November 2010 - The North Central News

November 2010 - The North Central News

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Apple Cider Pressing Time

Somers High School student Shannon (right) worked a shift pressing apples recently on Main Street in

Somers. The 17th annual Apple Cider Pressing event took place on Oct. 9 and 10 and was sponsored by

the Somers Rotary Club. The press, which was bought at auction for $25, is an antique built in 1947.

Photos by Barbara Bresnahan

In This Issue

FALLFEST: A look at cultural events

coming to the area ..............pp. 3-5

PEOPLE: Ellington youth earns Eagle

Scout honor for high school work......p. 7

EAST WINDSOR: Voters approve

sewer project by wide margin ....p. 8

EAST WINDSOR: Recreation department

offers programs................p. 10

EAST WINDSOR: ‘Fun’ paddle

showcases beauty of Scantic......p. 11

ELLINGTON: Process of drafting ethics

code a real learning experience....p. 16

ELLINGTON: Windermere gets visit

from life-changing program......p. 17

SOMERS: Library news ..........p. 27

SOMERS: Town awarded STEAP, emergency

management grants............p. 28

LETTERS: Selectman, former judge

weigh in on candidates..................p. 31

STAFFORD: Referendum defeats $12

million in spending......................p. 39

STAFFORD: Fall leaf pick-up schedule

announced for residnts ..................p. 41

AUTO: 638-horsepower Corvette ZR1

is automotive perfection ................p. 43




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By Linda Tishler Levinson

When voters go to the polls on Nov. 2,

they will be choosing candidates for

national, state and local office. Polls will

be open that day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Governor/Lieutenant governor

Candidates for governor to replace M.

Jodi Rell, who is not seeking re-election,

include Republican Tom Foley, a

Greenwich businessman and former

ambassador to Ireland, and Democrat Dan

Malloy, former mayor of Stamford. Also

seeking the governor’s seat is Independent

Thomas Marsh. Foley’s running mate is

Danbury Mayor Mark D. Boughton.

Malloy’s running mate is state

Comptroller Nancy Wyman. Marsh’s running

mate is Cicero Booker Jr.

U.S. Senate

Running for the U.S. Senate seat currently

held by Christopher Dodd, who is

not seeking re-election, are Republican

Linda McMahon, former CEO of WWE,

and Democrat Richard Blumenthal, the

current attorney general. Also running is

Independent Warren Mosler.

U.S. Representative

Seeking the 2nd Congressional District


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Voters Face Myriad Choices

In Contests on Election Day

seat in the House of Representatives are

Republican Janet Peckinpaugh, a former

TV news anchor, incumbent Democrat

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney and Green party

candidate G. Scott Deshefy.

35th State Senatorial District

Incumbent Republican state Sen. Tony

Guglielmo is being challenged by

Democrat Susan Eastwood in the 35th

state Senatorial District. Guglielmo has

served in the state Senate since 1992.

The state has been losing jobs and population

for the past 10 to 15 years,

Guglielmo said. “It seems to be getting

worse because the economy is doing poorly.”

He said state government isn’t friendly

to business. “They almost have a ‘gotcha’

attitude toward business,” he said.

Guglielmo advocates ending special tax

breaks that generally go to large companies

and specifically the film tax credit,

and spreading the funds used for those

programs around in the form of overall

business tax cuts.

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Ladies Auxiliary Craft Fair

STAFFORD - The annual Craft Fair sponsored by the

Ladies Auxiliary of the Stafford Fire Dept. #1 will take place

Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The firehouse is

located at 9 Colburn Rd. in Staffordville (one block in from

Route 19). Handmade items are great for Christmas gifts and

decorations. Everyone is welcome to shop for those special

gifts and browsers are always welcome. The fair will feature

the popular cookie walk and luncheon. New this year:

Children’s pictures will be taken on a firetruck.

49th annual Farmhouse Fair

ELLINGTON - The Ellington Congregational Church will

hold its 49th annual Farmhouse Fair on Friday, Nov. 5, from

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2

p.m. Patrons may purchase a pasta dinner on Friday evening

and brunch or lunch on Saturday. There will be a large variety

of booths, including “Christmas Décor,” “Not Just

Quilts,” “Cookies in a Can,” “Raggedy Ann and Andy,” “The

Pantry” and much, much, more. Newer attractions are the

“Unique Boutique” and “Jazzy Jars.” What makes the fair

special is that all the crafted items and food are made by the

congregation. The church is handicap accessible. Please contact

the church office at 860-871-6606 for information.

Beer & Wine Tasting and More

ELLINGTON - On Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., come to

the Deer Valley Clubhouse for a night of fine Washington and

California wines, Berkshire Brewing Company beers, great

food, raffles, and music from Off the Clock’s Rob Thomas

and friends.

Raffle prizes include hotel stays, heating oil, autographed

tennis memorabilia and more.

Tickets are $25 each and are available by visiting Five

Corners Wine & Spirits and Mark’s Country Wines and

Liquors in Ellington, calling 860-462-3627, or e-mailing

Funds raised from this event will go toward funding of the

Ellington High School boys and girls tennis teams, Ellington

junior and adult USTA tennis teams, and other tennis programs

financed by the Friends of Ellington Tennis.


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Education Foundation Benefits

from Boutique Night

EAST WINDSOR - “Boutique Night” sponsored

By LaNotte Restaurant, 17 Thompson Rd., East

Windsor, will benefit the East Windsor Education

Foundation. It will be held on Thursday, Nov. 11,

from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This event will offer many items for holiday shopping

with vendors of various boutique products there

to demonstrate and provide tips and more.

Admission is free with light goodies provided by

LaNotte Restaurant. To be a vendor, or for more information,

contact EWEF Vice President Tracey Morin

at 860-623-6280 or e-mail

The East Windsor Education Foundation provides

grants to education endeavors within the community

of East Windsor and its school system. Over the past

three years the foundation has provided grants for

everything from electric guitars to in-class high-tech


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Golden Jubilee Bazaar

ELLINGTON - The St. Luke Church Golden

Jubilee Christmas Bazaar will be held on Friday, Nov.

12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 13, from

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parish center and church hall.

The church is located at 141 Maple St. in Ellington

and is handicap accessible.

Help us celebrate our golden jubilee year! Gift baskets

are back and are great for all the people on your

holiday list. Also featured will be a variety of handmade

craft items including wreaths, Christmas stockings,

beautiful knits, blankets, American Girl clothes,

jams, pickles, Pamper your Pet and more! Don’t miss

the delicious assortment of baked goods for sale and

enjoy a homemade meal fresh from the kitchen.

You will also find cemetery boxes, a children’s

gift room where children can buy gifts for parents and

siblings at a modest cost, attic treasures, vendors, and

much more. Don’t miss it. Bring a non-perishable food

item for a chance to win a $50 warehouse club gift card.

If you have any questions or need further information,

call Jane at the rectory at 860-875-8552.

Historical Museum

Open House

SOMERS - The Somers Historical Museum, located

at 11 Battle St., Somers, will be open Saturday,

Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locate the many

farms still operating in Somers on a map. Observe the

tools used on the farms in town, including two grain


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Get the inside scoop on Somers history by purchasing

one of several Somers History books or DVDs for

sale at the museum store. Look at the interesting architectural

features of the library, which turned into a

museum in 1962. This one-and-a-half story architectural

jewel with its copper-encrusted turret and floraentangled

art-glass beckons with its distinctive style

and still inspires the visitor.

Visit the Somers Historical Museum and get a better

understanding of Somers in 1896, when the first

public library was built on 547 Main St. In 1996 the

building was moved to 11 Battle St., so that everyone

could enjoy visiting the museum.

Admission is free. Donations accepted.

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A New Use for Corn

Children who visited Scantic Valley Farm in Somers to explore its 7.5-acre corn maze got an added surprise in October.

Instead of a traditional sandbox, the farm featured a unique corn kernel-filled box for guests to play in. Complete with

shovels, pails, and toy trucks, kids of all ages had a spook-tacular time.

Photo by Barbara Bresnahan

Musical Thriller “Sweeney Todd”

EAST WINDSOR - The Opera House Players present the

Tony Award-winning musical thriller “Sweeney Todd, The

Demon Barber Of Fleet Street” from Nov. 12-28, at the

Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St., Broad Brook.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and

Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at

860-292-6068. The production is directed by Anna Giza,


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Pre-Inventory yarn sale to help jump start Alpaca Sweaters, Blankets & Accessories

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Finishing services available to help you get your projects completed. Hours: Tues.- Thurs. 10-6, Fri./Sat. 10-5 Sun. 12-4, Closed Monday

Somers Cultural Commission Presents

2010 Holiday Tea

December 5th, Sunday, 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

For further details go to:

Limited Seating - Ticket sales begin Nov. 6th

Adults $12 Children $7

Call: 860-763-1833 for tickets after Nov. 6th

with music direction by Tony Romeo.

Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s “Sweeney Todd”

tells the tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to

London seeking revenge against the judge who framed him

and ravaged his young wife. His thirst for blood soon

expands to his unfortunate customers, and the resourceful

owner of the pie shop downstairs soon has people lining up

in droves with her mysterious new meat pie recipe.

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baked items and lunch. There will be outside

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Come support the ministries of this group.

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Congregational Church

Christmas Bazaar

SOMERS - The Somers

Congregational Church will hold its annual

Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 4,

inside the church located at 599 Main St.

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Election Day Offers Numerous Federal, State, Local Races

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WAGE Project $tart $mart Workshops and

coordinated the CT Coalition Against

Violence. He also has worked as a victims

advocate for Interval House.

She said the key issue facing the state is

jobs. “The solution is multifaceted,” she

said, adding that the short-term solution is

to support small businesses. For the long

term, she said, the state needs to support

green, bio-tech, and agricultural jobs.

“I think I have a lot of energy and a lot

of fresh ideas,” she said.

3rd State Senatorial District

Running for state Senate in the 3rd state

Senatorial District are incumbent

Democrat Gary LeBeau and Republican

Robert Gonzalez. LeBeau, who has served

in the state Senate since 1996, is a retired

teacher. The state budget crisis and the

economy are the key issues in this campaign

for LeBeau.

“What creates jobs are new businesses,”

he said. He said he supports the roundtable

tax bill, which would provide tax credits

for “angel investors,” who provide funding

for new enterprises.

Gonzalez works for the state

Department of Correction and has spent

three decades in public service.

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“Our main goal is to reduce the enormous

spending in the state legislature. I

believe that we can consolidate several

debts in order to reduce our deficit,” he

writes on his website. “With the decrease

of taxes, the private sector can engage

once again in hiring. Private sector jobs

are responsible for over 70 percent of job


7th state Senatorial District

Running for state Senate in the 7th

District are incumbent Republican John

Kissel and Democrat Karen Jarmoc, a twoterm

state representative.

Kissel has served in the state Senate

since 1993. He said he wants to work for

jobs and fix the state’s $3.3 billion deficit.

The majority Democrats got us into

this,” he said. “We’re frozen.”

He said that since he has been in the

state Senate, he has spent just two years as

part of the majority party. He hopes that if

more Republicans are elected, they can

bring the Democrats to the bargaining

table and work to improve the economy

and the state’s financial health.

Jarmoc agrees that jobs are the key

issue facing the state.

There are 100,000 Connecticut residents

who have lost their jobs in this recession,”

Jarmoc said.

She wants to address the state budget

deficit quickly so that businesses will feel

confident in staying in the state and keeping

and creating new jobs.

Jarmoc said she “has been an engaged

leader who gets results … At the end of the

day people deserve results.”

57th Assembly District

Running for state representative in the

57th Assembly District are incumbent

Democrat Ted Graziani and Republican

Christopher Davis.

Graziani has served in the state House

since 1998. He is a senior buyer/planner

for Hamilton Sundstrand.

“Nothing happens without jobs,”

Graziani said of the state’s economic troubles.

He said this is a particularly difficult

time for the unemployed over 50 and

young people coming out of school.

He said to solve unions, the Connecticut

Business and Industry Association and

manufacturer alliances need to pull together.

The focus, he said, needs to be not only

on adding jobs but on job retention as well.

“I look at problems as opportunities,”

he said. “I pride myself on constituent

service. People reach out to me, which I

take a great deal of pride in.”

Davis has worked with the legislature’s

Finance, Revenue, and Bonding

Committee, serving as the assistant clerk,

the highest-ranking Republican staff position

with the committee. He is studying

for a doctorate in political science at the

University of Connecticut.

The biggest issue is just getting people

back to work,” Davis said.

He wants to make the state more business-

and employment-friendly.

“You can’t have employees without

employers,” he said.

52nd Assembly District

Incumbent Republican state Rep. Penny

Bacchiochi is being challenged by

Christian Center Party candidate Daniel

Traceski. Bacchiochi, who has served in

the state House since 2002 and is the

owner of Louis Real Estate Services, has

no major party opposition.

Secretary of the State

Running for secretary of the state are

Republican Jerry Farrell Jr., Democrat

Denise Merrill, Green party candidate S.

Michael DeRosa, Libertarian Ken Mosher

and Independent Michael Telesca.


Seeking the state treasurer’s office are

Republican Jeff Wright, incumbent

Democrat Denise Nappier, Green party

candidate S. David Bue and Independent

Andrew Grant White.


Seeking the comptroller’s seat are

Republican Jack Orchulli, Democrat

Kevin Lembo, Green party candidate

Colin Bennett, Libertarian Joshua Katz

and Independent Hugh Dolan.

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Markowski Earns Eagle Scout Honor for Work at High School

ELLINGTON - Eagle Court of Honor

for Justin Markowski was held at the

Gordon C. Getchell

Auditorium at Ellington

High School on Oct. 1.

Justin started his scouting

journey when he joined

Cub Scout Pack 77 as a

Tiger Cub scout in

September 1999. He progressed

through his cub

years and eventually earned the highest

award in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light.

Afterward, he joined Troop 96 in April

2003. In Justin’s 8th-grade year it became

clear to him that scouting was an important

part of his life and he became Junior Patrol

Leader. He achieved the rank of First Class

after serving as Junior Patrol Leader for

five months. During his time in the Senior

Patrol, Justin served as instructor and

assistant senior patrol leader with his

sights now set on becoming an Eagle


One day during his freshman year,

while Justin was in the band room at

Ellington High School, he approached the

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Attorney General

Running for attorney general are

Republican Martha Dean, Democrat

George Jepsen and Green party candidate

Stephen Fournier. They seek to replace

Richard Blumenthal, who is seeking election

to the U.S. Senate.

Probate Judge Contests

James Purnell is unopposed in the

band director to see if he had a sheet of

locations of instruments. The band director

said no. This simple

word of “no” inspired

Justin to use his passion

for music and his desire

to give back to the

Ellington Public Schools

to develop his Eagle

Project proposal.

Justin looked into the

district music programs and discovered

that there was no form that contained all of

the musical instruments for the entire

school district. Hence Justin’s idea was

born, developed, presented to the leaders

of Troop 96, and approved. Justin set out

to categorize, organize and create a

spreadsheet of all the musical instruments

in the district.

Justin’s project grew to incorporate

Ellington Middle School’s music library.

The library at the middle school was in

need of an inventory of all the musical

scores. So Justin created a musical instrument

checklist and each musical score

(about 600 pieces) was reviewed and

Probate Court District serving Ellington.

Republican Marianne Lassman Fisher and

Democrat Brian Griffin are running for

judge of probate in the district serving East


Republican Timothy Kenney and

Democrat Mark Maniscalco are running

for judge of probate in the district serving

Stafford and Somers.

Registrar of Voters

Running for registrar of voters in

Ellington are Republican Wanda DeLand

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recorded. All of this happened with the aid

of his fellow scouts, leaders, Ellington

school teachers and administrators, his

friends and lastly his supportive mother,

father and sister.

Justin is a senior at Ellington High

School and will graduate in June. He is a

scholar athlete (running cross country and

playing tennis) and has made the high

honor roll or honor roll each quarter of

high school. He scored a perfect 800 on his

Chemistry SAT subject test, is an active

member of the EHS Jazz Band, is involved

with the drama programs as the musical

director, and is a member of the National

Honors Society. He represented EHS as its

Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership ambassador

and he was a representative to Boys’

State. Justin intends to attend a university

in fall of 2011 with hopes of attending

medical school one day.

Justin Markowski, Eagle Scout of Troop

96 in Ellington along with his Scout

Master and Eagle Advisor Michael


and Democrat Susan Luginbuhl.

Running for registrar of voters in East

Windsor are Republican Linda Sinsigallo

and Democrat Marilyn Rajala.








The battle for registrar of voters in the

town of Somers will be between

Republican Marjory Madden and

Democrat Jo-Ann Hornyak.

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East Windsor

Voters Approve Sewer Project by Overwhelming Margin

By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The North Road sewer project

will soon go out to bid. Voters approved the project by of

517-169 in the Oct. 13 referendum.

The project, for which the town will receive $3.7 million

in grants, will extend sewer service from Shoham

Road along North Road to Mullen Road. It would allow

the town to replace the failing 40-year-old pump station.

EAST WINDSOR - Each year, the East

Windsor Department of Human Services

reaches out to neighbors and local businesses

for donations in support of its various

programs that it offers to residents in

need. While its greatest focus at this time

is on the Holiday Basket and the Adopt a

Family Program, the economic crisis is

causing a major increase in need for support

of the Special Needs Fund that assists

residents throughout the year. These funds

help East Windsor families facing great

financial hardship with emergency basic

needs such as heat, utilities, housing and

medical expenses when no other option


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The department continues to appeal to

the community spirit to help it provide a

happier holiday for less-fortunate residents.

It appreciates financial contributions,

whenever possible. This money

allows it to purchase specific items that it

does not receive in food donations or specific

gift donations and reduce the space

needed for storage.

It is extremely helpful to receive monetary

donation for the Holiday

Programs/Special Needs Fund by Nov. 10,

so the department may purchase necessary

items. Please make checks payable to the

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The town received an American Recovery and

Reinvestment Act grant for 43 percent of the project,

Menard said. It includes a $1,000,707 grant and a

$2,180,000 loan at 3.25 percent interest.

“It will not only help bring new businesses into the area

… It’s good for the health and welfare for the people who

are there now,” First Selectman Denise Menard said.

Human Services Department Puts out Plea for Help

P.O. Box 911, East Windsor, CT 06088.

If you would like to donate food, toys or

gift items, please contact Human Services

Department for further details and to coordinate

a drop-off time. This will insure

staff and/or volunteers anticipate and

assist donors, when necessary.

Drop-off date for Thanksgiving baskets

is Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop-off

date for December holiday baskets is Dec.

8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Adopt-a-

Family program is having drop-offs at the

same time.

If you have specific questions about

holiday programs, Special Needs Fund or

would like to volunteer to assist with any

of these programs, please call East

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East Windsor

East Windsor Senior Services offers Variety of Programs, Trips

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor

Senior Center is the focal point for East

Windsor residents 60 years of age or older

who seek out recreational, social and educational

programs as well as transportation

and nutritional services. The center strives

to promote the socialization, independence,

self-sufficiency, and community

involvement of senior citizens. If you have

any comments or questions please call

Laura Clynch, director of senior services

at 860-292-8262 or e-mail

You can download the center’s monthly

Senior Services Events & Activities calendar

and lunch menu by going to

Select town departments

& agencies and then scroll down to Senior


Bridge Classes

Bridge is by far the greatest card game

of all. It can provide immense challenge

and enjoyment for the rest of your life and

the senior center is the place to learn how

to play. We are taking signups now for

classes starting on Jan. 10 from 9 a.m.–11

a.m. Our classes will run for six weeks.

Call the center if interested.

Cribbage Club

Love to play cribbage? Well, have we

got a game for you. We are looking for a

few people who love the game to start a

club. Call the center and let us know you

are interested.

Volunteer Drivers Sought

The Senior Center’s Meals-on-Wheels

program is looking for volunteer drivers to

deliver meals to our in-town homebound

seniors. You will be reimbursed for

mileage. Call Janet between 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Monday-Friday at 860-292-8279 if you

can spare an hour a day or two a week and

are interested in helping out.

Drop-in Days

For the month of November, the senior

center will have special drop-in days.

These days will be Nov. 5, 16, and 24 from

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Stop in and see what the center

has to offer.


Spring Village Day

On Nov. 2 we will be having “Spring

Village Day” from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Residents of Spring Village will have a

fun-filled day starting with a “Meet &

Greet” with T. Hill, transportation coordinator

for the Senior Center, from 10

a.m. to 11 a.m. A representative from the

East Windsor Ambulance Service will be

here from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to

assist anyone in need of filling out a

“File of Life” card. The card lists the

patient’s name, emergency medical contacts,

health problems, medications,

dosage, and other pertinent information

needed by emergency medical personnel.

The File of Life card enables ambulance

personnel to obtain a quick medical history

when the patient is unable to offer

one. Margaret Hale of ITN North Central

will do a presentation form 11:15 a.m. to

11:45 a.m. on services they offer. Melissa

Maltese, director of Parks & Recreation,

will join us after lunch from 12:45 p.m.

to 1:45 p.m. to do a craft with all in attendance.

Please call in advance to register.

Legal Consultations

On Nov. 9 will have lawyers Marcia

Hess and Neil Kraner from the law office

of Kraner & Hess available for 15-minute

private consultations from 1 p.m.–2 p.m.

on various elder law issues and questions.

Care for Veterans

Are you a Veteran or the surviving

spouse of a Veteran? Do you need home

care or other senior care services? In honor

of Veterans Day, Comfort Keepers of

Enfield and Weatherby & Associates, PC

will offer the free presentation “Caring for

Veterans - Know Your Options” at the center

on Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m. The program

is open to the general public and refreshments

will be served. Comfort Keepers of

Enfield, a provider of non-medical home

care services, will review the most important

questions to ask when choosing home

care services for adults and veterans.

Henry Weatherby of the Life Care

Planning Law firm of Weatherby &

Associates, PC and a lawyer accredited by

the Veterans Administration, will explain

the “Aid and Attendance Program,” an

often overlooked source of additional taxfree

money for qualifying veterans in need

of home care or other senior care services.

Please contact the center by Nov. 8 to register

for this important presentation.

Knit Tat & Chat

Join us for our new weekly program

“Knit, Tat, & Chat.” We’ll be getting

together every Monday afternoon at 12:30

p.m. to knit, tat, and of course chat. So

bring your yarn and tatting materials on

Nov. 15 for our first session. Please call

the center by Nov. 10 if you are able to join


Thanksgiving Social

On Nov. 18 the center will hold its

annual Thanksgiving Holiday Social from

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will enjoy a special

holiday meal provided for us by the

Community Renewal Team of Hartford

and we will be entertained by Dennis

Milner. The cost of dinner will be $2 per

person. Please call Janet at 860-292-8279

by Nov. 12 if you would like to be with us.

Movie and Muffin

On Nov. 23 we will be enjoying a morning

movie and muffin. Join us as we watch

“Julie & Julia,” starring Meryl Streep and

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East Windsor

Fall Programs and Events Offered by Parks and Rec Dept.

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor

Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction

with the Broad Brook School,

took part in our the annual International

Walk to School Day on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Our first thank you must go to BASF for

its generous donation that funded our walk

this year and allowed us to purchase

“Walking is Cool” bracelets and stickers

for all of the participants.

This was our best walk yet. Joining us

for the walk were state Rep. Ted Graziani

and state Sen. Gary LeBeau as well as the

East Windsor High School band, color

guard and cheerleaders. A special thank

you to Rocky the Rock Cat and the East

Windsor High School Panther for leading

the way and cheering our kids on. A great

time was had by all and we look forward to

an even better event next year.

Online Payments

Online payments with Webster Bank:

Amy Adams. We’ll start the movie at 9:30

a.m. and get done in time for lunch. Please

call the center by Nov. 19 if you’d like to

see the movie.

Understanding Prescriptions

On Nov. 23 after lunch from 1 p.m. to 2

p.m. we will have a seminar on understanding

prescription and over-the-counter

labels. This very informative and educational

program is brought to us by the

University Of Connecticut School Of

Pharmacy. Please register by Nov. 19 by

calling the center.


Foliage Ridge

On Nov. 1 we will be taking a fall

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Don’t forget about our new online payment

option with Webster Bank. Please

check out our website at

for up-to-date information on to

how to use this exciting new program.

Please call Melissa at 860-627-6662 with

any questions.

Learn To Skate Program

2010 Olympic Fever on Ice Learn to

Skate Program at Enfield Twin Rinks: We

will be offering two sessions of skating

lessons for children in kindergarten and


Each session is five weeks long and

held on either Mondays from 4:50 p.m. to

5:35 p.m. or Saturdays from 5:20 p.m. to

6:10 p.m. The fee for each five-week session

is $89. Checks should be made

payable to Enfield Twin Rinks. Session

dates: Mondays Nov. 15-Dec. 13 or

Saturdays Nov. 20-Dec. 18. Please call our

office at 860-627-6662 with any questions.

foliage ride through the back roads of

northeast Connecticut up to Union to

enjoy lunch at the Traveler Restaurant.

Join us as we enjoy a great meal with good

friends and, as always, a free book for

every guest.

Silver Screen Classics

On Nov. 8 will be going to the Enfield

Movie Theatre for its Silver Screen

Classics. This week we will be watching

“Svengali” from 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The cost is $2 per person, which includes

admission to the theatre and a complementary

popcorn and drink.

Special Dial-a-Ride Trip

Join us on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 11:30

a.m. for a special dial-a-ride trip to Ocean

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East Windsor Youth Basketball

Recreation league signups are ongoing.

Recreational basketball is for children in

grades K-8. Fee for this program is $50

with a $100 family cap.

Pre-season clinics will be scheduled in

November. Check our website at or

for the latest information.

Those interested in coaching or sponsoring

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Hartford Colonials Football Discount

Ticket Opportunity

Attention, East Windsor Football fans!

The Hartford Colonials professional football

team has extended a discount offer of

$5 off each ticket purchased for their regular

season finale at Rentschler Field on

Nov. 20 at 3:30 p.m. to the East Windsor

Recreation Department. For tickets,

Supermarket in Enfield. If you would like

to attend this trip, please call the office by

Nov. 10. Armed Forces Luncheon

We will be going the Aqua Turf on Nov.

16 from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. for a special

luncheon in honor of our Armed Forces.

The fee is only $36 per person, which

includes transportation, lunch, and live

entertainment. The menu for the day

includes minestrone soup, chopped salad,

penne pasta, sliced roast beef, chicken

francaise, mashed potatoes, broccoli

polonaise, and peppermint stick ice cream

for dessert.


• Free blood pressure and blood sugar

screenings the first Thursday of every

month. A nurse from the Visiting Nurse &

Health Services of Connecticut provides

please call 860-550-0357, ask for Jeff and

tell him that you are affiliated with the

East Windsor Recreation Department to

receive your ticket discount.

Senior Services Department Offers Trips and Health Services

(continued from page 9)

11th Annual Veterans

Day 5k Road Race

EAST WINDSOR - On Saturday,

Nov. 6, the East Windsor Veterans

Commission will sponsor the 11th

annual Veterans Day 5k Road Race.

The race will begin at the East Windsor

Town Hall, 11 Rye St., Broad Brook.

Race registration forms are available

at the town website at

on the homepage under News

& Announcements and they are also

located in town buildings.

For more information, call Ernie

Teixeira at 860-331-4294.

this service from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The

dates for the remainder of the year are

Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. Appointments are not

needed. Just walk in any time.

• Podiatry services are on the first

Thursday of every month. This is by

appointment only and there is a fee. Please

call the center if you have any questions.

• Join us for our free Instructional Chair

Yoga facilitated by Nora VanHouten, yoga

instructor. This program is held every

Tuesday from 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Signups

are not required. Stop in and try a class.

• Senior Cardio Circuit Class is offered

every Friday from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

This program will run on a six-week cycle

and will cost $18. If you can’t make every

class or would like to just drop in for a

class, the fee is only $4 per class.

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East Windsor

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of Scantic River and its Environs

By Barbara Sherman

EAST WINDSOR - On Oct. 16, 20 people,

in 14 canoes or kayaks, took part in a

“fun” paddle on the Scantic River, which

passes through East Windsor. The

American Heritage River Commission of

East Windsor sponsored the event. The

paddle started at the Filter Bed area off

Mill Street, going downstream to Omelia

Road. That’s a river course of more than 4


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175 West Rd.

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navigable for canoes and kayaks. This

wonderful, scenic trip demonstrated part

of the free recreation area available in

town on or along the Scantic River.

East Windsor’s American Heritage

River Commission is also working on a

Greenway Trail along the Scantic River

from Omelia Road, which extends at this

time upstream for approximately 1.5 miles

on the east bank. When completed, this

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‘Cruise Patrol’

The Tri-Town Cruzers adorned the streets of downtown Rockville as part of Rockville

Fest - formerly known as Rockville Rocks. While the classic cars proved a feast for the

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Bell Tower Is Fixed

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Moores of Somers removes the

cross from the 125-foot high bell

tower of the Holy Trinity

Episcopal Church, formerly know

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Hazardville section of Enfield.

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Education, Saint Martha School in Enfield held “Blue Ribbon Day” on Friday, Oct. 1.

During the day of celebration within the school, all students and staff wore blue for

the day, including homemade blue ribbons. All students were treated to ice pops and

lollipops, courtesy of Sr. Theresa Marie Grochowski, CSSF, principal. A Mass of

Thanksgiving was also held with 8th Grade students offering symbols of Saint Martha

School. A formal day of celebration will be held on Monday, Nov. 22, with a visit by

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Frostbite Run will take place on Saturday,

Nov. 13. As in the past, the event will

begin and end at the Enfield Street School,

1318 Enfield St. (Route 5), Enfield, conveniently

located near I-91. Registration

will begin at 9 a.m. Runners will depart at

10 a.m., followed by walkers at 10:05 a.m.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy

some fresh autumn air and exercise along

a beautiful scenic course, all the while

helping a very worthy cause. All proceeds

of the Frostbite Run will benefit CHR’s

children’s programs, providing hope and

care for children in need. CHR is a nonprofit

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The entry fee for the Frostbite Run is

$20 for pre-registered walkers and runners

and $25 for those who register on the

morning of the event. Long-sleeve event tshirts

will be available for the first 400

registered participants. Music, refreshments

and door prizes will add to the festivities.

Prizes will be awarded to male and

female runners with the best times in multiple

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Sponsors are now being sought to

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those who contribute $200 or more will

have the opportunity to have their business

logo displayed on the shirts. Other promotional

opportunities are available to major

donors of $1,000 or more. Donations of

food, beverages and race prizes are also

needed to make the event memorable.

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event, please call CHR’s Office of

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Process of Drafting Ethics Code a ‘Real Learning Experience’

By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — The Ethics

Commission, working toward a final draft

of a town ethics code, met with the Board

of Selectmen in October.

According to commission Chairman

Ron Hall, the process has been more challenging

than he had expected.

“It’s turned out to be a real learning

experience,” he said.

ELLINGTON - Santa and Mrs. Claus,

as well as Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph

the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Santa’s elves

will be gliding into Ellington this year on a

special holiday float made especially for

them, thanks to Winterfest committee

member, Paul Scordato. “Nothing is too

good for our visitors from the North Pole!”

said Ellington’s Winterfest chairman,

Ellen Karadimas, “Come see what we’ve

conjured up for the Clauses!”

To stoke the holiday spirit, Ellington’s

Winterfest will begin on Friday, Dec. 3,

with a Holiday Sing-A-Long, presented by

the Ellington Singers, at Hall Memorial

Library, at 7 p.m.

Then, on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m.,

Ellington’s annual “Tree-Lighting

Ceremony” will begin at the gazebo on the

town green bordering Church and Main

streets and Route 140. Santa and Mrs.

Claus, along with their North Pole staff,

will appear shortly thereafter to greet their

young devotees and their parents.

And, before the clock strikes 5:30, this

celebratory occasion will be capped by the

Ellington Volunteer Fire Department’s

ever-wondrous “Torchlight Parade” down

Main Street, which includes the participation

of many fire trucks from all over


Meanwhile, more merriment will be

taking place, between 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec.

4, with featured activities and refreshments

at Hall Memorial Library; free hot

chocolate and cookies, courtesy of the

Ellington Women’s Club, at the Ellington

Senior Center; a historical display at the

Nellie McKnight Museum; and a childfriendly

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“We’re not the morality police,” he said,

adding that they also are not the town’s

complaint department.

The ethics code will be focused strictly

on what is its charge: situations in which a

town-elected or -appointed official abuses

the position for personal gain.

Among the proposals is banning officials

from accepting gifts with a value of

more than $100. The commission also is

proposing that officials must disclose any

matter in which they have a personal interest,

not just a financial one.

Employee awards

Several town employees were recognized

for service to the town at the Oct. 18

Board of Selectmen meeting. They are:

10 years of service: Kimberly

Gallicchio, lead custodian, and Gay

Szumyk, library assistant.

play, at the Ellington Congregational


The Congregational Church will also be

holding its annual “Gingerbread House

Baking Contest” again, so get your ovens

and creativity in gear. If interested, please

go to, click on

“Announcements” then “Gingerbread

20 years: Doris Crayton, director of

human services, and John Godek, maintainer


25 years: Michael Bard, police officer;

Thomas Davenport, marine constable; and

Patricia Grundman, children’s librarian

30 years: Allen Bump, marine constable;

Franz Redler, maintainer II; and

Nicholas J. DiCorleto Jr., finance officer.

Santa & Mrs. Claus ‘Floating’ To Ellington on a Special Holiday Float

House Contest” for further details, or contact

the church at 860-875-4512.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are looking forward

to riding in their new float at

Ellington’s Winterfest, and sharing in the

holiday season with you.

Come join in the fun and bring your

good cheer on Dec. 4.

Come check out our Thanksgiving specials.

It’s the beginning of the Holiday Season and many wines are on

special to compliment your celebrations with your friends and family.

We will have a variety of wine's on sale for your Thanksgiving

dinner and happy to help you pick one out. It’s been 4 years

for Mark’s Country Wine and Liquors. A special thanks to

all our customers, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Come in and see us, we love the company. You can also

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Windermere Gets Visit from Life-Changing School Program

“Don’t let your character change color

with your environment. Find out who you

are and let it stay its true color.”

~~Rachel Scott

ELLINGTON - Rachel Scott was the

first person killed at Columbine High

School in Colorado on April 20, 1999, the

day that marked the worst school shooting

in our nation’s history. In the days that followed

her death,

Rachel’s family found

six diaries that have

become the foundation

for one of the

most life-changing

school programs in America: Rachel’s


Rachel’s Challenge visited the 5th- and

6th-grade students at Windermere

Intermediate School on Thursday, Oct. 14,

and left a list of challenges for the students

there. Rachel’s story was presented by her

sister, Dana Scott, through videos, music

and audience participation. In addition, a

program took place that evening for the

community at Ellington High School. The

entire program was funded by Ellington

Youth Services, the Windermere

Intermediate PTO, and the Windermere

Intermediate School Guidance Program.

Marilyn Toback-Reveley, the school’s

counselor, coordinated the efforts to bring




Deborah Stauffer

Rachel’s Challenge to Ellington.

Rachel Scott was an extraordinary

teenager who somehow knew and mentioned

many times to friends she would not

live a long life. She was especially known

by her classmates for her many acts of

kindness and compassion. She wrote in her

diary that she would someday touch millions

of people’s hearts. In an essay she

wrote for a class,

Rachel said, “I have

CHOOLS this theory that if one

person can go out of

their way to show compassion,

then it will

start a chain reaction of the same. People

will never know how far a little kindness

can go.” Her dream was to start a chain

reaction that will ripple around the world.

Rachel’s story has indeed rippled and

impacted millions of people across the

world and continues to do so. The program

makes everyone aware of the scars that

bullying, intimidation and violence can

cause. After speaking to 5th and 6th

graders separately, the entire group came

together after lunch for information about

the Chain Link Club. This club will be

offered to students during recess and after

school for the remainder of the school year.

The goal is to create and sustain positive

climate change in the school.

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This was no ordinary assembly. For

these Windermere students, who were not

even born when the Columbine shootings

happened, the accounts of that tragic day

were somewhat surreal to them. By the end

of the day, however, the students were

given a glimpse of the life of Rachel Scott,

a young and energetic teen much like themselves

and how the “Power of One” can

truly change the world. Throughout the

presentation, Dana Scott presented five

challenges for the students. Challenge No.

1: Treat others the way you want to be

treated. Challenge No. 2: Dream big, and

believe in yourself. Challenge No. 3:

Appreciate everyone, mock no one.

Challenge No. 4: Use the power of positive

gossip. Challenge No. 5: Forgive and be

forgiven. A banner was placed on the wall

outside the cafeteria for students and staff

to sign if they chose to accept Rachel’s


Through the Chain Link Club, Toback-

Reveley hopes to create a positive and caring

atmosphere at Windermere that the students

can be proud of. “I would like to see

the children develop a desire to be kind to

one another,” said Toback-Reveley. The

club will come up with several projects,

such as writing letters of appreciation,

reaching out to new students and creating

posters with positive messages. At the end

of the school year, schools typically have a

“Rachel’s Rally” to celebrate the successes

Dana Scott shares lessons learned from

her sister Rachel’s diaries after she was

killed at Columbine.

Photo by Deborah Stauffer

of the year.

Perhaps Windermere will start a chain

reaction in Ellington and beyond. For more

information, you can visit its website at

James P. Fitzgerald, DMD, MS

Dr. Fitzgerald and his staff are dedicated to helping their patients

achieve and maintain good health, function and appearance.

Dr. Fitzgerald graduated from the

University of Connecticut School

of Dental Medicine. He completed

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Senior Center Offers Various Classes, Programs and Trips

By Erin Graziani

ELLINGTON – The following programs are being

offered at the Ellington Senior Center.

Art Classes

Art classes beginning at the Senior Center are offered

every Tuesday morning from 9:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Artist

Mary Wolff teaches the technique of colored pencil. Cost

is $5 per class. A list of supplies is required before the first

class. Come to the Senior Center to pick up the list or call.

To register for classes, call the Senior Center at 860-870-


Memories & Creative Writing

This group meets monthly, every third Thursday of the

month from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Ellington Senior

Center where informal sharing of written poetry or oral

comments is shared. Come and join us! Note: Due to the

Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Creative Writing

class held on Nov. 24.

Ellington Mom’s Blog Wins

Award For Best Parenting Blog

ELLINGTON - The Mommyologist,,

owned and written by Ellington

resident Mary Fischer, a stay-at-home mom to her 4year-old

son, has been awarded the title of Best

Parenting Blog 2010 by Nickelodeon’s


The Mommyologist features humorous articles all

about the changes in life that go along with being a

parent. Mary especially focuses on inspiring mothers

to be confident and happy in their own skin, and in

their new roles as parents.

Fischer is a graduate of Hall High School in West

Hartford and the University of Tennessee. She has

lived in Ellington for almost four years.

The Parents’ Picks Awards was a nationwide online

poll that allowed parents to vote for their favorite family

places, products and parenting tips from July 7

through Aug. 31.

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Wishes you and your families

a Happy Thanksgiving!

Come in and taste our

Gewurztraminer wines all month

long. A perfect accompaniment to

your Thanksgiving dinner.

You will also enjoy our large selection

of Imported and Domestic Beer,

Wine, Champagne and Liquor.

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Musical Insights

Onward and upward with our Musical Insights program,

which meets every second and fourth Monday of

the month at 6 p.m. Nov. 8’s program features male vocal

personality Paul Robeson, as presented by Jack Cohen.

Nov. 29’s program presented by Patricia Stoughton features

An Eclectic Musical program. All are welcome!

Light refreshments served.


There will be an informational meeting pertaining to

cribbage on Monday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 p.m. in the main

room of the senior center. We have a group who would

like to see cribbage become a part of our senior center. If

you are interested, please come. Additional information

will be forthcoming in future publications.

Medicare 2011 – Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. Anna

Turner of MSW/Town of Ellington Human Services and

Tom Hardecker from Long View Wealth Management

will present information on Medicare and Medicare Part

D for 2011. Call Anna Turner at 860-870-3131 to pre-register

for this program by Nov. 23. Refreshments will be



Tropicana: Atlantic City’s Showtime Tour. January 18-

20, 2011. Cost is $175 per person (double), $171 per person

(triple), $245 per person (single) occupancy, $20 cash

bonus! For additional information and to sign up, come to

the Ellington Senior Center. Make the Tropicana your

2011 Boardwalk Destination!

Norwegian Cruise Lines: Invites you to Nassau on Feb.

13, 2011. Sponsored by Tours of Distinction. Come cruise

with us to Great Stirrup Cay, Nassau. Prices range from

$909 (inside cabin) to around $1,200 (mini-suite).

Register at the Ellington Senior Center. Final payment is

due on Nov. 11. For more information, contact Ann

Harford at 860-872-0406. Passports are required for this


(Erin R. Graziani is the director of the Ellington Senior

Center, located at 16 Church St. in the Center Plaza, next

door to the Chuck Wagon Restaurant. The Senior Center’s


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West Meadow Counseling Opens

Psychotherapists Mark Napiello, LMFT, Ruthie Lynch,

LPC, Rebecca Turgeon, LPC and office manager Sheila

Wright have united to form West Meadow Counseling,

PC located at 100 West Rd., Suite 3 (Route 83) in

Ellington. West Meadow Counseling provides counseling

services for adults and children in Ellington and

surrounding towns. Therapeutic services include, but

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Verizon Wireless Opens New Ellington Store

ELLINGTON — Verizon Wireless announced the grand opening of a new authorized

retail outlet in Ellington, CT. Express makes shopping for wireless voice and data products

convenient. Located at 175 West Rd, Express offers local residents and businesses

a wide variety of wireless phones, smartphones, accessories and services from Verizon

Wireless. Express has been a Verizon Wireless authorized retailer since 1998. Express

operates CT locations in Enfield, Stafford, Vernon and the new location in Ellington. All

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wireless, multimedia and smartphones and activate Verizon Wireless services including

mobile broadband. Express offers customers a convenient way to learn about applications

such as V CAST multimedia services, Skype on Verizon Wireless as well as

mobile broadband. Customers can also learn about pricing packages, including Verizon

Wireless Friends & Family®, which lets customers on eligible calling plans enjoy

unlimited calling to up to 10 numbers on any network, anytime, anywhere in America

without using plan minutes.

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From left, John Robertson of Wallingford, Jess Kupec of Ellington, Richard Almada of Old Saybrook, and Alan McGuiness of Berlin, and in right photo, from left, Patti LeFebvre

of Somers, Cheri Ziebka of Farmington, Nancy Manafort of Farmington, and Margie Callahan of Southington take a moment to pose on the tee during the 2010 Golf MS

Classic, held Monday, Sept. 27, at the private South Course at Lake of Isles in Stonington. The golfers played on the Saint Francis HealthCare Partners team, a Hartford-based

non-profit partnership between physicians and the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. This year’s Golf MS Classic attracted roughly 90 golfers and raised more than

$80,000 for the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. The sixth annual tournament featured 18 holes of golf, silent drawing and auction, awards ceremony and dinner.

Funds raised by events such as the Golf MS Classic ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by

the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents affected by MS. To learn more about multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways the chapter helps

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New Collaborative Sculpture Celebrates Mental Health

ENFIELD – “Believe, friendship, compassion,

inspiration, independence, real,

life, hope, unique.” These words are featured

on a special, original sculpture now

permanently displayed outside CHR’s

facility at 153 Hazard Ave. in Enfield. The

sculpture, which was dedicated during a

ceremony on Oct. 5, was created by

nationally recognized metal sculpture

artist Karen Rossi and the residents at

CHR’s Brook House program for adolescent

girls with serious emotional and

behavioral issues. It is intended as a lasting

monument to mental health.

CHR is a non-profit behavioral health

system of caring serving towns throughout

eastern and north central Connecticut. The

agency has enjoyed working with Rossi

since 2008, at which time she created a

donor recognition tree for CHR’s Capital

Campaign, as well as a whimsical Fanciful

Flight ornament symbolizing the hope

of recovery from mental illness and the

stigma that accompanies it. The sculpture

project was initiated in 2009.

Prior to beginning the sculpture, Rossi

worked with the girls at Brook House to

create individualized mosaics representing

something important to each of them. In

the process, they learned art techniques,

creative applications and how to express

themselves in an imaginative way.

The mosaics were displayed in windows

of West Hartford’s Blue Back Square

in the fall of 2009, where they inspired

many. Following the mosaics, Rossi and

the girls began working on the sculpture.

The girls brainstormed meaningful words

and phrases to be featured, while Rossi

worked with them to design and create the

finished piece.

The sculpture was funded in part by the

Arts Jobs program of the New England

Foundation for the Arts, made possible

with funding from the National

Endowment for the Arts and the American

Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Additional generous support was provided

by AMF Property Management and the

Rockville Bank Foundation, Inc.

If you would like more information

about the sculpture or CHR, please call

Beth Connor, director of community

development, at 860-731-5522, extension


Flu Clinic To Be Held

ENFIELD - A flu clinic will be held at

Connecticut Medical Supply, located at

243 Hazard Ave., Enfield, on Nov. 16

from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Insurance plans

accepted are Medicare Part B,

Connecticare, HealthNet, Aetna, Wellcare

and Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

(Anthem’s J Plan is excluded).

If the flu vaccine is not covered by your

insurance company, you will be billed privately.

You will be responsible for any copay.

Fee for private pay with cash or check

only is $35.

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The Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation recently donated $500 to CHR, a

non-profit behavioral health system of care serving towns in eastern and north central

Connecticut. This generous donation will benefit CHR’s Safe Home, a residential facility

for children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The check was presented

by representatives of Bearingstar Insurance of Suffield, a member of the Arbella

Insurance Group, on Oct. 7. Shown above during the check presentation are, from left,

Nancy LaRussa of Bearingstar Insurance; Beth Connor, Director of Community

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2 Vision Boulevard, Somers, CT 06071

(Same building, new address)

(860) 763-3501 / Fax: (860) 763-1718



Share Your Warmth This Holiday Season

The library will be collecting donations

of new hats, scarves, mittens and gloves

beginning December 1 through December

15. These items will be distributed to

local families as needed throughout the

holiday season.

Library Hours:

Monday - Thursday:

10 a.m. - 8 p.m.


10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Movie Matinees

On the second Monday of

each month at 1:00 p.m. a feature

film will be shown in the

Blake Community Room. This

program is free and open to the

public. Please check our website

or call the library for more


Display Case

If you have a special collection that you would like

to display, the library has an exhibit case to showcase

your items. The locked cabinet has glass shelves, is

lighted, and is located near the main entrance. Please

inquire at the front desk.

Book Discussion

Denise Stankovics will lead a discussion of the

novel Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen on

Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m. Decrepit castles,

locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and

tyrannical fathers all figure into this classic novel, but

with a decidedly satirical twist. Copies of the book

will be available at the library. Please call the library

to register for the discussion.


10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Library Closed

Nov. 11 Veterans Day

Nov. 24 Close at 3 p.m.

Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Day

Dec. 24, 25, 26 Christmas Holiday

Children’s Department

Fall Storytime Session II

Storytime registration for our next

session takes place November 1 - 5.

Somers residents can register beginning

Monday, November 1 and nonresidents

may register beginning

Tuesday, November 2. All storytimes

will run for five weeks and

begin the week of November 8.

Children 12-24 months, accompanied

by a parent or caretaker, will

meet on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

or Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. During

the lap-sit portion of this program,

children share a board book with

their caretaker. The toddlers will

also learn some songs and hand

rhymes. Each session ends with

unstructured playtime.

Children 24-36 months, also

accompanied by a parent or caretaker,

will meet on Mondays at 10:30

a.m. The program will consist of

stories, songs, movement and a

craft. The program lasts for about 45


Children 3-5 years, will meet on

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. or Fridays at

10:30 a.m. Children this age may

attend storytime on their own or be

accompanied by a parent or caretaker.

The program consists of stories,

songs, movement and a craft. The

program lasts for about 45 minutes.

Family Game Day: Unplugged

Saturday, Nov. 6 at 1:00 p.m.

We’ll provide a wide variety of

board games for lots of family fun.

This event is for kids with their families.

No registration required. Dropin

and play.

Sleepytime Storytime

Tues., Nov. 16, 6:45 – 7:15 p.m.

Join us for


stories, songs

and a craft.

Wear your pajamas

and bring a

stuffed animal.

Somers Library Children’s Department

All ages are invited. No registration


Tails of Joy Reading Program

Saturday, Nov. 20, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Children are invited to visit the

library and read a favorite book to a

licensed therapy dog during the Tails

of Joy program. Reading Education

Assistance Dogs ® (R.E.A.D) uses

therapy animals to improve the literacy

skills of children. These special

animals volunteer with their owners

as teams, offering children an opportunity

to improve their reading in a

setting which has proven not only

effective but fun. Registration

begins November 6.

Family Movie Matinee

Saturday, Nov. 27 at 1:00 p.m.

We will show the new movie The

Search for Santa Paws, rated G.

Disney’s talking puppies return in an

all-new holiday adventure!

No registration required. Children

under 12 must be accompanied by

an adult.

Snacks with Santa

Saturday, December 4

The Friends

of the Somers

Public Library

will hold their

annual Snacks

with Santa

Program on

Saturday morning, December 4.

Somers residents may register their

children for one of four sessions:

9:00, 9:45, 10:30, or 11:15. Each

program will feature the reading of a

Christmas story; time to talk with

Santa, and a snack and gift book at

the end of the program. Parents are

invited to bring along their cameras.

Due to the popularity of the

Snacks with Santa program, registration

must be done in person at the

library, beginning November 20.

Admission to each session will be

with ticket only. Children must be

Somers residents 8 years old or


Holiday Ornament Workshop

Saturday, December 18,

10:30-12:00 p.m.

We will provide

you with

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items you need

to make a gift or

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Sleepytime Storytime

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 6:45-7:15 p.m.

Join us for Christmas stories,

songs and a craft. Wear your pajamas

and bring a stuffed animal.

All ages are invited. No registration


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Town Awarded STEAP, Emergency Management Grants

By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — Granted.

That’s the word around Town Hall recently.

Somers has received two 2011 Small Town Economic

Assistance Program grants totaling $220,000, according

to First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini. A $100,000 grant was

awarded for the senior center expansion and parking lot

Senior Center Will Be Expanded

Town Selectmen Lisa Pellegrini stopped by the Somers Senior Center Wednesday, Oct.

13, to announce to seniors during their club-organized luncheon that a grant to

expand the Senior Center has been approved. Pellegrini stated to many seniors that

the expansion would be for seniors only, and that a game room, computer room, exercise

room, and/or conference room can be built. Pictured above are Somers Senior

Center Club President Arlene Yarnes, left, with Pellegrini.

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repaving project. A $120,000 grant was awarded for the

new sidewalks that will be installed by the cemetery from

Battle Street to Main Street.

The sidewalk will help those living in the senior housing

communities gain better pedestrian access to town

businesses and services, Pellegrini said.

The town also received a $4,888 2010 Emergency

Management Performance Grant. The grant will be used

to upgrade the emergency services radios and help

“ensure a robust emergency management program,” the

first selectman said.

“I wrote three grants. I brought three grants. I’m very

happy,” she said.

Active, Retired Military Called for Heroes Event

SOMERS - All Somers residents (and

their families) who are serving or have

served in any branch of the U.S. military

are invited to a special “Hometown

Heroes” Veterans Day Saturday event,

hosted by the Somers 6th-grade class of

2017 on Nov. 13 at Somers Senior Center,

19 Battle St., Somers.

The Class of 2017 is preparing a ceremony

to honor those in Somers who serve

to protect our country. This ceremony will

include the presentation of a gift to the

community, purchased by the funds raised

during the class’s 3-POP fund-raiser in


Following the ceremony, all are invited

to stay for coffee and refreshments, served

by the class and their families. No RSVP is


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Open Letter To The Race for Macie Grace team 2010

We thank you for joining our team and participating in the Hartford ING Marathon, Half Marathon and the 5K on Oct. 9. The donations that we raised will help award scholarships

to graduating students who have overcome major challenges in their young lives. The donations will also help the Macie Grace Foundation to help support expecting families

with early diagnosis of serious and fatal illnesses. To date we have raised $9,300, almost double what we hoped to reach this year. Your generosity and continued support

are a true blessing. Please contact us with any questions at:

Clark Named To Who’s Who Among Achievers

SOMERS - Presidential Who's Who

Among Business and Professional

Achievers has announced that Victoria L.

Clark, broker/owner of CT Commercial

Realty & Select Homes, 612 Main St.,

Somers, will be included in its 2011 edi-

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that Clark has reached a level of recognizable

success in the real estate field.

The directory will be registered in the

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A Fun Afternoon

with a Funny Guy

Somers husband and wife Bill and

Katy Gudauskas were finalists in a

statewide winner in a trivia competition

held by ConnectiCare for its VIP

Medicare members over the summer.

They participated in the finals on

September 24 in Cromwell hosted by

Scot Haney of Channel 3 in Hartford,

who kept everyone in stitches. Pictured

are (L to R): Finalist Kathy and Bill,

Vince Cuocci of Newtown, Scot Haney,

and Jan Narus of Stratford.

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In Support of Mark

Maniscalco, Candidate

for Probate Judge

The choice for judge of probate on

November 2 is very clear. Judge Mark

Maniscalco is an experienced probate

attorney with over 20 yearsin practice in

this field . He has been serving the districts

of Somers, Stafford and Union over the

past term as their probate judge.

This position is devoid of politics other

that the requirement to be on the ballot. It

requires more special knowledge and

experience than any other position on the

ballot. It also requires someone who is

very proficient in the areas of estate

administration, trusts, wills, adoption,

guardianship and conservatorships. This is

a very complex position that requires

much more knowledge and experience

than telling people to have simple wills

and a power of attorney. Lastly, Mark is a

very a compassionate, knowledgeable and

dedicated individual who is known for his

kindness, humility and competence. As a

SOMERS - The Somers Women’s Club

will again be offering Memorial

Scholarships available through the

General Federation of Women’s Clubs of

Connecticut (GFWC/CT) to qualified

former probate judge for some 22 years, I

feel very confident in endorsing Mark for

this very important office; knowing full

well that all of our citizens in the newly

formed district of Enfield, Somers,

Stafford and Union will be pleased with

the execution of his duties in this capacity.

Francis W. Devlin, Jr.

retired judge of probate Somers

In Support of Keeney

for Probate Judge

To the Editor:

On Nov. 2, the residents of Enfield,

Somers, Stafford and Union will have a

choice for probate judge. Tim Keeney is

the right choice.

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He is the right person for the job based

on his experience as a lawyer and manager,

his experience in the public sector serving

as the Commissioner, Connecticut

Department of Environmental Protection,

as well as the Environmental Management

Commissioner for the state of Rhode

Island, his military experience as a Navy

Seal during his 35 years in the Navy and

his commitment to his community through

countless years of volunteering.

Tim Keeney is a solid person with

strength, determination, compassion and

the necessary life experience to be your

probate judge.

As probate judge Tim will be required

to make tough decisions that will affect the

lives of everyday people. Throughout his

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Somers Women’s Club Accepting Scholarship Applications

chairs of the Scholarship Committee of

The Somers Women’s Club, Vange Chatis

at 860-749-8633 or Fran Shaver at 860-

749-0526 for an application packet and

further information. The application deadline

of February 10, 2011 must be strictly

followed and incomplete applications will

not be considered.

life Tim Keeney has made many tough

decisions. Tim has always been well prepared

to serve.

He has never waived from duty and will

continue to bring the knowledge, compassion

and expertise much needed in the new

probate district of North Central


On Nov. 2 vote for Tim Keeney, the

right choice for probate judge.

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Supporting Fund Raising for MS

Bolton resident Ann Walsh, 46, (left) and Ellington resident Jaime Decaprio, 30, take a

moment to pose at the 2010 NBC Connecticut Health and Wellness Festival, held at

the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on Sunday, Oct. 17. The pair, who participated

this summer in the Bike MS event in Colchester, stopped by the National MS

Society, Connecticut Chapter booth. Although neither has a personal connection to

multiple sclerosis, Walsh and Decaprio signed up this year to cycle 50 miles over two

days in support of Peter Rusconi, owner and operator of Cardio Express Fitness

Centers, where both work out in Manchester. “The ride was amazing,” Walsh said.

“We finished both days with an incredible sense of accomplishment. There’s no doubt

we will participate next year.” Together, the pair raised almost $1,000 to support Team

Cardio Express. The annual NBC Connecticut Health and Wellness Festival was held

Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday, Oct. 17.

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See what

having a

pet-sitter can

mean for you

and your pets!

Join us as we sample a selection of fine wines and

beers from around the globe. Taste the best of local

cuisine from nearby restaurants.

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Church Cookbook Features 295 Recipes

from Members and Friends

SOMERS - The Ladies Aide Society of

the Congregational Church of Somersville

have gathered 295 recipes from a number

of its members and friends and have had a

cookbook, “Family Favorites,” printed.

The cookbooks, also containing several

pages of helpful cooking hints, are available

for purchase at the church office

located at 22 Maple St. or the Blacksmith

Shoppe in Somersville. The Blacksmith

SOMERS - The Ladies Aide Society of

the Somersville Congregational Church on

22 Maple St. in Somersville, will hold its

annual Holiday Treasures Fair on

Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In

addition to some local vendors, there will

be a bake sale, tag sale, plenty of arts and

Shoppe is open Saturdays through October

from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost of each

cookbook is $12. Orders may also be

placed via mail for an additional $5 to

cover shipping costs. Please be sure to

include payment with your order along

with your name, address and how many

cookbooks you want. For more information/questions,

please call the church

office at 860-749-7741.

Church Treasure Fair on Nov. 20; Vendors Sought

ENFIELD - The Fermi Safe Grad

2011 Annual Service and Goods Auction

is planned for Friday, Dec. 3, at the Elks

Lodge, North Maple Street, Enfield. A

fun-filled night is planned with a large

selection of items for bid. Tickets are $5

and can be purchased in advance by calling

Bill Rush at 860-632-4678 or by e-

crafts, an auction and more. A light lunch

will also be offered. Come and see all the

holiday treasures.

If you are a vendor interested in participating

in this event, please contact the

church office at 860-749-7741 or visit on the Internet.

Service and Goods Auction Benefits Safe Grad

mailing Advance

tickets are redeemable for $5 in raffle tickets

at the event. Tickets are also available

at the door.

This event is open to the public, so

please bring friends and family. All proceeds

benefit EFHS Class of 2011 Safe

Grad night in June.

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Spoon River Anthology Stage Presentation

STAFFORD - Stafford Arts

Commission’s stage presentation of Edgar

Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology” will

take place in November. The performances

are on Nov. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. at the Ben

Muzio Town House, (Old Town Hall) 221

East St. (Route 19) Stafford Springs.

This dramatized adaptation, conceived

and arranged by Charles Aidman, and produced

by special arrangement with Samuel

French Inc., has a cast of nine local and

regional actors, singers and musicians. Set

in an Illinois cemetery in the early 20th century,

the dead share tales and secrets that

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could never have been revealed in their lifetime,

destroying the conventional images of

small town life. In short monologues, combined

with musical interludes, old grievances,

regrets for lost loves and failed ambitions

are disclosed by the former residents

of the town.

Tickets are $8, and $5 for seniors and students.

As seating is limited, advance reservation

is recommended. Extra parking:

Memorial Hall (Route 319) and the town

garage (Route 19). For tickets or information

please call 860-684-9500 or 860-684-


November Coffee House Features Donna Martin

STAFFORD – The Stafford Arts

Commission’s next free Coffee House will

be on Sunday, Nov. 28. One of the reasons

the quality of musicians for this event

remains very high is that the message is

spreading through the musicians’ network

that Stafford provides a warm and appreciative

listening audience.

At 7 p.m., singer/songwriter Frank

Critelli will open the program, playing

acoustic, folk-friendly music with rock-nroll

leanings. Over the years, Critelli has

played in a variety of venues – streets,

subways, colleges, festivals and coffee

houses throughout the United States.

Donna Martin, also a singer/songwriter

who plays acoustic/folk and country

music, will take the stage at 8 p.m. She has

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recorded five successful solo albums,

which include moving songs of the history

of slavery. Her writing and singing has

been described as “wistful and personal”

by Performing Songwriter Magazine.

The Coffee House location is Ben

Muzio Town House (Old Town Hall) 221

East St. (Route 19) in Stafford.

Refreshments are available. Extra parking

at the Town Garage (Route 19) and

Memorial Hall (Route 319). Please consider

bringing a non-perishable food item

donation for Stafford Family Services

Food Bank.

There will be no coffee house in

December because of the holidays.

For more information, call 860-684-

9500 or 860-684-5211.

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State Representative

Ted Graziani

A Friend – A Neighbor – A Proven Leader - A Veteran

Experience Counts

n 12 years in the Connecticut General Assembly with over 30

years of Business Procurement Experience

n Supported laws that protect our environment in schools and

public buildings, banned aerial pesticide spraying in

residential areas, and increased recycling options

n Retained $500 property tax credit

n No cuts to municipal aid

n Obtained grants for senior housing

n Secured funds for expansion in East Windsor and Ellington

for economic development

n Supported new cost saving options for cooperative

agreements with other towns

n Secured state funding to keep Millbrook off the Federal

Superfund siting list

n Protected Dial a Ride Funding

n Obtained permanent funding for our Family Resource


n Protected once again the Soliders, Sailors & Marine Fund.

n Personal income tax credits for investments made in new

and emerging technologies

n Saved taxpayers money by closing a loophole in the Coast

Guard Academy, so discharged cadets would not continue

getting free tuition for military service.

n Expedited the business permitting process

n As Chair of the Committee on Veterans Affairs, I have led

the fight to protect rights and benefits for our Veterans and

their families.

HCommunity Community ServiceH Service

H Ellington Board of Selectmen, 1991-1999

H Vietnam Veteran U.S. Army 1966-1968

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H Member of East Windsor Community Committee

H American Legion, V.F.W & Vietnam veterans of America

More than a Candidate…

Ted Graziani

District 57 East Windsor Ellington

Legislator of the Year Award Commitment to

Families and Children, D.O.D award for

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

More To Do

4 Increase training for unemployed residents

4 Provide small business owners the help they

need to create new jobs and stay competitive

4 Work to reduce size of State Budget

4 Property tax relief for homeowners

4 Improve Education Cost Sharing Formula for

East Windsor and Ellington

4 Eliminate state programs that fail to

achieve goals

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you in the Connecticut General

Assembly.Working together, we can continue to make a difference!

Endorsed by: CT Education Association, Working Families party, United Auto Workers, CT AFL-CIO, ASCME Council 4, AARP, Veterans Groups

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Tim’s legal experience has utilized areas of the

law required to be a Probate Judge, such as

property law, wills and trusts, constitutional law,

rules of evidence, due process, and conducting

legal hearings.

“If elected, I intend to retain the clerk and

assistant clerk from each current Probate Court in

Stafford and Enfield.”

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Referendum Defeats $12 million in Spending for Improvements

By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD — The town bonding referendum was

defeated by a vote of 1,373-734.

The Sept. 30 referendum involved the town spending

$12 million, $10 million of which would have been bonded,

for capital improvement projects, including the development

of an industrial/business park, conversion of the

Witt School to an administration building for town and

school offices, a new Stafford Fire Department No. 1

building, a road reconstruction program and the demoli-

Stafford’s New Town Troubadour

STAFFORD - The Stafford Arts

Commission would like to congratulate

Jim Bailey for his recent appointment as

Stafford’s Town Troubadour at “Autumn

in the Park” on Sept. 26.

With the added bonus of beautiful fall

weather, Hyde Park was the setting for the

Commission’s fifth annual fine arts festival.

It was a day of multi-cultural enter-

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tion of the Burroughs School building.

“We can complete all five projects and borrow the necessary

funding without increasing our annual debt service

payments. This means that taxes will not increase to pay

for these projects,” First Selectman Michael Krol had said

prior to the vote.

“I want to thank everyone who took the time on this

rainy day to come out to vote on the future of our town.

We had the largest turnout for a referendum in Stafford

that anyone can remember. While the vote did not come

tainment for all ages and culminated in

this special announcement.

The presentation of the official proclamation

was made by First Selectman

Michael P. Krol, who commended

Bailey’s dedication to promoting the arts

in this town and particularly for his generosity

in sharing his own musical talent

with the community of Stafford.

Visit us at booth 1520

at the Osborne Jenks

Hartford homeshow on

Nov 5, 6 & 7th

First Selectman Michael P. Krol with Jim Bailey.

out in favor of the projects, we only had one month to get

our information out to the public. In hindsight, it was not

enough time to explain to everyone why this was our best

opportunity for Stafford’s future.

“Every day more people were calling and e-mailing us

for more information (even today),” Krol said the night of

the vote. “We will continue to strive to do what can be

done to improve the quality of life in Stafford. We will be

re-examining how to get more information out about the

projects to the people after the November elections.”

Photo by Amy Hartenstein

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High School Drama Club Dinner Theater

At the Stafford High School Drama Club Dinner theaters on Nov. 13 and 14, choose between four performances and menus in the Stafford High School cafeteria. “Aladdin and

His Wonderful, Magical Lamp” will be performed at noon on Saturday, Nov. 13, and at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14. “Cinderella’s Glass Slipper” performance will be at 5 p.m. on

Saturday, Nov. 13, and at noon on Sunday, Nov. 14. Noon performances either day include a soup and sandwich lunch for $8 per ticket, and 5 p.m. shows will be feature a pasta

dinner for $12 per ticket. Tickets are available in the office in advance; ask for Shirley. For more information, call 860-684-4233.

Photos by Amy Hartenstein

Monthly Free Lunch

STAFFORD – A free lunch is held at

Grace Episcopal Church on Spring Street

in Stafford Springs every third Saturday of

every month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Access and parking is at the back of the

church. Takeout is available, and everyone

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Hospital Boutique

STAFFORD - Johnson Memorial

Hospital’s Auxiliary hosts its successful

annual “Holiday Boutique” in the

lobby/foyer of Johnson Memorial

Hospital on Friday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to

3 p.m. There will be vendors, a food/bake

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STAFFORD - The Stafford Elementary

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Fall Leaf Pickup Schedule Announced for Service District Residents

STAFFORD - The Town of Stafford

will be picking up leaves (no bagged

leaves, please) that are raked to curbside

no later than 7 a.m. on the following dates

and streets. Leaves must be free of branches,

twigs and debris for pick-up. For more

information call 860-684-3448

Week of Nov. 1

Avery Park Road

Jennifer Lane

Sellers Lane

Center Street

Oak Street

Stafford Heights

Club Road

Olympic Annex

Summer Street

Converse Street

Olympic Avenue

Tolland Avenue

Curtis Street

Olympic Circle

West End Street

Green Street

Park Street

West Main Street

Horrigan Lane

Prospect Heights

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Galotto Street

Morton Street

Brendan Street

Gold Street

Parkess Street

Brown Avenue

Hicks Avenue

Prospect Street

Brown Avenue Ext.

High Street

Let us help you cast a warm glow over your Christmas with our selection of Old

World Santas, whimsical snowmen, trees and trimmings, and vintage treasures,

all to fi ll your home with the warmth and joy of Christmas past and present. Make

your home a special place for the holidays with gifts and home accessories to tempt

your senses and warm your hearts.

Join us at our annual

“Thymes Remembered”

Holiday Open House

November 5th • 5:30-8:30

November 6th • 10-5

63 West Main Street, Stafford Springs (Rt.190), CT 06076

Tue Sat 10-5 Sun 1-5 860-684-5157

Quinn Street

Church Street

Highland Terrace

River Road

Clinton Street

Howland Avenue

Spring Street

Edgewood Street

Hyde Park Road

Week of Nov. 15

Cross Street

Grant Avenue

Orchard Street

Crown Street

Grove Street

Seasonal flu vaccines will be administered to individuals age 18 and over. Medicare

Part B, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, ConnectiCare and HealthNet will be

accepted. If not covered by one of these plans, the cost is $35, payable by cash or

check. For more information, please call 860-763-7600.


Nov. 2, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

TSI Harley Davidson

398 Somers Road


Nov. 2, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Town of Enfield, Department

of Social Services

100 High Street

Nov. 4, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Southwood Pharmacy

89 Raffia Road

Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m. – noon

Enfield Public Library

104 Middle Road

Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30p.m.

St. Martha's Church

214 Brainard Road

Nov. 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Enfield Square - Sears

90 Elm Street

Nov. 14, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Enfield Elks

138 North Maple Street

Nov. 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

United Methodist Church

41 Brainard Road

Nov. 16, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Connecticut Medical Supply

243 Hazard Avenue

Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

St. Adalbert's Church

90 Alden Avenue

Nov. 29, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Loaves & Fishes

28 Prospect Street


Nov. 10, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Somers Congregational Church

599 Main Street

School Street

DaDalt Street

Ice House Road

Silver Street

East Main Street

Maple Street

Tammy Lane

East Street

Meadow Lane

Westford Avenue

Furnace Ave

Meadowbrook Drive

Willington Avenue

George Street

Mountain Road

Harry Potter Release Party Planned at Library

STAFFORD - The next movie in the

Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the

Deathly Hallows Part 1,” is being released

in theaters this November. The PTO and the

Stafford Library will celebrate by having a

party on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to

4 p.m. Beginning at 11 a.m., the library will

show one of the other Harry Potter movies.

A party with pizza, games, crafts and face

painting will follow.

Come dressed in costume and experience

the magic of Harry Potter. Which movie

would you like us to show? Vote when you

register and we will show the movie that

receives the most votes. Call 860-684-2852

or go online at to

register. All ages are welcome, but parents

are reminded that children under 12 must be

accompanied by an adult while in the


Visit Us Online, Any Time At:


Nov. 6, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Johnson Memorial Hospital

201 Chestnut Hill Road

(by appointment only; please

call 860-684-8487)

Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Stafford Senior Center

3 Buckley Highway


Nov. 1, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Town of Union

1043 Buckley Highway,

Lower Level


Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m. – noon

Easter Seals

100 Deerfield Road


Nov. 12, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Armata’s Supermarket

901 Shaker Road

FEES AND RESTRICTIONS: All clinics are open to the public. Some insurance accepted. Other restrictions apply.

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Flights of Fancy Annual Holiday Open House

STAFFORD - Join the festivities at the

Flights of Fancy Art Gallery’s annual holiday

open house Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4

p.m. Throughout the day, artisans will be

showcasing their talents and exhibiting

their works. Demonstrations of twig furniture,

jewelry, stained glass, beading, quilting

and wool spinning are scheduled.

Several local painters and photographers

will have exhibits and the gallery has

fused glass, felted wool and turned wood

creations. The open house offers a wonderful

opportunity to purchase unique, one

-of-a-kind gifts.

During the open house, Flights of Fancy



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will sponsor an Open Mike and local

acoustic musicians are invited to participate.

The gallery is a drop-off point for

Santa’s toy box and the Stafford Food

Bank. The “Reflections of Stafford” calendars,

sponsored by the Stafford Alliance

for Food and Fuel will be on sale.

Flights of Fancy Art Gallery is located

at 17 Crystal Lake Rd. (Rt. 30), Stafford

Springs, in the lower level of the Mallard’s

Nest Antique shop. Owner Georgia

Michalec welcomes you. For more information,

call 860-684-3837.

Church Hosting 4th Annual Brunch and Browse

STAFFORD - The Stafford Springs

Congregational Church at 3 Main St. will

have its fourth annual Brunch & Browse,

Saturday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. to 12:30

p.m. There is ample parking across the

street at the Town Hall.

For $6, a brunch of French toast bake

with sausage or potato cheese bacon casserole

served with homemade muffins, juice,

coffee and tea will be served. If you are in

a hurry, there will be an “Express Menu”

of juice, homemade muffin and coffee for

just $3.50. Take-out is available. Walk-ins


Before or after your meal, browse for

homemade treats of candies, fudge and

jams packaged in seasonal dishes or holiday

wrap at Dot’s Fudgery and Pantry,

SERRV gift items of world wide missions,

RADA, the ever-popular kitchen tools and

utensils, Children’s Christmas Books for

all ages at reasonable prices, and a Unique

Boutique and Attic Treasures, which will

round out this decorative event.

All of your purchases will be

“Christmas bagged” and you’ll have the

opportunity to own one of our themed

over-filled raffle baskets. We are looking

forward to seeing you again this holiday


Call 860-684-5021 if you choose to

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The 638-horsepower Corvette ZR1 is Automotive Perfection

Sometimes my driveway is graced with

a Suzuki SX4. Other times I get automotive

royalty. My life has been graced with

the most powerful Corvette on the road –

the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

The ZR1 packs under its carbon-fiber

hood a raised, polycarbonate window –

offering a view of the intercooler below

(or as I like to call it – “the mighty magic

maker”) that powers an LS9 supercharged

V-8 rated at 638 horsepower and 604 lb.-ft.

of torque.

This is a beautiful engine that does its

job effortlessly. Granted, it has way more

power than can ever be used on American

highways (as well as European, Asian and

Australian roadways, too) with its top

speed of 220 mph. With a 0-60 time of 3.4

seconds, it eats up onramps and makes

passing a mere flick of your right foot on

the accelerator.

There is an element of this car that

absolutely trumps its power – as hard as

that is to believe. That would be its handling.

As my co-pilot commented on a

spirited romp through curvy back roads,

“We’re moving and the car isn’t.”

That strong handling comes courtesy of

the standard Magnetic Selective Ride

Control that is tuned specifically for the

ZR1. The independent front and rear suspensions

have nearly instantaneous damping

adjustments that deliver cornering grip

of more than 1g. The heads-up display


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The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 delivers massive power from underneath

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Photo © Keith Griffin

shows your g-force as you pull through

corners. I’ve exceeded the 1g number on a

different Corvette on the infield track at

Pocono Raceway. I only wonder what I

could have done with the ZR1.

Even with great handling, you occasionally

need to mash the brakes – and the

ZR1 does not lack for stopping power. It

features Brembo carbon-ceramic brake

rotors made of a carbon-fiber-reinforced

ceramic silicon carbide material.

Chevrolet says they are “found on only a

few exotics and more expensive super-

1992 Explorer

Eddie Bauer version, green exterior, sand beige

leather interior, low mileage, new tires, new brake

hoses, Needs TLC. $600 or B.O. accepted.

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cars,” somehow overlooking the fact that

the ZR1 is an exotic car. Yes, Americans

can make exotic cars. The rotors measure a

whopping 15.5 inches in the front and 15

inches in the rear. My beloved Mazda5 has

11.8-inch rotors and weighs 90 lbs. more

than the ZR1.

Those large brakes deliver world-best

stopping power. In a review of the 2009

ZR1, Car and Driver said the ZR1 went

from 70 mph to 0 in 142 feet, “the shortest

stopping distance we’ve ever recorded for

a production car.” The italics emphasis is


Of course, this all comes at a premium

price, needless to say. The ZR1 has an

MSRP of $109,800. The model loaned to

me by Chevrolet for an oh-so-short two

days cost $124,345 after options such as

$2000 chrome aluminum wheels, the

$1300 gas guzzler tax, and a $10,000 premium

equipment group (including leather



(Foreign Car Specialists)


seats and interior) were tacked

on. That’s a lot of money for a

Corvette, some might think,

but not for a high performance

sports car, I would add.

The ZR1 offers a comfortable

ride thanks to the magnetic

ride control that allows for a

cruise setting of sorts. The

seats are well bolstered and the

power-adjusting front seats deliver support

in all the right places. No driver fatigue

was felt after a few hundred miles of driving

even with a little driving in the rain

thrown in for good measure.

The ZR1 does get slapped with the

aforementioned gas guzzler tax, which

surprises me a little bit. Even with some

spirited driving, my overall fuel economy

was about 17.5 mpg. The ZR1 runs on premium

fuel, but that’s not going to discourage

anybody with the funds and desire

from buying this car.

(Questions and comments about this

review and other automotive concerns can

be e-mailed to All queries are answered.)


Wheelbase: 105.7 inches

Length: 176.2 inches

Width: 75.9 inches

Height: 48.7 inches

Curb weight: 3333 lbs.

Engine: LS9 supercharged 6.2L V-8

Horsepower: 638

Torque: 604 lb. ft.

EPA estimated mpg city/highway: 14/20

Base price: $109,800

As-tested price: $124,345

Also consider: (a comparative vehicle)

Audi RS8, Porsche 911 GT2, Ferrari 599


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Clarissaʼs Clay

Rt. 83, Somers

Pottery Wheel Introduction

Classes & Glazing.

Kidsʼ classes weekly, 5

years and up.

Private & Group Adult

Classes Available.

Come Play With Clay Today!

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Love Relationships are my

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aspects of life. Call to

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Party bookings available.

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Free estimates.

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Location: Off Route 32,

Stafford Springs

Diesel repair on light,

medium, and heavy duty

trucks and equipment. Call

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on your diesel repair.

(860) 851-9655.



50 cents and 60 cents per

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Hay: first cut,

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