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In This Issue • EAST WINDSOR: Raises for town employees....................................p. 4 • EAST WINDSOR: Chamber has new five-year plan..............................p. 5 • ELLINGTON: Fields could go smoke free if ordinance passes..................p. 7 • ELLINGTON: Library receives federal grant for programs..................p. 8 • ENFIELD: Referendum will have two issues in November ............p. 13 • ENFIELD: Saint Bernard School has new technology..........................p. 14 • SOMERS: Track town’s energy use online ..............................................p. 15 •HEALTH: ACTIVE classes..............p. 26 •SUNDAY DRIVE: ‘Fair’ warnings..p. 27 •STAFFORD: Residents back sale of school for housing..........................p. 31

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Two-year-old Sophie, who was in town visiting relatives in Somers, had a good time aboard an antique tractor at the 4H Fair in Somers. Tractors and other equipment were put on display by the Scantic Valley Antique Engine Club. More photos, page 35. Photo by Barbara Bresnahan

As students return for the new school year, districts across the state will begin using the new student assessment and accountability model recently adopted by the state legislature. With a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind act in hand, school systems are no longer worried about the federal adequate yearly progress measurement. Instead, they will face a new set of standards adopted at the state level. Students throughout North Central Connecticut will also return to a number of new teachers and other staff members. Somers In Somers, the district has a new director of pupil services, Denise Messina, said Superintendent of Schools Maynard Suffredini Jr. The school system also will be following through with the state’s new anti-bullying laws. Training for staff and communication with staff and parents will be part of that effort. About 300 Somers students will be using new technology to aid their students as the school system rolls out its iPad project, Suffredini said. Students at various levels and classes will be issued the tablet computers.

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New Teachers and Programs Greet Students (continued from page 1) “That is a major step for our technology initiative in the district,” he said. Students return to school on Aug. 30. East Windsor When East Windsor students return to school, they will find 21 new teachers and 10 non-certified staff members in the district, Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane said. The positions were due to vacancies, not newly created positions. Students in pre-kindergarten and Grades 1-9 return on Aug. 29, while students in Grades 10-12 return Aug. 30. Kindergartners will return Sept. 6, but will meet with their teachers for screening during that first week of school for other students. “We’re very excited for the changes in the district,” said Kane, referring to the test scores town students received from the Connecticut Mastery Test. “We’re very excited to see that our turnaround efforts had some effect on scores.” Stafford Stafford students will also see a number of new staff members when they return to school Aug. 30. “We’ve recruited many talented staff,” Superintendent of Schools Patricia Collin said. They include Peggy Falcetti, the principal at Staffordville School, and Jerry Domanica, the school system’s new business manager. The district also has implanted Power School, a comprehensive student information system. It allows students and parents to find out a great deal of information about students’ progress online. Working jointly with the town, Collin said the schools have implemented the Everbridge Mass Notification System, which allows parents, staff and nonresident school employees to opt in to receive messages and emergency school notifica-

tions, as well as Parks and Recreation and Public Works department notifications through a variety of methods. These include phone calls, emails and text messages. Ellington As Ellington students return to school Aug. 29, Ellington High School is in the midst of its 10-year accreditation process by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Superintendent of Schools Stephen Cullinan said that accreditation is a two-year process, which began with an 18-month self-study. An evaluation committee from NEASC will be visiting the high school Sept. 23 to 26. The high school has introduced four new Advanced Placement courses, including psychology, environmental science, studio art and music theory, Cullinan said. The schools will have 18 new certified staff members to replace teachers who have retired or gone on to other positions, although there continue to be more students in the system, he said. “Enrollment just keeps going up,” Cullinan said. Enfield Enfield students will return to school Sept. 4 to find a new superintendent of

schools, Jeffrey Schumann. “I am privileged to have the opportunity to serve the children and families of Enfield as part of a team of talented and dedicated teachers, administrators, and support staff. As I begin my tenure as Superintendent of Enfield Public Schools, the Leadership Cabinet and I have established an entry plan to ensure a smooth transition and to guide our work as we build on the long-standing excellence of our school system. Our desire is to listen and learn from the community at a variety of events over the next several months,” Schumann wrote in a message on the district’s website. According to the website, “The entry work will extend throughout the remainder of 2012 and into early 2013 and will encompass a multipronged approach including individual and group meetings, public events, and numerous opportunities for Dr. Schumann to learn from key stakeholders and citizens. The entry plan provides the structure to support Dr. Schumann’s transition as superintendent as he listens to students, staff, families and community stakeholders about their observations of and aspirations for the Enfield Public Schools.”

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Town Employees Will Receive 2 Percent Salary Increases By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Town public works employees, along with members of the police union, the first selectman and the unaffiliated town employees are receiving salary hikes. The Board of Selectmen voted at a special meeting July 31 to approve the raises for the public works, police and

the first selectmen. The raises for the unaffiliated employees were approved at the Aug. 7 selectmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. The public works employees will receive 2 percent raises, retroactive to July 1, 2011; 2 percent raises retroactive to July 1, 2012; and 2.25 percent raises in July 2013. Members of the police union will receive 2 percent raises, retroactive to Jan. 1; 2 percent raises, retroactive to

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Opera House Players Present â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Mystery of Edwin Droodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

EAST WINDSOR â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mystery of Edwin Drood,â&#x20AC;? a solve-it-yourself musical mystery, will be at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St., Broad Brook. Performance times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. from Sept. 7 to Sept. 23. Tickets can be purchased online at www.operahouseplayers.org or by calling

860-292-6068. The Opera House Players are a non-profit community theatre group that presents four musicals each year. Along with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Edwin Drood,â&#x20AC;? upcoming musicals include â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Are a Good Man Charlie Brown,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairsprayâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next To Normal.â&#x20AC;? Season ticket packages are available by calling 860-292-6068.

Tour de East Windsor Registration Open EAST WINDSOR - â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tour de East Windsor,â&#x20AC;? a bike ride for sight, presented by the East Windsor Lions Club and New England Bank to benefit the Saving Eyesight work of Lions International, will be held Sept. 30.

Complete details of this event can be found on the website at www.eastwindsorchamber.com under press releases, or for a brochure visit www.eastwindsorct.lionwap.org. Registration fee is $20.

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brary.info. You can download forms to become a member, buy a brick, and view the current museum brochure. For questions, call the library at 860623-5482.

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VERNON - The First Congregational Church of Vernon will be holding its second annual Shred Event on Saturday, Sept. 15. If you are an individual or business with a need for document shredding, you may bring your documents and watch them be securely destroyed. For $10 a box, the size of a case of paper, the church will unload your vehicle and dispose of your personal or business information. Shredding will be available from 9 a.m. to noon. On the same day, the church will be holding a book sale, bake sale and mum sale from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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East Windsor Chamber of Commerce Releases Five-Year Plan

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors finalized its five-year plan to assist in the economic growth of its members, the Town of East Windsor and the region. East Windsor Chamber of Commerce President Paul Delskey said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As East Windsor grows and the economic environment changes, the East Windsor Chamber of Commerce is here to help make East Windsor â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Where the Sun Risesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on Business & Community.â&#x20AC;? Charter East Windsor Chamber of Commerce President and now its Executive Director James â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimboâ&#x20AC;? Richards proclaimed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This five-year plan is exactly what was envisioned 17 years ago when the (chamber) was formed out of the East Windsor Business Association. I know that those that led us then would be ecstatic with our continued growth and the positive impact this (plan) will have on the entire community.â&#x20AC;? 5 Year Plan East Windsor Chamber of Commerce The following is the chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan: Vision: To be the local premiere business and community service organization in East Windsor and its region with a strong leadership position in the community. Mission: To deliver continuous value added service to our members and the community by stimulating a business environment and quality of life where existing

businesses will have an opportunity to grow and new businesses will want to locate here. 5 Strategic Plans of Action Community Growth Member Services Economic Development Communications Operations Core Values Customer Focus/ Satisfaction Value Added Philosophy Leadership in Chamber & Community Quality of Life Stakeholders Members and Their Workforce Regional and State Level Partners Local Government Community Benchmarks Member Retention Number of Active Members Growth of Membership Dues Revenue Growth of Non Dues Revenue Media Interest Community Growth 1) Introduce Physical and Personal Chamber Presence in the Community 2) Identify and Promote Commercial Development 3) Explore ways to prepare leaders for EWCC Boards and Public office. Encourage their participation in the government process

Member Services 1) Define Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Role as Being Involved a) Define Chambers Stance on Business Issues b) Identify New Business Issues and Communicate to Members c) Conduct Regular Surveys of Membership on Issues about Business or Government 2) Provide Educational Opportunities 3) Evaluate and Develop Value Added Services 4) Establish Additional Vehicles for Business Generation Economic Development 1) Identify inventory of available commercial real estate and shovel-ready sites for promotion to relevant decision makers. 2) Support ideas/activities that encourage commercial development 3) Create a committee/liasion between

chamber and EDC 4) Identify Business Owners and Their Workforce Needs 5) Establish a Small Business Development Resource Center Communications 1) Create a Plan that Promotes the Value of Commercial Development 2) Continuously outline this program to chamber members, the public, local Economic Development Commission, Local and State Government Operations 1) Evaluate Staff as necessary to accomplish goals 2) Evaluate Office Size and Update Equipment to Accomplish Goals 3) Participate with Regional Chamber Groups/Government Groups 4) Establish an action team to formulate capital and operations plan and recommend funding mechanisms.

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East Windsor Three Probate Judges Praised for Volunteer Service EAST WINDSOR â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The three probate judges who kept the Greater Windsor probate, which includes East Windsor, operating after the death of Probate Judge Brian Griffin were praised for keeping the court running for the last six months. Probate Judge Claire C. Twerdy of the Tolland-Mansfield court oversaw administrative matters at the court in South Windsor while judges Timothy R. Keeney of the North Central From left, Probate Court judges Timothy R. Keeney Connecticut court and O. James and O. James Purnell III Purnell III of Ellington court have conducted hearings and handled the tion,â&#x20AC;? he said. The judges said they appreciated the pending cases. From March through mid-August, the opportunity to serve and the exposure to court processed more than 550 matters in new challenges. Judge Keeney, noting that East Windsor, South Windsor and Windsor, his mentor during his early days on the including probating wills and administer- bench was Judge Griffin, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a ing estates, appointing conservators and special honor for me to step in and help out in a court that needed assistance. guardians and granting adoptions. Probate Court Administrator Paul J. Professionally, the assignment broadened Knierim thanked the judges for their serv- my experience because it allowed me to ices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The willingness of these judges to work with a more diverse population with take on additional responsibilities for no most interesting and unique issues.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a tremendous opportunity to compensation speaks volumes about their dedication to public service. Thanks to cover the court and help it move forward,â&#x20AC;? them, the Greater Windsor court has been said Judge Purnell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It shows the amount able to process its cases without interrup- of support we have within the Probate

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Fourth Annual Taste of East Windsor and Family Fun Day

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Fields Could Become Smoke Free Under New Proposal By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — Smoking would be banned on town athletic fields under a proposal the Board of Selectmen discussed at its Aug. 20 meeting. The board’s Ordinance Committee has been working on a proposal for the ban and has asked town counsel to look at its draft ordinance, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. If the proposed ordinance passes legal muster and is adopted, it would ban smoking on athletic fields and establish the boundaries for that ban. New ambulance The Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps is closer to having some new equipment. The selectmen moved to support the purchase of a new ambulance costing up to

$200,000 at their Aug. 20 meeting, Blanchette said. The proposal next goes before the Board of Finance and will require town meeting approval. Architect for school plans The selectmen considered the selection of an architect for Crystal Lake and Windermere elementary schools renovation projects. The Permanent Building Committee had awarded the contract to Moser Pilon Nelson Architects, but concerns were raised in July that its bid was $600,000 higher than that of Silver/Petrucelli & Associates. In what Blanchette described as “a lively discussion,” the selectmen considered whether to ask the building committee to reconsider their decision. The matter was scheduled to be discussed further at the board’s Aug. 28 meeting, after the North Central News

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New Assessor At the July 16 meeting, the Board of Selectmen appointed Cynthia Roman as Assessor for the Town of Ellington, effective August 27. Roman, according to an announcement from the selectmen, “is a highly qualified individual with many years of experience in the Assessment and Appraisal, which includes working as assistant assessor for the Town of Coventry and the Town of Manchester.” Roman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and is a State of Connecticut Certified Assessor and a Certified Residential Appraiser.

‘Letters from Nancy to Her Dear Mother’ - A Tale of Valor and Faith By Ellen Karadimas ELLINGTON - Confucius once said, “Wherever you go, go with all your heart” and heart is certainly what a young Nancy Ann Sikes Porter, of Somers displayed when she set sail with her new husband, the Reverend Rollin Porter, to do missionary work in Gaboon (Gabon), West Africa in 1851. Leaving safe shores and the supportive circle of family and friends, the great-aunt of Ellington’s well-known Nellie McKnight embarked on an adventure that

was rooted in her deep faith and strengthened by her exemplary courage. That adventure, from 1851-1852, had been journalized via letters home; and recently transcribed (with some assistance) by Ellington’s renowned nanogentarian, Mildred Arens Dimock, into a book entitled “Letters from Nancy to Her Dear Mother – A Missionary Tale in the 1850s.” The letters, 150 years old, had been found by Lynn Fahy, volunteer archivist for the Nellie McKnight Museum, who presented copies to the Ellington

Congregational Church, of which Dimock is a member. The correspondence, published as closely to the original letters by Nancy Sikes Porter as possible, tells a tale of homesickness, seasickness, sea-faring tornadoes, bouts of “the African fever,” and run-ins with snakes, scorpions, cockroaches, and unusual creatures in both human and animal form. But never once was she weakened by doubt or lack of perseverance in what she and her husband had set out to do. Of her arrival in Africa, Nancy wrote: “I

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Hall Memorial Library Receives Federal Programming Grant

ELLINGTON - Live music! Chocolate Wars! G. Fox in the 1950s! Genealogy research! Holiday cake decorating! Zumba Gold! Movie screenings! Consumer Reports Online! What do these all have in common? They’re just a few of the many great new programs and resources that will be available at the Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Ellington, beginning in September, through a generous grant received from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act Grant. The library has received a grant of $27,154 for a new initiative entitled Hall Happenings 55+, under the category of Services to Older Adults. “Through surveys and informal discussions with our patrons, we have pinpointed

several areas of interest to this age group, including local history, genealogy, health and wellness, sustainable living, travel, technology, and entertainment options available close to home. With the grant funds, we will be able to greatly expand our program offerings, bringing in speakers and presentations that focus on the topics in which the local community has expressed an interest,” the library said in a press release. It also added, “One of the most exciting components will be a new coffeehouse series, featuring live musical performances of all genres, taking place on the fourth Friday of every month. Lara Herscovitch, Connecticut State Troubadour of 2009 and 2010, will inaugurate the series on Sept. 28 with her original blend of acoustic folk

music with its pop, jazz, and blues influences. We will also continue to show current popular films every other week, on both Friday afternoons and one evening a week for those who can’t attend a daytime showing.” The library also said, “Knowing that many of our older residents are uncomfortable driving at night, we are also very pleased that, through an arrangement with the Ellington Department of Human Services, we will be able to provide free transportation to library programs that are scheduled in the evening. Details on signing up for this great new service will be available at the library in early September.” Last but not least, the grant will provide funding for new databases, including

Consumer Reports Online, Consumer Cars Best Deals, and Universal Class. These databases will be implemented throughout the year and the library will hold classes as each is installed. Technology classes will also be taught throughout the year, with classes planned on Pinterest, Facebook, and other applications. As always, all library programs are free of charge, and although the grant is aimed at “Older Adults,” no one is ever turned away. Please check the library website at http://library.ellington-ct.gov or call the library at 860-870-3160 for upcoming programs, as all events, with the exception of our films, do require pre-registration online. Many programs have limited space, so please be sure to sign up early.

ELLINGTON - With the grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences firmly in hand, the Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St., has announced a full slate of programming for September. • The fun begins on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m., with the first of a three-session class in Watercolor Painting, taught by Chris Gann, Rhode Island School of Design graduate and Old Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts instructor. Class 1

will focus on an introduction to drawing; class 2, on Thursday, Sept. 13, will cover proportional relationships and the use of negative space; and class 3, on Thursday, Sept. 20, will include a review of color theory and a class critique. A materials list will be provided upon registration. Class size is limited, so sign up now. • On Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. take a Zumba Gold class taught by the library’s own certified Zumba Gold instructor, Debi

C. The movements and pace of this fun dance-fitness class are modified to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle; all fueled by zesty Latin music. Take advantage of the chance to try out this activity in a small, supportive environment. Class size is limited, so reserve your spot now. • On Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m., the library welcomes back Susan J. Jerome, manager of the University of Rhode Island’s Historic Textile Collection with her program “Let’s Talk about Samplers.” Explore the ways in which samplers are a part of American culture and folklore,

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brought to them.â&#x20AC;? Her concern and love for these native people deepened as she saw the conditions they lived under, became aware of the inept quality (or lack of) of some of the missionaries sent there, and recognized the Africansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fear of ever being cast into slavery again (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their feelings towards slaveholders and all friends of slaveholders are most bitter.â&#x20AC;?). Nancy also recognized their potential, writing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If one of these children could be placed in a school in America or a few of them, I have no doubt they would make rapid progress in their studies, and soon learn the ways, and habits of American people, because there they would learn of others, and imitate others; here they have

no one of whom they can learn, and there are none for them to imitateâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;ŚHow are they to be elevated to the standing of people in America?â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś.What is to be done?â&#x20AC;? The book of letters, all 140 pages, shows a woman of enormous grace and dedication in performing the tasks her unshakable faith had sent her to do. In the end, Africa would claim Nancy Ann Sikes, her husband the Reverend Rollin Porter, and their infant daughter. They would never see their family or Somers again. In one of her last letters to her mother, Nancy wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here we feel that it is not by â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;might nor by power but by Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spiritâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that the work is to be accomplished, and we can do nothing but lay ourselves with all of our rare talents and high attainments upon the altar of sacrifice and beg

God to use us as instruments in carrying forward His Glorious work. I ask no greater privilege than this.â&#x20AC;? Through her letters, Nancy Sikes Porter, in her 20s, exemplifies what valor is like in the face of adversity and, 160 years later, Mildred Arens Dimock, in her 90s, and whose name is inscribed on Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wall of Honor,â&#x20AC;? further inspires us by her dedication in transcribing those letters, â&#x20AC;&#x153;So history can live on,â&#x20AC;? as Dimock has stated.

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(continued from page 8) This presentation is geared specifically toward the parents of high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors, but all are welcome to attend. â&#x20AC;˘ On Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m., the Ellington Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting with speaker Ruth Shapleigh Brown, founder and executive director of the CT Gravestone Network, with her program, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hartfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Burying Grounds.â&#x20AC;? Brown will entertain

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ELLINGTON - The Pencil Art Class of the Ellington Senior Center has eight paintings that have been selected to be shown in the 2012 Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show in Pomperaug Woods, Southbury. In its fifth year of operation, the Pomperaug Woods Art Show is a representation of paintings from seniors throughout Connecticut showing the artistic qualities that people possess within this stage of their lives. Mary Wolff, instructor of the Pencil Art Class, brings to the Ellington Senior Center a wealth of experience as she con-

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Enfield

Voters Will Decide High School, Redistricting Plans in November By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Two referendum questions will be on the November ballot. The Town Council voted Aug. 6 to include questions on council redistricting and the Enfield High School plan on Nov. 6. At a public hearing prior to the meeting on Aug. 6, Town Manager Matthew Coppler said that the town examines its Town Council voting districts every 10 years. Based on the 2010 Census, the numbers are not equal, he said, and redistricting is needed for a better balance. William Thomson, of Duff Drive, said he is against this

redistricting because he feels it has a negative effect on District 2. He said he has the impression this was not a bipartisan effort. He also said the proposal severs a portion of Thompsonville. He urged the Town Council to consider re-establishing polling places in Thompsonville. Wiliam Ballard, of Abbe Road, said he feels the council and the registrar of voters worked hand-in-hand on the redistricting. He commended the council for its work on the proposal. At another public hearing the same night, residents spoke out on the proposal to appropriate $103 million for the expansion and renovation of Enfield High School and

Boxing Under the Stars at Mt. Carmel

ENFIELD - The Mt. Carmel Society of Enfield will hold â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boxing Under the Starsâ&#x20AC;? on Saturday, Sept. 29, on the grounds of the Mt Carmel field. The event will feature amateur boxing matches and local food. There will be approximately 15 bouts by AAU Golden Glove Boxers from Connecticut and Massachusetts. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the event starts

at 7 p.m. Ringside seats are $25. Reserved seats are $20. Regular seats are $15. Tickets can be purchased in Enfield at Chicago Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Dannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza, Figaroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, and Troiano Oil. For further information or to become a sponsor, contact the Mt Carmel Society at 860-745-8856 or visit the website at www.mtcarmelsociety.com. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 30.

Free Pony Rides at Old Town Hall Museum ENFIELD - On Sunday, Sept. 16, from 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall Museum, 1294 Enfield St., Route 5 in Enfield, bring your children and grandchildren to a fun family event. Youngsters

will ride one of the very gentle and friendly ponies from Rocky Acres Farm. Adults will enjoy the smiles on the children's faces. Visit the Old Town Hall Museum while you are there. Admission is free.

to authorize up to $35 million in bonding, with the balance paid for by grants and other available funds. The state reimbursement rate is 71.9 percent, the town manager said. Randy Daigle, of Redwing Road, said he is excited about the school consolidation plan. He said if it passes, it would provide town students with a 21st century, quality education. Wendy Osada, of Windmill Road, who served on the pre-referendum committee, said she believes this is a financially responsible proposal, and it seems the right time to do this because of the reimbursement rate.

Annual Harvest for the Hungry

ENFIELD - The Common Grounds Rotary Garden of Enfield is getting ready for the annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harvest for the Hungry.â&#x20AC;? This is the day when the public is invited to help the garden meet its yearly challenge: to harvest more than 1,000 pounds of produce in a single day. The produce that is picked is weighed and then delivered to local food relief agencies. This year, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harvest for the Hungryâ&#x20AC;? will take place on Monday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. The garden is located behind the Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St.

The Common Grounds Rotary Garden is a community garden that is dedicated to growing produce and flowers using sustainable organic practices. The garden is maintained by local volunteers. The main goal is to assist local food relief agencies by directly donating produce grown for distribution to those in need. For more information about this event or for other inquiries for the Common Grounds Rotary Garden, email CommonGroundsRotaryGarden@gmail.c om.

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Enfield

St. Bernard School Rolls into the New School Year Wirelessly

ENFIELD - St. Bernard School in Enfield is excited to be welcoming back students in September to some significant technological upgrades. Over the summer SBS has become a totally wireless campus, with wireless Internet available in every room of the school and all the hallways. In addition, the school is now equipped with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;floating computer lab.â&#x20AC;? This charging cart that is equipped with 20 brand new laptops allows any classroom in the school to have access to a computer lab without having students leave their desks.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The addition of our floating lab will theoretically allow all of our students the use of computers every single day,â&#x20AC;? says Charlene Mongillo, SBS principal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The wireless not only offers us mobility in our electronic devices, but also paves the road for us to begin moving into more electronic learning as the use of tablets becomes more prevalent.â&#x20AC;? St. Bernard School, which received funding for the lab and wireless work through the Archdiocesan HOPES Grant, expects that with more funding an additional floating lab will be added next year.

ENFIELD - The Enfield Rotary Club is sponsoring its annual Wine Tasting Event at the Holiday Inn, One Bright Meadow Blvd., Enfield, on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to sample more than 25 fine wines and a variety of beer. In addition, guests will enjoy a wide array of hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, win door prizes and have the opportunity to bid on a selection of auction items. Proceeds from this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will

benefit the Enfield Rotary Accessible Playground Project, which is located at the Enfield Public Library. The club will be completing the project this fall. An accessible playground is where all children, regardless of limitations, have the chance to play in an unstructured environment. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased through any Enfield Rotarian or by calling event Chairpersons Stuart Barowsky at 413-567-1107 or Chris Casey at 860-698-6267.

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St. Bernard pastor, Rev. John Melnick, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is much more cost effective than trying to equip each classroom with computers. This way when a lesson is planned that would benefit from online learning, the teacher just needs to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;check outâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the computer lab, just like you would a book.â&#x20AC;?

St. Bernard staff and students are excited to be able to start this school year off with such a technological jump. It is the hope of the staff that these types of moves will continue to give students a great academic experience at St. Bernard School.

The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club of Enfield Federation Day Luncheon

ENFIELD - The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club of Enfield will hold its annual Federation Day Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Elmcrest Country Club, East Longmeadow. This event marks the start of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new year. Nancy Kalyan, newly elected president of the General Federation of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubs/Connecticut and past president of the local club, will be the speaker. The social hour will start at 11:30 a.m., with luncheon following at 12:30 p.m. The Enfield Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club has been in existence since 1898. Among its many

achievements are the purchase of the first ambulance for the Town of Enfield, the establishment of the Visiting Nurse Association, the beginning of scholarships for female high school graduates from Enfield and Fermi high schools, the annual Arts Festival, and has been involved, both monetarily and with volunteer hours, in numerous local and statewide volunteer organizations. Anyone interested in attending a meeting or joining the Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club may call Florence at 860-745-5869.

Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club Junk In The Trunk Tag Sale

ENFIELD - The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club of Enfield is sponsoring a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Junk in the Trunkâ&#x20AC;? tag sale on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone can rent a space to sell items from their car trunk. The rent is $20 payable to the club, and the

cash from the sale of the items is yours to keep. The location will be the Enfield Street School parking lot, 1318 Enfield St. The rain date is Saturday, Sept. 29. Space is limited so call Jan at 860-745-6290 to reserve a parking space.

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Somers

Track Benefits of Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Energy Saving Solar Initiatives By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Residents who may be curious about the benefits of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solar energy initiatives now have a way to check it out online. A link on the town website allows residents to monitor the energy being pro-

duced by the solar panels for both the fire department systems and the elementary school solar system, as well as view the energy cost savings by visiting www.somersct.gov and clicking on to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solar Energyâ&#x20AC;? link. In February the town was selected to

receive an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant, state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Quickspend Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program grant award totaling $27,793.49 for the Town Hall Lighting Retrofit Project and a Firehouse Solar Photovoltaic Panel Extension Project, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. The work was completed at the end of June. The Lighting Retrofit Project included

getting rid of old lighting fixtures and replacing them with new energy-efficient ones, Pellegrini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was something that we had wanted to do the last two years; however, it was very expensive and we just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t manage the cost. This grant gave us the opportunity to do this,â&#x20AC;? Pellegrini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This project allows us to save an estimated $2,051.45 annually in electricity bills at Town Hall.â&#x20AC;? She added that it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 9.2 tons annually.

Mohegan Sun Bus Trip for All Adults

A link on the town website allows Somers residents to monitor the energy being produced by the solar panels for both the fire department systems and the elementary school solar system, as well as view the energy cost savings by visiting www.somersct.gov and clicking on to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solar Energyâ&#x20AC;? link. Contributed photo

SOMERS - Adults of all ages are invited to participate in the Somers Senior Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bus trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino on Friday, Oct. 12. Participants do not have to be a senior citizen or a resident of Somers. Passengers must gather at the Somers Senior Center no later than 8:15 a.m. as the bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. It will return to the senior center at approximately 5 p.m. Trip includes round-trip deluxe bus, two gambling vouchers, voucher toward the cost of the buffet lunch or lunch in one of the restaurants, and the bus driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gratuity. This is all for the price of $16 per person. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beautiful ride, the buffet food

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Somers

Somers Village Players Premieres Comedy ‘Becky’s New Car’

SOMERS - Hit the road with “Becky's New Car” at Somers Village Players Dinner Theater. Idling through the daily routines of life, Becky “test drives” a new life. This is a show full of laughter and tender moments that will give you something to mull over. As interesting as the show, the back story is intriguing. A Seattle businessman was seeking a birthday gift for his wife. When he heard of a tuba concert commissioned in memory of a local musician, he decided to honor his wife with an original

play. Through a local theater, he commissioned a playwright, Stephen Dietz, to write a play. The theater group promised a reading, but was so impressed with this script, “Becky’s New Car,” that they not only performed the play, but added it to the next year’s playbill. The idea of commissioning plays has spread and over 60 plays have been contracted in the last few years. This is the first performance of “Becky’s New Car,” in this area. The play is directed by Gus Rousseau and produced

Amanda Marschall and Logan Lopez rehearse a scene. by Dianne Preble. Becky is played by Betsy Maguire. Betsy commented that she had previously read this play and hoped for an opportunity to play Becky. Other cast members are Patricia Covino, Logan Lopez, Amanda Marschall, Daniel Renzi, Doug Stoyer and Anthony Urillo. The show will be held Sept. 21, 22, 28,

and 29 and Oct. 5 and 6, at Joanna’s Banquet House at 145 Main St. in Somersville. Social hour is at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. and the performance at 8:15 p.m. Joanna's is handicapped accessible and features convenient parking. The cost is $35, and reservations may be made by calling 860-265-3342.

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Somers Women’s Club Starts Year with Slate of New Officers

SOMERS - The Somers Women’s Club will begin its approaching 2012-2013 fis-

cal year with a new slate of officers. Elected to serve a two-year term are:

Charlotte Stopa, president; Arlene Yarnes, 1st vice president; Donna French, 2nd vice president; Karen Anderson, treasurer; Deb Pero, secretary; and Maureen LaFlamme, director. The club is welcoming interested women to its first meeting of the year to be held on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 11:45 a.m. in the Blake Community Room of the Somers Public Library. A finger food luncheon will be served. Now celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Somers Women’s Club is continuing its goal to serve the community. In addition to fundraising events to support needs

within the town and provide college scholarships, the organization offers opportunities for fellowship. The monthly membership meetings include lunches and interesting speakers. Activities enjoyed are bridge, hiking, and book discussion groups and arts & crafts workshops. The Somers Women’s Club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut and works with the state and national organizations in various capacities. For additional information, please call Charlotte (860-749-3190) or Arlene (860749-7387).

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Somers Women’s Club Officers - 2012-2014 Maureen LaFlamme, Director; Karen Anderson, Treasurer; Deb Pero, Secretary; Arlene Yarnes, 1st Vice President; Charlotte Stopa, President; Nancy Kalyan, President GFWC/CT

SOMERS - Ye Olde Blacksmith Shoppe, located at the intersection of Pinney Road and Maple Street in Somersville, will reopen for the fall season on Saturday, Sept. 1. The facility will be open each Saturday during September and October from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A wide variety of new and gently used merchandise is offered each week including tools, books, glassware, puzzles and games, lamps, kitchenware, and more. A table of fresh home-baked goodies is also offered each week, along with copies of

the church's latest cookbook. Donations to Ye Olde Blacksmith Shoppe from the community are always welcome. Please speak with Barbara or Marge at the Shoppe or call 860-749-4153 to make drop-off arrangements (televisions, electronics or clothing are not accepted). The Blacksmith Shoppe is run by the Ladies Aide of the Congregational Church of Somersville. Money earned at the Shoppe benefits church programs.

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Somers Singer Back by Popular Demand at the Somers Senior Center

SOMERS - Vocalist Laurie Festa has been invited to return to the Somers Senior Center on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. She will perform an eclectic blend of Broadway, classical, and popular musical styles for everyone’s enjoyment. This event is free to all seniors and is compliments of the Town of Somers Senior Center. Festa is a life-long native of Springfield, Mass. She has always loved music. In her mid-teens, she began singing at weddings and nursing homes. Festa pursued her musical education at Westfield State College, where she majored in voice, with concentrations in theory/composition and music education. Following college, she pursued a career as a music teacher.

Recently, she has shifted her attention to privately teaching piano and performing as well as recording. She released her first CD in 2001. Festa performs her concerts solo using pre-recorded music to accompany her. Festa’s prior performance at the Somers Senior Center was called outstanding by patrons. Those seniors who were there thought she was fantastic, have talked about her ever since, and are anxiously awaiting her return on Sept. 25. All seniors are welcome to come and enjoy Festa’s personality and magnificent singing. Reservations are required. Please call the Somers Senior Center at 860-763-4379 to make a reservation or stop in at the center and sign up.

Golden Anniversary of Day of Arts and Crafts

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SOMERS - The 50th annual Somers Day of Arts and Crafts will be held on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Hall, 600 Main St., Somers (corner of Routes 190 and 83). The event features more than 50 vendors with a wide range of high quality and unique handmade arts and

crafts. Admission and parking are both free. The event is sponsored by Teaberry Treasures and Barbra O’Boyle, Letter Perfect Names. Call 860-966-8822 or email somersstreetfair@hotmail.com for additional information.

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Join us for our Ground Breaking Ceremony Somers Congregational Church 599 Main Street, Somers, CT

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North Central Chamber Offering Members New Benefits

ENFIELD - The North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce (NCCCC), which serves North Central Connecticut and surrounding towns, announced its newly developed relationship with Chamber Management Services LLC, a management company that provides leadership and support for chambers of commerce in Connecticut and Massachusetts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The NCCCC is the primary advocate and resource for business in North Central Connecticut. We felt it was time to take a new direction in the leadership of our Chamber in a way that best suits the needs of our members,â&#x20AC;? said Sandy Zukowski, president, NCCCC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will remain a regional, independent Chamber of Commerce representing our member businesses and will continue to offer our members the many networking and educational benefits they have always enjoyed. Our new relationship with Chamber

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Warnings & Something to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;About Welcome back to the Sunday Drive, the column that aspires to provide your complete, entertainment itinerary on a monthto-month basis. Setting our sights on September, your Sunday Driver finds no shortage of excuses to get out on the highway and get your motors running. But, â&#x20AC;&#x153;fairâ&#x20AC;? warning, some of the best occur right in our own backyard. For example, The Four Town Fair (www.fourtownfair.com) will celebrate its 174 season Sept. 13 -16. Although occurring at its home base in Somers, the Four Town Fair also honors the neighboring towns of East Windsor, Ellington and Enfield with four days of music, food, rides, animal exhibits and more. Not to be outdone, New Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great State Fairâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Eastern States Exposition (www.thebige.com) opens its gates Sept. 14 for two weeks of sights, sounds and food offerings that will make your cardiologist go â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Really?â&#x20AC;? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe me? Please refer to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;new for 2012â&#x20AC;? tab on the Expoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home-

page. Deep fried lasagna and chocolate covered bacon, anyone? Further, in addition to the slew of free entertainment, The Big E has the critical mass needed to bring in the big name acts for separate, ticketed events ranging from nationally known ventriloquist/comedian Jeff Dunham (Sept. 29) to country fave Alan Jackson (Sept. 30). Other area fairs of note include The Wapping Fair (Sept. 6-9, www.thewappingfair.com), The Durham Fair (Sept. 27-30, www.durhamfair.com) and The Connecticut Renaissance Faire (weekends Sept. 29-Oct. 28, www.ctfaire.com).

also good for what â&#x20AC;&#x153;alesâ&#x20AC;? you. Tired of the county fairs monopolizing your September. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t whine about it. Wine.. in style, at the seventh annual Newport Mansion Food & Wine Festival (www.newportmansions.org) at the societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rosecliff, Elms and Marble House Sept. 21-23. In addition to the primo vino and delectable edibles, two of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most celebrated chefs will also be in attendance at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fest. Making his first-ever appearance will be Emeril Lagasse, who will host a cooking demonstration and sign books at the Sunday, September 23, Grand Tasting at Marble House. One day prior, Sept. 22, Chef Jacques PĂŠpin returns to the Grand Tasting along with his daughter Claudine, who has partnered with him on three of his James Beard Award-winning public television programs.

Those looking to log a little more on the odometer might find the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest continually operating county fair, The Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Mass. (Sept. 28-Oct. 8, www.topsfieldfair.org) a pleasant excursion/diversion. And Worcestorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Festival of Ale (www.higgins.org), occurring Sept. 22, is

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lars for actual shellfish, too. Send your ideas for a Sunday Drive to northcentralnews@aol.com and stay tuned next installment when we tackle Rhode Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famed, all-you-eat buffet extravaganza, The Nordic Lodge, and more!

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Regional Mansfield Academy Grand Opening

MANSFIELD - Hundreds turned out as the Mansfield Academy of Dance recently celebrated the grand opening of its new location at 12 Merrow Rd. in Mansfield in the completely renovated former Hide Away Restaurant building. The new studio boasts three beautiful dance spaces, a large waiting area, ample seasonal outdoor seating, state of the art dance floors and even a waterfall with a water wheel. The

Academy offers many classes including Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Cheer, Zumba, Yoga, Ballroom, Belly Dance and, for the first time, Traditional Irish Step Dancing. Owners Mia John Pomerenke and her dad, Bruce John, look forward to a great year of dance in their new facility. You can contact them at mansfieldacademyofdance.com or call 860-477-0200.

Two-time national champion Irish Step Dancer and Mansfield Academy of Dance instructor Casey Krane leads a group of enthusiastic young dancers in their first taste of Irish Step Dance. Photo by Amy Hartenstein

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Stafford Residents Back Sale of Former School for Over-55 Housing By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The former Boroughs School will be renovated into senior citizen housing. Residents voted at an Aug. 16 town meeting to sell the former school to the Connecticut Retirement Colony, a non-

profit agency, for $1, according to First Selectman Richard Shuck. The organization will restore the building and develop it into apartments in an over-55 community. Shuck said some residents had opposed the sale to the nonprofit agency, because

they felt the town could have sold the property for a profit. But, Shuck said, the town will benefit from an adult community, rather than a development that might have attracted families with children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You make $100,000 today, you have the possibility of spending $200,000 every year,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Road work The town is performing emergency repairs on streets in town. Fisk Avenue between Main and Gold streets has been closed until construction work is completed, Shuck said. In addition, Prospect Heights also needs emergency repair work due to pipes that broke under the road.

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An appreciative customer studies a painting hanging in the gallery of Three Graces Vintage at its new Art Showing on Aug. 17. Photo by Amy Hartenstein

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7th Annual Autumn in the Park â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Celebration of the Arts

STAFFORD - Sept. 22, 2012 marks the 7th annual Stafford Arts Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Autumn in the Park: A Celebration of the Arts at Hyde Park. The event begins at 11 a.m. and ends with the lighting of moon fires in the river and the showing of the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babeâ&#x20AC;? at dusk. This year, the theme of Autumn in the Park is humor and features various comedic events. In addition, there will be a tour of historic downtown, poetry reading

by local poets, musical performances, Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art sponsored by the Stafford Library, workshops and a variety of visual artists including pottery, wood, photography, and jewelry. Bruce Dutton will read from his book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stafford Poets.â&#x20AC;? Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Stafford Historical Society. Two special events at the festival are the Youth Art Show and the Poetry Contest.

Applications can be obtained at the Stafford Library or on the Town of Stafford website, www.staffordct.org. At nightfall bring a blanket or a chair and settle in for a showing of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babe.â&#x20AC;? This little pig shows us all that kindness goes a long way. Enjoy a day of laughter and artistic cre-

ativity. Thanks to the support of local sponsors, the festival is free to the public. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www staffordct.org, the Arts Commission Facebook page or call 860684-9500.

The Arts on Main

Main Street Stafford Springs is coming alive these days with monthly Art Openings and showings of local talent. On Aug. 17 several businesses were open to the public including Middle Ground CafĂŠ, Windowbox, Three Graces Vintage, Stained Glass Creations and Studio 85. Talented local musicians Tyler, Bruce and CJ, students of Studio 85 on Main Street, play during the Arts on Main event on Aug. 17. Photo by Amy Hartenstein

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Stafford Rotary Club To Hold 4th Annual Regional Talent Show Auditions STAFFORD - Auditions for the fourth annual Regional Talent Show sponsored by the Stafford Rotary Club will be held on Sept. 18 and 19 from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Stafford High School Auditorium located at 145 Orcuttville Rd., Stafford Springs. This will be the fourth year that the Stafford Rotary has sponsored a talent show, with prizes for first through third place of $100 to $500. Musicians, bands, singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, or

performers of any age performing any type of act suitable for family entertainment are encouraged to try out. There is a $20 entry fee. The actual show will take place at Stafford High School on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Winners will be announced that night. For an application or more information, please contact Ilene Whitmarsh at 860508-9757 or email ilenewhitmarsh@remax.net.

STAFFORD - This little piggy went to market, this little piggy went home, but this little piggy went to an Arts Festival and had lots of fun. The film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babeâ&#x20AC;? will be shown at the Stafford Arts Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventh annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Autumn in the Parkâ&#x20AC;? - Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Hyde Park, Stafford Springs, at 7 p.m. The commission invites owners of

small pigs (piglets, pot bellies, or tea cups) to participate in the eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festivity and be goodwill ambassadors for all swine. As goodwill ambassadors, the pigs will promote the film and educate the public to the preciousness of pigs. Sorry, but no full-grown rutting pigs allowed. Rescue pigs are especially welcome. To volunteer, call 860-684-9500 or e-mail. gmichalec@yahoo.com.

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Windowbox Opens on Main

Francine Munson, owner of the newest shop on Main Street, Windowbox, which features a beautiful collection of her own paintings and creations. Photo by Amy Hartenstein

Winter Heating Assistance

STAFFORD - Stafford Social Services has begun taking applications for the 2012-2013 winter heating assistance program. Customers using all types of heating fuel - electric, natural gas, kerosene, oil,



wood and propane - may apply. For details about requirements, necessary documents, any questions and to make an appointment for the application process, please call 860-684-7752.

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Stafford Save the Date for Ladies Auxiliary Craft Show STAFFORD - Crafters are needed for the Nov. 3 Annual Craft Fair sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Stafford Fire Dept. #1. This year the craft fair will be at Station #2, which is located at 27 Willington Ave., one block in from Route 190 (East Main Street), in the center of town. The hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easy access is a bonus as everything is on the ground floor with no stairs. To rent a table, still only $15, or for further information, please call Natalie at 860-684-4465. It will feature the popular

Cookie Walk and have luncheon items available. Handmade articles make great Christmas gifts and decorations, so reserve your space early. Everyone is welcome to come and shop for those special bargains or just to browse and visit. The auxiliary was forced to cancel last year because of the October snowstorm, so it really looks forward to seeing exhibitors and shoppers again and to make new friends.

Poetry Workshop STAFFORD - There will be a Poetry Workshop at the Stafford Library with local author Dianne Bilyak, author of “Against the Turning.” It will be held on

Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. Please register by calling 860-684-2852 or at the library website at wwwstaffordlibrary.org.

Cub Scout Pack 50 Registration and Pasta Dinner

STAFFORD - On Sept. 6 and 7, Stafford Cub Scout Pack 50 will be holding registration for new cub scouts at the First United Methodist Church, 8 Church St., Stafford Springs, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The pack will also be holding a registration and pasta dinner at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 8,

from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $8. Children under 11 are $4. Any boy entering first grade through fifth grade can join Cub Scouts. The registration fee for new scouts is $25. Make checks payable to “Pack 50.” Please call Steve Yefko at 860-684-2242 with any questions.

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to Aiezza one evening when he was staring into his closet trying to decide what to wear: “Looking at about a dozen flannel shirts, I was fairly sure that the first two were newly cleaned, but I was unsure about the rest,” he said. Aiezza noted that when it came to washing, he would often throw extra clothes in the laundry, just to be safe, even if he wasn’t sure if they were dirty. “My wife realized that when multiplied by millions of households, this over-washing was a huge waste of money and natural resources,” Aiezza said. Each MyClothingHelper package comes with seven trackers made with different-colored ribbons. The pack sells for $9.99 plus sales tax where applicable, and shipping & handling when ordered online. MyClothingHelper is available online at http://myclothinghelper.com.

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The Annual 4H Fair

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