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Volume 11, Number 30 Plainville’s Only Weekly Newspaper

Thursday, July 26, 2012

PHS students’ journey means clean water for Honduras natives By Nikki A. Sambitsky Special to The Citizen

Photo by Nikki Sambitsky

From left: Emma Carpenter, Kyleigh Panetta, and Chloe Lamarre will host several events to raise money for their philanthropic trip to Honduras.

For most high school students, summer break means working, seeing friends, going to the beach and relaxing while enjoying time off from school. But for Emma Carpenter, Chloe Lamarre, Kyleigh Panetta and a handful of other Plainville High School students, summer will be spent raising funds for their mission to Honduras this October. The trip will take students roughly 2,000 miles across the ocean to establish facilities that will bring clean water to a small village. “I know that we are going to be taking the water filtration systems and we are going to be delivering them to different families. And we have to show them what to do,” Carpenter said. “We are also going to be digging ditches so that we can build latrines for homes.” The students, part of PHS Interact Club, will work closely with Pure Water For The World, an organization started by a dentist from the Brattle-

See Honduras, next page

Five face charges after local and federal raid of Plainville home By Richie Rathsack Special to The Citizen

The Petit Family Foundation was created to remember Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, who died in a 2007 invasion to their Cheshire home. A memorial was held in their honor July 23.

Memorial service remembers the Petits By Crystal Maldonado The Plainville Citizen “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” That Gandhi quote is the basis for the Petit Family Foundation, created to honor the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, 17-year-old Hayley (a recent graduate of Miss Porter’s School who’d planned to attend Dartmouth College) and 11-year-old Michaela (6th grader at Chase Collegiate School). The three women died in a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire

that severely injured husband, father and former Plainville resident Dr. William Petit Jr. There was an outpouring of support for the family, including many in Plainville who felt (and still feel) personally impacted by the events that unraveled. It’s been five years since then. A memorial was held at Our Lady of Mercy in Plainville July 23, to mark the anniversary and remember the lives of the women who were actively involved in community service – Jennifer in the Methodist

See Memorial, page 15

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PLAINVILLE — Five people face either assault or drug charges after local police, the DEA, the FBI and the state Department of Consumer Protection Drug Control Division raided homes on Atwood Street and Colton Avenue July 20. The search of the homes followed a three month investigation into trafficking of prescription pain medications, cocaine and marijuana, police say. Arrests for the

individuals at the homes are being prepared, according to police. During the raid, three people were arrested in relation to a July 17 attack at Firehouse Cafe on West Main Stree. On that night, police said five people “savagely beat and kicked a man in the parking lot” and assaulted two young women who attempted to aid the injured man. The victim of the attack was taken to Hartford Hospital for multiple fractures to

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The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, July 26, 2012

Honduras Continued from page 1

tremely important to the small community of Las Trojes. Not only will basic water filtration systems be delivered and built, but latrines will also be installed in houses without such facilities. According to Pure Water For The World, an estimated 18,000 families in Honduras are receiving the benefits of safe drinking water and proper training. “The point of the latrines is to make it so that they have somewhere to go to the bathroom,” Panetta said. “So they aren’t going in their water supply anymore.” Because the students need to raise money for the trip, Panetta, Lamarre and Carpenter have planned several events, including a cook out, pancake breakfast and bottle drive. The money that is raised will go toward the supplies

that are needed to build the filtration systems, said Lamarre, who is looking forward to the mission. “I’m so excited. This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for years now,” she said. “I feel like it’s something that everyone should experience before they go off to college because it kind of puts your life into a new perspective, and you are making a big difference.” Donations to the PHS Inter-

act Club Honduras mission can be made by making a check made payable to The Plainville Rotary Club. Write ‘Honduras’ on the note line, and mail it to Plainville Rotary, P.O. Box 484, Plainville, CT, 06062.

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boro, Vt. Rotary Club in 1994. Its mission is to work with remote and underserved regions of developing countries to provide a means of safe, clean drinking water. Likewise, The Interact Club is made up of high school students who work closely with their town’s local Rotary Clubs to fundraise and volunteer for local charitable groups. It was Carpenter who was inspired to create a chapter of The Interact Club at PHS after going with her mother, a Rotary Club member, to volunteer her time to a local charity. “The reason that I started The Interact Club was because I went with my mom to a soup kitchen. It’s called The Out Of The Cold Soup Kitchen in New Britain,” she said. “I met a lot

of Interact kids there, and it sounded like a great club and a good idea. It gave me initiative to talk to my principal about it and do my research to see what it entailed.” After getting the approval she needed, the club was officially formed during her sophomore year. Carpenter, now a senior, said that starting the club was well worth the effort. When Interact Club Advisor and Rotary Member Robert Yudkin brought up the idea for the mission trip to Honduras, Carpenter thought it was a great idea, and enlisted the help of her friends and fellow classmates. “I talked to Kyleigh because she was always telling me about how she wants to go to Africa,” Carpenter said. “And Kyleigh thought it was a great idea, so she told Chloe.” The mission, which lasts from Oct. 28, to Nov. 3 of this year, though short, will be ex-

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The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, July 26, 2012

Adventures with Obi

Finding a new home By Crystal Maldonado The Plainville Citizen

So I got a dog. I woke up Monday morning, not responsible for anything but myself, and then I went home, dog in arms (and dog crate and dog bed and chew toy and leash and collar and harness and… you get the picture), wondering if he really was mine. It’s not as if he magically materialized on the front steps of my home or that I’d never given any thought to getting a dog. Quite the opposite, actually. My boyfriend, Bill, and I had been searching for the perfect pup for months. But none ever seemed right. This one’s too expensive, this one’s too far away, this one requires us to prove that our apartment will allow us to have a dog and – oops – that’s against our apartment complex’s rules. (Minor technicality, right?) When I got into work Monday morning, I got a phone call from a town employee asking if we’d received the emails from the Plainville Dog Pound. Not unusual, as

the paper often runs photos of dogs and cats who need to be re-homed. I checked the inbox, distracted by the laundry list of things for me to do, and confirmed. We hung up. Then I saw them. Three, white, cuddly puffs of fur. At least that’s what the four-month-old Maltese pups in the photo looked like. I think I squealed (by now, my coworkers are quite used to my enthusiastic outbursts, like the time our sports editor, Nick, witnessed me nearly kill the printer) and then I kept squealing because I suddenly felt like I needed one of these dogs. A few phone calls and several hours later, I was heading to Plainville from our Meriden offices with Bill to see if we jived with any of the dogs. The whole way there, I was so excited, I felt ill – something I hadn’t experienced since I was 11 and about to board my first plane to Disney World. Animal control officer Gabby Paciotti (who is a doll) let us inside and we saw




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Citizen photo by Crystal Maldonado

Obi visited the Record-Journal offices in Meriden – where The Plainville Citizen is housed – and spent the day napping and writing stories for the paper. Obi, who promptly got sick all over my lap. When I realized I loved him anyway, I knew it was a good fit. Welcome home, Obi. We’re so happy you chose us. The Adventures of Obi is a summer column chronicling

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From a hobby to a passion By Crystal Maldonado The Plainville Citizen

Don Nourse used to be afraid of public speaking. “My voice would shake,” he said. So when he stood at the head of the room at the Plainville Senior Center July 10, he blew a train whistle to ease his nerves. “I thought it might bring a smile to your faces in case I ran into trouble.” But armed with photos, posters, books, pamphlets, and a captive, small audience, Nourse didn’t need it, as he spoke about his love for trains. “When I’m with friends, I’m OK,” he said. He shared childhood stories, facts about locomotives and spoke fondly of his own, personal 5x12 foot train display in his home. As the sun rises each morning, it shines on the west wall of his home and hits some of the colorful boxcars in his set – orange, silver. “It’s grand to see that,” Nourse said. “What a beautiful way to start the morning.” Norse received his first train 82 years ago, a set he said “wasn’t elaborate,” but still captivated him enough that he loved to lie on the rug

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spotted a refrigerated train car that he thought looked like the real thing. “That was where I became addicted – a happy, hopeless, addict of trains,” he said. Now his train set sprawls across his home with an accompanying miniature village. There are railroad stations and buildings and Victorian homes. One of the buildings might be a museum if it were built in real life, he mused. “I might live in the yellow and white house,” Nourse said. “People who have train layouts have to have a good imagination. And I do.”

Citizen photo by Crystal Maldonado

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Life on the Pond Concert series educates and entertains Meet the long-horned beetle By Nikki A. Sambitsky Special to The Citizen

Forget the beats, harmonizing vocals and electronics. This fab four only used strings. A quartet composed of two violinists, a violist and cellist from the New Britain Symphony Orchestra rocked out—classical style—at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library July 11. They played arrangements of Beatles songs such as “Hey Jude,” “Yesterday” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” The concert was just one of the few free concerts that have been popping up around the Plainville area this summer. The Norton Park Concert Series holds its final performance Tuesday, July 31, featuring Old Time Fiddlers. The series comes to a close following an eclectic line-up that included shows by Dixie jazz band Riverboat Ramblers on July 3, rhythm and blues group Nzinga’s Daughters on July 17, and 10-piece swing orchestra Simply Swing on July 24. “We love to get people moving,” said Vivian LaRosa, Simply Swing’s vocalist. “Our summer audiences

can’t sit still. We always see toes tapping, people swaying and singing along from their blankets lawn chairs and if there’s a patch of pavement – couples are dancing.” Aside from offering a good time, these concerts can be educational, and introduce music that listeners might be unfamiliar with. By giving these concerts, the sponsors are broadening the music of the listeners. “We hope that by introducing people to the symphony that they will join us at full symphonic concerts,” said Nancy Judd, president of the NBSO board. “It’s a big job applying for grants but we are keeping classical music alive, and that’s the important thing.” The New Britain Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to present professionally conducted concerts in the hopes of educating, entertaining and enriching the lives of people of all ages and ethnicities in Central Connecticut. Judd said the non-traditional symphonic music at the concerts are presented as a means to spark an interest in the symphony among famSee Concert, page 22

By Francis Rexford Cooley Special to The Citizen A pheromone trap for Asian long-horned beetles hangs from a tree beside the boat-launch at Hamlin Pond in Plainville. The trap was developed by entomologists from the United States Forest Service and Penn State University to detect the invasive beetle, which was first found in the United States in the 1990s. The Asian long-horned beetle is considered a serious pest in China. In America, the wood-boring beetle has attacked maples, sycamores and poplars, as well as infected other native hardwoods. The female beetle will chew out a hole in the tree it infects for each of the eggs it lays. Two weeks alter, the eggs will hatch with each larva digging its way under the bark of the tree until it pupates and bores its way out of tree through a nearly half inch hole. The emerging adult beetle will be approximately 1-1.5” in length, shiny black in coloration with white spots, exceptionally long antennae that are banded black and

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A shot of the beetle’s pheromone habitat. white and elongated feet. Adult beetles may be present from July through October each year. With no natural predators in North America, an infestation of the beetle can do serious harm to native hardwood species. In order to prevent the spread of the Asian longhorned beetle the U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken aggressive quarantine steps where the beetle has been detected. One of greatest concerns is the transportation of un-treated wood, especially firewood, from infected areas to unaffected areas. The beetle has been detect-

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Come celebrate the talents of The Plainville United Methodist Church Youth Group that is hosting an evening of performances to showcase the talent of youth and others who wish to perform. The event will include a pre-show pasta dinner at 5 p.m. with the show beginning after. This event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Plainville United Methodist

Church, 56 Red Stone Hill. The proceeds will help support the youth group’s plans of attending mission trips. Tickets will be sold in advance. Tickets available at the door will be sold at a slightly high cost. If anyone is interested in performing a talent of song, instrumental, drama, improvisation, comedy, dance, story-telling, etc. (auditions not necessary), notify Danny Franceschini, Jocelyn Bangloy or Joellen Wexler, MYF leaders. For more information, call (860) 490-6362.

Special Mass Father Ed Nadolny will celebrate a special Mass on Sunday, July 29, at 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Cottage Street, East Berlin for all Ukranian children who are currently being hosted and all children who have been adopted. All family members are invited to attend the 5 p.m. Mass and the picnic following the Mass. Anyone in-

terested in hosting or adopting is more than welcome to come celebrate. For questions call (860) 8280154.

Thrift shop The Congregational Church of Plainville Thrift Shop, 130 W. Main St., is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The thrift shop will be having a bag sale from Wednesday, July 18 to Saturday July 28. The shop will be closed from Wednesday, Aug. 1 to Saturday, Aug. 11 and reopens Wednesday, Aug. 15. For more information, call (860) 747-2418.

Music and Bible camp South Church at 90 Main St. in New Britain will be alive with creative energy during the week of Aug. 13, as children engage in drama, music, crafts and games and

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The Plainville Citizen Thursday, July 26, 2012 prepare to present a show called “Heroes of the Faith.” With lyrics by J. Paul Williams and drama by Pamela Martin, the show features the music of a variety of contemporary composers. A performance of the musical, directed by Catherine Peters, will take place on Saturday, Aug.18, at 11 a.m. Children in grades 3 to 8 are invited to participate in a week of music, games, and recreation as they learn the stories of four heroes of the Bible – Moses, Deborah, Elijah, and David – and reflect on the qualities that can help make them heroes, too. The program is from 9 a.m. until noon Monday through Friday, Aug. 13 to 17, with registration on Monday at 8:30 a.m. A morning snack will be provided. Auditions for leading roles will be held Monday, Aug. 13, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided for all children who wish to try out for a lead. Children who are assigned leading roles will need to be available for practice during the afternoons until 2 p.m., and will be provided lunch on those days of extra rehearsal. There is a registration fee for the week, with scholarship assistance available.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012 — The Plainville Citizen

Obituaries Edmund Charette

Leonard Murray Leonard T. “Bud” Murray, 87, of Plainville, died July 19, 2012. Born in Medford, Mass., Aug. 8, 1924, to the late Harry and Estelle (Wishart) Murray, his family relocated to Plainville where he graduated Plainville High School Class of ‘42. He served his country in the Army during World War II and was a prisoner of war for nine long and difficult months. Upon his return home, he worked at Pratt & Whitney, later moving to California where he worked various jobs while he earned his bachelor’s degree and attained many credentials in quality control engineering. Employed by Martin Marietta and Hughes Aircraft, among others around the country, with a focus on the fledgling


and husband, Bill, of Bristol, and their son, Bryan Carroll; as well as a large extended family and dear friends. Bud lived his life by his own code; sharing opinions, bits of humor, and knowledge. Take time to enjoy a good book in his memory. A gathering to remember his life will be held at a later date. Burial will be private. The Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville has care of arrangements. For information or to leave words of condolence visit

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Edmund Charette, 81, of P l a i nv i l l e, died surrounded by his family July 17, 2012, at Amberwoods of Farmington. He was the beloved husband of Rena (Bouchard) Charette. Edmund was born in Fort Kent, Maine on June 29, 1931, the oldest of nine children to the late Willard and Amanda (Theriault) Charette. Raised in Maine, he attended local schools, going to work at a young age to help support his family. Edmund enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 21, proudly serving his country on the front lines during the Korean War, surviving 19 months in a foxhole. A Bronze Star recipient, he was honorably discharged in 1954. He married the love of his life, Rena, shortly after, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage, and raised a loving family of seven. A truck driver by trade, he was employed by Brunelli Construction for close to 30 years, retiring in 1990. He continued his love for operating heavy equipment by using his bobcat whenever he had the opportunity. Edmund will forever be remembered for his hard work ethics and selflessness, but mostly for his playful personality and dry sense of humor that he shared with everyone each day. He will be greatly missed, leaving his adored family with many happy memories. In addition to his wife, Rena, he leaves his children, Greta Cousins, Gary and his wife, Lisa, of Cromwell, Edmund Jr., of Plainville, Lisa Rowe and her husband, Steve, of Plainville, Lynn Callaway and her husband, Scott, of Bristol, and Bruce, of Plainville; his 12 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren, with two on the way; his sisters, Jeanette Bourgoin, Lorraine Fortin, Rowena Bernier, and Glenda

Johnston; his brothers, Lincoln and Carroll; many nieces and nephews, and his faithful companion, his dog, Bailey. He was predeceased by his son, Brian, and his brothers, Harold and Donald. A Mass in celebration of Edmund’s life was held July 20, 2012, at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Plainville. Committal services with Military Honors followed at St. Joseph Cemetery, Plainville. Bailey Funeral Home was assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, Edmund may be remembered with contributions to an organization that would benefit U.S. Veterans. For online expressions of sympathy, visit Edmund’s tribute page at www.BaileyFuneralHome .com.

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To the editor: The family of Theda Perry Scheidel, of Plainville, would like to thank everyone who made our benefit a great success. A pasta dinner was held on June 16, at the Polish Falcon Nest in Plantsville. Theda was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and is still going through treatment at this time. There was an overwhelming response of donations and support from our local businesses, friends and family. Again we would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts who made this all possible. The Scheidel and Perry families Southington

To the editor: Thank you, Mr. Dumais. His letter, “New motto for BOE,” has reinforced my beliefs. The people he is defending are more concerned about politics than the education of our Plainville students. In his third para-

graph, the letter states that I wanted Democrats to fall in line with a Republican chairwoman - that sounds like he has introduced the political element, not me. I thought this was all about “the good of the children,” not political advantages? Mr. Dumais cites the need for good business practices, but did he take the time to look at the BlumShapiro report’s organizational chart, the town’s chief financial officer reports to both the town manager and the superintendent of schools? The managers I reported to knew their organizational structure and based their business decisions accordingly. Unfortunately, it appears Mr. Dumais has been well schooled in the “Politics First, Facts Second” philosophy. My resume may not be as extensive as Mr. Dumais’, but what I believe and what I write are my beliefs, no others. I questioned the BlumShapiro report at a

town council meeting, Mr. Dumais was not there. I attended the BlumShapiro report presentation, Mr. Dumais was not there. Democrat BOE members, the representatives of Plainville’s school children, walked out of a meeting, Mr. Dumais did not see that as an attempt to weaken the BOE. Mr. Dumais will criticize the current BOE chairwoman, but not a word when the former BOE chairwoman refused to release requested financial documents to town council members, which, by the way, created the BlumShapiro study in the first place. If Mr. Dumais was indeed concerned that the financial merger could be detrimental to the BOE, why didn’t he contact the superintendent of schools, the superintendent and the town manager were part of the advisory team that worked with BlumShapiro to make it happen? I would have! Lou Frangos Plainville

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Monday, July 30 Veterans Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 Inland Wetlands Commission, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 Insurance Commission, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 Town Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Veterans Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m.

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Commentary Email scam hits Plainville By Administrative Sgt. Charles Smedick Plainville Police Department

The following email was received by the Plainville Police from a scammer indicating a Plainville resident was in trouble in London and needed money. They didn’t realize that they sent the email to a contact in Law Enforcement. They sent the scam attempt to everyone on the women’s email contact list. The scammer hacked into the A.T.& T. account of the Plainville resident. Hopefully anyone that gets this email will call the police or check with the victim. The initial email is as follows: Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:18 AM To: undisclosed recipients: Subject: Trip To London!!!.........Lynn Just hoping this email reaches you...Well,I’m sorry for this emergency and for not informing you about my urgent trip to London,United Kingdom but I just have to let you know my present predicament...Everything was fine until I was attacked on my way back to the hotel, I wasn’t hurt but I lost my money, bank cards, mobile phone and my bag in the course of this attack....I immediately contacted my bank in order to block my cards and also made a report at the nearest police station. I’ve been to the embassy and they are helping me with my documentation so i can fly out but I’m urgently in need of some help from you to pay up my hotel bills and my flight ticket back home...My return flight back home is scheduled to leave in few hours from now...Please i need your help.. Hope to read from you soon. Thanks and Regards. Lynn Contact the police on the nonemergency line for any emails or calls that you find suspicious at (860) 793-1616.

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Still Revolutionary - these towns sure are The Connecticut Tourism Bureau launched a new campaign this spring to let visitors to the Nutmeg state know there are ample opportunities to enjoy historic and scenic sites around the state. The “Still Revolutionary” campaign drew a lot of interest and a range of reaction. The Connecticut Tourism Bureau expects to spend $27 million on the campaign over the next two years targeting potential visitors in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Philadelphia with a multi-media approach. One piece of constructive criticism suggested the campaign would be better if more emphasis was

placed on directing tourists towards historical sites and helping them to learn more about Connecticut’s heritage. During a recent visit to Berlin, state archeologist Nick Bellantoni talked about the need to know one’s past. “It’s who we are; it’s where we came from, our families, our community, our nation and not to know that — you lose a piece of who you are: your self-identity, your knowledge and self-esteem come from your past, really, not from your future.” In keeping with these ideas, we offer a few suggestions, in your town or a town near you, for destinations that

In Berlin: The Berlin Historical Society Museum is open Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. (except for holiday weekends). The museum is located at 305 Main St., at the corner of Main and Peck streets, Kensington. This summer, the museum features special displays about Berlin’s participation in the Civil War as well as information on two Civil War monuments in town: one of which is the first one in the country. The museum has a new display: “Playthings from the 1930s.” This is a memory case full of toys and entertainment memorabilia from the Great Depression years. (There is also a large collection of old toys and cast iron banks.) Still on is The Leatherman exhibit as well as the permanent collections of bricks, tin, Berlin Iron Bridge and Simeon North’s pistol factory. Museum members are currently creating new exhibits for this year’s Berlin Fair. These include topics such as: Native Americans who were living in this area at the time of the Great Swamp Settlement and the Seymour Fort; the history of the Berlin Turnpike; and a celebration of Berlin resident Emma Hart Willard, one of the first women educators in the country. The first settlers arrived in the area that would become Berlin in the mid 1600s. The Town of Berlin was established in 1785.

fit the Still Revolutionary theme. Each of our small towns presents a strong sense of identity and pride in their history. Volunteers who work with historical projects are truly involved in a labor of love and their greatest reward is sharing their discoveries and resources with others who want to learn about their heritage. The collections, exhibits, and other archival materials they tend represent countless hours of research and expert knowledge. The success of our local historical groups, in saving history for generations to come, does not have big bucks behind it. Nearly all funding

In Durham: After a 10 year hiatus, the Durham Historical Society has reopened its Center Schoolhouse facility, built in 1775. During the past decade, the facility has been in the midst of a major overhaul; including moving, sorting and cataloguing materials for exhibits. Located at 38 Town House Road, near the Green, the schoolhouse will be open to the public July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13 and Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Exhibits will feature items from the Civil War, World War 1 and World War 11, as well as children’s samplers and women’s clothing. Established in 1949, the society is dedicated to preserving Durham’s history. The town was first settled in 1699 and originally called Coginchaug, the Native American name. Durham has one of the first public libraries in the country, founded in 1733; just two years after Benjamin Franklin founded the first library in Philadelphia. According to the society’s early mission statement, it intends to “research and record facts relating to early Durham; to collect and preserve articles of historical value or legend; and to commemorate the early citizens and their colonial homes in paintings or by photographs.” The work on the schoolhouse, all undertaken by volunteers and other assistance from the community, included renovation of the second floor for meeting and exhibit space. The original flooring was refinished and beams were placed to support a vaulted ceiling and roof, with new lighting, insulation, painting and other repairs. (Information provided by museum sources.)

comes from community sources and most of the work is done by volunteers. We encourage you to take in these sites yourself and direct summer visitors to plan a stop. Learn about your own town, if you haven’t had an opportunity yet, but also check in with your neighboring towns to see the similarities and common threads of the people, life and lore of our communities. Ask your museum guides for ideas on other historic offerings to visit in the local area. — Olivia L. Lawrence, weeklies news editor

In Plainville: The Plainville Historical Society is open for tours until 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday and Saturday beginning in June through early December. The museum is located at 29 Pierce St., Plainville. Plainville, originally part of Farmington, was first settled about 1657 and incorporated as a separate town in July 1869. This year, the show is about the Plainville Stadium and features a model of the stadium was built from photos. Owned by Joseph Tinty, it began as Tinty’s Flying Ranch where small air shows were held. In 1948, the first auto race was held on a dirt track and spectators could expect to be covered in dirt. Consequently, Tiny paved the track. The track was known for spectacular crashes and also fights. Several local drivers became nationally known. The exhibit includes photos of the stadium during various time periods with events such as motorcycle races and a circus as well as photos of drivers and their race cars. The museum also offers other exhibits dedicated to topics in areas such as: the barn room, the canal room, the children’s room, the tool room, the Tunxis room and the Victorian parlor. The summer exhibit closes Aug. 25.

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Plainville woman takes on ‘challenge’

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Two-year-old Eli Emmert, of Bristol, enjoys his pasta and meatballs at the 2012 General Electric Pasta Dinner July 14, the night before the 2012 GE 5k Road Race to benefit the Petit Family Foundation.




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alone. Most PMC participants ride in honor of a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for, cancer. All share a passion and desire to one day find a cure for the disease. The average PMC cyclist trains for three months, solicits 40 sponsors, and raises more than $6,000. Doctors ride alongside their patients; grandparents ride with their grandchildren; and others show support from the sidelines in the form of donations and cheers. More than 300 riders are cancer survivors or current patients. “The PMC is the gold standard of athletic fundraising events,” said Billy Starr, PanMassachusetts Challenge founder and executive director. “PMCers are as committed to raising money for cancer research as they are to pedaling the miles. PMC cyclists are all heart and soul.” During PMC weekend, individual cyclists become part of one family. The camaraderie shared by 5,500 cyclists, more than 3,000 volunteers, and thousands of spectators, is one reason cyclists from 36 states and eight countries return to Massachusetts each August to participate in the PMC. No other single athletic


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A helping hand

Photo courtesy of Hayley Hovhanessian

Plainville Boy Scouts Troop 67 and 76 and Bristol Boy Scouts Troop 29 volunteered at the 2012 GE Pasta Dinner July 14, the night before the 5th annual GE 5k Road Race to benefit the Petit Family Foundation. Back, from left: Leaders Claude Pryzbyk (Plainville Troop 76), Kurt Jones (Bristol Troop 29), John Potter (Plainville Troop 67) and Tim Petit Sr. (Bristol Troop 29). Middle: Scouts Ethan Hussin (Plainville Troop 67), Matt Girard (Bristol Troop 29), Mitchell Rosberg (Bristol Troop 29), Tim Petit, Jr. (Bristol Troop 29). Front: Michael Miskell, Nick Jones, Evan Schrager, Alex Vertefeuille (of Bristol Troop 29).

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port efforts to protect and help those affected by violence. Now, the foundation has several events, some in Plainville, including the GE/Petit Road Race July 14, the GE/Petit 5K Road Race held July 15 and the upcoming Ride for Justice in nearby Bristol Sunday, Sept. 30. It gives scholarships and community service awards to Plainville High School students. At the public memorial service in 2007, hosted by Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Petit Jr. asked those gathered to honor his family’s memory. “Help a neighbor, fight for a cause, and love your family,” he said. For more information, visit

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ing contest called “Wings for Wishes” in three play-offs throughout August, with the winner of each round heading to the final competition in September. A wild card team will also make it to the finale. The playoff rounds are held on Thursdays, Aug. 16, 23 and 30, from 7 to 9 p.m.,

with the championship event on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 1-6 p.m. A wild card team will also make it to the finale. The competition benefits the Make-A-Wish foundation. Open to everyone (kids included, professional eaters excluded), teams should be comprised of five members. Competitors will have eight minutes to eat as many J. Timothy's buffalo dirt wings as they can. Each team will pick its fastest eater to be the “Team Anchor.” The other four members will eat four wings as quickly as they can; the Team Anchor then takes over and eats as many wings as possible with the remaining time. This is so that the event incorporates everyone, with only the Team Anchor needing to be a speedy eater. Prizes will be given out for Best Team Name, Best Dressed Team and Best Team Supporters; team supporters

The Plainville Citizen Thursday, July 26, 2012 will pay a fee to cheer their friends and family on from the sidelines. Registration opened Monday, July 23; teams will be announced Monday, July 30. Info:

Softball tryouts CT Tigers Girls Fastpitch Softball Program will be holding tryouts for their 14U, 16U, and 18U teams Wednesday, Aug. 1, for their 2013 summer teams. Tryouts are held at Hall High School, 975 N. Main St., in West Hartford from 6-8 p.m. Contact Steve at t or (860)490-8943 or visit the website for more info.

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The Plainville Library and Recreation Department will sponsor Hip Hop Break Dance Company for all ages. Audiences are educated on the history, culture, foundation and the dance styles of Hip-Hop at Norton Park on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m.

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Plainville Public Library will host a talent show for its “Dream Big... Read!” Summer Reading Program finale. The show will be held in Norton Park at the bandshell Monday, Aug. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. The library is looking for children or families to sign up and show off their talent. ndividual children or groups may perform. Each performance will be give up to a five minute time slot. Prizes will be awarded to the top acts. After the show there will be free ice cream. Call the Children’s Department at 860-793-1450 for more information or to register.


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The Plainville Recreation Department will be hosting a Fun Day on Friday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at Norton Park. Fun Day is the grand finale to the summer programs. Activities include face painting, spin art, thumbprints, tattoos, pony rides, petting zoo, dunker, tissue flowers, and a button maker, and are structured to serve children ages 3 to 11. Activities will be held from 1to 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by a Magic Show performed by The Great Leone. Admission is free.

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Nursing moms Lactation Services of Southington would like to invite moms to mother to mother breastfeeding support group open to all breastfeeding and pregnant moms. This is a vibrant, active, mother led group providing mother to mother support for all moms attempting to provide the best for their babies. The meeting is free of charge and a scale is available to weigh the baby. Group meets at Mulberry Gardens at 58 Mulberry St., Plantsville. For meeting dates go to or on Facebook at Lactation Services of Southington.

Support group Support group for people recovering from mental illness meets the first and third Wednesdays each month, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Center Congregational Church, 474 Broad St., Meriden. Enter the building from the back parking lot through the door down the outside steps. It is free, safe and confidential. Open to anyone with a mental illness regardless of diagnosis. This is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Connecticut. For more information contact Don at (860)882-0236 or

this July. Donated blood is used to help accident victims, trauma patients, transplant recipients, and those receiving treatment for life-threatening illnesses. To make an appointment to donate blood or to learn more call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or log onto

Walk with a doc Building on the success of The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Walk with a Doc program, Hartford HealthCare is stepping it up and taking the program system wide. It will include a 30-minute walk and health tips from Christopher Norwood, M.D., a dermatologist, who will discuss sunscreens and sun safety. New participants will receive a hat and pedometer; each walker will receive a water bottle. Walks will continue on a

monthly basis among the affiliates. Sign-in is at 8:30 a.m., with the walk starting at 9 a.m. On Aug. 11, Hartford Hospital will host a walk at Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, where Mark Shekhman, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, will talk about the effect of weight on your joints. MidState Medical Center will host a Sept. 22 walk at Quinnipiac River Linear Trail, Wallingford, where Julian Falla, M.D., internist, will discuss why vitamin D is important for your health. To register, or for more information, visit or call 1-877-914WALK.

Holistic fair

July 28, from noon to 3 p.m. This free admission event is open to the public with complimentary organic foods, beverages, events, and demonstrations. Vendors include the bookstore and gift shop with Connecticut made goods ( soy candles, jewelry, hand dyed scarves, photo’s, soaps, and greeting cards),

and discounted pricing on all books, readers, astrology and more. The fair will offer complimentary services, health evaluations, demonstrations, and wellness product demonstrations. For more information call Shirley Bloethe at (860) 9890033.

Red Cross blood drives Friday, July 27, The Orchards at Southington, Community Room, 34 Hobart St., Southington, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 28, American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, 6:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, 12:30 to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, 12:30 to 5:15 p.m.

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Quest to qualify for tourney ends in heartbreak Plainville Legion falls one win short By Mark Pukalo Special to The Citizen

A very good season ended one victory short of the playoffs for the Plainville Senior American Legion squad. Post 33 came from four runs down to win July 17 to set up a chance to advance to the postseason two days later, but fell one timely hit short with a 2-1 loss to New Britain in eight innings. “It was really quiet after the game, which shows me that they really wanted to win and get to the playoffs,” Plainville manager Jim Tufts said. “It was a tough way to lose.” Plainville (13-11) finished fifth in Zone 7, despite winning two of three against league champion West Hartford. Not sweeping Glastonbury (9-15) might have ended up being its downfall. It looked like Post 33’s quest would end on July 17. New Britain led 4-0, before Plainville battled back with four runs in the sixth inning. “We were hitting the ball

The 2012 Plainville Post 33 Senior American Legion baseball team is pictured, front row: manager Matt Gingras, Devin Pugliese, Chris Kuzia, Brett Litke, Shane Pugliese, Kevin Ciotto, Marc DeMartinis and Dylan Chasse. Back row: head coach Jim Tufts, Tyler Pina, Conor Phaneuf, Tom Dinda, Tyler Favreau, Erik Perrotti, Matt Thomas, Tyler Guimond, Brian Dostaler, Tony LoPizzo, assistant coach Pete Dargenio and assistant coach Justin Abram. Missing from photo: assistant coach Jesse Vermeersch. early, but nothing fell in,” Tufts said. “All of a sudden, their pitcher tired.” Tyler Guimond had an RBI single and, down 4-2 with the bases loaded and

one out, Dylan Chasse dropped down a suicide squeeze bunt. Two runs scored on the play to tie it. Chris Kuzia doubled in the seventh and scored on Tom

Dinda’s hit to win the game, 5-4. Conor Phaneuf pitched the final 3 2/3 innings to get the victory. “We definitely came [into Thursday] ready to play,”

Tufts said. “We were very confident. Unfortunately, a couple hard-hit balls that could have broken the game wide open were right at people and it just didn’t go our way.” None were more important than in the fifth inning, after Kuzia had tied the game 1-1 with an RBI triple. Matt Thomas lined a shot to the right of the third baseman, he snared it and doubled off Kuzia. “If that ball gets by him,” Tufts said, “that’s another run and we win the game.” Instead, the game went to extra innings and New Britain pitcher Allen Nunez knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth with a single. The game was played in Plainville because New Britain’s home field was not available. Plainville starter Brett Litke went the route, allowing just four hits and striking out 11. “[Litke] pitched a heck of a

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United front Plainville United girls competed in a two-day, 3-on-3 soccer tournament in Wethersfield. The local player competed well in the fast-paced, highscoring games. Plainville’s U9, U11 and U13 teams are pictured.

The U13 team, from left: Elyssa Tomczyk, Michelle Grenier, Lauren Tanner, Olyvia Sciaraffa, Kloe Hidri and Marisa Melluzzo.

The U11 team, from left: Caitlin Barker, Megan Goulet, Tanairy Barton, Kayla DiTolla, Krystyna Miller and Sarah Tomczyk. The U9 team, from left: Lyndsey DiTolla, Skyler Ibitz, Delaney Beausoleil, Marissa Lugo and Jordan Thompkins. Pete Tomczyk oversaw the U11 and U13 squads. Jeff Beausoleil coached the U9s.


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Area company tees up golf iPhone application By Nick Carroll The Plainville Citizen An idea hatched by a local businessman some three years ago has come to fruition: The CTGolfer mobile application, a one-stop destination for Connecticut golfers, was launched May 23. “As far as we know, there’s no other app that does this specifically for the state of Connecticut. There are apps out there that provide some type of golf course information, but they don’t do it to the scope and extent that we do,” said Robert Samek, owner of Netminder Communications, Inc., the Kensington media company behind, and its mobile companion. Samek designed the application, while fellow Kensington resident, golf professional, Brent Paladino did the data base programming. “A lot of people in the area play a lot of golf courses;

Legion Continued from page 18 game,” Tufts said. “Unfortunately, we just couldn’t get him the win.” The final game was a microcosm of the season. “I was really happy with our pitching,” Tufts said. “I thought it carried us all the way through. There were very few games where it let us down. “We lacked in our hitting.

such as Southington Country Club, Hawks Landing, Westwoods, Stanley, Timberlin, Tunxis,” said Samek. “This app will definitely help them.” Available on the iPhone for 99 cents, the application provides information and directions for all public and private golf courses in Connecticut, as well as driving ranges and golf retail shops. Course information includes details on tee times, course design, statistics, yardages, slope, rating, practice facilities, clubhouse amenities and staff – and the info is compiled the old-fashioned way. “You can’t just sit at your desk, make phone calls and expect to get people to cooperate,” said Samek, who brought online in the mid-90s. So, once a year, for the past 16 years, Samek tours the state, making stop after stop, inquiry after inquiry. “I visit every golf course – public We had multiple chances to win certain games if we had come up with one or two more hits. Not capitalizing on those chances always comes back to haunt you.” Guimond led the way for Plainville on the mound, going seven starts and 45 innings without giving up an earned run. Thomas, Dinda, Kuzia and Marc DeMartinis keyed the offense. Tufts said he couldn’t have asked much more from this team, especially with a drain-

and private – and driving range around the state,” he said. “It takes about four or five weeks of driving and visiting with the pros and the owners.” Another feature of the CTGolfer website/mobile appliing schedule after many participated in Plainville High’s run to the Class M state title. “It’s a long season when you start in April and go to the end of July,” Tufts said. “But they’re great kids and they did an awesome job.” Plainville will have to rebuild a bit, but has several talented players moving up from the junior team. “Our goal is going to be the

as they step up, we’ll be alright.” Plainville last appeared in the Legion state tournament in 2010.

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Lebron: One of the most polarizing men in America

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Plainville High School’s Alexis Rodriguez and Katherine Willard were among the student-athletes recognized at the 2012 Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Scholar-Athlete Banquet sponsored by McDonald’s. A 29-year sponsor of the program with a longstanding commitment to educational programs in Connecticut, McDonald’s joined CAS to honor the senior students as the best of the best in the state. Pictured: UConn women’s basketball player/coach, sports announcer Meghan Pattyson-Culmo; McDonald’s Owner/Operator Rachel Deane; Willard; Rodriguez; and CAS-CIAC Executive Director Dr. Karissa Niehoff.


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Whether one is a sports enthusiast or not, chances are they know of Lebron James. A three-time MVP, he likely is the best basketball player alive, an unmatched blend of talent and physicality. Another possibility is that – short of Barack Obama or Mitt Romney – James is the most polarizing figure in America. People love him – or loathe him. Why? As recently argued by Malcolm Gladwell and Bill Simmons on, one factor helping divide fans here is the technological era of James’ ascension. Both writers proffered that James’ life – he’s 27 – coincides with the explosion of social media, texting, ESPN television, Twittering, 24-hour news cycles, etc. Historically, top athletes received perhaps-excessive coverage. But because of the contemporary, multifarious, high-tech media machine, James is thrust into our lives – and dissected by everyone from professionals to bloggers – at a rate unequaled before. It’s difficult to avoid content which causes consideration of him.

Admiration for athletes is logical. Their televised success under pressure makes for natural role models, gripping stories to follow. But why so much hate for Lebron? He is a product of the userfocused-technology era, with an oversized personality broadcast nightly across a litany of media outlets. But excessive expression of self can become cloying to fans. The turning point for many was “The Decision” in 2010. A free agent seeking a new team, James turned his signing decision – normally a routine matter – into a nationally televised event. At a subsequent uber-celebration in Miami, complete with marching band and pyrotechnics, James infamously forecasted his new team to win “not one, not two . . . not seven” championships. Many spectators may have taken the fanfare as conceit, and the oversized prediction as disrespect for the game. (And, of course, this celebration was watched millions of times on YouTube.) Arguably, James changed this post-season. Dating back to his domination of high school basketball, almost every quote from or about him has received press. In the 2012 finals, an opposing player questioned his defensive toughness. In the past, James might have allowed himself to fight it out in various media channels. Instead, he brushed off the censure, focused on his game, and won his first title. Youths on area sports teams should note the implications. Competition involves pursuing personal triumph at the expense of another’s defeat, a win/loss situation which can lead to momentary lapses of pride. But, as James possibly discovered, the most important aspect of athletics is not celebration, but sportsmanship and respect for the game – and with this helpful knowledge, perhaps James can win over a few more fans. Kyle Swartz is editor of The North Haven Citizen, sister paper of The Plainville Citizen.


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Submitted by Jacqueline Dagenais It’s taken two years and three revisions, but Jacqueline Dagenais has completed her book, “Gazebo, Arbor, Band Stand, Pergola or Trellis?” which explores the art of outdoor fixtures across 52 pages, 36 of which are dedicated to landmarks in Connecticut. Spanning 13 towns, Dagenais’ book incorporates photos from 20 parks and town greens, including Plainville, Berlin, New Britain, Southington and Bristol. (It also covers Burlington, Hartford/West Hartford, Manchester, Newington, Thomaston, Unionville, Plantsville, Wolcott and other towns throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.) The Plainville Gazebo, located at Norton Park, graces pages 24 and 25. Built in 2008


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Mark Greenberg “Revive Freedom,” a group that supports limited government, has endorsed Mark Greenberg for Congress in Connecticut’s 5th District. Chris Murphy Senator Joe Lieberman, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman Chris Murphy and New Britain Mayor Tim O’Brien announced a $1.6 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to help fund a revitalization project in downtown New Britain.

Voter Information Primary Voting for the Democratic and Republican primaries is from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at all four polling districts.

Where to vote There are four polling centers in the town of Plainville: Linden Street School, 69 Linden St.; Wheeler School, 15 Cleveland Memorial Drive; Toffolon School, 145 Northwest Drive; and Our Lady of Mercy, 19 S. Canal St. To find out where you should go to vote, visit

Primary voter registration The Registrars of Voters will hold a special voter registration session on Tuesday, July 31, for the Democratic and Republican Primary on Aug. 14. Registrars will be in their office from noon to 2 p.m. in room 203 at the Plainville Municipal Center, 1 Central Square. Voter registration deadlines for the primary are as follows: Applications sent by mail must be postmarked by Aug. 9, 2012 Applications submitted in person until noon on Aug. 13, 2012 Unaffiliated voters can still enroll in a major party if they adhere to the deadlines listed above. The deadline to switch from one party to another was May 14, 2012. A limited registration session will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, for those whose qualifications as to age, citizenship or residence was attained after the July 31 deadline. Voting on Aug. 14 will be held at all four polling places in Plainville. District 1, Linden St. School, 69 Linden St.; District 2, OLM Parish Center, 19 S. Canal St.; District 3, Toffolon School, 145 Northwest Drive and Wheeler School, 15 Cleveland Memorial Drive. For more information call the registrar of voters office at (860) 793-0221, ext. 255 or 256. Submitted by Jean D. Lombardo, Beth Gasparini, Registrars of Voters



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The third annual Nico’s Lemonade Stand took place July 13 and 14, first at Crowley Ford and then at its traditional location, in front of Nico Fasold’s 109 Northwest Drive home. The heat didn’t deter visitors from stopping by the 7year-old’s stand that had lemonade, cookies, popcorn and cotton candy. Nico’s goal was to raise $1,000 – nearly $200 more than he raised last year – and he quadrupled that amount, with donations totaling more than $4,000 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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ilies, children and senior residents in the towns of Berlin, New Britain and Plainville. During the event, which featured the talents of Steven Tieszen and Meredith Bryant on violin, Amy Jones-Gantkin on viola and Carolyn Engle on cello, the audience was not only treated to symphonic string renditions of some of the more popular Beatles songs, they were also educated on the little known facts about the

chart-toppers. The song “Michelle” arose from the times when McCartney and John Lennon attended college parties where it was said that McCartney would sit in the corner and pretend to be French, while singing little “French” tunes by adding in groans or making up poorly conceived lyrics in the language. The crowd laughed with amusement when cellist Carolyn Engle explained that during the song “Get Back” it was said that Paul McCartney sang the lyric, “Get back to where you once belong,”

while looking at Yoko Ono, who was present in the studio at the time of the recording. Interested in attending a local concert? Old Time Fiddlers performs at Norton Park Tuesday, July 31, at 6 p.m. in the band shell. The New Britain Symphony Orchestra is planning another mini concert at The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library for February, with the program still to be determined. For more information about the NBSO, visit www.newbritainsymphony.o rg.


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The Plainville Zoning Board of Appeals conducted a Public Hearing on Monday July 16, 2012 and rendered the following actions:

The taxes on Real Estate, Personal Property, and Motor Vehicle are due and payable during the month of July 2012 and must be paid by August 1, 2012. Payments made in person or mail payments postmarked AFTER August 1, 2012 will invoke an interest penalty of 3% on the unpaid balance during the month of August and an additional 1 ½% per month thereafter until paid in full or a minimum of $2.00, whichever is greater.

Application #12-07-01, Adriano Labella Approved - a variance to Article #1, Section 1.03, Subsection B Minimum Yard Requirements to reduce the side yard setback from fifteen (15) feet to eight (8) feet for the purposes of constructing an addition/garage for a property known as 14 Red Stone Hill.

Anyone owning a registered Motor Vehicle on October 1, 2011 should receive a Motor Vehicle tax. If you own a motor vehicle on October 1, 2011 and did not receive a bill, contact the Plainville Assessor's Office telephone (860) 793-0221 Ext. 244-245. Failure to receive a bill will not invalidate the tax or any penalty incurred.

Application #12-07-02, Tracy Burek Approved - a variance to Article #1, Section 1.03, Subsection B Minimum Yard Requirements to reduce the side yard setback from fifteen (15) feet to twelve (12) feet for the purposes of constructing a garage for a property known as 6 Bel-Aire Drive.

If there are delinquent Motor Vehicle Taxes due and a clearance slip is needed, this current tax bill and all other Motor Vehicle taxes must be paid in cash, money order or certified check. No personal checks, business or client fund checks accepted. Credit card payments or (800) 2PAYTAX enter jurisdiction code 1738. A convenience fee will be charged to the taxpayer. Electronic check is also available you can visit and click on "pay with electronic check" the charge for this option is $3.00. Payments by credit card are also accepted in the office however a convenience fee is charged to the taxpayer. A Kiosk is located outside the tax office if you would like to pay on line using your checking or saving account with our new system invoice cloud. A small convenience fee will be charged to the taxpayer using this system as well. All taxes - are to be paid at the Revenue Collector's Office, One Central Square, Room 202, Plainville. Phone number 860-793-0221 ext. 239 and 240. Office hours are Monday through Wed., 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thurs., 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon. Payments can be made by using our payment drop box located between the stairs in the back of the building and located in the Main hallway in the Municipal Building All questions on Assessments, Elderly and Military exemptions should be directed to the Assessor's Office. Debra A. Guerrette Revenue Collector Town of Plainville

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Dodge Magnum SE 2005 80K Miles, 4 Spd Auto, V6 Stock #PT5882C $11,999 FINANCE Buy Here Pay Here Financing! Down pymts as low as $588 plus tax & reg, low weekly pymts, no finance charge, or credit check cars under $3000. Call 203-5305905, Cheap Auto Rental LLC.

Gail Pugliese, Secretary Plainville Zoning Board of Appeals

LOST & FOUND LOST CAT White, black, orange calico. Vicinity of Old Oak Village, Wlfd 7/15. Please call 203-265-1814 if found LOST KITTEN Black w/white paws. Huge whiskers. Last seen vic Robin Hill Apts., Wlfd. If seen, please call 203 361-2948


CADILLAC Sedan DeVille 2002 Silver. Immaculate condition. New complete brake system. Guaranteed Perfect Car. Asking $6,100 or best offer. 203 269-4156 or 203-430-1623

CHRYSLER 300 Touring 2005 4 Speed Auto, 92K Stock #120666A $9,395

Your Job Is Your Credit

(203) 630-0088 FORD CROWN VICTORIA 2003 $3,688 8 Cylinder, 4.6 Interceptor, Auto 30 Day 1,500 MILE Warranty BUY HERE - PAY HERE!



(203) 269-1106

CADILLAC CTS 2005 Automatic, RWD, 6 Cylinder Stock# BH749A $11,995

(203) 235-1686

Chevrolet Cobalt LS 2007 4 Cylinder, 5 Speed Manual Stock# 5532A $9,999

(203) 235-1686 DODGE NEON 2002 $2,788 4 Cylinder, 4 Speed Auto 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! (203) 269-1106

ON YOUR TAG SALE Planning a tag sale? Boost your profits with an ad in the Mar ketplace. It's an easy and affordable way to bring more business to your door!

Place your ad at 877-238-1953.

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CADILLAC SEVILLE SLS 2000 Leather, Chrome Wheels, Loaded with options. Stock# 5538B $5,995

(203) 235-1686

CHEVY Astro Van 2001, AWD, all power, ac, clean, well maintained, 140,000+ mi, runs but needs engine work. Asking $1500 or BO. Call (860) 6219808 or can be seen at Checkered Flag Garage, Meriden, 203-639-8802.

Find your dream home in Marketplace

FORD FOCUS 2001 $3,288 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $988 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

LOST Or Found. The RecordJournal will run your lost or found ad FREE in our Marketplace Section! Call 203238-1953 for details.


The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, July 26, 2012 AUTOMOBILES

AUTOMOBILES CADILLAC Sedan Deville, 1992, showroom cond, one owner, Florida car. 53,000 miles. Never seen snow. Must be seen to be appreciated. Call for price 203988-3298

CARS STARTING AT $199 DOWN 24 Month/2400 Mile Warranty LET US GIVE YOU A FRESH START Tax, Title, Fees Additional Apply Now 203-232-2600 Darrell

HYUNDAI ACCENT 2008 3 Door Hatchback, Manual Stock# P4077 Call Nick The Hyundai Guy (203) 818-3300


Cars Starting At $199 Down 24 month/24000 Miles Warranty Tax, Title, Fees Additional Apply Now Jack 1-866-879-1616

GARY Wodatch Debris removal of any kind. Homeowner’s, contractor’s, small dumpsters avail. Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #566326. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430 GARY Wodatch Demolition Svs Sheds, pools, decks, garages. Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #566326. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430


ELDERLY CARE RESPONSIBLE, RELIABLE POLISH WOMAN will care for the elderly in their home. Experienced for more than 10 yrs caring for people with spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s, heart disease. Excellent references. Flexible hours. 860-803-2161



MGW HOME IMPROVEMENT Kitchens & Baths, Painting, Windows/Doors, Interior Remodeling, Gutters, Drywall, Decks/Porches & Basements Call MGW! CT Reg #631942 203 213-4567


5 Speed Manual, 4 Door Stock #120661A $9,989

4 Door Sedan, V6 Automatic Stock# P4062 Call Nick The Hyundai Guy (203) 818-3300

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions

203-237-0350 CT Reg. #516790

LINCOLN ZEPHYR 2006 4 Door Sedan, Automatic Stock# 12-844A Call Nick The Hyundai Guy (203) 818-3300

Honda Civic 2005 Base Model, Automatic Stock #120615A $8,599

Your Job Is Your Credit

(203) 630-0088 HYUNDAI SONATA 2006 4 Door Sedan, GLS, V6, Auto Stock# 12-885B Call Nick The Hyundai Guy (203) 818-3300

NISSAN Maxima 1996, 200,000 miles, 3.0 engine, still runs good, needs some work, have some new body parts. $750.00 or best offer. 203-605-7224 OLDS Intrigue 1999 One Owner, Low Miles, $2550 NISSAN Maxima 2002 GLE Super Clean. $5500 NISSAN Sentra 2003 Low Miles, Cean. $3550 203 213-1142

MR. HANDY Home Improvement & Repairs. No Job Too Small. CT Reg #624078 Call Larry (860) 877-5678 REPAIRS Large or Small. Stairs, railing, interior, exterior, entry door & window replacement done by owner. Also provide addition, finish bsmnt, decks & complete home improvements. Free est. 203-238-1449 #578107

ALBERTS HOME REPAIRS Remodeling, Windows, Doors, Siding, Decks, Floors Lic & ins #623837 203-592-1148


Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203237-GATE. CT Reg #601060


YOUR Home will be sparkling clean. Free estimates. Good references. Ins. More than 10 yrs exp. (203) 802-1551


CUSTOM DECKS for your family Also do Roofing, Siding & Gutters Accepting all credit cards CT Reg #621315 (203) 675-8084

C&M CONSTRUCTION *THE DECK SPECIALIST* 10% OFF 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488

Over 25 years experience. Call today for free estimates. Call 203-440-3535 Ct. Reg. #578887

Seamless Gutters Custom Gutter Covers Life no clog warranty Comm & Resid 1-800-890-8638

HAVE DUMP TRUCK- Will carry out junk, debris, furniture, appliances, etc. We Take It All! Free Estimates. Call Ed.



V O L K S W A G E N J et t a 2 0 0 3

Mini Van, 5 Speed Automatic Stock #120509A $10,495

Sunroof, Leather, Auto, 60K Stock #6020A (203) 630-0088

T.E.C. Electrical Svc LLC All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service



KIA SPORTAGE 1999 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2008 4 Spd Auto, Station Wagon Stock #11276A $12,995

$3,488 - 5 Speed Stick 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $988 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

Chevrolet Cobalt 2007 2 Door, Automatic Stock #P5814A $6,995

Your Job Is Your Credit

Your Job Is Your Credit

(203) 630-0088

(203) 630-0088

Always a sale in Marketplace

It's all here! Marketplace Ads (203) 238-1953

CT Reg #606277. Give us a Call - WE DO IT ALL! Free estimates. 203-631-1325 MR. HANDY Home Improvement & Repairs. No Job Too Small. CT Reg #624078 Call Larry (860) 877-5678

Partials or full, handicap upgrades, convert tubs into shower units. 1-800-890-8638

LANDSCAPING CROSS ROADS SERVICES Hedge trimming, mulch, small dumpsters. Lic. CT#553037 Mike (203) 627-8750

BILL RUDOLPH LANDSCAPING Landscape Design & Renovations, Retaining Walls, Walkways, Patios, Drainage & Backhoe Work. In Business 40 Yrs. Free Est, Reasonable Rates. Lic #563661. Call 203-237-9577. HEDGE TRIMMING RICK’S AFFORDABLE CleanUps, Mulch, Brush, Pricker & Small Tree Removal. Trim Hedges. Clean Gutters & Powerwash. Top Soil/Seed . Junk Removal. 203-530-4447

For gutter cleaning, Call Kevin at (203) 440-3279 Fully insured. CT Reg. #569127

A-1 HANDYMANPLUS ALL PRO ELECTRICAL SERVICES Electrical installation & repair. No job too small. Fully Lic & insured. Call 860-345-4545.

Give Your Bathroom A New Look!

YARD Clean Ups Mowing, hedge trimming, brush, shrub & tree removal. Dump Runs. Junk Removal. Don 203-235-1318

ELECTRICAL SERVICE H o n d a O dy s s e y EX L 20 06


JT’S LANDSCAPING, LLC Top Quality Work. Full Lawn Maintenance. Pruning, hedge trimming. Free est today! Lic & ins. 203-213-6528 #616311


Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions CT Reg. #516790

GRADING, Drainage, Foundations, Trucking, Retaining Walls, Pavers, Water/Sewer/Septic. Lic. #1682. Cariati Developers, Inc. 203-238-9846 MC/Visa Accepted


Honda Accord LX 2006


EL GUAPO’S JUNK REMOVAL Small Electrical Jobs Welcome CT #E10194715. Insured 203-440-0239 or 860-324-0874


Pete In The Pickup Junk Removal No Job too Big/Small We Do it All 203-886-5110

MGW HOME IMPROVEMENT Kitchens & Baths, Painting, Windows/Doors, Interior Remodeling, Gutters, Drywall, Decks/Porches & Basements Call MGW! CT Reg #631942 203 213-4567

IF YOU MENTION THIS AD Summer Yard Clean-Ups Brush, Branches, Leaves, storm damage...Make your yard shine!!


DO NOT Freeze this WINTER! Call Duane Plumbing, heating & cooling. Annual furnace & boiler tune-ups & cleanings. Quality work. Major credit cards. Low rates. Call 203379-8944 #400335-S1

JUNK REMOVAL & MORE! We remove Furniture, Appliances, And Entire contents of: Homes*Sheds* Estates* Attics, Basements *Garages, & more. **Summer Yard Clean-ups.** Call for a Free Estimate 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218

Appl’s, Furniture, Junk, Debris, etc WE CAN REMOVE ANYTHING Entire house to 1 item removed! CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATES 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218 GARY Wodatch Landscape Svs. Hedge/tree trim., trimming over grown properties. Est 1985. All calls returned. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723 cell 860-558-5430


Thursday, July 26, 2012 — The Plainville Citizen AUTOMOBILES

MASONRY W. BOOBER MASONRY 25 yrs exp in all types of masonry CT Reg # 0626708 Call 203-235-4139 MNA SERVICES CHIMNEY and MASONRY work. Repair, relining & const. Waterproofing. Inspections. Fully ins. & lic. #0674024. FREE estimates. SENIOR DISCOUNTS. (203)714-7143 Or Cell (203)600-9439 JIMMY’S MASONRY Stonewalls, steps, patios, chimneys, all types. Lic. & Ins’d. 27 yrs exp. Call for free est. 860-2744893 CT. Reg. #604498 MARIO’S Masonry. All types of masonry and repair work. No job too small. Over 20 years exp. Fully lic & ins. 0614297. 203-565-5904 or 203-271-7917



The Powerwashing Kings Others Wash - We Clean! A Pressureless Wash Gutter black lines & Streaks Green Mold, Black Mildew. Dirt, Grease & Grime

GONE! 203-631-3777 860-839-1000

SO F T W A S H H o u s e w a s h i n g Y o u r H o u s e G e t s C l e a n er a n d S t a ys C l e a n e r L o n g e r GU A R A NT E E D ! Gutters and siding will look new! Exterior windows and screens washed with every housewash. Pressureless housewashing is the only way to wash your house right. Guaranteed no damage to property or siding. 860-839-0839


J. HALL CONSTRUCTION Roofing, Siding, Decks, Windows, Remodeling, Additions. No Job Too Small Fully Licensed And Insured Contact Jeremy 203-537-2534 Reg#0575625


Roofing, Siding, Windows, Decks, Remodeling Gutters CT Reg#570192

(203) 639-1634 CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT HIGHEST Quality-LOWEST Price Siding ● Roofing Windows ● Remodeling ● Decks ● Gutters Additions ●Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #0632415

L & E PAINTING. Professional and Affordable. Lic & ins. Call Trevor 203-938-3789. CT Reg #623250. A+ PAINTING - Professional, quality work. Low rates. Free estimates. No job too small. Anthony 203-814-7661 CT631687



D & G PAVING Over 25 yrs exp. Paving, seal coating, concrete work. CT Reg#0577005. 203-237-6058

ROOFING, Siding, Decks, Gutters Lifetime Warranties Available Accepting all credit cards. CT Reg #621315 (203) 675-8084

Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203237-GATE. CT Reg #601060


Gonzalez Construction

SATURN S SERIES SL1 2002 $3,088 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $788 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106


BUICK Rendezvous 2002 Silver, 80K miles on new engine, 4WD, 4 door, automatic, leather interior, heated seats, LOADED!!!! $5,500/OBO. Call 203-238-4210


JEEP CHEROKEE 2006 4 Door Laredo, 4 WD, Auto Stock# 12-851A Call Nick The Hyundai Guy (203) 818-3300

Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling.

203-639-0032 Fully Lic & Ins Reg #577319 J. HALL CONSTRUCTION Roofing, Siding, Decks, Windows, Remodeling, Additions. No Job Too Small Fully Licensed And Insured Contact Jeremy 203-537-2534 Reg#0575625

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Remodeling Gutters CT Reg#570192

(203) 639-1634 CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT HIGHEST Quality-LOWEST Price Siding ● Roofing Windows ● Remodeling ● Decks ● Gutters Additions ●Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #0632415


Chevrolet Equinox 2010 SUV, Automatic, AWD Stock# 5634A $26,995

(203) 235-1686

CARS STARTING AT $199 DOWN 24 MONTH 24000 MILES WARRANTY LET US GIVE YOU A FRESH START Tax, Title, Fees Additional Apply Now Jack 1-866-879-1616

Apply Now 1-866-879-1616 Must be 18 years of age and a US Citizen w/proof of residence. Minimum down payments may vary. Must meet income requirements. Subject to change without notice.

GMC JIMMY $3,888 6 Cylinder, 4 Spd, Auto 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! (203) 269-1106

TOP SOIL SAND & FILL BEAUTIFUL FARM FRESH Screened Top Soil. Fill, Sand & Stone, Mulch. Picked up or delivered. No minimum. Cariati Developers, Inc. 203-238-9846

HAZELWOOD EXCAVATING Dry farm screened topsoil.


MEDINA Sewer & Drain Cleaning Services LLC Quality work at affordable prices. 24hr Service. Benny Medina 203-909-1099

Gonzalez Construction ★★★★★★★★ Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling. ★★★★★★★★

T.E.C. Electrical Svc LLC All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service

203-237-2122 SIDING

PRICKER REMOVAL RICK’S AFFORDABLE Spring clean-ups, hedge trim, brush, tree, pricker & underbrush removal. No job too big or too small. 11 yrs exp. 203-530-4447


POWER WASHING Is Spring Cleaning

ROOFING, SIDING WINDOWS AND MORE Free Estimates/Fully Insured Reg #604200/Member BBB 860-645-8899

ROOFING, SIDING WINDOWS AND MORE Free Estimates/Fully Insured Reg #604200/Member BBB 860-645-8899

On the outside. FREE ESTIMATES. #569127 Call Kevin 203-440-3279

JEEP Grand Cherokee Laredo 2004 4 WD, Automatic Stock #120216B $8,795



HONDA CR-V EX 2005 5 Speed AT, 90K Stock #120226Q $11,359

IN BUSINESS 31 YRS. Tree removal. Stump grinding. Crane Service. Free Estimates. Fully insured. 203-294-1775

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions



CT Reg. #516790

CT Reg. #516790

NEW England Tree Service LLC, fully licensed & insured. Top quality work, 24 hr storm service. Refs avail. Free est. CT Reg 570899. Call (203) 699-TREE TREE Stump Grinding, Affordable pricing. Call Al 860-877-9993

All Wheel Drive, 4 Door Stock# 12-552A Call Nick The Hyundai Guy (203) 818-3300

4 WD, Quad Cab Stock# 12-792A Call Nick The Hyundai Guy (203) 818-3300

TOYOTA Highlander 2008 Your Job Is Your Credit


POWERWASHING Houses, decks, fences. Local co., satisfaction guar. Insured. Olsen Oil & Power Washing 203-272-2699 POWER WASHING, Senior Citizen 50% discount. Fully insured, safe and reliable. Free est. Call Gene McLean 203-2694156, cell 203-430-1623.

NISSAN MURANO 2007 DODGE RAM 1500 2008 PROF. ARBORIST #S3365 75ft bucket truck. Precise Tree CT Reg #562159. 203-272-4216 GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430

DO NOT Flush money down the drain, call Duane Plumbing, heating. Quality work, low rates Major credit cards accptd. 203379-8944 lic. #283401 P1

POWERWASHING, gutter cleaning & yard maintenance. Reasonable rates. Call Doug 860621-7602 and 860-919-1519



203-639-0032 joe@ Fully license/insured. Reg #HIC577319


SUV, 4 Door, Automatic Stock# 5567A $17,995

(203) 235-1686

(203) 630-0088

4 Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sport Stock# 13-067A Call Nick The Hyundai Guy (203) 818-3300


The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, July 26, 2012 SUV’S

FORD Explorer 2002 SUV. 6-cyl. Opt. 4-wheel dr. Gray, Moonroof. Front/rear air cond. Backup alarm. Leather interior. Alloy wheels. Tow kit. 125 K Good-VG $6200 203-238-1209 (day & evening)

PETS & LIVESTOCK HORSE CARE NEEDED Part Time AM & PM Experience preferred but will train the right person. 203-213-8833

AUTOMOBILES WANTED CASH for your Toyota, Honda or Nissan. Any Condition! Running or not! Will consider other makes & models, motorcycles, ATV’s, etc. 203-600-4431


1995 Four Winds Chateau Motor Home. 56900 miles. 29’. Sleeps 6. Air cond. Furnace, Refridge, Stove, Microwave. All appliances work. Price includes tow dolly and bike rack. V8 Ford chassis. $14000. Runs great! 860-621-4844 MONTANA Fifth Wheel 2002 Rear Living Room, 2 Slides Excellent Condition $15,000 or best offer (203) 237-9561

LHASA APSO and Mal-Shi Pups Only 1 males left. Hair, not fur! Excellent family dogs. $400. 860-335-0169 SIBERIAN Husky & German Shepherd mix Puppies! $400 Call for info 203-915-7950

Summer Programs & Lessons Rosehaven Stables, LLC Meriden 203-238-1600

FURNITURE & APPLIANCES 32” SHARP TV Great Picture. 25. 203-238-9394

PETS & LIVESTOCK 17.2 HAND quarter horse gelding. Beautiful Bay gelding, personality plus. Has never been shown but is broke with a nice walk, trot and canter. $6500 or best offer. (203) 910-5283 BULLDOGS, Yorkie, Yorkie-Poo, Beagles, Chihuahua, Poodles, Boxers, Labs, Pom-chus, Chow, Shih Tzu, mixed breeds. $250+ 860-930-4001 GEORGE Is a young playful, affectionate, Black Lab who needs a home. See him any day at Cheshire Animal Shelter. Call 203-271-5590 for more info HILLSIDE Equestrian Meadows, Wolcott, now has 2 indoor arenas. Lessons & nice quality horses for sale. Special this month thoroughbred mare, 16 hands, 4 yrs old, currently in training, nice mover, $4300. Call 203-879-6863

2011 Topline 13 FT Landscape trailer, $900 or best offer. Call Dennis 203-641-7333. 36” Sony Trinitron TV With Stand $75. Weider Pro 9735 Corner Home Gym System $75. Call 203-269-8457 Or 203-376-7939 50” Hitachi LCD TV Needs Bulb (Bulb#UX25951) $40 230-537-5889 CANNON Safe, Like New 30”W x 24” D x 60”H. Very versatile, can be used for gun, personal or business security. Comb. or Key Entry. $600 obo. 203 500-3872 CHRISTIAN LIBRARY Over 100 books, bibles & videos. Call 860-276-8606 For complete list and prices. CIRCA 1920’s player piano, best offer. Buyer moves. Curio cabinet, 6’ high by 21” wide, lights, mirrored interior. $150. Call (203) 715-3372 COMMODE and Bath Seat Like new. $99 for both. Call (203) 200-9920 COMPUTER CHAIR Light Purple Microsuede Good Cond. $20 203 238-9394 DESK, CHAIR, 21” TV Great Condition For College. $20 Ea. 203-237-9416 After 5pm DR 9 HP leaf and lawn vacuum, tow behind series, $600 or best offer. Dennis 203-641-7333. EDGE TRIMMER With Battery & Charger. $75. Call (203) 235-6176 GUITAR Electric, Almost New $70. Call 203-347-5654 KIRBY Sentria vacuum, brand new, $600 or best offer. Call Dennis 203-641-7333. OFFICE Desks, HON brand, 30 x 60 w/medium oak finish. Exc cond! 5 avail; purchase each one for $200, or buy 4 and get the 5th one free! Margaret 203-605-8083

Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves.

Will Deliver


HITCHCOCK Dinette, several old mahogany pces, cherry couch table, girl’s twin BR, 2 bar stools, 8 pce LR, 6 pce lacquer BR, 10 pce DR. (203) 886-5934

PEWTER Wine Goblets, Candle Sticks, Tea Pot, Creamer, Hurricane Candle Sticks, Serving Plates. $350. Call Bill 203-639-8090 PRESSURE COOKER stainless 2 pots- 8 & 4 Qt. Unused. $90 (203) 235-1154 PROFORM 390E ELLIPTICAL, I-pod hookup, bought in 2010. Great condition. Asking $375. For info call 203-530-6113

KITCHEN TABLE SET: 48" Round Beveled Glass Top. 4 beige chairs-cushioned. Table/chairs steel- floral. $169. Call 203-641-4599.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 1960’S Budweiser Wall Clock $30 203-599-5176 22 Pint Dehumidifier, 5,000 BTU Air Cond, 22” Sylvania TV (CRT), HP 4L Laser Jet Printer with new Cartridge, Bocci Ball Set with Case. All Above items $50 ea. Set Surround Speakers for PC, 2 Gal Sherman Williams Dover White Paint. $20 each. All items A-1 (203) 235-1518

PROFORM 390E ELLIPTICAL, I-pod hookup, bought in 2010. Great condition. Asking $375. For info call 203-530-6113





$$$ CA$H $$$ Estate sale service. Costume Jewelry, Antiques, paintings, Meriden-made items, toys, lamps. Call Todd Shamock 203-237-3025

Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome

Piano Lessons Beginner to Intermediate De Fiore Vocal & Piano Studio Roberta (203) 630-9295

HOUSES FOR RENT MERIDEN. Newly renovated 3 BR, 1 1/2 bath house. Appliances included, $1500/mo. No pets. Sec dep, last month, credit ck req. 203-715-7508.

1-2 ITEMS Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture. 50’s Items. Whole Estates.



Flanders West Apts

2ND GENERATION Buys anything Napier. Costume jewelry, old pocket watches & clocks, collectibles. One item to entire estates. 203 639-1002

Studio & 1 Bedroom Apts

Always Buying All Contents of Estates. Antique, old toys & collectibles. furniture, costume jewelry, etc. Call or stop by Frank’s, 18 S. Orchard St. Wallingford. 203-379-8731 or 203-284-3786 Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm


Southington Affordable Housing for qualified applicants 50 yrs of age or older. Amenities Include: Computer Learning Center, TV/ Games Lounge, Laundry Facilities, Off Street Parking, Free Bus Service to local shopping ctrs. On site: Resident Serv. Coord. Small Pets Accepted Please call 860-621-3954 for information. TTY: 711

L AND E PROPERTY MGMT Offers Meriden 3 bdrm apt. $995. plus Sec. & utils. Recently renovated. 203-886-8808. MER Large 1BR, 1 st Fl. Large kit. appliances, a/c, coin op laundry. Many updates. Heat & HW incl. No pets/no smoking. $800/mo + sec. (203) 626-2320 MER. Furnished Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 1 BR, 1st Fl, $845/mo+sec. 1BR, 2nd Fl $801 /mo+sec. 203-630-3823 12pm8pm or MER. Furnished Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 1 BR, 1st Fl, $845/mo+sec. 1BR, 2nd Fl $801 /mo+sec. 203-630-3823 12pm8pm or MERIDEN -WALLINGFORD LINE Large 2 BR Luxury Condo. Laundry. No pets. $950 + utilities Call 203-245-9493 MERIDEN 1 BR Apartments $750 - $800 + Security Freshly painted. New Carpets. Secure bldg. W & D avail. Ample parking. No pets. 203-376-1259 MERIDEN 1 BR Off-street parking. Wall to Wall carpets, appls, $785 Per Month. Heat & HW included. No pets. Sec & refs required. Call 203-238-7133

MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd.

1 & 2 BR Available Starting at $650 Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-886-7016

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN 1 BR, 1st Fl. Stove & Refrig. Off street parking. No pets. No smoking. 1 mo sec & refs. $745 per mo. Call (203) 237-9074 MERIDEN 2 BR Ground floor apt w/large kitchen. WD hookup in apt. No utils, pets or smoking. 1 year lease. Credit ck & refs required. Security & 1st month’s rent. $750. 203-608-8348 MERIDEN 2 BR. $800. 3 BR w/2 full baths $900. Both with appls. Hdwd flrs. Parking. Utils not incl. 1 Mo rent + sec. Credit check. Call before 8pm. 646-345-2636 MERIDEN Lovely 3 BR Apt. Hdwd flrs throughout. Recently renovated. Plenty of off st parking. Sec 8 & RAP Approved. Avail 8/1. $1000 203 939-8957

MERIDEN- 2BR 2 bathrooms, 5 rooms, 1st floor. Call (203) 213-7714 MERIDEN- West side, 1 BR, 2nd FL. Includes Heat, HW & Elec. Oak Flooring. Very Clean! $860/ mo+sec 203-630-3823 12pm8pm or MERIDEN-3BR apts. 1st & 2nd flrs. Hdwd flrs. $950 & up. No pets. Utils not incld. Section 8 approved. Call 860-983-6336 MERIDEN-3BR, Nice Size 1st Flr Apt. $825/mo. Appliances, WD, Hookup in Unit. No pets. No smoking. No drugs. 1 year lease, credit chk, refs req. Sec, 1st month’s rent. 203-608-8348 MERIDEN. 3 BR, 1st flr, freshly painted. stove, refrig, off st parking, private porch, private laundry rm with w/d hookups. $975/mo. (203) 687-2032 MERIDEN/Wlfd area. Unique 5 spacious rooms, must see. Immac, priv porch, 2 car off st. No pets. W&D included. Storage, quiet area. 203-686-0818 MIDDLETOWN. Private 1 BR apt, 12 Rome Ave. Security deposit, no utils. $650/mo. Call 203-317-0186

ALWAYS BUYING CASH PAID Vintage Electronics, Amps, Musical Instruments, Guitars, Radios, Ham Equipment, CB, HiFi, Audio Equipment. 860-707-9350

Appliance Repairs

Couch Leather $1000, kitchen Island $500. Treadmill, Elliptical $100ea. NordicTrac $50. Kayak $350. Two stools $25 each. Pick up Plainville CT. Cash Only. Contact 508-423-3208


RIDING Mower, Simplicity, with 38” deck, runs great, includes bagger and cart. $600.00 or best offer. Schwinn chopper bicycle, hardly used, Oak hutch with glass doors and light $350.00, Oak Hutch for 27” TV $50.00. 203.631.3052 SUN CAPSULE Commercial walk-in Tanning booth/ changing room/music/cooling fan/36 tubes/timer/controller. $950/ obo. 203-269-1827 SUV Roof Rails /Cross Rails New, $100 203-265-5321

WOOD, FUEL & HEATING EQUIPMENT 20% OFF SUMMER SALE! Cleanest seasoned firewood in the state! $190 Full cord delivered. Discounts over 2, over 4 and picked up. South Meriden Mike 203 631-2211

Always Buying, Old, used and antique handtools. Carpentry, Machinist, Engraving and Workbench tools. If you have old or used tools that are no longer being used, call with confidence. Fair & friendly offers made in your home. Please call Cory 860-322-4367

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate.

203-235-8431 DON’T SCRAP YOUR CAR Call Jeff. Will Pay Up To $1000 CASH for your CLUNKER! Damage, Rusted, Broken. (203) 213-1142 OLD BICYCLES Don’t throw away that old bike. Hobbyman needs your help. Free pickup! Bikes will be recycled. Help save a bike! 203-494-9641 WANTED Fishing & Hunting Tackle - Local collector looking for old or new rods, reels, lures. Highest prices paid. Dave any time 860-463-4359

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Thursday, July 26, 2012 — The Plainville Citizen APARTMENTS FOR RENT PLAINVILLE Woodford Ave 1 BR apt on pond. Clean, secure building, newly refurbished. Appls, off st parking. No pets. $550 +util. 860-826-6757 PLAINVILLE XL STUDIO APARTMENT Applianced kitchen. A/C, On Site Parking, Balcony. Starting at $635/mo. Call CPI 860-225-1570 SOUTHINGTON 1 BR, 4 Room, 2nd fl apt. Near The Hospital of Central CT. Central air, w/ appliances. Utils not incl. Refs & Sec req. Call (860) 621-2693 SUMMER SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR - $750/month. Heat, Hot Water, Electric included. Private balcony. 1 month free rent. Ask for details. Call for info 203-639-4868

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WALLINGFORD 1st fl. 2br/5rm. Good locale. Fully Appl. W to W. No pets. Util not incl. Lease & sec req. $900mo. 203-679-2278 pm. WALLINGFORD Choate Area Quiet 1 BR, 3rd Floor. Appliances. $675/month. 2 Months Security and lease. No smoking. No pets. (203) 269-9642 WALLINGFORD Cute 2 BR Townhouse, end unit. Full bsmnt. WD hookup. Private entrance. Off street parking. Walk to school. $875/mo 2 mos sec + application fee. No pets. 203-284-0597 WALLINGFORD- 2nd flr, 2BD + appl, WD, CA, gas heat, 2 blocks from town, avail 8/15. No smoking/pets. $995/mo + 1mo sec. Call 203-284-9424. WALLINGFORD. 1 BR, 2nd flr, clean & cheerful, w/d hookup, off st parking, walking distance to downtown. No pets, no smoking. $800 + sec. Call (203) 265-1070 WALLINGFORD. 4 rms, 3rd flr, w/d hookup, off st parking. $775/mo plus sec. Call (203) 949-0503

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HOUSES FOR SALE MIDDLETOWN-$169,900. This 3br col. Is a complete charmer! Everything is done! Stylish kit, hw fls, open fl plan, 1.5 remod baths, spacious DR leads to stunning fenced courtyard patio. Call Nicky Waltzer 203265-5618

WALLINGFORD$263,000 Lovely 2br twhs end unit, granite Counters in kit w/ bb & sliders to deck, gas fp in LR, 2lg brs, master has full bath, 2.5 ba, office laundry rm, 2c garage! Call Kathy Thuerling 203-265-5618


Advertising Sales Representative Record-Journal Publishing Company’s Classified Department is seeking an Advertising Sales Representative who is ready to achieve success. Your responsibilities will include taking classified ads and making outbound sales calls. The successful candidate must possess a reliable vehicle, good oral and written communication skills, type at least 45wpm, be well organized, and have excellent follow-through skills. Telemarketing experience is preferred, but we will train the right candidate. Please email resume to: kboath@

Business Development Sales Representative The Record-Journal is looking for an energetic, creative, forward thinking individual to work full time to help develop print & digital advertising. You will provide: *Demonstrated sales experience with a history of attaining goals *Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously while being mindful of making revenue goals for each *Ability to converse with advertisers about both digital and print-based advertising campaigns We will provide: *Team Atmosphere with members working towards common goals *Opportunity for growth *Competitive compensation package & benefits. If the opportunity to be a leader in our successful, community-minded organization excites you, forward your resume to: Attn: Kim Boath New Media Sales Position 11 Crown Street Meriden CT 06450 or email: kboath@

HELP WANTED ASSEMBLER- CLEAN ROOM-FT CNC MACHINIST-FT ASSEMBLER- Highly specialized local technical company, be organized, have math skills, and be willing to learn in a fastpaced clean room environment. CiDRA Precision Services, LLC, Wallingford. Send resume to CNC MACHINIST- Set up, Production, work to close tolerance. 5 years experience. CiDRA Precision Services, LLC Wallingford. Send resume to

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BEST WESTERN Berlin Tpke, Berlin. Housekeeping 20-40 hrs per week. Must be avail 7 days/week. Must speak some Spanish/English. $8.25/hr. Stop in to Apply. CHAUFFEURS- Hunter Limousines, LTD currently has part time openings for chauffeurs in our Limousine division. Successful applicants will require a great personality and a clean driving record, and a Public Service Endorsement /F endorsement on their license. Apply in person at: 450 West Main Street Human Resources Center Meriden or fax resume to 203-514-5154 EOE. CHIROPRACTOR’S OFFICE Receptionist, Billing, Collections, General Office Duties. 32 hrs/wk. Call (203) 265-9898 CUSTOMER Service. Must be self motivated individual and able to handle multi task. Computer skills necessary. Telephone experience required. Steady employment, pleasant working conditions, excellent benefits. Food service background helpful. Please call Thurston Foods for interview appt (203) 265-1525 ext 100. DATA BASE ADMINISTRATOR Full Time Requirements: 1-2 years exp and be proficient in Microsoft Access and VBA. Forward resume to Elizabeth McKay Letter Concepts, Inc., P.O. Box 436, Berlin, CT 06037 or email to DRIVER Experienced Reefer Drivers & Independent Contractors needed for Regional Positions. Top of the line equipment and plenty of freight. Call Today! 877-491-1112 or DRIVER Full Time to make deliveries in surrounding towns. Must have clean driving record. Apply in person Meriden Surgical Supplies 172 West Main St., Meriden

Job Fair Join the DATTCO Team! DATTCO has positions available for: PT School Bus Drivers in Middletown To learn more about these exciting opportunities, join us at DATTCO @ 29 Hudson Place, New Britain on Friday, July 27th, from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. $1,000 Sign on bonus offered to CDL-PS drivers only! (CDL-B preferred, but will train desirable candidates. Must have good driving record.) Please contact Trish at 860-635-8234 ext. 5600 for additional information. DATTCO is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


MERIDEN STUDIOS & 1 BRs We are offering a special! 1ST Month’s Rent Free with a credit score of 650 or over. Please call 203-630-2841 WALFD 2 Bed, 2nd FL, Glass Porch, Appliances, WD hookup. Storage. Off st parking. No Pets. Very clean. Dead end st. Owner /Agent. $850. 203-269-7348 WALLINGFORD 1 BR, YMCA Area. 3rd Flr. Off street parking. No pets. $750 including heat. 203 269-2575 or 203-641-4508 Owner/Agent WALLINGFORD 1BR Furnished. Private deck. Off street parking. Heat & Hot Water Included $825 + 1 month security 203 626-5786 or 203-980-1441


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HELP WANTED DENTAL Assistant, PT. Outgoing, energetic individual needed for progressive dental office. Fax resume to 203-686-0378. DRIVERS. Rapid growing grocery hauler. New Pay Package & Awesome Benefits. Sign On Bonus. Newer Trucks. Local/ Regional. CDL-A, 3yrs Exp. 800397-1813 HOUSEKEEPER Part-time. Flex schedule including every other weekend. Twin Maples, 44 Bed SNF. EOE. Apply @ 809R New Haven Rd., Durham, CT. Background check required.

LEAD PLUMBER Premier continuing care retirement community is seeking a licensed P1 or P2 plumber to work full-time M-F including an on call rotation. Experience with residential and commercial heating systems and HVAC experience preferred. Some maintenance skills are also desirable. We offer medical, dental, life insurance and wellness center benefits. Fax resume with cover letter to 203-271-7794 or apply in person at Elim Park, 140 Cook Hill Road, Cheshire, CT 06410 weekdays 8-7pm and weekends 10-3pm. EOE, A/A, M/F, D/V PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANTS Needed in the New Britain area: $11+/hr, depending on exp. Good housekeeping and home management skills req. MUST HAVE 6 months recent aide exp; must have own reliable transportation and valid Driver’s License. Positions pay mileage, orientation, and travel time. Must be able to work at least one weekend per month. Applications may be filled out at VNA HealthCare 205 West Main Street New Britain, CT or FAX to 860-493-5945


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OFFICE CLERK Needed, P/T for wholesale distribution company. Looking for a detail oriented self starter who is reliable & able to follow directions. Computer exp. in EDI processing, UPS & FedEx. Flexible hrs, min 25 hrs per week. Monday-Friday, EOE. Please fax resume to Linda V. or Tom at: 203-2840886 ROGERS ORCHARD, SOUTHINGTON, CT needs 6 temporary workers 8/1/2012 to 10/31/2012. Work tools, supplies, equipment provided without cost to worker. Housing will be available without cost to workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day. Transportation reimbursement and subsistence is provided upon completion of 15 days or 50% of the work contract. Work is guaranteed for 3/4 of the workdays during the contract period. $10.56 per hr. Applicants to apply contact CT Department of Labor at 860-2636020. Or apply for the job at the nearest local office of the SWA. Job order #4559086. May perform any combination of tasks related to the production and harvesting of fruit including pruning, thinning, hoeing, planting, irrigating, mowing, fertilizing and harvesting. Workers will be using straight and step ladders and will be required to lift approx 40 lbs while descending and ascending ladder on a sustained basis. At least 2 months experience in duties listed required.

SENIOR SERVICES SOCIAL WORKER. Town of Cheshire is accepting submissions from qualified candidates for the position of Senior ServicesSocial Worker, assigned to the Senior Center. 25 hr/ wk. Partial benefits. Starting hrly rate expected to be about $25. For additional information, see the Town’s web site at Deadline for applying is 8/8/12. The Town of Cheshire is an EEOE, M/F/D/V.


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SKILLED CARPENTERS needed for restoration company in Middlefield. Must have own tools and transportation. Wages based on experience. Call 203-668-4536 Tool/Die

Journeyman Tool & Die Maker Bridgeport Fittings, in business since 1925, is a leading manufacturer of conduit & cable fittings. Currently, we seek qualified individuals with the ability to design, build & maintain progressive stamping dies. The right candidate needs to work to specified tolerances; willing to receive training to update their skills; work independently on assigned projects; and able to troubleshoot problems in the press. Knowledge of CAD; Sinker EDM and Wire EDM a plus. Contact Jim Connor, Director H/R, Bridgeport Fittings, 705 Lordship Blvd., Stratford, CT 06615, Fax: 203-378-9818 E-mail: jimc@bptfittings. com EOE

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MEDICAL CAREERS CNA, PCA For Homecare -Flex hrs. Reliable, must have own trans. (203) 439-7731 x116 MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST FT Needed for busy pediatric office. Experience preferred. Must be able to multi-task. Fax resume to: 203-265-3321 We Are Seeking A

Part Time RN To work in the Wallingford Area, Mon–Fri. 9:00am –12:30pm. Be a clinical resource and customer representative – responding to inquiries regarding our services and presenting our Agency and its services as solutions to patients’ needs. Current RN license in the State of CT and a min of 5 yrs exp. Please e-mail resume to or fax it to 860-493-5945

HELP WANTED ELECTRICAL Panel Assembly/ Machinery Wiring. Exp nec. Call for more info 860-349-1788 or fax resume 860-349-9949 TEACHERS Full & Part Time (afternoons). Exp needed. CDA preferred. Please apply: See Us Grow Childcare, 1052 So Colony Rd., Wallingford 203-269-5437 or send resume to VINYL SIDING INSTALLER- F/T, exp in siding & trim work needed, TRANSPORTATION a must. Background check required. Call 203-589-9666. YARD JOCKEY Experience with Tractor Trailers 12 Hour Shifts Call Kevin 203-741-0019 Between 10am & 2pm. EOE


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Community Guide 2012 The Plainville Citizen

“Your Town Resource”


My first airport visit By Crystal Maldonado Editor, The Plainville Citizen It was December 2009 when Plainville officially purchased Robertson Airport, the oldest airfield in Connecticut and a staple of the small town since 1911. “It’s a somewhat historic airport and historic property,” said Aviation Commission Chairman Luis Gonzalez in a 2011 interview. “Our goal is to make the airport somewhat of a destination so people can come to the town of Plainville. We’re really looking to improve it.” Since then, the airport has received a minor facelift (new roofs for a few buildings), celebrated 100 years of aviation and, most recently, had its first annual Wings and Wheels (a fly-in and car show event) on July 1. In the fall, it will be home to the Plainville Community FUNd Day, a daylong event with airport tours, helicopter and plane rides and games for kids. It’s been a busy little landmark, which is why we’ve chosen it as the centerpiece for this year’s community guide. Long before it was owned by the town, I remember my first time visiting Robertson Airport. I was a chubbycheeked third-grader who was thrilled at the idea that I might get to meet a real, live pilot. I’d never been to an

airport or seen a plane up close, so I didn’t know what to expect. (Although I was secretly scared I might be run over by one, I didn’t share this with anyone.) My grandpa, Henry “Hank” Syskowski Jr. to everyone else, but just plain old “Grampa” to me, knew most people in town and Stan Robertson was no exception. Mr. Robertson (as I called him) welcomed me to his airport, showed me around his home, walked with me on the tarmac, let me ogle the planes, and even had a really big fish tank in his office that kept me enthralled for what felt like hours as he and Grampa chatted. I was startled by the roar of the engines, entranced by the size of the planes and amazed at the breadth of information Mr. Robertson shared with me. It seemed like he knew everything, just like my Grampa. In short: I was smitten. I can’t (and won’t) argue the politics behind the town purchasing the airport – whether it was a good decision or a bad – but I can say that Mr. Robertson was one of the nicest men I ever met. If the kids who see the airplanes and helicopters at the airport feel even a sliver of the wonder and excitement I felt as I walked with Grampa and Mr. Robertson, those are some lucky children.

Plainville Municipal Services

Main Municipal Number (860) 793-0221 Website: Emergency Deeds/Land Records Ambulance – Fire – Police: 911 Town Clerk, (860) 793-0221, ext. 247 Animal Control: (860) 747-1616, ext. 291 Demolition permits Connecticut Light and Power: Customer Service & Building Department, (860) 793-0221, ext. 213 Emergency Center, (800) 286-2000 Dog licenses Poison Information Center: (800) 222-1222 Town Clerk, (860) 793-0221, ext. 247 Public Works: Plainville Department of Public Works, Estates and wills (860) 793-0221, ext. 208 Probate Court merged with Bristol Court, 111 North Main After-hours emergencies: (860) 747-1617 St, 3rd Floor, Bristol, CT Valley Water Systems: (860) 747-8000 (860) 584-6230 Yankee Gas Services Co.: Gas leak emergency, (800) Marriage licenses 992-3427 Town Clerk, (860) 793-0221, ext. 247 Notaries public Town Clerk, (860) 793-0221, ext. 247 Real estate documents Town Clerk, (860) 793-0221, ext. 247

Plainville Municipal Center Municipal Center, 1 Central Square, Plainville, CT 06062 Main number: (860) 793-0221 Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. Birth certificates Town Clerk, (860) 793-0221, ext. 247 Building permits Building Department, (860) 793-0221, ext. 213 Business permits Town Clerk, (860) 793-0221, ext. 247 Death certificates Town Clerk, (860) 793-0221, ext. 247 2

Plainville Police Department 19 Neal Court, Plainville, CT 06062 Non-emergency phone: (860) 747-1616 Chief: Matthew Catania E-mail: Captain: Brian Mullins E-mail: Alarm Administrator: Sgt. Charles A. Smedick. E-mail: The Plainville Police Department is a full-service police department. The functional unites of the department include administrative, patrol, criminal investigation, traffic, records and youth services. In addition to traditional patrol functions, the department also has bicycle patrols and an all-terrain vehicle patrol covering more remote areas of town.

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• Septic System Design, Installation & Repair • Water/Well Line Installation & Repair • Sewer Line Installation & Repair • Grading and Bulldozer Work • Concrete Sidewalks

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Services continued from page 2 The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program is given to all fifth-grade elementary school children by the department’s two DARE officers. The senior dispatcher does a 911 awareness training for all elementary students. The department maintains a close interaction with all of the public schools, offering safety education and, particularly for high school students, special programs on alcohol abuse and driver safety. Because police personnel are the only representatives of municipal government available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the department handles a wide variety of calls for service which are non-criminal in nature. Calls for information or non-traditional help are always welcome, and the staff is well-trained on what community resources are available to those in need of special service. Plainville Fire Department 77 W. Main St., Plainville, CT 06062 Emergency Number: 911 Non-emergency phone: (860) 747-2521 Administrative Offices: 860-747-4660 Chief: Raymond T. Swanson 1st Assistant Chief: Kevin Toner 2nd Assistant Chief: William Gannon The Plainville Fire Department consists of volunteers who dedicate their hours to the town. The department is equipped with a 102-foot tower ladder, three Class A pumpers, heavy rescue truck, utility truck, water rescue trailer, off-road UTV, and hazardous material trailer. Guided tours of the firehouse and fire prevention education programs are provided upon request. Plainville Public Library 56 E. Main St., Plainville, CT 06062 Adult Section: (860) 793-1446 Children’s Room: (860) 793-1450 Fax: (860) 793-2241 Website: Director: Peter Chase E-mail: The Plainville Public Library has more than 94,000 books, magazines, books on tape, compact discs, videocassettes and DVDs. The library also offers public access to the Internet, free Wi-fi, story hours and adult programs, downloadable audio books, reference service in person and by telephone, computer database searching and inter-library loan service. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Children’s Room, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.); Friday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Saturdays during July and August. Friends of the Plainville Public Library: The Friends of the Library is an association of persons interested in books and libraries. Membership is open to all interested individuals upon payment of their annual dues. Members sponsor programs, book discussions, the annual potluck supper and used book sale, and work to focus public attention on the library’s facilities and needs. For more information, call the library. 4

Plainville Recreation Department 50 Whiting St., Plainville, CT 06062. Phone: (860) 747-6022 Director: Colin Regan Programs are offered both seasonally and yearround. Children’s programs include wrestling, Kidz-R-Size, girls’ sand volleyball, soccer and basketball clinics, day camps, swim teams, tennis, indoor soccer, pillo polo, youth dance, modern dance, skiing and snowboarding, martial arts, gymnastics, lifeguard training, golf and yoga. Programs for adults include: golf, basketball, women’s fitness, co-ed volleyball, dog obedience, aqua aerobics, swim instruction, knitting, quilting, the Plainville Wind Ensemble and boating. Other recreational offerings include: trips, special events, concerts, year-round swimming programs, a Halloween parade, school vacation specials, bingo and a fun day at the end of summer season. Additional services offered by the Recreation Department include permits for the use of town softball diamonds, picnic facilities, tennis courts and sand volleyball court. Picnic equipment is also made available for loan to Plainville residents upon request. Seasonal fliers describing all programs may be obtained at the Recreation Department at 50 Whiting St. or on the town website at Questions regarding any program can be answered by calling the Recreation Department directly during regular business hours at (860) 747-6022. Elizabeth A. Berner Pool — The outdoor pool at Norton Park, is open for community swimming from 1 to 8 p.m. daily starting mid June thru late August. The Recreation Department issues renewal stickers for photo identification cards for the Elizabeth A. Berner Pool for the 2010 summer season. Renewal stickers can be obtained for $12 at the office. Photo IDs cost $15 and will be available in the office Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. People who do not wish to purchase a picture ID pass must show proof of residency from the town of Plainville and purchase a $2 guest pass for each individual using the facility. Guest passes issued will be limited to 10 per season per adult. If you leave the facility, you must have your hand stamped, to re-enter. Paderewski Park Wading Pool — The wading pool at Paderewski Park will be closed the summer of 2012. However, the Berner Pool at Norton Park offers zero depth for small children. Plainville High School Pool — The Plainville High School pool closes for the summer and is open during the school year. Hamlin Pond — Hamlin Pond, an impoundment of the Quinnipiac River, is located off Woodford Avenue. There’s access for boating and fishing. Norton Park — Off South Washington Street, the park totals about 80 acres and is named for the Norton family, which donated most of the site in 1928. Facilities include three softball fields, five soccer fields, two basketball courts, two tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, playground, outdoor pool, picnic area and restrooms. There is also a one mile walking track around the facility. A restored section of the historic Farmington Canal is inside the park. In 2011, a skate park was added, where

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people could use their skateboards, inline skates and bicycles. Paderewski Park — Off Cooke Street, the 37-acre park was once a sand pit and later a church camp for New Britain orphans. Plainville acquired the site, including the 16-acre pond, from the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception in 1966. The park is named for Ignace Paderewski, the Polish patriot and pianist-composer. Facilities: a Little League baseball facility, one softball fields, a multi-use field, a basketball court, two tennis courts, picnic area, restrooms. There’s access for boating and pond fishing. Trumbull Park — At the end of Linsley Drive, the 18acre park is the home of the Plainville Little League. Facilities: William A. Gnazzo Field, Robert K. LaBranche

Field, Denis and Ruth Thompson Field, Tinty Sports Complex, and a purpose field, playground, restrooms. There is also a 3/4-mile walking track around the facility. Tomasso Nature Park — Off Granger Lane. The 11acre park includes 4 acres of wetlands. Visitors can observe varieties of animals, birds and fish. Walking trails provide ample views of native flora. Access is available through pedestrian gates from dawn to dusk from March 15 through Nov. 15, weather permitting. Tours are given Thursdays at 9 a.m. Individuals with special needs or groups should call the Recreation Department at (860) 747-6022 to make special arrangements. Volunteers are welcome.

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Aqua Terra Restaurant See the Difference • Taste the Difference 253 East Street • Plainville (Rte 10) • 860-793-1600

Welcomes Tuscany Steak & Seafood Weekly Specials Tuesday & Wednesday Dinners Starting at $12.95 Thursday & Sunday - Lobsters ... Starting at $12.95 Friday & Saturday - Prime Rib $12.95 Small cut • $19.95 Large cut • $24.95 King cut Served with Bowl of Ziti, Baked Potato and Soup or Salad Good thru 8/30/12 Closes Monday • Open Daily 11 AM - 10 PM

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Services continued from page 5 Plainville Senior Center Plainville Senior Citizens Center 200 East St., Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 747-5728 Fax: (860) 747-9343 Director: Shawn Cohen The Plainville Senior Citizens Center serves as the hub for activities, programs and services for individuals over the age of 60 and their family members. The Plainville Senior Citizens Center has been selected by the North Central Area Agency on Aging as a “designated focal point” in the North Central Connecticut’s Aging Services Network. Membership is open to Plainville residents 60 years of age and older at no charge. Membership for nonresident seniors requires a yearly user fee. The Plainville Senior Citizens Center offers numerous activities, including health and wellness, classes, education, outreach, financial assistance, caregivers and family support, grandparents raising grandchildren support group, meals, insurance assistance, transportation, volunteerism, outdoor adventure club, trips, leisure services and intergenerational programming. Facilities include a fitness center, cafe, gift shop and computer lab. Hours: Monday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plainville Social Services Department of Social Services Recreation Building, 50 Whiting St., Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-0221, ext. 294 Fax: (860) 793-2285 The Plainville Social Services Department provides advocacy, information and referral guidance, short term case management and support services to adults and disabled residents in need. This office serves as a crucial link between service agencies and residents in need. This department has established a close working relationship with local, state and federal agencies to best serve residents with current information and appropriate referrals. The Social Services Department extends quality confidential professional services to the residents of Plainville. Residents may phone ahead for an appointment. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Plainville Technical Services All offices Municipal Center, 1 Central Square, Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-0221, ext. 212 After-hours emergencies: (860) 747-1617 Services: Building permits; demolition permits; street opening permits; driveway permits; housing information; health concerns and information; restaurant and foodservice information; planning and zoning inquiries; inland wetlands inquiries; flood permits; construction inquiries; 6

Plainville Physical Services All offices Municipal Center, 1 Central Square Plainville, CT 06062. Phone: (860) 793-0221, ext. 208. After-hours emergencies: (860) 747-1617. Services: Roadways: responsible for maintenance, cleaning, repair and construction of public streets and parking lots, tree trimming in street right-of-ways, leaf composting and operation of town Transfer Station, snow and leaf removal; storm drainage problems; street light repairs. Buildings and Grounds: ground maintenance including schools, municipal building maintenance and vehicle service. Plainville Water Pollution Control Cronk Road, Plainville, CT 06062. Phone: (860) 793-0221, ext. 227 Hours: Monday thru Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. After-hours emergencies: (860) 747-1617 Services: Sanitary sewer problems; sewer permits. Voting Information Registrars of Voters Municipal Center, 1 Central Square, Room 204, Plainville, CT 06062. Republican Registrar : Beth Gasparini. Phone: (860) 793-0221, ext. 256. Democratic Registrar : Jean Lombardo. Phone: (860) 793-0221, ext. 255. The Republican and Democrat registrars of voters are permanent election officials whose duties include registering and enrolling voters into political parties, maintaining voter records and conducting the annual canvass of voters to determine residency. Total voter registration was 10,575 as of May 2012. Registration Requirements: To register to vote in Connecticut you must: -Be a U.S. citizen -Be a resident of a Connecticut town -Be at least 18 years old on or before next election -Not have been convicted of a felony Voting Locations: District 1 : Linden Street School, 69 Linden St. District 2 : Our Lady of Mercy Parish Center, 19 S. Canal St. District 3 : Toffolon School, 145 Northwest Dr. District 4 : Wheeler School, 15 Cleveland Memorial Dr. Boards and Commissions Planning and Zoning Commission — Both a planning and a regulatory body, the Planning and Zoning Commission in Plainville has many responsibilities. As the lead land use agency in Plainville, the Commission must decide upon the most desirable use of land for recreational, commercial and industrial purposes. Acting in the planning role, the Commission reviews all proposed municipal improvements and is empowered

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Plainville Chamber of Commerce 1 Central Square Plainville, CT 06062 Mailing address: P.O. Box C Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 747-6867 E-mail: Website: Office manager: Maureen Saverick Board of Directors president: Roshan Patel The Plainville Chamber of Commerce is better than ever – with a new logo, website and social networking strategy, we’re able to serve you faster. We’re a catalyst — a common vehicle through which business and professional people work together for the common good of the community. A better community means better business conditions, and we work for a better community for everyone. That’s why we do what we do. This brings us back to that original question: What do we do? There is, in the final analysis, one reason for the chamber to exist…to do whatever is necessary to keep the area’s economic condition at a level where business will risk their resources here in hope of making a profit…everything else is just frosting on the cake…a means to the end.

In any community, it is from the profitable operations of business that all other benefits are derived. Only by succeeding in this fundamental goal can be provide the jobs and produce the wealth to finance all the governmental, civic, educational, cultural and charitable needs that our community is faced with every day. Our aim is to promote an economic climate that strengthens the competitiveness of businesses. To accomplish this mission, the Chamber offers members a wide range of benefits, services, programs and information. Counted among the 300 member companies are small entrepreneurs, manufacturers, banks, high technology innovators, retail establishments, nonprofit organizations and more. Call us to see how we can help your business in Plainville. Plainville Historical Society 29 Pierce St., Plainville, CT 06062 (860) 747-6577 Website: President: Nancy Eberhardt E-mail: The Plainville Historical Society is located in the Plainville Historic Center, where Plainville’s history comes alive. What awaits you as you enter the center is an absolute feast for eyes and ears. As you enter into each of the eight display rooms, you see items used by those who lived here generations ago. You see and hear how these items were used, and you learn about your parents’, grandparents’ or even great-grandpar-

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Inside what’s normally called the “court room” at the historical society, photo collages of the racers, cars and races, newspaper clippings, miniature race cars, trophies and even old tires, with grooves that have been smoothed from years of racing, help bring the stadium back to life. Binders filled to the brim with information about the known racers, approximately 200 so far, are there for visitors to thumb through, too. Hours for the center vary with the season. The historical society also has numerous special events each year including concerts, demonstrations and lectures. For more information, hours or to pick up a membership form, call (860) 747-6577 or visit the Website The center, located at 29 Pierce St., is a wonderful place to spend an hour or two. Come visit us, you’ll be happy you did.



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Get back to basics at Tomasso Nature Park By Ruth Sharp Hummel Town Historian Enjoy a nice walk? Bird watcher? Tree hugger? Collect buttons? A walk through Tomasso Nature Park fulfills all of these interests. The park is located on the left at the end of Granger Lane behind the Plainville Roadway garages and animal shelter. Show up on Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. and tour the park with Ruth S. Hummel and Sue Holcomb. If you have a mobility problem you can join Ruth in the “Green Turtle” golf cart. Don’t worry, I’m a good driver. Tours run an hour or more depending on your interest and there is a lot to see. Often a pair of huge mute swans dominates the natural marsh pond and blue and green heron are usually seen in the first pond. In the fall, common egrets stop in for a rest on their migration route; geese and ducks abound. Two observation bridges offer wonderful views of the water and the creatures dwelling there. Many types of songbirds live here: mockingbirds, cardinals, chickadees, goldfinch, red winged blackbirds, and catbirds, among others. It is not unusual to see red-tailed hawk cruising over the area. A true cacophony of bird songs delights the ear, especially from the bridges. At the start of the trails there is a kiosk, which

identifies the kinds of sights you may enjoy as you walk. The town crew has been cutting brush and has opened wonderful vistas to all areas of the ponds. This year, volunteers have been coming on a regular basis to beautify the park and maintain its beautiful natural state. Their efforts are very much appreciated. And did I mention pins, buttons? An attractive green and white button reading “I visited the Tomasso Nature Park in Plainville, CT” rewards your visit. The pins were funded by the Plainville Conservation Commission, since the nature park has no funding except from friends. There is also a new brochure available. You may book special interest tours for other times. All kinds of groups have enjoyed these free trips into nature’s beauty. To schedule a special tour, call Ruth Hummel at (860) 747-0081. There is no charge. Oh – by the way? It’s a hop, skip and a jump away


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Looking at Plainville’s past By Ken DiMauro Special to The Citizen Before its incorporation in 1869 as a town, Plainville, a rocky and sandy flat piece of land, was a part of Farmington, but according to the centennial book, “Plainville USA 100 years,” the area was “scorned by the early settlers” to later become “a thriving industrial municipality bisected by the major highways Routes 72 and 10” and Interstate 84. The Great Plain, as the area was known, originally was a lake, with its flat sandy soil a remnant of millions of years ago, said Town Historian Ruth S. Hummel, who also serves as town naturalist. Today it is known as the “crossroads of Connecticut,” because of its highways, airport, railroad and historic canal. From 1828 to 1848, the old Farmington Canal, which also was called the Northampton Canal because it operated from Northampton, Mass., to New Haven, was largely responsible for putting Plainville on the map. The canal was replaced by a thriving railroad crossroads that was established in the late 1840s. For a while, the so-called Canal Line Railroad competed with the canal. Eventually, the improved transportation technology put the manmade waterway out of business. A room dedicated to the history of the old canal is located in the Plainville Historic Center at 29 Pierce St. In the room are artifacts of the canal days, artwork of the canal’s packet boats, and a diorama of what downtown Plainville looked like when the canal was the pri-

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mary way of moving people, supplies, manufactured goods and farm produce up and down the area to New Haven. Plainville was incorporated as a town by the General Assembly in 1869, after many years of lobbying by local residents, business interests and officials. Originally, it was proposed the new town be named Welch, according to “The History of Plainville” by Henry Castle. However, the name never stuck. A big celebration, held on July 21, 1869, followed the action taken by the General Assembly and Plainville was born. An article published in the July 23, 1869, edition of “The Daily Lever” of New Haven, described the local fanfare and celebration after the town became official. “The incorporation of the town seems to have invigorated the people and already a number of buildings and extensions have been erected,” the article said. “So rejoiced were the people that their petition had been granted by the assembly that it was resolved to celebrate the event, and an informal meeting was held two weeks ago to initiate the proceedings,” according to the report. “The day was opened with a salute of 100 guns from a section of the New Britain battery of sixpounders, which was concluded by firing a few shots on the line of the new into the old town.” An immense procession or parade also was held, with the number in the parade estimated to be “about 1,000 persons.” Civic, church organizations, bands and residents participated. Plainville, an area of 9.5 square miles located in between New Britain, Bristol and Farmington, is made up of many people, churches, businesses and organizations. The center of town grew from businesses that were established along the canal and the railroad lines. In the 1890s, there were four trolley lines in Plainville — one to Unionville, another to Bristol, a third to New Britain and still another to Southington. The Unionville trolley went out of business early on, but the three remaining lines met in Plainville center, at an area called “the terminal.” By the early to mid-1930s, trolley patronage suffered. The Southington line ended in 1931, with Bristol following in 1935 and the last trolley to New Britain operating until 1936. One of Plainville’s most famous residents was Gov. John H. Trumbull, who was elected Connecticut’s chief executive in 1924 and served until 1931. Known as “the Flying Governor,” Trumbull had an interest in aviation, was a pilot and flew his plane in and out of town for many years, often landing in a field near where Plainville High School stands today. Trumbull lived in an elegant mansion on Farmington Avenue. The home was built in 1914 and was demolished in the 1970s, after plans fell through to renovate it to become the new Town Hall. The former governor died May 21, 1961. He is buried in West Cemetery. The Plainville Fire Department dates back to 1885, when officials authorized the “first constitution and bylaws of the (fire) company approved by the commissioners March 25, 1885,” according to the centennial book. The department was located at the Town Hall on Pierce Street, in the building that today houses the his-

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torical society. It subsequently moved to Whiting Street, in the building that is now the home of the Parks and Recreation Department offices. In the late 1980s, a new state-of-the-art fire station opened at 77 W. Main St. The Police Department dates back to April 1872, when “a committee of three empowered to hire a night watch to protect the lives and property of the inhabitants of Plainville against incendiaries and burglars met,” according to the centennial book. For many years, the police station was located in a building at the corner of Stillwell Drive and East Street. When the new Municipal Center opened in 1973, the department was housed in the bottom floor of that building before the current station opened on Neal Court a few years ago. Plainville High School, located at Robert Holcomb Way, opened in 1955. From 1926 until the new high school opened, it was located in a large brick building that today is the Plainville Business Center. When the new PHS was dedicated, the East Street site served as Plainville Junior High School. Two of the oldest school buildings in Plainville include the old Broad Street School, which dates back to 1874, and the original part of Linden Street School, which was built in 1929-30. Information about Plainville’s history is available and on display at the Plainville Historic Center, (860) 747-6577.

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ing authority, the Commission is responsible for the establishment and administration of the Town’s zoning regulations. The Commission hears and decides upon petitions for changes in the zoning regulations, conducts hearings on and decides upon requests for special exceptions and site plan reviews. In 2009, the Planning and Zoning Commission offered the community a vision for the future by adopting a new Plan of Conservation and Development, a “soup to nuts” guide for land use authorities, citizens and developers. The plan reviews current trends in housing, economic development, community facilities, conservation and open space including natural, historic and cultural resources. The Commission is already hard at work implementing the 2009 Plan by undertaking a comprehensive reformatting of their outdated zoning regulations. In June of 2011 new regulations were adopted. During the process, they implemented alternative low impact development techniques to help reduce storm water impacts and improve water quality. Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission — The primary purpose of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission is the protection, preservation and maintenance of Plainville’s wetlands and watercourses. The Commission establishes wetland regulations and boundaries, and decides upon petitions for changes to the regulations. The Commission also issues permits for activities within designated wetlands and enforces the Inland Wetland Regulations of the Town of Plainville. By State law, no land use application with the potential to impact wetlands and watercourses may be decided upon by the Planning and Zoning Commission unless it first receives a permit from the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission. For more information on the Plainville Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission, contact the director of planning and economic development at (860) 793-0221, ext. 210. Economic Development Agency — The Economic Development Agency is responsible for the promotion and development of the economic resources of the Town of Plainville. In addition, the Agency makes recommendations for expenditures from the Economic Development Fund, an account established by the Town Council to help attract new businesses and to encourage the expansion of existing businesses within Plainville. The Agency sets policy and makes recommendations regarding other economic incentive programs such as tax abatements and revolving loan programs. Last year, the Agency recently commissioned a Business Survey. Responses from the survey were used to develop recommendations that are part of an ongoing review process by the Agency including policy revisions for tax abatement and loan programs, which were implemented early in 2010. For more information on the Economic Development

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Plainville boasts of extensive aviation history By Ruth Sharp Hummel Town Historian It’s a little known fact that during the dawning of the aviation age, there were eight or more various-sized air fields in town. Some were designed for private use, some were pretty informal and a few really looked like air fields. Al Mastrianni and I put our heads together and came up with these: a strip on Tomlinson Avenue; one near Governor Trumbull’s mansion which extended to St. Joseph’s Cemetery; Tinty’s Flying Ranch; one under Pinnacle Mountain; a real field off Cooke Street; Robertson’s Field; High Rockwell’s landing field across from old MRC (later a ball field); and one where present high school stands. A substantial strip was built on Cooke Street between Cottage Street and Wrights Tavern. Stanley Smith, of Plainville (a New Britain real estate agent), was the developer. In 1920s, the interest in flight was growing and Smith met the demand.

With only one windsock for navigational aid, it was a short field for weekend flyers. If the wind was wrong, flyers had problems. From figures used in a news release later on, the field must have been expanded. On July 15, 1929, even before the field was officially opened, it was used by flyers who had “no right to do so” thereby angering neighbors and the owner. A virtual shower of complaints hit Mr. Smith when he returned from a day at the shore. He told the press that he never intended that the field be sued before its official opening and that he intended to open an aviation business there. He also promised to take great care to not bring discomfort to the neighbors. The “Plainville News” of July 15, 1929, reported that Lts. Popp, Gould and McLean were the flyers that made uses of the field, not yet officially opened. Who were they? I found no information about them other than that they made the neighbors very unhappy. A huge traffic jam, Gov. Trumbull (who thought it was a great event), planes zooming “shaving rooftops” does-

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Throughout the year, Plainville has numerous family-fun events that get people and their neighbors enjoying the outdoors. Some celebrations are held annually while others are special extravaganzas. Check them out! Wings and Wheels A new event this year, Wings and Wheels is a car show and fly-in event held at Robertson Airport. It has a little something for everyone, whether it’s a ride in a helicopter, some good food or the chance to see the inside of a fire truck. This year, over 1,000 attended and there were nearly 500 vintage cars on display, including some from the Plainville Stadium races. Farmers Market They’re popping up everywhere and Plainville’s hopped onboard with their very own farmers market. Spearheaded by “market master” Linda Garcia, the market invites local farms to sell fresh produce. It runs each Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. from June to August – a must-see for the health-conscious or anyone looking to try something new.




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Wings and Wheels welcomes thousands of spectators By Scott Saunders, Event Chairman Special to The Citizen The First Annual Plainville Wings and Wheels car show and fly-in is over. But according to many who attended, it was a huge success for Plainville. With 480 show cars, many aircraft and helicopters, an army of volunteers, thousands of spectators, and dedicated sponsors and vendors, it’s no surprise. This event was founded on an idea from good friends, Jeff Adams and Mike Turcotte. They wanted to put on a car show in Plainville as a charity event and asked if I would work with them. It only took a minute to decide. Through discussions with Jeff and Mike, and our wives Daphne, Corinne and Andrea, we expanded the original plan to include a fly-in and family entertainment. The committee decided to support two local charities, the Petit Family Foundation and the Plainville Community Food Pantry.

Following a presentation to the Plainville Aviation Commission, the plan to use Robertson Airport was approved. We are grateful to Carling Technologies, conveniently located right next to the airport, for their support in having the car show on their property As the scope of the project grew, the committee brought in additional people. We knew that we needed experienced people to guide us for the event to be truly successful. Town Manager Robert Lee and his wife Peggy joined our efforts. Their desire to promote Plainville in a positive way, and their experience with running other large events was instrumental in taking Wings and Wheels to the next level. All of the volunteers, sponsors and collaborating vendors know who they are, and we thank them. Joe Bellino, the long-time organizer of the Simsbury Fly-In, graciously offered advice on fundraising and organization. Unfortunately, Joe passed away before the event became a reality. The Plainville Fire Company gave their time and shared their experience in running the Plainville Balloon Festival. Without them and Keith Gnazzo our fundraising results would have been substantially reduced.




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that was used at local car shows to attract participants. I can’t say enough good things about Lynn, Brian and their crew. “Discovery” airplane rides ran all day and the helicopter rides were so popular that an additional helicopter had to be brought in. From the beginning, we had vendors and sponsors eager to participate. Many local organizations and businesses wanted to help, and we greatly appreciated their involvement and hard work to make this a success. You can find them on the Sponsors page of our website, and we hope you will support them in the same spirit they have supported us.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the Plainville Fire Company and Police Department for all of their dedication and support. We thank Dean Cardinale (and Eddie) for the live music, as well as our emcee, Town Councilman Dan Hurley. We further thank Miles Greenfield and Rino Ouellette for their generosity and guidance. We are grateful for all of the Food Pantry volunteers and the students of Plainville who came out and worked in extreme heat to support the event. On behalf of the Plainville Wings and Wheels Committee, we thank Dr. William Petit and the Petit Family Foundation, and Susie Woerz and the Plainville Community Food Pantry for all the good work they do in our community. They give us inspiration to contribute and make things better. We appreciate all of the spectators who came out to see what our town has to offer, and we hope to see you all again next year.

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Linden Street School 69 Linden St., Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3270. Fax: (860) 793-3269 Principal: Paula Eshoo School nurse: Alisa McCormick Grades: Pre-K to 5 Linden Street School is a Pre-K to 5 elementary school that uses C.A.R.E.S. as the guidelines for expectations: Cooperation, Attitude, Respect, Empathy and Safety. The Plainville Family Resource Network (PFRN), located at Linden Street School, is a school, family and community partnership working to help children grow and acquire literacy skills. The PFRN provides educational programs for children birth through elementary school age and also provides programs for childcare givers and parents. In addition, a partnership with the Adult and Continuing Education Department offers language acquisition and literacy programs to adult English as a Second Language learners, as well as Adult Basic Education and GED preparation classes. A number of family activities are held during the school year to encourage parental involvement and collaboration. These activities include Math and Literacy evenings, technology workshops, speakers, and family fun nights sponsored by the Parent Teacher Association and the PFRN.

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Louis Toffolon School 145 Northwest Drive, Plainville, CT 06062. Phone: (860) 793-3280. Fax: (860) 793-6302. Principal: Lynn Logoyke. School nurse: Cynthia Ross. Grades: K to 5 Louis Toffolon School, established in 1968, is named for Louis Toffolon, a former local businessman and philanthropist who supported the construction of the school building. The Toffolon school community continues to enjoy its beautifully refurbished school building on Northwest Drive. Toffolon students benefit from a variety of activities provided by the Parent Teacher Organization, volunteers, and staff. These include afterschool enrichment programs, Curl Up and Read events, an annual reading incentive, Art Club, Select Choir, Student Council and Safety Patrol. This year, Toffolon students supported the community in a variety of ways, including participation in fund raising for various charities.

Frank T. Wheeler School 15 Cleveland Memorial Drive, Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3290. Fax: (860) 793-3288 Principal: Catherine Frayler School nurse: Pamela Branciforte Grades: K to 5 Wheeler Elementary School, established in 1952, is named for Frank T. Wheeler, a prominent industrialist and civic leader in Plainville, who believed in supporting schools and organizations in the community. At school, kids from all grades learned and actively participated in things like Earth Week, where they learned about being environmentally-friendly, Story Character Day, where children celebrated their love of books, and an Invention Convention, where students brainstormed a solution to a problem and then designed and created an invention tosolve that problem. Wheeler participated in the Healthy Plainville Initiative by holding a Walk-a-Thon in May. More than 60 third, fourth and fifth graders participated in the annual Book Bash, which was held in November. Students brought sleeping bags, pillows, blankets and, of course, reading materials to the gym for the fun reading event. Children began the bash reading, then groups moved about for a music activity, a foam bookmark craft and a snack of cookies and milk. The afternoon ended with everyone back in the gym to finish reading. Families were encouraged to get involved with the school as well with evenings like Family Bingo Night, PTO fundraisers and Family Science Nights. Parents are the key to success and fun at Wheeler!


Middle School of Plainville 150 Northwest Drive, Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3250. Fax: (860) 793-3265 Principal: Matthew Guarino Assistant Principal: Traci Mayette Dean of Students: Thomas Laudadio School nurse: Sandra Capodice Grades: 6 to 8 The Middle School of Plainville, built in 1992, houses students in Grade 6 through Grade 8. The middle school offers a number of programs for students and the community. The After School Program at the middle school provides both academic support and a variety of enrichment activities to Plainville students. The middle school also features a number of athletic teams and clubs for students. This year, a grant from the Petit Family Foundation allowed middle school students to expand their study and exploration of science, including the development of the MSP Weather Station, fully operated by students. The middle school also received a grant from the Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund in support of their Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program; for which the school was recognized as a “Model Demonstration School” by the State of Connecticut Education Resource Center. Plainville High School 47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3220. Fax: (860) 793-3224 Principal: Steven LePage Asst Principals: Kathleen Carter, Jonathan Coe School nurse: Nancy Lewis Grades: 9 to 12

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Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Vicki Trzcinski c/o Linden Street School, 69 Linden St., Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3214 Fax: (860) 793-6303 Supervisor of Special Education Anne Walsh c/o Linden Street School, 69 Linden St., Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3214 Fax: (860) 793-6303

Coordinator of the Plainville Family Resource Network Donna Cavallaro. c/o Linden Street School, 69 Linden St., Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-6304 Fax: (860) 793-3269

Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Linda Van Wagenen, Ed.D. 47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3220, ext. 234 Fax: (860) 793-6353 Human Resource Specialist Ewa Heppner. Temporary Address: 1 Central Square, Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3210, ext. 213 Fax: (860) 747-6790 Coordinator of Adult and Continuing Education Jill O’Brien. 47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville, CT 06062. Phone: (860) 793-3209 Fax: (860) 793-3209 Director of Facilities Steven Busel 47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3233 Fax: (860) 747-2494 Director of Food Services James Bondi 47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3234

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64 years ago: plane crashes on Bohemia By Ruth Sharp Hummel Town Historian It was a scene out of a horror movie - the pilotless plane spiraling down, making a horrible noise that filled the area. "There are few sounds in this world more frightening than that of an F-47 in a dive," one citizen declared. When it hit Bohemia Street the shock was felt all over the town. It was Aug. 23, 1948. My (future) husband, Bob, was at steeple fitch at the time, repairing the steeple roof on the Lutheran Church in Bristol when he heard the noise. From his airy perch he could see the parachute carrying Capt. John F. Collins to earth. There was a large column of black smoke where the plane cradled on Bohemia Street on the west side of Plainville. He scrambled down to the ground and made a beeline for Plainville. The plane had exploded on impact, spewing burning fuel over lawns and houses at numbers 50 and 60, the Carlo Neri house being in the center of the conflagration. Collins, at the time a member of the Connecticut Air National Guard, 118 Fighter Squadron, was the pilot of the powerful airplane which hurtled to earth from 8, 000 feet (one report says 10, 000). Fortunately, he was able to bail out of the plane, but bumped himself on the tire section. Knocking himself out momentarily, he landed just over the line into Forestville and was taken to

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Bristol Hospital, where doctors said he was not seriously injured. Since this was the second plane of that model to be in an accident within a week they were all promptly grounded. Capt. Collins had been in the lead plane that took off from Bradley Field for what was to be a training mission but that was not to be! His aircraft buried itself five feet (some reports say seven) deep through the asphalt and dirt, breaking a water main, impeding the frantic attempts to put out the fires (by now there were several). Not only were two homes badly damaged but street and water main damage was heavy. Smoke from the oiley fires could be seen clear into Hartford, causing huge traffic jams that kept emergency crews from reaching the scene. The homes of Carlo Neri, Carl Nelson and another which I have not been able to identify were badly damaged. At one time, the crowd as- sembled to view the crash was estimated at 2, 000. Police resources were stretched to the max just keeping the crowd back and directing traffic. Off duty police were called in to help and those already in uniform were held over. Later in the day local police received relief from state police and army units. One of the people who had more or less a ringside seat was my sister-in-law, Julia La Goj Sharp. Jester often swooped in low over his parents'home on Red Stone Hill in his plane. This signaled them to come and pick him up from the airport. Julia and her friend thought it was his plane that had crashed and ran to the end of Bohemia and West Main where they could see the whole scene. They sat on the Hurlbert stores steps and ate ice cream. In the meantime, over at Robertson Field, pilot Everett Sevard saw Collins' plane pull away from the other craft. He saw the pilot bail and the seven ton plane go into a long power dive. Col. George R. Stanley, of the Air National Guard, arrived with a contingent of soldiers to "investigate the cause of the accident." I could not find any results of that investigation. It was quite a day in our little town of Plainville.

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