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Schools Showing Improved Scores on CMTs By Linda Tishler Levinson

ing adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind act. In May, the state’s request for an NCLB waiver was approved. In its place, the Legislature this summer adopted a Common Core of Standards for education. Last year several schools in North Central Connecticut had been cited for not making the adequate yearly progress goal. East Windsor Kane said East Windsor students made tremendous gains, particularly students in grades 4, 6, 7 and 8, while students in grades 3 and 5 made moderate gains. “We are extremely excited about the progress,â€? said. GPS "OOVBM &OSPMMNFOU sheThe district had started a cohesive turn0DUPCFS   UISPVHI around plan last year, she said. East Windsor Middle School and Broad Brook %FDFNCFS   Elementary School had both been cited in 5HJLVWHU IRU D :RUNVKRS 2011 as not making adequate yearly QHDU \RX $YDLODEOH progress under No Child Left Behind. “We are by no means done with the GDWHV IRXQG RQ SDJH  work,â€? Kane said, adding that the district’s 2IIHULQJ 3ODQV IURP (YHU\ &RPSDQ\ LQ WKH VWDWH RI &7 Strategic Plan was rewritten last year and went into effect on July 1. Ellington Ellington Superintendent of Schools Stephen Cullinan said students in his district did extremely well. “Most of the //& //& scores were close to or above 90 percent proficient,â€? Cullinan said.  6RXWK 5RDG 8QLW  _ 32 %R[  6RPHUV &7  He also noted that the number of stu:LOOLDP 0F&ORVNH\ 6U  _ ELOO#VWDWHOLQHVHQLRUVHUYLFHVFRP

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Teacher Spends Summer in Sandler Movie

ENFIELD - Lou Sapia, who is teaching Introduction to Management Information Systems, Web Design and Development 1, Database Design 1 and Introduction to Software Applications this fall at Asnuntuck Community College, certainly has quite the story to tell when asked what he did for his summer vacation. A fan of the J. Geils Band, Sapia is always checking out their website and was able to find a unique opportunity to participate in a film they were going to be a part of this past summer. The casting agency Sandie Alessie was looking for people to be body doubles for the band during the filming of “Grown Ups 2” in Swampscott, Mass. The film is due out in theaters next summer. Sapia sent in a photo, along with details of his size, and was hired two days later to be a double for bass player Danny Klein. “I met him and the rest of the band. Danny was very warm and got a big kick out of me being his body double,” Sapia said. Klein was not the only celebrity Sapia rubbed shoulders with during the production. “Adam Sandler is very down to earth and always came by to talk to us. He also made many jokes while filming,” Sapia said, adding, “Salma Hayek was very nice to talk to. A very lovely woman.” He continued, “Chris Rock is an absolute riot. Always loud and funny. David Spade kept to himself most of the time. Kevin James was fun to watch while performing his scenes. Very funny guy. I came across Colin Quinn and was sur-

prised when he took the initiative to reach out and greet me. Very nice guy.” Sapia says the experience gave him a deeper appreciation of what goes into the filming of a movie. “It was very exciting and educational. I have a better understanding of the time and work involved in making a movie.” He says, however, it is not always exciting. “It can be monotonous as scenes are per- ACC instructor Lou Sapia played a body double formed over and over until the right for J. Geils bass player Danny Klein this past shot is achieved. “ He took in the full summer during the filming of the movie “Grown experience. “In addition to watching Ups 2.” Sapia is seen with the film’s star, Adam the various actors and scenes, I Sandler, above right. watched, closely, how the production nities to get involved in the entertainment employees worked. As a matter of fact, I business. found their work very interesting. It “Larry David is making a film in requires a lot of energy and they are Massachusetts starting this fall. Sandie always very engaged. I think if I were to Alessie is doing the casting. If students can go into the movie making business I would get involved with it by playing extras, I pursue producing as opposed to acting.” think the experience would be wonderful Having had such a good experience, for them.” Sapia says he may look for more opportu-

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ELLINGTON - This fall, Jacob’s Well Christian Coffeehouse will kick off its 11th year with free, live performances by Everett Barber on Sept. 1; Robin O’Herin on Oct. 6; the Cheryl Batter Band on Nov. 3; Peg D’Amato on Dec. 1, and the Crystal Lake Praise Team on Jan. 5. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at the Ellington Wesleyan Church, 276 Crystal Lake Road (Route 140). Admission, snacks and beverages are free. Dress is casual, and the facility is handicapped-accessible. For details and directions, please contact the church office at 871-1140, coffeehouse director Drew Crandall at his business office at 871-6500, or visit Founded in the fall of 1995, Jacob’s Well Christian Coffeehouse seeks to be a laid-back venue where local residents can unwind after a long work or school week by enjoying some good entertainment and encouraging messages. iday. There is even a costume parade. Hayrides are on the schedThe coffeehouse has become one of the most ule long-standing andlawn activities, including bounce houses, are and various popular coffeehouses in the region. also on tap for the night.

Jack-O-Lantern Festival Celebrates 12th Year

A professional disc jockey will keep the party hopping and ENFIELD - The Enfield Town Green will be all aglow on Oct. 20. Celebrating its 12th dancing on the green will be a big part of the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainFoodout vendors year theSOMERS Enfield Jack-o-Lantern is ment. - Looking for aFestival great bargain? Check the will be on hand to satisfy the crowdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s snack, dinner and dessert hoping that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will be bigger and inventory at the Olde Blacksmith Shoppe located at the inter- needs. There is a separate cost for all food brighter thanofitsMaple last. Street Organizer Jill Osborn section and Pinney Road inpurchases. Somersville. The says professional clowns will be on the green to enterwas energized to start Enfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival after Shoppe, run by the Ladies Aid Society of the Osborn Congregational the crowd. The clowns will be creating balloon animals and tain visiting Keene, N.H., and seeing their display Church of Somersville, will be open from 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. each also doing face of tens of thousands of carved pumpkins. Saturday during September and October. The Shoppe offers apainting. Kids can take a spin in pedal cars throughout the festival as well. Co-sponsored with the Enfield Public variety of items including old 78 rpm records, puzzles, books, Organizers are hoping to have more than 1,000 jack-oSchools, the event is open to anyone interested tools, household items, pictures ready for hanging, an 8 track on display lanterns in showcasing their jack-o-lantern masterplayer with several tapes and even a twin bed with drawers that night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People get so intricate with their Osborn. She says some use stencils while others YoungstersHome can bring a jack-o-lantern pieces. baked goods are for designs,â&#x20AC;? sale eachsays week. underneath. their patterns freehand. Depending on the weather, design and pay a dollar for a special candle to go Donations of new or â&#x20AC;&#x153;slightly usedâ&#x20AC;? items (including small furOsborn says the event attracts anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 insideniture) and enjoy all the activities for free. in good condition are always welcome. Please call people. Children who do not bring a carved pumpkin Barbara (749-4153) or Marge (749-0418) to arrange for drop As a way to generate some pre-event excitement, the organizgames purcan still off. enjoy Please,the no fun TVs,and stereos, or after clothing. chasing a $10 wristband. Children three and ing committee has introduced a contest for the public to participate in. Visit the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website and get under are admitted for free. 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EAST WINDSOR - Come join East Windsor native Teresa McCormick Pelham, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roxyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Forever Home,â&#x20AC;? at the East Windsor Barktoberfest on Oct 6, East Windsor Park, 27 Reservoir Ave. at 1 p.m. Pelham will read her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book based on her little brown dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey from Tennessee to Connecticut. She will sign books, which will be available for purchase. Meet her dog, Roxy who inspired her to write the book. Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit Emilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friends Dog Rescue. For more information about her book please go to For more information on the Barktoberfest please visit

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East Windsor

Town Explores Helping Homeowners Deal with Blight Issues By Linda Tishler Levinson

EAST WINDSOR — The town is looking at ways to help people clean up blighted properties when they don't have the means to do so. At the Sept. 18 Board of Selectman meeting, First Selectman Denise Menard presented a memo from Assistant Town Planner Robin Newton. In the memo, Newton said that town staff members were discussing the

issue of blight and the town’s Property Maintenance Code and were concerned about how to have blighted properties improved when those who reside in them do not have the means to clean them up. The property owners in this category, Newton said, could be limited by finances, disability, age or ability to take care of an issue. Newton said that the town of Coventry encountered this difficulty after a blight ordinance was passed. That

town found that most of the people whose homes were in violation fell into one of these categories. In Coventry, a group of residents formed a nonprofit organization that held fundraisers and collected donations. Working with human services, they reached out to those in need of assistance with blighted properties. The selectmen agreed to continue discussing the issue at their next meeting.

Town Provides Energy Assistance for Those Residents Qualifying

EAST WINDSOR – The East Windsor Human Services is now making appointments for energy assistance for East Windsor residents only. Energy assistance runs from now through April 15, 2013. Documents needed for the appointment: driver’s license, birth certificate, Social Security card, utility bills, rent receipt, mortgage statement, income showing four (4) consecutive weeks of pay stubs, copies of

your Social Security, pension, or veteran’s benefits checks, Unemployment printout of benefits, current DSS worksheets, proof of any child support, and a complete bank statement. Call East Windsor Human Services to make your appointment at 860623-2430. Income guidelines for the 20122013 season are in the accompanying graphs.

EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Rotary Club will host a spaghetti dinner on Friday, Oct. 26 at East Windsor High School (Rte. 5), starting at 4:30 p.m. and going to 7 p.m. This event helps support various local projects, scholarships, diction-

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East Windsor

Library Community Room Displays Work of Two Artists

EAST WINDSOR - The Community Room at the Warehouse Point Library, 107 Main St., East Windsor, will be presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Two Person Exhibitionâ&#x20AC;? with Jane Carroll and Gil Fahey during the month of October. Fifteen years ago Fahey left his position as senior graphic designer and staff illustrator for a Fortune 500 company in the heart of New England, to become the

renowned painter he is today. He enjoys a solid reputation as a painter of New England landscapes as well as still life and wildlife. Fahey is a graduate of The Paier School of Art and has attended Pratt Institute. His work has appeared in galleries throughout New England, and he has been invited to the Biennale Internazionale dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arte Contemporanea, Citta

East Windsor Barktoberfest Has Something for Canines and Humans

EAST WINDSOR - Come have a dog gone good time at the East Windsor Barktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at East Windsor Park, 27 Reservoir Ave. Enjoy a family friendly day for you and your furry friend. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine. Two hundred giveaway bags will be handed out. Visit the vendors and adoption groups. Ellington Center Animal Clinic will be sponsoring a rabies/microchip clinic from noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m. for an extra fee. Showcase For Dogs will be starting off the demonstrations with a rally/obedience demo at noon. There will be a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book reading by East Windsor native Teresa

McCormick Pelham, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roxyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Forever Homeâ&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m. Following the book reading there will be dog-themed contests followed by more K9 demonstrations. Of course, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave without treating your dog to the very popular all-day swim in the reservoir. Swim pass is $10 per dog. Dogs must be licensed and respond to voice command. All money raised will support the maintenance and improvements at the East Windsor Dog Park. Bring a pet food donation to help out the local food pantry. Sponsor and vendor opportunities are still available. For more information about Barktoberfest, please visit the website at

di Firenze. Carroll is a relative newcomer to the art world, having begun to create in watercolor three years ago. She is primarily self-taught. With deep love of natural landscape, her watercolors are a way to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get her fillâ&#x20AC;? of nature when she sits down to paint in her city condo studio space.

Friends of Library Ongoing Sale 1st Anniversary

EAST WINDSOR - The Friends of the Library is pleased to announce the oneyear anniversary of the ongoing book sale. Through generous donations and purchases the Friends have been able to obtain several new museum passes, magazines, and programs. The book sale is open to the public during library hours. All proceeds will be used toward new library materials. The Friends of the Library is looking

for volunteers to help with this ongoing effort. They also are in need of books, DVDs, VHS tapes, etc., for the ongoing book sale. Donations can be dropped of at the library, 107 Main St, East Windsor, during library hours. People interested in volunteering can email the friends at friends.warehouse Please visit the new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friends of the Libraryâ&#x20AC;? tab at

EAST WINDSOR - Watch your doorstep for the Geisslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paper bag with a letter from your local Boy Scouts. The bags will be delivered by Saturday, Oct. 6. The Scouts of East Windsor are determined to provide families the food they need to get by. With your help, the scouts can stock the 5 Corner Cupboard Food

Pantry with essential items and non-perishable food to help our neighbors. Scouts will drop off bags to the doorsteps in East Windsor by Oct. 6. They will return to your house the following Saturday, Oct. 13, to pick up your donation. Please have your bag on your doorstep no later than 8:30 a.m.

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Selectmen Reverse Building Committee, Choose School Architect By Linda Tishler Levinson

ELLINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Silver/Petrucelli & Associates of Hamden will be the architect for the Crystal Lake and Windermere elementary schools renovation projects. The Board of Selectmen voted at its Aug. 28 meeting to award the contract for architectural and related consultant services for the projects to Silver/Petrucelli at a cost of $745,422. The decision reversed the Permanent

Building Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection of Moser Pilon Nelson Architects of Wethersfield. That firm's bid had been $600,000 higher than that of Silver/Petrucelli. While the architect has been chosen, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said a contract has yet to be signed. He added that is largely a procedural matter at this point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not causing any delays right now,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the right

timeline.â&#x20AC;? The Permanent Building Committee next will select a contractor or project manager for the project at its Oct. 9 meeting. Tax exemption for farm buildings The town attorney is reviewing a proposed tax exemption for farm buildings. In June the selectmen asked the Ordinance Committee to create a draft for the exemption. The exemption would be

for values up to $100,000. At this point, Blanchette said, the tax exemption would likely not go into effect for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, since it would have had to have been adopted by Oct. 1. Farmers would apply for the exemption from Oct. 1-31 of the year in which they are seeking the exemption, following the close of the Oct. 1 Grand List, Blanchette said.

ELLINGTON - The grant money from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences allows the Hall Memorial Library, 93 Main St. in Ellington, to continue to offer a great selection of programs for October. Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 9, and continuing on the following Tuesdays, Oct. 16 and 23, discover your family history with professional genealogist Beth Mariotti in the three-part series on conducting genealogical research. The first two sessions will follow an actual research project, covering how to get started, what information is available, how to find and use it, and tips on search methods. The third session will focus on immigration, including shipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; manifests, naturalization records, and vital records from original

homelands. It is strongly recommended that participants attend all three sessions. On Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., the Ellington Historical Society will host its monthly meeting with speaker Elizabeth Abbe of the Connecticut Historical Society with her program, â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox in the 1950s.â&#x20AC;? Travel back in time to Foxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heyday as you go from floor to floor and learn about Beatrice Fox Auerbach, the remarkable woman who made every visit to Foxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so enjoyable. Please bring your memories and favorite purchases from the store. Both the speaker and the meeting are open to the public. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. On Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., Gail Wade

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Ellington Senior Center Welcomes New Program Coordinator


ELLINGTON - The Ellington Senior Center welcomes Samantha Baer as the new program coordinator. In addition to being enthused about the variety of programs currently on the calendar, Baer is excited to add some new programs to the center, including those focused on technology, community giving and â&#x20AC;&#x153;just plain fun!â&#x20AC;? Multiple programs will soon be seen on the calendar, as the new senior center

will have a lot more space to make this possible. Erin Graziani, director of the Ellington Senior Center, reports the new Senior Center building is progressing nicely with bids for construction being submitted to the Town of Ellington by Oct. 18. Groundbreaking is scheduled for this November. Current fundraising opportunities are available through the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supporting

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library at 860-870-3160 for assistance. In an agreement reached between the Ellington Department of Human Services and the Ellington Senior Center, the library has announced that free transportation will be available for Ellington residents 60 and older who would like to attend evening programs, but are unable to drive. Reservations for this service must

be made by calling the library at 860-8703160 at least one week before the program date. The movies for the month will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bernieâ&#x20AC;? on Friday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m., and â&#x20AC;&#x153;People Like Usâ&#x20AC;? on Friday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. All films are free, popcorn will be served, and pre-registration is not required for movies.

ELLINGTON - Are you a stay at home mom in Ellington? Are you looking to meet new moms and kids just like you? Then the MOMS Club of Ellington is just the thing. There are playgroups, a monthly social and momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s night out, outings to local parks, museums, and much more.

If you are interested, please join us for snacks and a craft at our monthly social. We are hosting an Open House at Hall Memorial Library on Friday, Oct. 12, at 10:30 a.m. Contact Doria Burns at for more information.

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51st FARMHOUSE FAIR Ellington Congregational Church 72 Main Street, Ellington, CT

Senior Lifeâ&#x20AC;? Capital Campaign. Informational meetings were held on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4. Information on these meetings can also be found on the Town of Ellington website under the Senior Center tab. The Memories & Creative Writing group continues to meet monthly, every third Thursday of the month, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ellington Senior Center, where informal sharing of written poetry or oral comments is bestowed. Octoberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting date is Thursday, Oct. 18. All are welcome. A trip is planned on Dec. 4 to see the Vienna Boys Choir, one of the oldest boys choirs and certainly well-renowned. This trip includes reserved orchestra seating,

Church Presents 51st Annual Farmhouse Fair

ELLINGTON - The Ellington Congregational Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 51st annual Farmhouse Fair will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patrons may purchase a chili or macaroni and cheese dinner on Friday evening and brunch or luncheon on Saturday. Live entertainment is offered both Friday evening and Saturday during luncheon. There will be a wonderful variety of booths including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas Decor,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not Just Quilts,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cookies in a Can,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raggedy Ann and Andy,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pantryâ&#x20AC;? and much more. What makes the fair special is that all the crafted items are made by the congregation. The church is handicap accessible. Please contact the church office at 860871-6606 for further information.

motor coach transportation, tour escort and gratuities. Cost of this trip is $64 per person. The bus departs at noon from the Ellington Town Hall parking lot, 57 Main St., and returns at approximately 4:30 p.m. For reservations, contact Ann Harford at 860-870-3133. Checks are made payable to SCAF (Senior Center Activity Fund). Payment is due at time of reservation. The Ellington Senior Center is located at 16 Church St. in the Center Plaza of Ellington. The Senior Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hours are Monday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call the Ellington Senior Center at 860-870-3133




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Opening Knight Players Hit the Boards In Edinburgh


Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? Several times last school year I wrote The Opening Knight Players, or OKP, about Ellington High School’s OKP (Opening Knight Players) and their efforts has been known for performing such musiat raising funds for a once in a lifetime trip cals as “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Beauty and to Edinburgh, Scotland. The trip finally the Beast,” controversial plays such as took place this past August 11th through “Where the Sun is Silent” and “Dead Man Walking,” and 25th and it proved to comedies such as— be worth every IN THE SCHOOLS well, the OKP isn’t minute of work to get deborah stauffer particularly known there. This month I for its comedies. introduce OKP Under the tutelage of Senior, Kristyn Stauffer, who tells us a little about the the great William Prenetta, to whom we students all look up and show respect, OKP Scotland adventure! What reasons do you think a high countless teenagers have walked in and out school drama club would have for travel- of high school theater with a smile on their ing to Edinburgh, Scotland for two weeks? faces and in their hearts. I believe we Let me introduce you to the Festival deserved to perform on that stage in Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. A drama Edinburgh. Not only did we represent ourfestival like no other, the Festival Fringe selves in doing so, but we represented the has been held in Scotland for more than 60 entirety of OKP: past, present, and future. years. Only a select few high school drama Getting there, we hadn’t realized how associations get to perform there each much pride we’d gain in two weeks. In year, amidst the professional and amateur fact, in the two years of preparations for theater troupes alike. the trip, we had no idea just how amazing The Opening Knight Players, Ellington of an experience we would have. High School’s drama society, after enjoy- Sometimes it was hard to see past the ing over 20 years of successes within the stress of grueling fundraisers and extra community and within our Gordon C. shows to think of the rewarding outcomes. Getchell Auditorium, was selected among But the two years paid off and we had an other North American High Schools as incredible journey. part of the AHSTF, the American High The day we boarded the coach bus on School Theater Festival. the way to Logan Airport, we held a small

This photo of OKP members in Edinburgh, Scotland was taken in front of the City Council building while on the Harry Potter tour. J.K. Rowlings' handprint is in lower left side of sidewalk. Photo courtesy of OKP chaperone Allison Keeton

sendoff party with our friends and families. After our tear-stained goodbyes, we hit the road. Hours later, I was boarding the plane for my first-ever plane trip. But as I soon found out, plane rides are only a little more exciting than bus rides. The attractive French fellow beside me was a plus, however.

Once we arrived in London at 7 a.m., we hit the ground running, immediately partaking in a walking tour. It was fascinating, and we even got to watch the Olympic marathon in person, as it was the last day of the Olympics. That night we

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awkward first production during which we were all still adjusting to the thought of performing in a different country, we gave a total of four performances in our strangely new and beautifully ornate theater. In addition, we also gave a performance of two scenes on the streets of Edinburgh, which was an experience in itself! Every time a child took a flyer from us it felt like a personal success. We drew a pretty large crowd for a little metal stage in the middle of the rain. For a group of theater kids emotionally tied to the magic we constantly create, to experience an unforgettable trip like this was unbelievable. I thank everyone in our community who has supported OKP in the past and for helping us to get to Scotland! We finally did it!!

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slept like logs, and two days later we were on the bus for Scotland. Throughout the rest of our first week abroad, we did so much walking that I lost four pounds and gained five blisters. But the real fun began in week two. Our second week marked the beginning of seemingly endless theater. It was great fun. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d go see an amateur theater troupe then a large-scale musical then a high school play like ours. We had a huge variety of theater at our fingertips, every day. It was exhilarating. Our week of theater, of course, also included our own play we had brought overseas. The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon was our show, a fun-filled comedy about Grimm fairy tales. After an

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Athletic Hall of Fame

The 2012 Enfield Hall of Fame class was inducted on Sept. 22. In right photo, from left, Bob Vranich, Natale Caminiti (for Chris Caminiti), Margaret Jedziniak (for the late Frank Jedziniak), Colleen Finnerty, Brenna DaSilva Grimson (for late Marion Walsh Riley). Missing: Bob Winch. The 1982 Enfield High Hockey Div. 2 state champs were also honored. Front row (L-R) Mike Uccello, Coach Phil Clarkin, Asst. Coach Bill Stone, Manager Lori (Maggio) Corso, Don Kamm, Steve Chaput. Back row (L-R) Rich Rasmussen, Guage Meunier (for Kevin Meunier), Steve Palmer, Tim Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien

Part-Time Position Sought to Fight Increasing Blight in Town

By Linda Tishler Levinson

ENFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; With an expected increase in foreclosures this year, the Town Council is worried about a comparable increase in blighted properties. The council addressed the issue at its Sept. 4 meeting when Director of Economic Development Ray Warren requested $24,040 for an additional parttime property maintenance inspector. He said each case of blight takes a considerable amount of time to resolve and asked that the council approve the funds for the position. Councilman Ken Nelson Jr. said that from what he understands the town will

clean up a property if the owner fails to do so. He asked how many times the town has done this. Warren said several of those cases are coming due and that the town will be receiving fines from the owners due to those citations. Councilman Thomas Kienzler II said the position could be self-funded through that revenue stream. Town Manager Matthew Coppler said that council had approved having that money go into a revolving community development fund. Councilman Carol Hall said that with the number of foreclosures this year, the



blight problem will be worse and voiced support for funding the position.

The council did not vote on the funding proposal.

ENFIELD - In order to honor the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks and to educate students on the historical significance of this particular event, the 7th and 8th grade students at St. Bernard School in Enfield participated in an expanded lesson using The September 11th Education Program. Students were provided with background on the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and partook in a series of activities that allowed them to become the

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Enfield Recreation Department Offers Variety of Fall Programs

ENFIELD - For more information contact the Enfield Recreation Department at 860-253-6420 or visit us on the Web at The Recreation Office is located at 19 North Main St. with hours of operation Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Playgroup Ages 5 & under This program is a great chance for you and your child to meet other families in Enfield and share experiences and secrets of raising children. Your child will be able to explore and play with educational toys and games while moms, dads or caregivers have a chance to talk. Playgroup is an ongoing program, so registration is not necessary; however, you must be an Enfield resident to participate. Please note that a participant waiver must be on file with the instructor, which can be filled out the first day you attend. Playgroup is held at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center in the Gym on Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 2012–June 5, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Boston Celtics Game Bus Trip Join the Enfield Recreation Department as we travel to Boston for the evening to see the Boston Celtics take on the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, March 8, 2013. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. Trip includes

round-trip motor coach transportation and tickets in the balcony section of the TD Garden. The bus will arrive in Boston around 4 p.m., allowing time for dinner or shopping before the game. Bus departs Enfield Town Hall parking lot at 2 p.m. Fee is $85 per person. Pre-registration is required and tickets are limited so don’t delay, register today! Youth Open Gym Basketball There will be open gym for youth at Enfield Street School. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No more than 3 children per adult. Open gym will run through Nov. 29, no program 11/6, 11/13, 11/22. 10 years and under: Tuesdays, 6 p.m.-7:25 p.m.; 11-14 years old: Tuesdays, 7:35 p.m.–9 p.m.; 15-18 years old: Thursdays, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Fee: $1.50 per night. This is a drop-in program; no pre-registration is required. Adult Swim Lessons It’s never too late to learn how to swim! Lessons are provided in a semi-private setting with an experienced instructor and are for those 16 years of age and older. Ideal for those starting their swimming journey to those seeking a technique refresher to increase their swimming efficiency. The program is held at the JFK

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Middle School Pool on Saturdays, Oct. 6–Nov. 10, 2:15 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. Fee is $40 for Enfield residents and $50 for nonresidents. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited so don’t delay. Adult Open Gym Volleyball A program designed for recreational play will be held at the Eli Whitney School Gym for adults age 18 and over. There is no league play during open gym. Pick-up games are arranged amongst the participants. Proof of age and residency is required. Participants must have program waiver on file at the gym to participate. Forms may be filled out the first night you attend. There is no volleyball when the school is closed. Please note that if the gym gets overcrowded, residents will get first priority to play. Program is held on Wednesdays, Oct. 3–Nov. 28 no program on 11/14 or 11/21, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Daily fee applies; no pre-registration required. Enfield Youth Basketball The 2012-2013 EYBL information is now available online for viewing at on the Recreation Department homepage. This program is for residents only. Adult Over 40 Basketball League Information on the Adult Over 40 Basketball League is now online at on the Recreation

Department homepage. Registration deadline for teams is Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.. Individuals who are interested in joining a team can contact the Recreation Department at 860-253-6420 to add their name to an interest list. New teams are also welcome to join the league. Space in the league is limited and teams will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Adult Open Gym Basketball The Enfield Recreation Department hosts Open Gym Basketball time for adults 18 and over. Participants must show proof of age and residency to participate in addition to having a program waiver on site where they participate. There is a nightly fee for these programs. There is no basketball when school is closed. For locations, dates, times and fees visit the Recreation homepage on the Town’s website, . Programs For Toddlers & Youth The Enfield Recreation Department offers a variety of programs for toddlers and youth. Programs include, Ice Skating, Martial Arts, Gymnastics, Dance, Zumbatomic, Swim Lessons, and more. For more information contact the Recreation Department or log on to the Recreation homepage at

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Selectmen Get FEMA Reimbursement; Polling Parking Explained By Linda Tishler Levinson

SOMERS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The town has been reimbursed by FEMA for expenses incurred during last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s October snowstorm. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reimbursed the town $961,378, which represents 75 percent of the stormâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s costs, the maximum federal reimbursement. The townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total expenditures for the storm were $1.28 million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Due to the enormous volunteer efforts of so many during the event, the town was able to utilize those volunteer hours to submit a volunteer offset amount totaling $29,334.00. Emergency costs submitted totaled $368,914.77, and debris management and cleanup costs submitted totaled $883,561.27,â&#x20AC;? First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall, the town fared quite well,â&#x20AC;? she said. Instead of using state contractors, Somers chose to employ local contractors in the street-debris-cleanup operation, allowing the town to keep local firms working while controlling overall costs to the town, Pellegrini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Board of Selectmen is extremely proud or our fire, police and emergency management workers for their superb role in handling the challenges of Storm Alfred as well as our Town Hall and School Department Staff for diligently documenting all costs and details associated with the incident. Those efforts, without a doubt, enabled us to obtain the maximum federal reimbursement,â&#x20AC;? she said. Election Day shuttle bus On Election Day, Nov. 6, voting will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 600 Main St. As in recent years, the

Town Hall parking lot will have one entrance on Main Street and one exit from the back of the parking lot. Shuttle bus service will be available from the Senior Center to the polls. CERT volunteers will be on hand to help direct parking at both locations, and a state trooper will be in the Town Hall lot directing traffic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The registrars and the poll workers are diligently working on a plan to eliminate unnecessary delays at the polls. However, we ask voters to have patience if they experience lines. This is definitely considered an important election and it is encouraged that all voters come out to the polls and vote,â&#x20AC;? Pellegrini said. For information on absentee ballots or voter registration, contact the Town Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office at 860-763-8207 or the Registrars Office at 860-763-8211 on Wednesday mornings.

All Saints Church Announces $16,000 in Community Outreach Grants

SOMERS - All Saints Church in Somers has announced its Social Outreach grants for this fiscal year. This year the Parish of All Saints donated $16,000 to the following organizations: â&#x20AC;˘ All Saints Youth Ministry: $500; â&#x20AC;˘ Catholic Extension: $1,500; â&#x20AC;˘ Cornerstone of Manchester: $1,500; â&#x20AC;˘ Enfield Loaves & Fishes: $2,000; â&#x20AC;˘ First Way Life (Pro-Life): $2,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Five-Corner Cupboard: $2,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Saint Gerard Society (Pro-Life): $2,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Somers Meals on Wheels: $2,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Tri-Town Shelter: $1,000;

â&#x20AC;˘ St. Mary School in New London: $1,000; â&#x20AC;˘ Somers Congregational Restoration Fund: $500. The Rev. Roland Cloutier, Pastor of All Saints, is grateful to the members of the Social Outreach Ministry for their time and effort in researching the many requests received throughout the year and making a final recommendation to the Parish Council. The Parish has also been involved in the Wounded Warrior Project in collecting gift cards to be given to our returning veterans who are in need.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very proud and grateful to all the people of All Saints for their generosity to those in need, not only those helped by the grants of the Social Outreach Ministry, but

also by the gifts given to the Annual Catholic Appeal and other charitable collections throughout the year,â&#x20AC;? Rev. Cloutier said.

SOMERS - Adults of all ages are invited to participate in the Somers Senior Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bus trip to the Foxwoods Casino on Friday, Nov. 16. You do not have to be a senior citizen or a resident of Somers to take part. Passengers must gather at the Somers Senior Center no later than 8:15 a.m. as the bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. It will return to the center at approximately 5 p.m. Trip includes round-trip bus, $15 food voucher, $10 Keno voucher, and the bus driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gratuity. This is all for the price of $16 per person. If you wish to play Bingo, there is an additional $10 Bingo admission

fee payable at the casino. Bingo games start at 10:30 a.m. and run until 2:30 p.m. Reservations will not be accepted unless accompanied by your check and a list of the full name and contact telephone number for each person included in the reservation. All checks must be made payable to the Somers Senior Center. Mail the above to the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., P. O. Box 308, Somers, CT 06071. Deadline for receipt of all of the above is Thursday, Nov. 1. After payments have been made, there are no refunds if a passenger decides to cancel.

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Piedmont Percolator to Offer Free Monthly Music Performances

SOMERS - The Somers Cultural Commission welcomes the second season of the “Piedmont Percolator,” a coffeehouse venue highlighting local musical and literary talent. Beginning this October and continuing through April, the second Sunday of each month will feature a variety of musicians and songwriters, and other performers, who will share their talent with the North Central Connecticut community. Historic Piedmont Hall, located at 604 Main St. in Somers, will once again host the coffeehouse. In its rich cultural tradition, Piedmont Hall once served as a small theater before being moved to its current location next to the Somers Town Hall, and provides a perfect home for the coffeehouse series. Opening the coffeehouse in October will be Drew Nelson, a Michigan-born Navy veteran, who is both a storytelling songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A fly fisherman and world traveler, Nelson writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met long the way, mixing Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles. He was recently signed to Grammywinning indie record label Red House Records, and is currently touring across North America and Europe to promote his

Red House debut record “Tilt-a-Whirl,” a gritty and soulful Americana record recounting the jostling carnival ride that defines the working class struggle. The evening's second performance features singer-songwriter and former state Troubadour of Connecticut, Lara Herscovitch. Described as “pure musical poetry,” Herscovitch's music is an original blend of modern acoustic/folk with blues, jazz and pop influences. She is currently promoting her latest release, “Four Wise Monkeys,” a “relevant, meaningful recording … about facing adversity and undergoing transformation.” A native New Englander and a trained policy social worker, Herscovitch has spent much of her career working in disadvantaged communities worldwide focusing on education and juvenile justice, themes which are echoed in her extraordinary work. Future bookings include American Blues Guitarist Danielle Miraglia and singer/songwriter Craig Bickhardt, as well as performances from a number of rising talents including Grass Routes Bluegrass Band, Michael Coppola, Four Tune Seekers, Donna Martin, Dan Stevens, Lauren Agnelli and Amalgamated Muck. Also, a special holiday program is planned for December by the Somers Village

Singer-songwriter and former state Troubadour of Connecticut Lara Herscovitch town, intimate audience,” states Linda Players. “Following the success of our summer Abbott, chair of the Cultural Commission. The Piedmont Percolator debuts concert series, we welcome the opportunity to open a winter gathering place for peo- Sunday, Oct. 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ple to hear good music and be entertained Admission and coffee are free. Artist while meeting old friends and making new recordings will be available for sale that evening. acquaintances. For further information call 860-749“Somers provides the perfect setting for welcoming these musicians to a small 0339.

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Somers Church Meetinghouse Groundbreaking

The Somers Congregational Church had a groundbreaking ceremony for its new meeting house to replace the one destroyed in a January fire. At right, Rev. Dr. Barry Cass, Pastor, Somers Congregational United Church of Christ, speaks. At left, Dr. Cass and Tammy BleyGowash leading the opening song. Below, the shovels break the ground.


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Records Broken at 13th Annual Great Escape Road Race


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SOMERS - The Somers Women’s Club will be holding its October meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Blake Community Room of the Somers Public Library. The event will begin at 11:45 a.m. with a finger-food luncheon, followed by a business meeting. State Trooper Jose Claudio will then speak about “Some Things You Should Know.” Interested women are invited to attend. The Somers Women's Club is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut.

tions, T-shirts, refreshments, music, road management and race organization were well-manned. Overall the feedback from participants was positive. The race event raises funds for the Somers Rotary Scholarship Foundation, which has awarded scholarships since 1968 to both college and vocational school bound students. This year’s race sponsors and participants helped to carry on that tradition. Dr. Paul Salva, who started the event 13 years ago with 96 runners, commented that “Starting and growing this race has exposed me to the wonderful running community and people from all over New England I would have never met otherwise. It has been a great experience.” Some exciting news from the day’s races included one new course record and six new age division records as follows. The Course Record: 5K-men: Abiyut Endale, Bronx NY 14:39 Age division records Age 01-12: Daniel Kraseman, Suffield, CT 20:02

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Somers Health Fair and Flu Clinic

SOMERS - Somers Community Health and Wellness Association (SCHAWA) will hold its annual Health & Wellness Fair along with its annual Seasonal Flu Clinic, and a Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Somers High School. Major sponsors this year are the Town of Somers and Howland & Sargent Insurance. There will be a variety of vendors all associated with health and wellness topics along with door prizes and demonstrations. Alternative medicine will be featured, including free massage, nutrition counseling, Inspired Fitness, Herbal Remedies, Holistic concepts and more. There will be an expired drug collection (excludes controlled substances), and health screenings including blood pressure, blood sugar, balance assessment, memory assessment and cholesterol. There will also be free mouth guard impressions and tooth prints for children. The Health Fair is free and open to the public and all ages are encouraged to attend and enjoy the offerings. Blood donation appointments are encouraged and available every quarter hour beginning at 10 a.m. Schedule your appointment to donate today by emailing or by calling Beth Caravella at 860-763-2991. Walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis.

The Seasonal Flu Clinic will be held in conjunction with the fair. The following restrictions apply: You must be 18 years or older Not currently receiving radiation, chemotherapy or immunosuppressive therapy. If you have been treated for Hodgkin's disease, you must present a physician's note. Most (but not all) insurance plans are accepted. You will be responsible for any co-pay. For those not covered by insurance there will be a $35 fee. This will be the only seasonal flu clinic offered by SCHAWA in Somers this year. For more information, visit or call 860-763-2991. An immunization consent form is available on the website that can be filled out beforehand and brought to the clinic.

Brockway Volunteers

SOMERS - Somers resident Liana Brockway recently served as a first-year orientation guide (FrOG) on James Madison University's orientation team. Brockway is a junior whose major is dietetics. FrOGs are a diverse group of undergraduate students who are committed to preparing students to be active and authentic participants in the JMU learning experience.

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Ye Olde Blacksmith Shoppe Open Saturdays

SOMERS - Ye Olde Blacksmith Shoppe, located at the intersection of Pinney Road and Maple Street in Somersville, continues to be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays during October. The Shoppe offers a wide variety of new and gently used items including furniture, holiday decorations, toys/games/puzzles, tools, kitchenware, books, lamps and other household items. A table of home-baked goodies is also offered each Saturday. Donations from the community are always welcome; please contact Barbara (860-749-4153) or Marge (860-749-0418) - or speak to them at the Shoppe - to make drop-off arrangements. No clothing, electronics or TV’s. please.

SOMERS - The Board of Missions at the Congregational Church of Somersville will be selling pumpkins of all shapes and sizes from small sugar pumpkins to large carving pumpkins on the Congregational Green on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The green is located at the intersection of Route 190 and Maple Street - an off-street parking lot is on site for your convenience. Some of the pumpkins will be painted by the youth of the Sunday school and will depict some of the organizations the church missions board supports. Prices will vary depending on the size of the pumpkins. All proceeds from the sale will support mission programs. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rockville Library Closed

VERNON - The Rockville Public Library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 8, Columbus Day, and will re-open on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. While the library is closed, the bookdrop, located near the library’s side entrance, will remain open. All items, except museum passes, may be returned in the bookdrop.

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Photography Show at Somers Congregational

SOMERS - The Somers Congregational Church Music and Arts Board is sponsoring a photography show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somers Seen,â&#x20AC;? which will be running from Nov. 5-20 and will feature photographs of Somers and the surrounding area. The show is open to the public, and all are welcome to enter up to four photographs. There is no entry fee. Awards will be chosen by popular vote, and gift certificates to local businesses will be presented as top prizes. More information and forms for entering your photographs can be obtained at

the church office or on the church website, The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somers Seenâ&#x20AC;? Photography Show will be held at the Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office Building, 699 Main St., Somers. Viewing hours will be Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at a 6:30 p.m. evening reception following the Community Supper at the church on Thursday, Nov. 15, to which all are welcome. For more information, please contact Kirkpatrick @ wkirkBill

SPRINGFIELD - Casey Bordeaux of Somers was recently inducted into the 3.0 Club at American International College in Springfield, Mass. The 3.0 Club honors student-athletes who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better after at least one year of enrollment at American International College. Bordeaux, a member of the AIC lacrosse team, is an undeclared major. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Athlete stereotypes just aren't true anymore,â&#x20AC;? said Richard F. Bedard, director of athletics at AIC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our student-athletes achieve in the classroom and the commu-

nity.â&#x20AC;? Bedard said by having the induction ceremony at the start of the school year, it allows the new students to see the accomplishments of the upperclassmen and give them something to strive for. Jill McCarthy Payne, a criminal justice professor at AIC and chair of the faculty athletic board, said the club is one the college takes pride in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Too often student athletics has a negative connotation, but at AIC we are proud that our athletes are also very good students and campus leaders,â&#x20AC;? McCarthy Payne said.

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Congregational Church Fall Pork Supper

SOMERS - A family style roast pork supper, complete with mashed potatoes, gravy, glazed carrots, salad, rolls/breads, beverage and apple crisp, will be served at the Congregational Church of Somersville on Saturday, Oct. 20. Two sittings ae offered: 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Dinners are $12 for adults and $5 for children (5-10). Reservations should be made by calling or emailing the church at 860-749-7741 or emailing Take-out orders can also be placed in advance and picked up between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. the day of the dinner. The church and dining area are handicap accessible. Come join us for this delicious fall meal.

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Octoberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Asnuntuck Changing Lives: Manufacturing Month

ENFIELD - Manufacturing is fast becoming one of the most in-demand fields in the country, given a labor force that is fast retiring and not enough skilled workers to replace them. And since October is manufacturing month, there is no better time to air two episodes focused on manufacturing. Tune in to Cox Public Access Channel 15 on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in October to learn more about manufacturing education at Asnuntuck. The first episode, airing Oct. 4 and Oct. 18, focuses on manufacturing education. Robert Kennedy, president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities; Sharon Palmer, incoming Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Labor and Tom Phillips, President and CEO of the Capital Workforce Partners will all be appearing. On Oct. 11 and 25, the focus will be on Asnuntuck's Summer College of Technology, which introduces young people to advanced manufacturing. Manufacturing Technology instructor Carole DelVecchio and Summer College of Technology participant Megan Lueckel will discuss the welding program in the first half of the episode; in the second half

Manufacturing Technology instructor Dan Coffin and Summer College of Technology participant Devon Seekins review the machine technology portion. Asnuntuck Changing Lives is a monthly public access series, hosted by Asnuntuck Community College president Martha McLeod highlighting the programs and achievements of Asnuntuck Community College and its students and faculty. Changing Lives airs Thursday at 7 p.m. on Cox evenings Communications Channel 15 in the towns of Enfield, Suffield, Somers, Stafford, Union, Hartland, East Hartland, Granby, East Granby, Windsor Locks, and Holland, Mass.

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ELLINGTON - Come one, come all to the annual St. Luke Church Christmas Bazaar, Nov. 9 and 10. Admission is free, but please bring a non-perishable food items. Hours are Friday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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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Autumn in New England ... a time for school buses to roll, leaf peepers to cherish, and as evidenced by our 2012 Haunted Handbook - other attractions that are equal parts “a-maizing” and spooky. The following represent a few of our favorites:

Foster Farm Corn Maze

SOUTH WINDSOR - Foster Family Farm's “Revolutionary War Adventure Corn Maze” will be open every day in the month of October. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., with the last ticket being sold at 9 p.m. The weekend of Oct. 13th and 14th Foster Family Farm will be welcoming back Ye Olde Lebanon Towne Militia for a colonial encampment. There will be musket demonstrations, cannon firing, colonial cooking, and colonial craft demonstrations. The farm is located at 90 Foster St., South Windsor. Call 860-648-9366 for more information.

Scantic Valley Offers Area’s Largest Corn Maze

SOMERS - Now open: the 2012 Scantic Valley Corn Maze! Are you looking for a great weekend family activity this fall? Come to Scantic Valley Farm on 327

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Ninth District Rd. in Somers for our corn maze, pumpkin picking, hayrides and family activities! The maze is on an 8-acre field with over three miles of trails. After you have negotiated the maze, walk on over to our retail area full of all kinds of fall decorations, specialty gourds and squashes, pre-picked pumpkins, Scantic Valley Farm strawberry jam, beef, pork, local honey, maple syrup, granola and much more. You can also pick your own pumpkins in our nearby fields. The maze is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until dusk plus Columbus Day from 11 a.m. until dusk. Admission to the maze is $12 for those 13 and over, $8 for ages 5-12 and free for those under 5. The other farm activities are open when the maze is open. For directions and more information, visit or call 860-749-3286.

Haunted Graveyard

BRISTOL - The Haunted Graveyard will be open every weekend from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 from dusk to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from dusk to 10 p.m. on Sundays. The Haunted Graveyard opens at dusk, but Lake Compounce opens at 5 p.m. so come early to purchase your ticket for the thrills.

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EAST WINDSOR - The Connecticut Trolley Museum on Rte. 140 in East Windsor is once again holding its most popular Halloween event “Rails to the Darkside.” Last year the event attracted more than 3,000 visitors. The event will be held on Oct. 5-8, 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28 . More information may be obtained by calling the business office at 860-6276540 or visiting the website at

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We may have fallen headlong into Fall, but your friendly, neighborhood Sunday Driver still has the ocean on his mind this installment. Or at least, the Ocean State. For nearly half a decade, the Perrson family has been luring hungry travelers to the great, state of Rhode Island Charlestown, Rhode Island, to be precise - with a one-ofa-kind dining experience they deliver via a spectacular property they call The Nordic Lodge ( Originally a sumer camp, Manager Steve Perrson says that his family decided to turn the property into a high end, all-you-can-eat buffet back in 1963. "The thinking was always to make it a sensory experience from the minute you drive in," Perrson explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So there is the lake, fountains, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see fires... and guests are welcomed to explore the grounds, look around, have a seat and relax by the water or play before they even get in to see the food.â&#x20AC;? Once inside, however, even those with the most miminal powers of observation will

probably notice the thousands of lobsters in the live tank, mounds Alaskan King Crab, Black Angus Prime Rib, endless raw bar and more. And the little fact that makes the Nordic experience so different than other high end eateries of similar ilk? Patrons can eat as much as they want of everything they see all covered by the admission price. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, like everything, it costs us more and more to purchase our products over the years,â&#x20AC;? notes Perrson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And each time we have to sit down and run the numbers again, we ask ourself, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;do we cut corners and say, not guarantee hard shell lobster, the best crab or even Double A butter this year to keep the price down? Or do we go up as needed to ensure the same quality our customers have come to know and expect?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Needles to say, we always end up on the side of the latter, and everyone always seems happy we did.â&#x20AC;? Current pricing for the Nordic Lodge allyou-can-eat buffet is $85 per adult, $50 ages

For nearly half a century, The Nordic Lodge has been luring foodies to Charlestown, Rhode Island with its all-youcan eat lobster, crab, prime rib, scallop and more buffet. Photos by North Central Images

8-12 and $25 for youngsters 3-7. Prices including tax, gratuity, soft drinks, coffee and tea. And be sure to leave room for dessert! Still in Rhode Island - and less than an hour away including a spectacular drive over the longest, suspension bridge in New England - Newportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fabled Mansions ( are also a sight to behold any time of year. Utilize these triumphs in architecture as the backdrop for one of the most presigious culinary events on the Eastern seaboard - as was the case during the Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit a few short weeks ago - and it is truly an homage to opulance. Among those causing the biggest buzz at the seventh annual Newport Mansion Food & Wine Festival were none other than special, celebrity guest Emeril Lagasse - on hand to perform both a cooking demonstration fol-

lowed by a book signing. Held on the pristine Marble House lawn, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grand Tasting included offerings from more than 100 wineries amidst assorted savories from area eateries including Newportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen, Aspire Restaurant from neighboring Providence and Watch Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storied Ocean House. Further delectables including the positively sumptious Georgetown cupcakes could further be found in the estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seaside, Chinese-inspired Tea House. In between it all, a bevy of Belgian beers ranging from Leffe Blonde and Hoegaarden await. The dates Sept. 20-22, 2013 have already been earmarked for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. Considering how quickly this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sold out, you may want to start looking into it now.

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At left, Jim King and Brandon Cook accept the AA Minor League “Frank Smilak Memorial Cup Championship” from Michael Muzio. At right, Peter Kology and Karl Milikowski accept the AAA Minor League “George Dempsey Memorial Cup from Kim Milikowski. Far right, Jerry Brothers and brian Belay show off the Kealy Cup award for being the 2012 Major League champs.

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Raven, LLC, a financial consulting firm in Connecticut and assistant vice president of a multi-million dollar Connecticut business, has launched a new, student seminar division of his business. Being a Connecticut native and having earned his MBA and a BS in Finance and Economics from Central Connecticut State University, Maiscalco is passionate about preparing local students in Connecticut and western Massachusetts for the economic challenges and tasks associated with entering the real world. "Basic financial know-how, such as balancing a checkbook and navigating through credit card offers are valuable

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Awareness of Link between Hearing Loss and Mental Health

Avada Hearing Care is joining the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) in raising awareness of the link between depression and untreated hearing loss in recognition of World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10), National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 11), and Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 7-13). Research shows that hearing loss frequently co-exists with depression and/or anxiety, and that people with untreated hearing loss may be at an increased risk of depression. Avada Hearing Centers also is urging people within the Connecticut area to take the Across America Hearing Check Challenge at, a free online hearing check that lets people quickly and confidentially determine if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing healthcare professional. To help raise awareness of the connec-

tion between hearing loss and depression, Avada is holding free hearing screenings, at all of their four locations in Connecticut during the month of October where people in the community will be able to have a hearing test, a video ear canal inspection to check for earwax and a free demonstration of the latest developments in hearing improvement technology. Studies show that when people with mild-to-profound hearing loss use hearing aids, they experience decreased depressive symptoms, anxiety and emotional instability; significant improvements in quality of life and functional health status; and have significantly higher self-concepts compared to individuals with hearing loss who do not wear hearing aids. U.S. research shows that the use of hearing aids reduces the risk of income loss, and that those who use hearing aids are twice as likely to be employed as their peers who do not use

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hearing aids. Moreover, the vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Avada, we understand the isolation that untreated hearing loss can bring and the toll it takes a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quality of life and mental well being,â&#x20AC;? says Regional Director of New England John Bartolucci. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also know that by treating hearing loss, the risk of associated depression and other mental health issues lessen significantly. Unfortunately, too many people wait years before facing their hearing loss. And by then it has significantly affected their lives and relationships.â&#x20AC;? Hearing loss and depression are increasing worldwide. In fact, in the United States alone, major depression affects 15 million American adults, or approximately 5 to 8 percent of the adult population in a given year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports. Already, hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic health condition facing older Americans. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hearing loss is the second leading cause of YLD (years lost due to disability) only after depression. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Depression knows no boundaries,â&#x20AC;?

explains Sergei Kochkin, PhD, BHIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Executive Director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can affect anyone and can be brought on by any number of life factors, including chronic stress. By addressing hearing loss with hearing aids, we minimize the stress and isolation that hearing loss can bringâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and we enable those with hearing loss to become more resilient against depression.â&#x20AC;? BHI offers Your Guide to Financial Assistance for Hearing Aids for download at (under hearing loss resources). For a copy of Your Guide to Buying Hearing Aids, visit within the "Hearing Loss Treatments" section, under hearing aids. To take the confidential online hearing check, visit For more information on the link between unaddressed hearing loss and depression, and how hearing aids can help, visit the BHI Press Page. Please visit the following websites for more information: World Mental Health Day -; National Depression Screening Day; Mental Illness Awareness Week - under events.

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Sept. 9 marked the second annual Farm Day held in Heritage Park. A few thousand people attended the event throughout the day to stroll among the vendors offering tractors, small farm animals, plants, maple syrup, homemade soap, local honey, photography, jewelry, unique handcrafted items and so much more. The event was sponsored by Stafford Rotary and organized by Kim Milikowski, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Stafford Food Pantry. Photos by Amy Hartenstein

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Proposed Development Plan Aims to Preserve and Promote Stafford By Linda Tishler Levinson

STAFFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The proposed town Plan of Development will be discussed at an Oct. 9 meeting. The plan, which the town began developing in 2005, was delayed from its original adoption date of 2009, First Selectman Richard Shuck said. While there have been varying opinions about the proposal, Shuck said he feels it gives the town a good basis to work with. The town should adopt it, he said. After that, various parts can be amended if resi-

dents feel that is necessary. Among the highlights of the proposed Plan of Development areâ&#x20AC;? ¡ Preservation of agricultural uses. The plan calls for zoning regulations that do not inhibit farm operations. It suggests that Stafford could establish itself as an equestrian center. ¡ Business retention. The plan recognizes the value of business retention in any municipal economic development program. ¡ Marketing. The plan calls for the mar-

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keting of the town to create a higher profile and to market to real estate brokers and direct solicitations of businesses and developers. ¡ Incentives. Financial incentives are proposed as a tool of economic development. Specifically, it calls for the town to establish a policy on tax abatement phaseins ¡ Gateways. The plan calls for upgrading entrances to the town, particularly Route 32 from the south and Route 190 from the east and west.

¡ Regional cooperation. The plan recognizes that the town is dependent on the economy of Greater Hartford, so economic development efforts should be coordinated with the Metro Hartford Alliance. ¡ Upgrade of older properties. Zoning regulations should include provisions and incentives to improve older commercial properties. ¡ Hospitality sector. The plan encourages the growth of tourism. It recognizes the Stafford Springs Speedway as an attraction.

STAFFORD - Two talented musicians will begin the Stafford Arts Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee House Series by entertaining from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. Patti DeRosa and Rupert Wates will be returning this year to the series. DeRosa is a well-known singer and songwriter/guitarist from the Boston area. Her style has been described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;acoustic music peppered with rhythm and spiceâ&#x20AC;? blending jazz, folk, and R&B with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;honey warm voice and an engaging way with the audience.â&#x20AC;? Wates, formerly from London, moved to the U.S. in 2006 and tours nationwide. He has released CDs that are aired regularly on radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Audiences respond

to his brand of acoustic art/folk melodic music and his uniquely haunting lyrics, together with his gift for narrative story telling. Refreshments are available. Location is the Ben Muzio Town House (Old Town Hall), 221 East St. (Rt. 19) in Stafford opposite the Mill Pond Store. Additional parking is available at Memorial Hall (Rt. 319) and the Town Garage (Rt. 19). Please consider donating a non-perishable food item for Stafford Family Services Food Bank. The next coffee house will be on Nov. 25. For more information call 860-6849500

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First Annual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Trick-Or-Treat Main Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; In Stafford Springs

STAFFORD - The Main Street Business Association of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, is pleased to announce the first â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trick-Or-Treat Main Streetâ&#x20AC;? to be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Local businesses along Main Street in Stafford Springs will be open into the evening to distribute all kinds of treats to ghouls and goblins, princesses and pirates, vampires, werewolves and (of course) zombiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;anyone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to trick-ortreatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in a safe and festive environment. In addition, businesses on Main Street will also sponsor a raffle for children.

Raffle tickets may be obtained at any of the following participating businesses anytime before the drawing: Rustology Middle Ground CafĂŠ Three Graces Vintage Stained Glass Creations & Beyond Penny-Hanley & Howley Insurance Paradiso Insurance J & D Pub & Grill Happy Nails Salon Capelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Salon Studio 85 WindowBox

Stafford Academy of Dance Willington Financial Studio Foto Bearly Worn Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Consignment Tranquil Touch The drawing for the Main Street Business Association raffle will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Haymarket Square. Immediately following the drawing, the Stafford Civics Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third annual Pumpkin Carving Contest will be held. Everyone is invited to bring carved and painted pumpkins from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., judging will take place in four

categories: Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12 and Adults. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. Studio 85 will sponsor an evening of free live music hosted by Jeff Giglio throughout the evening on the makeshift stage at Haymarket Square. The Stafford Academy of Dance will host a free â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spooky Dance Show,â&#x20AC;? featuring students of all ages. All events are free and open to the public. Raffle tickets are free and no purchase is required to enter the raffle. Everyone is invited to a spirited night of spooky fun.

STAFFORD - During October, the Stafford Public Library, 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford Springs, will display a panel of Loving Squares, a quilt sponsored by LifeChoice Donor Services (LifeChoice), the organ procurement organization serving counties in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Each square on the quilt was hand-stitched by local families to commemorate the lives of their loved ones who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. In 2002, LifeChoice started the local quilt to offer families a meaningful way to

commemorate their loved ones. The last stitch on the quilt will remain open, as the quilt will never be finished. On the quilt, there are lyrics to songs, birth and death dates, photographs, drawings, and remnants of a wedding dress â&#x20AC;Ś all held together to share an important message with the community â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that one decision can save lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The quilt reminds us that organ and tissue donation is a precious gift from people within our community. Anyone can donate, and everyone should consider their decision to become registered donors. It is

important for people to understand that donation saves lives, and those who choose to donate are heroes,â&#x20AC;? says Caitlyn Bernabucci, Public Education Specialist, LifeChoice Donor Services. There has never been a more important time for people to consider registering as organ and tissue donorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;over 1,200 people are currently waiting for a transplant in Connecticut (over 3,000 people are currently waiting for a transplant in Massachusetts). Information about registering as an organ and tissue donor online at Donate

Life New England (www.donatelife is also available at the library. LifeChoice Donor Services Inc. is the federally designated, non-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) for six counties in Connecticut and three counties in Western Massachusetts with a combined population of 2.2 million people. The OPO serves 23 acute care hospitals for organ and tissue donation and two organ transplant hospitals, Hartford Hospital in Hartford and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

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dents meeting goal was above the state average. Scores were particularly high in math, with 95 percent of third-graders scoring in the proficient range and 96.1 percent of fourth-graders scoring in that range, for example. In 2011, Crystal Lake School was cited for not making adequate yearly progress in reading and a subgroup not making adequate yearly progress in reading. A subgroup at Windermere School also was cited for not making adequate yearly progress in reading. Enfield â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a real dedication to serving every student, McKernan said of the improvements in Enfield studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scores. Last year, Enfield schools were labeled as in need of improvement under NCLB. They were cited for not making adequate yearly progress in subgroups in both reading and math. Named as not making adequate yearly progress were Nathan Hale School, Thomas G. Alcorn School, John F. Kennedy Middle School, Enrico Fermi High School and Enfield High School.

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Among the most notable gains was in grade 4 reading, McKernan said, where the number of students meeting goal went from 58.8 percent last year to 71.4 percent this year. She said the only area where they did not see improvement was in sixthgradersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scores. McKernan said that since the sixthgraders were for the first time part of the middle school, their experience was unusual and should be addressed this year. Somers â&#x20AC;&#x153;We saw some good growth in the elementary schools and middle schools,â&#x20AC;? said Kathleen Pezza, curriculum director the Somers Public Schools. Students in grades 4, 7 and 8 did especially well, she said. Eighth-graders showed good growth in all areas, but did particularly well in math, she said, with nearly 100 percent at the proficiency level. At the middle school level, Pezza said there has been a lot of work done to help students improve on areas of the CMT on which they had chronically been scoring lower. Stafford â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students continue to make progress,â&#x20AC;? said Michael Bednarz, director of curriculum for the Stafford Public Schools. He said studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scores continue to improve as they progress through the grades, with

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Among the most notable gains was in Enfield grade 4 reading, where the number of students meeting goal went from 58.8 percent last year to 71.4 percent this year.

That subgroup had been cited in 2010 as not making adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind act. Their scores improved, but still did not meet goal in 2011. Full CMT results can be viewed at

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