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Trustees seek guidance By MARJORIE NEEDHAM The Middlebury Board of Selectmen’s (BoS) meeting Jan. 21 was immediately followed by a special joint meeting of the BoS and the Middlebury Public Library Board of Trustees (trustees), a meeting called at the request of the trustees. Vice-Chairman James Greenwood, speaking for the trustees, said Chairman Joan King was in the hospital and trustee Marilyn Engelman was not present due to a medical issue. Trustees Michele P. Finn, Rita Smith and Bill Stowell were present. They sat on one side of the conference table; Library Director Jo-Ann LoRusso, invited by the selectmen to attend the meeting, sat on the other. Greenwood said the trustees were there seeking clarification on their duties and responsibilities as library trustees. A reading of the trustees’ minutes from their Dec. 3, 2013, and Jan. 14, 2014, meetings gives some historical perspective on why the meeting was requested. At their Dec. 3 special meeting, the minutes state, the trust-

ees discussed the library budget for 2014-2015 and then voted to approve that budget as presented by LoRusso. No other business is listed in the minutes. These minutes were approved at the trustees’ Jan. 14 meeting, but a disclaimer posted on the town website states they have not been approved and are subject to correction and approval at the trustees’ Feb. 11 meeting. The trustees were to meet next on Dec. 10, but that meeting was canceled via email by King that morning. King said in her email the trustees would not meet that night “due to lack of a quorum.” The trustees did meet Jan. 14. In minutes due to be approved at their Feb. 11 meeting, the trustees approved the Dec. 3 minutes. An item on the agenda was an executive session to discuss the library director’s (LoRusso’s) performance and scope of her duties. LoRusso chose to have this discussion in open session instead. The minutes state, “At the crux of the matter was the decision by the Director to circumvent the

The Middlebury Conservation Commission (CC) at its Jan. 28 meeting referred a tree-cutting violation to the town attorney after the men alleged to have cut down the trees failed to appear at their show-cause hearing. It also renewed Ridgewood construction permits and accepted applications for a Lake Quassapaug outhouse and for logging on South Street. Tree cutting without a permit on Lot 119 Regan Road by David Johnson of 275 Porter Ave. and Joseph Bernardi of 450 Regan Road was referred to the town attorney when neither of them appeared in a show-cause hearing to provide an explanation. Wetlands Enforcement Officer (WEO) Deborah Seavey said violation letters were sent to them in August 2013 and a formal cease-and-desist order was sent Jan. 20, 2014. The property, in the Hop Brook Wetlands Review Area, is jointly owned by Johnson and Bernardi. Chairman Thomas Proulx said tree and brush removal was visible from the road but it was not possible for commissioners to access the property for closer inspection. A five-year permit renewal for construction at Ridgewood was unanimously approved for Keith Diorio, land development manager for Toll Brothers. Seavey said this was the last renewal, and a reapplication would be needed for construction after 2019. She confirmed the renewal would include the original permit as well as modifications for the elimination of the golf course and reduction in the number of units. Seavey also confirmed mitigation was in compliance, and

periodic inspection reports had been received. An application by Paige and Jeffrey Kenausis for a composting outhouse to replace an old fashioned privy at 28 Tyler Cove on Lake Quassapaug was unanimously accepted. Paige Kenausis told commissioners the new outhouse, already approved by the Torrington Health District, would be waterless and self contained. She said she hadn’t realized a wetlands permit was needed and had installed a unit 75 feet from the water’s edge. Jeffrey Kenausis said this would be the fourth outhouse in 58 years. He said the prior outhouses were constructed directly over deep holes ultimately covered with earth when no longer usable while the composting outhouse sits under a deck and is pumped out every few years. Timber harvesting plans for South Street property owned by the Larkin family were unanimously accepted for commissioner review. Certified Forester Eric Hansen of Ferrucci & Walicki LLC told commissioners roughly 35 of 51 acres in an area along South Street, Wooster Road and Sandy Hill Road would be logged. Mature and poor quality trees would be taken, leaving behind about 40 percent of mostly mid-size oak, maple and yellow poplar trees to reforest the area. He said a temporary bridge would be built over a wide stream, and a temporary corduroy crossing would be built over some wetlands. The work would be done either when the ground is frozen or in summer or fall when the ground is dry. The next regular CC meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Shepardson Co mmunity Center in Room 26.

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By MARJORIE NEEDHAM Theo Anastasiadis and Chris Gogas, co-owners of Pies & Pints Pizzeria and Pub in Middlebury, are taking on a new venture. They plan to open the first brew pub in the Waterbury area in the former Drescher’s Restaurant in downtown Waterbury. The restaurant space has been vacant since Drescher’s closed in 2012. The restaurant part of the brew pub will open in March, but the brewing operation may not be up and running until later. When it is operating, they plan to brew six different craft beers to offer to their customers. The beers also will be available at the Middlebury Pies & Pints location. In addition, the brew pub will have 24 other craft beers on tap. Like Pies & Pints in Middlebury, the brew pub will be open for lunch and dinner. The food will not be German, as it was at Drescher’s. Instead, Gogas said, it will be much like what is offered at Pies & Pints in Middlebury: pizza, wings, pasta and burgers, along with some sauteed dishes and steak. Because the new location will be surrounded by businesses, Gogas said lunch likely will be their busiest time, and happy hour, which will probably start at 4 p.m., may be equally busy. Businesses nearby will be able to order lunch and have it delivered to them. In addition to Pies & Pints in Middlebury, Gogas and Anastasiadis also own Jordan’s in Southbury and San Remo’s in Woodbury. All three restaurants are in small suburban towns and have their own parking lots. That won’t be the case for the new location, but Gogas said street parking at metered spots is free after 4:30 p.m., and customers will be able to use one of two parking lots depending on the time of day they visit. Gogas said they may offer valet parking to their customers. Discussing the switch from running restaurants in small towns to running a restaurant in a city, Gogas said he thought he and Anastasiadis would do well. “Theo and I are good at evolving and adapting,” he said. Some changes will be made to the restaurant’s interior, Gogas said, but the changes they can make are limited because the restaurant is in an historic building. “We can change the fixtures and the furniture,” he said, “but other stuff can’t be changed.” Pizza ovens have been installed

Part of what was the garden room in the former Drescher’s Restaurant, shown here, will house the beer-brewing equipment in the new Pies & Pints Brew Pub slated to open this March.  (Theo Anastasiadis photo) already, but the brewing equipment is not yet in place. The duo’s interest in a brew pub was sparked by their experience running Pies & Pints. Their other two restaurants serve beverages as an accompaniment to food. At Pies & Pints, food is important, but the focus is on offering a variety of craft beers in bottles and on tap. “We started slow with 12 lines, and we were learning as we were going along,” Anastasiadis said. A year ago, they increased the number of draft beer lines to 26. About that time, they decided to open a brew pub if the right space became available. David Theroux of Drubner Commercial Real Estate Services heard they were looking for space and offered to show them

the former restaurant. They first saw it at the end of October or in early November last year. Anastasiadis said, “The moment we saw the space, we knew. We loved it.” He and Gogas had just returned from attending the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colo. Seeing 50,000 people flock to that festival reinforced what they had been learning as proprietors of Pies & Pints, Anastasiadis said. “The beer industry is like nothing else I’ve seen. A huge variety of people of different ages, experiences and educational levels all love beer. “If we didn’t go to the Great American Beer Festival, the brew pub would still be just part of our five-year plan.” But they did go, and now a brew pub will soon be up and running in Waterbury.

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

Pies & Pints’ new venture

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Tree-cutters fail to attend show-cause hearing By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE

Pies & Pints co-owners, left, Chris Gogas, and right, Theo Anastasiadis, are shown behind the draft beer taps at Pies & Pints in Middlebury two years ago. They plan to open another restaurant. Pies & Pints Brew Pub, in the former Drescher’s restaurant in Waterbury in March.  (Marjorie Needham photo)

sunDAY Feb. 2

What: Groundhog Puxsutawney Phil will predict the weather. When: 7:20 a.m. Where: Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Penn. (

Super Bowl XLVIII

What: Seattle Seahawks versus the Denver Broncos When: 6:30 p.m. Where: FOX TV, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

monday Feb. 3

Real estate tax installment, motor vehicle tax bills due

What: Last day to pay your second real estate tax installment and motor vehicle tax bills without penalty. When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Tax collector’s office (at Town Hall in Middlebury)

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Community Calendar Monday, Feb. 3 Board of Selectmen 6 p.m...................................................Town Hall Conference Room Greenway Committee 7 p.m.............................................................. Shepardson, Room 26

Tuesday, Feb. 4 Water Commission 7 p.m.............................................................. Shepardson, Room 26

Wednesday, Feb. 5 Land Preservation & Open Space 6 p.m.............................................................. Shepardson, Room 26 Zoning Board of Appeals 7:30 p.m..............................................Town Hall Conference Room

Thursday, Feb. 6 Planning and Zoning 7:30 p.m......................................................Shepardson Auditorium Calendar dates/times are subject to change. If your organization would like your event included in the community calendar, please email the information to

Book Review “In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America” by Maureen Ogle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28) ers began constructing and Reviewed by Larry Cox maintaining what amounts to The battle surrounding meat open sewage tanks. Even though and livestock production ranks these lagoons have become among the longest-waged and rather common, few people – inhardest-fought in American his- cluding farmers, public health tory. It is a debate that dates back officials and even engineers – even to the Colonial era. For her understand the long-term connew book, Iowa-based author sequences of these storage areas, and historian Maureen Ogle especially when catastrophic sifted through more than 200 flooding occurs. “In Meat We Trust” overturns years of government documents, agriculture trade magazines, many of our widely held assumpnewspapers and personal ac- tions about meat and meat procounts to serve up an unbiased duction in America. For example, look at how the American meat chicken, so popular today, was industry was shaped, by whom rare in urban American kitchens until the mid-20th century. And and to what end. Ogle believes meat and its confinement livestock systems consumption help define us as were born on the family farm; Americans. She began her re- corporate producers did not search guided by two main goals: adopt the practice until the to educate herself about livestock 1970s. “In Meat We Trust” addresses production and meat processing, two of this country’s biggest in- many of the big questions condustries, and to pass along what cerning our carnivorous future. she learned so we would better As Ogle writes, “We won’t transunderstand how meat gets to our form our meat culture by taming Big Food or replacing Big Ag with plates. Her research provided some a locavore-centered, alternative surprising and, yes, shocking food system, but by examining facts. One of her more startling our sense of ‘meat entitlement’ findings concerned manure la- and the way it contributes to the goons. As a way of cutting pro- high cost of cheap living.” (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. duction costs, livestock produc-

Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log Date Time Address/Incident 01-22 07:54 Quassy. Activated fire alarm. Workers on scene set off the alarm. 01-23 07:28 I-84 West. Reported truck fire. Brakes on fire. Driver used extinguisher. 01-23 08:55 Quassy. Fire alarm activation. Set off by construction workers. 01-24 01:13 365 Porter Ave. Carbon monoxide alarm activation. Problem with battery. 01-25 14:34 Southford Road. Motor vehicle accident with injuries. One patient transported on basic life support. 01-25 19:10 Route 188 in front of Westover School. Motor vehicle accident. No injuries. No FD response needed.

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This program is funded by a grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation of Waterbury. 3-D printer demo Sign-up is required, so please call See a demonstration of the li- the library at 203-758-2634 to rebrary’s brand-new MakerBot Rep- serve your spot. licator 3-D Printer Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. or Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Mystery Book 3 p.m. The library’s staff will walk Discussion Group you through the printer’s operaThe Mystery Book Discussion tion and explain how the library plans to utilize the device in its Group will meet Thursday, Feb. offerings to the public. No sign-up 13, at 6 p.m. to discuss Janet Evanovich’s “Ten Big Ones.” New memis required; just drop in! bers are always welcome, and refreshments will be provided. Brown Bag Book Please contact Joan at 203-758Discussion Group 2634 for more information and to The Brown Bag Book Discus- sign up. sion Group will meet Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. to discuss which Winter Olympics titles the book club will read durin the café ing the new year. Please call Enjoy the 2014 Winter Olympics Donna at 203-758-2634 for more with a nice warm cup of coffee in information. the library’s new café. Each day Paper beading the Olympics are on, from Feb. 7 to 21, patrons can watch it on the with Ms. Ann Join others at the library Thurs- cafe’s new flat-screen TV. Bring a day, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. to learn paper snack or lunch to enjoy as well! beading with Ms. Ann. All needed February supplies will be provided, and all movie showings ages are welcome. Please preregisEach Wednesday at 1 p.m., exter at the Information Desk or call cept Feb. 12, the library will show 203-758-2634. a documentary movie. Selected Kids’ Valentine topics include engineering, travel and history. Please call the library craft/card fun Children in grades K to four are at 203-758-2634 for specific inforinvited to the library Thursday, mation on which titles will be Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. for a special Val- shown. Every Friday at 1 p.m., the lientine craft and card-making probrary will show new movies regram. The library will provide all cently released on DVD. Please necessary materials. Please call call the library at 203-758-2634 for the library at 203-758-2634 for specific movie titles to be shown. more information and to reserve The Middlebury Public Library a spot. is at 30 Crest Road. The telephone number is 203-758-2634, and the Safety for seniors website is middleburypublicliand everyone else Friday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m., a member of the Middlebury Police Department will discuss fraud and safety. Come listen to this free Young Readers program on various kinds of popular scams and how to recognize Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m., them and protect yourself and Whittemore Young Readers in your family. After the program, a grades four and up will meet to light lunch will be served. discuss “Flora and Ulysses” by


Saturday, February 1st 10 – 12 noon The philosophy of the Preschool on the Green is that early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploring and discovery. Preschool children are receptive and creative and the goal of the staff is to nurture and encourage these qualities in the children who attend.

203-577-2275 (call for information)

Classes: T/Th AM&PM 3Yr Olds & M/W/F AM&PM 4Yr. Olds. Peer Program T/Th pm


Drawpaintings exhibit A selection of Ron Crowcroft drawpaintings is on display in the Gloria Cachion Gallery until Thursday, Feb. 27. Drawpainting is the process of using acrylic and oil-based paint markers on canvas. The paintings are biomorphic abstractions in which faces, figures, animals, birds, fish, eyes, internal organs and organic shapes may be seen embedded within the abstracted glyph-like forms. For more information, call 203262-0626 or visit The library is at 100 Poverty Road in Southbury.


Jewish genealogy series Starting Sunday, Feb. 2, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Kingsley and Brown Room of the library, a three-part series sponsored by Beth El Synagogue and the library will explore the art and science of Jewish genealogy, the origins of Jewish family names, customs of naming, and the meaning of one’s own Hebrew name. Those individuals who do not have a Hebrew name may also explore the process of choosing one. The first session, led by master genealogical sleuth, attorney Peri Swaniger of Southbury, will teach attendees the basics of genealogical research before branching out into the specifics of Jewish genealogy. At the second session Sunday, Feb. 9, attorney Gary Broder of Waterbury will teach about the meanings of Jewish names and their origins, which may denote trades or villages, or be acronyms that indicate ancient family lines and more. The third session, on March 2, will concern the personal nature of Hebrew names, which link Jewish individuals with their ancestors and are the names by which they are blessed. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required. Call the Reference Department at 203-2620626, ext. 130, or Beth El Synagogue at 203-264-4500 to register.

Great Decisions The Great Decisions foreign policy discussion series has returned to the library, and the briefing books have arrived. Discussions will begin Thursday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will meet every other week for eight sessions. The series will be led by Don Giroux. For more information, call 203-263-3502.

Brennan Healing Science practitioner to speak Jean Hosier, a Brennan Healing Science practitioner, will speak about energy healing and what she does in her practice Sunday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Hosier holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and Brennan Healing Science. She also studied health and healing at the master’s degree level at The Graduate Institute. She has an energy healing and personal transformation practice at 18 Park Place in Naugatuck, Conn., and also sees clients at Yemm Studio in Hamden. Please register for this program by calling the library at 203-2633502. The library is located at 269 Main St. S. in Woodbury. For more information, call 203-263-3502 or visit The library is at 269 Main St. S. in Woodbury.

Bundle up with a good book By DONNA HINE


e are at that time of year when, if you can head south, you do. These are the times that try the patience of even the most die-hard New Englander. In late January to early February, the days are sometimes bitter cold and snow-slippery with gray skies, gusty winds, blah, blah … Well, you know the picture. In the meantime, we have enjoyed the return of Downton Abbey and Sherlock in January. And when Downton is over again for another year, come in and read about it with “Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS” (791.45 EAT) by Rebecca Eaton. As executive producer of Masterpiece, the author interacts frequently with our favorite characters from our favorite shows. One eyeopener is that Thomas, the footman you love to hate in Downton, is actually a kind and loving family man who is the cast smoother-over when one is needed. Psst! Jim Carter (Mr. Carson) really can juggle and perform magic tricks! That I can believe – that he sang and danced as his character did once? Not so much! The book offers a thoroughly enjoyable behind-thescenes look. I will admit I am captivated by anything Egyptian. Mummies and pharaohs, tombs and artifacts just enthrall me – and don’t

forget Elizabeth Peter’s terrific series of Amelia Peabody adventures; too much fun. I am not alone, as Bob Brier writes in “Egypt-omania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs” (932.0072 BRI). I have been fortunate enough to actually see the pyramids and the sphinx, and reading this book brought back all the mystery and allure of foreign lands – and the particularly strong pull of Egypt. This book explains the many ways that, even in today’s world, that fascination is still alive for many people. Tutankhamen is as popular today as when his mummy was first discovered, and his story may soon be made into a movie for all to enjoy. More archaeological finds are still possible – many kings’ and pharaohs’ tombs have yet to be uncovered – which may be the reason we want to know more about this incredible subject. I don’t pretend to understand anything financial – that’s why accountants were created. However, many people do comprehend investing and will appreciate James J. Cramer’s new book: “Get Rich Carefully” (332.024 CRA). Learn how to invest and use your stocks to create the monies necessary for retirement, college funding, buying a house, etc. You will also see which stocks to purchase and how to invest long-term. Cramer has been investing and writing for the layman for many years and offers a great deal of knowledge to back up his suggestions.

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Kate DiCamillo. The story begins with a squirrel who survives an accident with a vacuum cleaner and emerges with superhero powers of strength, flight and poetry writing. Refreshments will be provided, and the next book will be ready to take away. New members are welcome to drop in. Books are available from the library. The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591 or visit

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

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Finally, nonfiction wouldn’t be complete without a new cookbook to browse through and drool over. With the increasing numbers of empty-nesters, the need for relearning to cook for only one or two has become greater: “Creative Cooking (for One or Two): Simple and Inspiring Meals That Are Just the Right Size” (641.5 LAW) by Marie W. Lawrence fills that gap. From breakfast through dinner, recipes are offered with ingredient amounts to satisfy the appetites of two instead of the usual four or six. Check out the fresh strawberry pie – what a terrific idea! “Through the Evil Days” (SPE) by Julia Spencer-Fleming seems to be a good book to curl up with in front of a warm fire. Second in a series featuring Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alystyne, this book continues with their lives in fictional Millers Kill. Newly married, the two are facing a surprise pregnancy when a young girl is kidnapped. As chief of police, Russ must find the child while Clare (as the minister of St. Alban’s Church) is on hand for comfort. Complicating matters is the fact that the child had recently undergone a liver transplant and needs immunosuppressant drugs. A race against time to find her in the midst of everyday problems drives the story to its inevitable conclusion – but the journey to the end contains twists and involves other lively characters of the town. It may be worth reading their introductory book, “One Was a Soldier,” to understand the background relationships among the townspeople. A great writer, this author has garnered many awards for her work, including Agatha, Macavity and Gumshoe awards. If you have never read a Joan Hess book, pick up her new saga about Claire Malloy, “Murder as a Second Language’ (HES). Read


it if only to commiserate with Claire as a single mother to the ever-sighing, ever-put-upon, ever-typical teenager, Caron. The action may not be laugh-outloud-Evanovich funny, but Hess creates such lively and true characters that you feel as if you have met them and know them as friends. Claire and Peter have married, and Caron is getting ready to apply for college – see? Typical family … but there is a murder and, well, read the book. It is very entertaining. Jack Higgins has written what is sure to be another bestseller, “The Death Trade” (HIG). Fastpaced, action-packed and exciting, Higgins’ newest book features Sean Dillon and his private army going to the rescue of an Iranian scientist. Not wanting his government to own the research-breakthrough bomb he created, the scientist wants to flee – but if he does, his family will be killed. Sounds like quite the challenge. Finally, I couldn’t resist introducing those of you who have never heard of Flavia de Luce to her newest adventure. “The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches” (BRA) is probably the best in the series of six novels about this amateur sleuth/budding chemist/mighty bicyclist/very lonely young girl. I wrote about Canadian authors a few years ago and knew at the time that Alan Bradley would shine with his charming characters surrounding and including Flavia. Unfortunately, this novel has the feel of wrapping things up for her and resolving certain continuing issues she has faced in each novel. I hope not; I would love to read a new novel every year highlighting this most engaging character. 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 203-758-2436.


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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 860-945-5250. Please speak with a staff member when calling as the senior center does not accept voice-mail reservations. The center is at 311 Falls Ave. in Oakville, Conn.

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Participants will do a series of the students will follow the perforexercises to strengthen their bod- mance. Reservations are needed ies and reduce the possibility of by Feb. 11. The “Simply Irresistible Cup- injury. Reservations are needed cake-Decorating Class” will take by the day before each class. Genealogy 101 place Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 2 Local genealogy instructor p.m. Professional baker Robin Board games Stephanie Lantiere will continue Grande from Simply Irresistible her popular “Genealogy 101” class with students Bakery in Oakville will teach parStudents in the Interact Club at Thursday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. Please ticipants the basics of creative bring a notebook and a pen or cupcake decorating. Each partic- Watertown High School will host pencil to class. Reservations are ipant will decorate two cupcakes. an afternoon of board games Tues- needed by Feb. 12. Book club to meet The cost is $3. Reservations are day, Feb. 11, at 2:30 p.m. ReservaThe center’s book club will tions are needed by Feb. 10. needed by Feb. 4. Valentine dessert social meet Monday, Feb. 3, to review The center will host a Valentine the novel “Gone Girl” by Jillian Low-vision talk Nutrition and dessert social hour Friday, Feb. Flynn. Next month’s novel will Raechaell Corbet, an occupadental care talk 14, at 1 p.m. followed by a Valenbe “Flowers in the Attic” by V.C. tional therapist at the Lions Low Nutritionist Paula Warncke will tine’s Day dance from 2 to 4 p.m. Andrews, and that discussion Vision Center at St. Mary’s Hospiwill take place Monday, March present “Nutrition and Dental tal, will speak about low vision, Admission to the dessert social is 3. Check the Watertown Library Care” Thursday, Feb. 6, at 9:30 a.m. how to use your available vision a dessert to share. Please have the for the book. New members are Warncke will explain how our diets and low-vision rehabilitation dessert on a plate and ready to be welcome. Reservations are not directly affect our oral health. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 9:30 a.m. served. Learn which foods are best to eat From 1 to 2 p.m., the main room required. Corbet will conduct free low-vision and how oral health impacts nuwill be open only to those particscreenings following her 30Card-making class tritional status. Reservations are ipating in the dessert social. The minute presentation. Reservations Valentine’s Day dance that follows Susan Reznak from Treasured needed by Feb. 5. are needed by Feb. 11. will feature music by DJ InternaMoments will conduct a cardExercise class tional. Reservations for one or both making class Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Jazz band events are needed by Feb. 13. Physical therapist Brian Rey9 a.m. Participants will make two to perform handcrafted Valentine cards. The nolds of Thunder Sports and FitAARP driving course The Watertown High Jazz Band cost is $6. Reservations are ness in Watertown will lead parwill perform for 30 minutes at the Take the four-hour AARP drivticipants in free one-hour flexineeded by Feb. 2. bility and core-training classes center Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 1 ing course at the center Friday, Tuesdays, Feb. 11 and 25, at 9 a.m. p.m. Dessert and a social hour with Feb. 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. The

lems, nine also had high complication and readmission rates. On the flip side, of the 97 hospitals with good patient recovery, 25 ranked as being “better” in both complications and readmissions. This new information has been added to the Hospital Compare site at, a welcome addition for patients who

need to choose a hospital. Hospital Compare recently added ratings for hospitals with two types of infections, so clearly the site is continuing to grow. These ratings are going to matter to hospitals as well – if they are found to have less than stellar rankings, Medicare pays the hospitals less. Later in 2014, the hipand knee-replacement surgeries also will be counted when it comes to possible penalties. If you’re in line for hip- or knee-replacement surgery, you’ll not only want to pick your hospital; you’ll want presurgery advice. Most hospitals will refer you

ervations. The class is limited to 30 participants and fills up quickly, so those interested should register without delay.

Bible study New Hope Anglican Church offers a nondenominational Bible study every Friday at 10 a.m. at the center. Join other seniors for the study and discussion. Reservations are not required.

Region 15 School Calendar Friday, Jan. 31 GES Spirit Day - Favorite Sports Team Day RMS Snow Day, Eighth-Grade Algebra Mid-Term...............8:15 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 1 CMEA All State Auditions....................... North Haven H.S., 7:30 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 2 GES Super Bowl Breakfast

Monday, Feb. 3 RMS PTO Meeting....................................................................9:15 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4 PHS Senior Collage Workshop............. Southbury Library, 6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 MES PTO Meeting.......................................................... Cafe, 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6 Middle School Band Day at PHS...................PHS Band Room, 9 a.m. PTO Advisory Council................................................... C.O., 9:30 a.m. PHS Curriculum Night for Eighth Graders...........................6:30 p.m. PHS Curriculum Night for Eighth-Graders’ Parents..........6:30 p.m.

Medicare expands hospital ratings Since 2009, Medicare has been tracking the best and worst hospitals for knee- and hip-replacement surgeries. Both are generally considered to be elective surgeries. It has identified 95 hospitals where patients are likely to have problems afterward, and 97 hospitals where patients are likely to have a good recovery. While Medicare has long tracked other markers – such as death rates, heart attacks and patient ratings of hospitals – this is the first time it’s followed knee and hip surgeries. Of the 95 hospitals with prob-

course replaces the old eighthour course. State law mandates a minimum discount of 5 percent off liability insurance for two years for people 60 or older who take a safe-driving course. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Payment, in the form of a check payable to AARP, should be presented to the instructor at the class. Preregistration is required. Call the center at 860-945-5250 for res-

to a class on what to expect. Setting up your home environment, arranging for help, having a low bed ready, stocking up on food, moving things so you don’t have to reach high or bend low – all of these, and more, can make for a faster recovery. A good place to start looking for online information is “Knee Surgery Success” at Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to

Friday, Feb. 7 Snow Date for Middle School Band Day at PHS PES PTO Flower Sale Ends PHS Jazz Chamber Orchestra/Singers.......................................7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8 Snow Date CMEA All State Auditions............North Haven, 7:30 a.m. PHS Semi-Formal .......................Candlewood Inn, Brookfield, 7 p.m. Region 15 website:

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In Brief Class on using LearningExpress The Watertown Public Library will show how to use LearningExpress to access interactive skill-building courses in math, reading and writing as well as a broad range of practice tests such as the SAT, GED, ASVAB, emergency services, real estate, and U.S. citizenship exams Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. at the library. The class is the third installment in the library’s free classes on accessing and using the library’s online resources. LearningExpress helps both students and adults prepare for a wide range of academic and career-oriented exams in addi-

tion to improving basic skills. Job-skills tutorials also are available to assist in creating a great resume, honing interviewing techniques, and improving business communications. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Call 860-945-5360 to register. The Watertown Library is at 470 Main St. in Watertown. See

Seed-starting class Sunday, Feb. 2, from 1 to 3 p.m., Cynthia Rabinowitz will teach seed starting at The Center for Sustainable Living at 90 Cabbage Lane in Bethlehem, Conn. Time will be split between the classroom and the greenhouse.

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sure it is a comfortable environment open to all ideas, questions and viewpoints. Participants at the five previous Death Cafés this fall had lively discussions about the nature of the soul, reincarnation, end-of-life decisions, living wills, palliative care, talking to their children about death, Compassionate Choices, and what the dying need in order to die, among many other topics. There is no charge for this program and it is open to all adults, but seating is very limited, and participants must preregister, even if they have come to a previous Death Café. Registration is first-come, first-served. To make a reservation, leave a message for Rabbi Bogatz at 203-2673177, ext. 334. Participation is Death Café limited to 10 people in order to Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz, the keep the conversation open. chaplain for Brownstein Jewish Free understanding Family Service, will be the coordinator/facilitator for the sixth mental illness course meeting of the Death Café TuesThe National Alliance on day, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. at the Jewish Mental Illness of Connecticut Federation of Western Connecti- (NAMI-Connecticut) will sponcut at 444 Main St. North in sor a free 12-week educational Southbury. course on mental illness for famThe Death Café provides a ily members and loved ones of safe, nurturing place and com- people who have a mental illmunity in which to discuss ness. Classes will be in Naugapeople’s interest, questions and tuck beginning Thursday, Feb. concerns surrounding death. Its 6, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. To date, goal is to increase awareness of more than 300,000 family memdeath with a view to helping peo- bers across the country have ple make the most of their (finite) completed the 12-week course. lives. Light refreshments will be Topics covered in the class served. include the latest brain research, Death Café does not promote problem solving, communicaany religion, value system, or tion skills, medication review, product. This is not a bereave- empathy workshop, diagnosis ment group, and it is free to par- and dealing with critical periods, ticipants. Rabbi Bogatz will en- rehabilitation services, advo-

cacy, and fighting stigma. The classes are intended to help participants understand and support their loved one’s illness while they learn how to maintain their own well-being. There is no charge for the classes, but preregistration is required. Please call Terrilynn at 203-881-2707 for more information and to register.

Depression, anxiety workshop An “Understanding Depression and Anxiety” workshop will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church at 910 Main St. South in Southbury. It will be led by Michelle Slivinsky, M.A., of UConn Health Center. The workshop will cover myths versus facts about depression; how to recognize signs and symptoms of depression; how signs and symptoms differ in children, adolescents, adults, and seniors; and tips for relieving depression and anxiety. A list of books, websites and other resources will be provided. Admission is free, but please reserve a space by calling Lynn Tidgwell at 203-217-0025 or emailing sacredheartpc2@

Easter Seals volleyball benefit A single-day indoor volleyball tournament for all skill levels will be held Saturday, March 1, at the Connecticut Sports Center in Woodbridge, Conn., to benefit Easter Seals. The entry fee is $250 per team. Save $50 with paid reg-

istration by Feb. 11. For information or to register, contact Carolee Kalita at 203-754-5141, ext. 243, or Mike Shirling at 203-3857306.

Hospice training VITAS Innovative Hospice Care® of Connecticut is recruiting hospice volunteers to take training classes in March. All it takes to become a hospice volunteer for VITAS is compassion and a little time. VITAS is looking for people who can listen carefully to the hearts and feelings of terminally ill patients and their loved ones. VITAS volunteers give their time to terminally ill patients and their caregivers during a critical time. All VITAS volunteers receive training in end-of-life-care. In orientation classes, they are trained in listening skills, family dynamics and the right words to say to patients and their loved ones at the end of life. After completing the class, volunteers may provide respite for caregivers, offer companionship for the patient, participate in devotional readings and spiritual care and help in small but meaningful ways. They work in private homes, nursing homes who partner with VITAS or at VITAS’s in-patient hospice care unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital. Assignments and schedules are made according to the volunteer’s preferences and location. For more information or to attend an orientation class, contact Volunteer Services Manager Karen A. Hale at karen.hale@ or 203-437-3127.

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Continued from page 5 Board of Trustees in the matter of the selection of a new autoserver for the library, an expenditure that is a major item in the library budget.” The minutes state King said the trustees are to plan and supervise expenditure of all library funds. The Jan. 14 minutes also state the director was told at the Dec. 3 special meeting to make a presentation on the new software to the trustees before she moved forward with a final decision. The approved Dec. 3 minutes say nothing about this presentation, and King canceled the Dec. 10

meeting, so it is unclear when LoRusso was instructed to make a presentation and when she was to make it. The contract for the new library software was approved at the Jan. 13 BoS meeting. The Jan. 14 minutes include a motion for the Jan. 21 joint meeting of the trustees and selectmen. The minutes say the meeting was “necessary to clarify” how the selectmen’s Jan. 13 vote on the new library software provider came about “without the Library Board’s knowledge or consent.” At the Jan. 21 meeting, First Selectman Edward B. St. John told the trustees, “Awarding contracts is strictly a responsibility of the Board of Selectmen.” He

said LoRusso had provided the selectmen with a matrix of reasons to award the library software contract to Auto-Graphics. He told the trustees choosing a software vendor was an operational issue. “All our boards and commissions set policy only,” he said. “The department heads are responsible for the day-to-day operations of their departments.” St. John told trustees, “I don’t like to see this kind of situation. I don’t like to see things turn into a war.” He thanked LoRusso for doing an outstanding job as library director. Then he said, “I encourage everyone to get back together and work as a family.”

Middlebury Senior Center News Trade in your gold

Sixth-grader Trevor Hoivik, left, and P omperaug High School (PHS) sophomore Grant Wallace, right, participate in the annual PHS basketball clinic held Jan. 20 and 21. An all-time high of more than 55 boys and girls participated in the event in which members of the PHS boys ‘ varsity basketball team and Coach David Yachtis teach offensive and defensive skills and ball handling to students in grades five to eight. Funds from the clinic help support the PHS boys’ basketball program. (Karen Kirk photo)

Obituary Luther E. France Jr. Retired Middlebury Police Officer

Mr. Luther E. France Jr., 79, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at Pope John Paul II Center in Danbury. He was the devoted husband of Josephine A. (Moschello) France. Mr. France was born Sept. 18, 1934, in Waterbury, son of the late Luther E. and Mary (Mills) France Sr. He was a graduate of Leavenworth High School and a proud U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam

era. He was an extremely dedicated and highly decorated police officer for the town of Middlebury, a job he lived for and loved for more than 40 years until his retirement. The state of Connecticut named him “Policeman of the Year” in 1984. That same year, Luther also was recognized as “Policeman of the Year” by the Exchange Club of Waterbury. He was presented the award by Congressman William R. Ratchford, Sen. Robert Dorr, Sen. William Sullivan and Rep. Doreen Del Bianco; also Harry J. Willis, an FBI representative; First Selectman Edward St. John and Police Chief Frank Calabrese. He also was responsible for the Middlebury K-9 unit. In addition to Josie, his wife, Lu-

ther is survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The funeral service will be today, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Middlebury Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, at 1242 Whittemore Road in Middlebury. Burial with full military honors will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to meet directly at the church. Memorial contributions in Luther’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Maiorano Funeral Home has been entrusted with all arrangements. For more information and online condolences, visit www.

February tips honor my son The start of February brings the gift of honoring my son’s birthday, so this week’s column is dedicated to Jason. It is filled with tips to inspire, uplift and encourage you, my readers. I invite you to enjoy its content, courtesy of an old, wise soul in a young, strong, athletic body with an incredibly intelligent mind and a gentle, healing spirit. This young man radiates a clear, bright, strong energy that makes you feel like you want some of what he’s got. He believes the glass is always half full. He knows the meaning of hard work, sacrificing his comfort, his external stability and environment to move consistently in the direction of his dreams. How, you may ask? By staying firmly grounded, aligned with his vast inner world of knowing, and by being self-referred, self-taught and self-aware. He finds the unexpected silver lining no matter what. He compliments action with stillness, rest, relaxation and reflection. He loves what he does and is clever in his perspective – knowing, for instance, that to complete the circle of learning from an employer will allow him to be a great leader owning his own business one day soon. He uses his words in a most unusually creative and

Nuggets for Life By CYNTHIA DE PECOL

interesting way, complimenting his circumstances for making him who he is today. He turns ordinary experiences into everyday chances for miracles of learning, growth, composure, diplomacy and careful consideration. He is earnest and steadfast as he finishes his goals, moving swiftly to living his future ideal life, all while living his ideal life in the here and now. Wow. Pure fun is how he lets go of adult responsibility in the laughter and joy of play. He thrives. He knows it’s all impermanent. He has a large vision for his life. Remember when you did? Do you still? Can you glow and grow from the inside out each day? This week’s nuggets for life suggest you follow his lead and make this the year to design your life around what you love to do. Continue to improve your physical, mental, spiritual and financial health by getting crystal clear on what it is you want, and give your

attention to it. Focus. Learn new things. Go to new places, and stretch your comfort zone in every direction by meeting new people, experiencing new events and just doing it. Let go of the past. Take the blows, the deep hurts, the feeling of being overwhelmed that is part of life, too, and like him, turn them on their side and view them in a new way. Brave the storms of life with a sense of lightness and humor as best you can, and did I mention it’s all impermanent anyway? Each day, think tabula rasa (blank slate). Elevate yourself. Indulge in daydreams to help you. Coordinate your goals with healthy daily rhythms. Surprise yourself. Bring in February 2014 committed to being extraordinary and living exceptionally in all that you do, with all that you are, in every little way. As a lifetime of love, joy, bliss and peace stretch before this young man, the present moment sees him in full blossom on this special day – Happy birthday, son! De Pecol is a yoga instructor, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See or email

Financial reality In a recent survey, 56 percent • Periodic expenses: Don’t forof respondents predicted that in get to plan for the known, irone year, their finances would regular expenses, such as car be in much better shape than tags and quarterly payments they are today. Only 18 percent for insurance, as well as birthbelieved their finances would be days and anniversaries. about the same one year from • One-time expenses: Is a relanow, according to the poll by the tive getting married? Are you cover a short-term emergency. National Foundation for Credit • Maintenance on home and expected to travel there and Counseling. participate, possibly incurring vehicle: Plan for routine oil Just hoping your finances will big expenses? Work these into changes and new tires. Think get better isn’t enough, however. your budget. about the age of your appliThe key to improving the state of ances and the cost if your re- • Big-ticket items: Consider your finances is to face your fihow you’ll make major purfrigerator or stove fails. Have nancial reality – and have a plan. chases such as a home, new the money set aside for reThe most important step is to vehicle, vacations, summer placement. identify your spending patterns • Long-term savings: In the camp for the kids, a new teleby taking a hard look at where vision and more. The more event of job loss, you’ll need every dime went last year and reality-based your budget and savings to carry you through. then sketching out a budget to financial planning, the more You’ll still have daily expenses cover your current expenses. But likely you are to have the abil(although you can shave them it’s not enough to identify all of ity to pay for those things withdown somewhat) and debts to your current spending. Financial out going into more debt. pay off. It’s thought that six reality is that expenses don’t alDavid Uffington regrets he canmonths of living expenses is ways occur regularly. enough of a cushion – but con- not personally answer reader • The unexpected: Things hapsider the number of people questions, but he will incorporate pen, and you need to be prewho have been on unemploy- them into his column whenever pared. Put away 10 percent of ment for one or two years. The possible. Send email to columneach paycheck. In a year, you’ll bigger your financial cushion, have more than a month’s in(c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. the longer you can ride out a come set aside, enough to job loss.

We all have jewelry sitting around that we don’t wear anymore. Now you can turn that jewelry into cash when Prospect Jewelers comes to the center Monday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. They will help you assess the value of your precious metals. Prices of gold are still fairly high, so people continue to cash in their gold. They also do free appraisals, so if you want to know how much your family heirlooms are worth, bring them in.

Computer classes starting Computer classes for beginners, people with no computer experience, will start Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. and will meet for four weeks. This introductory class explains the different parts and uses of the computer. Learn to use the mouse, access programs, use Word, Internet, email, etc. The fee is $25.

An eight-week “Introduction to Personal Computers” class will begin Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. The class introduces students to the Internet and explores Windows 7. The fee is $35. One-on-one lessons also are available Thursdays only between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by appointment only. The fee is $15 per hour. A course also will be offered for those interested in learning basic fundamentals on the Apple Mac. This is subject to availability of time. The fee is $15 per hour. Those interested in classes should call 203-577-4166 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“Ask the Therapist” Monday, Feb 10, at 10:30 a.m., Kathy, a physical therapist from Beacon Brook Rehab in Naugatuck, will be at the center to talk about arthritis (aches and pains, exercises, etc.). A questionand-answer session will follow her talk.

Free blood pressure screening The center offers free blood pressure screening every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Screenings are done by nurse Diane Morotto. She also can help you with questions you have. An appointment is not required.

Wii Bowling Join us Fridays at 11 a.m. in the media room at the center to play Wii bowling with friends. It’s great fun, and the exercise is good for you.

Windows 8 help Did you recently get a new computer? If you did, then you have the new Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft. Windows 8 has many new features that can be quite confusing. Never fear, Sean Howard is here to teach you how to use it. If you’re interested, call Howard at 203-577-4166, ext. 711, to set up an appointment with him.

Middlebury Parks & Recreation Mind and body workshop for girls

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An instructor from Girls Inc. of Southwestern Connecticut will teach this workshop for girls ages 10 to 14 Tuesdays, Feb. 4 to March 4, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Shepardson Center. The Mind and Body Program focuses on four primary areas: body image, nutrition, physical activity, and stress management. Girls Inc. utilizes a creative and positive learning experience for girls enrolled in this program, which helps give girls the knowledge, skills, and attitude needed to develop and maintain a healthy and positive sense of self. The fee for five weeks is $35.

Session II of the Linda Rice Dance Program starts Monday, Feb. 3. There will be no classes Feb. 12 or 17 and April 14 to 18. Classes are available for children ages 3-and-a-half and older. They include introduction to dance, intermediate and advanced tap, intermediate and advanced ballet, jazz and ballet combo class and jazz and tap combo class. Prices range from $80 per session for residents for 30 minutes of class time a week to $110 for residents for 120 minutes of class time a week.

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Panthers end four-game skid with win over Barlow “We definitely came to play,” said Pomperaug head coach Dave The game of basketball is all Yachtis. “But all through the tough about a series of runs. Through a streak we got through it as these 20-game schedule, every team guys had each other’s backs. will have its share of ups and “It’s not like we weren’t in those downs. The Pomperaug boys bas- games. Three out of the four losses ketball team came out of the gates came down to one-possession ripping off seven straight wins to games that could have gone either start the season. Then, over a span way, and the teams we faced are of two weeks, the Panthers were a combined 17-3 in the league.” reeling in the midst of a four-game Cooper Mooney led the Panlosing streak and seemed to hit thers with 22 points, including five rock bottom last Thursday in a three-pointers, with Lucien Fort68-65 loss to Weston. On Tuesday, ier adding 13 points in the first they turned things around. win in two weeks for the Panthers. That’s when Pomperaug went Alec Nord added six points in his back to the basics and their win- usual all-around hustling style of ning ways in a convincing 53-33 play, and Tyler Harrington keyed victory over Barlow. It looked as the offense, dishing out five asif the Panthers were in for another sists. test as they trailed 22-21 at the “We just got back to what we half. But it turned out to be noth- were doing at the beginning of the ing more than a pop quiz as Pom- season,” said Yachtis. “We scored peraug crushed the Falcons with 21 baskets on 16 assists. We dis- Pomperaug no. 20, Lucien Fortier, takes one down the lane against Weston last Thursday for two of his game-high 20 points. a 32-11 onslaught in the second tributed the basketball, and that’s (Ken Morse photo) half, including a head-shaking 15- what we did so well at the start of 1 advantage in the third period. the season. “We came out in the second tier stepped behind the arc and Grant Limone (12 points) hit 56-51 lead heading into the final half and switched to a 3-2 zone launched a three-pointer that a pair of three-pointers for period. Weston made it five threes and just shut them down the rest found the net, and Pomperaug Weston, cutting the lead at 33-32 in a row when Ethan Lee-Tyson of the way.” was on top 21-11 at the 1:21 mark. with time running out in the sec- dropped a pair through the cylLast Thursday, Pomperaug was But Weston had too many ond period. Matt Folger (14 inder to start the fourth period, operating on all cylinders against weapons, with four players reach- points) and Ethan Lee-Tyson (10 opening up a 62-53 advantage. Jan. 31 to Feb. 8, 2014 Weston and quickly jumped out ing double figures, and they were points) gave the Trojans a few Grant Wallace knocked down to a 10-point lead in the opening shooting hotter than the sin- more options to spark the of- a put-back with Rubinstein and Boys’ Basketball Fortier answering the call with Friday, Jan. 31...................... Notre Dame - Fairfield (H)..................... 7 p.m. period. But the Trojans were on gle-digit temperatures outside. fense. Harrington threw down a run- three-pointers, closing the gap at Wednesday, Feb. 5............... Nonnewaug (H)..................................... 7 p.m. target, hitting on nine three-point- Asher Lee-Tyson (15 points) burFriday, Feb. 7........................ Bethel (A).............................................. 7 p.m. ers, including five in a row late in ied a three-pointer to cut the def- ning one-hander in the lane, and 62-59. Weston was put on the foul the game that decided the contest. icit at 23-18 heading into the sec- Rubinstein scored off an in- line and converted enough shots Girls’ Basketball Fortier led the way with 20 ond period. bounds to give the Panthers a from the charity stripe to secure Friday, Jan. 31...................... Notre Dame - Fairfield (A)...................... 7 p.m. “They made a lot of shots slim 37-34 advantage at the a 68-62 lead. Tuesday, Feb. 4..................... Lauralton Hall (H).................................. 7 p.m. points and 10 rebounds. Sam RuIn the closing moments, RuFriday, Feb. 7........................ Bethel (H)............................................. 7 p.m. binstein scored 11 points, adding against us, and the nine three- break. three three-pointers, and Mooney pointers really did some damage,” Weston went to 38-37, taking binstein nailed a pair of Ice Hockey added 10 points, with Harrington said Yachtis. “But these guys are its first lead since the opening three-pointers but it wasn’t Saturday, Feb. 1................... Notre Dame - Fairfield (A)...................... 3 p.m. chipping in with nine points and resilient. They continue to work minutes of the game when Folger enough to get by the Trojans as Wednesday, Feb. 5............... Farmington/Avon/Windsor (H)......... 7:30 p.m. hard in practice, and getting Nico knocked down a shot in the paint Pomperaug came up on the short Saturday, Feb. 8................... North Branford (A)............................ 7:30 p.m. seven assists. Ryan Johannes (six rebounds) Rosa back will make us a better at 6:23 in the third period. Moo- end of a 68-65 final margin. Boys’ Swimming and Diving knocked down a pair of free team down the road.” ney hit a three to put the Panthers The Panthers, with Tuesday’s Thursday, Feb. 6................... Joel Barlow (A)...................................... 4 p.m. throws to give the Panthers an 11Rosa entered the game in his back on top by one at 42-41, and win against Barlow, have now 8 advantage with 3:39 left in the first time back following a knee Harrington drilled a three from qualified for the state tournaWrestling Saturday, Feb. 1................... Brookfield, Gilbert (H).......................... 10 a.m. opening period against the Tro- injury and immediately made an behind the arc to tie the game at ment, running their record to 8-4 ........................................... Platt Tech/West Haven jans. Nord (five points, five re- impact. Two free throws and a 49-49. on the season. They are back in Wednesday, Feb. 5............... Weston (H)............................................ 6 p.m. bounds) came on to make his baseline drive handed PomperBut Weston was on fire as Brian action today, Friday, at home at Saturday, Feb. 8................... Seymour/Branford/Maloney (A).......... 10 a.m. presence felt, going hard to the aug a 29-24 advantage with 4:43 Cass (nine points) hit on back-to- 7 p.m. taking on 7-3 Notre Dame glass for a pair of put-backs. For- left in the half. back threes to give the Trojans a of Fairfield. (H) Home (A) Away By KEN MORSE

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While I like the concept of tankless water heaters – they provide hot water on demand, rather than storing water in a tank and keeping it warm – it’s really important for homeowners to do their research before deciding to jump to this system. Electric tankless heaters, for example, look like a good deal up front. They cost about a third to one-half as much as gas tankless heaters. However, installation can be expensive: Most electric heaters require a dedicated 30-amp circuit, meaning an electrician will have to come in to properly wire the house. In older homes, the installation can be pretty painful on the wallet.

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1. In 2013, for the third time in major-league history, the reigning Cy Young Award winners (R.A. Dickey, David Price) faced each other in a regular-season game. Name either of the other two pairings. 2. How many times did pitcher Greg Maddux strike out 200 or more batters in a season during his 23-year major-league career? 3. In 2012, Adrian Peterson became the second Minnesota Vikings running back to have five consecutive 100-yards-rushing games. Who was the first? 4. When was the last time before 2012 that Harvard’s men’s basketball team made the NCAA Tournament? 5. Name the last time before the 2013-14 season the Colorado Avalanche started a season at least 6-0-0. 6. Austrian skier Mario Matt set a record in 2013 for the oldest skier (34) to win a World Cup slalom. Who had been the oldest? 7. Who was the last British men’s golfer before Matt Fitzpatrick in 2013 to win the U.S. Amateur golf tournament?

Answers 1. Frank Viola and Orel Hershiser (1989), and Tom Glavine and Roger Clemens (1999). 2. Once (1998), although he had at least 190 strikeouts in four other seasons. 3. Robert Smith, in 2000. 4. It was 1946. 5. It was the 1985-86 season, when the franchise was located in Quebec. 6. Finn Christian Jagge was 33 when he won in 1999. 7. Harold Hilton, in 1911.

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 71 years old and have been diagnosed with chronic heart failure. Last October, I had triple bypass surgery, but now I’m in good health. Some things I have read about chronic heart failure are unnerving. Will you give me your take on what lies ahead for me? – S.T. ANSWER: Heart failure, chronic heart failure and congestive heart failure are the same condition. It’s one of the most common reasons older people are hospitalized. The basic problem is that the heart has become so weak it circulates blood poorly. Such poor circulation permits fluid to ooze out of blood vessels and “congest” tissues in the feet, ankles and lower legs. The lungs fill with fluid, which brings on heart failure’s cardinal feature – gasping for breath on even slight exertion. Other signs of heart failure are breathlessness when lying in bed; heart enlargement, seen on X-rays; and the doctor’s discovery of lung sounds indicating the lungs have fluid in them. Numerous conditions lead to heart failure. At the top of the list is coronary artery disease, the blockage of heart arteries that often brings on a heart attack. This must be why your heart failed. You did have surgery to correct blocked heart arteries, but they did their damage well before surgery took place. Heart valve problems, high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation are other causes of heart failure. Medicines usually can get the heart beating with greater vigor and can lessen or abolish most symptoms. Anything that affects heart function must be treated. High blood pressure, for example, has to be lowered. You might think inactivity is best for your heart – it isn’t. Your doctor will outline a program that keeps you active to the level your heart can tolerate. Walking is one example, but more strenuous exercise is encouraged when your

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Fan favorite recipes for game day Score extra points with super snacks for your gathering (Family Features) The recipe for a successful sports party calls for three main ingredients – cheering friends, delicious snacks and fun activities for all. When the weekend rolls around, who doesn’t love an excuse to round up friends and family to watch a major sporting event? This season, have the party at your place and score big points with your friends and family: • Fast Finger Foods When the game is on, guests don’t want to sit at a table – people tend to watch standing up so they can cheer at exciting moments, or mingle if they’re not that into it. That’s why finger foods and appetizers are must-have menu items at game day parties, allowing guests to grab a quick handful without ever missing a play. • Spice it Up Kick up your party a notch and make sure your snacking spread boasts a variety of different flavor profiles. Hungry fans will be sure to grab extra handfuls of Buffalo Chex® Mix, a spicy assortment of cereal, Parmesan crackers, pretzels and the sizzling touch of Frank’s® RedHot® Buffalo Wings Sauce. • Share The Spread Don’t be shy about asking friends to bring something to the party. People like to help the host by bringing a drink or an appetizer. As the host, make sure there is a good assortment of options, so that no one ends up bringing the same dish. As a rule of thumb, offer fruits and veggies, a meat or veggie dish and a dessert. When friends ask what they can bring, feel free to tell them. • Kids Corner While the adults are munching on snacks and watching the commercials, kids can get a little bored. Be sure to have kid friendly games, snacks and beverages to ensure they are as excited as the winning team. Try making a bean bag toss in your basement or backyard, or set up a simple obstacle course for guests of all ages to try. • Satisfy Every Taste Bud Many people are dealing with dietary restrictions, so it’s important to prepare something for everyone. Provide a gluten free snack option and at least one vegetarian option for your guests. For example, Chex® Party Mix offers a variety of

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