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Volunteer Colin Anderson of Somers scrapes away old shingles on the roof of Dean Bauer, a dispatcher at the Enfield Police Department whose wife, Teresa Bauer, passed away unexpectedly just weeks ago. Dean, trying to cope with the loss of his wife and now raising a son as a single parent, also had issues with his home in Somers to deal with including a leaking r oof. His co-workers at the police department took it upon themselves to help out by collecting donations in a week’s time to cover the cost of materials, and with the help of friends. neighbors and co-workers, replaced Dean's roof over the weekend, leaving their friend with one less overwhelming thing to worry about. Photo by David Butler
Election Winners Say Budget Will Be Legislative Focus elected to the state Legislature representelection preoccupied with the uncertainty ing north-central Connecticut towns. in the governor ’s race, which was eventuIt’s all about the budget. While the state spent the first days after the ally won by Democrat Dan Malloy , those That was the universal view of those elected to serve locally were thinking about ways to help the state get back on its financial feet. • REGIONAL: Participants sought for 52nd Assembly District Festival of Trees ........................p. 12 “The only thing we can really focus on • SANTA SIGHTINGS: Where to see is to try to resolve the budget,” said Penny Santa and friends ......................p. 3 • ELLINGTON: Residents sought for Bacchiochi, who was re-elected to the high school accreditation ..........p. 14 state House of Representatives represent• PEOPLE: Rell inducts area residents ing the 52nd Assembly District. A into Veterans Hall of Fame................p. 5 • ELLINGTON: High school called a cool Republican, she has served in the state school by WFSB ..............................p. 15 • EAST WINDSOR: Towns may join House since 2002. • SOMERS: Veterans honored by local “We’re looking at a $3.5 million for animal shelter services ..........p. 6 deficit,” she said. “It’ s going to take a lot • EAST WINDSOR: Recreation depart- sixth grade students ......................p. 18 of will on the part of legislators.” She said the state needs to cut spending. ment offers programs..................p. 7 • STAFFORD: Retired St. Edward Bacchiochi suggested looking at the leg• EAST WINDSOR: Senior Center has teacher publishes first novel ........p. 32 islative branch, perhaps reducing the num• STAFFORD: New Winter Festival has ber of commissions and the combining of many programs to offer ..............p. 8 a holiday parade............................p. 33 state agencies. She also suggested looking • SPORTS: Elllington college soccer star at the pension plans of fered to state • AUTO: Dodge 2011 lineup ........p. 35 employees. named to all-conference team......p. 11 • CLASSIFIEDS:....................pp.37-39 57th Assembly District Legislative newcomer Christopher Davis agrees. “We have to tackle the state budget first and foremost,” said the Republican elected to represent the 57th EADLINE Assembly District in the state House. Davis said state businesses have been holding back until they can gauge how the state will react to the deficit. He cautioned that the state must balance its budget by www.thenorthcentralnews.com cutting spending.“W e can’ t tax our way
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out of this recession,” he said. He said the Legislature needs to find which programs work and which do not and cut appropriately. You can’t “just go in there with a hatchet,” he said. He said the Legislature also needs to look at the job market and make the state more business friendly. “These two things go in hand,” he said. 35th Senatorial District Tony Guglielmo said that the only way the state will balance its budget is for legislators and the governor to work together. The Republican was re-elected to the state Senate, in which he has served since 1992. “It’s going to have to be a shared sacrifice,” Guglielmo said of balancing the budget. “The options never change.” The only methods are cutting spending, increasing taxes or borrowing, he said. Since it doesn’ t make sense to increase taxes during a recession, he said the time is to balance the budget with spending cuts. He suggests starting with state tax credits. “I’ve never been a fan of those,” he said. “I think these things don’t work.” Guglielmo said tax credits benefit lar ge businesses at the expense of small businesses who serve the same customers. “Why would that guy (the small business owner) be asked to fund his competitor?” he asked. Instead, Guglielmo suggests cutting taxes on all businesses, as well as doing away with all tax exemptions except
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Area Santa Sightings North Central Connecticut residents will have several opportunities to catch the North Pole’ s most famous resident this month. The following represent a choice few scheduled “Santa Stops” in our neck of the woods:
Santa & Mrs. Claus Preparing Sleigh
ELLINGTON - Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as Frosty and Santa’ s Elves are again polishing up their sleigh to make an appearance at the Ellington’ s Winterfest “T reeLighting Ceremony” this year on Saturday , Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. by the town green gazebo bordering Church and Main Streets and Route 140. In addition to the lighting of the town and gazebo trees, and the “T orchlight Parade” down Main Street; many more town-wide festivities will take place between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Hall Memorial Library, the Ellington Senior Center , the Nellie McKnight Museum, and the Ellington Congregational Church to add to the merriment. The Ellington Congregational Church will also be holding its annual “Gingerbread House Baking Contest,” so get your ovens and creativity ready. If inter-
ested, please go to www .eccucc.org and click on “Announcements” then “Gingerbread House Contest” for more details, or call the church at 860-875-4512. And on Friday , Dec. 3, the Ellington Singers are expected to kick of f the Ellington Winterfest by presenting a lively concert of holiday music at Hall Memorial Library at 7 p.m. with complimentary refreshments afterward, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
Breakfast With Santa Helps Literacy Efforts
ENFIELD - The Literacy Volunteers of Northern Connecticut will hold its 18th annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday , Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria of Enfield High School, located at 1264 Enfield St., Enfield. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m to 10:30 a.m. The event will also feature a raffle, face painting, and seasonal music by the Enfield High School Music Department. Tickets are $4 for children and $6 for adults. The price includes a picture with Santa and a Christmas present. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance at The ARC of Greater Enfield, located at 75 Hazard Ave. in Enfield; Julie’s
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BRAOD BROOK - The Rotary Club of Broad Brook is hosting “Dessert with Santa” on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. at Revay’s Garden Center on Rt. 140 in East Windsor. Come have dessert with Santa. Youngsters can talk to Santa individually and parents can snap a picture. At 7:30, Santa will read his favorite book, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” before leaving for more holiday business. There is no char ge, but Santa needs to know the ages of each child attending. To make a reservation for your child, or for information, call 860-627-7495, ext. 11 or visit the Broad Brook Rotary Club on the Web at www.thebbrc.org.
Saturday With Santa at Staffordville School
STAFFORD - On Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, Staffordville School PTO is hosting “Saturday With Santa.” Come visit Santa to have your picture taken or shop for Christmas at one of our local crafters tables. There will be craft areas for the kids and baked goods to purchase, with all proceeds to benefit Staf fordville School. We are collecting canned food for Staf ford’s Safenet Ministries as an entry donation fee. For additional information, and for anyone interested in vending, please call 860-684-5194.
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SOUTH WINDSOR - Hartford Federal Credit Union’ s Letters to Santa! runs through Thursday, Dec. 16. Children of all ages can drop of f their letters to Santa Claus in the special mailbox located at HFCU’s South Windsor office. Santa will reply with a personalized letter to each child. Letters to Santa can also be mailed to: Hartford Federal Credit Union, 1665 Ellington Rd., South Windsor, CT 06074. All letters must be received by Dec. 16 to ensure a reply before Dec. 25. December 2010 North Central News
Davis Thanks Supporters; Promises To Work Hard for District To the Editor: From the bottom of my heart, I would like of fer my deepest thank you to all who supported me in East Windsor and Ellington to serve as our new state representative. I am truly grateful for your support, and look forward to representing your collective best interest at the State Capitol. I would also like to express a very special thank you to my family and friends and to everyone who volunteered, made a donation, and/or let us place a sign
during the campaign, for that without your support, we would not have been able to help bring common sense leadership to Hartford. For those whose support I did not receive throughout the campaign, I hope to earn your trust during my upcoming term. I have had a tremendous time meeting with so many residents throughout East Windsor and Ellington over the last few months, and I look forward to taking office in January with the knowledge I have gained
throughout the campaign about what issues are important to the people of our district. Though the State of Connecticut is continuing through difficult times, I believe that, with your continued support, we will be able to work towards a better Connecticut. Christopher Davis State Representative-elect 57th District East Windsor & Ellington
Election Winners Will Work on Cutting Budget, Creating Jobs jobs have been created by start-ups,â€? he said. those for necessities, such as food. 7th Senatorial District 3rd Senatorial District Republican John Kissel has been reDemocrat Gary LeBeau was re-elected elected to the state Senate serving the 7th to the state Senate representing the 3rd District, a seat he has held since 1993. District, a seat he has held since 1996. Kissel has said he wants to work for jobs LeBeau said he plans to work with and to fix the stateâ€™s $3.3 million deficit. Malloy to balance the budget and deal with Probate Court District 11 the myriad problems the state is facing. He Newcomer Timothy Keeney was electsaid it is important to solve the budget cri- ed probate judge serving the 1 1th District. sis without derailing economic developKeeney said he plans to work to complete ment programs such as the angel investor the consolidation of the court as ef ficienttax credit. He suggests tar geting tax cred- ly as possible, as well as making sure the its toward small businesses and high-tech right personnel are working for the court. and green businesses. â€œIâ€™m very excited about getting started,â€? â€œOne hundred percent of all the new he said.
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He said he wants to make the court run efficiently, in terms of both time and expense. Probate Court District 4 Brian Grif fin was elected to serve as probate judge in the newly mer ged court serving East Windsor, Windsor and South Windsor. For the short term, he said there is a lot of packing and moving to be done
as the court locates in Windsor. He said he wants to make sure the court continues to serve the communities in which it is not located, too, and will work on â€œmaking sure they still have a probate court presence in town.â€? Probate Court District 12 James Purnell, who ran unopposed, will serve Probate Court District 12.
MANCHESTER â€“ Two themes emerged from the competitive Manchester vs. Vernon food drive that recently came to a close. First, of course, was that hunger is a true emer gency. The second theme was that, in this food fight, there are only winners. The competition was fierce. Customers walked out with arms full of food, turkey after turkey , and frequently stopped in only to donate to the food drive.A flurry of e-mails was exchanged amongst volunteers, organizers and those with wagers at stake. Bragging about donations and milestones took place throughout the weekend. In the end it was Vernon that walked away with the win. While falling just behind Manchester in turkeys, Vernon
raised more cash and won on the total number of food items collected. In total, among the two towns and three Stop and Shop locations, as well as fundraising done for the event, 32,574 food items and 1735 turkeys were collected. All food and cash donations went to MACC and HVCC based upon the town in which they were donated. In the end, the overwhelming generosity of the people in the communities served was abundantly clear . People recognized continuing hard times and stepped up in a big way. It is safe to say that the Emer gency of Hunger Food Drive will continue to be an annual event and that Thanksgiving truly brings out the kindness of neighbors.
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Rell Inducts 11 into Connecticutâ€™s Veterans Hall of Fame HARTFORD - Governor M. Jodi Rell inducted the 1 1 members of the Class of 2010 into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame. The 2010 inductees to the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame from North Central Conneccticut are:
William J. McGurk of Somers William McGurk served for 28 years as an of ficer in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve, retiring with the rank of captain. He has served as president and CEO of Rockville Bank since 1980 and has held leadership positions in many community
Honorary Grand Marshal William J. McGurk of Somers and his wife, Mary , watch the annual Connecticut Veterans Day Parade in Hartford from the reviewing stand on Nov. 8. McGurk marched the entire route and returned to watch the rest of the parade.
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past commander and trustee of the 169th Infantry Veterans Corps, member and past secretary-treasurer of the New Britain Veterans Council and past president and current board member of the Of ficerâ€™s Club of Connecticut, Inc. He founded and raised funds for the adopt-a-squad program that has prepared and shipped care packages to Connecticut soldiers serving in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Edward V. Sabotka of Windsor Locks Edward Sabotka served in Europe during World War II as a B-17 gunner with the U.S. Army Air Corps, the forebear of todayâ€™s Air Force. A 35-year career social worker with the Connecticut Department of Social Services, he concurrently served as Windsor Lockâ€™s welfare director for 18 years and established a monthly food distribution program to assist needy citizens. As chairman of the Windsor Locks Veteransâ€™ Council, he has or ganized Memorial Day parades and Veteransâ€™ Day observances for over 50 years and annually led teams in placing flags on graves of veterans based on detailed plot maps he has maintained. He also serves as chairman of the board of trustees of the townâ€™ s War Veteransâ€™ Memorial Hall and is creator/curator of the veterans museum in the Hall, named in his honor. Sabotka helped establish and chaired for 28 years the Windsor Locks Juvenile Review Board, providing community alternatives for youthful offenders, and is a charter member and former chairman of the Windsor Locks Housing Authority. He has been active in Scouting for many years.
and industry associations. A member of the Connecticut Community College Board of Trustees, he currently serves as its audit chairman. He has been an active member of the Manchester Community College Foundation for more than 15 years, serving 10 years as treasurer. He has served as board chairman and vice chairman of the Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN); past president of the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce; past chairman of the Bankers Advisory Board of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors; and past president of the Connecticut Community Bankers Association. McGurk is a long-time member of Rotary International, an active supporter of the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial, Inc., one of the founding members of Men Make a Dif ference and Men Against Domestic Violence and is known throughout the state for his support of charity events and organizations. Robert C. Moeller of South Windsor Robert Moeller served for 41 years in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, including 33 years as a full-time guardsman, retiring with the rank of command sergeant major . He has been a state and regional leader in the Association of the United States Army, serving as regional vice president and president of the Connecticut chapter. He is past chairman of the South Windsor Patriotic Commission and was instrumental in the construction of a memorial terrace at Veterans Memorial Park as well as lobbying the General Assembly on issues and benefits af fecting veterans. Moeller is a
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East Windsor and Somers May Share Animal Shelter Space By Linda Tishler Levinson
EAST WINDSOR â€” The town may join with Somers to share animal shelter space. First Selectman Denise Menard said at the Nov . 16 Board of Selectmen meeting that she is working with the East Windsor Police Department and Somers First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini on a shared animal control function. She said that each town would still have its own animal control officer. The benefit, she said, would be bet-
ter coverage and a shared facility . That shared building would likely be the East Windsor facility, since it is less expensive to run than Somers facility. Police Department cost overruns The police department is seeking $1 17,935 due to a current budget shortfall. Police Chief Edward DeMarco Jr. told the selectmen that unforeseen circumstances have led to what he called â€œdireâ€? financial straits. Due to retirements and sick and workersâ€™ compensations leaves, the
department has been forced to spend more on holidays and other overtime pay, DeMarco said. Other unanticipated costs have come from increased prices for vehicle maintenance and uniform cleaning, he said. The Board of Selectmen said it would ask the Police Commission to make a presentation to the Board of Finance at its next regular meeting to discuss the need for additional funding.
December Happenings at the Warehouse Point Library include Movies EAST WINDSOR - The W arehouse Point Library has many activities this holiday season for the entire family . The library, located at 107 Main St., East Windsor, is hosting a â€œT wilightâ€? Party on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 1 1 a.m. and will be showing â€œEclipse,â€? the third installment of the popular â€œTwilightâ€? series by Stephanie
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EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Board of Education is seeking volunteers for the newly formed Marketing Committee. The committee will implement the districtâ€™s marketing plan and will be responsible for promoting the positive aspects of East Windsorâ€™s school system. For more information or to volunteer , please contact Linda Nolan in the Superintendentâ€™s Of fice at 860-623-3346 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meyer. After the movie, enjoy the refreshments and test your knowledge with a â€œTwilightâ€? trivia game with prizes. Admission is free, but registration is necessary. Please call the library during operating hours at 860-623-5482. (Recommended for grades 7 and up.) On Saturday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m., the library will be presenting â€œThe Polar Expressâ€? starring Tom Hanks. The movie is rated G and will be shown on the lar ge screen in the Community Room. On the following Saturday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m., â€œThe Muppet Christmas Carolâ€? will be shown in the Community Room. The movie, rated G, stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy , Michael Caine and a host of Muppets. Registration is necessary. Story Time may be over, but the library still has something planned on Tuesday afternoons in December at 1:30 p.m. Mrs. Knauff or Mrs. Stathers will read holiday stories and there may be a short movie for
the preschoolers. Drop in for one or all the sessions. Registration begins Dec. 6 for the Winter Story Time at the library . Story Time, a program for 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds, will begin Jan. 11. Two sessions are available: Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. from Jan. 1 1 through Feb. 22 or Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. from Jan. 12 through Feb. 23. Parents must come into the library to register . Children must be 4
by Jan. 1. Books Made into Films, a book discussion series, continues this month with a showing of â€œChocolatâ€? starring Johnny Depp and Juliet Binoche on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. The book discussion is the following Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. Books are available at the library . Registration is necessary for the book discussion.
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Parks and Recreation Offers Family and After School Programs EAST WINDSOR â€“ The East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department has a wide array of programs available for the winter. ONLINE P AYMENTS with Webster Bank: Donâ€™ t for get about our new Online Payment option with Webster Bank. Please check out our website at www.eastwindsorct.com for up-to-date information on to how to use this exciting new program. Please call Melissa at 860-627-6662 with any questions. WINTER YOGA: East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department will of fer an eight-week session of Yoga Classes at the East Windsor High School, Room D4. All classes will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday classes: Jan. 10 to March 7; no class Feb. 21. Thursday classes: Jan. 13 to March 10; no class Feb. 24. Cost: $25 for one class per week, $40 for both classes each week. Checks should be made payable to Diane LeMay. Please register through the Parks and Recreation Office. AFTER SCHOOL BOWLING PROGRAM: Come join us for this fun and exciting after -school eight-week bowling program for students in grades K-4 and 58. Program is held at Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks, Thursday, Jan. 20 to
March 17; no class Feb. 24. Bus leaves school at 2:50 p.m.; classes run 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Bradley Bowl. Parents must pick up students at the bowling alley. The cost of each eight-week program is $80 and must be paid in full prior to the start of this program. Checks to be made payable to Bradley Bowl. Registration through the Parks and Recreation Office must be received by Jan. 14, 2011. We need 10-15 registrations per age group or the program will be cancelled. PANTHER PLUNGE: Join the East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department and the East Windsor Human Services Department for its second annual Panther Plunge. Saturday, Jan. 22, at East Windsor Park, Reservoir Avenue. Come individually, or come as a group, but â€” most important â€” just come! Come in costume, or come as you are. Plungers who take a brief plunge in the reservoir can raise money to benefit the East Windsor Fuel Bank. A $5 donation will give you the opportunity to plunge; a $10 donation buys you an exclusive Panther Plunge T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for best costumeâ€”before and after the plunge, and for most money raised. Come and join us benefit this worthy cause.
OUTDOOR SKA TING RINK: The portable skating rink, which was acquired through the ef forts of Girl Scout Troops #123 and #154, will be located on the north side of the East Windsor High School. This facility is available for use by people of all ages, and provides a free family recreational activity . The rink is available after school hours during the week, and during the evening as well. CRPA HOT SHOT CONTEST : East Windsor Parks and Recreation Department, in association with CT Recreation and Parks Association, presents the 18th annual Hot Shot Contest for Boys and Girls ages 9-15. Age is determined as of Dec. 31, 2010. The age brackets are: 9-10, 1 1-12, and 1315. The local contest will take place on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at East Windsor High School gym. Winners in each age group will advance to the Hartford County Round, which will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 201 1 at the East Windsor High School gym. Competitions begin at 8:30 a.m. and run through noon. Pre-registration is required; there is no
fee for this contest. Birth certificates will be needed if athlete advances to the county round. MAD SCIENCE: Calling all future scientists - Mad Science is back. This program is for kids in grades K-4. Classes will be held at the Broad Brook School on Wednesdays. 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Feb. 9 to May 18; no classes Feb. 23, April 13, and April 20. Fee for the 12-week program is $152. Checks to be made payable to Mad Science. Registration through the Parks and Recreation Office must be received by Feb. 4. Space is limited to the first 20 students. A parent volunteer is needed for each class. ACTING CLASSES through Performing Arts: Come show off your acting talents with Performing Arts Programs Inc. The winter class will be held on Thursdays from Feb. 10 to March 31; no class Feb. 24. Grades K-5 will meet from 3:45 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. at the Broad Brook Schoolâ€™s music room. Cost of the program will be $90. Please make checks payable to Performing Arts. Call Michael Lamb at 860-432-9890 with any questions. Please sign up early.
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Senior Services Department Announces Upcoming Programs EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Senior Center is the focal point for East Windsor residents 60 years of age or older who seek out recreational, social and educational programs as well as transportation and nutritional services. It strives to promote the socialization, independence, selfsufficiency, and community involvement of senior citizens. If you have any comments or questions, please call Laura Clynch, director of senior services at 860292-8262 or e-mail email@example.com UPCOMING EVENTS â€˘ Melissaâ€™s Crafts will be held two times this month. The first is on Dec. 6 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. to make holiday ornaments and the second is on Dec. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. to make a winter charm bracelet. If you would like to join us, please call the center by Dec. 2. â€˘ Join us for our new weekly program â€œKnit, Tat, & Chat.â€? Weâ€™ll be getting together every Monday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. to knit, tat, and, of course, chat. We will gather on Dec. 6, 13, 20, and 27. Please call the center to register. â€˘ Bridge is by far the greatest card game of all. It can provide immense challenge and enjoyment for the rest of your life and
the senior center is the place to learn how to play . We are taking signups now for classes starting on Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Our classes will run for six weeks. Call the center if you are interested. â€˘ If you have elderly issues and donâ€™ t know where to turn, we have just what youâ€™re looking for . Make sure to sign up for your one-on-one session with Attorneys Kramer & Hess on Dec. 7. Appointments are made in 15-minute increments and start at 1 p.m. and will run through 2 p.m.. If you are interested in setting up an appointment, please call the office by Dec. 2. â€˘ Join us on Dec. 10 for a special holiday concert presented by the students of the Broad Brook Elementary School. We will be heading over at 1:30 p.m. and will wrap up the day at 2:45 p.m. â€˘ Join us for a special focus group on Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. We will meet to discuss future activities, trips, and happenings at your senior center. Come out to share your ideas and opinions â€˘ Join us on Dec. 22 as we enjoy all the spectacular and festive lights throughout the town of East Windsor for the judging of the Townwide Holiday Lights Contest. We will leave the center at 4:30 p.m. and
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EAST WINDSOR - The East Windsor Senior Center invites all East Windsor Seniors to a Christmas Social on Dec. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 125 Main St. in Broad Brook, where there will be an outstanding performance from The Rob and Karen Show highlighting Christmas songs. Husband-and-wife duo, Broadway cabaret singer Karen Wagner and classical tenor/Hartford police of ficer Robert Iovanna team up to take you on a musical walk down memory lane featuring hits from the Roaring â€™20s to the Big Band
Swing Era, to todayâ€™ s music along with show tunes, and a special musical tribute to veterans. Their dynamic vocals and stage presence will keep you on the edge of your seats as you sing, dance, and clap along to some of your favorite hits of all time. Be sure to call Janet by Friday, Dec. 10, at 860-292-8279 for your reservation for our meal of stuf fed chicken breast topped off with an ice cream sundae and special surprises. For transportation, please call Teresa at 860-292-8262 by Friday , Dec. 10.
TRIPS â€˘ On Dec. 3 we will be attending the annual Governor â€™s Mansion Holiday Tour from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. This is a free trip, but donations will be accepted for the Toys for Tots program. â€˘ Join us as we travel into Hartford for The Festival of Trees & Traditions held at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. On Dec. 9 weâ€™ll be leaving the center at 10 a.m. and returning at 2 p.m. The entrance fee is $10 per person. The Wadsworth will have its cafĂŠ open for those who would like to have lunch on site.
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be back in time to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. â€˘ On Dec. 28 we will have a representative from the Social Security Of fice on hand to help us understand the changes taking effect for the Medicare savings program and low income subsidy . Mr . Rodriguez will be at the center from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. â€˘ Join us for our first New Yearâ€™s Eve Holiday Social. We will have the pleasure of being entertained by the sounds of Lenny Zarcone from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu for the day will be sauerbraten with ginger snap gravy , sweet potato, wax beans, baby carrots, rye bread, and fresh
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Rubber Duck Race Benefits BMW Skate Park Committee EAST WINDSOR - On Sunday , Nov . 7, the East Windsor BMX Skate Park Committee held its first annual East Windsor Rubber Duck Race. Jacob Carlander was â€œTop Duck.â€? His Duck #173 was the first to cross the finish line. He was presented with a trophy and chose the first prize. Special thanks to the American River Heritage Commission that helped launch
and capture all the rubber ducks. Also a sincere thank you to all who generously donated prizes, adopted ducks and came out to show their support for the event. Please keep an eye out for upcoming events, including our Spring Rubber Duck Race-2011! The BMX Skate Park Committee of East Windsor is a volunteer non-profit organization, appointed by the Board
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Sports Somers High School State Soccer Champs
Somers High School won the Class S state championship with a 3-1 win over Valley Regional at Middletown High School. As the championship team came home from the big game, it was escorted by the Somers Fire Department with sirens blaring. Bastarache Photography
20th Annual Scroogeâ€™s Scramble 5k Run
ROCKVILLE The Cornerstone Foundation will host the 20th annual Scroogeâ€™s Scramble 5K Run on Christmas Day. Registration will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. at the Cornerstone Community Center located at 3 Prospect St. Registered runners will be able to leave their belongings at Cornerstone while they race. Costumes and canines are welcome. The Scroogeâ€™ s Scramble will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Prospect and School streets. The 5K course will be marked with candy canes at mile markers
1, 2 and 3. After the race, participants are welcome to visit the Cornerstone Community Center for refreshments and good cheer. In lieu of race entry fees, participants are asked to make a cash, check, or item donation to The Cornerstone Foundation. Items wanted include gently used T-shirts, clothing, coats, canned goods, paper goods, gift cards, games, books, and board games for the teen shelter . For details, directions and pre-event registration, visit www.cornerstone-rockville.org.
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USA Hauling Wins Championship
The USA Hauling Co-ed Softball Team won the 2010 Fall Championship on Sunday , Oct. 31. In order to do so they had to win four straight games, defeating all higher seeded teams on the way to the championship. Pictur ed, front row, from left: Kim Redman, Tara Sheehan, Marty Piscotanno, Jay Miller, Mike Roy. Standing: Tony Palazzesi, Mel Nyquist-Zamorski, Bri Nyquist, Eddie Palomba, Chris Meier, Scott Nejfelt, Ed Palomba. Missing team members: Emily Plagenza, Steve Mer one, Brett Cooley, Pat Hughes.
Buchanan Named to All-Conference Team
WILLIMANTIC Taylor Buchanan of Ellington was named to the Little East Conference All-Conference first team for her play on the Eastern Connecticut State University women’ s soccer team. The sophomore forward doubled her point total from her freshman season with a team-leading 28. She had eight of her goals in seven regular -season confer-
ence matches and shared the LEC lead with five game-winning goals, four of them coming in conference matches. Buchanan had at least one point in 10 of the final 14 regular -season matches and scored all three of the game’s goals in regular-season win over host UMass Boston. Eastern won its second outright regularseason LEC title and for ged its second unbeaten LEC regular season in the last three years en route to its first unbeaten (15-0-3) regular season in team history.
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Enfield Festival of Trees Submissions Sought
ENFIELD - The Enfield Public Library, in conjunction with the Enfield Cultural Arts Commission, is pleased to present a holiday Festival of Trees this season. The Festival of Trees opening reception will be held on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the display of trees, the opening reception will feature the magnificent music of guitarist and singer Gary S. Jones. Refreshments will be provided. Individuals, teams, groups, classes, coworkers, families and friends are encouraged to create trees out of unusual materials to enter in the Festival of Trees. Be creative. Think of something you may have at work or at home that you can make into a
Retired Officer Laid to Rest
Enfield Police Sgt. Matt Meier lowers the Enfield Police Department honor guar d flag over the casket of retired Enfield Police Officer Ivan Walk, who was interred with full military honors this Veterans Day. Ivan Walk served with the Enfield Police Department for 20 years and was r emembered by Police Chief Carl J Sferrazza as “very dedicated to the department.” Officer Walk’s name, printed in white atop a black mourning ribbon, was added to the collection of fallen officers which adorn the finial of the flag.
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tree for the display . Community members of all ages are invited to create festive nontraditional trees to enter in the library’ s gallery. All entries will be part of the opening night gallery reception and will be on display until Dec. 27. Artists or “would-be tree creators” should pick up an entry form and guidelines at the Enfield Public Library to participate in the art display . Trees should be dropped off by Dec. 10 to be included in the gallery. Guidelines for submission are also available on the library’ s website: www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org/festivaloftrees.htm. For more information, call the library at 860-763-7510.
â€˜Elvisâ€™ Coming To Broad Brook Opera House
BROAD BROOK - Celebrate the holidays with â€œA-Ray of Elvis Christmas Showâ€? at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St., Broad Brook on Saturday , Dec. 11, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. Ray Guillemette Jr ., a 10-time international first-place Elvis Presley impersonator, will rock your world with his striking look, outstanding vocal range and unabashed excitement as he sings Elvisâ€™ Christmas and holiday favorites. All tickets are $20 (reserved seating) and will benefit the Opera House Players,
a non-profit community theater group that presents at least four major Broadwaystyle musicals each year. Tickets are available now by calling the box of fice at 860292-6068 or purchase them online at www.operahouseplayers.org. Learn more about A-Ray of Elvis at www .bionicelvis.com. The Opera House Playersâ€™ 2010-201 1 season will conclude with â€œThe Wedding Singerâ€? in February and â€œRagtimeâ€? in May. The historic Broad Brook Opera House is an intimate venue with seating for 170.
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Black Belt Students Help Community
As a prerequisite for their black belts at Healthkick Inspired Fitness, (l-r) Derek Somers of Ellington, Carol McKinney-Betterely of Stafford and Ben Tetrault, a junior at Stafford High, raised money for a non-pr ofit or ganization. On Nov . 23, the gr oup pr esented Stafford Social Services Dir ector Karen Troiano with a check for $230 fr om a can and bottle drive they organized. Photo by Barbara Bresnahan
Womanâ€™s Club of Enfield Christmas Luncheon
ENFIELD - GFWC/W omanâ€™s Club of Enfield will hold its holiday luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at LaNotte Restaurant, located at 17 Thompson Rd., East Windsor. The social hour will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon at 12:30 p.m.
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Resident Questions Political Sign Placement on Fir e Truck By Linda Tishler Levinson
ELLINGTON â€” A resident is questioning the placement of a political sign on a town firetruck. Christopher Avtges of Ryan Drive spoke at the Nov. 15 Board of Selectmenâ€™s meeting. He repeated a question he had asked at the October meeting, wanting to know the townâ€™s policy on political signs on a fire department vehicle. He had seen a sign regarding the referendum on such a vehicle. Selectman A. Leo Miller said that a firefighter would
be within his rights to have a political sign on his personal vehicle, but he does not believe one should be on a department vehicle. Miller said this should not happen during future elections. Meeting schedules Miller addressed the issue of how town boards consider holidays in their meeting schedules. He said that town boards take Jewish holidays into consideration when scheduling and asked if other religions should be considered in recognition of a multicultural society.
First Selectman Maurice Blanchette said he has talked to town staff, who said they are concerned that if all religious possibilities are considered, it would be hard to find times to schedule meetings. He said that if residents are concerned with particular meeting dates, they are encouraged to express those concerns to his office. Selectmen John Turner suggested speaking to the local clergy council as a reference on this matter .
Residents Invited to Participate in High School Accreditation ELLINGTON - Principal Neil Rinaldi of Ellington High School has invited parents of students and other interested community residents to assist in a self-study that will be conducted by the school pro-
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ELLINGTON - The Friends of Hall Memorial Library in Ellington will hold their annual Holiday Cookie Sale at the library on Sunday, Dec. 19, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Friends are selling onepound trays of homemade cookies for $9 each. The library is located at 93 Main St., Ellington. Proceeds from the cookie sale will be used to support the library. We sponsor the summer reading programs, provide down-
loadable books, support the wireless service and aid purchase of furniture for the computer room. The December school vacation would be a good time to check out the passes for local museums and attractions. With these, residents can obtain free or reduced admission to several places including Connecticut Trolley Museum, the Science Center , the Basketball Hall of Fame, The Childrenâ€™ s Museum, Dinosaur State Park, Eric Carle Museum and more.
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Ellington High School Picked as a ‘Cool School’ by WFSB Ellington High School was featured as a “Cool School” on Friday , Nov . 19, on WSFB-TV3. This is a feature the station does regularly, which is no easy feat as students and staff who wish to participate are required to be at the school by 4:30 a.m. for broadcast for their early show that begins at 5 a.m.! Planning began several weeks in advance with host Mark Dixon visiting N THE the school the week before to pre-record several highlighted groups at the school. Science teacher Kandace Murdock was at the helm of the operation, planning activities and coordinating all the groups. With the cameras rolling about a dozen times throughout the two-hour broadcast, the rest of the time was filled with activities and games to keep over 500 students occupied. “Countless hours were necessary to prepare for Cool Schools,” said Murdock. “Making sure there were constant events, music, and activities to keep the kids going was essential.” Participation was strictly optional and a free breakfast courtesy of many local busi-
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Senior Center Announces Programs and Trips for December ELLINGTON - The sounds of the holiday season are beginning to show all around us through the many activities transpiring here at the Ellington Senior Center. Erin Graziani, director of the Ellington Senior Center, would like to extend appreciation to all volunteers who donated their time toward our annual Thanksgiving Dinner, which was held on Thursday, Nov. 18. Programs Better Age: The Better Age club meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month. It costs $3 in yearly dues to be a part of this club. December meetings are as follows: On Dec. 9, a potluck dinner will be held as our Ellington Singers present Christmas music for all to enjoy . Members are asked to bring a hot or cold entrée and their own place setting to the potluck dinner. Dessert will be provided. The Dec. 23 meeting is a “Christmas Holiday” social hour including music of the season. Cof fee and cookies will be served. State Rep. Ted Graziani is the keynote speaker who will give Better Age members news from the House of Representatives. Ellington Singers: Ellington Singers will open the Town of Ellington “W inter Fest” at the Hall Memorial Library on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. with their annual Christmas caroling celebration. All are
invited to come and participate. Light refreshments will be served. Ellington Singers will be spreading good cheer at various nursing facilities throughout the month of December . This group meets every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. at the Senior Center. Dues to be a part of this group are $30. If you love to sing, come join us! Musical Insights: Musical Insights Holiday Celebration will be held on Monday, Dec. 13. A Christmas treat with a vocal presentation plus our own Virginia Herm. The Musical Insights committee wishes to extend best wishes for a very happy holiday season! There will be no Musical Insights on Dec. 27. We will be enjoying the holidays and will reconvene in the February time frame. Musical Insights is entering its 15th year. Cards & Games Mah Jongg is being played every Friday morning at 10:00 at the Senior Center; bridge is of fered to experienced players every Tuesday morning at 9:00; setback is played every Tuesday and Saturday evening at 7:00; canasta “Kings Row” is played on Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m.; we of fer dominos the first and third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. Trips For those who enjoy overnight accommodations, the Ellington Senior Center
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Established in 2004, Ellington Annual Winterfest & Tree-Lighting Ceremony is held the first weekend in December. The weekend includes a series of events to pr omote community and holiday spirit in the Town of Ellington. Events include: Tree-Lighting assisted by two Ellington children; Ellington Singers Holiday Concert; Open House at the Nellie McKnight House; Torch Light Parade; Festival of Trees and Open House at the Hall Memorial Library; Church Choirs; Christmas Play by the Ellington High School Drama Department; and appearances by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Fr osty the Snowman. Winterfest 2010 will be held on Dec. 4.
ELLINGTON - Ellington Historical Society will hold a holiday Open House at the Nellie McKnight Museum at 70 Main St. in Ellington on Saturday , Dec. 4, as part of the townwide Winterfest celebration. The museum will be open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The Nellie McKnight Museum is housed in the family home of historian and librarian Nellie E. McKnight. The building and collection are maintained by the Ellington Historical Society . The home is an 1812 Federal-style house with many of the McKnight family furnishings and items donated from the Ellington community. A new exhibit about ice harvesting will be on display in the museumâ€™s front parlor. Tools and a video showing the ice cutting
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SOMERS — Somers sixth-graders honored their hometown heroes on Nov. 13. The students held a Veterans Day Hometown Heroes Event. Along with their parents, the sixth-graders had raised $1,800 for American flags to be displayed on Main Street. They presented these as gifts to the town during the event. “I am greatly appreciative of the generosity of the students and am very proud of the event that they hosted to honor our veterans. I am also thankful for the generous donations from Somers Rotary and Somers Beautification for the purchase of American flags for the Main Street flag display,” First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini said. “We were in danger of having a severe shortage of flags for the display until these guardian angels appeared. I also appreciate the efforts of Barry Dolby from Mountain Tree Service. Each year he volunteers his time to put up the flags before Memorial Day and take down the flags in the fall. This is a very tedious and time-consuming job. However, the results allow all of us to enjoy such a stunning display,” she added. Brownfield remediation The town has received a $5,000 grant from the state Department of Economic
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SOMERS - The Shoreline Ringers will present a hand bell concert at The Somers Congregational Church on Saturday , Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. After the concert, everyone is invited to view the nativity display at the church, featuring more than 350 nativity scenes, and come to a reception in the churchâ€™s Foundation Room. The church is located at 599 Main St. in Somers. Shoreline Ringers, directed by Jane Nolan, is a top-level community hand bell choir ringing five octaves of Malmark hand bells and five and one-half octaves of Malmark hand chimes. They have played
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SOMERS The Somers Congregational Church at 599 Main St. in Somers will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday , Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the church. The bazaar will be highlighted by a holiday bake sale, more than 30 vendors of arts and crafts, woodcrafts, gourmet foods, handcrafted clothing, jewelry , floral arrangements, gift baskets, nativity sets, gourmet dog treats, poinsettias, a silent auction, American Doll clothes and more. This is the perfect time and place to purchase those unique and special Christmas presents. A hearty and delicious luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring fancy turkey casserole, cranberry jello salad, green beans and pumpkin crumble for dessert. The church is fully handicapped accessible. Come and enjoy the fun and excitement at â€œthe Reason for the Season.â€?
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High School Drama Club Presents ‘Captain Fantastic!’
SOMERS The fast-paced play “Captain Fantastic!” will be performed by the Somers High School Drama Club. Written by Tim Kelly and under the direction of Kathy Welch, “Captain Fantastic!” is an amusing comic book farce which will be presented Dec. 10 and 11 at the Somers High School auditorium at 7 p.m. This play combines fantasy , dream sequences, comedy, and music to tell the whirlwind story of Waldo Puppybreath, the wildly imaginative editor of his high
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SOMERS - The Somers Women’s Club is partnering with Olde Tavern Antiques and Dean Reutter to sponsor a GoldSilver-Antique exchange for cash. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Piedmont Hall, 604 Main St., Somers. Everyone is invited to bring their unwanted gold jewelry , gold coins, sterling silver jewelry, sterling silver flatware, silver coins before 1964, old paper money, paintings, quality antique furniture, military items, knives, fishing tackle, watches, pocket watches, advertising signs, vintage
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SUFFIELD - Planning has of ficially begun for next June’ s Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society fundraising event held at the Middle School in Suffield each year. The event is regional, drawing participants from several towns in North Central Connecticut. After last year ’s merger with a Relay event previously held in Somers, the first item of business was to adopt a name that better reflects the tremendous contribution of all participating towns. The event will now be called the Relay For Life of North Central Connecticut. The North Central Connecticut Relay For Life, or the NCCT Relay, includes participants from the towns of Somers, Suffield, Enfield, Windsor Locks, and East Granby. Last June’s event raised a record-
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Ciera Green shows off her pride at Asnuntuck Community College on Veterans Day. Children from the college’s Reading Room paraded through the school, on their decorated bikes, in honor of the holiday. Photo by Julie Cotnoir
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Womenâ€™s Club Has Christmas Tree Silent Auction
SOMERS - Members of the Somers Womenâ€™s Club have a Christmas tree in the lobby of the Somers Inn. Of fered for sale through a silent auction, the tree is decorated with hand-made ornaments such
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Boy Scout Food Drive
Stafford Alliance for Food and Fuel member Cindy Minich and her granddaughter lent a helping hand during the Food Drive that saw Staffor d Boy Scouts collect 5,899 food items to benefit the Stafford Food Bank. At top right, scouts unloaded bags of food from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov . 6 during the impressive food drive. Photos by Barbara Bresnahan
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Eighth-grade student Ben Oldham won first place in the St. Edwar d School Science Fair for his project, which included building a prototype of a supply storage box that would aid astronauts in their experiments in outerspace. The top thr ee winners in eighth grade and seventh grade combined will now go to to the State Science Fair on March 7, 2011 to compete. These include eighth-grade student Ben T eerlinck and seventh-graders Amy Agro and Maria Plasse. Sixth-grade students wer e also given awards, but they will not go on to the state competition. Photo by Barbara Bresnahan
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Former Saint Edward School Teacher Publishes First Novel By Barbara Bresnahan
STAFFORD - Retired Staf ford school teacher Jane Svejk has taken her love of the Catholic faith and career as a Catholic school teacher and combined it with her life-long love of mystery novels to create a book of her own â€“ â€œBells, Books and Murder.â€? Begun in 2006, â€œBells, Books and Murderâ€? â€“ published in 2010 â€“ is a story about a community that is reacting to the murder of a Catholic school principal. Teacher Kate Shaw, in particular, is haunted by the death of the beloved principal and finds herself wrapped up in trying to uncover the mystery of the killer â€™s identity. This â€œreligious mysteryâ€? examines peopleâ€™s individual ability to deal with loss and reveals how some find comfort in faith. â€œBells, Books and Murderâ€? was written â€œfor a couple reasons,â€? said Svejk. â€œWhen I retired [from St. Edward School] I found that I missed teaching and the people and children that I no longer saw on a day-today basis. Writing the book helped me move on.â€? Fictional Plot Svejk also said her belief that Catholic schools are â€œunderratedâ€? prompted her to show what â€œcompassionate and faith-filled people they are.â€? Having been a Catholic school teacher herself, she used characters who are bits and pieces of people she has known. Added Svejk, â€œThe story plot is fictional.â€? â€œMy experience as a Catholic school third-grade teacher helped me give some insight into how Catholic schools and churches work. â€Ś Iâ€™d like to think that most of it, except the murder aspect of it, is realistic.â€?
Former Catholic school teacher Jane Svejk is joined by her friend Gloria Ducharme at a Nov. 11 book signing at Middle Ground Cafe in Stafford. Photo by Barbara Bresnahan this moment, she is enjoying the writing The main message that Svejk would process as well as the excitement and her like readers to grasp is â€œthat no matter what kind of losses or hardships you expe- newfound knowledge of the publishing industry. rience, your faith in God will help you â€œIf you think you have a good idea, through them.â€? make an outline and develop your story A Second Book Svejk, who was born and raised in around it,â€? she stressed to other aspiring Hartford, now lives in Union with her hus- authors. band, Jim, and dog, Polly. With spare time And speaking from her own recent sucon her hands since her retirement, she is cess, she added a final, vital tip: â€œUse your not only working on her second book, but own experiences to enhance it.â€? she is also busy making the rounds proTo purchase a copy of â€œBells, Books moting â€œBells, Books and Murderâ€? at local and Murderâ€? or to contact the author , visit venues, including a recent book signing at www.svejknovels.com. Middle Ground CafĂŠ on Staf fordâ€™s Main Books can also be ordered through Tate Street. Publishing Company at www .tatepublishSvejk said â€œtime will tellâ€? if this new ing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1career as a writer will blossom, but as of 61739-170-5.
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STAFFORD - The Stafford Community & Civic Affairs Commission is sponsoring a new event, “W inter Fest”, on Sunday , Dec. 19, starting at 3 p.m. at Olympic Circle and ending at the Staf ford Town Hall. The commission is looking for decorated floats and trucks for a parade down Main Street. Decorated horses/sleighs are
also welcome. The commission will have a carol sing and a social with hot cocoa and baked goods available at the Town Hall after the parade. If you’re interested in entering a float or decorated truck in the parade, please contact Cindy Kabel at 860604-1509 or Kathi Fisher at 860-5606927.
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Chestnut Hill Nursery Hosting a Holiday Ladies Night Out STAFFORD - For the benefit of local food banks and in celebration of local women, the public is invited to attend “Holiday Ladies Night Out” at Chestnut Hill Nursery on Dec. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be free fun and entertainment during the evening. Artists, shopkeepers, community organizations, women’ s clubs, farmers and many local businesses will be in attendance to showcase their products and services. A non-perishable food item, to support our local food banks, is the ticket in the door.
Come experience the best products and services that local towns have to of fer. Scheduled to be there are Bakers Country Furniture, Somersvillage Gifts, Crossroads Gifts, EMFraming, The Olive Oil Factory , Cabot Cheese, Middle Ground Café, Twin Birch Farm, Scantic Valley Farm, Celebrations by Christina, Bittersweet Country , Friedrich Jewelers, The Tea Stop, Country Casuals, Can’t Beet It, Carol’ s Creations, Dagenais Designs, The Nut Guy , Tupperware, Green Thumb Creations, Ds is the Life Pet Care, Here Wee Grow , Raf fia Road Service,
STAFFORD - The Stafford Library, 10 Levinthal Run, has three holiday events planned. Story Time with Santa will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6. There will be a cookie mix gift jars on Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. All ages are welcome. A Christmas movie will be show on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. Regular children’s story times are held Mondays at 10 a.m. for 0-2 years old. It includes songs, finger plays, board books, toys, rhymes and stories for mom and baby. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. is for 2 year olds with songs and finger plays, rhymes and stories that will help your child gain learning readiness skills.
Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. story time is for children 3 years and up and siblings. Songs, large and small motor skills activities, stories, puppets and a learning activity that will teach your child to cooperate and listen while having fun.
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STAFFORD - The Safe Net Ministries Food Cupboard will be open Saturday , Dec. 1 1. The hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a supplemental food program. The next food distribution is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2011. It is located at 68 Main St., Staf ford Springs. Call 860-851-9987 with any questions regarding eligibility of you,
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