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Random Raven By Gary Carra Welcome back to Random Raven, the column with aspirations no greater than simply serving as your complete, entertainment itinerary on a month-to-month basis. Setting our sights seaward this September, its ambiance meets decadence when the 12th annual Newport Mansion Food & Wine Festival tips bottles the 21-24.While the multi-day fete is adorned with fantabulous dinners, "after dark" parties and a Sunday Jazz Brunch, it is of course the Saturday and Sunday Grand Tastings on the beautiful Marble House grounds that remain the event's crowning jewel. Quite simply, each Grand Tasting will offer guests an afternoon of entertainment, as well as the opportunity to sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from local, regional and national restaurants and purveyors. Aside from the vino sipping, this event also boasts the Meiomi Seaside Bar, non-stop chef demonstrations on the Monogram Culinary Stage, the Rosé Grill Garden featuring Château

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exception. Fittingly, The Big E ( more formally known as the Eastern States Exposition - is the largest and longest running. In fact, this year’s installment will occur from Sept. 15Oct. 1. For more info on anything and everything “E,” check out our Big E preview in the Fall Fest section of this very edition, page 4.

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The Big E

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

Where the ‘E’ stands for ‘Entertainment’

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Big E will be returning soon, promising another year of memorable entertainment, exceptional exhibits, fair foods, rides and shopping. The fair takes place Sept. 15 through Oct. 1. Gates open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Buildings and exhibits open at 10 a.m. Storrowton Village and the Avenue of States are open until 9 p.m. The North American Midway is open Sun. – Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m,-11 p.m.

People; 8 p.m Sept. 18-19: Forever Motown, 3 and 8 p.m.; Sept. 20- 26: Street Beat Parkour Percussion, 11 a.m., 1 and 6 p.m.; Also performing: Sept. 20-22: Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, 3 and 8 p.m. (no 8 p.m. Sept. 22); Sept 22: Cheat Codes, 8 p.m.; Sept. 23: The White Hut Cheeseburg Eating Championship, 3 p.m.; The Sugarhill Gang with Grandmaster Melle Mel, 8 p.m.; Sept. 24: Sheila E., 8 p.m. Sept. 25-26: Ten Years After, 3 and 8 p.m.; Sept. 27-28: The Lovin’ Spoonful, 3 and 8 p.m.; Sept. 27-Oct. 1: Mariachi Azteca del Sol, 11 a.m., 1 and 6 p.m.; Sept. 29-Oct. 1: Fastball, 3 p.m.; The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, 8 p.m.; Sept. 30: Nick Fradiani with Carly & Martina, 8 p.m. Oct. 1: The Machine performs Pink Floyd, 8 p.m.

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The lineup at the xfinity arena, with all shows taking place at 7:30 p.m. and free except where noted: Sept. 15: Grand Funk Railroad; Sept. 16: Cole Swindell ($49/$39); Sept. 17: for KING & COUNTRY; Sept. 22: Cam; Sept. 23: Smash Mouth; Sept. 24: Collector Car Experience, 2 p.m; Sept. 29: Night Ranger. Also: Sept. 30: TWINE ($49/$39/$29; VIP upgrade, $20); Lindsay Ell, 3:15 p.m.; The Cadillac Three, 4:30 p.m.; Parmalee, 6 p.m. Granger Smith feat.; Earl Dibble Jr, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 1: USA Muffler Rap Championship. The lineup for the Court of Honor Stage: Sept. 15 - 19: The Alley Cats, 11 a.m., 1 and 6 p.m.; Vintage Trouble, 8 p.m.; Sept. 16: Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri, 3 p.m.; Martin Sexton, 8 p.m.; Sept. 17: Chalice of Salvation Mass, 10 a.m; Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri, 3 p.m.; Village

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East Windsor native leads Troubadours to Four Town SOMERS — On the opening night of this year’s Four Town Fair (Sept. 14-17), the featured act will be retro-country band Truck Stop Troubadours. It will be a homecoming of sorts for TST member Brian Chicoine, who is from East Windsor, this year’s host town. 4TF: The host town for this year’s fair is East Windsor. How proud are you to be born in raised in what was a little tobacco farm town, to be here now playing again at this year’s fair? BC: I am extremely proud to call East Windsor my hometown. It was smalltown life growing up there, things moved slower, everyone in town knew each other, the streets were safe places to play as kids, as teenagers we found our first loves and crushes at our town carnivals and fairs like the Four Town. Farming still meant something big to the town before the Walmarts and auto parking lots. It’s where the smell of apple pie and fallen leaves signaled the best time of the year. So yes I am happy to be back home to celebrate the country lifestyle. 4TF: After leaving East Windsor and living in Nashville for 10 years and gigging and defining your own music style and traveling to Austin, Texas where you took everything you could possible learn, hear and see before returning home in 2008 and re-forming a band that stands for the tradition of country music with the Legends of the past like Waylon, Cash, Buck and Ray. Can you

tell us a little bit about your songwriting process? BC: My songwriting comes from personal places whether they be good or bad the song's core is honesty. I have had heartaches in my life and I’ve witnessed it in others, how people deal with them is where you can connect to a song about them. A song based on drinking may hit the listener who's been there, or one whose love loss is fresh or even longing for love you can never forget. The difference between my older style of country and the radio stuff is that in the traditional style you don’t sugar coat the truth life isn't always pickup truck parties or drinking on your boat. When I sing a song about a tractor it’s because my brother and America’s farmers make their livelihoods with them, they’re not out in someone’s corn field with a bikini girl and a 12 pack of Bud Light. When it comes to the music, I write the chord structures and melody and the band brings it together with their instruments until the sound I hear in my head comes to and when a song is ready we start playing it live. There will be a handful of new original songs this year that will begin their journey. 4TF: Where did the name Truck Stop Troubadours come from? Does it have a special meaning? BC: The name I came up with when I lived in Nashville. A Troubadour is a travelling singer/songwriter spreading stories of the world and a Truck Stop is

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Get ready for a scary good time at Strong Family Farm VERNON — Strong Family Farm will be holding its fifth annual scarecrow contest this October and looking for entries. Each of the farm’s fence posts on West Street and Peterson Road in Vernon Center will be assigned to contestants. There will be five categories — family, youth group, adult group, business, and traditional. Set up will be from Sept. 23 through Oct. 2. Winners will be announced at the Harvest Festival on Oct. 21. Special business entries are being taken this year. A donation to the farm of $50 towards a rail with your name

on it is suggested. You will be assigned a prime post on West Street to put your business’s scarecrow up. This is free fun activity open to everyone and winners will receive blue ribbons. For more information and a link to the rules and application, visit website email at, or stop by the farm stand Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. through 6 p.m. or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who are planning to take part are urged to sign up early.

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Among this year’s fair features is Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, in the Young Building daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. This exhibition recreates Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. It has previously made stops in Montreal, Vienna, Shanghai, Dallas, Munich and New York. The Hampden County Building auditorium has been revamped to house the history and tell the story of Eastern States Exposition. The exhibit will feature photography, memorabilia and artifacts, featuring historic items from the

Exposition’s archives. Camel Kingdom will take place daily at noon, 2:30 and 7 p.m. It will feature rare, blue-eyed, spotted dromedary camels. Automotive shows include: The Antique Tractor Show, Sept. 16; Mark’s Classic Cruise Day, Sept. 17; Pioneer Valley GTO Association, Sept. 21; AACA Connecticut Valley Region, Sept. 24 & 30; Also, New England Auto Racers Reunion, Oct. 1; and Circle of Champions hosted by Cruisin’ New England with Paul Mennett on the Avenue of States, Sept. 23. All automotive shows are between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., weather permitting. And of course, there will be the fair food, the agriculture exhibits, the



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Theresa Kane officially retires in October. Kane is out on leave. DeBarge came to East Windsor in 2012 as director of student support services and was named assistant superintendent in 2013. The schools also have a new assistant superintendent for student services, Patrick Tudryn. The superintendent said East Windsor has not been affected by the state budget impasse since it is an alliance district, DeBarge said. Alliance districts were held harmless under Malloy’s plan. As for the final budget, DeBarge said, “We’d rather just deal with the real numbers.” School began Sept. 5 for students in grades 1 to 12. Kindergartners and pre-k will start school Sept. 12. Ellington When Ellington students returned to school Aug. 30, they were greeted by 24 new teachers, Superintendent of Schools Scott Nicol said. In addition, there were 22 internal transfers among the faculty serving in newly created or different roles. He said for the second consecutive school year the schools have four areas of focus: personalized learning, equitable opportunities, innovative practices and mastery-based learning. Nicol declined to comment on the state budget situation.

Enfield When Enfield students returned to school Sept. 5, they were greeted by new Superintendent of Schools Christopher Drezek. Drezek’s career with the Enfield Public Schools began as the district’s business manager in 2004. He left briefly to become director of human resources and operations for the Wethersfield Board of Education, returning in 2010 as the district’s director of human resources. In 2012, he became deputy superintendent of schools. Andrew Longey is the new deputy superintendent of schools. Drezek said the biggest change stems from the closure of Nathan Hale School, which has allowed the remaining elementary schools to become true sister schools. “That’s been a challenge for staff and families,” Drezek said, but he added the children should not feel the change. Drezek said the loss of $24 million in state funding, due to the budget impasse, has been “devastating.” “We were hit – one of the hardest communities in the state,” he said. “But this isn’t the budget.” He said they have been pleased with the response of the town’s legislators and that schools are opening as planned.

Somers School began Aug. 30 in Somers with a new superintendent of schools, Brian Czapla. Czapla had been the director of educational technology for the Glastonbury Public Schools. Czapla said he does not plan to make many changes this year. “I’m taking a really close look at everything in the district,” he said. “My goal for the school system is to really learn about them.” Czapala said the state budget is “very concerning” to him and all superintendents in the state. He said there have been wide-ranging proposals, some draconian and others more reasonable. Czapla said nonetheless school will start on a positive note, “because I think our kids deserve it.” Stafford When Stafford schools opened Aug. 30, they were joined by a number of new administrators. Paul Muska is the new principal of Stafford Middle School. Jonathan Campbell is the assistant principal of the middle school. Steve Montgomery is principal of Stafford Elementary School Susan Mike is assistant principal at Stafford High School. Jolene Piscetello is director of pupil services. Jennifer Murrihy is director of curriculum and instruction.


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East Windsor Republican primary scheduled for Sept. 12 By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The town’s Republicans will vote to nominate candidates for the Board of Selectmen in a Sept. 12 primary. Seeking the three GOP nominations are the three party-endorsed candidates, Steve Dearborn, Dick Pippin Jr. and Jim Richards, and challenger Robert Leach, who is chairman of the Republican Town Committee. Leach is a member of the town’s Police Commission. Dearborn is currently a selectman. Pippin currently is

the deputy first selectman. Richards, a former selectman, is executive director of the East Windsor Chamber of Commerce. Voting will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 12. Voters in District 1 will cast their ballots at 25 School St., East Windsor. Voters in District 2 will cast their ballots at 11 Rye St., Broad Brook. Voters may choose any three candidates, and three will win. Those three will go on to run for the board in the general election Nov. 7.

Fitness, art and more: Senior center plans full slate of activities EAST WINDSOR — East Windsor Senior Center 125 Main St., above the Broad Brook Fire Department, has a busy September planned. SHOPPING Big Y or Walmart, every Monday, 910:30 a.m. Geissler’s, every Wednesday, 9-10:30 a.m. Mobile Foodshare at St. Catherine’s parking lot: Sept. 8 and 22, 1:45 p.m.2:30 p.m.

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‘Community Spirit’ award winners selected

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EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Community Day Committee has announced this year’s “Community Spirit” Awards. These awards are for the individual, community group or business which shows a “spirit” for East Windsor. Nominated by the community, here are the names of this year’s recipients, who will be honored Sept. 23 at the 10

a.m. grand opening veremonies of Community Day. They are: Paul Anderson, Lori Gabriel, Brenda Crockett, Marie DeSousa, Jason Bowsza, Bob Leach, Marisa Prior, Melissa Maltese, Sgt. Steven Andrusko. The groups and businesses being honored are: East Windsor Sportsman Club Inc., 5 Corner Cupboard Pantry,

Pauline’s Stock Pot Kitchen, Stoecker Family Farm, Reichle Farms, Veterans Commission, American Legion Barry Poulter Post 140 The Community Day Committee has voted to cancel this year’s parade. For details on the entertainment, vendors (30 so far), food, Yard Goats mascot, and other activities go to Facebook or email

Author Bob Dickinson to speak at Warehouse Point Library EAST WINDSOR — The Friends of the Warehouse Point Library will be hosting an author event featuring Bob Dickinson, the author of “Kidon,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 107 Main St. Warehouse Point. The event was originally scheduled for June 14. Dickinson is a freelance writer and author of several short stories and now his first novel, “Kidon.” He is a native New Yorker now living in Connecticut, but considers himself a Vermonter, having spent the most important parts of his life in the Green Mountains. Dickinson says he is inspired by a most eclectic group of writers, ranging from Ernest Hemingway to Kurt Vonnegut to

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EAST WINDSOR — The Parks and Recreation Department will be offering soccer, dance and yoga programs beginning in September. Fall Tiny Tots Soccer is for boys and girls ages 3 and 4 on Thursdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5 and 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at East Windsor High School. Fee: $35. Register by Sept. 5 A dance program begins Sept. 29 and 30 at St. John’s Church, 92 Main St. A registration event will take place at the church Sept. 15. Yoga with Diane Ross will take place Mondays and Wednesdays starting Sept. 18 in the Middle School Health Room. For details on these programs, call (860) 627-6662.

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EAST WINDSOR — The Broad Brook Congregational Church, 122 Main St., will host its first open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 9. Those who attend can meet the pastor, the Rev. Carol Lewis, the deacons, the Sunday School teachers and tour the classrooms and nursery. Visitors may also view the beautiful sanctuary with its stained glass windows, see the OPAS 801 Tracker Organ built and installed in 1893, and tour the Memorial Garden. Enjoy a free hot dog/hamburger and some fellowship time with members during your visit. Also, Broad Brook Congregational begins a new church year for 2017-18 on Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. Children are welcome to come to Sunday School and parents to the service. There is a nursery room for infants with an intercom system in the room to hear the service.

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American Heritage River Commission members and the public joined with the Connecticut River Conservancy group on their Source 2 Sea “Jump in Journey” on July 28 and paddled from Kings Island, Enfield, down to Volunteer Park in East Windsor. The paddlers are shown at Volunteer Park, where the event ended with a picnic.

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ELLINGTON – “It has everything on hold.” That is how First Selectman Lori Spielman describes the effects of the state budget impasse on the town. Spielman took part in a rally held by towns to let state legislators know they want the budget resolved as soon as possible. “We want this governor to call everyone back and get this done,” she said, rather than waiting until they return from summer vacations at the end of September. Until a state budget is adopted, the town budget freeze remains in place. Budget items included in the spending freeze, totaling $2,012,604, are: • Executive secretary going from part time to full time, $5,590.


• Pool car/town staff vehicle, $30,000. • Youth service full-time position moved from grant, $39,494. • Ellington Volunteer Fire Department generator, $55,000. • Senior Center full-time position with benefits, $59,520. • Board of Education funding for Windermere School cafeteria air conditioning, $85,500. • Crystal Lake Fire Department breathing apparatus, $190,000. • Department of Public Works plow truck, $200,000. • Ellington Volunteer Fire Department breathing apparatus, $500,000. • Triple pumper for the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department, $657,500.

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ELLINGTON – Truck Day, Babies and Books, and story hours are among the September and October offerings at Hall Memorial Library. Truck Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 30, weather permitting. Trucks of all shapes and sizes will be parked in the library’s parking lot between 10 a.m.noon. The library is located between Main Street and Maple Street, near the town green. Children of all ages are welcome to visit the trucks, climb aboard, and even toot the horns. For details, call (860) 870-3160.

Babies & Books, for children 9 months to 2½ years old, along with an adult, will be held at the Hall library beginning Monday, Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m. The hourlong five-week program contains 15 minutes of reading board books, singing songs, and doing movement activities, followed by 45 minutes of playtime and interaction. Online registration will begin Oct. 15. Register at Story hours will be held beginning Oct. 10 for 3 to 5 year olds, who are ready to attend independently,

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And he is also the newest inductee to the Ellington Wall of Honor At the July 10 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Yale Cantor was selected to be inducted to the Ellington Wall of Honor. Cantor has lived his entire life in Ellington where he and his wife, Beryl, raised their daughters Miriam and Lisa. Nominated by Ellington resident Laurie Burstein, Cantor’s application included letters of support from many people who described him with words such as leader, listener, dependable, dedicated, enthusiastic, humble and eloquent, the voice of reason, a highly respected man of integrity and a true friend. It wasn’t long into his adulthood that Cantor began his legacy as mentor, teacher, confidante and role model. Beyond contributions of time and talent, his desire and ability to inspire others to serve is unequaled. Many volunteers credit Cantor with inspiring and encouraging them to begin a life of service; his was dedicated to the education of children. He spent his life in the teaching profession and then became a guidance counselor. Cantor has a special and effective way of communicating with young people. Long-time friend Leo Miller said the words of

Haim Ginotti embody Cantor’s wisdom, spirit and talents: “Treat a child as though he already is the person he’s capable of becoming.” Cantor’s love of children is unmatched and his positive influences over the years have made a difference in countless lives. First Selectwoman Lori Spielman said, “I remember the Cantor family had large chicken coops on Pinney Street, and I used to help shovel them out when I was a kid; that’s how far back I remember Yale. He’s done so much for this town. He has been involved with a number of town boards including recruitment of new members. Yale Cantor is an amazing man.” Cantor’s contributions to town are exhaustive. He served on the boards of Selectmen and Finance, Human Services Commission, Charter Revision Commission, Ad Hoc Council for Developing Positive Youth Culture, and the Hockanum Valley Community Council. He has also been a justice of the peace since 1973, and he was an integral part of the Democratic Town Committee for over 60 years. A formal induction ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Wall of Honor in Arbor Park (off Main Street). The public is encouraged to attend.

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Enfield PCBs at JFK: Elevated levels, but not dangerous By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD — Testing for PCBs at John F. Kennedy Middle School is showing the levels at the school, although elevated, are not considered dangerous to staff or students. The town held a public meeting on the issue of slightly elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls at JFK on Aug. 24. Residents were told the highest readings, found in a second-floor hallway, were 422 nanograms per cubic meter, which are below the level that could cause health-related symptoms, according to the state Department of Public Health, which conducted the study. That converts to 20 nanograms per kilogram of body weight per day.

In comparison, the department said a person would consume 50 nanograms of PCBs by eating one meal per week of striped bass from Long Island Sound or 6 nanograms of PCB by eating one meal of canned tuna fish per week. The department’s memo said all meat, fish and dairy foods contain some level of PCBs. “While we do not expect PCB air levels at JFK School to cause health symptoms, this does not mean there is no risk from the PCBs in indoor air. “Any exposure to PCBs, no matter how small, carries some risk,” the memo said. The Town Council voted an Aug. 17 special meeting to spend $44,475 to have Fuss & O’Neill EnviroScience of Manchester test the soil at the school.



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ENFIELD — Benjamin Martin, 15, a Hazardville Fire Department Squad 5 member, received his certificate of training July 23 at the Connecticut Fire Academy. Squad 5 is a training program for ages 14 to 18 who are interested in the fire service. Members of Squad 5 who have shown proficiency in training are allowed to ride on fire apparatus to emergency incidents and perform duties such as fighting grass fire, setting up air bottle change stations, and traffic control. Benjamin, an Enfield High sophomore, started as a Squad 5 member a year ago. His interest with the fire department started with his dad, Patrick, a volunteer firefighter with the department. Ben enjoys hanging with his friends at the department and riding on the fire truck, and liked the Squad 5 training. In addition to being a firefighter, Ben is interested in becoming a member of the Enfield High School soccer team. Following high school graduation, Squad 5 students are eligible to become full members of their local fire departments. Anyone interested in the Squad 5 program or becoming a volunteer firefighter with the Hazardville Fire Department is encouraged to call Chief Jack Flanagan at 860-749-8344.

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The same year, Hoyne’s family moved from New York to Florida as he was susceptible to catching pneumonia and warmer weather would be easier on his system. His doctor then performed another fundoplication and again recommended the MIC-KEY* G Tube to help him put on more weight. He and his parents liked that the low-profile tube was easy to maintain and would allow him to stay mobile and active, as well as gain the nutrients a growing boy needed. He has not removed the tube since. A thriving young boy The MIC-KEY*’s design didn’t restrict Hoyne’s activities in grade school and high school. In fact, it enabled him to stay in mainstream classes and graduate. He played baseball, participated in the Soap Box Derby and did well in fencing. During those years, from 2009 to

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ENFIELD — The fourth annual “Backpack for Kids Day!” was Aug. 18 at St. Patrick’s Hall in Thompsonville. The goal of the event, according to Ryan Obedzinski, Education Resources for Children’s manager of community engagement was to “help kids start the school year ready to learn on an equal playing field.” During ERfC’s five-week Backpack Drive, backpacks and school supplies were generously donated by individuals, businesses, employee groups, and organizations in the area. Dedicated volunteers then spent countless hours making sure donations were organized, packed, and placed into the hands of eager students. ERfC was able to help 882 Enfield children get ready for the first day of school. “It’s wonderful to see our conference room filled with school supplies during the donation period. Community involvement is essential for the success of these programs,” said Claire Hall, ERfC executive director. Thirty backpacks filled with school supplies will be given to each local

school and many community organizations to be distributed “where there is a need,” according to Obedzinski. Families who could not attend “Backpack for Kids Day!” can also call 860-253-9935 to pick up backpacks at the ERfC office at 119B Post Road.

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St. Bernard School students and summer campers took part in themed weeks at Camp Summer LEAP. The theme of the week of July 31 was “Slicing, Dicing and Serving Fine Cuisine.” On Aug. 2, campers went on a tour of Big Y in Enfield and were able to look behind the scenes in each department. Above: Campers touch live lobsters in the seafood department. Left: Fresh pizzas are made.

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The school board is not expected to interview and possibly appoint the candidate for assistant principal at Stafford Elementary School until its meeting on Sept. 11. In response to the state budget issue, Superintendent of Schools Patricia Collin said a budget freeze is in place, and all purchase orders for essential items must be approved by the business manager. No other purchase orders will be processed. Vacant positions will not be filled unless approved by the superintendent. Field trips and refreshments other than convocation and the August professional development activities, which were already scheduled, may not be paid out of school board funds. Mileage and cellphone requests must be approved by the superintendent. Suffield As school opened Aug. 31, students at A. Ward Spaulding School were greeted by a new principal, Roxanne Pangallo. “The state budget is that big question,� Superintendent of Schools Karen Berasi said. Despite that ambiguity, she said the school system is

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Enfield students earn awards at AIC

SPRINGFIELD — Jessica Callahan, of Enfield, received the Outstanding Achievement in Journalism Award during American International College Academic Awards ceremony this spring. The Outstanding Achievement in Journalism Award is presented to the student who has demonstrated excellence in this area of the communications major at AIC. Robert Ollari, of Enfield, received the Outstanding Achievement in Editing and Publishing Award at the ceremony. The Outstanding Achievement in Editing and Publishing Award is presented to the student who demonstrates excellence in this area of the communications major at AIC.




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Knorr, LaCasse, McCaffrey square off in primary


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SOMERS — The town’s Republicans will vote to nominate a candidate for first selectmen in a Sept. 12 primary. Seeking the nomination are First Selectman Clyde G. “Bud” Knorr Jr., Linda Louise LaCasse and David P. McCaffrey. Knorr was appointed first selectman at a May 2 special meeting. He was appointed to fill the remaining months of Lisa Pellegrini’s term and has been endorsed by the Republican Town Committee. Pellegrini resigned to take a position as director of development services for the town of Westerly, R.I.

Knorr was serving his fourth term on the Board of Selectmen. Knorr said his experience as a retired executive who has run $100 million corporations will benefit the town, particularly considering the state’s financial situation. “I love this town, and I think I can leverage my experience in business for the good of the town and its citizens,” he said. Two years ago, LaCasse lost a primary to Pellegrini. She also ran against state Rep. Kurt Vail in 2014 and 2016. LaCasse said she is running “to thank the town for everything it has done for me and my family.” She said she wants “to use my knowledge as an

entrepreneur to always put Somers first.” McCaffrey, who is the town’s Republican registrar of voters, could not be reached for comment. The winner will be the GOP candidate in the general election on Nov. 7. LaCasse will be a petitioning candidate in the general election if she does not win the primary. On the ballot for the Democrats in November will be Edward Sawicki. In the Oct. 24 special election, Knorr will face off against Sawicki. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously for the special election at its June 15 meeting, after residents successfully submitted separate petitions.

Local poet to discuss her work at next Women’s Club meeting

SOMERS — The Somers Women’s Club is seeking interested women to attend its September meeting and consider joining. The group will meet in the Foundation Room of the Somers Congregational Church on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 11:45 a.m. After a potluck luncheon, local poet Ellen Rita Evans

will discuss the thoughts in her book, “Heart, Soul and Mind…in Rhyme.” The club is welcoming individuals who will add new energy and ideas to an organization that was founded 96 years ago to serve the community. It has a long history of working in tandem with the town. Currently, the club collects books for children for redistribu-

tion, donates to local food shelves, provides assistance to the Shelter for Domestic Abuse, co-sponsors the yearly Christmas “Fill a Cruiser” campaign, awards annual college scholarships and, every two years, grants aid to a town agency which has a specific request. Along with its service commitment, members enjoy a variety of activities. A

formal meeting is held on the first Thursday of each month with a light luncheon and an informative speaker. Other programs include a bridge marathon, a book discussion group, a hiking group, potluck get-togethers, and arts & craft workshops. For details, call Ginny Basch at 860-872-3150 or Mary Sersanti 860-698-9383.

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SOMERS — The newest attraction at the ever-growing Sonny’s Place is certainly a horse of a different color. Or soon it will be. That horse will be a part of a carousel that has roots in Connecticut history. The Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel #72 was first run in 1925 in

New Castle, Delaware, until 1929 when it was sold and relocated to Lakewood Park in Waterbury. This particular carousel would end up staying there for 16 years, and it’s this history that drew Chris Shaw, general manager of Sonny’s Place, to citing its “local history” as one of the main reasons for the decision.

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This is a project years in the making, and it will be housed in a building that is as unique as the attraction itself. Built by the Barn Yard in Ellington, it is one of the “largest post and beam structures on the East Coast,” according to Shaw. Being both heated and cooled, the carousel will be able to run year round in the structure. Just because the building is up doesn’t mean the work is finished. The carousel is still being restored by the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, bringing it back to its classic look. As someone who is passionate about antiques, Shaw made it his mission to get the entire carousel back to how it looked when it first ran in Connecticut so many years ago. Right now, all of the horses have what is called “park paint” on them, Shaw said. That “park paint” was basically a crude touch up job done by park maintenance workers to keep the ride looking good without having to be taken out of operation. The people at the New England Carousel Museum will be sanding all of

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the horses down to the wood and repainting them true to how they originally looked. The electrical lighting that was added when it was at its previous location in Illinois will be removed and it to will be brought back to its authentic state. Even though they have only been in possession of the ride for about three months, the people at Sonny’s Place hope to have all of the restoration and assembly finished and open to the public by Christmas, allowing patrons a chance to ride a carousel steeped in Nutmeg State history.

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SOMERS — The Historical Society Museum will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. New items are featured in the museum on 11 Battle St.: a pair of boys leather shoes circa the 1930s, and an R. A. Murphy Somers quart milk bottle. Review school photos and Dr. Wood’s Civil War letters to his wife and children. Also on display are two dresses made in 1976 for the Bicentennial parade in Somers. All are welcome. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.

Auxiliary’s Seeds of Kindness beginning to take root in Somers SOMERS — Over the summer, the Auxiliary at Johnson Memorial Hospital has watched as more than 70,000 sunflowers across eight acres begin to bloom. The sunflowers help fund the Auxiliary’s Seeds of Kindness fundrais-

er that supports the patient assistance fund at the hospital’s cancer center. Now, Auxiliary members are preparing bouquets that will be sold at area Geissler’s stores. Gordon and Colin Burson of B&B Farms are managing the

fields on land loaned by a cancer survivor. Last year’s sales netted $13,000. For more than 100 years, the Auxiliary has supported the hospital through fundraising events, gift shop operations and special projects.

SOMERS — The program year at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., kicks off Sunday, Sept. 10. Both the choir and Sunday school will restart after their summer hiatus. This day’s intergenerational service of worship is meant to engage all ages and will feature some of the many highlights from theummer vacation Bible school program, Passport to Peru. All are welcome; the service begins at 10 a.m. A family style roast pork supper will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the church, with sittings at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Menu includes roast pork with gravy, mashed potato, sweet corn, homemade rolls and breads, salad, beverages, and fresh peach cobbler. Cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-10. Reservations are suggested and should be made in advance by calling 860-749-7741 or emailing Take-out orders should also be reserved and can be picked up at the church the evening of the dinner between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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STAFFORD — The Stafford Middle School sponsored a “Community Safety Day” on Sept. 1 to strengthen ties with Stafford’s first responders and help students to view the personnel as their partners in education. The day consisted of a variety of events. There was a Drug Abuse Resistance Education presentation by Trooper Richardson and other stations that students were able to visit. Outdoor stations included a State Police K-9; a major crime scene van; Stafford Fire Department and Ambulance; Stafford’s narcotics detec-

STAFFORD — Over the summer, the Stafford Arts Commission worked with a number of Stafford artists to create a new installation for the lot adjacent to Haymarket Square. On Sept. 8 at 6 p.m., murals created by local artists including Olaf Aspelin, Teresa Rogers, Shannon McCarthy,

Jackie Sidor, Kyle Gallaway, Teri Herel, Rachel Clark, Tannis Longmore, Reena Allen, Mihael de la Montagnes and the students of Stafford High School and Stafford Elementary School will be displayed. During the unveiling several Art Factory Live artists will be creating their murals live.

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STAFFORD — The Board of Education is asking Superintendent of Schools Patricia Collin to retire. The board held a special meeting Aug. 28 to discuss accepting the superintendent’s retirement and approve a separation agreement and retirement package, according to the meeting agenda. The board also was to discuss appointing an interim superintendent. Sonya Shegogue, board chairwoman, would not comment on the matter, except to confirm an interim superintendent was not appointed at the meeting. Collin came to the Stafford Public Schools as superintendent in 2011. Prior to that she was director of pupil services in Somers, having worked in that district for 11 years.

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Familiar landmark helps give Stafford its ‘unique personality’


By Melissa Reutter

STAFFORD — In the center of Stafford at the intersection of routes 190 and 32 in the heart of Stafford’s rotary stands the beautiful Holt Fountain. Hundreds of people drive by this fountain daily. But how many people know the history behind the fountain? The Holt Fountain was donated in honor of Charles Holt in 1894 by his wife Joanne Holt and his daughter Celia. The fountain replaced a watering tub. The fountain served as a watering base for animals and people, with one side marked “horse”s and on the other a faucet with a cup for thirsty residents. The Holt Fountain stands about 12

feet tall by 16 feet and resembles a giant birdbath on a pedestal. It is made from granite from Flynt’s Quarry. It has four columns with a stone cover and on the top is an eagle that faces the town hall. The fountain is inscribed “In Memory of Charles Holt” and on the opposite side is the date 1894. Holt was thought by the town to be a great man who was honorable. Although he was born in Willington, Holt had a love for Stafford and spent his business career there. In 1880 Holt purchased the Hydeville Woolen Company in Stafford and renamed it the Phoenix Woolen Co. Holt also was president of The Stafford Savings Bank and he served in the

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SUFFIELD — The town is mourning the loss of Navy Electronics Technician Third Class Petty Officer Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, of Suffield, who was among those killed in the collision involving the USS John S. McCain. The McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC in waters east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. The incident remains under investigation, according to the U.S. Navy. “On behalf of the entire Doyon family, we want to thank all those who have extended their support and prayers. Dustin was a wonderful son, big brother and sailor. He truly loved his family, the Navy and his shipmates. We are incredibly proud of him and his service to our country,” the Doyon family said in a written statement. Doyon attended Cathedral High School in Springfield. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our former student, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Doyon, aboard the USS John S. McCain. During his time at Cathedral High School, Dustin was a member of the varsity indoor track team, the varsity cross-country team, and the varsity spring track team. He was a great inspiration to his classmates and teammates. As a runner, Dustin qualified for Western Mass and states and went undefeated in every race he participated in. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to Dustin’s family and friends and the entire United States Navy during this difficult

time,” said Paul Harrington, head of school at Pope Francis High School in Chicopee, Mass., the successor to Cathedral High School, in a written statement. “Dustin was a quiet and reserved student in my Holocaust and Human Rights class at Cathedral High School. As part of that class, Dustin participated in a Veteran’s History Project in which students were able to interview local veterans. A proud supporter of the military, Dustin selected his dad, a Navy SeaBee who worked in security at Camp David, as his subject. Dustin was very honored to be able to sit with his dad and record his time in the Navy. At the time, he stated, ‘I’ll remember (this) forever… ,’ ” said Leslie Perreault, a social studies teacher at Cathedral/Pope Francis High School, in a written statement. First Selectman Melissa Mack issued a statement on Aug. 25. On behalf of the Town of Suffield, she expressed the community’s condolences and emphasized the family’s desire for privacy during this time. “With that in mind, we ask those wishing to share their sympathies to do so c/o the First Selectman’s Office, 83 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06078. We will ensure all cards and messages are delivered to the Doyon family,” Mack said. She added that details of future memorial services will be shared if they become available and according to the family’s wishes: “We appreciate the broad desire to support the Doyon family, but continue to ask for their privacy to be respected.”

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