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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — MGM Springfield is now offering a tuition reimbursement plan for students entering classes at the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute Gaming School in Springfield. Students who successfully complete two or more courses at the new Gaming School and obtain a job with MGM Springfield will be eligible for the tuition reimbursement if they remain employed with MGM Springfield for one year after the property’s grand opening. “This tuition reimbursement program is a real incentive to anyone considering enrollment in the new MCCTI Gaming School,” said Alex Dixon, general manager, MGM Springfield. Classes for the MCCTI Gaming School are Springfield Technical Community College President John B. Cook (left) and MGM Springfield Vice President of Table forming now. Successful completion of two or Games Robert Westerfield (right) show Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno the finer points of dealing blackjack at the more classes guarantees an audition with grand opening of the Massachusetts Career Training Institute. MGM Springfield. MGM Springfield is seeking to hire 450 table games and poker dealers. Photo by Gary Carra

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By Gary Carra Welcome back to Random Raven, the column that aspires nothing more than to serve as your complete, entertainment itinerary on a month-to-month basis. As illustrated in previous installments of this very column, area theater houses including - but not limited to - Hartford Stage and Symphony Hall/Citystage (let alone our multitude of extraordinary, local theater troups) ensure there are always ample opportunities for North Central Connecticut residents to soak in some arts around these parts year-round. In recent weeks, however, Hartford’s Theaterworks ( has once again shone itself to be among the brightest stars in the theater circuit. This recent honor comes courtesy of Constellations, a thrice-extended, 75minute juggernaut in the round that has left sold-out audiences pondering everything from friendship and free will to destiny, choice..and beekeeping. “(There) are things we’ve never done at TheaterWorks before,” notes Director Rob Ruggiero, citing Constellations’ reconfigured stage with wrap-around

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“In Nick Payne’s beautiful (play), we visit and revisit moments in the relationship of Marianne, a theoretical physicist, and Roland, a beekeeper,” adds Artistic Associate Eric Ort. “With its unconventional, fugue-like structure, the play is not chronological. Rather it moves across time and presents different possibilities that exist simultaneously. “ Speaking of possibilities, while it is not, in fact, possible to catch Constellations (the Raven caught the final performance himself on his birthday, Feb. 22) - Ruggiero is returning to direct The Legend of Gerogia McBride starting March 16. Billed as a tale of a “washed up Elvis impersonator” who finds his true voice and success at long last - after trying his hand as a drag queen, Legend runs through April 22.

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Rotary Club, Hall of Fame looking for worthy nominees

EAST WINDSOR — The Rotary Club and the Athletic Hall of Fame are both looking for worthy nominees to be considered for honors this year. The East Windsor Rotary Club is accepting nominations from all residents for its annual Citizen/Business Person of the Year Award. Nominees must be a resident or business owner in East Windsor. The award is given for service to the community. This award is given to an resident or business person who has made significant contributions to the citizens of East Windsor, including service to the town's youth, public service, elderly, disabled and the general welfare of the community. Nomination letters must be received by Tuesday, March 20. The event is planned for Thursday, April 26. Nomination letters should be mailed to: East Windsor Rotary Po Box 376 East Windsor CT 06016 Or emailed to For any other questions, call Peter Campbell, 860-299-4945. The East Windsor Athletic Hall of Fame has also put out a call for nominees for its Class of 2018. Nomination criteria for the Hall of Fame: Out of high school for a minimum of five years. Displayed good sportsmanship, integrity and good character during their coaching, playing or contributor years. The names of nominees may be sent to: EW Athletic Club Hall of Fame Melissa Maltese 76 S. Main St. East Windsor, CT 06088 Completed nominations are due by April 16. Download the nomination form at Contact Maltese at with any questions. A formal dinner and induction will take place in November.

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EAST WINDSOR — The Grand List dropped 0.62 percent in 2017. The 2017 Grand List, the list of all taxable property in town, came in at $963,047,850, a decrease of $6,046,815 compared to the 2016 Grand List. The decrease is due to a drop in real estate, which decreased 1.05 percent or $8,423,750 to $793,529,790. Both personal property and motor vehicles increased. Personal property came in at $70,182,300, an increase of $2,050,915 or 3.01 percent. Motor vehicles came in at $99,335,760, an increase of $326,020 or 0.33 percent. The town’s top 10 taxpayers are: 1. Southern Auto Sales Inc. and related entities, $23,706,230. 2. Wal-Mart Stores East LP, $23,049,450. 3. The Mansions at Canyon Ridge LLC, $21,989,060. 4. Connecticut Light and Power Co. and related entities, $17,987,550. 5. USA Hauling and Recycling Inc., $15,512,650. 6. Millpond Limited Partnership, $15,113,140. 7. Sustainable Building Systems USA LLC and related entity, $14,451,220. 8. EQC Industrial Properties LLC, $13,188,110. 9. East Windsor Properties Ltd. Partnership, $9,772,210. 10. Balch Bridge Street Corp. and related entities, $8,413,170.

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East Windsor

Limerick contest, Easter Bunny breakfast among Rec Department offerings

EAST WINDSOR —The following programs and events have been planned by the Parks and Recreation Department. For more details call 860-627-6662.

Annual Limerick Contest Parks and Recreation is once again sponsoring its annual Limerick Contest, open to Residents only. This year’s theme is East Windsor’s 250th anniversary. Winning entries will be displayed in Town Hall and prizes will be awarded. All participants who submit a limerick will get a 250th Anniversary pencil. Entries must be received by March 16 for Town Hall judging. Age/grade groups: K-1, 2-4, 5-8, 912, and adults 18-plus. There is no fee to take part. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Parks and Recreation will partner with the East Windsor Rotary Club for the annual Easter Bunny Breakfast. Raffles will be held to benefit scholarships, shop with a cop, holiday baskets, and more. Summer camp donations also will be accepted. Breakfast will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, in the East Windsor High

School Cafeteria. Fee: $3 children, $6 adults. SoccerShots Parks and Recreation is working with SoccerShots to provide a new spring soccer program to both 2-3-year-olds and 4-5-year-olds at Abbe Road Soccer Fields. Register by visiting Cost of program includes shirt, completion certificate and spring prize. Dates: Thursdays April 19 through June 7, (8 weeks). Time: 5:30-6 p.m.; 6:15-7 p.m. Fee: $70 (payment plans available). Futsal and Street Soccer Parks and Recreation will be working with Futsal and Street Soccer to provide clinics for those interested in the sport of soccer. This program is a major step in developing players’ ball skills and increasing confidence that they can bring back to their school, town, and club soccer. Price includes FSS shirt (indicate shirt size at time of registration). Broad Brook School outdoor fields: Tuesdays, April 24-June 5. Cost is $70. East Windsor Middle School gym: Thursdays, March 15- May 17 (No class 4/12 or 4/19). Cost is $80. Mad Science-Mad Labs

Parks and Recreation, along with Mad Science, is sponsoring two six-week programs for boys and girls in grades K-4. This program provides children with a unique and fun science experience. Checks should be made out to East Windsor Parks & Recreation. Dates: Session 2: April 16 to May 21 Grades: K-4. Time: Mondays 3:40-4:40 p.m. Fee: $89 per session.

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Women’s Club drive this month to benefit Julie’s Safe House

ELLINGTON — During March, the Ellington Women’s Club will again be holding a donation drive to benefit Julie’s Safe House. New, unused items can be deposited in boxes located at Hall Memorial Library and the Ellington Senior Center. Items requested are those one would use to maintain a household as well as personal care products. Specific lists are posted on the collection boxes or by going to the website Julie’s Safe House is part of the Network Against Domestic Abuse, which works to prevent domestic abuse and fosters healthy violence-free relationships.

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Irish, history take top billing at Hall Memorial Library this month

ELLINGTON — The month of March brings a little bit of Ireland and some entertaining history to Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St. The month’s featured offerings kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, with a live show by perennial favorites The Jolly Beggars. The boys are back in town, once again bringing their unique brand of Celtic stories and songs to the library for a fifth year. These multi-talented musicians play guitar, mandolin, tin whistles, tenor banjo, double bass, bodhran, spoons, and will have you doing an Irish jig in no time. Doors will open at 6:30 for the 7:00 show. As always, the music is free and light refreshments, featuring cookies provided by Subway of Ellington, will be available for a donation. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, there will be Celtic Chocolate, Irish Tea and a Sing-along with Kim Larkin. In a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, Larkin will present the history of chocolate in Ireland and the pioneers who helped along the way, as well as a discussion of other Celtic foods, Irish poetry, and lore. She will provide samplings of Dublin tea, Irish bread, Blarney cheese, and beautiful Celtic art chocolates. Seating is limited so reserve a spot early. The Friends of Hall Memorial Library present the first show in the new Coffee, Tea & History series at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, when they invite you to enjoy afternoon tea as Carol Bielefield presents a portrayal of one of the most remarkable woman in our nation’s history. Abigail Adams, an early women’s rights advocate, who presented her “Remember the Ladies” directive to her husband John as an early push for equal rights. The program is free but pre-registration is required. For details on library programs, visit or call the library for assistance at (860) 870-3160.

Town’s short-term goal: Revise long-range planning document By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — The town is revising its Plan of Conservation and Development The state requires the town to revise the plan every 10 years, First Selectwoman Lori Spielman said. The town held a meeting seeking residents’ input on the plan on March 1, after the North Central News went to press. According to Town Planner Lisa Houlihan, the POCD is a long-range planning document that is a framework for policy and regulation over the next decade concerning topics including land use, conservation and infrastructure. The POCD will help guide the

town in development for the next 10 to 20 years. “It is a guide to local decisionmaking in areas such as natural resource preservation, economic development, housing, land use and public services,” according to the POCD Facebook page. The plan is being updated through the Economic Development Commission, Planning and Zoning department as well as Goman+York Advisors. Residents can follow the update of the plan at https// Ellington-POCD-Update-2018262758730927639. Interested persons also may contact Houlihan at 860-870-3120.

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Guglielmo says he will not run for re-election

HARTFORD — State Sen. Tony Guglielmo (RStafford), first elected to represent the 35th Senatorial District in the General Assembly in 1992, says he will not seek re-election in November. “I truly love public service,” Guglielmo, 78, said. “It’s been a great ride, but I feel that now it’s time to pass the torch. Guglielmo represents Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Ellington, Hampton, Pomfret, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, and Woodstock. “I just want to say how grateful I am to the people of northeastern Connecticut. It’s been an honor and a privilege to represent them in Hartford. The people of the

35th Senatorial District are well-informed, and they have never been shy about telling me their opinions. Their ideas and feedback have made me a better, more effective, more responsive legislator. Their input, and the friendships I have made with them through the years, has enriched my experience as a lawmaker. “This is my 26th year as a state senator. Over that span, I have met and worked with so many amazing and talented people who have dedicated themselves to improving the quality of life here in Connecticut. To the lawmakers and staff that I have been so fortunate to get to know over the years: thank you. “Most importantly, I thank my family, especially

my wife Doris, for the sacrifices they have all made in allowing me to serve Connecticut taxpayers. My family has been my rock, and I’m a very lucky man to have them in my life. “I’m looking forward to this, my final legislative session. I have prided myself on being able to work with Democrats and Republicans in areas such as public safety, and I know that cooperation will continue this year. Politics is about relationships and it’s about finding common ground in order to pass meaningful legislation that helps people in their daily lives. We all need to continue striving toward that common sense goal because we all love and believe in Connecticut."

ELLINGTON — Registration for all Ellington children entering kindergarten in September is taking place the week of March 5 - 9. Since March 1, parents have been able to navigate to the school registration page to begin the process at home. parents/registration Between March 1 and May 15, age and residency verification for the following year will take place at the zone elementary school.

After May 15, or for registration in the current school year, age and residency verification will take place at the Central Office, 47 Main St. If you are unsure of where to register, call (860) 8962300, or visit the Ellington Public Schools website. Registration will be held according to the following schedule: Center School, 49 Main St.: March 5-9, 9:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.; March 6, 6-7 p.m. Crystal Lake School, 59 South Road: March 5-9,

9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; March 6, 6-7 p.m. Windermere School, 2 Abbott Road: March 5-9, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; March 6, 6-7 p.m. A birth or baptismal certificate showing a date of birth is required by state statute before any child can be registered in a Connecticut public school. Additionally, parents or guardians must provide documentation of residency in Ellington. To be eligible for registration, a child must be 5 years old on or before Jan. 1, 2019.

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Town finishing fiscal year with $2.4 million deficit By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD — The town will end the 2017-18 fiscal year with a $2.4 million deficit. Town Manager Bryan Chodkowski told the Town Council at its Feb. 4 meeting that town had started with the projected deficit and is scheduled to end the year with that same $2.4 million deficit, according to the minutes of the meeting. Chodkowski said when the council adopted the budget last May, it included the deficit, which would be drawn from the town’s fund balance The town manager said the adopted budget did not reflect a $2.5 million expense which the council then believed would be due to the teachers pension expense. The assumption had been that the issue would be addressed soon after the budget as adopted, but that the fund balance could not cover that amount. The state did not adopt its budget until Oct. 26.


The adopted state budget reduced revenues to the town by $1.6 million and added about $1.2 million dollars in unfunded mandates and grant holdbacks. In November Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reduced state revenue holdbacks an additional $2.3 million, leaving Enfield with an approximately $7.5 million deficit. To address the shortfall. Chodkowski said the town sold $2 million in bonds in August. In October, the town instituted a hiring freeze, saving $1 million. He said they cut nonessential capital improvements to save $1.1 million and through austerity saved $400,000. With unanticipated revenue from motor vehicles, the town gained $100,000. He said an additional $400,000 in cuts were approved by the council in January. He said they have also been conservative in presenting the reductions provided to the council and were able to find another $100,00 in savings.

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ENFIELD — The Enfield Public Library will be the site Thursday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m. for Rossini’s Semiramide, the seventh in this series presented by Mike Cascia. Semiramide tells the story of Semiramis, the queen of Babylon, who, after murdering her husband, falls in love with her son, who has returned incognito to avenge his father’s death. Cascia is showcasing each opera that is being broadcast live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera for the 2017-18 season. The library programs are free of charge and are sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library. The operas will be simulcast on Saturday mornings at the theater

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Enfield Kissel, reps rue loss of MassMutual in town

HARTFORD – The local legislators in the Connecticut state Senate and House weighed in with their thoughts after MassMutual announced that it was closing its Enfield facility in 2021 and expanding operations in Springfield and Boston. “This is a matter of great concern,” state Sen. John Kissel said. “Less than four years ago, I gathered with federal, state, and local officials and employees to help MassMutual officially cut the ribbon on their revamped facility, a $38 million renovation of its Bright Meadow campus. The company reasserted its commitment to driving economic growth in the state and the surrounding Enfield community. That’s why (this) announcement is perplexing.” Kissel said he would be checking with state economic development officials to find out why MassMutual chose Springfield. “We need answers. There may be a window of opportunity

to preserve some Connecticut jobs.” State Reps. Greg Stokes (R-58) and Carol Hall (R-59) shared the disappointment about MassMutual’s move. “I am very disappointed that Enfield will be losing MassMutual. The facility has been an economic driver with 1,500 workers,” Stokes said. “Moving a few miles from Enfield to Springfield hopefully won’t result in any layoffs, but could hurt revenue and the local business environment. I have spoken with the town manager and I’m committed to working with the town to attract a new business to the facility.” Hall said, “As a border town we are acutely aware of the comparative advantages between us and Massachusetts. We need to think very carefully about how the policies we enact in Hartford can negatively impact employers. High taxes and costs of doing business and corporate moves such as this hurt our reputation as a place to work and do business.”


Lawmakers visit Fire Academy

Enfield Fire Chief Edward Richards, state Rep. Carol Hall, North Thompsonville Fire Chief Earl Provencher, and Rep. Greg Stokes recently toured the Connecticut Fire Academy. The legislators are members of the new bipartisan Fire/EMS Caucus, and asked about operations, expenses and how recent budget changes have impacted the ability to deliver services.

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Beth Ann Surapine, director of music at St. Bernard Church, was in the spotlight performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on Feb. 3 with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra in Milford, Mass., as her brother Paul Surapine conducted. Surapine delivered a beautiful, moving, and flawless performance. Her performance was dedicated to her mother Carol and her late father Ray Surapine.

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ENFIELD — “Enfield’s Regional Farmers Market is looking to grow even bigger next year,” says Michael Ciriello, director of development services for the Town of Enfield. “ We are excited to celebrate five years, which is impressive,” Ciriello said. “We want to connect area residents to enjoy local crafts, foodie specialties, and produce to foster community, while creating healthier eating habits to enhance the quality of life in Enfield and throughout area communities who visit us.” Development Services is accepting vendor applications. There is no fee. The market is located on the Town Hall Green from 4 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday beginning July 11 until Oct. 10. Food trucks will be welcomed this season to park near the market. To become a vendor go to, email developmentservices@, or call (860) 253-6385.

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‘Foodstuffs’ Restaurant now open for ‘Four Seasons By The Lake’ First official event at Sun Valley’s newly renovated facility benefits Muscular Dystrophy Association By Laura B. Hayden

STAFFORD — The newly renovated restaurant at Sun Valley Resort in Stafford Springs was the site of some serious rocking and rolling Feb. 10. Renamed “Four Seasons By The Lake” to emphasize the year-round accessibility of the public venue, its interior took on a Fifties vibe for the night. So did many of the partiers dressed in poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and straightlegged jeans rolled up at the cuff. New owner Norman LeBlanc dedicated his first official event at Four Seasons By The Lake’s to raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “It looks like a great success,” he said perusing the dance floor that night. By the time 80 attendees twisted, lindyhopped, and slowed danced to a full night of doo-wop covers provided by the Sharades, $1,500 was raised for the cause.

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Families and children ages 1-10 are invited to join us from 11:00am-1:00pm Participants will be divided into two age groups (ages 1-5 and ages 6-10), and children will collect one egg in each of the following colors: red, blue, purple, green and yellow. Once a child has found all five colors of eggs, they will exchange their eggs for a prize bag of goodies to take home. There is a strict limit of five eggs/one prize per child, and a limited number of prizes will be available on a first come, first served basis. Children must bring their own egg hunt bag/basket. To ensure the safety of all visitors, it is requested that parents remain with their children at all times during the Egg Hunt. Please note strollers will not be permitted in the egg hunt areas. Easter Bunny will be greeting visitors from 10:30am-12:00pm and again from 1:00-2:30pm. The museum will also offer an array of activities for children including climb-aboard experiences in historic aircraft, computerized flight simulators, hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and more. Activities are included with the price of admission on the day of your visit except where noted. Each day docents will be on hand to provide information and to interact with the visitors.

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In 2016, Sun Valley Resort, a familyowned and operated private beach club and campground, was about to close its restaurant (formerly, the Clubhouse) for the winter. “I had been going there for about 20 years,” said LeBlanc, who was approached by a family member about keeping the restaurant open for its loyal patrons. Four Seasons By The Lake now remains a year-round facility open to the public. The renovations brought in by LeBlanc included removing a wall and rebuilding the bar. “We did this to bring the hall back to the way it was originally and to convert it to pub style, “ he explained. According to the new chef, Shannon Anthony, “pub food and classic dinners” will be offered.

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SPRING SESSION STORYTIMES Registration will take place beginning Monday, Mar 12 for Somers residents and Tuesday, Mar 13 for non-residents. Storytime sessions will run for six weeks beginning March 19. Children ages 12 - 24 months, will meet on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 24-36 months, will meet on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3-5 years, will meet on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. or Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Let’s Move with My Gym En eld Wednesday, Mar 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. For ages 18 months - 4 years. Join My Gym instructors for a fun, interactive class that will include relays, gymnastics skills, an obstacle course, games, a puppet show and more. Register now for this event.

Let’s Get Green for St. Patrick’s Day! Friday, Mar 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a story and craft. Kids can also decorate a cookie! For ages 4 & up. Register now for this event. Read to a Dog Saturday, Mar 24 & Apr 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Practice your reading skills by reading to a dog in a relaxed, “dog-friendly” atmosphere. All dogs have been trained, tested and certi ed by Healers with Halos. Participants may bring a book or select one at the library. The time slots are for fteen minutes at 10:30, 10:45, 11:00, and 11:15. Registration is required. Family Movie Night Tuesday, April 10, 6:00 p.m. We will show the movie Ferdinand, rated PG, 108 minutes. Free popcorn for kids! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

ADULT PROGRAMS Adult Coloring Club Stop by the Library every Friday morning and join other adults looking to manage stress in a creative and relaxing way. (And just have fun!) Colored pencils and books provided or bring your own. Book Discussions Tues, Mar 20 at 1:30 p.m. Cozy Mystery Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao Fri, Mar 23 at 1:30 p.m. Non-Fiction A Clearing in the Distance by Witold Rybczynski

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Somers Congregational Church to host evening of choral music SOMERS — The Hofstra University Chamber Choir will present an evening of compelling choral music at Somers Congregational Church on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. as part of its 2018 American Northeast Tour. Conducted by American Prize winner Dr. David Fryling, the ensemble specializes in the art of unaccompanied ensemble singing and prides itself on a mastery of a widely ranging repertoire dating from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Chamber Choir, with 40 members, is the most select of the Hofstra choral ensembles, and has been invited to present concerts in venues throughout the Northeast, including Carnegie Hall and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

in Manhattan. In addition, the choir actively engages high school and community choral programs in shared concerts in different communities. For this concert, the award-winning Honor’s Choir from Somers High School will join the Chamber Choir for part of the performance. Tickets for the The Hofstra University Chamber Choir concert can be purchased at the church or reserved by calling the church at (860) 763-4021. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children 12 and under are free. Following the concert, there will be a reception in the Foundation Room of the church.

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SOMERS — Fueled by increases in motor vehicles and real estate values, the town’s Grand List is up 1.13 percent. The 2017 Grand List — the list of all taxable property in town — came in at $852,273,667, an increase of $9,588,547 over 2016. The largest percentage increase was in motor vehicles, which rose 2.86 percent of $2,342,719 to $82,043,607. Real estate was up 0.97 percent to $729,946,220, an increase of $7,065,438. Personal property was up 0.45 percent to $40,283,840, an increase of $180,390. The town’s top 10 taxpayers are: 1. Somers Solar Center, with an assessment of $12,868,180. 2. Connecticut Light and Power, $9,930,390. 3. Grower Direct Farms Inc., $5,619,770. 4. Conval Inc., $3,124,810. 5. John and Lynn Papale, $2,623,630. 6. Farm Credit Leasing Services, $2,311,120. 7. Somers Crossing LLC, $2,260,600. 8. Driving Range 349 Main Street LLC, $2,254,698. 9. The Connecticut Water Co., $2,243,310. 10. Pleasant View Farms Realty Co., $2,159,920.

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Senior Center schedules trips to ‘Chorus Line,’ casino

SOMERS — There are several opportunities for entertainment and travel through the Somers Senior Center. Those interested do not need to be a senior or a resident of Somers to enjoy the trips. Call (860) 763-4379 for more information or visit the Senior Center at 19 Battle St. in Somers to sign-up. Upcoming trips include: WESTCHESTER BROADWAY - “A CHORUS LINE” Thursday, March 29 Westchester Dinner Theater in Elmsford, New York, is an elegant year-round equity theater, featuring fine dining and full scale musical productions. Once seated at your reserved table, diners will select from an excellent menu and enjoy a pre-show lunch in a matinee performance of the long-running Broadway hit. Share one day in the lives of 17 dancers, all vying for a spot in the "Chorus Line." Cost is $110 per person due upon sign-up and includes transportation, theater ticket, lunch, taxes, and gratuity.

DAVID GWILLIAM MOHEGAN SUN CASINO TRIP Tuesday, March 20, bus departs at 8:30 a.m. The David Gwilliam Mohegan Sun Trip includes: round trip deluxe motor coach, two $10 gambling vouchers, $15 food voucher and driver's gratuity. A $30 per person nonrefundable payment due upon sign up. This is a popular trip and seats fill fast, so those interested are encouraged to sign-up early. Bus departs from the Somers Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. Passengers are encouraged to park at the Kibbe Fuller Community Center if possible. The Senior Center doors do not open until 8 a.m. CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA Thursday, April 19 The CIA is an American private, not-for profit college that specializes in culinary, baking, and pastry arts education. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a three-course meal at CIA's Caterina de Medici. After lunch, you will receive a student guided tour and free time to explore the grounds. Cost is $128 per person.

‘Shrek’ on stage at Somers High

SOMERS — The Somers High School Drama Club will present “Shrek: The Musical.” Performances begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Somers High School, Robert Percoski Auditorium. General admission seats are $12. Students (high school and younger) and senior citizens seats are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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Church plans services for Lent, Holy Week SOMERS — All are welcome to attend the Wednesday evening contemplative Lenten services at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St. Services are held in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. The Lenten services in March will reflect on the Icon of the Veneration of the Cross (March 7), Icon of the Ladder (March 14); Icon of the Ascetic (March 21). The Maundy Thursday service of

Tenebrae and the Lord's Supper will be held beginning at 7 p.m. in the church's social hall. The service begins with a muchabbreviated Passover Seder meal that we call the Last Supper. The service explains that Christ becomes a new Passover: In sharing the new covenant during the Last Supper, Christ instituted what we call communion as we celebrate the Lord's Supper. This service entails the gradual extin-

guishing of candles as scriptures are read, culminating with the story of Christ's crucifixion and total darkness. The service ends in darkness and silence as we await the bright morning dawn of Easter. A service on Good Friday will be held at noon in the sanctuary. And the Easter morning service will take place on April 1 at 10 a.m. The church is handicapped-accessible; listening devices are available upon request.

Bake sale to benefit mission programs of church

SOMERS — On Saturday, March 31, the Board of Missions at the Congregational Church of Somersville, will be sponsoring an annual pre-Easter bake sale in the church's social hall. A number of the church’s members and friends will be baking goodies including pies, cakes, breads, candies, cookies, etc. that will be offered at great prices.

The bake sale will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Congregational Church of Somersville 22 Maple St. Proceeds will benefit missions programs of the church, community, and the world. For more information, call Pastor Graham Van Keuren or the church office at (860) 749-7741 or send an email to

Corned beef, cabbage on the menu March 17

SOMERS — The annual Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner, open to the public, is being held at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., on Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), with sittings at 5 and 6:15 p.m. Reservations should be made in advance by calling the church office at (860) 749-7741 or emailing Take out dinners will be offered and those should also be reserved in advance. Menu includes juice, corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, onions and carrots (served family style), beverage, and dessert. Cost is $14 per person, payable at the door.

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Guglielmo notes ‘progress’ on assistance to homeowners with failing concrete foundations HARTFORD – State Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) said he was “relieved” after the state Bond Commission’s approved the first installment of funding to assist homeowners with crumbling concrete foundations. The commission approved $350,000 to provide the initial capital required under state law to license the captive insurance company that will distribute the remediation funds to homeowners. “I am relieved to see the first step in our plan to help folks with crumbling foundations move forward today,” Guglielmo said. “I have been working with local leaders and homeowners within my district for years now and I empathize with them that this process cannot move quick enough. “At the end of the day we are making progress to help these homeowners and starting to fix this horrible problem,” Guglielmo said. “To that

end, we must remain vigilant in watching this private entity and make sure that they are giving the homeowners the relief they so desperately need.” Additionally, the commission approved a measure expanding eligibility for a previously approved $5 million in funding for foundations testing. Approved in February 2017, the funding was earlier only available to households within 20 miles of J.J. Mottes Concrete Company in Stafford Springs. The change allows the Department of Housing Commissioner to approve reimbursements for households outside of the originally approved radius. The creation of the captive insurance company was authorized through language that was included in the state budget passed in October. The captive insurance company will be in charge of administering the Crumbling Foundations Assistance Fund.

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STAFFORD — The Grand List is up 0.52 percent. The 2017 Grand List, the list of all taxable property in town, is $924,276,299, an increase of $4,081,283. The largest increase was in personal property, which came in at $80,838,390, an increase of $2,476,086 or 5.95 percent. Real estate increased $119,567 to 755,816,805, up 0.02 percent. Motor vehicles rose 1.7 percent to $87,621,104, an increase of $1,485,630. The town’s top 10 taxpayers are: 1. The Connecticut Light and Power Co., $12,823,690. 2. Big Y Foods Inc., $5,797,970. 3. Athena Stafford Springs Landlord LLC, $5,738,110. 4. The Connecticut Water Co., $5,324,060. 5. TTM Printed Circuit Group Inc., $5,146,750. 6. Wayne and Jean Pisciotta LLC, $4,495,310. 7. American Woolen Co. Inc., $3,539,760. 8. 3M Water Purification Inc., $2,864,980. 9. Stafford Springs Retail LLC, $2,078,650. 10. Cuno Inc., $1.986,810.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner, music planned

STAFFORD — The Men’s Fellowship of the First United Methodist Church of Stafford’s Springs will sponsor a St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage buffet style dinner and music festival on Saturday March 17; dinner 5 to 6 p.m.; concert 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: adults $20; children under 12, $10; under 4 free. Tickets and information available at (860) 684-2468 or (860) 684-9484 Proceeds to benefit FUMC Ministry Programs.

SHS Class of 1968 schedules 50th reunion

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WINDSOR LOCKS — Hop into history with the Easter Bunny at the New England Air Museum’s 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 30. Families and children to age 10 are invited to attend the NEAM Easter Egg Hunt. Participants will be divided into two age groups (5 and under and ages 6-10), and children will collect one egg in each of the following colors: red, blue, purple, green and yellow. Once a child has found all five colors of eggs, they will exchange their eggs for a prize bag of goodies to take home. There is a strict limit of five eggs/one prize per child, and a limited number of prizes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must bring their own egg hunt bag/basket. To ensure the safety of all visitors, it is requested that parents remain with their children at all times during the Egg Hunt. Please note strollers will not be permitted in the egg hunt areas. In addition to the Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny will be greeting visitors from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and again from 1-2:30 p.m. The museum will also offer an array of activities for children including

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SOPHOMORES: Cassidy Babcock, Hilary Bareiss, Stephanie Brown, Sarah Chickosky, Shannon Frazier, Angelina Gill, James Missell, Nikolas Neuhofer, Abigail Vaughn, Ashley Wilson, Grace Zopelis

FRESHMEN: Sydney Dolbier, Dominick Gray, MacConall Gray, Emma Hatch, Spencer Hill, David Hirsch, Jazmyn Hooper, Brooke Hubbard, Julie Lidwin, Clara Lybarger, Wenlin Marmol, Krista Mitchell, Reis Moulton, Mackenzie Murdock, Samuel Neves, Emily Padegimas, Laurel Perez, Treena Pitts, Rose-Anna Ravetto, Katelynn Shayler, Audrey Sprague, Kenneth VanDyk, Alison Verney, Angela Wasilewski, Callie Worthington, Sierra Wyse, Lily Zopelis

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HONORS SENIORS:Chase Boudreau, Erica Christofferson, Carlie Dreyfus, Autumn Gagnon, Tessa Kopec, Chantal Little, Andrew Napolitano, Joscelyn Pinney, Rumsha Tariq JUNIORS: Ashlyn Cartier, Angelina Chaverri, Katrina Converse, Steven Downs, Erin Duffy, Marissa Kallenbach, Jonathon Kopek, Jacob Lizotte, Luis Sierra, Madison Smith, Nicholas Wyse, AJ Xayavoutthy

SOPHOMORES: Gregory Estell, Ryan Foley, John Frank, Kamden Lindsay, Koehl Lindsey, Cole Murdock, Abigail Napolitano, Benjamin Olsen, Muriel Sprague, Meghan Toomey, Jessica Winston, Kyle Young

FRESHMEN: Madison Besaw, Rebecca Caron, David Christofferson, Giana Guida, Morgan Hanks, Tristan Julian, Trentin Kology, Kaylee Levesque, Logan Wolczak

Vendors Sought For Enfield’s Farmers Market

ENFIELD - Enfield’s Regional Farmers Market is looking to grow even bigger next year,” said Michael Ciriello, Enfield’s Director of Development Services. There is no fee to be a vendor and the market is located on the Town Hall Green each Wednesday beginning July 11 until Oct. 10 from 4-8 p.m. To become a market vendor in 2018 for free and/or to review the guidelines and application for food trucks, go to and click on Enfield’s Community & Farmers Market.

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Learn how to spot ‘fake news’

SUFFIELD — Is “fake news” a modern phenomenon or does it have deeper roots in American history? And how do you spot fake news in the midst of the modern, and frequently chaotic, 24/7 news cycle? At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge St., professor Matthew W. Dunne will explore the history and significance of “fake news” in contemporary American politics, as well as provide helpful tools to distinguish between “fake news” and legitimate journalism in 21st century America. The program is a Kent Memorial Library program. Dunne is an assistant professor of history and political science at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. He received his Ph.D. in history at Brown University in Rhode Island. Dunne’s first book, “A Cold War State of Mind: Brainwashing and Postwar American Society,” was published by the University of Massachusetts press. He teaches politics, government, and American history. To sign up for this free program call the library at (860) 668-3896. Online registration is at

Enfield resident to discuss his book

SUFFIELD — Enfield resident Shawn P. Flynn will discuss his book “The Kitty: Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Kent Memorial Library, 61 Ffyler Place. His book which will be available for Register for this free program online at, by phone at (860) 6683896 or when visiting the library.

Come see us at the Home Show! We are happy to once again participate in the North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s Home & Product Show on March 10 & 11. We believe in supporting our communities and the local businesses that make them unique. We hope you visit the Show … and when you do, be sure to stop by Booth #20 and say hello!

Grand List rises 1.5 percent By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD — The Grand List is up 1.5 percent, a $2 million increase over last year. The 2017 Net Taxable Grand List is $1,406,297,676 compared to 1,385,877,690 the previous year. Last year, the Grand List had remained flat at $1,385,877,690, the same as for 2015. The Grand List includes $1,220,564,794 in real estate, $68,562,642 in personal property and $117,170,240 in motor vehicles. The town’s top 10 taxpayers are: 1. Connecticut Light & Power Co. with an assessment of $28,724,130. 2. Suffield 1120 Harvey lane LLC, $13,481,440. 3. HP Hood Inc., $10,735,760. 4. Kongsberg Automotive II Inc., $8,946,630. 5. Suffield by the River LLC, $7,294,600. 6. Windsor Marketing Group Inc., $7.255,110. 7. The Connecticut Water Co., $5,945,000. 8. Praxair Inc., $5,672,660. 9. Moffie Family Holding Co. LLC, $5,571,790. 10. Marketing Research Park LLC, $5,498,150.

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'The Deal' on MGM employment opportunities, Old School Boxing in Enfield, Four Seasons Restaurant in Stafford, Hall of Famers sought in East...