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Here We Grow Again - Welcome, Enfield Residents! ENFIELD - Continuing its mission to become â€œthe peopleâ€™s paperâ€? for the region, The North Central News is proud to find its way into the homes of Enfield residents. â€œSince our inception in 2002, the North Central News has brought back the type of positive, homespun community news and features that the other publications have abandoned,â€? explained Editor & Publisher Gary Carra. â€œWe at the North Central News believe there are a lot of great stories in Enfield that arenâ€™t being told, and weâ€™re going to do something about it.â€? In addition to Enfield residents this month, the North Central News goes to every home and P.O. Box in East Windsor, Ellington, Somers and Stafford and is also available for free pickup at more than 100 high-traffic locations (i.e. town halls, supermarkets, libraries, etc.).
In This Issue â€˘ FALL FEST: A look at upcoming activities in the area ............pgs. 4-5 â€˘ EAST WINDSOR: Selectman backs BMX/skateboard park ......................p. 6 â€˘ EAST WINDSOR: Methodist Church plans re-opening service ............p. 8 â€˘ SUNDAY DRIVE: Cirque du Soleil comes indoors to Hartford ..............p. 9 â€˘ ENFIELD: Fermi student has eyes on 2014 Paralympics ................p. 11 â€˘ ENFIELD: Council backs raise for town manager ..........................p. 15
This monthâ€™s mailing into Enfield was made possible by the following local sponsors: â€˘ Allied Attic Thrift Store (p. 14) â€˘ Artioli (p. 24) â€˘ Asnuntuck Community College (p. 13) â€˘ Astroâ€™s Pizza (p. 15) â€˘ BNI (p. 11) â€˘ CT Works (p. 11) â€˘ Different By Design (p. 12) â€˘ Easy Pickinâ€™s (p. 11) â€˘ Enfield Collision (p. 11) â€˘ Enfield Motor Sports (p. 17) â€˘ Gall Power Equipment (p. 28) â€˘ Goldâ€™s Gym (p. 17) â€˘ Growth Company (p. 16) â€˘ Harry Kent (pgs. 2 & 47) â€˘ Hazard Grille (p. 8) â€˘ Higher Powered (p. 16) â€˘ Huntington Learning (p. 12)
â€˘ ELLINGTON: Senior center gets funds for design phase..............p. 18 â€˘ ELLINGTON: Opening Knight Players Heading to Scotland ......................p. 19 â€˘ SOMERS: 10th anniversary of 9/11 will be commemorated ............p. 21 â€˘ SOMERS: High school releases fourth quarter honor roll ..........p. 27 â€˘ STAFFORD: Residents get second opportunity for budget vote ........p. 35 â€˘ AUTOS: The Bentley Mulsanne - a testament to craftmanship ........p. 45 â€˘ CLASSIFIEDS:..................pgs. 46-47
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Area Schools Have New Staff, Administrators By Linda Tishler Levinson Many new faces will greet area students as school opens in north-central Connecticut. School systems around the area have many new administrators, as well as new teachers and other staff members, area superintendents of school said. While most are not adding positions to their school systems, there were a significant number of openings due to retirements and resignations. East Windsor East Windsor schools were scheduled to open Aug. 31 for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 9 and Sept. 1 for grades 10 to 12. â€œWe are really excited about the start of the year,â€? said Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane, who is among the systemâ€™s new administrators. Also joining the school system are Edward Keleher as principal of East Windsor High School, Laura Foxx as principal of Broad Brook Elementary School and Tracy Duenzl as assistant principal of Broad Brook Elementary. The town is offering full-day kindergarten for the first time. It is also offering preschool classes to all children in town
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News Schools Welcome New Staff and Administrators (continued from page 1) whose families would like them to attend. Ellington Ellington schools, which were also scheduled to open Aug. 31, will have 21 new staff members, including about 10 percent of the teaching staff, Superintendent of Schools Stephen Cullinan said. They include a full-time music position and a new guidance counselor at the Windermere School. Windermere School now has a full-time assistant principal, Kristy LaPorte. Previously the school had a part-time assistant principal who was also a special education supervisor. Cullinan said the full-time administrator is needed because the school’s population has grown. “Every room at Windermere school is packed,” he said. That school also has a new digital heating system to save energy. In addition, the Board of Education is working on a plan to renovate and expand Crystal Lake School. That plan will likely be voted on in a January referendum, Cullinan said. The town’s high school athletes will be
Readers Vote Rockville Bank Region’s Best ROCKVILLE – For the seventh consecutive year, readers of The North Central News have voted Rockville Bank as the area’s “Best Financial Institution.” Rockville Bank has received this recognition from the readers every year since the paper’s annual Best Of readers’ poll was established in 2005. “There is no better honor than having this vote of confidence from our local residents and customers,” explained William (Bill) H.W. Crawford IV, president and CEO of Rockville Bank. “Thank you for recognizing our experienced and friendly staff and variety of quality services and products we offer. The Rockville Bank team works hard every day to earn and maintain the community’s trust and this recognition is very important to us.” In addition to the “Best Financial Institution” award, The North Central News’ readers’ 2011 poll features 42 other categories. The free, monthly publication is direct-mailed to every home and P.O. Box in East Windsor, Ellington, Somers, and Stafford and, starting with this issue, Enfield. Rockville Bank is a 21½-branch community bank serving Tolland, Hartford, and New London counties in Connecticut. It provides a convenient banking lifestyle for Colchester, Coventry, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Glastonbury, Manchester, Rockville, Somers, South Glastonbury, South Windsor, Suffield, Vernon, seven days a week in Tolland, and three Big Y supermarket locations.
seeing lower fees this fall. The school board was able to implement the second year of a three-year plan to reduce pay-toplay fees, the superintendent said. Enfield Enfield schools have been reorganized for the start of the school year, Superintendent of Schools John Gallacher said. School is scheduled to start on Sept. 6. Instead of the previous setup with kindergarten through grade 6 at the elementary schools, grades 7 and 8 at the middle school level and grades 9 to 12 at the high schools, town schools will cover a smaller grade range for students until they reach high school. The new organization is elementary schools for kindergarten through grade 2, grades 3 to 5 at intermediate schools and middle schools for grades 6 to 8. Because of those changes, “we’ve got a major transfer of staff,” Gallacher said. Two school buildings have been closed. One will be rented by the Capital Region Education Council for a magnet school. The other will be used for town education activities. Somers Somers Superintendent of Schools Maynard Suffredini Jr. said they too have a number of new administrators. Susan
Muirhead is the new principal and Robert Kapner is the new assistant principal at the Mabelle B. Avery Middle School. Penny Bryzgel is the new assistant principal at Somers High School. Somers schools were scheduled to open Aug. 29. The school system also has a new director of public services, Brandy Bunnell. Stafford “We’re excited about numerous new staff in Stafford,” Superintendent of Schools Patricia Collin said. Collin is among the new staff members. Previously she was the director of pupil services in Somers. Town schools, which were to open Aug. 31, have more than 20 new staff members. They include Stafford High School Principal Marco Pelliccia, Stafford Elementary School Principal Henry Skala and Stafford Middle School Assistant Principal Gregory M. Buonome. “That being said, our focus is to establish stability for the district while fostering the enthusiasm and energy which emanates from these changes and to maintain the community’s genuine sense of pride as we continue to move the district forward and promote positive outcomes for the students of Stafford public schools,” Collin said.
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Fest Autumn In The Park Program STAFFORD - Saturday, Oct. 1, is the date for the Stafford Arts Commission’s sixth annual Fine Arts Festival – Autumn in the Park. This will be a special day to celebrate the arts in Hyde Park Stafford Springs from noon to sunset, with exciting and free entertainment for every age group. Bring the children at noon for a special program with Celtic musician Mary King in celebration of Ireland. Her interactive program includes music and story telling. She will provide instruments for the children to join in with her fiddle playing, sing-alongs, and music-making fun. Don’t miss the spectacular Phoenix Fire Sword group at 2 p.m. and a talented Barbershop Quartet, Southeast Light, will be in the park at 3 p.m. to serenade its audience with old favorites. At 4 p.m., the 30 members of the internationally touring Manchester Regional Police and Fire Pipe Band will march into the park for an hour of bagpipe music, and then pipe in the lighting of the mill stream moon fires, now an annual tradition for Autumn in the Park. The afternoon’s musical program will be rounded out in style from 5 p.m. to sunset with the return of Bruce John and the Eagleville Musicians, with some
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help from Stafford’s own Town Troubadour Jim Bailey. Book lovers will enjoy browsing among a variety of used books at the sale sponsored by the Friends of Stafford Library and at 1 p.m. will have the opportunity to listen to Connecticut authors discussing their most recent works, followed by book signings. This year’s visual artists’ exhibit will have a new addition – a Youth Art display. Stafford children, ages 6 through 14, are invited to enter their art work for this special exhibit at the park. Entry forms are available at the Stafford Library and the Town Hall, or please call the information numbers listed below. A professional caricature artist and a face painter will be back again this year from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to sketch your portrait or paint an exotic face design, free of charge; remember to look for possible Elvis sightings throughout the day and the delightful miniature donkeys on parade in the special “IMAGINE” hour, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. For kite-flying enthusiasts, design and decorate your own hand-crafted kite and bring it to Hyde Park at 3 p.m. to enter a contest for the most imaginatively decorated kite. Two prizes will be awarded – first prize is a hot air balloon ride for two adults and a child. Second prize is a Nook reading tablet. The prizes were made possible by generous sponsorship from American Sleeve Bearing, a longtime supporter of the Arts in Stafford together with The
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Ye Olde Blacksmith Shoppe Returns for September and October SOMERS - Ye Olde Blacksmith Shoppe, located at the intersection of Pinney Road and Maple Street in Somersville, will open for the fall season on Saturday, Sept. 3. The Shoppe will be open each Saturday during September and October from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An abundance of new and gently used merchandise is available at great bargain prices. The Shoppe offers Avon collectibles, old books, baskets, frames, linens, toys/puzzles, tools, kitchen items and glassware, small furniture and a whole lot more. Home-baked goodies are also offered each week as are copies of the Congregational Church's cookbook. Donations from the community are always welcome - contact Barbara (860-749-4153), Marge (860-7490418) or Joan (860-749-6149) to arrange drop-off. Please, no TVs, stereos or clothing. The Shoppe is run by the Ladies Aide of the Congregational Church of Somersville.
The Opera House Players Present “Little Women” EAST WINDSOR - Based on Louisa May Alcott’s own family experiences (and novel), “Little Women” follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written. Now, this wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious music, dancing and heart. The powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope the sounds of a young America finding its voice. Performances by The Opera House Players are Sept. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. On Sept. 11, 18, and 25, there will be performances at 2 p.m. Tickets are $21. Performances are at 107 Main St., Broad Brook. For more information, go to www.operahouseplayers.org.
Stafford Springs Artist Will Have Work Displayed in Tolland TOLLAND - “Land and Luminance,” a solo exhibit of recent pastel paintings by award-winning Connecticut artist Elizabeth Rhoades, will be on display at Arts of Tolland, Inc, Tolland Arts Center, 22 Tolland Green, from Sept. 3-24. There will be an open-
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Fest ing reception with the artist on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24, noon to 4 p.m. Rhoades’ pastel paintings are characterized by their vibrant color and sensitivity to the natural forms and light in the landscape. Her portrayal of the land, in all seasons and weather, shows her viewers her emotional connection to it. Rhoades is a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society. Her work has been accepted into national juried exhibits in New Mexico, New York, California, and Massachusetts, as well as the Lyme Art Association, in addition to her representation by P.S. Gallery on the Litchfield Green. She is also a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Lyme Art Association, the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, Academic Artists Association, the pastel Society of New
Mexico, and the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Originally from New Haven, Rhoades currently resides in Stafford Springs. She holds art degrees from SCSU and Wesleyan University, and has obtained an advanced degree of sixth level in art education. Originally a watercolorist, Rhoades has been painting exclusively in pastels since taking a course at Central Connecticut State University in 2001. She has been a public school art educator since 1977, and she currently teaches intermediate art in Enfield. Her website is www.elizabethrhoadesfineart.com. “In my work, I am taking you to a special place. In this place you feel that you are safe, undisturbed, that the world around you is filled with peace, and you have solitude. There is a sense of timelessness, and you can reflect and contemplate,” Rhoades said.
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hours are from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum and events are free and open to the public. The Old Town Hall Museum is located on Enfield Street across from South Road.
EAST WINDSOR - The third annual “Taste Of East Windsor” will be held at the Scout Hall Youth Center just off Route 5 on Abbe Road, East Windsor, on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. This family event will feature a live band, great food, hay rides, a cooking contest, games, activities for the kids, door prizes, business and community booths and much more. Have your children bring their carved pumpkin for a jack-olantern contest. Admission to “The Taste” is free.
Petting Zoo Coming to Old Town Hall Museum ENFIELD - On Sunday, Sept. 18, Sherri Whitmore's Rocky Acres Farm will visit the Old Town Hall Museum. Such favorite friendly animals as Butterscotch the alpaca, Rosie the llama, Deuce the donkey, and Blue the mini pony will be eager for their share of kibbles, provided by the Rocky Acres Farm. There will be cute lambs, woolly sheep and many other delightful animals. This is a real family event. Bring your camera and record the fun and excitment. The
Church Will Host Baroque Concert SOMERS The Somers Congregational Church, at 599 Main St., will host the Baroque Players concert on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.. The Baroque Players are an early music ensemble based in Hartford. This group of talented musicians, all of whom are graduates or advanced students at the Hartt School of Music, is dedicated to spreading the knowledge, sound, and character of baroque music in a time when rediscovery of music from the 17th and early 18th century continues to firmly establish itself in our society. Their concert will feature music of Baroque masters such as Bach and Vivaldi played with the vivacity and enthusiasm that one can experience only at a live performance. There is no admission charge, but there is a suggested donation of $10, with proceeds to be divided by the Baroque Players and the church music and arts program. A reception with light refreshments will follow the concert.
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East Windsor Selectman Emphasizes Support for BMX/skateboard Park By Linda Tishler Levinson EAST WINDSOR â€” The BMX/skateboard park project is rolling along. Members of the BMX/Skateboard Park Study Committee had told the Board of Selectmen they were concerned that the project was moving too slowly and that
they were concerned they did not have the selectmenâ€™s support. At the Aug. 16 selectmenâ€™s meeting, First Selectman Denise Menard told committee members that she is not trying to halt the project. She said she needs to work out the concerns of the townâ€™s insurance carrier.
Board Appoints Veteran Educators To Fill Leadership Vacancies EAST WINDSOR - At a recent Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously appointed Edward â€œTedâ€? Keleher from Marlborough to fill the principal vacancy at East Windsor High School and Terese â€œTracyâ€? Duenzl from Columbia to fill the assistant principal vacancy at Broad Brook Elementary School From 2007 to taking the high school position, Keleher was an assistant principal at Bristol Eastern High School. Prior to that he was a mathematics teacher at Windsor High School from 2001 to 2007. Before moving on to Windsor, he was a mathematics teacher at the private Watkinson School in Hartford. Keleher has a sixth year degree in edu-
cational leadership from Central Connecticut State University. He has a masterâ€™s from the University of Hartford and a bachelorâ€™s degree from Trinity College. Since 2004, Duenzl has been an instructional consultant at North Windham School in Windham. Prior to that, she was an elementary classroom teacher for the Windham school district. She has a sixth year degree in educational administration and Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Connecticut in addition to a bachelorâ€™s degree in Education from Eastern Connecticut State University.
Committee member Laura Harney said she was upset with this process and said the committee has worked hard for the past three years. She said it is very disappointing that the insurance carrier has now stated they wonâ€™t insure the park. She said she wished the committee had been aware of this problem before it started raising money and wondered why this came up only when they were ready for construction to begin. â€œWe need to work on what the costs are going to be and what coverage,â€? Menard said in an interview, but she added that CIRMA, the townâ€™s insurance carrier, had originally indicated the project would not be a problem.
â€œIt takes a long time,â€? she said of the process of obtaining the proper insurance contracts, adding that it generally takes a municipality longer than it would a business for a similar project. Menard, however, said that in speaking with other towns, their insurance carriers have treated skate parks as they do other parks and recreation facilities. The skate park panel has collected $27,000 for the project, Menard said, and is ready for construction to begin. The first selectman has met with committee chairwoman Lori Gabriel, Menard said, and has assured her the project is on track.
Conversation with the Candidates for Selectmen, Boards of Finance, Education EAST WINDSOR - East Windsorâ€™s â€œConversation with the Candidatesâ€? will be held on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at East Windsor High School. At the conversation, East Windsor residents will be able to submit questions to the candidates for First Selectman and the boards of Selectmen, Finance, and Education. All residents of East Windsor are encouraged to attend to learn about the candidates prior to
Novemberâ€™s elections. â€œConversations with the Candidatesâ€? is being coordinated by the East Windsor Community Conversations group, whose goal is to increase the knowledge, understanding, and support of the operations of the community by involving all stakeholders for the betterment of the town. For any questions, please contact Linda Nolan at LNolan@ewindsor.k12.ct.us.
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Friends of the Library Need Help EAST WINDSOR - Friends of the Library Association of Warehouse Point is are looking for students who need community service hours or any individual looking to volunteer. The Warehouse Point Library has a basement full of books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, and puzzles. The Friends need to sort the books by category. Additionally, they have a designated area for a continual book sale. It needs volunteers willing to come in, at their convenience, to straighten the books out, bring new books up from the basement, and help organize. The Friends of the Library offer passes to local museums and area attractions for free or reduced price admission. These include the Basketball Hall of Fame, Connecticut Science Center, The Connecticut Trolley Museum, the Lutz Museum, Wadsworth Museum, and more. See the librarian at the front desk for more
information or visit their website at www.warehousepointlibrary.info and click on Museum Passes. The Friends have created a pamphlet that can be viewed online or in print. The Friends of the Library will use the money earned through the book sales to provide new programs and materials to the library that would not otherwise be available. Donations of good, used and new books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and audio books are accepted at the library whenever the library is open. Additionally, forms are available at the library or at the library website under the â€œFriends of the Libraryâ€? tab to join the Friends of the Library. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or contact Lynn Stanley, vice president of the Friends, at 860-6237077.
EAST WINDSOR - Robert J. Cormier of East Windsor was elected District Governor of the Lions Club Multiple District 23B, which includes Lions Clubs in Hartford and Litchfield counties. Cormier has been a member of the East Windsor Lions Club since 1994 and has served on a local level and a state level in various positions. Cormier was installed as District Governor along with others from around
the world at the 94th Lions International Convention in Seattle, Washington on July 8. District Governor Cormier is the CEO of the 53 clubs in Hartford and Litchfield Counties with approximately 2,025 Lions members. To learn more about the worldâ€™s largest and most recognized service organization, please contact District Governor Cormier at 860-292-6848.
Workshop Offers Space for Creative Pursuits EAST WINDSOR - The Creative Workshop, formerly called the Creative Co-op, will meet on the first Thursday of the month from September through June from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Scout Hall Youth Center, 28 Abbe Rd, East Windsor. Dates for the year are: Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, March 1, April 5, May 3 and June 7. This is a place where you can bring anything you want to work on or something you want to get help or instruction for. There is usually someone who can help you.
Bring your art supplies, painting projects, beading supplies, sewing machine, knitting, quilting, spinning or craft project to the session. It is a good place to meet other creative people. There are plenty of tables, great lighting and several outlets, but please bring your own extension cord. There is no cost to attend and you can come and go at any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to suit your schedule. Bring your lunch and beverage. For more information please contact Nancy Masters at RN1757@aol.com or 860-289-5085.
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East Windsor Methodist Church Will Have Reopening Service of Celebration EAST WINDSOR - Wesley United Methodist Church in East Windsor will have its reopening Service of Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. District Superintendent Heidi Chamberland will bring the celebration message and the Junior Choir from First United Methodist Church in Stafford Springs will provide the celebration music. The reopening celebration comes after the winter storms of ice and snow nearly took down the entire structure. The church is deeply indebted to the John Works Construction Company of Stafford Springs for its quick response and creative work that enabled the building to be secured and then reconstructed from the ground floor to the roof. The Pastor Rev. Richard J. Pagano and the members of Wesley believe the building was saved for a purpose: to serve the communities of East Windsor and Windsor Locks with spiritual support and ministries and programs that uplift and offer hope and dignity. As part of that vision Wesley United Methodist Church is committed to providing caring support to those who are dependent upon supplemental help with
meals. Such meals are provided by the Pauline Stock pot kitchen each Friday evening beginning at 5 p.m. Wesley Church is also the site for the Summer Lunch program for children in East Windsor. Through New Beginnings, churches in East Windsor supply school clothing for Children. Carole Hayes, Carol Theofane and Cindy Johnston are the contact persons for New Beginnings. They can be reached through the Wesley United Methodist Church. All money donations are gratefully appreciated. Beginning in October, Wesley Church, under the direction of its pastor, will make available a support group for care givers and their loved ones who are experiencing pain, suffering or facing terminal illness. This support group will give opportunity for both the care givers and those experiencing serious illness to share in Shalom: wholeness, harmony, tranquility, friendship, prayer and, above all, hope and love. Wesley Church looks forward to providing spiritual, moral and ethical guidance to children through its Bible Treasure Chest Ministry on Sunday mornings beginning in October. Bible Treasure
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Enfield Enrico Fermi Student Has Sights on the Paralympic Gold Sheryl. With assistance from his mother and younger brother Ryan, and many adaptive ski lessons, he began to ski independently and feel that freedom. Andrew says skiing independently for the first time â€œgave me a reassuring feeling. It was like I could do anything now.â€? It took about three years
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Enfield Camp 4 A Cure Raises Funds for 2011 Alzheimerâ€™s Memory Walk residents who camped out in front of Parkway Pavilion Healthcare for an oldfashioned summer barbecue, raffles, games and entertainment provided by â€œBack When.â€? The event was complete with a campfire and marshmallow roast. Alzheimerâ€™s Association Director Trish Clark judged and presented a grilling basket to Chili Cook-off contest winner Patti Martin, Parkway Pavilion Case Manager Nurse. Patti was one of seven participants
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believes that Coppler does a great job. He added that the town manager had gone two years in a row without a salary increase. Council Chairman Scott Kaupin said that Coppler’s evaluation by the council was very good in all areas and thanked Coppler for his service to the town. He said that it is a difficult job and that Coppler has brought a lot of knowledge and ingenuity to the position. Councilman William Edgar Jr., who cast the lone vote in opposition to the salary hike, said he was voting no to the resolution because he was opposed to the second para-
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Teen Ice Cream Social ENFIELD - The Enfield Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board will have an ice cream social on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. for ages 12-18. Get to know other teens and see what the library has to offer for teen and “tween” programs. Most importantly, make your own sundae. Please register in advance at 860-763-7517 or visit the library’s website at www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org.
Haraghy Raising Funds for Bid to be a Paralympic Skier in 2014 (continued from page 11) for Andrew to master the unpredictable terrain of the slopes, but now it seemed like he was king of the mountain. In 2007, Andrew was approached by the AbilityPLUS program at Mount Snow, Vt., and was asked to mentor and instruct other disabled skiers and snowboarders. Today Andrew and his family still volunteer for AbilityPLUS and Andrew says he loves “giving the kids the same feeling that I felt when I was first able to ski on my own.” Andrew began race training during the 2009-2010 ski season. It was during that same season that Andrew was awarded a
scholarship to attend the Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, Colo.. The week Andrew spent in the Rocky Mountains granted him the opportunity to train with the best adaptive ski race coaches in the United States. Although Andrew’s racing career is fairly young, the 20102011 race season saw Andrew rack up a total of five medals - two gold and three silver - in seven races. In addition, this past season, Andrew was named an “Emerging Athlete” with excellent potential to participate in the 2014 Paralympics by 2011 USSA Adaptive Coach of the Year Mau Thompson. Andrew and the entire Haraghy family are looking forward to the 2011-2012 ski season. Besides racing in the slalom and
giant slalom like last year, Andrew plans to add the downhill as well as the super-G to this year’s event list. “I would like to better my times and train harder to get better,” says Andrew about his goals for the race season. Aside from aspiring to become an elite racer, Andrew enjoys many other activities. During the warmer months, Andrew has learned how to kayak and water ski, and he even participates in an annual tennis camp. Also, Andrew is in his second year as a member of the Fermi Marching Band. Andrew has recently agreed to be the Patient Ambassador for the Springfield
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Enfield Rotary Presents Scholarships The Enfield Rotary Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. presented five scholarships to college students from Enfield at the Rotary Club luncheon meeting on Aug. 17. This yearâ€™s honorees include (front row, l-r), Rachel Cloutier, enrolled in post-graduate Nurse Practitioner and Womenâ€™s Health programs at Virginia Commonwealth Universityâ€”$2,000 Affhauser/Tranghese Award; Kyle Lewis, a senior at Quinnipiac University majoring in Financeâ€”$1,500 Bob & Irma Squires Award; Colleen Nelson, a junior at Quinnipiac University majoring in Journalismâ€”$1,000 Hal Rosen Award; and Cole Cloutier, a senior at UCONN majoring in Chemistryâ€”$1,000 Richard E. Stevens Award. Missing from the photo is Alexandra Deni, enrolled in a post-graduate Elementary Education program at Westfield State Collegeâ€”$1,500 Dr. Edward Palomba Award. In the back row are Jerold Bell, DVM, left, President of the Enfield Rotary Memorial Scholarship Foundation and Michael Helechu, right, President of the Enfield Rotary Club. The Enfield Rotary Club has been giving scholarships to college students from Enfield since 1956. To date, more than $225,000 has been awarded.
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Enfield Legislators Pleased About Public Safety Academy Funding ENFIELD - State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield), State Rep. David Kiner (D-Enfield) and State Rep. Kathy Tallarita (D- Enfield) applauded the approval of $561,987 in state funding for the expansion of the Capital Region Education Council (CREC) Public Safety Academy in Enfield. The funding, approved by the State Bond Commission, will go toward the installation of portable classrooms and equipment at the magnet school. â€œWe want to do all we can to help the academy thrive, and these funds mark another step forward,â€? Senator Kissel said. â€œThe academy aims to prepare students for leadership. Students develop the values, self-discipline
and life skills needed to achieve success in college or in the career of their choice. We are thrilled to see these funds approved.â€? The Academy, located at 227 Brainard Rd., is a valuedriven school community with high academic expectations. Parent participation is a key to student success and every student develops an understanding of and a commitment to serving the community in a public safety career. â€œThis is the exact type of investment that Connecticut needs to make to help communities like Enfield and its residents,â€? said Rep. Kiner. â€œThe expansion will provide the training people need and prepare them for the work-
Chamber Plans Make-Over, Golf Tournament ENFIELD - The North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce has the following events taking place. Tuesday, Sept. 13 Debut of chamber members chosen for a Professional Make-Over at the Business After Hours held at Cedar Knob Banquet Facility, 446 Billings Rd., Somers, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a fund-raising event which supports educational scholarships. Participating businesses include: Artistic Hair Design, Windsor Locks; kategray boutique, East Longmeadow; Zahnerâ€™s Fine Apparel, Vernon; Brio Academy, Enfield; and Silpada Jewelry, Colchester. RSVPs can be directed to Lucille at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-741-3838.
Friday, Sept. 23 Co-Chairmen JoAnn Walk and Jennifer Kiner invite the women in local chambers of commerce to the annual Roxy Burke Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. The tournament is named in memory of the former executive director of the North Central CT Chamber, former mayor in Enfield and 10-year member of the Enfield school board, Francis â€œRoxyâ€? Burke. This is a scramble format for the nine-hole tournament. Golf, golf cart, continental breakfast and lunch are included for the $65 entry fee. Contact the Chamber office to register or for more information: 860-7413838 or email@example.com.
force.â€? â€œThe funding for the Public Safety Academy is an endorsement of continued support for the magnet school,â€? Rep. Tallarita said. â€œThe academy offers students a unique opportunity to pursue their education and the schoolâ€™s expansion is needed and welcomed.â€? The academy offers students an academic curriculum and hands-on experiences and field training that will enable them to successfully further their education or pursue a career in the field of law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medical services, public safety communications, corrections, or homeland security.
Enfield Public Library Evening Rhyme Time ENFIELD - Join Enfield Public Library Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. for its Evening Rhyme Time program, one halfhour of nursery rhymes and finger plays for ages birth to 2 and their parent(s)/caregiver. This is a drop-in program
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Ellington Senior Center Project Receives Appropriation for Design Phase By Linda Tishler Levinson ELLINGTON â€” A contractor has its designs on the senior center project. The Board of Selectmen voted Aug. 15 to select Lawrence Associates of Manchester to create the conceptual design for the new senior center building as recommended by the Senior Center
Steering Committee Selection Panel. The committee, headed by Wayne Reynolds, has been organizing fundraising efforts for the project, First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said. â€œThe expectation is theyâ€™ll be able to raise some monies,â€? he said, adding they hope to raise 25 percent of the funds need-
ed to complete the project. â€œMr. Reynolds does have a good track record of doing this,â€? Blanchette said. The selectmen also voted to create an Ellington Senior Center Building Fund as a separate line account. The town finance officer will receive and deposit funds into the account as they are received to be used
for the establishment and construction of a senior center. Funds have been approved only for the design phase. Once the conceptual design is created, the project will be presented to town boards and ultimately to a Town Meeting. It would require referendum approval.
Book Cellar at Hall Memorial Library Has New, Used Books for Sale ELLINGTON - The Book Cellar at Hall Memorial Library in Ellington has a room full of good used and new adult and childrenâ€™s books, DVDs, CDs, audio books and puzzles available. It has a special collection of large print books available at this time. For teachers and kids, the childrenâ€™s shelves are full.
The Friends of the Library operate the book store at the library four days a week. The hours are Monday 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Thursday 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-noon, and Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m. For Ellington residents, the Friends of the Library offer passes to local museums and area attractions for free or reduced
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Ambulance Corps Names New Executive Board Members ELLINGTON â€“ The Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps announces its 2011-2012 Executive Board members: Peter Hany, president; Dan Flanagan, vice president; Don Lanier, secretary; Simon Hessler, treasurer; Bruce Hoffman, training; Andy Litrenta, supply; Doreen Connor, scheduler; Joe Glomboske, maintenance, and Wendy Pospisil, public relations.
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Ellington Opening Knight Players Are Preparing for Busy School Year Ellington High Schoolâ€™s Drama Club, summer.â€? The OKP students will be travOpening Knight Players (OKP), has a busy eling Aug. 13-26 of next year. year ahead of it. Not only do the players OKP members kicked off their Scotland have several performances, one of which fundraising on July 17 by performing a is a musical, but they are the hosts of the Musical Revue written by students. Their Connecticut Drama Association Festival in next production will be a murder mystery the spring. At the same time, they will night called â€œThe Great High School have many events going on to raise funds Whodunitâ€? on Sept. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. for a trip to The ticket price is $10 Edinburgh, Scotland and includes dessert next summer. The IN THE SCHOOLS and a clue hunt. club needs to raise The scene of the $60,000 for the trip. play is Dudley High OKP, under the School and a sign at direction of William Prenetta, has been the door to the high school auditorium selected to perform as part of the American informs all who enter that they now High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF) become students at the school. The reason which will take place in Edinburgh next for the gathering is to honor the Dudley August. Ellington High School was nomi- family, who donated money to the school. nated and selected to represent the United The plot thickens when, during the assemStates and less than 5% of nominated bly, a school official is murdered, and Mrs. schools are selected to participate. Dudleyâ€™s $3 million ring is stolen. At interPrenetta just returned from Edinburgh, mission, the audience will move about the where he participated in a familiarization school interviewing characters and searchtrip sponsored by the AHSTF. The trip was ing for physical evidence to determine the intended to familiarize teachers so they true murderer. know exactly how their students will On Sept. 18 OKP is hosting a â€œBrunch spend their time next year. â€œI spent the for Scotland.â€? Various members and their majority of my time attending shows and families will be hosting a brunch at their familiarizing myself with the layout of the homes for a donation of $20 a person. A city,â€? said Prenetta. â€œThis way I will be OPENING/page 20 able to guide the students more fully next
Opening Knight Players adviser William Prenetta in Edinburgh, Scotland for a familiariazation trip for next yearâ€™s American High School Theatre Festival.
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Ellington Opening Knight Players Bringing Their Talents to Scotland (continued from page 19) Battle of the Bands is scheduled for Sept. 30 at the school and an EMS/EHS Teacher Variety Show is planned for Oct. 14. Anyone interested in attending the brunch or entering a band should contact William Prenetta at
Prayer Shawl Ministry Seeks New Members ELLINGTON - The Prayer Shawl Ministry group at the Ellington Congregational Church is open to anyone in the community. The group meets at the church on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. to knit and crochet prayer shawls. These shawls have been given to those undergoing medical treatment or recovering from an accident or operation, to caregivers and for bereavement. Some of the shawls have been presented for happy celebrations such as the birth of a baby, a special birthday or as a gift of friendship, love and caring. The fall meeting schedule is Sept. 22, Oct. 27 and Nov. 17. For the easy pattern or more information, call Jan at 860-8751543.
WPrenetta@ellingtonschools.net. Almost Maine will be performed on Nov. 3-5. This play is a collection of love stories that take place in Maine. This year’s OKP President, senior Lyndsi Skewes, is looking forward to the performance. “It’s one of the cutest plays I have ever read and I absolutely can’t wait for the production,” Skewes said. The performers will also present this play as part of the Connecticut Drama Association Festival in March. Schools from across the state gather during this festival to compete and learn. A different high school hosts each year and this year Ellington High will host the festival. Prenetta also plans to have an OKP Alumni Extravaganza Thanksgiving weekend and hopes many OKP alumni will participate. There are also plans to cohost Mr. EHS in December, sponsor a variety show in January and hold a Beauty and the Beast Character Breakfast in March. The club’s musical for the year, Disney’s “Beauty & the Beast,” will be performed March 9-11. They will conclude their season with student directed One-Acts and the production of the play that they will take to Scotland. In between all of this, Prenetta will be teaching English and Theater classes.
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After enjoying a sabbatical leave this past year he is now back and raring to go. “I’m excited to return to the classroom. I feel refreshed from having a year to explore the world a bit more, accomplish some writing, and recharge my batteries,” said Prenetta. He admits he feels he will be returning with the energy and enthusiasm of a first-year teacher but with the experience of a veteran. “What I most took from my recent travel was the amazing honor it will be to perform on an international stage for an international audience. The Fringe Festival is the largest and most famous and well attended arts festival in the world. Our students will be performing among some of the most amazing talent in the world, of which they will also be able to view,” said Prenetta.
He feels the students will learn that they are part of a world community that is more alike than different and that art can change the world for the better. Prenetta is optimistic the club will raise the needed funds. “This year will be busy, but one that will enrich my students by stretching their abilities through our productions,” he said. Skewes agrees. “Being a senior this year is going to be super exciting because there are a lot of shows and events that we are planning for the school year that we’ve never done before,” she says. You can visit the web page for the Opening Knight Players by visiting www.ellingtonschools.org and going to Ellington High Schools/clubs and organizations and clicking on OKP.
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Scholarship Award Winners The Somers Senior Citizens Club’s President Arlene Yarnes is proud to announce the two winners of the club’s $1,000 Scholarship Awards. Both Kathryn Squillace and Brian Coope received $1,000 scholarships from the Carol A. Dion Memorial scholarship, awarded by the Somers Senior Citizens Club. Pictured above left to right: Dori Bynack, Scholarship Committee member, Ginny Farnham, Scholarship Chairman, Kathryn Squillace, Brian Coope, and Ray Trask, Scholarship Committee member. Photo by Terri Ramsey
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Somers Somers High School Names Students To Fourth Quarter Honor Roll SOMERS - The following students have been named to the 4th Quarter Honor Roll at Somers High School, according to a list supplied by the school administration. Grade 9 High Honors Brianna Allard Mitchell Anderson Stephen Bosomworth Lauren Buettner Kimberly Cisco Christopher DeGray Julianne Folger Kaitlin Gagne Caroline Gamble Samantha Gay Sarah Hayowyk Dominique Herbert Emily Jewell Kevin Laurita Amanda Lefemine Lisa Lorenzi Anthony Mottolese Rebecca Novak Allison Nowak Kaitlyn Prucker Chelsea Quint Helena Rheault Amanda Roberts Brandon Scanlon Lindsey Socha Kristen Steidler
Jessica Trusch Olivia Tyler Lauren VanFossan Wyatt VanFossan Andrew Vibberts Grade 9 Honors Carley Ballard Marc Beaulieu Alexander Bliesener Erika Bushey Michael Casciano Christopher Eastwood Jessica Felch Austin Ficara Hunter Frasca Marisa Gallerani Jessica Gendron Christine Goss Megan Guerrette Kathryn LaVallee Caitlin Leale Micalea Leaska Krista Lockyer Ryan Lynch Corey Maznicki Matthew Rafala Brian Rossini Anna Sibilia Rachel Smithline Emily Teel Tori Totten Jessica Willoughby
Grade 10 High Honors Kristine Aikins Joshua Caswell Jane Chesley Nicholas Coleman Dominic DeFilipi Priya Deonarine Christa Drummey Nicholas Elia Mark Erwin Katelyn Fawthrop Nicole Gay Jennifer Jablonski Evan Koehler Laila Mai-Nguyen Rachel Mancini Julianna Masamery Sarah McCollum Connor Mitchell Kathryn O'Connor Colleen Regan Cayla Rossini Nicholas Salvador Grade 10 Honors Julia Alexander Luke Alvaro Robert Baumann Gabrielle Bernier Mark Ceppetelli Brendan Coverdill Ryan DeAdder Samantha French
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Somers Somers Education Foundation Awards $25,028 in Grants SOMERS - The Somers Education Foundation announced at its recently held 7th annual meeting the awarding of $25,028 in grants to the Somers public schools. Grants included a VEX robotics state-of-the-art technology kit, encompassing applied science, engineering and mathematics. Among the other grants was a document camera for the high school math department that allows class interaction in problem solving.
Fifteen permanently installed projectors at the elementary, middle and high schools engage and challenge students through this digital technology. The foundation recognized benefactors Dan and Jane Roulier, Kathleen and Fred Speilman and Geisslerâ€™s Supermarkets. Teresa Mancini, a financial professional with Prudential, and Bill Kirkpatrick, a retired educator, were re-elected to the board of directors. Thirty-five guests, town
Goodman Completes Basic Training At West Point WEST POINT, N.Y. â€” Cadet Sarah Goodman of Somers, daughter of Ken and Maria Goodman, completed Cadet Basic Training (CBT) at the United States Military Academy. Goodman entered West Point on June 27 and has successfully completed six weeks of CBT. Also referred to as â€œBeast Barracks,â€? CBT is one of the most challenging events cadets will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy. The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, land navigation, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship as well as
nuclear, biological, and chemical training. Sarah began academic classes on Aug. 15. The West Point curriculum offers 45 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Sarah graduated from Somers High School on June 22, 2011. She plans to graduate from West Point in 2015 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. The U.S. Military Academy is a fouryear co-educational federal undergraduate liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. Founded in 1802 as Americaâ€™s first college of engineering, it consistently ranks as one of the top colleges in the nation.
officials and donors attended the meeting. The mission of the Foundation is to preserve the communityâ€™s commitment to educational excellence by providing funding for unique and innovative educational projects and programs.
Donations may be sent to Somers Education Foundation , P.O. Box 624, Somers, CT 06071 or through the Foundationâ€™s website at www.sefonline.org or by contacting any board member.
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Village Players Present ‘The Curious Savage’ Somers Village Players have chosen a revival of “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick for the fall dinner theater. Forty years ago, “The Curious Savage” was the third production produced by the new theater group. “The Curious Savage” is a fanciful story that features greed, age, love and virtue. “The Curious Savage” is directed by Dorrie Mitchell and produced by Dianne Preble. The cast includes Joyce Benson, Paula Kuenzler, Edwin Lewis, Amanda Marschall, Justin Martin, John McKone, Wesley Olds, Cori Sheehan, Angela Taylor, Bob Williams and Cheryl Zdebski. The dinner and show will be held at Joanna’s Restaurant at 154 Main St. in Somersville. The dates are Sept. 23, 24, 30 and Oct. 1, 7, 8. A social hour is at 6 p.m., a buffet dinner is at 7 p.m., and the show commences at 8:15 p.m. Ticket price is $35 and reservations are required. For information or reservations, please call 860-749-0245 or 860-749-2048.
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Somers Sean Gay Swims in Zone Age Championships SOMERS - Sean Gay of Somers swam in the eastern Zone Age Group Swimming championships Aug. 10-13 in State College, Pa. Sean was part of a group of 80 swimmers from Connecticut ranging in age from 9-18 that traveled as a team to the event, which includes the best swimmers from 11 states in the Northeast U.S. Sean participated in six individual events and four relays. Sean won both the 100 meter and 200 meter freestyle individual events
and was also part of the winning 400 meter freestyle and 400 meter medley relay teams. In the medley relay, Sean needed to overcome a 2-second deficit to win the event in the last few meters over the team favored to win from Potomac Valley. Sean's recent performances rank him among the top 25 swimmers in the country for his age group. Sean swims for the SONOCO swim club in Tolland and is coached by Marci Berlinski.
Triathlon Accomplishment Shawn Gaskell of Tolland competed in the Ford Ironman Lake Placid Event July 24 in New York. The event consisted of a 2.4 mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 112-mile bike ride through state, county, and local roads, and a 26.2 mile run passing by the downtown area of Lake Placid four times. Gaskell finished in 12 hours, 55 minutes. He is the husband of Alexis Gaskell, father of twin daughters Ella & Reily, and son of Don & Marilyn Gaskell of Somers.
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Tournament Champions The Somers Heat U9 baseball team went 4-0 to capture the first Somers Summer Baseball Classic Tournament championship. Top row, coaches, left to right: Mike Grandpre, Scott Zapolski, Tony Palazzesi. Bottom row, players, left to right: Zach Peterson, Mike Albaugh, Nicco Williams, Matt Grandpre, Kyle Yvon (back), Colin Mcleod (front), Aiden Miller, Cody Palazzesi, Brady Palazzesi, John Zapolski and Connor Deangelis. Photo courtesy of Tony Palazessi
Congregational Church Seeks Crafters SOMERS - The Somers Congregational Church will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3, inside the church located at 599 Main St. in Somers. The hours of the bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a long-standing event that is well attended by the com-
munity. Rental spaces are available for the sale of arts, crafts, specialty foods and other gifts for the holiday season. Call Rich at 860-763-5406 for more information and to reserve your space.
Rally Against Hunger Car Show Juan Hernandez of Burlington talks with Car Show judge Jose Hernandez (not pictured) about his Scar Face Toyota during the First Rally Against Hunger Car Show on the Enfield Green Sunday afternoon, Aug. 21. Proceeds from the event went to the Enfield Food Shelf. Photo by David Butler II
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Regional Rockville Rotary Awards Scholarships to Outstanding Grads VERNON - The Rotary Club of Rockville awarded its annual scholarships to four outstanding area high school graduates who are headed to four-year colleges this fall. The following local students each received a $1,500 scholarship from the Rockville Rotary: â€˘ Danielle DeCarli, of Ellington High School, who is headed to Western New England University to study business and accounting in hopes of furthering her familyâ€™s equestrian business; â€˘ Laura Dewey, of Rockville High School, who will be attending Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) to pursue a teaching degree in early childhood education, building on her volunteer work with young children locally and in Zambia; â€˘ Deisy Morales, of Rockville High School, who will pursue a degree in social work at Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU); and â€˘ Danielle Skoglund, of Rockville High School, who, having worked extensively at Stafford Veterinary Center, will pursue a career in veterinary medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill.
The funding for these generous scholarships is raised through the Rockville Rotaryâ€™s annual rose sale, which is coordinated by Rotarian Frank Borysevicz. The Rotaryâ€™s Scholarship Selection Committee, chaired by Joe Ryan, includes Rotarians Risa Filkoff, Steve Bazzano, and Ben Hardy. DeCarli and Morales, joined by their parents and grandparents, attended the Rockville Rotaryâ€™s weekly meeting on Aug. 1 to receive their scholarships. The two other winners, Laura Dewey and Danielle Skoglund, were unable to attend. The Rotary Club of Rockville, with many members who live or work in the Vernon, Tolland and Ellington area, is part of the worldwide organization Rotary International. Rockville Rotaryâ€™s primary focus is to help those less fortunate and Rotarians address many hunger, health, and humanity issues. Rockville Rotary meets on Mondays at noon at the R House Restaurant located at 520 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For more information, please visit www.RotaryRockvilleCT.com.
Rockville Rotarian Joe Ryan (center) with Ellington High School graduate Danielle DeCarli (left) and Rockville High School Graduate Deisy Morales, who were two of the four 2011 area high school graduates to each receive a $1,500 scholarship from the Rotary Club of Rockville. Photo by Liane Lombardi
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SOMERS PUBLIC LIBRARY 2 Vision Boulevard, Somers, CT 06071 (860) 763-3501 / Fax: (860) 763-1718 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.SomersNow.com/library
Library Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sept. 3,4,5 Labor Day Weekend Oct. 10 Columbus Day Closed Sundays until October 2.
A NOTE FOR PARENTS If you are considering options for after school activities for the coming school year, please take a few minutes to talk with your child about the responsibilities that go with using a public building such as the library. Our recently expanded library offers many new opportunities and we are striving to make it a pleasant experience for everyone. According to library policy, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please remember that any child remaining at school for any type of after-school activity must be picked up at the school. For the safety of all, students are not allowed to congregate near the front entrance of the library or in the parking lot. Anyone being disruptive or misbehaving will be required to leave the library grounds and parents will be contacted. Teen Room Policy requires each student to complete an Emergency Contact form with parent name and telephone number. Use of Teen Room computers is limited to homework until 4:00 p.m. during the week. Thank you for your cooperation!
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Fall Events from the Children’s Room at the Somers Public Library Fall Storytime Session Registration for the Somers Public Library fall storytime session will begin the week of September 12. Somers residents can register beginning Monday, September 12 after 10:00 a.m. and nonresidents can register beginning Tuesday, September 13 after 10:00 a.m. Storytime sessions will run through December. Registration is required for all storytimes. Children 12-24 months, meets on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. Children 24-36 months, meets on Mondays at 10:15 a.m. Children 3-5 years, will meet on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. or Fridays at 10:15 a.m. Children 2-5 years, will meet on Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. Zumbatomic (Zumba for kids) Friday, September 16, 10:30-11:15 a.m. This zumba class is for children ages 3-5. Register now for this event. Presented by Dance Amore of Enfield. Read for Treats Stop by the Children’s Room between September 26 & October 31 and join our fall reading program. Pick up your first reading sheet beginning Monday,
September 26 and check out five books from the library. Return your completed reading log to the library for a special surprise. This program is for children ages 2-8. Safari Saturday Storytime Saturday, October 15, 11:15-12:00 p.m. Join us on a wild animal adventure with stories, songs and a craft. For ages 2-5 with parents. Sign up beginning September 26. Lego Club Sunday, October 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m. For children in grades 1-5. After hearing a story children will have time to construct a Lego project related to the theme of the book. Completed creations will remain on display in the children’s room until our next Lego Club meeting. Sign up now for this event. Space is limited.
Ed Popielarczyk’s Amazing Flea Circus Friday, October 28, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Join us on your day off from school for this unique and entertaining program. It is an entire big top circus in miniature! Don’t miss out on the fun. Get your free tickets beginning October 3. For ages 3 & up. Balloon Sculpting Workshop Friday, October 28, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Ed Popielarczyk will present information about balloon safety, different types of balloons to use, how to tie a balloon knot and how to make assorted balloon animals. This program is for children ages 8 & up and limited to 30 participants. Register beginning October 3. Trick-or-Treat at the Library Monday, October 31, 10:00-7:30 p.m. Stop in and show off your costume and receive candy! Take a guess at the number of candies in the jar. Don’t forget to check out a scary book or DVD.
Family Movie Night Thursday, October 27, 6:00 p.m. We will show the new Disney movie, Spooky Buddies, rated G, 88 minutes. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Movie Matinees Each month the library features one or more newly released films. All movies begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Blake Community Room and are shown with closed captioning when available. Please check our website or call the library for a listing of upcoming films.
Free Opera Afternoon Join opera teacher Mike Cascia for a screening of Giuseppe Verdi’s grand opera La Forza del Destino on Sunday, October 23rd from 1:00-4:30 p.m. This epic opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles. Please call the library at 860-763-3501 to register for this program.
Book Discussion Try our Nook! The Friends of the Library have purchased a Nook reader that Somers Library adults may borrow for a two-week period. Tell us what book you would like to read and we will download a copy, or choose from one of the many titles already included. Tell us your name, contact information, and the title of the book you are interested in reading and we will call you when the Nook is available.
Denise Stankovics will lead a discussion of the novel Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. Copies of the book will be available at the library. Please call the library to register for the discussion.
Volunteer monitors needed one afternoon each week (2:15 - 4:30) to help library staff supervise the ‘Teen Room’ area. Inquire at main desk. September 2011 North Central News
Dedication Ceremony A dedication ceremony was held on Aug. 1 for Staffordâ€™s newly completed Water Pollution Control Facility upgrade. The project costs were $12.4 million, which was fully funded by USDA/RD loan/grant, $6.56 million loan and $5.3 million grant. They also were awarded a $352,000 payment from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and CL&P for the energy-saving equipment that was installed during the upgrade of the treatment plant. Among those in attendance were First Selectman Michael P. Krol, Selectwoman Deidriene Guglielmo, members of the Water Pollution Control Authority, Stafford WPCF operators, and the contracted construction company C.H. Nickerson & Co., Inc. and the design engineering staff from Camp Dresser and McKee, Inc. Photos by Amy Hartenstein
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Stafford Residents Get Second Opportunity To Vote on Town Budget By Linda Tishler Levinson STAFFORD — Town voters will finally have a second chance to vote on the town budget. The second budget referendum, rescheduled from its original June 14 date, has been scheduled for Sept. 13. Residents voted 847-637 against the first budget proposal in a May 18 referendum. The town had been seeking a total budget of $36,313,886 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. That included $10,863,336 for the Board of Selectmen’s budget, a 1.7 percent decrease from the current budget. At the June 6 Town Meeting, it was decided that the second budget referendum should be postponed until the state finalized its budget. In August, 14 out of 15 state employee unions voted to accept the concessions called for in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget package. A town meeting on the latest town budget proposal will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Community Center. The proposed budget is $36,918,778. While this amount is higher than the previous year’s budget, First Selectman
Michael Krol said actual town expenditures have been reduced, and the 1 mill tax increase is due to reduced state aid and lower anticipated tax revenues. “Two amounts that are listed as expenditures are actually reductions in income — the reserve for uncollected taxes and the tax abatements for veterans and firefighters,” Krol said. The Board of Selectmen’s budget is listed at $10,253,915, compared to $11,009,115 last year. The Library Board budget is proposed at $499,743, compared to $487,380 last year. The Board of Education budget is proposed at $24,830,989, compared to $24,830,915 last year. The total spending before federal stimulus dollars would be $35,584,644, compared to $36,327,170 last year. The school board is receiving $573,564 in federal stimulus funding. The reserve for uncollected taxes is $609,570, compared to $400,000 last year. “Despite these cuts, the budget is higher because our projected uncollected taxes are higher. This is because, after a review
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with our auditors and bond counsel, it was agreed by the Board of Finance and Board of Selectman that we have historically overestimated how much of our taxes are collected annually. The reserve had to be increased to 3 percent of taxes assessed,
thus causing the amount to increase from $400,000 to $690,570,” Krol said. The budget referendum will be held Sept. 13 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stafford Public Library.
Democrats Will Hold Benefit Comedy Night STAFFORD - So perhaps you thought that Democrats don’t have a sense of humor. Have you heard the one about the lame duck with a rubber duck, Phil and the filibuster or the donkey who thought he was an elephant? On Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Italian Benefit Society, the Stafford Democratic Town Committee is sponsoring a comedy night. The event, hosted by local comedian Steve Diamond, will feature Stafford’s own Rodney Norman, with Dan Kalwhite
and Kevin Fitzgerald, other Connecticut comics. Tickets are available for a donation of $25 and can be purchased at the door the night of the event. For advanced ticket sales or more information, call Georgia or Chris at 860-684-9500. The Italian Benefit Society is located at 12 Club Road in Stafford. Proceeds from the event go to the Democratic Town Committee.
Farm Day Benefits Stafford Animal Control STAFFORD - Support Stafford Animal Control at Farm Day on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Foster Hill Farm located at 21 Stafford St., Stafford Springs. Stafford and the surrounding towns are home to many different farms and farming-based businesses. Come visit the animals and meet your local farmers. There
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Stafford District 8 Softball Championship Game #4 ~ South Windsor/Stafford ~ District 8 Championship game in Stafford at Hyde Park on Utter Field saw Hannah pitch a 2-hitter for Stafford (home team) striking out 11, walking 5. South Windsor scored a run in the first and a run in the second. Stafford’s defense held them the remainder of the game. Sarah Gallison fired the ball to Alison for a key out at 3rd base, after a girl tried to take an extra base on an overthrow to center field from the plate. Sarah’s hustle and backup made the difference as the girl was out by 2 feet. Stafford had 5 hits (Abbe had 3 of them, Jenny had 1 and Alison had 1). Paige, Jenny and Grace all scored after reaching on a walk. Stafford was victorious 7-2 after six innings, taking the District 8 championship for the first time in Stafford’s history for this age group. Photo by Amy Hartenstein
Former Crusaders Sought for Reunion STAFFORD - The Stafford Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corp. are planning a reunion. Members would like to get in touch with as many former members as possible. If you were a Crusader and are
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Regional Registration for Non-Credit Courses Under Way at Asnuntuck Community College ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community Collegeâ€™s Continuing Education Department is currently accepting registrations for its non-credit courses. Offerings are varied and include courses that can lead to a new career, better health or even mean savings for a budget. For more information about credit and non-credit courses available at the college visit www.acc.commnet.edu or call 860-2533034. Certified Pharmacy Technician This is an intensive 19-week (57-hour) program that provides the participant with the basic skills and training they will need to succeed as a Pharmacy Technician in the current healthcare delivery system. The course work will contain extensive lecture discussion and practical problem
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