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The Plainville Citizen

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Plainville thrives! By Robert E. Lee Plainville Town Manager I am delighted to share with you all that the beautiful, thriving community of Plainville has to offer. Strategically located in Central Connecticut, we have many shopping and dining opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Plainville, originally part of Farmington, was first settled about 1657 and incorporated as a separate town in July of 1869. The name developed about 1830 from earlier reference to the area as the "Great Plain." The Town had a population of 1,433 in 1870 and has grown to approximately 17,300 persons today. The industrial history of Plainville dates back to about 1828 following the opening of the Farmington Canal and the early industrial sites located in what is now the downtown section. Plainville operates under the Council-Manager form of government that includes seven elected leaders (Town Council) with a professional administrator (Town Manager). The Town Council and municipal employees remain dedicated to improving existing public services for our residents. Plainville is a "full-service" community with an excellent school system, a 41-member police department, volunteer fire department, a top-notch and newly-renovated senior center, an expanded library, and a recreation department that offers a wide variety of programs for children and adults. The Town is served by Valley Water Company, has curbside solid waste and recycling collection and leaf collection in the fall. The Town has signed a contract to go to automated curbside garbage collection and automated single-stream recycling town-wide beginning in the fall of 2011.

Plainville is home to the oldest air field in Connecticut now known as Robertson Airport. In 2010, the airport was purchased by the Town to insure its continued operation. The Plainville Historical Society operates a museum that houses many artifacts from Plainville's early years. It is a unique opportunity for everyone to visit the many rooms of the museum that feature different periods and elements of our community. Plainville is very active in the economic development field and has worked hard to make our Town THE place to be for new business opportunities. We are also in the design phase of a beautification project that will make downtown Plainville more attractive and convenient for pedestrian strolls and shopping. The Town completed several large capital projects including a sewage treatment plant renovation and upgrade and the renovation and expansion of the high school and Toffolon Elementary School. Phases I and II of the Downtown Revitalization Project have been completed and Phase III design is ready to go when funding becomes available. Plainville is very proud of our parks that offer everything from swimming in a modern outdoor pool to numerous fields and courts for almost all sports. Norton Park is home to the new skate park and a new pavilion which was donated by the Rotary Club. The last weekend in August features the annual balloon festival at Norton Park sponsored by the Plainville Volunteer Fire Department. Plainville has a small town atmosphere with a vision towards the future.

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Plainville Municipal Services Main Municipal Number (860) 793-0221 • www.plainvillect.com Emergency Ambulance - Fire - Police: 911 Animal Control: (860) 747-1616. Connecticut Light and Power: Customer Service and Emergency Center, (800) 286-2000. Poison Information Center: (800) 222-1222. Public Works: Plainville Department of Public Works, (860) 793-0221, ext. 208. After-hours emergencies: (860) 747-1617. Valley Water Systems: (860) 747-8000. Yankee Gas Services Co.: Gas leak emergency, (800) 992-3427

Plainville Municipal Center Municipal Center, 1 Central Sq., Plainville, CT 06062 Main number: (860) 793-0221 Hours: Mon. to Wed., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thurs., 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m. to noon Birth certificates Town Clerk, (860) 793-0221, ext. 247. Building permits Building Department, (860) 793-0221, ext. 213.

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Business permits Town Clerk, (860) 793-0221, ext. 247. Death certificates Town Clerk, (860) 793-0221, ext. 247. Deeds/Land Records Town Clerk, (860) 793-0221, ext. 247. Demolition permits Building Department, (860) 793-0221, ext. 213. Dog licenses Town Clerk, (860) 793-0221, ext. 247. Estates and wills Probate Court merged with Bristol Court, 111 North Main St, 3rd Floor, Bristol, CT (860) 584-6230 Marriage licenses 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 Police Department 19 Neal Court, Plainville, CT 06062 Non-emergency phone: (860) 747-1616 Chief: Matthew Catania E-mail: catania@plainville-ct.gov Captain: Brian Mullins E-mail: mullins@plainville-ct.gov Alarm Administrator: Sgt. Charles A. Smedick E-mail: smedick@plainville-ct.gov The Plainville Police Department is a full-service police department consisting of 42 full-time employees. The functional units of the department include administrative, patrol, criminal investigation,

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traffic, records and youth services. In addition to traditional patrol functions, the department also has bicycle patrols and an all-terrain vehicle patrol covering the more remote areas of town. 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 70 volunteers. 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: www.plainvillelibrary.org Director: Peter Chase E-mail: pchase@libraryconnection.info 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

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• Services continued from page 3 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. 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-RSize, 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 www.plainvillect.com. Questions regarding any program can be answered by calling the Recreation Department directly during regu-

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lar 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 2011. 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. New in 2011 is a skate park where people can 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 18-acre 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 an all purpose field, playground, restrooms. There is also a 3/4-mile walking track around the facility. Tomasso Nature Park - Off Granger Lane. The 11-acre 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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• Services continued from page 4 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: Mon. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tues., Wed., Thurs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fri. 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

Plainville Technical Services - All offices Municipal Center, 1 Central Sq., 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; drainage concerns/inquiries; septic system information; private well information; zoning Plainville Physical Services - All offices Municipal Center, 1 Central Sq., 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: Mon. thru Fri., 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. After-hours emergencies: (860) 747-1617 Services: Sanitary sewer problems; sewer permits

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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 10,293 as of June 2011. 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 the 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 to establish, change and administer regulations for the subdivision and re-subdivision of land. Acting under zoning authority, the Commission is responsible for the establishment and administration of the Town's zoning regula-

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• Services continued from page 7 Aquifer Protection Area has been identified and establishment of the district should be complete by mid 2011. Once established, all those business conducting regulated uses can register within 180 days to "grandfather" their regulated use. For more information on the Aquifer Protection Agency, contact the director of planning and economic development at (860) 793-0221, ext. 210. Volunteers Needed Volunteers are needed to serve on various town boards and commissions. Applicants must live in town and be registered voters. For an application, call the Town Manager's Office at (860) 793-0221, ext. 205. There currently are openings on the following boards and commissions: Board of Building Appeals - five-member board appointed for five-year terms. Members must be actively involved in the building trades. Meets very infrequently. Meets only as appeals are taken. (two vacancies) Capital Projects Building Committee - nine-member board appointed for six-year terms. Meets very infrequently (two vacancies) Downtown Beautification Commission - seven-member board appointed for three-year terms. Meets occasionally (two vacancies; one must be a business owner) Housing Code Appeals Board - five-member board appointed for five-year terms. Meets very infrequently. Meets only as appeals are taken. (four vacancies) Inland Wetlands Commission - seven-member board with three alternates appointed for two-year terms. Meets first Wednesday of the month, 7:30 pm. (two alternate vacancies) Insurance Commission - three-member board appointed for three-year terms. Meets monthly on the first

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these items were used, and you learn about your parents', grandparents' or even great-grandparents' daily life. Interested in finding out about your family's history? The center has a wonderful research area where you can learn about your long past or perhaps not so longpast family. The center has many items that will be of interest to people of all ages. Dedicated to keeping Plainville history alive, they also give guided school tours for third-graders during the school year. New this year is the Plainville Manufacturing Co. exhibit highlighting the history of the knitting mill which opened in 1850. For 74 years, this factory was the economic lifeblood of the town. The exhibit includes artifacts and items that were manufactured at the mill and a large wooden wall display that opens to show the activities on every floor. The featured exhibit for the summer of 2011 is "Two Men and a Dream," the story of two of Plainville's pioneer aviators. Both Nels Nelson and Stamford (Stan) Robertson dreamed of flying and also of developing an airport. They worked hard to bring their dreams to fruition. Though they probably never met, Nelson and Robertson had similar interests, talents and goals, which led to the establishment of Robertson Airport, located along Johnson Avenue in Plainville. The exhibit has many artifacts and photographs, and features a model plane of the 1911 aircraft Nelson flew in Tyler's buckwheat field, located where a part of the runway is today. 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 www.plainvillehistoricalsociety.org. 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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School Profiles Linden Street School • Grades: Pre-K to 5 69 Linden St., Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3270. Fax: (860) 793-3269 Interim Principal: Suzanne Greenbacker School nurse: Alisa McCormick Linden Street School is a Prek-5 elementary school with a total enrollment for school year 2010-11 of 471 students. 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. Louis Toffolon School • Grades: K to 5 145 Northwest Drive, Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3280. Fax: (860) 793-6302 Principal: Lynn Logoyke School nurse: Cynthia Ross 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. Total enrollment for school year 201112 was 360 students in kindergarten through Grade 5.

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 after-school 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 • Grades: K to 5 15 Cleveland Memorial Drive, Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3290. Fax: (860) 793-3288 Principal: Catherine Frayler School nurse: Pamela Branciforte 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. Total enrollment for school year 2011-12 was 273 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Our reading incentive this year was "Get on the Ball and READ!" Students read over 18,000 books and we celebrated with the Plainville High School Baseball Team and with a visit from the New Britain Rock Cats Mascot-Rocky! This year we initiated a school-wide positive behavior program for all students called, "Be a Leader of the PACK!" "PACK" stands for Participate, Achieve, Cooperate and Know that I can. Throughout this school year, students and families focused on community needs in a variety of ways. Student Council members organized a collection for the Plainville Food Pantry in November. The Wheeler community supported Relay for Life with a Spirit Week in May sponsored by Student Council. A donation of $1150 was sent to the American Cancer Society. The PTO is an active organization and for the first time this year sponsored a successful Student Walk-

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a-thon which raised $1200. These fundraisers support field trips, monthly family fun nights including the May Fair, the school yearbook, and a student publishing center. Parents are the KEY to success and fun at Wheeler! Middle School of Plainville • Grades: 6 to 8 150 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 The Middle School of Plainville, built in 1992, houses students in Grade 6 through Grade 8. Total enrollment for school year 2010-11 was 581 students. 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 • Grades: 9 to 12 47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3220. Fax: (860) 793-3224 Principal: Steven LePage Assistant Principals: Kathleen Carter, Jonathan Coe School nurse: Nancy Lewis

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• Schools continued from page 11 Contact information Please note: A number of the Plainville Board of Education offices have been temporarily relocated to the lower level of the Plainville Municipal Center, 1 Central Square and the Linden Street School building, 69 Linden St. Contact information (telephone and fax numbers) will remain the same for the duration of the temporary relocation period. Interim Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Binkowski, Ph.D. Temporary Address: 1 Central Sq., Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3210, ext 202 Fax: (860) 747-6790 Assistant Superintendent Maureen Schiffer, Ed.D Temporary Address: 1 Central Sq., Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3210, ext. 206 Fax: (860) 747-6790 Director of Finance and Operations Richard E. Carmelich III Temporary Address: 1 Central Sq., Plainville, CT 06062 Phone: (860) 793-3210, ext. 205 Fax: (860) 747-6790 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

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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 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 Sq., 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 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

Attractions 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 such as the 100th anniversary of the first flight in Plainville, an event held at Robertson Airport in May 2011.

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Family Fun Day Norton Park is always busy with sports and camps, children skipping on the playground, teens in the skate park and fitness walkers. However, every mid-August it becomes busier than ever as families join in the Plainville Recreation Department's annual free Family Fun Day. Children create arts and crafts, pet animals in the visiting zoo, listen to entertainment or laugh at a magic show and try their skills at dunking someone in the tank.

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Halloween Happenings Plainville has plenty of spooky surprises including a free Halloween party for little ghosts and goblins. Also during this time of year, the Plainville Historical Society presents the annual Spirit Walk, which provides a peek into the lives of the community's ancestors.

Holiday Tree Lighting During December, townspeople and visitors gather in downtown Plainville for the annual tree lighting held outside fire headquarters, cheer the arrival of Santa Claus as he arrives on a fire engine, and lift their voices in holiday songs. Afterward the festivities continue downtown with horse-drawn wagon rides, music and refreshment, and late-night shopping hours. Stop by the Plainville Public Library to enjoy holiday cookies and cider while listening to stories being told near the fireplace.

Memorial Day Parade Plainville epitomizes all that is wonderful about a small community, especially at the annual Memorial Day Parade. Almost everyone comes out to either march or cheer for the participants, which include school bands, the police and fire department ranks, youth sports teams, Girl and Boy Scouts, pageant queens and town officials. The day concludes with a remembrance service at the Veterans Memorial Park marked by the placing of wreaths there and at other sites.

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Library brings the world for free By Peter Chase, Plainville Library director

A world of relaxation, information and education are yours for free at the Plainville Public Library, located at 56 E. Main St. The library is run using town funds, state grants and income from its endowment. Any resident of Plainville can get a free library card to start enjoying the books, movies and programs immediately. The Plainville Public Library offers a rich collection of almost 100,000 books, magazines, movies and books on CD for all interests and ages and all for free. The latest books and movies share space with old favorites. The library sponsors informative and educational programs for adults and children all through the year. It is a quiet place to read and study or use our WiFi Internet on your laptop or at one of the library's desktop computers. Displays throughout the year feature the work of local artists, crafts persons and clubs. Each spring the entire library becomes an art gallery as artworks created by almost every Plainville school child is on display. The library offers reference service during all open hours to help patrons find what they want or use the Internet. The children's room runs a full program of story hours for pre school children and school age programs to promote reading. Local non-profit groups can book the library's two meeting rooms for public programs whenever the library is open for business. Library services that are available at home through the Internet have been very popular. Patrons can go to the library's website, www.plainvillelibrary.org to search the catalog, reserve or renew a book or link to the ICONN databases to retrieve thousands of newspaper and magazine articles by subject or keyword. A new service on the website allows patrons to download audio and electronic books to their home computers. Many of these selections can then be copied to portable devices such as MP3 players or e-book readers. The library also runs its own Facebook page. Facebook users should "like" the library at facebook.com/Plainvillepubliclibrary to see what's going on. Your Plainville Public Library card is your passport to all other public libraries in Connecticut and interlibrary loan. Your library card will be honored at all other public libraries to borrow any book or other items that are available. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The children's room closes at 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed Saturdays during July and August. For more information, contact the library at (860) 793-1446 or (860) 793-1450 for the children's room.

Each summer, Friends of Norton Park and the Plainville Parks and Recreation Department present a concert series featuring everything from fiddle bands, to rhythm and blues, to marching band music. The free concerts are held Tuesday nights.

Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival On the last weekend of August every year, the Plainville Fire Company hosts the annual hot air balloon festival, which is considered to be the largest and one of the only balloon festivals held in New England. During three days of fun, visitors from far and wide gather to watch a balloon glow and several launches, listen to music, browse the arts and crafts wares, stop by the car show, "ooh and ahh" the fireworks, and enjoy the food. For information, visit the website www.plainvillefireco.com Community Guide

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Page 2: Submitted photo New signage for the Plainville Municipal Center is one of many new signs installed downtown in 2010.

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Page 11: Photo by Jessica Nelson It's hats off to the Plainville High School graduates of the Class of 2011. Page 13: Submitted photos Children admire each other's costumes at the annual town Halloween party. Town workers decorate downtown lampposts for the holiday season in anticipation of the annual Holiday Tree Lighting.

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