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Veterans, Active Duty Personnel Admitted Free to Air Museum Tribute

WINDSOR LOCKS - The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks will hold its annual Veterans Day Event “A Tribute to our Veterans, Servicemen & Servicewomen” on Sunday, Nov. 8. Veterans and active service personnel will be admitted free all weekend and on Veterans Day. Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to meet and talk one-on-one with veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. They will also have the chance to sit in the cockpits of a number of combat aircraft including the F-100 Super Sabre, P-47 Thunderbolt, a UH-1 Iroquois and others. Additionally, representatives of several relevant organizations will be on hand, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, New Haven Veteran Center and others that offer service and support to active servicemen, servicewomen, their families and

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SUFFIELD - The Suffield Fire Department Auxiliary will host the return of its annual Crafts Fair on Saturday, Nov. 7, 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, hand-spun 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. They will also be featuring their 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. It is part of the “Christmas in Suffield” Craft Fairs.

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veterans. The organization’s representatives will supply detailed information about their programs. 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. The New England Air Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in Windsor Locks adjacent to Bradley International Airport. Take I-91 north or south to Exit 40 (Route 20) to Route 75 north. Admission is $12.50 for ages 12 and up, $11.50 for seniors 65 and up, and $7 for ages 4 to 11. Children under 3 are admitted free. For more information, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305.

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SUFFIELD - Relax with friends over cups of steaming herbal tea, delicate sandwiches and delicious desserts at the traditional Victorian High Tea served in the gracious parlor of First Church of Christ, Congregational, 81 High St., Suffield on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Accompanying a choice from a variety of teas will be assorted sandwiches, which will include chicken on croissant, open-faced cucumber, tuna pinwheels, goat cheese on crackers with cranberry topping and scones with toppings. There will be assorted desserts. Tickets are $10 each. Advance sales of tickets for priority seating will be available at the church office until Wednesday, Nov. 4, and must be picked up by that date. Tickets will be available at the door. A theme basket raffle, featuring a variety of items and highlighting the creativity of the donors, will be available to coincide with the Tea.

At 9 a.m., the Christmas fair will open with various booths such as attic treasures, a bake sale and a country store featuring Vermont cheeses, slab bacon, apples and other delicacies. Several vendors with various crafts will be in attendance for your early Christmas shopping. First Church participates with other Suffield churches to offer “Christmas in Suffield,” a fun, ecumenical shopping experience. For further information, please call the church office at 860-668-7223.

Church Holiday Craft Fair

STAFFORD – The Congregational Church of Stafford will hold its holiday craft fair Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held at the church on the corner of Routes 190 and 30. There will be a great variety of products and crafts. In addition, food will be available for purchase at the bake sale and a chili and cornbread lunch. Kids can have fun at the craft corner while parents browse the white elephant

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‘Man of La Mancha’

BROAD BROOK - Opera House Players Inc. will present the classic musical “Man of La Mancha” from Nov. 13-29 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.) at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St., Broad Brook. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 860-292-6068 or online at www.operahouseplayers.org. This production, consisting of actors from Connecticut and Massachusetts, is directed by Anna Giza with musical direction by Steven D. Cirillo. “Man Of La Mancha” is a remarkable

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something that helps in dealing with all the children, parents and other residents who take part in town programs. Tedford was hired in 1975 as the director of recreation, Blanchette said. Others honored include those with 30 years of service: Police Officer Michael Bard, Marine Police Officer Thomas Davenport and children’s librarian Patricia Grundman. Honored for 25 years of service were Director of Human Services Doris Crayton and crew chief/grounds

for the Department of Public Works Jon Godek. Honored for 20 years of service were custodian at Hall Memorial Library John Abate, Police Officer Bart Alexander, library assistant II Lisa Kuraska and Town Clerk Diane McKeegan. Honored for 10 years of service were Police Officer Aaron Blank, Tax and Revenue Collector Ann Marie Conti, Republican Registrar of Voters Wanda DeLand, Police Officer Martin Dorey, Town Planner Lisa Houlihan and Deputy Treasurer/accounting assistant Felicia LaPlante.

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ELLINGTON – State Rep. Christopher Davis (R-Ellington) toured Cold Creek Brewery Company in Ellington Sept. 25 to learn about their business plan and sample their current brews. The brewery, which opened its doors on Aug. 26, has three large fermentation tanks that are each capable of holding almost 1,400 gallons of beer. They are currently rotating through five styles at a time, including a white stout. So far, only two other breweries in the state have attempted this unique style. Cold Creek was founded by Jamie Boucher, an entrepreneur and home

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ELLINGTON - CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a volunteer entity comprised of individuals from all walks of life. It is mothers, fathers, students, firefighters, retired persons, EMTs, secretaries, cooks, teachers and so much more. A CERT member is trained to respond in the event of a disaster. CERT provides free training to prepare individuals for disasters – specifically, how to help yourself, how to help your neighbors and how to help your community. Interested? Come to CERT’s monthly meeting at the Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 41 Maple St., on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Free refreshments will be served. For more information, email John Streiber jstreiber@ellington-ct.gov or call 860-870-3182 or 860-918-3112. Please leave a message. Your call will be returned.

brewer who decided, at the urging of a close friend, to take his hobby to the next level. He hired Sean Piel, formally of Thomas Hooker Brewing Company, to join him as head brew master. It is their hope that north-central Connecticut will become destination for craft beer drinkers, much like the Connecticut shoreline and the Burlington, Vermont area. Boucher explained that local brewers are currently working together to promote the area. “The craft beer trend has been exploding in Connecticut, and I am happy to have another quality brewery open up in our district,” Rep. Davis said. “Pretty soon, people will be traveling from all over the state just to try this product and will hopefully visit others as well. This will be great for the area and I can’t wait to see how Cold Creek expands in the future.”

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ENFIELD — When voters go to the polls on Nov. 3, in addition to choosing candidates for town government they will be asked three referendum question. Question 1 asks if the town should appropriate $36 million for reconstruction, repair and improvements to the Water Pollution Control Facility and sewerage collection infrastructure. “The purpose for the upgrades was initiated by the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and

Environmental Protection for various notices of violations. In order to correct these State concerns, significant upgrades are necessary,” the town said on its website. The second questions asks if the town should appropriate $11.2 million for the Energy Performance Contracting Capital Replacement Project. The town states that it anticipates projects will be funded through energy and operational savings. The town plans to contract with Honeywell, which has reviewed town facili-

ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College’s Foundation recently held its annual Golf Scholarship Breakfast. ACC students Jennifer Stone, Jason Rawlintis, Kate Campbell, Joann Wright-Lee, and Cherika Hill were honored during the event. Scholarship sponsors included: Allied Community Services, Follett Higher Education, G. Donovan Associates, Inc. Radiology Associates of Hartford, Air Temp Mechanical Services, Inc., and The Morganti Group. All were thanked for their support. It was also announced that ACC Foundation Chair Karen Jarmoc will be stepping down from the Foundation. During the breakfast Jarmoc was recognized for her close to 20 years of support for the Foundation, 13 of which she has served as chair. The Foundation and the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center both announced that they will each

name a scholarship in her honor. The new Chairman and the six new Foundation Board members were announced during the breakfast. Stuart Rosenberg, CEO of Johnson Memorial Hospital, effective Oct. 1 became chairman for the foundation. Other board leadership changes include attorney Carolyn McCaffrey as the new board secretary. The board’s six new members include Charles Miller, owner and operator of Miller Farms Family Markets – ShopRite of Enfield, Connecticut; Barbara Walton, director of global recruitment, The Lego Group; Bill Searle, faculty emeriti from ACC; Dr. Stacey Willard, senior research scientist in the applications R&D Lab at Eppendorf Inc., in Enfield; Paul Murphy, from Mallory Industries; and Carla DiLoreto, bank manager of the Enfield Westfield Bank office.

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What will the future of our towns be and how will we continue to pay for the town services we have come to expect? Those are the key messages of candidates seeking to lead North Central Connecticut towns. Seeking the top leadership positions are Democrats, Republicans, petitioning and write-in candidates, some with cross-endorsements by third parties. The municipal elections will be held Nov. 3 with voting from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. East Windsor Democratic First Selectman Denise Menard is seeking a third four-year term. She is being challenged by Republican Robert Maynard and writein candidate Jim Richards. Prior to her tenure as first selectman, Menard was on the Board of Selectmen for 10 years and is a former chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Pension Board and Water Pollution Control Authority, as well as serving on the Board of Finance and Elderly Commission. Menard could not be reached for comment. Maynard, who is currently on the Board of Finance, previously served on

the Board of Education. He is retired from a 37-year career in problem and implementing solutions for Fortune 500 companies. His priorities for the town include working on the State Police Training Facility issue. He also says the town needs to reduce taxes and grow by increasing the grand list, not by raising taxes. He said he would like to encourage open, honest government by videotaping town meetings and making them available online and in the library. He also would like to see annually updated five-year spending and revenue projections. Richards, who is in his fourth year as a selectman, is the executive director of the East Windsor Chamber of Commerce. Richards, who had been the party-endorsed candidate, lost a primary challenge to Maynard, and is conducting a write-in campaign. Prior to serving as a selectman, he was on the Economic Development Commission for nine years. “The key issue in this race is the future of the town,” he said. Richards said East Windsor needs a town administrator and can do so without changing the charter. He said he believes in eco-

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Chhildren’s Children ’s Ev vents ts

dŚĞůŝďƌĂƌLJŽīĞƌƐƐĂƐĞƌǀŝĐĞ ĨŽƌďƵƐLJƉĞŽƉůĞ͘^ƉĞŶĚĂŚĂůĨ ŚŽƵƌŽĨƋƵĂůŝƚLJƟŵĞǁŝƚŚŽƵƌ ƌĞĨĞƌĞŶĐĞůŝďƌĂƌŝĂŶ͕ĞĐĞůŝĂ Team Read to the dogs with Allan’s Angels R.E.A.D.® Team ĞĐŬĞƌ͕ƚŽĂƐŬƐƉĞĐŝĮĐƋƵĞƐturday y , No Saturday vemb er 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m. ƟŽŶƐ͕ŽƌƚŽŐĞƚŽŶĞͲŽŶͲŽŶĞĐŽŵƉƵƚĞƌŚĞůƉ͘ĂůůϴϲϬͲϳϲϯͲϯϱϬϭŽƌĞŵĂŝů͗ ZĞĂĚĞƌƐŝŶŐƌĂĚĞƐ<ͲϰĂƌĞŝŶǀŝƚĞĚƚŽƌĞŐŝƐƚĞƌĨŽƌĂϭϬŵŝŶƵƚĞ cbecker@biblio.orgƚŽĂƌƌĂŶŐĞĨŽƌĂĐŽŶǀĞŶŝĞŶƚƟŵĞ͘ slot to ƌĞĂĚƚŽŽŶĞŽĨůůĂŶ͛ƐŶŐĞůƐZ͘͘͘͘ΠdĞĂŵ͕ƚƌĂŝŶĞĚ ĚŽŐƐǁŚŽůŽǀĞƚŽůŝƐƚĞŶƚŽŬƐ͘ŚŝůĚƌĞŶĐĂŶĐŚŽŽƐĞĂ Your Best Friend Understanding Your ƐƚŽƌLJƚŽƌĞĂĚƚŽĂĨƵƌƌLJĨƌŝĞŶĚŝŶĂƌĞůĂdžĞĚ͕͞ĚŽŐͲĨƌŝĞŶĚůLJ͟ WŚŝů<ůĞŝŶ͕ĞƌƟĮĞĚŽŐ>ŝƐƚĞŶĞƌ͕ǁŝůůƚĂůŬĂďŽƵƚĐŽŵŵŽŶŝƐƐƵĞƐǁŝƚŚ ĂƚŵŽƐƉŚĞƌĞ͘ ĚŽŐďĞŚĂǀŝŽƌĂŶĚŚŽǁƚŽƐŽůǀĞƚŚĞŵŝŶĂĨƌŝĞŶĚůLJǁĂLJŽŶWed., Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m.dŽƉŝĐƐƚŽďĞĚŝƐĐƵƐƐĞĚŝŶĐůƵĚĞůĞĂĚĞƌƐƐŚŝƉƐŝŐŶĂůƐƚŚĂƚǁŝůů ĞůŝŵŝŶĂƚĞŽƌŵŝŶŝŵŝnjĞďĂĚďĞŚĂǀŝŽƌƐĂŶĚƚƵƌŶLJŽƵƌĚŽŐŝŶƚŽĂƌĞůĂdžĞĚ͕ Let ’s Get Fancy with Glitsy Girls Mobile Salon ũŽLJĨƵůĐŽŵƉĂŶŝŽŶ͘YƵĞƐƟŽŶƐĂŶĚĂŶƐǁĞƌƐƐǁŝůůĨŽůůŽǁƚŚĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĂƟŽŶ͘ Saturday turdayy, November 21, 1:30 p.m. WůĞĂƐĞĚŽŶŽƚďƌŝŶŐLJŽƵƌĚŽŐƐƚŽƚŚŝƐƉƌŽŐƌĂŵ͘dŚĞƉƌŽŐƌĂŵŝƐĨƌĞĞĂŶĚ ' Ğ ƚ ŐůĂŵŽƌŽƵƐĂŶĚĐĞůĞďƌĂƚĞdŚĂŶŬƐŐŝǀŝŶŐǁŝƚŚĂ&ĂŶĐLJEĂŶĐLJƐƚŽƌLJĂŶĚ ŽƉĞŶƚŽƚŚĞƉƵďůŝĐ͘&ŽƌŵŽƌĞŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶŽƌƚŽƌĞŐŝƐƚĞƌƉůĞĂƐĞĐĂůůƚŚĞ ĂĐƌĂŌ͘'ůŝƚƐLJ'ŝƌůƐDŽďŝůĞ^ĂůŽŶǁŝůůďĞŚĞƌĞƚŽŐŝǀĞƚŚĞŐŝƌůƐŵĂŶŝĐƵƌĞƐ ůŝďƌĂƌLJĂƚϴϲϬͲϳϲϯͲϯϱϬϭ͘ ĂŶĚĂŐůŝƩĞƌƚĂƩŽŽ͘&ŽƌĂŐĞƐϰΘƵƉ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚƌĂƟŽŶŝƐƌĞƋƵŝƌĞĚĨŽƌƚŚŝƐ ĞǀĞŶƚĂŶĚďĞŐŝŶƐŽŶEŽǀ͘Ϯ͘

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Book Discussions

Holiday Reading Program

November 16-December 22

Gingerbread Fun Night!

Tuesdayy, December 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. ĞĐŽƌĂƚĞLJŽƵƌŽǁŶŐŝŶŐĞƌďƌĞĂĚĐŽŽŬŝĞĂŌĞƌĂƐƉĞĐŝĂů ŐŝŶŐĞƌďƌĞĂĚƐƚŽƌLJƟŵĞ͘ŚŝůĚƌĞŶŵĂLJĐŽŵĞŝŶƚŚĞŝƌ ƉĂũĂŵĂƐ͘&ŽƌĂŐĞƐϯΘƵƉ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚƌĂƟŽŶŝƐƌĞƋƵŝƌĞĚĂŶĚ ďĞŐŝŶƐŽŶEŽǀ͘ϯϬ͘

Holiday Ornament Workshop

Saturdayy, December 19, 11-12 p.m. or 1:00-2:00 p.m.

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Kid’s Bingo!

Mondayy, December 28, 11:00-12:00 p.m. ŽŵĞĂŶĚƉůĂLJ/E'KĨŽƌƉƌŝnjĞƐ͊ŚŝůĚƌĞŶƐŚŽƵůĚŚĂǀĞŬŶŽǁůĞĚŐĞŽĨ ŚŽǁƚŽƉůĂLJƚŚĞŐĂŵĞ͘&ŽƌĂŐĞƐϲΘƵƉ͘ZĞŐŝƐƚƌĂƟŽŶŝƐƌĞƋƵŝƌĞĚĂŶĚ ďĞŐŝŶƐŽŶĞĐ͘ϭϰ͘

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AT&T Awards $15,000 to High School Engineering Program

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SOMERS - Somers High School has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation to fund the purchase of state-of-the-art technology to support the school’s Technology, Innovation, Design and Engineering (TIDE) program through a collaboration with the Somers Education Foundation (SEF) and state Sen. John A. Kissel. The Somers TIDE program helps engineering students develop critical and creative thinking skills with an emphasis on human innovation and its effects on society and the environment. TIDE courses provide hands-on instruction that prepares students for real-world opportunities in industries such as welding, fabrication, thermal material processing, and other applied engineering fields. Somers High School will use the grant to purchase a CNC plasma cutting system – an advanced machine that professional engineers across the country use to accurately and cleanly cut a wide range of metal materials to exact specifications. “We’re proud to support such a unique program that is helping to develop highly technical skills these students

From left, Somers High School teacher Roy Slater, SEF Secretary Terri Henderson, SEF President Paul Salva, Somers Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maynard Suffredini, Sen. John A. Kissel, AT&T Connecticut Regional Vice President Abigail Jewett, SEF Board member Beth Connor, and Somers High School teacher Nick Kosloski. need to succeed in an industry that is so President. Education Foundation has given so important to New England’s economic “Industry has stressed the importance much to the Somers school system,” future,” AT&T Connecticut Regional of incoming employees having a work- Kissel said. “This is a group that is comVice President Abigail Jewett said. ing knowledge of advanced technology,” mitted to the betterment of Somers stu“The Somers Education Foundation School Superintendent Maynard dents and teachers, and they have built strongly supports the advancement of Suffredini said. “We are proud to accept great relationships with community technology for the Somers Public the AT&T Foundation’s generous grant, organizations and local businesses.  This Schools and is pleased to work with and we are looking forward to putting it award from AT&T is a testament to that AT&T and Sen. Kissel in facilitating this to good use.” excellent work and will help create grant,” said Dr. Paul Salva, SEF “Over the past 10 years, the Somers future education success stories.”

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Charter Revision Would Change How Fire Chief Is Chosen

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SOMERS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; In addition to voting for candidates for local office, residents will be asked a referendum question on the proposed revision to the town charter on Nov. 3. The question asks if the town charter should be revised as proposed by the Charter Revision Commission and approved by the Board of Selectmen to eliminate Section 5-10. It calls for a Board of Fire Commissioners, describes

its duties and dictates how a fire chief is chosen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There shall be a Chief elected by the members of the Fire Department and approved by the Fire Commissioners. The Chief shall be responsible for the emergency operation of the Fire Department as prescribed by the Connecticut General Statutes,â&#x20AC;? that portion of the section reads. The charter panel decided to remove that section in response to the change

from a volunteer to a paid fire chief for the town, which became necessary with no volunteer stepping forward to take the position when current Fire Chief Gary Schiesslâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s term ends, First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. The charter had called for the Somers Volunteer Fire Department Association to vote for its own chief. Pellegrini said the town should have enacted a fire ordinance when that charter was enacted, but never did so until

SOMERS - Area legislators applauded the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement of $165,000 for the repair and repaving of the Somers Police Station parking lot. The project requires the lowering of the parking lot to alleviate an existing awkward and unsafe entrance to the police station. This improvement will also eliminate the need for stairs and more adequately accommodate the needs of handicapped citizens. Correction of the sloped pavement will reduce flooding of the parking lot during heavy rains.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This funding will make the police stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot safer and more accessible to all residents,â&#x20AC;? state Sen. John A. Kissel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a wise investment in town infrastructure which should benefit Somers taxpayers for decades to come.  Congratulations to First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini and everyone at the Somers Police Department on this grant, and we extend our appreciation to the governor for recognizing and addressing this need.â&#x20AC;? Safety was a key component in the proposed upgrade.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This improvement to the Somers Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot accommodates the needs of our elderly and handicapped citizens by removing the current stairway. Also, the project will reduce flooding, which is a safety hazard our officers often had to deal with,â&#x20AC;? said state Rep. Kurt Vail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I commend the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investment to the project, which will truly be beneficial for the residents of Somers and our police officers.â&#x20AC;? Â The project is funded through the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Small Town Economic Assistance Program.

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recently. That ordinance, which outlines the duties and makeup of the fire commission, as well as the duties and hiring procedures for the fire chief and fire marshal, goes into effect Oct. 30, Pellegrini said. The fire chief, under the ordinance, will be chosen by the selectmen and will report to the first selectman, as all paid town department heads do, she added.

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SOMERS - The Somers High School Music Department will hold its annual Pops Music Concert on Thursday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 6, 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.

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Somers Senior Center Offers Driver Safety, Other Classes

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SOMERS - The Somers Senior Center is located at 19 Battle St. in Somers. You can contact it at 860-7634379, find it on Facebook under “Somers Senior Center,” or visit it at www.somersct.gov. Sign-up is required for all events. On Friday, Nov. 6, from 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. the center will offer the AARP Driver Safety Course. The cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for nonmembers. This course is intended to keep you safer behind the wheel and could save you money on your auto insurance. On Monday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m., the center will honor its veterans with an ice cream social and presentation by the American Legion on veterans’ benefits. On Friday, Nov. 13, at noon, join the Senior Center for lunch and discussion on the “5 Steps of Living Healthy for the Older American” presented by October Kitchen. Seating is limited for this event. Sign-up begins Nov. 1. On Monday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m., experience “Present in the Moment,” a nostalgic presentation by Sherry Mitchell of Parkway Pavilion. This presentation

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brings people back in time to their traditions, hobbies, careers, and family memories. The center will reflect on all of the differences between “then” and “now.” Refreshments will be provided. This month’s Friday Matinee is on Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. as the center will be showing the Oscar-nominated film “The Judge” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. Popcorn will be served. On Monday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m., join the Senior Center for a heartwarming presentation by the Salvation Army Director of Volunteer Resources. Have you ever wondered where your money goes when you drop some change in the red bucket at holiday time? Learn about the history of the Salvation Army and how exactly your donations help members of your own community. Cookies and cocoa will be served. The next David Gwilliam Mohegan Sun Casino bus trip is on Friday, Nov. 20. You do not have to be a senior or a resident of Somers for this trip. Bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will return at about 5:30 p.m. Trip cost of $20 includes round-trip deluxe motor coach, two $10 gambling vouchers, a

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Gingerbread House Festival at Wood Memorial Library followed by lunch and shopping at Evergreen Walk. Signup begins on Nov. 16 for the Jimmy Mazz Holiday Wishes Show at Storrowton Tavern on Dec. 25. Health and Wellness classes are available at the Somers Senior Center. Zumba Gold (instructor: Liz Whiteley) is offered Mondays at 2:30 p.m. at a cost of $4 per class for residents ($5 non-residents). Qigong Tai-Chi (instructor Stephen “Lucky” Luckingham) is offered Fridays at 8:30 a.m. at $5 per class (residents and non-residents). Please stop in to the Senior Center or call for more information. The center also continues to offer Reiki on the second Tuesday of each month. The 20 minute sessions are available at a special discounted rate of $10 for seniors, offered by Certified Reiki Master Practitioner Carleen Eve Fisher Hoffman. Call 413-525-7345 for an appointment. You can also join the Senior Center for chair aerobics on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., free of charge.

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SOMERS - The Town of Somers Social Services Department is seeking donors for its Holiday Adopt-a-Child Program. If you are interested in learning how you can help to make the holidays a little bit brighter for a child of a family in need, please contact Deanna Schuetz at 860-265-7550 or via e-mail at Dschuetz@somersct.gov for more information. Participation in this program is a

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SOMERS - Everyone in the community (and surrounding area) is invited to the Somers Community Thanksgiving Service, this year at the Congregational Church of Somersville, 22 Maple St., on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. The pastors of the churches in town will participate in

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SOMERS - The annual Turkey Supper will be held at the Somers Congregational Church at 599 Main St. in Somers on Saturday, Nov. 7. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children (12 and under). The menu includes turkey, stuffing, fresh butternut squash, peas, homemade mashed potatoes, rolls, homemade apple or pumpkin pie and a beverage. There is a 5 p.m. seating and a 6:30 p.m. seating. Building is fully handicap accessible. Reservations are needed. Call the church office at 860-763-4021, or email: somerscong@somerscongregational.org.

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Stafford More Autumnal Splendor

Colorful leaves reflecting on the Mill Pond with an ethereal infusion of morning mist made for a breathtaking photo in Stafford Springs one fine October morning.

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STAFFORD - West Stafford Psychotherapy for Women is opening the Support Group for Women on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to new members. The group focuses on multiple women’s issues and is a forum to share, explore and grow in a safe and

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Students and staff at St. Edward School got a whole school workout during the school’s recent “Whole Child Day.” The day featured interactive workshops for students on left brain/right brain learning, how the brain creates neural pathways, recognizing anxiety and exploring coping strategies, understanding the Rosary as meditative prayer, identifying our reading style, and more. Students also enjoyed healthy, protein snacks and fitness awareness as well as personal/family fire.

St. Edward School Holding Charity Auction

STAFFORD - The 18th annual St. Edward School Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, in the St. Edward Church Hall, 25 Church St., Stafford Springs. Admission is free, but a paddle must be purchased to bid. The auction will begin at 6 p.m. with a free preview

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Town Gets New Sewer Regulations

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STAFFORD — The town has changed its sewer regulations. Residents unanimously approved an ordinance change to sewer regulations at an Oct. 8 Town Meeting. The new ordinance standardizes the Water Pollution Control Authority’s procedures. Its goal was to have no gray areas for leniency and be as consistent as possible, WPCA members told the Board of Selectmen in September. While the old ordinance said if a developer, not the WPCA, installed a sewer line past properties to get to a development, it could be included in the developer’s agreement that the developer would get reimbursement from the property owners if the property owner tied into the sewer line. The proposed ordinance says the property owner will pay only the impact/connection fee to the WPCA. The developer would pay for the sewer line as part of the investment in the development. Prior to the vote, WPCA Superintendent Rick Hartenstein said the authority, in consultation with

Weston & Sampson Engineering Consultants, had been preparing the updated regulations for a number of years, according to the meeting minutes. He said separating the technical portion of the regulations from the ordinance would allow the WPCA to adjust regulations as needed, without going to Town Meeting. The new regulations would while allow for public comment on proposed change. Hartenstein said the new regulations are unbiased and would help provide clear, accurate information to residential, commercial and industrial users, and to those seeking new sewer connections. The regulations also contain an appeals process.

Mouse Market Spaces Available

STAFFORD - First United Methodist Church, 8 Church St., Stafford Springs, has spaces available for its annual Mouse Market (craft fair) on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Sue at 860-684-2477

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and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and constables. Suffield Republican First Selectman Edward McAnaney is being challenged by Democrat Melissa Mack. McAnaney is a small business owner and practicing attorney. He served in the U.S. Navy, including as a commodore in Iraq and Kuwait. He is a former probate judge and served on the Economic Development Commission. McAnaney said going forward he is concerned about cuts in state funding, with the current cuts in aid to towns. “I don’t know where they’re (the state) going to come up with the money,” he said. Mack is a business and tax attorney with her own practice in town, Mack Law. She is a mother of two, including one with special needs and said she has worked closely and collaboratively with the Suffield public school system for the past seven years. “I’m running because I want to improve the leadership and government in this town,” Mack said. She pointed to the recent troubles with town leadership and said, “I know how to fix these problems.” Voters will also be choosing for the Board of Selectmen, town clerk, town treasurer, tax collector, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeals, Zoning and Planning Commission, Police Commission, Fire Commission and Water Pollution Control Authority. Windsor Locks Democrat Chris Kervick and Republican Denise Balboni are running

for the open first selectman seat. Kervick is an attorney who was elected judge of probate in Windsor Locks in 2008. After the consolidation of the courts eliminated the position, Kervick formed Connecticut Conservator Services LLC. Kervick said his key issue is Main Street. “People are tired of Main Street looking kind of tired and run down,” he said. The town needs to work for a more attractive, walkable Main Street. He also said the town, which has a large senior population, needs to do more for them. He said the town needs to help bring in an adult day care facility, as well as making improvements to the senior center. Balboni served as the chairman and a member of the Board of Finance for four years, and served on the Board of Selectmen for 10 years. She is vice pres-

ident of residential lending and branch administration for the First National Bank of Suffield. She agrees that Main Street is a key issue. “I think most people in Windsor Locks are anxious to see some progress on Main Street, particularly with the Montgomery building, and many other buildings and properties not being maintained,” she said. “I would like to see our Main Street developed with business and shops bringing people to the center of town. I also feel it is important to our town to have the historic train station restored.” Voters will also choose the Board of Selectmen, treasurer, tax collector, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeals, Zoning Board of Appeals, police commissioner, fire commissioner, park commissioner, sewer commissioner and constable.

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Suffield Voters Will Be Asked to Decide Charter Changes

Suffield

By Linda Tishler Levinson

SUFFIELD -- Residents will vote on proposed revisions to the Town Charter when they go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Many of the items are procedural, but some change the way the town does business. The items are listed on the ballot as 14 separate referendum questions, which means voters will be spending a little more time than usual filling out a ballot. The questions are as follows: 1. “Shall the Suffield Charter be revised by adopting the technical corrections and (non-substantive) changes recommended by the 2015 Charter Revision Commission?” 2. “Shall the Suffield Charter section 302 be amended to provide that the WPCA annual budget must be submitted to the Board of Finance for review, comment and advice?” 3. “Shall the Suffield Charter be amended to provide an addition to Charter section 502 ‘Powers and Duties’ (The First Selectman), subsection F which will give the First Selectman executive authority in consultation with any board or commission over town employees on matters requiring consistency and coordination across Town Departments and their employees?” 4. “Shall section 611 ‘Director of Finance’, subsection A of the Suffield Charter be amended to add a requirement that the Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen must meet 90 days prior to the expiration of the Director of

Finance’s appointment to discuss the reappointment of the Director of Finance to a new term?” 5. “Shall the Suffield Charter be amended by deleting Charter section 706 ‘Appointed Boards and Commissions,’ subsection P thereby deleting the reference to the Public Works Commission?” 6. “Shall the Suffield Charter be amended to change the rules in Section 802 ‘General Powers and Duties of the Board of Finance’ limiting the number of members seated at a meeting to 6 members and to eliminate the different treatment accorded regular member and alternate members of the Board of Finance from Charter section 804 ‘Other Financial Matters’, subsection D?” 7. “Shall the Suffield Charter Section 1006 ‘Actions Requiring a Town Meeting’, subsection G be amended to provide that real estate leases that are in excess of an aggregate of 5 years would require Town Meeting approval and that leases of exactly 5 years or less do not require Town Meeting approval?” 8. “Shall the Suffield Charter be amended to change Charter section 1006 ‘Actions Requiring a Town Meeting’, subsection H to remove the Town’s acceptance of roads in new developments from the Town Meeting requirement if they are constructed in accord with plans approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission?” 9. “Shall the Suffield Charter sections 1008 ‘Limitations Regarding Appropriations’ and 1009 ‘Referendum by Petition’ subsection C be amended to

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lower the limits for a petition for a (nonbudget) referendum from 10% of registered voters to 6% and to a) add a time limit for the gathering of signatures of 21 days from the date of the action for which the referendum is sought and b) to expressly limit signatures to those obtained after the action for which the referendum is sought?” 10. “Shall the Suffield Charter be amended to implement the ability for the Board of Selectmen to call a Town meeting where there would be a guaranteed referendum to follow it by adding new Charter ‘Section 1010 - Adjourned Town Meeting.’ Notwithstanding the provisions of section 1007 and section 1009A of this Charter, the Board of Selectmen may present any issue to the Town at an adjourned Town Meeting, as defined by Connecticut law for a vote by ballot?” 11. “Shall the Suffield Charter be amended to change section 1102 of the Charter to clarify that the code of ethics applies to all town employees, officers and board and commission members by adding ‘The Town’s Code of Ethics shall govern the conduct of elected and appointed officers, employees, and


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2016 Hyundai Tucson a Winning Compact Crossover

Automotive By Keith Griffin

Every car maker will stress that a new product is instrumental to the company’s success. It’s usually hype, but it may not be with the 2016 Hyundai Tucson. Car sales are down while crossover sales, especially compact crossover utility vehicle sales, are up. Fortunately, it has a strong contender when measured against the competition. The 2016 Hyundai Tucson checks all the boxes, especially with its attractive design and roomy interior. After all, comfort and looks are two important reasons to buy a car. The Tucson is a winner in the looks area. The bold hexagonal grille on the front combined with the more athletic overall stance, including a more upright windshield, low profile roof rail, chrome tipped exhaust ports, and strong hood are all evolutions of Hyundai’s design philosophy. The Tucson manages to distinguish itself from competition like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Jeep Cherokee. Also helping the Tucson are its longer length and increased wheelbase. The latter stands at 105.1 inches, which puts it only second in its class to the Ford Escape. This is a roomy interior both front and back. Hyundai accomplishes this with a vehicle that at an overall length of 176.2 inches is among the shortest in its class. Yet the Tucson is also a winner in terms of performance thanks to the new 1.6-liter turbocharged, directinjected four-cylinder with 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. Base models offer the 2.0-liter, directinjected four-cylinder with 164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque, coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. Where the 1.6-liter really shines is in its fuel economy. In the Eco FWD models, it is 26-mpg city and 33-

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