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• EAST WINDSOR: Proposed budget gets put to vote May 14 ..............p. 4 • ELLINGTON: Opening Knight Players put a spin on ‘Web’.........p. 7 • ENFIELD: Tasting event benefits learning for kids ..........................p. 13 • ENFIELD: Residents prefer more books, fewer guns in schools ....p. 14 • MONEY: Knowing your financial advisor really pays off ..............p. 16 • SOMERS: This means war! Reenactment set for May 11..........p. 22 • SOMERS: Students find ‘Groovy’ way to assist war veterans..................p. 23 •STAFFORD: Spending plan goes before voters May 15......................p. 27 •SUNDAY DRIVE: Mohegan Sun’s Wine Wednesdays a solid bet ..............p. 34 •CLASSIFIEDS:....................... p. 37-38

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Farmers’ Market Opens The opening day of the Ellington Farmers’ Market is on May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. The inaugural event of the season at Arbor Park in the center of town will feature this spring's newest Barnyard Babies, including a “Name the Calf” contest. More information available on page 9.

A number of familiar faces will be leaving area education institutions as the school year draws to a close. Somers Elementary School Principal Ralph Riola, Asnuntuck Community College President Martha McLeod and numerous area teachers are among those who have announced they will retire this year. McLeod, who will retire from Asnuntuck on June 30, has held the top position at the Enfield community college since 2003. She came to Asnuntuck after serving as the founding president of Bay Mills Community College, a tribal college in Michigan. “Asnuntuck Community College, as well as the state of Connecticut, has been fortunate to benefit from Martha McLeod's inspiring leadership over the past 10 years. We commend her vision, commitment and passion on behalf of Asnuntuck’s students,” Chairman of the Board of Regents for Higher Education Lewis J. Robinson and interim President Philip. E. Austin said in a joint statement. “In particular, President McLeod should be very proud that the three new manufacturing centers located at community colleges statewide were modeled after the highly successful Asnuntuck program, which has placed 95 percent of its students in jobs within six months of program completion. President McLeod noted in her announcement that in the next phase of


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Asnuntuck Murder Mystery The Asnuntuck Community College Foundation recently held its 10th annual Murder Mystery. Among those starring in “The Last Dance of Dr. Disco” were Gary Carra, Tim St. James, Susan Beaudoin, Asnuntuck Community College; Denise Fleming, Rockville Bank; John Tinnirella, First National Bank of Suffield; Gary Cote, The Hangman Wallpaper & Paint; Michelle Hogan, Hair Studio at Four Corners; Gary Guminiak, Hallmark Cards; and Angela Taylor. Additional cameo roles were played by Dr. Martha McLeod, Asnuntuck Community College; Rich and Carolyn Tkacz, Rich’s Oil Service; Joyce Keating, Keating Real Estate; Joanne Kane and Alan Drinan. Michael Helechu directed the production. The event, held at the Holiday Inn in Enfield, which also included raffles and a silent and live auction, raised more than $21,000.

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her life, she is looking forward to spending more time with family and friends, as well as continuing to serve her community. We wish her the very best and thank her for her service to our state, her students, and to Asnuntuck Community College,” they said in the statement. (For more on Dr. Mcleod and her future plans, please see page 15.) Somers Riola became principal of Somers Elementary School in 2009. He came to the town’s schools as a Somers High School English teacher in 1975 and was nominated for teacher of the year during the 1992-93 school year. He became an assistant principal at the high school in 1997. He first came to the elementary school as a co-principal before being named principal. Also retiring from the Somers Public Schools are Deborah Gunsten, a language arts teacher at the Mabelle B. Avery Middle School, and Stephen Mooney, a social worker. Stafford Retiring from the Stafford Public Schools are Kathleen Bachiochi, an English teacher; Jane Davis, an instructional support teacher; Barbara Gilhuly, an elementary school teacher; Cheryll Kleiner, a music teacher; Douglas Smith, a social worker; and Judith Titus, a remedial reading and math teacher. Ellington Retiring from the Ellington Public


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East Windsor Budget for $35.4 Million Will Be Decided at Referendum By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — Residents will vote on a $35,417,536 spending plan for the 2013-14 fiscal year in a May 14 referendum. The budget proposal represents a 3.69 percent or $2,260,067 increase over the current fiscal year’s spending plan. The budget includes $2,782,191 for town government, a 0.26 percent increase; $5,136,228 for public safety, a 2.12 percent increase; $1,566,105 for public works, a 9.15

percent increase; $836,542 for sanitation and waste removal, a 0.73 percent increase; $386,345 for conservation of health, a 20.54 percent increase; $477,608 for recreation, a 3.39 percent increase; $586,684 for insurance and benefits, a $13.19 percent increase, $319,928 for miscellaneous, a 0.95 percent increase; $986,337 for capital improvements, a 109.14 percent increase; $1,367,040 for debt service, a 13.01 percent decrease; and $20,972,530 for the Board of Education, a 3.96 percent increase.

Music Of Johnny Cash at Broad Brook Opera House

Benefit Beer/Wine Taster Helping Restore Damaged Trolleys EAST WINDSOR - The Connecticut Trolley Museum is planning a fundraiser on Friday, May 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Together with Joe’s Fine Wine and Spirits of East Windsor, a wine/beer tasting event will be held on the museum grounds. All money raised will go to restore the trolley cars that were destroyed in the theft of metal last year at the museum. For 70 years, this non-profit organization has been operated almost entirely by volunteers. These dedicated people provide labor and time for operations, maintenance and management. They also provide a “living experience” for their visitors, a three-mile round trip trolley ride through the Connecticut countryside. During 2012, almost 25,000 people visited the museum.

One of the three cars destroyed was Connecticut Company Car 1326, “the Birthday Car,” a special place for children to have their parties. Work on this car is progressing well. They were able to find and repair the controllers and most of the brass hardware needed to repair the window latches, grab iron handles and bells. Tickets to this fundraiser are $25 per person and can be purchased at the museum or online. Also at Joe’s Fine Wine & Spirits and Swede Jewelers, both located in East Windsor. Additional information is available at or contact the museum office at 860-627-6540 or Along with all the “tasting” there will be trolley rides, music, raffles, food and plenty of fun.

A Special Town Meeting to finalize voting hours for the referendum was to be held at 7:30 p.m. May 1 at Town Hall, 11 Rye St., Broad Brook. While the referendum voting hours are currently set for noon to 8 p.m. May 14, the meeting will determine whether they will be expanded to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voting for the referendum will take place at both town polling places, Town Hall and the Town Hall Annex at 25 School St., Warehouse Point.

BROAD BROOK - Fans of Johnny Cash will love “Cash Is King,” a full band Johnny Cash Tribute Show at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St., Broad Brook on Saturday, June 15, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m. “Cash Is King” brings audiences back to the experience of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three in their prime, with a focus on the Sun Records and ’60s prison concerts era. The band as a whole completes the show with full costume and stories of the songs and of Cash’s life through classic songs like “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk The Line,” “Ring Of Fire,” “Sunday

Morning Coming Down” and more than 30 of Johnny Cash’s most known and beloved songs. All tickets are $20 (open seating) and will benefit the Opera House Players, a non-profit community theater group that presents at least four major Broadwaystyle musicals each year. Online tickets available now at or call the box office at 860292-6068 after May 15. The Opera House Players’ 2013-2014 season will open with the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company,” running Sept. 6-22.

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East Windsor Author Visits, Art Show Among May Activities at the Library EAST WINDSOR - The Library Association of Warehouse Point, 107 Main St., East Windsor, will be buzzing with activity this May. Denis Horgan, a longtime, award-winning columnist for the Hartford Courant and author, will be at the library on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. discussing his new book, “The Bangkok World.” The book recalls an age that was so wondrously unique, so special to its time as to be part of history yet, at the same dazzling moment, so exquisitely personal. It features the evocative and powerful photography of William Harting. Penetrating, reflective, funny, smart, bemused, “The Bangkok World” captures those elusive days with so much of the spark and energy that created them. Horgan has worked for newspapers in Boston, Dublin, and Washington D.C., and as editor of the Bangkok World in Thailand. He has been an Army officer, a reporter, an editor, a columnist, a publisher and a copy boy. Beyond his journalism, he has written books of essays, fiction,

short stories and, now, a memoir. He was born in a taxicab. Call the library at 860-623-5482 for more details. East Windsor High School presents its annual Spring Art Show this year at the Library’s Community Room throughout the month of May. Showcased will be artwork from talented and creative 9th-12th graders. Drawing, painting, digital photography, ceramics and sculpture will be on display. The Summer Book Series, World Cultures/Bridges Divides, begins May 15 at 7 p.m. with the novel “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri. The series will discuss the issues around immigration law and the immigrant experience. The series provided knowledge of the traditional values as well as the nature and dimensions of the family and social dynamic around the accommodations necessary to new lives in a new country. The following months will include both film and book discussion by moderator B.J. Smith. Registration is necessary. Please call the

library at 860-623-5482 for more information. The Friends of the Library lecture series continues this month with author Rick Arruzza, author of the “Sparky’s Adventures” series of children’s books on Saturday, May 18, at noon. On Monday evening, May 20, at 6:30, Felicia Ortner, a Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist, will provide an educational lecture about bears and help dispel misunderstandings about the black bear and how to take precautions so as not to attract the bears to your trash cans, beehives and bird feeders. Do you need assistance with downloading e-books from the Warehouse Point Library’s e-book collection onto your Kindle or Kindle Fire? Come to the library on Thursday, May 23, at 11 a.m. for a demonstration on how fast it is to find and enjoy your title on your tablet. This program will focus on Kindle downloads. Please call the library to register at 860-623-5482 or visit in person at 107 Main St., East Windsor.

Tony-Award Winning Musical ‘Next To Normal’ at Broad Brook Opera House BROAD BROOK - The Opera House Players will present the creative, thoughtprovoking musical “Next To Normal” from May 3-19 at the Broad Brook Opera House located at 107 Main St., Broad Brook. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.operahouse or by calling the box office at 860-292-6068. The show will be directed by area performer and director Sharon FitzHenry,

with musical direction provided by Bill Martin. “Next To Normal” tells the story of a family coming to terms with crises, relationships, and mental illness as it bravely faces the future. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this powerful poprock musical has an intense, emotional and ultimately hopeful story that aims right at the heart. Winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, “Next to Normal” is called “brave, breathtaking ... a feel-every-

thing musical” by the New York Times. The Opera House Players is a non-profit community theatre, presenting four major musicals each season. The 20132014 season will include “Company,” “Footloose,” “Cabaret,” and “Les Miserables.” Season ticket packages are available by calling the box office at 860292-6068. The historic Broad Brook Opera House is an intimate venue with seating for 170.


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East Windsor Community News Mother’s Day Plant Sale EAST WINDSOR - The Warehouse Point Fire Department will be holding its annual Mother’s Day plant sale on May 10, 11, and 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The sale will be held at the firehouse at 89 Bridge St., East Windsor and will accept cash and checks. All proceed will go to benefit the Warehouse point volunteer fire department.

Celebrate Mother’s Day, Cruise Night and More EAST WINDSOR - May is a busy month at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Starting on Tuesday, May 7, and every Tuesday through September (weather permitting) “cruise nights” will be held on the grounds. Free admission to everyone whether you are bringing your “wheels” for all to admire or you just want to come and enjoy a summer night out. The snack bar will be open for a quick bite and trolley rides will be available for a small fee. There will also be music and raffles. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 12, all moms and grandmas will get free admission with a paid child’s admission in celebration of Mother’s Day. There is no better way to

spend the day than having fun with your family. The museum will be open from noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, is the second annual Beer/Wine Tasting Fundraiser. Together with Joe’s Fine Wine and Spirits, this event is held to raise money to restore the trolley cars destroyed in last year’s break-in. Historic cars were demolished as thieves stripped the cars of brass and copper. Times are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be food, trolley rides, music and raffles. The Connecticut Trolley Museum is located at 58 North Rd., East Windsor. Only 14 miles north of Hartford or 14 miles south of Springfield. Take I-91 north or south to Exit 45 and then ¾ of a mile east on Rte. 140. More information for all of these events is available at or by calling 860-627-6540.

Summer Youth Theater At Opera House BROAD BROOK - The Opera House Players, Inc. has announced its Summer Youth Theater program at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St., Broad Brook. This program welcomes children ages 718 with no previous theater experience

necessary. Participants will be introduced to theater, acting, scene study, creative movement, vocal exercises, set design, costume, and program design, dance, improvisation and more. This eight-week program runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning with auditions (June 4 at 5 p.m. for 7-12year-olds; June 5 at 5 p.m. for 13-18-yearolds; callbacks on June 6). Rehearsals will begin the following week on June 11 and culminate in a staged production on July 26 and 27. Registration forms for the program are now being accepted. Registration fee is $250. Everyone registered gets a part. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants so registration should be done as soon as possible. Registration form and further details are at

Learn About Bears EAST WINDSOR - The Friends of the Library Association of Warehouse Point are pleased to present Felicia Ortner, a Connecticut master wildlife conservationist, at the Warehouse Point Library Association at 107 S. Main St., East Windsor, on Monday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. Ortner will provide education about bears and help dispel misunderstandings. The DEP states that the black bear is sel-

dom aggressive toward humans. The program will explain how to learn more about the black bear and how to take precautions so as not to attract the bears to your trash cans, beehives and bird feeders. The program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required so call 860-623-5482 to register as seating is limited.

Ghostly Photographer Julie Griffin, a freelance spirit photographer, presents her multimedia program “Ghostly Photographs: true ghost stories you can see with your own eyes” on June 3 at 6:30 p.m. This paranormal investigator will tell the tales behind the real “ghostly” photographs she has taken. They range from balls of energy to full body apparitions. She will also discuss how to tell the difference between dust, moisture, and other natural objects versus an anomaly. The program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required, so call 860-623-5482 to register as seating is limited. Please visit the library website at for all the exciting free upcoming programs that are scheduled.

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Ellington Opening Knight Players Presents ‘Charlotte’s Web’ And More By Deborah Stauffer

ELLINGTON - The Opening Knight Players (OKP) will present a stage adaptation of E.B. White’s beloved children’s story “Charlotte’s Web” May 10 to 12. A treat for all ages! This version of the classic story will have puppets and a live band with original music played and written by students. Last year the drama group performed “Beauty and the Beast” and was an overwhelming hit, with many of the shows sold out. Director Bill Prenetta received so much positive feedback and enjoyed presenting the play to the community so much that he decided to do another children’s play this year. “Personally, I had a wonderful time last year watching the joy on the children’s faces at both our ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Character Tea and performances,” said Prenetta. He also saw how much joy his students had working with the children. Prenetta tries to provide various drama opportunities for his students and this type of performance is just another piece of the larger field of theater. “I believe offering theater for younger audiences will hopefully cultivate children to participate in theater and also to become life-long the-

Julie Bezanson, Elisha Midyette and Tonya Benoit holding their chicken puppets. ater-goers,” said Prenetta. The idea of using puppets came up last year with OKP junior Erin McGrath. After Erin and another member attended a puppet workshop at the New England Drama Festival in New Hampshire, the rest of the group was hooked! Prenetta decided “Charlotte’s Web” was the perfect play to incorporate puppets. Some of the puppets are purchased, like the chickens, which require more than one person to operate each puppet, while several of the puppets

are being made by Erin herself. Using cardboard, plaster, paint and using several pictures taped on the wall as a guide, Erin is creating the pig character “Uncle,” the horse and the cow puppet. Other alreadymade puppets will include a rooster, rabbit, turtle, cat, owl, birds and butterflies! The set crew has constructed an entire barn on the high school stage along with many other items that belong on a farm. The day I visited was their first day off script and with saws humming and drills

buzzing, the OKP members rehearsed their lines. Asked if portraying animals is more difficult, Prenetta said, “Not necessarily.” Usually actors need to find the walk, voice and mannerisms of their characters, so this is just a different type of character they are creating. For this play, OKP actors need to study the animals’ movements and sounds to get the right balance between realism and character. Prenetta has done a few plays in the past with animal characters, but mainly used face painting to create the animals’ looks, so this venture is a bit more complex. For “Charlotte’s Web” they are trying a different type of mask to create the feel of the animal. Kristyn Stauffer plays the goose in the play and spent several hours watching videos on YouTube learning how geese walk and the sounds they make. The cast also visited a farm to see the animals close up. Kristyn’s costume is currently being made and the day of my visit she wore a piece strapped around her waist that will make her backside larger to create the goose look.


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Ellington $50.1 Million Town Budget Goes for Approval on May 21 By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — Residents will decide on a $50,180,837 town budget at a May 21 referendum. The Board of Finance in April voted to reduce the Board of Selectmen’s overall town budget request by approximately $180,000, according to First Selectman Maurice Blanchette. In addition to those reductions, Blanchette said, the current budget proposal also reflects additional funds on the revenue side of the spending plan. Those include a

greater amount anticipated to be available in the General Fund at the end of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. They also include more funding anticipated from the state that had been projected in earlier versions of the budget. The state Legislature has not yet adopted a budget, so those figures still are not firm, Blanchette said. “There’s still plenty of uncertainty,” he said. The proposed budget would from an increased tax rate of 0.5 mills or just under a 1.8 percent tax increase from

the current mill rate of 27.9. With a mill rate of 28.4, a homeowner whose property is assessed at $200,000 would see a tax increase of $100, from $5,580 to $5,680. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The Annual Town Meeting on the budget will be held at 8 p.m. May 14 at Ellington High School. The budget referendum will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 21 at the high school.

‘Charlotte’s Web’ Farm Day on Saturday, May 4 (continued from page 7) “Charlotte’s Web” was adapted by Joseph Robinett and is based upon the Newbery Medal winning book by E.B. White. The stage performance follows White’s classic story of a pig named Wilbur who is saved from the slaughterhouse by a gifted little barn spider named Charlotte. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. In usual Bill Prenetta and OKP form, the play presents a life lesson to those per-

forming in the play and watching. “This play has offered me a tremendous amount of laughter and joy,” Prenetta said. “The rehearsals have been fun and relaxed. I’m most excited to share with the audiences our work regarding puppets. “However, I am equally excited to share our original music. I have a group of four strolling minstrels and four singers that add another magical level to the storytelling.” “Charlotte’s Web” will be presented May 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on May 11 and May 12 at 3 p.m. in the Gordon C. Getchell Auditorium at Ellington High School. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for

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students/senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved by emailing The drama group is sponsoring a “Charlotte’s Web” Farm Day and Picnic on Saturday, May 4, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations for this event can still be made by emailing the address or can be purchased that day at the door. Children will have the opportunity to meet the farm characters, see the puppets and the set, and enjoy some games and activities. For more information on the “Charlotte’s Web” performances, please email Bill Prenetta at wprenetta@ellington

ELLINGTON Ellington Congregational Church, located at 72 Main St., will hold its Indoor Tag Sale on Saturday, May 18, 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 puzzles, books, sports equipment, tools and more. The church is handicap accessible. The location is customer friendly with plenty of parking and the comfort of being indoors. Please contact the church office for additional information at 860-871-6606 or visit its website at

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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 perennials, shrubs, and trees available. Meadowbrook Farms will supply young vegetable plants for your gardens. There will be many varieties of annuals in every size and color. Full and partial annual flats will be available. Please come to the plant sale, enjoy a free cup of coffee and doughnut, meet members of Somers Beautification, Grower Direct, Somers High School Beta Club, Somers Fire Department, and purchase beautiful plants for your enjoyment all year.

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ENFIELD - These days they are a changing. Children of today are growing up in a different world. Gone are the days for many children when they would arrive home after school to find their mom with a plate of cookies. Challenging economic times have meant that many households with children have both parents or in some cases grandparents they are living with all working one or more jobs. Educational Resources for Children, a not for profit 501c(3) organization, provides young people with an educational and social place to go to after school where they can soar. The organization has centers in Enfield, located at JFK Middle School, Henry Barnard, Enfield Street, Eli Whitney and Hazardville Memorial Schools. These centers provide structured and academically challenging after school programming, according to ERFC’s Executive Director Claire Hall. The centers have certified teachers on staff to help students with their homework, along with a variety of enrichment programs. Hall says the centers provide something unique to this age range of students. She said they differ from daycare centers in the fact that they are talking to students about career possibilities, providing programming, which includes culinary and

Dr. Steve Sobel will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Educational Resources for Children May 10th Wine and Beer Tasting Event. Dr. Sobel is nationally recognized for his expertise in educating as well as coaching young people. audio/visual hands-on opportunities. They are teaching students the importance of teamwork and how important life skills are to being successful in school and the workplace. ERFC has found itself in a position of having to provide scholarship support to many of the students enrolled in their programs because of the financial challenges

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tive years. “These kids might be someone you employ in 10 years.” He says his work with young people, including leading a premier basketball team, The Springfield Slam in Springfield, Mass., has been his life’s work. “It personally makes my heart sing.” In addition to Sobel the evening will also include live music from professional musicians David and Lisa Wallace who will be both performing and donating services as the professional duo Silver & Gold. Comedian Joe Ferolano will also be sharing his talent that night as well. Various stations of appetizers will be served. The menu includes platters of domestic cheese and crackers, a pasta station, mini beef Wellington, meatballs, marinated artichoke hearts, mushrooms, along with assorted bruschetta with artisian breads and spreads, to name just a few of the offerings. Dessert will also be served. A silent auction will also provide yet another way for supporters to help raise additional funds that night. Auction items include ski passes, restaurant gift certificates, museum passes and more. Tickets are for sale for $50. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 10 at the Holiday Inn in Enfield. To purchase tickets, visit or call 860-2539935.

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Enfield Residents Back Education Funding Over Armed Security By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD — Residents say they would prefer more funding for education vs. armed security in the town’s schools. Parents and other interested residents packed the Enfield High School auditorium during an April 24 public hearing on the proposed annual operating and capital budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, many commenting about their frustrations with the proposal on social media sites.

Many of their views echoed those of Jennifer Moncuse, of Booth Road, who spoke at the April 15 Town Council meeting. Moncuse, whose twins will be attending kindergarten next year, said she believes it is important for the town to offer full-day kindergarten. She pointed to the common core of standards the state has adopted for schools. She added there is not enough time in half-day kindergarten to meet those standards. The proposal is for a $116,416,897 general fund budget. The proposal includes $54,154.741 for town appropri-

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ations and $64,262,157 for the schools. The overall budget represents an increase of 1.8 percent over the current spending plan. The cost of the school security program, which would involve having armed security personnel at all town schools, would be $610,387. Under the proposed budget, the mill rate would increase from 27.84 to 29.14. A mill represents $1 in taxes for each $1,000 of assessed property value.

Artisans Selling Pins To Benefit Wounded Veterans ENFIELD - Local gift shop Teaberry Treasures, artists and crafters gather to produce handcrafted ribbons in support of the Wounded Warriors Project. “What better way for our all American shops to show our support for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms than to make support ribbons from hand with American artists, materials and love,” said Teaberry Treasures store owner Barbra O'Boyle. “The pins are exclusively on sale from May 1 to May 31, 2013 for a $1 donation

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four-year college who exemplify the characteristics of the Rotary Four-Way Test. In the event’s first year they had more than 300 participants signed up and raised just over $9,000. The Rotary hopes to increase its giving this year. Some of the community projects include: Enfield Police Department’s Toys for Joy Drive, Enfield Food Shelf and Loaves and Fishes, Enfield and Fermi High School Safe Graduation Parties and career shadowing pro-

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Examine Financial Advisor Motives Before Investing Funds (continued from page 17) true, you’ll probably hear the words “guaranteed,” “always,” and “completely” a lot. Where is this in writing? ALL investments have risk. I don’t care if it’s the best investment ever created, made by rainbow fairies with buttercup magic wands: if you are not told about the risks involved, think twice! • There are no urgent, special, or

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it! Make sure you receive, and keep, a complete copy of any paperwork you sign, with the advisor’s signature on it. • If something just doesn’t feel right, ask! Some advisors might try to abuse your lack of investment know-how to get what they want. Remember that your money is yours, and the advisor answers to you. There’s no need to be embarrassed if you don’t understand something. No one was born knowing how rising interest rates affect a bond portfolio. It’s important to have all the information you need to make the most informed decisions. If your questions are belittled, or you get foggy answers, are you working with someone you can trust with your lifetime of savings?

The financial industry may not be widely respected for its transparency or its evenhandedness, but there are respectable professionals who can help you improve your financial picture. Deciding what type of advisor you want to work with, checking an advisor’s background and asking a few key questions can save you a lot of financial heartbreak. Sarah Maskill, a CFP practitioner, is the founder and owner of Financial Answers, LLC, in Somers ( She enjoys sharing financial facts, and writes to bring fiscal harmony to individuals, businesses, and communities.

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Somers Civil War History Day Re-enactment on Somers Common SOMERS - During this 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the Civil War is coming to the Somers Historical Society May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Soldiers in uniform will talk about their uniforms, gear and camp life. They will demonstrate drills, including a firing demonstration. Ladies in period dress will talk about the civilian home front and their involvement. The company cook will demonstrate period cooking over a fire for the soldiers. Company F, Fourteenth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry (14th CVI), portrays a company of the most famous regiment Connecticut sent to fight in the Second Corps, Army of the Potomac, from its initial engagement in the Battle of Antietam to the close of the war at Appomattox Court House. They are a State of Connecticut 501(c)3, non-profit historic preservation, education and reenactment organization

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Somers Mabelle B. Avery Drama Club performs ‘Groovy’ to Help Vets SOMERS - If some Mabelle B. Avery students seem a little “far-out” these days, they just might be getting ready for their upcoming musical, “Groovy,” on May 10. Students have been working diligently since early February to learn what it was like living in the ’60s, and for some students, it has been an opportunity they will never forget. Besides reliving a time that many of their grandparents grew up in, students at MBA have dedicated this year’s performance to help raise funds, and awareness, of a local veterans home in Vernon. “We will be working with the Chrysalis Center of Hartford to help our students understand how our efforts and money will be used,” drama advisor Mark Maciolek said. The Phelps Mansion on Ellington Avenue is currently being renovated to accommodate an additional 10 veterans, and its story connects with one of “Groovy’s” final musical numbers, which happens to be a moving tribute to veterans of all ages. After learning of the needs of veterans, and sharing their story with students, the Language Arts teacher said students understood the connection between art and reality. Maciolek also believes this year’s cast and crew is one of the finest groups of students he has ever worked with. “One of our numbers, ‘Anything is Possible,’ tells it all,” Maciolek said. “Our students believe they can make a difference and there is absolutely no dampening their enthusiasm

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Mabelle B. Avery Drama Club advisor Mark Maciolek (left) oversees drama students during rehearsal for their upcoming musical “Groovy” on May 10. Photo by David Butler II

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Somers Chili Cooks Coming to Somers for Annual Regional Cook Off SOMERS - May 4 will welcome chili cooks from across the country to Pleasant View, 452 South Rd., Somers, as they compete for an opportunity to represent the New England Regional Chili Cook Off at the International Chili Society’s World Championships in Palm Springs, Calif., later this year. The New England Regional Chili Cook Off has had a long history in Somers in the ’80s and ’90s. The event then was held in

Woburn, Mass., before returning to its home in Somers in 2006. Sanctioned and governed by the International Chili Society, the event features cooks competing in Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa categories. There will also be non-ICS categories for a Youth Division for kids under 18 years of age and People’s Choice Chili. Cash awards will be distributed to winning teams. The New England Regional Chili Cook

Off is proud to announce that the event will benefit the Somers Fire Department and Patriot Guard Riders CT and the outstanding work that they do in our community. The event is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tasting kits will be sold at the gate for $7 and two canned goods per adult, kids under 5 and over 70 free. All canned goods will be donated to “Champs Place” a Somers Food Shelf. Live local

entertainment will take the stage. There will be food vendors and crafters. There will be a hot pepper eating contest and DEFCON will have a “Death Match” wing eating contest. For more information, please contact Michael Freedman, chairman of the New England Regional Chili Cook Off at or go to

Middle School Drama Performance Will Help Furnish Local Veteran Home (continued from page 23) for this year’s musical.” Five incredibly talented 7th- and 8th-grade students have choreographed every one of the ten musical numbers. “Students teaching students,” Maciolek said. “It doesn’t get better than

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Somers Town Meeting on Proposed Town Spending Moved to May 21 By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — The Annual Town Meeting will now be held on May 21. Originally scheduled for May 7, the

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Educators Retiring in Region (continued from page 3) Schools are Bruce Brettschneider, director of special services; Ellen Glazer, a language arts consultant at Center Elementary School; Linda Grad, a special education teacher at Center; Patricia McAuley, a library/media specialist/math intervention teacher at Center;Valerie Gagnon, a kindergarten teacher at Crystal Lake Elementary School; Florence Robert, a first-grade teacher at Crystal Lake; Kathy Marohn, a second-grade teacher at Crystal Lake; Kathy Andrews, a special education teacher at Windermere Elementary School; Jean Mudgett, a fourth-grade teacher at Windermere Intermediate School Bruce Andrews, a sixth-grade teacher at Windermere Intermediate; Mary Fortin, a special education teacher, at Windermere

Intermediate; Paula Dargan, a physical eduation/health teacher at Ellington Middle School; Eileen Fuellhart, a math teacher at EMS; Vicki Tubbs, a food service worker at EMS; James Turney, a custodian at EHS; Ron Leach, head custodian at Crystal Lake; and Sandra Fecko, a van driver. Enfield Retiring from the Enfield Public Schools are Melinda Authier, Marlene Clarke, Paula Corkum, Michael Duffy, Laurie Flathers-Dufresne, Barbara Hargraves, Nancy Hayden, Charlene Lauria, Kenneth Lessard, Jean Lugli, Teresa Marek, Elizabeth Ogonis, Deborah Reith, Jane Scordato and Carolyn Young. East Windsor The East Windsor Public Schools were unable to provide a list of retirees, citing privacy and deadline constraints.

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2012-14 fiscal year is $29,933,765, an increase of 2.37 percent or $692,564 over the current spending plan. That would bring a mill rate of 23.77, an increase of 0.65 mills over the current tax rate. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The budget includes $6,040,385 for town government, $20,220,880 for the Board of Education, $275,000 for townfunded capital improvements, $889,260 for capital improvements funded by state grants, $742,547 for capital improvements

funded by potential state grants and $1,765,693 for debt service. If this budget is adopted, a homeowner whose property is assessed at the median assessed value of a house in Somers, $197,800, would see a tax increase of $129. The Annual Town Meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. May 21 in the Town Hall Auditorium. The budget referendum has been rescheduled for June 4, with voting from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium.

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Stafford Residents Will Decide Fate of Proposed Town Spending Plan By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD — Residents will vote on a proposed $38,696,554 in a May 15 referendum. Residents saw a presentation of this spending plan, which includes $730,001 in cuts from the original budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The cuts had been requested by the Board of Finance. The proposed budget includes $9,243,505 for general government, $515,497 for the Stafford Public Library,

$2,005,050 for debt service and $26,932,402 for the Board of Education. The largest cut was made to the school budget, which was reduced by $730,001. The general government budget was cut by $50,000. The proposed budget would bring a 0.77 mill rate increase to 33.06 compared to the current tax rate of 32.29 mills. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The original budget proposal

would have brought a mill rate of 34.02, an increase of 1.73 mills. Under the proposed budget, a home assessed at $200,000 would see a tax increase of $154 a year. The Annual Town Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Community Center. At that time, residents are expected to vote to send the budget to a May 15 referendum. If approved, voting will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stafford Public Library.

Community News May Events at Library STAFFORD - Please Pre-register for programs by calling 860-684-2852 or at On May 2 at 6:30 p.m. - Website Class: Learn how to use Word-press to create a free, simple website of your own to use. May 6 at 6 p.m. - PJ Story Time: Come in your PJs for a Mother’s Day Story and make a gift for a loved one. May 8 at 6:30 p.m. – Book Club - A discussion will be held to discuss the book, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson. May 9 at 6 p.m. – Indian Dinner: Sangita Tesas will demonstrate how to make a traditional Indian dish. Enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends at the library. May 11 at 10:30 a.m. – Sensory Story

Time: All children are invited to attend this story time that is designed to engage all of the senses through music, movement, stories and a variety of play activities. This month will feature the opportunity for children to read to a dog. Therapy dogs make great listeners for children learning to read. May 11 at 2 p.m. – American Girl Story Time: Storyteller Joyce Marie Rayno will present stories featuring the America Girl Dolls. Bring your dolls to enjoy the stories, too. May 23 at 5 p.m. – Dinner and a Movie: Enjoy pizza while you watch a movie on the big screen. May 30 at 6 p.m. – Cookie Mix Gift Jars: Make a special gift for your favorite teacher.

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40th Annual Golf Tournament STAFFORD - This year will mark the 40th annual Rotary Club of Stafford Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held at Elmcrest Country Club, 105 Somersville Rd., East Longmeadow, Mass., on Tuesday, June 4. Your continued support will enable the Rotary Club to provide much needed services to the town of Stafford through the support of the Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation, the Friendship Kitchen, Safe Net Ministries, Student of the Month Program, Stafford Rotary Invitational Track Meet, Summerfest, Safe Graduation, Christmas Fruit Baskets for

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the elderly, and many other local projects we support. Your generous donation will be recognized on the golf course, printed in the banquet program, and will be included in our Thank You advertisement. We look forward to receiving your contribution and appreciate your continued support. If you plan on playing in the event, please call either David Grzysiewicz at 860-684-8342 or Tony Scussell at 860749-9237 during normal business hours to reserve a tee time, or complete the lower section of the registration form and mail it back by May 31. Cost for each player is $125 and includes lunch, golf, cart, dinner, complimentary round of golf, and door prizes.

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Book Club Will Discuss Eleanor Roosevelt STAFFORD - The West Stafford Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reading club would like to welcome serious women readers to our next meeting on May 20. The group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt.â&#x20AC;? This self-portrait is unmatched for its candor and liveliness, its wisdom,

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Stafford Stafford Artist Will Display Pastel Paintings at Local Art Gallery “The Stafford Collection-Then and Now,” a solo exhibit of pastel paintings by award-winning Connecticut artist Elizabeth Rhoades, will be presented by Three Graces Vintage Gallery, 86 Main St., Stafford, from May 8 to June 12. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday, May 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This body of work is exclusively of Stafford landscapes she has painted over the past several years. Having been a Stafford resident for over a decade, Rhoades has devoted this collection of her paintings to showcase the remarkable beauty of this town. In support of her community in Stafford, she is offering Stafford residents a 10 percent discount on the works in this show with proof of Stafford residency.

Rhoades is a signature member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, the president of The Connecticut Plein Air Painters’ Society, an elected member of the Lyme Art Association, an artist member of the Pastel Society of America, The Pastel Society of the West Coast, The Pastel Society of New Mexico, Academic Artists, and the Connecticut Women Artists. She has exhibited nationwide, in juried shows from Cape Cod to California, as well as many solo exhibits in Connecticut. Rhoades holds art degrees from SCSU, and Wesleyan University, and has obtained an advanced degree of sixth level in art education. Originally a watercolorist, Rhoades has been painting in pastels since 2001, after doing coursework in dry media at Central CT State University. She has been a public school art educator since 1977, and she currently teaches elementary art in Enfield. For more information, visit her website at

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Beautification Plant Sale Opens Grower Direct Farm to Public SOMERS - May is a wonderful month you can celebrate Mother's Day, proms and graduations, outdoor cookouts, and the 19th annual Somers Beautification Plant Sale on Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to noon. Grower Direct Farm, located at 164 Hampden Rd., Somers, will once again graciously open its wholesale greenhouse for this one day of the year to the public. You can view and purchase beautiful, healthy annuals from Grower Direct, perennials, shrubs, and trees from Pell Farm, and vegetable plants from Meadowbrook Farm. When you do this you will be supporting the volunteer members of Somers Beautification. These volunteers plant and maintain many public areas in the town, as well as decorating for the fall and winter holidays.

Did you enjoy the lighted spruce this past winter in front of Piedmont Hall? Mountain Tree Service volunteered its time to artfully place the star and lights there. Members of the Somers Fire Department come and do a wonderful job of getting vehicles parked and loaded with purchases while helping to make the event run smoothly. Students from the Somers High School Beta Club assist with carrying purchases and loading cars. You can visit Grower Direct Farms, meet members of Somers Beautification, the Fire Department, Grower Direct, the Beta Club, and visit with friends while you enjoy the beauty of acres of flowers and enjoy a free cup of coffee and a doughnut. Then purchase healthy, colorful plants to give you enjoyment for months or give as gifts to friends.

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tomatoes and basil pesto - paired with a crisp, fruitful Maso Canali Pinot Gris by Alto Adige. From there, the heartiness quotient goes up exponentially with a beautifully textured house made ricotta gnocchi with a Russian River Pinot by MacMurray Ranch drawing out the flavor of the crushed tomatoes and fresh herbs that adorn it. All of this gives way to the piece de resistance - a glorious, grilled veal chop marsala smothered in oyster mushrooms, broccolini and a silk potato - all paired with an equally silky Napa Merlot, courtesy of Freemark Abbey. The evening concludes with a deep dive into the utterly delectable, otherwise known as the Fallen Chocolate Cake with vanilla ice cream, a concoction that all but crystallizes all the sweet notes in the corresponding B.R. Cohn Silver Label Cab from Cali’s North Coast. Wine Wednesday dinner pairings occur each Wednesday during dinner hours and are priced between $75 and $95. While


A grilled veal chop/wine pairing at Todd English’s Tuscany

Regional EatDrinkRI establishing itself as Regional, Culinary Powerhouse those numbers may elicit sticker shock from the casual dinner-goer, a cursory glance at the a la carte prices for the wines alone equals more than half - not to mention the gourmet, four-course meal. Twenty dollar Tastings & Tapas and free, live jazz at the Wombi rock also occur on select Wednesdays. For the complete calendar, more details and more, kindly point your browser to Later that week, the Driver high-tailed it over to the Ocean State for the first annual EatDrinkRI Festival in Providence. It’s not Matt Behan of Behan Family Oysters & Clams offers up his exactly a trade secret wares amongst a field of local farmers, fishermen, and purthat our neighbors to the veyors of fine food and potent potables at the first east are known for putEatDrinkRI Festival. ting out some worldPhotos by North Central Images class edibles.

Perfectly packaged and showcased by festival producer David Dadekian, EatDrinkRI proved equal parts informative, elegant and accessible. Breakout panel sessions on eating local and a slice & dice exhibit with the who’s who of Rhode Island chefs augmented the Grand Tasting in the Providence Biltmore. Set amongst the beautiful backdrop that is the Biltmore Ballroom, hand-crafted beers and select wines gave way to a veritable sea of farm fresh oysters, cheese, brick oven pizzas and more. Boston’s Bully Boy Distillers and South Kingston, Rhode Island’s own Sons of Liberty Spirits proved that one need not leave southern New England to experience top tier vodkas and whiskeys, too. A series of corresponding ‘Forks & Corks’ festival-friendly, prix fixe menus were also available throughout the city that evening, and an elegant jazz brunch at the much ballyhooed Gracies restaurant concluded the weekend on Sunday. Such a combination of well thought out planning and truly awesome offerings truly made this one of the most eclectic, entertaining affairs yours truly has experienced in some time. While the Driver definitely plans on attending again next year, it should be noted that one does not have to

wait an entire year to sample the best the Ocean State has to offer. In fact, Mr. Dadekian is constantly cooking up new ways to stimulate your tastebuds with local flavor. To keep abreast of them all, visit his website at Thanks for reading and see you all at the New England Regional Chili Cookoff ( at Pleasant View in Somers on Saturday, May 4! Stay tuned next time for some (Bone)fish tales about South Windsor’s newest eatery and a Springfield-based street fest that is certainly good for what ales ya.

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flat - a segment first, according to Mazda. It’s all done easily and quickly. All of these factors, however, don’t affect the driving fun. It handles well on curves, accelerates easily on highway onramps, and most importantly it maneuvers well through grocery parking lots. And, yes, that cargo space mentioned above does easily swallow up a week’s worth of groceries. OK, let’s talk safety for a moment. Standard safety offerings include six airbags (front, side and full side-curtain), four wheel disk brakes, anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, active headrests, Dynamic Stability Control, a Traction Control System and a tire pressure monitoring system. Also available are a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system, Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFLS) with autolevelling bi-xenon headlamps and a rear view camera with distance guidelines. It’s a small screen for the rearview backup system but it is crisp. The 2013 CX-5 Sport starts at a competitive $20,695. CX-5 Sport models


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To Our Neighbors and Friends in the Community -The historic Meeting House of the Somers Congregational United Church of Christ, which stood at 599 Main Street for one hundred and seventy years, was destroyed by fire on January 1, 2012. The loss devastated not only the congregation, but also the surrounding communities. Within twelve hours of the fire it was clear that the people of the church would see a new Meeting House built and in the meantime intended to carry on the ministry and mission of the church. At a prayer service held at noon the day after the fire, more than three hundred people shared their grief and listened as the few facts known !"#$%&%'(&)!$*(&#+&%'(&+,-(&!./&%'(&)'$-)'0*&.(1%&*%(2*&3(-(&*'!-(/4&&5%&%'(&)#.)6$*,#.&#+&%'(&*(-7,)(&#$-& pastor asked if there were any questions and the first one was, 89'!%&,*&"(,.:&/#.(&%#&"(&*$-(&%'(&2(#26(&3'#&3#$6/&'!7(& )#;(&%#&%'(&+##/&2!.%-<&%',*&;#-.,.:&'!7(&(.#$:'&+##/&%',*&3((=>?&3',)'&-(7(!6(/&%'(&*2,-,%&#+&%'(&)'$-)'&3',)'&3!*&7(-<& much alive. Through nearly ten generations of members, the heart of the Somers Congregational Church has been caring. In 1727 the first generation of Somers people raised a concern about the people who were settled in what was then known as East Enfield and their safety as they made the weekly trip for worship to Enfield. The need for a visible sign of the presence of God led that generation to seek permission to call a pastor and gather a church. Through the two hundred eighty-six intervening years Somers Congregational Church has consistently provided each generation a gathering place for the community, a source of spiritual and moral guidance, and a welcome place to any in need. Through the years the Somers Cooperative Preschool, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Antique Bottle @6$"A&9#;(.0*&@6$"A&B#-%'&@(.%-!6 Land Trust, Somers Board of Education, Johnson Hospital nurses and administrators, Red Cross Blood Drive, Yoga classes and the Christian Motorcycle Association are among the groups that have found a home in our facility. In the aftermath of the fire we became even more aware of the place the church held in the hearts of many of our neighbors as offers of help, words of encouragement and prayers were offered. As the rebuilding continues it only seems appropriate to invite concerned neighbors to be part of the effort and part of the excitement we are feeling. Our insurance will cover the replacement of what we had in the Meeting House. However, because of changes, requirements and improvements, our challenge is to raise at least $750,000 (seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars) %#&)#7(-&%'(*(&!//,%,#.!6&(12(.*(*4&&C!.<&)#;;$.,%<&;(;"(-*&'!7(&!*=(/A&8D#3&)!.&3(&'(62>?&&9(&'!7(&-()(,7(/&;!.<& donations from concerned neighbors and continue to seek your support. Donations of any size will be gratefully accepted. Our church website provides a weekly update of our progress and an easy way to donate online using a credit or debit card. Checks, payable to Somers Congregational Church Capital Fund, may be mailed to the Capital Fund, Somers Congregational Church, PO Box 295, Somers, CT 06071. For generations, caring for the community has been the focus of the Somers Congregational United Church of Christ and now we build on generations of caring to raise a new Meeting House in the heart of our community. We are humbly grateful for your prayers and support. Sincerely, John Panto, Capital Campaign Chair,

40 North Central News May 2013

Anne Kirkpatrick, Church Moderator,

Rev. Dr. Barry Cass, Pastor

May 2013 North Central News  

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