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Spring 2018 Boating Classes

NBPS will run two ABC classes

Combined One Day Boating/Personal Watercraft Course

Saturday, March 24, 2018  8:00AM-5:00PM
Includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and fun.
Wethersfield Cove Yacht Club
270 Hartford Ave., Wethersfield, CT.  06109
Contact Linda DeConti, 860-666-8309
Cost $75.00

Combined Boating/Personal Watercraft

6 weeks (Mondays) beginning April 9-May 14
Contact Bristol Senior Center
240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, CT.
Cost  $45

Fall 2017 - Commanders Message

With the extended warm weather, many boaters delayed getting their boats ready for hauling. Now that we are tasting winter weather, it’s brought us back to New England reality. Some NBPS had a great season while others not so great (I being grouped among the latter!). So is it better to plan or to take life one day at a time??

Although NBPS’ membership is at 34, we still are functioning. As a matter of fact C/C Louis Ojeda personally assured us that as long as we have a “contact person” for the Squadron and do our best with even a few active members, we will not lose our charter. Let me emphasize that with us the SEO and Treasurer are vital to our operation as well. Louis realizes that USPS needs to and is re-grouping, modernizing and adjusting to a different time and culture.

New Logo

Recreational boating is changing to include kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing and jet skiing. Water skiing, parasailing and even jet packs are becoming quite popular and no longer restricted to theme parks and shows. Most popular power boats range in size from 26’-30’. USPS is changing to maintain its primary goal of “boating safely” through education for today’s changing “recreational boaters.” It is now emphasizing the social aspects of today’s society: While at your “docktail party” suggest that the group attend a trip to the casino, theater, concert, museum or mall; then perhaps a USPS seminar or course. While USPS will always be USPS, it has added to its title, AMERICA’S BOATING CLUB to include all types of recreational boaters. A new logo will be used along with the ships’ wheel to emphasize and include the different aspects of recreational boating.


Merit Marks

I submitted nine names for Merit Marks from NBPS and all have been reviewed and accepted by National. They have been delivered to each recipient via email. Thank you and congratulations for the work you have done which you have made me aware of. I would love to submit more names next year but I need to be kept informed about what members do throughout the year. I do not have to be included in your activity nor does your activity have to include NBPS, but I do need to know what you have done to promote safe boating and how many hours you spent (minimum 14 hours inclusive of all your activities). Office holders must go BEYOND what is expected of that particular office. For example I cannot just say the Treasurer paid bills—that’s his job. Beyond that, I might say he prepared, distributed, reported to the group and answered questions at 4 member meetings (4 hours). Helped set up and clean up at each meeting (1 hour). Attended a talk presented by the HPS (3 hours). Manned the USPS booth at the Big E and Hartford Boat Show (8 hours). Total 16 hours BEYOND the duties of the Treasurer.

Other examples of activities that can be submitted: One member, twice took 2 other members fishing on his/her boat, He/she pointed out safety features of his/her boat, location of life jackets, aides to navigation; expained radar screen, fish/depth finder and different fishing methods. Total 16 hours.

Another group of members worked planning & hosting a picnic at his/her marina for the Executive meeting (6 hours). Transported 3 members to another squadron’s event (4 hours). Kept members informed on Facebook about his/her week long boat trip to Block Island (7 hours). Total 17 hours.

Fall Conference Wrap Up

At last Saturday’s Fall Conference (November 11) it was announced and discussed that:

The National Education department, its courses, the ABC courses and seminars are changing. Contact DEO Tim Tyler 860-561-0069 for more information.

District 1 purchased two Virtual Trainers (simulators) for use by squadrons. Contact P/D/C Art Andrea 203-641-0954 cell.

SEO’s need to get courses into HQ-800 before January 25, 2018 to be included in the hand outs at the Hartford Boat Show (Feb. 8-11) and the National Website. Volunteers are needed to help at the Hartford Boat Show (Feb. 8-11). Contact Frank Pascucci (869-635-3172 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Treasurers need to file the 990 Forms.

National dues increase of $2.00 begins December, 2017.

NBPS History is 100% up to date.

The D1 Holiday Party will be 16 December 2017 beginning 1730 at the Casa Mia, Hawthorne Inn 2421 Berlin Tpk. Complete dinner includes cheese platter & pizza during cocktails, stuffed musroom & fried calamari & pastas as appetizers. Choice of 15 veal, chicken, fish or beef entrees. Cost is $35 inclusive with checks payable to USPS D1 mailed to to Jim Salavatore 4-3 Canterbury Court, Middletown, CT 06457. Cash bar.

 D1 events for Summer 2018 include:

  • March 17, D1 Spring Conference st the Manchester Country Club
  • June Rendezvous & Council meeting at Essex Island Marina (TBA)
  • July 13-15 Mystic Seaport mini cruise
  • August weekend Mini cruise to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (TBA)
  • September Hamburg Cove Poker Run (TBA)

Other Upcoming Events          

The Norwich Power Squadron has extended an invitation to NBPS to join them for a free concert at and by the USCG Academy at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, 10 December 2017 followed by dinner at “On the Waterfront” restaurant in New London. Contact Linda Lewis with a count for the restaurant at 860-423-3341 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, 5 December.

The Hartford Power Squadron has invited NBPS on a bus trip to Mohegan Sun on Saturday 13 January. The bus will leave the comuter parking lot just north of Walmart on the Berlin Tpk. at 3:00 P.M. It will then depart from Mohegan Sun at 9:00 P.M.. Each passenger will receive a $15 food voucher for the “Seasons Buffet”, plus a $15 free betting voucher. Tickets cost $30 pp (which ends up being free with the 2 vouchers). Checks payable to Hartford Power Squadron and mailed to Cliff McKibbin 44 Cobblestone Rd. Avon, CT 06001 no later than December 31.         

The NBPS Executive Board would like to experiment by holding breakfast-membership meetings on the 1st Sunday of each month at 9:00 A.M. at the Mason’s Lodge, 80 Walsh Ave, Newington, CT.. Breakfast costs $8.00 including specials from week to week. The meetings would be informal, informational, keeping-in-touch style. Please join us beginning Sunday, 3 December 2017.                


Spring 2016

Have we made it through another New England winter? For members of the New Britain Sail & Power Squadron the time passed quickly.

Merit Marks were presented (via e-mail) to ten of our members. A minimum of 14 volunteer hours were needed for acceptance by the area monitor.

In January, members attended a Norwich Power Squadron meeting/program where they learned about the work going on at Little Gull Island with Helen Hayes. The Hartford Boat Show was well attended. Members of various squadrons, including New Britain, assisted in manning the Hartford booth. New & experienced boaters found the “simulator” quite interesting and challenging.

On 22 February our members attended the Newington library for a program by William and Helen Gillette impersonators, Harold Niver and his wife Theodora. They entertained the audience with many unknown facts about William and Helen, the “castle” and the famous Sherlock Holmes. A brief business meeting of the squadron was held prior to the program.

On 26 February, the D1 Council meeting was held at Eversource. Shared information included:

  • Past National Chief Commander Doreen Hinksman of the Canadian Power Squadron will be the Chief’s representative.
  • The Spring Conference will be held at the Branford Yacht Club, 19 March.

Pre- Conference dinner, Friday 18 March at Brazi’s Italian Restaurant. Reservations by 11 March to Charles Greenbacker, 860-742-1714 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Conference luncheon check of $25 payable to USPS D1, sent to Peter Jenkins, 32 Fieldstone Court, North Haven, CT. 06473-2829 also by 11 March.
  • Pat Pabouet will offer the Vessel Safety Examiners course during the day. Contact Pat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested in becoming a VSE.

FORMS OD-2 (list of Officers) and ED-1 and 2 (list of Education Officers) have been filed with National for 2016-17. No challengers to any office nominees have been made known and no volunteers for any position have come forward. None of the nominees have refused their nomination nor indicated a refusal to accept the position. Fortunately there are enough people that want to keep the New Britain Power Squadron active. Pending the Membership vote, the Officers of NBPS for 2016-2017 include:

Commander: Paul Bialecki

Executive Officer: Robert DeConti

Education Officer: Robert Chase

Assistant Education Officer: Bill Butterly

Administrative Officer: Shared

Secretary: Shared

Treasurer: Edward Englehardt Jr.


30 April-1 May     Marine Swap & cookout. Riverside Marina, Portland, CT. Contact Tim Tyler 860-561-0669 (h) 860-680-3386 (cell) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

17-19 June  Essex Island Council Meeting/Rendezvous.

9 July            Sail Race at Branford Yacht Club

15-17 July    Mini cruise to Strong’s Marina, Mattituck, LI

29 July         Fishing Derby and picnic at the Lewis’s in Waterford. Fishing 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Picnic at 4:00 P.M. $5.00 and bring a dish. Rain date is 26 August. (Dates selected according to tide). More info in the summer edition of the ‘Sounds of One’.

12-14 August   Cruise to Mystic Seaport. Make dock reservations early.

17 September   Poker Run Blindfolded Dinghy Race and picnic.


Post Conference Update

A gigantic THANK YOU must go out to all of our new Britain Power Squadron members who volunteered their time and effort with the preparing for and hosting of the District 1 Fall Conference held at the Middlesex Yacht Club on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Beginning after Halloween of 2014, Bob and Linda DeConti began buying decorations for this Conference. Ed and Jane Engelhardt began receiving luncheon reservations two weeks prior. Charlotte Gregory shopped for the breakfast foods, designed and printed out 70 luncheon tickets. John DeSouza and Dave McKnight kept the coffee brewing while Murielle DeSouza served the food. Bob Chase did some moving and cleaning after contributing to the afternoon Education workshop.

NBPS received an appreciation and congratulatory certificate from the Chief Commander, Robert Baldridge, on its 75th anniversary. In addition, Rick Lopes, State Representative, made a special stop during lunch and presented NBPS with a plague and congratulatory remarks on behalf of the State of Connecticut for its 75 years of service to the community and State.

MERIT MARKS have been submitted, approved by the area monitor and forwarded to the Chief Commander. Acknowledged for their hours of service were: Bill Butterly, Bob Chase, Steve Cyr, Bob and Linda DeConti, John and Murielle DeSouza, Ed Engelhardt, Charlotte Gregory, Joe Kane and Dave McKnight. In addition to working at the Spring Council meeting and Fall Conference, members also volunteered in the USPS booth the Big E and other boat shows, on-the-water activities, prepared, taught/monitored boating classes, attended events of other squadrons and supported families of deceased USPS members at wake services.

At a meeting held before the Pre-Conference Dinner, Ed Engelhardt, Treasurer of NBPS, reported that NBPS is financially sound. All members agreed to continue on with the squadron as we have been, but hope for new members and new ideas to come from increased present member participation. After cocktails, everyone enjoyed their meals and the camaraderie at the Pre-Conference dinner held at the Haddam Restaurant and Pizzeria. We even enjoyed the Trivial Pursuit sponsored by the restaurant.

Summer Wrap Up 2015

Here we are in October, 2015.    Most commanders are beginning their letters with "as boating season comes to a close. . .we need to focus on our education classes. . ."  SEO's are preparing Fall classes  Instructors are getting familiar with a couple of new boating laws, additional State questions on the exams and seeking to help other squadrons teach a chapter or two of their one-day boating classes.  The same has been true of our own NBPS.  I am proud to be part of those that take such initiative.  Each of our Bridge officers is to be praised and thanked for his/her dedication.
A number of our members attended the fishing derby/picnic sponsored by the Norwich Power Squadron in June.  The Lewis's introduced us to new adult beverages: Jellyfish (complete with flowing tentacles) and Not My Father's Rootbeer. Yummy.  Fishing trips and different fishing techniques produced fluke, sea bass, skates and sharks.
Our members helped staff the USPS booth at the Big E featuring the boating simulator. 
Steve Cyr kept members aware of his boating, fishing, clamming and touring excursions by posting them on Facebook.
November is going to be a busy month for NBPS. That's two weeks away!  By November 8th I will be submitting names for Merit Marks for this year.  While I know what a few of you have contributed to NBPS and USPS, there may be some of you who I do not know what you've done.  I am asking you to send me an email ASAP listing what you have done and the number of hours spent doing each this year so that I can submit your name & contributions and hours spent for a Merit Mark.  I will submit all  that I receive to National on the morning of November 8th ONLY.  Don't be left out!
Haven't done anything worthy of a MM?  NBPS needs your help on Friday, November 6th beginning at 3:30.  NBPS is the host squadron for the District 1 Fall Conference on Saturday, November 7th.  We need to set up tables, chairs, decorations, a breakfast nook, coffee pots, utensils, the Mates Program room, etc. at the Middlesex Yacht Club Friday, November 6.  After set up is completed we can head over to the PreConference dinner at the Haddam Restaurant & Pizzeria for supper.  As indicated in Sounds of One, each of us needs to contact Charlie Greenbacker for our reservation at the restaurant by November 1. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 860-742-1714). 
Please make your Conference luncheon reservation for Saturday by sending your $18 pp check to Ed Engelhardt, 100 Appletree Dr. East Hartford, Ct. 06118-3573 also by November 1.  Please send me an e-mail saying that you will help at one or both of these important events.  The day of the Conference (Saturday, Nov 7th beginning at 7:00 A.M.) we need to serve pastries, keep the coffee & tea brewing in the morning and we need help with the MATES program in the afternoon, as well as being responsible for cleanup.  Your hours there should get you a Merit Mark.
Finally, see me for tickets to the District Holiday Party (with DJ) to be held December 12th at Campagna' Restaurant in Portland beginning at 1800.  Tickets are $35 pp.
As always, I'll just be,

Paul Bialecki


D1 Chaplain

Spring 2015

HAPHAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY New Britain Power Squadron

That’s right! NBPS was chartered April 1940. Its history shows that members have spent 75 continuous years teaching safe boating courses, advanced boating courses and seminars. They have performed vessel safety checks and updated marina information and kept the USCG informed of missing aides to navigation. During wartime members used their own vessels to patrol parts of the Connecticut coastline and reported the appearances of U-boats to the Coast Guard.

NBPS participated in civic activities such as setting up displays in local libraries, marching in parades and manning USPS booths at boat shows and county fairs like the Big E and the Berlin Fair.

As a fraternal organization, in addition to District events, NBPS members have enjoyed the camaraderie of the members of other squadrons throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Various activities included Council meetings, Conferences, sail races, fishing derbies, picnics, raft-ups, rendezvous, Founders Day dinners, museum and lighthouse tours, informative lectures, vessel blessings and Changes of Watch. Members have supported one another during good times and not-so-good times. It has been a fantastic 75 years!



FORMS OD-2 and ED-1 (list of Officers) have been filed with National for 2015-16. No challengers to any office nominees have been made known and no volunteers for any position have come forward. None of the nominees have refused their nomination as announced in the

previous ‘Nauticalines’. Fortunately there are enough people that want to keep the New Britain Power Squadron active. Pending the Membership vote, the Officers of NBPS for 2015-2016 include:

Commander: Paul Bialecki

Executive Officer: Robert DeConti

Education Officer: Robert Chase

Assistant Education Officer: Bill Butterly

Administrative Officer: Shared

Secretary: Shared

Treasurer: Edward Englehardt Jr.


June 27, 2015 NBPS will be the host squadron for the June 27 Council Meeting at Essex Island Marina. Following a hands-on flare demonstration at 11:00 A.M. it is our responsibility to provide a lite luncheon at Noon on that day. The Blessing of the Fleet will occur at 12:40 P.M. Your help on Saturday, June 27 is most needed. By the way, word has it that June 26-28 will find extra law enforcement agencies patrolling Ct. waters especially looking for BWI infractions.

On Saturday November 14, 2015, NBPS will host the District 1 Fall Conference. Tentatively, it will be held at the Middletown Yacht Club.

Main speaker in the morning may be either Scott Haney (channel 3) or Gil Simmons (channel 8).

It will be the responsibility of NBPS members to:

Set up the evening before

Obtain center pieces for each table

Provide a continental breakfast, including coffee

arrange for restaurants to hold a pre-Conference dinner on Friday evening and a post-Conference dinner on Saturday evening

Arrange a MATES program for the afternoon session

Collect luncheon payments/reservations mailed to your home

Set up and man a registration table by 7:30 A.M. which involves attendance, handing out meal tickets & collecting them at lunch time.

Clean up after


Planning for both of these events must begin immediately for them to be successful. Many volunteers from NBPS are needed. Suggestions for nearby restaurants, center pieces, Mates program are needed so that bookings can be made early and assured. Please contact Paul Bialecki at 860-944-2542 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your input so that a meeting agenda with suggestions can be arranged for discussion and sign ups in April. Your help in these events will be a fun way to earn a Merit Mark.

March 24, 2015 6:30 P.M. “Thirty eighth Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan and Moby Dick Program” presented by Dr. Mary Katherine Bercaw Edwards, Professor at UCONN Avery Point and participant on the Morgan’s 38th voyage. Lee Memorial Church Hall 294 Washington St. Norwich, CT. No Admission: donations appreciated: lite refreshments. Sponsored by the Norwich Power Squadron.

Operations Training will be offered this Saturday, March 28 at the Gilbert & Jones building, 35 Peter Ct. in New Britain (off of South St.). Contact Ken Bell Sr. at 860-628-9758, 860-621-1040 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All day session about how USPS operates.

NBPS is assisting with a Seamanship course presented by Ken Bell Sr. of the MPS at our Crossroads Church beginning Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 P.M. Stop by to see how you might be of assistance. If you do, let Paul Bialecki know so he can submit your name for a Merit Mark this year.

NBPS will begin a public ABC BOATING course at the Bristol Senior Center on Monday, April 6, 2015. Again, your assistance at this 6 week

course will earn you a Merit Mark. You would hand out and collect material and at times interact with the class only if you were comfortable doing so (which you would be once you got there).

The D1 Spring Conference was held on Saturday March 21, 2015 at the Milford Yacht Club. Spring was welcomed in as snow showers covered the beach and clamming and lobster and J-boats sailed in the harbor. Our own Edward Friedman, SN was honored during the Memorial Service conducted at the beginning of the Conference. New Britain Power Squadron received a number of awards and certificates for its involvement in making District 1 a vibrant organization. Some included:

  • National Communications Committee Award for its Website
  • District Award for 100% Squadron History Submission
  • Certificate of Appreciation to the entire Squadron for service to D1 Conferences and Councils Meetings
  • USPS Educational Fund Certificate of Merit for the 20th year



May 16-23, Safe Boating Week

June 26, Fishing Derby and picnic at the Lewis’s in Waterford. Fishing 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Picnic at 4:00 P.M. $5.00 and bring a dish. Rain date is July 10. (Dates selected according to tide). More info in the Summer edition of the ‘Sounds of One’.

June 26-28 Essex Island Rendezvous & Council Meeting.

July 11 District 1 Sail Race and picnic at the Branford Yacht Club; July 12 sail race at Pine Orchard. More info in the Summer edition of ‘Sounds of One’.

August 7-9 Mini-Cruise at Cedar Island Marina. Saturday cocktail party (BYOB) and picnic; Sunday 8:00 A.M., Pancake breakfast.

September 19 Poker Run, Blindfolded Dinghy Race and picnic. Hamburg Cove Yacht Club.