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St. Bernard Class Night

Saint Bernard School Class of 2016 enjoyed celebrating a night of friendship and memories at a semi-formal event held at Grassmere Country Club on May 7. The evening included special tributes to their parents and teachers, dinner and dancing. The class will be graduating on Tuesday, June 14 at St. Bernard Church in Enfield.

Last Class to Graduate from Enrico Fermi By Linda Tishler Levinson

It’s graduation season throughout North Central Connecticut, but at Fermi High School in Enfield, this is a bittersweet occasion. When seniors at Fermi graduate this year, it will in essence be a graduation for the school itself. Beginning this fall, all of the town’s students in grades nine to 12 will attend

Enfield High School. “On June 23, 2016, Enrico Fermi High School will be hosting its final graduation ceremony. I have had the distinct honor to be able to serve as the school’s principal for 16 of these graduations,” Fermi Principal Paul Newton said. “I will have truly mixed feelings when the final graduation ceremony ends. On one hand, I am extremely excited for our

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current students in grades 9 – 11 and their families to be able to move into a brand new, state of the art, comprehensive high school,” Newton said. Built in 1971, the school was named for Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on the artificial radioactivity pro-



Time To Select The Best!

In fact, what better time than the occasion of The North Central News’ 14-year anniversary to roll out our most popular series of the year again our “Best Of Readers’ Poll”? That’s right, it was 14 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 2. 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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Welcome back to Random Raven, where local lore meets national phenomena and gripes and hypes interchange with the greatest of ease. You know, like these “text alerts” we all get? We signed up for them to know of major weather events in our zip code, school closings and such. Now the Raven’s phone vibrates in his pocket so much he oftentimes has to remind himself he’s not actually sitting in Brookstone Shiatsu Massage chair. And exactly what is the impetus for The star-studded Hollywood Vampires the incessant pulsations? Well, let’s take will play Foxwoods July 2. a look. Whoa, it appears Andy Dick has Ross Halfin Photo a hang nail. And it’s a good thing we didneighborhood Raven was able to chat n’t shove off for the boating excursion in with the band’s guitarist, Joe Perry of Madagcar. There’s presently a small craft Aerosmith notoriety! Here’s some choice warning in the Bay of Bengal apparently. excerpts: Somebody who knows anybody at any of these news outlets or service, The Raven: Joe – big fan. I’ve been please beg them to tamp this stuff down! kicking around Western Mass for a quarAnyways... moving onto an alert that ter-century now, either playing music or is of actual interest, the star-studded writing music, so of course I’ve come Hollywood Vampires are slated to per- across countless people with peripheral connections to you. form at Foxwoods’ Fox Theater July 2. And wouldn’t ya know, your friendly, Joe Perry: A local! Great. So I can

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Raven: Feel free to drop all your ‘R’s. And speaking of speaking, I just finished the audio version of your book [Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith]. I listen to tons of rock bios when I’m traveling, and I love to see who reads their own books. What made you decide to?

Joe: Well, I figured the whole point of the book was to tell my story as it unfolded through my eyes, so why not have my voice, too? The truth is, we weren’t sure how my voice would come across, so I got together 20 hours and we played it for Simon and Schuster, and they gave it the green light. I was in the damn studio four or five hours a day, recording that for weeks.

Raven: You spent some time at Alice Cooper’s place while you had the Joe Perry Project going, before you re-joined Aerosmith. I’ve seen Johnny Depp join Aerosmith on stage, and I know you are all friends. How and when did you decide to take the leap from jamming and cameos to officially forming Hollywood Vampires?

Joe: I’ve been spending more time on the West Coast. I was talking to Johnny, and one night he was telling me that he believed I hadn’t put my best solo work out yet. He also happens to own a studio just up the way and says I can use it anytime. So we start working up there. The great thing about L.A. is that everyone is always coming through … Someone says it looks like Zak Starkey will be in town these days, we make a call and see what days he is off, and we get together. It all has been very organic, and I’m really looking forward to the tour. Particularly Foxwoods … After this tour, it’s tough to say what the future holds. I mean, Johnny alone can obviously become unavailable for extended periods with his day job. We are all just enjoying what we are doing right now.


Joe: Cool. Enjoy that, man. I got to ride it with Steven about 50 times in a row to get the sound right … They had these computers hooked up, but the ride pulls so many Gs it kept throwing all of the instruments out of whack.

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Raven: That’s evident. I certainly appreciate your time today. I’m actually in Orlando and about to make my way over to the Aerosmith Rock N’ Rollercoaster ride.

East Windsor Voters Head for Third Budget Referendum

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The town budget will go to a third referendum on June 14. Voters turned down a $37,017,091 budget proposal for the 2016-17 fiscal year on May 24 in the second budget referendum by a vote of 378-310. First Selectman Robert Maynard said the figures for the third referendum will be the same as the second. It would bring a 1.82 percent budget increase “If it’s defeated for the third time, it will default to 2 percent,” Maynard said.

Davis To Be Honored as Business Person of the Year

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Chamber of Commerce will honor state Rep. Christopher Davis as its business person of the year for 2016 on June 22 at Nutmeg Restaurant & Banquet Hall, 297 South Main St., East Windsor. Davis will be honored for his service to East Windsor as both a legislator and professional Realtor. In addition to the Davis honors, the election of the chamber’s officers for 2016 to 2017 will take place. Cost is $30 per person and includes dinner with a choice of chicken or fish. RSVP requested to: or or call 860 221 8821.

According to the town charter, a budget with a 2 percent increase over the current year’s budget is automatically enacted if voters have not approved a budget after three referendums, which was the case last year. The proposed budget includes $12,798,276 for the town, an increase of $$6,417 or 0.05 percent over the current spending plan; $895,442 for capital improvements, an increase of $129,389 or 16.89 percent; $1,194,238 for debt service, an increase of $13,406 or 1.14 percent; and $22,129,135 for the Board of Education, an increase of $511,131 or 2.36 percent.

The proposed town mill rate is 31.5, compared to the current mill rate of 30.31. In District 1, when the Warehouse Point Fire mill rate of 1.2 is added, the total would be 32.74, an increase of 2.43 mills. In District 2, when the Broad Brook Fire mill rate of 1 is added, the total would be 32.54, an increase of 2.23 mills. Maynard said in the second referendum, Warehouse Point voters turned down the budget, while Broad Brook voters supported it. Voters turned down the first budget proposal of $38,123,870 on May 10.

Broad Brook Book Store Plans June Literary Events

BROAD BROOK – The following events will take place at Bookstore & More, 100 Main St., Broad Brook. • Thurs., June 9 at 6 p.m. Book Discussion: The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight. The Outliers is the first in McCreight’s Young Adult trilogy and film rights have already been acquired by Lionsgate, Mandeville Films, and Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard. • Sat. June 11 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Author Event: R. C. Goodwin, The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club Come meet and hear the author. This is a free event, signed books available for purchase. How do people end up in prison? Once there, how much can they change? Do they feel remorse or merely regret that they’ve been incarcerated? How do their

actions affect their victims’ families, and their own? These are some of the questions R. C. Goodwin raises in his debut book, The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club, a collection of six short stories and a novella. • Fri. June 17 5 to 6:30 p.m. Author Event: Abandoned by Dan Foley. The author will be here to talk about and sign his latest book, Abandoned. This is a free event. About Abandoned: • Sat. June 18 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Author Event: Martin Herman, The Jefferson Files and The Hidden Treasure Files Come meet and hear author Martin Herman as he talks about his two historical fiction novels: The Jefferson Files and The Hidden Treasure Files.

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EAST WINDSOR - The following events have been planned by the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department. SUMMER FUN CAMP: The East Windsor Parks & Recreation is still accepting registrations for the 2016 Summer Fun Camp for boys and girls ages 4 to 13. Camp runs Monday through Friday each week. The last week of camp will end on Friday, August 19. The fee for the Summer Fun Camp for regular hours (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) is $150 weekly for residents/non-residents; Extended hours (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is $170 weekly for residents/non-residents.

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EAST WINDSOR - Come for some laughs at the Opera House Playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Comedy Night, or as they call it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A FunnyRaising Comedy Show.â&#x20AC;? The headliner will be Ray Harrington, star and director of the hit documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be A Man.â&#x20AC;? Host is Jay Mayo and the show features Jess Miller. The show will be held at Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St., Broad Brook, on Saturday, June 11. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for this 21+ event because of adult content and language. Buy tickets online at or call the Opera House Players Box office: 860-292-6068.

There is a $10 non-refundable deposit/week required at sign-up. Registration forms can be found on our website and new this year is Sportsman SQL Online Registration at Call the Parks & Recreation at 860-627-6662 with any questions. SUMMER YOGA: Classes will be held at the East Windsor High School in the cafeteria from 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm. Classes will be held Monday, July 11, 18, Wednesday, July 27, Monday, August 1, 8 and 15. The cost of this program is: Residents: $30; Non-Residents $35. Registration is through the Parks and Recreation Office. Please register by Thursday, July 7. Please call Parks & Recreation office at 860-627-6662 with any questions. PANTHER HOOPS CAMP: The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a week of basketball summer fun. This camp will help your child develop a love for the game. Panther Hoops Camp will be held at the East Windsor High School Monday through Friday June 20 thru June 24 8:30 a.m.

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duced by neutron and for nuclear reactions brought about by slow neutrons, according to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new high school will allow us to meld best practices and programs from Enfield High School and Fermi into one school while creating new traditions and programs for the students,â&#x20AC;? Newton said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;That said, it will be very sad to leave Fermi. Fermi is truly a special place. For the 16 years that I have been here and for many more before I came we have promoted the concept of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Fermi Family.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Our staff prides itself on creating high-powered, positive, relationships with our students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try not to get too emotional about the closing of Fermi as I convince myself that we will be moving into a

school that will be new for everyone and one that will give our students the very best that the Town of Enfield can offer. I will miss Fermi, after 16 years I have probably spent more time here than most (but not all) of the staff, students, and parents, but I am looking forward to a new challenge and I look forward to meeting and working with the students and families who are currently at EHS,â&#x20AC;? he said. Fermiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduation on June 23 will be at 7 p.m. on the football field. The valedictorian is Sarah Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil. The salutatorian is Rachele Lajoie. Across town at Enfield High School, graduation will be at 7 p.m. June 22 on the football field. The valedictorian is Sarah Pawlowski. The salutatorian is Erica Murphy. East Windsor East Windsor High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduation will be at 6 p.m. June 16 at Maneeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in South Windsor. The valedictorian is Gabriela Resto, and the salutatorian is Debora Hernandez. Ellington Ellington High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduation will be at 6 p.m. June 10 on the varsity

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Residents Spared Tax Increase in Upcoming Town Budget


By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — Town taxes will not be going up this year. Voters approved a $55,352,628 town budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year in a May 31 referendum by a vote of 895-390. First Selectman Lori Spielman said she thought that was “a very big accomplishment,” especially since the budget includes $500,000 for all-day kindergarten. She added the no-tax-increase budget was done with no impact on services. The spending plan is an increase of $1,098,607 or 2.02 percent over the current fiscal year. The budget proposal includes $36,099,749 for the Board of Education, an increase of $1,048,849 or 2.99 percent; $17,876,911 for general government, an increase of $176,627 or 1 percent; and $1,375,968 for capital outlay, a decrease of $126,869 or 8.44 percent. The mill rate will remain 30.5 The referendum, originally scheduled for May 17, was postponed to May 31 after the original date was not properly posted. Powering Up The town has added two electric car charging stations outside the annex building at 57 Main St. using

grant funding. Spielman said the town has put up a bulletin board with a walking map to restaurants, shops and the library for people to visit while charging their cars.

Wall of Honor Names Sought

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 our website,; select ‘Residents’; select ‘Wall of Honor’. The submission deadline is July 1, 2016. Please note that if you 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 11, 2016 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 10, 2016, prior to the Fire Department’s parade.

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ELLINGTON - The Town of Ellington, through its association with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), the statewide association of towns and cities, is now providing a new prescription discount card that will provide uninsured and underinsured residents steep savings on prescription medicines. As a member of CCM, Ellington participates in this program as a member benefit. In Connecticut, over 800,000 residents are underinsured – they may have health insurance but have limited prescription plans or no prescription plan at all. The “Town of Ellington Prescription

Drug Discount Card” helps residents save money on their medications any time their prescription is not covered by insurance. This prescription discount card will provide immediate fiscal relief at the pharmacy counter for residents and offers the following features and benefits: Anyone can participate regardless of age or income; All prescription medications are covered, including pet prescriptions that are human-based and can be filled at a pharmacy; There is no cost to the municipality or to participating residents; Cost savings are on brand name and

ELLINGTON - Sparky’s Puppets will perform “Old Favorites” at the Hall Memorial Library on Tuesday, June 21 at 11 a.m. Mother Goose will introduce the stories and share some of her favorite rhymes. Watch Grandmother teach the wolf some manners in “Little Red Riding Hood”. Give “The Three Little Pigs” some building advice. See the hard-working “Little Red Hen” bake a loaf of bread. Meet “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” And help the little old lady who’s making a “Gingerbread Man” by giving her some make-believe ingredients ---

and a pinch of magic---for the cookie dough! Sparky’s Puppets have been dramatizing favorite children’s stories in schools and libraries throughout New England for over 35 years. Each show features colorful hand puppets, lively humor and plenty of audience participation. Free tickets will be available beginning June 13 at the Children’s Circulation Desk, upstairs in the library. For more information call the library at 860-870-3160 or go to the library’s website:

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generics medications. Generic prescriptions offer the highest savings; There are over 63,000 participating pharmacies nationwide, including CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Stop and Shop, and Big Y, and many local pharmacies; Discounts are also offered on other medical services including vision, hearing and Lasik services. “CCM really stepped up to the table on this issue,” said Ellington’s First Selectman Lori L. Spielman. “Many families are struggling and even some families with health insurance may not have all their prescriptions covered. This is a clear win for Ellington residents.” “CCM is pleased to offer this valuable community service to the Town of Ellington,” said CCM’s Shari Fiveash. “This program will help residents save money on their medications, plus there are vision and hearing services discounts available as well that have discounted exams, frames, lenses, and

hearing aid devices.” Each residence in Ellington will soon receive a “Town of Ellington Prescription Discount Card” by direct mail which they may use at any participating retail pharmacy. Cards may be used by all town residents regardless of age, income or existing health coverage.  There are no enrollment forms, membership fees, restrictions or limits on frequency of use for residents. Cardholders and their family members are encouraged to use the cards any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance. Cards can also be printed by visiting after the cards have mailed and by selecting Town of Ellington from the drop-down menu.  The website also contains a “Learn the Perks of the Card” where a resident can locate a participating pharmacy, comparison shop their medication, and find the information on the discounts that are also available on vision, hearing and LASIK services.

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SOUTH WINDSOR – When the cyclists on Team Saint Francis Care suit up in their team jerseys and head out for the 2016 Bike MS Praxair Off The Chain Ride this June, one thing is for sure – there will be passion in each push of their pedals. “As soon as a very close loved one was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004, I paired my love for cycling with the MS cause by registering for Bike MS,” shared Jeffrey Moss, a physician assistant with Saint Francis. “I’ve loved to ride ever since my grandparents gave me my first 10-speed bike when I was 13. I guess you could say Bike MS was a natural fit.” For a few years, Moss rode alone, driven solely by his passion to help find a cure for MS, a potentially debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. In fact, it wasn’t until Moss shared his cycling journey at the hospital that coworkers gained interest in the ride, and in 2009, Moss met his match in a registered nurse and colleague named Jae Lorenzet of Ellington. “Jae is the organizer of Team Saint Francis Care,” Moss said proudly, noting that Lorenzet will never be the first to take credit for getting the team together year after year. “He keeps all the lists, sends all the emails, and handles all the coordination that goes into organizing a team of colleagues.” Lorenzet, too, is a dedicated cyclist, who shared that

he’s been participating in charity cycling events since the 80s, when he remembers asking people to sponsor him at 5 cents a mile. “I rode a lot when I was younger, and then took a long hiatus from cycling events,” shared the 57-yearold Lorenzet. “I got to know Jeff through working together in the surgical ICU at Saint Francis in Hartford for the last decade. Once I heard about his passion for cycling and his connection to multiple sclerosis, I knew I could get on board with the Bike MS ride.” The two co-captain the Saint Francis Care Bike MS cycling team, which at its peak, had 33 riders and raised more than $6,000 in a single year. “The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s Bike MS ride is by far the best supported event I’ve experienced,” said Moss, with Lorenzet quick to agree. “The event is organized, the routes are clearly marked, the entertainment and food at the finish line are great. And, it’s a great opportunity for us to foster a sense of camaraderie and togetherness outside of work. After the ride, our team has our own tent, we share a few beers and talk about how we all did.” This year, Team St. Francis Care joined hundreds of cyclists for the 2016 Bike MS Praxair Off The Chain Ride, presented by Griffin Industrial Realty and Louis Dreyfus Company, Sunday, June 5, at Griffin Center

St. Francis Care Employees team was co-captained by Jeffrey Moss, of South Windsor, left, and Jae Lorenzet, of Ellington.

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ENFIELD – The town’s tax rate will go up by just under 1 mill, following the adoption of a $129,024,113 budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year by the Town Council.

The mill rate was set at 30.86, an increase of 0.97 mills. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The budget passed 9-1, with Councilman William Edgar Jr. opposed,

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ENFIELD - For more information or to register contact the Enfield Recreation Department at 860.253.6420 or visit them on the web at The Recreation Office is located at 19 North Main St. with hours of operation Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning Of Summer Bash In celebration of summer vacation the Enfield Recreation Department will be hosting a pool party at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center on Friday, June 24, 1 – 5 p.m. for this free event. Activities will include open swim, an inflatable waterslide, music with DJ Tim, raffle prizes, cotton candy and popcorn. All regular pool rules apply. Anyone going in the pool must be swim tested before being allowed to swim. The pool will be open at 12 p.m. It is strongly recommended that you arrive at the pool between 12-1 p.m. so you can be swim tested before the event starts. No pre-registration is required. This event is for Enfield residents only. Field Hockey Camps Two field hockey camps will be held

this summer. These camps will introduce and teach the basic skills of field hockey including stick and ball handling, passing, receiving, shots and game rules. The camp will focus on skills and drills. The camp for youth entering grades 3 – 5 will be held Monday – Friday, July 18 – 22. The camp for youth entering grades 6 – 8 will be held Monday – Friday, July 25 – 29. Both camps will be held 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Fermi High School fields. Camp fee is $30 for residents / $37.50 for nonresidents. Pre-registration is required for this program. Registration can be done online or in person at the Recreation office. Summer Sunshine Program A great introduction to a “camp type” setting, your child will never be bored with this program! Summer Sunshine is designed specifically for children ages 3 - 6 years old. Activities include crafts, games, sports and more. With limited space, your child will have a lot of oneon-one attention. The program is held Tuesday Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting in

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ENFIELD - State Sen. John A. Kissel was nominated unanimously for re-election for Connecticut’s 7th Senate District during a May 12 convention held at Enfield Town Hall. “It is an honor to serve the people of the 7th District and I am as excited as ever to campaign and meet with constituents this spring, summer and fall,” Kissel said. “At the state Capitol I have been a strong advocate for north-central Connecticut residents. I will fight for structural change in the budgeting process so there is predictability for state businesses, work for a real spending and bonding cap and fight against reduced municipal aid that just shifts the tax burden to towns. If the voters send me back to Hartford I will continue to work tirelessly on their behalf.” Kissel said that his “Senator On Your Sidewalk” events, which he holds outside of local supermarkets and pharmacies, have been an effective way for him

to stay connected with taxpayers and to hear their concerns. “These outreach events, I feel, have made me a better legislator,” Kissel said. “I hear from constituents informally, and we talk at length one on one. I take their ideas with me to Hartford. I enjoy helping the people of my district and doing all I can to help improve the quality of life for everyone in our region.” Kissel, a chief deputy minority leader, is currently serving his 12th term representing the people of East Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor Locks and portions of Granby and Windsor. He is the Senate’s ranking member on the committees on Judiciary and Program Review and Investigations. He also serves on the General Law and Appropriations committees. Kissel, a lifelong resident of the district, is married to his wife Cindy and has two sons, Nathaniel and Tristan.

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ENFIELD – Parkway Pavilion Healthcare celebrated their 42nd Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon during Nursing Home Week on May 11, 2016. This year’s Nursing Home Week theme was The Fabulous Fifties. Parkway Pavilion’s dining room was transformed into a 50’s diner and guests were served “blue plate special”. Diane Sokol, Parkway Pavilion recreation director, welcomed the volunteers, stating, “This day is a tribute to all of you, the special people that you are, and the fabulous things that you do here to make Happy Days for all of us.” Milestone service awards were presented to volunteers for providing a variety of activities that include weekly pet visits to exercise groups, “Betty Crocker” volunteers help with birthday cakes and home baked cookies and desserts for the residents. Entertainment with songs of yester year and games like “Name that Tune” and the opportunity to dance as if they were “At the Hop”. The garden therapy program began 36 years ago; volunteers

DeSantis and Kelly Sutter for 15 years of service. Ten-year service awards were presented to Father John Weaver, Rev. John Morgans and Diana Simmons; Mae Sullivan and Tom Connor for five years and two-year service awards were presented to Marie Pyznar, Luanne Labak, Cassandra Swift, Linda Smith and Eric Bowen.

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ENFIELD - The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union (TVTFCU) is pleased to announce the recipient of their 2016 Scholarship Award. Congratulations to TVTFCU member, Rachele Lajoie of Enrico Fermi High School in Enfield, who received an award of $500. After graduation Rachele will continue her education in the field of Biochemistry. “TVTFCU is dedicated to encouraging our youth members to continue their education and achieving their goals. Our congratulations go out to Rachele. All of us the credit union wish her the best of luck.” said Myrijam Meserve, Manager and CEO of the Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union.

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SOMERS - Somers Barber Shop recently opened at 48 South Road in Somers. Owner Ben St. Pierre worked 5-6 years in several area barber shops and took a leap of faith when he decided it was time to open his own traditional old world men’s barber shop with a clean modern feel. Ben provides a hot lather. straight razor shave along with the traditional hot towel finish. Somers Barber Shop opens 8 a.m. to cater to a wider clientel base and closes 6 p.m. Prices are very reasonable with men’s cuts for $15, Seniors and Kids $12. He also gives a Military Discount. The shop has fourchairs and Ben is looking for one to three more licensed barbers to hire as business flourishes. Call (860) 810-5014 for an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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ENFIELD - Allied Car Detailing Services is beginning its fourth year of operation. The time for spring cleaning your car is here, and the participants at Allied Rehab Centers in Enfield are ready to make the inside of your car look brand new. Weekday appointments must be made

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Hardtop vs. Cloth-top Convertibles: the Pros and Cons By Keith Griffin

There’s nothing more thrilling than dropping the top of a convertible on a beautiful sunny day and hitting the open road. Like all fun things automotive, though, there is a major consideration when it comes to convertible tops, especially in arid climates like Las Vegas: should you have a hardtop or cloth-top convertible? It’s an issue best left to the experts and there’s probably few people on earth who know this issue better than Doug Haartz, international sales manager and customer service manager for The Haartz Corporation, a world leader in highly engineered and uniquely designed convertible toppings and interior surface materials. OK, so that may sound like hyperbole, but it isn’t. The Haartz Corporation works with every automobile manufacturer worldwide on design, technical and color. Doug’s family has been doing so since 1907. A walking encyclopedia on all things convertible, Haartz explained that materials today are made with various types of yarns systems that incorporate the best available technology from UV reflective technology to fade resistance and longevity of extended periods of use. Soft fabric roofs today are built to

last through the rigors of daily use, in all possible climates and conditions. “From the daily driver in extreme northern climates, to the sun drenched environment of the Southwestern USA, soft tops are expected to perform as well as their coupe/sedan siblings in all situations,” said Haartz, who works out of the company’s North American headquarters in Acton, Mass. He added some more clarification. “Cloth tops today are designed to withstand the rigors of the environment. Testing is done in all kinds of extreme conditions from artic to subtropical to desert. Stringent requirements are built into the soft-top fabric so that no matter what car company or region of the world is considered, performance is assured,” he said. One positive Haartz sees to cloth-top convertibles – and it’s something often overlooked by buyers – is trunk space. The roof of a hardtop convertible requires more space for storage when in the open position. In some convertibles it’s not possible to store more than an overnight bag. You can forget golf clubs and luggage in some hardtop models. Haartz does identify one problem with soft tops but I put this one square on the owner. A perceived detraction from soft tops, he said, are that they are

hard to keep clean, look worn and need to be replaced often. A well cared for soft top will last as long as the car. That means owners need to follow the guidelines for the care of their convertibles. Are they easy to care for? No, but it’s worth the investment in time and materials to do so. Again, it’s important to point out that Doug Haartz makes his living from softtop convertibles. Here’s what he has to say about hardtops. “Soft tops offer more options for individuality, are as

safe as the retractable hard tops, … and typically will cost less to develop and manufacture than their retractable hard top counterparts,” he said. Amidst his thoughts was the statement that cloth-tops are as safe as hard tops. How can that be? Roll bars that sense when a convertible is going wheels up. They’ll pop instantly because all roofs, regardless of composition, have to provide the same rollover protection.


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June 20—August 12, 2016 All you have to do is sign up beginning June 20. You You will receive a reading log ĂŶĚĂŬŵĂƌŬ͘<ĞĞƉƚƌĂĐŬŽĨƚŚĞůŝďƌĂƌLJŬƐLJŽƵŚĂǀĞƌĞĂĚ͕ŽƌLJŽƵƌƟŵĞ spent reading, in your reading log and bring it with you when you visit the ůŝďƌĂƌLJ͘ĂĐŚǁĞĞŬƚŚĂƚLJŽƵǀŝƐŝƚƚŚĞůŝďƌĂƌLJ͕LJŽƵ͛ůůƌĞĐĞŝǀĞĂƌĞĂĚŝŶŐŝŶĐĞŶƟǀĞ ĂŶĚƌĂŋĞƟĐŬĞƚƐĨŽƌǁŽŶĚĞƌĨƵůƉƌŝnjĞƐ͘tĞǁŝůůŚĂǀĞƚǁŽƌĂŋĞƐƚŚŝƐLJĞĂƌͲ Friday, July 15 and Friday, August 12. Programs sponsored by the Friends Friends of the Somers Public Librar Libraryy and the Library ŽĂƌĚ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚƌĂƟŽŶĨŽƌĞĂĐŚƉƌŽŐƌĂŵďĞŐŝŶƐŽŶĞǁĞĞŬƉƌŝŽƌƚŽƚŚĞĞǀĞŶƚ͘

Wonderful Ones^ƚŽƌLJƟŵĞĨŽƌϭϮͲϮϰŵŽŶƚŚƐǁŝƚŚƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ Mondays, June 20 – August 8, 10:30 a.m. ^ƚŽƌŝĞƐ͕ĮŶŐĞƌƉůĂLJƐ͕ŵƵƐŝĐΘ ŵŽǀĞŵĞŶƚ͘WƌŽŐƌĂŵůĞŶŐƚŚ͗ϮϱŵŝŶƵƚĞƐƉůƵƐŽƉƟŽŶĂůƉůĂLJƟŵĞ͘EŽĐůĂƐƐŽŶ Monday, July 4. Register for this seven week session beginning June 6.

&ĂŵŝůLJDŽǀŝĞDĂƟŶĞĞ Monday, June 20, 2:00 p.m. tĞǁŝůůƐŚŽǁƚŚĞŶĞǁŵŽǀŝĞŽŽƚŽƉŝĂ. Rated: Monday, W'͖ϭϭϭŵŝŶƵƚĞƐ͘EŽƌĞŐŝƐƚƌĂƟŽŶƌĞƋƵŝƌĞĚ͘ŚŝůĚƌĞŶƵŶĚĞƌϭϮŵƵƐƚďĞ accompanied by an adult. Popcorn for the kids!

“Brain Circus” ƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĞĚďLJDĂƌǀĞůŽƵƐDĂƌǀŝŶ Tuesday uesday,, June 21, 6:00 p.m. Let’s learn about keeping our brains healthy through exercise and reading. Then we will join the circus and learn how to ũƵŐŐůĞ͕ƐƉŝŶƉůĂƚĞƐ͕ŚƵůĂŚŽŽƉ͕ƌŚLJƚŚŵƐƟĐŬƐĂŶĚŵŽƌĞ͊&ŽƌĂŐĞƐϰΘƵƉ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌ for this event beginning June 14.

ŽůŽƌĨƵů^ŶĂŝůƐǁŝƚŚ:ƵŵƉŝŶŐůĂLJ Wednesday ednesday,, June 22, 2:30 p.m. &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϱΘƵƉ͘:ŽŝŶŝŵĞ͕ĨƌŽŵ:ƵŵƉͲ ŝŶŐůĂLJ͕ƚŽŵŽůĚĂŶĚƐĐƵůƉƚLJŽƵƌǀĞƌLJŽǁŶƐŶĂŝů͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƚŚŝƐĞǀĞŶƚ beginning June 15.

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Demo Class Thursday, June 23, 10:30 -11:00 a.m. Join instructors, from My Gym of Thursday, ŶĮĞůĚ͕ĨŽƌŵŽǀĞŵĞŶƚ͕ĚĂŶĐŝŶŐĂŶĚŽƚŚĞƌƉŚLJƐŝĐĂůĂĐƟǀŝƟĞƐĚĞƐŝŐŶĞĚƚŽ ĚĞǀĞůŽƉĞĂƌůLJƐŽĐŝĂůƐŬŝůůƐĂŶĚŵŽďŝůŝƚLJ͘&ŽƌĂŐĞƐϯͲϱ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƚŚŝƐĞǀĞŶƚ beginning June 16.

ŶŝŵĂůƐĂƌĞƚŚůĞƚĞƐ͊^ƚŽƌLJƟŵĞΘƌĂŌ Friday riday,, June 24, 10:30-11:15 a.m. &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϮͲϱ͘>Ğƚ ͛ƐŚŽƉ͕ƌƵŶ͕ũƵŵƉĂŶĚ ƐǁŝŵůŝŬĞƚŚĞĂŶŝŵĂůƐǁŝƚŚƐƚŽƌŝĞƐ͕ƐŽŶŐƐĂŶĚĂĐƌĂŌ͘DĞĞƚĂƌĞĂůďƵŶŶLJŽƌ two. Register for this event beginning June 17.

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Vehicle Day! Wednesday ednesday,, June 29, 10:30-12:00 p.m. All ages are invited to our big truck ĞǀĞŶƚ͘ŽŵĞĂŶĚƐĞĞĂĮƌĞƚƌƵĐŬ͕ĂŶĂŵďƵůĂŶĐĞ͕ĂƉůŽǁƚƌƵĐŬ͕ĂůŽĂĚĞƌ͕Ă ƐĐŚŽŽůďƵƐ͕ĂŶŝĐĞĐƌĞĂŵƚƌƵĐŬĂŶĚŵĂŶLJŵŽƌĞ͘ƌŽƉͲŝŶ͘

ŽŶŶĞĐƟĐƵƚ/ŶǀĞŶƚƐ͊ WƌĞƐĞŶƚĞĚďLJDƵƐĞƵŵŽĨŽŶŶĞĐƟĐƵƚ,ŝƐƚŽƌLJ Thursday,, June 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. &ŽƌŬŝĚƐĞŶƚĞƌŝŶŐŐƌĂĚĞƐϯ͕ϰΘϱ͘WĂƌͲ Thursday ƟĐŝƉĂŶƚƐŝŶƚŚĞƉƌŽŐƌĂŵǁŝůůůĞĂƌŶĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞŐƌĞĂƚǀĂƌŝĞƚLJŽĨƉƌŽĚƵĐƚƐƚŚĂƚ ŐŽƚƚŚĞŝƌƐƚĂƌƚƌŝŐŚƚŚĞƌĞŝŶŽŶŶĞĐƟĐƵƚ͘,ĂŶĚƐŽŶĂĐƟǀŝƟĞƐǁŝůůďƌŝŶŐŽƵƚƚŚĞ inventor in everyone. Register for this event beginning June 23.

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Tuesday uesday,, July 5, 6:00 p.m. tĞǁŝůůƐŚŽǁƚŚĞŶĞǁŵŽǀŝĞKung Fu Panda 3. ZĂƚĞĚ͗W'͖ϵϱŵŝŶƵƚĞƐ͘EŽƌĞŐŝƐƚƌĂƟŽŶƌĞƋƵŝƌĞĚ͘ŚŝůĚƌĞŶƵŶĚĞƌϭϮŵƵƐƚďĞ accompanied by an adult. Popcorn for the kids!

Wednesday ednesday,, July 27, 1:30-2:30 p.m. &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϲΘ ƵƉ͘:ŽŝŶĐĞƌƟĮĞĚŝŶƐƚƌƵĐƚŽƌ͕>ŝƐĂ<Ăƚnj͕ĨŽƌĂĨƵŶLJŽŐĂ ĐůĂƐƐƚŚĂƚƚĞĂĐŚĞƐďĂƐŝĐŵŽǀĞŵĞŶƚ͕ƌĞůĂdžĂƟŽŶ͕ ĂŶĚŵĞĚŝƚĂƟŽŶ͘WůĞĂƐĞǁĞĂƌĐŽŵĨŽƌƚĂďůĞĐůŽƚŚĞƐ͘ Register for this event beginning July 20.

sŝƐŝƚǁŝƚŚůƉĂĐĂƐĨƌŽŵůĞĂƌDŽƵŶƚĂŝŶůƉĂĐĂƐ Wednesday ednesday,, July 6, 10:30 a.m. ŽŵĞĂŶĚŵĞĞƚĂŶĂůƉĂĐĂŽƌƚǁŽĂŶĚůĞĂƌŶ ƐŽŵĞŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƟŶŐĨĂĐƚƐĂďŽƵƚƚŚŝƐǁŽŶĚĞƌĨƵůĂŶŝŵĂůĨƌŽŵƚŚĞ'ĂƌƌŽǁĨĂŵŝůLJ͘ &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϯΘƵƉ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƚŚŝƐĞǀĞŶƚďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ:ƵŶĞϮϵ͘ DƵƐŝĐdŽŐĞƚŚĞƌǁŝƚŚ:ĂŶĞZŽĞƚƐ Thursday, July 7, 10:30 a.m. Join Jane Roets, Director of Arts from the Thursday, ,ĞĂƌƚŝŶůůŝŶŐƚŽŶĂƐƐŚĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚƐĂĨƵŶŵƵƐŝĐĂůŵŽƌŶŝŶŐĨŽƌƉĂƌĞŶƚƐĂŶĚ children ages birth to 5. Register for this event beginning June 30.

^ƋƵĞĂŬLJ^ŶĞĂŬĞƌƐ͊^ƚŽƌLJƟŵĞΘƌĂŌ Friday riday,, July 8, 10:30-11:15 a.m. &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϮͲϱ͘KůĚ ƐŚŽĞ͕ŶĞǁƐŚŽĞƐ͕ƌĞĚƐŚŽĞƐ͕ďůƵĞƐƐŚŽĞƐ͊tŚŝĐŚƐŚŽĞƐ ĂƌĞLJŽƵƌƐŚŽĞƐ͍:ŽŝŶƵƐĨŽƌƐƚŽƌŝĞƐ͕ƐŽŶŐƐĂŶĚĂĐƌĂŌ͘ Register for this event beginning July 1.

ĂŶĐŝŶ͛ǁŝƚŚ,ŽŽƉƐǁŝƚŚ:ƵĚŝŶŶ:ŽŶĞƐ Tuesday uesday,, July 12, 6:00 p.m. ŚŝůĚƌĞŶĂŐĞƐϰͲϭϮĂƌĞŝŶǀŝƚĞĚƚŽĂŵƵƐŝĐĂů ŝŶƚĞƌĂĐƟǀĞ,ŽŽƉĂŶĐŝŶŐƉƌŽŐƌĂŵ͘ƵƐƚŽŵŚƵůĂŚŽŽƉƐǁŝůůďĞĂǀĂŝůĂďůĞĨŽƌ use. Register for this event beginning July 5.

'ĞƚŝŶƚŚĞ'ĂŵĞ͗KůLJŵƉŝĐ'ĂŵĞƐ Wednesday ednesday,, August 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m. &ŽƌŬŝĚƐĞŶƚĞƌŝŶŐŐƌĂĚĞƐϯΘƵƉ͘ ŽŵĞĂŶĚĐŽŵƉĞƚĞŝŶĂǀĂƌŝĞƚLJŽĨKůLJŵƉŝĐĐŚĂůůĞŶŐĞƐƚŽŬŝĐŬŽīƚŚĞƐƚĂƌƚ ŽĨƚŚĞ^ƵŵŵĞƌKůLJŵƉŝĐƐ͊WƌŝnjĞƐ͕ƐŶĂĐŬƐĂŶĚŵŽƌĞ͊ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƚŚŝƐĞǀĞŶƚ beginning July 27.

͞WŽǁĞƌΘŶĞƌŐLJ͟^ŚŽǁƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĞĚďLJ^ĐŝĞŶĐĞƚĞůůĞƌƐ Thursday, August 4, 2:30 p.m. Join Sciencetellers as they make things Thursday, ŇLJ͕ďŽƵŶĐĞ͕ƚƌĂŶƐĨŽƌŵĂŶĚƐŽĂƌǁŚŝůĞƚĞůůŝŶŐĂƐĞƌŝĞƐŽĨƐƚŽƌŝĞƐďŽƵŶĚƚŽ ĞŶĞƌŐŝnjĞĂŶĚĞŶŐĂŐĞ͊dŚƌŽǁŽŶLJŽƵƌůĂďĐŽĂƚĂŶĚďƵĐŬůĞŝŶ͊&ŽƌĂŐĞƐϰΘƵƉ͘ Register for this event beginning July 28.

KůLJŵƉŝĐŽůŽƌƐ͊^ƚŽƌLJƟŵĞΘƌĂŌ Friday riday,, August 5, 10:30-11:15 a.m. &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϮͲϱ͘>Ğƚ ͛ƐĞdžƉůŽƌĞŽƵƌĐŽůŽƌƐĂŶĚ ĐĞůĞďƌĂƚĞƚŚĞ^ƵŵŵĞƌKůLJŵƉŝĐƐǁŝƚŚƐƚŽƌŝĞƐ͕ƐŽŶŐƐĂŶĚĂĐƌĂŌ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌ this event beginning July 29.



Wednesday ednesday,, July 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m. tĞŚĂǀĞǁĂƚĐŚĞĚŽƵƌďƵƩĞƌŇŝĞƐ ŚĂƚĐŚΘŶŽǁŝƚ ͛ƐƟŵĞƚŽƐĞĞƚŚĞŵŇLJ͊tĞǁŝůůƌĞĂĚĂƐƚŽƌLJ͕ŵĂŬĞĂĐƌĂŌĂŶĚ ƌĞůĞĂƐĞŽƵƌďƵƩĞƌŇŝĞƐŽƵƚƐŝĚĞ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƚŚŝƐĞǀĞŶƚďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ:ƵůLJϲ͘

Saturday,, August 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday &ŽƌŐƌĂĚĞƐ<Ͳϰ͘ŚŝůĚƌĞŶĐĂŶĐŚŽŽƐĞĂƐƚŽƌLJƚŽƌĞĂĚƚŽĂĨƵƌƌLJĨƌŝĞŶĚŝŶĂ ƌĞůĂdžĞĚ͕͞ĚŽŐͲĨƌŝĞŶĚůLJ͟ĂƚŵŽƐƉŚĞƌĞ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƚŚŝƐĞǀĞŶƚďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ:ƵůLJϯϬ͘



Thursday,, July 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m. &ŽƌŬŝĚƐĞŶƚĞƌŝŶŐŐƌĂĚĞϯΘƵƉ͘ŽŵĞ Thursday and compete in a variety of library challenges and see what it ’s like to be ŝŶƚŚĞůŝďƌĂƌŝĂŶ͛ƐƐŚŽĞƐ͊WƌŝnjĞƐ͕ƐŶĂĐŬƐĂŶĚŵŽƌĞ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƚŚŝƐĞǀĞŶƚ beginning July 7.

ZŽƵŶĚĂŶĚZŽƵŶĚtĞ'Ž͊^ƚŽƌLJƟŵĞΘƌĂŌ Friday riday,, July 15, 10:30-11:15 a.m. &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϮͲϱ͘dƌƵĐŬƐ͕ƉůĂŶĞƐ͕ĐĂƌƐĂŶĚ ƚƌĂŝŶƐ͘͘͘ƚŚŝŶŐƐƚŚĂƚŐŽ͊:ŽŝŶƵƐĨŽƌƐƚŽƌŝĞƐ͕ƐŽŶŐƐĂŶĚĂĐƌĂŌ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƚŚŝƐ event beginning July 8.

Get in the Game: Food Games Wednesday ednesday,, July 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. &ŽƌŬŝĚƐĞŶƚĞƌŝŶŐŐƌĂĚĞϯΘƵƉ͘ŽŵĞ ĂŶĚĐŽŵƉĞƚĞŝŶĂǀĂƌŝĞƚLJŽĨĨŽŽĚƌĞůĂƚĞĚĐŚĂůůĞŶŐĞƐ͘WƌŝnjĞƐ͕ƐŶĂĐŬƐĂŶĚŵŽƌĞ͘ Register for this event beginning July 13.

ƵŵďĂĨŽƌ<ŝĚƐ͊ Thursday, July 21, 3:30 p.m. &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϱͲϭϬ͘:ŽŝŶĞď͕ĨƌŽŵĂŶĐĞŵŽƌĞ Thursday, ŽĨŶĮĞůĚ͕ĨŽƌĂĨƵŶĂŶĚĞŶĞƌŐĞƟĐƵŵďĂĮƚŶĞƐƐƉƌŽŐƌĂŵ͘WůĞĂƐĞǁĞĂƌ ĐŽŵĨŽƌƚĂďůĞĐůŽƚŚĞƐ͕ƐƵƉƉŽƌƟǀĞƐŚŽĞƐĂŶĚďƌŝŶŐĂǁĂƚĞƌďŽƩůĞ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌ this event beginning July 14.

Tuesday uesday,, August 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϯΘƵƉ͘ŽŵĞŝŶLJŽƵƌƉĂũĂŵĂƐ ĨŽƌĂŶŝŐŚƚŽĨĐĂŵƉĮƌĞƐƚŽƌŝĞƐ͕ƐŽŶŐƐ͕ĂĐƟǀŝƟĞƐĂŶĚĂĐƌĂŌ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƚŚŝƐ event beginning August 2.

Get in the Game: Chocolate Games Wednesday ednesday,, August 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m. &ŽƌŬŝĚƐĞŶƚĞƌŝŶŐŐƌĂĚĞƐϯΘƵƉ͘ ŽŵĞĂŶĚĐŽŵƉĞƚĞŝŶĂǀĂƌŝĞƚLJŽĨĚĞůŝĐŝŽƵƐĐŚŽĐŽůĂƚĞĐŚĂůůĞŶŐĞƐ͘WƌŝnjĞƐ͕ snacks and more. Register for this event beginning August 3.

Birds of Prey ǁŝƚŚdŽŵZŝĐĂƌĚŝ Thursday, August 11, 6:00 p.m. ŽŵĞĂŶĚŵĞĞƚƐŽŵĞůŝǀĞďŝƌĚƐŽĨƉƌĞLJǁŝƚŚ Thursday, dŽŵZŝĐĂƌĚŝĨƌŽŵƚŚĞDĂƐƐĂĐŚƵƐĞƩƐŝƌĚŽĨWƌĞLJZĞŚĂďŝůŝƚĂƟŽŶ&ĂĐŝůŝƚLJ͘&Žƌ ĂŐĞƐϯΘƵƉ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƚŚŝƐĞǀĞŶƚďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐƵŐƵƐƚϯ͘ DŽǀĞΘ'ƌŽŽǀĞ͊^ƚŽƌLJƟŵĞΘƌĂŌ Friday riday,, August 12, 10:30-11:15 a.m. &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϮͲϱ͘WƵƚŽŶLJŽƵƌĚĂŶĐŝŶŐƐŚŽĞƐĂŶĚŐĞƚƌĞĂĚLJƚŽŐŝĞ͊^ƚŽƌŝĞƐ͕ ƐŽŶŐƐĂŶĚĂĐƌĂŌ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƚŚŝƐĞǀĞŶƚďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐƵŐƵƐƚϱ͘

WůĂLJĂůů͊^ƚŽƌLJƟŵĞΘƌĂŌ Friday riday,, July 22, 10:30-11:15 a.m. &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϯͲϱ͘/ƚ ͛ƐĂƐƉŽƌƚLJŬŝŶĚŽĨĚĂLJǁŝƚŚ ƐƚŽƌŝĞƐ͕ƐŽŶŐƐĂŶĚĂĐƌĂŌ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƚŚŝƐĞǀĞŶƚďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ:ƵůLJϭϱ͘

Kid’s Bingo! Tuesday uesday,, July 26, 3:00-4:00 p.m. &ŽƌĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶŝŶŐƌĂĚĞƐϭͲϱ͘ŽŵĞĂŶĚƉůĂLJ /E'KĨŽƌƉƌŝnjĞƐ͊ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ:ƵůLJϭϵ͘

WĂƌĞŶƚΘŚŝůĚzŽŐĂ Wednesday ednesday,, July 27, 10:30-11:15 a.m. &ŽƌĂŐĞƐϮͲϱǁŝƚŚĂƉĂƌĞŶƚ͘:ŽŝŶ ĐĞƌƟĮĞĚŝŶƐƚƌƵĐƚŽƌ͕>ŝƐĂ<Ăƚnj͕ĨŽƌĂLJŽŐĂĐůĂƐƐĮůůĞĚǁŝƚŚŵƵƐŝĐ͕ŵŽǀĞŵĞŶƚ͕ ĐƌĞĂƟǀĞĂŶĚƉůĂLJĨƵůĞdžƉůŽƌĂƟŽŶ͕ŝŵĂŐŝŶĂƟŽŶĂŶĚĞŶĞƌŐLJ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌƚŚŝƐ event beginning July 20.

Teen Summer Reading

This summer 6th graders and up are invited to join our Teen Teen Summer Reading program Get in the Game: Read from June 20 – August 12. Teens Teens will read for a minimum of 90 minutes a week – that ’s less than 15 minutes a ĚĂLJ͊ZĞŐŝƐƚĞƌŽŶůŝŶĞ͕ƌĞĂĚĂŐƌĞĂƚŬ͕ŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐLJŽƵƌƌĞƋƵŝƌĞĚƐĐŚŽŽůƐƵŵͲ mer reading, stop into the library to record what you’ve read, and receive a ƌĂŋĞƟĐŬĞƚĨŽƌĂĐŚĂŶĐĞƚŽǁŝŶĂΨϮϱŐŝŌĐĂƌĚ͘WƌŝnjĞƐĚŽŶĂƚĞĚďLJƚŚĞ&ƌŝĞŶĚƐ of the Somers Library.

Residents on Average Could See $170 Increase in Taxes


By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — The average homeowner in town will see their property taxes go up $170 a year under the $31,396,041 budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year approved in a May 10 referendum. The vote was 226-113, The Board of Finance set the mill rate at 24.22, an increase of 0.85 mills. A mill presents $1 in tax for

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every $1,000 of assessed property value. For a homeowner with an assessed property value of $200,000, property taxes will be $4,844, an increase of $170 a year. “This represents the first mill rate increase since the 2013-2014 fiscal year,” the Board of Selectman wrote in its budget presentation. The spending plan is an increase of 2.28 percent or $699,938 over the current year’s budget.

The General Government budget includes $7,410,849, the same as the current budget; $22,014,859 for the Board of Education, an increase of $550,933 or 2.57 percent; $1,720,333, an increase of $99,005 or 6.11 percent; and $250,000 for capital projects, an increase of $50,000 or 25 percent. The increase in mill rate was attributed to a 2.31 percent reduction in projected tax revenues.

The victorious Somers Spartans celebrate their NCCC Championship after edging Granby Memorial 11-9 in Suffield. It is the Spartans first NCCC Championship since 2012. Steven Astone and Domenic Giachello led the scoring for the Spartans with three goals apiece.

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Somers Senior Center Offers Trips, Programs and Classes


SOMERS - The Somers Senior Center is located at 19 Battle Street in Somers, and can be contacted at 860-763-4379, found online at or on facebook under “Somers Senior Center”. Sign-up is required for all events. Call if not currently receiving the monthly newsletter! Join us for Lunch & Learn this month. On June 27 at 12 p.m., HomeCare Hands will provide lunch and tips on how to make family caregiving easier and more rewarding. On Friday June 17 at 1 p.m., join us for a screening of The Revenant. Come see what all the buzz was about with this highly acclaimed picture that earned Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar. This film is rated R. Popcorn will be served! On June 20 at 1 p.m., we will celebrate Father’s Day in a very magical way! David Reed-Brown has been dazzling and enlightening audiences as a professional magician since 1997. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Tickets are $2 each and on sale now. The Somers Senior Center’s David Gwilliam Mohegan Sun Casino bus trip will take place on Friday, July 22. You do not have to be a senior or a resident of Somers for this trip. Bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. from the Somers Senior Center and will return at approximately 5:30 p.m. Trip cost of $25 per person

includes round-trip deluxe motor coach, two $10 Gambling Vouchers, a $15 food voucher, and the driver’s gratuity. Non-refundable payment is due upon sign-up. We are heading to Foxwoods Casino to see the Texas Tenors on August 3. The package includes reserved seating in the Fox Theatre, round trip motor coach, driver gratuity plus the Foxwoods Bonus Package; free lunch buffet and $10 slot play. Cost is $87 per person. Sign up today to ensure you get the best seats. Open to all. A deposit of $60 pp is due by June 24 to join us for our Dec. 1 trip to New York City for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the world famous Rockettes! This is one of America’s favorite holiday traditions. Total cost of this trip is $122. Open to all. On Aug. 16, step aboard the elegant Beauport Princess and settle back for a cruise from one of New England’s most photogenic harbors; Gloucester, Mass. Sights will include Ten Pound Island Lighthouse, Fisherman’s Statue, Hammond Castle, and more. You will enjoy a buffet lunch while cruising in Gloucester Harbor. Also scheduled is an afternoon visit to Rockport, Mass., one of the oldest artisan colonies, for fun shopping in the many art galleries or to enjoy views of the harbor. Cost is $97 per person due upon sign up. Open to all. Sign up has begun!

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Qigong ($5 per class) meets on Fridays at 11 a.m. Chair Aerobics on Mondays and Thursdays at 10am free of charge (done with an instructional video). Bingo takes place on Thursdays from 12-3:30 pm. The Knitting Group meets on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and the Art Group meets Friday mornings from 9 am-12 p.m. Join us for a game of Pitch (Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m.), Pinochle (Tuesdays at 12:30), Wii Bowling or Dominoes (both held Wednesdays at 1 p.m.)

Church Summer Camp Offered

SOMERS - Local children, ages 4-10, are invited to join the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple Street, for Vacation Bible School. The program, focusing on a “Trek through the Proverbs and a safari and ‘hike’ up Mt. Kilimanjaro, will be held Tuesday, July 12 - Friday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Tuition is $25 for the week and that amount is fully refundable upon the child’s attendance on all four days. Registration forms can be obtained at the church office (call 860-749-7741 or email or they can be printed from the church web site (   All dates, time, events and prices are subject to change.

Somers Recreation Department presents the first ever

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Saturday, June 25 • 12:30pm four-person scramble format

The event includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, a buffet dinner with awards and prizes, as well as additional games and prizes offered throughout the day.

Visit the Somers Recreation Department’s website for more information and to register.

Cost is $110 per player Registration deadline is June 3. Proceeds support Somers Parks and Recreation. Sign up today to enjoy a fun Saturday in Somers and promote local Parks and Recreation.

Somers Fire Department Offers Recreation Safety Advice


SOMERS – Now that the warm weather has finally arrived, it’s time to get outside and get active. In Connecticut, that means exploring the state’s various trails and waterways. While it’s easy to think of local firefighters as the men and women who rush to the scene of burning buildings and car accidents, volunteer firefighters train to operate search and rescue incidents as well and are frequently called upon when hikers are stranded and boaters and swimmers are missing. With the hope of preventing the need for such rescue missions, the Somers Fire Department is sharing some basic trail and waterway safety information. “Getting outside on a beautiful warm, sunny day for a hike or a day on the water is a great way to spend time with

friends and family and make wonderful memories,” says Somers Fire Department Assistant Chief Gary Schiessl. “Yet, so often those memories quickly turn sad or even tragic when appropriate planning and proper precautions are ignored.” When it comes to hiking, the American Hiking Society offers advice that falls into three categories: • Packing: The American Hiking Society’s website offers a list of 10 essentials when going on a hike – it includes appropriate footwear, a map and compass or GPS, water, food, extra clothing, safety items (fire, light, whistle), first aid kit, knife, sunscreen, and a backpack. • Planning: Before leaving for a hike, let someone know where you are going

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and when you expect to return. Look at a map before starting out. • Stay “Found”: Know how to use maps, compasses, and GPS and pay attention to trails. Should you become lost, make sure others can find you. Don’t panic – if you have prepared for your trip, you have everything you need and someone will know to look for you. Don’t wander – unless you are in danger, stay put so rescuers can find you. On waterways, whether swimming or boating, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers the following advice: • Know how to swim; • Designate someone to watch swimmers – this should be an adult who can swim, knows CPR, and isn’t going to read, look at devices, or otherwise be distracted; • Avoid strong currents; • Wear life jackets; • Avoid alcohol while swimming, boating, and supervising children; • Take a boating safety course and • Know the weather forecast.

Volunteers Needed The Somers Fire Department is currently participating in Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state. Eighty percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers, and the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities, people willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever called upon. “The skills and experience gained as a volunteer firefighter are invaluable and have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others,” says Chief Fred Dudek, Everyday Hero CT program manager. “Those who join their local fire departments sign up for one of the most rewarding opportunities they’ll ever have.”Founded in 1937, the Somers Fire Department (SFD) serves the 11,500 people who live in its 28.5-square-mile community.

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Family Style Strawberry Supper

SOMERS - The highly popular family style strawberry supper held at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple Street, will be served on Saturday, June 18, with sittings at 5 and 6:15 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-10. Reservations should be made in advance by contacting the church at 860-749-7741 or emailing Take out orders will be available and those, too, should be reserved in advance so we're sure to prepare enough food for all. Menu includes baked ham, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans,

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ance and music skills on the final day in The Phantom of the Music Room, a humorous, melodramatic mystery. This 30-minute performance will be held at a local venue (TBA) on the evening of Friday, Aug. 12. It will be open to the public and free of charge. Those enrolled must be able to participate fully in the program and performance. Classes will be taught by Debi Salli, school music teacher and local musical theatre performer. Salli also plays and teaches guitar and piano, and holds a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in music. Enrollment will be taken on a firstcome basis until the class is filled. To enroll, go to the Village Players website at and follow the link on the home page. There are links for payment and to the registration form. Questions may be directed to or to 860-265-3342 (leave a message).

Bag & Tag Sale

All Saints Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youth Ministry is having a Bag & Tag Sale on Saturday, June 26, 2016, in the Parish Center building (28 School Street, Somersville, CT 06072) from 9:00 am-3:00 pm.

Come and fill a bag with clothing (adult and children) for $7. Some other items for sale will be: linens, toys (indoor and outdoor), books, video tapes/DVDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, CDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, women and menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accessories, shoes, jewelry, home items, framed artwork, bric-a-brac. For more information, call 860-7630348.

Handbags Worth $9000 Collected During Drive

SOMERS - The Somers Women's Club thanks all who contributed to their Mother's Day drive to collect handbags, toiletries, and personal hygiene items for women who need to take shelter at the Network Against Domestic Abuse. The response was overwhelming; the value of the total collection was estimated at over $9,000. Especially touching were notes of encouragement included in some of the 376 handbags. A special thank you is extended to the owners of the Somers Pharmacy, Keri Ann and Dave Guerette, and their employees for providing a location and assistance with this endeavor.

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Stafford Voters Approve Town Budget at First Referendum


STAFFORD — The town has a budget following the first referendum. Voters adopted a $39,917,234 budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year in a May 25 budget referendum. The budget is a 0.38 percent decrease over the current spending plan, but brings a 0.14 mill tax increase, due to the

decrease in state funding. The mill rate was set at 33.54. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The budget includes $9,927,311 for the Board of Selectman, a 2.24 percent decrease compared to the current spending plan; $534,435 for the public library, a 1 percent increase; $2,182,064 for debt

STAFFORD The Stafford Community Farmers’ Market (SCFM) is proud to announce the opening of their market on June 11, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will be open every Saturday until Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are located at the lovely John E. Julian Heritage Park on 3 Stafford St. (off of Route 190) in Stafford, which has open fields, a restored historic One Room School House, and a charming gazebo for live entertainment.

The SCFM is a non-profit, certified market with a great roster of regular and guest vendors offering fresh produce and items like local raw honey, jams, pottery, handcrafted items, plus much more. Each week will feature musical entertainment, with face painting, live animals and other fun educational attractions being offered throughout the season. The SCFM is committed to providing something for everyone.

STAFFORD - Free Lunch will be available 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at First United Methodist Church, 8 Church St., for children, youth and teens ages 0-18 and parents/guardians.

There are no qualifications necessary to receive these meals. All are welcome. The Stafford Summer Meal Program begins on Monday, June 20, 2016 and ends Friday, August 5, 2016 (closed Monday, July 4).

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they were heard. He also said residents were pleased with the efforts to keep taxes down. In 2014, the town voted down four budget proposals, Last year, the budget was approved after two referendums

STAFFORD - Kathy Bachiochi is running for state representative for the 52nd district, which is the towns of Stafford and Somers. She is retired from Stafford High School after teaching English for 41 years and was very active at the high school and in the community during that time. At the high school, for 36 years, she was a co-director of many three-act and one-act plays, children’s plays, Christmas plays, and musicals. She was also on many in-school and district committees and influenced the policies of

the district in many positive ways. In the community, she was chairman of the Arts Commission for 25 years. Since her retirement, she has joined the Stafford Historical Society, was a founding member of the Stafford Farmers’ Market, and helped in trying to save the Maple Grove, besides becoming an active participant in the Democratic Town Committee. Bachiochi has always loved politics and hopes to be elected in the fall so she can help shape the future of our towns and state.

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Flag Day June 14th

It’s time to decorate the town red, white and blue again and we couldn’t be more excited! Here at Paradiso Insurance we are proud to be Americans, and we’re not shy about it! Our brave men and women fight for our freedoms day in and day out. As we remember everyday that freedom is not free, we display our flag proudly in as many ways as we can. These colors don’t run, and we are grateful to be able to enjoy our freedoms. This year marks our 3rd annual Flag Day celebration as we aim to make our impact on the community bigger every year, and to do this we need you! From June 13th – 17th we will be giving out complimentary replacement flags, flag mounting kits, and flag day tee shirts! Stop in during regular business hours 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM to get yours! On June 14th, Flag Day, join uss ffor our Flag Day barbecue for food and soft drinks (11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)! information about our flag day celebrations visit For full infor Be sure to t use the hashtag #flagsfromparadisoins as you share photos of your flag from Paradiso across social media! We look forward to seeing you!

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Stafford Middle School Announces Honor Roll Students


STAFFORD - Jennifer Hoffman, Principal of Stafford Middle School announces the names of the following students who have achieved honor roll status for Term 5. HIGH HONORS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; GRADE 6 Arteaga, Zoila Barrette, Tyler Briggs, Logan Brothers, Ellie Davis, Derek Davis, Leah DeSantis-Raymond, Christopher Fagerquist, Samuel King, Samantha Langlois, Hailey Mangold, Jillian Meadows, Matthew Morris, Kennedy Puglisi, Kara Roethlein, Kay Sedor, Sabrina Stevens, Attley Thayer, Caitlyn Worthington, Megan Wytas, Dylan HONORS GRADE 6 Anderson, Jay Bean, Tommy Chasse, Ciara

Dean, Emma Dubicki, Makayla Duffy, Ryan Flynn, Thomas Forrest, Elizabeth Fuller, Kayla Grant, Cooper Gutierrez, Kalye Harvell, Cassandra Hodges, Ryan Inthisorn, Sonney Julian, Natalie Lovley, Michael Maloney, Jesse Minaya, Isaac Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil, Aine Pelletier, Kassidy Qureshi, Abdul Santiago, Ashley Suchecki, Rachel Trust, Jordan Yefko, Emily

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HONORS GRADE 7 Caron, Rebecca Fountain, Rose Garreffa, Gabriella Gray, Dominick Hartnett, Kevin Hatch, Emma Huertas, Anthonny Julian, Tristan Ledbetter, Jenna Lueckel, Naomi Marmol, Wenlin Milnes, Casey Misenheimer, Allison Moulton, Reis Olsen, Luke Pitts, Treena Powell, Brondon Raymond, Tehya Ricci, Joshua Sheerin, Kylie Sladek, Madison Utermarck, Ethan VanDyk, Kenneth Wilson, Ryan Worthington, Callie

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HARTFORD – Senator Tim Larson (D-East Hartford) today welcomed the news that two school districts in the 3rd Senatorial District are expected to see funding for improvement projects approved when the State Bond Commission meets next week. East Windsor and East Hartford are among 28 Connecticut school districts that are poised to share more than $21 million in funding through the Alliance Districts program for general improvements to school buildings. “I am grateful that the state is contin-

uing to make investments in the infrastructure of the schools in our district,” said Sen. Larson. “Education has always been one of my top priorities. I’m very pleased that East Windsor and East Hartford are receiving this funding, which will allow them to maintain their focus on educating our students, while also completing these necessary building improvements.” "This is a wonderful opportunity for the East Windsor community,” said Dr. Theresa Kane, Superintendent of the East Windsor School District. “The

funding will be used at the 65 year old Broad Brook Elementary School to renovate all the boys and girls lavatories, update the cafeteria kitchen, replace the heating system with an efficient gas furnace, replace lockers, update the security system in the main office, install replacement windows along the front of the building and make repairs to the remaining window mechanisms. These necessary updates would not be possible without this funding." The State Bond Commission is expected to award East Windsor with a

more than $817,000 grant-in-aid, while East Hartford is slated to receive $450,000. Projects eligible for the funding include improvements to windows, doors, boilers, heating and ventilation systems, communications/technology systems, lockers, floors, ceilings, restrooms, lighting, energy efficiency, entryways, driveways, parking areas, play areas, athletic fields, various equipment, roof repairs and installation or upgrade of security equipment.

ELLINGTON - State Representative Christopher Davis (R– Ellington) has announced his intentions to seek re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives for the 57th Assembly District, which includes Ellington and most of East Windsor. Rep. Davis was first elected to the State House to represent the 57th District in 2010, and currently serves as Assistant Republican Leader and Ranking Member of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee. He is also a member of the Energy & Technology and Housing Committees. Rep. Davis received the unanimous endorsement of the Republican Party at their nominating convention on May

16th at Ellington Town Hall. “I am truly humbled and grateful every day for the opportunity to represent the people of East Windsor and Ellington in the State House,” Davis said. “As our state continues to face fiscal crises in the years to come due to harmful policies coming out of Hartford, there is still more work to be done in order to continue to help make a better Connecticut, and I will continue to work hard to best represent the interests of the people of East Windsor and Ellington in Hartford.” Along with his role as the top ranking Republican on the legislature’s tax policy committee and his efforts to make Connecticut more affordable for resi-

dents and employers, Davis noted that he will continue his leading role in the bipartisan working group of legislators dedicated to helping find assistance for those residents affected with the crumbling foundation issue that is impacting

eastern Connecticut. Davis, who turns 30 in August, currently practices real estate in the Greater Hartford area, and resides in Ellington with his wife, Emily, and daughter, Evelyn.

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HARTFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Senator Tim Larson (D-East Hartford) applauded the State Attorney Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement that two Eastern Connecticut companies have agreed to stop selling material or product containing aggregate from Beckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quarry in Willington for use in residential concrete foundations until June of 2017. In a release to media, Attorney General George Jepsen said an ongoing investigation has yielded â&#x20AC;&#x153;sufficient evidence to conclude that significant levels of the mineral pyrrhotite in stone aggre-

gate used in production of concrete is a substantial contributing factor to the crumbling foundations experienced by some homeowners in Eastern Connecticut.â&#x20AC;? In the announcement, the Attorney General noted that aggregate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or crushed stone, sand and/or gravel that is combined with cement, water and sometimes other additives to produce concrete â&#x20AC;&#x201C; produced by Beckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quarry in Willington may contain pyrrhotite in significant levels. Out of caution, Jepsen said the

Joseph J. Mottes Company and Becker Construction Company have voluntarily agreed to stop selling the material for residential uses, pending the outcome of the investigation by the Attorney Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am glad we are beginning to see some of the fruits of the state Department of Consumer Protectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s labor,â&#x20AC;? said Sen. Larson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Residents have been dealing with this issue for months â&#x20AC;&#x201C; possibly years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and I am glad they are beginning to get some answers in the form of the Attorney Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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WILLIMANTIC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; On April 25, Eastern Connecticut State University inducted 43 psychology students into Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology. Among the inductees was Courtney Binkowski '18 of Ellington. Binkowski majors in Pre-Early Childhood Education and Psychology. Among the inductees was Madison LaRusso '17 of Enfield. LaRusso majors

in Psychology. Psi Chi's mission is to encourage excellence in scholarship and to foster the advancement of psychological science. Eastern students who are inducted into Psi Chi must declare a major or minor in psychology, have at least 12 credits of coursework in psychology and attain a 3.5 GPA in psychology and a 3.0 GPA overall.

KEENE, NH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; On Saturday, May 7, Keene State College's Commencement honored the graduating class of 2016. Kelly Egan of Somers graduated with a BS in Elementary Education. Allison Martin of Stafford Springs graduated

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SUFFIELD -- The tax rate will be going up 1.51 percent following the approval of the town budget at the May 11 Town Meeting. Residents approved the 61,632,624 budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year by voice vote. The spending plan brings an increase of $1,606,012 or 2.89 percent over the current budget. The mill rate has been set at 28.2, a 0.42 mill or 1.51 percent increase. A mill represents $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The taxes on a home with a

market value of $300,000 and an assessed value of $210,000 will be $5,922, an increase of $88. First Selectman Melissa Mack said she is really happy the budget passes, saying she feels it is a “reasonable, fiscally responsible budget.” The budget includes funding for a new police officer, a new records clerk for the Police Department, a fourth police sergeant and a part-time assistant finance director. The budget includes $34,230,243 for the Board of Education, an increase of $525,918 or 1.56 percent;

$2,584,175 for debt service, a decrease of $94,600 or 3.53 percent; $4,239,856 for capital expenditures, an increase of $942,697 or 28.59 percent; $360,000 for contingency, unchanged; $548,598 for transfer to OPEB (other post-employment benefits), a decrease of $134,447 or 19.68 percent; $250,000 for transfer to open space fund, an increase of $150,000 or 150 percent; and $15,044,798 for general government operations, an increase of $216,444 or 1.46 percent.

Windsor Federal Announces Suffield Branch Manager Appointment

SUFFIELD - Tracy Bleiler, a 20-yearbanking veteran, has been appointed as branch manager at the newest Windsor Federal Savings office, located in Suffield. “Tracy has a wealth of experience and banking knowledge that will be invaluable to our customers in Suffield” noted George Hermann, President and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings. He continued: “just as important as Tracy’s knowledge is the approach that she takes with our customers: providing a friendly, pleasant banking experience where our customers are treated with the utmost

respect. Our customers are why we’re in business, and Tracy and her team – and all of our employees – make them our number one priority.” Bleiler says she loves community banking, and is in a great location: “I love helping customers and, together with our team, making sure we make them feel welcome, and provide them with outstanding service”. She continued: “Any member of our branch team can answer questions and provide service on just about any topic: loans, deposits, business-related questions, even mortgages. We’re truly a full-ser-

vice branch.” With over 20 years in banking, Bleiler has held positions of increasing responsibility, at banks of varying sizes. As branch manager in Suffield, she and her team will be actively involved in community events, including the Suffield Chamber of Commerce, where Windsor Federal is now a member. The Suffield branch, which officially opened for business in April, is a full service bank offering free checking, free online banking, free mobile banking and check capture, and a variety of business services including free business check-

ing, remote deposit capture, as well as loan products for both residential mortgages and business loans. The new branch is energy-efficient with LED lighting, features a special “tech table” for a personal banking experience, and also has a drive-up lane, including a drive-up, image-enabled ATM. The lobby and drive-up lane is open Monday – Wednesday 8 to 5; Thursday 8 to 6 and Friday 8 to 5; and Saturdays 8 to 12. The Suffield branch is located at 112 Mountain Road, and can be reached at 860.668.0700.

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WINDSOR - Tickets are now available for the Windsor Jesters Spring 2016 Production, August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. This is the first show in the group’s 65th season. The Windsor Jesters are Connecticut’s oldest continuously performing Community Theater. Show dates are June 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18. All shows start at 7:30 PM, in the comfortably appointed auditorium at the LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095. "August: Osage County" is a black comedy that tells the story of the dysfunctional Weston family. The estranged family is brought back together with the disappearance of their patriarch, Beverly, and quickly devolves into their old destructive patterns while the newly hired housekeeper bears a mostly silent witness. In the end, the family splinters again, more broken than before, with secrets brought into the light that have been hidden for years. Tickets in advance $16 for adults $13


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STAFFORD - Children who are entering kindergarten through 6th grade this fall are welcome to attend a free vacation bible school from July 17 to July 21 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 8 Church St., Stafford Springs. Register your child before June 15, and receive a small token of our appreciation. Early registration helps us plan meals, crafts and other supplies. Registration forms are available with Connie, Pre K – 5th grade classrooms, and on the table in sanctuary entryway and in Fellowship Hall.

Part-time/Full-Time Installer Wanted Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. SUBCONTRACTORS: LICENSED AND INSURED The Window Treatment Installer travels to a customer’s home and installs custom made soft and hard window treatments in a timely, complete, safe and clean manner to ensure the highest levels of customer satisfaction. You are outgoing and have no problem striking up a conversation with complete strangers. Customers feel comfortable inviting you into their home.



Salary: We pay by the blind/shade/shutter for subcontractors. Invoices are to be submitted after each job in agreed upon format. We would consider hiring the right candidate as an employee. Hourly rate commensurate with experience.


No Phone Calls Please. Interested Parties please email: Budget Blinds of Enfield Showroom, 21A South Road, Somers, CT 06071

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The installation is the last part of the customer experience with Budget Blinds. The expectation is that the customer will be as pleased with the final installed product as they were when they purchased the product The customer is usually anxious to get the product installed and to see the positive transformation the new window coverings make in their home or office environment.


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P/T AUCTIONEER ASSISTANT East Granby,CT Shift/Hours: Tuesdays only, 3:30pm-8pm *Pay Rate:$14.50 Data entry for auto auction. Must: Multi task, Strong listening skills, be computer literate. Fast paced. Busy environment.





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