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• REGIONAL: Find out the Best of the Best in North Central CT...... ..........p. 3 • EAST WINDSOR: Town moves ahead on foreclosures ............................p. 4 • ELLINGTON: Late resident honored for service to town, women ..............p. 10 • ELLINGTON: Town Hall may get makeover for its birthday............p. 10 • ENFIELD: State of roads focus of council public hearing ........................p. 12 • SOMERS: Town roads being sealed in a new, greener way .. ................p. 22 • STAFFORD: Budget woes............p. 26 • SUFFIELD: Sunrise Camp provides fun and learning both ......................p. 33

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Harry Kent’s expertise in near-retirement and post-retirement financial planning have earned him a place in the North Central News Best of Hall of Fame. He is pictured above, left, with his honor being presented to him by North Central News publisher and editor Gary Carra. See story on page 3.

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Our readers have consistently chosen Harry Kent when it comes to financial planning. His expertise in near-retirement and post-retirement financial planning have earned him a place in the North Central News Best of Hall of Fame. Kent Retirement Planning Services LLC on Robert Street in Somers specializes in helping make sure retirees do not outlive their assets. An accredited investment fiduciary, Kent said he is highly successful in protecting retirees’ assets, helping them determine an appropriate drawdown and helping them grow their assets. His investments have averaged a 12 percent return over time. Also in our Hall of Fame is Rockville Bank, now a division of United Bank, which was the first inductee two years

ago, and last year’s winner, Bolles Motors. With these businesses setting the standard for excellence, the North Central News announces the Best of 2014, according to our readers. Best Place for Live Entertainment Palace Theater 75 Main St., Stafford Springs 860-851-9780 Billing itself “The oldest theater with the newest sound,� the classic theater reopened in October 2012 and has quickly become a hit with our readers. According to its website the theater hopes “to provide a classy atmosphere where live entertainment can once again light the streets of this small New England town.�

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Town Will Foreclose on Properties

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EAST WINDSOR — The town is foreclosing on the embattled South Road properties. A Hartford Superior Court judge ruled July 21 to grant a strict foreclosure on the properties, which are owned by Creative Housing Inc., effective Sept. 22. The town sought this decision from the Superior Court because of nonpayment of property taxes. The homes are part of a development built on property owned by the defunct

organization Creative Housing. A 99year ground lease was established by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Army and Creative Housing. The organization has not paid taxes, water bills or utilities and has not maintained the property. The town had been working to help the homeowners find a solution, however, none was reached. The decision affects 16 homeowners. The homeowners own their homes, but the land they are built on was owned by Creative Housing.

EAST WINDSOR – The Department of Human Services is seeking out individuals and local businesses to help make a needy child’s back to school days a lot brighter by taking part in the 16th Annual Pack-It-Back-To-School Program Human Services are filling donated backpacks with essential school items and are given to children who are in need of them. The backpacks are distributed through East Windsor Schools to pre-

serve anonymity. Items being sought out are: New – 3 ring binders colors of red, blue, white and black, filler paper, colored pencils, calculators, markers, college-ruled white paper, zipped pencil cases, pocket folders, “easy tearâ€? notebooks, erasers, pencil sharpeners, composition notebook, post-it-notes, 3 ½ X 5 cards, and pencil sharpeners. Donations can be dropped off at The East Windsor Human Services Department, 25 School

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The American Heritage River Commission hosted its third annual Cardboard Boat Race on June 29. Eighteen enthusiastic paddlers entered the race. First to cross the finish line was 12 year old Lindsay Herms. Proceeds benefited the local Five Corner Food Pantry.

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EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Wellness Coalition and the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department are sponsoring a Movie in the Park Night to be held at East Windsor Park on Thursday, August 14. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with face painting, kids games, bounce house as well as the snack bar being open for

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Best Barbecue Backyard Bar and Grille 89 Enfield St., Enfield 860-741-7711 Backyard Bar and Grille features Black Angus beef. Favorites include the All American Burger, Chop Chop Salad with roasted seasoned chick peas and Backyard Baby Back Ribs. To extend the backyard, seasonal outdoor dining is offered Best Place To Have Your Eyebrows Done LUXE Beauty and Brows 23 South Road, Somers 860-749-3133 LUXE is an international beauty store offering makeup, soaps, fragrances, candles, lingerie, handbags and jewelry. “I give high end personal service helping customers with their everyday skin care and makeup needs. I am an expert brow designer and have over 25 years in retail and spa management. I offer custom blended, high quality mineral makeup,” owner Susan Conte said. When not at LUXE, Conte is a regional makeup artist for Laura Mercier cosmetics. Best Facials/Esthetician Exfole 310 Hazard Ave, Enfield 860-698-9644

The staff of Lori Spielman Landscaping was named one of the Best in North Central CT. Exfole offers a warm and welcoming environment for women and men of all ages to experience the ultimate in facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasions, and derma sound and ultrasound treatments. Best Carpenter Coper Lane Builders 113 Cooper Lane, Stafford Springs 860-684-9172 Cooper Lane Builders owner Nick Hine credits experience for the business success. Accepting everything from small jobs to building whole houses,

Cooper Lane has “built” a reputation for excellence, our readers say. Best Orthodontist Dr. Adam Daniels Connecticut Valley Orthodontics 219 Talcottville Road, Vernon 860-872-8361 Our readers say when it comes to their orthodontic needs, they prefer to go straight to Dr. Adam Daniels.

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Trolley Museum Announces Summer Video Competition

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EAST WINDSOR - The Connecticut Electric Railway Association will be awarding cash prizes for three, 5 to 15 minute videos that it believes have captured the essence of the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Prizes of $100, $50 and $25 are available for video that can be used for marketing and promotional campaigns. In addition, the association will present our “Guest Operator Certificate” (a $55 value) to the three winners

for a hands-on, trolley piloting experience! The competition is open to all and runs through Sept. 1. A fivejudge panel will be convened the first week of September to view all submittals made to YouTube by registered contestants. If you are a talented/creative amateur videographer, a camcorder aficionado or just a weekend indulger of the handheld device, give the contest your best efforts and walk away with some easy money plus the prestige

of having your name on the credit-roll of the video that will represent the Connecticut Trolley Museum in various arenas across the New England landscape. Entering is easy. You can find, and download, full contest details at: The Connecticut Trolley Museum is located at 58 North Road in East Windsor.

Volunteer Drivers Sought to Help Seniors, Visually Impaired

EAST WINDSOR - Independent Transportation Network / ITNNorthCentralConnecticut that provides dignified transportation for seniors and the visually impaired needs volunteer drivers What if you could make a big difference in someone’s life….in just two hours a week. You can save seniors and the visually impaired from isolation in their homes.  Become a volunteer driver for the Independent Transportation Network/North Central Connecticut. They provide affordable, dignified, door-through-door rides within North

Central Connecticut. This is a unique service.  We help riders shop and pick out their items, go to doctor appointments, bingo – even lunch with friends. Mileage for drivers is reimbursed. Transportation is the link to independence, quality of life and social interaction. Volunteer drivers under this program fill a crucial gap. Those who wish to utilize the service will pay an annual membership fee of $40. Ride charges during the day are a $4 pickup fee and $1.59 per mile.  In return, they will enjoy peace of mind knowing that a clean, private car and safe, experienced

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EAST WINDSOR - East Windsor Senior Center is looking for Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers. If you have a valid drivers license, have a reliable vehicle and want to do something to give back to the community, this is the opportunity for you. Mileage reimbursement is available. Please call Janet Vining at 860-292-8279.

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Crystal Lake Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held at Crystal Lake School to officially launch the renovation and expansion project at the school. Principal Michael Larkin, Superintendent Stephen Cullinan and Board of Education Chair Dan Keune addressed the student body and invited guests to express gratitude to the citizens of Ellington for their support of this project.   Special golden shovels were

delivered to teachers by the school’s tiger mascot, Stripes. Students were then each given a turn to help dig the foundation.  The project is expected to be completed for the 2016-2017 school year, at which time the school will transition from its current K-4 grade configuration to a K-6 configuration. 

ELLINGTON - Ellington High School will host freshman orientation on Thursday, August 21 from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Administrators, guidance counselors, and upperclassmen will provide information about schedules, programs and activities, as well as a walkthrough

ELLINGTON - The Ellington Women’s Club, as their annual fundraiser to benefit local community projects and organizations in need, will be selling gift items depicting scenes of Ellington, on a monthly basis. The specialty items include mugs, trivets, key rings, kitchen magnets,

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of each student’s schedule. Students will have an opportunity to tour the building and visit class locations and lockers. All incoming freshmen are encouraged to attend. For further information, contact the Guidance Department at 860.896.2357.

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He is committed to providing “extraordinary care by creating a customized treatment plan to address your individual needs, by remaining approachable, and by listening to all concerns no matter how big or how small they may be.” Dr. Daniels and his staff are warm and wonderful, and a pleasure to work with. Best Boutique Moxy 122 Mountain Rd., Suffield 860-254-5045 Moxy has a fine jewelry store on one side with gold, sterling, platinum, diamond engagement rings, diamond fashion rings, pendants, tennis bracelets and wedding bands. The other side consists of upscale trendy apparel, designer handbags, fashion jewelry and scarves. According to their webiste, Moxy’s “fun trendy items are hand-picked with a limited quantity We carry a variety of handmade items from local artists such as handbags, belts, hair accessories, scarves and jewelry.” Best Mexican Acapulco’s Mexican Family Restaurant and Cantina

You can find the best ice cream at The Collins Creamery according to our readers. 61 Palomba Dr., Enfield, 860-763-5000 Acapulco’s began with a restaurant in Sudbury, Mass., and has expanded to several locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. “Unlike others, Acapulco’s honors its authentici-

ty and family spirit. Everyone works together, not only as a team but as a family. When customers come to Acapulco’s they are treated just that way, like a part of our family,” according to its website. Best Coffee Middle Ground Cafe 42 Main St., Stafford Springs 860-851-8900 Middle Ground features organically grown and local products. “Our vision is to serve as a hub for all walks of life to gather and delight in our quality coffee, tea, and espresso, all at a great price. You can peruse the latest art exhibit, enjoy a

good book from our Take-a-bookLeave-a-book station, or just settle down for a delicious meal. And did we mention, everyone has been raving about the Huevos Rancheros sandwich,” they say on their website. Best Pharmacy Somers Pharmacy 629 Main St., Somers 860-749-3433 At the same location since 1953, Somers Pharmacy has always been independently owned, according to owners David and Kari-Ann Guerette. The family-owned pharmacy’s staff includes both of their children, one of whom is a pharmacy technician. In addition to being a full-service pharmacy, the store carries gifts, cards and other items people might need to buy in a small town, without having to head out of town. Since pharmacist Kari-Ann Guerette is a cancer survivor, she said they offer services to cancer survivors, from advice on products to where to find services. The store also sells its own brand of bottled water, proceeds from which benefit local groups. The store also offers delivery service. Best Car Wash Don’s Auto Care Center 14 North Rd., East Windsor 860-292-8917 Readers say Don’s is the best place when you want a clean car. Owner Don Walker credits being an on-site, trained

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Town Approves Tax Abatement; Selectmen Honor Resident


ELLINGTON – The town is giving Village Properties Associates a 75 percent tax abatement to bring its corporate headquarters to town. The tax abatement was approved unanimously at a Special Town Meeting July 21. Village Properties Associates is better known as the Barnyard Enterprises and Great Country Garages. The company already has a location in town, but plans to expand. The tax abatement will apply to the increased property assessment for a two-year period based on the Oct. 1 grand list imme-

diately following the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the expansion. Wall of Honor Members of the Board of Selectmen voted at their July 21 meeting to name Rachel Wheeler-Rossow to the town’s Wall of Fame, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. Wheeler-Rossow, who served on the Board of Selectmen, died on Nov. 29. A town resident since 1970, she studied in the Carmelite Monastery, Barrington, R.I., and was co-founder and president of Alpha and Omega Inc., consultant to the Department of

ELLINGTON - Story Hours for children ages 3 to 5 years old will be held at the Hall Memorial Library, in Ellington, every Tuesday morning through August 19. These story hours will include books, flannel board stories, songs, movement activities and an occasional short video. The program will be held

from 10:15 to 11 a.m. in the Children’s Program Room upstairs at the library. Registration is not required and parents are asked to wait in the children’s area during the program. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 860-870-3160.

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and on various boards and commissions for Ellington and the state. “She was a very well-known figure here in Ellington,” Blanchette said, but also was known nationally for her public service.

ELLINGTON — State Representative Christopher Davis (REllington) commended the recent announcement from Governor Malloy regarding a $33,000 state grant being awarded to The Town of Ellington for infrastructure costs associated with connecting the town hall to the state’s Nutmeg Network. The Nutmeg Network is the state’s fiber-optic infrastructure that delivers reliable, high-speed Internet access to municipalities, schools, libraries and emergency services throughout Connecticut.

A total of $1,787,620 was awarded to over 50 municipalities in an effort to expand Internet access to towns, cities and regional councils of governments (COGs). This initiative was developed from the MORE (Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies) Commission, a bi-partisan committee created to develop initiatives that produce efficiencies and cost-savings for municipalities. Rep. Davis, who serves on the MORE Commission, said the initiative will help generate more cost-savings for municipalities.

ELLINGTON - On Saturday, August 23, Ellington resident state troopers will be offering a free Child Identification finger printing and photo ID. The event will be held at the Ellington Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Arbor Park on Main Street. All parents of young children are encouraged to bring

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car was technician and the use of high-quality chemicals for their success. The car wash also uses hot water. Since Don’s is also a repair shop, they use reclaimed oil from the shop to run the boiler that heats the water for the car wash – making them green as well as clean. Best Barber JB’s Scitico Barbershop 585 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-749-6305 Reader’s say JB’s Scitico is a cut above. It’s an oldfashioned barbershop that describes itself as having “plenty of updates.” They specialize in all of the new styles, and the classic old fashion cuts at a very reasonable price.” Best Dance Studio Lisa Bonacker’s Studio of Dance 612 Main St., Somers 860-331-3226 When it comes to studying dance, our readers say Lisa Bonacker’s is a step in the right direction. “My biggest priority is making sure the kids are happy and having fun,” Bonacker said. She also has no dress code and gives her students a big voice in their routines and their costumes. Best Computer Sales and Service Computer Salvage of CT 74 South Road, Somers 860-265-2855

The staff of Anytime Fitness is enthusiastic in its desire to get you fit.

After retiring from Aetna, Charles Colby Jr. started his own business in East Granby. Now in Somers, he “considers himself to be a doctor to the broken or infected computers that find their way to his store,” according to his website. He and his sons, Charles III and Carter, who work alongside their father at the store, “ always makes sure to get customers up to date on the latest anti-virus software and teach them how to prevent having the same problems again.” Best Place to Watch the Game Italian Villa 15 South Rd., Somers 860-763-1342

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Italian Villa scores big with our readers. The place is made special by its atmosphere and the people, longtime employee Nathan Cavaleri said. “It’s like a Cheers, where everybody knows your name,” he added. Best Tire Service Maple Garage & Alignment Center 296 East St., Stafford Springs 860-684-7182 Since 1972, Maple Tire Center has serviced the automotive repair and tires and wheels needs of

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Council Will Host Public Hearing on Road Improvements


ENFIELD – The Town Council is taking to the roads – town roads that is in an Aug. 4 public hearing. The council will hold a public hearing to allow comment on the proposed “Reconstruction and Repair of Various Town Roads and Roadside Elements.” The hearing is in preparation for a referendum on funding for road maintenance, repair and reconstruction. At the July 7 council meeting, Deputy

Director of Public Works Billy Taylor said there was a consensus at a previous meeting that public works was to go back and combine the $10 million arterial list with the list of leftover roads and that had been done. He noted if the council wishes, the department can start the design process this year and start some of the leftover roads next spring or summer. Councilman Carol Hall asked what part of Elm Street would be done for the

proposed $1.4 million. Taylor, said about 600 feet north of Hazard Avenue to just south of Moody Road would be done. Town Manager Matthew Coppler said there have been a number of requests to the federal government for an earmark to do this roadwork. Councilman William Lee said the council should look through the list and consider their strategy, which he said involves being a little more methodical about how they select roads and when to

apply different treatments, and not necessarily the dollar figures that are attached to the street based on the forecast. He said once they have projects out to bid and see how they shape up, they’ll be able to forecast whether they can add streets to this list. The council voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the road issue. It will be held at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 4 in the Town Hall Council Chambers.

ENFIELD - 2014 marks The Pearl Street Branch Library’s 100th Anniversary! Please join us in our year long Pearl Street Branch Centennial Celebration.

The thought provoking series, “Book Discussions through the Decades,” continues with The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris L. West on Monday, August 4 at 7 p.m. at the Pearl Street Branch

Library. The Shoes of the Fisherman is a 1963 novel that focuses on international politics and the role of the Roman Catholic Church in international affairs. The story describes the election and career of a Slav as Pope, 15 years before the historic election of Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II. Special guest facilitator, Reverend Dr. Steven Blackburn, holds a Ph.D. in Religion and is an ordained minister in the Congregational Church. He is also the Library Director at Hartford

Seminary. Refreshments will be served at the discussion and copies of the book are available for check-out at either library location.All programs at the Pearl Street Branch Library and Enfield Public Library are free and all are welcome. To register for upcoming programs and events, please visit the Circulation Desk at either library, or call 860-2536433 (Pearl Street Branch Library) or 860-763-7512 (Enfield Public Library).

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555 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-0399, 860-265-3936 Angelina’s is a family owned and operated restaurant. “We are proud to offer best quality food and make sure that your favorite dishes always taste the same every time you visit. Angelina’s Restaurant is pleased to offer breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week,” owners say on their website. Best Dinner Lulu’s Pizzeria and Family Restaurant 151 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-2377 A family-owned and operated restaurant, Lulu’s specializes in Italian cuisine such as pasta, seafood, pizza, wings, grinders, wraps and burgers. They also offer a catering menu. North Central News readers say it’s the best place for a relaxing dinner.

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In a June 12 ceremony at Enfield Public Library, Sen. John A. Kissel and 360 Federal Credit Union presented Essay Contest Awards to sixth graders. Students from public and parochial schools in Enfield participated by submitting a 300-word essay about one of their happiest days in Connecticut.Front row, l tor r: Cassidy O’Hara (St. Martha School), Holly Jutras (J.F.K. Middle School), Sidney Taffe (St. Bernard School), J.C. Randolph (Enfield Montessori School), Caroline Donelan (J.F.K.), Morgan Shay (J.F.K.). Back row, l to r: Sen. John A. Kissel, Dan Golden (J.F.K.), Brianna Lee (St. Bernard), Ryan Suleski (J.F.K.), Shelby Bedard (J.F.K.), Ethan Amburn (Enfield Montessori), Owen Carroll (J.F.K.), Lucas Reyes (St. Martha), 360 Federal Credit Union Business Development Officer Carissa Pape. Not pictured: Kylie Lang (J.F.K.).

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Best Happy Hour Casey’s 127 West Rd., Ellington 860-870-8784 When the workday is over and it’s time to relax, Casey’s is a great place for happy hour, according to our readers. Casey’s, a frequent winner in this category, offers happy hour fare from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The fare varies but often includes meatballs and sandwiches, according to Eric Carneiro, who owns Casey’s with Bryan Harvell. “We mix it up, pretty much. Every day it will be something different.” Best Pizza Frankie’s Firehouse Restaurant 112 Main St., Somersville 860-749-1230 When it comes to pizza, our readers say Frankie’s has the best “a-round.” According to its website, “Our dough is made fresh daily, serving hand tossed pizzas. Our extensive menu selections are prepared with only the freshest ingredients. Our portions are generous, well presented and reasonably priced.”

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Best Restaurant Overall Basil’s Restaurant 64 West Stafford Rd., Stafford 860-684-9000 Basil’s Restaurant is a great place to eat, according to our readers.“Basil’s Restaurant offers a fresh alternative to the typical dining experience,” according to its website. “At Basil’s, our goal is to create for you the best possible dining experience by carefully preparing and using the finest quality, freshest ingredients” Based on their return win as Best Restaurant we’d say they have achieved that goal. Best Ice Cream The Collins Creamery 9 Powder Hill Road, Enfield 860-749-8663 The Collins Creamery was founded in 1997 by Jack and Mavis Collins of Powder Hill Farm. As bulk milk prices began to drop in the 1990s, the opening of the Creamery was part of an effort to diversify its operations. And our readers say they are sure glad they did! The ice cream is freshly made on the farm and

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there are more than 20 flavors to choose from, as well as frozen yogurt, soft serve, and old favorites such as banana splits and chocolate chip cookie sandwiches made with your choice of ice cream! Best Bank Savings Institute Bank & Trust 85 Freshwater Boulevard, Enfield 860-741-3511 Formerly Willimantic Savings Institute, Savings Institute has 20 offices in Eastern Connecticut. Its mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and businesses within the communities it serves while sustaining financial stability and optimizing shareholder value. Our readers say it’s just the place when you want to “save” the day (or for tomorrow). And, no other bank in the local area has made such a strong commitment to serving the borrowing needs of local business Best Local Entertainment Sonny’s Place 349 Main St., Somers 860-763-5454

Formerly Somers Golf Center, Sonny’s Place was renamed in honor of Sonny Antonacci, the father of owner Jerry Antonacci. Sonny’s now has a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, a bar, and banquet facility in addition to the well known driving range, arcade, miniature golf, batting cages, gocarts and a rock wall. Best Package Store Joe’s Fine Wine and Spirits 149 North Rd., East Windsor 860-623-7323 Joe’s offers specialty beers, whiskeys and bourbons, as well as a growing category of boutique spirits and wines, according to manager Krysta Ramaeka. Owned by Leslie Hickey, who named the store for his father, Joe, the store offers great products and personalized customer service, Ramaeka said. Best Garden Center Garden’s Dream 355 Taylor Road, Enfield 860-835-6652 When it comes to gardening, our readers say that shopping at this garden center is downright dreamy.

Best Auto Repair Service Shop People’s Auto 23 Field Road, Somers 860-763-0711 People’s was rated first by our readers for their service. People’s was established in 1978 and our readers felt it was comforting to know that it is family owned and operated by folks right in their neighborhood. Best Landscaping Service Lori Spielman 177 Abbott Rd., Ellington 860-875-2419 Lori Spielman Landscaping Inc. is a full-service landscaping company specializing in commercial and residential landscaping, irrigation installation and maintenance golf course / athletic field construction and maintenance. They have qualified employees as well as a complete fleet of vehicles and equipment to complete the job. They say one reason readers think they’re the best is that they have the equipment to do the job right and the personnel to get it done on time. Best Lawn Treatment Company Green Carpet Lawn Care 216 Field Rd., Somers 860-698-9630 Green Carpet is a family-owned company whose motto is “The lawn care company that cares.” Apparently, that certainly cuts it with our readers. Best Dealership, New Cars Artioli Chrysler Dodge 525 Enfield St., Enfield 866-281-6517

Artioloi has been family owned and operated since 1975. “Here at Artioli we pride ourselves on being No. 1. You can’t do this without the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We value our relationship. We truly believe it’s service before sales,” according to their website. Best Dealership, Used Cars Lee’s Auto Ranch 171 West Rd., Ellington 866-431-8210 According to their website, in the late 1880s the Luginbuhl family migrated from Switzerland and settled in the local farming community. In 1994, Lee founded his first business venture including mechanical repair and autobody work. Since these early beginnings, Lee’s has grown from only two employees to more than 40. They say their philosophy is that happy customers and word of mouth are the best advertising. Our readers say they have succeeded. Best Financial Planner Sarah Maskill 335 Mountain Rd., Somers 860-746-4251 When it comes to financial planning, our readers say they trust Sarah Maskill, CFP, of fee-only Financial Answers LLC. Maskill founded Financial Answers to provide hourly, as-needed financial planning and advice to individuals and families, regardless of their net worth, income, or investable assets.  “I do not accept commissions or a percent-

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age of a client’s account,” says Maskill. “I work solely on an hourly basis, so people from all walks of life have access to fiduciary-caliber, unbiased financial advice.” Best Real Estate Agency Connecticut Commercial Real Estate 612 Main St., Somers 860-851-9644 When it comes to real estate, our readers say the prefer Connecticut Commercial Real Estate. Its operations include the sale and leasing of all forms of commercial real estate, as well as businesses. The firm also provides buyer and tenant representation services, and is licensed in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Best Realtor Kathy Leno Remax Hometown 151 Hazard Ave., Ste. 12, Enfield 860-614-8143 A realtor for 15 years and a Somers resident, Leno is the pick of our readers when comes to realtors. “I love what I do, and I think I treat all my clients like they’re the most important,” whether it involves a tiny condo or a mansion, she said. “Because it’s their dream home.” Best Hair Salon Cutting Loose Salon 95 South Rd Unit 26B, Somers 860-749-3200 Founded by master stylist Coral Pleas in 2008, Cutting Loose Salon’s motto is

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E2= Exceeding Expectations, according to its website. “Nothing is more important to us than the guest. We strive to ensure that every guests experience is extraordinary, delectable, and consistent.” Best Hair Stylist Chrissy Grondin Heads Up and Body Works Salon 67 S Rd, Somers, CT 06071 860-763-2235 When it comes to having their hair done, our readers say Chrissy Grondin of Heads Up in Somers does it with the

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Best Florist The Growth Company 167 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-749-9237 The Growth Co. has been serving

Enfield and Windsor since 1976. They are family owned and operated. “We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements for every occasion, from every day to beautiful sympathy pieces. We have gifts, fruit, gourmet baskets, and backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect,” they say on their website. Best Antique Shop Finishing Touches 62 South Rd, Somers 860-749-9900 Finishing Touches carries an eclectic mix of furniture, gifts and items for the home, as well as vintage jewelry and custom window treatments and upholstery. The store also offers painting and upholstery services, which are done by local contractors. Best Gift Shop Beautiful Things Interiors & Gifts

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12 South Rd., Somers 860- 265-7855 When it comes to their favorite place to buy gifts, our readers once again love Beautiful Things. They especially enjoy Beautiful Things’ eclectic mix of items. Best Gym/Fitness Center Anytime Fitness 99 South Rd., Somers 860-265-3009 Our readers say Anytime Fitness works out for them. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Our locations are dedicated to helping members reach their fitness goals. Providing a friendly and supportive environment open 24 hours with private showers and access to 2500+ facilities nationwide, our clubs offer a variety of cardio and strength equipment, classes, core and TRX suspension training, and free fitness assessments,” said area director Joyce Hyde. Best Veterinarian Ellington Center Animal Clinic 64 Main St., Ellington 860-871-3064 Dr. Joe Prichard, an Ellington native, opened the animal clinic in 2000. It offers 30-minute appointments so the veterinarians have time to get to know clients and their pets. According to its website, “Our clients choose the Ellington Center Animal Clinic because they want veterinary care that emphasizes quality medicine and compassion-

ate care. Our doctors and staff all strive to deliver comprehensive, quality medical care and recognize the importance of client communication and education.” Best Dentist Dr. Michael Nero 646 Main St., Somers 860-749-9911 When it comes to dentists, our readers say it’s Dr. Michael Nero who makes them smile. “Our patients are our most important asset, and we strive to develop long-lasting, trusting relationships with all of our patients,” he states on his website. Best Doctor Dr. Timothy Fignar 15 Palomba Drive No. 5, Enfield 860-745-1623 A family physician, Dr. Timothy Fignar sees patients of all ages. “Family medicine specializes in you and we are honored to be your medical home,” he says on his website. Best Optometrist Dr. David Palozej 72-II West Stafford Road, Stafford Springs 860-684-2191 Palozej Eyecare has our readers seeing the light. “We strive to treat each and every patient as a member of our family and are dedicated to providing our patients with the clearest vision possible,” they say on their website. Best Golf Course Cedar Knob Golf Course 446 Billings Rd., Somers


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860-749-3550 An area institution since 1963, Cedar Knob wins the “Best Golf Course” title for the sixth year in a row. The 18-hole public course, which also has a pro shop, restaurant and bar, offers programs and lessons for duffers of all ages. Experienced pros and quality merchandise are available every day. Save gas and stay local! You won’t find a better or more meticulously maintained golf course. Best Home Decor Shop Kloter Farms 216 West Rd., Ellington 860-871-1048 Kloter Farms is a family-owned and operated business. At Kloter Farms, they work very hard to earn your business. “It is our goal to provide you with the highest quality products, at the very best price possible,” according to their website. Best Lawn and Garden Ellington Agway 74 West Road, Ellington 860-875-3355 A third-generation family business,

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gen, Scruples Boutique and Day Spa has a wide variety of result oriented treatments, offering the ultimate in hair, skin and body rejuvenation.” Best Nail Salon Julie’s Personal Touch 111 Main St, Somers 860-265-7467 When it comes to getting their nails done, our readers say it’s best to go where you get the “Personal Touch.” Best Home Improvement Company T Square Builders 330 South Rd., Somers 860-763-5633 T Square Builders has built up a good reputation with our readers. The company was disestablished in 1995 father and son team Dan and Dave Tullock with a commitment to the highest level of quality construction and customer satisfaction, according to their website. Best Deli/Market Geissler’s Various locations When you are looking for fresh foods and quality deli items, our poll shows that people still do prefer their home-

town store. Best Banquet Facility Joanna’s Banquet 145 Main St., Somers 860-763-5060 Joanna’s describes itself as “Connecticut’s most affordable yet elegant banquet hall.” Our readers agree, for banquets it’s the place to be. Best Bridal Shop Lewin’s Boutique 585 Hazard Ave, No. 3, Enfield 860-749-2877 When they’re ready to say yes to a wedding dress, our readers say they trust owner Monica L. Berry, who offers 25 years of experience in the bridal business and 40-plus years as a seamstress. Best Furniture Store Bakers Country Furniture 42 W. Main St., Stafford Springs 860-684-2256 Founded as G.H. Baker in 1808, Bakers occupies a turn-of-the-19th century Victorian home. The store features country and traditional styles with many different furniture lines and antique reproductions.

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Best Home Heating Oil Company Williams Fuel Oil Co 162 East St., Stafford Springs Owned and operated by Christopher Williams, the company our poll says residents warm up to, uses “an up-to-date, computerized delivery system, which enables us to monitor your automatic delivery service,” so you don’t having to worry about running out of oil. Best Motor Sports Dealer Enfield Motor Sports 27 Palmoba Dr. , Enfield 860-741-2173 Family owned since 1971, our readers say this is the place to buy and service motorcycles and everything related to them. Most Trusted Medical Facility Johnson Memorial Hospital 201 Chestnut Hill Road, Stafford Springs 860-684-4251 While no one wants to need a hospital, our readers say if they do need one, they feel best about Johnson Memorial. They offer inpatient and outpatient services right here in North Central Connecticut. Best Pool Company Vernon Poolman 540 Talcottville Rd., Vernon 860-872-1926 Serving the area for more than 25 years, Vernon Poolman specializes in the sales and installation of in-ground pools. The company also does pool renovation and service work.

ELLINGTON - In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, Lee’s Auto & RV Ranch will host an Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The event will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 171 West Road, Route 83, Ellington. Owners say, “As a family owned and operated business we pride ourselves on the values of family and loved ones. Each year thousands of children are diagnosed with some form of cancer. As a family here at Lee’s we find this heartbreaking and would like all of us to pull together to make a difference.” Among the activities: -Guess the amount of lemonheads in the jar to win a local folk oil change card ($350 value) -Classic car and bike show -Alex’s lemonade stand to fight childhood cancer -Guess the amount of lemonheads in the jar to win a local folk oil change card ($350 value) To help make this change the Lee’s family will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers and lemonade. Please stop by and help make a difference with your donation. Enjoy some ice-cold lemonade and yummy Jeff’s Kettle Corn Popcorn. While here, why not take the opportunity to dunk Lee’s service manager!

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Somers New Process Sealing Town Roads in a Greener Way By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS – After the long, tough winter we had this year, the town is taking the opportunity this summer to repair the damage the cold weather brought. “We’ve been very busy working on our roads this year. Obviously, the intersection improvements at the corner of 190 and Ninth District have been very

visible, and all looks to be on schedule to finish before the beginning of school,” First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. The Department of Public Works has completed chip sealing of 12.08 miles of town roads. In a process that began in early July, the department’s workers used a relatively new product that is 20 percent crumb rubber chip seal.

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SOMERS - The Somers Women’s Club recently contributed $1,000 to the Somers Congregational Church for its Capital Campaign Fund. During each club president’s two-year term, funds are raised for a donation to a specific community need. The $1,000 gift, raised during the presidency of Charlotte Stopa, will be doubled by a generous anonymous member of the Congregational Church. This contribution finalizes a year of generosity. During the past year, many other individuals and organizations benefited from the club’s charity and industriousness. A $1,000 college scholarship

was awarded to a graduating high school senior. The Network Against Domestic Abuse received toiletries, socks, scarves, slippers and numerous personal items valued at approximately $7,000. Monthly food donations to local food pantries amounted to an estimated $3,500, and the donation to the yearly Christmas Toys for Tots was valued at over $600. The organization began a new endeavor in 2013, “Bountiful Books”, which collected and redistributed almost 2,000 lightly used children’s books to individual children, schools and youth organizations.


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“This is a 'greener' product than we have used in the past. For every mile of road we seal it recycles 1,400 tires, so we’ll be recycling over 16,800 tires,” Pellegrini said. Tires are ground and used in the mixture. The product was tested on Hampden, Root and lower Stafford roads two years ago with success, she said. It has been found to be durable and should last longer than the older method. “Residents like the product as it does not result in their lawns being strewn with large amounts of loose stone as with the old method of chip sealing,” she said. The roads the will be sealing this year are George Wood Road, Shaker Road,

School Street, Maple Street, Pinney Road, Pioneer Heights, Ninth District Road from Vision Boulevard south, Vision Boulevard and Billings Road. The department also recently completed crack sealing on Bilton Road, Pinedale Road and White Oak Road, as well as doing repairs and patch of pavement on other town streets. “This winter was tough on the roads, and there is a lot to do, but the weather has been cooperating and crews are out there working. In August we will focus on repairing and replacing catch basins and as we go into fall, we will focus on drainage improvements, culvert replacement and tree trimming,” she said.

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SOMERS - Starting from humble beginnings, The Somers Great Escape Road Race has become a destination race, attracting runners from all over New England, New York and beyond to enjoy a beautiful autumn morning running past the meadows and horse farms of Somers. It caps off the summer and kicks off the autumn running calendars. The Great Escape has grown in ways unimagined since its origin in 2000 with 96 runners and a staff of five. Starting with wheel-measured courses and hand-held timers, the Great Escape has progressed to USATF certification, chip timing, a pace car and a field of over 400 runners with almost 30 staff to make it all happen. The race is also now a member of the Southern New England Athletic Association. Runners can compete in either a 5K or 5-mile race. Both have attracted an increasingly competitive field with men’s and women’s 5K course records of 14:04 and 16:16 and 5-mile course records of 23:28 and 26:39 respectively. Recent Great Escape participants have gone on to win the Hartford 5K and

Hartford Marathon. Runners consistently report their appreciation that the course is well-marked, closed to traffic and has long straight-aways allowing for fast times. In addition to prize money of over $3500, there are medals for age division winners and a complimentary “beverage for a bib” at the Rotary Beverage Pavilion at the 177th Annual 4-Town Fair after the race. The race starts promptly at 8 a.m. on

Saturday, September 13 at 2 Vision Blvd, Somers, CT. The pre-registration fee is $20/ $25 day-of-race and all participants receive a T-shirt with its classic “Convict” logo. Proceeds benefit the Somers Rotary Scholarship Foundation. Runners can sign up for the race online at or by stopping at Club Fitness in Scitico Plaza or the United Bank branch in Somers to pick

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Back-To-School Backpack Program Seeks Donations of Goods, Cash


SOMERS: The Town Human Services Division is Somers is seeking donations of school supplies as well as funds to support its annual Back-toSchool Backpack Program. Children from lower-income households in town may qualify for a backpack full of school and homework supplies. Any donation will be accepted through August 15. As the program benefits children from kindergarten through high school, all types of new school supplies and backpacks which are suitable for all ages are being accepted. Monetary donations are also encouraged so quality products can be purchased at reduced bulk rates. Items being sought include such items as notebooks, binders, zippered binder organizers, iPad covers, loose leaf paper, subject dividers, pocket folders, flash drives, scientific calculators, pencil boxes or binder cases, pencils and pens, pencil sharpeners, rulers, scissors, crayons, erasers, index cards, highlighters, regular or dry erase markers, as

well as backpacks. School supplies may be dropped off at the Somers Senior Center at 19 Battle Street, or in donation boxes in the Town Hall, Geissler’s Supermarket, and other locations around town. Monetary donations must be delivered to the Somers Senior Center by mail or in person. Make checks payable to the “Somers Backpack Program” and mail to P.O. Box 308, Somers, CT 06071. Any Somers residents in need of school supplies for their children may apply for assistance by contacting the Human Services Division no later than August 16. Backpacks and supplies will be distributed to qualified applicants on Wednesday, August 20 and Thursday August 21. The Human Services Division is located at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle Street, Somers, CT. Business hours: M-Th 8:00am – 4:00pm and F 8:00am – 1:00pm. Phone: (860)-7634379.

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music of J.S. Bach. For the dedication concert, she will draw on composers from the 1700’s to the present. For many of the works, she will be accompanied by cellist Kathleen Schiano, a regular performer with The Hartford and Waterbury symphonies, and Grieg Shearer, principal flutist with the Hartford Symphony since 1993. The concert will conclude with congregational singing accompanied by organ, flute, and cello. Richards, Fowkes & Co. is considered among the finest organ builders in the country. The instrument contains close to 1,000 pipes, all handcrafted for use in Somers Congregational Church. Richards, Fowkes has worked closely with the architect to ensure that the organ not only fills the church with beautiful sound, but also looks at home and natural in the space. Representatives from Richard, Fowkes & Co. will be attending the dedication concert. The church will host a reception after the concert.

SOMERS - Concert and recording artist Christa Rakich will play the dedication concert for the new Richards, Fowkes & Co. organ in the Somers Congregational Church on September 7 at 4 p.m. Rakich is currently Artist-inResidence at the Congregational Church of Somers and also directs the music program at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford. She has served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College, Brandeis University, New England Conservatory, and the University of Connecticut, and as Assistant University Organist at Harvard. Other Artist-in-Residencies have included the University of Pennsylvania and First Lutheran Church in Boston. As a Fulbright Scholar, Rakich studied for two years with Anton Heiller at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. A prizewinner at international organ competitions (notably Bruges 1976), Rakich has received particular acclaim for her interpretations of the

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Somers Village Players ‘Beauty & The Beast’

SOMERS - Somers Village Players Pied Piper Productions is happy to present Disney’s Beauty & The Beast at Worthington Pond Farm and Gardens, 359 Mountain Road, Somers, CT. There will be three performances: Friday, Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The show will be performed in a lovely outdoor setting, in the round. The story is about learning to love and to be loved. Truly a family show, it will appeal to all ages. Tickets can be purchased online at (credit card) or reserve by calling 860-2653342 (personal check). Tickets will probably be available at the door before the performances as well. If the weather is “iffy” the show may move to an indoor facility. Please watch the website for additional information regarding this possibility. Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for seniors and students through grade 12.

Foundation Awards Scholarships

The Macie Grace Foundation awarded nine $1,000 scholarships to local high school seniors. The foundation was created in memory of Macie Grace McCloskey, who passed away six days after birth due to a chromosomal disorder. One of the major goals of the foundation is to give support to families that have an infant child with a fatal illness or have suffered the loss of an infant child. The foundation also assists families in finding resources to maximize their experience with their child. A second goal of the foundation is to provide scholarships to area students that have overcome major challenges in their young lives. Since 2008 the Macie Grace Foundation has given over $40,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors in the area. This year’s recipients were invited to attend a scholarship dinner at La Cucina Hampden House Restaurant in Hampden, Mass. This year the scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors from the towns of Somers, Ellington and South Windsor. Pictured from left to right: Wendy McCloskey Co-Founder, Julianne Folger, Troy Russell, Eddie Hill, Nicole Cartier, Jessica Felch, Kara Williams, Helena Rheault, Mary Roy and Bill McCloskey Co-Founder (Not pictured is scholarship recipient Raven Rucker)

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Town Fiscal Year Hits Second Month without a Budget


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STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Still working to find a budget acceptable to town residents, members of the boards of Finance, Selectmen and Education will meet Aug. 4. The Board of Finance at its July 7 meeting discussed the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Members noted that the Board of Selectmen had approved a mill rate of 33.03, a reduction of 0.3 mills, in order to send out tax bills. The board considered a proposal to

cut $10,000 from the selectmen's budget and $20,000 from the school budget, according to the minutes of the meeting. After discussions, the Finance Board decided it needed to have members of both those boards join them at their Aug. 4 meeting to determine the effects of the proposed budget reductions and where those cuts could be made. Budget referendums on May 14, June 4 and June 18 were defeated. Following the third referendum, town officials decided to wait to schedule a fourth

Group Help for Friends and Families of Addicts

STAFFORD - It seems that every day we read about another celebrity, friend, relative, or neighbor dying from drugs. Unfortunately, addiction is everywhere around us. Before you judge, look aroundâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you might have addiction in your life and are either unaware or in denial. Addiction respects no particular religion. It doesn't discriminate by race, education, age, gender or financial class. There are 12-step programs for both for the addict and for their families and friends. Nar-Anon is an anonymous program which offers support for the friends and families of addicts. Please contact 2-1-1 or go to to find a meeting in your area. (see also ) For further information, call Betsy (860) 729-1805 A Nar-Anon group meets every

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Library Drop-in

ENFIELD - Join the Enfield Library Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. for one half hour of nursery rhymes, songs, and finger plays. This is a drop-in program that is designed to promote early language skills for ages birth to 24 months, accompanied by parents or caregivers. Please call the library at 860-7637518 for more details or visit the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website: .

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1,058-628. The third budget referendum on June 18 would have have called for a $39,271,899 budget. It failed by a vote of 747-673. The Finance Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 in the Veterans Room of the Warren Memorial Town Hall.

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Dymotek Offers Opportunities to Asnuntuck Students


ENFIELD - Local manufacturing companies are finding that there are qualified young people willing, trained and able to help their businesses be successful. Asnuntuck Community College’s (ACC) Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) is a model program in the state that is providing local businesses with the skilled workforce they are looking to hire. Twenty year old Christopher LaBranche an ACC graduate and CEO for DymotekDynamic Molding Technologies Norm Forest have experienced the power of ACC’s program first hand. LaBranche said a drafting and design class he took as a senior at Fermi High School, coupled with a high school field trip to learn about aerospace career opportunities and the urging of a friend to look into ACC’s machine technology program, prompted him to explore what ACC had to offer. The program at ACC provides unique opportunities to many of its students. Those selected to do an internship work two-eight hour days for the sponsoring company and take manufacturing technology classes at ACC three days a week. The graduate said a meeting with Marianne Wineberg, who at the time served as ACC’s MTC Scholarship/Internship Coordinator and Recruitment leader, was a positive one that led him to Dymotek. “Chris attend-

ed the machine technology program at Asnuntuck from September, 2012 and graduated in May of 2013,” said Wineberg. She explained that from January through May of 2013 LaBranche became the first ACC student to do an internship with Dymotek Corporation in Ellington. “He was enthused about the program and what he was learning and thrilled at doing his internship and applying his academic and shop skills to a manufacturing environment,” says Wineberg. She added, “Christopher’s internship proved to be successful for the company and for him.” Forest agrees. He said that LaBranche was the first student the company had taken on as an intern from ACC. “It was magical with him,” said Forest. “It’s gone perfectly.” He said they have also brought on another intern from the college as well. “Spencer Wargo is an ace as well.” Forest said that they began exploring the idea of utilizing interns when the company saw that they needed more depth in their high end tooling area. “Tool makers are a vanishing breed,” explained the CEO. He saw this opportunity as one they couldn’t and shouldn’t pass up. They are actually hoping they can have two more interns from ACC for the fall. Forest said his company and the industry want to get out the word that gone are the days of dark, dirty, loud

manufacturing workplaces. There are jobs available and the future will mean more opportunity since so many workers will be retiring in the near future. “People like Chris are the future of our business,” said Forest. He explained that training takes time and it is important to have those who are interested in working in the field to be in the pipeline now. It can take between 5-6 years for someone working in CNC to master the trade, according to Forest. Dymotek is impressed with the interest, drive and skill that LaBranche has showcased while working as an intern and now an employee. Although he is now 20 years old LaBranche was given a special opportunity with the company when he was just 19. He was part of a team from Dymotek that went to visit Germany as part of Tech Days. He was able to visit with companies and see the latest products showcased from various tech centers. LaBranche said it not only allowed him to stay up to date on technology it let him meet face to face with people he does normal business with

over the phone or via email. He said it made an impact on both sides. He mentioned that people he met in Germany have actually called him directly since he returned from the trip. Dymotek also offers an educational assistance program which LaBranche is looking to take advantage of in the future. The employee had earned a certificate while at Asnuntuck and would like to pursue his Associate’s degree. ACC President James Lombella added, "This is a great example of how the college's relationship with private industry sector companies opens the doors of opportunities for our students. We are able to bring students with the right skill sets to the workforce, giving both our students and the companies which employ them the opportunity to shine together!" To learn more about ACC’s Manufacturing Technology program and/or to register for classes this fall, visit or call 860-253-3189.

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2nd Stafford Springs Blues Fest Features Strong Lineup


STAFFORD - Join in the magic of the 2nd Annual Stafford Springs Blues Fest, August 9, 2014 from 12 noon – 7:30 p.m. in Hyde Park, Stafford Springs. This is a fund raising event for the Hyde Park Amphitheatre. Once again Ali Kaufman serves as the MC. Ali is an aficionado and promoter of all things blues and will be guide you through an amazing line up of performers. Duke Robillard headlines the event. Duke co-founded Room Full of Blues and has most recently been amazing audiences with his Duke Robillard Band. He has been awarded “Best Blues Guitarist” for four consecutive years and B.B.King has called him “one of the great players.” He has collaborated with Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Dr. John, and Maria Muldaur. Schedule of events: Noon – Paul Gabriel 1 pm - Mike Law & The Playboys 2 pm - Easy Baby 3 pm - Jr. Krauss & the Shakes

4 pm - Lydia Warren 5 pm - Mike Crandall 6 pm - Duke Robillard Ramblin’ Dan Stevens performs throughout the event on the side stage. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at any Tolland county branch of First Niagara Bank , Palace Theatre, Stafford Spirits, Hydeville Package Store and at the door. The Palace Theatre opens its doors at 8 p.m. with Arizona Maid followed by Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood. Combined tickets for the BluesFest and Palace Theatre are $35 and can be purchased at the Palace. For more information, call 860-684-9500 or follow us on Facebook. Grant funding from the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) and State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO).

STAFFORD - Stafford's Venture Crew is having an open house Thursday, August 28 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the West Stafford Fire Department. Venturing is part of Boy Scouts of America and is for co-ed youth age 14 20. Stafford's Crew is beginning its fourth season and its past, youth-led adventures include hiking and biking in Acadia Nat'l Park, canoeing the Connecticut and

Shetucket Rivers, and backpacking in the Grand Canyon. No prior Boy or Girl Scouting skills are needed to join, only an interest and willingness to try new adventures in the outdoors. Annual registration is usually $30, and the youth tend to aggressively fundraise to make their outings inexpensive. Email the Crew Advisor with questions:

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New England Air Museum Plans Aviation Day Celebration


WINDSOR LOCKS - The New England Air Museum located adjacent to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT, has announced that it will celebrate National Aviation Day on August 19. On this day, which coincides with Orville Wright’s birthday, the museum will host a variety of activities that are all geared toward making the day fun and enjoyable for visitors. The activities include boarding the museum’s newest display aircraft, the HU-25 Coast Guard Falcon; designing a glider built around a straw that will fly the longest distance possible in a straight line; taking a behind-the-scenes tour of the Restoration Hangar for a close look at the current major projects including the P-51 Mustang, DC-3 airliner & the Burnelli CBY-3;. Visitors will meet the volunteers who are working on these aircraft, and they will also get to take a look inside the Museum’s 22,000 sq. ft. storage hangar which is filled with vintage aircraft. Additionally they will be greeted by a

re-enactor portraying Orville Wright, and youngsters will get a chance to fly the original Wright Flyer simulator. Also, there will be two presentations of the play Paper Airplanes, an original museum production. The play tells the

story of Mary Goodrich Jenson, Connecticut’s first license female pilot. In honor of Orville’s birthday, birthday cake will be served to all. The museum will be open from 10:00 am to 5 pm. Admission is $12 for ages

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Students Named to 4th Quarter Suffield High Honor Roll


SUFFIELD – The following students have been named to the fourth quarter marking period according to a list supplied by Suffield High School. High Honors Grade 12 Banning, Angelica Bedard, Karlyrae Bugli, Megan Collins, Kychele DaCruz, Ashlie Emma, Alexa Englander, Ryan Farhad, Olivia Frawley, Keara Kaselouskas, Lindsay Kost, Erin Laviana, Kyle Mark, Carolyn Podgorski, Jennifer Richards, Joshua Sharp, Makenzie Sotil, Tashua Vavalle, Carissa

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Grade 9 Cleaves, Ryan Connolly, Lindsey Cunningham, Jessica DeVita, Stephanie Englander, Hanna Evans, Tristan Fisher, Makenzie Flanagan, Caelie Girardini, Kaitlin Henderson, Samuel Isotti, Giancarlo Karam, Emily Kirschbaum, Caitlin Mancuso, Massimo Mehta, Yash Nealon, Victoria Pacewicz, Alyssa Picard, Amelia Roncaioli, Rachel Rusczyk, McKenzie Talovic , Ahmed Velasquez, Kaylee Webster, Cynthia Werenski, Jason

Honors Grade 12 Arciszewski, Krista Begley, Patrick Bertolini, Kellie Blanchard, Shelby Burke, Clarissa Bykov, Yonina Carson, Allison Carson, Katherine Champagne, Brittany Consolini, Jillian Conway, Samantha Corr, Meghan Currier, Thomas Cushing, Benjamin D’Agata, Michele Drakeley, Molly Ellithorpe, Margaret Fortin, Carly Gee, Benjamin Gleason, Catherine Grimard , Paul Guzzi, Sabrina Heineman, Brent Hellyar, Kelsey Jaciow, Julianna

Jenkins, Jillian Johnson, Lauren Kaplan, Madison Karangekis, Nicholas Kim, Jean LaTeano, Shauna Lawrence, Sydney Lebron, Nick Levinskas, Thomas Mahoney, Grace Mangiameli, Nicholas Marquis, Alexa Martin-Ryan, Abigail Masi, Rebecca McCarthy, Melissa McCoy, Nolan Mealy, Adam Misunas, Elizabeth Mockalis, Rachel Muska, Nathan Nadeau, Robin Nisbet, Briana Pallotti, Alexa Pasquariello, Victoria Peck, Mariah Randall, Celia Rathey, Brigitte

Raum, Olivia Reynolds, Erin Rollet, Margaret Rupp, Jacqueline Ryan, Emma Santi, Melissa Sawyer, Rebekah Silva, Thomas Skoczylas, Christopher Slatkavitz, Aimee Starr, Liam Stephen, Jaime Stephen, Taylor Stryjek, Jonathan Sullivan, Sean Trase, Samantha Urbanski, Denisa Velasquez, Brandon Vindigni, Timothy Voisine, Alexander Webb, Marissa Williams, Reilly Wilson, Louise Woodhouse, Benjamin Zachs, Kyle Grade 11 Akpinar, Dennis


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Indoor Summer Fun for Adults, Kids at Kent Memorial


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SUFFIELD - People come from all over to enjoy the activities that the Kent Memorial Library has to offer during the summer months. The library has movies that are appealing to all age groups that are set to play almost daily. On July 25 a group of adults enjoyed the movie, ‘Cesar Chavez’. “This is a great way to enjoy the summer afternoons,” said Windsor resident Herbert Van Alphen. “I come up here from Windsor just to see the movies”. “I come every Friday whether it’s a good day or bad day,” said Doris Lozier of Suffield. Another fun activity for the adults this summer was the Adult book reading contest. “Every adult that joins in on the fun is assigned a book to read,” said director Jackie Hemond. “When the person comes into the library and says that they have read the book they receive a raffle ticket and then they are given another book to read. The raffle is for different prizes that have been donated by local businesses. Many are in the form of gift baskets. When the contest concludes in early August, there will be

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a raffle and when the number is drawn, the person will receive a beautiful gift. We can’t thank the businesses enough for all they have donated.” There are children’s activities such as story time, a carnival and entertainers for the children throughout the summer. “We needed to wrap up our children’s programs a bit early this year since we will be moving out of the building for a year,” said children’s librarian Wendy Taylor. “This summer had a great deal of fun packed into a shorter time, but the kids had a great time.” According to Hemond, the library will move to a local area with easy access for people to still enjoy all that the library has to offer. “We will be starting a new program called Homebound Services. People who may not be able to make it to the library are able to call and ask to have materials delivered to them,” added Hemond. Along with building their digital collection with products such as, the library will be building a large entrance that will be much easier to access for the people with disabilities. The hillside entrance will be dug out and replaced with a

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“We have gotten a great deal of support from many local businesses too. They have been so great to us,” added Hemond. “The upcoming book sale on September 6 – 7 will be a major part in how the Friends of the Library raise money to help us. I know they are looking for volunteers and we could help people sign up right here at the library”.


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Children Learn During Summer Fun at Sunrise Park


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The Suffield Parks and Recreation has its annual Sunrise Camp in full swing this summer. The camp is designed for children from grades 2 through 5 with a second group of campers known as ‘Tween Campers’. They are in grades 6 through 8. All campers were very busy on July 24 with a day of scavenger hunts. “We call this the CSI Kids Scavenger

Hunt,” said camp director Ashley Boudla. “The campers are each given a bag of clues that will lead them to find some hidden treasures, such as; special rocks, shells and drawings. The kids really have a lot of fun with this. When they find four or five items that will lead them to yet another hunt.” According to junior camp counselor Liam Duffy, “The campers have a lot of fun every day. We keep them very busy

Counselors Ashley Reid and Sarah Kopec wrangle their group of campers as they finish their scavenger hunt. Photos by Lisa Stone

Campers pose with their counselors Ashley Reid and Sarah Kopec after a long hike around the park.

with activities like arts and crafts, dodge ball, capture the flag and free swim time.” Swimming lessons are also offered to the campers as well. “The thing I like best about camp is making new friends,” said camper Samantha Wysocki. “I didn’t have a lot of friends before I went to camp. Now, I know a lot of the kids that will be going to my school.” “I like the counselors,” said Christina Vega as she pointed to her group counselor Stephanie Greer. “They are a lot of fun to be with.”

Noah Boyd said, “The swimming and the scavenger hunt is the best”. It was clear that the campers were not thinking about going back to school just yet. They were very excited to be at camp with all of their friends and just enjoy all that the summer had to offer. “I like being with all of my friends and playing games,” said Andrew Blovin. Camp counselors Ashley Reid and Sarah Kopec took their group for a long hike around the park. They returned to the camp headquarters for a quick lunch and off they went again.

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