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Old Lyme honors veterans despite parade cancellation

By Dave Peck
Medill Reports

The echo of “Taps” could be heard this past Memorial Day in Old Lyme to honor its veterans. With the annual parade canceled, few were in attendance on the Duck River Cemetery — no chatter, no applause, no gun salutes. Despite the small turnout, veterans like Robert Roser, 91, were thankful to share the moment with his fellow VFW Post 1467 members.

Photo at top: Veterans of Post 1467 gather on Memorial Day (Dave Peck/MEDILL)

College football recruits commit to uncertainty

By Dave Peck
Medill Reports

When a high schooler commits to playing college football, they do so expecting a season. That’s not the case for this year’s class of recruits. For incoming freshman Jacob Horigan and transfer Max Jacobs, the decision to play football for Bowdoin College came amid the most unusual circumstances.

Photo at top: Avonworth High School’s Jacob Horigan tumbles into the endzone. (Jacob Horigan/Avonworth)

COVID-19: Stories from across America

By Dave Peck
Medill Reports

In this May 10-17 special report, COVID-19: Stories from across America, Medill Reports looks at how the global pandemic is affecting local businesses, athletes, and public policy across the country.

From Texas to Michigan, Connecticut to Florida, and everywhere in between, find out how the coronavirus is changing the way we live.

Photo at top: Sign at Connecticut grocery store provides social distancing guidelines. (Dave Peck/MEDILL)

TikTok Tawa: How a Stanford baseball player has gone viral amid COVID-19

By Dave Peck
Medill Reports

If you asked Stanford’s Tim Tawa, he’d tell you the key to TikTok is combining what you know with what you see. Since March, Tawa has been home getting swings in alongside lifelong friend and former teammate Will Matthiessen, who also played for the Cardinal before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2019.

With a return to baseball uncertain for both, the two Oregon natives have transformed their routine batting practice into a viral video series.

Photo at top: Tim Tawa stands on the diamond. (Bob Drebin/ISI Photos)

With Old Lyme beach closures, businesses turn to takeout

By Dave Peck
Medill Reports

For some Old Lyme, Connecticut restaurants, summertime earnings make up 90% of their yearly revenue. With the town’s decision to indefinitely close public beaches, that number may shrink as fewer people visit the shoreline. For two local restaurants, COVID-19 measures have been met with optimism.

Photo at top: A beach closure sign blocks off Sound View Beach in Old Lyme. (Dave Peck/MEDILL)

Local fitness trainer goes virtual amid COVID-19 orders

By Dave Peck
Medill Reports

The first year of a new business can be stressful. The first year of a new business during a pandemic? Now that’s terrifying. But Bill Buscetto of Buscetto Performance Training has made the jump from in-person to online amid Connecticut’s stay at home orders. While online workouts aren’t ideal, Buscetto has stayed proactive, giving his clients plenty of ways to stay in shape.

Eight-pound weights in backyard. (Dave Peck/MEDILL)

With summer baseball in jeopardy, more than just games could be lost

By Dave Peck
Medill Reports

Imagine an internship, but for professional baseball hopefuls. That’s how many college baseball players approach playing for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. With uncertainty surrounding this summer season, Newport may have no baseball for the first time in 20 years. For players and residents in the city, baseball is so much more than just a game.

Photo at top: Members of the 2019 Gulls honor the national anthem prior to their final game of the season. (Jon Dillworth/Newport Gulls Baseball)

Olympic rower resets after Tokyo 2020 postponement

By Dave Peck
Medill Reports

It all happened so fast: From intense physical training to rediscovering NBA Live 2003, U.S. Olympic rower Austin Hack shared his experience dealing with the Olympic postponement and the abrupt changes brought forth by the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo at top: US Men’s 8 at 2016 Rio Olympics. (Barb Hack/Old Lyme)