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Bee Intelligencer Informing the towns of Middlebury, Southbury, Woodbury, Naugatuck, Oxford and Watertown A FREE COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER

Volume IX, No. 19

Referendum Results*

Friday, May 10, 2013

At The Polls

Middlebury Town Budget 4 Yes 553

No 506

Region 15 School Budget Middlebury Southbury

Yes No 480 576 2054 794


4 2534 1370 * Unofficial

P&Z votes on Jensen Drive, postpones POCD work By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE The Middlebury Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) at its May 2 meeting unanimously voted to require an A2 survey for a house on Jensen Drive before deciding on site plan approval. It also postponed work on the evolving Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). Richard Atchison told commissioners April 4 he wanted to demolish a house at 16 Jenson Drive with assurance a new owner could rebuild on a better location on the non-conforming half-acre property. Chairman Curtis Bosco said he referred the matter to Town Attorney Dana D’Angelo and received an opinion the property was similar to other properties where approvals had previously been granted. He said the proposed rebuild would make the property more conforming. Commissioner Terry Smith said Atchison should bring a plan showing the proposed new location and the location of the well, septic, sewers and all other utilities. After discussion on plot plans and survey costs, the commissioners decided an A2 survey should be a requirement for approval since it would be needed to sell the property.

No action was taken on the evolving Plan of Conservation and Development because a combined report from Town Planner Brian Miller and Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) Consulting Engineer Michael Angier was not available in time for commissioner review. P&Z members met with WPCA officials April 16 to obtain sewer capacity information for the plan. Smith told Bosco he wanted to have at least one week to review the POCD draft before voting to send it to a public hearing. Smith also recommended Bosco send a copy of the draft to the Economic and Industrial Development Commission so they could review the Middlebury Center architecture prior to a joint meeting. In enforcement action, Bosco said Building Inspector Ollie Leduc told him carpenters working inside the former L Restaurant on 564 Middlebury Road were repairing water damage, not changing the building as Commissioner Paul Babarik wondered April 4. Bosco didn’t think a building permit had been issued and said he would contact the building department and investigate. The next regular P&Z meeting will be Thursday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center.

ZBA begins search for members By TERENCE S. MCAULIFFE The Middlebury Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) failed to achieve quorum at its May 1 meeting. There was no regular business on the agenda, but recording clerk Barbara Whitaker and Town Attorney Dana D’Angelo were present to work with members to elect a new chairman after the sudden resignation of Dennis Small, who gave no reason for his departure. Regular members Kenneth Long and David Alley and alternate Bernard Evans were present, but a fourth member was needed for a legal meeting to elect officers. D’Angelo reviewed Chapter 5 of the Town Charter for those in attendance, pointing out section 506, which says a panel of five members and three alternates should be appointed to five-year terms in conformance with Connecticut state statutes. Long

noted four affirmative votes were required to grant a variance. Whitaker and D’Angelo reviewed the names of current members, listing Raymond Caruso, William Bellotti, Long and Alley as regular members and Richard Burton, Bernadette Graziosa and Evans as alternates, leaving one vacancy to replace Small. Whitaker said Graziosa had not attended meetings in several years, but could not be replaced until she submitted a letter of resignation. D’Angelo said she would contact the Republican and Democratic Town Committees to submit candidate nominations to the selectmen for consideration. She also recommended holding a special ZBA meeting to elect officers. The next regular ZBA meeting will be Wednesday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the town hall conference room.

Middlebury poll workers, left to right, Vincent Viega, Pat Dwyer and Elena Viega, check in voters Wednesday morning. With 137 votes tallied by 8:45 a.m., few had turned out to vote early in the day. By the end of the day, 1,037 voters had cast ballots at the polls.  (Marjorie Needham photo)

Dispatchers file complaint, town amends NW agreement By MARJORIE NEEDHAM Middlebury’s two full-time police dispatchers, Jim Roy and Tom Reynolds, have twice submitted petitions to the Town of Middlebury asking for a special town meeting to discuss outsourcing the town’s police dispatching to Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center in Prospect from Middlebury. Each time, they have been rebuffed and told the special town meetings they were requesting were not “for a proper purpose.” Now they have sued the town and are asking the Superior Court to force the Town of Middlebury to have a special town meeting to discuss the matter. Roy and Reynolds are represented by the law office of Leon M. Rosenblatt of West Hartford. Rosenblatt’s associate, Richard M. Padykula, said Wednesday, “Our position is that the plaintiffs were denied a clear legal right to have the selectmen call for a special town meeting under the town charter. As we discussed this complaint with these gentlemen, it was really quite astounding to me that the town has blatantly, at least in my mind, defied the will of the citizens of Middlebury. They have continually denied the plaintiffs and the citizens of Middlebury of the right to have a meeting on public safety and the emergency services of the town. If I were a citizen of the town of Middlebury, I would be outraged.” Asked to comment on the lawsuit, Middlebury First Selectman Edward B. St. John said, “Once a situation reaches litigation, there’s not much we can say. So since it is in litigation, I’m just going to say ‘No comment.’” Middlebury’s Board of Selectmen (BoS) voted in early December 2012 to move police dispatching to Northwest from the Middlebury Police Department. Following that action, Roy and Reynolds circulated three petitions. The complaint filed by them states they collected 273 signatures on those petitions, which they submitted to the town clerk Dec. 17, 2012. The petitions from Roy and Reynolds would have given residents an opportunity

to vote at a special town meeting to reject the agreement the BoS signed with Northwest. The Town Charter, in Section 902 B, says the BoS shall call a special town meeting for any proper purpose upon the filing of a petition for such a meeting provided certain requirements, as determined by the town clerk, have been met. It also says the BoS may make minor revisions to the petition and then shall call a special town meeting within 21 days after the town clerk received the petition. After the dispatchers’ petitions were certified by the town clerk, selectmen referred them to Town Counsel Bob Smith, who rendered an opinion that they were not for a “proper purpose.” Noting the BoS had already voted to make the change, Smith said in his Jan. 4, 2013, opinion, “There is no reason or basis, in the charter or law, to reverse this vote.” In March 2013 they again circulated petitions and submitted them to the town clerk. Again, Middlebury legal counsel Bob Smith said their request was not “for a proper purpose,” and the Board of Selectmen refused to act on their petitions. The complaint the dispatchers subsequently filed in Superior Court asks the court to order the Town of Middlebury to hold a special town meeting so residents can vote on outsourcing police dispatching to Prospect. The complaint alleges the selectmen made this change to public safety without any input from the people of Middlebury. It says, “At some point in 2012, the Middlebury Board of Selectmen began scheming and made up its mind to outsource emergency services of the town. Prior to a regular town meeting in December of 2012, the Selectmen covertly placed outsourcing on its agenda under the subject: ‘Memorandum of Understanding with Northwest Public Safety.’” It appears the complaint is actually referring to the Dec. 3, 2012, regular BoS meeting rather than a town meeting. At their Dec. 3, 2012, meeting, the BoS voted to enter a contract with Northwest.

The complaint states outsourcing the town’s emergency services is a proper purpose for a special town meeting and there is a legal right to have the selectmen call such a meeting. It asks the court to order the selectmen to have a special town meeting in accordance with the town charter and states, “The Board of Selectmen have continuously ignored the Town Charter and the will of the residents of Middlebury by refusing to call a special town meeting despite overwhelming support for such a meeting.” The town is to respond to the complaint by June 4, 2013. It is unclear when the case might be heard in the courts. Padykula said, “We’re still exploring the possibility of an injunction against the selectmen. We are not ruling that out at this time.” In a related matter, at the May 6, 2013, meeting of the Board of Selectmen, St. John added to the agenda approval of a revised Memorandum of Agreement with Northwest Communications Center. The original memorandum of agreement included a payment of $196,334.77 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, but listed only a $50,000 payment towards changes, improvements and upgrades needed for the switch. The amended document, titled a memorandum of understanding (rather than agreement as in the 2012 document) addresses the capital costs. It calls for the town to pay Northwest $240,000 for equipment and improvements. In addition, the town agreed to maintain and pay for all Federal Communications Commission licenses and to pay for maintenance and repair of all equipment the town needs to communicate with Northwest, equipment for back-up emergency services, software, and video surveillance monitoring equipment, among other things. As with the original memorandum, only the annual fee for the first year, July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, is stated. The annual fees for subsequent years will be determined by Northwest, and it will advise the town of the annual fee by Feb. 28 each year.

Adoptable Pets................ 8 Classifieds....................... 7 Community Calendar....... 2 Fire Log........................... 2 In Brief............................ 4 Library Happenings.......... 2 Nuggets for Life.............. 6

Obituaries....................... 5 Puzzles........................... 7 Region 15 Calendar........ 3 Senior Center News......... 3 Sports Quiz..................... 6 Varsity Sports Calendar.... 6

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Food Drive - 21st Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive When: During mail deliveries Saturday What: Letter carriers pick up bags of non-perishable food items left by the mailbox. Where: Area-wide. See

Lion’s Club Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast When: What: Where: Cost:

8:30 to 11 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, bacon, baked good, fruit cup, beverages. Shepardson Community Center at 1172 Whittemore Road $7 (ages 6 and older), $5 (younger than 6), younger than 2 are free; family max $25

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Fire Department Call Log Date Time Address/Incident 4/28/13 18:57 Middlebury Consignment. Fire alarm activation. Cooking related. 4/28/13 ---- Straits Turnpike. Motor vehicle accident. 4/29/13 12:47 11 Ridgewood Drive. Fire alarm activation. Same faulty smoke detector. 4/30/13 05:07 11 Ridgewood Drive. Fire alarm activation. Again, same faulty smoke detector. 4/30/13 10:57 750 Straits Turnpike. Brush fire. 4/30/13 15:20 Middlebury Congregational Church. Fire alarm activation. Workers at the scene set it off. 4/30/13 --- I-84 East at Exit 17. Ambulance backup. 5/02/13 07:30 Route 188 at Store Road. Motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Car under flat bed trailer. Patient extricated from vehicle. 5/02//13 15:23 530 Middlebury Road. Fire alarm activation. Workers on scene set off the alarm.

The Middlebury Republican Town Committee (MRTC) will nominate people to fill the following positions on town boards and commissions. Middlebury Republicans who would like to volunteer for these positions may express their interest with a letter to the Middlebury Republican Town Committee, P.O. Box 1206, Middlebury CT 06762. Alternatively, they may send an email to nominating@middleburygop. com. The MRTC will interview applicants and keep their names on file to be nominated as positions open up.

Nonfiction Book Discussion

“Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story”

The nonfiction book discussion group, which meets the second Tuesday each month, by Carol Burnett will meet Tuesday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the library’s tempo(Simon & Schuster, $24.99) rary location at 199 Park Road Reviewed by Larry Cox was just her daughter going Extension. This month’s book is Most people are aware of the through an awkward junior-high “Crashing Through: A True Story amazing Carol Burnett and her stage. But she soon learned that of Risk, Adventure and the Man extraordinary career. What many Carrie had discovered drugs – a Who Dared to See” by Robert might not know is that Carol’s major concern since Carol’s par- Kurson. It tells the true story of daughter, Carrie, also was an in- ents had died of alcoholism. Af- one man’s heroic odyssey from credible woman. Carrie was an ter several failed efforts at rehab, blindness into sight. Copies of actress, writer, musician and di- Carrie emerged victorious and the book are available at the cirrector whose zest for life was once again took control of her culation desk. infectious. Unfortunately, that life. Carrie entered Pepperdine Ask Mike! Computer life was cut short by lung cancer. University, where she pursued Questions She died at age 38. This inspiring new book doc- acting, music and writing. She Have a computer or e-reader uments their sometimes turbulent eventually found a cabin in Gun- question? Need a basic lesson? but always loving relationship. It nison, Colo., where she contin- Sign up for “Ask Mike,” Tuesday, is a combination of personal diary ued her work, including several May 21, at 3:30 p.m. Spaces are entries, photographs and corre- collaborations with her mother. limited. Call 203-758-2634 to spondence, but what makes “Car- In fact, it was in Colorado where sign up. rie and Me” so exceptional is its she began work on “Sunrise in unflinchingly honest account of Memphis,” a story about a girl’s Mattatuck Museum the sometimes bumpy journey road trip through the South and Program a cowboy she meets along the they shared. The Mattatuck Museum in way. It’s also where her health Carrie was only 3 years old Waterbury, Conn., will offer a when “The Carol Burnett Show” began to decline. free program open to the public Burnett writes: “I can honestly premiered in 1967. Despite the Wednesday, May 29, at 3 p.m. Art say that just about everyone who demands for Carol’s time, she lecturer July Kollias will speak knew Carrie loved her. Maybe made certain she provided all of about the current exhibitions that’s because she loved them the necessary norms to properly and cultural treasures on display right back. ” Those few words sum raise Carrie and her two sisters. at the museum. up the relationship she had with But when the show wrapped in The Middlebury Public Liher daughter and are a fitting 1978, there were signs of trouble. brary is temporarily at the Midtribute. For example, when Carrie’s (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. dlebury Timex Building at 199 grades dropped, Carol hoped it Park Road Extension, Suite D, in Middlebury. Call 203-758-2634 or visit www.middleburypublicstay informed all week long! for more information.

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Naugatuck Dr. Labriola Talk Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m., Dr. Jerry Labriola will discuss his new book, “Deadly Politics.” He also will discuss the O.J. Simpson and JFK cases from the forensic science standpoint. After the presentation, he will sign copies of his new book, the 13th of his writing career. For more information, call 203-729-4591.

Naugatuck’s Railroad History Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m., Robert Joseph Belletzkie will give a video presentation on Naugatuck’s fascinating railroad history. Belletzkie has been researching Connecticut railroad history for more than 40 years and will show photos gathered from the Connecticut State Library, the National Archives and other repositories he has visited. For more information, call 203729-4591.

Whittemore Book Club The Whittemore Book Club will meet Tuesday, May 21, at 7

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Zoning Board of Appeals two positions The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of five members and three alternates appointed to perform the duties prescribed in Section 8-6 through 8-7d of the Connecticut General Statutes. Members and alternates serve terms of five years on a rotating basis as terms expire. Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month. Beautification Committee four positions The Beautification Committee conducts studies and imple-

ments plantings and improvements to beautify Middlebury, subject to approval by the Board of Selectmen. It meets the third Wednesday each month. Elderly Tax Relief Committee one position The Elderly Tax Relief committee makes recommendations to the Board of Selectmen on tax relief for the elderly. It meets the third Tuesday each month. Greater Waterbury Cable Council - one position. The Greater Waterbury Cable Council represents the residents and public access station in deal-

p.m. in the Main Reading Room. The book to be discussed will be “The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford.

Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsley Room. Gloss will bring with him several examples of notable books, magazines and ephemera from his store’s private collection. His 45-minute talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period. Then he will give free verbal appraisal of books attendees brought with them. Participants are asked to bring one book each for appraisal. The Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores, and this is the 64th year of Gloss family ownership. Gloss has been seen on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” numerous times over the years and has been a popular guest on WBZ radio in Boston as well as other radio, TV and cable stations. The Friends will provide light refreshments. Registration is required. To register, visit the Reference Desk or call the Reference Department at 203-262-0626, ext. 130.

ing with the cable television company licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control. It meets bimonthly on the second Wednesday. Land Preservation and Open Space Committee one position The Land Preservation Open Space Acquisition committee maintains Fenn Farm and makes recommendations to the Board of Selectmen for acquisition and maintenance of other historic properties. It meets the third Wednesday each month.

Library Happenings Middlebury

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Art Exhibit This month, the library is featuring the work of mixed media artist, printmaker and sculptor Jeffrey Golub-Evans. Dr. Golub-Evans captures his travels and memories of them using a variety of printmaking techniques to produce woodcuts, linocuts, engravings, collographs and lithographs. He strives to capture both the mood and the beauty of the locations he visits with particular emphasis on travel within the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia. The exhibit includes several reworked prints that combine woodcuts with photography. Golub-Evans studied at Hamilton College, The National Academy of Fine Arts and New York University Division of Fine Arts as well as with noted printmakers Bob Blackburn and Krishna Reddy. His works are held in both private and corporate collections, and he is represented by galleries in Manhattan, Chicago and Sedona and internationally by galleries in London and Athens. In addition, his woodcuts of Balinese scenes have been acquired by the National Museum in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. He and his family live in Warren, Conn. When he’s not creating print artwork, Golub-Evans oversees a dental practice in New York City. The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591 or visit

Uncle John Exhibit Black-and-white photographs of Southbury farmer John Ludorf taken by photographer Georgia Sheron are on exhibit through Wednesday, June 12, in the Gloria Cachion Gallery. Sheron also will present her new book, “Uncle John, portraits of a true Yankee farmer,” at a book signing Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at the library. Ludorf was a farmer who preferred methods from the 19th rather than the 20th century and farmed the way his father taught him. His father was a young Polish immigrant who bought the farm in the Purchase section of Southbury in a foreclosure in the mid-1880s and built it up to 126 acres. Sheron photographed Ludorf over a period of 16 years and recorded his oral histories of farm life when he was growing up. He was born in 1897 and died a few months short of 100 in 1996. For more information, call 203-262-0626 or visit www. The library is at 100 Poverty Road in Southbury.

This piece of pottery is among the pottery and paintings by Abbey Koutnik on display during regular hours at the Woodbury Library this month. (Submitted photo) priate for school-age children also will be shown. This free program open to area residents is sponsored by The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of Korean history and culture. Registration is required as space is limited. Call 203-2633502 to register. 

Wellness Vision Board Workshop

Saturday, May 25, from 2 to 4 p.m., Bette Shaw will facilitate a free program, “The Inspired Life/ Vision Board Workshop.” A vision board helps people visualize their goals. It might also be referred to as a treasure map or an image board. When you surround yourself with pictures, images of who you Wednesday Film want to become, what you want The Wednesday afternoon for your life, or where you want movie May 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the to live or go on vacation, your life Kingsley Meeting Room is based changes to match what you see on a true story about the advenin front of you. As a holistic tures of a mascot of a Pennsylhealth coach, Shaw helps women vania regiment during the Civil set their vision and achieve their War. A slave boy and his dog goals in healthy eating and realescape from a plantation, join izing balance in their careers, the Union army and eventually relationships, weight, physical face their former master on the activity, joy and self-love. battlefield. Louis Gossette Jr. is Participants will create vision the narrator. The dog-actor, Pigboards using glue sticks, paper let, was discovered as a puppy in and other crafty things to give a dumpster and is deaf, so takes the board some extra excitedirection by hand signals. ment. If you have some interestThe room’s surround sound ing magazines the group can Korean Culture for theater has an infrared listening draw from, please bring them to system available. For more inChildren share. Shaw will have a free formation, call 203-262-0626. Children ages 5 to 11 can learn drawing at the end of the proabout Korean culture and values gram. Registration is required; Lecture on Value of Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. when call 203-263-3502 to register. Old and Rare Books they participate in Sebae, the Paintings and The Friends of the Southbury traditional New Year’s Day cerPublic Library are sponsoring a emony. They also will try on traPottery Exhibit free talk, “Is There Value in Your ditional Korean clothing and Abbey Koutnik invites the Old and Rare Books?” by Ken- sample Korean food such as public to view her paintings and neth Gloss, proprietor of the in- sweet rice punch and rainbow pottery this month during reguternationally known Brattle Book rice cake. A short movie approlar library hours. “The creative process,” said Koutnik, “involves the interaction of the artist with her inspiration and the materials, but is not complete without the participation of the beholder, Monday, May 13 e.g., pottery needs to be handled, Police Commission paintings need to be experi6 p.m...................................................Town Hall Conference Room enced.” Koutnik, who lives with her Tuesday, May 14 husband and two sons in upstate New York, is sharing her Library Board of Directors 6:30 p.m............................................................... 199 Park Road Ext. paintings and pottery and also visiting her cousin, Kathy PeterLand Preservation & Open Space 6:30 p.m............................................................ Shepardson Room 5 son. Koutnik graduated from Skidmore College with a degree Democratic Town Committee in art education and teaches spe7:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 27 cial education as well as pottery, Republican Town Committee drawing and painting. 7:30 p.m......................................................... Shepardson, Room 26   For more information, call 203-263-3502 or visit www. Wednesday, May 15 The library is at 269 Main St. South in Beautification Committee 6:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26 Woodbury.



Middlebury Community Calendar

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Friday, May 10, 2013


Robotics Team expands Under the leadership of Pomperaug technology teacher Brian Marganski, the Pomperaug High School Robotics Team, also known as The Panther Project, has grown to more than 20 members. Adult mentors include John Laverack, Robert Zapor and John DiCorpo. The team recently competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is an international organization that promotes learning in science and technology through innovative projects and robotics competitions for students ages 6 through 18. FRC is the top level of FIRST, with participants in grades 9 through 12. The students in FRC work alongside professional engineers and other adult mentors.

They learn and use sophisticated hardware and software; develop design, project management, programming, teamwork and strategic thinking skills; and qualify for millions of dollars in scholarships.  FRC teams compete with robots of their own design, combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Each team has only six weeks from the announcement of the challenge to design and build their robot. This year’s challenge was the “Ultimate Ascent” and involved two competing alliances on a 27by 54-foot field. Each alliance consisted of three teams’ robots competing to shoot as many discs as possible into their goals during the 2-minute, 15-second match. The robots also attempted to ascend 8-foot metal pyramids to earn additional points. The Panther Project chose to

focus its building efforts on a robot that could climb the pyramid. In fact, the team finished the competition tied for having the most climbing points out of any of the 56 other teams competing! The team also attracted a great deal of attention for its unique design, which utilized extending and retracting metal tape measures to hoist their 90-pound robot up the three levels of the pyramid. The Panther Project was awarded the 2013 Connecticut Regional Creativity Award in recognition of their innovative design. The team is preparing to compete in other local competitions in the near future. Pictures and videos of the design-and-build process as well as of the Connecticut regional competition can be viewed at http://www.frc2064. com/ or on YouTube at

Robotics Team members and teacher, kneeling, left to right, Matthew Doan, Walter Manuel and Vinitha Ranganeni; standing, front left to right, technology teacher Brian Marganski, Trevor Adams, Nathan Black, Ethan Laverack, Christopher DiCorpo, Nick Martinelli, Maggie Kuck, Seo Young Oh, Alexandra Stroffolino and Avery Adams; and standing, back left to right, Janet Zapor, Nicholas Kuehnie, Jordan Rivera, Will Foschi and Ujwal Ranganeni. The team has grown to more than 20 members. (Missing are Diane Issacs, Janet Kim, Michael Patrice and Marissa Strumolo.)

Middlebury Senior Center News Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast The Middlebury Lions Club will sponsor a Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast Sunday, May 12, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in Shepardson Community Center. Breakfast will be pancakes, sausage, bacon, baked goods, fruit cup, coffee, tea and juice. The cost will be $7 for those 6 and older and $5 for those younger than 6, except children under 2 will eat free. The family maximum will be $25. This event is a fundraiser for the Middlebury Family Services Emergency Fund

Mystery Chef Monday, May 13, at 11 a.m., Chef John will demonstrate his “Homemade Strawberry Cheesecake.” Come join the fun and a sample of the mystery chef’s specialty. A $2 donation is requested to go toward the cost of the food. Call 203-577-4166 to reserve your seat.

PC Classes Group classes listed below are one session each from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the date specified. The fee is $15 per session. One-on-one individual training by advance appointment is available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for $15 an hour. Call 203-5774166, ext. 711 for an appointment.

Region 15 School Calendar

Google Voice - Tuesday, May 14, learn about Google Voice. The future of telecommunications is now with Google Voice. You’ll get your own exclusive telephone number, phone answering service and a personalized phone manager – free! This is one of the best apps available. Skype - Wednesday, May 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., find out what Skype is and how it works. Sign up for free computer-to-computer video calling to friends and family both near and far. Computer Checkup – Thursday, May 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., learn how to schedule, maintain and keep your computer safe and up to date. Learn to back up your data, settings and programs and how to recover data you thought was corrupted, damaged or lost.

Beginner’s Computer Class The “Beginner’s Computer Basics Class” will start Wednesday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center. This class is for those who want to learn the beginning basics of using a computer. The class includes descriptions of parts of a computer, practice in using a mouse and the keyboard, basic word processing, basic “Paint” fundamentals, and an introduction to the Internet and email. The class is a good introduction

for those who want to go on and take more Saturday, May 11 in-depth instructions. No Events Scheduled The $30 per person fee for the class includes five classes. Sunday, May 12

Donate Used Ink Cartridges

Don’t throw your used ink cartridges Monday, May 13 away. Instead, donate them to the Middle- GES Band and String Concert.....................................................7 p.m. bury Senior Center. They recycle. Board of Education, PHS AP Room No. 103.........................7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, May 14

HomeGoods and Red Lobster

PES Staff Appreciation May 14-17 RMS PTO....................................................................................9:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 16, the Senior Center miniWednesday, May 15 bus will leave the Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. headed for HomeGoods in Danbury for PES Staff Appreciation May 14-17 shopping and Red Lobster in Danbury for LMES Band and String Concert..................................................7 p.m. lunch. Call 203-577-4166 to reserve your PHS PTO.........................................................................................7 p.m. seat. The cost for transportation only is $7.

Nondenominational Bible Study

Reliving the 1940s Wednesday, May 15, at 2 p.m., the Connecticut Historical Society will present “Reliving the 1940s,” a program that recalls how the world looked in a time when kids were free to roam, radio held center stage, Big Band sound dominated music and World War II changed everything. Learn amazing facts from the 1940 census. Please register by May 14.

New Hope Anglican Church Your House, offers nondenominational Bible study at the center. Join other Your Health seniors for the study and discusIs your house your safe haven, sion May 17 and May 24 at 10 or is it making you sick? Dr. Cara.m. Please register by the day olyn Graham, ND, RN, and Dr. before each class. Alice Bell, ND, MS, from Naturopathic Health Center will explore

PES Staff Appreciation May 14-17 Thursday, May 23, the Middlebury Senior MMS PTO...................................................................................9:30 a.m. Center mini-bus will go to the Painted Pony MES Grade 5 Chorus Concert......................................................7 p.m. Restaurant in Bethlehem, Conn., for lunch. You must have a “Senior Dine Card” to parFriday, May 17 ticipate. Those who don’t have cards can get PES Staff Appreciation May 14-17 them at the Senior Center office. Call 203- PHS Spring Concert, Symphonic Band, Choral 577-4166 to reserve a seat on the bus. and Orchestra................................................................................7 p.m.

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this topic Thursday, May 16, at 3 Woods Foundation at the Conp.m. Learn about the pollution necticut Community Foundainside our homes and ways to tion. protect our families and ourReflexology Sessions selves. Please register by May 15. The center’s May reflexology Wellness Program sessions, conducted by Kimberly “Letting Go of Anger” is the Stewart, will be Monday, May 20. center’s second program in its Twenty-minute sessions begin Wellness Series Friday, May 17, at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. The at 1 p.m. Therapist, educator and cost is $15. Please register by May author Diane Lang will help par- 17. ticipants recognize anger and its different sources and types, un- Postcard-Making Class derstand what triggers an indiBarbara Paquin continues her vidual’s anger, determine the popular card-making class consequences of anger both Wednesday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m. physically and emotionally, and Class size is limited to 10. The learn tips on letting go of unre- cost is $10. Please register by May solved anger. Please register by 17. May 16. This program is funded by a grant from the East Hill

Navigating the Medicare Maze Baby boomers are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day. When we do, we’re eligible to sign up for Medicare. Allsup, a provider of services for those of us who have Medicare plans, has outlined in a newsletter some of the facts we need to know about signing up for Medicare. Taking the right steps at the beginning is crucial – and difficult because of all the choices that have to be made . When can we sign up? Three months before we turn 65, the month we turn 65, and three months afterward. If you’re still working at age 65 and have a group plan through your employer, you might be able to keep that coverage. Check with your employer’s health care administrator for specific questions. Study the Medicare Part D prescription-drug plans carefully. There are about 20 to choose from. With Medigap policies, there are around 10. Beware: Medigap doesn’t necessarily have to accept you after your initial enrollment period. Enroll on time. If you don’t, you could be assessed a penalty of 10 percent for each 12-month period you could have been enrolled in Part B. If you go 63 days without enrolling, you also could be assessed a penalty for Part D.

If you have a high income ($85,000 for individuals, $170,000 for couples) you’ll pay increased rates for your premiums for Part B, as well as for prescription drugs. The income figure to be used is your Modified Adjusted Gross Income from your tax returns two years ago.

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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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Your best bet: Begin studying Medicare on your 64th birthday. Go to the Medicare website ( frequently and become comfortable with all the choices and decisions. Then, when the time comes, you’ll know how to handle your Medicare options. Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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TD Bank kicks off Summer Reading Program TD Bank has launched its summer reading program for kids, and materials on the program are displayed at its Middlebury branch. The program encourages both reading and saving money. It rewards children who read 10 books during the summer with a $10 deposit into a new or existing Young Saver account. In 2012, 45,281 children participated in the program and read 452,810 books, earning $452,810 for their Young Saver accounts. Children are encouraged to ask TD Bank employees questions about saving money when they visit any TD Bank store. The

2013 Summer Reading Program brochure features a personal savings chart for tracking progress, as well as suggested questions children can ask about savings accounts and the Penny Arcade coin counting machine. “Financial education is a lifelong journey, and TD Bank is dedicated to providing the tools and resources necessary for children to learn how to make smart financial decisions,” said Elizabeth K. Warn, senior vice president of community development for TD Bank. “This year’s brochure features a new savings chart to help educate our Summer Readers about how they can

save their $10, as well as tips for how they can reach their savings goals. When children bring in their completed Summer Reading form, our employees can show them how to fill out the personal savings chart and make their $10 Summer Reading reward grow!” Savings tips for children include: • Start saving early and save as much as you can. • Set a goal! Decide what you want to save for. • See the benefits of saving. Post a picture of the item you want on your “bank” as an incentive to save.

that will introduce you to many useful plants of Connecticut. Learn about edible and medicinal plants in your garden and backyard! The class will cover herb lore, identification, harvesting and traditional uses and will include a demonstration of the Simpler’s Method of preparing medicinal plant extracts. Bring a notebook with you and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. The class will be held rain or shine, so come prepared for the outdoors. Call 203-266-5595 to register. Find information about the Center for Sustainable Living at www. The course fee is $35.

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“The Summer Reading Program provides an excellent opportunity for parents to encourage their kids to improve reading levels and to learn about spending and saving money wisely,” said Matt Chevalier, TD Bank’s senior vice president for retail sales strategy. “Our goal is to not only help kids reach their reading potential, but to teach them about the importance of saving and budgeting their money, too.” The TD Bank Summer Reading Program runs through Sept. 30, 2013. For more information, visit a local TD Bank store or go to

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On April 27, Watertown Police Officer Avelina “Abby” Rivera lost her brother Victor in a devastating house fire at her home. Rivera also lost her home, her possessions and those of her young son. Rivera is a single mother and a veteran police officer who goes above and beyond regularly. She is actively involved in the Connecticut Crisis Intervention Team and car seat installations. She works outside the police department with the Girl Scouts and other community groups. She comes from a law enforcement family, and her brothers Orlando and Eddie Rivera are Waterbury police officers. Donations are needed to help Rivera replace the possessions she lost in the fire. Donations to Avelina Rivera can be sent to the Watertown Police Department, 195 French Street, Watertown, CT 06795 or to the Greater Watertown Federal Credit Union, 48 Woodruff Avenue, Watertown, CT 06795.

Memorial Day Convertibles Needed The Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department seeks volunteer drivers with convertibles to carry honored veterans in the Memorial Day Parade Sunday, May 26. Please call 203-7582520 if you can help.

Edible and Medicinal Plants The Center for Sustainable Living in Bethlehem, Conn., invites you to join Registered Herbalist Alison Birks, MS, AHG, CNS, for a hands-on class Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Neil Simon Comedy The Woodbury Parks and Recreation Department will present Neil Simon’s “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers” Friday and Saturday evenings, May 17 through June 1, at 8 p.m. at the Rec House at 7 Mountain Road in Woodbury. Director Richard Reimold said the play reveals insights into Neil Simon’s focus on recurring relationships between men and women and his ability to capture the battle of the sexes. The all-local cast and crew features William McGee of Brookfield in the leading role of Barney Cashman. The women in his life are played by Kathy Farrell of Woodbury, Keli Solomon of New Milford and Lauren Woolf of Watertown. Stage manager Maria Jablon lives in Middlebury, and Reimold is a Woodbury resident. For reservations, call 203-5868404. Tickets are $10. Proceeds will be used to support Woodbury Community Services.

will be accepted. Sunday tours also will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit derMiddlebury Baseball players who missed the opening day photo session can have photos Southbury Newcomers taken at a make-up session Tuesand Neighbors Club day, May 21, at 6 p.m. at ShepardSouthbury Newcomers and son Field. Also, online photo regNeighbors Club (SNNC) can give istration has been extended. you and your family opportunities Memorial Day Flags for to make the most out of life in a town. Members come from Middlebury Veterans small Southbury, Middlebury, WoodThose who lost a family mem- bury, Newtown, Watertown and ber during the past year who was other surrounding communities. a veteran of the armed services SNNC is run by volunteer memand is buried in Middlebury can bers who work together to orgacontact Lion Ray Sullivan at 203- nize a wide variety of social, cul758-9939 to assure that an Amer- tural, athletic and charitable ican flag will be placed on their activities open to adults and chilveteran’s grave for Memorial Day. dren. The flag decorating and Memorial An upcoming activity is the Day ceremony are sponsored by Walk for Cystic Fibrosis Sunday, the Middlebury Lions Club. May 19, in Southbury. Volunteer members will staff the SNNC waSailing Lessons ter station in Settlers Park during Quassapaug Sailing School will the walk while other volunteers offer sailing lessons for youth ages will participate in the walk. 8 to 16 and for adults this summer. Find more information about Sessions begin June 24. SNNC at Southburynewcomers. Open houses will be Saturday org or call 203-598-0394. and Sunday, May 18 and 19, and Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to Love and Knishes 3 p.m. For information and direcThe Wednesday, May 22, Love tions, visit or and Knishes will feature singer/ call Carly Borken at 808-398-3484. guitarist Willie Nininger and his partner, Jan Scruggs, performing Commodore Isaac Hull 60s and 70s favorites from the Portrait Dedication Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Derby Historical Society Sonny and Cher, Carole King, will dedicate a portrait of Com- James Taylor, Carly Simon, Bob modore Isaac Hull Sunday, May Dylan and more. Diners will enjoy a delicious 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the David Humphrey’s House, 37 Elm St, Ansonia, three-course meal catered by JorCT 2013. The portrait of Hull, a dan Caterers. Lunch reservations Connecticut native who served as should be made by noon Monday, commander of the USS Constitu- May 20. All programs are open to tion, is being added to the soci- the public, and there is a suggested lunch donation of $7.50 for ety’s museum collection. Refreshments will be served. adults age 60 and older. To RSVP, Admission is free, but donations call 203-267-3177.

Letter to the Editor Kane vote reason unclear To the Editor: I have always felt that Rob Kane has been an intelligent and responsive state legislator, so I read with great interest his letter to the editor, “Why I voted ‘No’ on the gun control bill.” As a matter of fact, I read it twice and then asked my wife and daughter to read it. None of us could get a good reason why Sen. Kane voted “No” from his letter. All we got out of

his letter was political gibberish. He seemed to be saying he did not vote for the bill because it was not perfect. He stated, and I quote, “I voted ‘No’ because I feel we need to be looking at society as a whole.” What does that mean? We cannot move forward unless we solve all the problems in our society? If that is Sen. Kane’s criteria, we will never move anything forward. The questions that no one who was against this bill can answer are why does anyone need an

assault weapon, why does anyone need a 30-round clip and why wouldn’t background checks help to reduce gun violence even in a small way. This was a good bill, and I feel Sen. Kane made the wrong de-

cision not supporting it. We need to reduce gun violence in our state, and this bill moves us in that direction. Michael McCormack Middlebury

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Walk to benefit Cystic Fibrosis The third annual Southbury Great Strides Walk to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) will be Sunday, May 19, at 9 a.m. It will start at Ballantine Park on Old Field Road. Twice as many people walked the second year as did the first, with last year’s 300 walkers raising more than $41,000 to support lifesaving cystic fibrosis (CF) research, education and care. The effort is part of the Connecticut Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s national walk, Great Strides, the largest CFF fund-raiser. The 2013 national goal of Great Strides is $45 million. With support from area residents, the Southbury Great Strides hopes to meet its goal of raising $45,000. The event will kick off with registration and activities for the kids including Magic Marty the Magician, the Pomperaug High School Cheer Team, music and a karate demonstration. The 3.68-mile flat terrain, loop walk or run will start at 10 a.m. and will include two rest stops along the route sponsored by The Heritage Hotel and the Southbury Neighbors and Newcomers. After the walk, walkers are invited to stay for lunch and celebrate the lives of those who work tirelessly to battle CF. Those interested in walking should preregister at great_strides or contact Lauren Brenneman at 203-725-8558. Those unable to attend but in-

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Obituaries David Walter Maknis A clown entertains children at last year’s Great Strides Walk in Southbury. The walk benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (Submitted photo) terested in making a donation specific gene mutation, this ad- bury LaBonne’s and Adam’s Marmay send a check made out to vance brings hope to all people ket in Watertown are selling $1 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to with CF. Kalydeco has provided “pin ups” to raise funds. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 101 us with a ‘road map’ that is alFunds raised through Great Centerpoint Drive, Ste. 107, Mid- ready leading to the develop- Strides have helped spur dradletown, CT 06457. ment of more promising treat- matic progress in the lives of Robert Beall, president and ments for all with the disease. those who have cystic fibrosis. CEO of the Cystic Fibrosis Foun- We have made real progress to- Fifty years ago, most children dation, said, “Last year was an ward a cure, but our work is far with CF did not live long enough incredible year at the CF Foun- from over.” to attend elementary school. Todation. The groundbreaking Southbury Great Strides day, people with CF are living treatment Kalydeco, the first Chairperson Lauren Brenneman into their 30s, 40s and beyond. drug to treat the underlying has cystic fibrosis, as does her The CF Foundation is an accredcause of CF, was approved. While son Isaac. She encourages every- ited charity of the Better Business Kalydeco is effective for about 4 one to participate in the walk. In Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. percent of patients who have a addition to the walk, the South-

Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift (StatePoint) Shopping for Mother’s Day? You’ll want to match the perfect gift to her unique interests and personality. A recent study, commissioned by the daily deal website Groupon and conducted by Research Now, found the majority of shoppers say finding the right gift for mom is the most stressful part of Mother’s Day.  But according to some experts, it’s not hard to meet your mother’s elevated expectations on her big day: “These days, it’s easier than ever to go above and beyond for mom,” said Heidi Stubler, a giftgiving expert at Groupon. With (c) Barry Austin Photography - Getty Images more than 200 million subscribers worldwide, Stubler sees a wide quet. Instead, order online in by taking the class together. variety of shopping trends. advance. You’ll have more time • Donate: For moms who already Stubler offers some insider tips to spend with your mom and have everything, consider a gift on scoring great gifts without hasmay end up saving money. Daily that’s more meaningful than sle: deal sites often offer deep disanother boring bathrobe. Make • New flavors:  A night out at a counts on flowers, especially a donation in her name to a farestaurant your mom has never around holidays like Mother’s vorite charity, or look online for tried is thoughtful, yet surprisDay. a local cause. For example, ingly easy. Many deal sites offer • A new experience: Not all gifts Groupon Grassroots showcases a variety of local restaurant deals come wrapped. Has mom wanted a variety of community projects, every day that won’t break the to try yoga or learn to make jewmaking it easy to search for one bank. elry? Consider giving her the you’d both be happy to support. • Tradition: If you’re getting Mom motivation she needs to get • Old hobby, new tool: For book flowers, don’t wait until the last started on a new hobby by signlovers, consider a small, lightminute. You’ll end up paying a ing her up for a class. And you weight e-reader. The text size is premium for a picked-over boucan maximize your quality time customizable on most devices,

Son of Elizabeth Maknis

Mr. David Walter Maknis, 61, of Middlebury, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013, at the Waterbury Hospital. David was born in Waterbury Sept. 20, 1951, a son of Mrs. Elizabeth (Baranauskas) Maknis and the late Walter A. Maknis, and was raised in Woodbury. He was educated in the Woodbury school system and was a graduate of Woodbury High School. While a student in school he was very active with the local chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA). He also participated as a national judge for many FFA events. Following high school, he served in the Marine Corps. He loved the family farm and the outdoors, but most of all he loved spending time with his family. Besides his mother of Middlebury, he leaves one brother, Larry

W. Maknis and his wife, Tracey, of Middlebury; his niece, Melissa Maknis of Woodbury; a nephew, Mitchell Maknis of Middlebury; and an aunt, Marie Moorfoot of Waterbury. All services were private at the convenience of the family. There were no calling hours. The Alderson Funeral Home of Naugatuck assisted the family with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make memorial contributions to the Eastern Paralyzed Veteran’s Assoc., 7520 Astoria Blvd, East Elmhurst, NY 11370-1138.

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making it an especially good choice for older moms who may not enjoy lugging around heavy Correction books or reading fine print. Also, Due to an editing error, the obituary for Jonathan Joseph Carroll publet your mom know she can ac- lished on page 5 last week did not correctly indicate his relationship to the cess most local library collec- siblings who survived him. His brother and sister, Anthony Louis Carroll tions with her device and can of Waterbury and Marlana Maria Carrol of Manchester, N.H., are twins. check out books electronically Also, Jonathan was a CNA, a certified nurse assistant. via a Wi-Fi connection without having to make the trip to the library. • Simply the best: Even if you’re on a budget, you can find designer goods at an affordable price. Do some digging online for deals on shoes, clothing and jewelry. • S.O.S.: In addition to offering excellent deals, daily deal sites can provide great ideas and insight into what’s hot and convenient. Get inspiration by using free tools like Groupon’s online gift finder. The gift finder at asks you three simple questions about your mom and offers plenty of ideas based on your responses. Between mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers and wives, don’t let shopping for those special ladies be cause for alarm. With the right strategies, you can find the perfect present.

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Saving Money at Cost of Health Just because the doctor prescribes a medication doesn’t mean we take it. A recent study by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that many of us avoid purchasing or taking the drugs prescribed for us in an attempt to save money. It’s no wonder: In one year alone, we spend more than $45 billion in out-of-pocket drug costs. The results of the CDC study were broken down into two age groups: those 18-64 and those 65 and older. Here are some of its findings: • Younger adults were twice as likely as seniors to skip needed medications to save money. • Some 23 percent of uninsured adults between 18 and 64 skipped taking their medications to reduce costs, compared with about 14 percent of those with Medicaid and 9 percent with private insurance. • About 13 percent of patients ages 18-64 did not take medication as prescribed, including missing doses, taking less med-

icine and delaying filling a prescription. • 20 percent asked their doctor for a lower-cost medication – equally split between those over and under age 65. However, for seniors over age 65, those only on Medicare were the largest group in both asking for a cheaper prescription and not taking the medication as prescribed. • 2 percent bought prescription drugs from another country – equally split between those over and under 65. • 6 percent of patients ages 18-64 used alternative therapies – three times as many under age 65 as over that age. Skipping doses of medication can have serious results, depend-

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ing what the illness is. Antibiotics for infection need to be taken for the full course of treatment, or the infection can come back even stronger. Many drugs are dosed by patient weight or level of the drug in the blood steam. Overall, not taking prescribed medication results in increased emergency-room visits, poor health status, increased hospitalization and cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, to the tune of $290 billion per year. Instead of skipping medications, request a cheaper alternative, such as a generic. Ask for help with diet and exercise to increase levels of health. If you have insurance, inquire about a prescription rider to your policy to cover drugs.

Research pharmaceutical companies that give free or reduced-price medications to those who qualify as low income. Contact Partnership for Prescription Assistance (, or call 1-888-477-2669) to see if you qualify. Check FamilyWize drug discounts at Read the site carefully. There is a good chance your pharmacy will give you a discount, with average savings of 35 percent. David Uffington regrets he cannot personally answer reader questions, but he will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day Happiness Joyously welcome this Mother’s Day from a new perspective by going all out to honor mom. Always offering unique columns on celebratory times, I did a little research for this week’s column to write on Mother’s Day with a twist. I spoke with clients, students, seminar attendees, good and true friends, new and established business associates, family and passersby. I asked this one simple question: If mom stands beside me right now, what do you do and say to her? It was such an interesting exercise because each and every one showed immediate emotion. Some smiled big, let out a little laugh, emoted surprise or had a quizzical look on their face. Others had a wash of calm and melancholy settle in their expression or had tears well up in their eyes. It was crystal clear just how much moms mean to us in ways that affect us deeply and powerfully no matter how young or old we are. Included in my joyful experiment were children, too, and they were even more animated in how strongly they responded – you can just imagine the shout-out laughter and big, wide-open arms as they yelled, “I love Mommy this much” or the forcefully crossed arms and deep scowl because they had just gotten in trouble, so mom wasn’t their most fav person right then. Touching and profoundly moving, very telling and mysterious, grounding and nurturing, human and divine is the mother. Offering all she is capable of in service, sacrifice and sustenance at any time of her mothering journey, she is surely to be celebrated. This week’s nugget for life is to go all out for mom. Inspire her.

Nuggets for Life By CYNTHIA DE PECOL Nourish her. Love her fully. Be helpful and healthful around her. On this special day, be a compassionate, caring son or daughter — although it’s best to do this all year round. This is another of our society’s created celebrations, though it’s a cool one because it gives you a chance to add to mom’s happiness, and isn’t that what it’s all about? Decorate with humor in mind for her special lunch or supper; adorn her with the most beautiful, fragrant flowers you can afford; shower her with compliments and post them on Facebook, remembering to tag her. Indulge her with your company for the whole day. If she isn’t here, sit quietly for a long time or walk for hours in nature and feel her presence all around you – in the wind, in the sunrise and warmth of the sun as it hits your face and body, in the depth and breadth of the Earth as you walk upon it and in the setting of the sun. If you are a mom yourself, feel how awesome you are to be the security, the wide-open lessons of love, the playful silly innocent and the wise one who gifts your children with you. Happy, healthy and wholesome Mother’s Day to us all! De Pecol is a yoga instructor, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See or email

Varsity Sports Calendar May 11 to May 18, 2013 Varsity Baseball

Monday, May 13................... Oxford (A).............................................. 4 p.m. Thursday, May 16................. Newtown (A)..................................... 6:30 p.m.

Varsity Boys’ Golf

Wednesday, May 15............. Newtown (A).......................................... 3 p.m. Thursday, May 16................. New Milford (H)..................................... 3 p.m.

Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse

Saturday, May 11................. Blind Brook (A).................................... 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15............. Masuk (A)............................................. 7 p.m. Friday, May 17...................... New Milford (H)..................................... 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, May 14................... Stratford (H).......................................... 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18................. Shelton (H)......................................... 10 a.m.

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PHS Boys’ Golf Team wins tournament The Pomperaug High School Boys’ Golf Team won the Woodland Invitational Tournament May 2 at the Golf Club at Oxford Greens in Oxford, Conn. For the second year in a row, the team set a school record with a team score of 302. John VanDerLaan won the tournament with a 4-under-par round of 68. Matt VanDoren had the second lowest individual score with a 74. Lauren Bacigalupi won the girls’ tournament with a score of 91. The 18-hole, four-person stroke-play tournament included 76 golfers from 19 high schools. Awards were presented to the winning and runner-up teams as well as individual medalist, runner-up and third-place finisher. Participating schools were Sacred Heart, Holy Cross, Naugatuck, Torrington, Shepaug Valley, Watertown, Weston, Nonnewaug, Platt Tech, Litchfield, Lewis Mills, Wolcott, Bethel, Northwestern, Pomperaug, Housatonic Valley, Pomperaug High School Golf Team members, left to right, Lauren Bacigalupi, Derek Domogala, Thomaston/Wamogo, Maloney Matt VanDoren, Mike VanDerLaan and John VanDerLaan, are shown at the Woodland Invitational Tournament. (Submitted photo) and Woodland.

Middlebury Parks & Recreation Middlebury Recreation Area (MRA) The MRA will open Memorial Day weekend. Beach passes are on sale. Residents and property owners must provide a copy of their car registration and proof of residency or real estate. A photo ID is required. Fees are $125 for a family, $20 for a senior, $68 for singles and $10 per additional sticker for family or single-pass holders. Seniors 65 and older are eligible to receive ONE pass for $20. Only household residents age 65 and older are eligible to use this pass. There is a $125 charge per extra car sticker per senior. Those who won the boat rack lottery are reminded boat racks must be paid for by Wednesday, May 15, or they will be offered to the next person on the wait list. Residents must have a valid MRA pass before renting a boat rack. Wooden Storage Lockers – A limited number of lockers are available to MRA pass holders on a first-come, first-serve basis for a fee of $50. The limit is one locker per family. Phone reservations will not be accepted.

Pilates Summer Session Instructor Carol Brunick’s summer Pilates classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 14 to July 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center. Pilates exercises help to correct posture and improve balance as well as heighten body awareness and alignment. Focus on breath control promotes relaxation and release of tension. Supplies: Exercise mat ¼ inch or thicker. The fee is $82 for residents; $92 for nonresidents.

Connecticut Safe Boating & PWC Course A complete basic safe-boating certification course for those ages 10 and older will be taught in one 8-hour day Saturday, May 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Successful completion will allow the student to obtain a Connecti-

cut Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation, which enables them to operate recreational vessels up to 65 feet in length, including Jet Skis. PRIOR TO TAKING THE CLASS, each student who doesn’t already have one should create an account online at www. Click “Purchase a Hunting/Fishing License” and click the START button. Then print the page that includes your conservation ID number and bring it to class. After students’ class scores have been entered in the DEEP system, they will use their accounts to purchase and print the certificates. Students should bring a pen or pencil to class. The class will meet in Room 26 in Shepardson Community Center. The fee is $62 for residents; $72 for nonresidents.

condition of the blankets give testimony to what occurred during sleep. If the person doesn’t have daytime fatigue, then this disorder isn’t considered a sleep problem for him or her. It is for the one who shares the bed. Sometimes periodic limb movements of sleep occur with another problem, restless leg syndrome. That’s a creepy-crawly sensation in the legs that comes on in the evening when sitting or in bed. The person is compelled to get up and move around to quell the feeling. A warm bath before going to bed might calm your husband’s movements. Decreasing the amount of caffeine he drinks and

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Memorial Day Parade The Memorial Day Parade will be Sunday, May 26, at 5 p.m. This annual event features Middlebury veterans, marching bands, floats and town organizations. A ceremony in front of Town Hall will follow the parade. Contact the recreation office at 203-7582520 if you wish to participate and for the parade route.

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Registration is under way for Pee Wee Camp for 3- and 4-yearolds. It will meet Monday to Friday, Veterans’ Memorial June 3 to 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Shepardson Community Center. Service The Middlebury Lions Club The fee is $65 for residents; $75 for Veterans’ Memorial Service will nonresidents. be Sunday, May 26, at 12 p.m. in the Middlebury Cemetery on Rte. 64 behind Middlebury Garage. All are welcome to attend this service honoring war veterans.

Husband Thrashes About During Sleep DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My 73-year-old husband has, in the past year, been jerking during his sleep. His movements are quite wild at times. He jerks with his arms and legs. He has fallen out of bed three times during his “fighting” dreams. He dreams he is in a fight at work, playing football or shooting things. Just last night, it was killing mice. I don’t attempt to wake him, as one time he was on the verge of striking me. I did yell his name three times, and he finally woke up. He has had two sleep tests and was told he has “half sleep apnea.” What does that mean? He takes no sleeping aids. I have never heard that such movements are a sign of sleep apnea. – D.S. ANSWER: A good bet is that your husband has a condition called periodic limb movements of sleep. For many, such movements are bending of the big toe and ankle. For others, it’s jerking of the legs and arms. Most often the person doesn’t waken and has no recollection of what went on during the night. The bed partner and the

Veterans Reception Veterans are invited to gather Sunday, May 26, at 4 p.m. at the corner of Bronson Drive and Whittemore Road for a reception in their honor preceding the Memorial Day Parade.

doing the same for all forms of tobacco could bring nocturnal peace for you and him. If the situation doesn’t improve, then Mirapex or Requip, two Parkinson’s disease medicines, can put an end to the nighttime martial arts. Do tell his doctor about this. Periodic limb movements of sleep are, at times, associated with iron deficiency. I have no idea what “half sleep apnea” means. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Every now and then, my eyelid twitches. I don’t think it’s due to my being tired, because it can happen when I am wide awake in the morning. And I don’t think it’s due to stress – I love my work. Furthermore, I don’t drink any caffeinated beverages. What do you think is the significance of this? – H.R. ANSWER: Nearly everyone has had a twitchy eyelid at some time in life. It’s not a sign of illness. It’s not something that lasts for any length of time. Fatigue, stress and caffeinated beverages all have been implicated as causes. But most people with a twitchy lid are like you; they have and do none of these things. A washcloth soaked in warm water and placed on the involved, closed lid for a few minutes generally can stop the twitching. Or gentle massage of the closed lid also can end it. If it continues and lasts for longer periods, then a doctor has to be consulted. 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) 2013 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved


1. Who is the only player other than Harmon Killebrew to have 40 or more home runs in a season in Twins franchise history? 2. In 2012, Jose Reyes tied the second-longest hitting streak in Marlins history (26 games). Who also had at least a 26-game run for the Marlins? 3. New England’s Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez set an NFL record in 2011 for most combined receptions by tight ends (169). Which team had held the mark? 4. Name the five coaches to have led Kentucky men’s basketball to a total of eight national championships. 5. When was the last time a 40-year-old NHL player scored on a 40-year-old goalie before Philadelphia’s Mike Knuble did it against New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur in 2013? 6. In 2012, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. became the sixth driver to win consecutive titles in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series. Name three of the first five. 7. Kimiko Date-Krumm, in 2013, became the oldest female tennis player to win a main draw match at the Australian Open. How old was she?

Answers 1. Roy Sievers belted 42 homers in 1957. 2. Luis Castillo (35 games in 2002) and Emilio Bonifacio (26 in 2011). 3. San Diego tight ends combined for 163 catches in 1984. 4. Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith and John Calipari. 5. Boston’s John Bucyk (41) scored on St. Louis’ Eddie Johnston (41) in 1976. 6. Sam Ard, Larry Pearson, Randy LaJoie, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. 7. She was 42.


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The house I just bought has a wooden deck in the back that has turned gray over the years. It’s structurally sound, however. My question is, should I seal the deck against further water damage, or just stain it to By Samantha Mazzotta the color I want and not worry about sealing it? – Judy H., Waycross, Ga. problems and whether the deck needs maintenance prior to It’s really up to you. Just staining or sealing it. The deck staining the deck will will likely need to be cleaned and give you the color you may need to be sanded and preswant, although in high-traffic sure-washed before sealing or areas the stain could wear away staining. quickly. Many deck companies Once you’ve inspected and recommend using a combina- cleaned the deck, you can apply tion stain/sealer product, which a stain or sealer (or both). If you is basically a sealer with pigment decide to stain, pick a few sample added. The advantage of this, colors a few shades darker or they say, is the sealer provides lighter than the shade you want. additional protection against This is because different types or water and weather damage, conditions of deck wood can while the stain helps reduce fad- cause the color of the stain to ing from UV rays. appear different from the swatch Sealers should last at least a color. Test each sample in an inyear, with some lasting up to conspicuous place and pick the three years. You have a choice of best color for your wood. either water-based or oil-based Apply the stain or sealer on a sealer; many professionals rec- dry day when the temperature is ommend oil-based products, above 50 degrees F. Don’t apply which last longer. it in direct sunlight. Ideally, two Since you’ve just purchased dry days will help the stain or the house and might not know sealer dry completely and evenly, when the deck was last main- so check the weather forecast tained, consider having a profes- and plan accordingly. sional deck contractor inspect it. Stir the sealer (don’t shake it Find out if there are any hidden – bubbles will form in it) or stain.


Apply a thin coat to a couple of boards at a time using a long-handled paint roller. Don’t overapply – the finish will not dry correctly and will feel tacky for days, at least. If the finish puddles up, use another roller or a broom to spread out the puddles. To stain or seal corners, use a paintbrush. If you feel a second coat is needed, apply it in the same way, very thinly. Let the finish dry for at least 24 hours. A note about cleanup: Any rags or cloths used to clean up spills or excess should not be piled up together. The evaporating finish can ignite and cause a fire. Wash rags by hand – if you applied a water-based finish, use soapy water; if you applied an oil-based finish, use mineral spirits or paint thinner, then rinse – and hang them outdoors to dry, spaced well apart. Send your questions or home tips to My new e-book, “101 Best Home Tips,” is available to download on Amazon Kindle! Pick it up it today for just 99 cents. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Every few months, check to make sure your deck is still sealed by pouring a small amount of water on the wood. If it beads up, the deck is fine.

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Vetting a Pet Sitter DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I zation like Pet Sitters Internarecently got a new job, and I need tional, meaning they have to have someone come and feed taken pet-sitting and business my cats and walk the dog because courses offered by that organiI don’t get home until late at zation. night. How can I find a pet sitter • Ask basic but important quesI can trust? – Missing My Pets tions. Nothing’s too trivial for Already your pets. What time will the DEAR MISSING:, sitter come? Where will your a pet boarding service, recently dog be walked? What’s a typical put out a list of five things you • Ask for references at the very visit like? should do when considering a least. While pet sitters aren’t • Give the sitter as much inforpotential pet sitter. Hopefully mation as possible about your required to be licensed or inthese will help in your search: pets. Once you’ve decided to sured, they should have refer• Interview the pet sitter and take on a sitter, make sure he ences you can contact – typihave your pets “interview” him or she knows your pets’ particcally other clients. Some pet or her as well. See how the sitular habits, favorite foods, spesitters will have a certification ter and pets interact. cific medications and when to through a professional organitake them, etc. • Monitor your pets. When you get home, how do your pets react to you? Do you notice behavioral changes? Are they handling your absence well? Pets might not take to a new schedule right away, but if they don’t adjust, you may need to consider a new sitter or a different pet-care option. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner. LAKE CHAMPLAIN, com. Did you know mosquitoes DAN’S CHOCOLATES can transmit heartworm larvae to dogs, but fleas don’t? Find out and COCOPOTAMUS more in my new book “Fighting Fleas,” available now on Amazon.

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Samari desires very much to just look pretty and be left alone. He will come to you for attention, but other than that he enjoys sitting on the window sill and looking out upon the world. He is a handful at times, head butting about sometimes to see if you are paying attention to him, then going to the other extreme of just desiring to be left alone. One thing he loves to do is play with water! No small children or dogs for this big guy.

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For more information on these animals, as well as others at Meriden Humane Society (MHS), email MHS is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and volunteers can be available to meet with you through an appointment. MHS is at 311 Murdock Ave. in Meriden.

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