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FREE! Gator To Fight Teenage Drinking Members of the Enfield Together Coalition, the Enfield Police Department and Enfield Youth Services stand with Gator, a fourwheel drive all-terrain vehicle that will enable the police department to monitor off-road areas for criminal activity, such as underage drinking parties. From left: Officer Richard Gutska, Officer Mark Granado, Chris Ryder, LauraLi Metcalf, Susan Roche, Captain Steven Hall, Officer Michael Krynowick, Officer Steve Clement, Enfield Coalition Member Gina Veser, Officer Philip Thomas, and the Director of Enfield Youth Services Jean Haughey. Story on page 6.

School Districts Get Creative with Making Up Lost Days By Linda Tishler Levinson Schools encourage creativity in their students. They give them opportunities to express their creativity through writing, art, music and other endeavors. But in north central Connecticut, it seems some school superintendents and boards of education are setting an example, using their creative sides as they cope with the aftermath of two major storms before winter even had an official start. Most schools in the area opened late this fall due to Tropical Storm Irene and the widespread power outages it brought. With that storm fresh in everyone's minds, the

In This Issue • BUSINESS: Local bus company marks a century in business ........p. 3 • EAST WINDSOR: Library association starts third century..............................p. 4 • EAST WINDSOR: Town expects no additional state aid ....................p. 5 • REGIONAL: Visting Nurses receive generous grant ..............................p. 7 • ENFIELD: Teacher of the Year Named in Town..........................p. 10 • ENFIELD: Asnuntuck retiree inspires charitable funds ..........p. 12

October snowstorm brought even more damage and even more widespread power outages to the region. Some towns were left completely in the dark, and, again, school had to be canceled. Since state law requires that public school students hold classes for 180 days during the school year and still let out for the summer by June 30, that means finding ways to make up all those days. Ellington Ellington Superintendent of Schools Stephen Cullinan said teachers came in during a couple of days when they could not bring children into the school. They used those as professional development days. In addition, they made

• ELLINGTON: Voters should see February referendum ................p. 14 • ELLINGTON: High school announces first quarter honor roll ..................p. 15 • SOMERS: Human services director leaves for new challenges ........p. 17 • SOMERS: Honor roll ..............p. 18 • STAFFORD: Bonds issued for Rt. 190 sewer work..................................p. 28 • STAFFORD: Students named to honor roll at high school........................p. 29 • CLASSIFIEDS:....................... ....p.31

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up one day by holding classes on Veterans Day and will attend school on Feb. 21, which had been a vacation day. Ellington was fortunate, he said, to plan for 182 days of school, so two do not need to be made up. The remainder will be added to the end of the school year, trying not to go beyond June 22. East Windsor In East Windsor, the school board voted on Nov. 17 to modify the school calendar, Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane said. They turned two professional devel-

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Business Local Bus Company Marks 100th Anniversary SOUTH WINDSOR - In 1912 the average yearly wage was $1,033, equating to less than $20 per week. A car cost on average $941, almost a whole year’s pay. Gasoline was seven cents a gallon. The need for transportation beyond the horse and buggy was on the rise. Ford, Chrysler and Buick founders were building vehicles and creating dealerships all over the country. Economical transportation for the masses was still clearly needed for the “working man.” John A. Collins was initially inspired to start Collins Bus Service in 1912 to transport local children to and from school. He saw them walking miles to school in all types of weather. He started his “fleet” with a two-horse sleigh in the winter and a horse drawn wagon in the fair weather. The sleigh and wagon were replaced by motorized school buses. The company continued to transport school children and expanded its operation to school and church charters. By 1938, the Collins family business was awarded school contracts in the towns of East Windsor and South Windsor. By now, John’s sons Leslie and Harold had joined their father as the company continued to grow. During World War Two, Harold served the Broad Brook and South Windsor areas, providing transportation services to workers of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford seven days a week to help in the country’s war effort. The company diversified in local farm labor transportation to supply the famous tobacco runs in the area. John Collins passed away in 1957, leaving his 45-year legacy of Collins Bus Service to his two sons. At this time, Harold Collins purchased the franchise of Stafford Bus Company, a Stafford to Hartford transportation route. The franchise was renamed Post Road Stages and was incorporated on Jan. 1, 1958. Later the route was extended into Munson, Mass., giving the company interstate charter authority on a national level. Between 1960 and 1970, the charter business grew at an unparalleled rate, aided by such events as the New York World’s Fair and the Montreal World’s Fair. The senior citizen travelers grasped onto the joys of bus traveling to see the country. They were able to see the sites in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Collins Bus Service/Post Road Stages was offering such a variety of trips that its fleet quadrupled during these two decades. The expansion of its fleet included deluxe Motor Coaches with lavatories, card tables, and bars. In 1980, the Collins family incorporated a new division called Post Road Tours for individuals and families to book their trips on countrywide tours planned throughout the year. The third Collins generation, Priscilla and Alden, assumed full responsibility of the family business upon the passing of

The family behind Post Road Stages. their father Harold in 1989. “I had been working in the company since I was in high school as my father’s secretary. Every day after school I met with my father and he had me type up all his business correspondence. So, I learned then how the company operated at a very young age,”

Priscilla said. Alden retired in 1998. Alden’s son Todd took over the garage operation, and Priscilla, along with her son, Bruce Snow, continued the family tradition. In 2007,

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East Windsor Library Association of Warehouse Point Begins 201st Year coupled with funding given by the Hartford Foundation for Giving, which allowed the room and adjacent kitchen to be updated. Vincent J. Bologna, who has been director at the library for 22 years, says even though the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection does not have any books remaining from the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original collection, it has been able to preserve older books, including the 1917 edition of Encyclopedia Biography Representative Citizens of Connecticut and other books through donations from patrons. Offering patrons access to older historic collections and reference materials

By Julie Cotnoir EAST WINDSOR - In 1811 James Madison was President of the United States, Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Jane Austen saw her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sense and Sensibilityâ&#x20AC;? published and residents of the town of East Windsor opened their first library. Last month the Library Association of Warehouse Point celebrated the 200-year milestone with an open house and an exhibit showcasing photos that highlighted the town and library associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. The library association prides itself on its history, but also offers services and materials relevant to its patrons in 2012. Anne Marie Kebschull has been working at the library associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent location at 107 Main St. for 14 years. She said a call went out to the public to share any photos they may have of East Windsor and the library was not disappointed. Photos featuring the Balf Confectionary Shop, which was attached to what is now the Maine Fish Market (the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first location), capture images of a vibrant business that was unfortunately destroyed by a fire. Shots from the Flood of 1936 show the devastation the town saw during that historic act of nature. The photos, many of which are on loan, have been scanned so the library will be able to have a permanent collection of the

LIBRARY/page 5 Library Association of Warehouse Point Director Vincent J. Bologna holds a copy of the Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1917 edition of Encyclopedia Biography Representative Citizens of Connecticut, while Librarian Anne Marie Kebschull holds one of the Sony e-readers the Association has available for loan. Photo by Julie Cotnoir priceless photos. Photographs featuring the smiling young faces from past classes at Broad Brook School and some of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first firefighters were also loaned to the library. Photos were on display, which included snapshots of the three locations the library has been housed in during the past 200 years. It has been at its current location since 1938. In a history of the Library

Association of Warehouse, written by L.F. Price, who served as the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director in the 1890s, readers learn that the first patrons of the library had to pay 50 cents a year in order to use the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services. A benefactor in 1909 allowed the library to become free for all. Support from a bequest made by Joseph Barber made the library truly sufficient, according to Priceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s account. During the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s December open house the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community room had a plaque unveiled that once again showed the generosity of an individual to the mission of the association. E. Eileen Ulsen, who grew up in town, bequeathed a sum of money that was

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East Windsor Town Anticipates Flat State Funding for Next Budget Year By Linda Tishler Levinson EAST WINDSOR — The town is aiming for a zeroincrease budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The boards of Selectmen, Education and Finance met Nov. 30 during a special joint meeting to discuss the upcoming budget process. There was a general consensus that the town budget should not carry an increase, since economic conditions have not shown improvement over the past year. “I’m very encouraged that the three boards are working

very closely and very well,” First Selectman Denise Menard said. Finance Board Chairman Jason Bowsza said that the three boards were meeting together to outline the goals of each board and to improve communication among them. He noted that over the past few years the budget process had not been smooth. Finance Board member Joseph Pellegrini asked what the projection for state funding is. Bowsza reported that the state is anticipating flat funding for the upcoming year,

meaning that the town of East Windsor likely will receive about $5.9 million from the state, the same as for the current fiscal year. Bowsza said that increases for contractual obligations would be entertained during the budget process and that all departments should present level budgets. Asked about the grand list and projected revenues for the town, Menard said it is too early to predict those figures.

Library Association Dates Back to 1811 Founding (continued from page 4) remains important. The staff at the library understands, however, the importance of staying current as well. Audio books, ebooks and Sony 2 e-readers are all available free of charge to check out. The library has wireless free Internet access (something invaluable to townspeople during the October snowstorm and power outage). A projection screen has been added to the community room, which has allowed various town groups to hold meetings at the library. The projector also allows the library association the opportunity to offer

free movie screenings. “The Help” will be shown at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, with “Dolphin Tale” being shown on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. Introducing youngsters to the joys of reading is an important piece of the library’s mission. Signups are currently under way for winter story times. Story times for 2- and 3-year-olds will be held on Fridays from 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. from Jan. 13-Feb. 24. Story times for 4-6-year-olds will be held on Monday evenings from 6:15-7:15 from Jan. 9-March 5 and during the day story time for this age range will be from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. from Jan. 11-Feb.

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Regional Coalition, Enfield PD Introduce New Tool Against Teen Drinking ENFIELD - The Enfield Together Coalition and the Enfield Police Department have welcomed a new member to the force: a four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicle called a Gator. The vehicle, available to the department through a multi-town enforcement partnership entitled Metro-Traffic Services, will allow the department to check off-road locations for under-age drinking parties. Enfield Police Department Sergeant Charles Grasso said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teen drinking parties in the woods, or in other locations inaccessible to traditional police vehicles, have been an issue for a number of years.â&#x20AC;? Sergeant Grasso estimated there are an average of two to three dozen parties a

year in such locations, with each party ranging in size from 20 to 100 teens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an invaluable tool for the Enfield Police,â&#x20AC;? Grasso said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The department will be able to access a number of locations including heavily wooded areas and sandpits,â&#x20AC;? Grasso continued. Police hope to use the Gator as much as possible on weekends, and on select weekdays. The department plans to have half a dozen officers trained to use the vehicle to patrol the off-road areas where teens go to have drinking parties in Enfield. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Enfield Together Coalition looks forward to the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new ability to enforce underage drinking laws in all areas of Enfield,â&#x20AC;? said Enfield Youth Services

Prevention Coordinator Christina Turner. The Enfield Together Coalition (ETC), is a group dedicated to reducing and preventing underage drinking and substance use in Enfield through raising awareness, educating parents and youth, and enforcing underage drinking laws. According to Grasso, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Targeting teen drinking in Enfield is a great team effort between the Enfield Together Coalition, Enfield Youth Services, and the Enfield Police Department,â&#x20AC;? which will now be aided by the new Gator. Party Patrol operations are planned and funded in partnership with the Enfield Together Coalition and the Town of Enfield Youth Services Partnership for Success Grant.

ETC members include representatives from Enfield Youth Services, East of the River Action for Substance Abuse Elimination (ERASE), the Youth Advisory Council, parents, school personnel, Town Council, Enfield Police Department, Police Steering Committee, substance abuse counselors, the faith-based community, business owners, and more. The Coalition is united in the commitment to prevent and reduce underage drinking in Enfield. For more information, please visit www.EnfieldTogether.org. Anyone who would like to report a teen drinking party in Enfield may contact the Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anonymous tip-line at 860-763-8918.

School Districts Target February for Making Up Lost School Days (continued from page 1) opment days already on the school calendar into abbreviated school days combined with professional development for the faculty after student dismissal. They had one such day on Nov. 23. They also took two days off the February vacation. The rest of the days will be added to the end of the school year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do have some days (in case of future snow days),â&#x20AC;? she said. Kane said that they do not want to touch the April vacation, since the feeling is that would be an extensive period of time for

children to attend school without what she called â&#x20AC;&#x153;a reasonable break.â&#x20AC;? Stafford Stafford Superintendent of Schools Patricia Collin said the school system also brought teachers in the days immediately following the storm, when it was still unsafe to bring the students back. As a result, they reinstated Feb. 3 and March 30 as instructional days. Originally, they had been professional development days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really am in a better position than other districts,â&#x20AC;? Collin said. Stafford had originally planned to forgo the February vacation and have school end on June 8.

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That has allowed them to add the remaining days onto the end of the school year more easily. The school board plans to revisit the snow day situation in January and again in February, Collin said. Somers In Somers, schools will have a threeday weekend in February, rather than the traditional winter vacation. Schools will close for Presidents Day, but the rest of the week will be used to make up four snow days. Enfield The Enfield Board of Education has yet to make a decision on how it will make up for lost days. The board voted at its Dec. 13 meeting to postpone the decision until after the New Year. While not everyone has been entirely

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Post Road Stages Turns 100 (continued from page 3) Jeffrey Myers, Pricilla’s grandson, added a fifth generation when he took the position of Safety Director. Post Road Stages’ fleet consists of 12 luxury motor coaches, 2 mini coaches, and 6 coaches operating under Collins Bus Service in contract with the Connecticut Department of Transpiration to provide commuter service between Vernon and Hartford. Amenities on board the vehicles include lavatories, window shades, reclining seats, wheelchair lifts, DVD players, and WiFi. Post Road Stages and Collins Bus Service also utilize the latest safety technology including remote tire pressure monitoring and AERs (Accident Event Recorders). Looking ahead, Mr. Snow stated, “Our future is bright. The plan is to continue as a family operated business. We’ve started to incorporate zero emission vehicles into our fleet and are looking at other new technologies to further enhance the traveling experience. In light of recent less-thanfavorable industry headlines, I think it’s important to spread the message of how safe, fun, and reliable traveling by motor coach can be. Trust me; we’ve been doing it for years.” Groups of all types now charter buses to take them to shows, shopping, fishing

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Regional Air Museum Open Cockpit Day Features Kaman Helicopter WINDSOR LOCKS - The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks has announced that it will hold its next Open Cockpit Day on Sunday, Jan. 15. On that day, visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 12 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and two static flight simulators. To be open for the first time is a newly delivered U.S. Navy SH-2F Seasprite helicopter that was manufactured by Kaman Aerospace Company in Bloomfield. The helicopter was built in 1985 and saw service with the U.S. Navy. It was beautifully refurbished by Kaman prior to its delivery to the museum. Other aircraft to be open include the famous Vought Corsair of WWII, the North American F-100 Super Sabre, a DC-3 airliner, several helicopters and more. As an added feature, the Wings & Wheels Modelers Club will present a show featuring hundreds of plastic scale models of airplanes, military vehicles, figures, ship and cars. There will be ongoing demonstrations by modelers who will be working on and building models throughout the day. There also will be hands-on activities for the enjoyment of the younger visitors during the event. For the convenience of

Newly restored Navy SH-2F Seasprite to be one of the Open Cockpits for the first time on this day. all, a food vendor will be on site serving sandwiches, snacks and hot and cold drinks. The event will be held inside the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three large, heated display hangars. The Open Cockpit program runs from

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the museum and gift shop staying open until 5 p.m. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. The New England Air Museum is located adjacent to Bradley International Airport. Take

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Enfield Second Grade Teacher Named Enfield Educator of the Year By Linda Tishler Levinson

Brumbach Room Dedicated and Scholarship Announced St. Bernard School dedicated and blessed the Brumbach Room on Dec. 7, as well as announced a new scholarship available to 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Both the room and the scholarship were created in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Brumbach. Both Catherine and Joseph Brumbach were involved in the field of education. Mrs. Brumbach was a teacher in the Tolland public school system. Mr. Brumbach graduated from a private Catholic high school and was indebted to the school for the financial assistance he received in order to complete his studies. He considered this to be a critical piece in allowing him to mature as a Catholic and in his chosen profession of climatology. It was Joseph and Catherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intent to share a portion of their legacy in providing financial assistance for students to continue their Catholic education. Beginning this year St. Bernard students will be able to apply for the scholarship awarding them a $1,000 credit on their tuition and allow them a special place on the Brumbach Plaque to continue his legacy.

ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Enfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 Teacher of the Year sees motivation as key to learning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I definitely have a gift to motivate the children,â&#x20AC;? said Dale Gregoire, a secondgrade teacher at Hazardville Memorial School. Prior to the school reorganization, she taught at Eli Whitney Elementary School for six years. Using thematic units, Gregoire said she creates lessons that bring together multiple academic areas, including language arts, the creative arts, physical education and math. She works with the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art and physical education teachers in the process. With these thematic units, Gregoire said children are better learners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The children are more invested in their learning when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tied together,â&#x20AC;? she said. Gregoire said she loves teaching because â&#x20AC;&#x153;you can positively affect the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives every single day.â&#x20AC;?

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Richâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oil Turkey Drive Results in 125 Turkeys Donated to Enfield Food Shelf ENFIELD - Richâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oil, Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning hosted its fourth annual Turkey Drive to help ensure families in north central Connecticut enjoyed a bountiful Thanksgiving. The Turkey Drive resulted in 125 turkeys being donated to the Enfield Food Shelf. Owner Rich Tkacz and his staff provided refreshments to everyone who donated to the Turkey Drive. Tkacz stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially in this challenging year of a hurricane, unexpected snowstorm and power outages, I am grateful to everyone for their generosity. My special thanks to Easy Pickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orchard and Letourneau Builders for their support.â&#x20AC;?

Richâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oil has been building relationships in north central Connecticut since 1986. They are a community-minded organization, and giving back to the community and making sure each customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs are met are important to them. Following the October storm, Rich and his staff made sure they were available to their customers despite no power, road closures and difficult working conditions. In keeping with their commitment to customer service, Richâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oil has established an Ask The Tech page on their website at www.richs-oil.com. Technical questions can be asked about furnaces, water heaters and air conditioning.

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Russell Wins Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club Award ENFIELD - The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club of Enfield is pleased to announce that its nominee for the Jennie June Award, Eileen Russell, was chosen as the recipient for GFWC/CT. This award is the highest given by The General Federation of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubs, and it is named after GFWCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder, Jane Cunning Croly, who wrote for national newspapers under the pseudonym â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jennie June.â&#x20AC;?

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Enfield Rileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School Of Dance Thanked for Support

From left, Tim St. James, former Asnuntuck president; Bill Searle, Congress of Community Colleges; Deb Matusko, recently retired faculty secretary; and Mike Rood, Congress of Community Colleges. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

Asnuntuck Supports Community in a Variety of Ways ENFIELD - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Challenge met!â&#x20AC;? With that, Deb Matusko (third from left), recently retired after working more than 35 years as the faculty secretary at Asnuntuck Community College, accepts a $300 donation to the Enfield Food Shelf. After retiring, Deb continued her desire to help people by volunteering at the Food Shelf. When there was a need for baby food and diapers she came to her colleagues to ask for help. The local chapter of the Congress of Community Colleges, the union that represents all Asnuntuck

faculty and professional staff, stepped up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a long history of using our money to help local organizations,â&#x20AC;? mentioned Mike Rood (far right), a local leader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We issued a challenge to the ACC faculty and staff that if they donated at least $300 to the Food Shelf for baby items, that our local chapter would match that amount.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The challenge idea came from some of our members last year, and we liked the idea,â&#x20AC;? continued Bill Searle (second from left), another local leader.

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ENFIELD - On Dec. 3, The Rileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Dance had a fundraiser at Fermi High School with more than 1,000 people in attendance. The fundraiser this year was called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hunger Has No Seasonâ&#x20AC;? and the proceeds raised, which amounted to $8,000, were given to Loaves and Fishes (Soup Kitchen). Approximately 175 children, ranging from ages 3-18, gave their all in two performances. On the following Sunday, Enfield had its annual Torch Light Parade, and the children walked for the soup kitchen and collected an additional $145. The Riley girls also work at the Soup Kitchen once a month, cooking, serving, and cleaning. This month they are filling stockings for the annual Christmas Party. There were many outstanding young citizens giving their time, talent and love for those who have so little. Priscilla and Murray Brayson, the Board of Directors, Volunteers, and Guests of Loaves and Fishes would like to thank Katie Riley and the participants from Rileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Dance for their most generous donations. May God Bless you all, may you have a Merry Christmas, and a most wonderful New Year!

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Ellington Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball Team Coming to Town ELLINGTON - The Opening Knight Players of Ellington High School will be hosting some special guests on Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the EHS gymnasium. The Harlem Rockets, a talented group of basketball entertainers who combine incredible showtime basketball skills and family-friendly comedy, will face the Ellington Rocket Stoppers in a game benefiting the Opening Knight Players. Having played more than 2,500 games in 16 years without a single defeat, the Harlem Rockets offer something for everyone to enjoy. Sports enthusiasts will be intrigued by the athleticism and size of the Rockets. Basketball aficionados will be dazzled by the ball-handling wizardry of Clarence â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mugsyâ&#x20AC;? Leggett, who played at St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College, and who is a former Harlem Globetrotter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mugsyâ&#x20AC;? is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extraordinary dribblers. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be left awestruck by the high flying dunks of Shanod â&#x20AC;&#x153;JFKâ&#x20AC;? Burton. Witness a once in a lifetime experience when you catch Cliff â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jet Blueâ&#x20AC;? Malone and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Kid on the Blockâ&#x20AC;? Devon Curry, who stands 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 11â&#x20AC;? tall and puts on a dunk fest. And since this is comedy basketball, the Harlem Rockets present to you showman James â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speedyâ&#x20AC;? Williams, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Prince of Laughsâ&#x20AC;? who performed live with Jay-Z at the MTV Music Awards and appeared in the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Above the Rimâ&#x20AC;? starring Tupac Shakur. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speedyâ&#x20AC;? is featured on Playstationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Street-Hoopsâ&#x20AC;? game and is known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crowned Prince of Laughs.â&#x20AC;? The Harlem Rockets incorporate the audience, especially children, into the show and are always available to meet the fans and give autographs at halftime and after the game. In this special event to raise money for the Opening Knight Players, the Ellington Rocket Stoppers have graciously agreed to face the Harlem Rockets. Ellington Rocket Stoppers players include Chris Feeney of Center

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Ellington February Referendum Likely for Projects By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The senior center and Crystal Lake School projects will go to referendum at the same time. Residents voted at a Special Town Meeting in December to present the projects to the public together. On the advice of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bond counsel, while the votes will take place at the same time, they will be separate line items on the ballot, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. The senior center proposal is for a 10,600-square-foot facility that would be built across from Ellington High School. The building would include offices, a kitchen, health area, activity area and two multi-purpose rooms. It is expected to cost $2.35 million. The Crystal Lake School project involves additions and renovations. A Board of Finance meeting will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Town Hall to discuss the referendums, followed by a Board of Selectmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting on the referendums at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at Town Hall. Since both projects have completed their Planning and Zoning H-24 reviews, Blanchette said a February referendum is possible.

Civics Lessons Up Close State Senator Gary D. LeBeau (D-East Hartford) spoke to about 65 Ellington High School civics class students on Dec. 20 in the high school auditorium. As part of their civics curriculum, students wrote Sen. LeBeau asking him to explain his position on a variety of state issues; the senator spent nearly two hours answering their questions and explaining the legislative process.

Airport Authority Chair Speaks At Breakfast ENFIELD - Mary Ellen Jones, Chair of the Connecticut Airport Authority, was the guest speaker at the North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly Breakfast Connections event on Nov. 30. Over 80 business leaders attended the breakfast to hear Ms. Jones speak about the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to create econom-

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Ellington High School Announces First Quarter Honor Roll Students ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The following students have been named to the honor roll at Ellington High School, according to a list supplied by principal Neil Rinaldi. GRADE 9 - HIGH HONORS Kerri Bergeron, Emily Costanzo, Katherine Lee, Allison Letizia, Thomas Mackintosh, Megan Nicoletti, Kevin Sisco, Katherine Snyder, Albert Tebbetts, Nicholas Topor, Jonathan Wing HONORS Alisha Albee, Andrew Bahler, Timothy Bahler, Jonathan Bailey-Francois, Jeremy Baouche, Justin Berak, Kathryne Bergeron, Brandon Bogrette, Emily Breen, Erin Breen, Kristen Breen, Robert Brisson, Emma Carr, Megan Chamberland, Neil Chamberland, Ian Chandler, Basudha Chaudhuri, Kelly Coffey, John Connelly, James Costanzo, Zachary Couturier, Jordan Dixon, Olivia Duval, Gabriela Ewald, Katrina Frazer, Nicole French, Caroline Friedman, Anne Fulton, Morgan Gill, Kelly Gorman, Kristine Gouin, Aaliyah Graboski, Paul Gresh, Katherine Hany, Michael Hardy, Daniel Hayes, Elizabeth Johnson, Thomas Kindall, Ashley Kuehn, Kylie Lallier, Jennika Lebron, Derek Litty, Devin Luginbuhl, Brian Machado, Justin Malley, Macie Martin, Hayley McDonald, Daniel McPartland, Ryan Michaud, Sean Milligan, Jessica Mocadlo, Brianna Muir, Megan Niger, Annika Nordmark, Riley Palozej, Gwendolyn Paseka, Jonathan Plickys, Spencer Plourde, Jennifer Roy, Holly Schipper, Kelsey Sgarlata, Kierra Shain, Lilia Shea, Kathryn Sisco, David Spencer, Gabrielle Stein, Anthony

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Somers Students Named to First Quarter Honor Roll at Somers High SOMERS - According to a list provided by the school administration, the following Somers High School have been named to the honor roll for the first quarter. Grade 9 High Honors Christopher Belmonte Melanie Bonneau Hannah Collins Alexander Coverdill Bailee Crisinati Kirsten Guerette Meaghan Hanna Kayla Hevey Anita Huang Morgan Knight Connor Marsters Ray McCarthy Melissa Morton Jaclyn Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Grady Samantha Percoski Samantha Pruden Benjamin Ranelli Jessica Reed Samantha Salvador Sarah Schon Brooke Sharland Amanda Sloan Sarah Squillace Tyler Tolisano Zachary Varnauskas

Grade 9 Honors Darcy Anderson Zachary Beebe Maria Bernier Lindsey Blais Timothy Craig Sarah Dawson Erin Eastwood Mark Finnegan James Goodnight Kristen Joseph Alec Kapino Jeffrey Krol Nicholas Lamson Nicolaus LaVallee Andre Levesque Katharine Lewis James Morello Alaina Murphy Leeza Regulbuto Julia Rinaldi Emily Roche Ross Ruble Michael Ryan Mia Ryder Sarah Savage Ethan Settje Sierra Simpson Austin Stinson Kyle Trusch John Yarrows

Grade 10 High Honors Brianna Allard Stephen Bosomworth Kimberly Cisco Christopher DeGray Julianne Folger Kaitlin Gagne Caroline Gamble Samantha Gay Christine Goss Sarah Hayowyk Emily Jewell Aram Kerr Amanda Lefemine Ryan Lynch Anthony Mottolese Rebecca Novak Allison Nowak Kaitlyn Prucker Matthew Rafala Helena Rheault Amanda Roberts Brian Rossini Kristen Steidler Jessica Trusch Olivia Tyler Lauren VanFossan Andrew Vibberts

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Grade 11 High Honors Luke Alvaro Gabrielle Bernier Joshua Caswell Mark Ceppetelli Jane Chesley Nicholas Coleman Priya Deonarine Troy Donovan Mark Erwin Katelyn Fawthrop Nicole Gay Christopher Higgins Jennifer Jablonski Evan Koehler Julianna Masamery Sarah McCollum Connor Mitchell Andrew Morse Kathryn Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Cayla Rossini

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Somers Home Sweet Home Furnishings and Gifts Receives Best of Somers SOMERS - Home Sweet Home Furnishings and Gifts has been selected for the 2011 Best of Somers Award in the Used Furniture category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties. About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA): U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City-based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

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Somers Students Named to Honor Roll for First Quarter at Somers High William Paskewitz Aneta Paszek Colleen Regan Kayla Renaud John Rockett Hannah Ruble Domonique Scibelli Megan Seagrave Kelsey Sloan Kevin Thomas Karen Trescott Danielle Turley Jenna Varnauskas Timothy Waters Nick Zachary

(continued from page 18) Nicholas Salvador Anthony Sophinos Grade 11 Honors Kristine Aikins Robert Baumann Brendan Coverdill Emily Dawson Ryan DeAdder Dominic DeFilipi Christa Drummey Nicholas Elia Andrew Fenton Samantha French Lucja Greloch MaiAsia Grimes Elizabeth Harland Alexander Johnson Jacob Kalinowski Paige LaDue Laila Mai-Nguyen Rachel Mancini Shannon McCallum Brian McDuffee Jessica Minikowski Cameron Morin Sean Murphy Kylen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hearn Emma Panto

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Brianna Guite Christopher Hamilton Evan Hayowyk Victoria LaVallee Taylor Leaska Katie Loughrey Heather MacLauchlan Ryan Mailhot Caitlin Moriarty Kerisa Morin Katherine Morton Jason Moustafa Allyssa Norton Sabrina Okun Michelle Pellissier Bruce Rafferty Yuan Yuan Shi Marta Stenz Kyle Sullivan Wen Ai Sin Sun Christopher Tolisano Emily Vecchiarelli Victoria Vendetta Karisa Welch Ainsley Wilson Kiernan Wyllie Grade 12 Honors Lindsey Aguiar Jake Alvaro Renee Beaulieu

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Soldier Laid To Rest The body of Connecticut Army National Guard Pvt. Sammuel M. Mercouriou enters the Enfield Congregational Church in Enfield on Dec. 17. Pvt. Mercouriou unexpectedly died at Fort Benning, Ga. Photo by David Butler II

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Somers Library Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Book Discussion The next book discussion at the library will be Around Again by Suzanne Strempek Shea on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. with a snow date of February 1. Denise Stankovics is the discussion leader. Copies of the book are available for loan. Please call 860-763-3501 to register or for further information. Monday Matinees We will show the recently released film The Help based on the bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett on Tuesday, January 10. The movie will be shown with closed captioning in the Blake Community Room beginning at 1:00 p.m. On Tuesday, January 24, the matinee will be Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Key, adapted from Tatiana de Rosnayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bestselling novel and starring Kristin Scott Thomas. Recent Donations The Nero family recently donated a Lego play table for the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room. The table is equipped with Duplo blocks suitable for children ages 2-5. The complete ten-volume set Bob Steeleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Century was donated by Leland Pinney. The books, set in scrapbook style and diary format, detail the life of the popular radio announcer who entertained four generations of New Englanders. CHET Winner Somers resident Matthew Fleischman was selected a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Destination College Savingsâ&#x20AC;? winner in the Connecticut Higher Education Trust college savings program which took place this past summer. Matthew received a check for $500 to begin his own college savings program and the Somers Library was also the recipient of a $500 award which will be used for childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programming. Thank you Matthew for submitting your entry! E-Readers for Loan The library has basic Nook and Kindle ebook readers for loan to Somers residents. Titles are preloaded, or borrowers may request a particular title which we will consider for purchase. If you do not already own an E-Reader and would like to try one, contact the library for more information or to reserve a reader.

Winter Storytime Session Registration for the Somers Public Library winter storytime session will begin the week of January 9. Somers residents can register beginning Monday, January 9 and non-residents can register beginning Tuesday, January 10. Storytime sessions will run for seven weeks January 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 9. Registration is required for all storytimes. Children ages 12-24 months will meet on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. Children ages 24-36 months will meet on Mondays at 10:15 a.m. or Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. Children ages 3-5 years will meet on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. or Fridays at 10:15 a.m. Family Movie Matinee Saturday, January 7, 1:00 p.m. We will show the movie Mr. Popperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Penguins, rated PG, 94 minutes. No registration required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Sleepytime Storytime Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. Children ages 2 & up are invited to listen to stories, sing songs and make a winter craft. Children may wear their pajamas and bring a stuffed animal. No registration required. Winter Reading Program January 9- February 29 Pick up your first reading sheet beginning Monday, January 9 and check out five books from the library. Return your completed reading log to the library for a special surprise.

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Regional Hope Springs Church to Host Financial Peace University STAFFORD - Have you ever wondered where your money goes? Are you tired of your money running your life instead of you running your money? Are you ready to catch a vision for your financial future and get the tools to help you get there? Hope Springs Church invites you to come learn how to better manage your money and your lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re financially secure or are struggling with debt. As you are fully aware, our nation is in the middle of one of the most difficult financial periods in its 236-year history. Many families are making less, spending

Screenings Slated for Early Start Preschool SOMERS - The Somers Early Start Preschool will be conducting screenings for 3- and 4-year-olds. To be considered for the 8-10 peer role model slots available, your child must participate in the Friday, Feb. 10, screenings (9:30 a.m.10:45 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) at the Somers Elementary School. In addition, there is a monthly tuition, and parents must provide transportation. Please call the Office of Pupil Services (860-7492270, x2052) for an appointment no later than Jan. 27. If you have any concerns about your child, or would like them to be considered as a peer role model, you are welcome to attend.

more and struggling just to get by. Some families are doing wonderful, but would like some information about how they can better prepare for things like college, retirement and wealth building. Hope Springs Church in Stafford Springs is hosting Dave Ramseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Financial Peace University to help you gain the tools and give the encouragement we all need to be successful in our day and time. The class is Dave Ramsey, nationally syndicated radio host, bestselling author and financial expert, teaching on video surrounded by small-group discussion and personal help when needed. Financial Peace University is a 13-week

course that will show people how to really live like never before with lessons on saving, debt elimination, giving, investing and real estate to name a few. More than a million families have changed their family trees through Financial Peace. In three different 13-week courses offered by Hope Springs Church, more than 40 family groups have begun the process of financial freedom. Hope Springs strongly desires to be a catalyst in the community so even more families can break the chains of debt by offering this much needed and powerful course. Our Free Preview & Meet & Greet will be held on Monday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

with the 13-week course beginning Monday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. You can also see the preview online at www.myhopesprings.com/giving/financ ial-peace.html. We will offer refreshments and snacks at our Jan. 9 meet and greet with no pressure to sign up. We just ask you to give Financial Freedom a chance. For more information or if you have questions, please contact us at 860-6845539 or email us at kris@myhopesprings.com. You can also go to www.myhopesprings.com for more information.

Ellington Senior Center Offers Stimulation for Older Residents ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The following programs will take place at the Ellington Senior Center. Setback Have you ever played Setback? Would you like to learn? Make sure to check out our Setback cards every Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 in the main room of the senior center. Volunteer coordinators Carl Larson and Dave Lehman will be there to welcome you. Chess Mates The Ellington Senior Center offers a program for seniors to exercise their brain cells. Senior Chess Mates meet weekly on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This program is coordinated by Alex Cardoni, a

retired UConn professor and Ellington resident. Alex has a love for the game and wants to share with others. This program is geared for beginners who want to learn how to play chess and for people who know how to play, but havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t touched a pawn in some time. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Discussion Group A monthly menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion group meets at the Senior Center the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. This discussion forum is sponsored by Frank

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Stafford Bonds Issued for Route 190 Sewer Work; Cookies for Soldiers By Linda Tishler Levinson STAFFORD — The town will borrow the funds for repairs to the sewer line on Route 190. The Board of Selectman voted Dec. 7 to issue bonds or notes for the sewer project. The bonds will be issued for up to $690,000. Issued on or about Dec. 21, they will mature on Aug. 7, 2012.

Cookies for soldiers The American Legion Auxiliary organized a Christmas Cookies for the Stafford Soldiers collection. The organization collected donations of cookies and funds to assist with the cost of shipping to soldiers in Afghanistan. All told, 33 boxes were sent to the soldiers.

HEARTSafe Stafford has been named a HEARTSafe community, according to the state Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the American Heart Association. "The HEARTSafe Communities program is designed to increase the awareness of the signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac events by ordinary citizens and the need to call 9-1-1, provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation and early defibrillation," DPH commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen said in a written release. "Stafford has demonstrated its commitment toward ensuring that its residents and visitors receive the early lifesaving response proven to increase the chances of survival for heart attack victims." Stafford qualified for the designation by the public placement of automatic electronic defibrillators, trained community

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Stafford First Quarter Honor Roll Students at Stafford High School STAFFORD - Marco Pelliccia, principal of Stafford High School, is pleased to announce that the following students of Stafford High School have made the honor roll for the first quarter of the 20112012 school year. These students have completed all of their class work as of November 17, 2011 and have not received a grade lower than a 77 in any course. Students who have a 90 average or better have earned high honors recognition. Students who have earned an 85 average or better have earned Honors recognition. Senior High Honors Ashley Allen Sarah Aubin

Amber Barron Danielle Clark Charles Cormier Olivia Crable Gillian Gagne Shawna Katkavich Hailee Klapproth Bryce Koelsch Olivia Kritzman Thomas Maynard Melissa McCloskey Shane McCuen Vivian Ojeda Junior High Honors Angelique Bacha Jennifer Bourque Evan Cummins Sara Fogarty Ryan Gelinas Joshua Gluck Amanda Jacobsen Anna Janusz Jonathan Lerch Shelbey Prucker

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Free Coffee House Returns on Jan. 29 STAFFORD Stafford Arts Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next free Coffee House evening will be Jan. 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tim McDonald, singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist, whose style is both melodic and lyrical, will open the program at 7 p.m. He mixes original ballads of life with uptempo rock and blues, influenced at times by the music of Sting, James Taylor and Eric Clapton. Connecticut singer and songwriter Donna Martin will follow at 8 p.m., playing her orig-

inal acoustic folk and country music and singing her strong, beautiful and stirring songs, which are about people we all know. She has five successful solo albums, which include some moving songs that relate stories from the history of slavery in the U.S. Coffee House evenings are located at the Ben Muzio Town House (Old Town Hall) 221 East St. (Rt. 19) Stafford Springs. Refreshments are available. For more information, call 860-684-9500 or 860-684-5211.

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Auto 2012 VW Beetle Not a One Gender Car – All Can Like It The drive-through window clerk at a for a tall family. A 6-foot tall dad and his McDonald's on the Mass Pike greeted me 5'8" tall son are not going to sit back-towith a phrase I hadn't heard in a while, back comfortably. "Cute Punch Buggy." Fortunately, she was One vastly needed improvement for the far enough away that she couldn't punch Beetle comes in the trunk. It was an me, otherwise I think she might have. unfriendly space that could be used but I was behind the wheel of the 2012 only with some contortionism. The new Volkswagen Beetle, the redesigned itera- trunk offers 15.5 cubic feet of space that tion of the classic Beetle. Simply put, you can actually use. Some trunks have Volkswagen has nailed the new design and decent space but ridiculously small opencreated a car that either gender could feel ings. Another nice touch is it has a splithappy driving. folding rear seat to turn it into a hatchback Let's face it. The New Beetle, intro- of sorts when the need to move longer duced in 1998 was, how to say items comes along. With the this delicately, a chick's car. I seats down, the capacity is would arm wrestle you to the 29.9 cubic feet. For the first death that the New Beetle time you can also split the rear Turbo was enthused with levseats. BEHIND els of testosterone you wouldSpeaking of interior storThe Wheel n't believe but the New Beetle age, I wondered why the with its flower vase, round Beetle had two glove boxes shape, and pastel colors was and after reading Volkswagen not a car most men could feel KEITH GRIFFIN promotional material I now comfortable in. know. The original Beetle had That's all changed with the 2012 two with the upper one called the kaeferVolkswagen Beetle (which thankfully fach or “Beetle bin." Another classic feadrops the "new" before its name). The ture is the optional auxiliary instrumentaroofline still has a curve to it but it's more tion above the audio/ navigation system subtle and crisp. It has an edge to it that that consists of an oil temperature gauge, a suggests power when standing still instead clock with stopwatch function, and a boost of looking like a character from a chil- pressure gauge. dren's cartoon show. The 2012 Beetle offers two engines and The 2012 Beetle is 71.2 inches wide transmissions: the 2.5-liter five-cylinder (3.3 inches wider), 58.5 inches tall (0.5 engine mated to a six-speed automatic inches lower) and 168.4 inches long (6.0 (which is the model VW loaned me for a inches longer). The development team also week) and the 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged increased the car’s track widths and wheel- four-cylinder engine with the DSG sixbase. The following sentence from VW is speed dual-clutch automatic. (Five-and PR hype but I can't disagree with it, "The six-speed manual transmissions will be changed proportions give the Beetle a offered at a later date on the 2.5L and powerful and dynamic appearance." Turbo models respectively.) It's a squat car but it works from all The dual-overhead-cam, 20-valve, 2.5sides. The only thing I didn't like about it liter inline five-cylinder engine makes 170 was trying to place a booster seat in the horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. When rear. This is not s car for folks with young outfitted with the six-speed automatic, the kids and booster seats. It's also not a car EPA estimated fuel economy rating is 22

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