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EAST WINDSOR – A third budget referendum will be held June 9, following the 560-322 vote rejecting a $37,030,254 spending plan May 26. Residents voted against the proposed budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which would have brought a mill rate of 31.08, an increase of 1.3 mills. At the June 9 referendum, voters will decide on a $36,709,758 budget, an increase of 2.99 percent over the current spending plan. The budget includes

$13,053,580 for the town side of the budget, an increase of $584,399 or 4.69 percent; $702,144 for capital improvements, a decrease of $190,282 or 21.3 percent; $1,300,000 for debt service, an increase of $211,858 or 19.5 percent; and $21,654,034 for the Board of Education, an increase of $459,912 or 2.2 percent. The mill rate would be set at 30.71, an increase of 0.93 percent. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

Residents also rejected a May 12 budget referendum by a vote of 586-332. That budget would have brought a 6.25 percent increase for the $37,871,054 spending plan. Under the town charter, the third budget referendum is the last one. If it fails, a 2015-16 fiscal year budget would automatically be enacted with a 2 percent increase over the current fiscal year’s spending plan. Voting on June 9 will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Town Hall and the Annex.

Best-Selling Author To Speak on ‘Where They Found Her’ EAST WINDSOR – Kimberly McCreight, the New York Times bestselling author of “Reconstructing Amelia,” will talk about her new book, “Where They Found Her,” at 2 p.m. June 13 at the Book Club Bookstore, 100 Main St., Broad Brook. “Where They Found Her” is a novel about a community struggling with the consequences of a devastating discovery: The body of a newborn is found in the woods fringing the campus of the town’s prestigious university. Told from the perspectives of three Ridgedale, N.J., women, Kimberly McCreight’s novel unwinds the tangled

truth behind the tragedy, revealing that these women have far more in common than they could ever have imagined: that the very worst crimes are committed against those we love. And that—sooner or later—the past catches up to all of us. Books will be available for purchase. and a book signing will follow the presentation. For reservations or more information, call 860-623-5100. Refreshments will be served.

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HARTFORD—State Senator Tim Larson (D-East Hartford), Chair of the General Assembly’s Public Safety & Security committee, recently led bipartisan support of a bill that would require a two-step process for casino proposals. The bill is a response to the threat posed by the impending opening of a Massachusetts casino near the Connecticut border that could cost the state an estimated 9,300 Connecticut jobs. “The purpose of this bill is to save Connecticut jobs,� said Sen. Larson. “As Mohegan Sun Chairman Brown said, these jobs will include world-class chefs,

entertainment managers, dealers, hosts and many others in the hospitality, food and beverage and gaming industry who provide service to the 50,000 patrons who visit our two resorts every day. Although we are far from finished in the decision-making process as to where the casino will be developed, this is still a logical first step. I am thankful for the towns who have expressed interest in serving as host communities, both the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes and those who contributed to research for the proposed casino developments.� Several towns, including East Hartford and East

Windsor, have expressed interest in serving as host communities. The bill has reduced the proposal of 3 additional casinos in Connecticut to only one casino and creates a two-step process for submitted proposals from prospective host communities. Under the revised bill the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes would issue a request for proposals to municipalities interested in possibly hosting the new gaming facility. Then any development agreement reached between the tribes and the host town would be contingent on action by the General Assembly and further negotiation between the state and the tribes.

Shopping, Jewelry Making, Book Club on Senior Center’s Agenda This June EAST WINDSOR – The following events will be held at the East Windsor Senior Center, 125 Main St., Broad Brook above the Broad Brook Fire Department. To sign up for programs, call 860292-8262. SHOPPING: Shopping at Big Y or Walmart, East Windsor, every Monday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Grocery shopping at Geissler’s, East Windsor, every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Mobile Food Share from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 5 and 9 at St. Catherine’s parking lot. FITNESS/HEALTH: Wii Bowling, every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Free. Chair Yoga, every Tuesday with Yoga instructor Lynne Miller at 12:30 p.m. $3 per class. Wii Zumba, every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Free.

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ELLINGTON — Voters approved a $53,958,936 budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year at the Annual Town Meeting May 12 by a vote of 115-72. The town meeting vote finalized the budget, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. There will be no budget referendum this year. Residents had until May 22 to petition for a budget referendum. Blanchette said no petitions were submitted.

Saying that there were “a lot of unusual circumstances� surrounding this year’s budget process, Blanchette added, “We wanted the opportunity for people to understand what that was.� Among the budget increases is the state proposal to stop funding resident state troopers, costing the town $300,000. Currently, the state pays 30 percent of the cost of resident state troopers with the town paying 70 percent. Ellington has five resident state

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Students ECSU announces student honors The following Eastern Connecticut State Systems. Spada’s major is business Honored for Art University students have been honored. administration. • Anne May, of Vernon, was inducted • Josibelk Aponte, of Vernon, was in the Capitol into Eastern’s Sigma Delta Pi Spanish presented with the O’Connor Davies, Education Honor Society. She is major- LLP Award. ELLINGTON State Rep. Christopher Davis, R-Ellington, and state Rep. Bill Aman, R-South Windsor, joined state Sen. Tim Larson, D-East Hartford, in congratulating students from East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, and South Windsor schools who participated in the Art in the Capitol program on May 13. Students submitted pieces which were hung in the concourse of the Legislative Office Building. Brenda Parker was the program coordinator who presented the program with assistance of the teachers who participated. It was sponsored by Pratt & Whitney.

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ENFIELD – The Enfield Rotary Club has named Joseph Fallon, Scott Kaupin and Derek Meade as this year’s Paul Harris Fellow recipients. It is the highest Rotary honor awarded to individuals. Joseph Fallon, the principal of Fallon Law Office who has practiced law for more than 40 years, joined the Enfield Rotary Club in 2004. Each week he challenges fellow Rotarians with “back on this date” in history questions. In 2011, Fallon was honored as Rotarian of the year for his willingness volunteer in numerous Rotary projects. In addition to Rotary, he is involved with other community organizations, including Holy Family Church, St. Bernard Home & School Association, the North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and the Knights of Columbus. Kaupin, a lifelong resident of Enfield and logistics supervisor of Brooks Brothers Group Inc., is the mayor of Enfield. His commitment to Enfield is shown through his work as a town councilor, the statewide boards and committees he participates in, as well as his level of involvement for a variety of community organizations. They include Asnuntuck Community College,

Network Against Domestic Abuse, Loaves and Fishes, Enfield People for People and the Fourth of July Town Celebratio. A Rotarian since 2007, Kaupin has been sargent-at-arms and is currently community service director. Meade, a member of the Enfield Rotary club since 2003, has shown his dedication to the Enfield Rotary Club through his willingness to serve as cochairman of the Cinco K Mayo Road Race since its inauguration, co-chairman of the Enfield Rotary Charity Golf Tournament and serving on the board of directors for a number of years before becoming president in 2013-2014. Meade has been an investment adviser at Innovest Financial Services in Enfield since June 2001 and serves as president of the North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. The Foundation and Awards Dinner banquet will be held June 12 at the Holiday Inn in Enfield. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. For tickets, contact Ed Palomba at 860-741-4395, edward_palomba@banksi.com or any Enfield Rotarian.

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ENFIELD – Animal Show on the Go will be held at the Old Town Hall Museum of the Enfield Historical Society, 1294 Enfield St., from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 14. Animal Show on the Go is an exotic animal rescue based in Portland.  Animals include reptiles, amphibians, arthropods, birds and mammals.  The animals travel to schools, libraries, museums and private functions to teach about ecology and pet ownership.

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ENFIELD - The Enfield Historical Society is holding an open house from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. June 21 at the Wallop School Museum, 250 Abbe Rd., on the corner of Wallop School Road, one of the last one-room schoolhouses in use in Connecticut. The original structure was built in 1754. It was destroyed by fire in about 1800 and replaced by the present one-room brick building. The “new” school operated continuously until 1947. The Enfield Historical Society acquired the building in 1961 and opened the Wallop School Museum to the public. Recently, the Society completed a multi-year restoration of the school, re-creating the atmosphere and character of its last years as an active school.

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Somers Residents OK $39.7 Million budget in 341-131 vote By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — Town property taxes will not be going up. Voters approved a $30,696,103 budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year in a May 19 referendum. The vote was 341-131. “The Board of Finance met immediately after the results came in and voted to keep the mill rate at 23.37 for the third year in a row. This means there is no tax increase,” First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. A mill represents $1 in tax for every

$1,000 of assessed property value. The budget represents an increase of 2.67 percent or $797,170 over the current spending plan. The spending plan includes $7,410,849 for town government, an increase of $353,578 or 5.01 percent; $21,463,926 for the Board of Education, an increase of $719,673 or 3.47 percent; $200,000 for capital improvements, a decrease of $100,000 or 33.3 percent; and $1,621,328 for debt service, a decrease of $176,081 or 9.8 percent.

Senior Center Anniversary The Somers Senior Center, which was built in June 1990 by the Somers Rotary Club, will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 29. Among those in attendance will be the first selectman, state Rep. Kurt Vail and Commissioner of the State Department on Aging Elizabeth Ritter. Invitations have been extended to state Sen. John Kissel and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. Refreshments will be served.

Community Shred It Day The Community Shred It Day for town residents will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 13 in the Town Hall parking lot, 600 Main St. Memorial Day Program The Memorial Day Program was held May 23 in the Somers High School auditorium. Music Director Tony Campanelli, who will be retiring after a 34-year career in Somers music education, was honored with a certificate of appreciation from the town.

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National American Legion Commander Mike Helm (at left) greets Al Kingsbury during his May 17 Somers stop to view the newly unveiled American Legion wrap on a New England Tractor Trailer (NETTTS) truck. Helm reported caught notice of the Legion’s local 101 Post collaboration with NETTTS on the Post’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/SomersPost101 - and decided to stop by and congratulate all involved personally. Photos by Melissa Reutter

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Somers Public Library 2 Vision Boulevard | Somers, CT 06071 860.763.3501 / FAX 860.763.1718 email: somerspl@biblio.org

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Meet a Community Hero! ^ŽŵĞƌƐĞŶƟƐƚ Thursday, July 9, 10:30-11:15 am &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϰΘƵƉ͘ŽŵĞĂŶĚŵĞĞƚƌ͘EĞƌŽ͕Ă ŚĞƌŽĨŽŽƌLJŽƵƌƚĞĞƚŚ͊,ĞǁŝůůƌĞĂĚƵƐĂ ƐƚŽƌLJĂŶĚƚĂůŬĂďŽƵƚŚŝƐũŽď͘ ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ:ƵŶĞϮϵ͘

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Superheroes Save the Day!

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Family Movie Night & Lego® Fun Tuuesday, June 30

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Meet a Community Hero! Somers Police Thursday, July 30, 10:30-11:15 a.m. &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϰΘƵƉ͘ŽŵĞĂŶĚŵĞĞƚ>ƚ͘:ŽƐĞůĂƵĚŝŽ͕ŚĞĂĚŽĨƚŚĞWŽůŝĐĞ ĞƉĂƌƚŵĞŶƚ͘,ĞǁŝůůƌĞĂĚĂƐƚŽƌLJĂŶĚƚĂůŬƚŽƵƐĂďŽƵƚŚŽǁŚĞŬĞĞƉƐŽƵƌ ƚŽǁŶƐĂĨĞĞ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ:ƵůLJϮϬ͘

We Can Save The World! ^ƚŽƌLJƟŵĞΘƌĂŌ

Friday, July 31, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

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Family Movie Night

Tuuesday, August 4, 6:00 p.m.

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Meet a Community Hero! A Somers V Veeteran Thursday, August 6, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

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,ĞƌŽĞƐ,ĞůƉhƐ&ĞĞůĞƩĞƌ͊ ^ƚŽƌLJƟŵĞΘƌĂŌ Friday, August 7, 10:30-11:15 a.m. &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϯͲϱ͘>Ğƚ͛ƐůĞĂƌŶĂďŽƵƚƐŽŵĞŚĞƌŽĞƐǁŚŽŬĞĞƉƵƐŚĞĂůƚŚLJǁŝƚŚ ƐƚŽƌŝĞƐ͕ƐŽŶŐƐĂŶĚĂĐƌĂŌ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ:ƵůLJϯϭ͘

A Visit with Children’s Author Kate Hanscom Saturday, August 8, 11:00 a.m. ŽŵĞĂŶĚŵĞĞƚĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͛ƐĂƵƚŚŽƌ<ĂƚĞ,ĂŶƐĐŽŵĂŶĚŝůůƵƐƚƌĂƚŽƌͬ^ŽŵĞƌƐ ƌĞƐŝĚĞŶƚ͕>LJŶĚĂ,ĂŶƐĐŽŵ͘dŚĞLJǁŝůůƐŚĂƌĞƚŚĞŝƌŶĞǁĞƐƚŬ͕ƌĞĂƟǀĞ ŚƌŝƐƚŽƉŚĞƌ͕ǁŝƚŚƚŚĞ^ŽŵĞƌƐĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJ͊

ϱͲϲƉ͘ŵ͘sŝƐŝƚŽƵƌĚŝīĞĞƌĞŶƚƐƚĂƟŽŶƐĨŽŽƌƐŽŵĞďƌŝĐŬďƵŝůĚŝŶŐĨƵŶ͊&Žƌ ĂŐĞƐϱΘƵƉ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ:ƵŶĞϮϮ͘ Thursday, July 16, 10:30-11:15 a.m. ϲ͗ϬϬƉ͘ŵ͘tĞǁŝůůƐŚŽǁdŚĞ>ĞŐŽDŽǀŝĞ͘ZĂƚĞĚ͗W'͖ϭϬϬŵŝŶƵƚĞƐ͘ƌŝŶŐ & Ž ƌ Ă Ő Ğ Ɛ ϰ Θ Ƶ Ɖ ͘ŽŵĞĂŶĚŵĞĞƚdŽĚĚZŽůůĂŶĚ͕ĚŝƌĞĐƚŽƌŽĨƚŚĞWt͘     Family Movie Night a snack for o the show! ^ĞĞƐŽŵĞƚŽǁŶƚƌƵĐŬƐĂŶĚůĞĂƌŶŚŽǁŚĞŬĞĞƉƐŽƵƌƚŽǁŶƐƚƌĞĞƚƐ͕ƉĂƌŬƐ Tuuesday, August 11, 6:00 p.m. Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure ĂŶĚďƵŝůĚŝŶŐƐƐĂĨĞĂŶĚĐůĞĂŶ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ:ƵůLJϲ͘ tĞǁŝůůƐŚŽǁƚŚĞƉŽƉƵůĂƌŵŽǀŝĞWĞŶŐƵŝŶƐŽĨDĂĚĂŐĂƐĐĂƌ͘ZĂƚĞĚ͗W'͖ϴϲ Wednesday, July 1, 11:30 a.m. minutes. Bring a snack foor the show! Meet a Community Hero! >ĞƚEĂƚƵƌĞEŝĐŬŝŶƚƌŽĚƵĐĞLJŽƵƚŽƚŚĞƚƌƵĞŚĞƌŽĞƐŽĨƚŚĞĂŶŝŵĂůŬŝŶŐSuperhero Dance Party with DJ Jon O’Neil ĚŽŵ͘DĞĞƚĂŶĚůĞĂƌŶĂďŽƵƚƐŽŵĞĞdžŽƟĐĂŶŝŵĂůƐŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐĂĨĂĂůĐŽŶĂŶĚ A Somers V Veeterina erinarian ĂŬĂŶŐĂƌŽŽ͊&ŽƌĂŐĞƐϯΘƵƉ͘&ƌĞĞƟĐŬĞƚƐĂǀĂŝůĂďůĞ:ƵŶĞϮϮ͘

Thursday, July 16, 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Meet a Community Hero! ^ŽŵĞƌƐ&ŝƌĞĮŐŚƚĞƌ Thursday, July 2, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. a

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Animals Are Heroess TToo! oo! ^ƚŽƌLJƟŵĞΘƌĂŌ

Wonderful Ones ^ƚŽƌLJƟŵĞĨŽƌϭϮͲϮϰŵŽŶƚŚƐǁŝƚŚƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ

&ŽƌĂŐĞƐϯͲϱ͘ŶŝŵĂůƐĐĂŶĚŽĂŵĂnjŝŶŐƚŚŝŶŐƐ͊:ŽŝŶƵƐĨŽŽƌƐƚŽƌŝĞƐ͕ƐŽŶŐƐ ĂŶĚĂĐƌĂŌ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ:ƵůLJϭϬ͘

Mondays, July 6 – August 10, 10:30 a.m. ^ƚŽƌŝĞƐ͕ĮŶŐĞƌƉůĂLJƐ͕ŵƵƐŝĐΘŵŽǀĞŵĞŶƚ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ:ƵŶĞϮϮ͘

dĞƌƌŝĮĐdǁŽ͛Ɛ ^ƚŽƌLJƟŵĞĨŽƌϮϰͲϯϲŵŽŶƚŚƐǁŝƚŚƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ

Friday, July 17, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Superheroes to the Rescue! WĂŝŶƚĂ^ƵƉĞƌŚĞƌŽĂŶŬ͊

Tuuesday, July 21, 6:00 p.m.

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Wednesdays, July 8- August 5, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

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June 2015 North Central News

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Wednesday, August 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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Stafford $40 Million Budget Up for Vote in 2nd Referendum

STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Voters were set to decide whether to approve the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second attempt at a budget in a June 3 referendum. The latest budget proposal seeks a $40,069,885 budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The budget proposal would be a 2.09 percent increase over the current fiscal year. It includes $10,052,194 for the Board of Selectmen, an increase of 2.13 percent; $529,171 for the Stafford Public Library, a 6.06 percent increase;

$2,016,020 for debt service, a 0.94 percent increase; and $27,472,500 for the Board of Education, a 2.09 percent increase. The mill rate would be set at 33.37, compared to the current mill rate of 33.03. One mill represents $1 of taxes for every $1,000 of assessed property value. Voters rejected a $40,296,885 budget proposal in a May 13 referendum by a vote of 706-644.

The overall expenditure budget would have brought a 2.65 percent increase over the current fiscal years. The spending plan included $10,119,664 for the Board of Selectmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, a 3 percent increase; $531,171 for the Stafford Public Library, a 6.46 percent increase; $2,016,020 for debt service, a 0.94 percent increase; and $27,622,500 for the Board of Education, a 2.65 percent increase. The budget would have carried a mill

rate of 33.66. Last year, the town voted down four budget proposals, before approving a $39,248,918 spending plan in October which was $22,607 lower than the 201314 budget, Cuts from that budget proposal included $2,000 from the public library, $150,000 from the school board and $75,000 from the selectmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. Voting on June 3 will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The following events will be held at the Stafford Library. Sensory Story Time for all ages using multi-sensory experiences will be at 10:30 a.m. June 6. Musical therapist Renee Coro will be in attendance. Open Artist Studio will be from 5:30

to 7:30 p.m. June 1, 8, 15 and 22. Call for information for the medium or artist of the week. Monday-Rhyme Time will be at 10 a.m. June 1 for ages 0-2. There will be board books, rhymes, songs, finger plays, followed by a play time. Siblings

are welcome. Tuesday Teddy Bear Time will be at 10 a.m. June 2 for ages 2 and up with stories, rhymes, songs, finger plays and an activity. Mother to Mother - Group for new mothers will be held at noon June 5. Meditation Workshop with Clare Vidich, longtime meditator, a two-part workshop, will be at 7 p.m. June 11 and 16.

Library Book Club will discuss the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweetâ&#x20AC;? by Jamie Ford at 6:30 p.m. June 24. Opening day of Summer Reading is June 27. Pony rides will be from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. There will be face painting, bubbles, water games, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games. Disneysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strange Magicâ&#x20AC;? (rated PG) will be shown at 1 p.m.

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Civic Affairs Commission’s Facebook page and online at www.staffordct.org (under Commissions and Boards) or by emailing Barbara Bresnahan at barbbres@live.com. A mandatory Vendors’ Meeting will take place at 7 p.m. June 8 at Town Hall. Fees will be due at that time. For additional information about Summerfest, contact Cindy Kabel at 860-604-1509 or Barbara Bresnahan at barbbres@live.com.

STAFFORD SPRINGS - Three Graces Art Gallery in Stafford Springs will host “Recent Places,” drawings, prints and mixed media by local artist Sarah P. Burda. Opening is June 12, and the exhibit will on display through July 6.

STAFFORD – Safe Net Ministries will conduct  its  June Food Cupboard distribution from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  June 13  and 27 at Safe Net Headquarters, 86 Main St., Stafford. Donations of tuna and peanut butter are needed.

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Antique Auto Show Sunday, June 7th

Open Cockpit Day On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21st On that day, visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 8 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and two static flight simulators. The open cockpits include the Vietnam era “Huey” helicopter; the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter; the Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon; the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter, the A-10 “Warthog” and more.

Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Council of Car Clubs, this will be one of the larger auto shows of the year. Visitors can expect a wide range of cars including early antiques such as Model T’s, show cars from the 30’s & 40’s, street rods, sports cars, the dream cars of the 50’s and muscle cars of the 60’s and early 70’s. Featured will be all Chrysler products through the years, dash plaques will be given to the fi rst 200 cars. Participant, People’s Choice and Favorite Chrysler Product awards presented.

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Show car admission is $10.00 and includes the driver and passengers. Admission to the Auto Show is included with the regular admission fee to the Museum. A food vendor will be on site all day for the convenience of visitors. The Auto Show will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm with the Museum staying open until 5:00 pm. Museum’s Flight Sim Spot - High tech fl ight experience

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Suffield $58.7 Million Budget OK’d at Town Meeting

By Linda Tishler Levinson SUFFIELD – Voters adopted a $58,690,076 town budget at the May 13 Town Meeting. The budget was adopted by a voice vote and was overwhelmingly accepted by those at the meeting. The budget brings a 0.64 percent increase over the

current spending plan. The budget includes $14,828,354 for general government, a 2.47 percent increase; $3,397,159 for capital expenditures, a 17,32 percent decrease; $2,678,775 for debt service, a 3.67 percent decrease; $360,000 for contingency, a 20 percent increase; and $33,704,325 for the Board

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2016 Camaro Heats up American Sports Car Competition

Automotive By Keith Griffin

Count on the domestic sports car market going crazy with the introduction of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro recently. Chevrolet has succeeded in creating an evolutionary design. You can still instantly recognize it as a Camaro, but this new exterior is not dated. It pays tribute to the previous generations, but then firmly declares it is its own car. It also has a winner on its hands because it finally realized what Dodge and Ford recently discovered: you can’t sell a sports car with a cheap interior. Cutting corners there means reducing the number of potential buyers. There are no punches being pulled by Chevrolet. At a media briefing held at Belle Isle outside of Detroit, Mark Reuss, the senior VP for GM global product development, called Ford out saying Chevy has a more logical progression in engine displacement. He was referring to the fact that the introductory engine on the Mustang is the V6 followed by the four-cylinder EcoBoost. With the Camaro, the introductory engine is the four-cylinder turbo (the first ever offered) and then the V6. He also delighted in pointing out the performance differences, but it’s a mixed bag with no clear winners except with the top trim level. The entry-level 2.0-turbo has 275 horsepower and 295

lb. ft. of torque compared to 300 horsepower and 280 lb. ft. of torque for the entry-level V6 Mustang. Sure, the Mustang wins the horsepower race but loses the torque race, which helps acceleration. It’s a split decision with the next two trim levels as well. The 3.6-liter V6 Camaro has more horsepower at 335 versus 310 for the Mustang. The Ford, though, has more torque at 320 lb. ft. versus 284 lb. ft. The Camaro 6.2-liter V8 trumps the 5.0-liter V8 Camaro in horsepower (455 to 435) and by a large margin in torque (455 lb. ft. to 400). As part of the introduction, Chevrolet had the media drive the fifth generation 2015 Camaro first on the Belle Isle track and then the sixth generation 2016 Camaro. It was a risky strategy because nobody who drives the new model can recommend the 2015 model. Seriously, if you’re reading this, don’t buy the 2015 version unless you have your heart set on driving a new Camaro this summer. (The 2016 model goes on sale in the fall.) The 2016 Camaro just ate up the track. The V6 version we drove accelerated great. It handled corners well and just felt firmly planted. It’s one of those cars that make you a better driver than you deserve to be. Flogging a Camaro on a track was always a little white

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WINDSOR LOCKS – The New England Air Museum has announced that three historic WWII aircraft will be on public display nearby the Museum from Wednesday, June 24 to Sunday, June 28. The aircraft includes the B-29 “Fifi” the last fully operational Boeing B-29 Superfortress; Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, and a Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor "Bucket of Bolts." This event is being run in conjunction with the Commemorative Air Force which is flying the aircraft into Bradley Airport. Tickets for this event must be purchased at the Air Museum. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and seniors, and $15 for children ages 4-11 (under 3 are free). The charge for Museum members is $7 for the shuttle fee and ramp access. The cost includes admission to the Museum, shuttle bus transportation to the aircraft display and ramp access. Visitors will not be allowed to enter the aircraft display area without a Museum ticket. The Museum will open at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to Friday and at 8:30 a.m. on the weekend. The last tickets will be sold each day at 3:30 p.m. This event is being run in conjunction with the Commemorative Air Force which is flying the aircraft into Bradley International Airport. Aircraft tours will be available for public viewing beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday through Friday and at noon on the weekend. "Fifi" will fly at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday only. Call (432) 413-4100 for ticketing information for flights on the aircraft offered through the Commemorative Air Force. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Commemorative Air Force and the New England Air Museum. The Commemorative Air Force ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 8,000 members and a fleet of 156 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 74 units located in 27 states for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org

Kissel Welcomes Civic Air Patrol Cadets

Sen. John A. Kissel (center) on May 20 welcomed Gianna Molinari of Windsor Locks (left) and Domenic Sogliuzzo of Granby (right) to the State Capitol. Molinari and Sogliuzzo are involved in the Civil Air Patrol, which is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Civil Air Patrol cadets are taught military drills and ceremony, and learn about flight. Sen. Kissel, who is a major in the Civil Air Patrol, welcomed the cadets to the historic Senate Chamber and thanked them for their service. “In the Civil Air Patrol program, students learn respect, leadership, discipline and other skills and values that will help them succeed in life,” Sen. Kissel said. “The hard work of parents, teachers and educators in our communities has made this program a success. We are very proud of Gianna, Domenic and all of the young men and women who are involved with the Civil Air Patrol.” Sen. Kissel represents East Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor Locks and portions of Granby and Windsor.

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