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Local firefighter aids in wildfires By Devin Leith-Yessian Record-Journal staff

With over a decade of volunteering for the East Berlin Fire Department, Derek Wnuk is well versed in responding to service calls, car crashes and structure fires, but traveling to Colorado to combat wildfires has shown him a new side of firefighting.

Kensington pastor retiring By Devin Leith-Yessian The Citizen

"It's another aspect of firefighting, it's definitely a lot different than structural fire fighting. Out there you're walking miles of land and there's hardly any water around for you to use, so you're basically mostly using hand tools,” he said.

After more than a decade of leadership marked by the creation of new programs and a fostering a steady parish as church enrollment falls in surrounding churches, the reverend of Kensington Congregational Church has announced her retirement.

Joining a team of 15 other firefighters from Connecticut and two from New Hampshire, Wnuk helped contain the 748 acre Buttermilk Fire, near Crawford, Colorado and the 53 acre Green Mountain fire near Gunnison. The team returned on Aug. 13, two days before another crew went west to continue their work.

“After 40 years in ministry this is the time we’ve decided to move on,” said Reverend Olivia Robinson, 66, who came to the church 11 years ago. While the parish’s energy and committRobinson ment to outreach made it the right place for her, she said the time is right to move back to Branford to spend more time with her husband, Peter Robinson, and their seven grandchildren.

Although they had support from helicopters and planes dropping water and retardant, ground crews can do little to directly combat a fire spanning acres, so they circle around the inferno trying to prevent it from spreading. Wnuk said it involves "a lot of cutting down trees as well as digging lines, so the fire wouldn't spread any more. As well as what was called cold trailing, which was searching for hot spots as well as making sure burned areas were cold to the touch.” This was his second time traveling across the country to assist in wildfire operations, however he said the scale of the fires made it a Volunteer firefighter with the East Berlin Volunteer Fire more impactful experience. After being Department Derek Wnuk traveled to Colorado with a team trained as a wildland firefighter by the Depart- of Connecticut and New Hampshire wildland firefighters See Fire, A15

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to combat two wildfires.

Image courtesy of Derek Wnuk


During her time in Kensington, she said the congregation has grown more vibrant with the introduction of the Festival on the Hill, Night in Bethlehem and celebration of its 300th anniversary. Robinson’s also expanded the church’s outreach programs, such as the Family Promise Program, which gives shelter to See Robinson, A15

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5 things to know about rock climbing at Prime Climb By Ashley Kus Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD – A fullbody workout is the end result of climbing the more than 30-foot walls at Prime Climb rock climbing gym. Here are 5 things to know about the activity from Prime Climb owner Brien Roscetti and manager Kristina Godfrey.

Health benefits

requires focus and concentration, which can help clear your mind. Those with disabilities can also participate. Prime Climb runs an adaptive climb program for people in wheelchairs.

Gear Climbing shoes, a harness, belay device and a carabiner are the primary gear needed.

The major benefit of rock climbing is it’s a full body workout, according to Godfrey. She said climbing can strengthen muscles and increase flexibility, and every muscle can be stretched and used while climbing.

Proper footwear is also essential. Unlike regular street shoes, climbing shoes hug the foot closer for a tighter fit in order to prevent the foot from moving inside the shoe. The bottoms of the shoes provide friction to stick to the rocks.

Roscetti said climbing also

A harness consists of a waist

belt that sits over the hips and leg loops for a secure fit. The harness can be adjusted to fit snug and still be comfortable. A belay device is used to control the rope and prevent falls. Carabiners are metal rings that connect to the climbing rope and are used with the belay device. Chalk can improve grip and prevent slipping.

Types of climbing There are different types of climbing that can suit a variety of climbers. Bouldering requires no harness, rope, belay or carabiner and is usually a steeper climb that reaches a height

Brien Roscetti, owner of the Prime Club in Wallingford, looks for his next grip on the bouldering climbing wall. Richie Rathsack, Record-Journal

comfortable enough to jump down from. Top rope climbing involves being securely attached to a rope and climbing to the top of where the rope begins. Lead climbing is when a climber brings the rope up with them and clips into anchors at different spots on the wall or rock as the climb

progresses. Falls can be longer and faster during this style of climbing. Aid climbing involves getting to the top of the climb by any means possible. This could include anchor points like wedges and hooks in the rock to aid the climber. See Climbers, A5

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Senior Happenings

For more information, contact Carol Walsh, Car-

Beginner tips

Activities Reiki Healing – Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., with Holly Kevorkian. A fee is charged. Sign up at the Senior Center. Wii Bowling – Fridays at 12:45 p.m. Call Tina or Jane at 860-828-7006.

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Thursday, Aug. 30: Apple juice, hot dogs, baked beans, sauerkraut, watermelon.

Places to climb outdoors Ragged Mountain in Southington is a popular place to climb, according to Roscetti.

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Tuesday, Aug. 28: Cranberry juice, meatloaf with onion gravy, mashed potato, peas

Wednesday, Aug. 29: Spaghetti with sauce, turkey meatballs, broccoli, Italian bread, peaches.

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New climbers are also taught how to properly knot the rope in a figure eight style so that it is secure and safe to use.

The Prime Climb contains a wide variety of climbing experiences. Richie Rathsack, Record-Journal


Senior meals are provided by CW Resources. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling Doretha Dixon at 860-6708546, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A donation is requested.

Godfrey said some basics of climbing include keeping the arms straight and making sure the body hangs off the skeleton as well as keeping the belly button close to the wall. Being spread out as much as possible on the wall is also useful for new climbers.

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Religion Briefs

Choir, bell ringers – The

Bethany Covenant Summer worship at 9:30 a.m. Childcare provided. Call 860-828-3637 or visit 785 Mill St., Berlin.

Kensington Congregational Church

sic service the second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.

Sunday worship – 10 a.m. Child care and Sunday school are available during worship services. Chapel in the Woods, Sundays, 8:30 a.m.

The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1103 Chamberlain Highway, Sunday service at 10:15 a.m. Call 860828-5079 or visit

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Kensington United Methodist Church

St. Paul Church

Kensington United Methodist Church, 103 Hotchkiss St., Sunday worship, 9 a.m. The church schedules a healing and mu-

Mass schedule – Saturdays, 4 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30, 9, 10:30 a.m. and noon, 485 Alling St. Call 860-828-0331.

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Sacred Heart Church Mass is scheduled for Sundays, 9:30 a.m., 48 Cottage St., East Berlin. For more information, call 860-8280331.

Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 68 Main St., East Berlin, Sunday Eucharist, 9 a.m.

United Methodist Church of East Berlin The United Methodist Church of East Berlin, 139 Main St., East Berlin, schedules Sunday services for 10 a.m.

Wellspring Church Wellspring Church, 222 Lincoln St., summer worship schedule, Sunday, 10 a.m., with children’s program for newborns to age 12. Wednesday service, 7 p.m., with youth program for ages 12 to 18. 860-225-0661 or visit

Berlin VFW car show Aug. 26

Solution on Page A13


The Berlin VFW Post 10732, 152 Massirio Drive, has scheduled its first car show for Sunday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in each category.

Solve the Puzzle Scripture Bits Solution

VFW event organizer Lou Urso points out, “many nonprofit organizations are realizing it takes more money to keep going.”

O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be there for us every morning, our salvation in time of trouble. -------Isaiah 33:2

A lover of cars, Urso thought a car show would be a good way to fund the three scholarships the VFW gives out annually. Admission to the car show is free. 78684-01

Worship – Berlin Congregational Church schedules Sunday worship for 10 a.m., with communion on the first Sunday of the month. Nursery care is available. Call 869-828-6586.

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State loses 1,200 jobs in July, unemployment rate unchanged

The DOL also revised its figured for June by saying the state added 5,300 jobs that month, a reduction of 800 from its original calculation. Even with the poor showing for July, DOL Research Office Director Andy Condon said the state’s economy has done well in recent months. The has added a total of 16,600 jobs over the last year. “July’s decline of 1,200 jobs does not materially affect the growth we have seen to date this year,” Condon said in a statment. “Our threemonth average job growth remains strongly positive. On a percentage basis, construction and manufacturing

Don Klepper-Smith, chief economist with DataCore Partners LLC, didn’t share Condon’s optimistic view of the numbers, saying Connecticut’s 1-percent growth over the last 12 months means the state’s economy continues to underperform. "We've recently seen some modest improvement in the State's labor market, which has been moving sideways more than anything else,” he said in a statement. The private sector lost 1,000 jobs last month, while government accounted for the remaining 200.

The gains were offset by reductions in trade, transportation, and utilities,

which lost 1,300 jobs, profes- 400 jobs, manufacturing, 300 sional and business services, jobs, and other services, 600 900 jobs, financial activities, jobs.

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The state lost 1,200 jobs in July but the unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent, according to a monthly report from the Department of Labor.

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Letters to the Editor Traffic talks needed To the editor: In the Aug. 9 issue of The Berlin Citizen, a letter from Tom Lillis stated that I “supported and pushed for a $10 million traffic study.” That is incorrect. Not only did I not push for the study, I was not even aware that the funding was happening, until the Bond Commission, of which I’m not a member, agenda was released. Following the funding’s approval by the Bond Commission, I publicly stated that while the information from the study could be valuable, and hopefully lead to an honest discussion about electronic tolls, the price of the study was concerning and I would have rejected the item if it were up to me. Addressing our outdated transportation infrastructure is critical to our future economy, a top priority of our business community, and there is no disagreement that many of our roads and bridges are in disrepair. For the past two legislative sessions, I’ve been calling for more information to see what options we have, and with transportation funding drying up it makes sense to have an honest debate about how a toll plan that has out of state drivers paying a large chunk of the cost would work. I certainly don’t think putting the tab on the state’s credit card where 100 percent of the bill is paid by Connecticut taxpayers is the right way to go as Republicans have called for. But it is also important that we be re-

alistic about the fiscal state that we are in, and not spend frivolously to get that information. We certainly need a serious and honest conversation about funding transportation going forward, and I plan to continue having conversations with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to look for a solution. Joe Aresimowicz Speaker of the House State Representative of the 30th District

Here are the facts To the editor: Sam, here is what you said in your commentary - "...The myth created by the majority party that the town can have a zero tax increase is simply not feasible…” My response - "As an active participant in the BRTC’s efforts to elect Republicans in 2017 I can categorically attest to the fact that we never, ever, campaigned on a promise of zero tax increases. The promise was to keep tax increases as low as possible and strive to make government more efficient and streamlined." How do you construe this to be my distorting the facts? You seem to forgot, or conveniently leave out of your discourse the fact that the state made an absolute mess out of the state budget process leaving all towns struggling to figure out how to

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prepare a budget this year. We did have some conversations at BRTC meetings, at times, centered on trying to hold the budget flat. This was because of the possibility of serious cuts to the state’s contribution to Berlin. My recollection, I saw Republican members of the Town Council working diligently to find an acceptable solution to a situation made chaotic by state legislators. I think you're trying to portray them to the voters as being distrustful and lying is divisive and detrimental to this town. My original letter was edited by The Citizen. I actually wrote the following – “…This is very disappointing, stop running for mayor and do your job, build bridges not tear them down, work behind the scene…” Like I said Sam, just make stuff up. I stand by my words. George Millerd Berlin

Teachers add value To the editor: Please join me in welcoming back some of our town’s most valuable and underappreciated citizens – our teachers. Teachers are highly trained professionals dedicated to the well-being of our young people. Over 80 percent of Connecticut

teachers and over 90 percent of Berlin’s teachers have a graduate or specialist degree. This is a higher percentage than almost every other U.S. state. Our town benefits from their expertise at a remarkable discount. American teachers are paid less than 60 percent of similarly educated professionals. Salaries of Connecticut teachers rank 36th in purchasing power relative to other states.

nesses, returning our taxpayer dollars back into to the community.

From our investment in teachers, Connecticut citizens receive an extraordinary return. Connecticut ranks #1 in the nation for college readiness and #5 in PreK-12 education overall. Students in Connecticut are more likely to be at or above proficiency levels in both fourth grade and eighth grade. Over 85 percent of Berlin’s graduates go on to two year or four year colleges. As The Citizen reported, Berlin High School’s most recent valedictorian will start college at Harvard this fall. An active community of Berlin parents give their time and expertise to help make our schools better.

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Families who have no children in public school benefit from our high quality teachers. School quality has a significant and positive influence on the value of homes. When families look to buy a home in a town, school quality is near the top of their list. Local teachers also patronize our town’s busi-

We reserve the right to edit letters. Letters must be signed and names will appear in print. Include a phone number so The Citizen can contact you for verification. Letters must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday to be considered for publication the following Thursday.

Berlin teachers deserve our respect and our support. They deliver value to us far greater than their cost. We receive a small fortune from their expertise and commitment, and our teachers remain a source of pride for us all. Best wishes to all of our teachers for the next school year. Berlin

Election/political letters Email letters to; mail to 500 S. Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450 or fax to 203-6390210. The Citizen will print only one letter per person each month. Beginning Sept. 6, election/ political letters will be limited to 100 words. No political letters will be published after Oct. 25.

Fire district warns of imposters The Kensington Fire District urges all residents, especially those who are home during the day, to be alert for imposters trying to gain access to their home. Kensington Fire District field employees wear clothing and drive vehicles clearly marked with the Kensington Fire District logo. The Kensington Fire District

encourages customers to ask for identification from anyone who comes to their door. All Kensington Fire District employees have photo identification and will gladly display it upon request. The policy is “no identification - no entry." If someone comes to your door claiming to be from the water company and you do not have a scheduled ap-

pointment, do not allow access to your home until calling the Kensington Fire District at 860-828-1752. If you have any doubt about the individual’s identity or motives, or authenticity of their credentials, do not allow them entry into your home and call the police. — Press Release

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KENSINGTONIrene Mae Knopf, 82, of Kensington, wife of 7 Divine Laws for Happiness Richard Knopf, passed & Fulfillment- by Swami away on Tuesday, August Mukundananda: Aug. Southington Farmers MarPaul Parish, 485 Alling 14, 2018, at Ledgecrest 23, 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Vallab- ket: Aug. 24, 3 p.m. - 6 St., Kensington. Healthcare Center. hdham Temple, 26 Church p.m. Bradley Mountain Born in New Britain, she St., Newington. Farms, 537 Shuttle Meadow Cookbook Club: Cooking by was the daughter of the Road, Southington. the Book: Aug. 27, 6:30 late Joseph and Bertha Apple Valley 4H Club: Aug. p.m. Berlin-Peck Memorial 23, 6 p.m. - 7:30 Library, 234 Kensington Theater: Aug. 24, 8 (Koziol) Wojciulewicz. p.m. Bradley Mountain Road, Berlin. p.m. $34. Connecticut Irene was a long time Farms, 537 Shuttle Meadow Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 WebKensington resident and Road, Southington. ster Square Karaoke: Aug. 27, 5 p.m. - 9 was a member of Prince Road, Berlin. 860-829p.m. Free. Pineloft of Peace Lutheran Church. Back to School Story/ 1248. Cafe, 1474 Berlin TurnShe was a former member Craft: Aug. 23, 6:30 pike, Berlin. 860-828-9797. Saturday p.m. New Britain Public Liof the Ladies League and brary, 20 High St., New Walnut Hill Park Summer Crafters at Prince of Peace Britain. 860-224-3155. Concert Series: Aug. 27, 7 Lutheran Church. Irene Goat Walk and Farm Tour p.m. - 9 p.m. Walnut Hill loved her family and she Aug. 25, 3 p.m. 5 Private: Free Yoga, Meditation and Park, 184 W Main St., New enjoyed hosting picnics p.m. Bradley Mountain Discourses on 7 Divine Britain. 860-826-3360. Farms, 537 Shuttle Meadow and holiday gatherings. Laws for Happiness & FulRoad, Southington. She looked forward to Tuesday fillment by Swami Mukundananda: Aug. 23, 6 p.m. - 9 crafting with her friends p.m. Free. Vallabhdham Tem- Goatee Academy: Aug. 25, 9 and lunch with the girls. a.m. - 11 a.m. Bradley Moun- Blood drive: Aug. 28, 1 ple, 26 Church St., NewingIrene was an animal lover tain Farms, 537 Shuttle p.m. VFW, 152 Massirio ton. 469-688-4996. chanand she enjoyed the Meadow Road, Southington. Drive, Berlin. company of her rescue cat 2767. Goats N' Pajamas Birthday Muffy. Make & Take: Watercolor Party: Aug. 25, 6 p.m. - 7:30 York Revolution at New Surviving are her Sand Dollars: Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m. Bradley Mountain Britain Bees: Aug. 28, 6:35 p.m. Berlin-Peck Memorial devoted husband, Richard Farms, 537 Shuttle Meadow p.m. New Britain StadiLibrary, 234 Kensington Knopf; her daughter and Road, Southington. um, 230 John Karbonic Road, Berlin. son-in-law, Cindy and Way, New Britain. Nick DiPierdomenico of Joby Rogers as Michael Road Warriors at New Wednesday Kensington; two sons Jackson at T-o-M: Aug. Britain Bees: Aug. 23, 6:35 25, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $20 and a daughter-in-law, p.m. New Britain Stadi- $40. Trinity-on-main, 69 um, 230 John Karbonic Ken and Janet Knopf of Main street, New Britain. 860- Super Kids: Aug. 29, 10 Way, New Britain. Kensington and Gary a.m. New Britain Public Li229-2072. tm@trinityonKnopf of New Britain; and brary, 20 High St., New Friday Britain. 860-224-3155. four grandchildren, Nicole Kupstas and her husband Meriden Dog Park Grand 7 Divine Laws for Happiness Opening: Aug. 25, 10 a.m. - 2 Walnut Hill Park Summer Ryan, Danny Knopf, Kevin


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Police warn of common scams, crimes Recent criminal incidents in the towns of Southington and Plainville have law enforcement officials asking the public to get educated about scams, and to stay alert. Lieutenant Nicholas Mullins of the Plainville Police Department warns of three particular robberies and scams. The first scenario involves an activity that takes place at the victim’s home.

Mullins refers to these crimes as “distraction burglar ies” and said such incidents have happened in Plainville and in many other communities. “In this scam someone will knock at a resident’s door claiming to be from Eversource or the water department and are there to inspect the property,” Mullins said. “While the unsuspecting resident is distracted by this person, other members of the crew will burglarize the home.”

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“Once they have access to Mullins described another that person’s bank accounts, they will frauducommon crime: phishlently withdraw funds,” ing scams. These ocMullins said. “Never give cur when someone calls, texts or sends an email pre- out personal information tending to be a representa- when receiving unsolicited

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mentum that this church has made,” she said. “I think they’re in a good place as a church, they’re a growing and vital church.” “It’s really an exciting time in our church right now,” said Director of Faith Formation Gwen McCann. “At a time when a lot of churches are shrinking or closing their doors, we’re blessed to be able to do this.” McCann said Robinson’s programs benefit those the church serves and have also strengthened the congregation and helped individuals come closer with their faith.

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FARM, FOREST, OPEN SPACE APPLICATIONS Application forms for classification of property as Farm, Forest Land and Open Space will be available at the Berlin Town Hall Assessor’s Office on September 1, 2018. FILING PERIOD IS FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 2018. Completed applications must be filed by October 31, 2018 to be considered for the 2018 grand list. Those who have filed with the Assessor s Office for farm and forest land and are receiving benefits under the law need not apply again this year. Only individuals who need to file are those whose land status has changed or those who have added or sold land from their holdings. Individuals who lease their farm land must also file annually to confirm that their land is still being farmed. Failure to file an application within time limit and in manner and form prescribed is considered a waiver of the right to have the land classified as Farm, Forest or Open Space Land on the current Assessment List. Call Assessor s Office with any questions at 88163 860-828-7039 Public / Legal Notices

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TAX EXEMPTION FOR BUILDINGS USED IN FARMING FARM MACHINERY, HORSES OR PONIES Application forms for Tax Exemption for Buildings Used in Farming and Farm Machinery, Horses or Ponies will be available at the Berlin Town Hall Assessor’s Office on September 1, 2018. This exemption must be filed annually. THE FILING PERIOD IS FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 TO OCTOBER 31, 2018. Completed applications must be filed by October 31, 2018 to be considered for the 2018 grand list. Failure to file an application within the time limit and in the manner and form prescribed is considered a waiver of the right to the exemption. Call Assessor s Office with any questions at 88171 860-828-7039.

Controller RJ Media Group is seeking a Controller to lead our accounting and finance team. This handson position requires responsibility for the day to day accounting operations, ensuring that systems and procedures are in place to support the accuracy and reliability of the Company’s financial reporting, and for overseeing audits and regulatory compliance. The Controller will manage the accounting team including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll functions. Qualified candidates will have advanced knowledge of database, accounting, and reporting software; be proficient in complex spreadsheet design, have strong analytical and interpersonal communications skills, be confident and proactive with a hands-on approach to fulfilling responsibilities, have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration, and have 5-7 years of increasing responsibility in an audit and accounting environment. RJ Media Group is a, 150 year old, familyowned company that publishes the RecordJournal, The Westerly Sun, 7 weekly community newspapers, and, delivering the hyperlocal news that citizens want, as well as the audience that businesses need. For consideration please send resume and cover letter to: Courtney Wengenroth, HR Manager Record-Journal cwengenroth@record-jour RJ Media Group is an EOE

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Construction Equipment & Tools BRAND NEW BRADCO MODEL 625 TRENCHER never used, $3,000. Call Lou (203)410-1950

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Wanted to Buy 1,2,3 Items or an Estate ûûûCA$Hûûû Todd Shamock 203-494-1695 ESTATE SALE SERVICE Costume Jewelry, Antiques, paintings, Meriden-made items.

Dresser with mirror and tall chest. $40. KENSINGTON FIRE FT Mechanic Needed203-565-7355 DISTRICT – 40 hrs wk/Mon-Fri POSITION AVAILABLE Candidate must have For sale sm rocking own tools & valid Assistant Tax Collector: 1-2 ITEMS chair $20/ 2 rocking Driver’s License. Provides technical and Silverware, China, Glass. chairs $30 ea/ full size administrative assis- PT Tire & Lube TechFurniture, 50’s Items. bed set $200 /desk Candidate must have a tance in the billing, colWhole Estates $50. 203-237-4047. valid Driver’s License. lecting and crediting of 203 238-3499 Apply in person: taxes, water/ sewer Lawn and Garden GT Tire, 155 Colony charges and assessAARON’S BUYING St., Meriden, CT ments, as well as any Old Machinist Tools, M-F8am-4pm related billings and Lathes, Bench Tools charges. Assumes reHand Tools, Much sponsibility of the of- CHILDCARE ADMINISMore. (203) 525-0608 fice in the absence of TRATOR - Large area facility. Credentials & the Tax Collector. ALL CASH FOR experience a plus. SalQualifications: AssociaMILITARY ITEMS ary based upon experite’s degree in account203-237-6575 ing plus 1-2 years of ence. Please send resume to agstork@gmai experience in or fax to (203) ALWAYS BUYING ing work or equivalent MATERIALS 237-6947. EOE. combination of educaDISTRIBUTION CASH PAID tion, training and expeScreened Topsoil $20 Automobiles rience. Certification as per yd; Sand-$15 per Vintage Electronics, Mua Municipal Tax Colyd; Sandy Gravel-$17 sical Instruments, lector or the ability to 2011 Silver Kia Sportage per yd; Millings-$10 Amps, Ham Equipbecome certified. Must per yd; Screened LX, AWD gd condit., ment, HiFi, Radios, be bondable. This is a low miles, new front & Millings $14 per yd; CB, Guitars, Audio 25 hours per week. Clean Fill $8 per yd: rear brakes, $10,000 Equipment, Antiques. NO PHONE CALLS $100 minimum delivobo 203-915-9940 860-707-9350 Please send resume’s ery. No pickup truck to: Kensington service. Minimum 16 ANTIQUES - Always Fire District, P.O. Box 2 yd pickup at our yard. buying old; Toys, miliKensington, CT 06037 Call Jim @ 860-982tary, jewelry, art, 4819 for delivery watches, musical inAuto Parts Miscellaneous struments, signs, arcade games, cameras, For Sale Open 8–5 Monday pre 1970 sports memFORD 2018 new, red 8 ft Marcy weight bench orabilia, plus more. alum. bed, and bumpthru Friday. Call Us. and weights for sale One item or entire eser off brand new $99.00. tate contents. Call F-250 PU. $1,900. Call 203-238-1953 Call 860-302-5946 860-718-5132. Lou (203)410-1950


DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate. 203-235-8431. Grassy Hill Auctions, an Estate Sale, Liquidation, Attic & Basement Cleanout Company is Always Buying and providing services all over Connecticut. These are just a FEW of the things we are looking for: Antiques, Collectibles, Old/ Vintage Toys, Musical Instruments (Saxophones, Trumpets, Violins, Flutes, Clarinets, Trombone & SO MUCH MORE) Advertising Items, Wristwatches (Broken or Not), Pocket Watches, Tools (Machinist, Woodworking, & MORE) Doorstops, Clocks, Oil Paintings, Old Signs, Old Photographs, Old Postcards, Brewery Items, Hunting & Fishing, PEZ Dispensers, Costume Jewelry, Broken Jewelry, Gold & Silver Jewelry, Gold & Silver Coins, Military Items, Swords & Bayonets, Helmets & Patches, Medals & Uniforms, Pocket Knives, Lighters & Pipes, Fountain Pens, Mechanical Pencils, Fraternal Order Items, Religious Items, Industrial Items, Winchester Items, Sikorsky Items, Pratt & Whitney Items, Colt Items, Native American Items, Vintage Electronics, Slot Cars, Toy Trucks, Matchbox & Hotwheels, Barbie’s, Folk Art, Statues, Bronzes, Trains, Cameras, Mid Century Modern Furniture, Straight Razors, Shaving Items, Political Items, Comic Books, Sports Cards & Autographs…& THE LIST GOES ON! So please give us a call at your earliest convince. Grassy Hill Auctions 203-868-1816 - Grassy

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***NEED EXTRA CASH?*** Always buying coins, gold, silver, antiques, collectibles, estate & broken or unwanted jewelry. Live auction & estate services avail. Rick’s Antiques & Coins, 428 N. Colony Rd., Rt. 5, Wlfd. 203-269-9888. www.ricksantiques

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GARY Wodatch Demolition Svs Sheds, pools, decks, garages, debris removal. Quick, courteous svc. All calls reMERIDEN - 1 BR, 4 rms, turned. Ins. #566326. Parker Ave, quiet Cell, 860-558-5430 location, off st prkg. No pets/smkg. $825. Concrete & Cement 203-213-3124

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MERIDEN - 1-2 BR in duplex, off st. pkg., fridge, stove & washer hkup , newly renovated, $900/mo + sec. 860-508-7741 MERIDEN - 2 BD, Off St Prkg, No pets,/smkg, $900 + SD, Ref req’d, 203 639-4852

NILES CONSTRUCTION Specialist in concrete work. Garage, shed, House Cleaning room addition foundations. Fully insured. 56 yrs in business. (203) Polish/English Speaking woman to clean house 269-6240. w/care. 3rd cleaning 50% off. Ins & bonded. Electrical Services Refs. 860-268-2301

All Systems Electric LLC MERIDEN - 2 BR, spa- Electrical Wiring & More! cious, frml liv/din rm, Generators, Security Ldy rm,hwd flrs, porch, & Fire Alarms, Data off st prkg, 65 SherWiring, Roof De-Icing man Av, 203-494-2171 FREE ESTIMATES! CT# 0187714-E1 Visit Meriden – 3 BD. $885.00 us at 3rd Floor. Very clean. 860-436-4957 20 Pine St. Call Linna T.E.C. Electrical 347-339-0235 Service LLC PLANTSVILLE - Near IAll Phases of Electrical Work 84, 1.5 rm eff. apt., 24 hr. Emergency Service $160wk incl. heat, HW, Small Jobs Welcome AC, appli, Sec. dep., 203-237-2122 refs. req’d. smoke free (860) 620-0025.


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Houses to Share WALLINGFORD-Town House, private furn. room, 2nd fl, $580 mo. Has everything here to share. 203-265-7341 or 917-502-0276

Houses For Rent SOUTHINGTON-Cape house, 4 BR, 1 BA, full basement, central AC, private yard, $1500. PUREBRED MALTESE 2 No pets, No utilities, Females, 10 WKS OLD 860-621-1165 or 860avail. now. $900 each. 949-5697 860-863-8318


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IF YOU Mention This Ad SPRINGYard Clean-Ups Brush, branches, leaves, storm damage **JUNK REMOVAL** Appl’s, Furniture, Junk, Debris, etc WE CAN REMOVE ANYTHING Entire house to 1 item removed! FREE ESTIMATES Sr. Citizen Discount LIC & INS. 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218 JT’S LANDSCAPING LLC–Trees & Shurb pruning, weeding, mulching. All your landscape needs. Top Quality Work At A Reasonable Price. #616311. Fully lic. & ins. 203-213-6528

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Specializing in roofing, siding, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, basement remodeling. Senior citizen discount Insured. Free est. 203-269-6605 HIC#0631937

Eagle Landscaping W.BOOBER MASONRY 25 Years Experience LLC - Tree trimming, All Types of Masonry mulch, fertilizer, inCT #626708 stalling underground 203 235-4139 sprinklers. We’re here to help! Please call Painting Javier - 203-285-9947


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Shelter shares tips for summer’s ‘dog’ days August is usually a very warm and humid month here in Connecticut. The Animal Haven offers some “dog days” of summer recommendations to keep your canine companions cool, comfortable and safe. “Our canine friends are not as well equipped as we are to thrive in this hot, muggy weather,” says Animal Haven board member Arnie Cary, DVM. To keep cool, Dr. Cary explains, humans perspire through sweat glands located all over the body. But dogs only perspire from their foot pads, which are a very small percentage of their body surface. Dogs pant in order to cool

themselves. Panting moves air over their wet tongues and respiratory tracts. If it is humid and warm, however, even this is quite inefficient. To help your dog stay cool, Cary recommends turning on your air conditioning. This not only cools the air, but also dries it, which increases the efficiency of your dog’s panting. Fans won’t do the trick here — they don’t dry the air, and hot, humid air, even though moving, will not cool at all if passing over dry skin (remember, dogs don’t perspire all over like we do). It may help some if you place the fan very close to your dog, aimed at its moist tongue and mouth, but be

careful with that. “Pay special attention to flatnosed breeds,” Cary warns. “They have much shorter respiratory tracts, and in many cases constricted airways, which makes panting even more inefficient in trying to cool the body. They are at even greater risk in the hot, muggy weather.” Recommendations from the ASPCA to help your dog in the summer heat: ¸-Do not leave your dog (or child, or any other pet) in the car, even with the windows slightly open and the air conditioning on. ¸-Do not let your dog linger, or run for any distance, on hot asphalt. They can easily overheat, and their pads can

easily burn, resulting in very painful blisters. -Do not shave your dog to keep it cool. Their coats actually insulate them from cold and heat, and protect them from sunburn. ¸-Know the symptoms of overheating: -excessive panting and salivating -a very red or purple tongue -difficulty breathing, especially in a flat nosed breed -a temperature over 104 degrees -weakness, staggering, and/ or collapse ¸-Do keep your dog in the shade, out of the sun.

¸-Do decrease activity – no long runs or extended play time in the heat of the day. ¸-Do provide plenty of water. Cool water on the tongue helps the “evaporator,” and a dry tongue from dehydration is a poor “evaporator.” ¸-If your dog becomes overheated, put cool, wet towels around the head and neck, and on the hairless areas of the body, and call your veterinarian immediately. ¸-Be careful with your dog around the pool and at the seashore. Some dogs will dive right in, but may not be able to get out of pools, and may not be strong enough to swim against a tide in the ocean. — Submitted by The Animal Haven (North Haven)

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AJ’s Oasis Café

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Duchess of Wallingford

Fire at the Ridge Restaurant & Lounge

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142 Hanover Street Meriden, CT 06451 203-634-4912 New Menu, Daily Lunch specials serving American Cuisine. Family Owned, operated. Recipient of Record-Journal’s Peoples Choice Award Best Wings. Kitchen open M.-Sat 10-10, Sun. 11-10

611 N Colony Road Wallingford, CT 06492 (203) 269-9507 Wallingford’s place to go for old-fashioned breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Proudly serving up delicious and hearty meals daily. Voted Best Diner 4 years running by Record Journal. Open seven days. Breakfast served all day.

99 Powder Hill Road Middlefield, CT 06455 (860) 852-5444

Open Wed-Sunday: Noon - 10 pm. Happy Hour & Bar Bites everyday 3-6 pm. Live Music Saturday nights 7-10 pm. Sunday Brunch 11-2 pm

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