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As Rick’s son, Tyler has the talent and technique required to perform topnotch restoration work. Brettly, Kelly’s son, is known as “The Million Dollar Salesman.” He knows the products and sells them like a pro! As part of Rick’s Restorations at The Big E, the cast will discuss the restoration process of select items brought in by audience members. If you have something you would like featured in the show, fill out an application at Facebook.com/TheBigE. You can also catch Rick, Kelly, Tyler and Brettly tossing beads in the Mardi Gras Parade at 5 p.m. on Oct. 3, and in Eastern States Exposition’s Collector Car Experience (CCE), Oct. 4 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the xfinity arena. The crew will weigh in with their expertise on restoring cars with hosts Mike Brewer, of Wheeler Dealers, and Wayne Carini, of Chasing Classic Cars. CCE additionally features a special performance by Counting Cars’ Danny “The Count” Koker and his Hard Rock band, Count’s 77. For more information on this show and all entertainment at this year’s Big E, visit TheBigE.com. The Big E takes place Sept. 18 – Oct. 4 in West Springfield. The 17-day event is the largest fair in the northeast and the fifth largest fair in North America. Join our mailing list and connect with us

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Give Back With Reverse Trick or Treat

STAFFORD - The cool crisp weather is approaching and Paradiso Insurance is preparing for a very exciting time of the year. Every year Paradiso Insurance gives back to its community through its “Reverse Trick or Treat” event. From Sept. 8 through Oct. 21, Paradiso Insurance will be accepting donations of items such as games, toys, and art supplies for hospitalized children at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The “Reverse Trick or Treat” event makes it possible for the children to enjoy their Halloween, even though they are unable to leave the hospital or have candy. At the end of the donation period, Paradiso Insurance will give all of the donated items to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center to be distributed to the children on Halloween. Donations are always needed, so join in to make a difference for a child this Halloween. Drop off your donations at the Paradiso Insurance office, located at 8 East Main St., Stafford Springs, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Together we can make it possible for hospitalized children to have a happy Halloween. (Donation ideas: pencils, pens, markers, crayons, non-toxic paint, craft kits, dolls, stuffed animals, Legos,

23rd Annual Piedmont Art Show

SOMERS - Fresh off a successful summer concert series, the Somers Cultural Commission is proud to host the 23rd annual Piedmont Art Show, in historic Piedmont Hall, 604 Main St. in Somers, with a gallery open to the public from Sept. 20 through Oct. 4. The Art Show, which for over two decades has attracted entrants both local to the area and from all over New England, is considered one of the preeminent juried art shows in the region. The art typically represents a wide range of expression, with variety of mediums, perspectives and styles, always of the highest caliber and creativity. This year, Sandra Wakeen, esteemed artist, teacher and local entrepreneur with a gallery located at 62 South Rd. in Somers, is lending her expertise as juror for the show. The public is welcome to join the artists in and among their work for light refreshments at the opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., at Piedmont Hall. At that time, prizes will be issued to the winning entrants. The show will remain open at Piedmont Hall during posted hours for the remainder of the month. Please check www.somerscultural.org for specific times. Also, the Piedmont Percolator Coffeehouse Series will return in October with a fresh new lineup of local musical and

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EAST WINDSOR -- The State Police Training Facility should be located somewhere other than East Windsor. That is what the Board of Selectmen said Aug. 5 in a letter to the state Department of Administrative Services. The letter followed a July 21 Town Meeting vote directing the town to oppose the proposed facility and inform the state of the town’s position.

The state is seeking to relocate the facility from Simsbury to a privately owned 223-acre site on Apothecaries Hill Road. Residents presented a petition signed by more than 400 voters in opposition to the facility. “The town strongly affirms the intention behind the petition and urges your strong consideration of the impact such a facility would have on the thousands of residents that live in the area,” the letter reads.

The letter cited reasons for opposing the facility, including the proposed training center’s proximity to a church, a cemetery, a major state highway and a school, as well as its impact on agricultural lands and floodplains. The selectmen also told the state the facility would be better located in a less densely populated community, a community interested in hosting such a facility, state-owned land or by expanding the current facility.

Fall Programs and Offerings by Parks and Recreation Department EAST WINDSOR - The following programs are being offered by the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department. Please call 860-627-6662 with any questions about any of the programs. FALL YOGA: Classes will be held at the East Windsor High School in Room D-4 from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MONDAY classes will be held Sept. 21 to Nov. 16 with no class on Oct. 12. WEDNESDAY classes will be held Sept. 23 to Nov. 11. The cost of this program is: residents $30 once a week or $45 twice a week; non-residents $35 once a week or $50 twice a week. Registration is through the Parks and Recreation Office or at class with Diane Ross.

FALL ZUMBA: Classes are being held at the Town Hall Annex from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. MONDAY classes will be held from Sept. 14 to Nov. 16 with no class on Nov. 2 and Nov. 9. WEDNESDAY classes will be held from Sept. 23 to Nov. 18 with no class on Nov. 11. Registration is through the Parks and Recreation Office or at class with Kim Goulet. Please call 860-627-6662 with questions. The cost of this program is: residents $35 once a week or $60 twice a week; non-residents $40 once a week or $65 twice a week; daily walk-ins are $5. FALL TINY TOTS SOCCER: East Windsor Parks & Recreation will be sponsoring the Fall Tiny Tots Soccer. This program is open to boys and girls

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ages 3 & 4. This program will teach the fundamentals of the sport of soccer. It will be held at the Abbe Road Soccer Field from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, and on Sept. 15, 22, 29, and Oct. 6. The cost of this program is $35 per child. Register with the East Windsor Parks & Recreation Office or download the registration form at www.eastwindsorct.com. Call the Parks & Recreation Office with any questions at 860-627-6662. EAST WINDSOR PARKS & RECREATION DANCE PROGRAM: East Windsor Parks & Recreation is now

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Connecticut Trolley Museum Celebrates 75th Anniversary

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EAST WINDSOR - The Connecticut Trolley Museum commemorated the 75th anniversary of its beginning, with a three-day weekend celebration to pay tribute to those volunteers who in 1940 gave their time and talents to founding this museum. It was and still is designed to preserve the memory and heritage of the streetcars that transported millions of riders throughout the cities and towns of America. During the weekend of Aug. 14-16, visitors enjoyed many special events: A special Founders Recognition Presentation A Parade of Streetcars – a special narrated pass-in-review of the streetcars and other rolling stock “So You Want to Drive a Streetcar?”

offering special rates for our guest operator program Recreation of the 1910 era including individuals in period dress and a roaming barbershop quartet Popcorn and ice cream Antique autos on the premises Vintage aircraft on display down the line at “pumpkin patch” The museum is now and has been over the years staffed primarily by volunteers who do everything from laying and maintaining track to repairing and servicing the trolley car fleet, operating the cars as motormen and conductors, writing grants, fundraising and all other activities needed to maintain a vibrant and successful museum.

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EAST WINDSOR - Young pro football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills when the East Windsor Lions Club hosts a Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Saturday, Sept. 26, as part of the annual East Windsor Community Day celebration. The competition is free and open to

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ELLINGTON - This time of year brings many familiar sights and sounds to the residents of Ellington, but probably the most familiar are the white cake boxes found on every apartment, condo and residence doorstep from now until Labor Day; about 5,500 to be exact and hopefully residents will fill them with cakes. If you are new to the town, you may not know that the annual “Fireman’s Fair” or carnival has been around for over 80 years, nearly as long as the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department has been in existence. This year’s fair begins Thursday, Sept. 10 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 12 and features rides, food, games and a parade that steps off at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday. The parade has been around since the 1960s and is a favorite attraction. The essence of home-

town character shows as firefighters from across the state come to be in the parade along with local organizations and marching bands. The cake booth runs the entire weekend and has all resident-donated cakes and pastries for a 25cent game of chance. This booth is one of the most popular attractions at the fair. The fire department relies heavily on this fair to raise necessary funds. In addition, a raffle runs during the same time frame featuring a 2015 Jeep Patriot as first prize. There are 10 prizes in total and the drawing takes place Saturday night at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. Fire Chief Gary Feldman has been with the department for 34 years and was promoted to chief last May. He said the fair supports many activities throughout the year that are not supported within the town’s budget.

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Fairgoers try their luck at the fair's cake booth. “With the support received in the past we have been able to purchase specialized rescue equipment, protective clothing, uniforms and training,” Feldman said. Betsi Feldman is chairperson of the carnival as well as the treasurer of the department. She has been with the department for 26 years and also serves as advisor with her husband and six others for the Cadet Program. The youth in cadets learn and support the efforts of the department, including going to emergency calls. Along with fire protection, rescue

Photo courtesy of Fred Bird services, education and training, the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department supports a variety of community activities including Little League, Safe Graduation Party, Safety Town and public fire prevention and safety education programs. “Our goal is to continue to support these programs,” Gary Feldman said. The Ellington Volunteer Fire Department is a 100 percent volunteer organization. For more information about volunteering or about the fire department and fair, visit its website at www.ellingtonfire.org.


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Decide to be Kind Movement Invites Residents’ Participation

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ELLINGTON - Residents will be noticing signs around town encouraging them to “Join the Moovement” over the next few months as Ellington Youth Services and the Council for Developing Positive Youth Culture (DPYC) kicks off its newest campaign, “Decide To Be Kind.” The staff at Youth Services brainstormed the issues that face youth and adults and agreed that so much of it revolves around being kind and compassionate. They decided to focus on four important areas: social media, celebrating diversity, mental health awareness and sportsmanship. They wanted to give the campaign a fun twist while making it Ellington-appropriate and used the local farm landscape to drive the idea home. The “Join the Moovement” signs have a dairy cow on them directing readers to visit www.DecideToBeKind.com. Youth Services Director Diane Lasher-Penti said the idea had been on paper for about six months and took form just recently when they decided to make the cow lawn signs. There are about 80 signs available and will be given out at the school open houses in September and at the Ellington Farmer’s Market on Community Day, Sept. 12. The intent is for families to take a sign and keep it on their lawn for a two-week period, after which they will “moo-ve” it to another family’s lawn for another two weeks.

Sapna Raghavan, Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen of 2015 and Ellington High School senior. Photo by Deborah Stauffer “We are encouraging families to focus on kindness and to take photos with the sign and email them in to us. We also want to hear their kindness stories,” Lasher-Penti said. The photos and pictures will go on the website with all those submitted to be entered into a Big Y gift card drawing in November, which is when the “herd” of signs is expected to come back. The “Kindness Gallery” page on the website is already filled with photos of some familiar faces. “The yard signs are just a kick-off and we hope the

schools and organizations will join in on the campaign,” Lasher-Penti said. “The power that kindness and compassion can have on a person is amazing and we want to highlight and focus on the goodness that is happening here in our community.” The website has resources on the four areas and any events taking place. Sapna Raghavan, Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen for 2015 and an Ellington High School senior and DPYC student representative, is excited about the celebrating diversity component and hopes to start a diversity club at the high school to plan cultural events. The Teen Diversity Club’s first meeting is Sept. 3 at 2:15 p.m. at Youth Services. Mental health information is available on the website and future plans are to work with the Recreation Department and schools highlighting good sportsmanship for student-athletes and parents. Social media and cyberbullying is another topic that will be addressed in the coming months and resources regarding how parents can encourage kindness on the Internet with their children can also be found on the website. For more information on the campaign, visit www.DecideToBeKind.com or contact Youth Services at 860-870-3130. Youth Services information and programs can be found on their website youth.ellingtonct.gov.

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ing teachers,” she said. Berasi said she and the other new administrators are getting to know the school system before making any major changes, adding that they will look to the teachers. “I’m hoping they will guide us,” she said. School was scheduled to begin Sept. 1 in Suffield. Ellington Scott Nicol is the new superintendent of schools in Ellington, having previously been the executive director of performance management for the Hartford Public Schools. As a new superintendent, Nicol said he wants to “learn by listening” and “to lead by learning.” He said he was grateful that he was appointed in May, so he was able to spend time in the school in May and June, as well as the summer, to get to know the schools and town and school employees. He also said he feels the schools must be a part of the community. “The school

district doesn’t exist in a vacuum,” he said. “It’s part of the whole town.” To reach out to the community, he has created a Twitter account, @SuperNicol. Nicol said a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the Crystal Lake School project on Aug. 25. The project is threequarters of the way completed, and the new wing has been opened to students and teachers. Students returned to school Aug. 26. Nicol said so far bus routes have gone smoothly, and he has been able to visit all the schools in the district. East Windsor School in East Windsor was to begin Aug. 31 for grades 1-9, Sept. 1 for grades 10-12 and Sept. 8 for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane said the schools are pleased that a survey of parents showed they are happy with the schools. “Our parents believe the schools are caring, that they are safe, and they have high academic standards,” she said, adding that many of the goals in the district’s strategic plan have been

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Students returned to Stafford schools on Aug. 27. The school system has two new administrators, Superintendent of Schools Patricia Collin said. Jennifer Hoffman is the new principal of Stafford Middle School. Steve Montgomery is the new assistant principal of Stafford Elementary School. In addition, Principal Peggy Falcetta, who had split her time between Stafford Elementary and Staffordville Elementary schools, is now the full-time principal at Staffordville Elementary. Jolene Piscetello, formerly assistant principal at Stafford Elementary, is now principal at the school. The school system received a $463,000 security grant and is installing cameras and access-control systems, while upgrading infrastructure, Collin said. Solar panels and geothermal energy systems are also being installed at Stafford Middle School and Staffordville School. Collin added Stafford schools were named the third best school district for the buck by the website Nerd Wallet.

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Friend of Hyde Park Thanks Blues Fest Supporters

To the Editor, The Friends of Hyde Park would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the following sponsors, contributors and volunteers for their support of this year’s Stafford Blues Fest. Special thanks go to American Sleeve Bearing, Willington Name Plate, North Central News, TSI, Falcetti Music, TTM Technologies, American Woolen, Jeff Ramsey Carpentry, American General Contracting, Proulx Building and Remodeling, J.J. Mottes Concrete, Michael P. Kroll and Company, Stafford Savings Bank, and Megasys for sponsorship. The event would not have been such a success without the contributions from these businesses: Nana’s Ice Cream, Italian Benefit Society, Subway, Ruby’s Fine Wines and Liquors, Cold Harbor Seafood, Big Y, Aqua Pump, Mill Pond Country Store, Basil’s Restaurant, Stafford Family Chiropractic and Kolossos Restaurant. In addition several downtown businesses made contributions and these are: Sabor 44, The Three Graces, Rustology, Northeast Realty, The Inspiration Station and J&D Pizza and Grill. The event ran smoothly because of the outstanding work of a band of volunteers who managed the gate, vendor relations, stage management, hospitality, and transportation. A special thanks goes to the Police

Explorers who assisted in parking and special needs transportation. As always, Town of Stafford’s Pete Williams and his crew created a welcoming outdoor environment. This event was made more memorable because of the efforts of these individuals and companies and the overall enthusiasm of the community and attendees. With so many contributing, if we have overlooked anyone please accept our apologies. Sincerely, The Friends of Hyde Park

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To the Editor; As we enter this year’s campaign season, we have only one clear choice in the Republican Primary on September 16th, First Selectmen Lisa Pellegrini. I’ve worked with Ms. Pellegrini for almost six years and during her tenure as First Selectman, I’ve watched her grow and become a passionate voice, leader and advocate for Somers. She has worked tirelessly to promote Somers’ interests in Hartford and within Tolland County. Her accomplishments are long and have transformed Somers into a highly efficient and cost effective government. Over the last three years, Somers has seen a growth in financial reserves, during a time when the town has not seen a tax increase. This is unprecedented and Somers is the envy of many towns. Services to citizens,

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Pellegrini Squares Off Against LaCasse in GOP Primary

Somers

By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — Lisa Pellegrini will face a challenge from Linda Louise LaCasse in the Sept. 16 Republican primary. Pellegrini, the incumbent, was endorsed by the Republicans at the party convention in July. LaCasse petitioned to challenge Pellegrini in the primary and also to be on the November ballot as a petitioning candidate. As a result, LaCasse will be on the November ballot regardless of the outcome, while Pellegrini needs the GOP win to take part in the general election. The Democrats endorsed Tim Potrikas for first selectman in July as a straw, or placeholder, candidate. Pellegrini, who is seeking a fourth term as first selectman, said she wants to finish the projects she is working on and that she has a strong track record. She noted that the town has had no tax increases for the past two years and that she has helped bring in $7 million in grants to help make that possible. Among unfinished projects, she included the Somersville Mill, which recently has captured the attention of state and federal officials.

In addition, she said, she is respected at the state level. “I’ve been able to have a voice at the state capitol.” Prior to serving as first selectman, she worked as a sales and marketing director in West Hartford. LaCasse, who has lived on Main Street in Somersville since 1989, said she is running because she believes a public servant must be willing to be accountable, approachable and available. She said decided to petition to be on the ballot after the Republican party in town chose to have a convention rather than a caucus, meaning only members of the town committee were included in the decision, not all town Republicans. She argued that town budgets have recently depended on too many one-time revenues and that would eventually result in tax increases. LaCasse also wants to see greater transparency in the town budget process. In 2014 she ran for state representative, losing to Kurt Vail. She is involved in a number of local civic organizations and is the owner of A Victorian Sentiment in town.

Voting in the primary will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 16 at Town Hall. New voters may register to vote in the primary by mail with an application postmarked by Sept. 11 and received by Sept. 15 or in person by Sept. 15. The deadline is the same for an existing voter

changing to the Republican party, according to a written release from Registrar of Voters David McCaffrey. Voter registration sessions will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 1 and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 15.

Spotlight on the Foundation

The latest edition of “Sen. Kissel & Friends” highlights the work being done by the Somers Education Foundation (SEF). The Foundation is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization which supports innovative projects and programs to enhance student learning in Somers public schools. From left, Sen. John A. Kissel, SEF President Dr. Paul Salva, Somers Superintendent of Schools Maynard Suffredini, and SEF Vice President John Mailhot. “Sen. Kissel & Friends” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on PATV15. 

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SOMERS - The Friends of the Somers Public Library will sponsor a Used Book Sale on the weekend of Oct. 2-4. 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. 2) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a cost of $5. The open sale is on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices for adult and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hardback and paperback books will range from 25 cents to $2 with a separate section of higher-priced books. Books will be available in a wide range of categories. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Somers Public Library. Parking at the library is free. The used book collection is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Somers Library. Books can also be donated at the library any time from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2. Donations of good used books, CDs, videos, and audio books are accepted. For more information, please call the Somers Library at 860-763-3501.


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Somers Senior Center Offers Variety of Programs, Aid

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SOMERS - The Somers Senior Center is located at 19 Battle St. in Somers. You can contact the center at 860-763-4379, find it on Facebook under “Somers Senior Center” or visit it at www.somersct.gov. Sign-up is required for all events. Beginning in September, Health and Wellness classes are coming to the Somers Senior Center. Zumba Gold (instructor: Liz Whiteley) will be offered Mondays at 2:30 p.m. at a cost of $4 per class for residents ($5 non-residents). Gentle Yoga (instructor: Diana Gunther) will be offered Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at a cost of $5 per class for residents ($7 non-residents). Quigong Tai-Chi (instructor Stephen “Lucky” Luckingham) will be offered Fridays at 8:30 a.m. at $5 per class (residents and non-residents). Registration is already under way. Please stop in to the Senior Center or call for more information. The center also continues to offer Reiki on the second Tuesday of each month. Twenty-minute sessions are

available at a special discounted rate of $10 for our seniors, offered by a Certified Reiki Master Practitioner, Carleen Eve Fisher Hoffman. Call 413525-7345 for an appointment. You can also join try chair aerobics on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., free of charge. Do you or your loved ones suffer from anxiety, chronic pain, or chronic illness, heart disease, high blood pressure, panic reactions, or GI distress? Whether your illness is causing you stress or your stress is contributing to your illness, you now have an opportunity to learn how to deal with stress differently. This workshop is based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the highly successful Stress Reduction & Relaxation Clinic at UMass Medical Center and author of “Wherever You Go, There You Are.” Join the senior center on Sept. 14 to learn a powerful resource for coping with stress, and to increase your ability to focus and relax. A light lunch will be provided at 12:30

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p.m. and the workshop will begin at 1 p.m. Brought to you by Johnson Memorial Medical Center’s Rev. Carol Mento. Sept. 25 at noon, representatives from the North Central Area Agency on Aging (NCAAA) CHOICES (Connecticut’s program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening) program will be on site to provide valuable, unbiased information and to answer all of your questions regarding Medicare. If you missed this program in May, don’t make the same mistake twice. Just the center in time for Part D open enrollment (Oct. 15-Dec. 7). Don’t miss this opportunity to ensure you are aware of all the coverage options available to you and that you are on the plan that is the best fit for you. Throughout the year, your medications and health conditions may change, and your current coverage may no longer be your best option. Being on the wrong plan could be costing you money. The Somers Senior Center’s David Gwilliam Mohegan Sun Casino bus trip is happening on Friday, Sept. 18. You do not have to be a senior or a resident of Somers for this trip. Bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will return at approximately 5:30 p.m. Trip cost of $20 includes round-trip deluxe motorcoach, two $10 gambling vouchers, a $15 food voucher, and the driver’s gra-

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SOMERS - On Thursday, Sept. 10, the Somers Women's Club will hold its first meeting of the fiscal year. The event will be held in the Foundation Room of the Somers Congregational Church. It will begin at 11:45 a.m. with a potluck luncheon, followed by a discussion of club business. Because September is “Women’s Friendship Month,” the members will then enjoy socializing with one another, sharing their experiences during the summer months. For additional information, please call Arlene at 860-698-2296 or Maureen at 860-749-7518.

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St. Edward School celebrated the first day of school featuring the Whole Child Academy with prayers for the world and some “learning about me” projects. Visit the school and tour classrooms at their Open House and Ice Cream Social, Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Located at 25 Church St. in Stafford, St. Edward School is rated exemplary in Mission, Program, and Experience of the Student by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Call 860-684-2600 for more information.

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Stafford Will Commence Economic Development Project

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STAFFORD -- The town will begin the first phase of the Stafford Utility Expansion/Economic Development Project. Residents voted unanimously at a July 29 Town Meeting to approve the $1.9 million plan for the design and construction of water, gas and sewer line extensions for the Stafford Housing Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woodland Springs facility, water and gas line extensions for the Stafford Industrial Park on Middle River Drive and approximately 1.3 miles of water and gas line extensions on Route 190. During the town meeting, First

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Selectman Richard Shuck told residents the reason to support the project is that it would allow for the senior housing project, as well as paving the way for economic development and job creation, according to the meeting minutes. Superintendent of the Water Pollution Control Authority Rick Hartenstein said the pump station on Route 190, and the plant on Route 32, will have the capacity to handle 79 units at Woodland Springs, Johnson Memorial Hospital, the West Stafford School and some residences with system failures along the way. Harvey Edelstein, of Real Estate Diagnostics, said 79 units will be built in

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STAFFORD - Stafford Library welcomes you to join its Story Times to be held on: Mondays at 10 a.m.: Rhyme Time for children 2 months-2 years with songs, finger plays, board books followed by a short playtime. Families welcome. Tuesdays at 10 a.m.: Teddy Bear Time for children 2 years and up, with stories, songs, finger plays and a short activity to follow the Story Time. Families welcome. Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.: All ages welcome at Animal Story Time. Read

stories, do finger plays, sing interactive songs, do a theme-related activity and have an animal visitor. Sensory Story Time to be held the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.: Join the library for a fun-filled, 45minute program featuring books, movement, puppets, finger plays and stories for the whole family. Music Therapist Renee Coro will be a special guest. Please call to register for all programs at 860-684-2852, or go online at www.staffordlibrary.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

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planning a fun-filled event. Among those serving on the committee are Chairperson Debra Gish, Kathy Barron, Kathy Boylan, Mike Helechu, Mary Howland, Maureen Leddy, Paula Murphy, Kathy Picard, Donna JonesSearle, Jamie Tower, Mary Tiroletto and JoAnne Verallis. For those wishing to support this event, sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $5,000 to $100. Tickets cost $75, include a taxdeductible donation and can be purchased by calling Chris Casey, Event Coordinator, at 860-698-6267 or going online to www.thenetworkct.org. Services provided are free and include outreach, crisis intervention, support and counseling services, as well as a 15-bed emergency shelter.

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Mack Faces Frenaye in Democrat First Selectman Primary

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SUFFIELD -- Endorsed Democratic candidate for first selectman Melissa Mack will face a challenge from Democratic Town Chairman Thomas Frenaye in a Sept. 16 primary. Mack is business and tax attorney with her own practice in town, Mack Law LLC. She is the mother of two children, including one with special needs, and said she has worked closely and collaboratively with the Suffield public school system for the past seven years. She serves as a grant writer on the Enrichment Committee of the PTO and on the Historic District Commission. “The time to restore trust in Suffield’s government and decide Suffield’s future

is now and I embrace the challenge. I am the best candidate for first aelectman because I will bring new perspectives and ideas to Suffield’s government,” Mack said. If elected, Mack said she would collaborate with town boards and commissions, as well as residents and business owners on a strategic vision and economic development plan for the town that reflects the preferences of the town’s citizens. Frenaye served as first selectman from 2009 to 2011. He ran unsuccessfully against current Republican First Selectman Edward McAnaney in 2011 and 2013. The winner of the Democratic primary will face McAnaney in the November election. “I’m running because I’m interested

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“I think we can also do better at listening to voters,” he said. Frenaye also served on the Board of Finance, Zoning and Planning Commission, and as chairman of the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures. He worked for Phoenix Insurance in Hartford and Enfield for nearly 20 years as a senior technology manager. The primary will be held from 6 a,m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 16, with voting at Suffield Middle School.

SUFFIELD - Dean Hugh Macgill will discuss the U.S. Constitution at the Kent Memorial Library at 61 Ffyler Place on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Last year retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens created some controversy when he published his book, Six Amendments. which detailed where the Constitution should be amended in order to protect our democracy and the safety and wellbeing of American citizens. Others say that the Constitution should not be amended. Dean Macgill will touch upon these issues and offer a general discussion of the Constitution. Please register for this free program by calling the Kent

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9/11 Rememberance Parade Will Be Held on Sept. 12

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SUFFIELD - A parade and ceremony and will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, to remember those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The parade comprised of Emergency Service personnel will step off at 9 a.m. from Suffield Middle School and

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High School band. Reverend Scott Seabury will serve as Chaplain of the Day. In case of rain, the parade will be canceled, and the ceremony will move to the Suffield High School auditorium at 1060 Sheldon St. at 9 a.m.

Do You Have a Suffield Ghost Story? Or Any Ghost Stories to Share? SUFFIELD - In Suffield, a town with many old houses, there are bound to be some ghosts around. Have you bumped into one? Halloween is fast approaching and if you are willing to share your ghost

story with others, the Kent Memorial Library would love to create a ghost story gathering. The paranormal night at the library will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Stock Market Game at the Library

SUFFIELD - Ka-ching! Middle school and high school students can sign up to play the Stock Market Game. The game starts on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and ends Saturday, Dec. 12. The Connecticut Stock Market Game is sponsored by SIFMA (Securities Industry And Financial Markets Association). Students can work individually or form teams to spend $100,000 in virtual money to build a diversified investment portfolio of stocks. Students enter their stock picks

on the Internet via computer or a smartphone. Trades happen in real time so students experience how real-world events impact the capital market. Participants will be given information sheets describing the stock market and its components. Help is also available from experienced investors. A prize will be awarded to the top team. Please register for this free program by calling the library at 860-668-3896 or registering online at www.suffieldlibrary.org.

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Ford’s Third Age Suit Points to Greater Safety Technology Needs

Automotive By Keith Griffin

Normally driving a 2015 Lexus RC 350 is an exercise in automotive enjoyment. On one hot day recently, I found it extremely difficult. I had trouble seeing. My movements were largely restricted and my hand was shaking. I was less confident in my ability to safely drive. While it sounds like I was drunk, I wasn’t. I was encased in Ford’s Third Age Suit. It is designed to significantly reduce mobility when worn. It helps designers and engineers create future vehicles with the needs and limitations of the elderly in mind. It also does a great job highlighting how crucial current safety technology is as you age. As Ford told me, people 85 years and older represent the fastest growing demographic of drivers—nearly doubling from 1.76 million in 1998 to 3.48 million in 2013 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. A study by the National Institutes of Health found that the fatality rate in car accidents for these octogenarians is nine times greater than those under 70. The Third Age suit (check out a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEDF9ut7iCc on it) does significantly decrease mobility thanks to restrictive knee and elbow braces and weighted feet that make swinging your legs into the car difficult as well as operating the gas and brake pedals; fingerless gloves that limit hand movements, as well as cotton gloves that desensitize your touch, which is a consequence of diabetes; and, acoustic earmuffs that suppress your hearing. The latter made me turn up the radio and almost yell to be heard. It also made me sensitive to how difficult it can be to hear emergency vehicles as they approach. With that lack of aural awareness, hard-of-hearing drivers are

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more likely to be startled when the ambulance suddenly looms large in the rearview mirror. The most impactful aspect of the suit, though, was the impairment glasses. Donning the “glaucoma” glasses, I drove around the Asnuntuck Community College parking lot. Foolishly I felt like I could drive OK if I drove slowly. It demonstrates the risks older drivers are willing to take in spite of significantly impaired vision. (It might also prove the need for regular eye testing of people over the age of 75.) It could have been disastrous to hit the open road with this visibility impairment. (And, no, Ford wasn’t willing to let me drive on the open road in the Third Age Suit.) Another telling feature was the cervical bandage that limited neck movement to the point I couldn’t look over my shoulder to see behind me. I couldn’t have confidently backed out of a parking space without a rear camera. It also made me appreciate how important rear cross traffic alert, found on the 2016 Ford Edge and increasing numbers of new vehicles, can be for

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