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Volume IX, No. 21
Friday, May 24, 2013
Memorial Day Events Middlebury
Parade steps off at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 26, on Bronson Drive. Middlebury Historical Society Open House starts at 3 p.m. See more activities in Upcoming Events below
Middlebury Lions Club members and volunteers hold flags they put at veterans’ graves in Middlebury cemeteries for last year’s Memorial Day remembrances. Lions and volunteers will put out flags again this year, starting early Saturday morning. (Submitted photo)
The parade Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m. will proceed down Main Street South. The Family Day Picnic will start at noon in Ballantine Park on Oldfield Road and will end at 5 p.m. The picnic is free and open to area residents. It will include music, moon walks, face painting and Naugatuck games including beach balls, hula hoops, Parade begins at 9:15 a.m. Monday, and limbo sticks. Boy Scout Troop 1607 May 27, at the center of Union City and will sell hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks. Buy food from them or bring your Route 68. own. Admission to Ballantine Pool also will be free from 12 to 5 p.m. Oxford The Fifth Annual Oxford Freedom Waterbury Run/Walk Monday, May 27, at 8 a.m. will The parade begins at 12 p.m. Sunday, begin at Oxford Town Hall at 486 Oxford Road. USATF-certified 5K or 2-mile fit- May 26, on Freight Street and proceeds ness walk for adults and Rock Hopper down Meadow/Grand/Bank to West Main. Fun Run for kids ages 5 to 12. For more A ceremony on the Green will follow. information and to register, visit 5kfreeWatertown domrun.com. All net proceeds go to Oxford members of active and veteran milThe parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday, itary, and they may participate free. May 27, at Watertown Plaza before proWheelchairs and baby joggers are wel- ceeding north on Route 63 to the Watercome. Entry $25 in advance; $30 the day town Green. of the run. Rock Hopper registration is Woodbury $10. The parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, The parade begins at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26, rain or shine, at the middle school May 27, at the shopping center. and comes down Main Street. A ceremony at Cannon Green will follow the parade.
Selectmen waive procedure to buy rescue truck By MARJORIE NEEDHAM The Middlebury Board of Selectmen (BoS) voted Monday night to override the town’s purchasing and bidding procedure to allow purchase of a used 2011 rescue/pumper truck for $235,000. They also authorized tax rebates, accepted resignations from two commissioners and appointed two commission and board members. The used rescue/pumper, a 2011 Freightliner Pierce, will replace the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department’s 1978 rescue/pumper. Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) Chief Paul Perrotti said Monday night the current vehicle is underpowered. “It’s so slow on I-84 you get passed by 18-wheelers when you have your lights and siren on,” he said. First Selectman Edward B. St. John said town officials have been talking about replacing the MVFD rescue truck for 10 years. What began as a discussion about purchasing a new rescue truck had moved to discussion of refurbishing the current truck. However, the refurbishing cost of about $350,000 would be more than the price of the used vehicle. “This vehicle,” St. John said in reference to the 2011 Freightliner, “is onethird the cost of a new vehicle and half the cost of refurbishing the current vehicle. It fits the town’s needs.” He said it comes with warranties on the Allison transmission and the Cummins engine. The vehicle, as advertised, has 3,500 miles on it and is described as in mint, like-new condition. It carries both water and a Class A foam system. It also has a rescue-style body with roll-up compartment doors and slide-out trays. It is being purchased through Command Fire Apparatus of Lancaster, Penn. Perrotti said he and other firefighters drove seven hours each way in one day to check out and test drive the vehicle at its Seneca, N.Y., location. He said they took the vehicle out on the road and drove it on hills as part of the test drive, and determined it was well-suited to
This 2011 Freightliner Pierce Rescue Pumper will replace the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department’s 1978 rescue pumper. Selectmen approved its purchase Monday night. (Submitted photo) the MVFD. And, he said, having the newer vehicle will be favorable for residents’ fire coverage insurance premiums. He said the vehicle doesn’t have automatic chains for winter driving conditions, and a few other things need to be done to it before it is put in service. It will be taken to Gowans-Knight in Watertown for the work. Board of Finance Chairman Michael McCormack said Wednesday of waiving the bidding procedure, he thought if you have rules you should follow them, but there are some exceptions. “It could be because it is used it could get sold to someone else, and by the time they put
a bidding procedure in place, it might be sold. Maybe this kind of thing just doesn’t lend itself to bidding,” he said. He said St. John first called him to say the MVFD needed a new rescue truck. Then he got a call saying they had decided to refurbish the current rescue truck instead. Refurbishing would cost less, St. John said, and he felt the truck would be as good as new. In a third call to McCormack, St. John said they found the used 2011 truck for less than the cost of refurbishing the old one. “I guess they have to make some changes – minor stuff,” McCormack said. He said the idea of buying the used truck for $235,000 seemed fine to him. “At the
end, when the whole thing is done, we are going to end up with a piece of equipment we need at a cost that is less than the other two options,” he said. In other business, Joseph Salvini (D) resigned from the Economic and Industrial Development Commission, and Linda Hermann (D) resigned from her position as an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission. St. John turned to Selectman Ralph Barra, a Democrat, and said Barra needs to go to the Democratic Town Committee and get some suggestions for Democrats to fill these positions. Mary Barton (D) was appointed an alternate member of the Planning and
Zoning Commission for a term of May 20, 2013, to May 16, 2014, filling the vacancy caused by Linda Hermann’s resignation. Linda Hermann (D) was appointed an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term of May 20, 2013, through July 7, 2013, replacing Richard Burton. Daniel J. Mahaney (D) was appointed as an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals to complete the remainder of Bernadette Graziosa’s term from May 20 to Oct. 19, 2013. The next Board of Selectmen meeting will be Monday, June 3, at 6 p.m. in the town hall conference room.
Inside this Issue Nuggets for Life.............. 6 Puzzles........................... 7 Region 15 Calendar........ 3 Senior Center News......... 3 Sports Quiz..................... 6 Varsity Sports Calendar.... 6
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Veterans’ Memorial Service When: What: Where:
12 p.m. When: 4 p.m. Middlebury Lions Club ceremony honoring veterans. What: Pre-parade reception for all veterans. Middlebury Cemetery on Route 64 behind Middlebury Where: Corner of Bronson Drive and Whittemore Road Garage
Middlebury Historical Society Open House When: What: Where:
3 p.m. to one hour post-parade Refreshments and a look at the historical society’s collections Historical Society building on Library Road (near the Green)
Revive your garden
Memorial Day Parade When: What: Where:
5 p.m. Middlebury veterans, marching bands, floats and town organizations. Bronson Drive to Dwyer Road to South Street to the Green. Ceremony in front of town hall.
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Library Happenings Middlebury
Uncle John Exhibit Black-and-white photographs of Southbury farmer John Ludorf taken by photographer Georgia Sheron are on display 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. 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 203262-0626 or visit www.southburylibrary.org. The library is at 100 Poverty Road in Southbury.
Veterans’ Memorial Service Mattatuck Museum 12 p.m........................................... Middlebury Cemetery, Route 64 Program Veterans’ Reception 4 p.m........................Corner Bronson Drive and Whittemore Road The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Conn., will offer a free Memorial Day Parade 5 p.m...............South Street/Bronson Drive/Town Hall Ceremony program open to the public Wednesday, May 29, at 3 p.m. Art lecturer Judy Kollias will speak Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day about the current exhibitions and All town hall offices, library, senior center cultural treasures on display at the and transfer station are closed. museum.
Tuesday, May 28
Uniquely Happy at
Economic and Industrial Development Commission Any Age 6:30 p.m..............................................Town Hall Conference Room Cynthia DePecol – yoga instrucConservation Commission tor, Reiki master and life coach – 7:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26 will present a free program on being happy Tuesday, June 4, at 6 Calendar dates/times are subject to change. If your organization would like your event included in the community p.m. “Uniquely Happy at Any Age” calendar, please email the information to email@example.com. is open to the public. For more information or to register, call 203758-2634.
Summer Reading Program
“The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do About It” by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig (Princeton University Press, $29.95) Reviewed by Larry Cox Anat Admati, a professor of finance and economics at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and Martin Hellwig, director at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, have written a book that is part financial primer, part call to arms and part policy prescription. Their plan for reform in the financial marketplace could – if heeded – prevent another economic meltdown like the one in 2008, one of the worst in more than a century. As bankers explained it, the sudden collapse of some of the world’s most important financial institutions and the loss of trillions of dollars was much like an earthquake – such events could not be prevented, only their damage limited. They portrayed the institutions as fragile and said the financial system was always at risk. This narrative included the belief that in order to enjoy the benefits from a vibrant banking system, there should be
few rules and regulations to make the system safer, since that would sacrifice both lending and growth. But according to Admati and Hellwig, none of this is true. They argue that the bankers’ flawed narrative is preventing real reform and must be seen as having as much substance as the emperor’s new “clothes” in the Hans Christian Andersen tale. We can have a safer and healthier banking system without taking away any of its benefits and at essentially no cost to society. The authors say banks are, indeed, fragile, not because they must be, but rather because bankers want them to be. This distorts the economy and exposes the public to unnecessary risks. Real reform is not just needed, the authors say, but essential if we are to build and maintain a healthy economy. The big question is whether we have the grit and determination to make positive changes to our financial institutions. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Simple Living at Your Library.” It will run from May 31 to July 26 and will include events such as music, cooking, art workshops, hands-on crafts, lectures, author visits and much more. See www.balesgitlinmusic.com. Registration is required. Please call the Reference Department at 203-262-0626, ext. 130, to register. The adult summer series is made possible by the Charles H. and Ellen Emery Rutledge Fund and The Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Registration will be required for all programs.
Wellness Vision Board Workshop
Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log
Tom’s Lawn Care “T.L.C.”
Bounce House Pony Rides Train Rides Magician Games
Strawberry Festival June 1, 2013 11 am - 3 pm
Shortcake Music Food
Shepardson Community Center Rte. 188, Middlebury www.middleburyucc.org
artist, printmaker and sculptor Jeffrey Golub-Evans. Dr. Golub-Evans, a dentist, 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. The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591 or visit whittemorelibrary.org.
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. Participants will create vision boards using glue sticks, paper and other crafty things to give the board some extra excitement. If you have some interesting magazines the group can draw from, please bring them to share. Shaw will have a free Wednesday Film Marilyn Monroe, a real-life drawing at the end of the program. tragic heroine to many, is reincar- Registration is required; call 203nated by Michelle Williams in the 263-3502 to register. Wednesday afternoon movie May “Genetic Roulette” 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Kingsley This film on the health risks of Room. The film is based Adult Summer Reading Meeting genetically engineered foods will on diaries kept by a young assisKickoff be shown Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 tant to her costar, Lawrence OlivThe Bales-Gitlin Band will kick ier (played by Kenneth Branagh), p.m. It will be followed by a talk by off the library’s adult summer se- during shooting of the 1956 film Tara Cook-Littman, Director of ries Friday, May 31, at 7 p.m. in the “The Prince and the Showgirl.” GMO-Free Connecticut, who will Kingsley meeting room. The band The movie focuses on the week speak about how the U.S. governwill perform songs from the “Great Marilyn, desperate to get away ment has allowed genetically modAmerican Songbook” that will in- from all the pressures and a ified organisms (GMOs) to take clude music by Cole Porter, the strained relationship with Olivier, over the crops we grow and the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hart, Ro- went on the lam with the lowly food we eat. Learn the history of dgers and Hammerstein, Irvin assistant (Eddie Redmayne) as her U.S. government policy toward GMOs and how it affects us. SevBerlin, Harold Arlen, and Johnny escort. Art Exhibit Mercer. The room’s surround sound enty percent of processed foods in This month, the library is feaThe theme for the sixth annual theater has an infrared listening American supermarkets are now turing the work of mixed media adult summer series is “Return to system available. For more infor- GMOs. The same serious health probmation, call 203-262-0626. lems found in lab animals, live“Kinder Club” Reading stock and pets that have been fed GMO foods are now on the rise in Program the U.S. population. This seminal Registration has begun for documentary provides compelling “Kinder Club,” a new monthly pro- evidence to help explain the detegram specially designed for chil- riorating health of Americans, Date Time Address/Incident dren going into and leaving kin- especially children, and offers a 5/13/13 16:40 203 Tower Road. Fire alarm activation. False dergarten. The first meeting will recipe for protecting ourselves and alarm. be Monday, June 17, at 4 p.m. our future. Learn what you can do 5/13/13 21:00 Kelly Road. Motor vehicle accident. Motor Registration is required. to avoid GMOs. bike versus car. Speedy-Dry applied. Sessions run by Mia D’Eletto 5/16/13 02:45 I-84. Vehicle fire. Sweeper. Foam applied. will include extended storytelling Hypnotherapy and 5/17/13 09:12 Middlebury Historical Society. Fire alarm acti- and book reading and a simple Acupuncture vation. False alarm. craft. To register, stop by the ChilNew Milford Hospital’s Integra5/17/13 09:59 25 Juniper Road. Carbon monoxide alarm dren’s Department or call 203sounding. 262-0626, ext. 3. Friends of the tive Medicine Series will be presented in two sessions, one on 5/17/13 10:00 Christian Road. Motor vehicle accident with Library sponsor this program. hypnotherapy Thursday, May 30, injuries. Car into pole. at 7 p.m. and one on acupuncture Thursday, June 6, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, hypnotherapy practitioner Alexandra Chalif will show how she works with each patient to understand their unique Give your lawn a little frame of reference and perspective regarding health care. Therapeutic hypnotherapy uses a variety of Professional Mowing Residential or Commercial techniques, including breathing Tom Curry Low Weekly/Biweekly Rates and personalized imagery, engag203-910-7384 ing the patient in a visualization Spring/Fall Cleanup Dump Runs Dependable Service that helps minimize pain and anxLight Excavating Since 1996 iety. Chaliff and Dr. Kirstin PilSnow Plowing/Sanding chard will describe the benefits of these techniques during surgery. Thursday, June 6, Jessica Ifshin will describe the healthful benefits of acupuncture as a modality that involves delicately inserting or manipulating fine needles at key/ specific points on the body to regulate the flow of the body’s energy. Whether for physical, emotional or preventive purposes, this treatment is known to restore balance and stimulate the body’s inherent healing process. These programs are free, but please register by calling the library at 203-263-3502. The library is sponsoring a very different adult summer reading program this year. Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., learn how to create a granny square with Anne Somervell. Bring a “G” crochet hook and medium-weight yarn if you have them. If you do not have supplies, the library has a limited amount for the first lucky few. As the library building is being renovated and added onto, the library will build a blanket from granny squares crocheted by its patrons. Patrons will make the squares, and the library staff will put the blanket together. Patrons can earn a chance to win the finished blanket by either donating a finished square or checking out a book related in some way to crocheting. The Middlebury Public Library is temporarily at the Middlebury Timex Building at 199 Park Road Extension, Suite D, in Middlebury. Call 203-758-2634 or visit www. middleburypubliclibrary.org for more information.
In Celebration of Preschool On The Green’s 60th Anniversary AND Middlebury Congregational Church’s
Trust & Dignity
Paintings and Pottery Exhibit Abbey Koutnik invites the public to view her paintings and pottery this month during regular 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, e.g., pottery needs to be handled, paintings need to be experienced.” For more information, call 203263-3502 or visit www.woodburylibraryct.org. The library is at 269 Main St. South in Woodbury.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Region 15 presents Superintendent Student Awards Pomperaug High School
Region 15 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank H. Sippy and the Board of Education, at its May 13, 2013, board meeting, named six students as this spring’s recipients of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents and the Western Connecticut Superintendents Association Superintendent Student Award. They are Rebekah Kennedy and Caroline Winicki of Memorial Middle School (MMS), Riley Bragg and Daniel Kabootian of Rochambeau Middle School (RMS), and Owen Hart and Leanne Sikora of Pomperaug High School (PHS). The students were selected by their teachers based on leadership, citizenship, academics, community service and participation in extracurricular activities.
Memorial Middle School MMS student Rebekah Kennedy is a dedicated, enthusiastic and responsible student who strives for excellence, sets high goals and attained high honors all three years. She is a science lab tech, a saxophone player, a member of Tri-M and Leadership Club and a participant in History Day. She volunteers at the Middlebury Animal Shelter, works for Animals for Life, is a member of Junior Friends at the library and plays tennis. Kennedy is a curious, higher-level critical thinker, determined and creative in the classroom, and respectful but challenging. Her leadership qualities, independent nature, academic accomplishments and community involvement make her a wellrounded young woman. Caroline Winicki is a consci-
Region 15 staff and student award winners, left to right, RMS Principal Anthony Salutari, Riley Bragg, Daniel Koobatian, PHS Principal Lorrie Rodrigue, Leanne Sikora, Owen Hart, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Sippy, Caroline Winicki, Rebekah Kennedy and MMS Principal Dr. John Sieller gather for a photograph. (Submitted photo) entious, responsible and dedicated student. A natural leader, she is a determined, enthusiastic young woman with a penchant for learning and helping others. Winicki is an independent thinker going above and beyond in her desire to succeed. Winicki attained high honors for all three years at MMS. She volunteers at a local nursing home, works for Haitian children and makes sandwiches for the poor. She is involved in Leadership Club and the MMS school newspaper and placed first in History Day. She plays the clarinet in the MMS
band, swims for PAC and horse- member and peer tutor and parback rides. ticipates in music and art programs. She won a gold key in the Rochambeau Middle Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in 2012. Bragg is a memSchool RMS eighth-grader Riley ber of her church group particiBragg earned high honors during pating in community events. Daniel Koobatian is an “A” aveach marking period. As a memerage student excelling in both ber of Girls Inc. STEM, she won academics and musical talent. the “Smart Award” for excellence He participated in the “You-Bein math, science and community The-Chemist Challenge,” sucservice. Bragg won the Patriot ceeding at the regional level in Pen essay contest. She has pargrades six and eight and the state ticipated on the RMS soccer and track teams. In grade eight, she level in grade seven. Koobatian was named captain of the soccer is a peer tutor, student council team. Bragg is a student council member and member of chorus,
Middlebury Senior Center News exercises Friday afternoons from riously ill and cannot speak for The Greater Waterbury Tran- 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the senior yourself. It is an easy-to-complete form that lets you specify sit District (Dial-a-Ride) runs on center. The fee is $3 per class. what you want. Once it is filled Thursdays. All out-of-town rides PC Training out and properly signed, it is must be planned for Thursdays One-on-one individual com- valid under the laws of most as the mini-bus will be used only puter training by advance ap- states, including Connecticut. in town. “Five Wishes” shares your perpointment is available Monday, Free Blood Pressure Wednesday and Thursday be- sonal, emotional and spiritual tween 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for needs as well as your medical Screening $15 an hour. Call 203-577-4166, wishes. It lets you choose the The Visiting Nurse Associa- ext. 711, for an appointment. person you want to make health tion offers free blood pressure care decisions for you if you are screening every Tuesday be- Five Wishes Living Wills not able to make them. “Five tween 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. No Joyce Buccelli from Innovative Wishes” lets you say exactly how appointment is necessary. Hospice Care, “VITAS,” will be at you wish to be treated if you get Senior Center Wednesday, seriously ill. Adult Strengthening the It helps your family because: June 12, at 12:30 p.m. to talk • It tells your family, friends and Classes about the “Five Wishes” form. doctor how you want to be Jim Demeis, a physical ther- The “Five Wishes” document treated if you become seriously apist from Access Rehab, teaches gives you a way to control how ill. older adults strength-training you will be treated if you get se-
Falls Avenue Senior Center Events
Connecticut Troubadour Performance Tom Callinan, Connecticut’s first official troubadour, will bring his “This is Our Country” program to the center Wednesday, May 29, at 2 p.m. Callinan represented Connecticut at the
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Millennium Stage State Days Series in Washington, D.C., and his original songs were included in Connecticut Public Television’s Emmy Award-winning documentary, “A Connecticut Yankee in Red Square.” Please register by May 28. This performance is sponsored by Middlebury Convalescent Home.
Qigong Class The next free Qigong class will be Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m. The 45-minute class taught by Alyssa Posegate uses ancient Chinese techniques to improve healing. Please register by May 30.
Monthly Cooking Class
Those senior designation credentials give the impression advisers have specialized training or expertise in dealing with the finances of seniors. The report notes there’s a big difference between a college-level course and a weekend seminar. There’s no oversight or enforcement for the use of those designations. Another study showed that, unfortunately, seniors are more likely to rely on someone who uses one of those senior designations. Seniors are the targets of financial marketing, since it’s as-
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• Your family members will not have to guess what you want. They won’t have to make hard choices without knowing your wishes. • You can know what your mom, dad, spouse or friend wants. You can be there for them when they need you most. You will understand what they really want. Call 203-577-4166 to reserve a seat.
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PHS Marching Band in Middlebury Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27 PHS Marching Band in Southbury Memorial Day Parade
Tuesday, May 28 Regionwide Grade 4 Instrumental Recruitment Night for Parents and Students........................................................................ PHS, 6 p.m. RMS Sports Awards................................................................. AP Room
Wednesday, May 29 PES and GES Grade 5 Visit to RMS.............................. 9:30-11:30 a.m. MES and LMES Grade 5 Visit to MMS....................................9:30 a.m. PES and GES Grade 5 Parent Orientation ................................................................RMS, AP Room, 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Thursday, May 30
Don’t throw your used ink MES and LMES Grade 5 Parent Meeting cartridges away. Instead, donate ........................................................................ MMS Cafeteria, 6:45 p.m. them to the Middlebury Senior RMS Grade 6 and Small Ensemble Concert.........................6:15 p.m. Center. They recycle.
Friday, May 31
Professional Development Half-Day.....................Early Release Day PHS Jazz Band, Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra.........7 p.m. MMS Select Ensembles to Lake Compounce
Saturday, June 1
able at the clinic for those who No Events Scheduled Chef and wedding planner do not own clubs. Register by Region 15 website: www.region15.org June 3. Corky Plourde will prepare a healthy, easy-to-prepare and affordable dish Friday, May 31, at 1:30 p.m. Please register by May 28.
Free Golf Clinic The center is offering a free golf clinic Thursday, June 6, at 10 a.m. at Crestbrook Park Golf Course. The informal clinic taught by Ivan Cyr will provide an opportunity for beginners and those who have never played golf to learn the basics of the game. Practice golf clubs will be avail-
Don’t Be Fooled by Fancy Title A recent report to Congress by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau details the many problems seniors have in determining whether financial advisers are genuine. The long title of the report was “Senior Designations for Financial Advisers: Reducing Consumer Confusion and Risks of the Broker or the Investment Adviser.” It focuses on the special credentials used to market senior financial services. At least 50 different “senior designation” credentials are used to market advisers’ services, all designed to confuse us. Some of those titles and acronyms sound similar to others or imply a legitimacy that isn’t real, such as “Registered Senior Investment Adviser.” The report says, “all too often, these are just clever marketing ploys to bait the hook.”
Region 15 School Calendar Sunday, May 26
Falls Avenue Senior Center events are for area adults 55 and older. 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.
chorale and orchestra. In grades seven and eight, he was selected for the CMEA. Koobatian was inducted into Tri-M in grade seven and is currently an alternate officer. He is a member of the Leaders Club and church groups and strives to make a positive impact on the school community.
Owen Hart excels in all subject areas and is an active member of the PHS community. Hart is president of the Art Club and a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society. He served as secretary for the French Honor Society. He writes for the school newspaper, is a Link Crew member, and mentors underclassmen throughout the school year. Hart participated in the “Names Can Really Hurt Us” program and volunteered as facilitator for sophomores. He actively participates in the Young Democrats Club. Hart volunteered his time as a camp counselor at a local YMCA camp. Leanne Sikora defines “school spirit.” She is a natural leader, is outgoing and is an energetic young woman. Sikora participated in the “Names Can Really Hurt Us” program and was master of ceremonies for the Fall Pep Rally. She volunteered more than 270 hours with Pomperaug Pop Warner, setting up the snack shack and volunteering as a junior coach. She volunteered with the PHS Student Council and Southbury United Church of Christ as well as organizing and collecting donations for the PHS Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser. She is a person with the highest ethical and moral values and is respected by the school community.
sumed we have loads of retirement savings, inheritance money and equity. We’re invited to “free lunch” seminars, which are ways to get us in one place to sell us financial products. To get help if you question the “senior designations” you’re shown, call the CFPB at 855-4112372. To report violators, call the bureau’s whistleblower line at 855-695-7974 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The CFPB even has an Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans, so it has our best interests in mind. Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to email@example.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
Friday, May 24, 2013
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In Brief Memorial Day Flags for Middlebury Veterans
Duplicate Bridge The Jewish Federation hosts duplicate bridge every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the social hall at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. The public is welcome to join. For more information, contact Anita Osband at 203-264-6820.
Those who lost a family member during the past year who was a veteran of the armed services and is buried in Middlebury can contact Lion Ray Sullivan at 203758-9939 to assure that an American flag will be placed on their Love and Knishes veteran’s grave for Memorial Singer and pianist Jeff WieselDay. The flag decorating and Memorial Day ceremony are berg will entertain at the Wednessponsored by the Middlebury day, May 29, Love and Knishes at 12 p.m. at the Jewish Federation Lions Club. at 444 Main St. North in SouthCommunity Memorial bury. His repertoire includes everything from old standards to Day Grill Frank Sinatra, Buddy Holly, the The Roxbury Congregational Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Church will sponsor a Memorial Elton John, Billy Joel and others. Day Grill Monday, May 27, on Diners will enjoy a delicious the church grounds immediately three-course meal catered by following the town parade. The Jordan Caterers. Lunch reservaparade begins at 10 a.m. in front tions should be made by noon of the church. Hamburgers with Monday, May 27. All programs all the trimmings, chips, a drink are open to the public, and there and a brownie will be served. is a suggested lunch donation of “The church is sponsoring this $7.50 for adults age 60 and older. event to foster community spirit,” To RSVP, call 203-267-3177. said The Rev. David F. Peters, the church’s minister. “With so many Woodbury Lions gathered in the town center for Car Show the parade, the church felt it The Woodbury Lions Club would be an ideal time to offer this meal as a way to have a good 35th Annual Antique Auto Show time among the families in town. will take place June 2, 2013, at There is so little time where our Hollow Park in Woodbury, residents can come together in Conn., to raise money for their an informal manner. We hope scholarship fund. This fundraiser that many will come just to enjoy attracts more than 400 antique one another’s company even if and show cars from around the Northeast. not eating.” Cars can begin to enter for If rain cancels the parade, the meal will be canceled as well. For judging at 9 a.m., with the first more information, call the 300 entries receiving a free dashchurch office at 860-355-1978. board plaque for their car. Everyone else will be admitted starting The church is at 24 Church St. at 10 a.m. Admission price is $15 per car, $5 per person, children Beach Closed at Northfield Brook Lake $1 and those under 10 free. Judging begins at noon, and trophies The U.S. Army Corps of Engi- will be presented at 3 p.m. neers, New England District has closed the swimming beach at Cholesterol Testing Northfield Brook Lake in ThomasProgram ton, Conn., until further notice The Pomperaug District Dedue to unsafe conditions. Hazards found include 1 to 2 feet of partment of Health, which serves sediment, aquatic weeds, tree the towns of Southbury, Woodbranches and vegetation through- bury, and Oxford is conducting out the bottom of the swim area its “Know Your Numbers” proas a result of past floods. It is un- gram the first Thursday of every known whether the beach will month from 9 to 11 a.m. at its reopen. However, the remainder office in Playhouse Corner at 77 of the park is open to the public, Main St. North, Suite 205, in including picnic tables, picnic Southbury. Appointments are required; call 203-264-9616, ext. shelters and restrooms. For more information, call the 0. The “Know Your Numbers” Thomaston Dam office at 860program provides a low-cost way 283-5540.
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Naugatuck Historical Society to be Blue Star Museum
The Naugatuck Historical Society will be one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. Free admission will be offered to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. Yiddish Class Leadership support has been The Jewish Federation will provided by MetLife Foundation hold Yiddish classes with Rabbi Shlomo Shulman on four Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. New and returning students are welcome. Participants will explore classic Yiddish songs, jokes and wise Southbury First Selectman Ed sayings to improve their vocabulary and understanding of the Edelson launched a new “Go Green Go Southbury” initiative language. Rabbi Shulman and his wife, at the Environmental Awareness Aviva, run the Maimonides So- Day Saturday, May 18. In his reciety at Yale. “So come learn the marks, Edelson said, “The camdifference between a shlemiel paign’s overall objective is to and a shlemazal and how to make sure all residents are aware avoid being either. Start pepper- of the many existing and future ing your shpiel with Yiddisha programs that the town has to shprach” Rabbi Shulman said. help us save money while being The cost is $36 for four classes. better stewards of the excellent Please call 203-267-3177 to reg- environment we have inherited from those who came before us ister. and that we have borrowed from Boy Scout Bottle Drive our descendants.” Edelson unveiled the new logo Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. (shown above right) and said it to 1 p.m., Middlebury Boy Scout Troop 5 will hold a bottle and can would be the overarching theme drive at the Village Square Plaza for the initiative. He said the iniat 530 Middlebury Road in Mid- tiative will save taxpayer money dlebury. All Connecticut deposit in the long run. Since the cost of bottles, cans and plastics will be municipal waste disposal is exaccepted. The Boy Scouts thank pected to increase in the future, you for your donations. If you he said it is time to look for alterneed bottles or cans picked up, natives to dumping trash in a bin please call Michael Zinko at 203- and forgetting about it. “Southbury has made prog758-8599 prior to June 8. ress over the years in creating Get Ready for the SATs this awareness and reducing its garbage. Now we need to do Want to use your summertime more,” Edelson said. The initiawisely? Join Chase Collegiate’s tive will include guidance from SAT Prep Program run by Ivy the Governor’s Working Group Bound to raise your SAT score by on Modernizing Recycling on 100 to 300 points. Courses are steps such as mining the town’s geared toward rising grades 9 to trash for precious metals. 12 and are taught by Ivy Bound Edelson said the Youth Wildinstructors, who score in the top life and Recycling Foundation 1 percent themselves. several months ago informed the Tuition includes all study maBoard of Selectmen that none of terials for the 2012/2013 SATs, Southbury’s parks had recycling practice tests and an ongoing bins. Subsequently, the town help line (phone help two nights purchased 80 bins that will be a week, 11 months of the year). placed in the parks. The town Call 860-666-5550, ext. 309, to also is looking for a recycling bin register directly with Ivy Bound. compatible with the Streetscape design and hopes to have some of them in place later this year on Main Street South. He said,
through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www. arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The Naugatuck Historical Society will officially launch the program Thursday, June 6, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m., the anniversary
of D-Day, with its monthly First Thursday program. In June it will be dedicated to our military past. On exhibit will be uniforms and medals from some of our dedicated soldiers and the special story of a particular soldier who was part of D-Day and became a prisoner of war. The program will be free for all veterans, active military and their families as well as member of the society. All others will be $2 a person or $5 a family. The Naugatuck Historical Society is at 195 Water St. in Naugatuck.
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to programs not related to recycling. For example, the town hopes to have solar panels on its library building before the end of the year. And the Board of Selectmen has been investigating the state’s model water conservation ordinance for several years. Southbury recently celebrated its 15th year as a Tree City USA designation because of its proactive commitment to trees. Edelson said he was impressed by the work of local environmental groups to encourage homeowners to use organic practices on their lawns instead of biocides like pesticides and insecticides. “We know that these chemicals are already infiltrating our local aquifer,” he said. He said bumper stickers displaying the new logo will be on all town vehicles and will be available to residents who want to show their support. The town also will work with the business community to create a partnering program around “Go Green Go Southbury.” Look for a “Go Green Go Southbury” page on the town’s website, www.southbury-ct.org, hopefully by May 24. Edelson closed his remarks by saying someone once told him you always should have an audacious goal in mind – something that challenges conventional wisdom. He said he would like to see Southbury set the goal of being a zero-waste community. “If we set our minds to it, I think we can achieve it,” he said.
Friday, May 24, 2013
PHS seniors receive SWC Leadership Awards
Obituaries Floyd “Ray” Quinn
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The Connecticut Interseriously and served as the to Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Beloved Husband, scholastic Athletic Confereffective leader the proRegional Office, 40 Main St., New Milence (CIAC) South West gram needed. He also used ford, CT 06776 Father & WWII Vet For more information or to send Conference honored Pomhumor to get his peers to Mr. Floyd “Ray” Quinn, e-condolences visit www.chaseparkperaug High School (PHS) go above and beyond. He 91, passed away peace- waymemorial.com seniors Brittany Mendelwas a leader in the sense fully, surrounded by his son and Jesse Prajer with that he never acted out of loved ones, at the Vilits annual Leadership character, but he did whatlage at East Farms in Award. The 27 students ever he could to get others Waterbury Friday, May receiving this award were to achieve their best ef17, 2013. He was a de- Former Post College Employee selected by their respective forts. He understood he voted husband of 71 years to Angela Vincent R. Sosnowski, age 61, of schools for leadership had to extend himself be- (Mollica) Quinn. Naugatuck passed away Thursday, Ray was born in Naugatuck Aug. May 9, 2013 at his home. qualities displayed in their yond his comfort zone, but athletic endeavors, in the he kept the best interests 28, 1921. He proudly served his counMr. Sosnowski was born in Waterclassroom, in the school of the program in mind. try in the U.S. Navy during World War bury, July 9, 1951, the son of the late After his service, he returned home, Vincent J. and Eleanor (Komacki) and in their communities. Prajer learned that being a II. working in the construction business Sosnowski. He was a longtime NaugAt the Leadership captain has nothing to do as a builder and carpenter in WaterAward ceremony May 2, with popularity and every- bury, Naugatuck and surrounding atuck resident and had formerly been the students were prething to do with doing areas. He loved to bowl and was an employed at Post College. Vincent was a member of Holy Saviour National sented with plaques that what is best for the pro- avid sports fan, especially of UCONN Catholic Church. He also was an Eagle included a quote by Presgram. basketball. Scout. Besides his beloved wife, he leaves ident Theodore Roosevelt, During his two seasons He is survived by his aunt, Florence “Far better it is to dare with the indoor track team, his children, Susan David and her Komacki of Naugatuck and several mighty things, to win gloPrajer was a key performer husband, Dennis, of Thomaston; cousins, including Frances Jurgelwicz, rious triumphs even for his team. Aside from his Randy Quinn and his wife, Randi, of Robert Komacki and Louis DaDamo. Raymond Quinn and his Private graveside services were though checkered by failperformance as an athlete, Middlebury; wife, Marianne, of Middlebury; five held at Holy Saviour Cemetery in Nauure, than to rank with he demonstrated great grandchildren, two great-grandchilthose poor spirits who nei- Attending the SWC Leadership Award ceremony are, left to right, SWC Exec- leadership qualities. As a dren and many nieces and nephews. gatuck. The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral ther enjoy nor suffer much utive Secretary Pam Goodpaster, PHS senior Jesse Prajer, SWC President Gregg senior leader, Prajer took All services will be private. They Home at 240 North Main St in NaugShugrue, PHS senior Brittany Mendelson and SWC Athletic Executive Board because they live in the it upon himself to mentor have been entrusted to Chase Parkway atuck assisted the family with arrangegray twilight that knows Chair Ann Praxton. Mendelson and Prajer hold the awards they were given younger athletes to im- Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral ments. To send an on-line condoneither victory nor defeat.” for their leadership qualities. (Submitted photo) prove their abilities so they Home at 430 Chase Parkway in Wa- lence, visit www.naugatuckvalley“Region 15 congratucould become the best terbury. There are no calling hours. memorial.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial conlates both Brittany and Prajer on Injuries slowed her down during her four years at Pomperaug they could be. He assisted his this award, but more impor- track, but she still set a positive High School, elevating the cross coaches by instructing his teamM-SAT 11am-12am • SUN 12pm- 11pm tantly, we know they are pre- example as she recovered from country and track programs to mates on proper form and techpared for the next phase in their her injuries. She recovered to win new successes. She has been a niques. His commitment put Bar Open Later! lives,” said Region 15 Athletic the Class L championship race positive example for the entire forward in bettering himself Director Joseph Velardi. in cross country her junior year team to emulate and is looked compelled his teammates to Mendelson has been a leader and to lead the team to the State up to as a role model by her strive for the same. Prajer confor the Pomperaug cross country Open race for the third consec- peers. As a senior leader, she took sistently motivated his fellow and track and field teams since utive year. on the responsibility of working athletes through respect, positive M-SAT 11am-12 am ♦ SUN 12 pm- 11pm she joined them as a freshman. In the injury-plagued fall of with younger athletes with the reinforcement and motivation. 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The MRA will open Memorial Day weekend. It will be open Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 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. 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.
Veterans’ Memorial Service The Middlebury Lions Club Veterans’ Memorial Service will be Sunday, May 26, at 12 p.m. in the Middlebury Cemetery on Route 64 behind Middlebury Garage. All are welcome to attend this service honoring war veterans.
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.
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.
Pee Wee Summer Day Camp Registration is under way for Pee Wee Camp for 3- and 4-yearolds. It will meet Monday to Friday, June 3 to 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Shepardson Community Center. The fee is $65 for residents; $75 for nonresidents.
Middlebury Day Middlebury Day at Quassy Amusement Park will be Friday, June 7, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Middlebury residents with proper photo identification will get free rides, and town organizations will sell refreshments in the pavilion from 5 to 8 p.m. Free ride passes will be valid until 9:30 p.m. There will be a $6 per car fee for parking.
3 secrets to an inspired life When you live a truly inspired life, you are not tethered to this world but you are very much a part of every single moment. When you choose to live in a truly awakened state, you are tested in little ways every day to up your game for living in truth from the inside out. There are no shackles binding you to the past or projections for “what ifs” and “wanna haves” for the future. There is a precision for living that fills you with light, with grace, with joy, with luminosity and with kindness. You recognize the connections we all have to one another and allow others to express themselves without taking their words, ways or meanings personally. Obviously I’m talking normal behavior versus the extreme. Harmony is the way the universe works, the way nature operates, and the way the animal kingdom moves and flows. If you’d like to live an inspired life, observe your natural world. Tap into the immense power of your mind, act on your intuition and live lightly. This week’s nuggets for life are threefold: 1. Know the power of your brilliant mind. Be focused, precise and clear with your thoughts by directing them positively. Whether at home, at work, traveling, caring for children or parents, exercising, eating, dressing or dreaming; whether feeling happy, sad, confused, unsure, disappointed or disillusioned, har-
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The Revolution3 (Rev3) Triathlon returns to Quassy Amusement Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 31 to June 2. A new event this year will be the Rev3 5KGlow, a 3.1-mile fun run Friday evening. “Quassy remains one of the most fun and unique locations for our races. We have really enjoyed this venue,” said Charlie Patten, president of Rev3. “We’re fortunate to be able to host these events that can take advantage of such a historic location with so many natural landmarks.” Saturday, June 1, will feature an Olympic distance race with a 0.9-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run. Sunday, June 2, will bring a Half Distance race, with a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run. Family activities will start Friday with the race expo, which runs all three days of the event. The Rev3 5KGlow will be Friday night just before sunset. Runners will travel through Flanders Nature Center wearing glow-in-thedark t-shirts, glow sticks and some fun surprises. This event is for everyone in the community. Families also are encouraged to take part in the Little Rev Family Adventure Race Saturday. This scavenger hunt will send teams of three searching for
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women finished within a minute of each other. Former World Champion Mirinda Carfrae, Heather Wurtele and Angela Naeth will return this year. They will be challenged by Melissa Rollison, Kelly Williamson and many other strong women in one of the deepest and most competitive fields you will find in any race. Returning Champion Richie Cunningham, perennial favorite Matty Reed, Joe Gambles, Andrew Starykowicz, Jesse Thomas and Ben Collins are among the men competing, rounding out an amazing field of professional athletes. For photos and results from last year’s race, plus the most up-to-date list of this year’s competitors, visit Rev3tri.com. Racers follow a course that starts in beautiful Lake Quassapaug and is followed by a transition area in Quassy Amusement Park. The bike leg leaves the park to follow the rolling hills and historic dams of Litchfield County, Conn., while the run leg skirts the shore of Lake Quassapaug and the historic districts of Middlebury, Woodbury and
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Road closings for through traffic Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, are: Route 64 (between routes 188 and 6): June 1 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and June 2 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuttle Road (between Route 64 and White Deer Rock Road): June 2 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. White Deer Rock Road (between Tuttle Road and Tranquility Road): June 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Judd Road (between Pomperaug High School and Judd Hill Road): June 1 from 8 to 11 a.m. and June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Alain White/Whites Wood Road (between Route 61 and Bissell Road): June 2 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. With more than 2,000 athletes racing, motorists can expect to experience delays throughout the race course to ensure both athletes and motorists remain safe. Police will be on hand to direct traffic and keep people moving as efficiently as possible.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: While having dinner with my father, he suddenly had a blank look and stopped eating. He couldn’t speak clearly. My brothers and I got him onto a couch, and he stayed there for about 15 minutes. Finally, someone suggested he might be having a stroke, and we called 911. In the emergency room, the doctor had a CT scan done and then gave him a clot-busting drug. It worked unbelievably. He regained his speech and could move. Is this common? I thought strokes came from bleeding in the brain. What’s going on? – T.M. ANSWER: Strokes come in two varieties. The less-common kind is bleeding from a broken brain artery, often one that has an innate weakness in its wall. That’s an aneurysm. It has an explosive onset and produces a “worst headache ever.” This is a hemorrhagic stroke, accounting for 15 percent of strokes. May 25 to June 1, 2013 The more-common kind of stroke is an ischemic (is-KEYVarsity Boys’ Golf Tuesday, May 28................... Coaches Cup Tournament (A)................ 3 p.m. mick) stroke, one that results from a blockage of blood flow Boys’ Tennis through an artery serving the Saturday, May 25................. CIAC Touranment (A)......................... 8:30 a.m. brain. It’s similar to what hap(H) Home (A) Away pens in a heart attack when a heart artery is plugged up. Your dad had this kind of stroke. The
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CT scan your dad had is one way of differentiating a hemorrhagic stroke from an ischemic one. Signs of both kinds of stroke are a sudden inability to speak, an inability to understand the spoken word, loss of sensations from parts of the body, weakness of a leg or arm, and vision changes. Deprived of blood, brain cells and tissues die fairly quickly. As in your father’s case, clot-dissolving drugs can establish circulation to the brain area deprived of blood. If such treatment is given within three to four hours from the onset of symptoms, people can make a complete or nearcomplete recovery of function. The booklet on strokes provides information on this common and often tragic malady. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue –No. 902W,
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1. Who was the first second baseman to win back-to-back National League MVP awards? 2. Name the catcher who holds the modern major-league record for most passed balls in a season. 3. In 2012, Steve Weatherford of the New York Giants became the third punter in NFL history to receive a franchise-player tag. Name the other two. 4. Who was the first player in NCAA men’s basketball history to have a quadruple-double in a game? 5. In 2013, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos became the fourth-youngest player (at age 23) to score 200 career goals. Who did it at a younger age? 6. Who was the last U.S. man before David Boudia in 2012 to win a gold medal in Olympic diving? 7. In 2013, Tiger Woods tied the mark for most career victories at one PGA event (eight). Who else holds the record?
Answers 1. Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds, 1975-76. 2. Texas’ Geno Petralli, with 35 in 1987. 3. Todd Sauerbrun (2003 with Carolina) and Michael Koenen (2009, Atlanta). 4. Tennessee-Martin’s Lester Hudson, in 2007 (25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals). 5. Wayne Gretzky (age 21), Mario Lemieux (22) and Dale Hawerchuk (22). 6. Mark Lenzi, in 1992. 7. Sam Snead.
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Depending on the wattage of the oldfashioned light bulbs they offset, compact fluorescent light bulbs can save you money. Of course, the savings build up over time – months and years. CFLs are best used as part of an overall energy savings plan for your home. You don’t have to outfit your house with a complete solar panel array, wind turbines or other top-line (and top-dollar) gadgets to start cutting your energy bills. You can start saving easily by turning off unnecessary lights and unplugging electrical or electronic items that don’t get much use: for example, a clock radio in the guest room. Set your summertime thermostat no lower than 68 degrees F. If you have a programmable ther-
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Revive your garden By MELINDA MYERS Spring floods, summer droughts and temperature extremes take their toll on gardens and the gardeners who tend them. Help your gardens recover from the crazy temperature and moisture extremes that seem to occur each year. Start by assessing the current condition of your landscape. Remove dead plants as soon as possible. They can harbor insect and disease organisms that can infest your healthy plantings. Consider replacing struggling plants with healthy plants better suited to the space, growing conditions and landscape design. You often can achieve better results in less time by starting over rather than trying to nurse a sick plant back to health. As always, select plants suited to the growing environment, and that includes normal rainfall. Every season is different, but selecting plants suited to the average conditions will minimize the care needed and increase your odds for success. Roses, coneflowers, sedums and zinnias are just a few drought-tolerant plants. Elderberry, ligularia, Siberian iris and marsh marigold are a few moisture-tolerant plants. Be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Install an irrigation system such as the Snip-n-drip soaker system in the garden. It allows you to apply water directly to the soil alongside plants. This means less water is wasted to evaporation, wind and overhead watering. You’ll also reduce the risk of disease by keeping water off the plant leaves. A properly installed and managed irrigation system will help save water. The convenience
An irrigation system like this soaker hose can help your garden survive when rainfall is scarce. (Submitted photo) makes it easy to water thoroughly, encouraging deep roots, and only when needed. Turn the system on early in the day while you tend to other gardening and household chores. You’ll waste less water to evaporation and save time since the system will do the watering for you. Capture rainwater and use it to water container and in-ground gardens. Rain barrels and cisterns have long been used for this purpose and are experiencing renewed interest. Look for these features when buying or making your own rain barrel: Make sure the spigot is located close to the bottom so less water collects and stagnates. Select one that has a screen over the opening to keep out debris. And look for an overflow that directs the water into another barrel or away from the house. Add a bit of paint to turn your rain barrel into a piece of art. Or tuck it behind some containers, shrubs or a decorative trellis. Just make sure it is easy to access. Be sure to mulch trees and shrubs with shredded bark or
woodchips to conserve moisture, suppress weeds and reduce competition from nearby grass. You’ll eliminate hand trimming while protecting trunks and stems from damaging weed whips and mowers. Invigorate weather-worn perennials with compost and an auger bit. Spread an inch of compost over the soil surface. Then use an auger bit, often used for planting bulbs, and drill the compost into the soil in open areas throughout the garden. You’ll help move the compost to the root zone of the plants and aerate the soil with this one activity. A little advance planning and preparation can reduce your workload and increase your gardening enjoyment. Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written more than 20 gardening books, including “Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening.” Her website is www.melindamyers.com.
Rabies, dog license clinic The Pomperaug District Department of Health, Southbury Animal Control and Southbury Veterinary Hospital will provide a low-cost rabies clinic for dogs and cats Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Southbury Town Garage on Peter Road. June is dog-licensing month, so the Southbury Town Clerk also will be at the clinic to issue dog licenses. A copy of a current rabies vaccination will be required. Licenses for new dogs that have not been licensed in the prior year also will require a copy of the spay/neuter certificate from the vet, if applicable. The cost is $8 for spayed or neutered dogs and $19 for intact male and female dogs payable by check only. The cost for rabies vaccina-
tions is $15 CASH ONLY per animal. There are no residency requirements. Dogs must be on a leash, and cats must be in carriers. Cats on leashes will not be accepted. Collar tags and certificates will be provided as required by law. Dr. Joseph Ross of Southbury Veterinary Hospital will donate his services and the vaccine for this event. All proceeds will be donated to local charities. Connecticut law requires all dogs and cats 3 months of age or older be vaccinated against rabies. Written proof of prior vaccination for rabies must be presented to qualify for a three-year certificate. Tags are not acceptable proof. A one-year certificate will be given to all others. This is in com-
pliance with the directive of the State Veterinarian. State law requires that all pets vaccinated for the first time in 2012 must be revaccinated within 1 year. Check your pets’ rabies vaccination certificate for the expiration date. The Southbury Animal Control Officer advises people who have pets that are due for their rabies shots soon after this clinic to come to the clinic anyway. It is safe for animals to receive the shot a little earlier than scheduled, and by getting the booster a little early it will ensure the rabies vaccine does not lapse in case the owner forgets to schedule an appointment. Also, the clinic offers the vaccine at a very low cost.
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