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Middlebury Town Clerk Edith Salisbury, left on stage, swears in Middlebury First Selectman Edward B. St. John Monday night. Waiting to be sworn in are Selectmen Elaine Strobel, far right, and Ralph Barra, second from right. Also waiting are others elected to office in November. They were sworn in at a ceremony Salisbury said was attended by about 27 residents. (Terrence S. McAuliffe photo)

Conservation Commission issues cease-and-desist order

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A Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 12:30 p.m. at the Iwo Jima Memorial Monument on the Newington-New Britain town line. The Japanese attacked the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941, killing or injuring more than 3,500 Americans. The attack marked America’s entrance into World War II. The ceremony will observe the 72nd anniversary of the attack and pay tribute to the American servicemen and women whose lives were lost. Foundation volunteers will be on hand

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at the memorial from 11:30 am and after the ceremony to speak with visitors. Historical displays about the Pearl Harbor attack will be on hand for viewing. During a ceremony at 12:30 p.m., the special guest speaker will be Harry Rosenfeld, a Navy veteran of World War II. He served aboard the USS Nevada and is an Iwo Jima survivor. Before he enlisted, the USS Nevada was one of the ships damaged in the attack on Pearl Harbor. There also will be a Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony at the monument Saturday, Dec. 14, at noon.

By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE The Middlebury Conservation Commission (CC) at its Nov. 26 meeting issued a cease-and-desist order for wetlands violations on Regan Road, approved a construction access change for Ridgewood and instructed the wetlands enforcement officer (WEO) to manage rebuilding approvals for a burned Christian Road garage. It also set its 2014 meeting dates. WEO Deborah Seavey was instructed to send a cease-and-desist order to David Johnson of 275 Porter Ave. and Joseph Bernardi of 450 Regan Road for tree cutting without a permit in the Skunk Hollow wetlands between their properties. Seavey said

an application for the tree cutting already done is one way of answering the violation, but violation letters often are ignored. Chairman Thomas Proulx recommended the cease-and-desist order and a showcause hearing where the activity leading to the violation could be explained. A permit modification for Toll Brothers to reroute heavy construction equipment from Ridgewood’s internal streets to an old logging road and onto Bona Road was unanimously approved. Commissioners agreed the temporary access road was a reasonable solution that could be restored after it was no longer needed. Phyllis Thomas’s application to reconstruct a burned-out garage at 71 Christian

Road was passed to Seavey for decision making after commissioners determined a special approval meeting was not necessary. Thomas said the garage was hit by lightning in July 2012 and burned to the ground. Proulx said approvals were needed because the garage was in wetlands, but Seavey could handle those approvals administratively since rebuilding would be on the same footprint. In other matters, commissioners voted to continue to meet the last Tuesday of the month with no meeting scheduled in December due to holidays. The next regular CC meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 26 at Shepardson Community Center.

Donors can make artificial turf field a reality By MARJORIE NEEDHAM

Three “thermometer” boards like this one in front of Shepardson Community Center in Middlebury track the progress of fundraising efforts for the purchase of and installation of artificial turf at Meadowview Park. The other boards are at the park and at the intersection of Route 64 and Regan/Tucker Hill Roads. (Marjorie Needham photo)

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turf field, play could start in February (assuming the field wasn’t still covered with snow). An artificial turf field also will get a lot more use. Currently, soccer teams practice at Ledgewood Park during the week and play games at Meadowview on weekends. With artificial turf at Meadowview, the teams could practice there instead. The artificial turf will alleviate a lot of maintenance work for the town’s public works department, too, but the big bonus, Proulx said, is there would be a lot more playing time on the artificial surface. Kasidas said the three leagues that will use the field – soccer, football and lacrosse – have all agreed to help raise funds for the surface. He said he hopes some corporate sponsors also will step forward with large donations. Company logos can be incorporated into the artificial turf, he said, in recognition of major donors. He said the estimate is it will take roughly $500,000 for the turf, its installation and fencing around the field and another $500,000 for amenities such as a scoreboard, lighting and bleachers. Proulx said four years ago the economy was so bad she wouldn’t have attempted to raise

this much money in private donations. Now the economy is turning around, and she thinks people will support the project. When the project becomes reality will depend on the donations it receives. “We’d love to have it in the spring,” Kasidas said. But he said that was unlikely unless a donor or two stepped forward and made sizable donations. A more realistic date may be fall of 2014 or spring of 2015. It helps that donations will be tax-deductible because they will made to the Parks Trust Fund, a foundation administered by the Parks and Recreation Commission. To make a donation, write a check to “Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department” and put on the memo line, “Parks Trust Fund, artificial turf.” Donations can be dropped off at the Parks and Recreation office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or mailed to the department at 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT 06762. After the first of the year, the department will begin actively raising funds and expects to conduct fundraisers for the project. For more information on the project, call Proulx at 203-7582520, ext. 701.

Annual Middlebury Police toy drive

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Middlebury Parks and Recreation Director Betty Proulx said Wednesday, “If you put your heart and soul into a project, it can be done.” She said that is what she is doing with the project to raise nearly $1 million to have a fenced artificial turf field installed at Meadowview Park in Middlebury. The field, which will be regulation soccer size at 165 feet wide and 300 feet long, will be used for soccer, football and lacrosse. Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ray Kasidas said, “We need to have more for the kids. There’s nothing for them to do in this town.” Kasidas heads the commission’s subcommittee working on raising funds for the project. Both Proulx and Kasidas stressed the project will be funded with private donations rather than by the town. However, the town will contribute some “inkind” work as required by the grant that is partially funding the project. Kasidas said the public works department will remove sod and install drainage to prepare the location for artificial turf installation. “They know how to do that because they helped with Project Panther at Pomperaug High School,” Kasidas said.

Funding starts with about $196,000 from the state grant. It was intended to be used to install artificial turf at the new Mary I. Johnson park on Maple Road, but Kasidas said the land there was found unsuitable for artificial turf installation. The town has obtained permission from the state to use the grant funds toward installation of artificial turf at Meadowview Park instead. Proulx said artificial turf is generally guaranteed for 15 years. It does require annual “brushing,” and a company the town already deals with for softball field maintenance has the necessary equipment to do that. Proulx said artificial turf offers many advantages over natural lawn surfaces. For one thing, you can play on it at any time, whether it is raining or not, without worrying that football cleats, for example, will destroy the surface. With the natural surface, the fields have to dry for two days after a rain before games can be played on them. With artificial turf, games can be played while it is raining. An artificial turf field also will be available earlier each year. Proulx said the current Meadowview field cannot be played on until mid-April. With an artificial

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saturday & sunday

Dec. 7 & 8

What: When: Where:

Middlebury Police collect unwrapped children’s gifts, nonperishable food and cash to benefit Middlebury residents 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Outside Dinova’s Four Corners Market at 600 Middlebury Road in Middlebury

Panthers miss the mark against Oxford

Annual tree lighting on the green What: When: Where:

Annual tree lighting; entertainment by Middlebury Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops and Memorial Middle School students and carol singing followed by hot chocolate at the Middlebury Historical Society 4 p.m. Green and Historical Society Building on Library Road adjacent to the green

Brass City Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” What: When: Where: Cost:

Annual holiday performance of “The Nutcracker” Saturday at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Shepaug Valley High School, 159 South St., Washington, Conn. $20 for adults, $15 for seniors/children 12 and under/students with valid ID

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Library Happenings

Middlebury Community Calendar Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 Police Commission 6 p.m...................................................Town Hall Conference Room

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southburylibrary.org. The library is at 100 Poverty Road in Southbury.

Holiday movies

Woodbury

The library will show holiday-themed movies on its beautiful, surround sound display Democratic Town Committee throughout the month. Movies 7:30 p.m......................................................... Shepardson, Room 27 will be shown Wednesday, Dec. Republican Town Committee 11, at 12:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 7:30 p.m......................................................... Shepardson, Room 26 13, at 1 p.m. Call the library at 203-758-2634 to find out which Library Board of Directors 6:30 p.m..................................................Middlebury Public Library movies will be playing.

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Free holiday concert

Mystery book discussion group

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Board of Finance The mystery book discussion 7 p.m.............................................................. Shepardson, Room 26 group will meet Thursday, Dec. Land Preservation & Open Space 6 p.m...................................................Town Hall Conference Room 12, at 6 p.m. to discuss “The Christmas Thief” by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Thursday, Dec. 12 Clark. New members are always Retirement Plan Committee welcome, and light refreshments 1 p.m...................................................Town Hall Conference Room will be provided. Call or email Parks and Recreation Joan at 203-758-2634 or jar7 p.m................................................................ Shepardson, Room 1 nold729729@gmail.com for Ballerina Larissa Davidowitz and audience member Vivian Decremer stand beside Southbury Food Bank donations given by more information. Calendar dates/times are subject to change. those attending a The Main Street Ballet of Woodbury interactive If your organization would like your event included in the community "Nutcracker" performance at the Southbury Public Library. Sleeping Beauty calendar, please email the information to beeintelligencer@gmail.com. (Submitted photo) Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m.,

Book Review

“Inside Mad” edited by John Ficarra, foreword by Judd Apatow (Time Home Entertainment, $29.95)

“Mad’s Greatest Artists: Dave Berg Five Decades of the Lighter Side Of ...” foreword by Drew Friedman (Running Press, $30) Reviewed by Larry Cox Without a doubt, for more than 60 years, one of the most irreverent, laugh-out-loud humor publications in America was Mad magazine. If you were a kid during the 1950s and ’60s, it was one of the publications your parents scolded you for reading. Two new books illustrate why Mad has been such must reading for more than half a century. “Inside Mad” highlights many of the classic spoofs by such legendary writers and artists as Jack Davis, Drew Friedman, Dick DeBartolo and others. Its 17 celebrity essays include contributions by Roseanne Barr, Whoopi Goldberg and Ken Burns, who reveal what it was like to be lampooned in its pages. As a bonus, “Inside Mad” also serves up an all-new, specially commissioned gatefold

poster by Sergio Aragones, and a never-before-reprinted Alfred E. Neuman pop art poster. Some favorite features include “Will Success Spoil Charley Brown,” a classic by Jack Rickard and Larry Siegel; the outrageous “Baseball at the Bat”; “A Mad Look At Other Uses for Live Lobsters”; and “Clodumbo,” lampooning the TV detective. This is great stuff. The second book, “Dave Berg,” highlights the work of one of Mad’s most popular artists. Berg spent 50 years at Mad and was responsible for one of the magazine’s most popular features, “The Lighter Side Of ...” In addition to presenting his best work chronologically, there is a rare 1970 interview with the artist. These two volumes illustrate zany American humor at its wackiest. Anyone who grew up with Mad should rejoice. For those who aren’t familiar with it, my advice is to grab the books, settle back and be prepared for a delightful shock. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

the Tanglewood Marionettes will perform the classic tale, “Sleeping Beauty,” at the library. The tale will begin in King Felix’s great hall with the celebration of Princess Aurora’s birth. The party will go awry when the wicked witch arrives and curses Princess Aurora. Will the curse come true? Join us and see the Tanglewood Marionettes’ presentation of this beauty fairy tale. Tickets are available and space is limited. Stop by the library or call 203758-2634 to reserve your seat. This performance is brought to you free by the Friends of the Middlebury Public Library. The Middlebury Public Library is at 30 Crest Road. The telephone number is 203-7582634, and the website is middleburypubliclibrary.org.

Naugatuck Affordable Care Act questions Have questions or are you confused about the new Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare)? Tuesdays from 12 to 4 p.m., Richard Wood, a state-certified assister with CHOICES, Connecticut’s health and information assistance program, will provide information on Access Health CT, the state’s new health insurance marketplace. Do you need help with eligibility, signing up, or determining the best plan? Ask Wood your questions. All discussions will be confidential.

Christmas Trees - Cut or Potted

Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m., the library will host its monthly snacks and shows for seniors event. Watch a 1940 Christmas film starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan in which two gift shop employees who can’t stand each other are unaware they’re falling in love through anonymous pen pal letters! Before the show, participants will learn to make festive nonalcoholic punch. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Whittemore Library. It is open to patrons who are at least 50 years old and their guests. Registration is required. Visit or call the reference desk at 203729-4591 to sign up.

Meditation

for discussion. Please arrive by 5:50 as the session starts on time. The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591 or visit whittemorelibrary.org.

Southbury Gingerbread ornaments Monday, Dec. 9, at 4:15 p.m., children ages 8 to 12 are invited to join chef Nancy Stuart Ploch in decorating a homemade gingerbread ornament. Nancy will demonstrate how to construct a gingerbread house, and then the children will design and decorate their own ornament. Registration is required as space is limited.

Photo exhibit Photographer Steve Eazarsky’s exhibit, “Changing Light, Winter Scenes,” will be on display in the Gloria Cachion Gallery until Thursday, Dec. 26. Eazarsky said of his exhibit, “The sun gradually gets lower in the sky. Shadows grow longer; days shorter. The warmth of fall turns to a crisp, still winter coolness. But the low sun angles and clean air make winter an ideal time to shoot. Come brave the weather and see what I see as fall fades to winter, and winter warms to spring, and a new year.” Eazarsky, who is based in Bethlehem, Conn., is a chemist and self-taught photographer. He has displayed statewide, been seen in numerous publications and recognized by National Geographic. For more information, call 203-262-0626 or visit www.

Forum on American founders Thursday, Dec. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., David Schultz will lead an open forum, “Equality, Humility, and the American Founders: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King.” The public is invited to participate. Everyone will have the opportunity to review and discuss what American founders had to say about their visions of America and for America. After an introduction by the workshop facilitator, attendees will share their experiences, interests, and concerns about the meaning of the American founding and the American dream in contemporary life. Those attending will then be encouraged to consider how we as a community might renew the American founding, enliven the “American Dream,” and apply this understanding toward a renewed hope of a better life for our children and grandchildren.

Photo exhibit Photos by W. Scott Petersen, a self-taught fine arts photographer specializing in landscapes and seascapes, will be on exhibit in December. Petersen creates unique and distinctive photographic images of all kinds. His goal is to evoke an emotional reaction in the viewer by using his camera to “paint with light.” He has a large collection of images of the boardwalk around Little Pond at the White Memorial Conservation Area. Many of these images illustrate the central theme of his work, which is to create a reaction in the viewer, by painting with light. Other favorite subjects are local Connecticut scenes and images from the midcoast region of Maine. For more information, call 203-263-3502 or visit www. woodburylibraryct.org. The library is at 269 Main St. South in Woodbury.

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The ongoing meditation pracLibrary fundraiser tice will meet once in December, A fundraiser for the library will on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. in be held Sunday, Dec. 8, from 3:30 the reading room. It consists of to 5:30 p.m. at Elizabeth Richard periods of meditation with time

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

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Gifts at 951 Chase Parkway in Waterbury. If the store rings up more than $1,000 in sales that afternoon, 10 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the library for the purchase of new books and to support programming. Enjoy a great afternoon out with hors d’oeuvres, wine, chocolates and gifts to all who attend and help the library at the same time. Please RSVP by email to Marilyn Schiaroli at marilyns@ biblio.org. In case of inclement weather, call 203-754-4438. The store website is www.elizabethrichardgifts.com.

Edwin Kotchian and Juan Andreu return to the library Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. to perform in the Gallery. Kotchian and Andreu are a contemporary folk/ pop duo formed in August 2010 and based in Connecticut. Kotchian plays keyboard while Andreu plays percussion, but it is their vocal instruments that truly shine. All of their music features harmonies specifically created for the unique blend of their baritone and tenor voices.

FIND US ON

By DONNA HINE

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ecember at the Middlebury Public Library: snow is drifting past the windows, but we are cozy by the fireplace watching the snow fall! Fun holiday movies are playing every Wednesday and Friday in the Larkin Room, and a holiday picture puzzle is set on the table to be finished by all. An earlymonth wreath workshop is in the past, but join us for caroling by the tree on the 19th! If all this sounds too busy for your already busy season, just come in and pick up a great book to relax with in your own home … we have a few. “Bellman & Black” (SET) by master storyteller Diane Setterfield is one to look forward to reading. It seems to be a very dark “Scrooge” tale – William Bellman is a successful business man consumed with his trade who judges everything mathematically: This is a subtraction, while that is an addition. After he kills a rook as a child, William’s life story is somehow intertwined with the bird, and Setterfield weaves the rook into characters as well as actual birds. Some find the detailed business line tiresome, while others say that this method of writing enhances and explains the man himself in relation to the world around him. If you read Setterfield’s “The Thirteenth Tale,” you will be as eager as I am to read this book. On a much lighter note, Sebastian Faulks writes a new Jeeves and Wooster tale, “Jeeves

and the Wedding Bells: an Homage to P.G. Wodehouse” (FAU). Bertie acts the servant (!) at Jeeves’ insistence – but Jeeves may have an ulterior motive – and it may have something to do with the new love of Bertie’s life, Georgiana. Things never go smoothly for Bertie, but somehow the ending always works out for the best. Does it measure up to the madcap and convoluted events that always seem to befall Bertie when written by Wodehouse? I hope so! Bestselling author Wally Lamb has written another strong current-day tale about resilience after tragedy, “We are Water” (LAM). Annie Oh leaves her long-term marriage to enter into a new gay marriage, causing an emotional ripple effect within her family. Acting as a microcosm of today’s society, the children and husband left behind are all voices in the tale. As they deal with their own histories and issues, the change in lifestyle affects all and brings to light long-buried matters. Lamb has a way of writing the reader into the tale so that we are very much invested in the outcome of the characters. We are water, as is discussed by the characters at the conclusion of the story – “fluid and flexible, strong and destructive” – beautiful writing. “King and Maxwell” (BAL) by David Baldacci brings back Sean King and Michelle Maxwell from the series of best-sellers that included “Split Second,” “Hour Game” and “The Sixth Man.” The private investigators are hired by a teenage boy to uncover the mystery surrounding his father.

Tyler is notified his father has been killed in Afghanistan, but afterwards he receives a “communication” from his father. The two explore and dig deeper into the clandestine governmental affairs, resulting in a climax dangerous to them both. Fast-paced and well-written, this book is vintage Baldacci. I love this book. Hands down. It is inspirational, uplifting, positive and diverse: It will motivate you to be your best. What is the book? “Forty Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World” (363.8 BUF) is written by philanthropist Howard G. Buffett and his son, Howard W. Buffett. It starts with a basic idea: Each person has 40 chances (40 years) in life to do the best job we can. Use that as an outline for the book: 40 separate stories about Howard’s journey to ease as much suffering in the world as possible. Wow – what a terrific thing if we can each accomplish only one amazing, life-saving act – food for thought. “Provence 1970” (641.5973 BAR) written by Luke Barr chronicles the winter that six of the greatest American chefs found themselves in the South of France at the same time. M.F.K. Fisher (Barr’s great-aunt), Julia Child and James Beard joined Simone Beck, Richard Olney and Judith Jones to cook and eat and talk – oh! To have been there! Based on detailed journals and letters belonging to Fisher, the book uncovers the jealousies, rivalries and friendships that grew at this time and changed the look and feel of cooking in America. If you are a confirmed

foodie, this is your Christmas present! David Finkel has written “Thank You for Your Service” (362.86 FIN) to answer two questions: “When we ask young men and women to go to war, what are we asking of them? And when they return, what are we thanking them for?” What is life like after war for these people? Finkle becomes close to the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion (see “The Good Soldiers”) and follows them home after their deployment. This is a difficult, gritty book with an intimate look at the after-effects of war. Finally, we have Bill Bryson’s “One Summer: America 1927” (973.91 BRY). Were you aware of the many historic events that occurred that summer? Think of Babe Ruth at the start of creating his home-run record, Al Capone’s illegal booze running, the first flight across the Atlantic by Charles Lindbergh and much more. Sacco and Vanzetti are executed, the model for Mount Rushmore is unveiled, and The Jazz Singer brings movies to a greater public. Bryson brings to light fascinating details of a time when culture exploded, bathtub gin was common, and the president of the United States would take a three-month vacation! Great books for everyone on your list this year – come into the library and browse for more ideas! Adult Services Librarian Donna Hine writes Library Lines once a month. If you have a topic you’d like her to cover, contact her at the library at 203-758-2634.


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Middlebury Senior Center News Trip

Christmas luncheon Join the Senior Center’s annual Christmas party Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will include a chef’s carving of roast beef with gravy, tossed salad, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, bread and dessert. Entertainment will be provided by Willie Ninninger. The fee is $10 per person. Make your reservation no later than Friday, Dec. 6.

Holiday Light Fantasia The Middlebury Senior Center minibus will travel to Hartford Monday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m., so passengers can see the Christmas lights at Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park. Drive through an enchanting land of spectacular, sparkling light displays during

this festive and magical holiday season. More than 60 enchanting images will delight children and adults. All proceeds go to the Channel 3 Kids Camp. The bus will stop at Friendly’s for dinner on the way. To reserve a seat, call 203-5774166. The cost of $12 per person includes admission and transportation. The rain/ snow date will be Dec. 16.

Falls Avenue Senior Center Events Falls Avenue Senior Center events for area adults 55 and older follow. Reservations are required and 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.

Decorate the senior center Celebrate the season by helping to decorate the center for the Christmas holiday Friday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. Reservations are not required.

Snowflake decorations Learn how to make three-dimensional snowflake decorations Monday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. If you have the following items, please bring them to the class: scissors, staplers and tape.

Card-making class Sue Reznak from Treasured Moments, a local scrapbook store, will lead a card-making class Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m. Participants will make two Christmas cards each. The cost is $6. Samples of this month’s cards are on display at the center.

Senior programs information Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 9:30 a.m., Jim Dunn from the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging will conduct one-on-one assistance with Medicare, the Medicare Savings Program, Social Security and other senior-related programs. If you have questions about these or other programs for older adults, this is a perfect time to get some answers.

Remembering G. Fox & Co. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m., Litchfield Bancorp is sponsoring “From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox in the 1950s.” In the 1950s, the landmark department store in Hartford was G. Fox & Co. Elizabeth Abbe of the Connecticut Historical Society will take us back to Fox’s heyday as we go from floor to floor and recall departments ranging from accessories on the “street” floor to designer dresses on the sixth floor and end at Toyland on the 11th floor. The presentation promises to stir pleasant memories of date nut bread in the Connecticut Room, back-to-school shopping and the wonderful Christmas season at G. Fox & Co. Reservations are required by Dec. 10.

Low-vision talk, screenings

those born between 1943 and 1954) and receive Social Security benefits, the limit on earnings will be $15,480. Income above that will see deductions of benefits of $1 for every $2 earned. Those who turn age 66 in 2014 will have an earned income cap of $41,400, with $1 deducted for every $3 earned over that amount

Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log Date Time Address/Incident 11-25 08:33 1321 Whittemore Road. False alarm confirmed by FD2. 11-25 17:42 Long Meadow Road. Motor vehicle accident. Rollover. Minor injuries. 11-26 14:52 Route 64. Motor vehicle accident. No injuries. No fire or EMS needed. 11-26 15:17 1579 Straits Turnpike. Activated fire alarm. No problem found. 11-26 18:02 Route 63. Motor vehicle accident. Two transported on basic life support. 11-28 17:03 555 Christian Road. Fire alarm activation. Problem with battery in fire alarm.

Thursday, Dec. 12, at 9 a.m., Raechaell Corbet, an occupational therapist at the Lions Low Vision Center at St. Mary’s Hospital, will speak Friday, Dec. 6 about low vision, how to use your available vision and low-vision rehabilitation. Following Professional Development Half Day......................Early Release Day her 30-minute presentation, she will conduct PHS Symphonic Band/Orchestra/Chorale (Snow Date 12/9).......7 free low-vision screenings. Reservations are p.m. required by Dec. 11.

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Choral concert

Saturday, Dec. 7

RMS CMEA Auditions in Meriden..........................................8:30 a.m.

The Middletuners, a Middletown senior Sunday, Dec. 8 center chorus, will entertain at the center on Friday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. For the past 15 years, No Events Scheduled this choral group has been entertaining Monday, Dec. 9 throughout the state. Reservations are required Board of Education.................................PHS AP Room 103, 7:30 p.m. by Dec. 12. GES Snow Date Grade 5 Band/Strings Concert........................7 p.m. PHS Snow Date Symphonic Band/Orchestra/Chorale...........7 p.m. Bridge, anyone? There has been some interest at the center Tuesday, Dec. 10 in starting a bridge group. If you are interested, call 860-945-5250 to leave your name and PTO Sewing Enrichment Class....................................................3 p.m. MES Grade 5 Band/Strings Concert (Snow Date 12/17).........7 p.m. phone number. PES PTO Meeting..........................................................................7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Social Security changes in 2014 Beginning in January, the Social Security cost of living allowance (COLA) is going up 1.5 percent for its 57 million beneficiaries. For those who receive an average benefit of $1,272, the increase will be a whopping $19 per month. Other changes for 2014 include: Income subject to Social Security taxation will increase to $117,000 from $113,700. Above that amount, your contribution to Social Security will not go up. For those who are less than full retirement age (age 66 for

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for the months until they reach full retirement age. Those who are the full retirement age for the whole year will have no benefits deducted for any income earned. Medicare’s Part B premium, however, will stay the same as in 2013, which is $104.90 (for those with incomes of less than $85,000). If you received the email saying the premium will go up to $247 per month, don’t worry. The email was a fake and has been on the Internet for three years now. Let’s look at what that $19 Social Security COLA increase will

buy: one-third of a week’s worth of groceries on the USDA Moderate Food Plan. You can stretch that to a half week of groceries if you stick to the Thrifty Food Plan (and eat more potatoes and less meat). Don’t spend it all in one place. Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

MMS Grades 7 and 8 Concert (Snow Date 12/12)....................7 p.m. RMS PTO Meeting.........................................................................7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 12 GES Holiday Fair............................................................. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. RMS PTO After-school Yoga.................................AP Room, 2:45 p.m. GES Holiday Fair..................................................................... 6 - 8 p.m. MES PTO Meeting.........................................................................7 p.m. GES Holiday Read Aloud..............................................................7 p.m. PES Grade 5 Band, Strings Concert (Snow Date 12/16)..........7 p.m. MMS Snow Date Grades 7 and 8 Concert...................................7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13 GES Holiday Fair........................................................... 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. PTO Sewing Enrichment Class......................................... 3 - 4:30 p.m. PHS Choir, Band Concert (Snow Date 12/16)...........................7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14 No Events Scheduled Region 15 website: www.region15.org

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Letter to the Editor Smith at helm frightens writer To the Editor: If Captain Smith of the ill-fated Titanic had survived his encounter with a stray iceberg, what are the odds he would have been given command of the next luxury liner sailing from Liverpool, England? Not very likely. Here in Middlebury, however, the captain, or chair, of one of the most notable land-use fiascoes in the history of the town has fared much better in securing his post. Terry Smith has been tapped to chair the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), a committee that puts together the comprehensive 10-year plan of conservation and general land use in Middlebury. You will recall that, back in approximately 2004, this same Mr. Smith chaired the P&Z that OK’d building 332 units of condos on 58 acres at Straw Pond. He and his commission approved the plan even though the State of Connecticut agency, the Southwest Conservation District, walked the site and stated that only

about 25 percent of the land, or approximately 14 acres, was suitable for development. The Planning and Zoning Commission, led by Mr. Smith, however, evidently felt that uprooting acres of virgin forest, impacting unique and valuable vernal pools and clear-cutting hundreds of trees in order to cram 332 condos on approximately 14 state agency-recommended acres was a wonderful use of town land. For years following Smith and his P&Z’s approval of this land-use debacle, local citizens pushed back, spending thousands of dollars of their own money and countless hours in courts and meetings, pointing out the destructive nature of a land-use project that contained not an iota of worthiness. This same Mr. Terry Smith that approved the original plans for the Straw Pond debacle is now charged with chairing the same committee that will set the parameters for land use in this town for the next 10 years. If you are a resident and that fact doesn’t frighten you, I don’t know what will.

Police allege probation violation, drug possession Middlebury Acting Chief of Police Richard Wildman reports the Connecticut Probation Department and Middlebury Police conducted five home inspections Tuesday evening of people on probation and parole to make sure they were in compliance with their conditions of release. People at the five homes were found to be in compliance and following the rules. Wildman said, “These types of inspections tend to keep people on their toes and in compliance.”

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or Canfield Pharmacy; or email have been found eligible for food mjab1968@me.com. stamps during the screening. Reservations are required for Death Café the half-hour screening, which is A Death Café will meet Tues- given by Daedly Pierre, SNAP outday, Dec. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. reach worker at StayWell. To RSVP, at the Jewish Federation of West- call Debby Horowitz, the Brownern Connecticut at 444 Main St. stein Jewish Family Service direcNorth in Southbury. The coordi- tor, at 203-267-3177, ext. 310. All nator/facilitator is Rabbi Dana calls are confidential. Z. Bogatz, the chaplain for Luminaries on sale Brownstein Jewish Family Service. The Middlebury Lions club is Many people seek a safe, nur- selling holiday luminaries again turing place and community in this year as a fundraiser to support which to discuss their interest local scholarship and community and concerns surrounding assistance funds. Luminaries are death. Death Café does not pro- customarily placed along drivemote any religion, value system ways and walkways at dusk on or product. This is not a bereave- Christmas Eve and also can be a ment group, and it is free to par- fun addition to a New Year’s Eve ticipants. A facilitator will ensure celebration. it is a safe environment. Light The white glowing bags are simrefreshments will be served. ple to set up by placing approxiIn her work, Rabbi Bogatz has mately 1 inch of sand in the botdiscovered that people often ar- tom of the bag, centering the rive at death’s door without ben- candle in the sand and lighting the efit of having considered it in life, candle at dusk. talked about it with family, or Each $6 luminaries kit has 12 formulated a “wish list.” The white bags and 12 10-hour canDeath Café is presented as an dles. Luminaries can be purchased open, respectful and confidential at Sullivan’s Jewelers, Larry’s Wine space free of discrimination and Spirits, Vaszauskas Farm, and where people can express their the Town Parks and Recreation views and questions safely. department. The Lions also will There is no charge for this be selling them Saturday, Dec. 14, program. It is open to all adults, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Midbut seating is very limited and dlebury Transfer Station and participants must preregister. To around town. Please support the make a reservation, contact Lions along with our local busiRabbi Dana Z. Bogatz at 203-267- ness partners. 3177, ext. 334.

Woodbury tree lighting The Town of Woodbury’s annual tree lighting at the North Green will be Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. All are invited to greet Santa as he arrives to turn on the tree lights. Region 14 school bands and chorus will perform holiday songs and lead everyone in a sing-a-long. For information, visit www.woodburyparksandrec.org.

St. George’s gingerbread village St. George’s Episcopal Church will display their annual holiday gingerbread village from Dec. 7 to 14. Come view and purchase gingerbread delights. Display hours will be Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 8, from 12 to 8 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 9, to Friday, Dec. 13, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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This year’s Middlebury tree The Country Loft will sponsor lighting will be Saturday, Dec. 7, an evening of festive music and at 4 p.m. on the Middlebury song, Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4:30 p.m. in its Christmas-decorated historic barn at 557 Main St. South in Woodbury. Sing Out! Con1255 Middlebury Road necticut children’s choral group Middlebury, CT 06762 www.brasscityballet.org will perform holiday favorites with a modern twist in four-part harmony. Sopranos Marianna Vagnini, Sherry Langrock and Victoria Chiera will perform seasonal classics. All are encouraged to join in song. Children under 12 are free and adult tickets are $20 each. Proceeds from the event will go to the Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation, a nonprofit arts organization whose focus includes bringing opera to the schools through education and internships. Tickets include wine, cider, cookies and holiday treats! For tickets and more information, call 293-266-4500; go to Abrash Galleries, Country Loft

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Green. The event will include Christmas caroling on the Green with entertainment provided by Middlebury Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops and Memorial Middle School students. Afterward, the Middlebury Historical Society will offer hot chocolate at its building on Library Road.

The Middlebury Convalescent Home will have its annual raffle Model train show and sale of baked goods and resSunday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. ident-crafted items Saturday, to 3 p.m., the Naugatuck HistorDec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ical Society Museum at 195 Wahome is at 778 Middlebury Road ter St. in Naugatuck will host a in Middlebury. Valley HO Track model train show. Admission will be $5.

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session of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of narcotics (two counts), possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a drug factory. Cleary was held on bonds totaling $175,000 ($125,000 for violating probation and $50,000 for the narcotics charges). He was arraigned in Waterbury Superior Court Wednesday morning. Sgt. John Desmarais and Officer Al Cronin were the investigating officers. Kenneth Cleary

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Boy Scout Troop 5 will hold a redeemable bottle and can drive fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Village Square Plaza at 530 Middlebury Road in Middlebury. All Connecticut redeemable bottles Pat de Angelis (glass and plastic) and cans will Middlebury be accepted. Call Michael Zinko at 203-758-8599 if you need redeemable bottles and cans Tony’s picked up before Dec. 7 . Thank you for your continued “Due to the current state of the USED TIRES support of Troop 5. Boy Scout economy, YOU CAN’T AFFORD $ & up Troop 5, chartered by MiddleNOT TO GO TO TONY’S TIRES!” bury Congregational Church, has Manufacturers’ Rebates Available been a fixture in the Middlebury WHEEL PACKAGE LAYAWAYS community since 1978. Since ices “My prorth 4 WHEEL ALIGNMENT then, 62 of the Boy Scouts from $ are w e!” Troop 5 have earned the highest id r our EVERYDAY LOW PRICE! e h t advancement rank in Boy ScoutM-F 7:30-6 • SAT 8:30-3 FREE Alignment w/purchase of 4 tires ing, Eagle Scout. 2067 S. Main St. • WTBY 203-575-1350 *

When the task force then served an arrest warrant for violation of probation (CGS 53a-32) on Kenneth H. Cleary, 32, of North Farms Road in Middlebury, they found him in possession of approximately 8.4 grams of cocaine, about 2.9 grams of marijuana and suboxone medication and lidoderm lidocaine 5-percent patches, for which he had no prescriptions. Additional drug paraphernalia also was found. The discovery of the drugs led to the additional charges of pos-

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Social services screening Free social service screenings for food stamps and other programs to help any Connecticut resident facing difficult times will take place Friday, Dec. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jewish Federation at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. The Federation’s Brownstein Jewish Family Service and StayWell Health Center continue to offer these free monthly social service screenings by appointment for a dozen work support/ basic needs programs, including SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps), HUSKY, Medicaid and Charter Oak insurance. The screenings have helped many Connecticut residents who are having a tough time making ends meet. People who are struggling to put food on the table, families where one or both parents recently lost their jobs and health insurance, and seniors in their 80s all have been assisted. During the past year, dozens of local residents

Cookie walk, bake sale

The Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) Ladies Auxiliary annual cookie walk and bake sale will be Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at MVFD headquarters on Tucker Hill Road in Middlebury. Cookies will cost $6 a pound. Come shop for some wonderful homemade cookies to share with friends and family during the holidays.

Marble Dale holiday bake sale St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Marble Dale will have a holiday bake sale Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. It will be a great chance to stock up on homemade baked goods – cookies and breads – plus handcrafted decorations just in time for Christmas gift giving. Products will be attractively wrapped so you can give them as gifts. St. Andrew’s is at 247 New Milford Turnpike (Route 202) in Marble Dale, Conn. Turn onto Wheaton Road at the blinking light for convenient parking.


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Pewter ornament fundraiser Friends of Pomperaug Music Inc. (FoPM) is selling the pewter ornaments shown in the photo, right, in an effort to raise funds for the D’Angelo Music Scholarship. This year FoPM is offering a custom ornament created by Woodbury Pewterers that depicts the Pomperaug High School mascot and a G-clef to promote the music department. Other musically themed designs include a French horn, G clef, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin and drum. The Christmas-themed ornaments include a stocking, Celtic knot, candy canes and Santa. All ornaments come with a ribbon and measure 1-½ to 2-½ inches depending on the design. The cost for an ornament is $10 or $16 plus shipping. To guarantee holiday delivery, order early as quantities are limited. You can purchase ornaments by calling 203-577-2377, or through PayPal on the Region 15 website at www.region15.org. Ornaments also will be sold Friday, Dec. 6, and Friday, Dec. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the win-

ter concerts at Pomperaug High School. Friends of Pomperaug Music Inc. is a Connecticut nonprofit formed in 1999 by concerned parents of Region 15 (Southbury/ Middlebury) music students with the simple purpose of providing opportunities for students to succeed through continuous excellence in music education. The

$2,000 D’Angelo music scholarship is awarded annually to a musically outstanding Pomperaug High School graduating senior who chooses music as their college major. Since 1999, FoPM has granted more than $26,000 in scholarships. Beginning in 1999 with the presentation of Beatlemania, FoPM has educated and inspired

students and the general public with entertainment of all kinds. Past concerts included the Bill Mays Trio, Riders on the Storm (a Doors tribute band), children’s entertainer and NPR commentator Bill Harley, and even a swing dance featuring the Bales and Gitlin band, with dance lessons by Brian Gillies. Along with sponsoring concerts and supporting the D’Angelo Music Scholarship, another goal of FoPM is to aid the music department at PHS by volunteering as chaperones for the annual college music trip; accompanying the PHS Band when they perform in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City, supplying hot chocolate to the band members during football games, supplying water to the band members during Memorial Day Parades and being called on wherever the music department requires. For more information on FoPM or placing your ornament order, contact Sandra Barolli at 203-577-2377.

Avoid online shopping scams This holiday season, the Birmingham, Ala., FBI office reminds shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to fool potential victims, including fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card, sale of fraudulent or stolen gift cards through auction sites at discounted prices, and phishing emails advertising brandname merchandise for bargain prices or emails promoting the sale of merchandise that ends up being a counterfeit product.

Fraudulent classified ads or auction sales Internet criminals post classified ads or auctions for products they do not have. If you receive an auction product from a merchant or retail store rather than directly from the auction seller, the item may have been purchased with someone else’s stolen credit card number. Contact the merchant to verify the account used to pay for the item actually belongs to you. Shoppers should be cautious and not provide credit card numbers, bank account numbers, or other financial information directly to the seller. Fraudulent sellers will use this information to purchase items for their scheme from the provided financial account. Always use a legitimate payment service to protect purchases. Diligently check each seller’s rating and feedback along with

their number of sales and the dates on which feedback was posted. Be wary of a seller with 100-percent-positive feedback if they have a low total number of feedback postings and all feedback was posted around the same date and time.

Gift card scam The safest way to purchase gift cards is directly from the merchant or authorized retail merchant. If the merchant discovers the card you received from another source or auction was initially obtained fraudulently, the merchant will deactivate the gift card number and it will not be honored to make purchases.

Phishing and social networking Be leery of emails or text messages you receive indicating a problem or question regarding your financial accounts. In this scam, you are directed to follow a link or call the number provided in the message to update your account or correct the problem. The link actually directs the individual to a fraudulent website or message that appears legitimate; however, any personal information you provide, such as account number and personal identification number (PIN), will be stolen. Another scam involves victims receiving an email message directing the recipient to a spoofed website. A spoofed website is a fake site or copy of a real website that is designed to mislead the recipient into providing personal information.

Consumers are encouraged to beware of bargain emails advertising one-day-only promotions for recognized brands or websites. Fraudsters often use the hot items of the season to lure bargain hunters into providing credit card information. The old adage, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” is a good barometer to use to legitimize emails. Consumers should be on the watch for too-good-to-betrue emails from unrecognized websites. Along with online shopping comes the growth of consumers using social networking sites and mobile phones to satisfy their shopping needs more easily. Again, consumers are encouraged to beware of emails, text messages, or postings that may lead to fraudulent sites offering bargains on brand name products. Here are some tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud: Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) email. Do not click on links contained in an unsolicited email. Be cautious of emails claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Always run a virus scan on an attachment before opening it. Avoid filling out forms contained in email messages that ask for personal information. Always compare the link in the email to the web address link you are directed to and determine if they match.

Log on directly to the official website for the business identified in the email, instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited email. If the email appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer or other company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact information. Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the email to verify the email is genuine. If you are requested to act quickly or there is an emergency, it may be a scam. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act impulsively. If you receive a request for personal information from a business or financial institution, always look up the main contact information for the requesting company on an independent source (phone book, trusted Internet directory, legitimate billing statement, etc.) and use that contact information to verify the legitimacy of the request. Remember if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. To receive the latest information about cyber scams, go to the FBI website and sign up for email alerts by clicking the envelope in the upper right corner of the page. If you have received a scam email, please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at www.ic3. gov. For more information on escams, please visit the FBI’s New E-Scams and Warnings web page at www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/ e-scams.

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Take a test drive before buying a car The end of the calendar year might be one of the best times to get a deal on a vehicle purchase, when everyone else is out holiday shopping. It’s not only the price you need to be concerned with. How the car feels is important, especially if you plan to keep it for a number of years. Assuming you’ve done your homework about whether a particular vehicle meets your needs and price, the test drive is where you’ll find the answers about a small, but crucial detail: Is the car comfortable? Edmunds.com, the car experts, has a list of tips for getting the most out of your test drive. • Sit in the vehicle. Sounds simplistic, but getting in and out of the car and sitting in it will tell a lot. Is there enough legroom? (If you’ll have multiple drivers in your family using the car, take them along.) Can all of you reach the pedals easily? Did you hit your head getting in or out? Is the steering wheel too far away to be comfortable? Does the seat tilt? Try out the backseat, especially if you’ll likely be carrying passengers. Move the side-view and rearview mirrors: Are there any blind spots? • Drive the car. If the salesperson wants you to take a specific route (likely all right-hand turns that lead back to the lot), describe a different route you’d like to try. If possible, try to take

a route that is similar to one you usually drive: highway, hills, city traffic, etc. • Once on your test drive, give the car a bit of a workout. How does it accelerate for passing? How does the engine sound when you do? Can you hear a lot of road or tire noise? Are the brakes smooth or grabby? Is the steering responsive? Is the car comfortable to ride in? • After the test drive, check other aspects of the car. Do the doors open enough to load groceries or reach in to strap in a child? How is the trunk room? Does the backseat fold down for extra trunk space? • Use your camera or phone to snap a picture of the sticker and options, as well as the car, especially if you’re going to be visiting other dealerships. Before you buy, be sure to review the Edmunds article, “TestDrive Your Car Salesperson.” For much more information on cars, see Edmunds.com. David Uffington regrets he cannot personally answer reader questions, but he will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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5 ways to alleviate holiday stress It’s a busy month, a time when stress levels can be high. It’s important to stay calm, relaxed and in charge of your thoughts, actions, food choices and sleep patterns. Be responsive to the hints your body sends you at the first signs of imbalance before you succumb to the pressures of the holidays. Keep your body healthy and immune system strong. Rather than being reactive, choose stillness and harmony inside so external happenings aren’t dictating your wellbeing. This week’s nuggets for life offer five ways to alleviate stress. 1. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, because it’s a major contributor to feeling good. Go to bed an hour earlier. This is easy because it gets dark early, and you can choose to flow with nature’s winter intelligence. Nap if you can during the day. Restore, replenish and refresh in this way. 2. Stay connected to your breath of life. When stress creeps through feelings of being overwhelmed, stop. For one short minute do left-nostril breathing to calm your nervous system and balance your brain. Close your eyes and block your right nostril with your right thumb. Simply inhale and exhale long, slow, quiet, smooth breaths through your left nostril and feel serene. Let the cool air you inhale cool your thoughts. 3. Exercise every day. It’s a proven stress-buster, helps the complexion to glow and burns away more than calories. It burns up emotions that aren’t beneficial to you and replaces them with emotions of feel-good stuff like happiness and joy. Get great results in just 12 minutes of a focused mix between cardio, flexing, stretching and strengthening with your own body weight. Do a little Web surfing and YouTube research to find what works for you. Who doesn’t have 12 minutes to

Friday, December 6, 2013

Panthers miss the mark against Oxford By KEN MORSE

Nuggets for Life By CYNTHIA DE PECOL

feel the burn, sweat and enhanced goodness of wholebody health that lasts all day? Try it for a week without missing one day and see how you feel! 4. Just do it. I don’t believe in trying to do something because it doesn’t mean anything. You either do it or you do not. Rather than procrastinate, mull over what needs to be done and talk about your exhaustion and commitments with people, places and things, stay quiet and just do it. You’ll feel success, a sense of accomplishment and surprise yourself with what you’re capable of in a day. Inspire yourself! 5. Keep your digestive system happy. Start the day with a glass of warm lemon water. Munch on fruits and veggies for fiber to keep things moving. Have little packs of walnuts, almonds or trail mix handy for pangs of hunger when you’re out and about. Drink a glass of water before you eat. Go easy on sweets, dairy and meats. Drink veggie juice. Indulge in little ways versus overdoing things. These ideas and suggestions create an inner space of tranquility and self empowerment so the hustle, bustle and natural pull of stress around the holidays are felt as opportunities to practice being unruffled, playful and confident. You can breeze through your days like a child does – happy, healthy and excited for the joys and gifts of this fun, beautiful, dreamy season. De Pecol is a yoga instructor, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See lifecoachingllc.com or email lifecoach3@aol.com

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The Thanksgiving Eve football game between Pomperaug and Oxford had to be moved up to Tuesday, Nov. 26, due to the storm that struck the East Coast last Wednesday. The game marked the end of a six-year rivalry as Oxford will move to the Naugatuck Valley League next season, leaving Pomperaug to start a new Thanksgiving rivalry. The Panthers closed a deficit in the third quarter only to see the Wolverines put a fourth quarter touchdown on the board to pull away with a 27-12 win over Pomperaug. Steve Persson, who led Oxford to its first win over Pomperaug in last year’s Thanksgiving Eve battle, was the key factor again this year as he rushed for 205 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Wolverines to victory. “After playing just about every day since the middle of August, teams at this point in the season are a little banged up,” said Pomperaug head coach Dave Roach. “We lost one of our team captains midway through the season when Nico Rosa injured his knee. In our last game, one of our other captains, Jack Yule, injured his ankle. “We were not at 100 percent, but neither was Oxford. I’ve talked to the team all season about finishing games, and sometimes we did a good job at it and other times we didn’t.” Oxford got on the board first when Persson plowed his way into the end zone on a 6-yard touchdown as the Wolverines went on top 7-0 on the extra point kick from Chris VanKamerik.

No. 89 Mike Buntin and No. 7 Sam Rubinstein close in on a tackle during the Thanksgiving Eve Pomperaug-Oxford football game.  (Natalie Baker photo) Pomperaug aired it out with quarterback Wade Prajer (14 of 29 passing for 200 yards) firing a 60-yard touchdown strike to senior captain Sam Rubinstein (six catches for 123 yards). Dan Carbonaro blocked the extra point attempt to give Oxford a slim 7-6 lead going into the second quarter. “It comes down to mental toughness and capitalizing on your opportunities,” said Roach. “This was a good game for some of the younger guys to step up. But as far as leading the way, Rubinstein did just that with a tremendous game for us.” The Wolverines took a lot of time off the clock on their second drive in the second quarter. Persson carried 10 times for 68 yards on the drive that culminated when he scored on a 5-yard run to open up a 14-6 advantage. The damage would have been worse if not for the interception in the end zone by Rubinstein that

kept Oxford from padding the lead. The Panthers were still very much in the game, trailing 14-6 at the half. Oxford came out in the third quarter and went ahead by two scores when Marcus Esteves ran on four consecutive plays, picking up most of his 77 yards rushing and culminating with a 4-yard touchdown plunge to open up a 21-6 lead. At the end of the third quarter, Nick Harper went in for a touchdown from 9 yards out on a fake field goal attempt to close the gap at 21-12 and put the Panthers back in the game. Prajer threw completions to Steve Croce (three for 47 yards), Mike Curcio (one for 10 yards) and Mike Buntin (one for 24 yards) along with completions to Bobby Tzepos and Seamus Conway, but the drive stalled on a deflection that was intercepted by Matt Dobson.

Oxford closed out the game, scoring on a flea-flicker pass on fourth down from Kyle Chudoba to VanKamerik covering 22 yards for the 27-12 final margin. “All in all it was a good season,” said Roach. “The kids made progress every week, and we got better as a football team. “We had some games that got away from us down the stretch, and that’s where finishing games comes into play. We just didn’t close enough of them. “Football comes down to blocking and tackling. We come back next season with some players who gained a lot of experience. We take a lot of pride in our running game, and that will allow us to control the clock. But when the game is on the line, we are going to need guys who will step up and take the game in their hands.” Pomperaug will look to build off its 4-7 season next year with a solid passing game led by Prajer and receivers Steve Croce and Ryan Johannes. Mike Curcio and Mike Foschi could be that spark in the running game as the Panthers look to get back to their winning Less surprising is the number of ways. grandsons and great-grandsons with it. Most colorblind people get along in life without much trouble. And most have some degree of color perception. A very few see the world only in grays, black and whites. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I love avocados. I’m trying to lose some weight, but I hear that avocados have a lot of fat. How can a fruit 1. When was the last time before have fat? – R.D. 2013 (Elvis Andrus) that a ANSWER: Fruits can have fat, as Texas Ranger hit two triples well as protein and carbohyin a game? drates. They have no cholesterol. No member of the plant kingdom 2. Who has the most home runs in a season by a major-league does. player who wasn’t yet 20 years A medium avocado has old? around 320 calories. Most of those calories are due to the fat 3. Which NFL team has the longest current streak of not makcontent of this fruit. But the fat ing the NFL playoffs? is good fat, not the kind of fat that prods the liver to make choles- 4. When was the last time before 2012-13 that the University of terol. It also has three B vitamins, Michigan basketball team vitamin A and vitamin C. started a season 16-0? You can continue to eat avocados, but you have to get rid of 5. What team set the NHL record for most losses in a season? something else in your diet that 6. When was the last time before has this many calories. the upcoming 2014 event that Dr. Donohue regrets he is unBelgium’s men’s soccer team able to answer individual letters, qualified for the World Cup? but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. 7. Jockey Bill Shoemaker was the oldest winner (54 years old) Readers may write him or request of the Kentucky Derby. What an order form of available health year did he do it, and which newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, horse did he ride? Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

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menus with select recipes enjoyed by the book’s characters and Skog’s tips on researching your heritage with resource references. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will be selling books, and Skog will be available after the event to sign them. The exhibit, “Coming to America: Washington’s Swedish Im-

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Wreaths across America honors vets To show support for veterans and honor their families this holiday season, Wreaths Across America (WAA), a nonprofit organization best known for its annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, teamed up this year with Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and Pilot Flying J to launch the trucking industry’s first annual rolling tribute. On Nov. 26 at Pilot Travel Center in Milford, Conn., Morrill and Karen Worcester, WAA’s founder and executive director, respectively, handed out 1,000 free wreaths to professional truck drivers to kick off the tribute. The wreaths come with fasteners so drivers can attach them to the grills on their trucks. Each driver’s wreath is one half of a “patriot pair,” and the remembrance wreath in the set will be laid at Arlington National Cemetery by volunteers on National Wreaths Across America Day Saturday, Dec. 14. Professional drivers who would like to participate can order a Trucking’s Patriot Pair online at www. truckloadofrespect.com. They are asked to stop at a local cem-

etery on National Wreaths Across America Day, remove the wreath from their grill and place it on the headstone of a veteran. “This idea started after seeing many of our volunteer professional drivers participating in the annual escort to Arlington remove the wreaths affixed to the grill of their rigs and place it on a headstone once we made it to the cemetery,” said Morrill. “This very personal expression of gratitude was shared in pictures and online and became a symbol of how dedicated the trucking industry is to supporting our nation’s military.” For this reason, WAA is asking all drivers participating in the rolling tribute to photograph and share their experience online using #rollingtribute. Wreaths ordered from the website are shipped directly to the driver’s address. With a donation of $30, drivers receive one wreath and fasteners for display on the grill of their tractor, and a second wreath will be placed on a veteran’s headstone at Arlington National Cemetery. In addition, all drivers who donate will receive a WAA window decal,

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