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At left, Taylor Paige Moskites (center with glasses) reacts as she receives her diploma during the 2011 Ellington High School graduation ceremony on June 24 in the school’s gymasium. Above, an East Windsor High grad sums up her feelings during that high school’s commencement on June 24. Classmates hug, below, at the Stafford ceremony on June 22. More coverage inside. Left photo by David Butler III Top photo by Amy Hartenstein Bottom photo by Linda Tishler Levinson

In This Issue • PEOPLE: East Windsor girl scout reaches highest honor ................p. 3 • EAST WINDSOR: Story and pictures from high school graduation ............p. 4 • EAST WINDSOR: List of the members of the Class of 2011 ............p. 5 • ELLINGTON: Story and pictures from high school graduation ..................p. 9 • 2011 BEST OF NORTH CENTRAL READERS’ POLL.... ......................p. 10 • SUNDAY DRIVE: Old Saybrook is a ‘Sound’ destination ..................p. 11

• ELLINGTON: List of the members of the Class of 2011 ......................p. 15 • SOMERS: Senior Summit ......p. 16 • SOMERS: List of the members of the Class of 2011 ......................p. 17 • STAFFORD: Tax bills arrive but town budget not approved ..................p. 25 • STAFFORD: High school celebrates its 125th commencement....................p. 27 • STAFFORD: Middle school announces honor roll ................p. 28 • AUTOS: Hyundai Accent ........p. 37 • CLASSIFIEDS:..................pgs. 38-39

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People East Windsor Girl Scout Achieves Gold Award EAST WINDSOR - Rebecca Talamini of East Windsor, who graduated from East Catholic High School in June, received the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award. On Sunday, June 5, she was among the 45 girls throughout Connecticut to receive the Girl Scout Gold Award at St. Joseph’s College. The Gold Award acknowledges an individual’s accomplishments, leadership, commitment, creativity and personal effort in trying to make the world a better place. Rebecca took her love of photography and wanted to share it with the kids in her community. For her project she coordi-

nated a Photo Contest for East Windsor middle school-aged students and hosted two photography workshops to demonstrate what makes a good photo. The photo contest was a new attraction at the 2010 East Windsor Community Day with 38 entries. There were five categories: people, still life, landscape, architecture and animals. She raised funds for a new waterproof digital camera as a grand prize award for the “best in show” (chosen by the community’s vote). The EW Community Day Committee opened up this year’s photo contest to adults as well.

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Ellington Women’s Club Member Wins ‘Best In Show’ ELLINGTON - Ann Williams, member and hospitality chairman of the Ellington Women’s Club, won “Best in Show” at the annual District 7 banquet of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in Connecticut. All GFWC/CT women’s clubs of the north-central Connecticut area participated in the Arts and Crafts portion of the event, which displayed the creations of 60 entrants in 22 categories. Williams’ artistry with the knitting needles awed the judges, who declared “there was not a stitch out of place!” when they examined her handiwork. Williams’ prizewinning sweater was entered into the GFWC/CT state contest at its annual convention in May. The Ellington Women’s Club also won awards for its contribution toward literacy

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East Windsor East Windsor High Graduates 78 from Class of 2011 By Linda Tishler Levinson EAST WINDSOR â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The 78 members of the East Windsor High School Class of 2011 graduated June 24 at La Renaissance. It was an evening filled with reflections on the past and high hopes for the future. Assistant Principal Helen Thomas, who also is the acting principal, told the class to think about the future and their dreams. She quoted Anatole France, who said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.â&#x20AC;? She told the class they are special, her first graduating class as an administrator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you for working with me and congratulations. Now go forth, believe in yourself, work hard and make a difference in the world,â&#x20AC;? she said. Class President Marisa Prior said that one of the benefits of being a small class is having 12 years of shared memories. She asked them to â&#x20AC;&#x153;remember the words of Nehru with our class quote, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Time is not measured by the passing of years, but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? Jillian Bower and Micah Barber-Smith shared a memorial speech dedicated to

classmate Charlie Gonzalez, who died in 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charlie was very strong-willed, smart, ambitious, independent, heartfelt, kind and full of sarcasm. She was very direct and sometimes blunt with what she had to say, but we loved her anyway,â&#x20AC;? Barber-Smith said. Bower asked the audience to pause for a moment in Gonzalezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory. Salutatorian Nicholas Parker, who had already left to begin his studies at the Air Force Academy, had recorded his graduation speech. He shared the life lessons running has taught him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life, just like running, is meaningless if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t set goals. Part of the mental drive when running alone on those cold, rainy days, is to picture a goal. Reach for the stars and make lofty goals, but make them attainable,â&#x20AC;? he said. Valedictorian Jaime Kessler told the class to think of graduation as a beginning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think of graduation as signifying the end of high school, but we should think of it as the beginnings of the lives that we choose,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are endless possibilities, and each one of us has the power to set our own course as we venture out into the world. No one here is sure about

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East Windsor East Windsor High School Class of 2011 EAST WINDSOR - The following students comprised the East Windsor High School Class of 2011, according to an official list provided by the school administration. Andrew Arcari Valori Bancroft Sarah Banning Micah Barber-Smith Kendall Barlock Barrett Beahn Kyle Benson Stephanie Berardi Eric Blanchard Christopher Bona Bethany Bourgoin Jaisean Bowens Jillian Bower Ryan Briggs Amanda Campbell Joshua Canning Michael Clynch Lyndsey Cohen Kyle Couture Christine Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Aquila Tyshawn Davis Kyle Fahey Erin Fitzsimonds Lisa Gallipo Emilee Golden Connor Griffin

Jamie Moticka Justin Motuzick Joshua Mozzicato Justin Nielsen Justin Paradis Nicholas Parker Rachel Pincince Devon Powell Johnathan Preston Marisa Prior Eric Rabbett Francesco Rocca Sijal Saleem Emily Simonelli Angela Stone Eric Strba Kelly Strba Robert Strickland Alexander Szymanski Timothy Tedford Romell Thompson Douglas Titus Samantha Turmenne Chantle Turner Shavon Webb Devyn Weidner Daniel Wellspeak Kody Welton Charisse Williams Haley Wormstedt

The East Windsor High School ceremony was held at La Renaissance on June 24. Photo by Amy Hartenstein Charles Griswold Sarah Kerby Connor Halloran Jaime Kessler William Hanson Jacob Kocum Wayne Harrell Daniel Laurin Kyle Henderson Cameron Lawlor Kayla Hersom Kelly Lemay Keith Hill James Lovett Lashanda Hilson Briana Matteson Shannon Hutchinson Caitlin McGuire Devin Hutchinson Alicia Meyers Aishia Ike Seth Miller

         

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East Windsor Graduation Scores of group shots were taken of the graduates from East Windsor High School’s ceremony on June 24. Photos by Amy Hartenstein

Schneider Graduates from Stonehill VERNON - Kayla Marie Schneider of Vernon recently graduated from Stonehill

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East Windsor Town Pondering Installation of Federally Funded Solar Panels By Linda Tishler Levinson EAST WINDSOR — The future may be bright for the town when it comes to solar energy. As part of the federal stimulus package, the town may be eligible for a no-cost,

five-year lease for solar panels for town buildings. The program was outlined to the Board of Selectman at its June 7 meeting by Deb Donovan of DCS Energy and Datacam Services. The federal program that would fund the solar panels is

Development Commission, Chamber Launch ‘Welcome to East Windsor’ Program EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Economic Development Commission and The East Windsor Chamber of Commerce have joined together to create “Welcome to East Windsor” packets for new employers and their workforces as well as new possible residents and tourists who have requested information about the town of East Windsor and the area. Requests for packets of this type has grown in the last few months. Items sought are menus from restaurants, promotional discount cards, business pamphlets, etc. This free service is

available to all businesses located within East Windsor as well as members of the East Windsor Chamber of Commerce. To include promotional material in these packets at no charge, contact EDC Commissioner Jim Richards at 860-2926776 or 860-221-8821 or email jim@eastwindsorchamber.com. This collaboration between a government commission (EDC) and business (EWCC) shows why East Windsor is “Where the Sun Rises” on business and community.

Golf & Track Presenting Fee Acoustic Concerts EAST WINDSOR - East Windsor Golf & Track will have free acoustic classic rock concerts this summer. This year’s concerts will take place the first Friday night in July (July 1) and August (Aug. 5) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The concerts are free

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designed to help government and nonprofit agencies receive solar equipment, Donovan said. Under the proposal, the town would identify potential locations that have a southern exposure with no obstructions and a newer roof. The town would then apply for the program, and its proposal would be reviewed by a project manager and an electrician. The process takes 60 to 90 days for application and funding

approval, according to Donovan. Selectman Richard P. Pippin Jr. said he was concerned about who would be responsible if the process damaged a roof, particularly a rubber roof. Selectman Mark Simmons agreed with the concern. The board asked First Selectman Denise Menard to research the liability issue before the town moves further with this proposal.

Daisy Petal Celebration Members of East Windsor Daisy troop 10124 celebrated their first year as Girl Scouts and the completion of earning all of their Daisy Petals with a Build a Bear party on June 4.


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Ellington Graduates Shine During Ellington High School Graduation By Deborah Stauffer ELLINGTON - The weather for Ellington High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduation didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shine on Friday, June 24, but the graduates within the gymnasium walls certainly did as they learned that life doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always go as planned. Although the weather ruled the location of graduation, the theme of the night was finding your path and persevering. The graduates were led into the gym filled to the brim with awaiting family and friends by a lone bagpiper. Principal Neil Rinaldi greeted them and congratulated them on their many achievements over their four years at the school. Class officers Lauren Arbeiter, Emily Barnhart and Brittany Rhodes welcomed family and friends and thanked them for their support and sometimes embarrassing

moments that made them who they are today. The officers emphasized the many roles their fellow classmates have played and hoped their legacy lingers in the town as long as the smell of fresh manure so well known to Ellington. Lauren Arbeiterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice to her classmates was that hard work will not take you anywhere without a little faith in yourself. The Class of 2011 has been a highly competitive class throughout their four years and the many messages during the evening were about hard work paying off. Student Council President Kelly Stauffer knows this well. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until she became a senior that she learned that in order to make a difference, she had to step up and take the lead. It was hard work and wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

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Brittany Rhodes, left, and Emily Barnhart stand with a cutout figure of Senior Class Advisor Lindsay McGinn, who was supposed to introduce the senior class during the Ellington High graduation ceremony June 24 in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymasium, but could not attend because she was giving birth to a new baby. Photo by David Butler II

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Entertainment â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Soundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Advice: Destination Old Saybrookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Attractions Welcome back to The Sunday Drive, the column that aspires to be your complete entertainment itinerary for some lesser known/off the beaten path day trips. This installment, we set our sights on Old Saybrook, a quaint little seaside town with a historic past and hip, new additions to its local dining and concert scene. Before delving into the burgeoning nightlife, however, no trek to Old Saybrook is complete without soaking in sun and surf. After all, Old Saybrook is known as the town where the Connecticut River meets the Sound, and in addition to being a great marketing slogan, the natural phenomenon makes for some breathtaking beaches. Not the least of which can be found at Harveyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach (860-395-3152) on Rte. 154. Blink and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll miss it ... catch it at low tide and it offers miles-long sand bars normally reserved for the extreme tides of Maine or New Hampshire. Although the actual beach area itself is only 100 yards wide, even high tide provides a copious stretch of shallows (perfect for the lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ones) before opening up into swimming

waters proper. For the $10 admission price ($15 on weekends and holidays), this little oasis also includes a playground, changing rooms, restrooms, shower and watchful lifeguards during its operating hours - normally, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. As implied by the signage around the parking area - and evidenced personally by yours truly during a recent visit Harveyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach is also teeming with marine life including, but not limited to, oysters, muscles, minnows and horseshoe crabs. Once changed up and ready to hit the town, Old Saybrook offers no fewer than 20 eateries within a mile radius, ranging from the James Gallery & Soda Fountain to local notable The Monkey Farm and the trendy Penny Lane Pub. True foodies may very well find Aspen (aspenct.com) - opened in 2008 and deemed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Best New Restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Connecticut Magazine readers in 2009 - to be its crowning jewel, though. An open, upscale eatery with a granite laden bar and a double-sided fireplace at its core, Aspen allures with ambiance, then delivers the goods in the form of mouth-watering

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The Yellow Fin Tuna at Aspen in Old Saybrook. Photo by North Central Photography soups, salads, small plates, main plates and desserts. Nestled in the streetview corner of the 87-seat main floor, Chef De Cuisine MacKenzie Zadroga enlightens us about her storied, culinary past - a journey that has seen her at the helm of kitchens from Colorado to nearby Mystic - whilst doling out tantalizing Aspen favorites. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grilled Hearts of Romaine,â&#x20AC;? where pancetta, red onions and roasted tomatoes mingle with brioche croutons and creamy avocados amid an ever-so-light dill dressing, gives way to seared, rare â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellow Fin Tunaâ&#x20AC;? on

wonton crisps with chili mayo beneath a bed of Tobiko caviar, only to reappear as fig-laden â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grilled Flatbreadâ&#x20AC;? with shrimp and Black River gorgonzola and culminate in the plated perfection that is MacKenzieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seared Salmon Filet,â&#x20AC;? served with crab and sweet potato hash, Beurre Blanc and a zesty broccoli rabe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So much about what I cook, specials or what gets me excited, has to do with the ingredients,â&#x20AC;? she concludes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am in constant contact with local vendors, so when

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Entertainment Sunday Drive to Old Saybrook (continued from page 11) they get something different, exceptional, or ‘just in’ fresh, I immediately run over to check it out.” Not surprisingly, such passion and dedication virtually ensures that every item to exit MacKenzie’s kitchen is worth checking out. Chief among these for this reviewer was the espresso creme brulee, incidentally. An amazing amalgam of two of my favorite foodstuffs that succeeded on every level. So now you’re beached out ... belly full. But thanks largely in part to the newest edition of Old Saybrook’s nightlife - The Katharine Hepburn Culture Arts Center - the night is far from over. Opened in

2009, the former Town Hall-turned theater affectionately known as “The Kate” offers almost daily doses of movie screenings, theatrical productions and other live performances in a cozy, 250-seat atmosphere. This particular evening, your friendly, neighborhood Sunday Driver soaked in the sounds of “Big Shot” - a Billy Joel tribute band long on talent and song choices for any given performance. “We had to do this one tonight because there is actually some history here,” singer Michael Delguidice declared in his preamble to “River of Dreams.” “Our manager told us they shot the video for this song right down the street.” Other highlights included a spot-on “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant,”

Examples of the wildlife at Harvey’s Beach in Old Saybrook. Photos by North Central Photography

“Anthony’s Song” and of course, show closer/on your feet/arm-swayer “Piano Man.” Upcoming “Kate” shows include Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul (July 16), Berklee College alum/Old Saybrook resident Kelly Rile (July 17), R&B icon Aaron Neville (July 24) and power pop princes The Smithereens (July 29). For full schedule, prices, more information or to purchase, kindly point your browser to www.thekate.org. A final note: Yet another new addition to Old Saybrook’s Main Street - an eclec-

tic club/bar called the Rabbit Hole, appears to have become the official “after Kate” meeting place based on our experience. How eclectic? Well, when was the last time you had to decide between a hot dog or steak carpaccio to eat and a custom mojito or Bud Light to drink? Do you own a facility or know of a hidden gem in the region that would be the perfect focus of a future Sunday Drive? If so, please email your suggestions to northcentralnews@aol.com

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Ellington Graduates Learn How They Found Their Voices in School (continued from page 9) easy but worth it. She also realized that she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do everything, but refused to do nothing. She expressed to her classmates that the most important way of life they learned in high school did not come from the classroom. School has been the place they transformed from students into teachers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all wanted to fit in, so following the crowd seemed like the best option,â&#x20AC;? said Stauffer as she related her experience as a freshman. But as a senior she learned it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about fitting in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about finding your voice.â&#x20AC;? The Class of 2011 president Aaron Daley along with secretary Marc Castonguary presented a gift of several cherry blossom trees that will be planted along the front of the school. They will

symbolize growth and rejuvenation. Board of Education Chairman Daniel Keune gratefully accepted the gift and left them with some words of wisdom from Eleanor Roosevelt. Salutatorian Christopher Wing told his fellow classmates they are all authors, poised with pen in hand and eager to write the next chapters in their lives. By setting their minds to something, they have the ability to reach their goals. He quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson with his very popular quote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.â&#x20AC;? Wing also expressed his appreciation to those family and friends who provided guidance and support.â&#x20AC;?Let us not forget, there is a reason why our family and friends have stood by us for so many years,â&#x20AC;? Wing said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is because they

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Ellington Voters Approve Building Four State Financed Tennis Courts By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A state grant is serving up four new tennis courts for the town. At a June 1 Town Meeting, residents voted for the tennis court project, which is primarily funded by a $170,000 state Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant. Additional funding for the project will come from the U.S. Tennis Association, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. The tennis courts will be located immediately to the east of Ellington High School, across from the school driveway, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supplying the property,â&#x20AC;?

Blanchette said. The tennis courts will be available to the high school tennis team, as well as to the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a pretty elevated interest in tennis,â&#x20AC;? the first selectman said. Currently, the town has two tennis courts located at Brookside Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those courts are again showing their age,â&#x20AC;? he said. The town is now in the process of removing trees from the site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still in the process of putting together the bid specs,â&#x20AC;? Blanchette said. The specifications are being created with input from the tennis association.

Vacation Bible School Offered for Students ELLINGTON - The public is invited to Vacation Bible School at the Ellington Baptist Church, 264 Pinney St., Ellington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rev It Up! Full Throttle for Godâ&#x20AC;? will be held Monday through Friday, July 11-15, from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 4 through completed grade 6. There will be Bible lessons, crafts, music, missions, recreation, and refreshments. This year the mission emphasis will be the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund through World Venture. During missions

the children will be going to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Missionary Roomâ&#x20AC;? to listen to a missionary story about Hudson Taylor, who started Overseas Missions Fellowship, which now ministers in Japan. A program for junior and senior high students will be held Monday through Thursday, July 11-14, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. There will be a recreational time followed by refreshments and a short devotional. For more information and pre-registration, call the church office at 860-872-8444.

Graduates Celebrate at Ellington High (continued from page 13) Jones who once said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golf is the closest game to the game we call life.â&#x20AC;? When you hear that at first it seems like an outlandish idea, but as Larew explained it further, it became quite clear. Golf is not easy. You have to play the ball where it lies. The same goes for life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are so few things that go exactly how we hope or plan,â&#x20AC;? Larew said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But no matter what, we have to find a way to deal with it.â&#x20AC;? Larew has been golfing for 10 years and stated he still has not come close to his full potential. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you want to excel in anything, you have to have dedication, perseverance, and the will to push on even when it gets difficult,â&#x20AC;? he said. Larew explained that as in golf if you have a bad hole you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just pack up and walk off the course. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You trudge on to the next hole and find a way to deal with it. Just like in life, if you make a mistake or hurt someone, the best thing to do is make up for it and move on.â&#x20AC;? Larew also reminded his classmates how important it is to keep family and friends close and to move forward without fear and to follow their dreams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stay classy, EHSâ&#x20AC;? were his final words to them. Senior class adviser Lindsay McGinn, who left to have a baby about a month ago,

Valedictorian Nick Larew delivers his speech on golf and life. Photo by Deborah Stauffer could not be there in person but recorded a message for them. Class officers held a cardboard cut-out at the podium as her message was played. McGinn left them with five pieces of advice. They included everything you need in life you learned in kindergarten, work hard and play hard, you have to make yourself happy before you can make anyone else happy and the fifth piece of advice was sung to them by McGinn and was the song from Cinderella. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter how your heart is grieving, If you keep on believing. The dreams that you wish will come true.â&#x20AC;?

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Ellington Ellington High School Class of 2011 Student Graduation List ELLINGTON – The following seniors were graduated from Ellington High School in the Class of 2011, according to a list provided by the school administration. Angela April Albee Nicholas Walter Alcutt Kirsten Alix Anderson Ryan Anderson Lauren Kathleen Arbeiter Sara Emilia Arbelaez Jennifer Nicole Artesani Kaleigh Amanda Avery Lukas Simon Babella Emily Alyssa Baker William A. Baker Rachel Erin Ballasy Emily Carol Barnhart Anthony J. Barone Brandon James Bartell Sydney Bassett-Wooley William E. Beaudry Jr. Sarah C. Bedford Kevin James Bernardino Stephen Berube Robert Berzenski Nina Frances Betancourt Brian Steven Borbas Jr. Alyssa Paige Brawn Christopher Bruno

Kiersten Noelle Burke Marc Maurice Castonguay Alyssa Marie Chase Jonathan Cheesman Alexandria Clemson Dylan Joseph Coles Meaghan-Rose Costello Thomas Patrick Cottle Dakota D’Achiardi Angela Marie Daigle Aaron Astley Daley Danielle Evangeline DeCarli Connor Michael Defemia Nicholas DiGiacomo Joanna Rose DiStefano Jacob W. Donzell Matthew Jameson Duguay Kevin James Dwire Deonna Marie Fabrycki Nicole Ashley Finkle Rebekah Louise Fox Krystal D. Fraser Julia Marie Gage Eric Steven Garvey Ryan Matthew Gay Carolyn Jayne Gill Katryna Aleksa Gouin Zachary Taylor Graves Michael James Gresh Ian Charles Grinaski Taylor Marie Haggerty

Jacqueline Rae Halloran Francis Patrick Hamm Jordan R. Hayes Kelly Rose Hayes Samuel Henderson Brendan Home Alexander N. Iverson Matthew Aaron Janiga Kelsey Janssen Samantha Rose Johnson Callahan Damian Jones Claiborne Ashley Jones Kady Lynn Joy Meghan Elizabeth Kacmarcik Bhrighde Eileen Kehoe Alexandria King Samantha Anne King Zachary Kraus Ariel Amber Kresge Ryan Kuczynski Joseph R. LaChance Renee Elizabeth Landry Kevin M. Lapointe Nicholas R. Larew Elizabeth Nicole Leonard Benjamin Lindblom Chelsea Marie Lundeberg Michele Macchiarella Alexandra Paige Maciolek Kelly Anne Maguire Brian Thomas Malone

Kara L. Maloney Austin James Maniatis Michael Logan Marcus Alexandra Jane Marella Tracy Nichole Marholin Justin Henry Markowski Christina Marie Martin Anastasia Matveeva Morgan Elizabeth McPartland Brianna Hope Mellen Benjamin Midyette Dustin James Mocadlo Elliot T. Montoya Tiffany Jeanne Morissette Taylor Paige Moskites Haley Katherine Moss Alexandrea Mouttas Emily St. Clair Nedwick Kaylee Marie Niemann Sarah Rebecca Nolan Ryan Andrew Orszulak Alyssa Marie Ostrout Ryan Craig Ostrout Olivia Lanz Palozej Michael Patsun JoAnna Mary Paul Claudia-Marie Perez Stephen David Pernal Christopher Philavong

Amy Marie Pinard Dylan Planeta Natalie Marie Poitras Megan Ann Potamianos Krista Elizabeth Pregony Chelsy Amanda Quiles Amy Leigh Rafaniello Emily Anastasia Rancourt Amir Arsalan Ranjbar Kelly Maureen Remenik Zachery Remington Brittany Ann Rhodes Elizabeth Jayne Risley Andrew Roets Keena Patricia Romeo Jeanette Rowe Kenneth Brian Sage Alyssa Mae Savage Charles Vincent Savona Curt Joseph Schiessl Jr. Andrew Douglas Schneider Joanna Vi Schneider Daniel D. Schofer Amanda Rose Schroth Casey Rose Settle Samuel J. Sirag Sarah N. Smith Natalie Rose Snow Ashley Marie Sojka

Christine Leah Spartz Megan Marie Squadrito Kelly Marie Stauffer Patrick David Stavens Erika Ann Streib Kelsey Louise Sullivan Thomas P. Sullivan Jennifer Rose Tautkus Matthew Ronald Thibodeau Lucianna Lynn Thieringer Michael J. Thomas Alyssa Taylor Toth Justin P. Vamvilis Adam F. Vieweg Marissa Erin Violette Heather Lynn Walters Michelle Nicole Walters Cameron Alexander Waters Abigail Marie Welch Brannen Girard Wesley Christopher Philip Wing Amanda Wright Ying Ye Cassandra Marilyn Zborowski Margaret Chaplen Ziomek Jenna Marie Zuffelato

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Somers Seniors Address Concerns with Town Officials about Communication By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS — The town is working to improve services for senior citizens. More than 40 residents attended a Senior Summit held June 22. The program was held to find out if the town was meeting the needs of its senior citizens, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. In general, the seniors in attendance said they were happy with town programs, particularly since new ones have been added, Pellegrini said. Their major concern was how to communicate their needs to the town in case of an extended power outage. They want to know who to call and what shelter options may be available. “They’re unsure of what to do,”

Pellegrini said. “We need to have some kind of information available to them.” She said this demonstrates the need for improvements to the town’s emergency plan and that she intends to bring this matter before town civil preparedness officials. The town also held a Senior Center cookout June 10 with more than 100 seniors in attendance, which Pellegrini, who, along with her husband, served hot dogs and hamburgers, described as a lot of fun. STEAP Grant The town has some remaining funds from its 2009 Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant. That money is being used for painting and fencing at Field Road Park.

Solar Panels The town has signed a contract for the installation of solar panels at Somers Elementary School and the Department of Public Works garage. A roof membrane will be installed at the school as part of the project. “That will eliminate us going out and

bonding for a roof,” Pellegrini said. “That extends the roof for 20 years.” The solar panel project is being funded through the town’s Capital Improvement Program. Work on the school roof is scheduled to begin after July 4. The public works garage solar panels will be done after the school project is completed.

First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini with a senior at the first-ever Senior Summit held at the senior center.

Seniors enjoy refreshments during the Senior Summit.

Somersville Church Plans Vacation Bible School SOMERS - PandaMania 2011 Vacation Bible School at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., Somersville, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on July 11-15. Kids ages 3-8 will join in a celebration of God’s unconditional love. The children will learn Bible stories, sing songs, play games, make crafts, do science projects and share in tasty snacks, all the while learning about God’s love for them and how to respond by lov-

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Somers Seniors in Class of 2011 at Somers High Earn Numerous Awards SOMERS - The Somers High School Senior Awards were presented on June 13. The following awards were presented in the Robert Percoski Auditorium. Art-Faith Ferguson Art Medal: Sara Laplante Art-Ceramics: Brandon Roberts Art-Independent/Advance Ceramics: Megan Davis, Megan Mitchell, Molly Rockett Art-Intro to Drawing & Painting : Christopher Mashiak, Sara Laplante, Arianna Bliss General Federation of Women’s Club of CT/first prize in Acrylic Award: Sara Laplante Robert Mulak Art Book Award: Julia Glybin Art-Sculpture: Nicholas Marocchini Business-Marketing: Kelsey Falcone Business-Accounting 1: Marissa Lucey, Kaylee Alberti CSCPA Outstanding Accounting Student: Kathryn Squillace English-Grade 12 - Achievement Award: Kyle Gaskell English-Grade 12 Outstanding Writer: Thomas Gay English-Grade 12 Outstanding Student: Molly Rockett Food Service Award: Andrea Reutter, Luke Cassarino Math-Consumer Math: Millicent Sawtelle Math-AP Statistics: Kathryn Squillace

Math- Statistics: Daniel O’Grady Math- Calculus: Neil Cardwell Math- Trigonometry: Thomas Gay Music - Senior Choral Award: Marissa Lucey Music- Senior Band Award: Lauren Astone Music-Jazz Choir Award: Lee-Ann Percoski Music-Eastern Region Chorus: Amanda Connor Music-Wall of Fame Award: Kelsey Richards PE/Health-Grade 12 Male: Ryan Donovan PE/Health-Grade 12 Female: Elizabeth Poitras PE/Health-Senior Health: Justin Liquori PE/Health-Senior Health: Kayla Stetson Science-Physics: Thomas Gay Science Achievement Award: Brianna Herbert Social Studies-Career Awards: Julia Glybin Social Studies -Student Advisory Council President: Lauren Astone Tech.-Outstanding Achievement in R & D: John Kelley Tech.-Outstanding Tech. Ed. Achievement Award: Justin Liquori World Language -Spanish 5: Shaelyn Killoh World Language -French 5: Thomas Gay Congressional Certificate of Merit:

Molly Rockett UCONN - Presidential Scholars Awards: Thomas Gay, Molly Rockett, Christopher Mashiak CABE Student Leadership Awards: Molly Rockett Continuous Honor Roll: Kaylee Alberti, Arianna Bliss, Andrea Braica, Georgia Burke, Aaron Elman, Kelsey Falcone, Thomas Gay, Shaelyn Killoh, Sara Laplante, Christopher Mashiak, Jo-Ann Meunier, Daniel O’Grady, Brandon Roberts, Molly Rockett, Kathryn Squillace and Samantha Zawistowski. Presidential Award for Academic Achievement: Andrea Braica, AubreyAnna Brink, Neil Cardwell, Amber Davis, Linzi Furnari, Kyle Gaskell, Kaily Jones, Keisha Morales, Lee-Ann Percoski, Austin Portal, Meghan Regan, Kelsey Richards, Rosemary Richi, and Kayla Stetson. Presidential Award for Academic Excellence: Kaylee Alberti, Arianna Bliss, Georgia Burke, Aaron Elman, Kelsey Falcone, Thomas Gay, Sarah Goodman, Shaelyn Killoh, Sara Laplante, Justin Liquori, Marissa Lucey, Christopher Mashiak, Jo-Ann Meunier, Daniel O’Grady, Molly Rockett, Kathryn Squillace and Samantha Zawistowski. Principal’s Award - Greatest Personal Growth: Meghan Regan Principal’s Award - Leadership/Service: Evan Woicik Rotary Award for Outstanding Service: Elizabeth Poitras Lions Bowl - Grade 12 SCHOLARSHIPS: Craig Arnone Mem. Scholarship: Kathryn Squillace Somers Fire Dept: Jonathan Schiessl Asnuntuck Robert Burke Memorial:

Aubry Brink, Amber Davis and Kayla Stetson Beta Club Award: Brianna Herbert, Shaelyn Killoh, Kathryn Squillace Pat Bowles Memorial Scholarship: Sara Laplante Sean Brown Memorial Scholarship: Matthew Traceski

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Somers Somers High School Class of 2011 SOMERS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The following 140 students were graduated June 21 from the Somers High School Class of 2011, according to a list provided by the school administration. Victor J. Albaugh, Gabrielle Amanda Albert, Kaylee Amber Alberti, Ashley Lynn Anderson, Quinn C. Aslin, Lauren Terese Astone, Christopher Balaska, Ryan Michael Bartolf, Daniel Jacob Bell, Matthew James Benoit, Michael Paul Benoit, Michael J. Berger, Courtney Lynn Blewett, Arianna McKnight Bliss, Andrea Rose Braica, Christel Bransford, AubreyAnna Rachael Brink, Michael Robert Bujnowski, Georgia Christine Burke, Alexander M. Bych, Neil Cardwell, Luke S. Cassarino, Kristen Marie Conley, Amanda Dorothy Connor, Brian Coope, and Nicole Aurelia Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Angelo. Also, Amber Kathleen Elizabeth Davis, Megan Janet Davis, Madeline Adela Marie Dawson, Jon Dion, Ryan Michael Donovan, Stephanie Nicole Doyon, Patrick Drohr, Ashley R. Duncan, James M. Dussault, Aaron Brett Elman, Kelsey Lynn Falcone, Morgan Rose Falcone, Olivia Marie Fenton, Garrett S. Ficara, James Folger, Madeline Claire Folsom,

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Somers Awards for Class of 2011 Seniors (continued from page 17) Barbara Bushnell Memorial: Justin Liquori Cath. Daughters of America Scholarship: Elizabeth Poitras George R. Couch Technical Scholarship: Andrea Reutter David N. Drake Memorial Scholarship: Brian Coope ELKS-M. Fergurson Enfield Emblem Club: Lee-Ann Percoski ELKS John & Rose Alberici Scholarship: Lee-Ann Percoski Stacie & Jose Fonseca Memorial: Austin Portal Generations Dental Care (Cummiskey): Ashley Anderson Mr Mrs. Gengenbach Mem. Scholarship : Luke Cassarino Kristen Hammond Memorial Scholarship: Daniel Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Grady Joan Hayes Memorial Scholarship: Kelsey Falcone Barbara Henderson Memorial Scholarship: Ashley Kinney Keeney Foundation: Thomas Gay, Kathryn Squillace, Christopher Mashiak and Shaelyn Killoh. Keeney Memorial: Samantha Zawistowski, Arianna Bliss, Austin Portal, Kaylee Alberti, Rosemary Richi Knights of Columbus: Justin Liquori

and Audry Persano Knights of Columbus-Richard Lech: John Pellegrino Robert & Eddie Mulak Alumni Scholarship: Andrea Braica Stanley Mulak Memorial - Art: Madeline Dawson National Honor Society: Molly Rockett and Brianna Herbert Francine Orton Memorial: Andrea Braica Somers Health and Wellness Scholarship: Ashley Duncan Gerald Perreault Memorial: Brandon Roberts Gene Pitney Memorial: Amanda Connor Somers Beautification: Kathryn Squillace and Matthew Traceski Somers Booster Club (Ath/Leadership Award): Michael Hanna Somers Booster Club (Athletic/Leadership Award): Elizabeth Poitras Somers Cultural Committee - Visual Arts: Sara Laplante Somers Dem. Town Committee-Willard Pinney Good Citizenship Award: Molly Rockett Somers Education Association: Ryan Donovan and Daniel McDonald

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Somers Awards for Class of 2011 Seniors (continued from page 22) Somers Education Support Association: Justin Liquori Somers High School Alumni Scholarship: Thomas Gay, Kevin Huang and Keisha Morales Somers Lacrosse Association-Paul Bowers Memorial: Kaylee Alberti and Neil Cardwell Somers LionsMacie Grace McCloskey Scholarship: Justin Liquori and Keisha Morales Somers Lions-Richard Weingartner: Elizabeth Poitras Somers Lions- Timothy Dailey Scholarship: Madison Zachary Somers Music Patrons - Christine Taft Memorial: Lee-Ann Percoski Somers Music Patrons: Morgan Falcone, Brianna Herbert and Sara Laplante Somers PTSA Scholarship: Justin Liquori and Kathryn Squillace Somers Rotary -Technology Award: Jonathan Schiessl Somers Rotary -Contributions to School and Community: Justin Liquori, Matthew Traceski, Ashley Kinney, Molly Rockett and Kathryn Squillace Somers Rotary -Peter Chipouras Memorial: Christopher Balaska

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Somers Rangers Win Memorial Day Tournament Members of the Somers Rangers baseball team display their championship trophies after winning the 2011 U-12 Enfield Memorial Day Tournament. Pictured, front row (left to right): Aaron Young, Stefan Lesco, Peter Garlick, Austin Kertenis, Jeff Suschana. Back row (left to right): Frankie Rinaldi, Ethan Belisle, Nick Gray, Sam Pruden, James Chaisson, Robby Nadler. Coaches (not pictured): Manager Ken Young, Coach Frank Rinaldi, Coach Mike Lesco, Coach Bob Nadler, Coach Steve Suschana.

SOMERS - Lindy Farms, in conjunction with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, sponsored a Family Day for members of the Bourbon Slush Stable Sunday, June 19. About 120 attendees, ranging from a few weeks old to 91-yearsold met stable member Lil Miss Bourbon, a two-year-old American Ideal filly owned by Bourbon Slush Stable who jogged for the group. They also had a chance to experience a jog cart ride with the seven Trottingbred members of the HHYF stable. More than 80 participants took advantage of that opportunity. The Lindy Farms staff and management, including Frank Antonacci and farm manager John Belskie were in attendance, with Antonacci hosting a question and answer session and Belskie providing a tour of the breeding farm. Lunch was served under a tent at nearby Somers Golf Center, as attendees took advantage of the mini-golf, batting cages, driving range, rock wall and monkey motion attraction. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation stable and staff are currently quartered at the historic Wayne County Fairgrounds in Honesdale, Penn., and will take part in Tunkhannock Founders Day Saturday and will also be at the festivities surrounding Hall of Fame weekend in Goshen, NY during Independence Weekend.

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Staffordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Summerfest Includes Fireworks and Fun STAFFORD - The Stafford Community and Civic Affairs Commission will be holding Staffordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Summerfest on Saturday, July 2. The rain date is Sunday, July 3. Activities begin as early as 8 a.m. and run until after the fireworks, which begin at 9:15 p.m. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summerfest, as in the past, will center around good old-fashioned family fun. The annual kickoff event for the Summerfest is the Fishing Derby, which will be held at Dennis Pond beginning at 8 a.m. Then at noon the main Summerfest activities begin at the Stafford High School track. There will be tons of fun, music, contests, lots of delicious sum-

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final spending plan, which will then go to a Town Meeting and a budget referendum, after the state budget is firmly established. The state Legislature has passed a budget, which has been signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, but it is contingent on state employee unions agreeing to the concessions called for in the budget. The employee unions have since voted against the concessions, leaving the budget in limbo. Residents voted 847-637 against the first budget proposal at a May 18 referendum. The town had been seeking a total budget of $36,313,886 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. That included $10,863,336 for

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Stafford Stafford Class of 2011 Celebrates 125th Commencement By Linda Tishler Levinson STAFFORD — In a sea of blue and white gowns, the Stafford High School Class of 2011 graduated June 22 in the school gymnasium. This was the 125th commencement for Stafford High. The Class of 2011 presented a tree to the school as its class gift in honor of the 100th graduating class. John Madden, president of the Class of 1986, was there to receive the class gift. His class had presented a tree to the school in honor of the 50th graduating class. The graduation was particularly special for four members of the Board of Education, whose children were graduating. Among the graduates were Thomas Szymanski, the valedictorian and the son of board member Stephen Szymanski; Andrea Finch, daughter of board member Lisa Finch; Anna Bombard, daughter of board secretary Sandy Fowler; and Tucker Fontanella, son of board Chairman Mark Fontanella. It also was a special for class adviser Lauretta Dillon, whose daughter Julie Dillion was both the salutatorian and class president.

“Thank you for keeping Stafford High School a place of great pride,” Principal Francis Kenney told the class. “You have triumphed … You are ready, and I wish you every continued success and happiness.” Mark Fontanella, the board chairman, told the class that he is proud of them. “You provide us with the validation of what we do on the board.” He said that parents start out thinking that they have created their children, but as they grow, they realize that is wrong. “It hit us that we were not the creators, you were.” Julie Dillon, as class president, thanked their teachers, advisers, parents and everyone else at the school for all they have done to help them reach this point. After Class Vice President Anna Bombard rang the original school bell 11 times, Dillon reminded the graduates that this was everyone involved with the school or ever involved with it. As in life, she said, “It’s not just about us, the Class

A grad is greeted with an enthusiastic hug.

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Stafford Stafford Middle School Announces Honor Roll Students for Fifth Term STAFFORD - Kenneth Valentine, principal of Stafford Middle School, announced the names of the following students who have achieved honor roll status for Term 5. HIGH HONORS – GRADE 6 Michael Bachiochi Rachel Bergeron Luke Broadhurst Jenna Castonguay Isaac Combs Lindsey Eaton Matthew Faber Matthew Frank Danielle Garnelis Valerie Girard Justin Grant Katelyn Henderson Niomi Hunter-Mueller Brandon Kallenbach Kaitlyn Kirchhoffer Ethan Lawlor Megan Luekel Cameron MacGregor Saylee Missell Timothy Noto Sarah Provencher Sana Qureshi Damon Reynolds

HONORS GRADE 6 Brett Auretto William Bernier Kaitlyn Collier Ethan Combs Noah Combs Riley Deane Ashley Dempsey Eva Diaz Jeremiah Dowd Thomas Eaton Christopher Fish Christopher Fletcher Tyler Gebo Brianna Gill Aiden Goodwin Megan Gregory Miranda Griffith Evan Guzzo Emily Kopec Julia Lachance Alexandra Lambert Schuyler Lamoureux Connor Luby Wendelin Marmol Jacob Mokrzecki Madison Murphy Kyle Piccoli Haylie Prucker Courtney Ridzon Andrew Syphers Summer Szall Hannah Vail

Hannah Van Dyk Chase Walbridge HIGH HONORS – GRADE 7 Alyson Blythe Curtis Campo Alyssa Fecko Bridget Keleher Shannon Kennedy Rowan Longmore Emma Milikowski Nayyara Naseer Zachary Pelletier Alison Pisciotta Brianna Reeves Samantha Roy Sophia Sargent Jordan Sierra Dylan Snay Shannon Stuart Heather Tetrault James Titus Patrick Vincenti HONORS GRADE 7 Samad Ahmad Veronica Allevo Aaron Bernier Michael Bladek Sabrina Czelazewicz Lindsay Dobitsky Marissa Dwyer John Fagerquist

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Stafford Class of 2011 Celebrates Graduation (continued from page 27) of 2011.â&#x20AC;? For her salutatory address, she sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Good,â&#x20AC;? a song about being changed for the better. Valedictorian Thomas Szymanski urged the class to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be proud of yourselves, persevering even in the most difficult times. Look forward to the future, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget your experience here,â&#x20AC;? he said. The guest speaker was Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who told that class that no matter how firm your plans in life, they often change in unexpected directions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Often

what really matters most is how you respond to those turns,â&#x20AC;? she said. She told the class that her political career began when she was a mother unsatisfied with her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education. She had wanted to impeach the school board in her town, completely unaware that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even possible. Wyman urged the class to go off and get their educations, but also to come back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is your home, and we hope you will come back and stay here,â&#x20AC;? she said. First Selectman Michael Krol also asked the class to come back to Stafford, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;to your own home, not your parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;?

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Business Longtime Employee Buys Somers’ Playhouse Plaza Restaurant By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS — The landmark Playhouse Plaza restaurant has a new owner, but she may seem more like a familiar face. Kathleen Birkenshaw of Somers, who has worked for the Playhouse Plaza for 27 years, has purchased the restaurant — now called Kathy’s Playhouse Plaza. Birkenshaw and her husband, David, are also familiar faces around town. Both have lived in Somers for years, with Kathleen being originally from Enfield and David being a Somers native. David Birkenshaw is the owner of Birkenshaw

Electric, a local business founded in 1976. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Its specialties include fresh seafood, home-roasted turkey served daily and prime rib served on the weekends. “Everything is good,” David Birkenshaw said. “Everybody comes back. They love the fish. It’s cooked perfectly.” Kathy’s Playhouse Plaza is located at 48 South Rd., open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Restaurant Owner Opens Wine Store By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS — After years of serving his customers Indian food at his restaurant, Kuldeep Sandhu can help them fill their wine cellars too. The Tolland resident opened Somers Wines at 102 Main St. on May 13. He is the owner of The Garden in Agawam, Mass. Somers Wines has a full selection of wine and liquor, Sandhu said. Their specialty is wines from this area. “We like to promote local wines,” he said. Among the services Somers Wines

offers are custom labels. Customers can order wines with a label specially made for their wedding or other special occasion, he said. Sandhu said he chose to open his store in Somers because of its small-town character and chose the Main Street location for the busy, high-traffic neighborhood. “Somers is a small town, a good town … we’d like to be part of the community,” Sandhu said, adding that he plans to join the local chamber of commerce. Working in the business with Sandhu will be his wife, Mini. The couple have three children, ages 5, 14, and 15.

Bank Branch Ribbon Cutting Rep. Christopher Davis (R-Ellington) served as the ribbon cutter at the official grand opening of the New England Bank branch on Shoham Road in East Windsor. Joining Rep. Davis in welcoming the business to the community were East Windsor Chamber of Commerce members and other business and community leaders. The bank was recently rebranded after the merger of several local banks in the area. The East Windsor Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event also served as an opportunity for Rep. Davis to meet with other local business officials to discuss issues important to job growth and tourism in the community. “It is always an honor to be invited to welcome businesses to our community,” said Rep. Davis. “As our state representative, it is very important to show support for community members who are providing services and jobs in our town. With the addition of New England Bank, we are working towards making East Windsor an even better place to live and start a business.”

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Business Whitmarsh Brings 41 Years of Sales Experience to ReMax Office VERNON - Ilene Whitmarsh has joined ReMax Destination as the newest member of this sales team. Whitmarsh brings to the office 41 years of experience in real estate and was formerly with Century 21 H.J. McQuaid Agency in Stafford, and Century 21 Alaimo & Corrado in Enfield. She specializes in residential sales including short sales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am proud to be a part of the ReMax Destination team and affiliated with the RE/MAX organization,â&#x20AC;? Whitmarsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Connecting with RE/MAX will be a significant benefit to my clients, because it

has the most powerful and efficient referral system in the business. There are nearly 100,000 RE/MAX affiliates in more than 70 countries, meaning that when I list a property here in North Central Connecticut it is exposed to a huge audience. And the technology tools that RE/MAX has to offer can help my clients get the best possible price for their home in the least amount of time.â&#x20AC;? Whitmarsh said another advantage offered by the company is RE/MAX Mainstreet, an extranet that allows its agents to share referrals, marketing tech-

Pair Named to Elms College Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List CHICOPEE - The following students at Elms College in Chicopee, Mass., were named to the Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List for the spring 2011 semester (to qualify, a student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better for the semester and complete at least 12 credits): Caytlin Woodtke from Vernon and Samantha Rush from Somers.

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Regional Montessori Student Wins Fair Plan Fire Prevention Contest ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Each year, fourth- and fifth-grade students from throughout the town of Enfield participate in a special Fire Prevention Poster Contest. Michael Giugliano, a talented fourth-grade student from Enfield Montessori School, represented the Town of Enfield in the statewide contest. Michael is the Hartford County winner of the Connecticut Fair Plan Everyone Everyday, receiving a $200 savings bond. This Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest is a cooperative effort of the

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