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The Plainville Cit itiz ize en Volume 11, Number 26 Plainville’s Only Weekly Newspaper Thursday, June 28, 2012 Wings, wheels and food at Robertson Airport event By Joy VanderLek Special to The Citizen Citizen photo by Crystal Maldonado Plainville High School graduating seniors tossed their caps into the air after receiving diplomas June 20. Class of 2012: Congratulations, farewell and wow, it’s hot By Crystal Maldonado The Plainville Citizen “It’s been quite a year,” said Principal Stephen LePage to the Plainville High School graduating Class of 2012 during the June 20 ceremony at the high school. “We endured the wrath of nature with an earthquake one week before school began, then Hurricane Irene on the first day of school, the devastating winter storm, Alfred, in October, which turned our school into an emergency shelter for a week. Now, here we are, in record-heat, on your graduation day. Seems fitting.” Despite the torrid temperatures, the class of 191 students seemed to be in high spirits, even if surviving graduation meant not slipping into graduation gowns until the last moment possible and lugging around water bottles and mini-fans. Salutatorian Katie Willard spoke first, asking the students, “Remember when? Remember when we went to Lake Compounce during that awful thunderstorm? Remember when we got lost at the science center?” She spoke of a habit she and her friends had developed over the past year, where they’d reminisce on happy times they’d shared and smile. “I often just closed my eyes and let my friends’ voices carry me back to those carefree times,” she said. While nostalgia was fun, it’s important to remember to create new memories and embrace the future, Willard said. “For this one moment in time, we are living – not remembering – our moment of glory.” LePage then gave his speech, reading an acrostic to the words “Blue Devil,” and ended by telling the students, Graduation Issue This weekend’s Wings and Wheels event at Robertson Airport promises high-flying fun with a fly-in, helicopter and airplane rides for the public, along with a huge car show, activities for the kids and a special visit from members of the Plainville Stadium Racers, many with their original vehicles. Event chairman and organizer, Scott Saunders, who is also vice chairman of the town council, said Wings and Wheels came about from a friend’s suggestion to do a small car show for charity. Thinking it would be even better to go bigger, Saunders thought, why not do a car show with a fly-in? He was soon joined by more and more friends. They partnered with Interstate Aviation, the Bristol Auto Club and the Plainville Historical Society. “Using Interstate Aviation was a no-brainer,” said Saunders. After sending the word out to airports throughout New England, Lynn Michaud, office manager of Interstate Aviation, Inc., is hoping for a big turnout. “We have dedicated the entire tie down area at the south end of our field for transient aircraft flying into the event and we will be able to accommodate everyone who wants to fly in,” she said. Interstate will have three Cessna Skyhawks for public rides, according to Michaud, and noted Danbury’s Sport Flying of CT antique 1946 J3C-65 Piper Cub Tailwheel See Class, page 15 See Wings, page 11

The Plainville Citizen 06-28-2012

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