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ENFIELD — Alaric J. Fox, former commander of the Connecticut State Police, officially took charge of the Enfield Police Department last month upon the retirement of long-time Chief Carl Sferrazza. Fox brings with him a distinguished 24year career with the State Police, where he was named colonel two years ago. He first entered law enforcement as a police officer with the Willimantic Police Department, serving in this capacity for seven years, and as an FBI agent, serving in this capacity for two years. Additionally, Fox was employed for a twoyear period as an attorney in private practice.

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Suds, Savories & Ever-Increasing Options To Visit The Sunshine State By Gary Carra Welcome back to Random Raven, the column that aspires to be your complete, entertainment itinerary on a month-to-month basis. Fumbling through this month’s stack o’ stuff, the Raven finds that this particular April will shower us with an embarassment of culinary riches. And there’s something for virtually every palate, too.

For starters, suds-o-philes will want to ‘hop’ over to the Hockanum Brew Fest (see ad, page 32) April 21. This first annual ode to ales will also feature wineries, distilleries, live music, food in addition to more than two dozen craft brewers. Part of Vernon’s West Main Street will be closed to create a secure, restricted pedestrian boulevard for this “rain or shine” event and beer garden will be set up in the treed area along the riverside. Shuttle bus service to parking areas and safe ride alternatives will be provided. Ticket sales will be capped at 1,500 and priced at $40 per person. To purchase or obtain more information, kindly point your browser to:

Meanwhile, over in the OceanState, the 7th annual Eat Drink RI Restival ( offers everyone from farmers to chefs, bartenders to food and drink artistans the opportunity to ply their wares April 25-28. This year’s festival kicks off with Rhode Island’s first Sommelier Smackdown at the gorgeous, newly renovated Café at Easy Entertaining! One of Rhode Island’s most popular dining series, Dinner by Dames, returns

For those fortunate enough to have an “April Break” - a trek to the Sunshine State continues to become more financially feasible and logistically plausible. While the always reliable, “bags fly free” airline Southwest continues to offer a myriad of low fare, direct flight Florida options, area newbie “Spirit”is swiftly making a name for itself with several non-stop, roundtrip deals that come in under $100 total from Bradley. Spoiler Alert: These are bare-bones deals that can easily approach double that amount depending on the size bags you bring, if you’d like to select your own seat, be sure you sit next to someone, etc. But if you can backpack it and don’t need anything but a place to sit for the 2.5 hour flight, yes, under $100 options can still be found. Once there, destinations like Orlando’s Universal Studios Resort seem to have funky, economical accomodations like the ‘50s-inspired Cabana Bay (pictured) sprouting up like lawn mushrooms after a rainstorm. As illustrated, Cabana offers two massive pools and a waterslide replete with lazy river outside. Inside, a 10-lane bowling alley and numerous dining options can also be found as well. And for that little added cherry on top, a stay at Cabana Bay also includes Early Park Admission to The Wizard World of Harry Potter and Universal’s new water theme park, Volcano Bay. On-the-water-taxi system Sapphire Falls is another newcomer to the Universal accomdations collection. Yet another, the massive, futuristic Adventura, opens this August. Photo by Gary Carra

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together five of Rhode Island’s most talented chefs—Melissa Denmark of Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery, Jordan Goldsmith of Moonrose Farm, Maria Meza of El Rancho Grande, Ashley Vanasse of Easy Entertaining Inc. and Jessica Wood of Fire and Water Restaurant Group—for a multicourse dining event.


Last up, those looking to ‘put on the Ritz’ for a great cause will want to check out Ability Beyond’s annual Masquerade Gala - showcased on page 34 of this edition. It occurs April 28 and raises funds for job placement, supported living, education and more.

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Facility expected to create more than 650 jobs for area residents EAST WINDSOR — MMCT Venture, the joint entity established by the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes to save thousands of jobs and millions in revenue in Connecticut, released a regional hiring plan following a demolition ceremony conducted March 5 at the old Showcase Cinema site in East Windsor. “We’ve said from the beginning that our project will benefit the region,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chair Rodney Butler. “Today, we’re making a commitment to jobs for people throughout the Greater Hartford region.” Mohegan Tribal Council Chair Kevin Brown said, “When Connecticut competes, we have a strong track record of success. For us, success means thriving communities where people who want good jobs to support their families can find them.” The plan would create at least 650 jobs for Hartford area residents, with specific hiring goals broken down by community as follows: Hartford – 325 East Hartford – 150 East Windsor, Windsor Locks, and surrounding communities – 175 “Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun have

created good paying jobs with benefits for many working families,” said Beverley Brakeman, Assistant Director of the United Auto Workers Region 9A. “Getting this project up and running in East Windsor is critical to ensure that Connecticut’s casino industry continues to offer its gaming residents a high quality experience provided by highly skilled and competent employees.” The president of the CT Building Trades, Dave Roche, said, “When construction begins on this project, it’s going to put more than 2,000 men and women in the building trades to work. Those jobs are going to make a real difference for hard-working families who have been struggling to get by.” These hiring goals mean that 75 percent of employees at the new facility will be existing employees who might otherwise lose their jobs. The new facility is expected to create or preserve nearly 4,300 jobs overall, some of which will be filled by existing Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman speaks as Rodney Butler, right, Mashantucket Tribal Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods employ- Council chairman, looks on during the ceremony marking the start of demoliees. Construction of the East Windsor tion work at the planned casino in East Windsor. casino will create an additional 2,300 jobs for the building trades. Demolition of the theater was expected to take six weeks.

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Clearing the deck for the new casino By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — Work is under way for a casino at the former Showcase Cinemas site off Interstate 91. Demolition at the site began March 5. While it may not look like much is going on from the outside, “They’re working to demolish the building,” First Selectman Robert Maynard said, but a great deal of the work needs to be done on the inside first. On March 16, Maynard said the state Legislature removed a clause in a bill opening competition for another possible casino in the state that would have taken the East Windsor casino project off the table in favor of a plan to build a casino in Bridgeport. MGM Resorts International wants to build a casino in Bridgeport, and legislators from that part of the state had been seeking to take the casino proposed by MMCT for northern Connecticut out of the running. MMCT is a joint venture of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indian tribes. “I feel much better now than a week ago,” Maynard said, now that the legislative hurdle has been removed. Now, he said, the only thing they are waiting for is the federal Department of the Interior to sign off on the Demolition work on the former Showcase Cinemas began March 5, the first step in the process that will lead to a new casino at the site. new casino.

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ENFIELD — Asnuntuck Community College has announced that the following full- and part-time students have achieved Dean’s List status following their fall semester of studies. Full-time students, who are matriculated in a certificate or degree program and who have successfully completed 12 or more credits of work in a semester with a grade point average of 3.4 or above, are named to the list. Part-time students who are matriculated in a certificate or degree program are also eligible for such recognition when they have completed 12 or more credits of work with a grade point average of 3.4. Students from Ellington who achieved Dean’s List status during the fall semester included: Brianna K. Houghton, Travis C. McBreairty, Justin Condron, Ryan P. Murph, Ashley N. Cichy, William D. Okeson, Corinne A. Tryon, Jessika Gossett, Aiden I. Connors, Kyle J. Luginbuhl, John D. Quinn, and Lawrence J. Van Huis.

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Selectmen propose $18.9 million budget for fiscal year 2018-19 By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — The Board of Selectmen is seeking an $18,944,546 budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The board adopted its proposed spending plan at its March 5 meeting. The proposed budget represents an increase of $125,188 or 0.66 percent over the current spending plan. Selectman John Turner asked about an increase in insurance costs, which was budgeted for a 20 percent hike, according to the minutes of the meeting. Turner asked if it was too soon to negotiate those costs. Town Finance Officer/Treasurer Nicolas DiCorieto Jr. said that no one knows what the insurance costs will actually come in at, so they used a 20 percent increase as a conservative number. First Selectman Lori Spielman, in a telephone interview, said the selectmen are continuing to work with the Board of Finance to find ways to reduce the budget. “We’re trying to work hard to keep our taxes down,� she said. Ellington Earth Day The town will have Ellington Earth Day events April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events will be held at the Town Green, the Ellington Congregational Church and the Nellie McKnight Museum. Spielman said events will include demonstrations on planting and maintenance, as well as DIY projects.

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Music, mills and more at Hall Memorial Library this month Light refreshments, featuring cookies provided by Subway of Ellington, will be available for a donation. Richard Symonds has done extensive research on lost mill sites in the 13 towns of Tolland County, identifying each site’s location, physical features, products produced or manufactured, and types of water power used. Symonds will discuss the history of each mill site, accompanied by maps and images of the remnants, during his presentation on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. Wilton Certified Instructor Jan Holland returns on Monday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m., with Picnic Pals Cupcakes. Participants will learn basic icing techniques, plus simple tricks to create fun picnic themed designs. Holland will provide the cupcakes. There will be a $5 per person nonrefundable materials fee, payable within seven days of registration. All ages welcomed, but anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. And the Friends of the Library Bag Sale is scheduled for Friday, April 20, through Sunday, April 22, during library hours. The programs listed above are free unless other-

ELLINGTON — Get crafty and learn about the mills of Ellington in April at Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St. With both the Royal Wedding and the Kentucky Derby coming up next month you’ll need the right chapeau — and what could be more fun than making it yourself? Design and create your own “fascinator” under the tutelage of mistress of hat-making Chris West on Tuesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. There will be a $5 per person nonrefundable materials fee, payable within seven days of registration. Class size is limited. All ages are welcome, but anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. On Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m., the Airborne Trio will perform its genre-defying mix of music: cool jazz, swing, bebop, Latin jazz, and smooth vocals; mellow, easy listening and also funky. The music is sensitive and intimate; it takes you back to another place and time, but also keeps you right in the groove. The promoters promise that those attending will leave smiling, singing, and swaying. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show.  

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ELLINGTON — St. Luke Church will be holding its 17th annual golf tournament on Friday, June 1, at Rolling Meadows Country Club in Ellington. The event will be a scramble format starting at 12:30 p.m. Lunch included. Dinner, prizes, and raffle will follow at St. Luke Church. There will be prizes for men’s, women’s, and mixed divisions. Individuals, or teams are welcome. Call Marty at 860-965-1712 to register or for details.

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He specialized in a variety of labor and employment law matters. As Fox leaves an agency with more than 1,100 officers and another 600 personnel to lead the 90-person Enfield department, he looks forward to interacting with members of the community on a local level. “The nature of my last few assignments and commands within the state police had me serving in a more administrative manner where this level of contact was somewhat less frequent,” says the newly inducted 15th Enfield chief. Fox has frequently acknowledged the high quality work of the Enfield Department under Sferrazza’s leadership and says, “I have begun the process of meeting each employee and speaking to them as to how to best serve this community. This approach should allow me to simultaneously meet the men and women of this organization and to best

assess the town’s priorities. School safety, the opioid crisis, community policing, and everyday ‘quality Alaric J. Fox of life issues’ for town residents, all in the broader context of fiscal responsibility, will be amongst my goals.”   A long-distance runner, Fox has participated in about a dozen marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2013 when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. The New Haven Register reported he had finished the race and was about a block away from the finish line at a restaurant with his wife and two children when the bombs went off. They heard the explosions, but weren’t harmed. In the 2016 Boston Marathon, Fox ranked 55th amongst Connecticut runners, crossing the finish line in 3:17:38.

Kissel voices support for domestic violence legislation HARTFORD — State Sen. John A. Kissel, R-Enfield,  voiced his support for domestic violence legislation as co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at a public hearing. The legislation, Senate Bill 466 – An Act Concerning Dual Arrests and the Training Required of Law Enforcement Personnel with Respect to Domestic Violence, would add a dominant aggressor provision to the law in an effort to reduce Connecticut’s intimate partner violence dual arrest rate, which stands at more than twice the national average. “Can you imagine being a victim of domestic abuse and finally working up the courage to call the police and then in turn be placed under arrest yourself?”  Kissel said. “These dual arrests can have a devastating impact on a victim not only financially, but emotionally. “The good news is we have the

opportunity this legislative session to make changes to our current laws so that victims feel safe to call law enforcement when they are in danger, without fear of being arrested themselves.” The bill calls for changing Connecticut’s family violence arrest law to clarify that, when receiving complaints from two or more opposing parties, law enforcement must determine which party is the dominant aggressor. Similar laws to the measure being considered in the legislature exist in 27 other states. “The legislation is important, it protects women, it protects children and ultimately it helps protect Connecticut families,” said Sen. Kissel. “I look forward to continuing to support and co-sponsor this bipartisan bill as it makes its way through the legislative process.”

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Town’s grand list remains virtually unchanged By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD — The town’s 2017 grand list is virtually unchanged from the previous year. Overall, the grand list was down $71,243 out of a total net grand list of $2,904,857,298, according to Town Assessor Della Froment. The grand list is the list of all taxable property in town. The gross grand list for 2017 was $2,962,770,554, which was reduced by $57,913,256 in exemptions, including those for veterans, individuals with disabilities and for such things as farm equipment, mechanics tools and hospital equipment. Real estate was up by $3,637,880. Froment said the increase came from several factors, including continued development of Mayfield Place, an apartment complex on North Maple Street, a medical office building on Hazard Avenue and additions to commercial and industrial buildings, as well as some residential properties. Business personal property decreased by $2,740,968.


Motor vehicles were down $968,155. The town’s top taxpayers and their lines of business are: 1. Mass Mutual Life Insurance Co., insurance, with an assessment of $47,035,254. 2. Connecticut Light and Power Co. (Eversource), utility, $39,330,978. 3. JPMCC 2006-LD97 Centro Enfield, retail, $29,990,130. 4. Eppendorf, manufacturing, $29,844,283. 5. WE 25 Bacon Road LLC, development, $25,287,900. 6. Mayfield Place LLC, apartments, $23,345,329. 7. Brooks Brothers Group Inc., retail, $23,084,202. 8. Paramount Commons at Enfield LLC, retail, $22,770,520. 9. Brixmor GA Freshwater/Stateline LLC, retail, $22,062,960. 10. Northland Bigelow Commons LLC, apartments, $18,147,256. 11. Equity One (Northeast Portfolio) Inc., retail, $18,084,000.

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ENFIELD — The Enfield Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen Springtime Challenge, the organization’s main fundraiser, is under way. The Soup Kitchen is seeking monetary donations through April 30. Letters were mailed to past benefactors, area schools and churches in an effort to raise money and supply food items to enable Loaves & Fishes to feed an increasing number of needy people in Enfield and surrounding towns. The Soup Kitchen, at 28 Prospect St., served 140,211 meals in 2017. Meals are served from Sunday through Friday starting at 4 p.m., and Saturday starting at 11 a.m., at no charge. Donations may be sent to: Enfield Loaves & Fishes, Inc., P.O. Box 544, Enfield, Ct. 06083-0544. Donations through PayPal can also be made at

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Longtime ‘Thieves & Robbers’ society set to gather once again

ENFIELD — The Enfield Society for the Detection of Thieves and Robbers, aka The Thieves & Robbers, will be holding its 196th annual meeting on Thursday, May 3, at St. Bernard’s Parish Hall in Hazardville. The Enfield Society for the Detection of Thieves and Robbers is the oldest continuously chartered vigilance society in the United States, chartered in 1823. The group traces its origins back to a time when organized police forces didn’t exist. It consisted of male volunteers who were at least 21 years old, lived in Enfield, had a horse of sound wind, and paid a $1 membership fee to acquire the services of the Society. A careful reading of the constitution allowed women to join the Society in 1994. As the story goes, on Jan. 30, 1823, 35 men gathered at the home of Peter Feld to form a society of mutual protection.

The Enfield Society for the Detection of Thieves and Robbers is the oldest continuously chartered vigilance society in the United States, chartered in 1823.

These men wrote a formal constitution and created a Prudential Committee of five members and a posse of unlimited number to chase down people who had stolen from the members. Lifetime membership cost $1. It remains so today. The Society has a tradition of an Elder’s Cane, which goes to the longest tenured member of the Society. Presently, that is Robert Keller, who joined in 1947.

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The society no longer engages in police work. Its last act in that capacity was sometime in the 1920s, locating a lost horse. The Society now gathers once a year to renew acquaintances, to maintain a bond with its heritage and learn about modern issues of law and our society. Recent speakers have included Richard Palmer, a justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Deputy Chief State’s Attorney Leonard Boyle, to name a few. The speaker this year will be Enfield’s new Chief of Police Alaric Fox. The cost to attend this year’s banquet is $25, which includes a dinner catered by Angelina’s Restaurant. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Dan Jasminski at 860-394-8122, Paul Salva at 860-882-2813, or Kim Quinn at 860-2539063.

ENFIELD — Calvary Presbyterian Church, 1518 King St., will be hosting two new Bible study groups beginning this month. The sessions for Monday night groups will begin at 7 p.m. on April 16. There will also be sessions on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. starting on April 19. Anyone interested in learning more about the Bible study groups should call the church office at 860-745-5211 for details.

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Local groups lend helping hand at Parkway Pavilion Women’s Club makes a good call with bingo; community service is part of softball team’s pitch

ENFIELD — During March, students from the CT Mirage Fast Pitch Softball Travel Team and the Women’s Club of Enfield organized activities for residents of Parkway Pavilion Health & Rehabilitation Center. Students ranging in age from 10 to 18 years old on the CT Mirage coordinated a volleyball game where two teams,

consisting of residents and students, competed against each other. Coaches David Rupino and Jay Bradley include community service as part of the team commitment. David’s wife Sandie is a hospice social worker and connected the team to Parkway Pavilion. The group organizes the volleyball game twice a year. Several times a year, members of the Enfield Women’s Club visit the residents to play bingo. Residents enjoy the interaction with the ladies, as well as the opportunity to win prizes. Community service work with local nursing homes is among the projects the club is involved with. For details about Parkway Health and Rehabilitation Center or if your organization is interested in scheduling an activity with residents, call 860-7451641. At left: Members of the Enfield Women’s Club (from left) Muriel Capocci, Sandie Brennan, Linda Scavotto, and Judith Lefelar, who visited Parkway Pavilion in March to play bingo with the residents. Above: Members of the CT Mirage Fast Pitch Softball Travel Team and Parkway Pavilion residents compete in a game of volleyball. The team visits Parkway twice a year to organize the games.

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EAST GRANBY — In the East Granby countryside, across from the Copper Hill Golf Course, around the corner from a residential area, stands a white building nearly 200 years old, with a big bell beside it. This building is the home of the Copper Hill United Methodist Church. Inside, on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., a rebirth is taking place. Children vie with one another to find a seat for the Children’s Moment led by JoAnne Jones, wife of the Rev. Dr. Kelvin Jones. Mrs. Jones is the church organist and music director. A new keyboard rings out with piano or organ music accompanying the congregation as it sings traditional hymns and contemporary praise songs. New families looking for a church home or a Sunday School for their children are finding a welcoming, family-oriented place to worship. In addition to weekly Sunday school activities, the church sponsors special seasonal events for community children. These include a family picnic/ballgame, a back-to-school party, and a fall costume party/hayride. This small country church upholds a longstanding tradition of outreach to the community and beyond. They support various projects of the United Methodist Committee On Relief, responding to victims of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and epidemics here and around the world. They also sponsor a young girl in Zambia. Copper Hill Church hosts a St. Pauly collection box. Last year community members dropped off more than 11,000 pounds of clothing and household linens. St. Pauly distributes items in good condition to people in need and pays the church four cents per pound. The church then donates that total amount to the food banks of Granby, East Granby, and Suffield. Copper Hill Church is the designated location for the National Day of Prayer observance in the Town of East Granby. This year’s service will be held on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. For details, call Pastor Kelvin Jones at 860-653-2891. All visitors are welcome at the services on Sunday mornings at 9:30. For further information, please call Pastor Kelvin Jones at 860-653-2891.

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What’s Brewing?

Toast the season with locally handcrafted beers, spirits By Laura B. Hayden

VERNON — There are plenty of opportunities for north-central residents to raise a glass to spring, highlighted by the inaugural Hockanum Brew Fest. This outdoor craft beer taste-testing experience will redefine the Rockville section of Vernon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, rain or shine. Nestled between the sparkling, flowing Hockanum River to the south and the restored 1800s Hockanum Mill to the north, a beer garden will be set up in the treed area along the riverside. Rockville’s West Main Street will be closed to create a secure, restricted pedestrian boulevard with as many as 25 craft brewers, wineries and distilleries represented. Food trucks and restaurant stands will offer everything from BBQ to cupcakes. Live entertainment will be performed on site. Tickets for the Hockanum Beer Fest are $40, available online at www.hock- The number sold will be capped at 1,500. Organized by the Rockville Community Alliance, the event celebrates the tangible resurgence of community spirit and economic vitality in the town, evident in Rockville’s restored mills and new businesses, new urban hiking trails, new investments in infrastructure and health care, new cultural events and other attractions. The American Legion Rockville Post has been named a key beneficiary of the event. If you’d like to raise a toast to the season before the fest, local craft brewers and distillers are at your service. Powder Hollow Brewery, one of the first local breweries to open, in November 2014, turned owner Mike McManus’ home-brewing hobby into a growing business. Open seven days a week, PHB offers a large selection of craft beers in a laidback, friendly tap room atmosphere. McManus began his business with a

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fruit and spice. Besides being able to take out Cold Creekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock, its beers are also found in many local establishments, including in Ellington, Somers, Vernon, Manchester, Simsbury and Glastonbury, among others. A few steps across the road from Cold Creek Brewery youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find something equally as satisfying as a signature beer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if not more so â&#x20AC;&#x201C; being concocted at the Connecticut Valley Distillery.

CVD is an artisanal spirits company focused on producing a variety of Smugglers Rums, an 18th century style of New England spirits. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all owner Richard Gemmoe has got aging in large, shiny vessels on site. In the next room over thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his meadery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; where he produces and distributes mead (a wine fermented with honey) under the label Nordic Moon. A native of Ellington, Richard creates products that are deeply rooted in the fruits of Connecticut and honey harvested as locally as possible.

The new Broad Brook Brewing, under construction on Route 75 in Suffield, will be opening late summer.

Richard emulates those busy worker bees with still another project in the works. By late spring heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be inviting you to hang out at his Nordic Moon Meadery, now being constructed next door to the production rooms. And speaking of future endeavors, Broad Brook Brewing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the longest established local brewery, in the area since 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is in the middle of moving from its original site in the East Windsor Sophiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plaza to a venue on Route 75 in Suffield, a stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throw from Bradley International Airport. In an interview with the Hartford Courant last year owner Ed Mance said the new facility will double BBBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space and triple its production, New amenities will include an outdoor deck with views of West Suffield mountains and a take-off or two from the airport. There will also be expanded retail space and a kitchen equipped to serve Bavarian pretzels, cheese and charcuterie plates, specialty pizzas, flatbreads and panini. Expect to be able to drink to all that later this summer. For information on buying these

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The Somers Public Library will be showcasing the artwork from students of Somers Public Schools this month when it hosts the annual District Art Show. The show will contain works from students in grades K-12 and will feature many different artistic mediums such as two-dimensional drawings, paintings, and collages.  Also featured will be threedimensional sculptures, wire art, ceramics, computer designs, and weavings.

The Somers Public Library will make multiple rooms available for the expansive display of local creative talent. The District Art Show runs from Thursday, April 26, to Saturday, May 12, with an opening reception being held April 26 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  Visitors are encouraged to come by throughout the course of the exhibit and are welcome to browse the collection of works during the normal library hours. 

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SOMERS — The Board of Finance is reviewing a $32,440,077 overall town budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The boards of Selectmen and Education presented their proposed budgets to the Finance Board on March 19. The Board of Education is seeking a $23,004,011 budget, an increase of 1.97 percent or $445,384 over the current spending plan. The Board of Selectmen is seeking a $7,469,465 budget, a decrease of $286,776 or 3.7 percent compared to the current spending plan. Overall, the budget is an increase of $207,084 or 0.64 percent. Town Chief Financial Officer Michael Marinaccio told the Finance Board the town had reorganized the Police Department and changed health insurance to the State Partnership Plan to help reduce costs, according to the minutes of the meeting. Superintendent of Schools Brian Czapla said the main reason for the increase in the school budget is contractual salary increases for employees. He said the school board was able to negotiate a flat rate insurance premium by switching health care providers. Finance Board member Michael Parker asked the school board to bring information on actual fiscal year 2017-18 figures compared to the requested budget. Finance Board member Timothy Geib asked why there were requests for the hiring of additional teachers when the trend is toward a decrease in school population.

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Yoga studio stretches out to include Somers

K2 Yoga opened its doors in Somers on Jan. 13. K2 Yoga is the affiliate sister studio to Karma Yoga in West Springfield. K2 Yoga’s mission is to inspire people by creating an environment for the community to improve overall well-being in the spirit, mind, and body through yoga. In turn, people will reawaken their individual vitality. Located at 612 Main St., K2 Yoga offers a variety of hot yoga class styles for all levels. In addition to hot yoga classes there are other styles offered in a nonheated room. K2 Yoga offers special events, workshops, private sessions and more. Owner: Sharon Goulet; Address: 612 Main St, Somers, 06071; Website:; Tel. No.: 413-695-3311.

SOMERS — Donations have been pouring in for the biannual Friends of the Somers Library Used Book Sale scheduled for April 20-22. The Friends appreciate everyone who has brought in their gently used books, CDs, puzzles, etc. as that means the inventory will be larger than ever. The sale will take place at the Somers Public Library, located at 2 Vision Boulevard off Route 190. The preview sale is scheduled for Friday, April 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a cost of $5. Friends members are free. The open sale is on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices for hardcover and paperback books will range from 50 cents to $2, with a separate section of higher-priced books. All books are donated, with an estimated 10,000 total inventory, and are available in a wide range of categories.

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Luncheon, supper and tag sale all on Congregational Church agenda

SOMERS — The Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., has these upcoming events on its calendar.

Roast beef supper A family style roast beef supper, complete with mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, tossed salad, homemade rolls/breads, beverage, and dessert will be served at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., on Saturday, April 14. Reservations for the 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. sittings should be made by contacting the church at 860-749-7741 or

emailing The church requests that people wanting take-out orders should reserve in advance so there will be enough food for all who are interested. Take-out orders can be picked up at the church between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 14.  Cost is $12. The church, and its dining hall, are handicapped-accessible.  Luncheon for Somers seniors The Ladies Aide Society of the Congregational Church of Somersville will be hosting a luncheon for area sen-

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All proceeds from the sale help to subsidize the programs for both children and adults at the Somers Public Library, as well as assist in the funding of local museum passes, Snacks with Santa, and hands-on discovery stations in the children’s section. There is free, ample parking at the library. The used book collection has been ongoing since the beginning of the year, but the official collection day is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the library. For details, call 860-763-3501.

iors on Tuesday, April 24, at noon. The menu consists of juice, stuffed chicken breast, vegetable, gelatin salad, tea/coffee, homemade rolls/breads, and ice cream and cookies. Cost is $5 each.  Reservations can be made by signing up at the Somers Senior Center on Battle Street or by contacting the church office at 860-749-7741. Reservations can also be made by emailing  The dining hall of the church, located at 22 Maple Street, is handicappedaccessible. The ladies of the church look forward to serving the local seniors at this annual luncheon. Rent-a-Space Tag Sale Do you have a lot of odd items around your home that you no longer use or want? 

The Congregational Church of Somersville has a great opportunity for everyone to sell “stuff.” A rent-a-space tag sale will be held on the Congregational Green (located at the intersection of Main Street and Maple Street) in Somersville on Saturday, May 12. The rain date is May 26.  For $20, vendors can rent a 10 x 20' space to sell  tag sale merchandise; crafters or any other vendors selling appropriate goods and services are also welcome.  Vendors must provide their own tables, racks, and other display pieces. Set-up begins at 8 a.m. on the day of the sale and should be ready to sell by 9 a.m. Vendors will be assigned a place to park their vehicles away from the Green.  For more information or to register for a spot, please call 860-745-1542.


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Special events planned for retiring pastor

SOMERS — After nearly three decades of service to their congregations and to the community, the Somers Congregational Church is honoring the ministry of retiring pastor, Rev. Dr. Barry Cass. Two celebrations are planned and the public is invited to attend both events. The first event is a retirement dinner to be held on Friday, May 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at Crestview Country

Club in Agawam, Mass. Guests aged 16 and over are invited to attend and seating will be limited. A cash bar will also be available. A small donation toward Rev. Cass’ gift is included in the ticket prices. The second event is an open house to be held on Sunday, May 20. It begins at 10 a.m. with Rev. Cass’ last sermon at Somers Congregational Church. Immediately following, from 11:30

a.m.-2 p.m., will be an open house in the church’s Foundation Room. All ages are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. If you wish to purchase a ticket for the retirement dinner or make a donation towards Rev. Cass’ gift, please contact the Somers Congregational Church’s office. The church is located at 599 Main St. in Somers and its phone number is 860-763-4021.

Annual Women’s Wellness Day scheduled at church

SOMERS — The third annual Women’s Wellness Day will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Somers Congregational Church located on 599 Main St.  The day will include speakers and workshops on topics like acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, yoga, feng shui, hypnosis for health, and much more.

For more information and to download a registration form go to The fee is $60 for the day and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Participants will enjoy a fun and enriching day of speakers and workshops to help them reach goals for ultimate wellness of body and mind.

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Say goodbye to Mrs. Besse

SOMERS — The Public Library staff, Library Board, and Friends of the Somers Library invite the public to come say “Goodbye Mrs. Besse” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the library. Besse has been with the Somers Public Library for 32 years. Having grown up in Somers, she has been a wonderful source of information about the town’s history to both staff and the public, and she has been a friendly face to everyone who has entered the building. The library is hoping that she will continue her local history work with the library on a volunteer basis after her retirement. The library encourages residents to attend April 25 and let Besse know how much she will be missed.

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Mitta aims for ‘best possible scenario’ with budget request By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD — The Board of Selectmen is working on ways to lower its requested $13,033,993 budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The first public hearing on budget, which was postponed from March 7 due to inclement weather, was scheduled for March 28, after the North Central News went to press. But First Selectwoman Mary Mitta said she had

found additional cuts. “I was able to lower it even more,” she said, and was working to get it close to last year’s budget. “I’m coming in with the best possible scenario I can,” Mitta said, adding the selectmen planned to have a special meeting prior to the March 28 public hearing to revise their requested budget. Revised budget figures were not available at press time.

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STAFFORD — Stafford Library, 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford Springs, has these free events planned in April. Those interested should pre-register by phone at 860-684-2852 or online at Rhyme Time - Mondays, 10 a.m. Geared for ages 2 and under. Rhymes, songs, finger play and board books followed by a short playtime. Teddy Bear Time - Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Geared for ages 2 & up. Rhymes, songs, finger play & stories followed by a short craft time. Animal Story Time - Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. Animal stories, rhymes, songs, finger play & possibly a visit from an animal. Families welcome. Songbirds of the Northeast - Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m. - The Friends of the Stafford Library annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by this program featuring guest speaker, naturalist John Root. Photos and recordings of the region’s songbirds. Perennials for edible landscaping and attracting birds, butterflies and bees will be offered for sale. Sensory Story Time - Saturday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. - Stories, music with movement, finger play, rhymes and puppets with musical therapist, Renee Coro. All ages. LEGO Club - Saturday, April 7, 1 p.m. - LEGOs provided. All ages. Author Visit - Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m. Author Brian G. Phelps will discuss his book: “Fanny and Me: The Story of a Geezer, a Yard Sale Bicycle and a 4,000 Mile Trip Across America.” Books will be available for purchase.

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HARTFORD — Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, a member of Trinity Health Of New England, has received a $2,082,631 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to continue the Hispanic Health Council’s “Breastfeeding: Heritage and Pride” peer counseling program in the hospital’s Center for Women’s Health. The grant will be used to replicate and introduce the BHP program in three other Trinity Health Of New England hospitals (Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs, Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, and Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury). It will also be used to create a path for the replication of BHP at 36 other Trinity Health hospitals and to assist in Trinity Health’s goal of having 100 percent of its maternity hospitals reach “Baby Friendly” status over the next three years.

hours in more than 50 different aircraft. Foreman will present two lectures on his experiences in space at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Space Expo will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the museum will close at 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for ages 15 and up, $14 for seniors 65 and up, and $10 for ages 4 to 14. New England Air Museum members and children 3 and under are admitted free of charge. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more with advance registration. Visit the New England Air Museum’s website for more information and a complete schedule of events: For details, call call 860-623-3305.

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WINDSOR LOCKS — Memorial Hall, one of the most interesting and historic buildings in Windsor Locks, was dedicated in 1891. The building originally was dedicated as a monument to those who went from Windsor Locks and lost their lives in the Civil War. Today, it is a monument to honor all veterans of Windsor Locks who have served in all wars of our country. The three-storied granite building has several large rooms, which include a ballroom and museum. The site is listed on The National Register of Historic Buildings.

To promote the historical significance of this monument, the Board of Trustees has scheduled guided tours of the building and Edward Sabotka’s War Museum. The group tours will be conducted usually on the last Sunday of the month, when possible. The tours are scheduled at one-hour intervals from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The last tour of the day starts at 3 p.m. The next tour is scheduled for Sunday, April 29. Memorial Hall is located at the corner of Elm and South Main streets in Windsor Locks. All tours are free and open to the public.

Baseball trivia contest should be a hit in Suffield SUFFIELD — A baseball trivia contest, organized by the Kent Memorial Library, will take place on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center.

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Author to discuss novel set in Hartford

SUFFIELD — Mark Dressler will discuss his book “Dead and Gone” at the Kent Memorial Library, 61 Ffyler Place in Suffield on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. Mysteries abound and disparate threads somehow lead to the right conclusion. Hartford detective Dan Shields is in the middle of all Dressler’s fictional chaos when Shields comes face-to-face with the gun-toting thug who’d nearly killed him six years before. With vengeance in his blood, the detective attempts to bring down his nemesis, resorting to tactics that almost cost him his badge and the investigation. Dressler, who grew up in Hartford and still lives in Connecticut, adds local color and plenty of action in his book, which will be available for purchase and signing. Reserve a seat for this free program by contacting the library at 860-668-3896 or register at

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Board of Finance reviewing selectmen’s budget proposal By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD — The Board of Finance is reviewing the Board of Selectmen’s proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year as adjustments to the spending plan are made. The selectmen in February voted to seek a $15,866,766 budget, an increase of $673,945 or 4.44 percent over the current spending plan. First Selectwoman Melissa Mack said a week later they were able to adjust that down to a 3.6 percent increase. “I think you will see some adjustments,” Mack said, since she said she feels even the 3.6 percent increase is not sustainable because of the effect it would have on the tax rate. Mack attributed the increases in the budget to sharp rises in the cost of employee health benefits. Medical insurance is estimated to increase 15 percent or $276,618.

Other increases are due to the settling of union contracts that had been in the negotiating stage for the last couple of years. Also, the town is making additional contributions to the employee pension plan so that it can be sustained with more conservative investments. Prior to bringing a budget to the Finance Board, the selectmen cut $265,575 from what town department head requests. Without those cuts, the budget would have brought a 6.18 percent increase. The selectmen had said as they adopted their budget much of the increase is due to the adverse effects of the state budget on the town. Those effects include the possible loss of $290,620 in road funding and a loss of $33,580 in Bradley Development Zone tax abatement rebates.

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News and information for East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Somers, Stafford, Suffield and more! Demolition of theater for new E.W Casino. Sc...

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News and information for East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Somers, Stafford, Suffield and more! Demolition of theater for new E.W Casino. Sc...