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WINDSOR LOCKS — With the proposal for a new casino in northern Connecticut becoming increasingly con-

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SUFFIELD — They know Suffield is a great place to visit, and local business owners and government officials want to share that knowledge with potential travelers. While in recent years the state had provided funding for regional tourism districts, that support ended this year due to budget cuts, said state Rep. Tami Zawistowski, who represents the 61st District, which includes Suffield, East Granby and Windsor. Suffield had been part of the Central Regional Tourism District, which covered towns from Suffield down to Essex, as well as Greater Hartford. The Central district had offered a visitors guide and website to promote the region. Lorraine Erickson, owner of the Lily House Bed & Breakfast, in Suffield, as well as A Basketful of Connecticut, had represented the town for the tourism district. She, along with Zawistowski, First Selectman Melissa Mack, town Economic Development Director Patrick McMahon and Suffield Chamber of Commerce President Andrew

Preissner, decided to work together to continue efforts to promote the town. Erickson said she noticed while Suffield had a booth at the Day Trips and Destinations show at the Aqua Turf in Southington last spring, few if any other Connecticut towns did. Instead, the show was largely promoting tourism outside the state. She said she saw an opportunity there and wanted to let travelers know all

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Suffield has to offer. “The location is tremendous,” she said, being between Hartford and Springfield and right off Interstate 91 and by Bradley International Airport. “Suffield is a gem of heritage tourism, combining history and culture with its rich agricultural traditions,” Zawistowski said. “Perhaps the best known are the Phelps-Hatheway House which is managed by CT Landmarks, and Hilltop Farm, which is managed by a very active volunteer organization, FOFAH (Friends of the Farm at Hilltop). They run a full schedule of events and have ambitious plans for its future growth. Suffield also has the King House Museum, Suffield Academy, a very historic Main Street, the Suffield Players at Mapleton Hall, quaint bed and breakfasts, a full range of good restaurants, an active weekly farmers market, and an amazing array of farm stands – and the wonderful farms that go along with them. “In West Suffield, there’s Babb’s Beach on Lake Congamond and the old roller skating rink that is undergoing renovation. That’s just a sampling. The best part is the enthusiasm of Suffield’s residents for their town, their pride in their community and a strong culture of volunteerism.” She said the effort involved a


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Scantic Valley Farms 8-acre corn maze open through Oct. 30 SOMERS — Scantic Valley Farms’ giant 8acre corn maze is now open. Its “Three Little Pigs” design will be a squealing good time for maze-goers of all ages. Participants can go hog wild trekking through the 3 miles of twisting winding trails in search of the carved posts along the way. After your journey, enjoy a scenic hayride, pick a perfect pumpkin, and then satisfy your appetite with delicious CT Grown foods. The menu proudly features its very own beef that is raised right there on the farm. Love the burgers and sausage they serve? Then head on over to our General Store & Marketplace, where you will find all the provisions that you need to bring our delicious meats back to your homestead for grilling. Be sure to check out all the hard goods including penny candy, Limited Edition Maze T-Shirts,

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jam, syrup, honey, gourd art and more. Scantic Valley Farms also offer a Kiddie Maze, Barnyard viewing area, and plenty of wholesome fun games and activities in the OK Corral play area for kids. The corn maze will be open every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 30 and Columbus Day, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to dusk. Scantic Valley Farm is located at 327 Ninth District Road Somers. For more information call 860-749-3286. Celebrate this 80th anniversary year with Scantic Valley Farm with some special promotions and giveaways each weekend. For details, go to: Facebook: www. Facebook.com/scanticvalleyfarm Website: www.scanticvalleyfarm.com

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Vernon Historical Society golden anniversary

VERNON — Fifty years ago concerned citizens of Vernon banded together to form an organization to preserve Vernon’s history and share it with the growing and vibrant community that Vernon was fast becoming. The Society invites all members of our community and neighboring towns to come to our anniversay open house Sunday, Oct. 23, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at 734 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon.

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STAFFORD — The Stafford Springs Congregational Church, 3 Main St., will hold a tag sale on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For your convenience, there is ample parking across the street at Town Hall. Browse for a variety of items; there is something for everyone. While you are there, enjoy a cup of coffee, cider and fresh donuts. All items are priced to go and the fellowship is free. Raffle tickets can be purchased for fall mums. We’ll know you are a veteran shopper if you remember to bring your return address labels to ease the burden of writing your contact information on each ticket. All proceeds benefit the local missions of the church. Call the church at 860-684-4194 details.

Light refreshments will be available and all visitors will be able to view exhibits of historic artifacts maintained in our museum pertinent to the history of Vernon and the City of Rockville and reflective of the lives of Vernon citizens through the ages as they tended their homes and farms, manned the workstations in our mills, attended our schools, worshipped in our churches and invested their time, hard work and enthusiasm to help Vernon grow and flourish. The Vernon-specific museum artifacts we plan to display during our open house have been generously donated to the Society during the past 50 years. They tell the story of life in Vernon’s agricultural and industrial past. For more information please view our website, www.vernonhistoricalsoc.org, or call the Society at 860-875-4326.

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made famous by artists including Darrius Rucker, Patsy Cline, Dolly Paton, Lorrie Morgan, Lee Greenwood, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Patty Loveless, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and many more. “We are looking forward to the Classic Country Show with Dee Reilly. She is a wonderful entertainer with a delightful voice,” said Daniel A. Fraro of Somers. Performing in Nashville for 25 years, Dee Reilly is known for her outstanding vocals and engaging audience connection. With hits on the country and Irish country charts, Dee Reilly performs across the USA and internationally. Visit www.deereilly.com for details. “I am excited to be back in Somers and performing for my friends and fans helping to raise funds for the American Legion,” Dee said.

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SOMERS — Nashville recording artist Dee Reilly brings her Classic Country Dinner Dance Show to Somers on Friday, Oct. 21, at Joanna’s Restaurant. The show is a benefit for Somers American Legion Post 101. Join a lively evening of nonstop fun with delicious food and sensational singing to raise funds for American Legion programs. The evening begins with a complete chicken buffet dinner, including salad and dessert plus coffee or tea. Tickets are $30 for the dinner and show including tax and gratuity. Call 860-508-6679 to order tickets – advance reservations are required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and show and dancing at 7:30 p.m. Joanna’s Restaurant is located at 145 Main St. on Route 190 in Somers. Hear classic to contemporary tunes

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The Union School Association Scholarship Foundation will be holding its annual Strides for Scholars 5K Run/Walk to benefit the scholarship fund. The event will be held Sunday, Oct. 16 at Bigelow Hollow State Park. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the race set to kick off at 9 a.m. Cost for adults is $25 before Oct. 15 and $30 on race day. T-shirts are free for the first 100 registered. Awards will be given for male and female winners in various age groups.

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EAST WINDSOR — The Book Club Bookstore, 100 Main St., Broad Brook, will host author Martin Henley on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:30 to noon. He will be discussing his book, “Scoundrels Who Made America Great.” We like our heroes to wear white hats and our villains to wear black. “Scoundrels Who Made America Great” takes a fresh view of heroism by using a dramatic event in the life of each “scoundrel” to illustrate how disreputable labels can obscure heroic deeds. Henley is a retired professor emeritus from Westfield State University, Westfield, Mass. He graduated from the State University at Oswego, N.Y.º, with a bachelor’s degree in history.

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Rails to the Darkside and Pumpkin Patch event at Trolley Museum EAST WINDSOR — The Connecticut Trolley Museum 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 family programs. Rails to the Darkside last year attracted over 4,000 visitors. This event is held with the help of the Shaker Pines Fire Dept., which adds a whole new dimension to the frightfulness of the evening. The Fire Department also benefits from tickets sales with a portion of each ticket sold going to them. Ride the rails into the dark countryside to hear the story of the cemetery on

the property and what happens when you dig it up. Can your heart take it? Come and ride and see what everyone is talking about? The event will be Friday and Saturday nights starting Oct. 7. This experience is rated PG-13 and may be too intense for the squeamish. Hours are 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on the night you attend. Admission is $17 per person; recommended for ages 16+. For families and those looking for an enjoyable PG event, the museum is also holding its popular Pumpkin Patch event. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun-filled adventure where you ride a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch and each child

can pick out a free pumpkin. Additionally, when you return back to the museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted, enjoy the outside play area and the entire museum. You can take as many trolley rides as you would like. The event will be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Oct. 7. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for

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Decision to be made on expanding fire district tax area

East Windsor By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The Fire Protection Committee is considering a proposal to expand the Warehouse Point Fire District to include the entire town. A committee meeting on the proposal, which had been scheduled for Sept. 27, was canceled. The committee will meet

on the plan at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Park Hill, First Selectman Robert Maynard said. Proposals that were rejected included dissolving the fire district and funding fire department operations solely through town funds. A discrepancy in taxing by the town’s

two fire districts came to light during the recent struggle to adopt a town budget. The point of contention was the Warehouse Point Fire District tax, which adds 1.2 mills for property owners in that district, a difference of 0.2 mills over what the rest of the town’s taxpay-

ers pay, in the budget residents approved in a third referendum June 14. It was the first time since 1975 the Warehouse Point Fire District had decided to tax independently. The Broad Brook Fire Department is paid for entirely by town funds.

MGM Resorts International in a written statement. “There would be no payments that benefit towns — not Windsor Locks or any surrounding communities. No diversity requirements, no commitment to local hiring, and no promise to employ unionized workers. Nothing to compensate local taxpayers for the increased infrastructure and public safety costs that are sure to come,” he said. “Beyond that, there is nothing to the state of Connecticut for the right to build the state’s first commercial casino,” he continued. Both Dillon and Doba said they could not comment further at this time.

EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Athletic Club is sponsoring the East Windsor Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, at the Nutmeg Restaurant. The social hour begins at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person. The 2016 inductees are Rich Perez, Class of 1998; Linda Ann Von

Wolfersdorf, Class of 1993; Paul Dowe, Class of 1998; Kacie Wittke, Class of 2003; Nathan Galeota, Class of 1999; 2007 Class S State Championship boys basketball team. For tickets, please contact the East Windsor Parks & Recreation Office at 860-627-6662. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 31 and tickets will not be sold at the door.

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MGM Resorts International, which is opening a casino in Springfield, Mass., has been critical of the process. MMCT has said it proposed the new Connecticut casino to protect its casinos from the competition to the north. “Now that the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes have decided to start a new request-for-proposal process for Connecticut’s first commercial casino, it shines a light on this flawed, secretive process and shows why it is time for lawmakers and taxpayers to respond to what’s happening and what’s not,” said Alan Feldman, senior vice president of

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Volunteer junior firefighters complete fire academy program

East Windsor BROAD BROOK — The Everyday Hero CT volunteer firefighter recruitment campaign congratulates three junior firefighters from the Broad Brook Volunteer Fire Department. Elizabeth Arcari, Giovanni Maddox, and Ashley Novak recently spent a week at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks as cadets in the 40th class of the “Introduction To The Fire Service” Program. At the end of the week, they participated in a real-time tactical scenario involving a simulated high rise fire with civilians trapped. Working together as a team with the other 25 cadets and performing every leadership- and task-level assignment (with the exception of driving the emergency vehicles), Arcari, Maddox, and Novak utilized every skill they learned over the course of the week to mitigate the incident. Elizabeth, 17, joined the Broad Brook Volunteer Fire Department two years

ago. Firefighting is in her blood — her father has been a member of the department her whole life and her mother, brother, grandfather, uncle, cousin have all been involved in the fire service as well. Currently the junior division president, Elizabeth wants to follow in the footsteps of her father, Chief Thomas Arcari. Giovanni, also 17, joined the department a year ago because he wants to be able to help people. Giovanni believes in giving back to his community and showing kids in his neighborhood they can do something productive to help others and stay out of trouble and off the streets. Ashley, 15, has been with the department for a year. Her father is a lieutenant with the department as well as in New Britain, where he is a career firefighter. Ashley believes volunteering with the fire department is a great experience because it helps the community and builds skills that can be applied everywhere in life.

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Ellington Church celebrates Meeting House 100th anniversary ELLINGTON — One burned down. Another converted to an opera house. Still a third was called irreverently the Lord’s “barn.” Such is the history of the Ellington Congregational Church. Arson, jokes, and time, however, have not diminished the presence of the church, housed for the last 100 years in a colonial white frame structure alongside the town green. The congregation has played a central role in 283 years of local history. The current building, utilizing the former’s foundation, was dedicated on Aug. 17, 1916. An anniversary celebratory service and luncheon were held on Sept. 18. The program followed closely the exact service that was held in 1916 and again in 1966. The church historians worked diligently to gather an exhibit of historical items from the extensive church archive for display at the luncheon. An informative booklet was created. In honor of this significant milestone in the life of Ellington Congregational Church, the congregation has been pursuing special projects and holding events throughout 2016.

Any traveler to Main Street in Ellington of late surely has noticed the sparkling new coat of white paint. Sunday drivers have witnessed an overflow of cars thus the noticeable recent lack of trees along the back of the parking lot. Exciting plans to expand the parking lot behind the prior tree location are underway. Less noticeable, but equally as exciting, was the project completed recently to install a Verizon Wireless cell antenna inside the steeple (aka, one of the tallest points in Ellington). Hopefully residents with Verizon service have noticed a nice bump in coverage strength. The Verizon project resulted in some property disruption, so the outdoor classroom and labyrinth have a fresh look with upgraded landscaping. Historical tidbits have been placed in the service bulletin throughout the year with longer articles posted in the monthly newsletter. The updated church pictorial will be arriving soon with many church members in possession of lovely new professional photographs from their pictorial

session. The church’s Book of Remembrance detailing memorial gifts was retired with a beautiful new book in place. A plaque with the pastors’ names and dates of service since 1733 is being constructed. The kickoff anniversary event was a wildly successful session of “Feeding Children Everywhere” in January. Over 60 participants spanning all age ranges

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ELLINGTON — The Crystal Lake Dam will be repaired. The Crystal Lake Association voted Sept. 28 to spend $15,000 to fix the leaking dam. “The dam is getting worse by the day,” First Selectwoman Lori Spielman said.

 

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ELLINGTON — The Ellington Farmers’ Market will host three exciting and fun-filled events this fall in Arbor Park, 33 Main St. A Birds of Prey program by the Horizon Wings Rapture Rehabilitation and Education Center is on tap for Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. and features a bald eagle, owl and other birds of prey. Learn what features all raptors have in common and their individual stories as well as the characteristics and behaviors of each species. Oct. 15 features the annual Scarecrow Contest. Bring your entries to the big gazebo at 9 a.m. Customers will vote

throughout the morning for their favorite. Prizes will be awarded to the top three. The popular Halloween Pet Parade will be held at the final summer Farmers' ,Market on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your pets dressed in their Halloween finery and join the parade. Any kind of pet is welcome to enter. A panel of judges will be on hand to narrow the field down to the top three entries. The market is held in the country setting of Arbor Park, 33 Main St. from 9noon. Forty vendors bring seasonal produce along with dairy, seafood, poultry, beef, pork, and baked goods.

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VERNON — Residents of the Rockville section of Vernon will now have easier access to food items needed for their families. Cornerstone Foundation has a new food pantry called The Cornerstone Food Cupboard located at 3 Prospect St. in Rockville. The official ribbon cutting took place on Thursday, Sept. 22. The location of other food pantries in Vernon created problems for those lowincome families in the Rockville area with no transportation. Outgoing Food Pantry Director Glenn Andrews hopes the new pantry will help residents get their food supplies quicker and easier. Only after a week and a half of being open, the Food Cupboard had 80 clients. Foodshare, a large regional food bank headquartered in Bloomfield, will be the major supplier for the Cornerstone Food Cupboard, however, help from the local community is greatly needed. The Cornerstone Clothing Bank, Etc. also operates at 3 Prospect but in a separate place. Both will have their own operating hours. Food Cupboard hours of oper-

ation are Tuesdays 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays noon to 2 p.m. To be eligible to receive food a client must register first. “Rockville families with no transportation have had to rely on bus service to get their food,” Andrews said. “This will help them immensely.” Foodshare donates a portion of the food for the pantry and also has food available for Cornerstone to purchase at low prices. The Cornerstone will be responsible for making sure it stays stocked. Foodshare also has a Retail Pickup Program where area stores donate food items every week. Cornerstone hopes to participate in that program, as well as run regular food drives. Cash donations are especially welcomed which enables them to purchase exact items needed for the shelves. The most needed food items are soups and other canned goods, cereal, rice or pasta side dishes and bottles of juice. Cornerstone Foundation has been helping needy residents for over 35 years. In addition to the food pantry and clothing bank (which includes more than

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ENFIELD — The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at Asnuntuck Community College is celebrating Manufacturing Month during October. The AMTC is hosting an open house on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in room 139A. Come and see for yourself the wonderful opportunities that students have for a viable career in manufacturing. Manufacturing is booming, jobs are available

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ENFIELD — Don’t miss the fun and educational activities children and their families can enjoy at an upcoming free “Child Safety Day.” It will take place at the 14th Annual Scitico Fall Fest on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Scitico Plaza, 585 Hazard Ave. (Route 190).

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SOMERS — For years the Soapstone Mountain tower and the Shenipsit Forest languished, the tower deteriorating and the area becoming overgrown. On Aug. 20 a conversation between Mark Okun and Jim Patsun changed that. The two men founded the Caretakers of Soapstone Mountain, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the maintenance of the forest’s 7,000 acres and the eventual restoration and reopening of the tower. “We want this to be a legacy group so the forest and the tower will not fall into such condition again,” Okun said. “It’s been a groundswell of tremendous participation,” Okun said. In 45 days, they got 35 volunteers and a num-

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SOMERS — The Somers High School Music Department will present its annual POPS concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 28, in the Somers High School Auditorium. The concert will include performances by the Concert and Marching Bands, chorus, jazz choir, and selected soloist. 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 school district. Proceeds from the concert are used to sponsor scholarships and awards to the students in various music programs in the district.

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STAFFORD — A state law has changed to assist homeowners with crumbling concrete foundations. The state recently passed An Act Concerning Concrete Foundations, which states that homeowners who have a written evaluation from a professional engineer indicating the foundation of their residence was made with defective concrete may provide a copy of the engineer’s report to the town assessor and request a new assessment. This would assist the homeowner by lowering their property taxes. The Connecticut Coalition Against

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Library presenting a wide variety of programs in October

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STAFFORD — The Stafford Public Library, at 10 Levinthal Run, has the following programs and special events taking place in October. Weekly programs Rhymetime — Mondays at 10 a.m., for up to age 2. Enjoy rhymes, songs, finger play and stories followed by a short playtime. Families welcome. Teddy Bear Time — Tuesdays at 10 a.m., for ages 2 and up. Enjoy rhymes, songs, finger play and stories followed by a short craft time. Animal Story Time — Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, finger play and a visit from an animal friend. Families welcome. Sensory Story Time — First Saturday of each month (all ages) at 10:30 a.m. Music with movement, finger play, rhymes, puppets and stories. Lego Club — First Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. (all ages) we provide the Legos.

Mother to Mother — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays. For moms and momsto-be. Participants support each other, share information and enjoy one another’s company. Children are welcome to play during the meetings. Teen Game Club — 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct 22. Grab your friends and bring your favorite game or choose one of the library’s games. Snacks provided. Special events Firefighter visit — Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. Paint a toy fire truck, and visit with Stafford’s firefighters and climb on a real fire truck, learn safety tips. Please pre-register. Teen Drop-In Craft on Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. for grades 6-12. “An Introduction to American Indian Music” with percussionist/educator/ author Craig Harris – All are invited to this informative and entertaining program on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. “Goosebumps” Movie — 6 p.m. on

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SUFFIELD — The town celebrated the rededication of Babb’s Beach with a ceremony on Sept. 16. Formerly a skating rink and beach area, the Citizens Restoring Congamond are working with the town to restore the area as a beach and recreation facility, according to Jerry Crane, chairman of the beach restoration committee. “It was a beautiful day. We drew

about 50 people,” Crane said. The property is owned by the town, Crane said, and CRC leases the building for $1 a year. The group has been working to restore the area for 13 years and have raised and spent $250,000 over the last five years. The group has agreed a skating rink would not be practical and is planning to open the building as a youth sports complex that youth leagues can lease.

He added $150,000 to $175,000 is needed to add water and bathrooms to the facility, but the group already has raised $125,000 of that. Crane said the group plans to once again have a summer concert series on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. from July 4 to Labor Day. Those interested in becoming a sponsor for the series are asked to contact Crane at 860-668-5783.

free — on the state tourism website, ctvisit.com. “The workshop was very wellreceived and resulted in our scheduling a follow-up meeting to do a ‘brochure swap’ to further explore joint opportunities. “My focus has been not only helping promote Suffield, but on creating synergies among Suffield’s wonderful attractions and those in nearby towns, such as New England Air Museum, the Trolley Museum, and eventually, when it re-

opens, Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine. This will help our whole North Central Connecticut region, but especially Suffield,” she said. “We try to get the different organizations to communicate with all others to do joint marketing,” McMahon said, so they can highlight all the community has to offer. Erickson said the group will staff a booth at the Ski, Sun and Travel Expo on Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aqua Turf in Southington.

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meeting at which they shared ideas about how to promote tourism in Suffield on a shoestring budget. Zawistowski arranged a tourism workshop, co-sponsored by Suffield’s Cultural Commission, at which local businesses and attractions could meet with State Tourism Director Randy Fiveash and his staff and learn more about how to create joint promotions and offer products and services — for

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SUFFIELD — The Kent Memorial Library invites children and adults to listen to Bob Backlund on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center, located at 145 Bridge Street. Backlund is professional wrestling’s three-time world champion, and WWE’s adored hero, villain and Hall of Famer. The “All-American Boy” overcame early hurdles before he was successful. Today, he travels the country sharing details of his life and his three-decade wrestling career. He inspires adults and children by imparting lessons learned at an early age which carried him throughout his life. His book, whose title says it all, “The All-American Boy: Lessons and Stories on Life from Wresting Legend Bob Backlund,” written with author Rob Miller, will be available for signing and purchase. Meet Backlund and be inspired. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Kent Memorial Library. Please register for this free program at suffield-library.org or 860-668-3896.

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SUFFIELD — The Suffield Parks & Recreation Department, Kent Memorial Library, Suffield Senior Center & Mini Bus, and Suffield Youth Services have collaborated on a townwide Halloween harvest themed event, which will be held at the Senior Center on Saturday, Oct. 22. First, there is a scarecrow contest for Suffield residents, both young and old; civic groups; and businesses to create a one–of-a-kind scarecrow. There is no fee to enter, just construct your own creative scarecrow. Scarecrows should fall into one of the following categories: Most Creative, Funniest, Prettiest, and the most Spirit of Suffield. In addition, there will be a Youth award (children, ages 12 and younger) and a Teen award (teens 13-18, in school or home-schooled) who create a scarecrow with minimal adult help. Participants must pre-register before Wednesday, Oct. 19 for the scarecrow contest with the Parks & Recreation Department or the Library. Contest

rules and forms may be downloaded at: suffieldrec.com or suffield-library.org On Saturday, Oct. 22, the scarecrows will be judged and awarded prizes. Additional events that day are: • 12-2 p.m. Halloween and Zombie Make-up by make-up artists. (First come, first served – limited participants.) • 12:30 p.m. ‘Halloweeny’ Kid Movie • 1-2 p.m. People’s Choice Judging of Scarecrows • 2-3 p.m. a Zombie “Thriller” dance lesson (first come, first served, limited participation) • 3-4 p.m. Goodies and Awards In addition, a Halloween-themed scary movie will be shown on Friday night, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Senior Center to kick off the weekend. Bring your own blanket to sit on; popcorn will be provided. Let’s celebrate autumn in New England and bring the community together with this free event for residents of all ages.

Spell Me A Scary Story Contest planned for all ages

SUFFIELD — It was a dark and stormy night … that’s one way to start a scary short story. Kent Memorial Library is looking for lots of shivery and scary original stories, written by Suffield residents of all ages. Here are the rules for the contest: • Original, unpublished short stories containing 1,000 words or less, written by Suffield residents, will be accepted for the contest at the Kent Memorial Library, until Saturday, Oct. 15. Nonresident students who attend Suffield public schools can also enter the contest. • All short stories must be attached to an application form available on the library’s website or at the library.

• Entries must be typed, single-spaced in a 12 point font. • First, second and third prizes will be awarded by The Friends of Kent Memorial Library in five age groups: • First Grade-Second Grade • Third Grade-Fifth Grade • Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade • Ninth Grade-Twelth Grade • Adults Prizes • 1st prize is $25 • 2nd prize is $10 • 3rd prize is $5 Winners will be asked to read their stories at Scare-It-Up Suffield on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge St. from 3 to 4 p.m.

SUFFIELD — Sacred Heart Women’s Guild is seeking various vendors for its Christmas Bazaar to be held Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. located at Sacred Heart Church, 446 Mountain Road. All proceeds will be

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