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By Gary Carra Welcome back to Random Raven, the column that aspires to provide your complete, entertainment itinerary on a month-to-month basis. And whilest January is traditionally a month reserved resolutions, personal reflection and assorted pleas for positivity, the Raven take great pleasure in noting that his friends at Mohegan Sun ( will once again give everyone something to “wine” about this month, too. True to form, the 16th annual SunWine festival will offer everything from endless vintages to signature dishes between Jan. 24-26 replete with a Bourbon Tasting, Celebrity Chef Dine Around and of course, the Grand Tasting. This year’s installment will kick off with a tip of the cap to Beantown, too, in the form of a little event they are calling Boston Brews & Bites. From 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, Boston sports greats including Pedro Martinez, Paul Pierce, Ray Bourque and Willie McGinest will team up with some of Beantown’s most celebrated chefs to create and elevate some of their favorite tailgating offerings.

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Legislative bill would bypass feds on casino By Linda Tishler Levinson

The bill’s co-sponsors said the legislation is being introduced to secure faster approval of the agreement between the state and the tribes to jointly operate a casino on the former Showcase Cinemas site in town.

EAST WINDSOR — A bipartisan bill is before the state Legislature to bypass federal government approval for a casino in town. The bill seeks to clarify the Department of the Interior’s role in approving changes to the Tribal-State Compact between the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Indian tribes and the state. Legislators said the federal government’s footdragging in approving a minor amendment to the Tribal-State Compact “is negatively impeding business development, job retention and growth,” according to a written release. “Connecticut doesn’t need Interior Department approval to amend our compact with the tribes when

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there is no impact on the exclusivity provisions; they said so last year in writing. So let’s codify that in state law and get moving on the East Windsor casino, because every day we wait is another job lost and another dollar out the door for Connecticut,” said state Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague. Among the bill’s co-sponsors is state Sen. Tim

EAST WINDSOR — These students were named to the East Windsor Middle School honor roll in the first quarter. Grade 8 high honors: Sidney Arzt, Alyssandra Barzola, Matthew Blachuta, Hunter Bovee, Katelyn Cressotti, Lindsey Donahue, Aric Duncan, Chase Goldstein

Larson, whose district includes East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington and South Windsor. The bill’s co-sponsors said the legislation is being introduced to secure faster approval of the agreement between the state and the tribes to jointly operate a casino on the former Showcase Cinemas site in town, which is being built to compete with the new MGM-owned casino in Springfield. In October, First Selectman Robert Maynard said he remains hopeful about the future of the casino, despite a federal judge’s ruling that the Department of the Interior does not have to approve the agreements between the state and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indian tribes regarding revenue sharing.

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Middle school names 1st quarter honors students continued from page 7

Mark Feeney, Ibrahim Gocmez, Maryam Hassar, Vincent Hernandez, Austin Jamrog, Giuseppe Lagana, Nehemiah Lugo, Hannah Mansfield, Olivia McFarlane, Janisha Morgan, Chelsea Obomalayat, Sarah Posniak, Mariana Santos, Anastasia Smith, Michelle Szczeszak, Zari Walker, Alora Watkins, Violet Watkins, Ryan Willey, Cearra Wormstedt.

Grade 7 honors: Ivan Alamo, Ryelin Burke, Chloe Cassista, Orlando Cedeno, Erika Cote, Allyson Crockett, Izabell DeJesus, Syndie Donahue, Alyssa-rae Drinkwater, Cody Eckenroth, Ga’zon Flowers, Jazmyn Freeman, Shane Hamilton, Anthony Hernandez, Brianna Iwan, Ny’Asia Johnson, Alexis Laterreur, Ian LeBlanc, Anabell Lopez, Jordan Maratta, Adrian Neill, Azahni Parks-Carter, Brianna Parlapiano, Zoe Pepin, Spencer Percoski, Timothy Ruggiero, Jacob SaezMulvey, Nohely Santana, Taylor Schools, Xavier Soboslai, Carly Valente, Kamryn Viera, Cole Willhide, Russell Williams, Jayden Woods.

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Grade 6 high honors: Ronin Blackwood, Katherine Bohon, Adyson Crynock, Jameson Donovan, Jessica Dupont, Kaden Goldstein, Thomas

Hartwig, Kristina Keyes, Loghan LaBella, Elijah Levy, Abigail Mincey, Tyler Natitus, Allison Ragaglia, Katrina Rossi, Samantha Ruggiero, Abigail Sauerhoefer, Allison Stengel, Courtney Thurz, Ramkarthic Vijayakumar, Connor Ward, Greaneleigh Wilczak. Grade 6 honors: Christopher Ballestas, Sofia Ballestas, Laurent Barnes, Ryder Bowidas, Cristian Carballo, Angelina Carmichael, Cameron Carrasquillo, Nicholas Clark, Anngala Cook, Kerstein Dela Rosa, Reese Ellis, Aniya Gonzalez, Ava Gonzalez, Chayton Gonzalez, Joseph Hunt, Lean Javier, Jack Kittredge, Desiree Kohler, Hannah Lanagan, Robert Leone, Siennah Lopez, Alysssa MacPherson, Jillian Miller, Jasmyn Nguyen, Emily Owens, Lianna Padilla, Llilyana Perez, Hailey Powell, Sheriden Scott, William Smith, Emmit Soboslai, Isaiah Tirado, Aaliyah Trout, Bailey Winner, Evan Witzke. Grade 5 high honors: Riley Adams, Andrew Barber, Ryan Berry, Evan Bober, Ava Carter, Leo Chen, Kha Dang, Katelyn Duncan, Jayla Fulk, Maxamillion Guilbe, Gabryella Guzie, Joshua Halpin, Kaylee Joslin, Kasey Macsata, Ella

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Frontier’s service to Denver takes flight in March continued from page 1

tourism, and improve our transportation system,” Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said. “Frontier Airlines is a welcomed addition to Bradley Airport. This announcement is proof of the airport’s growing strength and it underscores the importance of continuing efforts to utilize Bradley as a magnet for economic activity.” “We are proud to bring our unique

brand of ‘Low Fares Done Right’ to Hartford,” said Frontier Airlines Vice President of Network and Revenue Josh Flyr. “Frontier’s new service to Denver will make air travel more accessible and affordable for everyone in the greater Hartford area. We look forward to making it easier for people to fly, and for people to fly more often.” “We welcome Frontier Airlines to the region, and we thank them for their vote of confidence in Bradley International

“This announcement is proof of the airport’s growing strength and it underscores the importance of continuing efforts to utilize Bradley as a magnet for economic activity.” — Dannel Malloy

Airport,” said CAA Board Chair Thomas Sheridan. “This launch is another great success for Bradley, and it builds upon the many route development successes that we have achieved this year and in years past. These accomplishments clearly demonstrate that the creation of the Connecticut Airport Authority was a good decision for Connecticut residents, and I want to thank Governor Malloy for his foresight and leadership in establishing the CAA.” “An indication of a strong route network is the continuous diversification of routes and airlines,” said CAA Executive Director Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E. “With the addition of this new service, we’re pleased to introduce a

renowned low-cost carrier to Bradley and to continue solidifying the airport’s strong reputation in the industry and its pivotal role as New England’s secondlargest airport. We look forward to our partnership with Frontier Airlines.” The service will commence on March 28 on an Airbus 320. From Denver International Airport, the flight will leave at 7 a.m. (MST) and arrive at Bradley International Airport at 12:50 p.m. (EST). The flight will depart Bradley at 1:40 p.m. (EST) and land in Denver at 4:07 p.m. (MST). It will operate Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. To book a flight, visit




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Hall library offers variety of programs to start new year

ELLINGTON — Hall Memorial Library has a number of programs to ring in the New Year this month — from ways to stay healthy to perfecting your sewing skills, live music to a look back at favorite TV shows, Chinese cooking and its regular schedule of movies. Hall Memorial Library, is located at 93 Main St. Pre-registration is required for all of the programs listed below at You may also call the library at (860) 870-3160 for assistance. If payment or a deposit is needed for a program, be sure to pay on time or you will risk losing your slot.

Sewing it up The desire to learn traditional skills is making a comeback and the library is trying to stay at the forefront with its new sewing machines purchased by the Friends of the Library group. Local seamstress Cheryl Jones is keeping busy with three class offerings in January: Introduction to Sewing (Make a Pillow), Monday, Jan. 7 at 6 p.m.; Sew a Chef’s Apron, Saturday, Jan. 12, 1-4 p.m.; Sewing Techniques/Zippered Cosmetic Case, Monday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m. All ages welcome but anyone under 12 must be

accompanied by an adult. Those taking part will be required to bring basic items; you will receive a materials list upon registration. There will be a $5 deposit to hold your space required within seven days of registration. This deposit will be refunded when you arrive for class.

Keep it clean Start the new year off healthy by keeping your hands clean to minimize your exposure to harmful bacteria. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Velya and Ehris, the mother/daughter Grounded Goodwife team, will teach how to make your own chemical-free hand sanitizer using herbs and essential oils in this hands-on workshop. There is a $5 per person nonrefundable materials fee, payable within seven days of your registration. Class size is limited.

Musical interlude Live music returns Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. with The Hot Flashes. After hearing from the men in November, the ladies get the stage this month. Amy Gallatin, Gail Wade, and Peggy Harvey share a passion for acoustic music and tight vocal harmonies, and together they have amassed a wealth of beauti-

fully performed songs drawn from the bluegrass, folk, vintage country, swing, jazz, and blues genres, with a few cowgirl and traditional tunes thrown in for good measure. Doors will open at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. show. The music is free and cookies provided by Subway of Ellington will be available for a donation.

TV’s Golden Years On Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. library favorite Joe Ouellette will take us back to The Golden Years of Television. If you have fond memories of “Lucy and the Chocolate Factory,” Carol Burnett and her amazing cast, Jonathan Winters, Foster Brooks and Abbott and Costello’s “Who's on First?” come to this presentation for a walk down memory lane.

Chinese New Year Prepare for the Chinese New Year (Feb. 5) by joining professional chef Mary Lee-Brody for a hands-on dumpling and wonton-making workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. You’ll learn the basics of folding and review the different cooking methods. Dumplings and wontons will be sampled. This class is free, but pre-registration by January 22 is required in order to purchase ingredients.

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Read all about it The library’s Adult Book Club meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. This year the club will be enjoying selections from the PBS Great American Read. Ask for each month’s title at the front desk and join the club for a lively discussion. Hall Memorial Library’s movies for January are  “Unbroken: Path to Redemption”  (rated PG-13), Wednesday, Jan. 2, 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m.;  “Puzzle”  (rated R), Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, 1 p.m.;  “The Old Man and the Gun” (rated PG-13), Wednesday, Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 17 6:30 p.m.;  “Thea with the Dames”  (not rated), Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m.; and  “The Bookshop”  (rated PG), Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m.

Selectmen OK establishment of little free pantry on Arbor Way By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — A little free pantry will be set up outside the town Human Services Department on Arbor Way. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Dec. 10 to approve the establishment of the little free pantry, which was proposed by Margaret Cavanagh and supported by the Human Services Commission and Human Services Directory Joy Hollister, according to the minutes of the meeting. The project will be established, monitored and funded by the family of Marie Estelle Williamson in her memory and overseen by the directors of Public Works and Human Services. When Williamson died, her obituary asked that funds in her name be donated to the Human Services Department. The little free pantry is and around-the-clock food pantry that people can access anonymously, even when Human Services is closed. The food collected will be nonperishable and will be checked to ensure it is not expired. Hollister said that it is not illegal to distributed expired food, they will go by the expiration date for liability purposes. There will be a sign that asks for nonexpired food.

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The Ellington Trails Committee had the grand opening of the town’s newest trail, Kimball Forest, on Dec. 1. There are hills, rocks and bridges crossing Kimball Brook. An entrance is located across from 39 Hopkins Road.

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HARTFORD — Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution can be easy, sticking to them is hard. A YMCA has survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed they gave up within the first few months — even weeks —of the New Year. While there is no “right way” to keep a resolution, the YMCA of Greater Hartford is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost with these suggestions: 1. Start small: Break those big resolutions into small, achievable goals. “Getting healthy”is too broad, so reframe that big resolution into smaller, more manageable goals. Instead of cutting your daily chocolate out of your diet for good, only have it twice a week. Or trade two sodas a day for one soda and a glass of water. Read success stories at GHYMCA. org/Humansofthey. 2. Take it one step at a time: Trying to change too many habits at once can easily lead to frustration. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, make a new month

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WINDSOR LOCKS — Allied’s All-In Interior Car Detailing will be celebrating is grand opening at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at 4C National Drive in Windsor Locks. The facility is located between Valvoline Oil Change and Heavy’s Auto Shop. The crew of exceptional detailers is part of the vocational programs at Allied Rehabilitation Centers in Enfield. These programs help build workplace skills and create opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For information or to make an appointment, call 860-386-6648.

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ENFIELD — The Enfield Square mall has new ownership. The mall sold for $10.85 million at an auction which began Dec. 10, according to published reports. The starting bid was $3.8 million. According to the website, which handled conducted the auction, the property transaction regarding the mall is in escrow and more details will be disclosed one it clears the escrow process. JLL, a commercial real estate firm, handled the auction. The property was described by JLL as “a well-located regional mall comprising approximately 548,683 square feet of gross leasable area … located in Enfield, Connecticut. “The Property, which is anchored by a landlord-owned Target, is situated on approximately 64.949 acres, presenting prospective purchasers with an exceptional redevelop-

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ENFIELD — Parkway Pavilion Health & Rehabilitation Center residents are celebrating the holidays thanks to the Elks Lodge 2222, Enfield Lions Club, Holy Family Folk Group, and St. Nicholas Church Carolers. For over 30 years, members of the Enfield Lions Club and Holy Family Folk Group have coordinated a holiday party for residents of Parkway Pavilion. This year was no different with refreshments and a visit from Santa while the Holy Family Folk Group entertained, playing Christmas tunes the residents are all familiar with. Residents were treated to the Elks Lodge 2222 Annual Christmas Dinner for seniors. Transportation was provided by Enfield Dial-A-Ride. Guests enjoyed a pork roast dinner and were entertained by the Enfield High School Band. Also on hand to celebrate with residents during the month of December were members of Girl Scout Troops 10797 and 10785, who performed a concert in the lobby and sang Christmas songs throughout the facility while providing residents with handmade Christmas cards. The St. Nicholas Church Carolers performed a concert in Parkway’s main dining room while refreshments were served. According to Parkway Pavilion Recreation Director, Diane Sokol, “December is a busy month for our residents, a time to celebrate with family, friends, and members of the community. “We take such pleasure in seeing our residents enjoy celebrating the season in so many ways.” For more information about Parkway Pavilion Health & Rehabilitation, please call (860) 745-1641.

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Somers ‘Fill a Cruiser’ project fills holiday hearts with joy Ginny Basch, president of the Somers Women’s Club, and TFC Michael Hevey of the Somers Resident State Troopers unload toys from the “Fill a Cruiser” project. These toys were distributed to children in need within the Somers community. The Women’s Club and the troopers are grateful to all who supported this project in order to make Christmas a joyful time for children.   


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Winter Storytime Session Somers residents can register beginning Monday, Jan 7th and non-residents can register beginning Tuesday, Jan 8th. Storytime will run for eight weeks (Jan 14 –Mar 8). Registration is required. Children ages 12-24 months will meet Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 24-36 months will meet Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3-5 years will meet Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. OR 1:30 p.m. Call the library at 860-763-3501 to register.

Teen Crafternoon! Tuesdays Jan 8, 15, 21 & 28, Feb 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Each week we will have a different project or theme. Come join us and see what you can make!

Playgroup Fridays, Jan 18th – Mar 8th from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A drop-in program for you and your child (ages 6 mo. – 4 years) offering free play, social interaction and time to explore library materials. Snow Fun Storytime! Wednesday, Jan 23rd from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. A storytime for students in grades K & up. We will read Martin MacGregor’s Snowman and make a winter craft. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided. Registration for this event begins Jan 7th.

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February is Love Your Library Month! Celebrate the love for your library by filling out a heart for our children’s room bulletin board. Your name will be entered for a chance to win a gift basket! Stop in the children’s room beginning Feb 1st.

Teen Advisory Board Thursdays, Jan 10th and Feb 7th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. The Teen Advisory Board (or TAB) is an opportunity for young people to share suggestions and provide important feedback on what the Library can do to better serve the young people of our community. Teen Acoustic Jam Thursdays, Jan 17th and Feb 14th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Bring your ukulele, guitar, or any other acoustic instrument to play along with us. Singers with or without instruments are welcome too! We’ll learn easy songs using basic chords that are fun for any skill level. Teen Trivia Challenge Thursdays, Jan 23rd and Feb 21st from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Can you beat the trivia challenge?? Teen Movies Thursdays, Jan 30th and Feb 28th at 2:00 p.m. Please call 860-763-3501 to inquire what title will be shown.

Lego® Club Saturday, Feb 2nd at 11:00 a.m. For children in grades 1-5. After hearing a story children will have time to construct a Lego® project related to the theme of the book. Registration for this event begins Jan 7th. (A Take Your Child to the Library Day event!)

Ask us about the Winter BINGO Challenge running all month long in January!

Magic Show with Ed Popielarczyk Saturday, Feb 2nd at 2:00 p.m. Join the fun with Ed and his Magical Moments show! His show will entertain us with lots of laughs, audience participation and, of course, magic. For ages 3 & up. Registration for this event begins Jan 7th. (A Take Your Child to the Library Day event!) Sponsored by the Friends of the Somers Library.

Craft and Chat! Every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Join other crafters for some company! Bring your project and any tools or materials you need.

Kid’s Bingo Tuesday, Feb 19th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. For grades 1-5. Come and play BINGO for prizes. Registration begins Feb 4th.


Tech Tuesdays Every Tuesday from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Reference Librarian Cecelia Becker will give instruction on the month’s tech topic.

Adult Coloring Club Every Friday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Colored pencils and books are provided, or you can bring your own. Ask a Librarian Do you need one-on-one assistance? Make an appointment with our Reference Librarian Cecelia Becker. Please call 860-763-3501 for more information.

Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday Closed Holiday Closings: Tuesday, January 1st Monday, January 21st Monday, February 18th Book Discussions Friday, Jan 11th at 1:30 p.m. Cozy Mystery – The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree, Friday, Jan 18th at 1:30 p.m. Non-Fiction – Alone on the Ice, Wednesday, Jan 30th at 2:30 p.m. Fiction - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Friday, Feb 8th at 1:30 p.m. Cozy Mystery – Death By Cashmere, Friday, Feb 15th at 1:30 p.m. Non-Fiction – The Map Thief Copies of each book will be available at the library. Please call 860-763-3501 to register for each book discussion. Movies for Adults Please call 860-763-3501 to inquire what titles will be shown. Monday, Jan 14th at 2:00 p.m. AND Tuesday, Jan 15th at 6:00 p.m. Monday, Feb 11th at 2:00 p.m. AND Tuesday, Feb 12th at 6:00 p.m. Herbal Winter Wellness Monday, Jan 14th at 6:30 p.m. Join Katherine from Kassandra’s Herbs to learn homeopathic ways to boost your immune system this winter. Please call 860-763-3501 to register. Director’s Coffee Klatch Friday, Jan 25th AND Friday, Feb 22nd at 1:30 p.m. Stop in for some light refreshments and the chance to chat informally with Library Director, Jessica Miller. Meditation: Change Your World from the Inside Out Monday, Jan 28th at 6:30 p.m. OR Saturday, Feb 9th at 1:30 p.m. One small change can make a big difference. By tapping into the practice of meditation we can learn a technique that can bring more peace, joy and harmony into our daily lives. Join Claire Vidich, longtime meditator, for a workshop on how to make a small, but impactful change in your life. Please call 860-763-3501 to register.

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ACC’s murder mystery: ‘Death Aboard the Duchess’

ENFIELD — The Duchess is the finest little ship to sail the silver seas. As travelers and crew prepare to depart on their ocean cruise, no one would expect a murderer to be among them. Find out who the murderer is at the 16th annual Murder Mystery Dinner Auction to be Friday, March 29, at the Asnuntuck Community College Banquet and Conference Center. Proceeds from the event benefit Asnuntuck Community College Scholarships and student support services in Asnuntuck’s academic degree programs, advanced manufacturing technology programs, and continuing education certificate and licen-

sure workforce programs. Since 2014, the Asnuntuck Community College Foundation has provided over $500,000 in student support. Charles Miller and Robyn Lee Miller, of the ShopRite of Enfield, are the Chairpersons of this year’s event. Committee members include Mike Bedore, Carmela Brennan, Cheryl Chiasson, Julie Cotnoir, Robert Earley, Amy Howard, Joyce Keating, Kim Quinn, Kathleen Tallarita-Lombardi, Lisa Reda, Suzanne Romano, and Marisol Suarez. Reservations for “Death Aboard the Duchess” are $75 and include social hour, prime rib and roast

turkey carving stations, delicious entrees and delectable dessert, as well as silent and live auctions. A taxdeductible donation is also included. “Death Aboard the Duchess” is sure to keep the audience guessing and laughing until the very end. Sponsorships are available from $2,500 to $125 and include a variety of marketing opportunities and guest reservations. For more information, please call event organizer Chris Casey of Chris Casey Concepts at (860) 6986267 or email To sponsor or attend the event, please go to

Windsor Federal welcomes new VP of residential, consumer lending

WINDSOR – David Iannucci has been named Vice President of Residential & Consumer Lending at Windsor Federal Savings, headquartered in Windsor. “David brings to Windsor Federal valuable industry experience and a reputation for being a strong team leader and

change agent,” said Luke Kettles, SVP & Chief Loan Officer. “He will be instrumental in modernizing our residential consumer lending technology platforms and overall loan process, which will enhance the customer experience.” Iannucci most recently was vice president of Residential Mortgage

Lending at First National Bank of Suffield, which was recently acquired by PeoplesBank. There, he oversaw all residential and consumer loan operations. His experience also includes loan servicing consulting, quality control, and compliance auditing. He has supported successful product launches

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Vote planned on sewer, pump station, infrastructure upgrades By Linda Tishler Levinson

The project includes $2.7 million for the Water Pollution Control Authority project, which includes the design and construction of the sewer line project.

STAFFORD — Voters will decide on a $6.5 million appropriation and $6 million bond authorization for West Street sewer line replacement, pump station upgrades and town infrastructure work at a Jan. 24 special town meeting. The Board of Selectmen voted Dec. 18 to send the matter to the special town meeting. The project includes $2.7 million for the Water Pollution Control Authority project, which includes the design and construction of the sewer line project — sewers, storm drains, manholes, catch basins and

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Library events include club meetings, movie, open art studio

appurtenances, curbs, sidewalks, pavement replacement, and the Middle River Bridge crossing; as well as the design, repairs and upgrades to the Route 190 pump station for the sanitary sewer system. It also includes $3.832 million for the infrastructure project — the design, construction, repair and

STAFFORD — The public library, 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford Springs, has these events planned for January. Events are free unless noted. Pre-register by phone (860) 684-2852 or online at Family movie: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2 p.m., “Happy Feet” (PG). Yak & Snack Book Club: Tuesday,

reconstruction of town infrastructure, which includes roads, sidewalks, drainage, roadside elements and the Williamson Road Bridge. The cost of both projects totals $6.532 million. Beyond the bonded funds, the project will be paid for by state, federal or other grants. The WPCA will pay the town 18.07 percent of the principal and interest payments for the WPCA project. The vote was two in favor with one abstention. Selectman Rick Hartenstein abstained. Hartenstein is the superintendent of the Water Pollution Control Authority.

Jan. 15, 6:45 p.m. Club is for teens. Enjoy a snack while discussing “All We Have Left” by Wendy Mills. TAB meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7:15 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join the teen advisory board. Share ideas for materials and programs for the library's teen department. Snacks provided. Open Art Studio: Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m. Family snowman crafts.

Various snowman crafts to choose from. Pre-register so available supplies will be on hand. Library Book Club: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. The Stafford Library book club meets once a month. In January, the club will discuss “Great Expectations,” by Charles Dickens. Books are available at the circulation desk. Audio and e-books are available on hoopla.

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Windsor Locks schools earn place on district honor roll

WINDSOR LOCKS — The Windsor Locks public school system is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the ninth annual AP District Honor Roll. To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, Windsor Locks Public Schools had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP. Interim Superintendent Sharon Cournoyer shared, “We are very pleased to be included in this honor. This level of success takes the hard work of our amazing students, parents, as well as our administration and teachers both at the high school and throughout the Windsor Locks District. Every teacher who provided instruction and mentorship contributed to students being prepared academically and for fostering the confidence needed to take a risk and aspire to the high level of expectation and accountability.  “Increased scores are always a part of our goal, but most important is the increase in the number of students who are challenging themselves to achieve at the AP level.   Our AP teachers have done an outstanding job of balancing a student-centered and standards-based approach with the Advanced Placement Curriculum; and provide the necessary support in making sure the students have the time and resources needed to master the content.” National data from 2018 show that among American

Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. Windsor Locks Public Schools is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

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“Success in Advanced Placement is a combination of students’ own motivation and the opportunities educators provide for them,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “I’m inspired by the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to earn college credit during high school.” Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time. In 2018, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 9th




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Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used. Districts must: Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts; Increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2018 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2016 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher. When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30% or more are underrepresented minority students (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) and/or 30% or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work. The complete 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at

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Dollars for SCHOLARS Mr. & Mrs. Philip J. Adams Mildred A. Aiken Kathleen M. Allard Gary & Shirley Allard Elizabeth S. Anderson Anonymous Arute Realty Group, LLC Robert & Susan Bagley Kathy & Eric Bain Robert & Faye Barnes Arline Beaupre Steven Belcher David & Linda Belcher Jean Beverage Jeffrey A. Blazejovsky Jacquelyn & Barry Bradley Karen Bradway Donald C. Bridge, Jr. Bud & Jo Bullock Jon & Darlene Butler John & Janet Calchera Lisa & Jim Calchera Ronald & Jane Cercena Lyle B. Champagne Laurie J. Chick Roland Chirico William Christensen Patricia Cipollini Richard & Cynthia Cooley Holly S. Coppinger Regina D. Corsini Carlton Roy Csiki CT Police & Fire Union Linda L. DalPian Roger & Beverly DalPian Roger DalPian, Jr. Carole A. D’Amato Albert & Patrene D’Amico Kevin & Linda DaRos Esther DaRos Brian P. DaRos Carol M. Davis Carol A. Delorge Nancy DeMatteo Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Dewhirst Horace & Barbara Dexter Eric & Sharon Dolaher Deb & Brian Drake David & Diane Dubaldo Neil G. Dunay Mark & Ialeen Dunn

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Gary & Patricia Ouellette Hugh & Margaret Owen Barry & Patti Pallanck Atty F. Joseph Paradiso Clifford & Donna Parent Marie Pellizari Susan Phillips Linda S. Pierce Lary R. Pincince George & Marge Pippin Francis Pippin Jean & Wayne Pisciotta Wayne C. Pisciotta Dick & Ginny Pisciotta Republican Legislators Fund Ken & Kathy Reynolds Paul Rosner Roger & Patricia Rossi Mark & Rosanne Roszczewski John & Sally Rowell Donna Schold Judith Schwanda Mary A. Sherry Kathleen Simonds Albert H. Skelton Randy Skelton Janet Skelton Eunice Skopek Stafford Area Community Services, Inc. Stafford Democratic Town Committee Inc Stafford High School Class of 1965

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Older adults can get AMPed about this upcoming program

SUFFIELD — The Aging Master Program is designed to inform, encourage, and support older adults as they take steps to improve their lives and engage with their communities. AMP is all about feeling better today and staying healthy for the future. Small steps can make big differences in the health and well-being of older adults. Even modest improvements can make life more fun and meaningful. It’s never too late to learn new skills and make the changes that can make this possible.  AMP encourages mastery-developing behaviors across many dimensions that will lead to improved health, stronger financial security, and overall well-being. The Aging Master Program is a program of the National Council on Aging and is funded in Connecticut by the Anthem Foundation. The Suffield Senior Center, in collaboration with Kent Memorial Library, was selected by the Connecticut Healthy Living Collective to participate in this 10-week, evidenced-based program. By participating in this program, participants will make and maintain small but impactful changes in health behaviors, financial well-being, and enrichment in later life.  There are real incentives and rewards for taking small steps that can improve your well-being.  You will meet new friends, provide support and encouragement to your peers, and become more involved in your community. The program will launch March 4 and space is limited. The program is free and includes a light lunch.  For details, call 860-668-8830.

Schools: New chairwoman chosen, College Board recognizes district By Linda Tishler Levinson

“The honor roll recognizes school districts in the United States and Canada that have expanded access to Advanced Placement coursework and maintained or increased the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams,” according to a post on the Suffield Public Schools’ Facebook page.

SUFFIELD — Susan Mercik Davis is the new chairwoman of the Board of Education, and Geert (James) Mol has been appointed to the school board. Davis was voted school board chairperson in late November following the resignation of former chairwoman Kendra Wiesel. Davis was named by a board vote of 7-0, with Wiesel abstaining. Mol was appointed to serve the remainder of Wiesel’s term on the board on Dec. 17. The term ends in November 2019. The vote was 5-1 with board member Debra Dudack opposed. Town schools, meanwhile, have been named to the College Board’s ninth annual AP District Honor Roll.“The honor roll recognizes school districts in the United States and Canada that have expanded access to Advanced Placement coursework and maintained or increased the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams,” according to a post on the Suffield Public Schools’ Facebook page. The criteria for the award also includes encouraging minority students to take part in and score a 3 or higher on AP exams.


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