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• EAST WINDSOR: Rail boost could help Warehouse Point ................p. 4 • ELLINGTON: Selectmen seek state trooper for schools ......................p. 7 • ELLINGTON: Series of talks helps parents with tweens and teens ............p. 8 • ELLINGTON: Winter Farmers’ Market proving popular ..............p. 9 • ENFIELD: Town moves closer to full-day kindergarten ................p. 13 • SOMERS: YMCA Camp bought with state funds ................................p. 17 • SUNDAY DRIVE: To Infinity and beyond with great food ..............p. 25 •STAFFORD: Sunday Night Coffee House lineup ..................................p. 29 •STAFFORD: Town works with Ashford after fire......................................p. 30 •CLASSIFIEDS:.....................pp.34-35

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Fond Thoughts of Fermi High By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD — As the town prepares to consolidate its two high schools, Enrico Fermi High School staff members and former students say they will always have fond memories of the school. On Nov. 6, residents voted to expand and renovate Enfield High School. The project, which involves the closing of Fermi and the creation of one consolidated school, is expected to be completed by September 2017, Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann said, adding it could open as early as December 2016 if additional funding comes through. Built in 1971, the school was named for Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on the artificial radioactivity produced by neutron and for nuclear reactions brought about by slow neutrons, according to

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Fermi High Fondly Recalled as Closing Nears (continued from page 1)

Fermi Principal Paul Newton, who has been at the school for 13 years, said he has mixed feelings about the consolidation. He said he looks forward to the educational opportunities that a larger high school will bring, such as expanded curriculum offerings. He added that by not having to fund two full athletic programs, there may be more funding available for other pursuits. “I’ve never been a fan of the whole rivalry thing,” he said. “And who wouldn’t want to go to a beautiful, state-of-the-art high school?” The renovated EHS building will be updated to current codes for accessibility, fire, safety, building and energy efficiency. A science, technology, art, math and engineering wing will be added to the school. The gymnasium and the auditorium will be expanded as part of the project. At the same time, Newton said he will miss those things that have made Fermi a special place. He said the school has been characterized by “the overall philanthropic nature of the students and the staff members who work here.” For example, Newton said, each Friday staff members donate money to a different charity, collecting anywhere from $50 to $300 a week. He also cited a free pancake breakfast for the town, organized as a benefit for Loaves and Fishes and the Enfield Food Shelf. Eight hundred pounds of food were donated because of that breakfast. “It’s that kind of community awareness … that’s the legacy of this school since I’ve been here,” Newton said. Kathleen Pellin has been a special education teacher at Fermi for 33 years and graduated from the school in 1976. “It was a special year to graduate high school because it was the bicentennial year of our country! In fact, my high school year book was dedicated to the bicentennial theme. It is pretty special to graduate from the same high school that I currently teach in,” Pellin said in an email interview. “While I attended Fermi as a high school student, there was always this rivalry between us and Enfield High School. The rivalry especially made sporting

Team Nettts Relay For Life Fundriser

ENFIELD - Hot Table in Enfield is hosting a fundraiser for Team Nettts' participation in Relay for Life. Hot Table will donate 20 percent of its profits to Team Nettts when presented with its flyer on Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. You must present the flyer for the team to get credit. To obtain the flyer or if there are questions, please email Scott Champion at or call at 860-7417979 or 860-729-1260.

events that much more fun. I was a cheerleader and our goal was to get the student body of Fermi excited about beating Enfield High in every sporting event possible. Of course, it didn't always work out that way, but it was still fun! “As a student, I loved Fermi High School! I was involved in sports, many committees and clubs. As a teacher, I have so many students that I have developed a special bond with over the years. Former students often stop by my classroom for visits even after they have graduated. I will never forget how they have affected my life. I will remember them always. I feel blessed that I actually teach in the same high school that I attended. I am personally saddened to see that Fermi will no longer be a separate high school. I have so many found memories of Fermi High School, both as a former student as well as a faculty member,” Pellin said. Erin Clark is a history social studies teacher at Fermi who, like Pellin, also graduated from the high school. “As a student-athlete at Fermi High School, my most vivid memories of Fermi were of playing and attending sporting events. There was an exciting rivalry between Fermi and Enfield High, and there was

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Amtrak Rail Improvements Could Benefit East Windsor

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The Warehouse Point business district could benefit from the railroad corridor from New Haven to Springfield. Windsor Locks First Selectman Steve Wawruck spoke at the Jan. 15 Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Wawruck said a transportation study done about four years ago in Windsor Locks said that rail system improvements would

mean moving the current train platform from the south part of town into the center of town. The study anticipated that approximately 1,800 people would use the rail system for transportation if the line is extended. Chris Ferreira, of Fuss and O’Neil, a civil and environmental engineering consulting firm involved with the project, said moving the train station would give people

access to the Warehouse Point business district. He said if the Montgomery Mill in Windsor Locks were turned into apartments, the people living there would be able to walk across the bridge and go to the businesses. It is also anticipated that the railroad extension would affect the Bridge Street intersection. Because of the traffic problems that may occur, it is being suggested that the Bridge Street intersection be replaced with a roundabout.

Free Skating Rink and Other Parks Programs Offered This Month

EAST WINDSOR - The following events have been planned by the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department. OUTDOOR SKATING RINK The portable skating rink is open and is located on the north side of the East Windsor High School. This facility will be available for use by people of all ages, and provides a free family recreational activity. The rink is available after school hours during the week, and during the evening as well. The rink is also available at any time during the weekends, or during school vacation. MAD SCIENCE Calling all future scientists. The next session of Mad Science will begin

Wednesday, Feb. 27, and run through Wednesday, May 15, at the Broad Brook Elementary School. The theme for this 10week session is Space & Beyond. The cost of this program is $149 and is open to grades K–4. Registration may be done through our convenient Online Payment Process or by simply completing a registration form and returning it to the East Windsor Parks & Recreation Department. Call 860-6276662 with any questions. LIMERICK CONTEST The East Windsor Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring the Annual Limerick Contest open to East Windsor residents only. The theme for the limerick this year is the Four Town Fair. The limer-

ick must be five lines. Lines 1, 2 and 5 must rhyme with one another; lines 3 and 4 must rhyme with each other as well. Prizes will be awarded to each age group: Grades K-1, Grades 2-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Adults ages 18 and up. All entries need to be returned to the East Windsor Parks & Recreation Office by March 15. Winning entries will be displayed in Town Hall. MEN’S OPEN GYM The East Windsor Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring Men’s Open Gym on Monday nights. This is open to adults only; no students are allowed to participate. Open Gym Night will be held at East Windsor High School from 8 p.m. to

9:30 p.m. Fee for this program is $2 per night or $32 for the 16-week session. There will be no program on Feb. 18 or April 15. To see if the program is not being held on a specific night, please call the East Windsor Parks & Recreation Department at 860-627-6662. PANTHER PLUNGE The Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring the fourth annual Panther Plunge to benefit the East Windsor Fuel Bank. This year’s plunge will take place at East Windsor Park (Reservoir) on Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in participating should contact the East Windsor Parks & Recreation Department at 860-627-6662.

EAST WINDSOR - The Friends of the Library Association of Warehouse Point are pleased to present Tom Sayers of Tolland, who will come and talk about the endangered American Kestrel at the Warehouse Point Library Association at 107 South Main St., East Windsor, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Sayers will

explain about his nestbox project in northcentral Connecticut and efforts to save the American Kestrel. The presentation includes photographs and video clips of adult birds and nestlings. The program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Call 860-623-5482 to register as seating is limited.

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February Vacation Fun at the New England Air Museum

WINDSOR LOCKS – The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks has the following programs offered during February school vacation: Monday, Feb. 18 - LEGO Contest. Step into a room full of LEGOS and build your ideal aircraft. The theme is “You & Your Fantastic Flying Machine.” The program is for ages 3-12 and will run from 10 a.m.4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for each age category: 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Participants do not need to be present to win a prize. Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Aircraft Drawing Contest: “What I love about flight.” Participants between the ages of 3-15 can make a drawing or a collage. All materials will be provided. Prizes will be awarded for each age category: 3-5, 6-8, 9-11 and 12-15. Participants do not need to be pres-

GOP Town Committee Raising Money for 5 Corner Cupboard

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Republican Town Committee would like to thank all those who participated in its Win-Win-Winter fundraiser! The committee raised more than $350 for the East Windsor Historical Society and $1,000 in food and money for the 5 Corner Cupboard. The committee will keep the momentum going on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donate food or money to the 5 Corner Cupboard in exchange for seasoned, split wood. Delivery is available. Come to 178 Scantic Rd., East

ent to win a prize. Wednesday, Feb. 20 - Scavenger Hunt Contest. The museum will offer a scavenger hunt to help visitors of all ages discover the museum’s treasures located in its three exhibit hangars. There will be prizes for all participants. Thursday, Feb. 21 - Open Cockpit Day. The Museum will host an Open Cockpit program with up to 10 aircraft to be open, including helicopters, an airliner, a jet fighter and a WWII aircraft. All cockpits will close at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 - AMA Model Workshop. Visitors can participate in an Aero Modeling Workshop running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is offered on a firstcome, first-served basis. This activity takes about an hour and a half to complete.

Children ages 8-14 can build and fly their own models. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a $5 cost for the kit. During this week the museum’s Flight Sim Spot will be open each day between 10:30 a.m and 4 p.m. Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators to virtually fly any aircraft using real cockpit controls. The cost is $3 for a halfhour flight or $5 for an hour flight. Two people per simulator – pilot and copilot. Museum members are free. The New England Air Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Sunday and is located in Windsor Locks adjacent to Bradley International Airport. Take I-91 north or south to CT. exit 40 (Route 20) to Route 75 north. Admission is $12 for

Windsor, to donate or volunteer. For more information, call EWRTC Chairman Lois Noble at 860-573-0591.

Commission, Property Maintenance Code Board of Appeals, Central CT Tourism WPCA and Veterans District, Commission. Please contact the East Windsor Republican Town Committee Chairman Lois Noble for further details at 860-5730591.

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Republicans Seek Volunteers for Vacancies

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Republican Town Committee is seeking Republicans and Independents to fill Board and Commission vacancies. Positions are available on the Board of Education, Housing Authority, Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, North Central Health District, Parks and Recreation, Building Committee, Agricultural Commission, Conservation Commission, Elderly Commission, Ethics Commission, Historical Preservation

adults, $11 for seniors and $6.50 for children ages 4-12 (3 and under free). The New England Air Museum is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, a private, non-profit educational institution organized in 1959. Located at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, the Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England. This educational organization is dedicated to preserving and presenting historically significant aircraft and related artifacts, engaging visitors through high-quality exhibits helping them to understand aviation technology and history and inspiring students through innovative and hands-on educational programs.

Rotary Club Super Bowl Breakfast

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Rotary Club will host its annual “Super Bowl Breakfast” on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the East Windsor High School cafeteria. Serving hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Donation is $7; kids 5 & under eat free. Please come join us.

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Sandy Hook Fire Dept. Benefit Chili Cook-Off Raises $7000

SOMERS - It was a special atmosphere at the Sandy Hook FD cook-off at Pleasant View in Somers on Jan. 19 as everyone was reminded of the reason for the event. It was also an inspiration to see the number of cooks, sponsors, volunteers, and citizens who turned out to support the Sandy Hook Fire Department. It is truly amazing what can happen when everyone works together for a good cause. Special thanks go to Kat and Michael Freedman of Somers, the organizer of this wonderful event, who put the cook-off together in just a matter of weeks. Thanks

also to the sponsors, Haymond Law, PriceRite, Minuteman Press Enfield, Avery Portables, Jesse Besstte, Hampton Inn Enfield, DG Graphics, Panera Bread Enfield, Patriot Guard Riders CT, Taylor Rental Enfield, and DJ Maxx for their generosity, and to Lee and Kimberly Wood of The Pottery Place for the beautiful trophies. Also a special thank you to Jeff Lipton of Pleasant View, who was there when help was needed. State Rep. Penny Bacchiocci and Somers First Selectman Lisa Pelligrini were an enormous help as well. The Patriot Guard Riders and their

BROAD BROOK - The Opera House Players will present the upbeat musical “Hairspray” from Feb. 8-24 at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St., Broad Brook. Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets for “Hairspray” can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 860-292-6068. The show

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flag line are always a welcome addition. Fire departments had representatives from Vernon, Longmeadow, Ellington, Stafford, Enfield and Somers at the event. And, of course, to the people from the area who came out to taste some of the best chili around, and made a very generous donation to the Sandy Hook FD. A high point of the day was when the

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Selectmen Requesting State Trooper for Town Schools By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — The Board of Selectmen is seeking a state trooper to serve as a school resource officer in town. The resource officer would serve all of Ellington’s public schools. The Board of Education on Jan. 14 made the request to the selectmen in light of the Newtown school shootings, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. The selectmen are preparing a formal request to the State Police. Town Budget The Board of Finance has asked the

selectmen “as much as possible to hold the budget down,” Blanchette said. “It’s going to be a challenge,” the first selectman said. After holding down the budget for several years, as the town has, “The pressure mounts,” Blanchette said. Town department heads are currently preparing their budgets, which are due Feb. 15. The Capital Improvements Budget was scheduled to be presented Jan. 28, after the North Central News went to press.

Friends of Library Hosting ‘Bag of Books Sale’

ELLINGTON - A Bag of Books Sale will be held at the Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St. in Ellington on Feb. 15-17. This event is open to the public with free admission. Purchase a Special FOL bag for $8 and fill it with books and other items of your choice. The sale features paperback and hardcover adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, CDs, DVDs, audio books and puzzles. The sale hours are Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m. to 4:45 pm. For

more information, contact the library at 860-870-3160. The sale is sponsored by The Friends of the Library. The proceeds of the sale will provide programs and materials to the library which would not otherwise be available. Donations of good used books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and audio books are accepted at the library whenever the library is open. The library cannot use textbooks, magazines, condensed books or books not suitable for resale.

Legislative Forum

On Jan. 15, State Rep. Christopher Davis (R-57th) & State Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-35th) held a public forum at the Ellington Town Hall to discuss the state budget, Connecticut’s economy and what’s on the horizon for the 2013 Legislative Session, which began on Jan. 9.

Ellington Senior Center’s Musical Insights

ELLINGTON - Music is back in swing with the Musical Insights program at the Ellington Senior Center. The program on Feb. 11 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. features an “Open House to All.” Favorite music will

be furnished by our guests and committee members of Musical Insights. It is the month of romance and memories. Happy Valentine’s Day from facilitator Patricia Stoughton.

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Workshop Series Help Parents of Tweens and Teens Cope

ELLINGTON - It is not easy being a in September with his workshop on setting parent of a tween or teen. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fast- limits and discipline. In October licensed paced culture of technology has taken clinical social worker and co-founder of youth with it and left The CT Parenting some parents in the Education Network IN THE SCHOOLS Ruth Freeman spoke dust. In Ellington, parents have had an to parents on parentopportunity this ing styles and posischool year to partictive discipline. ipate in several workshops offered by the The most recent speaker of the series DPYC (council for Developing Positive was Lisa Tregoning of The Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youth Culture) and also have the opportu- Prevention Partnership, who spent an nity to participate with one offered by evening in January discussing friends, Ellington Middle School. cliques and bullying. She covered the defTweens range in age from 8 to 14 and inition of bullying and how it is applied to are â&#x20AC;&#x153;in betweenâ&#x20AC;? childhood and adoles- the Connecticut bullying laws. cence. Parents of Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth- and Cyber bullying and raising a child in a sixth-grade students were asked last spring digital age were other topics of concern for in a survey what issues they felt affected parents. Ellington Middle School will their children and them the most. sponsor an evening with Officer Scott The results from 81 parents showed Driscoll on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 7 p.m. their concerns are about friends, bullies to 8:30 p.m. at the middle school. and peer pressure for their children. Officer Driscoll is an expert on Internet Challenges with parenting were with set- safety and has been in law enforcement for ting limits, discipline and follow-through. 24 years. With firsthand knowledge of As a result of the survey, a series of work- Internet crimes and the dangers of the shops was offered to parents. World Wide Web, Driscoll started his comAuthor and practicing psychologist pany called Internet Safety Concepts. In Anthony Wolf, Ph.D, kicked off the series November 2010 his first book, co-

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son on a social network site. Driscollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website can be found at The DPYC and Pearson hope to offer more programs for parents in the future.

Ellington Senior Center Programs in February

ELLINGTON - On Monday, Feb. 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Musical Insights presents America Loves Identity, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweet and Low Bluesâ&#x20AC;? identified by special bands during an era of remarkable blues. The presenter of this program is Patricia Stoughton. Join the group in celebrating its 17th season. The third Thursday of every month features the Memories and Creative Writing program. Februaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting date is Feb. 21 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ellington Senior Center. The group welcomes all interested parties in sharing written literature or oral contributions. All are invited to join in this wonderful group of individuals. They will begin to assemble their stories, poetry, etc., in the vein of issuing its fourth presentation booklet. Fun and stimulating ideas will prevail.



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Ellington Winter Farmers’ Market Runs Alternating Fridays By Margaret Cavanagh

ELLINGTON - The first season of the Ellington Winter Farmers’ Market is under way and gaining a committed following. Indian Valley YMCA, 11 Pinney St., Ellington hosts the market on alternate Fridays through March from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. “The directors of the Y have been instrumental in helping our winter market to become a success. They welcomed us, enthusiastically promote the market, and even clean up after us. This partnership is

a wonderful model of what can be accomplished when groups work together for the good of the community,” stated Market Master Dianne Trueb. The Winter Market hosts 15 vendors who sell a variety of locally grown or produced items including seafood, beef, poultry, pork, dairy, eggs, produce, honey, freshly roasted coffee, baked items, specialty foods, alpaca products, soaps and pottery. One customer commented, “I am so thrilled to be able to purchase such high

quality products right here in town. The fish is incredibly fresh. It’s the best I’ve ever had. The greens have been picked just hours before the market and the baked goods are fantastic.” “What a wonderful way to shop. I know where the food is coming from, and the vendors are delightful. It’s like visiting family on a Friday afternoon,” remarked another patron. The Ellington Winter Farmers’ Market continues through March 29. The schedule and additional information can be found at www.ellingtonfarmersmarket. com. You may also sign up for their biweekly newsletter, which highlights the specials at the market that week. Belly Acres Farm owner Donna Yurgel sells shiitake mushrooms.

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Energy Expo Returns with 30 Vendors

ENFIELD - What was once the Enfield Energy Expo is now the North Central Ct Energy Expo. The Enfield Clean Energy Committee is a Town Of Enfield appointed committee that promotes clean renewable energy and energy efficiency. We know how much effort it takes to put on one of these events, so we are inviting area towns to participate. Some of the exhibitors you will find at the event will be Home Energy Solutions companies - companies that for $75 will

come in a do an energy audit. These audits save the average homeowner over $200 a year. Another exhibitor takes Horse Manure and turns it into a Bio Brick that you can bun in your fireplace. There will be solar exhibitors here that will know the latest in rebates and incentives. In all, there will be more than 30 vendors. The date is Feb. 9 and will be held at JFK Middle School at 155 Raffia Rd, Enfield. The website is

Grand Prize Winner

John and Frances Clark were the grand prize winners of the John Maciolek American Legion Post 154 Raffle. Post Commander Lucien H. Lefevre and Donald Hoginski, owner of D&F Power Equipment located in Suffield, presented them with the grand prize package. Frances Clark purchased the winning ticket at the Four Town Fair. D&F Power Equipment donated a Honda mower, Echo trimmer, and Echo blower for the raffle. Additional prizes were donated by ShopRite of Enfield, Artioli Dodge, Costco and Leete-Stevens Funeral Home. Post Commander Lefevre stated that he was very thankful for the generous contributions from each business and all the people that purchased raffle tickets. Pictured left to right are Frances Clark, Donald Clark, Donald Hoginski and Commander Lucien H. Lefevre.





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MS Walkathon Kickoff

Nine-year-old Cameron Gregory, West Hartford, cuts the ribbon at the start of the 2012 Travelers Walk MS in West Hartford. Onlookers include Barbara Fratamico, Smithtown, N.Y., whose son-in-law, Darren Kramer, grand marshals the event; Lisa Gerrol, president of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter; Lindsay Noble, Cromwell; her mother, Judy Noble, Cromwell; Darren Kramer, Madison, WTNH News 8; and Renee DiNino, Wethersfield, The River 105.9. The 2013 Walk MS, presented by Travelers, will be held at 12 sites statewide, including Enfield, on Sunday, April 21. For more information or to register for the 2013 Walk MS, visit

Annual D’Vine Wine & Ale Tasting Event

EAST WINDSOR - Literacy Volunteers of Northern CT is sponsoring the Annual D’Vine Wine & Ale Tasting Event on Saturday, March 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Golden Gavel on Route 140 in East Windsor. Joe’s Fine Wine & Spirits, the event sponsor, will feature more than 60 wines and 30-plus specialty ales and beers. A carving station will be staffed by Storrowton Tavern. In addition imported cheeses, crackers, fresh fruit, desserts and coffee will be served. Music, raffle prizes and a live auction will also be part of the evening. LVA is an organization of volunteers

who provide a variety of services to enable people to achieve personal goals through learning to read and write in English. LVA volunteers, supported by professional staff, serve as tutors, tutor trainers, secretaries, administrators, planners, communicators, and in other functions necessary to eradicate illiteracy in our community. For information in becoming an LVA volunteer or if you know someone who may be interested in receiving free tutoring services, please call Denise at the LVA office: 860-253-6503 To purchase tickets ($30) or to obtain additional information, email your request to

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Town Inching Closer to Full-Day Kindergarten at all Schools By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Full-day kindergarten may soon be offered in all Enfield elementary schools. The Board of Education heard presentations advocating full-day kindergarten at its Jan. 15 and 22 meetings. Currently, full-day kindergarten is offered only at Henry Barnard Elementary School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doubles the instruction time that children get,â&#x20AC;? Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann said in a telephone interview. Schumann said the full-day pro-

gram gives children extra time to develop reading, math and socialization skills. He added that the school board had identified the introduction of full-day kindergarten into all schools as a district goal last year. Full-day kindergarten would add 0.34 percent to the school budget, approximately $220,000, the superintendent said. At the Jan. 15 school board meeting, Enfield Street School Principal Deborah Berger reviewed research from the National Research Council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a window of opportunity to

In Memoriam

Bonnie J. Pepek

Bonnie J. Pepek 1949 - 2013 ENFIELD, CT - Bonnie J. (Baker) Pepek, 63, of Enfield entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Born on April 7, 1949, in Springfield, MA, she was the loving daughter of the late William A. and Louise C. (Boni) Baker and the loving wife to Robert L. Pepek. Bonnie enjoyed going to the casino with her sisters. She loved her grandchildren, and also going to the beach. Bonnie will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends. Besides her husband Robert, she leaves behind her loving children, Kim E. Gilbert and her husband Scott of Stafford Springs, Robert L. Pepek Jr. and his fiance Jennifer of

Enfield, her brother John Baker and his wife Maryann of Springfield, her sister, Margaret Carra and her husband Gary of Somers, her four loving grandchildren, Brooke, Devin, Kevin, and Tyler, and many nieces and nephews. Bonnie was predeceased by her sister Jacqueline Tetrault.

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Transition Thursday Workshops

ENFIELD - Enfield Adult Education, in partnership with Asnuntuck Community College, will be holding Transition workshops. The purpose of the workshops is to help individuals transition to their local community college, technical school, military, or the workforce. All workshops will be held at Asnuntuck Community College on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. starting Feb. 7. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the workshop. Visit the website (, click Schools, then click Adult Education) for class schedule.

Pasta Dinner Helps Music Program

ENFIELD - The Enfield High School Friends of Instrumental Music will hold a pasta supper on Sat., Feb. 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the school's cafeteria located at 1264 Enfield St. Pasta with meatballs, tossed salad, bread, dessert, and drinks will be served along with games, a 50/50 raffle, and entertainment. Cost will be $8 per adult, $5 per student and seniors age 60 and over. Family price is $25 for immediate family of five, and children age 4 and under are free. For tickets, please call Nikki Price at 860-745-1315. All proceeds to benefit performance expenses and scholarship funds.

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Enfield Community Bulletin Board Free Appraisal of Old Bottles

ENFIELD - Free appraisal of old bottles is offered again at the Somers Antique Bottle Club’s show and sale at St. Bernard School, Pearl Street, Enfield. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24. New England dealers will exhibit and sell all categories of bottles, stoneware, insulators and related collectibles from 18th and 19th century businesses and historic events. Connecticut glass blowing factories in the 1700s were among the earliest in the country. The National Bottle Museum and the Museum of Connecticut Glass will present informational displays. General admission is $2. Children 12 and under are free.

Seasonal Treasures Photo Exhibit Through March

ENFIELD - Through March 8, the Community Room at the Enfield Public Library will host Carole Frappier’s “Seasonal Treasures,” a collection of photo prints highlighting certain “somethings” that can be found in the everyday. Of her work, Frappir states, “I take my camera most places … just in case I come across something. That something might be very simple … a unique mailbox, a field of daffodils by the roadside, a babbling brook in an idyllic setting, my cat in the cupboard, horses grazing in a field, autumn leaves reflected in a small pond … The somethings are beyond count and each one makes me stop and not only think, but

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feel that the subject is, for some reason, worth more than a second glance … That’s what photography allows us to do … to capture a moment and preserve it, so we can enjoy it again and again. “I’m not a great technician and my goal is not to over-edit … as I want you to see exactly what I saw. What I do have is the gift of a ‘good eye’ and a handful of basic rules. “Finally, as I look forward to retirement, I have a real desire to stay busy and share my work with others. Some of my photos have won ribbons and prizes in Connecticut and New York and that, to some extent, validates what I do. “But, what gives me great pleasure, is knowing that a growing number of people have found a place for my framed prints and canvas works in their homes.” The exhibition can be viewed free during regular library hours, except when programs or classes are in session. For more information please call 860-763-7512 or stop by the Circulation Desk.

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser

ENFIELD – On Friday, Feb. 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at St. Bernard Church, 426 Hazard Ave., Enfield, there will be a pasta dinner fundraiser. Proceeds support the Buzz Robotics

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Vacation Destination Program

Hunter Schupp, a 6th-grade student at JFK Middle School in Enfield, attended Vacation Destination at Enfield Street School, a program opened for the first time during the holiday vacation week from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Provided by ERfC in Enfield, Vacation Destination was open to all students in grades K-8 from Enfield and surrounding communities. Kids participated in sports, art and science projects, and learned to use green screen technology to make magazine covers. In this picture Hunter is building a marshmallow sculpture with ERfC Youth Development Team Leader Kevin Malloch. Vacation Destination will operate when school is closed on Feb. 19, April 1 and from April 15-19 during April Vacation Week. Call ERfC at 860253-9935 or email for more information.

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State Grant Will Preserve YMCA Camp as Open Space By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — The YMCA Camp Aya-Po property will be preserved as open space. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Dec. 28 awarded the town a $450,000 Open Space Grant for the acquisition and protection of Camp Aya-Po. The open space acquisition will be made available through the DEEP’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program. The property, in the northeast part of town, is actually two parcels, separated by

Camp Road. According to the DEEP, the site includes Lake Hurd, an 18-acre, pristine pond and headwater for Gillette Brook, a mix of timber and old pastures. It has facilities for picnicking and fishing, as well as parking areas. The existing trail network links to the Blue Trail System. The buildings not needed for passive recreation will be removed. First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini, who wrote the grant application, said several town officials were instrumental in helping obtain the grant. Honored for their partici-

Destruction of Student Records Announced

SOMERS - In accordance with Section 7-109 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Somers Public School System will be destroying the records of students who have graduated or reached the age of 21 prior to 2006. (Note: transcripts will be retained for 50 years.) There are instances when either the student or parents, for Social Security benefits and other purposes, may need school records. Therefore, this correspondence serves as notification to the students and/or parents who graduated in June of 2006 to provide them with an opportunity to obtain their records. By appointment only, regular school

records may be picked up in the Somers High School Counseling and Career Center office, and special education records may be picked up in the Office of Pupil Services daily, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. before March 1, 2013. Due to confidentiality, records will not be released to anyone other than the student unless a signed consent for release of records form is provided. If there are any questions, please contact the Office of Pupil Services at 860749-2270, ext. 2051 or 2052.

pation at the Jan. 24 Board of Selectman meeting were Brad Pellisier, former chairman of the Planning Commission; Karl Walton, of the Zoning Commission; Operations Manager Kim LaFleur and Town Engineer/Director of Public Works Jeff Bord. The town also has received a $500,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program Grant for the replacement of six undersized box culverts; four on Mountain Road, one on Battle Street and one on Root Road. These culverts are drainage sources for Gillette Brook. This funding

allows construction of properly sized culverts to help eliminate future repairs from flooding after significant rainfall. “It also serves as the catalyst for some repair work to be done on Mountain Road. Not only does this grant address the issues of safe and accessible roads, but it also will address conservation efforts as it will prevent sediment from encroaching into the wetlands,” Pellegini said. She credited the support of state Sen. John Kissel and state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi for their assistance in obtaining these grants.

In Memoriam

BUTLER, David A.

David A. Butler, 82, of Somers, beloved husband of Marjorie (Harmon) Butler for 37 years, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, January 2, 2013 at Johnson Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. David was the son of the late Henry and Martha (Ebel) Butler, and lived most of his life in Somers. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. David was the owner of Butler Electric and a member of the Congregational Church of Somersville. In addition to his wife, Marj, David is survived by his children, Teri Butler, of Somers, Caron Bromberg and her husband, Michael, of Ashfield, MA, Matthew Butler and his wife, Audrey, of Broad Brook, David A. Butler, II and his wife,

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Love Is in the Air at the Somers Senior Center Reopening

SOMERS - All Somers Senior Citizens have “love in their hearts.” As such, you will want to participate in this dual celebration. The Somers Senior Center will be celebrating Valentine’s Day a day early. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., the center will come alive with the “Elvis Remembered” Show to help celebrate not only Valentine’s Day, but also the newly renovated/decorated Center. David Devonshuk will be doing his show for the first time at the Center. It is truly a unique Elvis experience provided

by one of the premier voices in the business today. Light refreshments will be served. This special event is compliments of the Town of Somers Senior Center and is free. Come to the Somers Senior Center to enjoy this Valentine’s Day celebration and also take a look at the “new look” of the Center. It has new flooring and furniture as well as freshly painted walls. It also has new pictures of days gone by in Somers. You will enjoy seeing pictures of former Somers sports team members,

mill workers, etc. It will be a great time to reminisce and share our memories. Have fun guessing who the people are in the pictures. There will be a prize for the person who guesses the most correct names! Simply call the Center at 860-763-4379 or stop in to reserve a seat. If you do decide to stop in, you will get a “sneak peak” of our new appearance, which is still being finalized. The Somers Senior Center is located at 19 Battle St.

SOMERS - Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grants to ten Connecticut towns engaged in capital improvement projects. Andover, Berlin, East Haddam, East Hampton, Fairfield, Lyme, Somers, and Suffield are working on upgrades that will harden infrastructure, revitalize public spaces, and create jobs. Somers received a $500,000 STEAP award to replace six culverts and repave Mountain Road, a major collector road and a connector to the Town of Stafford. The historic road provides access to several neighborhoods and is essential for emer-

gency vehicle access. “These funds will help to ease the burden on Somers property taxpayers,” said State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Somers). “This state assistance will bolster the local infrastructure while making area roads safer to travel for those who live, work, and do business in Somers.” “I am sure that the investment in the culverts will pay off over the coming years in saved maintenance money. Additionally, the repairs to the culverts will protect the wetlands and provide for safer driving conditions,” said State Representative Penny Bacchiochi (RSomers).

“We are absolutely thrilled and extremely thankful as this significant award enables us to improve our infrastructure and serves as the catalyst for the rest of the improvements to be made on Mountain Road,” said First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini. “The project benefits all commuters by eliminating washouts and prevents sediments from damaging the precious ecosystem of the wetlands and waterways, as well as ensuring emergency vehicles have access to the numerous residential subdivisions in the area,” she added.

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Kalli Bonin Makes Siena Deans’ List

SOMERS - Kalli Bonin, a resident of Somers, was named to Siena College’s Deans’ List for the Fall 2012 semester. Bonin is a senior biology major at Siena. To be named to the Deans’ List, a student’s grade point average for the semester must be between 3.5 and 3.89. Bonin was one of 733 students to be named to the Deans’ List for the Fall 2012 semester. Siena offers over 1,200 program combinations from 27 majors and 48 minor and certificate programs.

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Somers Women’s Club’s ‘Crazy Whist’ Party

SOMERS The Somers Women's Club will be holding its annual Crazy Whist Card Party on Tuesday, March 5, in the Somers Town Hall Basement. The doors will open at noon and the games will begin at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided along with a raffle and door prizes. Because “Crazy” whist is a whimsical variation of a card game, participants need not be serious card enthusiasts. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Please call Linda at 860-763-2762 or Estelle at 860-749-2770 for information or tickets.

‘Anything Chocolate’ Bake Sale

Holiday Spirit Overflowed at the Somers Senior Center

‘Twas the season of holiday spirit the evening of Dec. 13 at the Somers Senior Center. More than 85 Somers seniors were stirring around the Center with excitement enjoying a holiday dinner party. The wreaths and garland were hung with care along with the tree, and all the decorative lights were a-glitter. The festivities included a wonderful holiday dinner that Santa and everyone enjoyed. Many seniors were also recipients of lovely door prizes including beautiful poinsettia plants. The dinner party was provided free of charge to the seniors and was compliments of the Town of Somers Senior Center. The Center’s staff did a fabulous job planning and hosting the dinner party as well as serving all the seniors.

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SOMERS The Somers Congregational Church will be having its 20th annual “Anything Chocolate” baked & homemade goodies sale on Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the office complex of the church at 599 Main St., Somers. The sale offers a choice of bars, breads, cakes, candy, cookies or pies decorated for that special Valentine person. All items will use some type of chocolate as part of the recipe. Come for a breakfast treat of cinnamon rolls with chocolate served with coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Join us for a sweet morning out. The church is also handicapped accessible.



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American Legion – Somers Post 101 Will Have Revitalization Meeting

SOMERS - An open house will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. at Joanna’s Café & Banquet Hall 145 Main St., Somersville, for the revitalization of the American Legion - Somers Post 101. The American Legion, the nation’s largest veteran’s organization, is inviting all wartime era veterans in the area to join them in revitalizing American Legion Post 101, in Somers.

Disabilities Expert Will Speak at Women’s Club

SOMERS - The featured speaker at the February meeting of the Somers Women’s Club will be their long-time member and past president, Marie Burnette. Her topic will be “Assistive Technology for Disabilites.” Burnette has 10 years’ experience working as a paraprofessional in the Ellington School System and is presently completing requirements for an associates degree as a Disabilities Specialist Assistant. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Blake Community Room of the Somers Public Library. A finger-food luncheon will be served at 11:45 a.m., followed by a short business meeting. Burnette will begin her presentation at approximately 1 p.m. Anyone interested is invited to attend. Please call Charlotte Stopa at 860-749-3190 for further information.

If you are a wartime veteran, you are invited to become a member of the Post. The meeting is expected to last only an hour, but the Post is allowing additional time for questions/answers. There will be free refreshments. Please bring a fellow veteran. Membership in The American Legion is open to all U.S. veterans who served at least one day of honorable active federal service during any of the following periods: 12/7/1941 to 12/31/1946: World War II 6/25/1950 to 1/31/1955: Korean War

2/28/1961 to 5/7/1975: Vietnam War to 7/31/1984: 8/24/1982 Lebanon/Grenada 12/20/1989 to 1/31/1990: Panama 8/2/1990 to present: Gulf War / War On Terrorism The American Legion best serves the community by having an active Post working with community programs, especially children and youth programs, and providing assistance to all veterans and their families. Share with us your ideas. Officers and staff members of the Department of

Connecticut American Legion Headquarters will be in town for this event. They will have information available at this meeting that detail American Legion benefits, as well as the services our organization provides to the community, at the national, state and local levels. For more information, email us at, call us (tollfree) at 888-240-8188, visit the website, or visit us on Facebaook at SomersPost101.

SOMERS - The next concert in the Piedmont Percolator Coffeehouse Series, Sunday, Feb. 10, features a diverse lineup of local first class performers. First, Piedmont Hall will host Michael Coppola, an accomplished jazz guitarist, whose signature “9 string” instrumentation has garnered him widespread acclaim. Critics have described his work as “unique,” “mindboggling,” “magical,” and “inventive.” Michael has performed on the national stage at guitar shows and festivals, but has also occupied more intimate settings like our very own Piedmont Hall. As such, the Somers Cultural Commission is excited to host him this month as part of

the coffeehouse series. The second portion of the evening will feature the Four Tune Seekers, a Manchester-based barbershop quartet whose rich harmonies are well known locally and on the competition circuit. The Four Tune Seekers embody the classic spirit of the barbershop style and they are sure to warm the chilliest of February nights. The remainder of the Piedmont Percolator Coffeehouse Series will contin-

ue through April and features a diverse schedule of talented musical performances including Donna Martin, Dan Stevens, Lauren Agnelli, and Amalgamated Muck. Join us at Piedmont Hall, 604 Main St., Somers, and enjoy Michael Coppola and the Four Tune Seekers at the next Piedmont Percolator, Sunday, Feb. 10, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission and coffee are free. For further information, call 860-7490339.

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Best-selling Author Will Be Keynote Speaker at ECHN Brunch

MANCHESTER - Eastern Connecticut Health Network’s (ECHN) Breast Care Collaborative invites women to join “A Conversation with Jennifer Weiner” (a ladies-only event) on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Windsor Marriott, 28 Day Hill Rd., Windsor. The cost is $20 person. Payment at time of registration is required. The keynote speaker is best-selling author Jennifer Weiner, whose book titles include Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and The Next Best Thing. She is also the cocreator and executive producer of the ABC Family show “State of Georgia,” which

ran during the summer of 2011. Weiner was born in 1970 on an army base in Louisiana. She grew up in Connecticut and graduated with a degree in English literature from Princeton University in 1991. She worked as a newspaper reporter in central Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Philadelphia until the publication of her first novel in 2001, and has been a fulltime fiction writer ever since. Her work has appeared in Seventeen, Salon, Redbook, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, In Style and Elle. She writes occasionally for the Huffington Post

Local Students on Winter Honor Roll at Loomis Chaffee School

WINDSOR - The following students from the north-central Connecticut area were recently named to the winter honor roll at the Loomis Chaffee School. Arianna Calabrese, a senior from Vernon, received High Honor Roll Jesse Joffray, a junior from Somers, received Honor Roll Kalina Joffray, a sophomore from Somers, received Honor Roll Samantha Roy, a freshman from Stafford Springs, received Honor Roll Located in historic Windsor, Loomis

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Discussion Focuses on Unusual Medical Biography

ROCKVILLE - On Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. the Rockville Public Library will hold a book discussion featuring “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” published in 2009. Authored by Rebecca Skloot, this biography recounts the life of a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells were removed from her, without her knowledge, and used in subsequent scientific research projects to develop treatment methods and cures for many medical problems. Henrietta Lacks’ particular situation

confronts the reader with the history of medical experimentation of African Americans, the rise of bioethics and many legal issues. This discussion is sponsored by the Friends of the Rockville Public Library and will be conducted by members Sue Loalbo and Jeanne Rittlinger. Those who wish to participate in the discussion will meet in the library annex at 46 Union Street in Vernon. The library will provide the book.

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To Infinity & Beyond

Sunday Drive

Bistro and Music Hall Cause a Stir; 30 Boltwood a Study In Farm-To-Table Freshness By Gary Carra

Welcome back to the Sunday Drive, the column that aspires to provide your complete entertainment itinerary on a monthly basis. For this installment, your friendly, neighborhood Sunday Driver literally went to Infinity and beyond. Or, at least the Norfolk, Conn.-based bistro and music hall of same name. And while we technically took Rt. 219 to Rt. 318 to US 44, it sure did feel a lot like Memory Lane. You see, it was a little less than four years ago, the Driver made the exact same trip to the exact same venue and saw the exact same act - The Little River Band. Since that time, the little hall in Connecticut’s so-called “Quiet Corner” has caused quite a stir - its pristine acoustics and stellar artist treatment helping them net ‘A’ list acts, a public network TV concert series (CPTV’s ‘Infinity Hall Live’) and a state grant to open a sister venue in Hartford soon. Like nearly every act yours truly has witnessed at the ‘Fin, the great sound and vibe helped the Little River Band swell to

great musical heights this evening ... spurring prolonged jams and the repeated praise of singer/bassist Wayne Nelson. “The energy in this room is great,” he declared at one point, as so many Infinity acts do. What not everyone does know, however, is that the edibles in the downstairs room are equally triumphant. Many is the music venue where foodstuffs are deemed somewhere between a “necessary evil” and an opportunity to supplement the evening’s fiscal take. At the Infinity Bistro, the cuisine is just as capable of complementing a concert as it is an experience unto itself. Proof of this claim can be acquired as quickly as ordering one the eatery’s custom cocktails (we opted for a Cucumber Martini and the ‘French Quarter’ - the latter of which pits Absolute Ruby Red against the flower-distilled St. Germain ... dashed with grapefruit juice and champagne for good measure). Dig a little deeper into the ‘Small Plates’ and signature dishes like the Lobster Hush Puppies (an infectious amalgam of the coveted crustacean made with sweet corn, poblano

The Little River Band in performance at Infinity Music Hall Jan. 20. Photo by North Central Images

peppers and a creole remoulade) or Tenderloin Steak Skewers, served on a bed of Ciabatta bleu cheese toast with horseradish cream, and the care and imagination that goes into both the menu concept and execution becomes even more clear. From there … the choice is yours. Those antsy to get up to the show or simply in the mood for lighter, quicker fare can gravitate over to the sandwich offerings. They range from Edamame Burgers and Reubens and Lobster Rolls and are generally priced in the $11-$13 range. And of course, The Bistro also offers a full range of salad options and add-ons. Others seeking a true epicurean experience will definitely want to delve into the entree selection proper. Here, Cider Brined Pork Loins and Jambalaya Risottos give way to Coconut Chicken Noodle Bowls and exquisite Pan Seared Scallops. This particular evening, the Spinach Tagliatelle - replete with sausage and mushrooms in a tomato creme sauce -

spoke to the Sunday Driver’s inner Italian. But as is so many times the case, the evening concluded with a ramekin of the French’s exercise in confectionary perfection - an expertly crafted Creme Brulee that both won ... and ended ... the night. The Infinity Hall Bistro serves dinner Wednesday-Sunday from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. For more information on reservations, menus and more, kindly point your browser to 30 Boltwood The following weekend, the Sunday Driver found both solace - and an amazing, culinary experience - at the newly renovated 30 Boltwood ( After the hustle and bustle of a night in downtown Northampton the evening previous, the 15-minute drive through the rural terrain and rolling lawns of 30 Boltwood (located on campus at UMass


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Sunday Drive: 30 Knollwood

From the Charcuterie and Cheese (above) to its Smoked Salmon brunch options, Amherst’s 30 Boltwood is a model for ‘farm to table’ freshness.

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Amherst across from the town green) was literally a breath of fresh air. And Executive Chef Dino Giordano’s recipe for success inside? Fresh food. Farm fresh, in fact, and always changing. “The chef is a big believer in farm to table,” explains 30 Boltwood Food & Beverage Director Tom Cannizaro while delivering a beautiful Charcuterie and Cheese, one of the several ‘Starters’ on the eatery’s Sunday brunch menu. “We have here cheeses from Vermont, homemade foie gras ... we even make the sorbets and ice cream you will have later in house, daily,” he said. Cannizaro would go on to explain that Chef Giordano is so passionate about his

ingredients, he even offers special ‘Farmers’ Market’ experiences in the warmer months wherein guests can go across the street with him, handpick products and later come back to the restaurant to taste what he has done with them. “It’s a really popular series and the feedback has just been amazing,” Cannizaro notes. Well, prepare to hear more of same, as the Eggs Benedict atop a braised pork shoulder and a Croissant French Toast slathered with a mixed berry compote come out next and to a veritable symphony of “mmmmmms” and “ohhhs.” In between, bartender/mixologist Derek Gavegnano has realized he has a more than willing subject to bounce some of his new, liquid libation recipes of off.

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Fishing and Hunting Show Features Experts, New Products

HARTFORD - The â&#x20AC;&#x153;16th annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Showâ&#x20AC;? presented by Stihl Solutions will take place on Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Connecticut Convention Center at 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. Show hours are as follows: Friday, Feb. 15 from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show features hundreds of booths showcasing the latest news and products for fishing and hunting enthusiasts and is designed as a great outing for the entire family. More than 50 hours of seminars by national and regional expert fishermen and hunters, demonstrations at a casting pond and fly-tying center, and hands-on activities all are included with admission. New this year is an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elements of Natureâ&#x20AC;? Show featuring artists and unique pieces in wood, antler, stone, clay, bronze, photography and taxidermy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Attendees will discover the newest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment by some of the top manufacturers and can purchase a variety of products,â&#x20AC;? explained organizer Kristie Gonsalves, president of North East Expos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They will meet charter boat captains, check out new models of fishing boats, watch fly casting and fly tying demonstrations, and enjoy lots of interactive activities.â&#x20AC;? Featured seminar presenters include: NBC Sports and NESNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Charlie Moore, The Mad Fisherman; Greg Myerson, World Record Holder for largest Striped Bass with his winning 81.88 lbs catch; Lane Benoit, legendary Vermont whitetail buck tracker; Del DelMastro, archery tackle and urban deer hunter; and Tony Sletzko, former Striped Bass world record holder. Fly-fishing experts include Marla Blair and Dave Brandt. Charter boat captains include Greg DuBrule, Bruce Millar, Bill Brown and Pete Meyers. Fishing product manufacturers include Al Gag, Iain Sorrell, Smashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;em Fishing & Tackle, and The Run Off Lure Company. Among the

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Stafford Girl Scouts Sleep Over for Pajama Drive

Stafford Junior Girl Scouts troops 60614 and 63270 had a movie night at Stafford Fire Department. The girls dressed in PJs and brought their sleeping bags to watch a movie, have pizza and snacks. Admission for the night was a pair of new pajamas to be donated to Stafford Family Services. The girls collected more than 30 pairs of pajamas!

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Sunday Night Coffee House Features Returning Musicians

STAFFORD - The Stafford Arts Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s Feb. 24 free Sunday night Coffee House will feature two popular returning musicians. The evening with begin at 7 p.m. with Glenn Roth, an innovative finger style guitarist. Roth has played several times at the coffee house to appreciative listeners. The audience will have the opportunity to hear his original music and many different

styles, including jazz, blues, rock and blue grass. At 8 p.m., Roth with be followed by his friend and a Stafford favorite, Kristen Graves of Westport. A thought-provoking singer and songwriter, Gravesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; original and heartfelt lyrics, strong vocals, instrumental musicianship and stage presence are guaranteed to please the audience. The Coffee House is located at the Ben

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Town Partners with Ashford in Wake of Transfer Station Fire By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The town transfer station is open, but on a limited basis following a Jan. 2 fire which destroyed the main building there. On Jan. 18, the town announced on its website that the transfer station is accepting only bagged trash and recyclables as of that date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have partnered with the Town of Ashford for con-

struction debris only. The town of Ashford transfer station will accept construction-type debris from the town of Stafford with a voucher only,â&#x20AC;? according to the website. Vouchers to dispose of construction debris in Ashford may be obtained at the transfer station in Stafford. The Ashford Transfer Station is open is Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Regional Health Department Names New Health Director

ENFIELD - The North Central District Health Department serves the towns of East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Stafford, Suffield, Vernon, Windham and Windsor Locks. It is the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest local health

district by population served (160,000+) and is headquartered in Enfield After 30 years of dedicated and professional service, Bill Blitz will retire as director of the North Central CT Health District on Feb. 4. The district has signed a contract with Michael Pirro to assume leadership of North Central District Health Department as director of health. The Board of Directors completed an exhaustive eight-month long, nationwide search and proclaimed its excitement about Pirro and the future of the health district. For the last eight years Pirro was the Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator for the City of Meriden. Prior to that, he served as the Head of Environmental Health for the City of Hartford after serving there as a Sanitarian and Inspector. He has learned the policy and practice of public health from the ground up and with distinction. Pirro has a Masters in Public Health, a Masters in Public Administration and is a Registered Sanitarian in the State of Connecticut.

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New England Barn Dance Features Veteran Caller

STAFFORD - The Stafford Arts Commission is excited about sponsoring the second in its series of multi-generational community dancing. On Feb. 16, Bob Livingston will be calling with music provided by Sue Hill & Friends. Livingston danced and called â&#x20AC;&#x153;clubâ&#x20AC;? squares in the 1970s, but quickly discovered â&#x20AC;&#x153;live musicâ&#x20AC;? and community dance. He has called 19 years for the monthly Bernardston, Mass., Town Hall dance, hosted by the Falltown String Band. He is in his 25th year calling the monthly dance at the Killingly Grange.

Livingston has received grants that enabled him to apprentice callers and to continue a series of French Canadian Quardrilles in Rhode Island. Livingston is well versed in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Easternâ&#x20AC;? singing calls of the region and has called at established contra dance venues and for many groups from 4H Clubs to Seniors. All dances are held at Memorial Hall, 275 Orcutville Rd., Stafford. An $8 donation is requested. For more information, contact Rich Sbardella at 860-684-3466 or

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Stafford Library Plans Variety of Fun Events in February

STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The following programs take place at Stafford Library, 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford Springs. Call 860-684-2852 for more information or log onto February Events at the Stafford Library Story Time on Mondays at 10 a.m. Rhyme Time is held for children up to 2 years and their parent or caregiver. Enjoy songs, rhymes, board books and activities. Story Time on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Teddy Bear Time will be held for children ages 2 years and up and their parent or caregiver. You will enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and activities. Story Time on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. - Animal Story Time will be held for children ages 3 years and up with a parent or caregiver. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and an activity along with a special visit by the â&#x20AC;&#x153;animal of the weekâ&#x20AC;?. Bring Your Child to the Library Day â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

Feb. 2 - Spend a fun-filled day at the library starting with a Teddy Bear Tea complete with Teddy Bear shaped sandwiches and cookies at 11:30 a.m. At 1 p.m. enjoy a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movie, title TBA. Family Zumba will be offered at 2 p.m. Drivers License Information Night will be held on Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Parents and teens are encouraged to attend this informational meeting to learn what you should know about getting a CT Drivers License. A representative from AAA Driving School will be on hand to answer questions. Chinese New Year - Celebrate the year of the Snake with the Lutz Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum on Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy hands on activities related to the Chinese New Year and have a fortune cookie. Valentine Gift Making - Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m. All ages are welcome to make a Hershey kiss rose for someone special.

Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Card Making - Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. - Make beautiful cards for your loved ones at this Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Workshop. Every Child Ready to Read - Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. - A workshop for parents of young children to learn fun ways to incorporate literacy practices in everyday activities to help their children learn reading readiness skills. Learn songs, games and stories to share with your child. Please call to sign up as dinner will be provided. Sensory Story Time, Feb. 16 at 10:30 a.m. Interactive story time for all children but especially helpful for children with autism and sensory integration challenges. Sensory story time is designed to engage all of the senses through music, movement, reading, art and a variety of play activities. There will be a special animal guest from Red Tar Spirit Horse Inc. on hand as well.

No school on Feb. 19. A craft table and game table will be set-up for children of all ages! Story Time at 10:30 a.m. for all ages will be held. Adult & Teen Pizza & Movie will be held on Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. - movie: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Men in Black 3â&#x20AC;?. Book Club - Join the Stafford Library Book Club the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a discussion with fellow readers in a lively conversation about the books you like and might not like. Books will be available for checkout at the library. The book selected for the Feb. 27 book discussion will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Caribbean Mystery - A Miss Marple Mystery,â&#x20AC;? by Agatha Christie. Healing Powers of Meditation by Dr. Matthew Raider, MD - Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Dr. Raider presents the latest clinical research on how meditation can improve our physical, mental and spiritual health.

HARTFORD - State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi (R- Somers) was appointed to serve on the legislature's Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Housing, and Public Safety and Security committees by House Republican Leader Larry Cafero. The appointments are for the next two years. In addition to her committee posts, Bacchiochi was also named to the leadership role of House Republican Caucus Chairman. In accepting the role of Caucus Chair, Bacchiochi is accepting one of the top leadership roles for the Connecticut House Republicans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is an honor to be asked to serve as Caucus Chair. My top priority is to my constituents but it is also very important to

earn the respect of the people that I serve with. In this position I believe it will be easier for me to voice the concerns of the people I represent within my own caucus and, as a result, to the legislature as a whole,â&#x20AC;? added Bacchiochi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am thrilled to be appointed to these committees and I am excited to roll up my sleeves and get started on some important tasks right away,â&#x20AC;? Bacchiochi added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All three committees present challenges that are unique and of utmost importance to the people of my district and the State of Connecticut.â&#x20AC;? The Higher Education committee deals with all matters relating to colleges and universities, and job training programs. The Housing committee has cognizance

over all matters relating to housing and housing programs. The Public Safety and Security Committee oversees matters relating to homeland security, the Department of Public Safety, including state police, state

organized task force on crime, municipal police training, fire marshals, the fire safety code and the state building code, civil preparedness and legalized gambling, and military and veterans' affairs, except veterans' pensions.

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The 2013 edition of the New England 2013 Ford Fusion Energi International Auto Show is gone, but it's The Ford Fusion Energi is going to take worth writing about because of four new on the Toyota Prius and the Honda Accord models introduced there that New England plug-in hybrids and it's going to be quite a buyers like yourself will find significant. battle. The Fusion Energi is the future 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee because it combines electric power and a The most exciting of the bunch is the gasoline engine along with the hybrid 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. In previous powertrain. Ford says this is the combinayears it has twice been named Winter tion that is going to help manufacturers hit Vehicle of New England by the New aggressive corporate average fuel econoEngland Motor Press my numbers – not fully electric Association. It’s going to top vehicles. the shopping list of any SUV The all-new Fusion Energi buyer. has an EPA-rated total range of How important is New up to 620 miles and the ability EHIND England to the Grand to drive up to 21 miles in elecThe Wheel Cherokee? This model had its tric-only mode, nearly triple worldwide unveil on a the electric-only range of plugMonday in Detroit and was in in hybrids from Toyota and Boston three days later. The KEITH GRIFFIN Honda. It's also capable of company moved heaven and going up to 85 mph in electric earth to get it before New England con- mode (but no word on how quickly that sumers before, except for Detroit, the rest shortens the 21-mile range). of the country. 2013 Toyota RAV4 What has me most excited is the new Like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, I will 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine that deliv- also have more to report about the new ers best-in-class 30 miles per gallon, a RAV4 shortly. But Toyota execs were in driving range of more than 730 miles, and Boston to talk about the original crossover best-in-class towing capability of 7,400 sport utility vehicle: the RAV4. Hard to pounds. It’s great that America's best SUV believe, but it's now in its 4th generation. is going to have a diesel engine. So, what's new on the great grandson I've long been a proponent of diesel RAV4? It is available with Toyota’s 2.5engines for their highway mileage and liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder durability. Unfortunately, our tax policies engine, which produces 176 SAE net place a premium on diesel fuel but it's still horsepower at 6000 rpm and 172 lbs-ft. of a better way to go for the driving habits of torque at 4,100 rpm. The optional V6 of most Americans. Add a hybrid option, like the previous-generation RAV4 has been Volvo is doing on its V60 wagon, and Jeep discontinued. (That's to stop it from comwould have the world's perfect vehicle in peting with the Highlander.) my humble opinion. Replacing the previous RAV4’s fourIn other good Jeep news, the Grand speed automatic is a six-speed transmisCherokee is also getting Chrysler's eight- sion. The RAV4’s fuel efficiency is speed automatic transmission. That's help- improved from the previous generation. ing improve fuel economy numbers in the RAV4 front-wheel drive models have V6 and V8 versions. received EPA-estimated fuel efficiency


2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee now available with a diesel engine. ratings of 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg four models with turbocharged four-cylinon the highway, while all-wheel-drive- der engines and six models with EPA-estimodels are EPA-estimated at 22/29 mpg. mated highway fuel economy of 30 mpg or One thing I'll miss, because it was dis- more. It joins Verano – Buick’s third alltinctive, was the RAV4's side-hinged rear new sedan in three years – to expand the door. It's now a more convenient roof- brand’s lineup. hinged liftgate with a space-saver spare Features include 10 airbags, StabiliTrak tire stored under the cargo floor. Standard stability enhancement and a 138-horseon the Limited grade will be a one-touch power Ecotec 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinpower rear liftgate with driver-selectable der/six-speed automatic powertrain - a memory height settings. You couldn't get nice engine for this vehicle. It also comes that kind of convenience with a side- with technologies such as Buick’s voicehinged rear door. activated IntelliLink. It uses Bluetooth or a 2013 Buick Encore USB to connect the driver’s smartphone to GM is saying the Buick Encore fills a a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color white space in automotive shopping: pre- display radio. Encore is offered in frontmium compact crossovers. There's a rea- wheel and available all-wheel-drive conson there's been a white space in the past – figurations in four trim levels. lack of demand – but that might change (For the latest new car news, follow me with the Encore. Put a heavy emphasis on on Twitter at aboutusedcars. You can also "might." learn about buying and selling a used car The introduction of Encore gives Buick at


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