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Northeastern Connecticut. Sept. 14, chapter officers were installed by visiting Regional Councillor Cheryl Duerr at the kickoff meeting in Stafford Springs. Pictured are Angela Salcedo (subdean), Mike McCarthy (placement officer), lone Jackman (member at large), Rich Calusine (membership), Cheryl Duerr (regional councillor), Prue Schifley (member at large), Suzanne Mancini (member at large), George Rood (treasurer), Kenneth Woods (dean), and (seated) Lida Miller (secretary).

- Lida Miller

Merrimack Valley, Mass. Sept. 30, the installation service for the chapter's new officers took place at the Congregational Church in North Reading, Mass. Dean Cynthia Arsenault welcomed Bonnie Gibbons and Pat Romeo as members at large and Alain Bojarski as sub-dean. The service included prayers, readings, hymns, and a brief history of North Reading composer George Root presented by committee member Pat Romeo. After the service, attendees enjoyed a lobster bisque supper prepared by the Rev. Dr. Richard Hughes, pastor of the host church, and graciously served by church members. - Jodi Templer

New Hampshire. June 10, the chapter sponsored Colin Lynch in recital at Christ Episcopal Church, Exeter, playing works by Litaize, Alain, Duruflé, Dupré, and Vierne on the church's LivelyFulcher organ. The annual meeting followed at nearby Exeter Inn Restaurant with Region I Councillor Cheryl Duerr installing officers for 2012-13. The new officers are Kevin Lindsay (dean), the Rev. Michael Bradley (subdean), and Philip Becker, Eric Bermani, and Charles Woodbury (executive committee). Also installed were returning officers Charles Blood (secretary), Shirley Boucher (treasurer), and George Bozeman, Nicholas Girgus, and David Wold (executive committee). Outgoing dean Elizabeth Black received a past dean's pin and was honored with a special presentation for her many years of service to the chapter. - Nicholas Girgus


Middlesex, N.J. Sept. 9, the annual dean's picnic was held at the home of Dean Jean Volk. The event provided an opportunity for members to connect, share organ and choir stories, and discuss the chapter's upcoming events. Pictured are chapter members with a 1941 Studebaker that was renovated by longtime member Robert Teller. - Joe Suchocki

Binghamton, N.Y. Sept. 11, Jonathan Biggers played a recital for chapter members and his Binghamton University students at United Presbyterian Church. This was the same recital he performed in July at Peachtree United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Ga. The program included works by Craig Phillips, Herbert Howells, J.S. Bach, and Louis Vierne. Following the recital, Biggers joined several members for dinner at a local restaurant.

Sept. 15, David Lenington of the Chemung Valley Chapter planned an organ crawl for members of the two chapters.

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