artists who were slated to make art at the shop were Jim Mahfood, Kaare Andrews and Dave Johnson. Artists also created comic art with cigar boxes which came from the shop. The  proceeds from the sale of the boxes, at $200 each, will go to the UConn migrant farmers clinic.

Illustrator Chrissie Zullo, of New Haven, left, a guest artist at Hartford Comic Con, which is being held through June 1 at the XL Center in Hartford, turns to talk to a visitor at the Tobacco Shop on Pratt Street Friday night where she and fellow artist Christopher Uminga, also of New Haven, right, were making art to be displayed at the shop for the remainder of the show. She was doing a watercolor of “Death,” a character from the Sandman comic books. Other artists who were slated to make art at the shop were Jim Mahfood, Kaare Andrews and Dave Johnson. Artists also created comic art with cigar boxes which came from the shop. The proceeds from the sale of the boxes, at $200 each, will go to the UConn migrant farmers clinic.

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proceeds from the sale of the boxes, at $200 each, will go to the UConn migrant farmers clinic.