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Elder care: Many options for an age-old dilemma By Linda Tishler Levinson

For Beverly Morin, being home alone all day was difficult. At 87, the Somers woman needs help preparing meals and other activities of daily living. She lives with her daughter, but needs care during the day while her daughter is at work. Adult day care was the answer for Morin, a client at New England Gold Care in Somers. “It’s so much better than being home alone,” Morin said. She enjoys having breakfast and lunch there and the companionship of being able to spend her day with others. Like Morin and her daughter, many families face the dilemma of finding ways to care for their elderly loved ones while still needing to work. To fill that need, especially as baby

boomers have aged, companies offering elder care services, including home care, adult day care, assisted living and nursing home care, have proliferated. But has the expansion kept pace with need or is the market becoming oversaturated? The possible closure of Blair Manor in Enfield has raised these concerns among some residents in North Central Connecticut. In response to a recommendation by a court-appointed receiver to close the facility, residents turned out at a Sept. 18 Enfield Town Council meeting to express their concerns and urge the council to intervene and support a petition asking the state to keep Blair Manor open.

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Random Raven By Gary Carra Welcome back to Random Raven, the column that aspires to provide your complete, entertainment itinerary on a month-to-month basis. As promised this installment, our annual "Haunted Handbook" will enlighten you on a few of our favorite kooks and spooks and in the area. Closest to home we find "Rails To The Darkside" in East Windsor. As illustrated in greater detail on page 4 of this very issue - The Trolley Museum has added some "fire" power to its annual scarefest this year. By that, the Raven means that the organization has enlisted the services of the Shaker Pines Fire Department to help boost up the "Boos" (and benefit from the ticket sales.) A mix of onsite scares culminating with an actual, terrifying trolley ride. Rails To the Darkside rides from 7-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights starting Oct. 6. Admission is $18. Just across the border in Agawam, Mass., Six Flags New England and its annual Fright Fest return for select

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‘HAY’ THERE Not in the mood to get scared? Then get lost - at one of the numerous corn mazes set up in the region this month, too. In fact, several of the area’s most A-MAIZE-ing can also be seen in this installment as follows: • Sonny’s Place. (Page 5) • Johnny Appleed. (Page 6) • Elm Knoll Farm. (Page 24) • The Apple Place. (Page 34) • Scantic Valley Farm. (Page 37) Have a local treasure for the Raven? E-mail him at:


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Last but not least...the Raven finds a new foray into fear in the form of Haunted Halloween Havoc, open select Fridays and Saturdays in October at The Eastern State Exposition’s historic Storrowton Tavern. According to Havoc hauntrepreneurs, this exhibit consists of “several rooms inside of three very large buildings, and an outside Zombie Graveyard that is sure to make your bones shiver!” Speaking of shivering.. it should be noted that this show can go on even in light rain, as more than 90 percent of the exhibit occurs indoors. At just $20 per admission, this event is a fairly frugal fright, too. For more information, visit:

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Not to be outdone, in what they bill as "New England's Largest Halloween Attraction," the Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce ( in Bristol, Conn. offers frights fit for..well, a Fitbit - boasting a more than one mile long trail of terror that will wind you through catacombs, a witch’s lair and a vampire’s haunt, to name a choice few. The Haunted Graveyard be open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from through October 29. Rides open at 5 p.m. Scares start at dusk.

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Are you ready to take a ride to the ‘Darkside’? EAST WINDSOR — The Connecticut Trolley Museum will once again be hosting its popular Halloween events, “Pumpkin Patch” and “Rails to the Darkside. “ These two fundraising events are extremely important to funding the museum’s many family programs. This event is held with the help of the Shaker Pines Fire Dept., which adds a whole new dimension to the frightfulness of the evening. The Fire Department also benefits from tickets sales. It receives a portion of the profit from each ticket sold. As the fall chill fills the air on the darkest of nights, mournful cries of the abandoned dead are heard on the tracks at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Come for a scare if you dare ... the next trolley ride is an express to the “Darkside.” During this haunted experience, riders will journey on vintage trolleys into the dark woods for a fear that you will never forget. Listen to the tales of yesteryear, as you learn of a hastily moved cemetery and about those whose bodies were left


As the fall chill fills the air on the darkest of nights, mournful cries of the abandoned dead are heard on the tracks at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. behind — their angry souls seeking their revenge. Will you survive? The event will be held on Friday and Saturday nights starting Oct. 6. This experience is considered to be PG-13 and may be too intense for the squeamish. Hours are 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. and reservations are not needed. Tickets can be purchased on the night you attend up to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $18 per person and the


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event is recommended for those ages 16 and over. “Pumpkin Patch” is a family funfilled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field and each child can pick out a free pumpkin. Additionally, when you return to the Trolley Museum you can decorate the pumpkins. Those interested can get their face painted, enjoy the outside play area, and visit the entire museum. Sonny’s Place in Somers Those taking part can take as many announces its annual trolley rides as they would like during ‘Happy Harvest Happenings’the event. with a float in the Four The event will be held on Fridays, Town Fair parade. Saturdays and Sundays starting Oct. 6,

and is scheduled to continue through Oct. 29. “Pumpkin Patch” will also be open Monday, Oct. 9, for the Columbus Day holiday. Visit for hours of admission to “Pumpkin Patch.” Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for ages 4-12 and $3 for ages 3 and under. Museum members receive half off admission. The Connecticut Trolley Museum is located at 58 North Road (Route 140), 15 minutes north of Hartford or 15 minutes south of Springfield. For more information, please call the business office at 860-627-6540 or visit the Trolley Museum website at

Historical Society crafting its plans for annual fair

VERNON — The Vernon Historical Society will be having its annual Holiday Craft Fair and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25 and 26. 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. Proceeds from the sale of the “Nearly New” items will 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 in Vernon on any Tuesday between 10 a.m. and noon, and any Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Items can also be dropped off on the second and fourth Sundays each month between 2 p.m. 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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Strong Family Farm ready for annual Harvest Festival VERNON — The Strong Family Farm will be presenting its fifth annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, on the farm at 274 West St. This year there will be a special BBQ at the farm to start the centennial celebration of the barn. The fair will include lots of activities — an apple pie baking contest, old-fashioned demonstrations, canning, spinning and beekeeping, announcement of results of the farm’s sixth annual scarecrow contest, apple and pumpkin sales, hay-bale climbing, crafts, old-fashioned games, farm animals, tractors, vendors, music by “Gypsy Hearts,” and a farewell to the

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farm’s chickens going to their winter home. There will be a special visit by the costume farm rooster, Clucky. Scarecrow contests winners will be announced during the Harvest Festival. Admission is free. Limited parking for a donation of $2 in the farm field with an entrance on Peterson Road is available. Parking is also available on side streets and neighboring schools. For more information on the Harvest Festival, go to the link at Details are also available by emailing Children play a game of pumpkin checkers during last year’s Strong Family Farm Harvest Festival.

Suffield is set to ‘Scare It Up’

SUFFIELD — The Suffield will be a drop-in Halloween party at the Parks & Recreation Department, Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge St.. Kent Memorial Library, Suffield At the party, participants are encouraged Senior Center, and Suffield Youth to wear their Halloween finery. Services have collaborated on a Scarecrows will be judged by Christiane town-wide Halloween harvest Cordero and Alessandra Martinez from themed event, which will be held at NBC 30. Details are available at the the Suffield Senior Center, 145 Kent Memorial Library website and Bridge St. on Saturday, Oct. 14. First, there is a scarecrow contest for Suffield residents. The young and old; civic groups; and businesses are encouraged to create a one-of-akind scarecrow. There is Offer Available through 12/31/17 no fee to enter. Participants must pre-register by Monday, Oct. 9 for the scarecrow contest with the Parks & Recreation Department at More information about the contest is also available at this website. On Saturday, Oct. 14, 5 year limited warranty from noon to 3 p.m., there Additional upgrades available

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EAST WINDSOR — The following programs are planned in October at the East Windsor Senior Center 125 Main St., Broad Brook, above the Broad Brook Fire Department. The center will be closed Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 9. Shopping Big Y or Walmart, Mondays, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Geissler’s, Wednesdays, 9 a.m.10:30 a.m. Mobile Foodshare at St. Catherine’s parking lot – Friday, Oct. 6 and 20, 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Fitness/health (Drop-ins welcome) Fitness class, Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Chair Yoga, Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. (instructor Lynne Miller, $5/class.) Wii bowling, Mondays, 12:30 p.m. Wii Zumba, Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. Foot care, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.1 p.m. $29 charge. Call for appointment. Art Class every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

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Market saturation is a concern among some elder care professionals (continued from page 1)

Mayor Scott Kaupin presented a letter on his personal letterhead supporting the petition, according to the meeting minutes. Financial mismanagement has been cited as the reason for the nursing home going into receivership. Clear need seen Those involved with the industry say there are concerns, but they still see a lot of need for elder care services. “There’s a plethora of home care agencies out there,” said Laura Curtis, a territory manager for Comfort Keepers in Enfield. Curtis said there are two levels of home care agencies provide: companion and homemaking and personal care. Companion and homemaking involves functions that would be done by a family member if they could, such as house cleaning and cooking.

Personal care involves hands-on nonmedical care, such as bathing and dressing. “Market saturation is definitely something on my radar,” Curtis said. “I do think they need to differentiate themselves.” She said the market currently is not oversaturated, but it could become so. To differentiate itself, she said Comfort Keepers practices integrated care coordination. That includes coordination of and transportation to medical appointments. They also help families with the process of applying for and managing Medicare, Medicaid and veterans benefits. Another option is adult day care. “It’s a social environment for adults who can’t be alone,” said Roger Wassmuth, who co-owns New England Gold Care with his wife, Corinne, who is the facility’s administrator.

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Here’s your chance to get into the act in ‘Sister Act’ EAST WINDSOR —The Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St., Broad Brook, will be hosting auditions for its rendition of “Sister Act� to be performed in February 2018. Auditions will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, and Monday Oct. 9. Call backs, by invitation only, will take place at 7 p.m. Monday Oct. 16. Rehearsals begin Nov. 13. Show dates are Friday through Sunday, Feb. 9, 10, 11; 16, 17, 18; and 23, 24, 25. The production will be based on the hit movie “Sister Act,� described as a high-energy comedy with a witty script. Deloris, a sassy and headstrong African-American singer with great talent and ambition, but little success, witnesses a murder committed by her gangster boyfriend, Curtis. Police officer and Deloris’ former classmate Eddie hides her in a convent until she can testify in court. Deloris brings new life to the failing church with her energetic, funky gospel, and discovers what it means to be a part of something more

meaningful than fame. Those interested in auditioning should prepare 16-32 bar excerpts from two songs – one upbeat, and one ballad from contemporary Broadway musicals – nothing from “Sister Act.� Those auditioning must provide sheet music. An accompanist is provided, recorded accompaniment will not be allowed. Participants should be prepared to do some dance/movement. Wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes. This will not be intimidating, and everyone will be considered regardless of skill level in dance. Be prepared to do cold reading from the script. Those taking part should bring a resume and headshot if available, and be prepared to outline any potential rehearsal conflicts. Once the cast is assembled the directors will determine a reasonable rehearsal break for the holidays.

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Town still hedging its bets on casino impact funding

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The town will continue to consider the way the casino impact funds should be spent. Residents defeated a proposed ordinance regarding the Town of East Windsor Casino Impact Mitigation Fund at a Sept. 19 Town Meeting by a vote of 175-97. The ordinance would have deter-

mined how the $3 million upfront payment and subsequent annual impact funds received from MMCT Venture as part of the development of the casino gaming facility in town were used to ensure that the proceeds of the fund would ensure that the public safety, public service and education expenditures as result of the town hosting a casino are spent for those purposes.

MMCT is the joint entity formed by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Sun Indian tribes to build a third casino in the state. According to the proposal, expenses paid out of the fund would have been limited directly to either administration of the funding of, or to mitigating, any public service impact associated with the casino.

First Selectman Robert Maynard said residents made a wise choice in voting down the ordinance. “We want to really pursue a good way to distribute those funds from the impact fund,” he said. Maynard said MMCT has assured him it does not believe a proposal by MGM Resorts International to build a casino in Bridgeport will have any effect on the East Windsor plan.

Library to host authors of ‘Before Salem,’ ‘The Empty Chair’

EAST WINDSOR — The Friends of the Warehouse Point Library will hold two author events in October, both from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at 107 Main St. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the feature will be “Before Salem” by Richard Ross. Decades before the Salem witch trials, 11 people were hanged as witches in the Connecticut River Valley. This history examines the outbreak of witch hysteria in the Valley, focusing on accusations of demonic possession, apotropaic magic, and the role of the cler-

gy. Ross holds a PhD in European history. He is the retired college librarian and professor emeritus from Trinity College. His research interests include European demonology and witchcraft in England and colonial America. He is also the author of “Contagion in Prussia, 1831 The Cholera Epidemic and the Threat of the Polish Uprising.” He lives in Broad Brook. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, Penny Goetjen, author of “The Empty Chair,” will be featured. Not even the sultry Caribbean sun can burn off the

dark clouds that seem to follow Olivia Benning. Returning to an island home to settle affairs, she has no information about her mother’s suspicious death, no resources and little money. Goetjen is the author of murder mysteries where the milieu plays as prominent a role as the engaging characters. Her love of travel inspires her writing. Although Connecticut has been her home longer than anywhere else, she also has a deep-rooted fondness for the Caribbean; Charleston, South Carolina; and the tumultuous coast of Maine.

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A project worth saluting: Vets Memorial redesign in works

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EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Veterans Commission and American Legion Barry-Poulter Post 40 have begun construction on the redesign and expansion of the Veterans Memorial at Joe Tracy Veterans Memorial Green. Through community fundraising efforts and donations from individuals and local businesses the commission has raised over $50,000, and with a matching donation of $50,000 from local business Southern Auto Auction and Toyota Financial, the project is moving forward. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Aug. 24 at the site to celebrate and was well-attended by veterans, donors, commission members and many community members who support the project. “Five years ago, we took a vote and decided to just do it,” Commission Chairman James Barton said. “Then came the questions: Where will it be? What will it be and how do we pay for it? Those questions have been answered and we are excited to begin construction.”

The joint fundraiser between Southern Auto Auction and Toyota Financial put the project over the top. “East Windsor is home to Southern and we feel supporting causes that touch people in the community is important,” says Larry Tribble, president of Southern Auto Auction. “Raising funds for veterans is a great mission to stand by and we are happy to collaborate with some great people at Toyota Financial as well as the Veterans Commission and American Legion to help make this monument a reality,” Tribble said. The new design will add eight more monuments dedicated to local veterans from the Revolutionary War through the ongoing global war on terror. Engraved on the monuments will be the names of local veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, the seals for each branch of the military and quotes from U.S. presidents in office during that time. They are also planning a walkway around the monument made up of pavers

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Ellington State budget uncertainty keeps town in limbo help avoid tax consequences for town residents. That has led to the need to put a number of line items on hold, including one involving her office directly. At the Sept. 11 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, the position of executive assistant to the first selectman, held by LouAnn Cannella, was reclassified as executive assistant/website and social media coordinator. The selectmen voted unanimously for the reclassification of the position, which Spielman said is necessary to reflect current roles. The reclassification came with a salary increase. That raise will go into effect retroactively to Sept. 11, but not until the budget freeze is lifted.

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ELLINGTON — As the state continues to operate without a budget, the town continues to operate under a budget freeze. The Legislature had passed a budget proposed by Republicans in the General Assembly in late September. It was vetoed, however, by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Sept. 28. That left towns to face the need to conduct business and operate schools despite the state missing the Oct. 1 payments of Education Cost Sharing grants. Those grants and other state aid to the town could be reduced when a state budget is adopted. First Selectwoman Lori Spielman has said the town budget freeze will remain in place until a state budget is adopted to

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ELLINGTON — The following appointments/reappointments were made at the Sept. 11 Board of Selectmen meeting. Planning and Zoning Commission Alternates: Reappointed Keith Durao and Jonathan D. Moser to serve twoyear terms ending Sept. 30, 2019.

Vacancies for the following appointments will be considered at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Vacancies exist on the following boards/commissions/committees: Ad Hoc Beautification Committee, two terms to April 30, 2018; Ad Hoc Trails Committee, one term to April 30,

2018; Board of Assessment Appeals, one term to Jan 31, 2020, one alternate term to Jan. 31, 2019; Building Code Board of Appeals, one term to April 30, 2020; Economic Development Commission, two alternate terms to Jan. 31, 2019; Inland/Wetlands Agency, one alternate term to June 30,

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Churches making preparations for Opening Knight Players to showcase Farmhouse Fair, Christmas Bazaar five original EHS student plays ELLINGTON — Ellington Congregational Church’s 56th annual Farmhouse Fair will take place at the church, 72 Main St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Gift and decorative items include traditional Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls, Christmas shoppe, quilt cupboard, Fabulous Fibers, All Things Animal, Celebrate All Seasons room, plus homemade baked goods, cookies in a can and more. Church members handcraft all items. A pasta dinner will be offered from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Chicken a la king and cranberry salad will be featured from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. The church is fully accessible. St. Luke Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Parish Center and Church Hall.

Children’s activities include professional face painting and a balloon artist/magician. 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. There will be a variety of gift items made by the St. Luke Crafters including knitted hats, mittens, scarves, American Girl clothing and furniture, tied fleece blankets, and one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments and décor. There will also be an attic treasures area. The country store will be stocked with pickles, jams, flavored vinegar, mixes, and other items. Homemade baked goods and meals also will be available, along with gently used linens and jewelry, a tea cup raffle, and decorated gift baskets. Admission is free. St. Luke Church is at 141 Maple St. The church is handicap accessible. For more information, call the rectory at 860-875-8552.

ELLINGTON — What kind of plays would high school students write if given the opportunity? To find out the answer to this question, join the Opening Knight Players Drama Club at Ellington High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, as members of the club present five original plays. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at All performances are presented in the Gordon C. Getchell Auditorium, 37 Maple St. The five plays being presented this year include the club’s first original musical, “ABC,” written by Grace Palmer. “After Armageddon,” written by Gillian Sanville, explores life after a nuclear apocalypse.

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Junior Spencer Leach explores a string of mysterious murders set in the 1930s called “2,” while Aadhya Lal, also a junior, depicts the challenges of a girl who slowly finds herself becoming invisible in “The Invisible Girl.” Finally, Julia Dubosz takes her audience into the world of a spunky third grader in “Crayons.” So join the Opening Knight Players for a journey through five creative worlds straight from the imaginations of Ellington High School students.

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By Linda Tishler Levinson handlers to learn about them and their ENFIELD – The Town Council situations and to offer different avenues amended the ordinance on panhandling to help them. He said they did not seem to want the help or said the town needs at its Sept. 18 meeting, During a public hearing that night, more services. Manning said Enfield does offer Town Manager Bryan Chodkowski said a Supreme Court ruling, Reed v. Town services, but said he told them of Gilbert, limits the way towns can Springfield and Hartford have additional services that could help them. regulate panhandling. He also said he was concerned about The existing Ordinance Prohibiting Aggressive and Unsafe Panhandling or panhandlers coming into residential Solicitation had prohibited panhandling areas, since these people may have on roads and medians, but the court rul- mental illness. The Rev. John Golas, pastor of St. Jeanne Jugan Parish, warmly greeted students He said his hope is that there might ing indicated that could be seen as vioat St. Bernard School in Enfield and gave them a special blessing on their first day lating First Amendment rights to free be new ideas to help these people. of school. Councilor Thomas Arnone thanked speech, according to the meeting minTown Attorney Christopher Bromson utes. The council voted to change the for his work in amending the ordinance ordinance to instead prohibit panhan- and said he hopes the town’s Human Services Department approaches these dling in unsafe areas. ENFIELD – An auction to benefit A $20 buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m. people to help them find appropriate James Manning, of Bigelow Enfield Loaves & Fishes will take place The auction, sponsored by Marshalls services. Commons, said he has spoken to panSaturday, Oct. 14. and Golden Gavel, gets under way at 7 A preview of items available will p.m. begin at 3 p.m. at 149 North Road Donations and gift cards will be (Route 140), Golden Gavel Plaza, in accepted right up to auction date. East Windsor. For more information on the auction Free wine and beer tasting will begin and how to donate items, call 860-741132B West Main Street, Stafford Springs at 5 p.m. 0226.

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ENFIELD – St. Martha School will be hosting its annual Heart of the Holidays Dinner and Auction on Friday, Nov. 17, at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. The festive holiday dinner auction includes raffles, a social hour and dinner, as well as silent and called auctions. All funds raised through the dinner and auction will support technology in classrooms and student scholarships.

St. Martha School is a Catholic K-8 elementary school, comprised of students residing in Enfield and surrounding towns in Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more than 50 years, St. Martha School has been providing a quality education for children in grades K-8. As a National Blue Ribbon School, St. Martha’s programs and teachers are recognized for excellence by the U.S. Department of Education, ranked

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Annual Scitico Fall Fest ‘Child Safety Day’ coming soon

ENFIELD – Children and their families can enjoy a variety of educational activities at the free “Child Safety Day” (rain or shine) at the 15th annual Scitico Fall Fest from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, in the Scitico Plaza at 585 Hazard Ave. (Route 190). Among the attractions at the safety booths for the children will be a fire truck (Hazardville Fire Dept.), child IDs (Enfield Police Dept.), car seat safety checks (Shaker Pines Fire Dept.), a K-9 dog demonstration (Connecticut Dept. of

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ENFIELD – In response to students’ concerns for Hurricane María victims in Puerto Rico, Enfield’s CREC Public Safety Academy held a schoolwide dress-down day fundraiser. Principal Jeff Larson, noting PSA’s mission of “Inspiring tomorrow’s leaders through academic excellence, service, and duty,” said student and staff donations raised more than $800 and collected supplies (above) to be sent to the relief effort.

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Historical Society to dig into the past with Fossil Day program on Oct. 15 ENFIELD – The Enfield Historical Society is holding Fossil Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Enfield Historical Society’s Old Town Hall Museum, 1294 Enfield St. A special exhibit of fossils will be on display for one day only at the Old Town Hall Museum. Bring your children and grandchildren to see real fossil fish, plants, insects, ammonites, and more. The museum will have casts of a terrifying Utahraptor (dinosaur) foot and claws and other dinosaur bones, and its collection of real dinosaur footprints and other trace fossils from Enfield. Come learn how fossils formed and what we can learn from them. Every child who participates will receive a free fossil from our fossil grab bag, while supplies last. Those who attend are also urged to visit the Old Town Hall Museum while on hand – it’s free too.

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‘Truck Day,’ music and movies all part of library’s busy month ENFIELD – The Enfield Public Library will present Fire Truck Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 7. Families can meet firefighters, learn the job they do, and check out the fire trucks up close. Those interested can climb aboard the tower ladder with a donation of canned goods for the Food Shelf and experience what it is like to see the world from a higher altitude. The Friends of the Library Luncheon at noon on Monday, Oct. 16, will feature a free lunch and folk musician Ken Lelen. Lelen’s concert offers a revue of protest, topical, folk, and traditional

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HARTFORD – For one weekend each November, the Connecticut International Auto Show transforms the Connecticut Convention Center into the state’s largest new car showroom. Crowds flock as major manufacturers proudly display their newest models featuring state-of-the-art technological innovations. Amongst these modern automotive marvels on display at this year’s show, Friday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 19, car enthusiasts can also appreciate the craftsmanship of two Connecticut business owners. Both men use their skills and talents to make the old new again. When creating the new muscle car exhibit Restoration Garage, the Auto Show turned to Walt Wosko of Connecticut Custom Car in Enfield. During its 40 years, Wosko’s family business has developed a specialty in restoring vintage vehicles to their former glory.

At this year’s Auto Show, guests can get up close to admire three of Wosko’s meticulously restored Cobras and two 1969 Camaros, then vote for their favorite to win “The People’s Choice Award.” Auto Show attendees are familiar with master craftsman “Wild Bill” Eggers, if only because he is dressed in 19th century-period garb. Eggers of William Eggers Motorcycles in Goshen lovingly creates authentic one-of-a-kind replica vehicles from the Veteran and Brass Eras. “The Auto Show is a wonderful opportunity to show history to an interested public,” Eggers said. Eggers will be displaying his static reproduction of the world’s first fourwheeled automobile – the 1886 Daimler Motor Carriage. Show visitors can save $2 and skip box office lines by purchasing tickets in advance online at the website

Admission is $12 for adults/$10 with online discount, $5 for children (6-12) and free for children under 6. In addition, there is free admission for military (with appropriate active duty or retired military ID). Tickets must be obtained at the box office. On Friday only, admission for seniors (65+) is $8 with proper ID. Tickets must be purchased at box office.

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Show hours are Friday from 10 a.m.9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Connecticut International Auto Show is sponsored by the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association and produced by Paragon Group. For more information and e-tickets visit or call 800-251-1563.


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SOMERS — The elections continue in what First Selectman Clyde G. “Bud” Knorr has described as a potentially confusing season for voters. A special election for first selectman and a seat on the Board of Selectmen will be held Oct. 24, just two weeks before the general election Nov. 7. Residents in June petitioned for the special election following the appointment of Knorr as first selectman and Selectman Timothy Potrikus. The petition sought the right to vote for those two positions. The openings for first selectman and a seat on the board were created by the resignation of former Republican First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini on May 1. The board voted May 2 to appoint Republican Bud Knorr, who had been serving his fourth term on the board, to fill the remainder of Pellegrini’s term, which ends Nov. 7.

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Final ‘Race for Macie Grace’ scheduled for Oct. 14


SOMERS — The 10th and final Race for Macie Grace will take place Saturday, Oct. 14. Although this is the final Race for Macie Grace, all donations will continue to support the Macie Grace Foundation. Over the past 10 years with the fantastic supporters of the Race for Macie Grace, the foundation has awarded $64,000 to local graduating students who have overcome major challenges in their young lives. The foundation will continue to support families of critically ill infants — before and after birth — and families that have lost a baby. The foundation is currently providing services at seven Connecticut hospitals. The Macie Grace Foundation provides newborn outfits and books and we will continue to donate Teddy Bears to parents who have lost a baby at the seven hospitals or anywhere we are notified of a loss. The foundation’s bereavement group, Baby Steps, will continue to meet monthly in Hartford with parents sharing common struggles from losing a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or infant loss. For the past nine years the Race for Macie Grace has had over 100 participants who walk or run the 5K, the half-marathon or the full marathon at the Hartford Marathon Race in Hartford, which is sponsored by Eversource. Participants meet at the tent before and after the race and receive light refreshments throughout the day. Some of the walkers/runners register with the

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Snacks with Santa

Saturday, December 2 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; time to talk with Santa, and a snack and gift book at the end of the program. Registration must be done in person, beginning November 18. Admission to each session will be with ticket only. Children must be Somers residents 8 years old or younger.

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November 2 and December 7 On the rst Thursday of the month, the library shows a movie especially for teens! All movies begin at 3pm. Visit the library website or follow us on Facebook to nd out what movie will be playing. October 10th and 24th, November 14th and 28th, December 12th and 26th Join the teen librarian at 3pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month for an hour of crafting! Registration is required as supplies will be provided.

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Monday, October 23, 6:30 p.m. Join Rita Parisi, as Mrs. Gordon from 1908, for a ghostly tea party perfect for the haunting season. Be chilled and thrilled as she recants some of her own uncanny experiences with the supernatural. Mrs. Gordon will also discuss 19th and early 20th century Halloween traditions as well as Harry Houdini and her recent attendance of a séance. Light refreshments will be served. Register now.

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Women’s Club seeks help with fundraising projects


SOMERS — During October and November, the Somers Women’s Club will be holding two fundraisers and the club is asking for the community’s support. All profits will be directed to the Somers Women’s Club Scholarship Fund or for specific town projects. A Crazy Whist Card Party is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Somers Town Hall Auditorium, 600 Main St. (rear of the building). The doors will open at noon, and the games will begin at 12:30 p.m. Whist is considered a “fun,” low-

pressure game and does not require card-playing expertise. Refreshments will be provided along with a raffle and prizes. Tickets are $5, and may be purchased at the door. If you wish to reserve tickets or need additional information, call Nadene at 860-218-0865. The club is also selling California’s famous See’s Candies. The sweets will be available in time for the holiday season, wrapped in holiday paper, and prepared and ready for gift giving.


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A box of the nationally known chocolates is a delicious hostess gift for holiday gatherings. The candy is sent from California, but by placing your order with the Somers Women's Club, you will save on delivery charges, and it will be brought to your door by a Somers Women’s Club member. All orders must be pre-paid and made by Nov. 2. To find out more information on the See’s Candies fundraiser, please call Fran at 860-749-0521 or Eileen at 860265-2594 to receive a flyer.

Turkey and the fixings at annual church supper

SOMERS — The annual Turkey Supper at the Somers Congregational Church, 599 Main St., will be Saturday, Nov. 4. Cost: $12 adults, $6 for 12 and under. Menu includes turkey, stuffing, fresh butternut squash, peas, mashed potatoes, rolls, homemade apple or pumpkin pie and a beverage. Seatings at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Reservations required. Call 860763-4021, or email: somerscong

Annual POPS concert set for Nov. 2 and 3

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 pur-

chased in advance from a high school music student or at the door. 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 in the district.

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‘I will miss the students’


Collin’s retirement will be effective Oct. 13

By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD — Superintendent of Schools Patricia Collin will retire as of Oct. 13. Collin announced her retirement on Aug. 31 in response to the Board of Education’s offer of a separation agreement and retirement package in August. She said she will miss being a superintendent and, most of all, the students. “Without a doubt, I will miss the students, who have always been at the heart of my most fulfilling work,” she said. “It is my hope that the district will maintain its commitment to the development of culturally responsive strategies in order to provide equitable, enriching experiences for all students and continue to collaborate with town officials and the community to identify resources in order to maintain and further promote our pro-

grams during these economically challenging times,” Collin said. Collin was a long-term substitute special education teacher for Suffield Public Schools before serving as a special education teacher for 17 years and was director of pupil services for the Somers Public Schools before coming to Stafford. Collin said she plans to follow her husband to Tennessee, where they have built their retirement home. Sonya Shegogue, board chairperson, said at the Sept. 11 school board meeting that the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents has provided the district with a list of available interim superintendents. She said a small committee would be convened to interview the candidates for an interim superintendent.

“Without a doubt, I will miss the students, who have always been at the heart of my most fulfilling work.”

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Land Trust protects 80 acres


STAFFORD – The Northern Connecticut Land Trust has acquired 80 acres of upland forest near Roaring Brook in Stafford. The property abuts the Nipmuck State Forest and connects through the forest to the NCLT protected White Farm. The NCLT plans to name the new property Nipmuck Woods. Nipmuck Woods was purchased from the Stafford Fish & Game Club for $203,395. Funds were provided by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Cox Family Fund at the Boston Foundation, The Bafflin Foundation, the Fields

Pond Foundation, and friends of the NCLT. The NCLT plans to develop the old logging roads on the property into a network of trails that connect to the Nipmuck State Forest. When the trails have been completed and marked, the property will be open to the public for passive recreation. A map of the planned trail system is in the process of being created. NCLT is an all-volunteer organization serving Enfield, Somers, Stafford, East Windsor, Ellington, Vernon, and Tolland ( With this property, the NCLT now protects more than 1,600 acres.

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STAFFORD – The following items are notes of interest for Stafford veterans.

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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.

Veterans Day Ceremony Wall of Honor, Olympic Circle Nov. 11 - 11:11 a.m.

VFW (Veterans of Foreign War) Post and Auxiliary meets first Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Bingo every Wednesday, doors open at 4 p.m., card sales, 5:30 p.m. calling starts at 6 p.m. Contact info: Stafford VFW, PO Box 238, Stafford Springs, CT 06076

American Legion Meets second Thursday each month, 7 p.m. Auxiliary meets second Monday each month, 6 p.m. Sons: meet second Tuesday each month 6 p.m. Bingo: every Friday, doors open 5 p.m., selling starts at 6 p.m., calling starts at 7 p.m. Cards: every Tuesday night Pool League: every Wednesday night. For details, call Cmdr. Mike Beaudin at 860-458-9392.

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Their clients have breakfast and lunch at the facility, along with socialization and activities. They can attend full or half days up to five days a week. “Families are struggling because they have to work, too,” Roger Wassmuth said. Adult day care allows people with dementia or physical limitations the ability to remain at home but receive services during the day. “We’re not a medical facility,” he said, but they provide a service for what he sees as a growing need. “More and more people are living longer,” Wassmuth said, and in-home care can be considered expensive. Plenty of options For those who can afford them, there are plenty of options, said Maureen McIntyre, executive director of the North Central Area Agency on Aging. “The issue with access to services is it’s somewhat costly on a long-term basis,” McIntyre said. Services including home care, adult day care, assisted living and nursing home care can be paid privately or could be paid by Medicare or Medicaid for those who qualify. But she said payments by Medicare are only made under specific circumstances, particularly for home care, and are based on medical need.

“It’s really a very expensive proposi- Guglielmo tion,” said Maureen McIntyre, execu- weighs in on tive director of the North Central Area GOP budget Agency on Aging. “We need to plan HARTFORD – State Sen. Tony Guglielmo, R-Stafford, called the for that as early as possible.” Republican budget that won “It’s really a very expensive proposition,” she said. “We need to plan for that as early as possible,” whether by saving or purchasing long-term care insurance. Nonetheless, McIntyre said elder care is one of the fastestgrowing industries. “It could be a real economic driver for Connecticut,” she said. She does not see oversaturation in the industry. Instead, she sees the issues as affordability and access. “I wouldn’t say there’s an overabundance of people who want to serve Medicaid clients,” she said. McIntyre said adult day care is an industry with the possibility of growth and something she would like to see expand. Assisted living can also be an option, she said, since “housing is a big issue.” She said finding the right services and the right way to pay for them is confusing. “We try to be that navigator,” she said. For those with questions about elder care services, NCAA can be reached at 860-724-6443 or

General Assembly approval a “great budget,” but the measure was vetoed by Gov. Dannel Malloy late last month. “This is a great budget, a budget that doesn’t include new taxes, but actually reduces them. It also provides relief to those in Eastern Connecticut who are dealing with the heart-breaking problem of crumbling foundations,” Guglielmo said. “This budget also takes the first steps in addressing our state’s fiscal crisis. It sets us on a responsible course and I commend those who had the courage to stand up for the future of our state.” As this edition was going to press, the budget stalemate was in its 13th week.

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Navy posthumously advances sailor who died in collision


By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD – Navy Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, of Suffield, was posthumously advanced to electronics technician 2nd class. The Navy announced Aug. 31 that the 10 sailors who died aboard USS John S. McCain were posthumously advanced to their next rank. The McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC in waters east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. On Sept. 8, Doyon’s remains arrived at Bradley International Airport and were escorted by the

Suffield Police Department to the Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home. Members of the public gathered in Suffield Center to pay their respects. On Sept. 11 public calling hours were held at the funeral home, and on Sept. 12 a public memorial service and Catholic Mass was held at Sacred Heart Church, followed by a private burial at West Suffield Cemetery. Sand pit BGR Materials LLC, affiliated with Crestview Construction & Trucking Inc., of Southwick, Massachusetts, has acquired the sand pit on Lake

Road and will assume all mining operations under permit. “Crestview is committed to working with the community,” First Selectman Melissa M. Mack said in a written release. “To that end they have agreed to clear trees along the first 1,000 feet of Lake Road to widen the road and address the public safety concerns of neighbors in the area. This effort is undertaken at no expense to the Town of Suffield.” Crestview is a family-owned company that provides residential and commercial excavation. Prep work is under way in advance of road construction with mining to begin this fall, Mack said.

Youth Theater to present ‘Hard Candy’ improv SUFFIELD – The Suffield Youth Theater will present its comedy improv troupe, Hard Candy, in a free performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Senior Center, 145 Bridge St. The program is scheduled to take place outside, but in case of rain, the program will be moved inside. There will be seating, but participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs for comfort.

The troupe consists of 11th grade students Liam Duffy, Dominic Colangelo, Danny Richter, and Kush Shah – all who have had extensive experience in the world of the joke. For more information, visit The program is sponsored by The Kent Memorial Library. Please register for this improv program by phone at 860-6683896, at, or when visiting the library.

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