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Region 15 budget goes to vote June 4 By MARJORIE NEEDHAM The Region 15 Board of Education (BoE) voted Tuesday night to send a proposed 2014-2015 budget of $63.7 million to voters in a Wednesday, June 4, referendum. The proposed budget is a 2.79 percent increase over the current $62 million budget and provides $1.7 million in additional funds to the district. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. with voting in Middlebury at Shepardson Community Center and in Southbury at the firehouse. If the proposed budget passes, the mil rate for Middlebury is expected to increase to 29.34 from 28.86, a 1.66 percent increase. Board of Finance Chairman Michael McCormack said the impact on Middlebury taxpayers is less than the 2.79 percent school budget increase because Middlebury has fewer students and thus will pay a lower percentage of the 20142015 budget than it is paying for the current budget. At the new mil rate, Middlebury’s Chief Financial Office Lawrence Hutvagner said owners of homes assessed at $100,000 would have a $48 tax increase while owners of homes assessed at $250,000 would have a tax increase of $120. Southbury taxpayers will see their mil rate increase to 27.6 from 26.4, a 4.5-percent increase. The effect on taxes will be owners of homes assessed at $100,000 would have a $120 tax increase while owners of homes assessed at $250,000 would have a tax increase of $300. The vote Tuesday night was on a revised proposal from Superintendent Regina L. Botsford that was presented to the BoE Wednesday, May 21, during a budget workshop. Two extremely unpopular cuts in her May 14 proposals – the middle school drama program and the middle school sports program – were absent from her May 21 proposal. They had been listed at $54,000 and $30,100 (after parents’ contributions to the program), respectively, in the earlier proposal. Botsford’s May 14 proposals did not go to a vote due to a walkout by the four Middlebury BoE members. She had offered two possible budgets that night, one that was a 3.21 percent increase over the current budget and one that was a 2.77 percent increase over the current budget. The

$63.7 million budget that failed at the polls May 7 was a 3.67 percent increase over the current budget. Botsford’s May 21 proposal carried a 2.77 percent increase over the current budget, but increases suggested by the BoE in subsequent discussion raised the amount slightly for a 2.79 percent final increase. To get to her May 21 number, Botsford reduced the money to be paid into the medical reserve account by an additional $50,000, for a total reduction of $100,000. She said this could be done because claims have been low and the reserve account is strong. She also reduced the salaries amount by an additional $20,000 for a total reduction of $59,339 due to more resignations than initially expected. New hires come in at lower salaries. New items on the list were a $30,000 savings by eliminating the summer curriculum for teachers. Also new was a $54,000 reduction for one less technology staff person in the central office. Two bus routes were eliminated for a savings of $100,000 ($50,000 each), but they were mentioned at separate times during her presentation. The first was described as possible through consolidation of two runs into one run. Asked if this would increase the time a student spent riding the bus, Finance Director Keith McLiverty said that time would still be below the maximum amount allowed by school guidelines. The second bus route was mentioned later in the presentation. It was unclear how that reduction would be made. Another new item was elimination of .25 time of a high school Spanish instructor for a savings of $12,500. That joined the .25 time elimination for a high school science teacher that was in Botsford’s May 14 proposal. Kept at the May 14 amount were savings of $20,000 each for online testing, occupational and physical therapy, and nursing services; and $1,500 taken from bookstore gift cards for graduating seniors. Botsford said there still would be one nurse at every school and a free program would be used for online testing. She said the lower number for therapy costs was a more accurate estimate of student needs. Her proposal cut the $52,000 cost for 24 overhead computer

– See Budget on page 5

Weekend area road closings The Rev 3 triathlon will cause the following road closings this weekend. • Route 64 (between routes 188 and 6): May 31 - 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.; June 1 - 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Tuttle Road (between Route 64 and White Deer Rock Road): June 1 - 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. • Judd Road (between Pomperaug High School and Judd Hill Road): May 31 - 8 to 11 a.m.; June 1 - 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. • Alain White/Whites Wood Road (between Route 61 and Bissell Road): June 1 - 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Inside this Issue In The Garden................. 8 Library Happenings.......... 2 Puzzles..................................7 Region 15 School Calendar....5 Senior Center Events....2, 3 Sports............................. 6

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Adoptable Pets................ 8 Book Review................... 2 Classifieds....................... 7 Community Calendar....... 2 Fire Log........................... 2 In Brief............................ 4



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Friday, May 30, 2014

Memorial Day ceremony

Dr. Ray Sullivan, behind the podium, introduces Parade Grand Marshal First Lt. Thomas L. Brayton II, in the dark sports coat behind and slightly left of Sullivan, during the Memorial Day ceremony Sunday in front of Middlebury’s town hall. Sullivan said Brayton, who served in the Marine Corps, has been a true inspiration to his family, to his friends, to his clients, to his fellow attorneys and to any who have met him along the way.  (Terrence S. McAuliffe photo)

Absentee ballots available Absentee ballots are available in the Middlebury town clerk’s office at 1212 Whittemore Road in Middlebury for electors who cannot vote in person at the June 4, 2014, referendum due to active service in the Armed Forces, absence from town during all of the hours of voting, illness, religious tenets forbidding secular activity on the day of the election, duties as an election official at a different polling place or physical disability.

The question on the ballot is: “Shall the proposed 2014-2105 Budget of the Pomperaug Regional School District #15 in the amount of $63,681,307 be adopted?” Electors and property owners owning property assessed at $1,000 or more on the last completed grand list are eligible to vote. They also must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old. Ballots will not be mailed. An application must be filled out before an absentee ballot

can be issued. Applications are available at the town clerk’s office or can be downloaded from the secretary of the state’s website at under Elections and Voting. Print the application form for referendum only. The town clerk’s regular hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call the town clerk’s office at 203-758-2557 with any questions.

EIDC OKs tax abatement for law office construction By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE The Middlebury Economic and Industrial Development Commission (EIDC) at its May 27 meeting unanimously recommended a tax abatement for new construction on Straits Turnpike by the law firm Moore, O’Brien, Yelenak and Foti. It also heard an update on the Waterbury-Oxford Airport Development Zone, set a workshop for the commercial development guidebook and canceled summer meetings pending new business. Before starting the meeting, Chairman Michael Kenausis asked commissioners for a moment of silence to honor the memory of former member Joseph Salvini, who died March 2. Kenausis praised him for his almost 40 years service to the town. Kenausis also introduced new members Joseph A. Mengacci and Terrence S. McAuliffe. A tax incentive program application by Moore, O’Brien, Yelenak and Foti for a new 7,500-square-foot building to be constructed at 891 Straits Turnpike was unanimously voted for recommendation to the Board of Selectmen (BoS) as conforming and complying with the town’s requirements for a tax

Middlebury’s Economic and Industrial Development Commission determined this proposed building at 891 Straits Turnpike qualifies for the tax incentive program. The 7,500-square-foot building will house the Moore, O’Brien, Yelenak and Foti law firm currently officed in Cheshire. (Terrence McAuliffe scan) incentive. The BoS can schedule O’Brien, Yelenak and Foti has Zone tax incentive, but not both. In other matters, Kenausis a special town meeting to vote leased space in Cheshire and on the incentive, return the ap- currently rents 7,500 square feet asked members to bring draft plication to the EIDC for further there for eight attorneys and 14 components of the evolving information or take no action. full-time and two part-time staff. commercial development The new building will cost After the move to Middlebury, guidebook for a June 10 special about $1.5 million to construct the firm expects to add two new meeting workshop to pull the on 1.173 acres of land with a employees in the first two years. sections together and refine a Commissioner Armando Pa- common format and overview. purchase price of $600,000, poCommissioners also voted to tentially qualifying it for a four- olino told members he disyear tax abatement of 35 percent cussed the General Aviation cancel the regular June, July and declining 5 percent in each of Airport Development (Enter- August meetings unless new the succeeding three years. Ac- prise Zone) with airport attor- business arrives. If that happens, tual tax abatement calculations neys and found interest in coor- a special meeting will be scheddination with Middlebury’s uled. are done by the assessor. The next EIDC meeting will Occupancy of the completed programs and those of area building is planned for Jan. 1, towns. He said applicants could be a special meeting workshop 2016, and it will be used exclu- choose between Middlebury’s Tuesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at sively for the law firm. Moore, tax incentive or the Enterprise Shepardson Community Center.

Middlebury Special Town Meeting What: When: Where:

Vote on whether or not the town should swap unpaid taxes of $75,925.07 for 33± acres of land on Benson Road owned by Baker Residential. 7 p.m. Shepardson Community Center Auditorium

Lady Panthers out, Panthers advance in playoffs

Vote on Proposed Region 15 School District Budget

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What: Vote on proposed $63.7 million Regional School District 15 budget for 2014-2015 When: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Shepardson Community Center in Middlebury; Firehouse in Southbury

Watertown Town-Wide Tag Sale What: When: Where:

Residents, businesses, churches, civic organizations offer tag sale items 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick up map of tag sale locations at the Farm Shoppe, Watertown Meat Center, Tony’s Seafood, LaBonne’s (Watertown) or the Watertown Parks and Recreation Department the day of the sale.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Library Happenings

Monday, June 2 Board of Selectmen 6 p.m...................................................Town Hall Conference Room Special Town Meeting - Benson Road Land Acquisition 7 p.m...........................................................Shepardson Auditorium

Tuesday, June 3 Water Commission 7 p.m.............................................................. Shepardson, Room 26

Wednesday, June 4 Referendum on Proposed Region 15 Budget 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.................................Shepardson Community Center Land Preservation & Open Space 6 p.m...........................................................Shepardson, Room TBD Zoning Board of Appeals 7:30 p.m..............................................Town Hall Conference Room

Thursday, June 5

Middlebury Children’s movie Monday, June 2, a children’s movie will be shown at 11 a.m. Call 203-758-2634 or stop by the library for more information.

Ask Jessie: new catalog system Jessie will explain how to use the new VERSO catalog system every Monday in June at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Wednesday, June 4, at 11 a.m.; and Thursday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m.

Middle School Masterminds

Middle School Masterminds for Planning and Zoning students in grades five to eight will 7:30 p.m......................................................Shepardson Auditorium continue last month’s project Monday, June 2, at 3:45 p.m. They Friday, June 6 will print out 3-D designs they have been working on. Middlebury Night at Quassy Amusement Park 5 - 9:30 p.m............................................... Quassy Amusement Park Calendar dates/times are subject to change. If your organization would like your event included in the community calendar, please email the information to

Brown Bag Book Discussion

Kayaking 101 Tuesday, June 10, at 6 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will present Kayaking 101. Learn about kayak types, choosing a kayak, paddling techniques and proper handling, rules for the kayaker and safety. Light refreshments will be served. Signup is required. Call 203-758-2634 or stop by to register. The Middlebury Public Library is at 30 Crest Road. The telephone number is 203-758-2634, and the website is

Naugatuck Young Readers Tuesday, June 3, starting at 4 p.m., Whittemore Young Readers for grades four and up will meet to discuss “The Secrets of Vesuvius” by Caroline Lawrence, Refreshments will be provided. New members are welcome to drop in. Books are available from the library,

The Brown Bag Book DiscusFix your computer sion group will meet Wednesday, Tuesday, June 3, from 5 to 7:30 June 4, at 1 p.m. to discuss Chris- p.m., fix your own computer or laptina Baker Kline’s “Orphan Train.” top with the help of an expert from New members are welcome. Tech Pro Services LLC. Bring your power cord, software, computer Documentary series tower or laptop and learn how to Date Time Address/Incident A three-week documentary se- eliminate your computer problems. 05-18 13:18 Straits Turnpike. Motor vehicle accident - ries will begin Thursday, June 5, three cars. Accident involving police depart- at 11 a.m. in the café, Call or stop For more information, call the reference desk at 203-729-4591. ment chase. by the library for more informa05-19 20:57 237 Triangle Blvd. Telephone pole on fire. tion. CL&P called. 05-20 13:50 489 Middlebury Road. Small mulch fire in rear of building. Extinguished with booster line. the building features an eclectic Free blood pressure mix of Greek, Roman, Arabic and screening Federal motifs along with marble Nurse Diane Morotto offers a staircases, gilded domed ceilings, Tony’s free blood pressure screening cut-glass chandeliers and intri“Due to the current state of the USED TIRES every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 cate plaster-relief details. p.m. She also can answer queseconomy, YOU CAN’T AFFORD $ If you would like to go on the & up tions. No appointment is neces- tour, call 203-577-4166 to reserve NOT TO GO TO TONY’S TIRES!” sary. a seat on the bus. The fee of $8 Manufacturers’ Rebates Available per person covers transportation WHEEL PACKAGE LAYAWAYS Calling garden volunteers and tour admission. es ic r p y “M orth 4 WHEEL ALIGNMENT The Middlebury Senior Center $ are w e!” our EVERYDAY LOW PRICE! the rid has a small community garden Christmas Tree Shops M-F 7:30-6 • SAT 8:30-3 FREE Alignment w/purchase of 4 tires and is looking for volunteers to Thursday, June 12, the minihelp plant, weed and harvest bus will leave the senior center 2067 S. Main St. • WTBY 203-575-1350 vegetables and herbs. Call 203577-4166 if you are interested in participating.

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Social services information Do you have questions, need assistance, or need to determine eligibility for Medicare, SNAP, health care or other social services? Meet with Richard Wood of CHOICES, Connecticut’s health and information assistance program, each Wednesday from 10 a.m, to 4 p.m. All discussions are free and confidential. Call 203-729-4591 for more information.

Piano recital Saturday, June 7, at 12 p.m., students of Constance Carroll will present “A Summer Salute To Music! Piano Master Class and Recital.” All are invited to attend and/or play. The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591 or visit

Southbury Concert kicks off adult summer series The library will celebrate its 8th annual adult summer series from May 30 to Aug. 1, and the program will kick off with a performance by the Carnaby St. Duo Friday, May 30, at 7 p.m. in the Kingsley meeting room. Chris Roselle and Pete Bremy of Carnaby St. Duo will feature music from the British Invasion along with various Ameri-

can artists, Registration is required. Call at 203-262-0626, ext. 130, to register.

Fiber art exhibit A selection of creations by Karen Loprete, a contemporary fiber artist, will be on exhibit through Thursday, June 12. For more information, call 203262-0626 or visit The library is at 100 Poverty Road in Southbury.

Woodbury Poetry reading The public is invited to hear the works of Suzanne Plein of Southbury Saturday, May 31, at 2 p.m. Plein has just published “Wolf in the Basement,” an anthology of original poetry. She writes about the ambivalence and complexity of relationships, especially in families, and the struggle for age. Plein’s booklet will be on sale for $14. Coffee and tea will be served.

Teen crafter-noon The last drop-in “crafter-noon” for teens will be Saturday, May 31, at 2 p.m. A variety of craft materials will be supplied; teens just need to bring their creativity. This is free for those in grades six and higher. For more information, call 203263-3502 or visit The library is at 269 Main St. S. in Woodbury.

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Table tennis Middlebury Road (Opposite the Shell Station) Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Anthony Calabrese 203-758-2765

Hanging Baskets Planters • Perennials Herbs • Vegetable Plants Strawberry Plants • Shrubs Ornamental Statuary Mulch & Top Soil (Bulk or Bag) Bagged Potting Soil

Livestock & Poultry Feed

Join Rene Cunningham for some table tennis at Shepardson Community Center every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge.

Trips Palace Theatre tour Ride the senior center minibus to Waterbury Friday, June 6, at 10:30 a.m. for a tour of the historic Palace Theatre. See its historic design and learn its backstage secrets. Built in 1920 and recorded in the National Register of Historic Places, the Palace is known for its architectural design. Designed in a Renaissance Revival style,

at 10:30 a.m. to go to the Christmas Tree Shops in Orange, Conn. After some fun shopping time, the bus will take its passengers to the Hometown Cafe for lunch. Please call 203-577-4166 to reserve a seat on the bus.

Sea Mist cruise Back by popular demand is the trip aboard the Sea Mist for a 45-minute narrated cruise around the Thimble Islands off the coast of Connecticut. Leave the senior center Thursday, June

19, at 10 a.m. for a noon cruise. First discovered in 1614 by Adrien Block, the Thimble Islands were used for everything from farming to quarrying granite, from bootlegging to hiding Captain Kidd’s treasure. Captain Kidd sailed here in 1665. The $20 per person cost includes admission and transportation. Call the Middlebury Senior Center at 203-577-4166 to reserve a seat; only 20 seats are available.

Book Review

“The Bone Season” by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury USA, $17) Reviewed by Ealish Waddell Under the regime of Scion, having any psychic ability at all is a crime, but having a rare dreamwalking talent like Paige’s means an even bigger target on your back. Paige scratches out a dangerous living reporting on others for her underworld boss, but after she accidentally kills a Scion guard, that precarious protection is shattered. She is captured and taken away – but instead of the execution she expects, she finds herself in a secret prison at the heart of a centuries-old conspiracy. It turns out there is an even greater power

behind Scion, a godlike race called the Rephaim that wants not to destroy the voyants’ powers but to control them for their own dark purposes. The penal colony is a hole of brutality and despair where beasts lurk beyond the gates and monsters just as frightening hold the keys. Paige tries to look out for her fellow inmates while avoiding the attention of the cruel Rephaites, especially their vicious leader, who wants Paige’s ability for her own, and her inscrutable guardian, whose own motives are

dangerously unclear. But Paige is a survivor, which is the power she’ll need most as she tries to get a handle on exactly what she is capable of and how far she is willing to go for her freedom. “The Bone Season” takes place in an alternate time line that uses a dash of the supernatural to rearrange history into a completely unpredictable future. The story starts weird and just keeps getting weirder, and it requires some patience on the part of the reader to suss out how this world works. The author claims this is the first in a planned seven-book series, so there may be a ways to go before all secrets are revealed. But the questions are intriguing enough to suggest the answers are worth the wait. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

Who we are Have you noticed how many of people who live in Florida studies involve seniors? Whether are 65 and older ... but that’s it’s medical research, how we hanquickly followed by Maine at dle technology or where we choose 17 percent. to retire, we seniors must be fas• Seniors age 65 and older have cinating. Now the U.S. Census Buan average net worth of apreau has issued a report covering proximately $170,000. We only a number of aspects of senior life. • In 2013, 80 percent of seniors keep an average of $800 in a Here are some facts about us: checking account, preferring age 65 and older owned their • In 1990, 22 percent of seniors to put the bulk of our cash in homes. That’s the same as in ages 65-69 worked. In 2012, 32 interest-bearing accounts. Se2012, so we haven’t lost any percent were in the workforce. niors in the Northeast edged ground there. Even the 70-74 age group saw • It’s thought that seniors prefer out those in the other regions a significant jump, from 12 perof the country, but not by warm weather, but that isn’t cent to 17 percent. much. necessarily so. Over 18 percent • When it comes to marriage, 56 percent of us are married, 25 percent of us are widowed, and * and 11 percent are divorced. • Only 61 percent of seniors have and a computer in the home, with the Northeast having the most *Fellows American College of Foot Surgeons computer ownership. Income plays a part: The higher the Welcome New Patients income, the more likely a household will have a computer. • We vote. Whether it’s broken down by income, marital status • Diabetic Foot Care • Warts or region of the country, seniors vote in larger percentages • Heel Pain • Bunions than any other age groups. • Nail Problems • Foot Injuries Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorpoand rate them into her column whenSame Gentle, Professional Care - 2 Locations ever possible. Send email to 1211 West Main Street • Waterbury, CT • 203-755-2050

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Falls Avenue Senior Center Events Falls Avenue Senior Center events for area adults 55 and older follow. Most require reservations, which can be made by calling 860945-5250. 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.

novel is “Beach House’ by Mary Alice Monroe. Participants are responsible for the cost of their It will be reviewed July 7. New members are lunch. Reservations are needed by June 4. welcome. Reservations are not required.

Saturday senior bus trips

Esty to speak

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty will speak at the center Tuesday, June 3, at 1 p.m. Adults 55 years of age and older will have the opportunity to meet Strength, sculpt and tone her and participate in a question-and-answer The center’s free, 30-minute strength, sculpt session. Reservations are needed by Monday, and tone exercise class meets every Wednesday June 2. and Friday at 1 p.m. While sculpting and imLearn about the state police proving strength and balance, participants work muscles to tone them and get some cardiovasThursday, June 5, at 9:30 a.m., Lt. Paul Vance cular training at the same time. Kimberly John- of the Connecticut State Police will present “The ston of Fitness at the Edge in Middlebury teaches Connecticut State Police. Who We Are and What this class. Reservations are not required. The We Do.” This is an opportunity to learn more class is funded by a grant from the East Hill about the state police. Reservations are needed Woods Fund at the Connecticut Community by June 4. Foundation.

Beginning June 7, the senior bus will operate Saturdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. for in-town trips only. Reservations must be made the Friday before by calling the center at 860-945-5250 between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. only.

Senior prom The annual “Senior Prom” sponsored by the Watertown High School Interact Club will be Wednesday, June 11, at 4 p.m. at the center. Enjoy food, refreshments, dancing and fun with Watertown High students. Prom attire is encouraged but is not a requirement. Reservations are needed by June 10.

Palace Theatre tour

Bible study

New Hope Anglican Church offers a nondeTour the Palace Theatre Friday, June 5, at 11 nominational Bible study every Friday at 10 a.m. The center’s book club will meet Monday, a.m. The cost of the one-hour tour is $5, and the at the center. Join other seniors for the study and June 2, at 10 a.m. The group will review “The suggested donation for senior bus transportation discussion. Reservations are not required. Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks. Next month’s is $2. Lunch will follow at the Olive Garden.

Book club

summer fun

Westover School’s Summer Programs in the Arts & Enrichment

All camps run from July 6 – August 3. You can choose 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks. Visit For more information, e-mail Camp Director Ruth Curzan at or call 203.758.2423. 5/19/14 2:18 PM

Connecticut Baseball Connections Presents

Jim Penders

Connecticut Baseball School

Who: Players ages 8 to 12 years old What: Baseball, Baseball, Baseball Where: Mitchell Park, Bethel, CT When: July 14 to 17 (rain date 7/18) Motivators & Teachers

Time: Why: Cost:

Summer Riding Camp at Frazier Farm Training Center Woodbury, CT

Sessions in July & August: June 30– July 4 July 14– 18

9AM to 1PM Learn the game of baseball and have fun! $220 per player

August 11– 15

and camps

Emphasis is on fundamental development, team play, attitude, concentration and effort • Written evaluations for each player • 7:1 camper to instructor ratio • 4 well manicured fields at Mitchell Park • Special guest appearances • Official camp tee shirt • Prizes and Awards • Our goal is to have each student leave our camp a stronger baseball player and a better leader both on and off the field.

Make checks payable to: Connecticut Baseball Connections and mail to Chris Petersen, 52 Lookout Drive, Sandy Hook, CT 06482. For more information please call 203-448-0896 or e-mail Players need to bring: Glove, Bat, Cleats, Sneakers, Hat, Lunch, Water Bottle, Sun Screen

Sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon & are open to kids age 6-12. Children learn basic riding skills & horse care and participate in fun games & activities

Sessions for advanced riders also available Check our website for more details: (203) 263-2627

YMCA Camp Oakasha Summer Riding Camp at

Frazier Farm Training Center

Doug Goodrich, Bethel Baseball Camp Director for 30 years. Former High School and College Coach Jim Penders, Head Baseball Coach, University of Connecticut Huskies Chris Podeszwa, Assistant Coach, University of Connecticut Huskies Josh MacDonald, Pitching Coach, University of Connecticut Huskies Jeff Hourigan, Assistant Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, University of Connecticut Huskies Chris Petersen, Former U of Hartford Player & Coach. Director of Instruction Newtown Babe Ruth David Fradkin, Former Pitcher University of Connecticut • College and High School Players

Limited Enrollment Register Today

Call Diane Brousseau at 203-565-3968 to reserve your space!

July 28– August 1

for girls & boys ages 10-16

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Run your ad in our Father’s Day special section June 6 and 13! Let our readers know about your service or product that will be the perfect Father’s Day gift.

August 21– 25

for girls entering grades 7, 8, & 9

Westover Squash Camp

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Where Summer Fun Happens!

Sessions in July & August: June 30– July 4 July 14– 18

YMCA Camp Oakasha is the place Augustto21–experience 25 summer the way it was meant to be: filled with friendship, adventure, and memories! July 28– August 1 Our day camp, located in Southbury, starts on June 23. 11– 15 Families can choose any or all of our August nine one-week sessions, for kids entering grades K-10.

Sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon & are open to kids

Campers will swim, go boating, climb the tower, hike, do agemake 6-12. Children learngo basic riding skills & horse archery, arts & crafts, play games, learn, friends, care and participate in fun games & activities on field trips, and spend the summer outside!

Join us for an Open House on:

Saturday, May 31, 12- 2 PM Sessions for advanced riders also available Tuesday, June 10, 5-7 PM Check our website for more details: Please contact Chelsea if you have any questions or if you plan on attending Open House at (860) 274-4820 or (203) 263-2627

Enroll your camper today at

Summer Dance 2014 Weekly Sessions June 23 - August 8 2014

Busy summer plans? Youth, Teens, Adults 1255 Middlebury Road Middlebury, CT 06762

For info call 203-598-0186

FROZEN Learn more and register today Chase Collegiate School 565 Chase Parkway, Waterbury CT • 203-236-9532

Dance Camp

Pick what’s right for you! Recreational Dance

July 14 - 18 9 am - 12 pm Ages 3 - 9

Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Zumba, Yoga

Ballet, Crafts, Improvisation, Tap, Storytime, Jazz

Ballet Intensives - 1, 2 or 3 weeks July 28 - August 15

June 23 - August 15

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In Brief Socks for Soldiers The Falls Avenue Senior Center is collecting new white cotton socks for deployed troops. The socks will be donated to Oakville VFW Post 7330, which will ship them to soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Socks may be dropped off at the center at 311 Falls Ave. in Oakville from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Stock the pantry food drive

the month of October. Visitors experience life in the 17th century at the oldest house in Litchfield County. Tours are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. For more information, call 203-266-0305 or email

Free concert The Friends of the Woodbury Senior/Community Center are sponsoring a free concert featuring Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem Sunday, June 1, at 4 p.m. This is a concert for “the young and young at heart.” Musically, the show journeys skillfully through 200 years of American roots music. Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem play fiddle, acoustic guitar, standup bass and a “junk” drum set, as well as hand percussion instruments from around the world. This fun musical group is especially known for its superb vocalists and their trademark harmonies.

Brownstein Jewish Family Service is again teaming up with United Way and the Greater Waterbury Emergency Food Resource Committee to help with the annual Stock the Pantry food drive. Brownstein JFS is collecting high-protein food such as tuna, salmon, canned meats or stews, hearty soups, beans and peanut butter. Donations can be dropped off at the Jewish Federation of Western CT office at 444 Main St. N. in Southbury until June 20. The food will be distributed by Chamber annual the Connecticut Food Bank to loselectmen’s dinner cal soup kitchens, food pantries The Greater Tribury Chamber and emergency shelters. For more information, contact Brownstein of Commerce selectmen’s dinner JFS Director Debby Horowitz at will be Tuesday, June 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Hotel 203-267-3177, ext. 310. in Southbury. Area selectmen will discuss the economic and business Hurd House future of the Tribury area. opens Sunday Dinner will be $25 per person. The Hurd House Museum at 25 The public is welcome, and reserHollow Road in Woodbury will vations are required by May 31. open for the season Sunday, June For more information, call 2031, from 2 to 4 p.m. The museum 267-4466 or go to www.greatertriwill be open every Sunday through The dinner is sponsored by Peoples United Bank. State Sen. Rob Kane will speak on the 2014 legislative session and how new legislation affects the business community in our region. He also will discuss the economic outlook in the state. Ed St. John of Middlebury, George Temple of Oxford, Ed Edelson of Southbury and Bill Butterly of Woodbury each will take the floor for a look at the business and economic climate here in our region. Selectmen will take questions from the public.

Free skin cancer screening The Pomperaug District Department of Health will sponsor a free skin cancer screening Wednesday, June 4, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the health district office at Playhouse Corner, 77 Main St. N., Suite 205, in Southbury. This program is meant for adults not under the care of a dermatologist. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the Pomperaug Health District at 203-264-9616, ext. 0. Screenings usually take 15 to 20 minutes and will be done by board-certified dermatologists.

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Youth Java programing class Robotics and Beyond is offering Introduction to Java Programing for youth ages 10 to 17 on three Saturdays, June 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and June 4 and 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 30 Bridge Street, Suite 204, in New Milford, Conn. The fee is $80. Learn the basics of Java programming through simple applications such as a calculator, a guessing game and a password checker. The students in this hands-on course will gain an understanding of the structure of a program and the rules (syntax) of the language. Bring your own laptop or use one of our computers. Registration is required. Register online at www., Programs/Multiday Programs. For more information, email info@ or call 860-799-5200.

Strawberry Festival The Middlebury Congregational Church 60th annual Strawberry Festival will be Wednesday, June 11, from 5 to 7:30 p.m, at the church on the Middlebury green. The event includes music from 5 to 7 p.m., face painting and children’s games. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and per-

haps chicken or sausage and peppers will be served either alone or with sides to make a dinner. For dessert, enjoy strawberry shortcake with homemade biscuits, fresh berries and real whipped cream in whole biscuit or half-biscuit portions.

VNA butterfly release VNA Health at Home Inc. will hold its 6th Annual Butterfly Release: A Celebration of Hope Wednesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. at Crestbrook Park Pavilion at Crestbrook Golf Course on Northfield Road in Watertown. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held June 12. The event is an opportunity for members of the community to honor a loved one by sponsoring a Monarch butterfly in their name. Butterflies are released in memory or honor of those who have passed away; who are facing or have overcome an illness; who are or have served in the armed forces or those who are coping with adversity. Businesses and community members are invited to purchase individual butterflies for $30 each or four for $100. Each individual who purchases a butterfly and is present during the event will receive an individually boxed butterfly to personally release at the ceremony. To ensure your loved one is included in the printed event program, please plan to reserve your butterflies by June 6. For more information, call VNA Health at Home at 860-274-7531 or visit

Flag Day 5K This year’s Middlebury Junior Women’s Club Flag Day 5K will be Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to help fight food insecurity in Middlebury dur-

ing the summer months when family budgets are stretched. Go to for more information about the race, including the link for online registration. Get a discount by registering online before June 1.

Lobster and corn bake The Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host a lobster and corn-on-the-cob bake on Saturday, June 14. Meals can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the firehouse on Tucker Hill Road. The meal will include a 1.5-lb. lobster and piece of corn on the cob, cooked, wrapped and ready to go! Each meal is $20. Sales will be via PRE-ORDER/PRE-PAYMENT ONLY. To place your order, contact Linda at 203-263-8240 or email the ladies at ladiesauxiliary@ Please include your name and a contact number or email for return information. The Ladies Auxiliary raises money to support a local high school scholarship, the local food pantry, members of the community in need and fire department activities.

MCC vacation Bible school Middlebury Congregational Church (MCC) will hold its 3rd annual vacation Bible school, “The Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Build with God!” Monday through Friday, June 23 to 27, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for children going into kindergarten through grade 6 in the 2014-2015 school year. Registration is $30 and is open through June 9. Limited space is available. For more information and to register, go to or call the church at 203-758-2671.

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TV host David Bibbey will emcee as the roster of original performing artists presents all new material never before seen at a First Thursday. The event includes piano black cabaret tables and a tapas/bar available from Carol Peck of Good News Cafe. Buy tickets at the Rec House on Mountain Road. The Woodbury Park and Rec Department is the event host.

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If you have a just-graduated high-school senior going off to college, what might give you additional sticker shock when you unload your student at the dorm is discovering all the extras you still need to buy. Start now and space out your purchases over the summer. The local stores near the college will be ready for you to do your lastminute buying, but their prices won’t necessarily be what you want to pay. The first step is to contact the school and get a list of what is provided and what is allowed in dorm rooms. Some questions to ask: If the space is a suite or triple/quad dorm, is there a stocked kitchen? How much closet space is allotted for each person? Is cooking allowed? What size are the mattresses? What is the approved method for hanging pictures or bulletin boards/dry erase boards on the wall? How high off the floor are the beds? Here’s a partial list of things to buy or bring: • Under-bed clear storage bins • Bed risers to elevate beds a few inches • Desktop storage – stackable trays • Clothes hangers

• Fan • Alarm clock • Basic tool kit • Flashlights and batteries (also good for walking across campus at night) • Trash can • Desk lamp • Sheets (2 sets) • Extra pillows • Laundry bag/basket • HDMI, computer cables, WiFi adapters • Power-surge protectors, extension cords • Space Bags for bulky seasonal items (think puffy coats in November) If your student will have a roommate, the two need to compare notes in advance about who will bring what: coffee maker, small refrigerator, microwave, printer, television, behind-thedoor mirror, matching decorations, mini stereo, area rug and tap lights. For personal items, start with your student’s room at home and

what he or she uses on a daily basis: • Pillow • Bathroom supplies, shower caddy, towels, flip-flops • Headphones • Study supplies • Laptop and bag • Cellphone and charger • Camera with extra memory cards • Bicycle, helmet and lock • Backpack • Workout gear • Vitamins • Multiple types of footwear Don’t leave these until the last minute: • Shipping of items you can’t transport. Get the exact address on campus and send boxes in advance. • Know where you’ll be able to lay your hands on a hand truck or moving dolly on move-in day. Don’t expect to be able to rent one at the last minute to take boxes up to the fourth floor of the dorm. David Uffington regrets he cannot personally answer reader questions, but he will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Ecology talk and walk

Entomologist/ecologist Robert E. Clark, a third year Ph.D. student at Wesleyan University, will talk about insects and lead a guided walk Sunday, June 1, at 2 p.m. at the Flanders Studio at the corner of Flanders and Church Hill Roads in Woodbury. The cost is $12 per Flanders member; $17 per nonmember. Register at 203-263-3711, Ext 10.  (Submitted photo)

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Continued from page 1 projectors for the high school that would have provided a projector for each high school classroom. In discussion following her presentation, the BoE considered restoring the full amount or restoring half the amount this year so 12 projectors could be purchased, the idea being the remaining 12 projectors would be included in the 2015-2016 budget. The BoE settled on restoring $26,000 of Botsford’s cut. The BoE also disagreed with Botsford’s proposal to reduce library book spending to $25,000, a 75-percent reduction. The final amount settled on was $40,000. Also restored to the budget by the BoE was $135,000 for 2.5 interventionists (staff that help students perform at their grade levels). At the May 21 workshop, some BoE members wanted to restore even more funds to the budget to bring it to a 2.83-percent increase. McLiverty cautioned them not to exceed an amount voters were likely to pass at referendum. He explained the financial difficulties that would face the district if an approved budget was not in place when the new fiscal year began July 1.

He told them the district would be forced by law to operate with the last approved budget (20132014) and would have to cut $1.7 million so it would not be operating at a deficit. In February, Botsford presented a $64.4 million budget, a 3.92-percent increase, to the BoE. During budget workshops, the BoE reduced the amount to $64.2 million, 3.67 percent higher than the current budget. That amount was defeated 2,328 to 1,920 at the May 7 referendum. If the budget total remains unchanged, Middlebury taxpayers will pay $20 million, or 31.33 percent, compared to the current budget, for which Middlebury is paying $19.8 million, or 31.87 percent, and Southbury taxpayers will pay $43.7 million, or 68.67 percent, compared to their current $42.2 million, or 68.13 percent. The change in percentages attributable to each town is based on enrollment numbers on Oct. 1, 2013. Middlebury had 1,257 students compared to 1,309 on Oct. 1, 2012, a decrease of 52 students. Southbury had 2,755 students compared to 2,798 on Oct. 1, 2012, a decrease of 43 students. Overall there are 95, or 2.4 percent, fewer students in the 2014-2015 fiscal year than in 2013-2014.


Region 15 School Calendar Friday, May 30 MMS Select Ensembles to Lake Compounce Music Festival RMS Six Flags Chorale, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Field Trip RMS Rain Date for Grade 7 to Bent of the River PHS Rain Date for Field Day.............................. 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. RMS Grade 6 Social.......................................................................3 p.m. PES PTO Rock Cats Game.......................................................6:30 p.m. PHS Jazz Band, Chamber Singers Orchestra............................7 p.m.

Sunday, June 1 Junior/Senior Prom.............................................................. 7 - 11 p.m.

Monday, June 2 Make-up Day for May 28.... Emergency Early Dismissal for Students ............................................................... followed by Teacher Work Day GES Quassy Night

Tuesday, June 3 MMS Grade 8 to Washington, D.C. LMES Field Day Senior Class Trip........................................................ 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. PES Quassy Carnival..................................................... 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. RMS Sports Awards.....................................................AP Room, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 4 MMS Grade 8 to Washington, D.C. MES/LMES Quassy Family Fun Night Yearbook Banquet........................................................... 12 - 4:30 p.m. PHS Awards Night......................................................... 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 5 MMS Grade 8 to Washington, D.C. PTO Advisory Council..................................................... CO, 9:30 a.m. PTO Advisory Council.................................................TBD, 12 - 1 p.m. PHS Tri M............................................................................... 7 - 10 p.m.

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Pomperaug High School Varsity Games May 30 - June 7, 2014 Golf

Friday, May 30...................... SWC Championship (A).................... 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 2.................... Weston (A)............................................ 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 3.................... Nonnewaug (H)..................................... 3 p.m.

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Monday, June 2.................... CIAC Class L Championship (A)........ 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 2.................... CIAC Class L Championship (A)........ 2:30 p.m. (H) Home (A) Away

Pomperaug Lady Panther Ashley Antonazzo gets thrown out at the plate in the first inning of the South West Conference quarterfinal game with Newtown last Saturday. (Ken Morse photo)

Lady Panthers out, Panthers advance in playoffs By KEN MORSE During the South West Conference (SWC) playoffs last weekend at Pomperaug High School, the Panthers’ softball team was eliminated in the quarterfinal round while the baseball team advanced to the semifinals. The Lady Panthers turned around a 10-12 season from a year ago to post a 17-3 ledger, going 12-3 in the SWC Colonial Division to earn the fourth seed in the tournament. They took on the fifthseed 13-7 Newtown team that had gone 11-4 in the Colonial Division, but wound up on the short end of a 1-0 final score. The Pomperaug baseball team,

regardless of their record, almost always seems to be playing for the SWC championship. Last year, the 11-9 Panthers stunned the field, reaching the title game before getting upended 7-0 by Weston. This season, Pomperaug has its sights set on a fifth straight SWC championship game appearance but was going to have to get by Weston in the semifinals Wednesday after this newspaper went to press. The finals were set for Thursday at Bethel. The Panthers got off to a slow start on the season but then heated up, ripping off an eight-game winning streak late in the regular season to compile a 13-7 regular season record and earn a tie with

Bunnell for Colonial Division honors at 11-3. Last Saturday, Pomperaug, the third seed in the SWC, struck early and then hung on to win a 7-6 cliffhanger over sixth-seed 12-8 Masuk, advancing to the semifinals to get another crack at Weston. The Lady Panthers came into the SWC tournament last Saturday with a slight edge, having won both contests this season against Newtown. Senior pitcher Lauren Reilly was on her game, throwing darts across the dish from the pitcher’s circle. Senior third-baseman Jess Eisenbach wrapped the leather

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1. Only two players in major-league history have had a season of at least 30 home runs and 50 stolen bases. Name them. 2. How many major-league seasons did Julio Franco play, and did he ever appear in a World Series? 3. Who was the first black quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy? 4. Name the last rookie before Portland’s Damian Lillard in the 2012-13 season to lead the NBA in minutes played for a season. 5. In 2013, Cornell’s Mitch Gillam became the third hockey goalie in NCAA history to score off a direct shot. Name either of the other two to do it. 6. When was the last time before 2014 that a South American country hosted the World Cup for men’s soccer? 7. Who was the only world heavyweight boxing champion not to win a title bout?

Answers 1. Eric Davis (1987) and Barry Bonds (1990). 2. He played in 23 major-league seasons, with no World Series appearances. 3. Houston’s Andre Ware, in 1989. 4. San Diego’s Elvin Hayes, in the 1968-69 season. 5. Chad Alban of Michigan State (1998) and Mike Mantua of Western Michigan (2002). 6. Argentina hosted it – and won it – in 1978. 7. Ken Norton was awarded the WBC title in 1978, then lost it to Larry Holmes later that year.

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I’ve always wanted my lawn to have those neat cross-hatch patterns like those done by the pros. How do I mow to get those patterns? – A reader, via email


Mowing in a specific pattern isn’t the only way, nor the best way, to get those neat checkerboard stripes. A healthy lawn and proper mowing technique also are important. Neat patterns, or stripes, are made noticeable by bending the grass blades in one direction on one stripe, and another direction on an opposing stripe. Here are a few tips: • Raise your mower blades: Cutting the grass too low to the ground damages the plant, makes it grow unevenly, and leaves it vulnerable to weeds, diseases and pests. It also makes patterns difficult or impossible to create, because the shorter blades don’t bend very far. • Never cut more than one-third of the grass height: Depending on the type of lawn you have, the ideal height may vary – Bermuda, for example, has an ideal height of about 1 inch;

By Samantha Mazzotta fescue or blue grass should be 2 to 3 inches tall; and St. Augustine should be mowed to a height of 3.5 to 4 inches. Let your grass grow at least onethird higher than its ideal height before mowing. • Never cut wet grass: This one’s a no-brainer, but cutting when dew or rain is still heavy on the grass will prevent a clean cut, damage the grass, cause clumping and keep you from seeing that ideal pattern. • Maintain your mower: Sharp blades are essential for a good cut, along with an engine working efficiently. • Change direction: Once you get that nice pattern on the lawn, the best way to keep it is to change up the way you mow. Every other time, mow in a different pattern. • Ideal pattern: There are a number of striping techniques. Scag, which sells professional

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I need to constantly change the towels I put under myself. This is a big concern. – A.M. ANSWER: I take night sweats seriously. Tuberculosis is the classic cause of night sweats, which is of immense concern in a nursing facility, where most people are tested for TB yearly. But other chronic infections, high thyroid levels, and even blood and marrow diseases like lymphoma can show up with night sweats. Most of the time, a chest X-ray and blood tests, along with a careful exam, can make the diagnosis. Other times, it’s harder to find. More often, it goes away as mysteriously as it came. But it is worth another look. DEAR DR. ROACH: Several months ago, I developed a hernia on my right side, but with no pain. My doctor said I do not need an operation, because there is no pain. Do you agree? I am

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Continued from page 6 around a blast down the left side of the infield from the first batter, and it was clear that defense would rule the day. The Panthers had the best opportunity to get on the scoreboard in their first turn at the plate. Reilly (three hits) got into a fastball, depositing it into left field to get things started. Erin Ruggiero popped a hit over the infield with pinch runner Ashley Antonazzo moving to second base. Rebecca Meyer laid down a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt, putting both runners in scoring position at second and third. Brianna Antonazzo hit a one-out bouncer to third base, and on the throw across the diamond the runners were on the move. Newtown showed defense would rule the day as they completed a third-to-first-to-catcherto-second-to-pitcher double play to end the inning, tagging out Ashley Antonazzo at the plate. “We had some opportunities early on and we just missed them,” said Pomperaug head coach Paul Masotto. “But the girls did a great job today defensively, and Lauren gave us an outstanding effort keeping Newtown in check. “I had a feeling this was going to be a 1-0 kind of game. Both sides had great pitching and defense, the kind of game that a tournament game should be.”

grade-schoolers in Kingston, N.Y., who raised money for the Ulster County SPCA through a church project. “They were given $10 and asked to use it to make more money for a charity. Tyler made labor-intensive bracelets and donated $75, and Caelin made dog biscuits and DEAR READER: Great idea! Rais- donated $450,” Marie Shultis of the ing funds can be as easy as partic- Ulster County SPCA said. ipating in a walk for animal welfare The shelter is looking at starting (like the Wiggle Waggle Walk in a youth entrepreneurial group to Pasadena, Calif.). Or kids can think help other kids learn about fundof things to make and sell for a raising and plans to develop workfundraising drive, like the two shops for teen volunteers to teach young people about caring for animals. P UZZLE SOLUTIONS: So even if a local shelter doesn’t have a lot of accessible events or volunteer opportunities, kids can come up with great ideas to help them anyway. Parents, educators, church-group leaders and other youth leaders can help foster the spirit of volunteering and provide guidance. One of the reason I like garSend your questions or com- dening so much is my garden ments to designs are an expression of my (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. own creativity. There are all kinds of rules for designing a garden. In order to have a successful garden, one must research the resources in your garden location. The amount of sun and type of soil (including wet or dry and the pH as determined through soil testing) Become a Wheeler Clinic foster parent and help us should all be determined prior to planting. make a difference in the life of a child. Once you have figured out what plants/shrubs will and will not work, you can become cre• 24/7 support • Extensive training ative. If you like the combination • Enhanced stipend of blue and white, or purple and chartreuse, use it in your garden, even if others don’t like these colors. This is your garden. I try to use only a few different color combinations in the garden and then repeat the combinaE-mail us: tions throughout. I have a garden Visit our website: of mostly daffodils and day lilies

Friday, May 30, 2014 Reilly scattered five hits and struck out five but was even tougher with runners in scoring position as Newtown stranded seven runners, including four at third base. Newtown was poised to break the scoreless deadlock in the fourth when lead-off batter Danielle Shine singled and stole second base. Reilly came back to strike out the next two batters and, with the runner at third base, Meyer dug out a hot shot to shortstop, getting the throw to first to retire the side. The Nighthawks finally got on the board in the fifth inning when a two-out error became the only miscue of the game and opened the door. Katie Laaksonen hit a come-backer to the pitcher’s circle that Reilly couldn’t pick up cleanly. The late throw to first and pinch runner Haley Ryan advancing to second on a stolen base and taking third on a wild pitch created the one opportunity that would decide the game. Mali Klorczyk drove in the game winner with a single for the 1-0 Newtown lead. Pomperaug was down to its final chance at bat in the bottom of the seventh. Brianna Antonazzo lined a single down the left-field line to lead it off. Kaela Harris dropped a sacrifice bunt down and Laurel Williams send a ground out to the left side of the infield, advancing Antonazzo to third base with two outs.

Annabella Pastorok sent a sinking line drive in the hole at shortstop and the bid for a game-tying hit fell short as Newtown held on for the victory. Pomperaug will now gear up for a run on the Class LL state tournament. “We now have the state tournament to get ready for, and we will take them one at a time,” said Masotto. “And we will have most of these kids back for next year except for our seniors Lauren Reilly, Jess Eisenbach and Kennedy Gibson, so we are going to be in good shape.” The Pomperaug baseball team wasted no time getting acclimated to the post-season pressure as they hung three runs on the board in their first at-bat against Masuk last Saturday. Masuk tied the game at 3-3 with an uprising of their own, only to have Pomperaug strike again with two runs in the third and single runs in the fourth and fifth to account for the 7-6 final margin of victory. Cooper Mooney went the distance on the hill for the Panthers, scattering eight hits and striking out five. Jack Yule led the attack at the plate with a single, a double, a run scored and two RBI. Luke Frering added a double and two runs scored, with Jack Parsell igniting the offense by blasting a two-run double. Pomperaug was scheduled to take on Weston in the SWC semifinals Wednesday with the SWC championship game slated for Thursday at Bethel.

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and cannas I call the hot garden for its bright yellows, oranges and reds. I also use blue flowers in this garden for contrast. Using a color wheel is a great asset when planning your garden. In my 50-foot perennial garden, I use a combination of

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