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•REGIONAL: Area towns offer a variety of summer camp options...............p. 3 • EAST WINDSOR: Board of Ed seeks more than ‘level budget’................p. 4 • ELLINGTON: Budget focuses on state trooper, Senior Center....................p. 7 • SUNDAY DRIVE: Eat Drink RI Festival will whet your appetite ..............p. 10 • ENFIELD: Sewer use fee a key item in proposed budget.........................p. 14 • ENFIELD: Verizon Wireless ‘Smart Store’ opens on Hazard Avenue ....p. 15 • SOMERS: Coleman scholarships available to Somers High seniors........ p. 17 • REGIONAL: New England Chili Cook Off set for May 3 ......................... p. 25

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By Linda Tishler Levinson With patches of snow still lurking in shady spots, it may be tough to imagine that warmer weather is just around the corner, but recreation directors around North Central Connecticut are already planning for summer camps. At the same time, a Somers panel is working on plans for the site of a former YWCA camp. The former YWCA camp, Camp Ayapo, closed in 2009. At a July 2013 Somers Town Meeting, residents voted to purchase the camp property from the YWCA for $825,000. The purchase of the property had been set to be completed on April 1, but has been delayed, Somers First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said, due to encroachment issues with abutting homeowners. Otherwise, she said, the project remains on track. The Somers Camp Ayapo Ad Hoc Committee has been meeting to determine how the site will be used and how it will be secured. Pepsi-Cola is sponsoring a Summer Camp Ayapo Cleanup Day for May 3, and volunteers are being sought to help in the effort. While the future of Camp Ayapo is only in the talking stages, parks and recreation departments in the region do have summer camps planned for this summer. East Windsor The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department is planning a

variety of summer camps. New offerings include a wellness camp to encourage kids to disconnect from their electronics and “to teach them a healthy lifestyle,� said office assistant Lori Titus. Offerings for this summer will include the Summer Fun Camp, which runs from the week of June 30 to the week of Aug. 18, and registration is under way. The fee for the Summer Fun Camp and Tiny Tots for regular hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is $95 weekly for residents and $105 weekly for nonresidents. With extended hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the fee is $105 weekly for residents and $115 weekly for nonresidents. Counselor in Training cost is $75 for residents and $85 for nonresidents. There is a $10 non-refundable deposit/week required at signup. The department also is offering a Lego Camp and an All Pro Sports MultiSports Camp. Registration for the sports camp should be done by April 10. The department also is seeking applicants to work with children at the summer camps. Registration forms are available at or outside the Recreation Office. For information, call 860-627-6662. Ellington Ellington Parks and Recreation offers its summer camp and Skyhawk summer camps, according to Cindy Boscarino, administrative assistant.






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Ellington’s 2104 Summer Camp Extravaganza offers programs for children 4 to 12. An information session on the camp will be held from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. June 2 at the Recreation Office. The camp programs cost $80 per week for full day of 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $40 per week for half day of 8:30 a.m.-noon. Before camp care is available from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. for $15 per week. After camp from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. is offered for $35 per week. For information or to register, go to For information, call 860-870-3118. Somers “We are so excited for warm weather and the planning is under way for a fantastic lineup of summer camps, including a new offering of a girls lacrosse camp, returning of the All Pro Sports Basketball Camp with Donny Marshall, Skyhawks Sport Camps, UK Soccer Camps, and fantastic tennis and baseball camps,� said Amy Saada, director of human services and recreation. Offerings include Somers Day Camp, Small Fry Camp, Arts Camps, Somlax Camp, Tennis Camp, Tiny Tennis Camp, All Pro Sports Camps and Skyhawks Camps. The department also offers Camp Connri, an overnight camp at Lake Ashford for $35 for the week. Sponsorship for that camp was made possible by Salvation Army Funds. Registration for Camp Connri can be done only in person at the Recreation Office, 19 Battle St. For registration and information on other camps, go to or call 860-763-4379. Suffield The Suffield Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of summer camp programs for children age 3 through eighth-graders, said department Director Wendy LaMontagne. Both full- and half-day programs are offered. The traditional camp is offered at Sunrise Park, she said. The town also is offering a Tween Adventure Camp for grades 6-8, painting camps, Lego Camp, Once Upon a Cupcake performing arts camp, a Power Stages singing camp, as well as sports camps. Registration information will be

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School Board Seeks More than ‘Level Budget’ for 2014-15

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The Board of Education is seeking a $21,394,571 for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The budget proposal represents a net increase of $817,754 over the current fiscal year’s $20,576,817 budget. The budget may face opposition from the Board of Finance, which on March 4 directed all town departments to submit level budgets based on current spending levels.

The proposed school spending plan includes $520.673 for utilities, an increase of 2.5 percent; $17,384,333 for personnel, a 3.3 percent increase; and $5,065,176 for expenses, a 0.7 percent increase. Some of the potential increases in personnel costs were offset by a reduction in benefits costs. While salaries are proposed to increase by 3.3 percent or $827,521 to $14,273,339, benefits costs are anticipated to drop by $276,486 or 8.2 percent to $3,110.995. The school board is also seeking capital improve-

ments totaling $2,819,567. They include the auxiliary gym connector and cross bracing at East Windsor High School at a cost of $125,800; a new pickup truck for the district, $33,690; renovation of the nurse’s suite at East Windsor Middle School, $119,677; replacement of the boiler at the middle school, $201,000; and replacement of the roof at the middle school, $2,339,400.

East Windsor Senior Center Offers Variety of Programs, Trips in April

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Senior Center is located at 125 Main St., Broad Brook, above the Broad Brook Fire Department. The Senior Center will be closed Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday. To sign up for the following programs, please call 860-292-8262. Shopping Shopping at Big Y or Walmart, East Windsor, every Monday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Grocery shopping at Geissler’s, East Windsor, every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Fitness Wii Bowling, every Monday at 12:30

p.m. with a Wii Bowling Tournament vs. Vernon at Vernon on Friday, April 4, at 12:30 p.m. Chair Yoga, every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Wii Zumba, every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. No Zumba April 9. Tai Chi, every Thursday at 10:15 a.m., except April 24. Spa and Wellness Day, Wednesday, April 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please call 860292-8262 for details and to sign up. Free blood pressure and sugar screening Thursday, April 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 58 North Road East Windsor, CT 06088

Foot care is offered on the first Friday and third Tuesday of each month. April dates are April 4 and April 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call for an appointment. Art And Jewelry Making Art Class, every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Jewelry Making with Janice every other Friday, April 11 and 25, 10:30 a.m. $10 covers material and instruction. Monthly Social The monthly social will be on Thursday, April 24, at noon. Featured entertainment will be “Music for Laughs� with Susan Peak.

Programs Primary Eye Care Presentation, Tuesday, April 1, at 10:30 a.m. AARP Smart Drivers Course on Wednesday, April 9, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Visiting Nurse & Health Services – “Safe Medicine Use� with Gladys Morgan, RN, Wednesday, April 16 at12:30 p.m. Intergenerational Day is planned in which seniors can invite their grandchildren or friends for a day of crafts, planting flowers, decorating cupcakes and Wii Bowling fun.

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Parks and Rec Department Offers Spring and Summer Programs

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EAST WINDSOR – The following programs are being offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. SPRING YOGA Classes will be held at the East Windsor High School in Room D-4 from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MONDAY classes will be held April 21 to June 16 with no class on May 26. WEDNESDAY classes will be held April 23 to June 11. The cost of this program is: Residents $25 one-time fee, one day a week; $40 one-time fee, two days a week; Non-residents $30 one-time fee, one day a week; $45 one-time fee, two days a week. Register through the Parks and Recreation Office or online with our Webster Bank Payment link prior to the first class. Please call 860-627-6662 with any questions. SPRING ZUMBA Classes are being held at the Town Hall Annex from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. MONDAY classes will be held from April 21 to June 16 with no class on May 26. WEDNESDAY classes will be held from April 23 to June 11. 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 one-time fee, one day a week; $60 one-time fee, 2 days a week; Non-residents $40 one-time fee, one day a week; $65 one-time fee, 2 days a week; daily walk-ins are $5. SUMMER FUN CAMP 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 June 30 and ending the week of August 18. The fee for the Summer Fun Camp and Tiny Tots for regular hours (9 a.m.3:30 p.m.) is $95 weekly for residents/$105 weekly for non-residents; Extended hours (7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) are $105 weekly for residents/$115 weekly for non-residents. Counselor in Training cost is $75 for residents and $85 for nonresidents. There is a $10 non-refundable deposit/week required at signup. Registration forms can be found on our website or outside the Recreation Office. Call the Parks & Recreation at 860-6276662 with any questions. SUMMER JOB OPENINGS The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department is looking for applicants interested in working with children during the summer months.

Positions include Waterfront Director, camp counselors to supervise children participating in a four-day-a-week summer camp program. Parks & Recreation is also accepting applications for Snack Bar, Gatehouse and Season Grounds Crew. Applicants must be 16 years of age and older. CPR and First Aid certification is required. Interested candidates should download an application from the town website at or pick one up at the First Selectman’s office located in Town Hall, 11 Rye St., Broad Brook. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. If you have any questions, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 860-627-6662. EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA East Windsor Parks & Recreation will be holding the annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m. at the Broad Brook Elementary School. This is open to all children ages 1 through grade 4. There is a fee of $3 per child payable at the door, no tickets needed. Bring your own egg collecting basket. Don’t forget your camera to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Call the

Parks & Recreation Office at 860-6276662 with any questions. KIDS FISHING DERBY East Windsor Parks & Recreation along with the Broad Brook Angling Club will be sponsoring the Annual Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 3. Registration will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Fishing will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The fishing derby is for kids ages infant to 15. This is a free event open to all East Windsor residents. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish, first fish caught and first person to catch his or her four-fish limit in each age group. No lures will be allowed. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 860-627-6662 with any questions. SPRING TINY TOTS SOCCER East Windsor Parks & Recreation will be sponsoring the Spring Tiny Tots Soccer. This program is open to boys and girls ages 3 and 4 and the cost is $35 per child. It will be held at East Windsor High School from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. beginning Saturday, May 3 through June 7, skipping May 24. This program will teach the fundamentals of the sport of

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Connecticut Trolley Museum Opens for the Season April 5

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EAST WINDSOR - The Connecticut Trolley Museum opens for the season on Saturday, April 5, at 10 a.m. This year there are some new window displays being worked on and the public will be able to see restoration work being done on some of the trolleys in the Visitors Center. With your paid admission you can ride the trolleys as many times as you like while your period-dressed motorman explains the history of each car you are on. Pack a picnic lunch and plan to spend the day. Stroll through the Bertinuson Visitor Center and see all the displays and authentic trolley cars inside. There is a

theater with a short film, a gift shop to buy souvenirs and snacks, and also included with your admission is entrance into the CT Fire Museum complete with firetrucks and antique fire apparatus. The museum will be open weekends until mid-June; however, it will also be open the week of April 14 for school vacation. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and during vacation week, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays). Saturday, April 19, is Easter Bunny Fun Day. Each child receives a surprise goody bag with paid admis-

sion. There will be face painting, temporary tattoos, train table and coloring table to play at and if the sun shines there will be bean bag toss, hula hoops and bubble tables on the lawn. The Easter Bunny will be on the grounds from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will be available for photos, so don’t forget your camera. This is a rain or shine event and reservations are NOT needed. Just purchase your tickets in the gift shop when you arrive. The Connecticut Trolley Museum is located at 58 North Rd., East Windsor. For more information, go to or call 860-627-6540.

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soccer. Please register with the East Windsor Parks & Recreation Office or download the registration form at Call the rec department with any questions at 860-627-6662. EAST WINDSOR PARK 2014 PRICING The Parks & Recreation Commission has set the admission rates for the 2014

season at the East Windsor Park on Reservoir Avenue. Weekday and weekend admission prices: residents $2, under age 2 and seniors 60 and older are free. Season passes for individuals are $25 and family is $50. All season passes are for East Windsor residents only. Beginning this season, the East Windsor Park will allow admission of non-residents Monday through Thursday. Prices for non-residents will be $5 for adults 17 and up, $3 for ages 3-16 and seniors and

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age 2 and under are free. Please call the Parks & Recreation Office at 860-627-6662 with any questions. ALL PRO SPORTS MULTI-SPORT CAMP The East Windsor Parks & Recreation, along with All Pro Sports, will be offering an April Vacation MultiSport Camp for boys and girls in grades K-5. This camp will teach children new skills in basketball, soccer, floor hockey,

baseball, tag games etc. Children will have fun and make new friends. This camp will be held at East Windsor Middle School April 14-17. The cost of the camp is $125 for half day 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.; $175 for full day 8:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. Please register by Thursday, April 10. Please contact All Pro Sports’ Tim Leahy at 860-292-6311 with any questions.

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anticipating a 14 percent increase to $1,002,000. The state Legislature has yet to adopt a budget, but it appears the state will increase benefits costs to the towns for state troopers. Another increase is in the costs for the recently opened Senior Center. Those costs would increase from $258,000 to $350,000 under the proposed budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone from a rented, small space to a new Senior Center that we built,â&#x20AC;? Blanchette said. The new facility, along with the added programming it will allow the town to offer, accounts for the increase, he said. A public hearing on the Board of Selectmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget and other town budgets will be held at 8 p.m. April 8 in the Ellington High School auditorium.

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ELLINGTON - Ellington’s rich and intriguing agricultural history is now being documented for all to enjoy via the Ellington Farmers Market blog. The decision to begin this project started after the posting of a photo of the original Lanz Farm on Frog Hollow Road on the market’s Facebook page had an incredibly positive response with numerous requests for more. Each month one farm will be featured. Some of the farms will have ceased farming years ago and some will still be active today. To date two farms have been featured. The Hyde Farm, which now is the site of the Ellington Airport, and the Hoffman farm, which is still farming today. In addition to farm history, the market is posting biographies on the current vendors at the market and what goes into getting their products to market. The blog can be viewed at

ELLINGTON - Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps (EVAC) recently held its annual awards banquet. The Corps is proud to announce the following members received awards for their years of service to the Town of Ellington: 40 Years of Service Angie Sandberg Ray Close 10 Years of Service Bruce Hoffman Greg York Becky York 5 Years of Service Eric Thepsiri Joe Glomboske EVAC is also proud to announce Matt Lontz received the Volunteer of the Year Award. This award is given to one member who has shown outstanding participation within the corps. Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps is always looking for new members. The corps provides training and uniforms. Please call 860-870-3170 with any questions regarding membership.

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ENFIELD - GFWC/The Woman’s Club of Enfield is offering a $1000 Continuing Education Scholarship to any young woman presently enrolled at a four-year accredited college. She must be an Enfield resident and have completed one full year of college. This scholarship is being offered in memory of Rose Helene Boulanger. The deadline for turning in an application is May 1. Applications may be obtained from Sandee Nuccio by calling 860-745-3134, and applications also must be returned to her.

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ENFIELD - Come one come all – to the Enfield High School auditorium on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy an amazing performance by every string musician in the Enfield public schools. The String Fest features both Enfield and Fermi high schools, all three JFK String Orchestras, the Inter-School String Orchestra and the massive 5th-12thgrade pieces as well. The concert is free and open to the public.

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On Feb. 25, Robert (RJ) Taylor of Somers earned the Coaches Award at Wilbraham and Monson Academy at the Winter Varsity Sports Banquet. This young man has excelled through the sport of riflery and has earned high marks. He shot down his top score of 193 points out of 200, and carried the Titans to fourth place at the Prep Gallery on Feb. 19 with a score of 186, where he placed third on the team. Taylor said, “It means a lot to win the

Coaches Award from Mr. (Brian) Easler and Mr. (John) Lombard. They both put so much time into the team. They both are held in high regard at the school, so it meant a lot to hear from them that they appreciated all the work I put in this year.” But to make your mark you won’t automatically hit the nail straight on, you have to work for it. Hard work and determination definitely paid off with Robert. “For the first month and a half, everyone improves a lot, which is excit-

ing. But then it becomes small improvements. It gets harder as you go on, but every little point means more so it’s satisfying when you get a new high score.” Even though Taylor may be a star at shooting, he is also a star in other things. He is a high honors student and played water polo in the fall. He is a quintessential example of a good all-around team player. 5k Cinco K Mayo Walk Doing good things will result in good things happening to you, so on May 3 the Enfield Rotary Club is holding a 5k

Cinco K Mayo walk for community charities and scholarship funds. The Enfield Rotary Club has funded numerous projects in the Enfield community, so new this year is a 4-Way Test Scholarship for seniors at Enfield and Fermi high schools. The Cinco K Mayo walk helps the Enfield Rotary Club give back to people in the community. You can either pace yourself and go on a nice short walk or you can show your speed by running the course. Go and grab your sneakers, start running, and prepare for a good time!

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ENFIELD - The Town of Enfield is hosting the 5th annual Earth Day Celebration around Freshwater Pond from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. The Earth Day Celebration will include food, demonstrations, games, music and information about recycling. Among those participating in the event are The Cupcake Brake, Brunoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza and Backyard Barbecue; Home Depot, which will be conducting a compost demonstration, and a special visit from Can-Do, Enfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recycling mascot. Organizers are seeking additional demonstrations of environmentally friendly products, healthy/locally grown

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Budget Sets Priority on Improving Town Space, Employees


ENFIELD – Town Manager Matthew Coppler is seeking an overall town and Board of Education budget of $119,888,064 for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Coppler presented his proposed budget at a March 17 Town Council meeting. The proposed budget would bring an increase of $1,438,586 or 1.22 percent over the current spending plan. The budget includes a town-side budget of $55,625,908 and a Board of Education budget of $64,626,156.

“This year’s budget sets a priority on improvement of town-owned space, capital and employees. It truly is an investment in the future of the town,” Coppler wrote in his budget presentation to the Town Council. The proposed budget would bring a mill rate increase of 0.10 mills to 29.36, a 0.3 percent increase. A 0.10 increase in the mill rate reflects a 0.34 percent increase. The mill rate is based on a net grand list of $2.881 billion and 98.5 percent tax collection rate for property taxes,

Coppler said. Coppler said the budget proposal reduces Information Technology by three positions, as well as reducing positions in the Finance and Social Services departments. Other reductions come from changing the non-union health plan to health savings accounts and reducing the General Fund commitment to the capital improvements plan from $3,193,385 in the current fiscal year to $2,048,006. “The most significant change in this year’s budget is the move to a sewer use

fee. In previous years, the Water Pollution Control Facility and capital was funded through an ad valorem tax (tax based on assessed value of property). This tax was added to the mill rate on each person’s real estate, personal property, and motor vehicle taxes,” Coppler said in his presentation. That has been changed to a sewer use fee. A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, in the Enfield High School auditorium.

ENFIELD – Enfield officials are applauding the State of Connecticut’s Feb. 28 approval of $1 million to finance the demolition and removal of the obsolete Springborn Dam. The dam sits in a secluded part of the Scantic River about 300 yards west of the Broad Brook Road bridge. Years ago, it provided power for the Springborn Manufacturing Co. “We all want to do what we can to help the Scantic River thrive,” Sen. John

A. Kissel (R-Enfield) said. “Demolishing and removing the dam will improve the river’s health. With this project, we are boosting the local ecology and improving the safety of this area.” “This is great news for our local environment,” Rep. David W. Kiner (DEnfield) said. “I want to thank the Bond Commission for recognizing that the dam is only hurting the environment and not providing any benefit to Enfield any-

more. It is best that this is handled well and this funding will help the town to do that.” “The $1 million approved by the Bond Commission for this project is certainly welcomed,” Rep. David Alexander (D-Enfield) said. “The completion of the Springborn Dam project makes great sense and comes at the right time and serves the future interests of our community and region.” “The Scantic River Watershed

Association (SRWA) would like to thank the State Bond Commission for approving the $1 million towards the removal of the Springborn Dam,” said SRWA Chairman Mike Dynia. “The removal of the dam has been a long-standing project of the SRWA, which will once again reconnect the river to a free flowing stream. The full removal of the dam is one of the best things that can happen to the river. ”

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ENFIELD – Verizon Wireless has opened its new store in Enfield. The company’s new “Smart Store” brings the future of mobile technology to Greater Hartford with the latest devices and accessories that enhance customers’ mobile lifestyles. It is the first of its kind in the state. The Smart Store, located at 16 Hazard Ave., offers visitors a convenient destination to experience Verizon Wireless devices, accessories and support. Each new Smart Store features interactive Lifestyle Zones where customers can

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ENFIELD - 2Moms on a Mission, Inc., along with the Enfield Public Schools, will be hosting the first Free Egg Hunt on the Enfield Town Green on Sunday, April 6. The egg hunt will be broken down into four age groups; ages 0-2 at 2 p.m., ages 3-4 at 2:30 p.m., grades K-2 at 3 p.m. and grades 3-5 at 3:30 p.m. Organizers are asking that each child please bring his or her own basket to hold all of their treasure in. There will be a DJ playing music and dancing with the kids and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

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SOMERS —The Board of Finance is considering a $29,518,831 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The budget, which was presented to the Finance Board at a March 25 meeting, would mean a 0.43 percent increase, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. The proposed town government budget of $7,057,271 would bring an increase of $179,442 or 2.61 percent. Driving the increase are higher insurance costs, some hirings, including an accountant and a full-time recreation

position. Those costs are somewhat offset by the retirements of two state troopers, who will be hired by the town as police officers at a lower cost, Pellegrini said. The Board of Education is seeking a $20,744,253 spending plan, an increase of $386,373 or 1.9 percent. Debt service would increase would be $1,417,307, a decrease of $348,386 or 19.73 percent. The Capital Improvement budget would be $300,000, a decrease of $91,748 or 23.42 percent.

The overall town budget includes a revenue surplus of $359,925 due to an increase in the grand list. The rise in the grand list was driven by additional taxes from the solar farm, Pellegrini said. The Finance Board has yet to determine how that surplus will be used. “The town budget accurately reflects the level of services the residents need and also expect from Town Government. It is a good, strong, fiscally sound budget that was developed with input from all departments,” Pellegrini said.

higher learning. The foundation will consider applications for those accepted to two- and four-year academic programs, as well as to certificate/licensing programs including, but not limited to, fields such as paralegal training, ultrasound techs, or nursing. Separate applications and more details for each scholarship are available in the Somers High School guidance office. Applications must be fully completed and turned back into the guidance office by 2:30 p.m. on April 30 to be

considered. Last year The Nicholas David Coleman Scholarship Foundation gave $5,000 in scholarship awards, $1,000 to the Future Business Leaders of America to assist a qualified student with travel costs associated with attending their annual national competition, and a gift of $1,000 to the class of 2013. The foundation is also planning to present gifts to the school again this year, and will do so in the near future.

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SOMERS - In honor of Nicholas Coleman, the foundation that bears his name is again this year offering three different scholarships to students graduating with the Somers High School Class of 2014. The first award will be given to a senior who was a member of the school’s cross country team this school year. The second will be given to a senior who is currently a member of either of the boys lacrosse teams (junior varsity or varsity). The third award is open to any graduating senior who plans to continue his or her education at a community college, college, trade school or university, and is a character and merit based award. In all three cases, applicants must be accepted to an accredited institution of

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SOMERS - Piedmont Percolator Coffeehouse, presented by the Somers Cultural Commission, wraps up for the season on April 13, 7 p.m., at 604 Main St. Two dynamic performers will provide the entertainment. Gail Wade, an accomplished guitarist with a lovely, strong voice will be accompanied by Tim St. Jean on the mandolin. Wade has performed in Europe and has shared the stage with noted performers throughout the USA. She's from Colchester. Marc Douglas Borado, an engaging communicator and vocalist/guitarist/ composer, plays and sings music reflecting his life experiences. Borado has a great personality and he's also an accomplished folk musician living and performing in Rhode Island. The coffeehouse is fortunate to have two outstanding performers in one evening. Free

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All Saints Church Tithe Given

SOMERS - The Outreach Ministry of All Saints Church has awarded grants to the following organizations: The Archdiocese for Military Services $750; Catholic Church Extension Society $750; First Way Life Center $500; Saint Gerard’s Center for Life $500; Five Corner Cupboard $400; St. Catherine of Siena Parish (All Saints Church’s sister

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Somers High School Announces Students on Honor Roll


SOMERS - The following students have been named to the second quarter honor roll, according to a list supplied by Somers High School. Grade 12 High Honors Allard, Brianna Elizabeth Anderson, Mitchell David Bych, Melody Grace Casciano, Michael Joseph Christian, Hannah Jane Cisco, Kimberly Marie DeGray, Christopher Thomas Felch, Jessica Caitlyn Ficara, Austin C. Folger, Julianne Spinelli Gagne, Kaitlin Lang Gamble, Caroline Regan Gay, Samantha Eileen Gendron, Jessica E Goss, Christine Marie Guerrette, Megan Danielle Hayowyk, Sarah Louise Hein, Jamie Lee Herbert, Dominique Frances Jewell, Emily Anne LaVallee, Kathryn Marie Leale, Caitlin Faith Leaska, Micalea Madison

Lefemine, Amanda Lynn Lorenzi, Lisa Patricia Lynch, Ryan Wood Marsters, Mackenzie Novak, Rebecca Jane Nowak, Allison Michelle Rafala, Matthew Louis Rheault, Helena Alyse Rossini, Brian Thomas Samson, Jessalyn Therese Scanlon, Brandon Michael Sibilia, Anna Caroline Smith, Victoria-Lynn Noah Steidler, Kristen Celatka Stetson, Hailee Trusch, Jessica Marie Tyler, Olivia Marie VanFossan, Lauren Olivia VanFossan, Wyatt Dylan Vibberts, Andrew Robert Wysocki, Mackenna Elizabeth Grade 12 Honors Baker, Andrew Barry Ballard, Carley Ann Beaulieu, Marc Henry Bosomworth, Stephen Charles Buettner, Lauren Elizabeth Bushey, Erika Amber Campbell, Kate Audra

Chatis, Kaitlyn Marie Eastwood, Christopher Michael Fay, Aaron Mitchell Frasca, Hunter Anthony Hill, Edward Valentine Hinkel, Selena Sierra Kerr, Aram Joseph Kopec, Matthew David Kulas, Christyn Leigh Mikulski, Kaelyn Elizabeth Mottolese, Anthony Joseph Mulvihill, Hannah Reagan O’Regan, Tiffany Michelle Palazzo, Brick Anthony Petrone, Carmine William Prucker, Kaitlyn Raulukaitis, Alison Diane Reece, Samantha Lynn Roberts, Amanda Kathryn Smithline, Rachel Anne Socha, Lindsey Alyssa Stewart, Jessica Lynn Totten, Tori Arlene Williams, Kara Elizabeth Wyllie, Connor Joseph Grade 11 High Honors Badura, Chase Alexander Bernier, Maria Nicole Blais, Lindsey Maree

Ceppetelli, Maria Alyse Coverdill, Alexander Joseph Crisinati, Bailee Aileen Hanna, Meaghan Amanda Hevey, Kayla Lorraine Huang, Anita Knight, Morgan Dorothy Levesque, Andre Louis McCarthy, Kenneth Ray Morton, Melissa A O’Grady, Jaclyn Taylor Parks, Nathan Cole Percoski, Samantha Rae Pruden, Samantha Marie Ranelli, Benjamin Tyler Reed, Jessica Megan Ryan, Michael Thomas Salvador, Samantha Anne Settje, Ethan Jake Sharland, Brooke Ashley Sloan, Amanda M. Squillace, Sarah Joy Stevenson, Anneliese Tolisano, Tyler Michael Trusch, Kyle Patrick Varnauskas, Zachary Joseph Grade 11 Honors Beebe, Zachary Ryan Bonneau, Melanie Celine

Bujnowski, Evelyn Collins, Hannah Jane Craig, Timothy John Eastwood, Erin Amanda Goodnight, Jarod Paul Guerette, Kirsten Rae Hollister, Brian Vincent Kapino, Alec Jay Krol, Jeffrey Michael LaVallee, Nicolaus Harold Murphy, Alaina Catherine Paskewitz, Allen James Rinaldi, Julia Isabel Roche, Emily Taylor Ryder, Mia Michele Schon, Sarah Jo Simpson, Sierra Rain Grade 10 High Honors Archambault, Amber Marie Baumann, Mary I Bedard, Veronika Jean Beebe, Spencer William Belisle, Ethan Gerard Burgmyer, Haley Elizabeth Deshmukh, Rahul Fawthrop, Emily Elizabeth Graham, Jacob Chase

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(continued from page 23) Griger, Madeline Maureen Heller, Rebecca Lynne Hojnowski, Samantha Ann Hollister, Danielle M. King, Holly Susan LaMontagne, Evan James Maloney, Abbey Margaret McNamee, Faith Danyale Patsun, Zachary Thomas Petersen, Mary Elizabeth Pruden, Emily Ann Rossini, Emily Rose Scott, Cameron Jorge Smithline, Alexander Avram Stone, Dean Richard Szleszynski, Michael Robert Tarbox, Allison Marie Tolisano, Michael Richard Tyler, Hannah R. Urbon, Danielle Katlyn Grade 10 Honors Barile, Anthony James Boucher, Tyler Brown, Corey Vincent Burgess, Thomas Peter Chaisson, James Michael Conley, Anna E Devine, Morgan E.

Dickinson, Victoria Rose Emery, Michael Roy Genece, Jadzia Alyssa Gray, Nicholas Scott Jewell, Megan Sara Logan, Bridget Anne Mailhot, Christopher John McGuane, Matthew Kevin Moriarty, Matthew M Morin, Noah Christian Wetherell Poitras, John Michael Grade 9 High Honors Allard, Jessica Lauren Babushkin, Nikita Baker, Kaitlin Abigail Barbosa, Valerie Rose Bardy, Katelyn Hursh Bourgoin, Trent Moriarty Bushey, Janine Elizabeth Capuano, Danielle Vicki Casciano, Allison Rae Chlebowski, Joshua Michael Devine, Sydney Marie Gamble, Timothy James Gay, Sean Patrick Gladu, Rachel Karina Lyn Hailer, Brendan Ryan Kaufman, Amanda Rose Lashway, Tori Marie

Miller, Logan Jonathan Mongillo, Joseph Angelo Mottolese, Marissa Lynn Mulhern, Abigail Rose Paley, Christian Allen Patel, Karishma S Phillips, Jacob Davenport Pruden, Samuel Robert Ranelli, Natalie Adelaide Roche, Ava Isabelle Sewrathan, Annushka Skidgel, Bailey A Talbot, Justin Paul Tevault, Sarah Jane Villareal, Natalia Kailey Whalen, Amanda Marie Grade 9 Honors Cisco, Kevin Kennedy Coleman, Lindsey Anne Constant, Ben Fisher Ellis, Maggie Jean Gamble, Scott Bryant Garlick, Peter Thomas Giachello, Domenic J Gosselin, Rachel Marie Hailer, Brittany Noelle Karszes, Sarah P. King, Dwight Edward Lesco, Stefan Wayne Mancini, Sarah Barbara



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SOMERS - Newly elected Somers Republican Town Committee members, who took office on March 10, held their first meeting for the purpose of electing officers during the evening of March 10. David R. Drinan was elected chairman of the committee. He had been serving in an interim capacity since August 2013. Paul Salva, MD, was elected Vice Chairman and Joan Sizer was elected Recording Secretary. She had been Acting Recording Secretary since August 2013 as well. The position of Corresponding Secretary went to Carol Pyne, who continues in that position. Newly elected member of the town committee, John Reddick, was appointed to the position of Treasurer and longtime committee member George Warner was reelected to the post of Assistant Treasurer. Reflecting the adage that to get a job done correctly one should find a “busy person” to do it – Dr. Salva, a noted Pediatric Pulmonologist, also serves as president of the Somers Education Foundation and Pyne is the president of the Somers Historical Society.

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New England Regional Chili Cook Off Returns on May 3


SOMERS - Chili cooks from across the country will gather on Saturday, May 3 at Pleasant View, 452 South Rd., Somers, as they compete for an opportunity to represent the New England Regional Chili Cook Off at the International Chili Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Championships later this year. The International Chili Society (ICS) is a non-profit organization that sanctions chili cookoffs with judging and cooking rules and regulations. These events are worldwide and benefit charities or nonprofit organizations. All winners of ICSsanctioned cookoffs qualify to compete

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Mostly Fixed Costs Driving Increase in Proposed Budgets


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Guglielmo Reconnects with Senior Citizens

STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Board of Finance is considering the proposed budgets for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The budgets were presented at a March 10 public hearing. The Board of Education is seeking a $28,1656,76 budget. The Board of Selectmen is seeking a $12,547,192 budget. The Stafford Public Library is seeking a $530,931 budget. The school budget request would bring a 4.58 percent increase over the current spending plan. Superintendent of Schools Patricia Collin said these increases are due to increases in salaries, benefits, professional services and pur-

chased services. The library budget would be a 2.99 percent increase. Library Director Christopher Frank said the increase was due to salaries, insurance and retirement funds. The Board of Selectmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget includes a $22,000 increase as a result of revaluation, First Selectman Richard Shuck said. Costs for buildings would increase $291,324 due to relocation of $105,950 in maintenance salaries and an increase of $184,484 in building updates. Fixed charges would rise $300,661 due to increases in workers compensation and general liability insurance.

State Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) recently joined members of the Stafford Senior Center for lunch. The senator discussed issues in Hartford that are being debated by lawmakers during the current legislative session. Among the topics: how to help support seniors who are living on fixed incomes and how to be responsible when budgeting for the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future.

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Reinventing a 140-Year-Old School – St. Edward’s Key to Staying Young


STAFFORD - As we age, we all seem to reinvent ourselves – taking stock of where we’ve been, what we’ve accomplished, and creating our “bucket list” of things to do and places to go in the future. For St. Edward School in Stafford Springs this reinvention is taking place much as it does for most of us at some point in our lives. Facing its 140-year birthday in September 2014, Principal MaryAnne Pelletier says the school is doing just that. Known for its rich tradition of academic excellence, character formation, service to community, and deep-rooted faith, Pelletier knows that to stay competitive, it’s imperative to continuously take stock and reassess. “Catholic schools used to be filled simply because people wanted their children to be educated in their home parish – it was a given and often expected. With

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gram with online components as well as the progressive Nancy Larson Science Program for some grades. In addition, “Leading with Reading,” a special, leveled reading program for students in Grades 1-4, was introduced this year. Led by first-grade teacher and reading specialist Janet Dewey, the program offers students challenge or support where needed. “It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve seen students improve, which is very rewarding. I want all of my students to love reading as much as I do,” Dewey said. Pelletier’s vision for the “reinvented” school includes more. This year through a relationship with Integrity Martial Arts of Enfield, students have been able to participate in martial arts in gym class. “Knowing the positive effects such programs can have on focus and self-discipline, this has been something I had hoped to bring to our school for a long time,” Pelletier said. She hopes to add yoga and other fitness/wellness programs soon. “Catholic schools have always been recognized for educating the whole child – mind and spirit. I hope to expand on this to offer more programs in learning areas as well as health and wellness pro-

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Warren Woolen Mill Will Be Honored

STAFFORD - On April 27 from 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Stafford Senior Center, the Democratic Town Committee and the Historical Society will honor and remember Warren Woolen Mill’s 160 years in Stafford.

There will be speakers and refreshments. Anyone who would like to share memories and/or stories of the mill, whether you or a family member worked there, can email them to Dianne at or call 860-381-0514.

Film on Risks frm Exposure To Chemicals

STAFFORD SPRINGS – The statewide CT Campaign for Toxic-Free Kids will be showing a 16-minute film, “Contaminated without Consent” on Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Stafford Public Library, 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford Springs. The film highlights the hidden risks from toxic chemicals found in homes, workplaces, consumer products and even in our bodies. Following the film there will be a discussion on the health impacts of toxic chemical exposure and what is being done on the state and federal levels to protect children and consumers. The event will be hosted by Stafford Grange #1 and presented by the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT. Light refreshments will be served.



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To the Editor Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m writing to ask for your help with the 9th Annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep Jeffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream Aliveâ&#x20AC;? Benefit Dinner and Auction on April 26, 2014 at Golden Gavel Auctions in East Windsor. We recognize that the difficult economic climate is continuing in 2014, and that the business community receives many requests to support worthy causes. We would be most appreciate of whatever help you may be able to offer this year. Over the last nine years â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep Jeffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream Aliveâ&#x20AC;? events have raised more than $150,000 in memory of Jeff Braun of Stafford toward the construction of a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home and school in Honduras. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auction will start at 7 p.m. preceded by a catered dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets are available for $20 by contacting Susan Leavitt at 860-8360394 or via email at Jeff Braun lost his life in Iraq in December 2003, at age 19, fighting for the freedom of others. Jeff had been adopted from Honduras and his dream

was to build an orphanage there. The Jeff Braun Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Foundation, established after Jeffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s untimely death, is administered by Hope International of Tampa, FL. Through the generosity of our donors, the home is now fully operational. The Coats family continues to serve as directors and house parents. The first cottage, named in memory of Jeff, is filled with 17 children (including the Coatsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; four), and additional residential cottages are planned. In August 2013, a group from Connecticut traveled to Honduras to construct a playscape for the home and build relationships with the children and the Coats family. Jeffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad, Bill Braun, was joined by some of Jeffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high school friends, as well as teens and adults from the Westford Congregational Church. During the last year, donations have contributed to the operation of the home, construction of a security wall and the funding of a second cottage. Although Jeff did not live to see his

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SUFFIELD - The 16th annual Quiet Day will be held at Suffield’s First Church of Christ, Congregational, 81 High St. on April 4 from noon to 7 p.m. First Church will be transformed into a variety of self-directed, contemplative, inspirational and meditative stations throughout the church. Adults and children will find something special that reaches out to them. A popular feature is the labyrinth, which incorporates a series of stations that provide a unique spiritual experience. Quiet Day welcomes people of all ages, from young children to seniors. It is open to the public and free of charge. For further information, please call the church office at 860-668-7223.

Auxiliary Tag Sale/Bake Sale

SUFFIELD - The Suffield Fire Department Auxiliary will host its annual Tag Sale/Bake Sale on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Company 2 Firehouse, located at 9 Ratley Rd., West Suffield.

SUFFIELD - The 16th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of North Central CT celebrates the lives of hundreds of local residents who have survived cancer, while offering the hope of finding a cure. Relay For Life of North Central CT, which will be held on June 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 10 a.m., is an all-night community event bringing together teams of families, friends, churches, neighborhoods, and businesses – all with the same goal of curing cancer in the new millennium. Dollars raised help support American Cancer Society research, education, advocacy, and patient services. A Team Captain meeting is scheduled for April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center. For more information visit

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SUFFIELD - Many may say the changes set to happen at the Kent Memorial Library have been more than 40 years in the making. Thanks to a tremendous amount of support from area foundations and the library’s endowment, the library will soon become a more accessible location for people of all ages and abilities. When the library opened its doors in 1972 ramps were thought to be the most accommodating in terms of being handicapped accessible, according to Suffield Board of Selectmen member Mel Chavetz. Very quickly people learned that the ramps leading from the library’s parking lot to the front door posed problems for many. Whether it is a mom trying to slow a child down to avoid an injury as they bolt down the hill or an elderly person trying to navigate their way up or down the steep walkway, a more appealing and accessible entrance is going to be a welcome change for many in town.

Accessibility has always been a challenge for those visiting the Kent Memorial Library. A new elevator, entrance and new handicapped accessible bathroom will all be available to patrons by 2015. Photo by Julie Cotnoir Tecton Architects in Hartford has ing to Chavetz, who serves as the found a way to be creative and unique all President for the library. The Kent while maintaining the architectural Memorial Library’s look may have integrity of the historic building, accord- raised some eyebrows when it took cen-

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ter stage in the main hub of Suffield more than 40 years ago, but today its presence and historic significance is a treasured piece of Suffield’s landscape. American architect Warren Platner designed the building. Platner is known for his furniture and also for designing some well-known spaces in the United States. It was Platner who designed Windows on the World, the famous restaurant that had a prominent spot in the former World Trade Center in Manhattan. When looking at what needed to be done, the architects appreciated and accepted the importance of keeping the character and design of the public building, according to Chavetz. The building has undergone very little change in decades. It did, however, have some interior updates back in 2011 when The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving awarded the library $28,000. The library was able to get new carpets, new paint, its wood floors refinished and

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some electrical work done. The building at that time had just had a new roof put on. Chavetz explained that the architect had to look at what restrictions were in place structurally when determining what the new design would entail. He explained that the ramps could not be removed without destroying the building, so that was not an option. After 15 years of attempting to build a new library, it was decided that the next best thing was to bring more handicapped accessibility. The buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new entrance will be from the side, allowing for a flat walkway. A handicapped accessible bathroom will be constructed and an elevator added.

Two years ago when the plans were initially presented from Tecton, the cost was estimated at $1.1 million, according to the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president. As with everything, the delay in implementing the changes has meant an increase in the price tag. â&#x20AC;&#x153;$1.2 million is probably more in the ballpark,â&#x20AC;? says Chavetz. The townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic commission has given its stamp of approval, and once the OK has been given by the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservation Board and Planning and Zoning Commission, work can proceed. Chavetz says groundbreaking could take place as early as July 1 with estimates being approximately nine months for completion. The construction will also include a path to the Battle Monuments. It is been no easy feat getting to this point, according to the president. Many

groups have financially contributed to the project. The Town of Suffield has pledged $100,000, with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving contributing $200,000. The Connecticut Historical Preservation Fund also con-

tributed $200,000. An additional $300,000 will come from the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endowment fund and Suffieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Library Foundation has earmarked $600,000 toward the project.

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Around Town Singers & Orchestra Head Down Memory Lane


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SUFFIELD - Those looking for a trip down memory lane are in for a treat at the May 10 performance being planned by The Around Town Singers and Orchestra. Some performers from the group were not even born when the songs from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s being performed topped the charts. But during a recent rehearsal their enthusiasm is unwavering. The songs are the anthems of the youth of the audience who will fill the seats at Suffield High School (1060 Sheldon St., West Suffield) for the two performances. Whether it is “Up, Up and Away”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” or the infectious “YMCA,” audience members will hear a tune that strikes a key of joy and brings back some happy memories. Noon and 3 p.m. shows are being planned by the group that has been performing for six years. The group’s director, Dan Kehoe, says people who attend the performances know it is not a concert - it is a show. “It feels like you are at a Broadway show,” he says. The group has a serious following.

Around Town Singers held a recent rehearsal at the West Suffield Congregational Church. The group is preparing for their May 10 performances at Suffield High School. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

Their last performance, around the holidays, came at the height of a bad winter storm. It was very close to a sellout with 900 people coming. They even had a run at the door for the 3 p.m. show when those attending the earlier show got word out to family and friends about how fun it was. “There is a real thirst for this type of entertainment,” Kehoe says. There will be 42 songs featured in the two-hour show, with many being a part of medleys, says the group’s director and

conductor. The group is so large they need to hold rehearsals in multiple locations. There is a 20-piece orchestra, 20 adult singers, 10 kid singers, 5-10 dancers and more than 10 lighting and

sound crew people. “It is pretty exciting when it all comes together,” Kehoe says. The group performs numerous times throughout the year. They do large scale and small shows. They have performed for assisted living facilities and senior centers as well. The group prides itself on offering family entertainment. As a way to encourage families to come out and to make it more affordable, now through April 30 people can visit to purchase four tickets for the price of three for the noon show online. Tickets are $12 and a $1.58 fee if purchased online. Four packs for the noon show purchased online are $36, and a $2.75 fee. Tickets at the door for all shows are $15. Call 860-386-5154 for more information.

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Big Y Gives Donation to Support Cancer Center


STAFFORD SPRINGS - For the fourth consecutive year, Johnson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC) has received a portion of the funds raised by the Big Y through their “Partners of Hope” October initiative. This month long campaign promotes breast cancer screenings, education, and treatment that is so vital for so many people. The $9,000 that JMMC received will help support Johnson Memorial’s Cancer Center. According to Big Y CEO Donald D’Amour, “Big Y is committed to promoting breast cancer awareness to our community. Over the past six years, we’ve

made tremendous progress thanks to our customers, vendors, and employees. In addition, these funds benefit local programs throughout our region. It is truly a collaborative effort.” Since 2007, the chain has raised over $1,000,000 for this cause. JMMC is grateful to Big Y, their employees and their customers for their support of breast cancer programs and education in our area. These types of donations make it possible for JMMC to offer superior cancer care and treatment to the people of Northern Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

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Crystal Lake Fire Department Supporting Benefit Pasta Dinner April 5

ELLINGTON - The Crystal Lake Fire Department is sponsoring a benefit dinner to help raise funds for one of their members and his family. Mike Allen, of Tolland, has been an active member of the department for over 15 years. Now it's our turn to help him and his family. Along with the help from the West Stafford Fire Department, The Country Diner, Basil's Restaurant, Casey's Cafe, Country Pure and other local businesses we are doing what we can to help the Allen Family move forward with their lives. Please come join us and have a great time with friends, family and some great food. The event will be held April 5, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. Location is West Stafford Fire Department 144 West Stafford Road, Stafford Springs. Cost is $10 per person; kids 10 and under free.

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April 2014 North Central News

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New Investment Challenges Thinking! Require New Thinking! That’s why we utilize the following modern asset programs for our KRP managed retirement portfolios:

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• Traditional investments, including specialty/sector investments, to expand your core holdings.

implement , and manage solid retirement plans

• Alternative assets and strategies that are historically less correlated for further diversification. • Reactive risk management strategies seeking to address volatility in down markets.

which preserve assets and achieve optimal levels of income. Every step of the way

• Tactically managed strategies designed to proactively take advantage of different market cycles.

is carefully discussed

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and executed.

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• Fixed account options to help your assets grow at a fixed interest rate.

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