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•EAST WINDSOR: Town pledges best solution for former Army land........p. 5 • ELLINGTON: New senior center opens its doors .......................................p. 6 • ELLINGTON: Friends of Music program going strong..................... ............p. 7 • ENFIELD: Residents will see new yard waste barrels ..............................p. 11 • SOMERS: ZBA denies CVS pharmacy seven variances ..........................p. 16 • STAFFORD: Town could gain new veterans advisory committee ..........p. 22 • SUFFIELD: First National Bank marks 150th anniversary ................. ....p. 26 • SUFFIELD: Area Masons install new worshipful master ......................p. 27

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extended-day programs for enrichment, both of which they hope to expand. “I think, overall, the board was fairly pleased with what they saw,” he said. Cullinan said that per-pupil spending in Ellington is the lowest of any school district in the state, noting that for the fifth year they were 166th out of 166 districts. “But student achievement is very good especially in light of per-pupil spending,” he said. Different communities have different needs, he said, and Ellington students have very good standardized test scores despite the low per-pupil spending. Somers Superintendent of Schools Maynard Suffredini is seeking a $20,719,664 budget, a 1.78 percent increase over the current spending plan. While budgets have been tight over the last several years, “we don’t feel we’re going without anything,”

Suffredini said. The school system is going into the third phase of its technology plan next year, something in the future they would like to increase, he said. Enfield Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann is seeking a $67,463,196 school budget, an increase of 4.98 percent. “Dollars and achievement don’t necessarily line up,” Schumann said. He pointed out that Enfield has placed an emphasis on being a leading district in STEAM (science technology, engineering arts and math) education, so it has funded that program appropriately.

Other districts might have other needs and have to spend in other ways. Stafford Superintendent of Schools Patricia Collin is seeking a $28.2 million budget, a 4.79 percent budget increase. “We understand that educating our students is costly,” she said, and spending affects what students do. Suffield and East Windsor superintendents have yet to present their budgets. Suffield Superintendent of Schools Karen Baldwin is scheduled to present her budget in mid-February. East Windsor Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane is scheduled to present her budget in March. Baldwin said it’s a loaded question to compare spending and achievement. “We try to target resources specifically to increase student performance,” she said. “I think there are many factors involved in student achievement,” Kane said. “Student achievement is a complicated factor ... money is not the one factor that is very involved with student achievement.”

Galinski Named to Dean’s List


SPRINGFIELD, MA - Christine Nicole Galinski of Somers has been named to the Dean’s List at Western New England University for the fall semester of 2013. Galinski is working towards a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Students are named to the Dean’s List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher. Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on a 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Western New England University serves 3,700 students, including 2,550 full-time undergraduate students.

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Development, the Army and Creative Housing. The organization has not paid taxes, water bills or utilities and has not maintained the property. The town has been working to help the homeowners find a solution. Possibilities include the town Housing Authority becoming the manager of the property and homeowners creating an association to maintain the property. Joe Malefant of 4 South Rd. said he has been unable to refinance his mortgage due to the uncertain status of the land. He said he moved to South Road 20 years ago, and at that time the town was going to make South

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EAST WINDSOR — The town and South Road residents are on the same page. Both want the land issue resolved. That was the message First Selectman Denise Menard delivered to frustrated residents during a discussion at the Jan. 21 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, according to the minutes of the meeting. The homes are part of a development built on property owned by the defunct organization Creative Housing. A 99-year ground lease was established by the federal Department of Housing and Urban

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EAST WINDSOR — The Warehouse Point Library, 107 Main St., East Windsor has many activities during the month of February. This month‘s Crafty Craze will be a Valentine event. Come decorate a wooden heart on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. to noon. The event is free for children ages 6-12. Space is limited. Call the library or sign up online at the website   Returning to the Children’s Department is our wooden dollhouse, which delighted children of all ages

through the 1990s. Come celebrate at the ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome the restored seven-room colonial dollhouse on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.  The dollhouse will be available for play at specific times during library hours.  Movies You Might Have Missed! continues with  “Lee Daniel’s The Butler”  (rated PG-13), starring Forrest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. Registration is not necessary and there is no fee. 

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Road a town road. He asked why the town can’t take it over. Anne Viveiros of 12 South Rd. said she would be more than happy to pay her taxes and asked that the town accept them. Raelando Miller of 77 South Rd. asked the selectmen what the town’s objective is. Menard said the board and the residents are on the same page. What is legal is what has to be done, she said, and they want the best resolution for the homeowners.

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By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — The new Senior Center is open. “We are happy to be at 40 Maple St. since Jan. 6,” Senior Center Director Erin Graziani said. Having anticipated the new facility for four years, Graziani said the center is in its “soft-opening” stage in the 10,600-square-foot building across from Ellington High School. The center moved in during a snowstorm on Jan. 2, the director said, but is now up and running with programs, including a number of new ones, during the day. The center is currently unable to offer evening programs or to open the facility for civic groups to use, but Graziani said she hopes they will be ready for those uses soon.

At the moment, phone service is still not working, she added, but she said they hoped to have the phones

working by the first week of February. Also, the town will be hiring a custodian for the facility. “We’ve got some new classes,” she added. Offerings at the center currently include oil painting, Zumba gold, circuit training, easy exercise, tap dancing, open billiards and scheduled billiard classes, as well as the regular day programs they have had for the last 17 years. “I thank the community for their understanding and patience,” Graziani said, “We’re making progress.” The grand opening will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 and will be open to members of the community of all ages.

Deadline Approaching for Women’s Club Scholarship Applications

ELLINGTON — The Ellington Women's Club, on behalf of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut, is now accepting applications for both the Phipps Memorial Scholarship and the Dorothy E.

Schoelzel Scholarship. These funds are available to enable Connecticut women to pursue advanced courses of study in accredited institutions of learning. Phipps Scholarship candidates must have completed two or more years of

undergraduate work, matriculating for a Bachelor's degree or a post-graduate degree, with a 3.0 grade point average or better. Candidates for the Schoelzel Scholarship must have completed three or more years of undergraduate work in an accredited institution of higher learning with a 3.0 grade point average or better. This scholarship is intended for those matriculating for a Bachelor's

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ELLINGTON - Ellington Friends of Music (EFOM), now in its fourth year, is growing strong as a support to the music programs in the Ellington school system. The group will be holding its annual Pancake Breakfast and Cabaret on Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Ellington High School cafeteria on 37 Maple St. As a special treat, musical performances by local students and staff of the Ellington school system will be featured throughout the morning. All profits go to support music programs in the Ellington Schools in grades K-12.  The group will also be collecting gently used and new musical instruments. They repair and clean any instruments collected and then donate them to the schools. To date, the group has donated about a dozen instruments to Windermere School for its band programs. The Ellington Friends of Music began with about 10 people in 2010. There was a concern about increasing budget cuts over the years and they felt music was one of the things always in danger of being eliminated from the budget. Jane Roets, who is the current EFOM president and owner of Arts for The Heart in Ellington, feels very strongly about exposing children of all ages to music. “Research shows over and over that students who participate in music in school do better overall,� Roets said. “They are excellent students, they are less likely to get involved in risky activities and they learn many skills beyond music.� Students in Ellington can begin play-

Ellington Friends of Music member Rob Thomas performs at a recent breakfast. ing an instrument in 5th grade at al accomplishments for the EFOM are a Windermere Intermediate School under $500 scholarship given yearly to a stuthe instruction of music teachers Sharon dent pursuing music as his or her course Bigge and John Cheman. Students of study, partial funding of a middle receive individual lessons on their school band trip to the Coast Guard instrument and participate in a band as Academy Band performance, and the well. high school band and chorale trip to Roets feels that it is up to the parents Virginia last year. and community to support the music teachers and band directors. “We are in the process of becoming a )(*-(567$*'$>,;$*' non-profit organization and are looking to provide both performance opportunities and support for the music programs and students in our community,� Roets K.*E said. She feels if the music teachers and staff, especially at the elementary level, are not supported, then the students may not make it to middle school and high school with their music. Some addition-

The group is always looking for members. The family membership cost is $10; however, they accept all donations. Their next meeting is Tuesday, March 4, at 6 p.m. at Arts for The Heart on 12 Main St. in Ellington. On Tuesday, March 18, they will sponsor Good Music, Good Cause, a concert at Ellington High School. Non-perishable food items will be collected as admission to benefit the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. The breakfast on Feb. 8 will be served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will include pancakes, sausage, orange juice, real maple syrup, strawberries, coffee, and tea. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children at the door. For more information on the Ellington Friends of Music, the pancake breakfast or to make a donation, contact Jane Roets at For more information about donating an instrument, contact Bridget Joy at 860462-1563. EFOM can also be found on Facebook. Visit to get more information on Music Together programs.

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Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. She’ll “The Gentle Art of present Decluttering,” a workshop for those looking for a gentle but effective way of conquering the challenges of their living areas. This two-hour session begins with the issue of clutter, but moves on to broader principles of good design — how to create a warm, welcoming and functional space. Discover a variety of strategies for getting started and practical suggestions for getting the job done. Author Robert Steele will discuss his popular novel “The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town” on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. Steele’s book has been described as “compelling and timely…an epic story of history, money and politics that will make you wonder where America is headed.” He’ll speak at this month’s meeting of the Ellington Historical Society. Both the speaker and the meeting are open to the public; all are welcome and encour-

ELLINGTON - February brings a live theatrical performance, tips for cleaning up your living space, and an author talk on the impact of gambling on our state to Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St. in Ellington. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m., the library will present “They Called Me Lizzy: From Slavery to the White House.” This very special one-woman show depicts the life story of Elizabeth (Lizzy) Keckly, a woman born into slavery in 1818 who eventually managed to purchase her freedom. She made her way to Washington D.C., where her dressmaking skills and entrepreneurial savvy brought her to the attention of many political families. She was best known as dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln. Written and produced by “The Victorian Lady” Kandie Carle, the show stars actress Stephanie Jackson. Still struggling to get organized for the New Year? Interior Designer Susan Rohde will be at the library to help on


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WEST HARTFORD - The University of Hartford is pleased to announce the following local students have been named to the Dean’s List for Fall 2013. Mark Ceppetelli of Somers Allyssa Norton of Somers Stefanie Szepanski of Stafford Springs Matthew Dondero of Vernon

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U.S. Sen. Murphy Visits Asnuntuck for Roundtable Talk


ENFIELD - U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) held a roundtable discussion with Asnuntuck Community College students, professors, and area manufacturers to discuss the importance of training and education to growing the workforce in manufacturing Connecticut. Murphy is a member of the U.S. Senate Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative. Dr. Gregory W. Gray, president of the Board of Regents, which governs the 17 Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU) was also in attendance at the event. Dr. Gray told the audience that the ConnSCU system is committed to reengaging the state’s community colleges to have a career focus. He said this plan will help turn-out a high quality workforce. Senator Murphy heard from manufacturers that serve on ACC’s MTC Advisory Boards, provide paid internships to ACC’s MTC Students and employ the college’s MTC graduates. The Senator then toured the college’s manufacturing facilities, heard from MTC faculty and learned more about the college’s expansion plans in the MTC area, from Interim President Jim Lombella.

u.S. Sen. Chris Murphy visited Asnuntuck Community College and participated in a roundtable discussion regarding the college’s Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC). The senator met with students, staff, faculty and manufacturing partners. he is seen in this photo with Interim President Jim lombella (far right) and ACC’s MTC students (from left) Michael hogan, Julienne Bagot, (Senator Murphy), Kevin Santiago, Tim Norris and Jack hube. Photo by Julie Cotnoir


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2nd Annual ‘Dancing with the Town’ with Talented Locals


ENFIELD – Talented community members will be the “Celebrity Dancers” in the second annual “Dancing with the Town” event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at Fermi High School. Proceeds from the event will support social services in the town of Enfield. Among those dancing in “Dancing with the Town” are Steve Bielenda, Town of Enfield Human Resource Director; Joyce Bolanos, co-host of “VIVA Hartford”; Matt Coppler, Enfield Town Manager; Jeff Golden, Enfield Police Captain; Kevin Fealy, Jr., Enfield Board of Education member; Maya Matthews, secretary to the Town Manager; Eileen Michaels, Enfield adult education teacher; Kathleen Sarno, realtor and 2nd vice chair on the Enfield Planning & Zoning Commission; and Sheila Peruta, Human Services Committee Commissioner.

The event is being coordinated by the Town of Enfield Department of Social Services. Professional dance instructors are Gina Rosati, Rob McGurn, Matthew Fortuna, Vlad Astafiev, Diana Malec and Linda Gergve, who are affiliated with Ballroom Fever Dance Studio in Enfield. MassMutual is the Title Sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors include USA Hauling & Recycling and Hartford Hospital. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and free to children under 12 years old. Tickets are available at Social Services Administration, 100 High St., Family Resource Centers at the Hazardville Memorial School and Enfield Street School, Senior Center, Youth Services, Adult Day Center and Child Development Center. For more information about the event, please call 860-253-6395.

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Council Backs Special Yard Waste Barrels for Residents


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ENFIELD — The town is going green as it goes gray. The Town Council voted at its Jan. 21 meeting to purchase gray tipper barrels that residents would use to dispose of yard waste in a special Friday collection. The exact timing of the program was not finalized, but councilors at their Jan. 6 meeting suggested the program be held during the spring and fall cleanup seasons. Councilman Joseph Bosco suggested the town pick up only a gray tipper barrel when there is a brown barrel next to

it. He said the gray barrel would have to be left open for a clear view to show there is definitely just yard waste in it. According to the minutes of the meeting, he noted that the town could apply a hefty fine if there is contamination along with the yard waste. He said this makes more sense than having a homeowner use two or three of the brown barrels. Councilman Donna Szewcak said just because someone has a certain color barrel does not make that person a responsible citizen. She said they want to strive for responsible residents putting their trash in the proper receptacles in the

proper manner. Councilman Cynthia Mangini suggested the town reconsider the vacuuming of leaves.

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HARTFORD – The “17th annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show� presented by STIHLŽ Solutions will take place Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Connecticut Convention Center at 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. Show hours are Friday, Feb. 14, from noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 50 hours of seminars by national and regional expert fishermen and hunters, demonstrations at a casting pond and fly-tying center, and hands-on activities all are included with admission. New this year will be free expert appraisals of vintage outdoor collectibles, such as antique fishing tackle, decoys, firearms, knives, artwork and other sporting treasures on Friday and Saturday. The most interesting items will be recorded and shared with viewers of

“Treasures and Traditions TV,� a new show to debut on The Discovery Network’s Destination America channel. Appraisal appointments must be made in advance at Featured show presenters include: Greg Myerson, world record holder for largest striped bass with his winning 81.88 lb. catch; Del DelMastro, archery tackle and urban deer hunter, Peter Picone, author and wildlife biologist; and fishing experts Terry Baksay, Tom Fucini, Oliver Ngy, Bob Shannon and Tony Stetzko. Charter boat captains include Bill Brown, Greg DuBrule, T.J. Karbowski, Pete Meyers, Bruce Millar, John Planeta and B.J. Silva. Fishing lure manufacturers include Al Gag, Smash’em Fishing & Tackle, and The Run Off Lure Company. Fly-fishing experts include Marla Blair and Dave Brandt. Expert fly-tyers include Ted Lewis,

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Mike Motyl, Mike Stewart and Fred Wilson. New this year: incredible wood carving demonstrations by Kris Connor of Clinton. Activities and displays will include ocean fishing skill testing on a Virtual Realty Fishing Simulator; live fishing at a Catch & Release Trout Pond – catch a tagged fish and win a child’s rod and reel; Talons! Birds of Prey live animals; NRA Laser Shooting Range; Sportsmen’s Outpost’s archery range; and Kids’ Bass Casting Competition sponsored by the Connecticut Bass Federation Booth. The popular “Elements of Nature� Art Show will return with a wide array of artists and unique pieces in wood, antler, stone, clay, bronze, photography and taxidermy – all with a nature theme. Meet the artists and watch demonstra-

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tions. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection will provide the latest rules and regulations dealing with wildlife, fisheries, hunting and fishing for the upcoming season. Show sponsors include STIHLÂŽ Solutions, the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, The Fisherman Magazine, WFSB Channel 3, Country 92.5 WWYZ, Bedard Enterprises, and North East Expos, Inc. Admission: $12 adults; $4 children 5 to 12; and free under age 5. Admission payment by cash only. For information about show seminars, exhibitors, group admission rates, directions, visit or call show producers North East Expos, Inc. at 860-844-8461. Appraisal appointments must be made in advance.

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ENFIELD - Get ready for an evening fatal fun as the Asnuntuck

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audience-participation murder-mystery by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose. The Eleventh Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Auction is scheduled for Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Holiday Inn in Enfield. Proceeds from the event benefit scholarships and student aid, workforce development and support for students attending Asnuntuck Community College. Committee members include Mary Ann Burke and Carolyn Tkacz, co-chairpersons, Jackie Agruso, Mary Arcouette, Carmela Brennan, Cheryl Chiasson, Julie Cotnoir, Rob Earley, Michele Hogan, Joyce Keating, Linda Landberg, Vicki Palermo, Sally Rowell, Kathleen

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Tallarita and Angela Taylor. The Case of The Malted Falcon unveils a mystery dinner that spoofs TV chefs, old-time detectives, art lovers and chocoholics. The fun will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person and include a taxdeductible donation, dinner and entertainment. Sponsorship opportunities from $2,500 to $100 are available, and donations for the silent and called auctions are currently being accepted. For more information on sponsorships, to donate an auction item, or to receive an invitation, please call Chris Casey at (860) 698-6267.

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CVS Denied Seven Variances by Zoning Board of Appeals


SOMERS — It looks like there may not be a CVS pharmacy in town after all. The Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously on Jan. 14 to deny seven variances CVS had sought in order to build a pharmacy at Routes 83 and 190. The vote followed a public hearing at which most who spoke said they opposed the project. CVS was seeking the reduction of a landscape buffer, as well as the allowance of a Dumpster and parking variances, according to the minutes of the meeting. CVS Director of Land Development Shannon Rutherford showed those in attendance a schematic

of the 13,225-square-foot proposal. She said the proposed square footage of the CVS building is similar to the combined square footage currently at the site. ZBA Chairman Robert Minch said he did not feel CVS had a hardship that would justify the variances and that his vote would reflect this. Several residents expressed concerns about the variances. Their concerns ranged from the effects on property values in town, to the effect on small businesses to the historical value of the property. Barry Moynihan of Maple Street said 588 Main St. and 596 Main St. are registered and protected for their historical

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Richards Receives Doctoral Degree from Purdue University


SOMERS - Kevin R. Richards received his doctoral degree in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Physical Education Pedagogy with a focus on teaching socialization and teacher/coach role conflict. Richards also worked as a research assistant in Purdue University’s Center for Instructional Excellence, where his focus was on research related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Prior to beginning his doctoral studies at Purdue, Richards received a Master’s Degree from Purdue University and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Springfield College in Massachusetts. Richards taught courses in Healthy Lifestyles, Adapted Physical Education and Teaching Physical Education in Schools. His hands-on-approach afforded his students the opportunity to work with students in a community-based

physical activity setting. Kevin has received recognition for his teaching receiving Graduate Teaching and Advanced Graduate Teaching Certificates. He was nominated for the College of Health and Human Sciences Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award. Richards has published 14 articles related to sport pedagogy and physical education in peer- reviewing journals including The Physical Educator, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and Strategies. He has presented his research on those topics at the state, national and international conferences. He has accrued $17,000 in grants. Richards was involved at Purdue serving as a member of the Recreational Sports Advisor Committee, Purdue University Academic Appeals Committee and Purdue Graduate Student Government and is serving as Chair of the Academic and Professional Development Committee. He has served as student delegate to the Alliance Assembly, NASPE Public Policy Advisor Council and Alliance Public and Legislative Affairs Committee. He represented graduate students in the Alliance Research Consortium. He also served as Chair of the IAHPERD Advocacy Committee. Richards has been active in promoting partnerships between IAHPERD and the American Academy of Pediatrics and the

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American Heart Association. Since his arrival at Purdue University, Richards has also been involved with Pete’s Pals, a program that serves children with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities, a sub-population whose needs for physical activity is not addressed in many communities. This program engages undergraduate and graduate students at Purdue University as volunteers in working one on one with these children one night a week for seven weeks. The program provides opportunities for parents of the children to interact with one another and to receive information from guest speakers, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, and adapted physical activity specialists. Pete’s Pals has been successful in helping children with disabilities become active in an enjoyable environment.

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Winter Reading Program February 3 - February 28 Pick up your first reading sheet beginning Monday, February 3 and check out five books from the library. Return your completed reading log to the library for a special surprise.

February Is Love Your Library Month! Celebrate the love for your library by filling out a heart for our children’s room bulletin board. Your name will be entered for a chance to win a gift basket! Stop in the children’s room beginning February 3.

Book Discussion The non-fiction book discussion group will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 1:00 to discuss Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl. The evening discussion group will not meet in February. Copies of the book are available for loan. Please call 860-7633501 to register or for further information. Movie Matinees We will be showing the recently released films Cap-

tain Phillips on February 11 and Blue Jasmine on February 25. The movies will be shown with subtitles in the Blake Community Room beginning at 1:00 p.m. Sunday Feature To mark the 100th anniversary of the Little Tramp film series, a special movie presentation, City Lights,

will be shown in the library’s Blake Community Room on Sunday, February 23 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Michael Gruber will provide an introduction and commentary on this silent film classic which is the most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin and also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. Light refreshments will be available before the film. This program is free and open to the public.

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Mustache Bash Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m. Join us for some marvelous mustache stories, activities and a craft. It will be a hairy good time with milk mustaches included. For children ages 4 & up. Registration is required.

“Tune in Together” with Renee Coro from Harmonious Happenings Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m. For ages birth-5 and their families. We will sing, dance and play together to developmentally appropriate music. Join Renee Coro, a board certified music therapist, and experience this dynamic music program that will have you and your children engaged and rockin’ to the beat! Registration is required.

Rainbow Loom Club Wednesday, February 19, 2 to 3 p.m. For children in grades 1 & up. Come and share your love and knowledge of rainbow loom. Bring your loom and bands to make a bracelet. All skill levels are welcome to share what you know or learn from a friend. The library has a loom and some rubber bands but supplies are limited. Drop-in. Animal Protection presented by the Lutz Children’s Museum Thursday, February 20, 10:30 a.m. For children in grades K-5. Let’s investigate some different ways an animal might protect itself using either camouflage or poison. Learn about members of our animal kingdom that use coloration to either blend in to their background or to send out an important warning. We will meet some real live examples, too! Registration is required.

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Friends of the Library Used Book Sale The Friends spring book sale will be held the first weekend in April. They are asking for donations of children’s books which have been in short supply in previous sales. Now’s the time to clean out your bookshelves! Books may be dropped off at the library. No textbooks, encyclopedia sets, cassettes or VHS tapes please.

Kid’s Bingo! Friday, February 21, 11:00-12:00 p.m. For ages 6 & up. Come and play BINGO for prizes! Children should have knowledge of how to play the game. Registration is required.

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Warm Up With Coffee And Original Music This February


SOMERS - The Somers Cultural Commission welcomed another truly special evening in January, as the Chuck E. Costa Duo and Judith Handler and Mark Levesque each delivered memorable and entertaining performances to an ample crowd. The Piedmont Percolator, hosted at historic Piedmont Hall in Somers, has been home all season to an impressive lineup of local and rising talent and the February lineup

promises to be no exception. The next coffeehouse, on Sunday Feb. 9, will feature Glen Roethel, followed by Loretta Hagen. Roethel, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and allaround entertainer, brings such energy to his work, that his performances have been described as “1000 tiny fun bombs going off all at once!” He is a national voice with local appeal (some may have seen him performing with Somers

Mohegan Sun Bus Trip for All Adults

SOMERS - All adults are invited to participate in the Somers Senior Center’s bus trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino on Friday, March 21. You do not have to be a senior citizen or a resident of Somers. Passengers must be at the Somers Senior Center by 8:15 a.m. Bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will return to the Center at about 5 p.m. Trip cost of $20 includes round-trip deluxe bus, two gambling vouchers, a voucher towards the cost of lunch, and the bus driver’s gratuity. Payment must be made at time of

reservation (cash or check), along with a list of the full name and contact telephone number for each person. No refunds. All checks should be made payable to the Somers Recreation Department. Either drop off your reservation/payment at the Senior Center or mail reservation information and check to the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., P.O. Box 308, Somers, CT 06071. Reservations/payments deadline is Friday, March 14. Any questions, please call the Somers Senior Center at 860763-4379.

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As the Piedmont Percolator season winds down, future bookings include performances from the Healys Irish Band featuring John Tabb in March, and Marc Douglas and the Gail Wade Trio in April. Join us at the February Piedmont Percolator Sunday, Feb. 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. We encourage you to bring your families and neighbors to enjoy this special community event. Admission and coffee are free. Artist recordings will be available for sale that evening. For further information go to

Somers Antique Bottle Club

SOMERS - The Somers Antique Bottle Club will host its 44th annual Show and Sale on Sunday Feb. 23, at St. Bernard School, Pearl Street, Enfield. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. New England area dealers will exhibit and sell all categories of stoneware, bottles, insulators and related collectibles from 18th and 19th century businesses and historic events. This country’s earliest glass

blowing factories were established in Connecticut in the 1700s. The Museum of Ct. Glass will present informational displays. Free appraisal of bottles will be available. Food catered by the Enfield Historical Society. General admission is $2. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, please call Rose Sokol at 860-7457688.

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SUFFIELD - The Suffield Players Announce their winter production: “A Year in the Death of Eddie Jester.” Written by T. Gregory Argall and directed by Roger A. Ochs, it will be staged

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and serve two-year terms beginning in March. The committee would coordinate matters concerning veterans and their dependents, as well as activities involving veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; re-employment, education, rehabilitation and adjustment to civilian living.

EV car charging station Energy Advisory Committee Chairman Gary Fisher spoke to the selectmen at the Jan. 23 meeting about a $2,300 grant the town has received for an electric vehicle charging station. He said the total cost of the project would be about $9,000. The committee would like

to ask local merchants to donate toward the cost of the project, adding it would bring extra traffic downtown. State law requires towns not to charge for use of the stations for three years. The selectmen voted to move forward with the proposal.

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Public Helps Police Arrest Suspect in Stafford Subway Robbery

STAFFORD - On Jan. 25, at approximately 7:45 p.m., a lone white male suspect entered the Subway Store located at 88 West Main St. in Stafford and displayed a firearm. The suspect demanded money from the employees, who turned over an undisclosed amount of cash from the cash register. The suspect fled the scene in a silver-colored Toyota. A composite sketch of the suspect was completed by State Police and broadcast by media statewide over the following days. With assistance from the public, the identity of a suspect was developed and as a result of facts and evidence developed in this case, an arrest warrant was applied for and issued on Jan. 28 by Superior Court. On Jan. 28, at approximately 5:45 p.m., the accused, Charles Perkins, 53, of Stafford, was arrested by troopers at his residence. No address was given.  Perkins was charged with the following crimes: 1.  Robbery 1st Degree, C.G.S.

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Registration for Full-Day Kindergarten Program Offered


STAFFORD - Kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year will be held at the Family Resource Center office at West Stafford School, Feb. 10, 11, and 12. Stafford has a full-day kindergarten program. Parents are requested to register their children according to the following schedule:

Monday, Feb. 10 - 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m.- noon and 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. All children who will be 5 years old on or before Dec. 31, 2014, are eligible to attend kindergarten in August 2014. Registration forms are available on the

Winter Fun at the Stafford Library

STAFFORD — The following events are taking place at the Stafford Library during the month of February. • Feb. 8 at 11 a.m.: Ravioli Making Class with Lana Lewandowski of Taste of the Town Catering. She will demonstrate how to make delicious homemade ravioli. Space is limited to 15. • Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m.: Valentine Card and Fairy/Gnome House – Make a Valentine card for someone special. Build a home for the fairies and gnomes in your house and yard to make them feel welcome. • Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m.: Pizza and Movie Night at the Library - Enjoy a pizza dinner while you watch “Captain

Phillips” starring Tom Hanks. Please call to pre-register at 860-684-2852 or go to The Stafford Lion’s Club will be featured during the month of February in the library’s display case. Stop in and find out more about the Lions Club at the library. The Stafford Library is located at 10 Levinthal Run. The Library hours are Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Sundays. For more information, call 860-6842852 or visit on the Internet.

Internat at Parents are asked to bring the completed forms with them. If anyone is unable to download the forms, they will be available during registration. The following items are required at the time of registration: 1. Birth certificate - long form; and 2. Proof of residency: • mortgage agreement; or • rental agreement; or • a notarized residency affidavit (form available at the Board of Education office, school offices and on the website) accompanied by a current utility bill; or • a notarized residency affidavit accompanied by a valid driver’s license, car registration, and a copy of personal

property tax bill for the car from the Town of Stafford; and 3. Current physical form including all vaccinations and dates administered, a blood test for hematocrit or hemoglobin, and a dental exam. If a child cannot be immunized for medical or other reasons, a statement from the child’s doctor should be presented at the time of registration. Children who already attend a Stafford Public Schools prekindergarten, Head Start, or School Readiness program do not need to be registered. Also, it is not necessary for parents to bring children to registration at this time. An orientation session for families will be held at each school in August.

STAFFORD - Stafford Lions Club is sponsoring a demonstration of Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation at the Stafford Library, 10 Levinthal Run, in the community room, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Fidelco will have two trainers and a puppy-in-training. Come learn about one of the organizations the

Stafford Lions support. The library will also have Lions Club members available to answer questions about the Lions and the display that will be in the library display case during February. Free pizza and soft drinks will be served. RSVP by calling 860-684-2852.

STAFFORD - Curry College's Interim Chief Academic Officer Sue Pennini is proud to announce that Rachael Freeman of Stafford Springs has been named to the Dean's List for

the Fall 2013 Semester. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must earn a 3.30 G.P.A., have no incompletes, and have no grade lower than a "C" for the semester.

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Stafford Annual Madrigal Feaste

The 27th annual Madrigal Feaste held at Stafford High School was performed by the music students and included dinner, dancing, singing and dramatic performances from a Medieval time complete with lords, ladies, a king and queen, a court jester and wenches. Photo by Amy Hartenstein

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Legends Cars Return To Weekly Racing At Stafford Speedway


STAFFORD SPRINGS - For the first time since the 1994 season, INEX Legend Cars will be part of the weekly Friday night program at Stafford Motor Speedway, joining the SK Modifieds, Late Models, SK Lights, Limited Late Models, and DARE Stocks. The Friday night US Legend Car series, which will consist of 14 events, will be INEX sanctioned. The INEX Legend Cars will receive both Stafford Motor Speedway track points and US Legend Cars series points. At the SMS Annual Champions Awards Banquet, being held on Nov. 21, the INEX Legends Car Champion will be crowned, making it the first US

Legend Car Champion at the famed New England short track. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited to have US Legend Cars here at Stafford Motor Speedway,â&#x20AC;? said David Arute, Assistant GM of Stafford Motor Speedway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a great opportunity for the up and coming drivers to get exposure and experience at our venue. The feedback from the drivers is very positive, so it looks like it will be a good field of cars.â&#x20AC;? The tentative schedule includes 14 race events with various off weeks throughout the season. The US Legend Cars will not race on the nights of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Valenti Modified Racing Series and the

Champions for Charities event. There is consideration for additional US Legend Car events, which will be determined in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to SMS Online for the length of the features and the qualifying format. Legend Car registration forms are available on Staffordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. History will repeat itself as second and third generation drivers return to the SMS mini-mile for US Legend Car action. Past drivers include Jags Palmer, Frank and Jon Manafort, Rob Summers, Scott Zippidelli, Steve Park, Donald Lewandowski, Bugsy Stevens, Bryon Chew and even Mark Arute.

SUFFIELD - Walkers, cancer survivors, community leaders, team captains, and dedicated workers are all needed to make the 16th annual Relay For LifeÂŽ of North Central CT a reality. Two March Planning Committee meetings are scheduled: March 4 at 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Enfield and March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center. A team captainsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meeting

immediately follows the March 18 meeting at 7 p.m. Relay For Life is an international event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and raise awareness of the fight against cancer. It is a team event where participants walk around a track relay-style overnight. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, which is scheduled for June 7-8 at Suffield Middle School, brings the com-

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On July 15, the Legend Cars took to the SMS mini-mile as part of the Wild Thing Kart Monday night program. A field of 18 cars got a taste of the action at Stafford Motor Speedway and Giovanni Giarrantana took the checkered flag. The first scheduled US Legend Car feature of the 2014 season will take place on Friday, May 2, and will conclude with a track champion being decided at the final event in September. For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit the speedway on the Web at

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Suffield First National Bank of Suffield Celebrates 150 Years By Julie Cotnoir

SUFFIELD - Three visionaries from Suffield back in 1864 took a risk and in turn left a lasting legacy to their town. Henry Fuller, Daniel W. Norton and William L. Loomis are names that many in town and the surrounding area are very familiar with. During one of this country’s most tumultuous times this trio decided that they wanted to organize the First National Bank of Suffield. It was during the Civil War that the United States government passed a law approving a system of national banks. Just three weeks after the law passed these three leaders were able to organize and be given 497 as their charter number. Less than three months later the doors were open to the bank’s first branch inside of

H.N. Prout’s store at the intersection of Main Street and Mountain Road. The buy-in for the bank happened quickly with $100,000 being put toward stock and the capital stock doubling in just 14 days after the bank opened its doors. That building and the bank’s second location just a few hundred feet away no longer exist, but the bank continues to be a strong presence in its current location at 30 Bridge St. in Suffield. The bank’s current president, Nancy S. Viggiano, said early on the bank’s customers and stockholders were mostly farmers from the community. But as times have changed and the make-up of the town has evolved the bank has continued to ensure that it is serving its customers’ needs.

Nancy S. Viggiano is The First National Bank of Suffield’s 10th president. She is the first female to serve as president for the bank, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Suffield Cooperative Preschool Schedules Upcoming Family Open House

SUFFIELD The Suffield Cooperative Preschool will be hosting its annual Family Open House for prospective families on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the First Congregational Church, 81 High St., at 6:30 p.m. The program has a diverse curriculum of basic learning of shapes, colors, letters and fine motor development as well as introductions into early reading, sci-

ence, math, and social studies programs. The program offers many flexible programs to suit all family needs. It offers a basic two-day program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for 3- and 4-year-olds and a three-day program on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for 4- and 5-year-olds.  The

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Area Masons Install Polean Ware as Worshipful Master


SUFFIELD – Composite Lodge #28 located at 150 Bridge St., Suffield, held its annual installation of elected officers on Jan. 4. At this meeting, Polean K. Ware of Enfield was installed as the 8th Worshipful Master of the Masons, Composite Lodge #28. Ware started his Masonic journey in 2008 and was very interested in the craft. Through the consent of his family he decided to become an officer. He has held many of the appointed and elected officer positions within the lodge. In these positions he was recognized as a serious brother in search of Masonic Light, which led him to being elected the Master of the Lodge. The activities of 2014 will include a new event: a monthly spaghetti lunch-

eon on the last Sunday of every month. Other lodge activities include the infamous chicken barbeque in June, CHIPS Children Identification Program, participation in the “Suffield on the Green,” a golf tournament, and various other family oriented activities. The installation took place at the Masonic Temple Building in Suffield. Bard Teigen, P.M. was the installing master of the evening, along with Richard Monighetti, P.M. as the installing marshall, and Chris Nicholson the installing chaplain. The other officers for the 2014 year are: Senior Warden: Mark Blackaby, Junior Warden: Richard Berson P.M., Treasurer: Craig Cesare, P.M., Secretary: Fred Schmalz, P.M., Senior

Deacon: Robert Green, Junior Deacon: Mark Piotrowski, Senior Steward: Adam Mullen, Junior Steward: Jeremy Harpley, Chaplain: Henry Syphers P.M., Marshall: Trevor Williams, and Tyler: Rohit Sukhram P.M.. Others who participated in the activities of the evening were William Zimmerman, P.M., who gave the charge to the master, Rex Mark P.M., who gave the charge to the wardens, Howard Orr, P.M., who gave the charge to the other officers and Mark Winne, P.M., who charged the brethren. For further information about Masons or Composite Lodge #28, go to

Be sure to check out the food, drawings, door prizes and contests. Advance tickets are available for $10 per person or $30 per immediate family. Tickets are $12 per person at the door. For advance tickets or further informa-

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Suffield Middle School PTAC To Host Student/Faculty Basketball Game

SUFFIELD - The Suffield Middle School PTAC (Parent Teacher Advisory Council) is hosting an evening of basketball fun for the entire family, Friday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Suffield Middle School gym. Come watch and

cheer students, faculty and administration while they compete for fun, run the court and shoot hoops. Listen to the Suffield Middle School Pep Band and rock out to the Quest DJ Team while supporting your community.

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Auto 2014 Toyota Tundra Handles Nasty Winter Weather The 2014 Toyota Tundra lives up to partment. The three are: its billing as a full-size pickup truck. • A 4.0-liter Dual Overhead Cam Other more-casual users might want to (DOHC) V6, standard on Tundra consider the midsize Tacoma for pur- Regular and Double Cab models, that chase. produces 270 horsepower at 5,600 rpm Thanks to the holidays and a poorly and 278 foot-pounds of peak torque at timed snowstorm, I spent 19 days with 4,400 rpm; the Tacoma. It felt like a lifetime just • The available 4.6-liter, DOHC ibecause of its size. Even getForce V8 offers 310 horseting into drive was a strain power at 5,600 rpm and 327 and I'm 6-foot-1. If ever a foot-pounds of peak torque truck needed a running at 3,400rpm, and; board, it's the Tundra. I think • The 5.7-liter, DOHC ishorter drivers would need a Force V8 that generates 381 EHIND running start to get in. horsepower at 5,600 rpm The Wheel Also, thanks to its size, and 401 foot-pounds of peak it's not flexible in tight situatorque at 3,600 rpm. tions. Heck, I found it cumIt's the latter that I had in bersome in some wide-open KEITH GRIFFIN the Tundra loaned to me by spots. Toyota. Fuel efficiency on It's somewhat troubling that the 4x2 models is 13 mpg in the city,18 mpg Tundra doesn't come with keyless igni- on the highway and 16 mpg combined tion. During the cold spell we endured in while the 4x4 achieves 13 mpg city/17 early January it was frustrating to reach mpg highway/15 mpg combined. Try as into my coat to find the keys. It would I might I never coaxed the Tundra above also have been nice to have proximity 13.2 mpg combined, according to the unlock. It makes me think people with onboard trip computer. work gloves on, a presumed market for But I'll admit to being grateful to havthis truck, would find it an ongoing ing the 4x4 system during some nasty annoyance. weather. It gave me a lot of confidence Tundra continues to offer three to throw the Tundra into 4-high and let proven powertrains, which means the the system do all the traction work for Tundra is not new in the engine com- me.



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New Investment Challenges Thinking! Require New Thinking! That’s why we utilize the following modern asset programs for our KRP managed retirement portfolios:

As an Independent Agency, we work with both Pre & Post-Retirees while focusing on their unique needs. Kent Retirement Planning (KRP) helps to develop,

• Traditional investments, including specialty/sector investments, to expand your core holdings.

implement , and manage solid retirement plans

• Alternative assets and strategies that are historically less correlated for further diversification. • Reactive risk management strategies seeking to address volatility in down markets.

which preserve assets and achieve optimal levels of income. Every step of the way

• Tactically managed strategies designed to proactively take advantage of different market cycles.

is carefully discussed

• Strategic opportunities to help address investing challenges as they arise.

For FREE planning

• Guidance Portfolios professionally constructed from different allocations of asset classes to help address your individual investment goals.

and executed.

sessions contact us today by phone or online.

• Fixed account options to help your assets grow at a fixed interest rate.

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Kent Retirement Planning Services, LLC An Independent Full Service Agency Serving North Central Connecticut & Western Massachusetts The #1 Financial Planner for the Past Seven Years*

Contact us today by phone or online!

860.749.6961 • Email: *As voted by the North Central News readers polls from 2007 thru 2013.

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Accredited Investment Fiduciary

Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through National Planning Corporation. NPC is a Member of FINRA & SIPC and a Registered Investment Adviser. Kent Retirement Planning Services, LLC and NPC are separate and unrelated companies.

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