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Dancing their way to the world championships ENFIELD — A world championship is the most prestigious competition a ballroom dance couple can take part in. Two people with a local connection — Evgueni Chaoulski and Sara Schilling, co-owners of EdanSe Company & Ballroom in Enfield — are doing just that as one of two couples rep-

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Santa Claus is coming to town this month. Here are the places you can find him and his elves in north central Connecticut this holiday season. • For a blast from Christmas past, you can take a trolley ride during the Connecticut Trolley Museum’s Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights, with a choice of a closed car or an open ride on the “electric sleigh” through the Tunnel of Lights. After the ride, you can head into the visitors center for a winter wonderland with model trains, decorations and hot cocoa and snacks. Santa will have a gift for each child, and visitors are invited to take pictures with the jolly old elf. Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 29, but Santa will head back to the North Pole after Dec. 22. Tickets must be purchased at the trolley museum and are good only on the night purchased. There are no advance tickets sales for groups or individuals. Ticket sales end at 9 p.m., but trolleys continue to run until everyone gets to ride. Visit to register and for more information and for group visit information. • Enjoy cookies, crafts and photos

with Santa, as ShopRite of Enfield holds a fundraiser for ShopRite Partners In Caring, which supports local food banks on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The store owned by the Miller Family will be hosting this event. Children pay $8 a ticket to get a photo, enjoy crafting and have cookies and milk. Pre-registration is required for this event at the grocery store. Register at the store’s customer service desk, or by emailing by Dec. 7. • Children of all ages can visit with Santa at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Mass., as it hosts its annual Holiday in the Park Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 29, and also Dec. 23, 26 and 27. Visit for a listing of events and ticket prices. • Sonny’s Place in Somers is offering its North Pole Experience through Dec. 30. The events feature visits from Santa, as well as holiday attractions, food and shows. Hours through Dec. 29 are Friday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. plus Dec. 26 and 30. Onsite admission is $20 for adults and chil-


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• Of course, Santa can also be found at Stafford’s Winterfest, occurring Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. along Main Street. Other Winterfest highlights include the Parade of Lights, a live nativity, holiday-themed live music performances and of course, convenient shopping opportunites. • The bulk of Ellington Winterfest activities take place Dec. 7. Established in 2004, Ellington Annual Winterfest and Tree-Lighting Ceremonyincludes a series of events to promote community and holiday spirit in the Town of Ellington. Events typically include the Tree-Lighting Ceremony, a Holiday Concert, Open House at the Nellie McKnight Museum, the Torchlight Parade, and Photo Opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph and RedNosed Reindeer. • The New England Air Museum will host Breakfast with Santa from 910 a.m. on Dec. 14. Santa will then trade his sleigh for a Sikorsky Seaguard helicopter at the museum, where he will greet guests until noon. • Last but not least, The North Pole’s most famous resident will be stopping by Angelina’s Restaurant in Enfield Saturday, Dec. 22 from 9-11 a.m. for photos and of course, ginger and cinnamon pancakes!


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S.T.E.A.M. Works Using LEGO at Broad Brook School Children are working with standard LEGO materials to problem solve pre-engineering challenges involving structure, levers, gears, pulleys, and other elements of simple machines. Dates: Thursdays 1/23 – 2/27 Ages: 7-9 Time: 3:45-4:45pm Location: BBES Art Room Fee: $90.00 for six weeks Art-Ventures for Kids: Magical Art Mystery Tour Abracadabra, Hocus Pocus, it’s magic and mystery with art as the focus! Magical Art Mystery Tour draws children into a world of wonder, revealing unbelievable art tricks and inspiring out-of-the-box creativity. Experiment with new and mysterious mediums and discover surprising techniques to transform familiar materials into magical masterpieces. Young art magicians bring home masterpieces each week! Dates: Tuesdays 2/4 – 3/31 (no 2/18) Grades: K-4 Time: 3:45-4:45 PM Location: Broad Brook School Art Room Fee: $104 for 8 weeks, all materials included Food Explorers – East Windsor Middle School Encourage your child to taste new foods by getting hands-on with interactive games and activities and create a fun and healthy treat. All recipes are nut free but may contain dairy. Date: Thursday, December 12th

Grades: 5-8 Time: 3:00-4:00pm Location: East Windsor Middle School cafeteria Fee: $15.00 ADULT PROGRAMS Winter Yoga with Diane Ross Join yoga instructor Diane Ross for Winter Yoga! Choose to attend once a week or both days. Registration forms must be lled out and checks can be made payable to Diane Ross. Online registration is also available at Dates: Mondays (1/6-3/9, No 1/20 or 2/17) and Wednesdays (1/8-2/26) Time: 6:15pm-7:30pm Location: East Windsor Middle School Health Room (use loading dock entrance to enter the building) Fee: Once a Week - $30.00 Resident/$35.00 Non-Resident, Twice a Week - $45.00 Resident/ $50.00 Non-Resident; Walk-Ins $5.00 per class if space permits. Winter Zumba with Cee Party yourself into shape with instructor Cee Huber! Checks should be made out to Chanthavone Huber. Registration can also be done online at Dates: Tuesdays 1/7-3/3 (no 2/18) Time: 6:00-7:00pm Location: East Windsor Middle School Health Room (use loading dock entrance to enter the building) Fee: $35.00 Resident/$40.00 Non-Resident; Walk-Ins: $5.00 per class SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS The North Pole Connection Once again Santa will be working with the Parks & Recreation Department to make some very special phone calls to the children of East Windsor! Calls will be made on Tuesday, December 10th between the hours of 5:007:00pm. Registration form must be received by Friday, December 6th in order to receive a phone call – form may also be lled out online via our website ( Date: Tuesday, December 10th Time: 5:00-7:00pm Grades: PK-4 Location: The North Pole Fee: Free

Torchlight Parade & Carol Sing Join the East Windsor Parks & Recreation Department & Broad Brook Fire Department for the annual Torchlight Parade & Carol Sing! Parade will begin at 5:30pm on Main Street, ending at the Broad Brook Fire House. Here there will be hay rides, tattoos, refreshments and arts and crafts for the kids! Join us for the Carol Sing and look for a special visit from Santa! Raf e tickets will also be sold during this event. We ask that attendees bring a non-perishable food donation to bene t the 5 Corner Cupboard and East Windsor Power Pack Program. Date: Saturday, December 21st Time: 5:30pm-7pm Location: Broad Brook Fire House Abby’s Helping Hand Social Club Activities may include arts and crafts, movie nights with popcorn, music therapy, art therapy, Bingo, board games and more! This is a great opportunity for parents of special needs children to network and share resources. Parent must accompany each student and stay for duration of activity. Dates: 12/5-1/30 (no 12/26) Time: Thursdays 6:00pm-7:30pm Location: Town Hall Annex (25 School Street) Fee: Free & open to special education students only Register at December Vacation Open Skate at En eld Twin Rinks Join us at En eld Twin Rinks for our annual open skate event during winter vacation. We will have a rink reserved from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Monday, December 30th. $5.00 fee per skater, pay at the door by cash or check! Skate rentals can be done separately through the rink on a rst come, rst serve basis at $3.00 per rental. Date: Monday, December 30th Time: 11:00am-1:00pm Location: En eld Twin Rinks Fee: $5.00 per skater

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EAST WINDSOR — Broad Brook Congregational Church, 122 Main St., Broad Brook announces its Advent Christmas season worship services. Morning worship services are held at 10 a.m. All are welcome. The Christmas play will be Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. The community is invited to participate. Those 8 years and older may have reading parts. Contact Linda at for details. Rehearsal is at 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 8. Fellowship and refreshments follow the play. The Blue Christmas Service, a service of comfort, healing and hope, will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Refreshments of soup and sandwiches will follow. The family Christmas worship service is at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 The traditional candlelight worship service, a family service of lessons and carols, is on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m.

was sworn in as East Windsor’s new first selectman along with brand new members of the Board of Selectmen and other newly elected or re-elected public officials. Our new selectmen are Marie DeSousa, Alan Baker, Charlie Nordell, and Sarah Muska. I could not be more excited to Jason Bowsza work with this group of people who are so dedicated to our community. Now that the election season is behind us, it is time to look to the future. We have a lot of work to do, and listening to the community and asking for feedback and guidance as we chart our next steps as a community is a central goal for all of us. It is my hope that our new Board of

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Selectmen will remain considerate of a diversity of opinion and perspective as we take new action. I don’t expect that everyone will agree with each other all of the time. I do hope that in those instances where we disagree, it will be on the merits of a question and not on personal grounds. Difference of opinion is a good and healthy thing, but it’s important not to become dismissive of perspectives with which we don’t agree.

As we all spent time talking to voters and knocking on doors, a number of themes consistently emerged: a need for greater focus on economic development; opportunities to improve the perception of our schools; more transparency and responsiveness; a recognition that town government services need to be customer-focused; and more. I have every confidence in the good people with whom I’ll have the opportunity to serve over the next few years. I ask your patience with us as we get started. We will surely make some mistakes along the way, but we will learn from them, work together, show each other respect, and we’ll be better servants of our community on our last day than on our first. We will work as hard as we can on every day in between. Thank you for your confidence in this group of people, and for your help along the way. East Windsor’s best days are still ahead.

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East Windsor Spirit of the holiday season heading down the tracks EAST WINDSOR — The Connecticut Trolley Museum is currently presenting Winterfest 2019 and the “Tunnel of Lights.” Winterfest is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. Santa will be onsite in a historic caboose for photos and to give a small gift to each child until he has to fly back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Admission prices are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (62+), $11 for children (ages 4-12), $4 for children (3 and under). Museum members receive half off admission. Winterfest and the “Tunnel of Lights” is celebrating its 41st operating year as a family holiday tradition. Halls are decked both inside and outside with over 15,000 light bulbs.

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Autumn in Ellington: So much to enjoy ELLINGTON — I would like to start off by thanking everyone who supported me during this recent election season; I am so fortunate and honored to be able to spend my time serving the community that I grew up in and that I love, and I am looking forward to anothLori Spielman er two years. It was another beautiful autumn here in Ellington: I love driving through town and seeing all of the fall “musthaves” — from bins of apples and seasonal gourds, pumpkins growing in fields, and of course, scarecrows. The third annual Scarecrow Contest was bigger than ever. So many businesses, groups, and families set up truly amazing displays on the Green and around town. Thank you to everyone

who participated, and to those who spent the time walking through and enjoying the hard work put in by all. This year’s Trail of Treats event was a huge success. The Ellington Trails Committee puts in months of work and it is a perfect way to bring the community together in a safe and fun way. Many thanks to each vendor who participated and to all of you who attended with your families. I attended a wonderful Veterans Day breakfast and ceremony at Ellington High School; it’s incredible to see the interactions between the students and veterans, and it a very special day each year. The Ellington Patriotic Committee needs your help; over 450 veterans are buried at Ellington Center Cemetery, and Wreaths Across America aims to place a beautiful memorial wreath at each of those graves to honor our fallen service members. For every two

wreaths purchased, an additional one is donated to the town at no charge. This year’s ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14; for details or to order wreaths to support this honorable cause, visit Winterfest is celebrating its Sweet Sixteen: Festivities are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 (with some bonus fun on Friday night), and the Beautification Committee is busy planning the fourth annual Holiday Lighting Contest. There is truly something for everyone: Come meet Santa, enjoy the most festive parade in Town, check out musical and theatrical entertainment at Hall Memorial Library, or just drive around and look at the lights. Our fantastic Farmers Market will again be hosting various winter markets at the Indian Valley Family YMCA over the next few months. The Winter Market Kickoff was scheduled for

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A day full of dogs, cats — and smiles By Laura B. Hayden ELLINGTON — Tails wagged and swayed with joy at the pet adoption event held on Oct. 26. There were a lot of happy human faces too as 15 cats and nine dogs attracted forever owners among the animal-lovers of all ages who attended the sixth annual adoption event sponsored by Superior Energy LLC in Vernon. Cats, kittens, puppies, and adult dogs all found homes before the day was over, said Susan Wollschlager of the Connecticut Humane Society. Over $6,000 was donated to the Connecticut Humane Society from matching lemonade stands funds. In addition, Superior Energy, a key sponsor of the event, donated $5,000, and $1,200 was donated by Somers Veterinary Hospital. The site of the event – 287 Somers Road in Ellington – is the future home of the DiFiori Ravioli Shop, which will be opening in 2020 (adding to the DiFiori store located in Rocky

Hill). The owners cooked up hearty meals at the adoption headquarters. There was food, drink, music, and a donation center to aid the Human Society needs to give to pets in need. The event took in much-needed supplies: towels, blankets, peanut butter, pet toys, and pet food brought by guests. There were other booths to go with the donation center, including the humane society booth. Kristen Devean has been volunteering since July. The booth she was manning at the event had information about the humane society and other information about volunteering. The event will return next year. Until then, Wollschlager reminds us that the Connecticut Humane Society is much in need of dry pet food and durable pet toys as well as donations that will go to the care of their pets while the CHS works to find them forever homes. Visit the website for details. Brittany Nutile contributed to this story. The pet adoption event took place at the future home of the DiFiori Ravioli Shop. The owners, at left, cooked meals during the event. The sixth annual event was attended by animal lovers of all ages and resulted in many dogs and cats finding forever homes. Photos by Laura B. Hayden

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Representative appointed The following appointment was made at the Nov. 4 meeting of the Board of Selectmen — Ad Hoc Council for Developing Positive Youth Culture, Student Representative: Appointed Gillian Paseka to complete an unexpired term ending Aug. 31, 2020. A variety of appointments are scheduled to be considered at the Board of

Selectmen meeting planned for Dec. 9, including: Ad Hoc Beautification Committee; Ad Hoc Committee for the Preservation of the Pinney House; Ad Hoc Patriotic Committee; Board of Assessment Appeals; Building Code Board of Appeals; Central Region Tourism District, Inc.; Conservation Commission; Ethics Commission; Inland/Wetlands Agency; Land Records Inspector; Vernon Area Cable TV Advisory Council; Water Pollution Control Authority. Any elector of the Town of Ellington interested in serving the community on

one of the boards/commissions should call the first selectman’s office (860870-3100) for a statement of interest or visit website, select government/boards and Commissions/applications to serve. Ornament workshop Hall Memorial Library, in Ellington, will hold its annual Christmas Ornament Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 7. This workshop is open to children from 3 to 12 years of age. Children 5 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Several sessions are available: 10 -10:30 a.m.; 10:40-11:10 a.m.; and 11:20-11:50 a.m. Free tickets are available for pick up at the Children’s Circulation Desk. Each ticket entitles a child to make four or five Christmas ornaments to take home and enjoy for the holidays. All children’s programs are free and open to the public. For details call the library at (860) 870-3160. Farmers’ Market The Ellington Farmers’ Market is holding two holiday markets at the Indian Valley Family YMCA, 11 Pinney St.

The Holiday Extravaganza Market takes place Dec. 7 from 2-4 p.m. and features additional vendors with unique holiday items perfect for gift giving. There will be 35 vendors will be in attendance. Local farm products including beef, chicken, pork, lamb, dairy, and eggs are available. Seafood, baked goods, jams, pickles, salsa, specialty foods, bath and home products, ready-made meals, and artisan wares will also be available. A complete list of vendors can be found at website The Holiday Market Food Festival takes place Dec. 21 from 2-4 p.m. and features a variety of locally grown and produced foods for the holidays. Home-baked goods from Christmas cookies, pies, and macaroons to biscotti, pastries, and more will be featured. Jams, eggnog, cheese, ready-made dips, and take-home meals will be available along with meats, seafood, dairy, and produce. The market continues Jan. 4 and every other Saturday through March 14. Additional information can be found on the market website

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Holiday luncheon, dinner planned at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse HAMPDEN, Mass. — The Starting Gate at GreatHorse, 128 Wilbraham Road, is planning the perfect holiday party – decorations, music and menu – so you don’t have to. On Saturday, Dec. 14, enjoy a delicious dinner and dance the night away with your staff, co-workers, family and friends – this event is perfect for small businesses. The Clark Eno Orchestra will be playing today’s hits, rock and pop songs from the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s and beyond, plus big band, swing and Motown. The dinner is open to the public. The cost is $95 per person inclusive. A cash bar will be available. The Starting Gate at GreatHorse also

will be hosting its annual holiday luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18. This is another event where you can bring your family, friends and co-workers to celebrate the holidays. A bountiful holiday luncheon buffet includes a glass of wine and music by one of Western Mass.’ premier singing groups – Dan Kane and Friends. The lunchone is open to the public. The costs is $45 per person inclusive. A cash bar will be available. For details on either of these holiday events and more, visit Reservations for either event can be made by calling 413-566-5158.

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Santa’s on his way Ol’ St. Nick’s busiest month of the year is here. Here he is during an appearance at the Connecticut Trolley Museum last year. Santa is scheduled to be there again this year during Winterfest 2019. For more information about Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights, call (860) 627-6540 or visit

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Rotary Club breakfast The Rotary Club of Enfield’s annual pancake breakfast takes place from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St. Santa Claus will be there to meet with visitors and holiday plants will be for sale. Admission is $5. Funds raised benefit the Enfield Rotary Charitable Fund. Guests visiting with Santa are asked to make a cash donation of their choosing or donate a toy (for children up to age 8) for the Enfield Police Department's Toys for Joy collection, if they wish. The Rotary Club donates toys annually to the collection. Taste Testers club The Taste Testers Cookbook Club invites all home cooks and baking mavens to join the third annual Winter Celebration and cookie exchange on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. Sign up at the Enfield Public Library reference desk to bring a favorite appetizer to share and cookies to exchange. Please bring at least five dozen cookies for the exchange and containers to bring home treats. Hot chocolate and coffee will details, call (860) 763-7511, or visit

New York City trip Enfield Adult Education is running a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, Dec. 14. The bus leaves Enfield at 7 a.m. and leaves New York City at 7 p.m. The cost is $64 per person. Sign up at or make checks out to “Town of Enfield” and mail to Enfield Adult Education, 124 North Maple Street, Enfield, CT 06082. For details, call (860) 763-7032. Cookie Walk The Hazardville United Methodist Church, 330 Hazard Ave., will hold its 18th annual Cookie Walk and Christmas Tea in the Fellowship Hall, on Dec. 14, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Attendees will find homemade cookies to fill the holiday cookie jar. Those attending may want to arrive sooner rather than later for the best selection, as we have run out of cookies in the past. The price for an 8x 8 (roughly 2 pounds) container will be $15. Containers will be provided. After selecting cookies those on hand can extend the experience by enjoying an elegant luncheon tea. The luncheon features homemade finger sandwiches, pastries, tea, coffee, and punch. Relax with friends, members of the church, and community while Christmas music plays. Tickets will be available at the door for $10. Come for one or both, come early as the cookies and finger foods go fast, and stay to linger in the spirit of the holiday season.

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Beautification Committee The Beautification Committee will consist of five resident electors of the town, appointed by the Town Council, who have the interest and expertise to serve on this committee. They will serve as advisers to the Town Council in planning for the growth and beautification of the community. The Beautification Committee is also involved in the following programs: Sponsor a Flag Adopt-a-Spot

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Enfield A Halloween treat at Parkway Pavilion ENFIELD — Parkway Pavilion Healthcare residents celebrated Halloween with over 200 children who trick-or-treated throughout the facility. The Halloween party, organized and created by Parkway Pavilion staff, included trick-or-treating throughout the facility for staff and residents children and grandchildren, as well as children from the community. In addition to trick-or-treating, the main dining room was transformed into

Halloween magic where children had the opportunity to play games which included Alice & Wonderland and the Pumpkin Patch; visited with Parkway “Mad Scientist, who made slime; and heard scary stories with the Parkway resident “pirate.” Parkway Pavilion staff strive to provide a variety of fun and social activities for their residents. For details about the facility, call (860) 745-1641. More than 200 children celebrated part of their Halloween at the Parkway Pavilion Healthcare party. Left: Annabelle Mengden, Elizabeth Mengden, Charlottee Mengden, Zoe Alfonso, and James Alfonso. Right: Hailie Penn, Austin Penn, and Stephanie Penn.

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Network takes successful ‘Journey’ ENFIELD — The Network Against Domestic Abuse Annual Purple Event “TheJourney”Don’tStopBelievingnettedover$34,000.Proceedssupportoutreach,courtsupport,andcounselingservicesforvictimsofdomesticviolence,and asafehavenforwomenandchildrenin need of shelter. The Network also providespreventioneducationinschoolsystemsinnorth-centralConnecticut. Liberty Mutual Insurance, Windsor office, was the title sponsor. Smith Brotherswasthepurpleribbonsponsor. Cigna was the Samaritan sponsor, and First Suffield Bank a division of PeoplesBank, Pickle Jar Deli, and St. FrancisHospital/TrinityHealthofNew England were humanitarian sponsors. Champion Sponsors included: 360 Federal Credit Union, Browne MemorialChapelsFuneral&Cremation Services, Cade Cherry, Melania Hasiuk/Coldwell Banker, Fallon Law Office, Todd & Deb Gish, Jimmy Marketing, North Central News, and UnitedBankFoundation. Guestsenjoyedhorsd’oeuvres,pasta, carving stations, and desserts at Maneeley’s Banquet & Catering and wineandbeertastingsprovidedbyJoe’s

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Teacher grant The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union in Enfield has announced the recipient of their 2019 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 2019 recipient is Stephanie Pawlowicz of the Stowe Early Learning Center in Enfield. Pawlowicz is using the grant funds to fund a program that uses the Baby Doll Circle Time curriculum. This curriculum is used to enhance the relationship between caregiver and child by fostering secure attachments, building connections, and teaching empathy. “With increasing restraints on budgets and funding for educators, we want-

ed to offer some assistance. Our program is open to our members who are educators at schools within our field of membership. Two grants are available annually. It is our hope that this funding will add to the level of education that is offered to our area students,” said Lori Triba, manager/CEO for the Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union. Assumption basketball The Assumption College Athletics Department has announced that Caterina Fonseca of Enfield has earned a spot on the 2019-20 women’s basketball team. The team, who finished the last season with a 14-14 record, was selected fifth in the Northeast Division of the Northeast-10 Preseason Coaches Poll.

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Asnuntuck grant The Gene Haas Foundation is a private foundation committed to manufacturing education and providing support. This year, the foundation awarded Asnuntuck Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology program $12,000 to use for student

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Recreation Department plans an active winter season ENFIELD — For details on Recreation Department programs call (860) 253-6420 or visit the website Instructional basketball A coed instructional program for grades 1 and 2 will be held Sunday afternoons. The program will consist of eight 55-minute sessions. Registration will be limited to 120 participants (40 per session) and will be taken on a first come, first served basis. The program will begin on Jan. 5, 2020, at the JFK Middle School gym. This program is for Enfield residents only and registration is currently open. Fee is $37. Adult yoga Participants will be able to work at their own level, modifying poses as needed. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat to class. Classes will be Tuesdays, Jan. 7–Feb. 25, 2020, from 6:15-7:30 p.m. at Parkman School. Fee is $30 residents/$37.50 nonresidents. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Playgroup Playgroup is open to those ages birth – 5 years old. Your child will be able to explore, learn, and play with educational toys and games while moms, dads, and caregivers have the opportunity to socialize. Pre-registration is not required but a participant waiver must be on file with the instructor. There is no playgroup when school is delayed or closed or there is a parking ban. The program runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through May 15, 2020, from 9-11 a.m. at Angelo Lamagna Activity Center gym. There is no cost for this program and is open to residents and nonresidents. High school volleyball Pick-up games are arranged amongst participants. Participants must be enrolled in high school and be an Enfield resident. Participants must show school ID and have a program waiver on file to participate. The program will be Mondays, Dec. 2-March 16, 2020, from 6-9 p.m. at Eli Whitney School. Daily fee is $2 per person.

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Adult volleyball Program is for adults 18 and older looking. Pick-up games are arranged amongst the participants. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate and have a program waiver on file. This program will be held Wednesdays through April 8, 2020, from 6-9 p.m. at Eli Whitney School. Daily fee is $3 residents/$4 nonresidents. Open gym basketball Enfield Recreation hosts open gym basketball time for adults 20 and over. The program will be Wednesdays, Dec. 4-April 29, 2020, from 6-9 p.m. at the Enfield Annex. Enfield Recreation also hosts open gym basketball time for adults 40 and over. The program runs Saturdays through June 13, 2020, from 8-11 a.m. at Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate and have a program waiver on file where participating. Daily fee is $3 residents/$4 nonresidents.

Also, there will be a drop-in. session for ages 7-18 on Dec. 30. Visit the Parks and Recreation Department website for details. Pickleball The program for ages 18 and over is designed for recreational play and pickup games are arranged amongst the participants. The program will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, through May 8, 2020, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Enfield Annex. Additionally, a new evening program is being offered. The program will be Tuesdays, Dec. 3-April 28, 2020, from 6- 9 p.m. at the Enfield Annex. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on file at the gym. There is no pickleball when school is closed. Daily fee is $3 residents/$4 nonresidents.

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’Tis the season to be giving SOMERS — The holiday ushers in The Season of Giving, where we focus on raising awareness of programs in Somers that benefit our residents in an effort to increase community involvement and contributions. The Season of Giving Campaign focuses on several ways in which you care and show empathy for your neighbors in need. We hope our citiC.G. Bud Knorr zens will consider making a contribution or getting involved this holiday season with your contributions/time being directed to 19 Battle St., Somers, CT 06071. Your kindness would be appreciated at one or all of the following worthwhile options: Town of Somers Emergency Fund: Assisting low-income families with basic needs and emergency situations

for heat, electricity, rent, or any number of other extenuating circumstances. Without your donations this fund would not exist. Please make checks payable to the Town of Somers Emergency Fund. Stuff-A-Cruiser: This is an annual event coordinated by the Somers Women’s Club which is taking place now through Dec. 13. You can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Somers Police Station, at 451 Main St., to be distributed to families in need to help their children have a very Merry Christmas. Salvation Army Kettle Campagn: About 90% of all funds raised through the Kettle Campaign help meet the needs of our low-income residents. This annual campaign cannot be successful without volunteers to ring the bell for an hour or two to encourage people visiting the Dunkin Donuts on South Street to drop their contributions

in the red kettle. I enjoy the time I spend each year, and as an added incentive for you to contribute I will buy you a hot coffee. Please consider donating to this worthy cause. Meals on Wheels: This program provides meals six days a week, 52 weeks a year, along with a daily wellness check for our elderly residents. Meals are graciously prepared by the Hometown Kitchen restaurant. Funding for this needed outreach is primarily through donations and we’re always looking for volunteers. I hope that people will be generous in assisting those elderly citizens to enjoy the basic nutritional needs of a hot meal. Having recently enjoyed our Thanksgiving meal with our families, let’s remember those in need that would want the same consideration. Please contact Christina Hurdle-Cenac at (860) 265-7551 or to assist.

Adopt-A-Child: This program assists low-income families with providing gifts for the holidays. This program is entirely anonymous with donors “adopting” a child and receiving a list of items the child needs as well as a few “wishes” and some general information about the child’s interests/hobbies, etc. giving the donor the opportunity to get to know their child. Gifts are dropped off at the Social Services Department office and our staff provides the gifts to the family. Recipients write a thank-you note to the donors so that the donors can experience a connection with the family. This program is truly a fun and rewarding experience for those involved. If you are interested in adopting a child this holiday season, please contact Christina Hurdle-Cenac at (860) 265-7551.

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Somers High School names honor roll students SOMERS — These students were named to the Somers High School honor roll: Grade 12 high honors Aidan Case, Fiona Cheyney, Christian Chlebowski, Jonathan Kelly, Callie MacFeat, Rachel Ranelli, Victoria Reid, Spencer Whitford. Grade 12 honors Thylo Alves, Meghan Baker, Chelsea Bergamini, Brieanna Bernier, Ashanti Brown, Wula Cham, Lauren Champiny, Jared Cranna, Egan Foye, Alyssa Gionfriddo, Matthew Grandpre', Nora Jones, William Karszes, Miranda McCarthy, Aiden Miller, Summer Nadler, Amari O’Connor, Donovin Ocasio, Stephen Piescik, Cade Raymond, Kylie Raymond, Cassandra Rich, Zofia Roberts, Danielle Rodriguez, Ashelle Sealys, Andrew Skowronek, Nancy Strever, Scott Symington, Emily Wheeler, Noah White, Kyle Yvon, Samantha Zukowski. Grade 11 high honors Simon Banas, Emily Brayton, Sarah Finnegan, Giovanna Gioscia, Halle Raina, Hannah Renzoni, Serena Robidoux, Sheridan Speight, Olivia Suter, Gabrielle

Tullock. Grade 11 honors Adam Argiro, Jacqueline Beaulieu, Linards Bekeris, Cecelia Bruel, Jack Brunt, Marisa Cardinale, Ryan Cashman, Julia Catellier, Keira Clark, Alyssa DeGray, Ella Deveau, Aidan DevineBaillargeon, Jeffrey Devlin, Colin Donovan, McKenzie Fitzgerald, Jeremy Frazier, Jack Gebo, Shawn Gentilcore, Alexander Grzelak, Ethan Haluch, Tanner Hammond, Adam Hinds, Danielle Hoague, Caelyn Hoffman, Keeley Joyal, Morgan Juzba, Jason Knybel, Conner Kocot, Alec Levesque, Lindsay Masamery, Kallie Mayer, Alexandra McLellan, Reghan Morin, Isabel Munson, Terieze Naylor, Kaycha Perez, Treena Pitts, Emily Reynolds, Kyiah Rice, Laura Riley, Michaela Scully, Nolan SouleRondeau, Lilly Tisdale, Shannon Whalen, Breena Wrisley, Angela Young, Carson Yurgaitis, Eric Zheng, Dominic Zuccalo. Grade 10 high honors Luke Boudreau, Brianne Boyd, Patrick Connors, Sarah Cranna, Caroline Curtis, John Denehy, Natalie Harvin, Grace Majowicz, Taylor McCormick, Bianca

Clarification The stories “CERT promotes a culture of preparedness” and “CERT, Emergency Management spring into action after storm” in the November 2019 issue of the North Central News did not include a byline. The stories were both written by Sherri A. Marquis.



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Grade 9 high honors Chloe Albano, Nicholas Calcasola, Gabriel D'Amour, Gracie Flynn, Ryan Halligan, James Johnson, April Kelly, Kalvin Long, Meghan Martowska-White, James Maskill, Concetta Shewokis. Grade 9 honors Phillip Alaimo, Brandon Andersen, Owen Argiro, Alessandro Bacabac, John Bonin, Jacqueline Bordeaux, Mackenzie Bridge, Evalina Bruel, Benjamin Campion, Ella Campion, Laura Catellier, Joshua Colby, Michael Croyle, Deidre Dalessio, Devon Dalessio, Raya Davis, Alejandro Diaz, Erin Donohue, Hudson Eastman, Cole Ferro, Robin Gaskell, Tait Gaudet, Sarah Gill, Alexa Gladysz, Mackenzie Goodwin, Katherine Grondin, Kaija Hjelm, Renee Hoague, Tristan Hogan, Braden Joyal, Madison Juzba, Kiana Kalman, Grace Kowal, Connor Marchi, Alexis Maurice, Colby McCormick, Kate Pinney, Destinee Pizarro, Kyle Provencher, David Reid, Elena Riggins, Jenna Riley, Olivia Riley, Evan Root, Hallie Watt, Hannah White.

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Ryder, Rachel St. Germain, Douglas Suter, Emily Tardif, Kaede Wood, John Zapolski, Katiya Zawrotny. Grade 10 honors Eman Al-Obeydi, Luke Arnone, Kailyn Atwood, Jacob Avery, Cooper Barrett, Alexandria Bates, Jonathan Benedict, Jade Breton, Kayla Brown, Mollie Burns, Joseph Burzynski, Amelia Carenzo, Tyler Case, Brianna Charette, Aidan Connors, Sean Croken, Austin Delesio, Christian Dina, Kaya Donah, Justin Donohue, Lucas Duff, Abigail Ellis, Benjamin Fawthrop, Dana Gall, Grace Gengenbach, Tyler Gowdy, Alex Grenier, Samantha Hansen, Mary Herrity, Patrick Herrity, Madison Hinkley, Sophie Jones, Kristo Karaja, Ethan Kelly, Gabriel Kukulka, Jocelyne Lallier, Emily Lawlor, Grace Lessard, Andrew Lyman, Ryan Lynch, Jillian Mailhot, Anna Majowicz, Nicholas Mancuso, Mackenzie Mike, Shannon Munson, Isabella Nolasco, Joshua Parent, Kush Patel, Vincenzo Rumore, Connor Sparrow, Georgiana Turner, Patricia Vivilecchia, Mallory Wohlers.

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Grants awarded The Somers Education Foundation recently awarded $13,966 to outstanding and innovative projects and programs within the school district. The total of grant amounts has grown to more than $510,000 since SEF’s inception in 2004. The endowment has grown to over $691,000. Awarded this semester: • Lunch Bunch Book Club (MBA) The club is open to all sixth graders and will provide opportunities for reading and discussion. • Rachel’s Challenge (MBA) - A central goal at MBA is to create a culture of kindness. Rachel’s Challenge is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe, connected school environments. The Rachel’s Challenge program calls for students to understand the value of kindness and then trains representa-

tives from all grades to develop projects of kindness that can be carried out in the school and/or community. • Guest Artist Program (MBA) – This grant would hire seven high level performers to teach flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, low brass, percussion, and voice. • Wobble Cushion (MBA) – Wobble cushions provide a way for students to sit for extended periods to do work, but to still have enough movement so that they can maintain attention. • Transition Program Activity Account (SHS) – Establishing this account will provide students with greater opportunities to grow in each transition area: employment, community participation, and independent living. It will be used to buy additional equipment for the auto detailing business run by the students, underwrite advertising for the program, provide socialization opportunities with other transition students, and other program needs. To learn more about SEF, visit mark March 28, 2020 on your calendar for the SEF Brewfest, the major fundraising event.

A Helping Hand 100 Women Who Care – North Central Connecticut (100WWC) began its 2nd year by donating $2,200 to “Abby’s Helping Hand,” a nonprofit organization in East Windsor whose mission is improving the lives of those afflicted with mitochondrial and other chronic diseases through support, education, and research. Carol Sauerhoefer, executive director of Abby’s Helping Hand, said, “This is a very generous gift and will go a long way toward helping children with chronic diseases receive therapies not covered by insurance.” 100 Women Who Care – North Central Connecticut meets on the third Tuesday of January, April, July, and October in an area restaurant. The next meeting is Jan. 21 at Shea’s Sports Bar in Manchester, 6 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. meeting. All women are welcome to attend with no obligation. Church activities The Somers Congregational Church, 599 Main St., will host the Somers Village Players for a staged reading of “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Dec. 14.

A free-will donation will be collected. No ticket purchase is necessary. The church’s annual Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 7. Also on Dec. 7, The Shoreline Ringers are returning for their popular holiday concert from 7 to 9 p.m. A freewill donation will be collected at the concert. For details call (860) 763-4021, or Tree decorating Somers Beautification members have planted a Community Blue Spruce tree at the corner of Hall Hill and Watchaug Roads. We invite townspeople to place an ornament on the tree. A dedication will be Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. If you are not available that day, you can visit any time before Dec. 25. Residents may claim their ornament during the week after Christmas or leave it on the tree. Unclaimed ornaments will be taken down and stored for future display or as a potential gift to a family in need of ornaments for their own tree. For details, call (860) 749-5115.


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Regional Dancers step up once again to take part in world championship (continued from page 1) The World Ballroom Dance Championship will be judged on five dances: waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, foxtrot, and quickstep. Chaoulski is from Montreal, Canada, while Schilling is from Tolland. They met each other through a dance partner search website. They immediately hit the dance floor training, competing and dancing all over the world. Now dancing for 12 years together, this will be their 8t h World Championship they have been nominated to compete in. On a personal level, they are married and own EdanSe Company & Ballroom in Enfield, CT. Their dancing has brought them to exciting places competing all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as internationally. On the international level, they have traveled to compete as far as Japan, Ukraine, Costa Rica, England, Austria and Russia. Outside of competing, they are well known


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Wicked Weekend Local horror retailer The Wicked Vault is hosting a celebration of all things wicked Dec. 6-8 at The Palace Theater. Celebrity guests, horror-themed vendors, authors, cosplayers and more will be in attendance. Premiere events, photo opporrunities autographs, live entertainment, guest panels, contests and VIP-only exclusives are scheduled throughout the three-day event. Wicked Weekend will be host to the 20th anniversary reunion of' “The Blair Witch Project,” with cast members Joshua Leonard, Heather Donahue and Michael C. Williams; “Child’s Play” reunion with Catherine Hicks and Alex Vincent; Rob Zombie’s “Halloween 2007” reunion with William Forsythe, Tyler Mane, Scout Taylor-Compton,


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Two unique venues for holiday shopping stand across the street from one another in Stafford’s center: Rustology Antiques and Oddities at 21 Main St. and Artful Annie’s Gallery, Goods and Gifts at 72 Main St.. Both stores offer inventories that rely on the green notion of “reusing.” And, in their own ways, both Rustology and Artful Annie’s can add a touch of whimsy and a respect for the past to purchases that will suit your fancy – or the person for whom you are shopping. Rustology While sons and daughters don’t necessarily want their parents’ hand-me-downs, “young people are always looking for unique items,” says Amity Smith, co-owner of Rustology. Amity’s interest in reuse dates to her undergraduate days at UConn. A graphic arts major, she would find objects of interest for her creations at a Swap Shed in the nearby Mansfield transfer station. Amity’s husband Mike, Rustology’s coowner, inherited his love of “stuff” from his grandfather, who would take him along scouting collections. Mike’s father also

once had a collectibles shop in Stafford. Amity jokes that she didn’t realize until she met Mike that some items she happened upon at the Swap Shop might have a monetary – and aesthetic – value. The Rustology website refers to the store as a “curious shop.” Its two floors are packed with collectibles arranged in an old school way, with limited glass cases. New inventory appears daily, specializing in industrial, modern, military, antique toys, vintage jewelry, vintage clothing, and — like its sign says —“oddities” galore. Most prices are negotiable, so enter prepared to haggle. Rustology also buys single items and entire estates. The store is open Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. Artful Annie’s Much of the one-of-a-kind merchandise at Anna Hickey’s shop — Artful Annie’s, open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.4 p.m. — goes a step beyond the concept of reusing and recycling a pre-owned item. The beautifully displayed garments and accessories throughout the brick-walled boutique are the products of “upcycling.”

It is a process used by Hickey and suppliers like BH Upcycled Designs and Debs Barton upcycled jewelry. Discarded objects are reused to create a product of higher quality or value than the original. Take, for example, a stylish poncho Hickey fashioned from an old army blanket she got when a design workshop and retail clothing shop closed its doors a few years ago. Hickey is also the artist behind an eclectic array of upcycled handbags refashioned from scraps of old fabrics, laces, placemats, buttons, tassels and chains. Hickey’s mission goes beyond the environmental benefits related to saving the planet’s resources. It becomes one small business’s attempt to save people too – by offsetting discrimination relating to global circulation of apparel and fashion, from labor exploitation in Cambodia and Bangladesh to the culture of fast fashion that has reshaped the industry in the U.S. She looks to stock her store with everything from art supplies for DIY projects to fine art, all of which meet her criteria that the item is a product of thoughtful invention, practical creativity, and fanciful pleasure.

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Events to boost Suffield’s 350th celebration effort By Laura B. Hayden SUFFIELD — With Suffield’s 350th anniversary year just in reach, the planning committee has two December activities on tap to raise funds for the celebration in October 2020. Holiday Tree Gala This year, proceeds from the tree auction at the Holiday Tree Gala will be used for upcoming anniversary events, programs, and projects. Community organizations, schools, businesses and individuals are invited to decorate and donate an artificial tree to be displayed during the event. An online application form to enter a tree is available at The Holiday Tree Gala will be held in the barn at the Phelps-Hatheway House, 55 S. Main St.. A preview and reception was scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5. The Tree Gala will be free to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. on: Saturday, Dec. 7; Sunday, Dec. 8; Wednesday, Dec. 11; Saturday, Dec. 14; and Sunday, Dec. 15. Suffield Doors Project To celebrate the welcoming spirit of local homes and barns year-round, photographers are invited to participate in the Doors of Suffield and Doors of West

Suffield photo contests. Now is the time to capture the beauty of winter thresholds. The 350th committee will select images for possible use in posters and cards that will be sold in 2020 as a fundraiser to support the anniversary celebration. The chosen photos will be required to have the expressed permission of the photographer and property owner. If a photo is selected, the entrant will receive their choice of a poster or a package of cards. Photos of a Suffield or West Suffield door may be entered in one of three ways. · Mail photos to Suffield 350, 93 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06078 · Email photographs to · Log into a Facebook or Instagram account, and post photos using the hashtag #DoorsOfSuffield Images will also be shared by @Suffield350 on Facebook and Instagram. For more information about either event, send an email to, message @Suffield350, or leave a voice message at (860) 758-0115.

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