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It’s Been a Difficult Year Somersville Mill Fire Fifth Major Structure Fire for Somers Firefighters By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS —The town lost a piece of its history when the Somersville Manufacturing Co. mill was destroyed in a June 2 fire. It was the fifth major structure fire in town this year, Deputy Fire Chief Frank Falcone Jr. of the Somers Fire Department said, noting that is as many major fires as the town normally gets in an entire year. “In general in a year we only get three to five structure fires,� Falcone said. For a department of volunteers, he said, “it’s been kind of demanding.� “It takes you a couple of days to recoup,� he said of fighting a fire of that intensity, which required firefighters to be on the scene for more than a day. “At the same time,� he added, “the other calls don’t stop.� Nonetheless, he said the firefighters performed well. “The crews still really did a spectacular job to stop that from spread-

ing,� Falcone said. “These people are prepared for that. They do quite a bit of training.� For years, he said, the fire department had trained for a mill fire, almost as a worst-case scenario. “We had preplanned for a fire at this location,� he said. “We basically had a three-pronged attack to control the fire.� Since the building was unoccupied and the fire was so intense, the goal was to contain the fire to the mill and protect the neighboring homes. According to State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance, the Somersville mill fire, as well as the Somers Congregational Church fire, remain under investigation. While he would not say that they were arson, he did say that “both are being looked at criminally.� The mill blaze brought out firefighters

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The Class of 2012

Jacob Burnham walks to receive his diploma during Enfield High School’s graduation at Enfield High School on June 20. Photo by David Butler II

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• EAST WINDSOR: Classs of 2012 graduates from high school ........p. 4 • EAST WINDSOR: Tour shows need for new modular units..............................p. 6 • ELLINGTON: Academic achievers of Class of 2012 announced ............p. 7 • ELLINGTON: Landscaper gives help to storm-stricken Vermont ..................p. 8 • ENFIELD: Enrico Fermi graduates 274 in Class of 2012..................p. 12 • ENFIELD: Enfield High School has 187 grads in Class of 2012 .......p. 14

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• SOMERS: Town gets kudos for energy efficiency program ........p. 18 • SOMERS: Class of 2012 has 132 members graduate ........................p. 22 • SUNDAY DRIVE: Tall Ships adorn Opsail, Summerwind 2012.........p. 24 • STAFFORD: New means of getting emergency info out......................p. 25 • STAFFORD: Class of 2012 graduates from Stafford High ....................p. 29 •STAFFORD: Business helps out ..p. 30 • CLASSIFIEDS:.....................pp.34-35

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Structure Fires Weighing Heavy on Firefighters (continued from page 1)

from 26 departments from Tolland and Hartford counties. Falcone said that from Somers alone, 45 firefighters responded. Placing a 911 call reporting the fire was Probate Judge Timothy Keeney, whose family owned and operated the mill for nearly a century. Keeney, who resides on Maple Street, said he and his wife awoke to a sound like something falling on a tin roof. They looked outside and realized the mill was on fire. According to Falcone, the fire was reported at 2:19 a.m. The Billings Satinette Mill was established on the Scantic River in 1839, according to the town’s website. Rockwell Keeney purchased it in 1879 for a woolen mill. “As the Somersville Manufacturing Co., it was the main industry here until 1970,” the website reads. “The mill was Somersville,” Keeney said. It brought diversity to the town as it attracted immigrant workers, primarily from Lithuania, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Canada. “The mill was known for quality,” Keeney said, producing material primarily for dresses, suits and overcoats. “The mill provided long-term employment to generations of workers,” he said. In 1949 many of the workers were second or third generation employees. The mill was very much a part of the community, he said, sponsoring baseball and hockey teams, and helping to establish a Catholic church in Somersville. Keeney Farm Cottage on Maple Street was a hall used for weddings and social events. The mill closed in 1969. Keeney said it

was purchased by a competitor, whose motive was to put it out of business. The mill had lost money every year for the last 10 years of its operation. In addition to competition from overseas and southern mills, environmental law changes made it nearly impossible for the Somersville Manufacturing Co. to continue operations. Ironically, Keeney was the state environmental protection commissioner from 1990 to 1994. Following the closing of the mill, a number of smaller businesses operated there, including Corbin Gentry, which made motorcycle parts, a waterbed factory, a yarn shop, an antiques store, a hair salon and a gym.

In the 1980s it was purchased by Ahern & Brophy, a developer who intended to turn it into condominiums. The project was never completed. Later it was foreclosed on for back taxes. The mill currently is owned by HLM Trust, Maria Orosz trustee, according to the town Tax Collector’s Office. “It was sad to see it burn,” Keeney said, calling the end of the mill’s history “upsetting.” Still, he said, the vacant property had been a hindrance to economic development efforts in Somers, and he hopes to see some good come out of this. “It could be a catalyst to the rebirth of Somersville,” he said.

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Class of 2012 Graduates from East Windsor High School

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — Dressed in black and gold, the 78 members of the East Windsor High School Class of 2012 graduated June 22 at La Renaissance. Principal Edward Keleher thanked the parents and guardians of the class. “After all, it was you who stood alongside that graduate,” he said. “Know that we are always here to support you,” he told the graduates. “We will miss you.” Assistant Principal Helen Thomas urged the class to hold onto its memories of the school. “Remember these memories, for they have shaped who you are today,” she said. She concluded by reminding them that “making a difference in someone’s life does matter.” Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane encouraged the class to be optimistic in its outlook. “Please know this. You have a choice in how you view the world,” she said. “I strongly encourage you to view it as did Winston Churchill,” who urged people to “be an optimist. See the possibilities.” State Rep. Christopher Davis, who graduated from East Windsor High in 2004, presented the class with a citation

from the General Assembly congratulating them on their graduation. Class President Joseph Couture reminded the class of the importance of the memories they have shared in their school careers. “All of the memories you have in East Windsor will never leave you,” he said. “Our memories are everything we are and everything we have.” Salutatorian Omar Sarwar talked about being a freshman and looking at the seniors and admiring the respect they got. Finally, this year, it was his class’ turn. “It was busy, and we managed to get through,” he said. But with graduation, it’s time to start over. “I know that everyone will succeed in their own way,” he said. Valedictorian William Kehoe talked about how close the competition to be first in his class was. One class grade could have made the difference, and Sarwar would have been the valedictorian, he said. He went on to say that this friendly competition would continue, with both planning to attend the same college and major in mechanical engineering. Kehoe talked about the closeness he felt to his classmates. “We have an intense class identity,” he said. While there were various cliques, “in the end, it comes down to seniors 2012.”

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East Windsor

East Windsor High Class of 2012 (continued from page 4)

He urged his classmates to keep close ties with their communities. “My recommendation is to stay involved,” he said. “Whatever you end up doing, make life interesting for yourself.” Teacher George Thomas was the commencement speaker. He thanked the class for the last four years. “It was a great ride, one I will never forget,” he said. “Tonight is a beginning, not an ending,” he said. “Promise me that you will battle and do whatever it takes to continue on.” He concluded, “Have fun, work hard and enjoy the journey.”

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Members of the East Windsor High School Class of 2012 gather backstage before their graduation from East Windsor High School.

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Tour Demonstrates Need for New School Modular Units

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The school is overcrowded and the more than 20-yearold modular classrooms are in disrepair and need to be replaced, Broad Brook Elementary School Principal Laura Foxx said as she began a tour of the modular portion of the school on June 5. Built in 1952, additions to the school were done in 1961 and 1986. The current portable classrooms were leased in 2002 for a 10-year period. At that time those units were at least 10 years old. The lease has been extended until June 2013. Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane pointed out the fire doors connecting the portable classrooms to the rest of the school. She noted that they are not up to current code. Since they are heavy and not magnetized, Kane said, they could easily harm a child as they slam shut. Foxx showed those on the tour the water problems in the modular units, caused by a leaking roof. There are also problems with the heating and air-conditioning system, she said. She said the gutters empty underneath the modular units, causing a great deal of moisture. In addition, the school is overcrowded, with many spaces used other than how they were intended. For example, a handicapped-accessible bathroom doubles as a storage closet. A closet has been converted

to a small classroom. The stage in the combined gymnasium and auditorium has an office and a classroom in the wings. The stage itself is used for music classes. In addition, the portable classrooms are not energy efficient, said Richard Labrie of Futures Education, a consultant for the Board of Education on the project. The town is proposing to replace the current eight modular classrooms with 14 new, permanent modular classrooms. Ten would be located in front of the building and four in the north courtyard area. The permanent modular units have a useful life of 40 to 50 years, Labrie said, as opposed to the 20 for the portable units. In addition, the new modulars would be owned by the town instead of being leased. The total cost of the project is estimated at no more than $3.77 million. Bonded over 20 years with a state reimbursement rate of 56.79 percent, the monthly cost to the town would be $8,862. The town currently spends $7,738 per month on the leased classrooms. Labrie said that the difference in cost would be made up in energy savings. “It’s not going to cost the town anything,” he added. “You can’t help but see dollar for dollar this is better than what we have now,” Board of Finance Chairman Jason Bowsza said.

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Landscaper Volunteers in Vermont after Hurricane Irene

ELLINGTON - Lori Spielman has always had a soft spot for the historical Crafts Inn in Wilmington, Vt. Upon hearing that the landscape had been washed away by Hurricane Irene - sidewalks gone, a playscape gone, lawn and garden beds ruined, a gazebo from Kloter Farms swept down the river, a water garden she installed years ago destroyed - she jumped into action. A first visit revealed a sad sight: a small town ripped apart by the flood waters that came down the Deerfield River. Crafts Inn sits at the intersection of Route 9 and Route 100 and took a major hit. Extensive damage both inside and outside made it almost impossible for the inn to even think about opening in time for the leaf-peeping season. Enter Lori Spielman Landscaping from Ellington. Despite the complexity of putting the outside back together, no easily available material and no electricity, Spielman arrived on site with everything needed to restore the dignity of the historical Crafts Inn. Working with the manager of the inn, Alice Richter, Spielman donated her companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to put everything back into place while Alice worked to have the needed materials on site. Seeing tears in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes was a very humbling experience

for the crew as they arrived in town with trucks, trailers, equipment, and supplies. Setting up a camp in between the river and the inn, the crew worked sunrise to sunset, breaking only for meals, which Spielman cooked on camp stoves. After three days, new landscaping and lawn had been planted, garden beds and walkways rebuilt, a pondless water garden installed and lighting repaired. Mums along the walkway and in the window

boxes announced that the Crafts Inn would soon be ready to accept new visitors. As the crew left Wilmington, it felt a wonderful sense of fulfillment over having accomplished so much under such difficult conditions. Wilmington, Vt., is fighting to get back to normal and Lori Spielman Landscaping is proud to have been able to help the Crafts Inn and the people of Wilmington take a step forward after a powerful setback.

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Ellington Women’s Club Announces Scholarship Winner

ELLINGTON – The Ellington Women’s Club is pleased to announce that Kara Modzelewski of Ellington has been awarded a Phipps Scholarship from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut (GFWC/CT). Candidates to be considered for the Phipps Scholarships must have completed two or more years of undergraduate work in an accredited institution of higher learn-

ing with a 3.0 average or better, and be matriculating for a Bachelor’s or post graduate degree. Kara recently completed her junior year at the University of Hartford, where she is majoring in Early Childhood Education. The Ellington Women’s Club, a member of the GFWC/CT, sponsored Kara for this scholarship.

Women’s Club Installation of New Officers

The Ellington Women’s Club installed new officers for the 2012-2013 club year at the June 6 meeting. Pictured (l to r): President Darlene Hull; Vice Presidents Rita Carbone-Lawson, Karen Antonetti, Carol Hagopian; Co-Corresponding Secretary Ann Williams; Recording Secretary Denise Archibald; Treasurer Ann Berak; Auditor Pat Clapp. Not pictured are Vice President Jamie McCabe and Co-Corresponding Secretary Jeanne Gessay. The Ellington Women’s Club is a community service organization. Membership is open to all women over the age of 18 upon payment of dues. Residence in Ellington is not necessary. New members are accepted monthly. The next meeting will be held on October 3 at 6:30 PM at the Ellington Senior Center. For additional information about The Ellington Women’s Club, visit its website at www.ellingtonwomensclub.weebly.com, e-mail ellingtonwomensclub@yahoo.com, or call 860-872-0425.

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ELLINGTON - Come join us for “Fun on Wheels,” a bike safety fair for kids entering kindergarten through fourth grade. The event is on Aug. 25 (rain date: Aug. 26) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ellington High School. There will be games and prizes, an obstacle course, bike and helmet safety check, and a bike helmet egg drop. Don’t forget to bring your bike and helmet; parents must accompany children 

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Valedictorian Kerry Davis and Salutatorian Greg Zaylor lead their classmates to the graduation ceremony at Fermi High School's football field. In addition to their top honors Zaylor also received the Fermi Scholar award from the Mathematics department, with Davis receiving the Physical Education/Health Fermi Scholar award. Photo by Michael Cotnoir

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SOMERS — Somers serves as a blueprint for bipartisan efforts on a project that involved state and federal regulators, according to state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty. Esty made that statement as the keynote speaker at the ribbon cutting for the solar photovoltaic panel system installed on the Somers Elementary School roof on June 1. Esty said it was amazing to think that such a large system was installed in a little more than a year, from obtaining the grant to installing the system. “It would not have been able to work without the dedication and cooperation between the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Education and the Board of Finance,” First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. Also attending the ceremony were state Sen. John Kissel, state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi, Selectman Kathy Devlin, Superintendent of Schools Maynard Suffredini, Somers Elementary School Principal Ralph Riola and Erik Bartone, president of DBS Energy, which installed the solar panel system. The 700 panels on the school roof can generate 1,100 kilowatts of electricity in a week. Pellegrini said residents find out how much energy this system, as well as other solar panel systems in town are sav-

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Somers High School Graduates 132 from the Class of 2012 By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — “Where is the hope for a better future — I’m looking at it.” With those words, Principal Gary M. Cotzin welcomed the 132 members of the Somers High School Class of 2012 and those assembled to wish them well at commencement on June 15 in the school gymnasium. “The world is waiting for you, but we here at Somers High will miss you even more,” Cotzin said. Superintendent of Schools Maynard Suffredini Jr. urged the class to set goals for themselves and to respect others. “I want to encourage each of you to set clear goals on what you would like to accomplish in life,” he said, adding if their learning stops with graduation, those goals will be hard to complete. “Today the world is more integrated than ever before,” Suffredini said. “Respect the dignity of others.”

A group gathers before their graduation from Somers High School on June 15. Photo by Linda Levinson He concluded by urging the class to “consider it (graduation) the beginning of a lifetime of personal growth.” Class President Jake Alvaro thanked the teachers, faculty and “the lunch ladies” for Licensed all they have done for the Class of 2012. Certified “We all remember some of the more Massage memorable moments,” he said. Therapist. Salutatorian Ryan Geib reminded the class that graduation is a time when parat

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time to ask for a gift or money before it wears off,” he said jokingly. “We became a great community,” he said of the class. “We were always known as the goody two shoes grade,” which he added was true until senior year. He urged the class to be the people they want to be. “Your life is what you put into it and shouldn’t be defined by job description or house size,” he said. Valedictorian Katie Loughrey noted that 2012 is when “supposedly the world is going to end. Who knew?” Either way, she said, their world at Somers High has come to an end. “That realization is as bittersweet as it is liberating,” she said. “Congratulations Class of 2012. We did it. I love all of you,” she said. The guest speaker at the graduation was Marc Dzicek, a Somers High teacher and senior class adviser. He urged the class to follow their dreams and to never doubt themselves. “If your heart is telling you to do something, do it,” he said. “Find and pursue something that you truly love ... with this, I promise you, you will find success. “Success is to live your life with integrity … to be honest and contribute in some way.”

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Sunday Drive

Opsail Brings Tall Ships to CT Shores; New Season for Summerwind

Welcome back to the Sunday Drive, the column that inspires to enlighten the masses on some of the area’s lesser-known treasures/off the beaten path entertainment options. Or should we say Sunday Drives, as this month’s installment features two chances to get your motors running and head out on the highway.

The first occurs July 7-8, when Connecticut OpSail2012 (opsail2012ct.org) will fill the New London harbor with Tall Ships, Navy vessels and Coast Guard cutters as part of a national celebration to note the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. This year’s OpSail event will feature a spectacular Parade of Sail from Niantic (where the ships will gather on Friday, July 6) to New London, where there will be entertainment, encampments, historical reenactments, family activities, and an extraordinary fireworks display over the Thames River. Sail away day is Monday, July 9. “We are the last port in a national celebration organized by Operation Sail and the United States Navy and we are very proud participants in this significant national celebration,” said John S. Johnson, chairman of the OpSail organizing committee. “We have developed a great program, from the assemblage of ships and their grand parade into New London harbor, to our shorebased history and culture village at Fort Trumbull and many other entertaining and interesting exhibits.” Led by America’s own Coast Guard Barque EAGLE, OpSail2012 CT will feature 23 ships. The weekend programs will delight young and old, landlubbers and seafarers, history buffs, current and retired members of the military, local citizens, visitors and tourists. The public is invited to visit the tall ships for complimentary tours at State Pier, City Pier & Waterfront Park, and Fort Trumbull State Park in New London.

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OpSail takes place alongside New London’s Sailfest, an annual waterfront celebration now in its 35th year and in cooperation with the town of East Lyme. “When you combine this with the renowned United States Coast Guard band in concert, the free ship visitations, the city’s Sailfest extravaganza and the spectacular fireworks on Saturday night, it will be a weekend to remember,” Johnson concludes.

Next up...the venue has had artists as diverse as Tito Puente and Blues Traveler tear the proverbial roof off the joint. It’s seen also Mother Nature literally tear its roof off - forcing the cancellation of several, subsequent seasons. While the SummerWind Performing Arts Center in Windsor, Conn. will be open for 2012, Executive Director Michael Campbell is quick to note that the ‘Winds, they are a changin’ in terms of traditional programming and scheduling. “This year marks a new and exciting direction for us,” he explains. “Unlike previous seasons, 2012 will be a year in which we will showcase some of the incredible talent that we have in the region with tickets now at a highly affordable rate to make it accessible for families to attend.” This year’s summer series kicked off on July 1 with The Hartford Pops Band - a Salute To America - July 1 and continues each Sunday with the likes of The Connecticut Ballet (July 8), Howard Fishman (July 15) and the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra (July 29) before wrapping up Aug. 19 with Viva Quetzal and the Val Ramos Ensemble. Other highlights include The Shinolas (featuring Fountain of Waynes’ Chris Collingwood and celebrated singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston) on Aug. 5 and The Buckinghams (with Tumblin Dice & Avenue Groove) Aug. 18. Despite the caliber of talent, name recognition and bonafide instances of national notoriety,

the average 2012 SummerWind ticket will cost either $15 for the lawn/general admission or $25 for premium reserved seating. To purchase or for more information, kindly point your browser to sscsSummerWind.org 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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New Means of Getting Emergency Information to Residents By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Town residents will have a new way of getting information in an emergency. The town has decided to contract with Everbridge, a California-based firm that specializes in emergency notification systems, according to a letter jointly prepared by First Selectman Richard Shuck and Superintendent of Schools Patricia Collin. In the past, the town and schools have used the AlertNow system to share information on emergency

school closings, as well as storm and voting information. In addition to an annual fee, the town was charged per call. The contract with Everbridge will allow households in town to sign up for as many as 35 ways they can be notified, including by phone, email, text messaging, instant messaging, desktop alerts over IM, fax, Blackberries and other smartphones and pagers. In addition to residents themselves, others, including daycare providers and grandparents, may receive mes-

sages via Everbridge. Town and school department employees who live outside Stafford also can receive notifications. Notifications will include school-based and school district-wide emergencies, town or regional emergencies, school cancellations and early dismissals, referendums, elections, closures of municipal offices due to emergencies or inclement weather, cancellations of recreation programs due to inclement weather and road closures due to construction or motor vehicle accidents.

Eileen Laramie Selected as School Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teacher of the Year

STAFFORD - Patricia Collin, superintendent of schools, announced Staffordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teacher of the Year is Eileen Laramie, a math teacher at Stafford High School. She will now compete for the honor of Connecticutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 Teacher of the Year in the fall. Laramie was nominated by her colleagues and selected by a special committee comprised of teacher representatives from each school building in the district. The selection process includes nomination statements from colleagues, a written application outlining opinions about educational issues, and an interview with the teacher of the year committee. Michael Bednarz, director of curriculum and instruction, serves as facilitator.

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Stafford Middle School Honor Students Announced for Term 6

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Kaylee Miller Kayla Padegimas Stephanie Ramsey Ashley Robbins Broderick Roy Devin Stachelsky Kylee Teats Rachel Ulitsch Megan West HIGH HONORS GRADE 7 Michael Bachiochi Rachel Bergeron Luke Broadhurst Jenna Castonguay Jacob Conklin Matthew Frank Danielle Garnelis Valerie Girard Justin Grant Katelyn Henderson Brandon Kallenbach Ethan Lawlor Megan Lueckel Cameron Macgregor Saylee Missell Timothy Noto Sarah Provencher Damon Reynolds HONORS GRADE 7

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ACC Foundation Donates to New Mac Computer Lab at College

ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College, with significant financial support from Asnuntuck Community College’s Foundation, is currently installing a Mac computer lab at the college. Karen Jarmoc, chairman for the foundation, announced the foundation’s commitment during the college’s recent commencement ceremony. The $75,000 project will receive a third of its funding from the foundation. "The ACC Foundation is so pleased to step forward in such a meaningful way to support the establishment of a state-of-theart Mac Lab at the college. Such a move will significantly enhance the quality of learning for students at Asnuntuck and allows our board to better fulfill its mission to support student academic achievement," said Jarmoc. President Martha McLeod said the addition to the college’s campus showcases Asnuntuck’s commitment to embracing technology. “I am very excited about our new Mac lab. Aside from being the industry-standard platform for creative professionals, the use of Macs allows students to be trained in software for both Mac and PC operating systems.” She adds, “We will be providing our graduates with more flexibility and thus increasing their employment opportunities.” McLeod said with the continued use of Macs in many area school systems, including Enfield, the installation of the lab is a necessary addition. Investment in Technology Guy Bourassa, an adjunct instructor at ACC and Department Chair of Computer Technologies for the Enfield Public Schools, said he is pleased the college is

Asnuntuck Community College’s Foundation recently donated $25,000 toward a new Mac lab for Asnuntuck Community College. The lab will include 28 work stations and will be open to students for the fall semester.

putting in a lab. He said students in the Enfield public schools continue to use Macs. He said the school system’s technology is also being enhanced with each school in the Enfield public school system receiving a class set of iPads along with half of the system’s teachers being given an iPad for teaching purposes. Cheryl Turgeon, a Computer Information Systems professor at ACC and a member of the foundation’s board, has been a strong advocate of the project. “The generous donation from the Asnuntuck Community Foundation cou-

pled with the investment in technology for a new state of the art Mac lab from the college is a win-win for our community.” She explained, “Technology plays a key role in engaging students and preparing them for the workplace. Asnuntuck will

now be on the cutting edge with technology by maintaining multiple computer lab platforms for instructional purposes in curriculums such as Digital Arts, Communications, Information Systems Technology, Business, Mathematics and even Early Childhood Education.” The instructor continued, “Apple technology continues to grow as a significant provider of tools in the workplace and the installation of this laboratory will certainly enhance the educational skills and career goals for students.” More Competitive Michael Demers, the college’s Fine, Performing and Digital Arts Coordinator, is enthusiastic about the addition. "The new Mac lab will not only make our students more competitive by teaching them another operating system, but it will also spur their creativity by moving them into a digital environment separate from the more familiar Windows platform. The possibilities for their creative output, in both images and ideas, will be limitless." The new lab will include 28 work stations and will be open to students for the fall semester. For information about registering for classes in the fall, please visit Asnuntuck’s new website at www.asnuntuck.edu.

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Stafford High Class of 2012

The Stafford High School graduating class of 2012 that celebrated its commencement on June 19 included 133 seniors. Above left, Bryanne Auguste, Brittany Blythe, Stephanie Wood, Stafford High School Class of 2012 graduates. At right, a senior bids adieu. Photos by Val Blythe

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From left, Stafford Fire Department Chief Dave Lucia, 1st Asst. Chief Rick Hartenstein, Tilly Festi, owner of Festiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oil, President Mike Kenderdine, 2nd Asst. Chief Dan Carr. Above left, the fire department in the 1930s.

Local Business Helps Fire Department Again with Needs STAFFORD - Once again a small family-owned business located in Stafford Springs helped out its local volunteer fire department. This family has supported the Stafford Fire Department since the 1930s. It started back when John Festi Sr. supplied the department with an International fire truck when Festiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oil was an International truck dealer, to present day now with Tilly Festi at the helm. The president of Stafford Fire Dept. #1, Mike Kenderdine, reached out to Mike Milikowski, salesman at Festiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oil, for some help with Cub Cadet leaf blowers. The department uses them for brush and

grass fires to blow debris back into the fire and cause a fire block. So Milikowski approached Tilly and Cub Cadet asked if they would be interested in helping the department one more time. So once again Tilly stepped up along with Cub Cadet and they donated a leaf blower from each business. With cutbacks and tight budgets the fire department has to count on donations and support from local businesses like Festiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The Stafford Fire Dept. sends out a warmhearted thank you to Tilly Festi for the continued support as a business owner and president of The Stafford Rotary Club.

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Students Named to Third Honor Roll 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 third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. These students 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 Sarah Aubin Charles Cormier Gillian Gagne Shawna Katkavich Olivia Kritzman Melissa McCloskey Shane McCuen Vivian Ojeda Kyle Pallanck Benjamin Tetrault Senior Honors Ashley Allen

Bryanne Auguste Amber Barron Tucker Carlson Danielle Clark Bridget Deskus Erin Drouin Adam Fontanella Brent Kalette Hailee Klapproth Scott Kominski Thomas Maynard Brian Nosel Patrick Ruel John Sellew Lauren Shaw Carleton Whaley Shaina Wilson Stephanie Wood

Megan Watkinson Junior Honors Taylor Bain Natalie Finch Joshua Gluck Alec Gregory Alexander Huffman Vanessa Knowlton Jessica McGuire Alicia Morgan Rebecca Novelli Zachary Rollins Jaime Sierra Maria Spellman Brittaney Wittenzellner Kianna Woods

Junior High Honors Angelique Bacha Luisa Beck Jennifer Bourque Marisa Brink Evan Cummins Sara Fogarty Ryan Gelinas Amanda Jacobsen Jonathan Lerch Suzhaunna Lerch Katherine Ouellette Shelbey Prucker Michaela Vaughn-Kuehl

Sophomore High Honors Allan Bakker Morgan Emmons Erin Gelinas Elizabeth Girard Jake Kalette Conor Keleher Jesse Reeves Matthew Roy

Logan Frassinelli Jeffrey Garnelis Benjamin Gluck Edllay Martins Taylor Merrick Alyssa Murray Theresa Nosel Amber Payzant Mykala Perrier Michael Satkowski

Freshman High Honors Renee Chasse Hailey Ebenstein Nicholas Girard Taylor Glaeser-Charter

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Freshman Honors Caitlyn Eaton Madison Fitzgerald Marissa Hanley Alex Hoss Cassandra Jenkins Taylor LaFlamme Kathryn Molitoris Julia Nosel Trevor Simpson Shannon Slater Hannah Wood

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It's really tough to spend a few days over again. This car loved nothing more with a car, decide you hate it, and then dis- than hunkering down through the curves. cover you actually kind of like it. That was Keep the six-speed manual (which I loved) my experience with the 2012 Mini Cooper humming around 3500 rpm and this car is Roadster convertible. a delight. Frankly, it's an ugly little vehicle, until Initially that was a complaint in my you drop the top and then it's stunning in mind. You had to keep the Mini Cooper the Mini Cooper way. Don't get me wrong. revving at about 3500 rpm. Driving it I actually like the Mini Cooper look, but in around town it almost felt like milk toast. the four-seat configuration only. The Then I figuratively slapped myself in the coupe and the wagon are not that appeal- head. That's really one of the beautiful ing to my eye. things about this little twoDrop the cloth top and it's a seater. It stays docile for good different story – until it's time fuel economy of 27-mpg city to raise the top. It's manual. and 35-mpg highway. This car It's probably easy if your limdoesn't demand to be pushed. EHIND berness wasn't a faded memoBut when the driver feels The Wheel ry, but I don't like the thought like exercising the gas pedal, of paying $27,350 and having the 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoa manual roof. I'm just cheap line engine with twin-scroll turand lazy. bocharger responds adeptly KEITH GRIFFIN One thing Mini does get with 181 horsepower at 5500 credit for, though, is having a roadster that rpm and 177 lb. ft. of torque at 177 lb. ft. doesn't suffer for trunk space once the top (My seven-year old enjoyed hearing the is lowered. The top folds behind the seats engine respond under hard acceleration – and not into the trunk, which has a decent she has potential gear head qualities). 8.3 cubic feet of space. You're going to According to Mini, the Cooper S Roadster have more than enough room for the needs is going to run from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds. of two passengers, even on a long road Frankly, I can't imagine a situation trip. where anybody would choose the base OK, so once I overcame my nitpicking model, which has only 121 horsepower about the manual roof but enjoying the and 118 lb. ft. of torque. OK, there's one usable trunk space, I spent a great day reason: a $3000 price difference, but I've driving with the top down on an overcast driven a Cooper with the underpowered day. This is a fun car to drive in fresh air engine. especially because it seems to mask the What else can I tell you about the Mini rough ride. Cooper Roadster? From a design standHow firm was the suspension on the point it is the first “three-box” Mini with a Mini Cooper Roadster S loaned to me for stepped rear end in the style of a Gran review? My four-year old daughter said, Turismo; sporty, flat coupe silhouette; sits "Daddy, this car is bumpy" and that was a full inch lower than Mini Hardtop; new, driving down a pretty well paved suburban faithful expression of the hallmark Mini street. Hit a separation joint on I-84 and design language; distinctive steel “helmet you're going to go, "Oof." roof” with integral roof spoiler; first Mini But then I hit a few twisty roads and I with an active rear spoiler to optimize airwas in love with the Roadster S trim all flow at higher speeds; rear spoiler extends

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