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The Southington Citizen Friday, July 27, 2012

Letters to the Editor

Animal fundraiser success

To the editor: Thank you to all the people who attended the Yappy Hour fundraiser for Southington Animal Rescue. Your continued support has helped us rescue over 60 Southington animals in the past year alone and find them forever homes. A special thank you to Smokin’ With Chris for hosting the

fun event and his great bar staff for the delicious Chocolate Lab Martinis. Southington Animal Rescue is a small network of volunteers who rely solely on private donations. Too many Southington animals are being abandoned in town and too many stray/feral cats continue to have kittens outside. Low cost spay/neuter clinics are available and if you know of feral cats having kittens, call a rescue group who can help get them trapped and

neutered to stop this terrible cycle. Some say the measure of a community is in how it cares for those who can’t care for themselves. These are all of our animals – born, lost or abandoned in Southington and your continued support is greatly appreciated. Thank you Southington. Cindy Mulhearn Southington

Government Meetings

Thursday, Aug. 2 Board of water commission, 605 W. Queen St., 6 p.m. Conservation Commission, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 Planning and zoning, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 Board of police commissioners, Southington Police Department Community Room, 69 Lazy Lane, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 Town council, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 Zoning board of appeals, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 Board of fire commissioners, fire headquarters, 310 N. Main St., 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 Housing authority, Lincoln Lewis Terrace, 43 Academy St., 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 Planning and zoning, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 Board of water commission, 605 W. Queen St., 6 p.m.

Conservation Commission, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 Town council, town hall council chambers, 7p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 Senior Citizens Commission, Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., 6:30 p.m. Zoning board of appeals, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 Board of finance, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 Board of police commissioners, Southington Police Department Community Room, 69 Lazy Lane, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 Planning and zoning, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 Board of fire commissioners, fire headquarters, 310 N. Main St., 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 Town council, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 Housing authority, Lincoln Lewis Terrace, 43 Academy St., 7 p.m. Zoning board of appeals, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m.

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Zip Continued from page 7 est friends,” said one member who wanted to remain anonymous. “We can talk about our innermost thoughts, knowing that our confidence will never be broken,” said another. Recently, member Michelle Pestillo, who works at Zip Line, suggested the group consider bringing its common purpose to a new and, literally, more lofty new venue. Members made their way to Zip Line in Newington, which for the uninitiated, offers programs that build confidence and trust thereby empowering participants to dare to bring out the best that is in them, individually and as a team. The park is equipped with physical and mental obstacles that individuals are required to work together to overcome. Imagine a group of women, many mothers and some grandmothers climbing poles and going up into trees, about 20 feet high, or getting

themselves over a 15-foot barrier using their bodies and each other to achieve the goal of getting every one of them over the wall. As you would expect, Zip Line activities are accomplished with special rules and equipment, such as harnesses, ropes, carabiners and many other safety features. “Yes, we did pray together before we started our zip line,” Sheard said. “You find out how much more you can do than you think you can. I believe it happens with confidence in your team and trust in God.” “It was an exhilarating experience, entirely different and out of the ordinary for a Bible group,” said Tony Escott. “It was an opportunity to be together, testing ourselves. It was a real physical challenge, but clearly there was a moving, spiritual aspect to it that was rewarding.” Members left with a new experience under their harnesses, one which seemed to say: “We took the zip line to Heaven.”

Letters policy

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Photo by Deb Mikan

Diana Sheard, right, and Michelle Pestillo are at the top of an obstacle, harnessed in and ready to go.

Olivia L. Lawrence, News Editor Julie Sopchak, Editor Nick Carroll, Sports Kimberley E. Boath, Advertising Director Doug Riccio, Christine Nadeau Advertising Sales Michael F. Killian, General Manager The Southington Citizen is published every Friday by the Record-Journal Publishing Co. and is delivered by mail to all homes and businesses in Southington, Plantsville, Milldale and Marion.

In keeping with the policy of the Record-Journal, Letters to the Editor regarding any candidates or issues that involve the political season (ends Nov. 8 Election Day), The Southington Citizen will only accept and publish letters that are 100 words or less. The last edition for which we will publish letters of a political nature is Oct. 26. We ask writers to focus on their candidate’s worthiness for office and refrain from personal attacks on individuals. As always, we reserve the right to edit letters or to not publish a letter. Letters should contain contact information, including full name, address, and phone number. Only your name and town will be published. Letters on other topics will continue to be accepted up to a 300 word limit. Send letters to news@thesouthingtoncitizen.com or The Southington Citizen, 11 Crown St., Meriden, 06450.

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