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“Bessie has been an exceptional Health Care Provider. She takes such pride in her work and truly cares about the people she is in contact with. She is dedicated, diligent, and is devoted to her job assignment. She not only takes care of my Mom, but she goes above and beyond her call of duty. Bessie has a unique ability to connect with every person she meets. No day goes by that my Mom is not pampered. Bessie make sure she's always comfortable. She makes exceptional meals for her 3 times a day, cleans her clothes, gives her showers, washes her hair and makes her look amazing every single day. Bessie is so beneficial to our family we can't imagine our family without her. I myself and my family members could never do what she does for our Mom. She has been with my mom and our family for almost 1 year and we don't know what we would do without her, she truly is a gift from God. She not only takes care of my Mom daily, nightly and weekly, she also takes care of her personal life and whatever life throws at her. She is a devoted caretaker and should be recognized with the utmost respect. Her dedication to improving the health and well-being of my Mom is commendable. You can't find anyone as special as she. Her life commitment has touched our lives through her delivery of exceptional care in a compassionate, respectful, and safe manner on a daily basis. She has become a member of our family and she has shown us the meaning of adaptability. Her strong faith in God, Forgiveness, and Believing in each other makes her the great person that she is. On behalf of our family, we would like to thank you for the extraordinary care and services your company has provided to us. Thank you for all you do”

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“We used Always Best Care for my mother. They provided basically anything we needed a few hours a week, they were very thorough in asking about my mother's condition, and what were the needs that were required. It's more like bathing, medication, and companionship. We used them for about a week.”


“Thank you again to you, Susan and the rest of the care-givers and staff of Always Best Care for the outstanding service you have provided for our parents. ABC provided professional, first-class support that allowed our parents to remain in their home while relieving of us of concern for their care and is something we will never forget. You can be sure we will happily refer any family member or friend that is seeking care at home to Always Best Care.”

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“Dear Rick, Over the past three plus years, my father Joseph Ceuch has lived at home assisted by the caregivers from your company Always Best Care of Greater Bristol. This letter is a personal thank you from my father and the entire Ceuch family on how your caregivers treated and attended to my father during this time. The caregivers became part of our extended family who shared in countless family events resulting in beautiful lasting memories. Caregivers Frances Boateng, Jeremy Turner, and Yanice Hernandez were awesome in their care of my father. I want to especially acknowledge Francis as a person who went above and beyond his responsibility and became part of the Ceuch inner circle. It was not uncommon for Francis on his off days to stop by during a family picnic to say hello...he is truly loved by my father. Again, I want to thank you for the loving care your caregivers provided my father. I would highly recommend your company to anyone interested in having a caregiver attend to a loved one. Thanks again”

Gregory C.

“Heather, I just wanted to thank Always Best Care in helping to provide care for my step father, Daryl. It's unbelievable how the progression of his illness happened so quickly, however, Always Best Care was always ready to provide the level of care he needed as it increased. Most importantly, I'd like to thank his aide, Sue Malasics. She was wonderful to Daryl and took great care of his needs. I knew I did not have to worry with Sue there with him. She was always cooking wonderful homemade meals and desserts and I was happy to see how happy she made Daryl. I think she is a wonderful asset to Always Best Care. Should I know of anyone needing help in the future, I would recommend Always Best Care and Sue Malasics.”

Milissa K.

“My mother was bedbound for months and had serious health related issues including kidney failure. My mother was also very demanding about her care and who she would allow into her home. After several attempts with various in-home care agencies my mother really responded well to Always Best Care Senior Services of Greater Bristol and we cant thank them enough for the high level of compassionate care they were able to provide during my moms final months.”

Liam C.

“I am a past client of this provider My journey with Always Best Care began with a visit from the owner and office manager. Soon after, I was introduced to the caregiver who would provide care for me. All 3 persons seemed very knowledgeable, experienced anf caring. I was certainly provided with quality service and much respect and compassion.”

Dorothy W.

“Our sister, Barbara has early-onset dementia , and was in sudden need of a personal care assistant until placement in a quality skilled nursing facility became available. We reached out to home health care agencies in her local area but, by this point, had already worked with several agencies for med reminders for Barbara (and 24/7 care for our Mom in another area of CT) and were a bit skeptical that that we’d find one that could provide consistent quality of care.When I spoke with Rick Downey of Always Best Care Senior Services in Bristol, he conveyed both confidence in his knowledge of health care and empathy in understanding the frustrations that families experience when seeking quality care for their loved ones. We were next contacted by their care coordinator,Heather Kozikowski, who came to our sister’s home to conduct an assessment and further explain the services offered by Always Best Care.A further testament to the exceptional quality of Always Best Care is the service and care we’ve received after Barbara is no longer a client; our thanks to Always Best Care for the excellent care of our sister, and the peace-of-mind it afforded our family knowing that she was in such kind and competent hands!”

Susan W.

“I am a retired registered nurse, and for several years, I have been the primary caregiver for my husbamd/ My husband suffers from dementia and is aphasic. On a Saturday morning in October of 2015, a sudden change in my health required an emergent hospitilization, which late resulted in an extensive rehabilitation stay. Upon my hospitalization, my son reached out to Always Best Care Senior Services of greater Bristol. The Always Best Care team assessed my husband, his needs, and had his care staffed within hours of my son's call. The care provided to my husband has been exceptional. The caregivers as well as the office staff have been attentive to our needs and have met all of our expectations. I would highly recommend Always Best Care to you and anyone who is in need of care for their loved one.”

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“I had a very good experience ! I really appreciate the service that your company, Always Best Care, offered our family and especially the caring, loving attitude that Amber and Natalie displayed to Carol at all times. They were outstanding and you should be proud to place them in any situation with the full expectation they will represent your firm in a most professional manner. Thanks again for all your help.”

Kevin N.

“My journey with Always Best Care began with a visit from the owner and office manager. Soon after, I was introduced to the caregiver who would provide care for me. All 3 persons seemed very knowledgeable, experienced anf caring. I was certainly provided with quality service and much respect and compassion.”


“Dave and staff, thank you or consistently caring and comforting my Mom. Your quality of care will be recommended to others. You went above and beyond what was expected.”


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How does In-home Senior Care in Kent, CT work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Kent, CT, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Kent, CT gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Kent,CT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Robert Miller: CT's bear problem isn't going away — it's growing as animals 'show up for the free buffet'

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigateTwo summers ago, a black bear pulled open the back door to Jean Speck’s home in Kent, walked into the kitchen and raided the refrigerator and cupboards.“My daughter walked in and thought there was someone standing there,’’ said Speck, the town’s first selectman. “Then she realized it was a bear.’’The bear left, then returned a while later. A jar of Nutella had been left behind.Speck said she shouted and the...

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Two summers ago, a black bear pulled open the back door to Jean Speck’s home in Kent, walked into the kitchen and raided the refrigerator and cupboards.

“My daughter walked in and thought there was someone standing there,’’ said Speck, the town’s first selectman. “Then she realized it was a bear.’’

The bear left, then returned a while later. A jar of Nutella had been left behind.

Speck said she shouted and the bear beat a retreat.

“He had the lid to the Nutella in his paw,’’ she said.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection had already tagged the bear as a problem. When it showed up at another house in Kent a few weeks later, the DEEP trapped it and euthanized it.

There is a bear problem in Connecticut. Actually, there is a bear-human problem.

Their population is growing in the state, with DEEP estimating there are now between 1,000 and 1,200 bears. There is an occasional bear vs. car collision, but there are no animals or predators in the state that can touch the bears.

Here’s where the humans come in: This densely populated state has unwittingly created a great place for bears to thrive.

Rather than rural hideouts, the state’s black bears prefer to live in suburban areas surrounded by lots of woods. That way, the bears can wander in from the woods to the yards to feed regularly and omnivorously on garbage, bird seed, compost, the honey in beehives and the grease left on backyard grills. Some misguided residents even leave food out for them.

“They’re showing up for the free buffet,’’ environmental consultant Laura Simon said.

These well-fed black bear sows are also having lots of babies.

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The DEEP’s State of the Bears 2023 report – which can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DEEP/wildlife/pdf_files/The-State-of-the-Bears.pdf – determined that black bear sows with cubs have been reported in 90 towns. Sows now give birth to an average of 2.6 cubs every three years, the report said.

It’s not uncommon to see sows with three young cubs, said Jenny Dickson, director of the DEEP’s wildlife division.

Instead of beginning to breed at 3 to 4 years old, some sows are breeding at 1.5 to 2 years old, Dickson said.

“They’re incredibly healthy,’’ she said.

The bears are also getting more habituated to living with humans. There were 67 incidents of bears entering homes in 2022 – a big jump over previous years, DEEP said.

So what should we do? Shoot the bears?

A recent legislative hearing on allowing a controlled bear in the state drew hundreds of people, with many opposing such an idea, although DEEP agrees in principle to a bear hunt in the state.

But bear hunts don’t work as a way to reduce human-bear conflicts, Simon said. If DEEP wanted to allow bear hunting as a trophy sport, it should be clear about what it’s doing, she said.

“Don’t pretend it will resolve nuisance conflicts" between bears and humans, she said.

Simon also pointed out there may be a reason why the number of bears getting into homes rose in 2022. It was a drought year that reduced wild berry crops. It was also a year with a paucity of acorns.

With neither to eat, the bears turned to human grub, she said.

However, a lot of the black bear raids in 2022 occurred in the summer, before the scant fall harvest, Dickson said.

Also. the argument that hunting bears in rural settings won’t touch the suburban bear population ignores a bear’s range, she said.

“They move around a lot,’’ she said. “The bear that’s in your neighborhood can travel into the forests.’’

What both sides in this debate agree on is this; we can’t fix black bears. They are hard-wired to find food and are very good at doing so. Nor are the bears going away.

We can fix human behavior, however. People can wait until the morning of their trash pickup to wheel out their garbage. They can get bear-proof trash containers. They can confine their bird feeding habits to the late fall and winter when torpid bears den up.

Such bear-aware behavior doesn’t work if only one house in 10 gets it right, Simon said. Neighborhoods and whole communities have to all see the light and stop feeding the bears together.

They also have to see black bears for what they are. Not cute.

“At the end of the day, they are powerful wild animals with enormous strength,’’ Dickson said. "When people anthropomorphize them, it changes their perceptions. We honor them more by seeing them as the wild animals they are.’’

Whether it’s in a Victorian inn or a train car, CT’s Kent Collection is a luxury stay

A Victorian house, an inn, two cottages and a railroad car.Put them all together and you have The Kent Collection, a group of overnight accommodations that are bringing more people into the center of Kent in western Litchfield County.Lulu and John McPhee didn’t set out to become innkeepers when they bought the train car and the two cottages that served as retail shops at the old Kent rail station.But after buying and renovating the former...

A Victorian house, an inn, two cottages and a railroad car.

Put them all together and you have The Kent Collection, a group of overnight accommodations that are bringing more people into the center of Kent in western Litchfield County.

Lulu and John McPhee didn’t set out to become innkeepers when they bought the train car and the two cottages that served as retail shops at the old Kent rail station.

But after buying and renovating the former Starbuck Inn and the Victorian across North Main Street, the McPhees have gone all in on offering luxury overnight stays in a variety of settings.

“Just look for the gas lanterns,” said assistant innkeeper Joe Hicks.

The cottages, originally intended as Airbnb stays, “definitely needed to be updated, even if we were going to keep them as businesses, but we had them rezoned for residential use and refurbishing all of them,” Lulu McPhee said. “So that’s where it started. And then the Victorian came for sale.”

The five-bedroom house, built in 1890, sleeps 12. It’s been completely renovated, keeping 19th-century furnishings, including detailed hinges on the high doors. “Who knew hardware could be so sexy?” McPhee said.

“So all of a sudden we had three cottages and a Victorian and we kind of jokingly said, Well, listen, if the Starbuck Inn across the street comes for sale, let us know,” McPhee said. “And a few days later, it was for sale.”

They renamed the inn The Firefly Inn and updated that, too. Altogether, their properties have about 40 beds.

“So it got us to a point where we could hire a staff, a team,” McPhee said. “So we have the two innkeepers, a facilities manager and a housekeeper. And so it just kind of all happened organically, I guess, just because they became available and we just decided, ‘Well, while we’re doing it, we’ll make a collection of places to stay.’”

The Victorian opened in January and the Garden Cottages in March. The Firefly Inn opened to a full house on June 1 and the railroad car had its first guests last week.

The original plan was a minimum two-night stay on weekends, but McPhee said, “I think we’re going to allow one-night stays over the summer just to get people to know that we’re here.”

On the Firefly’s first weekend, “we had guests that were here for graduation, so half the house was filled with a Thursday-Friday night group, and then there was a wedding nearby, so the other group came Friday and Saturday night,” McPhee said.

“It was kind of nice because it wasn’t totally full all those nights together,” she said. “And The Victorian was full and the two cottages were taken. So every property was taken.”

The Firefly Inn guests were treated to live piano music for breakfast, too. McPhee said the graduates’ parents told her, “Where were you four years ago? We’ve had no place to stay and now it’s graduation weekend.”

The McPhees, who live in Fairfield County, “have a place that we’ve been coming to in New Milford,” Lulu McPhee said. “Because we’re up on the weekends and stuff, we were very familiar with Kent and knew that there was a need for something for people to stay.”

Weekday overnight rates range from $350 for each of the two rooms in The Firefly Inn — they can be converted into a two-bedroom suite for families — to $950 for a bunkhouse with a loft that sleeps six. Weekend rates are $50 higher.

The Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington can run well above $2,000 a night, according to its website.

The town has just 3,000 residents, but McPhee said there are several opportunities to attract out-of-town guests. Three boarding schools will need places for parents to stay when they’re visiting, moving in and out. “That was a no-brainer,” she said.

“Then we knew that there needs to be overflow for people who are doing weddings (at) smaller venues that don’t have enough rooms for all the wedding guests,” she said.

“But what’s been interesting is that it’s a lot of people who have smaller homes and they have family coming or friends coming, and they’re thrilled because then there’s a nice place for their guests to stay,” she said.

One person told McPhee they were thinking of adding a room or guest cottage to their home because they don’t have space for all their adult children.

“And then locally for the real estate people, they’ve been having people stay with us during the week when they’re showing … homes or properties,” she said.

What will take longer will be drawing people from New York City, but that will come too, McPhee said. “It’s just getting the word in to people who want to come up for a weekend stay because they can be coming from anywhere. … People didn’t think of Kent as a place to come and stay.”

In addition to the gas lamps that let passers-by know the properties are all one piece, there is a unifying decorative touch inside The Kent Collection. The walls behind the headboards are all covered with Chilewich textured fabric. John McPhee is CEO of the company.

Other surprises are a claw-foot bathtub and a Victorian-era bridal dress framed and hanging on the wall of the wedding suite. There’s a four-poster bed in the Victoria and Albert Room, along with a private deck.

One room is completely handicapped-accessible. And, Hicks said, “any tub in The Victorian gets a rubber ducky.”

John McPhee’s business is design, Lulu McPhee said. “My dad was an architect. I grew up in design, so it’s kind of a comfortable world for us, although this is the first time we’ve done hospitality,” she said.

They bought the cottages in 2020, but COVID-19 and supply chain issues delayed things. “We started in on The Victorian, which needed extensive renovation,” McPhee said.

“It’s all new HVAC, all new electrical, (removing) years of shellacking on doors and hardware to bring it back to its intended beauty,” she said. “Everything just took longer. And we wanted to do everything right, so we did it as fast as we could but it didn’t go very fast.”

There is still work to be done, including installing more gas lanterns. “We thought it was a nice way to bring the properties together as the collection, and so it’s just an aesthetic touch that we thought was nice,” McPhee said.

The reception from Kent residents has been positive, she said. “The town has been very excited because it really is good for everybody,” she said. “And it’s a very supportive community here in Kent, which has been really nice.

“You walk into the stores and they’re like, ‘Oh, I’m so excited. I got a tour the other day. It looks great,’” she said.

Phil Fox, a realtor with William Pitt Sotheby’s, called The Victorian “nothing short of stunning. … I have literally invited and paid for probably six or seven nights for clients and friends now to stay there.”

He also arranged a showing for more than 100 Litchfield County real estate agents. “We did a regional meeting and did it so the realtors could tour and see what we could provide for our clients when they’re coming up here,” he said. “So that was kind of nice.”

Fox, who’s also on the board of the Kent Chamber of Commerce, said The Kent Collection “can do nothing but bring people to the town because it’s right in the heart of Main Street.”

“Restaurants, shopping, arts are all within walking distance,” he said. “You don’t even have to get in a car. You can have a couple of glasses of wine with dinner and not have to worry about a car. You can walk back to your hotel.”

Fox said the accommodations were needed in the area. “It’s drawing from not just Kent, but it’s drawing from neighboring towns like Warren, as well as Sherman and Sharon,” he said. “There’s nothing of that quality there.”

The McPhees also are getting involved in the community, becoming involved in local events, Fox said.

“They are supporting it, giving back,” he said.

Ed Stannard can be reached at [email protected].

French Titanic expert with CT ties is among 5 passengers on missing submersible

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigateKENT — A French diver with ties to Connecticut is among the five people on a submersible vessel that disappeared Sunday during a tour of the Titanic shipwreck site.Paul-Henry Nargeolet, 77, is the underwater research program director for ...

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KENT — A French diver with ties to Connecticut is among the five people on a submersible vessel that disappeared Sunday during a tour of the Titanic shipwreck site.

Paul-Henry Nargeolet, 77, is the underwater research program director for RMS Titanic, Inc. — a company whose mission is to preserve the legacy of the Titanic and has conducted eight research expeditions to the wreckage site since 1987 — and has lived in South Kent for several years, according to the Kent Library Association Board, of which he’s been a member since 2015. He has also lived in Greenwich.

A Coast Guard search commenced after the vessel lost contact with the Canadian research vessel Polar Prince during a dive 900 miles east of Cape Cod. Nargeolet is on board the vessel with OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, wealthy British businessman Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman Dawood.

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Rescuers estimate as of midday Tuesday that the five passengers had about 41 hours of oxygen left on the vessel, meaning they would run out on Thursday morning. The sub initially had a 96-hour oxygen supply. U.S. Coast Guard officials said the search covered 10,000 square miles but turned up no sign of the lost sub known as the Titan, which has made multiple dives to the Titanic wreckage site.

“This is a very complex search, and the unified team is working around the clock,” Cpt. Jamie Frederick of the First Coast Guard District in Boston told a news conference.

He added that an underwater robot had started searching in the vicinity of the Titanic and that there was a push to get salvage equipment to the scene in case the sub is found.

Nargeolet is no stranger to exploring the Titanic wreckage. He’s led several expeditions to the Titanic and at least 30 submersible dives, salvaging more than 5,500 artifacts from the debris field near the wreck.

"I wonder, why are people so fascinated with the Titanic after a century?" Nargeolet said in a 2012 interview for the Greenwich Time. "I think everyone can find something they like in it. Onboard, there were rich people, poor people and immigrants coming to North America pursuing a dream."

After serving more than 20 years in the French Navy, he joined the French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea and was in charge of deep submersibles, as well as the institute’s technical research office, according to his profile on the Kent Library Association Board webpage.

Nargeolet has been RMS Titanic, Inc.’s director of underwater research since 2007, according to his LinkedIn page.

In a 2019 interview conducted by the Irish Examiner with Nargeolet, the expert was "matter-of-fact" about the risk associated with traveling to the Titanic site, according to the outlet.

“If you are 11m or 11km down, if something bad happens, the result is the same,” he said at the time. “When you’re in very deep water, you’re dead before you realize that something is happening, so it’s just not a problem.”

The submersible vessel departed around 6 a.m. Sunday, and its support vessel lost contact with it about an hour and 45 minutes later, according to the Coast Guard. The vessel was reported overdue about 435 miles south of St. John’s, Newfoundland, according to Canada’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Expert Titanic diver onboard missing sub lived in Connecticut

U.S. Coast Guard officials said Tuesday search efforts for the Titan submersible have not yielded any results.KENT, Connecticut — Paul Henry Nargeolet is known to his neighbors in Kent simply as “P. H.” He is a lover of the Titanic and is also one of five crew members onboard the missing ...

U.S. Coast Guard officials said Tuesday search efforts for the Titan submersible have not yielded any results.

KENT, Connecticut — Paul Henry Nargeolet is known to his neighbors in Kent simply as “P. H.” He is a lover of the Titanic and is also one of five crew members onboard the missing tourist submersible, which lost communication with the research vessel Sunday, 900 miles off the coast of Cape Cod.

“I’m 82. I’ve met thousands of people really and of all the people I’ve ever met he was by far the most fascinating and interesting,” said Linda Josephy, who says she shared many dinners and lunches with Nargeolet and his wife, Michelle. “He would tell you the most amazing stories. I think a lot of people are Titanic lovers. You know, the stories are so interesting.”

The town of Kent, Connecticut is remote and neighbors on Spooner Hill Road are close.

Nargeolet was on the first human exhibition to the Titanic’s wreckage on the ocean floor in the 1980s and returned to it dozens of times. Josephy said he is the most gifted storyteller she knows.

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Neighbors said Nargeolet sold his farm in Kent a year ago and moved more than a dozen miles away, across the border into New York’s Dutchess County. Prior to that, he lived in Greenwich.

On Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Coast Guard officials in Boston said search efforts have not yielded any results.

“Heartfelt thoughts and prayers for five crew members their families and their loved ones,” said Capt. Jamie Frederick in Boston.

A ride to the shipwreck costs $250,000 dollars. OceanGate, which put on the trip, said on its website that onboard life support capabilities last four days. By Tuesday, search efforts covered 7,600 square miles in an area larger than the state of Connecticut.

In Kent, the community is holding out hope the submersible is found and their resident Titanic expert comes back to tell more tales of the fallen ship.

“If there was a nuance to a story, he always put his finger right on it and just made it live,” Josephy said.

Tuesday afternoon U.S. Coast Guard officials said they intend to search for another 24 hours in coordination with Canadian and private efforts.

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Man with CT connection among those missing on submersible

(WFSB) - Rescue crews continue to search for five people who are stuck inside a submersible in the northern waters of the Atlantic Ocean.The U.S. Coast Guard gave an update on the search. More ships and vessels are being used. You can watch it below:Channel 3 learned that French explorer and renowned Titanic expert Paul Henry Nargeolet, who has lived in Kent, CT, was among those trapped underwater.He’s known as “PH” in town.The ones who know him are hoping for a miracle.&ldqu...

(WFSB) - Rescue crews continue to search for five people who are stuck inside a submersible in the northern waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The U.S. Coast Guard gave an update on the search. More ships and vessels are being used. You can watch it below:

Channel 3 learned that French explorer and renowned Titanic expert Paul Henry Nargeolet, who has lived in Kent, CT, was among those trapped underwater.

He’s known as “PH” in town.

The ones who know him are hoping for a miracle.

“You know what, I do know the gentleman now that I think of it,” said Elise Cieplik of Kent.

Nargeolet lived on Spooner Hill Road for years.

“It’s just unfortunate he’s a nice man. It’s just unfortunate there’s no other words. If they don’t get him, it’s going to be a terrible loss,” Elise Cieplik said.

Nargeolet recently moved to New York, but he’s still a board member for the Kent Library Association.

Elise Cieplik’s husband Eric studies biology and oceanography. He is mesmerized by the horrific situation Nargeolet and the four passengers are in.

“It could’ve been anything. A leak in the hull could’ve been a problem with the people there in the sub. Could be anything,” Eric Cieplik said.

Nargeolet is an expert deep-sea diver and submersible pilot. He has led several Titanic expeditions.

“The size of the search area is the size of Connecticut. A lot of square miles. So that makes it tough,” said Eric Cieplik.

Cathy Frade is just a few houses from where Nargeolet lived in Kent.

“I feel bad for them that it’s not looking like they’re going to get back,” Frade said.

RMS Titanic Incorporated, where Nargeolet worked, isn’t giving up.

“Paul-Henry’s passion for Titanic and diving led him to complete 35 submersible dives. More than anyone, we trust his faith and experience will help navigate this critical situation,” the company said.

“It’s too bad I hope they get them and are able to find them,” said Elise Cieplik.

The Kent-Memorial Library’s director said: “We’re hoping for the best outcome for our friend.”

The search for the submersible has been staged from St. John’s Harbor in Newfoundland. Rescue boats were launched on Wednesday morning.

There was hope.

Investigators reported that they recently detected underwater noises every 30 minutes near the search area.

The vessel was said to have been on an expedition to the wreckage of the Titanic when it lost contact two hours into the journey.

Officials said that as of Wednesday morning, it had about a day’s worth of oxygen left.

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