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From left, Adam Vaicekauskas, branch manager, Windsor Federal Savings; Jim Richards, executive director, East Windsor Chamber; Denise Menard, First Selectman, East Windsor; state Rep. Christopher Davis; George Hermann, CEO & President, Windsor Federal Savings; and Bob Verrengia, Chairman of the Board, Windsor Federal Savings. Photo by Bob Lyke, Images by Bob her thoughts on the town’s newest business. “We’re very excited to have Windsor Federal Savings with us,” she said. “We hear they’re a great community bank, and we know they’ll be a good contributor to the town.”  Branch Manager Adam Vaicekauskas commented on what East Windsor customers can expect at the new branch. “We are delighted to be a part of this amazing community. We invite folks to stop in and visit us, and to meet our friendly team. ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ is more than just our motto;

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Housing Authority, Town at Odds Over Tax Payments

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The Housing Authority is trying to come to an agreement with the town on reducing its payments in lieu of taxes. The authority is seeking to have its payments (commonly known as PILOT) lowered from 10 percent to 7 percent of the rent collected on its housing units. Housing Authority Commissioner

Marie DeSousa spoke before the Board of Selectmen at its Oct. 15 meeting, according to the minutes of the meeting. She said she is asking for an equitable agreement for the town and the authority that would reduce legal costs for everyone involved. First Selectman Denise Menard noted that the authority, which is scheduled to make payments to the town in July and

December, has not done so for the 201213 fiscal year. DeSousa said the authority is working to improve its finances and has increased the minimum rent from $170 per month to $392 per month. She also said residents will no longer be allowed to move between apartments unless it is medically necessary, and residents will pay any costs related to the moves.

Also a point of contention was $200,000 DeSousa said the authority has overpaid to the town. Menard said any agreement would be contingent on a statement that the town does not owe that money to the authority. The board voted to allow Menard to work with the authority director to come to an agreement.

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EAST WINDSOR - On Saturday, Nov. 9, the East Windsor Veterans Commission will sponsor the 14th annual Veterans Day 5K Road Race. The race begins at the East Windsor Town Hall, 11 Rye St., Broad Brook. Early number pickup and late registration begins at 8 a.m. The Veterans Day memorial service will be at 9:30 a.m. and the road race begins at 10 a.m. Race fees are as follows: up to age 17, $5 up to and including race day; ages 18 and beyond, $11 postmarked by Nov. 2. After that date and on race day, the fee is $15. Race registration forms are available at the town website at on the homepage under News

& Announcements and they are also located in town buildings. The following intersections in the Broad Brook section of East Windsor will be affected due to the Veterans Day Road Race: Rye Street/Old Ellington Rye Street/Norton Road Deerfield Drive/Norton Road Deerfield Drive/Omelia Omelia Road/Rye Street/ Apothecaries Hall Road Roads will be closed to through traffic from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Local residents are asked to limit their travel during this time. Roadblocks will be in place.

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ELLINGTON — Myers Farm will never be developed. The town has purchased the development rights to the farm, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. “It’s going to be kept as open space” however the property is used, he added.

Carl Myers recently sold the property to the Northern Connecticut Land Trust with the assistance of a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Town Ordinance Changed To comply with a newly changed state law, Blanchette said residents at an Oct. 21 Town Meeting voted to increase

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Tenth Anniversary of Winterfest: New Times – New Entertainment


ELLINGTON - On Dec. 6 and 7, seasonal merriment will abound in Ellington as the town celebrates the tenth anniversary of its annual Winterfest. The event, which began with a seedling of an idea, has grown into an area-wide festivity that provides holiday enjoyment for one and all. On Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. the Ellington Winterfest will begin with its “Holiday Sing-A-Long” presented by the Ellington Singers, at Hall Memorial Library on Main Street in Ellington. An enthusiastic evening of Christmas caroling (it has some tots even dancing in the aisles) will be followed by free refreshments in celebration of the season. Commencing on Saturday, Dec. 7, Hall Memorial Library will offer a Holiday Ornament Workshop (four sessions) from 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required, and tickets can be picked up at the library. Also, Crystal Lake Community Church will also offer a Card-Making Workshop at Hall Memorial Library from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the Nellie McKnight Museum on Main Street will hold an Open House from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., fea-

turing an exhibit of the Ellington Parish Train Band. And, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Ellington Congregational Church, also on Main Street, will feature its “Community Carol Sing.” And finally, at the new time of 3:45 p.m., the official opening of the TreeLighting Ceremony will begin on the gazebo green between Rts. 140 and 286 (Main Street), with remarks from special guests, followed by a musical presentation courtesy of the Ellington Schools 4th Grade Chorus. Frosty and his friends will arrive shortly thereafter to make way for a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, so be sure to get there on time for the lighting of the town trees. At 5:15 p.m. the ever-popular “Torchlight Parade” will wend its way down Main Street, with lighted firetrucks from all over Connecticut, along with the Kloter Trolley, and the march of local heroes from the emergency and volunteer fire departments adding to the fun. Santa and Mrs. Claus, of course, will be in the parade too, with their little Elf! But that’s not all. To stoke the true holiday spirit, the Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter Day Saints, located on Maple Street (Rte. 140) in Ellington, will be staging its “Live Nativity” drivethrough, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8. Special displays within the church will also be available for viewing. Nathan Fackrell, who is heading this endeavor, can be reached at 860-2652254 for further information. In addition, on Saturday, Dec. 7, the Ellington Congregational Church will be offering moderately priced supper items at its downstairs “Winterfest Café” from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with continuous seating. And don’t forget to listen for the sound of their church bells, and that of St. Luke’s, when they peal at 4:55 p.m. to ring in the holiday season. Meanwhile, more merriment will be taking place at Hall Memorial Library, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., on Dec. 7, featuring musical entertainment by the High School Jazz Band from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and the Windermere School Instrumentalists from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Refreshments will also be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. while citizens view the library’s beautiful “Festival of

Trees” display (open to bids by the public) and enjoy the musical performances. Also, free hot chocolate and cookies, courtesy of the Ellington Women’s Club, will be served at the Ellington Senior Center to warm up from the nippy air. And there might be announcements of a few more surprise participants as we get nearer the date. One new and very exciting addition to Winterfest this year is a dramatic presentation of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” as a radio play, at Ellington High School beginning at 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 by members of the EHS Drama Club under the direction of William Prenetta. In the weeks ahead, please look for further details in your local media; or go to for a list of scheduled events. There are loads of activities for you to choose from. You may also contact us at 860-875-3885, if you have further questions. In case of inclement weather, please call Hall Memorial Library at 860-8703160 on the day of the event for an update. There will be no alternate rain/snow date.

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Hand Made In Haiti Linen Sale Benefit at Kloter Farms


ELLINGTON - A Hand Made in Haiti Linen Sale will be held Nov. 22 and 23 in Ellington to give Haitian women the opportunity to support their families. The sale will take place Friday, Nov. 22, from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kloter Farms Sales Office, 216 West Rd., Ellington. This sale will be featuring handmade items including: • 18” doll clothes • Accessory cases • Tote bags • Clothing • Linens • Purses • Aprons • Unique quality Centre Lumière In Haiti “Center of Light,” is a school for women to learn embroidery, sewing, cooking, heathcare and bible teaching.

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way for me to find work at Centre Lumière. At the beginning it wasn’t easy, but the director of the center, Mme. Schurer, encouraged me to continue to do my best. Now, I have learned to do the work well. I praise God for the self-help project at Centre Lumière. For several years, even before I was married, I carefully set aside as much money as possible each month from the salary I earned and was able to build a small house to live in. I am in a difficult situation now because my husband has a relationship with another woman and he does not take care of our family anymore. It is with the money I earn at Centre Lumière that I pay for the children’s schooling and food and take care of myself. Sometimes I become discouraged by the difficult situations of my life here in Haiti, but in spite of all that has happened, I want to thank God for His grace in my life and to always be grateful because He has done so much for me. I receive hope through His word and the community of believers. Thanks to Centre Lumiere and to those who buy the products we make, I am able to survive financially. In Haiti, it’s not easy to find employment even for people who know a trade. The work of Centre Lumiere has provided a steady income. I am very thankful for the missionaries God has sent to help with the work. They are a great encouragement to us.

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Asnuntuck Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Location for WACC


ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 26, for the new location of its radio station WACC 107.7 FM. The station, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, was relocated to the main corridor of Asnuntuck. The newly constructed and visible location allows students, staff, faculty and the community the opportunity to hear live music streamed in the hallway and watch, through the two large glass windows, students doing on-air work. WACC 107.7 FM was the first FM station to go on the air at a Connecticut Community College campus back in 2003. WACC is the brainchild of Asnuntuck employee Tom Vesci. The station has grown with the times and is now heard around the world through its online stream. Listenership has grown from 20-50 listeners on an average day to 700 listeners each day. There have been several days where the numbers have climbed over 3,000. Listeners tune in from every corner of the world, including Germany, Vietnam, Korea, Australia, Estonia and Ecuador, among

nology-advanced in all of the low-powered FM stations in the country,” Vesci told those gathered for the ribbon cutting. Communications coordinator Wendy Nelson was enthusiastic about the new location and equipment. “We are looking forward to what we can do in the new studios,” she said. Both Interim President James Lombella and President Emeritus Martha McLeod were applauded for their contributions and support of the move.

Asnuntuck Community College Director of Media Services Tom Vesci, ACC President Emeritus Martha McLeod, ACC’s Interim President James Lombella, ACC’s Program Coordinator for Communications Wendy Nelson and ACC’s Dean of Academics Barbara McCarthy were on hand for WACC 107.7 FM’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 26. The radio station moved to a more prominent location in the college and features state of the art equipment. other countries. Asnuntuck offers a Communications program and the new studio will allow students to have on-air opportunities that will translate into skills employers in the broadcast field are looking for in employees. “It is one of the most tech-

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Assessment Appeals, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Police Commission and constables. Ellington Republican First Selectman Maurice Blanchette is seeking a third term. A former Board of Education member who served eight years as chairman of the school board, Blanchette also was the president of a small company in town. “I think we’ve been maintaining good fiscal control,” Blanchette said of town government over the past two years. He noted that four years in a row, voters have approved a budget on the first try. “I think that’s what we want to be judged on,” he said. He also pointed to the senior center and Crystal Lake School projects, adding, “I think we’ve made the right moves.” Challenging Blanchette is Selectmen Theodore Graziani, a former state representative for the 57th Assembly District

from 1998 to 2010. A U.S. Army Vietnam, he works as a senior buyer/planner at United Technologies. Graziani said he decided to run because “the town wasn’t doing that due diligence,” pointing to a number of nobid contracts. He also said the town needs better sign-off procedures on projects. He said he sees it as a problem that it took a citizens’ initiative to get the senior center project on the ballot. He also said the town needs to do more to keep existing businesses, as well as attracting new ones to town. Ellington residents also will be voting for candidates for the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Library Board of Directors. Enfield In Enfield the mayor, who essentially services as Town Council chairman, is chosen by those elected to the council from the party that holds the majority.


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facing a Democratic opponent, but is being challenged by a petitioning candidate, Tax Collector Donna Doyker. Pellegrini said she wants to continue to find ways to do more with less. Her goals include keeping taxes low, longrange planning, reducing energy costs and streamlining town government by cross-training staff. Specifically, she suggests including roads in the town Capital Improvement Plan. “I’m a big believer that you need a plan to do something,” she said, adding that the plan should not be just thought of one year at a time, but as a five- or 10year plan as well. Pellegrini said she feels she has worked well with town boards and commissions, as well as the state legislature. “I’ve been very effective at testifying to the legislature on what’s important to Somers,” she said. Doyker, who has served as tax collector for eight years, also has worked in a


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The current mayor, Scott Kaupin, a Republican, is running for councilmanat-large. Also running for council are District 1: Republican Joseph Bosco and Democrat Jill Krawiec; District 2: Republican Dominic Alaimo, Democrat William Edgar and petitioning candidate Donald LeRoy Christmas; District 3: Republican William Lee and Democrat Charles Ladd; District 4: Republican Tom Kienzler and Democratic Edward Deni; councilman-at-large: Republicans Gregory Stokes Sr. Carol Hall, Donna Szewczak and Democrats Patrick Crowley, Thomas Arnone and Gina Cekala. Residents also will vote for candidates for the Board of Education and constables. Somers Republican First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini is seeking a third term. Prior to serving as first selectman, she worked as a sales and marketing director in West Hartford. Like two years ago, Pellegrini is not

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variety of positions and owned two businesses. She was originally elected as tax collector, but the position became an appointed one in 2006. She has decided to leave the Tax Collector’s Office at the end of her term. Doyker said in the last two years she has noticed a communication problem in Town Hall. “There has to be communication, and there has to be respect and equality,” she said. She pointed to the summer camp closing as an example. “It was simply eliminated without any input from the people,” she said. Doyker said she began getting calls from people on town issues and urging her to run for first selectman. “I always try to resolve their problems,” she said of the people who come to her office in Town Hall. “I want to give them the tools they need, as well as the information to succeed.”

Somers residents also will be voting for candidates for town clerk, the Board of Education, Board of Finance, Board of Selectmen, assessors and library trustees. Stafford As Republican First Selectman Richard Shuck seeks a second term, he faces challenges from Democrat Leonard Butch Clark, Open Party candidate Bosco Fowler and petitioning candidate Georgia Michalec. Shuck was the town’s zoning enforcement officer prior to becoming first selectman and was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for three years. “I think Stafford’s at a turning point,” Shuck said, noting he spent a great deal of time on the town’s financial status over the past two years. “All the energy projects pay for themselves from Day 1,” he said, adding that over the next 10 to 20 years they will bring substantial savings.

Negotiations with the town’s unions also brought pension contribution savings for the town, Shuck said. Now, he said, the focus needs to be on economic growth and development. Although manufacturing has traditionally been the goal for economic development, “Service industries are a decent revenue stream for a tax base,” he said. In addition to attracting medium and larger businesses, “I think it’s going to be a lot of small ones,” he said. Clark served three years as a Planning and Zoning alternate, as well as serving on the Stafford Source Water Protection Committee and is co-founder and cochairman of the Stafford Energy Advisory Committee. Prior to his retirement, he spent his last working years as an independent accountant. A town native, Clark said he is running because he believes the town is not headed in the right direction, with taxes being too high. His goals include bringing a business

park to town and attracting businesses that will pay living wages and help build the town’s tax base. He noted he helped bring Peeble’s department store to town. Clark also has been talking to Asnuntuck Community College about opening a satellite campus in the former Witt School building. Fowler retired after 21 years of service with the state Department of Correction. He served two terms on the Board of Education, one as board secretary. “It’s all about business and taxes,” Fowler said of this year’s election issues. “Because of the lack of business, we have high taxes.” Fowler said he wants to make the town a better place to live. “I care about the town,” he said. Michalec is self-employed as a psychotherapist, innkeeper and art gallery owner. She is chairwoman of the Stafford Arts Commission, co-founder

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Asnuntuck Community College Celebrates Highest FTE in Its History


ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College is celebrating its highest FTE (full-time equivalent - a unit of measurement that defines the calculated number of students carrying a full “load” of coursework) of students in the history of the college. The community college had a total of 1,715 full and part-time stu-

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ENFIELD - The Enfield Commission on Aging is seeking input from senior citizens in town about their present needs and what they see as future needs as the number of senior citizens will dramatically increase. The meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Enfield Senior Center. Please plan to attend this get-together to hear from state and local leaders about the services Enfield offers currently and what impact the growing senior population will have on Enfield. More information will be forthcoming, but save the date.

dents enroll for this current semester. The college experienced a 4.5% increase in the FTE with a total of 1,035 FTE students enrolled for the fall semester. Full-time enrollment increased by 8% from the year before. This marked one of the highest in the college history. This was the largest increase seen by all of the 17 colleges and universities in the ConnSCU system. Commenting on the enrollment, Interim President James Lombella says, “It’s the faculty, staff and Asnuntuck culture that drives a nurturing environment for our students and our continued success.” ACC also enrolled the highest proportion of full-time students (41 percent) among the 12 community colleges. This year’s class of students is a diverse group with students ranging in age from 15-82. Twenty-two percent of ACC’s students are minorities with 52 percent of the college’s students being female. Asnuntuck’s Manufacturing Technology Center’s (MTC) Program, a model throughout the state, continues to grow. This semester the program has an

enrollment of 214 students. These students are participating in certificate and degree programs in CNC Machining, Welding and Electronics Controls Technologies. In addition, 47 high school juniors and seniors are enrolled in the College Connections program designed to meet the technology needs of high school students across the region. The MTC’s Director Frank Gulluni commented, “The Manufacturing Technology Center at Asnuntuck continues its long-term efforts to respond to the employment requirements of the manufacturing community and to provide quality, career-focused training and education to youth and adults across Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.” On the non-credit Healthcare Certificate side of the house the college is also seeing a surge in enrollment and graduates taking state licensing and national certification healthcare programs.

This past June, 262 graduates received certificates in one of ACC’s 11 non-credit Healthcare certificate programs. It was the largest Continuing Education Workforce Development graduation in the college’s history. Eileen Peltier, Associate Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, stated, “Asnuntuck’s healthcare certificate programs offer short-term training in highdemand and growing occupations within the healthcare industry. More than 75 percent of our students had a job or externship at the time of graduation. I encourage anyone who is interested in working in the healthcare industry to call us today.” Registration is ongoing for many courses and programs being offered through Continuing Education and Workforce Development. Registration for the Spring semester began Oct. 29. Visit to learn more about all offerings at the college.

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Residents Will Pay New Sewer-Use Fee Based on Useage


By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD — The town now has a sewer-use fee. The Town Council voted Oct. 21 to institute the fees. The costs will no longer be included in property tax bills, but instead based on a fee tied to water use. Town Manager Matthew Coppler said at an Oct. 9 information session that as part of the 2013-14 town budget, the council approved the transition of the funding for the Water Pollution Control

system from a tax-based to a user-fee system. Coppler said a significant increase in revenue is needed to make necessary improvements to the WPC system, adding revenues to cover these costs would have to go from $3 million dollars in fiscal year 2013 to $5.7 million dollars by 2020. He said emergency repairs cost two to three times more than planned improvements. There have been recent violations, and the state Department of Energy and

Environmental Protection will mandate improvements. The sewer fee will be based on water use for the first, second and fourth quarters of the year. By not including summer water use, the town said the use of water for lawns, gardens and pools, which is not then discharged into sewers, is not included in the fee formula. A household’s water use will be calculated in increments of 1,000 gallons or kilogallons at a proposed rate of $3.39 per kilogallon.

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

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of the Stafford Blues Festival, cofounder of the Stafford Alliance for Food and Fuel and founder of the 1st Stafford Environmental Fair. “I care a lot about Stafford,” Michalec said. “I think these are tough economic times, and I think we need to bring some changes.” Those changes include stabilizing taxes and expanding the tax base. She would work to bring light industry to town. “I would also look for grants,” she said, noting she is fiscally prudent. She said she would use a team approach to government. “None of us are trained in running a town government,” she said, but she would be good at reaching out to people who know the answers. Stafford residents also will vote for candidates for selectmen, town clerk, town treasurer, tax collector, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeals, Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of

Appeals and constables. Suffield Republican First Selectman Edward McAnaney is being challenged by Democratic former First Selectman Tom Frenaye, a rematch from two years ago. McAnaney is a small business owner and practicing attorney. He served in the U.S. Navy, including as a commodore in Iraq and Kuwait. He is a former probate judge and served on the Economic Development Commission. The incumbent said he wants to continue to move the town forward to take advantage of the long-range plan and find ways to reduce the burden on taxpayers. He said he has helped find a number of ways to do that. They include $1 million in non-tax revenue such as selling recyclables, being paid to accept dirt from the busway project at the landfill, collecting money for damage done to the town as part of the Greater Springfield Reliability Project and taking construction debris at the landfill. Frenaye served as first selectman

from 2009 to 2011. He also served on the Board of Finance, Zoning and Planning Commission, and as chairman of the Advisory Commission on Capital Expenditures. He worked for Phoenix Insurance in Hartford and Enfield for nearly 20 years as a senior technology manager. The former first selectman said he is running because he is not happy about how things have gone the last two years, including projects that he had started that are yet to be completed. Those projects include the agriscience building at the high school. While construction began in 2011, problems with a contractor’s work have left the building unoccupied. He also said that the town had bond money for roads, but roads remain unpaved although “we didn’t use most of it.” “I really enjoyed the job when I was first selectman,” he said, adding he wants to work to resolve these town projects. Suffield voters also will be choosing

candidates for the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeals, Planning and Zoning Commission, police commissioners, Board of Fire Commissioners and Water Pollution Control Authority. The Connecticut AARP Tax-Aide TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) program is seeking volunteers to provide one-on-one help in the preparation of income tax returns. Computer literate volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Volunteer as a greeter/client facilitator, or as a counselor. Other volunteer roles are available. You do not need to be an AARP member or be retired. Training begins in December. For more information or to volunteer, please visit:

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Proposed Charter Revisions Would Reshape Town Government


By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — When town voters go to the polls on Nov. 5, in addition to choosing among candidates for town offices they answer five referendum questions. The questions involve the town Charter revision and four bond issues. Charter Revision The Charter Revision Commission’s recommended changes include: Candidates for first selectman will no longer be eligible to win a seat on the Board of Selectmen, regardless of the number of votes they get. “No person may simultaneously seek the office of first select man and the office of selectman,” the proposed charter reads. Board of Education terms would change from six years to four years. A section on the town clerk would be added to the charter. Planning Commission terms would be for four years instead of five. Three Planning Commission alternates could be appointed for one-year terms. Members of the Zoning Commission,

Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, Housing Authority, Building Board of Appeals and Cemetery Committee would have their terms changed from four years to five. Zoning Board of Appeals alternates would serve one-year rather than fiveyear terms. The Board of Assessors would be eliminated and the position of assessor as an appointed, professional position would be recommended. The town treasurer, collector of taxes and assessor would become appointed positions. A Town Meeting vote would no longer be needed to confirm appointments to the Planning, Zoning, ZBA and Board of Assessment Appeals. The Civil Preparedness Council would be renamed the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council. The residency requirements could be suspended by the appointing authority for the resident trooper, fire chief, superintendent of schools and superintendent of highways.

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The Town Meeting would have the power to decrease any appropriation or item, but not increase any appropriation. If the budget is not approved by vote at the first referendum, the selectmen would schedule subsequent referendums at 14-day intervals. Bonding questions There are four bonding questions on the ballot: Voters are being asked to authorize $2,471,000 for school roofs, fire alarms and generator improvements at the Somers elementary and high schools. The town is seeking bond expenditures not to exceed $1,053,000 for the projects. The rest will be offset by state grants. Voters are being asked to authorize $3,105,000 for improvements to Mountain Road and Somerset Lane. The town is seeking $2,605,500 for the project, with the rest offset by grants. Voters are being asked to authorize $565,000 for a tanker truck and ambulance. Voters are being asked to authorize $53,000 for a shuttle bus for senior transportation. “It’s important that everyone do answer the questions,” First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said, stressing that “the taxes will not go up for these projects.” Due to low interest rates of approximately 3.5 percent, these projects will fit

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SOMERS - The Shoreline Ringers are returning to Somers. They will present a Christmas handbell concert at the Somers High School Auditorium, 1 Vision Blvd. Somers, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. This performance renews the tradition of Shoreline Ringers concerts for the Somers Congregational Church, which is sponsoring the event. Half of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to Somers Congregational Church Capital Campaign Fund to help the church rebuild from the fire of Jan. 1, 2012. Freewill donations will be accepted at the door. The Shoreline Ringers, directed by Jane Nolan, is a top-level community handbell choir, ringing five octaves of Malmark handbells and five and onehalf octaves of Malmark handchimes. They have played at Carnegie Hall with the U.S. Coast Guard band for their Christmas program and for the WFSB “Joy for the Kids.” They highlight a variety of advanced techniques and rhythms in their ringing.

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Somers Senior Citizens Enjoy Revisiting with Rona Mann


SOMERS - Whether you were male or female, a Baby Boomer or Golden Ager, everyone who attended the “I Never Knew the Knife Man’s Name” show at the Somers Senior Center recently enjoyed being taken back in time to remember the way life “used to be.” Rona Mann performed this delightful one-woman show. She took us back in time to when there were milkmen delivering milk, eggs, etc. to your home; when the knife man traveled from door to door to sharpen your knives; when ice cream parlors existed with swivel seats, marble floors, and sold 10-cent ice cream cones; and more. As Mann helped her audience reflect on the days gone by (especially in the

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SOMERS - The Somers Lions Club is holding an Open House for any individuals interested in joining an organization committed to 60 years of community service in the town of Somers. The Open House will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at JoAnna’s Café, 145 Main St., Somers.

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Author of Frieda B. Series Celebrates Launch of Third Book


SOMERS - “A whole Saturday morning with nowhere to go; Frieda B. was incredibly glad it was so. Having been to the library the day before, She had dozens of books scattered over her floor. All those stories! The worlds and adventures they held, Full of heroes and villains and enemies felled. Of great mountains to climb, of great dreams getting wings… Of a thousand times thousand great wonderful things.”

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Monday – Thursday 10-8 Friday 10-5 Saturday 10-3 Sunday 1-5 Tellabration! A Celebration of Oral Tradition Tellabration is a mammoth storytelling event – and that’s no Tall Tale! Join us on Sunday, November 17 at 1:00 p.m. and listen to some exciting stories told by professional storyteller Liz Gruber. This free program is open to the entire family. Please register online or by calling 860-763-3501. New England Ukulele Ensemble Come for the fun, stay for the music! Back by popular demand, Family Movie Matinee Sunday, November 3, 1:30 p.m. We will show the new movie Monster University, rated G, 104 minutes. Be sure to stop in the storytime room before or after the show to make your own monster to take home. No registration required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Holiday Reading Program November 12-December 20 Stop by the children’s room and join our reading program. Pick up your first reading sheet beginning Tuesday, Nov. 12. Return your completed reading log to the library for a special surprise. The program is for children ages 2-8. Read to the dogs with Allan’s Angels Saturday, Nov. 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Readers in grades K-4 are invited to register for a 10 minute slot to read to

the four members of this popular group recreate classic tunes from the 60’s, 70’s, and more, as well as some holiday favorites, on Thursday evening, Nov 21 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Bring the family! Please call the library or check our website for more information. Book Discussion The non-fiction book discussion group will meet on Tuesday, November 19 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz. Denise Stankovics will lead a discussion of the book The Awakening by Kate Chopin on

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Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 p.m. Copies of the book will be available at the library. Please call the library to register for the discussion. Share Your Warmth This Season The library will be collecting donations of new hats, scarves, mittens and gloves beginning December 1 through December 15. These items will be distributed to local families as needed throughout the holiday season. Display Case Do you have a collection of items that you would like to exhibit in our display case? The case is located near the front desk and is lockable. Contact

Francine Aloisa at or stop by the main desk for information.


The library is pleased to announce that Shirley Warner, chairman of the Library Board of Trustees, has been awarded the Association of Connecticut Library Boards “Trustee of the Year” recognition for her 26 years of dedication and commitment to the library. Congratulations Shirley!

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one of Allan’s Angels, trained dogs who love to listen to books. Children can choose a story to read to a furry friend in a relaxed, “dog-friendly” atmosphere. Register now for this event. “Let’s Talk Turkey” Evening Storytime Tuesday, November 26, 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Children ages 3 to 6, and their parents are invited to listen to stories, sing songs, and make a craft. Register now for this event.

Find the Elf on the Shelf December 2-19 One of Santa’s elves will be visiting the library during December. He will be hiding in a different spot each day in the library. When you find him, let a staff person know to receive a special treat and a raffle ticket for our holiday goodie basket.

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Holiday Ornament Workshop Saturday, December 14, 1:00-2:00 p.m. We will provide you with the creative items you need to make a gift or a treasured keepsake. For children ages 6-10. Registration begins on November 23.

Gingerbread Fun Night! Tuesday, December 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. For ages 3 & up. Decorate your own gingerbread cookie after a special gingerbread storytime. Children may come in their pajamas. Registration is required and begins on November 23.


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Over 10 Million Reasons to Re-Elect Pellegrini, Devlin and Knorr


To the Editor: Another election cycle is here and I urge the voters of Somers to re-elect Lisa Pellegrini, Kathy Devlin and Bud Knorr as selectmen. Together they have earned, rescued or saved Somers well over $10,000,000 that would have otherwise increased property taxes. They are a talented, unified team that owes no one any favors, holds no grudges and is pulling together for the future of Somers. Lisa, Kathy and Bud have had extensive, successful business careers and are used to and are good at making timely decisions. They have cut the costs of every aspect of town government. On six separate occasions, Lisa testified at the state capitol to save Somers’ PILOT funds. She was the first small-town official to argue against elimination of the

car tax. That alone would add 3 mils to our property tax bills. Lisa, Kathy and Bud listened when people complained about problems with the summer day-camp. They fixed them and the summer camp was a success – even their loudest critics can’t honestly argue about the outcome. They have acquired more open space - Camp Ayapo - and are working with local service organizations to enhance and maintain it. Working with the Board of Finance, the Fire Dept. has two new, sorely needed trucks. Their accomplishments have been recognized with a CIRMA Risk Management Award for lowering worker comp costs by 95%. They renegotiated the interest rate on our bonds, saving more money. Somers’ tax rate is the envy of surrounding towns. Pellegrini, Devlin and Knorr under-

stand the rules of government and the separation of responsibility and authority within town government. During the recent weather emergencies, when Somers was ignored by the state, they personally worked around the clock and took on tasks not in their job descriptions. Lisa, Kathy and Bud have brought their business experience to running the $28 million entity known as Somers, CT without any personal gain. They have earned re-election. Promises mean nothing. Results are what count. They have and will run Somers based on fact, not rumors, not personal vendetta. They listen and respond to its citizens. They acted brilliantly in times of crisis when decisions had to be made. Please join me in voting for Pellegrini, Devlin and Knorr for Board of Selectmen. Somers

SOMERS The Somers Congregational Church at 599 Main St. in Somers will be holding its long-standing Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec.

7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the office wing and Bugbee Center. Come see the progress of the new church, as it is nearing completion.

The bazaar will be highlighted by a Holiday Bake Sale, more than 30 vendors of arts and crafts, woodcrafts, gourmet foods, handcrafted clothing, jewelry, floral arrangements, gift baskets, nativity sets, vintage Christmas items, poinsettias, a silent auction, American Doll clothes and more. A hearty and delicious luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring homemade soups, chili, rolls, dessert and drinks. The church is fully handicapped accessible.

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Pellegrini Outlines Reasons for Seeking Third Term in Office


To the Editor When I am asked why on earth would I ever want to be First Selectman my answer is always the same, “I want to make a difference.” During the last four years I’ve had the honor of serving as First Selectman for the Town of Somers.

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SOMERS - The Ladies Aide Society of the Congregational Church of Somersville will be hosting their annual fall bake sale from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 23, in the social hall of the church located at 22 Maple St. A variety of fresh home-baked goodies will be available including pies, cakes, cookies, bars, breads, and candies.  Tables offering an assortment of Christmas decorations as well as homemade jams and jellies, relishes, baked beans, etc. will be for sale. Come buy your  sweet treat for Thanksgiving (or enjoy it before then).  Funds earned by the Ladies Aide benefit church programs and activities.

I have led a Board made up of two incredible Selectmen-Kathy Devlin and Bud Knorr and I have had the privilege of working with a staff of dedicated and talented professionals at Town Hall, as well as a large group of volunteers that make up the various Boards and Commissions. Our accomplishments are pretty impressive- low taxes which are the envy of many Towns, improved roads and buildings, new parking lots and sidewalks, greatly improved social service programs, a discount prescription card program, a thriving Senior Center, expanded recreation programs, an alternative energy program featuring an array of solar panel installations that are bar none the best in the state, up to date fire apparatus and a sound emergency management program. I’ve written grants that have brought the Town over $6 million and 180+ acres of open space that will soon be enjoyed by generations to come. While there is much more to list my proudest achievement has been to be a part of a Board that truly works for the

Town of Somers, for the people of Somers. As I watched the circus ensue at our nation’s capital during the federal shutdown I couldn’t help but compare the differences between Somers and Washington DC. During my administration barriers that reward few and alienate many have been removed and replaced with government that listens, negotiates and collaborates to ensure taxes are low and services meet the needs and wants of the community. I have led a Board that welcomes new ideas, group participation and open discussion. It is a government that believes in a good sustainable plan for the future and it is a government that does not tolerate waste. It is a government that has proven itself in natural disasters never before seen in this area and it is a government that has succeeded in an economy that is at best described as lackluster. Unlike Washington DC, Somers doesn’t just shut down because life gets a little hard. This Board doesn’t revert to bullying tactics and ugly finger pointing.

We work together without prejudice and self-service to accomplish the goals and objectives that will strengthen our Town both now and in the future. What makes such a big difference? It is called leadership. Good leadership embodies integrity, truth, passion, hard work, commitment and the willingness to stand up for what is right. It means never caving in to bullies and never being one either. It means never giving up, no matter how hard things get and it serves as the mechanism to inspire others to join. It incorporates compromise and collaboration, diplomacy and negotiation. Good leadership makes a positive difference. This November 5th you will have a choice in voting for who will lead the Town as First Selectman for the next two years. I ask for your vote so that I can continue to make a positive difference in the community. Lisa Pellegrini, First Selectman 24 Colorado Drive, Somers

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Pellegrini Praised for Response to Recent Town Emergencies


To the Editor, The Town of Somers’ 1st Selectman, Lisa Pellegrini, is seeking reelection this November. I want to share with the residents of Somers my personal observations of her conduct and actions on behalf of the Town during these periods of emergency. For several years, I served as the Town’s Emergency Management Director. This period included the storms of Late 2011 through the February blizzard of 2013. In every incident, I observed Lisa Pellegrini working unceasingly for the citizens of Somers. She repeatedly took aggressive action to see that the results of these storms were addressed and corrected at the earliest possible moment. The advice of staff and the other Selectmen was always solicited, and her use of discussion and consensus-building has been key in the process of arriving at the Town’s best course of action. Where shortfalls in emergency equipment and planning became evident, temporary measures were quickly instituted to fill these gaps. Later, these shortfalls were revisited and addressed. As a direct result of Ms. Pellegrini’s efforts, the fol-

lowing items have been addressed: An improved Emergency Operations Center was created at the Kibbe-Fuller building; A new Town-wide radio system was created to permit all Town agencies to communicate with one another; A method of keeping citizens without power and telephone service informed of recovery efforts through the distribution of information flyers was created; An emergency Town Meeting was conducted in the immediate aftermath of a disabling snow storm to apprise citizens of the current recovery status and future plans; The Resident Troopers have been equipped with individual portable radios that operate on the Town’s radio frequencies; Portable radios have been purchased for use by Town officials during emergencies; The Resident Troopers’ office had a new emergency power generator installed; In cooperation with the State, drills have been conducted to test the readiness of Somers’ emergency operations. Shelter supplies have been relocated

and upgraded, to permit easier access and deployment; A radio communications system for use by emergency management workers has been created and equipped; Contingency plans for the conduct of Town government and offices during and following an emergency have been instituted; The Town’s unified command (1st Selectman, the Supt. Of School, and heads of Fire, Police Public Works, Finance, and Emergency Management) is now brought together prior to anticipated incident and events, and is re-convened daily during an emergency; All Town employees are now aware that their presence at work during an emergency is required. (Previous administrations permitted the employees to remain at home, with pay, if Town hall

was closed). These employees now provide support to the Town recovery efforts during an emergency. Replacement of a poor-performing Town-operated resident notification system that cost thousands of dollars each year with more effective systems that are provided free-of-charge. Accomplishing all of this was not easy. In addition to the 18-hour workdays during emergencies, these achievements have required a continuing commitment of town resources and funds by Ms. Pellegrini to make Somers as safe and prepared as possible. I strongly urge the voters of Somers to return Lisa Pellegrini to another term as their town’s 1st Selectman. Dan Thayer 10 Colton Road, Somers


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In Support of Lisa Pellegrini Who Has Earned Voters’ Trust


To the Editor: Trust is earned, never given to anyone on the basis of name alone. Trust is essential to transparent government, it’s the foundation for integrity and trust is the basis of this year’s First Selectman’s race in the town of Somers. Trust is earned everyday when you have the responsibility of governing. Today’s secular political environment lacks trust, as minority parties and one issue candidates lack the experience to govern collectively. Just look at what is transpiring in the U.S Congress. These individuals find it easy to criticize, based on a few key issues and well placed sound bytes;

governing takes consensus building, listening, hard work, compromise, a detailed understating of all sides of the issue and most importantly trust. In this years election you will find there is only one candidate to be trusted as our First Selectman. Lisa Pellegrini embodies trust, leadership and sound management skills to continue as our community’s chief executive. Essentially, she has governed exceptionally, during one of the worst economic climates in 60 years, limiting tax increases by working collaboratively with the Board of Finance, writing over $6 million in grants to increase revenue

and services. In four years, Ms. Pellegrini has produced grant income to the town of Somers equivalent to the town’s annual operating budget. The economic impact during her two terms in office are limited tax increases to ensure a solid revenue stream and some of the highest reserve funds for a municipality in the state of Connecticut, ensuring a solid financial foundation for future generations of Somers residents. Ms. Pellegrini ended many of the town’s decades long business practices and imposed sound fiscal and operational controls that have led to this extraordinary fiscal position during dif-

ficult times. This position was earned through hard work and a strong working relationship with the Boards of Education and Finance. In addition, her work through two major natural disasters shows her mettle to make difficult decisions, prioritize resources and manage on a global scale. In looking to the future of town government, one only needs to look at Ms. Pellegrini’s record to make a trusted decision on our leadership. Joseph R. Tolisano Member, Somers Board of Finance 25 Whisper Woods Drive Somers, CT

SOMERS - The annual family-style turkey dinner, complete with real turkey breast, dressing, mashed potato, squash, cranberry sauce, tossed salad, homemade rolls and breads, pumpkin pie and beverage will be held at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Reservations for the dinner (two sittings are offered: 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.) or for take-out orders should be placed by contacting the church office at 860-7497741 or emailing Cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-10. The church dining hall is handicap accessible.

SOMERS - The Catholic Daughters from All Saints Church in Somersville will be having their annual craft fair & bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon in the church basement at 25 School St., Somersville. The fair will feature a variety of handmade holiday and home items, handcrafted jewelry, “18-inch” doll clothes &

doll beds, delicious baked and canned goods from the daughters' pantry as well as “Holy Family” honey, timeless treasures and raffles. Breakfast will be available on Saturday until 11 a.m. followed by lunch served until 1 p.m. On Sunday, breakfast will again be available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please call 860-871-6213 if further information is needed.

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Every October the Stafford High School field hockey team raises money for breast cancer research. It has consistently raised the most money of all schools in the North Central Connecticut Conference. Last year it raised $3,000; it hopes to beat that this year. The game was held in Stafford on Thursday, Oct. 10, against Enfield High. The girls played a great game.

Selectman Searches for Positives from Warren Mill Closing By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the end of an era.â&#x20AC;? That was First Selectman Richard Shuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaction to the news that the Warren Corp. will be closing its mill, a town fixture since the late 1880s. Worse than the end of a part of the

townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, Shuck said, is the loss of 85 jobs that will come about as the mill shuts down operations between December of this year and April 2014. Known for the manufacturing of woolen fabrics, the company is a subsidiary of Loro Piana USA. He said a lot was done to try to save

the mill, particularly by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn. The next step, Shuck said, is to try to help those 85 people find new employment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stafford doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a huge base to necessarily make up for those jobs,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to grow our tax base in town.â&#x20AC;?

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Commission Thanks Supporters of Autumn in the Park


To the Editor: The Stafford Arts Commission would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the following contributors and friends of the Commission for their support of this year’s Autumn in the Park. Special thanks go to Gary Carra of the North Central News, Ron Houle of American General Contracting, Inc., and the Friends of the Stafford Library for

their continued sponsorship. Gary Carra has sponsored the festival since its inception. Once again many generous people made invaluable contributions of materials, goods, time, and energy. The commission thanks the support of Howard Buckland of American Sleeve Bearing, Peter Rossi of Rossi Brothers, the Stafford Public Library represented by

Deb Gelatto, Chestnut Hill Nursery for the donation of plants, Bruce Davis for the use of his ATV, Joe and Mike Hipsky for the donation of the moon fire wood, Les Moulton for technical assistance, Gifton Lawrence of Handy Hands for lovingly returning the donated plants, and Chris White for her dedication. As always, Town of Stafford’s Pete Williams and his crew created a wel-

coming outdoor environment. This year they went above and beyond by setting up a dance floor and tent. The Commission continues to appreciate the collaboration with community members and the support of those who attend. Georgia Michalec Chair Stafford Arts Commission

STAFFORD - On Sunday Nov. 27, the Stafford Arts Commission, Coffee House Series, presents original singer/songwriters Rupert Wates and Donna Martin. Both musicians have played for audiences in Stafford for several years and have gathered loyal fans. Rupert Wates is a prolific songwriter

with a guitar playing style that is distinct and innovative. He writes compelling, thought-provoking and emotionally charged songs. This year he will be joined by his trio, adding more texture to his performance. While Rupert travels throughout the country and Europe, he enjoys the

Stafford audiences and the intimacy of the Old Town Hall. Donna Martin hails from Connecticut. She writes songs that are honest, emotional, and spotlight important social issues. Her songs explore the full range of human emotions with grace, intellect and wit and she writes with love and compassion. Her guitar playing is fluid

with rhythm and blues undertones. She has performed throughout the Northeast and at Lilith Fair with Sarah McLaughlin. The music begins at 7 p.m. at the Ben Muzio Town House (Old Town Hall), 221 East St., Route 19, in Stafford Springs. For more information, call 860-6849500 or follow us on Facebook.

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Open letter to the citizens of Stafford. As Election Day draws near, I want to first thank all my supporters and the many citizens of Stafford who have shared their ideas and concerns with me. I also want to express gratitude to all the board and commission members, emergency responders, and all other volunteers who dedicate themselves to serving the Town of Stafford. I am running for First Selectman because I know that I can make the difference that can make Stafford stronger. I offer an alternative in governing the Town. I have the vision, skill, dedication, effectiveness and compassion to move Stafford forward. As your First Selectman, I will: • Expand the tax base by bringing in new business, while encouraging light industries that pay a living wage and provide good jobs to come to Stafford by developing a marketing strategy that promotes the special qualities of Stafford. • Support local businesses by collaborating with business owners, promote Stafford as a destination town, and develop a “shop local” program that spotlights local business and their information on the Town website. • Make the Town Hall an integral part of downtown by promoting the works of local artists and sponsoring events to encourage civic pride. • Continue to investigate other forms of government including a Town Manager/ Town Council. • Provide an open government with transparency in all spending, actively pursue grant funding and make the citizens aware of the Small Cities Grants Program which provides funds to individuals for home improvements. • Develop a long range strategic plan for Stafford to implement the Plan of Conservation and Development. • Be fiscally prudent.

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As your First Selectman, I will provide the leadership that Stafford needs. In these challenging times, it is essential to “think outside the box.” I ask for your vote on November 5th. Georgia Michalec, Unaffiliated Candidate for First Selectman.

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‘Sweeney Todd’ Comes to Stafford Palace in November


STAFFORD - Beware. “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” will be unleashing his vengeance in Stafford. Greene Room Productions; Theatre Production and Ed Outreach Inc, a local nonprofit, from Monson, Mass., is embarking on its first-ever production experience in the Connecticut area, bringing the live, musical thriller “Sweeney Todd; The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” to the Stafford Palace Theater Nov. 14, 16-17 and 21-23. “Sweeney Todd,” a Stephen Sondheim musical (libretto by Hugh Wheeler), is set in 19th-century England. The musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years exiled on trumped-up charges. He vows revenge on the judge who transported him and, later, on the whole world. Greene Room Productions (GRP), now in the midst of its eighth season, performed mainstage shows in the past at the Academy of Music Theater in Northampton, Mass. Upon the closure of GRP’s rehearsal and storage space at the Monson Developmental Center State

Hospital in 2012, GRP put mainstage programs on hold until a more costeffective and local venue could be found. The Stafford Palace Theater with its unique and flexible staging area was the key. Not only is this GRP’s first experience “down south,” but also “Sweeney Todd” marks the first full theatrical production at the Stafford Palace Theater in 100 years. “The response from David Bacchiochi, owner of the Palace Theater, local business owners and artists in the Stafford area has been remarkable.” Greene said. “We are trying to think more collaboratively.” As a result, the production of “Sweeney Todd” boasts featured artists Nicholas McNally (Holyoke), who designed the posters and postcards, Billy Orr (Stafford) providing GRP with professional production photos and headshots of everyone in the cast and crew, Olaf Aspelin (Stafford) and Andrea Newland (Monson) scenic painting and artistry, and Shane Rausch (Stafford) creating the grotesque and life-like body parts that can be seen during the show.

GRP’s featured artists’ work will be exhibited and for sale at the Stafford Palace Theater during the run of the shows. Audience members with V.I.P. tickets for the Nov. 16 evening show will have the opportunity to participate in a pre-show meet-and-greet with the entire creative team and production staff, view the show, and partake in a

post-show tour of the inner workings of the “Sweeney Todd” set and backstage area. “Sweeney Todd” is performing Nov. 14, 16-17 and 21-23 at the Stafford Palace Theater, 75 Main St., Stafford Springs, CT 06076. To purchase tickets call the Palace Theater Box Office at or online at 860-851-9780

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Two Local Businesses Team Up for Holiday Decorating


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SUFFIELD - Two years ago, when a massive snowstorm crippled parts of Connecticut, Ruth Loiseau took a walk through the woods to survey the damage. While many were lamenting the downed trees and branches that littered the woods, yards and roads of the state, Loiseau saw something different. She salvaged many of the broken pieces of bark, treated them to prevent insects and begin to think of ways to preserve them and transform them into art.


One of the recipients of the Suffield Business owner’s creativity is Per Se Aveda Lifestyle Salonspa. Loiseau, owner of Ruth L., had teamed up with Bruce F. Valicenti Jr, owner of Suffield based BFV Designs to combine their talents to decorate and design for businesses and residential properties. This project, in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square, is one of many the two have teamed up to work on together. According to Loiseau, Per Se is a very green business and so the construction of the lifesize tree, using repurposed



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each of their businesses stronger by working together as partners. Last year the two began pairing up to work on holiday projects together by decorating commercial locations and private homes. The business owners are creative when it comes to the decorating. Whether it is as complex as setting up scaffolding to creatively have branches stretch two floors in a private home’s foyer or heading to an attic in someone’s home and going through boxes of holiday decorating treasures to re-purpose their use the team can create a magical holiday atmosphere for any client. Loiseau says the two also go to the New York Gift Show and purchase the latest and greatest in holiday décor to add a different spin to a client’s existing decorations. Inspiration for their decorating comes from keeping their eyes open to life around them, says Loiseau, who has

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been a part of the team in the past that decorates the White House for the holiday season. Valicenti, a graduate of the Art Institute in Boston, says his decorating style tends to lean toward textures with an earthy feel. The two charge $100 an hour to decorate, with materials being supplied by the customer. Additional fees are charged when the pair provide materials. Whether it is a mantle, a front porch, a Christmas tree or the entire house, the designers can create whatever vision a client is interested in. Loiseau, who still visits the White House periodically to do floral design work for State Dinners, says the work is exciting especially when a customer sees the transformation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It exceeds everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expectations,â&#x20AC;? adds Valicenti. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every space is unique.â&#x20AC;? In May, Loiseau, a graduate of Hixon Floral Design, will launch her publica-

tion Couture Flowers Magazine. The magazine, which will be published in May and November, will offer articles on botany, flowers, fashion, White House pieces, workshop spotlights and articles written by Valicenti spotlighting interior design. Those interested in learning more about the businesses or booking an appointment for holiday decorating can visit (860-833-0005) or (860-5504376). Ruth Loiseau of Ruth L and Bruce Valicenti Jr. of BFV Designs pose next to their creation at Per Se Aveda Lifestyle Salonspa at Blue Back Square. Bark from 10 different types of trees was used to construct this piece of art. The two teamed up recently to do custom design and floral work for both commercial and residential clients. The businesses are beginning to plan for the upcoming holiday season. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

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Lily House B&B Offers Out of Town Guests a Special Treat


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Step back in time and get a pictureperfect view of Main Street when you stop by the Lily House Bed and Breakfast located at 13 Bridge St. in Suffield. As bright as the sunshine or a bunch of daffodils the yellow Victorian style home, located in the heart of Suffield, is a welcoming location for those planning a visit to Northern Connecticut. Its wraparound porch offers guests a comfortable place to take in the sights and sounds of Historic Suffield. The holidays are just around the corner. Residents of the area often look to the bed and breakfast if they are in need of an additional bedroom when family comes to visit. The home also welcomes families of students at Suffield Academy and those flying into Bradley International Airport who use Suffield as their jumping off point to locations in the Northeast. Lily Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner Lorraine Erickson moved to New England 35 years ago. She had first spotted the large home more than a decade ago after flying into Bradley herself and driving by it while on her way to her next location. Her daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend knew how much she liked the house. She notified her when the house went on the market 10 years ago. Erickson had spent 30 years in

Suffield Chamber of Commerce President Lorraine Erickson stands in front of her business Lily House Bed and Breakfast. The business is located at 13 Bridge St. in Suffield.

sales and had done significant travel and stayed at a lot of hotels as a result of her job. During the last five years of working in sales she found the world of bed and breakfasts and became hooked. When the home she had admired went on the market all of the puzzle pieces came together and she decided to make a life change. She admits her decision to open a bed and breakfast may have

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able for guests. There is the Rose Room, with its unique octagon shape, and the Stargazer Suite, which has a balcony, fireplace and all of the comforts of home, including its own refrigerator, microwave and Keurig machine. There is also Livi’s Garden Room, which features an adjacent library and television room. All of the rooms have queen size beds, with the suite also having a futon for additional sleep space. There is a beautiful dining room, which features a tin ceiling and also a living area downstairs for guests to congregate in. Erickson, who is this year’s president

for the Suffield Chamber of Commerce, is beginning a new business. Basketful of Connecticut allows customers from all over to order custom-made gift baskets on line ( Many of the baskets will feature products made in Connecticut. Erickson is currently working with 28 Connecticut small businesses. She is looking to expand the number of Connecticut businesses she features. She also offers other specialized baskets including A Basketful of Hope and a Comfort Basket. The Comfort Basket is an alternative to the typical gift of flowers sent to someone when they suffer a loss in their life. It features a Turkish robe, slippers, bath salts and natural soaps. A teacup, herbal tea, candles and chocolate have also been included in this basket, which is meant to bring the feeling of a hug from the gift giver to the person grieving their loss. A Basket of Hope is for those battling cancer. It features all of the items included in the Comfort Basket, but also has a homemade soup bowl and chicken soup,

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