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In This Issue • EAST WINDSOR: State leaves wellwater users high and dry ...............p. 4 • ELLINGTON: The Hidden Still makes a spirited debut ...............................p. 6 • ENFIELD: Asnuntuck earns accommodation from military......................p. 9 • ENFIELD: Time may be right for revisions to town charter ..................p. 14 • SOMERS: Gymnasts on the prowl at SOMERSault Jungle Gymnastics ..p. 15 • STAFFORD: Library will show you how to help yourself ..........................p. 25 • SUFFIELD: Hilltop Farm ends up in friendly hands ............................ p. 31 • SUFFIELD: Chamber of Commerce unveils new website....................p. 33

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Revival Room Celebrates Autumn Kim Newman, owner of The Revival Room Fitness & Yoga Studio in Ellington, led clients on a group hike at Soapstone Mountain on Sept. 21 to celebrate the autumnal equinox and to connect mind and body with nature.

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EAST WINDSOR -- On Saturday, Nov. 9, the East Windsor Veterans Commission will sponsor the 14th annual Veterans Day 5K Road Race. The race begins at the East Windsor Town Hall located at 11 Rye St. in Broad Brook. Early number pickup and late registration begins at 8 a.m. The Veterans Day memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m., and the road race begins at 10 a.m.

Race fees are as follows: up to age 17, $5 up to and including race day; ages 18 and beyond, $11 postmarked by Nov. 2. After Nov. 2 and on race day, $15. Form more information or to find race registration forms, visit the town website at www.eastwindsorct.com on the homepage under News and Announcements. Registration forms are also located in town buildings.

State Rep. Davis Visits East Windsor Business State Rep. Christopher Davis (REllington) recently toured CAMM Metals with owner Al Soucie. CAMM Metals, an East Windsor business, specializes in bending and welding metals.

Events at Warehouse Point Library EAST WINDSOR -- Registration continues for Fall Story Times at the Warehouse Point Library. The library offers Two’s & Three’s, a program for children 2 years (by Oct. 1) through 3 years old. This program features stories, action and movement activities as well as crafts for both the child and adult/caretaker. The fall session begins Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m. and continues through Nov. 22. There are two sessions for 4- to 6year-olds: Books Before Bed on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. now through Nov. 18, or Story Time on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., starting Oct. 9 through Nov. 20. Please choose one session only. As part of the fall book discussion, the library will be showing the 2013 film version of “The Great Gatsby” on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. The movie is open to everyone. On Oct. 30 at 2 p.m., B.J. Smith will lead a discussion on the film. An art exhibit by members of the East Windsor Senior Center will be displayed during the month of October in the Community Room. The Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale from Oct. 12-21. Fill a bag with books for $6. Registration for these programs is necessary and may be done in person or by phone at 860-623-5482.

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Regional Access Health to Help Individuals Enroll in Health Care continued from page one Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs.” Access Health has been reaching out to people around the state to encourage them to learn about the program and enroll. Outreach efforts in North Central Connecticut included a program at the July 4 parade in Enfield and a Healthy Chat event held in Enfield to provide information about the program. Access Health also had a medical screening and information booths at the Generations Family Health Center Health Fair in Willimantic on Sept. 25. The Navigator and Assister Outreach Program, which focuses on making it easier for individuals to enroll in health coverage, was launched by Access Health in September. The program helps in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act by involving community-based organizations in bringing the health coverage marketplace to the people

who need it. There are six Navigator organizations across the state, including the Access Agency Inc. in the Tolland and Windham region. There are approximately 300 assister candidates throughout Connecticut that are currently on the certification track. Assisters are individuals who work at community-based organizations that will engage, educate and enroll consumers in health coverage, bringing Access Health CT to consumers in their own communities. Access Health was informed in late September by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services of their formal approval to connect with the federal data services hub. “This is a major milestone,” Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT, said in a written release. “Establishing the connection with the federal hub was a highly complex undertaking, and one which was approached with the

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Funding for Well Water Test Goes Dry EAST WINDSOR — State budget cuts are being felt at home by some town homeowners. Town residents whose homes depend on well water have been told by the state that despite the fact that some of them are dealing with contaminated water, they cannot turn to the state for help. While in the past the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection had provided testing for residents with well water, DEEP representatives told East Windsor residents at a Sept. 11 meeting that funding for that program has been cut. The more than 400,000 state homeowners affected by this change were notified by letter this summer. According to the DEEP’s website,

“Private (domestic) wells are not currently regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), therefore private well owners are responsible for the quality of their own drinking water.” At the Sept. 17 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, those attending were told that state Rep. Christopher Davis and state Sen. Gary LeBeau are looking for options for residents. According to the minutes of the meeting, LeBeau said that since the filtration system the state had previously installed is still in place, homeowners should keep using those filters. He said that AquaPump of Stafford will allow homeowners to purchase filters at the state-negotiated price through February 2016.

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East Windsor Workshops Allow Town Residents to Get Involved EAST WINDSOR – The Town of East Windsor is embarking on its next Plan of Conservation and Development (P.O.C.D.) This plan sets the goals and dreams for East Windsor’s future. The most important information it can collect will come from the citizens of East Windsor. Input from residents is important to the town’s future, therefore citizens are

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Moonshine and More on the Menu in Ellington (continued from page 9) potatoes and fish tacos, to name a few. He and his team of four chefs prefer to use all fresh products. Martin says his kitchen is a “scratch kitchen” and prides himself on the freshness. “I want my product to be MY product,” he says. “No rushing is involved. The food is done right.” Nothing on the menu takes less than six hours to prepare. Martin says the pulled pork takes 14 to 16 hours to cook. Pastry chef Nicole Calabretta has her chance at creativity, as well. A few of her menu favorites are cheesecake sundae and cheesecake stackers. “She makes my life easier,” Martin said. They plan to change the menu bimonthly or seasonally, but will still keep some of the popular dishes. Along with the Southern Moonshine theme, the restaurant also has six flatscreen televisions for viewing either from the bar or the dining room. NFL and NHL games, along with other sporting events, can be viewed on them.

They usually have a special to accompany games. Collins and Martin are both natives of Connecticut and in their 20s. Don’t be fooled by their youth, however. Combine a business degree from UConn, experience in the restaurant and culinary field, good old hard work and creativity, and you have a team determined to succeed. “This is a business everyone said to stay away from due to the time commitment,” said Collins, but he is not afraid of hard work and commitment. Collins hopes his restaurant is different enough and inviting for customers who are looking for a casual and comfortable place out of the ordinary to eat and drink. The Hidden Still is open Mondays from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. They serve lunch every day except Monday. To view the menu, visit their website at www.thehiddenstill.com. The Twitter

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Ellington Athletic Fields and Senior Center on Meeting Agenda By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON — The town will be fielding more athletic playing space following a Sept. 16 Special Town Meeting. Residents voted at the town meeting to approve spending $500,000 for the construction of two natural grass athletic fields on the land known as Santini Conservation Park on the east side of Pinney Street. “We’re starting to look into bids for some of the work,” First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. One of the fields will be full sized, and one will be U-12 to support soccer, lacrosse and football. There will be parking for 182 cars and border fencing.

Blanchette said the original proposal, which sought an appropriation of $605,000, called for the construction of a concession/storage building and provisions for water, sanitary and electrical service. The building would include bathroom facilities. Due to the Board of Finance’s lowered funding amount, however, Blanchette said the town will do what it can with the project, but the building will not be done at this time. “We’ll have to see how far the money goes,” he said. The town plans to do the underground work to prepare for construction at a later time if possible, he said. In other business, Blanchette said the

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‘Crazy’ Whist Card Party Should Make for an Afternoon Full of Fun ELLINGTON — American Legion Auxiliary Hatheway Miller Unit 62 will be holding a Crazy Whist Card Party on Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Ellington Senior Center, 16 Church Street, Ellington. The doors will open at noon, and the games will begin at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided, and a raffle and door prize will be offered. Because “Crazy” Whist is a whimsi-

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Enfield It’s in Their Jeans: Credit Union Raises Funds ENFIELD – The Tobacco Valley Teachers Federal Credit Union (TVTFCU), located at 182 South Rd. in Enfield, recently participated in the Credit Unions for Kids “Miracle Jeans Day” Campaign. This campaign is a fundraising effort for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, a charity that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals. The credit unions’ members and staff opened up their hearts and wallets, helping raise funds for this worthy cause. All funds raised by TVTFCU will benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. “We are a proud supporter of the Credit Unions for Kids fundraising campaigns. We truly appreciate the support from our members and staff for this cause. The money raised assists in supporting programs, research and equipment. We are very fortunate to have a children’s medical center in our area and

are committed in doing our part in keeping it a viable resource for the many families that are in need of these services,” said Myrijam Meserve, Manger and CEO of the Tobacco Valley Teachers

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ENFIELD—Educational Resources for Children, Inc. (ERfC) has been approved as a qualifying community program by the Conn. Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program. ERfC, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that provides out-of-school time academic, enrichment and recreational support and activities for youth in Enfield. ERfC is the only organization in Enfield to be designated by the State of CT for this program. According to the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, the NAA Tax Credit Program provides a tax credit to businesses that make cash investments in qualifying community programs conducted by tax-exempt or municipal agencies. This means that any corporation that is subject to the Connecticut Corporation Income Tax may apply to donate funds through a preapproved program and receive a tax credit up to 60%. Donations can range between $500 and $150,000. Claire Hall, ERfC executive director,

said in the 2012-2013 school year ERfC served 332 Enfield children. “Eighty-two percent of the families enrolled in ERfC before- and after-School Age Centers, serving six elementary schools and one middle school, requested and received financial assistance on a sliding fee schedule, 64 percent received assistance to attend the Summer Escape Day Camp. However, over 125 additional children who qualified for free or reduced school lunches were not able to enroll, due to reduced funding,” she added. Hall said financial support is needed from Connecticut businesses “to make it possible for us to serve children on our waiting lists. Our goal is to raise $150,000 in the NAA campaign,” she added. In order to qualify for the tax credit, all applications had to be submitted between the dates of Sept. 15 and Oct. 1. For questions regarding ERfC and how to register for the NAA Tax Credit Program contact Claire Hall at 860-253-9935 or email info@erfc.us. For more information about ERfC visit www.erfc.us.

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Enfield Town Charter Revisions Discussed at Recent Meeting By Linda Tishler Levinson ENFIELD — Should the town form a Charter Revision Commission? This question was discussed by the Town Council at its Sept. 16 meeting. While the charter, which sets guidelines for the town’s government, was last revised in 1996, councilors said it may be best to wait until after the municipal elections in November so that charter decisions are not influenced by campaigning officials. The process for a charter revision was reviewed by Town Manager Matthew Coppler and Town Attorney Kevin Deneen. That process includes a strict timetable for forming the commission, as well as holding public hearings. Coppler said he did not think there was sufficient time to begin the process before the elections, according to the minutes of the meeting. However, Coppler said this council could make recommendations and complete a list of items that should be addressed by a charter panel.

Councilman Thomas Kienzler said he feels this council should not wait, but rather they should help move this process forward. Councilman Carol Hall said she believes this is one of the more serious undertakings that a council can do while it serves. She said it makes no sense for this council to start this process with only two full meetings remaining. Kienzler stated it’s not about politics, but rather it’s about starting a process that would give a head start to a new Town Council. Councilman William Edgar Jr. stated he agrees with Hall in that they shouldn’t do anything right now. He said he feels this issue this has been made political. Mayor Scott Kaupin said the biggest hurdle is to start this off with eight council members voting for it. He said he doesn’t have an issue with the council making recommendations and submitting those recommendations. Coppler said that could be submitted

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Somers It’s A ‘Jungle’ In Town’s Newly-Opened Gymnastics Facility SOMERS — Welcome to the Jungle. They’ve got fun and games. The Somers office of Connecticut Commercial Realty & Select Homes has announced the lease of 6,000 square feet at 40 Scitico Rd. in Somers. SOMERSault Jungle Gymnastics, LLC, owned by Cathy Mynahan and Bailey Russell, is excited to offer a caring atmosphere for members and their

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reservation (cash or check), along with list of the full name and contact telephone number for each person. No refunds. All checks should be payable to the Somers Recreation Department. Either drop off your reservation/payment at the Senior Center or mail reservation info. and check to the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., P. O. Box 308, Somers, CT 06071. Reservations/payments deadline Friday, Nov. 8. Any questions, please call the Somers Senior Center at 860763-4379.

Gym and birthday parties for all ages. As a USAG Member Club, SOMERSault will provide quality, professional, safety-certified gymnastic coaches. Build-out has been completed at the center, which opened for classes Sept. 3. Connecticut Commercial Realty continues to market additional available space at the 40 Scitico Rd. location.

Volunteers Sought For River To Sea Community Clean Up ENFIELD - Volunteers are being sought for this year’s Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup. The one-day community cleanup of the Connecticut River and its tributaries will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5. The mega event is coordinated by the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC), and includes the river’s entire length - from the source at the Canadian border, 410 miles to the sea at Long Island Sound. Volunteers are encouraged to bring canoes, kayaks, and motorized boats to help with the cleanup, weather dependent. Please be sure

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Somers Revision Commission Proposes Changes to Charter By Linda Tishler Levinson SOMERS—The Charter Revision Commission’s recommended changes will be voted on when residents go to the polls for the Nov. 5 election. A number of changes are being proposed, including: • Candidates for first selectman will no longer be eligible to win a seat on the Board of Selectmen, regardless of the number of votes they get. “No person may simultaneously seek the office of first selectman and the office of selectman,” the proposed charter reads. • Board of Education terms would change from six years to four years.

• A section on the town clerk would be added to the charter. • Planning Commission terms would be for four years instead of five. • Three Planning Commission alternates could be appointed for oneyear terms. • Members of the Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, Housing Authority, Building Board of Appeals and Cemetery Committee would have their terms changed from four years to five. • Zoning Board of Appeals alternates would serve one-year rather

than five-year terms. • The Board of Assessors would be eliminated, and the position of assessor as an appointed, professional position would be recommended. • The town treasurer, collector of taxes and assessor would become appointed positions. • A Town Meeting vote would no longer be needed to confirm appointments to the Planning, Zoning, ZBA and Board of Assessment Appeals. • The Civil Preparedness Council would be renamed the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council. • The residency requirements could be suspended by the appointing

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Somers Vote Will Decide Fate of Planned Charter Revisions (continued from page 22) Bonding Proposal A Town Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Town Hall auditorium to vote on spending $6.194 million and bonding of $4.276 million on various capital improvements, Pellegrini said. If approved, the projects would be included on the Nov. 5 ballot. The projects include school roofs, fire alarms and generator improvements at Somers Elementary and Somers High schools; road improvements; Fire Department tanker truck and ambulance, the Somers senior shuttle bus and firetrucks. Due to the low borrowing interest rates of approximately 3.5 percent, members of the Board of Finance said they feel this is an opportune time for a bond issue and for improvements to the town’s infrastructure.

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Somers Piedmont Percolator to Offer Free Monthly Musical Performances SOMERS — The Somers Cultural Commission welcomes the third season of the “Piedmont Percolator,” a coffeehouse venue highlighting local musical talent. Beginning this October and continuing through April, the second Sunday of each month will feature a variety of musicians and songwriters. Historic Piedmont Hall, located at

604 Main St. in Somers, will once again host the coffeehouse. Opening the coffeehouse in October will be Michael Coppola, an accomplished jazz guitarist, whose signature “9 string” instrumentation has garnered him widespread acclaim. The evening’s second performance features Maryse Smith, a singer songwriter from Burlington, Vt., with local

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Stafford Library to Offer Self-Help Series During Month of October STAFFORD — The Stafford Library will present a self-help series during the month of October, as follows: Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.: Living Youthfully Forever, Physically and Spiritually Matthew Raider MD, (geriatric medicine), will discuss the research on the anti-aging aspects of exercise, diet, supplements and meditation. He will also present the scientific aspects of consciousness and how meditation can unlock it. Matthew Raider, MD, is a clinical physician and coordinating director of the Geriatric Teaching Program in Family Medicine at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut. He has been practicing meditation for over 30 years. Dr. Raider is a physician with a strong interest in meditation and its relationship to health. Oct. 15 and Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.: TwoPart Meditation Series Facilitated by Clare Vidich. “Imagine you are carrying a private retreat around inside you. A sanctuary you can visit whenever modern life gets too much.

Imagine contentment and freedom from fear - whenever you wish it. You are imagining the peace of body, mind and soul that meditation can bring you” (Rajinder Singh). Whether you are already meditating, or a complete beginner, this class has something to offer you. Through the practice of Jyoti meditation we can begin our personal transformation, which helps bring about an inner peace that permeates our life. Clare Vidich, is the director of Kirpal Meditation Center and serves on the Integrative Health Committee at Windham Hospital. She is a Montessori teacher who offers meditation classes in adult education, college, high schools and preschools. Vidich was a speaker at the Global Conference on Mysticism in 2007 and 2009 in Delhi, India. Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.: Introduction to EFT/Tapping with Steven Munn EFT/Tapping has benefited millions of people worldwide with calming nerves, being more focused, reducing pain, enhancing sports performance,

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Stafford Meditation, Reiki Part of Self-Help Series at Stafford Library (Fontinued from page 25) being. Cindy Kabel, Reiki Master/Teacher will give an introduction to Reiki. The Reiki practitioner holds his or her hands near the person’s body in a prescribed and calming manner. The person receiving the Reiki session will direct the practitioner to areas of the body which may exhibiting health ailments or stress. Many people report a sense of well-being, relaxation, warmth coolness or tingling during and after the Reiki Session.

Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.: Vibrational Healing/Tibetan Singing Bowls/Sound Energy Laura Dunfield, certified by Hartford Hospital Integratitivie Medicine Department, will demonstrate Vibrational Healing/Sound Energy, which is done with Tibetan Singing Bowls. These bowls have been used in sacred ceremonies in the monasteries of Tibet and Nepal for over 3,000 years. This sound is deep and allows you to go deep within yourself to a place of peace and healing. The sounds break up any blocks in a person’s energy field, which enables

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feeling bad about the extra pounds I put on, but I've already lost seven pounds in just a few weeks.” The brag list and success stories go on and on with the ladies that come to the Stafford Zumba Gold classes. What is Zumba Gold, and what makes it so special? It’s fun and fitness rolled into one. Anyone can do it. It’s different from Zumba Fitness. The Gold program is a lower impact, repetitive and easy to follow Latin inspired fun dances designed for people that may need modifications in their exercise rolutine. It is for those people just starting an exercise program, for seniors and beginner Zumba enthusiasts. This program helps to build cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and working the muscles of the hips, legs and arms with dance moves. Instructor Ferreira says she sets up

“I started teaching Zumba Fitness at the Mansfield Academy of Dance on Saturday mornings. Once I got my Zumba Gold certification, I started teaching in Stafford Springs at the Senior Center on Mondays. After just two weeks, the class members in Stafford wanted to add another day, so Laura Panicera let us come in on Fridays. Then in April, we added the West Stafford Fire Department on Wednesday mornings and the Vernon Senior Center on Wednesday afternoons. A lot of the Stafford Gold girls come three mornings a week. ... Somewhere along the way, Zumba Gold was added on Monday evenings at the Mansfield center,” she said. Ferreira continued, “We have now started into our second year at the Stafford Senior Center and are looking forward to new songs, new moves, and new class members.”

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her Gold Program to include music that her members really enjoy. “Yes, we do Latin music, but we also dance to music that my ladies grew up with. We use tunes such as ‘In The Mood,’ ‘Calendar Girl,’ ‘Zoot Suit Riot,’ ‘In the Summertime,’’It’s Raining Men,’ and ‘Mambo #5,’ just to name a few. If the class hates a routine, then it is out. If they love it, we keep it in till we all tire of it. There is a lot of fun and laughter in our classes, especially when the routine is new, and we’re all learning the steps. Don’t think because it's easy that we aren't burning calories. We get anywhere from 500-650 calories depending on the playlist,” she said. Ferreira is also certified to teach Zumba Fitness, Zumbatonics, and Zumba Toning, but teaching Zumba Gold is her favorite and most rewarding. Her Zumba Gold Classes have expanded into four facilities.

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Open letter to the citizens of Stafford. Some months ago I introduced myself as an unaffiliated candidate for the Office of First Selectman. I want to continue to share my vision for Stafford along with my qualifications for that office. Vision is an essential quality of effective leadership and it must be more than a mere platitude. In times of limited fiscal resources, it is also imperative to be creative in meeting the needs of the Town and to solve problems. I will implement my vision for Stafford by: • Aggressively identifying and obtaining all possible grant funding. Funding opportunities exist that have not been utilized for the growth of the Town. • Utilizing my creativity to support Town commissions and committees by establishing grassroots organizations to help solve immediate problems and needs. Grassroots organizations are an effective way of meeting challenges. It inspires and empowers people, taps into hidden resources and shatters the sense of futility that often becomes a cloud over a community. • Envisioning solutions, creating the infrastructure to accomplish a task and networking and collaborating with others. Focus and dedication to overcome obstacles are a few of my strong leadership abilities and will be the cornerstone of a Michalec administration. My creative skills can also be seen in the three businesses that I have established and in how I am running my campaign. It is not a status quo campaign. Money is spent judiciously, as you will see when political lawn signs start peppering the landscape, there will be just a few handcrafted signs for my campaign placed about town.

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Partisanship and much of the old political wisdom is being tested. I believe that the citizens of Stafford are independent, intelligent and disenchanted with politics as usual. I also believe that Government is about serving the people and I have dedicated my life to serving others. It is my passion. I will work tirelessly to serve you. I would appreciate your vote on November 5th! Georgia Michalec, Unaffiliated Candidate andidate for First Selectman. Follow me on Facebook Paid for by Georgia for a Stronger Stafford 2013 Nancy Neff, Treasurer


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Stafford Coffee House Series to Begin STAFFORD — The Stafford Arts Commission is heralding the 2013-2014 Coffee House series with Carolyn Waters and Seth Connelly Sunday, Oct. 27. Carolyn Waters has performed many times in Stafford and has left her musical mark as a soulful singer/songwriter. She has a voice that is sultry and strong, and she always delivers powerhouse performances. Seth Connelly is a singer who is inspired by great melodies and rhythms. He performs a blend of 70’s, folk/rock, R&B, Motown and jazz. This is his premier performance in Stafford. The free Coffee House is located at the Ben Muzio Town House (Old Town Hall), 221 East Street (Rte. 19), Stafford Springs. The music begins at 7 p.m., and refreshments are available. Additional parking is at the Town Garage (Route 19) and Memorial Hall (Route 310). Please consider donating a non-perishable food item to the Stafford Food Bank. Thank you to all Coffee House

audience members for previous donations. For more information, call 860-6849500.

Wal-Mart Trip Oct. 3 STAFFORD — The Stafford Community Center will be hosting a shopping trip for senior/disabled residents to Wal-Mart in Sturbridge, Mass., with lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s on Thursday, Oct. 3. Departure from the Senior Center will be at 9 a.m. Reservations for a seat are first come, first served. Please call 860-684-3906 or 860-684-7752 to reserve your seat.

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Stafford Arts Commission to Sponsor Barn Dance Oct. 19 STAFFORD — The Stafford Arts Commission is sponsoring another Barn Dance on Oct. 19 at Memorial Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8. This dance will feature caller Will Mentor and musicians Julie Metcalf on fiddle and Mark Kilianski on guitar.

Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his

guiding principle as a caller, “It's about the dancers!” Country Dance Stafford is an affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society. For more information, contact Rich Sbardella at 860-684-3466 or richsbardella@snet.net.

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Suffield FOFAH Purchases Hilltop Farm Property By Julie Cotnoir SUFFIELD — Years of dedication and commitment have paid off for The Friends of the Farm at Hilltop (FOFAH). What started 12 years ago as a crusade by a small group of Suffield residents to protect the history and land of Hilltop Farm has mushroomed into an organization that has brought in 400 volunteers to restore and protect what many describe as a piece of heaven. The FOFAH purchased The Hilltop Farm (“Parcel B,� 1616 Mapleton Ave, Suffield) from landlord, Educational Properties II in September of this year. Included in the purchase, according to FOFAH Vice President Eileen Moncrief, are the Dairy Barn, agricultural outbuildings, and acreage the group has been leasing, as well as three houses, the garage, and roughly seven acres of land they had not been leasing. It is a huge step forward for a group that has already done extensive work to preserve a very interesting piece of Suffield’s history.

It was back in 1901 when George Hendee co-founded the Indian Motorcycle Company in Springfield. In 1914 he built the large white dairy barn that is now the centrepiece of the property. Hendee created the original 500-acre Hilltop Farm. His creative and unique touches are seen throughout the 20,000 square foot barn, which was, in the day, home to award winning Guernsey cows. The architectural marvel of a barn is often referred to as Connecticut’s Agricultural Cathedral, according to Moncrief. Hendee, who lived on the farm from 1913-1940. The history of the barn is fascinating. The original farm was a huge supplier for eggs in the area, with 10,000 laying hens and 50-60 colony houses for 2,000 broiler hens. There were 150 milking cows, alongside multiple champion thoroughbreds. As the FOFAH continues its works to restore buildings and maintain the upkeep of the property, they have plans to expand

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Suffield Hilltop Farm Purchase Preserves Piece of Suffield History (Fontinued from page 31) the land and sub-leases property to another farmer to grow tobacco. Volunteers are what makes the farm thrive. Moncrief says every volunteer brings their own unique talent to the Farm. Volunteers have included students from Suffield Academy, the public schools and have also included those involved in scouting, among individuals and families from throughout the area. Dean Caswell and his daughter Diane Christian have both lent their talent and support to the Farm. Dean’s contribution is seen in the hinges he created for the exhibition shed. Diane has done work with flowers and has taught classes at the farm, including felt classes during Farm Fest. Conservation groups have built blue bird boxes throughout the property.

Whether it is walking the property and checking out the new bridge that was unveiled in September or going birding and looking to the skies for the majestic nesting bald eagles who reside in the area, everyone can find their own piece of enjoyment each day from 9 a.m. to dusk. Those looking to get their hands dirty can come to work sessions held on the property on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Even shoppers can find some produce and unique gifts at the Farm. The Winter Farmers Market at Hilltop Farm will be held in the Barnyard and will allow everyone to purchase produce and local Fall products from local farmers and crafters. The Market will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 23 (the Saturday before Thanksgiving), Nov. 30 (Shop Local Saturday), Dec. 7 and Dec. 21 (first day of winter). For area farmers and crafters who

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Suffield Chamber of Commerce Unveils Website and Celebrates Past Year By Julie Cotnoir SUFFIELD — Local Suffield businesses that attended last month’s Suffield Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting saw how belonging to the Chamber can bring added attention to their business. The Chamber met at Suffield Commons, and members witnessed the unveiling of the Chamber of Commerce’s new logo and their new website. Heather Conley, a member of the Chamber’s Technology Committee, spoke to the group at their meeting. “Our focus was to re-brand and reinvigorate Suffield’s Chamber of Commerce,” she said. By having a strong website, all businesses affiliated with the organization benefit. “When one of us does well, we all do well,” she said. Gayle Demko, chairperson for the Chamber’s Technology Committee, enthusiastically spoke before the meeting on how the website, combined with

the introduction of electronic message boards throughout the community, are going to tie the entire town together. The boards set to launch at a later date will be set up around town, including Highland Market, somewhere in Ebbs Corner and another yet-to-be-determined location in West Suffield. “We have had an amazing year putting everything together,” said Demko, whose family owns Heritage Funeral Home. These boards will feature information about Chamber and other community events. They will offer advertising opportunities to businesses, which in turn, will help pay for the maintenance of the boards. Members of the Chamber were given login and password information following the meeting. All businesses in town will be featured on the website with a name and phone number. Businesses that have a membership with the Chamber will have enhanced visibility with the opportunity to add more infor-

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