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Volume IX, No. 28

Friday, August 16, 2013

Sales tax free week starts Sunday HARTFORD — Connecticut shoppers have one week each year to buy most items of clothing and footwear costing under $300 per item without paying Connecticut sales tax. This year the tax-free week will be Sunday, Aug. 18, through Saturday, Aug. 24. Sales and use taxes do not apply to sales or purchases of clothing or footwear costing less than $300 per item during the exclusion week. The $300 exclusion applies to sales made by Connecticut retailers, by out-of-state retailers required to collect Connecticut use tax on sales to Connecticut customers, and to purchases by Connecticut customers on which they would otherwise be required to self-assess use tax. The exclusion applies to each item sold regardless of how many items are sold to a customer on the same invoice, but the exclusion does not apply to any portion of the price of an item that costs $300 or more. Articles such as pairs of shoes that are normally sold as a unit must be sold that way. They can’t be separated and sold as individual items to qualify for the exclusion. Suits that normally sell for more than $300 cannot be split up either, so a retailer cannot sell the pants and the suit coat of a $400 suit separately for $200 each to qualify. If the two are normally sold as separate items with separate price tags, the exclusion will apply to each item. Layaway sales also qualify if the items that cost less than $300 are put on layaway during the exclusion week. None of the customer’s payments will be taxable even if they are made after the exclusion week, and the item will not be taxable when the customer takes delivery or possession of it.

If an item was put on layaway prior to the exclusion week, the item doesn’t qualify even if the customer takes possession of it during the exclusion week. Items purchased by mail, telephone, or over the Internet also qualify if they cost less than $300, are sold during the exclusion week, and the customer pays the full purchase price or is fully charged for the items regardless of when they are delivered. The exclusion also applies to orders placed prior to the exclusion week if the customer pays the full purchase price or is fully charged for the item during the exclusion week. For orders placed during exclusion week for out-of-stock items, the exclusion does not apply unless the customer pays the full purchase price or is fully charged for the item during that week. Custom orders also benefit from the tax exclusion if the orders for items costing less than $300 are placed and paid for during the exclusion week even though delivery will be after the exclusion week. If payment in full is not made during the exclusion week, the exclusion does not apply if the article of clothing is delivered after the exclusion week. Rentals of clothing or footwear costing less than $300 are also tax-free during the week. To qualify the customer must take possession of the rented clothing or footwear during the exclusion week. The item can be returned after the week. Items picked up before the exclusion week do not qualify even if they are returned during the week. For more information, call the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services at 1-800-382-9463 or 860-297-5962 or look on the web site,

CAA creates airport enterprise zone State Sen. Rob Kane (R-32) and State Rep. David Labriola (R-131) are applauding the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) for passing a measure to promote economic development near Oxford Airport. A portion of Middlebury is included in the new zone. Businesses in the zone will be able to apply for reduced taxes. The CAA Board of Directors on Aug. 12 approved a motion to create an Oxford Airport Development Zone to foster new business development, add jobs and generate new municipal and state tax revenues. “It’s just the type of message we

should be sending to the private sector,” Kane said. “We’ve got to do all we can to promote economic development and job creation in Connecticut. The zone’s creation sends a clear, straightforward message to the business community that we are committed to growing jobs. It’s a positive step, and a welcome one. We thank state officials for taking this action.” “This is tremendous news for the people of Oxford and the surrounding area,” Labriola said. “This creates an engine for economic growth and will allow the airport and the entire region to reach its full potential.”

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Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department ambulance volunteers, left to right, Beverly Dassonville, Tom O. Proulx, Nick Pelletier and Mike Wilmot stand by one of the MVFD ambulances. EMT training starts in September for those interested in joining these dedicated volunteers.  (James Redway photo)

Help save lives – become an EMT By MARJORIE NEEDHAM The Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) needs more Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) to staff its two ambulances. And the department is making becoming an EMT easier. First, the fire department is offering EMT classes at the Middlebury firehouse on Tucker Hill Road starting Tuesday, Sept. 10. The fire department also is helping with the cost of the course. Although you don’t have to be a Middlebury resident to take the course, the MVFD will pay half the course cost up front for Middlebury residents who agree to ride on the ambulance after they have successfully passed the course. And it will pay the other half of the cost once those EMTs have served six months on the crew. Once they start riding the ambulance, they also will earn $15 for each call. Middlebury resident Tom O. Proulx has served on the ambulance crew since 1954 and remembers when a station wagon served as the ambulance. “What we really need are people to join and volunteer,” Proulx said. Another Middlebury resident, Beverly Dassonville, became an EMT 10 years ago, and she loves it. “It’s so rewarding,” Dassonville said. “After each call you feel so good. You’re helping people. You’re saving lives.” She said she hasn’t delivered any babies, but she has responded to a number of calls involving children. “Kids are so scared and so vulnerable, I hate to hear calls where kids are involved,” she said, “but it’s good to know we can help them.” A special time for her each year is during October when, during fire prevention week, the MVFD takes its ambulances from school to school so students can tour them. “It helps teach kids not to be afraid of the ambulance,” she said. Over the years, Dassonville has responded to many calls, and sometimes the outcome has not been good. Despite this, she said she wouldn’t give up being an EMT.

She said she likes saving lives, and she likes being part of the MVFD and the crew that works on the ambulance. Her advice to those considering taking the course? “It is very rewarding. You must like people and you must be committed. Make sure that your heart is in it. It is a big responsibility.” The pamphlet on the course, distributed in part as an insert to the Aug. 2 issue of this newspaper, was written by MVFD Senior Lieutenant James Redway. It includes the URL,, which provides detailed information on the course, including a video and a link to print out the brochure. Redway also developed study guide software to use in conjunction with the course textbook, and he has donated copies of that software to all who enroll in the course. He said the software works on both Macs and PCs. “If you can pass the software test, you can pass the written test,” he said, referring to the state EMT certification test. Redway took the EMT course in 1994. He said he doesn’t ride the ambulance, but his EMT training comes in handy when the MVFD responds to an accident call on I-84. “It’s a great thing to know just to take care of yourself and your family,” he said. He said his training proved helpful when his grandmother was having a heart attack. Skip Gelati of Campion Ambulance Service will teach the classes, which will meet Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 to 10 p.m. Redway said of Gelati, “He’s a funny guy. He doesn’t bore you with a PowerPoint presentation. He gets up front, and he just goes. He’s an engaging instructor and he is very knowledgeable.” Redway said it’s more difficult today than it used to be to get volunteers for the ambulance, but the problem of getting volunteers is not unique to Middlebury. “It’s a problem all over the U.S.,” he said. “It’s the economy that dictates it. People have to work two jobs, and they don’t have time to volunteer.”

Still, he hopes residents will step up, take the course and serve on the ambulance crew. Crew members are asked to serve just one 8-hour shift a month. And, Redway pointed out, those who successfully complete the training will be certified nationally. “Once you take the training, you can be certified in any state,” he said. Looking at the situation from the taxpayer’s perspective, Redway said Middlebury is better off financially providing its own ambulance service. The cost to the taxpayer is a portion of the town’s fleet insurance and fuel for the ambulances. The fees collected for ambulance services cover the rest of the costs. With enough trained volunteers, taxpayers won’t have to pay a service to stand by at the firehouse, which can cost thousands of dollars. If too few people volunteer and Middlebury has to hire a paid service, taxes likely will increase. The course brochure lists five benefits of taking the EMT course: You will learn a new skill you will have for the rest of your life, you will enjoy a wonderful sense of accomplishment, you will make new friends and become part of the MVFD family, you will get paid for each call once you complete your training, and, as mentioned earlier, if you are a Middlebury resident who completes the course and then serves for six months, the fire department will pay for the course. Redway said his main point is that, in a small town like Middlebury, it is important for people to understand they need to step forward. The ambulance service cannot exist unless Middlebury residents take the initiative to help their community by volunteering some of their time. “They not only will help their community in ways they could never imagine, but the sense of satisfaction they will receive is incredibly valuable to their own sense of well-being,” he said. Interested in becoming an EMT? For more information, call Chief Paul Perrotti at 203-577-4036 or email

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9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Boy Scouts wash your vehicle to raise money Middlebury Fire House at 65 Tucker Hill Road in Middlebury A $5 donation is requested; popcorn and water also for sale.

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P&Z whizzes through agenda In a meeting lasting fewer than 20 minutes, the Middlebury Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Aug. 1 unanimously approved a tenant fit-up at 199 Park Road. It also OK’d the serving of liquor in addition to wine and beer at the 8 Fifty Restaurant, a small change in ceiling height for Pilot Seasoning’s new building, and several administrative matters. A Certificate of Zoning Compliance for a tenant of Sunbeam Dana Assard of Bethlehem is shown with a pig and piglets from Partners in Unit 105 of the old her farm. Timex Building at 199 Park Road was unanimously approved after commissioners agreed there were no issues with the plans. Permission for the 8 Fifty Wood Fired Pizza Restaurant at 850

Middlebury Road to serve liquor in addition to the wine and beer approved by special exception Dec. 2, 2012, was affirmed after discussion. Interim Zoning Enforcement Officer Curtis Bosco said owner Mark Gyolai wanted to provide liquor because of customer requests. Commissioners agreed with Chairman Terry Smith that Gyolai already had approval under Section 66.3 of the zoning regulations and could go ahead with his plans without need for approval. A site plan correction for Pilot Seasoning to raise the eave ceiling height to 22 feet from the 20 feet approved July 3 was OK’d without need for vote. Professional Engineer Mark Riefenhauser of Smith and Co. said the increased height at the planned

68 North Benson Road building was needed for incoming equipment and was well within the 35-foot height allowed in the zoning regulations. Smith said no approval was needed because the new height was within the regulations. In his ZEO report, Bosco highlighted the certificate of occupancy issued to 1365 LLC for Whittemore Crossing and the receipt of a check for $4,000 in fees. He also said Middlebury Convalescent Homes LLC was finally ready to begin Phase 2 of construction approved in 2007 but never started. The developer, Montagno Construction of Waterbury, wanted to know if those approvals were still valid. Bosco said the plans needed to be resubmitted in a new application

so the commission and town consultants could verify compliance with any changed zoning regulations. In enforcement matters, Bosco reviewed letters written for violations on Woodfield Road and Middlebury Road. Finally, in other matters, commissioners agreed with Bosco that a $75 certificate of lawful non-compliance could be issued for a two-family house being sold on Watertown Road. He said the 90-year old house was built before zoning regulations and was always maintained as a two-family residence. The next regular P&Z meeting is Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center.

Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., adults can learn all they will need to know to confidently begin raising chickens, sheep, cows, pigs, goats and other farm animals at home in their own backyard. Farmers Dana and Kenny Assard will lead the program to share what they’ve learned during their years of successfully

cut State Department of Banking will answer questions about this type of loan. If you’re thinking about a reverse mortgage or are just curious, learn all the facts from a trusted source. For more information, call 203-729-4591.

more than 20 years, delivering a lively, fun-filled program of traditional and original acoustic music. With two voices and an assortment of stringed instruments, the duo offers a show full of variety, energy and great old songs, along with some of their own and a few surprises along the way. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. This is a free program, open to the public. Register at the Reference Desk at 100 Poverty Road or by calling 203262-0626, ext. 130.

film about teens, pirates and buried treasure will start promptly at 7 p.m. Patrons are advised to bring a blanket to sit on. Freshly popped popcorn will be served. For more information, call 203263-3502.


Adult class on raising farm animals

farming the Percy Thompson Meadows Farm in Bethlehem. The seminar at the Flanders Art Studio at 5 Church Hill Road in Woodbury will conclude at the Assard farm a few minutes away. Knitting with Ms. Ann The cost is $12 per Flanders Join us for knitting with Ms. member or $15 per nonmember. Please call 203-263-3711, ext. 10, Ann every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. All levels of experience to register. are welcome.

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Have a computer or e-reader question? Need a basic lesson? Sign up for Ask Mike, Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 3:30 p.m. This repeats Date Time Address/Incident the third Tuesday of each month. 7/29/13 17:24 Christian Road and Southford Road. MoSpaces are limited. Call 203-758tor vehicle accident. Two cars. One patient 2634 to sign up. transported by FD 12. 7/30/13 21:47 8/05/13 02:16 8/06/13


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I-84 East. Reported car fire. Vehicle overheat. Christian Road at Route 188. Motor vehicle accident. Three refusals. I-84 West. Motor vehicle rollover. One transported on advanced life support. I-84 East. Motor vehicle accident. Two refusals. 1242 Whittemore Road. Activated fire alarm. Burnt food.

Book Review “Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story” by Carol Shaben (Grand Central Publishing, $25) Reviewed by Larry Cox Carol Shaben, an award-winning Canadian journalist, was working in the Middle East when she learned her father had been in a plane crash. Six passengers aboard the 10-seat Navajo Chieftain were killed in the crash, including Grant Notley, leader of the New Democratic Party in Alberta, Canada. The four survivors huddled in deep snow and subzero temperatures before finally being rescued. Shaben’s father was one of the survivors. Later, after watching her father struggle to process the horrific event, she decided the only way to fully understand what had happened was to write about it. The result is a book guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats. It began on an icy night in October 1984. A small plane carrying nine passengers departed the High Prairie airport in Alberta. Despite the dicey weather, the 24-year-old rookie pilot, Erik Vogel, was under pressure to complete the flight. Aboard was Car-

ol’s father, Larry Shaben, Canada’s first Muslim cabinet minister. The passengers also included Constable Scott Deschamps and Paul Archbault, his prisoner, who was shackled and in custody. Against regulations, Deschamps removed the handcuffs from his prisoner shortly before the ill-fated flight departed. Vogel was inexperienced, behind schedule and was concerned about the snow blowing across the tarmac. His job was on the line, and despite not having a co-pilot, he agreed to do the flight. About an hour after takeoff, the plane went down in the icy darkness. Through personal interviews with the survivors and her retelling and exploration of the events of that night, Shaben offers a rare insight into the minds and hearts of the four men who survived against insurmountable odds. For Shaben, the book was necessary so that she could make sense of the ordeal the survivors faced and ultimately make peace with her father. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Teen Duct Tape Tech Teens currently attending high school are invited to the library Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. to learn how to make awesome cases for their mobile devices using just duct tape. Please drop in at the library or call 203-7582634 for more information and to sign up. 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 for more information.

Naugatuck Family Fun Day Fundraiser The library is hosting a family fun day Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Friendly’s at 130 Rubber Ave. in Naugatuck. Friendly’s will donate a portion of your check to the library when you bring a voucher and present it with your payment. Pick up your vouchers at the library.

Snacks and Shows for Seniors Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m., the monthly Snacks and Shows for Seniors will feature the 1961 Oscar Winner for Best Picture starring Jack Lemmon. Before the film, make a fruit-and-veggie wrap. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. This event is open to patrons who are at least 50 years old and their guests. Registration is required. Visit or call the reference desk at 203-729-4591.

Meditation The ongoing meditation practice meets every second and fourth Tuesday from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the Reading Room. Please arrive by 5:50 p.m. The next meeting date is Aug. 27.

Reverse Mortgage Talk

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Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m., the library will host an informational session on reverse mortgages. What is a reverse mortgage? Are you eligible for one? Michael Buchas of the Connecti-

Dovell Art Exhibit This month’s art exhibit features the artwork of Naugatuck resident Aline Harvey Dovell. Dovell was encouraged from an early age by her mother to pursue her interest in art. She began by working in watercolors and gradually shifted over to oils, which have since become her preferred medium. Her style will remind her audience of the Dutch Masters, particularly Vermeer. She likes to use both brushes and a palette knife to capture on canvas memories of the French countryside, its landscape and its animals. Her paintings occasionally depict a beloved child or pet, but most depict Burgundy, France. This month’s exhibit can be viewed on the main floor of the library during regular library hours. The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591 or visit

Newman Art Exhibit

Tech Thursdays for Seniors One-on-one technology tutorials by “Teens for Seniors” are offered Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. in August. Learn email, Skype, word processing, setting up a Facebook page, digital photography, downloading music and how to use a device like a smartphone. Call 203-263-3502 for an appointment to pair up with a talented teen.

Janet Newman’s “Electric Organic” art exhibit is at the Gloria Cachion Art Gallery in the library through Wednesday, Aug. 28. For more than 20 years, Newman worked with an expanding color Perrone Art Exhibit palette on living canvases and “Watercolors Celebrating the achieved widespread recogni- Connecticut Landscape,” an extion as a makeup artist in New hibit by Angelo Perrone, is at the York City. After obtaining an as- library this month. Perrone has sociate’s degree in commercial been painting in mixed media art, she created an art program for the last 50 years. He is espeteaching young adults in a spe- cially involved with the changes cialized school for several years. of seasons in the New England Her current work is inspired by area. Some paintings use leaves, nature and her personal photos grass and natural elements inof flowers from her garden as stead of the usual brush in the they bloom and flourish in the plein air manner. Painting in this Berkshires. She works with manner, rather than from phoacrylics and water soluble oils, tographs, gives the artwork a layering the paintings over days, quality of being truthful to nature weeks or months to create depth. and conveys an atmosphere and For more information, call feeling of a place not achievable Wednesday Films 203-262-0626 or visit www. by any other means. The Wednesday afternoon The library Perrone has donated to many movie Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. in the is at 100 Poverty Road in Southnonprofits. All proceeds for the Kingsley Meeting Room is the bury. Woodbury show are for the Newlife story of Jackie Robinson, who town Memorial Fund. To purmade history in 1947 when he chase paintings or request art for broke the professional baseball any charity, contact Perrone at race barrier, signing with the 203-888-8659. His website is anMovie on the Library Brooklyn Dodgers under team executive Branch Rickey. The Lawn For more information, film focuses largely on that his“The Goonies” will be shown call 203-263-3502 or visit www. toric season. Robinson is played on the library lawn Thursday, by Chadwick Boseman and Aug. 22. Projected on the big The library is at 269 Main St. South in Rickey by Harrison Ford. screen by DJ Squared, this classic Woodbury. The Aug. 28 film is based on a true story taken from the memoirs of the former director of the Royal Opera House. Colin Firth and Rosemary Harris are among Monday, Aug. 19 the principals in this charming look at a family living a some- Board of Selectmen what odd life on an estate in 6 p.m...................................................Town Hall Conference Room Scotland in the 1920s. Public Works Commission The room’s surround sound 7 p.m................................................................. Shepardson Room 4 theater has an infrared listening system available. For more inThursday, Aug. 22 formation, call 203-262-0626. Parks and Recreation Commission Special Meeting Sky Blue Boys Concert 7 p.m................................................................. Shepardson Room 1 Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., “The Sky Blue Boys Monday, Aug. 26 – Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner” will perform in the “brothers’ Ethics Commission duets” style in the Kingsley Room 5:30 p.m. ............................................Town Hall Conference Room at the Southbury Public Library playing music that appeals to Tuesday, Aug. 27 fans of folk, traditional, country, bluegrass and acoustic music. Economic and Industrial Development Commission The Sky Blue Boys are based 6:30 p.m. ............................................Town Hall Conference Room in Vermont and have performed Conservation Commission throughout New England for 7:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26



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Friday, August 16, 2013


Met tenor to perform at Westover Metropolitan Opera tenor Carl Tanner will perform in The Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation’s gala event, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. at Westover School at 1237 Whittemore Road in Middlebury. Featured with Tanner will be the renowned Polish soprano, Jurate Svedaite. Westover student Sophia Lanman of Scarborough, Maine, will join them onstage. She was selected to participate in a twoweek voice training program with Adrian Sylveen of The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra in Farmington, Conn., that culminates in her performance Saturday. Lanman is a senior and voice student at Westover School, where she participates in Westover’s signature program with Manhattan’s School of Music. The Saturday night gala is a collaborative effort of The Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation (CSOF), the Woodbury-based nonprofit arts organization now in its second season; the Connecticut Lyric Opera, Connecticut’s only re-

Carl Tanner

Sophia Lanman

maining professional opera company; and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. They will present a star-studded evening of beloved operatic arias. The event, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: An Evening of Romantic Arias and Delicious Desserts,” includes a dessert reception following the performance. Tanner, a Virginia native from modest means, originally worked as both a trucker and a bounty hunter to make a living. While

stopped in traffic in his truck on I-95 during the summer of 1989, he was overheard by a motorist next to him while he was singing along with Placido Domingo in a Met radio broadcast of “Tosca.” Tanner said, “This lady in a red convertible was blowing her horn at me, so I yelled something colorful back at her. She asked why I was driving a truck. She told me that I had missed my calling.” He returned to the trucking office, where his boss had coincidentally heard the same

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Met broadcast, and casually asked Tanner when he was going to pursue his love of singing. These were two of several serendipities during a day that changed his life, and the rest is history. Tanner made his triumphant Met Opera debut singing Dick Johnson in Puccini’s “La fanciulla del West” as a stand-in for Marcello Girodani in 2010. Tanner saved the day at the last minute for an ailing Marco Berti to sing Radames in Verdi’s “Aida” this past December at the Met, and is currently singing the role of Otello to worldwide audiences. The goal and mission of CSOF is to provide operatic pedagogy to outstanding young vocalists and to perform outreach to area elementary and middle schools, thus bringing the operatic art form to the next generation of concert-goers. Tickets to Saturday’s performance are $100 at the door. Preconcert tickets for $85 are on sale at Canfield’s Pharmacy, Abrash Galleries and The Country Loft in Woodbury or Southbury Music in Southbury or you can call Maria at 203-577-2161.

want to make exercise a daily event or even work out for long blocks of time: It doesn’t matter whether we do it all at once, or in small blocks of 10 minutes, or somewhere in between, as long as we get in our 150 minutes each week.

The researchers used more than 2,000 participants who agreed to wear accelerometers on their wrist to monitor their every move for a week. While the participants represented a wide range of ages, it was thought the results applied to seniors, as the oldest participants were up to 79 years of age. That’s not to say we should forget about muscle building. Cardio for the heart is one thing, but muscles keep us upright, strong and balanced. We can get our cardio in pushing a lawn

Middlebury Senior Center News TRIP

Senior Summer Picnic The Middlebury Senior Center’s Senior Picnic will be Wednesday, Aug. 21, at noon at Meadowview Park on Southford Road. The menu will be hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and salads. Live entertainment will be provided by Willie Ninninger. Admission is $5 per person. Please call 203577-4166 to register. Transportation is available upon request.

Stew Leonard’s The Middlebury Senior Center minibus will travel to Stew Leonard’s in Danbury Thursday, Aug. 22, leaving the center at 10 a.m. The bus will stop for lunch at the Blue Colony Diner on the way back. The transportation cost will be $7 per person. Please call 203-577-4166 to reserve a seat.

Falls Avenue Senior Center Events Falls Avenue Senior Center events are for area Senior Dessert adults 55 and older. Reservations are required and The Rotary Club is treating seniors to dessert can be made by calling 860-945-5250. Please speak Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m. This event is limited with a staff member when calling as the senior to 50 attendees. Reservations are required by Aug. center does not accept voice-mail reservations. 23. No drop-ins, please. The center is at 311 Falls Ave. in Oakville, Conn.

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Sunday, Aug. 18 No Events Scheduled

Monday, Aug. 19 LMES Kindergarten Open House.................................10 - 11:30 a.m. PES Kindergarten Meet and Greet...............................10 - 11:30 a.m. MES Kindergarten Open House.........................................10 - 11 a.m. GES Kindergarten Meet and Greet....................................10 - 11 a.m. MES New Families Open House..................... 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PES New Family Orientation.....................................................10 a.m. GES Meet and Greet Grades 1-5...................... 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. LMES New Student Open House......................................1 - 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 20 No Events Scheduled

Wednesday, Aug. 21 Freshman Orientation.......................................... PHS, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. MMS New Student Orientation..............................................9:30 a.m. RMS New Students to Reg. 15 Orientation....................9:30 - 11 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 22 MMS PTO Luncheon for Staff................... MMS Cafeteria, 12 - 1 p.m. PHS Freshman Marching Band, Drum Line, Drum Majors Camp................................. Band Room, PHS 3 - 5 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 23 Teacher In-Service Day....................................No school for students PHS All-Member Marching Band, Drum Line, Drum Majors Camp................................. Band Room, PHS 3 - 5 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Exercise study is game changer Studies have shown that seniors need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week to help guard against heart disease and stroke, even diabetes. Previous guidelines said we needed to have that moderate-intensity activity spread out over most days of the week. Researchers of a new study wanted to know whether it mattered how often we exercised, or it if was even important to get that exercise every day. What they learned might be a game changer for many of us who don’t

Saturday, Aug. 17

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mower or riding a bike, anything that accelerates the heart rate, according to the information for older adults on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For muscle-strengthening activities for the major muscle groups on two or more days a week, the CDC recommends lifting weights, working with resistance bands, heavy gardening and yoga – whatever works the back, chest, shoulders, arms, legs and hips. This should make it much easier to stay in shape! Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to

Sunday, Aug. 25 No Events Scheduled

Monday, Aug. 26 Teacher In-Service Day....................................No school for students


Wednesday, Aug. 28 No Events Scheduled

Thursday, Aug. 29 No Events Scheduled

Friday, Aug. 30 No Events Scheduled

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Evening Dining is Now Open at The Cafe at Whittemore Crossing  Customers can now dine al fresco at the Cafe at Whittemore Crossing. We are now serving dinner and cocktails Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings from 6 - 11 pm.

A strength training class begins at 9:30 a.m. on The knitting and crocheting group at the center Thursday, Aug. 29. The cost is $2. Registration is needs donations of yarn for its many community required by Aug. 28. service projects. Members of the group use donated yarn to make hats, scarves, mittens and lap Ice Cream Social robes for adults, children and soldiers from our Apple Rehab of Watertown is sponsoring an ice community. The donated yarn is almost gone. cream social on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. This With fall on the way, the push is on for the group event is limited to 70 participants. Registration is to create and donate handmade items for Waterrequired by Aug. 28. No drop-ins, please. town/Oakville children and teens that benefit from Watertown’s Social Service Department’s ChristQigong mas gift distribution program. Donated yarn is a A 45-minute Qigong class begins Friday, Aug. vital part of the group’s community service proj30, at 10 a.m. Alyssa Posegate will teach this class, ects. Please leave donations with the center’s diwhich uses ancient Chinese techniques to improve rector or dispatcher. For more information, call healing, breathing and movement. Registration 860-945-5250. is required by Aug. 29.

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Learn about the Medicare Savings Program Learn about local wildlife and their habitats (“Gray Card”) Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. Peter Friday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. Peggy Zabawar, master Moody will explain the program and the eligibility requirements. Registration is required by Aug. wildlife conservationist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection 20. Wildlife Division, will present “Wildlife in Your Connecticut Backyard,” which includes a slideSalt and High Blood Pressure Erica Burdon, registered dietician at New Op- show and items to handle such as replicas of anportunities Inc., will talk about high blood pressure imal tracks, skulls and feathers. Registration is and ways to reduce salt in diets Friday, Aug. 23, required by Aug. 29. at 10 a.m. Registration is required by Aug. 22.

Cooking Class The center’s popular monthly cooking class will be Friday, Aug. 23, at 1:30 p.m. Chef and wedding planner Corky Plourde offers healthy recipes that are affordable and easy to prepare. Registration is required by Aug. 19.

Reflexology Reflexology on hands or feet will be offered Monday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Certified reflexologist Kim Stewart offers 20-minute sessions for $15.

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AARP Driving Course The senior center will host the four-hourAARP Driver Safety course Friday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. This course replaces the former eight-hour version. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Payment, in the form of a check payable to AARP, should be presented to the instructor at class. State law mandates a minimum discount of 5 percent off liability insurance for two years for persons 60 years old or older who take a safedriving course. Preregistration is required. Call 860-945-5250 for reservations. The class, limited to 30 participants, fills up quickly, so those interested should register without delay.

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ZBA approves three variances By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE The Middlebury Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) at its Aug. 7 meeting unanimously approved setback variances on White Avenue, Green Hill Road and Mirey Dam Road. A Trex deck extending 6 feet beyond the original to replace a deteriorated pressure-treated deck for Howard K. and Denise A. Sturges of 130 White Ave. was unanimously approved. Howard Sturges told commissioners his one-third acre property was in an R-40 zone that allowed only 1,500 square feet of coverage, an amount already used by his house, addition and shed. He said the existing deck exceeded the allowed lot coverage and asked for a variance with up-zoning as the hardship. Commissioners agreed the deck needed replacement, and Chairman David Alley commented the desired replacement was well within the confines of the local community. A front porch addition for John and Sheila Holmes of 126 Green Hill Road also was unanimously approved. John Holmes told commissioners his lot coverage situation was similar to the Sturges, with the existing house, pool and structures using all permissible area in the R-40 zone, also citing up-zoning as the hardship. He said the proposed open porch with Trex flooring would

extend 8 feet from the front of the house but not extend to either side. A first-floor bedroom addition for Diana Troiano and Anthony, Marco and Joseph Nardelli at 75 Mirey Dam Road also was unanimously approved. Attorney Michael McVerry told commissioners the proposed bedroom would extend into the setback area and require a variance. He said the house was situated in the middle of a one-acre lot in R-80 zoned property requiring a 40-foot setback. Citing up-zoning as the hardship, McVerry used drawings and photos to rule out front and back additions because of well, septic, topography and existing structures. Commissioners agreed a side-yard setback of 28 feet was reasonable given no objection from the affected neighbor. In other matters, Kenneth Long was unanimously elected vice-chairman after Alley said upcoming business travel might cause him to miss meetings. He said an official vice-chairman would help maintain smooth business flow in his absence. Commissioners also decided to reschedule the next regular ZBA meeting to Wednesday, Sept. 11, because the normal first Wednesday meeting date, Sept. 4, falls on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. in the town hall conference room.

Shofar to star at lunch and learn Wednesday, Aug. 21, at noon, “Shofar, Show Good” will be the theme of a lunch and learn with Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz in the social hall at the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. Bogatz, chaplain for Brownstein Jewish Family Service, will lead a lively discussion about Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, and demonstrate shofar blowing. Blowing the shofar is the quintessential Rosh HaShanah ritual. The sound vibrates through us, body and soul. But what an odd ritual, taking the horn of a slaughtered an-

imal, making it into an instrument and sounding no less than 100 notes on it during the Jewish New Year service. What is the origin of this ritual? What is the shofar made of? And how does one coerce sound out of it? The public is invited to this program, and guests who have a shofar are welcome to bring it. It will be catered by Cheshire’s Jordan Caterers, and reservations should be made by Aug. 19. There is a suggested lunch donation of $7.50 for adults age 60 and older. To RSVP, call 203-267-3177. Bicycle Sales and Service

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Saint Mary’s tee off Sept. 10 Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation will host its 18th Annual Champion Golf Classic Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Country Club of Waterbury. This year’s tournament co-chairs are Kent Burgwardt D.O., of Rocky Hill, a staff physician in the emergency department at Saint Mary’s Hospital, and Greg Cimmino of Middlebury, managing director of Institutional Investment Consulting LLC and a member of the Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation Planned Giving Committee. Dr. Burgwardt holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Nevada. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed an integrated residency program in emergency medicine at the University of Connecticut, where he received an award for clinical excellence. A staff physician in the emergency department at Saint Mary’s Hospital since 1997, he is certified in pediatric emergency life support, advance trauma life support and advance cardiac life support. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Medicine and the American Osteopathic Association. Greg Cimmino has more than 25 years of experience in the retirement plan and financial services industry. Part of a national investment consulting practice, he and his team have received multiple industry awards and recognition. In 2010, he was the recipient of the No. 1 Large Market Retirement Plan Consulting Team in the U.S. from (401)k Wire and the recipient of the Top 300 Consultants award with special recognition as one of the top 10 mid-market retirement plan consultants in the retirement industry from Investment Wire. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, he has received designation as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF™), Certified Financial Planner (CFP™), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered

Kent Burgwardt, D.O., left, and Greg Cimmino, right, are the co-chairs for the Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation 18th Annual Champion Golf Classic Sept. 10.  (Submitted photo) Life Underwriter (CLU). He is the former program director for Fairfield University’s Certified Financial Planner™ certificate program, a volunteer for the United Way of Naugatuck Valley and a past chairman of the Waterbury YMCA Board of Directors. Once again, the Champion Golf Classic will feature a scramble format with morning and afternoon flights at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The registration fee of $290 includes a ticket to the Champion Dinner. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Saint Mary’s Patient Care Fund. This year’s Champion Dinner will be held Monday, Sept. 9, at the Coco Key Hotel and Convention Center in Waterbury. It will honor emergency responders as the 2013 Saint Mary’s Hospital champions and the sponsors of Saint Mary’s Champion Golf

Classic. The co-chairs for the dinner are Dr. Peter Jacoby, chairman, Department of Emergency Services at Saint Mary’s Hospital, and Susan M. Webster, executive director of the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center. The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets to the Champion Dinner are $50 per person. Proceeds from the Champion Dinner will support the Emergency Responders Fund at Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation. Registration for both the Champion Golf Classic and Champion Dinner are available online at To register by phone, or for information about sponsorship opportunities, please call the Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation office at 203-709-6390.

In Brief Car Wash Saturday Boy Scout Troops 283 and 11 will hold a car wash Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Middlebury Firehouse at 65 Tucker Hill Road in Middlebury. A $5 donation per vehicle is requested. Popcorn and water will be available for purchase. Proceeds will used to purchase new camping equipment and support Boy Scout programs.

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Quilts that Care Quilts that Care, an organization that makes quilts for people who undergo cancer treatment, meets the first and third Monday of the month. The next meeting will be Monday, Aug. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Gar Kenyon, second floor, 238 Water St. in Naugatuck. Donations of fabric shop gift cards and quilting materials are gratefully accepted. Volunteers are welcome. For information, call Deb at 860-945-0184 or email

Woodbury Yoga Center will host a free Sunday evening program Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. when guest speaker JoAnn LiVolsi will present “Walking Meditation in Nature: Movement and Conscious Awareness.” In addition, the center’s newest instructor, Twink McKenny, will offer a free one-hour yoga class Friday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. McKenny will teach a mindful hatha yoga flow class that links to planetary positions, Community especially the phases of the Summer Sing moon. The Connecticut Choral SociThe Woodbury Yoga Center is ety, under the direction of Maeat 122 West Side Road in Wood-

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stro Eric Dale Knapp, will present a community summer sing featuring Faure’s “Requiem” open to the general public (high school students and older) Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church at 21 West Whisconier Road in Brookfield, Conn. Admission is $10 for singers and free for nonsingers who wish to listen. Knapp will discuss both the historical and musical background of the requiem and will lead the singers through a vocal warm-up and rehearsal of the music. The evening will end with light refreshments and an opportunity to purchase Connecticut Choral Society concert CDs and holiday choral tree ornaments. For more information, call 888927-2933 or go to

Tai Chi, Qigong classes The American Legion Post 195 will again sponsor Tai Chi and Qigong for Health classes to introduce adult, including seniors to these gentle forms of exercise. A few of the many benefits of daily practice are strengthening the immune system, improving bone density, reducing stress and tension, lowering blood pressure, and improving balance. Both classes will be held at The American Legion at 195 Bunker Hill Ave. in Watertown (near K-Mart) Wednesday evenings, tai chi from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. for eight weeks and Qigong from 7:30 to 8 p.m. for four weeks. Tai chi classes will cost $60 and the Qigong classes will cost $30.

Classes are scheduled to begin in early September. For more information or to register, call Roger at 860-628-0500.

HFFA Meeting The Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association (HFFA) will meet Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 65 North Main St. in Wallingford, Conn. The speaker will be John Springer, a noted traveling angler, who will speak about the excellent fishing in Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. The HFFA is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Housatonic River as well as furthering the sport of fly fishing. Monthly meetings are held the first Thursday of the month from September through June. Meetings include featured speakers on various fly fishing subjects, fresh- and saltwater fly-tying demonstrations, as well as door prizes. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Crafters for Apple Harvest Festival Crafters can rent tables for the St. John of the Cross Apple Harvest Festival, which will be Sunday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center in Middlebury. Tables rent for $35 (inside or outside, rain or shine). Crafters may retain 100 percent of their sales. To rent a table, call Janice Zwicker at 203-758-8080 while space is still available.

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Dance open house Saturday Learn about the new classes being offered by the Brass City Ballet (BCB) this fall as it begins its 28th season with an open house Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its studio at 1255 Middlebury Road (The Hamlet) in Middlebury. The public is invited to attend, take a free trial lesson and meet BCB’s faculty. Information on a complete fall class schedule can be obtained online at www.brasscityballet. org under the tab, “Class Schedule” or by calling 203-598-0186. BCB’s fall roster of classes includes ballet, tap, modern, jazz/ hip hop, yoga, musical theater, Booiaka cardio fitness classes and dance discovery for preschoolers. Brass City Ballet, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to providing the art, technique and joy of dance to the community. “While BCB is known for our preprofessional training, we also have an enthusiastic group of recreational dancers,” said BCB Artistic Director Elizabeth Fisk Barisser. “Our recreational students typically dance once or twice a week. They are interested in learning proper technique and having fun!” BCB is excited to introduce a new faculty member, Alyssa Prenoveau, this year. “Alyssa is a former professional dancer who will be teaching jazz and hip hop to our students,” said Associate Artistic Director Christine Harris. “She has experience dancing for

Obituaries Jane (Bekerowski) Smegelski

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Front left to right, Jasmine Reilly-Rossi, Hazel Raymond and Sophia Nappi; middle left to right, Jenna Tymosko, Caitlyn Lewis and Paris Phillips; and back left to right, Shannon Carroll, Katrin Wilson and Selena Kuratin perform as the Jazz Kids.  (Photo by DeAmore Photography) Carnival Cruise Lines and as a professional cheerleader. We are thrilled to bring a new style of dance to our students.” Also new to BCB this year is a Booiaka cardio dance fitness. Booiaka is a fun way to stay in shape and is open to all teens and adults. No experience necessary – just a desire to burn calories and have fun! Students age 8 and up who show talent and a desire for concentrated dance training are in-

vited into the Ballet Certificate Program where instruction is based on the Vaganova Syllabus for Classical Ballet, an internationally renowned Russian method of ballet training, which progresses from the beginner A through advanced E levels. Students enrolled in C1 level and up in the Certificate Program are eligible to audition for entry into the Brass City Ballet Company, a student-based training company that performs year round.

The free class schedule for the Aug. 17 open house is: dance discovery for students ages 3 to 5 (9 a.m.), ballet (10 a.m. for students ages 6 to 8, 10:15 a.m. for students ages 8 to 11, 12 p.m. for students ages 11 and up) and jazz/hip hop (11 a.m.). There’s no need to preregister for the open house. Just stop by. For more information, call 203-598-0186 or visit

Beth El offers movie and discussion Beth El Synagogue’s Saturday night movie Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. will feature the comedy “Groundhog Day.” The film and a discussion will take place in the Youth Lounge at the Walzer Family Jewish Community Campus at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. The American comedy film stars Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliot. All will laugh through the ultimate “teshuvah” film, a hilarious and remarkably thought-provoking

story about personal transformation. Bill Murray plays an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during a dreaded assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pa., finds himself in a time loop repeating the same day again and again. A lively discussion led by Rabbi Eliana Falk will recap the movie through Jewish eyes, following the main character’s transformation from a cynical

man existing through days of unrealized and regretful living to a self-actualized person who is truly engaged in living in the light of love and kindness. The evening will begin with conversation and refreshments before a candlelit Havdallah ceremony marking the conclusion of Shabbat. The cost is $5 per adult. Children ages 12 and under are free. Admission includes the movie, snacks and drinks. RSVP’s are

preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Beth El’s membership committee will be on hand to answer questions about the new-member incentive; first-year membership dues are free for the cost of a high holy day ticket. Tickets for high holy day services will be available for purchase that evening. For information on Beth El’s calendar of events, contact the synagogue at 203-264-4500 or info@bethelsyn. org or visit

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John Camus

John Camus has joined the Waterbury Hospital senior management team as the new vice president of physician practices. Camus has almost 25 years in physician practice management, including 17 years in western Massachusetts. Most recently, he served as vice president of operations for the Central Region of

Delphi of TeamHealth, and prior to that he was vice president, physician practice services, for Hackensack UMC Mountainside in Montclair, N.J. In his new role, Camus will work closely with physicians to build strong and consistent practice operations, making the most of his expertise in managed-care

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Cruises: Cruise lines want to fill every cabin possible, and they will lower their rates to make sure that happens. Look for either long- or short-distance getaways. Sample a one- or twoday cruise to see if you like it, or inquire about “repositioning” cruises, where ships are being transferred from one location to another and rates are reduced. Beach rentals: Inquire about late-season rentals at the seashore. Owners may agree to keep a place open one additional week past the typical season. Take a stack of books and

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Marjorie Lorraine “Lorrie” Taranovich of Southbury met her Lord peacefully in the presence of her family and friends after her courageous battle with multiple myeloma. Lorrie leaves behind her husband of 53 years, Edwin (Ed) Taranovich. They shared a blessed marriage filled with friendship and strength. Lorrie was born in Waterbury Aug. 29, 1939, daughter of the late Daniel and Hazel (LeMay) Marens. She was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist Grammar School in Watertown and Waterbury Catholic High School. She, along with her husband Ed, owned and operated Ed’s Hardware Store in Naugatuck for the past 37 years. Lorrie was a beacon of light with an infectious laugh, enriching the lives of her friends and family. She went through her journey gracefully as she prayed, not to change the world, but to be sure that we all knew we are better than we know. Besides her husband, Lorrie is survived by her five children: Tammie Taranovich and her partner, Phyllis Kaplan; Holly Taranovich; Tracey and Robert Dillistin; Keri and Jason Rich; and Daniel and Kristine Taranovich. She also leaves behind her 10 grandchildren: Kathyrine Ekberg, Zachary Bucciarelli (Samantha); Jonathan Palmer, Devin Carlquist (Michael), and Tyler Palmer; Lauren and Sydney Rich; and Ryan (Gabriella), Aaron, and Rachel Taranovich; her half-sister, Vina Marens; and her stepsister, Sandy Gregoire. Lorrie was predeceased by her two grandchildren, Cameron Deen Rich and Jordan Ekberg, and her stepmother, Mildred. She leaves behind many members of the Lemay family of Watertown, Conn., each having a profound influence in her life. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 5, 2013, at Sacred Heart Church in Southbury. Burial followed in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Watertown. Memorial contributions can be made to the Sydney Fund: Naugatuck Savings Bank, c/o M. Lorraine or Edwin Taranovich. The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral assisted the family with arrangements. To send an on-line condolence, visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial. com.

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Fall is ideal time for adult vacations Fall is a great time to take a vacation. Think of it: a vacation minus crowds. Families have gone home because the kids are back to school. Owners of summer vacation destinations are more willing to lower rates because their season is fast coming to an end. After Labor Day might well be your best time this year to take a vacation or, even better, a series of long weekend breaks until Thanksgiving. Ideas to consider: Leaf peeping: Book a weekend at a bed and breakfast off the beaten path in the heart of fall foliage country, and you won’t even have to travel to see the colors once you get there. Local bed and breakfasts will be winding down for the year (unless they’re in ski locations), and may offer reduced rates with free days if you book for a certain number of days. Take your camera and enjoy local apple picking and small-town festivals. Be creative in your hunt for the perfect spot: call the chamber of commerce in small towns in the area you’d like to visit.

Mrs. Jane (Bekerowski) Smegelski, 97, of Naugatuck, peacefully passed away Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Beacon Brook Health Center. She was the widow of Thomas S. Smegelski. Mrs. Smegelski was born in Naugatuck April 12, 1916, a daughter of the late Anthony and Helen (Dervis) Bekerowski. She was a lifelong Naugatuck resident and retiree of the footwear division of Uniroyal Inc., where she worked for more than 27 years. She was a volunteer at the Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank and a member of the religious organization, the Carmelites. She was a communicant of St. Hedwig Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Guild and Rosary Society, participating in numerous bake sales and charitable events. She loved gardening and her cats. Babci, as she was lovingly referred to, was an inspiration to her family and others. She donated numerous crocheted blankets to the local convalescent care centers. Babci, or Jenny as she was called, was unselfish and giving. Her family will cherish the times of Sunday mornings after church of sharing donuts and curling up on the couch with her famous Babci blankets. She leaves her daughters, Virginia Nafis and Sharon Smegelski, both of Naugatuck; her sisters, Helen Massicotte and Hedwig DaSilva, both of Naugatuck; her daughter-in-law, Janice Smegelski of Naugatuck; cherished grandchildren; Brenda Smegelski Drake, Tracie Smegelski-Ortoleva and Thomas A. Smegelski Jr., David Nafis, Karen-Giannii Nafis and Laura Nafis; her cherished 10 greatgrandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Thomas A. Smegelski. Her funeral was Saturday, Aug. 10 from the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home in Naugatuck to St. Hedwig Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial followed in St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Hedwig Church, 32 Golden Hill St., Naugatuck, CT 06770. To send an on-line condolence, visit www.

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Nuggets for Life By CYNTHIA DE PECOL away and to learn secrets for a successful school year, check out my ad in this week’s paper because I’m excited to be offering a retreat right down the road at the Crowne Plaza on Saturday, Aug. 24! This week’s nuggets for life are to put a new spin on moving forward to school. Be excited about all the cool new experiences, circumstances and friendships to be made or grown. Offer your kids a way to look forward to a whole new school year of memories, and talk about becoming familiar with the unknown. Help them feel comfortable about leaning into this new part of their life as you become comfy leaning into a new view. Shop creatively for supplies instead of hitting the same old stores. Put on your thinking cap. Involve them in 30 days of meal planning on a rainy August afternoon so they feel a sense of happy responsibility for their good health. Create a couple of fresh, simple family routines so you flow with the rhythm of the now. Forward you go! De Pecol is a yoga instructor, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See or email

Middlebury Parks & Recreation Making Friends Middlebury Parks and Recreation is taking applications for new participants in its “Making Friends” program. The popular program is open to 3- and 4-yearolds and focuses on socialization. It will start Monday, Sept. 23, and will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Four consecutive sessions will run through May 23,

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The 12U Middlebury Baseball Team capped their “dream season” this summer by going undefeated in their “Under the Lights” tournament, defeating Newtown 4-3 in the championship game in their home park at Quassy field. Aptly dubbed the “Middlebury Revolution,” this tight-knit group rolled through last fall winning the championship as well for their division in the Central Connecticut Fall Baseball League. They continued rolling right through the spring as they moved up to the “A” bracket of the I-84 League, where they promptly distinguished themselves as runners-up in the early season Southbury tourney. From there they went on to become the No. 1 seed in bracket play for the I-84 League playoffs led by the consistent season-long pitching and slugging efforts of Kyler Barbarisi, Matt McGrath and Jack Messina, who combined for 16 homeruns and countless decisions during their amazing season-long run. This was bolstered by the consistent fielding and general allaround play of Max Chabot and Kaleb Williams, with notable hitting and fielding contributions from teammates Griffin Powers, Dylan Polomski and Griffin Browne. The Middlebury squad sustained injuries and had to over-

The 12U Middlebury Baseball Team, standing, left to right, coach Blake Barbarisi, Dylan Polomski, Kyle Barbarisi, Jack Messina, Matt McGrath, Will Witkoski, Fran Barton and coach Dave Messina; and kneeling, left to right, Griffin Browne, Kaleb Williams, Max Chabot and Griffin Powers, celebrate the end of their dream season.  (Submitted photo) come roster issues, often playing with nine members. They were helped by the solid pitching support from Fran Barton along with efforts of Sean Dunfee and Chase Chabot. Though injured early on, Will Witkowski always made his presence felt, rooting his team-

mates on and keeping them loose on the bench between innings. Coaches Blake Barbarisi and Dave Messina both said the true standout attributes of this team were their perseverance and camaraderie. Countless comefrom-behind wins were accom-

Diabetic diet can be daunting DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What should I eat with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol? All the advice I get tells me what I cannot eat – no potatoes, no bread, no crackers, no cereal, no fruit. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I don’t know what to eat. – C.L. ANSWER: The diet for type 1 and type 2 diabetes is not as restrictive as it once was. You can eat all the foods you mentioned. Sugar also can be eaten, something that was strictly prohibited in the past. You have to use it in moderation, and it’s best to save sugar calories for other carbohydrates by using artificial sweeteners. Weight reduction, if applicable to you, is the best way for you to control blood sugar. A 5 percent to 10 percent weight loss is a sure way to keep blood sugar where it should be. For high blood pressure, limit salt. You ought not to eat more than 1,500 mg a day of sodium. Read the sodium content of foods on their nutrition labels. For cholesterol control, cut back on fatty meats and whole-fat dairy products. You can use low-fat dairy. Carbohydrates are an issue with diabetes. Carbohydrates are sugars and starches. They should constitute 50 percent to 55 percent of your total daily calories.


Fruits (yes, you can eat them), vegetables, cereals, breads, crackers, pastas and similar foods are carbohydrates. You have to get a book that lists the calorie content of foods and their protein, fat and carbohydrate makeup. These guides are in all bookstores, and they’re cheap. Breakfast shouldn’t be a problem. You can drink orange juice if you like it, have cereal, have toast, and drink coffee or whatever. You need a coach in the form of a dietitian. The dietitian can help you navigate through the difficulties of understanding a diabetic diet. Your doctor or the local hospital can put you in touch with one. You also need to contact the American Diabetes Association, whose website is www.diabetes. org. Or call 1-800-342-2383. The association will provide you with tons of information on diet and on diabetes in general. The booklet on diabetes presents this illness and its treatments in detail. Readers can ob-

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1. In 2012, Matt Harrison tied the mark for most victories in a season by a Texas Rangers left-hander. Who else holds the record? 2. Who was the last Reds pitcher before Homer Bailey in 2012 to toss a no-hitter? 3. In 2012, Washington’s Robert Griffith III had the fourth-highest passing yards (320) by a quarterback in his NFL debut. Name two of the top three. 4. Who succeeded John Wooden in 1975 as coach of the UCLA men’s basketball team? 5. How many Conachers are in the Hockey Hall of Fame? 6. Who has won the most NASCAR Sprint All-Star Races? 7. Which of the two Williams sisters was the first to win a Grand Slam tennis title?


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plished by continuously outslugging their opponents and always being anchored to a true team chemistry that became the hallmark of this team. These boys really enjoyed each other, trusting their coaches and themselves, which translated on the ball field to numerous victories over formidable opponents from notable baseball programs. In the end, this “dream season” for the Middlebury Revolution was a labor of love and will provide a treasure of lifelong memories for these special boys and their families to cherish for years to come.

1. Kenny Rogers won 18 in 2004. 2. Tom Browning tossed a perfect game against the Dodgers in 1988. 3. Cam Newton (422 in 2011), Otto Graham (346 in 1950) and Ed Rubbert (334 in 1987). 4. Gene Bartow, who went 52-9 in two seasons. 5. Three – Charlie, Lionel and Roy Conacher. 6. Jimmie Johnson, with four (2003, ’06, ’12 and ’13). 7. Serena won the 1999 U.S. Open.

Welcome to a new way of thinking. Well, somebody had to do it – offer a new angle from which to view the times that are upon us, that is. As my readers, students, clients, workshop presentationand retreat-goers know, words mean the world to me when it comes to expressive, expansive, enlightening ways of offering insights on age-old situations. Situations like this one. It’s been talked about as “back to school” for forever with the idea being to return to something again and again. Well, yes, true, kids return to the same brick building, and parents return to a more hectic, busy and overflowing schedule once summer ends, and that’s about it. It’s known as “back to school” in ads for school supplies and clothing and shopping for lunches and quick-fix suppers. It’s thought of as “back to school” in terms of leaning backwards into something that’s familiar, known, already experienced and full of all sorts of memories. I’d rather see it as moving forward into new territory and life experience because, honestly, it is. It’s about new classmates or a new combo of classmates, new subject matter to learn and new teachers to be with for the year. There are unfamiliar textbooks, locker locations, and different sports, clubs, music or acting choices to make. You’re different, and the kids are different than any of you were “back when.” Lean forward for fun. And if you busy moms would like a few hours

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Adjusting a pilot light

I have an older gas furnace in my home upstairs that works very well, but I haven’t had it maintained in a few years. I think the pilot light looks weak, but there’s no setting for a higher flame. How can I improve the pilot light flame? – Nancy in Buffalo, N.Y.


There is a way to control the height of the pilot light flame. Next to the “Pilot” indicator on the furnace’s control switch, there is a small screw located near the pilot light-thermocouple assembly. I’ll typically shine a small flashlight and use a magnifying glass to read the imprinted type on the control housing to make sure that’s the right screw. With the pilot light burning, use a Phillips-head screwdriver to carefully turn the screw one way and then the other, watching the pilot light to see if it gets stronger or weaker. The flame should be angling toward a nearby object that looks like a small vertical pipe: This is called the thermocouple, an important

By Samantha Mazzotta safety device. If the pilot light goes out, the thermocouple detects it and shuts the valve supplying gas to the pilot. The pilot flame should touch the thermocouple at a specific level. If the flame is blue and weak, and barely reaches the thermocouple, it needs to be stronger. If it extends well above the thermocouple, it’s too strong. If the flame covers the top of the thermocouple and burns steadily with a yellow tip, that’s just about right. What if the pilot light won’t stay lighted? If the assembly looks OK, turn off the gas supply at the nearest valve and try heating the thermocouple using a match for about 30 seconds to a minute. Then relight the pilot. If that doesn’t work, replace the thermocouple by carefully

unscrewing it from the control housing using an open-ended wrench, being careful not to ding or bend the supply pipe or the pilot-light assembly. Install a new thermocouple by screwing it in, heating it up a bit, and then lighting the pilot. Keep in mind that this task can be a little frustrating because you’re almost always working in a cramped, hard-to-access spot. Be patient and take frequent breaks if necessary, rather than compromise safety or damage the unit. 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.

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salvias or nepetas, and they may actually rebloom. Remember when watering to water deeply to promote healthy roots. It is better to take a long time watering once a week than

to water frequently for short periods of time, which makes the roots shallow. Avoid overhead watering, which can promote powdery mildew, and instead water at the base of the plant only. Soaker hoses are a good alternative to watering, but they must be set up in the spring. Enjoy your time in the garden!

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The Gunn Memorial Library will screen the documentary “More Than Honey” Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Wykeham Room. Fifty years ago, Albert Einstein predicted “If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have four years left to live.” Searching for answers to the global bee decline, director Markus Imhoof takes us on a trip around the world into the fascinating world of bees in his documentary, “More Than Honey.” We meet people living with and off honeybees and enter the fascinating world of a bee hive, encounter fighting queens and dancing workers face to face and experience their highly sophis-

ticated swarm intelligence. Numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world over the past 15 years, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50 to 90 percent of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading all over the planet. Everywhere, the same scenario is repeated: Billions of bees leave their hives, never to return. No remains are found in the immediate surroundings, and no visible predators can be located. Scientists have found a name for the phenomenon that matches its scale, “colony collapse disorder,” and they have good reason to be worried: 80

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percent of plant species require bees to be pollinated. Without bees, there is no pollination, and fruits and vegetables could disappear from the face of the Earth. The honeybee appeared on Earth 60 million years before man and is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man’s survival. What is to blame? Pesticides or even medication used to combat them? Should we look at parasites? New viruses? Traveling stress? The multiplication of electromagnetic waves disturbing the magnetite nanoparticles found in the bee’s abdomen? It appears, so far, as if a combination of all has been responsible for the weakening of the bee’s immune defenses. The film runs for 95 minutes. Local beekeeper Karen Davis has generously provided this documentary. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. Call 860868-7586 to register or for more information. The library website is The library is at 5 Wykeham Road at Route 47 on the Green, in Washington, Conn.


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Proper fertilization will help keep roses healthy and Although June producing lots of was national rose flowers. A soil test is month, gardeners the best way to decan keep their roses termine how much healthy and bloomand what type of ing all summer long. fertilizer is best for Through proper care roses growing in and a few simple your landscape. strategies, both exCheck your isting and new roses plants throughout can continue to look the season for signs their best throughof insects and disout the summer ease. Early detecmonths – maximiztion makes control ing their beauty and easier. Remove inenjoyment for all. sects or infested Water thoroughly plant parts when whenever the top discovered. Look for few inches of soil are the most ecocrumbly and moist. friendly control opUse soaker hoses or tions when interdrip irrigation to apvention is needed. ply the water directly Enjoy your efforts to the soil where it is and improve your needed. You’ll lose roses’ appearance less water to evapoby harvesting a few ration and reduce rosebuds for indoor the risk of disease by enjoyment. Prune avoiding overhead flowering stems (Melinda Myers LLC photo) irrigation. back to the first Mulch the soil five-leaflet leaf. You surface with shredded leaves, evergreen needles can prune back farther on established plants, but or other organic matter to conserve moisture, be sure to always leave at least two five-leaflet suppress weeds and improve the soil as they de- leaves behind on the plant’s stem. compose. Those gardening in cold climates should stop Keep your plants blooming and looking their deadheading roses toward the end of the season. best in spite of the heat, humidity and pests of Allow the plants to develop rose hips. This helps summer. Immunize your plants against common the plants prepare for the cold weather ahead and environmental stresses such as heat and drought, increases hardiness. Plus, these red to orange fruits while building their natural defenses against insects provide winter food for birds as well as attractive and diseases with an organic plant strengthener, winter interest in the garden. such as JAZ™ Rose Spray ( ReAnd if you don’t have roses, make this the sumsearchers discovered when some plants are stressed mer you add one or more of these beauties to your they produce hundreds of molecules that help them landscape. better tolerate environmental stresses as well as Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and insect and disease attacks. When applied to plants columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years in the form of a plant strengthener, the treated of horticulture experience and has written over 20 plants improve their own defenses, much like im- gardening books, including “Can’t Miss Small Space munizations do for us. Gardeners will notice less Gardening.” Her website is www.melindamyers. damage from stress, better recovery, fewer yellow com. leaves and healthier plants overall. By MELINDA MYERS

DICE POUNCER Pouncer is such a doll! He will pounce on just about anything and anyone for fun! He is a terrific mouser, a little shy and will need some time to get acclimated to your home. Pouncer is playful, gets along with other cats and can be very entertaining to watch. Come down and meet Pouncer. Better yet, why not adopt him?

Dice is a great 8-month-old dog that needs room to run and a person who will keep up with his training! He was brought into our shelter because his owner did not know how large he would be and just could not control such a large breed dog. He is the sweetest dog and will be – as long as you keep up with the training we have started. Dice is young and will try his hardest to get away with things, but you just can’t let him.



Dolly has the sweetest, most charming attitude. She came in and just made herself quite at home! She walked around to check things out; found the litter box, food, and water; and now perches herself on the closest person she can find for attention! Dolly is 6 years young and looking for someone’s lap to lie on. Come on down to see Dolly, or send us an email for an addoption application. Miss Dolly gets along with everything!

Minnie is a very docile cat that is easily swayed by the more dominant felines at the shelter. While she would prefer to be in a home, she must stay here until one can be found. As sweet as she is, dealing with all the other cats’ personalities gets her very confused. Are you looking for a sweet girl to take home? Then look no further. She will show you love, kindness and the ability to be a good friend.

Boarding cats

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. DEAR PAW’S CORNER: We’re headed off on vacation, and I would like my cat to be cared for during the two weeks we’re gone. I don’t know a reliable pet sitter whom I can trust to come into my house. Is there such a thing as kennels for cats? – June in New Orleans DEAR JUNE: There are boarding facilities that will take cats as well as other pets. I prefer to use facilities that are exclusively for cats, but that option may not be available in your area. Still, call around to several facilities. Even if none cater just to cats, look for one with a living and play area completely segregated from those for other types of pets. One of my favorite places offered each cat a private “cubby” with scratching post and shelf. There were no bars or fence grates. Instead, each cubby had a clear plastic door so caretakers

could see each cat, and a oneway-glass wall with a view of a park. During the day, the cats were taken to a common area to socialize with other cats, and the facility was attached to a veterinarian’s office. Contrast that with a boarding facility I found in another region when trying to board my cat. It was mainly for dogs, with a small room full of metal cages for “other” pets, including cats, rabbits and so on. The pets all looked stressed out, especially as the constant barking from the dogs’ play area reverberated into their living area.

That’s why it’s important to visit each facility you’re considering, so you get a feel of the place. It’ll help make the experience better for your cat. If you can’t find one that works, please reconsider the pet sitter. Send your questions or comments to Did you know mosquitoes can transmit heartworm larvae to dogs, but fleas don’t? Find out more in my new book “Fighting Fleas,” available now on Amazon. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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