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Volume 11, Number 47

Plainville’s Only Weekly Newspaper

Thursday, November 22, 2012

‘Fun Day’ at historical center Photo courtesy of Plainville Choral Society

Crafts, tours, games usher residents into holiday season By Crystal Maldonado The Plainville Citizen

Around this time last year, Plainville kids filed into 29 Pierce St. to play games, make ornaments and create cards to be sent to war veterans in Rocky Hill and West Haven. It was the first year of the Festive Family Fun Day and Open House event at the Plainville Historical Society. “It went well,” Nancy Eberhardt, president of the Historical Society, said. “They enjoyed it.” Volunteers will host the event for a second year, a change from years past. “We used to have an Open House the Sunday after the tree lighting,” Eberhardt said. “But the Fire Depart-

ment decided to have Santa Claus and, of course, the kids wanted to see Santa!” But Historical Society volunteers still wanted to invite residents to stop by the center, while also providing activities for local kids. They put their heads together and decided to combine the ideas. During the event, “each room upstairs has different activities going on, one or two. In the courtroom we have the person who’s doing balloon animals and face painting, Valentine.” Eberhardt said. To avoid lines, numbers will be passed out to children who wish to have their faces painted, or who’d like to have a balloon animal While they wait for their number to be

called, they can participate in other activities and not worry about missing out on anything. While that’s going on upstairs, downstairs, kids can play games. They’re meant to be fun and easy – such as a ring toss – “just to give them something to do and something to try their skill at.” “The [volunteers] also have a craft for different levels. So if you have a 3-year-old, we have a station for making Christmas cards, which is very easy for them to do, and they can take it home and give it to mom and she can hang it up,” Eberhardt explained. “I’d say we have things for kids up to fifth grade.” See Historical, page 11

Charity birthday bash Nora Couture, Te’a Autunno and Vanessa Autunno had a birthday party on Nov. 4, with their friend Amber St. Onge (not pictured). The four girls have been friends for a long time and three of them have November and December birthdays. (St. Onge’s birthday is in May.) Couture and the two Autunnos decided to combine their birthday parties, calling it the “3½ Birthday Bash.” Instead of gifts, the young girls asked for donations to the Plainville Community Food Pantry. They collected 255 pounds of food, $210 and an over flowing bin of clothing for the food pantry. Their parents, Jill and Chris Couture; Nancy and Jody Autunno; Tina and Pete Autunno; and Audra and Marc St. Onge, said they are very proud of their daughters. The girls offered their thanks to the friends and family members who attended and donated. Submitted by the Nora Couture, Te’a Autunno and Vanessa Autunno cele- Couture, St. Onge and Autunno families

brated their birthdays with a unique party.

From left, Maureen Deming, former President of PCS and Plainville resident, and Lola Wishart, current PCS President, collect food at a PCS rehearsal for the Plainville Community Food Pantry.

Choral society welcomes holidays with songs and giving By Erin K. Butler Special to The Citizen The Plainville Choral Society will present its annual Christmas show next weekend spreading holiday cheer in more ways than one. “A Classic Christmas” will be performed Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the middle school, 150 Northwest Drive. The show will continue to follow a 42-year tradition, opening the day after

the Thanksgiving holiday. “People have come to look forward to our Christmas concert as a way to begin to get into the holiday season,” said Pete Peluso, director of PCS. “We always have the show right after Thanksgiving and it has become a tradition for many of our audience members who return year after year.” The selection of classic songs to be performed at See Choral, page 6



The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, November 22, 2012

Adventures with Obi

Why I’m grateful for my perfectly imperfect pup By Crystal Maldonado The Plainville Citizen

Obi’s just too darn cute for me to not let him up on the couch. Look at that sweater!

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ventures with Obi at home will continue, and I hope you all keep sharing the adventures you have with your pets, too. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! For previous Obi columns, visit and type in the keyword “Obi.”




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Information from the ASPCA Turkey: Any nibble of turkey shared with your pet should be boneless and wellcooked. Don’t offer raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. Sage: While sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste great, it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive. Bread dough: Pets should not be given raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery. Cake: If you’re baking up Thanksgiving


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with him and – OK, fine – get him to do some adorable tricks. I didn’t want to alter how warm his body temperature gets. Even though it’s less than ideal for summer, it’s perfect for when he nestles by my cold toes in winter. I didn’t want him to get less jealous or protective when Bill or I hug each other, or anyone else. While there may be shorter hugs between my boyfriend and I, but there are infinitely more hugs between the three of us. I didn’t want him to stop scaling everything in the house, including our shoulders and faces. Sure, “good” dogs are taught not to climb. But our bed and couch would be lonely without him. I didn’t want him to change the way he uses his paws like human hands. For every time we accidentally get scratched by his nails, there’s another time when he puts his paw out like he’s comforting us after a long day. To him, it means nothing; to us, it’s kind of everything. Obi’s not perfect. He never was and he never will be – but he’s perfect for me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. This Thanksgiving Day, I’m


Now that Obi’s completed his obedience class, I can officially say he’s the perfect dog. He doesn’t bark. He listens to everything I tell him. He can pirouette, ride horses, tap dance and he’s going to be making Thanksgiving dinner for us this year so we don’t have to worry about it. Right. So maybe he won’t be doing that. Any of it, really, because Obi’s pretty much still the same dog he always was, only now he can occasionally exercise the self-control not eat a piece of food I accidentally drop. If there was such a thing as a perfect dog, what would

that entail, anyway? Would the perfect dog never make noise? Would it always let you sleep in? Would it stay off of your bed, your couch, your lap? Would it eat exactly when it was supposed to, but only just enough until it was full so you could maximize the amount of money you were spending? Would it be potty-trained? Would it take you for walks and rub your belly instead of the other way around? Would we be more grateful for a dog that was perfect versus the ones we’ve got now? I don’t think so. When I enrolled us in obedience class, I never wanted to change Obi; I just wanted to learn how to communicate

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Town gears up for holiday season By Crystal Maldonado The Plainville Citizen

You hear that? The sound of sleigh bells ringing, children singing? Yep, it’s that time of year – the holidays are here, yes

here, right here, in Plainville. Here’s how the town is preparing: Decorations: By Nov. 15, the center of town had already started its physical transformation into the winter season. Faux-Christmas

tree garland snaked up the lamp posts, topped with big, red bows. The same garland and bows were strewn across Plainville Municipal Center, and soon, holiday lights will join the other adornments, all leading up to the Christmas Tree Lighting Thursday, Dec. 6. Sometimes decorations are enough to make someone’s holiday jolly. The Plainville Senior Center is accepting donations of new and gently used Christmas tree decorations. Unbroken, new or gently-used items can be dropped off at the Senior Center; they will be sold in the on-site store, with profits benefiting Senior Center programs.

Fairs: Holiday fairs are available by the dozen. The nice thing about them is they’re often local goods. (See page 7 for a full list.) There are enough to keep you busy from Black Friday right through Three King’s Day.

Events: If you like Christmas music, Plainville Choral Society offers a “Christmas Classics” show. Santa Claus has plenty of photo opportunities locally.

See Season, page 5

GE workers visit the food pantry and pose in front of the final mound of boxes, enough to make 100 Thanksgiving baskets.

Photos by Crystal Maldonado

GE workers unload a truckload of food at the Plainville Community Food Pantry for its annual Thanksgiving baskets.

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On Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Festive Family Fun day and Open House will take place at the Plainville Historic Center, 29 Pierce St. There will be crafts, games, prizes, entertainment and refreshments. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. Holiday store will be open. Info: (860) 747-6577.

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‘Spread the Warmth’ for food pantry You can help keep your Plainville neighbors warm this winter by supporting the “Spread the Warmth” fundraising reception for the Fuel Bank of the Plainville Community Food Pantry. “Spread the Warmth” will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Central Café at 24 Whiting St. in Plainville, and will feature a silent auction and raffle prizes. A ticket includes free drink tickets, wine and beer tasting and hors d’oeuvres. “Spread the Warmth” is being sponsored by Plainville Oil and Tower Energy, and all proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Fuel Bank of Plainville Community Food Pantry. In addition, Plainville Oil will donate $10 worth of home heating oil for every $10 raised at the event, up to $10,000. Plainville Community Food Pantry provides food, clothing, emergency energy assistance, furniture and household items, crisis intervention and referral services to Plainville residents in need. PCFP also provides Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter baskets, as well as special programs for children of adult registrants. Plainville Oil has supported the Fuel Bank of PCFP for several years. Plainville Oil is a locally owned full-service home comfort provider, offering full heating, ventilation and air conditioning services; equipment sale and installation, and delivery of oilheat, propane and clean, renewable Bioheat. For information on “Spread the Warmth” or to donate directly, visit or or call (860) 747-1919. Submitted by Plainville Oil

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Thursday, November 22, 2012 — The Plainville Citizen

Season Continued from page 3 At the fire house, Santa will stop by for breakfast. In nearby Southington, pet owners are invited to bring their animals for a photo opportunity. A Kwanzaa celebration is Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. in New Britain. Food and clothing drives: This time of the year lends itself to giving people a case of the warm and fuzzies, so why not capitalize on that by giving back? The Plainville Community Food Pantry is always looking for donations, especially through the holiday season and into the early winter months of 2013. That includes winter hats, coats, mittens, scarves, boots and socks. On Nov. 15, employees at GE stopped by to drop off enough food for the pantry to create 100 Thanksgiving baskets, an initiative the

company does each year. While donations for Thanksgiving baskets are no longer needed, the pantry is soliciting contributions for Christmas baskets. Food and clothing items can also be dropped off at local churches (but do be sure to call first). Toy drives: If becoming a “Secret Santa” is more your style, the food pantry offers that option as well. Many have already been “adopted” by local families, but there are still plenty of children in Plainville with Christmas wishes. At press time, it was mostly teenagers and young boys who hadn’t yet had their wishes fulfilled – and they could use a nice holiday, too. Plainville police officers will organize Stuff a Cruiser this year as well. Details to come. Have a holiday event you’d like in the paper? Email it to us at

Photos by Crystal Maldonado

The Municipal Center is decorated from top to bottom.

A town worker decorates the lamp posts along West Main Street in downtown Plainville.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012 — The Plainville Citizen

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Sleigh Bells craft fair The Plainville United Methodist Church, 56 Red Stone Hill, is having its annual Sleigh Bells Craft Fair Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Refreshments and lunch will be available during the fair. For more information, call the church office at (860) 747-2328.

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Ladies Guild will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 254 Burritt St., Southington. Gift baskets, swags, handmade items, baked goods, and more. Lunch and refreshments will be served.


The St. Gregory Christmas Craft Fair at St. Gregory CCD Center, 1043 Stafford Ave., Bristol, will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be 39 vendors, a basket raffle, breakfast and lunch served each day and Santa will visit for pictures. There is no admission charge. For information, contact Ginny DeLuzio at (860) 5848050.

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The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, November 22, 2012

History with Hummel

Southington Festival Chorale The Southington Festival Chorale meets from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St. The Christmas Concert will be Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at the church. New members welcome. No auditions. For information, call Liz at (860) 621-2837.

Thanksgiving festivities then and now By Ruth S. Hummel Special to The Citizen



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Thanksgiving feast and customs have changed throughout the years, keeping up with new developments and lifestyles. An old-time feast started days and even weeks in advance of the big day with the baking of pies, the making of the mincemeat, relishes and pickles. Favorites varied from family to family, and even area to area. Squash pie was a big favorite with farm families, while town dwellers seem to favor pumpkin. Many families had fat chickens, although early Plainvillites might have spotted a wild turkey, said to have been rather stringy and tough, compared with the present pampered birds. Cranberries soon became a colorful favorite. In Northern New England, onions, served several ways, were a must, but in this area, turnip seems to have been their substitute. Sweet potatoes, white potatoes, carrots, all farm grown, stuffing, made from basic ingredients, often including chestnuts, were all fairly standard parts of the menu. While mother labored on in the kitchen, hair slightly awry, apron flour dusted, the rest of the family went to special church services. What a delightful aroma greeted them on their return. No football, or television, vied with the feast for attention. This was the high point of the day, and mother received well-deserved praise, her cheeks pink from both pleasure and the hot kitchen.

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Simple things in life are also the best By Daniel Blanchard Special to The Citizen

sive. We hadn’t even traveled on some big airplane to some far off exotic land. However, in contrast, I believe we were both just as fulfilled as if we had done those What we had done was to spend time together. We laughed and talked about the circle of life, and what it means to die and what it means to really live. We talked about how precious our limited amount of time is on this planet and how we



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A few summers ago my daughter and I were swimming in our pool. This day had been like most others, so I had no Blanchard way of knowing that this one would go down in our family history as a memory we still talk about from time to time. The sun was setting and the night was quickly approaching. From the shallow end of our pool my daughter noticed it first. Right about eye level, building its life connections to the bottom of the freshlypainted blue fence that surrounded our pool was a spider spinning her web. It surprised me that my daughter wasn’t grossed out.

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tonished citizens of our present slowdown. The proclamation continues, “Whilst famine is wasting in another part of the world, with suffering and death, our lands are yielding their increase in unheard abundances, and our barns are bursting with the incoming harvest.” How right he was. Plainville has fared quite well down through history, perhaps because we have such a variety of business and industrial interests vested here. We have a most stable foundation, not given to ‘fly-by-night’ methods. Plainville also has a long history of caring for its own. Annie Grannis, she of the mellow word and liquid kind of poetry, far ahead of her time, gathered and prepared warm clothing for the needy. The Trumbulls, Charles Norton and many other wellknown families, were unsung benefactors to many a needy soul. Druggist Byington, during the depression, extended credit with no hope of collecting, to the extent of endangering his own financial health. But he couldn’t see the sick go without the medicine thy needed. Many merchants and stores did likewise, I’m sure. Old ledgers in the Plainville Historical Society’s files make note of food and clothing for families on “town assistance.” Sometimes the same account was written off in the next column- a gift from the merchant Families in need, or just starting out, might be the object of a house-raising or a roofing party. Haying, harvesting or butchering was all times for the farms to send help to one another. Sickness brought the farm wife down the road to help, and a woman never bore a child alone if a kindred soul


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Historical Continued from page 1 For each activity,, including making a card or ornament or playing a game, children earn points, which they can then spend “purchasing” prizes. Most children earn at least enough points to purchase a prize. “They can spend 20 points on one thing, or divide it up 10 and 10. Deciding what to get and how to spend the points gets to be the hardest part,” Eberhardt said. “Sometimes you have an older brother or sister who might have an extra 10 points that they’d be willing to lend you. We saw that happen last year, which is nice.” More than games and prizes, the afternoon event provides families a chance to learn about Plainville. It also gives third-graders a chance to show off. In Plainville, third grade classes from each elementary school take a special field trip to the Plainville Historical Society. This year, they even ahd a few special guests stop by. Those

kids can then visit the center with their families and show off their knowledge. “The third graders, a lot of times, will point things out to their parents. They become junior docents, as we call them,” Eberhardt said. “It’s nice to be able to show mom and dad what you know and to teach them something.” Parents who might want to do a little shopping will have the chance to stop by the society’s on-site store, which will be stocked with special holiday items not usually available the rest of the year. “We have some of the small gifts appropriate for a hostess gift, or if you want something for a teacher or a Sunday school teacher,” Eberhardt said. “They’re very nice but they’re not very expensive.” Then there are the holiday decorations. “A lot of people like to look at the parlor. That takes three or four days to finish decorating,” said Eberhardt, who enthusiastically admitted she loves to decorate for the holidays. “Each lady has a different room – the ones they are in charge of for the school

tours, they take care of decorating that themselves. They each come up with a different idea each year; it’s never the same two years in a row. They want people to come back and see how it’s decorated, how it looks, and to give people something new.” The best part, she said, is the event goes to help out a local charity. Admission price is a nonperishable food item (or a monetary donation, if desired) to be donated to the Plainville Community Food Pantry. “Anything we get that day will go right to the pantry,” Eberhardt said. Festive Family Fun Day and Open House is Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Plainville Historical Society, 29 Pierce St. Crafts, games, prizes and refreshments are all part of the evening. Guests may also shop at the holiday store, which will have special holiday items available for purchase. Admission is a nonperishable food item, to be donated to the Plainville Community Food Pantry. For more information, call (860) 747-6577.

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The Young Professionals for United Way will be holding its 2nd Annual Winter Wine Gala Friday, Nov. 30, at the New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tastings will occur until 8:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of West Central Connecticut. The community is invited to attend this wine tasting fundraiser to sample over 50 wines, try many hors d’oeuvres and enter to win raffle prizes. There is a ticket price to attend. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time by calling United Way at (860) 5829559 or logging onto their website –

The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, Berlin, announces its production of the 1950s bubblegum pop-inspired musical, “A Taffeta Christmas”. Full of both 1950’s pop and Christmas classics, this musical is meant to bring back the way a hometown Christmas used to be. This is a tribute to the girl groups of the 1950s featuring four downhome girls from Indiana and they’re here to celebrate the holidays in style, on television no less. It will run every Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., from Nov. 23 to Dec. 22; doors open at 7:15 p.m. There is a fee to attend. To purchase tickets, call (860) 829-1248. Reservations are highly recommended. For more information, visit the website:

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Leaf collection in the Town of Plainville continues now through Friday, Dec. 7. Listed below is the schedule of areas to be covered on the first collection (schedule of areas are subject to change): Central area, West Main Street area, Farmington Avenue area, South End/Red Stone Hill area, Shuttle Meadow area, Arcadia Avenue area, Metacomet area, Northwest area, Unionville Avenue area. Every effort will be made to keep the public informed as to the progress of the operation. If anyone has any questions, call the Public Works Department at (860) 793-0221, ext. 208, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Wednesda;, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. Be sure to rake the leaves to the curb line as early as possible. Grass clippings will not be collected – only leaves will be picked up. No sticks or stones. If the street has an island on it, do not put the leaves on the island. Bagged leaves will not be collected at curbside; residents can bring them to the drop-off center on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the month of November the drop-off center will be opened Monday through Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., for leaves only.

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Plainville Fire Company, 77 W. Main St., is hosting Breakfast with Santa, Sunday, Dec. 9, from 7 a.m. to noon. There will be a full family breakfast open to all ages; children under six free.

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The Congregational Church of Plainville, UCC, 130 W. Main St., is holding a special music program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the following Sundays: Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 23. Children and their parent/guardians are invited to

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accompanied by an adult. Parents/guardians are invited to stay and participate as well. Reserve a spot by calling the church office at (860) 7471901.

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Church of Our Saviour Events for Church of Our Saviour, 115 W. Main St., are as follows: scripture study, Tuesdays 12 p.m.; liturgy and lunch, Wednesdays, 12 p.m.;

The Plainville Citizen Thursday, November 22, 2012 Food For Friends, Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m.; and Choir Rehearsal, Sundays, 9:15 a.m. Every Sunday morning at 10 a.m., COS worships in music, word and the Holy Communion. Following the service COS has coffee hour with refreshments and fellowship. On the second Sunday of each month COS offers the Sacrament of Healing and on the third Sunday of each month there is a children’s sermon. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call (860) 747-3109.

Mischievous Christmas Chorale Connecticut will present its 2012 holiday concert “Mischievous Christmas” Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Meriden. Dr. David Ross Russell will narrate, with a wine and dessert reception to follow the Saturday evening performance. There is a fee to attend. Children 12 and under

will be admitted free with a canned good to benefit the local food pantry. Tickets may be purchased from Chorale members or at the following outlets: The Music Shop, 405 Queen Street, Southington; JC Music, 519 West Main Street, Meriden; Valencia Liquor Shop, Lowe’s Plaza, Meriden; Gallagher Travel, 390 Center Street, Wallingford; Just For You Country Gifts, Rte. 322, Southington. For more information, please visit the Chorale website at or call (860) 621-1653.

Food program The ongoing Food for Friends program is held at Church of Our Saviour, 115 W. Main St., on Wednesdays, from 5 to 6 p.m. Approximately 50 dinners are prepared and served by various volunteers of the Plainville Council of Churches. Much of the food is provided by Foodshare and anyone is welcome to attend.




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Fife and Drum Corps — The Connecticut Patriots Senior Ancient Fife and Drum Corps meets Fridays, at 7 p.m., at the Middle School of Plainville, 150 Northwest Drive. Information: Phyllis Thompson, P.O. Box 243, Plainville, CT 06062 or call (860) 621-6090.





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Ancient Free & Accepted Masons — FrederickFranklin Lodge No. 14, A.F. & A. M., meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, except July and August, at the Masonic Temple, 70 E. Main St., Plainville. For information, call (860) 410-9112 or visit the lodge Web site at Plainville Wind Ensemble — The Plainville Wind Ensemble meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Plainville High School band room. Information: call the Recreation Department at (860) 747-6022.


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Hamlin Pond is draped in a coat of snow from the season’s first winter storm. The storm, nicked-named “Athena” by the Weather Channel, snarled traffic across the region just a little more than a week after Hurricane Sandy giving a rare hurricane-nor’easter one-two punch to our weather weary region. open during tour hours. Information: call the historic center, (860) 747-6577. Food for Friends — The Food for Friends free meal is served at Church of Our Saviour, 115 W. Main St., from 5 to 6:30 p.m., every Wednesday of the month. Frederica Chapter — Frederica Chapter No. 110, O.E.S., meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month


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Another adventure driving a gator By Ruth Sharp Hummel The Plainville Citizen

Wow! Did you know that a gator lives in Plainville? In a high and dry spot at that! I’m talking of course of the new piece of equipment at Robertson Airport.

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Re-envisioning math in schools By Jeffrey C. Kitching Special to The Citizen

This year, the Plainville Community Schools adopted Pearson’s enVisionMath program in grades K-6. This program was carefully Kitching chosen by a committee of teachers and administrators and was piloted in several classrooms last year. The enVisionMath program is based on the Common Core State Standards that were recently adopted by Connecticut and 43 other states across the country. These standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to know, understand, and use at each grade level. The standards are designed to be rigorous and relevant to the real world. The goal is to provide students with the knowledge

and skills they will need for success in post-secondary education and the workforce. The enVisionMath program helps students develop a conceptual understanding of important math concepts through problem based interactive learning. Each lesson is highly focused and is connected to essential understandings. It also provides ongoing assessment, diagnosis, and intervention, as well as differentiated instruction to help meet the needs of all students. The focus for students in kindergarten through second grade is on place value, addition and subtraction with fluency. Students in grades three through five focus on multiplication and division with fractions and whole numbers, and sixth graders focus their learning on probability, statistics, and rational numbers. Each lesson in the enVisionMath program begins with a visual learning animation that engages stu-

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Family Math Night was held Nov. 1, at Wheeler Elementary School. Faculty Members Marianne Hogan, Tom Cannata, Reggie McConachie and Principal Catherine Frayler helped families enjoy exploring the new enVision math center activities and online activities. dents in understanding the concepts and skills for the lesson. The program integrates with our interactive white boards and enables the students to demonstrate their understanding through electronic manipu-

latives and other tools that engage students. The program features online assessments that can be used for diagnosis, remediation, and enrichment. These assessments will help students become familiar with the

process they will use for future state testing. In addition to the resources offered in the classroom, all students have online access to the student edition of their textbook and lessons taught in class. This allows them to review concepts at home through additional activities and tutorials. Student login information can be obtained from their classroom teacher. The current feedback from students and teachers has been very positive. Our teachers will continue to receive additional professional development and training on how to most effectively use the various components of the program. This is an exciting opportunity for Plainville to implement the enVisionMath program and provide focused math instruction that is based on the new Common Core State Standards. Jeffrey C. Kitching is superintendent of schools for Plainville.

Volunteers needed

Thanksgiving observance The Municipal Center will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23, in observance of Thanksgiving. The Senior Center will open Thursday at 11:30 a.m. for lunch only and will be closed Friday. (You must call the Senior Center to reserve your spot for Thanksgiving lunch.) The Library will be closed Thursday and open Friday and Saturday. All municipal offices will open again on Monday, Nov. 26. Refuse collection for Thursday and Friday will take place Friday and Saturday.

Adult volunteers are needed to serve as mentors, tutors and classroom helpers in each of the schools in Plainville. Volunteers are asked to give approximately one hour per week during the school year. Contact Sue Bradley, volunteer coordinator, at (860) 793-3210, ext. 212, or at bradleys@

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The Plainville Citizen Thursday, November 22, 2012

DECA celebrates

The Marketing Education and DECA Program will celebrate its 35th Anniversary on May 23, 2013, at Plainville High School from 6 to 8 p.m. All former students, Plainville DECA presidents and officers, parents, community members and staff are invited to join us. The program will consist of light food and refreshments, video presentation, brief speeches, announcement of officers for FY 20132014 and the introduction of our new Marketing Education teacher. Steve Slomski will be retiring at the end of this year and would enjoy spending an evening with his former students. Email Slomski ( if you wish to be involved with any of our committee work in planning the event or wish to attend. Save the date and RSVP at your earliest convenience to be included with the mailings.

Register for classes

Tunxis Community College, Farmington, is offering accelerated credit courses during a winter session which runs Jan. 2 to Jan. 18. Registration is currently under way and will be accepted through Jan. 2, at 5 p.m., prior to the registrant’s first scheduled class. Three-credit courses meet Monday through Friday during the two weeks at a very accelerated pace. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (860) 255-3555. Visit to view courses.

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Honors Goodwin College, East Hartford, announced the following Plainville residents have achieved president’s list: Sierra Brantley, Isabelle Gniadek, Erica Vasquez. Goodwin College, East Hartford, announced the following Plainville residents made the dean’s list: Sierra Brantley, Isabelle Gniadek, Wendy Rimmer, Erica Vasquez, Carin Zapatka.

Class of 1970 Plainville High School Class of 1970 is celebrating their class reunion Friday, Nov. 23, 6 to 11 p.m., at the Bella Vista Room, Hawk’s Landing Country Club, 201 Pattonwood Drive, Southington. There is a fee to attend and includes a buffet dinner with appetizers, dessert and a beverage station. There is a cash bar. Music will be provided by Dralia. For information contact:

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The graduates of the most recent class at the International Institute of Cosmetology. The International Institute of Cosmetology recently held the school’s 10th graduation ceremony Oct. 21 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Considered Connecticut’s “Ivy League” hair academy, IIC’s comprehensive programs train students to become elite hair stylists, aestheticians and make up artists. This most recent class of more than 100 graduates is a combination of cosmetology and aesthetics students. The week-long graduation celebration included several classes with visiting Italian world champion hairdresser, Tindaro Orifici, as well as Cian Moore and Sandra Wrynne, junior stylists from IIC’s sister School, Mohh Academy, in Ireland. The ceremony began with a fashion show showcasing the latest in European cut and color fashion from the three international guest stylists and IIC graduates. The International Institute of Cosmetology was recently recognized as the Best International Academy at the OMC Hairworld show and competition in Italy. Several students also won awards at the competition. The institute has locations in Wethersfield andPlainville. Visit to learn more.


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Participants in programs at the Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., must be 60 or older and be a resident of Plainville, or be a member of the senior citizens center, unless noted. All programs and events will be held at the senior citizens center, unless noted. For more information or to register, call the senior center at (860) 747-5728.

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“Guide to Good Life Choices: The Path to Wellness,� a nutrition and wellness program for active seniors in Central Connecticut. The program is a monthly series that encourages positive lifestyle changes through information cooking demonstrations as well as health and wellness presentations. A healthy meal and topic will be presented Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Calendar House Senior Center, 388 Pleasant St. Although the program is free, there is limited space. Reserve a spot by calling (860) 621-3014.

Thanksgiving Day dinner Thanksgiving Day dinner is scheduled at the senior center, Thursday, Nov. 22, at 11:30 a.m. Senior Center members or Plainville residents, 60 years of age or older who will be alone this Thanksgiving, are invited to come to the Senior Center and join a homemade, traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Volunteers will provide transportation for those who need a ride to the center. There is no charge for the dinner, but donations are

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Coffee with a social worker Coffee with a Social Worker is scheduled Monday, Nov. 26, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the senior center. Does anyone have questions about Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Part D, Medicare savings program, housing options, where to find Alzheimer’s help in the community, caregiving, homecare, etc. Just stop by Stephanie’s office. Note: this program is for Plainville residents only. No pre-registration neces-

Friends helping friends The Plainville Senior Center has the perfect solution for those who like to eat out at a restaurant, but do not like to eat alone. The Friends Helping Friends group is made up of single, divorced and widowed seniors. They meet for lunch at a local restaurant, on the third Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Call the Senior Center to register.

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MS support group The Plainville MS Support Group meets at the Wheeler Clinic, located at 91 Northwest Drive in Plainville, Conn., from 7 to 9 p.m., on the third Monday of each month. For more information, please contact June at (860) 747-0564. There are more than 6,000 Connecticut residents diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an oftentimes debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter offers more than 30 support

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The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, November 22, 2012

Government Meetings

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23 Municipal Center closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Monday, Nov. 26 Aviation Commission, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Veterans Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27 Planning and Zoning, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 Town Council, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m. Veterans Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 Inland Wetlands Commission, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 Insurance Commission, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Senior Citizens Committee, senior center, noon. Monday, Dec. 10 Board of Education, Plainville High School cafe, 7 p.m. Veterans Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeals, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 Downtown Beautification, Municipal Center, 7 p.m.

Senior Bowling Results The Plainville Seniors’ Bowling League meets at Laurel Lanes, 136 New Britain Ave., Plainville, Mondays at 1 p.m. There is a cost to join, per person, per week, which includes three games of bowling, automatic scoring and free weekly beverage. Bowlers of all abilities, including beginners, are welcome to join this league. Bowling results for week Nov. 12: Top Female Bowler for the Week: Mary Jane Dumais, 210 Top Male Bowler for the week: Carter Casida, 230 Ham Bone Club: Mary Jane Dumais, Carter Casida-3, Frank Robinson, Paul Biscoe2, Richard Bushey, Gil Theriault Turkey Club: Mary Jane Dumais, Carter Casida-4, Frank Robinson, Paul Biscoe-2, Richard Bushey, Gil Theriault, Tina Wishart, Deanna Tino Al Deshaies, Jerry Tracey Sr. Split Club: Tom Maher-2, Jerry Tracey Sr., Simone Guimond-2, Mary Jane Dumais2, Ronald Patry-3, Bob Duval, Lena Dibattista, Faith Fabrizio, Jim Stuart, Deanna Tino, Barbara Banville, Mary Ann Fredrickson, Gil Theriault-2, Ron Jablonski, Paul Bell 200 Club: Carter Casida-230, 222; Frank Robinson-207; Mary Jane Dumais-210; Gil Theriault-222, 203 To receive more information or to join the league, contact Frank Robinson, bowling league president, at (860) 747-2918.

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Love it or hate it, the 50-point rule lives on By Bryant Carpenter Special to The Citizen

Long debated, long argued, the CIAC’s 50-point rule has been part of Connecticut’s football fabric since 2006. As it comes back through the spin cycle here in 2012, a reminder is served that as unfashionable as it may be it’s not likely to be moth-balled any time soon. Oct. 20, Norwich Free Academy beat Stamford 51-0. Two days later, NFA announced head coach Jemal Davis would serve a self-imposed one-game suspension. That’s the simple letter of the rule. Win by more than 50 and the head coach sits the next game. But the letter of the rule also allows for appeal, and the spirit of the rule opens the door of subjectivity even wider: Did the coach do all he could to manage the score? What’s the opinion of the losing coach?

Consider that just one week before NFA-Stamford, Barlow-Redding beat Immaculate-Danbury 56-0. The CIAC didn’t suspend Barlow coach Rob Tynan nor was it expected to after Immaculate coach Tom Taylor made it clear he believed Tynan handled the situation responsibly. In stark contrast, Stamford coach Bryan Hocter, who had declined an offer to put the game on running time earlier in the fourth quarter, made his displeasure clear. “I thought it was a little classless on his part to do that,” Hocter told the New London Day after an early fourth-quarter TD scored by NFA’s starting running back and then a blocked punt with 3:25 to go turned a 42-0 NFA romp into the 51-0 rulebreaker. “You can’t embarrass a team. I thought (Davis) was trying to embarrass us.” Much is in the eye of the beholder on the other sideline. And what of the CIAC? It’s not clear if Davis would have been suspended by the state’s governing

body of high school sports. NFA made a pre-emptive move and the CIAC merely issued a terse statement saying it accepted the decision and no other action would be taken. The only other coach to net a 50point suspension, East Hartford’s Dan Lawrence in 2006, got rung up largely because his school didn’t appeal. In all, eight teams have beaten an opponent by more than 50 points since the rule was adopted. About 700 high school football games are played in Connecticut during a typical 10-game regular season, so the 50-point era is nearly at the 5,000game mark. That’s a pretty good rate of nonreturn, as it were, which is exactly why the CIAC Football Committee has stuck with the rule. It apparently is working. “We discuss it literally every time we meet and the general consensus has been, if you look at the numbers, if you compare the number of games that were decided by ex-

Super season Below: The Plainville Soccer Club’s U5/U6 division wrapped up its inaugural season with a mini parade and a visit from Dino. PSC would like to thank all of the coaches and parents for supporting the new program. Right, above: The Plainville United U13 girls soccer team capped its season with a 3-1 win over Manchester. The United squad is: Jennifer Masco, Malena Van Beveren, Litzy Cruz, Siana Arduini, Serena Simard, Ebelyn Rodriquez, Rachel Parsons, Rosa Arini, Jordan Pilbin, Kelsey Walicki, Paige Madigan, Niaya David and Abby Pelletier. The team was coached by Chuck Madigan. Right, below: The Plainville U9 boys travel soccer team placed first in its division (6-0). The local boys also placed first in their age group in the Rocky Hill Columbus Day tournament.

tremely lopsided scores prior to the conception of the rule and since, it’s down a very large amount,” said Hand-Madison coach Steve Filippone, who sits on the board. “It’s significant, and I think what it did was remind coaches about what proper etiquette, so to speak, is toward an opponent.” Filippone added: “As coaches, our feeling has been, ‘OK, we’ve kind of learned our lessons; we needed it, we had a couple guys who were causing problems with lopsided scores, now we’re in a position where we don’t personally need it.’ But for the administrators and some of the other guys who are on the committee, they’re saying, ‘Wait a minute, this isn’t a failed experiment; this has gotten people to do the right thing.’” By and large, that’s true. Games have gone on running time. Winning coaches have pulled starters before the fourth quarter, or at least pulled

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The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, November 22, 2012

Blue Devil Notes

Swim team caps season at state meet

The Plainville High School girls swim team wrapped up its 2012 campaign with a 17th place finish at the CIAC Class S state championship meet, held last week at Southern Connecticut State University. The Lady Blue Devils compiled 130 points at the event. Plainville’s best Class S finish was registered by Megan Farmer. The junior placed eighth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.84 seconds. Farmer also helped the

Lady Blue Devil relays that day. Plainville was 12th in both the 200 medley (2:07.19) and 400 freestyle (4:15.12) relays. Farmer, senior Kelsea Giantonio, sophomore Nicole Basile and freshman Sydney McGough comprised the 200 team. The 400 foursome was made up of Farmer, McGough, senior Nicole Rogan and freshman Emma Heslin. Lauralton Hall generated 801 points and walked away with the Class S team title. Weston (772.5) and East


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Catholic (292) rounded out the top three. The Class S meet was Randy Doucette’s last at the helm of the PHS swim program. Doucette, who navigated the girls swim team for 20 years, has decided to call it a career. He stepped down from the boys team last winter after 36 years at the helm. “Randy Doucette is known throughout the state as an outstanding swim coach for both boys and girls teams,” said PHS athletic director John Zadnik. “He has made my job easier over the past 15 years because he has taken care of everything related to our swim program, including doing his own scheduling, running conference and state meets, and even maintaining the area in and around the pool. He has helped hundreds of our student-athletes not only become better swimmers, but also better citizens. It will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to ever fully replace Randy Doucette.”

Football Continued from page 23 skill players, leaving firststring linemen in to protect the younger guys. At Platt, with struggling Rockville and Weaver on the schedule, head coach Jason Bruenn has been acutely aware of the 50-point ceiling. Up 48-0 at half last year on Rockville, Bruenn pulled his starters at halftime (They won 48-8.) He did the same this year against Weaver when Justin Potts returned the opening kickoff of the second half to put the Panthers up 47-0 (They won 47-6.) Late in that Weaver game, by the way, backup running back Tyzhan Leatherwood deliberately went out of bounds on a long run. Leatherwood had learned his 50-point lesson. Two weeks earlier, in Rockville, he returned a fumble 99 yards as time expired and as his coaches shouted for him to fall down. The touchdown made the final score Platt 500, one point shy of a violation. That quirk aside, Bruenn has successfully managed

scores against overmatched opponents. Would he have done the same if a rule wasn’t hanging over his head? “I believe I would have done the same thing. I believe I’m an ethical coach,” he said. “Here’s what the 50point rule does: It tells you when to pull back. You beat someone by 50 or 60, does it really make a difference? You should have respect for the coaches you’re playing against.” But what do you do when the opposing coach doesn’t reciprocate? One knock of the 50-point rule is the winning coach often faces a Catch-22. He’s up big, pulls his starters, perhaps even tells his reserves not to score, but the losing coach keeps his first-stringers in and keeps going full-throttle. Sure, you could argue that the losing starters, if losing that badly, probably can’t compete with the winning team’s JV. But you could also argue that the first-stringer probably is upper-class and the reserve under-class, and that the difference in age and See Football, next page


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size can be a recipe for injury. And what do you do when a losing coach declines running time, as Hocter did? Wouldn’t that undermine all grounds of complaint? These issues have been debated since the rule was adopted. Here’s a new wrinkle to add to the 50- point fire: Back in Week 4, Maloney beat Bulkeley 50-14. Bulkeley scored the game’s last TD with 3:10 to go. On the ensuing kickoff, Maloney coach Bob Zito sent out his regular return team by and large because it’s the only one he has. Moreover, he told his players to simply fall on the ball. On the other sideline, firstyear Bulkeley coach Pablo Ortiz saw it as Zito keeping in his starters. Irate, he kicked off, then had his defense take a knee 15 yards off the line of scrimmage. It got weirder. Maloney, looking to run out the clock, took a knee. The play and clock were blown dead. So Zito told his quarterback to merely stand still on the next snap - a sort of four-corners basketball approach. That play, too, was blown dead and the clock stopped. Asking the referee for an explanation, Zito was told, “You’re not going to make a mockery out of this game.” The Bulkeley defense, meanwhile, was still kneeling 15 yards downfield. So on the third down Zito had his quar-

terback run along the line of scrimmage, sideline to sideline. That play, too, was blown dead. Maloney punted, the Bulldogs got the ball back and did their best to punch in another touchdown. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Zito, who is in his 37th season of coaching. “I’ve seen teams take a knee and the other team not get on the ball, but for the other team to line up that far downfield, that’s a new one.” The bizarre sequence tears at the integrity of the sport, which 50-point critics have long said is the fundamental problem with the rule . How do you tell players not to try, to fall down, to not compete? It flies in the face of everything you teach them. “I know that there are a lot of coaches who would like to see it gone, for obvious reasons,” said Zito. “The reason behind it: He’s not coaching anymore. I’ve never seen a coach deliberately try to embarrass another team and I’ve coached in a lot of games.” One coach who will attest to the prevailing sportsmanship of most coaches is Rob

Library Briefs The Plainville Public Library is located at 56 E. Main St. All programs are held at the library unless otherwise indicated. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., children’s room, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the adult department, (860) 793-1446, or the children’s department, (860) 793-1450.

Fall art exhibit The Art League of Plainville will hold its 52nd Annual Fall Art Exhibit and Sale at the Plainville Public Library through Nov. 29, during regular library hours. Each spring, The Art League of Plainville gives a scholarship to a deserving art student from Plainville High School to help them in furthering their art education.

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BERLIN Location, location! Cute Ranch sitting on a beautiful piece of property. Updated bathroom and kitchen, family room overlooking back yard. Utility room can be returned to the 3rd bathroom. $239,000. Laura Zarotney 860-5430154.

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The show will be judged by Thomas Mayer, a painter and teacher who creates in various media including oils, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media. He exhibits in juried shows throughout Connecticut and has won awards at shows like Beth El Synagogue in West Hartford, the Old Saybrook Outdoor Art Exhibition, Southington Arts and Crafts Association Juried Show, Cheshire Art League Juried Show, the Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden, Inc. and Art League of New Britain. He has also been awarded the Peoples’ Choice Award at the Clinton Summer Art Exhibition. He has exhibited at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Lyme Art

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was within a day’s travel. Just because we move faster, spend more money, and live in towns, are no reasons for not keeping up Plainville’s timetested good-neighbor policy, of helping and caring. Let’s give thanks for what we have, for what we are, and for those who came before us and made it possible. Do something nice for someone. Loosen up and smile! That is the way we’ve learned from our Plainville Heritage! Have a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving. Original article published in the 1970s.

Marone. In his first year at Lyman Hall, where he inherited a very young team, Marone’s club has seen more than one game that was a blowout by halftime - Notre Dame 49-0, Guilford 56-0, Foran 37-0, Shelton 42-0. Not one of those games went afoul of the 50-point rule. Lyman Hall’s opponents substituted liberally and went with conservative offenses. “We haven’t been in any situation this year where anyone was throwing the ball on us when they were up by 40 points or putting in their starters in the fourth quarter,” Marone said “The majority of the guys out there would do the right thing whether the rule was in existence or not. I believe that. And I believe every coach we faced this year has handled the situation the right way. It hasn’t been easy for us, but it hasn’t been easy for our opponents. I think everyone has handled it with a lot of class.” One can argue class can never be legislated. One could also argue that, with the 50-point rule, there’s no excuse to ever forget it. The debate, and rule, lives on.

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Library Continued from page 25 Association and Essex Art Association. He has also exhibited in Hyannis and Provincetown Massachusetts and had solo exhibitions in Brattleboro Vermont, New Haven, New Britain, Middletown, Berlin, and Southington, Connecticut. The public is encouraged to drop by and enjoy the show while supporting the arts, The Art League of Plainville, and the Scholarship Fund.

A best-selling author, who spends her summers in Old Lyme, will be the next topic of the Friends of the Plainville Public Library Book Discussion Group. “The Geometry of Sisters” by Luanne Rice takes place in Newport, R.I. Desperate to rebuild her life in the wake of the loss of her husband and oldest daughter, English teacher Maggie Shaw comes to Newport Academy, an elite private high school dedicated to providing educational opportunity to all, with her two remaining children, but the

ghosts of the past, including her estrangement from her sister, continue to haunt her. The free program will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at the library. Extra copies of the book are available at the library’s reference desk and new members are always welcomed at the discussion.

My Life as a Book Susan Rooney, children’s librarian, will hold her Nutmeg Book Discussion for students in grades 4 to 6 on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m. The group will discuss “My Life as a Book” by Janet Tashjian. Summer’s finally Pruning Cabling Tree Removal Stump Grinding

TNT Thursday Night Thunder is a new program for children in grades 2-5. Each week will feature different activities, including crafts,

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here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to learning camp, Derek’s dreams of fun come to an end. Copies of the book are available in the children’s department. For more information or to register call (860) 793-1450.

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Seeking a “fur”-ever home Photos courtesy of Jane Buden

Dexter needs a new home. He has a condition known as “entropion,” where his eyelids roll toward the cornea and causes scratching and irritation. This must be surgically corrected. Animal Control Officer Gabby Paciotti has a doctor who is willing to perform the surgery at no cost, but the dog needs a foster or forever home prior to the surgery. For questions, call Paciotti at (860) 747-1616.


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Beth Adams

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Beth Eva Adams, 52, of Middletown, formerly of P l a i nv i l l e, passed away unexpectedly due to a heart issue at her home on Nov. 2, 2012. Born in New Britain on April 16, 1960, Beth was one of three children to Charles and Irene (Clarke) Adams. An intelligent and a colorful personality, she was a kind friend and neighbor who would always help out when times were tough. She had a passion for the beach, and spent many years volunteering for various organizations. She is survived by her daughters, Trisha Connelly and Jenna Flint; and son, Gregory Bakula; five grandchildren; her sister, Brenda Blain; and brother, Lawrence Adams; all who will miss her dearly. Family and friends may gather in celebration of Beth’s life on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. at the Lakeville Firehouse, 4 Brook St., Lakeville, for a full Lunch. For online expressions of sympathy, visit

Robert A. Noack, 81, formerly of P l a i nv i l l e, husband of the late Ella (Charmer) N o a c k , passed away on Nov. 17, 2012. Born in Rockville, he was the son of the late Alfred and Gertrude (Otto) Noack. He was a former resident of Ellington and Manchester before moving to Plainville. Robert was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving on aboard a Destroyer Escort. After leaving the service he found employment with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford where he spent most of his career. He worked later in life as a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker and Century 21. Robert was an avid fan of vintage cars and motor racing. Robert was an active member of the Austin Healey Club of America. After retiring, Robert restored a 1960 Bugeye Sprite and toured the country in it. His love of the car and club prompted his friends and family to give him the nickname “Bugeye Bob”, a title he carried with pride.

Robert and his wife Ellie were also avid travelers. They had great affection for the Caribbean and Mexico. Bob had an energetic personality and loved to tell stories of his travels. He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed. Surviving are two daughters, Lynn Del Cegno and her husband, Don, of Plainville and Sue Thorp, of West Hartford; a son, Brad Noack, of Florida; three grandchildren, Daniel Del Cegno, Jennifer Del Cegno, and Eric Noack; and his former wife, Margaret Guilbault, of New Britain. He was predeceased by a brother, Edward Noack. A memorial service was held Nov. 20, at EricksonHansen Funeral Home, 411 South Main St., New Britain. There were no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to the Plainville Community Food Pantry, 54 South Canal St., Plainville, CT 06062. Please share a memory of Robert with the family in the on line guest book

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On Nov. 6, Marie Savage, Southington resident, donated a 140 pound pumpkin for Southington Care Center, 45 Meriden Ave., to enjoy. The pumpkin sits in the lobby for everyone to see. Pictured is Savage and Kevin Smith, Director of Food Services of Southington Care Center. For more information, visit


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At its November 7, 2012, regular meeting, the Plainville Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission rendered the following decisions:

APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS an inland wetlands permit to D & J Corporation for a 960 square foot roof to Text Amendments to the be erected over a loading Plainville Inland Wetlands area at Newforge, 95 and Watercourses Commis- Robert Jackson Way. sion Regulations to comply with statutory changes Respectfully submitted, regarding activities regulated by time of year and per- Robert Mundy, Secretary Inland Wetlands and mit timeframes. Watercourses Commission The file is available for public inspection in the Town Dated at Plainville, CT Clerk’s Office and at the This 13th day of Department of Technical November 2012 Services in the Plainville LEGAL NOTICE Municipal Center. PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION At this hearing, interested PLAINVILLE, persons may appear and be CONNECTICUT heard and written communications may be received. On November 13, 2012, the Plainville Planning and ZonAny person requiring spe- ing Commission rendered cial assistance in order to the following decision: attend and/or participate in this public hearing may call APPROVED a Special the Department of Technical Exception for Charter Oak Services at (860) 793-0221 Flooring to permit an overbefore noon on Friday, sized detached sign at 355 November 30, 2012. Farmington Avenue. Respectfully submitted, Robert Mundy, Secretary Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission Dated at Plainville, CT This 15th day of November 2012

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APPROVED a Site Plan Modification for Newforge to permit bituminous paving, storage containers, and a 960 square foot roof at 95 Robert Jackson Way.

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Cindy’s Unique Shop CONSIGNMENT 32 North Colony St., Wallingford (203) 269-9341 Two levels, 1800 SF of Consigned Home decor & Furnishings 30 Day Layaways Available $5 Off a purchase of $25 or more $10 off a purchase of $100 or more Check us out on Facebook Ample Free Parking in Our Lot Free Gift w/$15 or more purchase Mon-Fri 9:30-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 10-2 DINING Room Table with 3 leaf attachments & 5 chairs. Cherry wood finish. $200 OBO Call in the evening 203-235-8636 FULL DARK PINE 4pc. Bedroom Set, Headboard, Dresser and Mirror, Men’s Chest, Night stand. Excellent Condition, $600. 203-265-1836

CASH FOR MILITARY ITEMS 203-237-6575 SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS JACUZZI Hot Tub, 7 seater, Warranty, New Motor, $3000 neg. Serious Inquiries Only. Buyer responsible for move. Call 203-213-5993


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203-237-3025 KITCHEN TABLE Dark Maple with Four chairs. Brand New. From Pilgrim Furniture. $350 firm. Call 203-440-9723 MATTRESS SET: Queen pillow top mattress and foundation NEW in plastic. Must sell! $150. Call/Text Jim 860-709-7667

TWO ANTIQUE HUTCHES One is cherry with 3 glass shelves $350. One is solid oak with four oak shelves. $400 or best offer. Call 203-440-9723

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE $1000 POOL TABLE- Bought in March 2012. Brand New - Ten Hours of Play. All Accessories, Two Sets of Balls. $400 Takes It - Plus Removal. 203 235-0034 23 DETERMINED People Needed TO LOSE 5-100 POUNDS! DR. RECOMMENDED! GUARANTEED! (203) 715-2779 KIRBY VACUUM CLEANER Brand New Condition With all accessories Used approx 3 times $1,600. Call (203) 237-3501 LEATHER Sofa & Loveseat. Both with Recliners. Dining Room Set w/6 Chairs, Hutch & Dry Bar. Drill Press, 10” Table Saw w/ Vacuum & Blades. Mahogany Desk & Chair. Dressing Table & Chair. 2 Ladders - One 20’ and One 6’. Call (860) 828-1654 VINTAGE Mickey Mouse Phone $55. Vintage Bugs Bunny Phone $45 Can see at PAST TO PRESENT RESALE SHOP 28 EDEN AVE., SOUTHINGTON 860-426-1714

WOOD, FUEL & HEATING EQUIPMENT 100% SEASONED Hardwood Cut, Split and Delivered. $200/cord; $125/half cord. Pick Up Available 203-294-1775 1A CLEANEST Seasoned Firewood in state! $210 Full cord delivered. Discounts over 2 & picked up. Mike (203) 631-2211

Estate sale service. Costume Jewelry, Antiques, paintings, Meriden-made items, toys, lamps. 2ND Generation buys old Christmas items, Valentines, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Dept 56 collectibles, Napier & costume jewelry, estates. 203-639-1002 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 ALWAYS BUYING CASH PAID Vintage Electronics, Amps, Musical Instruments, Guitars, Radios, Ham Equipment, CB, HiFi, Audio Equipment. 860-707-9350

ALWAYS Buying Handtools, 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. 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 WANTED By Private Collector Bradley & Hubbard, Parker and Miller Parlor Heaters and Oil Lamps, Also Angle Lamps & Parts. Call 203-537-3941


Music By Roberta Performance & Instruction. Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome. Piano Lessons Beginner to Intermediate. (203) 630-9295

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT & INSTRUCTIONS OUT of work counselor offering guitar lessons to beginners in your home. Call Stephen for appt. 203 228 2606

HOUSES FOR RENT KENSINGTON 131 Main Street 5 Room, 2 BR Ranch. Lg Kitchen w/Dining Area. Lg LR w/FP. 2 Car Garage. Very Prvt, No pets. $1300. 860-306-0147 MERIDEN 2 BR House for Rent Large Sunporch, Large Yard $1200 Per Month (860) 828-0754 MERIDEN East Side 3 BR House For Rent. 1//2 Acre. No pets. Available Jan 1st. 203 631-5848

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN - 3BR & 4BR Section 8 Approved Apartments First Floor. 1 mo. security + 1 month rent. References, No Pets, No Smoking. 203 464-6273

MERIDEN-CROWN STREET 2BR Apt $750 3BR $850 No utilities incl. Security Required. Section 8 Approved. Available immediately! 203-815-5399

MERIDEN - Cook Avenue 3BR Remodeled 3rd Fl. New carpet, New Paint. Off-Street Parking. Section 8 Approved. $1000/mo + sec. Utils incld. 203-265-4664

MERIDEN. 1 BR, heat included, $825. 3 Bedroom Apt. Eat-In Kitchen. Big Living Rm. Oil Heat. $1050. 9 Guiel Place. Call 203-376-2160 or 203-213-6175

MERIDEN -1-2 BR Hubbard Park Central Air/Heat. 775 West Main Street. $745-$995/mo. + utils. No pets. Call Niki 203 992-5605 or Steve 203 721-5215

MERIDEN. 3 BR, 1st flr in 2 family house. $950/mo. Newly remodeled. No pets. Avail now. 203-500-9080 or 203-500-9090

MERIDEN -WALLINGFORD LINE Large 2 BR Luxury Condo. Laundry. No pets. $900 + utilities Call 203-245-9493

MERIDEN East Side. 3 Plus BR, 2 BA Full Finished Basement, Rec. RM, HW Flrs Thru Out, FP, DR, LR. Pets Negotiable. $1500/mo. Call 203-903-6613

Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. Starting at $595 203-639-8751

MIDDLEFIELD Water front (lake front) Small 1 BR, Deck, Dock, Pets Negotiable. Available Dec 1st. Call 860-214-1691

MERIDEN 1 Br Apts. Hdwd Flrs. Stove & Refrigerator. Off Street Parking, Laundry Room. Clean & Safe. Fresh Paint. Starting at $575. Call Jonah 203-430-0340


MERIDEN 1 BR Nice unit facing pool. Appliances, AC in LR and laundry & storage on site. Rent includes Heat & HW. No pets. $810/mo. (203) 264-2555 MERIDEN, East Side 3BR Townhouse, Gar, No pets. 1st & 2nd mo. rent & 1 mo. sec. $1,385/mo. Call 203-235-6191 SOUTHINGTON Town House, Gettysbury Village. 2BR 1 1/2 BA, W/D Hookup, Remodeled, No Pets $990 Call 860-276-1114

APARTMENTS FOR RENT CHESHIRE - 4 Rooms Appliances, 1 Level, Deck. No Pets. Convenient to 691 & 84. $1225/Month. Includes Heat & Garage. Call 203-393-1117

Flanders West Apts Southington

Studio & 1 Bedroom Apts 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

HOMES SWEET HOMES OFFERS: Meriden 1 BR, recently renovated. From $695. Includes h & hw. plus sec. Avail immed. Call 203-8868808.



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MERIDEN 1 BR, Lg clean rooms Appls. Freshly painted. New carpeting. Off st. parking. Includes electric, Heat & HW. No smoking/pets. $800/mo. 203 444-5722

MERIDEN 1BR Stove & Refrigerator, Heat & Hot Water incl. Lease, Sec & Refs. 203- 239-7657 or 203-314-7300 MERIDEN 2 BR, 2nd Floor. Prescott Street. Hardwood floors. Private laundry & deck. No pets. Security deposit. $850. (203) 715-1965

MERIDEN. 3 BR, 2nd flr, FR, DR, kit, pantry, stove & refrig, w/d hookups, gas, sec 8 approved. Avail 11/15. 63 No. 1st St. $1025/mo + sec. 203-284-5843

WALLINGFORD 2BR 1st Flr Quiet Area. Lrg Kitch. Off St. Park. W/D Hookup, Exec. Credit + 2 mnths sec. $875 per mnth. Call 203-272-8108

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MERIDEN-Well maintained ranch on a quiet st. This home features 6 rooms, 3BRs, kitchen, LR & DR. 1.5 Bas, 2 fireplaces plus 1 car gar set on a nice lot. $155,900. Call Sue Farone for details 203-265-5618

MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Includes Heat, HW, Elec, Kit Priv. East Side. Off-st park. $125/wk. + sec. Call 12-8pm 203-630-3823 or

MERIDEN Crown Village 2 BR Just renovated. Heat & Hot Water included. Pool access. $925 per month plus security. L & E Prop Mgmt 203-886-8808.

MERIDEN Room For Rent, All Util, Share Kitchen, Bath & LR. Washer & Dryer, Off Street Parking. $125 Per Week. 2 Weeks Security. $50 key deposit. 203 605-8591

MERIDEN Crown Village 2 BR Just renovated. Heat & Hot Water included. Pool access. $925 per month plus security. L & E Prop Mgmt 203-886-8808.

Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Sat. TV. Short Stay/ Daily/Wkly On Bus Line. 203-239-5333



MERIDEN- A Must see! Spacious 4BR, 2nd flr duplex. Eat in kitchen, hdwd flrs, 3 BRs on 2nd flr. $1175. ALSO Spacious 2 or 3 BR Apt, 1st Fl. All Hardwood Flrs. $950. 203-996-9810

Contact HCM @ 203-634-8427 WALLINGFORD. $299,900 Charming 2 fam. Offers poss. of becoming a 3. All new windows, 3 new furn. & water heaters, bath & kit updates, high ceilings, porches, paved drive w/ off st parking. Call Nicky Waltzer 203-265-5618


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-2 BR, 2ba, Utilities, heat, gas, $995/mo. No pets. Chris 203-238-9411

MERIDEN - 1st Flr, 2BR, Kitch, LR, DR, BA, Fire place. Recently Remodeled. $1,100/mo. Ready to move in. 203-886-6977 & 203237-9500

MERIDEN-3-4 BR 2 floor unit. Nice, big apartment. Off street parking. Available December 1. $1,250 per month. Call 203-440-1003

living & kit. water incl. No laundry. 19 Gold St

Record-Journal is looking for an independent contractor to deliver open routes and make individual deliveries to other contractors and subscribers during the hours 4:30am - 10:30am five days a week. Reliable vehicle and cell phone needed. Knowledge of Meriden, Wallingford, Southington, Cheshire areas helpful. May lead to permanent position. Call or email Robin at (203) 317-2441 or resposito@

WALLINGFORD. $109,900 Neat as a pin! 2 Spacious bedrooms, remodeled kitchen and baths, finished lower level. Easy access to major highways. Call Nicky Waltzer at 203-265-5618


MERIDEN. $185,000. Short sale! Big Ranch on nearly a half acre. 3 or 4 bdrms, 4 wood burning stoves. Gourmet kitchen, big glass enclosed sunroom, deck, & garage ready for your growing family. Call now! Brian (203) 235-3300

GROUP HOME MANAGER For Human Services in Hamden /North Haven Area. Previous experience required. Room for growth. Send resume to: dsterling@ Fax: 203-407-1625



HOMES SWEET HOMES OFFERS: Meriden 1 BR, recently renovated. From $695. Includes h & hw. plus sec. Avail immed. Call 203-8868808.

S E E KI NG BE T T E R P AY O R CAREER OPPORTUNITY? 1.. Call HR Dept 860 884-6861 2. Email resume or contact info

GENERAL LABOR Meriden area co. seeking laborers. Must pass Drug & Background Check.

WANTED House in quiet, residential Meriden area. 3 BR, 2 Baths, Gas Heat, with driveway. Finished Lower Level. Will pay $1375. Call 860 343-8496


POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Retail/Sales (15) Customer Service (25) Entry Mgmt/Key Holder (10)

DRIVER Needed. Experienced in Snow Removal. Please Call Stephanie at (203) 269-0177.


MERIDEN Clean, Safe Room. 203-634-8084 Utilities & fridge included. Share kitchen/bath. $120 per week - plus security.

MERIDEN STUDIO Efficiency Apartment. Utilities Included. Security & Lease Required. $650 per month. (203) 235-6988


SOUTHINGTON 1 BR Private, W/D Hook-up. 1st $725 m, Last and sec. 1 small pet N/S Off Road. 860-877-0412 WALLINGFORD 2BR 1st Floor $850 Per Month, No Pets Available Immediately. Call 203-284-0212



MERIDEN. West side. Clean 1 BR, heat, hw, electric. Hdwd flrs. $870/ mo plus sec. 12pm8pm, 203-630-3823 or

MERIDEN 5 Rooms, 1st Fl. Freshly painted. Hardwood floors. $900 monthly plus deposit. Utilities not included. (203) 237-2680

MERIDEN Large 2 BR, 1.5 Baths, 1st FL. WD hookup. Off st parking. Randolph Ave. $695 /mo. 2 mos security + application fee req. No pets. Call 203-284-0597


AUTO TECH, Experienced, FT/PT, Excellent Wages & Benefits. Call 203-284-8989 or Fax 203-269-1114.

Stepping up to a bigger bike? Sell the smaller one with a Marketplace ad.

INSTALLER of Overhead Cranes and Hoist. Full Time. Competitive Salary. Full range of benefits. Drug testing required. Call Becky 203-235-5795 Ext. 308 Or apply at Production Equipment Company 401 Liberty Street Meriden, CT 06450 PART TIME Administrative Assistant: Provide support to Summer Program Director fifteen to twenty hours per week. Excellent computer and communication skills required. Please send resume to: Cheshire Academy Summer Programs Office 10 Main St., Cheshire, CT 06410 No Phone Calls. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer PLOW Driver w/own plow truck 3/4 ton or bigger. Min 8’ plow for commercial plowing in cheshire area. $60/hr 860 633-5782 RELIABLE FT/PT Waitress & Line/Prep Cook. Please Apply in person at 1333 East Main St, Meriden. TEMPORARY HELP Snowplowing Major University. Email Resume To


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