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FREE! Hundreds of Readers Select Best of North Central CT We asked and you answered by the hundreds. And what follows are the top businesses in North Central Connecticut in each of their respective fields. There was nothing high-tech about it. Just our capable staff sorting through the ballots and tallying up the totals with that “four sticks, then a slash” system we all learned in grade school. But when all was counted, we do believe that all of the winners – as well as those who took time to fill out the ballots – should be proud. After all, feedback from critics and peers is always valuable, but a ringing endorsement like this from customers and community members is a true sign a business has reached the highest level of success. So again, congratulations to all of our winners and those who voted to make them winners. Best Restaurant Hazard Grille 39 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-239-0004 For the fourth year in a row the Hazard Grille has taken the most votes for best overall restaurant. The Grille features classic American food with an upscale, but not stuffy, twist. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed, even while the food is amazing. Seafood, pasta, chops and steaks are featured, along with signa-

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In This Issue • EAST WINDSOR: Town agrees to pay $5,500 unanticipated bill ....p. 7 • EAST WINDSOR: Senior Services offered ................................................p. 8 • EAST WINDSOR: Rubber Ducky Race helps fund skate park ......p. 10 • SUNDAY DRIVE: Sampling the Killington Wine Festival ................p.11 • ELLINGTON: Police union contract renewed for one year ................p. 13 • ELLINGTON: High school honor roll announced ..........................p. 14

The staff of the Ellington Chuck Wagon stand by their lunch menu, voted the best in North Central Connecticut. Back row, from left: Jose Cornejal, Freddie Stomberg, Christine Desmond, Wanda Duquette, Tina Voukounas, Demetri Voukounas, Gus Voukounas, Alex Voukounas and Dimitrios Skiriotis. Front row, from left: Kim Ivan, Leanne Golden and Betty Angeloni. Photo by Deb Stauffer

• SOMERS: 2 unaffiliated candidates on November ballot ..................p. 16 • SOMERS: Finishing Touches has an eye for design ..........................p. 18 • STAFFORD: Selectmen forced to make more budget cuts ............p. 26 • STAFFORD: Polen honored with Flower Garden Musicale ..............p. 27 • STAFFORD: High school honor roll announced ......................................p. 28 • AUTOS: Mercedes-Benz M Class an impressive SUV ....................p. 37 • CLASSIFIEDS:..................pgs. 38-39

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ture dishes like Statler chicken and lobster fettuccini. The affordable luncheon menu includes sandwiches, as well as entrees like meatloaf and baked scrod. Best Breakfast TJ’s for Breakfast & Lunch 4 Prospect Hill Rd., East Windsor 860-623-0074 TJ’s for Breakfast & Lunch is the place where our readers like to start the day. The casual dining restaurant offers breakfast all day and lunch starting at 11 a.m., with daily specials for each. They also have a full espresso bar, as well as pies and pastries for dessert. Best Lunch Chuck Wagon 12 Church St., Ellington 860-872-3950 When it comes to lunch, our readers prefer the Chuck Wagon. They have a good variety, according to Gus Voukounas, who owns the restaurant with Loui Skiriotis. They have daily specials and soups of the day. “That’s what the customers like,” he said. They also understand that many customers don’t have the time for a lazy lunch, so they offer quick service for those who have to get back to work. Best Happy Hour Casey’s Café 127 West Rd., Ellington 860-870-8784 When the workday is over and it’s time to relax, Casey’s is the best place for Happy Hour, according to our readers. Casey’s offers Happy Hour fare from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The selection varies, but often includes meatballs and sandwiches, according to Eric Carneiro, who owns Casey’s with Bryan Harvell: “We mix it up, pretty much. Every day it will be something different.” Best Pizza Lulu’s Pizzeria and Family Restaurant 151 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-2377 When pizza is on your plate, Lulu’s is the place, our readers say. A family-owned and -operated restaurant, Lulu’s specializes in Italian cuisine such as pasta, seafood, pizza, wings, grinders, wraps and burgers. They also offer a catering menu. Best Ice Cream Burke Ridge Farms 95 Wappingwood Rd., Ellington 860-896-0888 When our readers scream for ice cream, they scream for Burke Ridge. Located on a working farm owned and operated by the Burke family, they offer a frozen treat at their ice cream stand that has been voted the best around. Best Bank Rockville Bank Various locations Rockville bank is a local community institution. “Our mission is to be Connecticut’s Best Community Bank by providing superior customer service to

Dr. Michael Nero was voted Best Dentist by North Central CT readers. individuals, families, professionals and businesses in our market area. We measure our success in terms of satisfied customers and pledge to maintain our independence to best serve our communities,” its website says. Best Local Entertainment Somers Golf Center 349 Main St., Somers 860-860- 763-5454 Somers Golf Center offers a variety of things to do — and the best entertainment around, our readers say. They have a rock wall, Monkey Motion, batting cages and

state-of-the-art electric go-carts. “It’s almost like you’re at a NASCAR race,” manager Julie Tyrol said. “It’s a great family environment,” she added, stressing that it’s for all ages. They also offer fire pits at night, ice cream, a full-service restaurant and tents for parties and functions. Best Package Store Kaman’s Wines & Liquors Various locations Kaman’s, with locations in East Windsor, Windsor Locks and Somers,

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Best of (continued from page 3) caters to its customers. They can satisfy their customers’ needs by ordering specialrequest items. They also hold tastings at the stores, including every Friday at the East Windsor location. Best Hospital Johnson Memorial 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 Auto Repair Best Auto Repair 24 Hall Hill Rd., Somers 860-749-1643 That’s not a mistake. Best Auto Repair is the winner of Best Auto Repair. While no one enjoys bringing in his or her car for repairs, our readers say that Best Auto Repair certainly lives up to its name. Best Landscape Service Frank’s Landscape Construction 27 Field Rd., Enfield 860-749-2100 When you want your yard to be beautiful, Frank Cicciarella is the man to call,

our voters say. In business for more than a decade, Cicciarella, a sole proprietor, mainly serves local clients. “A large part of our business is landscape construction,� he said. In addition, he also offers drainage and excavation services and landscape design. Best New Car Dealership Bolles Motors Route 190, Stafford 860-684-8888 Route 83, Ellington 860- 875-2595 Since 1976, Bolles Motors has been a family-owned and -operated business. It’s our readers’ favorite place to buy a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or Ram for the seventh year in a row. Best Used Car Dealership Gary’s Auto Repair and Sales 19 Charter Avenue, Stafford Springs 860-684-1380 When it comes to buying a used car, our readers say Gary’s is the place to get that new-to-you set of wheels. Best Financial Planner Harry Kent Kent Retirement Planning Services, LLC 2 Robert St., Somers 860-749-6961 Harry Kent won our readers’ poll as best financial planner again this year. In these

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A full-service hair salon, Shear Magic is owned by Carol Bigelow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work as a team,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always try to go above and beyond for customer service â&#x20AC;Ś thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our No. 1 thing.â&#x20AC;? She added Shear Magic tries to make the salon experience relaxing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to make it a very comfortable atmosphere.â&#x20AC;? Best Stylist Mary Ann Audet His and Hers, Somers 860-749-9625 Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a time to play favorites. Having your hair done the way you like it is definitely one of those times, and our readers say Mary Ann is the one who does it best. Best Florist Colonial Flower Shoppe 611 Main St., Somers 860-763-0082 The Colonial Flower Shoppe creates fresh flower arrangements using a â&#x20AC;&#x153;gardenyâ&#x20AC;? style. They also create high style and contemporary designs for customers who prefer that look. Best Antique Shop Bakers Country Furniture & Fine Reproductions 42 W. Main St., Stafford Springs 860-684-2256 Bakers describes itself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;an old-fashioned place slightly ahead of its time.â&#x20AC;?

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from George Washington University and earned his dental degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in 1993. He completed a year of a general practice residency at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver. He then served three years in the National Public Health Service. He lives in Somers with his wife, Irene, and his son, Ryan. Best Doctor Dr. Timothy Silvis 24 Battle St., Somers 860-763-4024 What makes a doctor special in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fast-paced, impersonal world? â&#x20AC;&#x153;He takes the time to really listen to you,â&#x20AC;? says one of Dr. Silvisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; many satisfied patients. That, plus a warm and friendly office team, makes going to the doctor a lot lessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;well, painful. Few doctors come as highly recommended as Dr. Silvis. Best Optometrist Dr. H. Kyung Hong 75 Freshwater Boulevard, Enfield 860-394-2004 For eye care, our readers say the one optometrist to see is Dr. Hong. Best Golf Course Cedar Knob Golf Course 446 Billings Rd., Somers 860-749-3550 An area institution since 1963, Cedar Knob wins the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Golf Courseâ&#x20AC;? title for the fifth year in a row. The 18-hole public

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Best Of (continued from page 5) Best Martial Arts Studio Integrity Martial Arts 585 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-698-9226 When it comes to martial arts instruction, our readers say Integrity again deserves the black belt. “We focus on the character development and leadership education,” said Janice Morton, the studio’s community liaison. Students learn to be more respectful, disciplined and controlled. The owner of the studio is Jonathan Metcalf, a member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Best Massage/Spa Somers Day Spa 36 South Rd., Somers 860- 763-4544 Our readers say Somers Day Spa is where they love to go to indulge themselves. They offer a chance to enjoy the “rituals of renewal and tranquility that bring about a balance of beauty and wellness.” Best Nail Salon Heads Up 67 South Rd., Somers 860-763-2235 When our readers want that “polished” look, they say Heads Up is the best. They also offer full salon services for hair as well as nails. Knowing where to become a more beautiful you is definitely a “Heads Up” we all need sometimes.

Best Home Improvement Starr Hardware Various locations When you need supplies for home improvement projects, our readers say they have found the “Starr.” While Starr Hardware carries everything for modern projects, our readers enjoy that old-time hardware store experience. Best Deli/Market Geissler’s Various locations When you are looking for fresh foods and quality deli items, our poll shows that people still do prefer their hometown store. Plus, you can get all of your grocery needs, too. Best Bridal Shop Stylez for the Aisle 5 Pasco Dr., East Windsor 860-254-5397 Stylez for the Aisle features bridal attire from designers from around the world. They offer one-on-one consultation in a relaxed, intimate atmosphere. They specialize in private label wedding gowns, designer wedding gowns, mother-of-thebride gowns, bridesmaid gowns, flower girl dresses, prom gowns, special occasion gowns and bridal accessories. Best Furniture Store Kloter Farms 216 West Rd., Ellington 860-871-1048 Kloter Farms is a family-owned and operated business. At Kloter Farms, they

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work very hard to earn your business. “It is our goal to provide you with the highest quality products, at the very best price possible,” according to its website. Best Garden Center Revay’s Gardens Gift Shop 266 North Rd., Broad Brook 860-623-9068 Revay’s started out as a small roadside farm stand with vegetables and flowers from their garden. They now offer a full line of flowers, plants and gardening supplies, as well as gifts and collectibles. It’s an excellent place, our readers say, to make your green thumb even greener. Best Motor Sports Dealer Enfield Motor Sports 27 Palomba 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. Ride on over to get the TLC your two-wheel ride deserves. 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 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 tree maintenance services. Best Detailer Advanced Car Cleaning 34A Egypt Rd., Somers 860-763-3494 When it comes to cleaning your car, details count. Our readers say Advanced

Bolles Motors was among the Best of North Central CT. Car Cleaning is the way to get your ride looking like new. Best Jewelry Store Home Sweet Home Furnishings & Gifts 179 Main St., Somers 860-749-4459 Home Sweet Home prides itself on repeat business and referrals. In addition to gifts and furnishings, our readers say they have the best jewelry around. They have items to bring back memories of yesteryear, as well as more modern pieces. Best Power Washer Higher Powered Pressure Wash 77 North St., Enfield 860-803-4367 When it’s time to put the pressure on and get your home clean, our readers say this company has got the power.

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East Windsor Town Agrees To Pay Outstanding Ambulance Charges By Linda Tishler Levinson EAST WINDSOR — The town has agreed to pay an unanticipated bill for additional ambulance charges. The Board of Selectman voted at its July 19 meeting to pay the $5,500 to Tolland County. The matter involved an invoice dated Aug. 31, 2010, but received by the town this July. Tolland County said it was for additional ambulance

services used by East Windsor. First Selectman Denise Menard said at the meeting that the invoice was sent to East Windsor Ambulance, but was forwarded to the town. East Windsor Ambulance has begun providing paramedic services for Windsor Locks, Granby and Suffield. While the selectmen agreed to pay the bill, they said

they need further information about what expenses the town is liable for and whether they are being fairly billed. Menard said she contacted Tolland County regarding this invoice and was told that when someone in Granby needs a paramedic and Tolland County has to respond, Tolland County is in communication with Granby, tying up Tolland County.

Trolley and Air Museums Partner during August for Interactive History Promotion EAST WINDSOR - The Connecticut Trolley Museum and the New England Air Museum are partnering together for the entire month of August to provide iconic transportation interactive history. The Connecticut Trolley Museum shows the history of the wonderful time of the trolley cars and how they helped bring us to the modern day of the automobile. The museum offers a video explaining the history of the trolley system and stationary cars that you can board and explore on your own. They also have operating cars that will make you feel as if you are traveling through time on your mile and a half ride through the scenic Connecticut countryside.

The New England Air Museum teaches the history of flight and what it has emerged into today. The museum offers an interactive area for the children to learn about the progression of the airplane over time. They also offer a number of airplanes that can be boarded and explored. There are also a number of planes from passenger to a B-29 bomber plane used in World War II. For each full-priced admission purchased at the Connecticut Trolley Museum, the purchaser may redeem a $2 discount per admission for up to four people at the New England Air Museum. Members of the Connecticut Trolley Museum will be granted free admission

into the New England Air Museum. Admissions purchased at the New England Air Museum may be similarly redeemed at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Members of the New England Air Museum will similarly receive free admission into the Connecticut Trolley Museum. The Connecticut Trolley Museum is easy to find: Take Exit 45 off of I-91 and then go three-quarters of a mile east on Rt. 140 to 58 North Rd. in East Windsor.

The New England Air Museum is situated at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, midway between Hartford and Springfield. To get to the New England Air Museum, take I-91 North or South to Exit 40 (Rt. 20). Take your second right exit off Rt. 20 and turn right onto Rt. 75 North. Continue for 2.8 miles. Take a left at the museum sign onto Perimeter Road for approximately 1.5 miles. The museum will be on the right.

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East Windsor East Windsor Senior Services Offers List of Coming Events EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Senior Center is the focal point for East Windsor residents 60 years of age or older who seek out recreational, social and educational programs as well as transportation and nutritional services. The center strives to promote the socialization, independence, self-sufficiency, and community involvement of our senior citizens. If you have any comments or questions please call 860-292-8262 or email mprior@eastwindsorct.com. You can download the center’s monthly Senior Services Events & Activities calendar and lunch menu by going to www.eastwindsorct.com, select Town Departments & Agencies and then scroll down to Senior Services. UPCOMING EVENTS On Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., we will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive. Call the office to set up an appointment or feel free to walk in. On Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Thursday, Aug. 18, from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., join us for some Wii Bowling. Relax, have fun, and practice your Wii Bowling skills in a friendly competition. On Thursday, Aug. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., join us at the center for a movie screening of “Despicable Me.” Be prepared to laugh until you cry with this hilarious comedy starring Steve Carell.

On Thursday, Aug. 11, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., the East Windsor Senior Center will also be hosting a presentation on Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney. Attorney Marilyn Denny of the Senior Unit at Greater Hartford Legal Aid will speak about the value of these documents and explain how they protect the senior and his or her health and assets. Seniors who do not yet have these documents, or want to make changes to old documents, can ask to have these papers drafted without charge. The documents will be executed at a second visit to the Senior Center in September. Attorney Denny will also be able to hold a private 15-minute interview with four seniors who would like to ask questions about other legal problems. These meetings will begin immediately after the planned presentation. In order to sign up for a 15-minute private meeting with Attorney Denny, please call the center. On Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to noon, join us for our next Focus Group. We will meet to discuss future activities, trips, and happenings at our senior center. Join us to share you ideas, suggestions, and opinions. On Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m., we will have Melissa Green from the Parks & Recreation Department at the center for her monthly craft pro-

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gram. On Thursday, Aug. 18, from 1 p.m.-2 p.m., join us at the center for a presentation by Healthtrax about the Silver Sneaker Program. Come to the center to hear about a great program that is geared toward seniors to help you get in shape and stay in shape. On Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., join us at the center for a presentation on Black Hole Studios. Come hear about the studio based in Vernon and what works they have completed as well as some they are currently developing. Short films will also be shown. On Thursday, Aug. 25, from noon-2 p.m. join us for our monthly social. We have great entertainment provided by The Goldtones set up for this month’s special day as we will be honoring all of our August birthdays. Please call Janet by Aug. 23 if you would like to spend this special day with us. On Friday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., join us for a presentation by Tours of Distinction. This local business provides quality tours and events for groups. Come to this presentation to get ideas about events/trips that you would like to have happen.

On Friday, Aug. 26, from 12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m., join us for a presentation given by the Alzheimer’s Association. Hear about the stress that caregivers face and how this stress can be relieved. On Monday, Aug. 29, from 12:30 p.m.2:30 p.m., join us at the center as we celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday by watching the movie “This Is It.” TRIPS On Thursday, Aug. 4, from 9:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., we will be going to the Forest Park Zoo. Come join us to see all the different animals the zoo has to offer. Also, pack a brown bag lunch to enjoy picnic style while enjoying the outdoors. On Friday, Aug. 5, from 9:30 a.m.11:30 a.m., join us as we enjoy two games at Bradley Bowl for $9. On Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., we will be traveling to Windsor Locks for one of its free Summer Concerts. The band who will be performing is the Caribbean Beach Bums led by John Banker, who was our June entertainment. Come enjoy a night of music from the 1960s. The band will also be taking requests from the audience. Be sure to bring a chair. Call the center if you would like to join us.


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Second Annual Rubber Ducky Race Helps Skate Park EAST WINDSOR â&#x20AC;&#x201C; On June 18, the East Windsor BMX Skate Park Committee held its second annual Rubber Ducky Race. Rubber ducks were adopted for $10 apiece and prizes were awarded to the top 30-plus ducks that crossed the finish line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Duckâ&#x20AC;? was won by 3-year-old Penelope Hobbs of Northampton, Mass. The American River Heritage Commission was a huge help in coordinating this event too. A huge thank you goes out to each and every one of them. All money raised will go towards the building of the Skate Park. With this event the group should be able to break ground this fall. If any business or individual would like to sponsor a ramp, please contact Brenda Crockett at 860-370-9595, Lori Gabriel at 860-982-5837, or Laura Harney at 860-

Lions Golf Tournament EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Lions Club will be hosting a new fundraising project this year. The inaugural 9-Hole Charity Golf Tournament will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Grassmere Country Club located on Town Farm Road, Enfield. The $60 entry fee includes the putting contest, nine holes of golf, cart and end of round buffet. The cost to attend only the buffet dinner will be $25. Lions Club members are looking for tee or hole sponsors at a cost of $50. For a registration form, to make a donation, or for more information, please contact Lion Mike Kreuzer at 860-623-5425 or Lion Gene Holding at 860-568-5931.

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EAST WINDSOR - The town Department of Human Services is seeking individuals and local businesses to help make a needy childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back-to-school days a lot brighter by taking part in the 13th annual Pack-It-Back-To-School Program. The Human Services department is filling donated backpacks with essential school items that are given to children who are in need of them. The backpacks are distributed through East Windsor schools to preserve anonymity. Items being sought by the department are: new â&#x20AC;&#x201C; three-ring binders in colors of red, blue, white and black, filler paper, colored pencils, calculators, markers, rulers, zipped pencil cases, pocket folders, â&#x20AC;&#x153;easy tearâ&#x20AC;? notebooks, composition notebooks, Post-it notes, 3½ x 5 cards, and pencil sharpeners. Donations can be dropped off at The East Windsor Human Services Department, 25 School St., East Windsor. All items should be brought to the office

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Entertainment Plenty To â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; About Up In Killington, Vermont Welcome back to The Sunday Drive, the column that aspires to be your complete, entertainment itinerary for some lesser known/off the beaten path day trips. This month, we feature both a wondrous Sunday Drive past and a couple of upcoming opportunities to head out on the highway as well. On Saturday, July 22, your friendly, neighborhood Sunday Driver eagerly took to I91 North en route to what he had heard was one of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most expansive, extensive odes to vino - the Killington Wine Festival (killington.com). Finally arriving at the K-1 base and surveying the setup, it was immediately evident that they hype was well-deserved. What initially started as a 75-wine offering affair for locals at the Cortina Inn has now, in its 10th annual installment, blossomed into a massive, open-air event at the mountain proper where thousands

soak in the sights, sounds and sundries amongst a palette of more than 500 wines to choose from. While the temperature gauge in the car indicated a balmy 92 degrees, cool, mountain breezes wafted through the open air tents... and this natural air-conditioning particularly when coupled with ample square footage so as to all but negate the potential for the oh-so-common overcrowding at such functions - truly made for an unparalleled, multisensory experience. In fact, your Driver probably spent as much time with his head up, taking in the mountain air and lush green backdrop as he did nose down in swirling glasses sniffing wine bouquets if the truth be known. But when he was in â&#x20AC;&#x153;business mode,â&#x20AC;?

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the natural inspirations quickly gave way to a true wine education...as well as a few observations of his own. Firstly, Chilean wines truly appear to be on the move, with scarcely a table in the lot not offering at least one. Secondly, the Malbec grape varietal seemed to have first burst upon the U.S. scene via - and almost exclusively from - Argentina. But as the 10th annual Killington Wine Festival illustrated, the country it originated in - France - has stepped up its efforts to reclaim the brand, and even - or shall we say, predictably California and Chile are also making inroads into the market. Round all of this out with some nice, home-grown offerings from the Putney Mountain Winery and Boyden Valley (the latter of which actually delves into not only fruit-flavored wines by ice wines and cider) as well as some Cabot Cheese and delectable edibles courtesy of truck driver-turned chocolatier Mark Shaw, and it’s evident that event organizers have infused just the right amount of local flavor into what is otherwise a veritable world showcase of the vines. Attendees of this year’s event were also treated to the sounds of Sean Kelly, best known for his work with The Samples. And for those looking to further enhance their Killington Wine Festival experience, specialized tastings, brunches, themed parties and even a “wine and nine golf outing” were also available throughout the weekend (additional costs apply). Yours truly decided to close out his day with a relaxing K1 Gondola ride before heading back. Majestic views, and those kids riding their mountain bikes down

the mountain (after affixing them to the gondola on the way up) sure seemed to be having a blast.

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Meanwhile, if all this talk about fresh air fun has you thinking summer is going down the tubes.. well, it is. At least at Satan’s Kingdom (farmingtonrivertubing.com). Located at 92 Main St. in New Hartford, Satan’s Kingdom is the place to hook in to 2.5 miles of Farmington River Tubing. For $20 per person on weekends/$18 weekday, visitor’s receive the rental of a specially designed river tube, a personal flotation device, a shuttlebus ride from the take out point back to the main entrance, and, of course.. all the fun in between. Equal parts relaxing and riveting, Satan’s Kingdom sends its visitors through three sets of rapids (set two, pictured) in between long, lazy stretches.

• Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Always call the day you are coming for hours, times, conditions. • Days, hours, times, subject to change without notice. • The daily hours do change depending on many factors including but not limited to; weather conditions, river conditions, and the time of year but typical hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Cash only, credit cards and checks not accepted. • You cannot use the rented equipment if you are; pregnant, under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other imperative substances, experiencing neck, back, or other conditions that could be aggravated by the use of the equipment. • Minimum weight (as defined by the U.S.C.G. designation on the smallest P.F.D.) is 50 lbs. • Minimum height (simply our recommendation to comfortably sit in the smallest tube) is 4 feet. • Minimum age (simply our recommendation for maturity levels) is 10 years old. Do you own a facility or know of a hidden gem in the region that would be the perfect focus of a future Sunday Drive? If so, please email your suggestions to northcentralnews@aol.com

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Ellington Police Union Contract Now in Sync with All Union Contracts By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s police union contract will be up for negotiation next year. The Board of Selectmen and the union have agreed to extend the current contract one year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did that deliberately,â&#x20AC;? First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. The extension allows the police union agreement to match the contract cycle of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four other employee unions. Those contracts expire in June 2012.

Since the police have traditionally received the same percentage raise as other union employees, Blanchette said it makes sense for everyone to be on the same cycle. He pointed out that those raises are usually driven by those of the public works union, the largest bargaining organization for town employees. Exempt employees of the town received their raises beginning July 1. The selectmen voted June 29 to grant them 2.5 percent pay increases.

Pinney House Work is nearly finished on the Pinney House. The town had received a $500,000 state grant for structural improvements and exterior renovations. Blanchette said the town will be seeking additional public and private funding, since it likely will take another $500,000 to make the house usable on the inside. The property is leased from the Pinney for $1 a year for 99 years.

Republican Incumbents Seek Reelection for Upcoming November Elections ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ellington Republicans gathered to endorse their slate of candidates for the 2011 municipal election to be held on Nov. 8. All incumbent elected and appointed Republican town officials will seek reelection this year. Once again leading the ticket is First Selectman Maurice Blanchette. The former chairman of the Ellington Board of Education, Blanchette was elected as first selectman in 2009 and will be seeking his second term. He will be joined once again on the ticket by Deputy First Selectman James Prichard. Rounding out the slate for the Board of Selectmen are incumbents John â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackâ&#x20AC;? Turner, Ronald Stomberg, and Lori Spielman. Board of Finance chairman Robert

Clements will also be seeking reelection, being joined on the Board of Finance ticket by incumbent John Rachek. Board of Education members Dale Roberson and Dr. Michael Young will also seek reelection in November. Incumbents Carol Strom, David Stavens, and Douglas Harding have been endorsed for reelection to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Zoning Board of Appeals member Arthur Aube will also seek reelection this year, along with Hall Memorial Library Directors Mary Blanchette and Mary Clements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The town has been well managed over the last two years with the help of my fellow board and commission members,â&#x20AC;? Blanchette said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thank the Ellington Republicans for once again endorsing me

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For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Chairman Jack Turner at 860-875-4851 or Ellington.ERTC@gmail.com or First Selectman Maurice Blanchette at 860-8726166.

Enfield GOP Annual Golf Tournament ENFIELD - The Enfield Republican Town Committee is sponsoring its 11th annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 27. The event is a shotgun start at noon at Grassmere Country Club in Enfield. Cost to participate is $75. This

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Ellington Students Named to Honor Roll at Ellington High School ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The following students were named to the fourth quarter honor roll at Ellington High School, according to a list provided by the school administration. Grade 9 High Honors Jamie Choate, Timothy Daigle, Brian Fitzsimons, Spencer LeBel, Kimberly McCoy, Amy McDonnell, Nicholas Pigeon, Jennifer Potamianos, Katie Remenik, Nicholas Schipper, Erin Schirra, Sailesh Simhadri, Rachel Ziter Honors Alexis Amundarain, Nicole Andersen, Rebecca Anderson, Samantha Anthony, Benjamin Bahler, Austin Binkowski, Courtney Binkowski, Lynsey Blanchette, Joseph Bouchard, Jordan Brndiar, Jessica Cargill, Leah Cawthorn, Amanda Charbonneau, Winston Chow, Elizabeth Collin, Megan Crane, Aubrey Cycenas, Tyler Daly, Helena Delfino, Alissa DelPiano, Sarah DiResta, Steven Duguay, McKenzie Duhaime, Elisha Feenstra, Emily Gerber, Julia Gillis, Zachary Greco, Derek Hill, Jami Keroack, Joseph Leslie, Joshua Luginbuhl, Rosanna Macchiarella, Nathan Marcus, Travis McBreairty, Erin McGrath, Sean McKillop, Alexia Merkouriou, Megan Milliken, Matthew Moser, Delani Oliver, Nicole Paparian, Douglas Parent, Brandon Pho, Trevor

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Printy, Sarah Rivard, Kathryn Roets, Kyle Ross, Matthew Rusich, Margaret Russell, Kelly Savage, Amanda Savino, Lanae Schneider, Laura Schneider, Jenna Stone, Melanie Stone, Alyssa Tournaud, Shelby Trapp, John Vogel, Alexander Wachter, Yutao Wang, Rachel Wardrop, Devonney Waters, Allison Wylie, Brittany Yates, Vincent Zullo Grade 10 High Honors Kevin Arbeiter, Margo Bailey, Jessica Baker, Andrew Cohen, Lisa DeConti, Olivia DeForge, Joshua Feldman, Benjamin Friedman, Renee Gayton, Leah Gerber, Janna Grinaski, Blaire Herter, Hannah Kogut, Luke LaBranche, Alexandra Larew, Allison Lee, Ashley Masson, Kaitlyn Powers, Gabriella Rubino, Thomas Sack, Ann Sawamura, Carolyn Schafer, Kayla Sgarlata, Ann Skorulski, Allison Steinmetz, Kiara Stone, Joseph Taft, Taylor Welti Honors Mikala Antonaras, Tonya Benoit, Julie Bezanson, Jeffrey Bird, Garrett Boulanger, David Cohen, Olivia Coles, Amanda Conti, Cassondra Cote, Shannon Cottle, Angelina DiBacco, Brandon Ellsworth, Alexis Gilliland, Devin Goldsnider, Robert Gosselin, Sarah Gosselin, Justin Graziani, Jordan Guida, Keri Halloran, Kayla Hickman, Heidi Hoffman, Amy

Hornish, Danielle Hubley, Jennifer Hulstein, Neal Hulstein, Neal Janiga, Karli King, Bailey Krasinski, Ryan Lagan, Taylor Leach, Brittany Lemire, Joseph Levandoski, Aaron Lickwar, Emily Lorenzet, John Mackintosh, Jessica Malone, Lyndsey Masterson, Courtney Matthews, William McAllister, Leah McCarthy, Gabriella McGuirl, Shannon McIlrath, Jonathan McPartland, Carly Moody, Lauren Motuzick, Justin Nicoletti, Rachel Oakes, Erin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell, Alexander Pallotti, Zachary Palmer, Andrew Parker, Mechelle Prouty, Margaret Quinn, Carissa Raver, Samantha Roberts, Alissa Rogers, Sophia Rubino, Christopher Savona, Robert Schiessl, Tiffany Simkewicz, Kristyn Stauffer, Kevin Stein, Austin Tautkus, Rachel Tshonas, Gregory Ussery, Madeline Varney, Anthony Velazquez, Emily Ventura, Steven Wheeler, Ashley Wilkos, Evan Willis Grade 11 High Honors Kathryn Angelica, Nicole Angelica, Elizabeth Bedson, Michael Cleary, Emily Cohen, Katherine Deforge, Ryan DeLand, Justin Gottier, Austin Heffernan, Kristen Joyse, Savannah Kresge, Meaghan Maguire, Matthew Mashayekhi, Merle Morgenroth-Kutz, Nishant Patel, Jeffrey Patrick, Catherine Payzant, Shea Riley, Nicole Spada, Alexandra Stephan,

Zachary Topor, Victor Viega, Travis Wallace, Jessie Zwiesler Honors Michael Bahler, Robert Bahler, Oliviana Bailey, Amanda Bellezza, Adam Betz, Nicholas Binkowski, Briana Bogrette, Haley Brown, Katherine Chamberlin, Kelly Conley, Zachary Crickmore, Mitchell DiResta, Cayla Dixon, Jessie Donnelly, Erica Feenstra, Monica Ferrara, Andrew Fidanza, Emily Fillion, Melissa French, Jake Gagne, Chelsea Gaines, Emma Gardner, Jennifer Gentile, Robert Gworek, Robert Herold, Jason Hoffman, Frederick Houle, Tessa Jacques, Samuel Kim, John Kloter, Kayla Knudson, Joseph Korzeb, Meredith Kuraska, Matthew Lechkun, Benjamin Lorenzet, Amanda Luce, Courtney McGowan, Rebecca Moser, Kelly Mulka, Hannah Naumec, Alexander Oliwa, Garrett Palmer, Katrina Parker, Kasey Pekala, John Potkaj, Cali Russell, Jacob Schneider, Enrico Shirvariandya, Justin Skee, Lyndsi Skewes, Alexander Smith, Kevin Stabinsky, Venessa SteinmetzSamuel, Christopher Tedone, Michael Thibodeau, Brian Tiedt, Sierra Unsworth, Alyssa Van Allen, Holly Van Wyck, Tyler Vanagas, Daron Villanova, Mackenzie

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Ellington Honor Roll (continued from page 14) Whiting, Michaela Whiting, Taylor Woronecki, Robert Wyse, John Ziomek Grade 12 High Honors Lauren Arbeiter, Emily Baker, Rachel Ballasy, Sarah Bedford, Marc Castonguay, Dakota D’Achiardi, Angela Daigle, Krystal Fraser, Julia Gage, Katryna Gouin, Michael Gresh, Ian Grinaski, Matthew Janiga, Kady Joy, Samantha King, Zachary Kraus, Kevin Lapointe, Nicholas Larew, Michele Macchiarella, Brian Malone, Justin Markowski, Morgan McPartland, Emily Nedwick, Kaylee Niemann, Sarah Nolan, Amy Rafaniello, Joanna Schneider, Amanda Schroth, Casey Settle, Sarah Smith, Natalie Snow, Christine Spartz, Erika Streib, Lucianna Thieringer, Michael Thomas, Christopher Wing Honors Nicholas Alcutt, Kirsten Anderson, Sara

Arbelaez, William Baker, Emily Barnhart, Brandon Bartell, William Beaudry, Nina Betancourt, Alyssa Chase, Meaghan-Rose Costello, Danielle DeCarli, Connor Defemia, Jacob Donzell, Nicole Finkle, Carolyn Gill, Zachary Graves, Taylor Haggerty, Kelly Hayes, Kelsey Janssen, Meghan Kacmarcik, Bhrighde Kehoe, Alexandria King, Ariel Kresge, Alexandra Maciolek, Kara Maloney, Michael Marcus, Alexandra Marella, Tracy Marholin, Dustin Mocadlo, Taylor Moskites, Ryan Orszulak, Alyssa Ostrout, Ryan Ostrout, JoAnna Paul, ClaudiaMarie Perez, Christopher Philavong, Amy Pinard, Natalie Poitras, Megan Potamianos, Brittany Rhodes, Andrew Roets, Jeanette Rowe, Andrew Schneider, Daniel Schofer, Samuel Sirag, Ashley Sojka, Megan Squadrito, Kelly Stauffer, Patrick Stavens, Jennifer Tautkus, Alyssa Toth, Heather Walters Michelle Walters, Cameron Waters, Ying Ye, Margaret Ziomek

High School to Host Freshman Orientation ELLINGTON - Ellington High School will host freshman orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Administrators and guidance counselors will provide information about schedules, programs and activities, as well as transitional issues such as time manage-

ment and study skills. Students will have an opportunity to tour the building and visit class locations and lockers. All incoming freshmen are encouraged to attend. For further information, contact the guidance department at 860-896-2357.

Friends of Library Have Items For Sale at The Book Cellar ELLINGTON - The Book Cellar at Hall Memorial Library in Ellington has a room full of good used and new adult and children’s books, DVDs, CDs, audio books and puzzles available for summer vacation. The Friends of the Library operate the bookstore at the library four days each week. The hours are Monday 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Thursday 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–noon and Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The library is closed Sundays in August. For Ellington residents, the Friends of the Library offer passes to local museums and area attractions for free or reduced price admission. These include The Children’s Museum, Dinosaur State Park,

Wadsworth Museum, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, and more. See the librarian at the main desk for more information. The Friends of the Library will use the proceeds of the Book Cellar sales to provide programs and materials to the library that would not otherwise be available. Donations of good used and new books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and audio books are accepted at the library whenever the library is open. The Friends cannot accept textbooks, magazines, condensed books or books not suitable for resale. If you wish to join the Friends of the Library, forms are also available at the library.

Sports Physicals Offered at Ellington High School ELLINGTON - Ellington Public Schools Health Services is offering sports physicals for Ellington High School and Ellington Middle School students intending to try out for a team during the 20112012 school year. A sports physical must be valid for the entire playing season of a sport, otherwise the student will be ineligible to participate. Notes from healthcare providers will not be accepted. Sports physicals will be offered at the

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Somers Ballot Includes Two Candidates on Somers United Ticket By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Two unaffiliated candidates will be on the ballot this November. Bob Pettee and Doug Stebbins are running with Somers United, but both stress they have not formed a new political party â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they are unaffiliated. Pettee, who is running for first selectman, is a former registered Republican. Stebbins, who is running for the Board of Selectmen, was a registered Democrat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People have been asking me to run for first selectman for the past three years,â&#x20AC;? said Pettee, who has never held elected office. He said while he does not describe himself as a politician, he does not like what is going on in town. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not politicians â&#x20AC;Ś weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just very concerned citizens.â&#x20AC;?

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Pettee also advocates a five-year plan for road improvements to spread out the cost of road maintenance and to ensure that all town roads are taken care of during the cycle. Stebbins is a lifelong resident who served in the Marine Corps in the 1960s. He has worked at Hamilton Standard and Cigna and recently retired as a corrections officer in the Somers and Enfield prisons. He served two terms on the Board of

Education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trying to unite Somers is what the philosophy is,â&#x20AC;? he said of their candidacies. He said he wants to â&#x20AC;&#x153;try to bring back the old styleâ&#x20AC;? of communication in Town Hall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to spend our money wisely,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting that it is time to look at town employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; job descriptions and make sure they are up to date. He agrees with Pettee that the town needs a five-year plan for roads.

Somers Back to School Backpack Program Seeks Donations of School Supplies SOMERS - The Somers backpack program, sponsored in part by the Salvation Army, is seeking donations of school supplies prior to the start of school. Children from low-income households in the town may qualify for a backpack full of school supplies, plus a Payless Shoes voucher for new shoes. Jenifer Charette, Director of Human Services for the town of Somers, will be accepting donations for the program at the Somers Senior Center at 19 Battle St. All types of school supplies, such as notebooks, binders, paper, calculators, dictionaries, pencils and pens are being

accepted. The department will also accept monetary donations to purchase supplies. The backpack program benefits children from kindergarten through high school. For questions about the program, you may contact the Community Services office in the Senior Center at 860-7634379. Donations of supplies may be dropped off at the Senior Center during regular business hours Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The staff of the Community Services office and the Town of Somers thanks you in advance for your support of this program.


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Somers First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini Announces Re-Election Campaign SOMERS - Committed to continuing her work on behalf of Somers, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini will run for reelection this fall. The campaign committee, “Pellegrini 2011,” has adopted “Still a Better Way” as the campaign slogan, building on Pellegrini’s first term accomplishments. While the economy lacks further growth and improvement, Pellegrini has brought numerous efficiencies to town government and has corrected unnecessary, long-standing expenses. “We’ve been able to fix previous problems and implement town-wide projects,

both at minimal cost,” she says. “The Somersville Streetscape Project is a case in point. We prevented a loss of $580,000 in STEAP Grant Funds by starting the project; we were in danger of losing those funds because nothing had been done with receipt of these resources from 2006 to 2008.” Pellegrini has obtained more than $925,000 in grants during the first year and a half in office, including grants for two large solar panel projects. In addition to securing monetary resources in the form of grants for the town, Pellegrini is conscious of the way tax dollars are being

spent. By researching companies and vendors and putting new processes in place, the current administration has been able to save the town nearly $150,000. This included cost savings in reforming insurance contracts after it had been discovered that taxpayers had been paying for outdated insurance policies on vehicles and property no longer owned by the Town. “One savings measure we successfully put into action was to send the Town’s Workers Compensation Insurance out to bid,” Pellegrini says. “A simple and straightforward idea like this saved the town nearly $52,000.”

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Somers ‘Finishing Touches’ Provides Customers with an Eye for Design By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS — If you’re looking to put the “Finishing Touches” on your home, the owner of the store by that name says it should be done in a way that reflects your personality. Tina Troiano, owner of Finishing Touches at 102 Main St., said that if you are looking for a decorator to come into your home and have a room completely done for you, then she is not your decorator. But if you are looking for someone with an eye for design to help you find your design vision, she can help. Finishing Touches, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in June, carries an eclectic mix of furniture, gifts and items for the home, as well as vintage jewelry and custom window treatments and upholstery. “The whole concept of the shop is reduce, reuse, recycle, redecorate,” Troiano said. She likes to show customers how to reinvent their homes using what they have by painting furniture or converting items to new uses. “We love reusing and repurposing old

furniture,” she said, using a bird cage she made out of an old china closet as an example. She also has created updated window treatments using the fabric from a customer’s existing drapes. In addition, she has embellished ready-made curtains to give them a custom look. “We will actually just take the existing window treatments and convert them to a new style,” Troiano said. “I think it’s being able to be resourceful, use what you have if you can and reinvent your space — utilizing your space properly in your room.” The store also offers painting and upholstery services, which are done by local contractors. Troiano previously owned a shop in town by the same name, which she sold when she had children. Now that her children are in school, she wanted to return to the business. “I’ve been helping people and friends for years doing things in their homes,” she said. “When I was a kid, I used to rearrange my room all the time.” She and her husband, Anthony, and their three children reside in Enfield.

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Somers Pension Plan Changes Made (continued from page 19) er,â&#x20AC;? Pellegrini said. Pension Plan Revision After two former failed attempts by previous administrations the town has revised the pension plan for nonunion town employees, the first selectman said. Under the revised plan, employees are vested after five years rather than seven, the maximum benefit service credited increases to 25 years instead of stopping at 15, contri-

butions increase from 1 percent to 3 percent beginning Sept. 1 and to 4 percent in 2013 and 5 percent in 2015, the retirement age increases from 62 to 65 and the lump sum payment is eliminated. Solar Panels The solar panel contract for the elementary school and the Department of Public Works Garage, as well as the contract for the roofing membrane at the school, were signed July 13, and work has begun on the project.

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Somers Somers Day of Arts & Crafts SOMERS - Barbra O'Boyle of Letter Perfect Names and her family will once again be featuring over 50 artists who will bring unique and handmade items to the Somers Town Green. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All items are handmade and one of a kind by the artists,â&#x20AC;? said O'Boyle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize how much courage it takes for an artist to show their work to people. Therefore, we hope the community will show their support for these fine artists by coming out to see their fine wares.â&#x20AC;? The 39th annual Somers Day of Arts

and Crafts will be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Hall, 600 Main St., Somers (corner of routes 190 and 83). It features more than 50 vendors with a wide range of high quality and unique handmade arts and crafts. Admission and parking are free. All proceeds benefit the Somers Food Pantry. Please contact Barbra Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Boyle, Letter Perfect Names, at 860-966-8822 or email somersday@cox.net for application and additional information.

Local Boys Invited to Explore Scouting with Cub Scout Pack 83 SOMERS - The year is 1930. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mickey Mouseâ&#x20AC;? comic strip first appears, the planet Pluto is named, the Philadelphia Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 2 in the 27th World Series, and Cub Scouting begins in America. In the years to follow, Somers created its Cub Scout pack, Pack 83. It began as a way to bring the world of scouting to the young boys of the town, creating an environment for boys to work with a parent to achieve the important scouting goals. Started for boys too young to be Boy Scouts, the original program was based on Rudyard Kiplingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jungle Book.â&#x20AC;? This

influence remains today with the Cub Scout terms â&#x20AC;&#x153;pack,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;den,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;wolf cub,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;akela,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;law of the pack.â&#x20AC;? In Cub Scouts boys in first through fifth grade work with their parents and scout leaders toward strong character development, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fitness, respectful relationships, fun, and adventure. Truth, spirituality, loyalty, sunlight, cheer, and happiness are symbolized in the blue and gold colors of the uniform. The first lesson learned by all young cubs in Pack 83 is the Cub Scout motto: Do your best. Scouts strive to live this motto at home, school, and in all daily

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Somers Cub Scouts Invite Boys To Participate (continued from page 24) tiple times a year for hikes at McCann Farm and Shenipsit state forest looking for letterboxes and geocaches. A year-end campout is the culminating activity for the young boys. Scouts spend the day fishing, hiking, and playing games, and end the day with a campfire, awards ceremony, and sleepover. At the awards ceremony the boys receive recognition for meeting multiple academic and physical standards. One or two times a month they meet with a den leader. Dens in first, second, and third grade are divided into Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Cubs, respectively. For fourth and fifth grade, boys enter the Webelos program for two years. Den lead-

‘Senator on Your Sidewalk’ in Somers State Senator John A. Kissel stopped by Geissler’s Supermarket in Somers on July 14 as part of his ongoing “Senator on Your Sidewalk” outreach events. Kissel spoke to area taxpayers about the latest happenings at the State Capitol, including the new tax hikes, which Kissel opposed. “People are very concerned about the direction this state is heading in,” Kissel said. “They urged me to continue to fight for lower government spending and lower taxes. That’s exactly what I plan to do.” Kissel thanked Geissler’s management and staff for their hospitality and said he would love to conduct future “Senator on Your Sidewalk” events there. Kissel represents East Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor Locks and portions of Granby and Windsor.

ers work with the boys on age-appropriate goals and activities including field trips to sporting events and team building exercises. Boys cross over into Boy Scouts after completing the Webelos program in March of fifth grade. Cub Scouts is open to all young boys entering first through fifth grade. Those who do not start in first grade as a Tiger Cub are still welcome to join in future grades. Many boys enter in fifth grade and still achieve their Arrow of Light, which is the highest achievement a Cub Scout can earn. If you and your son are interested in joining Somers Pack 83, please contact Cubmaster Chuck Hicking at Cubmasterp83@gmail.com.

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Stafford Uncertain State Funding Picture Leads to More Local Cuts By Linda Tishler Levinson STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; With the state budget still uncertain, the Board of Selectman continues making cuts to the proposed budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The state Legislature passed a budget in June that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed. That budget, however, is dependent on concessions from state employee unions. At press time, the unions were scheduled for a second round of votes on the concessions, which they rejected the first time. Without those concessions, state employee layoffs and possibility cuts in funding to cities and towns would be required to balance the state budget, the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office has said.

In June the town decided not to hold a second budget referendum until the state budget was passed. Tax bills were sent out based on a tax rate of 28.96 mills for the town and 1.95 for the Service District. Residents voted 847-637 against the first budget proposal at a May 18 referendum. The town had been seeking a total budget of $36,313,886 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. That included $10,863,336 for the Board of Selectmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, a 1.7 percent decrease from the current budget. The Board of Finance had asked for $76,000 in cuts from the original proposal. With those cuts, the budget would carry a 0.94 mill increase, compared to the 1.52 mill increase of the defeated budget plan.

Tony Diana Artwork on View at Middle Ground STAFFORD SPRINGS - Tony Diana, a nominated digital artist, will be holding a unique art show at the Middle Ground Cafe in Stafford Springs. Diana has producing music and art for over 25 years. His digital art works range from fantasy, sci-fi, social commentary and the human condition. His work has graced the covers of numerous online and print magazines, as well as producing his own comic book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Sister the

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Stafford Flower Garden Musicale in Stafford Honors Florence Polens STAFFORD - With perfect, early summer weather, the picturesque garden setting of Haymarket Common, Main Street Stafford, was the scene for a chamber music recital on Sunday, June 19. Stafford Arts Commission chose this date for a free Flower Garden Musicale as a special surprise birthday tribute to longtime Stafford resident and Arts Commission member, Florence Polens. The appreciative audience listened to a trio of New York musicians – Heather Thon, clarinetist and member of the acclaimed Aeros Quintet; Irena Momchilova, viola; and Troy Chang, cellist – playing a program of Bach, Hayden, and Schubert, together with Argentine and Bulgarian dances and a mix of ragtime classics. It was an enjoyable return to her hometown for Thon, who later said how happy she was for the opportunity to play again in Stafford, especially for an audience which included family members and many of her friends. During the program intermission, Stafford’s First Selectman Michael P. Krol

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Stafford Students Named to Fourth Quarter Honor Roll at Stafford High STAFFORD - Francis Kennedy, Principal of Stafford High School, is pleased to announce that the following students of Stafford High School have made the Honor Roll for the fourth quarter of the 2010-2011 school year. These students have completed all of their class work as of June 22, 2011 and have not received a grade lower than a 77 in any course. Students who have a 90 average or better have earned High Honors recognition. Students who have earned an 85 average or better have earned Honors recognition. Senior High Honors Karolina Bladek Olivia Briggs Allison Bruce Julie Dillon Megan Kelly Jiamei Liang Sarah Longmore Tyson Maynard Thomas Szymanski Senior Honors Taylor Atkins Jody Buckley Leonhard Campo Ryan Collier Shawn Cummins

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Upcoming Moonlight Paddle The Stafford Lions Club is holding its second annual Moonlight Paddle on Staffordville Lake on Friday, August 12. The events starts at 6:30 p.m. with launch at 7:30 p.m. This event is free. Bring your own kayak or canoe with PFD for all paddlers. Free hot dogs and snacks. The event includes a raffle for a complete kayak package, which includes kayak, paddle and PFD. Raffle tickets will be available at the event. For more information, visit this website: http://lionwap.org/eclub/sites/staffordct/ or contact Jerry Baggish at jbaggish@msn.com or 860-684-5367.

STAFFORD - The two remaining summer concerts in Stafford Arts Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer series are: Aug. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Leah Randazzo Group â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Composer and jazz vocalist Leah Randazzo is a naturally gifted performer with a powerful and soulful voice. The group plays Randazzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original jazz and R&B music, plus she presents her own interpretations of timeless jazz standards. They have toured nationally since 2005, including opening for Grammy winner Judy Collins. Aug. 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Arts Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good friend, Ramblinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dan Stevens and his Fiery Band, is coming back to town. Dan captures the essence of blues, playing in the acoustic finger style and bottleneck slide traditions. The band plays a mix of family friendly Americana, including blues, early jazz, swing, roots and country, alternating with Danâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colorful stories

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Stafford High School Honor Roll (continued from page 28) Jesse Reeves Matthew Roy Zachary Thayer Freshman Honors Scott Avery Emily Bradway Austin Elliott

Jeffrey Garnelis Elizabeth Girard Brett Hebert Edllay Martins Alyssa Murray Karly Nesta Amber Payzant Dylan Seekins Paige Surapine

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Stafford Students Named to 4th Quarter Honor Roll at Stafford Middle School STAFFORD - Kenneth Valentine, Principal of Stafford Middle School announces the names of the following students who have achieved honor roll status for Term 6. Grade 6 High Honors Michael Bachiochi Rachel Bergeron William Bernier Luke Broadhurst Jacob Conklin Matthew Frank Danielle Garnelis Valerie Girard Katelyn Henderson Niomi Hunter-Mueller Ethan Lawlor Cameron MacGregor Saylee Missell Timothy Noto Sarah Provencher Summer Szall Grade 6 Honors Brett Auretto Nathan Burton Jenna Castonguay Kaitlyn Collier Ethan Combs Isaac Combs Noah Combs

Riley Deane Ashley Demsey Jeremiah Dowd Lindsey Eaton Thomas Eaton Christopher Fletcher Tyler Gebo Justin Grant Evan Guzzo Brandon Kallenbach Julia Lachance Alexandra Lambert Schuyler Lamoureux Megan Lueckel Jacob Mokrzecki Nicholas Ouellette Haylie Prucker Sana Qureshi Andrew Syphers Chase Walbridge Grade 7 High Honors Aaron Bernier Curtis Campo Alyssa Fecko Rachel Gallison Shannon Kennedy Rowan Longmore Nayyara Naseer Alison Pisciotta Brianna Reeves

Samantha Roy Dylan Snay Shannon Stuart Heather Tetrault James Titus Joshua VanVoorhis Grade 7 Honors Samad Ahmad Natalie Cyr Marissa Dwyer Alexis Eaton

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