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• EAST WINDSOR: Selectman praises tornado response..........................p. 4 • ELLINGTON: Voters will decide future of smoking in public......................p. 5 • ENFIELD: Deanna Martin featured star at Mt. Carmel Feast ................p. 9 • ENFIELD: Town considers charging directly for sewer use ..................p. 13 •ENFIELD: Allied’s Attic Thrift Store moving to new home ..................p. 14 • SOMERS: Town buying YMCA’s Camp Aya-Po ........................................p. 23 • STAFFORD: Town stuyding Glenville Hydro-Dam Project......................p. 25 • SUNDAY DRIVE: Aw shucks - you can hear Blues Traveler......................p. 32

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We asked and you answered by the thousands. And what follows are the top businesses in North Central Connecticut in each of their respective fields. There was nothing high-tech about it. Just our capable staff sorting through the ballots and tallying up the totals with that “four sticks, then a slash” system we all learned in grade school. But when all was counted, we do believe that all of the winners – as well as those who took time to fill out the ballots – should be proud. After all, feedback from critics and peers is always valuable, but a ringing endorsement like this from customers and community members is a true sign a business has reached the highest level of success. So again, congratulations to all of our winners and those who voted to make them winners. Read about all the winners Middle Ground Cafe was voted ‘Best Cup of Coffee’ by the readers of North Central News. It is owned by Katherine Aspelin. beginning on page 3. Photo by Amy Hartenstein


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After being repeatedly chosen as a reader favorite, Bolles Motors on Route 190 in Stafford and Route 83 in Ellington has been named to the North Central News Best of Hall of Fame. The dealership, which has won in the Best Place to Buy a New Car category eight years in row, has been a familyowned business since it opened in 1976. “We’re very fortunate we have a number of family members in the business and a number of longtime employees,” said Brian Bolles when asked the secret to the dealership’s success. “It’s a nice honor,” he said of being named to the hall of fame. Also in our hall of fame is Rockville Bank, which was the first inductee, last year. The bank had won the Best Bank category every year until then. Having set the bar high with Bolles Motors and Rockville Bank, the North Central News announces the Best of 2013, according to our readers. Best Breakfast Stir the Pot 142 North Rd., East Windsor

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Selectman Praises Individuals for Response to Tornado

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EAST WINDSOR — The town should be commended for the way it handled the July 1 tornado, First Selectman Denise Menard said at the July 2 Board of Selectmen’s meeting. The National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass., confirmed in a written release that a tornado did occur on July

1, beginning on Hayden Station Road in Windsor, continuing through portions of Windsor Locks and crossing the Connecticut River where it ended on the 200 block of Main Street in East Windsor. Sports World in East Windsor was damaged when a domed portion of the facility collapsed and blew onto I-91. In

addition, according to the weather service, a truck was blown over on I-91 South at Exit 44 in East Windsor. The first selectman thanked selectman Dick Pippin for his assistance in coordinating bus service to evacuate children from a summer camp at Sports World. She also said that Kathy Russotto, the manager of Sports World,

was a hero during the tornado, moving the children to safety scant minutes before the tornado struck. Menard also said that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy visited the town to check on the damage and that she received phone calls offering assistance from state Rep. Christopher Davis, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and state Sen. Gary LeBeau.

EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Lions Club has announced that its seconnd annual Bike Ride For Sight, the “Tour de East Windsor,” is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Sept 29. The club is seeking people who are interested in riding in the event, or area businesses who may be interested in a sponsorship role. The “Tour de East Windsor” is a noncompetitive, community bike ride that takes place over the low-traffic, rural roads of East Windsor and Broad Brook. The ride, which benefits sight-related causes supported by the Lions Club, consists of two ride lengths this year: a

six-mile route designed for families, children, and less-experienced bicyclists, and a 27-mile route designed for more-experienced riders. Both rides will start and finish at the East Windsor Park on Reservoir Road. The 30 bicyclists who participated in last year’s inaugural Bike Ride For Sight, ranging in age from 9 to 68,  enabled the East Windsor Lions Club to raise more than $2,800 for the sightrelated causes it supports. Since the club’s founding in 1953, club members have diligently worked on fundraising events to benefit sight-relat ed causes. The club has sponsored eye

screening available to the public, provided large print books to the East Windsor Public Library, and provided eyeglasses to residents in need. In addition, the club has supported the CT Lions Eye Research Center at Yale University, the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, and the

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ELLINGTON — Residents will have a chance to vote on the no-smoking ordinance at an August Town Meeting. The Board of Selectmen voted in July to support an ordinance that would ban smoking on town property where posted, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. Under the ordinance, the board would authorize signs on town property where smoking would be banned.

The goal, Blanchette said, is to try to prevent a large amount of second-hand smoke from bothering other people. The Town Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 in the meeting room in Town Hall. Route 83 Corridor Study The town has been talking to with a consultant, Planimetrics of Avon, concerning the future of the Route 83 corridor, Blanchette said. Considerations include whether there

ELLINGTON - At the July 15 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, long-time resident Homer R. Peckham, who died in 2012 at 90, was selected to be inducted to the Ellington Wall of Honor. Peckham lived most of his life in Ellington, where he and his wife Katherine (“Kay�) raised their children, Jaime and Marianne. Peckham made

many outstanding contributions to the Ellington community. He served with distinction on the Board of Tax Review and numerous civic organizations. A formal induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. at the site of the wall located in Arbor Park (off Main Street). The public is welcome to attend.

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much. Every day it will be something different.” Italian Villa 15 South Rd., Somers 860-763-1342 Italian Villa’s happy hour is made special by its atmosphere and the people, longtime employee Nathan Cavaleri said. “It’s like a Cheers, where everybody knows your name,” he added. Best Pizza Lulu’s Pizzeria and Family Restaurant 151 Hazard Ave., Enfield 860-763-2377 When pizza is on your plate, Lulu’s is the place, or readers say. A family-

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courtyard for outdoor dining, complete with a special courtyard menu. Best Local Entertainment Palace Theater 75 Main St., Stafford Springs 860-851-9780 Billing itself “The oldest theater with the newest sound,” the classic theater reopened in October 2012 and has quickly become a hit with our readers. According to its website the theater hopes “to provide a classy atmosphere where live entertainment can once again light the streets of this small New England town.” Best Package Store Kaman’s Wines & Liquors Various locations Kaman’s, with locations in East Windsor, Windsor Locks and Somers, caters to its customers. They can fulfill Miguel Mendoza of Angelina's Restaurant, which was voted Best Lunch in North their customers’ needs by ordering speCentral CT. Photo by Amy Hartenstein cial-request items. They also hold tastand made into an inn. The inn burned in Somers Inn Restaurant. The restaurant ings at the stores, including every February 1957. In the early 1960s The has been owned and operated by the Olde Homestead Inn was renamed The Boggio Family since 1978. They have a BEST/page 8

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ENFIELD - Carl Sferrazza’s childhood memories of the Mount Carmel Festival are very vivid. He recalls the music, the traditions and the memorable times with family and special friends. Enfield’s police chief, who has led Enfield’s Mount Carmel as its president since 1999, is committed to making sure that other families are given the same opportunity to make similar memories. He admits that times have changed since the founding members of the Italian organization held their first festival. He says, however, that everyone is able to take a step back in time each year during the first weekend of August once they hit the Mount Carmel grounds. Tradition is on display with the candlelight procession at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. Mount Carmel’s Women’s Auxiliary will one again hold a reception following the procession. Held under a large tent, the reception features homemade desserts and coffee served free of charge. “It sets the tone for the weekend,” Sferrazza says. On Friday the entertainment for the weekend will kick off with the popular local favorite Savage Brothers band. The

Savage Brothers, who have performed more than 4,000 shows, will take the stage at 8 p.m. Deanna Martin On Saturday night Deana Martin will headline the evening’s entertainment. Accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra, Martin, daughter of famed Rat Pack member Dean Martin, will take the audience back to a different era. Speaking to North Central News late last month from the recording studio, where she is cutting her latest CD, Martin says she is looking forward to coming back to Enfield. She made her first appearance back in 2010 and says she feels at home when she performs at Mount Carmel. She credits the friendship she has formed with the Sferrazza family as the reason she comes back each year. “They brought some pasta fagioli to me and won me over. It felt like family,” she says. “We feel at home here mainly because of Carl and his family.” Martin says while there have been times when the weather hasn’t always cooperated for the Feast, the audience has always been committed to her. She recalled performing one night and looking out on an audience willing to sit in

Deana Martin chairs in the mud to watch her sing. It is not a fly-in, fly-out trip for Martin and her husband John Griffeth. They arrive early for rehearsals, dinner out with the Sferrazzas and a special visit she makes each year. Mount Carmel’s president says she does a special performance for the residents who live at the Little Sisters of the Poor. “They love it,” Sferrazza says. “The

people there are just lovely,” Martin says. “Some of them have been nonresponsive and their eyes light up when I begin to sing.” She adds, “For me it’s giving back.” Special Guest Appearance Her 18-piece orchestra will accompany her for the performance on Saturday night. Each year Martin has brought a special guest with her. Vincent Falcone, Frank Sinatra’s musical director for 10 years, has performed with her and last year Mary Wilson from The Supremes shared the stage with Martin at Mount Carmel. This year, a special teen idol, who Billboard Magazine has placed as one of the top five artists of his era, will be sharing the stage with Martin. Former teen idol from the 1950s and ’60s Bobby Rydell, known for such hits as “Volare” and “Wild One,” is the special guest of honor. Those coming to Martin’s Saturday night show will be in for another treat. She will be performing songs from her latest CD, “True Love,” due to be released in September. Martin’s husband has put together a special montage of




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never-before-seen video and photos of Martin and her father, which will play behind her as she sings a duet with a recording of her dad from the CD. “We owe her a tremendous amount of gratitude,” Sferrazza says. “She has taken us under her wing.” Traditional Italian Fare Traditional Italian food is plentiful, including fried dough, sausage and peppers and chicken parmesan. Food for the

Festival is prepared by Mount Carmel members with there being one exception. Once again special baked goods will be brought in daily from the famous Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, N.J., home of TLC’s television show “Cake Boss.” Cast members from the popular show will also be on hand, including Buddy’s sister Madeline Castano and her husband Mauro and son Buddy. The family will be on hand Friday through Sunday to meet fans, sign autographs, and to sell their baked goods and merchandise.

Sferrazza says Enfield’s Mount Carmel Festival is the only Italian festival in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut to feature items from Carlo’s Bakery. Sunday Mass One of the highlights of the weekend is the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday. Pastries will be served following Mass. There will be carnival rides and games throughout the weekend, a grease pole competition at 6 p.m. Sunday, and A-Ray of Elvis will perform his Elvis show and a country show on Sunday.

Due to the loss of income last year because of bad weather, a $2 admission for those 12 and older has been instituted. Sferrazza says it is still a bargain for guests, considering the ticket or cover charge that one would pay to go to another venue to see the weekend’s entertainment. Hours Hours will be 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.

A public hearing on the proposed sewer fee schedule will be held at 6:50 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Town Hall Council Chambers. “Over 95 percent of the homes and businesses in Enfield are connected to the municipal sewer system. Most water used, including water from showers, sinks, laundry and wastewater flushed down the toilet, flows through an extensive network of pipes and is cleaned at the town’s Water Pollution Control Facility before being discharged to the Connecticut River. As you can imagine,

the cost of treating this sewage are increasing with inflation and as more environmental regulations are enacted,” reads an informational packet on the change. The sewer fee will be based on water use for the first, second and fourth quarters of the year. By not including summer water use, the town said the use of water for lawns, gardens and pools, which is not then discharged into sewers, is not included in the fee formula. A household’s water use will be calculated in increments of 1,000 gallons or kilogallons at a proposed rate of $3.39 per kilogallon.

For higher water users, such as commercial industrial or residential users with water use greater than 20 kilogallons per quarter, the fee will be $5.08 per kilogallon. The average family household in Enfield is expected to pay approximately $222.24 per year for the new sewer fee, based on average quarterly use of 16 kilogallons per quarter, according to the town. Residents with septic systems who are, therefore, not connected to the sewer system, will not pay these fees.

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ENFIELD — The town is changing the way it bills for sewer use. The Town Council has voted to remove sewer-use costs from those paid for by property taxes and to institute a user fee based on water use. Council members said the change was made to make sewer fees more equitable and to better fund improvements to the town’s outdated sewer collection and treatment systems. There will no longer be a sewer allocation paid for in property tax bills.

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ENFIELD - Allied’s Attic Thrift Store is celebrating its sixth anniversary in Enfield at a new location. On Aug. 1, the Attic opened a new store at 294 George Washington Rd. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by town leaders, chamber of commerce officials and Allied Community Services board members, employees and participants. The original store at 581 Enfield St., which opened on Aug. 20, 2007, closed at the end of July. Allied’s Attic is now located in the same building that houses the thrift store’s Donation Processing Center. “People can shop where they donate,” thrift store manager Marisol Suarez says. The Donation Processing Center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A list of acceptable items is avail-

able on the website. Tax forms are available. Call the donation center at 860-265-3829. “Please think of us if you’re having a tag sale or moving out,” Suarez says. “We will be happy to take your tag sale leftovers and will pick up in the Enfield area. Please call the donation center or visit the website to schedule a time and date.” The new Allied’s Attic includes a “Nearly New Shoppe” featuring clothing with the original price tags still on at greatly reduced prices; an expanded “Book Nook” and “Different by Design” jewelry department; and an “Artisans’ Boutique” with items created by artists and crafters from Allied Rehabilitation Centers. Allied’s Attic is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to

2:30 p.m. For store information and sales announcements, visit, call 860-265-2983 or visit Allied’s Attic on Facebook. Allied’s Attic was established six years ago to provide employment opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities and other challenges and to offer affordable, gently used clothing and goods to the community. Since it opened, Allied’s Attic has worked closely with the Enfield and East Windsor Social Services departments and local human service agencies to assist families and individuals in need. “We’ve been committed to helping the community since Day One,” Suarez says.

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ENFIELD - The John Maciolek American Legion Post 154 sponsored Benjamin Gee to attend the American Legion Boys’ State and Jean Kim to attend the American Legion Girls’ State held during the month of June at Eastern University. Ben and Jean had the opportunity to run for office, learn public speaking, create and enforce laws and actively participate in all phases of cre-

ating and running a working state government. During the elections at Boys’ State, Ben was elected state governor. He was one of two individuals selected to represent the state of Connecticut at the American Legion Boys’ Nation in Washington D.C. Ben and Jean attend Suffield High School. Ben is a member of the National


Honor Society, Academic Quiz Team, Model United Nations Club, and student government. He was a Post 154 Oratorical Winner in 2012 and 2013. He placed second in the First District Oratorical contest for 2012 and 2013, and he placed second in the Voice of Democracy VFW, State of CT. Jean is a member of the National Honor Society, the President of Student


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range, arcade, miniature golf, batting cages, go-carts and a rock wall. Best Place to Take Kids during School Break New England Air Museum 36 Perimeter Rd., Windsor Locks 860-623-3305 The New England Air Museum is a great place to bring kids to learn about all things aviation. In addition to standard exhibits, they also offer special events, including open-cockpit days, when visitors can actually see the planes from the inside. They also take part in the Blue Star Museums Program, offering free admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day this year. Best Place to Work Martin-Brower Co. 191 Moody Rd., Enfield 860-749-0727 Our readers say Martin-Brower knows how to treat its employees. Martin-Brower is a company that provides services to the restaurant industry. According to their website, they offer their employees competitive wages and

benefits packages that contribute to their employees’ total compensation and personal well-being. Best Lawn Treatment Company Green Carpet Lawn Care 216 Field Rd., Somers 860-698-9630 Green Carpet is a family-owned company whose motto is “The lawn care company that cares.” Apparently, that certainly cuts it with our readers. Best Charter Service Post Road Stages 1105 Strong Rd., South Windsor 860-644-1531 A family-owned bus company for five generations, Post Road Stages offers transportation for schools, businesses, clubs and organizations throughout the Northeast on luxurious 55-passenger motorcoaches. They also offer tours both to the public and for groups. Best Beauty Store LUXE Beauty and Brows 23 South Road., Somers

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SOMERS - The Rev. Dr. Barry Cass was recognized by the Somers Rotary Club as the Random Acts of Kindness recipient for 2013. The award, given in honor of Maurice “Moe” Parker, is to recognize people who do something nice for someone else, time after time, without expecting anything in return. Rev. Cass certainly fills that criteria, particularly since the Somers Congregational Church fire in 2012, where he is pastor. Rev. Cass’ efforts immediately following the fire were to quickly reopen the church’s food pantry, find a substitute meeting facility, and provide pastoral care to both members of his congregation and the community. He helped people who could not hold funeral services in the church, folks who had planned to marry in the church, and parents who wished to have their children baptized in the church. Additionally, eight new committees were formed to spearhead the recon-

Rick Cheney presents award to Rev. Dr. Barry Cass. struction of the meeting hall, which meant more meetings and projects to follow. He did this all this while continuing to stay active in the local drug and alcohol abuse program. Somers Rotary has presented this award to worthy individuals for the past 12 years.



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The Somers office of Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes has announced the lease of 6,000 square feet at 40 Scitico Rd. in Somers. Tom Clark acted in a dual agency capacity representing both the Lessor, 40 Scitico Road, LLC, and the new tenant, SOMERSault Jungle Gymnastics, LLC. SOMERSault Jungle Gymnastics, LLC, owned by Cathy Mynahan and Bailey Russell, is excited to offer a caring atmosphere for members and their families. The facility is fully equipped with air conditioned viewing areas, a lounge area, a quiet study area, a sibling playroom, a dance training room, and a par-

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SOMERS — Camp Aya-Po is becoming a town passive recreational area. At a July 18 Town Meeting, residents voted to purchase the Camp AyaPo property form the YWCA for $825,000, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. At the meeting, Town Attorney Carl Landolina said that the town had two appraisals done, one coming in just below $1 million and one just above $1 million. The town has qualified for a $450,000 open space grant from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Pellegrini said, which with town open space funds will pay for the property. The property in its current state will be available for use as a passive recreation area, including for hiking and fishing, she said. “We’ve received much positive feedback from all the residents,” Pellegrini said.

Many town organizations have offered assistance in improving the property. For instance, the Boy Scouts have offered to help with creating hiking trails. Charter revision The Charter Revision Commission has submitted recommendations for charter changes to the Board of Selectman, Town Clerk Ann Marie Logan said. Among the proposed changes is altering the way first selectman candidates are voted upon. Under the proposals, candidates would run for first selectman specifically, without the possibility of gaining a seat on the board if they lost that race. “If you run for first, it is first,” Logan said. The Board of Assessors would be eliminated under the revision proposals. The town currently employees a certified assessor, and the Board of Assessment Appeals would continue to exist. Most boards and commissions would

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SOMERS - The Somers Back-toSchool Backpack Program is seeking donations of school supplies prior to the start of school. Children from lowincome households in town may qualify for a backpack filled with school supplies, and/or a voucher for new shoes. The backpack program benefits children from kindergarten through high school. All types of school supplies, suitable for all ages, such as notebooks, binders, loose leaf paper, subject dividers, pocket folders, flash drives, calculators, dictionaries, pencils and pens, erasers, index cards, highlighters, dry erase markers, as well as backpacks are being accepted. We will also accept monetary donations in order to purchase supplies. Any donation will be accepted

now through Aug. 20. Supply donations may be dropped off at the Somers Senior Center at 19 Battle St. in Somers, or donation boxes at the Town Hall, Geissler’s Supermarket, and locations around town. Monetary donations must be delivered to the Somers Senior Center by mail or in person; checks can be made payable to the “Town of Somers, Backpack Program” and mailed to P.O. Box 308, Somers, CT 06071. The Senior Center business hours are: Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For questions about the program, you may contact the Town of Somers Human Services Division at 860-763-4379.

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SOMERS - The Ladies Aide Society of the Congregational Church of Somersville will be holding a sale of gently used clothing in the church’s social room on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 22 Maple St., Somersville.

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SOMERS - The Somers Historical Society Museum is opening Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Somers Common, 11 Battle St., in Somers. View photos of the 1884 Four Town Fair and fair booklets. Discover the Somers arrowheads and visit the small diorama of a typical Indian village from the Somers Indian Museum.

Study a Civil War rifle, photos of Civil War soldiers from Somers and their gravestones and replicas of money used during the Civil War which are on display. Civil War Dr. W. Woods’ leg brace, doctor bag, and pestle and mortar from his practice are also on display. Join the Somers Historical Society and continue the mission to save Somers history. The public is invited. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.

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STAFFORD - The town will be getting more powerful. The Board of Selectmen voted at its July 11 meeting to study the feasibility of the Glenville Dam Hydro Project, as well as a project to use geothermal energy in the schools. Honeywell recently performed an energy audit on the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buildings, First Selectman Richard Shuck said. The company recommended a $2 million energy project to provide renewable energy sources for the schools and for upgrades to town buildings, particularly the schools, to make them more energy efficient.

Shuck said the project would be funded by bonding, which would be paid off through rebates from Northeast Utilities and the energy savings from the projects. Under the agreement with Honeywell, the company will reimburse the town if the energy savings do not pay the costs as planned. Under the recommendations, the project should pay for itself in 11 years, Shuck said, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a win-win situation.â&#x20AC;? The project would provide some of the energy needed to power the schools and would also involve the installation of more efficient fixtures to save on water, propane, oil and electricity, he

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STAFFORD - The fourth annual Tina Niewinski Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Sept. 6, at Elmcrest Country Club in East Longmeadow, Mass. Cost is $110 per golfer (includes greens fees, golf cart, cookout lunch, pig roast and a gift certificate for one green fee at the Elmcrest Country Club â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a $45 value). Deadline for golfer registration is Wednesday, Aug. 28.

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Quinn Honored for Service

STAFFORD - Ask any life-long Stafford resident who comes to mind when thinking of a true public servant community member, and the answer would be Gary Quinn Sr. The Stafford Police Department hosted a retirement party for Gary on July 11 at the Town Hall where he was honored and awarded for his 48 years in service. The late Ben Muzio hired Gary in 1965 to the Hollow Police Force. During the last 48 years he was also a Stafford teacher for 35 years, an auxiliary trooper for more than 10 years, and a volunteer fireman for more than four decades. He could also be seen at many town meetings, actively participating and supporting the growth of the town of Stafford Springs. First Selectman Richard Shuck, Gary Quinn Sr., with his wife Mary, State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi and State Police Sgt. Ken Duncan at Quinn’s retirement party from the Stafford Police Department held on July 11. We will Absolutely, by far, do the best job detailing your car!


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Arts Commission Thanks Backers of Herland Music Festival, Voices


STAFFORD - The Stafford Arts Commission would like to extend thanks to the following contributors and friends of the Commission for their support of the Herland Music Festival and “Voices.” Special thanks go to the North Central News for sponsorship; Mill Pond Country Store for land use and all around support; and the event’s entertaining and informative host Patti DeRosa. The commission is also grateful to a group of talented musicians for their dynamic performances. The Commission and all the performers extend gratitude to Subway for sending provisions to fuel the creative spirit. As always, the Town of Stafford’s Pete Williams and his crew created a welcoming outdoor environment. The commission is also grateful to Charlie Nehrig and TTM for the use of their parking lots. The commission would like to thank Nancy Neff, Stephanie Summers, Amy

Couch, Chris White, Carolyn Waters and Patty Tuite for joining together and reminding us of the strength of women’s language in “Voices,” and Janis Astor del Valle for her riveting and thoughtprovoking performance, an excerpt from her play “Transplantations.” The commission would also like to thank Doreen Moulton for her floral design and Melissa Follansbee for acting as assistant house manager. The Commission thanks its unofficial “Friends of the Arts Commission,” Rosemary Pachesa and Chris White. Finally, special thanks to sound man extraordinaire, Jim Lawlor. Without Jim not a note would be heard. This event was made more memorable because of the efforts of these individuals and companies. And finally, the Commission offers tribute to Charlotte Perkins Gilman for the continued reminder of the power of women.

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Preston Named ECSU Male Rookie of the Year


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ence's weekly outstanding rookie three times over the course of the season. Preston appeared in all but one game, starting (the final) 24 games and averaging 10.8 points with a .459 three-point percentage, a team-leading 2.5 assist average and 29.0 minutes per game. Preston contributed at least one threepoint field goal in all but four games in which he appeared (including the final 10) and in a 93-84 overtime LEC home victory over Keene State, posted seasonhighs of 20 points, six assists and 43 minutes. In the ECAC championship win over No. 1 seed Westfield State, Preston contributed 12 points. He was 6for-6 from the foul line and 2-for-3 from three-point range in that 74-60 road victory. In all, he ranked second in the confer-

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Welcome back to the Sunday Drive, the column with aspirations no higher than being an inspiration for getting area residents to get their motors runnin’ and head out on the way. As we advance into August, your friendly, neighborhood Driver has unearthed a true Constitution State jewel to start things off. Or should we say pearl? Awww ... shucks. You guessed it? The 39th annual Milford Oyster Festival ( opens up for business at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. And among the musical acts slated to entertain those who have journeyed from throughout the great state of Connecticut and beyond are multi-platinum artist Blues Traveler this year. “Blues Traveler has been on our band wish list for several years and we are thrilled to be able to finally bring them to our main stage,” stated Jay Pinto, vice-president of the festival committee.

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Entertainer of the Year. Grab your beach chair, your suntan oil, and your favorite drink, and get ready for a trip to the islands with the ultimate tribute to Jimmy Buffett. For more than 11 years, Jimmy and the Parrots have been playing to delighted crowds all over the United States as well as the Caribbean. They have been a featured band for the last several Meeting of the Minds Parrot Head conventions in Key West, Fla. Their Key West performances also included well-known venues such as the Rick’s Café, Sloppy Joe’s, Pat Croce’s Rum Barrel, Schooner Wharf, and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Jimmy & the Parrots take to the Harbor stage from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. A Favorite Funnyman Moving from shucks to yuks with the greatest of unease, one of the Driver’s favorite funnymen, Bill Burr, pops into Foxwoods ( MGM Grand Theater on Friday, Aug. 23. Tickets are $30 or $50, depending on

your proximity to the hilarity. Selling out theaters internationally, Burr is a regular with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. He also has a recurring role on the hit AMC show “Breaking Bad” and was just seen in a guest role on Fox’s “New Girl.” Moving over to the silver screen, Burr can presently be seen in the Paul Feig film “The Heat,” alongside Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. In 2014, he will be seen in “Walk of Shame” alongside Elizabeth Banks and in “Black and White,” whch stars Kevin Costner. Wine and Food Classic Up in the Bay State this month, the Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic will offer wines from around the world and locally sourced food in eight culinary events held at locations throughout the 500-acre summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The four-day event occurs Thursday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 18, and features celebrity chef dinners, cooking demonstrations and seminars, and tastings of chocolate and cheese and wine.

Featuring celebrity chefs such as Lydia Shire and Joanne Chang, the Wine and Food Classic starts off savory with a dinner and wine tasting led by chefs Jimmy Bradley and David Dubois at Seranak, and ends up sweet with an exploration of fine chocolate and port with Josh Needleman of Chocolate Springs. For more information or tix, kindly point your browser to or call 888-266-1200. Food events range from $55 to $195; concerts, $9 to $117.

Heath Fair Offers It All Last but not least, on a decidedly more rural note – a “fair” warning from Heath, Mass. From Friday, Aug. 16 to Sunday, Aug. 18, the Heath Fairgrounds will play host to the annual Heath Fair ( – replete with an adult cattle show, sheep show, youth rabbit show, exhibit hall, horse draw, chicken barbecue, children’s games, midway, entertainment, square dancing and more! Other activities include a blueberry pancake breakfast, youth sheep show, youth cattle show, adult and

Comedian Bill Burr will appear at MGM Foxwoods Aug. 23.

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