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• REGIONAL: Your guide to the best fall activities taking place....................p. 3 • EAST WINDSOR: Town, condo owners discussing hydrant costs................p. 5 • REGIONAL: Mills play role in major projects in region .........................p. 8 • ELLINGTON: Superintendent of Schools plans to retire ..................p. 9 • ENFIELD: Council wants to toughen property maintenance codes .......p. 11 • SOMERS: Town staff receives national emergency training.......... ..........p. 15 • STAFFORD: 5th budget vote ......p. 27 • SUFFIELD: Babb’s Beach work gets boost from selectmen ................p. 31


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ENFIELD - There will be a free petting zoo at the Enfield Historical Society’s Old Town Hall Museum  on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Always wanted to live on a farm, but couldn’t? Miss the days when you did live on a farm?  Spend an afternoon at the “farm” without all of the hard work! Come to the Old Town Hall to pet and feed friendly rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, goats, lambs and maybe more.  Kids of all ages (including you) will love this event.  Visit the Old Town Hall Museum while you are here it’s free too. Founded in 1960, the Enfield Historical Society is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Enfield’s extensive history.  The Society operates three museums: the Old Town Hall, the Martha Parsons House, and the Wallop School. For information about the Historical Society, our museums or this program, visit  or email us at

K of C Will Celebrate 125 Years of Service

ENFIELD - Knights of Columbus Council 50 will be celebrating 125 years of active service to the Enfield Community on Sunday, Oct. 26. K of C members, past and present, have a long history of supporting the Enfield Community through Council charitable and humanitarian support. The Knights will celebrate their anniversary with a Memorial Mass at 10:45 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Enfield, a group photo, a brunch and a program of events honoring our past accomplishments and honored guests.

Annual Turkey Supper Returns to Somers Church

The annual Turkey Supper will be returning to the Somers Congregational Church at 599 Main St. in Somers. After an absence of two years due to the tragic loss of their building, the supper will take place in the new Foundation Room on Saturday, Nov. 1. Cost is $12 for adults and

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SOMERS - The doors to Ye Olde Blacksmith Shoppe, at the intersection of Pinney Road and Maple Street in Somersville, will again be open each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during October. The building, run by the Ladies Aide Society of the Congregational Church of Somersville, offers a wide variety of tools, books and games, kitchen odds and ends, glassware, china, and so much more - all for bargain prices. Money earned at the Shoppe benefits various church programs.

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Town Moves Closer to Agreement on Condo Fire Hydrants

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EAST WINDSOR – The town has moved closer to an agreement with the East Windsor Condominium Association on streetlight and fire hydrant reimbursements. The group, which represents the owners of condominiums in various complexes around town, has been seeking reimbursement from the town for the costs of street lighting and fire hydrants, according to the minutes of the meeting. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at its Sept. 16 meeting to consider the proposal, which would involve

adding to allocate $10,000 for lights and $10,000 for hydrants in the town budget. The motion authorized First Selectman Denise Menard to continue discussions with the association and develop a framework for the reimbursements. Dan Laurio, speaking for the association, asked that the town reimburse condominium associations for one streetlight for each 200 feet of eligible roadway and for the cost billed to the associations for fire hydrants. Laurio noted that town zoning regulations require each project to have a minimum number of streetlights.

Selectman Steve Dearborn said he feels a final decision on this matter should be made by a public vote. Menard clarified that no funds have been added to the current town budget for these costs. Deputy First Selectman Jason Bowsza said the selectmen are the policy setters for the town, and that one of the things the board must consider is the public safety aspect of lighting and

hydrants. The selectmen voted with three, Bowsza, Dearborn and Dale Nelson, for the motion to adopt the agreement the terms of the agreement as a “nonbinding framework to develop a reasonable plan to implement reimbursement for the cost associated with streetlights and fire hydrants” and Selectman James Richards abstaining.

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EAST WINDSOR - Due to the great response, the East Windsor Senior Center, 125 Main St., Broad Brook, will continue to offer weekly Fitness Classes on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Classes are $5 per class payable weekly or monthly, preferred. Cash or checks made out to “The Town of East Windsor” will be accepted. Please call 860-292-8262 to sign up

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EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Chamber of Commerce has compiled a calendar of events for its membership. Fashion Show for Hunger Oct. 2 La Notte’s banquet facility is excited to be holding the 2nd annual Fashion Show for Hunger (Hunger has No Season) presented by Artistic Hair Salon & Kohl’s. Vendor Fair at 5 p.m., Fashion Show at 630 p.m. followed by dinner and cocktails. This event will benefit Loaves & Fishes. Cost is $33 per person and tickets may be purchased by calling 860-623-5801 (checks made payable to Future for Fashion Inc.). La Notte’s banquet facility is located at 17 Thompson Rd., East Windsor. Fall Tag Sale Oct. 4 Fall Tag Sale to benefit the East Windsor 2015 Safe Graduation Party. This annual event presented by the East Windsor Safe Grad Committee always has the greatest finds at it. Starts at 8 a.m. at East Windsor High School.

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EAST WINDSOR - The Connecticut Trolley Museum on Route 140 in East Windsor will once again be hosting its popular Halloween events, Rails to the Darkside and Pumpkin Patch. These two fundraising events are extremely important to funding the museum’s many programs. Rails to the Darkside last year attracted over 4,000 visitors. This event is held with the help of the Shaker Pines Fire Dept. which adds a whole new dimension to the frightfulness of the evening. The fire department also benefits from tickets sales with a portion of each ticket sold benefiting it. The event will be held on Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25. This night experience is rated PG-13 and may be too intense for the squeamish. Hours are 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Reservations are not needed and tickets are not sold ahead of time. Tickets can be purchased on the night you attend and as long as you have your ticket by 9:30 p.m. you will experience one of the most frightful nights of your lives. For families and those looking for an enjoyable day in the country, the museum is also holding its popular Pumpkin Patch event on Oct. 3-5, 10-13, 17-19 and 24-26. The event is open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pumpkin Patch will also be open Monday, Oct. 13, for Columbus Day. Take a trolley ride to a special pumpkin field, where each child can pick out a pumpkin and bring it back to the Visitors Center and decorate it. This is a fun family afternoon. For those wishing more information, please call the business office at 860627-6540, or visit the museam’s website at

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Mills Leading Economic Revival in North Central CT


By Linda Tishler Levinson

This is anything but a run-of-the-mill year for business and industry in North Central Connecticut. From the sale of the Warren Mill in Stafford to plans for the Somersville Mill, as well as grants and new businesses, the region has seen its outlook brightened. When the Warren Corp. closed its woolen mill in Stafford this year, it was an end to a business that had been a town fixture since the 1880s. “It’s sad because it’s the end of an era,� Stafford First Selectman Richard Shuck had said in late 2013. But another woolen manufacturer with a long history of making fine textiles has purchased the mill. American Woolen closed on the mill property on June 18. Owner Jacob Harrison Long said the company was America’s leading worsted and woolen mill 100 years ago until it was sold in the 1950s, with its trademark going to Textron. In 2013, Long purchased the trademark and began to look for a facility to outsource

the production side of the business. He called the Warren Corp. and learned that they were closing. What originally seemed like a missed opportunity turned out to be a benefit, he said. “The true asset of American Woolen is not the trademark,� he said. “It’s in the opportunity to operate our own supply chain.� The greatest asset is the people who make the textiles, he said. Long said he spent many years working in Europe and learned there that manufacturing is a craft. While much of American manufacturing has been lost to cheaper labor overseas, he said his European experience, particularly in Italy, taught him that people are willing to pay more for premium fabrics – the kind he said American Woolen produces. The future of American manufacturing, he said, is in its reinvention, the realization that there is “an art behind the production.� “It’s real people making a real product in northern Connecticut,� he said.

“It’s a tight-knit family ‌ I believe that these guys have a skill.â€? He also credited company President and Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Knight for her contributions to the company’s success. He said he sees the fact that her experience was not in the wool industry as an advantage. “It’s the outsiders who can see – the outside looking in,â€? Long said. Shuck said he has been impressed by Long. “He’s got a lot of energy, a lot of good ideas,â€? he said. Somersville Mill The long-shuttered Somersville Mill, which was destroyed by fire two years ago, is a brownfields site. The property’s owners, Venture Capital LLC, have not responded to town and state officials’ efforts to work to clean up the site, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. The town of Somers has been awarded an $85,000 assessment grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development for the investigation of 40 Maple St., the former

Somersville Mill, a 5.4-acre site with potential for residential and commercial development. The grant is among those given to 11 communities as a step in the redevelopment process, according to the office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. “The investments we are making to remediate and redevelop brownfields depend on a thorough analysis of the level of contaminated soils or building materials or the need for demolition at any given site,� Malloy said in a written release. “We designed these grants to help eliminate the uncertainty of the redevelopment process by helping municipalities, developers and site owners get properties one step closer to productive reuse. We know that an investment in planning for the cleanup of pollution on these sites will have pay long term dividends for the state by driving community revitalization, eliminating blight, returning properties to the tax

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Superintendent Announces Plans to Retire at End of School Year


By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — While he will be retiring at the end of the school year on June 30, Superintendent of Schools Stephen Cullinan says he will not be just relaxing. “I need to keep busy,” Cullinan said. The superintendent told the Board of Education in September that he intends to retire. The board was scheduled to vote to approve his retirement at its Sept.

24 meeting. Cullinan added his retirement should come as no surprise. It is something he has let the board know for the past couple of years and something he nearly did this past June. Cullinan said he plans to spend more time with his family, as well as enjoying golf and travel. He also said he may work part time or spend time volunteering. The superintendent came to the Ellington Public Schools in July 2006, having previously been the

superintendent in Vernon for five years. Prior to that he was principal at Windham High School, Lyman Hall in Wallingford and Windsor Locks High School. He was an assistant principal at RHAM High School in Hebron and East Catholic High School. He also taught and was a guidance counselor at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury. His teaching career began at the elementary school level in South Carolina, he added.

Cornerstone Foundation Annual Soupfest Theme Is ‘Stir It Up’ By Deborah Stauffer

The Cornerstone Foundation will host its 6th annual Soupfest on Thursday, Nov. 6, to benefit its outreach programs that cover the towns of Vernon, Ellington and Tolland. The theme of the event this year is “Stir It Up” and will take place at St. Bernard’s Church at 25 St. Bernard’s Terrace in Rockville from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will feature soups donated by R House Restaurant in Vernon, The Country Butcher in Tolland, and The Hidden Still in Ellington. Admission is free. The Cornerstone holds an annual raffle with several prizes awarded in conjunction with the Soupfest along with many silent auction items and baskets raffled the evening of the event. Soupfest is the largest fundraiser event for the organization and they are seeking community support.

The evening will include entertainment provided by Rob Thomas of the band Off the Clock, soup tasting and judging, opportunities for raffle purchases and raffle drawings. Additional refreshments will also be served. Members of the Rockville Rotary Club and high school Rotary Club (called Interact) will provide assistance along with many other volunteers who help make the event a success. The Cornerstone Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides basic living services for those in need and was founded in 1980 by Helen Syriac. There are many services available to clients. Located in the Rockville section of Vernon, Cornerstone has a strong presence in the neighborhood. There is a soup kitchen at 15 Prospect St., a 15-bed shelter at 1 Prospect St. and a community/youth center at 3 Prospect St. In addition, there is a clothing bank

and a health center at 3 Prospect St. The soup kitchen provides over 44,000 meals a year. Last year over 9,000 clients received some type of help from the Cornerstone Foundation programs. The community center is a renovated 10,000 square foot building on Prospect Street a few doors down from the soup kitchen. It provides a place for various community activities and is a youth drop-in center for local middle school and high school youth run by KIDSAFE CT. Syriac serves as the executive director of Cornerstone. “When someone asks my title, I like to tell them I am the executive director, but Jesus is the CEO,” Syriac said. “As the Soupfest evolved over the years, more people became aware of what the Cornerstone does. As a result, each year it brings new volunteers and with it new gifts.” One day she hopes there will not be a need for a soup kitchen or shelter, but in the meantime they will continue to work

hard to help their clients help themselves. “Two of my favorite sayings are, ‘Never look down on anyone unless you are lifting them up’ and ‘No one has it all together, but together we have it all.’ ” Raffle tickets are $20 each and prizes awarded will be Visa gift cards in the amounts of $250, $300, $400 and $500. The drawing will take place at the Soupfest event on Nov. 6. To purchase raffle tickets, please contact Tom Stauffer at 860-682-0762 or email Tickets can also be purchased at the following businesses: R House Restaurant, 520 Hartford Tpke, Vernon; The Hidden Still, 175 West Rd., Ellington; The Country Butcher, 1032 Tolland Stage Rd., Tolland; Chuck Wagon Restaurant, 12 Church St., Ellington; Advanced Kitchens, 89 West Rd., Ellington. For more information about what Cornerstone does in the community or to volunteer, visit its website:




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Community Events Truck Day at Hall Memorial Library

ELLINGTON - Truck Day at the Hall Memorial Library, in Ellington, will take place Saturday, Oct. 4, weather permitting. Trucks of all shapes and sizes will be parked at the library parking lot between 10 a.m. and noon. Children of all ages are welcome to visit the trucks, climb aboard, and even toot the horns. This and all library programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Come join in the fun. For information, call the library at 860-8703160.

Friends of Library Plan Book Sale

ELLINGTON - The Friends of Ellington Library will hold a book sale at Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Ellington, Oct. 17-19. Purchase a bag for $9 and fill it with books of your choice. The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Friday and

Saturday. On Bargain Sunday books will be on sale for $5 on the second floor only from 1 p.m.-4:45 p.m. The Friends will have their new FOL bags available for sale. The Friends will accept new and saleable used books whenever the library is open. Bring them to the main desk. Proceeds from the book sale are used to sponsor programs and purchase items for the library.

Annual St. Luke Christmas Bazaar

ELLINGTON - Come one, come all to Ellington and the annual St. Luke Church Christmas Bazaar, Nov. 7-8. The Parish Center and Church Hall will be filled with your favorite holiday fare. Children’s activities include professional face painting and “Kid’s Only” shopping room. The St. Luke Crafters have been busy creating a wide variety of gift items, including knitted hats, mittens, scarves, American Girl clothing and furniture,

tied fleece blankets, and assorted one-ofa-kind Christmas ornaments and décor. The country store will be stocked with pickles, jams, flavored vinegars, mixes, and other items ready for giving and sure to please.  There will also be delicious homemade baked goods and meals fresh from the kitchen along with gently used linens and jewelry, a tea cup raffle, and wonderfully filled and decorated gift baskets for every occasion.  Admission is free.  Come by, have lunch or dinner and get a head start on your holiday shopping.  Hours are Friday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Luke Church is located at 141 Maple St. in Ellington. The church is handicap accessible. For more information, call the rectory at 860-875-8552.

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Town Council Wants to Toughen Property Maintenance Code


By Linda Tishler Levinson

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St. Martha’s students started off the new school year by traveling to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford to receive a special blessing at the “Back To School Mass.” Front row: Brandon Hwalek, Livia DiBacco, Marcella DiBacco, Christian Hwalek, Jackson Tamayo. Back row: Joseph DeVito, Sam Contois, Gavin Tamayo, Katie DeVito.

ENFIELD – The town is considering changes to its property maintenance code. At its Sept. 15 meeting, the Town Council voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the proposal. Council members said they felt the current property maintenance code did not adequately address the effect of overgrown grass and weeds and the accumulation of garbage or other refuse and their effects on the town. Town Manager Mathew Coppler said based on the last two years’ experience related to the growth of grass, weeds and trash, it was felt the town should reduce the period of correction, allowing the town to intervene sooner, according to the minutes of the meeting. The public hearing will be held at 6:40 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Town Hall Council Chambers.

Pedestrian and bicycle travel The council voted Sept. 2 to adopt the Complete Streets plan, which calls for a master plan for pedestrian and bicycle travel within the town. As part of the plan, the council will consider the need for long-range planning for infrastructure improvements, including sidewalks, bike lanes and multiuse trails. It also calls for increased educational programs to promote safe pedestrian and bicycling travel. Thompsonville Fire District The council voted Sept. 2 to renew the Thompsonville Fire District’s temporary use of a portion of town-owned property on North Main Street adjacent to the district’s property at Lincoln and North Main streets. The property will be used for storage of materials in conjunction with the new fire station on the fire district property.

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ENFIELD – Since 1985, The Network Against Domestic Abuse of North Central Connecticut has diligently worked to reduce the incidence of domestic violence and provide much needed assistance to adult victims and their children. To support the many services that are provided free of charge, the agency will hold its annual “Purple Event, A Harvest Moon” on Friday evening, Oct. 24, at the Holiday Inn in Enfield. Guests will enjoy a variety of wine and beer tastings provided by Joe’s Fine Wine & Spirits of East Windsor, a wide array of delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Entertainment will be provided

by Pair Extraordinaire, a light jazz duet. Kevin Hogan, WFSB-Channel 3 news peporter, will be the evening’s emcee and auctioneer. In addition, a silent and called auction will be held. One lucky person will be going home with a diamond donated by Morande Jewelers. Committee members are hard at work planning a fun-filled event. Among those serving on the committee are Chairperson Debra Gish, Kathy Barron, Scott Beiler, Mike Helechu, Mary Howland, Maureen Leddy, Sarah Marrella, Sam O’Neil, Carissa Pape, Donna Jones-Searle, Jamie Tower, Mary Tiroletto and Diane Wahl. For those wishing to support this

event, sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels. Tickets cost $50, include a tax-deductible donation and can be purchased by calling Chris Casey, Event Coordinator, at 860698-6267. Services provided by the network are free and include outreach, crisis intervention, support and counseling services, as well as a 15-bed emergency shelter for women and children. The network operates a confidential 24-hour crisis hotline, seven days a week. For more information about the network’s services, please visit or call 860-7637430.

ENFIELD – Enfield residents of all ages are invited to submit a logo to compliment the Town’s recycling motto “Don’t Dispose of Waste in Haste” Think Recycling! Everyone who enters has the opportunity to win an iPad. The Town of Enfield Recycling Team continually strives to promote the importance of recycling. The logo

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ENFIELD - The Enfield Public Library and Asnuntuck Community College’s Diversity Committee are partnering to present a variety of activities and discussions centered around Solomon Northup’s book “12 Years a Slave.� “12 Years a Slave� is an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain

his dignity. In the 12th year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life. Book discussions will be held at Asnuntuck Community College on Monday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. The book discussions at the Enfield Public Library will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 2:30 p.m.  The film “12 Years a Slave� will be screened at the Enfield Public Library on Friday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m.  Asnuntuck Community College will host speaker Beverly Morgan-Welch at the college on Wednesday,

Oct. 22, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a reception on campus. Morgan-Welch is the CEO for the Museum of African American History-Boston & Nantucket. These programs at the Enfield Public Library and Asnuntuck Community College are free and all are welcome. For more information, visit the library webpage: or call 860-763-7512, or visit Asnuntuck Community College online at  or call Asnuntuck at 860-2533000.

ACC Responds to Needs of Public Safety Dispatch Centers ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) is responding to a demand from Connecticut Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and other public safety dispatch centers for qualified recruits for the public safety telecommunications field. This fall, ACC’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education Department has launched the Public Safety Dispatch & Continuing Dispatch Education (PSD & CDE) Program. As a result of these offerings, students will become more educated in the area of public safety telecommunications. The students who complete classes will offer area centers a professional, skilled and certified pool of candidates. ACC’s PSD & CDE Program is overseen and taught by Adjunct Instructor Jeremie Meyer of Enfield. Meyer is a certified Public Safety Telecommunications Instructor with

over 23 years of diverse public safety experience, thirteen of those years in Public Safety Communication. Upon completion of the Public Safety Dispatch course students will earn certification in a number of areas including, APCO Public Safety Telecommunicator, APCO Fire Service Communications, ICS 100 (Incident Command Systems), NIMS 700 (National Incident Management System), Haz-Mat Awareness, Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders, Telematics Public Safety Training and Asnuntuck Community College Public Safety Dispatch Certificate of Completion. As part of the program, Asnuntuck also has launched statewide Continuing Dispatch Education classes, which started this September for public safety telecommunicators in the state of Connecticut.

The Continuing Dispatch Education (CDE) portion of the program consists of four- to eight-hour one-day classes on specific topics to assist the public safety telecommunicators to gain a higher understanding of a specific type of call or as a refresher for calls they may not take frequently. ACC will respond to the needs of the candidates and course offerings will be expanded in the future. On-site training for town departments is available upon request. CT PSAPs are encouraged to contact CT DSET for information on

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ERfC expands before & after-school centers in Enfield


ENFIELD–Many parents are taking advantage of out-of-school time (OST) activities for the new school year. The ERfC Before and After School SchoolAge Centers, located in Enfield Public Schools, opened on the first day of school with over 136 students enrolled. Claire C. Hall, ERfC Executive Director said, “Enrollment has surpassed all opening day numbers in the past. We are happy so many families are seeing the benefit of after school expanded learning opportunities in schools for their children.” At the Aug. 4 town council meeting, leases for three elementary schools were transferred from the YWCA-Hartford to ERfC. The YWCA notified the town that they will be closing their Kidslink Day Care programs in late July. ERfC (also known as Educational Resources for Children, Inc.) will now lease Parkman, Crandall and Nathan Hale Schools for their activities. Hall said, “We are excited to have an opportunity to work with even more Enfield families in partnership with Enfield Public Schools and the town.” All ERfC School-Age Centers provide supervised homework time and

incorporate academics in enrichment, recreational, health, service learning, and cultural activities. After school hours begin at the end of the school day and end at 6 p.m All Centers operate to the end of the school year, five days a week. Hall said, “Out-of-school time hours are a worry for working parents and knowing their children can attend safe licensed programs in schools is very much a part of a family’s planning this school year.” Before and after School-Age Centers for K-5 students will now operate at the four primary schools including Henry Barnard, Enfield Street, Hazardville Memorial, and a new program at Nathan Hale School. ERfC also operates an after school center at JFK Middle School for grades 6-8. Changes in operation have been made to accommodate the new Nathan Hale Center. Hall said only the K-5 center locations will have before-school programs this year. “After examining options for parents, ERfC decided to open a new center at Nathan Hale and close the center at Eli Whitney for this school year,” Hall said.

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Eli Whitney students, however, are now bused every day to attend the Nathan Hall or Hazardville Memorial SchoolAge centers. Hall said ERfC will work with families to assess the need for before-school care at Parkman, Crandall and Eli Whitney schools. Currently, buses do not operate from the primary schools in the morning to the intermediate schools. In the past, morning enrollment was very low in these schools, Hall said. A minimum of 10 students must register in order to make the morning program feasible at the intermediate schools. “We will work closely with school principals and the PTO to conduct a needs assessment for morning programs. We want to hear from parents about their needs for the next year,” she added. All Centers, including morning programs, must be licensed by the Department of Early Childhood. For this school year, students from the in-district 3-5 intermediate schools are bused directly after school to ERfC Centers on a designated school bus. “The new ERfC Center design will now make it easier for parents to pick up their children in one location after school,”

Hall said. Also new for families, ERfC will begin short-term fee-based after school activities at Parkman, Eli Whitney and Prudence Crandall schools in October. “A menu of activities, including writing, science, martial arts, digital media, and theatre will be available and specifically designed for students in grades 35 throughout the year,”Hall said. The OST activities will operate for one or two days a week for four- to sixweek sessions directly after school. ERfC will also begin a 10-week KidZ Sports program in each school. “KidZ Sports is an afterschool fitness program for students in grades K-8 that introduces athleticism through creative play by incorporating a variety of sports and activities that improves overall conditioning/fitness, coordination/agility and provides lifelong skills,” Hall said. ERfC Centers offer many new enrollment options and a combination of enrollment packages are available this year. For more enrollment information, visit the ERfC website at or call the administrative office at 860-2539935.

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Town Staff Receives National Emergency Management Training


By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS – The town has a team of officials who are better prepared to respond in emergencies, thanks to a federal training program. Jose Claudio, a lieutenant in the Somers Police Department, Todd Rolland, director of public works, Michael D’Amato, zoning officer, and Ann Logan, town clerk, recently completed training offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. The four town officials are members of the Somers Emergency Management Team. “I attended incident command training two years ago and wanted the rest of the staff to experience it as well. It is superior training that all municipal emergency management personnel should consider,” First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. The weeklong training included training exercises and lectures to prepare them to respond in emergencies. The class concluded with mock training exercises and a culminating exam in which all four graduated and received a

certificate from the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded, so the Somers officials attended at no cost to town or any state agency. The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency responders and other government officials from state and local governments. The CDP offers more than 40 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic disaster. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state or local emergency response professionals or their agency.

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SOMERS - State Sen. John A. Kissel applauded the recent announcement of state funding to support property cleanup at sites in Somers and Windsor Locks. Somers has been awarded $85,000 for the investigation of 40 Maple St., the former Somersville Mill, a 5.4-acre site

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rolls and boosting long-term economic growth.” Somers held a Somersville Mill information hearing on Thursday, Sept. 18, according to Pellegrini. She said the goal was to let residents know the town has been working behind the scenes to find ways to revitalize and clean up the property and address the current conditions in a way that is both fiscally and environmentally responsible. Town Attorney Carl Landolina reviewed the history of the various tax sales and the safety improvements made after the fire. Glenn Chalder from

Planimetrics did an overview of key issues that affect the outcome of the mill, including the state of the economy, ownership considerations, environmental issues, flood regulations, zoning requirements and regulations, property taxes and liens and the need for funding and discussed how they interplay between private ownership, federal, state and local entities. Jeff Bord, Somers town engineer, presented a summary of grants the town has received for the area around the mill, including the state grant. Steve Hawkins, an environmental scientist with GEI Consultants, as well as a volunteer firefighter who fought the fire

MANCHESTER – The Creation Coalition of Connecticut will host a Creation Science Conference on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at Concordia Lutheran Church, 40 Pitkin St. Registration is $5 for individuals and $10 for families, payable by check or cash at the door. Dress is casual. The facility is handicapped-accessible. Speakers include Dr. Joshua Spencer, PhD, MS, BA and Dr. Devon Spencer, DVM, CCRP, BA. Topics covered will

include the age of the earth, Noah’s flood, DNA and dinosaurs. Dr. Joshua Spencer is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned both a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, with a minor in Computational Science and Engineering. He  earned his BA double majoring in Physics and Math from Monmouth College. He works in the Radiation Analysis Section of General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division in

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at the mill, explained environmental issues regarding the site, clarified how different agencies work together and what types of funding and support are available. He agreed that the receipt of such a grant sends a clear message that the town and the state and federal agencies are committed to working together to resolve this issue, among others. Around the region Other development projects and positive economic signs in North Central Connecticut include: Suffield has received an $800,000 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant for improvements to the

Suffield Housing Authority senior complex on Bridge Street. Ellington has added a business directory to the town website. Shop Ellington can be found online at It includes a guide to businesses, as well as links to local coupons. The East Windsor Chamber of Commerce played host to a Celebration of New and Expanded Businesses on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Merlot on the Water in the Broad Brook section of East Windsor. Information on businesses and development in Enfield is available at

Groton. Dr. Devon Spencer is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where she

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Connecticut Trustees of Eastern States Exposition awarded $3,000 scholarships to both Elizabeth R. Houston of Glastonbury and Kaylin M. Belskie of Somers. The ceremony was held at The Big E on Connecticut Day, Sept. 17. Belskie, recipient of the graduate student award, grew up and currently lives on Lindy Farms, a Standardbred breeding and racing farm in Somers. She joined the Animal Science department during her sophomore year at UConn and during her undergraduate career worked at both the Livestock and Dairy units on campus and became actively involved in the Block and Bridle Club, serving as an officer for two years and organizing the semiannual ham sale fundraisers. She also served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the Animal Food Products class. After graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 2012, she worked at Maple Leaf Farm in Hebron, a 200-cow dairy that is part of The Farmer’s Cow. She also was a

Kaylin M. Belskie of Somers received the 2014 Connecticut Trustees Graduate Scholarship. The $3,000 award was bestowed at The Big E on Connecticut Day. From left are Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Belskie, and Eleanor Gosse, chair of the ESE Connecticut Trustees. Quality Assurance Technician at chondrial activity in post-mortem musCountry Pure Foods in Ellington. These cles and its effects on beef color stabiliopportunities led to an increased interest ty. Aside from her research, she particiin food science/safety and pursuit of a pated in several extra-curricular activities by serving as a department represenMasters degree in Animal Science. In the second year of the Master of tative to the College’s Graduate Student Science degree program in Animal Council. She also served as the event Science, her research is focused on mito- coordinator for the Animal Science

Graduate Student Association, First Annual Graduate Student Olympics committee. Belskie recently mentored two undergraduate students and was a teaching assistant for Reproductive Physiology. She also helped tutor a fellow graduate student in Experimental Design. She has helped with FFA Career Development events for Meat and Food Sciences, and the 4H Beef and Dairy Day held at UConn. She also assisted with an educational booth at the College’s annual Cornucopia Festival. Houston, recipient of the undergraduate award, is an Honors student majoring in Pathobiology with a focus in pre-veterinary medicine at UConn. She was selected based on her commitment to agriculture, strong academic and co-curricular accomplishments and professional promise by the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources faculty. She began her freshman year at UConn with 29 Advanced Placement and Early College Experience credits in Biology, Calculus, and Physics.



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Rails to the Darkside The trolley museum tells its haunted tale…

Back a few years before we were running Rails to the Darkside, one of our members was out taking pictures along the tracks of our trolleys. Once he got home and took a look at them, he found some very disturbing images. Desiring some photos of a trolley with the fall foliage around sunset, our member had poised himself near Winkler Road. As the trolley approached, its whistle spooked a deer just on the edge of the tracks. As our member attempted to

catch it running away, the photo shows he was not lucky this time. In the background, it only appeared that someone was just walking by. Our member met up with the trolley again at the end of the line at Station 9, Wells Road. As the trolley departed, our member snapped one more photo before calling it a day. The black figure appeared again on the edge of the tracks, this time glaring at the camera. Museum volunteers did a little research, discovering that a cemetery was relocated with the construction of the Hartford & Springfield line to Rockville. Our volunteers operating the trolleys often asked why operations always ended before dusk. Written in the operating rules was a clear order not to run into the night during the weeks leading to Halloween. It was decided by a few brave souls to try running a trolley into the darkness. The waiting dispatcher at North Road Station couldn't believe his eyes when the trolley rolled back into the station

empty. Do you dare take a ride to the darkside? “Rails to the Darkside” will run from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. On Oct. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25. Cost is $16 a person. For complete information, please visit: or call 860-6276540.

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This October, hop on a bus and “head off” to camp. Summer ends at the Channel 3 Kids Camp and the kids all go home. The camp is empty… or is it? What if all those scary campfire stories came to life? The Dark Walk Haunted Camp Tour leads you on an excursion like no other. Explore some of the camp’s lesser known landmarks while wandering dark paths through foreboding woods on the Dark Walk Haunted Camp Tour Saturday, Oct. 11, Fridays, Oct. 17 and 24 and Saturdays, Oct. 18 and 25 at the

Channel 3 Kids Camp. Tour an old camp thought to be abandoned; where, along with autumn’s chill, a strange cast of characters has arrived. What is their connection to a 13-year gap in the camp's history? Are they attracted to the evil emanating from the remnants of the old toy factory? Find out the answers to these questions as you explore camp like it’s never been seen before. Described as Halloween Theater, this intimate event engulfs you in an eerie setting populated by strange characters and woven through with a dark narrative. The immersive production engages participants in a walk through the haunted woods and final Vespers assembly. For the eighth consecutive year, the walking tour is presented by the inventive ghouls of Dark Walk. Each year provides a different experience, and this year’s production is the largest undertaking yet. In addition, this is third year to benefit the Channel 3 Kids Camp. Beware! This otherworldly encounter has very limited attendance, so advanced ticket purchases are strongly encourOctober 2014

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aged. Tours are scheduled every 15 minutes from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tours leave from the Network, Inc. parking lot located at 23 Route 6 – Andover (tours are shuttled to and from Channel 3 Kids Camp—there is no parking on the camp property for this event). Regular advanced admission is $22 per person or $25 per person at the door (if available), with proceeds benefiting year-round programs offered at the Channel 3 Kids Camp. Sneak Preview Night, Saturday, Oct. 11: admission is $15 in advance or $18 per person at the door. Tickets and detailed, updated information are available online at or www.channel3 For group ticket sales (10 people or more), please call 860-742-2267.

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Imagine it's pitch black; you hear a howl in the distance. Next thing you know you think you're seeing things as a ghost appears. You're at the top of a platform 40 feet above the ground and have no other choice but to jump. With the wind in your hair, luckily you're attached to a zip line, zipping through the woods on an autumn night. Haunted Zip Line tours has returned this season providing a unique Halloween experience ... above the ground. Empower Leadership Sports &

Adventure Center is located in Middletown. They've taken their usual zip lining and transformed it to a Halloween attraction with lights, sound effects, fog machines, and costumes. Guides dressed in costume will facilitate the 90-minute tour through the creepy Laurel Brook Forest with five zip lines ranging from 200-650 feet and two suspension sky bridges. Please note that the tour will not feature ghosts and goblins jumping at zipliners, but rather it is a Halloween themed ziplining experience. It’s great for those afraid of heights, as the darkness will hide the height you’re actually at! The zip line is available through October, until Nov. 13. They are open for operation Wednesdays through Sundays. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sundays operate at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., whereas Fridays and Saturdays run at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. Admission cost is $64 per person with a $4 discount on Wednesdays and Thursdays. There is an 80-pound weight minimum for children. Feel free to come dressed in a “zip friendly” costume. Reservations are required by calling 860-622-8726 or visiting their website to order your online reservation.

Scary Good Pickings

• Easy Pickin’s Orchard - pumpkins, apples, plums, raspberries, vegetables, flowers. Location: 46 Bailey Rd., Enfield, CT

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06082. Phone: 860-763-FARM/7633276. Email: farmerb@easypickinsorchard. com. Open: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Columbus Day, 9 a.m. -5 p.m. See their website for directions. Easy Pickin’s is a unique farm in a quiet corner of Enfield. Not only do they grow over 100 different varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs, the farm offers you the opportunity to pick these treasures from our gardens and groves. In addition to being exciting and enjoyable, the fresh air, sunshine, and quiet beauty of the farm can be refreshing for the spirit and soul. The kids will enjoy an outing at the farm with all the sites and activities, but don’t miss the chance to teach them about the garden. Many kids don't have an opportunity to learn about farms or “where the food comes from.” Dwarf trees! Wagon rides! Festivals! Family Fun! Call for information. • Elm Knoll Farm - pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, pumpkin patch - already gathered from the field, fall festival, corn maze, kiddie (mini) corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, childsized haybale maze, tractor-pulled hay

rides, farm market, concessions/refreshment stand, petting zoo, birthday parties and more. Location: 153 Moody Rd., Enfield, CT 06082. Phone: 860-749-9944. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting. • Pell Farms - pumpkins, corn maze, pumpkin patch in the field, pony rides, hay rides, petting zoo. Location: 96 Kibbe Grove Rd, Somers, CT 06071. Phone: 860.763.1643. Email: Pumpkin dates: Oct. 4-26. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash only. On weekdays $4 admission fee includes: hay maze, corn maze, petting zoo. On Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day, $5 admission fee includes: corn maze, hay maze, hay ride, petting zoo. Also on Saturdays, Sundays, and Columbus Day only: pony rides, face painting, hay rides, and snacks. Also available are decorative items for the season: corn stalks, hay bales, assortment of gourds, sugar pumpkins, mums.

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La Brioche French Bakery Celebrates Opening

VERNON – State Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-Vernon) welcomed a new business to the town of Vernon with the mayor and economic development coordinator. The enterprise’s name is La Brioche French Bakery and it sits on West Main Street right across from Town Hall. “I love what I do and I am so happy to have all of this support,” said Colette Berube, owner of La Brioche Bakery. “I think it is wonderful to have a new business on West Main Street in Vernon.  There is a lot of foot traffic here between the Town Hall and the courthouse. I think Colette will do very well,”

Sen. Guglielmo said. “Her pastries are fantastic too, so that should help a lot.” Berube came to the United States in 1953 when she left her hometown of Metz, France. She has been baking for decades and sells homemade French breads and pastries. The bakery moved to Vernon when the space became available. Vernon Mayor Daniel Champagne and Economic Development Coordinator Shaun Gately were also on hand for a recent ceremonial ribbon cutting.  The bakery is now officially ... Ouvert Aux Affaires (open for business)!

GLASTONBURY - Dining in the Dark, an event to benefit Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, will be held at The Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. The Gallery is located at 141 New London Turnpike in Glastonbury. Tickets are $50 per person and should be purchased in advance by contacting Karen Bass at 203-634-3044 or The evening begins with a social hour with cash bar, appetizers, and a silent auction. You will have the chance to meet some of the cutest and smartest puppies around and will see amazing guide dogs working, as they do every day, to make a difference for their partners. When the social hour and auction are over, attendees will be seated at their tables and blindfolded for dinner. It’s a remarkable experience, challenging and a bold awakening to the reality of being without the gift of sight. Holding Dining in the Dark in

Glastonbury was inspired by Dave McCue, a Wethersfield resident and former EMT, who is legally blind. Dave has been the constant companion of Hannah, a black Labrador from Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, for several years. Dave is also first cousin to Pam McCue, who owns The Gallery and will be hosting the event. Tony Terzi, local news anchor, will emcee the event. Pianist Bobby Carabetta of North Haven will provide musical entertainment for the evening. Come and meet Dave McCue, his dog Hannah and other working guide dogs. Dining in the Dark is also seeking silent auction items and sponsors. For more information and to contribute, please contact Garrett Ludwig at 860209-0421, Pam McCue at 860-6592656, or Karen Bass. To learn more about Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, please visit the Freedom website at

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‘Get Lost’ at Scantic Valley Farm’s Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch


SOMERS - Scantic Valley Farm is open for its fifth annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, running weekends from now until Oct. 26. The design this year was inspired by Frankenstein, with over three miles of trails in 8 acres of corn. A crowd pleaser for all members of the family, the maze features a challenge to find all five of the elusive hidden posts. Come out for a great day full of family fun, a walk through the maze, a hayride through our scenic valley, or pumpkin picking. Work up an appetite and enjoy some favorite fall foods: apple

cider, caramel apples, cider doughnuts as well as our loaded burgers and hot dogs featuring Scantic Valley Farm beef and other locally grown foods. Don’t forget to visit our “OK Corral” for some family-centered games and activities. Scantic Valley Farm is located at 327 9th District Rd. in Somers, with hours Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to dusk, including the Columbus Day holiday on Oct. 13. Feel free to check out our website,, or our Facebook page, Scantic Valley Farm. Call 860-749-3286 for further information.

SOMERS - The Somers Women’s Club will be holding a Crazy Whist Card Party on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Somers Town Hall basement. The doors will open at noon and the games will begin at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided, a raffle will be held and door prizes will be given out. Because “Crazy” whist is a whimsical variation of a card game, participants

need not be serious card enthusiasts. Rules are bent to allow the players a funfilled experience. Both men and women are invited to attend. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. This event is a fundraiser and all profits will be directed to community assistance. Please call Nadine at 860292-1107 or Charlotte at 860-749-3190 for tickets or information.

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Vernon Schools Get Recognition for Parental Communication


VERNON – State Rep. Tim Ackert (R-Coventry) and state Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) were pleased to congratulate the Vernon school system for being chosen as one of three award recipients by the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER). The district was recognized for its outstanding communication with parents concerning the new Common Core Curriculum. “The districts commitment to keeping parents in the loop during such a big transition is admirable. The use of social media has become such a valuable tool

and we are seeing the results of that through this example,” Sen. Guglielmo said. A $1,000 check was presented to the Vernon School System from CCER and will go toward purchasing video attachments for iPads already being used by the district. The equipment will help teachers tape their lessons as they present them to students in a classroom. The video will then be shared and evaluated to figure out what works and what does not to ensure the new curriculum rollout is being done properly.

“It is very exciting that the Vernon Public Schools received this award,” Rep. Ackert said. “The new video technology will be an asset in teacher and administrator training.” CCER officials sighted Vernon’s extensive use of social media to connect with parents, specifically the idea of uploading meeting minutes to the district’s website in a timely manner for parents who may have missed meetings. During the ceremony parents remarked about how valuable those minutes were in allowing them to be a part of their

child’s education. In 2014, the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) launched their contest to give Connecticut's public schools and districts an opportunity to showcase the creative and effective methods they have used to communicate with parents about their new Common Core-aligned curricula. To find out more about the contest that the Vernon school system won, please visit

VERNON - Rockville’s growth during the 19th and early 20th centuries was fueled by the water power of the Hockanum River. At the height of industrial development, multiple mills lined the river from the Snipsic Lake dam to West Street in Rockville. In an illustrated lecture, architect and chairman of the Local Historic Properties Commission, Robert Hurd

will tie the construction methods used for the mills to the development of architectural styles during the period and to the technological advances of the industrial revolution in the United States. In the years since the mills closed, various ideas for use of the mill buildings have been proposed and some have been implemented. Mr. Hurd will dis-

cuss the future of Rockville's remaining mill buildings in terms of adaptive use and “smart growth.” The Hockanum River and the buildings from our industrial history are unique resources that should be preserved, utilized, and appreciated into the 21st century, Hurd says. The program will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, following a short busi-

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SOMERS - All adults are invited to participate in the Somers Senior Center’s David Gwilliam Mohegan Sun Casino bus trip on Friday, Nov. 21. You do not have to be a senior citizen or a resident of Somers. Passengers must be at the Somers Senior Center by 8:15 a.m. Bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will return to the Center at about 5:15 p.m. Trip cost of $20 includes round-trip deluxe bus, two gambling vouchers, voucher towards the

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SOMERS - The Somers Cultural Commission welcomes the fourth season of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Piedmont Percolator,â&#x20AC;? a coffeehouse venue highlighting local musi-

cal talent. Beginning this October and continuing through April, the second Sunday of each month will feature a variety of musicians and songwriters

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This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Senator Kissel & Friendsâ&#x20AC;? (PATV 15, Mondays at 9:30 p.m.) features the work of the Enfield Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). To volunteer for CERT, contact, call 860-578-7993 or visit From left: Sen. John A. Kissel, CERT Communications Officer Bob Laflamme CERT Member Kelly Hemmeler, CERT Assistant Team Leader Jimmy Marco.


who will share their talent with the North Central Connecticut community. Historic Piedmont Hall, located at 604 Main St. in Somers, will once again host the coffeehouse. In its rich cultural tradition, Piedmont Hall once served as a small theater before being moved to its current location next to the Somers Town Hall, and provides a perfect home for the coffeehouse series. This coffeehouse opens this month, with the first performance scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 12, featuring folk musicians Stanley and Libera. Future bookings include a blues night with Tom Begich, local favorites New England

Ukelele Ensemble, followed by Matt Borello, David Robins, The Healyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featuring John Tabb, the Loretta Hagen Trio, Glen Rothel, and a special performance from the Somers Village Players. The Piedmont Percolator debuts Sunday, Oct. 12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Cultural Commission encourages you to bring your families and neighbors to enjoy this special community event. Admission and coffee are free. Artist recordings will be available for sale that evening. For further information, go to

ENFIELD - Recently, 30 people attended a free panel lecture hosted by Johnson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC) and the Enfield Senior Center, Enfield CT. The lecture, Caring for Your Aging Parent: The Coming Crisis, featured panelists in the fields of elder law, home care and financial services; each spoke on subjects ranging from home health care options, family support services,

financial planning and long-term care. Panelists included: David John, MD, Marcia Hess, Esq., Wendell Avery, Esq., Kinsha Williams-Davis, Director, Home & Community Health Services (JMMC), William McCloskey, Stateline Senior Services, LLC, Anna Romanowski, Director, Reimbursement, Evergreen Health Care Center (JMMC) and Thomas Gutner, Administrator, Evergreen Health Care Center (JMMC).

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In Ongoing Saga, Town Budget Goes for Fifth Referendum


STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; With no budget adopted after four referendums, the town is set to try again, The Board of Selectmen voted Sept. 24 to set a fifth budget referendum for Oct. 8. A Town Meeting on the proposed budget will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Veterans Meeting Room in Town Hall. On Sept. 3, voters decided 724-677 to defeat a proposed $39,248,918 budget,

$22,607 lower than the 2013-14 budget. Those are the same figures that will be presented in the fifth budget referendum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People actually voted no because they actually thought their taxes were going up,â&#x20AC;? First Selectman Richard Shuck said, although the budget proposed â&#x20AC;&#x153;technically represents a decrease in taxes.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going through is no different than any town around us,â&#x20AC;? he added. Stafford needs economic growth

and new businesses to ease the tax burden on residents, he said. The defeated budget included $9,842,906 for the Board of Selectmen's budget, $1,997,286 for debt service, $498,931 for the library and $26,909,795 for the Board of Education budget. The townside budget would have been $552,000 higher than last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. The school budget represented a decrease. Residents rejected a proposed

$40,033,89 budget in a May 14 referendum with a vote of 830-499. The Board of Selectmen had been seeking a $13,078,123 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. A second budget referendum on June 4 would have brought a $39,850,899 budget. It was defeated by a vote of 1,058-628. The third budget referendum on June 18 would have called for a $39,271,899 budget. It failed by a vote of 747-673.

UNION - Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Union School Association Scholarship Foundation invites the public to participate in its 5K run, Strides for Scholars, on Sunday, Oct. 19, in Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union. The association invites people to come run or walk to help it support the USASF. Each individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participation

or donation will directly benefit Union School students who are furthering their education. Since the first scholarship award in 1995, the Union School Association Scholarship Foundation (USASF) has been assisting Union School students attain higher education goals. To date, 40 scholarships have been awarded to graduating high school seniors who are

pursuing post-secondary education and have participated in community service activities. Mission: The goal of the Union School Association Scholarship Foundation, as part of the Union School Association, is to help provide access to higher education for Union students. As

part of this mission, the USASF raises funds for student aid distribution and distributes awards on a fair and non-discriminatory basis.

ENFIELD - Enfield Junior Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club (EJWC) will be hosting their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Junk In The Trunkâ&#x20AC;? Tag Sale on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held at John F. Kennedy Middle School on Raffia Road.Â

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Bacchiochi Endorses Vail for To Replace Her in State House


STAFFORD - State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi announced she is supporting Stafford resident Kurt Vail in his run for State Representative in the 52nd District, a seat Bacchciochi has held for the last 12 years. Bacchciochi said, “Kurt Vail will be a fresh voice in Hartford on issues that the people of Stafford and Somers care deeply about. He understands the challenges that face small business and will

work to reduce red tape and over-regulation.” Vail is a former prison guard at the Osborn Correctional Institution in Somers and is a lifelong Stafford resident currently working as an insurance agent in Stafford. Vail had served on the Stafford Board of Education and is also involved in the Stafford youth football program. Vail is also a father of four children.

Cultural Events, Treats Coming to Stafford

STAFFORD - The Stafford Arts on Main will be held on Oct. 10 and feature Teresa Rogers and Brianna Hunt with their “Odd Ball” showing at Sabor 44, Anthony and Catherine Candelaria/Art and Photography at Middle Ground Cafe. There will be an All Hallows Eve tribute throughout Three Graces Vintage, plus live music in the park, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres at several shops. And don’t miss “Puerto Rico Noche” on Oct. 11 at

Sabor 44 on Main Street. An event of Puerto Rican tapas, olive oil and salsa lessons! Trick or Treat Main Street’s third annual event in Stafford will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., sponsored by MSBA. Main Street businesses will open their doors and offering treats of all kinds. Over 1,000 children attended last year’s event. The road will be closed during the event, so bring the family and enjoy.

State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi, right, announced she is supporting Stafford resident Kurt Vail in his run for State Representative.

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Enfield Recreation Department Offers Fall Programs, Trips


ENFIELD – The Enfield Recreation Department has issued information about its programs. For more information, contact the Enfield Recreation Department at 860253.6420 or visit it on the web at The Recreation Office is located at 19 North Main St. with hours of operation Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fall/Winter Program Information The Enfield Recreation Department’s fall/winter program information is now available online at The Department has a wide variety of programs this fall and winter that range from classes for preschool, youth, teen and adults, to December vacation programs, youth and adult basketball leagues, volleyball leagues, holiday contests, bus trips, special events, fitness classes, drop-in programs and much more. Registration for Enfield residents is now open. Non-resident registration began Sept. 26. Spaces are limited and fill quickly, so register early. Dolphins Swim Team If you can’t keep your child out of the

pool, then listen up. The Dolphins Swim Team is hosted by the Enfield Recreation Department for boys and girls ages 5-18 years old. Why Dolphins? Dolphins is a great way to continue on the success of swimming lessons and keep swimmers in the pool. Swimmers will continue to progress while learning and improving their strokes. Swim coaches foster an environment that celebrates sportsmanship, improvement and team spirit. The focus is on improving strokes and times while having fun and being part of a team. It’s OK if swimmers have taken only swimming lessons and have never swum on a team before! Practice is usually offered three-four times per week, with swim meets beginning in December. Swim meets are held during the week after 5 p.m. The team swims at the Fermi High School pool, 124 North Maple St. in Enfield. Registration for returning Enfield residents and returning non-resident swimmers is now open. Fee is $160 for residents, $200 for non-residents.

New York City “On Your Own” Bus Trip Travel to New York City on Saturday, Nov. 15, and enjoy a festive day in the Big Apple. Even if you have never been to New York City before, you will recognize sights, monuments and buildings all around you. The city is constantly photographed and filmed for the rest of the world to see and hear. Now, it is your turn for a first-hand encounter with the Statue of Liberty, Broadway or the Empire State Building. The day is yours for shopping, dining and sightseeing. Trip includes: round-trip motorcoach transportation to and from New York City, leisure time for shopping, dining or sightseeing, and maps/restaurant listings. Bus departs the Enfield Town Hall parking lot at 7 a.m. and departs New York City at 5 p.m. Fee is $37 per person, limit six spots per household. Preregistration is required. Registration for Enfield residents and non-Enfield residents is now open. Enfield Youth Basketball League: Grades 3-12 Basketball season is right around the corner. This program meets for one

weeknight practice (Monday-Friday) and for a one-hour game on Friday evenings or on Saturdays or Sundays during the day. The goal of the program is to foster positive youth development, sportsmanship and to promote physical fitness. Participants are placed on teams through a draft system. Player evaluations will not be held. All participants will receive a team shirt to wear for games. Coaches will contact players by Nov. 14. Practices will begin the week of Dec. 1. Registration began on Friday, Sept. 26. Fee is $80. Yoga Do you want to release some stress and live a healthier lifestyle this fall and winter? If so, this is the perfect class for you. Yoga will bring balance, breath awareness, stamina, and flexibility to the body and mind. Students will be able to work at their own level, modifying poses as needed. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat to class. The first session begins on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and ends on Dec. 9. Session Two starts on Jan. 13 and continues until March 3.

National Energy Awareness Month October is National Energy Awareness month and what better way to learn how you can reduce your energy demand than by attending and Energy Expo. This is a free event and there will be drawings for free goods throughout the event. The leading Solar, Geothermal, Lighting and HVAC companies will be on hand to answer your questions. The Clean Energy Fund will be on hand to answer questions about the latest rebates and incentives. There will also be companies on hand to answer your questions on how small businesses can reduce their energy demands.

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Babb’s Beach Work Gets Closer to Reality After Approval


SUFFIELD – Babb’s Beach is one step closer to a new bathhouse. The town has received a $75,000 state open space grant to extend a water line to the Babb’s Breach rink facility. The Board of Selectmen voted Sept. 3 to authorize First Selectman Edward McAnaney to enter into contracts with the state to accept the grant. The town is gradually refurbishing the property. McAnaney said. “The first

order of business is to get water out there.” The next step, he added, is to use any leftover funds from the grant to add a septic system for the facility. Sidewalks In late September, the sidewalks from the Bramble Ridge development on Bridge Street were completed, McAnaney said. As part of the approval for the project, the developers of Bramble Ridge

were obliged to install sidewalks, he said. With the work now completed, residents “can follow the sidewalks all the way downtown,” he said. Library Windows The selectmen announced at their Sept. 17 meeting that the town has turned down a $200,000 grant from the State Historic Preservation Office for replacement windows for the library. The proposed windows did not meet

SHPO’s requirements, although they had been approved by the Suffield Historic District Commission. In addition, the grant also would have placed a preservation easement on the library for 20 years. Under that easement, any modifications to the library building would have needed to be approved by SHPO during that time period. The town declined the grant and found less expensive windows that meet historic district requirements.

SUFFIELD - The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University will perform at the opening concert of this season’s acclaimed Music on High Concert Series at First Church of Christ, Congregational, 81 High St., Suffield, on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 4 p. m. This renowned collegiate a cappella group is chosen every year and is made up of 14 senior Yale men who are selected by audition. Formed in 1909, the group got its name from a mythical

dragon fish. They felt the name fit their sense of lightheartedness very well so they adopted it. The tradition of meeting at Morey’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern, for fellowship and song continues to this day. The musicians feature selections from a wide range of sources including Yale songs, original compositions and popular hits. Their appearance at First Church marks the beginning of an outstanding series of concerts scheduled throughout

the year. Music on High is a self-sustaining program at First Church designed to provide outstanding music for the greater community. It relies solely on the gifts of patrons and benefactors. There will be a suggested donation at the door of $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors, church members and students. A reception will follow the concert. For further information, please call

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SUFFIELD - Suffield’s history enthusiasts are in for a treat when they attend an open house at the King House Museum on Main Street. The Suffield Historical Society has gone to great lengths to accumulate a significant

amount of memorabilia to show how the town was structured as well as the resident’s old way of life. This was once the home of Dr. Alexander King. He was a farmer as well as the local physician. He was a well-respected man and his home was

admired by the entire community. This beautiful Georgian Colonial house has been the home of the Suffield Historical Society’s museum since 1960 and it offers several examples of how Americans and, specifically, Suffield residents lived 250 years ago. In the kitchen of the King House you will find a beautiful old fireplace that served as the cooking area as well as a

heat source. On the side of that is a builtin brick oven. “To cook, one would start a fire in the small oven and heat up the bricks,” said Suffield’s Town Historian, Lester Smith. “This oven was independent of the open fireplace. Once the bricks would heat up, the cinders were removed and food would be placed

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inside to bake.” As you walk through the kitchen, you could appreciate just how much went into each meal preparation. There was limited space and no frills to speak of. As you progress through the house, you are privy to the manner in which the family would live in the house. The living room is set up with furniture from that era and set in a way that you could almost feel the family gathering around the fireplace and talking the night away. The bedrooms display furniture that show just how far we have come in the aspect of comfort. “The bed could be tightened or loosened with this bed key that is made of wood,” Smith says. “People could adjust the ropes to the tension that gave the best support for them.” As you look at all the furniture, paintings and other memorabilia, you appreciate the luxuries that we take for granted on a daily basis. In a section of the house, there are two exhibits that are next to each other.

First you would see the display of pharmaceuticals, which include bottles, paper wrappers for medications, pictures of the old Suffield Pharmacy on Main Street and other medical supplies. One can’t help but feel overwhelmed and impressed by the extent of the collection. As you progress past the pharmacy exhibit, you enter the Suffield Cigar Tobacco exhibit. Suffield is proudly the first cigar factory in the United States. The cases and shelves show all the different cigars, cigar boxes, tools and advertising that were used so many years ago. In the barn of the estate are several other tobacco-related items such as tobacco sewing machines and horsedrawn carriages that would go through the streets and sell the cigars to the public. The King House Museum is open from May to September, but private showings are available upon request. For more information, go online to

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SUFFIELD - If you know a kid around the age of 13 who is passionate about comics and graphic novels, steer him/her to the Kent Memorial Library where a graphic novel group is forming. Each month the group will discuss one or two graphic novels while munching on free pizza. The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m. Subsequent meetings will take place on the third Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Participants can pick up the following two books at the Circulation Desk. Register at the Kent Memorial Library by calling 860-668-3896. Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell. Every good town has a good monster. They're fantastic. Much of the time they’re terrorizing the citizenry, and as

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SUFFIELD - Relax with friends over cups of herbal tea, delicate sandwiches and delicious desserts at the traditional Victorian High Tea served in the gracious parlor of First Church of Christ, Congregational, 81 High St., Suffield, on Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Accompanying a choice from a variety of teas will be assorted sandwiches, which will include chicken on croissant,

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Automotive By Keith Griffin

As a longtime fan of the Hyundai Sonata, even during its blander days, I had fingers crossed when the new one was introduced at the New York Auto Show this past April. After all, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is an important car for the Korean automaker. Fortunately, all indications from time spent driving it recently indicate the company is heading in the right direction with its popular midsize sedan. It could be considered overall best in class. When the last generation Sonata was introduced as a 2011 model it was white hot. It accumulated a bucket load of awards and was the first Hyundai to crack 200,000 in annual sales. Hyundai could have gone the safe route and tweaked the design of the new model. Instead, the new Sonata wisely incorporates successful elements of its predecessor such as the chrome trim that wraps from the C-pillar in the rear through to the headlights. It's a signature touch unique to the Sonata. As Chris Chapman, chief designer of the Hyundai Design Center in Irvine, Calif., explained over dinner at the New York Auto Show, Hyundai didn't want to blow

up the design of the previous car and start from scratch because the Sonata has acquired what he called "brand equity." Chapman also said Hyundai was hoping to achieve a design that suggests dignity, respect and confidence. Borrowing a page from the Subaru playbook, Hyundai is evolving its designs so you still know the Sonata is a Hyundai but that creates a positive distinction. The turbo version is stunning with four chrome-tip exhaust ports. They are another element that is unique to the North American market. There are also subtle tweaks to the front fascia as well. Call this a weird thing to observe but the Sonata also knocks it out of the ballpark with its rear design. Its trunk is sub-


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Open Cockpit Day & Sunday, October 12th Great New England RC Swap Meet The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Conn. will hold two events on Sunday, October 12th, 2014. The first event is the Fall Open Cockpit Day. Visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to twelve aircraft. These include the Vietnam era “Huey” helicopter; the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter; the Coast Guard HH-52 rescue helicopter; the Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon and the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. Also to be open is the Fairchild A-10 “Warthog” which flew for many years with the Connecticut Air National Guard based at Bradley International Airport. This particular airplane is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. The Open Cockpit program runs from 10: AM to 4:00 PM with the Museum and Gift Shop staying open until 5:00 PM. Admission is $12 for ages 12 and up, $11 for seniors 65 and up and $6.50 for ages 4 to 11. Children under 3 are admitted free. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended.

The second event of the day will be the 3rd Annual Great New England RC Swap Meet. This event is co-sponsored by the Wintonbury Flying Club and is included with Museum admission. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn all aspects of RC aviation from remote control airplane enthusiasts. All types of RC aircraft, parts and accessories will be available for purchase. RC simulators will be available for visitors to try. Museum educators will provide hands-on activities for younger visitors and the Museum’s Flight Sim Spot full-flight simulator experience will be available throughout most of the day. For the convenience of visitors, a food vendor will be on site serving sandwiches, snacks and beverages.

36 Perimeter Road (off Route 75) Windsor Locks, CT

For more information, visit or call (860) 623-3305. The New England Air Museum is located in Windsor Locks, Conn. adjacent to Bradley International Airport. Take I-91 north or south to CT. exit 40 (Route 20) to Route 75 north.



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