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• REGIONAL: Your guide to the best fall activities taking place....................p. 3 • EAST WINDSOR: Residents oppose paying for hydrant costs................p. 6 • ELLINGTON: Town will hunt down trash delinquents..........................p. 9 • ENFIELD: Voters will have two questions to decide ..............: ...........p. 13 • SOMERS: Trio honored for work with flag celebration ..........................p. 15 • SOMERS: Education foundation earns statewide award ........................p. 23 • STAFFORD: 5th budget vote is the charm for passage ......................p. 29 • SUFFIELD: Library moves ..........p. 32

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ENFIELD - “The Town of Enfield is proud to close out a wonderful season of Enfield’s first Community & Farmers’ Market with the very first Fall-O-Ween Festival in Thompsonville at Freshwater Pond on Saturday, Nov. 1,” says Courtney Hendricson, Assistant Town Manager, Development Services. Food and craft vendors as well as local farmers have been lining up next to scenic Freshwater Pond, which has new, beautiful fountains every Wednesday from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. (or dusk) throughout the summer to share their goods and talents. The Town of Enfield has celebrated a sense of community and enjoyed live music for the past 17 weeks. The Community and Farmers market will close out its season on Saturday, Nov. 1, with its first Fall-O-Ween Festival. The Festival will include a live fire performance at 4 p.m., a sneak peak in “Scary Strandland,” food truck(s)/vendors, touch a fire truck between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and end the evening with a family movie on Higgins Green at 5:30 p.m. as the weekly Community Farmers’ Market comes to an end. “Trick or treating will be a main theme to this festival and the community is welcome to wear their favorite Halloween costumes as they tour the beautiful Thompsonville community garden and community market. There will be plenty of fresh baked goods, farm to table market items and warm, freshly popped kettle corn popcorn as well as crafters and community vendors,” Hendricson says. “There will also be an opportunity for a chance to win a Halloween gift basket worth $500. It’s about building a sense of community and showcasing the gem of Thompsonville as a traditional downtown village. If you have not been by Freshwater Pond in Thompsonville to see all the changes and enjoy the community and farmers market each week, come join us on Saturday, Nov. 1 … don’t miss out,” Hendricson says.

Annual Veterans Day 5k Road Race

EAST WINDSOR - On Saturday, Nov. 8, the East Windsor Veterans Commission will sponsor the 15th annual Veterans Day 5K Road Race. The race begins at the East Windsor Town Hall, 11 Rye Street, Broad Brook.

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Early number pickup and late registration begins at 8 a.m. The Veterans Day memorial service will be at 9:30 a.m. and the road race begins at 10 a.m. Race fees are as follows: up to age 17, $6 up to and including race day; ages 18 and beyond, $12 postmarked by Nov. 1. After Nov. 1 and on race day $15. Race registration forms are available at the town website at on the homepage under News & Announcements and they are also located in town buildings.

Young Author’s Event

ENFIELD - Meet children’s and young adult authors from Enfield and surrounding towns. Dawn Metcalf, Sheryl Brookman Haraghey, Dee Blackwood, Dorothy Voyer, J Monkeys, and PJ Sharon are just a few of the authors you can meet at the Enfield Public Library’s third Children’s and Young Adult Local Author’s Fair. The fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. until noon. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served.

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‘Fiddler on the Roof’

BROAD BROOK - Opera House Players, Inc. presents the classic musical “Fiddler On The Roof” at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St., Broad Brook, on Nov. 14-30 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.). Tickets available by calling the box office at 860-292-6068 or visiting Tickets are $21 (adults) and $17 (under 12/over 60). The cast includes residents of East Windsor, Ellington, Somers, and Vernon. “Fiddler On The Roof” is a musical set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. Memorable songs from the show include “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” and “If I Were a Rich Man.” Upcoming events at the Broad Brook Opera House include A-Ray Of Elvis Holiday Show (December 6 and 7), “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (February 2015), and “Spamalot” (May 2015). Gift certificates are available by calling the box office.

Holiday Extravaganza

ENFIELD - Enfield Junior Women’s Club (EJWC) is having its annual “Holiday Shopping Extravaganza” on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is being held at Asnuntuck

Community College, 170 Elm Street in Enfield. EJWC is looking for vendors to rent a table for this event. Please call Louann at 860-818-2782 by Nov. 1 to reserve a table.

Annual Fall Bake Sale

SOMERS - The Ladies Aide Society of the Congregational Church of Somersville will be hosting its annual fall bake sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 in the social hall of the church located at 22 Maple Street. A variety of fresh home-baked goodies will be available including pies, cakes, cookies, bars, breads, and candies. Tables offering an assortment of Christmas decorations as well as homemade jams and jellies, relishes, baked beans, etc. will be for sale as will a selection of Attic Treasures. Come, buy your sweet treat for Thanksgiving (or enjoy it before then). Funds earned by the Ladies Aide benefit church programs and activities.

Community Service

SOMERS - The Annual Somers Community Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Somers Congregational Church, 599 Main St. The service is sponsored by All Saints Roman Catholic Church, the Congregational Church of Somersville and the Somers Congregational United Church of Christ. There will be a reading of the Governor’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, Shirley Warner’s annual Somers Year in Review and a combined choir. Refreshments will follow the service. Everyone is invited to attend and anyone who would like to join the combined choir (regardless of church affiliation) is welcome to call (860 763-4021) or email ( for more information about the music and rehearsal times.

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EAST WINDSOR – An agreement on street lighting and fire hydrants for condominiums remains uncertain. While the Board of Selectmen in September had reached a tentative agreement with the East Windsor Condominium Association, opposition to the proposal leaves it in question. The association is seeking town reimbursements for those costs. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at its Sept. 16 meeting to consider a proposal, which would involve allocating $10,000 for lights and $10,000 for hydrants in the town budget. The agreement had been adopted as a “nonbinding framework to develop a reasonable plan to implement reimbursement for the cost associated with streetlights and fire hydrants.” At the Oct. 7 selectmen’s meeting,

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running mate is Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. Foley’s running mate is Heather Somers. Malloy and Wyman also have been endorsed by the Working Families Party. Foley and Somers also have been endorsed by the Independent Party. Also in the race are petitioning candidate Joe Visconti and his running mate, Chester Frank Harris. 1st Congressional District Incumbent Democrat John B. Larson is being challenged by Republican Matthew M. Corey. Larson also has been endorsed by the Working Families party. Also in the race is Green Party candidate Jeffery Russell. 2nd Congressional District Incumbent Democrat Joe Courtney is being challenged by Republican Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh, Green Party candidate William C. Clyde and Libertarian Party candidate Daniel Reale. Courtney also has been endorsed by the Working Families party.

Secretary of the State Incumbent Democrat Denise W. Merrill is being challenged by Republican Peter Lumaj. Merrill also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party and Lumaj by the Independent Party. Also in the race is Green Party candidate S. Michael DeRosa. Treasurer Incumbent Democrat Denise L. Nappier is being challenged by Republican Timothy M. Herbst. Nappier also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party and Herbst by the Independent Party. Comptroller Incumbent Democrat Kevin Lembo is being challenged by Republican Sharon J. McLaughlin. Lembo also has been endorsed by the Working Families party and McLaughlin by the Independent Party. Also running is Green Party candidate Rolf W. Maurer. Attorney General Incumbent Democrat George Jepsen is being challenged by Republican Kia

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Westby. Jepsen also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party and Westby by the Independent Party. Also in the race is Libertarian Party candidate Stephen E. Fournier. 3rd State Senatorial District Republican Sean Kelly of Ellington and Republican state Rep. Timothy D. Larson of East Hartford are running for state Senate in the 3rd District. The seat is currently held by state Sen. Gary LeBeau, who is not seeking re-election and was held by Larson’s brother John, who is now the Congressman from the 1st District. Chairman of the Ellington Economic Development Commission, Kelly works at Bearings Specialty. Larson, the former mayor of East Hartford and a current state representative, is president of Larson and Lysik Insurance Agency. Kelly said the economy and the cost of government are the key issues in the state Senate race. “We have some fantastic advantages in Connecticut … what we need to do is reduce some of the barriers,” he said. Kelly said the state needs

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ELLINGTON – It’s time to pay up for what you throw out. The Board of Selectman in October discussed the town’s handling of delinquent trash collection accounts. The selectmen agreed that the town would begin collection procedures beginning in November, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. A state marshal will begin collecting from those who owe the town for trash

pickup. In addition to the back fees owed, the homeowner will be charged an additional 15 percent, which represents the marshal’s fee. The selectmen voted in September to increase the trash collection fees. The town no longer has a dump or transfer station open to residents, and trash collection is mandatory. The town contracts with a refuse collector, but the previous fee structure had not been sufficient to cover the town’s costs.

Weekly Library Programs in Ellington

ELLINGTON - The Hall Memorial Library still has openings in several children’s programs. On Mondays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., there is a Babies & Books program for children 9 months to 2½ years old, with a caregiver. The program will meet Nov. 3. There will be the reading of board books, singing of songs, and a playtime. On Tuesdays, a program for 3-5-year-olds is offered from 10:15 a.m.-11 a.m. This story hour will run every Tuesday through Nov. 18.

Caregivers are asked to remain in the Children’s Area of the library during the program. For children who are already 2½ years old with a caregiver, there is a Story Hour on Fridays from 10:15 a.m.10:45 a.m. This is a time of stories, movement activities, and a story-related craft. This program will continue until Nov. 21. For each of these programs, online registration is required. Go to the or call the library at 860-870-3160.


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ELLINGTON - All aboard for fun and excitement on the high seas with the Opening Knight Players, Ellington High School’s Drama Club, in their production of the first-class musical comedy, “Anything Goes!” At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, as well as both 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, the Gordon C. Getchell Auditorium transforms into the deck of the SS American for a voyage of big laughs and big musical numbers. Over 75 members of the Opening Knight Players are participating in this fall musical, directed by the high school’s Drama teacher, William Prenetta. Vocal direction will be provided by Ellington Middle School vocal teacher Roberta Angelica and Jason Neeson, an Ellington High School graduate, will serve as musical director for the production. When stockbroker Billy Crocker must choose between his good friend,

nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, and his dream girl, debutante Hope Harcourt, he finds himself sneaking aboard an ocean liner headed for England. Aboard he meets cast of colorful characters, including a muddled mobster, a brash businessman and a clueless English lord as he finds his journey to be far from smooth sailing. Featuring spectacular dance numbers and a collection of unforgettable Cole Porter songs, including “Anything Goes,” “You’re the Top,” “Friendship,” and “It’s De-Lovely,” this musical is a must “sea” for everyone. Debuting in 1934 in the midst of the Depression, “Anything Goes!” became an instant success, running for over 400 performances. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $8 for adults and $6 for students/senior citizens. Bring your friends and family for a toe-tapping good time aboard the SS American!

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Congregational Church 53rd Farmhouse Fair

ELLINGTON - The Ellington Congregational Church, 72 Main St., will hold its 53rd annual Farmhouse Fair on Friday, Nov. 7, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured items made by church members will include Christmas decorations, Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls and clothes for 18-inch dolls, fall crafts, knitted and hand-sewn items and inspirational gifts. Home-made baked goods, featuring apple pie and cookies, will also be for sale. Dinner will be served Friday evening and luncheon on Saturday

beginning at 11 a.m. with live music performances both days. A special feature this year will be handcrafted items from the Lakota Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Senior Pastor Don Bailey-François will be on hand to provide information about his work on the Lakota reservation over the past several years. Come to the Congregational Church and enjoy this old-fashioned fair and get a good start on your holiday shopping while relaxing and enjoying good food and musical entertainment.

ELLINGTON - Santa and Mrs. Claus are once again preparing to participate in Ellington’s annual Winterfest celebration, which will begin with a “TreeLighting Ceremony” on the Town Green gazebo bordering Maple and Main Streets (Rts. 140 and 286), and include many town-wide activities, on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pictures can be taken prior to the spectacular “Torchlight Parade,” which will begin to

make its way down Ellington’s Main Street (Rt. 286) at 5:15 p.m. And, for another great treat, join us on Friday evening, Dec. 5, as The Ellington Singers will kick off the Winterfest by presenting a fun-filled, sing-along concert of holiday music at Hall Memorial Library at 7 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Library afterward.

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Winter Ellington Farmers’ Market Now on Saturdays

ELLINGTON - Indian Valley YMCA, located at 11 Pinney St. in Ellington, will once again host the Winter Ellington Farmers’ Market two Saturdays a month from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. beginning Nov. 22. The market will consist of 20 vendors offering a wide variety of local and fresh products. To the delight of the loyal customer base that has been developed over the past three years at both the summer and winter markets, popular “anchors” The Fish Market, LuAnn’s Bakery and Trinity Dairy will be returning to the winter market. In addition, locally grown or produced greenhouse produce, beef, poultry, pork, mushrooms, jams, jellies, pickles, preserves, specialty foods, handcrafted soaps and artisan wares will be available weekly. Additional products provided by guest vendors will rotate throughout the season. Market Master Dianne Trueb and YMCA District Executive Director John Reilly offer the market on Saturday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. this year in response to an overwhelming

request from customers. Previous winter markets were held held on Friday afternoons. The collaboration between the two parties is a great example of working together for the good of the community. The dates of the winter market are: Nov. 22, Dec. 6 and 20, Jan. 10 and 24, Feb. 7 and 21, and March 7 and 21. A list of vendors and schedules can be found on their website at where you can also sign up to receive their newsletter as a reminder of the winter dates. ELLINGTON - Are you an Ellington stay-at-home parent or a parent who works full-time or part-time who also happens to be the primary caregiver to your child or children during the daytime? Then the MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) of Ellington is just for you. Please contact Emily Byam at to join or for more information.

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Holy Family Parish Offers Children’s Mass

ENFIELD - Holy Family Parish will be offering its first-ever family and children’s Mass this coming Sunday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. This unique Mass is offered to everyone and is geared towards children and families. The Mass volunteers and participant positions will

all be held by parish children. There also will be offered a children’s homily where the children will be invited to join the priest on the altar while he discusses the gospel and readings of the day. After Mass all are welcome to join in the parish hall for refreshments.

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Enfield Voters Have Two Questions To Decide at the Polls


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ENFIELD -- When town voters go to the polls on Nov. 4, in addition to choosing candidates and voting on the statewide referendum question, they will be deciding the fate of two local referendum questions: the town roads project and the charter revision. Roads project The town is asking voters to approve a $60 million appropriation for the reconstruction and repair of town roads and the issuance of bonds not to exceed $57.5 million to pay for the project. The project includes repairing sidewalks, pedestrian ramps and associated drainage facilities.

Charter revision Voters also will be asked to approve changes to the town charter. While most of the changes are procedural, such as using gender neutral language, the revision calls for residents to be able to petition the Town Council to propose an ordinance or the repeal of a vote, resolution or ordinance. The proposed changes were adopted by the Charter Revision Commission. The Town Council later voted to send the proposal to the November referendum. The full text of the proposed charter changes is available on the town website,

ENFIELD - The United Methodist Church of Enfield Holiday Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair will feature homemade apple and fruit pies, the church’s famous fresh-

ly baked cookie walk and baked goods. Handmade crafts and a children’s room will also be available. A light lunch will be served as well. United Methodist Church, located at 41 Brainard Rd., is handicap accessible.

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ACC’s Diversity Committee and Associate Professor Marilynn Turner sponsored a talk by Beverly Morgan-Welch, executive director of the Museum of African American History in Boston. She discussed “Twelve Years a Slave,” the book and the movie. A reception followed the event. ACC and the Enfield Public Library sponsored numerous book discussions and a viewing of the film prior to the event. Photo by Julie Cotnoir

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ENFIELD - This November and December, visit the Enfield Public Library for newly released movies appearing on the big screen! Kicking things off on Friday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. is a movie that highlights the intensity of the NFL’s draft day. The clock is ticking as Kevin Costner, who plays Sonny, the general manager of the Cleveland Browns football team, faces familial and personal complications while having to make a difficult recruitment choice in the hopes of rebuilding his team. Get ready to whet your appetite on Friday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. as an acclaimed chef, played by Jon Favreau, reaches his boiling point, quits his job, and decides to refurbish an old food truck in order to offer quality cooking on his own terms. On Friday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. watch as Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu MbathaRaw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy captain, falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son who, with Belle’s help, endeavors to end slavery in England. Finally, on Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m., grab your dancing shoes as this musical

biography follows a quartet of friends from the wrong side of the New Jersey tracks who face tough times and triumphs on their way to becoming an iconic rock and roll group. Films are free and everyone is welcome. No need to register.

Centennial Book Discussion

ENFIELD - The year 2014 marks the Pearl Street Branch Library’s 100th Anniversary. Join the library for a yearlong Pearl Street Branch Centennial Celebration. The thought-provoking series, “Book Discussions Through the Decades,” continues with Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Pearl Street Branch Library. Special guest facilitator Karen Jarmoc is the executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Refreshments will be served at the discussion and copies of the book are available for check-out at either library location.

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Trio Honored for Flags Display at Somers Congregational Church


By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS – Two residents and a town employee were honored at the Oct. 16 Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Jo-Ann M. Hornyak and Ann B. Kirkpatrick received the 2014 Robert B. Percoski Community Service Award for their work in coordinating the Field of Flags Display at the Somers Congregational Church. The 2014 Adolph P. Anderson Quality Employee Award was presented to Town Clerk Ann Marie Logan for her dedication to high quality service, professionalism and attention to detail. “Ann is a key resource for not only Town Hall staff, but for the residents as well. She is the keeper of all vital records, functions as our compliance manager and is usually the go-to person for residents, answering questions ranging from ‘How do I get a marriage license?’ to ‘What do I do now that there is a bear in my yard?’ ” First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. “Ann has consistently been a tremendous support during all town emergen-

Selectman Kathy Devlin, left, Selectman Bud Knorr and First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini (far right) present the 2014 Adolph P. Anderson Quality Employee Award to Ann Marie Logan. cies ensuring necessary communications are relayed to residents, has been supportive with regard to technology advances at Town Hall and provides a sense of balance during stressful periods by performing her job with the utmost professionalism,” she said.

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State Senate, House Races To Be Decided Nov. 4 by Voters


to get a rein on spending, adding that it is not a Republican problem or a Democratic problem. “This is a on very expensive projects and proConnecticut problem.” grams that have not reaped any “I think that voters need an extra rewards,” Kissel said. choice,” Penta said, adding voters He advocates following New York should not have to pick from the party state’s lead in having programs that fosline. She said the state needs to make ter more small businesses. He especially sure workers are able to get what they would like the state to emulate the proneed, taxes should not be too high, and gram that surrounds the State University education should be fully funded. of New York campuses, where business52nd State House District es are given tax incentives to locate near Republican Kurt Vail of Stafford, the campuses. He compares this to Democrat David Pinney of Somers, and Connecticut’s method of giving tax Linda Louise LaCasse of Somers, a petiincentives to large companies. tioning candidate, are seeking the 52nd “Business clusters are a proven stratstate House seat. Vail also has been egy to the multiple competitive threats endorsed by the Independent Party. State from companies that enjoy optimal ecoRep. Penny Bacchiochi, who unsuccessnomic conditions. To level the playing fully sought the Republican nomination field with subsidized companies in forfor lieutenant governor, is not seeking eign countries, we need to implement a re-election. streamlined process for business creVail is a former prison guard at the Osborn Correctional Institution in Volunteers Needed Somers and an insurance agent in Stafford. He served on the Stafford The purpose of the organization shall be to promote and foster increased literacy and English language proficiency in Northern Connecticut and contiguous areas, primarily through volunteer teaching of, and assistance to, adults who are Board of Education. Pinney, former

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ation and support that remains stable over a long period of time. I would also suggest special tax breaks for companies that use other companies within that industry group to further bolster one region as a competitive network over other areas in the country and the world,” Kelly said. 35th State Senatorial District Incumbent Republican Tony Guglielmo of Stafford is being challenged by Working Families Party candidate Andrea Penta of Ellington. Guglielmo retired as president and owner of the Penny-Hanley & Howley Co. Inc. in Stafford. Penta is a fundraiser for Covenant to Care for Children. “The legislature’s key responsibility is to come up with a budget that’s sustainable and affordable,” Guglielmo said. “We haven't been doing a very good job of that.” He said the state needs

first selectman of Somers and current Somers Housing Authority chairman, is a farmer. LaCasse is the owner of A Victorian Sentiment in Somers. “I'm kind of frustrated with what’s going on in Connecticut,” Vail said. He said the focus needs to be on jobs and reducing taxes. He said the state’s small businesses need help. Pinney said he wants “to re-establish fiscal control at the state level.” With a large state deficit projected, Pinney said, “We need to find ways to balance the budget as required by the state constitution,” while continuing necessary services. “Our present leadership has been out of touch with what the people of Somers and Stafford need and want,” LaCasse said. “Overspending must stop. We need to be examples of good stewardship with our time and the people’s money.” 57th State House District Incumbent Republican state Rep. Christopher Davis is being challenged

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Esteemed Organist Returns to Play in His Hometown


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Seventh-graders at Somers’ Mabelle B. Avery School reincarnate “MJ” from the hit movie “The Wiz” as a team activity to raise funds for the school’s community service group. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Luginbuhl’s Class

SOMERS - Organist Christopher Houlihan has won wide acclaim for his performances all over North America. The Wall Street Journal cited his “dazzling performances,” the New York Times praised his ‘flexibility and clarity,” and the Los Angeles Times dubbed him an “eloquent musician.” A graduate of Trinity College, on Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. Houlihan brings one of his trademark fiery performances to his hometown of Somers at the Somers Congregational Church. The program will feature works by Bach, Vierne, Sowerby, and Widor. Somers Congregational Church is home to a new Richards, Fowkes & Co. Opus 21 organ that was beautifully restored after the devastating fire in 2012 and was dedicated this September. Admission is by free-will donation. More information can be found at Houlihan’s Fall tour includes performances in Jackson, Mississippi; San

Antonio; Detroit; Hartford; and Los Angeles with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Brass at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Church Turkey Dinner

SOMERS - The annual family style turkey dinner, complete with real turkey breast, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, winter squash, cranberry sauce, tossed salad, homemade rolls and breads, pumpkin pie and beverage will be held at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St. on Saturday, Nov. 15. Reservations for the dinner (two sittings are offered: 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.) or for takeout orders should be placed (beginning Saturday, Nov. 1) by contacting the church office at 860-749-7741 or emailing Cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-10. The church’s dining hall is handicap accessible.

The Somers Volunteer Fire Department would like to send a big Thank You to all of our wonderful sponsors of the 29th Annual William J. Savioli Memorial Golf Tournament which was held this past May.

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by Democrat Nicole Kidney. Both are Ellington residents. Davis is a realtor. Kidney works for the Connecticut Public Health Association as an advocate for children’s health policies. Davis said the state needs to improve its economy and “make Connecticut more affordable to live here.” He noted the numbers of young professionals and senior citizens moving out of state. He added the business community continues to struggle, and the state needs to make it easier to do business here. Kidney said she would concentrate on education and jobs if elected. “One can’t survive without the other,” she said. “We need to commit to providing our kids with a good education.” She added the state needs to lower the cost of doing business here. 58th State House District Incumbent Democrat David Alexander, who has also been endorsed by the Working Families Party, is being challenged by Republican Tom Kienzler, who also has been endorsed by the Independent Party. Both are Enfield residents. Alexander is a captain in the Marine Reserves and serves as the company commander of H&S Company, for 1st Battalion, 25th Marines. Kienzler is a territory sales manager for Colonial Life.

“Connecticut has fallen to the bottom of the list compared to other states,” Kienzler said. “We must enable job creation, we must reduce taxation on struggling elderly, and we must fix the state pension system or most state employees will not collect the pensions they have worked for.” Alexander could not be reached for comment for this story. 59th State House District Incumbent Democrat David William Kiner, who also has been endorsed by the Working Families Party, is being challenged by Republican Rob Kwasnicki, who also has been endorsed by the Independent Party. Both are Enfield residents. Kiner is a client service representative at Pro Unlimited. Kwasnicki is director of marketing for “I wanted to do something for the state,” Kwasnicki said. He said he is concerned about the ballooning state budget and unfunded state pension debt, as well as the Common Core for education. He said the expanding size of state government is burdening state citizens. Kiner could not be reached for comment for this story. 61st House District Incumbent Republican Tami Zawistowski, who also has been endorsed by the Independent Party, is being challenged by Joe Doering. Both

are East Granby residents. Zawistowski was elected after the death of State Rep. Elaine O’Brien of brain cancer in February. Zawistowski is the owner of Resource Books LLC and the former executive vice president of Northeast Savings. Doering is the owner of Computer Salvage and Repair of East Granby, as well as the owner of a charter fishing business. He formerly was a co-owner of the Porter and Chester Institute. “I think we need to become more business friendly,” Zawistowski said. “If we get a better business climate, it’s going to help everybody.” Doering, a member of the East Granby Board of Education, said he is concerned about jobs, education, family and mental health issues. He said he would like to see a moratorium on changes in education and let teachers catch up to the current curriculum. He said the state should make better use of the community college system and better promote its educated population. “Connecticut’s always been

known for its talented workforce,” he said. Judge of Probate Tim Keeney is running unopposed for re-election as probate judge in the 11th Probate District. The district includes Enfield, Somers, Stafford and Union. Marianne Lassman Fisher is running unopposed for re-election as probate judge in the 12th Probate District. The district includes Ellington and Vernon. Steven Zelman is running unopposed for re-election as probate judge in the 3rd Probate District. The district includes Suffield, East Granby, Windsor Locks and Bloomfield. Registrar of Voters In East Windsor, Republican Linda C. Sinsigallo and Democrat Angelo Sevarino are running for registrar of voters. In Ellington, Republican Wanda DeLand and Democrat Susan J, Luginbuhl are running for registrar of voters.

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SOMERS - The Somers Education Foundation (SEF) is pleased to announce that it has recently received the 2014 Foundation Celebration Award for the State of Connecticut by the Connecticut Consortium of Education Foundation (CTCEF). On Tuesday, Sept. 30, at CTCEF's annual conference, Dr. Paul Salva, SEF’s president, accepted this prestigious honor on behalf of the foundation. Superintendent of Schools Maynard Suffredini and SEF board member Terri Henderson accompanied Dr. Salva at the conference. The Somers Education Foundation, celebrating its 10th year of supporting Somers Public Schools, has provided a total of $205,000 in grants for innovative educational initiatives while building an endowment of over $300,000. This year alone, the foundation has provided $37,000 in school grants. Examples of support to the Somers Public Schools include: 1. Funding for whiteboard technology and internet capabilities in every class-


4. Funded a computer reading literacy laboratory in the middle school. 5. Funded a literacy fluency program in the elementary school. 6. Funded many professional development grants for teachers to attend training sessions to enhance their classroom teaching. Dr. Joe Erardi, chair of the selection committee, states, “CTCEF had dozens of applicants for recognition and the

From left, Dr. Maynard Suffredini, Somers’ Superintendent of Schools; Terri Henderson, SEF Board Member; Liz Stokes, President of CTCEF; and Dr. Paul Salva, SEF President. room in the high school and elementary school. 2. Funding for iPads that has provided every student with this new technology and has enhanced the way teachers teach and the way students learn. 3. Funded the robotics program at the high school and extended it to the middle school.

Somers application so proudly represents all others as a hard-working, caring board who are all in for children.” The Connecticut Consortium of Education Foundations facilitates the creation, growth, and effectiveness of local education foundations in CT. CTCEF encourages education foundations to share and collaborate with each other and with other community-based organizations.

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Ask Your Librarian The library is offering a new service for busy people. Spend a half hour of quality time with our reference librarian, Cecelia Becker, to ask specific questions, or to get one-on-one computer help. Call 860-763-3501 or email to arrange for a convenient time. Upcoming Computer Classes Class size is limited. Please call 860-763-3501 to register for any one of the following classes. Social Networking: Wed., Nov. 5, 10-11:30 a.m. Find out about Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, & Instagram. Pictures on the Computer: Wed., Nov. 12, 1011:30 a.m. Learn how to organize pictures on your computer, how to attach them to email and how to place them in documents. Hidden Treasures from Your Library: Wed., Nov. 19, 10-11:30 a.m. Your library card can give you access from home to an extraordinary amount of information. Find out how to access our databases, including newspapers, magazines, medical information, and more! Labels for Your Christmas Cards: Wed., Nov. 26, 10-11:30 a.m. Bring your address book and learn how to make mailing labels to save time during this busy season. Holiday Table Top Decoration Contest Fire up your imagination and create a tabletop or mantel decoration, a centerpiece, or anything that says the holiday season to you! We’ll display the items on our low bookcases and library visitors will vote for their favorite. Please – no hanging designs or precious heirlooms. A gift basket will be awarded for the most pleasing, festive display. The exhibit will begin November 28 and end December 18. Book Discussion The non-fiction book discussion group will meet on Tues., Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron. Denise Stankovics will lead a discussion of The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman on Wed., Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m. Copies of the books will be available at the library. Please call the library to register for the discussion.

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Movie Matinees Each month the library features one or more newly released films. Movies begin at1:00 p.m. in the Blake Community Room and are shown with subtitles when available. Please check our website or call the library for a listing of upcoming films. Share Your Warmth This Holiday Season The library will be collecting donations of new hats, scarves, mittens and gloves beginning December 1

through December 15. These items will be distributed to local families as needed throughout the holiday season. Display Case Do you have a collection of items that you would like to exhibit in our display case? The case is located near the front desk and is lockable. Contact Francine Aloisa at or stop by the main desk for more information.

A Visit with Little Critter Saturday, November 15, 11-11:30 a.m. For ages 2 & up with parents. Little Critter from the book series by author/illustrator Mercer Mayer joins us for a special storytime. Be sure to bring your camera for pictures with Little Critter. Register now for this event.

bring along their cameras. Due to the popularity of the Snacks with Santa program, registration must be done in person at the library, beginning Nov. 22. Admission to each session will be with ticket only. Children must be Somers residents 8 years old or younger.


Holiday Reading Program November 12-December 22 Stop by the children’s room and join our reading program. Pick up your first reading sheet beginning Wed., Nov. 12. Return your completed reading log to the library for a special surprise. The reading program is for children ages 2-8.

Find the Elf on the Shelf December 1-19 One of Santa’s elves will be visiting the library during December. He will be hiding in a different spot each day in the library. When you find him, let a staff person know to receive to special treat and a raffle ticket for our holiday goodie basket

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Saturday, December 6 The Friends of the Somers Public Library will hold their annual Snacks with Santa Program. 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

Two Right Feet Music & Movement Friday, December 12, 10:30 a.m. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the winter season through story, music and dance with Two Right Feet (2RF). For ages 2-5 years of age with parents. Registration for this event begins on Nov. 24.

Holiday Ornament Workshop Saturday, December 13, 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 Nov. 22.

Gingerbread Fun Night! Tuesday, December 16, 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 Dec. 1. Magic Show with Ed Popielarczyk Monday, December 29, 2:00 p.m. Join the fun with Ed and his Magical Moments show! His show will entertain us with lots of laughs, audience participation and, of course, magic. For ages 3 & up. Registration for this event begins Dec. 15.


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Somers Grill and Tap Room Hosting Women’s Club Event

SOMERS - The Somers Grill and Tap Room and Webster Bank are teaming up to help with a Somers Women’s Club fundraiser. On Wednesday, Nov. 5, a percentage of revenue from food and drinks purchased at the restaurant between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. will be donated to the club. The newly reopened, family-style restaurant is owned by experienced restraunteurs, Daniel and Thomas Dineen, and is located at 124 Main St. in Somers. Webster Bank has generously donated eight UConn football tickets for the Nov. 22 game, and the Dineens have also donated eight New England Patriot tickets (date not yet determined) to be among the prizes to be raffled. The tickets will be won in packets of two. Many other prizes will be awarded as well as the proceeds of a 50/50 raffle. All funds received by the Somers

Women’s Club are used to provide college scholarships and to assist in various town projects.

See’s Candies Benefit for Women’s Club

SOMERS - The Somers Women’s Club is now selling California’s famous See’s Candies. The sweets will be available for the holiday season, wrapped in holiday paper and ready for gift giving. A box of the nationally known chocolates makes a wonderful hostess gift. By placing your order with the Somers Women’s Club, you will save on delivery charges. All orders must be prepaid and made before Nov. 10. Please call Maureen at 860-749-7518 or Marie at 860-749-7462 for a flyer and further information. Profits from this fundraiser will benefit the Somers Women’s Club Scholarship Fund and other community needs. The Somers Women’s Club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut.

Somers High School Pops Concert

SOMERS - The Somers High School Music Department will hold its annual Pops Music Concert on Thursday, Nov. 6, and  Friday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.  in the Somers High School auditorium. The concert will include performances by the band, chorus, jazz choir, and selected soloists.

Tickets are $8 and may be ordered and purchased in advance from a high school music student or at the door. The Pops Concert is a fundraiser sponsored by the Somers Music Patrons to support all music programs throughout the Somers School District. Also, proceeds from the concert are used to sponsor scholarships and awards to students in the various music programs.

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Malloy Appoints William J. McGurk to the Board of Regents


HARTFORD - Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the appointment of William J. McGurk of Somers to serve as a member of the state Board of Regents for Higher Education. “Bill has a tremendous amount of experience, having spent most of his career with one of Connecticut’s mostrespected community banks,� said Governor Malloy. “His addition to the Board of Regents — and passion for the system’s 17 colleges and universities — will benefit the board’s efforts to increase the number of students completing college. Bill’s strong connections to the business community will help students gain a competitive edge in the global workforce.� “A passionate supporter of higher education in the state of Connecticut, I am pleased that Bill has accepted this opportunity to serve on the Board of Regents,� said Nick Donofrio, Board of Regents Chairman. “His banking and community service experience will benefit the system’s 17 colleges and universities, and ensure our students receive a quality education that will prepare them for the 21st century workforce.� “I am honored to accept this appointment and to begin work with the Board of Regents in providing accessible and affordable education for students across our state,� McGurk said. “I look forward

to being part of this organization and ensuring our students have rewarding academic experiences.� McGurk built a successful career at Rockville Bank, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1980 until his retirement in 2011. He has 31 years of banking experience with Rockville Bank — now United Bank — and has worked in the banking industry for 45 years. He previously served as Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Executive Officer of the Clinton Savings Bank in Massachusetts; and Vice President of City Savings Bank of Pittsfield. In 1981, he was elected to

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Rockville Bank’s Board of Directors and served until 2013. Throughout his dedicated career with Rockville Bank, McGurk was a major champion of community banks and had an enthusiasm for the Connecticut Community College system. In 2005, McGurk was nominated by Governor M. Jodi Rell to the State of Connecticut Community College Board of Trustees where he served as Audit Chairman and Vice Chairman until the board disbanded. An active member of the Manchester Community College Foundation Board for more than 15 years, McGurk served 10 years as Treasurer and was elected Member Emeritus. He was a member of the foundation’s Investment Committee and was Honorary Chair of “An Evening of Fine Wines� in 2002 and 2007. In 2005, the Rockville Bank Community Foundation made the second largest gift ever to Manchester Community College (MCC) from a local business to benefit MCC’s faculty, students and programs. In 2013, a computer laboratory in MCC’s Rockville Bank Foundation

Computer Center was named for McGurk. The William J. McGurkRockville Bank Scholarship was created in 2011 to honor his retirement from Rockville Bank and to help students further their academic careers. He also served on the Asnuntuck Community College Foundation. He  is past Chairman of the Bankers Advisory Board of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and past President of Connecticut Community Bankers Association. McGurk served as trustee at the Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) from 1995–2011, was Vice Chairman and Chairman, and a member of ECHN’s Medical Executive Committee. He was elected to the Board of the New England Air Museum in 2012, serves on the museum’s Strategic Planning Committee, is a member of the Diocese of Norwich’s Finance Committee, and is an active member of Rotary International. He and his wife Mary have five children, two grandchildren, and live in Somers.

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Integrated Rehabilitation Services Opens Clinics in Enfield, Stafford


STAFFORD Integrated Rehabilitation Services recently announced the addition of two clinics, one in Enfield and one in Stafford. The Enfield clinic is located at 145 Hazard Ave. (Rte. 190), and the Stafford clinic is located at 58A West Stafford Rd. (Rte. 190). Both clinics are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., providing a full range of physical therapy services. The Enfield clinic is a new partnership with Enfield Physical Therapy. Shelly Quirk, founder of Enfield Physical Therapy, will continue to own and manage the Enfield clinic. Quirk is a graduate of Springfield College and trained with Brian Mulligan in manual therapy to earn her accreditation as an internationally certified Mulligan

Instructor. Quirk has been practicing physical therapy since 1996, and opened Enfield Physical Therapy in 2005. Americo Rodrigues, an Integrated Rehabilitation Services partner, will manage the Stafford clinic. Rodrigues is a Northeastern University graduate and is an active volunteer in the community as well. In making the announcement, Julie Paolino, Managing Partner of Integrated Rehabilitation Services, said, “Local patients who previously traveled to our other Integrated locations will benefit from the convenience of our new locations. Both clinics solidify our presence in north-central Connecticut as a leading provider of physical therapy services.� Recently named a Top Workplace in Greater Hartford for the fourth year in a

STAFFORD - Safe Net Ministries will conduct its next board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Safe Net Headquarters, 86 Main St., Stafford Springs. The meeting is open to the public. Safe Net’s mission is a multi-denominational nonprofit organization helping its Stafford and Union neighbors in need, to provide comfort and support as necessary through our various ministries – Food Cupboard, Flo’s Friendship

Kitchen, and utility/general assistance. Donations may be sent to Safe Net at Post Office Box 93, Stafford Springs, CT 06076 or visit its website: Safe Net Ministries will conduct its November Food Cupboard distribution on Saturdays, Nov.r 8 and 22, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The distribution will be held at Safe Net Headquarters, 86 Main St., Stafford Springs. Food distribution is held the second and fourth Saturday of each month.

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For Tom Kienzler

I have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of leadership in Government today. Where is the vision for our future? Where is the talk of great prosperity or even hope of an economic boom? Today’s Government is at best in a mode of “damage control” and is being tossed about with every wind and wave, a ship without a course. We know it’s true and it’s not a pretty picture.

However, I assure you that all is not gloom and doom. We have been provided a valuable privilege in our great county and that is that we can choose our leaders. But Elections must become more than just popularity contests. This is not high school anymore; it’s our lives and our future. I’m tired of bright smiled, back slapping, good ole boy, ineffective politicians. We need leaders, leaders. Good strong leaders

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In Enfield, Republican David Wawer, Democrat Lewis Fiore and petitioning candidate Carol R. Censki are running for registrar of voters. In Somers, Republican David P. McCaffrey and Democrat Linda A. Abbott are running for registrar of voters. In Stafford, Republican Ingrid Aarrestad and Democrat Mary E. Mitta are running for registrar of voters. In Suffield, Republican Lynn Joyal and Democrat Darlene Fahey Burrell are

running for registrar of voters. Referendum question Voters will be asked if the state Constitution should be amended to remove restrictions on absentee ballots so that voters could vote without actually having to come to the polls on election day. Currently, voters may only use an absentee ballot under certain conditions, including active service in the Armed Forces, being out of town during voting hours, illness, religious reasons, duties as an election officials or physical disability.

who have a vision for our future, leaders who can work with others and leaders who can make decisions that produce positive results. So who are these leaders? As I scan the list of candidates for this November’s election, I see one name that stands out - Tom Kienzler. Tom Kienzler is no-nonsense, experienced and knows how to get things done. Tom is fiscally responsible, which means that he will not waste or spend our money needlessly. Tom believes in preserving our U.S. Constitutional rights and will work to promote the growth of our small businesses, which means more jobs. Tom has the skills to get this ship back on course. I trust Tom Kienzler and believe that he can make the difference that our town, community and nation needs today. You can help make that same difference by voting for Tom Kienzler this Election Day. Let’s make our home better together, by electing Tom Kienzler for 58th District State Representative. John Unghire 271 Abbe Rd., Enfield

Strides for Scholars 5k

UNION – The “Strides for Scholars” 5K was held on Oct. 19, marking 20 years of providing Union School students scholarship awards to help them fulfill their higher education goals. The race kicked off at 9 a.m. under overcast skies, cool temperatures, and the leaves were at their peak color in Bigelow Hollow State Park. In all, 130 runners and walkers participated, making the run a great success. The overall winner for the men was Bruce Christensen, and for the women Hildie Heck. Rounding out the top three for the men were John Minervino and Ken Clark. For the women, it was Laura Rutkowski and Katie Ouelette. The 5K would like to thank its sponsors: Buell’s Orchard, McNeely Foundation, Chappell Tire Service, Friedrich Jewelers – Vernon, Geissler Family, Joseph Gnazzo Co., LLC, Williams Fuel Oil, LLC, Bolles Motors – Ellington, Shiers Photography, Hull Forestlands, L.P., and Sam’s Club. Also, a very big thank you to the Union Volunteer Fire Department and the many volunteers who got up early to help support the event. Their generosity was greatly appreciated.

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At Long Last Town Voters Pass Budget on 5th Try


By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD – Sometimes it’s the fifth time that’s the charm. Residents voted 1,036-933 on Oct. 8 to approve a town budget for the 20142015 fiscal year. The $39,248,918 budget is $22,607 lower than the 2013-14 spending plan. Following the tallying of the votes, the Board of Finance held a meeting that night at which it adopted a mill rate of 33.03. One mill represents $1 of taxes for every $1,000 of assessed property value. A resident whose home is assessed at $200,000 will pay $6,606 in property taxes. The mill rate set by the Finance Board is the same as that used in the tax bills mailed to town property owners in July. The budget is the same spending plan residents rejected in a Sept. 3 referendum.

The defeated budget includes $9,842,906 for the Board of Selectmen's budget, $1,997,286 for debt service, $498,931 for the library and $26,909,795 for the Board of Education budget. The townside budget is $552,000 higher than last year's budget. The school budget represents a decrease. Residents rejected a proposed $40,033,89 budget in a May 14 referendum with a vote of 830-499. The Board of Selectmen had been seeking a $43,078,123 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. A second budget referendum on June 4 would have brought a $39,850,899 budget. It was defeated by a vote of 1,058-628. The third budget referendum on June 18 would have called for a $39,271,899 budget. It failed by a vote of 747-673.

St. Edward Church Polish Night Dinner

STAFFORD - St. Edward’s Church Ladies Guild will serve a Polish dinner Saturday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m. at St. Edward Church hall, Church Street, Stafford Springs. Homemade pierogies, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, and Polish rye bread will be served, along with assorted homemade desserts. Takeout will be available as well. Come listen to Polish

music and buy chances for raffle prizes too. Tickets are $10 per person. Advance tickets are necessary and can be purchased after all Masses, starting Saturday, Nov. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 2. Tickets can also be purchased at the parish office on Benton Street, or by calling Pat Saunders at 860-306-9419.

STAFFORD - It is that time again … to show our appreciation to our Stafford servicemen and bring them a little bit of Stafford holiday cheer. Cookies for Stafford Servicemen will be held at the American Legion Hall, 10 Monson Rd., Stafford Springs, on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. The Stafford American Legion Auxiliary is asking for cookie donations. These will be collected and mailed out to our Stafford servicemen who are

unable to be with their families during the holiday season. The Auxiliary asks that cookies be sealed in sandwich size baggies. Personal notes and Christmas cards are welcome. For additional information, or to supply the Auxiliary with a name and address of a Stafford serviceman, please contact Auxiliary President Wendy Lerette at 860-684-2622 or by email at

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Area Students Named to Goodwin College Dean’s List


EAST HARTFORD - Goodwin College announced that 744 students achieved Dean's List status for the Summer 2014 session. Shanna Charette of Ellington Kerri Heffernan of Ellington Allison Jenkins of Ellington Cassandra McCrory of Ellington Darlene Quirk of Ellington Stephanie Tessier of Ellington Bria Barnes of Enfield Diane Bertrand of Enfield Kimberly Buckingham of Enfield Marissa Friedman of Enfield Cynthia Gilbert-Wilhelmsen of Enfield Nicole Helmer of Enfield Tayler Hobson of Enfield Jaime Ingaran of Enfield

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VERNON - It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The St. Bernard’s Women’s Guild cordially invites the public to its 2014 Christmas Bazaar to be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church hall at 25 St. Bernard Terrace in Rockville. You’ll find something for everyone on your gift list, and maybe even a few things for yourself. Change up your home holiday decorating with a few new ornaments for the tree or mantle. Check out the handmade items. Pick up a necklace, bracelet, or beautiful pair of earrings at the jewelry display. Find something elegant at our fine collectables table. Find something precious at our

religious items table. Peruse the books, CDs, and videos. Discover that special toy for your children or grandchildren. Discover a unique or hard-to-find-inthe-stores item amongst our attic treasures. Remember, take a break and enjoy a delicious hot lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and perhaps take home a delicious homebaked plate of brownies, cupcakes, or breads—not to mention a dozen of our world famous sweet and crispy “Rosettes.” Raffle tickets are also on sale during the bazaar. Prizes include a 42” flatscreen TV, grocery store gift cards and gas station gift cards.

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Kent Library Opens in Temporary Location


By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD – The library is on the move. The Kent Memorial Library closed on Oct. 20 for renovations and is in the process of moving to its temporary quarters at 61 Ffyler Place. The library project includes adding a handicapped-accessible entrance, as well as upgrades to the heating, ventila-

tion and air-conditioning system, as well as the plumbing and electrical systems, according to First Selectman Edward McAnaney. The project also includes replacing the current floor-to-ceiling single-pane windows with double-pane windows. The new windows, McAnaney said, will be stronger, more secure and more energy-efficient.

The library will open in its temporary home with much of its collections and facilities beginning Nov. 3 and a formal opening on Nov. 8. “It should be in good shape for the shape it’s in,” McAnaney said Some programs previously scheduled may still take place at the library, but details are being worked out between the library director and the director of Public Works. Town clerk resignation Town Clerk George Beiter has resigned effective Nov. 8. The Democratic Town Committee will recommend a candidate to serve the remainder of his term, and the Board of Selectmen will make an appointment.

Enfield High School Drama Club Annual Craft Show

ENFIELD - Enfield High School’s Drama Club sponsors Potpourri 2014, its 25th Annual Craft Show. It will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is free admission and free parking. The event will be held at Enfield High School, Enfield Street, Enfield, south of Route 190.

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Opening Celebration For Library’s Temporary Location


SUFFIELD - Saturday, Nov. 8, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. will be a time to celebrate. The Kent Memorial Library’s move to 61 Ffyler Place will be complete at that time. The library is moving to this temporary location while renovations are being made and an ADA entrance is built onto the library’s permanent home. At the grand opening, there will be birthday cake – the Kent Memorial Library is 115 years old. Outside, the roaming railroad will give rides. And maybe the Aces High Robotics Team can be persuaded to give a

demonstration. Inside will feature balloons, food, popcorn, and a magician. There’s no need to register. Just show up. The actual date that the library will be open, following the move, is unknown, but no later than Monday, Nov. 3. If you want to check out the library’s new digs at 61 Ffyler Place before the grand opening, please come. Although the library will be in smaller quarters, there will be lots of items to check out – books, magazines, audiobooks, and so on.

Suffield Fire Department Auxiliary Hosting Annual Harvest Crafts Fair

SUFFIELD - The Suffield Fire Department Auxiliary will host the return of its annual Crafts Fair on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 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, handspun textiles, wooden items, jams/jellies, ornaments, pottery, floral arrangements and holiday gift baskets, just to name a

few. Something for everyone of all ages can be found. The Auxiliary will also be featuring its Firehouse Bake Shoppe and a Chinese Auction. This will be the perfect time and place to start your holiday shopping for those unique gifts you’ve been looking for. The Suffield Fire Department Musuem will be open for anyone wishing a tour. The Auxiliary’s Crafts Fair is part of the “Christmas in Suffield” craft fairs.

And if the library doesn’t have an item, the interlibrary service works very well. The library will continue with programs for all ages, including movies. There will be lots of new public computers. The library also has many digital products - Mango languages, a business directory for research employment needs, and much more. At Ffyler Place there is no hill to climb, the library is on one floor and handicapped parking spaces are right by the door.

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ENFIELD - The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union (TVTFCU) in Enfield recently celebrated International Credit Union Day. Credit union members around the world celebrate this event to commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements. Credit unions are not-forprofit financial cooperatives that provide an effective and viable alternative to forprofit financial institutions for more than 200 million members in 103 countries worldwide. They exist to serve their members, providing a safe place to save money and access affordable loans. TVTFCU celebrated by providing refreshments, give-a-ways and prizes. A Liberty Mutual Insurance representative was on hand to provide information regarding insurance plans and member discounts. The credit union also offered “TVTFCU Days at Costco” where TVTFCU members could visit Costco in Enfield even if they did not have a Costco membership. Non-perishable food donations were accepted to benefit




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Sedona Demonstrates How Utilitarian Minivan Can Be

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Kia has adopted a strategy for the allnew 2015 Sedona. It's no longer a minivan. It's a multi-purpose vehicle, or MPV for short. Why? Because Kia is under the mistaken assumption that the name minivan is toxic. Yet it proves with the new Sedona that minivans are really the crossover utility vehicles most people should be embracing. The key word is utility. There are few vehicles more utilitarian than a minivan. There are also few vehicles period in the minivan segment. About 550,000 are sold annually but the good news, from Kia's perspective, is there is less competition with Dodge dropping the Caravan from its lineup. Suddenly Kia is poised to pick up lots of sales just because it offers an affordable alternative. The Sedona starts at $25,900 for the L, $28,100 for the LX, $32,100 for the EX $36,100 for the SX and $39,700 for the SX Limited (plus $895 destination charge). Most minivan buyers will probably seek out the LX trim level. Kia has managed to create an attractive minivan, both on the inside and out. It has the signature Kia grille, which works really well on the Sedona. The

Zenon HID headlamps along with the small overhangs front and rear give the Sedona an aggressive stance by minivan standards. The interior is nicely done with lots of storage. The shifter has been moved to the center console off the dashboard because Kia, through market research, determined nobody uses the space between the front seats to pass through to the second row. That was a common assumption that seemed like a good idea. One slight misstep is the dual glove boxes. The second one doesn't seem large enough to hold much except the smallest items. The slide-n-stow seating in the second and third rows really opens up the Sedona as a cargo hauler, too. Interior space is rated at 142 cubic feet. This minivan easily goes from passenger to cargo to passenger again with just a few quick flips of well-marked straps. The 2015 Kia Sedona is a vehicle that eats up miles of driving comfortably. That is thanks to features like amplitude selected dampers along with independent rear suspension. The 36 percent torsional rigidity over the Honda Odyssey means you can engage in spirited driving on twisty roads and not feel like


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Veterans Day event on Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Women Take Flight on Sunday, November 2, 2014

The New England Air Museum will hold its annual Veterans Day Event “A Tribute to our Veterans, Servicemen & Servicewomen. Visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to meet &

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talk one-on-one with veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan. They will also have the chance to sit in the cockpits of a number of combat aircraft including the F-100 Super Sabre, the WWII Thunderbolt, the Huey Helicopter, the Cobra Helicopter & more. Additionally, there will be on hand representatives of numerous organizations including Department of Veterans Affairs, New Haven Veteran Center and many more that offer service & support to active servicemen, servicewomen, their families & veterans. They will provide detailed information about their programs.

The program features extraordinary women who have pioneered new careers for women in aviation and aerospace engineering. Our guests will share their experiences at stations around the Museum one-on-one with Museum visitors, at presentations, and at panel discussions. Impersonators will portray the characters of early aviation pioneers. Discover the opportunities women now have working in the aviation and aerospace industries while seeing examples of their work in the Museum’s collection. This exciting, educational and inspirational program is sponsored by the Petit Family Foundation and presented in cooperation with the Connecticut Chapter of the Ninety-Nines (International Organization of Women Pilots).

Museum educators will provide hands-on activities for younger visitors and the Museum’s Flight Sim Spot full-flight simulator experience will be available throughout most of the day. For the convenience of visitors, a food vendor will be on site serving sandwiches, snacks and beverages. On this day and on each day in November all veterans & active service personnel will be admitted FREE OF CHARGE. The New England Air Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Seven days a week. Admission is $12 for ages 12 and up, $11 for seniors 65 and up and $6.50 for ages 4 to 11. Children under 4 are admitted free.

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