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Volume IX, No. 4

Friday, January 25, 2013

Library opens at new location By MARJORIE NEEDHAM The Middlebury Public Library opened Tuesday at its temporary location in the former Timex building at 199 Park Road in Middlebury. The new space, which will be the library’s home while its Crest Road facility undergoes renovations, offers a quiet reading room with newspapers and periodicals and a children’s activity room along with rooms filled with stacks of books. Missing is a function room like the Larkin Room, where patrons can attend workshops and watch films. Also missing are windows. Unlike the Crest Road facility, the rooms at Park Road are all interior rooms with only the window in the exterior door letting in natural light. The lack of windows may leave the staff wondering what the weather is doing outside, but the interior is bright and well-lit despite the absence of windows. Although it was the first day the library was open at the new location, patrons were finding it. Unsure where it was in the complex, some said they made three stops along the way between turning into the drive off Park Road and arriving at the library parking lot. Audrey and Ray Sperring of Waterbury had a little trouble finding the new location. “We got a little confused,” Audrey said, “so I whipped out my trusty cell phone and called Lesley (librarian Lesley Lonie).” Audrey said the location was convenient for them since they live just over the Waterbury line near exit 17 off Interstate 84. “The library is one of our favorite places,” Audrey said as her husband settled into a comfortable chair to read a magazine. Ray Geigle of Middlebury was using one of the library’s public computers. Geigle said he doesn’t have a computer at home, so he usually goes to the library once or twice a week to surf the Web. “I’ve been suffering from separation anxiety,” Geigle said, referring to the library being closed for nearly three weeks while its contents were moved to the temporary location. Tech librarian Michael Murphy said the library brought four of its public computers to the temporary location. He also said he expects his “Ask Mike” program, which helps people with computer questions, to resume in February. Adult Services Librarian Donna Hine reported Tuesday night that Miss Ann was there for drop-in knitting. Every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m., Miss Ann invites those with knitting projects to join her and to bring with them any questions they have about their projects. She also will be helping children with knitting every Monday at 3:15 p.m. For now, library hours will be the same as they were at the Crest Road location: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The one thing not in place as of Tuesday was the outdoor book drop at the new

The Middlebury Public Library’s temporary location at 199 Park Road in Middlebury is filled with many familiar faces, clockwise from upper right, Adult Services Librarian Donna Hine beside her display of knitting and knitting books, Tech Librarian Michael Murphy working at his computer, patron Ray Geigle surfing the Web on one of the public computers and Children’s Librarian Janice LeDuc ready to help children find their favorite book. The entrance to the temporary location is in the center.  (Marjorie Needham photos) location, which Hine said should be in place very soon. Hine, who had just brought two bags of books from the book drop at Crest Road, said patrons have been asked not to leave books there. Instead, they are asked to bring them to the Park Road facility during library hours. Because of the move and the book drop situation, the library is offering a fine amnesty this month, so there are no penalties for returning overdue books. Hine said adult programming plans include a new nonfiction book discussion group. Anyone who wants to suggest a book for discussion can contact Hine at 203-758-2634. The person suggesting the book can facilitate the discussion if they wish. If not, Hine will do it. Dates, books and times for this discussion group will be announced once they are set. Hine said

activities such as the annual jigsaw puzzle contest will be postponed until after the library has moved back into the renovated Crest Road facility. On Tuesday, a shelf-top display revealed Hine’s new approach to featuring books – by genre. A basket overflowing with scarves, mittens and fingerless gloves knit by Hine was surrounded by a variety of books on knitting. Hine said the next topic, Yoga, will have a display that includes a yoga mat. Hine’s desk is in the periodical room, where patrons will find all their favorite magazines, newspapers and also DVDs. Looking around, Hine said, “I am amazed at how well it has become a library. A vast empty space has become a warm and welcoming place.” Children’s Librarian Janice LeDuc

Christmas tree bonfire Bring the family and spend time with family and friends at the annual Christmas tree bonfire Saturday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Shepardson Field on Whittemore Road in Middle-

(Miss Jan) said almost all the children’s books are available at the temporary location. Some of the nonfiction books are in storage, but selections of books from each topic are available. “We tried to hit every topic,” LeDuc said. “We have everything from picture books to young adult books. I think the collection is represented very nicely.” In a room adjacent to the children’s books, Miss Jan’s rocking chair is ready and waiting for story times to resume. LeDuc said she expects story times will resume in February as will the children’s reading groups. Looking around the children’s activity room, Leduc said, “This room is even larger than the one at the library. I like it.” Hine said volunteers are needed to help with shelving and covering books. To vol-

unteer, call Hine at 203-758-2634, and ask for Donna Hine to discuss when you can help out. Hine also said people can resume having books requested from other libraries delivered to Middlebury. During the move, patrons were asked to have them delivered to nearby libraries instead. Finding the new location can be a challenge the first time one visits. There are three driveways into 199 Park Road. The driveway leading to the library is the middle drive, the one with an unoccupied guard shack in the middle. Stay to the right of the guard shack, and follow the arrows on the signs that say “Middlebury Public Library.” Keep driving towards the back and then, after the road curves to the left, you will see the door to the library on the left. Patrons may park as close as they wish.

Tax office reminder

bury. The event is sponsored by the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Parks and Recreation Dept. Hot chocolate will be available.

Middlebury Tax Collector Jean Dawes reminds all residents the second half of Real Estate Taxes plus all Motor Vehicle Supplemental bills are due now. Payment must be received by Feb.

1, 2013, to avoid delinquent interest fees. If you need a receipt, you must bring the entire bill with you if paying in person or send the entire bill with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Inside this Issue Nuggets for Life.............. 6 Obituaries....................... 5 Parks & Rec..................... 6 Puzzles........................... 7 Region 15 Calendar........ 3 Senior Center News......... 3 Varsity Sports Calendar.... 6

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Adoptable Pets................ 8 Classifieds....................... 7 Community Calendar....... 2 Fire Log........................... 2 In Brief............................ 4 Legal Notices.................. 7 Library Happenings.......... 2

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10 a.m. to noon. Flu shots for those age 18 and older who meet eligibility requirements. Adams Market at 1167 Main St. in Watertown $25 if not covered by insurance. Call 860-274-7531 for insurance information.

Westover helps create Malala video

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Middlebury’s Annual Christmas Tree Burn

When: 6:30 p.m. What: Christmas tree burn and hot chocolate Where: Shepardson Community Center field on Whittemore Road Sponsors: Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department & the Parks and Recreation Department

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Police Explorers open house Middlebury Police Explorers will hold an open house for Middlebury, Southbury, Watertown and Woodbury Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center at 1172 Whittemore Road in Middlebury.

What is an Explorer? An Explorer is a young adult who has the privilege to discover and learn more about the law enforcement field and be involved in community functions as well as support surrounding towns.

The Explorer Experience Subjects related to law enforcement covered in the Explorer experience include, but are not limited to:

• Criminal law (introduction to criminal justice) • Motor vehicle laws • Domestic violence laws • Juvenile laws • Forensics (finger prints, photographs, etc.) • Traffic control • Arrest and control • Defensive tactics • DWI enforcement • Drug education and enforcement • First Aid and CPR • Police patrol dogs / drug dogs • SWAT • Physical agility and much more! Those interested in becoming Explorers can learn more about the program at the open house.

Dollhouses & Miniatures This dollhouse is among the more than 50 dollhouses on exhibit in the Gunn Museum’s, “It’s a Small, Small World: Dollhouses and Miniatures” exhibit. Due to popular demand, the exhibit has been extended to Sunday, Feb. 17. For information, call 860-868-7756 or visit (Submitted photo)

Book Review “The Steam Mole” by Dave Freer (Pyr, 16.95) Reviewed by Ealish Waddell The coalship Cuttlefish finally has found safe haven, limping into Westralia under the guns of the British Empire. But the submarine was damaged in its desperate flight, and now its crew is scattered across the continent, forced to find temporary wages working on the enormous tunneling diggers, known as steam moles, that crisscross the vast, inhospitable Westralian desert. Tim hates it – he misses the sea, misses the camaraderie of his crew and most of all, misses Clara. Clara and her mother, renowned scientist Dr. Calland, may have traveled halfway around the globe on the Cuttlefish to reach Westralia with their world-changing secret, but the desperate forces that wish to silence them have followed. When tragedy strikes, a frightened and determined Clara sets out alone into the wilds to find the only person she knows she can trust: Tim. Meanwhile, other factions are also racing toward the interior,

on missions both virtuous and diabolical, on a collision course that promises to reverberate across the globe. “The Steam Mole” returns to the alternate-history world Freer draws so well, adding to its steampunk arsenal an array of strange flying machines and massive digging creatures to navigate a topography strongly altered by environmental catastrophe. While the rest of the world has been flooded, Westralia is deadly dry, a place of lethal temperatures and dangerous distances, but not without a fierce beauty. Just as the setting reflects our world’s real Australia, much of the plot is based on the real struggle of its aborigines, and the experience of racism and intolerance plays a key role in the narrative. “The Steam Mole” is a fast-paced adventure yarn with a noble core, a portrait of a proud people striving for a better future. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Poetry reading Friday Liza McAlister Williams will offer a reading of her poetry at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, Jan. 25, in Westover School’s Adams Library. The reading is open to the public, and admission is free. Williams lives, writes and teaches in Brooklyn, N.Y. For three decades, she has been teaching freshman English at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where she explores with her college art students “the ways the creative process in poetry and drama resembles, and resonates with, that in the plastic arts.” “In my teaching of literature, poetry and poetry writing,” Williams said, “I am always astounded by how much vigor and muscle tone transfers to my own work.” Working with students today, she has found “their use of

language tends to be vague, and their idea of poetry is that it should be emotive but mysterious. My job is to bring to them poems that seem benign and ‘simple’ but that have accessible aspects of figurative or symbolic meaning that plug right into the universal human vein. A good poem hits you in the solar plexus!” “What I learn from reading great poems with students and from helping students create their own poems,” Williams said, “is that one’s tools – word choice, order of information, imagery, musicality – need to be marshaled in the service of saying something true and affecting but also beautiful and surprising. This takes lots of work, draft after draft, collaboration, reconsideration and humility.”

Williams is the advisor to the Pratt Institute’s twice-yearly literary and art magazine, serves as the coordinator of the Academy of American Poets’ annual campus contest and has exhibited or read her work at a number of Pratt venues or events such as the exhibitions, “Perspicuous: Work on Space and Image” and “Crossing Disciplines: Books.” She has worked on projects and committees in writing across the curriculum, writing and the environment and writing in the schools. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a master’s degree from Columbia University, where, she said, “I majored in creative nonfiction writing but took almost as many poetry courses.” She said

she and her husband raised their family in “a comfortably dilapidated Brooklyn row house whose south-facing garden is the inspiration for many of my poems.” Her reading of her sonnet “Brooklyn Music” opened the Brooklyn Community Chorus’s “Word and Music” concert. Other poems have recently appeared in The New Hopkins Review, Blue Unicorn, Light Quarterly and Pasque Petals. Westover’s Visiting Poets Program is underwritten by the Nancy May Rennell Field ’35 Fund. Parking is available in front of the school and along South Street. All visitors must check in with the North Office in the Main Building of the school. For directions to Westover, visit or call 203-758-2423.

Rotary Books on Exhibit

Free SAT Practice Exams


Library Happenings Middlebury Middlebury Congregational Church

Library Reopens

1242 Whittemore Rd., Middlebury

The Middlebury Public Library has opened at its temporary location, the Middlebury Timex Building at 199 Park Road Extension, Suite D, in Middlebury. For more information, see www.middleburypubliclibrary. org or call 203-758-2634.

(On the Green)

OPEN HOUSE for the 2013-14 school year

Saturday, February 2nd 10 – 12 noon

The philosophy of the Preschool on the Green is that early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploring and discovery. Preschool children are receptive and creative and the goal of the staff is to nurture and encourage these qualities in the children who attend.

203-577-2275 (call for information) Classes: T/Th AM&PM 3Yr Olds & M/W/F AM&PM 4Yr. Olds

Naugatuck Final Friday Movie

The final Friday movie Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Nellie Beatty Room is a 1968 American comedy film  written by  Neil Simon,  directed by Gene Saks and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. It is the story of two divorced men – Felix Ungar, the Wednesday Film neurotic neat-freak, and Oscar The Wednesday afternoon Madison, the fun-loving slob – movie Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m. in the who decide to live together, even though their personalities clash. Kingsley Meeting Room is a skewed version of an old fairy tale. An evil queen, played by Julia Roberts, exiles a princess (Lily Collins), who is helped by seven rebel dwarfs to reinstate her stolen birthright. It’s an enchanting movie, both humorous (even a bit silly) and dramatic. The room’s surround sound theater has an infrared listening system available. For more information, call 203-262-0626.


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The January exhibit on the Whittemore Gallery Wall features books funded by the Rotary Club of Naugatuck during 2012. Each year since 1955, the Rotary has given the library an annual stipend with which to purchase books on a variety of subjects. The library buys books based on the special interests of each Rotarian on the occasion of his/her birthday.  To date, more than 3,815 books have been added to the library’s permanent collection. The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591 or visit


High school students interested in getting practice taking the SATs are welcome to take a free practice SAT exam Saturday, Feb. 9, or Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Kingsley Room at the Southbury Public Library. Participants will take a complete SAT exam as practice provided by Kaplan Test Prep. Participants should bring a calculator and pencil. A snack and drink are allowed. Registration is necessary. Register at the Kaplan website, www. events, or call the  Reference Desk at 203-262-0626, ext. 130.

Linda Banks Fused Glass Exhibit A selection of Linda Banks’ fused glass is on display in the Gloria Cachion Gallery through Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Banks, a multi-media artisan, owns and operates Banks Art Studio in New Preston, Conn. She has received many awards for her art, and her glass has been collected extensively nationally and internationally. Glass has become her passion with its color, vibrancy, sparkle and glow. Check www.southburylibrary. org for more information. The library is at 100 Poverty Road in Southbury (203-262-0626).

CALL: Melissa or Sandra at 203-236-9560 EMAIL: CLICK: Educating Students from 50 Towns 47-acre campus • 565 Chase Parkway • Waterbury, CT 06708

Great Decisions Returns Don Giroux, retired history and English teacher and Woodbury resident, will again facilitate this eight-topic course of foreign policy study, which will begin Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. The foreign policy association publishes a briefing book every year with current event topics for participants to discuss. This year’s topics are: Jan. 31, Future of the Euro; Feb. 21, Egypt; March 7, NATO; March 21, Myanmar and Southeast Asia; April 4, Humanitarian Intervention; April 18, Iran; May 2, China in Africa; and May 16, Threat Assessment.  Sessions last an hour and a half. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Library.  If you want to participate, stop in the library for a briefing book.  Material for each topic should be read before it is discussed.  For more information, call the library at 203-263-3502.

“Color and the Abstract Truth” Exhibit

The works of local artist Cathy Jarcho are on exhibit in the Gallery this month. Jarcho is a largely self-taught artist, who has attended classes and workshops at Pratt Institute, The Art Students League of New York, PolyDate Time Address/Incident 1/14/13 11:33 381 Watertown Road. Carbon monoxide technic Institute of New York alarm activation. Accidental activation. University, Creative Arts Workshop, Washington Art AssociaHomeowner testing the system. tion, Mattatuck Museum and 1/17/13 01:21 Route 63. Odor of propane. Georgetown University. The paintings in this show were constructed using painting knives. For more information, call 203-263-3502 or visit www. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 The library is at 269 Main St. South in Conservation Commission 7:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26 Woodbury.

Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log

Upper School • Middle School Lower School • Pre-Kindergarten

Secret Mini-Boxes Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., teens can create secret miniboxes using a variety of tiny beads, shells, toys and more. Registration is required. 

Middlebury Community Calendar

Calendar dates/times are subject to change If your organization would like your event included in the community calendar, please e-mail the information to

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Westover helps create Malala video Westover School is one of 19 schools affiliated with the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) that participated in creating a video entitled “Moments of Voice for Malala Yousafzai.” The video is a tribute to the 15-year-old Pakistani teenager and advocate for girls’ education who was shot while riding in a school bus by members of the Taliban in an attempted assassination in October 2012. Malala is recovering from her injuries in England. The video also is a call for support for girls’ education throughout the world. Kati Eggert, Westover’s communications associate and videography instructor, assembled the video, editing from hours of film submitted by 18 schools from the U.S., Canada and Kenya. In the five-minute video, Westover’s group of two dozen students and faculty can be seen and heard performing a song called “One Voice: A Song for Malala,” which was written in honor of Malala by Marla Truini, Westover’s theater program director. Junior Sophia Lanman was a soloist. Other student singers were seniors Tora Coursey and Jessica Dierdorff; juniors Stephanie Crudele, Lauren Danielowski, Lauren-Nicole Laurenceau, Lai Penanhoat, Elizabeth Reed and Amy Tiong; sophomores Sarah Basset, Jillian Buckley, Hannah Olshansky and Rachel Pomerantz; and freshmen Priyanka Agadi, Nicole Ganci, Rian Ishikawa, Alex Ivanoff, Katherine Kromer, Brittany McDonald and Jill Moisan. In addition to Marla Truini, who conducted the performance, participating faculty members were Lisa Marie Buoncuore, Ian Diedrich and Ben Hildebrand. According to the NCGS, “A moment of voice rather than a moment of silence” was felt to be the


Region 15 School Calendar Saturday, Jan. 26 No Events Scheduled

Sunday, Jan. 27 No Events Scheduled

Monday, Jan. 28 GES Snow Date for Grade 5 Band and Strings Concert...........7 p.m. Board of Education..................................PHS AP Room 103 7:30 p.m. PHS Second Marking Period Closure

Tuesday, Jan. 29 LMES Pajama Story Hour.......................................................6:30 p.m. MES Snow Date for Grade 5 Band and Strings Concert...........7 p.m. PES Grade 4 and 5 Concert at PHS.............................................7 p.m. Middle School End of Second Marking Period Middle School Third Marking Term Begins PHS Mid-Year Exams Jan. 29 to Feb. 1

Wednesday, Jan. 30 The Westover School chorus records a song for a video tribute to Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old PHS PLC-Advisory Day........................................... Delayed Schedule Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban. PHS Mid-Year Exams Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 proper way to honor “a young woman who has repeatedly risked her life to make sure girls have not only an education but also a strong voice in this world. Each school community captured on video how it chose to have a moment of voice for Malala. This video is a collection of these moments.” The “Moments of Voices for Malala Yousafzai” can be found on the NCGS website (, and a second video featuring Westover’s complete performance of “One Voice: A Song for Malala” can be viewed through the YouTube link on Westover’s website ( NCGS is a membership organization of more than 180 public, religious-affiliated and independent girls’ schools across the country and abroad. It is a leading advocate for girls’ education, acting at the forefront of educational thought, collaborating and connecting globally with individuals, schools and organizations dedicated to empowering girls to be influential contributors to the world. To learn more and find a

Thursday, Jan. 31 PES Snow Date for Grade 5 Band and Strings Concert............7 p.m. LMES Snow Date for Pajama Story Hour..............................6:30 p.m. PHS Mid-Year Exams Jan. 29 to Feb. 1

Friday, Feb. 1 Kindergarten Report Cards Go Home PHS Mid-Year Exams Jan. 29 to Feb. 1

Saturday, Feb. 2 PHS First Day of Semester 2

Avoiding the flu Westover Admission Assistant Meghan Buchanan holds a sign with words to the song in a video honoring Malala Yousafzai. (Submitted photos) list of its current members, go to Westover is a selective boarding and day school for grades 9 to 12 with 205 students from 16 states

and 17 countries. It offers its students more than 20 advanced placement courses as well as signature programs in science, engineering, art history and music.

conservators for adults who can no longer manage their affairs; applications for change of name and processing of passport applications all are within the jurisdiction of the probate court. Probate Judge Hon. Peter Mariano will meet with you on a oneto-one basis to discuss matters of concern or probate issues. To make an appointment, call 203720-7046 and speak only to Patty Aleggi.

of the caregiver Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. He will talk about individuals remembering to take care of themselves in the midst of caring for a sick or dying loved one. He also will give tips and handouts for all who attend and will answer questions.

Middlebury Senior Center News Classes for Seniors

will need to fill out a college apNaugatuck Valley Community plication. The Admissions Office College (NVCC) invites seniors in room K500 can help with the to further their education at no admission process. cost to them. Tuition, general fees Probate Court and the application fee are Information waived for Connecticut residents 62 years of age or older on a Middlebury Social and Elderly space-available basis. Students Services offers information on are responsible for costs associ- probate procedures the last ated with supplies for specific Thursday of each month (Jan. 31) courses. Credit classes begin Jan. with appointments beginning at 31, 2013. 2 p.m. Probate court is commonly Senior citizens may register for thought of as the means to discredit courses between Jan. 24 tribute a person’s property after and 31 and have their general death. However, many probate fund tuition and fees waived. court functions assist the living. However, those who have never Custody, guardianship and adopbeen a credit student at NVCC tion of minors; appointment of

Falls Avenue Senior Center Events

Senior Fraud Talk

Sharon Massafra of Home Instead Senior Care will give a presentation on senior fraud Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. Attendees Who Cares for the will get a wealth of knowledge on how to protect themselves at Caregiver? John Rowe, bereavement ser- home from fraud. Call 203-577vices manager at Vitas Innovative 4166 to reserve a seat. Home Instead Senior Care’s Hospice Care, will discuss care mission is to enable seniors to live happy, healthy and independent lives in their homes.

Falls Avenue Senior Center events follow. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 860-945-5250. Please speak with a staff member when calling as the senior center does not accept voice-mail reservations. The center is at 311 Falls Ave. in Oakville, Conn.

$14 for nonmembers. Payment in the form of a check payable to AARP should be presented to the instructor at class. State law mandates a minimum discount of 5 percent off liability insurance for two years for persons 60 years old or older who take a safe-driving course. Preregistration is required. Call the AARP Driving Course Falls Avenue Senior Center at 860-945-5250 for The AARP four-hour driver safety course will reservations. The class is limited to 30 participants be offered Friday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. This and fills up quickly, so those interested should four-hour course replaces the previous eight-hour register ASAP. version. The cost is $12 for AARP members and

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Not only has the flu arrived early this season, but it appears to be moving quickly. Seniors are at risk of becoming extremely ill from the flu, so it’s up to us to do everything we can to avoid catching it. We say this to little kids all the time: “Keep your hands away from your face.” But it’s true. Granted, the flu is respiratory and is generally spread through someone sneezing or coughing near us, but flu germs can live on surfaces. If transferred to our hands and then our face, we can catch the flu. An important point: People who have the flu can give it to you a whole day before they even know they’re getting sick. Some hints to avoid the flu: • Carry hand wipes when you shop. If the store doesn’t have any near the carts, use yours to wipe down the handle and seat before you touch it. • Use alcohol-based wipes on your phone and doorknobs at home, just in case. • Stock up on hand sanitizer, and keep a small bottle with you when you go out. • Stay out of stores after school

hours when small children might be with their parents If you haven’t had a flu shot for some reason, call your doctor and ask if you should have one. Age alone, if you’re over 65, can put you in a high-risk category, and so can any medical condition you might have. If you do get the flu, ask your doctor about a prescription for an antiviral drug. The drugs work best if started within two days of getting sick. They can make the symptoms a little easier to handle, and they can prevent complications like pneumonia. Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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In Brief Flu clinic Saturday at Adams Market VNA Health at Home will have a public flu shot clinic at Adams Market at 1167 Main St. in Watertown Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. Appointments are not necessary. Shots will be given to everyone 18 years of age and older who meets eligibility requirements. VNA Health at Home will accept Medicare Part B, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, ConnectiCare and Medicaid. Cigna, Oxford and United Healthcare (including their Medicare Plans) will not pay for a flu shot at these clinics. Participants should bring their insurance cards. The cost for a flu shot without insurance is $25. All are encouraged to wear short-sleeved shirts. Please contact VNA Health at Home at 860-274-7531 with any questions. VNA’s website is www.

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Reverend Evalyn Wakhusama of Kenya will speak at North Congregational Church in Woodbury Sunday, Feb. 3. She is the founder of a magnet school in Kenya.  (Submitted photo)

Kenyan minister to speak Reverend Evalyn Wakhusama of Kenya will speak during the North Congregational Church service Sunday, Feb. 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. A reception will follow. African drumming and song will be part of the service, and there also will be a free will offering in support of Nambale Magnet School in western Kenya. During the reception, Kenyan jewelry will be on sale to help support the school. The public is welcome to share in both the service and reception. This is a return visit for Wakhusama. In October 2011, she gave a sermon at the North Congregational Church during her visit to the U.S. to receive the Lux et Veritas Alumni Award from Yale Divinity School. Wakhusama is the founder of the Nambale Magnet School (NMS) in Kenya, which is a new outreach mission of the North Con-

gregational Church. In 2007, a Woodbury town-wide fundraiser benefited two charities: The Nambale Magnet School through the Cornerstone Project, Inc. and Woodbury Community Services. Since then, NMS continues to grow at a balanced pace. In 2009, it opened its doors to the first 30 kindergarten students, and as of this January, those children have entered a newly constructed grade five classroom. Today, there are more than 200 students (some of whom were orphaned by the HIV pandemic). The NMS mission is to give students a premier education while becoming a self-sustaining school. The students’ academic scores indicate NMS is reaching that goal. For more information, call 203-263-2410. North Congregational Church is at 11 Main St. North in Woodbury.

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Sheila Lafferty, director of the Julia Brooker Thompson Library, UCONN Torrington Campus will give a brief demonstration on, HeritageQuest, and Saturday, Jan, 26, at 11 a.m. in the Wykeham Room at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington Conn. Do you wonder about your family ancestry? With so many genealogy resources available online, it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. Participants are welcome to bring along their laptops to follow along with Lafferty’s online presentation. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. Call 860-868-7586 or visit for more information. The library is at 5 Wykeham Road at Route 47 in Washington, Conn.

Chase Collegiate open house Chase Collegiate School will hold an open house for prospective students Sunday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. The program is for Upper School students in grades nine to 12 and for prospective pre-K students and their families, but it is open to all interested in applying, whether for the lower, middle or upper schools. The informative and interactive open house will begin with an information session and Q & A at 1 p.m. followed by guided tours. The program will end at 3 p.m. Faculty, students and parents will be available to answer questions during the open house. Chase Collegiate’s Upper School offers a college preparatory curriculum that emphasizes scholarship, community engagement and exploration of the arts and athletics. A dedicated and experienced faculty prepares

graduates for college and to lead with confidence, courage and compassion. Chase is an independent day school for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 founded on the core principles of academic excellence and building self-confidence and compassion in students. Chase is on a 47-acre suburban campus at 565 Chase Parkway in Waterbury. For more information, visit, call admissions at 203-236-9560 or email

Awards breakfast The Waterbury Regional Chamber’s Harold Webster Smith Awards Breakfast will be Thursday, Jan. 31, from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. at the Coco Key Conference Center at 3580 East Main St. in Waterbury. The event, held annually in honor Webster Bank founder Harold Webster Smith, features presentation of awards to small businesses that also have the vision to expand, diversify, and prosper as Smith did. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy will be the keynote speaker. Award recipients for 2013 are Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe, Middlebury Consignment LLC, and Marion Manufacturing Company. The cost is $35 per person for Chamber members and $50 per person for nonmembers. To register, visit, or contact Courtney Ligi at or 203-7570701.

Love Songs with a little kick Winter’s chill will disappear Wednesday, Feb. 6, when the Love & Knishes Lunch program features the music of Oxford Greens resident Bob Lupi on keyboard and vocals in songs about love. Lupi will perform favorites by Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Engelbert Humperdink, Elvis,  Paul Anka, Bobby Darin and others. The bountiful three-course lunch prepared by Jordan Caterers of Cheshire will be served at noon and followed by entertainment in the Jewish Federation’s social hall at 444 Main St. North in Southbury.   The public is invited, and there is a suggested lunch donation of $7.50 for adults age 60 and better. Reservations are requested by Monday, Feb. 4, and can be made by calling 203-2673177.

Chamber lunch Feb. 5 The Greater Tribury Chamber of Commerce will host an educational lunch on “The Power of E-mail Marketing, A Constant Contact Seminar,” led by Cathy Ann Drury Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Junipers


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The public is invited; fluency in French is not required. The cost is $15 for nonmembers and $10 for members. For information and reservations, call 203-264-0365 or e-mail Space is limited, and reservations Bereavement group for need to be made by check before Feb. 1. For additional information adults starts Feb. 7  A free six-week bereavement on AFNWCT, visit www.afnwct. group for any adult who has ex- org, call 203-263-4096 or email perienced a loss will start Thurs- day, Feb. 7, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Tai Chi and at the Jewish Federation at 444 Qigong classes Main St. North in Southbury. Sponsored by Brownstein Jewish As a community service outFamily Service and facilitated by reach to the Watertown/ThomasJenny Casey, MSW of Regional ton area,  American Legion Post Hospice, this short-term profes- 195  will sponsor Tai Chi and sionally facilitated bereavement Qigong for Health classes in an support group will continue effort to introduce adults and meeting on Thursday afternoons seniors to these gentle forms of through March 14. exercise. A few of the many benThe goal of this group is sup- efits of daily practice are  1) portive in nature, providing a strengthens the immune system, safe environment for sharing 2)    improves bone density, 3) with others who also have been reduces stress and tension and touched by loss. To register, call lowers blood pressure and 4) Brownstein Jewish Family Ser- improves balance. vice Director Debby Horowitz Classes will be held at  The at 203-267-3177, ext. 310. American Legion at 195 Bunker Hill Ave. in Watertown WednesFree course on day evenings with Tai Chi from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. and Qigong mental illness The National Alliance on from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The cost for Mental Illness of Connecticut eight weeks of Tai Chi classes is (NAMI-CT) will sponsor a free $70, and the cost for four weeks educational course featuring in- of Qigong is $30. Classes will beformation on mental illnesses gin in mid-February. For more including major depression, bi- information or to register, call polar disorder, schizophrenia, Roger at 860-628-0500. borderline personality disorder, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Classes will be held in Naugatuck beginning Thursday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The classes are geared to help family members and loved ones understand and support their ill relative and maintain their own well being. The classes are taught by trained volunteer family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one with a serious mental illness. To date, more than 300,000 family members across the country have completed the 12-week course. Topics include learning about feelings and facts, biology of the brain/new research, problem solving, communication skills, medication review, empathy workshop, diagnosis and dealing with critical periods, available rehabilitation services and advocacy and fighting stigma. There is no charge for the classes, but pre-registration is required. Classes fill up fast. Please call Terrilynn at 203-8812707 for more information and to register.

Alliance Française to host Mardi Gras celebration The Alliance Française of Northwestern Connecticut (AFNWCT) will host a Mardi Gras Festival Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. at a private home in Southbury. A guitarist, Joe Flood, will play Cajun melodies and songs by Georges Brassens. Refreshments will be served, and prizes will be given for the best mask worn to the event.

Scholarship Applications Available Scholarships based on financial need are available for high school seniors who are Middlebury residents and will be entering college in the fall. Applications are available at the Middlebury Town Hall in the offices of the first selectman and town clerk and in the guidance department at Pomperaug High School, or by contacting Committee Coordinator Ronald Vitarelli at 203758-1130. The deadline for completed applications is March 1, 2013. The scholarships are available by the Middlebury Fund through the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, a community foundation that last year awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to Connecticut students attending two-year and four-year colleges across the country.

Book Nook Book Sale The Friends of the Watertown Library has trimmed prices on its already discounted hardcover adult fiction (no children’s fiction) in the Book Nook at the Watertown Library Association at 470 Main St. in Watertown. Due to recent donations, the selection of books is excellent.  The sale will continue until the large stock of books has been sold. Call the Watertown Library Association at 860-945-5360 for more information. The Book Nook is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Sunday and Monday.

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Planning a Valentine’s brunch are, left to right, Sharon Sherman, Chair Leonore Templeton, Bernie McManus (standing), Jean Fuller, Bea Arneson and Lynne Kearny. They serve on the executive board of Friends of the Woodbury Senior Community Center. (Submitted photo)

Friends plan Valentine brunch, meeting, sing-along The Friends of the Woodbury Senior Community Center Executive Board have been busy planning their Valentine brunch, meeting and sing-along, which will be held Friday, Feb. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Woodbury Senior Center. After a delicious Valentine’s brunch, a short meeting will be held to update members on 2012 accomplishments, announce plans for 2013 and elect officers. Following the meeting, a Valentine

sing-along will commence. Membership forms for 2013 will be available at the Feb. 11 gathering. Also, Monday, Feb. 4, the Charcoal Chef will donate 10 percent of that day’s proceeds to the “Friends.” The Friends urge members to mark their calendars now to dine out at the Charcoal Chef Feb. 4 and to attend the Feb. 11 “Friends” Valentine brunch/ meeting. The Friends of the Woodbury Senior/Community Center’s goal

is to offer valuable activities and programs for Woodbury seniors and other residents with the intention of improving the quality of life for Woodbury residents ages 60+ through exercise, socializing, fine arts, nutrition, culture and learning. To learn more about becoming a member of the Friends of the Woodbury Senior Community Center, or to attend the Feb. 11 Valentine’s brunch/meeting/sing-along, call 203-266-9051.

Charles Hibbard Snodgrass

ers and design were evident in her floral arrangements that she did for the church services weekly. She was also active in the Middlebury Garden Club, where she was a founding member. Alice graduated from St. Margaret’s School in Waterbury and The New York School of Applied Design for Women in New York City. Upon graduating, she was head designer at The Princeton Knitting Mills in Watertown, Conn. She studied landscapes, watercolors, portraiture and Russian religious icons with many local and national artists. Her artwork was featured in many one-woman art shows as well as being selected to participate in several juried shows. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the country. Alice also was a lifetime member of the Kent Art Association, showing there in juried shows since 1972 and receiving numerous awards. She is survived by her children, Russell Jr. and his wife, Sandra, of Southbury; Deborah Femiak of Watertown; Elizabeth Mannella and her husband, Ralph, of Middlebury; and Richard Tolles and his wife, Josee, of Plymouth Mass.; eight grandchildren: Kristin and her husband, Michael Battistoni; Russell E. Tolles and his wife, Erin; Alex Femiak and his partner, Beth Denison; Katie Femiak and her partner, Shane York; Heather and her husband, David Nuzzo; Dak Mannella and his wife, Sarah; Allyson Tolles and Shannon Tolles, and five step-grandchildren: Meghan McIntyre and Kailyn, Ryan, Jaimee and Dylan Bulter; and two great grandchildren, twins Alexander and Brigitte Battistoni. She is also survived by her brother, Avery Lamphier, the former Watertown Fire Chief, and his wife, Jane, and their children: Craig Lamphier and wife, Susan; Leslie McKeon and her husband, Barry; and Lisa Carew and her husband, Don; their seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A memorial service for Mrs. Tolles will be Saturday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Middlebury Congregational Church with a reception to follow at the church. The Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere at 2 School St. in Woodbury is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider VNA Healthcare Fund, 103 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105. The family thanks and expresses their gratitude to Kristi, Michelle, Susan and Claudette and all at VNA Hospice of Waterbury. To send online condolences, visit

Obituaries M. Joseph Garassino Son of Doreen Darsh

Joe Garassino, age 29, of Stamford, Conn., died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, after a heroic battle with bile duct cancer. He was born Jan. 5, 1984, in Waterbury, to Doreen Darsh and Michael J. Garassino. Joe was a graduate of Rumsey Hall (’99) and Tabor Academy (’02) and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Sacred Heart University in 2006. Joe was a market manager for Kforce in Stamford, Conn., for its Finance and Accounting Flex Division. Joe celebrated the rise of the Stamford Finance and Accounting Team from startup to a National Top 5 performing team in 2011. Joe loved his wide circle of family and friends who supported him throughout his illness. He tremendously enjoyed exploring New York City, especially its diverse culinary outposts, from tiny holes-in-the-wall to many-starred restaurants. He was an avid Yankees and Giants fan. Joe also found adventure in travel, distant and nearby. He especially loved his French bulldog puppy, Mia, his constant companion over the last months. Joe leaves behind his mother, Doreen Darsh of Middlebury; his father, Michael J. Garassino of Watertown and his step-mother, Denise; his sister, Lisbeth M. Garassino of New York City; his grandmother, Donna Darsh of Watertown; his aunts, Deirdre McDonald and her husband, Michael, of Middlebury; Holly Casperson and her husband, Grant, of Brookfield; and Lisbeth Darsh of Scottsdale, Calif., and her former husband, Ben Rodarte of Lancaster, Calif. He also leaves behind his cousins Jeremy and Hannah Casperson; Erin, Brittany, and Lindsey McDonald; and Justas and Sam Rodarte. Joe also leaves behind his grandmother, Margaret Garassino of Wisconsin; his uncles Raymond Garassino and his partner, Tom Milner, of Providence, N.C., and Louis Garassino of Tennessee; his aunts Katherine Garassino of Chicago, Mary Jane Garassino of Wisconsin and Kathy Bowden Garassino of Watertown; and cousins, Jahan and Ahsha Garassino; Vanessa Noel; and Jessica and Lisa Garassino. Joe was predeceased by his aunt, Lynn Darsh of New York City; his grandfathers, Albert V. Darsh and Raymond L. Garassino, and his grandmother, Antoinette Di Salvo Garassino. A memorial service was held Wednesday at the First Congregational Church of Watertown. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were by Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home in Waterbury. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Joe Garassino to The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606. To learn more of Joe’s story, visit http:// For more info or to send e-condolences, visit www.chaseparkwaymemorial. com.

Father of Jennifer Rodrigues, Robin Snodgrass and Sean Snodgrass On Jan. 15, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, Charles Hibbard Snodgrass of Danbury lost his battle to pulmonary fibrosis. Charles will be sadly missed by his entire family, which includes his wife, Ruth Snodgrass; his daughter Jennifer Rodrigues her husband, Carlos, and their daughter, Emma, of Middlebury; his daughter Robin Snodgrass and her son, Dylan Carmichael of Middlebury; his son Sean Snodgrass and his daughters, Ryann and Kelsey Snodgrass, of Middlebury. He also leaves his siblings: John Snodgrass and his wife, Virginia; Mary Pattacini and her husband, Silvio; Catherine Werbesky and her husband, George; Mike Snodgrass and his wife, Candy; James Snodgrass and his wife, Patricia; and several nieces and nephews. His youngest sister, Helen McGrath, predeceased him. Charles Hibbard Snodgrass was born Oct. 23, 1935, in Chicago, Ill., to the late John and Helen Hibbard Snodgrass, Charles grew up in Darien, Conn. After he married, Charles moved to Danbury, where he lived and raised his family. Charles was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He was a loving grandfather. His grandchildren will always cherish their special memories of their Papa. Charles enjoyed going to watch his grandchildren play in their various sporting events and music concerts. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and enjoyed watching the games with his son, Sean. Charles was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 191. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Korea, Charles was a proud American. Charles’s funeral services were held privately Jan. 18 at Green Funeral home in Danbury, Conn. He will be laid to rest with military honors at Saint Peter’s Cemetery in Danbury. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be mailed to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Suite 304, 230 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611 or go to

Alice Lamphier Tolles Talented Artist

Mrs. Alice Lamphier Tolles, age 97, passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at her home in Middlebury. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Russell F. Tolles Sr. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was an inspiration to all who had the privilege to know her. Alice was born Sept. 26, 1915, in Watertown, Conn., the daughter of former State Senator Eugene and Ada Skilton Lamphier. Alice and Russell moved to Middlebury in 1946, where they raised their family and were active members of the Middlebury Congregational Church. Her love of flow-

Michael W. Trentalange Owner of Michael Lange Music

Mr. Michael William Trentalange of Middlebury, noted Connecticut musician, died at Waterbury Hospital Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, of complications from a fall. He was 98. Born in Waterbury in 1914 to Italian immigrant parents, Maria Santoro and Joseph Trentalange, he grew up on Howard Street and attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, but was orphaned at the age of 14. He became a musician and secured a regular job

This Memorial School seventh-grade picture dates from 1954 to 1955. Can you identify the students and the teacher in this picture? If you can, email mbisubmit@gmail or call Bob Rafford at 203-206-4717.

Start preparing now for spring home sale If you plan to list your home for sale when spring arrives, it’s to your benefit to use the months until then getting your property in good shape. At the very least, make plans so you can get started immediately in a few months. While it’s generally not safe to make your decorating plans. If paint rooms when the doors and you spot the paint on sale (comwindows are closed, you can mon in the winter), go ahead and buy it now. As long as the cans stay completely sealed (tuck them in a closet so they won’t freeze in your garage), the paint playing at the Waverly Inn in Cheshire, will be good for a long time to Conn., even playing the night Prohi- come. Before you paint, take the bition was repealed. cans back to the store and ask He joined the U.S. Army in 1940 and quickly rose to the highest en- them to run the cans through the listed rank of chief warrant officer IV shaker again to ensure the paint for his abilities as a conductor and is thoroughly mixed. Start interviewing potential organizer of bands and orchestras. After Pearl Harbor, he served with the real estate agents. Let them come 208th Coast Artillery, which partici- through your home and tell you pated in the Pacific Theater, first in what items you need to fix or Australia, then New Guinea. At the change to get the best sale price. end of World War II, he had the honor Learn about the agents and what of playing for Gen. Douglas MacArthey offer, but don’t sign any conthur and conducting the peace ceremony in Manila marking the end of tracts yet. Have a home inspection. The the war. After the war, he organized and commanded bands for the Con- result will be your to-do list over necticut National and State Guards, the next few months. At the very the U.S. Army and the Army Ready least you’ll be warned about Reserve. He organized the Second those items before a buyer hires Company Governor’s Foot Guard his own inspector and notes Band, which is the musical arm of one them in a sales contract as negoof the oldest continually active mili- tiating points. If you have snow tary units in the U.S. on the roof, the inspection will Returning to the U.S., Mr. Trentalange briefly attended The Julliard be a bit limited, but the condition

of the house and its systems will give you an overall idea. Do interior repairs now. A new toilet and sink in the bathroom, and later, paint, a fresh shower curtain and new towels will add to your potential sales price. If you’re going to have landscaping work done when warm weather comes, get on the schedule now. Talk with a landscape planner at a few home and garden places and nail down what you’ll want. De-clutter. For many homeowners, getting rid of excess clutter is the most time-consuming of all home-sale activities. Start by going through closets and tossing clothes you haven’t worn in three years; also reorganize kitchen cabinets. Depersonalize your home by removing family photos. Look for artwork to go in the blank spots. If you find it on sale and know you won’t change your mind, go ahead and buy it now. David Uffington regrets he cannot personally answer reader questions, but he will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send email to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

School in New York and played engagements in New York, Florida and Please support the advertisers who help us Texas during the birth of the era of Big bring you this free weekly newspaper. Band. He married his wife Viola in 1952 and returned to Waterbury. He established the Michael Lange Music Company on East Main Street. Tony’s Lacking the credentials to teach in “Due to the current state of the USED TIRES public schools, he began by teaching economy, YOU CAN’T AFFORD $ in Catholic and private schools all over & up NOT TO GO TO TONY’S TIRES!” the greater Waterbury area. He and his brother, John, were fixtures in the Manufacturers’ Rebates Available area music scene for decades, and WHEEL PACKAGE LAYAWAYS generations of Waterbury children ices “My prorth 4 WHEEL ALIGNMENT remember taking lessons with them $ are w e!” and continuing their music education. our EVERYDAY LOW PRICE! the rid Many of his pupils went on to have distinguished music careers of their M-F 7:30-6 • SAT 8:30-3 FREE Alignment w/purchase of 4 tires own. 2067 S. Main St. • WTBY He organized the Waterbury Municipal Band, chiefly known for its many shows at the Civic Theater and M-SAT 11am-12am • SUN 12pm- 11pm summertime concerts in Library and Bar Open Later! Hamilton Parks. He was a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 186 since 1932. M-SAT 11am-12 am ♦ SUN 12 pm- 11pm A long-time resident of Middlebury, he is survived by his sister, Rosemary Briglia; his half-sister, Joan Gibner; his step-sister, Carmen Martino; his children: Mark, Stephen, Donna, Michael and Paul; seven grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. His dedication to music was an inspiration to everyone who knew Now Open on Lower Level him. He will be sorely missed. His funeral was Monday from Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home in Waterbury to St. John of the Cross Church in Middlebury for Mass. Burial with Full Military Honors followed at Calvary BEST CRAFT BEER SELECTION AROUND Cemetery in Waterbury. For more info or to send e-condolences, visit www.




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Basketball Roundup The Middlebury Girls Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Travel Team fell to 9 and 4 overall (5 and 3 in league play) with a loss to Canaan at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village Sunday by a score of 32-20. Middlebury struggled against

Canaan’s unrelenting full-court pressure in what was primarily a defensive contest. Offensively, Middlebury was led by Lauren Pelosi with 10 points, Allison Orsini with 4 and Julian Yamin with 3. This weekend, the girls are back on the road against Wolcott Friday night and Litchfield Saturday afternoon.

Register for Middlebury Baseball Middlebury Baseball registration is open through Thursday, Feb. 28. The fees and age brackets are: • Majors - $125 (Born between May 1, 2000 and April 30, 2002) • Minors - $125 (Born between May 1, 2002 and April 30, 2004) • Instructional 2 - $95 (Born between May 1, 2004 and April 30, 2006) • Instructional 1 - $95 (Born between May 1, 2006 and April 30, 2008) A winter training program for all levels begins Saturday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 6 p.m. It is 12 – 60-minute training sessions at the Hit Club in Thomaston. It will meet Saturdays through April 13 and costs $50 per player. For more information, go to, and scroll down to Middlebury on the right side of the page.

Pomperaug High School Varsity Games Jan. 26 - Feb. 2, 2013 Girls’ Basketball

Tuesday, Jan. 29................... Joel Barlow (A)...................................... 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1........................ Notre Dame Fairfield (H)........................ 7 p.m.

Middlebury Boys Travel Basketball The Middlebury Boys Seventhand Eighth-Grade Travel Team suffered its first loss in a matchup between the two undefeated league teams. Torrington beat them 60-37. The game started evenly, with Torrington leading 11-10 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Torrington took control of the game and never relinquished it. Chase Belden scored 18 points, and Matt Wynne added 8 for Middlebury in the loss. In a second game over the weekend, a non-league game, Middlebury defeated Terryville 50-28. Mike Attalah led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points. Also contributing were Greg Pelletier’s 10 points, Michael Kowalasky’s 9 and Fran Barton’s 7 points. Other significant contributors were Emmett Lytle, Mason Fitzpatrick and Jared Bernebe.

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Middlebury Parks & Recreation Youth Karate The first two youth karate classes start Friday, Jan. 25, at Shepardson Community Center. Some classes are held at Memorial Middle School. Class information is available online and in the Parks and Recreation Department office.

Christmas Tree Burn

This year’s Christmas tree burn will be Saturday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Shepardson Boys’ Basketball Field. The event is sponsored by the MidSaturday, Jan. 26................. Middletown (H)................................ 1:30 p.m. dlebury Volunteer Fire Department and the Tuesday, Jan 29.................... Joel Barlow (H)...................................... 6 p.m. Parks and Recreation Department. Free hot Friday, Feb. 1........................ Notre Dame Fairfield (A)........................ 7 p.m. chocolate will be served.

days and Thursdays, Jan. 29 to March 26, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in Shepardson Center, Room. 8 There will be no class Feb. 12. Zumba is a fun and effective form of cardiovascular exercise moving and dancing to Latin music. The fee is $50 for residents; $60 for nonresidents for eight weeks.

Middlebury Soccer Association Registration

Middlebury Soccer registration will be ONLINE ONLY. The deadline for travel soccer is Feb. 1. Register at Participants must have been four years old by Dec. 31, 2012. All new travel players must submit a copy of their birth Girls’ Gymnastics certificate and a current 1-inch by 1-inch Zumba Friday, Feb. 1........................ Greenwich/Nonnewaug (H)................... 6 p.m. Instructor Shelagh Greatorex will lead photo to Middlebury Soccer Association, Ice Hockey Zumba classes for those 14 and older Tues- P.O. Box 357, Middlebury, CT 06762. Saturday, Jan. 26................. Masuk (H)........................................ 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2................... Daniel Hand (H)............................... 7:30 p.m.

Youth Dance Program Session II of Instructor Linda Rice’s Youth Dance Program starts Monday, Feb. 4, at Shepardson Community Center in Room 8. Class information is available online and in the Parks and Recreation Department office. Returning students need to pay their tuition prior to the first class.

First Aid Classes Terry Schmidt will teach three different first aid classes: Adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)/AED (automated external defibrillator) Monday, Feb. 4; Infant/ child CPR Wednesday, Feb. 6; and Standard First Aid Monday, Feb. 11. All classes will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center. The cost per class is $72 for residents; $82 for nonresidents.

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Tuesday, Jan. 29................... Oxford (A).............................................. 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1........................ Newtown (A).......................................... 4 p.m. Abundance always surrounds you at any given moment. Look Saturday, Jan. 26................. East Windsor (A)................................. 10 a.m. around you now. What do you Wednesday, Jan. 30.............. Newtown (H)......................................... 6 p.m. see? Do you see an abundance of Saturday, Feb. 2................... Farmington, Branford, space, with lovely simple things ........................................... Seymour, Maloney (H) ........................ 10 a.m. that please you as well as neatness (H) Home (A) Away and organization of your working or living environment? Or do you see an abundance of stuff, piles that have yet to be touched, projects just waiting for your attention and clothes that haven’t been put away? Do you attend PHS varsity games? Are you interested in You’re well meaning, it’s just writing about them for the Bee-Intelligencer? You will get a that there doesn’t seem to ever be byline, and your stories will be published on this page. This quite enough time to get everywill look good on your college application! Our readers love thing done. There is though. to read about PHS sports! There’s an abundance of time In addition, if you take pictures (or have a friend who wants available to you if you live inside to take pictures), we will publish the pictures and, of course, each moment rather than projectgive photo credit! ing into the future or being bothIf you’re interested, email me at beeintelligencer@gmail. ered by the past. Time stretches com. if you understand this gift. Marjorie Needham, Editor and Publisher If you believe you’ll never get it all done because life is about feeling desire after desire giving rise to new passions, wants and wishes, then you can relax and be Find the Bee-Intelligencer on here right now as you read this.


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Nuggets for Life By CYNTHIA DE PECOL It’ll only take a few minutes and some one thought here may just change your life. How cool is that for staying present to this very moment? It’s easy. You have abundant thoughts constantly swirling inside your mind, so why not use your great power to think only happy, positive thoughts, or turn negative ones to easier thoughts that release pain, upset or a situation you just can’t change or control. Doesn’t have to be earth-shattering, just an easier thought that makes you feel better. Think easy abundance and look for proof of it throughout the day. This week’s nugget for life is to allow a sense of positive abundance and easy living into your

existence. For instance, there’s an abundance of news on TV, radio and in the papers that talk of this difficult far-reaching flu and the Lance Armstrong confession. Rather than dwell on these or open up to their energies, do something different. Read about natural healing remedies, the power of plants or watch a funny movie. Or check out, an awesome nonprofit site where you can listen to free inspiring talks on just about anything and everything from experts and masters in their fields. The home page sums it up: “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.” How great is that? Fill your space with calming music. Read a glossy magazine that offers hints of spring and all its hope for renewal, or one called “Simple,” which is filled with an abundance of cool tips for living easy. Make light and easy winter dishes relishing the abundance of food available to us in this part

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have back discomfort upon lying down. It doesn’t matter where I lie or what position I’m in for my back to hurt and often one or both hips. Getting out of bed in the morning is hard and uncomfortable. Once I have had my morning shower and am up and around, I’m fine. We have thought of replacing our mattress, but how do we find something that will help? What would you recommend? – M.W. ANSWER: I strongly recommend that you see your family doctor before you invest any money in a mattress. Some of what you describe fits the picture of osteoarthritis – stiffness upon wakening, difficulty getting out of bed and relief of symptoms after taking a hot shower. Before you spend a penny on a mattress, have your back examined and the problem diagnosed. The booklet on the different kinds of arthritis explains each and how it is treated. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue – No. 301W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I looked in the mirror this morning and couldn’t believe what I saw. My right eye was bright red. It looked

like someone had punched me. When my husband saw it, he asked if he had hit me while he was asleep. He didn’t. It doesn’t hurt. My vision is perfect. My eye looks frightful. Do I need to see a doctor? – Y.T. ANSWER: Your question is asked repeatedly. My long-distance guess is a subconjunctival hemorrhage. The conjunctiva is a cellophane-like covering of the eye. Beneath it is a network of invisible blood vessels. When one of those delicate vessels breaks, blood covers that part of the eye. Coughing, sneezing or straining causes the breakage. Sometimes it happens for no apparent reason. The eye looks awful, but no real harm is done. The blood is absorbed in about a week. You can hurry it up by putting warm compresses over the closed eye. You need to see a doctor if the eye begins to pain you, if the blood stays for longer than a

week or if it happens time and again. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: How good are prunes for constipation? I am often constipated and have unsuccessfully tried many remedies. They might work for a short while, but then I am constipated again. I’d like to try the prune way if you say that it works. – M.A. ANSWER: It works for many, but I can’t give you a guarantee. Five to six prunes twice a day can change your bowel habits in a week or so. Prunes have fiber, one reason why they exert a laxative effect. Fiber keeps food waste moist on its passage out of the body. Prunes also contain sorbitol, a natural laxative. In addition to the laxative action, prunes have antioxidants, substances that counter the bad effects coming from cell chemistry. Prunes have undergone a name change; they are now called dried plums. Dr. Donohue regrets he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2013 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

of the world. Touch upon the abundant self-healing thoughts you have, and take a few minutes to write about how healthy you feel and will continue to feel. Take a long winter walk and feel how easily Mother Nature offers her gifts. Today it’s lots of snow and sunshine. Ease and abundance to you all. Cynthia De Pecol is a Yoga instructor, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See or email

1. Name the last pair of A.L. teammates before Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez (213) and Jacoby Ellsbury (212) in 2011 to each have more than 210 hits in the same season. 2. Four players who started their major-league careers in the 1970s played in four decades. Name two of them. 3. Name the only Michigan State player to be taken No. 1 overall in the NFL draft. 4. Between 1956 and 2000, only one player 6 feet 3 inches or shorter won an NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Name him. 5. Name the NHL team that allowed the fewest goals in an 82-game season. 6. Of the nine NASCAR Chase for the Cup playoffs through 2012, how many drivers made at least eight of them? 7. In 2012, Serena Williams became the second woman to have won all four of tennis’ Grand Slam titles along with Olympic singles gold. Who was the first?


1. Jimmie Foxx (213) and Al Simmons (216) did it for the 1932 Philadelphia A’s. 2. Rickey Henderson, Mike Morgan, Jesse Orosco and Tim Raines. 3. Defensive end Bubba Smith, in 1967. 4. Bob Cousy, in 1957. 5. New Jersey allowed 164 goals in 2003-04. 6. Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart. 7. Steffi Graf completed her “Golden Slam” in 1988.

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LEGAL NOTICE Legal Notice of the Middlebury Planning and Zoning Commission The Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Middlebury will hold a public hearing on February 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium, Shepardson Community Center, 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, Connecticut regarding the following three applications submitted by Sunbeam Partners LLC/199 Park Rd. Extension: Special Exception for Restaurant Use pursuant to Section 41.4.6; Special Exception for Outdoor Dining as an Accessory Use to a Full Service Restaurant pursuant to Section 41.4.7; Special Exception for the Sale of Liquors at Full Service Restaurant pursuant to Section 66.3. The public is invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent and will be read into the record. They should be addressed to the Zoning Office at 1212 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT 06762. A copy of the application is on file for public inspection during normal working hours of that office.

“Saturdays at Seven” concerts start St. John’s Episcopal Church at 78 Green Hill Road in Washington, Conn., launches the 2013 season of its renowned concert series, “Saturdays at Seven,” with a performance Feb. 2 by the celebrated young virtuoso clarinetist, Romie de Guise–Langlois, who has appeared as both soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the world. Recently added to the prestigious roster of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artists, de Guise–Langlois spends her summers at Marlboro Music and tours with Musicians from Marlboro. A winner of Astral Artists’ National Auditions, she has collaborated with such artists as Mitsuko Uchida, Yo–Yo Ma, Jeremy Denk and the Silk Road Ensemble. She has performed as principal clarinetist for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Her program at St. John’s, which will include music by Francis Poulenc and Camille Saint–Saens, will culminate in a performance of Brahms’ late masterwork, the “Clarinet Trio in A minor,” for which de Guise–Langlois will be joined by cellist Michael Haas with Alan Murchie at the piano. Tickets are $30 per person or $15 for students; season subscriptions also are available at a reduced price. Call 860 868–2527 for more information or to reserve tickets. For online purchases, visit www.


I have a dry basement I turned into an extra workspace and play area. The outer concrete walls are covered by a layer of wallboard with little or no space between. I’d like to hang pictures and a whiteboard in this By Samantha Mazzotta area, but I am afraid of drilling For a more secure attachment, Dated this 18th day of January, 2013 through the concrete. How can I accomplish this? – Beth Y., Pitts- place small picture-hanger hooks Curtis Bosco, Chairman burgh into the wallboard using the smallest nails available. The Drilling into concrete items being hung should be less LEGAL NOTICE isn’t impossible – spe- than 5 pounds and not hold any TOWN OF MIDDLEBURY cial masonry drill bits extra weight – so a shelf or a cork Notice is hereby given that Motor Vehicle Supplemental tax are available – but you’re right to board laden with notes might not bills on the Grand List of October 1, 2011 plus the second installbe cautious about drilling holes hold up. ment of Real Estate and Personal Property taxes become due For heavier objects, or if you and payable January 1, 2013. The last day to pay is February 1, in the walls of a dry basement. 2013. Taxes become delinquent February 2nd and draw interest However, you do have options want shelving near your workat the rate of 1-1/2% per month from the due date. Minimum outside of drilling into the mortar. space, you’ll have to get more interest is $2.00. Failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the Light objects that won’t bear creative. If there is a little space tax, interest or penalty. extra weight can be attached to between the wallboard and the Payments may be made by cash, check or money order. the wall using an adhesive prod- concrete, you can drill a hole and Credit card payments may be made online at www.official pay- uct like the Command series of place expansion bolts, which pop or call 1-800-272-9829. For telephone payments picture hangers. These have the open behind the wallboard to use Jurisdiction Code 1763. A 3% fee is charged for this service. added benefit of not marring the keep the bolts in place. Toggle (or wallboard even when the adheMolly) bolts will work if there is Return one copy of the bill with payment. If a receipt is required return all copies plus a self-addressed stamped enve- sive is removed later. They’re about an inch of space between lope. The tax office is open Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm except available at home-improvement the concrete and the drywall. for legal holidays. and office-supply stores. Because the bolts are not anJean Dawes, CCMC Tax Collector, Middlebury

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New York soloists to headline opera fundraiser The Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation (CSOF) will host a recital of operatic arias and love songs Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. at North Congregational Church in Woodbury. The recital, “An Operatic Valentine – Love is in the Aria,” is a benefit fundraiser for CSOF, the new Woodbury-based non-profit arts organization. Soprano Winnie Nieh and baritone Craig Phillips will be accompanied by pianist Michael Fennelly in a program including works by Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti and Britten. The performance will showcase how vocal music has changed and developed over the course of the centuries. In addition to several arias and songs by Nieh and Phillips, Fennelly will perform three Chopin etudes and the famous “Polonaise in A-flat major.” Nieh also will be joined by Woodbury physician, clarinetist and CSOF president Dr. Vincent de Luise in Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock.” Tickets are a $40 donation. Student tickets are $20, and students under 12 will be admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult. For reservations and more information, call 203-266-4500. North Congregational Church is at 11 Main St. North in Woodbury.


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The Warner Stage Company will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Feb. 1 to 10 at the Warner Theatre in Torrington. Based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Bible’s book of Genesis, the musical was Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s first to be performed publicly. The musical’s family-friendly storyline, universal themes and engaging soundtrack that includes musical genres ranging from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, make this Old Testament tale both timely and timeless. Family friendly pricing for this production offers children 14 and younger 50 percent off their ticket price in select seats. Tickets at $20, $26 and $33.50 can be purchased by calling the Warner box office at 860-489-7180 or online at Performances will be Fridays, Feb. 1 and 8, at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Feb. 2 and 9 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Feb. 3 and 10 at 2 p.m.

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Postal rates increase Sunday Those who want to avoid paying more for first-class stamps need to stock up on Forever stamps before Sunday, Jan. 27. That’s when the cost of first-class stamps will rise one cent to 46 cents each. Postcards also will cost more. They will increase one cent to 33 cents each. The charge for additional ounces for letters will remain unchanged at 20 cents, On average, Express Mail retail prices will increase by 5.8 percent, and Priority Mail prices will increase by 6.3 percent, with retail

prices increasing an average of 9 percent. New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products are: Small box — $5.80 Medium box — $12.35 Large box — $16.85 Large APO/FPO box — $14.85 Regular envelope — $5.60 Legal envelope — $5.75 Padded envelope — $5.95 Also effective Jan. 27 will be a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp. The new stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere

in the world for one set price of $1.10. Fees for domestic money orders also are increasing, with an increase to $1.20 from $1.15 for domestic money orders from $0.01 up to $500 and to $1.60 from $1.55 for money orders from $500.01 up to $1000. The fee for all postal military money orders (issued by military or diplomatic facilities) of any amount will increase to $0.35 from $0.30. The inquiry fee will rise to $5.75 from $5.50. For information on other price increases, visit

Send in your pet photos Your pet could be featured as “Pet of the Week” in this picture frame. Send us your pet’s photo by email to or by regular mail to P.O. Box 10, Middlebury, CT 06762 along with your pet’s name, your last name and your town.

Volunteer time with rescue dogs Meriden Humane Society (MHS) Director Marlena DiBianco is looking for adult volunteers to walk and interact with dogs that have been at the shelter for an extended time. DiBianco said it is not the shelter’s goal to keep dogs at the shelter for extended periods of time. The goal is to place them in safe, loving homes. Sometimes, though, animals do have extended stays at the shelter. Those dogs need human companionship, and volunteers can help provide it. They can become part of the MHS K-9 Wings and Wishes program. DiBianco is looking for kindhearted volunteers who have the desire, patience and compassion to give to a dog even if they can’t adopt one. Some of the dogs who have been at the shelter the lon-

gest need a friend to call their own. These special dogs need some dedicated “angels” who will go to the shelter and spend some quality, life-changing time with them. Love the outdoors? Training for an event or just trying to get back into shape? Want to maintain your youth? Love to walk and would like company with willing, eager ears to listen to share your thoughts with? Need to relieve stress? Spend time with a rescue dog. Share your love of nature on the MHS grounds by taking a long walk on the secure, safe, spacious sidewalks; sit by the river and read a good book; listen to your favorite music to unwind and reflect on life; or play ball in the yard. Whatever your pleasure, MHS has a K-9 for you!

Being an “angel” to a shelter dog is extremely rewarding. You will be the one socializing your dog, being a huge part of his/her life, interacting with potential adopters, making a difference helping the MHS adoption team find your dog the right home and seeing them off to his/her new home, knowing your hard work has made a profound difference to this one animal! What can be more rewarding and fulfilling to your love for animals? A more socialized dog has a better chance of being adopted, so you can help these dogs find their forever homes. If you can volunteer two or three times a week for daytime or early evening hours, send an email to to sign up for the K-9 Wings and Wishes program.

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Town of Middlebury Legal Filings Period Jan. 1 – 15, 2013 Information provided courtesy of the Middlebury Town Clerk. Date given is the date the transaction was recorded. Hutcheson, Travis W. / Hasselt, Silvia A., fka / Hutcheson, Silvia H. to Hutcheson, Travis W. / Hutcheson, Silvia H. on 1/4, 22 Ferndale Ave. via Q.C. for -0-. Garofalo, Michele Lamanna, aka / Garofalo, David J. to Schmiedel, James R., Jr. / Schmiedel, Terrie A. on 1/4, 22 Independence Cr. Unit 42 via War for $410,000.

Molgard, David / Molgard, Jaimie to Feng, Kristal J. / Lao, Ying Leslie on 1/4, Lot 20 / Narcissus Rd. Lake View & Washington Dr. (410 Washington Dr.) via War for $405,000. Kean, David N. for Colonial Landscape Management on 1/4, Trade Name File (28 St. Joseph Ave.), Trade Name. Hackenson, Jean F., aka, Est. for Hackenson, Jean F., aka, Est. on 1/7, Fiduciary Appointment, Probate. Calabrese, John N. / Calabrese, Jennie B. to Calabrese, John N. /


Calabrese, Jennie B. on 1/8, Drive Access Utility Eas / Agr / .52 AC Old Watertown Rd., DECL. Evenson, Charles B., Est. for Evenson, Charles B., Est. on 1/10, Rel Est Tax / 891 Straits Tpk / Vol 88 Pg 77

Probate. Ventura, Joseph / Ventura, Tina to Cosmos, Michael J. / Cosmos, Christina A. on 1/11, Lots 4 & 5 Woodland Estates / Burr Hall Rd. via War for $340,000. Manning, Christopher H., aka / Manning, Christopher A. to Manning, Christopher H. on 1/11, Acme Dr., CHNA. Whittemore, Nicholas to Whittemore, Thyrza on 1/11, Beach House & Boat House Area / Rte 64 via Q.C. for $85,000. Anzaroot Acquisitions, LLC for Primex Group on 1/11, Trade Name File (850 Straits Tpk), Trade Name. Sieling, Beth A. to Sieling, David R. on 1/15, Porter Hill Rd. (161 Porter Hill Rd.) via Q.C. for -0-. Rossetti, James / Rossetti, Karen to Pennymac Corp on 1/15, 193 Tucker Hill Rd. via FORC.



Sky is a happy, friendly dog who enjoys playing outside with the tennis ball. This pretty girl is blue and white with just the right number of freckles. She is a good girl who is about 4 years old. Sky walks well on leash and is very affectionate. She does not require a ton of exercise – her energy level is very manageable. She is a tad shy when meeting new friends, but warms up quickly. Please call Animals For Life at 203-758-2933 to learn how to meet her.

Salem will make a wonderful companion for an older couple or person who has a quiet home. She is a spayed female who at 12 years old still enjoys playing with her cat toys and is happy to receive attention from her human friends. She is looking to be the only pet in her new household. Salem is sure to purr when you pet her! Call Animals For Life at 203-758-2933 for an appointment to see her.

For more information on these pets or to make an appointment to meet an adoptable pet, call 203-758-2933. For information on the adoption process, visit

NOEL Noel has a story to tell. She was found abandoned in a dump, left there to apparently learn how to survive. That was not working in her favor at all! She was brought to the Meriden Human Society for comfort and care. It took her just three days to realize she was in loving hands and to start coming around. Noel has since gained weight, been vet checked and altered and will soon be available for adoption. She is young, active and sweet and will need the perfect family to make all her dreams come true!

ROBYN Robyn is a beautiful girl who is still a little shy. She is very sweet when you talk to her and likes having her head rubbed, but she’s not yet ready to go seeking out attention. Now that she’s out and about with the other cats, she’ll have more opportunities to play and be socialized, so hopefully she will get her courage up and come asking for attention when she wants it.

For more information on these animals, as well as others at Meriden Humane Society (MHS), email MHS is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and volunteers can be available to meet with you through an appointment. MHS is at 311 Murdock Ave. in Meriden.

Potty training a cat DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I’m going to adopt a cat soon, and I’ve never had a pet. My friend told me that cats aren’t easy to train, so I’m worried. Will it be difficult to train my cat to use a litter box? – Sara in Columbus, Ga. DEAR SARA: Congratulations on adopting your first pet! Cats can be great companions. While it’s difficult to teach a cat to fetch or roll over like a dog, house training is usually much easier to accomplish. Cats have a natural instinct to cover up their droppings. This hides them from predators. A litter box caters to that instinct. A kitten that is old enough to be adopted (usually 12 weeks) has typically been taught by its mother how and where to poop,

how to cover it up and how to keep itself clean and neat (by washing its fur with its tongue). You can reinforce this: Set up your new cat’s litter box, as well as its bedding, toys, food and water, ahead of time. As soon as you bring your new cat home, take it to the litter box and let the cat check it out. If your cat doesn’t get it the first time and piddles elsewhere in the house, don’t scold it. Try

to catch it as soon it happens, pick the cat up and place it in the litter box. It should connect quickly. What if your cat refuses to use the litter box and goes elsewhere? Move the box to a quieter part of the house. If that doesn’t work, or if the cat appears lethargic or meows a lot, contact the veterinarian right away. Cats that don’t use the litter box often are ill, not stubborn. Send your questions or comments to, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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