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Most students in north central Connecticut towns are doing better on the Connecticut Mastery Test as they travel through the grades in local schools. “They’re growing over time,� said Michael Bednarz, director of curriculum for the Stafford Public Schools. “In most cases, as the grade levels increase, the scores increase,� Ellington Superintendent of Schools Stephan Cullinan said. Kathleen Pezza, curriculum director for the Somers Public Schools, said that also holds true in her school district. “We’re above the state average in virtually everything,� Pezza said. Still several schools were cited as not making adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind act. Administrators throughout the state have pointed out that as NCLB raises its standard each year, more and more schools are being cited for not making AYP. These include schools in districts considered among the best in the state, including West Hartford and Greenwich. Somers “I think the third-graders made some big gains,� Pezza added. Somers third-graders did much better than last year, Pezza said, achieving proficiency in all three areas. Fourth-graders

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In This Issue • FALL FEST: A look at upcoming activities in the area ............pgs. 4-5 • EAST WINDSOR: Residents provide input on Rt. 140 development ..........p. 6 • EAST WINDSOR: Images from the annual Taste of East Windsor......p. 8 • SUNDAY DRIVE: Historic charm meets modern appeal in Newport ..p. 9 • ENFIELD: Enfield Motor Sports marks four decades of service ..p. 11 • ENFIELD: Town ponders property

Jamelle of Enfield has her face painted during Enfield Family Day on the Town Green on Sept. 18. Another photo on page 12. Photo by Andre Garant

Here We Grow Again - Welcome, Enfield Residents! ENFIELD - Continuing its mission to become “the people’s paper� for the region, The North Central News is proud to find its way into the homes of Enfield residents. “Since our inception in 2002, the North Central News has brought back the type of positive, homespun community news and features that the other publications have abandoned,� explained Editor & Publisher Gary Carra. “We at the North Central News believe there are a lot of great stories in Enfield that aren’t being told, and we’re going to do something about it.� In addition to Enfield residents this month, the North Central News goes to every home and P.O. box in East Windsor, Ellington, Somers and Stafford and is also available for free pickup at more than 100 high-traffic

for Hazardville parking ............p. 15 • ELLINGTON: Town takes advantage of contract incentives ................p. 19 • ELLINGTON: Senior Center offers new programs, holiday bazaar ............p. 20 • SOMERS: Mini-excavtor arrives in time for Irene clean up ............p. 28 • HAUNTED HANDBOOK: Annual guide to our favorite haunts ....p. 31 • STAFFORD: Third time a charm for budget referendum?....................p. 39 • CLASSIFIEDS:...........................p.47

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A comparison of fourth-grade results for North Central CT towns based on information supplied by

CMT Results Show Gains in Higher Grades (continued from page 1) held steady. Fifth-graders improved in math and science, while maintaining the scores for reading and writing. Sixthgraders made significant gains in reading, writing and math. Seventh-graders maintained the scores, while eighth-graders had a big jump in writing, while maintaining their scores in math, reading and science. Stafford Bednarz stressed that the best way to compare CMT scores is to look at cohort data — how the same students score year after year. With that criteria in mind, “Overall, we’re pleased once again,” he said of town students’ scores. Stafford has focused on certain subgroups that were struggling, he said, aiming to have fewer students score at the Basic level. They also aimed to increase the percent of students at goal and to attain adequate yearly progress for economically disadvantaged students in reading at Stafford Elementary School. That subgroup had been cited as not making AYP under the federal No Child Left Behind act. Their scores improved, but still did not meet goal. Students’ scores improved in all areas, except fourth-grade reading and sixthgrade math. A presentation on these scores can be viewed at Ellington “Overall, I think the scores are good,” Cullinan, Ellington’s superintendent, said. In math, he noted, students very consistently scored at the Proficient level. They ranged from 93.1 percent scoring Proficient in Grade 3 to 99 percent scoring Proficient in Grade 7. They also scored well in reading with a range of 83 percent scoring Proficient at the fourth-grade level to 96.9 percent at the seventh-grade level. Still, Cullinan said, the goal is to make sure all students become proficient. He said among special education students, the scores did drop a bit from last year. For the first time in several years, special education students last year were allowed to take a modified exam. Many did well and took the regular exam this year, which led to a drop in scores, he said. Crystal Lake School was cited for not making AYP in reading and a subgroup not

making AYP in reading. A subgroup at Windermere School also was cited for not making AYP in reading. Enfield Enfield schools were labeled as in need of improvement under NCLB. They were cited for not making adequate yearly progress in subgroups in both reading and math. Named as not making AYP were Nathan Hale School, Thomas G. Alcorn School, John F. Kennedy Middle School, Enrico Fermi High School and Enfield High School. East Windsor East Windsor Middle School and Broad Brook Elementary School were both cited as not making AYP under No Child Left Behind. They were identified as in need of improvement under NCLB for not meeting goal in reading and math. Neither East Windsor nor Enfield officials returned phone calls seeking com-

ments on their districts’ results. CMT results can be viewed at

Chamber to Chamber Business Showcase ENFIELD - On Oct. 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Chamber to Chamber Business Showcase, to be held at the Enfield/Springfield Holiday Inn located at One Bright Meadow Boulevard in Enfield. If you are a member of any chamber of commerce your cost will be $125 per sixfoot table. Non- member cost is $250 for a six-foot table. For information or to register for a booth, call the chamber office at 860-7413838.

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Fest International Wine Tasting Benefits Manchester Rotary MANCHESTER - A tasting of International Wines provided by M&R Liquors and Fine Wines will be held Friday, Sept. 30, at historic Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd., Manchester, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mulberry Street Restaurant and Carrabba’s Restaurant of Manchester, and other local businesses, will provide small bites to accompany the wines. There will also be a fine selection of silent auction items to help support the fundraising efforts of the Manchester Rotary Club. Tickets to the event are $40 and may be purchased through any member of the Rotary Club or by calling Rob Fish at 860-916-3286 or Hope Igdalsky at 860643-8613. All proceeds go to support Rotary Club of Manchester scholarships and other charitable works such as purchasing and distributing dictionaries to all third-graders in Manchester, contributions to the MACC Food Pantry and the Rotary Milk Fund. Most recently, Rotarians funded the construction of a memorial garden in honor of the employees who were tragically killed at Hartford Distributors, through donations and fundraising events.

A Guide To Autumn Cultural Events Thanks to all sponsors, pgs.4-5

The North STAFFORD - Saturday, Oct. 1, is the date for Central Stafford Arts Commission’sNews sixth annual Fine Arts Autumn In The Park Program

Festival – Autumn in the Park. This will be a special day to celebrate the arts in Hyde Park Stafford Springs, from noon to sunset, with exciting and free entertainment for every age group. Bring the children at noon for a special program with Celtic musician Mary King in celebration of Ireland. Her interactive program includes music and story telling. She will provide instruments for the children to join in with her fiddle playing, sing-a-longs, and music-making fun. Don’t miss the spectacular Phoenix Fire Sword group at 2 p.m. and a talented barbershop quartet, Southeast Light, will be in the park at 3 p.m., to serenade the festival crowd with old favorites. At 4 p.m., the 30 members of the internationally touring Manchester Regional Police and Fire Pipe Band will march into the park for an hour of bagpipe music, and then pipe in the lighting of the mill stream moon fires, now an annual tradition for Autumn in the Park. The afternoon’s musical program will be rounded

out in style from 5 p.m. to sunset with the return of Bruce John and the Eagleville Musicians, with some help from Stafford’s own Town Troubadour, Jim Bailey. Book lovers will enjoy browsing through a variety of used books at the sale sponsored by the Friends of Stafford Library and at 1 p.m. will have the opportunity to listen to Connecticut authors discuss their most recent works, followed by book signings. This year’s visual artists’ exhibit will have a new addition – a Youth Art display. Stafford children, ages 6 through 14, are invited to enter their art work for this special exhibit at the park. Entry forms are available at the Stafford Library and the Town Hall, or please call the information numbers listed below. A professional caricature artist and a face painter will be back again this year from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to sketch your portrait or paint an exotic face design, free of charge; remember to look for possible Elvis sightings throughout the day and the delightful miniature donkeys on parade in the special “IMAGINE” hour, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. For kite flying enthusiasts, design and decorate your own hand-crafted kite and bring it to Hyde Park at 3

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Fest p.m. to enter a contest for the most imaginatively decorated kite. Two prizes will be awarded – first prize: a hot air balloon ride for two adults and a child. Second prize is a “Nook” reading tablet. The prizes were made possible by generous sponsorship from American Sleeve Bearing, a longtime supporter of the Arts in Stafford and together with The North Central News, a co-sponsor of Autumn in the Park. Food and refreshments will be available at the park throughout the day. Rain location is the Stafford Community Center (Senior Center). For any information or questions about the Youth Art Show and Kite Decorating contest, please call 860 6849500 or 860 684-5211.

Free Pony Rides at Town Hall Museum ENFIELD - Rocky Acres Farm returns on Sunday, Oct. 9, with its friendly ponies to The Old Town Hall Museum. Children love the ponies, making this event a family favorite, and

a great photo opportunity for parents and grandparents. There are new exhibits. Step inside the museum and enjoy the Thompsonville Hotel exhibit, especially the water wheel gas pump manufactured by the Springfield Gas Machine Company that provided light and cooking fuel. Read Robert Lowrie’s Civil War letters to his mother that illustrate the stress and sacrifices of soldiers the world over. An added treat will be lemonade and cookies. The Old Town Hall Museum is located on Enfield Street across from South Road. The hours are from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Museum and events are free and open to the public.

Grace Episcopal Church Apple Fest STAFFORD - Grace Episcopal Church invites you to Apple Fest on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch service starting at 11 a.m. The church is located at 7 Spring St., Stafford . Three varieties of fresh baked pies,

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East Windsor Residents Provide Input on Future Route 140 Development By Linda Tishler Levinson EAST WINDSOR â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Residents are interested in having the Route 140 corridor developed, but would prefer to see small businesses more than housing. That was what residents told town officials during a public workshop held Sept. 15 at the Scout Hall Youth Center. Town Planner Laurie Whitten said 50 to 60 people attended the workshop during

which Planometrics presented information on possible uses for the Route 140 corridor. The results of a survey of residents on their preferences will be available in midOctober, Whitten said. At the meeting residents told town officials they would prefer more business in the area, Whitten said. They would accept industrial uses, preferring small business. They want only limited housing in the

area, she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What this will do is help us develop some guidelines in developing that corridor,â&#x20AC;? Whitten said. Tropical Storm Irene First Selectman Denise Menard said many people in town lost power during Tropical Storm Irene, with the majority being without power for three to four days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The town fared fairly well during the

storm,â&#x20AC;? Menard said. The Board of Selectmen held an emergency meeting on Aug. 29 to discuss renting a generator to power Town Hall during the stormâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aftermath. The generator was rented, and the selectmen voted to submit a request to the Board of Finance to spend up to $40,000 for a new generator for Town Hall for future emergencies.

Fall Happenings Include Story Time at the Warehouse Point Library EAST WINDSOR - Registration for Fall Story time at the Warehouse Point Library at 107 Main St., East Windsor has begun. Due to the all-day kindergarten in the East Windsor school system, we will be offering a new Books Before Bed on Monday evening. Our new evening session for 4-to-6-year-olds. Books Before Bed will be held Mondays from 6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m. and will run Oct. 3-Nov. 21. All story times include a story, finger play and craft. The morning story time for 4-to-6-year-olds will be held Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 and will run Oct. 5-Nov. 16. Story time for ages 2 and 3 will be held Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will run Oct. 7-Nov. 18. The child must be 2 years old by Oct. 1 and accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Registration is necessary for all programs and will continue through the first week of the programs. For more information, please call 860-623-5482. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m., we will

be showing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arsenic and Old Lace,â&#x20AC;? starring Cary Grant. The famous case of Amy Archer Gilligan, accused of poisoning residents of her old-age home in Windsor with arsenic after collecting $1,000 from them for life care was the inspiration for the play and the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arsenic and Old Lace.â&#x20AC;? The New York Times called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;good macabre funâ&#x20AC;? (1944). Registration is necessary. Call the Library to reserve your seat for some pre-Halloween fun. The fall book discussion series, Mystery Alla Italiana, led by B.J. Smith, will close with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Death at La Feniceâ&#x20AC;? by Donna Leon on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room. Books are available at the library. Call for more information or to register. The Friends of the Library have transformed the back room into a permanent used book sale corner. Come and browse through the hardcover books, DVDs, videos, children books and more. Books and more are available for sale during library hours.

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East Windsor Holiday Assistance Programs for Residents EAST WINDSOR â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Department of Human Services is accepting signups for the Holiday Programs Thanksgiving Food Basket, Christmas Food Baskets, and Holiday Gift Program until Nov. 3. To participate in food baskets programs you must be an East Windsor resident. To participate in the Holiday Gift Program you must be an East Windsor resident and have children who are 11 years old or younger and reside with you. The following information must be pro-

vided to sign up for the programs: driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, birth certificate, Social Security card (for entire household), utility bills, rent receipt or mortgage statement, income history of four (4) consecutive weeks of pay stubs, copies of Social Security, Pension, or Veterans Benefits, Unemployment printout of benefits, current DSS worksheet, proof of child support, and a complete bank statement. For more information, contact East Windsor Human Services at 860-623-2430.

Auditions for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Opera House EAST WINDSOR - Opera House Players Inc. announces auditions for the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicago.â&#x20AC;? Auditions will be held at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St., Broad Brook, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, and Monday, Oct. 3. Callbacks will be Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Roles: nine women, nine men (looking for one male falsetto). Prepare to sing 16 bars of music (preferably not from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicagoâ&#x20AC;?). Bring sheet music - accompanist provided. Dress and be prepared to dance. Bring headshot and resume if you have them.

Bring calendar to determine schedule conflicts. Contact the director by email at with any questions. The show will be directed by Becky Beth Benedict, with musical direction by Angela McCulloch Klimaytis and choreography by Alison Bogatay. Rehearsals begin mid-November. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Feb. 10-26, 2012. For a copy of the audition form and directions to the theater, visit

Conversation with the Candidates Slated EAST WINDSOR - East Windsorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversation with the Candidatesâ&#x20AC;? will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at East Windsor High School. At this event, East Windsor residents will be able to submit questions to and hear responses from the candidates for First Selectman and the Boards of Selectmen, Finance, and Education. All residents of East Windsor are

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Town Will Have Energy Assistance Intake Blitz EAST WINDSOR - East Windsor Human Services, in cooperation with The Community Renewal Team, is having an Energy Assistance Intake Blitz for East Windsor residents only on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Windsor Town Hall Annex, 25 School St., East Windsor. Documents needed: driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, birth certificate, Social Security card, utility bills, rent receipt, mortgage statement, income history of four (4) consecutive

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Enfield Enfield Motor Sports Will Mark Four Decades in Business By Linda Tishler Levinson ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Enfield Motor Sports is about to ride into its 40th anniversary. Located at 27 Palomba Dr., Enfield, the business is owned by sisters Dale Badura and Diane Waterman. While it may be an unusual enterprise for two women to own, it seems perfectly natural for them, Badura said. Waterman and Badura grew up in the business, which was started by their parents, Bruce and Shirley Miller in 1971.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty much, this is our life,â&#x20AC;? Badura said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole family has been involved for years.â&#x20AC;? She began working in the business at 12 and rides snowmobiles and motorcycles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very active in what we sell,â&#x20AC;? she said. The business began by selling Arctic Cat snowmobiles. Today they also sell four lines of motorcycles, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Vespa, and Ski-Doo and Polaris snowmobiles. They also carry parts

and offer service on the brands they sell. Enfield Motor Sports also sells all-terrain vehicles and generators. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We take care of our customers,â&#x20AC;? Badura said, adding that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a â&#x20AC;&#x153;one-stop shop.â&#x20AC;? She credited that attitude toward customers for the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longevity, in a business where competitors frequently come and go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We sell toys â&#x20AC;Ś people basically work for toys,â&#x20AC;? she added. Enfield Motor Sports will celebrate this anniversary with a Snowmobile Swap Meet and Open House from 9 a.m. to 3


p.m. Oct. 29. Bruce and Shirley Miller plan to attend the event, which will include food and a swap meet. The vintage snowmobile group will be there. Participants are invited to sell their sleds and get a new one. The cost for spaces is $10 per sled. Enfield Motor Sports is open for sales Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They may be reached at 860-7412173. More information is available at







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Enfield Enfield Massage Therapy and Tranquil Thoughts Skin Care Now Open ENFIELD - Gina Scully, a licensed massage therapist practicing for five years and operating out of Suffield, has moved her business to Enfield. Enfield Massage Therapy opened in June and is located at 115 Elm St., Ste. 104. Deborah Watson, the owner of Tranquil Thoughts Skin Care, is teaming up with Gina at the new location. At Enfield Massage Therapy, Scully specializes in diverse massage techniques that are effective in stress and pain relief. Techniques include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Hot Stones, and Massage Cupping. For more information call 860-830-4420 or visit At Tranquil Thoughts, Watson is a certified aesthetician with seven years experi-

All Clothing $1 at Thrift Store Warehouse Oct. 8 ENFIELD - The Alliedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Attic donation processing center at 294 George Washington Rd. will be open for a special Columbus Day sale on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m.-noon. All clothing at Washington Road, including fall fashions, will be priced at $1. Please note that all sales are cash only. In addition to clothing, fashion accessories and shoes, shoppers will find household items, kitchen accessories, home dĂŠcor and more at very reasonable prices.

Donations for Alliedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Attic Thrift Store will be gladly accepted. We accept clothing that is gently used, clean and in wearable condition. Tax forms are available. Shoppers and visitors are invited to bring non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Enfield Food Shelf. For directions to the donation-processing center on George Washington Road, please visit and click on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donationsâ&#x20AC;? button, or call 860-265-3829.

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Enfield Town Ponders Purchase of Property for Hazardville Parking By Linda Tishler Levinson ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The town may purchase the Connecticut Valley Oil Co. property to provide more parking in the Hazardville section of town. Town Manager Matthew Coppler said the Town Council has been working on a plan to acquire the land and provide for more parking for Hazardville. The Town Council held a public hearing Sept. 19 on the proposal. The property is located at 317 Hazard Ave.

According to a resolution passed at a Sept. 6 council meeting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Enfield Town Council has determined that a public need exists to secure sufficient public parking for the Hazardville Institute to function as a public facility, which will benefit the Enfield community and desired to purchase the above referenced property for use as a public parking lot.â&#x20AC;? The council is requesting a transfer of $157,476 to the Capital Improvements Account to fund the project.

CRRA contract The town manager said the town is evaluating its solid waste disposal contract with the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority. The contract is set to expire in November 2012. Coppler said the town is planning to put the contract out to bid soon, since CRRA is offering incentives to towns that renew their contracts early.

ETC Billboards Urge â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Love Them Enough to Say Noâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to Buying Teens Alcohol ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Enfield Together Coalition (ETC) has placed billboards outside of Enfield and Fermi high schools, as well as JFK Middle School, to discourage parents and other adults from purchasing alcohol for teens as part of a back-toschool awareness campaign. The billboards, featuring the message â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Them Enough To Say No,â&#x20AC;? tie in to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SetTheRulesCT public awareness campaign, developed by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC)â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Subcommittee on Combating Underage Drinking. Tom Arnone, ETC chairman, explained: â&#x20AC;&#x153;ETC was established to assess the extent of substance use in Enfield and to develop ways to reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs by Enfield youth. By raising awareness, educating parents, youth, and retailers and supporting the enforcement of

underage drinking laws, the coalition is united in the commitment to preventing and reducing underage drinking in Enfield.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Studies have shown that kids in Enfield start to experiment with alcohol as young as 11 or 12 years old,â&#x20AC;? said JFK Middle School Resource Officer George Marusak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Educating kids and parents in middle school can help prevent problems in high school and later on in life. Start as young as you can and teach parents itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their responsibility too.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Studies also show that the younger a child is when he or she begins to use alcohol, the greater the chances are of developing abuse problems later in life,â&#x20AC;? Marusak said. Studies have shown that those who drink alcohol prior to age 15 are more likely to have risky alcohol problems later in life. According to statistics on, 70% of eighthgraders across the state believe that alcohol is either â&#x20AC;&#x153;very easyâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;fairly easyâ&#x20AC;? to obtain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If parents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk to their children about drug and alcohol abuse, their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends will,â&#x20AC;? Marusak said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents should talk to their children about choosing friends carefully as they begin their middle school years because it is perfectly normal for middle school friends to become a central part of their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. Choosing friends who make bad choices, perform poorly in school, and abuse alcohol and drugs can influence their children to do the same. Friends who encourage others to make poor choices are really no friends at all.â&#x20AC;? In addition to putting up billboards,

ETC also works with the Youth Council, community members, and Police Department to distribute postcards featuring the laws about teen drinking, give presentations to parents and youth about the effects of alcohol, and enforce underage drinking laws. Coalition members include representatives from Enfield Youth Services, East of the River Action for Substance Abuse Elimination (ERASE), the Youth Advisory Council, parents, school personnel, Town Council, Enfield Police Department, Police Steering Committee, substance abuse counselors, the faith-based communities, business owners, and more. For more information or to get involved, please visit

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Enfield Asnuntuck Students Get In-Depth Experience in Internships ENFIELD Two Asnuntuck Community College students spent the summer working alongside communications industry professionals in internships at a Hartford commercial radio station and an Enfield-based music recording studio. Mike Oney, an ACC Communications student who is focusing his studies in the field of broadcasting, served as an intern at WDRC radio, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big D,â&#x20AC;? in Hartford. Each week, Oney rotated to a different department at the station, which gave him experience ranging from setting up sales calls, to editing interviews, to assisting with live remote broadcasts. Oney said his internship experience drove home lessons he learned in the classroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My audio production and sports reporting professors were always saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;These are things youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to know.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And they were right,â&#x20AC;? Oney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used everything I learned at Asnuntuck from the first day at WDRC â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the digital editing software was the same, and I also used the

things I learned about interviewing people. My classes at ACC gave me the practical experience I needed to succeed in the business.â&#x20AC;? Another Asnuntuck broadcasting student, Mike May, spent his summer learning first-hand about the music recording industry at his internship with Marked Man Studios in Enfield. May spent the summer learning how to set up microphones to record various instruments, how to mix music using professional multitrack recording software and how to work with musicians. According to Wendy Nelson, coordinator of ACCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Communications program, internships are a vital part of the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; learning experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The real-world experience students gain through internships gives them an advantage when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re job-hunting,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They get industry experience while theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still in school and make valuable connections along the way.â&#x20AC;?

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Enfield Two Enfield Adult Day Services Display Artwork at Capitol ENFIELD - State Sen. John A. Kissel commended two Enfield organizations on their art submissions which were on public display at the Legislative Office Building during National Adult Day Services Week that ran Sept. 18-24. Art submitted by The Town of Enfield Adult Day Center (www.enfield/ and Felician Adult Day Care www.felicianadultday were displayed at the State Capitol

Complex. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adult day services are all about building and supporting communities like Enfield,â&#x20AC;? Kissel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was proud to see Enfield so well represented. Congratulations to all who submitted artwork and thank you to the staff at Enfield Adult Day Center and Felician Adult Day Care for the great work they do.â&#x20AC;? Adult Day Centers offer a variety of

health and social services in a protective group setting. Necessary health, personal care, and social services are provided for adults who do not need the continuous services of a nursing home or institutional setting and are able to leave their homes to come to the center. While caregivers work, do errands, or just have a day to themselves, the day center participants are engaged in vital social

and recreational activities. These activities help them stay involved in the world and with people around them. Individuals who participate in adult day centers have the opportunity to meet and socialize with others and enjoy organized activities designed with their interests and abilities in mind. They are encouraged to try new activities and continue those they have always enjoyed.

Trzepacz Named Director of Employment Services at Allied Rehabilitation Centers ENFIELD - Melissa Trzepacz of Enfield has been named Director of Employment Services for Allied Rehabilitation Centers Inc. Allied provides programs and services to adults with intellectual disabilities in north central Connecticut. Trzepacz reports to Chief Operating Officer Joan Danziger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Melissa is responsible for finding and developing job opportunities for our skilled and motivated consumers,â&#x20AC;? Danziger stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Employment options include working as part of a supervised crew as well as individual placements. With the addition of Melissa to our team,â&#x20AC;? she adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we hope to partner with the community to provide new and meaning-

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future. They possess numerous talents, insights and perspectives. We want to give them the opportunity to live a fulfilling and enjoyable life while promoting independence in the community.â&#x20AC;? Danziger notes that Allied has individuals already trained in retail operations, food service and janitorial services, among

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Enfield Three ERfC Centers Licensed To Operate in Enfield Schools ENFIELD - Three After School-Age Care Centers operated by Educational Resources for Children Inc. (ERfC), opened on the first day of school as newly licensed facilities in accordance with CT Department of Public Health regulations. At a June Board of Education meeting, the partnership between Enfield Public Schools and ERfC was reinstated, after months of discussion on which organizations would be allowed to provide afterschool day care in the schools as part of the school reorganization plan. One of the requirements of the reinstated partnership was that ERfC would need to license the schools that housed Centers. ERfC Executive Director, Claire Hall said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew how important it was for the centers to be opened on the first day of school for kids and families. We took on the challenge.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It truly took a team to make it happen,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Licensing three schools in the midst of the reorganization of the school buildings put a lot of stress on everyone. We would have never reached the deadline without the support of the staff from Enfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Public Works.â&#x20AC;? Each school had painting and minor repairs. Hall said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time over

the summer was already stretched to the maximum. We all stayed focused on the kids and families.â&#x20AC;? Hall said, the goal of the agency was always to become licensed to operate independently in the schools. However, the partnership with the schools over the past 10 years did not require licensing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Licensed Centers brings a new professionalism and level of oversight to the centers,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are now expanding our use of consultants from the community who partner with ERfC to develop educational, dental, and dietary support for children.â&#x20AC;? According to Peter Bushnell, president of the ERfC Board of Directors, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is great news for the agency and especially for parents. Parents expect safety for their children, and our licensed centers will give them a renewed peace of mind.â&#x20AC;? State licensing provides a tremendous level of oversight including random site visits and enforces that there be one adult to every 10 children in the centers. Bushnell stated that licensing also ensures that â&#x20AC;&#x153;all of our staff are trained using licensing benchmarks.â&#x20AC;? ERfC currently operates After SchoolAge Care Centers at Henry Barnard

Elementary School, Enfield Street Elementary School, and JFK Middle School. Currently, busing to the Centers is available to students who are in-district from Parkman School to Enfield Street and from Crandall School to Barnard School. Enfield students from other schools, homeschooled students, and students from surrounding communities can enroll in the centers. Transportation, however, is not provided. Pending a decision by the Town of Enfield, additional ERfC centers will be located in Hazardville Memorial and Eli Whitney Elementary Schools. These centers will be licensed by mid-October. After a decision by the Town of Enfield, Hall also stated that they plan to expand services to include before-school hours, vacation days, teacher in-service days, and non-federal holidays. Parents may register and enroll their children in the ERfC After-School Age Care Centers for three, four, or five days per week. Applications are available online at, in the school offices, or by calling ERfC at 860-2539935. For more information about ERfC, please call 860-253-9935 or email

ERfC, a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to increasing youth resiliency, has been providing innovative after-school programming since 1994 to the Enfield Community. ERfC is supported by individual donors, community donations, foundations, and funding through the CT Department of Education. ERfC collaborates and partners with Enfield Together Coalition, KITE (Key Initiates to Early Education), and Enfield Partners in Education. ERfC is also a partner with United Way of Central and Northeastern CT, and a member of the North Central Chamber of Commerce.

Republican Town Committee Meeting ENFIELD - The Enfield Republican Town Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Enfield Town Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Enfield Room. The ERTC meets once a month and encourages dialogue from members of the council, Board of Education and board commissioners. If you have any interest, contact Republican Town Chairman Mary Ann Turner at 860-745-4649 or email







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Ellington Town Takes Advantage of Incentives To Renew Contract By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON — The town is extending its contract with the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority. The Board of Selectmen voted Sept. 19 to renew the contract. The original contract, signed in 1982, had been scheduled to expire in November 2012. CRRA had offered the town incentives if it voted to renew the contract before Oct. 1, First Selectman Maurice

Blanchette said. Town Public Works Director Timothy Webb told the selectmen that a long-term contract with CRRA would be best for the town as it would secure disposal of trash and recyclables and would allow the town to opt out if tipping fees became too high. Tropical Storm Irene “Compared to many towns, we did well,” Blanchette of

Ellington in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. The town office complex was out of power for more than a day, and many residents lost power for several days, he said. The town provided potable water and showers for residents without power. It also opened a shelter in conjunction with Tolland and Vernon. The towns have an informal contract to share shelter facilities, Blanchette said.

Board of Selectmen Makes Appointments; Seeks To Fill Vacancies ELLINGTON - At the Sept. 19 meeting of the Board of Selectmen the following appointments were approved: LAND RECORDS INSPECTOR: Reappointed Nancy Lemek for a one-year term to Sept. 30, 2012. PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION ALTERNATES: Reappointed James Prichard and Michael Francis for two-year terms to Sept. 30, 2013.

VACANCIES: The following appointments will be considered at the Oct. 17 meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Vacancies exist on the boards/commissions noted below. (Names in parentheses indicate those individuals whose terms are expiring.) AD HOC CRYSTAL LAKE MILFOIL COMMITTEE: One term to May 31,

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Ellington Ellington Senior Center Offers Holiday Bazaar and New Programs ELLINGTON - Mums, pumpkins, warm apple piesâ&#x20AC;Ś but wait: the sounds of sleigh bells can be heard in the distance. Gather your holiday spirit. The Ellington Senior Center is hosting a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 5. Doors are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beautiful handmade items as well as hand knit items and crafts await you for the upcoming holiday season. Homemade fudge, pies, and cakes are also available at the Holiday Bazaar. Come and see us to make your holiday perfect. For more information call the senior center at 860-8703133. Along with our Holiday Bazaar, the Ellington Senior Center is bringing the addition of colorful new programs. These

Historic Synagogue Slates Services ELLINGTON - Congregation Knesseth Israel in Ellington will hold services for Yom Kippur on Friday evening, Oct. 7, at 6:20 p.m. and Saturday morning, Oct. 8, at 8:30 a.m. The traditional services will be conducted by Rabbi Steven Simenowitz. In addition to being a rabbi, Simenowitz is an attorney, humorist and environmentalist and produces maple syrup at his sugar house in Readsboro, Vt. No tickets are required. For more information, please call 860643-1170.

new programs join the already excellent programs intact at the Ellington Senior Center. Senior Chess Mates is a program for seniors to exercise their brain cells. Senior Chess Mates meets weekly every Monday mornings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This program is coordinated by Alex Cardoni, a retired UConn professor and Ellington resident. The first 20-30 minutes of each session are used for teaching, and the remainder of the time will be used for playing games. Color Pencil Art Class offers a way to discover the artist within you. This class is brought to you by local artist Mary Wolff. Mary works one on one with each individual. Color Pencil Art Class is held every Tuesday morning from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Cost is $5 per class, payable to Mary Wolff. Certain supplies are needed for this class. Contact the Senior Center and we will be happy to assist you. A monthly menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion group meets at the Senior Center the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. This discussion forum is brought to you by Frank Hann. Discussions will vary from politics to current events. You decide the course. The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next meeting is Oct, 19 at 7 p.m. Expand your horizons with conversational German classes offered by Wilhelm Frederich. This class begins on Tuesday,

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Golf League. After your round of golf, enjoy a nice lunch at the restaurant located at Rolling Meadows and discuss your game. An AARP Driver Safety Program will be held Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Class will be held at the Ellington Hall Memorial Library. This program is offered, free of charge, to veterans and/or their spouses. Proof of service (discharge papers, membership cards from veterans organizations etc.) must be presented on the day of class. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. For additional information, contact Bev Morin at 860-749-3605.

Fischer Joins Ellington OB/GYN Associates as APRN ELLINGTON - Dr. Lenora S. Williams has announced that Janet Fischer, A.P.R.N., has joined Ellington OB/GYN Associates, 105 West Road (Route 83). Fischer obtained her degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island and her Master of Science in Nursing from UConn. She has done in-patient nursing in obstetrics, gynecology and neonatal intensive care. Earlier in her career, she worked in the Maternity Care Center and Family Planning Clinic at Rockville General

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Ellington Ellington Leads Four Town Fair Parade Ellington was this year’s host town at the Four Town Fair in Somers on Sept. 15-18. Parade Marshal Maurice Blanchette, Ellington’s First Selectman, led the parade riding in a 1964 Ford Galaxy 500. In keeping with Ellington’s community spirit, the car was arranged by the Ellington Women’s Club and generously provided by Classic Motor Cars of Ellington. Pictured are, from left: Ellington Women’s Club Membership Chairperson Rita Carbone-Lawson, Community Improvement Chairperson Pat Tardif, President Darlene Hull; Ellington First Selectman Maurice Blanchette.

Friends of Hall Memorial Library Plan Fall Book Sale ELLINGTON - The Friends of Hall Memorial Library will feature a Book Sale at the library, 93 Main St. in Ellington on Oct. 14-16. The sale will feature a Bag of Books for $8. Purchase a Special Friends of Hall Memorial Library bag for $8 and fill it with books and other items. The sale features paperback and hardcover adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction books, CDs, DVDs, audio books and puz-

zles. The Friends of the library will use the proceeds of the sale to provide programs and materials to the library that would not otherwise be available. Donations of good used books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and audio books are accepted at the library whenever the library is open. We do not sell textbooks, magazines, condensed books or books not suitable for resale.

The sale hours are Oct. 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Oct. 16, from 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 860-870-3160. The Friends of the Library operate a bookstore at the library four days each week. They sell good books at reasonable prices. The hours are Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Somers Friends of the Somers Public Library to Hold Book Sale SOMERS - The Friends of the Somers Public Library will sponsor a Used Book Sale on the weekend of Oct. 14-16. The location of the sale is again at the Somers Library located at 2 Vision Boulevard (same building, new address). The book sales are offered in the spring and fall each year. The preview is scheduled for Friday (Oct. 14) 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 high-

er-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, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Somers Library. Books can also be donated at the library from Oct. 10 through Oct. 14. Donations of good used books, CDs, videos, DVDs, and audio books are accepted. For more information, please call the Somers Library at 860-763-3501.

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Somers Schiessl also spoke. The Connecticut Air National Guard brought its color guard. Members of the town fire department rebuilt the original memorial to include a representation of the twin towers. A field of flags was installed honoring the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Pellegrini said others who helped make the commemoration possible included the Fire Captain Rick MacDonald, members of the fire department, the fire commission, the selectmen, state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi and Chris Bores from Bores Property Service, who supplied the time, equipment and expertise in installing the memorial. Grower Direct donated the plants, and Ellington Electric supplied the electrical work. Ann Kirkpatrick and Joanne Hornyak installed the field of flags. Also involved were 9/11 Planning Committee members Captain Rick MacDonald, Fire Commissioner Dave Palmer, Pat Loftus, Beverly Austin, Tim Percoski, Chris Bores, Dave Govine, Dave Boudreau, and Kathy Devlin, as well as the many volunteers who helped prepare the grounds. The Fire Department Women’s auxiliary supplied the refreshments. Town improvement projects A number of town improvement projects have recently been completed,

At the town’s Sept.11 ceremony are Fire Chief Gary Schiessl, Captain Tim Keeney, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini, the Rev. Anthony Bruno, Selectman Kathy Devlin, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, Selectman Bud Knorr, state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi and Staff Sgt. H. Roman.

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Haunted Handbook Autumn in New England...a time for school buses to roll, leaf peapers to cherish, and as evidenced by our 2011 Haunted Handbook - other attractions that are equal parts “a-maizing” and spooky. The following represent a few of our favorites:

Foster Farm Corn Maze SOUTH WINDSOR - Foster Family Farm's “Revolutionary War Adventure Corn Maze” will be open every day in the month of October. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., with the last ticket being sold at 9 p.m. The farm is located at 90 Foster St., South Windsor. Call (860) 648-9366 for more information.

Scantic Valley Offers Area’s Largest Corn Maze SOMERS - Now open the 2011 Scantic Valley Corn Maze! Are you looking for a great weekend family activity this fall? Come to Scantic Valley Farm on 327 Ninth District Road in Somers for our Corn Maze, pumpkin picking, hayrides and family activities! The Maze is on a 8 acre field with over 3 miles of trails. After you have negotiated the maze, walk on over to our retail area full of all kinds of fall decorations, specialty gourds and squashes, pre-picked pumpkins, Scantic Valley Farm Strawberry Jam, Beef, Pork, Local Honey, Maple Syrup, Granola and much more. You can also pick your own pumpkins in our nearby fields. The maze is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until dusk plus Columbus Day from 11 a.m. until dus. Admission to the maze is $12 for those 13 and over, $8 for ages 5-12 and free for those under 5. The other farm activities are open when the maze is open. For directions and more information visit or call (860) 749-3286.

Haunted Graveyard BRISTOL - The Haunted Graveyard will be open every weekend from Oct 1 thru Oct 31 from dusk to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from dusk to 10 p.m. on Sundays. The Haunted Graveyard opens at dusk, but Lake Compounce opens at 5 p.m. so come early to purchase your timed ticket for the thrills.

‘Faces of Phobia’ Haunts Springfield SPRINGFIELD - Faces of Phobia haunted house in Springfield, MA is now open for its second season. The 10,000 square foot warehouse was converted into a place that plays on your fears and phobias. Guests will wander through the building meeting clowns, dentists, doctors, asylum escapees, demons, and much more. In short, they will face their greatest fears. Faces of Phobia will open their doors on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:00 p.m until… If you would like more information go to the website and click on the Contact Us link. Faces of Phobia is located at 53 Turnbull Street in Springfield, MA.

Spooky Rides on the Rails EAST WINDSOR - The Connecticut Trolley Museum on Route 140 in East Windsor is once again holding its most popular Halloween event “Rails to the Darkside.” Last year the event attracted more than 3,000 visit The event will be held on October 7-10, 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30. More information may be obtained by calling the business office at (860) 627-6540 or visiting the website at

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Somers Annual 3-POP Event Encourages 6th-Graders to ‘Live on Purpose’ Students and families heard from three inspiring speakers on the topics of purpose, teamwork, unity and being part of something bigger than oneself. Kim Lee, VP at Square One, shared her passion for helping children in need, and encouraged/applauded Somers’ 6th-graders in their interest to help. World Yo-Yo Champion Daniel Dietz talked about how

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SOMERS - Saturday, Aug. 27, arrived wet, hot and muggy. But amidst the rain showers and impending hurricane, some amazing and wonderful things were happening at Somers’ own MBA middle school. Forty-seven members of the incoming sixth-grade class — and their friends and families — came together for the second annual 3-POP event. 3-POP is an annual family-run event in Somers for incoming sixth-graders and their families, held at the MBA middle school on the last Saturday before school starts. The event – which stands for “3 Points on Purpose: Aim, Shoot, Win” – consists of a team-building challenge followed by a stage event. Every aspect of 3POP is designed to emphasize the importance of purpose, unity, teamwork, and being a part of something bigger than one-

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self. The goal is to help these students feel more unified before their first day of middle school, and to give them reason to believe in the importance of choosing to Live On Purpose. On their way in to 3-POP, many students and families brought children’s books to donate to Square One’s BookIt program, which provides books to children of all ages who otherwise wouldn’t own any. The program’s goal is to help raise the level of literacy among children in and near Springfield, Mass. Somers students and families donated hundreds of books to this worthy cause, in just one day. First up on the day’s event was a 30minute Team-Building Challenge that required the students to work together to complete two separate challenges (a threeperson hoop-shooting challenge, as well as

an all-student bowling challenge); each provided opportunities to score points. The goal? Score a total of 500 points in 30 minutes. To make things really exciting, the Somers Rotary graciously pledged $1 per point scored, to be donated to the class’ chosen community service recipient, Square One. With less than five minutes on the clock, the class reached its goal of 500 points — at which time it was announced that an anonymous donor had just pledged an additional $1 per point, for the remainder of the 30 minutes. When the 30-minute buzzer rang, the class had, together, raised a total of $556 in its first fund-raiser for Square One. Next came the 3-POP stage event.



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Somers Annual Great Escape Road Race a Record Smashing Event SOMERS - As incredible as the weather was on Saturday, Sept. 17, the results of the Somers Great Escape Road Race were even more so. Records fell like leaves off the trees. Three hundred one runners participated under absolutely perfect weather conditions. A blistering pace was set right from the start, resulting in new course records for the 5k men’s and women’s and the 5mile men’s races. A quartet of runners from Ethiopia via The Bronx, N.Y., won all four races. In the men’s 5 mile race, Derese Rashaw shaved 1:02 off the course record set just last year by fellow Ethiopian Abiyot Worku. Derese’s winning time was 23:43 for a 4:45 minute/mile pace. Scott Mindel of New London came in second with a time of 25:43 followed by Brian Nelson of Ellington at 26:30. In the women’s 5 mile, Muliye Gurmu won with a time of 29:53 followed by Suffield’s Beth Kraseman at 30:45 and Somers’ Donna Kaye-Ness at 31:27. An up and coming star proved to be 10-year-old Shadow Pereira from Monson, Mass., who set a new under-12 record of 33:12. Tim Mahoney of Holyoke set a new 30-39 age division record at 26:35. Christine Hoyt set a new 13-19 age division mark at 41:53. Lastly, Anne Marie Ryan of Somers set a new 50-59 age division record at 37:24.

The start of the 12th annual Great Escape Road Race Running in the men’s 5k this year, Abiyot Worku lowered the course record by 32 seconds to 14:50. Mark Erwin of Somers set a new 13-19 age division record with a time of 18:45. The women’s 5K was impressive on several counts. A new course record was set and three women finished in the top 10 overall for the first time. Alemtsehay Misganaw finished third overall and set a women’s course record of 16:47. Meredith McGowan of East Longmeadow, Mass., set a new 13-19 age division record at 21:11 and Jean Mocadlo

of Broad Brook set a new 50-59 age division record with a time of 23:26. A total of 38 of a possible 44 prizes for a total of $3,220 were handed out. Every year the Somers Great Escape becomes more competitive, drawing runners from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and

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Regional Annual 3-Pop Event Supported by Somers Rotary Donation (continued from page 32) rewarding it is to pair his love of yo-yoing with the opportunity to raise funds for children in need all around the world. His performance was jaw-dropping. And Harry Melendez inspired with his own personal story of overcoming adversity in order to help others do the same. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be finishing his last semester at Trinity College this fall with a degree in education, and is training for the 2012 NFL draft. Following the stage event, students and families learned more about opportunities

to help raise funds and support for the classâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chosen Fall community service project for Square One. As part of the 3-POP experience, each year the incoming sixth-grade class is asked to choose a community service project to carry out, together, in the fall. This reinforces the importance/meaning of being part of something bigger than oneself. In the spring of 2011, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixthgrade class (the Class of 2018) was asked to vote on the project it would like to undertake this fall.

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SOMERS - The Somers Cultural Commission will present a New Coffee House to the area the second Sunday of the month, October through April, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Piedmont Hall, 604 Main St., Somers. The "Piedmont Percolator" will begin Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., with Jim and Sandy Bailey and the Bailey Family and also Dan Labich, lead singer of King for a Day. Coffee and admission are free. Donations are welcome. Come enjoy some local entertainment to warm up the fall and winter months.

SOMERS - The Somers Historical Society, Inc. presents Jim Klopfer, a Connecticut native, and a collector of hearth and kitchen implements, and Kollectors of Old Kitchen Stuff (K.O.O.K.S.). Klopfer will present The American Hearth & Fireplace Design program after a short business meeting. This will be the historical societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last meeting of the year. The meeting will be at 7 p.m., Oct. 25, at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers. Refreshments will be served.


Its choice? To help a school that was damaged by natural disaster. Not only did this class exhibit thoughtfulness in its choice of projects, it also was excited to share many different ideas for helping to raise funds and awareness. And so, this fall, members of the Somers High Class of 2018 are working together to raise funds and awareness for Square One, a non-profit that has been providing early education and childcare support to working families in Western Massachusetts for more than 127 years. The June 1 tornado struck a vicious blow to Springfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s South End that hit Square

One especially hard. Its Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center at 959 Main St. and administrative offices at 947 Main St. were destroyed, with a loss of all contents. One class-wide project already under way for Square One is a fundraiser open to the public at the Somers Golf Center on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 10. A percentage of all tickets and food/drinks purchased between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. will be donated to Square One on behalf of the Class of 2018. Visit online to learn more about 3-POP and the Class of 2018â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to help Square One.



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Regional North Central Chamber Sponsors Professional Make-Over Event The North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce sponsored a professional make-over event at the Cedar Knob Banquet Facility in Somers on Sept. 13. Twelve chamber members participated in the event including; Alyssa Brideaux from Panera Bread, Carol Censki from the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club of Enfield, Marianne Kochanek from the Cruise Store, MaryBeth Marquardt from Rockville Bank, Marisol Suarez from Alliedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Attic, Robin Wozniak from Chez Josef, Sean Kennedy from Kennedy PhotoArt, State Rep. Dave Kiner, Derek Meade from Innovest Financial Services, Bill McGurk from Rockville Bank, Vince Shaheen from Family Choice Mortgage and Ray Stone

fashion advice, style trends and the importance of looking your best as she revealed the transformed chamber members. Over 50 chamber members and individuals from the community attended the event. Proceeds from the event will be used to partially fund the Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Educational Scholarship Fund.

Auction Benefits Conservancy EAST WINDSOR - The Hazardville Institute Conservancy Society will be hosting its first benefit auction on Oct. 15 at the Golden Gavel Auction House on North Road in East Windsor. The event will feature fine antiques, collectibles, and art pieces that have been consigned to the event by private collections and donors. Anyone wishing to consign an item to the auction is urged to contact Roger Alsbaugh at 860-922-6215 by Sept. 30.

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Regional Davis Meets with Seniors During Picnic at Senior Center ELLINGTON - State Rep. Christopher Davis (R- Ellington) attended a gathering at the Ellington Senior Center and took the opportunity to to speak with residents, discuss issues of concern, and answer their questions. Close to 40 seniors attended the gathering and many engaged in the open discussion with Davis. While a variety of topics were covered, those in attendance focused questions and comments on jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like me, this group is deeply concerned about the future of our beloved state,â&#x20AC;? said Davis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They see the troubling job market in Connecticut and realize that until we start attracting more businesses and encourage more job growth, our state cannot recover.â&#x20AC;? Davis, who has spent much of the summer visiting local businesses, explained that many employers he has spoken to are having difficulty finding skilled individuals to help expand their business or fill vacancies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, Connecticut is experiencing a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;brain-drain,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young people are leaving this state for better opportunities elsewhere. We need to encourage our young people to stay and create more opportunities for them to succeed. The VoTech schools, for example,

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Stafford Third Time Might Be the Charm for Budget Referendum By Linda Tishler Levinson STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The town budget will go to referendum for a third time on Oct. 13. Voters defeated the second budget proposal Sept. 13. That budget would have brought the same 1 mill increase as the latest proposal, First Selectman Michael Krol said the difference is in the accounting. The budget defeated in September was for $36,918,778. The Oct. 13 referendum

will seek a budget of $36,025,608. The mill rate will remain at 28.96, the rate used to calculate the tax bills that were mailed out this summer. Krol stressed that the outcome of the referendum will not affect the mill rate. If a lower budget figure were adopted in a later referendum, the unused funds would go into the general fund. Krol said they have removed uncollected taxes and veterans abatements from the expense side of the budget, to avoid the

Fowler Withdraws from Selectmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Race STAFFORD - Candidate for First Selectman Bosco Fowler has voluntarily withdrawn his name as the Republican candidate for First Selectman. The Stafford Republican Town Committee is currently interviewing several interested candidates and will be making an endorsement after the North Central

News has gone to press. An RTC meeting was set for Sept. 27 at the Stafford Public Library, to complete the endorsement process. Mr. Fowler said in a statement he appreciates the generous support he received and looks forward to supporting the new candidate once selected.


confusion he credited for the budgetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defeat. The police protection budget was cut by $130,000, and $2,600 was cut from the library budget. The Board of Selectman was scheduled to vote to send the budget to the third referendum at a Sept. 22 meeting, after the North Central News went to press. A Town Meeting on the budget will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Town Hall. The referendum is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m.

Oct. 13 at the Stafford Public Library. Burglaries The Stafford Resident State Trooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, along with the Somers Resident State Trooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, is seeking the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help in solving several residential burglaries in Stafford, Somers and Union. Anyone who sees any suspicious vehicles or people is asked to call the Stafford troopers office at 860-684-3777 or the Somers troopers office at 860-749-4955.

Fall Foliage Car Show Benefits Network Against Domestic Abuse STAFFORD SPRINGS - The Network Against Domestic Abuse will be holding its annual Fall Foliage Car Show at the Sun Valley Resort located at 51 Old Springfield Rd. in Stafford Springs on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All makes, models, cars and their owners are welcome. The Network advocates and helps victims of domestic violence in the communities of East Windsor, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Stafford/Stafford Springs and Windsor Locks. It does not charge any fees for services and looks to the public to

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Stafford Art Commission’s Sixth Annual Autumn in the Park Festival STAFFORD - The Stafford Arts Commission’s Sixth Annual Autumn in the Park Festival runs from noon until sunset on Oct. 1 at Hyde Park in Stafford Springs. The day features Celtic music, authors, fire performers, a kite contest, and more. PROGRAM Noon: Mary King’s interactive Celtic music & storytelling program for children; includes sing-a-longs, (instruments provided.) 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Literary section - sponsored by the Friends of Stafford Library. At 1 p.m. Jane Svejk will speak about her book “Bells, Books and Murder”. 1:30 p.m.: Bill McDermott speaks about

“Stafford: from Farm to Factory 17191870.” Book signings will follow the talks. The Friends will conduct a used book sale throughout the day. 2 p.m.: Phoenix Fire Swords - a New England based troupe offering fire talented performances including fire swords, jugglers and fire-eating. 3 p.m.: “Imagine Hour” - Decorated Kite Contest: bring a handcrafted, decorated kite to Hyde Park at 3 p.m. and enter the contest for the most imaginatively decorated kite. Two fabulous prizes: first prize, a hot air balloon ride for two adults and a child

Paul Dunton Will Perform in Concert STAFFORD - “Something different for the musical ear” describes the ethereal live sound of cello, violins, guitar and flute, created by the Paul Dunton Quintet. Stafford residents will have an opportunity to hear the music of these internationally known musicians, based in England, when they will be in town for a free concert sponsored by Stafford Arts Commission. The concert will be on Friday, Oct. 21, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ben Muzio Town House (Old Town Hall), 221 East St. (Rt. 19), Stafford Springs. Dunton’s music has also been described

as a fusion of alternative/pop and classical, with contrasting influences from modern day musicians such as Pink Floyd and from classical composers, such as Rachmaninov. Dunton, a singer/songwriter who composes and performs both instrumental pieces and his own songs, has produced three CDs. The most recent, “Escapism,” has just been released. He was recently selected to provide the soundtrack for an upcoming international film release. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 860-684-9500

and 2nd prize, a “Nook” reading tablet. Look for possible “Elvis” sightings and miniature donkeys throughout the 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. hour, and a talented barbershop quartet, Southeast Light Quartet, who will sing on the stage at 3 p.m. then serenade spectators around the park. 4 p.m.: The 30-member Manchester Regional Police and Fire Band play their stirring bagpipe music and at 4:50 pipe in the traditional lighting of the moon fires in the millstream. 5 p.m.: Bruce John and the Eagleville Musicians will return to Autumn in the Park, with some help from Stafford’s Town Troubadour, Jim Bailey, together playing their mix of good times rock and roll. Visual Artists will exhibit their creativity throughout the day and for the first time there will be a special Youth Art Exhibit (art work from Stafford’s younger generation). Come to the Arts Commission tent for

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Stafford Artist Completes Somers Fire Department Mural Project A series of two murals for the Somers Volunteer Fire Department has been completed by Stafford artist Pat Morris and was delivered to the Somers firehouse on Aug. 29. The murals depict the firefighting and ambulance activity of the present day as well as the past, highlighting the newest equipment as well as their antique equipment, showing the difference in technology, but the similarity in purpose. The murals are each 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and will be hung in the meeting room of the Somers firehouse.

Grohs Has Positive Ideas for Planning and Zoning Commission To the Editor: I recently had the opportunity to meet Christopher Grohs the Democratic Candidate seeking a seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission in Novemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election. Chris is currently an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission and is enthusiastic with the opportunity to run for a full seat on this Commission. Christopher explained his goals if elect-

ed to the P&Z and his desire to serve the people of Stafford. I learned that Chris is no stranger to service as he has completed tours of duty as an Army Medic in both Afghanistan and Iraq and is currently a volunteer fireman with the West Stafford Fire Department; Chris is also a graduate from the University of Connecticut. Chrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goals, if elected to the P&Z, are to work diligently on revising the present

regulations and to work on new regulations relative to the Plan of Conservation and Development and to ensure that Stafford has the best plans for the future. He would like to see the development of a business district and to work with other Commissions to promote this endeavor without losing our precious small town atmosphere. I must say after speaking with Chris I

was quite impressed with his goals and fresh ideas. The Planning and Zoning Commission needs new and enthusiastic young leaders and I think Chris would fill those needs. Roger Thomas 45 East Main Street Stafford, CT

Methodist Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ministry Hosting Pork Dinner STAFFORD - The First United Methodist Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ministry Pork Roast Dinner and Auction is Oct. 15. The tickets are $12 adults and $6 for children under 14. Contact Scott at to purchase tickets or donate items. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the auction is at 7 p.m. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The auction of both new and gently used items is donated by church members and local businesses. The Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ministry is currently collecting items for donation. This may be the perfect opportunity to clean out a closet or make some extra space for the winter while helping support the FUMC Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ministry. Please bring items to church by Sunday, Oct. 9.

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Stafford Farm Day 2011 Features Free Admission STAFFORD - Come visit the animals and meet your local farmers from surrounding towns at a free Farm Day event at Foster Hill Farm, 21 Stafford St., in Stafford Springs on Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. People will be able to interact with many of the animals that will be on hand that day. Along with the entire herd of Mediterranean miniature donkeys on dis-

play, there will be quite a few agriculturally based businesses, organizations and farms participating from the area. Donations will be accepted, and there will be a raffle to help raise money for Stafford Animal Control to purchase pet supplies, including new, humane traps to capture wayward pets and animals. There will also be vendors at the event.

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Coffee House Series Resumes with London Performer STAFFORD Stafford Arts Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular, free Coffee House series reopens on Sunday, Oct. 30. It will be held at Ben Muzio Town House (Old Town Hall), 221 East St. (Rt. 19) in Stafford â&#x20AC;&#x201C; opposite the Mill Pond Store. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. talented singer and songwriter, Rupert Wates will return to the series after a very well received appearance one year ago. Formerly from London, Rupert moved to the U.S. in 2006 and tours nationwide. He has released four CDs that are aired regularly on radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Audiences respond to his brand of acoustic, art/folk melodic music and his uniquely haunting lyrics, together with his

gift for narrative story telling. His work has been nominated for many songwriting awards. The second musician for the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. hour of the program will be announced at a later date. The Coffee Houses take place on the last Sunday of each month, through April 2012, except for December 2011. Refreshments are available. Extra parking will be available at Memorial Hall (Rt. 319) and the Town Garage (Rt. 19) Please consider donating a non-perishable food item for Stafford Family Services Food Bank. For more information, call 860-684-9500 or 860-684-5211.

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Auto Hyundai Veloster a Fun Three-Door Coupe That Stands Apart The 2012 Hyundai Veloster has hit the dealerships. It’s an unusual three-door coupe well worth your consideration if what you seek is a car that’s fun to drive and stands out from the competition. This could be the one Hyundai that just possibly you start to get some pushback from automotive journalists. It’s not quite the homerun other recent Hyundais have been but the reassuring thing is the Korean automaker is especially adept at turning The 2012 Hyundai Veloster is a fun-to-drive three-door coupe that is fuel efficient at things on a dime. (In its defense I would 38-mpg highway. Photo © Hyundai call it a triple.) The one place it needs to turn things It is an $18,500 Hyundai that is ultimately Clubman. I’ve driven all of those vehicles around quickly is the manual shifter. It just designed to be fun but also fuel efficient. and the Veloster is the best of the lot. didn’t seem suited to the sportiness you Thanks to a great suspension you’ll be able The Veloster doesn’t disappoint when it expect from the Hyundai Veloster. The to confidently tackle twisty roads with comes to technology. With video games shifter felt almost vague. The six-speed hardly a worry. being an important element of entertaindual clutch automatic transmisThe automatic transmis- ment, Hyundai integrated a USB jack, sion, though, is spot on and the sion is the preferred choice RCA jack and 115-volt power outlet in much better choice for this of American consumers and Veloster to support gaming consoles for three-door coupe. it’s the better transmission ultimate gaming sessions when in park. A This vehicle is perfectly suitchoice. It pains me to say Bluetooth hands-free phone system with BEHIND ed for a young couple with one that because I own two vehi- voice recognition, address book download child. You’re not going to want The Wheel cles with manual transmis- and audio streaming is standard. Touchto have two kids in car seats sions but I would not, at this screen navigation is optional. The system because access via the driver’s point, purchase the also integrates a rear-view camera and side door to the rear cabin is Veloster’s manual because backup warning sensors. The camera does cumbersome. However, thanks KEITH GRIFFIN the automatic version is that come in handy because rear visibility isn’t to the two doors on the passenstupendous. superior. ger side, exit and entry will be a breeze for Also new in the way of technology is The combined fuel economy with both swinging a little one in and out. transmissions is the same at 32 mpg, Hyundai’s Blue Link, which is designed to One place it doesn’t need to turn things which is another factor that makes the go head-to-head with GM’s OnStar. I didaround is performance. Initially, some automatic the better choice (but it is $1250 n’t try it during Hyundai’s media event in might be underwhelmed by the all-new more). The six-speed manual gets 28-mpg and around Portland, Ore., recently but I 1.6-liter GDI Gamma engine paired with city and 40-mpg highway. The six-speed did have it demonstrated in June around proprietary Hyundai six-speed manual automatic is rated at 29-mpg city and 38- Cambridge, Mass. It’s a strong system transmission and Hyundai’s first EcoShift mpg highway. Spend the extra $1250 and with a mix of live-operator and voice-actidual-clutch transmission because the peak you’ll be much happier. vated guidance that is competitively priced output of 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm Veloster has best-in-class interior voland maximum torque of 123 lb.-ft. at ume for the compact sporty car segment 4,850 rpm don’t seem enough. (even though it’s not that sporty and neiBut then after a few minutes behind the ther are the following cars Hyundai cites wheel you realize they do. There is nothing as sporty). Veloster’s total interior volume unsatisfying about the acceleration or han- of 105.3 cubic feet beats the 2011 Honda dling of this vehicle. It is not an Audi A3. CR-Z, Scion tC, Mini Hardtop and Mini

and seems to get the job done. The interior of this Veloster is gorgeous and belies its $17,300 starting price. The biggest selling point about the interior for me was the standard multi-function seveninch touch-screen display. It’s a thing of beauty that puts competitors to shame and will make techno lovers smile. The 2012 Hyundai Veloster is priced with six-speed manual at $17,300. The automatic transmission is $18,550. Hyundai hints better things are on the way with a possible turbo version. Now that would be a home run for the Veloster. (For the latest new car news, follow me on Twitter at aboutusedcars. You can also read the latest automotive news at, where I am a contributor, or learn about buying and selling a used car at VITAL STATISTICS Wheelbase: 104.4 inches Length: 166.1 inches Width: 70.5 inches Height: 55.5 inches Curb weight: 2584 lbs. Engine: 1.6-liter gasoline direct injection four cylinder Horsepower: 138 @ 6300 rpm Torque: 123 @ 4850 rpm EPA estimated mpg city/highway: 29/38 (automatic) Base price: $17,300 As-tested price: $18,550 Also consider: (a comparative vehicle) Scion tC, Honda CRZ, Mini Cooper Clubman

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