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Middlebury police chief search moves forward By MARJORIE NEEDHAM Middlebury’s acting Police Chief Richard Wildman is another step closer to being able to retire. He plans to do so once a new Middlebury police chief has been hired, and the deadline for applying for the position was Jan. 15. Now the process of finding a new chief has moved on to processing applications. Wildman, a lieutenant, has chosen to retire rather than apply for the position himself. William Stowell, a former parttime administrator for the town, volunteered to oversee the project for First Selectman Edward B. St. John. Stowell reports the town received 31 applications, including one from out of state. After reviewing the applications, Stowell said, “We have a very good field of candidates.” He said six of the applicants did not meet one or more of the four basic requirements. These were: a rank of lieutenant or higher, two years’ minimum experience at lieutenant or higher rank, a minimum of five years’ police experience and a bachelor’s degree in one of the fields listed in the job description. He said the six were disqualified because two were sergeants and four lacked a bachelor’s degree. Stowell said Wednesday that on Tuesday Southington Police Chief Jack Daley picked up the 25 applications of those meeting the requirements. Daley and Watertown Police

Chief John Gavallas have agreed to review the applications, interview the candidates and select the top 10 applicants. Stowell said Daley and Gavallas hope to have narrowed the field down to 10 by the first week of March. At that point, Stowell said, St. John and the police commission will decided how to proceed. It’s likely the police commission will narrow the 10 candidates down to three and the Board of Selectmen will choose one of those three as the town’s new chief. The details will be worked out once the 10 have been chosen, Stowell said. He said he expects to call Daley early next week to see if has a more definitive time line once he has had time to settle in to his task. Police Commission Chairman Frank Cipriano said Wednesday, “I’m glad it’s on its way, and I congratulate the winner and all the rest for coming on board and stepping up to the plate and applying to be police chief of Middlebury. I also thank the police chiefs for helping us screen the candidates.” The previous chief selection process was run by the police commission. Asked why that was not the case this time, Cipriano said, “We have a different selectman this time. That is not a problem.” When former Police Chief Richard Guisti was chosen, Thomas Gormley was Middlebury’s first selectman.

Snacking after the storm

A sparrow and juncoes enjoy seed put out for them following Tuesday's snowstorm. Scotts.com says it's important to feed birds now, when their natural food sources are scarce. Otherwise, the birds may starve to death.  (Marjorie Needham photo)

Get tax credit applications The Middlebury tax assessor’s office said applications for the elderly and totally disabled homeowners’ tax credit program will be available Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. If you are not a Middlebury resident and need an application, check with your town’s tax assessor’s office to see if that office has applications available. Qualifying income is based on 2013 gross income; if applicants are married, this must be their combined gross income plus 2013 Social Security benefit payments. Income limits for this filing period are: single applicant, $0 to $34,100 and married applicants, $0 to $41,600. Applications must be accompanied by all statements of Social Security benefits and income and must be filed no later than Thursday, May 15, 2014, for the elderly and totally disabled homeowners’ program.

Additional veterans’ applications are due NO LATER THAN Oct. 1, 2014. Homeowners’ program applicants must be Middlebury residents aged 65 and over and comply with the income limits set by the State of Connecticut. Totally disabled homeowner applicants must be eligible to receive permanent total disability benefits under Social Security or other federal, state or local plan and have filed their proof of disability with the assessor’s office by Oct. 1, 2013. They also must comply with the income limits. Applications can be picked up at either the Social Services Department at Shepardson Community Center at 1172 Whittemore Road or the Assessor’s Office in the town hall at 1212 Whittemore Road during normal business hours.

Region 15 budget survey The Region 15 school district is reaching out to residents of Middlebury and Southbury through an online survey to get their input in the 2014-15 school budget development process. The survey results will help administrators develop a budget and educational programs that parents want, professionals recommend, and the community can afford. The survey Residents can access the budget survey page at www.region15. org/subsite/dist/page/budget-survey-2014-15-18648 There are four options: a) Residents with children enrolled in Region 15 schools b) Residents of future Region 15 students c) Residents without children enrolled in Region 15 schools (nor a future student) d) Region 15 staff and teachers The region hopes to receive responses from a wide cross-section of the community. In addition, they will be contacting families and local preschools, and have survey information on the Region 15 website, region15.org.

Inside this Issue Library Happenings.......... 2 Nuggets for Life.............. 6 Puzzles........................... 7 Region 15 School Calendar....3 Senior Center News......... 3 Sports Quiz..................... 6 Varsity Sports Calendar.... 6

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ALA rates Connecticut tobacco programs EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut is failing to adequately fund programs that keep kids from starting to smoke and help smokers quit, according to the American Lung Association’s (ALA) just-released State of Tobacco Control 2014 report. It says Connecticut cut funding for its tobacco control program by close to 50 percent in 2013 and currently spends only about one penny out of every dollar it receives from the Master Settlement Agreement and tobacco tax revenue on prevention and cessation. Additionally, the state’s efforts to help smokers quit also failed this year’s report. Less than a week after the release of the 50th anniversary U.S. Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, State of Tobacco Control 2014 issues an urgent call to action to policymakers across the country to reverse their present course and commit to eliminating tobacco-caused death and disease. The latest surgeon general’s report warns 5.6 million of today’s youth will die from tobacco use unless swift action is taken. “Connecticut’s report card on tobacco control is not one any parent will be proudly hanging on their refrigerator,” said Eugene Skladnowski, leadership board chair for the ALA in Connecticut. “Our state is failing to invest in vital resources that help keep kids from starting to smoke and provide smokers with the tools they so desperately need to quit. Meanwhile, big tobacco continues to rob Connecticut residents of their health and employ clever tactics to lure new youth smokers.” Connecticut received the following grades for 2013: Tobacco Prevention Control and Spending - F Smoke-free Air - C Cigarette Tax - A Cessation - F The failure of the federal and state governments to implement proven policies

resulted in 20 million preventable deaths from tobacco use from 1964 to 2014, including 2.5 million from secondhand smoke. The 2014 surgeon general’s report found that almost half a million lives are unnecessarily lost each year due to tobacco, as well as $280 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity. The Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control 2014, its 12th annual report, tracks yearly progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens from the enormous toll tobacco use takes on lives and the economy. Tobacco-related diseases, such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), other cancers, heart disease and stroke kill almost half a million Americans each year. “With Friday’s release of the 50th anniversary surgeon general’s report on smoking and health, Acting U.S. Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H declared, ‘Enough is enough’ and that we must do more if we are going to protect Americans from the burden of tobacco use,” said Jeff Seyler, president and CEO of the ALA of the Northeast. “Smoking is responsible for almost 500,000 deaths in this country annually, and our state leaders must act now so that we may prevent more Americans from getting sick and dying from tobacco-related disease. The battle against the tobacco epidemic is not over.” Tobacco causes an estimated 4,786 deaths in Connecticut annually and costs the state’s economy $2.5 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity, a tremendous burden the ALA believes our state can ill afford. For Connecticut, 2013 was an opportunity to put in place proven policies to reduce tobacco use and save lives, including comprehensive smoke-free workplace

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

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Piano virtuoso Anthony Asmar joins Edwin Kotchian and Juan Andreu as they perform pop and folk tunes. 2:30 p.m. Whittemore Public Library at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck

laws, higher tobacco taxes and tobacco prevention and quit-smoking programs. Priorities the ALA believes must be addressed to improve Connecticut’s State of Tobacco Control© grades in 2014 include: • increasing funding to state tobacco prevention and cessation programs, • closing loopholes in the Clean Indoor Air Act, • raising the cigarette tax by 95 cents, • passing legislation that would prohibit smoking in vehicles when children are present, • and taxing all tobacco products at equal rates. “Comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws, high tobacco taxes, funding tobacco prevention and quit smoking programs at recommended levels and providing insurance coverage for quitsmoking treatments have all been proven to reduce tobacco use. All that is missing in Connecticut is the political will from our elected officials,” Skladnowski said. The ALA asserts the tobacco industry continues efforts at the federal and state levels to exempt its products from meaningful public health protections. It said the three largest cigarette manufacturers – Altria, Reynolds American, and Lorillard – continued to expand into other tobacco products in 2013. As cigarette use continues to gradually decline, these companies continue to maintain their power over America’s youth and reap profits from smokeless tobacco, cigars and now e-cigarettes. “We urge everyone in Connecticut to join with the American Lung Association in renewing their commitment to preventing another 50 years of tobaccocaused death and disease,” said Seyler. The newspaper is in the process of verifying the ALA statements with the State of Connecticut.

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Student French competition The Alliance Française of Northwest Connecticut will sponsor its annual “Concours,” an essay-writing competition for public school and private school French-language students ages 12 to 18 Monday, Feb. 24, at 3:45 p.m. at Shepaug Valley School at 159 South St. in Washington, Conn. Participants may bring a paperback French/English dictionary with them. As many as eight cash prizes ranging from $50 to $200 will be awarded to the winning essayists at Levels I, II, III, and IV. Awards will be presented at the annual meeting of the Alliance Française Saturday, April 26. Students wishing to enter the

competition must register before Feb. 14, 2014. For information and registration, call 860-8687326, or email edelh@region12. org. The Alliance Française is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the language and literature of France and other Frenchspeaking countries as well as French-American friendships. Programs include French films, lectures, holiday celebrations, conversation groups, reading groups, travel opportunities and language classes. For information on the organization, call 203-263-4096, email afnwct@ snet.net or visit afnwct.org.

Community Calendar Monday, Jan. 27

Ethics Commission 5:30 p.m..............................................Town Hall Conference Room

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Conservation Commission 7:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26 Calendar dates/times are subject to change. If your organization would like your event included in the community calendar, please email the information to beeintelligencer@gmail.com.

Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log Date Time Address/Incident 01-14 18:29 54 Janet Drive. Activated fire alarm. Key pad malfunction. 01-15 07:21 461 Lake Shore Drive. Report of propane or natural gas smell in the area. Investigated and found nothing. 01-15 11:38 176 Sandy Hill Road. Activated fire alarm. Problem with second-floor smoke detector. 01-15 13:10 470 South St. Activated fire alarm. Food on the stove. 01-15 18:10 Route 64. Three-car motor-vehicle accident with one injury. One patient transported to hospital. 01-16 07:34 Long Meadow Road. Activated fire alarm. No problem found. 01-17 07:27 900 Straits Turnpike. Smell of natural gas. Problem with return air vent. 01-17 12:22 150 Acme Drive. Accidental alarm activation. Alarm reset by homeowner. 01-17 15:20 Artillery Road. Two-car motor-vehicle accident with minor injuries. Two transported to hospital on basic life support. 01-18 19:44 130 Fairhaven Drive. Carbon monoxide alarm activation. No readings recorded. 01-18 20:04 147 South St. Reported carbon monoxide alarm activation with exposure. Apparent furnace malfunction.

Book Review “Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success” by Dan Schawbel (St. Martin’s Press, $24.99) Reviewed by Molly Ford Whether it’s your first job or your fifth, the rules for getting ahead in the workplace are changing quickly with the advent of social media and the rise of more frequent job changes. If you want to stay ahead of the game and stand out in your company, “Promote Yourself” shares ways to flourish by emphasizing the importance of personal branding in the new work environment. A core tenet of the book is that how colleagues perceive you is just as important as the actual work you are producing. Covering how to leverage new forms of media such as social networking sites, blogs and managing one’s digital presence, as well as how to spend time wisely doing activities that enhance one’s reputation at work (like joining the company sports team), “Promote Yourself” is packed with personal branding insights. To further back up these insights, loads of data and inter-

views with professionals are included. Real-world examples of how professionals applied the book’s tips to their careers, especially across different life stages and in different industries, round out the narrative of how important personal branding is to having a successful career. What kind of work achievements should you be sharing with your boss and team, and how do you share those achievements while still being likable and not “bragging”? How do you a build a network of contacts, both in and outside of work? Can you be an entrepreneur while still working at a company? Author Dan Schawbel, a columnist at both Time and Forbes, answers these questions and many more. If you want to be the most respected and best-liked person in the office, this is your read. For more reviews by Molly Ford, visit SmartPrettyandAwkward.com. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Quassy signs up chalk art, trash can teams Walkway chalk art, decorated trash cans and performing school jazz bands mean only one thing: Festival of the Arts at Quassy Amusement and Waterpark. The popular event will return Saturday, May 10, and local and area schools are invited to participate. “The walkway chalk art and trash can painting have been a part of our spring calendar for a number of years,” said Quassy’s George Frantzis. “Last year we brought in school jazz performers to complement the day, which is a popular event for participating students as well as entertaining for our guests.” The theme for this year’s chalk art competition is Quassy’s Classic Carousel. Student teams consisting of up to five members will each be assigned a plot of pavement in the park to create a colorful drawing. Students must provide their own chalk. Teachers are encouraged to preregister their chalk art teams now by contacting Ron Gustafson at ron@quassy.com. Prizes will be awarded in elementary, middle school and high school divisions. Many of Quassy’s trash cans have gotten a facelift in recent years, thanks to art classes at a number of schools. The theme for the trash can art competition this year is Splash Away Bay, Quassy’s lakeside waterpark, which underwent a huge expansion for the 2013 season. Art teachers should contact Linda Whipple at 203758-2913 or linda@quassy.com for details on obtaining cans for the project. The finished art will be judged at the park May 10, with prizes awarded that day. Jazz bands interested in performing at Quassy’s Carousel Theatre also should contact Whipple for available performance times. Festival of the Arts will kick off at noon and continue throughout

Students compete in a previous walkway chalk art competition at Quassy Amusement Park. The popular event will return to Quassy May 10. Schools may register teams now. (Quassy photo) much of the afternoon. Rides at Quassy will operate from noon to 6 p.m. with a special $11 online “Q” Pon discount advance sale ride ticket for May 10 available at http://tinyurl.com/l6wn56f. This discount will not be available at the park the day of the event. Quassy hosts a comprehensive array of free educational programs at the park each year. “News Team Quassy,” the latest

addition, will have student teams creating educational videos on a variety of topics. The finished productions will be aired on Quassy’s YouTube channel and Facebook fan page. The park also has an educational booklet titled “Fun With Physics At Quassy,” which contains numerous projects students can complete while touring the facility. The booklet is accredited

by the American Association of Physics Teachers. Other programs include a “Wacky Science” stage presentation, “Commotion About Motion” physics tour, history tour and a selection of workshops. Visit www.quassy.com/group-info/ education-fun/ for a complete overview of the programs. Schools interested in booking educational field trips should contact the park office at 203-7582913. Quassy Amusement Park and Waterpark is in its 106th year and features more than two-dozen rides and attractions. The lakeside property is also home to “Splash Away Bay” waterpark with the new “BulletBowl” water raft ride and “FreeFall” extreme body slides. In addition, a children’s splash pad titled the “Fish Pond” opened in 2013. Quassy also features a new laser maze attraction in its huge arcade building. Rides include the award-winning “Wooden Warrior” roller coaster, “Music Fest,” “Yo-Yo” super swings, “Free Fall ‘N’ Drop Tower,” “Grand Carousel” and more. The park also has a restaurant, redemption arcade, games, live entertainment and special events. Quassy opens April 26 for the 2014 season with Quassy Beach and the waterpark opening May 24. Season passes are on sale now at the park office and through the Quassy website, www.quassy. com. Company picnics, school field trips and other catered events also are being scheduled through the park office at 203-7582913. Quassy is at 2132 Middlebury Road, Route 64, in Middlebury, Conn., on the shores of Lake Quassapaug.

Library Happenings Middlebury Women’s Study Club The Women’s Study Club will meet at the library Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. New members are welcome. The Women’s Study Club, founded in 1894, has been providing women with opportunities to learn for nearly 120 years. More than 400 women have enriched their lives through their membership in this group. The Women’s Study Club is a place where the mind is nurtured and celebrated and where you will be warmly welcomed. The club has a long history of studying interesting and occasionally controversial topics, including U.S. history, science, art, literature and nature. To learn more and to sign up, contact Jean Frennesson at 203729-6658 or Barbara Paul at 860354-8515.

Teen Advisory Board The library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will meet Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. The library is looking for high school teens to join the board. It is a fun, relaxed and flexible group that meets monthly to make the library a better place for teens. The group creates, plans and advertises unique teen programming and also recommends books, movies, CDs, graphic novels and other items they feel should be added to the library’s collection. The TAB group is a great place to meet new friends, gain new skills and experience, help out the community, and fulfill community service requirements for school or church. To join the TAB group, you must be a current high school student, have a photo ID, and be able to attend monthly meetings and planned activities. Call the library at 203758-2634 for more information and to let the staff know you will be attending.

3-D printer creativity session

own key chains. Call the library mation on managing debt. Did at 203-758-2634 to sign up. you overdo spending during the holiday season? Are you up to Story hour your knees in debt? It doesn’t have to go from bad to worse. with Sue Healy A special story hour Thursday, The discussion will include unJan. 30, at 4 p.m. will be led by derstanding credit reports, how local author and illustrator Sue to address debts, best practices Healy, who will present her book, to repair credit, and how to avoid “24 Crows and the Walking Tree.” common mistakes. Families are welcome!

Movie screenings

Meditation The ongoing meditation practice will meet Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the Reading Room. It consists of periods of meditation with time for discussion. Please arrive by 5:50 p.m. as they start on time.

The library is showing a movie with a life-changing theme every Wednesday at 1 p.m. this month. Every Friday at 1 p.m. the library is showing a new movie recently released to DVD. Please call the library at 203Affordable Care Act 758-2634 for specific movie titles information to be shown. To suggest a movie for the film showings, please see Do you have questions or are Donna or Mike. you confused about the new Affordable Care Act? Meet with Story time drop-in Richard Wood, a state-certified Everyone is invited to stop in assister with CHOICES, Conand enjoy stories and music necticut’s health and informawhen children 3 and older meet tion assistance program, TuesFriday mornings at 10:30 a.m. days between 12 and 4 p.m. to Children age 2 may join if accom- get information on Access Health panied by an adult. Registration CT, the state’s new health insurance marketplace. All discusis not required The Middlebury Public Li- sions are free and confidential. The Howard Whittemore Mebrary is at 30 Crest Road. The telephone number is 203-758- morial Library is at 243 Church 2634, and the website is middle- St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591 or visit burypubliclibrary.org. whittemorelibrary.org.

Naugatuck Music with Edwin and Juan Sunday, Jan. 26 (snow date Sunday, Feb. 2), at 2:30 p.m., Edwin and Juan return to the library, this time joined by Western Connecticut State University sophomore and piano virtuoso, Anthony Asmar. This pop/folk trio of baritone and tenor voices will share their dulcet harmonies on songs both original and covered!

Story makers Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m., children in first grade and higher are invited to Story Makers, a “toolkit for the imagination.” If you like making up, telling and illustrating stories, use your imagination and creativity to tell your own tales from The Mad Professor’s Workshop.

Thursday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m., teens in grades nine to 12 are invited to learn how to design their own 3-D objects, which then can be printed on the library’s new 3-D printer. If Jan. 30 doesn’t work, one-on-one sesDebt management sions are available by appointand credit repair ment. No experience in 3-D design is necessary. The program Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m., will start with the basics, and for Connecticut Department of a final product, the participants Banking representatives will prowill create and print their very vide helpful and relevant infor-

Southbury Wednesday movie The Wednesday afternoon movie showing Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. in the Kingsley Meeting Room is a prize-winner from Israel that was nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar in 2012. It’s a tragi-comic story of a father and son who are rival professors at a Jerusalem university. When they learn the father will be honored for his work, the complicated relationship reaches a new peak. Dialogue is in Hebrew and Portuguese with subtitles. Due to licensing and copyright agreements, film titles cannot be listed. The room has surroundsound theater with a listening system available. This program is free and open to the public.

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 can-

vas. 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. The Woodbury resident moved to the U.S. from England in 1982. He attended Leeds Polytechnic from 1973-76, at that time the most radical art school in Europe. For more information, call 203-262-0626 or visit www. southburylibrary.org. The library is at 100 Poverty Road in Southbury.

Woodbury Teen movie Teens in grades six and up are invited to drop in to watch “The Wolverine” Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. Bring a friend and drop in for a movie on a cold afternoon! Freshly made popcorn is always included!

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. Great Decisions is America’s largest world affairs discussion program. Activities are reading the Great Decisions briefing book, watching the DVD and meeting in a group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Topics this year include defense technology, Israel and the U.S., Turkey’s challenges, Islamic awakening, energy independence, food and climate, China’s foreign policy, and U.S. trade policy. For more information, call 203-263-3502.

Art exhibit January’s exhibit in the gallery features Molly Tate’s “An Illustrated Life,” an art exhibit in watercolor and oil. Tate has long facilitated journal workshops and several years ago began publishing a magazine – Through the Window at Molly’s. The exhibit portrays her daily life in Woodbury and in Storm Lake, Iowa, and her imagination. For more information, call 203-263-3502 or visit www. woodburylibraryct.org. The library is at 269 Main St. South in Woodbury.


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Region 15 School Calendar Friday, Jan. 24 First Day of Semester 2 RMS Art Enrichment Trip to Wadsworth Athenaeum........8:30 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 25 No Events Scheduled

Sunday, Jan. 26 PES PTO Family Dine and Play ..............................................Danbury Arena, Danbury Whalers Game

Monday, Jan. 27 Board of Education.......................... PHS AP Room No. 103, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 PES Cultural Enrichment - Horizon Wings “Red Onion” is a watercolor created by Bethel artist Adele Moros. Moros will teach watercolor classes in New Milford starting in LMES PJ Story Hour.................................................................6:45 p.m. March.  (Submitted photo) PHS Senior Collage Workshop............. Southbury Library, 6:45 p.m.

Gallery offers winter art show, classes

New Milford’s Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio is brightening the winter months with a brand new art show and a roster of art classes. This emerging art hub in the center of New Milford, Conn., has created a dynamic art exhibit, “Red, White and Winter,” to emphasize the beauty of the season. The juried show will open with a reception Saturday, Feb. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. and will run through March 15. The show will highlight the work of approximately 16 regional artists, many of whom have won awards for their work. The artwork includes original oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel paintings, as well as photographic art, sculpture, glass work, pottery, and jewelry. Many of the artists will be present at the reception to discuss their art and the creative process. Prices and sizes of the artwork will cover a wide range, and many of the items in the show will have been selected with Valentine’s Day gifts in mind. Also featured this winter is a growing curriculum of art classes for professionals and students of all levels. The instructors are talented artists and gallery members who are eager to share and inspire creativity in others. These classes will take place at Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio, but registration is through the instructor. Award-winning Bethel painter Adele Moros offers to share her artistic expertise in two types of classes. Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2

to 4 p.m., she will provide critiques of paintings by new and experienced artists. Composition, value, mood, color and more will be covered in this event, which she has also presented at Kent Art Association, Richter Art Association and The Society of Creative Arts in Newtown. Moros also will give six watercolor floral art classes Fridays, March 21 to April 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Various watercolor techniques, including wet into wet, watering off, and color saturation will be taught. The fee for the series of classes is $150. For more information, contact Moros at 203-774-7690. Renowned Bridgewater artist Tina Underwood will offer a series of six classes, “Painting the Still Life in Oil.” Classes will meet Fridays, Jan. 24 through Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will address how to begin an oil painting and then see the painting through to completion. Concepts of composition, under painting, color and light effects will be explained, as will mood and atmosphere. The fee is $150. For more information, contact Underwood at tina@ underwoodarts.com or call 860-354-6545. New Milford artist Anne Adams will give workshops that inspire creativity the third Saturday of each month beginning Jan. 18 and ending June 21, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. In these workshops, a variety of materials will be used to explore and to help inspire one’s personal journey

Wednesday, Jan. 29

PES School Spirit - PB&J Day in creativity. Adams said, “Connection to PHS PLC.....................................................................................7:10 a.m. the creative source is possible when judg- RMS - Lifetouch Winter Sports Pictures....................................4 p.m. ments and expectations are set aside.” No Thursday, Jan. 30 art experience is necessary. The fee is $25 for a two-hour workshop. All materials are Eighth-Grade Algebra Mid-Term...........................................8:15 a.m. provided. For more information please con- Snow Date for PJ Story Hour..................................................6:45 p.m. tact Adams at coloryourworld359@yahoo. Friday, Jan. 31 com or call 845-656-2816. The art of scrapbooking will be presented GES Spirit Day - Favorite Sports Team Day by Robin Sherwood-Armour the second RMS Snow Day, Eighth-Grade Algebra Mid-Term...............8:15 a.m. Saturday of each month – Feb. 8, March 8, Saturday, Feb. 2 April 12 and May 10 – from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. This event is open to scrapbookers of all CMEA All State Auditions....................... North Haven H.S., 7:30 a.m. levels – both traditional and digital. The Region 15 website: www.region15.org workshop is the perfect opportunity to preserve memories and to share family stories for generations to come. The 12-hour sessions are an ideal opportunity to spend a day “cropping” without interruptions. Reservations are accepted, but walk-ins are welcome as space allows. The fee is $10 per session. For more information, contact Sherwood-Armour at sherwoodarmour@sbcglobal.net. Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio at 25 Church Street in New Milford, Conn., is affiliated with the New Milford Commission on the Arts. Hours are Thursday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, visit the gallery or email newmilartscomm@gmail.com. Admission is free and ample parking is available.

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Middlebury Senior Center News Free education for seniors Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) invites seniors to further their education at no cost. Tuition, general fees and the application fee are waived for Connecticut residents 62 and older on a space-available basis. Students are responsible for costs associated with supplies for specific courses. Credit classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 22. Senior citizens may register for credit courses until Wednesday, Jan. 29, and have their general fund tuition and fees waived. Those who have never been a credit student at NVCC will need to fill out a college application in the admissions office in room K500.

Cooking demonstration Elizabeth Petruccione, creator of “Losing Weight with Elizabeth,” will demonstrate how to cook and enjoy a low-calorie meal Monday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. The menu will

be chicken thighs with lemon and rosemary, red potatoes, string beans, and apple tart for dessert, for a total calorie count of 450. Watch Petruccione prepare this meal and stay to sample the results. Please call 203577-4166 to reserve your seat.

Trade in your gold

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 Free blood pressure gold are still high right now, and people screening continue to cash in old gold. They also do free appraisals, so if you want The center offers free blood pressure screening every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 to know how much your family heirlooms p.m. Screenings are done by nurse Diane are worth, bring them in. Morotto. She also can help you with quesWindows 8 help tions you have. An appointment is not required. Did you recently get a new computer? If you did, then you have the new Windows 8 Wii bowling operating system from Microsoft. Windows Join us Fridays at 11 a.m. in the media 8 has many new features that can be quite room at the center to play Wii bowling with confusing. Never fear, Sean Howard is here friends. It’s great fun, and the exercise is to teach you how to use it. If you’re interested, call Howard at 203good for you. 577-4166, ext. 711, to set up an appointment with him.

Falls Avenue Senior Center Events Falls Avenue Senior Center events for area adults 55 and older follow. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 860945-5250. Please speak with a staff member when calling as the senior center does not accept voice-mail reservations. The center is at 311 Falls Ave. in Oakville, Conn.

Reflexology session Monday, Jan. 27, beginning at 8:30 a.m., certified reflexologist Kim Stewart will offer 20-minute reflexology sessions for your hands or feet. The cost is $15. Reservations are needed by Jan. 24.

Horseshoes Why wait for summer to play horseshoes? Join others at the center for a few games of indoor horseshoes Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m.

Meet town council members Meet with members of the town council Thursday, Jan. 30, at 9:30 a.m. This is an op-

portunity to ask questions and voice opinions. at 860-945-5250 for reservations. The class is Reservations are needed by Jan. 29. limited to 30 participants and fills up quickly, so those interested should register without Callers needed delay. The center is in need of volunteers to call Exercise class bingo and Po-Ke-No. If you are interested in helping, please contact Catherine Dinsmore The center’s strength, sculpt and tone exerat 860-945-5250. Po-Ke-No is played each Mon- cise class meets each Monday in January at day from 1 to 3 p.m., and bingo is played each 9:30 a.m. While sculpting and improving Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. strength and balance, participants work muscles to tone them and get some cardiovascular AARP driving course training at the same time. Please register by Take the four-hour AARP driving course at the Friday before each class. For information the center Friday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. The about sponsoring the class, contact Catherine course replaces the old eight-hour course. State Dinsmore at 860-945-5250. law mandates a minimum discount of 5 percent Bible study off liability insurance for two years for people 60 or older who take a safe-driving course. New Hope Anglican Church offers a nonThe cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 denominational Bible study every Friday at 10 for nonmembers. Payment, in the form of a a.m. at the center. Join other seniors for the check payable to AARP, should be presented study and discussion. Reservations are not to the instructor at the class. required. Preregistration is required. Call the center

Books as Brain Food Now here’s a “novel” way to increase our brain function. It doesn’t involve getting more exercise or eating certain foods. It doesn’t include doing puzzles. We only need to grab a book and start flipping pages. Emory University did a study that showed there are “quantifiable changes” in brain activity when participants read a book. Granted, it was a bit more regimented than just grabbing your favorite author’s latest bestseller. In the study, participants were given a baseline brain scan each day for a few days. Then they were given the thriller “Pompeii”

by Robert Harris with instructions to read 30 pages a night. Each morning they were given another brain scan. After the book was finished (about nine days), they were given more scans to see how the brain reacted. Researchers were able to track which portions of the book the participants were reading

and correlate them to the brain scan images. Here’s what they learned: During reading, and for days afterward, there were significant activity increases in the parts of the brain associated with story comprehension, as well as processing language. According to the study, the reading has to be fiction to create these brain connectivity changes, something with a narrative that describes events unfolding, a story we can identify with. Here’s my thinking: While researchers don’t know yet how long these brain changes last

after reading a novel, it’s at least five days. Perhaps we should spend some time in 2014 rereading the novels that had an impact on us, as well as new narrative fiction and a few of the old classics. The reference librarian is sure to be a good source for book suggestions. Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

Boy Scout Troop 5’s newest Eagle Scouts, Nick Pelletier , right, and Andrew Baldwin, left, are congratulated by Middlebury First Selectman Edward B. St.John at their Eagle Court of Honor held at the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Jan. 5, 2014. For his Eagle Project, Pelletier refurbished the score booth at Middlebury Baseball’s Quassy Field. Baldwin built a kiosk with trail maps at Bristol Park.  (Submitted photo)

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Hold the congratulations for Congress By LEE H. HAMILTON

Jars hold skin-healing beeswax lotion. Learn how to make it at Flanders Nature Center.  (Submitted photo)

Make beeswax lotion This year, just in time to provide some relief from the dryness of winter weather, Flanders Nature Center will host a workshop on how to make lotion from beeswax. Non-greasy and super-hydrating, beeswax creates a unique moisture barrier to help heal dry skin. The workshop will be Friday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Flanders Studio at 5 Church Hill Road in Woodbury. Led by local beekeeper Kevin Barry, the session will include a talk about bees wax and how to process it for uses in making body

lotions and balms as well as lip products. Other topics covered will include developing a recipe and information on making and packaging lotions and lip balms. Each participant will take part in creating a lotion made from beeswax of local bees and will take home the products made in class. The cost for the workshop is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Please reserve your space by registering at 203263-3711, ext. 10. For more information, visit www.flandersnaturecenter.org.

Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1-trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier. They ended the specter of a government shutdown for the moment and funded the federal budget for most of the year. The media have been commending Congress for finally doing its job. This praise works only in the context of recent history, however. The bill that congressional leaders produced is hardly a triumph. Instead, it’s another example of Congress’s stubborn determination to deal itself out of the budgeting process. Let me explain. In recent years, Congress has funded the federal government in one of two ways. Either it has passed a “continuing resolution,” which is a stopgap measure to keep the government functioning with the same funding it had previously, or it has passed huge omnibus bills like the one it just enacted. This most recent bill runs more than 1,500 pages. Before this current budgeting

era, however, Congress used procedures that put the ideals of representative democracy into practice. It divided its responsibilities into policy development, which was in the hands of its various “authorizing” committees; and establishing funding levels, which was done by the appropriations committees in the House and Senate. Once the President submitted his proposed budget, the appropriations committees and their subcommittees would meet, hammer out the issues, and fund the government according to the policies set by the authorizing committees. They would hold hearings, debate furiously, accept and reject scores – if not hundreds – of amendments, and ultimately produce a series of appropriations bills generally divided along federal department lines. These would go to the floor of each chamber, where they’d be debated again, and finally to a conference committee, where each side of Capitol Hill would have a final chance to weigh in. The process didn’t work perfectly. It produced hiccups and grandstanding and required a lot of negotiation and compromise. But it also spread the work of Congress among expert members, employed the capabilities of dedicated and knowledgeable legislators who knew the various

departments and agencies of the federal government intimately, and provided for deliberation, open debate, accountability, and a reasonably democratic outcome. Rank-and-file members understood, grappled with, and took responsibility for what they produced and voted on. No more. Continuing resolutions and omnibus bills lift responsibility from most members’ hands. They produce decisions, but not in an open, democratic process. They’re basically developed in secret by a handful of leaders and their allies and staff; allow very few, if any, amendments; sharply limit debate time; severely restrict members’ ability to study thousands of provisions; and require an up-or-down vote. Most troubling, they’re larded with policy decisions that in the old days would have been debated by the authorizing committees. This most recent measure boosts funding for Head Start, prevents the president from transferring control of military drones to the Defense Department from the CIA, and bars postal officials from ending Saturday delivery – all policy decisions that should have had a robust debate, but won’t. Of course, plenty of people in Washington like this. Congressional leaders have more power than if they had to defer to the judgment of the authorizing and

appropriations committees. The White House likes it because it involves fewer people, making life simpler. Even some rankand-file members like it because it allows them to avoid making hard choices about individual programs. This is a problem. With omnibus bills, the truly difficult but crucial work that Congress needs to be doing doesn’t get done. It isn’t scrutinizing the budget of each department in sufficient detail to look for programs and line items that have outlived their usefulness or that need more investment. It can’t examine and analyze difficult policy questions carefully. It won’t question whether entire agencies and even departments still serve the purposes for which they were designed. It isn’t even bothering to look beyond discretionary spending to consider reforms to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, which is where most federal spending goes. Congress no longer seems to know how to run a budget process. Most of its members have never experienced the traditional method. They just know how to hold their noses and vote up or down. Lee Hamilton is Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

brary’s free classes on accessing and using research tools available through the library’s website. Registration is required; call 860-945-5360 to register. The Watertown Library is at 470 Main St. in Watertown. See www.watertownlibrary.org.

To register for the class and see people in order to keep the cona list of all 2014 classes, visit www. versation open. connsoil.com.

In Brief Charles Aznavour musical tribute

call 203-263-4096 or email afn- The event is part of “Welcome wct@snet.net. Week” – an initiative of the Archdiocese of Hartford when Catholic The Alliance Française of Visit Sacred Heart schools across the state will open Northwestern Connecticut will their doors and create opportuniAcademy host a tribute to contemporary Sacred Heart Academy in Ham- ties for prospective families to visit. French composer and singer CharAll are welcome to attend. It is les Aznavour, whose musical ca- den, an independent Catholic not necessary to call in advance. college preparatory school for reer has spanned seven decades, Tours of the school will be offered Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. at the young women in grades nine to by Sacred Heart students. For more Woodbury Public Library at 269 12, invites prospective students information or to learn about the Main St. South in Woodbury. Pre- and their parents to its “Visit Sa- admissions process, contact Elaine sented by French musician Patrice cred Heart and Enjoy Coffee with Lamboley, director of admission, Tassy, the program will be in the President” event Monday, Jan. at 203-288-2309, ext. 307, or visit French. Admission is free, and the 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the acad- www.sacredhearthamden.org. public is invited. For reservations, emy at 265 Benham St. in Hamden. Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic college preparatory school founded in 1946 by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, successfully prepares young women in grades nine to 12 for learning, service and achievement in a global society. The Middlebury Bee-Intelligencer online.

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French classes for adults The Alliance Française of Northwestern Connecticut is offering beginning and intermediate French classes for adults in Southbury. The beginners’ class will meet five Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to noon, starting Jan. 27. (No class Feb. 17.) The intermediate class will meet five Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon starting Jan. 29. For information, cost and registration, call 203-262-8594 or email maclasse@sbcglobal.net.

Library resources classes The Watertown Public Library will show how to explore the Consumer Reports magazine index Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. and Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. The class is an installment in the li-

Lake Quassapaug study results Results and recommendations from the 2013 Lake Quassapaug study will be presented to the community by George Knoecklein, consultant, Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center Auditorium in Middlebury. The Lake Quassapaug Association Board also will report on actions to be taken in 2014 to address the recommendations.

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. Learn about the correct type of seed-starting medium (soil) to use, both purchased and homemade ones; suitable containers; the temperatures, light, watering and fertilizing needs for germinating and growing seeds; and how to provide these necessities. Hardening off and transplanting also will be discussed. The class fee is $25. Some time will be spent outside, so please dress accordingly. Hot and cold beverages and snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Rabinowitz at cynthia@hgconnsoil.com or 203-266-5595.

Death Café Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz, the chaplain for Brownstein Jewish Family Service, will be the coordinator/ facilitator for the sixth meeting of the Death Café Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. at the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. The Death Café provides a safe, nurturing place and community in which to discuss people’s interest, questions and concerns surrounding death. Its goal is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. Light refreshments will be served. Death Café does not promote any religion, value system or product. This is not a bereavement group, and it is free to participants. Rabbi Bogatz will ensure 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-oflife 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 firstcome, first-served. To make a reservation, leave a message for Rabbi Bogatz at 203-267-3177, ext. 334. Participation is limited to 10

Free understanding mental illness course

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Connecticut (NAMIConnecticut) will sponsor a free 12-week educational course on mental illness for family members and loved ones of people who have a mental illness. Classes will be in Naugatuck beginning Thursday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. To date, more than 300,000 family members across the country have completed the 12-week course. Topics covered in the class include the latest brain research, problem solving, communication skills, medication review, empathy workshop, diagnosis and dealing with critical periods, rehabilitation services, advocacy, 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.

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 registration by Feb. 11. For information or to register, contact Carolee Kalita at 203-754-5141, ext. 243, or Mike Shirling at 203-385-7306.


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DAR makes valentines for veterans Saturday, Jan. 11, the Trumbull-Porter Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) held their 7th Annual Valentine Workshop at Salem Lutheran Church in Naugatuck. They made more than 190 Valentine cards to be distributed to veterans at the Veterans Affairs hospitals in West Haven, Rocky Hill, and Newington as part of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (N.S.D.A.R.) Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. The N.S.D.A.R. Service for Veterans Committee coordinates many different activities that help care for our veterans. More than 30 participants in the workshop were from the following organizations: Trumbull-Porter Chapter D.A.R. members, prospective members, and their children and grandchildren; members of the Charles Merriman Society, Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) and their parents; members of Salem Lutheran Church; and the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 7330. In addition to making the cards, more than 50 pounds of candy were collected and bagged to be given as favors for the Veterans. Another 19 pounds of hard candy were donated to be shipped to active-duty service men and women in the next shipment from the Ladies Auxiliary. The Trumbull-Porter Chapter D.A.R. works with the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 7330 in Oakville, Conn., to deliver the valentines and candy. The Connecticut State Society C.A.R. helps support Homes for the Brave house in Bridgeport, Conn. Since opening its doors in 2002, Homes for the Brave has

Obituaries Marcia Leigh (Miller) Fray

Loving wife, mother and grandmother

Three generations work together making Valentines. Left to right Trumbull-Porter D.A.R. member Ruth Edwards with her granddaughter Katie Colaci and daughter Debbie Colaci, who also is a D.A.R member.

Members of the D.A.R. and C.A.R. show off some of the 190 cards made during the valentines for veterans workshop.  (Submitted photos) provided housing, vocational training and job placement, mental health and addiction services, and life skills coaching to help individuals, especially veterans, leave homelessness behind. Additionally, the Charles Merriman Society, C.A.R. is

“Walking in the footsteps of a patriot,” by learning about the lives of those who helped our country earn its independence. The Trumbull-Porter Chapter D.A.R. serves Watertown, Naugatuck, Middlebury, Southbury, Thomaston, Woodbury, Water-

bury and many other area towns. For more information contact Katie Gabrielson at 203-729-3349 or Freda Carreiro at 860-2746219; or for information regarding C.A.R., contact Lynn Marshall at 860-272-7472 or Judith Madeux at 860-274-1190.

Mattatuck offers events The Mattatuck Museum offers story time in the Gallery Saturday, Jan. 25; a celebration Sunday, Jan. 26, to kick off the museum’s Black History Month events; and a “Meet me @ the Matt” lunch Jan. 31 focused on the “Albert Bierstadt in New York & New England” exhibit. Join the Mattatuck Museum for story time Saturday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. Museum educators and storytellers will read visual art-related children’s stories in the galleries followed by a handson art-making activity developed for the interests and skills of toddler artists ages 3 to 5. This month’s family program will focus on “Paper People.” The Alex Katz exhibition at the Mattatuck is made up of colorful portraits of the artist’s friends and family. Using creative paper and colorful pastel crayons, children can create paper portraits and faces as they listen to a story. This program is free with adult admission to the museum ($7 for adults and $6 for seniors). Waterbury will once again celebrate Black History Month with a full schedule of exciting programs, music and lectures during the month of February. Many of the events are open the public and free of charge. The festivities will begin with an opening ceremony and reception at the Mattatuck Museum Sunday, Jan. 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. Black History Month originated in 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson promoted what was known as “Negro History Week” in an effort to educate people about the accomplish-

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An Albert Bierstadt painting on exhibit at the Mattatuck Museum, “Connecticut River Valley, Claremont, N.H.,” 1868. Oil on canvas, 27 x 44 inches. Signed and dated lower left: ABierstadt 1868. The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Mass., gift of the estate of Z. Marshall Crane.  (Submitted photo) ments of African-Americans. In performance, followed by the 1976, the celebration was ex- Redeeming Love Tabernacle of panded to include the entire Praise Choir and a contemporary month of February, the birth hip-hop dance routine by the month of Abraham Lincoln and children of Unity Dance EnsemFredrick Douglass. Black History ble. Remarks will be made from Month is celebrated to remem- members of the community to ber important individuals and commemorate the beginning of events in African-American his- this very special month of celetory. bration and sharing. The opening ceremony will be For a full listing of Black Hisfilled with traditional expres- tory Month programs, visit www. sions of dance and music, his- MattatuckMuseum.org. torical presentations and conParticipate in the lunchtime temporary dance performances. series “Meet Me @ the Matt: Staff It will begin with opening re- Picks” Friday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. marks by Waterbury Police Chief This series invites program-goers Vernon Riddick. Guest speaker to enjoy lunch at the newly Joyce Petteway will share the sig- opened Riverhouse Café at the nificance of the event through museum and then head to the contemporary and traditional gallery for an insider’s perspecstories of African and Afri- tive on the collections and specan-American history. Iddi cial exhibitions led by curators, Sakka will perform a traditional collection managers, archivists Ghanaian dance and musical and educators. This month, Mu-

seum Director Bob Burns will lead a discussion on the beautiful changing exhibition, “Albert Bierstadt in New York & New England,” on view at the Mattatuck Museum through March 2. Organized by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and curated by former director of the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts Dr. Annette Blaugrund, the exhibition focuses on Albert Bierstadt’s East Coast paintings. While Bierstadt is best known for his iconic images of the American West, this exhibition offers a rare chance to see the artist’s faithful depictions of botanical and geological details in the unspoiled wilderness, mountains, and meadows in the White Mountains, Hudson Valley, and in New England and New York. Both large- and small-scale paintings were composed between the late 1850s and 1880s, often while the artist was selecting aesthetic sites for his brothers Charles and Edward to photograph for their stereographs. This program is free with regular Museum admission. Join the museum to immediately qualify for member benefits. Visit www.MattatuckMuseum. org or call 203-753-0381 for more information on all of the museum’s programs, events and exhibitions. The Mattatuck Museum at 144 West Main St. in Waterbury is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Free parking is behind the building on Park Place.

The Best Times to Buy There are patterns to saving • August is a funny month. You’ll money. Retailers discount merbe able to find deals on air conchandise at certain times of the ditioners (that you could have year, and it only seems illogical used all summer) as well as the until you consider it from their snow blowers you’ll need in point of view: Merchants want to the winter. At the same time, get rid of things that didn’t sell, outdoor furniture will be disand sell you things they perceive counted, just in time for fall – you’re going to want. Sometimes and having to store it away over summer travel and geocaching those make for an odd combinathe winter. item, but no, merchants push tion of sales merchandise. those in November and De- • Look for toys from November Consumer Reports magazine through January, and winter cember. Take the opportunity has come up with a list of the best sports gear in March. to buy for holiday gifts or for times to buy a variety of items: • Some items do go on sale just yourself for travel. • Gas grills are hot when the • Stock up on your summer when you need them: Digital weather turns cold – October, cameras appear in March, in swimwear at the same time you November and December – time for spring and summer buy discounted home-gym just when you’re not likely to photography. Lawn mowers equipment – at the beginning be using one. Stores want to come out in April, along with of the year. If you’re not brave clear out the old models before spring clothing. enough to try on swimsuits in the new ones arrive in the There are other ways to save the winter, wait until June and spring. July when they’ll be on sale money, and they also follow pat• You’d think GPS would be a terns. again.

• When it comes to summer camp for your child, you need to start considering options in the middle of winter. Slots in the best camps will go quickly, as will the assistance money if you need help paying. • For carpeting and furniture, wait until after the year-end holidays. • Shop at thrift stores just as everyone is doing spring cleaning. For specific items, go online and search for what you want with “best time to buy” added in to your search parameters. David Uffington regrets he cannot personally answer reader questions, but he will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

Marcia Leigh (Miller) Fray, 96, of the Lutheran Home, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the Lutheran Home of Southbury. She was the widow of Ralph L. Fray. Mrs. Fray was born Dec. 4, 1917, in Waterbury, the daughter of the late Earl and Lillian (Greider) Miller. She was a longtime resident of Middlebury before moving to Bethlehem and Southbury. Mrs. Fray worked at U.S. Time for nine years and also worked at the Waterbury Clock Co. She was a member of the Middlebury Congregational Church, the Ladies Auxiliary of V.F.W. Post 1946 and a 30-year member of the Humane Society. She is survived by a son, Ralph E. Fray of Oakville; a daughter, Marcy F. Daigle and her husband, Lyman, of Bethlehem, with whom she had resided for 22 years; a grandson, Jared L. Fray, and a granddaughter, Deanna Fray, both of Oakville; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Holly Leigh; a daughter-in-law, Mary E. Fray; and a brother, Leverett Miller. A funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere. Burial will be in the spring in North Cemetery in Woodbury. Memorial contributions may be made to the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111. To place an online condolence, visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome. com.

Vincent Magnarella

Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Mr. Vincent Magnarella, 91, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in the VITAS Unit of St. Mary’s Hospital. He was the loving husband of Josephine (DeSimone) Magnarella. Mr. Magnarella was born April 6, 1922, in Waterbury, son of the late

Paolo and Angela (Nardella) Magnarella. He was a graduate of Leavenworth High School, where he excelled in sports. He was a proud World War II U.S. Navy veteran who worked as a toolmaker for Chase Brass for many years and later worked for Accurate Brass. He was a kind, quiet man who enjoyed watching sports, fishing, taking leisurely walks and trips to the casino. Vincent’s family and spending time with his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren were everything to him. In addition to Josephine, his wife of 70 years, Vincent is survived by his daughters, Dianne Rosa and her husband, Thomas, of Middlebury, and Joan Mejias and her husband, Kenneth, of Prospect. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Paula Barile and her husband, Antonio, of Middlebury; Donna Matozzo and her husband, Robert, of Watertown; Erik Bragg, formerly of Waterbury; and Gina Bragg of Waterbury; and his great-grandchildren: Joseph Barile, Daniel Matozzo, Vincent Matozzo and Gianna Rodriguez; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Simon, Constantino and Paul Magnarella. The funeral is today, Friday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. at Maiorano Funeral Home at 95 Willow St. in Waterbury to Our Lady of Lourdes Church for a Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Watertown. Family and friends may call at the funeral home this morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions in Vincent’s name may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, by making checks payable to CT Chapter, APDA and mailing them to American Parkinson Disease Association, CT Chapter, P.O. Box 718, Old Mystic, CT 06372. For more information and online condolences, visit www.maioranofuneralhome.com.

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30-minute routine sets tone Nuggets for Life By CYNTHIA DE PECOL

who you’d like to be. This way you won’t be so reactive to other people’s stuff. It’s a simple, easy, quick and highly effective way to directly experience the vastness within. Or do it just before you leave the house, to feel a sense of calm wash over you as you get in the car, on the train or bus heading to work. Where and how you fit it in matters not. That you fit it in every day matters. 4. Pack your own lunch to ensure getting a healthy dose of nutrient-dense healthy alternatives to vending machines, street carts, tempting office treats, and the like. Keep a small container of healthy foods with you to snack on: baby carrots, nuts and seeds, small apples or dried fruit like dates, figs, dark cherries, apricots or banana chips. This will take about 5 minutes to prepare. 5. Tidy your home. Set a timer for 4 minutes and flit about, creating order in your home. Make the beds, straighten up from the relaxing night before, get the dishes done and kitchen quickly wiped clean, straighten the front hall, toss laundry items in the hamper and neaten your rooms. Order is vital to feeling healthy and successful because it fosters a sense of self-empowerment and deep care for how you live. It’s hard to accomplish anything with ease and grace if either your inner or outer environments are in a state of chaos. That’s it. Thirty morning minutes to a healthier, happier, more successful you! De Pecol is a yoga instructor, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See lifecoachingllc.com or email lifecoach3@aol.com

Pomperaug High School Varsity Games Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, 2014 Boys’ Basketball

Tuesday, Jan. 28................... Joel Barlow (A)...................................... 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31...................... Notre Dame - Fairfield (H)..................... 7 p.m.

Girls’ Basketball

Friday, Jan. 24...................... Weston (A)............................................ 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28................... Joel Barlow (H)...................................... 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31...................... Notre Dame - Fairfield (A)...................... 7 p.m.

Ice Hockey

Wednesday, Jan. 29.............. Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury (A)........ 7:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1................... Notre Dame - Fairfield (A)...................... 3 p.m.

Boys’ Swimming and Diving

Tuesday, Jan. 28................... Oxford (H)............................................. 4 p.m.

Wrestling

Saturday, Jan. 25................. Rodney Smith Invitational (A)................ 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29.............. Immaculate/Joel Barlow (A).................. 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1................... Brookfield, Gilbert (H).......................... 10 a.m. ........................................... Platt Tech/West Haven (H) Home (A) Away

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Pomperaug Lady Panthers’ No. 10, Hannah Metcalf scored 33 points against Bunnell in her first game back in the lineup. She was injured in the Jan. 10 game against Oxford.  (Ken Morse photo)

Metcalf scorches the net as Pomperaug rolls By KEN MORSE The Lady Panthers had to hold their breath a couple of weeks ago when leading scorer Hannah Metcalf limped to the sidelines and did not return. When Pomperaug went into its next game against 6-1 Kolbe Cathedral, the entire team stepped up to fill the void. The Panthers held a 34-19 lead at the half before Kolbe turned the tables, outscoring Pomperaug 43-25 in the second half to pull out a 62-59 win. The Panthers fell to 6-3 on the season but were led by an entire team effort. Katelyn Perrotti knocked down 17 points. Rachel Bonnanzio and Carly Farina scored 11 points each, with Lauren Rubinstein and Jen Catuccio adding 10 points each to give the Panthers five doublefigure scorers. “I felt as a team we had our best rebounding game of the season against Kolbe,” said Pomperaug head coach Joe Fortier. “Then, for a five-minute span late in the second half, we were allowing them two and three shots at the basket, and that allowed them to get back in the game.” Pomperaug received the best news of the season when the team found out the injury to Metcalf was not as bad as first thought, and the senior leader would be back in action. It didn’t take Metcalf long to make her presence felt as she scorched the net for 33 points in her first game back in the lineup, and Pomperaug rolled to a comfortable 70-53 win over 5-5 Bunnell of Stratford last Friday at the Panthers’ Den.

“Hannah is by far the best player in the South West Conference and one of the top players in the state,” Fortier said following the victory over Bunnell. “What a lot of people underestimate about her is her defense. She is averaging close to 10 steals a game. She can break the press, dish off the assist, (and) pull down the rebound as well as score points. She has been that kind of all-around player for us for four years. It definitely gave the team a lift having her back in the lineup.” Catuccio threw down a layup off the opening tip-off, and then Metcalf went to work, scoring off a steal, throwing down a threepointer and then adding a baseline drive. Bunnell scrambled to a timeout at 6:05 remaining in the first period, trailing by a wide 9-0 margin. As good as Metcalf is in leading the team in scoring, the integral part of the lineup is the game-changing ability of Perrotti, who recorded a triple double, 15 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Metcalf finished the first period with 14 points, with Perrotti adding six points, four rebounds and three assists to give Pomperaug a 22-14 advantage going into the second period. Gabriela Penzetta blocked a shot in the lane, took it down to the other end and deposited the basket off the window to establish the Panthers’ inside game. Lauren Rubinstein (eight points, seven assists) brought the ball through traffic to find the open shooter, and Farina knocked down a pair of shots at the foul

line to give Pomperaug a 34-27 cushion at the half. “We didn’t do that well in stretches during the first half,” added Fortier. “We would forget to box out, we would come up with a steal and try and force something, ending up throwing it out of bounds. “For the most part we have been eliminating our mistakes as we become more familiar with each other out on the court. But every time we built a double-digit lead, it seemed like we went into cruise control.” Bonnanzio asserted herself in the paint, knocking down a shot in the lane and later converting at the free-throw line. The lead got out to 45-32 when Bunnell responded, going on a 6-0 run led by Jessica Bogdwicz (20 points) to cut the deficit at 45-38 with 2:06 left in the third period, forcing a Pomperaug timeout. “We started to get complacent, and it’s my job to see that doesn’t happen,” said Fortier. “Over the span of a 20-game schedule, there are times a team gets complacent. You can’t get into a habit of doing that and let teams hang around. “We had a nine-point lead at the half against Masuk. We got complacent and let them hang around long enough to come back on us, and we lost that game. You need to be able to turn it up and put teams away and that’s what we did at the end of the third period.” The Panthers came out of the timeout with a little bit of an edge in their step. Metcalf buried a pair of three-pointers, and Perrotti took one down the lane with a

The Role of Sugar in Sugar Diabetes DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He is a competitive distance runner. He loves Kool–Aid and calculates that in a year he drinks 150 pounds of sugar in Kool–Aid alone. A friend told him if he continues this habit, he might develop diabetes. Can a skinny, athletic person develop diabetes from consuming sugar? – S.B. ANSWER: Although “sugar” is half the name of sugar diabetes, sugar doesn’t cause diabetes. It’s a popular belief that it does, but it doesn’t. People with diabetes are careful to watch their sugar intake, and they watch their total carbohydrate intake, but diabetics don’t have to eliminate sugar completely from their lives. Careful monitoring of sugar and carbohydrate intake is essential for their control of blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes, the kind that requires insulin for control, often has its onset in younger years. It’s due to a destruction of the insulin–making cells of the pancreas. The destruction is believed to be the work of the immune system. Sugar has nothing to do with it. Type 1 diabetes accounts for 5 percent to 10 percent of all diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes, the much more common kind, comes about from a decline in insulin production along with a decline in the effectiveness of insulin. Ninety percent of Type 2 diabet-

ics are overweight, and weight loss helps them control their blood sugar. Physical inactivity also contributes to Type 2 diabetes. So do genes. Again, it’s not the sugar intake that produces this common type of diabetes. But monitoring the intake of sugar is important for control of this variety of diabetes. The booklet on diabetes presents this illness and its treatments in detail. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue – No. 402W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853–6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I think I may have the illness where a person pulls out clumps of hair. I’m not sure of the name. I find I’ve done this after I have had caffeine. I have been off caffeine for 25 years, and I do not pull my hair out. I thought this might be helpful to others. – K.H.

ANSWER: The name of the condition is trichotillomania (TRICK–oh–TILL–uh–MAY– knee–uh). Between 4 million and 11 million Americans have it. It’s called an impulse disorder. I hadn’t heard about a caffeine connection. If this holds true for others, they will deeply appreciate your advice. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: You recently wrote that Excedrin with caffeine enhances pain relief. I believe that often the cause of headaches is withdrawal from caffeine. Another inference of this fact is to wean oneself from caffeine when trying to kick the habit. – B.B. ANSWER: You’re right. One of the withdrawal symptoms from going cold turkey off somewhat-heavy caffeine consumption is headache, particularly migraine headache. I’m right. Caffeine is a mild painkiller that increases the painkilling capacities of other analgesics when incorporated into the same tablet as those analgesics. 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) 2014 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

purpose between two defenders as the 11-0 run opened up a 56-38 lead going into the final period. Allison Ostar, Nicole Onze, Leah Rubinstein and Dina Harrington, along with Kathryn Rafferty, helped Pomperaug close out the win as the Panthers put another 14 points through the cylinder for the 70-53 final margin. The Panthers secured their eighth win of the season Saturday, Jan. 18, at Western Connecticut State University, escaping with a real knuckle-scraper 43-38 over Newtown. Farina led Pomperaug with 11 points, including a game-saving seven free throws in the final period. Bonnanzio pulled down a team-leading 11 rebounds to go along with seven points, and Metcalf chipped in with nine points. Pomperaug will be back in action today Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at Weston, looking to stay in the hunt for a South West Conference playoffs spot. The Panthers will be back at home Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., taking on Barlow.

1. In 1985, Tony Perez, at nearly 43, became the oldest major-league player to hit a grand slam. Whose record did he break? 2. During the 1980s, three major-leaguers each played for their father, who was the manager. Name the players. 3. In 2012, Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch became the second quarterback to run for 1,500 yards and throw for 2,500 yards in a season. Who was the first? 4. Who held the NBA mark for most 3-point field goals made in a season before Golden State’s Stephen Curry (272 made) broke it in the 2012-13 campaign? 5. Name the first Southern California hockey player to be drafted by an NHL team. 6. Which two teams have won the most Supporters’ Shields (best regular-season record) in Major League Soccer history? 7. What medal, if any, did boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. win at the 1996 Olympics?

Answers 1. Honus Wagner was 41 when he did it in 1915. Julio Franco now holds the record, hitting one in 2004 at age 45. 2. Dale Berra, Billy Ripken and Cal Ripken Jr. 3. Michigan’s Denard Robinson, in 2010. 4. Ray Allen hit 269 3-pointers for Seattle in the 2005-06 season. 5. Mike Lampman, in 1970. 6. D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy, with four each. 7. He won a bronze medal, boxing in the featherweight division.

As this long month of January winds down and the sun sits a little higher in the sky, keep your health strong and mind clear by practicing these few tips before you leave the house in the morning. Set a timer for each item to make it fun, and get the job done in 30 minutes or less! You can absolutely do these every day as an energized strategy for well-being. This week’s nuggets for life will have you ending the first month of 2014 happy, healthy and ready for a loving February! 1. I always suggest drinking lemon water first thing in the morning because it flushes toxins, activates your digestion, and sets the tone for other healthy decisions as the day progresses. Lemons help the body stay alkaline. It takes just a couple of minutes to cut and squeeze a lemon, add water and drink. Lemons are pretty and a bright color. Seeing them on your kitchen counter stimulates feelings of happiness. Think “smiley face.” 2. Exercise each morning for 15 minutes. Just move to get the blood flowing, the muscles stretched, the heart rate up and feel-good hormones running through your body. More time is great, but 15 minutes will do the trick. Do some yoga, ballet stretches or jump on a mini trampoline; run around with your dog; or do fast and furiously fun house cleaning, bending and stretching, reaching and lifting your way to the 15-minute timer bell. Walk fast or jog down the road for 7 minutes, turn around and fast walk, jog or run back. Create something new. Just move. 3. Sit for 3 minutes of quiet meditation. See yourself having a great day. When you first open your eyes you could sit up, focus on your breath and drop your thoughts into your heart, counting backwards from 10 to 1. Then feel the space inside. Breathe into it and see your day being awesome and working out well and see yourself showing up as

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The Clockwork Rep second show of its 36th theater season, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” by John Bishop, will open Saturday, Jan. 25, at 8:15 p.m. The uproarious comedy is described as an ingenious and wildly comic romp that enjoyed a long and hailed run both on and off Broadway. Poking fun at the more ridiculous aspects of “show biz”and the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heyday, the play concerns an assembled group of Broadway types. Included are an overbear-

ing director, a nervous producer and a group of actors, all attempting to develop the idea for a new musical for the coming theater season. Inherent in all of this is the memory of a similar group years ago, where things mysteriously went wrong, including a murder that was never solved. As members of the group are mysteriously murdered, of course in a secluded and large old mansion, a detective arrives to sort out the mystery.

What ensues is a nonstop barrage of laughter and comic events as the remaining members, or at least those still surviving, unravel the mystery of the “Stage Door Slasher.” Oh yes, there is a surprise ending! See the show at the Clockwork Repertory Theatre at 133 Main St. in Oakville, Conn. Performances are Jan. 25 and 31 and Feb. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 and 22. Curtain is at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $19 reserved. Call the box office at 860274-7247.

‘Evita’ to open at Warner The Warner Stage Company’s Main Stage musical season continues Saturday, Feb. 1, with the opening night of “Evita.” Argentina’s controversial first lady is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece. As an illegitimate fifteen-year-old, Eva escaped her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at 22, the president’s mistress at 24, first lady at 27, and dead at 33. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Evita” charts the rags-

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Evita’s life are presented in song and editorialized on by the show’s narrator, Che (John Farias). The production is directed by Donald Birely with Music Director Will Minton and Choreographer Richie Lucibello. Performances are Saturdays, Feb. 1 and 8, at 8 p.m.; Sundays, Feb. 2 and 9, at 2 p.m.; and Friday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $26 and can be purchased by calling the Warner box office at 860-4897180 or online at www.warnertheatre.org.


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Leon is a pointer mix who would love to be your one and only as he does not get along with dogs or cats. He loves to sit right by your side. He would do best in an active home because he loves to go for long walks and hikes. Did I mention he walks well on his leash? He will need experienced dog owners who will continue with his training and exercise. Leon just needs that one chance to show how truly awesome he is. If you would like to meet Leon, please email meridensociety@sbcglobal.net.

Meet Rex! What a wonderful recovery this fine boy has made! Just take a look at him now! He is gorgeous! Rex has had a very long history of being unloved as well as abused, neglected and abandoned. Rex is such a lover and would love nothing more than a warm bed to sleep on and a home to call his own. Please email mer i d e n s o c i e t y @ sb cglobal.net for an application and a time to meet Rex!

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