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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 ¼ page ad w/logo
Program Sponsor - $250, includes 2 tickets, ½ 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

In This Month's Krier
Growing up in Killingworth
by Kathleen Amoia

Marty Machold
As Killingworth celebrates its 350th birthday, Marty Machold is close to rounding out his eighth decade here. And if you run into him around town, the first thing you will notice is the big smile on his face, the second is the mischievous twinkle in his blue eyes. He has loved this place since he was old enough to get outdoors by himself. Marty was born on Chestnut Hill in 1940 when the population of Killingworth was 1230 and you pretty much knew all your neighbors. In Tom Lentz's "Timeline of the History of Killlingworth Connecticut", the notation for 1940 highlights the organizing of the volunteer fire company by the Killlingworth Men's Club. The first firehouse was the garage across from the Killingworth Cafe, the first fire truck a modified flat bed Model T. Lentz notes that the school population that year numbered 89.

Marty's family soon moved from Chestnut Hill to the Lovell Parmelee house on Route 81 opposite and somewhat down from the entrance to the middle school. Built in the latter part of the 1800s, it was unusual for the town because of its stone construction. A rental at the time Marty's family moved in, the house and fields were originally part of Parmelee Farm. The property included hay fields and a huge barn. Marty remembers friends of his parents visiting from Summer Hill Road in North Madison and flicking their lights on and off to let the Macholds know when they had arrived home safely. That would not be possible today.

Eventually Marty's parents would build a house in the Lane District and at six, he would start his education at the Lane School House. Most of us know the building as the former VFW Hall on Pond Meadow Rd and Route 81. It is presently owned by the family that lives next door. With no central heat, Killingworth's school houses had wood stoves. In winter, Marty explained, if you were on the side of the room with the stove, you were too hot and if you were on the other side you were too cold. But Marty had it just right because he was in the middle in front of the teacher for reasons easily guessed by those who know him.
President's Message
Franco M. Piscitelli
Hello Killingworth Friends!
As I write this message, we are just weeks away from the Killingworth 350th Anniversary Parade and Picnic at Parmelee Farm. Look for full coverage of the events in our October issue. We hope you attended and enjoyed many of the 350th celebration events throughout the year. Cross your fingers for good weather this Labor Day weekend as we get ready to enjoy the final celebration of Killingworth's 350th anniversary.

The fall months bring much activity for the Chamber. In September we will cohost our monthly Net90 networking event with the Shoreline Chamber on September 21st at the Hearth at Gardenside in Branford, CT from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Several Killingworth businesses joined us at the Shoreline Chamber Net90 event in August –Thank you to the Shoreline Chamber for allowing us to partner with them on these events more geared to business building. The next Nexus meeting is with the Clinton Chamber on September 26th at the Clinton Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Each meeting brings more members, please join us. October means Pumpkin Carving at Parmelee Farm! You'll see more details on this in the next Krier.

A new event we are very excited about is the Women in Business Luncheon: 2nd Annual Women of Excellence Awards. This is a combined event of many local Chambers, honoring women in the community that have run successful businesses and also give back so much to the community. Thank you to Ann Pellegrini of Edward Jones, a Killingworth Chamber board member and Correspondent Secretary for dedicating so much of her time to help organize this event.

September is the last month of our Farm and Artisan Market and Summer Concert, see page 10 for details. Some of our local members participate and we always encourage support for our local businesses.

As always, the Killingworth Chamber would like to thank all our Chamber members for your support of the Krier. The Krier is 100% fully funded by advertising revenue of our members. Not only are you promoting your business through our only town publication, you're also helping to support a very valuable resource to our community. The people of Killingworth are very loyal to the Krier, they read it cover to cover. Killingworth residents are more likely to use businesses that advertise in the Krier than other sources. In this age of digital media, we realize businesses have many different options to promote and advertise. We appreciate your commitment to advertising with the Krier.

The fall season is always a beautiful time of year. I look forward to football Sundays, although my NY Jets are going to be awful this year! We look forward to seeing you at all the great events in the coming months!
Franco Piscitelli