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North Central high schools schedule graduations By Linda Tishler Levinson

With graduation season upon us, high schools throughout North Central Connecticut have much to celebrate — from the accomplishments of the class of 2017 to the valedictorians and salutatorians who are seemingly involved in everything but still manage to soar academically to retiring superintendents who are effectively graduating with those classes and the schools themselves which have received recent accolades. East Windsor High School Graduation will be held at 6 p.m. June 21, at Maneeley’s Banquet and Catering in South Windsor. The valedictorian is Stephanie Rodrigue. The salutatorian is Neil Callahan. Rodrigue is a member of the National Honor Society, Drama Club, Safe School Climate Leaders, Mock Trial Team, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Unity Team, a varsity basketball team captain, varsity soccer team captain, Student Council president, band and varsity softball team. She credits her success to “my determination and dedication in and out of the classroom.”

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The Cycle of Life

Amy Kundrat, fourth grade teacher at St. Bernard school in Enfield, shows her students a baby chick that hatched in her classroom. The students had just finished up their science unit on the Life Cycle.

In fact, what better time than the occasion of The North Central News’ 15-year anniversary to roll out our most popular series of the year again - our “Best Of Readers’ Poll”? That’s right, it was 15 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 opportunity 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 who do. Look for the announcement of all the winners - in our August edition. - Gary Carra, Publisher

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A ‘Heart’ To Hartford as Yard Goats, Front Street Thrive

Random Raven By Gary Carra Welcome to Random Raven, the column that aspires to be nothing less than your complete, entertainment itinerary on a-month-to-month basis. While the Raven has ventured East to the Ocean State, north to, well, Northampton, and all points in between in his quest to accomplish this mission this month’s missive aims right at the “heart” of the Nutmeg State. That’s right, for lack of a better term, the Constitution State’s capital is in the midst of a mini-renaissance it appears. Of course, the Hartford’s long-awaited Yard Goats (hartfordyardgoats.com) are officially playing ball at their beautiful Dunkin Donuts Park home turf. Turns out that the city’s historic Goodwin Hotel will also be opening it’s longlocked doors to both restaurant and hotelseeking guests very soon, too! More on both of those next month.

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Second up - Hartford’s Front Street District. It’s the home to Connecticut’s only “alcohol friendly” movie theater, the Infinity Music Hall and of course, numerous dining options for the discriminating foodie. In anticipation of the grand opening of the downtown UCONN campus and Graduate School this summer, NIXS (nixshartford.com) restaurant in Hartford has recently completed an ambitious $100,000 renovation. The sleek, chic and unique décor features custom-made furniture and booths. Part of the stunning redesign is a new café for takeout salads, sandwiches, pastas and espresso set to open this spring, and a large portion of the investment includes an expanded menu created by the restaurant’s new executive chef. Popular chef Phil Parisse, formerly of Rizzuto's Restaurant in West Hartford, has added fresh pasta, gourmet salads, and high-end entrees to NIXS’ awardwinning appetizers and contemporary cuisine. Customers can still expect the bar’s signature craft cocktails and extensive microbrew selection. NIXS has also created a new catering division to make any occasion special. All of the company’s enhancements are captured in its new marketing campaign, appropriately titled, “New Chef, New Look, New NIXS.” “The Front Street district is destined to draw even more people with the completion of UCONN,” said Abner Kurtin, Managing Partner of NIXS. "We are relieved that we have settled our outstanding issues with the landlord and plan to be part of the long-term success of the area."


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Town budget goes to voters for third shot

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — Voters will have a third chance to have their say in a June 13 budget referendum. The proposed $37,704,912 budget is a 1.86 percent increase over the current spending plan. If approved, it would bring a 5.95 percent increase in the tax rate to 32.77 mills, compared to the current rate of 30.93 mills. The proposed spending plan includes $13,471,520 for the town, an increase of $673,244 or 5.26 percent; $761,674 for capital improvements, a decrease of 14.94 percent; $1 million for debt service, a decrease of $194,238 or 16.26 percent; and $22,471,718, an increase of $ 342,5683 or 1.55 percent. In a letter to residents, First Selectman Robert Maynard said the proposed budget takes $475,000 from the fund balance to help offset cuts in state funding. He said the tax rate would be 0.55 mills higher without those funds, he said.

Voters rejected a $37.9 million budget by a vote of 433-286 in the May 9 budget referendum. They also rejected a $37.8 million budget by a vote of 427-300 in the May 23 budget referendum. If the budget is defeated a third time, a budget with an automatic 2 percent over the current budget would be adopted, according to the town charter. That budget would be $37,757,433 and would bring a tax rate of 32.83 mills, an increase of 6.14 percent. Maynard told the North Central News some residents are upset the Broad Brook Library would not be funded under the proposed budget. “I personally think they should be funded,’ he said, adding that in recent years that library has only received about $5,000 from the town. Last year, the budget was passed after three referendums with a 1.82 percent increase.

Opera House Benefit

Plywood Cowboy will present a concert as a fundraiser for the Opera House Players at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main Street on June 9 at 8 p.m. All seats are $20 and can be purchased online at www.operahouseplayers.org or by calling the box office at (860) 292-6068.  

East Windsor plans activities to celebrate 250th Birthday in 2018

EAST WINDSOR - Steeped in history and growing toward a bright future. From the proud past of the Warehouse Point Connecticut River shipping terminal and Broad Brook Mill to our present community of 1,000 local companies. The town has well-run business that is constantly growing. The 250th Celebration Committee is currently planning nine months of events in celebrating East

Windsor’s 250th birthday. Key events include the Masquerade Ball, Winter Fest, Reenactment, Food Truck Fest, and the final event of Community Day, when we will be burying a 2018 Time Capsule. In addition to the 250th Anniversary Celebration, the East Windsor 250th Committee has merchandise available for purchase around town. Anniversary merchandise includes: $20 sweatshirt; $15 hat in grey, blue,

black, and beige; $8 reusable bag; $5 car magnet; and $5 mug. This merchandise is available for purchase at the Town Clerk’s Office in Town Hall. For more information, contact The 250th Anniversary Celebration Committee at their Facebook page: East Windsor 250 Anniversary Celebration, email ew250@eastwindsorct.com, or P.O. Box 804, East Windsor, CT 06088. - By John Godleski

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Free trolley museum Father’s Day tours

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EAST WINDSOR – The Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor will hold a “Behind the Scenes” Tour on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The “Behind the Scenes” tour will give visitors the opportunity to take a close-up look at some of the current restoration projects including Connecticut Company #3001 Trolley Car, a 1926 American LaFrance Fire Truck and a 1955 General Motors Transit Bus. Additionally,  tour the grounds that are normally closed off to visitors with a Museum guide. During your visit, you will also learn more about the museum’s 16 firetrucks and fire alarm office with a working 1904 Gamewell panel fire alarm system that is actively used at the Museum. Dads and Granddads receive  free admission when accompanied by a paying child. Additionally, get up close  and personal as you climb aboard selected Trolleys from our incredible collection. Tour the Trolley Gallery packed full of historic trolleys. Pack a picnic lunch and come and spend some time with the family.  You can ride the Trolley cars as many times as you would like! The Connecticut Trolley Museum is located at 58 North Road (Rt. 140). Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $9 for seniors 62 and up and $7 for ages 4-12. Connecticut Trolley Museum members and children 3

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EAST WINDSOR - The Town of East Windsor Human Services will be taking applications for the State of Connecticut Renters Rebate Program which runs from April 1 to October 1. This program provides a one-time payment to renters based on income, rent and utilities that were paid in the year (2016). Applicants must be 65 years old by December 31, 2016 or be permanently disabled as defined by Social Security and be at least 18 years of age by December 31, 2016. The income limits (including Social Security) are as follows: Single-$34,600; Married$42,200. To make an appointment or ask any questions please call (860) 623-2430 and ask for Lori Butenas. Appointments will be taken at Human Services. The following information is required: Social Security Benefit Statement (2016 Form SSA 1099) Required; Dividends, Interest and Annuities; All Taxable IRA Accounts; and, Copy of your 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (If you are required to file) Copies of your non-taxable income must also be provided (For example: Veteran’s Disability Payments, Pensions, Federal SSI, Alimony, Unemployment, and Workers Comp. ETC.) Proof of your expenses (Calendar year 2016 for the following) Rent, Electric, Gas, Water, and Deliverable Fuel Expenses. Need Rent Receipts from JanuaryDecember 2016 or Letter by Landlord stating what you paid the entire year of 2016

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Library friends group will host local author’s book discussion

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EAST WINDSOR - The Friends of the Warehouse Point Library will be hosting a local author event on Wednesday evening June 14 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The author, Robert Dickinson, will speak, with questions to follow along the sale of his book. Author’s Bio R.H. (Bob) Dickinson is a freelance writer and author of several short stories and now his first novel, “Kidon”.   He is a native New Yorker now living in Connecticut, but considers himself a Vermonter, having spent the most important parts of his life in the Green Mountains. He is inspired by a most eclectic group of writers, ranging from Ernest Hemingway to Kurt Vonnegut to Ambrose Bierce and Herman Wouk.  He is a self-styled

adventurer and pilot; a weekend warrior with a passion for the outdoors. Fishing for salmon in the Alaskan wilderness is a particular obsession. He has at times worked as a welder, architect, home builder and salesman, including a project for NASA. He has attended several colleges majoring in engineering and aviation, but has always subscribed to Mark Twain’s point of view: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Being a lifelong student of military history, the story of KIDON is one that he has wanted to write for years. Its genesis was the result of a story told long ago about an old blacksmith and his experiences during the first World War. While Bob’s formal education was not one based on

the liberal arts, he has always been an avid reader and like to think his enthusiasm for writing was born of his love for the world’s greatest writers. KIDON When the escaped Nazi responsible for his captivity is exposed hiding deep in the jungles of Vietnam, Michael Vogel vows to hunt down the monster and bury his past behind him. Kidon is a story that spans nearly forty years from the Allied trenches of WWI, and the camps of WW2, to war-torn French Indochina. Caught in the midst of an escalating war, will Michael find who haunts him? The Friends are also having a month long half-price sale in their book room throughout June.

Various activities, trips planned for June by East Windsor Senior Center

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Senior Center will host the following activities during June. The East Windsor Senior Center is located 125 Main Street, Broad Brook above the Broad Brook Fire Department. Please visit or call the center for information or to sign-up for the following programs/activities (860) 292-8262. SHOPPING Shopping at Big Y or Walmart, every Monday, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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Family dedicates Buddy Bench in memory of their son

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ELLINGTON - On April 17, 2017 a memorial Buddy Bench Dedication was held on the Center School playground in Ellington in honor of Jacob Roger Poulin. Jacob was a five-year-old boy who lost his battle with brain cancer on Oct. 1, 2016. Jacob was a compassionate little boy who  loved life, his faith, his friends and most of all, his family.   This  Buddy Bench is a designated bench on which a child who is feeling sad or lonely on the playground can sit. Other children then know to sit with the child and ask them if they would like to play or talk. Jacob leaves behind his father and mother, Steve and Sarah Poulin, and his two younger sisters, Gabriella and Hannah.

The Poulin family has been working with the town of Ellington to build Jacob’s Park, a park where Jacob would have loved to play.   A park where no child will  sit alone. The park will be located at 63 Pinney Street in Ellington. For more information on how you can help, please visit  www.jacobrogerpoulinfoundation.org.

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Ellington ‘Wall of Honor’ nominations sought by July 1

Ellington

ELLINGTON - The Wall of Honor, located in Arbor Park (Main Street), recognizes deserving citizens for exceptional contributions to the Town of Ellington. If you wish to nominate a candidate for this honor, please contact the First Selectman’s Office at (860) 870-3100 for an application; or download the application from the website, ellingtonct.gov; select ‘Residents’; select ‘Wall of Honor’. The submission deadline is July 1, 2017. Please note that if you have submitted an application in the previous three years, it will be included in the pool of current candidates. The Board of

Selectmen Town Policies Committee will review the applications and may recommend a recipient to the Board of Selectmen at their July 10, 2017 meeting. If a recipient is chosen, his/her name will be engraved on the Wall of Honor and unveiled at a public ceremony on September 9, 2017, prior to the Fire Department’s parade. The following have been inducted: Nellie E. McKnight, Educator, Librarian, Historian; John B. DeCarli, EVFD Charter Member, Captain, Town Constable 1915-1935, Killed in the line of duty; Earl A. Rich, Crystal Lake Fire Fighter, Public Servant;

ELLINGTON - On Tuesday, June 20, the Hall Memorial Library, in Ellington, has a really fun event planned for the whole family. Edward Leonard, of Cheshire, will present his performance of “A Silly Song Sing-A-Long” beginning at 10:30 a.m. Kids of all ages and their grown-up friends will sing, dance, and jump along to popular children’s

classics with guitars, and drums. Free tickets may be picked up at the Children’s Circulation Desk beginning Monday, June 12. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of summer! For more information call the library at (860) 870-3160. Come join them.

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Public Service, Well Beyond the Call of Duty; Homer R. Peckham, 50+ Years of Activism in Preserving Ellington’s History & Beauty; Rachel Lee Wheeler-Rossow, Life of Public Service and Example of Truly Exceptional Humanitarian Work; and, Alfred E. Schindler, Distinguished Surveyor, Mentor, Contributor of Ellington’s History through Mapping, Cartographer of the Historic Proprietor’s Map.

ELLINGTON - On Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m., naturalist John Root will discuss Songbirds of the Northeast at Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St. in Ellington. Root will feature photographs and recordings of songbirds in the region, and will discuss the role of the songs, as well as diet, social behav-

ior, and adaptations for survival. Attendees will also learn how to provide an attractive habitat for songbirds. Online registration is required at www.library.ellington-ct.gov. or call the library at (860) 870-3160 for assistance if needed. All programs are free.

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She plans to attend the University of Connecticut, majoring in engineering. Callahan is a member of the Knitting Club, National Honor Society, Leo Club, Spanish Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, track and field team, Model Congress, Class Executive Board, soccer, band and Drama Club. Callahan said he has high standards for himself. He plans to attend UConn and teach Spanish at the high school or college level. “Graduating” along with the Class of 2017 will be Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane, who is retiring in October. Ellington High School Graduation will be held at 6 p.m. June 13 on the varsity soccer field. In case of rain it will be held in the gym. Information on the valedictorian and salutatorian was unavailable at press time. Enfield High School Graduation will be held at 7 p.m. June 10 on the football field. The valedictorian is Alexander Salisbury. The salutato-

rian is Brian Ruel. This is the first year the town is celebrating graduation with a single high school, following the merger of Enrico Fermi High School into Enfield High this past September. Both high schools were honored with a silver medal in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best High School Rankings, which is based on 2016 data. “Graduating” with the class will be Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann, who is retiring in July. Somers High School Graduation will be held at 6 p.m. June 13 in the gym. The valedictorian is Sean Gay. The salutatorian is Nikita Babushkin. “Graduating” with the class will be Superintendent of Schools Maynard Suffredini, who is retiring in July. Stafford High School Graduation will be held at 7 p.m. June 20 in the gym. The valedictorian is Ethan Lawlor. The salutatorian is Sarah Provencher. Lawlor plans to attend UConn, majoring in civil engineering. He would like to run an engineering firm. Provencher

plans to attend Boston College, majoring in biology (pre-med). She plans to become an orthopedic surgeon. The school was honored with a silver medal in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best High School Rankings. Principal Marco Pelliccia said he credits the school’s success to “a real, true community effort.” “We have a wonderful group of students that work hard every day,” he said, adding the teachers are dedicated to the students’ success and work hard for them. Suffield High School Graduation will be at 9:30 a.m. June 10 on the Beneski Turf Field. The valedictorian is Rachel Roncaioli. The salutatorian is Lindsey Connolly. Roncaioli has been on Class Council and Student Senate through her four years at Suffield High School. She has worked on events such as Spirit Night, Suffield on the Green and the Color Run. She is a member of both the

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ELLINGTON — Voters approved the $57,110,601 budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year in the May 16 budget referendum by a vote of 591-388. Nine percent of the town’s eligible voters took part in the referendum. The budget is an increase of $1.748,299 or 3.16 percent over the current spending plan. The tax rate was set at 31.7 mills, a 1.2 mill or 3.95 percent increase. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The budget includes $18,819,428 for general government, an increase of $942,517 or 5.27 percent over the current spending plan; $1,419,204 for capital outlay, an increase of $33,562 or 2.24 percent; and $38,871,969, an increase of $772,220 or 2.14 percent.

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Enfield Council adopts budget without state budget resolved By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD — With the state budget still unresolved, the Town Council adopted a $132,291,055 budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year at a special meeting on May 8. The budget includes $62,601,869 for the town, having been reduced from the $63,717,369 spending plan Town Manager Bryan Chodkowski had sought when he presented his budget March 31. The adopted budget includes $69,689,185 for the Board of Education, an increase of $2,063,090 or 3.05 percent over the current year’s spending plan. The mill rate was set at 31.43 mills for real estate

and business personal property and 28.8 mills for motor vehicles. The lower rate for motor vehicles is set by the state mandated cap on vehicle taxes. The mill rate is an increase of 0.57 mills. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. Councilor William Lee asked if the Legislature sets state funding below expectations could the town change its mill rate, according to the meeting minutes. Director of Finance John Wilcox said that once the mill rate is passed, it cannot be changed. He said last year some towns were allowed to change their mill

rates under certain conditions, but Enfield did not meet the criteria. Councilor William Edgar said he is not sure residents on Social Security, those on disability or military personnel could afford a 0.57 mill increase. He was concerned about people losing jobs or losing homes to foreclosure, and voted against the mill rate, which passed 9-1. Councilor Donna Sweczak said there are some tax relief programs available, and residents who qualify should be made aware of those programs.

Historical Society Wallop School Museum hosts open house on June 11 ENFIELD - The Enfield Historical Society is holding an open house on Sunday, June 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wallop School Museum, 250 Abbe Road, on the corner of Wallop School Road. There are only four open houses this year. Don’t miss this chance to see our beautifully restored one-room school. Alumni of one-room schools, who love to share their school experiences and stories and to answer your questions, look forward to seeing you. The Wallop School was one of the last one-room schoolhouses in use in Connecticut. The original structure was built in 1754, the same year that the local citizens voted to establish school

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SOMERS - The year 2002 was a momentous one. Kelly Clarkson was named the first American Idol; Sanyo changed our lives when its SCP-5300 became the very first cell phone released in the United States to have a built in camera, and Apple produced its second generation iPod which held—wait for it—a whole 20 GB. Locally, for this reporter and readers across the area, 15 years ago was a special time since it is the year North Central News began to be published. During the last 15 years the paper has never moved away from its mission of delivering local news to area communities. The monthly newspaper is written, published and created by locals, as well. I am a resident of Enfield and have felt privileged to be able to tell the stories of my neighbors and friends in the pages of NCN. It is heartwarming to write about those in my immediate and surrounding communities who are raising awareness and funds for those in need with amazing events held each week in our area of Connecticut. To be able to capture a moment in time, at a graduation or activ-

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Innovative graduation program held at Asnuntuck Community

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work.” In addition to these graduates, several individuals within that original group, who had completed serving their time, received their certificates as part of Asnuntuck’s Commencement ceremony this past week at Springfield Symphony Hall. Inmate Rich Halapin spoke about the positive experiences they each had with

the program. Halapin said each student had their own strengths and they helped each other. He said he believed that this group of inmates would no longer be a liability to the State of Connecticut but will instead be an asset with their new machining skills. Commissioner of the Department of Correction Scott Semple addressed the group. “Please know that this is not a soft on crime approach, this is a smart on reen-

try approach. We have a responsibility to prepare offenders as they near release. Essentially, this is about being accountable to those that have shown accountability to themselves.” He added, “According to a study by the Department of Justice, incarcerated individuals who participated in correctional education were 43 percent less likely to return to prison within three years.” Warden of the Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution John Tarascio also gave remarks. He thanked the families for the support they have given to the inmates. “This was not an easy task for the six graduates seated before us. They were challenged. They were even discouraged at times, but they worked through

the difficulties and made it here today.” President James Lombella congratulated the students, “You will be able to take your skills and go out in the world and make a positive difference, for yourself, your family and your community!” President Ojakian reminded the students that an education is something no one can take away from them. The CSCU President shook the hands of each graduate, after he completed his remarks. Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program Frank Gulluni reminded all of the graduates that his department will always be available to help them navigate their way when furthering their education or working on moving forward in their career.

ENFIELD - The Enfield Public Library on Wednesday, June 14 at 2:30 p.m. presents veteran Ernie Maynard who will shares stories and memorabilia of World War I and II. Maynard has been awarded many medals and honors including the American Campaign

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Summer 2017 Children’s Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Somers Library. For a complete listing of children’s summer programs, please visit our website or call the Library for more information. Family Movie Matinee Mon., June 19th at 2 p.m. We will show the new movie Moana. Rated: PG; 107 minutes. No registration required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn for the kids! Summer Reading Kicko ! The Greg and Axel show presents: Build A Better World! Tues., June 20th at 6 p.m. Magician Greg McAdams, and Axel the Magic Mutt, his 80 lb. canine sidekick, will bring magic, comedy and audience participation to the library during their 40 minute program. Registration begins June 5th. Harmonious Happenings presents: “You and Me in Music” Session One: Wed., June 21st, June 28th, July 5th & July 12th at 10:30 a.m. Session Two: Wed., July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd & August 9th at 10:30 a.m. Register beginning May 15th for these 4 week series. Space is limited. For children ages 2-5 with parents/ caregivers. We will sing, dance and play together to developmentally appropriate music. Vehicle Day! Thurs., June 22nd, 10:30-12 p.m. All ages are invited to our big truck event. Come and see a re truck, an ambulance, a plow truck, a loader, a school bus, an ice cream truck and many more. Drop-in. Weekly Storytimes for Ages 2 – 5. Friday mornings June 23 – August 11 from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. Please register for each week beginning June 5th.

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Three Little Pigs STEM Challenge Wednesday, June 28, 3:00-4:00 p.m. For ages 6-10. Can YOU build the strongest house? Hear the story and then build the strongest house you can build! Registration begins June 12th. Hurray for Habitats! Presented by Teaching Creatures Thurs., June 29th, 2 -3 p.m., Meet a variety of animals including an African bull frog and a Dutch rabbit and learn about their habitats. For ages 4 & up. Registration begins June 12th. Animal Homes! Storytime & Craft Fri., June 30th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. For ages 2-5. Join us for stories, songs and a craft. Register one week in advance.

Habitat Sel e! presented by Kellogg Environmental Center Thurs., July 6th, 10:30-11:30 a.m. For ages 4-7. Using felt boards and images you will construct an animal’s habitat based on their needs and adaptations. Take a sel e of you and your work to share with others. Registration begins on June 19th. My Park! presented by Kellogg Environmental Center Thurs., July 6th, 2 -3 p.m. For ages 6-12. In this handson workshop, learn about conservation and how parks are planned by designing your own park. What would you like to have in your own park for others to enjoy? Registration begins June 19th. Family Movie Matinee Mon., July 10th at 2 p.m. We will show the new movie Rock Dog. Rated: PG; 90 minutes. No registration required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn for the kids! Read to the Dog Tuesday, July 11th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Registration begins June 26th. Saturday, August 5th, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Registration begins July 10th. Readers in grades K-4 are invited to register for a 10 minute slot to read to one of Allan’s Angels R.E.A.D.® Team, specially trained dogs who love to listen to books. Children can choose a story to read to a furry friend in a relaxed, “dog-friendly” atmosphere. World Class Frisbee Show Thursday, July 13th, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Todd Brodeur will captivate our audience by demonstrating basic tricks, catches and combinations. This show will include a playshop that gives children a hands-on experience to try their own Frisbee catches and tricks! Recommended for ages 5 & up. Registration begins on June 26th. Kid’s Bingo! Tuesday, July 18th, 3:00-4:00 p.m. For ages 6 & up. Come and play BINGO for prizes! Registration begins July 10th.

2017 Summer Reading Programs for Children, Teens and Adults: June 19th – August 16th Stop by the Library to sign up starting on June 19th!

TEEN PROGRAMS

“Build a Better World in Your Writing” Workshop with YA author Dawn Metcalf, Tues., June 27th at 6 p.m. Teens and Adults are invited to come learn new writing techniques and tips for expanding your current works in progress in this hands-on writing workshop with local YA author, Dawn Metcalf. *Sponsored by the Friends of the Somers Library

Library Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00-8:00 Friday 10:00-5:00 Saturdays in June 10:00-3:00 Saturdays in July & August 10:00-1:00 Sundays Closed Library Closed: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Summer Teen Movies Fri., July 7th at 2 p.m. – The Du , Fri., August 4th at 2 p.m. – Now is Good. Both Teen Movies this summer are also based on books! Summer Teen Crafts Mon, July 17th at 2 p.m. – “Skylines” Learn to create a cool looking skyline silhouette that you can hang up! Mon., August 7th at 2 p.m. – “Recycled Planters” Create a cute mini planter from a recycled two-liter soda bottle!

ADULT PROGRAMS

Adult Coloring Club Every Thursday morning join other adults looking to manage stress in a creative and relaxing way. Colored pencils and books provided or bring your own. Book Discussions Fri., June 16 at 12:30 p.m. Cozy Mystery – A Catered Murder by Isis Crawford; Wed., June 28 at 2:30 p.m. Fiction - Beloved by Toni Morrison; Fri., July 14 at 12:30 p.m. Non-Fiction – TO BE DETERMINED; Wed., August 16 at 2:30 p.m. Fiction – Tevye the Dairyman by Sholem Aleichem; Fri., August 25 at 12:30 p.m. Cozy Mystery – A High-End Finish by Kate Carlisle. Copies of each book will be available at the library. Please call 860-763-3501 to register for each book discussion. Evening Movies This July and August, join us on Tues., evenings at 6 p.m. for our “Book to Movie Summer Series.” July 11th – Inferno, July 18th – A Dog’s Purpose, July 25th – The Finest Hours, August 1st – Nerve, August 8th – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and August 15th – Before I Fall Presenting: Georges Bizet’s CARMEN Thurs., June 8 at 4 p.m., join local Opera Bu / Teacher, Michael Cascia, from the Board of Directors for Opera Connecticut for a presentation of CARMEN, as performed by Jonas Kaufman and Anna Caterina Antonacci at the Royal Opera House in London. Following the viewing, there will be an opportunity to ask any questions about the opera, this particular production, and the time period as related to CARMEN. Afternoon Tea Sat., June 24th at 12:30 p.m., join Cecelia and the Friends of the Somers Library for a free, luxurious afternoon of delicious nger sandwiches, and small delectable desserts. Hats are encouraged, but not required! Call 860-763-3501 to register. *Sponsored by the Friends of the Somers Library


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Bud Knorr takes over as new Somers first selectman

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By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS - The town has a new first selectman. Republican Clyde G. “Bud” Knorr was appointed first selectman at a May 2 special meeting.He will fill the remaining months of Lisa Pellegrini’s term. Pellegrini resigned to take a position as director of development services for the town of Westerly, R.I. Knorr, was serving his fourth term on the Board of Selectmen. He is a retired executive. “I want to invest my time and expertise to keep it a great town,” he said in April. Budget referendum Voters approved a $32,232,993 budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year in the May 9 budget referendum.

The vote was 323-281. Voter turnout for the referendum was 10.e percent. The budget represents an increase of 2.67 percent or $836,952 over the current spending plan. The budget brings an increase of 1.25 mills over the current mill rate of 24.22, bringing the new mill rate to 25.47. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The budget includes $22,558,627 for the Board of Education, an increase of $543,768 or 2.47 percent; $7,756,421 for town government, an increase of $345,572 or 4.66 percent; $250,000 for capital improvements, the same as the current year; and $1,667,945 for debt service, a decrease of $52,388 or 3.05 percent.

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Two from Somers High School earn Cox scholarships

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HARTFORD - State Sen. John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) congratulated two Somers High School students for their hard work and for earning scholarships to help offset the cost of their continued education. The awards were presented at

a reception on May 15 in Hartford. Somers High School students Timothy James Gamble and Janine Bushey were each awarded $2,000 from Cox Communications during the annual presentation of the Cox Scholarships at

the Capitol. Each year, eight students are presented with these prestigious scholarships. “Timothy and Janine are both talented students,” said Kissel. “With one son in college and the other not far behind, I know first-hand the importance of scholarship money to help with the cost of higher education. I wish them both the best in their future endeavors – I know

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Somers High names students to third quarter honor roll

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SOMERS – The following students were named to the third quarter honor roll at Somers High School, according to a list provided by the school. Grade 12 High Honors Jessica Allard, Nikita Babushkin, Kaitlin Baker, Katelyn Bardy, Janine Bushey, Danielle Capuano, Allison Casciano, Joshua Chlebowski, Kevin Cisco, Lindsey Coleman, Sydney Devine, Peter Garlick, Sean Gay, Rachel Gladu, Rachel Gosselin, Madison Hawkins, Sarah Karszes, Amanda Kaufman, Sarah Mancini, America, Marroquin, Lauren Masamery, Logan Miller, Marissa Mottolese, Christian Paley, Ashna Patel, Karishma Patel, Brandon Pfeifer, Jacob Phillips, Samuel Pruden, Natalie Ranelli, Dylan Reilly, Jackson Rheault, Ava Roche, Anne Russell, Annushka Sewrathan, Justin Talbot, Sarah Tevault, Natalia Villareal, Amanda Whalen, Madison Yurgaitis Grade 12 Honors Valeria Barbosa, Joshua Benson, Trent Bourgoin, Maria Buttafuoco, Scott Gamble, Brendan Hailer, Megan

Murphy, Katarina Pfeifer, Sara Renzoni, Michael Scibelli, Taylor Woronecki Grade 11 High Honors Danila Babushkin, Carley Bergamini, Joseph Calcasola, Michael Callahan, Gina Catellier, Qing Chen, Mary Clark, Michael Dalessio, Ashlie Delskey, Natalie Devlin, Hadleigh Eastman, Lauren Eastwood, Ashleigh Gentile, Alexandria Gershowitz, Sydney Graham, Sydney Griger, Samantha Hearn, Nadine Hudroge, Jenna Jeffway, Hanna Jewell, Grace Keeney, Maggie Maznicki, Alex Miller, Christopher Morse, Conner Mulvihill, Ashley Reed, Broderick Rheault, Mitzy Robbins, Connor Roberts, Robert Samson, Ethan Sparrow, Cassandra Speight, Camryn Swan, Ashley Tullock, Nicole Turley, Colin Whitford, Abigail Worthington, Michael Yarrows Grade 11 Honors Thomas Anderson, Brett Ansaldi, Brett Boyd, Madison Clark, Adrianne Curtis, Anna Donovan, Diana Elgin, Anna Kalinowski, Rachel Kwasnik, Spencer MacLeod, Jayme Palazzo,

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Victoria Visone, Jasmine Yard Grade 9 High Honors Taylor Althaus, Athena Baumann, Brieanna Bernier, Sophia Carenzo, Aidan Case, Zachary Chaisson, Fiona Cheyney, Christian Chlebowski, Sarah Cisco, Jared Cranna, Amit Deonarine, Matthew Grandpre’, Zachary Hojnowski, Jonathan Kelly, Marissa Long, Miranda McCarthy, Aiden Miller, Amari O’Connor, Donovin Piescik, Rachel Ranelli, Kylie Raymond, Victoria Reid, Danielle Rodriguez, Ryan Rogers, Nancy Strever, Nicole Tardif, Quinn Welch, Noah White, Spencer Whitford, Kyle Yvon, Anna Zheng Grade 9 Honors Alexander Barresi, Chelsea Bergamini, Alexis Brown, Samantha Gershowitz, William Heller, Nora Jones, Emma Koseski, Ryan Majowicz, Caterina Mancini, Lauren Martin, Summer Nadler, Cade Raymond, Cassandra Rich, Siobhan Scully, Kabir Sewrathan, Andrew Skowronek, Caleb Spielman, Donovan Villareal

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Mabelle B. Avery Middle School third quarter honor roll students

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SOMERS – Mabelle B. Avery Middle School has announced the following students have been named to the third quarter honor roll. Grade 8 High Honors Adam Argiro, Simon Banas, Emily Brayton, Cecelia Bruel, Julia Catellier, Keira Clark, Jeffrey Devlin, Benjamin DuPerre, Sarah Finnegan, Jack Gebo, Shawn Gentilcore, Giovanna Gioscia, Alexander Grzelak, Ethan Haluch, Adam Hinds, Caelyn Hoffman, Maeve Horan-Portelance, Keeley Joyal, Morgan Juzba, Emily Karabinis, Jason Knybel, Conner Kocot, Megan Lafayette, Cailyn Lippe, Lindsay Masamery, Isabelle Michaud, Oliver Milbauer, Mallory Murdza, Ayden Paulo, Halle Raina, Hannah Renzoni, Kyiah Rice, Laura Riley, Lilly Saunders,

Samuel Shlafstein, Sheridan Speight, Olivia Suter, Janellyvet Toledo, Gabrielle Tullock, Tyler Watt, Shannon Whalen, Khadija Williams, Angela Young, Carson Yurgaitis, Eric Zheng, and Dominic Zuccalo. Grade 8 Honors Michael Albaugh, Brent Arcari, Miranda Barresi, Benjamin Bolduc, Jack Brunt, Claire Bruso, Marisa Cardinale, Connor DeAngelis, Ella Deveau, Devine- Aidan Baillargeon, Sara Elhage, McKenzie Fitzgerald, Brian Garrow, Megan Gaskell, Jaydon Griger, Jacob Grondin, Andrew Hartman, Danielle Hoague, Caleb Kmon, Colin MacLeod, Madeline Mancuso, Sydney McIntyre, Alexandra McLellan, Tyler Poulin, Clara Rafala, Emily Reynolds, Serena Robidoux, Michaela Scully, Maggie

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SOMERS - All Saints Church’s Youth Ministry is having a Bag & Tag Sale on Saturday, June 24, 2017, in the Parish Center building (28 School Street, Somersville) from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Come and fill a bag with clothing (adult

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Second referendum approves $40.6M town spending plan

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By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD — Town voters approved a $40,623,229 budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year in the second budget referendum on May 31. The vote was 846-797. The budget is an increase of $705,995 or 1.77 percent over the current spending plan. The budget brings a mill rate of 33.93, a tax increase

of 0.42 mills over the current 33.51 mill rate. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The Service District mill rate was set at 2.26. The budget includes $10,241,896 for the Board of Selectmen, $538,183 for the Stafford Public Library,; $2,184,150 for debt service; and $27,659,000 for the

Board of Education. Voters had defeated a $40,820,229 budget proposal by a vote of 518-560 in the first budget referendum on May 10. That spending plan would have brought an increase of $902,995 or 2.26 percent over the current spending plan. That budget would have meant a tax rate of 34.49.

Stafford Public Schools names Ledbetter 2018 Teacher of the Year STAFFORD - At the Board of Education meeting on May 22, Patricia Collin, superintendent of schools, announced Stafford’s Teacher of the Year. The 2018 Stafford Teacher of the Year is Jennifer Ledbetter, a kindergarten teacher at Staffordville School. She will now compete for the honor of Connecticut’s 2018 Teacher of the Year this fall. Ms. Ledbetter is the 22nd recipient of the Teacher of the Year award in Stafford. Ledbetter was nominated by colleagues and selected by a special committee of teacher representatives from each school building. 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 J. Bednarz, director of curriculum and instruction, serves as the facilitator of the committee. Ledbetter earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Evangel University in

Springfield, Missouri in 1999. In 2014, Ledbetter started working on a Master’s Degree at Eastern Connecticut State University. She is in her 12th year of teaching, the last eight of which have been in Stafford. Stafford’s 2018 Teacher of the Year has contributed to the district in numerous ways, including but not limited to: Participating in the NAEYC accreditation process for Staffordville Schools (2010, 2015) Assisting with the development and implementation of the plan to transition to full day kindergarten Creating opportunities for parents and families to interact in activities, celebrations, and community events (i.e., 5K run for Autism Speaks) Colleagues hold Ledbetter in high regard. They noted the myriad of examples of reaching out to and advocating for her students, the number of significant contributions to making Staffordville School a fulfilling experience for staff and students, and the variety of ways she has reached out to par-

ents and the community. In her personal statement to the Teacher of the Year Committee she wrote, “Education is a lifelong process and the essential building blocks are developed in the early years of school. My goal is to provide my students with a rich learning environment where they feel safe to explore, initiate learning, and feel free to express themselves … when

focus is placed on the positive aspects of learning, students will have a greater willingness to actively participate in the class … I believe that when families and schools join together to support learning, children will succeed in school and life.” Ledbetter serves as a wonderful role model for teachers throughout the district.

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Stafford High announces third quarter honor roll students

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STAFFORD – The following students have been named to the honor roll at Stafford High School for the third marking period, according to a list provided by the school. Seniors High Honors Michael Bachiochi, William Bernier, Alaina Bolieau, Jason Brisard, Luke Broadhurst, Morgan Canestrari, Jenna Castonguay, Noah Combs, Jacob Conklin, Kevin DeLorge, Mikayla Descheneau, Matthew Frank, Danielle Garnelis, Matthew Garvais, Tyler Gebo, Jonathan Gionfriddo, Valerie Girard, Claudia Glidden, Justin Grant, Shianna Halloran, Travis Hart, Katelyn Henderson, Brandon Kallenbach, Destinee King, Emily Kopec, Schuyler Lamoureux, Ethan Lawlor, Nathan Lawson, Cameron MacGregor,

Wendelin Marmol, Madison Murphy, Timothy Noto, Nicholas Ouellette, Kyle Piccoli, Sarah Provencher, Haylie Prucker, Damon Reynolds, Kristen Rodriguez, Jake Rollins, Andrew Syphers, David Taylor, Mila Thomas, Chase Walbridge Juniors High Honors Adrianna Barnett, Zachary Briggs, Luke Dabek, Hannah Davis, Carlie Dreyfus, Sarah Gallison, Karmen Jensen, Alexandra Kulman, Kathryn Liebler, Kaylee Miller, Andrew Napolitano, Elizabeth Neyssen, Sydney Perez, Jordyn Powell, Stephanie Ramsey, Devin Stachelsky, Rumsha Tariq, Kylee Teats, Bethany Turner, Rachel Ulitsch, Judith Wijers, Claire Zopelis

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STAFFORD - On Friday, July 28, 2017 the Stafford Senior Center Association has planned a trip for all ages to see Harold Ford’s musical tribute to Johnny Cash. A luxury bus will depart the community center at 9:15 a.m. and travel to Kingston, R.I., where participants will enjoy a social hour upon arrival, followed by a luncheon that

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High School Achieves ‘Silver Medal’ Status

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STAFFORD - Stafford High School (SHS) was identified as a silver medal winner according to U.S. News and World Report. SHS is ranked 31st out of 288 high schools within Connecticut. U.S. News and World Report made the following findings: • Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams. • The AP participation rate at Stafford High School is 24 percent and participant passing rate is 91 percent. • 75.5 percent of students mastered state exit exams (based on the propor-

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STAFFORD - Photos of the students and instructor of classes that were held from November 2016 through May 2017 will be on display during the month of June at Stafford Library. An artist reception and tea will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Stafford Library, 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford Springs. Light refreshments will be served. Kitty Schooley, instructor, has an

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Town passes budget pending state aid approval

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SUFFIELD — Voters approved the $55,669,264 town budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year by voice vote at the May 10 town meeting. The budget is a decrease of 3.09 percent or $1,776,406 less than the current year’s spending plan. It includes $34,611,844 for the Board of Education, an increase of 1.11 percent or $381,601; $2,809,804 for debt service, an increase of 8.73 percent or $225,629; $2,516,024 for capital expenditures, a decrease of 43.18 percent or $1,911,832; $360,000 for contingency, which remains unchanged; $178,771 for transfer to other postemployment benefits), a decrease of 67.41 percent or

$369,827; no expenditure for transfer to the open space fund, a decrease of 100 percent or $250,000; $15,192,821 for general government operations, an increase of 0.98 percent or $148,023. The mill rate was set 28.89 mills, an increase of 0.69 mills or 2.43 percent. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. There was a decrease in the net collectible grand list of 0.22 percent during the current tax year. The taxes on a home with a market value of $300,000 and assessed value of $210,000 are $5,922. With the proposed budget, the taxes on a home with a market value of $300,000 and an assessed value of

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Step Up Your Patio Experience this Season (StatePoint) Ready to step up your outdoor living experience this season? You’re not alone. Nearly 70 percent of design and build firms report an increased demand for outdoor living space, according to the American Institute of Architects. When updating your outdoor living areas, focus on additions that stylishly and seamlessly blend your spaces together. Consider elements that accent your home décor, enhance comfort, create beauty and offer low-maintenance upkeep so you can kick back, relax and enjoy the space. Here’s how to achieve these goals: Fireplace Fire features are the most popular outdoor design element, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects. This is understandable; outdoor fireplaces offer privacy, warmth and create a distinct focal point around which to gather when spending time outdoors. Outdoor fireplaces also offer a great return on investment: 90 percent of real estate agents say an outdoor fire-

place increases a home’s value, according to a Houzz.com study. One major consideration to keep in mind is the type of entertaining you want to do. Those who want the convenience of a gas fireplace may wish to consider the clean, modern lines and utility of a model such as the innovative and sleek Palazzo from Heat & Glo, which features an industry-first power screen that moves up and down at the touch of a button, allowing for an uninterrupted view of the flames. Marine-grade stainless steel ensures it maintains its luster and multi-colored LED lights shine through crushed glass. Others may be looking for something a bit more nostalgic -- like the scent and crackle of smoldering pine to bring back great memories and set the tone for outdoor gatherings. One popular choice that can achieve that effect is the Longmire wood-burning fireplace from Heatilator, which has a clean, contemporary shape that features a drawbridge gate and hinged glass door to make loading wood and routine maintenance simple.

Learn more about outdoor fireplace options at Fireplaces.com/outdoor. Kitchen Add ease and charm to dining al fresco by creating an outdoor kitchen. These days, it’s possible to include many of the same amenities you would find in a traditional indoor kitchen -- from a working faucet and stovetop to even a dishwasher. If space or budget are limited, think about what features matter most to you and consider working with an architect to plan the most efficient and attractive layout. Architects can also serve as

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Legislators Host Workshop to Help Residents Lower Electric Bills ENFIELD – State Reps. Carol Hall (R59) and Greg Stokes (R-58) were recently joined by representatives from Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) at the Enfield Senior Center for an informative workshop to teach residents how to lower their electric bill. Rate specialists from PURA promoted an initiative that helps individuals save energy with rebates, financing and services for energy efficiency and clean energy improvements and were on hand to guide residents through the cost-saving process. “It was wonderful meeting with our friends at the senior center and being able to share this initiative with them. I was thrilled to host a workshop geared towards teaching residents how they can save money on their electric bills, as well as ways to save money with an energy audit,” said Rep. Hall. “These audits can save families hundreds of dollars a year and can even be free to those with a limited income.”

Residents were encouraged to bring a recent copy of their home electric bill so that the rate specialists could show them exactly how much their bill can be lowered. “This initiative is extremely important for two reasons,” continued Rep. Stokes. “First, residents are able

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Ellington Farmers’ Market Continues to Grow

By John Godleski ELLINGTON - Ellington residents are no stranger to the market that sprouts up every May but now, thanks to their newly appointed non-profit status, the Ellington Farmers’ Market will be able to reach even more patrons with two of their exciting programs. Families who use SNAP (formerly food stamps) are able to have their benefits matched up to $20 a week to double their spending power to $40 when used at the farmers’ market. This allows those families to not only receive more in the way of food, but also incentivizes utilizing fresh and

healthy produce in their diets. The Ellington Farmers’ Market has been matching SNAP benefits for three years, and last year they gave away over $2,000 with this program. This year they have $5,000 earmarked for use, and are waiting on responses for grants they applied to for additional funding. The second program is called the Kids Power of Produce Club which Dianne Trueb, the Market Master, says “empowers kids to make healthy food choices”. It is in it’s fourth year at the farmers’ market. Children who participate in this program have access to not

only activities and education but also a $2 token to purchase fresh produce at the market. Last year the program gave away over $1,200 to participants. Mrs. Trueb mentioned how impactful the program is for the children as well as the parents saying, “children are so excited to be able to make their own purchases and many of the vendors prepare Kids Power of Produce specials which they can purchase with the $2 token. Parents are surprised at what the children will purchase and consume when they are give the power to make that decision. Siblings often pool their coins to make a

larger purchase”. Programs like these are important with over 3250 individuals in the five town radius benefitting from the SNAP program, including 530 Ellington residents and families. The Ellington Farmers’ Market opens Saturday, May 6th at Arbor Park on Main Street and runs from 9 a.m to 12 p.m. Donations are accepted on their website ellingtonfarmersmarket.com, with the proceeds going towards the Kids Power of Produce, matching SNAP dollars, musical entertainment and educational programs. 

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