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Amid uncertainty, it’s decision time By Linda Tishler Levinson

In one of the more challenging fiscal climates the state has faced, voters in north central Connecticut towns will be choosing candidates for local offices. Seeking the top leadership positions are Democrats, Republicans and petitioning candidates, some with cross-endorsements by third parties. The municipal elections will be Nov. 7, with voting from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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East Windsor In East Windsor, the first selectman serves a fouryear term, and there is no top race this election cycle. Running for seats on the Board of Selectmen are Democrats Jason E. Bowsza, David L. King and Dale A. Nelson; Republicans Jim Richards, Steve Dearborn and Robert L. Leach; and petitioning candidates Andrew J. Hoffman and Charles J. Szymanski. Also on the ballot are candidates for Board of Finance, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeals, Zoning Board of Appeals, police commissioner and constable.

The town of Ellington conducted its inaugural townwide scarecrow contest in October. Residents were able to vote for their “fan favorite.” Oakridge Dairy entered a cow and a scarecow.

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Ellington Incumbent Republican First Selectman Lori L. Spielman is seeking a second term.

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By Gary Carra Welcome back to Random Raven, the column that aspires to provide your complete, entertainment itinerary on a month-to-month basis. This month, a special treat as The Raven received a phone call asking if he wanted to interview Italian American icon Tony Danza. The star of “Taxi” and “Who’s The Boss?” Hmmm.. never did a straight up interview in Raven, but let me check with..wait, I am the boss of this operation. So let’s see if it passes my litmus test: Would I be interested in reading such a piece? Heck, yes. Let’s do it. And we did. Here’s how it went!

RAVEN: In light of your pugilistic background, I have to ask. Did you watch the Mayweather-McGregor fight? Anything surprise you about it? Do you have any thoughts on what seems to be a growing trend... MMA versus boxers proper? TONY D: “I didn't buy it because it was one of the greatest scams ever perpetrated on the public. They promoted it using vulgarity and clownish tactics and we went for it hook, line and sinker. It helped that most people want to see Mayweather get beat and McGregor looked tough anyway. Mayweather could have ended the fight any time he wanted and so it went long enough for him to feel he gave the audience its money's worth. Terrible and indicative of why the sport is in trouble. The thing that MMA does is make competitive fights. Boxing is just a promotion machine. Building guys up for

the big payday beating tomato cans. And then there's boxing's bigger problem and why for me it's become a guilty pleasure: the three greatest boxers of all time, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali, all ended up with Tony Danza brings his “Stories & Standards” show to serious brain prob- Springfield’s Cityplace Nov. 12. lems. Ali was the worst because he knew we expect here in Springfield? Can you where he was. Robinson and Louis did- give us a couple teasers about the ston't. Long answer, sorry.” ries? Are the songs you sing and stories tied together, etc.? RAVEN: From my way of thinking, the first thing that comes to mind when TONY D: The show is just what the one mentions Tony Danza at this point title says. My band and I perform some in his career is the sheer breadth of of my favorite songs and I tell personal your talents. He's an actor... dancer ... stories from my life and career that on Broadway ... singing ... Which begs have a personal connection with the the question: music. I’ve found the audience has In an industry such as showbiz, their own personal connection to both where most participants have an aver- the music and my stories. There's some age shelf life only slightly greater than, laughs, some tap, and my secret say, a container of French onion chip weapon - my ukulele. Cabaret is about dip, to what do you owe your enduring making a real connection with the audistring of relevance/steady work? ence and when you do, it's magic. TONY D: “I think diversifying is important. You have to grow. I also think effort is important. You have to make the time count. That's not to say that I'm always disciplined, but I am when I have to be. And then lastly and probably most important is luck. That you have your health and that you catch a break every once in a while.” RAVEN: All of that said, what can

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TONY D: “It is amazing what happens to you when you have a place in Americana. It's thrilling and sometimes a real pain.” Tony Danza: Standards & Stories coming to CityStage on November 12 at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets call the box office at (413) 788-7033 or visit Know of a local treasure or great event? E-mail The Raven at


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A month-to-month guide to cultural events in the area.

On Veterans Day, Air Museum to salute those who served

WINDSOR LOCKS — The New England Air Museum will present its annual Veterans Day event on Saturday, Nov. 11. Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to meet and talk one-on-one with veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Included in the program will be re-enactors from World War I and World War II. At 1 p.m. William Purple, a World War II B-17 pilot from the Eighth Air Force, will share his story of the bombing raid on Berlin on Feb. 3, 1945.

According to the Warfare History Network, Feb. 3, 1945, was one of the biggest days of the war, with some 42 bombardment groups and 15,000 crew members taking part in the raid. Purple was in a lead aircraft on this raid. Along with Purple, the following guest veterans are expected at the program: Ken Benson – F-4 pilot, Vietnam Sam Boit – C-130 pilot, Afghanistan Lara Burchman – nurse, Vietnam Ken Katz - B-52 test engineer Walter Keach - Huey crew chief,

Vietnam Bob Lyons - B-29 navigator, WWII Tom Pandolfi - Green Beret, Vietnam Jim Skiff – F-4 pilot, Vietnam Dreux Spengler – helicopter pilot, Vietnam Carl Stidsen – Titan missile operator, Cold War Visitors are encouraged to bring new personal hygiene products that will be donated to a local veterans home. An area will be set aside for children to make holiday cards for veterans.

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STAFFORD - On Thursday, December 14 the Stafford Senior Center’s Travel Club will sponsor a community bus trip to the Garde Arts Center in New London to see Shoji Tabuchi in his second appearance in Connecticut. One of the finest violinists of all time will entertain you with blazing violins, stunning harmonies, your favorite Christmas classics, fantastic choreography, and more. Travelers will take a deluxe motor coach to the historic theater located in New London for the show. On the way home the bus will make a stop at Foxwoods where travelers will receive a $10

food voucher and $15 slot machine voucher. This trip is open to all ages. The cost is $99 per person. The bus will depart the Community Center at 7:45 a.m. and will return at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please call Ann Rosi at (860) 684-3874 or Gussie Barsaleau at (860) 749-7274 to reserve your spot.

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It wouldn’t be fall in New England without craft fairs

We know the drill around these parts: When the temperature starts dipping, the region’s craft fair and holiday bazaar season starts heating up. Here’s a look at some of the area’s craft fairs and bazaars that are coming up: East Windsor The East Windsor Ecumenical Holiday Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Scout Hall Youth Center on 28 Abbe Road in East Windsor. Five churches will be coming together to sell homemade items and other wares for gift giving and/or decorating for the holidays. Lunch will be available. For those who dislike baking, a variety of homemade pies, breads, cookies, cakes, and fudge will be sold. Decorators can check out homemade wreaths and other holiday decor items. For those who like warm hats, scarves, mittens, blanket/lap robes, knit-

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Saturday, November 11th Veterans Day Program Adventure, Discovery and Friday, November 24th the Dream of Flight! Santa Visits & Behind the Scenes Tours 860-623-3305 See website for winter and holiday closings. Bradley International Airport, 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT 06096

ters and crocheters have been actively making a new supply. The First Congregational Church of East Windsor Annual Holiday Bazaar takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in the parish hall, 124 Scantic Road, East Windsor. There will be vendors, crafts, sweets, baked goods, candles, decorations, and more. Admission is free; refreshments will be available. For details or directions, call Diane at 860-6986321 or email Ellington The Ellington Congregational Church will present its first ever Vendor and Craft Fair from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in the first floor Educational Wing. Also, the annual Christmas Carol Sing in the Church Sanctuary will be from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. And the church will offer an “a la carte” dinner at its Winterfest Café from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. That same day, the Ellington Senior Center will also be hosting its Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enfield The Enfield Congregational Church, 1295 Enfield St. in Enfield, will be hosting its annual Craft Fest from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. There will be gift baskets, vintage jewelry, knit items, food, and the “cookie walk.” A roast pork dinner on Friday evening will be available for $15. Free parking will be available behind the church. For reservations, call Arlene at 860-214-6073. Somers A holiday treasures and bake sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the social hall of the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St. Members of the church will bake an assortment of

pies, cakes, breads, bars, and cookies for holiday palates. Also offered will be baked beans, relishes, pickles, candies, and jams, all homemade. Frozen and ready to bake apple pies and turkey pot pies also will be available. Holiday decorations will be displayed for purchase including small tree ornaments, stockings, mantel displays, wall hangings and wreaths, both indoor and outdoor items. Attic treasures with jewelry, vases, plates, toys and games also will be available. The sale is hosted by the Ladies Aide Society of the church. For details, call 860-749-7741. Suffield The Senior Center’s Second Annual Holiday Fair will be from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 15. A variety of crafts will be available and the Senior Center’s Thanksgiving Feast will also take place that day, with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetable, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pudding cake for $5. Those interested should make reservations by Nov. 10. Union A traditional Holiday Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Congregational Church of Union, Route 190 (Buckley Highway). Admission is free. The church is handicapped-accessible. The fair will feature hand crafted Christmas gifts and decorations, crafters and vendors tables, homebaked holiday pies, jams, pickles and jellies, cookies by the pound, homemade candies and caramel apples, teacup raffle of gift baskets and gift cards, tombola, and a silent auction including a fully decorated themed tree and antiques.

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Children’s activities include writing letters to Santa, taking pictures with Santa, decorating a cupcake, face painting, and a variety of games, including an ice fishing game. Fresh wreaths, swags and cemetery boxes will be available. Beverages and lunch will be served. For details, contact Heather at, or visit Facebook and Instagram at thecongregationalchurchofunioncc.

Ellington scarecrow contest

Ellington residents were taking part in a different election in October: The town held its inaugural townwide scarecrow contest. Voting concluded on Halloween.

Benefit sale to help Haitian women

ELLINGTON — “Hand Made in annual household income is $400, and Haiti,” a benefit sale to help give three-quarters of the population lives Haitian women the opportunity to sup- on less than $2 per day. port their families, will take place at The country has a 50 percent literathe Kloter Farms sales office in cy rate and there is an unemployment November. The sale will be from noon rate higher than 75 percent. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, and from For details on “Hand Made in 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Haiti,” call Suzanne Moreau at 860Kloter Farms sales office, 216 West 870-4892 or visit Road, Ellington. Featured items will include: purses, totes and clutches; cosmetic and accessory bags; aprons, towels, and hot pads; baby items; hats and scarves; and 18-inch doll clothes. Offer Available through 12/31/17 All proceeds from the sale are returned to the Centre Lumiere in Haiti. The “Center of Light” is a school for women to learn embroidery, sewing, cooking, health care and Bible teaching. This Christian ministry empowers Haitian women with the 5 year limited warranty opportunity to earn a livAdditional upgrades available ing for their families. In Haiti, the average

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Vernon The Vernon Historical Society’s annual Holiday Craft Fair and Sale takes place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25 and 26. In addition to the work of local crafters, the Craft Fair offers the “Nearly New” table with treasures and holiday items at reasonable prices. Donations are appreciated; 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 Tuesdays (10 a.m. to noon) and Thursdays (10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.) Also, on the second and fourth Sundays of the month (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.). To make other arrangements for bringing items to the museum or for details, call the society at 860-875-4326.

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Buy your books by the bag as library ‘Friends’ conduct sale

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EAST WINDSOR — The Friends of the Warehouse Point Library will be holding a bag sale from Saturday, Nov. 18, through Thursday, Nov. 30. The sale will be ongoing and will take place when the library is open. The hours are Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of

Thursday, Nov.23 (Thanksgiving). The bag is $6 and you fill it with as many books as possible, but if you already have a Friends of Warehouse Point Library bag (yellow mesh) the cost is $5. The address is 107 Main St., East Windsor. Call 860-623-5482 for more information.

EAST WINDSOR — The First Congregational Church of East Windsor Annual Trustees Auction will take place Nov. 11 in the parish hall at 124 Scantic Road. Inspection of items is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. while the auction is scheduled to take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be some furniture, soft

goods, antiques, treasures, and a new addition: theme gift baskets. Admission is free. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. To donate an item or for further information, please email the church at or call 860-654-05990 to leave a message.

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Loading Doc-Central on the docket for planner, selectmen

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EAST WINDSOR — The Board of Selectmen is asking the town planner to come before the board to address residents’ concerns about a business run out of a Margaret Drive home. At the Oct. 17 selectmen’s meeting, several residents spoke out about the effect the business Stuart Brown Jr. runs

out of his home. Loading Doc-Central LLC, which lists 20 Margaret Drive as its address, is a supplier and repair company for loading docks and garage doors. Jim Martino, of Margaret Drive, said he was at the meeting, along with some of his neighbors, to complain about the conditions, according to the minutes of

the meeting. Martino said Brown has turned his yard into a mini-construction site. During a discussion among the selectmen, First Selectman Robert Maynard first said the matter is one for the Planning and Zoning Commission and said the matter could be handled with a cease-and-desist order.

Deputy First Selectman Richard Pippin Jr. said the Planning Office should be informed of the issue and noted the town has not had a zoning enforcement officer for some time. In the end, Maynard agreed to ask the town planner to attend a selectmen’s meeting to address the neighbors’ concerns.

Senior Center has wide variety of activities planned this month

EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Senior Center, 125 Main St. in the Broad Brook section above the Broad Brook Fire Department, will be closed for Veterans Day (Friday, Nov. 10) and Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24). But don’t let that fool you. The Senior Center has a wide range of activities scheduled in November, including: SHOPPING Big Y or Walmart, every Monday, 9-10:30 a.m. Geissler’s, every Wednesday, 9-10:30 a.m. Mobile Foodshare at St. Catherine’s Parking Lot – Nov. 3 and 17, 1:45-2:30 p.m.


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Expect fun, surprises — and Santa, of course — at annual Winterfest

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ELLINGTON — Several surprises and lots of fun are expected at the 14th annual Ellington Winterfest this year, chairwoman Ellen Karadimas says, so she and the Winterfest Committee are encouraging everyone to join in the town’s holiday cheer. The tree-lighting ceremony and Torchlight Parade celebration will be from 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Ellington’s gazebo green bordered by Main and Maple Streets (Routes 286 and 140) and Church Street. The tree-lighting ceremony will be kicked off by seasonal music from Tim Adams and the Center School Choir, as visitors await the arrival of Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Santa and his clan will be glad to pose for pictures, so bring your children and your camera.

At 5:15 p.m., the Torchlight Parade featuring festooned fire trucks from around Connecticut, floats, and happygo-lucky marchers will wend its way down Main Street. This year Ellington businesses and organizations are invited to participate in the parade by contacting Paul Haney Jr., of the Ellington Volunteer Fire Dept., at 860-281-4454 or emailing him at Organizers also promised a special parade surprise is in store for children this year. Additionally, there will be associated programs at Hall Memorial Library, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the Nellie McKnight Museum. For full details on Winterfest, go to or call 860-8753885.

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Charter revision questions on Election Day ballot


· Prohibiting alternate members of the Zoning Board of Appeals from concurrently serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission. · Repealing the section creating the Senior Center Endowment Fund Committee. · Adding a section to create a permanent Design Review Board. · Adding a section to create a permanent Patriotic Committee. · Amending the wording of Section 917 to strike language that the Board of Selectmen is to appoint a

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ELLINGTON — Residents will vote on revising the Town Charter as part of the Nov. 7 election. The Charter Revision Commission voted to revise the charter. The charter revision is divided into 10 questions. They involve: · Renaming the Board of Library Directors the Library Board of Trustees. · Prohibiting regular members of the Zoning Board of Appeals from concurrently serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

fire marshal within 30 days of the start of their term in office. · Adding language to allow the fire marshal to appoint and remove deputies, assistants and employees in his or her office, subject to Board of Selectmen approval. · Increasing the minimum amount that would require competitive bidding from $7,500 to $25,000. · Amending the charter to include corrections to spelling, syntax, punctuation, capitalization and grammar that do not affect the meaning of the charter.

Prepare for the holidays with Hall Memorial Library programs

ELLINGTON — Seasonal preparations in the way of saving money, cake decorating, a relaxing night out and some terrific treats await you at Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St., in November. The holidays are coming and you will need more cash than usual, so the library presents “The Crazy Coupon Chick” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. She will teach ways to save money both

with and without coupons at local grocery, retail, and drug stores. Her free talk will be informative, and her book, “Learn to Play the Grocery Game and Save Money,” will be available for purchase after the program. Surprise everyone at your holiday dinner table when you learn to make an adorable fondant snowman cake-top sculpture with Wilton certified instructor Jan Holland at 6:30 p.m. Monday,

Nov. 13. There is a $5 per person nonrefundable materials fee, payable within seven days of registration. All ages are welcome, but anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Class size is limited. At 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, take a break before Thanksgiving madness sets in and relax with singer, songwriter, recording artist and record producer Phil Rosenthal.

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Ellington Little Free Libraries a big hit in town’s schools By Deb Stauffer

ELLINGTON — The town now has three Little Free Libraries, one at each of its elementary schools, thanks to a combined effort from the Ellington community. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at Windermere School on Tuesday, Oct. 17, with principal David Welch and Nicole Satagaj’s fifth-grade class participating. The idea of placing a library at Center, Crystal Lake and Windermere schools originated with longtime resident Judi Manfre, who is a member of the Decide to Be Kind Community Committee. Manfre has had a library at her home in Ellington for years and also was behind the installation of the library at Skinner Road School in Vernon, where she worked. Erin McGurk, director of educational services and a big proponent of the Little Free Libraries, stepped in and enlisted

the help of faculty and students at Ellington High School. McGurk credits the tech-ed teacher Doug Luginbuhl, art teacher Wendy Ciarci and their students for constructing and decorating the three libraries. The Decide to Be Kind Committee covered the cost of the supplies and registration to be on the Little Free Library world map. Decide to Be Kind is an initiative that began in 2015 by Ellington Youth Services. For more information, visit the website at Director of maintenance and facilities Rob Butler was in charge of the installation in what was truly a community effort. Little Free Libraries was founded in 2009 and has grown to over 60,000 libraries in over 80 countries. The idea behind this book exchange is “take a book, return a book.” Those who see something they would like to read, take it. When they are finished they may

pass it along to a friend or return it to the library they found it in or any other Little Free Library. The library is for everyone, although it is preferred the theme of the books in the Ellington school libraries be directed to youth. Donations of children and youth books are welcome.

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ENFIELD — A referendum on the expansion of John F. Kennedy Middle School will be on the municipal election ballot Nov. 7. Voters will be asked to approve the appropriation of $95 million for the project and authorize the issuance of bonds, notes or temporary notes not to exceed $35.5 million. The balance of the project will be funded by grants and other available funding. The Town Council voted Sept. 5 to put the project before the voters. According to the Concept Estimate for the project, the total cost for the project, including construction and “soft costs,” such as

furnishings, will be $94,628,843, with an estimated $62,936,250 of those costs being reimbursed by the state, leaving the town’s share at $31,692,593. Among the items scheduled to be included in the project, according to the town, are: · Repairs to the boiler, $430,000. · Plumbing, $670,000. · HVAC, $1.8 million. · Pavement, $1.2 million. · Doors and windows, $575,000. · Roofs, $2.7 million. · Environmental abatement, $2.7 million. The project also will increase the size of the school and its capacity for students, as well as adding more parking and athletic fields.

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Bishop Christie A. Macaluso confirmed 60 high school candidates at St. Jeanne Jugan Parish in Enfield during Mass on Oct. 20. St. Jeanne Jugan Parish is the newly merged parish consisting of St. Bernard and Holy Family churches, under the direction of their pastor, the Rev. John Golas.

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ENFIELD — The Enfield Recreation Department in conjunction with Panera Bread is sponsoring a house lighting contest. Official entry forms are available at the Recreation Office, online at or you can email a photo of your entry to Judging will take place Monday, Dec. 11, through Wednesday, Dec. 13. Participants are asked to leave their lights on from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the nights of the judging. All entry forms must be turned into the Recreation

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U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney held a Town Hall meeting for Asnuntuck Community College students Oct. 20 in the college’s new Tower Lobby. The congressman came at the invitation of adjunct faculty member Mike Albano. Students, faculty and community members asked Courtney questions. Associate professor Elle Van Dermark moderated the program and ACC's Student Government arranged for refreshments and the set-up for the event.

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Business is booming in Ellington these days

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ELLINGTON — Wherever you turn and whatever you are looking for, it seems like a new business is opening to fill your needs in town. Here’s a look at three new businesses in town that are all owned by Ellington residents. Dunkin Donuts Ellington residents Brian and Melissa Machado have Dunkin Donuts coffee running through their blood. With their extended family owning 19 other Dunkin Donuts stores in Connecticut, the Machados are no strangers to the business. Situated right on the only rotary in Ellington (formerly Five Corners), at 194 Windsorville Road, their grand opening was Sept. 15 and the Machados report that business has been great. The Machados’ Dunkin Donuts is open seven days a week, has a drivethrough, a spacious store and offers breakfast and lunch all day long. There are several gas pumps and a spacious parking lot. The Machados said they are proud to be business owners in town. The Scoop Ice Cream CafÊ Since she was young, Kelly Nolin always dreamed of owning an ice cream shop in a town center. Nolin said she realized her chance was at hand when the Senior Center at 18 Church St. moved down the road and left a perfect spot for her shop. The Scoop Ice Cream CafÊ opened in June. Nolin says she is committed to offering healthier choices and is proud that her


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Scoop, LuAnne’s are sweet additions in Ellington

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ice cream is all natural, with no artificial flavorings. Nolin also wants customers to know that The Scoop offers more than ice cream. Coffee, café drinks, and many flavors of smoothies are available, and she hopes to be offering soups in a few months. The Scoop is open from noon to 8 p.m. on weekdays and until 9 p.m. on weekends. The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. “I am very happy to be a business owner in my Ellington community,” Nolin said. LuAnn’s Bakery & Café/The Cupcake Bug For 37 years Ellington resident LuAnn Hoffman operated her bakery out of her home and has been a well-known part of the Ellington Farmers’ Market since it opened. Ellington native Josh Virkler teamed up with Hoffman a few years ago and now owns the location at 238 Somers Road that is LuAnn’s Bakery and The Cupcake Bug. They opened for business March 6 and serve breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but are open until 6 p.m. weekdays for customers to purchase bakery and food items. The Cupcake Bug opened in May 2016 and is a vintage 1973 Volkswagen Beetle that can be rented filled with cupcakes for an event or party. Details can be found at “There has been such an overwhelming response from the community,” Virkler said. “We are happy to be a part of the Ellington community.”

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Spielman is being challenged by Democratic Selectman Aaron J. Foster. Spielman is the owner of Lori Spielman Landscaping. In addition to her experience on the Board of Selectmen, she has served on the Wetlands Commission and Planning and Zoning, as well as other town commissions. Spielman said the key issue for the town is the delay in the state adopting a budget. “Everything’s on hold, and it’s been on hold for a long time,” she said. She also is concerned about the problem of crumbling foundations. “It’s going to impact all of us at some point,” she said. Spielman added she has been working hard to keep town taxes down. Prior to serving on the Board of Selectmen, Foster was chairman of the Housing Authority. Foster said he feels the key issue is fiscal responsibility and that the town should “make sure that we are getting competitive bids on all of our contracts.” He also said the town must do better to get a competitive interest rate on its investment accounts and

“make sure that we don’t spend money on projects that we can’t afford.” He said the Town Hall renovation project should not be done at this time: “We just can’t afford it.” Ellington residents also will be voting for candidates for the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and library directors.

Enfield In Enfield the mayor, who essentially serves as Town Council chairman, is chosen by those elected to the council from the party that holds the majority. The current mayor, Scott Kaupin, is not seeking re-election. Running for councilor-at-large are Democrats Liz Davis, Thomas Arnone, Gina Cekala and Timothy J. Norris; and Republicans Joseph Muller, Mike Ludwick, Peter Falk and Lori Unghire. Running for council in District 1 are Democrat Stephen Niemitz and Republican Joe Bosco; District 2: Democrat Robert Cressotti and Republican Kelly K. Hemmeler; District 3: Democrat Mario Davis and Republican Donna Szewczak; and District 4:

Somers Republican C.G. “Bud” Knorr Jr. is seeking his first full term as first selectman, having been appointed to the position in May and winning the Oct. 24 special election. Knorr is being challenged by Democrat Edward J. Sawicki and petitioning candidate Linda Louise LaCasse. Sawicki has worked as a paramedic and emergency medical service educator, and as a professional education manager for Johnson & Johnson, while also working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s national disaster team. He also served as chief financial officer and director for a nonprofit association and later was a product manager for MAQUET Cardiovascular. Sawicki said the town is at a vital turning point and needs leadership that will provide the direction residents are looking for.

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“The State of Connecticut’s budgetary issues and economic decline threatens the town’s funding. A second fuel station in the center of town proposes traffic congestion and safety concerns. Clearing of the historic mill site is an opportunity for development that requires proper management to avoid misuse,” he said. Knorr was serving his fourth term on the Board of Selectmen when he was appointed first selectman. Knorr said his experience as a retired executive who has run $100 million corporations will benefit the town, particularly considering the state’s financial situation. “I love this town, and I think I can leverage my experience in business for the good of the town and its citizens,” he said. LaCasse has lived on Main Street in

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Decision 2017 Kervick faces WL challenger; Mack unopposed (continued from page 23)

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Suffield Incumbent Democratic First Selectman Melissa M. Mack is unopposed in her bid for re-election. Mack is a business and tax attorney. She is the mother of two children, including one with special needs and said she has worked collaboratively with the Suffield public school system. Voters will also be choosing candidates for judge of probate, the Board of Selectmen, town clerk, town treasurer, tax collector, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeals, Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Police Commissioners, Board of Fire Commissioners and Water Pollution Control Authority.

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Incumbent Democratic First Selectman Chris Kervick is seeking his second term in Windsor Locks. He is being challenged by Republican Eric John Refsnider.

lenged by Republican Eric John Refsnider. Kervick is an attorney who was elected judge of probate for the district of Windsor Locks in 2008, serving in the position until the consolidation of the Connecticut Probate Courts led to the elimination of the Windsor Locks Judge of Probate position. “The big issue for me is to keep the momentum going,� Kervick said, noting the Main Street revitalization project, the transit-oriented development grant, the historic train station, the new commuter rail station and the redevelopment of the Montgomery building. “It all sort of gets this chain reaction of good news going,� he said, adding he doesn’t want to leave with



unfinished business. Refsnider, who is retired from the U.S. Army as a major, is a social studies teacher at Windsor Locks Middle School. “I, like so many residents, would love to see Main Street as a vibrant and active part of town,� Refsnider said. “However, there are other areas of town in need and that need should be also focused on. Much of Main Street is in a holding pattern due to state grants. As well, it is OK to be positive, but never at the expense of being honest.� “The term ‘moving forward’ in a democracy implies input from all people. That has not always been the case in Windsor Locks recently,� he said. Voters will also choose candidates for judge of probate, the Board of Selectmen, town treasurer, tax collector, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeals, Zoning Board of Appeals, police commissioner, fire commissioner, park commissioner, sewer commissioner and constables.

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PLAYGROUP This is a great chance for you and your child to meet other families in Enfield and share experiences and firsthand secrets of raising children. Your child will be able to explore, learn and play with educational toys and games while moms, dads or caregivers have the chance to socialize. Playgroup is an ongoing program, so registration is NOT necessary, however you must be an Enfield resident to participate. Please

note that a participant waiver must be on file with the instructor which can be filled out the first day you attend. There is no play group when school is delayed or closed due to weather. The program runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through December 22 from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. There is no cost for this program. ADULT OPEN GYM VOLLEYBALL Open Gym Volleyball for adults 18 and up is held on Wednesdays, October 4 – April 4, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Eli Whitney School Gym. Check website for no program dates. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on file at the gym. Daily fee is $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents. ADULT OPEN GYM PICKLEBALL PROGRAM Open Gym Pickleball for adults 18 and up will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through April 27, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Fermi High School Gym, 124 North Maple Street. The program is designed for recreational play and pick-up games are arranged amongst the participants. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on file at the gym. Daily fee is $2 for residents and $2.50 for non-residents. For more

information please visit or call the Recreation Department at (860) 253-6420. HIGH SCHOOL OPEN GYM VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM A program for students looking to play recreational volleyball will be held at Eli Whitney School on Mondays, through March 19, 2018 (no program 11/13, 12/25, 1/15, & 2/19), 6 – 9 p.m. Pick-up games are arranged amongst the participants. Participants must be 13 – 19 years of age and an Enfield Resident. Must show school ID. Fee is $2 per night, paid at the door.

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Both are up for re-election on Nov. 7; mill demolition, remediation finished

By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — Incumbent First Selectman Clyde G. “Bud” Knorr Jr. and incumbent Selectman Timothy Potrikus were the winners in the Oct. 24 special election. Both are up for re-election on Nov. 7. Knorr, a Republican, received 473 votes, compared to 153 for Democrat

Edward J. Sawicki and 52 for write-in candidate Linda Louise LaCasse. Potrikus, a Democrat, received 354 votes, compared to 57 for write-in candidate LaCasse. Voter turnout was 11.96 percent, with 713 of the town’s 5,963 eligible voters participating. Residents in June petitioned for the

special election after the appointments Knorr and Potrikus. The petition sought the right to vote for those positions. Openings for first selectman and one seat on the board were created by the resignation of former Republican First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini on May 1. Somersville Mill The demolition and remediation of

Church plans annual Thanksgiving events SOMERS — The annual Thanksgiving service for the Somers community will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St. Town officials, clergy, and choirs from churches in town will participate. All are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served in the social hall following the service. The church and its social hall are handicappedaccessible. The annual family-style turkey supper at the Congregational Church of Somersville will be

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SOMERS — Taking into account feedback received from patrons, the Somers Public Library has changed its movie matinee times from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for November and December. For those who would like to attend the free movies for adults, here are the upcoming days/times: Thursday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. — “Life” Saturday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m. — “The Hundred-Foot Journey” Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m. — “The Hundred-Foot Journey” Thursday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m. — “The Glass Castle” Monday, Dec. 4, 1 p.m. — Opera TBA Thursday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. — “The Beguiled”




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SOMERS — “First Family” and “Doubt” are the featured selections for book clubs at the Somers Public Library in November. At 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, those interested can join reference librarian Cecelia Becker and the Non-Fiction Book Club for a discussion of Joseph J. Ellis’s “First Family.” John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence. Over the years John and Abigail exchanged more than 1,200 letters. Those letters are distilled in “First Family” to give an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story. John Patrick Stanley’s “Doubt” is the topic at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the November Book Discussion. When an unpopular nun who is principal of a Catholic school in the Bronx in the 1960s suspects that one of the parish priests is paying undue attention to one of the boys, she confronts him but cannot prove his guilt because neither the boy nor his mother is willing to back her. Despite the priest’s past history of questionable behavior, the bishop moves him to another parish with a school, leaving doubts concerning his guilt or innocence. Copies of both books are available at the library. Call 860-763-3501 to reserve a copy of either book, to register for either event, or for more details.

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SOMERS — For the third year in a row, Somers Veterinary Hospital participated in the annual Lemonade Challege/pet adoption event on Sept. 23. A total of 18 pets found their forever home at the event, held at Superior Energy headquarters in Vernon. The event was sponsored by the Connecticut Humane Society, Superior Energy and Somers Veterinary Hospital. Somers Veterinary Hospital and Superior Energy matched proceeds

raised by local children through their lemonade sale that will be used toward saving pets at the Newington-based humane society. The children, together with funds matched by Somers Veterinary Hospital and Superior Energy, raised more than $5,000 to benefit pets in need. Somers Veterinary Hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association and is located at 63 South Road. For details, see


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High School Music Department to present annual POPS concert

SOMERS — The Somers High School Music Department will present its annual POPS concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, and Friday, Nov. 3, in the Somers High School auditorium. The concert will include performances by the concert and marching bands, chorus, jazz choir, and selected soloists. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance from a high school music student or at the door that evening. The POPS concert is a fundraiser sponsored by the Somers Music Patrons to support all music programs throughout the school district. Proceeds from the concert are also used to sponsor scholarships and awards to the students involved in various music programs within the district.

A novel challenge at the library in November

SOMERS — The Somers Public Library is celebrating National Novel Writing Month in November with a series of writing programs for teens and adults. National Novel Writing Month is an annual creative writing project that takes place in November challenging participants to write 50,000 words (the minimum for most publishers) from Nov. 1 until the deadline at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30. During November, the library will have “Come Write In” writing prompt sessions and a writing workshop led by a local published author: Wednesdays, Nov. 1 and 8, 3-4 p.m., Come Write In; Mondays, Nov. 6 and 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Come Write In; Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., writer’s workshop with Dawn Metcalf; Thursday, Nov. 30, 6:30-7 p.m., celebration. For details, call the Somers Public Library at 860-763-3501.

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STAFFORD – The following items are notes of interest for Stafford veterans. Stafford Veterans Honor Guard The honor guard is looking for new members. The guard meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Town Hall at 6 p.m., with drill at 6:30 p.m. Stafford Veterans Coffee Social Meets every Wednesday at BonnieJean’s Kitchen, 107 W. Stafford Road, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

AMVETS (American Veterans) Meets fourth Thursday of each month, American Legion, 26 Monson Road, 7 p.m. For details on this and the previously listed items, call Dana Dillon, 860-428-1009. Veterans Educational Training Social Day (VETS Day) Town Hall Veterans Room, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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STAFFORD — A petition to stop the proposed disc golf course from being developed at Dennis Pond has received 468 signatures. The petition, started by Nick West, states: “There has been a proposed project to install a disc golf course at Dennis Pond in Stafford Springs. The course has received opposition from some people in town. Now despite this opposition it can still be approved by the

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Board of Selectmen if there is enough support. Please help us show them that this small opposition is not the only voice and that there is a larger voice in favor rather than against!” The Board of Selectmen has approved the concept of having a disc golf course at Dennis Pond, First Selectman Anthony Frassinelli said, but nothing has been finalized. He said concerns raised by the Conservation

Commission have been addressed. A public forum on the proposal was held Oct. 16. Frassinelli said the forum was a great discussion with those on both sides of the issue speaking out. The majority supported having such a facility in town, but the location was the point of disagreement for some. “We have no intention of pushing the idea through at any location,” the first selectman said.

Vail takes note of Farm Day’s ‘excellent opportunity’ STAFFORD — State Rep. Kurt Vail attended the Stafford Rotary Club’s 2017 Farm Day in September. The event has been held annually for the past several years and features north-central Connecticut’s small farms and their contributions to Stafford’s community. “Farm Day is an excellent opportunity for people who live in Stafford and the surrounding areas to learn more about the local farming industry and visit with some of our small businesses,” Vail said. “It was a humbling experience to spend the day with so many families, fellow community leaders, and farmers. I wanted to thank the Stafford Rotary Club for mak-

ing this event possible year after year. They do a fantastic job,” he said. According to the Stafford Rotary Club President Ilene Whitmarsh, there was a 30 percent increase in participation from the previous year. The event featured 27 vendors, 11 exhibits and drew 10 sponsorships. Whitmarsh went on to say, “Currently we have a tractor tour that brings guests to three working farms, so they can see what a working farm really looks like. We also have Stafford Police’s K-9 Loki and his handler Sgt. James Kodzis doing several narcotics demos throughout the day. Loki is a huge part of the community. He’s a bit of a celebrity in the schools.

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SUFFIELD — The Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge St., has these upcoming events scheduled. For more details on any activities at the Suffield Senior Center, call 860-6688830. Movie Night “Going in Style” — Lifelong buddies Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) decide to buck retirement and step off the straightand-narrow when their pension funds become a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three men risk it all by embarking on a daring adventure to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. Rated PG-13; run time 1 hour, 37 minutes. Movie showing is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. Those interested should register by Nov. 27. Popcorn and a beverage will be provided. Holiday events Wednesday, Dec. 13 – First National Bank of Suffield sponsored holiday luncheon. Reservations required by Dec. 8. Limited seating. Wednesday, Dec. 30 – Annual Police Department sponsored holiday party. Reservations required by Dec. 15. Limited seating. Mini Bus Special Trips, call 860-668-3844 to reserve your seat: Nov. 3 – Lunch at Maggie McFly’s Nov. 7 – Holyoke shopping Nov. 17 – Lunch at Cracker Barrel Nov. 21 – Westfarms shopping Nov. 28 – Westbrook shopping and lunch at Fish Tale

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Bridge Street School Project placed on hold By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD — The Bridge Street School Community Center Capital Project is on hold. First Selectman Melissa Mack said she does not have the authority to sign a contract to determine if the town has sufficient funds to go forward with the project, since no funds have been appropriated for that study. While the $8.4 million project was approved in a referendum, Mack said the town would have to spend $300,000 to $500,000 for a contractor to determine how much of the proposed work could be done and for what sum. Residents spoke out on the project at the Oct. 4 Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Resident Pete Hill said he feels the project should be put on hold. “I understand how much hard work, time, dedication, door knocking and heart and soul went into the Bridge Street School Project, but there is no question in my mind that Melissa is making the correct decision in not pulling that bond. The state is a mess. We are looking at massive tax increases if we don’t get the aid from the state. To add a luxury item such as this to the town’s books is just not prudent and does not make sense,� Hill said.

Mack said she does not want to borrow against the bond issue because of the uncertainty of the state’s fiscal climate and effect that could have on the town’s bond rating.

Resident Janet Banks disagreed. “I think we should move forward with the Bridge Street Project with the funds available and accomplish what is possible. The electorate has spoken and they voted in favor of the project in October of 2015. It is up to the Board of Selectmen and the first selectman to do the work that is necessary to move it forward. This is not a matter of a personal decision as the electorate has voted and there has been bonding approved. It needs to be done. Please don’t delay any longer,� Banks said. Mack said she does not want to borrow against the bond issue because of the uncertainty of the state’s fiscal climate and effect that could have on the town’s bond rating.

Library program to examine ‘Women and War’

SUFFIELD — On Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame will present a free program called “Women and War� at the Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge St., at 7 p.m. This is a Kent Memorial Library program funded by The Friends of the Library. Connecticut women are among the bravest who have stood for their cause – sometimes defying gender norms, and often without the recognition they deserved. Learn about a teenager who helped save Danbury during the Revolutionary War, how Harriet Beecher Stowe sowed the seeds of conflict leading to the Civil War, and how Margaret Bourke-White’s photography brought civilians face to face with the war front. Register at or call 860-668-3896.


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