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Students in grades K-8 from St. Bernard School in Enfield collected food for the Saint Vincent De Paul Society at St. Bernard Church. Food baskets were made and distributed on Sunday, Nov. 22, in time for Thanksgiving. Front row, from left: Arielle Jacques, Shelby Naduad, Kaiden Ames and Kathleen Larose. Back row, from left: Sara Brown, Ethan Peck, Sidney Taffe and Tyler Herzig.

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Santa Claus Coming to North Central Connecticut Towns By Julie Cotnoir

Before he hits the road for his trip around the world, Santa Claus will be making several stops in various towns around the area. So you better watch out and you better not cry. Santa Claus is coming to town. There are two traditions in Somers that will continue in 2015. The Friends of the Somers Public Library will once again host Snacks with Santa. Four sessions will be held on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 5 (9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.) for Somers children 8 and younger. Registrations in advance must be done in person for this special meet and greet with the big guy. The library is located at 2 Vision Boulevard. Admission is by ticket only. Each program will include a Christmas story time and time for the kids to share their wish list with Santa. Each child receives a snack and a book. Bring your camera and please help those in need by donating a non-perishable food item for Champâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place. On Sunday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. Somersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will kick off. Sponsored by the Somers Fire Department and the Lions Club, the evening will include a carol sing-along with the Mabelle B. Avery Middle

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School choir and band, and refreshments including chili/hotdogs and baked goods served up by the Lions Club. Stick around for 6 p.m. when Santa arrives in grand style in a Somers Fire Department Truck. In Enfield, if you are in the Shaker Pines Fire District, keep your ears peeled for the music and sirens accompanying The Santa Run on Saturday,

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35-minute performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Visit for the schedule of all of the indoor and outdoor activities planned for Winterfest. Bundle up and head over to the Connecticut Trolley Museum to see St. Nick, take a ride on a train, and see a spectacular lighting display. Winterfest is another holiday must-do with young and old alike. See streetcars from as far back as the 1890s. They feature both open and closed trolley cars for the

three-mile journey. Wear extra layers and travel under the “Tunnel of Lights” in one of the open cars for a spectacular ride. Another treat is visiting the museum’s Teresalee Bertinuson Vistor Center to see the model train layouts. The kids can visit with Santa and holiday shopping is possible in the museum’s gift shop. They are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (with the exception of Christmas Day) from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and Dec. 26-29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62

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Town Meeting Could Transfer Acreage to Housing Authority

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EAST WINDSOR â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The housing authority may be getting more land to build senior housing. The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted at its Nov. 16 meeting to approve the transfer of seven acres on Reservoir Avenue to the East Windsor Housing Authority and send that transfer to a town meeting for approval. The land is adjacent to the housing authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cur-

rent Park Hill, a low-income senior citizen housing complex in the Broad Brook section of town. First Selectman Robert Maynard said the property has a limited covenant, which restricts its use to senior citizen and disabled housing. A town meeting on the land transfer has not yet been scheduled, Maynard said. When the new board took office and members were introduced at the Nov. 17 meeting, Bob Lyke of Rye

Street said it would be a good idea for the board to go back to having public meetings videotaped, according to the meeting minutes. Maynard said that is something he supports. Selectman Jason Bowsza said in the past the videography was done by volunteers and that it was something that never was prohibited. The volunteers had simply faded away, Bowsza said, and the videotaping of the meetings just stopped.

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EAST WINDSOR - Book Club Bookstore is excited to help with all of your holiday shopping by introducing you to Connecticut Authors and Artists every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas. Dec. 5: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Your Child to a Bookstore Dayâ&#x20AC;? features childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author Linda Laudone. Musician and entertainer Fern Michonski will lead a sing-along at noon. Dec. 5: Meet author Beth Caruso, who wrote â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of Windsor, the Untold Story of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Witch Hanging.â&#x20AC;? Dec. 6: Meet authors Maria Carvalho (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hamster in Space!â&#x20AC;?) and Lisa Acerbo (â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Trouble at Allâ&#x20AC;?). Dec. 6: Artist Pop-Up Shop: Janice Warren of Broad Brook Art.

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EAST WINDSOR – The following programs are being offered by the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department. FALL YOGA Classes will be held at East Windsor High School in room D-4 from 6:15 pm to 7:30 p.m. MONDAY classes will be held Jan. 4 to March 7 with no class on Jan. 18 and Feb. 15. WEDNESDAY classes will be held Jan. 6 to Feb. 24. The cost of this program is: residents $30 once a week or $45 twice a week; non-residents $35 once a week or $50

twice a week. Registration is through the Parks and Recreation Office or at class with Diane Ross. Please call 860-6276662 with any questions. FALL 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. 11 to Feb. 29. WEDNESDAY classes will be held from Jan. 13 to March 2. Registration is through the Parks and Recreation Office or at class with Kim Goulet. Please call 860-627-6662 with questions. The cost of this program is:

EAST WINDSOR - On Monday Dec. 7, Tuesday Dec. 8, and Wednesday Dec. 9, the East Windsor Lions Pediatric Vision Screening Team will be conducting vision screening for pre-schoolers at Broad Brook Elementary School. Parents or guardians of pre-schoolers in East Windsor who are not enrolled at the school are welcome to come for a screening between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM on those 3 days.     Additional

screenings will take place on Thursday and Friday at two East Windsor day care centers. For more information on the screenings, contact the Vision Screening Team Leader, Barbara Sherman, at 860-6232081. According to Barbara, she has received many positive comments about this free service to the community. She also stated that the Lions Club will help pay for glasses for needy families.

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EAST WINDSOR - The following programs are being offered by the East Windsor Senior Center, 125 Main St., Broad Brook above the Broad Brook Fire Department. To sign up for the following programs, please call 860-292-8262. The Senior Center will be closed Friday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday. SHOPPING Shopping at Big Y or Walmart, East Windsor, every Monday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Grocery shopping at Geissler’s, East Windsor, every Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mobile Foodshare at St. Catherine’s Parking Lot – Friday, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Ellington Grad Takes Love of Soccer Around the World

Ellington By Deborah Stauffer

ELLINGTON - Soccer has always been a love of Stephen Schirra’s and he has taken that love along with an interest in travel to a new level in recent months. A 2010 Ellington High School graduate and 2014 University of Connecticut graduate, Schirra has been

sharing his passion for soccer with youth in South American countries and is looking for donations of soccer balls from the community to bring along with him. An organization created by Schirra called “Around the Worlds Around The World” (Around the World is a soccer move) has a mission to bring a soccer program to less fortunate youth. The program consists of a two-hour soccer clinic, designed to teach and showcase certain skills and techniques and then concludes with a gift of several soccer balls for the school, orphanage or organization. Schirra’s first two clinics were in Peru in August and San Antonio in September and he was well received. It’s been a learning experience for Schirra, but quite rewarding. Some of the countries he has visited speak only Spanish and has sparked some creative communication. He has learned soccer is a universal language and with a soccer ball in his backpack he has connected with strangers no matter what language they speak. There has been an increase in interest in Schirra’s organization. Plans are under way for a trip to Jamaica in the next month and he hopes to have 50100 balls collected. Collection boxes have been placed around town and an appeal has been put out for gently used and new soccer balls. Integrated Rehab


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ELLINGTON - Ellington High School Student Council members, led by their advisor, Family and Consumer Science teacher David Helmin, highlighted this year’s Veterans Day with an exceptional ceremony in the school’s gymnasium to honor all veterans, especially those from Ellington. Sixteen veterans were in attendance, with several being members of the high school faculty. The 123-member student council hosted a breakfast for the veterans preceding the schoolwide assembly. Student Council President Tom Arbeiter welcomed the veterans and guests and

expressed the honor he felt interacting with the veterans. What struck him the most was the humility and the manner in which they go about their lives and ask nothing in return. The ceremony was opportunity for the students to give back and say thank you. The high school vocal ensemble, directed by Richard Diamond, set the mood with the crowd and sang the “StarSpangled Banner.” Something new this year was a moving video presentation to the song “American Soldier” by Toby Keith. In addition, sophomore Jess Roberts recited an essay she wrote for the ceremony called “86,400 Seconds.”

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Speakers included Ellington Board of Education chair Daniel Keune, state Rep. Christopher Davis, state Sen. Tim Larson and Ted Graziani, who is the CT Chair for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. “We are all ordinary people, but we did extraordinary things. We answered the call,” Graziani said. At one point during the ceremony, and perhaps the most moving, was the student audience participation. When prompted, nearly everyone in the crowd held up a paper that had a name of a veteran they knew on it and wanted to


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Ellington Ellington Gearing Up for its 12th Annual Winterfest ELLINGTON - Santa and Mrs. Claus will be appearing at Ellington’s 12th annual Winterfest celebration, on Saturday, Dec. 5, during the “TreeLighting Ceremony” on the Town Green gazebo bordering Maple and Main streets (Rtes. 140 and 286), from 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. The festivities will include many events in venues around the center of town. As a treat, Santa will hand out his usual candy canes and, this year, the First Lutheran Church of Ellington will be offering chocolate delights to all the kiddies in attendance. Pictures can be also be taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer prior to the spectacular “Torchlight Parade,” which will wend down Ellington’s Main Street (Rt. 286) at 5:15 p.m. Brightly festooned firetrucks from around Connecticut and the Kloter trolley will be part of the colorful parade. Meanwhile, Hall Memorial Library will be the starting point for seasonal entertainment on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., when the Ellington Singers present their annual, fun-filled, holiday sing-

along. Refreshments will be served afterward. On Saturday, the library will offer more entertainment, holiday fun and (courtesy of the Friends of the Library and the staff of the Courant Community) surprise treats. Library activities will begin with the annual Christmas Ornament Workshops for children ages 3-12. The workshops will start at 10 a.m., 10:40 a.m., and 11:10 a.m. and run 40 minutes each. Tickets are required and can be obtained at the library. On Main Street, the Nellie McKnight Museum will be open Saturday, Dec. 5, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring a picture display of “The Best of Ellington,” which includes such past events as ice harvesting, the Ellington Parrish Train Band, and 200 years of the McKnight museum building. Next door, the Ellington Congregational Church will be offering an a la carte (and inexpensive, childfriendly) dinner, an afternoon Carole Sing, and a “Warming Tree,” which collects hats, mittens and scarves for those in need. The Ellington Women’s Club will be offering hot chocolate and cook-

ies at the Town Annex (rear entrance) to the left of Town Hall on Main Street for those who wish to warm up. On Maple Street, (Rt. 140) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will present its live nativity outside the church on Dec. 5 and 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as well as a festive display of 150 nativity sets from around the world in the main hall. Refreshments will also be served. At Ellington High School, also on

Maple Street, the Opening Knight Players will present a 35-minute production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in the Getchell Auditorium on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on the day of the Winterfest, and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6. Tickets ($8-$12) will be sold at the door (children under 3 years free). For further information, call 860875-3885. In case of inclement weather, please call Hall Memorial Library at 860-870-3160 for an update.

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Mayor Looks Ahead To Work Council Has To Do


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ENFIELD — Scott Kaupin says he sees a number of challenges ahead for the town as he continues as the town’s mayor. Kaupin, who was re-elected to his Town Council seat in the Nov. 3 election, was again chosen by members of the Town Council to be mayor at the Nov. 9 council meeting. He thanked the council for their votes in returning him to the mayor’s seat and spoke about the state of the town and the challenges it faces, according to the meeting minutes. “We have a new town manager to hire. We have numerous buildings to repair and improve and energy using systems to replace, but we have to figure out how to fund these improvements. We have a water-pollution-control operation to finally update — thank you, Enfield. We have roads, sidewalks and drainage to repair across town. We have an expanded and renovated Enfield High School to complete on time and on budget. We have a village to revitalize

and a transit center to build. We have a lot on our plate and the resources to pay for these projects are limited and must be kept in mind,” he said. The mayor said over the past eight years in his position he has seen the community working together to make Enfield a better town. “This is what makes Enfield such a special place to call home. Thank you to our community in action. To the employees of the Town of Enfield, I want you to know that your service to this community continues to be appreciated and respected,” he said. The council also chose William Lee as deputy mayor. “I also want to thank the public for their continued trust in reelecting me, and I do take the position quite seriously to aid the mayor in his duties and certainly to keep as wide open a channel of communication as possible, and this has been one of the goals that they’ve strived to achieve, and I think we’re making good progress on that end,” he said.

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Asnuntuck Community College’s Alpha Lambda Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently held its induction ceremony. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education. The organization is for two-year college students. ACC President James Lombella, Dean Michael Stefanowicz, Advisors Dr. Heather D’Orlando, Cheryl Turgeon and Michelle Coach were in attendance, along with Phi Theta Kappa officers and members. Associate Professor of Communications Wendy Nelson was the guest speaker. Inductees included: Nikkeia Ball, Avery Bell, Kevin Bergendahl, Silvia Curran, Melissa Dinallo, Maria Dufresne, Mahnaz Hamdani, Brett Hebert, Min Henderson, Chericka Hill, Kathryn Keller, David Kittle, Thomas Levinskas, Shannon Lynch, Shawn Mailhoit, Barbara Marcoe, Jessica Mazur, Amanda Minor, Tracy Ouellette, Thomas Padrevita, Jason Rawlinitis, Roberta Richmond, Stephen Ruffy, Meghan Sacristan, William Scully, Kenneth Snelgrove, Brad Strogoff, Kurt Tetreault, Megan Thorogood, Melinda Tucker, Jewel Whyte, Tammy Wilson and Jamie Yeo.

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Welcome to Random Raven, a parameter-less potpourri of hypes, gripes, universal truths and local lore. Topping the stack o’ stuff this installment, a couple taste-bud tantalizers for the discerning carnivore. MEGA-BITES When it comes to wings and things, there are many area restaurants throwing down some serious sauces and dry rubs. Not the last of which include Chicago Sam’s of Enfield and Sun Valley’s Clubhouse Cafe in Stafford Springs. The latest entry into this “poultry in motion” elite wing circle appears to be Ellington’s Hidden Still ( - now open and freshly renovated in the former Pastori’s streetside

location at 87 West Street. Owner Max Collins and Executive Chef Sean Martin are presently putting out more than 32 flavors of their patented “25 hour wings.” And the results range from sumptuous to stunning. The creamy Maple Bourbon is

presently a fall front runner. For his part, The Raven has ravenously devoured no fewer than four orders of the Smoked Garlic Sriracha in the past 30 days. A few miles to the north, Brian Treitman of BT’s Smokehouse in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, recently received raves from an unexpected visitor with some impressive culinary credentials to say the least. “We didn’t know he was coming, he was really nice, wanted to know staff’s names and see the kitchen,” Trietman says of chef Gordon Ramsay, who was reportedly popping in for a quick meal while shooting a new episode of Hotel Hell at a nearby inn. “I was kinda blown away when he had told me that he had heard about me and seemed to know a little bit about my business. It was a very cool and humbling experience.” BT’s Smokehouse offers a full dining and catering menu ranging from briskets, ribs and other meats to sandwiches, sides and platters. For more info on this Ramsey-approved restaurant, kindly point your browser to ‘GAS’-SY DISCHARGE Here’s one the Raven thought of while filling up his car for $2.20 a gallon. You’ll find this one mainly in your service industries when they deliver propane ... oil ... even my newspaper trucks. Basically, any time petroleum

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Somers Boys Soccer Clinches State Championship in 3-2 Victory


SOMERS - A combination of an unmerciful offense and resilient defense led the Somers boys soccer team to a 32 double overtime victory over Coventry in the Class S state championship on Saturday, Nov. 21. After losing to Coventry twice in the regular season, Somers was determined to prove its strength on the field. Senior co-captain Johnny Poitras scored in the first half to give Somers an early lead. A strong Spartan defense denied all of Coventry’s attempts at evening the score, including a penalty kick. Goalkeeper Brody Rheault made an incredible diving save to stop the penalty kick, resulting in a surge of

motivation for the Spartans. The second half showcased three goals, two by Coventry’s Steve Voros and Alex Erskine and one by Somers’ senior co-captain and school scoring record-holder Corey Brown, carrying the game into overtime. Five minutes into the first overtime period, Brown once again, sending the ball soaring past the Patriots’ goalkeeper with a penalty kick that decided the Spartan win. After last year’s state final ended in a co-championship for Somers, this Spartan team wanted nothing more than to earn its championship status outright. And earn that title they most certainly did, with no shortage of drama.

Shoreline Ringers Return for Annual Congregational Church Performance

SOMERS - The Shoreline Ringers will return to the Somers Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. The Ringers first performed at the church during the Christmas season in 2009 and have since become a part of the Christmas tradition in Somers. Directed by Jane Nolan, the Shoreline Ringers are a top-level community

handbell choir, ringing five octaves of handbells, and seven octaves of handchimes. They have played at Carnegie Hall with the U.S. Coast Guard Band for its Christmas program and for the WFSB “Joy for the Kids.” The Somers Congregational concerts are supported entirely by donations at the concert.  Admission is free.  A sug-

gested donation level is $10 per person. Everyone in Somers and the surrounding communities who enjoys singing Christmas carols is invited to the Community Carol Sing at Somers Congregational Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13. Songbooks with the words to carols and Christmas songs will be provided. Carols by the choir and

by local singer and guitarist Theresa Camerota will give singers breaks during the group singing.   A reception with refreshments will be held afterwards in the Foundation Room.  This is a great opportunity for families to sing together accompanied by organist Jun Lee. The Carol Sing and reception are free.  

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Renata Bowers Receives National Honors for ‘Frieda B.’ Series


SOMERS - The results of the 2015 National Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards have been announced, and the Frieda B. series by author Renata Bowers has been awarded the Gold for Best Picture Book Series. The Moonbeam Awards – chosen by judging panels of book reviewers, librarians, teachers and students – are designed to bring increased recognition to the year’s best children’s books. “Our judges loved Frieda B. and the way the books deliver great, positive messages to kids without being preachy. The artwork is compelling and the storytelling is creative – Frieda B. is a hit!” said Jim Barnes, Moonbeam Awards director. In writing the Frieda B. books, Renata’s No. 1 objective is to help children dream big and believe they are free to be the unique story they each carry inside, just like Bowers’ key character, Frieda B.  “Frieda B. is the world’s biggest dreamer.  Through her adventures, and the lessons each bring, I weave tales of believing in oneself, and believing in

others,” Bowers said. “Frieda B. encourages children to believe that each of us has an important one-of-a-kind story to tell – a story that can make a difference in the world.”  When asked what this award means to her – and to her company, Frieda B. LLC – Renata responded, “It’s a great honor, and a great blessing. This award gives us the opportunity to reach more children – more parents and caregivers – with a message of imagination, purpose and worth.” Masterfully illustrated by renowned children’s illustrator Michael Chesworth, the Frieda B. series currently consists of four titles: “Frieda B. Herself” (2010); “Frieda B. Meets the Man in the Moon” (2012); “Frieda B. and the Zillabeast” (2013); and “Frieda B. and the Finkledee Ink” (2014).  Renata also is author of “Good Dogs, Great Listeners” (2015), a picture book commissioned by the parents of Charlotte Bacon, who lost her life at Sandy Hook School in 2012.  A new Frieda B. book is planned for 2016. 

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Church Holiday Ham Supper

SOMERS - The Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., will hold a Holiday Ham Supper complete with yams, French style beans, salad, seasonal breads, beverage and cake, on Saturday, Dec. 5. Two sittings are offered: 5 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages

5-10. The church is handicap accessible. Reservations for dine-in or take-out (available from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.) should be placed by calling or emailing the church office at 860-749-7741 or somcong@ Come and start off the holiday season with a delicious meal prepared and served by members and friends.

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Somers Town May Receive $1.8 Million Brownfield Grant Pellegrini said if the grant application is awarded, the town would take ownership of the mill property, a process that would take approximately six months. Revaluation The Finance Board also reviewed a memo from town Assessor Patricia Juda on the revaluation results. The Grand List, the list of all taxable property in town, is down $26,678,720 from the 2014 Grand List, a 2.86 percent decrease. The revaluation that was postponed last year would have brought a 4.1 percent decrease.

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SOMERS — The town may get a $1.8 million brownfield grant to clean up the metal, steel and rubble at the Somersville Mill. First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini told the Board of Finance at its Nov. 23 meeting she had received confirmation that the grant application was received and was told an award would be made in January, according to the meeting minutes. Finance Board member Joseph Tolisano asked about eminent domain.

CT Commercial Realty Announces Lease

SOMERS - The Somers office of Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes has announced the lease of a 1000+ square-foot space at 27 Quality Ave. in Somers. The new tenant, LockedUp Monitored Security Inc., opened in November. Broker Victoria Clark of Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes represented the tenant while the landlord was represented by Steve Travali of Century 21 Advantage. LockedUp Monitored Security Inc. (LMS) is the U.S. subsidiary of one of the United Kingdom’s leading security service providers for homes and businesses. It is pleased to open its Eastern CONNECTICUT


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Juda said in the memo these figures only represent real estate, and the actual Grand List will not be finalized until later in the fiscal year. She said in a revenue neutral situation, the impact would be approximately 0.75 mills, meaning

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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. Applicants for the Schoelzel Scholarship must have completed three or more years of undergraduate work in an accredited institution of higher learning with a 3.0 average or better. They must be matriculating for a Bachelor’s or post-graduate degree in the field of education. The maximum award for this scholarship is $2,000. Candidates for the Phipps Scholarship must have completed two or

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STAFFORD – St. Edward School will be hosting this year’s annual Craft Fair held at St Edward’s Hall on Dec 5 and 6. Prices for the fair are: one day Saturday is $35; two days Saturday and Sunday is $50. If you are interested please email or call 860-214-1078 (Erica Bushior) and leave a message. They still have openings for those looking for a fair to be in. St. Edward’s will be having its annual craft fair on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in St Edward’s Hall on Church Street, Stafford Springs. Come on down and enjoy a breakfast and lunch served on Joann Milikowski, a resident of Stafford Springs, recently entered a king-sized quilt that was to be judged at the New England Creative Saturday by St. Edward’s School and breakfast on Sunday with Arts Exhibit at the Big E. For her effort, she was awarded three First Place ribbons: a blue ribbon from the New England Creative Santa served by the Knights of Arts Committee; the Sponsor’s Award, given by The Fabric Place Basement, which included a cash prize; and a very special award from The National Quilt Association for “Outstanding Achievement in Quilting.” Milikowski is also a founding member of the Stafford Columbus. Mill Town Quilters.

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Recount Doesn’t Change Town Treasurer’s Race Results


By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD — It was close, but a recount did not change the outcome.

A Nov. 9 recount in the town treasurer’s race left Democrat Ann Maynard the victor with 1,404 votes to 1,394 for

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Republican Deidriene Guglielmo Knowlton. Maynard had been crossendorsed by the Open Party. Originally, the vote had been 1,4071,393, with Maynard the winner, according to figures provided by the Secretary of the State’s Office. Office hours First Selectman Anthony Frassinelli will hold office hours from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays in the Veterans Meeting Room in Town Hall. During this time residents are invited to stop by to discuss any concerns or ask questions. Frassinelli said in a letter to residents that the office hours were something he had promised in his campaign. Appointments The outgoing Board of Selectmen

approved a number of appointments at their final meeting on Nov. 12. They are: Valerie Girard, Family Services Advisory Board-student representative; D. Anthony Guglielmo, Leslie Moulton, Jennifer Davis and Michael Kenderdine, Stafford Cemetery Association; David Walsh and James Tantillo, Water Pollution Control Authority; Richard Zulick, North Central Health District representative; and Brian Zawodniak, Conservation Commission. Also approved by the board were Mary Quinn and Ann Puglisi for the Stafford Public Library Board. Those appointments require Town Meeting approval.

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STAFFORD - The following events take place at the Stafford Library, 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford Springs. All events are free and open to the public but the library requests pre-registration. Monday-Rhymetime will be held on Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10 a.m. for children 0-2 years old. Tuesday-Teddy Bear Time will be held on Dec. 1, 15, 22, and 29 for children 2 yrs & up. Wednesday-Animal Storytime will be held on Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 3:30 p.m. with animal guest. Special Christmas picture with animal on Dec. 9 from Windy Crow Farm and come on Dec. 16 to make your picture craft with the special animal picture. Sensory Storytimes will be held Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m. for all ages & families, with special guest musical therapist, Renee Coro, with music, movement, finger plays, and stories.

Mother-to-Mother at 11 a.m. every Friday. A group where moms can support one another, share information and enjoy one another’s company. Moms with children of all ages are welcome, as are pregnant moms-to-be. Children are welcome. Teens Programs - Saturday Game Club at 1 p.m. (until 2:30 p.m.) to be held on Dec. 5 and 26. Bring your beyblades and supplies. Customs are allowed. Other games are welcome too. For ages 12 and up, unless accompanied by parent or guardian. Advance registration is required. Visit with Santa on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. - Visit Santa at the Library. While you wait to let Santa know what your Christmas wishes are, decorate a holiday ornament. Meditation at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 22 led by Clare Vidich or Arlene Avery. Ages 14-adult. Movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”

on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Stafford High School Madrigal Singers - Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Special Holiday Music. Movie “The Santa Clause” with Tim Allen - Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. Drop in. Rated PG. Make it Monday at 2:30 p.m. (until 4 p.m.) on Dec. 21. Enjoy snacks, drinks and a craft when you need a break from finishing your homework. For grades 6-12 (dropin). Make a special holiday gift. Open Artist Studio from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 21. Come and create. For teens and adults. Try your hand at something new. Special Library Movie Times during vacation week Dec 28 at 4 p.m. “Ant Man” Rated PG 13. Dec 29 at 2 p.m. “Shaun the Sheep” Rated PG Dec 30 at 11 a.m. “Minions” Rated PG

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STAFFORD - “Its good to make bread, its good to give something back.” That is what Stafford Middle School students did Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, “Family and Community in Stafford” took place as students, together with a family member make fresh bread. Each night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Home Economics room, room 103, families met to mix, stir and knead dough, as they learned the art of making homemade bread. Several SMS staff were on hand to assist with the event. Their goal was a total of 400 loaves of bread this year. Using flour and yeast, each participant could make two loaves of bread.

Suffield Town Considers Selling 2.6 Acres of Industrial Land By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD — The town may sell land at East Street and Bennett Road to CS Landscape Design and Construction Inc. The Board of Selectmen voted at its Nov. 18 meeting to approve the contract for the purchase of 2.631 acres of industrial land and send that to a town meet-

ing for approval. First Selectman Melissa Mack said the sale still needs to go through various town commissions for approval, including Zoning, Planning and Conservation before a Town Meeting vote can be set. Mack added that the incoming board discussed a number of projects they are preparing to work on at that initial meet-

sial choice for chairman following a contentious year for the Suffield Police Department, including a vote of no confidence by the police union in former Chief Michael Manzi and former Capt. Craig Huntly, both of whom are now retired, as well as allegations of a drunken dispatcher and an officer neglecting his duties.

ing. “We’re getting together a strategic plan for the town,” Mack said. Police Commission The Police Commission reappointed Kevin Armata as its chairman, according to published reports. Members of the commission are elected, but choose their own chairman. Armata was a controver-

Thespian Talents Gather for Mapleton Hall Holiday Benefit

SUFFIELD - An ensemble of 15 talented local thespians from Massachusetts and Connecticut is gathering to produce four holiday themed one-acts, plus one bonus festive monologue, on Dec. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at Mapleton Hall in Suffield. 4 X’Mas is The Suffield Players’ 2015 Holiday Benefit Challenge production, performed with scripts in hand as a staged reading with a minimum of rehearsals and a maximum of creativity. All proceeds from the production go toward the upkeep and maintenance of Mapleton Hall, The Suffield

Players’ historic theatre home. Performances include the famous Teacup Raffle, in which audience members get to bid on donated goods and services packaged up prettily by Suffield Players volunteers into festive baskets, bags and boxes, perfect for the gift giving season. General admission only; no reservations. A $10 donation suggested at the door. Directed by Robert Lunde and Kelly Seip (Springfield), Roger A. Ochs (East Windsor), Mark Proulx (Agawam), and Konrad Rogowski (Chicopee). The cast: Ken Aveline (Vernon),

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