August 16, 2023
50th Anniversary Reception at CT Audubon
A reception to celebrate the Connecticut River Gateway Commission’s 50th anniversary was held on August 3rd on the grounds of the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center (CT Audubon Society) in Old Lyme.
Claudia Weicker, Chair of the RTPEC, welcomed guests. Suzanne Thompson, Gateway Commission Chair, in her remarks acknowledged town, land trust and non-profit partners for their invaluable cooperation in working with the Commission.
Andrew Fisk, Chief of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Natural Resources, speaking on behalf of Commissioner Katie Dykes, presented the Commission with an Official Proclamation from Governor Ned Lamont.
Kristina White, a Lyme Selectman and Executive Director of the Lyme Land Trust, paid tribute to Melvin Woody for his 50 years of service with the Commission. Melvin has represented Lyme on the Commission since its creation in 1973, including time spent as Chair and now as Vice Chair.
Evan Griswold, the Commission’s 2nd Chair, reminisced about its early days and its work in the 70s to protect the riverway in Haddam and other towns. Two daughters of the Commission’s first chair, William G. Moore, also attended.
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