8 1of8Plymouth Police Capt. Ed Benecchi poses with Buddy the beefalo after his capture.Plymouth Police Department /Show MoreShow Less 2of8Oxford resident Jen Rich guided a stray emu to the chicken coop in her backyard before the owner was located on Facebook.Courtesy of Jen RichShow MoreShow Less 3of8 4of8One Twitter user lamented: "imagining the insufferability of Long Connecticut."Via TwitterShow MoreShow Less 5of8Sisters Megan Foggitt (center-left) and Mikell Germond (center-right) are a Wallingford, Conn.-based realty duo known as the CT Property Sisters. The duo changed careers after their love of HGTV inspired them to pursue realty. They also met HGTV hosts Jonathan and Drew Scott — the Property Brothers — at a book signing.Courtesy of Megan FoggittShow MoreShow Less 6of8 7of8A scanned 1878 engraving of a Saturday night at sea.benoitb/Getty ImagesShow MoreShow Less 8of8 Here are some recent news stories you may have missed from around Connecticut: Connecticut’s cowboy and his “Buddy” Plymouth Police Capt. Ed Benecchi laughed when it was suggested he was officially a cowboy, though Connecticut’s Captain Ahab might be more apropos. Benecchi spent eight months attempting to capture Buddy, a 1,000-pound escaped beefalo, with no damage to either the animal or any local human residents. “This is the story I hope I’m remembered for,” he said. Buddy, named by Benecchi’s chief, Karen Krasicky, when she asked during a briefing how “our little buddy” was doing, escaped from a Terryville meat processing plant into the woods last August. Over the ensuing eight months, Buddy caught the attention of well-wishers around the world. Benecchi heard from a news reporter in England. Donations to the crowdfunding campaign came from as far away as Hawaii. “This animal was incredible,” Krasicky said. “He survived a whole winter.” The goal, Benecchi said, was to trap Buddy. To that end, a fence was erected to keep the beefalo within a half-mile area. A trailer was set up and Benecchi would hope to pull a rope and catch the bull in the trailer. “One of the news organizations made it like this big to-do,” Benecchi said. “It was just one guy in his pickup truck pulling a rope and trying to close a gate.” When Buddy was finally caught in April, donations had totaled $8,500, paying for all the costs of the search, capture, care and transportation of the beefalo. Benecchi used a thermal imaging camera to keep track of Buddy. The department already owned the camera and Benecchi supplied the batteries himself. A local farmer had paid for Buddy’s food, and for a water heater to keep his water bucket from freezing in the cold winter months. “It just cost me my Friday nights with the wife,” Benecchi said. These days, Buddy is at the Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida. After a rough start — he tried to escape again — he’s settled into his new home. Benecchi flew all the way to Gainesville to check in on his pal, and reported that he’s doing just fine. In other animal news … Jen Rich’s dog started barking. It wasn’t a squirrel or a raccoon, or even another dog. It was an emu. “Our dog scared it and it ran into the bushes near our house,” the Oxford resident told Hearst Connecticut Media in April. “Soon after, I realized it was stuck [and] struggling, as I could hear it was in distress.” Natives of and common in Australia, emus are the second-largest living bird in the world, behind ostriches. Rich guided the bird into an enclosure in a neighbor’s yard, posted about the injured emu on Facebook, and the post was shared on other social media sites. Eventually, local resident Amanda Bonardi came forward as the owner of the wayward bird, and it was reunited with its family. The State’s population grew by 0.9% from 2010 to 2020, according to the results of the latest U.S. census. In 2020, Connecticut had 3,605,944 residents, up from 3,574,097 a decade ago. The bad news is that it’s the fourth smallest population growth of any state, and smallest in all of New England. The good news is Connecticut will not lose any congressional seats. The Connecticut that might have been In the late 1700s and early 1800s, Connecticut laid claim to land that extended west beyond Pennsylvania, as detailed in maps maintained by the Library of Congress. The state was shaped much as it is now, ending at the border of New York, but there was also a stretch of land that went from the Pennsylvania border all the way to the Mississippi River. It wasn’t just Connecticut — many of the original 13 colonies claimed land rights east of the Mississippi. This little-remembered fact came to light on Twitter during a discussion about D.C. statehood. “Don’t talk to me about the founding fathers not wanting DC to be a state unless you also support Mega Virginia,” said Twitter user @curtainsdc. The land west of Pennsylvania and east of the river comprised land that is now part of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. In fact, there are towns in those states that share the names of towns here. “I used to live in Darien, Illinois,” one Twitter user said. “I could have been in Darien, Connecticut! (yes, one was named after the other).” The reply from Twitter user @MariamWatt was succinct: “Let’s face it — one Darien is already one too many.” Real celebrities You’ve heard of the “Property Brothers,” but how about the property sisters? Mikell Germond and Megan Foggitt are Connecticut’s own version of the well-known HGTV show in which two brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, find fixer-uppers and turn them into dream homes. Germond and Foggitt are not on television, but they were inspired by the Scott brothers. Their marketing and social media presence is built around their relationship. They are, after all, sisters and are known now as the CT Property Sisters. “Early on, we were in a Marshall’s and somebody said, ‘Hey, CT Property Sisters,’ and we were so excited. Now, eight years later, we get that all the time,” Germond said. Sea shanty (almost) semicentennial Every Monday since 1972, people have gathered at the Griswold Inn in Essex to roll up their sleeves, raise the mizzenmast and swab the decks. Or, at least sing about it. The Griswold Inn hosted a sea shanty sing-along every week until the pandemic, as Atlas Obscura reported, led by a local group called the Jovial Crew. “These are songs about working a dangerous, low-paying job far from everything that you know, waiting to go to shore and get drunk,” said Sam Haller, a regular at the event. To be a sea shanty, a song has to be specifically designed to coordinate the pulling of ropes and the raising of anchors. Since the pandemic, a group of regulars has been running a Zoom meeting called “Has-Beens Sing,” and the tradition lives on. “There’s people we’ve met who get married and have kids and then their kids show up and say that their grandfather used to show up,” said Chris Haslam, who started the event. “I guess that’s my legacy: introducing people to this music, and having a good night singing along.” This article originally appeared in Connecticut Magazine. You can subscribe here, or find the current issue on sale here. Sign up for the newsletter to get the latest and greatest content from Connecticut Magazine delivered right to your inbox. On Facebook and Instagram @connecticutmagazine and Twitter @connecticutmag.