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United Bank, which was the first inductee four years ago, Bolles Motors and last year’s winner, financial planner Harry Kent. With these businesses setting the standard for excellence, the North Central News announces the Best of 2016, according to our readers. Best Place to Buy a Shed or Garage Best Family Business The Barn Yard & Great Country Garages 9 Village St., Ellington 860-454-9103 The Barn Yard & Great Country Garages is a third-generation family business stressing unbeatable craftsmanship and an unmatched attention to detail. With in-house designers and engineers, they are able to maintain a level of quality and exacting standards that have been the bedrock of the company for more than 32 years. “We strive to deliver more than what's expected, providing an outstanding customer experience in every stage of the

buying process,” marketing engineer Erik Koehler said. Best Place to Get Some Pride in Your Ride PT Customs 59 Field Rd,. Somers 860-749-3780 Since 1996, PT Customs has been specializing in motorcycle customization, building bikes from frame to finish. They also do mechanical and collision repair, custom paint and accessories, as well as customizing golf carts. Best Breakfast & Best Barbecue Country Diner 111 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-5338 Country Diner again has been named Best Barbecue by our readers. It serves barbecue chicken, brisket,

Head chef Jose Horta Mora, co-manager Carrie Phimmvongsa of Country Diner. Not pictured: owner Joseph Ravalese and brother and co-manager Jay Best Of Photos by Carole Singh Ravalese.

ribs and pulled pork. Owner Joe Ravalese said they only use the biggest, meatiest ribs around with a choice of plain or seven sauces. “We smoke all our meats here on the premises every day,” he said. This year, readers also say it’s the best place to start the day. Best Dinner Trattoria Da Lepri 89 West Road, Ellington 860-875-1111 Fine dining at reasonable prices with Italian and French cuisine. That’s how owner Deb Lepri describes her restaurant. The chefs are all graduates of the Culinary Institute of America. “They’re young, they’re passionate, creative, trendy,” she said. All ingredients are fresh, many from the garden behind the restaurant or that of her father, Dick Rossitto. Best Mexican Acapulco's Mexican Family Restaurant and Cantina 61 Palomba Dr., Enfield, 860-763-5000 Acapulco's began with a restaurant in Sudbury, Mass., and has expanded to several locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Unlike others, Acapulco’s honors its

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authenticity and family spirit. Everyone works together, not only as a team, but as a family. When customers come to Acapulco’s they are treated just that way, like a part of our family,” according to its website. Best Lunch Chuck Wagon 12 Church St., Ellington 860-872-3950 Craving American food with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, our readers once again say they want to climb on the Chuck Wagon when looking for a great lunch. Best Happy Hour Hidden Still 87 West Rd., Ellington 860-896-3333 A restaurant and moonshine bar, the Hidden Still is the best place to relax after work, according to our readers. And if you choose to stay for dinner, Executive Chef Sean Martin's menu consists of pub favorites and unique recipes prepared and presented in an upscale fashion without an upscale price. Best Pizza Danny’s Pizza 535 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-5511 When you want the best pizza around, it’s Danny’s, our readers say. Co-owner Tami Poggie said, offering both thin and thick crust, Danny’s uses all fresh ingredients and only the best cheese. They even roast their own peppers. Best Restaurant Overall

From left, Chuck Wagon owner Loui, Chef Jose, waitress Wanda and waitress Janet. Basil’s Restaurant restaurant circuit is a great addition. In 64 West Stafford Rd., Stafford addition to great food, they have a beau860-684-9000 tiful interior and offer soft music and Basil’s Restaurant is a great place to five TVs. Best Place for Outdoor Dining eat, according to what our readers have Lulu's Pizzeria and Family Restaurant said once again. “Basil's Restaurant 151 Hazard Ave., Enfield offers a fresh alternative to the typical 860-763-2377 dining experience,” according to its website. “At Basil's, our goal is to create A family-owned and operated restaufor you the best possible dining experi- rant, Lulu’s specializes in Italian cuisine ence by carefully preparing and using such as pasta, seafood, pizza, wings, the finest quality, freshest ingredients” grinders, wraps and burgers. They also Best New Addition offer a catering menu. North Central to Restaurant Circuit News readers say it's the best place eat Bond 124 and enjoy the fresh air. Best Ice Cream 124 Main St., Somers 860-698-6011 The Collins Creamery 9 Powder Hill Road, Enfield Our readers say this newcomer on the

860-749-8663 The Collins Creamery was founded in 1997 by Jack and Mavis Collins of Powder Hill Farm. As bulk milk prices began to drop in the 1990s, the opening of the Creamery was part of an effort to diversify its operations. And our readers say they are sure glad they did. Best Bank Savings Institute Bank and Trust Various locations When it comes to finances, our readers say they both bank at and trust the Savings Institute. Best Credit Union 360 Federal Credit Union 191 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks 860-627-4238 Readers have made their choice known. 360 Federal Credit Union is their pick for Best Credit Union. A leader in the industry, 360 FCU is among the top 10 federally chartered credit unions in Connecticut. It is a financial institution of the people being owned and operated by its members. Best Local Entertainment New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Rd., Windsor Locks 860-623-3305 The New England Air Museum is a great place to bring kids to learn about all things aviation. In addition to standard exhibits, they also offer special events, including open-cockpit days, when visitors can actually see the planes from the inside.

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Best Family Fun Value Connecticut Trolley Museum 58 North Rd., East Windsor 860-627-6540 At the Trolley Museum, visitors can learn how the electric trolley evolved from the horsecar to the PCC, as well as how society was impacted by amusement parks (trolley parks), streetcar suburbs and the growth of mill towns. And, of course, visitors can take a ride on a trolley car. Best Hardware Hawthorne’s Agway 97 North Maple St., Enfield 860-749-8189 In business for over 60 years, Hawthorne’s Agway started with Leland B. Hawthorne and has remained a family owned and operated company ever since. In addition to hardware, they carry fertilizers, weed killers, insect controls, pet foods and supplies. They also fill propane tanks and provide local delivery. Best Garden Center Garden’s Dream Farm 355 Taylor Rd., Enfield 860-835-6652

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Best Auto RepairAutobody Lee's Auto Ranch 171 West Rd., Ellington 866-431-8210 According to its website, in the late 1880s the Luginbuhl family migrated from Switzerland and settled in the local farming community. In 1994, Lee founded his first Lee’s Autobody has its roots in the Luginbuhl family movbusiness venture ing to the farming community of Ellington back in the including mechanical 1880s. Lee’s Autobody has been in business since 1994 repair and auto bodyand has grown to over 40 employees. work. Since these early Garden’s Dream Farm is an area beginnings, Lee's has grown from only favorite. The garden center grows all its two employees to more than 40. They own plants. “We specialize in bringing say their philosophy is that happy cusfresh, local products to the market,” tomers and word of mouth are the best owner Ben Lupien said, adding they advertising. Our readers say they have offer quality, selection and value. succeeded. A family-owned business that conBest Auto Repair-Garage centrates on family, Lupien said A&M Automotive Center Garden’s Dream treats its employees 231 Field Rd, Somers like family and in return they are great 860-749-3682 with the customers. A&M is a family-owned, second-gen-

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Best Dealership, New Vehicles Artioli Chrysler Dodge 525 Enfield St., Enfield 866-281-6517 Artioloi has been family owned and operated since 1975. “Here at Artioli we pride ourselves on being No. 1. You can't do this without the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We value our relationship. We truly believe it's service

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before sales,” according to its website. Best Dealership: Used Cars Arcari Motors 61 Hartford Turnpike, Tolland 860-875-8575 When driven to buy a used car, our readers say they pick Arcari. “We hand pick every car that we sell,” said owner Paul Arcari. “We will not sell a car that I would not let my mother drive.” Best Nail Salon Julie’s Personal Touch 111 Main St., Somers 860-265-7467 When it comes to getting their nails done, our readers say it’s best to go where you get the “Personal Touch.” Best Private EducationElementary/Preschool St. Edward School 25 Church St., Stafford Springs, 860-684-2600 Established in 1874, St. Edward School is known for its commitment to faith development, servant leadership and academic excellence. Recognizing

the greater needs of children growing up at this time in our world, St. Edward's Whole Child model builds on the great Catholic tradition of educating the child in mind, body and spirit, to incorporate lifelong success boosters like helping children to understand themselves better as individual learners, to learn physical and mental strategies for coping with stress and disappointment, to build a strong faith base that supports us through life's trials, and more. St. Edward School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Best Pharmacy Somers Pharmacy 629 Main St., Somers 860-749-3433 At the same location since 1953, Somers Pharmacy has always been independently owned, according to owners David and Kari-Ann Guerette. David Guerette said they specialize in customer service and friendliness.

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The store carries gifts, cards, clothing and other items people might need to buy in a small town, without having to head out of town. They also offer fax and copy service. Since pharmacist Kari-Ann Guerette is a cancer survivor, she said they offer services to cancer survivors, from advice on products to where to find services. The store also sells its own brand of bottled water, proceeds from which benefit local groups. The store also offers delivery service. Best Golf Pro/Lessons Cedar Knob 446 Billings Road, Somers 860-749-3550 “PGA Pro Jeffrey Swanson welcomes you. We are eager to assist golfers with all aspects of their game. We welcome all skill levels. Whether making a tee time reservation, booking an outing or satisfying one's desire to improve your game through private lessons, we do look forward to serving you. Our staff lends a comfortable and friendly atmosphere and before you know it, you will

be one of the 'gang' playing at Cedar Knob,” Cedar Knob states on its website. Best Florist Colonial Flower Shoppe 611 Main St., Somers 860-763-0082 “Our business is special because what we sell is special,” said Debbie Farnham of Colonial Flower Shoppe, “Flowers have been given and received for centuries, used to convey what words could not say and have an energy like all living things. No matter what the occasion, their special ‘power’ can make even the saddest day better. Our job is to make sure they are fresh and beautiful and we stand behind that.” Best Esthetician Exfole 310 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-698-9644 Owner Cynthia Astone is a registered nurse, with more than 30 years of experience, as well as a trained aesthetician. “I perform all of my own treatments, assuring that my clients receive the best that I can offer their skin,” she said. “I

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perform only PCA facials, which are considered the ‘gold standard’ in the industry and have received special training to become a certified PCA Aesthetician.” Best Eye Care Dr. Lily Yeh 139 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-749-1233 When it comes to vision, our readers say they prefer to see Dr. Lily Yeh. Her special area of interest is vision therapy.

Best Realtor Greg Heineman 171 Elm St., Enfield 860-841-1199 In real estate since 1983, Greg Heineman has been a broker for more than 20 years and serves 58 towns in Connecticut and 28 towns in Massachusetts. He now has 22 agents working for him. His business is family owned and geared toward the consumer.

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Best Place To Watch The Game Bobby V’s Restaurant and Sports Bar 11 Schoephoester Road, Windsor Locks 860-627-5808 Bobby V's is a partnership venture between Sportech Venues Inc., Winners and sports legend Bobby Valentine. Bobby V's Restaurant and Sports Bar opened to the public in January 2014, quickly winning a place in our readers’ hearts. Best Dentist Dr. Michael Nero 646 Main St., Somers 860-749-9911 When it comes to dentists, our readers say it's Dr. Michael Nero who makes them smile. Nero received the Academy of General Dentistry’s Mastership Award in July. It is the academy’s highest honor. He completed 1,100 hours of dental continuing education to earn the award. “Dr. Nero should be commended for his unflagging commitment to continuing education, which allows him to provide the best possible dental care and oral health education for his patients,” said Dr. W. Mark Donald, the group’s immediate past president.

Best Package Store Joe's Fine Wine and Spirits 149 North Rd., East Windsor 860-623-7323 Joe's offers specialty beers, whiskeys and bourbons, as well as a growing category of boutique spirits and wines, according to manager Krysta Ramaeka. Owned by Leslie Hickey, who named the store for his father, Joe, the store offers great products and personalized customer service. Most Trusted Medical Facility Johnson Memorial Hospital 201 Chestnut Hill Road, Stafford Springs 860-684-4251 While no one wants to need a hospital, our readers say if they do need one, they feel best about Johnson Memorial. They offer inpatient and outpatient services right here in north central Connecticut. Best Banquet Facility Joanna’s 145 Main St., Somers 860-763-5060 When it comes to special occasions, our readers say you can count on Joanna’s to make your occasion the event of the year.

Best Hair Salon Cutting Loose 95 South Rd Unit 26B, Somers 860-749-3200 Sisters Meaghan Fallon and Jaclyn Rodriguez opened the Salon February 2013. It is a “sister” salon to Cutting Loose in Sarasota, Florida, where they started their careers with mentor Coral Pleas. “Cutting Loose is different because we specialize in French hairdressing. The system in which we cut is French, which allows you to have one cut with multiple looks and is softer with more feminine lines than harsh heavy lines. We hand pick and train our own future professionals coming out of school. We train them in systems that will help them to perfect their craft and grow within their career. We also specialize in Balayage, which is French for hand painting. It creates soft diffused highlights or dimension within your color,” Rodriguez said.

Best Lawn Treatment Company Green Carpet Lawn Care 216 Field Road, Somers 866-94-GREEN Nancy Baj and her husband, Joseph Baj, own Green Carpet Lawn. They tell their customers that it is their job to make sure they exceed the customer’s expectations. Customers see results and NCN’s Readers agree. “We truly appreciate the acknowledgement that North Central News, your readers and our customers give us regarding our being voted Best Lawn Treatment Company in north central Connecticut.” She adds, “When you see our signs on the lawn you can’t help notice the difference we make. We believe if you take care of your customers and show great results and quality service, everybody wins.” Looking to have the best lawn, nicest looking trees and shrubs in the neighborhood? Contact Green Carpet for your free estimate.

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Best Financial Planner Sarah Maskill Financial Answers LLC 335 Mountain Road, Somers 860-746-4251 Sarah Maskill, CFP (Certified Financial Planner) believes that financial planning should be accessible to people of all incomes. A lifelong resident of Somers, Maskill’s company Financial Answers LLC has won the votes of NCN’s readers for Best Financial Planner. “I started this firm to offer competent, objective financial advice to people from all walks of life. I’m flattered to be chosen by your readers for the second year in a row, and pledge to continue helping people in the community where I live, work and play!” Best Fitness Center Anytime Fitness 99 South Rd., Somers 860-265-3009 Our readers say Anytime Fitness works out for them. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As they say on their website, “talk about

Anytime Fitness was voted Best Fitness for its hours and no excuses!

no more excuses.” Best Coffee Middle Ground Cafe 42 Main St., Stafford Springs 860-851-8900 Middle Ground features organically grown and local products. Its vision is to serve as a hub for all walks of life to gather and delight in our quality coffee, tea, and espresso, all at a great price. Best Motor Sports/ Where Boys Get Toys Enfield Motor Sports 27 Palmoba Dr., Enfield 860-741-2173 Family owned since 1971, our readers

say this is the place to buy and service motorcycles and everything related to them. Best Oil Service Rich’s Oil Service 12 Moody Rd, Enfield 860-763-2015 Rich’s is a full service heating and cooling company that provides a complete spectrum of gas and oil heating systems, central air conditioning and plumbing services. Best Place to See Live Music Palace Theater 75 Main St., Stafford Springs 860-851-9780

Billing itself “The oldest theater with the newest sound,” the classic theater reopened in October 2012 and is a hit with our readers. According to its website the theater hopes “to provide a classy atmosphere where live entertainment can once again light the streets of this small New England town.” Best Home Improvement Company T-Square Builders 330 South Rd., Somers 860-763-5633 T-Square Builders has built a good reputation with our readers. The company was established in 1995 by the father and son team of Dan and Dave Tullock with a commitment to the highest level of quality construction and customer satisfaction, according to their website. Best Veterinarian Ellington Center Animal Clinic 64 Main St., Ellington 860-871-3064 Dr. Joe Prichard, an Ellington native, opened the animal clinic in 2000. It offers 30-minute appointments so the veterinarians have time to get to know clients and their pets. According to its

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BEST LANDSCAPER of North Central CT for a fih straight year! We appreciate both your continued recognition and our awesome crew for a job well done!

Thank you for voting us BEST RESTAURANT for the 5th year in a row!

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11AM Sheep Showing 11AM Beef Showing 1:30PM Corn Eating Contest 2PM Horse Drawing 4PM Pie Eating Contest 2-7PM The Tirebiter Band (Classic Rock)

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website, “Our clients choose the Ellington Center Animal Clinic because they want veterinary care that emphasizes quality medicine and compassionate care. Our doctors and staff all strive to deliver comprehensive, quality medical care and recognize the importance of client communication and education.” Best Doctor Dr. Timothy Fignar 15 Palomba Drive No. 5, Enfield 860-745-1623 A family physician, Dr. Timothy Fignar sees patients of all ages. “Family medicine specializes in you and we are honored to be your medical home,” he says on his website. Best Barbershop JB's Scitico Barbershop 585 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-749-6305 Reader's say JB's Scitico is a cut above. It's an old-fashioned barbershop that describes itself as having “plenty of updates.” They specialize in all of the

JB’s Scitico Barbershop cuts the competition to shreds, or so say our readers. new styles, and the classic old fashion the best place to find that special something for someone you care about. cuts at a very reasonable price. Best Real Estate Agency Best Gift Shop Revay's Garden & Gift Shop Connecticut Commercial Realty & 266 North Road, Broad Brook Select Homes 48 South Road, Unit 4, Somers 870-623-9068 860-851-9644 For more than 42 years, Revay’s, a Connecticut Commercial Realty & family-owned business, has been offering plants and gifts. Our readers say it’s Select Homes is an independent, family-

owned real estate firm. “We’ve been family owned and operated since 1990, and we currently conduct brokerage operations in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, representing buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants in their real estate transactions. We serve the North Central region of Connecticut through our Somers office, which has just relocated to 48 South Road, Unit 4,” said Victoria Clark, broker/owner. “I like to quote one of our company letters: ‘We like to view ourselves not so much as a real estate company, but more as a professional service firm addressing the full range of real estate needs of our clients.’ ” Best Golf Course Rolling Meadows 76 Sadds Mill Rd., Ellington 860-870-5328 Family owned since its inception, Rolling Meadows offers a full service pro shop as well as a full restaurant and bar.

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Best Power Wash Mr. T’s Power Wash 34 Sartori Rd, Stafford Springs 860-851-9432 A small, family-owned business, Bob Tofolowsky operates the power wash service with his son, Dan. “We believe in our word is good, and a handshake is good,” he said, adding that they take the time to talk to their customers so they can be sure to provide the service they ask for. Best Plumber Homestead 100 West Road, #2, Ellington 860-870-8700 Homestead has been a family-owned business since 1989. They also offer heating, cooling, energy and water services. Best Jewelry Store Hannoush Various locations When you’re looking for that special piece of jewelry, our readers say

Hannoush is the place. Jewel of North Central Connecticut Stafford Motor Speedway 55 West St., Stafford Springs 860-684-2783 Built in 1870, it was once known as the Stafford Springs Agricultural Park and was used as a half-mile horse racing facility until after World War II when it switched to automobile racing. The facility became a NASCAR track in 1959. Best Theme Night Special Casey’s 127 West Road Ellington 860-870-8784 NCN readers have great taste when it comes to Best Theme Night Specials. Casey’s offers three specialty nights for customers. Wednesday nightss give guests the opportunity to create their own pasta dishes. Thursday means Margarita specials and build your own Mexican meals. Sunday is fun day with an all-day barbeque. Finger licking good baby back

ribs and pulled pork will end your weekend on a high note. Best Private Education High School Suffield Academy 185 North Main Street Suffield 860-386-4400 Steeped in tradition and high academic standards it is no surprise that readers of NCN have selected Suffield Academy as their top choice. Opened in 1833, the school is available to residential and commuter students. It features 13 dorms and six academic buildings. The academy’s average class size is 10 students, with 87 faculty members on staff. It is a diverse campus, with the school’s 410 students representing 19 states and 35 countries. Best Tree Service Mountain Tree 21 Egypt Rd., Somers 860-749-7365 “What makes the company great is that the owner cares about trees,” said office manager Leon Dolby, whose son,

Barry Dolby, owns the company. Apparently, our readers agree. In the tree business since 1980, Mountain is a fullservice tree company. “We’re equipped to do almost anything in the line of trees,” Leon Dolby said. They can plant and even transplant, as well as offer tree maintenance services. Best Adult Day Care New England Gold Care 179 Main Street, Somers 860-878-9828 “We will provide a safe stimulating environment to adults 65 years and older where they can spend an enjoyable day. In achieving this, we enable our members to continue living in their community while providing our member's family's with the satisfaction that their loved one is being given the best care when family members are not available to give care,” they say on their website.

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Best Seafood Cold Harbor Seafood & Market 465 Taylor Rd., Enfield 860-763-0522 Cold Harbor opened three years ago, and our readers say they have the best seafood in town. According to owner Joseph Lanzieri, they get fish in fresh daily, try to get local fish when possible and make everything from scratch. “Everything is as fresh as can be,” he said. With a Nantucket feel to the decor, “It looks just like you’re on the island somewhere,” he added.

Best Attorney Bonnie Kumiega 1733 Storrs Rd., Storrs 860-548-2664 “My clients know that each of them is special, and they will receive my full commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for the matters they place with me,” Kumiega said. She specializes in business law, including LLCs and real estate, as well as estate planning, probate administration and civil litigation. Best Boutique Moxy Boutique 122 Mountain Road, Suffield 860-254-5045 Are you looking for that unique,

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The point of contention was the Warehouse Point Fire District tax, which adds 1.2 mills for property owners in that district, a difference of 0.2 mills over what Broad Brook Fire District taxpayers will pay, in the budget residents approved in a third referendum on June 14. It was the first time since 1975 the Warehouse Point Fire District has decided to tax independently. The Broad Brook Fire Department is paid for entirely by town funds.


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Lee’s Auto Ranch to sponsor fundraiser for van for disabled teen By Deborah Stauffer

ELLINGTON – The family of 16year-old Bryan Morris has been hoping to obtain a wheelchair-accessible van for several years but has run into some setbacks. So the staff at Lee’s Auto Ranch in Ellington has decided to keep those hopes alive. Lee’s Auto Ranch staff will conduct an auction at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m at the business on 171 West Road to help raise $17,000 needed to purchase a van for the disabled Ellington youth. WDRC’s Brad Davis is the auctioneer for the event. All proceeds from the auction will go to the van fund. Bryan’s family has been fundraising for three years in an attempt to get a van to transport him. Bryan has lissencephaly, a rare brain disorder that affects his ability to move. His mother, Patricia Caruthers, and other family members were able to carry Bryan when he was younger, but that is too difficult now and there are no car seats that fit him. It has been a struggle to get Bryan to medical appointments. Jimmy Fuska, Lee’s Auto Ranch gen-

eral manager, said when they heard about Bryan’s situation employees decided to organize the fundraiser. “Bryan has been struggling with disabilities for his entire life,” Fuska said. “We are asking for donations for this cause. No donation is too small.” Lee’s Auto Ranch asking the community for monetary donations for Bryan and donated auction items for the Sept. 24 event. Fuska hopes local businesses and community members will step up to donate items and attend the auction. In addition, Lee’s Auto Ranch is offering a percentage of each automobile and RV sold in July and August to go toward the van. A Facebook page was created a few years ago for updates on Bryan: www.facebook.com/WheelsForBryan Morris/ Donations for the auction may be dropped off at Lee’s Auto Ranch at 171 West Road in Ellington. The dealership is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check donations can be made out to

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Corps is seeking new members. Down from 40 members to 14, Spielman said the group cannot fill enough shifts. The town has part-time paid employees during the working day to handle emergency medical services. Crystal Lake The Crystal Lake Association is seeking new members and donations as it raises funds to repair the dam, which is vital to the lake. According to the association, the lake was formed from a pond by building the dam in 1849. Erosion is threatening the dam. “Presently, more water flows through the dam rather than over it due to the erosion behind the dam face. This erosion has reached a critical point and must be addressed in the near future,” the group send in a letter. To contribute or for details, go to crystallakeellingtonct.com.

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ELLINGTON – The Charter Revision Commission will not recommend the hiring of a town manager. The commission voted against the charter change at its July 13 meeting. The panel will continue to work on its recommendations and then return to the Board of Selectmen. The charter will be voted on in a townwide referendum. First Selectman Lori Spielman said if the town manager proposal returns to the proposed charter changes, she would like to see exact figures on the cost. “I don’t think it’s fair to the residents going into this blind,” she said. Spielman said the belief the town manager could share the two selectmen’s secretaries is incorrect, since they are already working at their full potential. EVAC The Ellington Volunteer Ambulance

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Enfield A ‘Champion’ in every sense of the word By Julie Cotnoir

ENFIELD – Emma Duffin is an energetic and inquisitive 9-year-old girl. Seeing her interact with her 13-year-old brother Alex and playing with her Barbie dolls, you would have no idea what she has endured. But in 2014, after tests and examinations at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Emma’s family heard a word no parent wants to hear: cancer. Emma was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer – acute undifferentiated leukemia. After multi-

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Food truck plan still on menu; council tables action By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD – The proposal to allow food trucks in town advanced as the Town Council on July 5 learned from the North Central Health District about the process of licensing a food truck. Patrice Sulik, health district director, said the yearly vending license fee is $200. Sulik said the license allows vendors to serve in eight member towns if the vendor is

approved by zoning, police and fire, according to meeting minutes. The initial license is for 30 days. During that time vendors must provide a list of scheduled stops, activities or events they will be at, and the district does an inspection. If everything is acceptable, the vendor will be issued a license for the remainder of the year. The application must include a menu, Sulik said. The vendor may

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State panel investigates residency complaint against Pellegrini

Somers

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SOMERS – The State Elections Enforcement Commission is investigating a complaint that First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini is not residing in town as required by state law. Former Republican Town Committee Vice Chairman Michael Bushior filed a complaint in June alleging that Pellegrini is living in Enfield. “His complaint is false. I have cooperated with the SEEC’s request for a response to the complaint and fully expect the complaint will be dismissed because I do, and have always, resided in Somers throughout my terms as first selectman,” Pellegrini told the North Central News in an email.

According to a report in the Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Bushior said in his complaint to the SEEC he had checked Pellegrini’s Somers residence at different times on various days and included photographs in his complaint to prove she was not living there. “Due to Mr. Bushior’s actions in following me, covertly watching me and photographing me and his prior expressions of hostility toward me, which resulted in a police complaint on April 14, 2014, when he threatened me and refused to leave my office at Town Hall, I and the Board of Selectmen became concerned about the safety of Town Hall Employees,” Pellegrini said. “For this reason the Board of

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Town Hall,” she said. Pellegrini is serving her fourth term as first selectman. The complaint is being investigated by the SEEC, which told the Journal Inquirer it could take a while before the panel rules on the matter.

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The Somers Housing Authority has recognized the bravery of several Woodcrest residents who responded to an apartment fire July 3. Their actions saved the life of a resident and controlled the fire, limiting its damage. The honorees are (from left) John Stuart, Arend Knuttle, Jim Tolisano, Sue Cherpak, Michael Coles, and David May. Not pictured but also receiving recognition was Brian Dineen.


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STAFFORD – The town needs more time to consider a lease option with

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STAFFORD – The Stafford Lions Moonlight Paddle will be at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 19, Staffordville Lake, Staffordville, behind Staffordville School. The gate will open at 6:30 p.m. for the free event, and the launch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. There will be free paddling (bring your own canoe or kayak), free hot dogs and snacks, and musical entertainment. Grand prize is a kayak package including kayak, paddle and personal flotation device. Raffle tickets are available for $5 each or three for $10. For details contact Jerry Baggish at Jerryb22@cox.net or 860-684-5367

Bloom Energy Corp. for one acre of town property on Willington Avenue. That was the consensus at a July 21 Town Meeting when residents voted to table a motion on the lease option. Bloom Energy is seeking the lease option for an electric power generating system using a fuel cell and natural gas. First Selectman Anthony Frassinelli said the state has been promoting alternative energy sources like natural gas

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Residents approved the sale of two town-owned properties at the meeting, both abandoned houses the town had obtained due to back taxes owed. “We wanted to get it cleaned up and safe .. and get back on the tax rolls,” the first selectman said. The property at 12 East St. will be sold for $8,000 to Jeff Ramsey. The property at 19 Westford Road will be sold for $7,500 to Douglas Connor.

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A new face for Suffield Players summer theater program

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SUFFIELD – During the past four years, actors new to theater or to the Suffield Players stage have honed their performance skills in “New Faces” educational programs, held in July and August at Mapleton Hall, Now new directors will get their chance as well. Two aspiring new directorial talents, under the guidance of experienced mentors, will take their place alongside some of Suffield’s most seasoned directors in the New Faces 2016 theater program, performing at 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 20 in Mapleton Hall. The brainchild of veteran Suffield Players performer Shaun O’Keefe, the New Faces program is designed to teach, inspire and develop the theatrical talents of all participants. Everyone 16 years and up who joins the company performs in short new plays by contemporary playwrights from around the country. Now in its fifth year, the program is a fresh approach to theater, as many of the thespians involved are new to the stage or to the Players, and the works being

performed are new. This summer, eight talented directors will lead the learning: Kelly Seip, Konrad Rogowski, Mark Proulx, Roger A. Ochs, *Patricia Howard, *Zach Gray, Janine Flood and Mary FernandezSierra (* denotes new director) Directors Roger A. Ochs and Kelly Seip will mentor Gray and Howard, respectively. The playwrights whose new work will be performed are: Lindsay Adams, Enid Cokinos, Kay Poiro, Cheryl Przezdziecki, Konrad Rogowski, Joe Starzyk and Ellen Sullivan. The New Faces 2016 acting ensemble consists of Theresa Allie, Erin Chafee, Daniel Cohn, Nancy Colby, Pat Covino, Noreen Dallaire, Helen Malinka, Lisa Parker, Shannon Proulx, Neera Ranchandani, Suzanne Robertson, and Bruce Torrey. Another new twist: The Players also welcome back several past participants from other New Faces programs, who join this summer’s company to add additional support for the newcomers: Becky Beth Benedict, Marisa Clement, John

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