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FREE! Store Owners Banking On Busy Holiday Season By Linda Tishler Levinson The holidays are a season of light and hope. Despite — or in some cases because of — the challenges local businesses and residents have faced after two major storms in two months, North Central Connecticut businesspeople say that optimism is a strong force this holiday season. “I’m optimistic because so much has gone on since the summer,� said Deborah Farnham, owner of Colonial Flower Shoppe in Somers. After people have been in such a state of upheaval after the storms, Farnham said she hopes Christmas will bring people back to a sense of calm. “We always tend to go back to our roots,’ she said, and the holidays are part of that. She said her business was affected by the storm since people were focused on survival, but that they were fortunate not to lose any perishable product. Her business holds an open house during the holidays. “We’re hoping this might be more of an opportunity this year.� She also said her business has benefited from some of the goodwill people have forged with their neighbors as they helped one another. Many have been sending flowers as thankyou gifts.

Warm Thoughts for the Holidays Members of East Windsor Daisy Troop 10124 worked together to decorate boxes for the Animal Shelter collection they are having during December. The troop is collecting items for the Simon Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and adoption of unwanted, neglected, or abused animals. If you would like to donate, the boxes will be located at Geissler's Supermarket in East Windsor, or you can contact Jen Dufour at 860-729-2481.

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In This Issue • SANTA SIGHTINGS: Find old Saint Nick in December ........................p. 3 • EAST WINDSOR: Storm cleanup a priority for selectmen..............................p. 4 • EAST WINDSOR: WHP Library has fun holiday plans ..........................p. 5 • SUNDAY DRIVE: New York chic in New England, CT Auto Show ..........p. 7 • ENFIELD: Asnuntuck receives $2.2 million grant................................p. 8 • ENFIELD: Board hires new head of school system ............................p. 12

• ELLINGTON: Town crews working six days a week to clean ..........p. 15 • ELLINGTON: OKP presents a fine night of entertainment ..................p. 16 • SOMERS: Selectman praises response from community ........p. 21 • SOMERS: Coffeehouse............p. 24 • STAFFORD: Town working on plan for debris removal ............................p. 33 • STAFFORD: Storm-cancelled show rescheduled ................................p. 35 • CLASSIFIEDS:.......................p.38-39

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Area Santa Sightings Santa Highlight of Annual Ellington Winterfest ELLINGTON - On Saturday, Dec. 3, Ellington will hold its annual Winterfest on the gazebo green between Rts. 140 and 286 (Main Street) beginning at 4 p.m. with the festive Tree-Lighting Ceremony that will include a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty, and Rudolph. This year they will be joined by a “petting zoo” of miniature donkeys on the town green, courtesy of Express Verizon of Meadowbrook Plaza in Ellington. This event will be topped off by the spectacular “Torchlight Parade” down Main Street at 5:30 p.m. and a drive-through “Living Nativity” at 7 p.m., presented by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, on their grounds on Maple Street near the corner of Rt. 83. Meanwhile, a variety of holiday activities, including a Gingerbread House baking contest, musical entertainment, and “family-friendly” dinner will be offered at the Ellington Congregational Church; goodies, entertainment and a holiday workshop at Hall Memorial Library, including the renowned “Festival of Trees” and free cookies and hot chocolate at the Ellington Senior Center in the Church Street plaza, courtesy of the Ellington Women’s Club. The Nellie McKnight Museum will also be open to visitors from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. to show off their new display. For further information, please call 860-875-3885. In case of inclement weather on the day of the event, please call Hall Memorial Library at 860-870-3160 for an update. There will be no alternate rain/snow date.

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East Windsor Town Still Finalizing Plans for Storm Alfred Debris Removal By Linda Tishler Levinson EAST WINDSOR â&#x20AC;&#x201D;As the town continues to clean up from the October snowstorm, the town is finalizing its plans for the disposal of storm debris. At the Nov. 15 Board of Selectmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, the selectmen discussed the possibility that should the Federal Emergency Management Agency declare the state a major disaster area for this storm, funding might be available to pick up debris from residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; property. That designation came

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elected in the Nov. 8 municipal election. The Democrat received 760 votes, compared to 606 for Republican Rihcard Slate and 596 for petitioning candidate Judith Rajala. Also elected were: Selectmen: Dale Nelson, Alan Baker, Richard Pippin Jr. and James Richards. Board of Finance: Jason Bowsza, Jerilyn Corso and Joseph Pellegrini. Elected as an alternate to fill a vacancy was Paulette Broder. Board of Education: Leslie Jane Hunt,

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East Windsor December Happenings at the Warehouse Point Library Include Quilting EAST WINDSOR - December is a busy month at the Warehouse Point Library. It starts with an Open House on Dec. 3 for its 200th birthday celebration and renovation of the Community Room. The library will continue to display photos of East Windsor past and present from our collection and residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; through the month. Quilting expert Jo Hansling is presenting Victorian Quilts and Traditions on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Warehouse Point Library. This program will allow you to experience the sentiments of the era, the symbolism of the quilts, holiday traditions, the origins of the Victorian era and the celebration of the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jubilee. Crazy quilts and various samples of holiday dĂŠcor will be on display to showcase the creativity of the time period. Hansling, a resident of Bloomfield, is a quilter, teacher and craftswoman. Her passion for quilt history has evolved into creating programs of differ-

ent eras. The program is free. Please call the library for more information. Saturday afternoon at the movies continues. Come to the library on Saturday, Dec. 10, where the library will be showing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Smurfsâ&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m. The film is a live action/animated version of the 1980s animated series. The movie is free and children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the library will be showing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas in Connecticutâ&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m. in the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Room. First shown in 1945, the movie stars Barbara Stanwyck and Sydney Greenstreet A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas. The movie is free, but registration is necessary. Stop by the front desk or call the library at 860-623-5482. The winter book discussion, â&#x20AC;&#x153;With Malice Toward None and Baseball For All,â&#x20AC;? led by

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Regional Holidays Time of Optimism for North Central Shop Owners (continued from page 1) Emily Miller, community relations director of Shop Rite in Enfield, agreed with Farnhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s optimism about the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We view the holiday season as a time when our family can be of service to their families in the community,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luckily we recuperated just fine from the storm,â&#x20AC;? she said, but the storm remains mindful of the need out in the community that the storm created for many area residents.

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For Mandy Vu, owner of Lavie Nails and Spa Salon in Somersville, the storm meant lost business for two to three weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully, it will be picked up next month,â&#x20AC;? she said. While the economy has affected her business, Vu said she remains optimistic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are just keeping the high hopes that people will spend a little more.â&#x20AC;? Brenda Friedrich, of Friedrichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewelers in Stafford, said while her store lost an entire week to the storm, she is looking forward to a great holiday season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are feeling a little more urgent because of the lost time,â&#x20AC;? she said, and that may mean an increase in business.

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added, with the chamber membership being urged to buy locally and to support their fellow members. Ed LaMontagne, executive director of the North Central Chamber of Commerce, said his organization also is urging people to shop locally. He said his membership is approaching this holiday season with â&#x20AC;&#x153;guarded optimism.â&#x20AC;?

Somers Dickens Weekend SOMERS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Shopkeepers of Somers along routes 190 and 83 will hold a Dickens Weekend Dec. 3 and 4. The event will include a scavenger hunt, refreshments and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, as well as showcasing holiday merchandise, said Kassy Mashiak, owner of Kassandra Herbs Unlimited. The event, which has been a part of the holiday season in Somers for 15 years, includes a chance to win a $25 or $50 gift certificate to local merchants for those who complete the scavenger hunt. There is a bonus sticker for the scavenger hunt for those who bring a nonperishable food item to the event, Mashiak said. She said the small shops along routes 190 and 83 feature many â&#x20AC;&#x153;boutique gifts,â&#x20AC;? with the small shops offering a vast selection of gifts, along with personalized services and free gift wrapping in some shops. She said gifts are available in all price ranges. For more information on the Dickens Weekend, contact Mashiak at 860-7490839.

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Entertainment ‘Watts’ Up In Springfield, Essex Train North Pole Bound Welcome back to the Sunday Drive, the column that aspires to provide your complete, entertainment itinerary on a monthly basis. Or, shall we say... your guide to ‘watts’ up in the area, as our first stop - Bright Nights at Forest Park (spiritofspringfield.org) - definitely packs some candlepower. Billed as New England’s single most popular holiday destination, Bright Nights enters its 17th season this year. Located in the Forest Park area of downtown Springfield, Western Massachusetts, it’s a celebration of illumination with more than one million bulbs adorning displays such as Never, Never Land, and Noah's Ark and the giant American Flag. Other highlights include: Seuss Land, Victorian Village, the amazing Leaping Frog display, North Pole Village, and more than a dozen other special displays to start your Christmas cheer. This year the city of Springfield is catching the spirit of Bright Nights festivities, and you'll find more light displays throughout the city to add to your fun. Entrance fee this year is $15 per car and $18 at weekends and holidays, and you can tune your radio to a holiday music station to get you in the spirit of the holidays while driving through the exhibits. Stop at the gift shop to pay a visit to Santa himself or pick up a souvenir and refreshments. “Bright Nights at Forest Park” open nightly through December 4, then nightly from December 7 through Jan. 1, 2012 from 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Holidays it closes at 11p.m. and at 9 p.m. all other nights.

Continuing our seasonal train of thought...the fine folks at the Essex Steam Train Company (essexstreamtrain.com) have once commissioned the Polar Express to embark on a locomotive-powered, nighttime “sleigh” rides to the North Pole. Every coach becomes a stage for a live, musical performance of The Night Before Christmas. Celebrate the spirit of the season with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing-a-longs, hot chocolate and sugar cookies. Traditional event highlights include a trip to the North Pole to pick up Santa and Mrs. Claus, trackside displays, sugar cookies and hot chocolate, and each child will meet Santa to receive a small Christmas gift. Children are invited to wear their favorite pajamas. Make sure those PJs are warm and cozy...it's cold up at the North Pole. Essex Steam Train’s North Pole Express chugs through Connecticut’s winter countryside with Santa Claus, Fridays through Sundays through Dec. 28. The ride is one hour long with departures each day at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and now at 7:30 p.m. due to overwhelming demand. Tickets are sold at the Essex Train Station in Essex, Connecticut, and range from $28$60, depending on your options in elegance. For times, reservations and further information, call (860) 767-0103 or toll free 800 377-3987. . Last up is somewhere you can’t quite go yet. But boy, would a ticket to it make a great stocking stuffer. We’re talking about the annual Sunwinefest at Mohegan Sun, of course. While all the events that adorn this weekend-long ode to all things vino are too numerous to mention here, the crowning jewel remains the “Grand Tasting” - occur-

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Enfield Board Taps Newington Deputy Superintendent for Top Spot Leadership Department of the University of Hartford. His extensive experience and skill levels aligned with many of the qualities the Enfield Board of Education was seeking in a superintendent, board Chairman Gregory Stokes and board member Judy Apruzzese-Desroches said in an Oct. 26 news release. A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Schumann said he had been interested in becoming a superintendent for some time and had identified Enfield as one of the districts that interested him.

By Linda Tishler Levinson ENFIELD — Jeffrey A. Schumann will become the superintendent of schools in July 2012. Schumann, of Newington, currently is the deputy superintendent of schools for that town. Prior to his six years as deputy superintendent, he was principal of Martin Kellogg Middle School in Newington, an assistant principal at Newington High School and a teacher in the Wethersfield Public Schools for 17 years, where he taught science and physical education. He is an adjunct professor in the Educational

“I always though it was a good, solid community that I’d like to be part of,” he said. “This is just a great opportunity that happened to come along.” Schumann said he will begin by listening to people in the district and learning all he can about it. He knows he is coming into the school system during a time of massive reorganization for the schools and said he looks forward to seeing it through. Election Results Winners in the Nov. 8 election are: Town Council: District 1: Joseph Bosco; District 2: William Edgar; District

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Enfield Loaves and Fishes Thanks Enfield for Support after Norâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;easter To the Editor: The Soup Kitchen would like to thank the entire community for helping Enfield Loaves and Fishes weather the latest catastrophic storm this year. The Norâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;easter slammed through the eastern seaboard with an unforgettable vengeance. The wet, sticky snow came in at blizzard rate, causing power line damage from overburdened tree limbs. Our lights went out a few times, followed by relief as they came to brightness. Then, total lasting darkness â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just before mealtime. One cell LED flashlights never became so treasured. Guests and volunteers discovered compatible food items for the meal, the old gas stove still worked, while Loaves and Fishes fed 51 Guests in hazy darkness. Throughout the evening tree limbs were cracking: falling everywhere around us. The sounds mocked those of a war zone. Shafts of light from passing cars gave an eerie view of what we could expect to see at daybreak. This was not a safe place to be! I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even imagine being outdoors or homeless, when even a house may not be a safe port in this storm. Daylight revealed more destruction than ever imagined: trees and tree limbs every-

where, crushed garages and cars, some cars and driveways obliterated, power lines ripped from houses, along with wires and tree strewn across roads. We were in serious trouble here. No lights, no refrigerator or freezer, and no heat. Guests started arriving around 9 each morning. Stove boiled water poured through the coffee filter makes the most delightful morning coffee imaginable. There was not one complaint. Eggs, pan fried sliced meats, fried potatoes, and stove browned toast rounded out the morning wake-up fare. Preparation for the daily meal began shortly thereafter. Guests, volunteers, and concerned folks stopped in to help. Graciously, they prepared meals, cooked, served, and cleaned up. Paper and plastic ware reduced hand washing to a minimum. The meal time was changed from 4 p.m. to starting at 3 p.m., allowing one extra daylight hour to see indoors without lighting. Tuesday evening the Thompsonville Fire Department was able to provide a generator to power three floodlights. Peace of mind and safety was restored, setting our guests more at ease. Enfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big Y stored our frozen product, when it became

evident that the electrical service wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t coming back on line in time to preserve the food. Dianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery also offered to help store the frozen items. Caring citizens from many communities felt moved by the seriousness of the situation, and offered both food and services to help the needy. Enfield Loaves and Fishes was delighted to serve meals every day until power was restored, with a lot of help from friends. The highest meal count during this disaster was for 185 guests in one day. Never have the guests so deeply appreciated the services Enfield Loaves and Fishes provides as they have during these difficult days. We have had the opportunity to slow down, step back, and see our lives in a totally different perspective. Enfield Loaves and Fishes thank everyone for their kind understanding and support. The Enfield Community has responded extremely well to ensure that operations

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Enfield Saint Martha School First Quarter Honors and Principalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List Announced Rachel Briggs James Cartsounis Ethan Clarke Natasha Claudio Elizabeth Hurlburt Veronica Moore Katherine Phillips Noah Veilleux Colin Wright Grade 6 Maria Vianney Barbalich William Carlander Mary Clark Rachel Cutter Nicholas Good Grade 5 Shelby Arcouette Joseph Bishop Russell Cable Nikolis Ford Rachel Lagasse Ciara Logan Madison Langh Jasmine Yard Christopher Sniffin Grade 4 Joseph Ayotte Athena Baumann Tanner Guzie Nora Jones Shannon Kelley Cassidy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara Asha Patel Lucas Reyes

ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The following students were named to the first quarter honor roll and principalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list at Saint Martha School in Enfield, according to a list supplied by the school administration. HIGH HONORS Grade 8 Mary Baumann Grade 7 Sarah McGuinness Kennedy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara Grade 5 Nihal Baiju Joseph DeVito Tabitha Hinkle Isabella Laramee Erin McGuinness Amy Mistri Melissa Scanlon Grade 4 Alessandra Good Ashley Harding HONORS Grade 8 Peter Barbalich Maeve Fearon Madeline Laramee Bridget Logan Grade 7 Leanna Beaulieu Christine Becher

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Ellington Town Crews Working Six Days a Week on Storm Cleanup for the debris removal,â&#x20AC;? First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. Town crews have been working 10 hours a day, six days a week since the storm and anticipate working on debris

By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The town is hoping to beat the snow as it continues cleaning up from the October snowstorm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still working out the financing

Ellington Senior Center Offers Programs for the Holidays ELLINGTON - Seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greetings! The sounds of the holiday season are beginning to show through the many activities transpiring at the Ellington Senior Center. Along with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take a moment to come to the senior center and be a participant in many of the activities and programs that are offered. Ellington Singers are scheduled to open â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Festâ&#x20AC;? at the Ellington Hall Memorial Library on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. A special holiday evening was felt by all who were in attendance for this wonderful holiday celebration. The Ellington Singers start our holidays off on a good note. After their Winter Fest concert, the singers will continue to spread their holiday cheer voices with area assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 2:30 p.m., Jim Walsh, a financial analyst with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management (Bank of America Corporation) will be on hand to present on the topic of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking for higher yield from your portfolio.â&#x20AC;? Mr. Walsh will have handouts and be on hand to answer any question you may have. Signup is required. Contact the senior center at 860-870-3133. Tuesday, Dec. 13, the classic movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Wonderful Lifeâ&#x20AC;? will be playing in the main room of the senior center. Come for an afternoon of popcorn and light refreshments. More important, come and share in this wonderful holiday tradition. The movie will begin at 1 p.m. Sign-up is required. Contact the senior center at 860870-3133. The Ellington Senior Center extends warm holiday wishes to everyone.

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incumbent received 1,287 votes, compared to 908 for Democratic challenger Robert Hoffman. Others elected Nov. 8 were: Board of Selectmen: Leo Miller, Rachel Wheeler-Rossow, James Prichard, John Turner, Lori Spielman and Ronald Stomberg. Board of Education: Howard Friedman, Tracy Kiff-Judson, Andrew McNamar, Dale Roberson and Michael Young. Planning and Zoning Commission, full term: Carol Strom, David Stavens and Douglas Bruce Harding. Planning and Zoning Commission, twoyear term: Ricci Hirth. Zoning Board of Appeals: Mark Spurling, Mary Cardin and Arthur Aube. Library Directors: John Halloran Jr., Mary Clements and Mary Blanchette.

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Ellington OKPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Almost, Maine â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Night of Love-Found and Lost ELLINGTON - There really isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a woods and it has more moose per square town in Maine called Almost but if there mile than any other state. So on this Friday were it would be a warm and friendly night the Northern lights were visible and place with a tough backbone and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;never eight life stories, the experiences of the quitâ&#x20AC;? attitude. Ellington High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people of Almost, Maine were told. Opening Knight Players (OKP) didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quit The story began with the Prologue, as the aftermath of Storm Alfred left so which presented characters Ginette and many residents without power and post- Pete, played by Maggie Quinn and Alex ponements of just about everything. Wachter, eating doughnuts and comparing Originally scheduled the round world to for Nov. 3, 4 and 5, Love can be IN THE SCHOOLS them. many in the drama frustrating and as group found themGinette and Pete selves wondering if learn it sometimes the production would takes patience and a even go on. As rehearsals were canceled, walk around the world to find it. director William Prenetta scheduled catchIf anyone has ever lived in a remote up rehearsals right up to production day. northern area like Maine, they know there The show did go on the following week- isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much to do. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold in the winend and it was well worth the wait. ter. Because the play takes place in such a As in typical OKP fashion, the produc- cold place, the actors were bundled up tion was charming; a play about love on a quite a bit. The first night of the performFriday night in Northern Maine. The play, ance quite possibly the auditorium air conwritten by John Cariani, was set in the ditioning was on! They had to figure out town of Almost, Maine which is nestled something so everyone on the cast would near the Canadian border with a popula- not overheat in their costumes! Several tion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;about 300.â&#x20AC;? Almost just never got cast members could even be found outside around to getting organized and thus came the back door during acts â&#x20AC;&#x153;getting cold.â&#x20AC;? the name-Almost. In Almost, Maine there is ice fishing Some tidbits I learned: Half of Maineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and bowling and hanging out with friends state total land area is made up of unor- at The Moose Paddy- where drinks are free ganized territories (that area of Maine hav- if you are sad. The OKP actors and actressing no local, incorporated municipal govOKP/page 17 ernment). Also, 90 percent of Maine is

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Ellington OKP Brings the Cold of Maine to Appreciative Ellington Audience *(continued from page 16) es did a great job portraying these simple folks who might not be so simple. When it comes to affairs of the heart, one never knows what can happen. Some of the vignettes were hilarious, like when Gayle, portrayed by Holly Van Wyck, decided she wanted all the love back that she gave to her boyfriend, Lendall, of 11 years and delivered all the love he gave to her in the form of several huge red bags that just kept coming and coming. Although some of the characters appear to be eccentric, their stories may hit close to home in the audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearts. While Hope played by Lyndsi Skewes lost her chance long ago to answer a marriage proposal and Randy and Chad played by Jon Kutscher and John Mackintosh struggled with their friendship moving to a new

level, Phil and Marci played by Josh Feldman and Kristyn Stauffer showed how sometimes love can fade away. OKP is continuing their efforts to raise funds for a trip next summer to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Something he has always wanted to do, Prenetta called upon alumni members from the last 20 years to return and perform again on the high school stage. The Alumni Reunion Extravaganza took place on Nov. 26 and featured scenes from many past performances. The drama group will perform Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beastâ&#x20AC;? March 9, 10 and 11 and if you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t catch â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost, Maine,â&#x20AC;? you can see an abbreviated version at the Connecticut Drama Association (CDA) Festival production March 23 and 24. Ellington High School and OKP are hosting this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival.

Some of the vignettes were hilarious, like when Gayle, portrayed by Holly Van Wyck, decided she wanted all the love back that she gave to her boyfriend, Lendall, of 11 years and delivered all the love he gave to her in the form of several huge red bags that just kept coming and coming.

March will prove to be an extremely busy month for the group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beastâ&#x20AC;? is a large production requiring a lot of work. Parents are encouraged to mark their

calendars for this is a production they will definitely want to bring the kids. For more information on OKP, visit their website at www.ellingtonschools.org/HighSchool/O KP/

Ellington Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club Recognizes Membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Service Eight members of the Ellington Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club have each been recognized for contributing more than 25 years of service to the organization and to the Ellington community. Membership pins were awarded to these members at the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s October meeting by Ellington Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club President Darlene Hull and Membership Chairperson Rita Carbone-Lawson. Pictured (front, left to right): Judie Cardoni, Kathie Stupinski, Mary Donohue, Pat Clapp, Connie Nichols, Sharon Czyz, Rose Prichard; (back, left to right): Jan Starkweather, Rita Carbone-Lawson, Darlene Hull, and Rosemary Malatesta. Absent from the photo is Dolly Rady.

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Ellington Tennis Courts Open in Thanks to State Grant, Donation By Deborah Stauffer ELLINGTON - Dodging raindrops was the order of the day on Saturday, Oct. 15, for the Ellington tennis enthusiasts who came out to celebrate the grand opening of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly installed tennis courts. Once the raindrops subsided and the

Natalie Sullivan, age 10 (U-14 player) cuts the ribbon to officially open the Ellington tennis courts. She is surrounded by Ellington varsity and USTA U-10, U-14 and U-18 players.

water was swept off the courts, Recreation Director Robert Tedford welcomed those in attendance and along with Ellington High varsity coach Rich Willis and First Selectman Maurice Blanchette and a few dozen or so youth tennis players, the ribbon was cut and the activities began. Located on property adjacent to Ellington High School that was donated by the Abram and Rachel Schwartz family, the four new tennis courts were funded through a State of Connecticut Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) Grant in the amount of $170,000 and a $30,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The construction of the courts began this past spring with the clearing of many trees on the Schwartz Park property. Careful placement was required due to wetlands regulations and USTA specifications were also considered. There are future plans to install lights around the courts. The property currently has an all purpose field for soccer and lacrosse used by town recreation programs and the high school. At the high school level tennis is a spring sport. It was introduced as a varsity sport (as a co-op with Somers) three years ago. The interest level has risen sharply and the program has grown. Willis has been the varsity coach since the beginning. He also coaches USTA U-14 and U-18 competitive teams that play in the summer

league. This past season they started a USTA 10 and under team with great success. Two high school players are the coaches. During the grand opening celebration Willis and the players showcased their skills and also demonstrated Cardio Tennis, which is a high-intensity fitness program on a tennis court. It includes lots of movement and hitting tennis balls all to upbeat music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The great thing is it is for players of all abilities,â&#x20AC;? Willis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about fitness

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Somers Selectman Praises Community Response to Storm’s Aftermath By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS — As storm cleanup efforts around town continue, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini is expressing her admiration for the way local officials and residents responded in the wake of the

October snowstorm. “I can’t say enough how proud of them I am,” she said of the efforts of police, fire personnel and town and school department staff. “Every resident was 100 percent out of

power,” she said, most for 11 to 12 days. There was a tremendous amount of tree damage, she said. One hundred forty-six utility poles and 46 transformers had to be replaced, she added. During that time phone lines and cellphone service also were out throughout much of the town. Volunteer community captains came to Town Hall daily to pick up flyers containing information on storm cleanup and sheltering issues and shared them with their neighbors. Pellegrini said the town is using local contractors to pick up storm debris, having found them more cost-effective than the state’s contractor. The town will be grinding the brush it picks up. A cleanup schedule for those living on town roads is available on the town website, www.somersct.gov. The state has begun picking up debris for those living on state roads. Cox Communications has said its subscribers can obtain refunds for the time they were without service if they contact the company and let them know the number of days they could not use the service. Pellegrini was among the members of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities who called on the

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Somers ECHN Celebrates Opening of a New Medical Office Building SOMERS - Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) recently celebrated the opening of its new Medical Office Building, located at 95 South Rd. in Somers, with an open house and official ribbon cutting ceremony. The event was well attended by people from the community and ECHN family. This new location offers patient-centered primary care and also welcomes walk-in appointments provided by Michael Bey, MD and Sally Kelly, Physician Assistant. Like all ECHN health care facilities, it is community-based and delivers care with a personal touch. And as part of the ECHN network, patients also have access to the combined experience and resources of two nationally recognized hospitals, hundreds of physicians, specialists and other providers. “The town of Somers has graciously welcomed ECHN into their community,” Dr. Bey says. “We look forward to providing care to the resi-

The official ribbon cutting: (l-r) Kevin Murphy, Treasurer & Executive Vice President of Network/Business Development, ECHN, Jeffrey Heidtman, Chairman, ECHN Board of Directors, Michael Bey, MD, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini (Somers), State Representative Penny Bacchiochi (52nd District), Selectwoman Kathleen Devlin (Somers), Dennis McConville, SVP, Planning, Marketing & Communications at ECHN, Selectman Bud Knorr (Somers) and David Neuhaus, MD, Medical Director, Eastern Connecticut Medical Professionals. dents of this area.” For more information on the ECHN Stop In And See Our New Appointments and walk-ins are availMedical Office Building in Somers, please NEW FASHION JEWELRY Jewelry Selection able Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. call toll-free at 866-575-4334. • Local Artists Works • Custom Mirrors • Gifts and more

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Somers Coffeehouse Includes Traditional Program

Legislators Hold Economic Forum State Sen. John A. Kissel and state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi held a Nov. 16 forum at the Somers Town Hall Auditorium to discuss Connecticutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. The legislators answered questions from residents and business owners on where to turn for economic help from the state. Those who could not attend the forum can contact Kissel (John.A.Kissel@cga.ct.gov, 860-240-8800) or Bacchiochi (penny.bacchiochi@cga.ct.gov, 860-240-8700).

SOMERS - Somersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Piedmont Percolator Coffeehouse is pleased to announce its Dec. 11 program, which in true coffeehouse tradition will at times feature the â&#x20AC;&#x153;readingâ&#x20AC;? of literary works. The Village Players will provide an evening featuring a presentation designed specifically for our coffeehouse audience. Coincidentally, this occasion combines the old and the new: the three-month â&#x20AC;&#x153;youngâ&#x20AC;? coffeehouse with the renowned members of the Village Players now celebrating their 40th year. First organized in 1971, the Village Players have been producing community theatre in Somers to much acclaim. Their tenure began with the presentation of musicals and plays at the old high school, with an occasional event at Town Hall. In the late â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s the group began staging dinner theatre at Camp Aya Po. This venue was to remain its most popular annual event for over 25 years. Piedmont Hall, located at 604 Main St., has been the site of a number of Village Players endeavors in the past. Several staged readings and a short play have been performed there. In addition to literary works, the Piedmont Percolator coffeehouse hosts well known regional musical performers on the second Sunday of each month from October through April from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.. Admission and coffee are free.

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Somers Officials Celebrate Groundbreaking for Woodcrest Housing Expansion

Striders Support Forest and Park Association The Shenipsit Striders, a local trail running club drawing members from the towns around the Shenipsit forest, made a $1,500 donation to the Connecticut Forest & Park Association from the proceeds of the NipMuck Trail Marathon held Oct. 2, in Ashford. The Shenipsit Striders also conduct the Soapstone Mountain trail races and other events resulting in donations to Joshuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trust, the North Central Connecticut Land Trust and Scouting. The club has social runs most Saturday mornings at Shenipsit for est. For more information visit www.shenipsitstriders.org or find them on Facebook. Pictured, from left, are CFPA Board President Eric Lukingbeal, Development Scott Livingston Shenipsit Stride Director Jim Little, and Executive Director Eric Hammerling.

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SOMERS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi joined state Sen. John Kissel, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini and Somers Housing Authority Chairman David Pinney to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Woodcrest Elderly Housing Expansion. Bacchiochi calls the completion of phase I of the Woodcrest project a milestone that will bring comfort to seniors for decades to come. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Woodcrest elderly housing assisted-living facility in Somers is a great example of community collaboration, and I am grateful to all who have helped to bring phase II of the Woodcrest project to completion. Woodcrest allows many of our Somers senior citizens to enjoy a comfortable and affordable standard of living in a warm retirement community,â&#x20AC;? Bacchiochi (R-Somers) said in a statement. Woodcrest has 86 units available to Somersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; seniors, and this second phase of

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Regional ACC Faculty and Staff Writers Join Justin Michael Will Attain Rank Creative Forces with Student Guitarists of Eagle Scout in Ceremony ENFIELD - Troop 818 of Enfield announced that Justin Michael attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Justin has been involved with the troop since 2006 which is sponsored by the Loyal Order of the Moose. During this time he has earned 50 merit badges and held various leadership positions such as Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Den Chief, Troop Guide, and Quartermaster. Justin has completed the Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience Program and has received the 50 Miler Award, Iceberg Award, Scuba BSA, Whitewater Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Paul Bunyan Award and World Conservation Award. Justin will receive his Eagle Badge at the Court of Honor Ceremony on Dec. 3 at Asnuntuck Community College. Justin is the son of Dave and Laura Michael of Enfield, and is an honor student at Howell Cheney Technical High School in Manchester. He enjoys camping, hunting, fishing and paintball. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout after completing 129 hours of community serv-

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Regional Child Development Center Celebrates Lights on After School Day ENFIELD - The Town of Enfield Child Development Center celebrated the National Lights on After School day with its annual Haunted Happenings at their South Road location. Ghouls, goblins, mad scientists and princesses ran through the hallways and rooms, which were full of activities enjoyed by everyone throughout the night. The famous â&#x20AC;&#x153;feely mealy manâ&#x20AC;? brought surprised looks from those who ventured to stick their hands inside. Children trick-or-treated, visited a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pirate ship,â&#x20AC;? made Halloween crafts, explored sensory tables, and for the adults and older children, screamed their way through the scarier room. The Enfield Fire Department donated trick-or-treating bags filled with activities for each child. By day, the center provides NAEYC accredited childcare for Enfield residents and offers sliding fee scale payments to those who qualify. Applications are currently being accepted for the preschool age rooms. The staff donated their time and

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Regional Rockville Rotarians, Interact Club Host Annual Thanksgiving Dinner ROCKVILLE - The Rotary Club of Rockville hosted its annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Pitkat Senior Center in Rockville where members served 110 senior citizens a full holiday meal, which included turkey, stuffing, vegetables and pumpkin pie. The guests were also treated to musical entertainment by Bill Reveleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grass Routesâ&#x20AC;? bluegrass band.

Ten students from Rockville High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Interact Clubâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; along with their advisers Rita and Paul Courtois - joined 12 Rotarians in making this annual tradition an overwhelming success by helping to serve and clean up after the Thanksgiving dinner concluded. The Interact Club, which is the high school equivalent of Rotary, is designed to introduce young students to the value of

community service. The Rotary Club of Rockville, with many members who live or work in the Vernon, Tolland and Ellington area, is part of the worldwide organization Rotary International. Rockville Rotaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary focus is to help those less fortunate and Rotarians address many hunger, health, and humanity issues. Rockville Rotary meets on Mondays at noon at the R House Restaurant located at 520 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For more information, please visit www.RotaryRockvilleCT.com.

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Stafford Town Working on Comprehensive Plan for Debris Removal By Linda Tishler Levinson STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; As Richard Shuck was sworn in as the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new first selectman Nov. 21, the town was continuing to clean up storm debris. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we were hit pretty hard,â&#x20AC;? Shuck said. With a lot of brush and other storm debris still on the roads, the town is working on a more comprehensive plan to remove it and make sure drainage is adequate, hopefully before more snow falls, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still trying to assess everything,â&#x20AC;? he added.

Shuck said he is concerned that utility crews are leaving piles of debris on the side of the road, forcing town crews to go back to roads they had already cleared. Also elected in the Nov. 8 municipal election were: Selectmen: Deidriene Guglielmo Knowlton and Neil Hoss. Town Clerk: Karen Troiano. Town Treasurer: Donna Hosey. Tax Collector: Stephanie Irving. Board of Finance: Edward Muska and Ted Rummel.

Board of Education: Lisa Finch, Kathleen Walsh, Beth Ann Morhardt and Sonya Shegogue-Weed. Board of Assessment Appeals: Erin Dunn Kirchhoffer and Dock Sellers. Planning and Zoning Commission: Roger Pelizari. Zoning Board of Appeals: Dennis Kaba. Constables: Barry Locke, Gary Quinn, Richard Hartenstein Jr., Wallace Brisson, Brian Tautic, Harold Blake Hatch and Corey Bennett.

Newly elected town officials took their oath at a special presentation held on Nov. 21 at the Stafford Middle School, where students and faculty shared in the process as each new member was sworn in. In this photo, left to right front row: Roger Pelizzari; Donna Hosey, Richard Shuck, Diedrien Knowlton, Neil Hoss. Back row, left to right: Rick Hartenstein, Barry Locke, Erin Dunn Kirchoffer, Karen Troiano, Beth Ann Morhardt, Kathy Walsh, Harold Blake Hatch and Stephanie Irving. Photo by Amy Hartenstein

Open Mike Night Begins Jan. 19 STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Stafford Arts Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free Open Mike Night series begins again in the new year. On Thursday, Jan. 19, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jim Bailey will host the series, which offers an opportunity for musicians, singers and spoken word artists to perform in front of an appreciative audience. Signup begins at 6:45 p.m. Refreshments are available.

Location: Ben Muzio Town House (Old Town Hall) 221 East St. (Rt. 19) Stafford Springs. Additional parking: Memorial Hall (Rt. 319) and the Town Garage (Rt. 19). The Open Mike Night will continue on every third Thursday of the month, through April. For more information, call 860-597-6326

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Stafford New Business Focusing on Used Items for Sale Opens in Stafford STAFFORD - Simon Says owners Patrick Soucy and Mike Simon have opened a shop at 44 West Stafford Rd., Stafford Springs.

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STAFFORD - The NOW Committee from the First United Methodist Church in Stafford Springs will be hosting its annual Live Nativity on Dec. 9 from 7 p.m. to 8 pm. The nativity is set up outside in front of the church between Main Street and Church Street. All are invited to attend and share in the celebration.

STAFFORD - The Stafford Community and Civic Affairs Commission is sponsoring its second annual Winterfest on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. The commission is looking for floats and trucks for the parade. Decorated sleighs, horses and groups are also welcome. To submit an entry or decorated truck in the parade, contact Cindy Kabel at 860-604-1509 by Dec. 5.

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STAFFORD - The Stafford Community and Civic Affairs Commission is sponsoring its annual Holiday House Decorating Contest for Stafford residents. The winners will be awarded cash prizes. To enter, send your name, address and phone number to Cindy Kabel, 26 RFD Rd., Stafford, CT 06076, or email the information to Barbara Bresnahan at barbbres@live.com. Judging will take place on Monday, Dec. 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All entries must be received by Dec. 12. Last year’s first-place winners will be guest judges and will not be eligible for a prize.

The concept of Simon Says came from the current economy, and the secondary used market to fit into everyone’s budget. There is a need for clean, quality used furniture, household items, antiques, home décor and equipment, various tools, and small engine machines like motorcycles, snowmobiles, lawn tractors, mowers, go carts, snow blowers, chain saws, etc. Owner, Mike Simon said: “We are giving people the opportunity to trade in an item they no longer need or use for something they do need, or want to upgrade to a newer version without the high costs of spending for brand new.” Whether you need to buy, sell it or trade it, call 860-684-4400 or stop by Simon Says at 44 West Stafford Rd., Stafford, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or email them at simonsaysbuyit@gmail.com.

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Stafford Coffee House Makes Up Postponed Performance STAFFORD - Because of the October storm, Stafford Arts Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oct. 30 Coffee House program has been rescheduled to Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Ben Muzio Town House (Old Town Hall), 221 East St. (Rt. 19) in Stafford â&#x20AC;&#x201C; opposite the Mill Pond Store. Two talented musicians will be entertaining from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. At 7 p.m., Patti De Rosa, well known singer and songwriter/guitarist from the Boston area, will take the stage. Her style has been described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;acoustic music peppered with rhythm and spiceâ&#x20AC;? blending jazz, folk, rock and R&B with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;honey warm voice and an engaging way with her audienceâ&#x20AC;? (Motif Magazine RI.) She was nominated by Motif Magazine for 2010 Best Female Vocalist. More information is available about her at www.pattiderosa.com. At 8 p.m. singer and songwriter Rupert Wates will return to the series after a well received appearance one year ago.

Formerly from London, Wates moved to the U.S. in 2006 and tours nationwide. He has released four CDs that are aired regularly on radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Audiences respond to his brand of acoustic, art/folk melodic music and his uniquely haunting lyrics, together with his gift for narrative storytelling. His work has been nominated for many songwriting awards. More information is available about him at www.rupertwates.com. Refreshments are available. Additional parking: Memorial Hall (Rt. 319) and the Town Garage (Rt. 19). Please consider donating a non-perishable food item for Stafford Family Services Food Bank. After the Dec. 4 program, the Coffee House evenings will resume on the last Sunday of the month through April 2012. For more information, call 860-684-9500 or 860-684-5211.

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Auto Cadillac CTS-V Stunning Example of American Know-How The 2012 Cadillac CTS-V sedan is twisted 160 degrees. Typical superchargers shining proof that American carmakers feature three lobes twisted 60 degrees. The have no problems making luxury, high- fourth lobe and greater helix profile, when performance four-door cruisers that com- combined with unique air inlet and outlet pete on level footing with foreign OEMs ports, create smoother, more efficient airand beat them by thousands of dollars in flow into the engine. In addition to price. improved overall efficiency, this superIt's difficult to think where to begin charger has superior noise and vibration when praising the virtues of characteristics compared to the CTS-V sedan but lets look more ordinary designs. at the power numbers just OK, when Cadillac uses the because they are so word "efficiency" in the last BEHIND enthralling: 556 horsepower paragraph, it has to do with The Wheel and 551 lb. ft. of torque from a performance efficiency and not 6.2-liter, supercharged V8. fuel efficiency because the That's just motoring insanity Cadillac CTS-V laughs at fuel (in the most positive sense of KEITH GRIFFIN efficiency. It gets 12-mpg city the word). and 18-mpg highway with a Also when it comes to performance, I'm combined fuel economy of 14 mpg and a going to share this bit of info from gas guzzler tax of $2600 that adds 4 perCadillac, who can rightfully toot its own cent to the $63,215 bottom line. horn in this instance: the CTS-V sedan was Well, that would be the bottom line of the first production four-door on street the entry-level 2012 Cadillac CTS-V, but tires to break the legendary eight-minute GM loaned me an upgraded model for a barrier at Germany’s famed Nürburgring. week of testing (a week that literally flew That's the track where manufacturers from by). The model tested had Recaro high all over the world go to see what their performance seats that were heated and products can do. (Interestingly, it's also a cooled ($3400); a special paint process track that's open to the public to drive.) called Thunder Gray Chromaflair ($995); Best I can tell from some rudimentary 19-inch polished aluminum wheels research but it may be the only (not just the because the 19-inch painted aluminum just first) four-door sedan to nip the 8-minute won't do ($800); midnight sapele wood mark. trim package ($600) and sueded steering wheel and shifter ($300). Bottom line on Supercharged Performance Performance engines are not my strong all of this enjoyment with $875 destination point when it comes to describing how charge: $72,785. they work, which is why I yield the floor But it's a steal. The 2013 BMW M5 hasfor Cadillac to describe this masterpiece. n't released pricing yet but the 2010 model, The engine features an intercooled Eaton including a $3000 gas guzzler tax, cost Twin Vortices Series supercharger, which $90,000 before options were included – so employs twin four-lobe rotors that are that's about $26,000 above the M5, which

The 2012 Cadillac CTS-V delivers 556 horsepower and a 0-60 time of less than four seconds while offering a luxurious ride. has similar horsepower and torque numbers. The Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG costs about the same as the base CTS-V but it has a full 150 less horsepower. You a fan of less powerful German sedans? Then the E63 might be a better choice. Two Transmissions The 6.2-liter V8 is mated to one of two transmissions – a Tremec TR6060 sixspeed manual with a dual-disc clutch and a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted shift controls. The model I drove came with the automatic and I can't imagine any scenario where 99 percent of all drivers are going to outsmart this automatic. What's it like to drive? Is euphoric going overboard? It hits 60 mph in less than four seconds. Stomp on the accelerator hard and the tires will lovingly chirp. The rear end might fishtail a bit but let off the gas and the grip quickly returns with the engine shooting you down the road. Fortunately the CTS-V sedan is equipped with Brembro brakes with 15-inch rotors up front and 14.7-inch rotors in the rear that can pull you to a stop quickly if needed. Wondering what the interior is like? I guess that could be important to some people. It's Cadillac nice. I wouldn't say it quite matches the BMW interior but it doesn't disappoint in any particular area. My one complaint with the CTS-V had to do with the Recaro seats but that's because

I'm fat. They had too much bolstered support but it wouldn't stop me from buying the vehicle and if I owned one might even encourage me to drop a few pounds. Not to gloss over it but ride quality is also excellent thanks to magnetic ride control, which just seemed to smooth out all the bumps. You get no sense of driving long distances except by noting the fuel gauge that seems to move as quickly as the speedometer. (For the latest new car news, follow me on Twitter at aboutusedcars. You can also read the latest automotive news at TorqueNews.com, where I am a contributor, or learn about buying and selling a used car at UsedCars.About.com.) VITAL STATISTICS Wheelbase: 113.4 inches Length: 191.6 inches Width: 72.5 inches Height: 58 inches Curb weight: 4233 lbs. Engine: 6.2-liter V8 Horsepower: 556 @ 6100 rpm Torque: 551 lb. ft. @ 3800 EPA estimated mpg city/highway: 12/18 Base price: $63,215 As-tested price: $72,785 (including destination) Also consider: (a comparative vehicle) BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

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