Iino: Richard Albrecht, Citizen of Killingworth

Richard W. Albrecht, lifelong resident and citizen of Killingworth, died on July 7.

Rick embodied the difference between a resident and a citizen. He didn’t just live in Killingworth. From the beginning, he was actively engaged in almost every aspect of Killingworth’s life as a community and as part of a great country.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1973, and he was a proud veteran for the rest of his life. We relied on him to organize Memorial Day observances every year. He advocated for veterans and their families. Less visibly, he made sure that flags were placed on the graves of veterans and that town flags were in good condition and honorably retired when they were worn.

Rick returned to Killingworth after his discharge and was elected a selectman in 1975, at age 27. He served four terms on the Board of Selectmen, one as first selectman.

He was appointed or elected to public committees from the Advisory Council for Civil Preparedness in the 1970s to the Board of Assessment Appeals, of which he was currently chair. He was Killingworth’s delegate to the Representative Policy Board of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority for more than two decades.

Rick guarded the safety of the town and its residents in so many ways—as Killingworth’s open burning official for the last 20 years, as a county sheriff and a state marshal, as an election monitor, as a regular Town Meeting moderator, and, most important, as a lifelong member of both the Killingworth Volunteer Fire Company and the Killingworth Ambulance Association (KAA), which his father helped found.

Year after year, Rick was one of KAA’s top responders. More than a few families owe lives to his response, and even more people owe a sense of security to his reassuring presence. When Rick arrived on the scene, those who called gave a sigh of relief.

Rick was a constant, active member of the Killingworth Congregational Church, where he served as a deacon for many years. He volunteered for countless committees and was elected moderator more than once.

A loyal Democrat, Rick served on the Killingworth Democratic Town Committee (DTC) for decades, filling roles from setting up bake sales to representing Killingworth as a delegate to local and state conventions, from chairing the DTC to registering voters. As he was for so many of the organizations in town, Rick was our historian and our parliamentarian.

For a number of years, Rick delivered newspapers in town. That would take him out on the road before sunrise, and so he knew not only the people of Killingworth but its animal residents—its otters and turtles and hawks.

To call Rick a citizen is to give him the highest of honors. But Rick’s death leaves so many holes that we must each also honor his legacy by stepping up and taking on a small part of the duties he fulfilled throughout his life.

 

This article was first published on July 19, 2018, here

Flag Retirement Service at 350th Celebration

There’s less than a week until we can all come together to celebrate the big 3-5-0!

In addition to all of the festivities that have been planned, our local Boy Scouts in Troop 18 will be providing Flag Retirement services to our town residents. If you have an old flag, please bring it to the town picnic and drop it with the Boy Scouts (near the Monkey Bridge, South Field). The scouts will hold a separate ceremony where the strips and colors will be separated and burned according to custom.

Essex Attorney Jeannine Lewis Selected as Democratic Candidate for District 33 Probate Court Judge

The KDTC congratulates Essex attorney Jeannine Lewis, who was selected as the Democratic candidate for District 33 Probate Court Judge. We’re behind her all the way!

Read more about Jeannine in the official press release:

 

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, delegates representing nine towns within the 33rd State Senate District selected Jeannine Lewis, an attorney at Hudson and Kilby, as the Democratic candidate for the upcoming vacancy of District 33 probate court judge. Connecticut’s 33rd Probate Court District includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

In announcing her selection, the District 33 DTC delegates commended Lewis for her extensive experience and expertise in Connecticut probate law; her deep understanding of the issues and responsibilities involved; and her personal and professional commitment to protecting the rights of – and serving the needs of – area residents who require the assistance of the probate court. The delegates also thanked the other three individuals who had been vying for this nomination – attorneys James Carey, Sean Donlan and Stephen Sheehan.

Probate judges typically handle estates, trusts, adoptions, name changes, and the termination of parental rights and conservatorships, among other important matters. All candidates for the position must be members of the Connecticut bar.

Upon receiving the nomination, Lewis said, “Since I first applied to law school, it has been a dream of mine to serve my community as judge of probate. If elected to this position in November, I plan to dedicate my time outside of the court’s daily duties to mentoring new attorneys, and to providing assurances that our elderly and disabled community members are properly cared for and protected.”

The probate court for District 33 is located in Old Saybrook and serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

Lewis, in addition to her law practice – which is focused on probate matters, estate planning and elder law – is the Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association’s (CBA’s) Elder Law Section, and serves on the Integrity of the Practice/Pro Bono Committee of the CBA’s Estates and Probate Section. She is a board member of the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries, and provides pro bono legal counsel to Sister Cities Essex Haiti, a local charity that helps residents of the town of Deschapelles, Haiti.

Lewis will face Republican and other challengers in the Tuesday, November 7, special election later this year.