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• REGIONAL: Schools announce top graduating seniors........... ............p. 3 • EAST WINDSOR: Budget now in hands of town voters for third time..........p. 4 • ELLINGTON: Town marks annual community safety day ........................p. 8 • ELLINGTON: Budget passes with 2.5 percent increase..........................p. 11 • ENFIELD: Budget callled lacking for school spending ..........................p. 13 • SOMERS: Budget passes with no increase in tax rate.......................p. 24 • STAFFORD: Teacher honored as a ‘Literacy Legend....................... ..p. 27 • SUFFIELD: Hollywood veteran comes to help library ............................p. 31

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Saturday, June 28th • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Enfield Public Library 104 Middle Road, Enfield, CT We encourage local families to bring your kids to this free event. Children are encouraged to bring own bikes. their owntheir bikes.

Kids 4-14 will: • Learn bike-riding safety tips from the Enfield Police Department. • Be able to ride their bikes and perform some agility exercises through an obstacle course. • Get their bikes examined by safety experts. • Enjoy treats and free gear. For more information, visit our website at www.360fcu.org or contact Carissa Pape, 360FCU Business Development Officer and Event Coordinator at (860) 627-4238 or carissa.pape@360fcu.org.

Help Honor Our Veterans

By Supporting the Please help - Sponsor a Flag in Honor of a Veteran! Close to 200 American Flags will run the length of Main Street / Route 190 from Somersville to the Stafford line, a distance of five miles. Flags will be in place waving proudly throughout Somers just before Memorial Day in May to just after Veteran’s Day in November.

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Your tax-deductible gift of $50.00 or more will sponsor one of these wonderful flags. You can honor a veteran of your choice or make a general contribution in honor of all U.S. Veterans. You can sponsor a flag in honor of, or in memory of a veteran that served long ago, recently, or one serving today.

Somers “Flags on Main” Project! Business Sponsorships are Available, too! ___$100 ”Master Sergeant”___$250 “Lieutenant Colonel” ___$500 “Major General” ____$1,000 “Four-Star General” ____$5,000 “Commander in Chief ” ___Check Here if You Would Like to Make a General Gift in Honor of All American Veterans. More information and details are available by contacting The American Legion Post #101, in Somers. Contact the Post toll-free at: (888) 240-8188; send email to: Info@ SomersPost101.org or view our website at: www.SomersPost101.org Yes! I would like to Honor a Veteran by Sponsoring a Flag for the Somers “Flags on Main” Project! Please mail this form with payment to: American Legion Post 101, P.O. Box 101, Somers, CT 06071. Make your check payable to: American Legion Post 101 - Somers Flags on Main Project! ___Check Enclosed in amount of ____$50 ____$100 ____Other $_______(please specify) or pay online directly at Somers Post 101: www.SomersPost101.org Your Name _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City_______________________________________________________________State__________Zip _____________________________ Phone Number________________________________ Email ______________________________________________________________ Veteran’s Name ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

All Sponsors and Veterans’ names will appear online at www.SomersPost101 .org Soon the Stars and Stripes will decorate our town in a display of Pride and Patriotism. Help line Main Street with patriotic flags. It will be a beautiful sight and remembrance to see Old Glory flying proud.

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They are scholars and athletes, volunteers and part-time workers. These are the ways the top students in the class of 2014 in high schools around North Central Connecticut are described by the teachers and administrators who have worked closely with them over the last four years. They represent the top of the Class of 2014, but principals of their schools describe their fellow classmates in the same terms. “Very well rounded� and talented in a number of areas,� Enfield High School Principal Jill Krieger said of the Class of 2014. “They're just a really nice class.� Stafford High School Principal Marco Pelliccia said 30 percent of the senior class made honors, and 28 percent took Advanced Placement classes. He described them as a diverse group with some going to colleges and universities, some to jobs and 7 percent going into the military – the highest percentage since 2010.

The class raised money for a screenprinting machine that unified arts students use for an internal T-shirt business. “It's good, real-life job experience,� made possible by their generous donation, Pelliccia said. East Windsor High School Commencement will be at 6 p.m. June 18 at Maneeley's Banquet and Catering Facility in South Windsor. The valedictorian is Jennifer Piekos. The salutatorian is Noelle Wig. Piekos is involved in the band and the marching band at East Windsor High School and is the drum leader in the marching band. She also is vice president of the school's National Honor Society chapter and dances at Riley's School of Dance in Enfield. She plans to attend the University of Connecticut, majoring in engineering. Ellington High School Commencement will be at 6 p.m. June 13 on the varsity soccer field. In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the gymnasium. The valedic-

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Town Budget Heads for Third Referendum Vote June 10

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The town budget will go to a third budget referendum on June 10. Taxpayers voted against a $36,484,292 budget in a May 13 referendum by a vote of 622-490. In a nonbinding referendum question, 655 voters said the budget figure was too high, while 361 said it was too low. Taxpayers voted against a $35,916,782 budget in a May 27 referendum by a vote of 586-521. In a non-

binding referendum question, 655 voters said the budget figure was too high, while 362 said it was too low. In the third budget referendum taxpayers will decide on a $35,643,871 spending plan. That budget would be an increase of $808,253 or 2.31 percent over the current spending plan. The budget includes $13,361,607 for the town side of the budget, an increase of $464,847 or 3.6 percent; $1,088,142 for debt service, a decrease of $278,898 or

Book Store Hosts Illustrator, Children’s Author

BROAD BROOK - Book Club is thrilled to have two talented Broad Brook residents for in store appearances. Comic book illustrator Jim Taylor will be in the store June 7 10:00-1:00. He will have his amazing work on display and for sale. He will present a discussion on how comics are produced, from conception to the final product. Taylor will also will discuss his experiences in the comic book industry. Artists are invited to bring their own portfolios for review. Taylor is a 30-year veteran of the comic book industry, primarily working for independent publications such as Illustration Studios, Trinity

Comics, Across the Pond, and others. He is also the co-publisher of Recollections Magazine. And bring the kids June 8 2:003:00 to meet  Broad Brook author/illustrator Wesley Olds as he reads from his children’s book Bird’s Trip to the Library. Light refreshments served. “Coles Corner is a small town with a quiet library. At least it always had been a quiet library - until last night. Last night Bird went into the library, but she didn’t come out!� Book Club is located at 100 Main St. Broad Brook

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East Windsor Neighborhood Yard Sale Sponsored by Democratic Town Committee

EAST WINDSOR - From Warehouse Point to Broad Brook—-it’s a Town Wide Yard Sale Saturday June 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Scout Hall Grounds that’s open for fun and profit to all who partake. Book a space now and bring your “priceless� items from home and join the fun with your East Windsor neighbors. It may be “obsolete� to you—-but it might be a prize for your neighbor—and that’s a win-win situation. Sale spaces are 10 ft x 10 ft at $25 each. Book a single or double space to

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East Windsor Senior Center Offers Variety of Programs for June

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EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Senior Center is located at 125 Main Street, Broad Brook above the Broad Brook Fire Department. To sign up for the following programs, please call 860-292-8262. SHOPPING Shopping at Big Y or Walmart, East Windsor, every Monday 9:00 – 11:00 Grocery shopping at Geisslers, East Windsor every Wednesday at 9:00 Mobile Food Share at St. Catherine’s Parking Lot – Friday, June 6 and June 20 from 1:45 - 2:30 FITNESS Wii Bowling, every Monday at 12:30. Chair Yoga, every Tuesday at 12:30. Wii Zumba, every Wednesday at 12:30. Tai Chi, every Thursday at 10:15 except June26 (June Social) Free blood pressure and sugar screening Thursday, June 5 from 10:00 – 12:30. Foot care is offered on June 17, 9:00a.m. – 1 p.m. There is a $29.00 charge for foot care. Please call for appointment. ART AND JEWELRY MAKING Art Class, every Monday at 12:30. Jewelry Making with Janice every other Friday. June dates are as follows: June 13 and June 27 at 10:30. $10.00

charge covers material and instruction. BINGO In-House Bingo Wednesday, June 11, 12:30 – 2:00 Bring a non-perishable item to be used as the coverall prize. BOOK CLUB “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen, discussion Monday, June 30 at 10:30 IN-HOUSE MOVIES “Gravity” – Tues., June 3 at 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Morning Movie for Father’s Day: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, Friday, June 13 at 9:30 – 11:45 a.m. MONTHLY SOCIAL The monthly social will be on Thursday, June 26 at 12:00. Featured entertainment will be “The Bob Mel Show” Bob sings, plays acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and harmonicas accompanied by full musical backgrounds. TRIPS Warehouse Point Library, Wednesday, June 4, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Sonny’s Place, Somers, CT, mini golf, games, Friday, June 6, 9:30 – 1:30 (pay your own) Summer Barbeque at Touch Points, June 12, 10:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Rock Cats vs Altoona Curve

Baseball, New Britain, Wednesday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., $12 per person Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville CT, for a Tribute to the Grand Ole Opry – Tues. August 12, $38 per person EVENTS at the EW Senior Center The Plant Connection - “African Violets” Thurs. June 5 at 10:00 -11:30 a.m. $5 per person Strawberry Shortcake for Father’s Day, Friday, June13 at 12:30 p.m.

State Representative Chris Davis Wednesday, June 18 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. In-House Presentation - “Finding a Good Doctor” Thursday, June 19, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. PROGRAMS Focus Group with Roberta, June 10, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Food for Thought with Janet, June 10, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

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Ellington Community Safety Day Explores Many Facets

Ellington By Deborah Stauffer

ELLINGTON - Many Ellington residents experienced the various facets of safety on Saturday, May 10th by attending Community Safety Day. The threatening skies did not deter those groups who came out to Ellington High School to share their knowledge and training with over 300 people to help them learn more about keeping themselves and their families safe. Community Safety Day is the brainchild of Chantal Haracsy who has worked for Ellington Youth Services for over 10 years and organizes the Safety Town program for incoming kindergarten students. Haracsy got the idea back in 2008 after teaching a session of Safety Town and realizing it would be beneficial to the public if they received a lot of this useful safety information through a town created event. The first Community Safety Day was held in the fall of 2008. This year’s event took many months of planning with the help of the Community Safety Day Committee comprised of members of police, fire and emergency agencies. Many organizations took part in the

day offering tours and hands on participation. Ellington and Crystal Lake Volunteer Fire Departments, Ellington State Troopers and Constables, Rescue Post 512 and Ellington Volunteer Ambulance were on hand with their vehicles and equipment and provided demonstrations. The Connecticut State Police, The Ellington Public Works Department and C.E.R.T (Community Emergency Response Team) displayed the tools of their work; a visit from Life

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local police. Haracsy was pleased with the day and the attendance. “Having all of our town emergency departments there on Community Safety Day enabled adults, senior citizens and youth to ask questions,” said Haracsy. “Everyone had a great day and the weather turned out surprisingly well.” For more information on the various departments in the Town of Ellington, visit their website at www.ellingtonct.gov.

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Ellington Rabies & Microchip Clinic

ELLINGTON - The Town of Ellington, in cooperation with the Ellington Center Animal Clinic and The Ellington Farmers Market, is holding a rabies & microchip clinic on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 9 am - 12 pm at the Farmers Market, which is located at Arbor Park on Rt. 286/Main St. in Ellington, next to the Fire Station. There are no residency requirements. Dr. Brown from the Ellington Center Animal Clinic will be on staff to administer the vaccines and microchips. The fee is $20 per animal (cash only) for a Rabies vaccination. Please have all dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. A valid rabies certificate must be presented to qualify for a three-year vaccination. Otherwise a one-year vaccination will be given. Tags are not sufficient proof for a three-year vaccination. Microchipping will also be offered for a fee of $30, cash only. This includes the microchip and registration. For more information on microchipping please go to www.homeagain.com

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Town Budget Jumps 2.5 Percent with Small Tax Increase

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ELLINGTON — The town budget will increase 2.5 percent for the 2014-15 fiscal year following the May 20 referendum. Taxpayers voted 381-223 to approve the $51,577,732 budget. First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said the budget brings a modest increase.

“I didn’t get a lot of complaints,� he said. He noted the relatively small voter turnout, adding that unhappy people tend to vote. “We would like to get more people involved in the process,� he added. The budget brings an increase of $1,291,977. The spending plan includes

$35,441,900 for the Board of Education, which includes $97,720 for capital outlay and $1,268,382 for debt. It also includes a general government budget of $16,135,832, which includes $1,317,372 for capital outlay, $1,164,834 for debt and a contingency fund of $200,000. The school budget carries an increase of $807,384 or 2.33 percent. The general

government side carries an increase of $484,193 or 3.09 percent. The mill rate will increase from the current 28.4 mills to 28.7 mills. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. Under the adopted budget, taxes on a house assessed at $200,000 will increase by $60 a year.

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Matthew Piotrowski, Ashley Resnik, Rebekah Riley, Helen Roets, Isabella Savona, Nicholas Schickner, Rinor Selimaj, Ashley Smith, Jessica Stone, Alyssa Thibodeau-Grivois, Nicholas Tshonas, Anthony Underhill, Colby Unterstein, Ahmad Wajid, Maximilian Weiner, Abigail Wylie GRADE 10 HIGH HONORS – Nicholas Bennett, Lori Bezanson, Mikayla Bonanno, Kayla Buffington, Courtney Conley, Brianna DeLand, Kyle Fitzgerald, Madeleine Glassner, Halie Glowacki, Allison Gorman, Daniel Joy, McKenzie Kozma, Cloe LaBranche, Rebecca Lindblom, Leah Mangold, Danielle Markowski, Brigid McGrath, Ambika Mukherjee, Megan Sack, Twisha Shah, Haley Smith, Ashley Thomas, Julia Tiedt, Emily Walder HONORS – Justin Ames, Saba Azam, Kevin Barrett, Nikki Barry, Bailey Bassett, Anthony Bocchino, William Broding, Zachary Cargill, Graeme Caso, Anna Chamberland, Aidan Cramer, Zachary Cyr, Nikole DeCarli, Samuel DeForge, Ariana DiCioccio, Kallie Dougherty, Taylor Duclos, Emma Fornal, Micah Fox, Allie

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Other events include, Sunday June 8th – 10:00am – 4:00pm Twig Furniture Making with Ken Cordner $40 includes supplies, bring a lunch.

Ramblin’ Dan Stevens performs at the Gallery July 12th 3:00pm –5:00pm Pre-register for all workshops by calling the Pond House Bed & Breakfast, 860-684-1644

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Budget Called Lacking on Money for School Expenditures

Enfield

By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Town Council approved a $119,888,064 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year on May 19. The budget proposal includes reducing the General Fund commitment to the capital improvements plan from $3,193,385 in the current fiscal year to $2,048,006. The budget raises the mill rate from 29.26 mills to 29.36 mills. It includes a town-side budget of $55,625,908 and a Board of Education budget of $64,626,156. The budget was adopted by a vote of 9-1, with Councilman Gina Cekala opposed. Cekala, and several other councilors, said they felt the school budget was too low. Deputy Mayor William Lee said the

town has been hung over a barrel full of snakes this year, the Board of Education in particular, according to the minutes of the meeting. He said the schools did a good job at communicating this year the extent to which mandates were finally going to catch up with them. He noted the council has always had a balancing act in weighing the whole communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs, and he feels they have done an admirable job attempting to do that. He blamed the state Legislature for forcing unfunded mandates on the school system. Councilman Cynthia Mangini said she does not agree with the appropriation to the school board, but she does support the amendments for the town side. She said for that reason, she would vote for the budget.

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St. Bernard Church Holding Annual Carnival on Parish Grounds in Hazardville ENFIELD — St. Bernard Church once again is holding its annual parish carnival on the grounds of the church, 424 Hazard Ave. The carnival this year will be held from Thursday, June 12, through Saturday, June 14. The fair will run from 6 to 10 p.m. each day, and admission is free. In addition, there will be a breakfast in the church's Fitzmaurice Hall on Sunday, June 15, following the 10:30 a.m. Mass put on by the parish’s Boy Scout Troop 2000. The winning tickets to the parish's annual raffle will be drawn at the breakfast. This year’s carnival features rides provided by Northeast Midways of Coventry, R.I. Wristbands will be on sale every evening for $20, entitling the purchaser to unlimited access to the fairground's rides throughout that evening. There also will be individual ride tickets. In addition, there will be games of skill, a kiddieland, and other family activities. There also will be a selection of state-sanctioned games of chance on

the carnival's midway, including an hourly 50-50 raffle. There also will be cash Bingo games Friday in the church hall. The fried dough and french fries booth long staffed by parishioners will make its return, and Danny's Pizza will prepare hamburgers, hot dogs, and more every night. There also will be parishioner-staffed booths offering small doughnuts, Italian ices, strawberry shortcake, and sundaes, as well as coffee, soda, beer, and wine. Prizes to be awarded in the raffle drawing on Sunday are gift certificates of $2,500 to the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside, $1,500 to Home Depot, and $500 to Super Stop & Shop. Tickets cost $5 apiece and may be purchased from parish families or at the rectory, as well as at the carnival itself. There also will be musical offerings throughout the carnival. For more information, call the church rectory at 860-749-8353.

Library System Will Get Software Upgrade

ENFIELD - Beginning June 2, 2014, the Enfield Public Library is working with a system provider to convert the current software system to a new platform while ensuring minimal disruption of patron services. We appreciate your patience as we upgrade our system to better serve our patrons. Library patrons will notice a number of new features in Encore, the online catalog associated with Sierra (the new software system). Encore has a single Google-like search box in which patrons can enter part or all of a title, an author’s name, or a topic they are interested in. The results are returned ranked by relevancy, meaning the most likely items are at the top of the list. Patrons will be able to easily modify their searches by selecting from a list of limiters on the left side of the screen. Search results can be limited to items at a single library, items actually in the library and available for check-out, or to the kind of item they are looking for, such as magazine articles, print books, e-books, audio books or DVDs. On the go patrons who access the catalog with smart phones will automatical-

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Somers Village Players Announce Summer Production of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Jr.)

SOMERS - The Somers Village Players Pied Piper Productions is happy to announce that this summer’s Youth Theatre show will be “Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (Jr).” This is a charming show with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and book by Linda Woolverton. This familyfriendly musical was a huge success on Broadway and on many national and international tours. The show will be performed outdoors at Worthington Pond Farm and Gardens in August. Kathy Welch and Wendy Peterson will be producing and directing this show and are looking for adults, college students, teens and children to be in the cast and the crew (ages 8 – 108). George Murphy will be the musical director and Kate DaSilva will be choreographer.

A mandatory workshop will be held at Millpond Playhouse, 55 School Street, Somersville, CT on Sunday June 8. Anyone planning to audition must attend this workshop to learn the song and dance they will need to perform at auditions. Auditions will be held at Millpond Playhouse on Saturday June 14. Folks will be asked to perform the song and the dance taught at the workshop as well as read some passages from the script provided. Check out our website at SomersVillagePlayers.org and click on the Youth Theatre tab for all the details, times and locations. For more information, please email PiedPiper@SomersVillagePlayers.org.

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The following special events will complement our Summer Reading Program. All programs are sponsored by The Friends of the Somers Public Library. Summer Readers Meeting & Training Tuesday, June 10, 6:30 p.m. or Wednesday, June 11, 4:00 p.m. For students entering grades 5 & up. Volunteer to read stories to children at our weekly storytimes.

Summer Volunteer Meeting Tuesday, June 10, 7:00 p.m. or Wednesday, June 11, 3:00 p.m. For students entering grades 8 & up. Volunteer to work at our summer reading table.

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manipulation choreographed to music. Free tickets available beginning June 23. Color Fun! Storytime & Craft Thursday, July 3, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. For ages 3-5. What’s your favorite color? Let’s use our sense of sight to observe and identify colors in stories, songs and a craft! Register one week in advance.

JULY 7 - JULY 11 Terrific Two’s, Storytime for 24-36 months with parents Thursdays, July 10 - Aug. 7, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Stories, finger plays, flannel board fun, music & movement followed by crafts or playtime. Register for this five week session beginning June 30. Family Fun Night with Lego® bricks! Monday, July 7, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Visit our different stations for some brick building fun! We will provide a snack and have fun contests! Recommended for ages 4 & up with parents. Register for this event beginning June 30. Is there Water on Zork? Presented by the Kellogg Environmental Center Tuesday, July 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m. For ages 7-12. Become inhabitants of the alien planet Zork and help Earthlings find water. After listening to the story, June 29, 1999 participants will work in groups and use common household objects to test liquids. Register for this event beginning June 30. Fun with Science… Liquids! Wednesday, July 9, 4:00-5:00 p.m. For ages 6-10. Are you a mad scientist? Let’s experiment with liquids! Register for this event beginning June 30. Let’s Count! Storytime & Craft Friday, July 11, 10:30-11:15 a.m. For ages 3-5. It’s all about numbers with stories, songs and a craft. Register one week in advance. JULY 14-18 Pick up the Incentive Game to earn extra raffle tickets! Parent & Child Yoga Wednesday, July 16, 10:30 a.m. For ages 2-5 with a parent. Join certified instructor, Lisa Katz, for a yoga class filled with music, movement, and playful exploration. Register for this event beginning July 7.

Make a Splash! Storytime & Craft Friday, July 18, 10:30-11:15 a.m. For ages 3-5. Let’s explore water, without getting wet, through stories, songs and a craft. Register one week in advance. JULY 21-25 Bubbleology with Keith Michael Johnson Tuesday, July 22, 10:30 a.m. Bubbleology, the secret world of bubbles, enchants audiences of all ages with the art and science of soap bubbles. Keith uses bubbles to explain liquids, solids and gasses, geometry, tension and pressure. Keith builds beautiful sculptural creations with enthusiasm, humor and style. Come and be amazed! Free tickets available beginning July 7. Fun with Science…Food! Wednesday, July 23, 4:00-5:00 p.m. For ages 6-10. Are you a mad scientist? Let’s experiment with food! Register for this event beginning July 14. It’s All About Shapes! Storytime & Craft Friday, July 25, 10:30-11:15 a.m. For ages 3-5. Circles, triangles and squares…oh my! Stories, songs and a craft. Register one week in advance. JULY 28-AUGUST 1 Return your Mini Nature Hunt sheets! Fun with Science…Smell! Wednesday, July 30, 4:00-5:00 p.m. For ages 6-10. Are you a mad scientist? Let’s experiment with odors/smells! Register for this event beginning July 21.

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Somers High School Commencement will be at 6 p.m. June 20 in the school gym. The valedictorian and salutatorian will not be announced until June, since the competition for the top spots was too close to call at press time. Stafford High School Commencement will be held at 7 p.m. June 16 in the school gymnasium. The valedictorian is Conor Keleher. As a junior, Keleher was the Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintents' Award Winner. He received many outstanding achievement awards at the school, including the English award all four years of high school.

Keleher also was a Connecticut Academic Performance Test winner. He plans to attend UConn, majoring in chemistry. The salutatorian is Jake Kalette. He received the school's 2014 scholar-athlete award, was all-conference in basketball and all-state in baseball. He was a three-season athlete all four years. Kalette plans to attend St. Anselm's College in New Hampshire, majoring in sports management. Suffield High School Commencement will be held at 9:30 a.m. June 14 at the Beneski Turf Field. The valedictorian is Ryan Englander. The salutatorian is Yonina Bykov.

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SOMERS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Town property taxes will not be going up. Taxpayers voted 257-52 in a May 20 budget referendum to adopt a $29,898,933 spending plan. The Board of Finance met after the vote to adopt a 23.37 mill rate for the 2014-15 fiscal year, maintaining the current rate. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. A total of 309 voters turned out for the referendum, representing 5.72 percent of the town's 5,406 registered voters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very happy and pleased that the budget passed, although I am a bit disappointed in the low turnout,â&#x20AC;? First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said.

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Butler Remembers His Roots and Returns to Suffield

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SUFFIELD - It was 75 years ago that moviegoers thought they would never see anything more amazing than black and white scenes transform to color right before their eyes. When Dorothy was transported to Oz on the big screen she took everyone sitting in the theater with her on that journey. The Wizard of Oz set the bar high, but moviegoers today continue to see each new epic film up the bar even more. Greg Butler, a Suffield High School graduate, is one person moviegoers can thank for providing an amazing collection of epic movie memories for more than 20 years. Beginning as a Camera Engineering Intern on the film Jurassic Park, moving on to a Computer Graphics Technical

Assistant on Forest Gump and serving years later as a Visual Effects Supervisor for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Butler, a 1989 graduate of Suffield High, has worked his way up the ladder and around the world to be a leader in his field. While he has traveled to Hollywood, London, New Zealand and Vancouver, he has never forgotten where it all began. Back in April the film professional, who helped to create the “Lord of the Rings” character Gollum for film, returned to his roots and helped The Suffield Public Library Foundation. The Oscar-nominated Suffield native came to Suffield High School on April 26 to talk about his experiences in film making and his current role as a VFX supervisor. The event was a

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new Clint Eastwood film Jersey Boys, shared with the audience his humble beginnings in film making, which began back in grade school with his own Blossom Street Productions. Utilizing his brother (now a screenwriter in California) and neighborhood friends, the budding film maker produced an array of short films. Speaking to Many Butler spoke to a wide demographic, including former teachers who came to see their former pupil. Butler had praise

for his experiences with the Suffield Public Schools. “It’s a reminder that this school system got me ready to leave town, but miss it here too,” he said. He also shared fond memories of his first exposure to big screen films here in Suffield. He recalled waiting as a child in lines that wrapped around Suffield Village, waiting to see the latest blockbuster. Suffield High graduate Carl Casinghino, who was Suffield’s 2011 Teacher of the Year and is a teacher of motion picture studies and production at

the high school, facilitated the evening. Casinghino told the audience that the event was a special way to celebrate the Wizard of Oz’s milestone celebration. “Here we are into the next century and we get to peak behind the curtain with this person. We get to learn about the work of a new generation of magicians.” Butler, who along with a team of three others, won the British Academy Film Awards (equivalent of America’s Academy Awards’ Oscar) Special Visual Effects Award for the film Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, explained that what he does is a craft and it involves art and technology. Butler currently works in Vancouver, British Columbia, for The Moving Picture Company. Behind the Scenes Butler gave the audience a behind-thescenes look at the work he has done over the more than 20 years he has been in the business. One special moment was a scene never shown in an on-screen film. Butler explained that his team had to sell the idea of what they could do with Gollum on screen to a pessimistic group

of film executives. The audience who gathered at Suffield High School was able to see the rough version of Gollum shown to the executives in a scene very few have ever seen. Butler, who worked on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian; The Mask; The Flintstones; Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and other films, told the audience about the complexities involved in producing films. He said there may be 13 different special effects companies working on one film in order to produce visuals, such as electrifying wands, making faces crumble or replicating a period city over a modern day seaport piece of film. He also shared the perks and special moments he has had by working in this field. A special Harry Potter exhibit in the United Kingdom has a personalized wand for every crew member who worked on the films. He also showed the audience how he is the subject featured on one of the portraits seen in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2.

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SUFFIELD - The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop (FOFAH) have several events planned in upcoming weeks. The group is continuing to raise both funds and awareness for the historic property. Located on the banks of the Connecticut River in Suffield, Hilltop Farm was purchased in 2013 by the Friends of the Farm at Hilltop. The 7.9 acre property, built by Indian Motorcycle Founder George Hendee, includes a 20,000 square foot barn, three houses and some outbuildings. The farm is celebrating its centennial this year and volunteers from the FOFAH have planned events to help commemorate this milestone. The first event on the calendar is Butterflies at Hilltop Farm set for Saturday, June 14. Being held in conjunction with Connecticut Open House Day, the morning will kick off at 10 a.m. with events in the barnyard. Visitors can learn more about butterflies and find out how to attract butterflies to their property. Youngsters can decorate a butterfly poster to bring home and guests can purchase butterfly-friendly plants. Drinks and snacks will also be on sale that day. Sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, it is hoped that this day will pique interest in various attractions around the state. This is the 10th year the day has been held. According to Eileen Moncrief, a member of the FOFAH

Board, there will be tours of the barn and farm that day. “People will learn how to build a butterfly garden and it will be a family day on the farm with games,” she said. Visitors are invited to enjoy all that the property has to offer, which often includes nesting bald eagles. The FOFAH has an agreement with the Town of Suffield, which means the group has undertaken the role of steward for the 70 acres of town-owned property surrounding the farm, which includes walking trails and scenic views. The board member added, “Hopefully, the eagles will perform and there will be some demonstrations.” She said there will be an early morning walk (check the website for more details). The Town of Suffield has been awarded a $250,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program Grant from the State of Connecticut to help the group in its restoration efforts at the farm. Named a National Register of Historic Places in 2005, the farm has been supported by volunteers and financial donations from the community. It, however, continues to be in need of updates and improvements. FOFAH has many projects on its wish list for the historic site. In an effort to raise additional dollars for the restoration effort, FOFAH will be holding a Bald Eagle Golf Outing at Suffield Country Club. Registration is due by June 6 for the June 22 18-hole scramble.

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