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Covanta begins talks on closing trash plant for the town. By Matthew Zabierek Record-Journal staff

The company’s 10-acre plant, located on South Cherry Street, processes trash from Meriden, Wallingford, Cheshire, Hamden and North Haven. The company is under contract with the municipalities until 2020.

WALLINGFORD — Covanta Energy has begun negotiations with the town to shut down its trash transfer plant, a move that would result in a significant loss in tax revenue Covanta, based in New Jersey, is considering ending The Wallingford Resource operations in Wallingford beRecovery Facility in cause it has seen a significant Wallingford. reduction in waste, in part | Dave Zajac, Record-Journal due to increased recycling,

Local hikers join #OptOutside trend

Covanta spokesman James Regan couldn’t be reached for comment Monday. As the host town for the plant, Wallingford receives payment in lieu of taxes from See Covanta, A3

By Joy VanderLek The Cheshire Citizen

Local couple Diane and Dave Calabro are known for constructing some of the most beautiful buildings: churches, libraries, shops and cozy cottages. Only they do not use lumber or mortar and brick. Instead, they use butter, molasses, cloves and gumdrops. The Calabros are master builders of gingerbread houses.

A group of like-minded folks joined the Cheshire Land Trust’s #OptOutside morning hike on Black Friday, Nov. 25.

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“It’s largely driven by their own internal economics,” Economic Development Coordinator Don Roe said.

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By Joy VanderLek The Cheshire Citizen

They were among the millions of participants in a nationwide movement to buck the after Thanksgiving shopping mania and enjoy a hike or other outside activity. An outdoors outfitter retail company, REI, helped launch and publicize #OptOutside, with an estimated 6 million people taking part this year. REI also encouraged people to share their own #OptOutside pictures via their Facebook page and website https:// www.rei.com/opt-outside.

according to Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr.

Cheshire residents Dave and Diane Calabro pose with their gingerbread creation, a donation to the Wood Memorial Library’s 6th Annual Gingerbread Festival, one of the largest of its kind in New England.

This year’s efforts will include their usual gingerbread house demonstration and party at the Cheshire Historical Society, of which Diane Calabro is the direcSee Gingerbread, A2

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tor. Also, a Calabro creation will once again go to the Wood Memorial Library, in South Windsor. Calabro has made gingerbread houses for the Wood library for the past three years. “Last year we submitted a gingerbread greenhouse to show our

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Covanta based on the tonnage of trash received at the plant, in addition to property taxes. Last year, Covanta paid about $320,000 to the town in lieu of taxes, according to Roe. In total, the company paid about $850,000, an amount Roe said would drop significantly if the plant is shut down. Dickinson said the loss in revenue would pose added difficulty when balancing the town budget. “Any loss in revenue is a problem,” he said. If Covanta terminates the current contract, it could be forced to pay a buyout fee to Wallingford, an issue being discussed in negotiations, Dickinson said. Dickinson, who chairs a policy board for the Wallingford Regional Solid Waste Project consisting of leaders from all five towns, said the towns have begun negotiations with Covanta to determine

the “best course of action for all parties.”

company could ask to renegotiate the current contract.

Covanta also operates facilities in Bristol and Preston. The company has offered each municipality the opportunity to enter a contract to send trash to its Bristol plant, according to Cheshire Town Manager Michael Milone.

Milone also said the five municipalities established a $2 million reserve fund that could help offset any financial losses. Each municipality shares a portion of the reserve, which is determined by how much trash it produces.

Relocating trash processing from Wallingford to Bristol could be advantageous for some towns, including Cheshire, Milone said. The Bristol facility charges a smaller tipping fee, a fixedfee paid per ton of waste processed, according to Milone. The tipping fee in Bristol is $2.88 less than in Wallingford. This difference would save Cheshire about $21,000 annually, for example. Milone said another factor Cheshire will consider with the move to Bristol is increased costs paid to a private trash collection company. If a municipality relocates its trash processing farther away, the collection

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Orchestra plans concert Dec. 12 The Cheshire Symphony Orchestra plans to open its 30th season with a concert on Monday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., at St. Peter’s Church, 59 Main St. The concert features Naomi Senzer, flautist, performing Johann Quantz’s Flute Concerto in G Major and Giulio Briccialdi’s Carnevale di Venezia with the orchestra. The program also includes Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco Overture and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”) in B Minor as well as Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from The Messiah.

Covanta officials have requested that each town decide whether it plans to relocate its trash processing to Bristol by Dec. 31.

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In Wallingford, the departure by Covanta would follow other departures by corporations in recent years, Dickinson said, including Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Verizon, which shut down its Wallingford call center with 490 employees last month.

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The Cheshire Land Trust partnered with the Cheshire Historical Society for a Black Friday walk. Shown, far right, is Thomas Mulholland of “Spirits CLT president Mark Kasinskas gives an overview of the morning’s hike at Alive,” who told stories about a few Cheshire residents from the town’s earliest history. | Photos by Joy VanderLek, The Cheshire Citizen the Ives Farm barn.

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cedars and hardwoods like scarlet, white and black oaks, along with hickory, beech, and others. Kasinskas said the cedars, now dead or dyREI also closes its stores and ing, were a clue that long ago online access on Black Friday the land was pasture, and and gives employees a paid most likely well stocked with day off to enjoy outdoor rec- sheep. reation. Adweek called the idea a “brave concept.” That That’s hard on the enviidea has won industry recronment, and according to ognition for its unique pitch Kasinskas, would make it and various business anadifficult for most trees to take lysts have called the OptOut- hold due to compaction of side movement a legitimate the soil. However, cedars, healthy lifestyle trend as well above all other trees, would as a smart “non advertising” be able to find a way to dig approach to creating brand in, take hold and grow. Kaidentity. sinskas also talked about the evolution of Connecticut’s In Cheshire, about 30 walkers land from the time the setmade up the all-ages group, tlers practiced widespread guided by Mark Kasinskas, clear cutting techniques to a certified forester and pres- farm and build and on to the ident of the Cheshire Land present day reforestation and Trust. Kasinskas took the second-growth forests. group on a mile-long tour of the Ives Farm woodlands, As a special addition to the which consists of old-growth morning walk, the land trust

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Hate crime statistics trending downward By Matthew Zabierek Record-Journal staff

an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”

New statistics released by the FBI show area towns recorded fewer hate crimes in 2015 than in past years.

The statistics reflect incident reports submitted to the FBI by local law enforcement agencies.

According to the latest annual FBI hate crime report released in November, Wallingford, Cheshire and Southington each reported one hate crime in 2015. Meriden, with a larger population, recorded two.

Of the five crimes recorded by area towns in 2015, four were racially motivated and one was committed against someone with a disability, according to the FBI report. The majority of hate crimes reported in the area were not violent and involved public displays of racist language.

The five total hate crimes is a reduction from past annual reports. The four towns totaled 13 hate crimes in 2013 and 10 in 2012. Five hate crimes were reported in 2014. The FBI defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by

In Wallingford, police found a racial slur spray painted on a stop sign. In Cheshire, the letters “KKK” were spray painted on playground equipment at a park. In Meriden, a piece of paper with racist comments written on it was placed in front of the home of a black family.

Reporting Program data. Nationally, reported hate crimes rose 6.8 percent in 2015, with crimes against Muslims spiking 67 percent from 154 incidents in 2014 to 257 in 2015. Roland Cockfield, former president of the NAACP chapter in Meriden and Wallingford, said he fears that comments made by President-elect Donald Trump and his advisors could spark a rise in bigotry. “You plant that and advocate that, this is what people are going to feed off,” Cockfield said. “(Trump) spoke to what a lot of people were thinking.”

Numbers according to FBI data. | Matthew Zabierek, Record-Journal

“It’s become clear that Connecticut isn’t immune from hatred and bigotry,” said David McGuire, president of the American Civil Liberties

Union of Connecticut. In total, 65 hate crimes in Connecticut were recorded in the FBI’s Uniform Crime

McGuire agreed that national politics has impacted trends in hate crimes. “Some of the national rhetoric has emboldened people See Hate, A6

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Watchdog agencies worry about budget cuts none went so far as to say they shouldn’t face additional cuts.

to adjust to and as we face another challenging budget By Mike Savino year, every priority will have Record-Journal staff to be scrutinized to see what “Watchdog agencies perform resources are available going As Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and an essential public service, forward in this next budget and just as we are working lawmakers grapple with a cycle,” said incoming House with all of our state agencies, Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, projected budget deficit exwe are committed to working D-Berlin, who represents a ceeding $1 billion next year, with them to ensure that they portion of Southington. state watchdog agencies are continue to fulfill their core concerned additional cuts Both the Office of Policy and could prevent them from ef- mission,” Kelly Donnelly, a spokeswoman for Malloy, Management and Office of fectively serving their roles. said in a statement. Fiscal Analysis have pro“I am always hopeful, but I’m jected budget deficits in exstill worried,” said Carol Car- Members of each of the four cess of $1.2 billion next fiscal son, executive director of the legislative caucuses talked year, and reported earlier about the importance of the Office of State Ethics. this month that fixed costs watchdog agencies, but also will account for just over half Malloy and legislative leadreferenced the expected difof spending even before cuts ers say they are committed to ficulties in trying to present a are made. preserving the Office of State balanced budget next year. Ethics, the State Elections State Rep. Vincent Cande“They have felt the similar Enforcement Commission lora, R-North Branford, who and the Freedom of Informa- budgetary pressures that serves as a deputy leader in all state agencies have had tion Commission, although the caucus, said elected offi-

cials need to start considering which services they want to preserve and which ones they can do without to avoid “death by a thousand cuts.” Candelora, who represents a section of Wallingford, said the three watchdog agencies in particular are “important for transparency,” but warned they won’t be able to do their jobs effectively without the proper support. Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, and Adam Joseph, a spokesman for the Senate Democrats, both pointed to investigations involving governors as evidence that the state needs its watchdog agencies. Fasano, who also represents Wallingford, referenced the

SEEC’s investigation into the state Democratic Party’s funding mailers in support of Malloy in 2014, a case that resulted in a $340,000 settlement before federal investigators launched their own query. Joseph, meanwhile, mentioned former Republican Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned in 2005 before going to jail for accepting gifts from state contractors, an incident that prompted the legislature to revamp its campaign finance laws. Officials from the watchdog agencies said the vocal support from legislative leaders and Malloy gives them confidence, but also expressed See Concerns, A7

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McGuire cautioned that hate crimes statistics can be misleading because crimes can go unreported if the victim feels ashamed. In November 2015, Meriden resident Ted Hakey Jr. fired several gunshots at Baitul Aman mosque in Meriden. The mosque was unoccupied at the time and there were no injuries. That incident was not included in the FBI’s hate

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Meriden police and an FBI spokesman did not know why the mosque incident, which was prosecuted as a federal hate crime, was not included in the data.

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Among the 7,121 victims, about 59 percent were targeted for race or ethnicity; 20 percent of victims were targeted for religion; and about 18 percent were targeted for sexual orientation.


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concern that recent history indicates they could be facing additional cuts next year. Each agency has seen its budget cut by roughly 40 percent since 2012, and they warn any additional reductions could make them ineffective. “We’ve given all that we can give,” said SEEC Executive Director Michael Brandi, adding his agency is “firing out (cases) as fast as we can” just to keep up with its docket. Brandi, Carson and FOIC Executive Director Colleen Murphy said their agencies do more than just investigation and enforcement. They also try to educate public employees, candidates, and other groups. msavino@record-journal.com 203-317-2266 Twitter: @reporter_savino

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MERIDEN — A local company that warehouses and ships online purchases has expanded thanks to rapid e-commerce and subscription sales growth. Fosdick Fulfillment Corp., of 500 S. Broad St., recently leased more space at 550 Research Parkway and on Johnson Avenue in Cheshire. In total, the company now has more than one million square feet of warehouse space and 591 employees in Connecticut. Fosdick also has two distribution centers in Nevada. Online deals were offered throughout the Thanksgiving weekend, not just on Cyber Monday, and companies like Fosdick and Amazon in Wallingford have braced themselves for the digital frenzy. Amazon announced last month it would be hiring more than 500 workers at its sorting center in Wallingford and its fulfillment center

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Ann Nyberg, journalist, author, and news anchor, plans to discuss her latest book, “Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom About America’s Leading Lady,” on Saturday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m., at Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main St. The book shares interviews and stories from the people who knew and cared for Hepburn. Registration is required. For more information, call 203-272-2245, ext. 4 or visit www.cheshirelibrary.org.

First Congregational Church, 111 Church St., has scheduled its annual Christmas Fair for Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features handmade gifts and ornaments, cookie walk, Granny’s Attic, Treasure Room, raffle and more. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For more information, call 203-272-5323.

Facebook for Everyone Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main St., has scheduled Facebook for Everyone for Monday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m. Learn how to create a Facebook account, connect with friends and family, share photos and videos, send messages, get updates and more. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register, call 203272-2245, ext. 4 or visit www.cheshirelibrary.org.

Remembering Pearl Harbor The Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main St., plans to commemorate Pearl Harbor’s 75th anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. A panel of Cheshire World War II veterans plan to share stories of the Day of Infamy and the years that followed. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call 203-272-2245, ext. 4 or visit www.cheshirelibrary.org.

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Cheshire United Methodist Church, 205 Academy Road, has scheduled “The Road to Bethlehem” for Saturday, Dec. 10, 5 to 8 p.m. The free event, featuring live animals and re-created Christmas scenes, is viewed as a drivethrough from your car. Donations of non-perishable food, and money, benefit area food and fuel banks. For more information, call 203-272-4626.

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scheduled worship for Sunbut often not for those who days at 9 and 10:45 a.m. are grieving. Whether it’s the passing of a loved one,the Puzzle Solve For more information and the loss of a job, the failure a complete schedule of of a relationship or for some programs, visit cornerother cause, Christmas can Bits Scripture Solution stonecheshire.com or call be difficult. 203-272-5083. Childcare is available for most groups. Cheshire’s First CongregaJust as I have life tional Church, 111 Church because of the Father, so Prayer Group Dr., has scheduled a “Quiet whoever feeds on me Christmas” service for anyone Mom’s in Prayer Internahave life because of who finds it difficultshall to attend tional welcomes the public me, says ---other more festive services on thetoLord. weekly prayer gatherings John 6:58 Sunday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. in Cheshire to pray for children, schools and teachers. Led by the Rev. Mark Montgomery and specially trained Meetings are held Tuesdays, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., at Oasis Stephen Ministers, this Church, 176 Sandbank Road. contemplative, welcoming For more information, conservice is open to all. Bring tact joellenputnam@yahoo. a photo of your loved one to place on the communion ta- com. ble during the service.

‘The Preaching Hour’

For more information, call 203-272-5323.

“The Preaching Hour” airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on PATV Cox Cable 15 and is hosted by Cheshire resident Br. Tobin Hitt, founder of Zion Pentecost Mission. For more information, visit tobinhitt.com or call 203-200-9177.

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Man faces felony larceny charge over trailer dispute By Lauren Sievert Record-Journal staff

CHESHIRE — A Bristol man faces charges after police say he didn’t return a semitrailer containing $26,000 worth of goods to his former employer. John Green, 51, of 35 Elm St.,

Bristol, was charged Monday with first-degree larceny of a motor vehicle and interfering with an officer. Green was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. The judge released him on a promise to appear in court on Jan. 6. On Oct. 22, the owner of a local freight and courier com-

pany reported that a former employee refused to return a semi-trailer loaded with goods, according to Green’s arrest warrant. The owner said he leased the semitrailer and the former employee, Green, was supposed to return it on Oct. 22. Green, who had informed the owner he was quitting effective Oct. 21, agreed to

do one last delivery and leave the semi-trailer with the freight inside at a specified location, the warrant aid. When the owner went to retrieve the truck, it wasn’t there. When contacted, Green told the owner he would return the semi-trailer when he was paid wages he said he was owed, the warrant said.

Police determined the goods in the truck belonged to another company and were valued around $26,489, the warrant said. Green initially told an officer he would provide the location of the semi-trailer if the owner paid wages owed to him. After police notified him that there was a criminal investigation, Green provided the location.

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The U.S. is ranked as the world’s second-largest e-commerce market. The country’s online shopping revenue was $483 billion at the end of 2014, according to database company Statista, compared to China’s $538 billion.

But the online shopping trend is expected to grow as retailers find ways to make it as seamless as possible for the consumer. This includes free Amazon shopping apps that let consumers track deals.

>> E-commerce In an effort to compete, WalMart began offering online deals Thanksgiving evening. Macy’s, with a fulfillment center in Cheshire, has also announced more products online. Wal-Mart has nearly tripled its online assortment, from 8 million products last year to 23 million products. Some of those products aren’t available in stores. Amazon has 353 million products, according to Business Insider. Traci Gregorski, senior vice president of marketing at retail consultancy Market Track, says consumers are seeking greater personal connections with online shopping and commerce, according to a NRF report. “Consumer behavior has changed in a dramatic way and will continue to do so,” Gregorski said in the report “(Online) has increased exponentially and is being driven by increased comfort levels with security, but even more important is convenience. Shoppers are timepressed, and user experience

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New legislature, same problems Now that the election is over, we know who we’re sending to Hartford to begin a new legislative session in the new year. We also know that they’ll be working under the same dark deficit cloud that’s been hanging over the state Capitol for far too long. The newcomers as well as veterans will be called upon to work on a two-year budget that’s already projected to be $1.3 billion short, with recent estimates showing tax revenue on a continuous slide through fiscal year 2019. Meanwhile, we’re only halfway through a fiscal year that’s about $68 million in the red. Clearly, the General Assembly and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy are still a long way from solving the ongoing financial woes of a state that, by some measures, has never fully recovered from the recession of 2008. Already this fiscal year, the state has cut more than $800 million in spending and has

laid off nearly 1,100 workers, with 500 more layoffs set for January. State agency heads have provided Malloy with various options to accommodate a “likely” 10 percent cut in discretionary funding. Chronic underfunding of the Teachers’ Retirement System and the State Employees’ Retirement System is an area of great concern, calling for about $302 million in additional funding next year. Retiree health costs may add $66 million to that total. Other bills coming due soon pertain to previous state borrowing to balance the budget, property-tax offsets, and transportation improvements. The cost-cutting options presented to Malloy by department heads include closing some DMV offices; cutting housing subsidies for people with AIDS; privatizing services for more people with intellectual or developmental disabilities; eliminating daycare subsidies for thousands of children; cutting

financial aid at the University of Connecticut or eliminating 286 staff positions there; and eliminating a program that helps veterans find jobs. This situation didn’t arise overnight — “I don’t believe people understand that a lack of paying the bills as they should have been paid has led to the current difficulties the state of Connecticut is living with,” the governor recently told an Associate Press reporter. Regardless, only Malloy working with the new General Assembly, can put the state back on its financial feet. With the changes made on Nov. 8 — Republicans now at parity with Democrats in the Senate, and some new faces in the House, including in leadership positions — the coming session presents an opportunity for elected officials in Hartford to work together to put this state on a sounder financial footing. — Originally published in the Meriden Record-Journal

“The best resources are our citizens who are already out there enjoying and exploring our river and tributaries,” said former QRWA Executive Director Steve Theriault. “We’re hoping that people take the time when enjoying the river to look around, sniff around and see what’s going on in the vicinity.” The Board of Directors approved the program with

School News Mentoring Cheshire Youth Service has scheduled the fall session of Teen-2-Teen, a mentoring program between high school and middle school students that focuses on issues such as self-esteem, peer pressure, team building and leadership, as well as study skills and tutoring. The program is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 to 5 p.m., at the Yellow House, 554 South Main St. (across from the high school). Bus transportation will be provided. For more information, call 203-271-6690 or email yellowhouse@cheshirect.org.

Q RiverWATCH program is here The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association has begun a program to encourage citizens and residents of the watershed and beyond to report illegal or harmful activities. The program will be known as “Q RiverWATCH” and the organization hopes it will lead to a cleaner river and environment.

St. Bridget School recently learned about Internet safety with the help of the Cheshire Police Department; Michelle Piccerillo, director of Youth & Social Services for Cheshire; and Marilou Rochefort, St. Bridget School coordinator.

Theriault administering from the QRWA’s headquarters on Oregon Road in Meriden. The types of problems the group expects to uncover include illegal discharges to the river or tributaries, illegal dumping, unpermitted diversions (withdrawals of water), threats to groundwater resources, non-point sources pollution (unregulated discharges which run into sewers, drainpipes, etc.) and problems with erosion control from ongoing development as well as unpermitted wetland filling. “The Quinnipiac River’s watershed is a heavily industrialized and populated area and there are many competing uses which require oversight,” Theriault said.

More than two decades ago, the QRWA began a RiverWatch program which was successful, with reports coming in from far and wide. “We will direct those who call in to the appropriate agency responsible for enforcing environmental laws, but we will primarily be looking for problems in the Quinnipiac’s watershed,” Theriault added. There will be an answering machine to take calls on off hours. Citizens can help by reporting any suspicious behavior, odors, off-color water, dumping of garbage, chemicals or other items into streams, ponds or wetlands, and illegal digging or dredging. See QRiverWATCH, A11

Scholastic achievements Sacred Heart Academy has named the following local students to the first marking period honor roll. High honors - Megan Baker, Olivia Emerson, Alexa Fiala, Madeleine Fusco, Cathleen Halasinski, Samantha Hekeler, Madeline Hekeler, Megan Horvath, Maia Jakubowski, Caroline Kent, Katherine Mackey, Anne Mackey, Elizabeth Mackey, Caitlyn Napierkowski, Klara Schommer, Adalyn Schommer, Jenna Tubby of Cheshire. Honors - Kayla LaPointe, Taylor Sarojak of Cheshire. The Citizen prints scholastic achievements of local students. Company policy requires verification from the school, i.e., a copy of the letter, email or certificate received by the student.

Mothers fellowship group meetings MOPS Next, for mothers with children past the preschool years (including college) meets on the first and third Friday of each month, 9:15 to 11 a.m., at White Oak Baptist Church, 120 Main St. All are welcome to connect with other mothers for fellowship and fun. Refreshments and childcare provided. For more information, call Ellen at 845-661-8212, Julie at 203-710-9034 or visit www.mops.org.


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Not too late to winterize plants hurt by drought By Dawn Pettinelli

This has been a particularly stressful year on woody plants. According to official sources, the rainfall over the past few months has been 60 to 73 percent below normal. The drought has left many trees and shrubs in a weakened state. Also at risk are young plants and fall planted ones, both lacking extensive root systems. Because of this, you may want to take extra precautions to increase their survival over the winter.

tablished specimens and recent transplants will benefit from generous waterings until the ground freezes. Some years Mother Nature takes care of this but it looks like she could use some assistance this year.

Mulch insulation

Also, if you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already done so, put down 2- to 3 inches of an organic mulch like bark or wood chips. The insulation provided by the mulch keeps the soil temperatures warmer in the fall, prolonging good conditions for root growth. Once the soil is frozen, it will not thaw as Three major threats of winter, rapidly during unseasonably warm periods. This is espeat least as far as plants are cially important for any fall concerned, are frigid templanted stock. Heaving of the peratures, vast fluctuations root ball due to freeze-thaw in temperature and drying cycles will expose the roots winds. Last Februaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s temto cold temperatures and perature nose dive caused drying winds, most likely killeven some large, estabing the plant. lished plants to perish. How well a plant withstands this Broad-leaved evergreens like wintry onslaught depends rhododendrons, some azaon the species or variety, its leas, holly and boxwood call overall vigor, site conditions, for an additional measure. and how severe the winter Assuming they are fairly well season is. Very cold winters established, the greatest danwith little snow cover are the ger to them during the winter harshest. is desiccation. During warm spells, the leaves loose water What can you do to protect by transpiring to cool themyour plants? Both large es-

selves. The still frozen roots are unable to replace the lost moisture and the plants can become desiccated and suffer winter injury. Often winterkill or winter injury does not show up until the following spring. The leaves may develop brown edges, the bark may split, whole branches, even entire plants, may die. Keep in mind that curled leaves on rhododendrons are a natural response to bone-chilling temperatures. They will uncurl as temperatures moderate.

Anti-desiccant Your best defense against winter desiccation is the use of an anti-transpirant or anti-desiccant, which is available at most garden centers. This spray-on coating cuts the rate of moisture loss by

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manned but callers should leave a message any time The number for reporting of the day or night. Citizens suspected environmental vi- should leave their name and olations is 860-302-8099. The phone number unless desirbackup number is 203-237ing an anonymous tip. Fol2237. Tips will be logged and low up is possible by calling the appropriate local, state or the same reporting number. federal agencies contacted, The Quinnipiac River Waincluding the Connecticut tershed Association is dediDepartment of Energy and cated to the preservation of Environmental Protection the Quinnipiac River and its and the U.S. Environmental watershed. The Quinnipiac Protection Agency, as well River begins in Farmington as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as munici- and goes through Plainville, pal wetlands, environmental Southington, Cheshire, Meriden, Wallingford, North enforcement and planning Haven and New Haven. officials. For more information, visit The phone will not be QRWA.org.

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Operation Fuel and its statewide network of fuel banks is accepting energy assistance applications from Connecticut households that are in danger of having their utility services terminated. Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211.

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Operation Fuel is a private, nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance year-round through its statewide network to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis. For more information visit www.operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT 06106.

By Mike Roberts

Just for the record, this column tries to keep you updated on what is going on in our area seasonally. For that reason, you should not be surprised if, now and then, you see bits and pieces in the column that you might have seen before. I tell you this because a buddy of mine was whining about seeing the same thing (almost) last year in my column warning our readers to watch out for deer in the road this time of the year. I have seen some tragic deer/ vehicle accidents over my years. If I relate the incidents more than once and it saves a life, it made my day!

Black bear sighting One of our readers, Bill Bridges, sent along an email regarding a black bear sighting on the Q-Gorge Linear Trail. It happened on October 20 at approximately 8:10 a.m.

“I was walking easterly from the Cheshire end of the Gorge Trail and I met two women coming from the opposite direction at approximately the 1-mile marker,” Bridges reported. “They asked if I had seen the bear and I told them I had not. “The ladies told me a big black bear came out of the river and ran to the west on the trail when it saw them. I had not seen or heard anything, and they continued west and I continued east. Several hundred yards east of where I met the women I did I fact see wet tracks that came up the bank and went west on the trail.

black bears are in our area and are only going to increase in numbers as the years go by. The DEEP Wildlife Division has proven itself to be more than capable of managing our wildlife resources and in time they will handle the black bear problem. No one asked me, but I’ll throw in my two cents worth anyway. Why not sell bear tags to those who might want to harvest a black bear in Connecticut?

The money from the permits could go into a dedicated fund to manage the burgeoning black bear population in Connecticut. I suggest hunt“I estimated them to be the ing them because it is only a size of my hand. They came matter of time before either up the end of the section of a human or a pet is going to fence directly across from the get injured by a black bear west end of Boy Scout Island. here in Connecticut. It hapI continued my walk and met pened in New Jersey and it them again on my return can happen here! trip. They apparently told everyone they saw since I no- And Bill Bridges, thanks for ticed several people I passed sharing the info with us. Any had turned around and were time you see a black bear in Connecticut, it should be reheading back east.” ported to the DEEP Wildlife Make no mistake about it,

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up to 80 percent. Apply once in late November to early December when temperatures are above 40 degrees F and again during our typical February thaw.

can be loosely tied to prevent splitting from ice or heavy snows. Use twine, rope or heavy string but don’t strangle the plant.

Grafted roses such as hybrid teas and grandifloras will also welcome a little winPlants on exposed sites, or ter protection. Mound 8 to even newly planted ones, 10 inches of fresh soil over may also benefit from a wind each crown after the ground screen. You can make one freezes, spray the canes with simply by stapling burlap an anti-transpirant, and add onto stakes set in the ground, several inches of a loose either surrounding each mulch like leaves, straw or vulnerable plant or on the evergreen boughs over the windward side of a planting. soil mound. Styrofoam rose Although burlap does breath, cones, if you can find them, leave an opening at the top also offer excellent protecand bottom if using it as a tion. Plants may need to be surround. pruned to fit under them. Upright evergreens includTie down canes of climbing junipers and arborvitae ing roses to keep them from

whipping in the wind. Steps taken now will greatly improve your plants’ chances of making it through the winter unscathed. For that, both you and your plants will be grateful. If you have questions about winterizing your plants or on any home and garden questions, contact the UConn Home & Garden Education at 877-486-6271 or www. ladybug,uconn.edu or your local Cooperative Extension Center. Extension educator Dawn Pettinelli manages and coordinates activities of the UConn Home & Garden Education Center and the UConn Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory.


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Library receives funds for early education work The Cheshire Public Library has received a donation from the Rotary Club of Cheshire to help fund a subscription to ReadyRosie, an online early education program for parents and children.

Wendy Stevens of the Cheshire Rotary presents a donation to Ramona Burkey, Cheshire Public Library director, to help fund the ReadyRosie Program.

port early literacy and school readiness activities for children and families.

“Digital resources can be an extremely powerful tool for promoting early learning,” explains Lucas Franklin, ReadyRosie, which produces head of children’s services at and sends short weekly video the Cheshire Public Library. clips to parents via email “We are taking a proactive and/or text, is just one facet approach in recommendof the Cheshire Public Liing appropriate, high-qualbrary’s Media Mentorship ity resources to Cheshire’s initiative, which employs families, so that children can apps, eBooks, tablets and get the best start possible in other digital media to supour 21st-century learning

environment.” Library Director Ramona Burkey adds, “Contributing towards ReadyRosie through the library was the ideal way for the Rotary Club to promote education in Cheshire, and we couldn’t be more grateful to them for that.” One of Rotary International’s many goals is to support education both locally and globally. The Cheshire Rotary Club has funded educational See Funds, A14

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Division. Also, feel free to share it with me so we can keep folks aware of bear activity I our area.

The cold facts While many boats have already been put away for the season, an occasional warming spell tends to bring out many kayakers and canoe paddlers. The problem presented for the paddlers is what to wear in this change of weather temperatures. Should they wear thermal protection offered by a dry or wetsuit? A long-assumed guideline meant to help paddlers make the right decision, sometimes know as the “120-degree rule,” may instead put paddlers in danger. The 120-degree rule is a formula that adds together the air and water temperatures to determine when thermal protection is needed. It assumes that if the total is above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, then no dry or wetsuit is needed.

Sensenbrenner says that warm fall or spring days give paddlers a false sense of security. “Water temperatures have plunged, but the warm sun on your face hides the reality that accidentally going over board at this time of the year could quickly lead to trouble.” According to research, sudden cold water immersion can kill in several ways: involuntary gasp reflex and hyperventilation, cold incapacitation and immersion hypothermia. Also, not wearing a life jacket compounds the risk of drowning.

Fishing update I’ve just received the last scheduled fishing report from the DEEP Inland Fisheries. Of course, the annual Atlantic salmon has been done, although there are a few more salmon to be

stocked for those who enjoy hooking up with these splendid leapers. Many of the fish were in the 6-20 pound range. Fall fishing for largemouth bass and has been fair at some of the larger water bodies like Bantam Lake, Candlewood Lake, Winchester Lake, Beach Pond, Pattagansett Lake, Crystal Lake, Mudge Pond and Pachaug Lake.

of low water levels brought on by the drought. However, fishing for surplus broodstock brook trout has been reported as very good in Tyler Lake, Mohawk Pond and Black Pond in Woodstock. Look for winter drawdowns in many of the lakes in Connecticut. This is done to protect the shoreline docks.

Deer hunting

When the deer firearms season opened Nov. 6, your Walleyes have been biting old outdoor writer was in a in Squantz Pond and Beach quandary because I was unPond as well as Batterson Park, Mashapaug Lake, Gard- der the weather. To go or not to go was the question, and ner Lake, Mount Tom Pond, and the Saugatuck Reservoir. being the stubborn *** that I am, I went. Black crappie (calico bass) have been feeding heavily in It was still dark when I a number of areas, including climbed into my tree stand Candlewood Lake, Lake Lilli- and began the wait. I was suffering the after-effects of nonah, Rainbow Reservoir, a chest infection and, every Rogers Lake, Roseland Lake once in awhile, got caught and Park Pond. up in some serious coughing Trout stockings have been on while in my stand. hold in may places because I had been assured by some

of my younger hunting friends like Kyle Cooney, Pete Picone and Pete Arrigoni that if I ever needed a hand to give them a call. Since I am now 80-years old, I appreciated their kind offers. Like I said, I was doing quite a bit of coughing in the stand and thought to myself, “You old fool, there is not a deer that is going to come close to you with that cough.” About 7:30 a.m., just as I decided to call it quits because of my coughing, I caught movement in the woods. It was an eight-point buck and he did end up tagged. And to make my luck even better, I was able to call Pete Picone and he and his son Neil dragged the deer out for me. Thanks, guys. Hey, gotta run. See ya and God Bless America and watch over our troops wherever they may be.

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“Using this simple formula,” notes BoatUS Foundation Assistant Ted Sensenbrenner, Director of Boating Safety, “a paddler could mistakenly believe that if the air temperature is in the low 70s and the water temperature is hovering around the lower 50s, that thermal protection is not

necessary. That could not be further from the truth.”


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Senior Menu Reservations must be made nutrition program served. 48 hours in advance by calling 203-272-0047. A donation Tuesday, Dec. 6: Meatloaf with gravy, mashed potato, is requested. California blend vegetables, Monday, Dec. 5: No elderly wheat dinner roll.

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Eggplant rolatini, penne pasta, fresh zucchini, garlic brad, grape juice, lemon cake.

squash soup, crab cake, confetti rice, Roman blend vegetables, pumpernickel bread, pears.

Thursday, Dec. 8: Butternut

Friday, Dec. 9: Portuguese

grilled chicken with onions and tomato, boiled potato, green beans, dinner roll, fruited Jell-O.

Senior Calendar Monday, Dec. 5 Boomers & Beyond Body Camp, 9 a.m.; Sweatin’ to the Oldies exercise, 9 a.m.; 9 to 5 Cards, 9:30 a.m.; Get Fit with Phyllis, 10:15 a.m.; Arthritis Gentle Exercise Class, 11:30 a.m.; Knitting & Crocheting, 12:30 p.m.; Senior Center Board of Directors meeting, 1 p.m.; Tai Chi - advanced,

1 p.m.; Teen Patti Cards, 1 p.m.; Tai Chi - beginner, 2:15 p.m.; Chair Yoga II class, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 6 Crafty Ladies, 9 a.m.; Zumba Gold, 9:30 a.m.; Moderate Exercise, 10:15 a.m.; Yolarates, 10:30 a.m.; Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.;

Travel Club Board meeting, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 Pilates Class, 9:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga class, 10 a.m.; Balance & Coordination Class, 10:30 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 12:30 p.m.; Busy Bees, 1 p.m.; Nickel, Nickel, 12:45 p.m.; Senior Club, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 8 Walking Group, 9 a.m.; Line Dance - advanced, 9:30 a.m.; Moderate Exercise, 10:15 a.m.; Line Dance - beginner, 10:30 a.m.; Scrabble, 12:30 p.m.; Charlemagne Cards, 1 p.m.; Holiday Cookie Competition, 1 p.m.; Texas Hold ‘em Cards, 1 p.m.; Life Story Writing Workshop, 1:30 p.m.;

Boomers & Beyond Body Camp II Class, 4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 9 Golf Cards, 10 a.m.; Art/ Painting class, 10:30 a.m.; Tai Chi - intermediate, 10:30 a.m.; Bridge, 12:30 p.m.; SetBack, 12:45 p.m.; Discussion Group, 1 p.m.

Senior Happenings Programs Holiday Cookie Competition - Thursday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call the Senior Center at 203-272-8286. Hospitality meeting - Monday, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. Jukebox Bingo - Monday, Dec. 12, 1 p.m. Bingo

with a musical twist. Prizes awarded. No cost, but registration is requested by Friday, Dec. 9. Fantasy of Lights - Wednesday, Dec. 14. Dinner (on your own) at a local restaurant, then board the Senior Center van for a tour of holiday lights at Lighthouse Point Park. Reservations are required. Call 203-272-0047.

Whist Holiday Party - Thursday, Dec. 15, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Last name A through L, bring dessert; M through Z, bring appetizers. Registration is required. Call Cindy at 203-494-1676. The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society - Thursday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” is planned for discussion as well as Sherlock Holmes film and Sherlockiana. New members always welcome. Registration is requested.

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For more information, email Andy at tranquilli@hotmail. com. AARP Safe Driving Course Monday, Dec. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A fee is charged. Registration and pre-payment required. Photo ID - Monday, Dec. 19, 1 to 3 p.m. First come, first serve basis.

Cooking at Cheshire Regional Rehab Center Wednesday, Dec. 21, 11:30 a.m. Registration is required. Transportation available on request. Bennett Family Bell Ringers - Thursday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m. Registration required by Monday, Dec. 19.

Ask the Probate Judge - Tuesday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m. InforER vs. Urgent Care - Tuesday, mal roundtable with Judge Dec. 20, 10 a.m. Discussion Jalowiec. Registration is of when to go to the ER vs. requested. the urgent care facility. Registration is requested. New Year’s Eve Party - Thursday, Dec. 29, noon to 2 p.m. Cheshire Readers Book Club Musical entertainment by - Tuesday, Dec. 20, 10:30 Jose Paulo. A fee is charged. a.m. “The Immortal Life of Registration is required by Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Friday, Dec. 23. Skloot.

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Woman charged with prescription fraud CHESHIRE — A former employee at a local dental practice faces charges after police say she filled prescriptions using unauthorized identification numbers. Jessica Cash, 29, of 327 Merwin Ave., Milford, was arrested last week and charged with two counts each of criminal impersonation, identity theft, illegally obtaining drugs, third-degree forgery and sixth-degree larceny. She was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court Nov. 23. A judge set bond at $5,000 and continued the case to Jan. 6. On July 28, an officer responded to a local dental practice for a report of employee theft. One of the doctors said shortly after Cash was hired in late June a patient reported cash and eyeglasses missing from her purse, according to Cash’s arrest warrant. In an effort to determine who was responsible for the theft, a doctor placed a piece of paper and some change in a bank envelope and left the envelope

Cheshire property transfers CHESHIRE — Property transfers reported from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18: The 327C Sandbank Company, LLC to Sanbank Company, LLC, 327 Sandbank Road, Units 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, $199,900. Philomena and Louise Tito to John Zhong Chen, 839 Marion Road, $181,000. Richard B. and Mary M. Stanton to Carolyn Kupeck, 9 Southwick Court, $235,000. Doyle G. Hopper, Jr. and Vicki S. Hopper to Robert and Jodi B. Katz, 1605 Tuttle Ave., $770,000. Philip G. Bossy to Jason W. and Melinda S.

in the storage area of an employee who was on vacation, according to the warrant. The doctor told police he noticed Cash walk into the area and saw her holding the bank envelope. When confronted, Cash dropped the envelope and denied any wrongdoing, the warrant said. Cash was fired on July 16. In early August, a doctor reported to police that his prescription identification number was fraudulently used 16 times, starting on July 7 for either muscle relaxer or Tylenol with codeine, the warrant said. The prescriptions were called in under various names and filled at pharmacies in Cheshire, Milford and West Haven, according to the warrant. Security footage from a pharmacy in Cheshire showed someone driving a white Nissan picking up one of the prescriptions. Police went to Cash’s home and discovered a Nissan matching the description, the warrant said. When interviewed, Cash told police she wrote down doctors’ identification numbers when she worked at the dental practice and began using them after she was fired.

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Friends of Feral Cheshire Cats announced that, in honor of its 10th anniversary, a generous donor has agreed to match all donations made by Dec. 25 up to $10,000. FFCC provides spay/neuter and vaccinations to approximately 300 cats and kittens each year. This includes feral or community cats that go through the Trap-Neuter-Return program and friendly cats and kittens in foster program. Foster cats and kittens are friendly and are made available for adoption once they receive veterinary care.

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What makes a couple successful in their financial relationship? Ameriprise Financial surveyed more than 1,500 couples (those married or living together for at least six months) to learn about their money conversations and how they make decisions. The results revealed eight ways you can improve the financial health of your relationship:

This fundraising opportunity allows any donation large or small to be matched allowing FFCC to continue their programs. No amount is too small. Tax-deductible donations may be made payable to Friends of Feral Cheshire Cats, and sent to P.O. Box 946, Cheshire, CT 06410 or may be made securely online at www.feralct.org.

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1. Understand your partner’s money mindset. It’s normal to have differing views and habits about money, but that doesn’t mean you can’t agree on your financial goals. Couples who report being on the same page financially work to understand their partner’s approach to money and keep the lines of communication open.

Artsplace, 1220 Waterbury Road, is sponsoring a “Giving Tree” to benefit Cheshire Youth and Social Services. Any new, art related item, large or small, is appreciated. All donations will benefit the children of Cheshire families experiencing a financial hardship. Deadline for donations is Monday, Dec. 12. Artsplace is also collecting new pajamas for children, newborn through age 18, to benefit the Pajama Program. Donations will be distributed throughout the state. New, or gently used children’s books are also accepted.

2. Make finances a priority and don’t give up. Couples who are willing to have the hard conversations and who work together to find financial harmony will reap the benefits over time. As you might expect, the study found that couples who had been together longer tend to have better communication and are on the same page when it comes to financial matters.

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with someone who overspends or who isn’t willing to save for the vacation you’ve always dreamed about. Sharing financial goals does bring you closer together—or at least it’s one less thing to argue about. To make it easier to save, challenge yourselves to add a timeframe to each goal so you know what you’re working toward first. 4. Assign and accept financial roles and responsibilities. Most couples split up tasks such as paying bills or monitoring investments. Clear responsibilities allow you to hold one another accountable without worrying if the cable bill was paid. However, be sure to work together on tasks such as retirement planning that requires close collaboration. 5. Invest in your future together. Make it a priority to set aside a portion of your earnings for short- and longterm goals, including retirement. Know how much you collectively have in retirement savings—a surprising 23 percent of couples are unsure of this number. If you have kids, talk about how much you’d like to contribute to their college expenses so you can save accordingly. 6. Set a spending limit. Spending habits were the leading cause of contention for couples. Consider setting a spending limit to ensure

you’re on the same page as your partner regarding large expenditures. On average, couples said a purchase over $400 should trigger a discussion. 7. Understand that disagreeing is okay. According to the Ameriprise study, even couples who say they’re in financial harmony disagree on financial matters. What’s important isn’t that the partners don’t always agree, but that 82 percent resolve their issues and move on. 8. Enlist a professional to solidify your financial plan. When you need an objective opinion – or a deciding vote – meet with a financial advisor. Together the three of you can create a financial plan that meets your specific needs as a couple. Ultimately, it feels good when you are in sync with your partner regarding financial decisions and can work together toward managing your finances. Couples who actively work on improving their financial relationship will likely be less frustrated over money matters and may even feel better about their relationship overall. Jeff Jolly is a financial advisor and senior vice president of Root, Borajkiewicz, Lucarelli Wealth Management, with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in North Haven.

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Calendar Thursday, Dec. 1 Women’s Club - Cheshire Women’s Club has scheduled its annual auction fundraiser for Thursday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m., at the Cheshire Senior Center. A brief meeting follows the auction. Proceeds benefit annual scholarships. For more information, call Paulette at 203-272-8779.

Saturday, Dec. 3 Christmas Fair - First Congregational Church, 111 Church St., has scheduled its annual Christmas Fair for Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features handmade gifts and ornaments, cookie walk, Granny’s Attic, Treasure Room, raffle and more. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For more information, call 203-272-5323.

for Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The events offers silver and glass jewelry, glassware, paintings, photography, ceramics and more. Free admission. For more information, call 203-272-2787. Christmas Bazaar - St. Peter’s Soup & Santa Christmas Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 59 Main St. Holiday shopping, photos with Santa, and homemade soup. For more information, call 203-272-4041.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Blood drive - The American Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive for Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Highland School, 490 Highland Ave. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

Breakfast with Santa Knights of Columbus Council 2978 has scheduled a pancake and sausage breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus for Sunday, Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at St. Bridget School cafeteria, 171 Main St. A fee is charged. Proceeds benefit local charities including Cheshire Challenger baseball and softball, Abilities Without Boundaries, Cheshire Best Buddies and local high school and college scholarships. For more information, contact Mark Calabro at 203530-0570 or email mark.calabro@gmail.com.

Bazaar - Artsplace, 1220 Waterbury Road, has scheduled its Holiday Arts Bazaar

Bazaar - Artsplace, 1220 Waterbury Road, has scheduled its Holiday Arts Bazaar

for Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event offers silver and glass jewelry, glassware, paintings, photography, ceramics and more. Free admission. For more information, call 203-272-2787.

from your car. Donations of non-perishable food, and money, benefit area food and fuel banks. For more information, call 203-272-4626.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Breakfast with Santa - The Masons of Temple Lodge 16 has scheduled Breakfast with Santa for Sunday, Dec. 11, 7 a.m to noon, at 9 Country Club Road. A fee is charged, or donate a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Children will be able to meet and take pictures with Santa. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Cheshire Youth and Family Services. The community is welcome.

Cheshire Art League - The Cheshire Art League is scheduled to meet Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m., at the Cheshire Library, 104 Main St. A demonstration by guest artist, Eileen Eder, is planned. The demonstration is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.cheshireartleague. com. Toastmasters - Cheshire Toastmasters is scheduled to meet Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., at the Cheshire Historical Center, 43 Church St. For more information, call 203-272-4239.

Saturday, Dec. 10 Road to Bethlehem Cheshire United Methodist Church, 205 Academy Road, has scheduled “The Road to Bethlehem” for Saturday, Dec. 10, 5 to 8 p.m. The free event, featuring live animals and re-created Christmas scenes, is viewed as a drive-through

All-SCC athletes named for fall sports NEW HAVEN — The Southern Connecticut Conference has announced its All-Conference athletes for the 2016 fall season. The following athletes, listed by sport, made the grade from Cheshire. • Cross Country: Cheshire’s Lauren Daddi and Rachel Kaplan were named to the First Team. Daddi and Kaplan led the Rams to the SCC team championship.

Also from Cheshire, Brendan Murray and Quentin Arai were named to the boys First Team. Jacob Lawlor of

• Volleyball: Cheshire’s Molly Michaud was First Team. Cheshire’s Mallory Groom was on the Second Team. • Boys Soccer: Cheshire’s Andre Pereira and Sheehan’s Andrew Caplan were First Team players. Cheshire’s Toby Goldstein was on the Second Team. • Girls Soccer: Area picks were led SCC Player of the Year Saige Bingman of Cheshire, who helped the Rams win the conference championship. Teammate Sarah Clark was First Team as well. • Field Hockey: The SCC runner-up Cheshire Rams

featured Alyssa Stevens, Sam Simione and Sarah Pierpont on the First Team and Bailey Cunningham and Mikayla Crowley on the Second Team. • Girls Swimming: Cheshire’s run to victory in the SCC championship meet was paced by SCC Swimmer of the Year Liz Boyer, who won the 200 IM and 500 freestyle. • Football: All-SCC teams for offense and defense were named in Division I and Division II/III combined. Cheshire put lineman Pat Bourdeau, wide receiver Mike Millea, linebacker Brian Weyrauch and defensive back Michael Jeffery on the Division I team.

Friday, Dec. 16 Girls basketball - Cheshire vs. Hamden at Cheshire, 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, Dec. 13 Blood drive - The American Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive for Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1 to 6 p.m., at Cheshire United Methodist Church, 205 Academy Road. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-7332767 or visit redcrossblood. org.

Ice hockey - Cheshire vs. Conard at Veteran’s Memorial Rink, 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 19 Boys basketball - Cheshire vs. Platt at Cheshire, 7 p.m. Boys swimming - Cheshire vs. Foran at Foran, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 20 Girls basketball - Cheshire vs. Career Magnet at Career Magnet, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 21 Wrestling - Cheshire vs. Guilford at Guilford, 7 p.m. Ice hockey - Cheshire vs. Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug at Wesleyan, 4:30 p.m.

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Girls basketball - Cheshire vs. Bethel at Bethel, 7 p.m.

Boys basketball - Cheshire vs. Shelton at Cheshire, 7 p.m. Girls basketball - Cheshire vs. Lauralton Hall at Lauralton Hall, 7 p.m.

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Rams drop Apple Classic to Blue Knights to play. By Bryant Carpenter Record-Journal staff

SOUTHINGTON — There was the player who carved his name in his school record book. There Southington 47 were the Cheshire 20 mind-boggling plays that will loop in the collective memory of the thousands who filled Fontana Field. That player and those plays belonged to the Southington Blue Knights, who pulled away to a 47-20 victory over the Cheshire Rams on Thanksgiving morning in the 21st annual Apple Classic. First of all, ignore that final score. It hardly reflects the tight, back-and-forth battle this game was for 45 minutes and 7 seconds before the Blue Knights extended a 27-20 lead to 34-20 with 2:53

Then, capitalizing on two straight fumbled kickoffs, they scored twice more in the next 52 seconds. Crazy, just like the thought of Vinny Clements’ Southington rushing records falling after 50 years. But fall they did, to Southington senior Vance Upham, the power back who powered his way to the game’s overall Most Valuable Player award with 212 yards and four touchdowns. Crazy, too, like the Eli Manning-esque plays by Southington quarterback Will Barmore, who twice threw touchdown passes after skinof-his-teeth scrambles. The first, 23 yards to Anthony Plantamuro, came on the last play of the first half and put Southington up 20-17 at the break.

Cheshire’s Eric Angelone picks off a Southington pass to Timothy O’Shea during the Apple Classic on Thanksgiving Day at Fontana Field in Southington. The Rams lost 47-20 | Justin Weekes, For the Record-Journal See Rams, A19 to the Blue Knights.

Cheshire powder puff loses to Southington By Bryan Lipiner Record-Journal staff

CHESHIRE — Southington powder puff defeated Cheshire 34-14 Tuesday night, Nov. 22, at Cheshire High School. The Blue Knights now hold a 12-9 series lead. The game was also the final for retiring Cheshire head coach George Gilhuly. Southington’s Morgan Raymond recorded three total touchdowns. Isabel Cuddy and Alyssa Stevens notched touchdowns for Cheshire.

Cheshire’s Isabel Cuddy runs in the Cheshire-Southington powder puff game on Tuesday, Nov. 22. | Bryan Lipiner, Record-Journal

Cuddy broke the scoreless tie when she rushed for a 6-yard touchdown late in the first half. Southington quickly countered with a 24-yard touchdown pass, but missed the point after and entered halftime down 7-6. Early in the third quarter,

Cheshire’s Rachel Esposito runs in the CheshireSouthington powder puff game on Tuesday, Nov. 22. | Bryan Lipiner, Record-Journal

Cheshire scored a touchdown on a trick play and took a 14-6 lead. Southington then rattled off three

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allowing only the second of Ethan Bronson’s two field goals on the day. And, offensively, Barmore (16-for9, 272) found his rhythm, particularly to Jack Herms (7-79), Rivera (4-87) and Tim O’Shea (3-28).

The second, 27 yards to Richie Rivera, came on a fourth-and-7 play to put Southington up 34-20. Rivera, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end, simply willed his way into the end zone, breaking multiple tackles over the Then there was Southingfinal 10-yards of a game-seal- ton’s depth, which was the X factor in the end. ing journey.

“They were bringing it up front,” said Upham, who also starred at linebacker. “We just outplayed them, made them tired and just did what we had to do.”

“In big games, you have to make big plays and we did, and that’s why we won,” said Barmore after taking photos with Southington’s defensive MVP, linebacker Joe Koczera.

The boys definitely came raging to play. As they charged onto the field, the two teams surged into one another, about ready to rumble. The captains did not shake hands at the coin toss. Cheshire won it, defered, and we were on.

“They’re a good football team. You can’t make the mistakes we did against a good football team,” said Cheshire coach Donny Drust. “You have opportunities to get off the field on defense, you’ve got to do it. You have opportunities to execute on offense, you’ve got to execute. You can’t mistakes against good football team.”

The Rams flexed first. A premature snap deflected off the shins of Barmore and into the opportunistic arms of Nugent. Taking over at the Southington 40, the Rams needed eight plays to produce the first score. The biggest was a fourth-and-3 pass at the 21 that Raba put into the hands of Millea over the middle for a 10 yard gain.

Cheshire needed to beat Southington to have a shot of reaching the Class LL playoffs. For much of the morning, the Rams were right there behind their offensive MVP, quarterback Jack Raba (22-for-38, 155 yards), and defensive MVP, defensive back Matt Nugent.

A receiver screen to Angelone got Cheshire down to the 2 — Angelone fumbled, but was ruled out of bounds — and that set up Allston’s 2-yard TD run.

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Southington, meanwhile, struggled to get traction. Upham mustered just four yards on his first four carries. Then came his fifth. Knifing through a left-side hole, Upham gained the second level,

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and hauling in a 45-yard TD pass from Barmore. It came on a third-and-21 play. Cheshire, down 13-10, answered with an eightplay, 73-yard drive. The key element was a roughing-the-passer penalty on Southington that negated a third-down stop. Given new life, the Rams saddled up Allston and ultimately scored on a 22-yard pass from Raba to a wide-open Angelone. Southington trumped that in the final 29 seconds of the half. Taking over at their own 36, Barmore hit O’Shea for 12 yards, Rivera for 29 and then managed to evade would-be sackers before heaving a ball that Plantamuro brought down in the corner of the end zone as time expired. “I was rolling out, the kid had my jersey and I was trying to spin away and get his arm off me,” Barmore said.

“I finally was able to get him off me. That’s when you find your playmakers. Anthony is our playmaker. I gave him the chance and he made the play.” “I thought he was going to run it, so I was debating on going back and blocking or staying in the end zone,” said Plantamuro. “It was really just a jump ball. When it’s there, you’ve got to make those plays.” The last-second hit put Big Blue up 20-17 at the break and gave them tremendous lift heading into the second half. Cheshire initially countered it. After an exchange of turnovers at the start of the third quarter, the Rams tied it 2020 on Bronson’s 34-yard field goal. Jeffery launched the drive by picking off a Barmore pass and returning it 20 yards to midfield. Wnuck kept it alive

by corralling a 14-yard pass over the middle on fourthand-9 at the Cheshire 35. Southington answered with its best drive of the day. Mixing runs from Upham with short passes and doing it at lightning speed, the Blue Knights went 59 yards in 10 plays, finishing with Upham from 4, to take a 27-20 lead. “That was a big drive for us. We did a good job running our offense and playing with speed,” said Southington coach Mike Drury. “You have to win first down and you have to convert on third down to play fast. That was a big drive, and then our defense stepped up big-time in the second half.” No question. There was still 4:40 to play in the third quarter. The teams had exchanged four scores. What more was in store? Remarkably, over the next 13 minutes and 47 seconds, no

scoring. Upham did break away for a 47-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter, but it was called back by a hold.

Cheshire flubbed the squib that followed and Brandon Kohl took the next snap 48 yards to the house. Three touchdowns in 52 seconds.

Finally, with 2:53 to play, Rivera delivered the decisive blow when he corraled that fourth-and-11 pass from a scrambling Barmore and bulled his way home.

A game that was anything but somehow, in the end, seemed like a rout. It was hard to argue the point: Southington, with its depth, had worn down an outstanding opponent.

“We like to say Richie owns the middle. So when I break the pocket, I’m looking middle of the field,” Barmore said. “A big target. He put his hands up for me and he caught it and he made the play. He scored the touchdown, which was an unbelievable run by him. He made that play. He was wide open. It was an easy throw for me.”

“We’re a four-quarter team,” said Drury. “We prepare for that. We’re ready for that. We like that. We grind it down to the end. Our running backs just keep going; our O-line just keeps staying focused and doing their job and just keep winning the battle and playing with tempo.”

After that, the game got wide thanks to Cheshire turnovers on the kicks. The Rams fumbled the one after Rivera’s score and Upham carried four times to cover 45 yards.

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Non-league football games between SCC, SWC and ECC should benefit the ‘have-nots’ By Ken Lipshez Record-Journal staff

The new football scheduling partnership between the Southern Connecticut Conference, Eastern Connecticut Conference and South-West Conference for the 2017 and 2018 seasons has assigned two non-league clashes to Lyman Hall and one each to Sheehan and Cheshire next season. The Trojans will play one home game and one road game against South West Conference foes. They’ll host Notre Dame-Fairfield in Week 2 and venture to Bethel in Week 6. Sheehan will host Weston and Cheshire will visit Norwich Free Academy in Week 2 as part of the program. The partnership includes 39 teams in all — 22 from the SCC, 12 from the SWC and five from the ECC. The committee of league representatives said match-ups were based on class size, school enrollment and recent success rate. Match-ups for 2018 have yet to be determined. “Non-league games offer a bit of excitement and intrigue during a football season,” SCC commissioner Al Carbone said. “The SCC is very pleased to be a part of this partnership, and believes it will be a model that can unify future football scheduling in the state.” Carbone said the idea to broaden the schedule base for the teams in the three

leagues stems from the proliferation of lopsided games that many around the state sense has diminished interest. “There are ‘haves’ and ‘havenots,’ that’s the reality of it,” said Carbone, now in his 13th year of guiding the SCC. “We’ve been seeing some Class LL schools having consistent success. We’ve seen L schools like Hand, Notre Dame and now North Haven have success. The smaller schools are getting beat up. “It’s troubling because in other sports, like basketball, Sheehan and Lyman Hall have been able to hang with the Hillhouses and the Crosses. In football, all bets are off.” Carbone said the now-defunct 50-point rule, colloquially named after Bloomfield, New Britain and New London coach Jack Cochran, shed light on the incongruity and prompted thoughts about compensating for the problem. “We brought up the fact that it’s more [widespread] than you think,” Carbone said. “Lopsided games are a problem and in this state they get highlighted.” Lyman Hall, for example, is 5-46 over the last five years, with 33 of the losses coming by more than 30 points. Carbone said the Central Connecticut Conference, home for Platt, Maloney and Southington, showed no interest in joining the discussion among the three participating leagues. “We have commissioner meetings twice a year,” Carbone said. “I knew it would be popping up, so in May we went around the table. [SWC commissioner Dave Johnson] brought it up. The ECC

has had some problems and we’ve been trying to help them. The others didn’t seem to be listening. “After the fact, we found out the CCC was looking for non-league games. [Some of the other leagues] exist in their own little worlds. When they need something, they should say or do something. All that happened is we put something together. Maybe it doesn’t work, but you’ve got to be willing to make discussion.” Johnson, in his statement, said, “The South-West Conference is excited and proud to be a partner with the ECC and SCC in scheduling non-league football for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. This scheduling affiliation will be good for high school football because it creates more equitable and competitive games for large, medium and small schools and should generate more fan interest and excitement.” ECC commissioner Gary Makowicki feels that the arrangement benefits all three leagues equally. “We worked for the best interest of all of the leagues, and it was a nice process that came together well. Our teams [will be able to] see different opponents, and judging by the criteria we used, the games should be competitive.” Other games between traditional playoff contenders that should elicit fan interest: Newtown at Xavier; Shelton at Newtown; New London at Masuk-Monroe; NFA at West Haven; Fairfield Prep at New London; Hillhouse at New Milford; Notre DameWest Haven at Fitch-Groton; Bunnell-Stratford at Daniel Hand; Pomperaug-Southbury at North Haven.

State football playoffs underway The state playoffs were set to begin Tuesday night, after press time. The semifinals will be held Monday, Dec. 5. The finals are slated for Saturday, Dec. 10. Here’s a look at the quarterfinals statewide: CLASS LL No. 1 Darien (10-0) vs. No. 8 Greenwich (7-3) at Boyle Stadium, Stamford No. 5 Norwich Free Academy (8-2) at No. 4 Southington (10-0) No. 7 Ridgefield (8-2) at No. 2 West Haven (10-0) No. 6 Shelton (8-2) at No. 3 Newtown (10-0) CLASS L No. 8 Harding (7-3) at No. 1 Windsor (10-0) No. 5 Platt (8-2) at No. 4 Middletown (8-2) No. 7 Masuk (7-3) at No. 2 New Canaan (9-1) No. 6 Notre Dame-West Haven (7-3) at No. 3 New London (9-1) CLASS M No. 8 Berlin (8-2) at No. 1 Valley Regional/Old Lyme (9-1) at Valley Regional No. 5 St. Joseph (8-2) at No. 4 Wolcott (8-2) No. 2 Hillhouse (9-1) vs. No. 7 New Fairfield (8-2) at Bowen Field No. 6 Bunnell (8-2) at No. 3 Killingly (9-1) CLASS S No. 1 Capital Prep (9-0) vs. No. 8 Seymour (8-2) at Trinity College No. 5 Bullard Havens (9-1) at No. 4 Rocky Hill (9-1) No. 2 Ansonia (10-0) vs. No. 7 Stafford/East Windsor/ Somers (9-1) at Jarvis Stadium No. 6 Cromwell/Portland (9-1) at No. 3 Bloomfield (10-0) CROSSWORD ANSWER

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