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Annual Enfield Rotary Wine & Beer Tasting
ENFIELD - The Enfield Rotary Club is sponsoring its annual Wine & Beer Tasting Event at the Holiday Inn, One Bright Meadow Boulevard in Enfield, on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to sample a variety of fine wines and beer, provided by Joe’s Fine Wine & Spirits, East Windsor, while enjoying appetizing hors d’oeuvres and desserts. In addition, there will be entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit many local organizations that are supported by the Enfield Rotary Club, including the Accessible Playground at the Enfield Public Library, the Enfield Food Shelf and Loaves & Fishes, Enfield and Fermi High School Safe Graduation parties and a community garden at the Enfield Senior Center. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased through any Enfield Rotarian or by calling event Chairpersons Stuart Barowsky at 413-567-1107 or Chris Casey at 860-698-6267.
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Mach 3 and the all-new Remix! There is something for all ages to enjoy at the Big E, Sept. 12-28. Opening Day is Friday, Sept. 12, and to celebrate the occasion, the Big E offers two ways to save at the gate: • Be A Kid For A Day – everyone pays the children’s admission of just $10 • Military Appreciation Day, sponsored by VA New England Healthcare System 1. Active duty military personnel – Free with ID 2. Dependents of active duty military personnel – Free with ID 3. Veterans (no dependents) – Free with DD-214 or proof of membership to any veterans’ organization CONCERTS Appearing at the xfinity arena at 7:30 p.m.: (all shows are free, except where noted) Sept. 12 – DigiTour Sept. 14 – Darius Rucker with Special Guest Joel Crouse ($39) Sept. 19 – Cassadee Pope with Special Guest Chris Janson
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Sept. 20 – Eddie Money with Special Guest Tom Hambridge Sept. 21 – Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot Sept. 26 – ZZ Top ($49/$39) Sept. 27 – Little Big Town ($39) Sept. 28 – Emblem3 with Special Guest Midnight Red Tickets for the concerts are available at Tix.com and TheBigE.com. Free concerts come with the option of premium reserved seating for $25. When purchased prior to the show date, both ticket levels include admission to the Fair, a $15 value. Appearing free on the Court of Honor Stage, sponsored by xfinity: Daily – New Odyssey – “3 Guys, 30 Instruments” – 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 – Count’s 77 – 8 p.m. Sept. 13 – Danny Koker and Kevin Mack (“Counting Cars” Q & A) – 2 p.m. Sept. 13-15 – Christopher Cross – 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sept. 16-19 – Dolores “La La” Brooks – 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sept. 20 – Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra – 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sept. 21-24 – Cuba Gooding & The Main Ingredient – 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sept. 25-28 – Quinn Sullivan – 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Get a good seat under the Big Top tent for the Big E Circus Spectacular, sponsored by Coca-Cola, for free daily shows at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Big E’s celebrated Ringmaster, Ty McFarlan, is back at the fair and will be joined by a stellar international cast of performers. Mexico’s master juggler extraordinaire and Guinness world record holder, Tomas Aguilar, will be performing juggling feats you can’t imagine in
your dizziest daydreams! The Risley Brothers “kick” juggling up a notch by substituting balls for people and using their feet instead of hands! The award-winning Dancing Gauchos add even more energy to the show with an explosive performance entwining Boleadoras, fire, whips and riveting percussion. America’s loveable comedian, Rob Torres, is here to bring the laughs. The lighthearted performances will continue with the amazing and delightful doggies of Russia’s Minnestrelli Canines and Mayya Panfilova’s adorable performing housecats – both of which will win your heart The excitement shifts back into gear with Tina Winn, a.k.a. Galaxy Girl, and comedian daredevil Johnny Rockett performing mid-air motorcycle madness – the Cybertrons.
Ye Olde Blacksmithe Shoppe Open for Fall
SOMERS - The door to Ye Olde Blacksmith Shoppe, at the intersection of Pinney Road and Maple Street in Somersville, will again be open each Saturday, 10 a.m. -3 p.m. during September and October. The Shoppe, run by the Ladies Aide Society of the Congregational Church of Somersville, offers a wide variety of tools, books and games, kitchen odds and ends, glassware, china, and so much more - all for bargain prices. Fresh baked goods are also offered each Saturday. Donations of new or gently used items from the community are always welcome; however, please no clothing or TVs. To donate, please call Marge at 860749-0418 to make drop-off arrangements. Money earned at the Shoppe benefits various church programs.
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East Windsor Barktoberfest Goes to the Dogs on Oct. 4
EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Dog Owners Group invites you to come have a doggone good time at its 7th annual Barktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at East
Windsor Park, 27 Reservoir Ave. Enjoy a family friendly day for you and your furry friend. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine. Lots of fun events are planned for this
year with K9 and Frisbee demonstrations, contests, and a children’s fun zone. Enjoy live acoustic music by “Just Jeannie” while visiting vendors. The first 200 visitors will receive giveaway bags. Don’t leave the event without treating your dog to the popular all-day swim in the reservoir. Swim pass is a $10 donation per dog. Dogs must be licensed. Special thanks to Great Dane Sponsor
Camp Bow Wow of South Windsor. All money raised will support the maintenance and improvements at the East Windsor Dog Park. Bring a pet food donation to help the local food pantry. There still are vendor and sponsor opportunities available. For more information, directions, and event flyer please visit the website at www.ewdogs.com.
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Major Capital Spending Improvements Moving Forward
East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson
EAST WINDSOR – The Town Hall HVAC project and the plan to purchase two trucks with snowplows are moving forward. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at its Aug. 19 meeting to approve a resolution authorizing
First Selectman Denise Menard to sign an agreement for a lease-purchase for the equipment, “Two companies have requested information needed to bid on the Town Hall HVAC project, five have come in for the Public Works trucks specs. Bids for both projects were opened on Aug. 28. The resolution that I’ve
Lions Club To Hold 3rd Annual ‘Tour de East Windsor’
EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Lions Club will hold its third annual “Tour de East Windsor” on Sunday, Sept. 28, to benefit sight-related causes supported by the Lions Club. The club is currently seeking persons who are interested in participating in the event, as well as area businesses that may be interested in a sponsorship role. This year’s Tour will be adding two new events - a 2-mile “walk” (a great event for families with young children), and a 5K “run” for non-bike riders or those who prefer to run rather than bike. The “walk” and the “run” will take place in Broad Brook Center, while the non-competitive “bike ride” portion of the Tour uses the low-traffic, rural roads of both East Windsor and Broad Brook. The bike ride has three route options: a 5-mile route designed for families and young children, a 15-mile route for bicyclists who want to ride a longer route, and a 35-mile route, perfect for more experienced riders.
All three rides will start and finish at the East Windsor Park on Reservoir Road. Bicyclists who participated in the first two years of the Tour helped the East Windsor Lions Club raise over $6,000 for the sight-related causes it supports. Since the club’s founding in 1953, members have worked on fundraising to benefit sight-related causes. The club has sponsored preschool eye screenings, provided large print books to the East Windsor Public Library, and provided eyeglasses to residents in need. Persons interested in registering to ride, run or walk in the Tour de East Windsor can go online at http://eastwindsor-lions-club.org/tour_de_east_windsor.aspx, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Tour Event Coordinator at 860-623-5425. Persons or businesses interested in sponsoring the Tour are asked to call the Tour de East Windsor Chairperson, Peter Nevers, at 860-604-8538.
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added to tonight’s agenda will allow us to continue the financing process,” Menard wrote in her report for the meeting. The resolution stated that the maximum amount of the lease was not anticipated to be greater than $1.1 million.
Casting Call for Rails to the Darkside at Trolley Museum
EAST WINDSOR - The Connecticut Trolley Museum is preparing for its biggest event of the Halloween season, “Rails to the Darkside.” A casting call is being held at the museum on Saturday, Sept. 13 and 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. If Halloween is one of your favorite holidays and you love to scare people, this one is for you. There are some age restrictions: those under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult during the event at all times. You need not be present for every night of the event, which takes place Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. from Oct. 3-25. Proceeds from this event, along with others, helps the museum to preserve the sights and sounds of the trolley era for generations to come. More information can be found at ct-trolley.org or by calling 860-627-6540.
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Students Showing More Proficiency in Science in Region
By Linda Tishler Levinson
Students in North Central Connecticut, like their counterparts across the state, are doing better in science. The state Department of Education released the 2014 Connecticut Mastery Test and Connecticut Academikc Performance Test science results on Aug. 13. While in some towns students also took the math and English mastery tests, administrators in North Central Connecticut towns chose to have students take the new Smarter Balanced tests instead. “We improved at all levels,” Suffield Superintendent of Schools Karen Baldwin said. East Windsor Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane said they were extremely pleased by the results, which were a definite improvement over previous years. East Windsor “Our scores are above the state average and show impressive improvement from last year,” Kane said.
For example, of the eighth-graders who took the CMT in East Windsor, 62.5 percent scored at or above goal, while 78.3 percent scored at or above the proficiency level. On the CAPT, which is given to high school students beginning in the 10th grade, 47.8 percent of students made goal, while 85.5 reached the proficency level. Ellington “Overall it’s very positive,” Ellington Superintendent of Schools Stephen Cullinan said, noting that more than 90 percent tested proficient on the CMT and that the high school scores were consistent with previous years. Eighth-graders scored 81 percent at goal level and 93.8 percent at proficiency level. On the CAPT, students scored 61 percent at the goal level and 92.3 percent at the proficiency level. Enfield “I think we did quite well in many of the categories,” said Anne McKernan, director of curriculum in Enfield. “We
had some very nice gains in many places.” She said 10th grade science scores were particularly strong, which she said is a credit to the teachers. Those students scored 49.1 percent at the goal level and 87.3 percent at the proficiency level. On the CMT, eight-graders scored 62.6 percent at goal level and 82.3 at the proficiency level. Somers Kathleen Pezza, curriculum director for the Somers schools, said they were very happy with the results, most of which were similar to last year’s scores. Eighth-graders scored 83.3 percent at the goal level and 92.4 percent at the proficiency level. On the CAPT, students scored 63.6 percent at the goal level and 92.4 percent at the proficiency level. Stafford Michael Bednarz, director of curriculum in Stafford, said he was unable to discuss the results prior to making his presentation to the Board of Education.
Stafford eighth-graders scored 84.3 percent at the goal level and 95.4 percent at the proficiency level. On the CAPT, students scored 47.6 percent at the goal level and 84.7 percent at the proficiency level. Suffield In Suffield, Baldwin said they had been concerned about the 2013 scores, so they were very pleased with this year’s results and attributed the drop in 2013 to switching to the Common Core curriculum in other subject areas. She said teachers had adjusted their emphasis and that the scores show that the shift paid off. Eighth-graders scored 71.6 percent at the goal level and 90.6 eighth-graders percent at the proficiency level. On the CAPT, students scored 71.6 percent at the goal level and 94.3 percent at the proficiency level.
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Town Moving Ahead with Town Hall Expansion Plans
By Linda Tishler Levinson
ELLINGTON – The Town Hall addition project advanced with the approval of $34,480 for a study on the town’s needs. The appropriation, which the Board of Selectmen approved at its Aug. 25 meeting, still needs Board of Finance approval. First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said the selectmen feel it is important to talk with groups around town to find out what their needs are. The town earlier this year received a $500,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant from the state to help fund the $750,000 Town Hall addition
project. Blanchette said the town needs additional space for more vault storage. “We need to add capacity to do that,” he said. The town also needs to expand some areas, especially for the Department of Human Services. “We need to be able to treat our customers with more privacy,” he said. Blanchette noted that 2015 will be the 100th anniversary of the construction of the first section of the Town Hall building. He hopes to tie that celebration with an approval for the addition project.
Selectmen Will Honor Two Local Women
ELLINGTON - Separately, the Board of Selectmen will be recognizing two outstanding Ellington women on Sept. 6. At its meeting on July 21, the Board of Selectmen declared Rachel Lee Wheeler-Rossow (1939-2013) to be the 2014 inductee onto the Ellington Wall of Honor. During her years in Ellington (19702013), at various times she served on many different town agencies, including the boards of Finance, Education, and Selectmen. But it was her family life that brought widely admiring recognition, to her and to the town for nurturing what she sowed. A registered nurse, she arrived in Ellington with three healthy biological children. Over the course of her life in Ellington, she adopted over 20 more and cared for at least 20 beyond that, children and young adults who had severe and often multiple challenges. She raised them as her own, to self-reliant adulthood or too frequently until life gave out. She recruited help from all who wanted to make a difference, and established the Alpha and Omega House on Leila
Lane that continues the work after her. Also, she championed special education and the establishment of rights for the handicapped, here and everywhere. She gave her life to the children and the causes that helped them. A formal induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. at the site of the wall located in Arbor Park (off of Main Street). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Also on July 21, the Board of Selectmen declared Sept. 6, 2014 to be Mildred Arens Dimock Day (Sept. 6, 1914 – still going) in recognition of the 100th birthday of this 2005 Wall of Honor inductee. First Selectman Dennis Milanovich hosted her induction ceremony. This is the first Wall of Honor inductee to reach this extraordinary milestone. Her family will be privately celebrating the occasion; family and friends will want to congratulate her. Other well-wishers may want to send her a simple birthday card, addressed as follows: Mildred Dimock, c/o Richard Dimock 115 Tripp Rd., Ellington, CT 06029.
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Ellington Student Champions ‘Teens for Safer Driving’
ELLINGTON - Nicole Vasseur, Ellington High School senior, Rise Above member, and proud holder of the title Miss Greater Rockville’s Outstanding Teen of 2014 is on a mission this fall to spread the word of the dangers of distracted driving. Nicole’s campaign called “Teens For Safer Driving” is being funded by the Ellington Council for Developing Positive Youth Culture (DPYC) and it is her hope that her campaign will bring about more awareness, especially to teens about texting and driving. Texting makes a car crash 23 times more likely. In 2011 in our country alone, 1.3 million crashes involved a cell phone. Her campaign is directed at teens, but adults are included as well.
Nicole has had a very busy summer attending community events in the Rockville area as part of being Miss Greater Rockville’s Outstanding Teen. The Rockville pageant is sponsored by the Miss Greater Rockville Scholarship Association and is a preliminary to the Miss Connecticut and Miss America pageants. After winning the Greater Rockville crown, Nicole competed in the Miss Connecticut Outstanding Teen competition in June. The Rockville pageant is open to residents in any town in Connecticut and awards scholarships to those who win. “I decided to compete for the title in order to make a difference in the community and to become someone who is considered a role model and valuable mem-
ber,” she said. The “four points” of the Miss America crown are service, scholarship, success and style. For service, Nicole decided to focus on something that hits home. “I’m seeing distracted driving on the roads more often than ever now, and after two of my friends were involved in distracted driving accidents I knew something had to be done,” Vasseur said. She plans to be out in the community with her message and at Ellington High School with reminder key chains and other giveaways. Nicole hopes with the help of her team, consisting of peers in her grade, and her awareness efforts she can lower distracted driving throughout our community.
ELLINGTON - Everyone has heard of William Shakespeare – a world renowned playwright and poet whose timeless works are considered classics. But do you care enough to put in the time to read all 38 of his plays? Of
course you don’t. Luckily, the Opening Knight Players have the solution. On Sept. 12 and 13, the OKP will be presenting “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” at the Gordon C. Getchell Auditorium in
Ellington High School at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $7 and $5 for students/senior citizens. Based on the hit international play, this performance is sure to make you laugh your socks off. The cast includes three of OKP’s favorite seniors, one who won the All-Connecticut Cast Award for his performance last year. Watch as they comically stumble through every single one of Shakespeare’s plays in the span of one performance. This isn’t your
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Connecticut Distillery to Begin Operation in Ellington
ELLINGTON - Rich Gummoe of Connecticut Valley Distillery LLC has successfully navigated the state and federal permitting process and received a distillery manufacturing and wholesale permit. Gummoe researched and considered as many as 10 locations around Connecticut before deciding to locate the distillery in a 15,000 square-foot building is a local industrial center in the town of Ellington. The building, owned by Gessey and Lugwig, is situated in a rural location off
Somers Road, nestled between cornfields and the Ellington Airport. Gummoe says, “The deciding factors for locating the distillery in Ellington were the business progressiveness of the town coupled with the variety of local small businesses, which can support Connecticut Valley Distillery with products and services such as raw material, design, printing and packaging. In addition, we love the setting that is so characteristic of a small New England town.”
Congregation Celebrating Upcoming Holidays
ELLINGTON Congregation Knesseth Israel - the Ellington Synagogue - will hold traditional services for the coming Jewish High Holidays as follows: Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, Sept. 25-26, at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Yom Kippur: Friday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m. The historic structure on Pinney Street in Ellington is the oldest building
in continuous use as a synagogue in the state of Connecticut. The congregation began as the Connecticut Jewish Farmers Association in 1904 and erected the present building in 1913 at the corner of Abbott and Middle roads. About 40 years later it was placed on a flatbed truck and moved intact to donated land on Pinney Street, which is where it now stands. For more information, call 860-5938214.
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Foundation Makes More than $300K Commitment to ACC
ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College Foundation, Inc. has announced its latest round of support for the local community college. The Foundation has committed to donating more than $318,000 to the college. “The college is extremely grateful for the support it receives from the Asnuntuck Community College Foundation,” said ACC President James Lombella. “These contributions assist the college by bringing upgraded technology, program growth, equipment upgrades and tutoring support to our students. These contributions have a direct impact on student success.” The largest amount of funding going back to the college this year, from the Foundation, comes in a three-year commitment to assist in the funding of a Director of Institutional Development and Community Engagement for the College. The $193,000 commitment will fund more than 50% of this new position over three years. This new hire will be responsible for bringing awareness to the community of the many funding opportunities available at the college.
advancement and offer students a series of vital resources which put them on a path for success,” announced the Foundation’s chairwoman, Karen Jarmoc. ACC students will be able to work with state of the art equipment as part of another donation from the Foundation. The Communications program’s recent move to the college’s active front hallway has meant greater visibility for the college’s radio station, WACC. The move and upgrades were done at a cost of approximately a quarter of a million dollars. The Foundation has made a commitment to assist the video production area, which is in need of an upgrade. The space in the Communications lab intended for a small video production studio had remained empty. The community college will receive $15,000 from the Foundation, for equipment to benefit the video production lab. This will allow the college to have a studio in a box set-up. According to ACC’s Communication Program Coordinator Wendy Nelson, “This system has plug and play capabilities and can be used
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This person will be instrumental in raising funds and bringing awareness to the community regarding the Enfield-based college’s mission and needs. The director will play a key role in raising funds for the many new opportunities soon to be available at the college. ACC has unveiled its initial drawings and plans for its five-year Master Plan. Construction is slated to begin on Phase 1 in 2015. The Foundation has made an additional $65,000 commitment to the Academic Skills Center. The center, which offers free tutoring in a variety of academic areas, received $30,000 in 2014 and will receive an additional $30,000 in 2015. Two more installments of $20,000 and $15,000 will be used for the center over the following two years. “The Foundation is pleased to assist the college in achieving its mission to provide students from this region with strong opportunities for a solid education and professional growth. These major financial commitments will certainly play a significant role in moving the needle toward greater institutional
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Free Pony Rides at Old Town Hall Museum
ENFIELD - There will be free pony rides at the Enfield Historical Society’s Old Town Hall Museum on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bring your children and grandchildren to this fun family event. Youngsters will be thrilled to ride one of the very gentle and friendly ponies. Adults will enjoy the smiles on the children’s faces. Don’t forget your camera. Visit the Old Town Hall Museum while you are there. They have lots to see and it’s free too!
Founded in 1960, the Enfield Historical Society is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Enfield’s extensive history. The Society operates three museums: the Old Town Hall, the Martha Parsons House, and the Wallop School. For more information about the Enfield Historical Society, its museums, or this program please visit www.enfieldhistoricalsociety.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENFIELD - Enfield’s DAR Chapter (Daughters of the American Revolution) will hold its first gathering of the new calendar year on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10:30 a.m. A tour of the Martha Parsons House Museum is planned. The museum is located at 1387 Enfield St., Enfield.
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Council Puts $60 Million Road Referendum Before Voters
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ENFIELD – Residents will vote on a $60 million road reconstruction plan at a Nov. 4 referendum. The Town Council unanimously voted on Aug. 4 to send the plan to the referendum, which will coincide with municipal elections. The plan involves the reconstruction and repair of a number of town roads and roadside elements. If approved, it will be financed by the issuance of bonds and temporary notes. The amount borrowed will not exceed $57.5 million, according to the resolution. The vote by the council followed a hearing that same evening. Residents were generally supportive of the plan, but had concerns about their streets. Steve Moriarty of Sidor Drive said he is encouraged by the program. He said his street needs to be repaved. George Young of Holly Lane said he believes the town should re-evaluate the roads to be done. He noted no work has
been done on his street since 1970. He also said the sidewalks on his street are in poor condition. Lucien LeFavre of Kimberly Drive said people will want to know what this will cost taxpayers if they approve the referendum. Town Manager Matthew Coppler said there are a lot of caveats to these figures because the town doesn’t know exactly what the interest rate will be when the bonds are purchased. He noted at the highest point, the potential impact of this referendum on the mill rate is going to be approximately 2.26 mills. Coppler also said that in the 2020 to 2030 time period, the town will start retiring quite a bit of debt that was assembled because of the earlier school projects and roads programs. He noted the worst case would be about a 2 mill impact over a 20-year period because of the $60 million dollar referendum, but they will do everything they can to try to reduce that.
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Rotary Scholarship will fund Peace Studies Course in Jerusalem
ENFIELD - The Enfield Rotary Memorial Scholarship Foundation announces the availability of a Peace Studies Scholarship for 2015. The successful applicant will attend a Conflict Resolution from Religious Traditions course in Jerusalem from Dec. 29, 2014Jan. 8, 2015. The course is administered by the Hamline University School of Law at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. It concentrates on the three monotheistic religions that originated in the Middle East; their coexistence, political, cultural and religious interactions, dispute resolution, and the peace process. The Peace Studies Scholarship is open to Enfield residents enrolled in a minimum of eight college credits during the 2014-2015 school year, in any undergraduate or graduate school program. The Peace Studies Scholarship is valued at approximately $5,000. It covers costs for travel to and from Israel; accommodations at the university; breakfast; course fees; and scheduled day trips within the 10-day curriculum.
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ERfC Expands Before & After-school Centers in Enfield Schools
ENFIELD–Parents have even more opportunities to enroll their children in out-of-school activities for the new school year. At the Aug. 4 town council meeting, leases for three elementary schools were transferred from the YWCA-Hartford to ERfC. The YWCA notified the town that
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Town Will Unveil Future Plans for Somersville Mill Site
By Linda Tishler Levinson
SOMERS – The town has plans for the Somersville Mill site. On Sept. 18, residents will have the chance to learn what those plans are. The mill was destroyed by fire two years ago. The property’s owners, Venture Capital LLC, have not responded to town and state officials’ efforts to work to clean up the site, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. On Aug. 14, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney and U.S. Sen. Rihcard Blumenthal, both D-Conn., visited the site along with Tim Sullivan, state director of waterfront, brownfield and transit-oriented development, Department of Economic and Community Development; Deb Szaro, Deputy Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator; Frank Gardner, EPA Region 1 brownfields coordinator; and Mark R. Lewis, brownfields coordinator, state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Office of Constituent Affairs and Land Management. “We were able to provide a summary
as to the history of the mill, the current status of ownership and an outline of what we would like to see happen to the site,” Pellegrini said. She added that they shared with the group different grants the town had sought, the most recent being the Brownfields Assessment Grant for environmental testing of the site. They also showed how the town successfully worked with various federal and state agencies on different grant projects within the last few years. “It was important to demonstrate that we are committed to completing projects, especially when you ask for grant funding. It is our hope that this visit will be the starting point for the help we need to initiate the cleanup of the site,” Pellegrini said. The informational meeting on the mill willl be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Town Hall auditorium. Topics are expected to include the history of the mill, an overview of its current status, environmental considerations, actions taken by the town and the
state, and plans for the future of the site. New recreation coordinator Tim Larocca is the town’s new recreation coordinator. A native of East Longmeadow, Mass., he has a background in coaching, recreation, as well as working with youth sports organizations. He will be taking over all of the town-wide recreational activities, with the exception of Senior Center recreation activities, which will remain under Human Services Director Amy Saada. He will also be a liaison with all of the different sports associations, as well as the Recreation Commission. This move allows the town to provide additional focus on recreational activities and concentrate on social services and senior center services. He previously was a recreation assistant with the East Longmeadow Recreation Department and the youth director and facility manager at Soccer City Sports Center. He is currently the assistant men’s soccer coach at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass.
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New England Air Museum Executive Director To Retire
WINDSOR LOCKS – Michael P. Speciale, Executive Director of the New England Air Museum (NEAM), has announced his retirement as of Dec. 1, 2014. Speciale has been executive director for 29 years and has led the museum’s transformation from a small onehangar museum recovering from the effects of a tornado in 1979, to a major cultural, educational, and historical institution serving a worldwide audience. Scott Ashton, president of the NEAM Board of Directors, said “Mike has been an enthusiastic and dedicated leader of the museum for nearly 30 years. Over that period, Mike has led our steady expansion and has made NEAM an important part of New England tourism. We are very grateful for Mike’s leadership and dedication to the mission of the New England Air Museum.” Ashton continued, “Under Mike’s leadership, the museum has built on Connecticut’s deep aviation legacy and now houses one of the world’s finest
collection of aviation artifacts. We have embarked on a strategy to leverage those artifacts to engage the next generation of scientists, engineers, pilots, and astronauts to continue our nation’s legacy of exploration through innovative and hands-on education programs and events to engage and inspire diverse audiences. “With the development of programs such as Soar for Science, Women Take Flight, and Voices of Pride, Mike has made the Museum an important part of the community. Further, our restoration programs are world-class and include special and unique aircraft such as our B-29, which serves as a memorial to World War II’s 58th Bomb Wing.” About New England Air Museum The New England Air Museum, located at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, is the largest aviation museum in the Northeast. Founded in 1959, and in its current location since 1981, NEAM’s mission is to present the story of aviation, the human genius that made it possible and the profound effects that it has
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Old Vernon Mill Property Will be Cleaned Up
VERNON – State Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) is pleased to support the state’s decision to award grant money to redevelop and clean up the former Amerbelle Mill property in Vernon. “This more than 10-acre site is a valuable piece of property that could be
used by any business looking to call Vernon home. Cleaning up this site is not an easy task for a potential buyer. That is why this grant for clean-up and remediation is crucial for the town,” said Sen. Guglielmo. Through the remediation and redevelopment program the Town of Vernon will receive $2 million.
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Frieda B. Donating 400 Plus Books to Children in Need
SOMERS - Children’s author Renata Bowers has created the Frieda B. series of children’s picture books to encourage all children to dream big and believe in their own free-to-be stories, and to value the stories of others. The stories, in turn, have inspired a business – Frieda B., LLC – established in 2012 by Renata and co-founder Paula LaJoie to provide children and families with books, products and services that “encourage the story within.” And the company, in turn, has sprouted a dream: To place Frieda B. books in
the hands of children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them, via a newly launched Frieda B. Gift-a-Book Program. The program – launched July 1 – promises a minimum of 400 Frieda B. books annually to a chosen organization whose goals closely align with those of Frieda B., LLC, and who can capably distribute the donated books to children in need. The recipient of the first annual Frieda B. Gift-a-Book Program is the Pajama Program, headquartered in New
SOMERS - Learn about Somers history at the center of it all - the Somers Historical Museum on Somers Common. The museum will be open various Saturdays and Sundays (see schedule below). Displays of Somersville Mfg. Co. products, invoices, and history will be on display, as well as Somers Town reports from the 1890s to the present day, beginning Saturday, Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Special event on Sunday, Sept .21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a Bake Sale at Somers Geissler’s supermarket.
Other display times are as follows: Sunday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Dickens Weekend Dickens Weekend time schedule is as follows: Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
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York City, with chapters across the United States. Pajama Program’s mission statement reads: “Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need, many of whom are waiting and hoping to be adopted… Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story.” Renata visited Pajama Program’s New York City Reading Center to read to children and volunteers and to celebrate the start of a beautiful friendship between Frieda B. and Pajama Program, a friendship that will provide hundreds of Frieda B. books over the year to children who don’t otherwise have a book to call their own. Frieda B. also will help build awareness and support of Pajama Program by participating in regional events in Massachusetts and Connecticut. “It is our core belief in education, inspiration and validation – the importance of reading, dreaming, and believing in one’s worth – that led us to select
the Pajama Program as this year’s recipient of the Frieda B. Gift-a-Book Program,” says LaJoie, who is also the Frieda B., LLC co-founder. “Their mission is parallel to ours. It’s a natural fit.” The namesake character of the Frieda B. book series, Frieda B., is an 8-yearold girl with a vivid imagination who fully believes she is free to be whatever she dreams she can be. The books encourage children to use their imaginations and hearts to believe the same. To date, the book series consists of three titles: Frieda B. Herself, Frieda B. Meets the Man in the Moon, and Frieda B. and the Zillabeast. A fourth book, Frieda B. and the Finkledee Ink, will be released this fall. The books are richly illustrated by Michael Chesworth, renowned for his illustrations of the Pippi Longstocking series. To learn more about Frieda B., visit the website and online store at www.FriedaB.com. To learn more about the Pajama Program, visit them online at www.pajamaprogram.org.
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‘The Spitfire Grill’ Opens at Broad Brook Opera House
BROAD BROOK - Opera House Players, Inc. presents the musical “The Spitfire Grill” at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St., Broad Brook, Sept. 5-21 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.). Tickets are available by calling the box office at 860-292-6068 or visiting www.operahouseplayers.org. Tickets: $21 (adults)
and $17 (under 12/over 60). Director John Pike was first attracted to “The Spitfire Grill” because its score is so beautifully crafted into the play. “I found its characters to be honest, flawed, complex yet at the same instantly recognizable to an audiences. Each member of the little town of Gilead has a personal issue they have been dealing without
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character have been woven into the story. The show also has gorgeously simple orchestrations, which complement the songs and add to the power of these ballads.” According to Pike, “We have an extraordinarily talented cast for this production who are as honest in their portrayals as the writing is for their characters. I think Broad Brook’s audience is in for an entertaining and very moving evening of theater.”
ENFIELD - The Enfield Historical Society is holding an open house on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Wallop School Museum, 250 Abbe Rd., on the corner of Wallop School Road. This is the last Wallop School open house in 2014. Don't miss this chance to see the beautifully restored one-room school. The Wallop School was one of the last one-room schoolhouses in use in Connecticut. The original structure was built in 1754, the same year that the local citizens voted to establish school districts. It was destroyed by fire in about 1800 and replaced by the present one-room brick building. The “new” school housed several different grade levels and operated continuously until 1947. The Enfield Historical Society acquired the building in 1961 and opened the Wallop School Museum to
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Rotary Club Honors Welch with Random Acts of Kindness Award
SOMERS - On Aug. 13, the Somers Rotary Club hosted the 13th annual Random Acts of Kindness Award night at Joanna’s Café in Somersville. Kathleen R. Welch was given the award for over 30 years of unselfish service and commitment to making Somers a better place to live. This award is given out in honor of former Rotarian Maurice Parker. Welch started her years of community service in the early 1980s, serving on the Board of Education from 1984-86 and joining the community-based theater group the Village Players, which she still belongs to, in 1982. In 1991 Welch started her distin-
guished involvement with the Somers Public Schools. She helped the Mabelle B. Avery staff with their production of “Pirates of Penzance” and the following year she started an amazing 20-year run as the Drama Club advisor at Somers High School. She directed and produced over 40 productions and positively influenced the lives of about 3,000 students. Welch was chosen for this award because of the enormous impact she had on teenagers in the town of Somers. She instilled confidence in hundreds of adolescents because of her unwavering support for them. Kimberly Schmidt Bevans recounted the following about Welch: “Her confi-
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dence and recommendation was kind and also true. She always knew where my strengths were and supported me unwaveringly. To know a young person better than they know themselves, and encourage them wholeheartedly ... That is a kindness of the deepest variety.” Sarah Maskill, Welch’s daughter, remembers vividly how her mother changed a young student’s life forever by giving the student an opportunity to prove to herself and all those around her that “they needed her, and wanted her, and respected her contribution. She did something she didn’t think she could do. She was an important, worthy person, and she did hang on for a little longer.”
The student credits Welch with saving her life at a critical juncture in her life. Michael and Matthew Benoit, who recently appeared in the musical “Beauty in the Beast” directed by Welch confessed that they would not be the people they are today if they had not come under the guidance and kind spell of Welch. Welch was deeply honored as a result of being chosen for the Maurice Parker Random Acts of Kindness Award. Rotarian Denis Lessard felt that by the end of the night he had a true understanding of who Kathleen Welch was as a person and was proud that she had been selected for such an honor.
Friends of the Somers Public Library Book Sale
SOMERS - The Friends of the Somers Public Library will sponsor a Used Book Sale on the weekend of Oct. 3-5. The location of the sale is at the Somers Library located at 2 Vision Boulevard. The book sales are offered in the spring and fall each year. The preview is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a cost of $5. The open sale is on Saturday
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SOMERS - MACDAC Engineering will promote its innovative WireFreeCNC wireless manufacturing technology at International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) booth #E4929 at McCormick Place in Chicago on Sept. 8-13. The biannual show, being held for the 30th time, features 1,900 exhibiting companies and attracts over 100,000 buyers and sellers from over 100 nations. WireFreeCNC was invented by Ellington resident John Carpenter, an executive at MACDAC. Over the years, the pioneering wireless technology has been applied at manufacturers around the world, including Alcoa, Delphi, Eaton, General Electric, Kollmorgen and Texas Instruments. The technology enables companies to monitor their shop floors “live” in real time, from any location; view historical data for designated date ranges, shift changes, or machine groups; and monitor machine specifications such as machine tool run-time, idle-time, alarm, maintenance, setup, operator login, feed rate overrides, spindle speed, part
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SOMERS - “When serving tea, friendship is better than fine china.” The Ladies Aide Society of the Congregational Church of Somersville will host a Victorian Tea on Saturday, Sept. 20, in the social hall of the church located at 22 Maple St. Guests can opt for either the 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. tea or the 1 p.m.-2 p.m. sitting. Enjoy croissants, scones, tea sandwiches and desserts along with tasty tea, all for a $10 donation. Reservations should be called in to Ardie at 860-749-7793.
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Parkway Pavilion Healthcare Scholarships Awarded to Two
ENFIELD – Parkway Pavilion Healthcare’s Resident Council recently awarded two $300 scholarships to college-bound students, Hassan Adan from Enfield High School and Amy Jacques from Fermi High School Hassan and his family escaped from Somalia during wartime. He is one of eight children. He will be pursuing a degree in healthcare at Asnuntuck Community College this fall. Jacques has received high honor roll recognition and CAPT Achievement awards. She is a Leo Club member, on the Teen Advisory Board and a student ambassador, as well as a member of the National Honor Society. She will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in
nursing at Elms College. Only students pursuing a career in healthcare are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The recipients were selected by Parkway residents based on an application, letters of recommendation and a completed essay. Parkway Pavilion, located in Enfield, has been awarding scholarships for a number of years. The idea stemmed from several former schoolteachers in residence. Seeing the value in continuing education, they wanted to show their support of local students as they work to establish their careers. The residents themselves raise money for the scholarships.
ENFIELD - Rep. Christopher Davis (R-Ellington) along with Rep. Tami Zawistowski and Rep. Bill Simanski toured the Manufacturing Technology Center of Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield on Monday, Aug. 11, as part of a business tour.
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MANCHESTER – Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) has joined the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines– Heart Failure (GWTG-HF), a quality improvement program created to help hospital teams provide guideline-based care for heart failure patients. GWTG–HF was developed from recommendations by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The program provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven research-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations. As a GWTG–HF participating hospital, staffs at Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital
develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a Web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance. Following GWTG-HF treatment guidelines, staffs at both hospitals treat heart failure patients with aggressive risk-reduction therapies if needed, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. Before discharge, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, including lifestyle modifications and follow-
up care. All participating GWTG-HF hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for performance achievement awards. “ECHN is dedicated to helping our heart failure patients have the best possible outcomes, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program will help us accomplish this by making it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis,” said Matthew R. Wallace, BS, RDCS, MBA, Administrative Director Cardiovascular and Neurology Services at ECHN. According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or
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The Enfield Rotary Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc., presented $9,000 in scholarships to nine college students from Enfield during a meeting of the Enfield Rotary Club on Aug. 20. Scholarship recipients for 2014 are (front row l-r): Kayleigh Shaughnessy, junior, Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Chemical Engineering; Paige Moran, junior, Springfield College: Youth Development and Psychology; Grace Sroka, junior, Northeastern University: Nursing; Dean Brodeur, senior, Northeastern University: Accounting and Finance; and Matthew McKinney, senior, UConn: Materials Science and Engineering. Back row l-r: Allison Dufour, junior, UConn: Nursing; Courtney Johnston, senior, CCSU: Exercise Science; and Nina Benvenuto, junior, University of Rhode Island: Nursing. Not pictured: Zachary Perry, senior, Stony Brook University: Biology. Joining the students in the photo are (l-r) Rotarian Dave Drinan, who served as MC for the scholarship luncheon; Rotarian Lindsey Weber, Secretary of the Enfield Rotary Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc.; and Kevin Mayo, President of the Enfield Rotary Club.
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TAKE THE LIBRARY SURVEY The Somers Library is conducting a survey this fall. We are looking for input from residents about the programs and services offered by the library so that we can plan for the future. You can complete the survey online by following the link from the library’s website at www.somerspubliclibrary.org or stop by the library to fill out a paper form and receive a free gift. Thank you for your help! LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. We encourage Somers residents to visit the library to get the most important card in your wallet! Your card gives you access to all types of books, eBooks and audio books, DVDs, and so much more. And best of all it’s free! Just bring in verification of your address to register, or renew your expired card, and receive a free gift.
SPECIAL EVENTS Continuing our ‘Silent Film Presentations’ – Sunday, Oct. 12, 1:00 p.m. Join us for one of the greatest films ever made - “The General”– an American classic starring Buster Keaton. Cellist Gideon Freudmann will perform a live soundtrack for this special feature. Silent film enthusiast Michael Gruber will present an introduction and commentary. Light refreshments will be provided.
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Understanding Your Best Friend: Phil Klein, a certified “Dog Listener” will speak about common issues with dog behavior and how to solve those problems in a friendly way that your dog will understand based on its instincts. The free program is scheduled for Wed., Oct. 22, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bring your questions, but not your dogs, for an enlightening evening!
PASSPORT TO CONNECTICUT LIBRARIES Libraries all over Connecticut are participating in this exciting program to make people of all ages aware of the power of their library card. Take your “passport” to at least five libraries on the list to be eligible to win a $150 gift card for adults or a $100 gift card for children. Ask for your passport today and begin participating on Sept. 2. Stop by the library or visit Facebook.com/passporttoctlibraries.
COMPUTER CHALLENGED? This fall we will be offering classes on topics such as the basics of Word, establishing an email account, social networking, and instruction on accessing some of the library’s databases including Ancestry.com. Classes will be held on Wednesday mornings beginning in late Sept.. Call the library for more information or stop by for a listing of all programs.
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MOVIE MATINEES Each month the library features one or more newly released films. All movies begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Blake Community Room and are shown with closed captioning when available. Please check our website or call the library for a listing of upcoming films.
NEW SERVICES The library now has a subscription to Ancestry.com - a genealogy research website which can be accessed by using one of our public computers. And we now offer the Historical Hartford Courant covering the years 1923-1988 from home through our website or from within the library. Check it out! STAY CONNECTED WITH THE LIBRARY! Add www.somerspubliclibrary.org to your favorites list to find out the latest information on programs and events, to check the catalog for books and other materials, or to find out about other library services. Also, “like” us on Facebook for up-to-date postings and pictures from special events. For easy access wherever you are, download the mobile phone app “Boopsie” at www.biblio.boopsie.com/ to connect directly to the library. And try out Wowbrary – a weekly list of the library’s latest additions to the collection. It’s free! Click on “Wowbrary” from our library’s website, or go to www.wowbrary.org and sign up now.
PARENTS OF MBA STUDENTS: According to library policy, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please remember that a student remaining at school for any type of after-school activity must be picked up at the school. For the safety of all, students are not allowed to congregate near the front entrance of the library, in the lobby area, or in the parking lot. Anyone who is disruptive or misbehaving will be required to leave the library grounds and parents will be contacted. Thank you for your cooperation! HOMEBOUND BOOK DELIVERY If you are a Somers resident and unable to get to the library because of age or disability, the “library” can come to you. If you would like to take advantage of this service call Francie Clark at 860-763-3501 to arrange an initial visit. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE Drop off donated books beginning Sat., Sept. 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the library. The book sale will be held in the Blake Community Room at the library. Preview: Friday, Oct. 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Book Sale: Sat., Oct. 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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CHILDREN’S ROOM EVENTS Fall Storytime Session Registration for the Somers Public Library fall storytime session will begin the week of Sept. 8. Somers residents can register beginning Mon., Sept. 8 after 10:00 a.m. and non-residents can register beginning Wed., Sept. 10 after 10:00 a.m. Storytime sessions will run Sept. 22-Nov. 21. Registration is required for all storytimes. Children 12-24 months, will meet on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Children 24-36 months, will meet on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Children 3-5 years, will meet on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. or Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate National Play-Doh Day Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Children are invited to celebrate National Play-Doh Day at the library. Drop-in for some play-doh fun and enter our raffle. No registration required.
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day! Friday, Sept. 19 Visit the library to participate in the scavenger hunt. Take a guess at the number of gems in the jar, get a pirate tattoo and more. No registration required.
Read for Treats at the Somers Public Library Stop by the Children’s Room at the Somers Public Library between Sept. 29 & Oct. 31 and join our fall reading program. Pick up your first reading sheet beginning Mon., Sept. 29. Return your completed reading log to the library for a special surprise. This reading program is for children ages 2-8.
Read to the dogs with Allan's Angels Sat., Oct. 4 & Sat., Nov. 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Readers in grades K-4 are invited to register for a 10minute slot to read to one of Allan’s Angels R.E.A.D.® Team, specially trained dogs who love to listen to books. Children can choose a story to read to a furry friend in a relaxed, “dogfriendly” atmosphere. Register now for the October program. Kid’s Book Club For Grades K-2 Wednesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15 & 22 3:30 -4:30 p.m. After listening to a story, we’ll do a variety of activities including crafts, games and competitions. Register for this fourweek series beginning Sept. 15.
Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day! Saturday, Oct. 11 Join us for crafts, games, movies, raffles, giveaways and fun! More details available soon. May the force be with you!
Family Movie Matinee Friday, Oct. 24, 1:00 p.m. We will show the new movie Mr. Peabody & Sherman, rated PG, 93 minutes. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. This is a “no school” day for Somers. Halloween Family Night Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Bring the family for an awesome evening of Halloween fun! Refreshments will be served. For ages 3 & up with parents. Children may come in costume. Register for this event beginning Oct. 14.
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By Linda Tishler Levinson
STAFFORD â€“ Town voters will have another chance to decide on a town budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year at a Sept. 3 referendum. Budget referendums on May 14, June 4 and June 18 were defeated. On July 7 the Board of Selectmen approved a mill rate of 33.03, a reduction of 0.3 mills, in order to send out tax bills. In the Sept. 3 referendum, voters will decide on a a $9,248,918, which comes in $22,607 lower than the 2013-14 budget. The budget includes $9,842,906 for the Board of Selectmen's budget, $1,997,286 for debt service, $498,931 for the library and $26,909,795 for the Board of Education budget. The townside budget is $552,000 higher than last
year's budget. The school budget represents a decrease. First Selectman Richad Shuck noted that the increases in the town budget are offset by additional revenues. For example, he said, when the town receives a grant for a project, the expenditure is still included in the town budget. â€œThe BOS, and BOF have worked very diligently to present a fiscally responsible budget that provides only minimal services and the BOE has made substantial cuts in personnel to do their part in controlling expenditures. However, the expenses associated with running the town and the BOE go up every year just as they do in our individual homes. As I have stated in the past and I will reiterate, unlike surrounding
towns, we have had no substantial residential or commercial development to increase our tax base and generate new revenue,â€? Shuck said in a letter to taxpayers. â€œFor years Stafford benefited from being the least expensive town in Tolland County but that was done by making reductions in personnel and services, putting off maintenance and repairs until there was a failure, and offsetting expenses by taking from the general fund to a point where it jeopardized the townâ€™s credit worthiness,â€? he continued in the letter. While most nearby towns have seen their operating budgets go up in recent years, Stafford's actually went down $262,000 from 2008 to 2013, Shuck said
Stafford Library Offers Variety of Programs
STAFFORD - Stafford Library is sponsoring the following programs: Rhymetime - Beginning Sept. 15, Mondays at 10 for children 0-2 years. Siblings are welcome for this fun time with rhymes, songs, finger plays, board book stories, followed by a playtime. Approximately 45 minutes. Beginning on Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. Tuesdays - Teddy Bear Story Times featuring stories, rhymes, songs, finger plays and an activity to go along with the dayâ€™s theme. Approximately 45 minutes.
Siblings welcome. Animal Story Times continue on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. with stories, rhymes, finger plays, songs and a special animal guest. Sensory Story Time is the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Children are invited to enjoy this story time, which uses multi-sensory experiences to keep your child engaged. Often a special musical guest will be featured. Stafford Library Book Club will discuss the book â€œThe Great Gatsbyâ€? by F.
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in a telephone interview. However, during that time, the town's grand list has grown far more slowly than its neighbors.â€œI need to find out where the issue is,â€? he said. Residents rejected a proposed $40,033,89 budget in a May 14 referendum with a vote of 830-499. The Board of Selectmen had been seeking a $13,078,123 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. A second budget referendum on June 4 would have brought a $39,850,899 budget. It was defeated by a vote of 1,058-628. The third budget referendum on June 18 would have called for a $39,271,899 budget. It failed by a vote of 747-673.
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STAFFORD - Suzanna Dwyer, LPL General Securities Principal at Dwyer Wealth Management LLC, announced that she was recognized as a top financial advisor for the third consecutive year by LPL Financial. This distinction is based on an annual production ranking of the approximately 13,600 registered advisors nationwide who are supported by LPL Financial LLC (“LPL Financial”), the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer. “We congratulate Suzanna for this excellent achievement, which demonstrates a strong commitment to vibrant business growth and exceptional client service,” said Bill Morrissey, Managing Director of LPL Financial Independent Advisor Services. “Freedom Club and Director’s Club advisors are among the most respected financial advisors in our industry. They serve as trusted partners for their clients and their communities.” “This professional recognition by LPL is greatly appreciated,” says Dwyer.
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Concerts on Congamond Helping to Restore Babb’s Park
By Lisa Stone
SUFFIELD - Throughout the summer, Citizens Restoring Congamond has a fundraising campaign that is designed to help fund the restoration of Babb’s Park. The old roller skating rink was once used as a dance hall. According to board member Jerry Crane, back in the horse and buggy days, there was an area designed to keep the horses and the carriages safe while people got together and enjoyed the music of famous musicians. As the years passed, the stage that sits waiting for much-needed repairs was once boasting the music of legendary performers such as Tommy Dorsey and The Glenn Miller Band. Babb’s Park was being used for roller skating until 1996. Many people of the Suffield area still have very fond memories of those days and would like to see it used as a roller skating rink once more. The organization that is desperately searching for donations to make the upgrades and repairs is asking for people to come forward and help to recapture the history that is embedded in the Babb’s Park roller skating rink.
On Aug. 17, Traci Mnich and the band Relentless were the entertainment for the day. “I’m friends with Traci and I wanted to come and lend my support for the Babb’s Park project,” said Joyce Laflesh. “This is my first time here, but it’s very nice and relaxing. The music is great and the view is beautiful.” “It always great entertainment here,” said Norine Edwards. “We love coming out here and just taking time to relax and enjoy the music. It feels wonderful to support such a great cause.” “We will have concerts throughout the summer,” said board member Linda Champagney. “We are having a ballroom dance fundraiser on Sept. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Parish Hall in Westfield. The cost of the event is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. We are hoping that people will come out and have a great time while helping to restore this wonderful piece of history.” For information about the event, go online to www.babbsrink.org or call 413-569-2381. “We need to run water from the street to the building,” Crane said. “It will cost
us about $300,000 to make that happen. Right now, we have almost $100,000. We were hoping to get a grant to help us make this a reality, but that didn’t happen.” As of now, there are many materials waiting to be used, but without the water installation, they are not allowed to move forward with the project. “We are at a stand-still right now. We are desperately trying to get the water situation
fixed. We really need people to see that this piece of history really needs their help.” The organization is a 501 C3 nonprofit organization. They are hoping that people will join them in their efforts to restore the roller skating rink. If anyone would like to donate, please go to Babb’s Rink website.
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Suffield Chamber Announces Second iSuffield Digital Display
By Gayle Demko
SUFFIELD - Look for the next iSuffield digital display in the lobby of the First National Bank of Suffield’s West Suffield branch. The Suffield Chamber and the Town of Suffield have collaborated to produce a plan to enhance the communication capabilities for the town. First National Bank of Suffield joins Highland Park in hosting an iSuffield Digital Screen, which dis-
plays current Suffield events. The Suffield Chamber has developed the most sophisticated interactive website for business owners and civic groups, a website that contains a page for each member and a listing for every business and civic group in Suffield and surrounding towns. The website and the visual iSuffield digital screen work together to broadcast events and messages to each iSuffield screen. Visit the
Friends of Kent Memorial Library Book Sale
SUFFIELD - The 44th annual Used Book Sale presented by The Friends of the Kent Memorial Library in Suffield takes place Sept. 6 and 7. More than 25,000 quality books sorted into 60 categories – fiction, cooking, children’s, etc. will be for sale rain or shine at the Kent Memorial Library located at 50 North Main St. The used book sale takes place on Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, the same date as the popular Suffield on the Green event. The hours of the book sale, both days, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come on Saturday
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Suffield Farmer’s Market Provides a Healthy Alternative
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SUFFIELD - The weekly Suffield Farmer’s Market is held at the south side of the Town Green every Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon through October. Though the weather was not as cooperative as some would have liked it to be, there was still a good turnout for the market on a recent Saturday. “I think the dark clouds are keeping some people away,” said Philip Hornig of Easy Pickins Orchard of Enfield. “We are here rain or shine. Usually there are a lot more people here, but it was still a good turnout. I wish there were more vendors here. This would be a great opportunity to sell their goods.” Hornig says he has his regulars that come and buy a week’s worth of vegetables from him. “Because we have our regular customers, I know what to bring with me. I try to give the customers exactly what they are looking for,” Hornig said. “I come here every week,” said Suffield resident Don Miner. “They
could use more stuff here, but I think it’s great.” The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop were selling tickets to their annual Harvest Dinner Dance and Auction. “We go wherever there is anything to do with farming,” said Janet Banks, president of the Friends of the Farm at Hilltop. “We are having so many great things coming up in September and we just want to be able to tell people about it,” said board member Kacy Colston. “We have a Corn Hole Tournament coming up on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Hilltop Farm. It’s a great time. Kids as well as adults will be playing the game. It is a lot like shuffle board, but it is played with bean bags. For National Land’s Day we will be having a kite flying competition. That will be on Sept. 27. The farm will be very active this September.” “I think it is awesome to have the community come out and be together and get fresh organic foods,” said Halli Hunderfund. “I got everything I wanted,” said Jane
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There's exciting news coming out of Detroit with the introduction of the 2015 Dodge Challenger. It has a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine that produces a jaw dropping 707 horsepower and 650 lb. ft. of torque. It is the most powerful American production car ever. But a number many people overlook comes via Darryl Smith, chief engineer, Dodge Challenger SRT. The Hellcat produces 411 lb. ft. of torque at 1200 rpm. When other cars are just beginning to think about accelerating, the Challenger stands ready to pump out 411 lb. ft. of torque. There are sports cars that don't produce that much torque period. As drives around Portland, Oregon streets and the Portland International Raceway demonstrated, at no time does the Challenger lack for acceleration. Nothing holds this car back. Mark Trostle, head of SRT & Mopar Design, put it best during a presentation when he said the engine "punches everybody in the face." This car, without too much gushing, simply oozes power. It's also the most-expensive Dodge Challenger offered with a starting price of $59,995, including a gas guzzler tax of $2100. Lost in all the Hellcat hype is the fact that there are other Challenger
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