Jes Sauerhoff

I lived in New Canaan from 1995-2015. I went to South, Saxe and then New Canaan High School, graduating from the high school in 2009. Following that, I attended the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham, NH. During my time there I volunteered in the athletics department with both the Women's basketball program as their manager, and Athletic Communications where I helped out at several different UNH athletic teams' events. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Kinesiology: Sport Studies from UNH in 2013. Am an avid baseball fan, specifically of the Mets. And there's no burger my taste buds approve of more than the Old Faithful from Cherrystreet East.

Recent Articles

Hundreds Gather Downtown for Overdose Awareness Vigil

More than 400-plus people gathered at the Pop Up Park downtown Thursday night to honor those who have died from accidental drug overdoses as well as those struggling with addiction. Those attending the New Canaan Parent Support Group and New Canaan Community Foundation’s vigil on National Overdose Awareness Day heard emotional, heartfelt stories shared by four individuals—two from those in recovery from addiction and two from parents who had a child succumb to the disease. One of those parents was Paul Reinhardt, founder of the New Canaan Parent Support Group, whose son Evan, a graduate of New Canaan High School in 2009, passed away due to a drug overdose in July 2015. “Evan was a true jokester,” Reinhardt told the crowd on a clear, cool night. “He was always out to have fun and amuse those around him to make them happy—always thinking about the other guy. Continue Reading →

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‘So Much Stronger Than I Thought I Was’: NCHS ’09 Grad Jansen Goes the Distance for the Memory of Late Brother

It was Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. That day for Elizabeth Jansen began in New Canaan as she and her mom, Peggy, packed up the car and left their house on Silver Ridge Road to drive down to the University of Richmond where Jansen would move into the apartment where she’d live for her senior year. After dinner with her mom, grandmother and aunt that evening, Jansen came back to her place set to relax and unwind with her three roommates and a few friends that she hadn’t seen all summer. At about 10 p.m., Jansen received a text from an unknown number. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan High School Class of 2017 Graduates

In 1989, Jennifer Lee spoke at her high school graduation. It is a speech that she now admits revealed very little about what it meant to be her because that was something, at the time, she was still figuring out. On Tuesday evening, 28 years later, Lee took to the podium once again to address the 334-member New Canaan High School class of 2017 as its keynote speaker—getting a second chance to deliver something more personal. Yet after learning that she would address the students, Lee felt denial, anxiety and fear being chief among them. To aid her in finding a theme for her speech, the mathematics teacher and 22-year veteran of the New Canaan Public Schools conducted a survey with her students, asking them who their favorite elementary school teachers were. Continue Reading →

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Letter: ‘Sober House’ Issue Needs Civil Dialogue, not Diatribes

Dear Editor:

One’s opinion is largely shaped by one’s perspective. Many of the objections I’ve read recently in regards to The Lighthouse’s opening of a ‘sober house’ on West Road come from the perspective of homeowners and parents. They cite neighborhood property devaluing and safety concerns as reasons to why the commercial operation and its cause should not be able to take place there. As a longtime resident of New Canaan (albeit a former one), I know what the price ranges of houses on West Road are. And any family who decides to make their home there works very hard to do so—and with that should come a sense of security. Continue Reading →

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Wreckers End New Canaan Girls Soccer’s Season in 2016 CIAC Class LL Opener

After finishing on the outside of the FCIAC tournament field, the New Canaan girls soccer team was eager to get back out on the pitch and see if it could duplicate last year’s impressive state tournament run when the 2015 girls rode upset after upset all the way to the CIAC Class LL semifinals. And after a two week layoff, which included a CIAC seeding error that caused their scheduled first round contest on Monday at Middletown to be cancelled, the Rams were finally back in action on Wednesday afternoon—this time at familiar FCIAC foe Staples, who became New Canaan’s opponent after the CIAC’s error was resolved. But after a promising first 18 minutes of back-and-forth action, the Wreckers took the lead with a goal in the 19th minute and never relinquished it, shutting the Rams out in their season finale, 3-0. “I was encouraged by our start,” head coach Rich Hickson told “I thought we had a good start to the game which was nice with how long it’s been since we last played. Continue Reading →

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