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On Jan. 13, the Saint Bernard School community gathered for a benefit pasta dinner and Bingo night to raise money for the Chavez family. Gabriella Chavez, a 4th grader at Saint Bernard School, lost her father, Alex, after a lengthy battle with stomach cancer. Alex was an integral part of the school community and helped run the Friday night Bingo for many years. Through attendance at the benefit and other generous donors, over $1,300 was raised for the family. Above, Gabriella Chavez with service dog Jack, who visits the 4th-grade class regularly.

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By Gary Carra Welcome back to Random Raven, a parameter-less potpourri of hypes, gripes, universal truths and local lore. Topping the stack o’ stuff this installment, some solutions for all you procrastinating Casanovas out there for the holiday. To be fair, our first offering actually has a few seatings left on Feb. 14 proper. But those failing to secure said slot with their sweetie on Valentine’s Day can also slip a certificate in the card good for any weekend, now ‘til April. The Raven is talking about The Salem Cross Inn Restaurant & Tavern ( in nearby West Brookfield, Mass. and their celebrated “Fireplace Feasts” of course. Boasting everything from mulled cider and wine to horse drawn sleigh/wagon rides (weather permitting), chowder from the cauldron and their patented “1700 Prime Rib” - guaranteed to satisfy the most discriminating of carnivores as it is turned on a roasting jack in the Great Fieldstone fireplace - the Fireplace Feast experience truly captures all of the historic Inn’s award-winning take on New England history and hospitality. Cost is $60 per adult, $25 for children 12 and under.

Hear The ‘Bern’ While folks around these parts are still understandly enamored with football and our beloved “Brady Bunch,” it wasn’t too long ago Bernie Williams was patrolling centerfield for the Yankees. On The ‘Fireplace Feasts’ at theSalem Cross Inn in Friday, Feb. 17, however, Williams nearby West Brookfield, Mass. features “1700 trades his pinstripes for a six-string Prime Rib” turned on the roasting jack on the and leads his Bernie Williams Great Fieldstone fireplace (pictured), horse Band through a blues/jazz/pop set drawn wagon and/or sleigh rides, mulled cider the Infinity in Hartford (infinity- demonstrations and more. Courtesy Photo Two days prior, Feb. 15, the casino’s 25th anniverary. For more info Motown royalty Smokey Robinson per- on how to secure your spot to that visit forms a free show at Foxwoods in honor of as tickets are limited.

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New superintendent meeting community

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

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EAST WINDSOR — Christine DeBarge, who will become the next superintendent of schools, is looking forward to introducing herself to members of the community through a series of “Meet & Greet” sessions — if the weather cooperates. The latest session was rescheduled due to inclement weather. DeBarge, who is currently the assistant superintendent, will assume her new role when Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane retires in October. She came to East Windsor in 2012 as director of student support services and was named assistant superintendent in 2013. DeBarge said she wants to continue the work Kane has done to improve the town’s schools. “The turnaround is very exciting,” she said, noting the parents are highly invested in the effort. She said she intends to use the district’s strategic plan as a roadmap and plans to emphasize family and community engagement. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Our Lady of Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts; a master’s degree in speech pathology from Worcester State College; advanced graduate studies from Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts; and a doctor of education

degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The “Meet & Greet” sessions will be held 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 9 at East Windsor Middle School, 6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at East Windsor High School, and 7 p.m.-8 p.m. March 2 at the Park Hill Community Hall. Box Tops Drive The East Windsor Middle School 4-H Community All-Stars, in conjunction with the East Windsor Middle School PTO, are holding a Box Tops for Education drive to benefit the middle school. In addition to dropoff boxes for the box tops at the school, Geissler’s in town also has a box available for those who don’t have students at the middle school. Organizing the drive are Valerie Galinski, 4-H leader; Marianne Musiak, Box Tops coordinator for the PTO; Joanna Beaudry, junior 4-H leader and club president; and Ashley Donahue, club vice president.

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EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Senior Center is hosting the following programs and events in February. The center is located at 125 Main Street, Broad Brook above the Broad Brook Fire Department. To sign up for the following programs, please call 860292-8262. The Senior Center is closed Monday, Feb. 20, for President’s Day. SHOPPING Shopping at Big Y or Walmart, East Windsor, every Monday (except Feb. 20), 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Grocery shopping at Geissler’s, East Windsor, every Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Mobile Foodshare at St. Catherine’s Parking Lot – Friday, Feb. 10 and Feb 24 from 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. FITNESS/HEALTH (Drop-ins welcome) Wii Bowling, every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Free; Wii Tournament at Windsor, Wednesday, Feb 8, 12:30 p.m. Fitness Class, every Monday at 10:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga, every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. (with Lynne Miller, Cost: $3/class) Wii Zumba with Melissa Maltese, every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Free Foot care is offered on Tuesday, Feb. 21 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.); $29 charge for foot care. Please call for appointment. Blood Pressure & Sugar Screening: Free. Time: 11 a.m.

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Reps. Davis and Hall host meeting with business leaders

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EAST WINDSOR - Area business leaders gathered recently at the East Windsor Baymont Inn to discuss the state’s economic climate and the 2017 Legislative Session with State Reps. Christopher Davis (R-57) and Carol Hall (R-59). Eric Brown, from the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, was on hand to facilitate the honest and passionate dialogue on a number relevant topics ranging from public employee union contracts to electronic tolls. Davis, the top House Republican on the legislature’s Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, talked at length about the state's dire fiscal situation. “Businesses throughout the state and in East Windsor are craving a state that is sustainable and predictable,” Davis said. “For years, state lawmakers have kicked our unfunded pension problems down the road, have overspent taxpayers’ money, and have grown the size of government, which has led us to major budget deficits that we continue to see year after year. We need to have the political will, and we owe it to our residents to make long-term struc-


tural changes to the backward way Hartford continues to conduct business.” Hall, a newly elected official, serves on the legislature’s Appropriations, Education, and Planning and Development Committees. A realtor by trade, Rep. Hall brought a new perspective

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given the magnitude of the issue.” He said people have expressed concerns about traffic, access and the effect on neighborhoods. Kervick added the farm location, being just off Interstate 91, “from a geographic standpoint, it’s an ideal location.” He added he will form his own opinion on the proposal once all the information comes in. East Windsor First Selectman Robert Maynard said in a telephone interview many residents responded favorably at the community meeting, but some said they were opposed to gambling. He said there are concerns about public safety and the effect on the school system. “We want to mitigate that impact,” Maynard said. East Windsor does not plan to have a referendum on the issue, since MMCT is looking to build the casino on private property. “If a casino is built at the Showcase Cinemas site, I believe the Tribal Nations will be as concerned about the well-being of East Windsor as most any member of our business community,” he wrote in a letter to residents. One East Windsor organization said it already has

benefited from the casino proposal. Wendy Park of the East Windsor Youth Center said a representative of MMCT came to the center’s fundraiser in January and pledged contributions of $1,500 from each tribe, as well as answering questions about the proposal. Park said the center, which receives no funding from the town, has been open since October 2015. “We’ve survived all this time on donations and fundraising,” she said. Not everyone, however, is eager to see another gambling parlor in the state. “We are opposed to another casino coming into the state for a variety of reasons,” said Michele Mudrick of the Coalition Against Casino Expansion in Connecticut. The state already is at capacity for casinos, she said. “We’re kind of at a saturation point.” Her organization is concerned about the problems casinos bring, she said, such as addiction, debt, bankruptcies, broken families, embezzlement and suicide. “We come from the point of preying on the vulnerable,” she said, adding that “casinos weaken local businesses.” “We’re going to save thousands of jobs and millions in tax revenue in Connecticut,” said Andrew Doba, a

spokesman for MMCT. “One of the biggest societal issues that face individuals and families is unemployment,” Doba said, adding that crime is lower today in both Montville and Ledyard -- where the state’s two current casinos are located -- than when they opened and that property values have gone up. Doba said businesses in the towns under consideration were, in general, excited by the prospect.

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ENFIELD - Do you enjoy knitting or crocheting or want to learn? Calvary has a group of women of all ages that is meeting weekly. They are making a variety of items to help the sick and needy in our community. The group meets every Wednesday from noon until 2 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 1518 King St., Enfield. You can also make items at home if you cannot attend. This group is in need of any kind of yarn that you might have. Donations can be dropped off any Wednesday at Calvary Presbyterian from noon-2 p.m. Please contact the church office if you have any questions at 860-7455211.

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Elms College to offer social work degree completion program


ENFIELD - Officials from Asnuntuck Community College and Elms College met on Jan. 12 to sign formal articulation agreements for the Elms College Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program in Social Work. The agreements, signed by Asnuntuck Community College President James Lombella and Elms College President Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D., included Liberal Arts at ACC and Social Work at Elms; Early Childhood Education at ACC and Social Work at Elms, Criminal Justice at ACC and Social Work at Elms; General Studies at ACC and Social Work at Elms and Human Services at ACC and Social Work at Elms. “Social work is a growing, important field with expanding job opportunities in our region," said Elms College President Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D. "We are pleased to partner with Asnuntuck Community College to set students on the path to bachelor’s degrees leading to rewarding careers, empowering them to change lives for the better in Western

Massachusetts, Connecticut, and beyond.” This program is designed for students who are working, and have already earned an associate’s degree. The inaugural cohort of students will begin the program in August of this year. Students can complete the program in just 20 months, by taking part in 10, 8-week sessions held each Saturday. The classes will run from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on the Saturdays. President Lombella added, “This is a wonderful pathway for some of our students to continue their educational journey. We are honored to partner with Elms to create pathways for our students to continue on their educational journey after graduating from Asnuntuck.” Elms College has applied to the CT Office of Higher Education for permission to offer the program onsite at Asnuntuck Community College. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the state social work licensing exam at the Licensed Social

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Board backs spending $2.8 million on town hall expansion


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ELLINGTON — The Board of Selectmen is recommending the appropriation of $2.86 million for a Town Hall addition and renovation. The selectmen voted at their Jan. 23 meeting to send the recommendation to the Board of Finance and pending its approval to schedule a Feb. 21 Town Meeting and a March 7 referendum on the project. “I think it’s a very important project that will bene-

fit all of the townspeople,” First Selectman Lori Spielman said. The proposal includes a 5,930-square-foot, onestory addition to Town Hall to accommodate the offices of the town clerk, tax collector and assessor, those “that the public is always going in and out of,” Spielman said. She said the addition would allow these offices to be located on the first floor and all in close proximity.

Currently, accessing these offices often brings people up and down stairs, making it challenging for some residents. “Some people, it’s even a chore to drive down here,” Spielman said, adding that at times she has met residents outside to assist them since coming into Town Hall would be challenging for them. A Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant of $500,000 would help offset the cost of the addition.

Ellington Baptist Church will hold installation for new minister ELLINGTON - Rev. William Diggins, who has moved from “Yukon territory” to “UConn territory,” will be publically installed as the new lead pastor of the Ellington Baptist Church on Sunday, March 26. The installation service will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the church located at 264 Pinney St. in Ellington. The call of Pastor Diggins by unanimous vote this past November was the first time that the congregation has called a pastor. The congregation has been under the leadership of the founding pastor since holding its first public service in

the fall of 1992. Pastor Diggins moved to Ellington with his wife Michele and four children, ages 11 to 21, from Haines, Alaska, located in the northern part of the Alaska Panhandle, near Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. He had served as the senior pastor of the Port Chilkoot Bible Church in Haines from January 2009 to October 2015. “For me, there is no greater joy in life than to be in a loving relationship with God,” says Pastor Bill. “Nurturing this relationship through worship, reflection,

Bible study and prayer has enabled me to see God as my heavenly father, friend, rock, fortress, strength, shield, and salvation.” Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Pastor Bill grew up learning to serve in the church. Upon graduation from high school he began making summer mission trips to Alaska. Sensing God’s call upon his life, Bill moved to Chicago, Illinois, to attend Moody Bible Institute from which he was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible Theology. While at Moody, Bill had the opportunity to work with gang members on the south side of Chicago. In July of 1997 Bill and Michele were appointed by Gospel Missionary Union, now Avant Ministries, to serve in the field of Alaska

as full-time missionaries. In 2000 they moved to Echo Ranch Bible Camp in Juneau, Alaska. After nine years of serving in the camping ministry Bill transitioned into the pastoral position in Haines. Bill was officially ordained as a Minister of the Gospel in 2010. The main address will be given by Pastor Bill’s father, the Rev. Hugh Diggins of the Reformed Bible Church of West Rutland, Vermont. Rev. John Reilly of the Somers Baptist Church will give the charge to the congregation and Dr. Ed Moser of the River Valley Fellowship Church will give the charge to the new pastor. The service will also include vimeos from Pastor Bill’s former pastor in Haines and Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus of the Moody Church in Chicago.

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tomer’s Carriage Barn come to life, where precision joinery is cut and every piece is numbered. A select structural grade 1,300 pound Douglas Fir beam, measuring 10” x 20” x 26’, was on display in a station all about Great Country Timber Frames’ upcoming project at Sonny’s Place. Timber Pucks, the company’s unique wood burning briquettes, made from compressed sawdust and wood remnants from the CNC machine, were offered for sale. The newest Great Country Timber Frames design, the Bridger Timber Frame Pavilion, was on display with kit and built pricing. The Bridger features a simpler design than their other pavilions. Visitors left with brochures and custom-made wooden coasters. “It was a great crowd—very interested in timber framing and ready to learn more about our operation. What really excited us was seeing people who visited last year bring additional family

ELLINGTON — More than 300 people visited the manufacturing and design facility at Great Country Timber Frames in Ellington on Saturday, Jan. 21, for the company’s annual educational open house event. Visitors began their educational tour of Great Country Timber Frames in the design department. It is there that the company’s full-time architectural designers and professional engineers create the plans for post and beam barns, pavilions, homes, and more. Moving into the manufacturing side of the facility, guests were able to visit different stations and learn about timber framing. The stations ranged from a facts station, featuring a slide show and impressive statistics since Great Country Timber Frames’ last open house, to a joinery station, where visitors could put together smaller versions of the company’s precise mortise and tenon joinery, then to the CNC machine, one of only three of its class in the U.S., to see a cus-


members and friends this year. They would identify the joinery on the Bridger Pavilion and explain how it works to their friends and family. We’re all about educating our customers and you know you’ve done a good job when the student becomes the teacher,” said Erik Koehler, Marketing Engineer for Great Country Timber Frames.

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ELLINGTON - On Saturday, Feb. 18, Ronald McDonald will make a special appearance at the Hall Memorial Library, in Ellington. “It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald” will begin at 11 a.m. in the Upstairs Meeting Room of the library. During the 45-minute show, Ronald will share his enthusiasm for reading and books with a mix of music,

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ELLINGTON - St. Luke Church in Ellington presents Irish Night, Saturday March 11, in the church hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. Corned beef and cabbage with all the fixings and complimentary wine, beer and soda will be available. No BYOB please. Entertainment by the singing group “Irish To The Last Drop” along with Irish

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ENFIELD — The town is working with the developer of the former Hallmark site to encourage its development. The Town Council voted Jan. 17 to approve a tax abatement agreement for the 25 Bacon Road site. The developer, WE 35 Bacon Road LLC, was represented by Adam Winstanley, principal with the development firm of Winstanley Enterprises and Valarie

Ferro, development adviser from Good Earth Advisors LLC. Winstanley said they have two tenants for the property at this time, according to the minutes of the meeting. Veritive, a Fortune 500 company based out of Atlanta, has signed an 11-year lease. Plastipak is leasing 225,000 square feet in the low-bay building for a year. He said the company has leased more than a million square feet of space and has completed $10 million

of improvements on the front building. The renovation of the rear building is approximately a $16 million project. The agreement calls for tax abatements over a seven-year period using a schedule of discounts on the property’s assessments, ranging from 40 percent and going down to 30 percent during the term of the agreement.

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ENFIELD - If your New Year’s resolution was to “make a difference,” then the Enfield Adult Day Center needs you. If you enjoy working with seniors and want to share your talents, please call the Enfield Adult Day Center. Volunteer Opportunities include but

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HARTFORD. – On Jan. 19, Senator Len Suzio (R-Meriden) and Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) represented the Senate Republican Caucus as the first two GOP members to chair and vice-chair a meeting of the Committee on Children. “Yesterday we had a meeting of the Committee on Children,” Kissel said. “I think this new balance of power at the capitol will allow us to really roll up our sleeves and work together to make Connecticut a place where all children can prosper.” Kissel is currently serving his 13th term in the State Senate and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on

Children. Kissel represents the towns of East Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor Locks and portions of Granby and Windsor. “I am very excited to step into this new role as the Co-Chair of the Committee on Children,” Suzio said. “I look forward to a productive session and working across the aisle to do what is best for Connecticut children and families.” Suzio is serving his second term in the state senate and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Committee on Children. Suzio represents the communities of Cheshire, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown and Rockfall.

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ENFIELD - Allied’s Attic Thrift Store at 294 George Washington Road in Enfield is continuing its year-long 10th Anniversary Celebration with a Donations Drive at the Enfield Senior Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Bring your gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and home goods to the Enfield Senior Center at 299 Elm St. from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you have a lot of items to donate and you live within 10 miles of Allied’s Attic, we would be happy to arrange a pick-up at your house. Call 860-265-3829 to make arrangements. Allied’s Attic is a non-profit member of the Enfield community that provides individuals with disabilities or other chal-

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ENFIELD – The Enfield Reds, a local youth boys ages 11-12 baseball team, is holding a concert fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 11, to raise money for the team to go to Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, in July 2017. Music will be provided by well-known local bands RTM and AMB.

Cost is only $15 and will be held at the Elks Club, 138 North Maple St., Enfield from 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Adam at 860-558–7898. Tickets are also available at the door. Raffle prizes will be available as well. Cash bar on site. All proceeds go to the team.

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Zawistowski, Storms welcome Spirit Airlines to Bradley


WINDSOR LOCKS – State Reps. Tami Zawistowski (R-61) and Scott Storms (R-60) recently joined Governor Dannel Malloy and airport officials at Bradley International Airport to announce new service from Spirit Airlines starting this spring to Myrtle Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Spirit is an ultra-low-cost carrier and offers another great choice for budget-minded travelers in the Bradley International Airport service area. Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) released the following statement regarding the announcement that Spirit Airlines will launch operations at Bradley International Airport beginning this Spring. Spirit will offer direct nonstop service to several destinations, including Myrtle Beach, Orland and Ft. Lauderdale. “I applaud the efforts of both Governor Malloy and the Connecticut Airport Authority,” Kissel said. “Adding another airline to the mix will create more competition and ultimately Connecticut customers will reap the benefits of Pictured from left: Gov. Malloy; CT Airport Authority Board Chair Charles Gray; Spirit Airlines Vice President of lower pricing.” Network Planning Mark Kopczak, State Rep. Tami Zawistowski; State Rep. Scott Storms; CT Airport Authority Not only will this addition benefit customers Executive Director Kevin Dillon. trying to catch a plane south, but will help area businesses as Bradley continues to attract more with a daily, year-round route to Orlando and four- at the airport. Daily, year-round service to Ft. travelers, Kissel said. days-per-week, seasonal service to Myrtle Beach, a Lauderdale will begin on June 15. Spirit’s first flights at Bradley will begin on April 27 destination that is not currently served by any carriers

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Teacher and three students honored by local DAR chapter


ENFIELD - The Penelope Terry Abbey Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual awards night ceremony at the Enfield Public Library in December. Awards were given for Good Citizens and Outstanding Teacher of American History. The Chapter’s award winner for Outstanding American History Teacher was Kelly Mazzone, who teaches at Enfield High School. The award is given

in recognition of outstanding contributions that foster a spirit in patriotism and support of our country and constitutional government. Three local high school seniors received the DAR Good Citizens award and were recognized for their qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. The recipients of this award were: Joshua Chlebowski, son of Deidre and Brian Chlebowski, from Somers

High School. Joshua aspires to become a teacher “because teachers help shape the future.” He is the president/chair of Somers High School Gender-Sexuality Alliance, the founder of Teachers of Tomorrow, and the vice president of The Somers High Unit Team. He is on the National Honor Society, National Beta club and is a drama stage hand. He was selected for the peer counseling group called Students Supporting Students. Jacob Audet, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Audet, from Enfield High School. Jacob is involved in Student Government, the Marching Band, the CT Association of Schools Youth Advisory Board, National Honors Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, the International Thespian

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SOMERS — Town officials were pleased with the outcome of the first Somers Season of Giving Campaign. “The goal of this campaign was to raise awareness of programs in Somers that benefit our residents in need in an effort to increase community involvement and contributions, and we believe we accomplished exactly what we set out to do,” Deanna Schuetz, town human services director, said in a written release. One of the highlights of the program, Schuetz said, was the REACH Foundation’s Shop-with-a-Cop Program. Five children from Somers took part in the

program created to strengthen relationships between youth and law enforcement in their communities, while providing a holiday experience. The Adopt-a-Child Program provided gifts for 47 children from 23 families. The program brought in donations from 31 residents and organizations. “The Stuff-a-Cruiser event was the most successful ever and exemplified teamwork and interdepartmental collaboration at its best,” Schuetz said. The event was organized by the Somers Women’s Club. Donations were collected by the Police Department and transported by the Department of Public Works to the Social Services Department where

staff worked with police and Public works staff members to unload a 14-passenger bus plus a truck full of toys. This collection provided gifts for 52 children from 22 families. This season’s Salvation Army Kettle Campaign raised $1004.25. It was staffed by 15 volunteers, including Selectman Bud Knorr and state Rep. Kurt Vail. A total of $4,465 was raised for the Somers Emergency Fund, with $410 coming from a partnership with Geissler’s Supermarket, which held a paper hearts and mittens fundraiser.

Barbara Capuano joins board for grieving families center

SOMERS - Mary’s Place, a center for grieving children and families, is pleased to name Barbara Capuano to its Board of Directors. Capuano has been involved in the organization since 2003. Both she and her daughter have attended grief programs and her daughter is currently a teen volunteer in one of the groups. Capuano is a member of the Somers Board of Education, the Rotary, and has

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SOMERS - The first fundraising dinner of 2017 at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, with sittings at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Menu includes chicken parmesan served over ziti, tossed salad, Italian bread and homemade rolls, beverage and dessert. Cost is $12 per serving. Reservations for dine in or take out dinners should be made in advance by contacting the church office at 860-749-7741.


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SOMERS - Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and support Somers American Legion Post #101. Entertainer Dee Reilly brings her Irish Country Dinner Dance Show to Somers on Saturday, March 11, at Joanna’s Restaurant. Join a lively evening of non-stop fun with delicious food and sensational singing to raise funds for American Legion programs. The evening begins with a complete Chicken Buffet Dinner including salad and dessert plus coffee or tea. Tickets are only $30 for the dinner and show including tax and gratuity. Call 860-508-6679 to order tickets. Advance reservations are required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and show and dancing at 7:30 p.m. Joanna’s Restaurant is conveniently located at 145 Main St. on Route 190 in Somers. Known for her outstanding vocals and engaging audience connection, Dee just returned from the “Cruise With the Irish Stars” in February. Dee heads to Ireland for the “On The Eighth Day Tour” with Andy Cooney and leads her own tour of Ireland this May, “Singing Your Way Through Ireland.” With hits on the Country and Irish Country charts, Dee Reilly performs across the USA and

For details, visit internationally. Enjoy Irish favorites including “Danny Boy,” “The Wild Rover,” “The Town I Loved So Well,” “Lady of Knock,” “Take Me Home To Mayo,” “The Fields of Athenry,” “Home To Donegal,” and more. Hear classic to contemporary country tunes made famous by artists including Patsy Cline, Dolly Paton, Lorrie Morgan, Darrius Rucker, Lee Greenwood, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and John Denver. “We are excited about the Irish Country Show with Dee Reilly. She is a wonderful entertainer with a delightful voice and promises a spectacular evening,” said Commander David McCaffrey of Somers American Legion Post #101. “Helping raise funds for the Somers American Legion is a genuine pleasure because our veterans deserve our respect and our support,” noted Dee. “The audience last time was absolutely delightful and we all had such a great time. I am really looking forward to our Irish Country Show on March 11,” she added.

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Credit Union Offering $500 Scholarship Award

ENFIELD - The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union (TVTFCU) is pleased to announce that it is offering its annual $500 Scholarship Award to a credit union member who exemplifies scholastic achievement and community service. Applicants must be Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union members in good standing who are graduating seniors and will be attending an institution of higher learning in the fall. Visit its website or call its office for information on how to become a member and to obtain a scholarship application. Enfield High School students are automatically eligible for membership. An application must be filled out and returned to the credit union for consideration by May 1. For more information about the credit union, visit its website:, find it on Facebook, visit its YouTube Channel: tvtfcuinen-

field, call the credit union at 860-2534780 or stop by the office, which is located at 182 South Road in Enfield. TVTFCU is a not-for-profit, member owned, financial co-operative which has been serving its members since 1936. Financial services include savings and checking accounts, youth accounts. online account management, a variety of loans, mortgages and more. TVTFCU’s field of membership is comprised of the following: all public and non-public school employees who work in the towns of Enfield, East Windsor, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Suffield and Somers; high school students; employees of Community Health Resources and Employees; commissioners and volunteers of the Enfield Fire Department; plus, spouses of persons who died while within the field of membership of this credit union.

SOMERS - The American Legion is hosting a Polish Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The dinner takes place at the Knights of

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Mid-winter Hike at Schlaf Farm

SOMERS - Northern CT Land Trust is sponsoring a hike on Schlaf Farm in Somers on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. Schlaf Farm is comprised of 38 acres of preserved farm and forested land. There are no hills to be encountered, but this quiet, non-strenuous hike is perfect as a family outing. Hike leader Ginny Patsun will be there to welcome everyone and answer questions along the way pertaining to what Northern CT Land Trust is and does, as well as questions about the ecology of the area.

Bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis if there is snow. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to join us. There will be warm apple cider offered before the hike. Meeting location is the parking lot behind the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main Street, Somers. The group will walk to Schlaf Farm from there. This hike will last approximately an hour and a half. No need to call to register, but calls are welcome if there are any questions. Ginny can be reached at 860-899-4795.

ENFIELD - GFWC/The Woman’s Club of Enfield is offering a scholarship to a graduating senior girl from Enfield High School. To qualify for this scholarship, a girl must have attended Enfield High School for her entire senior year, be in the upper 20 percent of her class and have been accepted at a four-year college or university. Also being offered is the Marion Ferguson Memorial Scholarship, the qualifications are the same as above except that she must have been accepted

at either a two-year or four-year college. The Phyllis Berger Memorial Scholarship is offered to business students only. The qualifications are the same as above except that she must have been accepted at either a two-year or four-year business school. Scholarship applications may be obtained from the guidance office at Enfield High and must be returned to that office by April 5, 2017. If further information is needed, please contact Debbie at 860-745-2864.

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STAFFORD - Are you a grandparent raising your grandchild? If so, you are invited to attend a support group where you can gather with others who share similar experiences. The group will meet for a four-week session from 6:15-7:15 on Thursday evenings from March 2

through March 23 at the First United Methodist Church, 8 Church Street, Stafford Springs. Coffee, light refreshments, and childcare will be provided. Please call Connie at 860-684-2468 to register.

STAFFORD - The Stafford Family Resource Center invites you to attend a support group that focuses on the challenges of being a father or father figure, from 6:45-7:45 on Wednesday evenings beginning Feb. 15 at the Stafford Public

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STAFFORD — A discussion on the future of the Pinney and Witt schools is scheduled for Feb. 13. The former schools, considered historic buildings, are vacant and for sale. First Selectman Anthony Frassinelli said the public is being consulted about the future of the properties, due to their aesthetic value to the town. A questionand-answer session will be part of the meeting. “It cost roughly $10,000 a year for it to sit empty,” he said of the Pinney School building. According to the Stafford Historical Society, the Pinney building is part of the Stafford Hollow National Historic District. It was designed by William D. Johnson, a Stafford native and Hartford architect. The school was most recently used as the Board of Education build-

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Solar Arrays Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Jan. 17 for Solar Arrays. The 2 mW ground mounted solar array behind the Middle School is part of a $17 million project that also includes another 1.7 mWs of solar that is spread across many of our other schools and municipal buildings in town, for a total of 3.7 mWs. These arrays will provide more than 80% of the municipalities’ electricity needs. In addition, included in this project, three schools and the town library have been converted to ground source geothermal heat pumps to replace oil as a heat source. The electricity needed to run these heat pumps is provided by the solar arrays. From left are: Rick Berube from Standard Solar, Dennis Milanovich,  Stafford Building Official/Project Manager, Congressman Joe Courtney, First Selectman Tony Frassinelli, Gary Fisher, Butch Clark from the Stafford Energy Advisory Committee, Selectman John Locke and Selectman John Perrier. Photo by Amy Hartenstein

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Local veterans attended a ribbon cutting on Jan. 17 for 16 units at Woodland Springs, a 79-unit mixed-income and supportive services affordable housing development. The new development represents a public-private partnership of funds, financing and operational entities from the federal level to the municipal level. The remaining units should be complete and ready for occupancy by the end of 2017. Photo by Amy Hartenstein

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SUFFIELD -- While the value of real estate in town has gone up, the Grand List is flat. The total 2016 net taxable Grand List is $1,385,877,690, the same as for 2015. The Grand List includes an increase of $11,917,745of 1 percent in real estate; a decrease of $14,486,620 or 18.5

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SUFFIELD - Ask George is starting Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Kent Memorial Library at 61 Ffyler Place. Ask George about your computer issues. The library and George are testing the waters for this type of technical help. You see, George, a whiz at solving computer problems, is a middle school student in Suffield. Feb. 11 is a pilot test. If successful, George will be at the library on a regular basis. If you have trouble with viruses, gaming issues, email, browsers and even how to download e-books, George will be here to answer questions for adults and kids. There is no need to register, just drop in.

percent in personal property; and an increase of $ 2,517,500 or 2.2 percent in motor vehicles. The difference in motor vehicles is due to an additional 286 vehicles on the tax rolls, according to Assessor Helen Totz. The town’s top 12 taxpayers are: 1. Connecticut Light & Power Co. with an assessment of $28,199,750.

2. Suffield 1120 Harvey lane LLC, $13,481,440. 3. Suffield by the River LLC, $7,604,310. 4. Connecticut Water Co., $6,032,340. 5. Marketing Research Park LLC, $5,498,150. 6. Harold J. Moffie, $5,228,090.

7. NN Acquisitions, $4,664,310. 8. HP Hood, $4,467,250, 9. Kongsberg Automotive II Inc., $4,101,980. 10. Yankee Gas, $3,912,980. 11. Alfred Fuller II Trustee, $3,676,940. 12. Suffield Academy, $3,463,890.

SUFFIELD - It’s time for another short story contest at the Kent Memorial Library. This one is different as participants can write about any topic they would like. There are stipulations though, so here are the rules: Original, unpublished short stories containing 1,000 words or less, written by Suffield residents, will be accepted for the contest at the Kent Memorial

Library, through Feb. 28. Non-resident students in Suffield public schools can also enter the contest. All short stories must be attached to an application form available on the library’s website or at the library. Entries must be typed, single-spaced in a 12-point font. First, second and third prizes will be awarded by The Friends of Kent

Memorial Library in five age groups: First Grade-Second Grade; Third GradeFifth Grade; Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade; Ninth Grade-Twelth Grade; and Adults. Prizes: 1st prize is $25; 2nd prize is $10; and 3rd prize is $5. Winners of the short story contest will be asked to read their stories on Saturday, March 11.

SUFFIELD - The Kent Memorial Library in Suffield is offering Living A Less Stressed, More Flourishing Life, a presentation by Rita Schiano, which will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge

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