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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

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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.

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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

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Town gets budget on third attempt

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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.

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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.

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Senior Center offers variety of programs, trips in July

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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

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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 swilson@eastwindsorct.com or 860.627.6662

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Town spending on budget freeze spending state action

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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

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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.

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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: www.library.ellington-ct.gov or call the library at (860) 870-3160.

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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.

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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

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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.”

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Senate passes legislation regulating ride sharing companies

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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

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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

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Hall Memorial Library plans variety of summer programs

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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: www.library.ellington-ct.gov 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

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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.

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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

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Insurance agency brings Flag Day spirit to Stafford Springs

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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

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Special Election set for Board of Selectmen vacancies

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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

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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

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Legislature will consider issue of crumbling foundation aid

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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

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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 pisciott@pisciottarealty.com. 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 www.thestaffordpalacetheater.com 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

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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.

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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 artonmainstafford@gmail.com. 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 staffordmotorspeedway.com 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 www.staffordcommunityfarmersmarket.com 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 ticketleap.com. Visit staffordspringsbluesfest.com 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.

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Suffield High School graduates 175 from Class of 2017

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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.”

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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.

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