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Welcome to the 128th Edition of the

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Live, Love, Be Happy, Enjoy all that Life has to offer! Get out and experience life. Live it!! Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a very safe and prosperous New Year to all!

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These photos are of the moose that was in the field across from my parents house on Cedar Lane, in New Hartford on September 23rd. I am submitting these photos for Katelyn Steeves who just turned 18. I think she did a great job. She ran to my parents house and got their camera‌


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Local Clothing Swap Everyone Can Help I accept clothing from newborn to adult, shoes, purses ect and household items. I then give them to local families that want them. I’ve helped out families in Otis, Blandford, Lee, Great Barrington, Sheffield, West Springfield, Westfield, etc. No one is ever too far away to lend a hand. People can email me or call me 413-848-2507 to set up a pick up time or they can drop off at any time at my home. They also can email me to be put on my list of items people want, its all confidential. it seems more people are looking for stuff and the more people I can reach out to to get donations from, the more I have to give away Happy Holidays to everyone, looking forward to a wonderful 2013 thanks Karen Yvon

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Announcement is made that on September 29, 2012 the marriage of Kristen Anne Besanceney and Gary Joseph O'Brien has taken place. The bride is daughter of Francine Larson & Step daughter of Matthew C Larson of Lee. The Groom is the son of Kenneth O'Brien formerly from Sandisfield, Ma and residing in Lee, Ma. The Wedding was on September 29,2012 @ 3:00 p.m. ceremony was performed at the Hillcrest Gazebo followed by reception at Berkshire Hills Country Club Pittsfield, Mass Maid of Honor was t he br ides sist er Lynnanne Besanceney Bridesmaids were Brides sister Michelle Besanceney, and Friend Pamela Gooley Bona. Flower Girl: Niece of the bride Sierra Besanceney Best Man: Timothy Deming Groomsmen were Joseph Schneider, Brother of the bride Matthew R Larson Ring Barrier Cameron Tyer The Bride was given away by her Son Dylan Tyer and her mother Mr O'Brien is the proprietor of Gary J O'Brien Property Services Est 2006. He attended High School at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, MA Mrs O'Brien is Managment and Office Manager at Gary J O'Brien Property Services. She attended Lee Middle and High School in Lee, Ma 01238. Mrs O'Brien is the mother of Dylan Tyer. The Couple is planning a March Honeymoon and has made there home in Lee, Ma

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Roberta J. Sarnacki, Chief of Police Otis Police Department, 1 North Main Road, Otis, MA 01253 As November is the month of Thanksgiving, I want to turn this (413)-269-0100, ext. 6 edition’s Chief’s Corner into one giant thank you list. There is much to be thankful for, and I would just like to recognize some of those Office hours: Wed 7 PM-8:30 PM who make our town what it is… (Or by Appointment) I wanted to start out by thanking the town for all of their support in our first attempt at “Kops ‘N Kids ‘N Costumes”. We had over 200 kids, which is probably some kind of record for Otis. It was absolutely amazing how much everyone pitched in to help. I owe BIG THANK YOU’S to the following people: Michele Pettibone, Suzanne Kresiak, Jill Moretz, Donny Moretz, Marilee & Jim Higgins, Dan Hamill, David Hamill, Linda Hamill, Ken Pettibone, Marissa Pettibone, Rebecca Beham, John Mullen, Sara Saloomey-Loring, Star Saloomey O'Brien, Tammy Saloomey-Tavernia, Joanna Saloomey-Bailey, Lisa D'orazio, Kayla Moore, Robin Campetti, Suzanne, Sam & Madeline Kresiak, Riley & Keelin Bailey, Erin O’Brien, Blaze Tavernia, Meg, Will & Charlie Loring, Maggy & Lizzy Sarnacki, and Dave Sarnacki. These guys are the ones who really went above and beyond, and many put in an incredible amount of hours running around, putting up, taking down, securing donations, baking cupcakes, etc. Even though this was our first time taking on an event of this magnitude, these guys made it look like we have been doing it for years! I would also like to extend my thanks to the BRP Foundation & Dana MacKenzie, who made a very generous donation to our organization in memory of Dana’s son, Brett Robert Peck. Thanks, too, to a very special community member for their wonderful donation to the Kops ‘N Kids program as well. Thank you to Tommy Soules for his extraordinary D.J. skills! Kids were limboing, macarenaing, chicken dancing, and electric sliding all night! Thank you to the Lee and Great Barrington Price Choppers, the Lee Big Y, the Lee Dunkin Donuts, and the Spirit Halloween store of Pittsfield, for their valuable donations to our party. As I write this, the town is still cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy. We are so fortunate that we made it through relatively unscathed. I would like to thank all of the Otis Emergency Management team for their efforts throughout the storm. The Highway Department did an especially good job on Monday and Tuesday cutting up trees in order to reopen roads. I personally witnessed them cutting up or removing numerous different trees, and they did this in record time. Once one tree was cut up, it was only a matter of minutes before we were dispatched to another. Thanks for your hard work and for keeping our roads safe! Thank you to the crews from Western Mass Electric company, as well as to all of their contractors from far away states. WMECO did a fabulous job of keeping the Emergency Management team informed, and several representatives called me personally, to make sure I had a cell phone contact of someone who would answer it throughout the nights of the storm. I do believe that everyone now has power back. Most outages were short lived, although I know there were a few in outlying areas who lost it for a couple of days. However, when you look at how people in New Jersey and New York were affected, our outages and damage were minor, and this is something that all of us have to be thankful for. We will be Reopening on Nov. 24 Lastly, thank you to all of the officers of the Otis Tuesday thru Sunday 9a-4p Police Department, and the members of the Otis Fire Department, and Otis Rescue Squad. I witnessed yet ************ another team effort last night. Not at all surprising, yet very worthy of a thank you. The pieces fit together nicely, each and every time. Thank you! All of us at the Police Department would like to wish Starting at $40 you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving. Since ********************* the next Chief’s Corner won’t be out until January, we hope that you all have very Merry Christmases, and Home Made Kissing Balls happy Hanukkahs! Please stay safe!

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THE PICKLE JAR by Unknown Author Submitted by Bev Kimberley, Sandisfield, MA The pickle jar as far back as I can remember sat on the floor beside the dresser in my parents' bedroom. When he got ready for bed, Dad would empty his pockets and toss his coins into the jar. As a small boy, I was always fascinated at the sounds the coins made as they were dropped into the jar. They landed with a merry jingle when the jar was almost empty. Then the tones gradually muted to a dull thud as the jar was filled. I used to squat on the floor in front of the jar to admire the copper and silver circles that glinted like a pirate's treasure when the sun poured through the bedroom window. When the jar was filled, Dad would sit at the kitchen table and roll the coins before taking them to the bank. Taking the coins to the bank was always a big production. Stacked neatly in a small cardboard box, the coins were placed between Dad and me on the seat of his old truck. Each and every time, as we drove to the bank, Dad would look at me hopefully. 'Those coins are

going to keep you out of the textile mill, son. You're going to do better than me. This old mill town's not going to hold you back. Also, each and every time, as he slid the box of rolled coins across the counter at the bank toward the cashier, he would grin proudly. 'These are for my son's college fund. He'll never work at the mill all his life like me. We would always celebrate each deposit by stopping for an ice cream cone. I always got chocolate. Dad always got vanilla. When the clerk at the ice cream parlor handed Dad his change, he would show me the few coins nestled in his palm. 'When we get home, we'll start filling the jar again.' He always let me drop the first coins into the empty jar. As they rattled around with a brief, happy jingle, we grinned at each other. 'You'll get to college on pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters,' he said. 'But you'll get there; I'll see to that. No matter how rough things got at home, Dad continued to doggedly drop his coins into the (Continued on page 19)

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jar. Even the summer when Dad got laid off from the mill, and Mama had to serve dried beans several times a week, not a single dime was taken from the jar. To the contrary, as Dad looked across the table at me, pouring catsup over my beans to make them more palatable, he became more determined than ever to make a way out for me 'When you finish college, Son,' he told me, his eyes glistening, 'You'll never have to eat beans again - unless you want to. The years passed, and I finished college and took a job in another town. Once, while visiting my parents, I used the phone in their bedroom, and noticed that the pickle jar was gone. It had served its purpose and had been removed. A lump rose in my throat as I stared at the spot beside the dresser where the jar had always stood. My dad was a man of few words: he never lectured me on the values of determination, perseverance, and faith. The pickle jar had taught me all these virtues far more eloquently than the most flowery of words could have done. When I married, I told my wife Susan about the significant part the lowly pickle jar had played in my life as a boy. In my mind, it defined, more than anything Since

else, how much my dad had loved me. The first Christmas after our daughter Jessica was born, we spent the holiday with my parents. After dinner, Mom and Dad sat next to each other on the sofa, taking turns cuddling their first grandchild Jessica began to whimper softly, and Susan took her from Dad's arms. 'She probably needs to be changed,' she said, carrying the baby into my parents' bedroom to diaper her. When Susan came back into the living room, there was a strange mist in her eyes. She handed Jessica back to Dad before taking my hand and leading me into the room. 'Look,' she said softly, her eyes directing me to a spot on the floor beside the dresser. To my amazement, there, as if it had never been removed, stood the old pickle jar, the bottom already covered with coins. I walked over to the pickle jar, dug down into my pocket, and pulled out a fistful of coins. With a gamut of emotions choking me, I dropped the coins into the jar. I looked up and saw that Dad, carrying Jessica, had slipped quietly into the room. Our eyes locked, and I knew he was feeling the same emotions I felt. Neither one of us could speak.


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"Miley's Cat Chat" by Linda Bardsley, East Otis, MA "Well, here it is November and it is a very special month for me. On November 4th, I celebrate my 4th birthday. I am expecting some sort of special treatment, but not sure what the folks have planned for me. Maybe they will let me romp in the attic for a while. They usually don't let me go up there...too dirty, they say. I am not allowed outside anymore because we are in the city, but there is a lot to do here. While we were away, some mice moved into our cellar and I have been taking care of that problem (OF COURSE!) One night, right after arriving home, I found one downstairs and brought it up to show "Mom" and "Pops"....somehow it escaped and was running all around the house....I really tried to get it again, but no luck. The folks were pretty upset, but I thought it was very funny.....had my best "cheshire cat" look on my face, too. Then, during the night, I managed to recapture it and left the little corpse on the bathroom rug. Pops didn't find it til he got out of the shower and almost stepped on it...ha ha ha...Seemed to please them,though, that I had caught it. Now it looks like the mice "problem" (or so they called it) has ended. It was fun while it lasted! On a different note, there is a gigantic cat that keeps coming and visiting me in the cellar window...I look forward to it and spend a lot of time watching for him. I have to say, he has the biggest head I have ever seen on a cat....a handsome dude, for sure. Hope he keeps coming to visit...we have our own way of communicating, too. At the end of November, I will be celebrating one year with my new family. They have been very good to me and, even with all the rules, I have been having a great life. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone...and don't forget to save some tidbits for your pets....they have a lot to be "thankful" for, too. In January, the next issue of the Otis Gazette, I will tell you all about my anniversary and Christmas. I can’t wait to open my stocking… Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year to all!! Til next year...Meow"

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AMVETS Post 77 Otis MA America’s Veterans service organization, known as AMVETS has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring programs that serve our communities and our fellow citizens. 18 returning vets met in Kansas City, MO and founded American Veterans of World War II on Dec. 10, 1944. Less than three years later, on July 23, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 216, making AMVETS the first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress. Amvets is a volunteer organization. We are always welcoming new members. Membership is available to anyone who has honorably served, or is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guards and Reserves from World war II to the present. See contact information below.

AMVETS POST 77 Inc. of OTIS MASSChartered 2009 We are 15 members strong with 12 Lifetime Members Since forming we have had several events such as a Chicken Roast, White Clover Drives, Lobster Roll etc. which has allowed us to give donations to the Soldiers Home in Holyoke Mass. and also to the Wounded Warrior Project. Topping our agenda in 2013 is an effort to fund a scholarship to support a young man/woman entering the military. Additionally we will be raising funds to secure a permanent building for post 77. Currently we meet in a members home. A home of our own will go a long way towards helping us serve our mission of community and veterans support. In addition there will continue to be White Clover Drives, Lobster Rolls etc. Please come out and support us. Under Chapter 115 of Massachusetts General Laws, the Commonwealth provides a uniform program of financial and medical assistance for indigent veterans and their dependents. If you are a veteran or a family member of a living or deceased veteran in need you will find information at benefits or contact Amvets Post 77 @ 413-269-6014 Donations greatly appreciated and may be sent to Amvets Post 77 at P.O. box 587 Otis, MA 01253.

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Wedding at Laurel Ridge on Horseback Dawn Mercier, originally from Windsor locks, CT, most recently from Arizona and Gary Owings from Arizona decided to move back home to the east and get married on their horses at Laurel Ridge Campgrounds in Otis, MA. They met in Arizona two in 1/2 years ago where Dawn always wanted to move back home and when Gary agreed they both made the decision to come back east along with their two dogs & two horses. Dawn’s Parents Dave & Karen Mercier who happen to own a campsite at Laurel Ridge thought it would be most appropriate to have the wedding at Laurel Ridge on their horses. The bride & groom along with parents and close friends as well as the Justice of the piece Debra (Sam) Grudgen from Belchertown, MA consummated their wedding vows on 10-11-12 at 1300 hours isn’t that unique. After the ceremony all parties enjoyed a terrific meal at The Knox Trail after which Dawn & Gary left for their honeymoon in Cape Cod, MA.

Otis Gazette’s Q&A Why do we say “ Hello” when we answer the phone? The first word used to answer the phone was the nautical greeting “ ahoy,” because the first regular phone system was in the maritime state of Connecticut. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor, answered with the Gaelic “ hoy,” but it was Thomas Edison’s greeting of “ hello,” an exclamation of surprise dating back to the Middle Ages, that caught, and so we answer today with “ Hello.” ~ Otis Gazette ~ November / December, 2012 ~~ 21


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5 Tips To Help Prevent Holiday Weight Gain By Kathi Casey, ERYT, CPI The Holidays are coming! Are you ready? This is the time of year that almost everyone I know gains a few pounds. Holiday cookies are on everyone’s desk and at all the water coolers; neighbors send gifts of fruit cakes, snack mix and other delectable delights; and oh, the holiday parties! Family traditions abound during this time of year, like my favorite - my daughter-in-law and I have a cookie baking party each year, and then we share what each of us bakes. It’s so much work that we hardly taste any of the little treasures when we’re done, but we really enjoy the camaraderie and the glass of wine while we’re baking! All of these traditions in one month means extra fat and calories are consumed. I’m not going to suggest that you don’t take part in all these fabulous events, in fact, just the opposite. The older I get, the more I realize the importance of these holiday rituals for our emotional and spiritual health. What I will suggest today though, are a few simple steps we can all take that will keep the amount of weight gain down to a minimum.

First, resolve to enjoy your food – savor the flavor! This is an important step, because when we take a minute to inhale the smells of freshly roasted squash, or anything sautéed in garlic and onions, or those freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, we slow down our eating. Eating slowly helps us to digest our food better, and most of us eat less when we slow down and savor. I know how hard it can be to find the time to actually sit down to a meal and enjoy, but now more than ever, it’s a good habit to get into. Another good practice is to take a walk with your family either before or after a big meal. When family and friends gather for a big meal, like Thanksgiving, it’s a good time to enjoy a brisk walk through the neighborhood. This tradition also shows the children and grandchildren that exercise is an important part of the holidays. Some families include an afternoon of skiing, skating, sledding or touch football after their big meal. Any exercise that you include will help you burn off a few of those extra calories, so plan something fun that your whole family will enjoy this holiday season. Eating an apple about an hour before your meal helps fill you up and also improves digestion, so when you know you’re going out for a holiday party (Continued on page 25)

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where there will be huge amounts of food, eat an apple on the way. You will enjoy your meal without feeling so full that you need a wheelbarrow to get you home afterwards! Drink plenty of water, especially when partaking of the holiday punch, cocktails, or wine. Drink a large glass of water between each of your holiday drinks and you’ll drink less. Also, stay away from the eggnog. One little cup of eggnog contains 343 calories and 11 grams of saturated fat – Yikes! I usually allow myself one at Thanksgiving and one at Christmas, and I use a low fat version of eggnog! The Horizon brand low fat eggnog has about half the fat and “only” 260 calories. The importance of drinking enough water during our Berkshire winters cannot be stressed enough. Winter's wind and the dry heat inside our homes can dry us out both inside and out. And because of the cold, we often don’t feel like drinking water, however, our body still needs as much water as in summer to keep our organs, muscles and glands functioning properly. More information on hydration for the largest organ in our body - our skin, can be found in my new eBook “Beautiful, Sexy Skin For Women Over 40 - What The Cosmetic Companies Don’t Want You To Know About Skin Care!”

I see many people each year who starve themselves all day or for a couple of days in anticipation of a big family meal or holiday party. They think that if they don’t eat anything all day, it will make up for the extra calories at the feast. The opposite is actually true. Our bodies need nutrients on a regular basis every day and when we don’t give our body what it needs, it begins to break down our muscle for fuel and also slows down metabolism. The net effect of these measures means that when we go back to eating regularly, our body wants to store up fat for the next time we starve ourselves and so we’re likely to gain a few pounds. A better idea altogether, is to eat a few smaller meals during the day that include a little bit of protein and veggies but no bread or pasta. So don’t stress out about a few pounds! I’ve been on this planet for over 60 years and each holiday season I put on a few pounds. Then, I continue another great holiday tradition of making New Year’s resolutions to take the weight off in January. Instead, enjoy the holidays, knowing that you’ll get back to healthy eating and your regular exercise routine, and that you’ll be back to your pre -holiday weight in no time! Wishing You Happy, Healthy Holidays! Kathi


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Town of Otis Selectboard Meeting Minutes 10-09-12 Respectfully Submitted, Lisa D’Orazio, Selectmen’s Secretary Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall conference room. Don Hawley noted the meeting was being recorded. Present: Select Board Chair Roberta Sarnacki, Selectman Don Hawley, Selectman Brian Crandall, Chris Morris, Jim Crandall, Terry Gould, Larry Gould, Jim Higgins, Marilee Higgins, Ron Meyer, Roberta Meyer Approval of Minutes: Minutes for the September 25, 2012 WWTP/Select Board Meeting were unanimously approved as written. Brian made the motion and Don seconded. The September 25, 2012 Executive Session minutes were also approved by Roberta and Don as Brian had recused himself for that meeting. Cultural Council Appointment: Don Hawley made the motion, Brian seconded, and Darlene Murphy was unanimously appointed to the Cultural Council. Katherine Adams also resigned from the Celebration Committee. Discussion of Bid Results for the Otis Fire House: Salco Construction was the low bidder for

the Roofing bid at $32,870.00. The highest bid was only just over $3,000 more, so all roofing bids were close. The low bid for the SIP insulation was given by Ford Panels at a bid of $54,008.00 for the roof and $40, 288.00 for the rest, for a total of $94,296.00. Both Salco Construction and Ford Panels worked on the Town Hall upgrade and are both fully qualified. The bid process reflects doing the roof first, then the wall insulation due to the timing of winter weather. We are looking to do the roof before winter and then do the walls in the spring. We had local contractors bid on the roofing, and we would have loved to award the bid to the local contractors, but we have no reason to disqualify the low bidder. Both low bidders were recommended, Don Hawley moved to accept both low bids, Brian Crandall seconded, and both bids were unanimously awarded to the respective low bidders. Permission to Change Lisa’s Schedule for Elections: Lyn asked permission from the Select Board to have the Selectmen’s Secretary available on Tuesday, November 6th to work the polls. This


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has been granted in the past, and Lisa will work for the Select Board on Thursday, November 8th to make up her missing time for the Select Board if the board approves this request. The Board unanimously approved this change in Lisa’s schedule for those two days. Discussion of the Halloween Observance: Members of Kiwanis were here to discuss having the Halloween Party for the kids on Sunday the 28th. They then informed the board that they may have to vote to disband because they only have about seven active members and their charter requires sixteen members, so they may need to cancel all future events. They plan to meet on Thursday to determine whether or not Kiwanis would remain in the community or disband. Roberta Sarnacki reiterated that the Friday Kops N’ Kids event was set up because the public was expecting Trick or Treat to be on Friday night as usual, and it was meant to be in addition to the Kiwanis event. If Kiwanis votes to remain a viable community organization, the board is certain we can get




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enough volunteers to help get the Sunday Kiwanis event ready. Other: United Nations Day: In the recent past, the Town has recognized United Nations Day and again unanimously agreed to recognize October 24th for this year as well and signed the declaration. Tom Matuszko from BRPC: Brian invited Tom to come to tonight’s meeting and present to the board some of the grant possibilities available to us through BRPC, such as the Community Innovation Challenge, the Community Development Block Grant, and the District Local Technical Assistance program. Tom also gave examples of how these programs were made use by some of our neighboring towns, including putting Building permits online and handling beaver management and planning a Senior Center. Wind Turbine Balloon Test: The balloon test was performed today. It was a diribible that was bright blue with yellow fins and was easily recognizable. It could be seen from a few places in town, but unless you were on top of a ridge, it was difficult to see. The Select Board meeting was immediately adjourned at 8:04 pm.



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Otis Police Log 2012 (Editor’s Note: Except in the case of arrest, or criminal complaint application by the Otis Police Department, names and addresses are omitted to protect citizens’ privacy.)

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Damage to lawn, Pine Road, damage was done by a tree company and will be rectified Summons served, Reservoir Road Trash complaint, Benton Pond Beach, MA Highway notified Loose dog, Pine Road, referred to Animal Control Officer Marshall Lost dog complaint, Pine Rd, see above, party will contact ACO Marshall Trespassing, South Main Rd. ARRESTED: MEGHAN BARTINI, Fairview Ave, Lee, Charged with: Trespassing, Possession Class B substance. MSP Lee. Medical call, South Main Rd, patient transported to Berkshire Medical Center Neighbor/property dispute, South Main Rd Citizen assist, South Main Rd

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Citizen assist, Ridge Ave Berkshire County Sheriff’s Dept. advises they have a cleanup crew working on Rt. 8 BOLO for vehicle out of Sandisfield involved with following children riding bicycles and acting suspiciously. Gold Toyota SUV, unknown CT plate number. Operated by a white male in his late 20’s or early 30’s with red hair and bushy eyebrows. All patrols advised. Erratic operation , Cold Spring Ave Summons service attempt, Bartow Drive Assist citizen, South Main Road Summons service attempt, Bartow Drive Motor vehicle stop, speeding, South Main Road, citation issued Summons served, Bartow Drive Motor vehicle stop, speeding, citation issued, North Main Rd Noise complaint, Kibbe Road, party advised to keep noise down Person reports hitting a bear last night on Route 23, advised of procedure for filing accident report

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Residents of Becket Road and Lincoln Road in for Firearms licenses Assist citizen, East Otis Road, police escort

Abandoned 911 calls from payphone at Tolland State Forest, nobody around upon arrival Burglar alarm, Pine Grove Ridge, all secure Mutual Aid, Becket PD, fight, Andrews Corners Burglar alarm, Sugarhouse Road, secured Environmental complaint, Pine Grove Ridge, party advised of EPO dispatch number


Fireworks, Hollywood Blvd area, unable to locate Alarm Activated, Sugarhouse Drive, cancelled enroute Motor vehicle stop, speeding, West Shore Rd and Reservoir Road, warning issued Motor vehicle stop, stop sign violation, Monterey Rd and West Center, citation issued Trespass order lifted, South Main Road 911 hangup, East Otis Road, child dialed incorrect number Medical call, victim with leg injury fell off ladder and drove to Gulf station, transported to hospital. Resident in for Firearms processing.

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Restraining order vacated, North Main St Medical Call, Brookman Drive, Transported to hospital Summons service attempt, Dimmock Road Summons served, Dimmock Road BOLO out of Lee for juvenile with active Child in Need of Service warrant, all patrols advised Lee PD requests we check a location off South Main for above individual, juvenile not there Party lying in Route 23, 2 miles West of Katie’s Store. Patient refused EMS services and was transported home and left with a supervising adult No trespass notice requested, North Main Road Suicidal male, North Main Road. BOLO put out to all area Police Depts. Suicidal male located and transported to Berkshire Medical center by OPD Residents of Monterey Road and Pike Road in for Firearms renewals Vacation Check, Old State Road Larceny of signs, Reservoir Road and Stebbins Road No trespass order removed, North Main Road Vacation Check, Old State Road Vacation Check, Gibbs Road (Continued on page 35) `````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````

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 Letters to the Editor Dear Angelina, I am the proud winner of the August “Find the Nuts Edition” and I want to thank you for the gas card. My roots in Otis go back to 1936 when I was born to Dr. and Mrs. Henry Erbe. We still have a lake house on Benton Pond and enjoy a number of visits there with our family during the year (ski, swim, fish, share with friends). The Otis Gazette is a wonderful connection for those of us who live away from Otis as well as their natives. You do an outstanding job of keeping us updated and informed on what is going on in Otis and beyond. Keep up the good work. Pete Erbe, Leland, NC

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Motor vehicle stop, South Main Road at Ryan Lane Motor Vehicle violation, South Main Road, equipment violation, citation issued Motor Vehicle stop, North Main Road, speeding, citation issued Firearms license pickup, Cold Spring Road resident

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Elena’s Family Faves Growing up in an Italian family, food was a way of life for all of us. I especially, grew up as an appreciative eater and avid cook. Watching my Mother cook, and working alongside her, as a very young child and into adulthood, was a very special bonding time and treasured experience. Italian food is simplicity, pheasant comfort food. Today, I will share a soup recipe, that is very popular and made differently, from region to region and here in America. My recipe is an old Napolitan version. The soup is called Pasta Fagioli, and the dialect term for which it has always been referred to in my home, is ( Pasta Fasool ). There is an old Italian saying about soup in which my Mother has told me throughout my years: "Soup does seven things, ( La zuppa fa sette cose ) - It quenches your thirst, it satisfies your hunger, it fills your stomach, it aids your digestion, it makes your teeth sparkle, colors your cheeks and helps you sleep".

Pasta Fagioli Ok, this recipe will serve about 6-8 people. 2 meaty ham hocks (this is what gives it the flavor, no substitutes) 6 celery stalks, chopped, also, use the celery leaves in soup 1 small can of tomato sauce (you will only use 4-5 tbsps of this ) 6 large garlic cloves, chopped 4 tbsp olive oil —-salt and pepper to taste 1 tbsp oregano, ( you will add more as this cooks ) – oregano gives this dish great flavor 1 bag dried navy beans ( you will be cooking them in with all of these ingredients for 3 hours ) 8-10 cups of water — 1 bunch of fresh chopped parsley ( flat leaf parsley ) 1 box of ditalini pasta This is it. Put all ingredients in a large pot, and turn on high until it all comes to a boil. Once it does, lower heat, and allow soup to simmer for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, until the beans are cooked, and all flavors have blended nicely. Leave hamhocks in the soup the entire time to achieve the right flavors. Do not add the pasta until everything has cooked for at least 2 1/2 hours, and those beans are fully cooked. Keep tasting them, and once they are cooked, add pasta until al dente and serve with some nice crusty italian bread. As you cook this, you may find you will need to add more water cause the beans absorb alot of water as they cook. You do not want it to be too watery or dry. As you add water, taste to also see if you need more salt, a little more pepper, and maybe a dash or two of garlic powder also. Even though you have garlic cloves, you can add garlic powder also, cause it's what makes the flavor, I do it all the time. The sauce is added to give it the thick texture, so make sure you use it ok? Not the whole can, just a few tbsps. The pasta Fagioli should have a nice pink color when it is all done. Enjoy, Elena Vivenzio Local Distributor & Sales


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