Last Friday evening we celebrated the opening of The John A. and Jane T. Wiederhold Foundation Veterinary and Animal Health Center. This facility has already been put to the test this week with our team performing minor surgery on an injured frog. During the opening celebration, Larry Rivarde, Senior Vice President for Zoological Operations and Dr. Allison Tuttle, Vice President of Biological Programs, showcased the new surgical suite and exam rooms. Turns out that it also makes for a great cocktail lounge!
On Sunday we welcomed Yuusuke Koto from Kirin Brewing Company in Tokyo. Kirin Brewing is the parent company of Coca Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England. It was a pleasure to meet him and his family. Thank you to Lindsay Barr from our Guest Services team, who led them on a stand-out VIP tour.
On Tuesday of this week several leaders from the region met with the State Commissioner of Transportation James Redeker to discuss a proposed new Amtrak rail line that, as drawn, would go directly through the center of Lyme, Connecticut, through the Olde Mistick Village and then continue through my office. Since it seems as though I am always running late, the idea of jumping onto the train from my desk chair seems appealing. However, the proposed route is only a first rendering by Amtrak of how faster Acela service could be achieved. Commissioner Redeker was very reassuring that Amtrak is decades away from making a decision on a new line, let alone finding the funding to pay for it. For now, I will have to leave my office to catch the train.
Also on Tuesday, we paid tribute to Kelly Milton, a key member of our Guest Services team, most recently as Director. Kelly has been with Mystic Aquarium for 27 years. She is transitioning to part-time status to care for her newborn granddaughter. She will be with us part-time through April 1st.
This week Katie Cubina, Senior Vice President of Mission Programs and Kelly Matis, Vice President for Conservation and Education, and I briefed senior aides to the United States Secretary of Education, John King, on Mystic Aquarium’s model Youth Conservation Program, a national STEM mentoring initiative. A little while later, a Facebook video appeared featuring students from Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut who are participating in the mentoring program. The video, linked here, features an activity from the new “Endangered Species” Adventure module that is used in the program.
Many of you know and love Nancy W. Treadway, who served as Chief of Staff at Mystic Aquarium until a few years ago. Nancy is featured in a story that appears in the Fall 2016 edition of the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital Magazine. Click here if you would like to read the article.
This is a wonderful tribute to Nancy, her courage, perseverance and dedication. Nancy, we are very thankful for you!
Today is Veteran’s Day, when we pay special tribute to those who have served our nation through its armed forces. Here in Southeastern Connecticut we are very proud to be home to the United States Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Naval Submarine Base in New London, and Camp Niantic, a training ground for the Connecticut National Guard.
In a special way I want to honor and recognize all in our community who have served, and the families in our community who have loved ones on active duty. Our nation is a better and safer place because of your sacrifice.
See you all soon!