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• RANDOM RAVEN: All the news that Fit (Bits), getting ‘roped’ in & more....p. 3 • EAST WINDSOR: Town continues fight against shooting range ................p. 4 • REGIONAL: Economic forecast is bright for No. Central CT ...............p. 5 • ELLINGTON: New first selectman settles into her role .......................... p. 9 • ENFIELD: Director of safety becomes new town attorney..................... p. 14 • HEALTH: Take advantage of these opportunities to get healthy ...... p. 18 • SOMERS: First paid fire chief .....p. 23 • STAFFORD: Ground broken on new senior housing complex ..............p. 30

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All The News That Fit (Bit)s, Swinging By World’s Largest Rope Course


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‘SNIT’ BIT: Perhaps the gift du jour this past holiday season was the Fit Bit. For uninitiated, this is that brightly colored, modest-looking yet priced at $100$200 band every other person seems to be wearing these days. And while there is nothing wrong with the Fit Bit itself – in fact, it is admittedly a rather high functioning piece of equipment and by all accounts works exactly as advertised – the Raven has concluded that for some owners in his inner circle at least, it may actually, unintentionally add some unwanted poundage. Consider this actual exchange overheard – the names changed to protect the unsuspecting sweet-tooths. Jane: Hi Susie, I brought these cupcakes in. Would you like one? Susie: (Checking Fit Bit).. you know, normally I wouldn’t. But according to this,

A grand opening attendee traverses the IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course at the new Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven Dec. 11. The course - replete with ziplines, plankwalks and a 48 foot free fall - is the largest of its kind in the world.

I already walked 8,000 steps today, so yes, I will treat myself today.

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THIS FURNITURE STORE REALLY HAS ‘IT’ GOING ON: Guess the folks at the newly-opened Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven anticipated that a “come on kids, let’s go for a one hour ride to pick out some new ottomans!” might be a tough sell for our North Central Connecticut residents. And “hey kids, want to go visit the world’s largest indoor adventure ropes course?” has such a better ring to it amuways. So they built one - the IT Adventure Course - replete with ziplines, freefalls, a 1,000-nozzle water show and more. Visit for more info.








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this exact amount of steps everyday. She just didn’t know it. Just like she never knew how many hours she slept or what time she got up in the night to go to bathroom until now. But the salient point is that, on this particular day, she most likely exercised and ate exactly what she did exactly one month ago, sans Fit Bit….plus one delicious strawberry chocolate cupcake.


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Town Continues Fight Against State Police Gun Range

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR -- The town is continuing its efforts to fight a proposal to locate a State Police Firearms Training Facility in East Windsor. The state is seeking to relocate the facility from Simsbury to a privately owned 223-acre site on Apothecaries Hill Road. Residents have said they oppose the facility, citing noise, environmental factors and economic loss to the town. First Selectman Robert Maynard said the state is waiting for an environmental impact study, but that the

study has not been started or even funded. But he said residents are hoping the state will bypass the study and take East Windsor off the list of possible sites. “They are actively trying to prevent the town from being selected,” he said. Maynard said even the proposal is harming the town. “The property values around the gun site are declining,” he said. U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., has suggested the state use the former National Guard gun range in East

Haven, Maynard said, adding the facility has ample space and is already developed. “We think it’s a good alternative,” Maynard said. At the Dec. 15 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, the suggestions of the town’s Ad Hoc Committee for Opposition to the Connecticut State Police Training Facility were discussed. They include having a townwide event to stress the town’s opposition, to ask the town and state health departments to provide information on acceptable noise levels in enclosed and open areas, and a discussion by the selectmen on spending town funds to fight the proposal.

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Economic Outlook Bright for North Central Connecticut


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While it has been a year of change with closings of landmark businesses around North Central Connecticut, area business and government leaders say the economic outlook is bright. Closings around the area include Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Furniture in Stafford Springs, which may have been the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest furniture store. It closed after 207 years. But other landmark businesses that have closed have been replaced by new ones. Dollar General is opening in the old Maple Grove building in Stafford, where the Stafford Tavern had been. In East Windsor, Jonathan Pascoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s went out, soon to be replaced by a new restaurant, Robertoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen a positive outlook,â&#x20AC;? said Marty Pelosi, manager of the Enfield Square mall. This past month, Pelosi said, there have been a lot of inquiries about space in the mall, while in the past interest had been stagnant. With the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, it is an indication the economy is doing better and people are more likely to take a chance, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel more positive sitting here today than I did one year ago,â&#x20AC;? he added. Pelosi said people, businesses and banks are seeing value in existing properties and also are moving away from things geared toward big markets and looking back into communities.

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North Central Chamber Re-opening Enfield Office


ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce (NCCCC), founded in 1894 as The Thompsonville Board of Trade, which until September 2012 was based in Enfield, will once again call Enfield home. Beginning Jan. 25, the NCCCC will be operating out of its new office located on the main floor of the Holiday Inn, One Bright Meadow Boulevard. After receiving numerous requests from chamber members, at their October meeting, NCCCC board members voted to research the feasibility of moving the chamber office back to Enfield. Longtime chamber member Holiday Inn stepped up and offered office space at the hotel. Remo Pizzichemi, senior vice president of Welcome Group Inc. (the ownership group of the Holiday Inn) said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chamber of Commerce is important to businesses in our region. I am pleased the Holiday Inn is able to provide office space for the Chamber.â&#x20AC;? Holiday Inn General Manager Eric Moody said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes perfect sense for the chamber to be located at the Holiday Inn with easy access to I-91, plenty of parking, meeting space and a restaurant.

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Ellington Has a New First Selectman in Lori Spielman


ELLINGTON - Residents of Ellington will see some changes in the new year, beginning with a new top administrator. Lori Spielman started as the town’s First Selectman Dec. 7, replacing Maurice Blanchette, and has already made her presence known in town. Spielman grew up on her parents’ dairy farm on Route 83 in Ellington and started her own business, Lori Spielman Landscaping, Inc. in 1984 and continues to operate it. She has been a member of the Board of Selectmen for the past six years. Spielman’s focus at the start is for good communication and more technology. She met with town department heads at Town Hall on her first day in office and plans to have rotating monthly meetings so the department heads can learn one another’s environment.

Spielman also met with the employees of each department. “It helped me better understand their environment and what they are asking with the budget,” Spielman said. She hopes to keep an open communication with all employees. The town has a new website that Spielman is excited for that will be launched in mid to late January. The site will allow more information to be available to residents and will be easy to access. She would like to see Ellington’s citizens more involved in the budget process and plans to have the budget online for residents to look over at their leisure. Some other goals for the year are to have more of a presence at Crystal Lake, utilizing the Crystal Lake Schoolhouse and to be in communication and involved with the town’s new superintendent, PTOs and other school organi-

ELLINGTON - The Ellington Senior Center follows the Ellington Public Schools for closings and delays due to weather. Stay tuned to your local TV stations, or check the Senior Center’s website, for updates. When in doubt, call. “Registration Days” are back. Everyone participating in any program at the Ellington Senior Center must

complete a 2015-2016 Annual Registration Form. Registration packets are now available at the front desk and must be completed prior to program participation, effective Jan. 1. Now through February the Senior Center will be conducting its annual survey of new programs the public would like to see at the Senior Center. For a

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suggestion to be considered, a completed Program Survey from a minimum of five Ellington residents, ages 60 and older, indicating interest in that program is required. Program surveys and more information on this process can be found in the Information Center, in the monthly newsletter and on its website. The next session of Oil & Water

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Town Will Open Satellite Fire Station for Added Coverage


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ELLINGTON — The Ellington Volunteer Fire Department will have a new satellite fire station on Nutmeg Drive. Residents voted 587-315 in a Dec. 1 referendum held at Ellington High School to purchase the property at 6 Nutmeg Drive and make necessary renovations for

$1.375 million. It was previously owned by T&L Walker LLC. The property consists of 3.22 acres of land and the building. The purchased property, which will become a satellite fire station, will replace three parking bays the town is currently renting on Nutmeg Drive, First Selectman Lori Spielman said.

The town has been paying $27,000 a year for the rental space in the industrial park. “It’s an existing building that will be perfect for the firetrucks,” Spielman said. The new facility will improve fire department coverage on that side of town, she added.

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Scheduling begins Jan. 4 for Ellington residents and Jan. 19 for non-residents. Mark your calendars for a “Cruise Informational Seminar” on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Come learn about all of the cruises being offering in 2016. This is your chance to see pictures and ask questions from the experts. Snow date is Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. The Maple Street Kitchen will be closed Jan. 6 and 7 and re-opens on Jan. 13, serving grilled ham and cheese sandwich, veggie soup and strawberry shortcake. On Jan. 14 they will serve chicken pot pie, tossed salad and peaches. Home-cooked meals are served Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon for a $3.50 donation. Reservations must be

made by noon the day before by calling the center or signing up at the front desk. Menus can be found at the Senior Center, in our newsletter and on our website. If there is a delayed opening due to weather, the meal for that day is cancelled. On Jan. 29 join MaryAnn for a Decorative Painting Demonstration at 9:30 a.m. The cost for the project is $10 and includes all materials and instruction. A copy of the project is available at the Senior Center. Other options are available as well. TRIPS: New: 2016 AAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Featuring the UConn Women’s Huskies Semifinal Games at Mohegan Sun Arena, Sunday, March 6. Cost: $67 per person (includes trans-

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Cost: $81 per person includes a reserved orchestra seat and pre-show lunch at the Black Rock Tavern in Thomaston. Choice of chicken francais or baked scrod in advance. New: “Harlem, NY,” Monday, May 16. Cost: $115 per person includes special guided tour of Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, lunch at the famous Sylvia’s Restaurant and a guided riding tour. Full details on all programs and upcoming trips can be found in the Information Center at the Ellington Senior Center, located at 40 Maple St., Ellington; online at; in the newsletter “Maple Street Monthly,” or by calling 860-870-3133.

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Selectmen Make Appointments; Vacancies Need Filling


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ELLINGTON - The following appointments/reappointments were made at the Dec. 14 Board of Selectmen meeting. Ad Hoc Patriotic Committee: Reappointed Bruce N. Warkentin, Wilson D. Flynn, Rhonda Villanova, Alan Lewandosky, Daniel Joy, John M. Takach, Andrew McCoy, J. Wiley Dumas, Cheryl Samborski and Peter Hany, Jr. to one-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2016. Conservation Commission: Appointed Robert E. Zielfelder, Jr. to complete an unexpired term ending March 31, 2018. VACANCIES: Appointments will be considered at the Jan. 11 meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Vacancies exist on the following boards/commissions/committees noted as follows. Ad Hoc Patriotic Committee One Term to Dec. 31, 2016: Three Student Representatives terms. Ad Hoc Committee for the Preservation of the Pinney House: One term to July 31,




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ELLINGTON - St. Luke Church presents “Irish Night” on Saturday March 12 in the church hall. Corned Beef and cabbage with all the fixings and complimentary wine, beer and soda will be available. Entertainment by the singing group "Irish To The Last Drop" along with Irish Step Dancing and a raffle will round out this fun-filled evening. Tickets are $16 per person advanced purchase only. For more information or to purchase tickets please call the church rectory at 860-875-8552 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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ELLINGTON – The annual Phipps and Schoelzel Scholarships are available to Connecticut women pursuing an advanced degree in an institution of higher learning. In order to be considered, an applicant must be currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or postgraduate degree program, have completed two or more years of college, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Awards are granted on the basis of financial need, future promise, and scholarship ability. Schoelzel Scholarship applicants must be in the field of Education. These scholarships are sponsored by the General Federation of the Women’s Clubs. Personal references and full

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ELLINGTON - The 2nd Annual Gallery Night will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13 (snow date Feb. 20) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ellington Senior Center, 40 Maple St. Local artists of all ages, using any medium, are invited to showcase their work. Visit or call 860-8703130 for more information.




term to Jan. 31, 2017; One term to Jan. 31, 2018. Parks and Recreation Commission: Four terms ending Jan. 31, 2020. Vernon Area Cable TV Advisory Council: One term to June 30, 2016; One term to June 30, 2017. Any elector of the Town of Ellington interested in serving the community on one of the above-listed boards/commissions should call the First Selectman's office (860-870-3100) for a Statement of Interest or visit our website at, select ‘Government’, select ‘Boards & Commissions’, select ‘vacancies.’



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Director of Public Safety Becomes Town Attorney


By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD -- Christopher Bromson, formerly the town’s director of public safety, is the new town attorney. The Town Council voted Dec. 21 to name Bromson the town attorney, replacing Kevin Deneen. The council had voted that the director of public safety position would become vacant when Bromson became town attorney on Jan. 1 and remain vacant until the town’s 2016-17 fiscal year budget is adopted, according to the meeting minutes. Not everyone on the council was comfortable leaving the position vacant. Mayor Scott Kaupin said he does not support this amendment. He said the position of director of public safety is vital for the town. The motion passed 6-5. According to the town charter, the decision on filling the public safety director’s position is up to the town manager, not the Town Council. Acting Town Manager Lee Erdmann told the Journal Inquirer he has decided to temporarily cover the position himself. The town charter calls for the town manager to fill in when there is a vacancy.

Children’s Reading Room Opens

The Children’s Reading Room at Asnuntuck Community College has been relocated and expanded. The college held a ribbon cutting ceremony recently to unveil the new space. Westfield Bank donated $5,000 to the college to be used for a new playground to be constructed outside, adjacent to the new location. Among attendees at the ribbon cutting, from left, are Carla DiLoreto, Westfield Bank Banking Center Manager; Enfield Town Councilman Ed Deni; ACC Foundation Chair Stuart Rosenberg; Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin; ACC President James Lombella, Reading Room Director Pam Keenan; Allyson Rodricks, Westfield Bank Assistant Manager/Business Specialist; Kevin O’Connor, Westfield Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Banking, Marketing & Retail Lending; and Dan Marini, Westfield Bank Vice President Regional Manager. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia: Bizet’s ‘Les Pêcheurs de Perles’


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For more than 20 years, members of the Enfield Lions Club have hosted a Christmas Party for residents of Parkway Pavilion Health & Rehabilitation Center and this year was no different. Over 10 members of the Enfield Lions Club served homemade goodies, while the Holy Family Folk Group entertained the residents. Above, Parkway Pavilion Resident Pierre Roy is shown with Santa, Lions Club member Bill Vayda.

ENFIELD - If you enjoy opera or would like to learn more about this wonderful art form, please join opera enthusiast and teacher Mike Cascia as he shares the fifth presentation in this series on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 2:30 p.m., at the Enfield Public Library. “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” (The Pearl Fishers), Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East, returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. The drama itself remains within the conventional standards of the day, with a love triangle complicated by the true friendship of the two men involved in it. Although not performed frequently, the opera successfully stands on its own when appreciated for its unique atmosphere, rather than compared to the composer’s later masterpiece, “Carmen,” or held up to modern notions of dramatic plausibility. Cascia will showcase the operas that are being broadcast live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera for the 2015-2016 season. The library program is free of

charge and is sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library. Cascia will lecture at the Enfield Public Library on Thursday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. The operas will be simulcast on Saturday mornings at the theater. Check with the theater for the exact time of the operas. There is a fee to attend the operas at the Enfield Cinemas. All programs at the Enfield Public Library are free and everyone is welcome. Please register at the Circulation Desk or call 860-763-7512.

Nursery Rhymes for Toddlers, Infants

ENFIELD - Join the Enfield Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. for 30 minutes of nursery rhymes, songs, and finger plays. This is a dropin program that is designed to promote early language skills for ages birth to 24 months, accompanied by parents or caregivers. Please call the library at 860-763-7518 for more details or visit the library’s website:

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ENFIELD - Calling all sleuths to the Enfield Public Library. You are invited to hone your mystery-solving skills! Activities will include characters from Jigsaw Jones, Chet Gecko and the A to Z Mysteries Gang. Learn how to create invisible ink, identify fingerprints and decode ciphers. A light snack will be provided. The After School Club will meet on Tuesdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Open to all kids in grades 3-5. Students attending Eli Whitney School can be picked up directly from school by library staff. Registration begins Jan. 11. Please call the library at 860-7637518 for more details or visit the library’s website:

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Library Bilingual Storytime

ENFIELD - Join the Enfield Public Library for a storytime Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pearl Street Library in both English and Spanish and a fun craft. This is a storytime for speakers of Spanish, English, or both. All ages


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Take Advantage of These Healthy Opportunities for 2016


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Everyone knows that the New Year starts with many people taking a pledge to make healthy choices, get more exercise, and maybe even try to look and feel younger. Businesses located throughout the area are ready and waiting to help people work toward these goals. Somers Pharmacy and Gifts Somers Pharmacy and Gifts, located at 629 Main St. in Somers, has a free offer for families of children and those over 50. That is one way to work toward a healthier you. The local business is giving each child in the family, 15 years and younger, and each family member, over the age of 50, an opportunity to receive a monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supply of vitamins for a year. Zoo Friends chewy vitamins will be given to children, with Century Senior being the vitamins dispensed to seniors. Dave Guerette and his wife Kari Ann Guerette, RPH own the pharmacy. Operating in the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current location since 1954, the couple, whose children Cameron and Kirsten also work at the business when they are home from college, have owned it since 2005. The pharmacy owners are hoping that this free program will help introduce their business to new customers. They are also offering to current customers a refer-afriend program. Current customers just need to have a

Kari Ann and Dave Guerette, owners of Somers Pharmacy and Gifts, and their children Cameron and Kirsten, are pictured in the local pharmacy. Kari Ann is the store's pharmacist, Dave manages the store, Kirsten is a college student and pharmacy tech at the pharmacy, and Cameron is a college student and associate at the store.

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friend transfer a prescription to the Somers Pharmacy and the current customer and new customer will each receive a $20 gift card to the pharmacy. The couple likes being able to offer something good to their customers, said Dave Guerette. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole point of local business is that it can give back to the community,â&#x20AC;? Dave Guerette said. He explained that when members of the town and surrounding areas shop local, they are able to support groups, organizations and teams. The couple regularly makes donations to area organizations and the vitamin program is one way they can give something back to the entire community. Knowing that sometimes having an ill child or being elderly and not being able to travel to the pharmacy can be an obstacle, the local business provides a valuable service to its customers. For just $2, the pharmacy will deliver prescriptions and any other purchases, including their new line of Dr. Comfort compression socks, to its customers. The store and pharmacy continue to grow in what they are able to offer to the community. In March, Kari Ann will be taking an immunization course, which will allow her to give immunizations in the store during the summer. Follow the pharmacy on Facebook or on the Somers Pharmacy app to learn more about health tips



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and information about the store. On the app, customers can refill prescriptions, learn more about their medications, and in some cases learn about discounts available for the medications, through the pharmaceutical companies. Club Fitness Those looking to lose some of their holiday weight gain may want to consider a membership to Club Fitness. The company has two locations in Enfield (640 Enfield St. and 585 Hazard Ave. in Scitico). Memberships start as low as $8.99 a month. According to a spokesperson for the five-location fitness center, the OMG $8.99 membership allows participants to select one location to work out at. There is a $49 start fee, which includes the first month’s fee. Personal training and group exercise classes are also included in some membership packages and can also be selected outside of memberships. According to the spokesperson, class passes are very popular with their customers. A senior yoga class, offered at the Scitico location, is quite popular. New in January will be Zumba, a fusion of Latin and international music open to all levels, and Cize, which is a dance class. Cize, which is described as a fun energetic dance program, is also an option for those who don’t have a previous dance background. So whether it is body pump, step or piloxing class, or you just want to go at your own pace

on a treadmill, Club Fitness offers its customers packages suited for every budget and exercise need. Using the excuse that you don’t have anyone to watch your kids is not an option when it comes to Club Fitness. They offer Kid’s Club memberships and individual payment options, for the kids to be supervised while you work out. A Family Fitness membership is also available for two adults and two young adults, which includes weights, cardio and classes, along with a Kid’s Club membership for Hazardville Wellness Owner two children. Visit Nathan Fay, LMT, has been in for practice for more than nine years. more information.

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SOMERS - New England GoldCare LLC, Adult Day Care Center recently opened at 179 Main Street, Somers, CT providing a safe and stimulating environment for adults 65 years and older where they can spend an enjoyable day. What a difference a day makes when its members can continue living in their community while GoldCare provides member’s family’s with the satisfaction that their loved one is being given the best care. “I have experienced firsthand the challenges that families are facing today with their ageing loved ones” stated, Corinne Wassmuth, Administrator and co-owner of New England GoldCare LLC. “Our very special personalized model differs from the standard adult day care today - In addition to providing breakfast, lunch and snacks, art & music, exercise and visitations from the community, we also provide a weekly shower as part of the daily rate. Our day care provides a valuable option to the family and caregiver(s) before requiring more expensive in-home care or a skilled assisted living / nursing home facility. Often the Caregiver needs a much needed break from the demands of work, family and everyday life - New England GoldCare will be there for you to ensure your loved one is

provided the precious care, while you take care of yourself and other family members.We are also pleased to announce that starting January 2016 inhome care services will also be available for your loved ones that are unable to leave their home.We welcome families that may be interested in our senior care services to stop in for a tour and cup of coffee as we will be happy to share with you the entire support and admissions process.” For more information visit

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First Somers FD Fire Chief Hired Under Charter Revision


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SOMERS -- The town has a new fire chief. The Board of Selectmen voted in December to hire John Roache, who had been the deputy chief of the Manchester Fire Department’s 8th Utilities District and fire marshal for the Andover Fire Department, as well as a commander with the Tolland County Dive Team, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. He started in the $80,000-a-year position Jan. 1. In addition to serving fire departments, Roache has been a director and certified project manager managing

a large portfolio of public-safety related geographic information system initiatives. He has a master’s degree in information systems and is certified by the state as a fire marshal, fire officer III, fire service instructor III and emergency medical technician. Roache is the town’s first fire chief hired under a charter revision, which changed the way chiefs are chosen. In November, residents voted to approve a charter change making the chief’s position one appointed by the selectmen, as other town department heads are. The charter revision changed the position from a

volunteer to a paid fire chief for the town, which became necessary with no volunteer stepping forward to take the position when former Fire Chief Gary Schiessl’s term was set to end. The previous charter had called for the Somers Volunteer Fire Department Association to vote for its own chief. “We also would like to take this opportunity to thank Chief Gary Schiessl for his outstanding service and leadership as the town’s fire chief for the last several years,” Pellgrini said.

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SOMERS - Citizen participation is an essential element of our local government. It is through the active involvement of town residents that Somers meets its needs and requirements to provide good public services. Every two years, the two political town committees elect members that participate in this process. The Somers Republicans invite individuals who live in town, are registered as a Republican,

and are interested in becoming more involved in our community by voluntarily serving on a town commission, board, or as a member or supporter of the Somers Republican Town Committee. Contact the Republican Town Committee Membership Chairman, David Drinan, expressing your interest. Drinan can be reached by email to or by telephone, 860-749-8811.

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Somers Co-Ed Softball Champs

The Michael Roy and Son Contracting Highlighters won the Somers Co-ed Fall Softball Championship. They won a tripleheader for their second championship in five years. Pictured: Mike Roy, Chris Meier, Evan Belisle, Brie Nyquist, Chris Boucher – Team Mascot, Justin Richards, Marty Piscatano, Mel Zamorski, Ed Palomba, Tara Sheehan, Eddie Palomba, Meredith, Alex, and Lenny Mason.

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Season of Giving Lasts All Year at Somers Senior Center


SOMERS - What started as an idea has turned into something far greater and much more special. In the spring, Vange Chatis suggested creating a knitters’ group at the Somers Senior Center to knit, socialize, and share their knitting knowledge. This idea quickly materialized and has been blossoming, not only with people who knit or crochet, but also those who want to learn. What wasn’t realized initially was how many of these participants knit or crochet with the “spirit of giving.” Although some items created are for personal use or gifts, most of the various hats, scarves, shawls, mittens, sweaters, blankets, etc. are donated to various organizations for distribution to those in need. Some of those organizations are: Somers Human Services Department; Baystate Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and St. Francis Hospital for preemie babies; local churches; Battered Women’s Center in Enfield; Soup Kitchen in Enfield; etc. The group started with Vange and just a couple of women (most of whom did not know how to knit). However, as the word has spread relative to how much fun is enjoyed, the group is definitely expanding. Vange is an avid and well-skilled knitter and graciously offers to share her knowledge with others. The current group has at least a dozen participants, and it hopes more will join the group. If you are interested in knitting or crocheting, please join the group and bring your supplies. The group meets Standing, from left: Vange Chatis and Kathy Dwight. Sitting, from left: Anna Andryzeck, Lillian DeRosa, Judy every Tuesday morning from 9 to 11 at the Somers Senior Okraska, Phyllis Proteau, Carol Sarrantonio, and Muriel Scully. Not pictured: Dori Bynack and Genny Farnham. Center, 19 Battle St.

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Remembering Longtime SFD Volunteer Harold ‘Tiny’ Parker


He was the son of William and Lula (Davis) Parker. After moving from West Springfield in 1938, he lived in Somers for 77 years. He was 50-year member of the Somers volunteer Fire Department, serving as Chief Engineer. Harold also held membership in the American Legion Post 101 for over 65 years. Both organizations offered much support and devotion to Harold. He loved to travel, RV camping to destinations such as Hudson Bay, the Canadian Rockies and Alaska via the mostly unpaved Alcan Highway in 1977. Harold graduated from Rockville High School in 1943. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a GM3C in Squadron 28 PT 550 in the Philippines

SOMERS - It was with a heavy heart that the Somers Fire Department announced the passing of Harold “Tiny” Parker on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Tiny was a member for over 50 years and served as Chief Engineer until shortly before his retirement. He spent countless hours maintaining all of the vehicles in the Somers fleet and worked on many truck committees to design new apparatus as they were purchased. The department offered its deepest condolences to the Parker family. Here is the obituary published upon Parker’s death. Harold “Tiny” William Parker, 90, of Somers died on December 1, 2015 with his daughters by his side. Born on September 4, 1925 in Springfield, MA. CONNECTICUT


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ENFIELD - Allied Rehabilitation Centers Inc., in Enfield has been awarded a $91,232 grant by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company through its employee giving program called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mutual Impact.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are thrilled about being selected to receive this grant from MassMutualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employees,â&#x20AC;? Allied President & CEO Carol Bohnet said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The award will allow us to purchase two all-wheel-drive vehicles and two sets of snow tires for existing vans. This will help us transport people to work locations in the community during inclement weather conditions that might otherwise keep them home and out of work.â&#x20AC;? Allied provides services to nearly 200 individuals with developmental disabilities in north central Connecticut. Offices and Alliedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Attic Thrift Store are located in Enfield; community living homes are located in Enfield, East Windsor, and South Windsor. Approximately 30 indi-

viduals are employed in the community and receive support from Allied supervisors and job coaches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Earning a paycheck is important to our participants,â&#x20AC;? Bohnet said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It allows them to live in the community, pay their bills and enjoy the type of leisure activities we all do. Missing a day of work and a day of pay is something they would very much like to avoid. The MassMutual grant will significantly upgrade the transportation resources they depend on.â&#x20AC;? Nick Fyntrilakis, vice president of community responsibility at MassMutual, stated that â&#x20AC;&#x153;MassMutual is committed to being a responsible and contributing member in the places where we live and work, and employee giving is one important component of that effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mutual Impactâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; program is completely employee driven,â&#x20AC;? he noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;MassMutual employees make dona-

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ond report, and Trachone Preston (Enfield) in the third report as Player of the Week selections. In a 2-1 week that included an eightpoint victory over No. 15 Trinity College and a 33-point Little East Conference triumph over Rhode Island College, Lindo totaled seven blocked shots and averaged 10.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists with a 52.2 shooting percentage.

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Ground Broken on New Woodland Springs Senior Complex


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STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Work has begun on the Woodland Springs senior housing complex on West Stafford Road. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Dec. 21 for the senior housing complex, which was made possible by the first phase of the Stafford Utility Expansion/Economic Development Project. Residents voted unanimously at a July 29 Town Meeting to approve a $1.9 million plan for the design and construction of a water, gas and sewer line extensions for the Stafford Housing Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woodland Springs facility, water and gas line extensions for the Stafford Industrial Park on Middle River Drive and approximately 1.3 miles of water and gas line extensions on Route 190. The first phase of Woodland Springs will consist of 79 one-bedroom, onebathroom units. The size of the second phase has not been determined. Thirty-eight current occupants at Avery Park will be moved to Woodland Springs when the first phase of the proj-

Town officials break ground on Dec. 21 for the Woodland Springs senior housing complex on West Stafford Road. Contributed photo ect is completed. First Selectman Anthony Frassinelli also promote what the town has to offer. Town website said. The new site will be more userIt also will include more about what is The town is revamping its website, friendly for residents, he said, but will happening in town, he said.

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Gary & Shirley Allard Anonymous Earl & Gladys AAvvery David & Jill Bachiochi Robert & Susan Bagley Lillian Barber Rick Barreuther Richard & Arline Beaupre Dante & Shirley Beffa Negrini Jan & Randy Belair Jean B. Beverage Mark & Joyce Broadbent David & Tan Tanya Buchanan Larry Buck Alice B. Caywood William & Beth Caywood Curtis & Natalie Caywood Ronald Chadwick Matilda S. Champagne Lyle B. Champagne The FFamil amily of Lisa Cheman Gerard & Christiane Chollet Shelly Clapprood Class A Graphics Michele Collette-Lerch Holly S. Coppinger Regina D. D. Corsini Carl & Nadine DalBon Roger & Beverly DalPian Marcy & Dick Dandurand Esther DaRos Kevin & Linda DaRos Brian & Liz DaRos Lorin & Carol DaRos Mary Davey Bean Victor DeNardis Alice E. Detora Doris Deuse Alfred Dimauro Richard & Patricia Dobson Srrr.. Lynn & Jeff Dwyer Eastern CT State University Peter A. FFer erence

Thomas & Debra Galotto Raymond G. Gaylord Michael & Ellen Godek Jason & Suzie Goodell Melissa & Earl Goodell Christopher & Megan Goodell Christine Griswold Anthony & Doris Guglielmo Charles Guinipero David & Krista Hicks Brian & Deb Hillebrecht Donald & Jane Hillebrecht Judy & Roscoe Hillebrecht, Jrr.. William & Cynthia Hodis Joseph & Veronica Introvigne Raymond & Joan Jackson Kenneth & Laurie Jezek Katie W Waugh augh Mem Memorial Bike Run Jennifer DD.. Klee Gerardi & MJ LaMorte Logan & Kathleen Lathem Maryann LeBlanc Alana J. Mahdalik Cynthia Mahdalik John Martorelli Margaret A. DD.. Maynard Kay PP. McQuaid Andrew & Christine Mihaliak Dick & Carol Mottes Leslie & Doreen Moulton Beth Moulton Jane Moulton Michael & Jackie Muzio Bichop & Linda Nawrot Dave Nelson Carl B. Nelson NewAlliance FFounda oun oundation, Inc Frank & Claire Niederwerfer Patricia O’Brien Hugh & Margaret Owen Richard & Jean Palacko Jerry & Rosanne Parizek Al & Anne Peirolo

Michael & Maureen Pernal Wayne & Jean Pisciotta Tom & Kara Polo Bruce & Barbara Posocco Gary M. Reynolds Marty Rhine David C. Ringey Tracey & Thelicia Robbins Ann M. Rosi Mark & Rosanne Roszczewski Albert N. Rowe Sheryl Sadler-Twyon Mitchell & Carol Salamon Andrew & Sharon Sanocki Brian & Nancy Schwanda John & Celeste Senechal Randy & Lois Skelton Eunice Skopek Nelloo Spallacci, Jrr.. Stafford Area Community Services, Inc Stafford High School Faculty Faculty & Staff Stafford High School Teachers Stafford Lions Club Stafford Little League Stafford Rotary Club, Inc. Stafford Savings Bank Sonny & Burma Stelmak

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Dean & Debra Streeter Roger DD.. Tellefsen Sylvan Tetrault Judith A.Thayer Th FFamil The amilily of Alfea & Robert B. Schwanda Bob & Judy Titus, Srr.. Joann & Robert Verlik, Jrr.. Mrr. & Mrs. Ronald Vogel & FFamil amily Arthur S. W Warr arren Michael DD.. W Waugh augh Richard & Jeanne W Weisse eisse Cathy White Kenneth C. White Willington Nameplate, Inc. Wolcott Lodge #60 Women’s Council of Stafford Springs Congregational Church Linda K. Works John & Gloria Wraight Madeline Wraight Stephen & Brunilda Wyzga Joseph & Agnes Zabik Matthew Zabik Zenna Brisson Bus Trip If you you notice any any omissions or errors errors aabove, bove, please forgive forgive us and let us know. know. Thank yyou. ou.

Applications must be completed on-line between Fe February 1, 2016 and April 15, 2016. All applications are processed on our CSF of Stafford Springs Dollars for Scholars website at www TToo be eligible, you must be a resident of Stafford or Union and a senior graduating from high school in 2016. Students must provide FAFSA (FFrree Application for FFeder ederal Student Aid) information. See our homepage for all details. Information is also available in the Stafford High School Guidance Department.

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Stafford Library Offers Wide Variety of January Events


STAFFORD - The following events will be held in January at the Stafford Library, 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford Springs. All events are free and open to the public, but the library requests preregistration by calling 860-684-2852, emailing, or visiting Programs Monday-Rhymetime: Jan. 11 and Jan.

5 at 10 a.m. for children 0-2 year old Tuesday-Teddy Bear Time: 10 a.m. on Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26 for children 2 years old Wednesday-Animal Storytime: Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 3:30 p.m. with animal guest. Sensory Storytimes will be held Jan. 2 at 10:30 a.m. for all ages and families, with special guest musical therapist

ENFIELD - The Johnson Memorial Hospital Cancer Center and its patients are grateful to Ashley Patrie, 14, of Enfield for the tremendous charitable work she has done for the Karen Davis Krzynowek Cancer Center, its patients and the community. Patrie selected the Cancer Center for her Girl Scout Silver Award project assembling “chemo care bags” to help comfort individuals being treated for

cancer. She contacted manufacturers and received donations for items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, Ensure shakes, bottled water, Kleenex, Purell, and crossword puzzle books. Patrie added her own special touch by making “dammit doll” stress-relief figures for patients. The project, which took over 120 hours to complete, was done in remembrance of her grandfather, who passed away from cancer.

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Renee Coro, with music, movement, finger plays, and stories. Mother-to-Mother from 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. on Jan. 8, 15, 22, and 29. A group where moms can support one another, share information and enjoy one another’s company. Moms with children of all ages are welcome and also pregnant moms-to-be. Children are welcome. Saturday Game Club: 1 p.m. (until 2:30 p.m.) to be held on Jan. 9 and 30. Bring your beyblades and supplies. Customs are allowed. Other games are welcome too. For ages 12 and up, unless accompanied by parent or guardian. Advance registration is required. Wills and Advance Directives on Jan. 11 at 6:15 p.m., presented by attorney Sharron Dillon. Call to pre-register at

860-684-2852. Meditation Workshop “A New Year, A New You!” Led by Clare Vidich on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. For teens and adults. Open Artist Studio from 5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 and 25. Come and create. For teens and adults. Frozen Gala (all ages): Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. Come relive the excitement, dance with princesses and princes. Library Book Club: 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Come discuss “Sworn to Silence” by Linda Castillo. Books available for checkout at library. “Max Movie” (rated PG) at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30. This is a 2015 adventure movie about a dog that helped U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. Popcorn will be served. Runtime: 1 hour and 51 minutes.

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Johnson Memorial Now a Member of Trinity Health - New England


STAFFORD SPRINGS – As of Jan. 1, Johnson Memorial Hospital and Trinity Health - New England announced the signing of final agreement documents that officially transfer Johnson’s assets to Trinity Health - New

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STAFFORD SPRINGS - The 5th annual Venture Breakfast Buffet will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. with a snow date of Jan. 17. It will be held at the West Stafford Fire Dept., 144 W. Stafford Rd, Stafford Springs. Support Stafford’s Venture Crew by attending their 5th Annual Breakfast Buffet. Be served eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, and much more $8.00 adults, $6.00 seniors, and $5 children under 12. Venturing is part of Boy Scout of America and is for co-ed youth interested in out-door adventure.  The youth of the crew are fundraising to off set the cost of their 2016 hiking/backpacking trip to Yosemite National Park.

England. Johnson is the fourth hospital to join Trinity Health - New England, the new regional health ministry that also includes Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, both in Hartford, and Sisters of Providence Health System, and its affiliate Mercy Medical Center, in Springfield, Massachusetts. The state Department of Health Office of Health Care Access recently approved the acquisition of assets of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Inc., by Trinity Health - New England, Inc., a member of Trinity Health, Inc. Trinity Health - New England has also acquired assets of several affiliated organizations, including Johnson Health Care, Inc., and Home and Community Health Services, Inc. Trinity Health - New England is a member of Livonia, Michigan-based Trinity Health, one of the largest multiinstitutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation.

“This is a very special day as we officially welcome Johnson Memorial Hospital to the Trinity Health - New England family,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, president and CEO Trinity Health - New England. “As part of this new family, we will expand on Johnson’s four-year affiliation with Saint Francis and retain a vital health care resource in north central Connecticut.” “Today marks the beginning of the next chapter for the success of Johnson Memorial Hospital,” said Stuart E. Rosenberg, president of Johnson Memorial Medical Center and its affiliates. “We couldn’t be more pleased to cement our relationship with Trinity Health - New England and continue to provide high-quality, high-value health care for our community.” “With the closing today, we have gained an important local partner committed to delivering people-centered care,” said Daniel P. Moen, executive vice president, operations, Trinity Health - New England, and president

and CEO Sisters of Providence Health System, in Springfield, Mass., also a member of Trinity Health - New England. “We are thrilled to join together today and build upon the progressive health care system we are creating in New England.” Johnson Memorial Hospital will maintain its own Board of Directors focused on the respective needs of its community. Trinity Health - New England is governed by a separate regional board of directors comprised of local community representatives as well as physician and Catholic organization representatives.

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STAFFORD - Safe Net Ministries will conduct its January Food Cupboard distribution on Saturdays, Jan. 9 and 23, from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The distributions will be held at Safe Net Headquarters, 86 Main St., Stafford Springs. Food distribution is held the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Donations of tuna and peanut butter are needed.

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Interim Police Chief’s Contract Extended for One Year


By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD — Interim Police Chief Anthony J. Riello will be staying on for an additional year. The Police Commission voted Dec. 9 to extend his contract for a year and temporarily delay the search for a new chief. “Based on the needs of the town, it was the best decision for us,” First Selectman Melissa Mack said. The terms of the agreement are still being worked out, she said. Mack said the commission also voted to promote

police Lt. Richard Brown to captain. Brown’s promotion follows the retirement of Capt. Craig Huntley. Huntley’s retirement follows a police union vote of no confidence in him as a leader. The Board of Selectmen voted Dec. 16 to approve a retirement agreement with Huntley. Riello was first appointed interim police chief July 7 for a six-month period. He replaced former Police Chief Michael Manzi, who retired following the recent turmoil within the department. Riello retired as chief of police in Falmouth, Mass.,

in 2012, Prior to that he was police chief in Pittsfield, Mass. On June 17, the Suffield Police Union had called for the ouster of Manzi and Police Capt. Craig Huntley. Manzi officially retired on July 7, the same day Riello was appointed. Mack told the selectmen at their Dec. 16 meeting that the Police Commission seems to be moving in the right direction with the promotion of Brown and Riello agreeing to stay on for another year. She added that morale is good within the police department.

Young, Talented Archer Shoots to Join National Olympic Team By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD — Josh Podgorski hopes being a straight arrow will take him right to the Olympics. Podgorski, 17, a senior at Suffield High School and the son of David and Cheryl Podgorski of Suffield, this past April placed ninth at the Easton Foundation’s 2015 Gator Cup in Florida, barely losing out on a slot on the Junior World Team. The top eight made the Junior World Team Trials finals. He also placed fifth in the Cadet Men’s Recurve Division at the 131st

U.S. National Target Championships Easton JOAD Nationals held in Decatur, Alabama in July. He is completely dedicated to the sport, Cheryl Podgorski said, adding, “He never takes more than three days off.” Currently, he is preparing for the National Indoor Championships in February in Fiskdale, Massachusetts. “It’s just really relaxing,” Josh Podgorski said of archery. “You’ve got to learn to think positive about everything.”

He said the sport is 95 percent mental and just 5 percent based on physical skill. Podgorski began shooting in the fall of 2009. He is co-captain of the Hall’s All-Stars archery team at Hall’s Arrow Indoor Archery Range in Manchester. He shoots a distance of 60 meters during

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the outdoor season and 18 meters during the indoor season. His coach is Roxanne Ryea of Hall’s. “I shoot approximately 500 arrows a week depending on my homework,” he said. He hopes to attend the University of Connecticut next year, majoring in patho-biology and would like to join the archery club and marching band there.

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‘Prove’ Your Acting Skills At Jan. 10 Audition

SOMERSVILLE - Somers Village Players will be holding open auditions on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 2:30 p.m., at Millpond Playhouse, 55 School St, Somersville, CT. A Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winning drama, “Proof” is centered around a Midwestern college professor and his two daughters. The family dynamics and the suspense of who is telling the truth keeps you wondering. Add in some romantic interest and the compelling drama unfolds. There are parts for two younger women (20’s to 40’s), one younger man (20’s to 40’s) and one older man. Produced by Village Players and directed by Shirley Warner, “Proof” show dates will be: April 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23, 2016. Visit for details, and “like” the Facebook page, Somers Village Players, to receive future notices.

Credit Union Donates to “Toys for Joy”

The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union (TVTFCU) donated a variety of toys that were collected from credit union members and staff to the Enfield Police Department’s Toys for Joy program. This annual program provides new toys for children in the Enfield area. “We have been holding an annual toy drive to support the ‘Toys for Joy’ program. I would like to thank our members and staff as well as non-members for their generosity. We always receive a great assortment of toys,” said Myrijam Meserve, Manager/CEO, Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union. For more information about the “Toys for Joy” program, contact the Enfield Police Department at 860-763-8913.


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These Brands and Cars Will Give You the Best Resale Value

Automotive By Keith Griffin

Cars are interesting things. Besides your house and Star Wars memorabilia, they are the only items we purchase with an eye towards selling them somewhere down the road. That’s why it’s important to know what your car’s resale value might be even before you buy it (or lease it). Resale value is an important factor in determining how much vehicle you can afford and how long you might want to finance it for. For example, say you want to buy a $30,000 car but might only be able to afford a $20,000 car. You could buy the more expensive model if you knew you were selling it after a few years and it had a high resale value to pay off your loan. That’s not always the best financial strategy, but it can help you get into a more expensive car with all the bells and whistles you want. Kelley Blue Book has done the heavy lifting and awarded its 2016 Best Resale Value awards. There’s no need to go over the entire list, but it’s going to be worthwhile to take a look at some of the highlights. Best Overall Brand Sure, for a long time people didn’t think there was any need for a Subaru

The 2016 Lexus LX 570 is a stunning SUV, but it’s also going to give you among the best resale value, according to Contributed photo outside of snowy climates. Fortunately probably one of the top 3 midsize sedans that has changed as the company has on the market right now. Best Overall Luxury Brand become white hot in its sales the last few years for its well-made all-wheel drive Until it managed to get its stereo convehicles. trols in order, Lexus made great cars that As KBB points out, “Subaru makes were annoying for listening to music and high-value, long-lasting cars and SUVs punching in addresses in the navigation that appeal to a range of car shoppers system. looking for quality, safety and comfort.” Once it made the realization that old Have you driven a Subaru Legacy? It’s fashion knobs work great, Lexus started

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