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Mohegan’s New ‘Earth’ Hotel Allows for more ‘Stay & Plays’

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By Gary Carra Welcome to Random Raven, the column that aspires to be nothing less than your complete entertainment itinerary on a month-to-month basis. For this installment, your friendly, neighborhood Raven finally had the opportunity to color his world - in ‘Earth' tones. That is, enjoy a play AND stay courtesy of Mohegan Sun’s newly opened Earth Hotel. Sure, he's been to many a concert at the famed Uncasville casino ... and stayed at the towering Sky Hotel a handful of times. With the birth of Earth, however, Mohegan has never had such an inventory of rooms (and, as any supply-side economist would astutely point out, ability to keep room rates down) for its patrons. And that's a situation the Raven was all too happy to capitalize on when he heard The Who was coming to Mohegan July 20.

They may not be kids anymore, but veteran rockers The Who were more than alright as they steamrolled through a blistering, 21-tune set at Mohegan July 20. Truth be told, a second hotel had been planned at the casino since 2008, but back-burnered in the wake of the economic downturn. With recent reports indicating that Mohegan had lost upwards of one million potential overnight customers due to lack of capacity in the last two years alone, however, the project was put back on track. The finished product is a 400 room, 242,000 square foot facility that balances fashion and function as deftly as as its sis-

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ter, on-property hotel Sky. Though not as high as Sky, coming in at just 13 stories, the $139 million Earth Tower also boasts breathtaking views of the Thames River. Meanwhile, down in the the lobby area you’ll find the Bean and Vine Café & Wine Bar. It’s a great spot to either grab breakfast and a coffee in the morning, or to relax with friends over a glass of wine or beer and enjoy small plates by the fire pits at night. As for The Who, well, they certainly aren’t kids anymore, but they proved more than alright as they absolutely tore through a 21-tune, hit-laden set before a capacity crowd. Catalog spanning radio staples like “I Can’t Explain” and “I Can See for Miles” melded seemlessly into “Behind Blue Eyes,” “You Better You Bet,” “My Generation” and Tommy’s “Pinball Wizard.” “Amazing Journey” - adorned with snippets from “Overture” and “It’s A Boy,” proved an amazing, sonic-backdrop for a poignant, video-pastiche of historical footage chronicling world events since The Who’s inception in 1964. JFK, MLK... Ronald Reagan to Ronald McDonald and beyond.. So the Raven knows what your thinking. The Who? Who’s left? The voice, Roger Daltrey, and “the maestro,” Pete Townsend, for starters which certainly qualifies them to use the name. Speaking of names, Townsend’s brother Simon has been filling in quite capably on rhythm guitar these days. But who can assume that legendary drum throne? When you’re shooting for a (Keith) Moon, it appears you reach for the stars.. or at least, Ringo Starr’s son - and a monster percussionist - Zak Starkey.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the envelope please ... BEST OF

Here are the 2017 Readers Poll winners By Linda Tishler Levinson

Lori Spielman Landscaping of Ellington has been chosen best landscaping service by our readers five years in a row, which makes the company the newest member of the Best of the North Central News Hall of Fame. Spielman is a family owned and operated, full-service company specializing in commercial and residential landscaping, hardscape, low voltage lighting and irrigation installation and maintenance. Having been in the landscape profession since the 1980s, the company has the experience, knowledge and wisdom to help determine how to revive your property, extend your living space and which landscape changes will yield the largest return on investment. “I‘m very honored and very pleased that the people have chosen our company,” owner Lori Spielman said. She added that she needs to credit Kathy Hemingway, who for the past two years has run the company while

Spielman been serving as Ellington first selectman. She also credits all the people who work for her, saying without them she would not have a company. Also in our Hall of Fame are Sonny’s Place, Rockville Bank, now a division of United Bank, which was the first inductee, Bolles Motors, financial planner Harry Kent and last year’s winner, Geissler’s supermarkets. With these businesses setting the standard for excellence, the North Central News announces the Best of 2017, according to our readers.

Best Breakfast

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. The best way to start the day? It’s at the Chuck Wagon, our readers say.


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Best Dinner

Basil’s Restaurant 64 West Stafford Road, Stafford 860-684-9000 Basil’s Restaurant is a great place to eat, our readers have said once again. “Basil’s Restaurant offers a fresh alternative to the typical dining experience,” according to the restaurant’s website. “At Basil’s, our goal is to create for you the best possible dining experience by carefully preparing and using the finest quality, freshest


Best Lunch

Italian Villa 15 South Road, Somers 860-763-1342 Italian Villa scores big with our readers. The place is made special by its atmosphere and the people, longtime employee Nathan Cavaleri said. “It’s like a Cheers, where everybody knows your name,” Cavaleri added.

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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 that while offering both thin and thick crust, Danny’s uses all fresh ingredients and only the best cheese. They even roast their own peppers.

Best Happy Hour

Casey’s 127 West Road, Ellington 860-870-8784 North Central News readers say Casey’s has stepped up to the plate in their quest to make their happy hours the happiest around. Casey’s offers three specialty nights for its customers. On Wednesday nights Casey’s offers its guests the opportunity to create their own pasta dishes. Thursday means it’s the night for Margarita specials and build-your-own Mexican meals. Sunday is fun day, with an all-day barbeque that includes finger-licking-good baby-back ribs and pulled pork that is guaranteed to end your weekend on a high note.

The Collins Creamery 9 Powder Hill Road, Enfield 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. Our readers say they are sure glad they did.

Best Bank

Stafford Savings 2 Furnace Ave., Stafford Springs (main office) 860-684-4261 Stafford Savings, with three offices in Stafford, has a long history in town, having been established in 1872. The bank has been rated a Five Star Bank by Bauer Financial Services since 1989, and it ranks tops with our readers.

Best Package Store

Joe’s Fine Wine and Spirits 149 North Road, 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.

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Best Garden Center

Garden’s Dream Farm 355 Taylor Road, Enfield 860-835-6652 Garden’s Dream Farm is an area favorite. The garden center grows all its own plants. “We specialize in bringing fresh, local products to the market,” owner Ben Lupien said, adding they offer quality, selection and value. A family-owned business that concentrates on family, Lupien said Garden’s Dream treats its employees like family and in return they are great with the customers.

Best Auto Repair Service

A&M Automotive Center 231 Field Road, Somers 860-749-3682 A&M is a family-owned, second-generation business. Opened in 1965, it is now owned by brothers Jeff and Mike Worster, having been founded by their stepfather, George C. Avery. “We have had an active part in our family business since childhood. Because of that, we have the experience to repair vehicles from the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s on up through to today’s highly technologically advanced automotive systems. Not only do we have the experience, but we also have the equipment to repair today’s vehicles. We are constantly updating our equipment in order to meet the needs of our customers,” Jeff Worster said.

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Joe’s has a wide selection of brand names as well as craft beer, great wines, whisky and bourbons, and boutique spirits. We have a commitment to excellent customer service, community, and our customers.

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Best Auto Dealership-New

Artioli Chrysler Dodge 525 Enfield St., Enfield 866-281-6517 Artioli 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 before sales,” according to its website.

Best Auto Dealership-Used

Lee’s Auto Ranch 171 West Road, Ellington 866-431-8210 According to its website, in the 1880s the Luginbuhl family migrated from Switzerland and settled in the local farming community. In 1994, Lee founded his first business venture including mechanical repair and auto body work. From these beginnings, Lee’s has grown from two employees to more than 40. They say their philosophy is that happy customers and word of mouth are the best advertising. Our readers say they have succeeded.

Best Financial Planner

Sarah Maskill of Financial Answers LLC 335 Mountain Road, Somers 860-746-4251 Certified Financial Planner Sarah Maskill believes financial planning should be accessible to people of all incomes. Maskill is a lifelong resident of Somers and her company, Financial Answers LLC, has won the votes of our 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 … and pledge to continue helping people in the community where I live, work and play.”

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.

Getting the readers’ nod as the Best Financial Planner is Sarah Maskill of Financial Answers LLC in Somers.

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Best Hair Salon

Cutting Loose 95 South Road, Unit 26B, Somers 860-749-3200 Sisters Meaghan Fallon and Jaclyn Rodriguez opened the Salon 2013. It is a “sister” salon to Cutting Loose in Sarasota, Fla., 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 multiple looks and is softer, more feminine lines than harsh heavy lines,” according to Rodriguez. The screening process to join the Cutting Loose staff is thorough. “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 Stylist

Carol Bigelow, Shear Magic Styling Salon 11 West Road, Suite 2, Ellington 860-871-4109 Ready to change your style? Carol Bigelow is ready to help clients look their best. Bigelow has made the cut again! She has been styling hair for 16 years. NCN’s readers have voted and for the third year in a row they have recognized Carol Bigelow as the top stylist in the area.

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,” she said.

Colonial Flower Shoppe in Somers is the readers’ choice as the Best Florist.

Best Gym

Anytime Fitness 99 South Road, 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 no more excuses.”

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.

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Best Golf Course

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 Academy of General Dentistry’s immediate past president.

Best Optometrist

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.

Rolling Meadows 76 Sadds Mill Road, Ellington 860-870-5328 Rolling Meadows has been family owned and operated since its inception 20 years ago. It offers a full service pro shop as well as a full restaurant and bar. PGA Professional Steven Carle and tournament coordinator Yvonne Gerner work to provide top-notch service in assisting leagues, tournaments and outings to be successful at the 18-Hole Championship Public Golf Course. The course offers clinics, a junior golf camp, private lessons, and recently added a Sips and Swings Ladies Night for beginners in addition to an active Men’s and Ladies Club. The Rolling Meadows Anniversary Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 23.

Best Market

Big Y Various locations Big Y is a family-owned and family-oriented retail food company. “Our goal is to exceed our customers’ evolving expectations by constantly seeking better ways to create and deliver World Class service and value,” according to its website.

Best Lawn and Garden

Hawthorne’s Agway 97 N. Maple St., Enfield 860-749-8189 In business for more than 60 years, Hawthorne’s Agway started with Leland B. Hawthorne and has remained a family-owned and operated company ever since. It carries fertilizers, weed killers, insect controls, hardware, pet foods and supplies. Hawthorne’s also fills propane tanks and provides local delivery.


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East Windsor Casino at Showcase site looking like a better bet Mohegan Indian tribes. “Over the years, our state has maintained a longstanding partnership and compact with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribal nations, who employ thousands of Connecticut residents at their casinos,” Malloy said in a written release. “Make no mistake about it – the legislation I signed today is about jobs for the residents of Connecticut, and securing those jobs in our state.” The new casino will be located at the former Showcase Cinemas site. In February the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to approve the casino development agreement. The agreement states that MMCT will pay the town $3

By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — Barring legal challenges and legislative hurdles, the town will be getting a casino. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on June 27 signed legislation authorizing the operation of an entertainment and casino gaming facility in East Windsor. On July 20 the governor and the state’s two Indian tribes who currently operate casinos signed a compact authorizing the new facility and amending the compact for operating casinos in the state. Those changes still face legislative and legal challenges. The legislation signed in June specifies that the casino will be owned and operated by MMCT Venture LLC, a joint venture of the Mashantucket Pequot and

Library plans workshop, bag sale in August

EAST WINDSOR — The Friends of the Warehouse Point Library have these events planned in August. The Friends will conduct a makerspace workshop from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the library, 107 Main St., East Windsor. Participants should call the library at 860623-5482 to confirm a spot. Space is limited.

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million no later than 15 months before the gaming facility opens. MMCT will also pay the town $3 million annually in addition to regular tax payments, which MMCT estimates at $5.5 million a year. MMCT committed to using union labor for construction of the facility. The agreement states no less than 4 percent of the casino workforce will be made up of East Windsor residents, and no less than 15 percent of employees will live within a 25-mile radius of the facility. Those opposing the East Windsor plan include MGM Springfield, which is opening a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Friends will also be sponsoring a bag sale during library hours Aug. 14 to 28. Shoppers can purchase a Friends yellow mesh bag and fill it for $6 or bring in a previously purchased one and fill it for $5. The library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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New book will ‘make you proud to be from East Windsor’

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EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Historical Society will be hosting a book launch and author signing event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, to celebrate the publication of its new history book, “Images of America: East Windsor.” The book, co-written by Ceil Donahue and Jessica Bottomley, takes readers on a journey through the past with almost 200 historical photographs tracing the history of the five distinct villages that melded together to become the town of East Windsor and its colorful inhabitants. “Since 1680, when Simon Wolcott crossed the Connecticut River from Windsor to maintain the first farm in the soon-to-be town, a lot of time has passed and history gets lost and forgotten along the way. I believe that life-long residents, as well as new residents, will appreciate this book’s format and people will be very surprised about how East Windsor was formed,” Donahue said. Donahue and Bottomley, both raised in East Windsor, compiled photographs,

maps, and postcards from the collection of the East Windsor Historical Society and intertwined them with the memories, family histories and photographs they collected from community members. As a nod to these contributing residents, the authors dedicated the book to “all amateur historians of East Windsor who kept a photograph or wrote a paragraph to keep the town history alive.” “My favorite parts,” Bottomley said, “are the unexpected tidbits of information that you’ll find throughout the book. Just tiny fragments that surprise you and make you proud to be from East Windsor.” The event will include free ice cream, horse-drawn wagon rides, and other free offerings and demonstrations in celebration of not only the book’s release but the bicentennial of East Windsor Academy and the grand opening of the fully restored historic Osborn House, originally built in 1785. This event is free and open to the public. For details about the event, visit

The Osborn House, originally built in 1785, has been restored and will be having its grand opening as part of the book’s release.


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By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — The town budget freeze is continuing as the state Legislature so far is unsuccessfully working toward a budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which began July 1. First Selectman Lori Spielman told the Board of Selectmen at its July 10 meeting that the budget freeze affects more than $2 million in town spending. The budget items included in the spending freeze, totaling $2,012,604, are: Executive secretary going from part time to full time, $5,590. Pool car/town staff vehicle, $30,000.

Youth service full-time position moved from grant, $39,494. Ellington Volunteer Fire Department generator, $55,000. Senior Center full-time position with benefits, $59,520. Board of Education funding for Windermere School cafeteria air conditioning, $85,500. Crystal Lake Fire Department breathing apparatus, $190,000. Department of Public Works plow truck, $200,000. Ellington Volunteer Fire Department breathing apparatus, $500,000.

Triple pumper for the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department, $657,500. Selectman Aaron Foster asked why the breathing apparatus and trucks are included since they are being leased over a five-year period, according to the meeting minutes. Spielman said she wants to see what Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will do before releasing the funds. Foster said residents approved those budget items in a referendum. Spielman replied that state budget conditions have changed and that could affect the town. She said spending needs to be closely monitored to avoid raising taxes.

Magic, music and Mystic on tap at Hall Memorial Library this month ELLINGTON — Hall Memorial Library has programs on magic, music, and Mystic Aquarium on the schedule for August. On Tuesday, Aug. 8, Mystic Aquarium will to present two shows at the library. For children in grades 1-3 “Whale Tales” will take place from 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Through interactive activities, students discover the many adaptations beluga whales have for sur-

vival in their ocean habitat. For children in grades 4-6, “Invertebrate Lab” will take place from 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. In this class, students classify live marine invertebrates into groups based upon their common characteristics. Both classes include live invertebrate touch tanks. Online registration is required for these programs. Go to to register or call 860-870-3160.

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will be the final performance in “Build a Better World” summer reading program. Flint, an outstanding musician, has performed many times at the library. He knows how to “build a better world” through smiles and laughter he creates. Free tickets are available beginning Aug. 7 at the Children’s Circulation Desk. All children’s programs this summer are sponsored by the Friends of the Hall Memorial Library.

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ENFIELD — The Parks and Recreation Department is offering two different levels of babysitter safety courses, along with adult open gym basketball, in August. For details on these and all recreation programs, contact the Recreation Office at 860-253-6420 or visit the website at Babysitter safety course 101 This program is an entry level course for ages 10 to 15. Participants will learn age-appropriate skills necessary to care for children of all ages using team babysitting, mother’s helper, and individual babysitting concepts. All participants will receive a CD-book, handouts, and a babysitter safety certificate. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Angelo Lamagna Activity Center, 19 N. Main St. The fee is $46 for residents, $57.50 for nonresidents. Pre-registration is required for this program. Registration can be done online or in person at the recreation office. Spaces are limited.

Babysitter safety course 102 This course is for those ages 13 to 16 who have a sincere interest in advanced concepts and skills of first-aid, including CPR certification. Prerequisite is babysitter safety 101 within the past 360 days. The class will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Angelo Lamagna Activity Center, 19 N. Main St. The fee is $46 for residents, $57.50 for nonresidents. Pre-registration is required for this program. Registration can be done online or in person at the Recreation office. Spaces are limited. Adult open basketball The Recreation Department hosts open gym basketball time for adults 20 and over. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on file at the gym. The program is held at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center Gym through Aug. 30. Daily fee is $2 for residents and $2.50 for nonresidents.

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ENFIELD — The town is moving closer to having better access to the Connecticut River. The Town Council voted at its July 3 meeting to enter into a contract with BL Companies Connecticut Inc. for consulting engineering services for the design of the Connecticut River Access Multipurpose Path. The town was awarded a Federal Highway Administration grant to provide river access. The design phase cost is $118,000, according to the meeting minutes, and includes engineering, concepts, and permits. Town Manager Bryan Chodkowski said, when complete, motor vehicle traffic under the Asnuntuck viaduct will be prohibited and access will be limited to pedestrian and bicycle use. He said removable bollards will be installed for emergency vehicle access. The cost of the project is $3.4 million, with 20 percent or $680,000 being the town’s responsibility and the rest being covered by the grant, Chodkowski said. The town manager said several hundred thousand dollars were spent in the initial design phase. Therefore, not all of the funds are still available for the town to spend on the project.


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Mountain Tree 21 Egypt Road, 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 full-service 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 a variety of tree maintenance services.

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Revival Room Yoga and Fitness Westmeadow Plaza, Unit A, 100 West Road, Ellington 860-977-5422 “Revival Room Yoga and Fitness is a studio focused on wellness for the whole person. We specialize in strength and conditioning, weight loss, yoga, Reiki and meditation,” they say on their website. Their experienced certified staff uses an assortment of equipment and training techniques to assist in reaching their clients’ goals. The studio offers a variety of classes and training options for all stages.

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Lulu’s Pizzeria and Family Restaurant 151 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-2377 A family-owned and operated restaurant, Lulu’s specializes in Italian cuisine such as pasta, seafood, pizza, wings, grinders, wraps and burgers. Lulu’s also offers a catering menu. North Central News readers say it’s the best place for a relaxing meal under the sun or stars.

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JB’s Scitico Barbershop 585 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-749-6305 Readers say JB’s Scitico is a cut above. It’s an old-fashioned barbershop that describes itself as having “plenty of updates.” JB’s Scitico specializes in all of the new styles, and the classic old fashion cuts “at a very reasonable price.”

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New England GoldCare 179 Main St., 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,” New England GoldCare says on its website.

The staff at JB’s Scitico Barbershop is a cut above, according to North Central News readers.

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Connecticut Trolley Museum 58 North Road, 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 amuse-

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New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road, 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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Vernon Poolman 540 Talcottville Road, Vernon 860-872-1926 Serving the area for more than 25 years, Vernon Poolman specializes in the sales and installation of in-ground pools. The company also does pool renovation and service work.

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Stafford Pool LLC 3 Trolley Crossing, Stafford Springs 860-623-9291 “Stafford Pool LLC is a family owned pool company with 30 years experience in the swimming pool industry. Their specialty is custom in-ground pools, liner installations, safety covers and renovations. Stafford Pool LLC is fully Licensed and Insured in both Connecticut and Massachusetts with APSP Certified Pool Service Technicians,” owner Scott Vining said.

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Middle Ground Café 42 Main St., Stafford Springs 860-851-8900 Middle Ground features organically grown and local products. “Our 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. You can peruse the latest art exhibit, enjoy a good book from our Take-a-book-Leave-a-book station, or just settle down for a delicious meal. And did we mention, everyone has been raving about the Huevos Rancheros sandwich,” they say on their website.

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Maple Garage & Alignment Center 296 East St., Stafford Springs 860-684-7182 Since 1972, Maple Tire Center has serviced the automotive repair and tires and wheels needs of customers in Stafford Springs, Rockville and Palmer, Mass. Our readers say it’s the best place to help with tire needs to get you back rolling down the road.

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Mr. T’s Power Wash 34 Sartori Road, Stafford Springs 860-851-9432 A small, family-owned business, Mr. T’s Power Wash is operated by Bob Tofolowsky with his son, Dan. “We believe in our word is good, and a handshake is good,” adding that they take the time to talk to their customers so they can be sure to provide the service they ask for.

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Best Esthetician

Exfole 310 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-698-9644 Owner Cynthia Astone is a registered nurse, with more than 30 years of experience, and 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 perform only PCA facials, which are considered the ‘gold standard’ in the industry and have received special training to become a certified PCA aesthetician.”

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Trattoria Da Lepri 89 West Road, Ellington 860-875-1111 Trattoria da Lepri offers fine dining Italian cuisine using the “chalk board” concept of an authentic Italian eatery. Executive Chef Jonathan Cohen, trained at Johnson & Wales, uses all local produce from surrounding farms including their own gardens. “You can’t get anymore ‘farm to table’ than this,” said owner, Deb Lepri. The service, atmosphere, and cuisine are unique.

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Fenton River Veterinary Hospital 9 Fieldstone Commons, Tolland 860-870-8701 Dr. Scott Morey and Dr. Heidi Morey provide veterinary care for small and large animals at their full-service veterinary hospital. With four veterinarians on staff, they have a full surgical suite. They offer orthopedic surgeries and advanced testing services. They also offer small-animal house calls, which is particularly comforting for families when euthanasia becomes necessary, practice manager Jacleen Duval said.


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Best Home Décor

Budget Blinds 21A South Road (Route 83), Somers 860-265-3900 Budget Blinds makes it fun to shop for window treatments. Its business model is “shop for your home, from your home” to make it easy to match and complement your decor. “Our clients tell us we have the best selection and the best warranties. We offer innovative design solutions and we have products to fit every budget. We offer expert measuring and installation. We take every detail into consideration including how the windows operate, how the treatment is installed and how the pattern and color will add to the home or office,” owner Laurie Mongillo said.

Best Place for Massage

Hazardville Wellness 308 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-745-3500 “I always treat everybody as if it’s their first visit,” said owner and lead therapist Nathan Fay, adding that many patients become like family. Fay said he does a baseline assessment for everyone, and they say they feel better more quickly than at other facilities and keep coming back.

Spirit of the Wolf Martial Arts 71 West Stafford Road, Stafford Springs 860-308-6016 “What makes our school special is how much we care about each student young and old. They are not just another body on the floor. They are not just another tuition check coming in. “We strive to help and make each individual the best version of themselves they can be. We want them to succeed in life and to give our students all the life skills that traditional martial arts stands for: integrity, discipline, respect, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, courage, self-esteem, focus, fitness,” Carol McKinney said.

Best Nail Salon

Happy Nails 48 Main St., Stafford Springs 860- 851–9711 “My business is special because we make sure to treat all of our clients as close friends and family, not just as customers we are serving. Happy Nails has been in business since 1999, and we take pride in making sure that everyone is as comfortable as they can be while they come to our salon to relax and pamper themselves. We think it important that they are satisfied with our service and make sure they get exactly what they hope for,” owner Yen Le said.

Budget Blinds, on South Road in Somers, has been chosen by North Central News readers as the Best of winner in the home décor category.

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All programs and activities are led by our fantastic Museum Educators and dynamic Docents. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free with Museum admission. Programs and times are subject to change without notice.

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Best Bakery

LuAnn’s Bakery 236-240 Somers Road, Ellington 860-872-8073 “LuAnn’s Bakery & Cafe is located on Somers Road in Ellington, Connecticut. Formerly housed on the Hoffman Family Farm in Ellington, our family’s Swiss and German ancestors have influenced our love of baking and our recipes for many generations, and we continue to love serving up homemade treats and specialties for each of our customers,” their website says.

Best Electrician

Kariden Electric 11 S George Washington Road, Enfield 860- 749-4406 Kariden is a full-service electrical contractor that specializes in pool wiring, electrical repairs and service upgrades. Our readers say they get a real charge out of their service.

Best Place for Entertainment and Best Driving Range

Joanna’s 145 Main St., Somers 860-763-5060 Our readers say you can count on Joanna’s to let them entertain you and make you smile. And when they’re feeling ‘tee-d’ off, they drive to Joanna’s sister venues - Pleasantview Golf center in Somers or Pleasantview Golf Park, Enfield, drive a bucket o’ balls.

Best Photography Studio

Joyful Reflections 90 Ellington Ave, Ellington 860-875-2297 Catherine Cella of Joyful Reflections Photography is a natural light photographer full of energy and creativity. She specializes in maternity, newborn, children, family, outdoor school portraits and modern senior high school sessions. Cella is equally known for her fine art work and has many large images displayed around Ellington. You can see much of her work on display at her new website:

Best Plumber

Homestead 100 West Road #2, Ellington 860-870-8700 Homestead has been a family-owned business since 1989. It offers heating, cooling, energy and water services.

Best Driving Range

Pleasantview Golf Center, 452 South Road, Somers and Pleasantview Golf Center, 110 North St., Enfield 860-749-5868 When it comes to finding the best place to practice their golf swing, our readers say Pleasantview is their home on the driving range.

Best Credit Union

Workers Federal Credit Union 70 W. Stafford Road, Stafford Springs 890-684-4484 “Workers Federal Credit Union’s mission is to provide competitive, highquality financial products and services in a friendly ‘small town’ atmosphere while remaining strong and secure,” according to its website. Today, membership is extended to anyone who lives or works in the towns of Stafford, Ellington, Somers, Tolland, Ashford, Willington or Union.

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Dr. James P. Fitzgerald 48 South Road, Somers 860-749-0781 “We believe that dentistry is all about you, your health and your wellbeing. .. We strive to provide you with predictable, long-lasting dental care,” Fitzgerald says on his website.

Best Place To Turn Trash into Cash

Leveille’s Auto Recycling 96 Egypt Road, Somers 860-749-3705 Leveille’s sells quality used auto parts to garages and individuals. It also sells parts on eBay.

Best Meat

Burke Ridge Farms 95 Wappingwood Road, Ellington 860-896-0888 If you’re asking, “Where’s the beef?” our readers say the best place is Burke Ridge Farms. Burke Ridge also has a country store, petting zoo and ice cream, among other attractions.

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Best Doctor-specialist

Dr. Jeffrey P. Thompsen, M.D., LLC 15 Palomba Drive, Ste 2, Enfield 860-253-9950 Practicing as an internist and cardiologist since 2005, Dr. Thompsen has been in practice with St. Francis Hospital since 2012. He serves as the president of Johnson Memorial Medical Center’s Medical Staff. Board certified in cardiovascular disease, his office is located at 15 Palomba Drive in Enfield. He is accepting new patients.

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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 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,” Baj says. “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 healthiest shrubs in the neighborhood? Contact Green Carpet for your free estimate.

Best Landscaping Service

Beebe’s Landscaping Service 102 Winkler Road, East Windsor 850-654-1572 Celebrating its 30th year, Beebe’s offers the landscape and winter services. “At Beebe’s Landscape we pride ourselves in acting as your singlepoint-of-contact landscape contractor for all of your commercial, municipal and residential needs,” they say on their website.

Best Antique Shop

Chic & Antique 1357 Mountain Road, West Suffield 860-550-0684 Chic & Antique sells antiques and custom-built rustic furniture. They paint, customize and repurpose furniture, said Geoff Abare, who owns the business with his wife, Ellen. With stores in Suffield and West Suffield, Chic & Antique offers farm tables, kitchen islands, TV consoles and clocks, as well as a variety of other furniture items.

Best Real Estate Agency

Arute Realty Group 72 W. Stafford Road Unit #C-2, Stafford Springs 860-684-0301 Our readers say they are sold on Arute for all their real estate needs.

Best Gift Shop

Vintage Carousel 251 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-214-5751 When looking for that perfect gift with a vintage flair, our readers say Vintage Carousel is the place to shop.

Best Flooring/Carpet

Enfield Carpet 302 Enfield St., Enfield 860-745-6898 Enfield Carpet Center is a familyowned business operated by Frank and Barbara Skrzypek since 1989. Their son Phillip has joined the business. “At Enfield Carpet Center our mission is to go above and beyond with all of our customers,” they say on their website.

Best Golf Pro

Jeff Swanson 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.

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The Barn Yard & Great Country Garages 9 Village St., Ellington 860-454-9103 “We would like to thank everyone who voted and named us for the second year in a row, the Best Place to Buy a Shed or Garage and Best Family Business. This is a proud moment for us,” Erik Koehler, marketing engineer, said. “The Barn Yard is the definition of exceptionally built. Founded in 1984, The Barn Yard is a third-generation family-owned business with quality second to none. Dedicated to customer service, The Barn Yard is now building and delivering not only in New England but across the country.”

Best Funeral Home Leete Stevens Family Funeral Home and Crematory 61 S Rd., Enfield 860-749-2244 In time of need, our readers say Leete Stevens is where they turn. “We are

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Best Rehabilitation Center Integrated Rehabilitation Center Various locations “Integrated Rehabilitation Services provides the most advanced and progressive techniques available in Physical Therapy and Wellness,” they say on their website. Best Berry Good Place for Berries Scantic Valley Farm 327 9th District Rd., Somers 860-749-3286 Scantic Valley is family-owned farm. They offer all-natural grass-fed beef, heritage pork, farm fresh eggs – our readers’ favorite pick-your-own strawberries.

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A request for approval to award the contract to Costello Dismantling has been made to the state Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development. Town officials are still awaiting its response from the DECD brownfield remediation office. The mill site will become a planned development district once the demolition work is complete.

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SOMERS — The Somersville Mill Demolition and Restoration Project has been awarded to Costello Dismantling of West Wareham, Massachusetts. Costello Dismantling submitted the lowest bid for the project at $2,450,250, according to the town Engineering Department. The contractor’s performance and payment bonds and the insurance certificates have been received.

Historical Museum open Aug. 13

SOMERS — The Somers Historical Museum will be open from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13. Many items from Somers history are featured in the museum on 11 Battle St. Those who visit the museum will be able to review old school photos

from Somers. Among other items on display are Dr. Woods’ Civil War letters to his wife and children, and pages of photos and history from the Somersville Manufacturing Co. All are welcome. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.


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Somers SOMERS – The following students were named to the fourth quarter honor roll, according to a list provided by the school. A previous list provided by the school was incorrect. Grade 12 High Honors Jessica Allard Nikita Babushkin Kaitlin Baker Katelyn Bardy Trent Bourgoin Janine Bushey Danielle Capuano Allison Casciano Joshua Chlebowski Kevin Cisco Lindsey Coleman Sydney Devine Maggie Ellis Peter Garlick Sean Gay Rachel Gladu Rachel Gosselin Madison Hawkins Sarah Karszes Amanda Kaufman Elizabeth Kulas

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Grade 11 High Honors Danila Babushkin Carley Bergamini Brett Boyd Joseph Calcasola Gina Catellier Qing Chen Mary Clark Adrianne Curtis Michael Dalessio Ashlie Delskey Natalie Devlin Hadleigh Eastman Ashleigh Gentile Sydney Graham Sydney Griger Samantha Hearn Nadine Hudroge Jenna Jeffway Hanna Jewell Grace Keeney Alex Miller Christopher Morse Jayme Palazzo Ashley Reed

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SOMERS — The Somers Public Library has these August events for adults. For details on any library activities, call 860-763-3501. Summer Adult Coloring Club This summer, the Adult Coloring Club will meet every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants can color themselves calm and unleash their creativity, while enjoying companionship and good conversation. Colored pencils and books are provided, or participants can bring their own.

Book to Movie Summer Series! This August, join us on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. The Book to Movie Summer Series takes place Tuesdays at 6 p.m. with these films upcoming: Aug. 8 - “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” rated R/113 mins. Based on the book “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” by Ben Fountain. Aug. 15 - “Before I Fall,” rated PG13/98 mins. Based on the book “Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver. Summer Reading Program The Adult Summer Reading Program ends Wednesday, Aug. 16. Participants should log in all of their book reviews either at the library’s cir-

culation desk or online to be entered into prize drawings. Winners will be contacted by phone Aug. 17.

August Book Discussion The discussion of “Tevye the Dairyman” led by Denise Stankovics will take place at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. Cozy Mystery Book Bunch Enjoy light snacks as we discuss “A High-End Finish,” the first book in Kate Carlisle’s Fixer-Upper Mysteries series, on Friday, Aug. 25 at 12:30 p.m. In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman—contractor Shannon Hammer. But while her home-renovation and repair business is booming, her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, Shannon has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on. She's happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry’s found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she’s been hired to restore, the town’s attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder. Copies of both books being discussed will be available at the library.

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Fed-up homeowners take their case to feds Stafford

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STAFFORD — The Connecticut Coalition Against Crumbling Basements is taking its case to the federal level. On July 21, Tim Heim, president of CCACB, along with numerous homeowners, filed a complaint with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Hartford. “The complaint calls for a federal investigation into the crumbling concrete crisis that plagues Connecticut,” it states. The complaint asks the U.S. attorney to investiga-

tion all state and local officials involved, as well as those who served as experts in the matter, to find out their scope and depth and knowledge of the matter and their action or inaction. The materials for the foundations came from the J.J. Mottes Co. of Stafford. “J.J. Mottes supports a comprehensive investigation of these issues, including how the materials were placed and installed so that homeowners can get the answers they deserve and help with solutions. “It’s important to keep in mind that our company

Sojourn to scenic Naugatuck Valley planned

STAFFORD — On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the Stafford Senior Center Association has planned a special trip for all ages. Participants will travel through the beautiful Naugatuck Valley, following the Naugatuck River in a historic 1920s era passenger rail car pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive.

On this ride, you will experience breathtaking views from the Thomaston Dam and ride alongside the Naugatuck River, all while being able to listen to the telling of our region’s rich railroading history. On this special version of the Summer Scenic Train Rides, you will also enjoy a short stop at

Fascia’s Chocolate in Watertown, where visitors will be able to take time to shop for a tasty treat. A leisurely lunch at San Marino’s Ristorante and a stop at Roger’s Orchards are also planned. Call Ann Rosi at 860-684-3874 or Gussie Barsaleau at 860-7497274 to reserve your spot.

provides building materials and does not build foundations — that is done by builders and installers. While our materials and processes are subject to continual inspection and testing, and the concrete we manufacture is mixed to precise standards, the unregulated, unlicensed, unsupervised and uninspected activities of foundation installers and builders are not – and they need to be, as the practices of both have the most significant effect on a foundation’s strength and durability,” John Patton, spokesman for the JJ Mottes Co., has said.

School supplies sought

STAFFORD — The Social Services Dept. is accepting donations of school supplies for the Back-toSchool Program for families in need. Areas of need are markers, colored pencils, mechanical pencils, binders, filler paper, composition notebooks, rulers, scissors, supply boxes, and white glue. Applications can be filled out and donations can be dropped off at the Stafford Community Center, 3 Buckley Highway, Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For details call 860-684-7752 or 860-684-3906.




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STAFFORD – The following students were named to the fourth quarter honor roll, according to a list provided by the school. Grade 12 High Honors Michael Bachiochi William Bernier Alaina Bolieau Jacey Bouthillier Jason Brisard Morgan Burkey Morgan Canestrari Jenna Castonguay Kaitlyn Collier Jacob Conklin Matthew Frank Danielle Garnelis Matthew Garvais Jonathan Gionfriddo Valerie Girard Claudia Glidden Justin Grant Shianna Halloran Travis Hart Katelyn Henderson Brandon Kallenbach Destinee King Jillian Knowlton Emily Kopec

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SUFFIELD — The New Faces 2017 theater program is designed to teach, inspire and develop the talents of all participants. This summer theatre educational program showcases new actors, directors and playwrights. New Faces 2017 will perform at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 at Mapleton Hall, 1305 Mapleton Ave., Suffield. Now in its sixth year, the program is a fresh approach to theater, as many of the thespians involved are new to acting or new to The Suffield Players, and the works being performed are new as well. Eight talented directors will lead the learning, and 21 actors from Western Massachusetts and Connecticut will participate. The Directors: Rachel Berezin (Longmeadow, Mass.), Ryan Bird (Somers), Hal Chernoff (Simsbury),

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VERNON — The Rockville Public Library, 52 Union St., is hosting enjoy a trip down Memory Lane. In the library’s main reading room, the Vernon Historical Society is displaying its collection of memorabilia from popular businesses, eateries, and gathering places that served and enter-

tained generations of people who lived, worked and played in the Rockville/Vernon community. The Vernon Historical Society exhibit includes artifacts donated to the Society from community members For details, call the Rockville Public Library at 860-875-5892, ext. 100.

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Suffield Babb’s Beach reopens, nonresident fees imposed By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD — After years of hard work and fundraising, Babb’s Beach is open. Formerly a skating rink and beach area, the Citizens Restoring Congamond worked with the town to restore the area as a beach and recreation facility. The Babb family operated a summer lake resort on the shores of Congamond Lake beginning in the late 1890s. The rink was built around 1930 as a dance hall. The

Babb family donated the property to the town in 1977. The rink closed in 1996. Due to problems with trash and rule violations over the July 4 weekend, First Selectman Melissa Mack has imposed parking fees for out-of-town visitors. Littering, dogs and alcohol use are prohibited at Babb’s Beach. At the July 12 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, commissioners were told that there were 221 visitors on July 4, with the majority of those at the

Batter up: Library plans baseball trivia contest SUFFIELD — Enjoy an evening of baseball trivia and compete for prizes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Suffield Senior Center. The gathering, organized by the Kent Memorial Library, will be led by Karl Cicitto of Society for American Baseball Research. There will be three rounds that focus

on the 1950s, 1970s and 1990s, and the contest will be suitable for baseball fans of any level of expertise. There will be prizes and food available. Those interested in taking part are asked to register for this free program in person, by phone at 860-668-3896 or at the library’s website at

beach being from out of town. The parking fees were set at $20 per car for up to six people, and $5 for each additional person. There is no fee for residents and their guests. Wendy LaMontagne, parks and recreation director, said during July there were 800 people at the park and beach, with 291 being from Suffield and 465 from out of town. The balance were children. Located at 435 Babb’s Road, West Suffield, the park is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk.

Volunteer appreciation luncheon planned at Senior Center Aug. 14

SUFFIELD — Volunteers are an important part of what makes the Suffield Senior Center successful. The volunteers are a great group of people who give of their time in helping to make things run smoothly. To show its appreciation, the Suffield Senior Center is inviting all volunteers to a volunteer appreciation luncheon at noon Monday, Aug. 14, at

the Seasons Restaurant at Suffield by the River. The Suffield Rotary Club is sponsoring this luncheon so the Senior Center can show its volunteers just how important they are to the center. Those volunteers interested in attending should let the Senior Center know by Thursday, Aug. 10.

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