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Mild Winter Helps Some Businesses, Hurts Others By Linda Tishler Levinson

Splashing Around the Scantic River Swift Water Rescue team members enter the water at the start of the race in Somersville for the 21st annual Scantic Spring Splash Canoe & Kayak Race, which made its way to Enfield on Saturday, March 31vto benefit the Enfield Food Shelf. More photos on page 30. Photos by David Butler II

In This Issue • THE ARTS: Suffield Players mark 60th anniversary..........................p. 3 • EAST WINDSOR: Town seeks increase in spending..........................................p. 4 • EAST WINDSOR: Parks department offers long list of programs ........p. 4 • ELLINGTON: Residents can speak about budget increase....................p. 7 • ELLINGTON: March a busy month for high school arts......................p. 8 • ENFIELD: Budget increase for next year is minimal .........................p. 13

• ENFIELD: Field narrowed to 20 for Enfield Idol contest....................p. 15 • ENFIELD: Early indications are that new recycling program works ......p. 16 • SOMERS: Selectman calls budget ‘fiscally responsible’..................p. 18 • SOMERS: Honor roll students named at high school................p. 23 • SUNDAY DRIVE: A ‘chili’ reception & tale of two Kevins at Infinity ........p. 27 • STAFFORD: Budget grows..........p. 33 • CLASSIFIEDS:.....................pp.37-39

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Whether you are a skier who mourned the lack of snow this winter or a mild weather fan who warmed up to the virtually non-existent winter, there is no doubt the season brought unusual weather patterns. For businesses in North Central Connecticut, the unusually warm winter brought mixed results, depending on the nature of the business. Among the winners was Savage Motorsportz on Hazard Avenue in Enfield. “It’s been great for me,� owner Gregg Savage said. “Weather brought more people into our shops.� Savage said his company sells a lot of items for kids, and families were more willing to shop when it was comfortable for them to walk around outside. “I have no complaints,� he said. John Symasko, who along with his partner Rod Cameron is the chef and owner of Hazard Grille on Hazard Avenue in Enfield, said the weather was an asset for their restaurant as well. “Any time it doesn’t snow is good,� Symasko said. “We took a huge hit� with the Oct. 29,

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Arts Suffield Players Celebrating Six Decades SUFFIELD - The Suffield Players announce their 60th Anniversary Production: “Lady Windermere’s Fan” by Oscar Wilde, its 140th play, May 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m.; May 13 at 2 p.m. For reservations call 800-289-6148 or 860668-0837 or visit the website at www.suffieldplayers.org. Discounts are available for seniors, students, groups and season subscribers. There will be special anniversary events: • Purple Hearts of the Players: Honoring thespians from its past. Special recognition given at performances throughout the coming year. • Everything Old Is New Again! Presenting scenes from vintage Suffield Players’ Productions at “Suffield On The Green” in September. • A Diamond In the Door: Awarding free tickets to the 60th person entering any Suffield Players performance (starting with “Lady Windermere’s Fan,” opening in May). • The Sixty Dollar Stepgift: Place of Honor Mention in Future Programs and Suffield Players’ newsletters for $60 Donations to the “60th Diamond Jubilee” fundraiser or $60 gifts will be used to help restore Mapleton Hall front portico steps and balustrades.

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East Windsor Parks and Recreation Announces Wide Variety of Programs EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Parks and Recreation would like to send out a big thanks to the senior center, town hall employees and East Windsor residents for contributing to the Hometown Hero Care Packages. A total of 179 pounds of cookies and necessities was collected for the service members that are deployed. Volunteers packaged up a total of 14 boxes that were sent to three local service members: Tyler

Lockwood, Eric Riggot and Joe Titus. A display is going to be set up at the Town Hall to recognize and honor our men and women who are serving in the Armed Forces. We are looking for pictures of East Windsor residents who are currently serving in the Armed Forces. Please submit any pictures to the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department or call 860-6276662 with any questions. Tiny Tots Soccer: The East Windsor

Town Seeks 5.22 Percent Increase in Overall Spending By Linda Tishler Levinson EAST WINDSOR – The proposed town budget would bring a 5.22 percent increase over the current spending plan. At a March 22 public hearing, a $34,982,225 budget was proposed for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. That budget includes $14,204,274 for the town side of the budget and $20,777,951 for the Board of Education. It would bring an increase of $1,734,747 over the current spending plan. The town side of the budget brings an increase of 3.42 percent or $469,059 over the current fiscal year. The school board budget brings an increase of 7.07 percent

or $1,371,500 over the current spending plan. The largest increase in the town side of the budget is in insurance and benefits, which are slated to rise 42.52 percent or $154,628. The Capital Improvement plan is slated to rise 30.05 percent or $145,953. The budget proposal would bring a tax increase of 0.43 mills. The current mill rate is 23.9964. A mill represents $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value. With that proposed increase, a taxpayer whose home is assessed at $200,000 would see a tax increase of $86 for the year.

Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring Tiny Tots Soccer for children ages 3 and 4. This program will teach the beginning fundamentals of the sport of soccer. The East Windsor High School teams will be showcasing their skills while teaching your youngster how to dribble, shoot and score. Tiny Tots Soccer will be held at the East Windsor High School soccer field on Saturdays, May 19, June 2, June 9, June 16, and June 23 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fee for this program is $35. Please register by May 11. Panther Hoops Camp: The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a week of basketball summer fun. This camp will help your child develop a love for the game. Panther Hoops Camp will be held at East Windsor High School the week of June 25-29 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Fee for this program is $55 with a $5 sibling discount. Please register by June 15. Summer Fun Camp: Signups for the Summer Fun Camp will begin on Monday, April 2. This year we will be offering eight weeks of Summer Camp, Tiny Tots Camp and Counselor in Training. The first week of camp will be the week of July 2 and ending the week of Aug. 20. The fee for the Summer Fun Camp and Tiny Tots for

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Regional Parks and Recreation Department Has Extensive Offerings (continued from page 4) fun-filled week. Each participant will learn the rules and essential skills of each sport. The cost of this camp is $125. The Tiny-Hawk Camp (soccer and basketball) will be held July 23-26 at East Windsor High School from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is for ages 3-4. This camp will introduce kids to the essentials of two sports. The fee for this camp is $49. The Track and Field Camp will be held July 30 to Aug. 2 at East Windsor High School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is for ages 7-12. This camp combines technical development, fundamental techniques and safety with a major focus on fun. The fee

for this camp is $65. The Mini-Hawk Camp (soccer, baseball and basketball) will be held June 25-29 at East Windsor High School from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 4-6 and the cost is $99. A program will be held July 23-26 from 6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m. and is for ages 5-6 and the cost is $49. This camp gives young children a fun and positive first step into athletics. Call the Parks & Recreation with any questions. Yoga: Classes will be held at East Windsor High School from 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday classes will be held June 11 to Aug. 6 with no class on June 18. Wednesday classes will be held June 13 to Aug. 8 with no class on June 20. The cost

of this program is: residents $25 once a week or $40 twice a week; non-residents $30 once a week or $45 twice a week. Registration is through the Parks and Recreation office or online with our Webster Bank Payment link. Please call 860-627-6662 with any questions. Zumba: Classes are being held at the Town Hall Annex from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday classes will be held from May 21 to July 16 with no class on May 28. Thursday classes will be held from May 23 to July 18 with no class on July 4. Registration is through the Parks and Recreation Office, or online with our Webster Bank Payment link. Please call 860-627-6662 with questions. The cost of

this program is: residents $35 once a week or $60 twice a week; non-residents $40 once a week or $65 twice a week; daily walk-ins are $5. Tennis Camp: The East Windsor Parks and Recreation is offering two sessions of Tennis Sport for Life for ages 6 and up, as well as Mini-Tots Camp for ages 3-5. Camp will be held at the East Windsor Park on July 23-27 or Aug. 13-17. MiniTots will be held from 8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Tennis Sport for Life ages 6 and up will be held from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost of this program is $35 for ages 3-5 and $85 for ages 6 and up.

New England Air Museum To Offer April School Break Activities WINDSOR LOCKS - The New England Air Museum has announced that it will run five days of special activities during the April School break. The schedule is as follows: Monday, April 16: Scientific Discovery Day! The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education staff will be out on the exhibit floor all day with demonstrations that will amaze you and your children as you learn about the scientific principles of flight. Also to be offered are a number of entertaining hands-on activities.

Tuesday, April 17: The museum will host an open cockpit program with about six aircraft to be open including a helicopter, an airliner, a jet fighter and a WWII aircraft. All cockpits will close at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18: A room full of Legos will be set up in the conference center and the theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;You & Your Fantastic Flying Machine.â&#x20AC;? The program is for ages 3-12 and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for each age category: 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 Thursday, April 19: The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour

guides will be on hand to greet visitors and to point out the highlights of the collection in a fun and interesting way for the enjoyment of visitors of all age groups. Learn about the museum in depth as you walk through all three display hangars Friday, April 20: Discover the B-29 Superfortressâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the largest aircraft in the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection. Visitors will be able to go behind the ropes to take a close-up look at this magnificent aircraft from

World War II. The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knowledgeable tour guides will point out the various features of this aircraft, which is probably the most outstanding example of its type anywhere. Admission is charged. For further information, call the New England Air Museum at 860-623-3305 or learn more on the web at www.neam.org.

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Ellington Residents Can Address 3.55 Percent Budget Hike at Public Hearing By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The overall town budget would increase 3.55 percent under the proposed $48,198,154 spending plan for the 2012-1013 fiscal year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty modest,â&#x20AC;? First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said, adding that is especially conservative â&#x20AC;&#x153;since our town still has residents coming in.â&#x20AC;? Overall, the budget would increase $2,169,228 over the 2011-2012 approved two years ago and $1,640,269 over the estimated actual totals for the current fiscal year. The proposed budget includes a General Government budget of $25,336, 852, compared to $25,023,557 approved for this year; a Capital Outlay budget of

$1,312,864 compared to $971,429 this year; and a Board of Education budget of $31,518,437, compared to $29,033,940 this year. The proposed property tax rate would increase 0.5 mills to 28 mills. A mill represents $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value. For a home with an assessed property value of $200,000, property taxes would increase $100 per year. Blanchette said thanks to a 1 percent increase in the grand list, the town is able to have an increase in the budget without a significant tax hike. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 8 p.m. April 10 in the Ellington High School auditorium.

Healthy Kids Day Set for Sat., April 28 - Activities for Families ELLINGTON - On Saturday, April 28, the Indian Valley Family YMCA, 11 Pinney St., Ellington, is encouraging all kids and parents in East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Rockville, Somers, South Windsor, Tolland, and Vernon to come to the Y for a play date and commit to being active every day. It is all part of the YMCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Healthy Kids Day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest health day for families. The free event will take place at the Indian Valley Family YMCA from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and features physical activities for all ages, a visit with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stewie the Duck,â&#x20AC;? a bounce house, drum circle, Music Together, and more. As a leading nonprofit strengthening community through healthy living, the Y holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits to kids and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the Indian Valley Family YMCA we know that parents struggle to find the time to incorporate more active play and healthier habits into their kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; daily routine,â&#x20AC;? says John L. Reilly, District Executive Director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doing so doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to require extra money or resources. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as simple as making a play date with your kids, with two key requirements â&#x20AC;&#x201C; be active and have fun!â&#x20AC;? Nationally, Healthy Kids Day is supported by the Dodge brand.

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Ellington March Packs a Powerful Punch for the Performing Arts March was a month to remember for they do in their daily lives affect those teens and the performing arts in the younger than them. They are the role modEllington community. This was the month els to the younger students in town and the the â&#x20AC;&#x153;tale as old as timeâ&#x20AC;? came to town and drama group spent a lot of effort last if you asked many, they were sorry to see month doing just that. On Saturday, March it leave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty and the Beast,â&#x20AC;? 3, 200 young girls and boys were able to performed by the Ellington High School join the cast of Beauty and the Beast for a Opening Knight â&#x20AC;&#x153;Character Teaâ&#x20AC;? at Players (OKP), Ellington High IN THE SCHOOLS School. The day touched so many people, young and included a sample of old, in the communisongs from the musity that of the four cal, a tour of the performances, three astounding set, which were nearly sold out and the final one was was the likes of Broadway, were able to actually sold out. make their own crown, eat some royal The cast and crew for this production snacks and have a photo with Belle and the was much larger than most productions. Beast. William Prenetta, director of OKP, Being a musical, there was a need for voic- admits it was an exhilarating but exhaustes, dancers and an orchestra, not to men- ing month beginning with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Character tion more people to make costumes, props Tea.â&#x20AC;? The joy and fun that was spread to and work on the huge set. Students not the young children impressed Prenetta. He normally involved in OKP productions recalled that not one child left the event joined forces for this event. without a smile on his or her face. OKP member Emma Barfield reflected The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Character Teaâ&#x20AC;? created a stir withon the experience of being involved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not in the young community and their parents only did â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beauty and the Beastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; give our and ticket sales increased that week for the theater program the chance to learn and four performances on March 9, 10 and 11. grow together, but it opened up opportuni- Months and months of rehearsal, building, ties for the rest of the school as well. sewing and singing paid off when magic Instead of this being another OKP show, was created for an entire weekend. people from different cliques around Prenetta received dozens of letters and school got involved and the experience emails commending the production. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My brought the entire school together to pro- favorite note came from a little girl who duce something magical.â&#x20AC;? now believes that magic truly did exist in Oftentimes, teens do not realize things our world because she saw it on the

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Ellington High School stage,â&#x20AC;? he said. Local resident Becky Dehnel brought her 6-year-old daughter, Grace, to the Saturday matinee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was mesmerized the entire time,â&#x20AC;? said Dehnel. Her daughter was so involved with the play she cried at the part when the father went missing. Prenetta was thrilled with the warm reception the audiences gave to the production and gives his cast and crew a great deal of credit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My students awed me with their professionalism during this difficult show and with the love and care they showed one another throughout the theatrical process,â&#x20AC;? he said. OKP member Maggie Quinn, who played Madame de la Grande Bouche (the wardrobe cabinet), agreed about the magic that was created. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beauty and the Beastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was an extremely magical experience, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one that many of us will carry and remember throughout the rest of our lives,â&#x20AC;? said Quinn. Joshua Feldman, who played Lumiere, still gets young children recognizing him in the grocery store. OKP member Tonya Benoit said it was one of the most amazing things she has done in OKP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was so much fun to work with kids that were never in OKP before and seeing the house packed full of people cheering and giving us a standing ovation made the hundreds of hours we spent working and rehearsing worthwhile.â&#x20AC;? Two weeks after â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the

Beast,â&#x20AC;? the Opening Knight Players hosted and performed for the 76th annual Connecticut Drama Association Festival (CDA). Aside from having to â&#x20AC;&#x153;strikeâ&#x20AC;? or take apart their massive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beastâ&#x20AC;? set, they also had to rehearse for their production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost, Maineâ&#x20AC;? for CDA and get ready to receive nine other schools with 300 people for the weekend with their productions and various workshops along with meals and concessions. The group performed a longer version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost, Maineâ&#x20AC;? back in November. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was a monumental feat, yet my students rose to the challenge,â&#x20AC;? said Prenetta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not only did they create a warm and creative environment for the festival, but they also raised the bar on their own performance of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Almost, Maine.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? Five actors and actresses from OKP earned best acting awards and the production won the entire festival and was chosen to perform at the New England Drama Festival (NEDF) in Gilford, N.H., at the end of April. The drama group is working on coming up with funds to help offset the costs to go to NEDF, where they will represent Connecticut. The weekend did not pass without some pitfalls. The loading area for the schools and their sets and props was on the side of Ellington High near a huge Dumpster they

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Ellington OKP Has a Busy March (continued from page 8) had there for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beastâ&#x20AC;? set. Apparently someone passing by at the school must have assumed that anything near the Dumpster was being thrown out and free for people to take because a visiting school lost some very valuable pieces to its set. If anyone knows the whereabouts of several chairs and a coat rack, they are asked to contact William Prenetta at Ellington High School at 860-896-2352. Keri Halloran of OKP described winning CDA as â&#x20AC;&#x153;an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;American Idolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; moment.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been a gift for me to work with these talented and compassionate students in the last month,â&#x20AC;? said Prenetta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have shown that with passion, talent, and love, anything is possible.â&#x20AC;? The magical month of March ended on a musical note on the 29th with a concert

performed by the Ellington High School Music Department. The concert, called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Music, Good Cause,â&#x20AC;? was the first annual night of music to benefit the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Entrance fee to the concert was a non-perishable food item. The night highlighted pieces from every music ensemble at the school. Next up for the performing arts at the school is OKP student-directed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Check, Pleaseâ&#x20AC;? on May 11 and 12t the spring Choral concert on May 24 and spring Instrumental concert on May 31. The Opening Knight Players leave on Aug. 11 for a two-week trip to Edinburgh, Scotland to participate in the Fringe Festival. The group has been fundraising for the past year for this trip. More information on anything going on in the Ellington Schools can be found by visiting their website at www.ellingtonpublic schools.org.

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Crazy Science (CS)™ FOR STUDENTS 1ST – 6TH GRADES MONDAY – FRIDAY 12:30 PM – 4 PM - $199.00 Students will make ooey-gooey slime, watch clear liquids magically change color, make their own eraser and super bouncy ball, invent their own carbonated drink, make a glowing blue concoction to examine why fire flies glow. Make a dinosaur grow to many times its original size and more fun lab experiments. Concepts learned: Chemical reactions Temperature Polymers Viscosity Rate of flow Pressure Newton’s Third Law of Physics

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LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse our programs. The College reserves the right to cancel a class/session that lacks sufficient enrollment. To cancel enrollment prior to the first scheduled class, a full refund will be given. No refund will be granted as of the first day of class/session.

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Enfield Town Manager Seeks Slight Increase in Overall Budget By Linda Tishler Levinson ENFIELD – The proposed $115,608,244 General Fund budget would bring an increase of less than 1.1 percent over the current spending plan. Town Manager Matthew Coppler presented the budget proposal to the Town Council March 19. The proposed budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year includes $52,466,888 for town appropriations, an increase of 1.5 percent or $795,121 over this year’s budget, and $63,141,356 for the Board of Education, an increase of 0.7 percent or $430,349. The proposed budget would carry a tax rate of 27.84 mills, compared to the current 23.88 mills. A mill represents $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value. “The proposed budget includes a mill rate adjustment for the first time in five years,” Coppler said in his written presen-

tation to the council. “Over the last five years, the Town of Enfield has taken actions that reset the overall cost structure for the Town of Enfield from over $118 million to the proposed budget level of over $115 million. “This reduction was done partly by the elimination of over 30 employees from town staffing. The remainder was done by finding operating efficiencies within the budget. Staff has worked diligently to: reduce the cost of health insurance; proactively manage energy costs; and operate smarter and more creatively.” The proposed budget would decrease debt service by more that $800,000; decrease municipal solid waste disposal costs; increase contributions to the Social Services Fund, EMS Fund, WPC Fund and IT Fund; increase Workers’ Compensation Costs by 15 percent, increase the commitment to the Capital Improvements Plan

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Enfield Common Grounds Rotary Has Full Slate of Activities in April ENFIELD - The Common Grounds Rotary Garden of Enfield is getting ready for spring! The following events are planned for April. All events are open to the public. Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a day of spring cleaning to ready the garden for planting. On Sunday, April 15, will be the â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Easter Egg Huntâ&#x20AC;? from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the garden. The annual Open House will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

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volunteers from the local community. The main goal is to assist local food relief agencies by donating the approximately 4,000-5,000 pounds of produce grown directly to those agencies for distribution to those in need. Each year the organization sponsors community programming, events, and activities for all ages to support this mission. Common Grounds was created in 2006 by the Enfield Rotary Club, which, with the help of local businesses and the University of Connecticutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Master Gardener program, donated the garden to the Town of Enfield. The Board of Directors, which has managed the garden since 2007, meets every

Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Concert To Support Local Charities ENFIELD - The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club of Enfield and the Ellington Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, members of the General Federation of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubs/CT, are partnering together for their annual fundraiser by presenting a special â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) and John Fogerty Tribute Concert,â&#x20AC;? via New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acclaimed Green River Band, on Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m., at Enrico Fermi High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auditorium, 124 North Maple St., Enfield. Their mutual effort is to raise money to benefit all the needful organizations in the

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Enfield Spotlight Focuses on Enfield As It Seeks Next Enfield Idol By Julie Cotnoir ENFIELD - There will be a large spotlight focused on Enfield come May 4. Twenty Enfield Idol contestants will take to the stage at Asnuntuck Community College hoping to make their big break and the proceeds from the night will help spotlight the hopes and dreams of educators in Enfield. During March, over two nights, 57 Enfield residents auditioned at the community college before a panel of judges, with another contestant submitting a video audition. Enfield Foundation for Excellence in Education, a non-profit 501(c) 3, is the sponsor for the event. Twenty contestants were selected from the 55 to compete. According to the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coordinator, Ellen Platt, contestants were eligible for an over 16 years of age category and an under 16 years of age category. A winner will be selected from each category with the top 2 competing for the top title of Enfield Idol. The evening will also include additional entertainment, according to EFEE Board member Sandy Donelan, with local ventriloquist Mike Lawson performing with his two dummies and Asnuntuck grad Katie Bianchi singing the national anthem.

Chad Glabach will be competing for the top honor of Enfield Idol on May 4 at Asnuntuck Community College. The event is being sponsored by the Enfield Foundation for Excellence in Education. Photo by Julie Cotnoir According to EFEE President Shannon Grant the group has presented $4,000 in grants to Enfield educators and the Enfield Public Library since December 2009.

Educators were recently asked by the group to submit essays describing what inspires them in their teaching. Seven teachers as a result of their essays were awarded visits to their classroom from the CT Science Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love to hear those stories because it inspires me to continue this work,â&#x20AC;? says Grant. The grants have been awarded to educators and agencies working with a variety of age ranges. All nine elementary schools have received support as a result of a grant that financed the purchasing of software licenses for Comic Life Integrated with Core Knowledge. Online Web-based learning was awarded for a chemistry teacher at Enrico Fermi High School. The program not only allows students to complete their homework online, but it also provides online mini lessons for students who need additional support. Themed backpacks, available to the entire community, are available as a result of a grant request from the Enfield Public Library. These backpacks contain books, multimedia items, along with manipulatives and games to help families work with children getting ready for kindergarten. iPod Touches will be one of the tools first graders at Henry Barnard Elementary

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Enfield New Program Results in Significant Increase in Recycling ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; In January the Town of Enfield began a new automated, bi-weekly single-stream recycling program. All recyclables can be mixed together in one barrel for a simple way to recycle. This has resulted in a 28.15% increase in

recycling. Town Manager Matthew Coppler thought the program was off to a strong start. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very encouraged by the early results of the tipper barrel recycling program,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our residents are doing

Who Will Be the Next Enfield Idol Winner? (continued from page 15) The overall winner of the event will be awarded $200 and will be the Master of Ceremonies for Enfield Teen Idol being held as part of the Enfield Fourth of July Town Celebrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekend in July. The winner will also receive three hours of

voice lessons. Tickets go on sale on Sunday, April 15, on EFEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website (www.efeeofenfield.org) for $10 each. The show will be on Friday, May 4, from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. in Asnuntuck Community Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auditorium at 170 Elm Street in Enfield.

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their part to reduce the cost of government every time they fill the blue recycling tipper barrel.â&#x20AC;? As a means of helping to educate residents about recycling, the Town is currently organizing a contest among the seven town elementary schools. Prizes will be awarded to the three schools that have the

most recycling volume between February 22 and May 4. The purpose is to teach students at a young age the importance of recycling. As of March 5 Hazardville Memorial was in first place, Prudence Crandall second and Enfield Street third. For more information about the recycling program, please call 860-763-7094.

Scholarship Offered by Saint Martha HSA ENFIELD - The Saint Martha Home and School Association is pleased to offer a $500 scholarship to a former Saint Martha graduate who will be continuing his or her education in a two-year or fouryear college program. The applicant must be a member of the graduating class of Enrico Fermi High School, Enfield High School, or any other local area high

school. Please return completed applications and essays to the Guidance Department at Enrico Fermi High School or Enfield High School by Wednesday, May 2. Applications are available at the Guidance Department at Enfield High School and Enrico Fermi High School, Saint Martha School office, as well as, the church rectory.

Easter Services At Enfield Congregational Church ENFIELD - There will be two Easter Services at Enfield Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 1295 Enfield St., Enfield. The first service, at 9 a.m., will consist of Bells, Trumpet, Special Music, the Blossoming Cross, and Homily. The second service, at ll a.m., will be a Traditional Family Celebration with Bells, Trumpet,

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Regional Winter Warmth Has Varying Effects on North Central Businesses (continued from page 1) 2011 snowstorm, he said, losing four to five days when they were without electrical power and had to close. The mild winter helped them make up for some of that lost business. “Actually, winter is a better time for us,” he said, since in the summertime a lot of weekend dining business is lost to outdoor barbecues at home. And without snow to keep customers home, it was even better, he said. Barry Dolby, owner of Mountain Tree Service in Somers, said his company flourished, thanks to the lack of snow. “It kept us working as tree service,” he said, adding

that it was welcome after the previous snowy winter. “Nobody could’ve gotten any work done with all of that snow,” he said. In addition, Dolby said there was lots of cleanup work to be done after the October snowstorm. Still, he said, the mild winter was a mixed blessing for his business in a way. He said they often count on having frozen ground to drive vehicles into otherwise tough-toreach areas, something this winter did not provide. Anthony Bombereno, owner of PC’s Made Better on Hazard Avenue in Enfield, said while this winter was a bit slow for his business, it was more likely the economy than the weather. “I’m generally not affected by changes in

weather,” he said, but added when it rains or snows, business does drop off a bit. For other businesses, however, a mild winter hurt the bottom line. “You plan for colder weather,” said Sandra CalvoRouette, owner of One Tribe on South Road in Somers.”It definitely affected it.” As a clothing store owner, Calvo-Rouette said her customers shop by the season. She said she was left with excess winter inventory and has noticed customers looking for spring items earlier that usual. “You don’t know what Mother Nature is going to bring,” she said. “Since mine is clothing, it’s related to it.”

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afford a storefront for their talents to be exhibited to the public. Teaberry Treasures is a dream come true for those artists as well as those patrons who appreciate unique and one-of-a-kind type gifts and decor.” The store will be located in the old Hazardville Hotel building on the corner of South Maple Street and Hazard Avenue, which O’Boyle has been busy renovating in recent weeks. Since taking over the space, O’Boyle says that several people in the area have come by to wish her luck. One gentleman even thanked her for helping the area maintain its small-town charm. “The Hazardville area of Enfield has such a comfortable feel to it, the people are kind and the buildings have such character,

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Somers Town Budget Has Proposed 3.49 Percent Increase for 2012-13 By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The overall town budget would increase 3.49 percent under the proposed $29,241,201 budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a good, fiscally sound budget that meets the needs of the community,â&#x20AC;? First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. The overall town budget proposal for the 2012-2013 fiscal year includes $19,827,174 for the Board of Education, an increase of $492,857 or 2.55 percent over the current budget; $6,742,645 for the town side of the budget, an increase of $323,823 or 5.04 percent; $2,006,382 for debt service, an increase of $195,001 or 8.86 percent; and $665,000 for capital projects, an

increase of $365,000 or $665,000. Pellegrini said that the proposed increase on the town side of the budget includes the use of Local Capital Improvement Project state grant money for road work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The use of LoCIP grant funds allows the road maintenance budget line to increase to $460,000. It is important to understand that this $210,000 is neutral with regard to a potential mill increase, as the $210,000 has been included as a revenue which offsets the expenditure. It is a creative way to increase road maintenance without adding potential for a tax increase,â&#x20AC;? Pellegrini said. Of the proposed school board budget increase, approximately 1 percent is designated to address the expanding

technology needs of the district, she said. The proposed budget would result in a 1 mill property tax increase. The mill rate would increase from the current 22.12 to 23.12. A mill represents $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value The median assessed value of a house in Somers is $198,400. The proposed budget would mean an increase of $198.40 for the year on that property. A public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in the Somers Elementary School auditorium. The Annual Town Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 8 in the Town Hall auditorium. The budget referendum will be held May 22 with voting in the Town Hall auditorium.

Shoreline Ringers Contest Benefits Somers Congregational Church Fund SOMERS - The Shoreline Ringers will present a benefit handbell concert at The Somersville Congregational Church on Saturday, May 12, at 4 p.m. The Ringers are donating the proceeds from the concert to the Somers Congregational Church Rebuilding Fund to help the church in rebuilding after the catastrophic fire of Jan. 1, which destroyed the meeting house and other rooms and damaged the remain-

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Somers Somers High School Honor Roll for Second Marking Period SOMERS - The following students have been named to the second marking period at Somers High School, according to a list provided by the school. Grade 9 High Honors Lindsey Blais Melanie Bonneau Hannah Collins Alexander Coverdill Bailee Crisinati Kirsten Guerette Anita Huang Alec Kapino Morgan Knight Ray McCarthy Melissa Morton Jaclyn O'Grady Samantha Percoski Samantha Pruden Benjamin Ranelli Jessica Reed Samantha Salvador Sarah Schon Brooke Sharland Solvej Sichler Sarah Squillace Tyler Tolisano Zachary Varnauskas

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Somers Horizons Café Now Open through April 26 SOMERS - Somers High School presents Horizons Café, a student-operated restaurant. It is open each Thursday through April 26. It will be closed April 19 for April Vacation. The students of this Somers High School Food Service program prepare and serve such items as baked stuffed shrimp, filet mignon, and chicken francese. The Café offers a pre-fixed menu for a set price of $15 per person. The menu will include a beverage, soup, salad, and an

entrée. Desserts are offered at an additional price. A children’s menu is also available. The restaurant, Horizons Café, will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and reservations are suggested for they are limited to 75 seats per evening. Reservations may be made by calling instructor Ms. Lynn Tracy at 860-749-2270, ext. 4170. Come and support a nationally recognized program and enjoy a delicious meal at the same time.

Somers Beautification Scholarship SOMERS - Somers Beautification is offering two scholarships available to graduating seniors of Somers High School, Class of 2012, who are planning to attend a two or four year college, university, or vocational school in the fall. Applications are available in the Guidance Department at Somers High. They should be completed and returned to Somers Beautification, P. O. Box 283, Somers, CT 06071 by Thursday, April, 26. Winners of the 2011 scholarships were Kathryn Squillace and Matthew Traceski.

Tall Ships Cruise SOMERS - The Somers Historical Society, Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It will take part in a Tall Ships Boston Harbor Cruise on Monday, July 2. Cost is $93, plus optional insurance. Lunch, bus trip, harbor cruise, tips and a small donation to the Somers Historical Society, Inc. are included in the price. Deadline for trip payment is April 27. Mail check to Somers Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 652, Somers, CT 06071. Contact Corey Haynes for more information at 860-543-2143.

Honor Roll Students Announced at Somers High School for Second Quarter (continued from p. 23) Chelsea Quint Brandon Scanlon Anna Sibilia Lindsey Socha Grade 11 Honors

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Somers Grower Direct Hosts Somers Beautification Annual Plant Sale SOMERS - Somers Beautification will be holding its 18th annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to noon. The location at Grower Direct, 164 Hampden Rd., Somers, enables people to see the workings of this wholesale grower for this one day of the year that they open the greenhouses to the public. You will be able to walk through acres of flowers or purchase plants from a consolidated area

for your ease of shopping. Members of Somers Beautification are grateful to the owners for their continuing support of what we do. We plant and maintain the public areas in Somers, including Town Hall, the intersection of Watchaug/Hall Hill Roads, the corner of Springfield/Wood Roads, the triangle at Billings/Ninth District Roads, and many more areas.

Church Plans Bake Sale, Roast Beef Dinner in April SOMERS - Sate your hunger for baked goods and a roast beef supper on consecutive Saturdays at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St. This Missions Outreach Board of the Congregational Church of Somersville will be holding a Bake Sale on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. Proceeds from the sale, held at 22 Maple St., will benefit the mission partners of the church. Stop by to purchase some savory goodies to enjoy on Easter or the following week. For more information, call Graham at the church office at 860-749-7741. A Roast Beef Supper, complete with baked potato, gravy, vegetable, salad,

homemade breads, beverage and brownie sundae will be served at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., on Saturday, April 14. Reservations should be made by calling the church at 860-749-7741 or emailing somcong@aol.com. Two sittings are offered: 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Take-out orders will be availalbe and can be picked up between 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.-7 p.m. The church is handicap accessible. Cost is $11 for adults and $5 for children. Join us for a delicious dinner and fellowship with your neighbors. For more information, call Ruth at the church office at 860-749-7741.

Visit Grower Direct, enjoy free coffee and doughnuts, see how the members of the SHS Beta Club and the Fire Department help us to make the event run smoothly. Choose healthy, beautiful plants

for your gardens and support the volunteers of Somers Beautification at the same time. For more information, call Joan at 860749-5115 or Shirley at 860-749-9459.

ACC to Offer Pre-Teens a Free College Experience ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College this summer will be offering preteens, who are preparing to enter seventh and eighth grade this coming fall, an opportunity to get a taste of what the college’s Manufacturing Technology Center has to offer. The college is offering four five-day sessions for free beginning July 9. The 2012 Summer College of Technology for Pre-Teens program will offer students a snapshot of the college’s machining and welding programs. Students will have the opportunity to

have hands-on experience when learning about machining. Session 1 will be offered July 9-13 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Session 2 will be July 16-20 from 9 a.m.-noon; Session 3 will be offered from July 23-27 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., with the final session being held from July 30-Aug. 3 from 9 a.m.-noon. Space is limited. Please contact Rita Moriarty at 860-253-3085 or rmoriarty@acc.commnet.edu, or Marisa Rubera at 860-253-3129 or mrubera@acc.commnet .edu to register or for more information.

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Sunday Drive A ‘Chili’ Reception & One Degree of ‘Bacon’ Separaton Welcome back to the Sunday Drive, the column that aspires to inspire you to get your motor running and head out on the highway to some of the region’s lesser known haunts. That said, the lion’s share of readers could probably pedal their way to our first April offering. But, like those crazy Statue of Liberty dancers rockin’ out on your local street corner, this only comes around once a year. We’re talking about the 2012 New England Regional Chili Cook Off, of course - with chefs the area over descending upon Pleasant View in Somers April 28 and 29 for a chance to cook their way into the International Chili Society’s World Championship later this year. “Our two-day event is shaping up to be the biggest chili cook off ever as we have well more than 50 chili cooks each day as well as many vendors, VIP’s, and more entertainment than any other event in the area,” pro-

claims organizer Michael Freedman. The New England Regional Chili Cook Off has a long and storied past in Somers. Sanctioned and governed by the International Chili Society, cooks will compete in Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa categories. There will also be non-ICS categories for a Youth Division for those under 18 years of age and People's Choice Chili. Cash awards will be distributed to winning teams. The New England Regional Chili Cook Off is proud to announce that the event will benefit the Somers Fire Department and Patriot Guard Riders CT and the outstanding work that they do in the community. The event is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tasting kits will be sold at the gate for $6 and two canned goods per adult, kids under 5 and seniors over 70 admitted free. All canned goods will be donated to “Champs Place,” a Somers food shelf. Live local entertainment will take the stage. There will be food vendors and crafters. There will

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be a hot pepper eating contest and DEFCON will have a "Death Match” wing eating contest, and your very own Sunday Driver, Gary Carra, will also be guest judging on Sunday! For more information please contact Michael Freedman, chairman of the New England Regional Chili Cook Off, at madmike@chilict.com or go to www.chilict.com Onto the asphalt proper, The Sunday Drive always strives to unearth locally owned, good eats on the region’s streets. And we believe we have done that yet again in the form of Fat & Happy, a tastefully decorated American eatery on the Berlin Turnpike (2095 in Newington, to be exact) that runs the gamut from pub grub to upscale dining yet still offers a vast array of family friendly fare and has both a bar and outdoor patio that can be combined to accommodate well into the hundreds.

The Berlin Turnpike’s Fat & Happy Restaurant pits traditional American cocktails and edibles with modern, exlcusive creations like the Bacon Bloody Mary and the cascading Lager Steamed Clams. The brainchild of three entrepreneurs with a shared vision of family values and hard work - Mario and Laura Cournoyer and Robin Mayo - Fat & Happy opened its doors in 2011 with the simple mission of becoming the place where great conversation, delicious food and world class service converge. One Andy Smith has joined the Fat & Happy fold, and during a recent visit was kind enough to take us through the paces. First up was a meeting with Bar Manager Danny Madera, a master mixologist, who is fully capable of pulling any one of the 20 beer taps the restaurant always has flowing or making the classic drinks your parents enjoyed, yet truly is in his element when he literally lets his creative juices flow. A case in point would be his Bacon Bloody

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Sunday Drive Fat & Happy continued from page 27 Mary - Bakon Vodka infused with his homemade Bloody Mary mix garnished with celery, fruit and a bacon stuffed olive. Another, Danno’s Pear Mojito, a triumph in "sweet heat" accomplished with Grey Goose La Poire Vodka, Monin chipotle pineapple, muddled mint, fresh lime juice and splash of soda.

Madera would later grace us with after dinner Tiramusu shots - sheer confectionary perfection in a glass. On to the everyday edibles, my colleague and I were at a veritable stalemate over whether or not we should start our experience with Jalapeño Scallop Poppers or the Lager Steam Clams. In keeping with spirit of Fat & Happy, we decided on both. The former was a rich, rewarding amalgam of fresh diver scallops wrapped in roasted jalapeño, cream cheese spread and bacon

served with mixed greens and lemon aioli; the latter - a cascading collection of little neck clams adorned with red pepper flakes, garlic, parsley and lager that culminated to the fresh piece of grilled bread that sat upon it - proved perfectly seasoned and prepared. Other appetizer options include Crispy Fried Calamari, a Philly Cheesesteak Egg Roll, Poutin Fries and Fat & Happy’s much ballyhooed Jumbo Wings. While the restaurant also contains a hearty assortment of salads, sandwiches and entrees, it is house favorite “Guinness Braised Short Ribs” that Smith deems a must try. “Is it out of this world, or what?” he beams like a proud papa as I effortlessly shear off shards of slow roasted perfection. And as the ribs, mashed sweet potato, haricot verts and Guinness reduction hit my palate, he realizes I need not verbally answer. My reaction was all the confirmation he needed. The spacious patio at Fat & Happy is now open and live entertainment, special events (including an International Beer Dinner May 1) abound both indoors and out. For more information on all of them or the restaurant itself, kindly point your browser to fatandhappyct.com Last but not least, two Kevins from Tinseltown will make their way to the area in the span of less than two weeks. And neither appearance has anything to do with anything that would enhance their already vast IMDB catalogs.

Rather, K e v i n Costner and Kevin Bacon (pictured at right with b r o t h e r Michael), will be trading in their movie scripts for six-strings when they come to our neck of the woods this month. The former brings his band, Modern West, to the Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (infinityhall.com) on April 11, the latter and his Bacon Brothers will hold court on the same stage April 22. Neatly nestled in the picturesque town of Norfolk on Route 44, Infinity Hall is fast establishing itself as the Nutmeg State’s premiere venue for such high profile fare thanks in great part to the stunning renovation of the historic building it encompasses and acoustics that would make Dolby drool ... not to mention a world-class bistro. Sound like an amazing place to sample the savories and catch some sounds? That’s what your Sunday Driver thought, too. Look for my Infinity Music Hall & Bistro review - and exclusive Kevin Costner interview - in next month’s installment! Do you own a facility or know of a hidden gem in the region that would be the perfect focus of a future Sunday Drive? E- mail your suggestions to northcentralnews@aol.com

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Somers Adult Day Care Opens for Business in Quality Avenue Building SOMERS - Connecticut Commercial Realty announced the leasing of approximately 3000 sq. ft. located at 27 Quality Ave. in Somersville. Christy Ryan, from the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Somers office, represented both the landlord and tenant in a dual agency capacity. P.E.A.C.E.F.U.L. LLC, the new tenant, is a business providing adult day care. The agency provides attentive, professional, personal care assistants who have been trained to meet individualized client and family needs.

The business owner, Joy Mason RN, MSN, CMC, is a Masters prepared Public Health Registered Nurse, a nationally certified Geriatric Care Manager, and is certified in end-of-life care. Mason says â&#x20AC;&#x153;P.E.A.C.E.F.U.L. LLC assists elders in memory support and cognitive stimulation and provides services for medically complex elders in need of quality care. P.E.A.C.E.F.U.L. LLC provides respite for families and maintains a quality of life for elders at home or in the home setting of its

adult day care.â&#x20AC;? Mason describes P.E.A.C.E.F.U.L, LLC formation based on the belief that quality healthcare can be achieved in the community and at home within a caring village of community support. Somersville is that village. Their entire team is committed to meeting the needs of clients and families in Somers and surrounding towns. They are planning to host an open house on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to dusk and

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Stafford Large Budget Increase Sought By Linda Tishler Levinson STAFFORD – The Board of Selectman is seeking a town-side budget of $8,444,294 for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The proposed budget would be an increase of $728,983 or 9.45 percent over the current spending plan. First Selectman Richard Shuck said he is seeking such a large increase because the town needs to stop neglecting its infrastructure. “We're not taking care of our buildings. We're not taking care of our infrastructure,” he said. The town keeps cutting back, he said, even while money is needed to keep the town in good repair. The only new position in the budget, Shuck said, is that of a public works director to oversee the Highway, Parks and

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Stafford Students Lobby on Education Reform (Left) Students from the Union School grades 3-8 visited the State Capitol on March 13 to lobby lawmakers on section 11 of the Education Reform bill. Section 11 penalizes small districts like Union, forcing them to regionalize services. Senator Guglielmo supports the kids.

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