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In This Issue

• EAST WINDSOR: Town prepared to open special parks ......................p. 5 • EAST WINDSOR: 5-part series ends at Warehouse Point Library ........p. 6 • ELLINGTON: Proposed park includes 9/11 memorial ..............................p. 7 • ELLINGTON: Plans announced for annual Winterfest........................p. 8 • ENFIELD: Voters will decide if high school work gets done ..............p. 11 • SOMERS: Andes Mountain alive at Alpaca farm ..............................p. 18 • SOMERS: Residents want to keep constable position ..........................p. 23 •REGIONAL: Post Road Stages celebrates its 100th anniversary..........p. 25 •SUNDAY DRIVE: An amazing maze and Foxwoods dining ..................p. 27 •CLASSIFIEDS:.....................pp.38-39

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Exploring the Corn Maze

From left, Ava Sarkis and Addison Sarkis of East Longmeadow, Mass., and Elliana Brodeur of Hampden, Mass., make their way through the eight-acre corn maze at Scantic Valley Farm in Somers on a recent Saturday afternoon. Photo by David Butler II

When voters go to the polls on Nov. 6, they will be choosing candidates for national, state and local office. Polls will be open that day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. President In addition to the major party candidates, Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, Independent Party candidate Rocky Anderson and Libertarian party candidate Gary Johnson are on the ballot. Obama’s running mate is Vice President Joe Biden. Romney’s running mate is U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. Anderson’s running mate is Luis Rodriguez. Johnson’s running mate is Jim Gray. U.S. Senator Republican Linda McMahon and Democratic U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy are seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman. McMahon has also been endorsed by the Independent Party and Murphy by the Working Families Party. Libertarian Party candidate Paul Passarelli also is seeking the Senate seat. 1st Congressional District Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. John B. Larson is facing challenges from Republican John Henry Decker, Green Party candidate S. Michael DeRosa and petitioning candidate Matthew Corey. Larson also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. 2nd Congressional District Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe

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Courtney is facing challenges from Republican Paul M. Formica, Green Party candidate Colin Bennett and Libertarian Daniel Reale. Courtney also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. 35th State Senatorial District Incumbent Republican state Sen. Tony Guglielmo is being challenged by Democrat Susan Eastwood in the 35th state Senatorial District, as he was two years ago. Eastwood also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. Guglielmo has served in the state Senate since 1992. He is ranking member on the Labor and Public Employees Committee and the Public Safety Committee. He also is a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, Legislative Program and Review and Investigation Committee and the Regulation Review Committee. The most important thing the state Legislature does is to create “a budget that’s sustainable and affordable for the taxpayer, and we haven’t done a very good job of that,” Guglielmo said. “We’ve got to get some priorities in order for our budget,” he said, before the state should be spending more on other things. He pointed to the incentives to Jackson Laboratories, NBC Studios and ESPN as examples. Eastwood has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Finance in Ashford and is chairwoman of its Clean Energy Task Force. She has worked with the town’s Open Space Committee. She is director of communications for Clean Water Action in Hartford. Eastwood said jobs are the key issue for the state. She recommends building on the state’s strengths to bring green jobs to Connecticut. 7th State Senatorial District Running for state Senate in the 7th District are incumbent Republican John Kissel and Democrat Karen Jarmoc, a twoterm state representative. Jarmoc also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. Kissel has served in the state Senate since 1993. “We had the largest tax increase in state history,” Kissel said, noting that he was among those who opposed it in the Legislature. He also said he is concerned about the recent education reforms, feeling that teachers were scapegoated. Jarmoc chairs the Asnuntuck Community College Foundation and sits on its Manufacturing Technology Advisory Board. She is also on the Connecticut Airport Authority Board and led the initiative for the Bradley Development Zone. Jarmoc said that jobs are the key issue for the state, noting that her work on the airport authority helped bring jobs to that area. “Connecticut has been dead last for job creation in the last 20 years,” she said. “There are just far too many people out of work.” 3rd State Senatorial District Running for state Senate in the 3rd State

Senatorial District are incumbent Democrat Gary LeBeau and Republican Hector Reveron. Reveron also has been endorsed by the Independent Party. LeBeau also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. LeBeau, who has served in the state Senate since 1996, is a retired teacher. Reveron is a small business owner who holds three federally recognized licenses from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Communication Commission. He previously worked for Pratt & Whitney. 52nd Assembly District Incumbent Republican state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi is being challenged by Democrat Chris Grohs and Christian Center Party candidate Daniel Traceski. Grohs also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. Bacchiochi has served in the state House since 2002 and is the owner of Louis Real Estate Services. Grohs, who works as a welder, is a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Afghanistan and Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division. He is an alternate on the Stafford Planning and Zoning Commission. “The key issue continues to be jobs,” Bacchochi said. “We need to provide a stable environment for businesses.”

She said the state can’t keep raising taxes and needs to make it easier to open a business in Connecticut. “The future of economic development in the state of Connecticut really has to be based on small business,” Grohs said. He noted that small businesses bring diversity to the business community and, as a result, a more stable economy. Traceski said he sees abortion as the key issue. “The great priority of our state and nation must be the end of the injustice that is the violence against pregnant women and their babies called abortion. It is a deception and abuse of women, and it is unquestionably the deliberate termination of real innocent human life, i.e. murder. Like slavery, it must be abolished. I will actually work to reduce and eliminate it and to persuade others to do the same.” 57th Assembly District Incumbent Republican state Rep. Christopher Davis is being challenged by Democrat Jason Bowsza. Davis also has been endorsed by the Independent Party. Bowsza also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. Davis is a self-employed Realtor and is a member of the Broad Brook School

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East Windsor

Town Prepared To Open Skate and Dog Parks, Community Garden By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The BMX/Skate Park, Dog Park and Community Gardens are rolling along. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously on Oct. 2 to approve the development of the facilities to be located on town-owned open land at 24 and 40 Reservoir Ave. There was some discussion about where parking for the facilities would be located. The board decided to consider

parking at a later date. The selectmen also continued discussions on a blight assistance program, which may be based on a program in Coventry called Coventry Helping Hands. The program is coordinated by Coventry’s Human Services Department. The program offers assistance, using Boy Scouts and high school student volunteers, to property owners who are unable to complete the necessary repairs to correct

blight on their properties. Assistant Town Planner Robin Newton said the program is designed to help those who through disability or economic need cannot correct blight situations, not those who merely refuse to make needed repairs. The property owners in this category, according to Newton, could be limited by finances, disability, age or ability to take care of an issue.

Independent Transportation Network receives $5,000 Donation

AT&T Connecticut announced a $5,000 to the Independent donation Transportation Network for the purpose of

Absentee Ballots Available

EAST WINDSOR - Absentee ballots, for those who qualify, will be available from through Nov. 5 in the Town Clerk’s Office for the Presidential Election being held on November 6, 2012. • The Town Clerk’s Office hours are: Mon. - Wed. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thurs. 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and, Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. • No absentee ballots can be issued on the day of the Election. • All ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by the close of the polls on November 6, 2012.

strengthening its ITNNorthCentral Connecticut Program. State Sen. Gary LeBeau was on hand to welcome the announcement and said, “I am very happy for you and your organization, which does such important and fine work for people in North Central Connecticut.” AT&T Connecticut’s contribution will support ITNNorthCentralConnecticut, a program that gives seniors and the visually impaired 24/7 access to safe, affordable and dignified door-to-door transportation. This program serves 10 towns (Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, South Windsor, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks) in which there are no major medical facilities and few public transportation options. Thus, the ITN®---which will take seniors

to any major medical facility in the area--fills a crucial gap. With the help of ITN®, seniors and people with visual impairments are able to make their appointments without having to rely on Dial-A-Bus (which has restrictions) or their loved ones. The key to ITN’s success is its volunteers. Sixty percent of rides are conducted by volunteers and each volunteer recruited saves approximately $2,400 in annual operating costs. AT&T Connecticut’s contribution will allow ITN’s volunteer coordinators to raise the profile of the organization and recruit more volunteers. Since 2009, ITNNorthCentralConnecticut has given more than 14,000 rides and predicts

a coming spike in need. “It’s really difficult when a senior has to give up his or her car. And with Baby Boomers verging on retirement, that scenario is going to play out more and more. We can preserve the independence of seniors. We really thank AT&T Connecticut for helping us do that,” said Executive Director Margaret Smith Hale. “AT&T is impressed with the work ITNNorthCentralConnecticut is doing in providing safe transportation for seniors and the visually impaired,” stated Abby Jewett, Director External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T Connecticut. “We’re proud to support their efforts and look forward to assisting their development and success.”



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East Windsor

Five-Part Series Finishes with ‘Strangers in a Strange Land’

EAST WINDSOR - The Library Association of Warehouse Point has received a Public Humanities Grant for the Connecticut Humanities Council to help fund a five-part series: “The 1960s: the Subtlety of Protest.” The final part will be presented Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. The 1960s were a time of protest, a time of turbulence. The unforgettable images have been captured by television cameras and videotape. But there were other forms of protest during the '60s that were not as violent and may have had just as much impact on changing the prevailing thoughts of the decade. On Nov. 14 a discussion of the book "Strangers in a Strange Land," by Robert

Heinlein, will be led by B.J. Smith. Previous discussions included: • Part 1 of this series “The Music” was held June 20 in the Library's Community Room. Dr. John Myers of Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., lead the discussion. Some of the musical artists discussed included Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, John Coltrane, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Nina Simone and some modern classical musicans. • Part 2, “The Art,” was held July 18 in the Community Room. Arthur Hillman, Professor Emeritus of Studio Arts at Simon Rock, led the discussion. He explored the art world of the 1960s. Who were some of the big players and what

were they trying to convey? Who were their historical forerunners in the art world? How did these artists change the perception of what art should be? • Part 3, “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical,” was on two separate evenings. They viewed the movie adaption of the play on Aug. 8 and then joined B.J. Smith on Aug. 15 for the discussion. The group discussed the message the writers

were conveying. How did it redefine society's perception of what a Broadway musical should be? • Part 4: “Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” The critically acclaimed 1964 film directed by Stanley Kubrick was shown at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. A discussion followed on Sept. 19 with B.J. Smith.

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Ellington Senior Center 2012 Holiday Bazaar

ELLINGTON - The Ellington Senior Center is hosting a "Holiday Bazaar" on Saturday, Nov. 3, in the main room of the Senior Center, 16 Center St., Ellington. Doors are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beautiful hand-knit items, crafts for the holiday season, homemade fudge, pies and cakes will be available. Stop by and get into the holiday spirit! For more information contact the Senior Center at 860-870-3133.

Asnuntuck Open House Slated For Nov. 14

ENFIELD - The Admissions Office at Asnuntuck Community College will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Lou Strom Conference Room. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, and current ACC students as well as tour the college and sit in on a sample mini-class. Reservations are recommended but not required. For further details, please contact the Admissions Office at 860-253-3010.

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Proposed Athletic Fields Project Includes Planned 9/11 Memorial By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON — The Pinney Street property athletic fields project is progressing. The project, which is currently being reviewed by the Inland Wetland and Planning and Zoning commissions, involves the addition of three athletic fields on the site, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. Two of the

fields would be used for soccer, and the third for lacrosse. The project also would include a 9/11 memorial, which has been requested by the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department, Blanchette said. Parking for the new park, as well as for the Pinney House, would be included. The idea, Blanchette said, is “to provide as many other uses for this property as possible.” The site, which is flat,

can be made into recreation fields easily without great cost to the town, he added. “We do need these recreation fields,” he said, “We have a very high use for some of our fields.” He said the town’s current athletic fields are overused and could be better maintained and have recovery time if they were not in continual use season after season.

Holiday Spirit Abounds in November Programs at Senior Center

ELLINGTON - Gather your Holiday spirit! The Ellington Senior Center is hosting a “Holiday Bazaar” on Saturday, Nov. 3. Doors ARE open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hand-knit items and crafts for the upcoming holiday season will be available as well as homemade fudge and bake goods. For more information, call the Senior Center at 860-870-3133. Before Geno, Pat and Muffet, there was Coach Cathy Rush. Join the Ellington Senior Center on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. for an inspiring movie, “The Mighty Macs” starring Carla Gugino. This 2012 movie is based on the true story of a small school’s journey to the first women’s basketball national championship. Approximate running time is 90 minutes. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Don’t forget to sign up for thismovie at the senior center. The Ellington Senior Center is an offi-

cial collection site for the Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education Programs. Labels will be distributed to the participating local elementary schools to help them earn points, which can be redeemed for academics, arts, and athletic merchandise. Memories & Creative Writing – This group meets monthly, every third Thursday of the month, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ellington Senior Center. Patricia Stoughton, chairperson of this program, invites you to join them. Nov. 15 is the November meeting date. Miss Pat asks participants to bring along your menu for Thanksgiving or a memory of that special day. Onward and upwards with our Musical Insights program. Musical Insights meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m. Due to the holidays, November's meeting will be held Monday,

Nov. 26, where Carolyn Cook presents “Bob Segar.” All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Trips Dec. 4: The Vienna Boys Choir. Ellington Tri-Town Travelers presents a choir that has been thrilling audiences for more than 500 years. The Vienna Boys Choir is a musical group of long-standing tradition and is one of the oldest boys choirs still active in the world. Cost of this

trip is $64 per person. Trip includes: reserved orchestra seating, motor coach transportation, tour escort and gratuities. Bus departs at noon from the Ellington town hall parking lot, 57 Main St., and returns at approximately 4:30 p.m. For reservations, contact Ann Harford at 860870-3133, Make checks payable to SCAF (Senior Center Activity Fund). Payment is due at time of reservation.

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The Grinch Avoids the Event-Packed Ellington Winterfest

ELLINGTON - No matter what happens to the people of Ellington, their spirit never seems to let them down, especially when it comes to Ellington’s annual Winterfest. Come the holiday season, the Grinch avoids Ellington like the plague! Despite challenges, like ferocious storms and losses in our lives, the town’s spirit always prevails; good cheer always abounds; and we strive hard to keep our traditions gamboling along. This year The Ellington Winterfest Committee is especially grateful to the schoolchildren of Ellington and their teachers and parents for their participation and ongoing contribution to the merriment. Ellington’s ninth annual Winterfest will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the gazebo green between Rtes. 140 and 286 (Main Street), and will, again, be offering a host of fun holiday festivities. Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are looking forward to shaking hands with the crowd again! But first, on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., Winterfest will be kicked off by the muchacclaimed Holiday Sing-A-Long, presented by the Ellington Singers, at Hall Memorial Library, at 7 p.m. An enthusiastic evening of Christmas caroling will be

followed by delicious treats for all participants. But that’s not all: To stoke the true holiday spirit, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located on Maple Street in Ellington, will be staging its enhanced version of their “Live Nativityâ€? drivethrough, on both Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. Special displays within the church will also be available for viewing. Lee Anne Sanville, who is heading this endeavor, can be reached at 860-916-3116 for further information. Then, on Saturday, Dec. 1, the Nellie McKnight Museum on Main Street in Ellington will open its doors from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be highlighting special exhibits on its public tour in honor of the 200th birthday of Nellie’s house this year. And the Ellington Congregational Church will be busy offering numerous holiday activities on Saturday beginning with the public viewing of the entries for its Gingerbread House Contest from noon to 7 p.m. (for further details, call 860-8754512, if you’d like to enter); the Christmas Carol Sing in the Church Sanctuary will also be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and light, “family-friendlyâ€? dinner fare will be available at the downstairs “Winterfest CafĂŠâ€? from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with continuous seating. And don’t forget

to listen for the sound of church bells, and that of St. Luke’s, when they peal at 4:55 p.m. to ring in the holiday season. Of course, at 4 p.m. on Dec. 1, the main event, Ellington’s annual “Tree-Lighting Ceremony� will begin at the gazebo on the town green bordering Church and Main streets and Route 140. The Ellington Schools 4th Grade Choir will regale you with its beautiful holiday melodies, while we wait for Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with Rudolph, Frosty, and an elf or two, to appear and greet one and all before the lighting of Ellington’s holiday trees! (What two lucky “elves� will be selected from the “entry� box at Hall Memorial Library this year to help Santa with that deed?) And, when the clock strikes 5:30 p.m., this celebratory occasion will be capped by the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department’s ever-wondrous “Torchlight Parade� down Main Street, which includes the participation of many decorated fire trucks from all over Connecticut.


Meanwhile, more merriment will be taking place, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 1, featuring musical entertainment and refreshments at Hall Memorial Library, including the popular “Festival of Trees� display. And free hot chocolate and cookies, courtesy of the Ellington Women’s Club, will be served at the Ellington Senior Center to warm up from the nippy air. In the weeks ahead, please look for further details in your local media, or go to for information on scheduled events. You may also contact us at 860-875-3885, if you have further questions. In case of inclement weather, please call Hall Memorial Library at 860-870-3160 on the day of the event for an update. There will be no alternate date because of rain or snow. Looking forward to seeing you there! Join in the fun and bring your wonderful spirit to Ellington’s Winterfest celebration again!





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YMCA to Host Winter Farmers Market on Alternating Fridays

ELLINGTON - Ellington Farmers’ Market closed its most popular and successful summer season to date on Saturday, Oct. 20, with its annual Halloween Pet Parade. The market expanded its offerings this year and featured a different theme and wider variety of entertainment and guest vendors each Saturday. On the last day of the market one customer remarked, “What a wonderful ending to a delightful market season. This market is such a gem for our community. There is always something different to see and do. I love it!” In an effort to continue to provide the community with a variety of products that are grown, harvested, produced or handcrafted in the state of Connecticut, a winter Market will be held in the lobby of Indian Valley YMCA at 11 Pinney St. in Ellington beginning Friday, Nov. 16. Dianne Trueb, one of four Market

have committed to the effort and will offer locally grown fruits, winter vegetables

including fresh greens, seafood, dairy products, fresh bakery and ready-to-eat, freshly prepared food items along with some local artisan wares. “The Indian Valley Family YMCA looks forward to hosting the indoor Farmer’s Market, since community collaboration and involvement is what we strive for,“ said an enthusiastic John Reilly, YMCA director. “Being the winter home for the Farmers’ Market is just another way for us to help serve the community, once again proving that the YMCA is much more than a ‘gym and swim.’ ” The Winter Market will begin Friday, Nov. 16 and run every other Friday until March 29, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the YMCA. For more information and a complete schedule visit or send an email to to sign up for a weekly newsletter.

ELLINGTON - On Saturday, Nov. 17, the MOMS Club of Ellington will be hosting a holiday fair at the Community United Methodist Church, 278 Sandy Beach Rd., Ellington, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some of the vendors include Arbonne, Avon, Silpada, Tastefully Simple

and Bedazzled. This is a great opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done without having to deal with the mall crowds. There will also be a raffle ($1 per ticket) and a bake sale. For more information, contact Doria Burns at

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S. Prestley Blake Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

SPRINGFIELD - The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), which is headquartered at the Scibelli Enterprise Center at Springfield Technical Community College, has presented its 2012 Lifetime Achievement award to S. Prestley Blake, who co-founded the Friendly Ice Cream Corp. with his brother, Curtis, in 1935. The honor was bestowed at NACCE’s 10th annual conference, held in Chicago. NACCE is the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges. “Our Lifetime Achievement award is presented to someone who has not only built a highly successful business, but who also has played an important role in their community through participation in civic and philanthropic activities,” said NACCE’s Executive Director Heather Van Sickle. “Everyone here in the Pioneer Valley knows about the great business Mr. Blake and his brother built, but fewer people are aware of the very important role he had in both the founding of STCC and of NACCE, an organization whose members are helping entrepreneurs and small business people all across the country make their dreams come true.

“Not only was Mr. Blake very instrumental in encouraging the re-use of the Springfield Armory buildings for a community college in 1968, he also provided the $100,000 in seed money that supported the founding of NACCE in 2002,” Van Sickle said. “In the 10 years since then, NACCE has grown to include nearly 300 colleges in the U.S. and abroad, representing over 1,400 entrepreneurship education professionals who expose approximately 465,000 students to the possibility of putting their newly acquired skills and knowledge to work in their own business, if not immediately then at some point in the future. "The long-lasting and widespread impact of Mr. Blake’s initial grant cannot be overstated. He truly helped us start a movement for entrepreneurship on community college campuses, and as we celebrate our 10th year, we are honored to recognize him with the Lifetime Achievement award.” Now 97, Blake lives in Somers. His autobiography, “A Friendly Life,” was published last year. The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is an organization of

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Voters Will Decide High School Renovation, Council Districts


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would be consolidated into one combined high school. Total costs are estimated at $103.3 million, with about $68.6 million, or 66.4 percent, of those costs being reimbursed by the state. The town will issue bonds or notes to cover its portion, which is not to exceed $35 million, as well as using other sources of funds available to the town. The EHS building will be renovated to current codes for accessibility, fire, safety,

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Enfield Recreation Department Announces Programs for November

ENFIELD - For more information, contact the Enfield Recreation Department at 860-253-6420 or visit us on the Web at The recreation office is located at 19 North Main St. with hours of operation Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PLAYGROUP Ages 5 & under This program is a great chance for you and your child to meet other families in

Enfield Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast

ENFIELD - The Enfield Rotary Club Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Enfield Senior Center, Elm Street, Enfield. A full breakfast will be served that includes pancakes, sausage, potatoes, fresh fruit, juice and coffee. The cost is $5 per person. 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 opportunity to play in an unstructured environment. For more information call Chairperson Lou Bolduc at (860) 763-2351.

Enfield and share experiences and secrets of raising children. Your child will be able to explore and play with educational toys and games while moms, dads or caregivers have a chance to talk. Playgroup is an ongoing program, so registration is NOT necessary. However, you must be an Enfield resident to participate. Please note that a participant waiver must be on file with the instructor that can be filled out the first day you attend. Playgroup is held at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center in thegGym on Wednesdays through June 5, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Boston Celtics Game Bus Trip Join the Enfield Recreation Department as we travel to Boston for the evening to see the Boston Celtics take on the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, March 8, 2013. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. Trip includes round trip motor coach transportation and tickets in balcony section of the TD Garden. The bus will arrive in Boston around 4 p.m. allowing time for dinner or shopping before the game. Bus departs Enfield Town Hall parking lot at 2 p.m. Fee is $85 per person. Pre-registration is required and tickets are limited so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t delay, register today! Youth Open Gym Basketball There will be open gym for youth at Enfield Street School. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No more than three children per adult.

Open gym will run through Nov. 29, no program 11/6, 11/13, 11/22. 10 years and under: Tuesdays, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7:25 p.m., 11-14 years old: Tuesdays 7:35 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 p.m., 15-18 years old: Thursdays, 6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m. Fee: $1.50 per night. This is a drop-in program; no preregistration is required. Adult Open Gym Volleyball A program designed for recreational play will be held at the Eli Whitney School Gym for adults age 18 and over. There is no league play during open gym. Pickup games are arranged amongst the participants. Proof of age and residency is required. Participants must have program waiver on file at the gym to participate. Forms may be filled out the first night you attend. There is no volleyball when the school is closed. Please note that if the gym gets overcrowded, residents will get first priority to play. Program is held on Wednesdays through Nov. 28: no program on Nov. 14 or Nov. 21, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Daily fee applies; no pre-registration required. Adult Open Gym Basketball The Enfield Recreation Department hosts Open Gym Basketball time for adults 18 and over. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on site where they participate. There is a nightly fee for these programs. There is no

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Cosmetic Distributor Hosting Fundraiser for Domestic Abuse Shelter

ENFIELD - UnlimiteDreams, distributor of Mary Kay’s Cosmetics along with Kids First of Enfield, is hosting a fundraiser project for the Network Against Domestic Violence Shelter (NADACT) and Kids First of Enfield. According to the College of Family Physicians, domestic violence is the No. 1 cause of injury for women ages 15 to 44. These victims suffer emotionally from depression, anxiety or social isolation. Domestic abuse occurs to women of all ages, income levels and educational backgrounds. Home should be a safe haven. Unfortunately, thousands of homes are like war zones each day because of domestic violence. We want to stop the violence and break the silence. That’s why The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded nearly $28 million in grant money to shelters for women and children in all 50 states since 2000. We need your help! This Christmas, we would like to give a Satin Hands Set to

every woman at the NADACT Shelter here in Enfield as a gift. This popular product is a 3-step intensive treatment that helps the hands, elbows, feet and knees feeling renewed, soothed and pampered. We hope that this product will not only promote hygiene amongst these women, but will also increase their self-image and self-esteem. UnlimitDreams cannot do it alone; we need your help.With your gift of $34, you will give one of these women a Mary Kay Satin Hands gift set and 25 percent of the proceeds will go to Kids First of Enfield to help support their project in completing their kitchen for the children at the Lamagne Center, so that they can have a meal after school on a daily basis. With an additional gift of $2, you will provide a gift for a child at the NADACT. To make a donation or for more information please contact: Trudy-Ann Graham CEO at UnlimiteDreams at (860) 2653062.

ENFIELD - The Common Grounds Rotary Garden of Enfield has had another successful year. With a great turnout for the annual Harvest for the Hungry, the garden surpassed its goal of over 1,000 pounds of produce in one hour. Throughout the season, more than 3,000 pounds of produce has been donated to local food relief agencies and there is still

more to be harvested. The last event for the season is open to anyone willing to lend a hand. The garden needs to be readied for the upcoming winter season and volunteers are needed to make this happen. On Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. until noon, join volunteers and board members in the garden’s fall cleanup.

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Governance Council. In the Legislature he serves on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Planning and Development, and Internship committees. Bowsza has worked in the General Assembly for eight years. He is chairman of the East Windsor Board of Finance. He pointed out that while a Democrat, he chairs a Republican-controlled board. Davis said the economy is the key issue in this election, along with jobs and affordability of living and doing business in the state. Last year the Legislature implemented the largest tax increase in state history, something he did not vote for, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I certainly think that jobs is the key issue,â&#x20AC;? Bowsza said, adding that education and health care access also are important. 58th Assembly District Republican Tom Sirard and Democrat David Alexander are seeking the 58th Assembly District seat currently held by state Rep. Kathy Tallarita. Sirard also has been endorsed by the Independent Party. Alexander also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. Sirard is a Navy veteran who owns a construction business in Massachusetts. He currently serves on the Enfield Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advisory Council. Alexander, who received the nomination over the incumbent earlier this year, is a U.S. Marine.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Connecticut is rapidly approaching a tipping point where we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to recover,â&#x20AC;? Sirard said. The state cannot balance a budget, and the pension system is underfunded, he added. He also cited the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high energy costs as a problem for attracting businesses to the state. 59th Assembly District Democratic state Rep. David Kiner is being challenged by Republican Joe Bosco. Kiner also is endorsed by the Working Families Party. Bosco also is endorsed by the Independent Party. Kiner is completing his first term in the Legislature. In the Legislature he serves on the Appropriations, Education, and Labor and Public Employees committees. He is a customer service representative at Pro Unlimited. Bosco is president of Bosco Automotive, along with his three brothers. He has served on the Enfield Town Council for five years. Kiner said he sees jobs and the economy as the key issues in this election. The state needs to continue to build on its successes of the last two years to continue to move the economy forward, he sadi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m running because things are not good out there,â&#x20AC;? Bosco said. He said the key issue is taxes and is also concerned about the state letting criminals out of prison early. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going in the com-

pletely wrong direction,â&#x20AC;? he said. Registrar of Voters In Enfield, Republican David Wawer and Democrat Carol Censki are running for registrar of voters. In Stafford, Republican Mary Mitta,

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Penny helped craft a fully vetted, No Tax Increase budget, voting against the massive $1.8 billion tax increase that eventually passed. Penny will fight to eliminate many nuisance taxes, restore the full home-owners tax credit and eliminate the tax on social security and pensions.

Penny will work to reform the current Early Release program that allows violent offenders to get back on the streets before serving their full sentence.

Cut government spending Penny has identified specific commissions and wasteful programs that could be eliminated and save taxpayer’s money. Penny fought against wasteful projects, such as the “Busway to Nowhere”.

Create a job-friendly environment Penny understands that businesses, especially our small businesses, create jobs. She will work to pass laws that create fiscal stability, so our CT residents can find good jobs. Penny’s approach earned her the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

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Accountability Penny understands that you must be present and accountable to get things done. Penny’s last session ended with her achieving a 100% perfect voting attendance record on bills voted on by the General Assembly. Fewer than 20 percent of all elected representatives achieve this score.



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Andes Mountain Alive in Somers with Clear Mountain Alpacas By Deborah Stauffer

SOMERS - The Andes Mountains are alive and well in Somers, where there is a most unique farm. It is called Clear Mountain Alpacas and there you will find the Garrow family, which raises these fluffy and adorable animals for their luxurious fiber. Cindy Garrow explains how she and husband Ed decided about six years ago they wanted to own a farm. They settled on raising alpacas on eight acres of land in Somers and love it. The Garrows now have 25 Huacaya (pronounced wahkye-ah) alpacas and the farm is still growing with their goal of one day having between 30 and 40 of the animals. The alpaca is from South America, in particular the Andes Mountains in Peru, Bolivia and Chile. The animal comes in 22 natural colors and is known and raised for its fiber. There are approximately 4,000 Alpaca farms in the United States. The alpaca originates from the Camelid family (Camel and Llama) and are shorn (sheared similar to a sheep) once a year. Their fiber has the durability and warmth of wool and cashmere, but without the itchiness. The Garrows have been a familiar sight at the Ellington Farmers Market along with a few of their cuddly creatures and some samples of their products, such as hats, scarves, gloves and sweaters. These items can be found and purchased in their farm store throughout the year. The farm has “open farm” days several times a year

where the public can come in and tour the farm and farm store and see what alpacas are all about. The upcoming farm days are all Saturdays, Nov. 24, Dec. 8, and Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ed and Cindy Garrow, along with their sons Logan and Brian, take raising and breeding alpacas very seriously. Their breeding program produces high quality alpacas and they have also won several awards. For anyone wishing to purchase and raise alpacas, the Garrows are the people to meet. They take pride in every alpaca and will assist customers in setting up their farm and managing the health of the alpacas, which includes inoculations and examinations. Once it is time for shearing and skirting (a process of preparing the fleece), they are available to assist with the task. They also board alpacas on their farm. “Our herd of alpacas is constantly changing, depending on our sales of different animals and the birth of our crias,” Garrow said. “Our breeding program is designed to maintain the highest quality of alpaca and each birth is genetically designed with the potential of improving on the past generation.” There is a delicate micron science involved with every alpaca on the Garrow farm. Alpacas have two kinds of fiber: primary and secondary. The fleece fiber is measured in microns and the smaller the

Cindy Garrow of Clear Mountain Alpacas with one of her adult alpacas on the farm.

micron the better. “We actually send off samples of our fleece to Yocum-McCall Laboratories to have the micron tested,” Garrow said. The gentle Alpacas are about 36 inches tall and easy to handle. They can weigh between 100 and 200 pounds and live about 15 to 20 years. They are very social and live in herds. To keep them happy and healthy, alpacas do need to live among other alpacas. They are efficient eaters, using three stomachs, and enjoy grass, hay

or grain. They also have a low impact on the land in which they inhabit. “It is such a great feeling to know that we are involved here on the farm with every bit of the cycle - breeding selections and births right to the preparation of our own fleece to be made into yarn and end products folks love,” Garrow said. For more information on Clear Mountain Alpaca, you can visit their website,

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Broker Receives â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Women Of Fireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Award

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The Commercial Record recently asked readers to nominate deserving women in the Financial, Insurance and Real Estate sectors for their 2012 Women of FIRE awards. Twelve women in Connecticut were chosen and given the prestigious award at a ceremony at The Hartford Club including Managing Real Estate Broker/CEO Victoria Clark of Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes in Somers. Also at the luncheon ceremony was Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, who presented the awards to the recipients. Clark, the broker and owner of Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes, an independent real estate firm, operates offices in Somers and New London. The second-generation family firm offers commercial and residential brokerage in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. In addition to running her real estate business, Clark is very active in community programs including the Economic





Victoria Clark of Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, left. Development Commission for the Town of Somers and recently helped coordinate the Somers Great Escape Road Race, which raised scholarship funds for the Somers Rotary. Clark and her staff can be reached at the Somers office at 612 Main St. next to Rockville Bank or by calling 860-8519644.





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Most people feel the only time that they should talk to a Realtor is when they are ready to buy or sell. Or worse, that they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;wastingâ&#x20AC;? a Realtors time if they want to talk with them about their future plans. This is absolutely not true! I understand that when it comes to buying or selling a home, this is one of the biggest financial decisions that you will make in your life. This important step requires some serious thinking, and how will you get the answers to your questions and know what is right for you unless you start the process? Here are some tips for you to get started: Search the Internet: If you go to my website,, you can start searching listings throughout CT. You can put in specific search criteria, compare prices and even do a virtual walk through with some of the homes that are listed. It is a great way to get a feel for the market and to find out what homes are selling for. Attend open houses: As wonderful as the Internet is, you cannot replace actually physically walking through a home. Square footage is all about how it is laid out. A ranch with an open layout can feel larger and more spacious than a colonial with more square footage. Walking through spaces gives you a feel of what you like and what you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like and can help you decide what to look for in your next home. Talk to a mortgage lender: My husband, Steve Geryk, gets calls from clients all the time who are trying to figure out what would work best for them. Selling or refinancing? What type of loan program should they use? Should they wait or do something now? Everyone is different and you will not know until you actually ask the questions. If you would like to talk with Steve you can reach him at (860) 684-3111 And last but not least: Call me. If you want to discuss your long range plans I am happy to help! Sometimes clients want to know what they need to do in order to get their home ready for sale, or would like a snapshot of what their house is worth in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market. These evaluations are free and easy for me to do. And if you ever want to walk through a home I am happy to do that as well. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;ready to buyâ&#x20AC;? to look at a home. It is all about gathering information so that you can be comfortable about making a decision when you are ready to do so.

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Residents Speaking in Favor of Keeping Constable Position By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS — Keep the position of constable when the town charter is revised. That was the message several residents told the Charter Revision Commission at an Oct. 10 meeting Donna Doyker, of Stafford Road, said she feels the constables are helpful and the position should not be eliminated, according to the minutes of the meeting. Carol Pyne, of Sunset Drive, also said she sup-

ports the constables. David McCafferty, who is a town constable, said he feels strongly that constables should be used to help the town. He said they provide a good service that can be useful. The commission, in a report released in April, suggested that the elected constable position be eliminated. Constables, who once acted as process servers, no longer have any duties to the town. The unpaid

position is essentially honorary. Election Day information On Election Day, Nov. 6, voting will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 600 Main St . As in recent years, the Town Hall parking lot will have one entrance on Main Street and one exit from the back of the parking lot. “In anticipation for a heavy voter turnout due to the presidential election, shuttle service will be available from the

Senior Center to the polls,” First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. Community Emergency Response Team volunteers will be on hand to help direct parking at both locations, and a state trooper will be in the Town Hall lot directing traffic. For information on absentee ballots or voter registration, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 860-763-8207.

SOMERS - The AARP Driver Safety Class for seniors age 50 and older is again being held at the Somers Senior Center. However, this time to recognize and thank military personnel and veterans for their service, the AARP is offering the course free of charge to all members of the U.S. armed forces (active duty, veteran, guard, or reserve) regardless of age. This includes

individuals who serve or have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard/Reserves or Coast Guard. Spouses (including domestic partners, widows and widowers) and dependents and children are also eligible to take advantage of this promotion. The class will be held at the Somers Senior Center at 19 Battle St. on Nov. 10

from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The class is open to anyone at a cost of $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (free for those mentioned above). The AARP Driver Safety Class not only provides a refresher of driving rules, but also teaches valuable defensive driving skills, safety strategies, tips for adapting your driving to compensate for physical and cognitive changes that come with aging, etc. Since 1979, this course has helped more than 14 million drivers.

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Somers Education Foundation Hosts Its Annual Meeting

SOMERS - Somers Education Foundation recently held its 2012 Annual Meeting at the home of Kathy and Bud Devlin. Foundation Board Members and town and state leaders attended the meeting. The Somers Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization supporting innovative projects and programs that enhance student learning in Somers public schools. Foundation board directors Terri Henderson, owner, Classic Management, and John Mailhot, senior vice president finance, Springfield College, were elected to a second term. Outgoing director,

Amanda Vesce, a board charter member, was praised for her many years of support and unending work on behalf of the Foundation. Geissler's Supermarkets, Rockville Bank and Dan Roulier were also recognized for their outstanding support of the foundation. Since its inception eight years ago, the foundation has raised more than $409,000 and has awarded more than 100 grants to Somers Public Schools. During the 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2012 school year, 33 grants totaling $31,277 were awarded. Among those grants were: â&#x20AC;˘ Funding for the alternative Education

SOMERS - Come buy your Thanksgiving pies and other tasty treats! The Ladies Aide Society of the Congregational Church of Somersville will hold a bake sale and silent auction at the church, located at 22 Maple St., on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. Fresh home-baked goodies will include a variety of pies, breads, cakes, candy, and cookies. Some frozen and ready to bake pies will be available for purchase. The group will be taking orders for packaged nuts (from the Nut Lady store),

including almonds, walnuts, pecans and cashews in a delicious cinnamonmeringue coating. They will be offered with no sugar and no salt if that is your preference. Looking for a warm and cozy Christmas gift for someone special? A silent auction will include a homemade quilt (appox. 54x72 hunter green with moose on the front/grey cotton flannel on the back) and a twin size beautiful handmade crocheted afghan. Proceeds from the sales will benefit church programs.

Ladies Aid Society Bake Sale and Silent Auction

Program at Somers High School; â&#x20AC;˘ Purchase of equipment for a studentrun TV Broadcast Studio at Mabelle B. Avery Middle School â&#x20AC;˘ Funding of state of the art interactive Whiteboard Technology â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mimioâ&#x20AC;? throughout Mabelle B. Avery Middle School and Somers Elementary School; â&#x20AC;˘ Development of a classroom learning

center to promote reading skills at Somers Elementary School. For information on making a taxdeductible donation to support the mission of the Somers Education Foundation, please contact Lou Bachetti, Foundation President, at 860.749.7025 or visit

SOMERS - All members and friends of the Somers community are invited to attend a community Thanksgiving service at the Congregational Church of Somersville, located at 22 Maple St. in Somersville, on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.

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Post Road Stages Celebrates Its Centennial Anniversary

SOUTH WINDSOR - Post Road Stages, Inc. in South Windsor had its 100th year anniversary party on Sunday Sept. 30, at the South Windsor Rotary Pavilion. In attendance were past and present employees and customers as well as friends and family members. Various dignitaries stepped up to the podium to extol the virtues of the long-running company that has its terminal on Strong Road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no way of estimating to some degree of accuracy the millions of passengers and millions of miles â&#x20AC;Ś bringing people safely to their destinations, events and occasions,â&#x20AC;? former South Windsor Mayor John Mitchell, the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emcee, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What a great legacy, what a great family tradition,â&#x20AC;? U.S. Rep. John Larson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;South Windsor stands prouder and taller today in recognizing [Post Road Stages/Collins Bus Service].â&#x20AC;? State Sen. Gary LeBeau and state Rep. Bill Aman both provided proclamations from the state legislature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What a great day, what a great company,â&#x20AC;? LeBeau said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing for a

company to go for so long and be that consistent.â&#x20AC;? Mayor Tom Delnicki said that while he was incredibly proud of the company that used to bus him to and from school, he did have one problem with it: The buses always showed up, no matter what the weather. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were never any snow days in South Windsor,â&#x20AC;? Delnicki quipped before turning serious. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t picture South Windsor without Collins.â&#x20AC;? The company also celebrated 100 years with a signature bus trip to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in early September. The group enjoyed Maine and the Maritimes by visiting Acadia National Park, Campobello Island, and the Hopewell Rocks as well as had several lobster dinners and attended the live show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anne of Green Gables.â&#x20AC;? Throughout the year Post Road has had promotions and giveaways, including multiple trips made with the new anniversary bus with the 100-year logo painted across the side. The new MCI motorcoach features reclining seats, lavatories, audio and video system, a P.A. system, ample luggage areas, read-







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Library Hours:

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Library Closed:

November 11 &12, Veterans’ Day Holiday November 21, close at 3:00 November 22, Thanksgiving Day December 24, 25, Christmas Holiday

The library will be collecting donations of new hats, scarves, mittens and gloves beginning December 1 through December 15. These items will be distributed to local families as needed throughout the holiday season.

Share Your Warmth This Holiday Season Book Discussion Denise Stankovics will lead a discussion of the book The Christmas Train by David Baldacci on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m. Copies of the book will be available at the library. Please call the library to register for the discussion.

Movie Matinees Each month the library features one or more newly released films. Our next matinee is on Tues., Nov. 13. Movies begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Blake Community Room and are shown with closed captioning when available. Please check our website or call the library for a listing of upcoming films. National Novel Writing Month November is National Novel Writing Month and the Somers Public Library will help you on your way to your first novel. Join our writing group on Sundays from 2:30-4:30 during November for support, technical help and ideas, or just visit for a quiet place to write. More information about the group is available at The program is free and open to adults and high school students. Call Cecelia Becker at 860-763-3501 to register or for more information

Getting the Most from Your Digital Camera Commercial photographer Fred Bird presents a program on point and shoot digital cameras on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Some of the topics to be discussed include features that are universal to all digital cameras, composition, the light meter, use of the camera, and specific settings. The program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required by calling the library at 860-763-3501 or online through our Events Calendar. If you plan to attend and have specific questions please indicate so on the registration form.

New England Ukulele Ensemble Come for the fun, stay for the music! The five members of this popular group recreate classic tunes from the 60’s, 70’s, and more, as well as some holiday favorites, on Thursday evening, Nov. 29. Please call the library or check our website for more information.

New Resource on Our Website The library now offers Chilton’s Repair Manual, an online resource with automotive repair information for doit-yourself people. This database is free for Somers residents and provides photographs, diagnostics and step-by-step repair procedures.

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Fall Storytime Session II Storytime registration for our next session takes place October 29-Nov.2. Somers residents can register beginning Monday, October 29 and non-residents may register beginning Tuesday, October 30. All storytimes will run for five weeks and begin the week of November 5. Children 12-24 months, Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. Children 24-36 months, Mondays at 10:15 a.m. or Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. Children 3-5 years, Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. or Fridays at 10:15 a.m. A Visit with Max the Bunny Saturday, November 3, 10:30 a.m. For ages 2 & up with parents. Rosemary Wells' Max the Bunny joins us for a special storytime. Be sure to bring your camera for pictures with Max.

Scrapbooking for Kids! Tuesdays, November 13, 20, 27 & December 4, 11 3:30-4:30 p.m. For students in grades 3 & up. Bring your photos and start designing your own scrapbook! A 6x6 scrapbook will be provided. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Knitting for Kids! Mondays, November 19 & 26, December 3 & 10 3:30-4:30 p.m. For students in grades 1-5. Learn the basics of knitting and create a project of your very own. Registration is limited. Sign up beginning October 29 and get your list of required materials. American Girl Tea Party Sunday, November 18 2:00-3:30 p.m. For children ages 5 & up. Dress up in your fanciest clothes and join us for some American Girl fun! Learn about the lives of some of the girls, make a craft and enjoy a snack. Children may bring a favorite doll. Presented by artist and arts educator, Claudia Mathison. Register by November 14 for this event.

Family Movie Matinee Friday, November 23 at 1:30 p.m. We will show the new movie Arthur Christmas, rated PG, 97 minutes. This animated feature at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' No registration required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Sleepytime Storytime Tuesday, November 20, 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Join us for turkey stories, songs and a craft. Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal. Ages 2-5 with parents. No registration required.

Snacks with Santa Saturday, December 1 The Friends of the Somers Public Library will hold their annual Snacks with Santa Program on Saturday morning, December 1. Somers residents may register their children for one of four sessions: 9:00, 9:45, 10:30, or 11:15. Each program will feature the reading of a Christmas story; time to talk with Santa, and a snack and gift book at the end of the program. Parents are invited to bring along their cameras. Due to the popularity of the Snacks with Santa program, registration must be done in person at the children’s library, beginning November 17. Admission to each session will be with ticket only. Children must be Somers residents 8 years old or younger.

Holiday Ornament Workshop Saturday, December 15, 1:00-2:00 p.m. We will provide you with the creative items you need to make a gift or a treasured keepsake. For children ages 6-10. Registration begins on November 24. Gingerbread Fun Night! Tuesday, December 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. For ages 3 & up. Decorate your own gingerbread cookie after a special gingerbread storytime. Children may come in their pajamas. Registration is required and begins on December 1.



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Welcome back to the Sunday Drive, the column that aspires to provide your complete entertainment itinerary on a month-to-month basis. First up this month, an a-â&#x20AC;&#x153;mazeâ&#x20AC;?-ing test of mental acuity and physical dexterity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with a healthy dose of fun dolloped in for good measure â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in Massachusetts. Quite simply, the Davis family of Sterling has created a sterling example of grand scale, adventure/corn mazing. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just take your friendly, Sunday Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s word for it. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Game Magazine had to say about the Davis Mega Maze ( â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Granddaddy of the world's field mazes. Davis Mega Maze was also voted the safest maze by NBC-TV.â&#x20AC;? The concept for Davis' Mega Maze began across the street at Davis' Farmland in 1995. The idea at the time was novel, providing an exhibit for children in a small plot of corn.

The area designated for this children's maze was only 40 by 60 feet in size and it was more of an experience than a challenging puzzle. When the maze opened, children flocked through the entrance and trampled the corn. The exhibit was destroyed, and what seemed like such a great concept now appeared to be an impossible one. Sixth generation farmer Larry Davis relayed the traumatic maze experience to a good friend who also loved the concept and recommended finding a way to make it work. The first maze was created in two weeks. When it came time to open, the crop stood at 3 feet tall. They opted to have maze employees try to conquer the puzzle from beginning to end. When the employees couldn't solve it, they knew they had something good. This year, a crime has been committed at the Davis farmland. You must use your detective skills to figure out whodunnit. In order to solve this mystery you will need to locate and interrogate five suspects while navigating endless twists and turns and crossing over many bridges (including the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only double-decker bridge). Davis Mega Maze is never the same trip twice. The Davis Mega Maze is open through Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Weekend, Nov. 12. General admission is $16.95 for adults, $13.95 for children 5-12 and seniors over 60. Meanwhile, as the Davises amaze in maize, Foxwoods decided to utilize the occasion of autumn to flex its culinary muscles a

bit. Throughout the month of October, the popular resort and casino rolled out a new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extraordinary Eatsâ&#x20AC;? series â&#x20AC;&#x201C; wherein guests can have a special dining experience (including custom menus, celebrity chef demonstrations and more) at several of the premier restaurants on property. The series kicked off at with authentic, three-course meals at MGM Grand at Foxwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alta Strada, then continued the following week at Tom Colicchioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Craftsteak. The Sunday Driver was invited to a special sushi/sake sensory experience later in the month where Chef Kevin Long swiftly illustrated why MGMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shrine has become a temple for lovers of the cuisine. A rising star in the North East, Chef Long oversees eight celebrated New England restaurants for Big Night Entertainment Group. The restaurants under his direction are as diverse as Longâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own taste, developed through years of innovation and dedication to the freshest local ingredients. On the menu this evening were Wagyu Beef Nigiri â&#x20AC;&#x201C; crispy Chinese shallots served tataki style that he says has become a fast favorite at his Empire eatery in Boston â&#x20AC;&#x201C; followed by Washington State Wild Sockeye Salmon Nigiri and Haas Avocado Nigiri. The Spicy Tuna Gukan put a contemporary twist on a classic while the Kalbi Beef Skewers proved a perfect pair-

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ing of seasoning and texture. Complementing it all were two of Chef Longâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand-picked sakes for the evening, the clear, unpasteurized Ohtouka Namazake and the old style, cloudy Dreamy Clouds Nigori. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both sakes are less known and delicious, with great contrast and very food friendly,â&#x20AC;? he noted. For more information on Foxwoodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dining options and upcoming â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extraordinary Eats,â&#x20AC;? kindly point your browser to


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Call for Winterfest Parade Floats

STAFFORD - The Community and Civic Affairs Commission's annual Winterfest Parade is in need of marchers and floats. Winterfest starts as a parade and culminates with festivities at Stafford Town Hall. Individuals and groups who are interested in marching may decorate floats, trucks, sleighs and animals, or participate on foot. The parade will step off from Olympic Circle at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16, ending at the Stafford Town Hall, where the celebration will continue with a bonfire, refreshments, crafts for kids, an opportunity to visit with Santa, and music by the Stafford High School Madrigals. To submit a float entry or decorated vehicle in the Winterfest parade, or to register as a marcher, please contact Cindy Kabel at 860-604-1509.

Harvest Crafts Fair

SUFFIELD - The Suffield Fire Department Auxiliary will host the return of its Annual Crafts Fair on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center Firehouse, 73 Mountain Rd. (Rte 168), Suffield. Craftsmen and local artisans from the area will be displaying numerous items of interest, such as jewelry, hand-spun textiles, wooden items, jams/jellies, ornaments and holiday gift baskets, just to name a few.

Human Services Reaches Out To Community

Honored For Reading Educator Excellence

A Reading Department Celebration was held on Oct. 17 at the Staffordville School. Sandi Bidwell, left, reading teacher at Staffordville School, was named an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outstanding Reading Educator for Connecticutâ&#x20AC;? by the Connecticut Reading Association. Staffordville School received the â&#x20AC;&#x153;International Reading Association Exemplary Reading Program Award,â&#x20AC;? which Bidwell accepted in Chicago in April of this year. The Connecticut Association of Schools presented the Elementary School Exemplary Program Award to the Staffordville School Reading Support Program in November 2011. Above, Bidwell is presented with a U.S. congressional citation by Dr. Patricia Colin, Superintendent of Stafford Schools. Joe Courtneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office issued the statement and the citation. Photo by Chris Paradiso

EAST WINDSOR - Each year, the East Windsor Department of Human Services reaches out to neighbors and local businesses for donations in support of its various programs that its offers to residents in need. The greatest focus at this time of year is the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Baskets, the Adopt a Family program and the Santa Toy Shop Programs. The department continues to appeal to the community spirit to help it provide a happier holiday for less fortunate residents during these hard economic times If you would like to donate food, toys or gift items, please contact East Windsor Human Services Department for further details and to coordinate a drop-off time. If you have specific questions about the Holiday Programs or would like to volunteer to assist with in these Programs, please call East Windsor Human Services at 860-623-2430, or visit 25 School St., East Windsor.

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Stafford Middle School Announces First Term Honor Roll

STAFFORD - Kenneth Valentine, principal of Stafford Middle School announces the names of the following students who have achieved honor roll status for Term 1. HIGH HONORS GRADE 6 Paige Beaudoin Tyler Jay Campos Julia DeSantis-Raymond Colton Engel Emma Everhart-Deckard Isabelle Garreffa Ryleigh Gilman Julia Lybarger Lynesey Maloney Loren Pontz Abby Rose Lauren Smida Gabrielle Thayer Michael Vincenti HONORS GRADE 6 Adrianna Allevo Allisha Bakker Kyle Bradley

Nicole Casagrande Madison Corbin Steven Downs Ashley Fecko Grace Gardner Tyler Gilbert Destinee Gross Tiahna Guzzo Connor Hartnett Matthew Jacobsen Marissa Kallenbach Jeffrey Kology Samuel Lawson Joshua Lehmert Kody Messier Julianne Milnes Katelyn Murtha Brenden Pontz Albert Quintana Diana Robert Luis Sierra Elizabeth Sladek Zackary Sladek Talia Szozda Nick Wyse

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Arts Commission Thanks Supporters of Autumn in the Park

To the Editor: The Stafford Arts Commission would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the following contributors and friends of the Commission for their support of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Autumn in the Park. Special thanks go to Howard Buckland of American Sleeve Bearing, Gary Carra of the NorthCentral News, Ron Houle of American General Contracting, Inc., Peter Rossi of Rossi Brothers, the Stafford Public Library represented by Deb Gelatto, the Friends of the Stafford Library

represented by Deb Rodriguez, and Chestnut Hill Nursery represented by Kevin, Linda and Chris for sponsorship. The event would not have been such a success without the contributions and efforts of the following people: Kevin of Chestnut Hill Nurseries for the adorable baby pigs who heralded in the movie Babe; Juan Irving and Chris White for transporting performers and vendors to and fro; Bruce Davis for the use of his side-by-side; Ricky Young and Heidi-Jo Martin for tending the moon fires; Carmen

Coffee House Series Features Songwriters Tara Greenblat and Robert Bruey

STAFFORD - On Nov. 25, the Stafford Arts Commission, Coffee House Series, presents original singer/songwriters Tara Greenblat and Robert Bruey. Greenblat hails from New Hampshire and has been a frequent performer in the Boston music scene. Playing the djembe drum, she is an innovative and soulful storyteller who writes of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues, the earth and the joys of life. She is joined by her band: upright bassist Ramsey Thomas and acoustic guitarist Lou Eastman. Robert Bruey hails from Long Island but lived much of his life in Maine. He is a fingerstyle guitarist with an earthy and

soulful voice. His songs are honest, emotional, and introspective with imagery that enables listeners to visualize his stories. His performances are moving and intimate. The music begins at 7 p.m. at the Ben Muzio Town House (Old Town Hall), 221 East St., Rt. 19, Stafford Springs. For more information, call 860-6849500 or follow us on Facebook. The Coffee House will resume again in January with Marci Geller and Nenad Bach.

and Lindsey Eaton for helping set up and taking down of the tents; Joe and Mike Hipsky for the donation of the moon fire wood; Les Moulton and Ted Newsome for technical assistance with the fires; Jan Newsome for continued support of the commission and judging both the poetry and youth art contests; Tannis Longmore and Barb Breshnahan for judging the youth art contest; Dave Hare for assembling the display for the youth art contest; Gifton Lawrence of Handy Hands for lov-

ingly returning the donated plants; and, Jeff and his friends entertaining us all with fire dancing. As always, Town of Staffordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pete Williams and his crew created a welcoming outdoor environment. This event was made more memorable because of the efforts of these individuals and companies and the overall enthusiasm of the community and attendees. Georgia Michalec Chair Stafford Arts Commission

STAFFORD - The Stafford Elementary School PTO will host its annual Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stafford Elementary School on Levinthal Run. There will be many assorted vendors and crafters, as

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Palace Theater Marks Grand Re-opening with Programs By Barbara Bresnahan

STAFFORD - The Palace Theater marked its grand re-opening in downtown Stafford Springs with an Oct. 24 celebration featuring a concert by Coyote Grace, a West Coast band famed for its â&#x20AC;&#x153;rootsâ&#x20AC;? music. A ribbon-cutting ceremony began the much-anticipated evening, as David Bacchiochi, owner of the Palace Theater, was joined by Stafford First Selectman Richard Shuck, State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi and State Senator Tony Guglielmo. Originally operating as a vaudeville theater in 1900, the Palace Theater underwent several transformations over the years, including that of comedy venue in the 1930s, to movie theater from the early 1940s to 1960. More recently, the building had been used as a bar and pool hall, until its restoration by Bacchiochi, which began in 2011. It is now among only four operating vaudeville theaters left in Connecticut. Dubbed the Palace Theater, a name that dates back to 1959, the venue is full of historic artifacts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have the original bleachers, original pinrail, tin ceiling, the original spotlight, theater rail and housing, posters and the original pullies for the curtain. Sidewalls and masonry walls are all original,â&#x20AC;? noted Bacchiochi, who paid meticulous attention to detail throughout

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than just positive, excitement is brewing,â&#x20AC;? said Stafford Arts Commission Chairperson Georgia Michalec, who coordinated the booking of Coyote Grace. People will not have to be out until the wee hours to enjoy the excitement, either. Bacchiochi explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want the Palace Theater to become Connecticutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;home of the early show.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I know myself, lots of times my wife and I want to go out and see a band, but the music doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start until 10 or 11 p.m. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting ours at 7 and 8 p.m., so you can get up and go to work the next day or bring the kids to school. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working with our sound and lighting people to see that this happens.â&#x20AC;? In addition to concerts, the theater will host films, including local filmmaker Roger E. Ingrahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Callingâ&#x20AC;? on Dec. 8, which will be the venueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first film showing since 1959. Bacchiochi and his staff also hope to host a film festival in the near future, and are working on attracting comedians. Live musical acts will primarily be in the blues and folk genre, and will feature national traveling acts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With $150,000 worth of gear, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything too small. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting quality entertainers,â&#x20AC;? Bacchiochi noted. Although some shows may have an â&#x20AC;&#x153;age 18 or 21 and upâ&#x20AC;? restriction, the variety of performers will attract people of all ages, said Media Director Nick Zenek. Zenek is responsible for both the theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook page and website,, where a list of upcoming entertainment can be found. Tickets are currently on sale for Mike Delguidice and Big Shot, Shaboo Allstars/Mohegan Sun All Stars, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and The Calling: A Documentary Narrative-Film with Live Performances (for all ages.)

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