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East Windsor High Celebrates Graduation of Class of 2014

East Windsor By Julie Cotnoir

EAST WINDSOR - East Windsor High School’s Class of 2014 celebrate its graduation on Wednesday June 18 at Maneeley’s Banquet Facility in South Windsor. Many of those who spoke during the ceremony shared the well-known phrases, sayings and philosophy of the beloved George Croft. An East Windsor coach and teacher, Croft passed away last year. The town has recognized his legacy by inducting him into the East Windsor Athletic Hall of Fame and naming the high school’s track in his memory. Speakers during the ceremony ensured that his legacy will live on. State Rep. Christopher Davis, a 2004 East Windsor High School graduate, delivered a proclamation from the legislature. He shared with the students that although 10 years have passed since he walked the halls of East Windsor High School, what he learned from his teachers, including Croft, he still uses to this day. He said the times have changed and students have a better opportunity to stay connected to their classmates than he did, reminding him that when he graduated there was no Facebook.

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ships alive.� Superintendent Theresa Kane read to the students the Rudyard Kipling poem

East Windsor students Brenna Cabral, Mary Gieseke, Mallory Norman, Salutatorian Noelle Wig and Suzy Quinn gathered for a photo prior to the high school’s graduation ceremony on June 18. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

“If.� She concluded by telling the students, “We can’t wait to hear about your accomplishments. Be healthy, be happy and enjoy the ride.� Principal Edward Keleher told the audience that this year’s class was smart and opinionated. He said the students had earned more than a million dollars in scholarships and half of the graduating class would be leaving the high school having already earned college credit through various early college experiences. The one moment of the evening that brought tears to the eyes of many in the audience was when Keleher asked student Maggie Karwowski to stand up. He apologized, since they had welcomed family and friends earlier, but they had forgotten one person. The side doors opened and he then welcomed Maggie’s brother, Marine PFC Robert Behr, to the ceremony. Karwowski was taken by surprise and was overwhelmed with emotion when she saw her brother, in full uniform, enter the room. Behr had told her earlier he would be unable to come home to attend. Class President Madison Carolus

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Members of the East Windsor Class of 2014 Announced

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spoke of the great sports successes their school has experienced recently. She reminded students to take pride in where they are from: “Little old East Windsor is home to all of us.” Salutatorian Noelle Wig told her classmates, “We are all valuable. We all have a story to tell.” Class Valedictorian Jennifer Piekos said when doing research on how to write a speech for a Valedictorian she found there was one standard formula. Introduce yourself, make a joke, talk about the prosperity of the class and end with an Eleanor Roosevelt or Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. She told the audience that she refused to stick with that formula. She spoke about the many accomplishments achieved by members of the class. These included long jump records, 1,000 point accomplishments on the basketball court and 1,800 scores on the SATs. “We stand here unified in pride in these gold and black gowns,” said the Valedictorian. She told her classmates to believe in themselves. “Carry the success you had here and change the world,” she said. “You have the capability of being legendary.” Commencement speaker and East Windsor teacher Daniel Ward reminded the students to use the words of Croft in their everyday life. A former student of the coach, Ward has taken on the position of cross country and track coach. He told the students to remember that they were the last group Croft coached. He

reflected on the coach’s impact by referring to his most popular sayings. One of his well-known lines was, “Do not worry about the hype, worry about the jump.” Ward reminded them that Croft always asked students to set goals. Ward asked the 90 graduates to send him their goals for next spring, and also for four years from now. He told them to give him their home address and he will mail them back to their parents in four years. “Let’s see what you can do,” he said. Before presenting the diplomas, Assistant Principal Helen Thomas reminded all the students of their potential. Quoting athlete Wilma Rudolph she said, “The sky’s the limit.” She ended with another Croft quote, “Let’s go get them.”

Maggie Karwowski hugs her brother, Marine PFC Robert Behr, after he surprised her at East Windsor High School’s graduation ceremony. Principal Edward Keleher looks on. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

Third Time the Charm for Approving Town’s Budget By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The town has a budget following the third budget referendum on June 10. Residents voted 534-448 to approve the $35,643,871 spending plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which began July 1. The adopted budget includes an increase of $808,253 or 2.31 percent over the current spending plan. It includes $13,361,607 for the town side of the budget, an increase of $464,847 or 3.6 percent; $1,088,142 for debt service, a decrease of $278,898 or

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Class of 2014 Called Impressive in its Kindness to Others

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ELLINGTON – Determination is the key to success. That was a theme that carried through the graduation of the Ellington High School Class of 2014 on June 13 in the school gymnasium. “Your determination in the classroom and your kindness toward others continue to impress me,” Principal Neil Rinaldi said, pointing out that 24 members consistently made the honor roll, one achieved National Merit honors and 11 received Presidential Awards. Class President Jamie Choate told her fellow graduates that “our class' greatest accomplishment is growing closer.” “All of us can do great things if only we believe that we can,” she said. Daniel Keune, chairman of the Board of Education, praised the class. “These people understand where they're going,” he said. “These people understand what we've given them.” Salutatorian Nicholas Pigeon talked about how Winston Churchill was not worried about how history would view

him since he planned to win the war and be the one to write history. “Have faith, Class of 2014,” he said, telling them they have had the privilege of more education than any other generation. “You hold the pen, and the next chapter of history is yours to write.” Valedictorian Erin Schirra compared Ellington to the safety of a harbor and the world to the open sea. “Ellington is our harbor and will always serve as a safe place to dock. “Now is our time. Now is our time to journey away from the shore. While the sea can be intimidating, Schirra said, “We need to believe that we will find our way and survive the waves.” “If we believe in ourselves, we will not sink,” she said. “Know that success is a product of determination and commitment.” In closing, she said, “Class of 2014, now is our time to set sail.” Senior class co-adviser Mark Mahler said that he began his teaching career as the class of 2014 began their high school

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Ellington High School Announces Class of 2014 Graduates

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ELLINGTON – The following students have been graduated from Ellington High School in the Class of 2014, according to a list provided by the school. Amber Louise Agnew Karlee Jayne Alves Alexis Ines Amundarain Rebecca C. Anderson Samantha Jane Anthony Dakota Phelicity Avalos Benjamin Kenneth Bahler Joseph G. Bard Briell Kelly Bartell Jonathan C. Bassett Devin Beaudry Rachyl T. Berardo Ryan P. Bialy Austin Robert Binkowski Courtney Janet Binkowski Lynsey Bennett Blanchette Joseph Bouchard Drew Benjamin Brennan Nicholas C. Briggs Jordan Lee Brndiar Cailley Helen Browne Laurel Elisabeth Cannon Jessica Lynn Cargill Patrick Michael Caruthers

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Julia Margaret Faulkner Elisha Nicole Feenstra Brian Cannon Fitzsimons Alex Charles Foxe Chelsea Amber Frey Daniel A. Gagnon Maxwell Salerno Garden Samuel J. Gendreau Brian Kenneth Gerber Emily Rachel Gerber Julia Anne Tomko Gillis Kevin J. Gilson Patrick W. Gilson Diana Lee Goulding Samantha Nicole Greco Zachary John Greco Nicholas J. Greika Rebecca L. Hansen Zachary Dean Hazzard Emily Rose Hiestand Derek John Hill Joseph Darrell Houle Devon T.L. Jacques Casey Johnson Isaiah J. Johnson Carrington Jarell Jones Saif H. Kalboneh Rhiannon Rose Kehoe Jami C. Keroack 

Nicholas G. Mulka Lauren Nicole Nadeau Matthew R. Nolan James Edward Noonan Brittany Elizabeth Nutile Hyllary F. Oliveira Delani Debra Oliver Nicole Jane Paparian Tiffany Elisabeth Paquette Douglas Edward Parent Jeremy James Patsun Andrew Michael Pearce Ryan Michael Pelletier Brandon Khi Pho Nicholas Edward Pigeon Timothy Michael Poitras Christian Porter Bradley Pospisil Jennifer M. Potamianos Trevor Logan Printy Alejandro Quiles Katherine Grace Quinn Katie Marie Remenik Sarah Elizabeth Rivard Kathryn Syverina Roets Kyle R. Ross Matthew Daniel Rusich Margaret Elizabeth Russell

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Graduates Announced in Ellington High Class of 2014

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Troy Thomas Russell Samantha Nicole Salwa Thomas Sandamena Kelly Jane Savage Nicholas Kincaid Schipper Erin Danielle Schirra Brian P. Schlegel Christian T. Schneider Lanae Dawn Schneider Laura Beth Schneider Brian M. Semprebon Shannon L. Semprebon

Jacobb Thomas Sgro Brendan Peter Sherba Bethany Amber Shustock Nikolaos Sidiropoulos Sailesh Simhadri A’nna La’tesia Simmons Heather Marianthi Sofianos Noah Robert St. Germain Katherine Casey Stabinsky Deion Jermaine Stevenson Jenna Elizabeth Stone Melanie K. Stone Mackenzie Beth Sullivan Madison Amy Sullivan

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ELLINGTON – The nearly 100-yearold Town Hall building may be getting a birthday present as it nears that milestone. The town has received a $500,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant from the state to help fund the $750,000 Town Hall addition project and has informed the state it is interested in going forward.

First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said the proposed project includes increasing vault space and having the space to make Town Hall more userfriendly. The project still needs approvals from the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance, as well as town meeting or referendum approval. “If all goes right, we could be celebrating the building’s 100th birthday

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Enrico Fermi High School Names Class of 2014 Graduates

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ENFIELD - The following students were graduated from Enrico Fermi High School Class of 2014, according to a list provided by the school administration. Valedictorian: Jacob Charles Mikullitz Salutatorian: Katherine Mary Saltzgive Ashley Lynn Albert Kewku Boadu Ansah Sara Ann Aube Jocelyn Ann Badeau Olivkl Chilre Balicki Bria Nicole Barnes Ferrin Rose Beck Rachel Lynn Beiler Nicole Tviarie Bigda Joshua Thomas Blallchard Tiffany Amanda Blas Christopher Francis Blizniak Ernest Alphonse Bouthiette Cameron Alan Browne Samantha Nikole Busiere Timothy Floyd Butler James Donald Callaghan Jessica Lynn Callahan Gablielle Marie Campanelli Peter Francis Garcia Tyler Arlen Carlson Christopher Robert Casale Shelton Jon Chance Jr. Dylan Michael Choma Rebecca Lynn Christopher Sean Michael Coffey Beverly Colon Kellie Louise Conneen Carl Leslie Cox III Dezaree Ann Cruz Taylor Lynn Culver

Samantha Jean Cyr John Thomas Daley Kyle Michael Deane James Anthony DeFranzo Samantha Lynn DelConte Kayla Michelle Dellaghelfa Pierre-Carly Desilier Emilia Elise Deslippe Connor Austin Desmarest Anthony Vincent DiPace Jonah Michael DiPietro Tristan Edward Dixon Sydney Nicole Dubchy Michael Dameon Ducharme Andrew Stephen Dumesnil Matthew Gordon Dwyer Sarah Caitlin Dyttmer Kristen Rose Ehrhardt Brooke Juliette Ellis Aaron Matthew Embacher Vincent Farina Jr. Cody Richard Feltault Kelly Nicole Ferreira Michael Richard Ferreira Jocelynn Leigh Finnegan Molly Elizabeth Forkhamer Cecilia Catherine Gillen Ava Marie Goncalves Taylor Nicole Goulet Adam Paul Gowdy Paul Elijah Gracewski Jessica Rachel Guerriero Zackary Donald Hallquist Andrew John Haraghey Jeremy Marshall Hart Andrew Joseph Heller Thomas Ryan Heroux

At the Fermi High School graduation on June 20 are, from left, Marci Macsata and Elizabeth Solesky. Photo by Linda Tishler Levinson

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June 30 – July 6 Build and Race an Air Trolley

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In small groups, design and build a trolley that will race down a nylon line. Two trolleys powered by rubber bands and propellers will race each other on two parallel tracks, the faster of the two trolleys will be the winner. The winner of each heat will compete against each other until there is one winner for each half-hour block.

July 7-13

Build and Race Balloon Rockets

Design a rocket balloon that will move faster than the other competing rocket balloons.

July 14-16

Zip line Challenge

Given certain materials, design and build something that can carry a Ping-Pong ball the fastest from the top of a zip line string to the bottom.

July 17-20

Straw Rocket Competition

Design a rocket built around a straw that will fly to a specified target using a compressed air launcher.

July 21-22

Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth LEGO Competition

36 Perimeter Road (off Route 75) Windsor Locks, CT

The New England Air Museum will provide the LEGO bricks that entrants need to participate. Prizes will be awarded by the Museum for the age groups: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. Start your research today on the many missions NASA has planned to explore our universe beyond planet Earth and imagine the aircraft and vehicles that will be needed to accomplish these exciting goals. If you can imagine it, it is possible!

July 23-27

Parachute Drop

With a given weight, design a parachute that will take the longest to drop to the ground.

July 28-30

Rotochute

Given a specific drop zone, build a rotochute that will drop to the ground. The slowest wins. Teams compete against each other until a winner is determined for each half hour slot.

July 31-August 3

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Design, build, and test a contraption that will protect an egg from breaking when dropped from a height of 20 feet.

August 4-8

Bottle Rockets

Build a rocket onto an inverted water bottle using materials provided. Given 60 psi of compressed air, design the rocket to launch as high as possible and carry a half cup of water.

August 9-10

Helicopter 2050 LEGO Challenge

Create a helicopter of 2050 that helps overcome today’s global challenges! The New England Air Museum will provide the LEGO bricks that entrants need to participate. Prizes will be awarded by the Museum for the age groups: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

August 11-13

Blimp Maze

Design and build a blimp using a helium balloon that will float at shoulder height. The blimp should be designed to be blown through a simple maze in the fastest time possible.

August 14-17

Hot Air Balloon Race

Design and build a balloon that will lift with hot air and race it to the ceiling.

August 18-22

Straw Gliders

Design a glider built around a straw that will glide the longest distance possible in a straight line.

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Enfield High School Announces Class of 2014 Graduates

Enfield

ENFIELD – The following students were graduated from the Enfield High School Class of 2014, according to a list provided by the school administration. *Hassan Mohamed Adan Aden Ibrahim Aden Elizabeth D'Alessendro *Sydney Marie Anzellotti **₏Alyssa Rose Aresco Darien Sydney Atkins *Lauren M. Attenello Victor F. Attisso *Kyle Thomas Baker Besmir Bakiu Christopher Joseph Balfore **Kelsey E. Barz **₏Rachel T. Bearse Benjamin Drew Bedard Alexander Matthew Bezzini **₏Samantha Irene Bielecki *Monique Marie Binette Travis Edward Bonanno Tyler M. Bonanno Matthew John Boulette *Ryan C. Bridges **₏John Raymond Brousseau

Branden Butler Emma Jo-Ann Candib *Jennie Anne Carifa JosĂŠ Carrasquillo Michael Patrick Casey Andrew C. Cezus Miguel A. Chavez **â‚ŹJenna Marie Clavette Jacob J. Collins Adoni Zedek ColĂłn Stephanie Cook Christopher C. Coope *Melanie A. Costales Quran A. Crawford Isaac Daniel Cruz **â‚ŹJamie Kathleen Cunningham Whitney Cecilia Declaybrook **â‚ŹSamantha Rose DeLong Emily Anne Deske Ronald Paul Deske *Erica Catherine Desmond *Zachary T. Desmond Mia-Le Paris Desroches *Briana K. Diaz *Ryan C. DiBiase **Justin R. Dinsmore

*Kareem Hany Hammad Victoria L. Hansen *Robert Frederick Hastings *Alex James Hirsch Briana Marie Hodgdon Zachary T. Hooker V**â‚ŹRobert Earl Hunt III Justin Robert Irish *Samer K. Karar Michael Thomas Kilian *Emily B. Kingsbury **â‚ŹNathaniel Kissel *Corey Kosinski *Nicholas John Krasinkiewicz Megan E. Kutsavage *Elizabeth Sarah LaBruna *Justin R. Landry **â‚ŹChristopher Nicholas LaPointe

Joshua Brian Donor Brenna Marie Donovan **Evan A. Downey Emily Dubois Phillip J. Duncan *Jessica Dusenberry *Megan Leona Evans Marc Alexis Falcone Aaron Fiore Flaherty Hannah E. Fritze **â‚ŹJoseph J. Frost *Alyssa Nicole Gabriel *Ryon Gates Christina Fay Georges Jake William Gorman Hannah Katherine Gould Tyler Michael Griffith **â‚ŹGabrielle Grossi Kyle J. Haber **Andrew Robert Halgas

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Fermi High School Graduates Named for the Class of 2014

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Kyle Thomas Hobson Kalyn Oriel Holmes Courtland William Huckabee Jr. Zachary Michael Isabelle Ross Peter Jablonski Jr. Jakarie Miguel Jackson Amy Lynn Jacques John-David James Jr. Corrin Madeline Jarvis Eric David Johnson Nicole Rose Johnson Austen Lawrence Juhasz Monica Ann Kedzlor Joshua Joseph Keegan Brandon Michael Keeler Ashley May Kennedy Brenna Marie Kennedy Kaley Patrick Kennedy Shaye Elizabeth Ketchale Devin Alexander Kindred Jason Michael Kinney Montell Louis Kopacz Kaitlyn Briana Kozieracki Daniella Kayla Kuhn Frank Kusta Kathryn Christina LaBianca

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Enfield High School Annouces Members of Class of 2014

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*Gillian M. LaRose **Patrick R. LaRussa **Madison Claire LaRusso **€Christina Brooke Lemire Drew Alexander Lessard Paige Nicole Lockhart *Taylor Reann Logan Gavin James Lovett **€Scott William Lucero *Jesalyn P. Lyman **€Taylor N. Maier Stephanie Nicole Malicki *Jarret Michael Maloney S **€Melissa Rose Marshall **€Danielle E. Martinez Nicolas J. Martocchio Leah M. Mastroberti ±Christina Matos **±Trine Linea Mathiassen Marissa Dawn Milvae Taylor Ann Mortimore Bryan T. Murphy Stephen Matthew Mysliwiec Sean Nelson

*Zachary B. Nicewicz *Jacob M. Nitch Ashley Marie Olszewski Mostafa Mohamed Omar *Walter Orszulak Morganne A. Pafumi Nathaly Pagán Holly Paul Michael Vincent Pelletier **€Nathan J. Peruta Danielle Elizabeth Pillion *Amanda Lauren Rader Mackenzie Ramsdell Colleen Mary Reeves Michaela Rae Reilly *Maggie Mae Richards Sean Patrick Richards Eugene James Rivers, Jr. Alyssa Lorraine Rounbehler Jarrett Troy Rowland-Mooney **€Steven J. Roy Gabriel Antonio Ruiz *Kristen Mary Serafin Steven Javier Serrano Jason Sheehan Laurel Riley Sheehan

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Class Sizes Significantly Rise for JFK 7th Graders

Enfield

By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD – John F. Kennedy Middle School will lose a Grade 7 team as part of the Board of Education's plan to balance the school budget in light of the cuts in the Town Council's adopted spending plan, The school board voted June 17 to eliminate a Grade 7 team at JFK, as well as to reallocate the funds for math support at JFK using either a part-time certified teacher or a full-time college intern, according to the meeting minutes. The council voted on May 19 to adopt a $119,888,064 for the 2014-15 fiscal year. That budget included $64,626,156 for the schools, but still included a $1.6 million cut, compared to the level of funding the board had sought. Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann said at the meeting that by eliminating one team, the class size

would go form 17 to 23 students. Board member said Vin Grady said the cuts will have an effect, but will have an effect on the fewest students. Eliminating one team will save $300,000. Reallocating the math support funds will save $18,000. Other cuts the superintendent recommended include $200,707 from information technology, $20,000 from legal negotiations, $40,000 from CFO salary savings during interim status, $25,200 from magnet school tuition reduction, $96,798 from an administrative vacancy, $271,909 from 3 full-time retirements, $53,009 from one full-time library/media employee, $1,222 from department chair consolidations, $40,5000 from 2 full-time paraprofessional positions, $20,000 from elimination of CABE and $5,200 from school board travel reduction.

Another day full of fun at the gallery FLIGHTS OF FANCY GALLERY Saturday, July 12th, 2014 - 12 noon to 5 pm 17 Crystal Lake Road, Stafford Springs, CT

United Bank Sponsor of Asnuntuck Golf Classic

ENFIELD – United Bank is the Presidential Sponsor of the Annual Asnuntuck Community College Foundation Golf Classic. The tournament is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 14, at noon at Twin Hills Country Club, in Longmeadow, Mass. Cost to participate in the golf tournament is $135. Greens fees, golf cart, lunch, social hour, drawings, prizes and dinner are included. A portion of the fee is tax deductible. A variety of sponsorships are available, which include golf. Proceeds benefit scholarships and student aid, workforce development and support for students attending Asnuntuck Community College. Additional sponsors of the event include Scholarship Sponsors Allied Community Services, G. Donovan Associates, Inc., Follett Higher Education and Radiology Associates of Hartford. First National Bank of Suffield

and Packard Machinery are Gold Sponsors; Swede’s Jewelers is the Registration Sponsor and Savings Institute Bank & Trust is the Lunch Sponsor. The Golf Committee Chairperson is Ed Palomba of Savings Institute Bank & Trust. Committee members include Asnuntuck faculty and staff, Donna Jones-Searle, Frank Gulluni, Joe Muller, Gary Carra and Tim St. James; Rich Tkacz of Rich’s Oil Service; Jim Kuhn, of Ahrens, Fuller, St. John & Vincent; Laurie Rosner of A Story Making Company; John Tinnirella of The First National Bank of Suffield; and Patty Wallinovich of United Bank. For more information about the tournament, please call Chris Casey, Chris Casey Concepts, Event Coordinator at 860-698-6267 or email cwsmcasey@gmail.com.

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The day’s events include: Gentle Yoga with Sally Woods 12 noon to 1:00 pm In a peaceful, shaded area near the pond. A food contribution to the Food Bank is requested. Bring a chair. Austin James of Blueprints of the Heart 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm On the deck, performing innovative original music in the folk genre form, learn more at www.blueprints of the heart.com and austinjames.bangzoogle.com.

Blues musician, Ramblin’ Dan Stevens 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Collaborating with blues vocalist Carolyn Waters. Dan and Carolyn have been thrilling area audiences for many years.

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Regional High School Graduates Honored with Scholarships

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Town Takes Ownership of Camp Aya-Po for Open Space

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SOMERS – Camp Aya-Po is owned by the town once again. The town has finalized the purchase of the camp from the YMCA Hartford Region. The purchase was funded through a $450,000 state Open Space Grant the town was awarded in 2012. The grant was used for the purchase to purchase more than 173 acres at Camp Aya-Po. The YWCA built the camp in 1926 after buying the land from the town with a gift from Samuel P. Avery. The property includes hiking trails, as well as access to Lake Hurd, and will be open as a recreation area. “For many years Camp Aya-Po was a treasured destination for campers in the Hartford Region,” YWCA CEO Deborah Ullman said in a written

release. “We have always had a wonderful working relationship with the town of Somers, and we are excited the land will be preserved and continue to bring enjoyment to all for decades to come.” “Camp Aya-Po is the crowning jewel of open space in Connecticut,” First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. “We are looking forward to working with the land trust and various other organizations to preserve the property.”

Morello on Dean's List

ALBANY, NY - Krista Morello of Somers is among 779 students named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 semester at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. Full-time students who complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and achieve a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 with no grades of D, F, Incomplete or Pass/Fail are eligible for inclusion on the Dean’s List.

4th Annual Ice Cream Social

SOMERS - The fourth annual Ice Cream Social on the Green, located at the intersection of Main and Maple streets in Somersville, will be held on Saturday, July 26, from noon to 2 p.m. The social will offer games and face

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Somers High School Announces Class of 2014 Graduates

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SOMERS – The following students were graduated from the Somers High School Class of 2014, according to a list provided by the school administration. Johnathan Michael Albert Brianna Elizabeth Allard Mitchell David Anderson Nicholas Stephan Audet Andrew Barry Baker Carley Ann Ballard Robert M. Banning III Marc H. Beaulieu Christopher Bell Kayla Bennett Teddy Bilodeau Alexander Bliesener Brittney Bonnafant Stephen Charles Bosomworth Patrick John Bryanton Lauren Elizabeth Buettner Erika Amber Bushey Anthony Gaspare Buttafuoco Melody Bych Eric Joseph Cammilleri Kate Audra Campbell Michael Joseph Casciano Kaitlyn Marie Chatis

Hannah Jane Christian Kelly Marie Cianfarani Kimberly Marie Cisco Carrie Lee Coleman Oscar Luis Concepcion Jennifer Quinn Cooley Briana Nicole Daigle Justin Charles Davis Christopher T. DeGray Adam Edward Donovan Christopher Michael Eastwood Jacob Daniel Edgar Ryan Matthew Elgin Aaron Mitchell Fay Jessica Caitlyn Felch Austin Charles Ficara Julianne Spinelli FolgerValedictorian Hunter Anthony Frasca Kaitlin L. Gagne Marisa Nicole Gallerani Caroline Regan Gamble Samantha Eileen Gay-Salutatorian Jessica E. Gendron Christine Marie Goss Nicole Grace Gosselin Megan Guerrette

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Class of 2014 Praised as Cohesive, Conservative Group

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SOMERS – Dressed in red and white, the 127 members of the Somers High School Class of 2014 graduated June 20 in the school gymnasium. Principal Gary Cotzin described the class as a cohesive, conservative group that has done well in school and on the playing field. He noted that after that night, they would no longer be a group. “Should you stumble, you should get back up and show them what a Somers High Spartan is all about,” he said. Superintendent of Schools Maynard Suffredini Jr. told the class there is no one plan for success in life, but there is one for failure – doing nothing. “Don't let momentary failures get in your way,” he said. “One of the many great advantages in life is that we have the opportunity for do-overs.” Class President Helena Rheault gave a by-the-numbers look back at the class' high school years. She listed the approximately 6,741 days since they were born, 4,676 days since they began kinder-

garten, 1,388 days since they began Somers High and 720 school days at Somers High. “In those 720 days, we have grown into the people we are now,” she said, but that “all of these days make up just a small fraction of our lives.” Salutatorian Samantha Gay said she could not find the right words for a speech, so instead she wrote letters to teachers, the lunch ladies, the families, the school and the class of 2014. She noted that the class has spent all of its school years together. “I’m incredibly lucky to have spent it all with you,” she said. “I hope that your path follows your heart.” Valedictorian Julianne Folger said the class and their years together remind her of the ripple effect. “To me, the ripple effect is how we affect the lives of others,” she said. “I've learned life lessons in one way or another from all of the graduates sitting behind me … if we keep an open mind, we can learn from everyone.”

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Amanda Lynn Lefemine Krista Rae Lockyer Lisa Patricia Lorenzi Ryan Wood Lynch Mackenzie Shea Marsters Corey Christopher Maznicki Rosemary A. Mazzarella Amanda Marie McCahey William Joseph McCloskey Jr. Kaelyn Elizabeth Mikulski Anthony J. Mottolese Hannah Reagan Mulvihill Paul Munson

Kelsey Rose Norris Rebecca Jane Novak Allison Michelle Nowak Tiffany Michelle O’Regan Lawrence Orosz Brick Anthony Palazzo John Palmer Jason Alexander Peacock Carmine William Petrone Jr. Erin M. Pfeifer Stephanie Tina Pisieczko Kaitlyn Marie Prucker Matthew Rafala Alison Raulukaitis Samantha Lynn Reece

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need to know in life they learned working at the Class of 2014’s chocolate-covered bacon booth at the Four Town Fair. She gave a long list of these lessons, including that they should not seek happiness. The makers of the chocolatecovered bacon were not happy, but the product made others happy, and happi-

ness rubs off. Another lesson was that it is OK if things are hard. Operating the booth was a challenge, but anyone who tells you their life is easy is lying to you – or themselves.” Finally, she told them to “travel, love, live.” “The journey you begin may lead to a destination you had not planned on, so enjoy the journey.” she concluded.

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New Salon & Spa Opens in Somers

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SOMERS - The Somers office of Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes has announced the lease of 1440 square feet at Lord Somers Plaza, 11 South Rd. in Somers. Victoria Clark acted in a dual agency capacity representing both the Lessor, Somers 32, LLC, and the new tenant, Today’s Nails & Spa.

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SOMERS - All adults are invited to participate in the Somers Senior Center’s David Gwilliam Mohegan Sun Casino bus trip on Friday, July 18. You do not have to be a senior citizen or a resident of Somers. Passengers must be at the Somers Senior Center by 8:15 a.m. Bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will return to the Center at approximately 5:15 p.m. Trip cost of $20 includes round-trip deluxe bus, two gambling vouchers, voucher toward the cost of lunch, and the bus driver’s gratuity. Payment must be made at time of

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Stafford High School Class of 2014 Marks Graduation

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The Mallard’s Nest, Flights of Fancy Gallery Offer Treasures

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STAFFORD - Driving down Route 30/Crystal Lake Road in Stafford Springs, one may catch a glimpse of a picturesque pond and miss the other gems located on the property: The Mallard’s Nest and Flights of Fancy Gallery. At first glance potential shoppers may wonder how two businesses can operate out of what appears to be such a small location. Be aware, in this case looks can be deceiving. The spacious interior was the brainchild of the father of Georgia and Monty Michalec, who built several additions on to the building, which was formerly a gas station. Both of the Michalecs’ parents operated businesses in this location. The artistic siblings are passionate about their individual businesses and preserving the property that their family lived and worked on, including the home across the pond Georgia has transformed into the Pond House Bed and Breakfast. “It’s a beautiful piece of property,” says Georgia.

Monty had 30 years of experience in woodworking with his father before he took over his father’s The Mallard’s Nest. Monty buys older furniture, repairs, refinishes and sometimes he reconfigures multiple pieces into one, for a new look. Georgia says while many people will look to go to a retail location to purchase furniture that they will assemble themselves, the product sold by Monty is of a higher quality and very reasonably priced. Monty smiles and shares his motto, “Wood is good.” Georgia adds that the final product her brother creates often has an artsy look to it. While some of the space offers a step back in time with antiques, vinyl classics and beautifully refurbished and transformed wood furniture, other areas of the space offer modern handcrafted pieces of jewelry, fused and stained glass, pottery, fiber art and twig furniture. Whether it is a photograph of Rockville High’s Class of 1917, a classic lighting fixture, a timeless collectible or

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The Glass Room is one of the new additions at Flights of Fancy Gallery. Visitors can enjoy the view of the pond and Pond House Bed and Breakfast when exploring the handcrafted glass treasures. Photos by Julie Cotnoir Flights of Fancy Gallery has a special deck, performing innovative original day planned for July 12. The day’s music in the folk genre from, Learn events include: more at www.blueprints of the • Gentle yoga with Sally Woods - heart.com and austinjames.bangnoon to 1 p.m. - in a peaceful, shaded zoogle.com. area near the pond. A food contribution • Sabor 44 - olive oil tasting – 2 to the Food Bank is requested. Bring a p.m.-4 p.m. Sabor 44 is a local olive oil, chair. SIBLINGS/page 30 • Austin James of Blueprints of the Heart - 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., on the

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vinegar, spices and specialty food store in downtown Stafford. • Blues musician Ramblin’ Dan Stevens – 3 p.m.-5 p.m. - collaborating with blues vocalist Carolyn Waters. Dan and Carolyn have been thrilling area audiences for many years. Pam Harris’ Knitting Criations 2 Go, based in Somers, is the newest business to sell their wares at the gallery. They will be providing knitters with kits and local yarns. “We are excited to have her join us,” Georgia said. Also being added to the gallery is a Glass Room. Many styles of glass artistry will be featured, including jewelry pieces, clocks and coasters. The bright pink space features an abundance of natural light to showcase the glass, along with a stunning view of the pond and The Pond House Bed and Breakfast. The gallery’s new Kitchen Nook fea-

tures unique and handcrafted kitchen accessories, including handcrafted wood cutting boards, aprons, notecards with recipes from the B & B and oven mitts. Another new addition to the gallery is the outdoor sculpture garden, which is located in the peaceful, picturesque area in the back of the property. Dahlias will also be available at Flights of Fancy beginning in mid-July with Dahlias and Gladiolas available for purchase in August. The flowers will be from Pleasant Valley Glad and Dahlias in West Suffield. The Mallard’s Nest and Flights of Fancy Gallery are open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Sunday hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit MallardsNest.com and pondhousebb.com. The Mallard’s Nest features antiques, solid wood furniture and collectibles. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

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Town Starts New Fiscal Year Without an Approved Budget

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SUFFIELD – Dressed in royal blue and white, the members of the Suffield High School Class of 2014 graduated on June 14. The commencement was held on a sunny Saturday morning on the Beneski Turf Field at the school. The stage on the field was decorated with a bright balloon bouquet, which Class President Alex Voisine brought to help illustrate his speech. Voisine said he has learned that the Class of 2014 is like a balloon bouquet, with each color representing an aspect of the class' personality. He described those colors as royal blue being the school color, red for passion, yellow for “shining intelligence,” orange for fun and tie dye for diversity. Like balloons, he said, “It is time for us to defy gravity,” urging his classmates to “be the balloon you wish to be in our lives.” Board of Education member Jeanne Gee urged the class to make wise choices as they venture beyond high school. “Your experiences and all you will learn are now up to you,” she said. “The

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Suffield High School Announces Class of 2014 Graduates

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SUFFIELD – The following students were graduated from the Suffield High School Class of 2014, according to a list provided by the school administration. Christopher Michael Adams Joshua Perry Allen Krista Ann Arciszewski Noah Benjamin Aronson Philip Martin Attanasio Ronald Augeri Garrett Ayoub Chelsea Rose Baker Angelica Claire Banning Thomas Andrew Bartley Zachary James Basile Karlyrae Jo Bedard Patrick McLennan Begley Kellie Jeanne Bertolini Shelby Morgan Blanchard Alyssa Marie Bourdeau Jakub Adam Bucior Megan Elizabeth Bugli Clarissa Rose Burke Yonina Bykov Jonathan Christopher Cardoso Kirstin Edith Carr Allison Carson Katherine Carson Lindsey Jean Cecere Brittany Kagan Champagne Camron Stoughton Clark Robert Miller Clark

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SUFFIELD - The 10th Annual Suffield Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, June 7, at the Oak Ridge Golf Club. This tournament is the sole fundraiser for the scholarship fund. This year’s scholarship winners and their families were invited to the dinner, where they were presented with their checks. Six students were awarded scholar-

ships. Four scholarships are one-time $1000 scholarships. Catherine Gleason is the Sacred Heart Scholarship recipient. Catherine will be attending the University of Hartford, majoring in secondary education. Dominique Waite is the Sister Dorothy Connelly Scholarship recipient. She is one of only 11 students admitted to the prestigious Hartt School for act-

ing. Aaron Smith is the George Farley Scholarship recipient. Aaron will be attending UConn in the fall. Olivia Raum is the Dr. Alfred Stafford Scholarship. Olivia will be attending Springfield College in the fall. The Fr. Ted Scholarship is a renewable $1000 per year award. The year’s recipient is Paul Grimard. Paul will be

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