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Farmers Markets Return Across Northern CT By Linda Tishler Levinson

It’s 6 p.m. Do you know where your dinner has been? You do if you shopped for the ingredients at a local farmers market. “I think people really want to buy local,” said Janice Warren, from the East Windsor Farmers Market. “People can know exactly where their food comes from,” said Dianne Trueb, from the Ellington Farmers Market. Buyers have a chance to talk to the vendors and learn about how their food was grown. “People like to support local agriculture,” said Ellie Binn, who organizes the Suffield Farmers Market. But today’s farmers markets are more than just a place to buy food. “For Ellington, it is a social event,” Trueb said. The market, located at Arbor Park on Main Street in Ellington, is in a beautiful setting where those attending can hang out, she added. There is a weekly theme and various types of entertainment. The third annual Community and Farmers Market in Enfield also offers live music.

Binn said the Suffield Farmers Market is a chance for people to socialize on the Town Green. Farmers markets also have become socially conscious. The Ellington Farmers Market accepts SNAP benefits, and matches them up to $20 a week. The market also offers the Kids Power of Produce Program starting June 11. Run by nutrition students from the University of Connecticut, the program holds activities for kids. Children who attend receive a token worth $2 of produce. The funding for these programs, Trueb said, comes from gifts from more than 40 local businesses. The Suffield Farmers Market is among those that accept WIC vouchers. Area farmers markets East Windsor: The East Windsor Farmers Market is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June 26 through October at the Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Rd. Ellington: The Ellington Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon beginning May 7 at Arbor Park. Each Saturday guest vendors and special events focus on a theme, such as

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“Happiness Is a Warm Puppy” with a K9 demonstration by the state police and a Rabies and Microchip Clinic, The Zucchini 500 Drag Race, and “Youth Market Day” when local youngsters under 18 can sell their homegrown produce. Enfield: The third annual Community and Farmers Market in Enfield is open Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. from July 13 to Oct. 12 in downtown Thompsonville next to Freshwater Pond. It includes live music, crafters, bakers, farmers, and Faith the Goat. Somers: The Somers Farmers Market has in the past been held Saturdays from May to October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Main and Battle streets. Details about this year’s market were unavailable at press time. Stafford: The Stafford Community Farmer's Market will be opening June 11 in the John E. Julian Heritage Park, 3 Stafford Street, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and running through October 29. Suffield: The Suffield Farmers Market, which starts June 18, is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon on the South Green. The market is still seeking

vendors, according to Binn. Interested vendors may call 860-668-3848. Windsor Locks: The Windsor Locks Farmers Market opens at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the library. Seasonal hours beginning Tuesdays after 2 p.m. have not yet been formalized, according to organizer Mary Jane Perrier. Interested vendors may call 860805-7622.

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You Never ‘Sausage’ A Festival First up in this merry month of May – May 26-30, to be precise – the first annual International Food Fest will set up shop at the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds. The sensory assault will draw from the culture from over 50 different nations by demonstrating their faiths, crafts, clothes, beers, wines, and foods. Eating and drinking certainly won’t be the only tasteworthy activity going on throughout the weekend at the food festival, with family fun things to experience, watch, listen to and eat just around every

music featuring over 50 bands from throughout the world peppered across four different stages, eating contests, dragon parades, visual arts, dancing and over 100 different craft vendors. This year will also incorporate the event’s first International Peace Summit. In addition to the edibles, Food Fest will also boast some impressive audio, most notably, The Legends Live On! May 28. The “literally legendary� band is comprised of Gregg Allman’s son Michael Allman, Ray Charles’ daughter Sheila Raye Charles and BB King’s daughter Claudette King on vocals. The vocal powertrio is complemented by Grammy Award-winning Charles Neville on the Celebrity siblings of Ray Charles, BB saxophone, and multi-award winning king and Greg Allman join local nota- blues artist Jeff Pitchell on guitar. Other sonic highlights include country bles Charles Neville and Jeff Pitchell to form The Legends Live On! The all-star coverband kings Trailer Trash, Irish notoriety Dicey Riley and tributes to The band will perform at the Internationa Beatles, Heart, Tom Petty and Bob Food Festival at The Big E May 28. Marley, to name a choice few. corner. That includes professional fireFor the complete line up, purchase work displays every night, over 30 carni- tickets and more, kindly point your val rides and games for all ages, live browser to




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Town’s $37.1 Million Spending Plan Coming up for a Vote

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — Residents will vote on the proposed $37,100,348 budget in a May 10 referendum. The proposed spending plan is a $743,600 or 2.05 percent increase over the current budget. It would bring a tax rate of 31.26, an increase of 0.95 mills. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. “I support the amount of the budget,” First Selectman Robert Maynard said. However, he said he disagrees with the way monies are allocated. He said taxes collected on behalf of the Warehouse Point Fire District should be allocated to that district. In the budget that Maynard had proposed in March,

the fire districts would have their own mill rates in addition to that of the town and would receive the funds from those taxes. In the budget adopted by the Board of Finance, those funds and taxes remain part of the town budget. The budget proposal includes $12,881,533 for the town, an increase of $89,674 or 0.7 percent; $895,442 for capital improvements, an increase of $129,389 or 16.89 percent; $1,194,238 for debt service, an increase of $13,406 or 1.14 percent; and $22,129,135 for the Board of Education, an increase of $511,131 or 2.36 percent. The budget referendum will be May 10, with voting from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voting will be in Town Hall and the Annex. If the budget does not pass, the second ref-

East Windsor Lions are Swinging for Sight

EAST WINDSOR - On Saturday, June 4, at Grassmere Country Club in Enfield, the East Windsor Lions will hold its third annual 9-Hole Charity Golf Event, “Swing For Sight.” Open to men and women, “Swing For Sight” has an entry fee of $212.50 for a foursome and $63.75 for a single entry. The entry fee covers greens fees, cart,

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erendum would be on May 24, and a third would be on June 14. According to the town charter, a budget with a 2 percent increase over the current year’s budget is automatically enacted if voters have not approved a budget after three referendums, which was the case last year. In 2014, a budget was adopted following a third budget referendum, bringing an increase of 2.31 percent. A 2 percent increase went into effect in 2013, following the rejection of three budget votes. In 2012, a budget was approved on the third referendum. It carried a 1.97 percent increase.

Larese Named Citizen of the Year

EAST WINDSOR - Each year, the East Windsor Rotary honors someone for his or her contributions to East Windsor as the Rotary Citizen of the Year. This year’s honoree was Peter

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SUFFIELD - Steven Wandzy of East Windsor is one of five actors playing 150 roles in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 39 Stepsâ&#x20AC;? being presented by The Suffield Players. Performing on May 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., and May 15 at 2 p.m. at Mapleton Hall in Suffield, this theatrically challenging comedy by John Buchan and Patrick Barlow bursts with versatility and verve, all in the hands of director Roger A. Ochs from East Windsor. The cast besides Wandzy is Elizabeth Miserendino from Deep River; Tyler Wolfson from Suffield; Konrad Rogowski from Chicopee, Massachusetts; and Barbara Gallow from Newington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This play is seldom attempted by community theatre companies hereabouts due to the demands it places on a small ensemble of actors. But this cast has risen to the challenge,â&#x20AC;? Ochs says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 39 Stepsâ&#x20AC;? mixes a Hitchcock masterpiece with juicy spy novels, film noir and more than a bit of Monty Python. An action comedy, indeed.

atre, I check my dignity at the door. It just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any better than this.â&#x20AC;? All performances are at Mapleton Hall, 1305 Mapleton Ave. in Suffield. Ticket price is $19 ($13 for opening night), with discounts available for groups, seniors and students, as well as for season subscribers. For reservations, call 800-289-6148 or 860-668-0.837 or visit

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VERNON - On May 21 starting at 9 a.m., a container garden â&#x20AC;&#x153;makingâ&#x20AC;? workshop will be held at Strong Family Farm in Vernon Center. The three-hour workshop with Cathy T., will teach the secrets to growth and design success of container gardens and patio pots from a professional designer. There will be many plants available to purchase with this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme focused

on edibles and fruiting plants. Additionally, a new type of sustainable and renewable organic source for soil media will be highlighted. You may bring your own pot(s) to the class or purchase them at the workshop. Soil media may be purchased at the workshop or you may bring your own. This class is designed for instruction, documentation, plant knowledge, and

hands-on fun. Register early. The cost is $20 per person payable to Cathy Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landscape Designs. Please send to 72 Harrington Road, Broad Brook, CT 06016 (or on her website). For more information, contact Cathy Testa at,

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EAST GRANBY - In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Copper Hill United Methodist Church, 27 Copper Hill Road, East Granby, the public is invited to spend an afternoon with the engaging Kandie Carle, better known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Victorian Lady.â&#x20AC;? At 2 p.m. at the church on Sunday, May 15, Carle will delight the audience with her humorous and historically accurate talk and demonstration of the

clothing worn 100 years ago. Dressed in authentic attire, Carle would be of great interest to teenagers and adults alike as she demonstrates just how important fashion and practicality were a century ago. Light refreshments will be served. Cost at the door is $10 per person. For further information, please call 860-6685029.

ASHFORD - At its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 12, the Ashford Democratic Town Committee unanimously endorsed Richard

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Residents Set To Vote on Town Budget of $55.3 Million


By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON - Residents will be asked to send the proposed $55,352,628 town budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year to referendum at the Annual Town Budget Meeting on May 10.

The proposed spending plan, which was approved by the Board of Finance on April 26, is an increase of $1,098,607 or 2.02 percent over the current fiscal year. First Selectmen Lori Spielman said

‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’ from The Opening Knight Players

ELLINGTON - Everyone's favorite blockhead is back at Ellington High School for the Opening Knight Players' production of “You're A Good Man Charlie Brown!” The cast of the holiday smash hit “A Charlie Brown Christmas” reprise their roles to show a day in the life of the resident lovable loser, and this time everybody's got something to sing about. It's a full on Broadway musical brought to life with the same “cartoon come to life” sensibilities that made their previous production of Christmas an instant classic. Oversized props, instantly recognizable set pieces, vibrant costumes, and

more are sure to make this a treat for all ages. The show will be performed on May 12 at 7:30 p.m., May 13 at 7:30 p.m., and May 14 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Gordon C. Getchell auditorium located at Ellington High School. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Join the Opening Knight Players for a toe-tapping extravaganza with all your favorite characters. After all, like Charlie Brown would say, “Happiness is a good show with good friends!”

the town budget has been affected by the Legislature’s recent decision to cut aid to cities and towns. “We were in very good shape until the state hit us with all these cuts,” she said. The budget proposal includes $36,099,749 for the Board of Education, an increase of $1,048,849 or 2.99 percent; $17,876,911 for general government, an increase of $176,627 or 1 percent; and $1,375,968 for capital outlay, a

decrease of $126,869 or 8.44 percent. The tax rate would increase 0.2 mills to 30.7 mills, bringing the taxes for the average homeowner with an assessed property value of $204,155 to $6,268, an increase of $53 or 0.66 percent. The Annual Town Budget Meeting will be held at 8 p.m. May 10 at Ellington High School. The budget referendum will be May 17, with voting from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ellington CERT Invitation

ELLINGTON - This is an invitation to attend an Ellington CERT monthly meeting. Come and learn more about us. Ellington CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a volunteer entity comprised of individuals from all walks of life. A CERT member may be any of the following: your neighbor, firefighters, retired persons, EMTs, secretaries, cooks, and many more. CERT members are trained to respond in the event of a disaster.

Would you like to be trained for a disaster – specifically, how to help yourself, how to help your neighbors and how to help your community? Interested? You are invited to join CERT for its monthly meeting at Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 41 Maple Street, on Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email John Streiber or call 860870-3182 or 860-918-3112.

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Senior Center Now Serving Lunch Four Times a Week


ELLINGTON - We are now serving lunch at the Ellington Senior Center Monday through Thursday! Senior Community Café Meals are offered through Community Renewal Team’s Elderly Nutrition Program on Mondays and Tuesdays at 12 p.m. to persons 60 years of age or older and their spouses. Donation is $2.50, or whatever you can afford. The Maple Street Kitchen will continue to serve home-cooked meals on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12 p.m. for a $3.50 donation. Reservations for both lunch programs must be made no later than noon the day before by calling the center or signing up at the front desk. Reservations for Monday’s lunch must be made before noon on the prior Friday. Board Games Come join Janet and Toni each Monday, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. for some good old Board Game fun, such as Scrabble, Trivia Pursuit and Cribbage. Bring your own board game, or use one of ours – and bring a friend too! Walking Club The Weekday Walking Club will meet up at the gazebo at Arbor Park at 9 a.m. daily, weather permitting. Keep track of your miles, steps and time and stop in to the Senior Center to add your numbers to the group’s walking log. See Toni on Tuesday afternoons at the Center if you have any questions.


Technology Classes May Technology Classes: Android for Beginners – May 11 at 1 p.m. and iPad/iPhone for Beginners – May 25 1 p.m. Both classes are instructed by volunteer Bill Correia and will go over the basics of how to use your device, including applications, settings and other features. Questions are encouraged. Preregister in the Information Center. All That Jazz Tickets are now available for Susan King “And All That Jazz” – a unique blend of jazz standards, cabaret and Broadway tunes. Show date is Thursday May 12 at 1:30 p.m. Residents: $6, nonresidents: $7; includes light refreshments. AARP Driver Class AAPR Smart Driver Class will be offered on Thursday, May 19, 9 a.m. to1pm. AARP members: $15 NonAARP Members: $20. Cash or check made payable to AARP, due at class. Diabetes Management We are now accepting registrations for a free 6 week Diabetes SelfManagement Workshop sponsored by the CT Department of Health, the State Department on Aging and CT Community Care, Inc. Learn about Diabetes, including: Foot care, meal planning, low and high blood sugar, sick day guidelines, tips for dealing with stress and how to set small and achiev-

able goals. Class will be held on Thursdays May 26 to June 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. Class size is limited, so register early! DAY TRIPS • Abbott’s Lobster and Foxwoods Casino; Weds. June 22; Cost: $71 Dine informally outdoors on Abbot’s original clam chowder, steamed lobster, potato chips, coleslaw, dessert and beverage (alternate meal: baked half chicken, coleslaw and potato chips) Continue on to Foxwoods Casino & receive the existing bonus and time to shop at the Tanger Outlets. • Beauport Princess Cruise, Gloucester, Mass; Tues. Aug. 16; Cost: $97 pp Cruise from one of New England’s most photogenic harbors, Gloucester, MA. Sights include: Ten Pound Island Lighthouse, Fisherman’s Statue, Hammond Castle and more. Includes a buffet lunch while cruising, music and light narration. Visit Rockport, MA, one

of the oldest artisan colonies, for fun shopping in the many art galleries or enjoy views of the harbor. • 9/11 Memorial Museum, NYC; Tues., Sept. 6; Cost: $103.00 pp Includes museum visit and lunch at Ryan Maguire’s, a popular Wall Street restaurant. Menu: Chicken in Lemon Herb Sauce, Tricolor Fusilli, Shepherd’s Pie, or Sole Francaise. • CT Day at the Big E, West Springfield, Mass; Sept. 21; Cost: $47 “New England’s Great State Fair” is ranked among the top fairs in the country. Enjoy a variety of entertainment, the Avenue of the States, Storrowton Village Museum, Agricultural and livestock events, food for all tastes and much more. Cost includes admission, transportation and driver’s gratuity. • Celebrate Oktoberfest, Log Cabin, Holyoke, Mass; Oct. 23; Cost: $83 Join us for a fabulous Sunday brunch and a fun filled day of German Celebration.

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town’s interim town manager since Coppler’s resignation in September. Coppler left to take a job as city manager of Lincoln Park, Mich. He had been town manager of Enfield since 2006. Town budget The Town Council is considering a $131.3 million budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year. The proposed budget would bring an increase of $6,632,738 or 5.3 percent. The spending plan includes $62,825,728 for the town, an increase of $3,997,391 or 6.8 percent, and $68,519,029 for the Board of Education, an increase of

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ENFIELD -- Bryan R.H. Chodkowski will be the new town manager. The Town Council voted April 18 to appoint Chodkowski to the position. The former city manager of Riverside, Ohio, his appointment will take effect May 9. He will be paid $150,000 a year, $15,000 more than former Town Manager Matthew Coppler, according to the minutes of the meeting. Chodkowski will assume the town’s top position from Lee Erdmann, a former Wethersfield town manager and Hartford city manager, who has served as the

$2,635,347 or 4 percent. The overall $131,344,757 budget would bring the mill rate to 31.88, an increase of 1.99 mills or 6.7 percent, Erdmann said in his budget presentation. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The effect on the average single-family homeowner with one motor vehicle would be a tax increase of $237.81 or 5.8 percent, he said. That would be an increase of $19.82 per month. The council is scheduled to adopt a town budget at its May 2 meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.

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ENFIELD - If you’re planning to have a tag sale, please consider donating your leftovers to Allied’s Attic Thrift Store at 294 George Washington Road in Enfield. The Attic will be celebrating its 9th Anniversary this summer. “We couldn’t have gotten this far without the generosity of our donors and shoppers,” said Store Manager Marisol Suarez. “We truly appreciate seeing cars and trucks driving up everyday to donate

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ENFIELD - People Enjoying People will hold its monthly luncheon on Tuesday, May 17 at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 1518 King Street, at 12 noon. The guest speaker will be Sister Frances from Little Sisters of the Poor. She is the director of developmental services at Little Sisters of the Poor. Sister Frances will speak on the work they do at Little Sisters and how people have helped them to carry out this work. Please bring a potluck dish to share.

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ENFIELD - The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union (TVTFCU) is offering their Annual $500 scholarship award to a credit union member who exemplifies scholastic achievement and community service. Applicants must be Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union members

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A community Lenten Project by St. Bernard School Students, St. Bernard CCD Students and St. Bernard Parish for Volunteer for the Visayans raised $2,000. This organization helps children in the Philippines find a path towards education and a classroom setting instead of children working in dump sites, where they have had to make a living for their families by picking through the trash. The money raised will be used for education, books and uniforms. Above, St. Bernard School students Max Dumont and Gina Brooks show the progress made in collecting money over the six week period of Lent for the Volunteer for the Visayans.

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ENFIELD - 2Moms on a Mission, Inc. and the Henry Barnard PTO will be hosting a Craft & Vendor Show and a Mother's Day Plant Sale on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Henry Barnard Elementary, 27 Shaker Road, Enfield. The show will host over 70 vendors; local crafters, Enfield MyGym, Tupperware, LulaRoe, Rodan & Fields,

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ENFIELD - Tickets are now available for the 2nd annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toast of the Townâ&#x20AC;? beer and wine tasting event on Friday, May 13. The event, hosted by Educational Resources for Children, Inc., also known as ERfC, will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 371 Washington Road from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Heidi DeLisle, president of the ERfC Board of Directors, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toast of the Town is ERfCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main fundraiser. It is a casual night out with friends to enjoy live acoustic music, plenty of beer, wine and liquor samplings, great food from local vendors, and an opportunity to win a variety of silent auction and raffle prizes. In addition, a photo booth will add to the fun and memories of the evening.â&#x20AC;? The annual fundraiser provides scholarships to help Enfield children participate in academic, enrichment and recreational activities during outof-school time. ERfC, a 501(c) 3 organization, currently provides financial assistance to 60% of the children enrolled in the five afterschool centers. DeLisle said this year a distillery has been added to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Toast of the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; event. In 2015, The Hartford Flavor Company opened their liquor distillery under the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wild Moon Liqueursâ&#x20AC;? label. Six flavors will be available for tasting: cranberry, cucumber, birch, lavender, rose and chai

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Hazardville Fire District Annual Meeting Scheduled

ENFIELD - The Hazardville Fire Department Annual Meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hazardville Fire Department, 385 Hazard Avenue, Enfield. Commissioners will be presenting their annual budget with a mill rate of 2.50, showing a minimal increase from 2.45 over last year. The slight increase provides the opportunity to upgrade 20-year-old rescue equipment to continue to provide the best, most reliable service to residents of the Hazardville Fire District. The Hazardville Fire Department works diligently to maintain expenses are kept in check and prides itself on having one of the lowest mill rates of the five Enfield fire departments. Residents of the Hazardville Fire District are invited and encouraged to attend the annual meeting. Budget details will be posted on the Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website

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ENFIELD - Enfield Adult Education is running a Bus Trip to New York City on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The bus leaves Enfield at 7 a.m. and leaves New York City at 7 p.m. The cost is $49 per person. Make checks out to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Town of Enfieldâ&#x20AC;? and mail to Enfield Adult Education, 1010 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT 06082. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 860-763-7032.





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ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Online registration for Summer Escape Day Camp is now open. This year campers will enjoy visits from the Forest Park Zoo from Springfield, MA and the New Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum from West Hartford, CT. Summer Escape is a seven week licensed day camp open to students in Enfield and surrounding communities entering grades 1-8 in the fall. The day camp is located at JFK Middle School and operated by Educational Resources for Children, Inc., also known as ERfC. The camp opens on July 5th and runs every day through August 19th from 8:00 am to until 3:00 pm, with convenient extended early and late hours. Camp Director David Meizels said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;ERfC is excited about introducing more camp wide entertaining outdoor activities at Summer Escape that will include scavenger hunts, water games, bounce houses and more.â&#x20AC;? Kids who enroll by May 1st will receive a free Summer Escape T-Shirt. Meizels said this year campers will also participate in martial arts classes led by instructors from Integrity Martial Arts and dance classes led by Deborah Loomis from Dance Amore, both busi-


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Residents’ Approval Sought on 2017 $31.3M Town Budget


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SOMERS -- Residents will be asked to send the proposed $31,396,041 budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year to a referendum at the May 3 Annual Town Meeting. “We are recommending a slight increase of 0.85 mills to the current mill rate of 23.37, bringing the new mill rate to 24.22. This represents the first mill rate increase since the 2013-2014 fiscal year,” the Board of

Selectman wrote in its budget presentation. The proposed spending plan is an increase of 2.28 percent or $699,938 over the current year’s budget. For a homeowner with an assessed property value of $200,000, the proposal would bring property taxes of $4,844, an increase of $170 a year. The proposed General Government budget includes $7,410,849, the same as the current budget; $22,014,859 for the Board of Education, an increase of

$550,933 or 2.57 percent; $1,720,333, an increase of $99,005 or 6.11 percent; and $250,000 for capital projects, an increase of $50,000 or 25 percent. The selectmen said the increase in mill rate is due to a 2.31 percent reduction in projected tax revenues. The Annual Town Meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 3 in the Town Hall auditorium. The referendum will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 10, also in the Town Hall auditorium.

Honor Students for Third Quarter Named at Mabelle B. Avery School SOMERS - The following students have been named to the honor roll for the third quarter at Mabelle B. Avery School. Grade 7 High Honors Brent Arcari Adam Argiro Simon Banas Miranda Barresi Benjamin Bolduc Emily Brayton Cecelia Bruel Julia Catellier Angelina Chapman Keira Clark Aidan DevineBaillargeon Jeffrey Devlin Sarah Finnegan Jack Gebo Shawn Gentilcore Giovanna Gioscia Jaydon Griger Alexander Grzelak

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Somers Recreation Department presents the first ever

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Cost is $110 per player Registration deadline is June 3. Proceeds support Somers Parks and Recreation. Sign up today to enjoy a fun Saturday in Somers and promote local Parks and Recreation.

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MBS Third Quarter Honor Roll

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Amari O'Connor Stephen Piescik Rachel Ranelli Victoria Reid Cassandra Rich Justin Schneider Siobhan Scully Andrew Skowronek Katelyn Splain Nancy Strever Nicole Tardif Noah White Spencer Whitford Kyle Yvon

Grade 8 Honors Meghan Baker Alexander Barresi Chelsea Bergamini Alexis Brown Samantha Brown Sophia Carenzo Zachary Chaisson Lauren Champiny Sarah Cisco Hayden Eastman Nico Frijia Samantha Gershowitz Megan Hollister Nora Jones Emma Koseski Marissa Long Ryan Majowicz

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Theresa Kate Performing On May 6

SOMERS Jacob’s Well Coffeehouse, downtown Rockville’s monthly Christian nightclub, will feature Christian pop music by Theresa Kate and her quartet on Friday, May 6. Doors open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 7:30 p.m. The quaint café-style coffeehouse will be held at Bev’s Corner

Drop-in Center, an historic 1800s storefront located at 3 Elm Street in the Rockville section of Vernon. Admission and refreshments are free. Dress is casual. Kate lives in Somers and serves as the worship leader at a church in East Longmeadow, Mass. For details, please call 860-872-3190.


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Senior Center Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Volunteers


SOMERS - During National Volunteer Week, the red carpet was literally rolled out to honor those who have volunteered at the Somers Senior Center and for the Somers Human Services Department. As invited volunteers arrived for the special Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, they found the front door was bearing a full-length sign reading “VIP Entrance Only.” When the door opened, they were greeted by a redcarpeted entrance path adorned on both sides with red rope stanchions and gold stars bearing each volunteer’s name. As done in Hollywood, cameras were flashing as each volunteer entered. Deanna Schuetz, Director of Human Services, thanked the approximate 40 volunteers who attended the special luncheon. One of the volunteers attending was state Rep. Kurt Vail who was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. Volunteers are extremely valuable and crucial to the successful operations of the Human Services programs as well as the programs, activities, etc. at the


Somers Senior Center. Volunteers have helped in various ways: being drivers for the Meals on Wheels Program, ringing the bell for the annual Salvation Army Kettle Campaign, decorating and riding on the Somers Senior Center’s Four Town Fair Float, handling the twice-amonth Healthy Breakfasts, assisting

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Somers MBA Drama Club First School To Present ‘Stargirl’ SOMERS - If you’re a fan of awardwinning author Jerry Spinelli, Friday, May 13 is a date you should circle on your calendar. That’s the day Mabelle B. Avery’s Drama Club will set out to make history: the first school in the country to produce Y. York’s adaptation of Spinelli’s coveted novel “Stargirl.” “Up until our production, ‘Stargirl’ has only been produced by professional theatres in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Houston,” Drama Advisor Mark Maciolek said. Students have been working for the past several months, often juggling two rehearsal schedules, academics, along with other activities that fill their lives, to recreate and put their own twists on Spinelli’s iconic characters. Leading the way is eighth-grader Nathan Mothes, who in is third year of drama, encapsulates the part of Stargirl admirer, Leo Borlock. Seventh grade student Ben Buldoc plays Nathan’s counterpart, Kevin McKeon. “Nathan and Ben seem to be made for each other,” Maciolek said. “It seems they bring out the best in each other and this is the case with Stargirl.” Stargirl’s antagonist, talented Izzy Munson, who is fresh off her roles as Toto and the talented Parrot in “A Pirate’s Life for Me.” “I have over 120 lines in ‘Stargirl’ and this has been a real challenge,” Munson said. Fellow actor Aidan Devine-

Baillargeon, who as Wayne Parr, realizes the need for Stargirl to be herself, which is easier said than done. Keeping Stargirl centered is first time actor Vincent Mazza, who plays 66-year-old professor, Archie. “It’s been a challenge, but I’ve really enjoyed seeing what it is like to be on stage instead of up in the booth,” Mazza said. Vincent’s previous two plays have consisted of running both the lights and sound. The role of Stargirl, however, is one that will showcase the extraordinary talents of eight middle school actresses. “As both Drama Advisor and Artistic Director, I decided it was in our best interest to get more students involved in our show.” Maciolek said. “That’s when I came up with the idea of dividing the lead role of Stargirl into eight separate parts. Stargirl leaves the stage 16 times, and every other time she is replaced by a new actress.” Stargirl is first portrayed by eighthgrader Kaitlyn Savage, followed by seventh-grade student Alexa McLellan, eighth-graders Amari O’Conner, Kylie Raymond, Ella Stanton, and Katie Splain. Rounding out the Stargirls are seventh-grader Mackenzie Spanner and the only sixth-grader in the play, Dana Gall. “It hasn’t been easy,” Maciolek said of having multiple cast members playing the most coveted role, “but everyone has shown how diverse they are and why

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Golfers Sought for Gene Pitney Tournament

SOMERS - The Gene Pitney Commemorative Committee will hold its fourth annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 14, at Cedar Knob Golf Course in Somers. This event is to raise money for its scholarship fund available to senior students from both Somers and Rockville High Schools pursuing their education in a music field. Cost of this event is $100, which includes 18 holes, golf cart, and a buffet dinner. Hole in ones include a set of golf clubs from Golfer's Warehouse, a Whirlitzer 1015 Jukebox from New England Jukebox of Vernon, and a 2016 vehicle courtesy of Ray Seraphin Ford in Rockville. There will be many raffle prizes as well. For information, contact Emily at 860-716-2942.

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SOMERS - Auditions have been set for the Fall Production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Dress for Dinnerâ&#x20AC;? by Marc Camoletti. The cast calls for three men and three women, ages 20s to late 50s. Auditions will be

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SOMERS - The Somers Public Schools will hold its annual District Art Show at the Somers Public Library through May 14.   Artwork from students in grades Kâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 will be represented.  The art may be viewed during library hours.  Please come and enjoy the show.

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ENFIELD - Visit the Enfield Public Library on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. to meet author Linda Cardillo, who will discuss her new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Uneven Road.â&#x20AC;? The wild and isolated land on Chappaquiddick Island where Josiah Monroe grew up was the only place where he felt he belonged. And now it was gone. When his parents make the painful decision to sell Innisfreeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the symbol of


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his Wampanoag heritage and identityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Josiah abandons the island in anger. As he makes his way on the uneven road beyond Innisfree, he uncovers family secrets and seeks to redefine himself in a wider, more dangerous world. Books will be on hand for sale and signing. Please register at the Circulation Desk or call 860-763-7512.

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SUFFIELD - Spring is a busy time for all of us, but the Suffield Garden Club is especially busy this spring. Members are getting ready for their annual May Market fundraiser at the Hatheway Barn on Saturday of Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day weekend. Many local vendors will return this year, and new vendors from our region will be set up in the barn and barnyard. Perennials, herbs, shrubs and hanging flower baskets, local honey, preserves, home and garden dĂŠcor, artwork and crafts, collectibles, and baked goods will be offered. The market has grown into a pretty big event. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss it. Hatheway Barn,

ENFIELD - Enfield Montessori Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth annual Kidcycle features consignment quality kids clothing, gear, toys and books, as well as other gently used household items and clothing for adults. New this year: A student run bake sale and coffee/lemonade stand to raise funds for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helping Hands for Wildlife.â&#x20AC;? Join organizers on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at (the old) Enfield Montessori School, 1370 Enfield Street in Enfield. For more information, visit its event page on Facebook.

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Music Recital

ENFIELD - The annual Piano/Voice/ Ukulele Recital will be performed Saturday, 11 a.m. on June 4 at Holy Trinity Church, 383 Hazard Ave., Enfield. The recital features private music students of Lynne Pitney Goss of Somers.

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Residents To Consider 2016-17 Fiscal Year $39.9M Budget


By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD -- Residents will consider a $39,917,234 budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year at a May 12 Special Town Meeting. The spending plan is subject to change, First Selectman Anthony Frassinelli said, depending on what happens in terms of state funding. The

Legislature, which has yet to adopt a state budget, is likely to reduce aid to cities and towns. The state “may still impact what the bottom line will be,” Frassinelli said. The proposed budget would be a 0.38 percent decrease over the current spending plan, but would bring a 0.66 mill tax increase, due to the decrease in state

Summerfest Vendors Sought

STAFFORD – This year’s Summerfest celebration will take place on Saturday, July 9 (rain date July 10) from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the grounds of Stafford High School. Fireworks will take place at 9:15 p.m. To participate as a vendor, please contact Sign-up forms will be available on the Town of Stafford website at or by sending an email to the address mentioned. Non-profit vendor fee $25, business/for-profit fee - $50. Vendors may include merchandise vendors, crafters, artists, civic groups and

commissions, food (subject to health department fees), groups/businesses who would like to hold demos (such as martial arts demos, dance demos, cheerleading demos), fundraisers and children’s games and activities. A mandatory vendors meeting will take place on Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. A representative of the Health Department will be on hand to speak with food vendors and collect applications/fees. The Summerfest Committee is also looking for volunteers to help organize the event. Call 860-684-1777.

funding, the first selectman said. A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The proposed budget includes $9,927,311 for the Board of Selectman, a 2.24 percent decrease compared to the current spending plan; $534,435 for the public library, a 1 percent increase; $2,182,064 for debt service, an 8.24 percent increase; and $27,373,424, a 0.36

percent decrease, for the Board of Education. Frassinelli said the selectmen went through their budget line by line to find savings. He said the school board was able to find savings due to retirements. In 2014, the town voted down four budget proposals. Last year, the budget was approved after two referendums.

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Johnson Memorial Honors 20 during Volunteer Appreciation Week


STAFFORD - Johnson Memorial Hospital (JMH) celebrated Volunteer Appreciation Week at the annual JMH Volunteer Recognition Dinner. The dinner and award ceremony that followed was attended by JMH volunteers, their families, staff, executive leaders and board members. More than 20 volunteers were recognized for key milestones in hours served and/or years of service. The most decorated volunteers celebrated for their remarkable accomplishments were Mary Alsing, 40 years of service and Mary Guglielmo, 23,000 hours of service. Others honored at the event included: 30 Years- Toni Rabideau; 20 Years - Lillian Lynch, Virginia Reese; 11,000 Hours - Cindy Works; 9,000 Hours - Helen Austin, Shirley Smith; 7,000 Hours - Charlotte Kulas; 5,000 Hours - Judy Burns, Lillian Lynch; 4,000 Hours - Florence Demars, John Moak, Cynthia Violette; 3,000

Hours - Pat Tiziani; 2,000 Hours - Linda Balsewicz; 1,000 Hours - Karen McQuaid; 500 Hours -Carole Leamy, Lauren Shaw, Magdalena Smedra, Linda Tria and Ashley Wright. Volunteers are enormous supporters of JMH and are an integral part of its health care system. In fiscal year 2015, JMH had 80 adult volunteers and 65 teen volunteers that worked a combined 16,700 hours. For information on becoming a volunteer at JMH please visit or contact Pat Lake, Director, Volunteer Services, JMH at 860-684-8216. At right, JMH President Stuart E. Rosenberg congratulates Mary Guglielmo, who celebrated 40 years of volunteer service at Johnson Memorial Hospital.

Stafford Early Childhood Collaborative Sponsors Substance Abuse Speaker STAFFORD - It is a fact that our children will be offered alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, often many times, starting in middle school and continuing through high school. What can you do about this? Learn about substance abuse and gain the knowledge and skills needed to keep your children safe. Ginger Katz, CEO and founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation and author of Sunnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Story will present The Courage to Speak  Presentation, along with her husband Larry Katz, BA,MS and former social worker for the CT Child Welfare Division, on May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Stafford Middle School Auditorium. All are invited to attend.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if you think your child will never do drugs, it is important that you find out what their peers are doing and everything children are being exposed to,â&#x20AC;? said Katz, who in 1996 lost her son Ian to an accidental drug overdose when he was just 20 years old. Ms. Katz is the author of the book Sunnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Story, narrated through the eyes, ears and mind of Sunny, the family beagle. Sunnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progression through the ups and downs of life with his young master Ian, beginning with their meeting at an animal shelter and ending with a futile effort to ward off disaster, provides a moving ground on which to deliver a serious message of relevance to

all age groups. Sunnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Story is read at dinner tables, schools, and libraries across the country and as part of the Courage to Speak Foundation drug prevention education programs. This event is free.   Register online at  - limited childcare is available.   To sign up for




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Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue opens Satellite in Town


STAFFORD SPRINGS - Mark Meyers, founder of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue of Texas, announced today that Foster Hill Farm and Garden of Stafford Springs, CT has become a satellite location for PVDR. They will be receiving their first shipment of adoptable donkeys in early May. Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue is a 501C, non-profit providing rescue and rehabilitation services to thousands of donkeys suffering from abuse, neglect and abandonment all throughout the United States. Mark and Amy Meyers started rescuing donkeys almost two decades ago. PVDR now has a network of rescue professionals stretching from Coast to Coast and Border to Border. There are over 2,000 donkeys in the network between satellites and the main

location in Texas. Their main Rescue & Rehabilitation Facility is located in San Angelo, TX on a 172 acre ranch. There has been considerable interest from people in the Northeast in adopting a donkey, but donkeys are not that prevalent in New England. There is an abundance of donkeys in the west and southwest. Some are from the Bureau of Land Management land and some are unwanted by farmers. Until Foster Hill Farm and Garden became a satellite the closest satellite was located in Virginia. The addition of this satellite in Connecticut brings many donkeys to the Northeast where they will have a great chance of finding a home. Kim and Karl Milikowski, owners of Foster Hill Farm and Garden, and a group of volunteers will be caring for

these donkeys until suitable forever homes are found. All adoption fees and donations go directly to benefit PVDR. Please contact Kim at 860-729-6310 or PVDR if you are interested in volunteering or making a donation. Foster Hill Farm and Garden will be hosting an open farm day on Friday, May 16, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., to meet the donkeys. Mark Meyers will be on hand to answer questions and sign books.

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Stafford Public Library Plans Variety of May Happenings


STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Stafford Public Library is located at 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford Springs. All events are free and open to the public. It requests pre-registration by calling 860-684-2852 or visit us at Mondays - Rhymetime will be held May 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 10 a.m. (ages 02 yrs) Tuesdays - Teddy Bear Time will be held May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31st at 10:00 a.m. (ages 2 yrs+) Wednesday Animal Storytime will be held May 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 3:30 pm,

with surprise animal guest! Mother-to-Mother at 11 a.m. every Friday. A group where moms can support each other, share information and enjoy one anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company. Children are welcome. Sensory Story Time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First Saturday of the month. May 7 (all ages) from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Music with movement, finger plays, rhymes, puppets and stories. Lego Club - first Saturday of the month (all ages). May 7 at 1 pm. Build with LEGOS and create a themed cre-

STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A bus trip to Mohegan Sun Casino to benefit the West Stafford Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be held Saturday, June 11. The cost is $40 per person. The bus will pick up at the West Stafford Fire Department rear parking lot at 2 p.m. Upon arrival at Mohegan Sun you will be presented with a $30 voucher compliments of Mohegan Sun.

The voucher contains a $15 meal voucher and a $15 gambling voucher. The group will be at Mohegan Sun from arrival until 9 p.m., for dining, shopping, gambling and enjoying the casino. Promptly at 9 p.m. the bus will pick up and return to Stafford. To obtain tickets contact Sherri West 860-428-4587 or Paula Brown 860-6842438.

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Proposed 2016-17 Budget Has Proposed 2.89 Percent Increase


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SUFFIELD -- Residents will have the chance to discuss and vote on a proposed $57,257,670 budget for the 20162017 fiscal year at the May 11 Town Meeting. The proposed spending plan would bring an increase of $1,606,012 or 2.89 percent over the current budget. The mill rate would be set at 28.2, a 0.42 mill or 1.51 percent increase. A mill

represents $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value. “Our budget plan reflects the most current numbers we know,” First Selectman Melissa Mack said, including a $650,000 cut in state aid. The budget proposal includes a new police officer, a new records clerk for the Police Department, a fourth police sergeant and a part-time assistant finance director. Three positions would

have increased hours. The budget anticipates the regionalization of animal control services and the opening of the Babb’s Beach area for recreation. The budget includes $34,230,243 for the Board of Education, an increase of $525,918 or 1.56 percent; $2,584,175 for debt service, a decrease of $94,600 or 3.53 percent; $4,239,856 for capital expenditures, an increase of $942,697 or 28.59 percent; $360,000 for contin-

gency, unchanged; $548,598 for transfer to OPEB (other post-employment benefits), a decrease of $134,447 or 19.68 percent; $250,000 for transfer to open space fund, an increase of $150,000 or 150 percent; and $15,044,798 for general government operations, an increase of $216,444 or 1.46 percent. The Town Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 11 in the Suffield Middle School auditorium.

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Chili Cook-Off Competition at Kent Memorial Library


Mitch Charkiewicz, a Suffield resident, teacher and tutor in the Suffield school system, is a national chili cookoff judge. He’s even judged a chili contest in Las Vegas. In May, Mitch has agreed to judge the Kent Memorial Library’s Amateur Chili Cook-off. To prepare for the Cook-off, the library is offering a “Learn From a Master: Secrets to Winning a Chili Contest” on Saturday, May 14, at 1 p.m. Participants will taste Mitch’s secret recipe for chili and learn how to win a

chili contest. Contestants for the Chili Contest do not have to attend this session, but if you want to win ... The Chili Cook-off takes place on Saturday, May 21. Mitch will start judging promptly at 1 p.m., so all participants must be set-up before then. Two prizes will be awarded: Judge’s Choice and The People’s Choice. Prizes are donated by the Friends of the Kent Memorial Library. Please register for the event at the Kent Memorial Library, 61 Ffyler Place in Suffield, on-

SUFFIELD - Northern Harmony, coming to Suffield from neighboring Vermont, will perform in the popular Music on High Concert Series at First Church of Christ, Congregational, 81 High St., Suffield, on May 15 at 4 p.m. Northern Harmony’s brilliant young singers have won worldwide critical acclaim for their remarkable command of harmony singing styles from across the globe – South African songs and dances, traditional music from Corsica, Georgia and the Balkans, American

shape-note singing and Renaissance works, often with instrumental accompaniment. Based in Vermont, their Suffield performance is one of several New England concerts following their two-month tour through Caucasus Georgia, Germany, Scotland and England. Requested donation: General Admission $20/ Members, Seniors & Students $15. Refreshments will be served. For further information, please call the church office at 860-668-7223.

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Global explosion of small SUVs helps consumers, environment

Automotive By Keith Griffin

The Americanism of the globe can either be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your point of view. It’s discouraging to see an American fast food restaurant in the middle of a beautiful Spanish town. At first glance, it also seems discouraging to see people around the world embracing the SUV lifestyle. It just seems wrong from an environmental standpoint to see our automotive avarice for bigger, bigger, bigger automobiles influence the lifestyles of our world neighbors. Yet, in reality, from an environmental standpoint it’s actually a good thing to see small sport utility vehicles taking the place of compact sedans. Why’s that? Gas isn’t always going to be this cheap and it helps development costs by spreading them around the world. During the sudden increase in gas prices in June 2008 the industry was caught flat-footed by the sudden demand for small compact cars and crossovers. It largely couldn’t meet the demand and there were instances where used cars in these categories cost just as much, if not more, than new counterparts in some cases. It took a while for manufacturers to catch up because product development can take up to five years. Or, at least it used to. When next gas hits $4 a gallon or more, the industry is going to be ready because it has been busy producing compact crossovers and SUVs for other global markets. The industry is truly global now. The big players like Ford, Toyota, GM, FCA, and Volkswagen have vehicles all over the world and it’s no longer a system dominated by American tastes.

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax is an example of a popular global compact SUV The beauty of this is when the time comes that high fuel prices suddenly compel us back into smaller vehicles, the manufacturers are ready. Why’s that? Since the last fuel crisis they have been building cars from the bottom up. Compact and sub-compacts are no longer afterthoughts. They’re important contributors to the bottom line. Case in point would be the 2017 Chevrolet Trax. When it was introduced as new for the 2015 model year it had already spent two years overseas in other markets. In other words, it was a Chevrolet that came to the United States after experiencing a global introduction. By the time it hit our shores, it was a refined vehicle, comfortable to drive, and configured to provide

lots of storage in a small space. In the past, the Trax may have never come here but it did because the subcompact market in the United States is getting stronger in spite of low gas prices because some people still like small but want the flexibility of a crossover. Another advantage to this trend towards smaller is how it benefits all small vehicles. It’s almost surprising to see the level of refinement in vehicles like the Hyundai Elantra when compared to the Sonata, the next size up. In the past the difference between the two was distinct in the interior. This time there was no discernible difference. Will Americans drive small vehicles? Yes, as long as they are crossovers, which are fast becoming the preferred alternative to sub-compact cars.



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