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â€˘REGIONAL: Area schools dealing with Common Core standards................p. 3 â€˘ EAST WINDSOR: Wal-Mart work drives rise in Town Grand List...................p. 4 â€˘ ELLINGTON: Voters approve more funds for schoolwork.................... p. 6 â€˘ ELLINGTON: Caseyâ€™s Cafe marks its 25th anniversary ..........................p. 7 â€˘ SPORTS SHORTS: Local girl named to national polo team ......................p. 9 â€˘ SOMERS: New solar center helps up townâ€™s Grand List ........................p. 15 â€˘ STAFFORD: Four new homes drive townâ€™s Grand List growth............. p. 22 â€˘ SUFFIELD: Area high school students come together for Robotics ........p. 26
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Open Cockpit Day March 16 w/ Museumâ€™s WWII Blimp Car
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The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks will hold Open Cockpit Day on Sunday, March 16th. On that day visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to nine vintage airplanes, including two supersonic jet fighters, the Vietnam era Huey helicopter, the WWII P-47 Thunderbolt, the Vintage DC-3 airliner, and more.
A special feature of the day will be a program on the Museumâ€™s WWII Goodyear blimp car which is in its final stages of restoration. U.S. Navy blimps played a pivotal role in patrolling the U.S. East and Gulf coasts searching for German U-boats and in escorting North Atlantic ship convoys.
The Open Cockpit program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the Museum and gift shop staying open until 5:00 p.m. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. Admission is $12 for ages 12 and up, $11 for seniors 65 and up and $6.50 for ages 4 to 11. Children under 3 are admitted free. For more information, visit www.neam.org or call (860) 623-3305.
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Students Will Face Common Core Testing
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Students throughout North Central Connecticut will be introduced to the Common Core State Standards of education when they take the new Smarter Balanced Assessments this spring. The new tests, which in English and math will replace the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test, are part of the Common Core, a federal education initiative. The science Smarter Balanced Assessment has not yet been developed, so students will take the CAPT and CMTs in that subject area. “Adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010, these new expectations set the bar for what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level. These fewer, clearer, and higher standards will prepare students to meet the rigors of college and the demands of 21st-century careers,” according to a statement on the state Education Department’s website. The Common Core State Standards are academic standards in mathematics
and English “that are grounded in evidence and designed to ensure that all students have the academic knowledge and skills they need in these core subjects to succeed after high school. The CCSS were developed in a state-led process under the leadership of governors and chief state school officers with participation from 48 states,” according to the website. Stafford Public Schools held an information session for parents to learn about the Common Core on Feb. 12. Stafford Director of Curriculum and Instruction Michael Bednarz said the event was successful, with about 40 parents attending. The event included dinner, childcare for the children and raffles for Kindles, as well as a practice test for parents to get an idea of the new assessments. “I was really pleased with the number and quality of the questions parents had,” Bednarz said. The parents learned that the new assessments will be done through online tests. Stafford students in grades 3 to 8 and 11 will take the new tests this year. The
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ENFIELD - Girl Scouts, families, and supporters will gather at Enfield Square Mall for the 13th annual Mall Madness event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. Girls will have the opportunity to learn more about Girl Scouting, including information about summer camps. In addition, girls will participate in a fashion show, have the opportunity to meet engineering students and hear from professional women via a panel discussion, as well as sample recipes based on Girl Scout cookies. No registration is required and the event is free to the public. For more information about Mall Madness or to volunteer, please contact Gail Myers at 860-254-5133.
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state had made the new tests optional for this school year. According to Bednarz, the Common Core was developed nationally in response to the drop in American students’ test results compared to those in other countries, feedback from colleges about the growing number of students needing remediation in reading, writing and math, the increase in the percentage of jobs requiring post secondary education and the need for a worldwide pool for job applicants and 21st century skills. Ellington Director of Education Services Erin McGurk said the faculty has been working curriculum development and staff training since the state adoption of the Common Core in 2010. Anne McKernan, chief academic officer for the Enfield schools, said Enfield has been working to align its curriculum and instructional practices with the Common Core and make sure they are “highly effective strategies.” East Windsor Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane said the school system has ongoing professional development with teachers as they implement the Common Core. Somers Superintendent of Schools Maynard Suffredini said they have been providing professional development for the staff in preparation for the Common Core. “It does teach some things somewhat differently than in the past, particularly in mathematics,” he said. “It’s going to be an interesting transition.” Suffield Superintendent of Schools Karen Baldwin could not be reached for comment.
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Wal-Mart Improvements Help Townâ€™s Grand List Grow
East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson
EAST WINDSOR â€” With building on the WalMart site driving the increase, the townâ€™s 2013 Grand List rose to $1,073,423,645. The Grand List, which reports the total value of all taxable property in town, grew to $20,788,958 or 1.7322 percent. Wal-Mart climbed to being the townâ€™s second-highest taxpayer in 2013. â€œThat is the biggest change,â€? Town Assessor Caroline Madore said. Real estate came in at $799,655,210, an increase of
$12,016,180 or 1.274 percent. Personal property represented $89,788,3335, an increase of $7,230,195 or 9.6176 percent. Motor vehicles increased to $98,724,600, an increase of $2,183,403 or 2.2446 percent. The townâ€™s top 10 taxpayers are: Southern Auto Sales Inc. and related entities, with an assessment of $22,205,290. Walmart Stores East LP, $21,264,280. The Mansions at Canyon Ridge LLC, $19,385,910. Millpond Limited Partnership, $15,475,790.
Blue Dog Properties Trust, $10.990,100. Connecticut Light and Power Co. and related entities, $10,611,420. Balch Bridge Street Corp. and related entities, $9,832,630. East Windsor Properties Limited Partnership, $8,776,440. Connecticut Water Co., $8,736,663. Fremont Prospect Hill Road LLC, $8,184,460.
Parks and Rec Department Offers Yoga, Babysitting and Other Programs
EAST WINDSOR â€“ The following events have been planned by the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department. SPRING YOGA: Classes will be held at the East Windsor High School in room D-4 from 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday classes will be held April 21 to June 16 with no class on May 26. Wednesday classes will be held April 23 to June 11. The cost of this program is: residents $25 one-time fee, one day a week; $40 one-time fee, two days a week; Non-residents $30 one-time fee, one day a week; $45 one-time fee, two
days a week. Register through the Parks and Recreation Office or online with our Webster Bank Payment link prior to the first class. Please call 860-627-6662 with any questions. BABYSITTER SAFETY 101 & 102: Babysitter Safety 101 classes will be held on March 12 and 13 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the East Windsor Middle School for East Windsor students ages 12-13. The cost of this class is $40. The class will teach skills necessary to care for children of all ages using team babysitting, motherâ€™s helper and individual babysitting concepts. The class will
focus on safety and will also cover basic first aid. Advanced Babysitter Safety 102 class will be held March 19 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the East Windsor Middle School for East Windsor students ages 13-16. The cost of this class is $40. The class will focus on first aid concept, adult/child and infant CPR. For more information on participating in this class, please call 860-627-6662. SUMMER FUN CAMP: Sign-ups for the 2014 Summer Fun Camp have begun. This year we will be offering eight weeks of Summer Camp, Tiny Tots Camp and Counselor in Training. The
first week of camp will be the week of June 30 and ending the week of Aug. 18. The fee for the Summer Fun Camp and Tiny Tots for regular hours (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) is $95 weekly for residents/$105 weekly for non-residents; Extended hours (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is $105 weekly for residents/$115 weekly for non-residents. Counselor in Training cost is $75 for residents and $85 for nonresidents. There is a $10 non-refundable deposit/week required at sign-up. Registration forms can be found on the website or outside the Recreation Office.
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New Trolley Car Arrives at Connecticut Trolley Museum
East Windsor EAST WINDSOR - The Connecticut Trolley Museum is getting very excited about the upcoming season. Visitors to the museum will notice several improvements, including new exhibits. The museum’s staff and volunteers are presently restoring Trolley Car 1326, which was damaged during a break-in in 2012 and Car 169 is being prepared for display in the museum’s Visitor Center.
5th Annual Panther Plunge Seeks Participants
EAST WINDSOR - Windsor Federal Savings, East Windsor Parks and Recreation, East Windsor Human Services and East Windsor Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to raise money to help East Windsor families heat their homes this winter by raising money and awareness for the East Windsor Fuel Bank through the 5th Annual Panther Plunge that takes place Sunday, March 16, at 1 p.m. Individuals will have the honor of taking the plunge for just a $40 tax deductible donation; $40 donations will get that “plunger” a 5th Annual Panther Plunge T-shirt and automatic entry to
win a TV. Teams can come up with themes and join also for $40 per person. Prizes will be given to the individual that raises the most money. To add fun to this event, organizers are encouraging the “plungers” to come up with a theme and/or costume for themselves and their teammates. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume out of the water and the best costume in the water. For more information on participating in this event or becoming a sponsor, please call our office at 860-627-6662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most exciting news is the arrival of a new trolley. On Friday, Jan. 17, New Jersey Transit Trolley #15 arrived. Four hours of preparation by dedicated volunteers were required to have the trolley roll smoothly and safely off the trailer that brought it from New Jersey onto the museum tracks. The trolley was built in 1946 and ran for Twin City Rapid Transit until 1953 as trolley #334 after which the car ran for Public Service of New Jersey until 1971 as #15 and New Jersey Transit until 2001 as #15. After coming out of service the trolley car was stored until being acquired
by the trolley museum. This car illustrates how PCC trolley technology is still used today by modern transit systems. NJT Car #15 requires some modification and a complete safety inspection. It is the goal of the museum to have NJT Car #15 operational for rides this fall or in early 2015. The museum opens for the year Saturday, April 5, at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.ct-trolley.org, facebook.com/trolleymuseum, or call 860-627-6540.
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Voters Approve Additional Funds for School Renovations
ELLINGTON — The school renovation projects will be getting additional funding. Residents voted 360-258 in a Feb. 25 referendum to approve increasing by $900,000 the $21,040,000 appropriation for the projects at the Crystal Lake and Windermere schools. The vote authorized the town to bor-
row the funds for school addition and renovation projects. First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said that as the project went forward, the original appropriation would not allow for all the work needed. “This is very critical to what we’re doing,” Blanchette said. The need for additional funds became imperative when the contractors’ bids on
the project came in higher than projected. Capital Improvement Budget The Board of Selectmen has approved its Capital Improvement Budget request for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Blanchette said the selectmen approved a $1.3 million request, manly for road repairs. Raise for first selectman The Board of Selectman voted at its
Feb. 10 meeting to increase the first selectman’s annual salary to $77,500. Selectman James Prichard said he had researched first selectmen’s salaries in towns the size of Ellington and that the average salary is $79,000. It also was noted at the meeting that Blanchette had not received a salary increase for the past three years.
ELLINGTON - The Board of Selectmen is seeking several individuals to serve an 18-month term each on the Charter Revision Commission. If you are an elector of the Town of Ellington and are interested in being considered for a position on this Commission, please complete and submit to the First Selectman's Office a Statement of Interest form as soon as possible. The form is available on the
Town’s website (see instructions below) or in the First Selectman’s Office. For more information, please call 860-870-3100 or email us at email@example.com. VACANCIES: Appointments will be considered at the March 17 meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Vacancies exist on the following boards/commissions noted below:
Ad Hoc Patriotic Committee - three terms to December 31, 2014 Ad Hoc Committee for the Preservation of the Pinney House - one term to July 31, 2014 Board of Assessment Appeals - one term to Jan. 31, 2017 Board of Assessment Appeals Alternate - one term to Jan. 31, 2015 Charter Revision Commission The Board of Selectmen is seeking several interested citizens to serve 18month terms each. Conservation Commission - one term to March 31, 2016
Economic Development Commission Alternate - one term to Jan. 31, 2015 Ethics Commission - one term to Jan. 31, 2016 Inland/Wetlands Agency Alternate one term to January 31, 2015 Any elector of the Town of Ellington interested in serving the community on one of the above-listed boards/commissions should call the First Selectman's office (860-870-3100) for a Statement of Interest or visit our website at Ellington? ct.gov, select 'Government', select 'Boards & Commissions', select 'vacancies'.
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Casey’s Café Marks 25 Years of Serving the Community
Ellington By Deborah Stauffer
ELLINGTON - There are some landmarks in the small town of Ellington that help to make it what it is. Casey’s Café is one of those landmarks. The familiar American grill is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and is still going strong. Behind the success of this community business is the teamwork of owners Eric Carneiro and Bryan Harvell. Carneiro’s father, George, remodeled and opened the restaurant in 1989 and added on a large patio and dining room in 1994. Eric and Bryan worked for the elder Carneiro from the beginning until six years ago when he retired and the two became the owners. The restaurant in its early years was pub-like in nature with many sports enthusiasts as patrons and a smaller menu. Once the building was made bigger it became more family oriented and
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Carneiro has worked for the Hartford Fire Department for 20 years and Harvell has volunteered for the Crystal Lake Fire Department in Ellington for the past 25 years. Casey’s is also known for its support of athletics. They sponsor a co-ed softball team in the town and a men’s basketball team. It’s not uncommon to see
athletes of all ages in the restaurant after their games. Casey’s Café is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to closing. On Saturday evenings they feature live acoustic music with no cover charge. Their menu and daily specials can be found on their website and Facebook page. Visit them at www.caseyscafe.com.
Opening Knight Players Present ‘Snow Angel’
ELLINGTON - The Opening Knight Players will produce “Snow Angel” at 7 p.m. on March 27 in the Gordon C. Getchell Auditorium at Ellington High School, 37 Maple St., Ellington. This is the story of “Snow Angel”: When the quiet town of Deerpoint, Vermont is hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, a mysterious girl named Eva steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of 15 confused teenagers who are asked to help her in her search. What Eva’s searching for — and who she truly is — becomes a mystery that baffles,
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Persano Selected for US Polo Program; Frassinelli Honored
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SOMERS - USPA (United States Polo Association) inductee Carly Persano is riding her way to the top, one hurdle at a time. Carly, who is a Somers High School graduate, is a freshman at UConn in the animal science program and was recently one of 12 applicants selected to be in the United States Polo Associations Team USPA Program. The acceptance process is grueling and hard, as the committee is faced with pieces of the applicant’s game tapes, as many recommendations as the applicants can gather up, and an essay stating how being selected will raise one’s ambitions to enter the equestrian sport. Also, the committee runs a tight rodeo. There are minute criteria for age and abilities that must be met. They want the best of the best and the most competitive to lead the future of the sport. This program was created in 2010 to “enhance young riders’ skills and grow the next generation of polo players.” The organization provides mentors, networking, training, and playing opportunities to young players so they can pave the road to expanding the sport throughout the U.S. Persano’s whole life has been devoted to polo, so for the past two summers she buckled down and concentrated on the world ahead of her. A total of 12 applicants got selected to take part in a four-day clinic in
Florida, where they would be kept under the watchful eye of the sport’s top professionals and compete for the once-unknown amount of spots in the program. Carly worked hard to be one of those people. I’m excited to see where she goes and I wish her the best of luck. Frassinelli Honored In other notable and noble news, Damian Frassinelli, local athletic director from Stafford High School, was recognized for his exemplary mentoring and leadership. Damian will be honored by the Unified Sports Program of the CT Special Olympics organization. Unified Sports is a program that combines approximately equal numbers of individuals with and without intellectual disabilities on the same sports teams for training and competition. Unified Sports is an important program because it expands sports opportunities for individuals seeking new challenges. In addition, Unified Sports dramatically increases inclusion in the community by helping to break down barriers that have historically kept people apart, and in doing so, provides a valuable sports opportunity to individuals who are not presently involved with Special Olympics or other sports programs. Damian was recognized for his efforts that are in line with the organization’s, and in recognition, he will be inducted as the 2014 Friend of Unified Sports by the organization at their banquet on April 29.
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the Village Design Overlay District, which would expand the design review process for Thompsonville in accordance with state statutes. The proposed districts were developed as part of the 2013 Future of Thompsonville Study. Clarification The Town Council has approved the use of a tag system to allow the use of gray barrels on Fridays for yard waste. The gray barrels may only be used for yard waste pickup if the homeowner already has a brown barrel out and only with a tag purchased from the town, Director of Public Works Jonathan Bilmes said. The program will begin in the spring. The barrel system remains blue for recycling, gray for refuse and brown for yard waste, he said. Bilmes stressed that the town will still pick up bagged leaves in the fall. This system is designed to accommodate other yard cleanup. “All these changes will not affect the fall leaf collection,” he said.
By Linda Tishler Levinson
ENFIELD — The Planning and Zoning Commission is considering changes for Thompsonville. The proposal is for three zoning districts in the Thompsonville section of town. Thompsonville Village The Residential District would cover areas that are currently zoned suburban residential. The goal would be to preserve the existing density and encourage rehabilitation and homeownership in the area, according to Rachel Blatt and Ginny Higley, assistant town planners. The Thompsonville Mixed Use District would allow a mix of commercial and residential properties as a village center. This district would replace the Thompsonville Village Center District. The Multi-Modal Transit and River Access District would develop public bus and transit facilities and provide access to transportation and riverfront recreation. The three districts would be part of
Scouts Make Radio Debut
Tiger Scouts Olin Burke, Seth Connor, Alexander Krauland (brother of Tiger Scout), Evan Ferrari (toward the back) and Nikolas Krauland (with the microphone) from Troop 121 in Hartland recently visited Asnuntuck Community College’s WACC 107.7 radio station. Tom Vesci, Director of Media Services for ACC, put the boys on air live. The scouts are working toward a Communications badge. Photo by Julie Cotnoir
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Two from Prudence Crandall Win Fire Safety Poster Contest
ENFIELD - For 31 years, the fire departments of Enfield have teamed up with the elementary schoolsâ€™ art department to help every 4th- and 5th-grade student enter the Connecticut Fair Planâ€™s Fire Prevention Everyone/Everyday poster contest. Students from communities throughout the state design and produce posters. The winners from each county are exhibited in locations throughout Connecticut. From these, one poster is chosen to promote fire prevention within the state. Ashley Woodson, 4th grade, and Savanah Hulevitch, 5th grade, both students from Diane Deroseâ€™s Prudence Crandall School art class, are Enfieldâ€™s town winners. Their posters are now
being judged at the Hartford County level. The annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest is a cooperative effort of the office of the State Fire Marshal, state Department of Education, Connecticut Fire Marshalâ€™s Association, Connecticut Fire Chiefâ€™s Association and the Connecticut FAIR Plan, which represents the Connecticut insurance industry. For over 80 years, every U.S. president has issued a proclamation declaring a nationwide observance of Fire Prevention week in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire. Fire safety education is an important means of preventing injuries and death. The poster contest brings awareness and ways to prevent fires to children and their parents.
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Regional New England Air Museum to Hold 2014 Space Expo
WINDSOR LOCKS – The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks will hold its annual Space Expo on Sunday, March 30. This is an opportunity to experience aerospace science and technology as well as meet pioneers from the aerospace industry. More than 15 exhibitors from across New England will participate in the event including UTC Aerospace, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Aldrich Astronomical Society, FlisKits, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center,
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4ever1 To Perform
ROCKVILLE – Jacob’s Well, downtown Rockville’s monthly Christian nightclub, will feature live music by 4ever1 from Albany, N.Y., on Friday, March 7. The café-style coffeehouse will be held at Bev’s Corner Drop-in Center, 3 Elm St. Doors open at 7 and music starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission and refreshments are free. 4ever1 is a talented group with vocals, lead and bass guitar, keyboards and drums. For details, please call 860872-3190 or visit www.JacobsWell Coffeehouse.com.
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Learn About Crock Pot Meals at Tonight in Thompsonville Dinner
ENFIELD—The Enfield Hunger Action Team (EHAT) will host the next Tonight in Thompsonville dinner for families on Thursday, March 20, at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall at 64 Pearl St. Dinner will be served from 6:15 p.m. to 6:40 p.m., followed by family activities. The theme for the evening will be based on creating a crock pot dinner and activities will be led by Michelle Mattia, Shop Rite dietitian. Mattia will present information on preparing healthy crock pot dinners on a budget. ERfC Volunteer & Project Coordinator Roger LeBlanc said close to one hundred parents, children, volunteers, and service providers came out for the first Tonight in Thompsonville kickoff in January. “We are hoping even more families plan to have dinner with us this month,” LeBlanc said. There is no cost or pre-registration needed to attend Tonight in Thompsonville dinners and activities, added LeBlanc. LeBlanc said Tonight in
Thompsonville provides hands-on activities designed for parents and children to enjoy together. Community organizations and service providers are also available to share information about health, nutrition, physical activity, and other programs including SNAP, and Care4Kids, funding available for after school programs. Additional Tonight in Thompsonville events planned for the school year include: Banking Games on April 24 with Jacquelyn Miller from Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union; and Reading for Fun and a family barbecue with an all-star cast on May 22. Tonight in Thompsonville is provided by Educational Resources for Children, Inc. (ERfC) in collaboration with EHAT, local businesses, and community agencies. For specific dates and a calendar of events for Tonight in Thompsonville call 860-263-9935, email LeBlanc at email@example.com, or visit the ERfC website at www.erfc.us. The ERfC administrative office is located at 50 Post Office Rd., Enfield.
Shayla Ranmal from North Central District Health Department shared examples of healthy and unhealthy food choices with families at the first Tonight in Thompsonville event, held in January. Tonight in Thompsonville is provided by ERfC in collaboration with the Enfield Hunger Action Team (EHAT), local businesses, and community agencies.
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Register for Storytime
ENFIELD - Stories, music, crafts, finger plays…..it must be time to register for Storytime at the Enfield Public Library. Registration will begin Monday, March 10, at 9 a.m. in the Children’s Room and continue through the rest of the week. “Time for Twos” will meet either 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays or 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. A caregiver must accompany each child. “Terrific Threes” will meet on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. “Fantastic Fours and Fives” will meet on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. or Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. “Marvelous Threes & Fours” will meet on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. or Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Sign-up will be for one session only. Storytimes begin March 25 and end on May 15. On Tuesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. a half-hour of nursery rhymes, songs, and finger plays will be presented. This is a drop-in program that is designed to promote early language skills for ages birth to 24 months, accompanied by parents or caregivers. Call the library at 860763-7518 for more details or visit the library’s website: www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.
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Somers Solar Center Quickly Tops Town’s Grand List
By Linda Tishler Levinson
SOMERS — Things are looking up when it comes to the town’s Grand List. “We have some very good news to report. The 2013 Grand List increased 2.05 percent over the 2012 Grand List. additional assessment of The $17,152,643 would generate an additional $400,857 in tax revenue at the current mil rate of 23.37,” First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. The town’s total Grand List for 2013 is $851,947,239. The Grand List is the total of all taxable property in town. Real estate increased $3,184,744 or 0.43 percent to $742,536,060. Personal property increased $11,176,809 or 54.03 percent to $31,524,249. Motor vehicles increased $2,791,090 or 3.72 percent to $77,886,930. “The majority of the increase can be attributed to the construction of Somers Solar Center at 488 South Rd. It generates $222,130.21 in tax revenue and is Somers’ No.1 taxpayer,” Pellegrini said. She noted that last session the
General Assembly voted to exempt such solar facilities from tax revenue; however, the town was able to keep the tax revenue for this one project. “I personally testified on many occasions and garnered strong support from state Sen. (John) Kissel and state Rep. (Penny) Bacchiochi to ensure Somers would not lose this invaluable tax revenue. As a result we will continue to receive such high revenue in the future,” Pellegrini said. The town’s top 10 taxpayers are: Somers Solar Center LLC, $9,504,930. Connecticut Light and Power Co., $7,622,260. Grower Direct Farms Inc., $3,848,430. Conval Inc., $2,621,630. Somers Crossing LLC, $2,425,400. The Connecticut Water Col, $2,229,540. Somers Recreation Inc., $1,755,460. David Birkenshaw, $1,648,660, Driving Range 349 Main Street LLC, $1,457,380.
Hazardville Water Co., $1,414,400. Revaluation Revaluation is under way and will continue through June. Vision Government Solution has started inspecting Somers homes and businesses, Pellegrini said. The company’s employees will carry identification and visit every home, counting the number of rooms, noting heating systems, interior construction and features in the homes. The homeowner will be required to sign the form to verify the inspection took place. Inspections will not be done unless there is a person 18 years or older to sign the form. Homeowners should ask for identification before letting anyone in their homes and if there are any questions calls may be made to the Assessor’s Office at 860-763-8202, Pellegrini said. Any suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the State Police. For more information, taxpayers may visit www.vgsi.com. CVS CVS will not be opening a store in
Somers. Pellegrini said she has heard that CVS will not pursue a location at Main Street and Route 83. No further details were available.
Job Hunting Guidance
ENFIELD – Come to the Enfield Public Library on Monday, March 10, at 7 p.m. for Techno Topics - “Career Resources and Job Hunting.” The Enfield Public Library has a variety of resources to guide you in your career. The talk will look at Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, Job Now: Live Employment Assistance and Learning Express Library. Come learn how each can be an effective tool to select a career path and find employment. Library programs are free and all are welcome. Please register at the Circulation Desk, or by calling 860-7637512. For more information on upcoming library programs, please visit the library’s website: www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.
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Thanks to the community involvement and outreach efforts of the staff of Blair Manor of Enfield, Somers senior citizens have enjoyed periodic complimentary breakfasts and luncheons served at the Somers Senior Center. The sociability and fun that these meals have generated are as great as the meals themselves. As a way of saying thank you, the senior citizens wanted to do something special for the hosts of these meals. Phyllis Gwilliam, one of the seniors, created a ‘candy bar – thank you’ card for all the seniors to sign. She utilized various types of candy bars for specific words in the poster-size greeting card, which made the card very special and unique. At a recent luncheon, Amy Saada, Director of the Somers Senior Center, presented the Blair Manor staff members with the “candy bar - thank you” card. Pictured from left are Amy Saada, Somers Senior Center Director, and Blair Manor staff members Jose Arce, Nancy Velazquez, and Jennifer Koblosh.
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SOMERS - The annual Corned Beef Dinner will be held at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., on Saturday, March 8, with sittings at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Dinner includes corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, onions and carrots, juice, Irish soda bread and homemade rolls, beverage and cake. Cost for the family style dinner is $12 for adults and $5 for children (ages 5-10). Reservations should be made by contacting the church office at 860-7497741 or emailing email@example.com. Take-out orders should also be reserved in advance to ensure there is enough food for all who want the meal. Take-out dinners can be picked up at the church between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 8.
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Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
SOMERS - The Friends of the Somers Public Library will sponsor a Used Book Sale on the weekend of April 4-6. The location of the sale is at the Somers Library located at 2 Vision Boulevard. The book sales are offered in the spring and fall each year. The preview is scheduled for Friday (April 4) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a cost of $5. The open sale is on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices for adult and children’s hardback and paperback books will range from 25 cents to $2 with a separate section of higher priced books. Books will be available in a wide range of categories including fiction, literature, history, travel and more. On Sunday, all
books are half price. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Somers Public Library. Parking at the library is free. The used book collection is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Somers Library. Books can also be donated at the library any time from March 29 to April 3. Donations of good used books, CDs, videos, and audio books are accepted. For more information please call the Somers Library at 860-763-3501.
Used Clothing Collection
SOMERS - Do you have clothing that has gone out of style? That no longer fits? That you just don’t like? Now there’s a new and convenient place in Somersville where you can drop off these unwanted items.
A used clothing drop-off shed is located in the north parking area of the Congregational Church of Somersville located on the green at the intersection of Main Street, Maple Street and Quality Avenue. All clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes and stuffed toys are acceptable donations. Items, if possible, should be placed in tied or closed bags so they can remain clean and dry. The Board of Missions of the Congregational Church or Somersville asks that NO rags, fabric scraps, pillows, toys or household goods be put in or around the collection shed. Articles deposited in the shed will be sent to people who can use them all over the United States and world. Receipts for your gifts
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Cultural Commission St. Pat’s Day Music
SOMERS - The Piedmont Percolator Coffeehouse features “Healy’s Band with John Tabb” on Sunday, March 9, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at 604 Main St. in Somers. “Healy’s Band” is a popular Irish folk band, with a large following. Comprised of musicians from Somers and central Massachusetts, they play on the Cape, at the Delaney House and Donovan’s Pub in Springfield, among other venues. Enjoy the music of Ireland, with the voice of John Tabb. It will be a great evening with free coffee and doughnuts. The final coffeehouse for the season will take place April 13, featuring Gail Wade of Colchester singing bluegrass and country music. She will be followed by Mark Douglas, folksinger/song-
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folksinger/songwriter, well known inÂ the Providence area.Â The Piedmont Percolator Coffeehouse is presented on the secondÂ Sunday of each month from October through April at Piedmont Hall in Somers. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.Â
Historical Society AnnualÂ Meeting
SOMERS â€“ The Somers Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held March 23 at 1 p.m. at the Somers Historical Museum, 11 Battle St., Somers. The program will be the Annual Report for 2013 and displays from Somers residents. Featured on display now is the antique toy collection of the Galbraiths.Â There are toy cars, taxis, planes, doll silverware, doll dishes and Erector sets from the 1950s and â€˜60s.Â In the Museum Store are historical books, DVDs, postcards, note cards, sill houses, old books and old jewelry for sale. No admission charge.Â Donations are welcome.
Village Players Present â€˜The Foreignerâ€™
SOMERS - Somers Village Players will present Larry Shueâ€™s â€œThe Foreignerâ€? at their Spring Dinner Theater on March 28-29, April 4-5 and April 11-12. Â â€œThe Foreignerâ€? was first produced by the Players at Somers High School in 1997. Charlie,Â a shy man, almost invisible, is facing marital woes. Trying to help his friend, Froggy Lesueur has taken him to a country lodge. Charlie tells his friend, â€œI have an immense fear of talk.â€? Since Charlie does not speak or appear to comprehend English, the other guests speak freelyÂ in Charlieâ€™s presence. Â Skullduggery, a Â comedy of impossibilities and satirical humor will erupt into tummy-shaking laughter. â€œThe Foreignerâ€? is directed by Dorrie Mitchell and produced by Kathy Welch. Stage manager is Sue Moak. The set is by Justin Martin and Franc Aguas. The cast includes Ryan Bird, Alex Carrasco, Regina Erpenbeck, Edwin Lewis, Wesley Olds, Joseph Van Allen, We W e will Absolutelyy,, byy farr,, do the best job detailing your car!
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Christine Zdebski and Stephanie Zdebdski. A true community production, others working on the show are Dawn Bird, Erin Chaffee, Betty Domer, Dee Moak, Wendy Peterson, Diane Preble, Linda Preston, Edna Smith, Shirley Warner and Cheryl Zdebski.Â The show will be held at Joannaâ€™s Banquet Facility, at 145 Main St., Somersville. The restaurant is handicapped-accessible and parking isÂ close by. Gathering time is 6 p.m., theÂ dinner atÂ 7 p.m. and the performance is at 8:15 p.m. TicketsÂ for dinner and show areÂ $35.Â For further information call 860-265-3342 orÂ visit www.somersvillageplayers.org.
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SOMERS - The Somers Womenâ€™s Club invites the public to a Crazy Whist Card Party on Tuesday, March 11, in the Somers Town Hall Basement, 600 Main St. Escape the winter doldrums and test your skills with imaginative variations of card playing. Rules are bent to allow both novices and experienced card players a fun-filled experience. Refreshments will be provided along with prizes and a tea-cup auction. The doors will open at noon and the games
will begin at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Please call Linda at 860-763-2762 or Estelle at 860749-2770 for information or tickets. Profits from this fund-raiser will be used for scholarships or community needs.
Somers Womenâ€™s Club Membership Meeting
SOMERS - The Somers Women's Club has scheduled its next membership meeting for Thursday, March 6. The meeting will take place in the Blake Community Room of the Somers Public Library and will begin at 11:45 a.m. An arts & crafts competition of the membersâ€™ handiwork will be held. Winners in the various categories will then enter their creations into the district-wide competition of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut to be held on March 22. Following a finger-food luncheon and a discussion of business, Linda Abbott, chairperson of the Somers Arts Commission, will give a presentation to the group about the cultural activities the commission provides to the community. Interested individuals are invited to attend. Please contact Charlotte at 860749-3190 or Arlene at 860-749-7387.
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Somers Senior Center Offering Bus Trips Local and Overnight
SOMERS - Have the winter blues? The Somers Senior Center staff has been working with local travel groups in an effort to find interesting and exciting trips. Taking a trip is a good way of breaking the winter blues and helps get you geared up for spring. The following is a list of such trips. If we get at least 10 people to sign up for a specific trip, the bus will pick up these passengers at the Somers Senior Center. March 12: Boston Flower and Garden Show. Cost is $62 per person and includes round trip transportation (Post Road Tours director aboard the coach); entrance to the Boston Flower Show in the Seaport World Trade Center; time for lunch and shopping at Quincy Market. Coach leaves at 7 a.m. and returns about 7 p.m. Reservation must be paid by March 5. March 28: The Mark Twain House & Museum.
This trip will utilize the Somers Senior Center bus(es). Cost is $14 entry fee and $2 for the bus. The Mark Twain House and Museum was the home of Samuel Langhome Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) from 1874 to 1891 in Hartford. Bus leaves at 10 a.m. April 15: Debbie Reynolds Live In Concert at Mohegan Sun Casino. Cost is $79 per person and includes show ticket, transportation (Best of Times), and a $30 Casino Gaming Package ($20 free Slot Play/or Free Bet and $10 Meal Voucher good at any eating facility at Mohegan Sun). Don’t miss this chance to see this living legend live in concert. Her accolades include but aren’t limited to an Emmy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, two Golden Globe Nominations, and an Academy Award Nomination. Reservation and payment deadline is March 14.
April 29 to May 1: Three-day Pennsylvania Dutch Tour with “Moses,” the all-new Biblical show. Cost is $389 per person, double occupancy. Trip includes round trip motor coach (The Travel Group Inc.); two nights at the Heritage Inn in Lancaster, Pa.; two buffet breakfasts at the hotel; two full dinners, one in an actual Amish home, the other at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre; reserved seats at Sight and Sound for “Moses;” guided tour of the Amish Country Farmlands; and much more. Cost is $75 at time of reservation and balance by March 15. For more information regarding any of these trips and for reservations, please call Florence Hurley at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, CT - 860763-4379.
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their own home. For each patient, the benefits of Telehealth include better access to high quality care, earlier intervention, tools to manage their illness, reduced hospitalization and emergency department visits, the ability to remain independent longer, and an enhanced quality of life in between our home visits. VNHSC’s President and CEO Todd Rose said, “This
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WINDSOR LOCKS – Rich Tkacz, owner of Rich’s Oil, Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, made a donation to the Windsor Locks Senior Center to provide coffee for senior citizens who visit the center. Ann Marie Claffey, Director of the
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New Home Building Drives Increase to Townâ€™s Grand List
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STAFFORD â€” With what town Assessor Virginia Guilmette described as minimal growth, the 2013 Grand List came in at $910,517,080, an increase of $2,038,730 or 0.27 percent. The Grand List represents all taxable property in town. â€œThe good news is that there was an increase. The bad news is that it was very minimal again this year,â€? Guilmette said. Real estate increased $1,221,060 or 1.9 percent. Guilmette said that represented the completion of four new homes and a second underground vault on Moulton Hill Road, as well as a variety of smaller items. Personal property decreased by
$298,420 or 0.081 percent. She attributed this to less new equipment this year. Motor vehicles increased by $1,116,090 or 1.39 percent, although the assessor said the town had 131 fewer vehicles. The townâ€™s top 10 taxpayers are: The Connecticut Light and Power Co., with an assessment of $9,372,370. The Connecticut Water Co., $5,116,810. Gerald B., Jeanne E and Paul H. Damour, $4,806,620. Wayne and Jean Pisciotta LLC, $4,776,520. ITM Printed Circuit Group Inc., $4,539,360. Warren Corp, $4,111,746. 3M Water Purification Inc.,
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STAFFORD - Flights of Fancy Gallery, 17 Crystal Lake Rd. (lower level of the Mallardâ€™s Nest Antiques) in Stafford Springs is excited about the expansion of its inventory to feature a Kitchen Nook presenting the works of local artisans. The Kitchen Nook is dedicated to quality, hand-crafted kitchen acces-
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STAFFORD - The following events will take place at Stafford Library in March. All events at the library are free of charge, but we ask that you pre-register so we can properly prepare for each program. You may register by calling 860684-2852 or by visiting the library at www.staffordlibrary.org March 10 at 6:30 p.m. - Irish Music Former Connecticut State Troubadour
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Stafford High Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll Students
STAFFORD - Marco Pelliccia, Principal, of Stafford High School is pleased to announce that the following students of Stafford High School have made the Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 2013-2014 school year. These students have completed all of their class work as of Jan. 17, 2014 and have not received a grade lower than a 77 in any course. Students who have a 90 average or better have earned High Honors recognition. Students who have earned an 85 average or better have earned Honors recognition. SENIOR HIGH HONORS Jean Bishop Lindsy Burns Adriana Conlin Samantha DeGennaro Morgan Emmons Justin Finch Kristen Finch
Emily Fletcher Chelsea Flint Jeffrey Garnelis Erin Gelinas Elizabeth Girard Benjamin Gluck Jake Kalette Conor Keleher Niki Leclerc Patric Legare Taylor Merrick Alyssa Murray Shelby Pinney Jesse Reeves Matthew Roy Tyler Stemmerman Zachary Thayer JUNIOR HIGH HONORS Renee Chasse Caitlyn Eaton Hailey Ebenstein Nicholas Girard Kalina Hauser
Alex Hoss Shannon Huda Connor Hutchins Tanwarat Jewreungwinyu Shane Kalette Erica Lawlor Kaela Maloney Kathryn Molitoris Matthew Moore Julia Nosel Isabella Ostrowski Kyle Ramsey Anyamanee Saksri Joshua Simpson Trevor Simpson Anna Smith Corine Sylvain Keighlee Szafir Raeanna Tumel SOPHOMORE HIGH HONORS Aaron Bernier Michael Bladek Collin Dubord
Gallery Offers Workshop for Moebius Scarves Knitting
STAFFORD - Moebius scarves are all the fashion rage. German mathematician August Ferdinand Moebius developed this form comprised of a simple half twist in 1858 as he watched his wife
knitting socks. The scarves are flowing, graceful and seamless. Monday, March 17, starting at 7 p.m., Flights of Fancy Gallery is offering a Moebius scarf workshop instructed by
Pam Harris of Knitting Criations, Somers. Participants may provide their own yarns or may purchase yarn at the workshop. This is a great yarn stash buster. Please bring size 11, 40 inches circular size needles. The fee for the class is $20. Gallery owner Georgia Michalec hosts the class at the Pond House Bed & Breakfast, 19 Crystal Lake Rd., Stafford Springs. Registration is limited so please preregister by calling 860-684-1644.
Alexis Eaton Alyssa Fecko Brandon Godsell Samantha Gosselin Bridget Keleher Richard McKenney Allison Schoolnick Dylan Snay Shannon Stuart FRESHMAN HIGH HONORS Michael Bachiochi Rachel Bergeron William Bernier Luke Broadhurst Jenna Castonguay Isaac Combs Jacob Conklin Ashley Dempsey
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Hospital Renovates EMS Work Area
In 2007 Alan and Terry Silver made a generous donation to Johnson Memorial Hospital (JMH) for the renovation of the EMS work area and lounge. Seven years later the room has been updated to better meet the needs of the EMS community. Hospital staff and EMS professionals recently gathered at JMH to celebrate the event and ribbon cutting. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of JMH, is grateful for the dedication and support the EMS members provide throughout our service area and our surrounding communities. Pictured, from left, are Patrick Mahon, chairman, JMMC Board of Director, Neil Moynihan, M.D., president, JMH Medical Staff, Paul Wentworth, EMS coordinator, Beth Van Alstyne, senior director, nursing; Patricia Jagoe, assistant vice president, patient care services; Jennifer Moskal, emergency department manager; David Herr, M.D., chairman, department of emergency medicine; and Stuart E. Rosenberg, president & CEO, JMMC.
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Aces High Ships Robot and Prepares for a Season of Competing
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SUFFIELD - Hours of preparation and a lot of technical support from mentors has prepared Aces High Robotics team for the upcoming season of competition. Comprised of around 40 students from Windsor Locks and Suffield, the students recently showcased their leadership skills when they hosted their annual Suffield Shakedown last month at Suffield High School. The team, which participates in FIRST Robotics Competitions throughout the country, has hosted the Shakedown for more than a decade. The purpose of the event is to allow students
and their mentors to try out their robotic creation on a regulation size field before competitions begin. All teams are required to stop working on the robots by Feb. 18. The teams are given six weeks to construct a 120 lb. Robot (weight without the battery and bumpers) that is able to accomplish the task assigned. There are approximately 2,850 teams who compete annually, according to literature from FIRST. Founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen, the competition is meant to not only help students master
From left, John Gilleran, Tyler Pascarelli and Alex Bodian are members of Aces High, a local robotics club. More than 40 students from Windsor Locks and Suffield make up the team. Aces High hosted a preseason event at Suffield High School last month. Photo by Julie Cotnoir
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skills and concepts, but to also help students gain valuable employment and life skills. While many students participating have a keen interest in science and math, there are others who play major roles in the team and provide other skill sets. Tyler Pascarelli, from Windsor Locks High School, is using his skills in art as a member of the Aces team. The junior has been a member for two years: “I thought it would be fun and a good learning opportunity.” Pascarelli is working on the graphic design part of the team. “We do our own T-shirts, buttons and design the stickers for the robot,” he said. John Gilleran, a student at Suffield High School, said he has tried a variety of different jobs on the team in order to gain experience in various areas, including creating a digital model of the robot. Alex Bodian is a Windsor Locks resident and a student at the Metropolitan
Learning Center. The senior said he was encouraged to join by a couple of friends. He is interested in the computer technology field and is looking at Wentworth Institute of Technology for college in the fall. He says he enjoys going to all of the competitions. “It’s cool to see the different ways they approach the same problem,” he said. Ciera Tseka is a sophomore on the team and has two brothers who have also been involved with Aces High. She has participated for three years on the team. The student has done public relations for the team and this year is concentrating on the building of the robot. She is really excited to be a member of Aces High and is hoping she will be able to travel to the nationals in St. Louis. “I love the travel,” she said. Students will often find their passion for a career when working on the team and will also many times earn significant scholarships as a result of their involvement. The statistics from a Brandeis University study done for
FIRST are impressive. More than $16 million in scholarships, from more than 165 providers, is awarded to students. There are more than 350,000 students participating in FIRST programs in more than 80 countries. Marc Davis is a service technician for Sears and has been a mentor to the team since 2003 when his son participated in the program. He said this year’s scrimmage was a welcome opportunity for about a dozen teams who had lost valuable building time due to the bad weather. The Shakedown allowed them time to work on the last-minute tinkering they needed before packing their robots up for competition. Mentors from United Technologies are also a large part of the organization. There are more than 64,000 mentors/adult supporters and an addi-
tional 66,000 volunteers who keep FIRST going. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and state Sen. John Kissel demonstrated their support for FIRST by attending the opening ceremony for the Shakedown. Both Kissel and Blumenthal mentioned the spirit of hard work that the Olympians, competing in Sochi, Russia, and the Robotics team at the Shakedown share. Kissel said he knows the students will feel empathy for the athletes when they wipe out because they understand the time and commitment it takes to achieve that level of competition and sometimes it doesn’t work out the way you want it to. “You may stumble, you may be perplexed, you may find barriers,” Kissel said. “This is a competition. There will be winners and losers.”
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