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FREE! High Schools’ Top Scholars Share Similar Characteristics By Linda Tishler Levinson

Fun at the Fair Three-year-old Isabel of Ellington tries her luck at the Ring Toss game at the Ellington Fair on the Green on May 7. More photos, page 13. Photo by Barbara Bresnahan

In This Issue • EAST WINDSOR: Annual budget approved on first vote ................p. 4 • EAST WINDSOR: Senior Center offers wide variety of programs ..........pgs. 6-7 • ELLINGTON: Budget approved, includes small increase ............p. 10 • ELLINGTON: Substance free grad party has challenging future ....p. 11 • 2011 BEST OF NORTH CENTRAL CONNECTICUT READER’S POLL....p. 12 • SUNDAY DRIVE: Music, microbrews & more on tap for June....p. 13

• SOMERS: Town budget below last year’s spending amount............p. 20 • SOMERS: Library News..........p. 21 • SOMERS: Images from prom ....p. 26 • REGIONAL: Groups invited to participate in Enfield Celebration............p. 28 • STAFFORD: Voters will get second chance at budget June 14 ............p. 29 • STAFFORD Middle School honor students for term five ..........................p.30 • BUSINESS: Hospital awarded grant, new business opens..............pgs. 36-37 • CLASSIFIEDS:..................pgs. 41-43

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They are self-motivated, involved in seemingly everything and strongly supported by their parents. These are the traits this year’s valedictorians and salutatorians share. “I’ve always been very driven to succeed in life,� Somers High School salutatorian Kathryn Squillace said. Her parents always urged her to do her best and told her repeatedly that her best was good enough. But she was always trying to do better. In addition to holding various part-time jobs, Squillace is class treasurer, National Honor Society treasurer and is a Daisy Girl Scouts troop leader. She plans to attend Bentley University and major in corporate finance and accounting. Thomas Szymanski, the valedictorian at Stafford High School, is equally busy and motivated. “I’ve always set really high standards for myself,� he said. He is on the track team and is involved in music and volunteer work. He plans to attend the University of Rhode Island, where he will study pharmacy. Julie Dillon, the salutatorian at Stafford High School, said that she “always really liked school.� Dillon said she made it a game to get her homework done so that her parents would allow her to do other

things. She is involved in track, cross-country and madrigals, and volunteers at Johnson Memorial Hospital. She plans to attend West Point, where she will major in chemical engineering. Commencement Due to this year’s frequent, heavy snowstorms, commencement exercises at local high schools are being held about a week later than usual. East Windsor East Windsor High School will hold its graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. June 24 at the school. The valedictorian is Jaime Kessler, and the salutatorian is Nicholas Parker. Kessler, who is a member of the National Honor Society and student council, is class treasurer, a peer adviser and belongs to Interact. She plans to enter the University of Connecticut Honors Program in the fall, majoring in engineering physics. Parker belongs to the National Honor Society and Student Council, plays trumpet in the marching, jazz and concert bands, is involved in the yearbook and is on the indoor and outdoor track teams. He plans to attend the Air Force Academy, where he will study aerospace physiology.

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People Gardner recipient of the Nightingale Award VERNON - Mary Gardner, patient care coordinator for Visiting Nurse & Health Services of CT, has been awarded the Nightingale Award. Gardner, of Vernon, has been a dedicated employee for more than 18 years. She has worn many hats for the agency, including homecare nurse, team leader, supervisor of weekends and evenings, clinical manage and now patient care coordinator. Gardner is well known in the home care

Time For Annual ‘Best Of’ Poll In fact, what better time than the occasion of The North Central News’ nine-year anniversary to roll out our most popular series of the year again - our “Best Of Reader’s Poll”? That’s right, it was nine years ago this month that local residents received the first-ever issue of The North Central News in their mailboxes. One of the main reasons for the subsequent pattern of growth - in addition to our talented, dedicated staff and our valued advertisers - is the involvement and input from our devoted readers. In short, we love to hear from you. And with our BEST OF series, it’s your chance to recognize the area businesses you know and love in a contest effectively run by the people they care most about: their customers! So take a few moments and fill out the ballot on page 12. There will be some great prizes randomly selected for those that do. All winners will be announced in our August issue. - Gary Carra, Publisher

community. She has built and continues excellent relationships with town and state social services. She is always a tireless patient advocate. Nominated by her peers for the prestigious sward, Gardner was recognized for her extensive clinical knowledge, ardent patient advocacy, and passion for the agency’s mission of keeping patients healthy and independent in their own homes. In her current role as patient care coordinator, Gardner is responsible for ensuring that all of the patients on her team receive the service they need throughout the course of their care. “Mary is one of our most dedicated and compassionate nurses,” said Rosemary Harding, vice president of clinical services for Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut. “With patients being discharged from the hospital sooner and needing more extensive cave in the home, our services are more critical than ever. Mary plays a vital role in this, helping us achieve consistently high patient satisfaction scores and positive outcomes. Her daily contact and guidance with each clinician encourages everyone to focus on what

matters most: our patients.” The Nightingale Awards of Excellence in Nursing were developed in 2001 out of a desire to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession. The award is open to and inclusive of all health care settings – hospitals, home health care, nursing schools, and medical practices. On May 5 at the Hartford Marriott, 102 nurses were honored.

Flea Market/Craft Fair at Heritage Park STAFFORD - Staffordville School is hosting a Flea Market/Craft Fair at Heritage Park in Staffordville on Saturday, June 11. There will be crafts for the kids, and old and new items to shop for. The PTO is asking for $15 to rent a space, and please bring your own table. There will also be a bottle drive. All proceeds go to Staffordville School. Any questions or anyone interested in renting a space, please contact Jennifer at 860-684-5194.

Knights Hosting Spring Fling Tag Sale ENFIELD - The Spring Fling Tag Sale, sponsored by K of C council 14600, St. Martha Church, Brainard Road, Enfield, will be held June 18. Spaces are available for $15. To reserve your space, please call Michael at 860-741-2363, Jim at 860-741-2012 or Rich at 860-741-3182. Set up starts at 7 a.m. and the tag sale will go until 3 p.m. June 2011 North Central News

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East Windsor Town Votes To Approve Spending Plan on First Try By Linda Tishler Levinson EAST WINDSOR — The town has a budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The town voted for a $33,141,666 budget in the May 10 referendum. “We are very excited to have a budget so early in the year,” First Selectman Denise Menard said. “It’s a fair budget.

Rubber Duck Race Benefits Skate Park EAST WINDSOR – The East Windsor BMX Skate Park Committee is holding its second Annual Rubber Duck Race on Saturday, June 18, at noon. The race is held at the filter bed on the Scantic River in Broad Brook, located at the end of Church Street. Duck adoptions are available right up until the race begins for $10 each. There are plenty of prizes and lots of family fun with kayak and canoe rides and munchies to eat. Come to adopt, or come to watch the winners cross the finish line – either way, please bring a non-perishable food item with you for donation. For more information, or to adopt a duck, please call Brenda Crockett at 860-370-8585 or visit www.freewebs.com/ewbmxskateboard.

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It’s the best that we could have got.” Menard said that the town was able to create a budget with no major cuts. “It’s a super-conservative budget, but it addresses the needs for now,” she said, adding that she hopes this is the last year they will have to be so conservative. The budget includes a town-side spending plan of $13,735,215 and a Board of Education budget of $19,406,451. This represents an increase of $639,925 or 1.97 percent over the current budget. The mill rate was set at 24.3756. Menard said she was especially pleased to have a budget after last year, when the budget was defeated in three referendums, forcing the town to adopt the previous year’s budget with a 2 percent increase. That made for a difficult year with no actual line items, which meant the need for constant transfers.

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Volunteers Wanted To Be Trolley Operators EAST WINDSOR - The Connecticut Trolley Museum is seeking volunteers interested in becoming trolley operators. If you love history, rails, and people and want to have fun, this opportunity is for you. Requirements to become a trolley car operator are: you must have a valid driver’s license, be at least 18 years of age, be able to pass a DOT physical and become a member of the museum ($20 for seniors, $30 for adults). Classes will be beginning shortly and

are held on weekends. The Connecticut Trolley Museum is owned and operated by the Connecticut Electric Railway Association, Inc. Founded in October 1940, it is the nation’s oldest incorporated organization dedicated to the preservation of streetcars and the Trolley Era. As a non-profit organization, its educational and historical aim is to recreate an important phase of New England’s business and social life from 1890 to 1945.

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East Windsor East Windsor Community Events EAST WINDSOR – The following events will take place in June and July.

Asnuntuck Supports Recent Homefront Project Students, staff, faculty and spouses, representing Asnuntuck Community College, recently lent a hand to a Homefront project in Enfield. It was the sixth year that the college has supported an event in the region as part of its Community Action Day. The crew is seen in front of the home before they began painting. Front row, from left to right, Alaina Albert, Jenna Marie Crawford, Community Action Day Coordinator Stacy Lanigan, Sherry Gelbwasser, Amanda Baron, Elle Van Dermark, Julie Cotnoir and Cheryl Cyr. Volunteers in back row from left to right, David Vania, Gary Cyr and Teri Little. Photo by Robert Atiyeh

June 8 - Blood Drive Red Cross Blood Drive hosted by Holiday Inn Express from 1 p.m.-5:45 p.m., East Windsor Room. Schedule your appointment today at 800-733-2767 or www.redcrossblood.org. June 18 - 2nd Annual East Windsor Rubber Duck Race This event is to benefit the BMX Skateboard Park Committee. On the Scantic your rubber ducky ($10 adoption donation) could be a top duck prize winner. A family fun event bring the whole family to watch as the ducks frolic and race down the Scantic (a non perishable food item donation please). Start time is noon. For more information or to find out how you can adopt a duck, visit www.freewebs.com.ewbmxskateboard or call Brenda Crockett at 860-370-9595. June 26 - Golf Tournament East Windsor Athletic Club Community Benefit Golf Tournament. This tourney benefits not only at least two athletic scholarships per year, but has also funded

facility improvements at all three schools, installed an exercise trail, co-funded sports teams as well as continuously funds a website for East Windsor Sports www.EWSports.com. This event has all the items you have come to expect from a first-class tournament. Golfer donation is only $85 (dinner only $30) Play will be at The Tradition Golf Course in Windsor. Registration/lunch 11 a.m.; tee time noon. For more information or to be a corporate sponsor, please contact Ted Szymanski at 860-875-0031 or Dave Pitney, chairperson, at 860-627-7977. July 18 - Golf Tournament “18th Annual Golf Tournament” to benefit The Network Against Domestic Abuse at Elmcrest Country Club, East Longmeadow, Mass. This important fundraiser for TNADA will be used to continue its important work with domestic violence victims. This event is enjoyed by golfers, spectators and sponsors. For more information on how to be a golfer or sponsor, please call Ann Osborne at 860-763-7430 or visit www.eastwindsorchamber.com and click on press releases for complete application form.

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East Windsor East Windsor Senior Services Offers Wide Program Variety EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Senior Center is the focal point for East Windsor residents 60 years of age or older who seek out recreational, social and educational programs as well as transportation and nutritional services. We strive to promote the socialization, independence, self-sufficiency, and community involvement of our senior citizens. If you have any comments or questions please call 860-292-8262 or email mprior@eastwindsorct.com. You can download the center’s monthly Senior Services Events & Activities calendar and lunch menu by going to www.eastwindsorct.com – select town departments & agencies and then scroll down to Senior Services. UPCOMING EVENTS We will have a special presentation from the Lions Club on their Low Vision Center. Join us on Thursday, June 2, from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. as we learn all the benefits this great organization has to offer. Our next Focus Group will meet on Tuesday, June 7, from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

We will meet to discuss future activities, trips, and happenings at our senior center. Join us to share you ideas, suggestions, and opinions. On June 9 we will have a special presentation from the Kids-N-Critters program from East Windsor High School. The high school students will be visiting us with “critters” and will discuss their habitats, life cycles, and many more interesting facts. You will be able to pat and hold them if you are brave enough to do so. Join us for our new monthly Elder Law Program held on the second Tuesday of every month. We will have a lawyer from the law office of Kraner & Hess here for private one-on-one consultations on June 14 from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. If you would like an appointment, please call the office. We will be showing “Secretariat” as this month’s morning movie and a muffin on Friday, June 17, from 9:45 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Based on the impossible true story, “Secretariat” chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner.

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Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich) manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time On June 21 we will have Melissa Green from the Parks & Recreation Department at the center for her monthly craft program from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Our social will be held Thursday, June 23, from noon-2 p.m. We will have great entertainment set up for this month’s special day as we will be honoring all of our June birthdays. All July trip payments will be due today and we will have signups for our August happenings available. Please call Janet by June 21 if you would like to spend this special day with us. State Rep. Christopher Davis will be at the center for 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.. Mr. Davis will be discussing any legislative changes that effect seniors, health care, energy, tax relief, and transportation. He will also be available to answer any ques-

tion you may have. Please make time for this very important visit. TRIPS On June 6, we will travel to Enfield to Rave Motion Pictures for their Silver Screen Classic movie at 12:30 p.m. The featured movie will be “The Bell of New York” from 1952. This classic stars Fred Astaire and Vera Allan. In squeaky-clean New York at the turn of the century, playboy Charlie Hill falls so much in love that he can walk on air. The object of his affections is beautiful Angela Bonfils, a mission house worker in the Bowery. He promises to reform his dissolute life, even trying to do an honest day’s work. Please call the center by June 3 if you would like to join us for the movie. We will be visiting Elizabeth Park to view the wonderful rose gardens on June 10. We will leave the center at 9:30 a.m. Please bring your lunch or you may purchase lunch at The Pond House Restaurant located on the grounds of the park. Please call the center by June 8 if you are interested in the trip. Join us for a special dial-a-ride trip to the Connecticut State Library in Hartford for their monthly Brown Bag Lunchtime

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East Windsor Health and Wellness Programs Offered by Senior Services Department (continued from page 6) Speaker Series. On June 16 we will leave the center at 11:30 a.m. and return at 1:30 p.m. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speaker will be Patrick Smith who will be talking about Connecticutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food history. Smith, Museum of Connecticut History Education Curator, will explore Connecticut food trends through time, food inventions from Connecticut, advertising and menuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from Connecticut, foods of our founders and more. Admission is free. Bring your own lunch. Join us for a motor coach trip to Foxwoods on Tuesday, June 21. We will leave the center at 8 a.m. and return at approximately at 5 p.m. The cost of this trip is $20 per person. The fee includes bus, driver tip, a $15 keno bet and a $15 food voucher. The bus is almost full and seats are limited. Call the center today to reserve yours. This trip is opened to all residents. On June 22 will be attending a free scrapbooking class at AC Moore. Bring your photos and an instructor will help you create memories with a special page for your scrapbook. We will leave the center right after lunch at 12:30 p.m. and return by 3 p.m. Please reserve your place

in class by calling the center by June 20. We have a fun-filled day planned for all of our seniors on June 24. We will start the day by going to Bradley Bowl for a couple of games of bowling, we will travel back to the senior center for lunch at our cafĂŠ and then head over to Collins Creamery in Enfield for a homemade ice cream treat. Our adventure will start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Please call the center by June 22 if you would like to join us. Do you love blueberries? Well, have we got the trip for you. On June 28 we will be picking our own berries at Dzenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blueberry Hill in South Windsor. We will leave the center at 9:30 a.m. and will return by noon, so everyone can stay and have a delicious lunch served in our cafĂŠ. Please call the center by June 24 if you would love to pick blueberries with us. HEALTH & WELLNESS Podiatry services are on the first Thursday of every month. This is by appointment only and there is a fee. Please call the center if you have any questions. The senior center welcomes you to try our Free Chair Yoga classes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga, Get Fit Where You Sit.â&#x20AC;? This is a wonderful opportunity for

people who desire a safe, simple, and comprehensive natural health practice. Join us every Tuesday 1 p.m.-2 p.m. to experience the rewarding benefits of Yoga while on the comfort of a chair. New to the senior center ~ Free Meditation workshops (while sitting on a chair) offered on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. immediately following chair yoga. Both of these classes are relaxing and fun, lead by Nora vanHouten who is a registered nurse, a graduate of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and a certified Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher. NUTRITION The center offers a hot lunch program for residents 60 years of age and older. Lunch is served Monday through Friday at noon for a suggested donation of $2. Advance reservations are required; please call Janet at 860-292-8279 between 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Monday through Friday if you would like to join us for lunch. The menu for the current month is available on the Town of East Windsor Senior Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; website. The Senior Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Meals-on-Wheels program is looking for volunteer substitute drivers to deliver meals to our intown homebound seniors. You will be reimbursed for mileage. Call Janet

between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at 860-292-8279 if you are interested in training to become a substitute driver. Join us on June 14 from 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. for Food for Thought with Janet. Janet will share seasonal recipes and will always have a sample of treats for us to try. If you would like to join, please call the office by June 10.

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East Windsor TJ’s for Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee Bar Open for Business EAST WINDSOR - East Windsor has a new breakfast and lunch eatery, with bright colors and friendly atmosphere, TJ'S for Breakfast, Lunch, and Coffee Bar. TJ'S features a hugh menu, and large portions. TJ's serves up an amazing and endless variety of delicious, homestyle breakfasts. Try one of their four different Eggs Benedicts, with their famous Hollandaise sauce. Or choose from a number of specialty breakfast plates, like the New England Scramble - three eggs

scrambled with minced ham or turkey, American cheese, and combined in a freshly baked croissant, topped with Hollandaise sauce. How about an 18oz. Porterhouse steak with three eggs, and home fries for only $17.95? Their Belgian waffles are very popular. Try one with pecans and their home made butter pecan syrup. Heck, there isn't a single item on their breakfast menu that isn't popular. TJ's also serves fresh ground coffee, with

Schools Name Their Top Scholars (continued from page 1) Ellington Ellington High School will hold its graduation at 6 p.m. June 24 on the school’s athletic field. The school will not announce its valedictorian and salutatorian until June 6. Graduation speakers will include class officers Emily Barnhart, Lauren Arbeiter and Brittany Rhodes and Student Council President Kelly Stauffer. The presentation of the class gift will be made by Senior Class President Aaron Daley and Secretary Marc Castonguay. Somers Somers High School will hold its graduation at 6 p.m. June 21 in the school gym.

Thomas Gay is the valedictorian and Kathryn Squillace is the salutatorian. Paraprofessional Carol Black has been chosen to be the guest speaker. Stafford Stafford High School will hold its graduation at 7 p.m. June 22 in the school gym. Thomas Szymanski is the valedictorian, and Julie Dillon is the salutatorian. Enfield Enfield High School will hold its graduation at 6 p.m. June 25 at the school. Enrico Fermi High School will hold its graduation at June 24 at the school. Vernon Rockville High School will hold its graduation at 6 p.m. June 22 at the school.

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Ellington Ellington Senior Center Offers Senior Chess Mates Program ELLINGTON - The Senior Center in Ellington will be sponsoring a new program for seniors to exercise their brain cells. Senior Chess Mates will meet weekly on Mondays, starting June 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is coordinated by Alex Cardoni, a retired University of Connecticut professor and Ellington resident. 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. The first 20-30 minutes of each session will be used for teaching and the remainder of the time will be used for playing games. Anyone with questions should

contact Erin Graziani at the Ellington Senior Center at 860-870-3133. The Better Age Club of the Senior Center will be winding down its season with a business meeting to be held on Thursday, June 9, at 1 p.m. Presenter Mary Ertel will entertain with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drum Circle.â&#x20AC;? Better Age will reconvene in the September time frame offering new and informative programs. Musical Insights brings composer and performer Rachmaninoff to the senior center on Monday, June 13 (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.), a request presentation by Jack Cohen. Sign-up is requested. The final presentation of Musical Insights will be held on June 27 at 6 p.m. with a presen-

Town Approves Budget with Small Increase By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The town has adopted a 2011-12 budget. Residents voted by a 670-581 count in a May 17 referendum to adopt a $46,028,926 budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m clearly very well pleased at that,â&#x20AC;? First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said of the budget approval. He added it was a difficult budget year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year all cuts were hard to make.â&#x20AC;?

The budget brings a 2.2 mill increase, with the mill rate set at 27.5. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The budget is a $325,857 increase over the current budget, a 0.71 percent increase. It includes $31,682,596 for the Board of Education, a 1.85 percent or $574,513 increase, and $14,346,330 for the general government budget, a decrease of 1.7 percent or $248,656.

tation by guest artist Mary Regan. Signup is requested for this program as well. Musical Insights will be on vacation during the months of July and August. We look forward to seeing you again in September. The Ellington Senior Center is located

at 16 Church St., Ellington. Erin Graziani is Director. The Senior Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hours are Monday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-8333133.

McKnight Museum Open For Season ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Nellie McKnight Museum at 70 Main St., Ellington, will be open for tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday through the end of September. The museum, staffed and maintained by the Ellington Historical Society, was the home of Ellington librarian and historian Nellie McKnight. The house will be 200 years old next year and work is being done to add a bedroom to the area open to the public. During this work the second floor will not be open for tours, but the first floor with toys and tools from the turn of the century, Indian artifacts and Victorian furniture and clothing will be on display. This season we are featuring an exhibit about ice harvesting, including a horse-drawn ice cutter and other tools of the trade. Admission to the museum is free. For more information about the museum or society, call 860-875-7160.

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Substance Free Grad Party Faces a Challenging Future By Deborah Stauffer

Riding Through the Center In between rain showers on May 17, this pair decided a horseback ride through Ellington center was a fine idea! Photo by Barbara Bresnahan

ELLINGTON - The Ellington Safe Graduation Party honors the graduates of Ellington High School every year by offering one last opportunity for the class to be together in a safe setting with lots of food, activities, music and prizes. This is all thanks to a group of dedicated parents who plan all year long for this one night. The party has been around for more than 20 years and was started by the Ellington Junior Women’s Club - a community group no longer in existence. The group back then received a one-time grant of $10,000 and then evolved into the Ad Hoc Safe Graduation Committee. It has been raising funds for the yearly party ever since. The party takes place at Ellington Middle School and begins at 10 p.m. the night of graduation and goes until 5 a.m. the next morning. The success of the party is due to the cooperation and support of the entire community. School administration and staff at Ellington Middle School graciously lend their building for the night and also allow for decoration committee

members to come in days before the party to set up. A great deal of planning and work is involved in the process to get to that one day in June. Each party has a specific theme with decorations revolving around that theme. Many adults are needed to make the operation happen. The committee consists of people in charge of securing donations, fundraising, entertainment, decorations, prizes, food, clean-up and chaperones. Over 60 chaperones are needed for the night and many have been doing it for years. A lot of them don’t have children in the school system anymore, but enjoy coming out to support this worthwhile community event each year. In the earlier years it was customary for underclassman parents to run the party, but as the committee numbers have dwindled, senior parents find themselves juggling the party in addition to preparations for their child’s graduation. Every year the committee puts out a plea for more volunteers.

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Entertainment Sunday Drives Offer Up Golf Tunes, Yoga and Craft Beers Welcome back to the Sunday Drive, the column that inspires to enlighten the masses on some of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lesser-known treasures/off the beaten path entertainment options. Or shall we say Sunday Drives, as there are no less than three instances for you to get your motors running and head out on the highway in this installment. And just what makes something Sunday Drive-worthy? Well, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to say with any degree of certainty as there are so many great places to eat, listen to music and enjoy a performance or event in our neck of the woods. When two or more of

those prerequisites collide simultaneously, however, it oftentimes will propel an item to the top of the heap. EDDIE MONEY, HUEY LEWIS FIND A NEW â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;CLUBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; For example, why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no small secret that the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier golf tournament The Travelers Championship, teeing off at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell on June 20 - is also awash in delectable edibles and beverages, the recent addition of some high profile audio certainly seems to have upped the ante. In their first â&#x20AC;&#x153;foreâ&#x20AC;?-ay into on-site con-

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Entertainment Sunday Drive Offers Some Good Tasting Craft Beers & Music (continued from page 13) certs, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament will feature performances by both Eddie Money and Huey Lewis & The News at the Subway Fan Zone in the center of the course. The former will occur on Wednesday, June 22, the latter, June 25. Both shows will begin around 7 p.m. (or immediately after the last golfer of the day finishes his round) and are free with tournament admission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Huey Lewis and the News and Eddie Money have been entertaining fans for decades, and we are excited to have them join us this June,â&#x20AC;? Tournament Director Nathan Grube declared at the time of the announcement. For more info on tickets, schedules and more, kindly point your browser to www.travelerschampionship.com WANDER(LUST) UP TO STRATTON Meanwhile, up at Stratton Mountain in Vermont, the tandem of Jeff Krasno and Sean Hoess will once again pit rock with relaxation (and a whole lot more) in the

form of their third annual Wanderlust Festival. Occurring this year from June 23-26 at the Stratton Mountain Resort, Wanderlust (wanderlustfestival.com) is a one-of-akind affair that features top yoga instructors and speakers (including Deepak Chopra) by day and yields to the sounds of Michael Franti & Speerhead, the W a i l e r s , N o r t h a m p t o n â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sonya Kitchell and New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Krishna Das, to name a choice few. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After a long day of yoga, people want to go dance,â&#x20AC;? explains Krasno of the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s origins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we started with those two pillars, but gradually enlarged the scope to bring in a broad range of experiences ranging from performance art and aerial workshops to farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s markets and art installations.â&#x20AC;? WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE NOT â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;WORTHYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re craving the infectious sounds of Primate Fiasco, Goosepimp Orchestra or Sauce & Big Jon Short or a taste of some of the best craft beers in the

country, Theodoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Smiths Billiards has got something good for what â&#x20AC;&#x153;alesâ&#x20AC;? ya. Specifically, the two legendary Springfield venues have pooled their collective resources to concoct the first annual Worthy Street Craft Beer Showcase (worthycraftbrewfest.com) - the perfect place to soak in both sounds and suds from more than 30 premier breweries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have asked each brewery to bring in one of their great everyday beers as well as at least one specialty,â&#x20AC;? notes Smiths Billiards manager Jim Trainor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do this to attract everyone, from the novice beer drinker to the beer geek - and the results are going to blow people away.â&#x20AC;? The Worthy Street Craft Beer Showcase is slated for Saturday, June 25, starting at noon and will necessitate the closing of historic Worthington Street throughout the afternoon before pouring back into the respective clubs that evening. 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 Stay tuned next month as we highlight edible and audio notables old and new in Old Saybrook, CT!

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Ellington Council Campaign Targets Adults Who Supply Alcohol to Youth By Deborah Stauffer ELLINGTON - The Ellington Drug Abuse Prevention Council (DAPC) launched a new campaign on May 16 targeting those adults, young and old, who supply alcohol to youth. A billboard with a red cup graphic will be on display on Route 83 northbound in Vernon just over the Ellington border for the next month and asks the question Is It Worth It?... If you are supplying alcohol to youth. The Ellington Drug Abuse Prevention Council with assistance from Regional Action Council ERASE, Inc. (East of the River Action for Substance Abuse Elimination) and the cooperation of the Ellington Public Schools, sponsors an Alcohol and Drug Use student survey every four years for students in grades 6 through 12. Results of the survey are compiled by ERASE. The most recent survey in 2009 showed that there is a significant increase in alco-

hol use between grades 6-8 and 9-12. Alcohol consumption increases significantly upon entering high school. Fortynine percent of students in grades 6 through 8 and 80 percent of students in grades 9 through 12 think alcohol is easy to obtain. Where are they getting it? Further results from the 2009 survey of Ellington students showed that most of those who drank got their alcohol from peers and parents with and without permission. The DAPC website, BeTheChange.ellington-ct.gov highlights some of the laws and other consequences associated with supplying alcohol to youth. Ellington is the recipient of two grants from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) for the prevention of underage drinking. First Selectman Maurice Blanchette feels this message is so important that he

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Safe Grad Party Needs Assistance (continued from page 11) The party averages around 95 percent attendance and in order to attract and keep the graduates at the party, the committee works hard at securing many activities and prizes. This all of course means the need for lots of fundraising and donations. Parents of seniors are asked to make a donation and some local businesses donate as well. Unfortunately, future parties may be in jeopardy as some of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraisers did not bring in expected funding or had to be canceled due to lack of interest. There also has been a sharp decrease in business donations. Outgoing president Natalie Lapointe feels the party is a worthwhile event, not only in terms of keeping the students safe for a night, but the way the community comes together in support of an important cause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the last five years volunteering for this has been totally worth it. We have kept our graduating seniors safe year after year,â&#x20AC;? said

Lapointe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very proud that we get the high attendance percentages that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been getting.â&#x20AC;? Lapointe visits the seniors the week of graduation to tell them about the events and activities. The passive alcohol sensor is in use as the graduates enter the building and they are required to check all belongings. Parents who wish can be notified if their child leaves before the party is over. Names are drawn every hour for prizes and there is a continuous flow of refreshments and activities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really is a night just for them,â&#x20AC;? said Lapointe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do hope the community continues to step up and support and fund this worthwhile night. It would be sad to see it end.â&#x20AC;? Lapointe has seen that happen as a former president of the Junior Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club. She was involved in it up until it folded. For more information about the committee, contact Natalie Lapointe at nlapointe5@gmail.com. Please send onations to Ellington Safe Graduation Committee, P.O. Box 377, Ellington, CT 06029

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Ellington Council Looks To Stop People Who Buy Minors Liquor (continued from page 15) groups in the spring of 2010, the majority of students shared they got alcohol from their homes and from older friends. The Is It Worth It? Campaign was created to reach those parents and older “friends” of youth who knowingly supply alcohol to youth and inform them of the legal and civil consequences associated with underage drinking. The campaign is being launched at a popular time of year for celebrations and also directed to the arrival home from college of many young adults age 21 and above who purchase alcohol legally for friends and younger siblings. The older college friends of our youth who are of legal age put themselves at a high risk for legal and civil consequences. Parents who allow their children to host underage drinking parties also put themselves at a high risk. Criminal charges, lawsuits, increase in rates or even loss of auto and homeowners’ insurance are just a few of the consequences involved. If those youth who are drinking in their homes are under the age of 16, a

parent can be charged with risk of injury to a minor - a felony. Friends of underage youth who purchase alcohol for them can be fined up to $1,500, imprisoned up to 18 months, or both. They do not realize they can jeopardize their own future. The familiar red cup may cause underage youth to wonder if drinking is worth it for them. The physical risks are always present. Alcohol poisoning information and other risks can be found on the DAPC website. In addition to the monetary damages from a ticket for underage drinking, a youth loses his/her license for 30 days if caught drinking on private property and 60 days on public property. Even if not charged, a person who supplies alcohol to youth is at risk of being sued. If an injury or death occurs due to alcohol, the person who supplies the alcohol can be held liable. A person does not have to be charged or guilty of a crime to be successfully sued. For more information about Connecticut liquor laws, visit the website www.settherulesct.org.

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Somers Local Authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Frieda B. Herselfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; a Perfect New Gift for Grads SOMERS - Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely a majority of graduates (preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, even college) have been gifted with at least one copy of Dr. Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, the Places Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Go.â&#x20AC;? With its motivational text written specifically for those embarking on a new journey, the book has become a perennial favorite for graduation gifts. Those searching for a similar gift and message for grads will be delighted to crack open the cover of a newer yet equally motivating childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, Frieda B. Herself. Written by local author Renata Bowers and illustrated by well-known childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book illustrator Michael Chesworth (of Pippi Longstocking fame), this book is full of messages and illustra-

tions that inspire and encourage children of all ages to believe they, too, are free to be and do whatever their heart tells them to. Perfect for graduates, the bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tagline is â&#x20AC;&#x153;dream your dreams big and believe they can be.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really neat to see how this book is gaining a broader audience,â&#x20AC;? says Bowers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the past month, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a whole lot of requests to sign copies for graduation gifts. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dawned on me: I wrote the book to inspire children to believe in the power of their own story, but it makes complete sense that it would be a great gift for those of any age, really, embarking on a new phase in their lives.â&#x20AC;? An excerpt from the book reads:

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from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Loudest Sneeze.â&#x20AC;? Workshop III is for young people in grades 6-8. They will write and perform their own stage play from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The total cost is $10 per child for the two-week program. Classes are held at the Millpond Playhouse, 55 School St. in Somersville. To register and/or to get more information, call Wendy Peterson at 860-8728151.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frieda B.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big dreamer, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly true, but the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest dreamer is also in you. All the color and music inside, set it free. Just dream your dreams big and believe they can be.â&#x20AC;? Bowers notes that the overall inventory of first-edition copies is getting low; a second printing will likely happen in the months to come â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is good news for the Frieda B. brand, as well as for owners of first-edition copies of FBH. Lori LaDue, owner of the Beautiful Things gift shop in Bowersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hometown of Somers, has secured a generous supply of first-edition signed copies of Frieda B. Herself, for those wanting to purchase the perfect graduation gift. Other local stores carrying Frieda B. Herself include Special Toys & More in

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Volunteers Thanked ENFIELD - The Common Grounds Rotary Garden would like to thank all of the volunteers who came out in the rain to help on Sunday, May 15. The garden hosted a group of AmeriCorps volunteers as part of AmeriCorps fifth annual National AmeriCorps week and the garden was delighted in being picked as one of their stops in Connecticut. Despite the weather, volunteers were able to do some big clearing out for us. The garden has many plants to get into the ground, now that frost has passed. We encourage anyone looking to help or in need of community volunteer service hours to come down and pitch in on Saturday mornings. Once familiar with the garden, volunteers are encouraged to come lend a hand any time they are free. We are located behind the Senior Center at 299 Elm St., in Enfield.

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Somers Little League Opening Day Above, Somers Little League President Jeff Jablonski thanks all of the parents and volunteers for their hard work in preparation for Opening Day along with their muchneeded help throughout the season. At right, ready for the speeches to end, Jayme, 10, Cade, 8, Ryder, 10, Justin, 9, and Garreth, 10, from the Orioles wait for their team to take the field for their first game of the season. Photos by Barbra Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Boyle

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Somers Town Approves Budget Below Last Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spending Amount By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thanks to a reduction in the cost of debt service, the town has a 2011-2012 budget that is lower than the previous yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spending plan Residents voted 502-274 in a May 24 referendum to adopt the $28,254,522 budget, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. The budget calls for the use of $64,888 from the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general fund, a reduction of the proposed $260,000. The Board of Selectman had opposed using so much of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general fund in one budget year. Pellegrini said they were able to make that adjustment due to what they now anticipate for state aid. The budget includes $6,718,822 on the town side, $19,334,317 for the Board of Education and $2,201,383 for debt service. It carries a 1 mill tax increase. One mill represents $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value. Awards The Board of Selectman presented awards for 2009 and 2010 at its April 28 meeting. The 2009 Alolph P. Anderson Quality Employee Award went to Paula LaFrance, public works administrative assistant, for her work in creating and organizing a town vehicle maintenance system. The 2010 Anderson award went to Lisa Coope, assistant town treasurer, for her service in managing town finances during the period when the town had no full-time town financial officer. The Robert Percoski Community Service Award for 2009 was presented to Barry Forrest and Emerson Dolby for exceptional service in creating a Main Street American flag display each year. The 2010 Percoski award went to David Birkenshaw for assisting with several Celebrating the delivery of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new ambulance are, from left, Fire Chief Gary Schiessl, First grant applications and for wiring and designing the new Town Hall Selectman Lisa Pellegrini, EMS Deputy Chief Steve Austin and Chairman of the Ambulance Committee Al computer system. Baker.

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Regional Groups Invited to Participate in Annual Town Celebration ENFIELD - The Enfield Fourth of July Town Celebration Committee extends an invitation to civic groups, community organizations, and local Town government agencies to join us at the 2011 Independence Day Parade on Route 5 in Enfield. This year’s parade is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, July 9, at 11 a.m. This year’s parade will feature marching bands, classic cars, local businesses, town officials, state and federal officials, military units, and community groups. The theme for the 2011 parade is “Standing for Those Who Stand for Us.” Please visit the Fourth of July Town Celebration Committee website, www.enfieldcelebration.org, to sign-up your organization for this year’s parade. For more specific information, please contact Mike Emmons, Parade Director, at parade@enfieldcelebration.org. Community groups, churches, athletic

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Stafford Survivor of War-Torn Afghanistan Named Top Dog in Stafford STAFFORD - The No. 1 dog in Stafford traveled 7,000 miles to get here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beanieâ&#x20AC;? is a sweet hound mix that was rescued from war-torn Afghanistan in 2010, journeyed nearly 7,000 miles from the streets of Kabul, all the way to Connecticut and was lucky to find a loving home with the Kinnins. This year she was awarded Staffordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s #1 Dog Tag by Town Clerk Carol Davis. Beanie was found on a dirty blanket in a market stall in Kabul and befriended by Washington Post reporter Pam Constable. She related that she gave the spunky pup that name because â&#x20AC;&#x153;she was so full of beans.â&#x20AC;? Constable arranged for Beanieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation to the United States through her foundation, The Afghan Stray Animal League. Her journey continued from her arrival in New York to Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary of Bloomfield.

Coincidentally, the Kinnins were also on a mission of their own. Following the loss of their longtime family pet, Buddy, they were searching for a rescue dog to bring home. Beanie and the Kinnins were a great match and she has settled into her new home. She has made friends with her neighbors, enjoys long walks, and loves to eat chicken. This is the 11th year that Davis has awarded the number one tag. Past recipients have included contest winners Sadie, Pica and Cleo, and service Canines Gladys, a Fidelio dog, and Taz, a Search and Rescue dog, Lizzie, a displaced dog from the Louisiana Hurricane, Liz a working border collie from a Staffordville farm, award-winning Swizzle childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book inspiration Sadie, and last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winner Emily, a therapy dog who volunteers at Evergreen Healthcare.

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Regional Rotary Announces Paul Harris Fellows Named for Rotary International founder Paul Harris and the highest award given by a Rotary Club, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paul Harris Fellows are Lindsey Weber and Karen Jarmoc. Weber is the owner, along with her husband, Michael, of the Minuteman Press in Enfield and is the immediate past-president of the Enfield Rotary Club. Pictured, from left, Karen Jarmoc, Lindsey Weber, Enfield Rotary Club President Rich Tkacz, and Enfield Rotary Club Foundation Chair Henry Dutcher.

Jarmoc was most recently State Representative in the 59th district and is active in many organizations in and around Enfield. Both Paul Harris fellows will be recognized at the Rotary Club of Enfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Foundation and Awards Dinner on Wednesday June 8, at the Holiday Inn. Those wishing to attend in honor of these individuals may RSVP to Pam Thornton at pthornton@unitedpersonnel .com or 413-314-6067. The cost is $27 per person.

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Stafford Paradiso Wins Community Service Award for Hospital Charity STAFFORD - Chris Paradiso of Paradise Financial & Insurance Services, LLC of Stafford Springs is the winner of the 12th annual Community Service Award for Independent Insurance Agents, sponsored by the Rough Notes Company. Paradiso was recognized and honored for his philanthropic endeavors on behalf of the Connecticut Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medical Center in Hartford. He was given a specially engraved eagle statue along with a check for $5,000 for the Connecticut Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medical Center. Paradiso hosted or sponsored a number of fundraising events, including the following: â&#x20AC;˘ Step Up to the Plate - Legends Night Dinner: a special dinner featuring former major league baseball stars like Bucky Dent, Bill Lee, Dennis â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oil Canâ&#x20AC;? Boyd

and Dick McAuliffe. â&#x20AC;˘ Reverse Trick or Treat: cash, donated items and gift cards were collected from the public that were converted into 250 gift bags for the children who could not leave the hospital for Halloween. The gift bags for the children included activity books, bubbles, Silly bands, stickers and other interactive play toys that allowed children to enjoy Halloween without leaving their hospital beds. â&#x20AC;˘ Wings of Hope - In Kind Support: Paradiso was responsible for providing two bounce houses, 500 pieces of fresh fruit, tee shirts and cotton candy for a bicycle ride to raise money for the cancer survivorship program at CCMC. â&#x20AC;˘ Cause-Related Marketing; Paradiso has used his agency website, blog and other communications for cause-related marketing such as the recent alternative power service program where customers could sign-up for discounted power online with proceeds benefiting the hospital. â&#x20AC;˘ Radio-Thon: The Paradiso family shared their personal hospital story with their daughter Mia with listeners for a three-day radio-thon that garnered more than $200,000 for the hospital. â&#x20AC;˘ Personal Giving: Paradiso and his wife, Mary Alice, have given personally to

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Stafford Stage & Select Choirs Honored The Stafford Middle School Stage & Select Choirs, under the Direction of Brett Duchon, won First Place and Superior ratings in the 2011 Music Showcase Festival and were named Grand Vocal Champions of the Festival on May 21. This is the third year in a row and fifth overall time that this SMS choir program and its hard-working students have achieved this recognition. This music program is one of the programs that is in jeopardy of being cut from the Stafford educational budget that is currently being created.

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Business Hospital Awarded Challenge Grant from Friendlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Founder STAFFORD SPRINGS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Johnson Memorial Hospital (JMH) has been awarded a challenge grant of $150,000 from S. Prestley Blake, co-founder of Friendly Ice Cream Corporation, more commonly known as Friendlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The grant will be used for the completion of JMHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Infusion Center in Enfield. Community members are invited to make a tax-deductible donation in support of the

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Business New Clothing Business Called OneTribe Opens in Somers By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A new clothing business has skated into town, and its owner hopes to bring a wave of excitement. OneTribe, a surf and skate clothing and accessories shop opened May 14 at 21 South Rd. The store features comfortable clothing, including sandals, shirts, shorts and bathing suits, according to owner Sandra Calvo-Rouette. In the fall she plans to sell back-to-school clothing and accessories as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always wanted to do it,â&#x20AC;? CalvoRouette said of opening her own clothing store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love clothing. I always wanted to own my own store.â&#x20AC;? She said she is aiming to provide a relaxed shopping experience â&#x20AC;&#x153;like a minivacation.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want everybody to love what I buy,â&#x20AC;? she said. The store carries brands such as Billabong, Quiksilver, Roxy, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill,

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Regional Enfield Recreation Summer Programs ENFIELD - For more information on these or any of the programs offered by the Enfield Recreation Department please call the office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 860-253-6420 or visit us on the Web at www.enfield-ct.gov and click on the recreation homepage. Annual Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, June 4 Grab your gear and join us for a morning of fishing! Held at Freshwater Pond, the derby is open to Enfield youth ages 15 and under. Fishing will begin promptly at the 9 a.m. cannon blast and will end at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for largest fish caught in each age group. A prize will also be awarded for first fish caught and best dressed fisherperson. No registration necessary. Event co-sponsored with the recreation department by: Yankee Bait & Tackle & Dickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sporting Goods Picnic Packs Picnic packs are available to Enfield residents to use for a maximum of three days. The packs include volleyball, badminton, balls, bats, bases, horseshoes and more. Reservations are mandatory and

must be made one week prior to the pickup date. Reservation forms are available at the recreation department. Phone reservations will not be accepted. Note: You may not register for picnic packs online. Payment is by cash or check only. Picnic packs will be available until Sept. 30. The fee is $10 plus a $20 refundable deposit. Boston Red Sox Game Thursday, July 28 Grab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks and join the Enfield Recreation Department at the ballgame. Travel to Boston to be part of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite pastime as the Red Sox play the Kansas City Royals. Trip Includes round-trip motorcoach transportation, game ticket (bleacher seats) and free time for shopping or dining. The bus will depart the Enfield Town Hall parking lot at 9 a.m. (please park in the upper lot) and will arrive in Boston at approximately 11 a.m. Game time is tentatively scheduled to begin at 1:35 p.m. The bus will leave immediately following the game and will be back in Enfield at approximately 7 p.m. Fee: $59 per person (limit 6 tickets per family).

Restaurant Owner Opens Wine Store In Somers SOMERS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 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. Its specialty is wines from this area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like to promote local wines,â&#x20AC;? 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. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somers is a small town, a good town â&#x20AC;Ś weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to be part of the community,â&#x20AC;? 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. - Linda Tishler Levinson

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Auto New Explorer Dazzles with Full Slate of Technical Changes From a pure driving standpoint of get- der for optimal performance, economy and ting from A to B, there is little that is going emissions. Unlike port-fuel-injection (PFI) to excite you about the 2011 Ford engines that spray fuel in the intake sysExplorer. What is probably going to get tem, the direct-injection system puts the you to sign on the dotted line is new tech- fuel exactly where it needs to be for comnology that helped make the Explorer the bustion. 2011 North American Truck of the Year. Ford’s industry-exclusive rear inflatable The first thing to look at seat belts earned the 2011 would have to be fuel econoTraffic Safety Achievement my; something few of us have Award from the New York the luxury of overlooking with International Auto Show’s gas prices around $4 a gallon. World Traffic Safety BEHIND The 2011 Ford Explorer delivSymposium. This advanced The Wheel ers a staggering 25 percent restraint system is designed to improvement in fuel economy help reduce head, neck and over the 2010 Ford Explorer. chest injuries for rear seat Combined fuel economy is occupants. Over time, Ford KEITH GRIFFIN now 20 mpg vs. 16 mpg for plans to offer this technology last year's model. in other nameplates globally. Explorer’s standard powertrain comIn everyday use, rear inflatable belts bines front-wheel drive with a 3.5-liter Ti- operate like conventional seat belts, VCT V6 engine, delivering an estimated including compatibility with infant and 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. child safety and booster seats. The addiThe numbers for the all-new Explorer are tional comfort and padding of rear inflat17-mpg city and 25-mpg highway. Those able seat belts encourages increased use. numbers will get even stronger when, later In the event of a frontal or side crash, the this year, the first North American four- increased diameter of the inflated belt cylinder EcoBoost engine, a 237-horse- more effectively holds the occupant in the power 2.0-liter, will make its debut in the proper seating position, helping to reduce Explorer. Expect stronger city numbers the risk of injury. and highway numbers approaching 28 The inflated belts help to distribute mpg. crash force energy across up to five times As Ford explains, a key contributor to more of the occupant’s torso than a tradiEcoBoost fuel efficiency is direct injection tional belt. This expands its range of proof gasoline. This system precisely delivers tection and reduces risk of injury by difa fine mist of fuel directly into each cylin- fusing crash pressure over a larger area,

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The 2011 Ford Explorer is fully redesigned, but it's not the outside that's going to wow you. It's all of the internal technological changes, like 25 percent better fuel economy, that are going to make you sit up and take notice. while helping provide additional head and neck support. Following deployment, the belt remains inflated for several seconds before dispersing its air through pores in the material. An intriguing standard Explorer safety feature is AdvanceTrac with RSC features Curve Control functionality to provide braking – optimized by each individual wheel. Curve Control is a new Ford feature designed to enhance vehicle braking in instances of excessive speed in turning or curve conditions. Collision warning with brake support and Curve Control actually apply the brakes when these systems sense situation irregularity, helping the driver to avoid an incident by bringing the vehicle back in safe control. Top-heavy SUVs do not perform well on curves, which is why this is a great system unless, of course, one was to just drive responsibly and not go into curves faster than they should. But,

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