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Volume VIII, No. 8

Friday, February 24, 2012

Selectmen re-vote police chief’s contract By JONATHAN “CHIP” LONGO vote in conjunction with the proposed blight ordinance referenThe Middlebury Board of Se- dum. Before he asked the board lectmen (BoS) Tuesday night for questions or comments, he heard a presentation from the asked, “Isn’t it time to give someElderly Tax Relief Committee thing back to the elderly who (ETRC) and took a re-vote on have given us so much?” Police Chief Richard Guisti’s conFirst Selectman Ed St. John tract. The board also voted on the said, “These are tough times. We proposed Property Maintenance are going to have to balance the Ordinance. They met Tuesday needs of the community.” Noting due to the Monday holiday. that two of the selectmen were ETRC Chairman and Region seeing the proposal for the first 15 Board of Education member time Tuesday night, he said he Paul Babarik presented the com- would need time to act on it. He mittee’s recommendations for also wanted to see more numbers providing elderly Middlebury as to how this would affect the homeowners a way to reduce budget before he presented it to property taxes on their homes. the BoF. Before his presentation, Babarik Babarik said there is a lack of thanked former selectman Rob- data, and the committee had to ert Desmarais, who was in atten- make assumptions on some of dance, for his help to the com- the numbers. “You won’t get any mittee since its inception in 2008. new numbers,” he said. “They are Babarik said the group’s mis- just not out there.” sion was to find ways to keep Selectman Ralph Barra asked elderly residents in town by eas- about the residency restrictions, ing their tax burdens. He talked and Selectman Elaine Strobel about possible benefits to the wanted to know why they used town as well. He said elderly $95,000 as a threshold when the home owners offset younger state “Circuit Breaker” program homeowners with children in uses $39,500 as the cutoff. Strobel public school. He noted that 84 doubted the savings associated percent of communities across with keeping children out of the the state, including the surround- school system. She also had coning towns of Southbury, Wood- cerns about where the money bury, Naugatuck, Oxford and would come from to offset the tax Watertown, have adopted some breaks and how it would affect form of elderly tax relief. other taxpayers in town. Babarik Under the ETRC plan, tax relief said they could use money from would be available to all home- any contingency funds, or they owners age 65 and older provided could raise taxes. ”There is no they met income and residency free lunch,” he said. requirements. Applicants would Barra wanted to see the numhave to be the principal owner bers from other towns. He also and live in the home at least 183 suggested a cap of $500 as the days a year, and all tax assess- maximum tax reduction. ments would have to be current.  BoF Chairman Michael McTax reductions would be based Cormack was in attendance and on the median assessed value of asked some questions. He said all Middlebury homes, not the he doubted some of the data and assessed value of the owner’s had concerns too many people home. would take advantage of the proThe tax relief would be on a gram, throwing off projections. sliding scale from 0 to 20 percent Babarik asked the BoS what based on gross household in- they would like to do, noting the come. Reductions in assessed committee has been working on values would range from 5 per- this for 3-1/2 years. St. John said cent for those with gross house- they should use $39,500 as the hold incomes of $80,000 to income cutoff and $500 as the $95,000 to 20 percent for those maximum credit. He said those with gross household incomes of were numbers the BoS could take zero to $39,500. Homeowners to the BoF. “You left with somewith gross household incomes of thing tonight,” he told Babarik. more than $95,000 would not be Next up on the agenda was a eligible. re-vote on the police chief’s conBabarik gave several examples tract. Barra, who was a police of the resulting reduction in commissioner when the vote was taxes. One was for a property taken last October and recomowner with a gross household mended it to the former adminincome of $39,500 and a home istration, made the motion to valued at $170,000. Using the void that vote and re-vote on current mil rate of 23.79, that Guisti’s contract. This was in rehomeowner’s taxes would be re- sponse to a complaint from Ray duced by $1,174. Tax reductions Rivard, who lost his bid for a spot would be less for those with on the police commission last higher gross household incomes. year, regarding a perceived conBabarik said approximately flict of interest by then First Se1,222 people over 65 live in Mid- lectman Thomas Gormley and dlebury, and the potential for Selectman Robert Desmarais applicants is as high as 435. This during their vote on the contract. could cause a potential reduction St. John presented a written of close to $300,000 a year in rev- opinion by attorney Michael Mcenue to the town. Babarik said Verry, who was retained by St. this likely would be offset by not John to look into the matter. Mchaving to educate any new stu- Verry found there was no direct dents at a cost of $13,000 per conflict of interest or violation of student. the Town Charter, and suggested Babarik asked the BoS to ap- the new administration vote to prove the plan and present it to ratify the actions taken at the Oct. the Board of Finance (BoF) with 3, 2011, BoS meeting, “thereby the ultimate goal of a town-wide eliminating any suggestion of

Left to right, Arbes Klenja, Mrs. Lois DeGregory, Mrs. Adrienne Brevetti, Joe Hanson, Mrs. Belle Garafola, and Liana Van are shown after the teachers were creamed by the students. The three PHS students won the privilege of putting a pie in the face of the three teachers during an activity that was part of a guerrilla marketing lesson benefitting the Southbury Food Bank.

PHS students cream teachers to help food bank Pomperaug High School (PHS) e-commerce students decided the best way to learn about guerrilla marketing was to brainstorm, create, and enact an activity. As part of their class studies on guerrilla marketing, students developed a marketing plan with the goal of collecting canned goods and non-perishables for the Southbury Food Bank. As an incentive for students to donate, Ally Ruddy half-jokingly came up with a concept. “Students could throw a pie-inthe-face to some of the teachers,” Ruddy said. “Mrs. DeGregory was very willing to do it. The other two teachers, Mrs. (Adrienne) Brevetti and Mrs. (Belle) Garafola joined in when they knew it was going to benefit the food bank.” The e-commerce students, joined by the Interact Club and the PHS Student Council, developed the idea with the guidance of PHS business and marketing teacher DeGregory. The first part of the plan was to let the school community know about their efforts and how they wanted the students to participate. “Matt Murphy, Evan Altamirano, and I set up the food collection boxes throughout the school and created the advertising posters,” PHS student Joe Hanson said. Students who donated five food items were entered into a raffle to throw a ball into a bucket. The three students whose balls stayed in the bucket were then selected to be the pie-throwers: Arbes Klenja, Liana Van, and Hanson – the same student who helped with the marketing plan! In front of an audience of more than

impropriety in the formal approval.” Prior to the vote, Rivard, who was at the meeting, attempted to have a personal statement read into the record. St. John would not allow it. “It’s not going to change anything, Ray,” St. John said. The board then voted unanimously to approve Guisti’s con-

Interact member Nolan Birtwell, left, and Interact President Matt Murphy, right, load 10 bins of donated canned goods and non-perishables for delivery to the Southbury Food Bank following a pie-throwing activity at PHS. (Submitted photos) 500 students during a lunch wave, the three “throwers” hefted homemade banana cream pies and creamed their teacher’s faces, much to the delight of the audience. The event was all in good fun and for a good cause. “The pie was stickier than I thought it was going to be,” said DeGregory. “To know, however, that this was the culmination of a lesson on guerrilla marketing

tract.   The board voted without any discussion on the next two items, the police commission’s action on extra-duty contracts and the proposed Property Maintenance Ordinance. St. John said the next steps for the Property Maintenance Ordinance are to go to Planning and Zoning, then a pub-

and the Southbury Food Bank was going to benefit – the pie-in-the-face was well worth it!” “We felt our guerrilla marketing was successful evidenced by the huge amount of food we collected,” said Hanson. The students delivered 10 large bins of cereal, soup, canned meats, and pasta to the Southbury Food Bank at the end of the school day.

lic hearing phase, and then a town-wide referendum vote. During public comments, Executive Secretary Barbara Whitaker read the letter Rivard tried to have entered before the vote on the police chief’s contract. In it, Rivard complained about abuse of power by “lame duck Selectmen Gormley and

Desmarais and their police chief and the Police Commission.” He said not all the Police Commission members had favored approving Guisti’s contract and then said the current BoS is abusing its power. “It looks bad on your resumé,

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2 to 4 p.m. Moderated by John Dankosky, host of “Where We Live” on WNPR. Participating candidates include Chris Donovan, Elizabeth Esty, Dan Roberti and Randy Yale. Pomperaug High School in Southbury

Region 15 Board of Education Meeting When: 7:30 p.m. What: School Superintendent Dr. Frank Sippy is expected to present his 2012-2013 budget numbers. Where: Pomperaug High School All-Purpose Room

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Library Happenings Middlebury Tuesday Bookworms Tuesday Bookworms will meet Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “The Adventures of TinTin” by Hergé. The Adventures of Tintin series was created in 1929 by a Belgian artist who called himself Hergé. Tintin is a reporter-turned-detective whose pursuit of villains, criminals, treasure and the occasional artifact takes him all over the world along with a colorful cast of friends. The TinTin stories are based on real-world events and cultures brought to life for readers in inspiring and exciting ways.

Bird Feeder Workshop Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust will offer a workshop on making bird feeders Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the library. Each bird feeder will cost $20. Register at the library, or call 203758-2634. Space is limited, so pre-registration is a must.

Discovery Series Thursday, March 1, at 6:45 p.m., Chris and Molly Parker will share their trek through Turkey during a Friends of the Middlebury Library Travel Discovery Series program. A camel bedecked with Christmas decorations will be one of the highlights you’ll see in their presentation.

Puzzlemania in March The Sixth Annual Puzzlemania Contest will be Tuesday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the library. Call the library at 203-758-2634 to register your team, or stop in and pick up a set of rules at the circulation desk. Pre-registration is a must as entrants are limited to 10 teams.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 9:30 a.m. Babies & Books begins Tuesday, March 6, at 10:30 a.m.; Stories & Crafts for three- to five-year-olds begins Wednesday, March 7, at 10:30 a.m.; Mother Goose Time for ages three to 12 months begins Thursday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m.; and Stories & More for two-yearolds will begin Friday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. All story times include stories, songs and crafts.

Parenting Book Club

This ongoing book club dedicated to parents and caregivers will meet Thursday, March 15, at 10 a.m. in the Brown Meeting Room to discuss “Loser” by Jerry Spinelly. The Parent/Parenting Book Club’s goal is to share and learn about the parenting adventure. It meets the third Thursday of every month and is facilitated by Southbury resident Yarel Marshall. Copies of the book are availWednesday Film able for pickup at the circulation The Wednesday afternoon desk. movie Feb. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Kingsley Meeting Room, origi- Youth Art Month Exhibit nally shown on BBC, uses docuRegion 15 schools are observmented accounts and her own ing Youth Art Month with a diswords to probe shadowy areas of play of local student art work at Agatha Christie’s life, especially the Gloria Cachion Art Gallery in her 11-day disappearance in the Southbury Public Library 1926. Anna Massie portrays the Wednesday, Feb. 29, through author looking back at her Thursday morning, March 29. younger self. For more informaCheck www.southburylibrary. tion, call 203-262-0626. org for more information. The

Second Annual Dr. Seuss Breakfast

library is at 100 Poverty Road in Southbury (203-262-0626).

The Children’s Department will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with green eggs and ham and other breakfast goodies for children ages 3 and up Friday, March 2, at 10 a.m. in the Kingsley Meeting Rooms. Stories and a simple craft will be shared, and the cartoon “The Lorax” will be shown. Registration is required; stop at the Children’s Department or call 203-262-0626, ext. 3, to register. The Friends of the Southbury Library is sponsoring this program.

Woodbury Super Hero Movie Marathon 

Teens in grades six and up can drop in for a super hero movie marathon Saturday, Feb. 25, beginning with “Thor” at 11 a.m. “X-Men: First Class” will begin at 1 p.m. The library will provide freshly made popcorn, candy and drinks.  Drop in for one movie or make it a double feature day. 

Get Children Moving

The Children’s Department is launching a new monthly club to get kids in grades one to three moving. The first “Wii Have Fun” meeting will be Tuesday, March 6, at 4 p.m. in the Kingsley Meeting Rooms. A  variety of Wii games will be available for play, Brown Bag and light snacks will be served. Book Discussion  Registration is required; call The brown bag book discus- 203-262-0626, ext. 3, or stop by sion group will meet Wednesday, the Children’s Department. March 7, at 1 p.m. to discuss “Sacred Hearts” by Sarah Dunant. Lunch Bunch  New members are welcome. For The Children’s Department more information, call Sue at 203- will offer a special  Lunch 758-2634. Bunch program for children of all The Middlebury Library is at ages and their parents or guard30 Crest Road in Middlebury. ians Thursday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m. They are invited to bring a brown bag lunch to the library for an “indoor picnic.” A newly reTequila Grill Fundraiser leased movie also will be shown. For more information, call 203Thursday, March 8, from 5 to 262-0626, ext. 3. 9 p.m. at The Tequila Grill at 9 Church St. in Naugatuck, support Teen Tech Week 2012 the Howard Whittemore Library Duct Tape Tech Covers while enjoying a great meal with Teens in grades five to 12 can family and friends! Specials for make duct tape covers Tuesday, this night only will be $5 on select March 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. appetizers and margaritas. Protect those tech toys – smart phones and iPads and Kindles –  Donate Cartridges, covers. Registration is reElectronic Equipment with quired.  The library greatly appreciates Teen Tech Petting Zoo donations of old computer carTeens in grades five to 12 can tridges, cell phones, and digital bring their devices to the first ever cameras for its recycling program. Teen Tech Petting Zoo Friday, A portion of the proceeds gener- March 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. Share ated from this ongoing program the latest and greatest technology will benefit the book budget and has to offer and learn how to programs at the library. download audio and e-books The Howard Whittemore Me- from the library’s website. Regismorial Library is at 243 Church tration is required. St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591. Needle Felting for Teens


Local crafter Katie Stevenson will instruct teens in grades five to 12 in the art of needle felting Children’s Story Time Thursday, March 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Create a 3D sculpture using Signup this fun and easy technique. RegThe Children’s Department istration is required. Call 203-262will begin registration for its six- 0626, ext. 110, to register. week Spring Story Time sessions


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Friday, February 24, 2012

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) ranked the Pomperaug High School (PHS) student-run literary magazine Abraxas in the “excellent” category after reviewing the 2010-11 issue. In past years, PHS has ranked “above average.” This year, however, PHS placed in the excellent category along with 10 other schools across the state, including districts such as Masuk, Newtown, New Milford and Bethel.   The 2010-11 student editors under last year’s advisor, Margaret Hartshorn, were Madison Clough, Colleen Francke, and Cierra Rouse. Students share their creative pieces – photographic art, drawings, poems, or short fiction pieces – with the members of Abraxas, who review them as a group. At the end of the school year, the team publishes a collection of student work to be released and distributed to the students. Editors’ notes stated the 2011 issue encouraged individuality for the high school student: “In this magazine, you will find a collection of writing that has topics ranging from history to heartbreak, travel to childhood and even subjects as trivial as the SATs. We hope you find Abraxas 2011 original, and we encourage you to strive to be the same.” NCTE recognizes literary mag-

Naomi Miller, left, provides constructive criticism and feedback on an author’s poem as Maggie Kuck, right, listens in during a recent Abraxas meeting at Pomperaug High School (PHS). Abraxas, PHS’s student-run literary magazine, was ranked excellent by the National Council of Teachers of English for its 2010-11 issue. (Submitted photo) azines and ranks school publications based on percentage of student participation, interdisciplinary writing, use of technology, artwork, quality of the prose, etc. PHS was among 391 schools that competed in 2011. NCTE’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines recognizes students, teachers, and schools for producing excel-

lent literary magazines. This year’s advisor is PHS English teacher James Randall, and head editors are Alex Danieli and Christopher Russo. Every Tuesday afternoon, Randall and more than a dozen students meet to debate, discuss and decide which pieces meet the publication’s standards.

Anderson Exhibit Held Over The Leroy Anderson exhibit from January has been held over a month. “A Sleigh Ride Together With You,” celebrates the life and music of composer Leroy Anderson.  Anderson, Woodbury’s world-renowned resident, passed away in 1975, but his music has taken on a timeless quality throughout the world. A 9-minute segment of a PBS documentary can be viewed, along with large informational posters and four display cases filled with memorabilia. For more information about the composer, visit www. Programs are free and open to area residents. For information, call 203-263-3502 or visit www. The library is at 269 Main St. South in Woodbury.

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Enjoy Mexico from the comfort of your armchair By DONNA HINE


t’s dark and dreary and cold and rainy here right now – in the middle of the afternoon. I bet it’s 85 degrees and sunny in Acapulco – ohhh – it’s partly cloudy and only 84 degrees … with a low of 73 for the day. Time for this armchair traveler to take off and see the sights in Mexico. Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cordoba, Veracruz – with names so exotic and different, Mexico just sounds like an exciting place to visit. With the drug-related violence escalating in the tourist areas this past year, though, armchair traveling may be the only way to see many areas in Mexico for a while! Our imaginations will have to create the images if our eyes cannot see them, and isn’t that one of the best things books can do for us? Buenos dias! Before we actually pretend-visit Mexico, maybe we should learn the language. Although not the official language of Mexico, Spanish is spoken by the majority. Let’s start small with DK’s “15-Minute Spanish” (463 SPA). A 12-week course set in 15-minute increments will have you speaking elementary Spanish before you know it! The companion book gives you not only the spelling, but phonetically shows the word pronunciation to make them

easier to speak. Easy to order a meal or ask directions – now you have to decipher the answers! Use your “Spanish/English Visual Dictionary” (463 SPA)! Not only pictorial, this handy little book has simple phrases to help you communicate – nice to know el mosquito at least is the same in both languages! If you really want to get into the language, look for DK’s “Spanish Complete” (468 SPA). This comprehensive pack claims to take you from beginner to fluency in just three months! With three CDs and a guidebook, you will hear native speakers, build vocabulary and develop conversational skills … plan ahead and understand more clearly what the natives are saying! If a child is accompanying you, check out “Sing and Learn Spanish” (J 468.34 SIN) and follow along with him as he learns the basic colors, numbers, food and even simple phrases. Try “Alphabet Fiesta” (J 468 MIR) by Anne Miranda – illustrated by young schoolchildren in Spain – or “My Very Own Room” (J 468PER). Each paragraph of the story is written in English – the Spanish version follows. Now that you understand the language, what do you want to see, and where do you want to go in Mexico? We have the standard guidebooks to help you

choose a location, but I would certainly pop on the Internet for up-to-the-second news about political and social conditions in the area … Things have been slightly warm recently in areas highly popular with tourists – the drug cartels are not doing the tourist industry any good at all, though the government is trying to create safe areas for visitors. “Frommer’s Mexico” (917.2 FRO) will help you choose the right time of year to visit, tours available, sights to see in each location, and lots more essential information. Hotels also are listed, and rated for comfort, but look first at “The Best of Mexico” section – do you want a beach vacation? Maybe you want to explore the best archaeological sites, or maybe you just want to get away from it all! Whatever your intent, you will find specific suggestions for each activity. “Fodor’s Mexico” (917.2 MEX) also will help you plan your trip. Watch for the orange stars indicating “Fodor’s Choices” for the highest-rated things to see, eat, visit or places to stay. If Eyewitness Travel is your favorite guidebook when traveling, “Mexico” (917.204 INM) offers colorful examples of wildlife, tropical forests and exciting architecture, among many other recommendations. “An Archaeological Guide to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula” (917.204 KEL) by Joyce Kelly focuses on that specific locale and includes maps and illustrations of these ancient sites. You will be good to go with the information on what type of clothing, camera and miscellaneous items to bring! Each site is rated by the author, and museums are discussed and described in detail. “The Great Cities: Mexico City” (917.53 COT) by Time-Life Books is a pictorial stroll through Mexico City with useful informa-

tion about its many facets – historical and archaeological, social and cultural. It’s an in-depth look at a culture with roots deep in the past but with an eye to the future. Just feel like looking at pictures? “Treasures of Ancient Mexico from the National Anthropological Museum” (917.2 CER) is composed by Maria Antonieta Cervantes. You can dally away an afternoon looking at the images of incredible Mayan art and amazing stone sculpture and also viewing the growth of pre-Hispanic people to their modern-day counterparts. No article would be complete without a discussion about food – and traditional Mexican food is spicy and imaginative. “Williams-Sonoma Mexican Favorites” (641.5972 PAL) includes recipes by Susanna Palazuelos for any occasion. Mexican foods have become a major part of our daily lives; who doesn’t love a Tex-Mex cheese dip, enchilada or taco? “Mexican Feasts: 50 Dishes Full of Fire and Spice” (641.5 ORT) by Elizabeth Lambert Ortiz is filled with colorful pictures of tempting Mexican dishes – everything from corn soup to Mexican hot chocolate! Finally, “The Essential Mexican Cookbook” (641.59 THO) edited by Heather Thomas gives us step-by-step instructions for creating dishes such as huevos rancheros, chile verde and even chimichangas! Our armchair visit to Mexico is complete – and the sun is even out to create that warm feeling that is so much a part of that climate! Ole! Do you have a favorite subject that hasn’t been covered in Library Lines? Let me know what library books you would like to read about by calling 203-7582634.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

RIT offers camps for hearing-impaired students Deaf and hard-of-hearing stusophomores and juniors who of roller coasters, conduct exdents from across the country are are deaf or hard of hearing. periments in a high-tech lab invited to attend one of three Students experience college and more. The registration summer career awareness camps life, enjoy hands-on activities, deadline is Thursday, May 31. focusing on science, technology, and get a taste of careers in the Details are at business and art at Rochester fields of business, computing, NTID/TechGirlz or www.rit. Institute of Technology’s (RIT) engineering, science and art. edu/NTID/TechBoyz. National Technical Institute for Choice of two sessions: July 14 • Steps to Success is a weekend the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, to 19 or July 21 to 26, 2012. The mini-camp Aug. 3 through 5, N.Y. Hundreds of students are registration deadline is for seventh-, eighth- and ninthexpected. Monday, April 30. Details are grade African American, Native Each program features handsat American and Latino students on activities during the day, so- • TechGirlz and TechBoyz are who are deaf or hard of hearing. cial activities in the evenings and week-long summer camps held Campers will enjoy hands-on accommodations in a college July 28 through Aug. 3 for deaf career-related activities and dorm room. The programs are and hard-of-hearing girls and meet new friends. The registraintended to promote interest in boys, respectively, entering tion deadline is Thursday, May specific fields and determine seventh, eighth and ninth 31. Details are at what career options may interest grade who are interested in NTID/StepstoSuccess. and motivate students. careers in science, technology, RIT is internationally recog• Explore Your Future is a sixengineering and math. nized for academic leadership in day career awareness program Campers build computers to computing, engineering, imaging for college-bound high school take home, discover the secrets technology, sustainability and


Kindergarteners Visit Peabody Museum

fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. RIT enrolls 17,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. NTID, one of nine colleges of RIT, was established by Congress in 1965 to provide college opportunities for deaf and hard-ofhearing individuals who were underemployed in technical fields. A record 1,547 students attend NTID; more than 1,350 are deaf or hard of hearing. Others are hearing students enrolled in interpreting or deaf education programs. Visit NTID.

MMS Mathletes place third in competition The Memorial Middle School (MMS) Mathcounts Mathletes came in third place in the Feb. 11 Northwestern Chapter Mathcounts Competition. The team – Sarmed Imadulla, Tanishq Kancharla, Adaijay Thammana and Connor O’Sullivan – competed at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury. The Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers organized the competition. The MMS students who competed as individuals for the school were Nicholas Deierlein, Katrina Hon, Henry Hu, Andrew Kelbley, Clara Ma and Westwood Sutherland. The students have been preparing for the competition since September under the supervision of MMS Mathcounts advisor Donna Horbachuk. At the competition, the students competed individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches. Subjects included algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. The MMS team now advances to the Connecticut State Mathcounts Competition Saturday, March 10, at the University of Hartford. Mathcounts is a national program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. The competition is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that pro-

Chase Collegiate kindergarteners Matthew Segal, left, of Southbury and Andrew King, right, of Middlebury visit Yale’s Peabody Museum during a class field trip Feb. 8. They and their classmates visited the museum in conjunction with their study of dinosaurs, which they have been studying through language arts, math, science, music and art activities. In addition, there is a dig site in the classroom where students, as paleontologists, excavate fossils and record their findings.  (Submitted photo)

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Continued from page 1 not mine,” he said. Rivard said he was not happy with the way the board voted Tuesday night. Barra responded to him by saying his allegations of discord among the Police Commission members were untrue. Barra said members voted unanimously to forward Guisti’s contract to the BoS.

Senior Center News

Memorial Middle School students, front, left to right, Connor O’Sullivan, Adaijay Thammana, Clara Ma, Nicholas Deierlein, Westwood Sutherland, Tanishq Kancharla and Sarmed Imadulla, and rear left to right, Principal Dr. John Sieller, Henry Hu, Katrina Hon, Andrew Kelbley, and Advisor Donna St. Patrick’s Day Party The Middlebury Senior Center Horbachuk are shown with their awards from the Feb. 11 Mathcounts Competition. (Submitted photo) St. Patrick’s Day party will be Friday, March 9, at 11:45 a.m. Tom motes mathematics achievement chapter competitions are in Feb- nale is the 2012 Raytheon Math- “T-Bone” Stankus will entertain through a series of fun and engag- ruary, followed by the state com- counts National Competition in in the traditional Irish way, and ing “bee” style contests.  Local/ petitions in March. The grand fi- Orlando, Fla. the menu will be the traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage with the works. The cost is $7 per person. Call 203-577-4166 to reserve a seat.

Spotting elder abuse

Elderly abuse can take many forms. A study done for The National Center on Elder Abuse reports the following can be considered abuse: • Failure to provide food, water, shelter, medicine and other essentials. • Financial or material exploitation: Cashing checks without permission, forging a signature, stealing, coercing a senior into signing documents. • Caregiver neglect: Failure to respond to needs. • Physical abuse: Hitting, punching, shoving. • Sexual abuse: Inappropriate touching. • Emotional abuse: Yelling,

screaming, belittling, name calling. The study states the majority of the elderly abuse victims were female, with nearly half of them being age 80 or older. Most of the abuse occurred at home, and more than half of the abusers were female. The study was done a few years ago, but as we “baby boomers” age, the numbers are sure to rise. Here are some scenarios that might indicate there is an abu-

sive situation. • Your elderly female neighbor’s husband died and her son moved in. He seems to have taken over. • You work at a bank, and the caregiver for an elderly customer has been continually withdrawing funds in excess of what your customer used to withdraw. • A friend confides, “My daughter wants me to sign papers I don’t understand.” In each case, there could be a perfectly reasonable explanation – or not. Stay alert to the possibility of abuse. If you’re a mail carrier, bank clerk, hospital staff, grocery checker, newspaper carrier,

home health aide, social services staff or any number of professions that come into contact with the public, you’re in a position to spot possible abuse of a senior. If you need help or more information, go online to the Nation Center on Elder Abuse ( or call 1-800-677-1116. 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 email to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Middlebury heads west again By Dr. ROBERT L. RAFFORD Last week I wrote about Titus Bronson, a Middleburian who headed west and founded the city of Kalamazoo, Mich. While the Bronsons were plentiful in Middlebury, so were the Abbotts. More people inquiring about the Abbott family have visited the Middlebury Historical Society in my tenure as municipal historian than any other family. Another Middlebury pioneer who went west to seek his fortune was William Hawkins Abbott (1819 to 1901), one of 12 children of David Abbott and Hannah Hawkins, born in Middlebury. The prolific Abbott family today has many descendants throughout Connecticut and the country. William worked in Watertown in the general store and married Jane Wheeler in September 1845. When oil was discovered in Titusville, Pa., by Edwin L. Drake in 1859, he became one of the first people involved in the oil trade. He built the first petroleum refinery in Titusville in 1861 and

This newspaper then asked the board if Barra should have recused himself from the vote due to conflict of interest. Acting as a selectman, Barra voted on a contract he had voted on and recommended to the BoS when he was a police commissioner. St. John said Barra was “acting in a totally different capacity” as a selectman and he was “hard pressed” to see any conflict of interest.

moved there the following year. He also established the first retail coal business. William prospered in business and possessed a marvelous character. John J. McLaurin, author of “Sketches in Crude-Oil” (Harrisburg, Pa.: published by the author in 1898), described him thus: “His generosity was comprehensive and discerning … a most exemplary, public-spirited citizen. To give bountifully was his delight. He bore financial disaster heroically and labored incessantly to save others from loss. At seventy-two he is patient and helpful to those about him, his daily life illustrating his real worth and illumining the pathway of his declining years.” Middlebury has contributed many fine citizens, and William Hawkins Abbott was one of our best. Read more about him at His attributes were all the more astonishing considering the fact that, in 1841, when William was about 21, his father, David Abbott, apparently

insane, murdered his wife, Hannah, and then tried to kill himself in what was probably Middlebury’s first major crime. Rafford is the Middlebury His-

torical Society president and Middlebury’s municipal historian. To join the historical society, visit or call Rafford at 203-206-4717.

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stance, the cadets march in full uniform in cadence with military music, presenting arms in unison. Enjoy a bountiful buffet at the Hotel Thayer, which offers an assortment of salads, hot and cold entrees and an extensive sweets table. Also included in the excursion are guided tours of West Point’s highlights: the Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point and the Hudson River Lookout. A Friendship Tours luxury coach will depart from Shepardson Community Center at 8 a.m. West Point Dress Parade and return to the lot at 6 p.m. The Travel to West Point Academy cost is $83 per person. Call Midin New York to view its famous dlebury Parks and Recreation at dress parade Saturday, April 28. 203-758-2520 to reserve a seat. With great pomp and circum-


Middlebury Community Calendar Tuesday, Feb. 28 Mental Health Support Group 6 p.m............................. Russell Place, 1F, 969 W. Main, Waterbury Economic and Industrial Development Commission 6:30 p.m..............................................Town Hall Conference Room Conservation Commission 7:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26

Thursday, March 1 Planning and Zoning 7:30 p.m......................................................Shepardson Auditorium 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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Tuesday, Feb. 28 PHS Talent Show Rehearsal................................................. 3 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 29 PHS Talent Show Rehearsal................................................. 3 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 1 PHS Talent Show............................................................ 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Friday, March 2 CMEA ................................................................ Middle School Festival PHS Talent Show Snow Date......................................... 7 to 10:30 p.m.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

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In Brief Fly Fishing Meeting

Hotel and Convention Center at 3850 East Main St. in Waterbury. The costs are $85 per person and $1,100 for reserved table with priority seating for nine and program recognition. A 5:30 p.m. reception will be followed by the program and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are requested by Feb. 28 at, or contact Courtney Ligi at or 203757-0701.

The monthly meeting of the Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association (HFFA) will be Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at St Paul’s Episcopal Church at 65 North Main St. in Wallingford. The HFFA is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Housatonic River as well as furthering the sport of fly fishing. Monthly meetings are the first Thursday of the month from September through June. The March meeting will cover the Hendrickson Cooking for Hope dry fly and nymph along with patterns that are Sip wine and sample dishes from more than 50 effective on the Housatonic River. There also will be fly tying demonstrations, both fresh- and salt- of Boston’s most popular chefs and some of New water types. The meeting is free and open to the England’s favorite wineries at the 14th annual Chefs Cooking for Hope, hosted by the Friends of public. Refreshments will be served. Dana-Farber, Thursday, March 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 125 High St. in Boston. Admission is $100 NOFA Conference The Northeast Organic Farming Association of per person. Proceeds benefit cancer research and Connecticut (CT NOFA) welcomes all to the 30th care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. For tickets, call 617-632-3909 or visit Jane Doe No More/Escape Alive self-defense classes like this will run in the area throughout March Annual Winter Conference Saturday, March 3, from friends-chefs. Tickets also may be purchased at the and April. (Submitted photo) 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Manchester Community door. College to discuss the future of sustainable farming

Self-defense classes for women

Jane Doe No More, Inc. will offer Escape Alive-Survival Skills, a low-cost self-defense and survival skills training program for women, beginning Thursday, March 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the University of Connecticut Waterbury campus. Classes will be offered throughout March and April at other Waterbury locations and in Southbury, Middlebury, Naugatuck and Litchfield. Each session includes both lecture and physical training components; no experience is necessary. Classes are open to women ages 15 and older; par-

ticipants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the time of entry. Girls 12 and younger are welcome in the mother-daughter sessions. Now in its third year, the Jane Doe No More/Escape Alive program teaches women the physical skills, techniques and strategies they need to both identify and escape danger, including domestic violence and sexual assault. Classes are taught by professional self-defense instructors and East Coast Training Systems owners Drew and Da-

First Thursday to feature jazz vocalist, bassist The Mattatuck Museum will feature New York jazz vocalist, Glenda Davenport and bassist John Mobilio, accompanied by James Santucci on piano and drummer Jack Varanelli, at First Thursday March 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the museum at 144 West Main St. in Waterbury. Davenport began her singing career in June 1992. She was a winner at The World Famous Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night in April 1993 and the opening act for comedian Bill Cosby in 1994 at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. In July 1995, she performed with tenor saxophonist Carmen Leggio’s Quartet

at the Saratoga Jazz Festival in Saratoga, N.Y. She performs regularly throughout the tri-state area. Mobilio is a jazz bassist who performs regularly with a number of jazz combos and big bands in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. As a bassist, educator, musical director and performer, Mobilio brings his joy of jazz and music to audiences and students throughout Connecticut and the surrounding states. To purchase tickets in advance, call Cathy Filippone at 203-753-0381, ext. 10, or visit for more information and to register

and celebrate local food. Conference registration Fly Fishing Expo is $50 for NOFA members and $60 for nonmembers The Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association will ($35 for students or seniors). For more information hold their annual Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Expo and registration online, visit, or niele Serrano. Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. A full schedule of classes and call 203-888-5146. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 65 North Main St. in locations and online enrollment Wallingford. Admission is free; visit Robotics, Arts Open Houses are at For Robotics And Beyond and Village Center for the for directions. questions or to register over the The expo will feature fly tying demonstrations Arts (VCA) will share Open House Day Saturday, phone, call Daniele Serrano at by some of the best fly tyers in the state, including 203-768-2866 or email her at da- March 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at VCA at 12 Main a special saltwater fly tying class. The cost is $3. Fly St. on the New Milford Green and at the railroad rod casting demonstrations and lessons (weather Jane Doe No More, Inc. was station at 11 Railroad St. in New Milford. permitting) will be available. Fishermen also can Both nonprofits are dedicated to providing edfounded in 2007 to improve the bring their own fly fishing gear to sell or swap. way society responds to victims ucational and enrichment opportunities, reSeating is limited for the classes. For more inof sexual assault. Through edu- sources, programs, and summer camps in science, formation, call Paul Dinice at 203-305-3850 or email cation, awareness and support technology, and engineering and the arts, with a programs, Jane Doe No More has focus on programs geared toward children in had a direct and lasting impact grades K to 12. Garden Club Bee Lecture VCA will offer hands-on activities, live music, on sexual assault victims in ConMiddlebury Garden Club will present “Making necticut and across the country. classes-in-progress, demos, games and refresh- Peace with Bees,” a lecture by Kathy Olson, a.k.a. ments. At the railroad station, Robotics And Beyond will unveil lots of hands-on computer science, The Bee Lady, Tuesday, March 13, from 7 to 8:30 robotics and other gadgetry for inquiring minds p.m. in the Larkin Room at the Middlebury Public to discover and active hands to engage. There will Library. Colony collapse disorder and other bee be plenty of displays, contests, raffles, and prizes concerns will be discussed. A honey tasting will to keep the whole family busy, so make this outing follow the lecture. The public is invited to attend. The suggested a family event! donation is $5. For more information, call Christine For more information on VCA, visit or call 860-354-4318. For sum- Peckaitis at 203-758-8165. mer camp details and more information on RoSt. Patrick’s Day Dinner botics And Beyond, visit www.roboticsandbeyond. Middlebury Knights of Columbus will hold its com or call 203-788-5971. St. Patrick’s Day dinner Wednesday, March 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Shepardson Community CenFrench Classes The Alliance Française of Northwestern Con- ter auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the Hornecticut (AFNWCT) will offer a beginner class in gan Academy of Irish Dance will perform at 7 p.m. French for adults on five consecutive Saturdays The menu is a traditional corned beef and cabbage beginning March 3 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at dinner with a side dish, beverage, coffee and tea, the Southbury Library at 100 Poverty Road in and dessert. Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for seniors, $7 for Southbury. Intermediate classes in French for Jazz bassist John Mobilio youth, free for children younger than 8 and $35 for (Submitted photo) adults will be in Watertown Tuesday evenings from five immediate family members. Tickets will be 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m starting March 6. The cost is $66 depending upon enrollment. For information, call available at the door. All proceeds will go toward online. Admission is $7 for mu203-262-8594 or e-mail the Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund. seum members and $15 for nonmembers. Join the museum or Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarships Kosher Ski Trip renew your membership on First Dunkin’ Donuts will award 50 $1,000 scholarships The Chabad community will converge at the Thursday and get in free. Butternut Ski area for the “Ski With Chabad” event to qualified high school seniors in the state. The Sunday, March 4, beginning with a hot kosher application deadline is Thursday, March 15. Apply breakfast at 7 a.m. at Chabad at 7 Village Green at Candidates must be high school seniors who Dr. in Litchfield. Then attendees will board a coach bus to the Butternut Ski Area (www.skibutternut. plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, Midler, The Everly Brothers, and com). Also featured will be a Great Slopeside all- university or vocational-technical school for the others. Lunch is at noon and en- you-can-eat kosher barbecue. The bus is scheduled entire upcoming academic year. They must be tertainment will follow at 1 p.m. to be back in Litchfield at 5:30 p.m. Reserve your Connecticut residents and have a minimum cuin the Jewish Federation’s social space at or by calling mulative grade point average of 3.0. Full- and parthall at 444 Main St. North in 800-297-6864. time Dunkin’ Donuts employees who meet the Southbury. requirements are encouraged to apply. Merit-based Candidates Dinner All area adults age 60 and betThe Waterbury Regional Chamber will host its scholarships will be awarded to students who ter are invited to enjoy Jordan demonstrate a well-rounded character both in and Caterers of Cheshire’s hot lunch. annual Legislative Dinner Monday, March 5, from out of the classroom. Lunch reservations should be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the CoCo-Key Water Resort made by noon Monday. All programs are open to the public, and there is a suggested lunch donaLetters to the Editor tion of $7.50 for adults age 60 and better and $9.50 for those Letters to the editor may be mailed to the Bee-Intelligencer, P.O. Box 10, Middlebury, CT 06762 or emailed to younger than 60. To RSVP, call Letters will be run as space permits. Please limit letters to 500 words, avoid personal attacks, and Debby Horowitz, Brownstein understand letters will be edited. 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Lunch to feature duets The Wednesday, Feb. 29, Love & Knishes lunch program, “The Glory of Love,” will feature Jeanne Hinkson and Ercole Gaudioso as they present a collection of solos and duets made

famous by Nat and Natalie Cole, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Dean Martin and Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett and Diana Krall, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Sammy Davis Jr. and Carmen Rae, Bette

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Friday, February 24, 2012


Obituaries Robert John Biscoe

Father of Barbara Tzepos Robert John Biscoe, 80 years young, of Newtown passed away Feb. 18 surrounded by his loving family. His Mass of Christian burial

was Feb. 23. Bob was born Dec. 14, 1931, in Astoria, N.Y., the son of the late John and Helen Biscoe. He graduated from Stamford High School in 1949, where he met his sweetheart, his wife, Joyce Eleanor Sikora. They were married Jan. 26, 1952. He then served in the U.S. Army during the years of 1952 through 1954 as a great cook. After getting married, they first lived in Stamford. While Bob was in the Army, they lived in Louisville, Ky. After serving in the Army, they relocated to Danbury, where they started their family. They had three children, Robert Edward, Bruce Stephen and Barbara Ann, who were their pride and joy. They relocated to Newtown in 1970, where they watched their beautiful children grow up. During the first half of his working career, he was employed by E. Paul Kovacs of Danbury. He was a well-respected heavy equipment operator and was a member of Local 478 Operating Engineers. In 1979, Bob and his son Bruce formed Biscoe Excavating LLC. For the next 28 years they built dozens of roads and did site work for hundreds of new homes in the Newtown area. He loved to move dirt and drive his green dump trucks and operate the excavating machines. His equipment always was immaculate. His other passion in life was restoring and collecting antique cars. He would spend hours working on them in his beloved garage. You would never catch Bob without wearing one of his favorite hats his grandchildren gave him. His three children then went on to give him 12 beautiful and loving grandchildren. His son Rob resides in Cary, N.C., with his wife, Charlotte (Titus), and their two children. His son Bruce resides in Newtown with his wife, Linda (Tichey), and their four children. His daughter, Barbara Tzepos, resides in Middlebury with her husband, George, and their six children. Pop-Pops/grandpa loved his grandchildren and adored each and every one of them. He also is survived by his sister, Shirley Forte of Watertown, and nephew, Frank. Bob and Joy just celebrated their 60th anniversary in January with their loving family. Joy was a devoted wife to Bob during his years of illness. Her constant care for him showed the devotion and love they shared for one another during their marriage and was admired by all. The family would like to thank Dr. Ken Pellegrino, Danbury Hospital staff, Dr. Vincent Rella and the wonderful caring staff of Praxair Cancer Center during his final years. Interment was in Resurrection Cemetery in Newtown. The Honan Funeral Home in Newtown handled the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Bruce Biscoe to the ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter at 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4, Milford, CT 06460.

Cecile A. Brier

Michael R. Chester III

Rufus L. Lydem

Mr. Michael R. Chester III, 52, of Oakville died unexpectedly Feb. 20 at Waterbury Hospital in the presence of his loving family. He was the husband of Sheryl (Tate) Chester. Michael was born in Waterbury Nov. 24, 1959, a son of Angela Chester Miller of Waterbury and the late Michael Rocco Chester Jr. He attended Watertown High School. He was a self-employed carpenter and mechanic until becoming disabled seven years ago. He enjoyed boating with his wife and family. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his cherished grandchildren. Besides his wife of 27 years and his mother, he leaves a son, Keith Baker and his fiancé, Crystal Anderson, of Oakville; two daughters, Kristine Cura and her husband, Robert, of Middlebury and Terri Baker of Bristol; three sisters, Patricia A. Petruny and her husband, Gerald, and Susan M. Fiermonte and her husband, Keith, all of Waterbury; and Angela M. Chester of Middlebury; and nine grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, a great niece and a great nephew. He was predeceased by a brother, Christopher J. Chester, and a stepfather, Edward A. Miller. His funeral is today, Friday, Feb. 24, at 9:30 a.m. from Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home 430 Chase Parkway to SS. Peter and Paul Church for a Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Rufus L. Lydem, 92, died Feb. 21 at Gardner Heights Health Care Center in Shelton. He was the husband of Laurentina (Pereira) Lydem. Mr. Lydem was born July 18, 1919, in Frelighsburg, Quebec, Canada, a son of the late Thomas and Amanda (Guilmain) Lydem. Rufus entered the U. S. Army March 20, 1941, at Ft. Devens, Mass. He was in the 1st Cavalry Division and 12th Cavalry Squadron. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He retired after 33 years as a lab technician with Uniroyal Chemical. He also was a member of the VFW Watertown Post #5157. Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Debra Lydem-Furey and her husband, Christopher, of Canterbury, Conn.; a brother, John P. Lydem of Naugatuck; a sister, Mary P. Metzger of Kentucky; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Sandra Lee Lange. The funeral will leave today, Friday, Feb. 24, at 9:15 a.m. from Lyons Funeral Home at 46 High St. in Thomaston and proceed to St. Thomas Church for a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. To leave online condolences, visit

Father of Kristine Cura

Mary S. Colella

Sister of Joseph Mastroianni Mrs. Mary S. (Mastroianni) Colella, 93, of Waterbury passed away Feb. 17 at the Vitas Unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital. She was the widow of Vincent J. Colella. Her funeral was Feb. 21. Mary was born in Waterbury Dec. 28, 1918, a daughter of the late Antonio and Christine (Riccio) Mastroianni. She was employed at Timex Corp. for 14 years until she retired. She leaves two sons, Vincent I. Colella and Ronald Colella and his wife, Angela, all of Waterbury; a daughter, Mary Gloria Carangelo and her husband, William, of Hyannis, Mass.; two brothers, Anthony Mastroianni and his wife, Marie, of Waterbury; and Joseph Mastroianni and his wife, Nancy, of Middlebury; a sister, Catherine “Kay” DiPietro and her husband, Jerry, of Waterbury; seven grandchildren, William and Robert Carangelo; Mark, David, Kristin and Lynn Colella; and Ashley Riddle; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Ralph Mastroianni, and her sister, Phyllis Vendetti. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to Vitas Unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital, 56 Franklin St., Waterbury, CT 06706. For more information and online condolences, visit www.chaseparkwaymemorial. com.

Former Middlebury Resident Mrs. Cecile A. (Labrie) Brier, 97, died in Waterbury at Saint Mary’s Hospital Feb. 15. Cecile, wife of the late Lionel Brier, was born Oct. 19, 1914, in Domar, Kan., the 11th child of Peter and Alexina (Breault) Labrie. Her funeral was Feb. 23. Cecile was married to Lionel in 1935 in Swanton, Vt., where she lived until moving to Middlebury, Conn., where she raised her family and worked for many years. In her later years, she moved to Waterbury and resided with her daughter, Phyllis, where she remained the rest of her life. She and Lionel enjoyed 54 wonderful years of marriage until his death in 1990. She was a communicant of St. Pius X Church. She loved to travel, cook, sew, visit the casino, and pull practical jokes. Her family was the joy of her life. She will be missed by her daughter, Phyllis Rodrigue and her husband, John, of Waterbury; her son, George Brier and his wife, Bonnie, of Watertown; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three great- great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Pauline Schmidt; a great-grandson, Alan Gelmini; and her brothers and sisters, most recently Albina Bernier, who passed away Feb. 10. Burial was in Old St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to Church of the Epiphany, 1750 Huckins Road, Cheshire, CT 06410 or the Animal Rescue Foundation, P.O. Box 538, Thomaston, CT 06787. Leave words of comfort for Cecile’s family at www.woodtickmemorial.

Mary E. Janusaitis Mother of Michael A. Janusaitis

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Dickenson) Janusaitis, 84, of Middlebury, passed away Feb. 17 at her home. She was the widow of Frank A. Janusaitis, who passed away in 1981 after 30 years of marriage. Mrs. Janusaitis was born in Waterbury Jan. 30, 1928, the daughter of the late Gary and Elise (Muckle) Dickenson and was a longtime Middlebury resident. She was a communicant of St. John of the Cross Church. She was a retired employee of the Newmatico Corp., where she worked for more than 10 years, prior to her retirement more than 30 years ago. She enjoyed bird watching and was associated with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, crafts and playing the organ. She was a former volunteer at Waterbury Hospital, The Holy Cross Mothers Club, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Middlebury Vol. Fire Dept. She leaves two sons, Michael A. Janusaitis of Middlebury, with whom she made her home, and Robert G. Janusaitis of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Kimberly and Brandon Janusaitis; and three greatgrandchildren, Bradley, Braiden and Roman Janusaitis. Her funeral is today, Friday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Alderson Funeral Home at 201 Meadow St. in Naugatuck. Burial will be in Middlebury Cemetery at the family’s convenience. For more information or to send an email condolence, visit www.

Uniroyal Retiree

Michelina I. Martino

Members of Westover School’s Varsity Squash team hold their second place trophies after the U.S.

Mother of Francis J. Martino High School Squash Nationals Feb. 5. Members and coach are, from left to right, Bethany Simmonds Michelina (Peggy) (Iannucci) Martino, 97, of Middlebury died Feb. 16 at Waterbury Hospital with her family by her side. She was the widow of Francis N. Martino. Her funeral was Feb. 21. Mrs. Martino was born Aug. 2, 1914, in Waterbury to the late Giovanni and Antionetta (Conti) Iannucci. She was retired from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. She is survived by her children, Francis J. Martino of Middlebury and Rosalie Rinaldi of Waterbury; her grandson, Paul D. Rinaldi and his wife, Kim, of Wolcott; three greatgrandsons, Dana, Justin and Jeremy Rinaldi of Wolcott; a sister, Sr. Rose Mary Iannucci, DHS of Putnam; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by five sisters and two brothers. The family would like to thank Martha Dorsey, her home health aide, as well as Village Green and Waterbury Hospital for the care and support they gave her. The Colasanto Funeral Home in Waterbury handled the arrangements. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. John of the Cross Church, P.O. Box 361, Middlebury, CT 06762.

Sharon Kim Blakeman Schoeller

Wife of George A. Schoeller Sharon (Pooky) Kim Blakeman Schoeller, 46, of Middlebury, beloved wife of George A Schoeller Sr., entered into rest Feb. 16 at Waterbury Hospital. Her memorial service was Feb. 23. She was born in Derby Aug. 22, 1965, a daughter of the late Phillip Jr. and Dorothy Smith Blakeman. She was a nurse’s aide at the Home Healthcare Associates of Southbury for many years. Pooky had previously worked at Schreiber’s Farm of Oxford. She was a graduate of Nonnewaug High School of Woodbury. Pooky enjoyed crafting, scrapbooking, Johnny Cash and UConn men’s and women’s basketball. She also loved kneeboarding, being outside and bow hunting with her son, George. Pooky will be sadly missed by and her family and many friends. Her loving family in addition to her husband, George, includes her son, George A Schoeller Jr. of Middlebury; her daughter, Ashley Ann Schoeller, of Middlebury; her four brothers, David Blakeman and his wife, Sue, of Ansonia; Richard Blakeman of Seymour; Donald Blakeman and his wife, Debbie, of Southbury; and Brian Blakeman of North Carolina; her seven sisters, Claire Beamer of Ansonia; Barbara Hyman and her husband, Richard, of Oxford; Susan Brooks and her husband, Austin, of Oxford; Carol Cyr and her husband, Timothy, of North Carolina; Jill Crisp and her husband, Bruce, of Southbury; Sandra Boudreau and her husband, Gerald, of Southington; and Karen Blakeman of Waterbury; and her dog Pepper and her cat Ozzy. She was predeceased by her brother, Phillip Blakeman III. The Miller-Ward Funeral Home in Seymour handled the arrangements. Interment will be private and at the family’s convenience. Memorial gifts may be made to the Farm Aid, 501 Cambridge St., Third Floor, Cambridge, MA 02141.

of Cornwall Bridge; Jocelyn McKenzie of Bronx, N.Y.; Stuart Lemay of Harwich Port, Mass.; Alexandra Pape of Middlebury; Jazmin Matos of New York City; Sarah Krueger of Naugatuck; Coach J.P. Burlington; and Ashley Sanchez of New Haven.  (Submitted photo)

Don’t get trapped with a timeshare Timeshare vacations sound good on the surface. You get luxurious accommodations at a resort location loaded with amenities. Your scheduled time is set aside each quarter or year, and someone else does the maintenance. What could go wrong? With timeshares, many things. Here are some facts: • There are more people wanting to unload their timeshare than there are buyers. You’ll lose money if you try to get out of it. • You (and your heirs) could be locked into a 50-year contract. • The unit you get might not be anything at all like the model or the pictures. • Maintenance fees can skyrocket over the years. The way to avoid getting trapped with a timeshare is to avoid the high-pressure presentations – and don’t buy. If you get a card in the mail saying you’ve won a “free” vacation, tear it up. It’s timeshare. If you receive an invitation to a

presentation about joining a “travel club,” pass it up. It’s timeshare. If someone invites you on a resort tour and asks whether you have your credit card with you, run. It’s timeshare. Those who sell timeshares will do or say anything to get you to sign a contract. If you’re on vacation at a popular resort, beware. These scammers hang out in airports and even your hotel lobby, doing everything they can to get you to a presentation. If you end up at a presentation (which is no doubt high-energy and exciting), timeshare sellers will wear you down – literally – until you sign a contract. If a presentation is supposed to take only an hour, expect that you’ll be there many hours later. Remember: You can get up and

walk out. (Ideally you haven’t accepted their transportation to a distant location, or you could be stuck.) They’ll make promises that aren’t in writing on the contract. Perhaps you’ll be told, “You have five days to cancel if you change your mind.” The fine print on the back of the contract might say something completely different. Should you get caught up in timeshares (or be stuck now) and want to sell, there are even scammers who work that angle. They’ll “guarantee” to get your timeshare sold, take your money (thousands of dollars) in an advance fee, and put your listing on a website ... which you could have done for yourself. 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) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

MVFD to host firefighter seminar The Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) is hosting a training seminar with former New York Fire Department Battalion Chief John J. Salka Jr. Saturday, March 3, at the firehouse at 65 Tucker Hill Road in Middlebury. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the presentation begins at 9 a.m. This fundraising event for the MVFD is an oppor-

tunity for fire officers and firefighters throughout the region to take advantage of Salka’s experience and expertise. Salka has more than 31 years experience in the fire service. He is a contributing editor for Firehouse magazine and also has written for Fire Engineering, WNYF, Size-Up, and the Wharton Leadership Digest. His book,

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“First In Last Out, Leadership Lessons From The New York Fire Department” was published in 2004 and is the basis for his new “Leadership” lecture series. His seminar will cover the topics “Fire Ground Responsibility” and “Five Alarm Leadership.” Lunch is included in the $45 per person fee. Pre-registration is encouraged. For complete information and to download the event brochure and registration form, visit For further information, contact MVFD Chief Paul Perrotti at 203-577-4036, or email Lt. James Redway at

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Pomperaug High School Varsity Games Feb. 25 to March 3, 2012 Boys Basketball

Saturday, Feb. 25................. SWC Quarter-Finals...........................Canceled Monday, Feb. 27................... SWC Semi-Finals ..............................Canceled Thursday, March 1................ SWC Championship Game.................Canceled


Saturday, March 3................ Hartford Competition (A)........................... TBA


Saturday, Feb. 25................. CIAC Division Championships (H).......... 9 a.m.

Ice Hockey

Saturday, Feb. 25................. North Haven (H)............................... 7:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, Feb. 28................... State Opens (A)................................. 12 p.m. The State Champion PHS Boys Soccer team, front left to right, Nick Adams, Mike Burke, Tommy Adams, Brian Cantor, Ricky Pitman, Matt Murphy, Josh Abromaitis, Drew Rushton, Nate Smith, Marc Almeida, and Kostika Kosova and back left to right, Coach Joe Girls Indoor Track Saturday, March 3................ New England Championships (A)............... TBA Mancini, Nick Lasewicz, Keith Gilette, Jack Shannon, Foreign Exchange Student Bastian Kalaschek, Jake Michaud, Ben DeRidder, Zach Goodridge, Evan Altamirano, Scott Grant, Noah Altamirano, Zach Longo, Jung Kang, Taylor Ellsworth, Tyler Longo, Manager Paige Boys Swimming Santos, and Manager Coley Rosa had a full season record of 21 wins, one loss, and one tie. (Submitted photo) Thursday, March 1................ SWC Diving Championship (A)............... 6 p.m. Friday, March 2.................... SWC Championship (A)......................... 6 p.m.


Saturday, Feb. 25................. CIAC State Open (A).............................. 8 a.m. (H) Home (A) Away

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The Pomperaug High School boys soccer team was honored at the January Board of Education meeting for the team’s Class LL state championship and its first state title after a 21-1-1 season. The team also was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as the no. 7 ranked

Litter Volunteers The Parks and Rec Department is providing supplies to volunteers who want to help pick up trash along the Greenway. Stop by the Parks and Rec office to sign up and get your supplies.

The Pomperaug Pop Warner Football and Cheer Teams are open to Middlebury and Southbury residents who enjoy youth football and cheerleading. The football program is for players ages 7 to 15; the cheerleading program is for ages 5 to 15. Register Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Middlebury Parks and Recreation office in Room 5 at the Shepardson Community Center at 1172 Whittemore Road, or register at the Southbury Parks and Recreation office Wednesday, March 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. or Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is walk-in only! Football players must be present to be weighed in! Football and cheer participants must present a certified copy of a raised-seal birth certificate or passport! For more information, visit www. pomperaug

Babysitting Class An instructor from CPRO Heart, LLC will teach a babysitting class for youth ages 11 to 15 Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center in Room 5. The course covers skills necessary to care for children of all ages with a focus on safety and basic first

aid, including CPR, and an emphasis on prevention. Other topics include hand washing, diapering, feeding and fire safety. Please bring lunch and a snack. The National Institutes of The fee is $57 for residents and Health (NIH) will celebrate the $67 for nonresidents. Fifth Annual Rare Disease Day Feb. 29 with a day-long celebraBus Trip tion from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in New York City the NIH Clinical Center (Building Two-Option Trip 10) in Masur Auditorium in Saturday, April 14, a deluxe Bethesda, Md. It is co-sponsored motor coach to New York City by the Office of Rare Diseases Rewill depart from Shepardson search-National Center for AccelCommunity Center at 9 a.m. on erating Translational Research, a trip that offers two choices: and the NIH Clinical Center. The New York City on your own or a event will recognize rare diseases “Million Dollar Quartet” matiresearch activities supported by nee. The bus will depart NYC at several government agencies and 5 p.m. for the return trip. advocacy organizations. For New York City on your Attendance is free and open to own, enjoy the sights, sounds the public and the media, and and food of NYC at your leisure. pre-registration is encouraged. In The 24 seats for this option cost $30 per person. The “Million Dollar Quartet” option includes a 2:30 p.m. matinee of the acclaimed Broadway musical that recreates a 1956 gathering of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins at Sun Records in Memphis for one of the greatest jam sessions ever. The performance lasts 1-1/2 hours. The 20 seats available for this option cost $96 per person. Call 203-758-2520 for information or to reserve seats.

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played beautiful soccer, and the boys were unselfish, hardworking, and tough competitors. They held their composure, displayed sportsmanship, and conducted themselves with class in every situation,” said Velardi. Mancini also was recognized as the South-West Conference, Connecticut and Northeast U.S.

regional coach of the year. On Jan. 21, Mancini attended the national convention of the Soccer Coaches Association of America, where he was one of four finalists for National Coach of the Year honors. “Our model this year was ‘family’ – the boys really came together and got it done,” said Mancini.

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team in the nation. Region 15 Athletic Director Joseph Velardi presented the Class LL championship plaque to boys’ soccer coach Joe Mancini and, on behalf of the Board of Education, gave each member of the team a commemorative sweatshirt. “The boys’ soccer team had a phenomenal season. The team

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association with the Global Genes Project (a grassroots effort to use jeans to raise awareness for rare genetic disorders), organizers urge all attendees to wear their favorite pair of jeans. Those interested can register and learn more at Rare Disease Day was established to raise public awareness about rare diseases, the challenges encountered by those affected, and the importance of research to develop diagnostics and treatments. There are about 7,000 identified rare diseases in the U.S. affecting an estimated 25 million Americans. About 80 per-

cent of rare diseases are genetic in origin, and it is estimated about half of all rare diseases affect children. In addition, what researchers learn by studying rare diseases often adds to the basic understanding of common diseases. Organizers have put together an agenda of scheduled talks covering new technologies, such as genetic sequencing and stem cell therapies; new research paradigms like accelerated drug development; and new rare diseases, including PANDAS. NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins will make remarks. Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a

Ballet offers Yoga special

Brass City Ballet is offering a Yoga special this spring that gives new Yoga students unlimited Yoga classes for just $25 for one month. Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor Karin Terebessy teaches the classes, which meet Tuesday mornings from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. and Thursday evenings from 7:45 to 9 p.m. All classes are in Brass City Ballet’s studios at 1255 Middlebury Road in Middlebury. Terebessy believes there is a yoga practice for everyone during any phase of life. She takes a Yoga poses like this warrior pose student-centered approach to teaching, leading classes based are taught at Brass City Ballet.

on special requests of participants. Offered a variety of modifications, participants are encouraged to challenge themselves or nurture themselves based on their needs on any particular day. Yoga is not about progress – it’s about presence. With a deep focus on breath and alignment, students are encouraged to take traditional yoga asanas to the next level of awareness. Brass City Ballet is a nonprofit dance school and performing company. It offers training in ballet, jazz, modern dance and yoga with open enrollment

Treatments do exist for hepatitis C DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I believe I read in your column about something that can be given for hepatitis C. My doctor says there isn’t any treatment. Will you please advise me? – Anon. ANSWER: Chronic infection (lifetime infection) happens to about 80 percent of those infected with the hepatitis C virus. Worldwide, the virus infects 170 million people. In the U.S., 3.2 million are infected. Of the chronically infected, close to 20 percent will develop either liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. It takes 20 to 30 years before signs of such complications become apparent. Predicting who benefits from treatment, therefore, is not an easy task. Perhaps your doctor said you would not benefit from treatment now. Indications favoring treatment are finding hepatitis C virus RNA (ribonucleic acid) in the blood and documenting liver changes suggesting cirrhosis is beginning to take place. As I said, only 20 percent of those infected with this virus are at risk for these complications. Treatment isn’t 100-percent effective for all. Success depends on which strain of virus infects a person. Strains 1 and 4 are less susceptible to treatment. Standard treatment is ribavirin and peginterferon. New treatments are about to become available, and they show great prom-

Rare Disease Patient Advocacy Day March 1. For more information, visit re D i s e a s e s C o n d i t i o n s / OOPDNewsArchive/ucm277194. htm or call Sandy Walsh at 301796-4669. The NIH Clinical Center (CC) is the clinical research hospital for the National Institutes of Health. Through clinical research, clinician-investigators translate laboratory discoveries into better treatments, therapies and interventions to improve the nation’s health. For more information, visit

ise in improving treatment success. Boceprevir and teleprevir are going to be launched for general use later this year. They will establish a new era for treatment. The booklet on hepatitis A, B and C details these illnesses, how they are acquired and how they are treated. Readers can obtain a copy by writing to Dr. Donohue – No. 503W, 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: Please tell me what causes brown spots on the hands and arms. Is there anything you can do to prevent them or erase them? – A.C. ANSWER: Sunlight and aging cause those brown spots, known as solar lentigos. To prevent them, use sunscreen on the affected skin every day of the year, whenever you go outdoors. You

can’t prevent aging. In popular language, these spots are called age spots or liver spots, even though the liver has not one thing to do with them. If you’re desirous of getting rid of them, doctors can freeze them off or use a laser on them. You can apply tretinoin cream, an acne medicine. It takes a long time to fade the spots, but they will lighten in time. Bleaching creams like Eldopaque and Solaquin also work. You have to be sure your insurance covers the cost. This is cosmetic medicine and often not covered by insurance policies. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Is it possible for a man with prostate cancer, before it is treated, to pass the cancer to his wife through intercourse? This subject came up during lunch with friends. Some said it was possible. – C.N. ANSWER: Prostate cancer is not passed from a man to his wife through intercourse or in any other way. Dr. Donohue regrets he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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1. Hall of Fame pitcher Steve Carlton recorded at least 10 wins, 190 innings and 161 strikeouts a year for how many consecutive seasons? 2. How many times did Harmon Killebrew belt 40 or more home runs in a season? 3. In 2010, Navy’s Ricky Dobbs threw the longest TD pass in the history of the Army-Navy football game. How long was it? 4. How many times have the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers met in the NBA Finals? 5. In 2011, Ken Hitchcock recorded the best five-game NHL start for a coach in St. Louis Blues history (4-0-1). Name either of the two coaches who started 4-1. 6. How many times has Ron Hornaday won a NASCAR Truck Series season title? 7. The U.S. has won the most men’s tennis Davis Cups with 32. Which country is second?

Answers: 1. Eighteen. 2. Eight, including a high of 49 twice. 3. It was 77 yards. 4. Twelve times, with the Celtics winning nine of the series. 5. Leo Boivin (1976) and Jacques Demers (1984). 6. Four times, the last in 2009. 7. Australia with 28.

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Using art to make meaning in hospitals

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March 1, at 1 p.m. in the Bellarmine Museum of Art, are free and open to the public. Farrell is involved with an interdisciplinary group from health sciences, social sciences, theology and the creative arts researching art and spirituality in health. “I lead a team of health researchers, theologians and arts researchers who are investigating the way art can affect health and social outcomes for patients and the hospital community,” said Farrell. “The issue of spirituality and meaning making emerged as

key concerns with many of the people we surveyed and talked with. I will be talking about a recent funded research project called ARCH, which engaged with Art Research in Catholic Hospitals, and was conducted within a number of Catholic healthcare providers and the Queensland Art Gallery.” As an artist, Farrell has become increasingly interested in seeing what art does in unexpected places. In the Fairfield lectures, he will consider two historical case studies and then three contemporary projects, and also talk about his research approach. “I want to take people on a journey into art and spirituality in healthcare and talk about some of the research our team from ACU has been involved with,” said Farrell, who had an exhibit at Fairfield’s Walsh Art Gallery in 2006, entitled “Australian Landscapes: Earth, Sky and Water.” Suzanne Chamlin, associate professor and director of the Stu-

dio Art Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, said Farrell will have opportunities to meet with students and faculty while on campus. Marice E. Rose, associate professor of Visual and Performing Arts, said as part of his visit, Farrell will critique paintings by Studio Art Program students enrolled in “SA 139 Watercolor” and have dinner in the Creative Life residence hall with students. Suzanne Hetzel Campbell, dean of the School of Nursing, said, “We are so excited to welcome Dr. Farrell to Fairfield to share his expertise with the university. His insight will help nursing and health professional students on campus recognize the benefits of art to patients’ overall well being. This builds on our university goals for the integration of core curriculum.” The lectures are part of the University’s Arts and Minds offerings for the regional community.

Money Matters for Women seminar Money Matters for Women, a division of JK Communications LLC, will give an introductory seminar on money management for women Thursday, March 8, at 6 p.m. in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library. The program is free and open to the public. Knowing how to manage your own money – how to save, spend and invest wisely – requires understanding simple concepts that will transform what seems complicated and overwhelming jargon into a set of everyday skills, strategies and techniques one can apply successfully with ease and confidence. Money Matters for Women was designed by experts specifically to meet the financial education needs of women, – to educate, inform and empower them as they take control of their financial present and future. Money Matters for Women founder and president Joan Kaplan has more than 15 years as a professional communications and education specialist in the financial services industry. She has seen time and again the tremendous gap in many adults’ understanding of financial concepts and tools and recognized the need for actionable education that would help them develop basic knowledge and sound habits of savings, spending, and investing wisely. Registration is recommended. For more information and to register, contact Joan Kaplan at or visit www.moneymatters2women. com. Call the library for further information at (860) 868-7586 or visit The library is at 5 Wykeham Road at Rte. 47, in Washington, Conn.

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The Woodbury Lions Club is reaching out to the public to help them in their effort to produce an antiques auction in April. What they need is a “core” collection of about 100 consignment items in order to attract other items to auction. In previous auctions, this “core” has come from either a single estate or collection and has had an average value of $200 per item. As for past auctions, Lion Wayne Mattox, nationally known auctioneer and antiques expert, will chair the event. “We are not asking for charity and free consignments,” Mattox said. “We are only keeping a 20 percent commission, and the rest goes to the consignor. It’s just like doing

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business with a regular auction house with two major exceptions: Our Lion auctions have drawn large audiences in the past, and more bidders means higher prices for the consignor, and that the money raised from our small commission (minus expenses) will go to help Lions’ charities.” While not one of the three annual fund-raising events that the Woodbury Lions traditionally hosts, the antiques auction is held about once every five years and has been very successful in raising money for their charitable work. At the last auction, to a standing room-only audience, a blanket chest sold for around $15,000.  Wood-

bury Lions Club President William Barthelmess said, “This is a great way to raise money, not only for the Lions, but for the consignors.” The  Woodbury  Lions  Club contributes to the community through donations to local sightand hearing-related causes, scholarships to local high school students continuing to college, the Woodbury Food Bank and other local charitable organizations. If you have a large number of collectibles, possibly an inheritance, you are looking to liquidate and would like to help the Woodbury Lions in this effort, call 263-7800 with any questions.

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PUPPIES Animals For Life (AFL) has several litters of puppies available for adoption. The youngest litter (shown) were born to Vicky, a Border Collie mix, just a few weeks ago and won’t be ready to go to their forever homes for a few more weeks. Applications are being accepted now on these babies. In addition to Vicky’s litter, the shelter has two other litters, both of which are Lab mixes. The Lab puppies are available for adoption now. They are eight weeks old, healthy, and expected to be medium size when full grown. To learn more about any of the litters, call AFL.

HAZEL Hazel is a 4-year-old cat who became homeless after her owner passed away. Lucky for her, the owner’s nurse came to her rescue and called AFL. Sweet Hazel is enjoying all the attention she is receiving from visitors at the shelter. She’s a very loving, healthy cat who was born with only three legs. But please don’t let this deter you from considering taking her home. Hazel is very adept at getting around and can even climb “cat trees,” so her disability doesn’t affect her one bit! She would probably be best as the only cat in a household, but may be all right with a docile, laid-back kitty friend. Call AFL to learn more.

For more information on these pets, call 203-758-2933 or visit Animals For Life at the Middlebury Transfer Station on Rte. 63 at the corner of Woodside Ave. Adoption hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m. For more about the adoption process, visit

PRISCILLA Priscilla is back once again, and sadly it is because her owner got very ill and cannot take care of her any longer. She adored her owner and the mere fact of her being back here has been a sad setback for her. Priscilla is a good girl who is very playful and loveable. She is 2 years old and originally came to Meriden Humane Society (MHS) after being shuffled around from home to home. She is a little confused and would love to have a stable home and a family that will be responsible for her and love her. She loves the outdoors, car rides and to play.

The Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jekyll Garden seeks volunteers to join the museum team to help engage people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the history of the community at its 18th century house and garden in Woodbury. Volunteer training will take place in two sessions: Tuesday, March 20, and Wednesday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to noon each day. The sessions will be repeated Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those who cannot make class during the week. Training will include an overview of the history of the house and garden, and training in specific techniques of giving a guided tour or working in the gift shop. Returning volunteers will have a refresher class Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m. A luncheon for all volunteers will be Saturday, April 14, at noon. All classes will be at the museum at 49 Hollow Road in Woodbury. Volunteers assist in a variety of capacities at the Glebe House, working at the information desk, as a shop assistant or taking visitors on guided tours. They also help with special events, quarterly newsletters, garden maintenance, and assist in the office, or serve on various committees. In addition, volunteers can travel to area museums and his-

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: We adopted a kitten, “Charly,” a little more than a year ago, and she tested positive for feline leukemia. Our vet prescribed a medicine and she has been fine. She For more information on these dogs as well as others and felines at Meriden Humane Society, is an indoor cat. Now a new kitemail MHS is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, ten has found its way into our and volunteers can be available to meet with you through an appointment. MHS is at 311 Murdock yard, and we have fed it. She will Ave. in Meriden. not come to us, but she and our cat play through the window. We P UZZLE were told our cat should not be SOLUTIONS: around any other cats, as she could give them the disease. If the new kitten comes to us and receives the shot that protects against feline leukemia, would it be possible for the two cats to cohabitate? – Amy V. via email We sell • Service • Install DEAR AMY: There is a possibilMulch • Topsoil • Stone ity both cats eventually can live Bluestone • Brick Pavers • Belgium Block together; however, if or when the

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stray kitten trusts you enough to come to you, you will need to keep her isolated from Charly for a little while longer. First, the new kitten will need to undergo tests by the veterinarian for both feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), as well as for other illnesses and parasites like worms and fleas. She’ll need to be spayed and receive her re-

quired vaccinations. Second, kittens are at higher risk to contract FeLV, so she’ll need to be housed separately from Charly until she reaches six months to a year in age. Both should receive twice yearly checkups and their immunizations kept up to date. Charly and the new cat may not mesh indoors as well as they do at the window. If they fight at all, they’ll need to be kept separated, so introduce them to each other very carefully. Also, the new cat might never adjust to the indoors. Be prepared for that, and at least get her spayed and vaccinated to protect her and the neighboring cat population. Send your questions or tips to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1770s and 1780s when they lived here and reflects Woodbury as a prosperous hub of agricultural and commercial activity. Later it became the home and place of work for silversmith Gideon Botsford who lived there for the next 64 years. The oldfashioned garden was designed by famed English horticulturalist and writer Gertrude Jekyll. The museum is open for tours May through November every afternoon except Mondays and Tuesdays. Call 203-263-2855 or email to register for training.

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