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own little twist to it,” he said, adding they have 16 or 17 different recipes. Their tap room also has sample trays, and customers may bring their own food. Their products also are distributed throughout the state and are available in restaurants and bars on tap, as well as in cans in stores in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Mike McManus of Powder Hollow Brewery in Enfield opened his business

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Boards Discuss Broad Brook Elementary School Construction

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR – The Board of Education and the Permanent Building Commission are looking into options for work on Broad Brook Elementary School.

At the Jan. 20 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Deputy First Selectman Jason Bowsza reported on the PBC’s Jan. 13 meeting and a joint meeting with the school board on Jan. 14. “They discussed the ongoing issues

associated with the modular project. The decision was made unanimously to rescind their approval of the project and encourage the Board of Education to resubmit the needs of the district to the PBC so that a better pathway forward could be determined,” Bowsza said in his report to the selectmen. At issue is the proposal to renovate the elementary school and replace the existing, outdated modular classrooms with 14 new modulars.

Bowsza said the idea of using the existing modulars as swing space during construction has been raised and seems like a reasonable option. “Traditional construction was raised as an idea by the consulants,” Bowsza said, “although this would lead to additional problems, including new plans, additional architecture and consultation fees and a need for additional legislative approvals at the state level.”

EAST WINDSOR – Jewelry making with Janice will be held at the East Windsor Senior Center. February dates for this activity are Feb. 13 and 27 at 10:30 a.m. both days. Ten dollars covers the cost of material

and instruction and is payable directly to Janice. Call 860-292-8262 to sign up. The East Windsor Senior Center is located at 125 Main St., Broad Brook, CT 06016 above the Broad Brook Fire Dept.

EAST WINDSOR State Representative Christopher Davis (R57) will be hosting a Pre-Session Round-Up at the East Windsor Senior Center, 125 Main St., East Windsor. It

will be held Friday, Feb. 6, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. He will field questions and discuss issues for the upcoming 2015 legislative session.

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UConn Student Named Nancy Larson Foundation Scholar

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BROAD BROOK -Â University of Connecticut student Joe Couture has been named a Nancy Larson Foundation Scholar and awarded a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of his outstanding academic record and community service. The Nancy Larson Foundation proudly supports students across the country majoring in elementary education by awarding scholarships to deserving students each year. Couture is one of seven recipients selected from the many applications received by the Foundation. Couture is a junior majoring in elementary education. For four years he has also worked as a daycare provider, preK teaching assistant, and summer camp counselor for the East Windsor Family Resource Center. He worked with students who spoke English as a second language and had immigrated from Poland, China and other countries, as well as children with physical challenges and learning disabilities. He has volunteered at numerous elementary schools as a tutor and mentor while maintaining a 3.548 GPA.

“Having worked in such a variety of communities, I understand that I need to be sensitive to the needs of a multicultural classroom full of students with varying levels of ability,� Couture said in his winning application. “My commitment is to make my classroom a space where all students can succeed no matter their background.� “Joe is a very caring and communityservice oriented person. We were inspired by his commitment to working with children from multicultural backgrounds as well as children with physical challenges and learning disabilities. I know Joe will be a great teacher,� Nancy Larson said. Juniors, seniors and graduate students who have declared an elementary education major are invited to submit a personal narrative about about why they want to teach, what personal experiences they have had that inspired them to teach and what will make them excellent teachers. Applicants are also asked to include community service activities and experiences they have had working with children.

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police officer whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-inlaw who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly. And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a small package, but large in weight. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that unexpected arrival that gives A.J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. Please call the East Windsor Senior Center 860-292-8262 to sign up, or just stop in.Â

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East Windsor Senior Programs and Excursions in February

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EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Senior Center is located at 125 Main St., Broad Brook, above the Broad Brook Fire Department. To sign up for the following programs being offered this month by the Senior Center, please call 860-292-8262. INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE AARP will provide electronic federal and state income tax assistance on Mondays starting Feb. 9 and continuing through April 6. No assistance will be offered on Feb. 16 (Senior Center is closed due to Presidents’ Day). Please call 860-292-8262 to schedule a one-hour appointment at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. There is no charge for this service. SHOPPING Shopping at Big Y or Walmart, East Windsor, every Monday, 9 a.m.–11 a.m., except Feb. 16, when the Senior Center is closed due to Presidents’ Day. Grocery shopping at Geissler’s Supermarket, East Windsor, every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Mobile Food Share at St. Catherine’s Parking Lot – Fridays, Feb. 13 and 27, from 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

FITNESS/HEALTH Wii Bowling, every Monday at 12:30 p.m. except Feb. 16 when the Senior Center is closed due to Presidents’ Day Chair Yoga, every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Wii Zumba, every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Fitness Class for those 60 years and older, every Thursday from 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. $5 per class except no class on Feb. 26 (monthly birthday social). Free blood pressure and sugar screening Thursday, Feb. 5, from 10 p.m.12:30 p.m. Foot care is offered on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There is a $29 charge for foot care. Please call for an appointment. ART Art with Tex will be held every Monday at 12:30 p.m. except Feb. 16 when the Senior Center is closed due to Presidents’ Day. JEWELRY MAKING WITH JANICE Jewelry making with Janice, every other Friday at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 13 and 27. Payment is $10 and can be made directly to Janice.

BOOK CLUB Book discussion is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Book Selection: “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin IN-HOUSE MOVIE The romantic comedy “500 Days of Summer” will be shown on Friday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.–11:45 a.m. MONTHLY SOCIAL The monthly social will be on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 12:30 p.m. Featured entertainment will be Silver Wolf, singer of 1950s and country music. TRIPS Trinity on Main - Valentine’s Day Dinner and Show – Vic and Sticks, $20 per person, Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Warehouse Point Library, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. CRRA Trash Museum with lunch at Windsor 75, $2 per person, bring money for lunch; Wednesday, Feb. 4, 9:30 a.m.2 p.m. Big Y Supermarket Presentation at the Big Y, East Windsor, Feb. 6 – 9:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Lunch at Hibachi Grill, West

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Rise Above Expands Offering of School, Community Events

Ellington By Deb Stauffer

ELLINGTON - It will be a busy spring filled with the spirit of community for Ellington’s Rise Above Student Leadership Group. On Saturday, Feb. 28, they will host Gallery Night at The Ellington Senior Center on 40 Maple St. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ellington artists of all ages will have an opportunity to showcase their work. The goal is to have a variety of art displays and demonstrations along with musical entertainment and refreshments to highlight the art experience. Event chairperson and Rise Above senior Megan Niger feels athletics gets a good deal of support in town and would love to see the arts celebrated. “It is time to show support and recognition for those who are able to communicate beautiful things through creation and imagination and show the artists of our community that what they do is important and appreciated,” Niger said. Admission is free. Any Ellington resident interested in participating in this

new event should email Megan at EllingtonGallery15@gmail.com. More artists are needed. Next up will be on Saturday, March 21, when Rise Above in conjunction with Ellington High School’s Opening Knight Players will present the third annual Small Town Big Talent

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letic facilities. First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said the town had received donated no smoking signs, but they did not meet the specifications under the original ordinance. That ordinance had required that signs with letters at least 4 inches high be posted to warn people about the law. Since the donated signs had smaller lettering, they could not be used without the amendment, deleting the type size

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ELLINGTON – No smoking signs will soon be going up on town property. The Board of Selectmen voted at its Jan. 12 meeting to amend the town’s No Smoking Ordinance. Approved in August 2013, the original ordinance prohibited smoking in any town building or any park, playground or recreation area or facility. Included in the ordinance are trails, beaches and ath-

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ELLINGTON - Saturday, Feb. 7, is Take Your Child to the Library Day in Connecticut. Libraries throughout the state will have special events and programs for children who come into their buildings on that day. In Ellington, the Hall Memorial Library will be having Bryan Flint perform his spectacular “The Magic of Reading” magic show. His performance, which is highly interactive, will demonstrate that through reading a





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Open Cockpit Day on Sunday, February 15th.

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The New England Air Museum will hold family fun activities February 16th -20th. The Museum’s Flight Sim Spot will be open each of these days between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators using real cockpit controls. Monday, February 16th, LEGO Contest. Step into a room full of LEGOs and create a “SPACE EXPLORATION” flying machine.” The program is for ages 3-12 and will run from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for each age category: 3-5, 6-8 & 9-12. Tuesday, February 17th, LEGO Contest. Step into a room full of LEGOs and create a “SPACE EXPLORATION” flying machine.” The program is for ages 3-12 and will run from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for each age category: 3-5, 6-8 & 9-12.

There also will be hands on activities for the enjoyment of the younger visitors during the event. For the convenience of all, a food vendor will be on site serving sandwiches, snacks and hot & cold drinks. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended.

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Friday, February 20th, Straw Rocket Competition. Design a rocket built around a straw that will fly to a specified target using a compressed air launcher.

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Town Council Questions Plans for Thompsonville Development

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She said the town is hoping to bring the Strand Theater back as a vibrant community gathering place. She added in terms of economic value, programs by the Community Development group continue to help promote private investments through façade programs, housing and building rehab, home ownership incentives and tax incentives. To keep the momentum going, town staff are proposing using the Village Center at 100 High St. as a community and performing arts center. She pointed out many people in Enfield and the surrounding area travel for cultural events. She said being the

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ENFIELD - The Enfield Republican Town Committee will be holding its annual Crazy Whist Card Party on Friday, Feb. 27, in the Weymouth Road Fire Department hall, 199 Weymouth Rd., Enfield. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the Crazy Whist Card Party will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided along with prizes for high and

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know the town was moving forward with any study on this building and that plans were physically being drawn. She agreed with Councilor Bosco regarding being shocked and surprised that this was done without the council’s approval. Hall said she is not saying what her position would be on the project, but that she loves the idea of an arts center in Thompsonville and that this is a great concept. She said she would definitely gear it toward the Strand and prefers that 100 High St. be sold. Town Manager Matthew Coppler said it was his impression that the staff was doing what they thought the council wanted, which was to present a viable alternative for 100 High St. Mayor Scott Kaupin thanked the staff for the presentation. He said he wants town staff to think outside the box and that the staff is given latitude with dollars within budget line items.

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Five-Year Grant To Benefit Out-of-School Time Activities

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ENFIELD—A five-year grant has been awarded to Educational Resources for Children (ERfC) to administer outof-school time activities in three Enfield Title One schools. The 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant (CCLC), funded through the CT Department of Education, will provide $640,000 over five years to Henry Barnard, Enfield Street School, and Hazardville

Memorial School, for academic support after school in core subjects such as math and literacy, offer support to families, and increase academic, social, enrichment, and recreational and health programming. These schools provide free and reduced lunches to over 40% of the children enrolled. In Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s announcement last fall of the 26 communities who won the competitive

Special Storytime for Children with Autism

ENFIELD - Connections: a Storytime for Children with Autism ages 3-6 will be held the second and fourth Friday of every month beginning Feb. 13 and ending May 22. Children and families will make “Connections” with one another as well as with books and the library. The program will address the needs of children with sensory processing issues by creating a predictable, hands-on storytime designed to engage all of the senses. Musical instruments, a sand and water table, and sensory stepping stones will be integrated into the stories, songs, and crafts that make up a typical story-

time. Renee Coro, music therapist, will make appearances at several storytimes thanks to a grant from Autism Happens Foundation, Inc., which helps families in the early detection of autism and provides assistance and direction for the special needs of those involved. To date, it has provided over $10,000 to families throughout the state coping with various aspects of autism. For more information on this program, please call the library at 860-7637517 or the main library number at 860763-7510.

award, he said, “Setting our students on a path to success sometimes requires providing extra support outside of the typical school day. Quality after-school programs provide an important opportunity to deliver extra help to our students who need it.” Jeffrey Schuman, Superintendent of Enfield Schools, said, “We are thankful for the partnership with ERfC to bring 21st Community Learning Center funding to our schools. Our expanded partnership will make it possible for an additional 100 students to participate in after school activities at the ERfC SchoolAge Centers.  This new grant will help working parents and expand learning opportunities for our students.” ERfC Executive Director Claire C. Hall said the funding will provide literacy activities led by certified teachers, mentoring, homework help, hands-on science and technology programs, as well as arts, health, cultural activities

and sports. ERfC, a community-based non-profit organization, has been providing innovative out-of-school time programs for Enfield since 1994. ERfC is supported by community and individual donors, foundations, funding businesses, through the CT Department of Education, and the United Way of Central and Northeastern CT Investment Fund. ERfC is a professional member of The Afterschool Alliance, Ready by 21, the CT After School Network, and the local Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the three Title One schools, ERfC School-Age Centers operate at Nathan Hale School and JFK Middle School. Children attending Parkman, Crandall and Eli Whitney schools are also bused to the in-district School-Age Centers. For more information, visit the ERfC website at www.erfc.us, email info@erfc.us or call 860-253-9935.

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More than 200 Attend Healthcare Career Open House at ACC

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ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College held a Healthcare Career Open House on Thursday, Jan. 15, that drew more than 200 members of the public. The evening included information regarding the 13 Healthcare Career Certificate Programs available at the college, as well as light refreshments, and free chair massages. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the healthcare industry is projected to create 3.2 million jobs by 2018. “The great turnout at the Open House shows that people are recognizing the value of Asnuntuck’s programs in terms of high-quality, low-cost training that leads to jobs. Why pay thousands more when you could come to Asnuntuck, get personal attention, hands-on learning and reach your career goal in a matter of months at a much lower cost than other programs offer?” said ACC’s Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Eileen Peltier. She added, “Our Massage Therapy program, for example, leads to the same state licensure that the other schools do, but at half the cost. In fact, all of our healthcare cer-

tificate programs lead to industry-recognized credentials that open employers’ doors for our students. I encourage anyone who’s interested in learning more to call our office today.” Many programs are approved for SNAP and WIA-funding. Flexible payment plans are also available. Those interested in exploring a career in healthcare are encouraged to visit wwww.asnuntuck.edu or call 860-2533034 or 860-253-3066 to learn more about the programs, which include EMT, Dental Assistant Program, Safety Dispatcher, Sterilization Technician, Medical Billing and Coding, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy/EKG Technician, Veterinary Technician, Massage Therapy and Dental Assistant. Two newer programs offered at Asnuntuck include Nail Technician and Esthetician. The public is also invited to call the above numbers for one-hour massages available for $25 at the college. Students participating in the college’s massage program are supervised when giving the massages at the on-site clinic.

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SOMERS – What should Somers be like in the future?

Residents will have the opportunity to share their views on that question at a public hearing on the proposed Plan of

Conservation and Development from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Town Hall auditorium. The Plan of Conservation and Development is a guide for the development of the town. “As Somers residents and officials implement this plan, those efforts will help protect important resources, guide appropriate development, address community needs, protect community character, and enhance the quality of life of current and future resident,” the document states. “Somers derives much of its character and quality of life from its unique combination of natural,historic, and scenic resources. By protecting these important resources and guiding future development, Somers can maintain and enhance

community character and quality of life for generations to come,” it further states. Among the goals of the plan are preserving open space, continued support for farms and farming, preserving and enhancing the town’s character by the establishment of a design reviewprocess, consideration of more roads for scenic designation, promoting sustainability and resiliency, enhancing Somers Center and Somersville Center, promoting economic development, improving residential patterns, adding land adjacent to municipal facilities to provide for possible future expansion and improving road conditions for bicyclists. After the hearing, the Steering Committee will review the comments and consider additional refinements.

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The first “Fill-a-Cruiser” campaign conducted by the Somers Women’s Club and the Resident State Troopers was a resounding success. Thanks to the generosity of town members, approximately 3,000 toys valued at an estimated $9,000$10,000 were collected. The toys were placed in the Somers Senior Center where children of various ages selected a toy of their choice. All remaining toys will remain in several cruisers, to be handed out when a child is in need of a calming influence during a troubled situation. From left are Terri Yarnes, second vicepresident, and Arlene Yarnes, president, Somers Women’s Club.

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SOMERS - The Congregational Church of Somersville will host its annual Valentine Baked Stuffed Shrimp dinner on Saturday, Feb. 14, with sittings at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. in the church’s social hall. The church is located at 22 Maple St., Somersville. Menu includes three baked stuffed shrimp,


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POMFRET - Jeffrey Austin of Somers, a member of the class of 2015 at Pomfret School in Pomfret, was recently part of an all-school academic experiment called Project: Pomfret. From Dec. 2-17, in place of structured class time and homework, students were instead tackling one of 27 innovative exercises in learning that saw plenty of overlap between academic disciplines. The list of topics ranged from geocaching, engineering, environmental, theatre and dance projects, to exploring the American legal system, the LGBT community, and Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take on Word War II. Finished products included illustrated childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books, a poignant and highly personal Hip-Hop playlist, and two par3 miniature golf putting greens, complete with water hazard. There was even

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reservation (cash or check), along with list of the full name and contact telephone number for each person. No refunds. All checks should be payable to the Somers Recreation Department. Either drop off your reservation/payment at the Senior Center or mail reservation information and check to the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., P. O. Box 308, Somers, CT 06071. Reservations/payments deadline is Friday, March 13. Any questions, please call the Somers Senior Center at 860763-4379.

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Maple Sugaring in Old New England at Vernon Historical Society

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VERNON - On Sunday, March 1, (snow day on Sunday, March 8) at 2 p.m. the next meeting of the Vernon

Historical Society will include a presentation by Dennis Picard, museum director of the Storrowton Village Museum in

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Picard, who began his career in 1978 at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, has been a museum professional in the “Living History” field for over 35 years. He has authored many articles on the lifestyles and folkways of New England and has also served as a consultant for many Historical Societies and Museums. He will conduct his program at Vernon Historical Society dressed in period attire. The Vernon Historical Society, located at 734 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon, invites everyone to join us for an enlightening look back at traditional New England folkway that signaled the end of winter and the approach of spring. This program is free and open to the public. It will include a short business meeting.

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SOMERS - The Somers office of Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes has announced the lease of Unit 9, a 720 square foot space in Lord Somers Plaza, located at 11 South Rd. in Somers. The new tenant is Countryside Yoga owned and operated by Stephanie Lippmann. Broker Victoria Clark of Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes represented the landlord and tenant in this transaction. Lippmann grew up as an athlete playing soccer, softball and basketball. During college she gave up sports, but stayed active by attending every yoga class offered at her school. In a short time, this energetic young woman was offered the instructor position. Lippmann was certified through YogaFit in 2008 and has been teaching classes ever since from Dennis, Massachusetts, to Middletown, Rhode Island, to Tolland and Vernon. In the spring of 2014, Lippmann

opened Countryside Yoga at Trusz Family Farms in East Granby teaching outdoor classes in the vineyard of the farm. Countryside Yoga is happy to be expanding into Somers. They can be found on the web at www.countrysideyoga.com and at Countryside Yoga on Facebook. Connecticut Commercial Realty and Select Homes is a family owned and operated company with brokerage in Connecticut and Massachusetts and has offices at 199 Broad St. in New London, and 612 Main St. in Somers. The firm operates divisions in residential and commercial real estate brokerage, as well as certified appraisal, auction and management services. The Somers office continues to market two additional spaces in the newly remodeled Lord Somers Plaza. Visit them at www.ccrsales.com and on Facebook at CCR Select Homes for regular market updates and information.

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SOMERS - Somers Village Players have announced the cast for their spring production of “The Psychic” by Sam Bobrick. This award winning “mystery of sorts” will play at Joanna’s Banquet Room in late April.  Director Erin Chaffee will lead Justin Martin and Regina Erpenbeck as the psychic and his customer, along with Christine Zdbeski as the gun moll, Al Mulvey (the cop), Alex Carrasco (a gangster), and David Crowell (the shady husband). Winner of the 2011 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award, “The Psychic” follows a down on his

luck writer who tries psychic readings to pay the rent. His sign attracts a variety of unusual and bumbling clients, whose antics will keep you laughing. The Village Players moved their dinner theatres to Joanna’s in 2007, and have been active in Somers for 44 years. In addition to producing plays and musicals, they suport other local groups and provide annual scholarships to students in the performing arts.  For more information about the Players, visit their website at www.somersvillageplayers.org.

SOMERS - The Somers Women’s Club has scheduled its next monthly meeting for Thursday, Feb. 5. The event will be held in the Foundation Room of the Somers Congregational Church, 599 Main St. A finger-food luncheon will be served at 11:45 a.m., followed by a discussion of business. The guest speaker is a representative of Manes & Motion Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the wellbeing of children and adults living with

physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities. Located in Middletown, the center has been selected as the charity benefiting from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut’s Two-Year Project. The speaker’s topic, which will describe the benefits of horse therapy, is “Animal Tales! Pictures & Stories of Horses.” For additional information, please call Arlene at 860-749-9022 or Charlotte at 860-749-3190.

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Antique Bottle Club Show and Sale

SOMERS - The Somers Antique Bottle Club will hosts its 45th annual show and sale on Sunday, Feb. 22, at St. Bernard School, Pearl Street, Enfield. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. New England dealers will exhibit and sell all categories of bottles, stoneware, insulators and related collectibles from 18th- and

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New England Air Museum To Hold Open Cockpit Day on Feb. 15

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WINDSOR LOCKS – The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks will hold its next Open Cockpit Day on Sunday, Feb. 15. On that day, visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to eight vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and one static flight simulator. The open cockpits include the Vietnam era “Huey” helicopter; the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter; the Coast Guard  HU-25 Falcon; the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter and more. Museum educators will provide hands-on activities for younger visitors and the Museum’s Flight Sim Spot fullflight simulator experience will be available throughout most of the day.  For the convenience of visitors, a food vendor will be on site serving sandwiches, snacks and beverages. The event will be held inside the museum’s three large, heated display hangars. The Open Cockpit program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the museum and gift shop staying open until 5 p.m.

Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. Admission is $12 for ages 12 and up, $11 for seniors 65 and up and $6.50 for ages 4 to 11. Children under 3 are admitted free. For more information, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. The New England Air Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England and is a private, non-profit educational institution that was organized in 1959. Three larger hangars and an outdoor display contain more than 80 aircraft with permanent exhibits that include the oldest surviving aircraft in the U.S. – the 1870 Silas M. Brooks Balloon Basket, as well as an S-39 Amphibian plane – the first aircraft built in Connecticut by aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky. Featured year-round are many historical aircraft and exhibits including a focus on World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen, and a display about Amelia Earhart alongside a Lockheed Model 10 Electra – the same type of plane flown by the female aviator. The Air Museum is dedicated to pre-

serving 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. It is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, with four full-time employ-

ees, 18 part-time employees, and more than 175 volunteers. The New England Air Museum is located on 36 Perimeter Rd. (off Route 75) on the North end of the Bradley International Airport airfield in Windsor Locks. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, and features a large gift shop. For more information, visit www.neam.org, call 860-623-3305 or go to Facebook at New England Air Museum.

MANCHESTER - Richard Gummoe owner of Connecticut Valley Distillery, the maker of Smugglers Rum, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to be the new official sponsor for the fifth annual Pirates Salty Ball. The Pirates Salty Ball is a gathering of scurvy pirates, saucy wenches and great piratical music. The Ball comes to Connecticut to benefits Testicular Cancer research and during the evening the new Pirate King of New England will be crowned.  As described by the founder of the Salty Ball, the position of Pirate King of New England is a high position of no particular worth. Bragging rights is its own reward.  There will be bawdy songs, snacks, dancing and general mayhem, including great pirate booty (a.k.a. door

prizes) all to benefit the research. In honor of the Pirate King of New England, Connecticut Valley Distilleries will be holding a tasting of Smugglers Rum at M&R Liquor Store located at 120 Tolland Turnpike (Rte. 83), Manchester, which is located across the street from 20 Taylor St., Manchester, the Baymont Inn is the location of the event. There the crew will feature exotic drinks made with Smugglers Rum and served by the Smugglers Rum Saucy Wenches. Join the fun on Feb. 28 for the tasting and for festivities at this pirate formal event. Additional information on where to purchase tickets is available on Facebook at Connecticut Valley Distillery Smugglers Rum or The Pirates 5th Salty Ball.

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Town Appoints Advisory Committee To Review Employee Health Plans

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STAFFORD – The town now has a Wellness Advisory Committee. The Board of Selectmen voted at its Jan. 8 meeting to appoint the committee to discuss and review employee health insurance plans. “It was explained that the municipali-

ties are not tax exempt from the ‘Cadillac tax’ on the insurance,’ ” according to the minutes of the meeting. The Cadillac tax comes into play when insurance plans offer more than what is considered standard, and that difference is considered taxable income. The ad hoc advisory committee was

created to find ways to save on insurance. The board voted unanimously to create the committee and appointed the following members: Patricia Collin, superindentent of schools; Lori Davis, human resources specialist; Stephen Clark, public works; Bruce Davis, facil-

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Stafford Arts on Main

Stafford Arts on Main is Friday, Feb. 13, starting at 6 p.m. Featuring local artists and photographers such as Jacqueline Sidor at Middle Ground Café, Quaboag Hills Photo Club at Three Graces Vintage, and Annmarie’s Jewelry at Windowbox Boutique. The Stafford Historical Society will have a display at Sabor 44. The Painted Hand above is by Jacqueline Sidor.

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Lawmakers, Business Leaders Tour American Sleeve Bearing

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STAFFORD - State lawmakers toured American Sleeve Bearing, the local manufacturing company specializing in sleeve bearings and bushings, to better understand Connecticutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business climate for small manufacturers. State Sen. Tony Guglielmo and State Rep. Kurt Vail, both of Stafford, joined the Connecticut Business & Industry

Association (CBIA) for the facility tour of ASB. The tour of the 13.7-acre location in downtown Stafford included meeting employees and discussing public policy with ASB President Howard Buckland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was pleased to hear that business was good at this longtime local manufacturer,â&#x20AC;? Guglielmo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are

Baby Born During Storm Juno

During the first major snowstorm of 2015 and two days past due, Zachary and Stephanie Duplissie welcomed their baby girl Paisley Ryan to the world at Johnson Memorial Hospital. Paisley Ryan was born at 6:02 p.m. at JMH, was delivered by Donna Lowney, CNM, weighed 8 pounds 11 ounces and measured 21 inches. The family was able to travel to JMH before the storm was in full effect and Stephanie was the only mom giving birth during â&#x20AC;&#x153;Storm Juno.â&#x20AC;? Pictured from left to right: Zachary Duplisse, Stephanie Duplisse and Paisley Ryan.

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ASB boasts 30 employees and competes internationally in a strictly-commercial industry. It remains one of the largest manufacturers in the United States for metric bearings and bushings. CBIA set up the tour as part of its continuous work of making employees, employers and industry professionals at the forefront of discussion in Connecticut government.

Johnson Memorial Announces Scholarship

STAFFORD - Johnson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC), the parent company of Johnson Memorial Hospital (JMH), is accepting scholarship applications for its Medical Staff Scholarship Program. Applications can be obtained by contacting Kate Sullivan Vaghini, Development Associate at 860-6848162 or email Kate.SullivanVaghini@ jmmc.com. The $1,000 scholarships provide financial support to students pursuing studies in Health or Human Services

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Dollars for SCHOLARS Alexander Famil Family Gary & Shirley Allard Kathleen Allard Arlene D. Allard Elizabeth Anderson Anonymous Robert & Tammy Arute Earl & Gladys Av Avery Ray Bachiochi Susan L. Bagley Gene Barberet Rick Barreuther Ms. Gussie Barsaleau Vic & Midge Battaglioli Richard & Arline Beaupre Teerri Beck Roberta Beckman Mae Belcher Darlene A. Bergeron-Burns Theresa Bernstein Sheehan Pamela Berthelette Jean B. Beverage James C. Beverage Family Dana & Christine Blanchard Ruth P.P. Blazejovsky Sandy Bogan Grant Bond Elizabeth Borovicka Donna Bourque Helen M. Bradway Richard & Jean Bragdon Heather & Joel Brisson Bob & Andrea Brunelle David & Tanya Buchanan Larry Buck Buddy & Carolyn Burke Toom & Paula Butler Perry & Kathleen Caldwell Roger & Lise Carter Joanne Castonguay Ron & Jane Cercena Lyle B. Champagne Rob & Lisa Cheman John & Diane Cichocki Stephen & Sandie Clark Class A Graphics Frrancis Collette Holly S. Coppinger Robert J. Corbett Reggie Corsini Karen Coulombe Janice Curnan Rosa M. DaDalt Roger & Beverly DalPian Roger DalPian, Jr.

Anthony & Carole Damato Lelio & Esther DaRos Ronnie & Esther DaRos Kevin & Linda DaRos Laura A. DaRos Garyy, Gail & Randy DaRos Brian & Liz DaRos Ronald & Delores DaRos Lorin & Carol DaRos Carol A. Delorge David & Cynthia DeNardis Frranklin & Carol Denning Daniel DeNunzio Family Richard H. Dewey Alison, Sharon & FFrred Dion Lynne Dowden Katie Duff Mark & Ialeen Dunn William & Patricia Dupont Jeff & Lynn Dwyer Lloyd & Maureen Eaton Henry & Janice Emhoff Employees of CSP Troop C Tolland Tolland John PP.. Fagan FCT US, LLC Dino & Gloria Feltrin First Universalist Church of Stafford Frreida Fontanella Edward & Norma Formeister David & Carol Foss Donna M. Fournier Harry A. Frank Charles & Brenda Freeland Robert & Lillian Friedrich Full Gospel Interdenominational Church, Inc Zenna Brisson Fundraiser Joseph & Brenda Gagnon Thomas & Debra Galotto Thomas & Renee Garrahy Joseph & Vivian Gartner Gary & Christine Gaulin Norman & Donna Gessay Lee & Nancy Goodell Chris & Megan Goodell Jason & Suzie Goodell Melissa & Earl Goodell Donald & Donna Goodheart Patricia Goolsby Donald Graves April L. Griffin Julia Griffiths Janes Lucille Guerra Hanrahan Famil Family Amy R. Hartenstein Mahlon & Jean Hayden

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WE THANK ANK YYOU OU for your generous contributions last yearr. Stafford High School Class of 2014 Stafford Lions Club Stafford Little League Inc Stafford Savings Bank Stafford Senior Center Association Maryalice M. Stone Samantha Stone Dean & Debra Streeter Sunshine Fund Carol & Hap Surabian Lisa & Charlie Sweetland Peg & Gary Symonds David & Margaret Szych Patricia TTantillo antillo Fox Donald & Mary TTararantino Ed & Olga Terwilliger Sylvan Tetrault Judy Thayer The Bolieau FFamil amily The Maroon Family Leatrice Thomson Toom & Eleanor Tiziani Kyc Toown of Stafford TToown Hall Sunshine Club George & Lorraine Tweeddale Jeff & Sharon Uhlman William & Erin Utermarck Ken Valentine Sean Verlik Taanya Verlik McKinleyVerlik Rachel Verlik JoAnne & Robert Verlik, Jr. Ronald & Dorothy Vogel David & Kathleen Walsh Jane & Dave Waters Michael D. Waugh West Stafford School Hospitality Raymond M. Whitehouse Paul & Florence Wilbur Willington Nameplate, Inc Wolcott Lodge #60 Women’s Council of Stafford Springs Congregational Church Bethany Woods Hill Workers’ Federal Credit Union Joanne FF.. Wright Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Wytas James & Leigh Wytas Joseph & Agnes Zabik Joan & Paul Zamsky Stan & Cyndy Zbierski Edith R. Zeldes Miriam L. Zichlin If yyou ou notice an anyy omissions or err errors ors above, above, please fforgive orgive us and let us kno know.w. Thank yyou. ou.

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Golden Anniversary Marked for Global Leader in Stafford

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STAFFORD - Stafford recently celebrated a golden anniversary with TTM Technologies. TTM produces printed circuit board products for the United States Department of Defense. State

Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) joined newly elected state Rep. Kurt Vail (R-Stafford) and local dignitaries along with workers and residents in the momentous occasion by presenting a let-

ter of commendation from the state and helping cut the ceremonial ribbon. “Anytime we can congratulate a job creator like TTM Technologies for continuous business and innovation spanning half a century, it is an honor,” Sen. Guglielmo said. TTM has annual sales of more than $150 million and employs more than 600 people. “TTM has been a mainstay in Stafford and I'm excited to celebrate this monumental occasion with them. I wish them the best of luck and continued success,” Vail said. As part of the company’s year-long celebration, the owners built and installed a new bell tower to replace the

original tower that was removed in 1948. According to company officials, prior to its removal in 1948, the bell tower stood atop the mill building for 67 years from when the building was built in 1881. Guests were offered a tour of the facility to see how the product is made and to meet employees. TTM Technologies is listed on NASDAQ, and has headquarters in Costa Mesa, California, with operations in the United States and China. The letter given by Guglielmo and Vail will be framed and displayed in the TTM Technologies main customer conference room.

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State Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) recently joined his mother, Mary Guglielmo, and Mary Alsing at a celebration honoring the two women for their decades of service to Johnson and Memorial Hospital in Stafford. Both women are 97 years old and were born in May 1918 just weeks apart. Mary Guglielmo has logged more than 22,000 hours volunteering at Johnson and Memorial Hospital for the last 32 years. Mary Alsing has logged more than 11,000 hours volunteering at the hospital. After the awards and flowers were presented to the star volunteers, family and friends along with hospital staff enjoyed a reception. Johnson Memorial Hospital is set to merge with St. Francis Care in Hartford. From left, Mary Alsing, Stuart Rosenberg of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Mary Guglielmo, Sen. Guglielmo, and Patrick Mahon of Johnson Memorial Hospital at the volunteer recognition ceremony in Stafford.

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STAFFORD – The 19th annual Father-Daughter Valentine Dance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Stafford High School from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Stafford girls in grades kindergarten to fifth are invited to bring their dad, granddad, uncle etc. to the dance. Dress in your finest to celebrate Valentine’s Day.


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Controversial Votes Appoint New Selectman

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By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIED – Edward Basile is the newest member of the Board of Selectmen. The board voted Jan. 7 to appoint Basile to fill the unexpired term of Mel Chafetz, who resigned after being named interim superintendent of schools beginning Jan. 1, following the resignation of Karen Baldwin. Basile served as a Democrat on the Parks and Recreation Commission in the

mid-1980s and on the Economic Development Commission in the late 1980s. He was elected town treasurer for three consecutive four-year terms from 1991 to 2003. Basile also spent 10 years as the school business manager until he retired last year. Basile received the appointment with three votes by the board for the appointment and Selectman Brian Fitzgerald voting present, according to the minutes of the meeting.

The appointment was not without controversy. Basile was selected over Peter Hill, who had been nominated for the position by the Democratic Town Committee. Chafetz, who had been elected a selectman while not being affiliated with a party, registered as a Democrat days before his resignation. Under the town charter, his replacement had to be from the same party. Several members of the public said they feel the party’s nominee should be appointed. Basile, who had been an unaffiliated voter, registered as a Democrat shortly before his appointment. He said he became an unaffiliated voter in 2003 when he became the school business manager. He said he registered as a Democrat the previous Monday.

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Tribute Honors Pioneering Hockey Coach Larry Green

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SUFFIELD - Many people gathered at the Enfield Twin Rinks in Enfield to celebrate the life and honor the coaching achievements of the late coach Larry Green. On Dec. 13, the Suffield Wildcats hockey team dedicated a memorial banner to Green and hung it on the wall of the rink. The banner says, “In Memory of Lawrence Green. Father of Suffield Ice Hockey.” Wildcats hockey coach Nick Boorman told the crowd what Coach Green meant to the Suffield High hockey team back in 1974. “Larry Green was a pioneer of youth hockey,” Boorman said. “He co-founded the Suffield Flyers Hockey Club and took it one step further. He was solely responsible for creating the interscholastic hockey team at Suffield High. That was done with no help from the Suffield Board of Education. He demanded players show true sportsmanship and team playing. Larry Green was truly the father of Suffield Ice Hockey.” After Boorman addressed the crowd, he then asked spectators for a moment of silence in honor of Green. As soon as the national anthem was finished, the game began. “As soon as the puck was dropped, a Wildcat player got ahold of the puck and scored,” said Green’s daugh-

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now and is very happy.” In the 1978-79 hockey season, Green brought his team to the state division II championship and won it in grand style. In 1979, Green was voted Coach of the Year. When Green stepped down as coach in 1985, he left behind a legacy of taking the Suffield High hockey team to the state tournament each season. “Mr. Green taught us more than just how to play hockey,” said Suffield High alumnus Wright Pearson. “He instilled the idea that we need to give 120 percent in everything we do. That idea has stuck with a lot of his alumni hockey players. We knew that if we didn’t want to give the 120 percent, we may as well just stay home. We carry that idea in everything we do in life. He was always there for his players. He was such a great guy! We will really miss him.” Another alumni player, Danny Hinckley, was in attendance the night of the unveiling of the banner in honor of his former coach. “Mr. Green was an awesome guy,” Hinckley said. “We all really look up to him. Being here tonight brings back great memories. Just the smell of the ice brings me right back to the days of playing for Mr. Green. I really miss those days.”


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Take Your Child to the Library Day Activities

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SUFFIELD - The Kent Memorial Library will join other libraries throughout the country by participating in Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, Feb. 7. Parents with children of all ages are invited to visit the library. Discover the wonders of having a Kent Memorial Library card. Check out a book, magazine, audiobook or DVD. Find out how you and your child can learn another language through Mango

Languages, explore your family roots with Ancestry.com, or learn out how to check out an e-book. There are also special programs throughout the day: Children’s Book Sale - throughout the day, the Friends of the Kent Memorial Library will conduct a special Children’s Book Sale. It’s a great opportunity to get kids to read, especially since the library’s winter reading challenge does not end until

Final Suffield Winter Farmer’s Market

SUFFIELD - The Suffield Winter Farmer’s Market has only one more market scheduled for this season before closing until June. There is one more opportunities to purchase local vegetables, fruits, jams, preserves and baked goods. Local crafters and vendors also have their wares covering a large variety of items. There are knitted and crocheted items and products made from alpaca wool. Suffield’s own inventor has his wrap-chaps for keeping you dry and warm through these winter months and

there are custom hand-carved walking sticks, just to name a few of the items available. The farmers’ market on Feb. 7 will be at the Large Animal Facility in back of the high school, 1060 Sheldon St. in West Suffield. The hours will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information please contact Ellie Binns, Suffield Zoning and Planning, at 860-668-3848 or ebinns@suffieldtownhall.com or  visit the market’s website at www.suffieldfarmersmarket.com.

Feb. 21. Valentine Wreath Craft – Between 10 a.m. and noon, drop in anytime to make a valentine wreath craft. Chinese New Year Celebration – At 3 p.m., the Asian Performing Arts will offer a story time on the customs of the Chinese New Year celebration. Registration is required for this program suitable for children in grades kindergarten through 5th. Register by calling the library at 860668-3896.

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New Chevy Trax a Strong Sub-Compact Crossover Vehicle

Automotive By Keith Griffin

The sub-compact crossover market is about to explode in the U.S. and Chevrolet is smartly positioned to take full advantage. The Chevrolet Trax is hitting the United States after two successful years of global sales in 66 markets. What makes it right for New England? Good pricing, strong fuel economy, and available all-wheel drive top the list of its strong selling points. It also has a lot of available technology not normally found at its pricepoint. The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is powered by a 1.4-liter turbo engine rated at 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. On paper that doesn’t sound like much, but in 100 miles of driving around San Diego I had no problems with acceleration and merging. It’s not going to win any stoplight drag races, but it’s also not going to turn your knuckles white merging on 91 North. The six-speed automatic transmission is responsive under hard acceleration and never seems to hunt for the right gear. The electronic power steering was also responsive and maneuvered the Trax well in tight parking situations. Another strong selling point is its cargo capacity. It has up to 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded – and 18.7 cubic feet of storage

space behind the split-folding rear seatbacks. That’s more than Nissan Juke and comparable to Kia Soul and Jeep Renegade, its competition in the segment. The cargo area has a wide opening for easily moving packages in and out. The cargo cover also stores easily for when you have larger items. Too many covers simply disengage and flop around the cargo area, potentially becoming deadly missiles in a collision. One element of the Trax that is less than endearing would be its multiple storage compartments. There are 15 interior storage compartments including upper and lower storage in each door,

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$1,500, which is about as cheap as you can add AWD to a vehicle. The LT trim level starts at $22,445 and the LTZ at $25,030 (all prices are before $875 destination charge). The LTZ includes all the creature comforts most drivers expect, including heated front seats, six-way power driver seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 18-inch wheels, and rear park assist. Adding those features to the LT trim level adds $670 to the bottom line. To be frank, the interior, while efficiently designed, leaves a little bit to be desired. The interior gaps seemed prominent. However, interior comfort isn’t an issue with the front seats both accommodating and comfortable. The Trax is also a fairly quiet car both under acceleration and at cruising speeds thanks to an acoustic windshield and other noise dampening enhancements. Fuel economy for the front-wheel drive Trax models is 26-mpg city and 34-mpg highway, which is segment leading, for a combined 29-mpg. AWD drops those numbers to 24-mpg city and 31-mpg highway for a combined 27mpg. It’s a drop that doesn’t penalize you much with falling fuel prices. According to the EPA, you’ll spend an extra $100 a year. This little compact also comes packed with safety features such as 10 standard airbags, including the segment’s only rear-seat-mounted thorax air bags.

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