Five 2016 New Canaan High School graduates were awarded $750 Kiwanis Club of New Canaan’s Harold S. Kenney Scholarships during a recent luncheon at the Roger Sherman Inn. The winners, Sophie Salomon, Katie Marciano, Claire Perry, Andrew Chalon and Ethan Geller, ranged from varsity athletes to aspiring engineers. The Harold S. Kenney Scholarship was named for a long-time Kiwanis member and the NCHS headmaster who retired in 1973. Kenney was also a summer camp business manager and hockey coach who was named a Hay Fellow in the Humanities by Williams College in 1961.

On the dean’s list

Fourteen New Canaan natives made the dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. The dean's award for academic excellence is awarded to students with a 3.30 or higher term average.

Eleven of the students graduated from New Canaan High School. In the Colgate class of 2016, Alexandra Rusch is majoring in English, Kerri Santero is majoring in peace and conflict studies, George Laub is majoring in political science and Molly McKennan is majoring in educational studies. From the Colgate class of 2017, Kerinne O'Connor is majoring in peace and conflict studies, Julie Spindel is majoring in history and Stephanie Torromeo is majoring in political science. Emily Brand, a member of the Colgate class of 2018, is majoring in English. In the Colgate class of 2019, Rand Gesing is majoring in economics, Carter Hunt is majoring in computer science and math and John McMahon is majoring in chemistry.

Furthermore, Melanie Silverman, a Loomis Chaffee School graduate and member of the Colgate class of 2016, is majoring in English; Robert Schultz, a Brunswick School graduate and member of the Colgate class of 2018, is majoring in history; and Charlotte Gould, a Westminster School graduate and member of the Colgate class of 2017, is majoring in biology.

Among the graduates

New Canaan native Elizabeth Gestal graduated from Colorado College with a bachelor's degree in anthropology. Gestal, a graduate of Suffield Academy, was one of 569 undergraduates to receive a degree at the May 16 ceremony in Colorado Spring, Colo.

Wait till 8

With the summer months upon us, Energize Connecticut partners are asking customers to “Wait till 8” to help decrease energy consumption and demand during peak periods, which are weekdays from noon to 8 p.m.

Extreme peak demands occur only 100 hours each year, or about 1 percent of the time, between late May and early September during hot, humid weather. To accommodate demand, additional power plants are on standby, ready to operate during these hours. These back-up plants often run on dirtier fuels - such as oil - that produce more air pollution and offer power at a price that drives up the cost of electricity.

To reduce energy usage, Energize Connecticut representatives recommend lessening the use of discretionary appliances and electronics during peak hours. Examples include:

Running pool pumps earlier in the day or later in the evening

Using dishwashers and laundry machines and dryers in the morning or later in the day

Programming thermostats to increase the temperature when a home is not occupied

Using energy efficient products like Energy Star LED lights and Energy Star air conditioning

Yellow Pages distribution schedule

The updated Yellow Pages will be distributed in Fairfield County beginning on or about September 22. Residents who have any questions or concerns regarding the distribution of Yellow Pages directories can e-mail Provide the following details when contacting the distribution concerns email: name, address, contact information and specific details regarding the nature of the concern.

Additionally, residents have the choice about which directories they would like to receive or stop receiving in the future. Residents can request directories or opt-out of future phone book deliveries by visiting