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Volume VIII, No. 52
Remember Sandy Hook victims
Friday, December 21, 2012
Sandy Hook Elementary School - Newtown, CT - 12/14/12
By MARJORIE NEEDHAM In remembrance of the victims lost last Friday in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a proclamation declaring today, Friday, Dec. 21, a day of mourning. He has asked residents statewide to participate in a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. The Governor also has asked houses of worship and government buildings able to do so to ring their bells 26 times during that moment in honor of each life that was taken at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “Let us all come together collectively to mourn the loss of far too many promising lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Malloy said. “Though we will never know the full measure of sorrow experienced by these families, we can let them know that we stand with them during this difficult time.” Malloy also wrote a letter to every governor in the U.S. asking each state to consider joining the State of Connecticut Friday during this time of reflection and mourning. “Mourning this tragedy has extended beyond Newtown, beyond the borders of Connecticut, and has spread across the nation and the world,” Malloy said. “On behalf of the State of Connecticut, we appreciate the letters and calls of support that have been delivered to our state and to the family members during their hour of need.”
Charlotte Bacon – 6 Daniel Barden – 7 Olivia Engel – 6 Josephine Gay – 7 Ana M. Marquez-Greene – 6 Dylan Hockley – 6 Madeleine Hsu – 6 Catherine V. Hubbard – 6 Chase Kowalski – 7 Jesse Lewis – 6
James Mattioli – 6 Grace McDonnell – 7 Emilie Parker – 6 Jack Pinto – 6 Noah Pozner – 6 Caroline Previdi – 6 Jessica Rekos – 6 Avielle Richman – 6 Benjamin Wheeler – 6 Allison N. Wyatt – 6
Rachel Davino – 29 Dawn Hochsprung – 47 Anne Marie Murphy – 52
Lauren Russeau – 30 Mary Sherlach – 56 Victoria Soto – 27
Middlebury Vigil In Middlebury, First Selectman Edward B. St. John issued the following statement. “The Community of Middlebury, Connecticut extends to its friends and neighbors in Newtown our thoughts and our prayers at this time of deep sadness. Our love is with the families, students, officials and first responders.” Middlebury is inviting those who wish to gather on the Green Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. A moment of silence will be observed, and church bells will ring. The town is placing 27 crosses in front of Town Hall, one for each victim. The crosses will remain in place for at least a month so those who wish will have a place to visit to pause and remember those who were lost.
Woodbury Vigil In Woodbury, First Selectman Gerald D. Stomski invites the public to attend the Town of Woodbury Vigil Sunday, Dec. 23, at 4 p.m. at The Hollow Park in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. All clergy and community groups have been invited to participate in offering words of solace and reflection during this community gathering. Please bring a candle or a small flashlight. For more information, call the first selectman’s office at 203-263-2141, email JanK@woodburyct.org or call the Parks & Recreation office at 203-263-3113.
Luminarias Dave Bunnell of the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) suggested lighting up Middlebury with luminarias Christmas Eve in honor of our neighbors in Sandy Hook. He said doing this would send a message of solidarity and concern as well as a message of hope. Another MVFD member, Bryan Ferrucci, said he is going to write the name of each victim on a luminaria and then light the luminarias Christmas Eve. The newspaper encourages all our readers to do the same. The Middlebury and Woodbury Lions Clubs have been selling the luminarias, but they may be sold out. In Middlebury, they were on sale at Sullivan’s Jewelers, Larry’s Wine and Spirits, Vaszauskas Farm, the Mobil Station on Route 64 and the Middlebury Parks and Rec department. If those are sold out, stores usually stock both packages of lunch bag-size white paper bags and votive candles. To make a luminaria, open the bag and fold down the top inch to create a lip at the top of the bag. Put enough sand, dirt or kitty litter in the bottom to hold the candle upright. Place a candle in the center. A candle 3 inches high should burn most of the night. Place bags 15 to 24 inches apart. A long fireplace starter light is helpful when lighting the candles.
Bonds OK’d; residents comment on police dispatching By Marjorie Needham Voters at Tuesday night’s town meeting OK’d issuing bonds to cover upgrades of sewage pump stations and renovations at the library. In the Board of Selectmen meeting that followed, agenda items were approved without discussion, but residents had a lot to say during public comments, with several speaking passionately about the selectmen’s decision to move police dispatching from Middlebury to Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communications (Northwest) in Prospect. The town meeting, moderated by Bill Stowell, started off with a moment of silence for last Friday’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It then moved to the first of the two resolutions, appropriating $4 million to upgrade sewage pump stations 1, 2 and 3 and authorizing issuance of $4 million in town bonds to cover the cost. First Selectmen Edward B. St. John explained the sewage pump stations were installed in 1970, and upgrades to them had been discussed for the past 10 years. He said the Water Pollution Control Authority received four bids on the project and reviewed the two lowest. They chose C.H. Nickerson Co., Inc. Stowell asked if anyone had any questions, and none were asked, so the resolution moved to a vote. The votes were 60 for and none opposed. The second resolution was to appropriate $1.925 million for improvements to the Middlebury Public Library and to authorize issuing $600,000 in town bonds to meet the appropriation. St. John said this was another project that had been going on for 10 years. He said the town’s portion was $600,000. Donations from residents were $825,000, and another $500,000 came from a state grant. He said this project also had gone out to bid, and the winning bid-
der was Nosal Builder’s, Inc. Head librarian Jo-Ann LoRusso said the renovated library will be a place where people gather to be enlightened, entertained and informed. Nancy Robison asked if the library would be open Saturdays. Chris Peckaitis said the library cut its hours by 20 percent, but for working people the cut was effectively 60 percent. LoRusso said Saturday hours are being discussed and likely will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. When the vote was taken, the resolution passed 58 to 1. Following the town meeting, selectmen moved quickly through their agenda. However, when they got to public comments, residents who stayed after the town meeting rose to speak, often passionately, on several topics. Ray Kasidas said we need a recreation center for kids. And, he said, in view of the Sandy Hook tragedy, we need to put resource officers back in the schools. He said problems at Memorial Middle School are on the rise since the town took the resource officer out of the school. St. John said there has been “intense discussion” about school safety since Friday among the town, police department and Region 15. Kasidas said “I don’t think it can wait for the budget process.” Next, retired Bridgeport police officer Ned Love said he was concerned about Middlebury’s police dispatching going to Northwest. “I know what good qualified dispatchers can do,” he said. When he called Middlebury police because he thought his wife was having a heart attack, he was so upset he gave them the wrong address. “The dispatcher recognized my voice, and said, ‘You’re not in Florida,’” Love said. Love said he thought it was wrong for the selectmen to make the decision to move dispatching. “I
think taxpayers should make the final decision,” he said, imploring the selectmen to put the matter to a vote by residents. Love said this will be the first time Northwest has dispatched police calls. “We are their test case,” he said. “If it goes well, others may follow suit. If it doesn’t, we are going to pay the price.” Al Roy, a retired state trooper and father of police dispatcher Jim Roy, said when the Litchfield State Police barracks moved to civilian dispatchers, it was a mistake. He said dispatching was messed up for seven to eight months until it was returned to dispatchers in the troop who knew the area. Jim Crocicchia said he didn’t understand why police dispatching is so different from the fire and ambulance dispatching Northwest already does for the town. Brian McKeon said his concern was the dispatchers at Northwest would be handling dispatching for other towns at the same time as they handle dispatching for Middlebury. Kasidas said when he goes out on ambulance calls there is nothing better than hearing the Middlebury dispatcher’s voice telling him exactly where he needs to go, right down to the color of the mailbox. Fire Chief Paul Perrotti said moving police dispatching will be a significant savings for taxpayers. “It will be much more beneficial for me as a young family guy,” he said. He also said the police station console is operating on a wing and a prayer, whereas Prospect has state-ofthe-art equipment. Part-time dispatcher Daniel St. Pierre told selectmen, “It is extremely reckless to outsource your emergency dispatching.” He also said selectmen misstated the cost of keeping dispatching in town. St. John told him he should bring him proof the cost was misstated.
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The Winter Solstice and the First Day of Winter Town of Woodbury Vigil for Sandy Hook Elementary School victims When: 4 p.m. What: Gathering of residents, clergy and community groups Where: The Hollow Park on Hollow Road in Woodbury
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Friday, December 21, 2012
Grandparents hand down family traditions And so you, reader, this is your chance for passing – this year especially when giving may seem empty or inconsequential. When Christmas feels small in the light of tragedy, give something – whether it is an old tradition revived or a new one invented. Pass on your memories – pass on what you don’t want to be forgotten. To you, I pass my copy of my grandparents’ lebkuchen recipe. They are sweet and spicy and are very good with tea.
By KATHLEEN RIEDEL
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Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log Date Time Address/Incident 12/11/12 18:56 179 Acme Drive. Activated fire alarm. Set off by faulty detector. 12/11/12 18:36 279 Mirey Dam Road. Activated fire alarm. Alarm set off by cooking oil. 12/12/12 13:08 Pic Design. Activated fire alarm. Alarm set off by service testing.
Middlebury Community Calendar No meetings Friday, Dec. 21, to Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2013 Meetings resume Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2013
Perhaps pedagogy is inherent to grandparents. Parents of parents say and write and tell and pass things down. They have attics and boxes and deep-rooted words in their mouths, stories of paper cutout worlds existing before you were born. My grandparents, sitting at the glass table in their palm room eating oatmeal and watching the morning finches at the feeder, have taught me a lot of things – all of the important things, like generosity and hospitality, all of those “–ity” words that make you a kind and giving and loving person. They have taught me about working hard and living well – with small blessings for big rewards. About living for family and for friendships. Because they are wonderful wide-armed friends and wonderful wide-hearted family. But if I had to pick a “most,” a most-important-thing-you-havelearned-from-your-grandparents, it would have something to do with food. Something to do with showing love with food – canning love in jars and kneading it deep into dough. In the early spring, just after the earth has thawed, Grandfather and Marmee plant a garden. Cucumbers and green beans and soft-leafed lettuce. Tomato plants yielding hundreds of jars of translucent spherical garden flesh. Sturdy kale plants lasting them far into the winter, far into bubbling stovetop pots of vegetable soup. They can peaches too. And quince – hanging warm in a cheesecloth over the stove, its sticky dripping juice soon will be jelly. All of this sweet and salt seeps easily into winter – at Christmastime when Grandfather’s chestnuts are going off like firecrackers in the woodstove, when Marmee is unlidding pfeffernusse or un-
Lebkuchen Ingredients: 4 eggs beaten lightly 1 lb. sugar 3/4 lb. ground almonds 1 tsp. cinnamon 1tbsp. baking powder 3 tbsp. apricot brandy 2/3 cup honey This handwritten recipe for “lebkucken” (lebkuchen) was found 1/2 lb. finely chopped citron in an old cookbook discovered at an antique show, a worn and 6-7 cups cake flour ancient-looking book with browning pages and a scent of the past. (Kathleen Riedel photo) Frosting: 1 lb. confectioner’s sugar wrapping a fig cake brought back almonds for the tops. Then 1/2 cup milk from Ireland. Grandfather gets the yardstick. 2 tbsp. vanilla extract Standing in the kitchen of their They roll the dough in a smooth, yellow house with the warmth of even sheet – a strong ¼ inch Directions: the woodstove at my back and the thick. Grandfather, with the stick, Add the sugar gradually to same familiar smell of burning measures and cuts the cookies beaten eggs, beating all the wood, old books and old, untick- to their allotted size, this year 1¼ while. Dissolve baking powder ing clocks, I watch them make the inch by 2 inches. The 2012 leb- in brandy. Then add the allebkuchen. kuchen are smaller than past monds, spices, baking powder Many of the traditions we have years. Because it’s better to eat mixture and honey. Finally, add upheld throughout my childhood two smaller ones than just one, flour and citron. have been founded in deep heri- Grandfather says. Roll dough 1/4 to 1/3 inch As they roll and measure, I see thick, and cut into oblongs about tage pride – the Italian seven fish dinner on Christmas Eve or the their science, their method, and the size of a playing card. Place Irish corned beef and boiled po- I realize these are their heirlooms on greased tins and allow to tatoes on St. Patrick’s Day. Leb- – these sweet things we take on stand in a cool place overnight kuchen, German cookies, are our tongues and make part of us (12 hours). unrelated to our lineage. The tra- each year are the things they give Bake about 20 minutes at 325 dition began after Marmee found to us. This is their passing and degrees. the recipe in an old cookbook this is our inheritance – the silent Mix frosting, adding more discovered at an antique show – year-by-year repetition of recipe milk if necessary. Should be worn and ancient-looking with reading and writing and baking somewhat runny. Frost cookies. browning pages and a scent of the and growing brown, doubling in Place candied cherry on center past. size in the warm heat of the oven of cookie. Arrange four apricot Marmee mixes the dough, – these are things we will not slivers around the cherry. adds the citron and toasts the lose.
Book Review “The Wild West in England” by William F. Cody
(University of Nebraska Press, $17.95)
life and career of one of America’s greatest showmen, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. A shrewd self-promoter, showman and entrepreneur, Cody founded “Bufby John M. Burke falo Bill’s Wild West” traveling show in 1883 after serving as a (University of Nebraska scout in the U.S. Army and as an Press, $24.95) actor in Western stage dramas. Touring throughout the U.S. and Reviewed by Larry Cox Europe for more than three deThese two books, originally cades, Cody became an internapublished more than a century tional celebrity. “The Wild West in Europe,” ago, present an inside look at the
“Buffalo Bill From Prairie to Palace”
first published in 1879, includes all the illustrations from the original text, along with photographs of Cody and promotional materials. Cody documents his Wild West exhibition, focusing on the show’s first season in England. Since he considered himself an ambassador of American culture, Cody found time to spend with British nobility. He arranged private performances for Queen Victoria and other members of the royal family in addition to attending dinners and teas with the elite of London society. Frank Christianson, an associate professor of English at Brigham Young University, has edited and written an introduction to this excellent new edition.
John M. Burke, the author of the second book, was an advance man, press agent and publicist extraordinaire who helped create the iconic persona of Buffalo Bill. The publication of “Buffalo Bill from Prairie to Palace” in 1893 helped define Buffalo Bill as an important part of our American culture. In fact, it is Burke’s take on Buffalo Bill that persists to this day. These two books are highly readable and every bit as entertaining as when first published. The University of Nebraska press is to be commended for making these titles available again for a new generation to discover and enjoy.
Linda Banks Fused
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Library Happenings Middlebury Weekly Programs Lights burn brightly on the menorah on Middlebury's Town Green. Every year, a Christmas tree and a menorah share the Green durMonday, Dec. 24: The library ing the holiday season. (Marjorie Needham photo) will close at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25: Closed for the Christmas holiday. Friday, Dec. 28: 12:30 p.m.: Movie in the Larkin Room: “A Lion Called Christian.”
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Lynn Lewis and Friends Lynn Lewis and Friends will perform Thursday, Dec. 27, at 10:30 a.m. The performance will feature live music, costumed characters, singing and dancing to children’s favorite songs and some holiday songs, too. Lewis plays the guitar and joins the crowd with lots of interaction and movement. A conga line takes them around with a costumed character that joins in for the fun! Spanky and a guest will join in on the fun as well. Lewis recently published her first children’s book to go with one of her songs, “Spanky Going Woof Woof.” She appears regularly on “Pet Talk” News Channel
12 and at the WEBE 108 Kids Fest each year along with other libraries, malls and town events. Call the library at 203-758-2634 to reserve your space. For more information, call 203-758-2634 or visit www. middleburypubliclibrary.org. The Middlebury Library is at 30 Crest Road in Middlebury.
Drop by the Children’s Library Glass Exhibit and see the library’s firstA selection of Linda Banks’ fused ever holiday book tree. glass will be on display in the Gloria Cachion Gallery through TuesLeroy Anderson Exhibit day, Jan. 29, 2013. Banks, a multiThe library, in cooperation media artisan, owns and operates with the Leroy Anderson Foun- Banks Art Studio in New Preston, dation, has a special holiday ex- Conn. She has received many hibit entitled “A Sleigh Ride To- awards for her art, and her glass has gether with You.” The exhibit of been collected extensively nationthe life and music of this beloved ally and internationally. Glass has local composer is featured on the become her passion with its color, library’s Whittemore Gallery Wall vibrancy, sparkle and glow. Holiday Closings Banks’ art in its many forms has The library will be closed Mon- this month and can be viewed been exhibited in many galleries, day, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. during regular library hours. The Howard Whittemore Me- craft centers, schools, libraries, 25, for the Christmas holidays. morial Library is at 243 Church universities and more. St. in Naugatuck. For informaCheck www.southburylibrary. Civil War Novel tion, call 203-729-4591 or visit org for more information. The liAuthor to Speak whittemorelibrary.org. brary is at 100 Poverty Road in Come meet author Peter F. Southbury (203-262-0626). Warren as he speaks about his novel, “Confederate Gold and Silver: A story of the lost ConfedHoliday Closings erate treasury and its missing gold and silver” Wednesday, Holiday Closing The Southbury Library will be Dec. 26, at 6:30 pm. closed Monday, Dec. 24, and The Woodbury Library will be Books will be available for pur- Tuesday, Dec. 25, for the Christ- closed Tuesday, Dec. 25, for the chase. For information, call 203- mas holidays. Christmas holiday. 729-4591.
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Laura Clough’s exhibit this month celebrates the energy of color and texture. Her collection of watercolors and acrylics is inspired by the emotional impact of color and the challenge to render nature’s beauty in a realistic form. The still life, landscape and floral forms of expression are used to create the artist’s passion for detail. Clough maintains a studio in Southbury. For more information, call 203263-3502 or visit www.woodburylibraryct.org. The library is at 269 Main St. South in Woodbury.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Resources that may help This week and in the following weeks, the newspaper will share resources that may help readers deal with the aftermath of last Friday’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This week’s resources came in the form of an email from United Way of Greater Waterbury, which provides services for those in our readership area. Saturday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. trained clinicians will be available at the Waterbury Police Activity League at 64 Division Street in Waterbury to provide support for individuals and families affected by the tragedy. For
more information, call 203-7579855 or visit unitedwaygw.org. No reservations are needed. High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears. Links to helpful information on how to do that are at unitedwaygw.org. Look under “News &
Events” on the right side of the page. Also on the site are links to information on personal emotional recovery for everyone. The newsletter says: “Disasters are upsetting experiences for everyone involved. Children, senior citizens, people with disabilities and people for whom English is not their first language are especially at risk and are likely to need extra care and help. But everyone, even the people that others look up to for guidance and assistance, is entitled to their feelings and deserves support throughout the recovery process.”
Those in Sandy Hook are being helped by the United Way of Western Connecticut (uwwesternct. org). Information on donating to them is on page 5. All are reminded the 2-1-1 telephone number can help children and families cope with trauma. It is Connecticut’s statewide information and referral and crisis line, and it’s available 24 hours a day. If you or your child needs help, dial 2-1-1. Volunteers who have skills or expertise they believe are valuable in response to this tragedy may complete a form at www.211ct. org/Parents/Trauma.asp.
Chase embraces the holiday spirit of giving The holidays have arrived, and in the spirit of the season, Chase Collegiate students continue the tradition of donating their time, efforts and items to worthwhile programs in the region. For more than 30 years, Chase seniors have stood outside shops and grocery stores, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army to collect donations for the community. Another long-standing service project is collecting toys, hats and mittens for the Secret Santa Society of Bristol, which was started when Josh Kampf ’97 was a senior (he is now the parent of two Chase students). As president of the Spanish Club, he worked with Spanish teacher Maryellen Holden to launch what has become an annual outreach program. “I am so proud of our students because of their willingness to give of themselves and that they understand the importance of giving to those who are in need,” said Holden. There are many other busy elves around campus. The Upper School’s Community Service Outreach Club is putting together bags of toiletries for women at Safe Haven, a center in Waterbury for victims of domestic violence, and is collecting toys for a holiday gift-giving at Staywell Health, a community health center. The ninth grade is holding a can drive to support local food banks, and sophomore Wenkai Li is selling bracelets in support of a local family dealing with ad-
The Whittemore Library's first book tree is on display in the Children's Department. The library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. (Submitted photo)
Region 15 School Calendar Friday, Dec. 21 No Events Scheduled
Saturday, Dec. 22 No Events Scheduled
Sunday, Dec. 23 No Events Scheduled
Monday, Dec. 24 - Tuesday, Jan 2, 2013 Winter Recess...................... Classes resume Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 Region 15 website: www.region15.org
Advertise in the Bee-Intelligencer Your advertisement in the Bee-Intelligencer reaches more than 7,000 readers in Middlebury and surrounding towns Chase students are shown with items they have collected for families in need. olescent cancer. Li is putting together a basket with a winter theme to raffle off with proceeds benefiting the family. The Middle School winter clothing and blanket drive helps those who might need assistance in staying warm this winter. The group managed to collect 492 warm items that will be donated to local shelters. The Lower School Community Out-
reach Club is collecting gifts and books for the Children’s Community School and for children who reside at Rainbow House. And finally, for the second year, Mrs. Gusenburg, an English teacher, continues to collect greeting cards (used and new) to support the children of St. Jude’s Ranch. “The tradition of giving at Chase,” said Kampf, “begins with
Fifth Weekly Computer Class The Falls Avenue Senior Center has added a fifth weekly computer class on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. In addition, the center offers computer classes Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Students 55 years of age and older can expect to learn computer and email basics, Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe Photoshop and Internet safety. Please sign up at the senior center or call Paul Macaluso, the center’s computer instructor, at 860-945-5250.
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The Middlebury Senior Center will be closed Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., June Ye Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas. from the Connecticut Chinese Culture Association will provide a presentation of Chinese culture. Operation Fuel China, one of the world’s oldest civilizations, is a The Senior Center is taking applications for country rich in culture, history, and tradition. Learn about traditional Chinese philosophy, Operation Fuel. For more information on this the destruction of authentic culture and art in the program, call 203-577-4166, ext. 707. last 60 years and the Renaissance of Chinese culture as demonstrated in Shen Yun Performing, Don’s Computer Classes Windows 7 Tips & Tricks – Thursday, Dec. 26, which will have three shows in the Palace Theater from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn how to effortlessly nav- in Waterbury Feb. 13 to 14, 2013. Shen Yun features igate Windows 7. See and use the improvements the world’s finest classical Chinese Dancers, gorbuilt into this Operating system. The fee for this geous handcrafted costumes and massive animated backdrops. If you would like to attend the one-session class is $10. presentation, call 203-577-4166
Resolutions made easy The New Year is coming, along with all that potential for a fresh start in the form of resolutions. It doesn’t need to be difficult to make changes. All we need to do is start small and decide on what can add positives to our life. Consider asking your doctor what you can do in the New Year to increase your level of health. The answer might be rather simple, such as, “Get some 3-pound hand weights, and strengthen your arms and wrists.” Or, “Add one fruit to your diet each day. Canned is OK.” How easy that would be. Vow to stay in better touch with friends. Make a list of people who’ve started to drift away from lack of contact, and make a call or send a letter to each one. Stay in touch with them every month.
Learn a new skill. The senior center or recreation department will have classes of all kinds. Pick one, but give it some thought. Choose something you can stick with. Does it have a writing class? A beginning drawing class? Photography? How about teaching a class and passing along a skill you have? Do something for others on a regular basis. Schedule two or three days a month when you’ll shelve books at the library, socialize dogs at the animal shelter
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caring teachers. It was a long time ago, but I still remember Mrs. Holden’s ability to instill in us many valuable lessons about responsibility, respect and life. Like all the faculty members at Chase, she is more than a teacher, and because of that, students care about ideas but also about the world.”
to give them a better chance of being adopted, answer phones at the food bank or anything else you think is meaningful. Here’s one suggestion with a tangible benefit: Pick one coin denomination, whether it’s a nickel, dime or quarter, and save it in a jar every time you get one in change. Save the coins all year and reward yourself next December. Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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In Brief Living Nativity in Washington
spirit bubbling with mind-boggling magic for kids. Fun for the entire family. Dollhouse workshops are being offered Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29, as drop-in events between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children get to create a miniature room with furnishings using household items. Please bring a shoebox or small box of a similar size. After the workshop, enjoy viewing the “It’s a Small, Small World: Doll Houses & Miniatures” holiday exhibit next door at the Gunn Museum. Both programs are free, but registration is recommended. For more information, call 860868-7586 or visit www.gunnlibrary.org. The library and museum are at 5 Wykeham Road/ Route 47 in Washington, Conn. Memorial Middle School students, left to right, Brian Spinner, Vincent Graziano and Patrick Ziemke, hold collected stuffed animals. The school's staff and students collected games, dolls and stuffed animals for Toys for Tots. (Submitted photo)
St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington presents its muchloved annual Living Nativity Christmas Pageant Saturday, Dec. 22, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cast features parishioners in the traditional roles of Mary, Joseph and the Wise Men, together with shepherds and angels of all ages. The manger tableau includes live goats, sheep and a pony. The event is staged on the Rectory lawn just opposite the Village Green on Route 47. The church’s celebrated choir will lead caroling around the manger. Donuts and hot mulled cider will be served. Admission is free and open to all. St. John’s is at 78 Green Hill Road in Washington. For more information, visit the church’s Nardelli’s Donation website, www.stjohnschurch. Anthony Nardelli announced org, call 860-868-2527 or email the Nardelli Grinder Shoppes the Parish Office at stjohnowners and staff are donating firstname.lastname@example.org. $1,000 to help those affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook EleTravel Basketball mentary School last Friday. “It’s Roundup the least we could do,” Nardelli The Middlebury girls’ sev- said. enth- and eighth-grade travel team defeated Wolcott by a score NAMI Needs Facilitator of 32-23 at Frisbie Elementary The National Alliance on School in Wolcott last Satur- Mental Illness mental health day. A very close game through support group that usually meets three quarters, Middlebury’s Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in Waterbury tough “man-to-man” defense is in need of a facilitator. If you forced fourth-quarter turnovers can help, send an email to info@ that led to baskets by Allie Orsini, namiwtby.org. See namiwtby.org Ciara Connolly and Payton Col- for more information on the orlette. ganization. Lauren Pelosi scored 8 points for Middlebury along with sevHeating Assistance eral key offensive rebounds. JuAvailable liana Yamin finished with 8 State Sen. Rob Kane said Oppoints and Lauren Stango with eration Fuel is accepting appli6 for Middlebury. With this viccations for emergency energy tory, Middlebury improved to assistance. If you or someone 2–1 in league play and 6–2 overyou know might require heating all. The Middlebury boys’ sev- assistance, please call the state’s enth/eighth grade travel team free infoline at 211 or visit the went to Housatonic Regional Operation Fuel website atwww. Valley High School to play Housy operationfuel.org for more inforlast weekend. They were victo- mation. The non-profit organization rious by a 66-33 margin over provides emergency energy asHousy. sistance to families who may The boys were led by Matt have no other option to cover Wynne’s 16 points. Michael Kowenergy costs. Most recipients are alasky scored 10 points, and Will either elderly or working families McDonald added 8 points for the with children. Middlebury team. Greg Pelletier In addition, if you have the played an outstanding floor ability to donate to this program, game, dishing out many assists Kane encourages you to do so. while playing strong defense. Each winter, Operation Fuel reThe boys are off this weekend, ceives many more requests for but will participate in a tournaenergy assistance than they can ment over the holidays. fill. They hope to raise at least $1 Magic Show, Dollhouse million from individual donors. Send donations by mail to OpWorkshops eration Fuel One Regency Drive, The Gunn Memorial Junior Suite 200 Bloomfield, CT 06002. Library is offering the Danny Donations may be made online Magic Show Thursday, Dec. 27, at www.operationfuel.org. at 4:30 p.m. Keep your holiday
Letters to the Editor What to do with Board of Education Teach the unique Middlebury surplus incompetence value of human life To the Editor: The Dec. 13, 2012, edition of the Republican-American carried an article about Oxford’s finances in which First Selectman George Temple said he intended to return his town’s $1.2 million surplus from fiscal 20112012 to the people in the form of reduced taxes on their 2013-2014 property tax levy. Similarly, Middlebury has a surplus of about $500 thousand for 2011-2012, as reported in a Dec. 15 article in the Republican-American. I hope our selectmen and board of finance members also will return our surplus of $500,000 in the form of revenue for our 2013-2014 budget so as to reduce our property tax levy. However, the same article suggested Middlebury officials are contemplating using part of the $500,000 surplus to fund capital expenses. Capital expenses comprise the purchase of major equipment or the undertaking of large improvement projects. We have been down that road many times before. In sum, budgeted expenses should be driven by bona fide need, not by a wish list of projects. Thus, if a particular expense item was not included in the first draft of the 2013-2014 budget, that item should not be a subsequent add-on item just because the town had a windfall surplus of $500,000. So please return the entire surplus to the taxpayers. Lewis S. Clark Middlebury
To the Editor: The Region 15 Board of Education (BoE) is in the process of searching for a new superintendent. The hiring of a new education leader is the school board’s most significant responsibility. Nothing else compares to it. Our search responsibilities are compounded by the reality of replacing a superintendent who has over the past 10 years established a lengthy legacy of complex professional accomplishments. At its Nov. 26 meeting, the BoE initiated the search process with an alarming conflict of two sets of organizational recommendations: (1) an agenda item appointing the 10-member BoE as the search committee and (2) the chairman’s astonishingly abrupt announcement of a three-member search committee. The consequences of this convoluted exercise sent a message of incompetence to the entire Region 15 community, risk causing quality candidates to pause and reflect poorly on BoE leadership and, by extension, all board members. However, this embarrassing exercise was quickly corrected when the BoE approved the posted search recommendation. The board and the community can take some relief in the fact the search committee chairman has spent the last two weeks creating a focused and energetic set of appropriate initiatives. The search is on a proper course. Board leadership remains challenged. Francis Brennan Middlebury Ed. Note: Brennan is a member of the Region 15 Board of Education
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To the Editor: For a small rural town in the western part of the state and for all of Connecticut, nay the entire world, Dec. 14 is “a day, which will live in infamy.” Twenty innocents and six dedicated adults were killed in cold blood by another human being who was so angry as to take the lives of babies – and shoot his own mother in the face. Even before the victims were identified, we began to hear the rhetoric about gun laws, school security and insufficient mental health programs. But such ideas are only patches upon a far greater wound of expanding amorality in the U.S. It is time to develop a new paradigm concerning the rapid spread of gun violence in this country. We need to put our efforts into learning about and eradicating the cause rather than concentrating upon ineffective treatments. In a world where one gets his jollies from racking up useless “points” by killing images of human beings on video games; where “Gangsta’ rap,” glorifying killing, rape and sexual abuse pervades our culture of music; where a U.S. president can take advantage of a young female intern barely older than the Newtown shooter in the Oval Office of our White house and be glorified upon the world stage; where fully grown babies can be destroyed after “partial” birth, like pithing a frog in biology class; where violent criminals are released early so they can commit more heinous crimes; is it any wonder we are creating monsters, who have lost their humanity and become so amoral they could commit such heinous crimes as occurred in Newtown, Columbine, Virginia Tech, yes, even Nazi Germany?
My first thought, when I learned of the killings in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown was: Where was God in all this? Then I remembered – oh yes, He is no longer welcome in schools! Then I realized the issue is far greater than this simplistic idea. God gave us free will and left it up to the human race to sort out what is good and what is evil. This great country was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles of faith, hope and love. We have lost sight of those principles. We have lost sight of teaching those principles. We are concerned more with our children learning Newton’s Laws than we are the Moral Law; more with learning Avogadro’s number than the number of the Commandments; more with learning the value of pi to six decimals than the value of human life. The lives of 27 families have been changed forever. All the rhetoric in the world will never change that. Only a penetrating look into ourselves and how and what we are teaching our kids will bring about any meaningful change. All great democracies in history have destroyed themselves from within. Let us hope and pray this great country of ours does not meet the same fate. A return of teaching morality and the unique value of human life in our homes and schools, random acts of kindness, concern for fellow man – can be the only legacy for these young innocents. As Abraham Lincoln, himself a victim of a shooting, once said: “these honoured dead shall not have died in vain.” Our prayers go out to the entire Newtown community and the parents and relatives of the deceased in particular. May their loved ones rest in peace. Raymond E. Sullivan Middlebury
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Friday, December 21, 2012
Ways to help Sandy Hook By MARJORIE NEEDHAM In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, our readers are seeking ways to help the survivors as they grieve their losses. We have compiled the following list of places to donate money. The list is not complete, and we will add to it as we get more information. Governor Dannel Malloy’s web page links to a page with information on donating to the United Way of Western Connecticut. It states it is committed to providing support and resources where and when they become identified and needed. As people respond to this heartbreaking tragedy, they are turning to United Way looking for ways to help. In response, United Way of Western Connecticut, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank, has created the “Sandy Hook School Support Fund” to provide support services to the families and community that has been affected. Check donations may be mailed to Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470. They also may be dropped off at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location. Please make checks payable to “Sandy Hook School Support Fund.” Online donations may be made through the governor’s web page or by going to newtown.uwwesternct.org. If you have any questions, call United Way of Western Connecticut at 203-792-5330. LaBonne’s Markets has established the Dawn Hochsprung Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will be administered through the Woodbury Scholarship Fund, a tax-deductible charity. Noting that Hochsprung served as principal of Bethlehem Elementary School from 2004 to 2008 and Mitchell Elementary School in Woodbury from 2009 to 2010 before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School, the LaBonne family and their associates said of Hochsprung, “Her passion for learning and teaching children was admired by parents and children alike.” The store has printed green hearts formed by children’s handprints and printed on a white background. They may be purchased for $1 or any amount people want to donate, and are on sale at the Woodbury store. All donations will be passed on to the Woodbury Scholarship Fund specifically for Hochsprung’s annual scholarship. LaBonne’s said it will provide the first scholarship of $500 for next year’s recipient, and its goal is to raise $10,000 so the award can be given out each year.
Obituaries Rachel Marie D’Avino
A true hero
In memory of James Radley Mattioli James R. Mattioli Memorial Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470
Rachel Marie D’Avino, 29, of Bethlehem died Friday Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Conn., protecting the chilIn memory of Charlotte Helen Bacon dren she loved so Christ the King Lutheran Church dearly. Rachel was 85 Mt. Pleasant Road, Newtown, CT 06470 born July 17, 1983, in Waterbury, a daughter to Mary (Carmody) In memory of Catherine Violet Hubbard D’Avino of Bethlehem and Ralph Newtown Animal Center D’Avino of Waterbury. A 2001 gradP.O. Box 475, Newtown, CT 06470 uate of Nonnewaug High school, Rachel went on to receive her bachIn memory of Dylan Christopher Jack Hockley elor’s degree from University of HartDylan Hockley Memorial Fund ford, her master’s degree from Post 34 Charter Ridge Road University, and had just last week finished her finals working towards Sandy Hook, CT 06482 her doctorate degree from St Joseph’s In memory of Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski college. Rachel loved to bake; she loved Chase Kowalski Scholarship Fund animals, photography and karate. c/o Peoples Bank. 470 Monroe Tpke. She was an adoring big sister, who Monroe, CT 06468 cherished her two younger siblings like they were her own. Her presence In memory of Daniel Gerard Barden and tremendous smile brightened Sandy Hook School Support Fund any room she entered. c/o Newtown Savings Bank Her passion, however, was her 39 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470 occupation as a behavioral therapist working with children on the autism In memory of Rachel Marie D’Avino spectrum. She had worked in various Autism Speaks positions throughout her career prord 1 East 33 St., 4th Floor viding behavioral therapy to children New York, N.Y. 10016 with hopes of helping them develop into happy, healthy adults. She inIn memory of Jessica Adrienne Rekos tegrated these children into her daily Newtown Rotary Sandy Hook School Fund life, often taking them into her home, P.O. Box 263, Newtown, CT 06482 hosting holiday and crafting parties for them, teaching them and treating In memory of Dawn Hochsprung them like family. Her maternal naDawn Lafferty – Hochsprung Memorial Fund ture, understanding and sense of Waterbury Connecticut Federal Teacher’s Union patience with the learning disabled P.O. Box 2121, Waterbury, CT 06722 were truly gifts she possessed that made her a natural at caring for or online at www.WCTFCU.com. those with disabilities. Ultimately In memory of Jesse M. Lewis that gift would have given Rachel a level of understanding and forgiveVoice for Joanie Inc. ness at this time of crisis that many 5 Glenwood Road, New Milford, CT 06776 of us wouldn’t have. or voiceforjoanie.org Besides her parents she is survived by her best friend and soonIn memory of Victoria Soto Victoria Leigh Soto Memorial Endowed Scholar- to-have-been fiancé, Anthony J. Cerritelli of Bethlehem. Tony had ship Fund www.easternct.edu/advancement/victoria_soto. just last Wednesday asked Rachel’s parent’s permission for her hand in html marriage, and they were to be en-
gaged on Christmas Eve. She also is survived by her stepfather, Peter F. Paradis of Bethlehem; her sisters, Hannah and Sarah, both of Bethlehem; and her brothers, Stephen Paradis and his fiancé, Tracy Vogt, of Bristol and Justin Paradis and his wife, Debbie, of New Jersey; her maternal grandparents, Helen and Brendon Carmody of Waterbury; her maternal grandmother, Nicoletta D’Avino of Waterbury; several aunts and uncles; and many, many cousins who adored her. Calling hours at Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere were Thursday. The funeral service is today, Friday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity on East Street in Bethlehem. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Watertown. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Autism Speaks, 1 East 33rd Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10016. To send an online condolence visit www.munsonloveterfuneralhome.com
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung
Dedicated educator Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47, of Woodbury, passed Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, as the result of the tragic events that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Beloved daughter, mother, wife, grandmother and friend, Dawn was a dedicated teacher who inspired her students to reach their fullest potential by instilling in them the importance of lifelong learning. A fierce leader and educational activist, Dawn was admired by her colleagues, students and parents, par-
ticularly for her caring and nurturing nature. She often referred to her students as her “children” and wanted school to be a positive place and a safe haven. A graduate of Naugatuck High School Class of 1983, Dawn discovered the power of knowledge, which led her to pursue a career in education. Dawn received her bachelor’s degree in special education from Central Connecticut State University and her master’s degree in education from Southern Connecticut State University. She was currently enrolled at Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., pursuing her doctorate – a testament to her own personal mission to continue learning and lead by example. Above all, Dawn was extremely devoted to her family. There was nothing in the world she wouldn’t do to ensure that her family was happy and safe. She often credited her mother, Cheryl (Gee Gee) Lafferty for instilling in her the importance of family and never taking them for granted. Dawn is survived by her husband, George Hochsprung; her mother, Cheryl Lafferty; two daughters: Cristina Lafferty Hassinger and Erica Lafferty; a brother, Daniel Lafferty; three grandsons; a granddaughter; three stepdaughters: Anne Priest, Amy Lawton and Beth Ewaskiewicz; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Her father, William Lafferty, had passed in 2004. Burial was to be private. Arrangements were by the Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Dawn Lafferty-Hochsprung Memorial Fund, Waterbury Connecticut Federal Teacher’s Union, P.O. Box 2121, Waterbury, CT 06722 www.WCTFCU.com. Online condolences may be placed at www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.
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It Happened in Middlebury
The Middlebury Grange By Dr. Robert L. Rafford From its earliest times to well into the 20th century, Middlebury was primarily a farming community, and the Middlebury Grange functioned there for many years. It was part of a national group known as the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, which was formed in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4, 1867 by seven men. The purpose of the Grange was to “provide service to agriculture and rural areas on a wide variety of issues, including economic development, education, family endeavors and legislation designed to assure a strong and viable Rural America,” according to its website, nationalgrange. org. It also was the first formal group to admit women on the basis of equality with men. The Middlebury Grange, a chapter of the national movement, was formed Dec. 27, 1893, by 30 charter members. From the beginning, women were a part of the Grange, with community leaders such as Robert M. Fenn, William P. Tyler, John I. Basham, Charles Townsend, Rose E. White and others serving as officers at its inception. In its first seven years, the Heman Bangs Abbot was the first master of the Grange grew to 112 members, according Middlebury Grange in 1893. to Martha E. Judd, who wrote about the (Middlebury Historical Society photo) Middlebury Grange in “The Connecticut
Granges” (New Haven, Conn.: Industrial Publishing Co., 1900). The Middlebury Historical Society has in its collections photographs of most of the Grange masters from its inception, graciously donated by members of the Grange. The first photograph is of the first master, Heman Bangs Abbott (1850-1920), husband of Alice Tuttle. The last photograph shows the last master in 1947, the Rev. Richard Baxter (born ca. 1882). As Middlebury made the transition from an agrarian hamlet to an industrial and service-oriented town, farms began to disappear. By the mid-20th century, virtually all its farms were gone, and the Grange gradually became an anachronism. Other societies took its place, and it closed in the mid-1950s. Historically-minded citizens like Rusty Bona and Lewis Clark have compiled a list of the farms that existed in Middlebury, and Rusty’s splendid collection of milk bottles, recently exhibited at our library, is a marvelous paean to a bygone age. Rafford is the Middlebury Historical Society president and Middlebury’s municipal historian. To join the society, visit MiddleburyHistoricalSociety.org or call him at 203-206-4717.
Find bargains after Christmas The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a good time to get a running start on shopping for next year’s holiday season. Retailers are eager to add a few dollars to their coffers before the end of the year, and you might be able to get a large portion of next year’s shopping done at a deep discount. At the same time, you can shop for some of the events you have coming up in 2013. Children grow quickly, but it’s safe to buy for adults who generally have stable weight. Jeans, sweaters, T-shirts and sweatshirts are good options for next year, as are gloves, hats and scarves. At the same time, if you have a fast-growing child who’ll likely outgrow what he or she is wearing before warm weather arrives, look for discounted winter gear. Keep an eye on Offers.com for coupons and markdowns at stores such as Best Buy, Old Navy, Bloomingdales and Toys”R”Us. Note which ones are for online purchases only and which ones are in-store. Compare the online sales to your local ads as there won’t be any pattern to where the bargains are.
Christmas Services in Middlebury Middlebury Congregational Church, 1242 Whittemore Road Christmas Sunday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m. service Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. services St. George’s Episcopal Church, 393 Tucker Hill Road Christmas Sunday, Dec. 23, 9:30 a.m. service Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 5:30 p.m. (family service) and 10:30 p.m. service Saint John of the Cross Catholic Church Saturday, Dec. 22, Vigil at 4:30 p.m. Christmas Sunday, Dec. 23, Masses at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Masses at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. Christmas Day, Dec. 25, Masses at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Church of New Life, 74 Kelly Road Extension (203-758-9655) Christmas Sunday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. Children’s Christmas Pageant Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. Candlelight Service Word of Life Church, 393 Tucker Hill Road Christmas Sunday, Dec. 23, 11:15 a.m., Special Family Christmas Service Lots of carols, children in costume and the full Christmas story from the Scriptures.
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Tips for increasing your holiday cheer Middlebury Convalescent Home holiday party Nuggets for Life By CYNTHIA DE PECOL who enter your home, and let the past stay where it is. Let go of grudges and mishaps so you can feel light and happy. It really can be as easy as a simple choice. Times are different now. We are in the Aquarian Age, which is the age of awareness, information and energy. More on that another time. This week’s nuggets for life are to be energetic and display a sense of vigor and play in your days. Start your day with exercise and a light breakfast for top energy. Be positive and optimistic in your outlook no matter what happens around you. Fill your home with music, and watch old holiday cartoons and movies. Dress comfortably and in a way that makes you feel lovely all the time. Choose to act as if you are the change you’d like to see in those around you. It’s a time of year when emotions, memories and feelings can produce heightened sensitivities, so best to stay in your own business and keep your energy level
Middlebury Parks & Recreation The Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department wishes everyone happy holidays! Activities resume in January. In the meantime, you can follow them on Facebook.
Pomperaug High School Varsity Games Dec. 22 - 29, 2012 Girls’ Basketball
Friday, Dec. 21..................... New Fairfield (H) .................................. 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27................. Plainville Tournament (A)....................... 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29................. Plainville Tournament (A)....................... 5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22................. Nonnewaug (A) .................................... 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27................. Northwestern (A)................................... 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29................. Middletown (H)..................................... 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 26............. Farmington (A) ..................................... 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29................. Newtown (A) ......................................... 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 27................. Bunnell (A)............................................ 4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22................. New Fairfield, Weston, ........................................... Derby, Terryville (H).............................. 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27................. Pomperaug Holiday Invit. (H) ................ 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29................. Bethel (A).............................................. 6 p.m. (H) Home (A) Away
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strong. I’m a believer in simple moments of pause throughout the day, to re-center, re-connect and re-commit to the healing properties of the breath and the art of noticing. Notice how amazing your animals are, ready willing and able to give and receive love unconditionally all the time. Notice how full and warm you feel inside when someone really validates, appreciates and pays attention to you. Return the favor. Notice gifts in nature, and find a gift in every type of New England weather. Notice how grateful you feel after a nice, big food shopping trip for all your favorite things, and be conscious as you put everything away, remembering to display those colorful fruits and veggies. Notice the little things you haven’t noticed before, like how positive your thoughts are becoming right now! Notice the sound of your own voice and the aspects of yourself that you love. Life is short. Enjoy it all! Cynthia De Pecol is a Yoga instructor, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See lifecoachingllc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Claus reads “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” to children of all ages at the Middlebury Convalescent Home holiday party Dec. 8. Other activities for residents and their families and friends were cookie decorating, face painting, a coloring contest and a visit from Santa, who led the caroling and handed out gifts. (Mary Conseur photo)
Surviving on thin air DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Our 37-year-old daughter lives in Denver. She took her younger sister skiing where the altitude was 11,800 feet. Our younger daughter lives in Toronto, where the altitude is 250 feet. She felt discomfort or worse at the higher level. Is it safe for an unacclimatized person to travel to such an altitude abruptly? How best should one treat altitude sickness? Are there potentially any serious or lasting effects of altitude sickness? – P. and H.M. ANSWER: At high altitudes, the pressure of oxygen in the atmosphere drops, so less gets into the blood. Most healthy people can tolerate altitudes of 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) to 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) without difficulty. Older people and people with heart and lung disease might become short of breath at such heights. An unacclimatized person, trying to function at 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) or more, can run into trouble if the person doesn’t make the ascent slowly. Above 8,000 feet, people should not ascend more than 1,000 feet a day without returning to a lower altitude to sleep. They can continue to go higher if they descend 1,000 feet each night to sleep. They will know they are pushing too fast if a moderate amount of activity leaves them breathless and bushed.
Acute mountain sickness, a formidable illness, occurs to unacclimatized people in the first six to 24 hours at a given height. People become short of breath, dizzy, have a dry cough and are nauseated. They often have a headache. High-altitude pulmonary edema, an even more serious illness and an emergency, fills the lungs with fluid. People cough, and the cough’s mucus is pink or bloody. These people have to be taken quickly to a lower altitude, and personnel experienced in the treatment of this condition have to manage definitive treatment. People who fully recover from either usually don’t have permanent damage. They are vulnerable to a second episode, however. Your daughter can protect herself on her next visit by slowly ascending and by taking Diamox. It’s a mild diuretic that affords good protection against altitude sickness.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have developed an unquenchable thirst, which makes me drink water all the time. As a result, I have to spend a lot of time in the bathroom urinating. Can a person drink too much water? – A.C. ANSWER: A person can drink too much water, but that’s a very rare situation. A more likely explanation of what’s happening to you is diabetes. Excessive thirst, drinking water nonstop to satisfy the thirst and the resulting need to urinate frequently are signs of diabetes. You must see a doctor soon. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Can you get ringworm from eating too much candy? Is there any relationship between not keeping the body clean and ringworm? I have been told both can cause it. – Z.C. ANSWER: Neither causes it. Ringworm is a fungal infection. The infection can spring up on the head, the body, the hands or the feet (athlete’s foot). The fungus is picked up from someone else or from inanimate objects like the floor of a shower room. Dr. Donohue regrets he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserve
1. When was the last time the Chicago White Sox finished last in their division? 2. True or false: In his only season as manager of the Minnesota Twins, Billy Martin led the team to the playoffs. 3. Who led the NFL in rushing the one year Cleveland’s Jim Brown didn’t during his nineyear NFL career? 4. How many times has Brigham Young’s men’s basketball team made the NCAA Tournament without ever reaching the Final Four? 5. Name the first eighth-seeded NHL team to eliminate a No. 1 and a No. 2 seed in the same season. 6. In 2012, Kamron Doyle (14 years, 218 days old) became the youngest bowler to finish in the top three in a PBA event. Who had been the youngest? 7. Who was the youngest U.S. boxer to win an Olympic gold medal?
1. It was 1989, when they were 69-92. 2. True. The Twins won the A.L. West in 1969. 3. Green Bay’s Jim Taylor rushed for 1,474 yards in 1962. 4. The Cougars have been to 27 NCAA Tournaments. 5. The Los Angeles Kings, in 2012. 6. Wesley Low, at 14 years, 344 days old, finished third in a PBA event earlier in 2012. 7. Jackie Fields was 16 when he won a gold medal in the featherweight division in 1924.
Cozy relaxing nights by a fire with loved ones, a day without work and a creative, interesting conversation can inspire, refresh and renew you. Finding new ways of doing regular tasks can offer a new spin on how you think about your life in other areas. Playing games with children and flowing into their field of happiness is a wonderful gift. Instead of just fasting overnight, take a day and rest your digestive system by drinking only lemon water and fresh juices. Make a choice to get outside and walk briskly for half an hour twice a day to clear cobwebs from your head and breathe a fresh perspective on the holidays. If you celebrate Christmas and haven’t finished shopping yet, stretch your creativity by seeing what you can gift from what you already have. Pick up some crayons, markers, stickers and ribbons, and express your love through a simple poetic card. Offer to help someone in need as you rush around these busy days – hold the door for an elder whose arms are full, take an hour and help feed people at a soup kitchen in your area or offer to wrap gifts for a friend who is more overwhelmed than you. Extend a welcome to those
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The Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Middlebury will hold a public hearing on January 3, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium, Shepardson Community Center, 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, Connecticut regarding the application submitted by Tribury Restaurant Group, LLC/William Perrotti/1358 West St./1 Store Ave – Application for Special Exception for outdoor dining pursuant to Sections 31.4.2 & 52.10.8. The public is invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent and will be read into the record. They should be addressed to the Zoning Office at 1212 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT 06762. A copy of the application is on file for public inspection during normal working hours of that office.
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Legal Notice of the Middlebury Planning and Zoning Commission The Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Middlebury will hold a public hearing on January 3, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium, Shepardson Community Center, 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, Connecticut regarding the application submitted by Shaker’s Family Ford – Application for Special Exception for a sign. The public is invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent and will be read into the record. They should be addressed to the Zoning Office at 1212 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT 06762. A copy of the application is on file for public inspection during normal working hours of that office. Dated this 17th day of December, 2012 Curtis Bosco, Chairman
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The Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Middlebury will hold a public hearing on January 3, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium, Shepardson Community Center, 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, Connecticut regarding the application submitted by County Line Nissan/2191 Straits Turnpike-Application for Special Exception for signage pursuant to Sections 63 & 52.10.10. The public is invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent and will be read into the record. They should be addressed to the Zoning Office at 1212 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT 06762. A copy of the application is on file for public inspection during normal working hours of that office.
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The home workshop can be a welcome escape from a hectic holiday schedule. Make some time to work on a project or just organize your workspace this season.
Angie’s List tips on exchanges The song says there are 12 days of Christmas. If there were 13, many of us would be spending that last day in at least one returns/exchanges line. “We can’t guarantee a return-free holiday season, but we can offer some ways to lessen the pain and maybe even shorten time spent in the lines,” said Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks. Here are her five tips for a hassle-free return. 1. Return policies: If you’re hesitant at all that you haven’t found the perfect gift, check the store’s return policy before you buy it. Great bargain prices might mean a no-refund policy applies. Spend some time at the customer service counter now and possibly eliminate a return trip when everyone else wants help, too. A different kind of stocking: Many electronic items come along with a restocking fee for any returns, so if you think your gift will be returned, know your recipient might be incurring that cost or loss in value with an exchange. If buying online, determine who pays for shipping returned items and if they can be taken to a store instead. Also ask about handling fees – they’re different, and stores may not alert you to the handling charge that comes with free shipping. Some merchants may have off-site service centers to handle returns, so be sure you know the process before you need it. 2. Got a receipt? Do yourself a favor, and scan or copy your receipts when you get them home. Keep the scanned receipts in one file and put your originals in a box where you can find them again. Even if you lose the box, you’ll have a record of your purchases. 3. Tag it: Most stores won’t accept returns unless the item is in its original package, and they prefer intact tags, as well. Mark out the price, but keep the tags. If you are the gift receiver and you know when you unwrap it that you don’t want the item, don’t open it at all – it may save you a restocking fee. 4. Don’t wait: The key to a quick and easy return is to act fast. Store return policies may vary from two weeks to 90 days. 5. Warranties: Electronics and appliance store salespeople may pressure you to buy that extended warranty. Don’t buy it without knowing all the facts, and if your recipient always has the latest toy on the market, skip the warranty. Likely there will be an update before anything goes wrong with the current gadget.
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PET OF THE WEEK Molly the Cocker Spaniel lives with the Robert Cappelletti family in Middlebury. She and Christopher Cappelletti are dressed in holiday garb.
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Jasper is about 2 years old and gets along perfectly with cats, dogs and even birds! He is pretty reserved until he’s comfortable. Then watch out – he loves attention! He’s very vocal, and he enjoys playing with his kitty toys. He would most likely be a good fit for a home with owners that have cat experience and will allow him time to adjust. Please call ahead to meet him as he is in foster care now.
Aladdin recently attended the Animals For Life holiday event, and he was the hit of the day! He loved everyone he met and enjoyed interacting with the public and other dogs. Aladdin is a playful and happy 1½ year old mixed breed. He’s a big, strong fellow who would love an active family and a doggie companion. Aladdin also rides well in the car. To meet Aladdin, please visit him at the Animals For Life shelter.
For more information on these pets, call 203-758-2933 or visit Animals for Life at the Middlebury Transfer Station on Rte. 63 at the corner of Woodside Ave. During the holidays, make an appointment to see a pet of interest by calling 203-758-2933 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Shelter hours will resume after the New Year. For more information about the adoption process, visit www.animalsforlifect.org.
JAYBEE FAITH This tiny little doll is Faith. She is such a little sweetie, a great dog for most any adult family. For more information as well as an application, please send us an email. Faith will be spayed before adoption.
Jaybee is such a sweetie! He loves to run around with other dogs, and would make the perfect companion for most adult homes. He has a terrific disposition, very friendly, and loveable!! He is about 1 to 2 years of age and just a tiny little guy. For more information as well as an application, please send us an email at email@example.com.
For more information on these animals, as well as others at Meriden Humane Society (MHS), email firstname.lastname@example.org. MHS is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and volunteers can be available to meet with you through an appointment. MHS is at 311 Murdock Ave. in Meriden. HOLIDAY HOURS: The Meriden Humane Society will be closed from Sunday, Dec. 23, to Friday, Jan. 4. During that time, adoption appointments can be made by emailing meridensociety@sbcglobal. net
Playing fetch is fun training DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I’ve heard that playing fetch with your dog teaches him bad habits and isn’t effective training. What do you say? – T.J., via email DEAR T.J.: I heard something like that several years ago, but not from a professional trainer – from an acquaintance who likely misheard a trainer or misread something. Fetch is both a fun game and a method of dog training. Of course, one original use for the game of fetch was to teach dogs to retrieve small game. Cer-
tain breeds, like retrievers, were bred for this purpose. But most dogs have the instinct to run after a thrown object, though not all like to bring it back. The greatest benefit of fetch is that it’s a game you and your dog
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(Family Features) Looking for some creative gift ideas for the kids on your holiday list? Why not give them gifts that encourage creativity? “Creativity in kids isn’t about being accomplished artists,” said Michelle Atkinson, Vice President, North America Marketing for Energizer. “It’s about expressing themselves in unique ways. It’s important to give them the power to create – and the holidays are the perfect opportunity to do just that.” Here are some great ideas for high-tech gifts that will give your kids plenty of fun as they explore new ways to create. Digital Drawing • With the Crayola Digital Light Designer, kids make drawings from light (ages 6 to 15 years). They use a stylus to draw on the dome – and watch their images magically light up on a three-dimensional surface. They can add cool effects and animations and personalize drawings and messages to display later. It also has a game and activity mode, which makes for hours of creative fun. Runs on four D alkaline batteries. Consider Energizer(r) Max(r) batteries with Power Seal Technology, which hold their power for up to 10 years on shelf – and that give kids with the DJ Mix Station Mat big buttons, child-friendly conconfidence they’ll have the trols, and stores up to 1,000 from Smart Planet (ages 3 to power to create whenever they photos. You can download 10 years). This playmat has a want. stampers and special effects to 24-key keyboard, 8 musical • Look for art games for their edit their photos. It connects instruments, 4 drum sounds, favorite gaming system. “Let’s to your computer via USB port. and 2 scratch sound effects. It Draw!” and “Art Academy” for Runs on four AA batteries. also has a built-in amplifier so Nintendo DS, or “uDraw” for • For older kids, try the Discovery they can play their favorite Wii or Xbox 360 are fun choices, Night Vision Camcorder, from songs and a microphone so and they are rated E for EveryThe Discovery Channel (ages they can play DJ. Runs on four one. 6 and up). A three megapixel AA batteries. • Even younger kids can create video recorder and digital cam- • The Learning Tunes Karaoke colorful works of art with the era uses infrared technology to from VTech lets kids sing to 15 Color Wonder Light-Up Paint light up the night. It has a night fun songs (ages 3 to 6 years). It Palette from Crayola – without vision sensor, LCD display, four has letter songs, number songs making a mess (ages 3 and up). photo resolutions, built-in miand fun songs, a microphone, The palette lights up to match crophone, AV output, and USB a voice changer with 5 different the color of whatever paint and AV connection cable. effects, and an LCD screen with they use. When they dip the Memory card not included. a variety of facial expressions brush in blue, it lights up blue. Runs on four AA batteries. and animations that change as It comes with the Light-Up Pal- • Let them fly high with a Rekids sing along. Runs on three ette, 20 sheets of color wonder mote Control Helicopter with AA batteries. paper, paintbrush, and 6 paint Gyro and Video Recording • The Little Tikes Pop Tunes Guicolors. Runs on three AA batfrom Syma Heli. It has a builttar makes them feel like a rock teries. in camera with video recording star (ages 2 to 6 years). With Photography Fun and photo capabilities, a preset tunes, a light-up pick • The Kid-Tough See Yourself 512mb SD card, file transfer guard and speaker cover and Camera from Fisher-Price data cable and USB cable so a whammy bar that triggers (ages 3 to 7 years). There’s a they can download their imthree different sound effects, rotating lens that swivels from ages. Runs on 4 AA batteries. the jam session has endless front to back, making it easy Music Makers possibilities for fun. Runs on for even the little ones to see • Kids can turn their room into three AA batteries. what they’re shooting. It has a personal recording studio
Creative Stocking Stuffers • Keep the digital creation going with plenty • Give your budding shutterbug stability and of extra batteries. Energizer(r) Max(r) batflexibility with a Gorillapod tripod. With teries with Power Seal Technology hold flexible legs that attach almost anywhere, power for up to 10 years when not in use. they can take creative photos no matter Be confident your kids will have power to where they are. create whenever needed. Learn more at • Let them take advantage of a whole slew of www.energizer.com. creative apps on their favorite tablet with a universal touchscreen stylus pen.
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