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Volume 19, Issue 20

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Middlefield gives ‘resounding yes’ on Powder Ridge sale Stephanie Wilcox Town Times In what he called a “landslide vote”, Middlefield decided to sell Powder Ridge to Sean Hayes, 1,132 to 466 votes. At the close of the referendum on the sale of Powder Ridge Aug. 16, Hayes, owner of Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland, said he was feeling excited, pleased, encouraged and relieved.

“I am absolutely pleased that so many people came out to voice their opinion,” he said, just minutes after his victory. “To me, 1100 to 400 is a resounding ‘yes.’ It sends a message across the board that we’re {Middlefield} going to support this.” A whopping 1,600 people cast their vote between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Aug. 16, or a 50 percent voter turnout that included registered voters, unaffiliated voters and those who own property in

Sean Hayes said he is ready to resurrect Powder Ridge. Photo by Stephanie Wilcox

Middlefield. That number was significant to Hayes for another reason. “We hit another record – 1,600 people came today at Brownstone.” In the many meetings and open houses where Hayes has presented his proposal, and most recently at an Aug. 9 public hearing on the proposed deal, Hayes has cited his already-successful business as a major strength of his plan to make Powder Ridge into a winter sports park for the whole family. With a new park to bring back to life, Hayes said the first thing he is going to do is “take a breather.” After that, he said he is looking forward to closing the deal and is hopeful trucks will be going down the Powder Ridge driveways by September. “At that time we’ll begin to restore it to what it was,” he said. Hayes’ wife, who was also at the polls, admitted that her husband was too nervous to stand inside the Middlefield Community Center to hear the results of the referendum. First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, who stayed outside with Hayes, also did not want to come in. “I’ve lost sleep over this,” Brayshaw said. “This was the answer to our prayers. I’ve been sick over it for months.” Hayes, however, said he didn’t think even once that he would lose the vote but said, “To me, it was never about win or lose, it was about a resounding ‘yes.’” Poll workers also were pleased that evening. They See Powder Ridge, page 28

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A friendly reminder

This charming sign on Haddam Quarter Road in Durham says “Duck Crossing.” Keep in mind that school starts next Thursday, Aug. 30, and there will be a lot more than just ducks on the roadways. Kids could be crossing the streets on their way to and from the school bus or school. Be safe, and have a great school year, Regional District 13! Photo by Karen Kean

Dr. Brad Wilkinson retires By Judy Moeckel Special to the Town Times Dr. Bradford Wilkinson has mixed emotions about retiring from his family practice in Durham after more than 15 years. A lifelong local resident, he is a beloved fixture in town as well as in the greater Middletown area (and especially at Perk on Main next door to his office). “It is bittersweet,” he said. “I am saying goodbye to so many people who are patients, who have become friends.” Rather than talk about himself and his achievements, Wilkinson prefers to focus on the doctor who is taking over his practice at Middlesex Hospital Primary CareDurham, John A. Wilson, M.D., and the addition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Lauryn SlomkowskiBuller. They will join an established medical team alongside Dr. Tanya Feke and Physician Assistant Rena Jacobs. Wilson, who has been with the practice for about a year, received his bachelor of science degree in biology See Wilkinson, page 29

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Voter info Students attending colleges out of town should be aware that registering to vote in another town means the student will become a voter of that town and not Durham. The last day to register to vote by mail for the November election is Oct. 23. The last day for most voters to register in person will be Oct. 30. Absentee ballots will be available beginning Oct. 5. Absentee ballot application forms for November can be completed now and can be downloaded from the town’s website, the website of the

Secretary of State, or can be obtained from the town clerk. A “Presidential Ballot” allows a non-registered voter to vote only for federal offices, but not for state or local candidates. Persons already registered to vote should use the absentee ballot process rather than the Presidential Ballot method for nonvoters.

Tax Office hours The Middlefield Tax Office will be closed Thursday and Friday, Sept. 6 and 7. The office will reopen for normal

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MILE programs Adults 50+ are cordially invited to join Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education to take part in a variety of programs in many areas of interest. An open house/orientation program will be held Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., in Chapman Hall on the campus of Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, where most of the programs take place. At the orientation, brief overviews of the fall schedule, which runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, will be given by the presenters. The varied offerings include programs on music, food, exercise, technology, travel, gardening and more. The music and culture of Mexico will be featured at the first session to be held on Monday, Oct. 1. The Great Decisions series will continue. Two special trips are planned during this fall session: The Slater Museum/Norwich Free Academy and The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston

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Back to School............13-20 Calendar ...........................4 Letters ...............................8 Libraries .........................10 Scouts..........................22-23 Town Calendars .............11

The Durham Public Library (7 Maple Ave.) is holding a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 6 p.m. Potential donors are encouraged to pre-register to ensure quick and efficient processing, but walk-ins are also taken. To sign up, call 1800-RED-CROSS (1-800-7332767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation and search zip code 06422. Be sure to drink lots of water and bring your blood donor card or other form of identification.

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August 24 Bridge Night Come join in at the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of bridge. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at (860) 346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at (860) 343-6724 with further questions.

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August 25 Fried dough fundraiser Boy Scouts Matt Amendola and Connor Bates, with Troop 270, have scheduled a fried dough fundraiser dinner for today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the United Churches, 228 Main St. Dinner includes fried dough, beverage and dessert. Proceeds benefit Amendola’s Eagle Scout project of a barbecue pit at the Untied Churches and Bates’ Eagle project of an outdoor gazebo at Brewster School.

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August 26 Garden Club The Middletown Garden Club has scheduled a fall plant sale at the Wadsworth Mansion Open Air Market, 421 Wadsworth St., today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. Admission is free.

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Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and the monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall, or at www.middlefieldct.org.

TOPS Meeting Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. Contact Naomi Klotsko at (860) 3499558 or Bonnie Olesen at (860) 349-9433 for more information.

If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at (860) 346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at (860) 343-6724 with further questions. Bean supper The Women’s Society for Christian Service at the United Churches of Durham will host a community bean supper tonight at 6 p.m. as a fundraising effort to support church and community. Members of the United Churches family prepare and donate the dishes. The menu includes baked beans, baked corn, mac and cheese, mac and beef in tomato sauce, salads (usually containing produce grown at home), sliced white and brown bread, an assortment of pies, and coffee and tea. Seating is family style, and “waitresses” clear the table and keep your cup filled. You can also stop by for takeout. A fee is charged. Concert Melodies for a Summer Evening by David Ewart, virtuoso violist and friends, is scheduled for today at 7 p.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 50 Emmanuel Church Road, Killingworth. A fee is charged. For more information, call (860) 663-1109 or visit www.churchinthewilderness.org.

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August 27 Durham Senior Lunches Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center (350 Main St.). Following the lunch on Monday is game time which includes billiards, Wii and cards. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Pedersen, senior café manager, at (860) 3493153. Middlefield Senior Lunches The Middlefield Senior Café is serving lunch three times a week, on Mondays,

Durham Farmers’ Market The Durham Farmers’ Market is open today from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the Town Green.

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August 31 Bridge Night Come join in at the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of bridge.

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to create a more positive, vibrant and resilient future. Transition Training will be held at the Durham Activity Center Sept. 8-9. Registration deadline is today. The Saturday training will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday training is from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drinks and snacks will be provided, and each participant is asked to bring something for a potluck lunch each day. There is a fee for the twoday training. For more information or to register, call Sue VanDerzee at (860) 3490777 or e-mail bvanderzee1234@comcast.net. Two members of the local CAT group, Carol Bufithis and Kathy Weber, have attended an earlier training in Litchfield and can answer any questions you may have (carolbufithis@gmail.com or khakiweather@gmail.com).

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September 3 LABOR DAY Durham Senior Lunches Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center (350 Main St.). Following the lunch on Monday is game time which includes billiards, Wii and cards. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Pedersen, senior café manager, at (860) 3493153. Middlefield Senior Lunches The Middlefield Senior Café is serving lunch three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and the monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall, or at www.middlefieldct.org.

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September 5 TOPS Meeting Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. Contact Naomi Klotsko at (860) 349-9558 or Bonnie Olesen at (860) 349-9433

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September 6 Durham Farmers Market Today is the last day of the Durham Farmers Market, open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the Town Green. Garden Harvest Potluck Coginchaug Area Transition is inviting all local gardeners to a Garden Harvest Potluck at Allyn Brook Park today at 6 p.m. This will be the final day of the Farmers’ Market. Please come, and bring a dish prepared with your garden’s bounty. A small card with an ingredient list should accompany each dish, so that others can keep an eye out for possible allergens.

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September 7 Bridge Night Come join in at the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of bridge. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at (860) 346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at (860) 343-6724 with further questions.

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September 8 Durham Historical Society The Durham Historical Society is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday through the end of October from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., rain or shine. The market offers a variety of both organic and non-organic fruit, vegetables, eggs, naturally grown meat, baked goods, jams, jelly, honey, maple syrup, sprouts, fresh flowers and crafts. All products are homegrown or homemade by the vendors. The Dudley Farm is located on the northeast corner of Routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford.

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Middlesex County Historical Society to honor local fallen at Antietam The country is in the midst of a four-year commemoration of the Civil War, a conflict that touched every citizen and helped forge our modern nation. People study the politics of the era and visit the battlefields to get a sense of the carnage that took place. The Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862, was the bloodiest single day in American history with about 23,000 wounded or killed on both sides. This year’s Civil War Day is dedicated to the men from Middletown who made the ultimate sacrifice at Antietam: Maj. Gen. Joseph King Fenno Mansfield, 2nd Lt. George H. D. Crosby, Pvt. John K. Doolittle, Pvt. Robert Hubbard and Pvt. William Lovejoy. (Because Middlefield did not break away from Middletown until 1866 after the war was over, Middlefield men are listed as being from Middletown in the war records.) They are but a few of the 110 men on Middletown’s Roll of Honor on the Civil War monument

Civil War Day will be on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the General Mansfield House in Middletown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Company F of the 14th CVI will set up camp and demonstrate life for the ordinary soldiers: cooking, drilling and firing their weapons. The mission of Company F is “education, historic preservation, and authenticity.� Toward that mission, Company F, including civilian re-enactors, donates its honoraria to the Civil War Trust, the main battlefield preservation group in the country. Fittingly, Antietam was the actual Company F’s first battle. Back by popular demand, the ensemble Back Swamp, featuring local musicians, will perform Civil War era music at 11 a.m. Songs by Henry Clay Work will stir the audience along with traditional love ballads like

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his own dictatorship and a military coup. He brings their ruinous conflict to life, demonstrating how their political struggle provided Confederate General Robert E. Lee with his best opportunity to win the war, in the grand offensive that ended in September of 1862 at the bloody Battle of Antietam. He will have copies of The Long Road to Antietam available for purchase and signing. There is a fee for the See Historical, page 26

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Goodbye summer, hello school By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times There’s nothing better to beat the end-of-summer blues than to talk to young people who are looking forward to the coming school year. Town Times found four local youth at Durham Parks and Recreation who are not only gearing up for a big year ahead but had a busy and productive summer to boot.

Durham Fitness a couple mornings a week. It was a lot paperwork and cleaning the place. I also played American Legion baseball in Middletown; it’s a summer baseball program associated with war veterans. It’s a lot more than baseball. It’s about the team, getting the field ready, running the concession stand. A lot of the volunteers were involved with wars. It’s been a great experience for me, and something I’m going to miss. I had a great summer, but it’s not quite over yet.

accounting, but I’m not really interested in that. Accounting is crunching numbers; finance is how to maximize your money. I’m leaning toward finance or management so I can own my own business at some point.

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Tommy Ryan (Durham) What did you do this summer? I worked as a counselor at Parks and Rec and at

I’m going for my second year in Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. In May, I have to pick my major, which is nerve-racking, but also exciting. It’s my last two semesters to really figure out what I want to major in. I’m picking from an array of classes. It’s the thing I’m most looking forward to this year. Bentley is a business school; it’s known for their

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Lyman Orchards’ new Golf Center. I helped set up the building as it was still being competed. It was a lot of moving in new things, golf clubs, apparel, things to be sold. When it opened, I worked at the counter booking teetimes over the phone or assisting people who buy tokens for the driving range and signing kids up. I was kind of busy, and didn’t get to play much golf this summer. I definitely had a great summer. I love working with kids at Parks and Rec — it’s always a fun day. With my new experience at Lymans, I started to learn a new sport that I hope to become better at. What are you looking forward to about the next school year? I am going to be a sophomore at Quinnipiac University. I’m in the school of arts and sciences studying education, but this fall I’m going to be applying into the master’s in arts and teaching program. I will get my bachelor’s in four years, master’s in education the fifth year. I want to be a teacher. Wherever I teach, I’d like to be a soccer coach. At school, I’m looking to play

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Ashley Vanaman (Middlefield) What did you do this summer? I worked at Parks and Rec with four- and five-year-olds. Almost every day I also worked at Amato’s Toy and Hobby in Middletown. I worked the register and did little things throughout the store people needed. I also played travel softball this summer. I practiced twice a week, straight after nine hours of work. We had tournaments every weekend, three games every Saturday and at least one game every Sunday. It just ended last weekend. I think I’ve had four days off this whole summer! It was busy, but I enjoyed what I did for work, so I had a fun summer. What are you looking forward to about the next school year? I’m going to be a senior at Coginchaug. I still have to focus on school, but I’m looking forward to taking classes I enjoy this year and choosing different ones. I want to major in biomedical engineering when I go to college, so I’m taking forensics, physics and different math and sciences this year.

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Hello School (Continued from page 6) I’ve been on varsity softball every year, so I’m looking forward to that, too.

Ethan Donecker (Durham) What did you do this summer? Besides being a counselor at Parks and Rec, I also worked at Lee Manufacturing in Wallingford. I worked in the factory packing boxes.

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Crowning our efforts to enable debate among Middlefield residents on the sale of our Ridge to Mr. Hayes, it was gratifying to see so many voters turn out to vote in the Powder Ridge Referendum, especially all the younger people. We have high hopes that we will see the ridge, under the new ownership, share our goal for the return of downhill skiing. Our other goal, that of providing open space, was sadly not considered in the contract that was approved. We, “vote no” folks, represented a non-partisan, thoughtful group of electors, who in the past had overwhelmingly supported the town’s purchase of Powder Ridge. We all wish for skiing to return to the ridge, but see little evidence of that possibility in the contract. Some promises were made during the limited public presentations, but these were never reflected in the actual contract. Any opportunity for public input was negated due to the signing of the contract before the final public

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hearing, leaving the electors of the town to either agree or disagree…..yes or no. The folks who participated in this non-partisan effort to open a real dialog were very concerned citizens who were not opposed to Mr. Hayes, only frustrated at the inability to have any review, over the economics and contract proposals. Now the real tests start with both potential money for the town and Mr. Hayes’ proposed activities for the ridge under the microscope. As the “vote no” group of Middlefield and Rockfall, we offer to participate wherever our talents and abilities would serve the long-term best interests of our small town. Denied that opportunity in this instance, we remain committed to community service. Ellen Waff Marianne Corona Susan Maloney Joel Pringal Mickey Fowler Editor’s note: You may view the sales agreement on www.towntimes.com.

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1. Begin the transition to the school routine this week by moving bedtime a little earlier each day. 2. Check with school regarding what supplies your child will need to bring and any uniform requirements. 3. Talk to your child about school as much as possible, highlighting all of the fun things he or she will do. 4. Make a point of contacting your child’s teacher(s). Attend back-to-school nights or open houses to find out about class expectations and extra-curricular activities. 5. Set a strong routine as school starts. Make a habit of daily attendance and homework completion, including at least 20 minutes of reading per day. As part of the Foundation’s early childhood development initiative, First Years First, CFGNB works with local collaboratives and programs such as the New Britain Early Childhood Collaborative, Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington, Tunxis Community College and Central CT Literacy Volunteers to increase the number of children participating in pre-K programs, train teachers, enhance curriculum and foster family literacy. -The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

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Election letters policy In keeping with the policy of the Record-Journal, letters to the editor regarding any candidates or issues that involve the political season (ends Nov. 6 Election Day), Town Times will only accept and publish letters that are 100 words or less. The last edition for which we will publish letters of a political nature is Oct. 26. We ask writers to focus on their candidate’s worthiness for office and refrain from personal attacks on individuals. As always, we reserve the right to edit letters or to not publish a letter. Letters should contain contact information, including, full name, address and phone number. Only your name and town will be published. Letters on other topics will continue to be accepted up to a 300 word limit. Send letters to news@towntimes.com or Town Times, P.O. Box 265 Middlefield, CT 06455.

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Education measuring stick A state program’s Kyle initial stage, which will evaluate teachers and principals at 16 school districts next school year, is a positive first step in accomplishing Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s much-needed education reforms. Connecticut has an unacceptably large learning gap between students at top-tier and lower-rung schools. Moreover, a teacher tenure system, which was too soft on sub-average instructors, allowed underachieving employees to continue running inefficient classrooms. In response, Malloy and fellow state lawmakers recently enacted helpful legislation which allows academic districts to better identify areas of weakness, and improve them properly. Statistical evaluation of teachers and administrators is inline with trends in schools nationwide of using data-driven analysis to provide an enhanced learning experience for youths. Already, many instructors maintain advanced statistics on their students to monitor development over time, and to spot subjects which kids require more assistance on. Expanding these techniques to education employees will have a

similar benefit. Swartz According to a CT Mirror story, staff evaluations will use a mix of teacher observations, standardized tests and student, parent and peer surveys. This is an appropriate combination of different elements, including pupil performance — the most important measuring stick of a classroomleader. Rightly, attaining tenure will be linked to earning good evaluation grades, as opposed to simply working a certain number of years. Instructors whose assessments indicate inadequacy will face retraining or firing. For too long, Connecticut teachers whose lessons and professional methods do not inspire students to want to learn have been protected by outdated tenure rules, which render personnel dismissals difficult. Private-sector employees do not have it so well — underachievers can lose jobs any day for poor performance. Malloy’s evaluation process brings schools into the 21st-century workplace, a higher level of accountability. State officials are wise to try this out with just 16 districts — approxi-

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Garden of the week Jen Huddleston Coginchaug Area Transition Each week, Coginchaug Area Transition shares a photo of a local garden. This week’s is from Jen and Matthew Huddleston, of Middlefield, who grow organic hardneck garlic every year. After the garlic is harvested (by Matthew in photo) it is laid out to dry in the barn. They sell it on their small farm stand on Way Road, across the street from John Lyman School, along with farm-fresh eggs, tomatoes and various other bountiful produce.

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Paws Place: Harry I’m Harry. I was found wandering on Heritage Road in Middletown. It is obvious I once had a home because I am so friendly and affectionate. I love to be petted and will head butt you with kisses. I am very playful. I love attention, so I would probably follow you around wherever you went. I would like a home without dogs since I am not sure how I would be with them. I would be great with children and other cats. Please adopt me. I am a very lovable guy. If you are interested in adopting this cat, please call Catales, Inc. at (860) 344-9043 or e-mail info@catales.org.

Coginchaug Area Transition is inviting all local gardeners to a Garden Harvest Potluck at Allyn Brook Park on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. This will be the final day of the Farmers’ Market. Come and bring a dish prepared with your garden’s bounty. A small card with an ingredient list should accompany each dish, so that others can keep an eye out for possible allergens.

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Levi E. Coe Library The library is located at 414 Main St. in Middlefield. Hours are as follows: Mondays-Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Fridays. The library will be closed Saturdays for the summer. Call the library at (860) 349-3857 or visit www.leviecoe.com. Annual meeting - The Levi E. Coe Library Association’s annual meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12. The public is welcome to meet Teresa M. Pelham, author of Roxy’s Forever Home, and Dina Marie Pratt, illustrator. Book signing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.; author and illustrator’s discussion at 7 p.m., followed by the annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. Space is limited. Call the library to RSVP at (860) 349-3857. Alpaca Program - Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10:30 to 11:15

a.m. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Registration required. Meet an alpaca from the New England Alpaca Farm and learn all about these wonderful animals. Pumpkin Pizzazz - Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Registration required. Bring a favorite

pumpkin or pumpkins to the library and turn it into a pumpkin masterpiece. The library will supply the necessary arts and crafts. All ages welcome. Lucia K. Ginter Day Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. Registration required. Program TBA. Ghost Talk by CT Ghost Hunters - Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. Registration recommended. Sydney Sherman, founder, lead investi-

gator and author, will discuss ghost hunting in Connecticut, paranormal investigation and fact vs. fiction. The program will be held at the Community Center. Sydney Sherman Author Talk & Signing - Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. Registration recommended. Paranormal author, Sydney Sherman, of the CT Ghost Hunters, will discuss and sign her new book: You Are Not Alone: Our Loved Ones are Here…You’re Just Not Listening. The program will be held at the Community Center. Genealogy Program Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Registration recommended. Levi E. Coe Library presents a program on genealogy presented by Godfrey Memorial Library of Middletown. The program will be held at Levi E. Coe Library.

Durham Library Hours: Regular library hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.durhamlibrary.org to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials online. For information or to register for a program by phone, call (860) 3499544. DPL Book Talk: Favorite book or movie? Let the library know by writing a message on the Facebook page or fill out a Patron Picks form when you’re at the library. Next week, the library will list all your favorites on its book blog, DPL Book Talk. Just follow the link from the library website. Teen programs Teen Blog: Get the latest on new books, graphic novels, programs and more. www.durhamteen.blogspot. com.

Web poll results This week, we asked our online readers, “When you were a kid, what was your mode of transportation to school?” Here are the results: School Bus: 61% Walk: 37% Driven by an adult: 3% Bike: 0% Other: 0% Be sure to vote in our next poll at www.towntimes.com.

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Join your neighbors in Solarizing Durham Join your neighbors and other Durham residents at Solarize Durham’s Kick-Off Solar Workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Coginchaug High School auditorium, to learn how the Solarize model offers high performance, low cost solar installations to Connecticut residents. Durham, along with Fairfield, Portland and Westport, was selected through a competitive solicitation process to participate in the pilot phase of Solarize Connecticut, a program designed to encourage the adoption of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems through coordinated town education, marketing and outreach efforts. In addition, Solarize Connecticut has worked

with local installers to offer a tiered pricing structure that provides increased savings to homeowners as more people in each community go solar. BeFree is the designated and trusted solar installer for the Town of Durham based on reputation, customer reviews and, most importantly, competitive tiered pricing. Durham was selected for the first phase of the Solarize Connecticut program based on the town’s ability to execute an effective outreach and community-based campaign. Since community outreach is essential for aggregating interest and lowering costs, Durham will be offering several Solar Workshops that bring together both

community leaders and residents to learn how Durham can achieve solar success. In addition to learning about the Solarize Connecticut program, the kick-off solar workshop on Sept. 5 will walk homeowners through the basics of solar power, including everything from the technology itself to the various financing options. Residents interested in learning more about solar technology will find the workshop interesting and informative. For additional information about Solarize Durham, visit www.solarizect.com/durham.

(Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Durham Library. Check the town website at www.townofdurhamct.org for updates.) Monday, August 27 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall Tuesday, August 28 7 p.m. — Ethics Commission

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After Emily spending a week on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota with the non-profit organization Simple Smiles, I learned how thankful I was for many of the things I typically took for granted. A nice hot shower was first on my list followed by air conditioning and toilets that flush. Another thing I was more surprised to discover I had taken for granted was sportsmanship and love of a game. Prior to arriving on the reservation, my father sent out an e-mail to the Coginchaug Little League community on my behalf asking for donations of baseball equipment. The Lakota children on the reservation had taken up a huge liking to baseball, but their supplies were limited. I was

truly amazed at the number of donations I received, so many that the back of my car was packed to the brim. I was overwhelmed and sincerely grateful for all the donors and especially Coginchaug Little League for their generosity; this wouldn’t have been possible without their assistance. The look on these children’s faces when they saw the mounds of baseball equipment my group had brought for them was priceless. During my time on the reservation, I saw a community come together over something as simple as a baseball game. A community that is so stricken with poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse and child suicides had nothing more to worry about when they stepped onto the makeshift baseball

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Dress rehearsal Who doesn’t love to see a kindergartener get on the school bus for the first time? The child can be excited, nervous, anxious... just ask the parents who watched their soon-to-be-kindergarteners practice riding the bus for the first time at John Lyman School Aug. 22. We’re confident they will do just fine when it’s time for the real thing — the first day of school next Thursday. Photo by Michael Hayes

On the following pages you will find the District 13 bus routes organized by school.

District 13 Morning Bus Routes by School As of press time, this is the latest bus information taken from the Dattco website. For the most up-to-date schedule, go to www.rsd13ct.org.

CRHS AND STRONG BUS 1: starts at 6:39 A.M. Maple Street and Derby Road, Cedar Street and Peters Lane, Spring Street and Peters Lane, Spring Street and Sunrise Ridge, Ross Road, and Spring Street, Wildwood Acres Road, and Ross Road, Main Street and Sunset Drive, 174 Main Street, 189 Main Street, 207 Main Street, 227 Main Street, Main Street and Aresco Drive, 253 Main Street, 301 Main Street, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 2: starts at 6:35 A.M. 86 Cedar Street, 183 Cedar Street, Jackson Hill Road and Oxford Drive, Circle Harvest Wood Road, 2 Ballfall Road, 76 Meriden Road, 1

Jackson Hill Road, 75 Jackson Hill Road, School Street and Valley View Drive, 201 Jackson Hill Road, 211 Jackson Hill Road, 220 Jackson Hill Road, 274 Jackson Hill Road, Jackson Hill Road and Mack Road, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 4: starts at 6:39 A.M. 55 Cherry Hill Road, 65 Cider Mill Road, 31 Cider Mill Road, Cherry Hill Road and Cider Mill Road, Of Cherry Hill Road and Garden Hill Road, Cherry Hill Road and Nancy Lane, 223 Cherry Hill Road, 155 Laurel Brook Road, Laurel Brook Road and Independence Way, 85 Laurel Brook Road, 58 Laurel Brook Road, Whisper Winds Road, and Hubbard Street, Hubbard Street, and Whisper Winds Road, West, Hubbard Street, and Edgewood Court Hubbard Street, and Janet Road, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 5: starts at 6:48 A.M. 341 Main Street, 365 Main

Street, 387 Main Street, Main Street, and Jackson Hill Road, Strickland Road, and High Meadow Lane, Strickland Road, and Cherry Ridge, Greenview and Cherry Hill Road, Cherry Hill Road and Old Indian Trail, 499 Cherry Hill Road, 148 Middlefield Road, 79 Middlefield Road, 66 Middlefield Road, 301 Maple Avenue 206 Maple Avenue 133 Maple Avenue Maple Avenue and Street Johns Way Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 6: starts at 6:54 A.M. 32 Powder Hill Road, 48 Powder Hill Road, Powder Hill Road, and Strawberry Hill, Long Hill Road and Powder Hill, Long Hill Road and West Street, Main Street, and Race Track Hollow, 597 Main Street, West Street, and Main Street, 671 Main Street, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 7: starts at 6:36 A.M. 371 Powder Hill Road, 410 Powder Hill Road, 433 Pow-

der Hill Road, Powder Hill Road and Turkey Hill Road, Powder Hill Road and Turkey Hill Road, 140 Skeet Club Road, 188 Skeet Club Road, 202 Skeet Club Road, 216 Skeet Club Road, Skeet Club Road and Skeetfield Point Road, 064, Reeds Gap Road and Elihu Road, Lyman Road and Main Street, Cul De Sac In Pond Meadow Pl, Pond Meadow Pl and Miller Road, 50 Miller Road, 38 Middlefield Road, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 8: starts at 6:24 A.M. 445 Haddam Quarter Road, Arbutus Street 06457 and Winterberry Lane, 1225 Arbutus Road, 1216 Arbutus Road, 65 Johnson Lane, 89 Johnson Lane, 111 Johnson Lane, 207 Johnson Lane, Burwell Newton Drive, and Haddam Quarter Road, 0, 715 Haddam Quarter Road, 804 Haddam Quarter Road, Haddam Quarter Road, and Foot Hills Road, 199 Foot Hills Road, 173 Foot Hills Road, 107 Foot Hills Road, 65 Foot

Hills Road, 47 Foot Hills Road, 571 Haddam Quarter Road, 509 Haddam Quarter Road, 254 Maiden Lane, Maiden Lane, and Wheeler Hill Drive, 227 Maiden Lane, Maiden Lane, and Guire Road, 184 Maiden Lane, 175 Maiden Lane, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 9: starts at 6:47 A.M. 6 Wilcox Drive, and Oak Terrace Haddam Quarter Road and Brick Lane, 80 Haddam Quarter Road, Stephanie Ct and Haddam Quarter Road, Haddam Quarter Road and Old Yankee Way 0642, Cesca La and Haddam Quarter Road, 288 Haddam Quarter Road, Haddam Quarter Road and Carriage Drive, 344 Haddam Quarter Road, Maiden Lane, and Weathervane Hill 388 Maiden Lane, 411 Maiden Lane, South Woods Lane, and Maiden Lane, 286 Maiden Lane, 276 Maiden Lane, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. Continuted on next page

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BUS 10: starts at 6:57 A.M. 397 Main Street, 417 Main Street, 437 Main Street, Royal Oak Drive, and Ironwood Road, Main Street, and Little Lane, 298 Main Street, 238 Main Street, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 11: starts at 6:51 A.M. 705 Wallingford Road, 664 Wallingford Road, 420 Wallingford Road, 408 Wallingford Road, 71 Dunn Hill Road, 101 Dunn Hill Road, Dunn Hill Road, and Brittany Drive, at Turn Around, Maiden Lnand Main Street 18 Maiden Lane, 93 Maiden Lane, 78 Maiden Lane, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 12: starts at 6:31 A.M. 179 Wallingford Road, Wallingford Road, and Lake Grove Driveway 22 Pent Road, 68 Pent Road, 320 Parmelee Hill Road, 119 Wildwood Lane, 285 Parmelee Hill Road, David Road and Parmelee Hill Road, David Road and Casa Lane, Casa Lane and Deer Run Road, 16 Ernest Drive, 74 Ernest Drive, Cul De Sac In Ernest Drive, 223 Parmelee Hill Road,, 319 Tuttle Road, Tuttle Road, and Clark Road, Tuttle Road, and Meadow Lane, 107 Tuttle Road, Clementel Drive and Tuttle Road, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 13: starts at 6:37 A.M. Stagecoach Road and Schoolhouse Lane, Stagecoach Road, and Coe Road, Stagecoach Road and Wagon Wheel Road, Old Farms Road, and Wagon Wheel Road, Old Farms Road, and Buckboard Road, Stagecoach Road, and Christian Cross, Stagecoach and Dawn’s Trail Stagecoach Road and Erica Ct 456 Stagecoach Road, 485 Stagecoach Road, 1031 New Haven Road, 1121 New Haven Road, 1127 New Haven Road, New Haven Road, and Barbara Lane, 1080 New Haven Road, 988 New Haven Road, 970 New Haven Road, 957 New

Haven Road, 770 New Haven Road, 728 New Haven Road, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 14: starts at 6:46 A.M. Howd Road and Patterson Lane, 109 Howd Road, 119 Howd Road, Howd Road and Side Hill Rd, Mauro Drive and Howd Road At 5 Mauro Drive, 251 Tri-Mountain Road, Tri-Mountain Road and Etzel Drive, Tri-Mountain Road and Hi-Lo Road, Tri-Mountain Road and Augur Lane, 77/83 Tri-Mountain Road, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 15: starts at 6:35 A.M. 121 Madison Road/Door Side, Shunpike Road and Chalker Road, 42 Old Blue Hills Road, 27 Old Blue Hills Road, 204 Madison Road, Cherry Lane and Hellgate Road, Old Blue Hills and Stephen Woods, East Woods Trail and Old Blue Hills Road, Green Lane and Pine Ledge Trail, Green Lane and Lexington Place, 297 Higganum Road, 287 Higganum Road, 279 Higganum Road, Higganum Road and Trinity Hill Road, 183 Higganum Road, 187 Higganum Road, 124 Higganum Road, 27 Fowler Avenue, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 16: starts at 6:35 A.M. Bear Rock Road and Sycamore Drive, Bear Rock Road and Mattabasset Drive, 11 Bear Rock Road, Higganum Road and Bear Rock Road, 432 Higganum Road, Trevor Lane and Higganum Road, 305 Blue Hills Road, Madison Road and Shuler Lane, 492 Madison Road, Pisgah Road and Dead Hill Road, Pisgah Road and Laurel Brook Road, 591 Madison Road, 380 Madison Road, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 17: starts at 6:37 A.M. 147 Guilford Road, 155 Guilford Road, 228 Guilford Road, 252 Guilford Road, 36 Mica Hill Road, 163 Mica Hill Road, Banta Lane and Surrey Drive, Crooked Hill Road and Ivy Way, 520 Guil-

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ford Road, Creamery Road and Park Place, 87 Creamery Road, 114 Creamery Road, Creamery Road and Cedar Drive /North, Meeting House Hill Road and Thody Drive, Cream Pot Road and Dionigi Drive, Southend Avenue and Sand Hill Road, Birch Mill Road and Southend Avenue, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 18: starts at 6:32 A.M. 34 Main Street, Dinatale Drive and Bernadette Lane, Dinatale Drive and Anna Terrace, Dinatale Drive and Gina Drive, 511 New Haven Road, James Road and James Road E, New Haven Road and Old Washington Trail, 8 Stagecoach Road, New Haven Road and Canterbury Drive, 482 New Haven Road, 21 Saw Mill Road, Parmelee Hill Road and Indian Lane, Indian Lane and Arrowhead Court, Parmelee Hill Road and William Drive, 127 Main Street, 175 Main Street, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School. BUS 19: starts at 6:42 A.M. 341 Baileyville Road, Lake Shore Drive and Pawnee Road at Beach Lot, 230 Baileyville Road, 195 Baileyville Road, Baileyville Road and Lakeview Place, Way Road and High Street, Way Road and Chestnut Hill Road, Dwight Drive and Esther Drive, Esther Drive and Toad Ridge Road, 34 Way Road, Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School.

MEMORIAL BUS 1: start sat 7:19 A.M. Maple Street and Derby Road, 53 Cedar Street, 145 Peters Lane, 47 Harvest Wood Road, 53 Harvest Wood Road, 56 Meriden Road, Peters Lane, and Woodland Heights, Spring Street and Sunrise Ridge, Wildwood Acres Road, and Ross Road, 19 Cedar Street, 140 Main Street, 112 Main Street, 99 Main Street, 9/15 Cherry Hill Road, 51 Cherry Hill Road, 75 Cherry Hill Road,

Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer. BUS 2: starts at 7: 23 A.M. 11 Ballfall Road, 80 Jackson Hill Road, Jackson Hill Road and Oxford Drive, School Street and Valley View Drive, 58 Valley View Drive, 266 Jackson Hill Road, 21 Stowe Street, 339 Main Street, 301 Main Street, Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer. BUS 3: starts at 7:20 A.M. 320 Baileyville Road, 359 Baileyville Road, Lake Shore Drive and Pawnee Road at Beach Lot, Baileyville Road and Rosemary Lane/Elem Doorside, Way Road and High Street, Chestnut Hill Road and Way Road, Esther Drive and Toad Ridge Road, 57 Mack Road, 37 Mack Road, 36 Cider Mill Road, Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer. BUS 4: starts at 7:14 A.M. 85 Saw Mill Road, 34 Saw Mill Road, 16 Saw Mill Road, 319 Tuttle Road, 263 Tuttle Road, Little Flock Day Care, Tuttle Road and Clark Road, 176 Tuttle Road, 107 Tuttle Road, 80 Tuttle Road, 71 Dunn Hill Road, Dunn Hill Road and Brittany Drive at Turn Around, Linmar Drive and Clementel Drive, 349 Wallingford Road, Wallingford Road and Brayson Road, 21 Ozick Dr- Dolphin Day Care, Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer. BUS 5: starts at 7:21 A.M. Sycamore Drive and Bear Rock Road, Bear Rock Road and Mattabasset Drive, 297 Higganum Road, 267 Higganum Road, 121/122 Higganum Road, 55 Cherry Lane, Fowler Avenue and Cherry Lane, Maple Avenue and St. Johns Way, 172 Maple Avenue, 200 Maple Avenue, 230 Maple Avenue, 280 Maple Avenue, Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer. BUS 6: starts at 7:16 A.M. Main Street and Race Track Hollow, 149 West Street, 130 West Street, 77 Long Hill Road, 390 Main St/ Child Center, 447 Main Street, Strickland Road and High Meadow Lane, Strickland

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Road and Cherry Ridge, Cherry Hill Road and Greenview, Independence Way and Day School Drive, 28 Hubbard Street, Hubbard Street and Whisper Winds Road, Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer. BUS 7: starts at 7:14 A.M. Powder Hill Road and Strawberry Hill, 142 Powder Hill, 371 Powder Hill Road, 410 Powder Hill Road, Powder Hill Road and Turkey Hill Road, 500 Powder Hill Road, 114 Skeet Club Road, 188 Skeet Club Road, Reeds Gap Road and Elihu Road, Cul De Sac In Pond Meadow Place, 50 Miller Road, 40 Miller Road, 220 Cherry Hill Road, 329 Cherry Hill Road, Cherry Hill Road and Garden Hill Road, Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer. BUS 8: starts at 7:15 A.M. Haddam Quarter Road and Sumner Woods, 238 Foot Hills Road, 161 Foot Hills Road, 107 Foot Hills Road, 574 Haddam Quarter Road, 493 Haddam Quarter Road, Maiden Lane and Weathervane Hill, 360 Maiden Lane, 296 Maiden Lane, 283 Maiden Lane, 227 Maiden Lane, Maiden Lane and Wheeler Hill Drive, 184 Maiden Lane, Korn School/Basrep, 78 Maiden Lane, Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer. BUS 9: starts at 7:16 A.M. 43 Madison Road, 121 Madison Road, 24/29 Pisgah Road, Laurel Brook Road and Pisgah Road, Dead Hill Road and Goldfinch Road, 60 Dead Hill Road, Pisgah Road and Dead Hill Road, Cherry Lane and Hellgate Road, Memorial Middle School. BUS 10: starts at 7:14 A.M. 179 Wallingford Road, 42 Tuttle Road, 541 New Haven Road, James Road and James Road, E New Haven Road and Old Washington Trail, New Haven Road and Canterbury Drive, Dinatale Drive and Bernadette Lane, Dinatale Drive and Anna Terrace, Dinatale Drive and Gina Drive, Continuted on next page

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Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer. BUS 12: starts at 7:12 A.M. Howd Road and Patterson Lane, 175 Howd Road, Side Hill Road and Howd Road, Howd Road and Mauro Drive, 251 Tri-Mountain Road, Tri-Mountain Road and Etzel Drive, 109 Tri-Mountain Road, Tri-Mountain Road and Augur Lane, 77 TriMountain Road, Parmelee Hill Road and Summitt Road, 105 Wildwood Lane, 119 Wildwood Lane, David Road and Casa Lane, 37 Pent Road, 22 Pent Road, Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer. BUS 13: starts at 7:09 A.M. 335 New Haven Road, 133 Stagecoach Road, Stagecoach Road and Coe Road, Old Farms Road and Wagon Wheel Road, Stagecoach Road and Christian Crossing, Stagecoach Road and Erica Court, New Haven Road and Barbara Lane, 1060 New Haven Road. BUS 14: starts at 7:12 A.M. 596 Higganum Road, 258 Blue Hills Road, Madison Road and Shuler Lane, Shunpike Road and Chalker Road, Old Blue Hills and Stephen Woods, Green Lane and Pine Ledge Trail, Green Lane and Agerola Road, Harvey Road and Higganum Road, Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer. BUS 15: starts at 7:12 A.M. 238 Main Street Before Maiden Lane (Doorside), 176 Main Street, 32 Main Street, 83 Meeting House Hill Road, Creamery Road and Cedar Drive /North, 136 Creamery Road, Creamery Road and Ridge Road, Creamery Road and Park Place, 597 Guilford Road, Crooked Hill Road and Ivy Way, Banta Lane and Surrey Drive, 38 Mica Hill Road, 244 Guilford Road, 228 Guilford Road, Cream Pot Road and Dionigi Drive, Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer. BUS 17: starts at 7:16 A.M. 255 Johnson Lane, Arbutus Street and Cheyenne Trail, Arbutus Street and Winterberry Lane, Haddam Quarter Road and Carriage

Drive, 253 Haddam Quarter Road, Haddam Quarter Road and Cesca Lane, Haddam Quarter Road and Old Yankee Way, 80 Haddam Quarter Road, Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer. BUS 18: starts at 7:24 A.M. 417 Main Street, 441 Main Street, Main Street and Packinghouse Hill Road, Royal Oak Drive and Ironwood Road, Wilcox Drive and Oak Terrace, Cherry Hill Road and Old Indian Trail, Memorial Middle School, Tems Transfer.

LYMAN BUS 1: starts at 7:55 A.M. 172 Main Street, 140 Main Street, 130 Main Street, Maple Street and Derby Road, 145 Peters Lane, 65 Spring Street, 71 Ross Road, 274 Jackson Hill Road, Jackson Hill Road and Oxford Drive, 88 Harvest Wood Road, 7 Ballfall Road, Peters Lane and Woodland Heights, 185 Peters Lane, 82 Cedar Street, 139 Cedar Street, 9 Maryland Drive, Valley Heights Drive and Sunset Lane, 58 Valley View Drive, School Street and Valley View Drive, 181 Jackson Hill Road, 405 Jackson Hill Road, John Lyman School. BUS 2: starts at 8:07 A.M. 151 West Street, 35 Long Hill Road, 21 Long Hill Road, 28 Elihu Road, Skeet Club Road and Skeetfield Point Road, 064, 114 Skeet Club Road, 500 Powder Hill Road, 475 Powder Hill Road, Powder Hill Road and Turkey Hill Road, 433 Powder Hill Road, 410 Powder Hill Road, 54 Powder Hill Road, 27 Powder Hill Road, 230 Baileyville Road, Lake Shore Drive and Pawnee Road at Beach Lot, Baileyville Road and Rosemary Lane/Elem Doorside, John Lyman School. BUS 3: starts at 7:56 A.M. 36 Edwards Road, Wilcox Drive and Austin Road, 102 Oak Terrace, 14 Oak Terrace, 88 Haddam Quarter Road, Haddam Quarter Road and Stephanie Court, Haddam Quarter Road and Old

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Yankee Way, Haddam Quarter Road and Carriage Drive, 403 Maiden Lane, 360 Maiden Lane, Burwell Newton Drive and Haddam Quarter Road, Haddam Quarter Road and Sumner Woods, 238 Foot Hills Road, 118 Foot Hills Road, 571 Haddam Quarter Road, 509 Haddam Quarter Road, Arbutus Street and Winterberry Lane, John Lyman School. BUS 6: starts at 8:12 A.M. New Haven Road and Barbara Lane, 960 New Haven Road, 770 New Haven Road, Howd Road and Patterson Lane, Side Hill Road and Howd Road, Howd Road and Mauro Drive, 170 Tri-Mountain Road, 151 Tri-Mountain Road, 109 Tri-Mountain Road, Tri-Mountain Road and Augur Lane, John Lyman School. BUS 7: starts at 8:03 A.M. 390 Main Street/Middlefield Children’s Center, 447 Main Street, Strickland Road and High Meadow Lane, Strickland Road and Cherry Ridge, Cherry Hill Road and Greenview, Independence Way and Day School Drive, Hubbard Street and Whisper Winds Road, East, Hubbard Street and Whisper Winds Road, West, Hubbard Street and Janet Road, Cherry Hill Road and Nancy Lane, Cherry Hill Road and Garden Hill Road, 51 Cherry Hill Road, 9/15 Cherry Hill Road, 219 Main Street, Main Street and Aresco Drive, 251 Main Street, 38 Mack Road, 42 Mack Road, 70 Mack Road, 41 Toad Ridge Road, Chestnut Hill Road and Burt Drive, John Lyman School. BUS 11: starts at 8:01 A.M. 419 Madison Road, 278 Blue Hills Road, Green Lnand Pine Ledge Trail, Cherry Lane and Hellgate Road, 121/122 Higganum Road, 287 Higganum Road, Bear Rock Road and Mattabasset Drive, Sycamore Drive and Bear Rock Road, Maiden Lane and Wheeler Hill Drive, 123 Maiden Lane, Korn School/Basrep, 24 Maiden Lane, John Lyman School, John Lyman School. BUS 20: starts at 7:50

A.M. 280 Maple Avenue, Main Street and Packinghouse Hill Road, 248 Main Street, 129 Maple Avenue, Maple Avenue and St. Johns Way, 16 Main Street, 153 Madison Road, Pisgah Road and Laurel Brook Road, Pisgah Road and Dead Hill Road, Shunpike Road and Chalker Road, 21 Main Street, Main Street and Maiden Lane, 293 Main Street, 79 Middlefield Road, 508 Cherry Hill Road, 464 Cherry Hill Road, Cul De Sac In Pond Meadow Place, 650 Main Street, John Lyman School. BUS 21: starts at 7:37 A.M. 25 Sand Hill Road, Birch Mill Road and Southend Avenue, 38 Mica Hill Road, Banta Lane and Surrey Drive, 494 Guilford Road, 244 Guilford Road, Meeting House Hill Road and Anthony Terrace, 58 Cedar Drive, 136 Creamery Road, 125 Creamery Road, Creamery Road and Park Place, Dinatale Drive and Bernadette Lane, Parmelee Hill Road and William Drive, Indian Lane and Boulder View Court, Casa Lane and Deer Run Road, 315 Parmelee Hill Road, Parmelee Hill Road and Summitt Road, 12 Pent Road, John Lyman School. BUS 22: starts at 8:02 A.M. 133 Stagecoach Road, Stagecoach Road and Coe Road, 227 Stagecoach Road, Wagon Wheel Road and Stagecoach Road, Stagecoach and Erika Court, 562 New Haven Road, 38 Canterbury Drive, 26 Saw Mill Road, Tuttle Road and Brewster Driveway, 54 Clementel Drive, 21 Ozick Drive - Dolphin Day Care, 38 High Street, John Lyman School.

KORN AND BREWSTER BUS 4: starts at 7:27 A.M. 80 Jackson Hill Road, 78 Ballfall Road, 15 Ballfall Road, 130 Meriden Road, 99 Jackson Hill Road, School Street

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and Valley View Drive, Valley Heights Drive and Sunset Lane, 324 Jackson Hill Road, 41 Toad Ridge Road, 53 Mack Road, Dwight Drive and Esther Drive, Burt Drive and Louis Road, 83 Long Hill Road, Long Hill Road and West Street, 537 Main Street, 570 Main Street, 21 Reeds Gap Road, 200 Skeet Club Road, 166 Skeet Club Road, Skeet Club Road and Skeetfield Point Road, 50 Elihu Road, Brewster School, Korn School. BUS 5: starts at 8:03 A.M. 30 Oak Terrace, Austin Road and Edwards Road, 6 Partridge Lane, 52 Partridge Lane, Royal Oak Drive and Evergreen Terrace, 466 Main Street, 238 Main Street, 167 Wallingford Road, 185 Wallingford Road, Dunn Hill Road and Brittany Drive at Turn Around, 74 Dunn Hill Road, Tuttle Road and Old Wallingford Road, Brewster School, Korn School. BUS 8: starts at 7:39 A.M. 30 Cedar Street, 139 Peters Lane, 75 Meriden Road, Harvest Wood Road and Sylvan Ridge, 78 Harvest Wood, 100 Harvest Wood Road, 56 Meriden Road, Spring Street and Sunrise Ridge, Wildwood Acres Road and Wildwood Circle Drive, Thornbush Road and Wildwood Acres Road, 137 Ross Road, 145 Ross Road, 67 Main Street, Main Street and Sunset Drive, 113 Main Street, 167 Main Street, 237 Main Street, 251 Main Street, 339 Main Street, 390 Main Street/Middlefield Children’s Center, Strickland Road and High Meadow Lane, 76 Cider Mill Road, 648 Main Street, Brewster School, Korn School. BUS 10: starts at 7:52 A.M. Haddam Quarter Road and Olde Yankee Way, Haddam Quarter Road and Cesca Road, 249 Haddam Quarter Road, Haddam Quarter Road and Carriage Drive, 347 Haddam Quarter Road, 65 Johnson Lane, 89 Johnson Lane, 99 Johnson Lane, 207 Johnson Lane, 255 Johnson Lane, Burwell Newton Drive and Continuted on next page

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Farms Road and Flintlock Road, Old Farms Road and Buckboard Road, Stagecoach Road and Coe Road, Stagecoach Road and Schoolhouse Lane, 16 Canterbury Drive, Dinatale Drive and Bernadette Lane, Dinatale Drive and Gina Drive, Brewster School, Korn School. BUS 15: starts at 8 A.M. 9 Ernest Drive, 47 Ernest Drive, 70 Ernest Drive, 43 Saw Mill Road, 146 Saw Mill Road, Indian Lane and Arrowhead Court, 41 Indian Lane, 51 William Drive, 65 Wildwood Lane, 292 Parmelee Hill Road, David Road and Casa Lane, Casa Lane and Deer Run Road, 308 Tuttle Road, Tuttle Road and Clark Road, Tuttle Road and Meadow Lane, Brewster School, Korn School. BUS 16: starts at 7:55 A.M. 178 Baileyville Road, 385 Baileyville Road, Lake Shore Drive and Pawnee Road at Beach Lot, 26 Powder Hill Road, 32 Powder Hill Road, 427 Powder Hill Road, 460 Powder Hill Road, 21 Ozick Drive - Dolphin Day Care, Clementel Drive and Linmar Drive, Clementel Drive and Tuttle Road, Brewster School, Korn School. BUS 17: starts at 7;45 A.M. 152 Cherry Hill Road, 15 Stowe Street, 82 Cedar Street, 9 Derby Road, 35 Derby Road, 75 Cherry Hill Road, Hubbard Street and Janet Road, Hubbard Street and Edgewood Court, 70 Whisper Winds Road, Cherry Hill Road and Greenview, Independence Way and Day School Drive, 190 Laurel Brook Road, 323 Cherry Hill Road, 62 Miller Road, Cul De Sac In Pond Meadow Place, 515 Cherry Hill Road, 148 Middlefield Road, 254 Maple Avenue, 230 Maple Avenue, 200 Maple Avenue, 172 Maple Avenue, 13 Maple Avenue, Korn School, Brewster School. BUS 18: starts at 7:43 A.M. 168 Main Street, 119 Madison Road, 591 Madison Road, 466 Madison Road Doorside, 708 Higganum Road, 694 Hig-

ganum Road, 596 Higganum Road, Green Lane and Lexington Place, Green Lane and Pine Ledge Trail, East Woods Trail and Old Blue Hills Road, Old Blue Hills and Stephen Woods, 204 Madison Road, 31 Southend Avenue, 59 Main Street, Fowler Avenue and Cherry Lane, 55 Cherry Lane, Higganum Road and Harvey Road, Korn School/Basrep, Korn School, Brewster School.

VINAL AND VOAG BUS 20: starts at 6:41 A.M.

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Games and Prizes All Day Long Face Painting 26 Sand Hill Road, Fowler Avenue and Cherry Lane, 199 Foot Hills Road, 65 Foot Hills Road, 61 Oak Terrace, Vinal Tech, Middletown High School Voag. BUS 21: starts at 6:24 A.M. 420 Wallingford Road, 385/389 Wallingford Road, Linmar Drive and Clementel Drive, 215 Tuttle Road, 5 Stagecoach Road, Stagecoach Road and Coe Road, 1127 New Haven Road, 1048 New Haven Road, New Haven Road and Old Washington Trail, Parmelee Hill Road and William Drive, 195 Wallingford Road, Vinal Tech, Middletown High

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School Voag. BUS 22: starts at 6:30 a.m. Lake Shore Drive and Pawnee Road at Beach Lot, Way Road and Chestnut Hill Road, Dwight Drive and Esther Drive, Esther Drive and Toad Ridge Road, 63 Mack Road, 92 School Street, School Street and Valley View Drive, 110 Cedar Street, Cedar Street and Ross Road, 81 Main Street, 4 Lorraine Terrace, Main Street and Jackson Hill Road, Hubbard Street and Janet Road, Vinal Tech, Middletown High School Voag.

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Regional School District 13 Durham/Middlefield 135A Pickett Lane Durham, CT 06422 Regional School District #13 today announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free or reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch Program. Local, school officials have adopted the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Income Eligibility Guidelines following family size and income criteria for determining eligibility. The following income guidelines will be used in Connecticut from July 1, 2012 to June 30,2013 for determining eligibility of participants for free and reduced price meals and free milk in the Child Nutrition Programs. To determine annual income: If income is received: Multiply by: weekly 52 Every Two Weeks 26 Monthly 12 If income is reported as twice per month, convert to annual income.

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District 13 Events for School Year 2012-13 August 30 Opening Day for Students September 3 Labor Day 28 Durham Fair October 8 Columbus Day 9 2-Hour Delayed Opening/Prof. Development November 6 Election Day/Professional Development 12 Veterans’ Day 21 Early Dismissal 22-23 Thanksgiving Recess 28-29 Early Dismissal/Parent Conferences

December 14 2-Hour Delayed Opening/Prof. Development 24 Winter Recess begins

April 4 2-Hour Delayed Opening/Prof. Development 15-19 Spring Recess

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February 15 Professional Development Day 18-19 Presidents’ Day/District Closed 20 2-Hour Delayed Opening/Prof. Development March 26-27 Early Dismissal/Parent Conferences 29 Good Friday/District Closed

Safely share the road with school buses By David Silvey Special to the Town Times According to the American School Bus Council, school buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury. Today, as compared to years ago, school buses are built with safety in mind. In fact, a study by the U.S. Department of Transportation states that children are safer riding the bus to and from school than being driven in a car by an adult. When you are sharing the road with school buses, follow these tips. Yellow and red flashing lights – School buses have yellow lights to warn drivers they will be making a stop and red flashing lights and an extendable stop sign to tell drivers to stop. Yellow does not mean go faster, it means slow down. Be aware of your surroundings and always come to a complete stop. Do not continue driving until the lights have turned off and the sign is pulled in. Passing a school bus – It is illegal to pass a school

bus on the right side of the road because you cannot be aware of where the bus needs to stop to load or unload. Always wait for the bus to move to the right lane or stay a safe distance behind it. Additionally, it is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. It is vital that you stop your vehicle at least 10 feet away from the school bus to allow for riders to enter and exit safely. Railroad crossings – In most states it is required that school buses stop at all railway crossings. Be alert when a crossing is ahead and a school bus nearby so that you can stop as well. Divided highways – You must always stop for flashing red lights; however, most states do not require drivers to stop when on the opposite side of a divided highway. Use extreme caution if you are in this situation as passengers may be trying to cross in that area, especially if there is a crosswalk. Buses need turning space – Just like trucks, buses have a wide turning

radius. Remember to provide them with ample turning space so they can maneuver easily on the road. Watch for children waiting for the bus – As the driver, you are responsible for keeping an eye on the road and on children waiting for the bus. Come to a complete stop at all stop lights and stop signs, drive slowly near bus stops and watch for children crossing the road. Slow down – Use caution if you are driving in residential areas and school zones. Fines for speeding in an area can be hefty. Allow for extra time during your commute – School bus drivers have to follow the same speed limit rules as every other driver; however, they make frequent stops which can delay traffic. Know the bus routes in your community and allow ample travel time when school is in session. David Silvey is a vice president at AlliedBarton Security Services.

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June 12-13 Early Dismissal/Transition Meeting 14 Early Dismissal/Last day of school/Coginchaug Graduation *Any days lost due to inclement weather will be added to the June calendar

RSD13 phone numbers Coginchaug Regional High School (860) 349-7215 Strong School (860) 349-7222 Memorial School (860) 349-7235 Korn School (860) 349-7210 John Lyman School (860) 349-7240 Brewster School (860) 349-7227 Thomas Edison Magnet School (203) 639-8403 Vinal (860) 344-7100

2012-13 school lunch prices Full hot lunch at all schools $3 Milk at all schools $.50 A la carte items available at most schools, priced individually.

Graduates Tufts University — Cameron Bradley, of Durham, with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering magna cum laude

Dean’s List Curry College — Taylor Larese and Chelsea Wilson, both of Durham.

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A backpack and school supply drive will take place at Core Club & Gym, 350 Main St., Durham, through Aug. 25, in hopes of gathering backpacks and supplies to hand out to individuals in need in our community. Do you remember going back to school with all your new supplies? Staring at the brightlycolored pencils, binders and crayons? Help give the basic tools to children eagerly waiting for school to start by providing backpacks with supplies, so they can start the school year right. If you would like to help and don’t have the time to purchase items yourself, volunteers can do that for you. A gift of any dollar amount will help purchase supplies for a child in need. For more information, call (860) 349-9100.

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Pack 33 goes camping Cub Scouts of Pack 33 camped at the State Forest in Watertown in June as part of their visits to Connecticut’s State parks. Activities included fishing, hiking, camping, bonfires, scavenger hunts and bike riding. Public services were also performed, as the scouts cleaned up the beach and pond area — collecting over 100 pounds of garbage — and lowered the flag at night with

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Erika Trapp, of Durham, wants to interview veterans as part of her Girl Scout gold project. The project is a documentary with veterans in order to preserve their experiences. Trapp plans to send the unedited interviews to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in order to have the interviews on file for anyone to see. Anyone interested in being interviewed or who served during a period of war or U.S. conflict should call (860) 335-1985 or e-mail et4001a@student.american.edu.

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was told to try to not think about pink polar bears and the other group wasn’t given that instruction. The group that tried to stop thinking about pink polar bears found themselves thinking a whole lot about pink polar bears. The other group, not so much. Instead of trying to suppress thoughts of anxiety, dental appointments or pink polar bears, do this instead: Just notice that you are having the thought, and instantly turn your mind’s attention to something else. Anything else will work, but it helps to have a few things picked out beforehand. I suggest thinking of something that you find personally interesting. My brother would be happily distracted by imagining the

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composition of the ideal basketball team. I wouldn’t find that thought distracting, mainly because I can only name about four basketball players. On a good day. So I would choose something else to think about — perhaps a plan for next year’s garden or a fantasy restaurant tour. My kids would rather think about which different dragons might breed to make a rainbow dragon, or how the order of different ice creams in a cone influences taste. The point is, choose something to think about that draws your attention. Then, whenever you start having anxious thoughts — and what I mean by this is every single time you start to have the anxious thoughts — say to yourself, “Oh, there’s that worry thought again. Now how ‘bout...” and fill in this space with the thoughts you’ve decided to turn to. Try to not let yourself be-

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Volunteers provide invaluable assistance and support to all areas of MidState Medical Center. As many patient services are growing and expanding, there is a great need for additional volunteer support to ensure a positive patient experience and promote customer satisfaction. Patients at MidState are treated to relaxing “soft touch” hand rubs and foot rubs by well-trained MidState volunteers. This is a free service provided by volunteers who are trained by a licensed massage therapist in the technique of therapeutic relaxation rubs. This program is rated extraordinarily high on patient satisfaction surveys. If you are interested in this pecialized volunteer role, there will be training in the technique of “soft touch” in the fall. Pet Therapy visits are very well received by patients — even staff. If you have a therapy dog that is certified and registered with a national pet therapy organization, please consider joining the popular Pet Therapy program. Book Cart volunteers visit patients daily, offering free books and magazines as well as friendly conversation. These volunteers are also trained as “Fall Prevention Safety” volunteers who check bed and chair alarms to ensure they are in proper working order and encourage the patient to use the call button to “call before you fall.” The new Cancer Center Boutique located in the Palladino Cancer Center offers a wide selection of cancer support and awareness products such as informational and inspirational

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books, hair alternatives including a selection of hats, wigs, head wraps and more. Volunteers are needed to assist customers during the afternoon shift from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is also high demand for volunteers in the Emergency Department in both clinical and non-clinical reception areas. Exceeding customer expectations with integrity, caring, excellence and safety is the priority at MidState Medical Center. If you have a few hours to spare and have excellent customer service skills, contact the Volunteer Office at (203) 6948275 or e-mail MidStateVolunteers@midstatemedical.o rg. You can also visit www.midstatemedical.org and complete an online application. Submitted by Pamela Cretella

Elliot James Villwock, of Durham, is proud to announce the birth of his twin sisters Evelyn Grace and Juliet Sage on June 5, 2012, at John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. His parents are Jim and Meredith Villwock, maternal grandparents are Norm and Charlene Hicks, of Durham, and paternal grandparents are Bruce and Submitted by Norm Hicks Cathy Villwock, of Middlefield.

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Above, Sean Hayes and Jon Brayshaw shake hands after learning Middlefield approved the sale of Powder hadn’t seen a turnout at the polls like this since, some Ridge to Hayes. Photos by Stephanie Wilcox thought, the first time Bill

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“I’d be lying if I didn’t say it bothered me tremendously, this discord we’ve had the last few months,” Brayshaw said, referring to the sometimes-heated meetings and the divide between supporters and those who strongly opposed the deal. “I feel like the father of a large family. It’s a big relief.”

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“This is just the beginning,” Hayes said, holding up a T-shirt handed to him by one of his many supporters that read ‘The Resurrection Begins. August 16, 2012.’ “I am very encouraged. I was worried the town didn’t want this. Now I know, yes, they do. I feel great.”

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Wilkinson sees Slomkowski-Buller and Jacobs as the “lifeblood of the practice,” and said they have been encouraged to develop their own caseloads of patients.

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from Marshall University in West Virginia in 1998. Before pursuing his M.D. at Ross University School of Medicine, he spent two years as a research assistant in the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston. An avid skier, he then worked for three seasons as a ski patroller at Snowbasin Ski Resort in Utah. He was a member of the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Ski Patrol teams. In 2007, Wilson entered Middlesex Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program. He served as chief resident, and completed his residency in 2011. It was during this time that Wilkinson, who was looking for someone to eventually absorb his practice, heard about the young doctor. Wilkinson sensed that he would be a good fit, with Wilson’s interest in Child and Adolescent Medicine and Integrative Medicine. Wilson joined MHPC-Durham on Aug. 15, 2011. Over the past year, Wilkinson has been slowly moving patients to him. Wilson plans to be involved with the UConn School of Medicine Student Continuity Practice curriculum, as well as possibly writing a health care column. “We love him,” Wilkinson said. “He has already developed a strong reputation with our patients. I feel very lucky; I have somebody with clinical skills and a warm personality to take over.” Katy Forline, of Durham, said of Wilson, “My family loves him. He’s a wonderful family doctor in the best historical sense. He listens, seems to sincerely care, looks at the whole person, has a kind sense of humor, takes his time and, best of all, you can tell he is a very highly-skilled physician.” Lauren SlomkowskiBuller grew up in Middlefield and graduated from Coginchaug Regional High School. After receiving her bachelor’s of nursing science degree from Northeastern University in 2006, she

Before he became a doctor, Wilkinson taught English at Middletown High School. He followed this up with two years of training as a physician’s assistant, and, in 1980, became the first PA in the Emergency Room at Middlesex Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Connecticut, he worked as an Emergency Room physician and eventually set up his practice in Durham in 1998. Over the years, he and his

worked as an RN at Hartford Hospital; she then pursued a master’s degree in nursing science at Yale University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2009. SlomkowskiBuller has worked as an APRN for Middlesex Health System Primary Care, Inc. since July 2009, first in Old Saybrook and, since April of this year, in Durham.

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Wilkinson (Continued from page 29) wife of 40 years, Mary, raised five children, and now have one grandchild and a second on the way. One patient who has special memories of Wilkinson and Mary is Lillian White. She said she remembers when the young couple moved to Durham many years ago, and when “Brad” decided to become a doctor. “My daughter, Janet, typed his application letters

to medical school,” she said. White and her husband Robert (Bob) became close friends with the Wilkinsons, and, since Bob died, she said Brad and Mary look in on her regularly, helping her to remain independent in her own house. “I am very fond of both of them,” White said. While Wilkinson has always been deeply involved in his community, his impact has reached beyond Durham. Over the years, he has maintained concern about “getting medical care

to those without it,” he said. For many years, he has gone on medical missions to the Dominican Republic. Working through Health Horizons, an organization Wilkinson helped found, he and fellow physicians provide needed health care services, especially to the many refugees from Haiti where, he said, the medical infrastructure is almost nonexistent. Besides continuing his work with Health Horizons, Wilkinson said he is “ramping up” his volunteer work

at the Malta House of Care in Hartford. Sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford, this program provides health care using a mobile van. In a sense, he said, it’s a “practice,” in that he sees the same clients over time. He also will be joining Project Vietnam, providing medical services in that country, where he also has family. He said he is excited about the future, and pleased to be leaving his practice in the hands of people he trusts. “With

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While he will be traveling a lot, Wilkinson also wants to assure his friends and former patients that he will keep his local connections strong. You will still see him at Perk on Main upon occasion.

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these two wonderful people (Wilson and SlomkowskiBuller), our practice is making a renewed commitment to the towns we serve,” he said. “I want to thank the 3,600-odd patients I have served over the years for letting me be involved in their lives through the privilege of the confidential doctor-patient relationship.”

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love for the game could be seen in each person’s eyes as he or she picked up a new bat and swung away. On the first day I was on the reservation, we played a game of baseball at a community dinner. Each day thereafter we played ball, too, whether it was a full game or just a game of catch. The amazement never left me as I noticed the love these children had for the game, something we take for granted here. We know that every spring before baseball and softball season, our parents will go out to get us new bats, gloves or whatever other equipment we may need. We have batting cages we can go to and pitching clinics to improve our game. The true meaning of baseball can sometimes get lost amongst the rules, peer pressure and desire for perfection. Every now and then we should each step back and look at why we first picked up that baseball: because it was fun. Now each time I step onto the softball field this spring, I will be thinking of those children on the reservation and how they played for the love of the game.

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LEGO donations needed The Durham Public Library needs LEGO donations for a LEGO Club starting this fall at the library. If you have LEGO pieces that your children don’t use anymore, please consider donating them to the library. Mixed and mismatched sets welcome. For more information, call Christine Michaud at (860) 349-9544. The library is open Mondays – Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays – Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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There will be an informational Biggest Loser Pro Challenge meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Core Club & Gym. Meet the Pros Robib and Sheila and learn how to be the best you can be. Call (860) 349-9100.

The following is Coginchaug High School’s first practice dates for fall sports. Football (Conditioning): Aug. 20 through Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. at Varsity Field Girls’ Soccer: Aug. 25 from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. at Varsity Field, Lower Field Girls’ Volleyball: Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. at Gym Boys’ Soccer: Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. at Varsity Field, Lower Field Boys’ Cross Country: Aug. 30 at 2:30 /First day of School at Track Area Girls’ Cross Country: Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. at Track Area Submitted by Ted Lombardo

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