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North Central Connecticut could become a popular day trip destination with the addition of two proposed developments – an outlet mall in Windsor Locks and a casino in Enfield.

Madison Marquette, which owns the Enfield Square mall, has presented a proposal to the Enfield Town Council to build a casino in the mall, in cooperation with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Indian tribes. Simon Acquisition II LLC, has sub-

mitted an application to the Windsor Locks Planning and Zoning Commission to develop the Hartford Premium Outlets near the intersection of Route 20 and Interstate 91 on Old Country Road on property owned by the

O.J. Thrall Inc. Simon Acquisition is the owner of the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets in Clinton. Phase One of the outlet mall project will consist of 350,000 square feet of

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ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College and the Town of Enfield will come together to offer a Fall Festival and Homecoming Event on Friday, Oct. 16, on Asnuntuck’s front lawn. Activities will start at 4 p.m. Vendors, who have participated in the Town of Enfield’s Community and Farmers Market throughout the season, will be on hand to sell their wares until dusk. Among the vendors will be Silvia’s International Restaurant selling bread and fried dough. In addition, several musical performers are on the schedule. Local favorite Spiral Logic will perform from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Jared Tittle will play classic acoustic rock from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. and Just Jeannie, with her eclectic pop, country and classic rock selections, performs from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Sample beer from Enfield’s own Powder Hollow Brewery from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Beer will also be available for sale. Wine tasting from Lost Acres will take place from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The Asnuntuck Community College Foundation will sponsor a Retiree Reception at 4 p.m. and Alumni Social at 6 p.m. All alumni

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in East Windsor will once again be hosting its popular Halloween events: Rails to the Darkside and Pumpkin Patch. These two fundraising events are extremely important to funding the museum’s many programs. Rails to the Darkside last year attracted over 4,000 visitors. The event will be held on Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 25, and 30. The event has a PG-13 rating and may be too intense for the squeamish. For families and those looking for an enjoyable day in the country, the museum is also holding its popular Pumpkin Patch event on Oct. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 and 31. The event is open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,

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attending the event will receive a free ACC Alumni mug. An Alumni Art Show will also be open to the public. ACC’s Massage Therapy students will also give free chair massages that night. Students and staff from the college are planning a weeklong service learning trip to the Be Like Brit orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti for Spring Break. The group will be spending time with the 66 children who live at the orphanage and will build a home for someone in the Grand Goave community. As a part of the festival and as a means to raise money for the trip, Henna hand artwork will be available for purchase and a wrist band for unlimited climbs on a rock wall will also be for sale, in addition to other donating opportunities. Also, as part of the evening’s festivities, The Valley Repertory Company will present “Murder, You Must be Kidding” at 7 p.m. on Asnuntuck’s stage. Tickets will be on sale that night.

Scantic Valley Farm Corn Maze

SOMERS - Giddy up and take on the Challenge. Check out Scantic Valley Farm’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. All ages will enjoy the fun as you “Get Lost” in this year’s western themed maze, “Happy Trails.” Experience three miles of rambling

and twisting trails with hidden challenges. Enjoy a beautiful day with family and friends as you make your way through this eight-acre “living puzzle.” After your journey, enjoy a hayride, pick the perfect pumpkin and chow down and satisfy your appetite with our delicious Connecticut grown food. Saddle up and head over to the general store and marketplace where you will find all the provisions that you need to bring this wonderful day of family farm fun back to your homestead. Scantic Valley Farm is located at 327 9th District Rd. in Somers. For more information, call 860-749-3286 or visit the farm on Facebook or at scanticvalleyfarm.com. Maze is open weekends through Oct. 31. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to dusk. On Columbus Day, Oct. 12, the farm will be open from 11 a.m. to dusk.

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Village Players Present Musical Comedy

SOMERS - After a hiatus of several years, the Village Players of Somers are staging a musical again. “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum” is being performed at Joanna’s Banquet Hall on Main Street. Through the generosity of Burger King, PSA Power Systems, Inc., and the M. & D. D’Amour Family Fund, the group was able to take on a more expensive production. This lively Stephen Sondheim show was previously done by the Players in 1982, and is suited for a small stage. Patrons may remember the songs

“Comedy Tonight” and “Everybody Ought to Have a Maid” from the show, which features the antics of a slave trying to get his freedom, along with dancing girls and a Roman soldier. Throw in a domineering wife, a young man looking for love, and a dead bride … who isn’t either one! ... and you have a funfilled show. If it sounds complicated, it all turns out well in the end, just as a musical comedy should. Directed by Gus Rousseu, with musical direction by Ben Mabrey, the cast includes singers and dancers from the area: Kevin Knight, Paul Nesbit, Debi Salli, Doug Stoyer, Jaron Bakum, Jim Byrne, Jr., Ryan Bird, David Crowell, Jennifer Rawlings, Dina Lynn, Del Buono, Erin Chaffee, Sue Moak, Martha Farnsworth, Angela Taylor, Darlene Creed, Regina Erpenbeck, Pat Covino, Sherri Samborski, John Creed, and John Lepore. Stage Manager is Christine Zdebski and Diane Preble is the assistant

producer. Show dates are Oct. 2-3 and 9-10. Tickets for the dinner-theatre are $40, and include a roast beef dinner. They may be purchased by calling 860-2653342 or online at www.somersvillageplayers.org. Reservations are required. Gathering begins at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 and the show begins at 8:10.

8th Annual East Windsor Barktoberfest

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Dog Owners Group invites you to come have a dog-gone good time at its eighth annual Barktoberfest & Dog Swim on Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at East Windsor Park, 27 Reservoir Ave. Admission is free and the event will be

held rain or shine with adoption groups, an agility and frisbee demonstration, costume contest and parade, and children’s activities. Treat your dog to the very popular allday reservoir swim. Swim pass is a $10 donation per dog. Dogs must be licensed. Ellington Center Animal Clinic will be hosting a microchip clinic for a small fee of $25 and one year of free monitoring. Enjoy live acoustic music by Just Jeannie while visiting vendors. The first 200 visitors will receive a giveaway bag. Bring a pet food donation to help out the Five Corner Cupboard food pantry. All money raised will support the maintenance and improvements at the East Windsor Dog Park. For more information, directions, and event flyer, please visit www.ewdogs.com.

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EAST WINDSOR -- Selectman Steven Dearborn will be censured for violating the town’s Code of Ethics following a Sept. 8 unanimous vote by the Ethics Commission. The panel ruled Dearborn violated the ethics code with his public comments at Board of Selectmen meetings on personnel matters involving town employees,

by his conduct at the April 7 Board of Selectmen meeting relating to the March 24, 2015 letter of Town Planner Laurie Whitten and Assistant Town Planner and Zoning Wetland Enforcement Officer Robin Newton to Dearborn’s tenant Scott Transportation. In the letter, Whitten and Newton said Dearborn had violated the town’s ethics code due to conflict of interest. They said his employment was not compatible

with his position on the Board of Selectmen and that he was representing a private interest to the board. He had called for their terminations during public meetings. Republican primary Board of Finance member Robert Maynard defeated Selectman James Richards in the Sept. 16 Republican primary for first selectman by a vote of 211-82. Richards had been the party-

endorsed candidate. Maynard will face incumbent Democrat Denise Menard in the November election. Winning their party’s nomination for selectmen seats were Republicans Richard Pippin Jr. with 205 votes and Steven Dearborn with 183 votes. Losing out on the nomination was Stephen Smith with 128 votes.

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Book Club Bookstore Hosting Author Events in October

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Local East Windsor inspirational children’s author will debut her second children’s book “Queenie Rules the Farm” at the Book Club book store in downtown Broad Brook right across the street from the dam at Broad Brook Pond on Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come out to meet the author, Lori Sanchez, and one of the characters in her story, Black Beauty the chicken. Children will have the opportunity to pet and feed Black Beauty. There will also be a reading of “Queenie Rules the Farm” that tells the story of an unconventional but remarkable friendship between a mischievous chicken named Queenie and a sweet little girl named Jia Li.

EAST WINDSOR - The Book Club Bookstore, 100 Main St., Broad Brook will host  four free Author Appearance Events  in October. All events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling 860-623-5100. Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids’ Author Event: “Queenie Rules the Farm” by Lori Sanchez. Come meet the author and her chicken Black Beauty! Lori will read from her latest children’s book “Queenie Rules the Farm” (L. Sanchez, $9.99). There will time after the reading to ask the author questions and to feed and take pictures with Black Beauty. This event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments served. Signed books available for purchase. Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Author Appearance: “If Your Telephone Isn’t Working, Please Call the Office” by J. T. Victor. Come meet author and former educator J.T. Victor. He’ll read from his new book “If Your Telephone Isn’t Working, Please Call the Office” (Archway Publishing, $28.99) and will take questions afterwards. This is a free event. Signed copies available for purchase. It’s a cast of characters that sounds too outrageous to be true: school administrators who disrupt the education of students to pursue pet programs, a superintendent who spends taxpayer dollars to upgrade a pri-

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Hidden Still Develops a Loyal Following after Two Years

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“gutting” the inside and creating a large open atmosphere, the new restaurant opened in August serving only food for two weeks while waiting for the liquor permit. Collins and Martin already knew they had a pretty strong following for the cuisine, but fully realized it when so many came in to enjoy just the food. “People were very supportive and came in to eat,” Collins said. “I’m thankful for them.” Once the permit arrived, the fun began. One noteworthy change is the restaurant has a café license, which means no one under 21 can even enter the restaurant without a parent. Collins says business has been phenomenal since the move. He feels the location makes a big difference. With 55 more seats, some changes were made to help things flow smoothly.

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ELLINGTON - The Hidden Still Restaurant and Moonshine Bar celebrated its second anniversary in August in its new location at 87 West Rd. in Ellington. Owner Max Collins opened the original restaurant in its former location down the road with Executive Chef Sean Martin. In those two years the dynamic duo has developed a unique place with quite a lineup of regular customers. The restaurant, voted “Best Happy Hour” in North Central News’ “Best Of” polls, offers a cross between comfort food and pub food and a variety of alcoholic beverages. When the former Pastori’s restaurant closed and the building became available, Collins decided it was time for a bigger place with better visibility. After several months of nearly

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Spielman Likely Faces No Opposition for First Selectman Race

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ELLINGTON – Republican Lori Spielman will likely run unopposed in the first selectman’s race in November.

Spielman, who was the party-endorsed candidate, won the Sept. 16 Republican primary over incumbent Maurice Blanchette by a vote of 395-223.

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Wednesday through Saturday and until 10 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. They open daily at 11:30 a.m. and serve lunch and dinner. “I’m pretty lucky to have the people I have back there,” said Martin, pointing to the kitchen. He is proud of his cooking staff, Mike Stauffer, Walter Little and Emily Perrotta, and believes you don’t see a restaurant staff like that too often. Plans for the future include two-tothree-piece live bands on the weekends and dinner specials. To date, very little advertising has been done. Word of mouth and closeness of the Ellington community have contributed to the success. Martin says they see a cross section of customers, the

majority from Ellington, with the age range from “20 something” to “60 something.” “We have some pretty cool demographics, and everyone gets along,” said Martin. Being strangers to Ellington, Collins and Martin were a bit nervous about coming to the town. What they have learned in two years is if you are good to people, they will be good to you. The tight knit community has impressed them as has the way people support one another. “Ellington is a pretty cool town. This place is home,” Martin said. The Hidden Still can be found on Facebook and more information and their menu can also be found on their website, www.thehiddenstill.com.

Blanchette was seeking a fourth term as first selectman. Currently on the Board of Selectmen, Spielman has 20 years of experience on various town boards. She is the owner of Lori Spielman Landscaping. In addition to her experience on the Board of Selectmen, she has served on the Wetlands Commission and Planning and Zoning, as well as other town commissions. The Democratic Party has not endorsed a candidate for first selectman.

Library roof project The Hall Memorial Library will be getting its new roof. At a Sept. 21 Special Town Meeting, residents voted to appropriate an additional $85,100 for the roof project. The Rockfall Co. of Meriden has been chosen to complete the work. Blanchette said the company is on the approved state bid list, so the town was able to sign a contract with Rockfall more quickly. The contract was signed Sept. 23. Work was expected to begin within two weeks.

Read To The Dogs at the Library

ELLINGTON - Children ages 5 to 12 years have an opportunity to read aloud to a very eager listener who just happens to have four legs and a wagging tail. Allen’s Angels Therapy Dogs will be at the Hall Memorial Library in Ellington from 10:30 to 11:30 on the following Saturday mornings: Oct. 10 and 24, and Nov. 14. Children are asked to choose a favorite story or perhaps a chapter of a book they are already reading, from home. These dogs are specially trained

for this and other service events. Online registration is recommended and is ongoing. To register, go to the library’s website, www.library.ellington-ct.gov, and click on the library event calendar. Choose the date you are interested in, then click on the sign-up hand. Children will get 10 to 15 minutes to read to one of these very special dogs. Parents will be asked to wait in the children’s area of the library during the program. For more information, call the library at 860-870-3160.

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Time for Stories for Young Children Offered at the Library

Ellington

ELLINGTON - The Hall Memorial Library, in Ellington, has special programs planned this fall for young children ages 9 months to 5 years old. “Babies & Books” is the program planned especially for babies, 9 months to 2½ years old, attending with an adult. This hour-long program is held every Monday from Oct. 19 through Nov. 23. Two sessions are offered: one beginning at 10:15 a.m. and the other beginning at

11:30 a.m. During the hour, parents will read board books to their children, movement activities will be enjoyed and there will be lots of playtime and socialization for the babies as well as the adults. A special story hour for children already 2½ years old, attending with an adult, will be offered every Friday from Oct. 9 through Nov. 20. This “2½-YearOld Story Hour” runs from 10:15 a.m.-

10:45 a.m. and will include stories, a related craft project, and movement activities. For children ages 3-5, “Preschool Story Hour” is held every Tuesday from Oct. 6 through Dec. 8. This program is 45 minutes long, beginning at 10:15 a.m., and includes stories, movement activities and occasional videos taken from picture books. Children will attend this program alone while their parents

ELLINGTON - St. Luke Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Parish Center and Church Hall will be filled with your favorite holiday fare. Children’s activities include professional face painting, kid’s crafts and a magician. New this year is the Tool Box, Teen Table and Mug Gifts. St. Anne’s Shrine

will also be present with a variety of religious items for purchase. As always there will be a wide variety of gift items made by our very own St. Luke Crafters, including knitted hats, mittens, scarves, American Girl clothing and furniture, tied fleece blankets, and assorted one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments and décor. The country store will be stocked with pickles, jams, flavored vinegars, mixes and other items ready to

give and sure to please. Everyone likes to find a treasure, so be sure to visit our attic treasures area; you never know what you’ll find. Of course, we will have delicious homemade baked goods and meals fresh from the kitchen along with gently used linens and jewelry, a teacup raffle, and wonderfully filled and decorated gift baskets for every occasion. Admission is free. Come, have lunch or dinner and get a head start on your holiday shopping. St. Luke Church is located at 141 Maple St. in Ellington. The church is handicap accessible. For more information, call the rectory at 860-875-8552.

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Council Will Explore Strict Ordinance on Panhandling By Linda Tishler Levinson

Montessori Children Celebrate International Peace day

In recognition of International Peace Day, the children of Enfield Montessori School offered peace and love to people and animals around the world. During their weekly yoga class, the students took time to talk about what peace is and the importance of being peaceful with themselves and others. They described how doing yoga together helps create peace in their communities - the type of peace they can bring home and share with their families and friends. Abby Quimby, a student in Junior 2, described what it was like when she participated in the International Peace Day activities. “I really liked it. It felt like I was one person with the other person,” she said.

ENFIELD -- The council is considering an ordinance that would regulate panhandling in Enfield. Town Manager Matthew Coppler said the proposed resolution would prohibit certain conduct related to panhandling within the town. It would prohibit aggressive panhandling within different areas of town. It would prohibit panhandling in a false or misleading manner and would prohibit panhandling on public transportation vehicles and within 25 feet of any bus stop. It also would prohibit the panhandling of an occupant of a motor vehicle that is in traffic or on a public street or within 50 feet of any public street. Interim Town Manager Named Lee Erdmann, a former Wethersfield town manager and Hartford city manager, will serve as the town’s interim town manager. The Town Council voted in late August to appoint Erdmann to the posi-

tion, following the resignation of Matthew Coppler as of Sept. 25 to take a job as city manager of Lincoln Park, Michigan. Coppler had been Enfield’s town manager since 2006. In addition to his positions in Hartford and Wethersfield, Erdmann was the chief administrative and financial officer for Springfield, Massachusetts. Because the town charter allows someone to serve for only 180 days as acting town manager, the council technically brought Erdmann in as a consultant as part of the transition.

Retirement Reception

ENFIELD - The Friends of the Enfield Library and Library Staff invite town officials, patrons and community members, as well as town staff, to stop by Oct. 15 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to say farewell and offer best wishes to Henry Dutcher on his retirement. Dutcher has been heading the library activities for 15 years.

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major intersection of the Bradley Airport Connector (Route 20) with Old County Road, Rodriguez said. “This zone also empowers the town with a measure of control over the type and quality of development to accommodate the transition from residential uses to commercial uses by providing for a variety of uses including multifamily dwellings, mixed business and commercial uses. The AIOZ may waive and modify the underlying existing regulations to encourage and promote development at the interface of Route 20.” Rodriguez said Simon next needs to submit a general plan of development/special use permit applicant and a site plan for review to the PZC. Generally, the process takes two to three months. Lee Morris of Simon said their plans would not be affected by a proposed outlet mall for East Hartford. “We’re concentrated on our project and fully focused on that,” he said. Casino proposal Madison Marquette presented their

 

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said other casinos put in a full police station and that would be proposed in Enfield. Mall General Manager Marty Pelosi said they would love to see a rebirth of this mall. Councilor Cynthia Mangini asked how a Springfield casino would affect this proposal. Steiner said it wouldn’t matter because he believes this will bring in better retail. Councilor Donna Szewczak asked what will draw people to Enfield. Steiner said he believes they can attract retailers to a new, shiny facility. Councilor Gina Cekala questioned whether it’s envisioned they will be replacing affordable stores with luxury stores. Steiner responded not luxury stores, but what is seen in better malls. Councilor William Lee said the best thing about Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun is that they’re an hour away. He said he is still having a lot of reservations about introducing a gambling component. A Casino Community Conversation was scheduled to be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Kennedy Middle School auditorium.

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HARTFORD - The Connecticut Office of Tourism extends an invitation to “fall for Connecticut” with an amazing fall foliage display expected and a range of attractions from leaf peeping in a Berkshire Balloons hot air balloon in Plainville to family fun in corn mazes at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield to taking in discounted fall theatre performances and toasting the season with signature cocktails throughout the state. Connecticut offers the perfect overnight or day trip this season with so much to see and do within short proximity. According to Connecticut state foresters, the state is

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Pellegrini Easily Wins Republican 1st Selectman Primary

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SOMERS — Republican Lisa Pellegrini won her party’s nomination in the Sept. 16 primary over challenger Linda Louise LaCasse by a vote of 533199. Pellegrini, the incumbent, was endorsed by the Republicans at the party convention in July. LaCasse petitioned to challenge Pellegrini in the primary and also to be on the November ballot as a petitioning candidate. The two will face off again in the November election. Town Democrats have not fielded a candidate for first selectman, although at their caucus in July the party endorsed Tim Potrikas for first selectman in July as a straw, or

placeholder, candidate. Pellegrini, who is seeking a fourth term as first selectman, previously worked as a sales and marketing director in West Hartford. LaCasse is the owner of A Victorian Sentiment in town. Old Blacksmith Shoppe The Old Blacksmith Shoppe was badly damaged when it was hit by a truck a few months ago, according to Pellegrini. The town recently completed repairs so the Ladies Aid Society from the Somersville Congregational Church could return to the building. “Town was able to surprise representatives from the Ladies Aid Society with some new lighting and some very sturdy

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AT&T Awards $15,000 Grant 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 collaboration with the Somers Education Foundation and State Senator John 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 AT&T Foundation’s $15,000 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 need to succeed in an industry that is so important to New England’s economic future,” said Abigail Jewett, Regional Vice President, AT&T Connecticut. “The Somers Education Foundation strongly supports the advancement of technology for the Somers Public Schools and is pleased to work with AT&T and Senator Kissel in facilitating this grant,” said Dr. Paul Salva, SEF

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ment to the Somers community, the state of Connecticut, and the entire region of New England by funding a program that is developing our young people to be future leaders in their respective fields,” state Sen. John Kissel said. “I applaud AT&T for helping our local educators ensure successful futures for our students and our region as a whole.”

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. Also, proceeds from the concert are used to sponsor scholarships and awards to students in the various music programs.

SOMERS - Somers Congregational Church, located at 599 Main St. in Somers, is hosting a discussion of Muslim and Christian Commonalities and Divergences guided by the Rev. Dr. Charles F. Williams on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Rev. Williams is the pastor of Memorial Baptist Church in Hartford, as well as a chaplain for the Connecticut Department of Correction and a member of the Professional Speakers Bureau of

Hartford Seminary. His areas of expertise include spirituality (incorporating the teachings of his Christian faith, along with Islam, Native American spirituality and Buddhist mindfulness), recovery/addiction, criminal justice, and mental health. Please join us for this important and meaningful discussion about a topic that is foremost in today’s global awareness. The discussion is open to the community.

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The new and improved Stafford Farmers’ Market, which had a quieter presence in town over the last several years, has been growing since it moved to 21 Furnace Ave. Above, visitors at the Stafford Farmer’s Market stop in at the Hydeville Sugar Shack booth for a free sample of maple cream. At right, families stop in each week at the Stafford Farmers’ Market to stock up on fresh produce, maple syrup, honey, jams and much more… including posing in the hand-painted photo booth as a few assorted farm animals and vegetables.

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Town Won’t Pay Artists for Exhibiting Work at Town Hall

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STAFFORD -- Artists will not be paid to exhibit their works in town buildings. The Board of Selectmen made that decision at its Sept. 10 meeting, following a request by local artist Gregor Bugaeff to be paid an exhibition fee after his work was displayed in the Town Hall lobby. Bugaeff, who was at the meeting, requested payment. The selectmen noted that the artist had not asked to be paid when First Selectman Richard Shuck approved the display of Bugaeff’s sculptures. Shuck said he would ask that the town look into any possible grant funding.

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STAFFORD - Safe Net Ministries will be conducting a special fundraising concert – a Beatles tribute by Penny Lane – on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.  This fundraiser will be held at the Stafford Senior Center, 3 Buckley Highway, Stafford Springs.  Seating is limited so please get your tickets as soon as possible. St. Edward Parishioners may contact either Barbara Peirolo or Karen Goodwin. Holy Trinity members may contact Mike Welch. First United Methodist members may contact

Keith Marin or Laura Marin. For more information or tickets, please contact Keith Marin at 860-9164445 or Safe Net Ministries at 860-8519987. Safe Net’s mission is a multidenominational nonprofit organization helping our Stafford and Union neighbors in need, to provide comfort and support as necessary utility/general assistance.  Donations may be sent to Safe Net at Post Office Box 93, Stafford Springs, CT 06076 or visit its website www.safenetministries.com.  You may contact Safe Net at 860-851-9987.

STAFFORD - The cool crisp weather is approaching and Paradiso Insurance is preparing for a very exciting time of the year. Every year Paradiso Insurance gives back to the community through its “Reverse Trick or Treat� event. Through Oct. 21, Paradiso Insurance will be accepting donations of items such as games, toys, and art supplies for hospitalized children at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

The “Reverse Trick or Treat� event makes it possible for the children to enjoy their Halloween, even though they are unable to leave the hospital or have candy. Donations are always needed, so join in to make a difference for a child this Halloween. Drop off your donations at the Paradiso Insurance office, located at 8 East Main St., Stafford Springs, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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enjoy one another’s company. Moms with children of all ages are welcome and also pregnant moms-to-be. Children are welcome. Teens Programs Saturday Game Club at 1 p.m. (until 2:30 p.m.) to be held on Oct. 3 and 24. Bring your beyblades and supplies. Customs are allowed. Other games are welcome too. For ages 12 and up, unless accompanied by parent or guardian. Advance registration is required. Questions about wills and advance directives? Join attorney Sharron Dillon, Oct. 14 at 6:15 p.m. for this informative workshop. Movie - “Hocus Pocus.” Rated PG, on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. Popcorn provided, Drop in. Movie - Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. “Tomorrowland” with George Clooney and Britt Robertson, Rated PG. Read for the Record Story times Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. and again at 6 p.m., featuring the book “Not Norman: A Goldfish Story” written by Kelley Bennett.

STAFFORD - The Stafford Public Library, located at 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford Springs, will be hosting the following events in October. All events are free and open to the public but the library requests pre-registration. Rhymetime will be held on Monday Oct. 19 and 26 at 10 a.m. for children 02 years old Teddy Bear Time will be held on Oct. 13, 20 and 27 for children 2 years and up Animal Storytime will be held on Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28 at 3:30 p.m. with animal guest. Sensory Storytimes are held Oct. 3 at 10:30 a.m. for all ages and families. Library Play Rehearsals for “First Thanks to Giving Feast” directed by resident playwright, retired teacher Kit Randall will be held every Friday at 3:30 p.m. The play is open to all school-age children. Call for more information or just stop in. Mother-to-Mother at 11 a.m. every Friday. A group where moms can support each other, share information and

Make it Monday at 2:30 p.m. (until 4 p.m.) on the Oct. 26. Enjoy snacks, drinks and a zombie craft when you need a break from finishing your homework. For grades 6-12 (drop-in). Firepeople Visit! at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. Ask questions about being a responder. Learn how to play it safe and paint a new fire vehicle to take home. Traditional New England Dance led by Rich and Lynn Sbardella on Oct. 9 and 23, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. No experience necessary. Please call ahead to register to insure enough space. For

ages 10 to adult. Meditation at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 27 led by Clare Vidich and Arlene. Ages 14 to adult. Open Artist Studio from 5:30 p.m7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 and 26. Come and create. For teens & adults. Zombie Survival Party on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. Join in a scavenger hunt, creepy snacks, face painting, and pin the pancreas on the zombie! Please pre-register in advance! Halloween Costume Party at 2 p.m. on Oct. 31.

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 for women to share, explore and grow in a safe and caring setting.

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Americans and hatchbacks tend to go together like oil and water. Yet in the case of the Scion iM an exception needs to be made. This is a hatchback we should be embracing. The Scion iM is powered by a 137 horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with 126 lb. ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. On paper that looks like an unsatisfying number but in test drives in and around Philadelphia, the iM never failed to deliver. Sure, more grunt would be more satisfying but this is a well planted car that is pleasing to drive, especially when equipped with the CVT. Engage the sport mode and you have the makings of a hot hatch that hits just the right notes in more responsive steering and better performance in and out of corners. As time goes by, I’m becoming more of a fan of continuously variable transmissions, also known as CVTs. The Scion iM is equipped with an optional CVT sport that replicates shift points of a traditional automatic transmission with seven simulated shift points and a sport mode. It’s the much better choice over the six-speed manual transmission that has a clutch with a high engagement point. What’s also interesting about the

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