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New Year’s resolutions Area officials are busy making plans for 2018 By Linda Tishler Levinson

The new year is a time to think about the future, to re-evaluate hopes, dreams and goals. That happens on a personal level, but first selectmen and mayors in north central Connecticut also have goals for their towns in 2018.

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Ellington First Selectwoman Lori Spielman said she has several projects going forward for the town. “I’ve got a lot of things to look forward to,” she said. They include solar projects, sidewalk improvements and getting the community more involved. Enfield Mayor Michael Ludwick wants to get the town on sound footing during this difficult budget year. Luwick’s goal is to “hopefully, bring the town together. There are going to be some tough decisions that we’ll have to get through,” he said. Ludwick added that he wants to continue to make Enfield a better place. Somers First Selectman Bud Knorr wants to negotiate with the state on the current budget crisis. He also wants to assist in the marketing of the Somersville Mill property.

Stafford First Selectwoman Mary Mitta said she has two main goals for the new year. The first is to bring peace and unity to a town divided by political strife. “There is no place, and this is not the time, for divisiveness,” she said. Mitta’s second goal is “to move us toward a progressive, positive way of managing the town as we forge ahead to success. “We can't move forward if we continue to move backwards. As many towns are facing cuts in the state budget, an escalating opioid epidemic, how to make money stretch so as not to cut funding to essential town functions, we do not need distractions of bitterness, jealousy and future political gain to throw us off course,” she said. “We are all in this thing called life together. This town has come such a long way and this is due to many past administrations and what their vision has been for the town. I hope to continue this vision with a positive cohesiveness so that together we can make things happen.” Suffield First Selectwoman Melissa Mack said her goals for



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Windsor Locks First Selectman Christopher Kervick said his focus is on economic development. Kervick said the sale of the Montgomery Building to Boston developer Beacon Properties has closed. He described it as a “catalyst project” that will spur additional economic development. The first selectman also would like to see the grant to redo Main Street used to create a more traditionalstyle town center and says progress is being made with the renovation of the historic train station and the installation of sidewalks on Ella Grasso Turnpike. He also would like to see an evaluation of the public safety complex, a larger building with better parking for the senior center, and an opioid addiction policy that favors treatment over arrest. Kervick also is in favor of the town website adding features that make it a user friendly information source and efforts to reconnect the town to the river.

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‘A Magical Evening’ for United Bank, North Central Chamber

‘In’ Business ENFIELD – The North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1894 as The Thompsonville Board of Trade, recently held its annual meeting and election of Board of Directors. Over 120 guests were in attendance at this year’s meeting at the Holiday Inn in Enfield, themed “A Magical Evening.” United Bank was named Business of the Year and Rebecca Olsen of The Guidance Office was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award. The membership voted on the 2018 slate of officers and directors. Those serving are Robert Saunders, J.R. Russo, president; Charles Miller, ShopRite, Miller Farms of Enfield, vice president; Stuart Rosenberg, Johnson Memorial Medical Center, second vice president; Rich Cheney, Savings Institute Bank & Trust, treasurer; and Gary Guminiak, Advanced Auto Parts, secretary. Those named to serve as directors are: Ann Barowsky, Vernon Sales

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EAST WINDSOR — The Friends of the Warehouse Point Library will be hosting an author event from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the library’s Community Room. Mark L. Dressler, author of “Dead and Gone,” a mystery/detective novel set in Hartford, will be featured. Dressler is a retired business owner who began writing his suspense novels in 2014. “Dead and Gone” is his first published book. A discussion will take place after the presentation and copies of the book will be available. For more information on this program, please call the library at 860-623-5482.

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State Reps. Carol Hall, R-59th District, and Chris Davis, R-57th District, participated in the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign, ringing the bells for donations at the East Windsor Walmart on Dec. 5. The money raised during the legislators' East Windsor event will be donated to programs for East Windsor families in need.

EAST WINDSOR — The town is putting together a six-member Broad Brook Mill Committee that will focus on the reuse and historic preservation of the Broad Brook Mill. “We hope to save the main building,” First Selectman Robert Maynard said. The main building has a leaky roof and mold, but the beams and structure are sound. The mill, which is owned by United Technologies, is on the National Register of Historic Places. UTC and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will make a decision on what will be done with the property in the next six months, Maynard said. “We want some input on that,” he said.

The property includes a former industrial mill building that was converted into condominiums, but has been vacant since late 2004. Historically, the site was used for industrial purposes beginning in 1835, according to DEEP. It was used as a woolen mill, gristmill, sawmill and a tannery. In 1849, the Broad Brook Co. bought the mill and manufactured woolen products there until 1951. The company operated a coal gasification plant on a portion of the site, which powered the factory, but also left some enivronmental issues behind. Ash from the company’s coal-burning activities was spread across much of the site as fill material, and the coal ash represents a portion of the environmental impacts at the site, according to DEEP.

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Music, history, Italy and more at the library in January ELLINGTON — Start the New Year fresh at Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St., in January with tips on reducing clutter, terrific live music, a glimpse into Connecticut history, and a chance to enjoy the wonders of Italy. On Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m., Dave Downs will present “Clutter Control 102: Why We Buy So Much Stuff.” The program will examine how to stop the flow of stuff entering our homes. Downs uses humor during his talk to engage and inform the audience and help us to gain control over our purchasing habits. Live music is back on at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, with The Rolling Beat, a hot, local band that has been sharing its talent in the Small Town Big Talent show for the last two years. It play a wide variety of pop ranging from Neil Diamond to the Beatles to the Jackson 5, with a combination of piano, drums, guitar, and saxophone. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. Light refreshments will be available for a donation. The Civilian Conservation Corps was a public works program that operated from 1933 to 1942, as part of FDR’s New Deal. It provided young men and veterans who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression with work related to environmental conservation. Author Marty Podskoch will discuss the 21 CCC camps located throughout our state at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25.

On Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m., Mariann Millard will take us on a “Passegiatta” (stroll) through Italy. This professional tour director will walk the audience through the richness and diversity of Italy by weaving historical and modern events and facts about the country with personal anecdotes to illustrate its geography, language, cuisine, culture, politics and economics. The presentation will be lively, humorous, and engaging. Participants wishing to travel to Italy will leave with a better understanding of how to travel successfully among Italians to fully enjoy their experience, while others will simply enjoy an armchair tour. The programs listed above are free unless noted; preregistration is required. Register at or call the library at 860-870-3160 for assistance. Movies for January are “Dunkirk” (PG-13) on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m.; “Victoria and Abdul” (PG-13) on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m.; “The Mountain Between Us” (PG-13) on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m.; “Battle of the Sexes” (PG-13) on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. and “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” (PG-13) on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.

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ELLINGTON — Celebrate winter in song and story with “Mrs. Frost’s Tunesn-Tales” at the Hall Memorial Library. The program, for ages 2 and up, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. Listen to a story about a lost mitten. Dance up a snowstorm with colorful scarves. Go sleigh riding with bells and sticks. Sing and play along to some favorite winter songs. The weather outside may be frightful, but inside the library it will be delightful. Anne-Marie Forer, of Rhode Island, is a storyteller and musician with 25 years of experience with young children. She plays a variety of instruments including guitar, fiddle, banjo and keyboard. Free tickets for this event may be picked up on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Jan. 8. Should the library be closed due to inclement weather, a snow date has been planned for Friday, Jan. 19. For details, call the library at 860870-3160.

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Housing Authority gets $2.4 million in state grants By Linda Tishler Levinson

Holiday lighting contest winners named

The winners of Ellington’s holiday lighting contest have been announced, with Doug and Lorrie Nadeau’s efforts (above) earning them recognition as the “Fan Favorites.” Other honorees were: Most Creative, Alex Brennan; Best Theme, Paul Scordato; Judges' Choice, Tony and Betty Keilty; and Most Festive Business, Barber Utilities, LLC.

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On Dec. 8, students at Enfield Montessori School showed their Christmas spirit by donning sleepwear to support the seventh annual “PJ Day for the Kids,” raising awareness and funds to benefit pediatric cancer patients at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center who wear PJs for extended periods due to circumstances beyond their control. EMS students each contributed $1 to leave their uniforms home for the day. All proceeds went to the CCMC Foundation. The day raised $436 with 81% participation by students and faculty.

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ENFIELD — The Town Council is considering the creation of a town facilities manager position. The council discussed the proposed position, as well as other facilities matters, at its Dec. 4 meeting. The facilities manager discussion stems from a presentation by the Joint Facilities Committee, according to the minutes of the council meeting. The committee recommended the creation of the position that would involve: collecting, organizing and creating and maintaining systems for town facilities data; creating systems for and implementing regular facility maintenance service intervals for mechanical systems; making budget recommendations on immediate and long-term facility needs to the council; and proposing funding including potential grants as

part of the annual budget process. Councilor Gina Cekala asked if the Joint Facilities Committee will be taking in John F. Kennedy Middle School as part of its charge, adding she thinks that it should, but that the decision is up to the full council. A $ 95 million referendum to expand JFK was defeated in November. Mayor Michael Ludwick said he believes people are willing to invest in the town, but need to understand what is being done. He said this is a difficult budget year and hopes that the committee can generate some revenue by selling some property. He asked if a facilities manager should have real estate experience. Deputy Mayor Donna Szewczak said she believes a facilities manager should be knowledgeable about building and engineering.

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Presstek’s major expansion work on Shaker Road nears final stages

ENFIELD – Presstek, LLC’s expansion of its Enfield location at 230 Shaker Road is about 90 percent complete, according to Rick Arnold, Presstek’s project manager. In 2016, Presstek, LLC, a leading provider of eco-friendly printing solutions, purchased Anocoil Corporation in Enfield. The more than 15,000 square foot expansion cost $3,541,888. This expansion work included changes to the pump house and foundation/water tank for the fire-suppression system necessary to house its Coating Line equipment, which is being relocated from their Hudson, New Hampshire, facility. Once complete, all of Presstek’s manufacturing will be in one location. Connecticut’s strong skill set in the manufacturing field played a large part in the expansion of its Enfield office. Arnold stressed how grateful he was for the assistance the company received from the Economic Development Office team. “This was a large project which needed to be completed in a short period of time. It was extremely helpful to be able to contact Michael Ciriello at any time to discuss details and for guidance,”Arnold said. “The Economic Development Office team is here to support new and existing businesses who are expanding or relocating to Enfield,” said Ciriello, who is the town’s director of development services. “The Town of Enfield is open for business.”

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The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union donated to the Enfield Police Department’s Toys for Joy program. This annual program provides new toys for children in the area. “I would like to thank our members and staff for their generosity. We always receive a great assortment of toys,” said Lori Triba, the credit union’s manager/CEO.

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Enfield Breakfast with Santa

St. Bernard School held its annual Breakfast with Santa event during the holiday season. Melissa Herman and Katie Fitzgerald said the annual event is a “fun-raiser” for the parish and school community, with any proceeds going to support the school. Students from the junior high assisted with the serving and clean-up. Enjoying a moment with Santa are, from left, Carter Kizis, Nathaniel Thut, Isabella Martins, Isabella Moore, and Hannah Nadaud.

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Alivia McKay, 11, speaks at St. Bernard School in Enfield of her personal experience with Parry Romberg Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease that can have sudden onset at any age.

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ENFIELD — To wrap up its science unit on genetic disorders and diseases, on Dec. 15, St. Bernard School hosted 11-year-old Alivia McKay to discuss Parry Romberg Syndrome with Brooke Landry’s seventh-grade class. Parry Romberg Syndrome is a rare autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1 in 500,000 in the world. Alivia was developing as a normal toddler until the age of 3, when a mark on her face resembling a bug bite would not go away. After she visited several different doctors and underwent hospital research and tests, Dr. John Siebert at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center in Madison, Wisconsin, finally diagnosed her with the disease. The symptoms of Parry Romberg Syndrome include loss of tissue, muscle, and bone in half of the face, eye diseases, orthodontic issues, facial pain, brain lesions, migraines, seizure disorders and more. Alivia explained how this syndrome has affected her life and her health, and the medications and surgeries she has undergone to slow down the progression. She brought in a presentation along with personal photographs, and took questions from the seventh graders afterward. Her next surgery was scheduled for the day after Christmas, and she will provide an update to the class as to her progress. At the end of the presentation, the class presented her with a check in the amount of $600 that was raised for the Ronald McDonald House, an organization instrumental in her care.

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‘Chrismon Tree Celebration’

On Dec. 15, St. Jeanne Jugan Parish held its 49th annual “Chrismon Tree Celebration” on Dec. 15 at Holy Family Church. Children from the religious education program performed in the Christmas pageant, accompanied by the folk group. After the pageant, the Rev. John Golas, pastor, blessed the tree before the ornaments were added by parishioners. Olivia and Owen Prescott, above, add their distinctive touch to the tree with their ornaments.

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ENFIELD — For details on the following the Enfield Recreation Department programs, call 860-253-6420 or visit The Recreation Office is at 19 N. Main St., and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Whitney School open gym volleyball A program for students looking to play recreational volleyball will be at Eli Whitney School from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays through March 19 (no program 1/15, & 2/19). Pick-up games are arranged amongst the participants. Participants must be ages 13-19 and an Enfield resident. Must show school ID. Fee is $2 per night, paid at the door. Adult open gym basketball The Recreation Department hosts open gym basketball time for adults 20 and over. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on file at the gym. The program will be held through March 3, check website for program dates. Daily fee is $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents. Yoga Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat to class. Classes will be held Tuesdays from Jan. 9 to Feb. 27 from 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Parkman School. Fee is $30 for residents and $37.50 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required.

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East Windsor, Locks receive transit-oriented development funds


HARTFORD – Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced that 11 projects in towns and cities across Connecticut will receive $15 million in funding under a competitive grant program that supports transit-oriented development and responsible growth in the state and is targeted at boosting economic activity and creating jobs. The grants come under the state’s Responsible Growth and Transit-Oriented Development Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of Policy and Management and relies on a combination of funding from the Responsible Growth Incentive Fund and the TransitOriented Development and Pre-development Fund. Among the recipients were the north-central Connecticut towns of East Windsor and Windsor Locks. “Transportation isn’t just about cars, trains and buses – it’s about building vibrant communities and continuing to make Connecticut a more attractive place to live, visit, and do business,” Malloy said. “Today’s grant awards will build upon the smart, targeted investments we have made in recent years, which have already lead to significant growth in transit-oriented development across the state.” “I am pleased to move forward with these important and worthwhile investments,” OPM Secretary Ben Barnes said. “Until recent years, Connecticut ignored forward-looking projects to foster growth in our local

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economies. These grants will strengthen our cities and the state and – more importantly – will do so responsibly.” Earlier this year, OPM released a Request for Applications for the grant program, and the State Bond Commission approved a total of $15 million to be used – comprised of $5 million from the Responsible Growth Incentive Fund and $10 million from the Transit-Oriented Development and Pre-development Fund. Following that, OPM – with input from other state agencies – reviewed, rated, and ranked each of the proposals. The following projects were approved for grants: East Windsor – Planning for Storm-Water

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Management and Village Center Redevelopment in Warehouse Point: This includes $123,800 to develop a storm-water management plan and establish new zoning recommendations and other guidelines to promote the village-style redevelopment in Warehouse Point. The resulting stormwater master plan will inform land use and zoning recommendations intended to promote village-scale improvements based on conventional complete streets and smart growth principles. A portion of this funding is dedicated toward providing public workshops and additional outreach to keep citizens informed throughout the process. Windsor Locks – Main Street Transit-Oriented Development Implementation, Phase II: This includes $1,847,400 for the construction of a retaining wall and surface parking lot intended to support the redevelopment of three parcels in the Main Street Commercial District, across from the new train station. This grant will build on the state’s previous investment in transit-oriented development within Windsor Locks, as well as the town’s continuing efforts to position these properties for redevelopment in-line with the town’s new transit-oriented development-inspired Main Street Overlay Zone regulations.

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How will the planets align in Suffield Players’ ‘Moon Over Buffalo’?

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SUFFIELD — If you enjoy the craziness of “I Love Lucy,” get ready for The Suffield Players’ production of Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo.” This hilarious play performs on Feb. 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 18, at Mapleton Hall. The madcap plot: George and Charlotte Hay are actor/producers of a small-time theatre in Buffalo, New York during the 1950s. Amid back and onstage chaos, mistaken identities, love affairs and other comical catastrophes, they discover that their big break in show biz has come — or has it? Come to Suffield in February to find out, The cast: Rachel Berezin (Longmeadow, Mass.), Tom Hebert (Farmington), Rick O’Neil (Springfield, Mass.), Lisa Parker (Suffield), Jen Rawlings (Windsor), Konrad Rogowski and Andrew Ross (Chicopee, Mass.), and Kelly Seip (Springfield, Mass.). Behind-the-scenes talents: Direction by Denise Boutin (Suffield), set design by Boutin and Rogowski, technical direction and lighting design by Jerry Zalewski (Enfield), master carpentry by Art Christian (Suffield), stage management by Jason Fregeau (Longmeadow), and costume design by Jane McGinn (Newington). Produced by Ron Balaska (Somers). “Moon Over Buffalo” is presented by special

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ENFIELD — Super Saturday is planned for Jan. 6 at Asnuntuck Community College. Admissions, advising, financial aid, registration, and the cashier’s office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All services will be available on a walk-in basis. Advising for manufacturing programs and all continuing education licensure and allied health programs will also be available that day. Placement testing for math and English will also be available that morning. SAT and ACT test scores may also be used for placement purposes. Those interested in participating in the Accuplacer placement testing need to pre-register. Testing will begin at 10 a.m. Students can visit to register for the test or call 860-253-3089. Students who have not already completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid are encouraged to do so. The FAFSA can be submitted online at The school code for ACC is 011150. Follett’s ACC Bookstore will also be open that day from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Classes begin on Wednesday, Jan. 17 for all credit classes. Visit for more information on spring semester offerings.

Learn More About Short-Term Healthcare Certificate Programs at Jan. 10 Open House ENFIELD — Asnuntuck Community College will host a health care career open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10. The evening will include information regarding the 15 health care career certificate programs available at the college. A $100 coupon toward eligible programs will be available to students who register at the open house. Payment plans are available. Those interested in exploring a career in health care are encouraged to

attend to learn more about the programs, which include EMT, dental assistant, certified medical administrative assistant, certified professional coder, certified pharmacy technician, phlebotomy/EKG technician, ophthalmic assistant, veterinary assistant, massage therapy, sterile processing technician, certified nurse aide/patient care technician, and registered medical assistant. This event is free. Call 860-253-3034 or 860-253-3066 for details.

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Air museum’s ‘Open Cockpit Day’ ready for takeoff


WINDSOR LOCKS — The New England Air Museum will hold its first Open Cockpit Day for 2018 on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special activities include climbaboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators, hands-on build and fly challenges, and more. A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D, the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter and the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. Also on that day, there will be a plastic scale model show courtesy of the Wings and Wheels Modelers Club. Hundreds of beautifully crafted scale models will be on display for the enjoyment of the museum’s visitors and will include aircraft, military vehicles, ships, automobiles, and dioramas. Club members will run instructional demonstrations throughout the day. All activities are free with museum admission. The New England Air Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Closed on Mondays during the winter season. Admission is $15 for ages 12 and up, $14 for seniors 65 and up, and $10 for ages 4 to 11. Museum members and children under 3 are admitted free. Discounted admission is available for veterans and active duty military personnel.

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Mill conversions on Vernon Historical Society’s agenda


VERNON — “Restoring and Reusing Our Industrial Heritage: Mill Conversion Projects” will be the topic when the Vernon Historical Society holds its annual membership meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, with a snow date of Jan. 21, at its location on 734 Hartford Turnpike. At 2 p.m., following the business meeting, Renee Tribert and Wes Haynes from the Making Places Program of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation will discuss how Vernon and other Connecticut towns have transformed aging and empty

mills, once the site of thriving businesses and productive workforces, into beautiful buildings refurbished and designed to provide new homes for community residents and new locations for commercial enterprises. Vernon and its Rockville section are home to a number of mill conversions, and the hope is that there will be more to come, but it is an enormous and timeconsuming undertaking. Tribert and Haynes will discuss what is involved in initiating and completing such a conversion project,

and those in attendance will learn about the mill conversion projects that other Connecticut towns have completed. Those who attend the meeting also will learn why it is so critically important to save and preserve our older buildings. There is no charge for attending, and all members of the public are invited to come and enjoy the program and light refreshments. For more information, please call the Vernon Historical Society at 860-875-4326.

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Bus trip to casino planned


SOMERS — All are invited to participate in the Somers Senior Center’s David Gwilliam Mohegan Sun Casino bus trip on Tuesday, Jan 16. Those interested do not have to be a senior citizen or a resident of Somers. The bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will return to the Center at approximately 5:30 p.m. Those planning to attend should note that the Senior Center does not open until 8 a.m. The trip cost of $30 includes roundtrip deluxe motor coach, two $10 gambling vouchers, a $15 voucher towards the cost of lunch, and the bus driver’s gratuity. The cost of these trips has increased for 2018 and the day of the week on which the trip runs has been changed to a Tuesday in order to keep the cost

increase to a minimum. Due to limited parking spaces, all participants who are able to do so should park in the Kibbe Fuller Community Center parking lot, which is next door to the Senior Center. Non-refundable payment must be made at time of reservation (cash, check, or credit), along with a list of the full name and telephone number of each passenger. All checks should be payable to the Town of Somers. Either drop off your reservation/payment at the Senior Center or mail reservation and check (not cash) to the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle Street, Somers, CT 06071. For more information on this casino trip, call the Somers Senior Center at 860-763-4379.

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SOMERS — A key chapter of the town’s history has come to an end. The Somersville Mill demolition project has been completed. The town announced the completion of the project on its website on Dec. 13. The demolition was done by Costello Dismantling Co. Inc. of West Wareham, Massachusetts, at a cost of $2,450,205. The Somersville Manufacturing Co. mill was destroyed in a 2012 fire. The Billings Satinette Mill was established on the Scantic River in 1839, according to the town’s website. Rockwell Keeney purchased it in 1879 for a woolen mill. “As the Somersville Manufacturing Co., it was the main industry here until 1970,” the website reads. The mill closed in 1969. Following the closing of the mill, a number of smaller businesses operated there, including Corbin Gentry, which made motorcycle parts, a waterbed factory, a yarn shop, an antiques store, a hair salon and a gym. In 2016 the town received a $1.8 million brownfield grant from the state to abate, demolish and remediate the mill site.

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CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Winter Storytime Session

Registration for the Somers Public Library winter storytime session will begin the week of January 8. Somers residents can register beginning Monday, January 8 and non-residents can register beginning Tuesday, January 9. Storytime sessions will run for seven weeks January 15 –March 2. Registration is required for all storytimes. Children ages 12-24 months will meet on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 24-36 months will meet on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3-5 years will meet on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. or Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Snow Fun Storytime!

Friday, January 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. A storytime for students in grades K & up. We will read Martin MacGregor’s Snowman and make a winter craft. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided. Registration is required.

Winter Reading Program

January 15- March 2 Pick up your rst reading sheet beginning Monday, January 15 and check out ve books from the library. Return your completed reading log to the library for a special surprise.

Lego® Club

Saturday, January 20, 1:30 p.m. For children in grades 1-5. After hearing a story children will have time to construct a Lego® project related to the theme of the book. Registration is required.

Pancakes & Pajamas Family Night

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Tuesday, January 23, 6:00 p.m. Wear your winter pajamas for some pancake making, stories and songs. All ages are invited. Registration is required for this event.

Read to a Dog!

Saturday, January 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Practice your reading skills by reading to a dog in a relaxed, “dog-friendly” atmosphere. All dogs have been trained, tested and certi ed by Healers with Halos. Participants may bring a book or select one at the library. The time slots are for fteen minutes at 10:30, 10:45, 11:00, and 11:15. Registration is required.

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday, February 3 We will join other libraries across the U.S. and Canada and participate in the 7th Annual Take Your Child to the Library Day! The children’s room will have lots of great activities taking place throughout the day. There will be a scavenger hunt, make and take crafts, guessing contest and more! Stop in and see what great things your library card can do for you. Check out a book, magazine, DVD, audiobook, eBook, puppets and more!

February is Love Your Library Month!

Celebrate the love for your library by lling out a heart for our children’s room bulletin board. Your name will be entered for a chance to win a gift basket! Stop in the children’s room beginning February 5.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 9, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. A storytime for students in grades K & up. We will read a Valentine’s Day story and make a craft. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.

Lego® Club

Saturday, February 10, 1:30 p.m. For children in grades 1-5. After hearing a story children will have time to construct a Lego® project related to the theme of the book. Registration is required.

Ancient Reptiles presented by Riverside Reptiles

Tuesday, February 20, 2:00 p.m. Recommended for ages 4 & up. Crocodilians and turtles have been around for more than 100 million years, but they have changed little in their appearance. In this program you will learn about how these fascinating reptiles adapted and evolved into the animals we see today. We will learn about their size, power, 2017 Summer Reading Programs and hunting strategies, as well as conservation issues for Children, Teens and Adults: that a ect their preservation. You will meet a CrocoJunealong 19thwith – August dile and Alligator, turtles, 16th tortoises, and an Stop by the Library to sign up 80 lb. SWAMP MONSTER! Registration begins on February 5. starting on June 19th!

Dr. Seuss Family Night!

Tuesday, February, 27, 6:00 p.m. In celebration of Dr. Seuss we will read Green Eggs and Ham, sample some real green eggs and ham, make a craft and other Seusstastic things! Registration is required.

Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Library Closed: Monday, January 1st – New Year’s Day Monday, January 15th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, February 19th – Presidents’ Day Friday, March 30th – Good Friday All Sundays

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Stop by the Library every Friday morning and join other adults looking to manage stress in a creative and relaxing way. Colored pencils and books provided or bring your own.

Book Discussions

Fri, Jan 12 at 1:30 p.m. Non-Fiction – The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben Tues, Jan 16 at 1:30 p.m. Cozy Mystery – Daisies for Innocence by Bailey Cattrell Wed, Jan 31 at 2:30 p.m. Fiction – The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd Fri, Feb 9 at 1:30 p.m. Non-Fiction – A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage Tues, Feb 20 at 1:30 p.m. Cozy Mystery – Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower Fri, Mar 9 at 1:30 p.m. Non-Fiction – A Clearing in the Distance by Witold Rybczynski Tues, Mar 20 at 1:30 p.m. Cozy Mystery – Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao Wed, Mar 28 at 2:30 p.m. Fiction – Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy Copies of each book will be available at the library. Call 860-763-3501 to register for each book discussion.

Movie Matinees

First and third Thursday afternoons of each month at 1:00 p.m. Jan 4th – Beatriz at Dinner, Jan 18th – The Dark Tower, Feb 1st – Dunkirk, Feb 15th – Atomic Blonde, Mar 1st – Victoria and Abdul, and Mar 15th – Mother!

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Mon, Jan 22, 10:30 a.m. – Ancestry Mon, Jan 29, 6:30 p.m. – Ancestry Mon, Feb 5, 10:30 a.m. – Computer Basics Mon, Feb 12, 6:30 p.m. – Computer Basics Mon, Mar 5, 10:30 a.m. – Computer Generated Photo Diary Mon, Mar 12, 6:30 p.m. – Computer Generated Photo Diary More in-depth class descriptions will be available on our website or call the library for more information. Registration is required for all classes. More events and program information can be found on our webpage events calendar at

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EXIT Above and Beyond Realty enters Somers business scene


SOMERS — Brent and Colleen Morin are pleased to announce the opening of their real estate brokerage, EXIT Above And Beyond Realty. “We quickly recognized the value of everything EXIT Realty has to offer — the EXIT formula, state-of-the-art technology, in-depth training and more,” Morin said. “We are very excited to join the local business community to assist residents with their real estate needs. At EXIT Realty we are committed to our customers’ satisfaction.” EXIT is a proven real estate business model that so far has paid out more than a third of a billion dollars in single-level residual income to its associates across the U.S. and Canada. EXIT Realty’s Expert Marketing Suite, including geolocation Smart Sign technology, gives home sellers the edge in a competitive marketplace. The company’s Focus on Good Health initiative promotes wellness at work and home. A portion of every transaction fee

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Women’s Club is looking for scholarship candidates


SOMERS — The Somers Women’s Club is seeking female candidates for scholarships to be awarded to a town resident from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut. Each member of the Federation in Connecticut is invited to sponsor one woman for a memorial scholarship. Applicants for the Schoelzel Scholarship must have completed three or more years of undergraduate work in an accredited institution of higher learning with a 3.0 average or better. They must be matriculating for a bachelor’s or post-graduate degree in the field of edu-

Applicants for the Schoelzel Scholarship must have completed three or more years of undergraduate work.

cation. The maximum award for this scholarship is $2,000. Candidates for the Phipps Scholarship must have

Shoreline Ringers concert rescheduled SOMERS — Due to a snowstorm, the Shoreline Ringers concert originally scheduled for Somers Congregational Church on Dec. 9 will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Somers Congregational Church. The Shoreline Ringers have played at Carnegie Hall with the U. S. Coast Guard Band. The Somers Congregational concerts are supported entirely by donations at the concert. Admission is free. A suggested donation level is $10 per person.

completed two or more years of undergraduate work in an accredited institution of higher learning with a 3.0 average or better, and be matriculating for a bachelor’s or post-graduate degree. The award for this scholarship is $1,000. The award is granted on the basis of future promise, scholastic ability, and financial need. Please call Debra Pero at 860-749-9580 for an application. Completed forms must be received by Pero, Scholarship Committee chairwoman, 71 Michele Drive, Somers, CT 06071, by Feb. 3, 2018.

‘Fill-a-Cruiser’ makes it a happier holiday for 80 local children

SOMERS — The annual “Fill-a-Cruiser” campaign conducted by the Somers Women's Club and the resident state troopers was a resounding success. Thanks to the generosity of town members, the Somers Senior Center bus was filled with toys. In addition to individual donations, the parishioners of All Saints Church collected many toys. The owner of the Dunkin Donuts in Somers gave a $1,000 check to the Somers Women’s Club to buy toys for the drive. Half of this money was used for gift certificates to allow older children to make their own selections. The toys were brought to the Town of Somers Human Services Department by the Department of Public Works to be given to approximately 80 children from 32 needy families living in Somers. Christina Cenac, of the Somers Human Services Department, coordinated the distribution. Any remaining toys will be placed in several cruisers, to be handed out when a child is in need of a calming influence during a troubled situation.

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A special celebration for a special lady

Former Somers resident Mafalda “Muffie” Carra, more commonly referred to as “Nonnie” by her loving family, celebrated her 100th birthday in Somers on Dec. 10. Helping to mark the milestone were her six children, Patty, Joan, Gary, Tony, Ronnie and Rick and their respec-

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Dollars for SCHOLARS Mildred Aiken Gary & Shirley Allard Betty Anderson Robert & Tammy Arute Gail Arzamarski American Legion Auxiliary Beverly J. Avery Judith T. Baker John & Barbara Baratta Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Bardini Mary Ann Barry Arline Beaupre David & Linda Belcher Dorothy Bellante Jean B. Beverage Elizabeth Billings Jeffrey Blazejovsky Bloomfield Volunteer Ambulance Paula Branham Gregg & Pat Brooks John & Kathleen Brosnan Bruckstock Louis & Carol Bruzzi John & Janet Calchera Faye & Jeffrey Campbell Carol Cardinale Edward R. Cercena Ronald & Jane Cercena Lyle B. Champagne Matilda S. Champagne Holly Coppinger Regina D. Corsini Donna Crompton Carl & Nadine Dalbon Roger & Beverly DalPian Anthony & Carole D’Amato Albert & Patrene D’Amico Esther DaRos Lorin & Carol DaRos Brian P. DaRos Alice DeTora Lorraine Detoro Mr. & Mrs. Mike Dubel William & Patricia Ducharme Lorraine Dugan Mary & Joseph Dunay, Jr. John & Sandy Emhoff Jay & Paula Fagan Peter A. Ference Joan & Frank Formeister Norma Formeister Cynthia Foucher Charles & Brenda Freeland Melanie & Jimmy Frye Thomas & Debra Galotto

Norm & Donna Gessay Betty Gibson Gini Guilmette David & Krista Hicks Candace Higgins Donald & Jane Hillebrecht Brian & Deb Hillebrecht Victoria Hine Elaine & Guy Hobart David & Lorraine Holland Lynette Houle Marie Hurley Joan S. Johnson Christopher Johnston Wendell & Carol Kilcollins & Family Mr. & Mrs. John Killoran Gary & Paula Kology Irma LaBreche Trudy LaBreche Pelletier Wendy LaBreche Pratt Bruce & Kathleen Ladr Dorothy Lamberg Gerry & M.J. LaMorte Landmark Partners LLC Cynthia LaRocca Michael & Michele Lerch Dino & Corrina Lusa Michael & Dianne Magrone Alana J. Mahdalik Cynthia Mahdalik Dolly Maher Brenda Malack Patricia & Joseph Malo John J. Maloney The Gardner Family Mary, Linda, Chuck and David Marge Maynard William & Wendy McCloskey Alan & Lynn McGinnes Tom & Gay McIntire Kay P. McQuaid George & Elaine Melnick Doug & Cindy Minich Richard & Carol Mottes Leslie & Doreen Moulton Moulton Brothers, Inc. Docina Mroczkowski Maureen Mulholland Gina & Robert Mungovan and family Kelly & Steven Murdock Jackie & Michael Muzio Carl & Diane Myhill Dorothy R. Neil NewAlliance Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Edward Niemitz

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Foundation relief may have crumbled with new tax plan


By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD – Federal tax relief for homeowners with crumbling foundations could disappear following the passage of the Republican tax plan passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in December. On Nov. 27, Reps. John Larson and Joe Courtney, both D-Conn., announced they had worked with the Internal Revenue Service to secure tax relief for these homeowners. Under current federal tax law, which still applies to the 2017 tax year, taxpayers may deduct a casualty loss from their income caused by sudden loss due to fire, flood, theft or other sudden and unusual causes. While pyrrhotite-related damage develops over time, Courtney and Larson sought IRS guidance to allow a casualty deduction related to this longer-term damage, citing the prece-

dent of IRS assistance to homeowners affected by corrosive Chinese drywall in 2010, Larson and Courtney said in a written release. However, under the new tax law, losses not ruled part of a national disaster declaration will no longer be eligible for tax relief. The Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2016 ruled the crumbling foundations numerous homeowners in North Central Connecticut face are not a natural disaster. In a Nov. 8, 2016 letter, W. Craig Fugate, a FEMA administrator, replied to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s letter seeking FEMA assistance for state homeowners faced with crumbling foundations. Fugate said the pyrrhotite was present in the stone mix used to make the foundations, and that while the miner-

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Colonial home built in 1875 set on 1.85 open, level acres with stonewalls. The grounds feature a three car detached garage with large workshop and out building. The interior of the home features five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two kitchens, first floor laundry and master bedroom and several options for an office, library or den. (Stafford Street)

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STAFFORD – “Building community one step at a time” is the mantra of a group of dancers located here. The dance series, called the Stafford Stomp Barn Dance, was the brainchild of caller Rich Sbardella, a longtime Stafford resident who wanted to establish a dance in his hometown. Partnering with the Stafford Arts Commission, the dances were introduced five years ago. There are four dances scheduled this season at the historic Memorial Hall building located at 275 Orcuttville Road. The dances feature live music offered by bands including the Stafford Stompers, the Cicadas and Fifer’s Delight. All ages are welcome, and no partner or experience is necessary. These dances are truly a step back in time. Dances began on Dec. 30 and will take place every fourth Saturday of the month with the last dance occurring on March 24. The dances start at 7:30 p.m. The dances are free, but donations are welcomed in support of arts programs in Stafford. For more details on the dance series, call Sbardella at 860-684-3466 or email him at

‘Benevolent Bean Baking’ at Chili For Life Jan. 7

SOMERS - On Jan. 7, the Somers Fire Department will be hosting a special event for an amazing cause. Tommy Rattell, son of Ed and Annmarie of Somers, has intractable epilepsy. This means he can have seizures that last upwards of an hour, and the only way to stave off these seizures is very expensive medicine. On top of traditional medical costs, the Rattell family also has to take time off for recovery from seizures and visits with specialists. Michael Freedman, a local fundraiser coordinator for the International Chili Society, has planned a Chili Cook-off fundraiser for the Rattells at the Somers Fire Department, 400 Main St., Somers. Dubbed “Chili for Life 2018,” the event will run from 11 a.m-4:30 p.m. Admission will be $8 per person, with children 7 years of age and younger admitted free. - By John Godleski

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State grant provides boost for Stony Brook development


By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD – The Stony Brook affordable housing development is receiving a $6,456,132 state grant. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne M. Klein, and Connecticut Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Karl Kilduff announced Dec. 22 that $31 million in state funding is being awarded to support the development of affordable housing projects in 10 communities in the state, including Suffield. “When we invest in affordable housing, we invest in Connecticut’s future,” Malloy said in a written release. “Our affordable housing policies continue to

make our state a more attractive place to live, work and raise a family, while providing stability and assistance to our veterans and our most vulnerable residents. “With this round of funding, I look forward to continuing the progress we have made in transforming Connecticut into an affordable housing leader,” Malloy said. The grants are part of the Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties program administered by DOH, which provides developers and owners of multifamily affordable housing with gap financing to create or preserve affordable units in multifam-

ily properties. Stony Brook Phase II includes 48 units. DOH will provide a loan for up to $6,456,132 to an affiliate of Dakota Partner Inc. to assist in the development of the second rental phase in the subdivision off East Street South. The units include 12 one-bedroom and 36 two-bedroom apartments. The apartments will rented to households at or below 60 percent of the area median income. Other permanent sources of funds include a loan from Webster Bank for up to $2,925,000 and 4 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity proceeds of approximately $3,630,000.

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SUFFIELD – The Suffield Senior Center and mini-bus transportation is based at 145 Bridge St., Suffield. For details on any programs, call 860-6688830. Inclement weather policy reminder: The Suffield Senior Center and mini bus follows the Suffield public schools schedule in closings or delayed openings during inclement weather.

Additionally, the center publicizes its status on WFSB-Channel 3. When in doubt, call 860-668-8830 for the latest information. The center will be offering an AARP driving refresher course once per month on the following dates: February 20 8:30 a.m. March 20 8:30 a.m. April 17 8:30 a.m.

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January 2018 North Central News  

East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Somers, Stafford, Suffield town officials unveil top projects for new year. Somers Library news, North Cen...

January 2018 North Central News  

East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Somers, Stafford, Suffield town officials unveil top projects for new year. Somers Library news, North Cen...