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FREE! In This Issue •REGIONAL: New businesses add to towns’ bottom lines .......................p. 3 • EAST WINDSOR: Town, agency reach settlement....................... ............p. 4 • ELLINGTON: Selectmen hire new town planner ................................p. 6 • ELLINGTON: OKP presents radio play of holiday classic ..........................p. 7 • ENFIELD: Town among best digital cities in the country ....................p. 10 • SOMERS: Revaluation process kicks off in January..............................p. 16 • STAFFORD: School staff relocates so building can be sold.................. p. 27 • SUFFIELD: Candy store owner brings a sweet touch to town....................p. 31

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stores. Many residents have told him they would like a second grocer in town. Stafford is working with a developer who is planning to bring a pharmacy to the former food co-op building, Shuck said. He is negotiating with the developer to create a 4,500-square-foot building, which he hopes will be two stories to provide space for offices upstairs and two stores below. He also is negotiating with Johnson Memorial Hospital to bring an urgent care facility to Stafford. Currently, the nearest ones are in Tolland and Somers. Ellington also is working on making decisions about a commercial corridor, with a public information meeting on the Ellington Route 83 Corridor Study to be hosted by the Planning and Zoning Commission at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Town Hall meeting room. At the meeting, Planimetrics will make a presenta-

Mexican restaurant, on Hazard Avenue; Hannoush Jewelers on Freshwater Boulevard, along with the construction of other small storefronts in the plaza; a Verizon store in the Kentucky Fried Chicken building; and Longhorn Steakhouse on Phoenix Avenue. Suffield has seen new businesses arriving, including Sweet Stuff candy shop, which opened above Scoop Du Jour; Chic & Antique on Mountain Road, which sells shabby chic and antique home décor items; and Fall in Love Again Boutique & Consignment on High Street, which in addition to consigning clothing, accessories, home décor and furnishings, allows local artists and crafters to sell their work there. In East Windsor, a Super Wal-Mart opened in November on Prospect Hill Road. A Dollar General store will be opening on Main Street in Broad Brook. In Somers, SOMERSault Jungle Gymnastics recently opened on Scitico Road. But the big project rumored to be coming to Somers, a CVS pharmacy, is just that, a rumor, according to Michael D’Amato of the town Building Department. In fact, he said, no applications for new businesses are pending and the department has not even received inquiries on submitting an application.

Rockville Bank Merges ROCKVILLE - Rockville Financial, Inc. and United Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: UBNK) announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at $369 million, based on the closing price of Rockville Financial, Inc. common stock on November 14, 2013. The combination will create the largest community bank headquartered in the Hartford – Springfield market with $4.8 billion in assets, over 50 branches and top five deposit market share in each metropolitan statistical area. In the merger, United Financial Bancorp, Inc. shareholders will receive 1.3472 shares of Rockville Financial, Inc. common stock for each share of United Financial Bancorp, Inc. common stock.

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something coming or newly arrived in north-central Connecticut that towns may view as presents just as welcome as those brought by the jolly old elf — new businesses. New businesses improve a town’s tax base, bring new employment opportunities and new products and services, as well as adding vitality to a town, which speaks to town officials’ wish lists for their towns. Stafford First Selectman Richard Shuck, for example, often talks about his goal of bringing more businesses to town. He has said that while traditionally towns have focused on large and medium businesses, the answer may well be in small businesses. And he said he believes, “The Route 190 corridor is really the future of Stafford’s economic development.” Bringing water, sewer and, if possi-

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East Windsor Town, Housing Authority Strike Agreement on Payments By Linda Tishler Levinson EAST WINDSOR — The Housing Authority will pay the town all of what is owed under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program. The agency voted at its Nov. 18 meeting to agree to the full payments. As part of the agreement, the PILOT payments will be lowered to 7 percent of monthly rents. In October, the Housing Authority

asked the town to lower its PILOT payments from 10 percent to 7 percent of the rent collected on its housing units. The reduced payments are retroactive to July. Housing Authority Commissioner Marie DeSousa spoke before the Board of Selectmen at its Oct. 15 meeting, according to the minutes, asking for an equitable agreement for the town and the authority, one she said would reduce

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December Happenings at the Library EAST WINDSOR - Sugar and spice make the holidays nice at the Warehouse Point Library, 107 Main St., East Windsor.Join us for a gingerbread house decorating party on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m.Cardboard houses, candy and treats will be provided.Please bring one to two containers of white frosting (whipped style frosting works best) and a spatula.This special event for ages 610 requires registration. Please call the library at 860-623-5482 as space will be limited! Registration begins Monday, Dec. 9, for Winter Story Times. The library offers Two’s and Three’s, a programfor children 2 (by Jan. 1) through 3 years old. This program features stories, action and movement activities, crafts

and all-around fun times for both the child and the adult or caretaker who must accompany the child each week. The winter session runs from Friday, Jan. 10, through Feb. 21. There are two sessions for 4-6-yearolds: Books Before Bed on Monday evenings at 6:15 from Jan. 6 through March 3 or Story Time on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 running from Jan. 8 through Feb. 19. The library will be showing movies during Christmas break: Disney’s “Planes,� rated PG, on Friday, Dec. 27, at 1 p.m. and “Despicable Me 2� on Monday, Dec. 30, at 1 p.m. in the library’s Community Room.Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.Registration is not necessary.

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East Windsor Parks and Rec Department Announces Variety of Programs EAST WINDSOR – The town Parks and Recreation Department has a wide variety of programs and special events planned for the winter. Winter Yoga Classes will be held at the East Windsor High School in room D-4 from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday classes will be held Jan. 6 to March 10 with no class on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17. Wednesday classes will be held Jan. 8 to Feb. 26. The cost of this program is: residents, $25 one-time fee, one day a week; $40 one-time fee, two days a week; non-residents, $30 one-time fee, one day a week; $45 one-time fee, two days a week. Registration is through the Parks and Recreation Office or online with our Webster Bank Payment link. Please call 860-627-6662 with any questions. Zumba Classes are being held at the Town Hall Annex from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday classes will be held from Jan. 6 to March 10 with no class on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17. Wednesday classes will be held from Jan. 8 to Feb. 26. Registration is through the Parks and Recreation Office,

or online with our Webster Bank Payment link. Please call 860-627-6662 with questions. The cost of this program is: residents, $35 one-time fee, one day a week; $60 one-time fee, two days a week; non-residents, $40 one-time fee, one day a week; $65 one-time fee, two days a week; daily walk-ins are $5. Outdoor Skating Rink The portable skating rink will be located on the north side of 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 Rec Department for the opening date. Open Skate Fun for the whole family. The Rec Department is offering Open Skating at the Enfield Twin Rinks, 1 Prior Rd., Enfield, on Friday, Dec. 27, from noon to 2 p.m. Fee for this is $4 per skater and is open to all East Windsor residents.

Skate rental is available, first-come/first served at $3 per rental. North Pole Connection The Rec Department will once again help Santa with his annual quest. Santa Calls, for children preschool age to grade 3, will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Please make arrangements to be home during this time so Santa can reach your child. Look for the flyers in the school bulletin or at www.eastwindsorct.com under the Parks and Recreation Department page. Please return your form to the Rec Department by Monday, Dec. 9, before 1 p.m. Please call 860-627-6662 with questions. Fire Department Carol Sing The Rec Department will team up with the Broad Brook Fire Department for the annual Carol Sing. This event is held at the Broad Brook Fire House, 125 Main St. in Broad Brook, on Saturday, Dec. 21. A torch light parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Kids’ activities will start at 6:15 p.m. Hayrides, refreshments, and crafts, as well as a visit from Santa himself, will take place. Please call 860-

627-6662 with questions. Fee is a donation of non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. Holiday Lights Contest The Rec Department, in association with the East Windsor Chamber of Commerce, will hold its annual Holiday Lights Contest. The contest applies to residents and businesses in East Windsor. Judging expertise will be provided by the East Windsor Senior Center. Prizes will be awarded. First, second, and third prize for residents, and first prize – the Holiday Spirit Award – for businesses. Judging will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Register by calling the Rec Office at 860-627-6662 by Monday, Dec. 16. Cinemark Movie Tickets Great stocking stuffers! The Rec Department has a limited number of tickets so pick up your tickets today. Cost is $7.50 each with an expiration date of May 2014. Tickets must be used at a Cinemark Picture Theatre. Call the Rec Office at 860-627-6662 with any questions.

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Ellington Town Hires New Planner, Sets New Public Works Job Rules By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON — Lisa Houlihan is the new town planner. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at its Nov. 18 meeting to appoint Houlihan to the position.

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The agreement applies to all town employees and member of the Crystal Lake and Ellington Volunteer fire departments and Ellington Volunteer Ambulance volunteers. Route 83 Corridor Study A public information meeting on the Ellington Route 83 Corridor Study will be hosted by the Planning and Zoning Commission at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Town Hall meeting room. Planimetrics will make a presentation on the study. Residents are invited to a discussion on land use, zoning and build-out on Route 83, according to a written release.

“Warming Tree� Helps Neighbors In Need ELLINGTON - Please help the Ellington Congregational Church warm its neighbors at local homeless shelters this holiday season. Consider donating a new pair of gloves, mittens, hat or a scarf (for men, women or children) to the “Warming Tree.� Bring these items to the carol sing or the

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Ellington OKP – Radio Show Production of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ By Deborah Stauffer ELLINGTON - It’s such a wonderful life and will be on the stage of Gordon C. Getchell auditorium at Ellington High School this weekend. The school’s drama club, the Opening Knight Players (OKP), are part of Ellington’s Winterfest this year and will be performing the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life – recreated as a live 1940s radio broadcast on Dec. 5, 6, and 7. The story is known by many as the classic story of George Bailey; however, this time it is brought to the theater by staging the story as if it were a live 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Thirty actors perform the voices of the dozens of characters with sound effects added. OKP Director William Prenetta has a large cast of promising underclassmen this year, some of whom are making their high school play debut. It’s the first time OKP has done a radio show format on stage and he is looking forward to presenting this heartwarming story. “When the audience arrives, we’re trying to make them feel they have gone back in time to Christmas Eve, 1940 and are witnessing a live radio broadcast of

door and are $8 for adults and $6 for students/senior citizens. “Even if people have never seen an OKP or high school show, I hope they give this piece a try because it’ll prove to be a heartwarming and enjoyable night,” Prenetta said.

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OKP cast members, from left, Rinor Selimaj playing Clarence the angel, Michael Gionet playing George Bailey and Alex Bruno playing Nick the bartender. this holiday tale, told by famous actors,” Prenetta said. “I love this story, which reminds us during this holiday season how each one of us truly makes adifference in each other’s lives.” The holiday performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7 in the high school auditorium. There are pre-show festivities, so theater goers are asked to arrive 20 minutes

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ELLINGTON – Residents are invited to participate in open discussion on key factors such as land uses, zoning, and build-out to help guide future development in the Route 83 corridor. Join the Planning and Zoning Commission, Planning Department staff and Planimetrics on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room (top floor) to share your ideas and concerns.

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Ellington Ellington Winterfest: New Times – New Entertainment ELLINGTON – On Dec. 6 and 7, seasonal merriment will abound in Ellington as the town celebrates the 10th anniversary of its annual Winterfest. The event, which began with a seedling of an idea, has grown into an area-wide festivity that provides holiday enjoyment for one and all. On Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., the Ellington Winterfest will begin with its “Holiday Sing-A-Long,� presented by the Ellington Singers, at Hall Memorial Library, on Main Street in Ellington, at 7 p.m. An enthusiastic evening of Christmas caroling will be followed by free refreshments. Commencing on Saturday, Dec. 7, Hall Memorial Library will offer a Holiday Ornament Workshop (four sessions) from 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required, and tickets can be picked up at the library. Also, Crystal Lake Community Church will offer a

Card-Making Workshop at Hall Memorial Library from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the Nellie McKnight Museum, on Main Street, will hold an Open House from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring an exhibit of the Ellington Parish Train Band. And, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Ellington Congregational Church, also on Main Street, will feature its “Community Carol Sing.� And finally, at the new time of 3:45 p.m., the official opening of the TreeLighting Ceremony will begin on the gazebo green between Rtes. 140 and 286 (Main Street), Ellington, with remarks from special guests, followed by a musical presentation courtesy of the Ellington Schools 4th Grade Chorus. Frosty and his friends will arrive shortly thereafter to make way for a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, so be sure to get there on time for the lighting of the town trees.

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Enfield Enfield Ranked 9th in the Country as a Digital City By Linda Tishler Levinson

Lions Present Scholarships The Enfield Lions Club presented a Scholarship to Danielle Flaherty, a recent Fermi High School graduate who is attending Eastern. While at Fermi, Danielle was vice president for one year and president for two years of the LEO’S Club and also a member of the Honor Society. The Enfield club also presented a scholarship to Rachel Kaliff, a recent graduate of Enfield High, who is attending Springfield College for athletic training. While in high school, Rachel was on the basketball and track teams and vice president of the Honor Society.

ENFIELD — Enfield is a top-ranked digital city. The town ranked ninth place in the nation for cities and towns with fewer than 75,000 people in the Center for Digital Government’s Digital Cities Survey. Communities with more than 30,000 people were invited to participate, according to a written release. Topping the under-75,000 category was Palo Alto, Calif. Other top-ranked cities in their categories are Boston; Irving, Texas; and Avondale, Ariz. “Nationally the number of tech-savvy digital cities is increasing, particularly among the larger jurisdictions responding to the survey,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “The top digital cities are leaders in open data and transparency efforts, as well as innovators in

deploying mobile applications to citizens while conforming to fiscal standards.” The towns and cities were honored at an awards ceremony during the National League of Cities’ annual conference in Seattle on Nov. 15. The survey criteria focused on results achieved via the use of technology in operating efficiencies, realizing strategic objectives, innovative or creative solutions or approaches, effective collaboration and transparency measures. In a related effort, the town’s Development Services and Economic Development departments have launched a website to attract, engage and assist businesses in Enfield. The site, ThinkEnfield.com, includes information about department services, upcoming development events, other local resources and interactive services.

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Promoting Cancer Awareness Enfield Junior Women’s Club (EJWC)promoted Cancer Awareness for the month of October at the Enfield Central Library. A display with information as well as ribbons of different colorswere available to be wornfor increasedawareness of the many types ofcancer. This wasanothersuccessfulyear for the display, with many ribbons being shared with the community.

ENFIELD - Sen. John A. Kissel recently presented Educational Resources for Children (ERfC) volunteer project coordinator Roger LeBlanc with an official state citation honoring LeBlanc for his commitment to children and families in Enfield. The citation, which Kissel co-introduced with state Rep. David Kiner and Rep. David Alexander, commends Enfield resident LeBlanc for his many years of selfless dedication to the ERfC Lunch Bunch program. The lunch program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides free lunches five days a week to children 18 or younger. The program requires no registration and is open to any Enfield resident regardless of their financial status or where in town they live. Summer Lunch Bunch now also provides free lunches to parents that accompany their children. ERfC Executive Director Claire C. Hall applauded the legislators’ special

From left, Roger LeBlanc and state Sen. John Kissel. recognition of LeBlanc, saying, “Roger is committed to Enfield children and families and working with local and state legislators to advocate for support of sustainable programs. We are fortunate to have his leadership.”

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Enfield Ornament Features Scantic River Bridge & Waterfalls ENFIELD – The Hazardville Institute Conservancy Society, Inc. has announced the release of its 13th limited-issue collectable Christmas Tree Ornament – a beautiful early 20th century depiction of the bridge over the Scantic River on South Maple Street. The ornament also shows the easterly view upstream where the Hazard Powder Company had constructed two dams which provided water power to the extensive milling operations along the river. Today, travelers over the new South Maple Street Bridge and those who swim in Powder Hollow rapids may be familiar with the large brownstone wall, which is all that remains of the Lower Falls structure. The scene on the ornament dates to the early 1900s, and was adopted from a photograph published by Chapin News Company of Hartford. The Conservancy’s ornaments continue to be crafted and manufactured by Barlow Designs of Providence, R.I. They are inscribed with the year and series number, are set in brass and finished with a gold-trimmed bow – ready

for gift-giving, collecting, or hanging on the tree. Proceeds from the sale of the $20 ornament are utilized directly by the Conservancy for the ongoing rehabilitation of the Hazardville Institute building. It is available at United Bank, Teaberry Treasures, and Century 21 AllPoints Realty, each on Hazard Avenue in Enfield. A limited number ornament from previous years, and re-issues of the Powder Mill Barn and Hazardville Pharmacy, are available at the United Bank branch only. Those wishing to reserve an ornament or arrange for shipping should contact Bill Lee at 860-966-2033, or send an email to EnfieldParade@cox.net. The first floor of the Institute will be open to visitors during the Holly Days in Hazardville on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ornaments will be available at that time as well. Hazardville Institute Conservancy Society, Inc. is the registered, non-profit corporation directing the re-development of Hazardville’s centerpiece.

The two-story Italianate building was built and donated to the community by Col. Augustus Hazard in 1869 as a townwide destination for “cultural and intellectual enlightenment.� Part of the

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Enfield New England Ukulele Ensemble at the Library ENFIELD – Visit the Enfield Public Library on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. for a fun-filled evening of musical entertainment with the New England Ukulele Ensemble (NEUE). Using unassuming and friendly ukuleles, the four members of NEUE recreate classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s, and more – all of the favorites, like “California Dreamin’,� “Blue Bayou,� “Mama Told Me Not to Come,� “Happy Together,� “Eleanor Rigby,� and “Surfin’ USA.� NEUE offers expertly arranged

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people who are willing to fight for what is right, the world would be a terrible place. More leaders like Adolf Hitler would be in power. More people would suffer. Our Veterans fight, but they also help to rebuild towns, hospitals, and schools after war. They try to be good role models around the world. Every year I march in the Veterans Day and Memorial Day parades with the Girl Scouts and the school band. I also place flags on the Veterans’ graves with the Boy Scouts with my dad’s troop. Most of those Veterans are from World Wars I and II, Korea, and Vietnam. Last year, I helped make a flag display in front of our church with a flag for each Veteran that has died in Afghanistan and Iraq. Our family feels proud of the work that the Veterans in our family did to make our world a safer place. We feel grateful to the soldiers and sailors that are still fighting today. They really are writing a check to all of us with their lives as the payment.

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Somers Process of Property Revaluation Begins in January By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS — The town will begin the property revaluation process in January. A state requirement, revaluation involves assessing the value of all properties in town to match the tax assessments to 70 percent of current market value. The town has hired Vision Government Solutions for the townwide project. There are five major phases to a municipal revaluation: data collection, market analysis, valuation, field review and informal hearings. During the data collection phase, the contractor will visit each property in town, measuring and collecting data about the property and taking a new photograph of the home to update the assessor’s file. Vision representatives will carry identification cards and have their cars listed with both the Assessing Office and Police Department. Additionally, they will have a letter signed by Patricia J. Juda, assessor, and Lisa Pellegrini, first selectman. Town officials have said

Vision representatives will carry identification cards and have their cars listed with both the Assessing Office and Police Department. homeowners are encouraged to ask for this identification prior to admitting anyone into their homes. If any homeowners have a question as to the identity of a data collector, they may call the resident trooper at 860-7492636, or the Tax Assessor’s office at 860-763-8202 for confirmation. The interior inspections take 10 to 15 minutes and include a tour of the house, including basement and attic space. An interior inspection will not be conducted unless a person over 18 is present. A preliminary assessed value will be mailed in November 2014. At that time,

anyone with questions concerning the revaluation process or about the data collected on their property will have an opportunity to meet with a member of Vision’s staff to discuss their property. Informal public hearings will be held in December 2014. Community Outreach Grant At its Oct. 31 meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted to use a $10,000 USA Hauling Community Outreach Grant for two projects, with $9,440 going toward new fencing at Field Road Park and $560 to the Somers American Legion to be used toward the purchase of a oneyear insurance rider. As part of its waste management and removal contract with the town, USA Hauling provides the town with $10,000 in the form of a Community Outreach Grant Program. “This year the majority of the funding will be used to install fencing at Field Road Park. This will reduce vandalism, ensure safety of the children playing at the park and enhance the appearance of the park,� First Selectman Lisa

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Somers Community Notes Shoreline Ringers Return to Somers for Benefit Concert SOMERS - The Shoreline Ringers are returning to Somers. They will present a Christmas handbell concert at The Somers High School auditorium, 1 Vision Blvd. Somers, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. This performance renews the tradition of Shoreline Ringers’ concerts for the Somers Congregational Church, which is sponsoring the event. Half of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to Somers Congregational Church Capital Campaign Fund to help the church rebuild from the fire of Jan. 1, 2012. Freewill donations will be accepted at the door. The Shoreline Ringers, directed by Jane Nolan, is a top-level community handbell choir, ringing five octaves of Malmark handbells and five and onehalf octaves of Malmark handchimes. They have played at Carnegie Hall with

the U.S. Coast Guard Band for their Christmas program and for the WFSB “Joy for the Kids.� They highlight a variety of advanced techniques and rhythms in their ringing and promise fun for everyone from 7 to 97.

Audition for ‘The Foreigner’ SOMERS - The Somers Village Players will be holding Open Auditions for their production of “The Foreigner� written by Larry Shue on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. Auditions will be held at Millpond Playhouse at 55 School St., Somersville. The play is a comedy for two females and five males. There is also a small, non-speaking ensemble of townspeople. It will be directed by Dorrie Mitchell. Show performance dates: March 28, 29, April 4, 5, 11, 12. For further information, please visit www.somersvillageplayers.org or call the director at 860523-9888. You can also visit us on Facebook.

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Mohegan Sun Bus Trip for All Adults SOMERS - All adults are invited to participate in the Somers Senior Center’s bus trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino on Friday, Jan. 17. Passengers must be at the Somers Senior Center by 8:15 a.m. Bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will return to the center at approximately 5 p.m. Trip cost of $20 includes round-trip deluxe bus, two gambling vouchers, voucher towards the cost of lunch, and the bus driver’s gratuity. Payment must be made at time of reservation (cash or check), along with

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SOMERS – The Somers Congregational Church at 599 Main St. in Somers will be holding its long-standing Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the office wing and Bugbee Center. Come see the progress of the new church, as it is nearing completion. The bazaar will be highlighted by a Holiday Bake Sale, more than 30 vendors of arts and crafts, woodcrafts, gourmet foods, handcrafted clothing, jewelry, floral arrangements, gift baskets,

nativity sets, vintage Christmas items, poinsettias, a silent auction, American doll clothes and more. This is the perfect time and place to purchase those unique and special Christmas presents and support our church’s rebuilding. A hearty and delicious luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring homemade soups, chili, rolls, dessert and drinks. The church is fully handicapped accessible.

Women’s Club Seeks Scholarship Applicants SOMERS - The Somers Women's Club is seeking female candidates for a scholarship to be awarded to a town resident from the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut. Each club in Connecticut is invited to sponsor one woman for a memorial scholarship. The award is granted on the basis of future promise, scholastic ability and financial need.

Applications are available by calling Maureen LaFlamme at 860-749-7518 or by downloading the forms at GFWC/CT – MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS. The completed forms must be received by Mrs. LaFlamme, Scholarship Committee Chairman, 89 Loubier Drive, Somers, CT 06071, by Feb. 10, 2014.

Solar Farm Grand Opening Local, state and business dignitaries gathered Nov. 22 to dedicate the launch of the Somers Solar Center, a renewable energy project that will be the largest of its kind in the state when it’s completed. The new 27,000-panel solar farm off of Route 83 is expected to go online in December. Among those in attendance were, from left to right: Sen. John A. Kissel, Jeff Lipton of Pleasant View Farms, and Somers First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini. Additional photo on following page.

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Stafford Alberts, Guglielmo Hold Forum on Affordable Care Act WOODSTOCK – State Rep. Mike Alberts (R-50) along with State Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-35) sponsored a

Floats and Marchers Wanted for Stafford Winterfest STAFFORD – On Dec. 22, starting at 4 p.m. at Olympic Circle, the annual Winterfest Parade will once again be marching down Main Street and ending at Stafford Town Hall. There will be a bon fire outside, and a Holiday Social with refreshments, crafts for the kids and a visit from Santa Claus will take place inside. The Community & Civic Affairs Commission invites everyone to participate in the parade with a decorated float or vehicle, groups of marchers, horses and other animals, classic cars, ATVs, etc. Everyone is welcome, including individuals, civic groups, schools, churches, businesses, performers of all kinds, choirs, bell ringers, etc. To register, please contact Cindy Kabel at 860-604-1509 or email Barbara Bresnahan at barbbres@live.com by Dec. 16. Shortly before the parade, a Live Nativity will take place at the First United Methodist Church from 2:30 p.m. to approximately 3 p.m.

forum on the Affordable Care Act and its effects on Connecticut on Monday, Nov. 25. Demian Fontanella, the General Counsel of the Office of the Healthcare Advocate, was on hand to answer questions and give a presentation on the new law. He explained how the new healthcare exchange market will affect residents and small businesses. There were many residents in attendance of the event that had concerns about the cancellation letters that many Connecticut residents have received, along with concerns about changes to their insurance, such as rising

deductibles. There were also many questions as to how to minimize costs and maximize coverage through the exchange. These and many other questions were able to be answered by Alberts, Gugliemo, and Fontanella. “Being able to get answers for my constituents on the changes in the healthcare system is very important,� Rep. Alberts said. “There has been a lot of confusion with the opening of the exchange and the options that it gives residents. “With this forum, we were able to provide many people with the informa-

tion and answers that they needed.� “The healthcare industry is changing rapidly. How much people pay out of pocket for their prescriptions, which doctors can they see – these are all very real concerns,� Sen. Guglielmo said. “It is our job to try and guide constituents and I believe most found the forum helpful.� If there any questions that you have about the new healthcare exchange or healthcare law, you can contact Access Health Connecticut at 860-757-6800 or visit www.AccessHealthCT.com/Out reachPrograms.

DAR Will Honor Local Students with Good Citizen Awards The Penelope Terry Abbey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is proud to announce that four local high school seniors have been selected to receive this year’s Good Citizens Award. The students are Joseph Frost from Enfield High School, son of Ann Marie Rago; Clay Harman from East Windsor High School, son of Greg and Cecilia Harman; Jacob Mikullitz from Enrico Fermi High School, son of Kimberly Mikullitz; and Helena Rheault from Somers High School, daughter of Randy and Ann Marie Rheault. The Good Citizens Award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their

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Stafford School Staff Relocates from Pinney Administration Building By Linda Tishler Levinson STAFFORD — School department staff members are on the move. Residents approved $60,000 in funding to move the central office staff out of the Pinney Administration Building at a Nov. 7 Town Meeting. The project is the result of recommendations in a report by the New England School Development Council in 2012 on more efficient use of school facili-

ties, First Selectman Richard Shuck said. Instead of maintaining a separate school administration building, staff offices will be carved out of available space in the town’s public schools. The total cost of the project is $100,000, with the remainder coming out of the town’s general fund. The building will now be put up for sale, Shuck said, “So we’re not sitting on another vacant building,� adding there has been some interest.

Names Sought for Cookies for Servicemen STAFFORD - The Stafford American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Unit 26, is looking for the names and addresses of service members from Stafford who are deployed in a war zone or stationed overseas or in the U.S. In the past the Auxiliary has focused on servicemen in a war zone, but it has received no information on anyone in these areas this year. It then requested names of servicemen stationed overseas

and has received one name. The auxiliary would like to open this up to all Stafford servicemen who will be stationed away from home this holiday season, anywhere in the U.S., so that it can send them boxes of cookies from the residents of Stafford. Contact Wendy Lerette at wjnklere@cox.net or 860-684-2622 with the service member’s mailing information, or any questions.

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Stafford Library December Events STAFFORD – The following December events will take place at the Stafford Library. Dec 7 at 10:30 a.m. – Sencory Storytime: a 45-minute program full of books, movement, finger plays, puppets and stories for the whole family. Dec 9 at 6 p.m. – Ornament Making: Adults and teens make an ornament for the holiday. Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. – Enjoy music by the Stafford High School Madrigal Singers. Bring the whole family to enjoy this holiday performance. Dec. 11 – Animal Story Time and

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Stafford Stafford Selected to Participate in Unique Solar Program STAFFORD —The Town of Stafford has been selected to participate in a unique solar program offered through the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA). The town will join other communities in Phase 3 of Solarize Connecticut, which expects to more than double the amount of solar across the community over the 10-week program. Solarize is a unique program offered by CEFIA in partnership with

Annual Church Fair STAFFORD - The annual St. Edward Church of Stafford Springs on Church Street will hold it Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Items include baked goods, knitted hats, gift baskets, pictures, soaps, chocolates, nuts and many, many possibilities for your Christmas shopping. Lunch will be served on Saturday, and on Sunday a breakfast will be served. For more information, call 860-684-7418

SmartPower that increases residential solar through a proven formula. It leverages group discounts through one preselected installer to reduce the cost of solar; it relies on the community to provide outreach and education to create awareness and build interest, and it promotes a clear end date that motivates residents to act. Over the past several weeks town officials have been interviewing installers and announced recently they have formally selected Ross Solar Group to be part of Solarize Stafford program and do all of the town’s solar installations. In order to participate in the discounts offered through Solarize, residents must sign a contract by Jan. 29, 2014. “Many of you know about the cost savings the Stafford Energy Advisory Committee is providing to you as a taxpayer with solar panels on our library and schools. Now it is possible for you to realize some of these same solar advantages at your home. Solarize CT is coming to Stafford with a plan to save energy, money and the environment. With the second highest energy costs in

the nation (behind Hawaii), the dollars saved with solar energy may be your best investment. A program is being implemented that can get you solar panels in a timely and cost effective way. As your Selectman and one of the Solar Ambassadors to the town, I look forward to our success in making Stafford a cleaner and continually energy efficient town,” Stafford Selectman Neil Hoss said. “CEFIA is extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve through the Solarize program. We continue to see our financing tools and the Solarize model bringing down the cost of solar and making it affordable for more and more homeowners throughout Connecticut,” stated Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of CEFIA. “We expect to achieve similar success as we begin the next phase of this innovative program with the participation of town leaders and their dedicated volunteers.”

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Winterfest Parade The Stafford Community & Civic Affairs Commission is sponsoring its fourth annual Winterfest Parade on Sunday, Dec. 22. Parade step-off will be at 4 p.m. at Olympic Field. The parade will end at Town Hall, where guests can warm up by a bon fire, and kids can visit Santa Claus inside, make crafts, and families can enjoy refreshments. The First United Methodist Church is also holding its Live Nativity at 2:30 p.m., prior to the start of the parade. Come and enjoy the festivities of the season!

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Stafford Inspirational Afghan Veteran Rides Through Stafford STAFFORD – Rob Jones, a double amputee and honored war veteran, is riding his bike from Maine to California to raise money for Veterans organizations. An Afghanistan War Veteran, Jones lost both legs in an explosion. He says he’s making this trip to give back to those charities which helped him recover from his injuries. Those charities include the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, the Semper Fi Fund, and Ride 2 Recovery. Jones has already raised more than $21,000, but has a long way to go to reach his goal of a million dollars. He joined the Marine Corps Reserves as a combat engineer during his junior year at Virginia Tech. He deployed to Iraq in 2008 and to Afghanistan in 2010. That’s where he was injured by a roadside bomb. Both of Jones’ legs had to be amputated above the knees. He was fitted with prosthetics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he used his time recovering to learn how to walk and ride a bike again. The trip is expected to take six to seven months. Follow Rob by visiting www.robjonesjourney.com

Sen. Tony Guglielmo cheering on Marine Veteran Rob Jones a double amputee wounded in a road side explosion during the war in Afghanistan. Jones is riding his bicycle cross country to raise money for veterans organizations. He recently passed through Stafford.

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Suffield Home for the Holidays Suffield Happens This Weekend By Julie Cotnoir SUFFIELD – Beginning this Friday guests will be able to take a step back in time as they enter the Phelps-Hatheway House at 55 South Main St. in Suffield. The home will undergo its annual weekend transformation for the holidays before it closes its doors for the season. This year local florist Paula Gallo of Pentimento Design and the Suffield Garden Club will brighten the interior and exterior of the home with live flowers, greens and wreaths. According to the home’s site administrator Michele Holcombe, eight rooms on the first floor of the home will showcase the special holiday touches. Gallo is known for incorporating traditional designs into a contemporary fashion, says Holcombe. The festivities will kick off on Friday, Dec. 6, with Cocktails at Hatheway from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This private reception, with proceeds benefiting the Phelps-Hatheway House, will feature food prepared by caterer Café Louise along with cocktails. Individual tickets are available for $50, with patron tickets, which feature a chance to win raffle prizes, on sale for $75. For

tickets call 860-247-8996, ext. 23. Guides will walk guests through the home on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, from noon to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15; children 618 are $10 and free for children under 6. An old-fashioned sled located on the front porch, in addition to a wreath gracing the historic home’s outdoor windows, will frame the picture of the weekend. The home was built in 1764 with an expansion added in 1795. Visitors will be able to see the original wallpaper in the new 1795 section of the home. An invitation from the home’s owner Oliver Phelps in 1794 to Esquire Leavitt and his lady to visit on Christmas will also be on display. Children’s activities will be offered on Saturday and Sunday. Creating holiday sachets and stamping cards or bookmarks are two crafts planned for the weekend. Holiday shopping will also be available. Visitors can peruse the Phelps-Hatheway House and Garden Visitors Center for unique gifts. Local photographer Heather Conley and Encaustic local painter Susan Habicht Mayne both will have their work on display and for sale. Jewelry, floor

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Suffield Sweet Stuff is a New Store Offering Special Delicacies By Julie Cotnoir SUFFIELD – Sweet Stuff in Suffield has found its niche and is enjoying an enthusiastic welcome in town. Suffield resident Lynn Piemonte, a salesperson for more than 25 years, decided she wanted to get off the road and into a homegrown business in town. After going through the list of everything Suffield businesses already offered, she found herself thinking of what they may be missing. That is when she thought candy shop and the name was a given. “My boyfriend calls me ‘Sweet Stuff’ and I ran with it,� Piemonte says. The store satisfies the sweet tooth of every age group. Whether people are feeling nostalgic and want to fill a bag with old-school bulk candies (remember orange circus peanuts and wax candy bottles?) or a couple has had a nice dinner, grabbed a bottle of wine and wants to complement the wine with a tasty chocolate treat, Piemonte does not disappoint. Chocolate covered pretzel rods, holiday themed Rice Krispie treats – yes,

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Suffield Windsor Marketing Group earns CBIA Family Business Award SUFFIELD – Windsor Marketing Group (WMG) has been tabbed by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association as part of its celebration of Connecticut’s family businesses. Led by CEO and Founder Kevin Armata, Windsor Marketing Group has been recognized for championing an environmentally and socially responsible business model. “Families are important to us at

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