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While the presidential election has been commanding a lot of voters’ attention, when they go to the polls on Nov. 8 voters also will be choosing candidates for a variety of state and national offices, as well as registrar of voters races. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. President On the ballot for president are Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party Candidate Jill Stein. Clinton’s running mate is Tim Kaine. Trump’s running mate is Mike Pence. Johnson’s running mate is William Weld. Stein’s running mate is Ajamu Baraka. U.S. Senator Running for the U.S. Senate are incumbent Democrat Richard Blumenthal, Republican Dan Carter, Libertarian Party candidate Richard Lion and Green Party candidate Jeffrey


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ly incubated three shops from this past Holiday Market, that presently exist in Downtown Springfield today. They are Moss Garden Designs, Simply Serendipity, and Wonderland Gifts. The first two shops are located at 1341 Main Street (Rear) and Wonderland Gifts is located on the first floor of Tower Square. Drawing from first-hand knowledge, Mikki and Nancy will create a wonderful opportunity for artisans and vendors to create a brand awareness of their products and offerings while simultaneously enchanting the customer with their amazing sense of curation and decor. If you have ever been to a Farmer's Market, a Yoga class, a Spiritual Intuitive, or a Chamber Night at their store you know that this market is not to be missed. The look and feel to be created is that of an enchanted winter forest, white birch, pines, snowflakes, featuring white, silver and gold. This concept will be infused with a whimsical and magical Christmas vibe with the traditional red and greens (in a beautiful and not so traditional way). Mindfully the design elements placement and purpose is to create an immediate awareness the moment someone catches a glimpse of the space — our intention is to inspire the guests to step into the space — to

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SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield BID Business Improvement District will launch the 2nd Annual Pop-Up Holiday Market at 1341 Main St. in the heart of downtown Springfield. For its inaugural year in 2015 the market had three locations with over 50 vendors in total during its six-week duration. For 2016, they are on track to have over 50 retailers in just the one location. About half of the vendors will have shown previously at last year’s market but the others are newcomers not only to the Pop-Up but to the streets of Springfield as well. They are excited by this tremendous momentum for downtown and thank Chris Russell, executive director, Springfield BID, for the support and constant stewardship over programming in the heart of our city. Mikki Lessard and Nancy Feth, owners of Simply Serendipity located at the Shops at Marketplace, 1341 (Rear) Main Street, Springfield, will be managing and operating this event. They were the first pioneer shop keepers from the 2015 Market and plan to "create a spectacular destination experience downtown during

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New England Air Museum plans Veterans Day program

WINDSOR LOCKS - The New England Air Museum will hold its annual Veterans Day Tribute to Veterans and Active Military event on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet military veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. There will also be representatives from local veteran organizations at the event including the Department of Veterans Affairs, AMVETS and the Hartford Vet Center offering service and support to active servicemen, servicewomen, their families and veterans. Finally, the New England Air Museum will be collecting personal care items such as disposable razors, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, eye drops, etc., to be donated to active military serving overseas. Veteran visitors are free for this event; active duty military will receive a 20 percent discount on admission,



and servicemen and women in uniform will be admitted free of charge. The New England Air Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. The museum is closed on Mondays during the winter season with the exception of holidays and during school vacation weeks. Admission is $12.50 for ages 12 and up, $11.50 for seniors 65 and up and $7 for ages 4 to 11. New England Air Museum members and children under 3 are admitted free. For more information and directions to the museum, please visit or call (860) 623-3305. The New England Air Museum is located in Windsor Locks, adjacent to Bradley International Airport. The New England Air Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England comprised of three large public hangars, outdoor exhibits, and more than 100 aircraft ranging from early airships and flying

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ENFIELD - The Craft Fest, Enfield Congregational Church on Enfield Street in Enfield annual event, is happening Friday Nov. 18 (2 to 8 p.m.) and Saturday Nov. 19 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). This is the only place to do your holiday shopping. Find the perfect gift (for that perfect someone on your list) from the hundreds of gift baskets or our fine selection of vintage jewelry, our yummy baked goods or beautiful knit items, select a pound or two of our special home-made cookies and of course, the soup! Then join us on Friday evening for a wonderful roast pork dinner or Saturday for lunch, both priced far below market value. Call 860-214-6073 for dinner reservations and for more information.

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VERNON - The Vernon Historical Society will be having its annual Holiday Craft Fair and Sale on Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27. In addition to the work of local crafters, the Craft Fair offers the popular “Nearly New” table with treasures and holiday items at reasonable prices. Any donations are appreciated and the proceeds from the sale of the “Nearly New” items go to support the work of the Vernon Historical Society. Donated items can be dropped off at the Historical Society’s Museum at 734 Hartford Turnpike on any Thursday between 2 and 4 p.m. To make other arrangements for bringing items to the museum or for further information, please call the Society at 860-875-4326.

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pause, to browse, to shop, and to experience each of the products featured beautifully at The Holiday Market. Close your eyes and imagine the possibilities... The Holiday Marketplace operates with a soft launch on Monday, Nov. 21. The official start is Friday, Nov. 25, operating through Friday, Dec. 23. The hours of operation are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (closed on Sunday). The Market may be open earlier on some days and open longer on some evenings, but this will be based on the event and program schedule. The 2015 Market was so successful due in part to amazing programming and events throughout the PopUp. This year will draw from that same proven success

well and will have many interesting community partnerships to help establish our brand. For example, local musicians, artisan foods, carolers, Santa, events for children, and non-profit fundraisers, will be featured. To stay on top of what's happening please like the Springfield BID's Facebook page at and register for the newsletter at The BID has a complete events calendar that is a compilation of area organizations who have a diverse offering of things to do in our area. Chris Russell, Executive Director of the BID, says, “We are making moves daily that will have a lasting impact on the face of downtown in the next few months. The Holiday Market is only one of the initiatives that the BID is supporting this fall.

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BROAD BROOK - Book Club Bookstore invites you to its free events in November. Book Club is located at 100 Main St., Broad Brook. Nov. 5: 10 to 11 a.m. Veterans Day Author Event: Waitin' for the Train to Come In by David Garnes In honor and anticipation of Veterans Day, author David Garnes will give a brief history of this holiday and then talk about how he came to write Waitin' for the Train to Come In - the inspiration; extensive research; interesting things discovered in recreating the WWII homefront and the scenes in the Pacific. Then he'll lead a discussion period and be available to sign copies of his book. Nov. 6: 10:30 a.m. to 12. Kids Author Story Time Event: Being Grace by June Hyjek .

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Nov. 17: 6 p.m. Stephen King Book Club: 11/22/63 Join our monthly Stephen King Book Club. Nov. 19: 10 a.m. Kids Author Event: Renata Bowers, Frieda B. Come meet Moonbeam Award winning children's author Renata Bowers (Somers, CT). We'll be celebrating her fifth book release, Frieda B. A Great Day at the Dog Park. Nov. 19: 1 to 3 p.m. Author Event: Dan Foley. Join us as CT author Dan Foley talks about his latest books, Reunion and Wolf's Tale (the follow up to Abandoned). Nov. 23: 6 to 7 p.m. Charlie the ChooChoo Release and Stephen King Trivia Party! Celebrate the release of Charlie the Choo-Choo by Stephen King (writing as Beryl Evans).


The winner will receive a free copy of Charlie the Choo-Choo! Light refreshments served. Charlie the Choo-Choo is a children's book by Stephen King, published under the pseudonym Beryl Evans. It is adapted from a section of King's previous novel The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands. Nov. 26: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop Small Saturday & Our 3rd Birthday Celebration! Stop by to meet Authors & Artisans as we celebrate our 3rd Birthday on Shop Small Saturday! Meet CTauthors Cody Leet (sci-fi), Lori Sanchez (children's), Brianna Dunlap (Connecticut Valley Tobacco), and artisans Cards by Carol and Yarn Over Crochet. Free refreshments & giveaways, too!


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East Windsor re-enters casino competition with new site

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR - The town is hoping a new site will be considered for a northern Connecticut casino. The town, along with South Windsor, Hartford, East Hartford and Windsor Locks, are seeking to be the location of the new casino proposed by MMCT Venture, the joint organization formed by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indian tribes to compete with a casino MGM Resorts International is opening in Springfield, Mass. First Selectman Robert Maynard said the town’s new proposal is for a casino at the former Showcase Cinemas site and would include the old Wal-Mart building. “We’re hopeful that we’ll get a casino there,” he

said, adding MMCT has accepted the proposal for consideration. Any casino project would require approval by the town. MGM Resorts International, which is opening a casino in Springfield, Mass., has been critical of the process. Alan Feldman, senior vice president of MGM Resorts International has said the process has been secretive and that there would be no benefits to the town involved, such as compensation increase infrastructure or public safety costs. “Mr. Feldman is simply not telling the truth. MMCT would immediately become one of the largest taxpayers in any of the towns under consideration. In some

cases, MMCT would be by far the largest taxpayer in town. We've made it clear that we want to work with towns on a proposal that the community supports, and are doing just that,” said Andrew Doba, MMCT’s spokesperson “MGM’s real concern is not about any city or town in Connecticut. They are trying to protect their billiondollar project in Springfield, period,” Doba said. “In contrast, MMCT’s goal from the beginning of this endeavor has been to protect Connecticut and to make sure that the thousands of jobs and millions in critically important tax revenue aren't lost to a global corporation that's opening its latest branch in Massachusetts.”

Broad Brook Fire Department shares holiday cooking safety tips

BROAD BROOK - According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. In 2013, Thanksgiving was the peak day for home cooking fires, with 230 percent more fires than the average day. Christmas and Christmas Eve were the second and third biggest home fire days with 58 and 54 percent more fires (respectively) than the daily average.

The Broad Brook Fire Department wishes everyone a safe and joyous holiday season, and offers the following cooking safety information. “It’s imperative that we make fire safety a priority in the kitchen, especially during the holidays,” says Broad Brook Fire Department Chief Thomas Arcari. “As the heart of the home, the kitchen can quickly become a very active and chaotic space when you’re


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Russell. Blumenthal also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. 1st Congressional District Incumbent Democrat John Larson is being challenged by Republican Matthew Corey and Green Party candidate S. Michael DeRosa. Larson also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. 2nd Congressional District Incumbent Democrat Joe Courtney is being challenged by Republican Daria Novak, Libertarian Party candidate Daniel Reale and Green Party candidate Jonathan Pelto. Courtney also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. 3rd State Senatorial District Incumbent Timothy Larson, of East Hartford, is being challenged by Republican Carolyn Street Mirek, of South Windsor. Larson, the former mayor of East Hartford and a former state representative, is executive director of the Tweed New Haven Regional Airport Authority. Mirek is the deputy mayor of South Windsor and a supplier of dental products. Mirek also has been endorsed by the Independent Party. Larson said the key issues facing his district are opioid addiction, crumbling

foundations and the potential for a casino in the area. He said crumbling foundations put homeowners in jeopardy. The solution needs to include all of the stakeholders, he said. Larson said combating opioid addiction needs to include educating youngsters and finding ways to reduce the use of opioids. He said progress has been made with legislation limiting prescriptions to a shorter time period. A casino in the region would benefit Connecticut, Larson said. “It’s very, very important that we pursue that.” Mirek said the biggest issues are jobs and the economy, as well the need to get the state out of debt. She said the state has gotten too expensive, and laws that small businesses cannot afford should be repealed “Look at what people can afford and not do what we want,” she said. Mirek said homeowners with crumbling foundations should be able to get help from the federal government. “I believe it’s a federal issue because it’s a natural disaster.” 7th State Senatorial District Incumbent Republican John Kissel, of Enfield, is being challenged by Democrat Annie Hornish, of Granby.


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Kissel is a corporate attorney for Northeast Utilities. Hornish is a former state representative. Kissel said the state is constantly facing a deficit and that those shortfalls must be addressed. “We need to have a spending cap that has teeth in it,” he said, as well as a bond cap. If the state budget is running a deficit two months in a row, the Legislature should be required to go into special session to address that, he said. The state also needs to work on ending the job insecurity that residents face. Hornish said she supports government reform and term limits. “People are fed up with the status quo,” she said. To fight underemployment, she said the state needs to foster an environment for high-quality jobs and maintain an investment in education for a skilled workforce. When people are underemployed, they need more state services. Keeping our college graduates in the state also is important, Hornish said. She pointed to positive outcomes from previ-

ous jobs bills, such as the growth of green industry. 35th State Senatorial District Incumbent Republican Tony Guglielmo, of Stafford, is being challenged by Democrat Arlene Avery, also of Stafford. Avery also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. Guglielmo retired as president and owner of the Penny-Hanley & Howley Co. Inc. in Stafford. Avery was appointed to represent Tolland County on the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission and also serves on the board of the Stafford Arts Society, the Stafford Conservation Commission, and is president of the Stafford Area Community Thrift Store. “We are most challenged in the 35th District with the crumbling basement problem,” Avery said. “That is a huge issue that we need to find the resources to help those homeowners.” She said it will likely be a piecemeal solution, including asking towns to

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waive building permit fees for the foundation repairs. She said the state budget deficit needs to be fixed and proposed closing the carried interest loophole — so that carried interest is taxed as income, not at the lower capital gains rate — and getting other Northeast states into a compact to agree to do the same. She also said the state needs to fully fund the General Assembly Office of Review and Investigations, which looks for inefficiencies in state government. Guglielmo could not be reached for comment for this story. 52nd House District Republican incumbent Kurt Vail, of Stafford, is being challenged by Democrat Kathy Bachiochi, of Stafford, and petitioning candidate Linda Louise LaCasse, of Somers.Vail also has been endorsed by the Independent Party. Bachiochi also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. Vail is a former prison guard at the Osborn Correctional Institution in Somers and an insurance agent in Stafford. Bachiochi is a member of the Stafford Planning and Zoning Commission and a retired Stafford High School English teacher. LaCasse is a teacher and small business owner. Vail said he would like to see changes

in insurance law so that homeowners insurance would cover crumbling basements. “It’s not considered a natural disaster, but it kind of is,” He said the state needs to keep taxes down. “We rank toward the bottom in all economic categories,” he said.”We need to look at our spending and spend responsibly.” “Our economy in Connecticut is really quite robust,” Bachiochi said, but added that the state budget is a problem and the deficit have to be controlled. She said the state needs to tax businesses and the top 1 percent of earners more. She said that when Canadian homeowners faced the crumbling basements issue, the federal and provincial governments and insurance companies paid for repairs. “We can’t let these poor people lose everything that they had,” she said. LaCasse said the state needs to stop taxing businesses so heavily. “People are fleeing our state,” she said, particularly those earning more than $225,000 a year. She said increasing taxes on businesses hurts everyone, since those taxes are passed on to consumers or employees through lower wages or benefits or job losses. The voters need to be better educated, she said.

57th House District Incumbent Republican state Rep. Christopher Davis, of Ellington, is unopposed in his bid for re-election. Davis is a Realtor. 58th House District Incumbent Democrat David Alexander, of Enfield, is being challenged by Republican Greg Stokes, also of Enfield. Alexander is a member of the Marine Corps Reserves and serves as the adjutant for 1st Battalion, 25th Marines at Fort Devens, Mass, and is studying for a master’s in business administration degree at the Yale School of Management. Stokes is a member of the Enfield Town Council and is the pastor of Cornerstone Church in East Windsor. Alexander also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. Stokes also has been endorsed by the Independent Party. Stokes that the legislature has been cutting aid to municipalities because of the economy and the state budget deficits. “I kind of felt like there’s got to be a better way,” he said, adding that just

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“The most pressing issue facing our state over the next two years will be maintaining and creating new good paying jobs,” DiPace said. He said as a small business owner he knows how difficult it can be to navigate through state government. “As the former chairman of Enfield’s Planning and Zoning Commission, I was instrumental in changing regulations by working with both Democrats and Republicans which resulted in many businesses moving to Enfield and creating thousands of job,” he said. Hall said the biggest issue facing the state is taxes, as well as state mandates. She said at the town level they kept the budget flat during the worst economic times. “We got down into the weeds” to find places to cut the budget, she said, adding the Legislature needs to do the same. “I think you have to be willing to look,” she said. 60th House District Democrat Tim Curtis, of Windsor, and Republican Scott Storms, of

Windsor Locks, are seeking the 60th District state House seat. Incumbent Peggy Sayers is not seeking re-election. Storms also has been endorsed by the Independent Party. Curtis is the deputy mayor of Windsor. He is a retired teacher. Storms has served on the Windsor Locks Sewer Commission, Water Pollution Control Authority, Economic and Industrial Development Commission and Board of Education. He is a partner in the law firm of Storms & Storms. Taxes and education funding are the key issues this election, Curtis said. “It really does start where you live,” he said, noting that when the state cuts funding to municipalities, property taxes go up. That hurts those on fixed incomes in particular, he said. The cuts coming from the state include not fully funding the Education Cost Sharing grants. Curtis also said that Social Security benefits are fully taxed as income. “Many think it’s unfair,” he added. “We have to be more business friendly,” he said, to encourage companies to stay, changing state regulations if necessary.

Storms could not be reached for comment for this story. 61st House District Republican incumbent Tami Zawistowski, of East Granby, is being challenged by Democrat Michael Malloy, also of East Granby. Zawistowski also has been endorsed by the Independent Party. She is the owner of Resource Books LLC and the former executive vice president of Northeast Savings. Malloy, who is not related to Gov. Dannel Malloy, is the president of Suffield Auto Sales. He is chairman of the East Granby Democratic Town Committee and has served on the Board of Education. Zawistowski said the state is having trouble getting its finances under control. “Our revenue projections are always off,” she said. The state needs to get off the backs of businesses, she said. “We need the jobs,” she said, adding that employers have lost faith in the state. She also said the state has to stop bonding so much.

“Despite all that, I’m optimistic we can make the state the economic powerhouse it once was,” Zawistowski said. “The biggest problem we face is attitude,” Malloy said. While the state has not handled debt well, there is a lot of good in the state. He pointed to the renovations being done at the Montgomery mill in Windsor Locks, Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky committing to Connecticut and Bradley International Airport adding flights to Ireland. He said as a small business owner he understands that bureaucracy is a challenge to businesses. He also is concerned about the need to reconfigure the state Education Cost Sharing formula. Registrar of Voters In Enfield, Democrat Lewis Fiore and Republican David J. Wawer are running for registrar of voters. In Somers, Democrat Robert Schmidt and Republican David McCaffrey are running for registrar of voters. In Stafford, Democrat Sue Armstrong, Republican Ellie Canestrari and Open Party candidate Curtis Wright are running for registrar of voters.

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ELLINGTON - The Board of Selectman honored the town’s longtime employees at its Oct. 17 meeting. Three employees were honored for 30 years of service, including Lisa Giaquinto, library assistant II; Erin Graziani, senior center director; and Barbara Murdach, animal control officer. Honored for 20 years of service was Leonard Descheneaux, foreman.

Honored for 10 years of service were Kimberly Bechard, assessor; Richard Daugherty, maintainer I; Benjamin Pare, maintainer I; and Dawn Stavens, tax clerk. Holiday lighting contest This holiday season, the town of Ellington wants to be the brightest place around. In an effort to make that happen, the town is holding the 2016 Holiday Lighting Contest, sponsored by

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ELLINGTON - St. Luke Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Parish Center and Church Hall will be filled with your favorite holiday fare. Children’s activities include cookie decorating, professional face painting, kid’s shopping room and a balloon artist/magician. Come check out the Tool Box, Team Table and Mug Gifts. St. Anne’s Shrine will also be present with a variety of religious items for purchase. As always there will be a wide variety of gift items made by our very own St. Luke Crafters including knit-

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ELLINGTON - Ellington’s annual Winterfest has reached its teen-age years. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the town will present its 13th annual Winterfest from 3:45 to 7 p.m. around the town’s gazebo green bordered by Main and Maple Streets (Routes 286 & 140) and Church Street. Chairman Ellen Winterfest Karadimas says it’s hard to believe that so many years have passed and that the event is still going strong. “We have our community residents to thank for that. They’ve been so supportive of the festivities just by showing up and enjoying themselves. And, of course, we have a wonderful crew who works hard each year to get the Winterfest going.” Karadimas emphasizes that the biggest shout-out goes to Susan Phillips, Director of Ellington’s Hall Memorial Library. “Sue Phillips picked up a great deal of the responsibilities the past few years, for which I am so grateful. And, of course, there are so many town departments and volunteers who have con-


tributed to the Winterfest’s success. Eventually we would like to train a fresh group of people to undertake this event to ensure its longevity. The young people who showed up thirteen years ago, might soon be bringing their own children.” As in the past, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be appearing at Ellington’s Winterfest celebration on Dec. 3 during the “Tree-Lighting Ceremony” beginning 3:45 p.m. on the gazebo green. The evening’s festivities will be kicked off by Tim Adams and the Center School Choir and will encompass numerous events around the center of town. As a treat, Santa will hand out his usual candy canes, and the First Lutheran Church of Ellington will be offering chocolate delights to all the kiddies in attendance. Pictures can also be taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, prior to the spectacular “Torchlight Parade” put on by the Ellington Volunteer Fire Dept., which will wend down Ellington’s Main St. (Rt. 286) at 5:15 p.m. Brightly festooned fire trucks from around


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degrading the crushed stone to the point of swelling and cracking. Energy referendum When town voters go the polls on Nov. 8, they will be asked a referendum question, in addition to choosing candidates for state and federal offices. Voters will be asked to approve $11.2 million to finance energy-saving improvements for town and school buildings. The project would be done by Honeywell International Inc. if the referendum is approved. The

By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD - The town will no longer charge building permit fees for residents who need to repair or replace a defective foundation on their home. The Town Council voted unanimously at its Oct. 17 meeting to exempt the fees. Crumbling basements have become a major problem for homeowners in the region. Many homes built from the 1980s to 1998 were built with foundations out of crushed stone that contained pyrrhotite.This mineral reacts over time to humidity and oxygen, slowly

savings from the projects are projected to offset in part or in full the costs of the appropriation. “The town anticipates that the projects will be funded completely through energy and operational savings as demonstrated in the “Town of Enfield Financial Cash Flow - Pro Forma - Lease Financing Performance Contracting Project 15 Year Financial Analysis” dated July 30, 2015,” according to the resolution approved by the council. More information on the proposal is available on the town’s website,

Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen gives thanks for community garden

ENFIELD - The Enfield Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen and its directors, its volunteers, and its guests, would like to thank the local community leaders, businesses, and all the volunteers for their efforts to make the Common Grounds Rotary Garden a reality. Planting, weeding, picking, and cultivating a garden is hard work, as it takes a lot of man hours and many volunteers to produce such wonderful results. The Enfield Rotary Club have taken

on the mission of growing the community by starting this garden to help support the local food banks and their mission to feed the "hungry." Good nutrition is vital in fighting off diseases as well leading a healthy life and the community garden is helping to build community by making a difference in people's hearts as well as in their everyday lives. The fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices that have been generously donat-

ed by the community garden have been blessing to our guests and the volunteers at the kitchen. We are most honored to be able to feed our guests such nutritious and healthy food as we strive to improve the "quality of life" for them and their families. Each guest at the soup kitchen has been able to enjoy "home grown" and "fresh" tasting vegetables because of all the support and hard work many have given to help with this community gar-

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Lorey, who joined United in February 2013, oversees the bank’s Consumer Lending Division, Retail branch network, Contact Center and the Bank’s financial advisory team. He has more than 25 years of experience in risk and financial management; product, sales and strategy development; and personnel management. “I want to thank Stuart Rosenberg, President Lombella and Asnuntuck’s Foundation Board for giving me the opportunity to serve with them, especially as ACC embarks on its historic campus transformation,” said Lorey. “Since joining United in 2013, I always look for

Changing Lives focuses on transfer tickets

ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College’s Changing Lives Show this month will highlight the community college Transfer Articulation Pathway Program (TAP). Asnuntuck Community College’s Dean of Academics Michael Stefanowicz is the host for this program. The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Transfer Ticket allows students to earn their Associate Degree at a

State of Connecticut Community College and then seamlessly transfer to a Connecticut State University or Charter Oak State College to earn their Bachelor Degree. Asnuntuck Changing Lives airs on PATV 15 on Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m. You can also view it online by going to the website – Asnuntuck Changing Lives.

opportunities to work with organizations that are making a real difference in the community – just like ACC has done for more than 40 years in North Central Connecticut. “That’s why I’m so honored to be part of the Foundation’s Board of Directors at this exciting time and to be another ambassador for United Bank in North Central Connecticut.” Funds raised by the Foundation help support scholarships for Asnuntuck students, in addition to the funding of programming, projects and equipment for the college.



ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College’s Foundation announced that Brandon C. Lorey, executive vice president and head of consumer banking for United Bank of Glastonbury, Connecticut, is the newest member of its Board of Directors. ACC President James Lombella stated, "We are excited that Brandon joined ACC's Foundation board. We value our community partnerships. Brandon's portfolio of skills will certainly help our Asnuntuck foundation grow and continue to support the college's mission of open access and affordable education for the communities in our region!"


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Fire up your imagina on and create a wreath, tabletop or mantel decora on, a centerpiece or anything that says the holiday season to you! Be as crea ve as you like but please no precious heirlooms. Entries must be brought to the library between Nov. 21 and Nov. 30. We’ll display the items on our low bookcases and library visitors will vote for their favorite from Dec. 1 through Dec. 20. Winners will be announced on Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

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The Friends of the Somers Public Library will hold their annual Snacks with Santa Program on Saturday morning, December 3. Somers residents may register their children for one of four sessions: 9:00, 9:45, 10:30, or 11:15. Each program will feature the reading of a Christmas story; me to talk with Santa and a snack and gi book at the end of the program. Parents are invited to bring along their cameras. Due to the popularity of the Snacks with Santa program, registra on must be done in person, beginning November 19. Admission to each session will be with cket only. Children must be Somers residents 8 years old or younger.

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Denise Stankovics will lead a discussion of The Care and Management Turkey Magnet with Jumping Clay Gingerbread Fun Night! of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear on Wed., Nov. 30 at 2:30 p.m. Copies of Tuesday, November 8, 1:30 p.m. the books will be available at the library. Please call the library to register For ages 5 & up. Join Aime, from Jumping Clay, to mold and sculpt your Tuesday, December 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for the discussion. very own turkey magnet. Register now for this event. This is a no school For ages 3 & up. Decorate your own gingerbread cookie a er day for Somers. Sponsored by the Friends of the Somers Public Library. a special gingerbread story me. Children may come in their pajamas. Registra on is required and begins on December 5.

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The library will be collec ng dona ons of new hats, scarves, mi ens and Parent & Child Yoga gloves beginning December 1 through December 15. These items will be Thursday, November 10, 10:45-11:30 a.m. distributed to local families as needed throughout the holiday season. For ages 2-5 with a parent. Join cer ed instructor, Lisa Katz, for a yoga class lled with music, movement, imagina on and energy. Register now for this event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Somers Public Library. Computer Classes We will be o ering the following computer classes in November and Special Thanksgiving Story me December. Basics, Intermediate, The Internet “Cloud”, Twi er, Free College Classes Online, and ResearchIT. Friday, November 18, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Class descrip ons, dates and mes are available on our website or call For ages 2-5 with parents. We will read Thanksgiving stories, sing songs the library for more informa on. Registra on is required for all classes. and make a turkey cra . Register now for this event.

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SOMERS - No decision on Conservation Commission approval for a proposed Henny Penny gas station and convenience story for 589 Main St. will

be made before the panel’s Nov. 2 meeting. The commission voted at its Oct. 5 meeting to table the decision to allow members to time to review new infor-

Somers CERT Presents Preparedness Tips

September was National Emergency preparedness Month and Somers CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) participated in a statewide effort to increase public awareness by presenting a program at the Somers Senior Center on Sept. 30. Six members of Somers CERT presented a program covering sheltering in place, stocking an emergency kit, and emergency evacuation. Being prepared in a major disaster such as a blizzard or hurricane is the most important thing you can do to be sure your family stays safe. The team members talked about items you should have in your emergency kit and what things you need to take with you if you need to suddenly leave your home due to a major disaster. Seniors received a bag, screen printed with nine important items for your emergency kit, and some starter items for their kit, such as a manual can opener, a light stick and a mini first aid kit. About 40 seniors attended and were treated to lunch provided by the Senior Center.

mation on the proposal. Darin Overton, and engineer with Milone and MacBroom spoke on behalf of Hendels Inc., the applicant, describing revisions made in response to concerns about the proposal’s effect on wetlands, according to the meeting minutes. The changes include removing one traffic lane behind the building, which would move the pavement farther from the wetland; a relocated discharge point from the basin and grading on the steep slope to be minimized. They also moved the discharge point from the basin and added a second snow storage area. Several residents expressed concerns

about the project during a public hearing. Edward Pawlak, of Connecticut Ecosystems,a consultant hired by the town, said he feels improvements have been made. Pawlak said he has a few suggestions and questions for the applicant’s engineer; such as the feasibility of installing the bio-retention basin later on during construction to prevent sediment from clogging the basin. Regarding his original concern of potential pool-breeding habitat in the wetland, Pawlak said he does not feel that there will be a loss to the breeding in this area or loss to the upland habitat.

SOMERS - A Bake Sale and ... will be held at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. The event will be held in the lower level of the church which is handicap accessible. Along with fresh homebaked goodies (cakes, pies, breads, candies, cookies), we'll be offering home-

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SOMERS - Tommy’s Supplies is making its mark in the tattoo industry. Owner Tom Ringwalt Jr. opened Tommy’s Supplies on Egypt Road in 2004. The company distributes tattoo supplies worldwide. Tommy’s Supplies produces Starbrite, a line of 130 colors of tattoo inks. The inks are bottled, labeled, sterilized, tested, and shipped according to FDA guidelines. “We carry all the high-end supplies,” Ringwalt said. “We produce in a certified clean room and have them sterilized.” Ringwalt said making the inks in a clean room and sterilizing them takes the bacteria out of their bottles. Last month the company held its fifth annual Tommy’s Tattoo Convention at the Connecticut

Convention in Hartford. The convention featured on-the-spot tattooing, along with shows and vendors. Next year;’s event is scheduled for Oct. 13 to 15 at the convention center. “Any style of tattoo work out there will be available,” Ringwalt said. “It’s a big party” Ringwalt is the third generation of his family involved in the tattoo industry. His grandmother, Carol Landry, of Enfield, taught him how to mix colors. His father, Thomas Ringwalt Sr., started in the business in 1994 making needles. Originally from the Rockville section of Vernon, Tom Ringwalt Jr. started his ink business in his basement in Enfield and now has a 10,000-square-foot

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Human Services announces first holiday ‘Season of Giving’ Campaign SOMERS - The holiday season is upon us. For most, the holidays are a time of joy, happiness, and tradition. A time when we surround ourselves with family and friends. Exchanging gifts. Filling our plates. Keeping warm by a fire. But for some, the holiday season means something very different. It may mean having to visit the local food pantry to piece together a holiday meal. It may mean choosing between paying for your medications or buying that gift your grandchild has been begging for all year long. It may mean it’s going to get cold.

Because the oil tank is empty. In an effort to care for our most vulnerable residents, the Town of Somers Human Services Department is announcing the first Season of Giving campaign. The goal of this campaign will be to raise awareness of programs in Somers that benefit our residents in need in an effort to increase community involvement and contributions. Oftentimes, people want to help but they simply don’t know how. The Season of Giving campaign will focus on 5 ways in which you can care for your neighbors in need not only during the holiday season, but throughout the entire year.

Town of Somers Emergency Fund Did you know that you can make a donation to a fund that is utilized only by the Town of Somers Human Services Department to assist low income families in Somers with basic needs and emergency situations? Residents who are struggling financially are able to utilize the fund for oil, propane, wood, electricity, rent, or any number of other extenuating circumstances. This year, the fund was utilized to pay for a piece of medical equipment

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Despite the rain, students, families and teachers gathered at St. Bernard School on Sunday, Oct. 30 for some Halloween fun. Families from Little Angels Catholic Preschool also participated. Students dressed up in costumes while parents decorated car trunks in the spirit of Halloween. At left, The Herman family (left to right: Grace, Scott, Henry and Melissa Herman) await the trick-or-treaters. At right, a pick-up truck is decorated with painted pumpkins and spooky grave side props in support of St. Bernard School.

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STAFFORD - The Stafford Elementary School PTO will be hosting its annual Holiday Marketplace vendor and Craft Rair on Dec. 10 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Stafford Elementary School, 11 Levinthal Run. Potential vendors can get more information or can obtain a vendor application by emailing Jennifer at or calling 860-218-3781. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1 and the cost is $25 per vendor.


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STAFFORD SPRINGS- Safe Net Ministries will conduct its November 2016 Food Cupboard distribution on Saturday, Nov. 12 and Nov. 26 from 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The distribution will be held at Safe Net Headquarters, 86 Main Street, Stafford Springs. Turkey distribution will be on Friday, Nov. 18. Food distributions are held the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Donations of personal care items including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, shaving

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Suffield appoints PD veteran as new chief


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SUFFIELD - Richard D. Brown is the town’s new police chief. The Police Commission unanimously voted Oct. 26 to promote Brown, who had been the police department’s deputy chief. He is a 20-year veteran of the department. “As both captain and deputy chief, Brown worked closely with Superintendent of Police Services Anthony Riello to successfully rebuild the department and morale over the last two years,” the commission said in a written release. First Selectman Melissa M. Mack said she endorses

the decision. “Chief Brown has been a loyal public servant and steadfast member of the Suffield Police Department, always supporting the town of Suffield and putting safety first,” Mack said. “His leadership and management skills, as well as his in-depth knowledge of how the Police Department works, particularly on the operational side, make him uniquely qualified to continue to move the department forward. The town will be well served by his promotion.” Brown is a graduate of Westfield State University with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.

Library project The cost of renovating the Kent Memorial Library is turning out to be higher than expected due to PCB contamination and the need for remediation. First Selectman Melissa Mac said she asked for figures on how much has been spent on the project so far. A total of $5 million in taxpayer funds and $1 million in private funds has been spent so far. The town is awaiting the results of an environment study, Mack said. “I hope to approach the state of Connecticut for some assistance,” she said.

Kent Library to present programs on Italy, tobacco farms

SUFFIELD - Kent Memorial Library will be offering presentations on Italy and Connecticut valley tobacco farming in November. Brianna Dunlap, author of the new book, “Connecticut Valley Tobacco” and a museum professional at the Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum in Windsor, will be at West Suffield’s

Academy Hall (1499 Mountain Road) on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. to talk about her book. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is optional for this free program on the library’s website, Dunlap is a recent graduate of Central Connecticut State University. Her visit

is sponsored jointly by the Kent Memorial Library and the Suffield Historical Society. Take a walk through Italy with Mariann Millard on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge Street. Millard weaves historical and modern events and facts about the country with

personal anecdotes and photographs to illustrate its geography, language, cuisine, culture, politics and economics. Millard is a travel tour director for Gerber Student Tours and Tauck, Inc. Please register for this free Kent Memorial Library program by calling 860-668-3896 or registering online at

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WINDSOR - According to the Caregiver Action Network, more than 90 million Americans care for a loved one living with a disability, disease or experiencing reduced financial capability as a result of aging. Financial caregivers, such as those with a power of attorney, trustee or a federal benefits fiduciary, play an important role in ensuring that all finances from routine to complex are managed wisely, helping their loved ones maintain the best quality of life possible. In recognition of National Family Caregiver Month, Windsor Federal Savings is helping financial caregivers better understand their role. “Millions of Americans are designated to provide financial care to their loved ones,” said George Hermann, president & CEO. “As a financial caregiver, it is extremely important that you stay up to date on any changes in laws and regulations that may impact your role as a fiduciary and your ability to take care of your senior.”

Windsor Federal Savings is offering the following tips to help individuals understand their role as financial caregivers: • Learn the rights and restrictions that apply to your role. Financial caregivers, such as those with a power of attorney, trustees, and federal benefits fiduciaries, are fiduciaries with a duty to act and make decisions on their loved one’s behalf. Learn the legal responsibilities of your assigned authority in order to better execute your role. • Manage money and other assets wisely. Financial caregivers may be in charge of daily, unexpected and future expense their loved one may incur. Especially if the beneficiary has a fixed income or limited finances, it is extremely important that caregivers minimize unnecessary costs and budget accordingly to ensure that all money is properly allocated. • Recognize danger signs. Seniors have become major targets for financial abuse and fraud. Make sure to stay alert

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to signs of scams or identity theft that may put your loved one’s assets in peril. • Keep careful records. When acting as a financial agent, proper documentation is not only encouraged but required. Make sure you keep well-organized financial records, including up-to date lists of assets and debts and a streamline of all financial transactions. • Stay informed. Monitor changes in financial status of the beneficiary and take appropriate action, as needed. Also, be sure to stay up to date on changes in the laws affecting seniors. • Seek professional advice. Consult a banker or other professional advisors when you’re not sure what to do. In addition, Windsor Federal Savings is providing an explanation of the various roles and responsibilities of three types of financial caregivers: power of attorney, trustee and federal fiduciary. Understanding your role as a power of attorney. POA is designated by your loved one and gives you the authority to act and make decisions on their behalf, including managing and having access to their bank and other financial accounts. Authority continues if loved one becomes incapacitated and ends when power is revoked or loved one dies. Understanding your role as a trustee. Authority is given once you are named as trustee or co-trustee of a revo-

cable living trust. As a trustee your authority applies only to the property noted in the trust, authorizing you to protect, manage and distribute the trust’s assets as directed in the trust document. Authority continues after the death of the trust creator or grantor. Understanding your role as a federal benefits fiduciary. A federal benefits fiduciary is appointed to accept and delegate federal government benefit payments, such as Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits, in the beneficiary’s best interest. Funds for the beneficiary are received through an account set up solely for this purpose. As a representative payee for Social Security benefits or a VA fiduciary for VA benefits, you are required to keep detailed records of all transactions related to the beneficiary and file annual reports detailing how benefits were used. The Caregiver Action Network (the National Family Caregivers Association) began promoting national recognition of family caregivers in 1994. President Clinton signed the first NFC Month Presidential Proclamation in 1997 and every president since has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers each November.

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