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FREE! Keeney Sees Public Service As His Great Reward Commences Term in New Probate District By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS — Timothy R.E. Keeney’s career has been anything but a straight line to the judge of probate’s office, yet he believes his varied background will be an advantage. “I get a lot of great rewards from serving the public,â€? Keeney said. And public service has been the theme throughout the highly diverse positions he has held. Keeney grew up in Somersville. His family has been part of the community since Rockwell Keeney purchased the Somersville Mill in 1879. His father, Robert Keeney, was a state senator and state representative. His grandfather, Robert Leland Keeney, also was involved in politics. “I always had a house here, always considered Somersville my home,â€? he said. Keeney attended local grammar schools before going to Governor Dummer Academy in Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics. He joined the Navy, becoming an officer and a Navy SEAL. He served 3½ years

In This Issue • PEOPLE: Tracey retires after long service to chamber ....................p. 3 • HARTFORD: Freshman rep named to major legislative committee..............p. 4 • BUSINESS: The Barn Yard honored by CCSU for support ....................p. 5 • EAST WINDSOR: Senior Center has many programs to offer ..............p. 6 • EAST WINDSOR: Selectmen begin budget process for 2011..............p. 7 • ELLINGTON: Town exercises option for open space parcel ......................p. 9

on active duty during the Vietnam War, then served many years in the Reserves, eventually retiring as a captain. “I just learned a lot about myself and other people,� he said, “the type of lessons that have helped me out with my career.� During his Naval service he was in charge of the Navy SEAL Reserve program and was leader of the recovery team for the Apollo 17 astronauts. His “swim buddy� in the Navy SEALS was former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who was better known as a professional wrestler. Keeney described the Apollo 17 experience as momentous, since everyone knew it would be the last flight to the moon. On that mission he served as then-Sen. Lowell Weicker’s guide aboard the ship. After his active duty service, he attended the University of Connecticut School of Law. While in law school, Keeney approached Weicker for a summer job. The Watergate hearings took place at that time. “It was a pretty exciting time to be in Washington, D.C.,� Keeney said. After graduation Keeney moved to

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• ELLINGTON: Students named to honor roll at EHS ......................p. 10 • ELLINGTON: Senior center has health & wellness programs......p. 11 • SOMERS: Solar panels at firehouse will save town money ....................p. 13 • SOMERS: Students named to honor roll at Somers High ........................p. 19 • STAFFORD: Town gets federal grant for energy project ........................p. 22 • STAFFORD: Students named to school honor rolls ..............................pp. 24-25 • AUTO: Ford C-Max ....................p. 27 • CLASSIFIEDS:....................pp. 29-31

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People Tracey Looks Back at Active Chamber Career By Linda Tishler Levinson ENFIELD — As his retirement approaches, Larry Tracey looks back on his years with the North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce fondly. “It’s been a wonderful ride,” he said. Tracey, 65, who has been executive director of the chamber since 2002, is retiring March 1. He has been a member of the organization since the 1970s, has served on its board of directors and is a past president. Born in Norwich and raised in East Hartford, Tracey attended the University of Hartford, majoring in marketing, but left to work full time. As he considered going back to school full time he learned he was likely to be drafted and enlisted in the Air Force in 1965. He attended the U.S. Naval Justice School, where he became a court reporter. After being discharged from the service in 1968, Tracey went to work at the Travelers Insurance Cos. and later worked for Glastonbury Insurance. He opened Tracey Insurance Associates in Enfield in 1977 and sold the agency in 2000, which was also the year he was president of the chamber. Around that time the chamber director was ill, and the board of directors asked him to fill in as interim director. “And I’m still here,” he said. “To be successful in the business community, you need to be visible,” Tracey said. “The chamber is a vehicle that can certainly bring exposure to a business, large or small.” He said the role of the chamber is to help businesses, particularly smaller ones, get the visibility they need, as well as to work to benefit their community. “I’m proud to associate with this organization,” he said. “This chamber prides itself on giving back to the community.” He added that while he is retiring as the chamber’s executive director, he plans to say active in the organization as a senior member. The North Central Connecticut chamber, which serves the towns of East Windsor, Enfield, Somers and Suffield, at first was just a local organization, Tracey said. The Tolland County Chamber of Commerce serves the towns of Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Ellington, Hebron, Mansfield, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon and Willington. Today both are part of the East of the River Chambers of Commerce Association. Organized more than 29 years ago, ERCCA is a coalition of the Manchester, South Windsor, Glastonbury, East Hartford, North Central and Tolland County chambers of commerce. According to Tracey, it represents more

than 2,500 businesses. As the organization evolves, Tracey said he believes the East of the River Chambers of Commerce will become “the chamber of choice,” since a business would need to join just one organization rather than six to advertise itself through a business directory and events that serve all east of the river towns. He said that it his vision that the groups become one to better serve their members.

“Technology has advanced our ability to serve our members, as well as members in other parts of the state,” he added. Outside the chamber, Tracey has long been involved in sports and belongs to the Central Connecticut Association of Football Officials. He and his wife, Mary, who are longtime Enfield residents, have three daughters and four grandchildren.

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Regional Davis Appointed to Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee HARTFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Connecticut House Republicans has assigned state Rep-elect Christopher Davis (R- East Windsor) to three legislative committees. Davis will be representing the 57th General Assembly District, covering East Windsor and Ellington. He unseated incumbent Ted Graziani, a Democrat who served in the state legislature for more than a decade. When he takes office, Davis will serve on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, which has jurisdiction over all matters related to finance, revenue, fees, taxation, and capital bonding, as well as those linked to the Department of Revenue Services. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also serve on the legislatureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Planning and Development as well as Public Safety and Security committees. Davis is prepared for the challenges tied

to his assignments as well as the responsibilities of being a state representativeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly, taking an active role in resuscitating Connecticutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ailing finances and getting unemployed residents back to work again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got an immense budget deficit staring us in the face, yet â&#x20AC;Ś proposals for far-reaching tax increases are all weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard about,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to change that approach. The legislature should explore ways to reduce government spending before reaching into anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wallet again.â&#x20AC;? Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; role on the Planning and Development Committee will see him consider issues such as planning and zoning, urban renewal, and the State Plan of Conservation and Development, as well as economic development related to local

Library Presents Zumbatomic Exercise for Kids ENFIELD - Deborah Loomis from Dance Amore will be at the Enfield Public Library to share the latest craze in exercise for kids, Zumbatomic! This is a simplified exercise routine with fun, energetic music for children.

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governments. The Public Safety and Security Committee oversees matters related to civil preparedness, homeland security, and the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of

Public Safetyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including state police, municipal police training, fire marshals, state fire safety code, and state building codes.

Keeney Starts Probate Judge Term (continued from page 1) Washington and worked on Weickerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff and on the Appropriations Committee staff. He eventually served as general counsel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Keeney returned to Connecticut in 1990, serving as commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection for four years. After that he spent three years as director of the Department of Environmental Management for Rhode Island. After that he was president of Dufresne Nuclear Services in Connecticut and was head of environmental services for Northeast Utilities and later returned to NOAA as deputy assistant secretary for oceans and navigation. In 2009 he began working for GEI Consultants in Glastonbury, and he and his family again returned to Somersville. Keeney and his wife, Mary, have five children. With the consolidation of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probate courts, Keeney said he became interested in running for the position. Rather than part-time probate judges, the positions are now full time. He sees the role as becoming â&#x20AC;&#x153;more professional, more demanding, more challenging.â&#x20AC;? Keeney was elected in November as judge of probate for the 11th District,

which serves Stafford, Somers, Enfield and Union. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity to serve,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re helping people at a time in their lives when they really need assistance.â&#x20AC;? In addition to the better known involvement with wills and trusts, the probate courts involve child guardianship and conservator matters. They work in concert with the state Department of Children and Families and guardianship cases. They also are involved with name changes and passport issues. Keeney said his vast life experiences will help him make decisions in these matters. With the consolidation of the courts, and the wide area his district covers, the 11th District, which will be based in Enfield, will also have a location in the Stafford Town Hall. Records will be kept in Enfield, but can be accessed by computer from Stafford. The Enfield office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with hearings on Wednesdays and Thursdays. In Stafford, office hours will be Mondays and Tuesdays, with hearings on Tuesdays. The 4th Probate District judge is Brian Griffin, who will serve as probate judge in the newly merged court serving East Windsor, Windsor and South Windsor. James Purnell will be the probate judge in the 12th District, which serves Ellington.

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The Barn Yard Given CCSU Award ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; On Oct. 30, Michael Maiscalco, assistant vice president of The Barn Yard & Great Country Garages, and marketing manager Michelle Aveyard accepted a plaque from Central Connecticut State University for sponsoring its football game against Wagner College of New York. The Barn Yard is a longtime sponsor of CCSU and proud to do its part in supporting local Connecticut athletics. CCSU went on to win the game against Wagner College 38-20. Aveyard and CCSU alum Maiscalco accepted the award at halftime on the football fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50-yard line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pleased to be able to support local athletics, especially at such a respect-

ed institution as CCSU,â&#x20AC;? Maiscalco said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our partnership with the university has become a highly valued professional relationship that we are very proud of.â&#x20AC;? The Barn Yard & Great Country Garages first opened its doors in 1984 and since has grown to three locations throughout Connecticut. The Barn Yard, which has an A+ Better Business Bureau ranking, has built and delivered thousands of buildings throughout the Northeast. To learn more about The Barn Yard, to browse through inventory stock or to read customer testimonials, visit its website at www.TheBarnYardStore.com or call 800628-2276.

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Computer Salvage Grand Opening Replacing Richâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drive In Restaurant in Somers is Computer Salvage, Charles Colbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second computer sales and service location. The first is located in East Granby. The Colbys are excited to be open and ready to service the town of Somers again with all of their computer needs from their 74 South Rd., Somers, location. From left are: Carter Colby, Somers First Selectwoman Lisa Pellegrini, Charles Colby III, state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi and Charles Colby III,

Somers Woman Opens Fitness Studio EAST LONGMEADOW - Bia Fitness is now open. Krystal Say from Somers opened a health and fitness studio this past July and it is located at 357a Shaker Rd. in East Longmeadow. Graduating from the University of Southern Maine has given her the knowledge, skills and abilities to impact people to live healthfully, happily and actively. As a personal coach, Say motivates

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East Windsor Senior Services Department Offers Programs and Trips 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. We strive to promote the socialization, independence, selfsufficiency, and community involvement of our senior citizens. If you have any comments or questions, please call Laura Clynch, director of senior services, at 860-292-8262 or e-mail 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. Love to play cribbage? Well, have we got a game for you. We are looking for a few people who love the game to start a club. Call the center and let us know you are interested. The Senior Center’s Meals-on-Wheels program is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver meals to our in-town homebound seniors. You will be reimbursed for mileage. Call Janet between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday-Friday at 860-292-8279 if you can spare an hour a day or two a week and are interested in helping out. Join us for our new weekly program “Knit, Tat, & Chat.” We’ll be getting

together every Monday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. to knit, tat, and, of course, chat. We will gather Jan. 10, 24, and 31. Please call the center if you are able to join us. UPCOMING EVENTS • On Friday, Jan. 7, we will have a special presentation by Anne Marie Kebschull of the Warehouse Point Library from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. to discuss the library’s monthly book club/movie series. • Bridge is by far the greatest card game of all. It can provide immense challenge and enjoyment for the rest of your life and the Senior Center is the place to learn how to play. We are taking signups now for classes starting on Jan. 10 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Call the center if you are interested. • Join us for our new monthly Elder Law Program held on the second Tuesday of every month. We will have a lawyer from the law office of Kraner & Hess here for private one-on-one consultations on Jan. 11 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. If you would like an appointment, please call the office. • Join us on Jan. 11 for a special photo session with Scott Vining. Call the office and sign up for a free one-on-one session with Scott. He will be providing all those that sign up with a free 5x7 portrait of themselves. • Health Trax will be at the center on Jan. 12 from 11 a.m.-noon to do a presentation on its Silver Sneaker program. Join us and find out what Health Trax has to offer. • How much do you know about hearing loss? Join us on Jan. 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. as we learn the answer to that question from Avada Hearing Center of East Windsor. • On Jan. 14 we will be showing the movie “The Bucket List” starring Jack

Nicholson and Morgan Freeman from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. This is a movie about a billionaire and a working class mechanic that have nothing in common except their terminal illness. While sharing a hospital room, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find the joy in life. • Join us for our new monthly focus group on Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. We will meet to discuss future activities, trips, and happenings at your Senior Center. Come out to share your ideas and opinions. • Scrapbooking with Karen is a new program we are offering on Jan. 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your photos and enjoy a class on scrapbooking. There is a $5 fee for furnished supplies. • Come to the center on Jan. 19 for Eye Care Bingo from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. In honor of National Eye Care Month, we have invited back Primary Eye Care Center. Everyone had a great time playing bingo on their last visit to the center. • On Jan. 27 we will have our monthly social from noon to 2 p.m. This month we will be entertained by the Humble Bees. The menu for the day will be clam chowder, catch of the day, potato puffs, coleslaw, 100 percent whole wheat bread, oyster crackers, and purple plums. If you would like to join us, please call Janet at 860-292-8279 by Jan. 25. • Join us on Feb. 2 for our first Super Bowl Party. We’ll start the day with a special luncheon and close it out by having a special viewing of the movie “The Blind Side” starring Sandra Bullock. The festiv-

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East Windsor Selectmen Begin Spending Process with Budget Roundtable By Linda Tishler Levinson EAST WINDSOR â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The budget process has begun. The Board of Selectmen held a roundtable budget meeting Dec. 6, along with residents and other town officials. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss goals for the budget process and to find ways to proceed more smoothly. The 2010-2011 budget proposals were defeated in three referendums, with the town charter provisions taking over after the third budget failed. The 2009-2010 budget with a

2 percent increase was then adopted, according to the charter. First Selectman Denise Menard said that she has attended meetings of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and that CCM has indicated that because there is a new governor, it will be late January or February before the state gives towns any indication about funding. Menard said, however, that since Gov.-Elect Dan Malloy is a former mayor, he is sensitive to the needs of cities and towns.

Menard started making a list of the common goals for the budget process. It was agreed to make one of the goals communicating the proper budget figures to the public in a way it can understand. At their Dec. 21 meeting, the selectmen decided to hold a public meeting on the budget at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Scout Hall. The selectmen also decided that a questionnaire would be given to the public to help guide town officials in the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s views during the budget season.

Parks and Recreation Department Offers Winter Activities and Events EAST WINDSOR - We hope that you are able to find a program or event for you and your family to partake in these winter months. Check back for updates on the CRPA Hot Shot Contest results, best of luck to all of our participants. Please feel free to let us know what types of programs, events, and /or facilities you would like to see in East Windsor. If you have a special talent or skill and would like to run a program for us please contact Melissa Maltese at 860-627-6662. Outdoor Skating Rink The portable skating rink, which was acquired through the efforts of Girl Scout Troops #123 and #154, will be located on the north side of the East Windsor High School. This facility will be available for use by people of all ages, and provides a free family recreational activity. The rink is available after school hours during the week, and during the evening as well. The rink is also available at any time during the weekends, or during school vacation. Check with the Parks and Recreation Department for the opening date. Winter Yoga The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department will offer an eight-week ses-

sion of Yoga classes at the East Windsor High School, Room D4. All classes will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday classes will be held from Jan. 10 to March 7; no class will be held on Feb. 21. Thursday classes will be held from Jan. 13 to March 10; no class will be held on Feb. 24. The cost of the program is $25 for one class per week, and $40 for both classes each week. Checks should be made payable to Diane LeMay. Please register through the Parks and Recreation Office, or online with our Webster Bank Payment link. Please call 860-627-6662 with questions. Panther Plunge Join the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department and the East Windsor Human Services Department for its second annual Panther Plunge! The plunge will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, at East Windsor Park on Reservoir Avenue. Come individually, or come as a group, but â&#x20AC;&#x201D; most important â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just come! Come in costume, or come as you are. Participants who take a brief plunge in the reservoir can raise money to benefit the East Windsor Fuel Bank. A $10 donation will give you the opportunity to plunge; a $15

donation buys you an exclusive Panther Plunge tee shirt. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, before and after the plunge, and for most money raised. Come and join us to benefit this worthy cause. Please pick up your paperwork at the Park and Recreation Department Office, 76 South Main St., East Windsor, CT. (phone: 860-

627-6662) February Vacation Camp Camp will be held for children in grades K-6 at East Windsor High School from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22 to Friday, Feb. 25; no camp Monday, Feb. 21.

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• On Jan. 18 we will be going to the Connecticut Convention Center for the 14th annual Fishing & Hunting Expo. We will leave the center at 9:30 a.m. and return at 1:30 p.m. Ticket price is $10 per person and may be purchased at the door the day of the show. All tickets include free admission to the seminars. • We will be attending the 30th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show on Jan. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase the day of the show at the door for $12 per person. All tickets include free admission to the seminars. HEALTH & WELLNESS • We offer free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings the first Thursday of every month. A nurse from the Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut provides this service from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Appointments are not needed, just walk in any time. • Podiatry services are on the first Thursday of every month. This is by appointment only and there is a fee. Please call the center if you have any questions. NUTRITION • The center offers a hot lunch program for residents 60 years of age and older. Lunch is served Monday-Friday at noon for a suggested donation of $2. Advance reservations are required; please call Janet at 860-292-8279 between 9 a.m. and 1

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(continued from page 6) ities will start at 11:30 a.m. Please call the office if you would like to join us. TRIPS • On Jan. 12 we will be traveling to the Warehouse Point Library for the first in a monthly series of book club movies to view “Pride & Prejudice” starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, and Brenda Blethyn from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. • On Jan. 25 we will have a special diala-ride trip to The Final Markdown in Manchester for some shopping. After we shop we will head over to the Olive Garden for a bite to eat. We will leave the center at 9:30 a.m. and return at 1:30 p.m. • The USS Chowder Pot Restaurant is one of our favorite places to go for lunch, so we’ve planned a trip there for Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If it’s one of your favorite places, call the center and let us know you’d like to join us. • Join us for our first in a series of monthly concert at Eastern Connecticut State University. We will be attending their Brown Bag Concert on Feb. 11. We will leave the center at 10 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. You may bring your own lunch or have us order one for you from Subway for $6. This is a free program offered through the university. Please call the center if you would like to attend.

p.m. Monday-Friday if you would like to join us for lunch. The menu for the current month is available on the Town of East Windsor Senior Services’ website. Our on-going activities are: Bridge Lessons: Mondays at 9 a.m. Shopping at Big Y & Wal-Mart: Mondays from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Open Computer Time: Daily from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. ACTIVE Exercise Class: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Walking Program: Mondays at 12:30 p.m. Shopping at Geissler’s: Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Scrabble Club Wii Fit Wii Bowling Community Puzzle Time Special shopping and lunch trips are held every Friday. Call us to see where we’ll be going. Please call the office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. if you need more information on programs being offered or would like to sign up for any of our programs and trips. If you have never used our transportation services, please keep in mind you will have to fill out paperwork before attending any of our dial-a-ride trips. There is no extra fee for this.

Cost of the camp is $90 for residents and $100 for non-residents. Pre-registration by Feb. 16 required. Mad Science Calling all Future scientists!! Mad Science is back! This program is for kids in grades K-4. Classes will be held at the Broad Brook School on Wednesdays, 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Feb. 9 to May 18; no classes Feb. 23, April 13, and April 20. Fee for the 12week program is $152. Checks should be made payable to Mad Science. Registration through the Parks and Recreation Office must be received by Feb. 4. Space is limited to the first 20 students. A parent volunteer is needed for each class. Acting Classes Come show off your acting talents with Performing Arts Programs Inc. The winter class will be held on Thursdays from Feb. 10 to March 31; no class Feb. 24. Grades K-5 will meet from 3:45 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. at the Broad Brook School’s Music Room. Cost of the program will be $90; please make checks payable to Performing Arts. Call Michael Lamb at 860-4329890 with any questions. Please sign up early.

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860-749-7517 Supporting Toy for Joy The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union (TVTFCU) donated a variety of toys that were collected from members and staff to the Enfield Police Department’s Toy for Joy program. This program has provided new toys for many children in the Enfield area over the years. Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union Credit Union staff members Christine White (left) and Mireille Marquardt (right) pose with the toys that were collected.

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Ellington Town Exercises Option To Purchase 7.2 Acres of Open Space By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The town has an option to buy the property at 59 South Rd. The Board of Selectmen voted Dec. 13 to authorize First Selectman Maurice Blanchette to sign an offer to purchase the property, which abuts the Crystal Lake School property, for $340,000.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a property the town has been trying to acquire for a decade,â&#x20AC;? Blanchette said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be very beneficial to acquire this piece of property, particularly for playing fields.â&#x20AC;? Owned by the Bicknell family, the property includes 7.2 acres. There is a house on the property, but Blanchette said the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest is the land. The School Facilities Committee has determined that

more space is needed for the elementary grades, and Blanchette said this purchase could assist with that need. The overcrowding is a particular problem at the Windermere School, he said. Of Crystal Lake School, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by far the smallest school that we have.â&#x20AC;? The option to buy locks in the purchase price until June 30, Blanchette added.

Scholarships Available for Women ELLINGTON - The annual Phipps and Schoelzel Scholarships are available to Connecticut women pursuing an advanced course of study in institutions of higher learning. The applicant must be matriculating for a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or postgraduate degree, have completed two or more years of college, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. All awards are granted on the basis of financial need, future promise, and scholarship ability. Schoelzel Scholarship applicants must be in the field of Education. The General

Federation of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubs is the sponsor of these scholarships. The Ellington Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club is searching for applicants to be our candidates at the state level. Scholarships are not granted for current or prior years. Feb. 10 is the deadline that applications may be accepted. Personal references and full financial disclosure are required. If you are interested in receiving an application or more information, contact dh1438@gmail.com or 860-871-0640.

State-of-the-Art MRI System Opens ENFIELD - Johnson Memorial Hospital recently introduced its new, stateof-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) coach which will be moved between the hospital in Stafford Springs and Johnson Surgery and Outpatient Services Center in Enfield. The new system obtains diagnostic

information significantly faster and provides greater image quality than other MRI systems. Because the scanner not only improves the quality of the image but also reduces the length of MRI examinations, this procedure at JMH will be more comfortable for patients.

Federation Officers visit Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club At the Ellington Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dec. 1 meeting, members enjoyed holiday hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and desserts, a grab bag gift exchange, and a special visit from officers of the General Federation of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubs of Connecticut (GFWC/CT). Pictured left to right are: Linda Louise LaCasse, GFWC/CT District 7 Director; Ellen Karadimas, President, Ellington Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club; JoAnn Calnen, GFWC/CT President. For information on joining The Ellington Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, contact Lois Goodin at 860-871-8133 or ellingtonwomensclub@yahoo.com, or visit the website at www.ellingtonwomensclub. giving.officelive.com.

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Savino, Nicholas Schipper, Lanae Schneider, Laura Schneider, Nikolaos Sidiropoulos, Sailesh Simhadri, Katherine Stabinsky, Melanie Stone, Nicholas Tedone, Alyssa Tournaud, John Vogel, Yutao Wang, Rachel Wardrop, Devonney Waters, Evan Welton, Vincent Zullo GRADE 10 HIGH HONORS Margo Bailey, Andrew Cohen, Lisa DeConti, Karli King, Hannah Kogut, Luke LaBranche, Alexandra Larew, William McAllister, Andrew Parker, Gabriella Rubino, Carolyn Schafer, Anna Schofer, Kayla Sgarlata, Tiffany Simkewicz, Kevin Stein, Taylor Welti HONORS Matthew Anderson, Kevin Arbeiter, Jessica Baker, Zachary Baskin, Julie Bezanson, Jeffrey Bird, Kevin Bostiga, Garrett Boulanger, David Cohen, Amanda Conti, Cassondra Cote, Shannon Cottle, Olivia DeForge, Angelina DiBacco, Shelby Dorman, Joshua Feldman, Kiera Forstell, Benjamin Friedman, Renee Gayton, Leah Gerber, Alexis Gilliland, Zachary Glassner, Devin Goldsnider, Robert Gosselin, Sarah Gosselin, Justin Graziani, Janna Grinaski, Jordan Guida, Keri Halloran, Blaire Herter, Kayla Hickman, Taylor Hildebrand, Heidi Hoffman, Amy Hornish, Jennifer Hulstein,

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Ellington Senior Center Offers Programs on Health and Wellness ELLINGTON - Happy New Year! Take a moment to participate in the many programs offered at the Ellington Senior Center. Most of our programs are held in the main room of the Senior Center. Signup is requested for all of our informative programs. Call 860-870-3133 to secure your reservation. Verizon – A sales consultant from Verizon will be at the Senior Center on Monday, Jan. 11 at 3:30 p.m. for a presentation on introducing the NEW Waxess cell@home, cellular telephone. Sign-up is required. Tax Preparation Program - The 2011 Tax Preparation Program will be held at the Town of Ellington Human Services Department (Arbor Park). Appointments will be on Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 3 and ending on Wednesday, April 14. Appointment times are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A sign-up sheet will be available at the

Ellington Senior Center. Please call 860870-3133 to secure your appointment. Artist Mary Wolff - Wolff continues to welcome all to her colored pencil art classes held at the Senior Center Tuesday mornings from 9:15 to 11:15. Cost is $5 per class, payable to instructor. Come learn this unique drawing technique. You will be amazed. Creative Writings – The year 2010 has passed with changes in our writing body due to personal circumstances. We will continue to meet the third Thursday of the month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ellington Senior Center. Jan. 20 will be our first meeting of the New Year. The goal is a Creative Writing reading and publication for Spring 2011 to help celebrate the Ellington Senior Center’s 15th year in existence. All interested parties are welcome to come and participate. Musical Insights – 2011 – There will

Honor Roll Announced at Ellington High (continued from page 10) Emily Barnhart, Sydney Bassett-Wooley, William Beaudry, Robert Berzenski, Nina Betancourt, Marc Castonguay, Alyssa Chase, Alexandria Clemson, MeaghanRose Costello, Dakota D’Achiardi, Angela Daigle, Danielle DeCarli, Nicholas DiGiacomo, Matthew Duguay, Carolyn Gill, Zachary Graves, Kelly Hayes, Samuel Henderson, Kelsey Janssen, Samantha Johnson, Meghan Kacmarcik, Bhrighde Kehoe, Samantha King, Ryan Kuczynski, Renee Landry, Michele Macchiarella, Alexandra Maciolek, Kelly

Maguire, Brian Malone, Michael Marcus, Alexandra Marella, Tracy Marholin, Morgan McPartland, Dustin Mocadlo, Taylor Moskites, Ryan Orszulak, Alyssa Ostrout, Ryan Ostrout, JoAnna Paul, Claudia-Marie Perez, Stephen Pernal, Christopher Philavong, Krista Pregony, Chelsy Quiles, Amy Rafaniello, Kelly Remenik, Jeanette Rowe, Charles Savona, Curt Schiessl, Andrew Schneider, Daniel Schofer, Samuel Sirag, Sarah Smith, Ashley Sojka, Kelly Stauffer, Patrick Stavens, Erika Streib, Michael Thomas, Heather Walters, Abigail Welch, Brannen Wesley, Margaret Ziomek

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be no January presentations. We will continue our Musical Insights events on Feb. 14 with a musical program Part II “The Classical Period” ~ composer Amadeus Mozart at 6 p.m. Musical Insights meets every second and fourth Monday of the month, weather permitting, from 6 p.m. to

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Women’s Club Warms Winterfest Guests Guests of Ellington’s annual Winterfest held on Dec. 4 enjoyed free hot chocolate, mulled cider and baked goods at the Ellington Senior Center. Members of the Ellington Women’s Club provided and served the homemade goodies and beverages. Pictured left to right are Kathie Stupinski, Pat Tardif, and Ellington Women’s Club Winterfest Hospitality Chairperson Dot Shackway. For information on joining the Ellington Women’s Club, contact Lois Goodin at 860-871-8133.

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Ellington Senior Center Programs and Trips (continued from page 11) blood pressure/diabetic screenings clinics on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month (1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m). A podiatry clinic is offered the first Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. There is a cost involved with the podiatry clinic. Please call the Senior Center 860-870-3133 for further information. • Exercise class is held every Monday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the main room of the Senior Center. Classes are $3 for town residents and $4 for non-residents. Alcyone Brennan welcomes all to her class. Most of the exercises are completed while sitting in a chair. The music Alcyone plays is fun and makes us feel like we’re not even exercising. • Tai-Chi class is held every Monday at 10:30 a.m. (beginners) and 11:30 a.m. (advanced). Cost of this class is $3 for town residents and $4 for non-residents. Ed Evans welcomes all to his classes. • Amelia, our Line Dance and Ballroom/Polka instructor, is looking for new people to come and join her classes. Beginners to experienced dancers, come on down to the Senior Center. Games MahJong is played every Friday mornings at 10; Bridge is offered to experi-

enced players every Tuesday morning at 9; Setback is played every Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 7; Canasta “King’s Row” is played on Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m.; we offer Domino’s the first and third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. Shuffleboard is played Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Come join us! Trips Shenanigans Street and Foxwoods – is the next excursion planned for the Ellington Senior Center on Thursday, March 17. Cost of this trip is $63 per person and includes round trip transportation, a free voucher for buffet use or as a $10 food credit at most of the other food venues. This trip includes time at Mohegan Sun (at least 4.5 hours) with a special surprise of cash casino betting bonus money, tickets to see Cornerstone Productions’ “Shenanigans Street” playing at the Cornerstone Playhouse in Olde Mystic Village at 4 p.m., a snack pack box lunch waiting for you on your journey back home, and all taxes and gratuities, including the driver’s gratuity. Come join us for this St. Patrick’s Day trip! The Ellington Senior Center is located at 16 Church St., Ellington. Phone number is 860-870-3133 or view our newsletter on the Town of Ellington website for further information: www.ellington-ct.gov.

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Kicking In for Social Services As a prerequisite for their black belts at Healthkick Inspired Fitness, (l-r) Derek Somers of Ellington, Carol McKinney-Betterely of Stafford and Ben Tetrault, a junior at Stafford High, raised money for a non-profit organization. On Nov. 23, the group presented Stafford Social Services Director Karen Troiano, left, with a check for $230 from a can and bottle drive they organized. Photo by Barbara Bresnahan

Scholarship Will Fund Seven-Day Peace Studies ENFIELD - The Enfield Rotary Club and Enfield Rotary Memorial Scholarship Foundation announce the availability of a 2011 Peace Studies Scholarship. The scholarship will fund a trip to Jerusalem in the summer of 2011, where the successful applicant will attend a seven-day “Coexistence in the Middle East” course. All costs, including travel to and from Israel, accommodations, meals, course fees and day trips, are covered by the scholarship. The English-language course awards three college credits to the participant. Applicants must be residents of Enfield who are currently enrolled in any college and taking at least eight credits during the

current 2010-2011 school year. Applications for the Peace Studies Scholarship are available on the Internet at www.tinyurl.com/enfieldrotarypeacescholarship. The application requires an essay of 1,000 words or fewer on why you should be chosen to be a Peace Studies Travel Scholar. The deadline for applications is Jan. 31. The successful applicant will be notified by the end of February. For more information about the 2011 Peace Studies Scholarship, please contact Joanne Kane at 860-749-6526 or by e-mail at jokane@cox.net. Information about the Rotary Club of Enfield is available at www.enfieldctrotary.org.


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Somers Solar Photovoltaic Panels Draw Energy Savings For Town By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS — Here comes the sun and the energy savings that come with it. The photovoltaic panel installation project for the firehouse is complete, according to First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini. The panels will provide solar energy to heat the water for the firehouse, bringing a savings

of approximately $1,200 a year. A Web box is being installed on the firehouse, so that residents may check the website and find out exactly how much is being saved over water being heated using conventional fuels. “We designed this to be a system that was readily accessible,” said Erik Bartone,

School System Announces Destruction Of Student Records By February 1 SOMERS - In accordance with Section 7-109 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Somers Public School System will be destroying the records of students who have graduated or reached the age of 21 prior to 2004. (Note: transcripts will be retained for 50 years.) There are instances when either the student or parents, for Social Security benefits and other purposes, may need school records. Therefore, this correspondence serves as notification to the students and/or parents graduating in June of 2004 to provide them with an opportunity to obtain their records. By appointment only, regular school

records may be picked up in the Somers High School Counseling and Career Center office, and special education records may be picked up in the Office of Pupil Services daily, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. before Feb. 1. Due to confidentiality, records will not be released to anyone other than the student unless a signed consent for release of records form is provided. If there are any questions, please contact the Office of Pupil Services at 860749-2270, ext. 2051 or 2052.

president of DBS Energy, which installed the panels. The website, which will be available in early January, is at www.sunnyportal.com. Click on publicly available plants and look for the Somers firehouse link. In addition, the lighting in the firehouse and its garage bays has been updated and is expected to save another $1,200 per year. The project was funded by a Federal Energy Block Grant. “We look forward to all these savings down the road,” Pellegrini said. She is meeting with the contractor to look into using photovoltaic panels on other town buildings in the hopes of achieving similar savings. Animal control facility The town had been working toward a shared animal control facility with the town of East Windsor. Somers had voted for the project, but East Windsor voted against it. The proposal had been to share East Windsor’s animal control facility, but some East Windsor residents were concerned about the noise of barking dogs,

Pellegrini said. Somers’ facility has higher operating costs, but Pellegrini said they are working to lower its energy costs. With those costs reduced, she said, it may be possible to come to an agreement to share the Somers facility. So far, energy costs at the animal control facility have been reduced by removing a large, generally unused refrigerator and reducing the use of a space heater and fans that had been running continually. That has reduced electricity costs from $250 to $300 per month down to about $75 per month, Pellegrini said. Grants The town has received a state Department of Transportation grant for $20,446, which will pay for the bus which provides transportation for the elderly. The town also received $70,000 from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to help pay the human resources director’s salary. That grant arrived in late December. “That was a nice Christmas present,” Pellegrini said.

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SOMERS PUBLIC LIBRARY 2 Vision Boulevard, Somers, CT 06071 (Same building, new address) (860) 763-3501 / Fax: (860) 763-1718 Email: somerspl@biblio.org Website: www.SomersNow.com/library

New Year, New Skills Develop computer skills for free at your library! Classes will be held on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. or Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Most classes will last 1 1/2 hours. Please register by calling 860-763-3501. If you are interested but unable to attend, please call about future schedules. Computer Basics & Beyond Google Facebook Email Basics & Beyond Photos Online Word 2007 Excel 2007 Job Searching

Book Discussion The next book discussion at the library will be The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar on Wednesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. with a snow date of February 2. Denise Stankovics is the discussion leader. Copies of the book are available for loan. Please call 860763-3501 to register or for further information. Movie Matinees We will show the recently released film You Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Know Jack: the Life and Deaths of Jack Kevorkian starring Al Pacino and Susan Sarandon, on Monday, January 10. The movie will be shown with closed captioning in the Blake Community Room beginning at 1:00 p.m. On Monday, February 14, the matinee will be The Lightkeepers, a warmhearted tale of lost love and second chances starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner. Celebrating Mozart On Sunday, January 30 at 1:00 p.m. we'll be showing an opera presentation of Mozart's masterpiece "Le Nozze di Figaro" (The Marriage of Figaro) starring Renee Fleming and Gerald Finley. Opera enthusiast Michael Cascia will present the opera and explain it for more enjoyment of the performance. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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Winter Events from the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Room Winter Storytime Session Registration for the Somers Public Library winter storytime session will begin the week of January 10. Somers residents can register beginning Monday, January 10 and nonresidents can register beginning Tuesday, January 11. Storytime sessions will run for six weeks January 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 11. Registration is required for all storytimes. Children ages 12-24 months, accompanied by a caretaker, will attend storytime on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. During the lap-sit portion of this program, children share a board book with their caretaker. The toddlers will also learn some songs and hand rhymes. Each session ends with unstructured playtime. Program length: 40 minutes. Children ages 24-36 months, also accompanied by a parent or caretaker, will meet on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. The program will consists of stories, songs, musical instruments, movement and a craft. The program lasts for about 45 minutes.

Children ages 3-5 years will meet on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. or Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Children this age may attend storytime on their own or be accompanied by a parent or caretaker. The program consists of stories, songs, musical instruments, movement and a craft. The program lasts for about 45 minutes.

Tuesday, January 18. Children ages 2 & up are invited to listen to stories, sing songs and make a winter craft. Children may wear their pajamas and bring a stuffed animal. No registration required.

Family Movie Matinee On Friday, January 14 at 1:00 p.m. we will show the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid, rated PG, 94 minutes. No registration required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. What a great way to spend a day off from school!

Candy Contest In honor of Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day on February 14, we are holding a guessing contest from January 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; February 11. When you check out a book from the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Room you can take a guess at the number of candies in the jar. Closest guess wins them all!

Winter Reading Program Warm up with a good book between January 10 & February 28 and join the Somers Public Library winter reading program. Pick up your first reading sheet beginning Monday, January 10 and check out five books from the library. Return your completed reading log to the library for a special surprise.

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Somers Miles Gasek Selected as Resident Assistant at St. Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SOMERS - Miles Gasek, son of Bernadette and David Gasek of Somers, was named a resident assistant for the Office of Student Life at Saint Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College for the 2010-2011 academic year. Gasek, a junior, is a music and English double major at the liberal arts residential Catholic college located in Burlington, Vt., one of the top 10 college towns in America. He graduated from East Catholic High School before coming to Saint Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

Saint Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a distinctive Catholic liberal arts college that provides education with a social conscience. One of Princeton Reviewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best 371 Colleges, Saint Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s makes it possible for students to participate in independent science research, do real-work internships, get free passes to the best skiing in the East, and live in sight of Vermontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s majestic Green Mountains. Resident assistants are selected from the entire Saint Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undergraduate stu-

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David Gorski Graduates Cum Laude from CCSU David E. Gorski of Somers graduated Cum Laude from Central Connecticut State University in December. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education and Engineering. David has been on the Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List every semester and is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi, Epsilon Pi Tau and Golden Key honor societies. Gorski was CCSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student coordinator of the CT Electrathon, an electric vehicle design competition for high schools. David is presently teaching in the Technology Department at Stafford High School.

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Somers Students Named To First Quarter Honor Roll at Somers High School SOMERS - The following students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter at Somers High School, according to a list released by the school. Grade Nine High Honors Allard, Brianna Elizabeth Anderson, Mitchell David Bosomworth, Stephen Charles Cisco, Kimberly Marie DeGray, Christopher Thomas Ficara, Austin C. Folger, Julianne Spinelli Gagne, Kaitlin Lang Gamble, Caroline Regan Gay, Samantha Eileen Goss, Christine Marie Guerrette, Megan Danielle Hayowyk, Sarah Louise Herbert, Dominique Frances Jewell, Emily Anne Kopec, Matthew David Laurita, Kevin Thomas Leale, Caitlin Faith Lefemine, Amanda Lynn Mottolese, Anthony Joseph Nowak, Allison Michelle Prucker, Kaitlyn Quint, Chelsea Taylor Rafala, Matthew Louis Rheault, Helena ALyse Roberts, Amanda Kathryn Rossini, Brian Thomas Scanlon, Brandon Michael Socha, Lindsey Alyssa Steidler, Kristen Celatka Trusch, Jessica Marie VanFossan, Lauren Olivia VanFossan, Wyatt Dylan Vibberts, Andrew Robert Willoughby, Jessica Wysocki, MacKenna Elizabeth Grade Nine Honors Ballard, Carley Ann Beaulieu, Marc Henry

Bell, Christopher Kyle Bushey, Erika Amber Bych, Melody Grace Casciano, Michael Joseph Eastwood, Christopher Michael Felch, Jessica Caitlyn Hinkel, Selena Sierra Kerr, Aram Joseph LaVallee, Kathryn Marie Lynch, Ryan Wood Maznicki, Corey Christopher McCloskey, William Joseph Mulvihill, Hannah Reagan Novak, Rebecca Jane Samson, Jessalyn Therese Sibilia, Anna Caroline Teel, Emily Genevieve Totten, Tori Arlene Tyler, Olivia Marie Williams, Kara Elizabeth Grade Ten High Honors Aikins, Kristine Alyce Bernier, Gabrielle L Caswell, Joshua James Chesley, Jane Marie Coleman, Nicholas David DeAdder, Ryan Donald DeFilipi, Dominic Martin Deonarine, Priya Devi Elia, Nicholas James Erwin, Mark Edward Fawthrop, Katelyn Caron Gay, Nicole Renee Iadarola, Zachary Andrew Jablonski, Jennifer Anne Koehler, Evan Ray Mai-Nguyen, Laila McCollum, Sarah Elizabeth Mitchell, Connor James Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, Kathryn Kennedy Panchal, Sachin H Regan, Colleen Rose Rockett, John Rossini, Cayla Grace

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Somers Honor Roll Announced at Somers High (continued from page 19) Trescott, Karen Deanne Turley, Danielle Erinne Varnauskas, Jenna Lee Zachary, Nick Scott Grade Eleven High Honors Boggio, Kaitlyn A. Egan, Kelly Gallagher, William Charles Geib, Ryan T. Goodman, Adam Joseph Guite, Brianna Renee Hayowyk, Evan Leaska, Taylor Paige Lockyer, Connor Ryan Loughrey, Katie Ann MacLauchlan, Heather Lynn Mailhot, Ryan Mathewson, Timothy Arthur Moriarty, Caitlin Lee Moser, Samuel Clarke Moustafa, Jason Richard Okun, Sabrina Dawn Pomeroy, Kelsey-Ann Sarah Schober, Jacqueline Rose Stenz, Marta Skibild Sullivan, Kyle Patrick Vecchiarelli, Emily Margaret Vendetta, Victoria Alexandra Welch, Karisa Rose Grade Eleven Honors Anderson, Mackenzie T. Archambault, Amanda

Beaulieu, Renee Catherine Belcher, Brian Michael Blauvelt, Emma T. Brunk, Michelle Nichole Cardwell, John Patrick Coverdill, Sean Richard Crisafi, Sara Anne DiLorenzo, Angela Felix, Joseph Clifton Fragomeni, Marissa Marie Garlick, Teresa Rose Geas, Alex Fotios Gomez, Josmavelin Gorski, Thomas Newcomb Hamilton, Christopher Michael Hannan, Emma Katherine Jacobsen, Nicholas Killoh, Alexander Joseph Kloter, Melissa Ingrid Kopec, Andrea Meghan Kruzel, Magdalena Jean LaVallee, Victoria Lynn Maille, Nicholle Linda Morello, Krista Michelle Morton, Katherine E. Mountford, Kayla Lynn Norton, Allyssa Louise Pellissier, Michelle Helene Petkis, Alana Rose Ricard, Ashley Marie Roberts, Kevin Michael Shi, Yuan yuan Stewart, Melissa Ann Vanasse, Emily Ann Vecchio, Nicholas Edward Vollaro, Kenneth

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Celebrating Her Centennial Clarice Yuill’s daughter, Janet Davies, pins a corsage on her mom at her 100th birthday party, which was held at the Stafford Senior Center on Dec. 29, 2010. At right, noted Connecticut meteorologist Charlie Bagley was on hand for the festivities at the 100th birthday party. Photos by Barbara Bresnahan

Bacchiochi Honored by Connecticut Police Chiefs for Legislative Work HARTFORD - The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association honored state Rep. Representative Penny Bacchiochi (RSomers) with a 2010 CPCA Legislative Award at a ceremony in Cromwell. “Our law enforcement officials are out on the front lines every single day protecting us and our families from danger,” Bacchiochi said. “We in the legislature must always remember that and do our best to give them the tools they need to do their job and to do it safely.” During the 2010 session Bacchiochi supported legislation to indemnify certain police officers found not guilty in a prosecution as well as legislation to create a new class A misdemeanor for certain acts of “sexting” that will make it easier for law enforcement to make a distinction between

true sex offenders and those guilty of poor judgment. Last year Bacchiochi co-sponsored the “move over” law which requires motorists to slow down and move to an adjacent lane when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle. “I am humbled to receive this award from such an important and commendable group,” Bacchiochi said. “These individuals serve us every single day, often times in ways we take for granted or don’t think about. It is my responsibility to keep them in mind and serve them as best as I can in the legislature.” Founded in 1934, CPCA is the oldest professional law enforcement association in Connecticut and the only one that represents all of Connecticut’s municipalities.

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Stafford Students Named To First Quarter Honor Roll at Stafford High STAFFORD Francis Kennedy, principal of Stafford High School, announced that the following students of Stafford High School have made the honor roll for the 1st quarter of the 2010-2011 school year. These students have completed all of their class work as of Nov. 5, 2010 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.

Sarah Champagne Nikki DeMichael Sarah Donor Renee Drouin Ciarra Gagne Jiamei Liang Brittany Miller Sophie Mordasky Laurel Payzant Shayne Prucker Jenna Rossi Stefanie Szepanski Kylie Vaughn-Kuehl Junior High Honors Louis Arruda Charles Cormier Olivia Crable Thomas Maynard Melissa McCloskey Noom Mongkolkul Vivian Ojeda Carleton Whaley

Senior High Honors Anthony Bachiochi Karolina Bladek Olivia Briggs Leonhard Campo Melina Conrad Julie Dillon Daniel Duffee Stephen Dusza Kenneth Everin Megan Kelly Mary Lo Sarah Longmore Tyson Maynard Everett Palozej Michelle Royce Benjamin Smith Brandan Sumeersarnauth Thomas Szymanski

Junior Honors Ashley Allen Hailee Campanaro Kevin Costello Erin Drouin Mallery Finch Alexandra Garnelis Brent Kalette Shawna Katkavich Kyle Pallanck Melanie Roberts John Sellew Lauren Shaw Merisah Silvay Sarah Symenow Victoria Utter Stephanie Wood

Senior Honors Emily Andresen Brianna Bagley Audrey Benoit Anna Bombard Wesley Boucher Benjamin Carter

Sophomore High Honors Angelique Bacha Jennifer Bourque

Sara Fogarty Ryan Gelinas Amanda Jacobsen Michaela Vaughn-Kuehl Sophomore Honors Taylor Bain William Barnett Marisa Brink Marita Brothers Andrew Buchanan Dylan Carrasquillo Evan Cummins Emily Fay Natalie Finch Joshua Gluck Kelsey Heavener Alexander Huffman Vanessa Knowlton Jonathan Lerch Suzhaunna Lerch Marcella Luby Alicia Morgan Jaime Sierra Megan Watkinson Kianna Woods Freshman High Honors Morgan Bagley Megan Barnett Kristen Finch Erin Gelinas Benjamin Gluck Jake Kalette Conor Keleher Taylor Merrick Theresa Nosel Mykala Perrier Jesse Reeves Matthew Roy Jai Sumeersarnauth Justine Wilson Freshman Honors Scott Avery

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Honored for 1148 Hours of Service Julie Dillon (left) of Stafford was recognized at the Johnson Memorial Hospital Teen Volunteer Recognition Dinner by Peter J. Betts, LFACHE, President and CEO of Johnson Memorial Medical Center, for 1,148 hours of service.

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Stafford Students Named To 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 2. Grade 6 High Honors Michael Bachiochi William Bernier Jenna Castonguay Jacob Conklin Lindsey Eaton Matthew Frank Danielle Garnelis Tyler Gebo Valerie Girard Miranda Griffith Niomi Hunter-Mueller Brandon Kallenbach Kaitlyn Kirchhoffer Julia Lachance Schuyler Lamoureux Ethan Lawlor

Coffee House Presents Popular Music Groups STAFFORD - The Stafford Arts Commission’s next free Coffee House will be on Sunday, Jan. 30, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It opens with The 9th Wave, also known as Acoustic Surf Tones, Connecticut’s premier hot rod surf instrumental combo. The group tours extensively throughout New England and Southern states and is currently recording its sixth full-length CD. At 8 p.m. will be Lucky 13, a Long Island-based, all-women rock, blues and jazz group. They will return to Stafford after being well received at the Commission’s 2010 summer concert series. These talented singer/songwriters’ music clearly shows they are doing something they love. The Coffee House is located at the Ben Muzio Town House (Old Town Hall), 221 East St. (Rt. 19), Stafford. Refreshments are available. Please consider donating a non-perishable food item for the Stafford Family Services Food Bank. For more information, please call 860-684-9500 or 860684-5211.

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Open Mike Night STAFFORD - After a December break, Stafford Arts Commission’s next Open Mike Night will be on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The sign-up begins at 6:45 p.m. Host Jim Bailey invites musicians, singers or spoken word performers to present their work to an appreciative audience every third Thursday of the month, through April. Admission is free for both performers and audience. Location is Ben Muzio Town House (Old Town Hall), 221 East St., (Rt. 19), Stafford Springs. Additional parking is at the Town Garage (Rt. 19) and Memorial Hall (Rt. 319). Refreshments are available. For more information call 860-597-6326.

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Stafford Municipal Solar Efforts Under Way; Entire Project Will Cost The Town $1 STAFFORD - Congressman Joe Courtney, along with Stafford's First Selectman Michael P. Krol, West Stafford Fire Department Chief Joseph Lorenzetti and Stafford Energy Commission Co-chairs Gary Fisher and Leonard Clark, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Stafford Library and the West Stafford Fire Department on Monday, Dec. 13. The Town of Stafford is installing three arrays of solar panels, one at the Stafford Public Library and two at the West Stafford Fire Department, one on the Pavilion roof and the other is a ground array that will be installed in March. The panels will be paid for in part by tax credits provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and will cost the town just $1 to purchase after five years. The panels are expected to save the town an estimated $6,480 a year. Courtney spoke at the town library and then traveled to the firehouse to view the installation there.

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Arts Commission Family Comedy Evening STAFFORD - To help relieve the midwinter “blues,” Stafford Arts Commission is sponsoring a family Comedy Evening on Saturday, Feb. 5. Steve Diamond, actor, stand-up comedian and storyteller from Storrs, will host the program. Diamond, who has performed at numerous local venues, including the Vanilla Bean and the University of Connecticut, will be joined on stage by Howie Mason and followed by Stafford

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