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boater may face additional charges

Gregory Siege, 44, of Madison, Conn., was expected to appear in court in New London on Jan. 8, where he may face additional charges for the boating accident on July 8 that killed one person and left three injured on the Connecticut River.

“The investigation wrapped up in mid-November, but there will be no updates on the case until the eighth,” says Sarah Steere, senior assistant state’s attorney. “I do anticipate filing additional charges, but I can’t speculate on what those will be.”

Siege is currently charged with first-

degree reckless operation of a vessel while intoxicated. According to the Department of Environmental Protection, he had fallen off his 20-foot Edgewater center console on July 8, 2007, about a half-mile south of the Amtrak railroad bridge between Old Lyme and Old Saybrook.

Because he was not wearing his lanyard, the powerboat, with its 200-hp outboard continued — with his dog on board — to plow right into a 16-foot fiberglass sailboat carrying four people.

Susan Brandes, 53, of South Windsor, later died from multiple blunt trauma injuries, while her husband, Leland, and friends, Franklin and Joan Spector, sustained injuries. The dog survived.

Siege has since been ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, and will surrender his boating license in court.

This isn’t the first time Siege has been charged with being under the influence. He appeared before Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown, Conn. on Dec. 14 for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and following too closely.

— Elizabeth Ellis

Coast Guard Foundation appoints new president

The Coast Guard Foundation has appointed Anne B. Brengle as president of the national nonprofit organization. With her background in nonprofit management, fundraising and capital campaigns, Brengle will lead the organization’s nationwide effort to increase public awareness and funding for programs benefiting the men and women of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Academy.

 “I look forward to leading an aggressive nationwide campaign to educate the American public about the urgency of the Foundation’s mission, and the ways in which they can help,” Brengle said.

Brengle has nearly three decades of experience in institutional advancement and management.Before being appointed president of the Coast Guard Foundation, Brengle served as president of the New BedfordWhalingMuseum in Massachusetts from 1994 to 2007. Prior to joining the New BedfordWhalingMuseum, Brengle served as the Executive Director of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and GardenMuseum in New Bedford, Mass., from 1990 to 1994.

As a lifelong sailor, Brengle says she knows and appreciates the dedication and hard work of the men and women of the Coast Guard. She worked with Rear Admiral Mary E. Landry, the Coast Guard’s Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, in overseeing the federal response to the oil spill in Buzzards Bay, as well as the recent blessing of a Coast Guard fleet in Massachusetts.

The Coast Guard Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the men and women of the Coast Guard and its Academy. The Foundation’s fund-raising efforts satisfy equipment, training, and education needs not met through government and military sources. The Foundation distributes funding among all nine Coast Guard districts, overseas units and the Academy. www.cgfdn.org .

Imperiled birds make Long Island their home

Forty-seven of the birds that Audubon and the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) have identified as top-priorities for conservation spend at least part of their year in New YorkState. They have the dubious distinction of being included on WatchList 2007, the newest list of America’s birds at greatest risk.

Unlike those on Audubon’s recent survey of Common Birds in Decline, these species are often rare and limited in range; consequently, they face a more imminent threat of extinction, according to researchers. For many of them, conservation efforts in New York as well as nationally will play a critical role in determining their future health and survival.

Priority WatchList species found on Long Island include: piping plover, least tern, saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrow, short-eared owl and black skimmer.

For the complete WatchList, and information on how to help, visit www.audubon.org .

Conn. boat show named an up-and-comer

The CMTA (Connecticut Marine Trades Association) Hartford Boat & Fishing Show was recently named by Tradeshow Weekly — the show industries benchmark publication — to the annual list of “Fastest 50 Growing Shows in North America” as well the fastest growing consumer show overall.

The annual TSW Fastest 50 recognizes those shows that experienced the greatest growth in net square footage in the last three years. All 50 winners were honored at a recent event in Atlanta.

The CMTA show returns Jan. 24-27 to the ConnecticutConvention Center. Admission is $12. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free.

New CG auxiliary flotilla chartered on L.I.

On Nov. 27, a new flotilla was inaugurated as part of Division 22 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary First Southern District.

The new Flotilla, 22-07 of Fort Salonga, N.Y., is unique in that it is the first Auxiliary flotilla in the U.S. to have all of its members play a musical band instrument. The induction ceremony took place at the Northport VA Medical Center Auditorium.

After taking the oath of the Auxiliary, each member of the new flotilla was presented with a “plank” certificate, recognizing them each as a member of the “first and most illustrious crew which distinguished itself forever” to form Flotilla 22-07.

Children asked to describe safe boating

The National Safe Boating Council, with the support of West Marine, is asking for entries for a boating safety contest.

The third annual Boating Safety Sidekicks Contest, “I’m a Safe Boater, Are You?” asks for children between the ages of 4 and 15 to submit stories, posters or videos that describe how they stay safe on the water.

First-prize winners will be awarded in three different categories for each age group, 4 to 7; 8 to 11; and 12 to 15. Essay winners will be chosen based on good grammar, punctuation, composition and the story told. Poster and video winners will be evaluated on design, style, artwork and the safety message.

To view last year’s winning entries and for contest requirements, deadlines and more details, visit the Boating Safety Sidekicks Web site

www.boatingsafetysidekicks.com.

Hinckley pairs with high-end waterfront facility

The Hinckley Company recently announced a collaboration with Newport, R.I.’s newest private luxury waterfront venue, Forty 1° North.

Located off Thames Street, Forty 1° North offers dining and entertainment along a docking and yacht service facility.

Hinckley owners now have the option of a new delivery and “ride along” service for all owners docking at Forty 1° North.

As part of this program, Forty 1° North will provide a licensed captain with JetStick training and experience, transportation for owners from their homeport to their docks, as well as professional yacht detailing for the Hinckley. www.41no.com

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