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Volume VIII, No. 46

Friday, November 9, 2012

Voting Results Middlebury Connecticut Approve Charter Revisions

YES NO 1,988 508

President/VP

Romney/Ryan.............................................................2,666 Obama/Biden.............................................................1,586 Anderson/Rodriguez.........................................................9 Johnson/Gray..................................................................27

U.S. Senate

Linda E. McMahon.....................................................2,617 Christopher E. Murphy..............................................1,515 Paul Passarelli..................................................................22

U.S. Representative

Andrew Roraback.......................................................2,480 Elizabeth Esty..............................................................1,515

State Senator (Dist. 1)

Robert Kane................................................................1,684 James C. Gambardella...................................................804

State Senator (Dist. 2)

Joan V. Hartley................................................................732 Blair Bertaccini................................................................78 Andrew “Andy” Larsen..................................................209

State Representative

Anthony J. D’Amelio...................................................2,571 Ernest Brunnelli..........................................................1,386 Unofficial results

Resident says 911 calls dropped, ambulance slow to respond By KATHLEEN RIEDEL Middlebury resident Byron Pierce told the Board of Selectmen Monday night his mother, 91, called 911 Sunday night because she was bleeding profusely. He said her call was dropped, and it took a long time for an ambulance to respond. Selectmen said it could have been the result of Hurricane Sandy. While 35 to 40 percent of Middlebury CL&P customers were without power within 24 hours of the storm, only three customers were still in the dark as of Monday morning. Neither First Selectman Edward St. John nor Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Chief Paul Perrotti knew whether Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communications (Northwest) of Prospect, Middlebury’s fire and medical response team, experienced electrical or roadway obstacles in answering Pierce’s 911 call. Pierce said his mother, who was without help at her Middlebury home, called his home phone first. “I was outside with the dogs. So she called 911,” Pierce said. “Someone answered and said, ‘We’ll transfer you, we’ll do this,’ and the call was hung up on her. Now she was frantic.” As soon as Pierce did contact his mother, he dialed 911. “I did get through, and I spoke with a person, and I told them I want a Middlebury ambulance immediately.” After clarifying the address, 911 personnel told Pierce the ambulance was en route. Pierce was the first one to arrive at his mother’s home. “Shortly thereafter, our police arrived. They were there in no

time. It was over 10 minutes more before the ambulance came,” Pierce said. Seven years ago Middlebury outsourced dispatching for fire and medical emergencies to Northwest. Police calls are still dispatched locally. Pierce said he thought there was a correlation between the out-of-town dispatchers’ delay and the local dispatchers’ efficiency. “From what I understand, this dispatch was sent out of Middlebury for basic cost savings,” Pierce said. “But when you have a serious medical emergency, five, 10 minutes is life or death. I would like our medical dispatch back in town. I never saw a problem when it was handled in Middlebury.” “This is the first complaint that we have ever received that I am aware of,” St. John said. He said when residents place 911 calls, all medical and fire emergencies are sent to Northwest with the click of a mouse. Emergency vehicles are immediately dispatched. “If it’s a medical emergency, [the call] is immediately switched. What happened, By, is when they made the switch is when the call got dropped here,” St. John said. Pierce said 911 dropped a second call while on the phone with his wife. Though requesting information regarding his mother’s condition, 911 did not call Pierce back. Pierce’s wife had to redial the number to continue the conversation. “What are we actually saving a year [with Northwest] versus when it was in house?” Pierce asked.

– See 911 on page 5

The Hitt family of Middlebury, left to right, Eban, Dan and Laramie, are behind boxes holding 74 pounds of food they collected for the Middlebury Food Bank from those who visited the elaborate Halloween decorations they put up at their home. They also collected $7 for the food bank. Each year for the past 35 years, they have decorated their home and yard for Halloween. See more photos on page 5. (Submitted photo)

P&Z postpones Whittemore Crossing decision By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE The Middlebury Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) at its Nov. 1 meeting continued a Whittemore Crossing zone revision public hearing affecting Woodland Road and tabled a decision on Whittemore Crossing site plan revisions. It also renewed Benson Woods’ excavation permits, approved renovation and expansion plans at Quassy and a change of use at the formerBeanies, set public hearings for a 415 Middlebury Road sign and for zoning changes permitting restaurants in Light Industrial (LI-200) zones and set a disciplinary hearing date for the Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO). Tara Perrotti’s public hearing on rezoning part of her property at 86 Woodland Road to CA40 from R40, continued from Oct. 5, was kept open until Dec. 6. Attorney Michael McVerry reminded commissioners 1365 LLC, a Dr. Dean Yimoyines company that owns Whittemore Crossing, has an option to purchase her 1.5-acre parcel south of Junipers Restaurant and Whittemore Crossing. He said the additional land would help solve issues with parking at Whittemore Crossing and might allow for construction of another building. In addition, McVerry said, the land provided contiguous access to commercial property owned by Rte. 188 Investors LLC. That land is very close to Middlebury Road (Route 64) and if it also were purchased, Yimoyines’ property would go through from Whittemore Road nearly to Middlebury Road (Route 64) and would allow him to complete development in what is known as the Judd’s Corner district. McVerry answered Oct. 5 traffic concerns from adjoining residents by showing removal of a Woodland Road-facing stub of land from the rezoning, eliminating commercial access. He also argued against claims of overdevelopment and inconsistency with Middlebury’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), saying the current buildings had 6,000 square feet of lot coverage in the 88,000-square-foot property where regulations allowed 25 percent coverage, or

22,000 square feet, with all expansion in the commercial zone. He said charges of spot zoning were inaccurate since the small piece of land being rezoned adjoined the much larger commercial Junipers and 1365 LLC properties. Objecting to the zone map change during public comments was Dana Osborn of 1364 Middlebury Road who expressed dismay at seeing a “Taj Mahal, lit up at night – a palace to economic development,” saying other commercial areas in Middlebury were more appropriate. Also objecting was 63 Dwyer Road resident Pat Dwyer who said the zone change was a “blank check” to any commercial use. Attorney Michael Broderick, representing Junipers Restaurant owner Baylis Properties LLC, agreed with Dwyer and said it was common for a site plan to be presented with a zone change so commissioners knew what was intended and urged commissioners to require the plan in the best interests of the public, otherwise anything commercial could be built. In comments from commissioners, William Stowell expressed concern the zone change might not be accompanied with access to Middlebury Road through acquisition of the Rte. 188 Investors LLC property and said he wished the property were owned. McVerry said 1365 LLC would complete the purchase by the December meeting. Chairman Curtis Bosco continued the hearing to Dec. 6 with a requirement for detailed maps of the zone change properties. Bosco said Tara Perrotti could not market her house as a residence with Junipers and Whittemore Crossing in her front yard. He also said it was not uncommon for zone changes to be approved without site plans, saying future development activity would require approvals. In a related matter, voting on a site plan modification for Whittemore Crossing was continued to Dec. 6 to wait for Conservation Commission approval and comments from the town engineer. The modifications addressed parking and drainage concerns with an impervious front parking lot adding 28

new spaces and a new drainage system to route water along Route 188 into property northwest of Junipers, keeping it out of the common parking lot. Commissioners expressed concern about retaining walls and structures in the 50-foot buffer to Saint John of the Cross property, and Bosco asked them to consider those concerns when voting. An excavation and grading permit renewal for Middlebury Land Development LLC for Benson Woods at North Benson Road was approved for another year. Quassy Amusement Park plans for restaurant expansion and reconstruction of a deteriorated building were unanimously approved. A second story and expansion away from the lake was planned for the restaurant adjacent to Kiddieland, and a total rebuild on the same footprint was planned for the deteriorated Birthday Pavilion. Also approved was a change in use of the former Beanie’s dry cleaner at 530 Middlebury Road to a tailor shop. Bosco commented to property owner Frank Grenier that such approvals had been done by the ZEO, but now needed commission review to assure all zoning factors were considered. Public hearings were scheduled Dec. 6 for a sign for Dr. Richard Smith’s dental office at 415 Middlebury Road and for amendments to the zoning regulations requested by Robert LaFlamme d/b/a Sunbeam Partners LLC to permit a restaurant in the 199 Park Road LI-200 light industrial zone. A disciplinary hearing date for ZEO Jean Donegan was set for 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at a meeting room to be determined. Called a Loudermill hearing, Bosco said it would address concerns about Donegan’s job performance discussed in executive session at an Oct. 16 special meeting where Bosco and Commissioner Terry Smith were appointed to write a “Loudermill letter” describing the charges. A Loudermill hearing provides public employees an opportunity to present their side of an issue before a decision on discipline is made. The next regular P&Z meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center.

Adoptable Pets................ 8 Classifieds....................... 7 Community Calendar....... 2 Fire Log........................... 3 Frugal Mummy................ 5 In Brief............................ 4 Legal Notices.................. 7

Library Happenings.......... 2 Nuggets for Life.............. 6 Parks & Recreation.......... 6 Puzzles........................... 7 Region 15 Calendar........ 3 Senior Center News......... 3 Varsity Sports Calendar.... 6

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Southbury Public Library has new website The Southbury Public Library has launched a new website, www.southburylibrary.org. It was designed by the librarians using WordPress to create easy access to information by users. The web address did not change, but the content is updated and the web page has a fresh new look. The home page includes blog postings about upcoming library programs and important library information. The postings are updated on a regular basis. Library hours are prominently displayed at the top right side of each page. The quick reference menu is on the right side of almost every page. Clicking on the picture brings you to a database. The new calendar is Googlefriendly and contains information about upcoming programs for adults, teens and children as well as library closings. Events

are color coded based on who the program is designed for. The support menu includes information about The Friends of the Southbury Public Library. The catalog menu allows easy access to my account, the Southbury Public Library catalog and iCONN/Request (statewide) catalog. The about menu includes lending policies, directions, information about the Gloria Cachion Art Gallery, recording studio for the blind and interlibrary loan and how to contact the library (Contact Us) if you need assistance. The adult services menu has information about the homebound service, book clubs, programs, Wednesday movies, computers and e-readers. The reference menu contains a research page with access to databases and websites covering a number of topics, a listing of the library’s

Middlebury Community Calendar Monday, Nov. 12 Veterans Day Holiday......................... All town offices are closed

Tuesday, Nov. 13 Democratic Town Committee 7:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 27 Republican Town Committee 7:30 p.m......................................................... Shepardson, Room 26 Police Commission 6 p.m...................................................Town Hall Conference Room Library Board of Directors 6:30 p.m..................................................Middlebury Public Library

Wednesday, Nov. 14 Middlebury Lions Club Turkey Dinner 5 - 7 p.m......................................................Shepardson Auditorium Board of Finance 7 p.m............................................................... Shepardson Room 26 Zoning Board of Appeals 7:30 p.m.......................................................Shepardson Room TBD Calendar dates/times are subject to change If your organization would like your event included in the community calendar, please e-mail the information to beeintelligencer@gmail.com

Book Review

Edited by John Ficarra(Time Home Entertainment, $34.95)

Mad magazine was the brainchild of Bill Gaines, who inherited financially troubled Educational Comics after the death of his father. With the company more than $100,000 in debt, it didn’t take a genius to realize titles such as “Bouncy Bunny in the Friendly Forest” were not a pathway to financial salvation. Slowly, the idea for a humor magazine began to take shape. In 1952, Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman launched a comic book that expanded into a magazine three years later. Despite its original cover price of just 10 cents, it became one of the country’s most imitated and influential satirical publications – famous for its biting wit and groundbreaking parodies. At its peak, Mad magazine had a circulation of more than 2 million copies a month. During Gaines’ reign, the magazine hardly changed at all. Each month, it contained 48 black-and-white pages printed on uncoated paper. Even though cheap imitations occasionally

surfaced, no other publication could match its wacky content. If the magazine had a cover boy, it was Alfred E. Neuman. Kurtzman saw a postcard in 1954 depicting a grinning halfwit kid with the caption “Me Worry?” Intrigued, he added the character to the publication and even featured Neuman on the cover as a write-in candidate for president in 1956. (Spoiler alert: Neuman lost, but was such an outrageous hit his image returned in the next issue as an addition to Mount Rushmore.) Although most of the featured items in this book are decades old, many still retain their original bite and focus. For example, “The Odd Father,” a takeoff on “The Godfather,” “Rockhead” (“Rocky”), “Saturday Night Feeble” (“Saturday Night Fever”) and “M*U*S*H” (“M*A*S*H) still are laugh-out-loud funny. A special bonus of 12 removable classic Mad cover prints enclosed inside the book’s back cover includes one of a grinning, gap-toothed Alfred E. Neuman. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

(Kathleen Brown-Carrano cartoon)

Library Happenings Middlebury

Ballet of Woodbury present selections from “The Nutcracker Suite” Friday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Kingsley Room. It will be presented in an interactive storytelling format in which children in the audience are invited to become part of the story and join the dancers on stage. A donation of a nonperishable food item to benefit the Southbury Food Bank is welcome. Registration is required. To register, stop by the Children’s Department or call 203-262-0626, ext. 3.

Weekly Programs Monday, Nov. 12: The library will be closed for Veterans Day. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 3 p.m. : Ask Mike! E-reader and computer questions and instruction. Signup required. 6:30 p. m. : Drop-in knitting with Miss Ann. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1 p.m. : Stroll through the stacks with Lesley. Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. : Ask Mike! E-reader and computer questions and instruction. Sign-up required. Friday, Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m.: Video in the Larkin Room. “America’s Railroads: History of the Railroads.” Chess with Mike: beginners welcome. 12:30 p.m.: Newest release movie for adults. Bring a picnic lunch.

Gifts of Seasonal Living

“Totally Mad: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity”

Reviewed by Larry Cox

magazine and newspaper subscriptions, the New York Times best sellers (linked to the library catalog to easily place a hold on the book), local history information and a convenient “What To Read Next” section broken down by genre. The children’s menu includes programs, new books and more, book awards and winners, museum passes, Junior Friends and Region 15 information. The teen’s menu includes program and book club information, helpful information for college-bound students, a handy reader’s advisory page with book suggestions broken down by category, teen book award winners, volunteering information and a link to the library’s Facebook page.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m., holistic life coach Cynthia De Pecol will present a free, interactive talk on the gifts of seasonal living. Strengthen your immune system and energy through easy, nutritious fall foods and drinks. Live with a calm and focused mind through simple and quick breathing techniques. Design seasonal routines that enhance and increase what you can accomplish. Live your life from a fresh perspective and tap into the gifts of fall! De Pecol is a holistic life coach based in Washington, Conn.

Wreath-making Workshop A representative from Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust will lead a wreath-making workshop Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Larkin Room. Learn how to make wreaths using provided fresh greens and decorations, or bring your own to make it extra special. The fee is $20 per wreath. Space is limited, so pre-register now by calling 203-758-2634. For more information, call 203-758-2634 or visit www.middleburypubliclibrary.org. The Middlebury Library is at 65 Crest Road in Middlebury.

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Author David K. Leff will speak and sign copies of his book Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Nellie Beatty Room. Leff’s’ book is “Hidden in Plain Sight: A Deep Traveler Explores Connecticut. ” During his many years working at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and writing about the state’s landscape, Leff, a resident of Collinsville, Conn., gained unparalleled intimacy while traveling its byways and back roads. In his book, the inquisitive mind of the “deep traveler” sees much more than what is in plain sight. Leff also wrote “The Last Undiscovered Place” and two volumes of poetry. The public is welcome to attend this free program. The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591 or visit whittemorelibrary.org.

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Mulch available by the bag or by the yard

Wednesday Afternoon Film

The Wednesday afternoon movie Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the Kingsley Meeting Room tells the story of a lost dog and the people looking for it, who end up finding themselves and understanding others. Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline and Dianne Wiest head the Snacks and Shows cast. The room’s surround sound for Seniors theater has an infrared listening Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 3 system available. For more inp.m., the library will host Snacks & Shows for Seniors in the Nellie formation, call 203-262-0626.

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Sweden: Going Home

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Bob Veillette Benefit Concert

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Registration for Mother Goose Storytimes for children ages 3 to 12 months old has begun. The four-week sessions will begin Tuesday, Nov. 20, and conclude Tuesday, Dec. 11. Mother Goose Storytime includes simple stories, fingerplays and interaction. Register in person in the Children’s Department or call 203262-0626, ext. 3, during regular library hours.

Beatty Room. Those at the free program for seniors ages 50 and older and their guests will watch a 1963 musical comedy in which a rock star travels to a small town to kiss a lucky fan on TV just before he is drafted. The star-studded cast includes Dick Van Dyke, Bobby Rydell, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh and more! Before the movie, attendees will make quick and easy mini apple pies. Space is limited. To register, visit or call the reference desk at 203-729-4591.

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Free Concert Alyce Bertz, concertmaster of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Michael Ferrari will perform a free concert Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the library’s Brinker Fireplace room. A reception in the library’s Gloria Cachion Art Gallery before and after the concert will celebrate Rolf Anderson’s “Sweden Going Home” photography exhibit, on display at the library until Nov. 29. The concert will offer a varied program of classical selections including Mozart’s “Sonata in E minor,” Puccini, Kreisler, Mlynarski Mazurka as well as works by Scandinavian composers and selections from Leroy Anderson’s body of work. The Leroy Anderson Foundation is sponsoring the concert. Registration is required. Stop by the Reference Desk or call 203262-0626, x. 130, to register. Light refreshments will be provided.

Holiday Origami Workshop Create your own origami holiday ornament and paper crane with Day Bouttaphom Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Kingsley B meeting room. All supplies will be provided. Bouttaphom has been doing origami since she was a teenager and was able to fund part of her college expenses by selling origami balls, called kusudama in Japanese. She loves paper and can turn it into something both three-dimensional and very beautiful. Space is limited, and registration is required. Call 203-262-0626, ext. 130, or stop by the Reference Desk to register.

A selection of photographs by Rolf Anderson of Woodbury is on display in the Gloria Cachion Gallery to Thursday, Nov. 29. In 2008, Anderson travelled to Sweden with other members of the Anderson family. The exhibit presents some of the photographs Anderson took during his travels from the southern end of Sweden to the far northern mountains above the Arctic Circle. Anderson’s nephew, Anders Vercelli, also will exhibit some of his photographs of Denmark and Iceland. Check www.southburylibrary. org for more information. The library is at 100 Poverty Road in Southbury (203-262-0626).

Woodbury “Nutcracker Storytime” Main Street Ballet will present “Nutcracker Storytime” Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Gallery at the library. Children of all ages will be entertained and delighted as the story of Clara and her nutcracker doll comes to life. Dancers from the Main Street Ballet will perform in full costume as Artistic Director Sibley Morosco reads the beloved holiday story. Children will have the chance to participate and receive a holiday gift bag. The program is free and open to area residents. For more information or to register, call 203263-3502 or visit www.woodburylibraryct.org.

Meet a Llama

The Children’s Department will host Country Quilt Llama Farm of West Cornwall, Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. Children of all ages will listen to stories and learn about llamas. Children also will have a chance to pet a llama and touch llama fiber products. Space is limited, and registration is required for this free program open to area residents. For more information or to register, “Nutcracker” call 203-263-3502 or visit www. woodburylibraryct.org. for Children The library is at 269 Main St. Children ages 3 and up are South in Woodbury. invited to see The Main Street

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Donate to hurricane relief Middlebury Boy Scout Troop 5 Assistant Scoutmaster Ron Brandes said the troop will hold a food and clothing drive for Hurricane Sandy victims Saturday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Middlebury Congregational Church (MCC) on the Green. In addition, a collection bucket for cash to pay for the gas needed to drive the donated items to Staten Island will be out during the Pilgrim’s Pace 5K Road Race at the church Saturday morning. “Cash donations are welcome,” Brandes said. Brandes said the idea started Sunday morning, when Scoutmaster David Redline and he started putting the wheels in motion. Monday night at the Scouts’ roundtable, the idea was disStanding behind “Gaby’s Bench” at Brooksvale Park in Hamden are, front left to right, Kayla Rinaldi, Julia Belmont, Amanda Rinaldi and back, Sara Rinaldi. The bench in memory of Gaby Steele, who died earlier this year, was purchased with money donated by Middlebury Girl Scout Troop 64000.

Center Closed Monday

Center. Buy tickets in advance at The Middlebury Senior Center the Senior Center, or buy them will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, at the door. Adults are $10, sein observance of Veterans Day. niors and children are $8, and there is a $35 family maximum. Monday Board Games No charge for children younger than 6. Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., seniors are invited to play Don’s Computer Classes board games at the Senior Center. Exploring the WWW (world Enjoy a fun morning, and be prewide web) – Tuesday, Nov. 20, pared to be challenged! A light from 1 to 2:30 p.m. See all the lunch will follow. Call 203-577amazing sites and information 4166 to reserve a spot and request available to you! Be ready to be a snack. surprised! The fee for this Free Hearing Screening one-session class is $10. Customizing Your Computer The free hearing screening will – Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 1 to be Wednesday, Nov. 14. Call 203- 2:30 p.m. Learn how to custom577-4166 for an appointment. ize your computer to your needs and taste, from scrolling family Lions Club photos to putting all your favorTurkey Dinner ite sites at your finger tips. The The Middlebury Lions Club fee for this one-session class is Annual Turkey Dinner will be $10. Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 Windows 7 Tips & Tricks – p.m. at Shepardson Community Thursday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 2:30

p.m. Learn how to effortlessly navigate Windows 7. See and use the improvements built into this operating system. The fee for this one-session class is $10.

Understanding Medicare Medicare specialist Jeffery Gomulinski will give a seminar on Medicare Friday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. at the Middlebury Senior Center.

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment The Medicare 2012 open enrollment started Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 17, 2012. During this time, Medicare recipients may choose among a wide range of health and drug plan options available, including original Medicare. If you need information or help deciding what is best for you, you can make an appointment with an insurance repre-

How will you spend your $20.91? For 2013, Social Security recipients will get a whopping 1.7-percent increase in their monthly checks starting in January. Only a few times since 1975 has the rate of increase been so low. For a person who receives the average $1,230 per month, that increase will amount to $20.91 extra. Don’t spend it all in one place. The small increase is due to the Consumer Price Index Social Security adjustments are based on. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the index increased just 1.7 percent overall in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2012. The USDA does concede that, because of the droughts in the Midwest (the worst in 50 years), food prices in 2013 will rise above the “average” inflation of 2.5 to 3 percent that’s taken place in 2012. It takes several months for that type of disaster to impact food prices. It says that for 2013, “inflation should be above the historical average for food categories such as cereals and bakery products, as well as other foods.” The “experts” don’t shop at my grocery store. What they apparently haven’t seen is that store prices already are rising ... quickly. And that’s not all. Medical care has gone up 4 percent this year.

Gas for the car rose 6 percent. Rents and utilities also have risen. Meanwhile there’s the coming rise in Medicare Part B. That cost comes out of your Social Security check before you even get it. It’s estimated the additional cost each month will be in the $7

range – one-third of the Social Security increase. When you run all the numbers, I think we’re already spending our average $20.91 increase. Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log Date Time Address/Incident 10/28/12 20:32 199 Park Road Extension. Fire alarm activation. Jockey pump failure alarm. 10/28/12 14:40 Ridgewood Clubhouse. Activated alarm. 10/28/12 15:52 Woodside Heights. Activated alarm. Faulty motor in blower duct. 10/29/12 03:43 Middlebury Congregational Church. Activated alarm. 10/29/12 ---- Three calls related to Hurricane Sandy. Information not available at this time. 10/30/12 04:00 Straits Turnpike at Park Road Ext. Wires down. 10/30/12 ---- Timex Fire alarm activation 10/31/12 03:50 85 Turnpike Drive. Activated fire alarm. Alarm caused by power being restored.

Creative Dishes from Leftovers

Falls Avenue Senior Center events follow. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 860-945-5250 by the reservation deadline date. 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.

Friday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 p.m., Wedding Planner and Chef Corky Plourde will present creative and tasty menu options made from leftovers in our refrigerators. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Gift Shoppe

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Healthy Holiday Snacks

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fruit, chunky soups and beef stew, gluten-free products, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, powdered milk, dry rice, canned beans, spaghetti and sauce, tuna, canned meats, water and sugar-free, lowsodium, and no-salt items,. Personal care items needed are: shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, detergent, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, hairbrushes, flashlights and “D” batteries. Clothing and linens needed are: warm coats, winter clothing, blankets, gloves (working gloves and winter gloves), towel sets and sheets. Brandes said the best web site he has found for information on the needs of Sandy’s victims is www.interoccupy.net

Falls Avenue Senior Center Events

The Falls Avenue Senior Center’s Gift Shoppe, featuring homemade treasures and other gift items, will be open in the center’s Card Room Friday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash only. The Gift Shoppe is open to all community members.

This side view of “Gaby’s Bench” shows a butterfly plaque inscribed, “Celebrating the life of Gaby Steele.” The bench was dedicated during the Brooksvale Park’s fall festival Oct. 13. At that time, Julia Belmont, who sold duct tape “Saver Owl” bracelets to raise money to honor Gaby’s memory, also donated $550 to the Brooksvale Park “Raise the Roof” Campaign, which is for a new barn for the park animals. (Submitted photos)

cussed, and now all the area troops are pooling their resources for the effort. Each troop is bringing a trailer to MCC Saturday, and the hope is to fill all the trailers with items donated Saturday afternoon. The trailers will be driven to Staten Island early Sunday morning. Brandes said when they get to Staten Island they hope to also provide a hot meal for victims. He said he knew of a church group that drove down there and provided a simple hot meal – boiled hot dogs on buns served with hot chocolate – and he thinks the Scouts will be able to organize a similar meal. Food items needed are: 100-percent fruit juice (cans, bottles, boxes), canned vegetables and

Seniors can experience Qigong, an ancient Chinese practice of breathing and movements to improve healing and breathing and flexibility, Monday, Nov. 19, at 3:30 p.m. The 45-minute Qigong class taught by Alyssa Posegate consists of movements that require both standing and sitting.

Reservations are required by Friday, Nov. 16.

Tom Cruise Film “Minority Report,” starring Tom Cruise, is the center’s feature film Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 1:30 p.m. Robert Ebert of the Chicago SunTimes says this thriller “reminds us why we go to the movies in the first place.” Reservations are required by Monday, Nov. 19.

Craft Club Lyn Priestman leads the popular monthly Craft Club Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 9:30 a.m. Join other crafters, and choose from a variety of projects. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, Nov. 20.

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Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 10 Erica Burdon, a nutritionist from RMS Clothing Drive New Opportunities, will discuss healthy, holiday snacks that are Sunday, November 11 easy to prepare during the upVeterans Day coming party season. Reservations are required by Monday, Monday, November 12 Nov. 12. Middle School Second Marking Term Begins Veterans Day Celebration Personnel Policies/Curriculum Committee........PHS Media Center Conference Room, 6 p.m. Region 15 Board of Education............PHS All Purpose Room, 7 p.m. sentative by calling 203-577Tuesday, November 13 4166. Middle School Parent Conferences............Student early release day WII Bowling PES PTO.....................................................................................9:30 a.m. Fridays at 11 a.m. in the media Wednesday, November 14 room at the Middlebury Senior Center, playing Wii Bowling. It’s MES Visiting Author Tom Birdseye great fun and the exercise is good MMS Fall Sports Awards for all.

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Middle School Parent Conferences............Student early release day MMS PTO...................................................................................9:30 a.m. PHS Pie Pickup in Auditorium................................................ 2-6 p.m. PHS Fall Play............................................Black Box Theater, 7:30 p. m.

The Middlebury Senior Center mini bus will go to the Christmas Friday, November 16 Tree Shops in Orange, Conn., PHS Fall Play. . ..........................................Black Box Theater, 7:30 p. m. Thursday, Nov. 15, leaving the center at 10:30 a.m. After shopSaturday, November 17 ping fun, the bus will stop for lunch at the Cracker Barrel. The CMEA High School Auditions charge is $7 per person. Call 203- PHS Fall Play............................................Black Box Theater, 7:30 p. m. Region 15 website: www.region15.org 577-4166 to reserve a seat.


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Help storm-damaged trees recover

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dlebury Fine Wines at 1255 Middlebury Road (the Hamlet) in Middlebury. Come meet the Local Scrabble® enthusiasts members and learn about the can team up for this popular club. fundraising competition Wednesday Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. Wine-tasting Party at Chase Collegiate School at 565 The Alliance Française of Chase Parkway in Waterbury. Northwestern Connecticut (AFProceeds will benefit the educaNWCT) is hosting a Soirée Beautional programs of Literacy Voljolais wine-tasting party Friday, unteers of Greater Waterbury, a Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m. at a private non-profit organization that home in Southbury. Jim Frey of helps local adults become better Walker Road Vineyards in Woodparents, better employees, and bury will give a presentation on better citizens. wines; desserts and hors d’oeuEach team will receive a vres will be served. Admission is Scrabble® game to use during the $15. competition. Master of CeremoThe public is invited; fluency nies Larry Rifkin of WATRin French is not required. For 1320AM will reveal a mystery information call 203-263-4096, word at the start of play, and or e-mail afnwct@snet.net. Resteams will have 30 minutes to ervations are made by mailing work together to achieve the checks to AFNWCT, Box 31, highest score in the main round. Woodbury, CT 06798. There also will be a 15-minute bonus round. Trophies and Holiday Fair prizes will be awarded to the The United Church of Christ winners. The evening will inSouthbury will host its annual clude a light supper, teacup aucholiday fair Saturday, Nov. 17, tion, coffee and dessert. Scrabble® game rules apply, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the but cheating is allowed and en- church at 283 Main St. North in couraged … for a price … dictio- Southbury. A silent auction will nary peeks and extra letter tiles run throughout the morning folare available for purchase. Teams lowed by a live auction at 2 p.m. of five or six players may partic- The fair offers handcrafted gift ipate. Tickets are $25 for adults items including ornaments and and $20 for high school students. decorations, knitted and croVisit www. Lvgwct.org to register. cheted clothing and hand-carved For more information, call 203- wooden toys and doll furniture. Other gift items include baked 754-1164. goods, jewelry and estate silver, themed gift baskets and homeWine Tasting made cookies, breads and jams. Due to the Wednesday snowstorm, the Middlebury Junior School of Nursing Women’s Club wine tasting origReunion inally scheduled for Nov. 7 has The First Christmas Reunion been rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mid- of ALL graduates of the Water-

bury Hospital School of Nursing will be Sunday, Dec. 2, at noon at the Country Club of Waterbury. A social hour with a cash bar will be followed by a luncheon. Please exchange information of this event with your classmates. It is hoped this will become an annual affair, Graduates who need more information on entrée selection and cost can contact Ginny Allen at 203-758-4007 or Jo Ann Truelove at 203-759-0682.

Holiday Shopping Night The Middlebury Junior Women’s Club will host a Friends and Neighbor’s Holiday Shopping Night to benefit the Middlebury Food Bank Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Shepardson Center. This is the first year they are hosting this event, which is timed to help the food bank ramp back up their food supplies after the Thanksgiving holiday in preparation for the year-end holiday season. Vendors will bring donations for the food bank, and they are asking shoppers to do the same. The club hopes to turn this into an annual event that gives people an opportunity to do something great for the community while having an opportunity to participate in one-stop shopping from a wide variety of vendors. Confirmed vendors as of press time are Clever Container, Thirty One Gifts, Barefoot Books, Origami Owl, Scentsy, Mary Kay, Discovery Toys, Partylite, The Gourmet Cupboard, Premier Jewelry Design. Many more are expected.

Letters to the Editor Woodbury Preparedness Meetings To the Editor: Recently I read a notice in Voices about a “Coffee-Break Preparedness” community social event. My interest was piqued further when the item stated it was a social community event, and I should come and share a “cup of coffee,” my ideas, thoughts, concerns and solutions regarding emergency preparedness. Having just emerged from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, I decided to attend the “Coffee-Break Preparedness” meeting. I arrived at 3:30 p.m. this past Friday at the Woodbury Deli, grabbed a cup of coffee and sat down with a very pleasant fellow

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named Randy Ashmore, Woodbury’s emergency management director. For the next hour, along with another interested citizen, I shared my experiences about Hurricane Sandy as it affected me. Randy listened intently and wrote down ideas I shared about how the community could be better prepared. I was pleasantly surprised ... no pitch to buy something, no pressure to do anything. All Randy asked me for was to share my ideas, thoughts,

concerns and solutions. I encourage Woodbury residents to attend future “Coffee-Break Preparedness” meetings, scheduled each Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Woodbury Deli. Stop by and share your thoughts with Randy. He is a very affable public servant who listens and is dedicated to making Woodbury more safe and secure for all of us. Marge Hubbard Woodbury

inexpensive; however, poor work, no matter the price paid, can cost you a great deal. Professional prices should include liability and workman’s compensation insurance, as well as bucket trucks and equipment. They may not include heavier specialty equipment that may be needed, such as cranes, loaders, etc., or hardware that may be installed in the tree. Financial recovery is possible. Be aware that tree losses to your landscape, whether large or small, may be deductible from your taxes. Two steps must be taken to be able to claim this deduction: 1. Document the tree damage/ loss with photos and an evaluation from a certified arborist who has experience appraising trees. Such a certified arborist will be able to provide you with an estimated dollar value for your loss. 2. Consult the services of a tax professional. You may be entitled to some financial relief through a provision in the tax code that allows you to deduct casualty losses from your income tax. The time to prepare your trees for tropical storms is long before hurricane season. Steps such as pruning trees right before a storm can lead to hasty or improper tree care. ISA also provides some tips to help prepare you and trees for possible future storm damage. Pre-Storm Preparation: Look for potential hazards. Investigate the condition of your trees. You or a certified arborist should look for damage such as cracks in the trunk or major limbs; hollow, aged, and decayed trees; hanging branches; improperly formed branches; onesided or significantly leaning trees; and branches that may potentially rub the house. Know your tree species. Some species are more prone to storm damage. You should have a certified arborist evaluate your trees for hardiness and resilience. Being aware of which trees may succumb to harsh weather

conditions will help you decide if you want to replace these potentially dangerous species. Do not top your trees. Untrained individuals may urge you to cut back all of the branches on the mistaken assumption it will help avoid breakage in future storms. However, professional arborists say that “topping,” the cutting of main branches back to stubs, is extremely harmful and unhealthy for your trees. Stubs often will grow back many weakly attached branches that are more likely to break when a storm strikes. Also, topping will reduce the amount of foliage, which the tree depends on for the food and nourishment needed for re-growth. A topped tree that has already sustained major storm damage is more likely to die than to repair itself. Protect your assets. Trees may increase property value by up to 20 percent. Find out if your homeowner’s insurance will cover any damage your landscape may sustain due to unnatural causes, and include the total value of your trees when listing your assets for coverage. A certified arborist can provide an estimated value by inspecting your trees. Trees are dynamic, living things that require proper care. Hiring an ISA Certified Arborist who can assist you with prestorm inspections and poststorm repairs can help avoid unnecessary loss of your trees. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), headquartered in Champaign, Ill., is a nonprofit organization supporting tree care, research and education around the world. As part of ISA’s dedication to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees, it offers the only internationally recognized certification program in the industry. For more information, contact a local ISA Certified Arborist or visit www.isa-arbor.com. To find a Certified Arborist visit www.treesaregood.org.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) offers some post-storm advice to help you and your trees recover from a disaster. Unprotected, trees are vulnerable to the storm’s wrath, and the wounds might look fatal. However, even though major branches may be broken, foliage might be shredded, or the bark may be torn and gouged, trees have an amazing ability to recover from even the most severe cases. Post-Storm First Aid Do not try to do it all yourself. If large limbs are broken or hanging, or if a ladder or overhead chain saw work is needed, it is a job for a professional arborist. Assess the damages. Evaluate your trees carefully by asking the following questions: Other than the storm damage, is the tree basically healthy and vigorous? Are major limbs or the leader (the main upward-trending branch on most trees) branch still remaining? Is at least 50 percent of the tree’s crown (branches and leaves) still intact? Are there remaining branches that can form a new branch structure? If you answered “yes” to the majority of these questions, there is a good chance for complete recovery. For assistance, hire an ISA Certified Arborist to determine the tree’s conditions. Stand trees back up. Many trees suffer friction failures that cause the tree’s root system to lift out of the ground as the tree leans over. Uprooted trees are often unnecessarily removed under the mistaken idea they cannot be saved. These trees often can be saved, but they are very dangerous. The tension caused by the roots still in the ground can cause the tree to snap back. Consult the service of a certified arborist if you are unsure about performing this work. Beware of price gouging. Sometimes, less credible tree services will take advantage of storm victims. Good tree work by qualified professionals is not

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A specimen tree lies across the driveway at the Dr. Scott Peterson home on Tranquility Road in Middlebury last week. The tree was brought down by Hurricane Sandy’s winds.  (Dr. Scott Peterson photo)


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Obituaries John “Jack” Cole

Beloved Husband of Judith Cole Mr. John “Jack” Cole, 68 of Middlebury, passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, at St. Mary’s Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Judith Cole. Jack was born in Waterbury Aug. 10, 1944, a son of the late Walter and Mary (Mulligan) Cole. He was a graduate of the Wilby High School Class of 1963, where he played basketball and football. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Jack was a dedicated employee of the Timex Corporation for 38 years. He was an active member of the VFW Post 201. Besides his wife, Judith, of 32 years, he leaves two sons: Douglas Cole of New Haven and Lawrence Cole of Watertown and his wife, Lis Gallant; his three brothers: Vincent Cole of Wenden, Ariz., Edward Cole of Woodbury and his wife, Pat Cole, and Walter Cole of Waterbury and his wife, Sue Cole. His funeral was Friday, Nov. 2. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Foundation St. Mary’s Hospital, 56 Franklin St., Waterbury, CT 06706 or Buddhist Global Relief, P.O Box 1611, Sparta, NJ 07871 For more information or to send The Hitt family's elaborate Halloween decorations e-condolences visit www.chaseparkat their Middlebury home included a huge spider waymemorial.com.

A Halloween Haunting

web, a haunted harvest table, witches brewing potions, and the Grim Reaper, among others. More than 120 children and 80 adults visited the display.  (John Kotchian photos)

Ioannis Stratakis

Loving father, grandfather and great grandfather Mr. Ioannis “Barba Yiannis” Stratakis, 85, passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 21, in his hometown of Krokees, Sparti, Greece. He was the loving husband of Garifalia (Smyrnios) Stratakis for 60 years.

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Vampire power runs up your electric bill

Wikipedia says standby power, also called vampire power, vampire draw, phantom load or leaking electricity, refers to the electric power consumed by electronic appliances while they are switched off or in standby mode. Now I love saving money and I love not paying for things I don’t need to, but seriously – are you telling me that every single little switch in my house has to be turned off for me to save money? So you mean I need to unplug every lamp we own (I counted eight), every clock (two) and every DVD player or similar item? The more I explored, the more convinced I became that most items should be unplugged. The lamps maybe not, but the other things are draining electricity and

costing us money they don’t need to. Conservative estimates put vampire drain as costing U.S. consumers $3 billion a year! Appliances are in either passive standby mode (the clock on the microwave) or active standby (the DVD player set to record). Unplug your DVD player and save nearly $9 per year; unplug your computer and save $34. Now, sure, these aren’t huge figures, but estimates put an average person’s yearly vampire power at close to $250. That’s huge. Now I’m going to do an experiment, and I’m wondering if anyone else will join me? Let’s see if we can start unplugging things when we leave the room. Start unplugging radios, DVD players and computer monitors.

Is it really worth it? I believe so and it’s not difficult to do. Here’s eight common appliances to unplug with thanks to Planet Green for their estimates on usage: • TV – A TV burns 10 watts per hour in standby mode and 100 watts per hour while on. • DVD player – A DVD uses 7 watts in standby. It uses 12 while turned on. • Modem – Your modem uses 14 watts an hour whether you are using it or not. • Computer – Your PC, including all the peripheries, drinks 15 watts on standby and 130 when left on. The monitor is the largest energy-gulper, scarfing down 11 in standby and 70 when in use.

• Laptop – Laptops are a bit better. Two watts in standby and 29 while in use. • Phone Charger – A phone charger takes one watt an hour whilst in standby, five when in use. • Ceiling Fan – A small-to-medium ceiling fan uses .1 kWh per hour. • Space Heater – About .09 kWh per hour on average. Visit my Pinterest board for Holiday Ideas: http://pinterest.com/ M-SAT mummydeals/clair-s-holidayshowcase/ Join Clair Boone and thousands of other savvy shoppers at www.facebook.com/mummydeals.org or read her other tips at www.mummydeals.org.

Holiday jobs can ease financial strains Nearly a half million people scores, which can impact your will take temporary jobs during future ability to borrow at good the holidays to earn extra ininterest rates. You also will be come. The cash from those jobs subject to late fees, and if the can go a long way toward easing creditor is awarded a judgment financial strains – if the windfall against you, your wages could goes to critical items first. be garnished. Additionally, if The National Foundation for you’re left without a credit loan that involves collateral. If Credit Counseling offers some card, you’ll be forced to pay you don’t get caught up on setimely advice about where to put cash everywhere you go. cured debt, you can lose what- • Take care of any repairs to your that extra money to make sure it ever the loan covers. Addidoes the most good. Here are its home or vehicle before the tional fees can be added to a recommendations, listed in orproblems get worse. If there car repossession, so you could der of what to do first: are extra funds, weatherize end up owing additional • Bring current all living exyour home. The benefits of money despite having lost your penses, such as housing, utilweatherization will result in vehicle. ities and insurance payments. lower utility bills not only this If you need to put gas in the car • Catch up on past-due debt winter, but in future years. such as credit cards. While • Put 10 percent of your holiday or food on the table, those bathere is no collateral such as a sics will help restore stability. pay into a savings account, if vehicle, being behind on other • Catch up on secured debts, possible, after paying critical debts can result in lower credit such as a car payment or any items. If you have cash left after

“Well first of all we’re not saving anything,” St. John said. “It’s costing us more to send it out of house.” Pierce said he wondered why selectmen made the switch if it was not cost effective. “I have no idea,” said St. John. “You would have to ask the powers that be at the time. It was done against my best judgment at the time.” “If it was done against your better judgment,” Pierce asked. “Then why don’t you bring it back. You’re the power to be right now.” “Well I’m the power to be, but the town has a contract with these people. You don’t just change things around that quickly,” St. John said. Selectman Elaine Strobel suggested there were two issues – the dropped call as well as the ambulance’s delayed response. “The reason you get a much quicker response from police is because the police are first responders on any emergency here in town,” St. John said. “They are also fulltime paid employees. They have very much been in the neighborhood.”

Ioannis was born in Krokees, Sparti, Greece Dec. 11, 1926. He served in the Greek Army, and when the war was over he worked hard for many years on his own olive grove. He came to Middlebury in 1975, where he worked as a pizza maker and cook by the side of his late son-in-law, Athan Kaloidis, at Spartan Restaurant until his retirement. Besides his wife, he is survived by his two daughters: Demetra “Toula” Kaloidis of Middlebury, with whom he lived, and Maria Glynos and her husband Christos of Bethlehem, Conn.; five grandchildren: Vasilios Kaloidis and his wife Lauren, Attorney Ioannis Kaloidis and his wife Cheryl, Marianthe Jones and her husband Stephen, Antonios Glynos and Demetra Modeen and her husband Joseph; five great grandchildren: Demetra and Laila Jones, Thanasi and Toula Kaloidis, and Sofia Modeen; two brothers: Nikolaos Stratakis of Krokees, Greece and Christos Stratakis of Australia. He was predeceased by a daughter, Stratigo Stratakis who died of SIDS at 2 years old; a sister, Rina Stratakis; and two brothers, Panagioti and Efstratios Stratakis. His funeral was Oct. 29. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Ioannis memory to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 937 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708. For more information or to send e-condolences visit www.chaseparkwaymemorial.com.

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In defense of the ambulance drivers, Strobel said delay may be natural because responders are volunteers. “They have to go get in their cars and go drive to the fire department,” she said. Pierce maintained bringing medical dispatchers back to Middlebury would guarantee better service to residents. Strobel questioned whether the storm may have had an affect this time. Discussing other storm-related matters, St. John spoke of Middlebury’s positive relationship with Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) throughout Hurricane Sandy. While the town does not control the company’s responses, St. John said, “We do have a liaison, and we recommend certain things. But they have their priorities, too.” The public works department assigned a make-safe crew to remove trees from power lines and assure roads were passable prior to CL&P restorations. Pomperaug High School acted as a Red Cross shelter for residents in need. In other business, selectmen awarded $11,849 to Ultimate Construction for a new roof on the house at Fenn’s Farm. The next regular scheduled BoS meeting will be Monday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall Conference Room.

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Middlebury Parks & Recreation Advanced Babysitter Safety 102

the Long Meadow Elementary School gym for grades two, three and four. Details and rules are A CPRO Heart, LLC instructor available at the Recreation office. will teach this class for youth Win a turkey for Thanksgiving! ages 13 to 15 Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at ShepardDecorate a Fresh son Community Center. It is for Christmas Wreath those with a sincere interest in John Cookson will show how advanced concepts and skills of first aid, including CPR certifica- to create a Christmas wreath tion. Prerequisite is Babysitter Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. Safety 101 within the past 360 at Shepardson Community Cendays. The course requires written ter. Learn how to transform a and skills testing to be awarded simple evergreen wreath into a an American Heart Association gorgeous Christmas decoration two-year certification. Included to display inside or out. Learn are a CD book, handouts and a what species of flora in your very rescue shield breathing barrier own yard can transform an ordidevice. The fee is $55 for resi- nary wreath into a masterpiece for any occasion! dents; $65 for nonresidents. Supplies needed are a scissors, Knights of Columbus pruning shears and a sharp knife. course fee is $25 for resiFree Throw Competition The dents; $35 for nonresidents. This event has been canceled.

18th Annual C.R.P.A. Hot Shot Competition This event has been postponed to a date to be determined.

Annual Turkey Shoot The Middlebury Parks and Recreation Turkey Shoot will be Monday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Middle School gym for grades five to eight and Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at

Bus Trip

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Leave Shepardson Community Center Thursday, Nov. 22, at 6 a.m. and Southbury Parks and Recreation at 6:30 a.m. for a trip to New York City to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The bus will return by 2 p.m. The fee is $30 per person, tip included.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation awards 2012 grants When the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, Inc. hosted a reception for this year’s 167 grant recipients at the Thomaston Opera House Oct. 9, then Middlebury Police Chief Richard Guisti was there to receive an award for the Middlebury Police Department. An award also was given to the Middlebury Senior Center and Social Services. The Police Department award was for a radar gun for one of the department’s cruisers. Guisti, who has since left Middlebury to take a position in South Carolina, applied annually to the Foundation for an award for the department. The awards evening provided Trustees of the Foundation and Thomaston Savings Bank officers the opportunity to meet those who share their commitment to area charitable causes. The Foundation demonstrated its financial commitment to the people within the communities it serves by awarding grants totaling more than $267,000 this year. With total assets of $4.1 million, the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, Inc. is a cornerstone to the charitable needs of its communities, helping to make a difference in hundreds of peoples’ lives. Foundation President Stephen L. Lewis said grants in excess of $2.8 million have been awarded since the Foundation’s inception in 1997. The Foundation has positively impacted area youth by enhancing local school and library programs, athletic facilities

Thomaston Savings Bank Middlebury Branch Manager Jennifer Pawloski, center, holds the award from the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation to the Middlebury Police Department. On the left is Middlebury Police Commissioner Frank Cipriano; on the right is former Middlebury Police Chief Richard Guisti, who applied for the award.  (Submitted photo) and programs, family literacy, safety awareness and other educational enrichment programs. The grants also support the needs of local fire departments, ambulance corps, senior citizens, crisis funds, disabled citi-

zens, religious organizations and numerous other charitable entities. “We are proud to contribute to the betterment of our communities by supporting various non -profit organizations,” Lewis said.

A complete listing of the 2012 grant recipients is available from Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation Secretary James R. Nichol, who may be reached at 860-2833402.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Saturday, Nov. 10................. Notre Dame-Fairfield (A)........................ 1 p.m. Sandy, people take stock of the Thursday, Nov. 15................. SWC Championship (A)......................... 5 p.m. circumstances they’ve just expeFriday, Nov. 16...................... New Fairfield (H).................................... 7 p.m. rienced. We tend towards gratitude for surviving the ordeal with Girls’ Swimming Saturday, Nov. 10................. Class L Qualifying (A)....................... 6:15 p.m. family, pets and home intact if Wednesday, Nov. 14............. CIAC Class L Finals, SCSU (A).................. 6 pm lucky enough to have the homeFriday, Nov. 16...................... CIAC Open Diving, Hamden (A)...........5:30 pm stead standing firm on terra Saturday, Nov. 17................. CIAC Open Swimming, Yale (A)..............12 pm firma. If you were or are one of the Girls’ Volleyball thousands cut off from everyday Sunday, Nov. 11................... Fairfield University (A)............................ 2 p.m. electronic conveniences save for a fully charged cell phone, appreciation for what really matters fills (H) Home (A) Away your heart. It’s the little things, right?

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Nuggets for Life By CYNTHIA DE PECOL Actually, I’ve come to believe it’s the big things that matter in life. Like life. Like the safety of family and friends, and a clean dependable water source. Health-enhancing nutritious non perishables like rice, lentils, beans and other legumes and a gas stove.

Nuts, seeds and energy bars; heart-healthy fruits with peels like apples, bananas, oranges, pears and grapefruit. Jars of tomato sauce, nut butters, honey and the like. Dried fruits like figs, dates, apricots, cherries and cranberries. Crunchy treats like banana chips and sesame sticks, multigrain crackers and sweet potato chips. Candles and tea lights, batteries for flashlights and the natural light of day. Warm blankets and warm outside temperatures. Wood for a fireplace or wood stove and a simple first aid kit.

Hot Flashes Can Last Into the 70s DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you please tell me if there is something I can take to get rid of hot flashes? I am 74 and have them all the time. I sweat terribly. I have tried Estrace (female hormone), Estroblend (a dietary supplement) and black cohosh (an herbal remedy). – M.B. ANSWER: It’s said that 8 percent of women still have hot flashes into their 70s. Most women get over them in six months to five years after menopause. The drop in estrogen production that occurs with menopause affects a part of the brain that regulates body temperature. The brain’s thermostat is thrown out of whack, and the result is spells of sudden, uncomfortable warming with sweating. Let me give you the usual recommendations made for control of hot flashes. I’m pretty sure you must have tried them after more than 20 years of putting up with flashes. Dress in layers so that outer garments can be shed at the first inkling of a hot flash. That can keep it from becoming a full-blown one. Keep ice water on hand and drink it at the start of a flash. Cut back on caffeine.

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Slow, deep breathing at the onset of a flash is said to minimize it. Estrogen, which you have tried, is the most effective treatment for flashes. It should be taken in as low a dose as possible for the shortest time possible. Maybe a different estrogen preparation would work for you. Effexor and Lexapro, two antidepressants, have met with success in suppressing hot flashes for some women. Here they are not used for their antidepressant action. It’s an example of medicines that have more than one function. Neurontin (gabapentin) is a seizure-control medicine that also is used for control of hot flashes. Hot flashes that have lasted as long as yours call for a consider-

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ation of conditions other than estrogen deprivation. An overactive thyroid gland, a hidden infection and two unusual tumors – carcinoid and pheochromocytoma – are examples of illnesses that produce symptoms similar to a hot flash. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 84 years old. Recently I had a CT scan of my abdomen. It revealed multiple diverticula in the sigmoid colon. Will you please explain diverticulitis to me and what I can expect from it? – H.T. ANSWER: You don’t have diverticulitis. You have diverticulosis – small, pea-size protrusions of the colon lining on the outer surface of the colon. Between 50 percent and 80 percent of people your age have the same condition. Diverticulosis almost never causes pain. It hasn’t caused any trouble in your past. It’s most unlikely to cause you any trouble in the future. Fiber stops diverticula from forming. Make sure you’re getting 25-30 grams of it every day. Diverticulitis is inflammation of diverticula. It happens to only a few people with diverticulosis. Fiber also will prevent inflammation from developing. The booklet on diverticulosis explains this common malady in detail. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue – No. 502W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. Dr. Donohue regrets he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

This week’s nuggets for life honor the essential interdependent nature of life. The intestinal fortitude and level headedness of surviving a natural disaster. The kindness of strangers and hope eternal apparent in such devastating circumstances. This week’s nuggets for life honor the good fortune to indulge in a fully powered western world. Take some time to remember just how lucky you are to have it all and relish what really matters. Cynthia De Pecos is a yoga instructor, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See lifecoachingllc.com or email lifecoach3@aol.com

1. Who hit the most major-league home runs during the decade of the 1940s? 2. Two Minnesota Twins pitchers had 20-win seasons during the 1990s. Name them. 3. Who holds the NFL mark for most field goals in a season, and how many? 4. When was the last time before 2011-12 the Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team started a season 10-0? 5. Name the only NHL team other than Edmonton (201012) to have the No. 1 overall draft pick three consecutive seasons. 6. Which was the first country to win back-to-back Euro titles in men’s soccer along with a World Cup in between? 7. Who were the world heavyweight boxing champions before and after Rocky Marciano’s 1952-56 reign?

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1. Ted Williams, with 234. Johnny Mize was second, with 217. 2. Scott Erickson (1991) and Brad Radke (1997). 3. San Francisco’s David Akers had 44 in 2011. 4. It was 1989-90. 5. The Quebec Nordiques (198991). 6. Spain (2008-12). 7. Jersey Joe Walcott before, Floyd Patterson after.

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The Middlebury Planning & Zoning Commission hereby gives notice that at the regular meeting held on Thursday, November The Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Middle1, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., at the Shepardson Community Center, 1172 bury on November 1, 2012 approved, subject to conditions, an Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT the following decisions were application of Middlebury Land Development LLC for Section made: 64 excavation and grading permit for activities incident to construction (including a soil erosion and sedimentation plan) of a Ms. Tara Perrotti-Application to amend Zoning Map at 86 planned residential development for 79 homes, a 1200± sq. ft. Woodland Rd. to revise part of the property from R40 to CA40- community building, and related roads, drainage and utilities, Public Hearing was continued to 12-6-12 per the request of for property of Middlebury Land Development LLC (formerly of the applicant Timex Corporation) described generally as follows: Quassy Amusement Park-Application for Site Plan Revision-Application was approved Dr. Smith/415 Middlebury Rd-Application for Special Exception for sign pursuant to Sections 52 and 63-Application was accepted and a Public Hearing was scheduled for 12-6-12

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themselves. In suburban and urban areas, this is probably not acceptable to the neighbors or may violate local ordinances. Plan to have no more than two winters’ worth of firewood stacked near your house. The amount depends on how much you use your fireplace and whether it is a necessity to warm the home or just a decorative element. Send your questions or tips to ask@thisisahammer.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Reduce risk of winter-related damage With the snow flying in Middlebury as this issue goes to print, and with many Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian states having received as much as 2 feet of snow from Super Storm Sandy last week, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) reminds business and homeowners that now is the time to prepare their property for the 2012-2013 winter season to help reduce  the following potential damage caused by freezing weather.  Freezing Pipes: Frozen water in pipes can cause them to burst. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are particularly vulnerable to freezing in extremely cold weather. Find out how to keep water in pipes from freezing at http:// disastersafety.org/freezing_weather/preventfrozen-pipes Is Your Roof Strong Enough?: The age of a building is a major determinant of how much snow and ice it can handle before collapsing. Get more information about roof snow and ice load ranges at  http://disastersafety.org/freezing_ weather/prevent-roof-collapse. Ice Dams: When interior heat melts the snow on the roof, the water will run down and refreeze at the roof’s edge, where temperatures are colder. The ice buildup blocks water from draining off the roof, forcing the water under the roof covering and into the attic or down the inside walls of the house. Check out IBHS’ guidance on how to decrease the likelihood that ice dams will form at http://disastersafety.org/freezing_weather/ preventing-ice-dams-on-homes. Alternative Heating Devices: Falling temperatures also mean increased fire dangers linked to the use of heating devices. Rising fuel prices and environmental concerns have driven many consumers to seek alternate ways to heat their homes and businesses. Consult IBHS’ Alternative Heating Sources guide safely choosing or installing space heaters, wood pellet stoves, fireplaces or other heating sources.  IBHS’ Freezing Weather page on DisasterSafety.org provides guidance on how to protect your home or business against other winter weather-related perils. The page also offers information about how to make your buildings more resistant to a variety of disasters, large and small. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is an independent, nonprofit, research and communications organization supported by the property insurance industry. Its mission is to conduct objective, scientific research in order to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses, and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss.

“Learned Ladies” Rescheduled Due to the Region 15 school closings caused by Hurricane Sandy, the dates for the Pomperaug Theatre Company’s play, Molière’s “The Learned Ladies,” have changed. The opening has been postponed to Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The remaining performances will be Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16 to 18, in the Black Box Theatre at Pomperaug High School, with two performances on Sunday. Performance times will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for students, seniors and Region 15 staff and $10 for regular admission. Seating is limited to 85 per show, so make arrangements early. Tickets will be sold at the door as seating permits. Presales will begin in early November during school lunch periods in the cafeteria. Phone and email reservations also may be made. For more information, or to reserve tickets, visit www.region15.org/subsite/phs/page/about-ptc-8988, or call the Black Box Theatre box office at 203-2623247.


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Making Your House a Welcome Pet Home DEAR PAW’S CORNER: We’re sen your puppy but before bringing it home. planning to adopt a puppy in • Set up a file among your housethe next few weeks. Is there hold papers specifically to hold anything we should do to your dog’s adoption informaprepare our house to welcome tion, shot record, registration our new dog when he or she and other pet-related data. You arrives? – Clarice H., New also should keep a copy of Orleans these papers in a separate loDEAR CLARICE: First of all, cation. Things that can be chewed on • Include your new pet in family congratulations! Adopting a that can splinter or break into pet from the shelter is a great emergency planning. If you small pieces should be kept off choice. Second, there are many have an evacuation or shelthe floor and off things that are ter-in-place kit, add dog food, things you can do ahead of puppy height (like the coffee treats and other essential time to make your house dog table). items. friendly. The shelter may have • Set up a living area for your Send your questions or tips to some information to guide puppy in a comfortable spot ask@pawscorner.com, or write to you as well, but here are some out of the way of foot traffic. Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features basic things to add to your list. Place its pet bed there, along Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, • “Pet-proof” your house. In with chew toys. Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For much the same way as parents • Have your dog’s leash, collar more pet care-related advice and need to childproof their house, and other items ready and information, visit www. pet owners need to make danwaiting. You’ll want to pur- pawscorner.com. gerous items difficult to access. chase these after you’ve cho(c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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SMOKEY Smokey has been in foster care for quite some time after being rescued from the streets following a terrible fire at his home. This devoted boy remained at the steps of the burnt-down home, despite the fact his family had gone elsewhere. Even at 10 years of age, he has lots of play left in him. He is spunky and friendly and would make a great lap cat.

For more information on these pets, call 203-758-2933 or visit Animals for Life at the Middlebury Transfer Station on Rte. 63 at the corner of Woodside Ave. Adoption hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m. For more information about the adoption process, visit www.animalsforlifect.org.

MAYBELLINE This charming and wonderful young 11-monthold girl is a true sweetie! She is an outstanding listener and loves other animals. She knows her commands and is looking for a new best friend. She was previously adopted from our shelter and sadly is back due to unforeseen circumstances. Maybelline has a great spirit! Young and strong, she yearns for a back yard and a friend she can run and play with. Serious inquiries only, please, as we want her next home to be the permanent one.

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

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