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News Notes Connecticut & New York - November

Hawie Manufacturing head, Robert Hawie, dies

Robert Hawie, president of The Hawie Manufacturing Company and So-Lo Marine, died Aug. 23. The Stratford, Conn., resident was 69.

Hawie was an original board member of the Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut and chairman and president of The Manufacturing Alliance of Southern Connecticut.

As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed decades in the field hunting and offshore fishing. He was a longtime supporter of the International Game Fish Association and the Recreational Fishing Alliance, having promoted, supported and practiced tag-and-release fishing and renewable fisheries management.

He was a lifelong member of The Milford (Conn.) Yacht Club.

Economic “storm” shelves museum plans

Because of a lack of funds, plans for the Coast Guard Museum, spearheaded by the Coast Guard Foundation in Stonington, Conn., have been put aside.

“When we got into this a year or so ago we were concerned then with the economy as a whole impacting all of the fundraising,” says Ross Roeder, chairman of the board. “But we wanted to test the waters anyway. We had indication that we had private and governmental support, but almost a year later the support wasn’t there.”

Roeder says the project, which was first estimated at $65 million, soon reached $100 million. The building was estimated to be between 50,000 and 60,000 square feet in Trumbull, Conn., and to accommodate 200,000 to 300,000 visitors each year.

“We are still enthusiastic about it,” says Roeder. “It’s hard to believe that the Coast Guard, one of the oldest and most noble services, doesn’t have a museum. So we definitely want this to happen — just not now.”

As a result, Jerry Ostermiller, who was named president of the project Jan. 15 of this year, chose to step down from his post and will return to his home and family in Oregon.

The Coast Guard Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all of its members and their families. An auxiliarist, Ostermiller has almost 30 years of experience establishing museum programming, renovation and capital campaign fundraising efforts. He retired as executive director of the Columbia River Museum in Astoria, Ore., after coming on board in 1989.

“Working hand-in-hand with the Coast Guard Foundation staff to serve our guardians, the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard, was a noble experience, and experience I will never forget,” says Ostermiller.

Ostermiller says though the “economic perfect storm” hampered their funding badly, he believes the museum is destined to be a reality.

“I have no doubt we will see the funding and building of a remarkably outstanding museum, honoring the values, missions and heart of our nation’s foremost humanitarian service at a more favorable time,” says Ostermiller.

Ostermiller continues to be involved with the Coast Guard in his hometown. Roeder says he hopes it will be less than a year before they can return to making this dream a reality.

“I don’t know if we’ll bring Jerry back to the project down the road, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” says Roeder. “There’s no doubt [the museum] will happen. We just need the right opportunity to do it and do it correctly.”

— Elizabeth Ellis

Explore L.I. Sound on new Web site

The University of Connecticut, in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, has enhanced a Web site that allows users to explore Long Island Sound with oceanic technology and video programs.

The site has new features that expand offerings like the virtual Underwater Tour of Long Island Sound, which now includes footage of dives and underwater habitats. The site also incorporates underwater maps of the Sound that have been generated in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Geologic Survey and the DEP with underwater imaging gathered by the National Undersea Research Center. These maps were developed using multibeam sonar and produce satellite-like images of seafloor topography, according to the DEP.

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Nautical Publications releases first U.S. chart

Nautical Publications introduced its newest Chart Kit for recreational boaters in the southeast Florida region, the first for U.S. waters. The cartography is based on the company’s own survey data.

The NV Chart Kit 8.2 Florida Southeast includes a companion CD, Harbor and Anchorage Pilot booklet, recommended courses, GPS waypoints and tidal information.

Nautical Publications of Germany has surveyed the waters of Europe, most notably the Baltic Sea and the Caribbean, for 25 years.

Nautical Publications established a U.S. office in 2008 in Clinton, Conn., to coincide with the release of the U.S.-based charts.

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New officers for Power Squadron

The Great South Bay Power Squadron of the United States Power Squadrons named its officers for 2009-2010.

Gary LaMarca of West Islip, N.Y., takes over as squadron commander. LaMarca is a squadron advanced pilot and served as the executive officer last year.

Also installed were Luann Kazanecki of East Islip as executive officer; Michael Becker of Holbrook as squadron educational officer; Rick Sinacore of Massapequa as administrative officer; Thomas Pilek of Medford as secretary; Ronald Murphy of North Babylon as treasurer; and William Wedin of Brentwood as assistant educational officer.

Organized in 1914, the United States Power Squadrons is the world’s largest private boating organization with more than 40,000 members in more than 450 local squadrons across the country

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J&J Marine earns business award

The Office of Economic Development for the Town of Somerset, Mass., recently presented J&J Marine with its annual Outstanding Business Achievement Award for 2008.

J&J Marine is a 7-acre, full-service marine facility on the banks of the Taunton River, and run by partners Steve Anderson and Jeff Botelho.

“We are like no other boatyard you have experienced,” says Anderson. Despite the current economic situation, J&J Marine continues to grow and expand their services and facility in order to meet all of their clients’ needs, according to the company.

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This article originally appeared in the Connecticut & New York Home Waters Section of the November 2009 issue.