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FREE! Budgets Go To Ballot By Linda Tishler Levinson As the governor and the Legislature continue to debate the state budget, towns in North Central Connecticut are preparing for budget votes of their own. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed a state budget that increases in taxes and depends upon $1 billion in state employee union concessions, which are still being negotiated. It also calls for consolidation of some state agencies. Legislative Republicans have proposed an alternative budget, which calls for no tax increases, but a reduction in the number of managers among state employees. Malloy has also presented an alternative state budget should he not get concessions from state workers. That plan calls for drastic cuts in aid to cities and towns. Ellington “Unfortunately for us, it won’t be settled until we have to come up with our own budget,” Ellington First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said, adding that an Educational Cost Sharing cap, which has been proposed, will really hurt a growing town like Ellington. “It’s a very, very difficult year,” he said. Right now, he said, town officials are looking for places to make cuts in the budget. “In many areas, it will be assuming a higher level of risk,” Blanchette said. The total town budget proposal for the 2011-2012 fiscal year is $47,633,805, an increase of $1,930,736 or 4.22 percent

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In This Issue • EAST WINDSOR: New superintendent of schools ready for duty ......p. 5 • EAST WINDSOR: Two day art and craft show slated for June ..........................p. 6 • ELLINGTON: Volunteer Ambulance Corp honors members ................p. 8 • THE SUNDAY DRIVE: Journey to Jonathan Edwads winery ..pp. 10-12 • ELLINGTON: Selectman appoints interim public works director ....p. 13 • SOMERS: Rain doesn’t put a damper on fishing derby ..........p. 15

• SOMERS: Five hundred plus attend annual Easter Egg Hunt ....pp. 18-19 • SOMERS: Elementary school to receive solar panels ......................p. 22 • REGIONAL: Liquor retailers easily pas compliance checks..........................p. 24 • STAFFORD: Superintendent to retire after 11 years on the job..............p. 25 • STAFFORD Barron Utter honored for years of coaching service ..............p. 27 • SENIOR NEWS: Images of prom in Somers, E. Windsor programs ......p. 33 • CLASSIFIEDS:....................pp. 37-39

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Regional Budgets Go To Vote in North Central Towns (continued from page 1) over the current budget. The Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. May 10 at Ellington High School. Blanchette said the budget will likely go to referendum, but no date has yet been set. East Windsor “The towns have been pretty well considered in the state budget,” East Windsor First Selectman Denise Menard said. She said that the town has already included the anticipated changes in the budget passed by the Board of Finance April 20. The Finance Board is proposing an overall budget of $33,141,666, which includes a town-side budget of $13,735,215 and a Board of Education budget of $19,406,451. This budget represents an increase of $639,925 or 1.97 percent over the current budget. It would call for a mill rate of 24.3756, according to the town treasurer’s office. The budget referendum is scheduled for 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 10. Residents in District 1 will vote at the Town Hall Annex, 25 School St., East Windsor. Residents in District 2 will vote at Town Hall, 11 Rye St., Broad Brook. Stafford “Unfortunately, it’s long overdue,” Stafford First Selectman Michael Krol said of the state budget cuts. He wonders, however, if the state may be going a little too fast in trying to balance its ledger. Doing it all in one year, he said, is more than state employee unions and taxpayers can afford. He said the possible drastic cuts to aid to cities and towns would reduce Stafford’s state aid by more than $3 million. “That would be devastating,” he said. “There’s nowhere we could come up with that kind of cuts.” The town is seeking a total budget of $36,313,886 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. That includes $10,863,336 for the Board of Selectmen’s budget, a 1.7 percent decrease from the current budget. “Our revenue side is lower because of the cuts that are coming from Hartford,” he said. The Board of Education is seeking a 2.5 percent increase in its budget, which would be offset by a one-time job grant. Overall, that would mean a 0.19 percent increase in the town’s budget with a mill rate of 29.48, Krol said. The Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., May 10, at the Community Center. The budget referendum will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 18 at the library. Somers The town could lose $3.16 million in state aid if Malloy is not able to get the union concessions, Somers First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. “There is some concern there, absolutely,” she said. “It would fall on the property owners, because we don’t have the commercial base.” She added it would also mean drastic cuts in the town budget. Pellegrini said she wishes the Legislature would listen more to the Republican budget plan and “start cutting the fat off things before you tax.” The town is proposing an overall budget of $28,104,522 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, a decrease of 1.44 percent from the current budget. The tax rate would

increase by 0.5 mills. That budget figure includes $75,000 in cuts the Board of Finance made to the town and Board of Education budget requests. The town-side budget proposal is $6,343,822, an increase of 4.31 percent over the current budget. The school budget proposal is $19,259,314, a slight decrease, Pellegrini said. The increases in the town-side budget stem from higher unemployment insurance costs and higher costs for fire hydrants and street lights, she said. The town is also including $40,000 in vacation

separations payment funding, due to an anticipated retirement The Finance Board is planning to use $505,000 from the General Fund for operating expenses. “The Board of Selectman is concerned about that. Next year we’re probably going to need that a lot more than this year,” Pellegrini said. The Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 10 at Town Hall. The budget referendum is scheduled for 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 24 with voting at Town Hall, which also will be the only polling place for the November elections.

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East Windsor Parks and Recreation Lists Upcoming Programs and Events EAST WINDSOR - East Windsor Parks and Recreation offers the upcoming programs and events. Tiny Tots Soccer East Windsor Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a Tiny Tots Soccer program for children ages 3 and 4. This program will teach the beginning fundamentals of the sport of soccer. The East Windsor High School teams will be showcasing their skills while teaching your youngster how to dribble, shoot and score! Register by May 6. WHO: Boys and Girls ages 3 & 4 WHEN: Saturdays 10 to 11 a.m. DATES: May 14 through June 18 WHERE: East Windsor High Soccer Field FEE: $40 per child Donation will be made to the EWHS Soccer team on behalf of the EW Parks and Recreation Department Men’s Open Gym Men come out and enjoy a game of basketball! This program is on Mondays 7:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. through June 13 at EW High School. Fee is $2 per night. Checks can be made payable to the East Windsor Parks & Recreation. Zumba EW Parks and Recreation is offering an eight-week session of Zumba with Kim Goulet. Classes are being held at the Town

Hall Annex, 25 School St. from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Participants should bring a water bottle, towel and wear sneakers. Monday Classes: May 9-June 27. Wednesday Classes: May 11-June 29. Please register through the Parks and Recreation Office, or via our Webster Bank Online Payment link. Checks should be made payable to Kim Goulet. Cost: $35 for one class per week for 8 weeks; $60 for both days for 8 weeks. Daily walk-ins are $5 per class. Hershey Track & Field Meet Come out and enjoy a day of Track & Field events. This event is open to boys and girls ages 9 to 14. Each participant will be able to compete in three events, which will be chosen at the time of registration. ***Pre-registration is required*** Register by June 3 at the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Office located at East Windsor High School. WHO: Boys and Girls ages 9-14 WHEN: Saturday, June 11 TIME: Meet begins at 9 a.m. WHERE: East Windsor High School Rave Discount Movie Tickets Parks and Recreation is again selling Director’s Club Discount Movie Tickets for $7.50 each. The ticket is good for one box office admission with no expiration date. Tickets must be used at a Rave Motion Picture Theater. Call Parks and

Recreation at 860-627-6662 with any questions. Panther Hoops Camp Come out and enjoy a week of basketball summer fun! This camp will help your child develop a love for the game. Register with East Windsor Parks and Recreation by June 22. Who: Boys and Girls in grades 4-8 Where: East Windsor High School Fee: $55/$5 sibling discount Time: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. When: June 27-July 1 Cheerleading Camp Come out and join the members of the East Windsor High School cheerleading squad for a summer of fun. Camp will focus on techniques, cheer development &

choreography. Register with East Windsor Parks and Recreation by June 22. Fee: $45/$5 sibling discount Where: EW High School Auxiliary Gym Who: Boys and Girls ages 5-12 Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon When: June 27 - July 1 Upcoming Programs: Tiny-Hawk Sports Camp (July) Mini-Hawk Sports Camp (July) Multi-Sport Camp (July) Youth Elite Soccer Camp (August) Swim Lessons (June-August) Summer Fun Camp at the East Windsor Park (July-August) Look for additional fliers to come out regarding these and many more programs!

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East Windsor New Superintendent of Schools Commences Role on July 1 By Linda Tishler Levinson EAST WINDSOR — Theresa Kane, who will become the town’s superintendent of schools on July 1, is looking forward to getting to know the people of East Windsor. “I’m just really excited to meet as many people as I can and to hear their ideas,�

Kane said. She said she was impressed when she viewed the town’s website. “Everything on the website spoke about a community that was engaged in the education of the child,� Kane said. Kane was chosen from a pool of 25 candidates. She currently is superintendent of

Free Admission for Moms on Mother’s Day at Connecticut Trolley Museum EAST WINDSOR - Celebrate Mother’s Day this year by enjoying a ride through the Connecticut countryside aboard an authentic trolley. Bring mom and grandma to the CT Trolley Museum and for sure they will tell you some great stories about the days gone by. Maybe they can remember the Isle of Safety in Harford where they stood and waited for the bus or trolley long ago. Did you know that is now at the museum? You’ll stand beneath it while waiting for your ride. Every mom visiting on Sunday, May 8, will receive free admission when accompanied by a paying child. Hours for Mother’s Day are noon to 4:30 p.m. Admission includes as many

trolley rides as you want to enjoy, entrance into both the CT Trolley Museum and the CT Fire Museum. Pack a picnic lunch and sit at one of our tables while watching trolley cars arriving and departing from North Road Station. It’s sure to be a relaxing Mother’s Day that the whole family will enjoy. Admission prices are: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children ages 2-12 $5, and under 2 is free. Easy to find: Exit 45 off of I 91 and then ž of a mile east on Rt 140 at 58 North Rd., East Windsor. Additional information is available by calling 860-627-6540 or visiting the museum’s website:

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the Ludlow, Mass., public schools, a position she has held since 2005. Prior to that, she was associate superintendent in Ludlow. Originally from Pittsfield, Mass., Kane holds a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree and certificate of advanced graduate studies from Westfield State University, and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Her husband, John Kane, is also an edu-

cational administrator. He is chief financial officer for the Westfield, Mass., public schools. The couple have two sons, who are currently in college, and reside in Westfield. Kane said she plans to spend the first 90 days as superintendent getting to know the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people and hearing their thoughts on the district. She then plans to share what she has learned with the Board of Education and formulate goals from there.

Renters Rebate Program Applications Open EAST WINDSOR - Applications will be taken for tax relief of elderly renters and totally disabled persons at East Windsor human services. The filing period is May 17 to Sept. 13. You will need the following for the calendar year of 2010: Social Security benefits statement (Form SSA 1099) required Bank statements that show interest, dividend earning statements, and trust account statements. All taxable IRA accounts Copy of your 2010 federal income tax return (if required to file) Copies of your non-taxable income must also be provided (for example: veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disability payments and pensions,

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Two-Day Art and Craft Show Will Be Held in June EAST WINDSOR - A unique boutique art and craft show featuring female artisans will be held on June 4 and 5. You can stroll through more than a half acre of beautiful gardens planted with hostas, and sun- and shade-loving perennials. Relax and sit among the lush surroundings, enjoy a wine tasting or tour a beautiful contemporary home. More than 20 female artisans will be housed in a barn, tents or a gallery. Along the way, you will find artists’ paintings, nature photography, stunning custom jewelry, unique works on silk, one-of-a-kind hand bags, woven wares, pottery and much more. This two-day event will be held

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from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Broad Brook section of East Windsor at 310 & 312 Rye St. Admission is free. To learn more, and “meet” the artisans, and see photos from last year’s event, visit us on Facebook: gardensgallerygifts. Questions can be sent to or call 860-2895085. Browsing these two gardens, created side by side by a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law team, lets you know wonderful relationships can be built with the “in-law” scene by way of plant passions. When you enter the property on the “Mom side,” you feel as if you’ve entered a historic nook complete with a house built

in 1757, restored barn and even dinosaur bones found in 1818 on the property. There are many shade-loving perennials from hostas, epimediums, trilliums and gingers. All of the gardens have been designed to be viewed from a window in the house. Mom’s gardens are host to thousands of bulbs starting with snow drops in late January and continuing with daffodils and other spring bulbs. In the fall, the front lawn is totally covered with thousands of pale lavender colchiums, a fall crocus. As a part of erosion control, a steep bank along the road is held back by more than a thousand stella doro day lilies that bloom in July. A large ornamental grass

garden provides a soft hedge line between the two houses. Via a connecting garden pathway, you enter the “Daughter” side where a change transitions from the “old” to a “new” fiveyear-old home. The entrance to a stunning combination of patio and fully functioning outdoor kitchen is softened with gardens. A small fish pond at the edge of the patio offers soothing sounds of bubbling water. Woodland and hosta gardens can be viewed from the patio. Sun-loving perennials are planted in a 100-foot border garden backed up to Mom’s border garden. Between the two properties, there is well over a half acre of gardens to view.



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East Windsor Contestants Sought for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;East Windsor Idolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; EAST WINDSOR - East Windsor Graduate & Celebrate is holding an â&#x20AC;&#x153;East Windsor Idolâ&#x20AC;? competition that is open to all ages. Tryouts will be held on Community Day, May 7, at East Windsor Middle School, beginning at 11 a.m. Finalists will advance to a show that will be held on Friday, May 20, at East Windsor High School. Three judges on Community Day will decide which contestants advance to the show. Judges for the May 20 show include News8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theresa LaBarbera, along with three local judges, who will select finalists in two rounds. The final voting will be done by the audience to select the first

Outstanding Lion of the Year The East Windsor Lions Club recently honored one of its members as Outstanding Lion of the Year at the Connecticut Lions District 23B Breakfast held at Maneelyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Banquet Facility in South Windsor. Lion Richard Sherman was honored for his tireless support of the East Windsor Lions Club and the East Windsor community. Sherman has overseen the successful six-week operation of the Lions Turkey Shoot for several years and the proceeds of this event are used to fund East Windsor High School scholarships, Girl Scout and Boy Scout activities, Visiting Nurse special holiday projects, Five Corner Cupboard Food Pantry, the Large Print Section of the East Windsor Library and other endeavors on a state, national and international level. Pictured, from left, are: Robert Cormier, 1st Vice District Governor; Richard Sherman, East Windsor Lion of the Year; Barbara Sherman, President, East Windsor Lions Club; and, Sia Dowlatshahi, District Governor, CT Lions District 23B.

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Park Hill Residents Holding Tag Sale EAST WINDSOR - The residents of Park Hill in Broad Brook will hold their annual Tag Sale on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of 1A Park Hill Rd. in the Broad Brook section of East Windsor. Household items, clothing, books, crafts and much more. No early birds, please! For more information, contact Cindy Delaware at 860-623-8467 or

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Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps Honors Members for Service ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps (EVAC) recently held its annual awards banquet. The Corps is proud to announce the following members received awards for their years of service to the Town of Ellington: Five Years of Service: Kim Courville Dan Flanagan Annalise Hurley

Laura Lakenbach Brittany Martin Ten Years of Service: Don Lanier Fifteen Years of Service: Dawn Gerber Twenty-Five Years of Service: Jean Marie Currier EVAC is also very proud to announce Jennifer Hays

received the Volunteer of the Year Award. This award is given to one member who has shown outstanding participation within the corps. Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps is always looking for new members. The Corps provides training and uniforms. Please call 860-870-3170 for any questions regarding membership opportunities.

Seniors Invited To Participate in Older Americans Month Program ELLINGTON - It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem possible, but with time, the sun is shining and our perennial gardens are waking up. The Ellington Senior Center warmly welcomes back our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Garden Thymeâ&#x20AC;? program. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to tend to our plants and begin to plan our vegetable garden. Garden Thyme meets Monday mornings at 9:00 at the Ellington Senior Center. Come join us! In honor of Older Americans Month, please join us for a welcome to the Ellington Senior Center on Sunday, May 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Volunteersâ&#x20AC;? from the Senior Center will share program information with visitors. Some program highlights are Musical Insights, Memories & Creative Writing, Better Age Club, and our Craft Club, to name a few. All are invited. Refreshments will be served.

Musical Insightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; May 9 program is a reflective glance at composer Johan Strauss, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Waltz King,â&#x20AC;? as presented by Jim Dixon. A Memorial Day program celebration will take place on Monday, May 23, with a presentation by Connie Sutton as invited guest. Please come and bring some welcome support plus much enjoyment. Musical Insights is held the second and fourth Monday evening of the month at 6:00 in the main room of the Senior Center. You are all invited to a Luscious Lobster trip that is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15. Deluxe motor coach transportation will depart at 10:45 a.m. from the town parking lot. A lobster feast lunch awaits you at the elegant Delaney House. It is served complete with clam

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Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fellowship Sponsors Annual Tag Sale ELLINGTON Ellington Congregational Church, located at 72 Main St., will be holding its famous Indoor Tag Sale on Saturday, May 14, in the Social Room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a great variety of items offered, including dishware, holiday decorations, glassware, toys, games and puz-

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Ellington Program Adds to Community Emergency Response Team By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON — The towns of Ellington, Somers and Vernon have 16 more people they can count on in an emergency. The Community Emergency Response Team held a graduation ceremony April 2 at the Hall Memorial Library. They joined the 29 CERT members who graduated from the course two years ago. The program is based on the idea that following a disaster, first responders such as police officers and firefighters will not be able to meet the need for emergency services. They know that people will spontaneously volunteer to help family, friends and neighbors, but may not have the knowledge to do so safely and effectively, said Pete DeBrino, Somers CERT leader. “They need to train these people.” “We’re there when they become overwhelmed,” he said. “Anything can happen anywhere, and the best thing is to be prepared for it.” The course includes training in basic disaster preparedness, search-and-rescue procedures, fire safety, first aid and identifying hazards in the home. Ellington First Selectman Maurice Blanchette was among the speakers at the

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Entertainment The Sunday Drive â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Journey To Jonathan Edwards Winery Welcome back to the Sunday Drive, the column that aspires to enlighten the masses on some lesser-known/off-the beatenpath entertainment options. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excursion takes us to the stone wall-laden streets of North Stonington, Conn. Specifically, to a property located on Chester Maine Road that was formerly owned by man of the same name. It is currently the home of one of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premiere wineries - Jonathan Edwards - and as we make our way up the winding, stone sidewalk adorned with wrought iron, vine-inspired railings, the man of the same name awaits us inside. While it is always equal parts fun and impossible not to hazard a guess as to the story behind any such person before meeting, I must confess, all involved in our pre-visit Jonathan Edwards conjectures were all horribly off the mark. One had him pegged for a successful businessman, taking on the winery as a pet project in the twilight of his career. Yours truly figured him for a California wine brat who had perhaps fallen in love with a Yankee and decided to bring his passion and expertise to the East Coast. As the now 39-year-old Jonathan Edwards himself explains over alternating glasses of both his Napa Valley and Connecticut grown Chardonnays, however, his is literally no more complicated - or simpler - than the oft-told tale of a man and a dream. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was a speech pathologist at Walter

Reed Hospital, when my father, Bob Edwards, retired,â&#x20AC;? the Pittsfield, Mass., native explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So my dad was looking for something new to get into, and I was just jazzed to get into wines. So we started researching it all and the property became available, so it all just sort of fell into place.â&#x20AC;? Armed with little more than a one-year vineyard stint in California, Jonathan Edwards began the research phase of his winery in 1999. He recalls making about 6,000 gallons of wine that first year, consisting of a C h a r d o n n a y, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Syrah, respectively. Today, traveling over the nearly 48 acres that will yield more than 20,000 gallons of wine annually, we happen upon a series of parked tractors, backhoes and the like. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, you must have had some experience on a farm or something back in Pittsfield?â&#x20AC;? I inquire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Or you are going to tell me you are self-taught in both winemaking and operating agricultural equipment, too?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had zero experience with any of it,â&#x20AC;? he says with a laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And at no point in all of this did you feel deterred or over your head?â&#x20AC;? I follow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ya know, I was always like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We can totally do thisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; throughout the whole thing,â&#x20AC;? he says. What he jokingly dismisses as wideeyed youthfulness, of course, more accurately, speaks to his undaunted nature. And it is precisely that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we can do itâ&#x20AC;? spir-






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it - coupled with attention to detail - that has propelled Jonathan Edwards into the upper echelons of regional winemaking. Making our way through rows of pristine fields, Edwards takes great pride in not only the careful pruning of each vine, but the fact that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;hills upâ&#x20AC;? the soil around the stem of each plant and has painstakingly installed tile drainage systems to alleviate surplus moisture. Furthermore, Edwards admits that in some cases - with certain varietals that require prolonged sun exposure - all the care and

techniques in the world cannot negate the fact that his operation is based in New England. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could try and grow them here despite the odds and hope for the best,â&#x20AC;? he concludes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the truth is, they already have the best conditions for growing these right here in the Napa Valley, U.S., â&#x20AC;Ś so I figure, why fix it if it ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t broke?â&#x20AC;? Never one to settle for the status quo, however, Edwards adds that while it is not

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Entertainment Jonathan Edwards Winery (continued from page 11)

Jonathan and his family and even participated in this year’s grape harvest ... so we can’t wait to taste the 2010 vintage.” Upcoming Special Events at Jonathan Edwards Winery include the Spring Festival (June 4 and 5), Summer Nights Music (Thursdays in July) and the Harvest Festival (Oct. 1-2). The winery is also open for tastings from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays with a wine tour given at 3 p.m. For more information, visit Information also is available at Jonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Maine Rd., North Stonington, CT; 860-535-0202.


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uncommon to import Napa’s finest, he also decided early on that he would go the extra mile and set up shop in California to ferment his grapes on the spot, too. His reasons for doing so are two-fold. “Firstly and most importantly, it’s just such a critical stage for the grape and in my opinion, it’s just too much to put them in a truck and haul them across country like that,” he explains. “I think the quality difference speaks for itself. From a marketing standpoint, it also allows us to keep the coveted Napa appellation.” The bi-coastal combination has made Jonathan Edwards a “must stop” on the Connecticut Wine Trail, and many fans of the vineyard have gone on to join one or more of its exclusive wine clubs. “We absolutely love the winery, and especially the staff,” says Rick and Barbara Warga, members of both Jonathan Edwards’ “Grape Nuts” and “Case Club” - affiliations which allow them complimentary tastings, discounted wine purchases, and invitations to members-only events like the annual “Winemaker’s Dinner” and the recent “Stone Table Red Pre-Release.” “We have become great friends with



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Ellington First Selectman Appoints Retired Director As Interim Public Works Director ELLINGTON - At its April 4 meeting, the Board of Selectmen accepted with regret the resignation of George Fetko, director of the Ellington Public Works Department. Also at that meeting, the board authorized the first selectman â&#x20AC;&#x153;to negotiate and execute an employment agreement for an Interim Director of Public Works with a qualified individual, with a starting date of April 10, until a permanent Director of Public Works is appointed.â&#x20AC;? On Monday, April 11, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette introduced that interim director, Peter Michaud, to the assembled members of the Public Works Department. Mr. Michaud is no stranger to that department, which he headed for 30plus years until his retirement in February

2009. The first selectman welcomes Michaud to cover the three or more months expected to find and install a new director.

Selectmen Pick Harding to Replace Zahner ELLINGTON - At the April 4 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, the following action was taken: â&#x20AC;˘ Accepted the resignation of Emery Zahner from the Planning and Zoning Commission. Emery served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for 33plus years, many as chairman. â&#x20AC;˘ Appointed Douglas Harding to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Emery Zahner, as recommended by the Republican Town Committee.

Response Team Graduates 16 Members (continued from page 9) share knowledge,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very interesting,â&#x20AC;? said Paula LaFrance of Somers, who was one of the graduates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can use it in all parts of your life,â&#x20AC;? especially to help your family and neighbors. CERT graduates from Ellington are Kevin A. Holian-Borgnis, David Rice and Kathleen Shepard.

Graduates from Vernon are Linda Woodrow, Joe Troesch, Deborah Troesch, Krishan Agrawal and Todd Sterling. Graduates from Somers are Ann Logan, Daniel Thayer Jr., Paula LaFrance, Todd Rolland, Doug Minich, Frank Sedlik, George Collins and Howard L. Lunt. The instructors, in addition to DeBrino, were Al Sheridan, Dianne Sheridan, Don Davis, Jean Gauthier, Kenly Streiber and Michelle Schott.

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Ellington Bacchiochi, Fellow Republicans Reveal No Tax Increase Budget HARTFORD – State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi joined Republican legislators in April in unveiling a “budget for the little guy,” a two-year plan that balances Connecticut’s books without increasing taxes on everyday goods and services such as gasoline, back-to-school clothing, nonprescription drugs and haircuts. Bacchiochi and her colleagues offered a plan that is a credible alternative to the controversial plan offered by Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy, who proposed one of the largest tax increases in state history, as

well as roughly $1 billion more in state spending despite Connecticut’s projected $3.5 billion budget deficit. “I stood with my fellow colleagues to offer a no tax-increase budget to the people of Connecticut. Democrats told us it couldn’t be done. We proved them wrong with a real alternative to their big budget brimming with bureaucratic interests on the backs of us all. This is really ‘The People’s Budget,’ that looks out for regular people. Democrats have approached the state budget from the perspective of insti-

Ellington Sprint Triathlon Planned for July 17 ELLINGTON - The Ellington Recreation Department, with the assistance of town residents Mike Scully and Bill Dougherty, has developed the 2011 triathlon course and obtained approvals from various Town departments. The sprint triathlon will be held on Sunday, July 17, at 8 a.m. at Crystal Lake in Ellington. The course will consist of a 1/4-mile swim in the pristine waters of Crystal Lake, a 12-mile road bike through the beautiful country roads of Ellington and Stafford, and finally, a rolling 3.1 mile run around Crystal Lake. All levels of ability are welcomed. The organizers will try to have three

waves consisting of men’s, women’s and beginners. The triathlon will be limited to 220 participants; there will be on-line sign-up at the Triathlon website: or the Ellington Parks & Recreation website at The cost will be $65 per participant. The team is looking for volunteers. Please send an email to with your contact information. All profits from the race will be donated to local charities in Ellington. The organizers look forward to an awesome race and please spread the word.

tutions, whether they’re state agencies, tourism boards, labor unions, etc. We’ve approached the state budget from the perspective that institutions are meant to serve the people, not suffocate people. We must live within our means, foster job growth, reduce debt, make everyday living more affordable and do so without bankrupting the future. What you see here isn’t shared sacrifice, but opportunity,” Bacchiochi said. The budget alternative significantly reduces the size and cost of government while protecting the social safety net and preserves state aid to municipalities. This is accomplished by focusing on core government functions, eliminating waste and creating efficiencies. The result is a no-tax increase balanced budget proposal that has been vetted by the non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA). Bacchiochi said the plan offers a fiscally and socially responsible solution to the cultural and economic challenges facing our state. Nicknamed “the state budget for the little guy,” highlights of the Republican Alternative Budget include: • No new taxes on any business, individual, employer or services or goods. • The Republican budget cuts spending

from Gov. Malloy’s plan by $1.2 billion. • The budget preserves municipal aid for all towns and cities. • Enhanced Medicaid fraud detection units will save an estimated $224 million in wrongful payments. • Republicans plan to save more than $46 million through agency consolidations. • No hospital tax that would increase health care costs. • State government will be streamlined through attrition and reduction in the 54,000- state payroll. • No money will be borrowed for dayto-day state operations. • The $500 property tax credit that Gov. Malloy wanted to abolish is fully restored. • More than $200 million in the state’s highest cost debt will be pre-paid, thus allowing for greater flexibility in budgeting throughout state agencies. • It restores the sales tax amnesty week that every Connecticut consumer can use to support household budgets and no new clothing taxes like those in the Governor’s proposal. Middle class families, employers and businesses will all benefit from the Republican budget, which does raise sales taxes, Republicans said.


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Somers Rainy Day in April Brings in Big Catches and Family Fun By Barbra O’Boyle SOMERS - The Somers Rotary Club held its annual Paul Monstello Fishing Derby at Wetherell Farm Pond in Somers, with more than 100 in attendance again this year. Held on the morning of April 23 with a little tinge of rain, the event was open to kids ages 1 to 12. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., kids began reeling in more than 70 brown, rainbow and golden trout, and at 11 a.m. participants gathered to see who won and to receive golden trophies and fishing gear, courtesy of the Somers Rotary Club. This year’s winners were A.J., age 8, who caught the first fish of the day – a tiger measuring a bit more than 6 inches. The biggest fish award was given to Andrew, 10, for his 15-1/2” brown, the most fish award was given to Michael, 10, and the golden fish award for catching the first golden trout was awarded to Megan, 11.

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Regional Walkers Will Support Athletes With Disabilities with 10K Walk ENFIELD - Alliedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Enfield Stars will hold their annual 10K Walk on Saturday, May 14, at the Asnuntuck Community College track. The fundraising event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Walkers who collect at least $25 in pledges will receive a t-shirt. Lunch and water will be provided. Businesses and organizations are invited to purchase sponsor signs, which will be posted around the track. Pledge forms for walkers and sponsors are available from Allied Rehabilitation Centers at 3 Pearson Way, across from DMV in Enfield. Please call Linda at 860-

741-3701, ext. 209, or email for more information. Alliedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Enfield Stars is a sports training program for people with disabilities that prepares them for Special Olympics competitions at regional, state, national and world levels. More than 140 athletes, partners and coaches from East Windsor, Enfield, Manchester, Somers, South Windsor, Stafford, Suffield and Windsor Locks participate in this program. Donations to the 10K Walk will be applied to registration fees, transportation, uniforms and equipment for upcoming regional and state competitions.

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Ms. Senior CT To Be Crowned May 14 ENFIELD - A statewide search has brought 11 contestants to vie for title of Ms. Senior CT 2011, with the winner going on to the national competition for title of Ms. Sr. America. This year Mrs. America, Shelly Carbone, originally from Enfield, will crown

the new Ms. Sr. CT. Seating is limited, so please call Laura Palmer at 860-623-6853 for reserved $10 tickets.

Church Schedules Spring Tag Sale EAST WINDSOR - Grace Episcopal Church will hold a Spring Tag Sale on Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 44 Old Ellington Road, Broad Brook. Tailgate rental spaces are available for $15 each by calling 860-623-6283. Baked goods will be for sale, and lunch will be served. A rain date is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2011.


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Somers More than 500 Children Gather for Annual Easter Egg Hunt By Barbra O’Boyle SOMERS - On April 16, a week before Easter Sunday, more than 500 children scrambled through fields, picking up 5,000 eggs and more than 5,000 pieces of candy in only a couple of minutes in the town’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Held at Field Road Park, the Somers Rotary Club-sponsored event has drawn bigger and bigger crowds each year. This year marked the event’s 40-year anniversary and was no different, with masses of children lining up along the perimeter of six sectioned-off fields, which were taped off according to age group. Special eggs had more than candy inside with little notes announcing the finder had been awarded one of the many special prizes on the table. The event, which began at 10 a.m. also featured a visit from Mrs. Peter Rabbit, who entertained dozens of awe-struck children and posed for photos. “This is an event that the whole town looks forward to each and every year,” Rotary member Paul Salva said. “It starts promptly at 10 a.m., and by 10:02 all the eggs are gone.”

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Somers State Grant Funds Solar Panels for Elementary School By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS — Things are looking bright for energy efficiency in town. The town has received a Connecticut Clean Energy Project grant, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to install 2,500 solar panels, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. The $331,000 grant will cover the costs of purchasing the panels and installing them at Somers Elementary School. Things are also getting spruced up elsewhere in town. Working with town Cultural Committee Chairman Linda Abbott, Pellegrini had wanted to showcase the work of local artists in Town Hall. They have created a gallery that shows local artists’ work on a rotating basis. Somersville, too, is being improved. Work on the Somersville Streetscape Project is continuing, with sidewalks being

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Day Lily Sale Benefits Somers Education Foundation SOMERS - The Somers Education Foundation announces its second annual Day Lily Sale Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Worthington Farm Pond and Gardens in Somers. Saturday is “stock up on your plants and flowers” day for area residents. Residents can start their day at Worthington Pond Farm and Gardens with a free pancake breakfast (donations accepted). All are encouraged to make it a family day so youngsters and adults alike can enjoy breakfast and watching the running of the “G” trains. The lily sale will include 39 varieties of day lilies with three-to-five fans per pot and will sell at a special price of $8 each. The lilies have been donated

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Somers Ye Olde Blackmith Shoppe Opens for Season SOMERS - Ye Olde Blacksmith Shoppe, located at the intersection of Pinney Road and Maple Street in Somersville, will soon be open for the spring season. The Shoppe, operated by the Ladies Aide Society of the Congregational Church of Somersville, offers a wide range of new and gently used items, including tools, books, small furniture, household items, puzzles, games, records, glassware and so much more. Each week a table of home-baked goods is

also offered. Donations of items from the community are always welcome; please contact the church office (860-749-7741), Barbara (860-749-4153) or Marge (860-749-0418) to make drop-off arrangements - no clothing, electronics or televisions, please. The Blacksmith Shoppe will be open each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in May and June. Money earned at the Shoppe benefits church activities and programs.

High School Drama Club Presents ‘Grease’ SOMERS - The Somers High School Drama Club, under the direction of Kathy Welch, will be performing the finger snapping, toe tapping, rock ‘n’ rolling musical “Grease” on Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m., Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m., and two performances on Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Somers High School auditorium.

Tickets are $14 for adults. Senior Citizens and kids through grade 12 are $8, and are available from any Drama Club member, or at the door one hour prior to showtime. For more information, visit or, or call 860-749-1992.

Boy Scouts Annual Lasagna Dinner SOMERS – The Somers Boy Scouts Troop 387’s 15th annual Lasagna Dinner will be held Saturday, May 21, at Somers Congregational Church, 599 Main St., Somers. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Homemade lasagna, salad, rolls,

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Triple Play for Hunger Paula Gray, left, from King Arthur teaches Garret McClosky, middle, and Kirsten Ness, both 7th graders, during a King Arthur Bread Baking Assembly held on Friday, April 1. In the month of March and April, Mabelle B. Avery Middle School held various events to help support Enfield Loaves and Fishes in Enfield.

Museum Opens with Genealogy Program SOMERS - The Somers Historical Museum will open with a Genealogy Symposium on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Three researchers will be on hand to explain how they have done methodical investigation and discovered the facts of their family tree. Files of Somers Cemetery Records to 1934 and burial ground maps will be dis-

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Regional Liquor Retailers Pass Compliance Checks with Flying Colors ENFIELD – As part of its ongoing campaign to reduce underage drinking in Enfield, the Enfield Together Coalition (ETC) announced that Enfield liquor retailers achieved a 90 percent compliance rate during a January compliance check. Compliance checks are unannounced events in which minors, accompanied by local law enforcement officials who remain undercover, attempt to purchase liquor. Twenty-one liquor retailers were visited and 19 of the retailers asked the young adults for proper identification to determine if they were 21 or older. “What this tells us is that our youth are not buying their alcohol from the store,” explained Tom Arnone, chair, Enfield Together Coalition. “National statistics show that 65 percent of kids get their alcohol from family and friends and these compliance check results confirm that’s true in Enfield, as well. Our message to parents and older siblings is clear: Lock up your liquor cabinets and don’t provide alcohol to minors. Not only is it dangerous, but it’s against the law.” Certificates of Appreciation signed by Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin, Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza, and

ETC Chair Tom Arnone were awarded to those establishments that passed the compliance checks. The Enfield retailers who were successful in their efforts of not providing teens with alcohol include: Stop & Shop Supermarket on 54 Hazard Ave.; Lil’ Buddy Mini Mart on 284 N. Maple St.; Big Y on 65 Palomba Dr.; Enfield Market on 138 Weymouth Rd.; One Stop Deli on 397 Enfield St.; ShopRite on 40 Hazard Ave.; Good Times Package Store on 79 Pearl St.; Hazardville Package Store on 306 Hazard Ave.; The Jug Shop on 80 Hazard Ave.; Freshwater Package Store on 920 Enfield St.; Caronna’s Fine Wines and Spirits, 15 Pearl St.; Myotts Package Store on 496 Enfield St.; Harry‘s Discount Liquor on 54 Hazard Ave.; State Line Package Store on 11 Enfield St.; KH & H Liquors on 136 Elm St.; Four Corners Package Store on 229 Post Office Rd.; K & R on 552 Hazard Ave.; Southwood Acres Package Store on 83 Raffia Rd.; and Enfield Discount Wines & Liquors on 95 Elm St. Funded by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the compliance check was a collaborative effort between The

A representative from the Jug Shop receives a certificate for passing the Compliance Check from Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin and Enfield Together Coalition Chair Tom Arnone. Enfield Police Department, the State Liquor Control and the Governor’s Prevention Partnership.

Enfield Rotary Club Thanks Community for Supporting Playground Project ENFIELD - The Rotary Club of Enfield extends thanks and appreciation to the community for supporting the club’s pasta supper and playground initiative. The club held its first pasta supper on March 23 and was pleased to welcome more than 200 attendees. A portion of the funds from the pasta supper will support the club’s acces-

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Stafford Fishman To Retire After 11 Years as Schools Superintendent By Linda Tishler Levinson STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Superintendent of Schools Therese G. Fishman will be retiring at the end of the school year. Fishman, who has led the Stafford Public Schools for 11 years, will officially retire June 30, although she will stay on until a new superintendent is in place. The Board of Education is in the process of recruiting, interviewing and hiring a new superintendent. A decision likely will be made by the end of May or early June,

with the new superintendent coming on board some time this summer. After 11 years, â&#x20AC;&#x153;your job grows with you,â&#x20AC;? Fishman said. The position had grown to 50 to 60 hours a week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It involves many nights.â&#x20AC;? She said she wanted to have more time to spend with her husband. Still, she does not plan to retire completely. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do plan to be involved in education in some way,â&#x20AC;? Fishman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I could just retire.â&#x20AC;?

Fishman began her career in education as an elementary school teacher and also taught reading at all levels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was good for me,â&#x20AC;? she said, since she was exposed to students from elementary to high school. Prior to coming to Stafford, she was assistant superintendent of schools in Clinton. She held positions as director of professional development and curriculum in Enfield, curriculum director for Somers, and assistant principal and later acting

principal at the Mabelle B. Avery School in Somers. Fishman said she plans to spend more time in her garden and more time volunteering at her church, St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in East Hampton. She also plans to do some traveling both to visit family and as a vacation. Her first grandchild is expected in November, she said, and she also plans to spend more time with her mother in Florida.

Students Named to Third Quarter Honor Roll at Stafford High School STAFFORD - Francis Kennedy, principal of Stafford High School, announced that the following students of Stafford High School have made the Honor Roll for the third quarter of the 2010-2011 school year. These students have completed all of their class work

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Stafford High School Honor Roll Students Named (continued from page 25) Scott Kominski Thomas Maynard Kyle Pallanck Lauren Shaw Merisah Silvay Benjamin Tetrault Victoria Utter Sophomore High Honors Angelique Bacha Jennifer Bourque Sara Fogarty Ryan Gelinas Joshua Gluck Jonathan Lerch Suzhaunna Lerch Alicia Morgan Michaela Vaughn-Kuehl Megan Watkinson Sophomore Honors Taylor Bain Marisa Brink Evan Cummins Emerson Dolby Emily Fay Natalie Finch Alexander Huffman Amanda Jacobsen Vanessa Knowlton Rebecca Novelli Shelbey Prucker Jaime Sierra

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Home & Garden Somers Beautification Plant Sale at Grower Direct on May 14 SOMERS - The 17th annual Plant Sale will once again be held at Grower Direct, 164 Hampden Rd., Somers. This year at the greenhouses, there will be more perennials. Customers will be able to split the trays of annuals and purchase separate sections for more variety. Pell will again bring shrubs and trees. Meadowbrook will have a large selection of young vegetables plants for your gardens. The sale will be held on Saturday, May

14, from 8 a.m. to noon. Free coffee and doughnuts will be available to everyone who comes to support Somers Beautification and the work it does for the town of Somers. Once again this year students from the Somers High Beta Club will help with the loading of plants into customers’ vehicles. The Somers Fire Department members will help with parking for the event. The group spends its time doing things

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Grower Direct, our local wholesale plant grower, will open its multiple greenhouses for this one morning where you may view and purchase plants from this wonderland of flowers. You may purchase beautiful, healthy plants for your yard or to give as gifts while you support the work of the volunteers who keep the public areas of Somers colorful and attractive. Pell Farms will have shrubs and trees available. Meadowbrook Farms will bring young vegetable plants for your gardens. There will also be selections of perennials as well as acres of annuals in every size. Full annual trays can be split. Please come to the plant sale, enjoy a free cup of coffee and doughnut, meet members of Somers Beautification, Grower Direct, Beta Club, Somers Fire Department, and purchase beautiful plants for your enjoyment all year.

to beautify the town of Somers. All of the public areas around the town are planted and maintained by volunteer members. During the winter holidays, wreaths and other trimmings are put in place to decorate the center of town. You might not have noticed anything this year as everything was buried in the snow. Somers Beautification supports the Cultural Commission’s Summer concerts and gives two scholarships to graduating seniors at the High School. The main focus of the group is to create planted areas for the

enjoyment of residents and visitors to Somers. Since its inception in 1990, Grower Direct has supported and helped the group with the various projects it has undertaken. The public might want to visit just to experience the beauty of acres of blooming flowers and witness how “green” Grower Direct has become. This one day of the year is a chance to purchase lovely, healthy plants to enhance a garden or to give as gifts for friends - or yourself.

Artists Needed for Annual ‘Autumn in the Park’ STAFFORD Stafford Arts Commission’s sixth annual Fine Arts Festival, “Autumn in the Park,” will take place on Saturday Oct. 1, at Hyde Park in Stafford Springs. The Commission invites local and regional artists and full-time art students to submit samples of their work for juried selection by a panel of art professionals. The wide range of media categories includes: painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, fiber and jewelry.

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Stafford Second Annual Bluegrass Gospel Concert STAFFORD - The second annual Bluegrass Gospel Concert will be held to benefit The Safe Net Ministries Food Cupboard at 86 Main St. in Stafford Springs on Sunday, May 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be hosted by Bruce John, area musician, with Stafford's Troubadour Jim Bailey and his family participating. Along with the Baileys will be

Lonesome Valley, a well respected gospel group. The musical concert will be held in the acoustically enjoyable First United Methodist Church at 8 Church St., Stafford Springs. Admission is a bag of non-perishable food or personal care items. See for pictures of last year's event. It promises to be just as entertaining this year.

Reading Club Will Discuss â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Helpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; STAFFORD - The West Stafford Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reading Club is currently looking for serious women readers to join the group. The club meets on a monthly basis on a Monday night. The next meeting is June 6 at 7 p.m. The group will be discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Helpâ&#x20AC;? by Kathryn Stockett. The novel explores how three women

with determination can start a movement of their own that will forever change a town and the way that the women view one another. The book has been described as a wonderful and magical novel. If you are interested in joining, please contact Georgia at 860-684-9500.

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Senior News Off to the Races at the Somers Senior Center

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Senior News East Windsor Senior Services Offers Programs and Trips EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Senior Center is the focal point for East Windsor residents 60 years of age or older who seek out recreational, social and educational programs as well as transportation and nutritional services. We strive to promote the socialization, independence, selfsufficiency, and community involvement of our senior citizens. If you have any comments or questions, please call 860292-8262 or email You can download the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly Senior Services Events & Activities calendar and lunch menu by going to â&#x20AC;&#x201C; select town departments & agencies and then scroll down to Senior Services. UPCOMING EVENTS On May 17, we will have Melissa Green for the Parks & Recreation Department at the center for her monthly craft program from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This month our craft will be Decorative Painted Windowsill Birdhouses. You can sign up early for this very popular program by calling the center. Join us for our new monthly Elder Law Program held on the second Tuesday of every month. We will have an attorney from the law office of Kraner & Hess here for private one-on-one consultations on May 10 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you would like an appointment, please call the office. On May 24 we will be showing the

movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mamma Mia.â&#x20AC;? We will show the movie from 9:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. Donna, played by Meryl Streep, an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raised alone. For Sophieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriendsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tonyaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities. Join us on May 25 as we have a celebration with a special Memorial Day picnic provided by CRT. The menu will be orange juice, hot dog on a roll, baked beans, picnic coleslaw, and watermelon. If you would like to join us, please call Janet at 860-292-8279. TRIPS Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be traveling to Hartford on May 5 for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Join us as we get â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fully Chargedâ&#x20AC;? from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are only $11 per person. Seats are limited; call the center to reserve yours. Join us on May 9 as we travel to Enfield

to Rave Motion Pictures for their Silver Screen Classic movie at 12:30 p.m. The featured movie is â&#x20AC;&#x153;That Hamilton Womanâ&#x20AC;? (1941) starring Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. Sir William Hamilton, a widower of mature years, is British ambassador to the Court of Naples. Emma who comes for a visit with her mother wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cut the grade with London society but she gets along well with the Queen of Naples. Emma likes being Lady Hamilton and life goes smoothly until Lord Nelson pays a visit. Sir William decides at first to let his young wife have her fling and pretends not to know what is going on. But the real life lovers, whose first screen romance was in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fire Over Englandâ&#x20AC;? (1937) have an even more burning passion for each other in this film. Join us as we travel to Eastern Connecticut State University for their monthly Brown Bag Concert on May 6. We will leave the center at 11 a.m. and return at 1:30 p.m. You may bring your own lunch to enjoy as the students perform for you. This is a free program offered through the university. Please call the center if you would like to attend. Join us on May 11 as we travel to the Warehouse Point Library to watch the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Kill a Mockingbirdâ&#x20AC;? from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is part of the

libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books Made into Films Book Discussion Series. If you can join us, please call the center by May 9 to reserve your seat. Join us for a special dial-a-ride trip to the Connecticut State Library in Hartford for their monthly Brown Bag Lunchtime Speaker Series. On May 19 we will leave the center at 11:30 a.m. and return at 1:30 p.m. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speaker will be Matthew Warshauer. Mr. Warshauer is a professor of history at Central Connecticut State University and will discuss his new book Connecticut in the American Civil War. Admission is free. Bring your own lunch. The Wall That Heals is coming to East Windsor from May 19 -22. The senior center will be taking two trips to see the wall on May 20. We will have limited seats available for transportation so call early to reserve yours. Join us for a motor coach trip to Foxwoods on Tuesday, June 21. We will leave the center at 8 a.m. and return at approximately at 5 p.m. The cost of this trip is $20 per person. The fee includes bus, driver tip, a $15 keno bet and a $15 food voucher. Yes, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $30 worth of coupons for only $20. The bus is almost full and seats are limited; call the center today to reserve yours. This trip is open to all residents.

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Regional Enfield Teens Create â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Teens Who Think, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Drinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Campaign the EYC members attended a four-day conference on how to prevent underage drinking and enforce underage drinking laws. Students participated in seminars about developing positive messages that empower youth and using marketing and the media to reach teens. Attendees were encouraged to take the prevention techniques back to their coalitions, schools, communities, lawmakers, etc. in order to make progress in preventing underage drinking at the local level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vinnie Farina Jr. and Patrick Knighton, active members of the Youth Council, attended the conference and were instrumental in developing the campaign,â&#x20AC;? said Haughey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recognizing that the prevention efforts spearheaded by ETC are directed primarily at parents and adults in the community, they proposed creating a

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slogan that would reach a new target market - the youth in Enfield. Vinnie and Patrick used the knowledge they learned at the conference and worked with their fellow EYC members to create â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Teens Who Think, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Drink.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? The Enfield Together Coalition was established to assess the extent of substance use in our community and to develop ways to reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs by Enfield youth. By raising awareness, educating parents, youth, and retailers and supporting the enforcement of underage drinking laws, the Coalition is united in the commitment to preventing and reducing underage drinking in Enfield. For more information on preventing and reducing underage drinking in Enfield or to get involved with the Enfield Together Coalition, visit

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ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Enfield Together Coalition (ETC), a community coalition committed to preventing and reducing underage drinking, in partnership with the Enfield Youth Council (EYC) is launching a campaign to encourage teens to stay alcohol free. Designed by Enfield teens, the campaign slogan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teens Who Think, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Drink,â&#x20AC;? is being launched as part of National Alcohol Awareness Month and will be used during prom and graduation seasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The slogan the teens came up with is right on point and the response to it has been fantastic,â&#x20AC;? stated Jean Haughey, director, Town of Enfield Youth Services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When teens take the initiative to reach out to their peers with a positive message about making smart choices, there is a much greater likelihood that the message will get through. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful to see our young people taking a leadership role in the community.â&#x20AC;? According to Haughey, the campaign is designed on the premise that while alcohol

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Auto Prius Plug-In Hybrid Undergoing Testing: Available by 2012 The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid that is three hours on a standard outlet to get the the subject of this review is a “corded” juice to run this Prius for up to 13 miles. hybrid in that it needs to be plugged in to That’s more than enough juice to run get the electrical power it needs to run sans around to do some errands. Most folks are internal combustion engine. It’s a vehicle going to be able to get to work at least one slated to hit the U.S. market in 2012, yet it way before the gas engine ever kicks in. has been loaned to me for a Some are going to have to use a few days by Toyota for testing mixture of gas and electric, but now. figure it’s still roughly twoThis is what is called a prethirds a gallon of gas you’ve production model. After all, saving each time you charge up BEHIND only about 150 Lithium-ion– or about $2.25. The Wheel battery powered Prius PlugWhen it comes to pure elecins are part of a demonstration tric power, the Prius Plug-In no program in several U.S. cities, match for its two main comincluding New York and KEITH GRIFFIN petitors: the Chevy Volt and the Boston, where my loaner has Nissan Leaf. The Volt has a traveled from for review. The vehicles are battery system that provides 25 to 50 miles being placed with program partners in the of range before a gas engine takes over to U.S. to demonstrate plug-in hybrid tech- power the batteries for a total range of nology, educate and inform the public, about 375 miles. The Leaf is a pure electric evaluate performance and better under- vehicle. Once its batteries are depleted stand the technology’s benefits to future after about 100 miles it can be driven no customers. more. It is a simple vehicle to plug-in, as long So, what’s the advantage to the Prius? as you are not living in an apartment build- This plug-in is based on the third-generaing. The reviewer for the Boston Globe tion Prius. As I stated at the top, more than had to run a power cord from his second- 3 million have been sold worldwide. It’s a floor apartment. That could explain why proven vehicle – something that can’t be the power charge door didn’t close flush said yet about either the Leaf or the Volt. but a cap on the electric port adds a further Here’s some of the technical info on the level of protection. plug-in Prius. It works with Toyota’s Fortunately, my home has a garage with Hybrid Synergy Drive system and coma convenient outlet because you only need bines high-output lithium-ion batteries to


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