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With a chill in the air, thoughts are turning to the holidays. While families throughout north central Connecticut are shopping for presents for their loved ones, the towns they live in have holiday wish lists of their own. And topping many of those is economic development — the kind of presents a town gets from new businesses. New businesses bring jobs, improve the tax base and — perhaps most of all — add to the vibrancy of a community. Enfield Among the new offerings in Enfield is Smashburger, which will open soon in the Stop & Shop plaza, Enfield Director of Economic Development Peter Bryanton said. Smashburger is a fast casual “better burger” restaurant franchise, which features “smashed to order” burgers. Also new to Enfield is Plastipack and Veritiv, two packaging and printing

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ENFIELD – is the season for celebrating and there is no shortage of ways to do it in North Central Connecticut. Marty Pelosi, general manager for the Enfield Square, said the retail center has made several upgrades and is ready to welcome customers during this busy time of year. The Square has made many energy improvements, including replacing heaters at their Target entrance. They have also added an interactive feature to the popular existing children’s play area. “And for the community’s convenience, our customers are now able to access free Wi-Fi throughout the center,” said Pelosi. “In addition, Enfield Square has unveiled new features to its holiday sets, and indoor and outdoor lighting, and decorations, including festive wreaths. In fact, we decorated our road signs and at the front of the shopping center for the first time in 10 years!” says the general manager.

Tradition continues at the Square with photos and candy with Santa (a photo package includes 1-5x7, 2-4x6 and 8 wallets including a digital download for $29.95 or $19.95 without the download). The New England Patriots Cheerleaders will be there on Dec. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the “Tree” Mendous Holiday Celebration will be the start of a new tradition. The event, which includes a raffle of trees decorated by area individuals and organizations, a 50/50 raffle and crafts for the kids, will benefit the Enfield Food Shelf and take place throughout the holiday season. More Santa visits Santa will be making several other stops in the area. Visit Angelina’s Restaurant at 555 Hazard Avenue on Dec. 23 for breakfast with Santa, and take a free photo with the holly jolly guy! Owner Miquel Mendoza said it is the fifth year the restaurant has hosted Santa. He will be visiting from 9 to 11 1105 Strong Rd. South Windsor, CT 06074

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STAFFORD – Come have breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 8 Church St., Stafford Springs. It is hosted by the Cub Scout Pack 50. Breakfast is $5 per person or $20 per family. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. Have your photo taken with Santa after breakfast!

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companies that have opened in the former Hallmark building, Bryanton said. In addition, Conval, a manufacturing company, recently moved from Somers. Stafford Stafford also has a new place to dine with the opening of Bonnie-Jean’s Kitchen at 107 W. Stafford Road. The casual family dining restaurant features homemade food, said Kim Gilbert, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Scott. She said it’s a family endeavor with their children also involved. Specialties include homemade corned beef hash, cinnamon rolls, and sausage, gravy and biscuits. Their hamburgers are all beef, made from handformed patties. East Windsor New businesses in East Windsor include At the Dam restaurant at 100 Main St. in Broad Brook, Salon Rausch hair salon at 112 Main St. in Broad Brook and Shamrock Cars at 186 S.

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Somers Somers will be getting a Henny Penny gas station and convenience store at 589 Main St. Suffield New businesses in Suffield include Land Warrior Crossfit on Ffyler Place, Suffield Gymnastics Academy on Ffyler Plade, Bouley Graphics & Embroidery in the Mountain Road Marketplace, Champion Container in Firestone Drive, according to Economic Development Director Patrick McMahon. In addition, Broad Brook Brewery has been approved for a new facility in the Mach One Industrial Park, and Windsor Marketing Group has completed a major expansion. Windsor Locks In Windsor Locks, new businesses include the Playful Peacock & Friends at 74 Main St., which features items made by local artists; Tina’s Cake Emporium at 66 Main St.; and Hot Head Burritos at 209 Ella Grasso Turnpike.

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Board of Selectmen passes resolution in wake of KKK video

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EAST WINDSOR – The Board of Selectmen is on record that it is committed to the inclusion of all residents following an apparently racist social media post. On Nov. 14, the police departments of East Windsor and Stafford were notified of a Facebook post featuring people dressed in white robes and hoods around a bonfire, suggesting Ku Klux Klan activity. Police said they believe the video was recorded at the gravel pits in East

Windsor and posted by someone in Stafford. The incident is under investigation. “It certainly was a disturbing video to watch,” First Selectman Robert Maynard said, adding it caused fear in many people in town who saw it. At the Nov. 15 selectmen’s meeting, Selectman Jason Bowsza made a motion to pass a resolution concerning the incident. It reads, “Whereas the town of East Windsor whole-

heartedly commits to supporting inclusion of all citizens, regardless of age, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. Whereas the town of East Windsor fully and completely condemns any activity from any group that advocates hate, bigotry, xenophobia or intolerance. Be it therefore resolved that the town of East Windsor affirms that no acts of hate or persecution are welcomed in our town, in any way, at any time,” The resolution passed unanimously.

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and 2 and under $3. The price of admission includes a ride in a closed or open electric sleigh through a tunnel of spectacular lights. The ride includes a carol sing as well. Head into the Visitors Center upon your return and purchase a cup of hot cocoa and check out the Winter Wonderland which is included with your ticket price and features model trains and Santa! For many, celebrating Christmas is all about the tree and North Central Connecticut residents are fortunate to have many options within a short drive of their home. Jennifer and Bill Syme are not new to farming, but this year the Broad Brook couple, known for their colorful mums and variety of cut flowers, since 1998, will be selling Christmas trees for the first time at Syme Family Farm. An added bonus for visitors is an up close experience with their four-month old Holstein dairy calf named Party. The

Syme Family Farm has a special attraction for those coming to cut their own tree at their farm. Visitors can see 4-month-old calf Party. Emily, 15 (right) and Becca, 12 (left) Syme are members of the 4-H Dairy Club and are raising the calf. They will be on hand to answer questions about the Holstein calf. Visit symefamilyfarm.com for more information. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

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addition for Christmas breakfast. The largest trees this year at the farm are between 6 to 7 feet. The price is $48 for any tree, including tax and baling. “We are a family farm that is thrilled to offer a local, family-friendly Christmas experience.” Joe Dzen, his brother Don, their children and nieces and nephews will all pitch in to help sell trees at their three locations this year. The farms are located at 174 and 575 Barber Hill Road, South Windsor and 20 Sadds Mill Road in Ellington. Their family has been selling trees for more than 70 years. The family plants five-year-old trees on the farms and it then takes an additional 710 years for the trees to mature to

Christmas Tree height. Dzen said the trees are hand pruned each year, fertilized and treated against insects. Families cutting their own trees is an important part of the experience and tradition, said Dzen. Each cut-your-own tree is $50, which includes, baling, twine and use of a hand saw. The 174 Barber Hill Road location offers a pre-cut selection, as well. The three locations are open seven days a week from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. Visit http://dzenfarms.com/ for more information. Visit Dzen Garden Market at 187 Windsorville Road in Ellington to purchase wreaths, kissing balls, tree stands at cemetery logs. Another cut-you-own location is Pell Family Farm, which has been in operation since 1930. The farm will be open

through Dec. 18. Located at 115 Kibbe Grove Road in Somers, the farm offers cut-your- own 6-7 foot trees for $40 and larger trees, up to 14 feet tall, at $70. They are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They also provide twine, baling and hand saws. The New England Air Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England. During December they will be offering a variety of activities for young and old to enjoy during school vacation. Looking for something to do with friends and family the day after Christmas? Stop by the Aviation Art Station, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Using an array of art making materials, visitors will create imaginative works of aviation art to take home. On Friday, Dec. 30, will be the LEGO Flying Machine Contest, 10 am to 2 pm.

Children ages 3-12 will construct their own futuristic flying machine using the New England Air Museum’s collection of LEGOs. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories, and winners need not be present to win. All activities are included with the price of admission except where noted. The New England Air Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12.50 for ages 12 and up, $11.50 for seniors 65 and up and $7 for ages 4 to 11. New England Air Museum members and children under 3 are admitted free. For more information, directions to the museum and additional activities happening during vacation week, visit www.neam.org or call (860) 623-3305. The New England Air Museum is located in Windsor Locks adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

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shows the name of the graduate, the branch of military service and years served, and the year of graduation from Ellington High School. The Student Council, led by Arbeiter, honored veterans in the Ellington community on Veteran’s Day with a ceremony and breakfast after the plaque dedication. This was a school effort with events that included a breakfast provided by the Baking and Pastry Arts class, The Star Spangled Banner sung by the school vocal ensemble, a video presentation, and student essay reading. Remarks were made by guests; Board of Education Chairman Daniel Keune, First Selectman Lori Spielman, state Rep. Chris Davis, state Sen. Tim Larson and Ellington’s own Ted Graziani who has held many roles in the community over the years in support of veterans and most recently is the CT Chair for Employer support of the Guard and Reserve, appointed by the Department

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ELLINGTON – The American Legion Hatheway-Miller Post 62 and the Ellington High School Student Council completed their mission to find Ellington High graduates who have served in the United States military. They dedicated their brand new plaque this past Veteran’s Day shortly before the ceremony honoring Ellington’s veterans. The plaque, located at the school in the hallway before the gymnasium, listed only 40 names and had not been updated since 1983. The new plaque now shows 170 names and there is room for more. American Legion member John O’Shaughnessy has been at the heart of the search for graduates who have served and with the help of Tom Arbeiter of the Student Council, Facebook, and a previous article in The North Central News they were able to get the word out and find them. Each plaque nameplate

American Legion member John O’Shaughnessy and Tom Arbeiter of the Student Council stand beside the new plaque honoring Ellington veterans. Photo by Deborah Stauffer

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Town seeks additional assistance for town hall renovations

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By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON – The town is applying for a Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant for the addition and renovations to Town Hall. First Selectwoman Lori Spielman said the town received a $500,000 STEAP grant for the project two years ago, but still needs additional funds for it. Spielman said Town Hall needs more space, pointing to the four employees who share a small working area in the Town Clerk’s Office. Another goal is to have the Town Clerk’s Office, Assessor’s Office, and Tax and Revenue Collector’s offices on one floor, with no stairs up or down to reach them, to make things more convenient for residents. She also said the tax office offers no privacy when a resident needs to discuss a matter with the staff.

“We just want to expand for the future,” she said. Plans also include renovating the older areas of Town Hall. Wreaths Across America The Ellington Ad Hoc Patriotic Committee, in cooperation with the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department, is planning a Wreaths Across America Ceremony at noon Dec. 17 at Center Cemetery, 95 Maple St. There are more than 450 veterans buried there, and the goal is to place a wreath on each of their graves, Spielman said. The Governor’s Foot Guard will present its Honor Guard to combine with the Governor’s Rifle group and bugler for this ceremony. For every two wreaths purchased, one is awarded to Ellington at no charge. To participate or sponsor a wreath, contact Wilson Flynn at wdfpf45@sbc-

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EAST WINDSOR – State Rep. Christopher Davis (R-57) will help raise money for area residents in need this holiday season by joining forces with the Salvation Army and the East Windsor Human Services Department on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the East Windsor Walmart. The legislator will serve as a volunteer bell ringer alongside the Salvation Army kettle, and all the proceeds will go into a special account for the East Windsor Human Services Department.

Rep. Davis welcomes everyone to stop by the store located at 44 Prospect Hill Road, East Windsor, between 1 and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 to help make the fundraising event a success. Since 2010, Rep. Davis has raised over $1,500 for the Salvation Army, with the support from residents. The East Windsor Human Services Department utilizes the money to help purchase back-to-school supplies which include backpacks, supplies, and new shoes.

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WINDSOR LOCKS – Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum this holiday season! The museum is offering an exciting array of family fun activities during December School Vacation Week, Monday Dec. 26 through Friday Dec. 30. Explore three giant exhibit hangars filled with over sixty historic aircraft, and experience the wonders of flight through hands-on activities including daily hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, interactive Flight Science Demonstrations, computerized Flight Simulators, and Open Cockpit Experiences in historic aircraft. Visitors can also take to the skies at the museum’s Virtual Flight Center using advanced, three screen yoke and pedal flight simulators. The Virtual Flight Center is open to visitors ages 10 and older and a $5 fee person fee applies for a 30-minute flight. In addition to these activities, the following special events are scheduled:

Monday, Dec. 26: Aviation Art Station, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Using an array of art making materials, visitors will create imaginative works of aviation art to take home. Tuesday, Dec. 27: Aeromodeling Workshop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Build and test fly your own balsa airplane model with our expert aeromodelers! This workshop is designed for children ages 8 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and there is a $5 cost per model kit. Wednesday, Dec. 28: Rocket Balloons, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Discover the history of rocketry by designing, building and racing your very own rocket balloon down our rocket race track. Thursday, Dec. 29: Frisbee Flight, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn the science behind how frisbees fly by building and launching your own paper plate frisbee to take home. Friday Dec. 30: LEGO Flying

Machine Contest, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Back by popular demand! Children ages 3-12 will construct their own futuristic flying machine using the New England Air Museum’s collection of LEGOs. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories, and winners need not be present to win. All activities are included with the price of admission except where noted. The New England Air Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. The museum is closed on Mondays during the winter season with the exception of holidays and during school vacation weeks. Admission is $12.50 for ages 12 and up, $11.50 for seniors 65 and up and $7.00 for ages 4 to 11. New England Air Museum members and children under 3 are admitted free. The New England Air Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England comprised of three large public hangars, outdoor exhibits, and more than

100 aircraft ranging from early airships and flying machines to supersonic jets and helicopters. The museum’s mission is to celebrate and preserve New England’s air and space heritage. The museum offers special events and programs including open cockpits, flight simulators, and tons of hands-on family fun.

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Report shows retailers cracking down on toxic chemicals

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HARTFORD – The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut in partnership with Safer Chemicals Healthy Families released a new report, “Who’s Minding the Store? – A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals,” the first major evaluation of the United States’ largest retailers’ safer chemicals programs. The investigation revealed that while some leading retailers are making significant progress to move the market away from toxic chemicals, other top retailers remain serious laggards. Major U.S. retailers earned grades ranging from B for good progress to F for failing to develop and make public even basic safer chemical policies. The average grade was a D+, indicating a significant need for improvement by retailers to meet rising consumer demand for safer products. Of the 11 retailers evaluated, three retail leaders are setting the pace for the entire sector by making meaningful progress toward safer chemicals and

products. Walmart, Target, and CVS Health received the highest grades and have developed and made public the most robust safer chemical management programs during the past three years. Meanwhile, other large retailers remain serious laggards. Amazon, Costco, and Albertsons all earned failing grades. Amazon, which has warehouse locations in Connecticut, received the lowest grade of any retailer evaluated, accruing only 7.5 out of 130 possible points. Meanwhile, Amazon’s market share is rapidly growing and the company is projected to soon be the biggest retailer of apparel and electronics in the U.S. Among the retailers Costco, with stores in Connecticut, earned an F grade. Retailers were graded on a scale of 0 to 130 points, and a corresponding letter grading scale was developed to match the points. Grades were assigned based on publicly available information concerning retailer policies and self-reported information concerning retailer prac-

tices. The coalition also reached out to retailers, giving them an opportunity to review their draft score and provide additional information. Below is a full list of the retailers with their letter and corresponding number grades, ranked from the highest to the lowest graded companies:

1. Walmart Stores (Walmart and Sam’s Club): B (78.5 points) 2. Target: B (76.5) 3. CVS Health: C (53) 4. Best Buy: C- (41) 5. The Home Depot: D+ (35.5) 6. Lowe’s: D (29.5) 7. Walgreens: D (29.5) 8. Kroger: D- (15.5) 9. Albertsons: F (12.5) 10. Costco: F (9.5) 11. Amazon: F (7.5)

The report card reveals for the first time significant improvements made to Target’s chemical policy over the past year. The company: 1) Added cosmetics

to the categories of products covered by its policy; 2) Expanded the list of chemicals subject to its policy to include chemicals banned in cosmetics in the European Union and Canada; 3) Significantly improved its evaluation of suppliers’ transparency practices, particularly a new way for Target to evaluate fragrance ingredients against its restricted substance list; and 4) Added new criteria pushing suppliers to publicly disclose their fragrance palette, allergens in fragrance, and nanomaterials. The report card also reveals for the first time that CVS Health has become the first pharmacy chain in the country to become a signatory to the Chemical Footprint Project. Additionally, CVS Health has pledged to publicly disclose its restricted list of chemicals in 2017. Best Buy also disclosed it is developing a safer chemicals policy, restricted substance list, and manufacturing restricted substance list, to drive harmful chemicals out of electronics.

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Recreation Department plans wide variety of programs

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ENFIELD – The following programs are being presented by the Enfield Recreation Department. For more information contact (860) 253-6420 or visit us on the web at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation. The Recreation Office is located at 19 North Main Street with hours of operation Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kindergarten basketball program An introductory basketball program for youth in Kindergarten will be held on Sunday afternoons at JFK Middle School beginning on January 8th. The program will consist of eight, 45 minute sessions in which participants will learn the basic fundamentals of basketball

while being exposed to the concept of organized youth sports. The program will be run by Recreation Department staff however, we are asking for parent volunteers to help. Please note: this is a drop off program. Parents will only be allowed into the gym for the last two classes. Registration will be limited to 40 participants (20 per session) and will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. This program is for Enfield residents only. Participants may register for one of two time slots. FEE: $35 per participant. Contact the Enfield Recreation Dept. at 860.253.6420 or visit us on the web at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation for more

ENFIELD - Join the Enfield Public Library for Techno Topics: Getting to Know Google on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. Google is in every aspect of our lives; from handling our email to scheduling our calendars in our smartphones. Learn to take full advantage of all the

tools available from Google. Library programs are free and all are welcome. All programs at the Enfield Public Library are free and all are welcome. To register for this program, please visit the Circulation Desk, or call 860763-7512.

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Nathan Hale School faces possible closing due to fund cuts

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ENFIELD – The Board of Education is considering a proposal to close Nathan Hale School. At a special meeting of the board on Nov. 16, board Chairman Thomas Sirard said the school system is facing a projected budget shortfall and state funding cuts. The board asked Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann to look at creative ways to cut costs. “We are concerned that state aid from Hartford will be reduced again,” the superintendent said, adding the state cut $700,000 this year. The school closing would reduce costs by $250,000 on the school board side and $350,000 on the town

side, Schumann said in a telephone interview. The town would save the operating costs of the building. The school department would save the costs of duplicate staff, including the principal, office staff and school nurse. Schumann said at the meeting that all teaching positions would be needed in other buildings. Residents expressed concerns, including how much time students would have to spend on the bus as a result of the school closing, as well as potential overcrowding in the remaining schools. Mary Lombardo, of Northfield Road, a retired teacher, said she feels this is a reactionary plan and

Church Cookie Walk and Christmas Tea

ENFIELD – The Hazardville United Methodist Church, at 330 Hazard Avenue, Enfield, will hold its 15th annual Cookie Walk and Christmas Tea in the Fellowship Hall, on Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will find a large selection of homemade, and gluten free cookies to fill the holiday cookie jar. The price for a 2 pound container will be $15. After selecting your cookies please

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ENFIELD - The Enfield Rotary Club is once again hosting its Annual Pancake Breakfast. The event will take place on Saturday morning, Dec. 10, at the Enfield Senior Center. Tickets for the event are $5 and can be purchased through any Rotarian or at the door. Get your Holiday Shopping started with a full breakfast served to you by Rotarians. The event proceeds go to support the

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Library, culture commission present holiday Festival of Trees

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Eighth graders at St. Martha School exercised their voting responsibilities in electing their class officers for the 2016-17 school year. The new student leaders, from left, are: Isabella Piazza-Treasurer, Jacqueline Beaulieu-Secretary, Tatum Perkins-President, and Jamie Gugliotti-Vice President. This group of young ladies will spearhead student efforts in the areas of fundraising, class activities, and community service projects.

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ENFIELD – The Enfield Public Library, in conjunction with the Enfield Culture and Arts Commission, is pleased to present a holiday Festival of Trees this season. The Festival of Trees Opening Reception will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the display of trees, the opening reception will feature a Carol Sing at 6:45 pm. Refreshments will be provided. Individuals, teams, groups, classes, co-workers, families and friends are encouraged to create trees out of unusual materials to enter in the Festival of Trees. Be creative! Think of something you may have at work or at home that

you can make into a tree for the display. Community members of all ages are invited to create festive, non-traditional trees to enter in the library’s gallery. All entries will be part of the opening night gallery reception and will be on display until Dec. 30. Artists or “would-be tree creators” should pick up guidelines at the Enfield Public Library to participate in the art display. Trees should be dropped off by Dec. 9 to be included in the gallery. Guidelines for submission are also available on the library’s website: www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org. For more information call the library at 860-7637518 or 860-763-7512.

ENFIELD - Ernie Maynard brought carnations and American Flags for each Veteran resident. They had both men and women from Legion 80 visit on

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Tobacco Valley Teachers Credit Union announces grant winners

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ENFIELD – The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union in Enfield announced the recipients of their 2016 Teacher Grant Award. The credit union began this program in an effort to assist their members who are educators in funding equipment, supplies or training. The recipients are: Maureen LaFrancis, Special Education Teacher at Enfield Transitional Learning Academy in Enfield. LaFrancis used the grant funds to purchase a music listening program to be used with Autistic children to help improve their ability to learn, communicate and process information. Sandra Zajac-Naylor, Reading and Writing Intervention at Windsor Locks Middle School in Windsor Locks. ZajacNaylor used the grant funds to purchase novels and textbooks that the school library is lacking. Also purchased are books that have been recently publishes as well as multiple copies and replacements for worn out copies.

“With increasing restraints on budgets and funding for educators, we wanted to offer some assistance. Our program is open to our members who are educators at schools within our field of membership. Two grants are awarded annually. It is our hope that this funding will add to the level of education that is offered to our area students.” said Myrijam Meserve, Manager/CEO for the Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union. For more information about the credit union, visit their web site: www.tvtfcu.org, find them on Facebook, visit their YouTube Channel: tvtfcuinenfield, call them at 860-253-4780 or stop by their office which is located at 182 South Road in Enfield. TVTFCU is a not-for-profit, member owned, financial co-operative which has been serving its members since 1936. Financial services include savings and checking accounts, youth accounts. online account management, a variety of loans, mortgages and more.

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Firefighter shares fire safety tips with families

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ENFIELD – Thompsonville Fire Department Captain Scott Ellis was special guest for the first Tonight in Thompsonville family event this school year held on Nov. 16. He was joined by 40 children and their families for a free dinner and in a variety of fire safety games. Captain Ellis read The New York’s Bravest by Mary Pope Osborne to a group of children and talked about the importance of fire safety. Ellis said, “The author has a unique gift to make history fun and entertaining to our youngest readers, while still being true to the accuracy of the story. " Ellis said, "During the hustle & bustle of the holiday season, it is important for families to take a moment to remember the little things that can be so crucial to a safe and fun holiday.” Reminding parents not only of simple safety tips, but also where to access information, is a crucial part of the Fire Department’s responsibility to its community, he added.

Tonight in Thompsonville, coordinated by ERfC, also known as Educational Resources for Children Inc., is part of the Healthy Meals=Healthy Minds initiative, a collaboration with The Enfield Food Shelf, to insure that all Enfield children and families have the food they need to succeed in school and in life by providing the tools and education for self-sufficiency. Local community resource providers were also on hand to talk with parents, providing them with information about the many services available in the community. Attending this event were representatives from the Enfield Family Resource Center, Parent Leadership Academy, The Network (PLA), and The Enfield Housing Authority. Dinner was provided by community partner, Enfield Loaves & Fishes. Tonight in Thompsonville events for 2017 are planned for Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 22, April 26 and May 24. There is no cost and no pre-registration needed to

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ENFIELD – The “Ring in the New Year with a New Film!” series continues on Friday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m., with the worst singing voice in the world, New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) sets out to make sure that the entire world hears her. Florence's enduring spirit takes her all the way to Carnegie Hall, where she needs to put on the show of a lifetime in order to prove her worth. Join the library on Friday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. as after years of fighting in WWI, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) is able to return home. Tom and his wife Isabel decide to go live in a lighthouse, far away from civilization, and they live their happily for quite a while. When a baby washes onto shore in a lifeboat, Isabel and Tom decide to keep her and raise her. However, they must ultimately travel back to the mainland after they discover that people who care for the child may still be alive. Films are free and everyone is welcome. No need to register.

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Network Against Domestic Abuse Purple Event nets $32,000

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ENFIELD – The Network Against Domestic Abuse Purple Event “Through The Eyes of a Child” netted $32,000. Proceeds from the event are used to provide outreach, crisis intervention, support and counseling services, as well as operate a 15-bed emergency safe house for women and children. Kathy Barron, Network CEO stated, “I am very grateful to the many sponsors, auction donors, guests and committee members who supported this event. The Purple Event is a success because of so many committed businesses and individuals. “A very special thank you to Purple Ribbon Sponsor Smith Brothers; Samaritan Sponsor, Cigna and First National Bank of Suffield and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company as Humanitarian Sponsors. The dollars raised go a long way in sup-

porting The Network’s mission.” Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott and a variety of wine and beer tastings provided by Joe’s Fine Wine & Spirits of East Windsor. One lucky person went home with diamond donated by Swede Jeweler’s. Kevin Hogan, WFSB Channel 3 News reporter, emceed the event and acted as auctioneer. Services provided by The Network Against Domestic Abuse are free of charge. The Network operates a confidential 24-hour crisis hotline, seven days a week. For more information about the Network’s services, please visit www.thenetworkct.org or call 860.763.7430.

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MASHANTUCKET – It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Wonder Of It All! Foxwoods® Resort Casino, the Northeast’s premier entertainment destination, is in full holiday swing with a host of acts sure to bring cheer to all guests. Award-winning musical and comedic performances will make spirits bright at the Grand and Fox Theaters, while celebrity guests and top DJs will send 2016 out on a high note at the Grand Pequot Ballroom and SHRINE. Tickets for all shows may be purchased online at www.foxwoods.com, or by calling the Foxwoods Box Office at 800-200-2882 or Ticketmaster at 800745-3000. Legends In Concert WHEN: Through Jan. 1, 2017; (show times vary) at Fox Theater • Legends in Concert continues its residency at the Fox Theater for its 11th annual seasonal engagement. The show

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Mabelle B. Avery Middle School names first quarter honor roll

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SOMERS – The following students were named to the first quarter honor roll at Mabelle B. Avery Middle School, according to a list supplied by the school. Grade 8 High Honors Brent Arcari Adam Argiro Simon Banas Miranda Barresi Benjamin Bolduc Emily Brayton Cecelia Bruel Julia Catellier Keira Clark Connor DeAngelis Aidan Devine-Baillargeon Jeffrey Devlin Sara Elhage Sarah Finnegan Brian Garrow Jack Gebo Shawn Gentilcore Giovanna Gioscia Jaydon Griger

Alexander Grzelak Ethan Haluch Jasmine Hayward Adam Hinds Caelyn Hoffman Maeve Horan-Portelance Keeley Joyal Morgan Juzba Emily Karabinis Jason Knybel Conner Kocot Megan Lafayette Madeline Mancuso Lindsay Masamery Alexandra McLellan Isabelle Michaud Oliver Milbauer Ayden Paulo Tyler Poulin Halle Raina Hannah Renzoni Kyiah Rice Laura Riley Serena Robidoux Lilly Saunders Maggie Settje

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Women’s Club seeks scholarship applicants

SOMERS - The Somers Women’s Club is seeking female candidates for scholarships to be awarded to a town resident from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut. Each Women’s 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.

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Zoning Commission backs new gas station and store

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SOMERS — A Henny Penny gas station and convenience store will be opening at 589 Main St. The Zoning Commission on Nov. 28 approved the application by Hendels Inc. of Waterford, according to Zoning Officer Jennifer Roy. The commission had voted at its Oct. 5 meeting to table a decision on the project to allow members to time to review new information. Darin Overton, an engineer with Milone and MacBroom, spoke on behalf of Hendels Inc., the applicant, describing revisions made in response to concerns about the proposal’s effect on wetlands, according to the meeting minutes. The changes include removing one traffic lane behind the building, which would move the pavement farther from the wetland; a relocated discharge point from the basin and grading on the steep

slope to be minimized. They also moved the discharge point from the basin and added a second snow storage area.

Somersville Mill site The commission approved a planned development district for the Somersville Mill site at its Nov. 21 meeting. A planned development district allows the town to determine the specific uses, as well as the specific look of a development project. First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said at the meeting it is important to retain “historical” aspects of a community when obtaining a grant. She said the mill adhoc committee has discussed the PDD as being a possible type of “campus” or “community” mixed-use opportunity. Tim Keeney, chairman of the mill ad hoc committee, said the PDD concept allows for maximum control by the town while working with developers.

Shoreline Ringers return for holiday concert

SOMERS – The Shoreline Ringers will return to the Somers Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. Directed by Jane Nolan, the Shoreline Ringers are a top-level community handbell choir, ringing five octaves of Malmark handbells and five and one-

half octaves of Malmark handchimes. They have played at Carnegie Hall with the U. S. Coast Guard Band for their Christmas program. A suggested donation level is $10 per person.

Veteran shares experience

On Nov. 13, Veteran Jim Shewokis visited the Somers Historical Museum on 11 Battle St. for Veterans Day. Shewokis shared his Persian Gulf Service 1998-2003 collection with the many visitors to the museum.

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SOMERS – Members of the Somers Women’s Club recently donated 100 books to the Children’s Reading Room at Asnuntuck Community College. Asnuntuck Community College students can enroll their children, ages three years of age and older, in the free service. There is one full-time coordinator, for the program, student workers, and the childrens’ parents, who volunteer as part of the cooperative experience, that care for the children. ACC is the only community college in the State of Connecticut who offers this service, free of charge to their students. Visit www.asnuntuck.edu to learn more about the Reading Room and about classes now enrolling for Wintersession and the Spring. In the photograph from left to right, back row, are Women’s Club 2nd Vice President and Chairwoman for Bountiful Books Mary Sersanti; Somers Women’s Club President Ginny Basch; Somers Women’s Club member Dottie Schwarz, and Interim Dean of Student Services Tim St. James. Front row, left to right, ACC Children’s Reading Room Coordinator Pam Keenan; ACC Student and mom Mary Lepak, and ACC Student Worker Andrea Troya.

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Stafford Bank supports Dollars for Scholars

Stafford Savings Bank donated $10,000 to Dollars for Scholars CSF of Stafford Springs. Photographed left to right are: Krista Hicks, Gerardi P LaMorte, Winfield Trice, Michael Muzio, Gary Shearer, Michael Introvigne, John H Senechal, Matilda S Champagne, Rosanne G Roszczewski.

Early Head Start openings available

STAFFORD – Stafford Early Head Start has openings available for children ages birth to three and pregnant mothers. The Early Head Start program is designed to promote school readiness for children ages birth to three by enhancing their developmental and social/emotional competence.

In addition, Early Head Start provides services and education through home visiting to support families and connect them with available resources in the community. Applications are available at the West Stafford School. Please call (860) 684-3181 for more information or to make an appointment.

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FEMA rebuts state’s request for crumbling foundation assistance

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STAFFORD — The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the crumbling foundations numerous homeowners in North Central Connecticut face are not a natural disaster. In a Nov. 8 letter, W. Craig Fugate, a FEMA administrator, replied to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s letter seeking FEMA assistance for state homeowners faced with crumbling foundations. Fugate said the pyrrhotite was present in the stone mix used to make the foundations, and that while the mineral and

chemical reactions that caused the foundations to degrade are naturally occurring, the concrete mix was manmade. He said, therefore, the problem is not a natural catastrophe and not eligible for FEMA assistance. Since the announcement, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he is open to using state bond funds to assist homeowners. There also is a proposal before the state Senate to allow towns to use municipal bonding to aid homeowners. Tim Heim, president of the Connecticut Coalition Against

Crumbling Basements, said in a Facebook post he will be meeting with Malloy in the next couple of weeks to discuss the issue. “There’s a lot of potential financial solutions being discussed on all levels of government,” he said. The materials for the foundations came from the J.J. Mottes Co. of Stafford. “J.J. Mottes supports a comprehensive investigation of these issues, including how the materials were placed and installed so that homeowners can get the answers they deserve and help with solutions. It’s important to keep in

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STAFFORD - The following students have been named to the first quarter honor roll, according to a list a provided by Stafford High School. Seniors High Honors Michael Bachiochi, William Bernier, Alaina Bolieau, Dawson Bonneville, Elizabeth Briggs, Lauren Brown, Morgan Burkey, Morgan Canestrari,

Jenna Castonguay, Ethan Combs, Jacob Conklin, Kevin DeLorge, Connor Fay, Matthew Frank, Danielle Garnelis, Valerie Girard, Justin Grant, Shianna Halloran, Katelyn Henderson, Brandon Kallenbach, Jillian Knowlton, Schuyler Lamoureux, Ethan Lawlor, Nathan Lawson, Cameron MacGregor, Wendelin Marmol, Haley Neuwirth,

Timothy Noto, Nicholas Ouellette, Kyle Piccoli, Sarah Provencher, Haylie Prucker, Damon Reynolds, Andrew Syphers, Chase Walbridge Senior Honors Kaitlyn Collier, Tyler Gebo, Grace Ives, Madilyn Lawson, Dominic Peterson Juniors High Honors Brett Auretto, Steven Bizilj, Zachary Briggs, Erica Christofferson, Skyler Credit, Luke Dabek, Hannah Davis, Carlie Dreyfus, Autumn Gagnon, Sarah Gallison, Emily Glidden, Katherine Hannaford, Trevor Johnston, Samantha

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SUFFIELD – The town has been awarded a $174,000 open space grant for Lefcheck Farms. On Nov. 14, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the grants to Suffield and 16 other communities through the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition program, administered by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. This project involves the purchase of a conservation easement. “Acquiring this easement, the property will be protected from development in a highly developable area. It will also

provide a linkage to existing open space owned by a subdivision and by the town. A portion of the property is currently farmed, hay and pasturing (40 oercent for over 100 years). The remaining portion is wooded and hosts nine identified vernal pools,” the governor’s office said in a written release. State Senator John A. Kissel (REnfield) offered his support for grant awards made by the Governor’s office which will support communities in the purchase of 1,170 acres of open space. “Connecticut has a long standing tradition of preserving open space and I applaud the grant that has been awarded

Legislators salute firm on its 40th anniversary

SUFFIELD – Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) and Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-East Granby) applaud the Windsor Marketing Group, as it celebrated its 40th anniversary recently. “One thing about this organization that really stands out to me is how much they have grown over the years, they have gone from just two associates and ten clients, to 185 associates serving more than 3,000 clients, this is a thriv-

to the Town of Suffield,” said Sen. John A. Kissel. “This easement will continue to increase the availability of outdoor recreational land for families to enjoy and takes proactive steps to protect the natural beauty of our great state.” Brownfields grant application The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at its Nov. 2 meeting to apply for a grant from the Connecticut Remedial Action and Redevelopment Municipal Grant Program through the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. Town Director of Economic Development Patrick McMahon told the

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