Stonington First Selectman Rob Simmons said that he has returned two campaign contributions totaling $1,100 “to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest” because the donors have pending business before the town. Simmons rebuffed Democratic challenger George Crouse’s public challenge to limit fundraising to $6,000. Crouse said the limit would stop big money and outside groups from influencing the election. He could not say what groups those might be. Crouse has pledged not to spend more than $6,000. Simmons has raised just over $9,200 .


If you hear a little more noise from the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Waterford, don’t be alarmed. Dominion Energy officials say a month-long period of routine maintenance on Unit 3 is underway, with it being off-line for re-fueling. They say the process can be noisy, with the venting of steam occurring at times.


The 17th Virginia class submarine, South Dakota will be christened on Saturday at Electric Boat in Groton. Deanie Dempsey, wife of retired Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will christen the South Dakota by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the boat’s hull. Virginia-class fast attack submarines take about five years to build. South Dakota is expected to join the fleet in the summer/fall of 2018.


Old Lyme can­di­dates for first se­lect­man and the Board of Select­men de­bated a range of top­ics Thurs­day evening, from the level of polic­ing in the town’s beach neigh­bor­hoods to con­trol­ling prop­erty taxes. Dur­ing the de­bate, the can­di­dates ad­dressed what the town should do to sta­bi­lize prop­erty taxes. The can­di­dates dis­agreed on progress to­ward a project to in­stall sew­ers in Sound View, but they agreed in their sup­port of the town work­ing with the beach com­mu­ni­ties on the sewer project. In re­sponse to a ques­tion re­garding the level of polic­ing in beach neigh­bor­hoods, the two teams of can­di­dates dis­agreed over ex­plor­ing a po­ten­tial col­lab­o­ra­tion with East Lyme, which re­cently es­tab­lished its own po­lice force.


Catholic Charities are seeking donations from people who have more breast milk than they can use. A grant distributed by the Thames Valley Council for Community Action has allowed the Norwich Diocese Catholic Charities branch to turn their offices in Norwich and New London into depots, where donors can drop off bags of unused breast milk, because they’re producing more than their infant can use.  The donations go to the regional milk bank. The milk is given to premature infants as a supplement to their mothers’ milk in neonatal intensive care units or nurseries, or used in cases that mothers can’t breastfeed their children for medical reasons.


Cynthia Kaune of Gales Ferry recently received the highest honor in Girl Scouts, her Gold Award. With the help of family and friends, Kaune cleared debris from the Colonel Ledyard Park hiking trail and property, discovering a historical home foundation in the process. She also built a 36-foot bridge and relocated two other bridges to make the trail more accessible. Kaune earned her Bronze Award by cleaning up the Gales Ferry Cemetery and her Silver Award by collecting bottles and cans to purchase gas cards for people undergoing cancer treatment in New Haven.