Page 1

July20171-12.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 10:22 AM Page 1

PRST-STD ECRWSS U.S. Postage Paid Northampton, MA Permit #395

FREE! Time To Select The Best!

Local Postal Customer

Congratulations Class of 2017

The Somers High School Seniors celebrate after their 2017 Somers High School Commencement in the high school gymnasium Tuesday June 13, 2017. See photos from North Central Connecticut throughout this issue. Photo by David Butler II

As-needed, by-the-hour Financial Planning is Flexible

Independent: We work for clients, not financial firms

Fee Only Firm: No commissions or % fees accepted

Fiduciary: registered, credentialed, experienced, professionals

In fact, what better time than the occasion of The North Central News’ 15-year anniversary to roll out our most popular series of the year again - our “Best Of Readers’ Poll”? That’s right, it was 15 years ago this month that local residents received the first-ever issue of The North Central News in their mailboxes. One of the main reasons for the subsequent pattern of growth - in addition to our talented, dedicated staff and our valued advertisers - is the involvement and input from our devoted readers. In short, we love to hear from you. And with our BEST OF series, it’s your opportunity to recognize the area businesses you know and love in a contest effectively run by the people they care most about: their customers! So take a few moments and fill out the ballot on page 12. There will be some great prizes randomly selected for those who do. Look for the announcement of all the winners - in our August edition. - Gary Carra, Publisher

MEDICARE OPTIONS Let Us Simplify Your Choices!

Medicare Advantage & Medicare Supplement Plans Ask about our IRA and 401(k) Options!

Reserve your spot at one of our informational workshops! Or call for an individual exclusive appointment

Retirement Answers are our Specialty

Can I re re, and maintain my standard of living? What can I do to prepare myself for re rement? When can re rement happen for me? How do I arrange my accounts to improve my re rement? (860) 746-4251

Sarah Maskill, CFP® President

Bill McCloskey

48 South Road, Unit 2 | P.O. Box 398, Somers, CT 06071


Kate McCloskey

July20171-12.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 8:44 AM Page 2

SOAR INTO SUMMER FUN at the New England Air Museum June 25-August 20, 2017

Daily activities include:

Open Aircraft Flight Simulators Scavenger Hunts

Build & Fly Challenges Soaring Story Times Flight Science Demos

Group Admissions, Birthday Parties, and Private Event rentals available. New England Air Museum members visit free year round.

2 North Central News July 2017

New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Road Windsor Locks, CT 06096 Adjacent to Bradley International Airport – Minutes from I-91 (860) 623-3305

July20171-12.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 8:44 AM Page 3

North Central Publishing dba

P.O. Box 427, Somers, CT 06071 Tel: 860.698.0020 Fax: 860.394.4262 Email: We are a free, monthly publication that is direct mailed to just under 45,000 mailboxes in East Windsor, Ellington, En eld, Somers, Sta ord and Su eld, Conn. We are also available at more than 100 high tra c locales throughout Vernon and Windsor Locks for free pick up. The North Central News was created in June of 2002 and continues to be both family-owned and locally operated.


Gary Carra Assistant To The Publisher

Jen Phillips

Account Executives

Gary Carra Sr. Joan Hornbuckle Jan Ellis

Random Raven

‘Good(win)’ News For Hartford, ‘Crafty’ Characters In Old Sturbridge

By Gary Carra Welcome back to Random Raven, the column with aspirations no greater than being your complete, entertainment itinerary on a month-to-month basis. As alluded to in the June installment, there’s a lot of “good” news coming out of the Constitution State’s capital of late. Not the least of which is emanating out of the recently re-opened Goodwin Hotel in downtown Hartford. On June 8, an official ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the historic landmark to mark the occasion. As fortune or his uncanny knack for his finagling his way onto the guest list - would have it, The Raven had a front row seat for the fete. As savory samples from the hotel’s inhouse restaurant, Harlan Brasserie, made the rounds, attendees were given a tour of the 124-guest room boutique hotel. While faux, tin ceilings and brass vent fixtures gave nods to the Goodwin’s storied past, 50” high def flat screens, charging stations and Keurigs proved the new ownership purposedly infused plenty of practical, modern flair as well. The renovated Goodwin also boasts a

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (with wife Cathy looking on) helped celebrate the grand re-opening of Hartford’s historic Goodwin Hotel Photos by Gary Carra June 8.

3,000 square foot event space, yoga studio and more. To find out more - or book your stay kindly point your brower to Next up, some “crafty” characters up in nearby Sturbridge, Mass. In yet another example of old meets new, the fine folks of Old Sturbridge Village (

Contributing Writers

Keith Gri n Linda Tishler Levinson Deborah Stau er Photographers

David Butler II Julie Cotnoir Circulation

Kathleen Pelizari Interns

Cindy Xiong Kayla Bonanno John Godleski Brittany Nutile

‘TEQUILA’ MOCKING BIRD: In much the same fashion as the numerous wine, beer and even whiskey festivals chronicled here in this very column, th Mohegan Sun has announced its first ever “Sun Tequila Tasting.” Occuring July 28 form 8-11 p.m. in the Uncas Ballroom, the tasting will feature an array of tequilas, Margaritas, Mexican food and the beats of DJ. Tom Macari. Tix are $85 and available online via A portion of the proceedswill benefitthe Southeastern Connecticut United Way.

C Car Caribbea Caribbe Caribb Carib Caribbean Cari a Cruise Cr Cru Crui Cruis C March Ma Mar Marc M 17 1 - 28, 28 2 2018 20 201 2 12 1 Days/11 D Da Day Days Days/1 Days/ Nt Nts N 10 Nights Aboard Holland America’s Brand New ms Koningsdam 1 Night Ft Lauderdale, Welcome Dinner Ft Lauderdale-Half Moon Cay-Turks & Caicos-Amber Cove-BonaireCuracao-Aruba Fr $2399.pp Includes Air from Hartford/Bradley! Al Alask Alas Ala Alaska L La Lan Land & Cruise C Cr Cru Crui Cruis Ju Jun June J 8 - 20, 20 2 2018 201 2 20 13 1 Days/12 D Da Day Days Days/ Days/1 Nt Nts N 2 nts Fairbanks * 1 nt Denali * 1 nt Talkeetna * 1 nt Anchorage Princess Domed Train between Talkeetna & Anchorage 7 nt Cruise aboard the Coral Princess with Glacier Bay! Fr $4199.pp Includes Air from Hartford/Bradley! Your Journey Begins…

Check out our website for other great cruises CALL DONNA OR BARBARA AT 860-243-1630


705 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002

‘’Starboy’ singer The Weeknd demonstrated his considerable star power before a packed house at the Mohegan Sun Arena June 2.

July 2017 North Central News

Publishers Policy The information presented in the North Central News is presented for your consideration and does not neccessarily represent the views of the publisher or its advertisers. All information is checked for accuracy, but cannot be guaranteed. Liability for errors in advertising is limited to rerun of the ad. Errors in advertising should be brought to the attention of the publisher in writing, within seven days of publication for appropriate credit.

So S Sou Souther Southe South Sout Southern C Ca Car Cari Carib Caribb Caribbe Caribbea Caribbean Cr Cru Crui Cruis Cruise C January Ja Jan Janu Janua JJanuar 28-February 28 2828-F 28-Fe 28-Feb 28-Febr 28-Febru 28-Februa 28-Februar 2 9, 9 2018 201 2 20 13 1 Days/12 D Da Day Days Days/1 Days/ Nt Nts N Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas NJ-San Juan-St Marteen-Antigua-St Lucia-Barbados-St Kitts/Nevis-NJ Fr 1649.pp Includes Motorcoach to NJ Pier—No Fly!

will host their annual “Craft Beer & Roots Music Festival” on Sunday, July 23 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Eighteen craft breweries from the region over are slated to sling their suds at the annual event. A total of five stages will be occupied by more than a dozen Americana/bluegrass/country favorites throughout the day too, including Big Jon Short, Cat and the Moon and Sturbridge’s own Jared Fiske, to name a choice few. And since we’re breaking it down by the numbers, there are also at least a half dozen different admission prices for this songs and suds pairing, too. Depending on which bucket you fit into, it’s $28 for adults, $26 for seniors (55 and older), $14 for college students with valid ID and up to three youths (ages 4-17) are free when accompanied by one paying adult. (Additional youths $14). Children 3 and under always free.

July20171-12.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 8:44 AM Page 4

East Windsor High Class of 2017 celebrates graduation

East Windsor By Melissa Reutter

EAST WINDSOR - They did it! On Wednesday June 21, the 2017 graduating class of East Windsor commenced at Maneeley’s in South Windsor. The class consisted of 63 students in which more than half of this class was graduating already having earned college credits. Before the graduating class began the evening of awards and speeches they turned to family, friends and teachers and with a standing ovation showing their appreciation to all of the supportive people who helped this class along the way. Assistant Superintendant of Schools Christine DeBarge congratulated the class by choosing a quote by Charlie Brown: “Happiness is anyone and anything that is loved by you.” These words expressed DeBarge’s most important message to the graduating class to take with them on their journey into their futures. Principal Edward Keleher introduced state Rep. Christopher Davis, a former

graduate of East Windsor High Class of 2004 to deliver the 2017 Citation. Davis congratulated the Class of 2017 with appreciation and pride as he announced how East Windsor High was ranked 29th out of 150 of best high schools across the state of Connecticut. Class President and Valedictorian Stephanie Jane Rodrigue received the Citation on behalf of the graduating class. Before departing, Representative Davis expressed with hope the special need to stay connected with friends from the class into future. “Keep those friendships alive and congratulations,” Davis said. Members of the choir sang a beautiful song by Kelly Clarkson called Breakaway, followed by Class President and Valedictorian Stephanie Rodrigue, who delivered one of the two speeches she would make. The first as president of the class giving many thanks to the teachers, coaches, and faculty as being instrumental in the success of the 2017 class. Rodrigue then introduced Salutatorian Neil Callahan, who made a

DON’T GO BROKE IN A NURSING HOME! FREE ELDER LAW WORKSHOP Here are just some of the topics covered: • How to avoid Probate during lifetime and at death • How to protect your assets from Long Term Care costs • The pros and cons of a Revocable Trust • How an Irrevocable Trust can protect your assets • Steps to protect assets even after entering a nursing home • Difference between Medicare & Medicaid Get these and many more questions answered by attending a free workshop conducted by Attorney George A. Baker (former Tolland Probate Judge)

4 North Central News July 2017

Upcoming workshops: Tuesday, July 18th 2-4 pm Location: 117 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT Wednesday, July 26th 5:30 – 7:30 pm Location: 117 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT Seating is limited so please register in advance by calling (860) 430.9599 or online at

East Windsor High School’s choir sings ‘Break Away’ by Kelly Clarkson during graduation. Photo by Melissa Reutter point to recognize that although the class but notice a plethora of smiles as stuwas small they were very close. dents converse, tell jokes, and run about “Walking down the halls of East the halls, for in a school as small as ours Windsor High School one cannot help our bonds are bound to be created.

Public Notice

A public sale of the storage spaces listed below will take place at: A-2-Z Self Storage - 22 Wagner Lane, East Windsor CT

July 26th, 2017 at 3:00pm unit#437-Ann Marie Lemini-Misc unit#825-Addison Crowe-Misc unit#833-Joshua Gilberto-Misc unit#102, 433, 610-Donald Holden-Misc unit#837-Jennifer Hannessey-Misc unit#910-David Moran-Misc

First Fi Congregational Firs Fir Congreg Congre C Co Con Cong Congr Congrega Congregat Congregati Congregatio Congregation Congregationa Church C Ch Chu Chur Churc of East of E Windsor Ea Eas W Wi Win Wind Winds Windso Sunday Sunda Sund Su Sun W Wo Wor Wors Worsh Worshi Worship 1 a.m. 10 a a. a.m

Now booking for weddings, receptions, meetings, stage productions, and events needing kitchen facilities. Email us to be added to our mailing list for upcoming events.

124 Scantic Rd., East Windsor • 860-654-0590 •

July20171-12.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 8:44 AM Page 5

Town gets budget on third attempt

East Windsor

By Linda Tishler Levinson

Everybody knows everybody and as a result we tend to look out for each other,” Callahan said. East Windsor High’s Class of 2017’s Valedictorian Stephanie Rodrigue gave a speech to her classmates that began with a goodbye followed by many memories and growth they had made since freshman year. Her wise words were motivating. “Learn to work with what you have and make the best out of the situation. It will reap tremendous benefits,” Rodrigue urged. Guest speaker Karen Drake disseminated messages of comfort, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration to this graduating class. Drake’s words seemed to change the energy within the room. Her speech emanated her bond with the class was as she spoke of memories going all the way back to when she met the class in the first grade. “I didn’t even know you didn’t know how to read yet,” Drake said. She spoke of the importance of doing what you love and how it will bring about happiness.

EAST WINDSOR -- Once again the town has a budget after three referendums. The $37,704,912 budget was adopted June 13 by a vote of 380-206. The budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year is a 1.86 percent increase over the current spending plan. Last year, the budget was passed after three referendums with a 1.82 percent increase. “It would have defaulted to 2 percent,” First Selectman Robert Maynard said, referring to the town charter, which specifies that if a budget is defeated after three referendums, a budget with an automatic 2 percent increase over the current budget automatically is adopted. The adopted budget brings a 5.95 percent increase in the tax rate to 32.77 mills, compared to the current rate of 30.93 mills.

Summer Yoga with Diane Ross

EAST WINDSOR - East Windsor Parks & Recreation will resume yoga classes with Diane Ross from July 10 – Aug. 14. Summer classes will be Mondays only. Classes will be held in the Middle School Cafeteria from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Interested participants should register through Parks & Recreation prior to the first class.

Post Road Tours Join Us On The Bus

Maine & Nova Scotia

Sign Up By 7/25 September 10-18, 2017

Maynard said the increase is largely due to anticipated reduced state aid. The state Legislature has yet to adopted a budget. The spending plan includes $13,471,520 for the town, an increase of $673,244 or 5.26 percent; $761,674 for capital improvements, a decrease of 14.94 percent; $1 million for debt service, a decrease of $194,238 or 16.26 percent; and $22,471,718, an increase of $ 342,5683 or 1.55 percent. That 2 percent increase budget called for in the town charter would have been $37,757,433 with tax rate of 32.83 mills, an increase of 6.14 percent. Voters rejected a $37.9 million budget by a vote of 433-286 in the May 9 budget referendum. They also rejected a $37.8 million budget by a vote of 427-300 in the May 23 budget referendum. Cost for one day a week is $30 for residents/$35 for non-residents. Any checks should be made payable to Diane Ross. Online registration is also available by clicking on the Sportsman SQL Online Registration Portal. Please call the office at (860) 627-6662 with any questions.

rs In Yea ss 5 0 1 ine Bus

20 Sig 17 nat u Tou re r

Bar Harbor ME with a Lobster Bake Dinner, Bay of Fundy, PEI, Cabot Trail, Cape Brenton National Park, Roosevelt Cottage Campobello, Hopewell Rocks, Ann of Green Gables, Peggy’s Cove and More. This tour has it all! Don’t miss your opportunity to experience Maine & The Maritimes!! Nova Scotia is Beautiful! M o r e To u r s To E n j o y Yankees vs. Red Sox

Lunch Cruise in Gloucester, MA July 22 - $100.00 per person

860-644-3484 1105 Strong Rd., South Windsor, CT 06074


Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise - Sept. 16 - From $78 pp

July 2017 North Central News

Mystery Tour - Join the Fun! July 29 - $75.00 per person

Experience Long Island, NY August 26 - $125.00 per person

8/12/17 4 pm Game

Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC On Sale POSTROADSTAGES.COM Call Today and Reserve Your Seats

July20171-12.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 8:44 AM Page 6

Senior Center offers variety of programs, trips in July

East Windsor

EAST WINDSOR - The following programs are being organized by the East Windsor Senior Center 125 Main Street, Broad Brook above the Broad Brook Fire Department. Please visit or call the center for information or to sign-up for the following programs/activities at (860) 292-8262. SHOPPING Shopping at Big Y or Walmart, every Monday, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Grocery shopping at Geissler’s, every Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Mobile Foodshare at St. Catherine’s Parking Lot – Every other Friday, the 14th and 28th from 1:45 p.m. 2:30 p.m. FITNESS/ HEALTH (Drop-ins Welcome!) Fitness Class, every Monday at 10:30 a.m. /Chair Yoga, every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. (with instructor Lynne Miller, Cost: $3/Class) Wii Bowling every Monday at 12:30 p.m. FREE / Tournament – Vernon at East Windsor Monday July 10, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wii Zumba with Melissa, every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. FREE Foot care - Tuesday, July 18, (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) $29 charge for foot c. Please call for appointment. ART Art - every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Crafts with Melissa at 10:30 a.m. – Third

Wednesday of the month, July 19. Sign-up by Monday July 10. BYOP (Bring Your Own Project) Bring your unfinished projects and work with a group! – Thursday, July 20, 10:30 a.m. BOOK CLUB: Paper Towns, by John Green. Monday, July 31, 10:30 a.m. IN-HOUSE MOVIE: Lion, Friday, July 7, - 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. MONTHLY SOCIAL - Thursday, July 27, at 12 p.m. Entertainment will begin at 12:30 p.m. featuring Ashly Cruz TRIPS Tuesday, July 11 – Aqua Turf Celebrate Italia $41 (sign-up by Friday June 16) 10:15-4:30 Wednesday, July 19 – Yard Goats game $12 (sign-up by Monday June 12) 10:30-3:30 Tuesday, July 25 - Dinner at Sophias, Windsor Locks Outdoor Concert 4:45 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, July 28 - Tour of State Capitol, lunch at Ruby Tuesdays 9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m. EVENTS AND PROGRAMS One-on-One Law Sessions, second Tuesday of the month, July 11, 12:30 p.m. Please call for appt. (signup by Friday July 7) FREE Fall Prevention Presented by: Senior Moments Friday July 21 at 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Veteran’s & Spouse coffee hour with Veterans

Liaison Wayne Rioux, fourth Wednesday of the month, July 26, 1:30 p.m. Tea Time – Tuesday, July 25, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Game Day – Tuesday, July 11, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Learn paddle boarding

EAST WINDSOR - Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, also know as SUP has been rising in popularity across the country in recent years. Have you ever thought about trying it, but aren’t ready to commit to buying a board? Do you simply just want a new activity to try this summer? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, this program is right for you! EMS Staff will be on hand to guide participants through an introductory class which will include instruction on paddling, balancing and more! The best part? They provide the equipment. The program is for adults age 18 and over at East Windsor Park Reservoir on July 15. The first class runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and the second is from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for residents and $35 for non-residents. Participants should come wearing beach/bathing attire and water shoes. Contact Samantha Wilson, Aquatic/Youth Program Supervisor, at or 860.627.6662




Cardiovascular Service

tPreventive Cardiology

6 North Central News July 2017

tGeneral Cardiology

Dr. Jeffrey Thompsen, MD, Cardiologist was voted the Best Specialty Doctor for 2016! ENFIELD – 15 Palomba Drive

tHeart Disease In Women tFamily History of Heart Disease VERNON – 520 Hartford Tpke

July20171-12.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 8:44 AM Page 7

Town spending on budget freeze spending state action


everything instantly, and her goal is to keep taxes as low as possible. “If we have to make cuts, we’re going to make cuts,” she said. The budget items included in the spending freeze, totaling $2,012,604, are: Executive secretary going from part time to full time, $5,590. Pool car/town staff vehicle, $30,000. Youth service full-time position

By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON -- First Selectman Lori Spielman has put a budget freeze for nonessential purchases for the 2017-18 fiscal year budget, which went into effect July 1. “I’m just trying to hold off on spending,” Spielman said, pointing to the uncertainty created by the lack of an adopted state budget. Spielman said the town does not need

Church offers vacation bible school

ELLINGTON - The public is invited to a Vacation Bible School sponsored by the Ellington Baptist Church, 264 Pinney Street, Ellington. "Over the Moat: Drawbridge to The King" will be held Monday through Friday, July 10-

14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., for ages 4 through completed grade 6. There will be Bible lessons, crafts, music, missions, recreation, and refreshments. For more information and pre-registration, call the church office at (860) 872-8444.

Special Offer $3 Off a LUXE Signature Brow Design  with this ad.

moved from grant, $39,494. Ellington Volunteer Fire Department generator, $55,000. Senior Center full-time position with benefits, $59,520. Board of Education funding for Windermere School cafeteria air conditioning, $85,500.

Crystal Lake Fire Department breathing apparatus, $190,000. Department of Public Works plow truck, $200,000. Ellington Volunteer Fire Department breathing apparatus, $500,000. Triple pumper for the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department, $657,500.

Chess classes being offered

ELLINGTON - So, you want to learn how to play chess! Hall Memorial Library, in Ellington, will offer a 4-week class to teach the Beginning Skills of chess on Mondays, July 17, July 24, July 31 and August 7. David Seymour of Kids Corner, in Newington, will be doing the instruction from 1 – 2 p.m. Each class will build upon the class before. Elementary school children are welcome to register online beginning July 10. Space is limited. Participants will be taught all moves and basic strategies. In addition, this year we are also offering a 4-week class to teach Advanced Skills of chess on Mondays, July 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 2:15-3:15

p.m. David Seymour will be doing the instruction for this group also. Elementary school children who have been playing chess for a while and want to improve on their strategy and speed are encouraged to register for this program beginning July 10. Space is limited. With both of these events, you only need to register once to be included in the 4-week class. This and all summer programs are open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information or to register, go to the library website: or call the library at (860) 870-3160.

19 Pinney St., Ellington CT By Appointment     (860) 871‐3064 

Office Hours:  Monday ‐ Friday  7:30 am ‐ 7:30 pm 


Quality, compassionate health care for your family pet. 






     Finley                     Harper                         Lilly                    Oyster                  Summer                  Charlie    


   

Read our reviews online  Request appointments   Text, e‐mail and postcard reminders  Friendly, knowledgeable staff and  doctors who care about your pets 


July 2017 North Central News

July20171-12.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 8:44 AM Page 8

We help put kids in their rightful place. 8 North Central News July 2017

Sign up your community group for the Dunkin’ Dugout. Dunkin’ Donuts serves more than coffee. Local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees serve community youth through our Dunkin’ Dugout program. • The Dunkin’ Dugout provides 32 free tickets to deserving community groups for every Yard Goats home game at Dunkin’ Donuts park. • Each group is recognized during the game. So this summer, let’s help take kids off the streets and put them in their rightful place ...the Dunkin’ Dugout at Hartford Yard Goats home games.

To sign up your community group visit

The Dunkin' Dugout is a special seating section in Dunkin' Donuts Park, designated to host local youth, non-profit, and charitable organizations.

July20171-12.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 8:44 AM Page 9

Ellington High’s Class of 2017 celebrates its graduation

Ellington By Kayla Bonanno

ELLINGTON - Ellington High School’s Class of 2017 commenced on June 13. Approximately 204 students graduated. During the ceremony, they remembered their times at Ellington High School. “As we stepped into Ellington High School on the first day of freshman year, every last one of us expected this would be a wild ride,” said Alicia Russell during the opening remarks.

The graduating class also looked ahead to the future. Salutatorian Kate Walder told her classmates that they could change the world with their decisions. “In front of us lie endless choices, endless opportunities to impact our friends, families and communities. In the words of one writer, “We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.” And not only do they make us, they make our world,” she said in her speech. Valedictorian Thomas Arbeiter told his

From left, Elizabeth Canavan, Matthew Piotrowski, Jenna Hartnet, Daniel Bocchino, and April Phelp.

Kevin Gaidos and Donovan Shea classmates that they could all embody the values of “Hope, Promise, Potential,” words written on the memorial of an Ellington High School graduate, 2nd Lt. Matthew Zeilinski. Caitlyn Gresh, Alicia Russell, and

Abigail Wylie summed up their feelings with a Dr. Seuss quote: “Oh the places we’ve been. We’re off to great places, today is our day. Our mountain is waiting, so let’s get on our way.”

Christmas in July


New Natural Product Line Eleven Australian Hair Care Products

Product Lines • Goldwell • Redken • Loma (all organic/

11 West Street in Ellington

860-871-4109 Hours: Mon. 8-1 • Tues. & Wed. 9-7 Thurs. 9-5 • Fri. 8-2 • Sat. 9-1 Best of North Central Readers Poll 2005 • 2006 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 2011 • 2013 • 2015 • 2016


gluten free)


0.99% APR

Relaxation & Stress Relief Energy Clearing & Balancing CranioSacral Therapy Reiki Treatments & Classes Life Coaching

(860) 836-2395

*Rates based on individual credit score. Rates subject to change without notice. 70 West Stafford Rd, Stafford Springs 860-684-4484

July 2017 North Central News

Solarize Energy Efficiencies Home Improvements/Repairs


July20171-12.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 8:44 AM Page 10

Senate passes legislation regulating ride sharing companies


HARTFORD – Following its passage in the State House of Representatives in May, the Senate Tuesday approved a bill regulating ride-sharing companies operating in Connecticut. House Bill 7126, An Act Concerning Transportation Network Companies, passed the Senate in a largely bipartisan vote of 28 to 8. The bill was later signed by Governor P. Malloy. State Sen. Tim Larson (D-East Hartford) led the bill’s passage in the Senate, and said the measure would provide more safety requirements and consumer protections for customers using the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft. “After several years of work, I believe we have come to a firm agree-

ment for putting in place regulations to protect consumers and even the playing field between companies like Uber and Lyft and the taxicab industry,” said Sen. Larson, the Democratic Senate Chairman of the General Assembly’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee. “This legislation is not perfect, but it’s a good start. Issues may crop up as we evaluate our regulations for Transportation Network Companies going forward, but this is a good place to begin and we can and will certainly revisit it in the future.” “I’m grateful to my colleagues in the State Senate for passing our commonsense consumer protections for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft and thank my co-chairs Senator Larson and

ENFIELD - Please drop off your recycle bottles and cans at Enfield Loaves and Fishes during the months of July, August, and Sept at 28 Prospect Street at the back door on Thompson Court. Other drop off areas are Enfield Fire Dept. 200 Phoenix Ave., Enfield

Fire District 1, 199 Weymouth Rd., Thompsonville Fire Dept. 35 North Main St., North Thompsonville Fire Dept. 439 Enfield St., and Shaker Pines Fire Dept. 37 Bacon Rd. Enfield CT. Any questions call Priscilla (860) 7410226 or email

“Bottle Up Against Hunger”


LOCATIONS 2 in Tolland 1 in Ellington

A Summer Program for Kids 3-12 June 26-August 25, 2017

10 North Central News July 2017

Nine action packed weeks of learning through a wide spectrum of hands-on experiences. Nine weeks of summer fun! Full and Part time available Week 1: June 26-30 Hooray for Summer Good Old Fashioned Fun Featuring: Music, Art Education, Week 2: July 3-7 Closed July 4 AMERICAN MUSEUM WEEK A time to Creative Movement, Literature, celebrate American artists and composers Discovery, Drama, Outdoor Week 3: July 10-14 Amazing Animals Learn about some of your favorite Activities, Field Trips animals - past and present, while we share adventures in story, song and art Field Trip, July 12 - Southwick Zoo Week 4: July 17-21 Messy Art A time to explore different ways to create the next masterpiece! Week 5: July 24-28 Once Upon a Time Fairytales to explore and act Field Trip, July28 to Stafford for a play - The Return of the Glass Slipper Week 6: July 31-August 4 Wonderful Wings Butterflies to birds Week 7: August 7-11 Junior Scientist Week Exploring and Experimenting Week 8: August 14-18 Jurassic Park A time to explore fossils, rocks and dinosaurs Field Trip, August 16 - Nevers Park Week 9: August 21-25 Island Week (all Week) at Early Beginnings August 21-23 (Mon. through Wed.) only at Tolland and Ellington PSA The culmination of our summer fun will be a: Thursday, August 24 FAMILY LUAU at 684 Tolland Stage Rd., Tolland


Senator [Kevin] Kelly for their help in crafting this important measure,” said State Representative Sean Scanlon (DBranford), the House co-chair of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee. The bill requires transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft to carry insurance for their customers, perform background checks on drivers and

pass vehicle safety checks. Regulations also apply to drivers working as contracted employees for ride-sharing companies related to past criminal convictions and zero tolerance policies on alcohol use, and limits the number of consecutive hours drivers can operate.

VERNON - Farmers from downtown Rockville have formed a new market that is taking place at the TAC on 24 Hyde Ave. Vernon, on Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. rain or shine and until December 14. When the weather is cold or raining the market will take place indoors. The market’s motto is, “We take pride in everything we have to offer.” The

fruits and veggies should be coming in any day now but there are many crafters with great merchandise to offer. Farmers also have eggs, maple syrup, jellies, jams, pickles, and much more. Please come and see the new offerings each week. The farmers market can be viewed on Facebook at Route 30 Farmers and Crafters Market.

New farmers market opens in Vernon

THE TH WORLD W WO WOR WORL ’S GREENEST G GRE GREE GREEN GREENE GREENES R CARPE CLEANER CARP CAR CCA CARPET C CL CLE CLEA CLEAN CLEANE 2 Rooms R Ro Roo Room cleaned c cl cle clea clean cleane for f $78 fo $ $7 R Ro Roo Room cleaned for 5 Rooms c cl cle clea clean cleane f $188 fo $ $1 $18 CO CODE COD CODE: P PR PRI PRIN PRINT PRINT1 PRINT17


Fast One Hour Dry Time Safe for Children & Pets Stain Removal Experts

Happy Birthday, America! from your local HOME HEATING provider

CT LIC #393553 | HOD #59

LAST CALL FOR OUR TUNE UP SPECIAL! Call Today! Offer ends this month! Stafford Springs, Tolland, Willington, Ashford, Mansfield, Union, Vernon, Ellington, Manchester, Somers, Somers, Enfield, Monson, Wales


July20171-12.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 8:44 AM Page 11

Hall Memorial Library plans variety of summer programs


Read to the Dogs at the Library ELLINGTON - Children ages 5 to 12 years have an opportunity to read aloud to some very eager listeners, who just happen to have four legs and wagging tails. Allen’s Angels Therapy Dogs will be at the Hall Memorial Library, in Ellington, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the following Saturday mornings this summer: July 8 and 22 and August 12 and 26. Children are asked to choose a favorite story from home or perhaps a chapter of a book they are already reading. These dogs are specially trained for this and other service events. Online registration is recommended and is ongoing. To register, go to the library’s website: and click on the library event calendar. Choose the date you are interested in, then, click on the sign-up hand. Children will get 10 to 15 minutes to read to one of these very special dogs. Parents will be asked to wait in the children’s area of the library during the program. This program is not only good reading practice, it’s also lots of fun. This and all children’s programs are free and open to the public. For more information call the library at (860) 870-3160. Summer Movies at the Library ELLINGTON - This summer, Hall Memorial Library, in Ellington, will sponsor free movies every

other Friday beginning at 1 p.m. On July 14 “Sing” will be shown. This animated film is rated PG and will run 108 minutes. “Strange Magic” will be shown on July 28. This PG rated film will run 99 minutes. On August 11 “Ice Age: Collision Course” will be shown. It is also rated PG and will run 105 minutes. The final movie of the summer will be “Moana” on August 25. This PG rated film will run 107 minutes. Free popcorn will be served at the beginning of each movie. No registration is needed. For more information, go to our web site at: or call the library at (860) 870-3160. All library programs are open to the public. Sidewalk Chalk Drawing ELLINGTON – On Wednesday, July 12 between 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Hall Memorial Library, in Ellington, is the place to be. To kick off the Summer Reading Program, children of all ages will be handed colored chalk to decorate the front sidewalk, outside the library. The theme for this summer is “Build a Better World”. So, the library is looking for positive slogans about reading and the love of books, as well as all other ways to build a better world. Give it some thought. The whole family can participate. Become active! Get involved! Join us at the library located on Main Street. In case of rain, the Sidewalk

2003 Jeep Liberty Sport




Expires 7/28/17

2005 Ford F-150 Heritage XL 4WD




Expires 7/28/17



Expires 7/28/17

2005 Toyota Solara SLE Convertible

July 2017 North Central News

Expires 7/28/17


Chalk Drawing will be moved to Thursday, July 13, same time. No registration is required. All children’s programs are free and open to the public. For more information call the library at (860) 870-3160. Family Variety Show ELLINGTON - Hall Memorial Library, in Ellington, will host Minstrel Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack in an interactive family program especially recommended for children ages 4 and older. “The House that Jack Built (And Some He Didn’t)” is a show of participatory songs and folktales celebrating summer reading in an upbeat, engaging style. It will take place Monday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Upstairs Meeting Room, at the library. Free tickets for the performance will be available on a first come, first serve basis, beginning July 10. Maichack sings, plays guitar and tells stories in a dynamic style. She is a national award winner for her CDs and has performed many times at our library. This and all Children’s summer programs are open to the public and are sponsored by the Friends of the Hall Memorial Library. For more information call the library at (860) 8703160.

July20171-12.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 8:44 AM Page 12

with Co-sponsor our BEST OF Hall of Fame business

Kent Retirement Planning Services, LLC

Tell us your favorites and qualify for your chance to win tickets and passes to local area entertainments and gift cards to local restaurants! Qualify for prize drawings by mailing completed readers poll form below. Minimum of 20 categories must be filled in, in order to be considered. Did we miss your favorite place? Make your own below! Best Golf Course

Best Dealership USED Cars/Trucks

Best Breakfast Restaurant

EXEMPT: Hall of Famer Best Home Decor Shop Kent Financial Services

Best Financial Planner

Best Lunch Restaurant

Best Dinner Restaurant

Best Real Estate Agency

Best Lawn & Garden Tools

Best Happy Hour Place

Best Realtor

Best Martial Arts Studio

Best Pizza Restaurant

Best Hair Salon

Best Massage/Spa

Best Restaurant Overall)

Best Hair Stylist

Best Nail Salon

Best Ice Cream

Best Florist

Best Home Improvement Company

Best Antique Shop

Best Deli/Market

Best Gift Shop

Best Banquet Facility

Best Package Store

Best Gym/Fitness Center

Best Bridal Shop

Best Garden Center

Best Veterinarian

Best Furniture Store

Best Auto Repair Service Shop

Best Dentist

Best Home Heating Oil Company

Best Landscaping Service

Best Doctor

Best Motor Sports Dealer

Best Optometrist


EXEMPT: Hall of Famer Rockville Bank/United Bank

Best Bank

EXEMPT: Hall of Famer Sonny’s Place

Best Local Entertainment

Best Dealership NEW Cars/Trucks

H 12 North Central News July 2017


EXEMPT: Hall of Famer Bolles Motors






 Only original ballots will be accepted, no photocopies allowed. Enter as often as you’d like.

Your Name:

 Your complete name, address and phone number have to be included on each ballot for entry into the contest. Ballots without this information will not be accepted. Winners will be notified by telephone.


 The deadline for entries is Wednesday July 12, 2017. The ballot will appear in the June and July 2017 issues of the North Central News Winners will be announced in the August 201 issue.  All entries must be sent to: BEST OF: The North Central News, P.O. Box 427, Somers, CT 06071.  Winners of all prizes will be responsible for appropriate taxes.  The North Central News has the final say on who the winners will be.

EXEMPT: Hall of Famer Geissler’s Supermarket


Fill out and mail to: BEST OF: The North Central News P.O. Box 427, Somers, CT 06071

July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 13

Enfield High holds first graduation of joint Class of 2017


By Kayla Bonanno

On Tuesday, June 20, Enfield High School’s Class of 2017 commenced with 330 students making their way down the hill from school to football field for the ceremony. Class presidents Jonathan LaPointe and Alessia Manzi began the evening by welcoming family and friends, as well as their fellow students. They reminisced over the past four years, as well as expressing gratitude to their classmates for helping them along the way. Salutatorian Brian Ruel challenged his classmates to reject any restrictions that others may place on them in the future. “Let us prove to our nation that we are capable of being incredible critical thinkers; let us utilize the passion and spirit which are so characteristic of our generation to end this schism…We are an extraordinary generation, but we must prove it to those who dare say otherwise,” he said. In his speech, valedictorian Alexander Salisbury urged the Class of

ENFIELD/page 15

Students walk up the aisle during the processional.


Call us at 860-836-0297



Kitchens, baths, tile, flooring, drywall, paint, windows, doors, decks, siding, roofs, and everything else.

New England Landscaping - SPECIALIZING IN -



• Bobcat Work

A Division of Connecticut Commercial Realty

Independent and locally owned and operated


SOMERS $384,900 Loaded with character, this 3000+SF Saltbox features 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 living rooms, updated kitchen, wide board flooring & exposed beams. Huge bonus space offers many options including In-Home Business. Barn, pond, paver patio!!

ENFIELD $179,900 Completely updated Cape with 4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths & nice sunroom. The new kitchen features SS appliances, granite counters & tile backsplash. Thermopane windows, newer roof & oil tanks!

OLD LYME $375,000 Beautifully updated Old Colony Beach cottage with 5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, W/D hookups, 2 decks, shed, short walk to beach with parking. A perfect STAYCATION home!

• New Lawn/Sod • Brush/Shrub Removal • Foundation Plantings/Design • Mulch/Rock Beds • Brick & Patio Walkways

SOMERS $389,900 Stunning Ranch on cul-de-sac with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, huge living room, eat-in kitchen w/granite, formal dining room sits on beautifully maintained 1.62 acre lot. Finished LL w/walkout to hot tub & gardens!

48 South Road, Unit 4 Tel. 860-851-9644 • FAX 860-967-0791 Somers, CT 06071 Commercial and Residential Real Estate Services SALES • LEASING • MANAGEMENT • APPRAISAL • AUCTION N



RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOTS LONGMEADOW $399,900 This beautiful 2500+ Colonial with HAMPDEN, MA: 5.05 acres................$129,900 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths is loaded with 13.88 acres..............$150,000 updates including kitchen with SS appliances & granite! Deep backyard SOMERS, CT: 4.36 acres................$160,000 with garage, irrigation system & 1.29 acres..................$89,900 multiple patios.

July 2017 North Central News

• Complete Spring & Fall Clean Ups • Thatching • Lawn Cutting • Edging & Weeding • Pruning of Shrubs • Specializing in Overseeding/Slitseeding

Call Now for Free Estimates

Lik us on Facebook at Like “C “CCR Select Homes” ffor daily updates

Sick of poor service and generic quality from contractors? We return every call, email, and text. We keep every appointment. We stay educated and on-trend. No job is too big or too small. We are trustworthy and honest.

July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 14

We believe that dentistry is all about

you, your health, and your well being. CALL TODAY! (860) 749-0781 New Patients Are Always Welcome

Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be Whole. Southfield Corners, 48 South Road in Somers, CT 06071 Open Monday through Friday! (morning and evening hours available)

Retirement & Estate Planning By An Accredited Investment Fiduciary Are You Retiring or Are You Already Retired?

Get personal guidance to help prepare or repair your retirement investments for living a long and independent retirement. Review leading investment strategies designed to grow and protect your money and to provide retirement income distributions.

14 North Central News July 2017

We are committed to providing our clients with investment programs customized for their individual needs. Contact us today for a free and a no obligation review! Kent Financial Services, LLC 860.749.6961

HARRY KENT Accredited Investment FiduciaryÂŽ

Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through National Planning Corporation (NPC). NPC is a member of FINRA & SIPC and a Registered Investment Advisor. Kent Retirement Planning Services, LLC and NPC are separate and unrelated companies.

July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 15

Enfield High School Class of 2017 celebrates its commencement


(continued from page 13)

2017 to avoid complacency, and argued that there is always something to look forward to. “Keep fighting and you will find your light in the darkness, even if you must radiate it yourself,” he said. Principal Andrew Longey talked about the combination of Enrico Fermi and Enfield High School. “Being the first in anything is not always easy,” he said. He expressed his gratitude that the Class of 2017 was the first class to graduate from the combined schools, and praised the students for their adaptability in the face of change. Jeffrey Schumann, Superintendent of Schools, congratulated the graduating class, saying, “This short walk symbolizes you passing from one phase of your life to an even more important new one.” During his speech, he sang Leonard Cohen’s “Passing Through,” and by the end, both students and audience members joined in to sing the chorus. Thomas Sirard, Board of Education chair, skipped over his prepared speech in favor of giving the Class of 2017 advice and encouragement. “A lot of people helped you write your story up till now, but now the pen is in your hand … The story should be about who you From left, Julie Gifford (left) and Alexis Taupier after the ceremony. At right, Class of 2017 grads Jenny are, not what you are,” he said. Baillargeon and Matt Nogas.

This summer, school’s out and rewards are in thanks to Cooper. Equip your car with a new set of tires, and claim a Visa prepaid card worth up to $100 for yourself. For great tires and huge rewards…COUNT ON COOPER.

July 2017 North Central News


July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 16





BEFORE HARRY A. STARR AND SON Siding • Roofing • Windows Since 1920 80 Billings Rd, Somers, CT



License # 050220


860-655-288 860-655-28 860-655-2 86 860-655860-655 860-65 860-6 860860 860-655-2884

Fully Lic. & Insured #552144 HIC 0644283

HARRY A. STARR $ 100 AND SON 860-749-8533 OFF Free Estimates • Licensed & Insured

Your order of $1000 or more

With this coupon. Offer expires 


16 North Central News July 2017

STUMP GRINDING John Fontanella



Cell 860-428-1790 Stafford Springs, CT 06076

July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 17


Visit us at & see what we’ve been up to • Kitchens & Baths • Additions • Doors & Windows • Decks • Tubular Skylights • Solar Attic Fans • Basement Finishing • Aluminum Railings • Plans Drafting

(860) 749-9536

Somers, CT

HIC 0621648

Passion Is Enfield Carpet Center Our To Make Your

Bill The

Interior • Exterior Minor • Major

860-654-0180 e-mail: CT Home Improvement Contractor Reg. #554105

Vision A Reality

302 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082

8 0 745 68 8 860-745-6898

Mon Mo n, Tue ues s, Wed ed, Fr Frii 10 10am am-6 6pm • Th Thur urs s.10 10am am-8 8pm • Sat 10a 0amm 5p 5pm m • Su Sun n Cl Clos osed ed


Textured Carpet in 28 Colors installed over pad Reg. $2.44




per square ft.





Textured Carpet in 28 Textured Carpet in 28 Colors installed over pad Colors installed over pad Reg. $3.33 Reg. $3.66



per square ft.



per square ft.



July 2017 North Central News



July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 18






KS ✩



July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 19

LET YOUR SAVINGS SOAR. 18-MONTH FLEX CD Available to open in-branch, online or by phone.


% APY*

To open an account, stop by any United Bank branch, call or visit us online at Member FDIC Equal Housing Lender

866.959.BANK (2265)


* The advertised Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective as of 06/29/2017 is subject to change, and assumes principal and interest remain on deposit until maturity. The minimum balance to open the CD and obtain that APY is $500.00. A penalty may be imposed for withdrawals before maturity. Terms and conditions apply – see account disclosure for details. The special rate is available for those who open or have an existing checking account relationship. The minimum amount to open a personal checking account is $1.00. This offer is for new money to United Bank. In order for existing funds to qualify for this offer an additional $25,000 in funds not held at United Bank must be added to the account balance at the time of account opening. Commercial and Municipal accounts excluded from this offer. Offer is subject to change without notice and may be withdrawn at any time. See us for further details.

July 2017 North Central News

Growing your savings shouldn’t throw your life off balance. With two penalty-free deposits and withdrawals included during the initial term, it’s the perfect balance between security and flexibility. This special rate is only available for a limited time, so take advantage today.

July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 20

Garden’s Dream Farm

OPEN 9am to 6pm DAILY | 860.835.6652

AMAZING SELECTION at both locations!

Proven Winners 4.25” $3.99/pot or 10/$35 8” Proven Winners $12.99/each or 2/$20 1 Gal. Perennials $6.99/each or 5/$30 10” Hanging Baskets $19.99/each or 2/$35 PROVEN WINNERS

1000s of Shrubs & Trees Naturally Grown Herbs!

20 North Central News July 2017

IN ENFIELD: 355 TAYLOR ROAD 4 miles off I-91 / Exit 47E, 1 mile N. on Taylor IN CROMWELL: 610 MAIN STREET Just 4 miles South of I-91 / Exit 24


10 OFF a $30 purchase*

*Limit one per Customer per day NCN July2017 Not combinable with other offers. Not valid on Gift Cards or Prior Purchases Valid Thru July 31, 2017 With This Ad. Garden’s Dream Farm 355 Taylor Rd., Enfield & 610 Main St., Cromwell CT

July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 21

Home Improvement Guide Considering a makeover? Here are some possibilities StatePoint — Does a room in your home need an update? There are a range of projects, from large to small, that can help you transform any space for maximum utility and better design. Here are five ideas to consider for a makeover. • Update flooring. When updating your home flooring, consider some hot new trends — like turning to salvaged vintage lumber. More homeowners are including this in their remodel plans because it looks great, gives your home a mark of distinction, and is eco-friendly. Another on-trend, low-maintenance option is cement. This versatile material can be painted or stained to give your room any look you want. Keep it simple or use stencils to give your floor an impressive design. • Make something old new again. Turn an antique piece of furniture into something new. Paint chair legs a bright color, decoupage a tabletop, or reupholster a loveseat in a favorite fabric. Don’t have an existing piece of furniture? Hit up local yard sales or antique shops in search of the perfect find. For inspiration, visit • Modernize a fireplace. An older wood fireplace can be dirty, drafty, high

maintenance and spendy, wasting up to $200 in energy costs annually. Consider updating your hearth with a gas fireplace insert for an upgrade that can give you a return on your investment and beautify your space. Some use technology that make it possible to safely install a gas fireplace in any room of the home, and their styles range from traditional to modern. To learn more, visit • Create a statement wall. Sometimes less really is more, particularly when it



July 2017 North Central News

Color your world with Lori Spielman Landscaping

comes to what homeowners do with walls. Consider painting or papering just one wall of your room in a bold, bright color or design. This same wall may also serve as a gallery to feature smaller artwork, photographs, clocks and other keepsakes. Before you get out the hammer and nails, plan your layout to achieve an appealing balance of colors, size and spacing. • Overhaul lighting. It’s time to say goodbye to boring, utilitarian lighting and say hello to new fixtures that strike the right tone and create ambiance. This is one of the easiest updates that can create a big impact —whether you are inspired by rustic, quirky or classic designs. You may choose to replace overhead lighting with floor lamps, swap outdated fixtures for on-trend options like chandeliers or lantern-style pendants, or add task lighting in key areas; just be sure to test out your arrangement to ensure it’s sufficiently functional. And while you’re making these changes, remember to use energy efficient bulbs. Whatever the scope of your project entails, you can give the rooms of your home a fresh look and eyecatching appeal.


July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 22


r us Please vote fo Decor Best of Home in the NCN Ask about our certified options, including cordless and motorized products, that promote enhanced child safety.

Buy One Get One 60% off!* 22 North Central News July 2017

*On any Enlightened Style Shades or Composite Shutters. Hurry Offer Expires 7/31/17!


860.265.3900 Visit our Showroom: 21A South Road (Route 83), Somers, CT Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Saturday’s by Appt.

July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 23

Home Improvement Get some inner peace by transforming your outdoor space StatePoint — Are you taking advantage of your yard and maximizing its potential as a living space? All you need is a bit of time and energy to transform your yard into the perfect place to spend time with family and friends. Consider it as a way to get a bit of inner peace by utilizing your outdoor space. “There are so many projects homeowners can do themselves to increase the appeal and usability of their outdoor living space,” says Doug Scott, a landscape designer and the blogger behind “Redeem Your Ground.” A new, free six-part how-to video series from Exmark, “Done-in-aWeekend,” offers do-it-yourself projects that will empower almost any homeowner to improve their yards and enjoy the payoff of their work for years to come. To get you started, here are a few ideas from the online series.

Get cozy A portable fire pit is a cozy gathering space that’s simple and cost-effective to create. First, select a location and obtain any necessary building or fire permits. It’s best if the fire pit is set at least 10 feet away from your home, fence, and other manmade structures. The space for the pit should be about 15- to 18-feet in diameter, which allows for five to six feet for the fire pit itself and another five to six feet around the perimeter for seating and mobility. As you begin the project, mark the space then prepare the general area by raking away debris and leveling the ground. Use fire-resistant materials such as mini slate chips, stone or brick to create the floor of the pit. Then, select seating and other accessories to give this space the same cozy feel as any room of your home.

PAVING Veterans Discount

Connect the dots Walkways and paths can enhance the beauty and functionality of your yard, by helping to tie together your outdoor spaces. Gravel and mulch are cost-effective materials that are easy to install. To kick it up a notch, use paving stones, which are more durable and less likely to cause drainage problems. Before starting, call 811 to have all utilities located and marked. Then, measure and mark the locations of your walkways. Use a sod cutter to remove existing sod and make room for the walkway to be installed. Next, level and prepare the area. After laying the pavers, fill the joints with sand and install a soldier course along the border to tie the walkway together. Finally, compact the entire walkway so it’s level with adjoining surfaces, eliminating trip hazards.

Layer up Select and install plants that vary in form, size, color and leaf structure to help you create what will become your dream outdoor space. Seek plant varieties that are well-suited for your growing conditions. Note that this will change as you move around the yard, as sun exposure varies. Also, when planning, keep in mind that plants will be larger once they mature. To complete these projects and all standard yard care maintenance, be sure to use high-quality equipment designed to help you work faster, not harder. With the right tools and inspiration, you can make more of your outdoor spaces, simply and cost-effectively. For more project ideas, videos, and further information to help transform your outdoor space, go online to the website


Call today for a free estimate

860-896-0401 Residential • Commercial • Industrial HIC 0539395


w www.APAVING.c www.APAVING. www.APAVING www.APAVIN www.APAVI www.APAV www.APA www.AP www.A www. www w

July 2017 North Central News


July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 24

Does your roof have black streaks or green moss? B Befo Before Bef Befor e

Now Offering Low Pressure Roof Washing! Af After Afte Aft


Safe For The Environment Our low pressure, non-invasive system cleans your roof. Call Mr. T’s Power Wash Inc. for information and a free estimate.

860-872-2729 860-851-9432

2016 BASE RATES For House Washing Colonial...........................................$300 Cape & Raised Ranch ......................$200 Ranch .............................................$180

24 North Central News July 2017



Sav Sa 30 30 20 OFF O Save OF 10 10 OFF O 20 OF $



Roof Washing

By Combining Your House And Roof Washing

Some restrictions apply. Cannot be combined with any other offers/coupons. Offer valid through 8/3/17.

Some restrictions apply. Cannot be combined with any other offers/coupons. Offer valid through 8/3/17.

Some restrictions apply. Cannot be combined with any other offers/coupons. Offer valid through 8/3/17.

July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 25

Home & Garden

Simple steps to create the perfect outdoor oasis (BPT) - Summer is home to many of the year's most beautiful days, so who can blame you for wanting to spend them all outside? Your yard becomes your living room and your patio the kitchen. It's your home away from home, which begs the question - do you like your current digs? If your home's outdoor space lacks the comfort and appeal you are longing for, don't worry. Now is the perfect time to transform your backyard into the perfect outdoor oasis you can enjoy all summer long. To get started upgrading your backyard without breaking the bank - follow these tips from the experts at Lowe's. * A place to gather. Think of the parties you've hosted in your home. They've likely all had a common gathering place such as the kitchen counter, the living room couch or the dining room table. Your outdoor space needs a similar location and a dining set naturally invites guests to relax. Five-piece dining sets from Lowe's are perfect for more intimate gatherings, while seven-piece sets

comfortably accommodate larger crowds. * The focal point of your kitchen. Grilling out is a staple of any summer party, so if your existing grill isn't hitting all cylinders, it's time for an upgrade. The Master Forge 5-Burner Modular Gas Grill features four heavy-duty burn-

ers, one infrared searing burner and one infrared rotisserie burner, giving you a solution for any menu choice. Plus, its built-in halogen lights can keep your party going long into the night. * A place to relax. The sofas and armchairs in your living room are popular sitting destinations during any indoor event, and you can create the same environment outdoors with sectional patio furniture. The Garden Treasures Palm City Patio Sectional Furniture features sleek and sturdy black steel frames coupled with tan Olefin cushions that up the comfort level, meaning when you sit, you'll never want to leave. * A little shade goes a long way. An all-day party means plenty of sun, and when guests need a break from the heat, it's good to provide an area of relief. Patio umbrellas are an affordable option, available in 8-1/2 and 9-foot varieties, providing ample coverage for a large


gathering. And to keep the awning a hot destination into the evening, look for an umbrella outfitted with LED lights. * The perfect accents. The difference between a backyard and an outdoor oasis is in the details you add to your space. Island King Garden Torches bring light to any situation. With durable metal construction and a long-lasting fiberglass wick, these lights will keep their look in any conditions. To add a little extra green space to your outdoor entertaining area, consider purchasing raised garden beds. They provide a grand ambiance upgrade to your oasis at an affordable price. Summer has just begun! Implement any of the upgrades listed above and you'll be able to enjoy the season's greatest days from your brand-new oasis. To find everything you need to remake your backyard, without breaking your bank, visit

Residential • Commercial Driveways • Parking Lots Basketball Courts • Curbing, Repair Work

50 Years In Business

Call for Free Estimates

LOCK-IN NOW FOR WINTER! Family Family Owned & Operated Since 1934


121 Windsorville Rd, Broad Brook Email:

te FREE Si y e Surv

Consumer Protection Reg. No. 500258

Family Owned & Operated Since 1969

FREE Si t Survey e

Family Owned & Operated Since 1934

777 Enfield Street Enfield, CT H.O.D. #115 Heating Lic. #302317 Plumbing Lic. #207367

SPB Lic# 0000135 • CT Lic# 502261

25 Visit Our Showroom: Rte. 44 • Coventry 860-742-7308

July 2017 North Central News

ng i t a r Celeb years 83


July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 26

IIntr Int Introducin Introduci Introduc Introdu Introd Intro Introducing n o new ou our ne n l li lin line of o Trilogy one piece fiberglass pools! CALL NOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR In-Home Consultation

Call Ca (860) Cal (860 (86 (8 ( 872-1926 8 87 872 872872-1 872-19 872-192


• New Homes • Garages • Decks • Additions • Kitchens 330 South Road • Baths Somers, CT


(860) 763-5633 References Provided • Fully Insured

540 Talcottville Road (Rte. 83), Vernon

CT Lic. #561320 CT Reg. #00778





26 North Central News July 2017

ATTENTION HOMEOWNERS Small Jobs Are Our Specialty! Drainage Clearing Driveways Brush Mowing Rock Removal Walkways

Now Doing Custom Small Excavating

Hirth’s Small Engine Repair 51 Sandy Beach Rd. Ext., Ellington, CT 06029

(860) 872-9034 CT License #0615418


MA Lic. #066666 MA Reg. #122168

Thank You For Voting Us Best Home Improvement Company!

Hirth Small Engine

Land Reclamation Rock Breaking/No Dynamite (Even In A Basement) Trenching Recontouring Footpaths





CT LIC # 303633 SM102

Find us now on

July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 27

Hawthorne Hawthorne’s H Haw Hawt Hawth Hawtho Hawthor Hawthorn a ’s A Agw Agway Agwa g


Natural Cedar Mulch $4.29 each or



A high-energy, high protein, year-round favorite to attract a variety of birds. (102-05850)

9-3 cu. ft. bags = a yard

3 Cu. Ft. Bags

Red, Brown or Black $4.99 each or





$ 99

10lb. bag

Reg. $13.99

5,000 Sq. Ft.

Bonide MoleMax Mole Repellent Granules

Ortho Bug B Gon



Repels moles, gophers, voles, skunks, rabbits, ground squirrels, and other burrowing animals. (102-07897)

(Great for Ticks, Fleas and Ants.)





15,000 Sq. Ft.


Reg. $53.99

A value seed mixture to attract a variety of ground feeding birds. (102-04826)

H Hawthorne’s Agway

2 OFF 20 Lb. or Larger



15,000 Sq. Ft.


With this coupon. Expire 7/31/17.

99 $ 99 29 Manchester Empty 20 Lb. Propane Tank (059-01192)

We Fill Propane Tanks Year Round 7 Days a Week!

97 North Maple St., Enfield, CT 860-749-8189 •

Hours: Mon.–Fri. 8am–6pm | Sat. 8am–5pm | Sun. 9am–3pm Prices Expire 7/31/17.




Feathered Friend Economy Mix

July 2017 North Central News

Turf Builder Weed and Feed

Reg. $12.99

PROPANE $ 99 TANK FILL 15 5,000 Sq. Ft.



Hawthorne Hawthorn Hawthor Hawtho Hawt Haw Ha Hawth




$ 99

Cedar Mulch

Brands d Y You T Trust P People l Wh Who h K Know

Reg. $19.99

Feathered Friend Black Oil Sunflower Seed

3 Cu. Ft. Bags




July2017NCN13-28.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:17 AM Page 28

• Organic Lawn Programs • Custom Fertilization Programs • Tree & Shrub Treatments • Weed & Crabgrass Control • Insect & Disease Control • Flea & Tick Control • Mole Control • Slice Seeding & Aeration • Topsoil and Lawn Installation

20% OFF Grub Control Voted Best Lawn Treatment Company!

•P Prepaymentt Di Discountt

Your #1 Choice!

Our commitment to high quality products and excellent customer service make all the difference.

Police, Fire, Town and State workers

Offer does not expire. Good with this ad.

866-94-GREEN • 860-871-1025

Family Owned & Operated • CT Bus Lic # B-1870

28 North Central News July 2017

• Senior Citizen, Military & Public Service Discounts

Local Company Servicing Hartford/Tolland Counties

Try our 4-step “Just The Basics” program

JULY2017NCN29-36.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 10:20 AM Page 29

Call for picking updates.


POLISH POTTERY PLUS New Arrival of Many Pieces of Zaklady and

Ceramika Artystyczna 30,000+ pieces in stock

20% OFF

everything in the warehouse all of the month of JuMZ.

21 Old Windsor Road, Bloomfield, CT (Exit 37 off of I 91, West on Route 305) (Behind Sir Speedy)

Questions? Call 860-217-0011

Pick your own


Blueberries are your best ANTIOXIDANT. Freeze blueberries for health benefits all year!

Gilson Farm Bring the kids for a fun day at the farm picking blueberries! 57 Wapping Road, East Windsor Mon.-Fri. 8-12, 3:30-7:30 • Sat. 8-4 • Sun. 8-4

July 2017 North Central News


JULY2017NCN29-36.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:40 AM Page 30

Less Than $30 For All-Day Rides & Waterpark! That’s A ordable Family Fun At Quassy! Birthday Party Packages Start At Only $330

Easy online reserva ons at or call 1-800-FOR-PARK We host catered events, too!

Family Night Specials

* 50-Cent Fabulous Fridays * Hot Dogs * Pepsi * Ride Tickets * 50 Cents Each (Rides take 1 & 2 ckets)

* $50 Saturday Night Carload

Wristbands For Up 10 Persons In One Car

30 North Central News July 2017

(These specials o ered Friday & Saturday a er 5 p.m. May 26 through Sept. 2)

2132 Middlebury Road, Middlebury CT

JULY2017NCN29-36.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:40 AM Page 31

“HERE’S MY CARD...” Email your business card to: To advertise your card next month!

860-254-5145 Monday - Thursday 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

68 Bridge St. #105 Suf eld, CT 06078 www.suf eldmusic

Residential Commercial Industrial

111 Main Street Somersville, CT


HIC 0539395

Delivery to most towns, including Massachusetts

Over 30 Years of Experience - Find Us on Facebook


POPUL AR SIZES 20x24x10' ..................... $4,200 • •20x24-10’ ............ $5,295 • 24x32x10' ..................... $5,500 • 24x32-10’ ............ $6,795 • 24x40x10' ..................... $6,400 • •24x40-10’ ............ $7,895 30x40x10' ..................... $8,100 • •30x40-10’ ............ $8,895 30x60x10' ..................... $9,500

• 30x60-10’ ...........$11,995

* Package prices listed include: Everlast Lynx series 28 Gauge Painted Roof Lynx series 28 Gauge painted metal walls and trim 1’0” eave overhangs 1 – 10'0"x8'0"h overhead door located in either gable 1 – 3'0"x6'x8' fiberglass door and lockset. Many options are available. Maintenance-free.

Quality Cu

s t o m Po s t - F r a m e B u i l d i n g K i t


Our Name Says It All

Note – Labor to erect, sales taxes and delivery would be additional. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Have *** MORE *** with Everlast Lynx Series 28 Gauge Steel, 15 Colors, 40 Year Warranty Standing Seam 24 Gauge, 8 colors, 35 Year Warranty

Performance: Improved Chalk and Fade Resistance, Excellent Color Durability Value: CECI - Clear Corrosion Inhibitor Heat Forming

Contact: Patrick Corrigan New Holland Supply rep located in Tolland, CT. Ph: 680-847-1076 • Fax: 860-454-7100

FREE Estimates Base Draw and ings!

July 2017 North Central News

Customize h g wit your buildin ns. o ti p o S H N

Product: Omni Series 27 Gauge Steel, 17 Colors, 50 Year Warranty


JULY2017NCN29-36.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:40 AM Page 32

Thank You North Central News Readers for voting Dr. Fignar The Best Doctor for 2015 and 2016!



Walk in without an appointment. Get help without a wait. Treatments:

allergies, cold/ u symptoms, ear infections, insect bites, minor burns/rashes, athlete’s foot, cold sores, sinus infections, and more…

Lab Services:

pregnancy test, rapid strep/ u, urinalysis, and more…


hepatitis B, meningitis, u shots, and more…


32 North Central News July 2017

camp, school, sports, and more...

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Saturday:

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

*Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

FastCare accepts most insurances. Have a high deductible health plan or no insurance? A FastCare visit is just $79, including basic labs. No appointment necessary! For adults and children above 18 months. For more information and a listing of our other locations, visit

87 W. Stafford Road Stafford Springs (860) 684-0603

Next To:

Johnson Memorial FastCare recommends contacting your primary care physician when possible prior to visiting any walk-in or urgent care center, including a FastCare site.

Call (860) 644-4575 Fresh picked blueberries are also available at Dzen Garden Market in Ellington.

Mapquest us at 87 Barber Hill Road, Broad Brook, CT 06016

JULY2017NCN29-36.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:40 AM Page 33

Sports Shorts

All Four Accorsi Children of Somers Qualify For Eastern Wrestling Nationals

By John Godleski SOMERS - Madeline, Natalia, Harrison, and William. These are the four Accorsi children, but they are hardly your typical 9-10 year-olds. Madeline and Natalia are twin sisters, and Harrison and William are twin brothers. But even being twins is not what sets these youngsters apart from other children in the area. These four young Somers residents are wrestlers. Each week they practice between six and eight hours during the season and have tournaments every Sunday. It takes this type of dedication to reach the level that they are at, a level where each of them have competed for Eastern Nationals. They are unique in that all four came in first place for qualifiers at the Eastern Nationals in Vermont this year, in fact. This type of performance can not be possible without determination and drive, but it also takes coaches who can see potential and find ways to focus and refine it. This is where Adam Rivard, their coach, comes in. He knew early on that

despite the fact that they were young and didn’t have a frame of reference for wrestling, they were determined to improve as well as being role models for their peers. “In the first month or two of practice they began to stand out as leaders in the room with their work ethic even though their technical ability wasn’t there yet,” said Rivard. Their focus for the sport itself was apparent at their first tournament with Coach Rivard saying, “The thing that stood out even more to me was what they did between matches. While most kids were running in the halls, eating food in the cafeteria, or playing video games in the bleachers, these kids were watching the other matches trying to learn. At that moment I knew we had a special group of kids.” That was three years ago, and they have remained just as focused as they were during that tournament, and their hard work has paid off. They do have an added benefit that other wrestlers may not have - each other. Not only are they all

Somers’ Accorsi wrestling champions with their beloved Coach Rivard. able to relate to one another, but after practice they are able to go home and practice together. Being that they are twins, Coach Rivard said that is even better because “they are similar in weight and age so they make fantastic training partners. The Accorsi family is very athletic and competitive so they naturally push each other harder than your typical kids.” This athleticism and competitive nature makes for great results, but it doesn’t come without it’s own unique set of drawbacks. “One of the biggest challenges with the Accorsi kids is that they are some of the more advanced wrestlers

in our program and also are similar sizes so they end up wrestling each other often. Towards the end of the season when we were training for nationals, this got boring to them and we started to lose their focus at practice.” The coach was able to get them to refocus by bringing in other wrestlers on the team as training partners to break up the monotony. Their occasional lapses in focus aren’t the only potential issue when coaching such talented wrestlers who are also related, though. “The other challenge is when one twin succeeds and another one isn’t as successful as a certain event. It can be discouraging watching someone who is physically equal to you performing better and feeling the pressure that you didn’t do enough,” Rivard said. The children seem unfazed by that fact, as even though Natalia and William won the Eastern Nationals, the four of them all look forward to the next season and the challenges that it may bring. Coach Rivard is looking forward to not just next season, but the seasons to come. “It’s been amazing watching these kids grow up over the last two years and I can’t wait to see what they become over the next 4-5 years in our program,” he states.

Thank you NCN Readers for voting Danny’s a Pizza The Best Pizza 2015! “VOTED BEST PIZZA IN THE NORTHEAST” Pizza Today Magazine

Restaurant Let us turn your office party or gathering into an Authentic Italian Feast.

535 Hazard Ave. (Rt. 190 Enfield) •


We Only Use Trans Fat FREE Oil In Our Fryer

Every Friday is Fish & Chips. Fresh Cod, French Fries & Cole Slaw




$ 00


Any Large or Any Large or Extra Large Pizza Extra Large Pizza With this Money Saving Coupon. May NOT be combined with any other offers. Exp. 7/31/16.

With this Money Saving Coupon. May NOT be combined with any other offers. Exp. 7/31/16.

• Office Meetings, Office Parties, Office Gatherings • Great Food • We Deliver • Quick, Easy, Convenient • DELICIOUS! BUON APPETITO!



With Any 3 Items, Large Tossed Salad & a 2 liter bottle of soda


With Any 3 Items, Large Tossed Salad & a 2 liter bottle of soda

With this Money Saving Coupon. May NOT be combined with any other offers. Exp. 7/31/16.

With this Money Saving Coupon. May NOT be combined with any other offers. Exp. 7/31/16.




10% off

Receive your next catering order* *Offer valid for $100 minimum catering order and cannot be combined with other promotions. Offer expires 07/31/17.




July 2017 North Central News

Any pasta with meatballs and fresh homemade garlic bread!


JULY2017NCN29-36.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:40 AM Page 34



CEDAR KNOB GOLF COURSE 446 Billings Road, Somers, CT

Call us for more information



34 North Central News July 2017




JULY2017NCN29-36.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:40 AM Page 35

Residents want local control over Scantic Park from state


By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD -- Residents are petitioning the town to obtain the property rights to Scantic River State Park from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The petition, created by Sheila

Valliere, of Monroe Road, on, states, “We would like to have the Enfield Town Council request to obtain the Scantic River park property rights from the state of Connecticut. This will allow for the proper management of this park which has become a

Eighth Grade St. Bernard Graduates

On Tuesday, June 6, 22 eighth graders graduated from St. Bernard School after celebrating Mass with their pastor, Rev. John S. Golas at St. Bernard Church. Top row, from left, are Hollis Burt, Ethan Kinelski, Ethan Peck, Evan Redo, Gina Brooks, Andrew Mastrangelo. Third row, from left, are Jacob Erickson, Stephen Daigneau, William Kasheta, Sara Brown, Anabelle Titus, Michael Alaimo. Second row, from left, are Owen Contreras, Avery Pierz-Gaudet, Taya Hester, Aaliyah Mangus, Noah Bonini, Gary Higginbotham III. Bottom row, from left are Olivia Taylor, Arianna Tarbell, Kaylee Cote. Missing from photo: R. Sterling.


progressively worse over the last five years. The town of Enfield has implemented several interim solutions none of which worked in the long-term due to the Town of Enfield having limited authority as this is a state park. If the Town of Enfield does not obtain the property rights the current ongoing issues will continue to get progressively worse as the state does not have the budget nor the manpower to properly administer this park and the residents of Enfield will continue to suffer the negative consequences of its non-management.” As of June 28, 747 people had signed the petition. Valliere told the Town Council at its June 19 meeting the problems at the park include garbage, parking, pedestrians in the roadway, noise and disruption to the surrounding area, according to the meeting minutes. Christopher Ramsdell, of Powder Ridge Road, said his property abuts the Scantic River, and he purchased this property so he could hike and visit the park. He said there are regulations in place for banning of alcohol, litter, fires

within five feet of a tree, noise, and parking regulations. He said he feels the means already in place to address 95 percent of the issues, but it requires a body on hand on a regular basis to enforce those regulations. Albert Merkt, also of Powder Ridge Road, said if garbage is sitting everywhere, it is a health issue. Town Chairman Scott Kaupin said as Enfield residents, they honor the tradition and history of the Scantic River and the park. He said residents know the park is for passive recreation, and it is not meant to be for a wedding or birthday party with a pop-up tent. He said people should not be grilling there, and people should not be bringing in boom boxes, coolers and generators. He said people should be bringing their fishing poles or a chair to sit on. Kaupin said DEEP is understaffed and under-supported, and it does not have enough resources. He said the town has to figure out what can be done to make it very difficult for people to use the park as an encampment for the day.



(Foreign Car Specialists) ASE CERTIFIED

General Maintenance, Fuel Injection, Tires, Towing, Diesel, Electrical, Alignment, Used Cars

Dave Doyker, Frank Doyker, Mike Love

23 Field Road, Somers, CT


Remax Desitination

Isabella’s Court


Stafford area! Call Today! Stafford – Enjoy the charms of yesteryear in this updated 3 bdrm 1 1/2 bath a l Today! al Toda To day! y! Victorian home. C Call


540 Somers Road (RT 83) East Longmeadow MA

(413) 348-9628

Closed Mondays

TO BE BUILT: Prices starting @ $194,900

Tolland – Privacy at the end of a cul-de-sac is one of the delights in this 3000+ sq ft Contemporary Ranch.... Call for Details!


July 2017 North Central News

55+ Active Adult Community OPEN HOUSE Saturday, July 8 1-3 pm Saturday, July 15 1-3 pm Mode Mo dell – Unit #74 de Model


JULY2017NCN29-36.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:40 AM Page 36

CSF of Stafford Springs

Dollars for SCHOLARS


Celebrates 5 Years serving the Youth of Stafford and Union

Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of Stafford was founded in 1962 for the purpose of Stafford was founded in 1962 for the purpose of awarding scholarships to assist students from awarding scholarships to assist students from Stafford and Union seeking education beyond the Stafford and Union seeking education beyond the secondary level. With this year’s reward of secondary level. :LWKWKLV\HDUpVUHZDUGRI $112,000 to 39 young people, the foundation WR\RXQJSHRSOHWKHIRXQGDWLRQKDVDZDUGHG has awarded $1,694,530 to 1,570 students. WRVWXGHQWVContributions are Contributions are greatly appreciated and can be greatly appreciated and can be designated to one designated to one of the existing funds or to the of the existing funds or to the CSF of Stafford CSF of Stafford General Fund. They may be sent to:

General Fund. They may be sent to:

CSF of Stafford CSF of Stafford c/o Rose Roszczewski,Treasurer c/o Rose Roszczewski,Treasurer P.O. Box 25, Stafford Springs, CT 06076

AARON BERNIER Stafford Rotary Club


Wolcott #60 ThereseLodge G. Fishman Willington Name Plate, Inc Stafford Savings Bank

Benedict Josephine Schwanda Robert F.&Klecak Charles & Jean C. Schwanda Emily L.W.& John R. Sullivan



William F. Richards Big Y Foods Marla Sullivan Jeremy Bergeron Tolland Bank JILLIAN KNOWLTON Stafford Fish & Game Club Ephrain & Marion Mirza VALERIE GIRARD Jennifer A.Savings Stone Bank Stafford Ruth K. Matteson Gnutti Mildred P.Paolini DeCarli Alexander John W. Zelz John B. & Bonnie B. Mitchell KENNEDY Anna &High ArthurSchool Furness- Class Sr. of 2014 SHANNON Stafford DYLAN SNAYInc. TTM Technologies, Ronald A. Mitchell TTM Inc. of Stafford Stafford Rotary Fund - Robert Campbell FirstTechnologies, Universalist Church Zenna Brisson American Legion Post #26 David P. Mitchell Stafford Savings Marilyn C. & Raphael A. Bachiochi Salvatrice “Sally�Bank Italia VFW 9990 & Ladies Auxiliary AnthonyPost A. DeNunzio VFW Postof9990 Ladies Auxiliary BRIANA KUO Willington Name Plates, Inc. Estate John M.&Patten - Charles Francis “Jim�Furness Vail - Charles Furness Stafford Motor Speedway Estate John M. Robert C. & Nettie S. Lake “BobaNet� AmericanofLegion PostPatten #26 Timothy R.GILBERT Haraghey West Stafford Parent Teacher’s DEVIN Marilyn Scussell ALYSONBERNIER BLYTHE American LegionRODRIGUEZ Post #26 Auxiliary Benedict & Josephine Schwanda WILLIAM KRISTEN CSF General Reserve Fund Organization Attilio R. Frassinelli Donna C. &Mae Francis J. MoriartyStevens & Lillian Church Tonoli of Stafford WILLIAM DESILETS Charles W. & Jean C. Schwanda First Reno Universalist Florence & Charles Stafford Motor Speedway ROWAN LONGMORE Arthur J. & Julia M. Clapprood LINDSEY EATON Benjamin P. & Marguerite M. Cooley Estate of John M. Patten AttilioRotary R. Frassinelli Stafford Club Rev Kenneth J. Post & John Knights of Columbus Council 1395Harker & New London County Motorcycles Stafford Democrats Doris Devera Joshua R. Smialek Richard Houle - Robert Campbell Staffordville Elementary SchoolEstate of John M. Patten CSEA Local 2001 Stafford Chapter Timothy Beverage Shenipsit Striders - Beth Stage VFW Post 9990 & Ladies Auxiliary WestGeneral StaffordReserve Parent Teacher’s StaffordGOODWIN Rotary Club Benjamin ScottNicholas C. Stelmak Alexander Warren CSF Fund ALISON Mary MuzioPISCIOTTA Chamberlain LinatexArnold of America - Ashworth N. Stull AIDEN H. Booth Charles Furness Jason A. McQuaid Stafford Seniors Association Inc. Organization Emily L. & John R. Sullivan Gregory Poland Stafford Grange No. 1 Stafford Rotary Bank Club - William Stafford Rotary Club - Earl Witt Package Machinery Co. Stafford Savings Madeline Knava Marla Sullivan Tolland Bank Alexander WarrenLAMOUREUX SCHUYLER TTM Technologies, Inc. Stafford FishTESKE & Game Club Sorensen Cuno,of Inc. Stafford High School - Class of 2006 PEYTON Stafford Rotary Club Estate John M. Patten Stafford Club Memorial StaffordLions Arts Commission CSF General Reserve BOUCHER Fund Judy M. Motor WebbSpeedway NATHANIAL Robert J. Sr. & Richard Verlik Stafford Stafford Rotary Club - Joseph A. - Robert B. Schwanda IAN SPELLMAN Stafford Springs Congregational SAMANTHA GOSSELIN Stafford - Armand J. &No. Mildred Grange 1 Cambria, CSF General Reserve Fund AmericanBOLIEAU Legion Post #26 Stafford Rotary - William Sorensen Michael Peter Ference & Sandra J. Reno &K.Lillian Tonoli Introvigne ALAINA Nicholas H. Booth Church Silvio S. DaDalt, Albert A. DeNunRuth Matteson Gnutti Staffordville Elementary School Post #26 Auxiliary Salvatrice “Sally� Italia Ference Max American & ShirleyLegion Thiesing Patricia Lusa Benjamin Muzio Ronald D’Amico zio, Orlando MURPHY Ann Remington Marilyn Scussell Francini, Michael J. MADISON MARISSA HarryH.&“Frank� Ida Fontanella Francis Curnan Stafford Robert F. Klecak DWYER Stafford Lions ClubBank Memorial - Armand Gregorio Stafford Savings William N.High IrvingSchool - Class of 1986 James Prenetta KATELYN HENDERSON & Keith Curnan Stafford Rotary ClubA. Gregory CSFEstate General Reserve Fund David F.Hirsch of John M. Patten Joseph J. Panciera Elmo & Marjorie Serafi n S. DaDalt, J. & Mildred Cambria, Silvio Italian Benefit - Denis KAITLYN MATHIEU Stafford Springs Congregational Church Shelly Vogel Henry J. Tonidandel Estate of John M. Patten William F.DeNunzio, RichardsOrlando Francini, Patricia Lusa Marjorie P. Dobson Albert A. Estate of John M. Patten Warren Corp Stafford Savings Bank Stafford High School Class of 2006 JOSEPH FONICELLO ANDREW SYPHERS George North American Printed Circuits Katie TinaTurschmann McEwen Barbara-Ann Kenny Elderkin MichaelM.J.Waugh Gregorio GeneralR.Fund CSEA Local Stafford Chapter Warren Corp2001 Employees Jeffrey F. Braun Sylvain A. Tetrault Attilio Frassinelli CSF General Reserve Fund Employees John & Matilda A. Spusta Festi Alexander Paolini James Prenetta StaffordL.Lions Club Memorial - Armand Marty Galotto Bruce Beaupre Wolcott Lodge #60 Stafford Rotary Club Mario A. Posocco William N. Irving John E. Festi KASEY CARTER ELIZABETH PISCIOTTA Penny Hanley & Howley Anna Ann Remington JACEY BOUTHILLIER Tina McEwen Jeffrey F. Braun J. & Mildred Cambria, Silvio S. DaDalt, Stafford High School - Class of 2014 Stafford Public Health Association Burton A. Davis Chilkowitch Stafford Savings Bank Estate of John M. Patten Stafford Area Community Services CSF General Reserve Fund Aldo Carocari MADISON GRENIER ETHAN LAWLOR Estate of John M. Patten Albert&A.Julia DeNunzio, Orlando Francini, Stafford Savings Bank Ann E. Phelps Stafford High School - Class of 2006 - Thrift Shop Estate ofScussell John M. Patten HALEY NEUWIRTH John & Matilda A.HOSS Spusta Festi Marilyn Michael J. Gregorio CATHERINE DANIELLE GARNELIS HANNAH VAIL Clifford A. & Mary L. Collette Gregory Poland Stafford Motor Speedway & New London Stafford Savings Bank Tony Costa Anna & Arthur Furness Sr. John E.“Terri� Festi Davis Theresa Wilington Nameplate Inc. Clifford A. Collette & Mary L. Collette J. & Julia M. Clapprood JanetArthur Hopko County Motorcycles Harriet Fiore MCKENNEY Roscoe & Charlotte Hillebrecht RICHARD Benjamin Arnold MEADOW VOISINE Ruth K. Mattesen Gnutti Mary Ellen Glover CDA - Court Isabella #785 ALEXIS EATON Estate of Ellen JohnGlover M. Patten Mary Penny-Hanley & Howley David Hirsch Michael Peter Ference & Sandra J. BernardLee & Josephine Stafford Savings Bank DaDalt Armstrong North American Printed Circuits Therese G. Men’s Fishman - Anna Hurchala LeroySylvan Tiziani - Anna Chilkowitch Package Machinery Co. A. Tetrault Stafford Softball - Walter DaDalt Jennifer Ference Alexander D. MacDonnell Aldo Carocari CDA - Court IsabellaS.#785 Anna Hurchala Timothy Hartley Zigadlo Linatex of America - Ashworth N. Stull Zenna Brisson Employees Knights of Columbus Council 1395 Robert C. & Nettie Lake - “BobaNet� Eleanore Knowlton Stramiello Theresa “Terri� Davis Stafford Democrats Devera Rev. Kenneth J. Post-&Doris John Harker Benjamin Muzio Church of Stafford Stafford Women’s Club Stafford Bank First Universalist Estate of John M. Patten Michael &Savings Vickie Julian DEVYN COLBY Roger B. Godin ZACCARY BOUTHILLIER Frederick & Jennie Kisselstein Francis “Jim� Vail Marilyn Scussell Ellen Senechal Jeffrey F. Braun Estate of John M. Patten BRIANNA REEVES Joseph J. Panciera BruceArea L. Beaupre BRANDON KALLENBACH CAMERON MACGREGOR Stafford Community Services Stafford Democrats - Doris Devera Estate of John M. Patten Stafford Band Boosters General Fund Larcene L. “Beenie� Bessette RonaldGAUDENZI Pirkey CSEA Local 2001 Stafford Chapter Big Y Shop Foods OLIVIA - Thrift Stafford Republicans Stafford Arts Commission KYLE PICCOLI Stafford Area Community Services Wayne Gaudreau Jeremy Bergeron First Universalist Church of Stafford Marilyn Bachiochi WalterC.J.&&Raphael Eunice M.A.Skopek West Stafford Parent Teacher’s Timothy R. Haraghey Stafford Savings Bank Francis H. “Frank� Curnan Francis E. Collette Ellen Champagne Moulton Stephen B. Skelton Thrift Shop Estate of John M. Patten Windham/Tolland Alice& Spallacci Scott C. Stelmak8 & 40 Organization Timothy Hartley Zigadlo Stafford Rotary Club - Dr. Joseph Keith F. Curnan Ann E. Phelps Stafford Rotary Club Marilyn Scussell Cuno, Inc. - Kathleen Ann Dombek Amanti Marc D. Magrone Bruce L. Beaupre Leroy Tiziani Janet HopkoA. Posocco Katie M. Waugh - Mario BRENDAN HOSEY CSF General Reserve Fund Italian t - Denis A. Gregory Ephrain & Marion Mirza DEVAN YEO Marjorie P. Dobson Stafford FrederickMotor & JennieSpeedway Kisselstein JudyBenefi M. Webb Alexander D. MacDonnell STEPHANIE MILNES Ronnie DaRos CHASE WALBRIDGE Richard Houle Barbara-Ann Kenny Elderkin Stafford Band Boosters Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford Savings Bank Marilyn Scussell Richard H. Willis David P. Mitchell KAITLYN KIRCHHOFFER Stafford Savings Bank Estate of John M. Patten Charles “Whitie� Heuitson EllenJohn Senechal & New London County Motorcycles Eleanore Knowlton Stramiello Stafford Women’s Club Estate of John M. Patten B. & Bonnie B. Mitchell Burton A. Davis TYLER GEBO Joshua R. Smialek Peter F. Locke Jr. Ronald D’Amico MARMOL WENDELIN CSF General Reserve Fund Lisa Cheman Tony CostaKnowlton Stramiello Attilio R. Frassinelli LisaJ.J. Cheman Ronald A. Mitchell Walter & Eunice M. Skopek Eleanore Stafford Rotary Club Charles “Whitie� Heuitson Stafford Republicans Estate of John M. Patten Alice Spallacci ALLISON SCHOOLNICK William Stafford Area Community Services Gladys Oehler Florence Mae & Oehler Charles Stevens Frank - Wendelin G. Luckner Ronnie DaRos Ellen Champagne Moulton First Universalist Church of Stafford NATALIE CYR ALYSSA FECKO Reno & Lillian Tonoli - Thrift Shop Jennifer A. Stone VFW 9990 & Ladies Auxiliary EstatePost of John M. Patten Estate of John M. Patten SARAH PROVENCHER Mary Muzio Chamberlain Shelly Vogel Richard Houle John E. Julian Mildred P. DeCarli Stafford Savings Bank Stafford Rotary Club - Dr. Joseph Amanti MORGAN BURKEY - Charles Furness Wayne Gaudreau John E. Julian General Fund Ronald D’Amico Stafford Area Community Services Richard H. Willis Christopher M. Moquin Elmo & Marjorie Serafin Stafford Rotary Estate John Patten - Armand Stafford HighClub School - Class of 1986 Stafford Rotary Club - Dr. Wendelin G. Stephen E. Galotto Marshall “Mushy� & StaffordofLions ClubM.Memorial Thrift Shop Willington Name Plate, Inc CSFLuckner General Fund - Joseph Introvigne CSF General Reserve Fund Estate of John M. Patten Stephen B. Skelton Dorothy O. Bellante David W.A.Baker BRIDGET KELEHER J. & Mildred Cambria, Silvio#26 S. DaDalt, Ronnie DaRos PeterEric F. Locke, American Legion Post Auxiliary Stafford Grange No. 1 Zenna MarilynBrisson Scussell E. BakerJr. Stafford Public Health Association MADISON MITZKOVITZ BRIANNA GILL EstateN.of Irving John M. Patten William Albert A. DeNunzio, Orlando Francini, Stafford Republicans CSF General Reserve Fund Stafford Rotary Ronald E. Ambrosi First Universalist Church of Stafford George Turschmann Arima O.Paradiso Campo F. Joseph Francis “Jim� Vail Mildred DeCarli Stafford Crusaders Michael J. Gregorio Stafford Rotary Club - Etalo “Pic� Gnutti Stafford Public Health Association Arthur & Julia M. Clapprood GeneralJ.Fund Henry J. Tonidandel & 40 - Kathleen TTMWindham/Tolland Technologies, 8Inc. Clifford A. E.& Galotto Mary L. Collette Stephen Robert Barber Stafford Rotary Club - Earl Witt Richard H. Willis Stafford Men’s Softball - Walter DaDalt Shelly Vogel Max & Shirley Thiesing Ann Dombek Warren Corp Benjamin P . & Marguerite M. Cooley TTM Technologies, Inc. Marty Galotto Larcene L. “Beenie� Bessette Roger B. Godin Marshall “Mushy� & Dorothy O. Bellante Warren John Corp W. ZelzEmployees Willington Financial - Mario A. Posocco TTM &Technologies, Inc. Michael Vickie Julian Benedict & Josephine Schwanda Eleanore Knowlton Stramiello Lisa Charles Marie Toman W. & Jean C. Schwanda Bernard & Josephine Stafford Rotary ClubArmstrong - Robert B. Stafford Crusaders Schwanda Robert BarberP. & Marguerite M. Cooley Benjamin Estate of John M. Patten Stafford Rotary - Ronald E. Ambrosi CSF General Reserve Fund

36 North Central News July 2017



P.O. Box 25, Stafford Springs, CT 06076

Shenipsit Striders - Beth Stage Bruce A. DeTora RichardPeter HouleFerence Michael &Roscoe Sandra&J.Charlotte FerenceHillebrecht Donna Francis J. Moriarty JasonC.A.&McQuaid Stafford ShellySeniors Vogel Association, Inc. Christopher M. Moquin MIKAYLA DESCHENEAU Gladys Oehler First Universalist Church of Stafford WilliamBeverage Frank Oehler Timothy Joshua R. Smialek Arima O. Campo


Technologies, F.TTM Joseph ParadisoInc LisaE.Marie Toman Eric Baker FrancisW.H. Baker “Frank� Curnan & Keith F. David Estate Curnanof John M. Patten CSF General Fund- Armand Stafford LionsReserve Club Memorial J. & Mildred Cambria, Silvio S. DaDalt, VICTORIA MOLITORIS Albert A. DeNunzio, Orlando Francini, Stafford Savings Bank Michael J. Gregorio Harry & Ida Fontanella Stafford Rotary Club - Etalo “Pic� Gnutti Ronald Pirkey Harriet Fiore Reserve Fund CSF General Marilyn Scussell Estate of John M.MOORE Patten BRITTNEE

July2017NCN37-48.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:14 AM Page 37

Insurance agency brings Flag Day spirit to Stafford Springs


STAFFORD - Paradiso Insurance, an independent agency located right in the heart of Stafford Springs, recently held its annual Flag Day barbecue and event. Every year on June 14, the insurance agency likes to give back to local veterans and the community by holding this free event. Typically, the event includes a free barbecue lunch, live music from Radio 98.3, and flag giveaways. This year Paradiso Insurance handed out hundreds of custom-made patriotic t-shirts and collected retired flags that were given a proper disposal ceremony. Additionally, attendees could also pick up a free replacement flag and mounting kit if they needed one. The insurance agency also made sure to only give out flags and shirts that have been manufactured in the U.S.A. Many car enthusiasts lined Main Street with their classics and American flags were displayed proudly outside. In fact, there was even a large 90-foot flag that overlooked Stafford with pride thanks to the local fire departments. Paradiso Insurance was also joined by local police and EMT members who helped to keep everyone safe and kept traffic under control. Loki, Stafford’s drug search dog, even showed up to the Flag Day event and met many of Stafford’s younger citizens. Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, and chicken were

grilling up all day thanks to Jay Anderson, Larry McKinney, and Marco Vendentti, while Fine Swine Catering Services served up some delicious hand cut roast beef. In fact, they started smoking the meat in the early hours of the morning. It was worth it though because attendees loved the beef and showed up for seconds! Additionally, Still Hill Brewery, a local brewery located right in Rocky Hill, also showed up with some of their craft beer for the adults to enjoy. There was even a special celebration for Chris Paradiso’s sister, Rachel. She recently competed in the Special Olympics and won the bronze medal in swimming. So, to celebrate there were cupcakes and a large cake in honor of her win. Rachel also received a special news segment that day and was featured on Fox 61 thanks to Rich Coppola. There was a lot of support for Rachel and the special needs community that day. In fact, Journey Found, the organization that assists Rachel, attended the event. Journey Found supports adults with mental and learning disabilities and wanted to spread the word about their services to attendees. Plymouth Rock Assurance, another insurance agency located up in Boston, showed up with a few fun games for the kids, giveaways, and their mascot Otto. Radio 98.3 also came again this year and streamed live music right from Main Street. Radio 98.3 brought a lot

Chris Paradiso honored his sister Rachel during the festivities for her recent Special Olympics swimming medal.

of energy to the Flag Day event and will be at there again next year.


TU TUR TURN YOUR YOU Y YO TRASH T TR TRA TRAS INTO I IN INT CASH! C CA CAS CASH Highest Highes Hi Highe High Hig P Pr Pri Pric Price Prices P Pa Pai Paid F Fo For Junk Cars And Scrap Metal SA SAM SAME DAY DA D PICK P PI PIC UP U FOR F FO YOUR Y YO YOU JUNK J JU JUN CAR C CA , We Sell Motors uto Glass, Etc... ,A Transmissions We provide Container Service

Open Monday - Friday 8:00 to 5:00 Saturday 8:00 to 12:30

20 And Up

10% OFF AUTO PARTS Expires 7/31/17.

860-749 860-74 860-7 8 860860-749-3705 860-749-370 860-749-37 860-749-3 860-749860 6


8 888-K 888888 888-KAR-PART 888-KAR-PAR 888-KAR-PA 888-KAR-P 888-KAR888-KAR 888-KA 8

July 2017 North Central News

96 Egypt Rd, Somers, CT 96 E gypt R d, S omers, C T

Used Ti res $

July2017NCN37-48.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:14 AM Page 38

Somers High Class of 2017 Graduation


Somers High School Senior Kylie Knightly reacts as she and her fellow classmates take part in the 2017 Somers High School Commencement in the high school gymnasium Tuesday June 13, 2017.

Photos by David Butler II

Somers High School Senior Class President Ava Roche speaks during the 2017 Somers High School Commencement

Come for your Bra tting, and leave feeling Amazing! Let The Bra Ladies put Health, Comfort & Beauty back in your life! We o er custom-sized that o er comfort and style!


We o er high end shapewear, bras, lingerie and consignment bags & shoes

Complete veterinary services for all phases of your pet’s life.

Enell sports bra • Hanky Panky • CosaBella Bali • Conturelle • Hollywood Tape

38 North Central News June 2017

Nancy Karol Hensen, DVM

Cats Dogs Birds Exotics Medical, Surgical & Dental Services Emergency Service Evening & Saturday Hours Office Hours By Appointment 63 South Road • Somers • 860-763-1000 Visit our website AAHA Accredited


l Professionas! Bra Fi ng

Book your Bra Consignment, Pocketbook or Shoe Party today!

Call and book your appointment!

Your privacy is important to us!

(413) 244-5731

635 Main St. Somers, CT

July2017NCN37-48.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:14 AM Page 39


At left, Somers High School Senior Amanda Whalen (center) smiles as she and her fellow classmates look on during the 2017 Somers High School Commencement in the high school gymnasium Tuesday June 13, 2017. Above, Somers High School Seniors Alexia Campos (right) and Zamani Simpson make their way to the high school gymnasium. Photos by David Butler II

Pre P Precisio Precisi Precis Preci Prec Precision r I Im Ima Imag Image Landscaping L Land Lan a Services Landscapin Landscapi Landscap Landsca Landsc Lands S Se Ser Serv Servi Servic Service Let us do your homework

• Trimming and Pruning • Planting • Landscape Design Kevin Wysocki, Owner

Fully Insured


5:30pm 7:00pm

Early Bird Auction Estate Auction

Thurs. July 20

5:30pm 7:00pm

Early Bird Auction Estate Auction

Thurs. July 13

Thurs. July 27 Sat.

July 29

5:30pm 7:00pm

5:30pm 7:00pm

Early Bird Auction Estate Auction

Early Bird Auction Estate Auction

12:00 Noon Live & Online Jewelry Auction

1000’s of pictures at

Email with questions Or visit and search our Auctionzip Auctioneer ID#: 2791

Terms: Cash, Checks, Master Card, Visa, Discover, Debit Cards. Subject to errors and omissions. 18% buyer’s premium, 3% discount for cash or approved check, all sales final.


8 860860 860-729-6 860-729860-72 860-7 860-729-6139 860-729-613 860-729-61 860-729 6


July 2017 North Central News

• Spring and Fall Clean ups • Fertilizing • Mowing • Mulching

149 NORTH ROAD, RTE 140, EAST WINDSOR, CT TEL. (860) 623-2100 or (888) 457-7778

July2017NCN37-48.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:14 AM Page 40

Special Election set for Board of Selectmen vacancies


SOMERS — A special election for first selectman and selectman will be held Oct. 24 — two weeks before Election Day on Nov. 7, when those seats will again be up for election. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously for the special election at its June 15 meeting, after residents successfully submitted separate petitions calling for the opportunity to vote for those positions. The office of first selectman and one seat on the board were created by the resignation of former Republican First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini on May 1.

The board voted to appoint Republican Bud Knorr, who had been serving his fourth term on the board, to fill the remainder of Pellegrini’s term, which ends Nov. 7. Timothy Potrikus, a Democrat, was appointed to fill the remainder of Knorr’s term as selectman. “It’s democracy,” Knorr said of the special election, “They’re entitled to do that.” But he added, “It’s going to be time consuming. It’s going to be expensive to the town.” He also is concerned it will confuse voters, who may not realize they need to vote again two weeks after the special election for those elected to remain in office.

SOMERS – The following students were named to the fourth quarter honor roll, according to a list provided by the school. Grade 12 High Honors Jessica Allard Nikita Babushkin Kaitlin Baker Katelyn Bardy Trent Bourgoin Janine Bushey Danielle Capuano Allison Casciano Joshua Chlebowski Kevin Cisco Lindsey Coleman Sydney Devine Maggie Ellis Peter Garlick Sean Gay Rachel Gladu Rachel Gosselin

Madison Yurgaitis Grade 12 Honors Danila Barbosa Carley Buttafuoco Brett Gamble Joseph Hailer Gina Lynch Qing Marsters Mary Renzoni Adrianne Rolocut Michael Scibelli Ashlie Shannon Natalie Tevault Hadleigh Whalen Ashleigh Whiteley Grade 11 High Honors Sydney Babushkin Sydney Bergamini Samantha Boyd Nadine Calcasola Jenna Catellier Hanna Chen Grace Clark Alex Curtis

By Linda Tishler Levinson

With the potential for primaries in both the special and general elections, that could be four elections, Knorr said. He said he was not worried that Potrikus’ appointment changed the balance of power on the board, since both Potrikus and Selectman Kathy Devlin are Democrats. ‘I really don’t get into partisan politics,” Knorr said. “He’s eminently qualified.” Linda Louise Lacasse, who was involved in the petition drive and, according to published reports, may be seeking a spot of the Oct. 24 ballot, could not be reached for comment.

Somers High School announces fourth quarter honor roll students Madison Hawkins Sarah Karszes Amanda Kaufman Elizabeth Kulas America Marroquin Lauren Masamery Logan Miller Marissa Mottolese Megan Murphy Christian Paley Ashna Patel Karishma Patel Brandon Pfeifer Katarina Pfeifer Samuel Pruden Natalie Ranelli Dylan Reilly Jackson Rheault Ava Roche Anne Russell Annushka Sewrathan Justin Talbot Natalia Villareal Mackenzie Wyllie

40 North Central News July 2017

Gift Certificates Available NOW OFFERING

Head Light Restoration



ea. Cloudy Headlamp? Don’t spend up to $200 replacing them

• Buffing, Wax & Glaze • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning • Protectant PROFESSIONAL DETAILING


Mike Caswell Fully Insured 34 Egypt Road, Somers, CT

Fleet Rates

Christopher Dalessio Jayme Delskey Ashley Devlin Broderick Eastman Mitzy Gentile

Connor Graham Robert Griger Ethan Hearn Camryn Hudroge Paige Jeffway

Ashley Jewell Colin Keeney Abigail Miller Michael Morse Alyssa Palazzo

Call for Opening Date and Picking Conditions

860-749-3286 Pick-Your-Own Blueberries in July

327 Ninth District Road Somers, CT 06071

Lawn & Landscape Installations Bobcat Service • Spring Cleanups Patios & Retaining Walls Stump Grinding Excavation Service Shrub Trimming

July2017NCN37-48.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:14 AM Page 41

High School Honor Roll Students


Emma Reed Samantha Rheault Hayden Robbins Kyle Roberts Andrew Samson Stephanie Sparrow Mark Swan Katryna Tomko Ali Tullock Jacob Whitford Rose Worthington Matthew Yarrows Grade 11 Honors Marleena Anderson Megan Callahan Molly Donovan Emily Eastwood Alyssa Elgin Kilee Gershowitz Trevor Grandpre’ Jenna Knight Garrett MacLeod Delani Maznicki Zachary Milbauer Chase Miller Emily Mulvihill Erin Petersen Faith Regulbuto Christopher Simpson Haley Smith Hannah Speight Sarah Suschana Ohannes Turley

Athena Vargo Grade 10 High Honors Sophia Albano Aidan Archambault Zachary Barile Fiona Barrett Christian Beebe Matthew Brewer Jonathan Butler Miranda Devlin Donovin Dukehart Stephen Elhage Rachel Ellis Kylie Karvandi Victoria Kiernan Nancy Kocot Quinn Leonard Spencer McLaughlin Kyle Miller Anna Milliken Valerie Nutbrown Maria Parks Scott Pfeifer Brendan Pruden Nathan Raina Caroline Regulbuto Sarah Reilly Isabella Renzoni Michael Rush Ryan Sarisley Sarah Skalski Amanda Swan Hannah Uyar

Thomas Uyar Michael Zanazanian Grade 10 Honors Anna Alaimo Lauren Bushey Diana Cesare Alexandria Dalessio Abby Decker Whitney Emrick Spencer Felix Maggie Genece Fenna Haluch Riley Langlois Connor LaVallee Richard Lynch Jake Martin Zaire Remenik Juliana Renaudette Cassandra Sidhu Jeffrey Sloan Nicole Thompson Zachary Thompson Samantha Tyler Bryan Uyar Grade 9 High Honors Ava Baumann Marianne Carenzo Farrah Case Peyton Chaisson Emma Cheyney Edwin Chlebowski Marissa Grandpre’ Emma Kelly

Providing All Your Farm Animals Veterinaryy S Service

Nathan McCarthy Timothy Ocasio Madeline Piescik Ryder Ranelli Brianna Raymond Supreet Reid Lauren Strever Heather Welch Kylie Whitford Jacob Yvon Christopher Zheng Grade 9 Honors Taylor Althaus Chelsea Bergamini Alexis Brown Lauren Champiny Sarah Cisco Jared Cranna Amit Deonarine Sadie Giansanti Nathanael Hicking Zachary Hojnowski Emma Koseski Marissa Long Nicholas Mendez Aiden Miller Amari O’Connor

GOP Town Committee seeks candidates

SOMERS - The Somers Republican Town Committee invites any registered Republican resident or incumbent, interested in running as an endorsed candidate in the 2017 municipal elections, to submit a letter of interest. Interested parties should send their resume and letter to Lucas Cherry, chairman of the Somers RTC Nomination Committee at All letters of interest must be received by July 10.

Cade Raymond Cassandra Rich Danielle Rodriguez Ryan Rogers Dimitri Sanchez Siobhan Scully Andrew Skowronek Nicole Tardif Donovan Villareal Noah White



Blooming Plants in Spectacular Colors for Sale Field Grown & Fresh Dug To Order

PEAK BLOOM Month of July Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 10-4

MOUNTAIN MEADOW 112 Parker Rd. Somers off Rt. 83, 1.4 mi. south of Rt. 190; 1 mi. north of Ellington line

(860) 749-9550

Small A Animal nim • Large Animal • Equine quine 244 H Hour our Emergency Care For Large Animals Dr. Scott Morey • Dr. Heidi Morey Dr. Weston Brown • Dr. Kathryn Garner

9F Fieldstone ldst ld ston st on ne Commons, Comm Co mmon mm ons, on s Tolland, s, Tol o la l nd nd,, CT




Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 8-5 • Thurs. 8-7 • Sat. 8-12 M

July 2017 North Central News

Offering: Dental Floating • Digital X-Ray Ultrasound & Joint Injections

July2017NCN37-48.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:14 AM Page 42

Stafford High Class of 2017


The Stafford High School Class of 2017 was graduated on June 20. Above are Stafford grads Kevin DeLorge and Marilyn Lawson. Bottom row, from left are Principal Marco Pellicia, Salutatorian Sarah Provencher, and Valedictorian and class president Ethan Lawlor. Photos by Kim Gilbert

42 North Central News July 2017

Broken bones does not have to mean a broken hear�...

Dr. Mordasky has been fixing broken bones affordably for over 25 years.

Call Us. We Can Help.


Stafford Veterinary Center

27 Buckley Highway, Route 190, Stafford Springs, CT 06076 David Mordasky, D.V.M., Or�hopedic Surger�, Equine, Companion Animal Allison Gardner, D.V.M., Surger�, Companion Animal, Bovine, Equine

Outdoor Storage

Boats & RV's Fenced, Lighted and Secure

Indoor & Dry, Secure 24 x 7 Video Monitoring, Onsite Truck Rental Available, Packing Supplies Onsite & Hydraulic Lifts Available Businesses Welcomed Ask about our Delivery Acceptance Option

40 West Stafford Road, Stafford Springs CT • 860-684-1004

July2017NCN37-48.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:14 AM Page 43

Legislature will consider issue of crumbling foundation aid


By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD — The State Legislature is scheduled to consider the issue of crumbling foundations during its next Special Session. State Rep. Kurt Vail, R-Stafford, introduced an amendment June 7 requiring the Legislature to consider the issue during the Special Session. “We didn’t get a budget done, so we are coming back for that. I think this issue fits into the purview of that scope as there is a financial consideration to the solution of crumbling foundations, which is why I put forth the amendment today� Vail said in a written release. “With almost 20 individual pieces of legislation filed to address this issue during the regular session, it’s imperative

that we debate and take action on it.� He continued, “This is my priority and I am pleased that the House Majority Leader Matthew Ritter has stated on the record that we will discuss the crumbling foundation issue when we return in the coming weeks.� Tim Heim, president of Connecticut Coalition against Crumbling Basements, said in a telephone interview that he is “hopeful and optimistic� the Legislature will find some money to help the victims. “Right now, it’s just a waiting game,� Heim said, adding he knows of no specific proposals, since everything so far has been done behind closed doors. The materials for the foundations came from the J.J. Mottes Co. of

Stafford. “J.J. Mottes supports a comprehensive investigation of these issues, including how the materials were placed and installed so that homeowners can get the answers they deserve and help with solutions. It’s important to keep in mind that our company provides building materials and does not build foundations – that is done by builders and installers. While our materials and processes are subject to continual

inspection and testing, and the concrete we manufacture is mixed to precise standards, the unregulated, unlicensed, unsupervised and uninspected activities of foundation installers and builders are not – and they need to be, as the practices of both have the most significant effect on a foundation’s strength and durability,� John Patton, spokesman for the JJ Mottes Co., has said.


6 East Main Street, Route 190, Stafford Springs, CT Andy Goodhall, Broker


UNION $183,000

WOODSTOCK $369,000

Circa 1900 Farmhouse on 4+ acres abutting Connecticut State Forest! There are Sliding Doors off of the Dining Area which opens to a large Deck that runs along the side of the home. The Large Yard is equipped with a Pool and an Out Building. The Master Bedroom is on the First floor with two Bedrooms Upstairs. (Buckley Hwy)

Ranch style home, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Harwood Flooring, and 220 feet of water frontage on Lake Bungee! This 1979 home has been full remodeled with a wraparound porch on the main level and a Full Bathroom on the Lower Level with a Walkout Basement. The remodeled Upper Level now has a wood stove for the offseason. (Beaver Dam Road)

Stafford House of Pizza Grand Opening

On June 14 Stafford House of Pizza celebrates their Grand Opening on introducing the brand new bar and Keno. From left in the front are George (owner), John Locke (selectmen), Anthony Frassinelli (First Selectman), Singh (owner), and state Rep. Kurt Vail. Back row are Bunty and Freida Koulisis. STAFFORD $192,000 Circa 1950 Remodeled Cape with 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths and Hardwood Flooring. This 1 acre corner lot with a babbling brook and a fenced in Backyard. 2 Car Garage under home boasts 8 foot high doors. (Sunset Ridge)

Respite Care at Touchpoints Rehab B es

t Selection of

Craft Beers


Funding for Respite Care may be available for those that qualify. Let us assist you in connecting to resources.

The Place I Trust with Mom’s Care

Touchpoints at Chestnut 171 Main Street, East Windsor, CT 06071  tXXX5PVDIQPJOUT3FIBCDPN


We can try to get it if we don’t have it; just ask!!! Call, look on our door, or check on Facebook for upcoming tastings. Customer Service is our #1 Priority! on! Hope To See You So Ample Parking for Easy In & Out Exits.

July 2017 North Central News


July2017NCN37-48.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:14 AM Page 44

No Time For Vacation? No Worries.

By Julie Cotnoir

Those looking for staycation ideas need to look no farther than Stafford! Every week this summer has something fun and in some cases free to do. First on the list, is Blue Skies Big Band of New England. They will be taking to the Haymarket Common Amphitheatre stage on July 5 as part of the monthly Jazz in Haymarket Common. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket to this free event. The band, with performers from throughout North Central Connecticut, will perform from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Don’t worry if the skies are stormy, the band will take the show inside to the Stafford Palace Theater, just a few steps away from the park. To find out about August’s Jazz in Haymarket Common, e-mail Wayne and Jean Piosciotta are sponsors for the summer concert series. Live entertainment, in an intimate standing room only setting , is what the Stafford Palace Theater is all about. Visit to keep up to date on all upcoming performances. An ice cream favorite since 1976, Ice Cream Depot at 8 Main Street will host Musician Jared Fiske from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. on July 28 and August 25. Choose from one of their specialty sundaes, including Banana Split, Brownie or Reese’s. Looking for something that will have you thinking you are on vacation somewhere

New Bar Now Open We Have Keno

else? Choose Maine Lobster Tracks, Camp Fire Smores, or go international and choose Italian Ice for your staycation treat. Stop by for the concerts or come Monday-Wednesday 3 p.m.-9 p.m.; Thursday noon-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday noon-10 p.m. or finish up your Debbie Godin and Kali Corbett scoop up sweet treats at The Ice Cream Depot. Photos by Julie Cotnoir

weekend on Sunday, anytime between noon and 9 p.m. for a scoop of something sweet! Looking for a tasty adult beverage, after a concert

HAPPY HOUR Monday-Friday 2pm-5pm

Celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, Arts on Main offers downtown vistors a chance to check out art exhibits, hear some live music or see the work of local

Lunch Special Mon-Fri 11-4pm

T Quality Collision Repair & Top Award Winning Restorations

Tuesday Night Indian Cuisine - 4pm Daily Dinner Specials


19 Main Street Stafford Springs, CT 14 River Rd. Stafford Springs, CT.

Sun. - Thurs. 10am - 10pm Fri. & Sat. 10am -11pm

860-684-6331 860-684-6332 860-684-7824

See yourself at the Gwyn Careg Inn for a relaxing getaway or for the most romantic setting for a wedding. 44 North Central News July 2017

in the park, or before grabbing dinner at Stafford House of Pizza? Stop by Stafford’s newest hot spot. Stafford Cidery, home of Crazy Cock Cider, is owned by Jodi Harmon and Dan Tomlin. The couple, who lives in Stafford, opened their doors on Main Street in April. They serve up six flavors, which are manufactured in the Cidery’s basement. It is a cozy location for meeting up with friends, catching some live music, or picking up a new hobby. Jodi says that in addition to having table and board games, customers can enjoy special events (fees apply) throughout the summer. Customers can make aromatherapy Bondhi seed unisex bead jewelry at a workshop being offered on July 10th at 6 p.m. or on July 19 at 6 p.m. make a terrarium. Mary Lou Ferrante performs at the local business at 7 p.m. on July 22 and on August 25 the Blaney Brothers will perform at the Cidery. Stop by and try a flight of cider, grab a growler to bring home, or enjoy one of the six flavors, including Sanity, which is a semi-sweet apple cider or a chocolate cider with cocoa nibs at the bar or at a table with a group. Looking to have a bite to eat and listen to some music, Acoustic Open Mic night happens at J&D Pizza, Pub & Grill at 81 Main Street on the second and fourth Friday of every month.

Full Collision & Auto Body Service - Frame Off Restorations Custom Paint & Fabrication - Fiberglass Specialists

MO MODE MOD MODEL H HO HOU HOUS HOUSE O OP OPE OPEN E EV EVE EVER EVERY S SU SUN SUND SUNDA SUNDAY 1 1 13 Final phase underway choice lots still available!! Reserve yours now!!


860-928-5018 68 Wolf Den Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259

Starting High 200'S

Winkler Rd to Newberry Rd to Mourning Dove Trail ranch style w/attached gar 1550-1850 square feet 2 bedrooms 2 full baths granite hardwood & tile flooring first floor laundry

Stop by and see out model house now open 1 Mourning Dove Trail.

Newberry Village of East Windsor Active Adult Community

ALLPOINTS REALTY AnnMarie Sarno 860-690-3176

July2017NCN37-48.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:14 AM Page 45

Enjoy A ‘Stay’-cation in Stafford!

artisans. Starting off as a mutual art gallery opening at Middle Ground Café and Three Graces Vintage, Arts on Main has grown to include live outdoor music and now includes multiple Main Street shops and artist collectives, according to Teri Herel from ESP Pottery. Arts on Main takes place the second Friday of every month, from 6-8 p.m. For more info, contact event organizers directly at If you are feeling the need for speed, then it is time to head on over to Stafford Motor Speedway to see one of their races. Visit to find out more about the upcoming events, including a motorcycle swap meet and Monster Jam in July. Looking to eat local? Make a date to stop by the Stafford Community Farmers’ Market every Saturday, from 9 a.m .- 1p.m., at Heritage Park, 3 Stafford Street, from now until October 28. It is a great spot to shop for fresh produce, non-GMO chicken, baked goods, eggs, and check out artisan crafts. Bring a chair or blanket and listen to live music every Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit for more information. If your Saturdays are too busy, slow down on Sundays and stop by Hyde Park, 21 Hyde Park Road, for the Stafford Arts Commission Summer Concert Series. Concerts are scheduled for July 17, 23 and 30 and August 6, 13 and 20. Each week listen to a different genre of music. Folk, classical, big band, contemporary and blues, will all take to the stage throughout

the series. Don’t let a rainy day get you down. The concerts held 6-8 p.m. will move to Stafford Community Center, 3 Buckley Highway if the weather doesn’t cooperate. On August 4 from 6-9 p.m. head on down to Haymarket Common on Main Street for Main Street Blues. Visit the Artisan fair, listen to some poetry, listen to music and enjoy free food.

Looking to cool off? Visit Sun Valley’s Beach Club for food, music and a swim, all summer long. Located at 51 Old Springfield Road Sun Valley is a private beach club and campground. A beach membership allows unlimited access to the 10 acre spring fed lake and other amenities, including playgrounds, basketball, swim lessons and when the temperatures get cool, come back and cross country ski or do some ice fishing. Family memberships are available for $660 for the season. The Clubhouse Café is open to the public yearround. Try one of the 25 flavors of wings or meet friends for dinner on Friday for their prime rib and enjoy a beautiful view on the deck overlooking the lake. Tickets are on sale now for Stafford Springs Blues Festival. A highlight of the summer, the festival will be held at Hyde Park on August 5 from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sugar Ray & the Bluetowns, The Coffee Grinders and Balkun Brothers are just some of the acts on tap for the day. Speaking of tap enjoy the festival’s beer and wine garden. It’s a day full of activity with food trucks and

craft vendors all participating. Tickets can be purchased at the gate but enjoy early bird pricing of $25 on the tickets until July 15. After that tickets go up to $30. The event is rain or shine. Bring your chairs and blankets for a great day of Blues. Coolers are allowed. Tickets can be purchased at Visit for more details.

The historic Palace Theater hosts musical acts yearround. On Friday, July 14, iconic, country renegade David Allan Coe is slated to perform.


Now Offering Ice Cream Cakes Check our Facebook page for hours and events @ Ice Cream Depot

8 Main St., Stafford Springs, CT Tel. 860-634-3936 Hours: Mon–Thurs 3-9pm Fri & Sat 12pm-10pm • Sun 12pm-9pm

Ma to Mad Made t Order O Or Ord Orde Del Sandwiches De D Deli S Sa San Sand Sandw Sandwi Sandwic Sandwich Sandwiche & He Hershe Hersh Hers Her Hershey Ice I Cream Ic C Cr Cre Crea by the by t scoop th s sc sco scoo 220 East St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076 • 860-684- 4107 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 5am-9pm • Sat. 6:30am - 9pm • Sun. 7am - 8pm


Hours Mon-Sat 6am - 6-pm • Sun 7am-3pm

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm • Sat. 9am-1pm

Facebook: Yankee Upholstery Email:


42 Main Street, Stafford Springs, CT • 860-851-8900

(860) 684-6233 1 River Road Stafford Springs, CT

July 2017 North Central News

Find us at the Stafford Farmers Market with freshly baked bread and baked goods

July2017NCN37-48.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:14 AM Page 46

Classifieds Sta ord Springs

AVERY PARK APARTMENTS Income Based Rent Studios and 1 Bedroom apts. One oor living 62 or Older or Disabled Individuals State Financed/EHO



INSURANCE Real Good Rates!

HEATING & COOLING INSTALLATIONS Sta ord Mechanical Services, Inc. www.sta CT LIC # 303633 SM102

Tod Wilson, Owner Dependable Fully Insured Free Estimates CT HIC # 0634294


Drain Cleaning

We do it ALL and you $AVE money!

Will unclog all kinds of drains. Snaking prices: Mainlines: $155; Sink/Tub: $85; Toilets: $65; Video Inspections: $175 FREE ESTIMATES Fully Insured Call Phil or visit:



Driveway Sealing


All types Modern & Antique Single or Whole Collections

Motorcycles, cars, trucks, chippers, hot rods, mowers, etc.

Peter Emmelmann

202 Union St., Vernon, CT

Su eld, CT





Portrait, senior class photos, candids. Book one session, get 15% o another session.


Relax and call Steve



Kelly Container, Inc.


Licensed and insured. Quick and reliable. Winter Services.



20’ Starting at $2300 40’ Starting at $2800

950 Sullivan Ave. #19 South Windsor, CT 06074






Residential & Commercial Sales & Leasing










& CO., INC


Tolland County Insurance




Mike DaDalt at





46 North Central News July 2017



Sales & Service, LLC

860-896-5256 HELP WANTED:

P/T AUCTIONEER ASSISTANT East Granby,CT Shift/Hours: Tuesdays only, 3:30pm-8pm *Pay Rate:$14.50 Data entry for auto auction. Must: Multi task, Strong listening skills, be computer literate. Fast paced. Busy environment.

Hot crack repair and driveway sealcoating.

Call Tom today for a FREE ESTIMATE at


Catalytic converters, ex pipes, y pipes, dual exhaust and patch jobs

VW, BMW, JEEPS, Mercedes, trucks, project vehicles & more!


Sales & Service, LLC

202 Union St., Vernon, CT







Shift/Hours: Tuesdays only, 3:30pm-8pm *Pay Rate:$10 Driving and parking vehicles at auto auction. Never leave the parking lot!*Must have clean driving record and valid drivers license *Must have held a valid drivers license for at least 2 years.







needed inside your local Costco store to perform routine tasks, with minimal supervision. $11.50 hourly. Apply online at:

on busy Rte 190. Ample parking. Previous of ces with retail potential. Shared utilities. Freshly painted and ready for occupancy. A/C included. $450 per month.

Private lessons available Day - Evening - Weekends


Sta ord-475 sq ft

Call Mike


Call NRA Certi ed Pistol Instructor

Robert Titus, Sr









65¢ - 70¢



of Self Defense (Br. Hamzy) 103 Ra a Rd., En eld

Celebrating 36 years of the best Martial Arts for tness and self-protection.

Try a free week! Walk-ins Welcome!



Old books, old costume/antique jewelry, postcards, paintings, coins stamps, silver, antiques, etc.

Garages, Barns, Arenas & Sheds Local & Amish Builders

25+ years experience.

CT Sales Representative


Patrick Corrigan

Ed or Tami




All classified ads are 30 words or less, no logos. Price is $24.95 for text only or $29.95 boxed. Checks and classified copy can be sent to North Central News, P.O. Box 427, Somers, CT 06072. Email: for more info. DEADLINE for AUGUST is Weds, July 26, 2017

July2017NCN37-48.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:14 AM Page 47

Suffield High School graduates 175 from Class of 2017


Board of Education member Lori D’ Ostuni told the graduates they need to be logical, determined, curious and adaptable. “You will be emerging into a fourth evolution of our economy,” she said, saying that evolution is entrepreneurship. Salutatorian Lindsay Connolly said the class has been together since kindergarten. “You will remember the people and the events that make your high school experience unique,” she said. She urged her classmates to “find a passion and run with it and essentially make a career out of it.” Valedictorian Rachel Roncaioli said there is more to high school than grades. “Grades don’t equal life experiences,” she said. “It’s also important to focus on where we’ll be in the upcoming years,” she said. “Excellence is not an accident. It is the result of hard work.” Sophia Carestia, left, and Danielle Waite before Principal Steven Moccio the Suffield High School graduation on June 10. said the class of 2017 began a Photos by Linda Tishler Levinson new tradition the day before graduation, walking over to A. “They make the Suffield High School Ward Spaulding School, where they experience truly one of a kind,” she said. began their public school experiences. “Yesterday was truly about your “Traditions help to keep us grounded, beginning,” he said. reminding us that we are not alone.”

By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD -- With reflections on where they are going and the experiences and traditions that have shaped their lives so far, the 175 members of the Suffield High School Class of 2017 were graduated June 10. “Suffield High School is full of traditions,” Class President Amelia Picard said, pointing to traditions ranging from being state champions in soccer, school events like spirit night and academic events.

He then asked them to also look to their futures. “Please dedicate yourself to whatever path you choose,” Moccio said. “Do not let a little adversity hold you back.” Superintendent of Schools Karen Berasi told the class, “The secret to suc-

cess isn’t really a secret.” She said it requires setting goals, making a plan and committing yourself to achieving those goals. “The barriers on your path are opportunities to learn,” she said.

Farmers Market returns on Saturdays

SUFFIELD - Suffield’s Farmers Market kicked off its 2017 summer season on Saturday, June 17. They have the original familiar vendors: Bielonko Farm, Cupola Hollow, Easy Pickin’s, Maplewood Farms, and Merry Mite

Wild Gardens, who continue to provide a wide assortment of locally grown fresh fruits, produce, and an array of products. Returning again this summer are some of the newer vendors.

Keynote Financial Services, LLC. Registered Investment Advisor

As independent fiduciaries, we provide honest and unbiased advice to help our clients achieve their financial goals. Whether your objective is growth or income, we will build and manage a customized and cost-effective portfolio that reflects your needs and risk tolerance.

July 2017 North Central News


Kent D. Zahner, CPA

Investment Management

James M. Desrocher, FSA

Retirement Income

7 Keynote Dr., Vernon, CT 06066

401(k) / 403(b) Rollovers


July2017NCN37-48.qxp_NCN new template 7/3/17 7:14 AM Page 48

Retirement & Estate Planning By An Accredited Investment Fiduciary Are You Retiring or Are You Already Retired? Get personal guidance to help prepare or repair your retirement investments for living a long and independent retirement. Review leading investment strategies designed to grow and protect your money and to provide retirement income distributions. We are committed to providing our clients with investment programs customized for their individual needs.

48 North Central News July 2017

Contact us today for a free and a no obligation review! Kent Financial Services, LLC 860.749.6961

HARRY KENT Accredited Investment FiduciaryÂŽ

Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through National Planning Corporation (NPC). NPC is a member of FINRA & SIPC and a Registered Investment Advisor. Kent Retirement Planning Services, LLC and NPC are separate and unrelated companies.

July 2017 North Central News  

Complete high school graduation coverage for the towns of East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Somers, Stafford and Suffield. Town of Enfield I...

July 2017 North Central News  

Complete high school graduation coverage for the towns of East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Somers, Stafford and Suffield. Town of Enfield I...